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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213955/the-skin-barrier-function-gene-spink5-is-associated-with-challenge-proven-ige-mediated-food-allergy-in-infants
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Sarah E Ashley, Hern-Tze Tina Tan, Peter Vuillermin, Shyamali C Dharmage, Mimi L K Tang, Jennifer Koplin, Lyle C Gurrin, Adrian Lowe, Caroline Lodge, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, John Molloy, Pamela Martin, Melanie C Matheson, Richard Saffery, Katrina J Allen, Justine A Ellis, David Martino
BACKGROUND: A defective skin barrier is hypothesised to be an important route of sensitisation to dietary antigens, and may lead to food allergy in some children. Missense mutations in the Serine peptidase inhibitor kazal type 5 (SPINK5) skin barrier gene have previously been associated with allergic conditions. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether genetic variants in and around SPINK5 are associated with IgE mediated food allergy. METHOD: We genotyped 71 'tag' single nucleotide polymorphisms (tag-SNPs) within a region spanning ~263 kilobases (kb) including SPINK5 (~61kb) in n=722 (n=367 food allergic, n=199 food sensitised, tolerant and n=156 non-food allergic controls) 12-month infants (discovery sample) phenotyped for food allergy with the gold standard oral food challenge (OFC)...
February 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213638/hung-out-to-dry-intraspecific-variation-in-water-loss-in-a-hibernating-bat
#2
Brandon J Klüg-Baerwald, R Mark Brigham
Hibernation is a period of water deficit for some small mammals, and humidity strongly influences hibernation patterns. Dry conditions reduce length of torpor bouts, stimulate arousals, and decrease overwinter survival. To mitigate these effects, many small mammals hibernate in near saturated (100% RH) conditions. However, big brown bats (Eptesicus fuscus) hibernate in a wider variety of conditions and tolerate lower humidity than most other bats. To assess arid tolerance in this species, we compared torpid metabolic rates (TMR) and rates of total evaporative water loss (TEWL) between two populations of E...
February 17, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212318/alcohol-%C3%A2-adipose%C3%A2-tissue%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-lipid%C3%A2-dysregulation
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Jennifer L Steiner, Charles H Lang
Chronic alcohol consumption perturbs lipid metabolism as it increases adipose tissue lipolysis and leads to ectopic fat deposition within the liver and the development of alcoholic fatty liver disease. In addition to the recognition of the role of adipose tissue derived fatty acids in liver steatosis, alcohol also impacts other functions of adipose tissue and lipid metabolism. Lipid balance in response to long-term alcohol intake favors adipose tissue loss and fatty acid efflux as lipolysis is upregulated and lipogenesis is either slightly decreased or unchanged...
February 16, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207836/tmg-123-a-novel-glucokinase-activator-exerts-durable-effects-on-hyperglycemia-without-increasing-triglyceride-in-diabetic-animal-models
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Yoshinori Tsumura, Yu Tsushima, Azusa Tamura, Makiko Hasebe, Masanobu Kanou, Hirotsugu Kato, Tsunefumi Kobayashi
Glucokinase (GK) plays a critical role for maintaining glucose homeostasis with regulating glucose uptake in liver and insulin secretion in pancreas. GK activators have been reported to decrease blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, clinical development of GK activators has failed due to the loss of glucose-lowering effects and increased plasma triglyceride levels after chronic treatment. Here, we generated a novel GK activator, TMG-123, examined its in vitro and in vivo pharmacological characteristics, and evaluated its risks of aforementioned clinical issues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206871/swallowing-therapy-and-progressive-resistance-training-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-undergoing-radiotherapy-treatment-randomized-control-trial-protocol-and-preliminary-data
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Sara F Hajdú, Irene Wessel, Christoffer Johansen, Claus A Kristensen, Zahra T Kadkhoda, Christina C Plaschke, Susanne O Dalton
BACKGROUND: Head and neck cancer (HNC) patients are often challenged by treatment induced dysphagia and trismus. Traditionally, rehabilitation is initiated when loss of function has already occurred. There is increasing evidence that it is of benefit to patients to initiate an early rehabilitation process before and during treatment. HNC patients have a unique set of functional challenges such as pre- and post-treatment dysphagia, pain and weight loss. The aim of the trial is to investigate the effects of swallowing and mouth-opening exercises combined with progressive resistance training (PRT) during radiotherapy...
February 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205007/long-term-evaluation-of-biliary-reflux-after-experimental-one-anastomosis-gastric-bypass-in-rats
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Matthieu Bruzzi, Henri Duboc, Caroline Gronnier, Dominique Rainteau, Anne Couvelard, Maude Le Gall, André Bado, Jean-Marc Chevallier
BACKGROUND: Controversy remains regarding biliary reflux after one-anastomosis gastric bypass (OAGB). The aim of this "pilot" study was to analyze biliary reflux and its potential long-term consequences on esogastric mucosae in OAGB-operated rats. METHODS: Diet-induced obese rats were subjected to OAGB (n = 10) or sham (n = 4) surgery and followed up for 16 weeks. Evolution of weight and glucose tolerance was analyzed. Bile acid concentration measurement, histological and qRT-PCR analysis were performed in the esogastric segments...
February 15, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203358/the-renal-effects-of-sglt2-inhibitors-and-a-mini-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Vasileios Andrianesis, Spyridoula Glykofridi, John Doupis
Sodium-glucose linked transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors are a new and promising class of antidiabetic agents which target renal tubular glucose reabsorption. Their action is based on the blockage of SGLT2 sodium-glucose cotransporters that are located at the luminal membrane of tubular cells of the proximal convoluted tubule, inducing glucosuria. It has been proven that they significantly reduce glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), along with fasting and postprandial plasma glucose in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202439/variable-reliability-of-surrogate-measures-of-insulin-sensitivity-after-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass
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Kirstine N Bojsen-Moller, Carsten Dirksen, Maria S Svane, Nils B Jørgensen, Jens J Holst, Erik A Richter, Sten Madsbad
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) induces weight loss and improves insulin sensitivity when evaluated by the hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp (HEC). Surrogate indices of insulin sensitivity calculated from insulin and glucose concentrations at fasting or after an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) are frequently used, but have not been validated after RYGB. Our aim was to evaluate whether surrogate indices reliably estimate changes in insulin sensitivity after RYGB. Four fasting (inverse-HOMA-IR, HOMA2-%S, QUICKI, revised-QUICKI) and three OGTT-derived surrogates (Matsuda, Gutt, OGIS) were compared with HEC-estimated peripheral insulin sensitivity (Rd or Rd/I, depending on how the index was originally validated) and the tracer-determined hepatic insulin sensitivity index (HISI) in patients with preoperative type 2 diabetes (n=10) and normal glucose tolerance (n=10) 1 week, 3 months and 1 year postoperatively...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202029/sustained-diabetes-risk-reduction-after-real-life-and-primary-health-care-setting-implementation-of-the-diabetes-in-europe-prevention-using-lifestyle-physical-activity-and-nutritional-intervention-de-plan-project
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Aleksandra Gilis-Januszewska, Jaana Lindström, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Beata Piwońska-Solska, Roman Topór-Mądry, Zbigniew Szybiński, Markku Peltonen, Peter E H Schwarz, Adam Windak, Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk
BACKGROUND: Real life implementation studies performed in different settings and populations proved that lifestyle interventions in prevention of type 2 diabetes can be effective. However, little is known about long term results of these translational studies. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to examine the maintenance of diabetes type 2 risk factor reduction achieved 1 year after intervention and during 3 year follow-up in primary health care setting in Poland. METHODS: Study participants (n = 262), middle aged, slightly obese, with increased type 2 diabetes risk ((age 55...
February 15, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199171/climate-adaptation-of-tropical-cattle
#10
W Barendse
There is sustained growth in the number of tropical cattle, which represent more than half of all cattle worldwide. By and large, most research in tropical areas is still focused on breeds of cattle, their particular advantages or disadvantages in tropical areas, and the tropical forages or feeds that could be usefully fed to them. A consistent issue for adaptation to climate is the heat of tropical environments. Changing the external characteristics of the animal, such as color and coat characteristics, is one way to adapt, and there are several major genes for these traits...
February 8, 2017: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197897/middle-segment-preserving-pancreatectomy-for-metachronous-intraductal-papillary-mucinous-neoplasm-after-pancreatoduodenectomy-a-case-report
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Mihoko Yamada, Teiichi Sugiura, Yukiyasu Okamura, Takaaki Ito, Yusuke Yamamoto, Ryo Ashida, Katsuhiko Uesaka
Total pancreatectomy has occasionally been performed to treat patients with multiple lesions (such as intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN)) or patients who have undergone repeated pancreatic resection. However, deficiencies of the exocrine and endocrine functions worsen patients' quality of life. Recently, there have been several case reports citing middle segment-preserving pancreatectomy (MSPP) as a safe procedure and beneficial with respect to preservation of the exocrine and endocrine functions...
December 2017: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196288/clinical-adequacy-assessment-of-auto-contours-for-prostate-imrt-with-meaningful-endpoints
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Hamidreza Nourzadeh, William T Watkins, Mahmoud Ahmad, Cheukkai Hui, David Schlesinger, Jeffrey V Siebers
PURPOSE: To determine if radiation treatment plans created based on auto-segmented (AS) regions-of-interest (ROI)s are clinically equivalent to plans created based on manually segmented ROIs, where equivalence is evaluated using probabilistic dosimetric metrics and probabilistic biological endpoints for prostate IMRT. METHOD AND MATERIALS: Manually drawn contours and auto-segmented ROIs were created for 167 CT image sets acquired from 19 prostate patients. Auto-segmentation was performed utilizing Pinnacle's Smart Probabilistic Image Contouring Engine...
February 14, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195823/clinical-safety-of-bariatric-arterial-embolization-preliminary-results-of-the-beat-obesity-trial
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Clifford R Weiss, Olaguoke Akinwande, Kaylan Paudel, Lawrence J Cheskin, Brian Holly, Kelvin Hong, Aaron M Fischman, Rahul S Patel, Eun J Shin, Kimberley E Steele, Timothy H Moran, Kristen Kaiser, Amie Park, David M Shade, Dara L Kraitchman, Aravind Arepally
Purpose To conduct a pilot prospective clinical trial to evaluate the feasibility, safety, and short-term efficacy of bariatric embolization, a recently developed endovascular procedure for the treatment of obesity, in patients with severe obesity. Materials and Methods This is an institutional review board- and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved prospective physician-initiated investigational device exemption study. This phase of the study ran from June 2, 2014, to August 4, 2015. Five severely obese patients (four women, one man) who were 31-49 years of age and who had a mean body mass index of 43...
January 17, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195639/ethosuximide-sodium-valproate-or-lamotrigine-for-absence-seizures-in-children-and-adolescents
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REVIEW
Francesco Brigo, Stanley C Igwe
BACKGROUND: This is an updated version of the original Cochrane review originally published in 2003, Issue 3, and updated in 2005, Issue 4.Absence seizures are brief epileptic seizures which present in childhood and adolescence. Depending on clinical features and electroencephalogram (EEG) findings they are divided into typical, atypical absences, and absences with special features. Typical absences are characterised by sudden loss of awareness and an EEG typically shows generalised spike wave discharges at three cycles per second...
February 14, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194186/safety-and-effectiveness-of-bone-marrow-cell-concentrate-in-the-treatment-of-chronic-critical-limb-ischemia-utilizing-a-rapid-point-of-care-system
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Venkatesh Ponemone, Saniya Gupta, Dalip Sethi, Manish Suthar, Monika Sharma, Richard J Powell, Kenneth Lee Harris, Nungshi Jungla, Priyadarshini Arambam, Upendra Kaul, Ashok Seth, Suhail Bukhari
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is the end stage of lower extremity peripheral vascular disease (PVD) in which severe obstruction of blood flow results in ischemic rest pain, ulcers and/or gangrene, and a significant risk of limb loss. This open-label, single-arm feasibility study evaluated the safety and therapeutic effectiveness of autologous bone marrow cell (aBMC) concentrate in revascularization of CLI patients utilizing a rapid point-of-care device. Seventeen (17) no-option CLI patients with ischemic rest pain were enrolled in the study...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192371/somatic-mutations-in-telomerase-promoter-counterbalance-germline-loss-of-function-mutations
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Lindley Maryoung, Yangbo Yue, Ashley Young, Chad A Newton, Cindy Barba, Nicolai S C van Oers, Richard C Wang, Christine Kim Garcia
Germline coding mutations in different telomere-related genes have been linked to autosomal-dominant familial pulmonary fibrosis. Individuals with these inherited mutations demonstrate incomplete penetrance of clinical phenotypes affecting the lung, blood, liver, skin, and other organs. Here, we describe the somatic acquisition of promoter mutations in telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) in blood leukocytes of approximately 5% of individuals with inherited loss-of-function coding mutations in TERT or poly(A)-specific ribonuclease (PARN), another gene linked to telomerase function...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191641/genetic-variation-and-host-parasite-specificity-of-striga-resistance-and-tolerance-in-rice-the-need-for-predictive-breeding
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Jonne Rodenburg, Mamadou Cissoko, Nicholas Kayongo, Ibnou Dieng, Jenipher Bisikwa, Runyambo Irakiza, Isaac Masoka, Charles A O Midega, Julie D Scholes
The parasitic weeds Striga asiatica and Striga hermonthica cause devastating yield losses to upland rice in Africa. Little is known about genetic variation in host resistance and tolerance across rice genotypes, in relation to virulence differences across Striga species and ecotypes. Diverse rice genotypes were phenotyped for the above traits in S. asiatica- (Tanzania) and S. hermonthica-infested fields (Kenya and Uganda) and under controlled conditions. New rice genotypes with either ecotype-specific or broad-spectrum resistance were identified...
February 13, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188144/elevated-rate-of-genome-rearrangements-in-radiation-resistant-bacteria
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Jelena Repar, Fran Supek, Tin Klanjscek, Tobias Warnecke, Ksenija Zahradka, Davor Zahradka
A number of bacterial, archaeal, and eukaryotic species are known for their resistance to ionizing radiation. One of the challenges these species face is a potent environmental source of DNA double-strand breaks, potential drivers of genome structure evolution. Efficient and accurate DNA double-strand break repair systems have been demonstrated in several unrelated radiation-resistant species and are putative adaptations to the DNA damaging environment. Such adaptations are expected to compensate for the genome-destabilizing effect of environmental DNA damage and may be expected to result in a more conserved gene order in radiation-resistant species...
February 10, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185310/multifrequency-reconstruction-for-frequency-modulated-bssfp
#19
Anne Slawig, Tobias Wech, Valentin Ratz, Johannes Tran-Gia, Henning Neubauer, Thorsten Bley, Herbert Köstler
PURPOSE: Banding artifacts in images acquired by balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) remain a challenge in MRI as they considerably reduce image quality, and diagnostic value deteriorates accordingly. As the steady-state tolerates small shifts in frequency, it is possible to acquire frequency-modulated bSSFP. Unfortunately, standard reconstructions of such measurements suffer from signal loss. Our study proposes a multifrequency reconstruction and demonstrates its capability of suppressing banding artifacts while retaining the high signal level of standard bSSFP...
February 10, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184367/novel-immunotherapies-for-autoimmune-hepatitis
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REVIEW
Shamir Cassim, Marc Bilodeau, Catherine Vincent, Pascal Lapierre
Autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) is a multifactorial autoimmune disease of unknown pathogenesis, characterized by a loss of immunological tolerance against liver autoantigens resulting in the progressive destruction of the hepatic parenchyma. Current treatments are based on non-specific immunosuppressive drugs. Although tremendous progress has been made using specific biological agents in other inflammatory diseases, progress has been slow to come for AIH patients. While current treatments are successful in the majority of patients, treatment discontinuation is difficult to achieve, and relapses are frequent...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
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