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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922662/treatment-of-autoimmune-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-astrocytopathy-follow-up-in-7-cases
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Xinguang Yang, Junyan Liang, Qingmei Huang, Huiming Xu, Cong Gao, Youming Long, Xiaoyu Xiao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to report an autoimmune glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) astrocytopathy with long-term follow-up in 7 patients. METHODS: Antibodies were detected by indirect immunofluorescence assay and patient data were analyzed retrospectively. RESULTS: Seven patients (4 female, 3 male) with ≥1 year follow-up were included. All patients had positive GFAP antibodies in their cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). Their median age at disease onset was 56 years (range 27-69) and the median disease duration was 1 year (range 1-4)...
September 19, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921832/synthesis-and-bioactivity-assessment-of-high-silica-content-quaternary-glasses-with-ca-p-ratios-of-1-5-and-1-67-made-by-a-rapid-sol-gel-process
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Basam A E Ben-Arfa, Hugo R Fernandes, Isabel M Miranda Salvado, José M F Ferreira, Robert C Pullar
Sol-gel glasses in quaternary silica-sodium-calcium-phosphorous systems have been synthesised using a rotary evaporator for rapid drying without ageing. This novel fast drying method drastically decreases the total drying and ageing time from several weeks to only 1 hour, thus overcoming a serious drawback in sol-gel preparation procedures for bioglasses. This work investigates the bioactivity behaviour of two glasses synthesised by this fast method, with Ca:P ratios of 1.5, and 1.67. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Inductive coupled plasma (ICP), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy were used to confirm the bioactivity of the synthesised powders...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919596/outcome-of-pregnancy-related-acute-kidney-injury-observed-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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S U Ahammed, A A Chowdhury, A S Roy, M A Muqueet, M A Rahman, M S Kabir, M G Rabbani, M Asadujjaman, M B Hossain, M Akhtaruzzaman, S K Das, E H Khan, M A Islam, M J Hasan, M A Rahman, R K Talukder, J Ara, G C Barman, P P Roy, M K Saha, D Mondal
This prospective case control study was carried out in Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH) from April 2011 to March 2012. The main objective of the study was to determine the short term maternal outcome of pregnancy related Acute Kidney Injury and to identify aetiological factors and to observe clinical features of pregnancy related Acute Kidney Injury. Total 60 pregnant women with AKI were included in the study as sample and equal (60) number of pregnant women with normal renal function was taken as control...
July 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917842/multi-scale-simulations-of-biological-systems-using-the-opep-coarse-grained-model
#4
Fabio Sterpone, Sébastien Doutreligne, Thanh Thuy Tran, Simone Melchionna, Marc Baaden, Phuong H Nguyen, Philippe Derreumaux
Biomolecules are complex machines that are optimized by evolution to properly fulfill or contribute to a variety of biochemical tasks in the cellular environment. Computer simulations based on quantum mechanics and atomistic force fields have been proven to be a powerful microscope for obtaining valuable insights into many biological, physical, and chemical processes. Many interesting phenomena involve, however, a time scale and a number of degrees of freedom, notably if crowding is considered, that cannot be explored at an atomistic resolution...
September 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917622/does-gender-matter-an-analysis-of-men-s-and-women-s-accounts-of-responding-to-symptoms-of-lung-cancer
#5
Alice MacLean, Kate Hunt, Sarah Smith, Sally Wyke
Men are often portrayed - in research studies, 'common-sense' accounts and popular media - as reluctant users of health services. They are said to avoid going to the GP whenever possible, while women are portrayed, in presumed opposition, as consulting more readily, more frequently and with less serious complaints. Such stereotypes may inadvertently encourage doctors to pay greater heed to men's symptoms in 'routine' consultations. Although previous research has challenged this view with evidence, and suggested that links between gender identities and help-seeking are complex and fluid, gender comparative studies remain uncommon, and particularly few studies (either qualitative or quantitative) compare men and women with similar morbidity...
September 8, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917266/urinary-biomarkers-in-prostate-cancer-detection-and-monitoring-progression
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Duojia Wu, Jie Ni, Julia Beretov, Paul Cozzi, Mark Willcox, Valerie Wasinger, Bradley Walsh, Peter Graham, Yong Li
Prostate cancer (CaP) is the most common cancer in men and the second leading cause of cancer deaths in males in Australia. Although serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) has been the most widely used biomarker in CaP detection for decades, PSA screening has limitations such as low specificity and potential association with over-diagnosis. Current biomarkers used in the clinic are not useful for the early detection of CaP, or monitoring its progression, and have limited value in predicting response to treatment...
October 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917232/compressed-food-with-added-functional-oligopeptides-improves-performance-during-military-endurance-training
#7
Zhi-Qiang Zheng, Zhan-Hui Geng, Jia-Xi Liu, Shun-Tang Guo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Oligosaccharide or oligopeptide supplementation may have a significant impact on endurance performance. This study evaluated the effects of adding maltooligosaccharides (MO) or soy oligopeptides (SO) to compressed food (CF) on the physical response of soldiers to daily military training. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Twelve soldiers were randomized to four diet groups: regular meals, CF, CFMO, and CFSO (crossover design). They participated in exercise tests including 90 minutes running at 55-65% VO2max and exhaustive running...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916165/muc1-deficiency-exacerbates-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-silicosis
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Kosuke Kato, Marina A Zemskova, Alec D Hanss, Marianne M Kim, Sandra J Gendler, Ross Summer, Kwang Chul Kim
BACKGROUND: MUC1 (MUC in human and Muc in animals) is a membrane-tethered mucin expressed on the apical surface of lung epithelial cells. However, in the lungs of patients with interstitial lung disease, MUC1 is aberrantly expressed in hyperplastic alveolar type II epithelial (ATII) cells and alveolar macrophages (AM), and elevated levels of extracellular MUC1 are found in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and the serum of these patients. While pro-fibrotic effects of extracellular MUC1 have recently been described in cultured fibroblasts, the contribution of MUC1 to the pathobiology of pulmonary fibrosis is unknown...
September 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916046/inflammatory-response-and-long-term-behavioral-assessment-after-neonatal-co2-pneumothorax-study-in-a-rodent-model
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Alice Miranda, Susana Roque, Cláudia Serre-Miranda, José Miguel Pêgo, Jorge Correia-Pinto
BACKGROUND: Carbon-dioxide (CO2)-pneumothorax during minimally invasive surgery induces well-known metabolic changes. However, little is known about its impact on the central nervous system. The aim of this work is to evaluate the acute impact of CO2-pneumothorax over central cytokine response and its long-term effect on animal behavior. METHODS: This is an experimental study where neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats are submitted to CO2-pneumothorax. Peripheral and central cytokine response was evaluated 24h after insufflation, and peripheral immune cell phenotyping was evaluated 24h and 4weeks post-insufflation...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915539/astaxanthin-alleviated-acute-lung-injury-by-inhibiting-oxidative-nitrative-stress-and-the-inflammatory-response-in-mice
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Jianbin Bi, Ruixia Cui, Zeyu Li, Chang Liu, Jingyao Zhang
The purpose of the present study was to assess the effect of astaxanthin (ASX) treatment on the acute lung injury (ALI) induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) in mice. Mice were randomly allocated into the following groups: (1) the saline control group, in which mice were given saline before sham operation; (2) the ASX control group, in which mice received ASX before sham operation; (3) the ALI group, in which mice were given saline before CLP operation; and (4) the ALI+ASX group, in which mice received ASX before CLP operation...
September 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915217/estradiol-modulates-local-gut-injury-induced-by-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-in-male-rats
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Fernanda Yamamoto Ricardo-da-Silva, Evelyn Thaís Fantozzi, Sara Rodrigues-Garbin, Ricardo Martins Oliveira-Filho, Bernardo Boris Vargaftig, Ana Cristina Breithaupt-Faloppa, Wothan Tavares de Lima
Intestinal ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) triggers a systemic inflammatory response characterized by leukocyte mobilization from the bone marrow, release of cytokines to the circulation, and increased microvascular permeability, leading to high mortality. Females have shown attenuated inflammatory response to trauma when compared with males, indicating a role for female sex hormones in this process. Here, we have evaluated the effect of estradiol on the local gut injury induced by I/R in male rats. I/R was induced by the clamping of the superior mesenteric artery for 45 min, followed by 2 h of reperfusion...
October 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915064/the-immunopathologic-effects-of-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-and-cards-toxin-a-primate-model
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Diego J Maselli, Jorge L Medina, Edward G Brooks, Jacqueline J Coalson, Thirumalai R Kannan, Vicki T Winter, Molly Principe, Marianna P Cagle, Joel B Baseman, Peter H Dube, Jay I Peters
Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection has been linked to poor asthma outcomes. M. pneumoniae produces an ADP-ribosylating and vacuolating toxin called Community Acquired Respiratory Distress Syndrome (CARDS) toxin that has a major role in inflammation and airway dysfunction. The objective was to evaluate the immunopathological effects in primates exposed to M. pneumoniae or CARDS toxin. Thirteen baboons were exposed to M. pneumoniae or CARDS toxin. At day 7 and 14, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid was collected and analyzed for cell count, percent of each type of cell, CARDS toxin by PCR, CARDS toxin by antigen capture, eosinophilic cationic protein, and cytokine profiles...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914807/development-optimization-and-in-vitro-in-vivo-characterization-of-collagen-dextran-spongious-wound-dressings-loaded-with-flufenamic-acid
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Mihaela Violeta Ghica, Mădălina Georgiana Albu Kaya, Cristina-Elena Dinu-Pîrvu, Dumitru Lupuleasa, Denisa Ioana Udeanu
The aim of this study was the development and optimization of some topical collagen-dextran sponges with flufenamic acid, designed to be potential dressings for burn wounds healing. The sponges were obtained by lyophilization of hydrogels based on type I fibrillar collagen gel extracted from calf hide, dextran and flufenamic acid, crosslinked and un-crosslinked, and designed according to a 3-factor, 3-level Box-Behnken experimental design. The sponges showed good fluid uptake ability quantified by a high swelling ratio...
September 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914595/evaluation-of-gingival-crevicular-fluid-and-peri-implant-sulcus-fluid-levels-of-periostin-a-preliminary-report
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Abdullah C Akman, Sezen Buyukozdemir Askin, Guliz N Guncu, Rahime M Nohutcu
BACKGROUND: Periostin, a protein present in the alveolar bone and periodontal ligament, related to response to external forces. The aims of this study are; to detect the levels of periostin in peri-implant sulcular fluid (PISF) and gingival crevicular fluid (GCF), and to evaluate the relationship between periostin, ICTP (Pyridinoline cross-linked carboxyterminal telopeptide of type 1 collagen) and CTX (C-terminal crosslinked telopeptide of type 1 collagen) levels and clinical inflammatory symptoms and duration of functional loading...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914005/delayed-absorption-of-subretinal-fluid-after-retinal-reattachment-surgery-and-associated-choroidal-features
#15
Jong Min Kim, Eun Jung Lee, Ga Eun Cho, Kunho Bae, Ju Yeun Lee, Gyule Han, Se Woong Kang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and associated clinical factors of delayed absorption of subretinal fluid (SRF) after surgery for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. METHODS: This study involved 36 eyes of 36 consecutive patients who underwent successful surgery for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment. A complete ophthalmologic evaluation, including clinical fundus examination, optical coherence tomography, and indocyanine green angiography, was conducted before and after surgery...
September 11, 2017: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913951/rapid-response-team-patients-triaged-to-remain-on-ward-despite-deranged-vital-signs-missed-opportunities
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J Tirkkonen, T Kontula, S Hoppu
BACKGROUND: Rapid response teams (RRTs) triage most patients to stay on ward, even though some of them have deranged vital signs according to RRTs themselves. We investigated the prevalence and outcome of this RRT patient cohort. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted in a Finnish tertiary referral centre, Tampere University Hospital. Data on RRT activations were collected between 1 May 2012 and 30 April 2015. Vital signs of patients triaged to stay on ward without treatment limitations were classified according to objective RRT trigger criteria observed during the reviews...
September 15, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912779/v%C3%AE-4-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-aggravate-severe-h1n1-influenza-virus-infection-induced-acute-pulmonary-immunopathological-injury-via-secreting-interleukin-17a
#17
Chunxue Xue, Mingjie Wen, Linlin Bao, Hui Li, Fengdi Li, Meng Liu, Qi Lv, Yunqing An, Xulong Zhang, Bin Cao
The influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 virus remains a critical global health concern and causes high levels of morbidity and mortality. Severe acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) are the major outcomes among severely infected patients. Our previous study found that interleukin (IL)-17A production by humans or mice infected with influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 substantially contributes to ALI and subsequent morbidity and mortality. However, the cell types responsible for IL-17A production during the early stage of severe influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 infection remained unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912626/clinical-impact-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-in-breast-cancer
#18
REVIEW
Junko Tsuchida, Masayuki Nagahashi, Kazuaki Takabe, Toshifumi Wakai
Breast cancer metastasizes to lymph nodes or other organs, which determine the prognosis of patients. It is difficult to cure the breast cancer patients with distant metastasis due to resistance to drug therapies. Elucidating the underlying mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis and drug resistance is expected to provide new therapeutic targets. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a pleiotropic, bioactive lipid mediator that regulates many cellular functions, including proliferation, migration, survival, angiogenesis/lymphangiogenesis, and immune responses...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912622/local-and-systemic-immune-responses-to-influenza-a-virus-infection-in-pneumonia-and-encephalitis-mouse-models
#19
Yoshiharu Nagaoka, Nobuyuki Nosaka, Mutsuko Yamada, Masato Yashiro, Yosuke Washio, Kenji Baba, Tsuneo Morishima, Hirokazu Tsukahara
OBJECTIVE: To compare local and systemic profiles between different disease pathologies (pneumonia and encephalitis) induced by influenza A virus (IAV). METHODS: An IAV pneumonia model was created by intranasal inoculation of C57BL/6 mice with influenza A/WSN/33 (H1N1) virus. Lung lavage and blood collection were performed on day 3 after IAV inoculation. Similarly, an IAV encephalitis mouse model was created by direct intracranial IAV inoculation. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood collection were conducted according to the same schedule...
2017: Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912506/role-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-and-its-receptors-in-diesel-exhaust-particle-induced-pulmonary-inflammation
#20
Smitha Kumar, Guy Joos, Louis Boon, Kurt Tournoy, Sharen Provoost, Tania Maes
Inhalation of diesel exhaust particles (DEP) induces an inflammatory reaction in the lung. However, the underlying mechanisms remain to be elucidated. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) is a pro-inflammatory cytokine that operates by binding to tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1) and tumor necrosis factor receptor 2 (TNFR2). The role of TNF-α signaling and the importance of either TNFR1 or TNFR2 in the DEP-induced inflammatory response has not yet been elucidated. TNF-α knockout (KO), TNFR1 KO, TNFR2 KO, TNFR1/TNFR2 double KO (TNFR-DKO) and wild type (WT) mice were intratracheally exposed to saline or DEP...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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