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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352704/treatment-of-adult-chronic-indeterminate-chagas-disease-with-benznidazole-and-three-e1224-dosing-regimens-a-proof-of-concept-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Faustino Torrico, Joaquim Gascon, Lourdes Ortiz, Cristina Alonso-Vega, María-Jesús Pinazo, Alejandro Schijman, Igor C Almeida, Fabiana Alves, Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, Isabela Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is a major neglected vector-borne disease. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of three oral E1224 (a water-soluble ravuconazole prodrug) regimens and benznidazole versus placebo in adult chronic indeterminate Chagas disease. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept, double-blind, randomised phase 2 clinical trial, we recruited adults (18-50 years) with confirmed diagnosis of Trypanosoma cruzi infection from two outpatient units in Bolivia...
January 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352620/family-caregivers-facilitation-of-daily-adult-prescription-medication-use
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Debra L Roter, Siva Narayanan, Katherine Smith, Ray Bullman, Paula Rausch, Jennifer L Wolff, G Caleb Alexander
OBJECTIVE: To describe ways family members assist adult patients with prescription medications at home, during medical visits and at the pharmacy. METHODS: Online survey of 400 adults (caregivers) who help another adult (care recipient) with prescription medication use. Regression modeled the contribution of caregiver communication during recipients' medical visits, evaluation of physicians' medication communication and discussions with the dispensing pharmacist on caregivers' assistance with home medication management...
December 27, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352513/morbid-obesity-and-type-2-diabetes-alter-intestinal-fatty-acid-uptake-and-blood-flow
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Jukka Koffert, Mia Ståhle, Henry Karlsson, Patricia Iozzo, Paulina Salminen, Anne Roivainen, Pirjo Nuutila
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment to tackle morbid obesity and type 2 diabetes, but the mechanisms of action are still unclear. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of bariatric surgery on intestinal fatty acid (FA) uptake and blood flow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 27 morbidly obese subjects of which 10 had type 2 diabetes and 15 healthy age-matched controls. Intestinal blood flow and fatty acid uptake from circulation were measured during fasting state using positron emission tomography (PET)...
January 20, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352464/origin-of-heterogeneous-spiking-patterns-from-continuously-distributed-ion-channel-densities-a-computational-study-in-spinal-dorsal-horn-neurons
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Arjun Balachandar, Steven A Prescott
Neurons are often classified by spiking pattern. Yet some neurons exhibit distinct patterns under subtly different test conditions, which suggests that they operate near an abrupt transition, or bifurcation. A set of such neurons may exhibit heterogeneous spiking patterns not because of qualitative differences in which ion channels they express, but rather because quantitative differences in expression levels cause neurons to operate on opposite sides of a bifurcation. Neurons in the spinal dorsal horn, for example, respond to somatic current injection with patterns that include tonic-, single-, gap-, delayed- and reluctant-spiking...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352458/polyhydroxybutyrate-phb-synthesis-by-spirulina-sp-leb-18-using-biopolymer-extraction-waste
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Cleber Klasener da Silva, Jorge Alberto Vieira Costa, Michele Greque de Morais
The reuse of waste as well as the production of biodegradable compounds has for years been the object of studies and of global interest as a way to reduce the environmental impact generated by unsustainable exploratory processes. The conversion of linear processes into cyclical processes has environmental and economic advantages, reducing waste deposition and reducing costs. The objective of this work was to use biopolymer extraction waste in the cultivation of Spirulina sp. LEB 18, for the cyclic process of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) synthesis...
January 20, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352446/mycobacterium-marinum-infection-in-zebrafish-and-microglia-imitates-the-early-stage-of-tuberculous-meningitis
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Zhan Chen, Xiao-Yi Shao, Chao Wang, Min-Hui Hua, Cheng-Niu Wang, Xin Wang, Qian-Jin Wang, Jin-Yi Yao, Yi-Hui Fan, Yong-Wei Qin
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) invading and activating microglia causes the most serious subtypes of tuberculosis called tubercular meningitis. However, the developmental process of tubercular meningitis, especially the early phase, is poorly understood due to lacking well-established and well-accepted visible models in vitro and in vivo. Here, consistent with one recent report, we found Mycobacterium marinum (M. marinum) invade the zebrafish brain and subsequently cause granuloma-like structures...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352333/long-term-results-of-custom-cementless-stem-total-hip-arthroplasty-performed-in-hip-fusion
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Xavier Flecher, Matthieu Ollivier, Pascal Maman, Sébastien Pesenti, Sébastien Parratte, Jean-Noël Argenson
INTRODUCTION: Due to complex anatomical considerations, results of cementless-stem total hip arthroplasty (THA) in hip fusion remain controversial compared with conventional THA. We therefore aimed to analyse 3D anatomy of the fused hip based on pre-operative computed tomography (CT) scans, functional outcomes based on the Harris Hip Score (HHS) and the Hip Disability and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (HOOS), modifications of hip anatomy based on post-operative standardised radiography, and determine complication rate and long-term survival based on Kaplan-Meier analysis...
January 19, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352301/crystal-structure-of-a-udp-glcnac-epimerase-for-surface-polysaccharide-biosynthesis-in-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Bhumika S Shah, Heather E Ashwood, Stephen J Harrop, Daniel N Farrugia, Ian T Paulsen, Bridget C Mabbutt
With new strains of Acinetobacter baumannii undergoing genomic analysis, it has been possible to define regions of genomic plasticity (RGPs), encoding specific adaptive elements. For a selected RGP from a community-derived isolate of A. baumannii, we outline sequences compatible with biosynthetic machinery of surface polysaccharides, specifically enzymes utilized in the dehydration and conversion of UDP-N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (UDP-D-GlcNAc). We have determined the crystal structure of one of these, the epimerase Ab-WbjB...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352281/differential-dna-methylation-and-transcription-profiles-in-date-palm-roots-exposed-to-salinity
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Ibtisam Al-Harrasi, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Mahmoud W Yaish
As a salt-adaptive plant, the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) requires a suitable mechanism to adapt to the stress of saline soils. There is growing evidence that DNA methylation plays an important role in regulating gene expression in response to abiotic stresses, including salinity. Thus, the present study sought to examine the differential methylation status that occurs in the date palm genome when plants are exposed to salinity, and to identify salinity responsive genes that are regulated by DNA methylation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352199/prevention-of-retinal-degeneration-in-a-rat-model-of-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome
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Steven J Fliesler, Neal S Peachey, Josi Herron, Kelly M Hines, Nadav I Weinstock, Sriganesh Ramachandra Rao, Libin Xu
Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS) is a recessive human disease caused by defective cholesterol (CHOL) synthesis at the level of DHCR7 (7-dehydrocholesterol reductase), which normally catalyzes the conversion of 7-dehydrocholesterol (7DHC) to CHOL. Formation and abnormal accumulation of 7DHC and 7DHC-derived oxysterols occur in SLOS patients and in rats treated with the DHCR7 inhibitor AY9944. The rat SLOS model exhibits progressive and irreversible retinal dysfunction and degeneration, which is only partially ameliorated by dietary CHOL supplementation...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352029/dissociable-temporal-effects-of-bupropion-on-behavioural-measures-of-emotional-and-reward-processing-in-depression
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Annabel E L Walsh, Michael Browning, Wayne C Drevets, Maura Furey, Catherine J Harmer
Antidepressants remediate negative biases in emotional processing early in treatment, prior to mood improvement. However, the effects on reward processing potentially relevant to the treatment of anhedonia are less clear. Here we investigate the early and sustained effects of the dopamine and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor bupropion on behavioural measures of emotional and reward processing in currently depressed individuals. Forty-six currently depressed patients and 42 healthy controls participated in a repeated measures study, during which open-label bupropion was administered to only the patient group over a six week period without a placebo group...
March 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351913/the-rig-i-like-receptor-lgp2-inhibits-dicer-dependent-processing-of-long-double-stranded-rna-and-blocks-rna-interference-in-mammalian-cells
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Annemarthe G van der Veen, Pierre V Maillard, Jan Marten Schmidt, Sonia A Lee, Safia Deddouche-Grass, Annabel Borg, Svend Kjær, Ambrosius P Snijders, Caetano Reis E Sousa
In vertebrates, the presence of viral RNA in the cytosol is sensed by members of the RIG-I-like receptor (RLR) family, which signal to induce production of type I interferons (IFN). These key antiviral cytokines act in a paracrine and autocrine manner to induce hundreds of interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs), whose protein products restrict viral entry, replication and budding. ISGs include the RLRs themselves: RIG-I, MDA5 and, the least-studied family member, LGP2. In contrast, the IFN system is absent in plants and invertebrates, which defend themselves from viral intruders using RNA interference (RNAi)...
January 19, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351907/energy-connections-and-misconnections-across-chemistry-and-biology
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Kathryn P Kohn, Sonia M Underwood, Melanie M Cooper
Despite the number of university students who take courses in multiple science disciplines, little is known about how they connect concepts between disciplines. Energy is a concept that underlies all scientific phenomena and, as such, provides an appropriate context in which to investigate student connections and misconnections across disciplines. In this study, university students concurrently enrolled in introductory chemistry and biology were interviewed to explore their perceptions of the integration of energy both within and across the disciplines, and how they attempted to accommodate and reconcile different disciplinary approaches to energy, to inform future, interdisciplinary course reform...
2018: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351902/targeting-the-sphk1-s1p-s1pr1-axis-that-links-obesity-chronic-inflammation-and-breast-cancer-metastasis
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Masayuki Nagahashi, Akimitsu Yamada, Eriko Katsuta, Tomoyoshi Aoyagi, Wei-Ching Huang, Krista P Terracina, Nitai C Hait, Jeremy C Allegood, Junko Tsuchida, Kizuki Yuza, Masato Nakajima, Manabu Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Sheldon Milstien, Toshifumi Wakai, Sarah Spiegel, Kazuaki Takabe
Although obesity with associated inflammation is now recognized as a risk factor for breast cancer and distant metastases, the functional basis for these connections remain poorly understood. Here we show that in breast cancer patients and in animal breast cancer models, obesity is a sufficient cause for increased expression of the bioactive sphingolipid mediator sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) which mediates cancer pathogenesis. A high fat diet was sufficient to upregulate expression of sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1), the enzyme that produces S1P, along with its receptor S1PR1 in syngeneic and spontaneous breast tumors...
January 19, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351720/structural-interconversion-in-alzheimer-s-amyloid-%C3%AE-16-35-peptide-in-an-aqueous-solution
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Nelson Alves, Rafael B Frigori
Structural properties of Aβ(16-35) fragment are investigated as a model for the amyloid-β peptide excluding its coil-inducing terminals. Our Replica-Exchange Molecular Dynamics simulations using all-atoms and explicit aqueous solvation widely reduce any structural bias. The principal folding pathway shows direct conversion of coil to β-sheet, without the long proposed helix intermediates. Our PCA analysis indicates that the fragment is also intrinsically disordered, as the full amyloid-β peptide. Thus, the observed folding mechanism lacks free-energy barriers and any peaks in the thermal capacity...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351458/differences-in-l-type-calcium-channel-activity-partially-underlie-the-regional-dichotomy-in-pumping-behavior-by-murine-peripheral-and-visceral-lymphatic-vessels
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Scott D Zawieja, Jorge A Castorena-Gonzalez, Joshua Scallan, Michael J Davis
We identified a regional dichotomy in murine lymphatic contractile function with regard to vessel location within either the periphery or visceral cavity. All vessels isolated from peripheral regions; cervical, popliteal, inguinal, axillary, and inter-nodal inguinal axillary (Ing-Ax) developed robust contractions with maximal ejection fractions (EFs) of 50-80% in our ex vivo isobaric myograph experiments. Conversely, vessels isolated from the visceral cavity (mesenteric, TD, and iliac) demonstrated maximal EFs below 15%...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351423/role-of-trpv1-in-acupuncture-modulation-of-reflex-excitatory-cardiovascular-responses
#17
Zhi-Ling Guo, Liang-Wu Fu, Hou-Fen Su, Stephanie C Tjen-A-Looi, John C Longhurst
Acupuncture, including manual and electroacupuncture (MA and EA), at the P5-6 acupoints stimulates afferents in the median nerve (MN) to modulate sympathoexcitatory cardiovascular reflexes. Transient receptor potential vanilloid type-1 (TRPV1) is present in afferents distributed in the region of acupoints. However, contribution of TRPV1 to activation of sensory nerves by acupuncture, leading to modulation of pressor responses has not been studied. We hypothesized that TRPV1 participates in acupuncture's activation of sensory fibers and neurons to modulate pressor reflexes...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351367/accurate-understanding-of-infertility-risk-among-families-of-adolescent-males-newly-diagnosed-with-cancer
#18
Vicky Lehmann, Jessica S Flynn, Rebecca H Foster, Kathryn M Russell, James L Klosky
OBJECTIVE: To examine patient and parent understanding of infertility risk (relative to oncologists' risk ratings) among adolescents newly diagnosed with cancer, and to identify background factors related to inaccurate reporting/estimating. METHODS: Male patients (N=137; aged 13-21) and their parents completed self-report questionnaires. Those who reported a fertility-related conversation with their provider (N=102 adolescents, N=74 parents), reported their infertility risk (i...
January 19, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351354/the-effects-of-intensive-speech-treatment-on-conversational-intelligibility-in-spanish-speakers-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Gemma Moya-Galé, Alireza Goudarzi, Àngels Bayés, Megan McAuliffe, Bram Bulté, Erika S Levy
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of intensive speech treatment on the conversational intelligibility of Castilian Spanish speakers with Parkinson's disease (PD), as well as on the speakers' self-perceptions of disability. Method: Fifteen speakers with a medical diagnosis of PD participated in this study. Speech recordings were completed twice before treatment, immediately posttreatment, and at a 1-month follow-up session. Conversational intelligibility was assessed in 2 ways-transcription accuracy scores and intelligibility ratings on a 9-point Likert scale...
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351344/the-morphing-of-geographical-features-by-fourier-transformation
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Jingzhong Li, Pengcheng Liu, Wenhao Yu, Xiaoqiang Cheng
This paper presents a morphing model of vector geographical data based on Fourier transformation. This model involves three main steps. They are conversion from vector data to Fourier series, generation of intermediate function by combination of the two Fourier series concerning a large scale and a small scale, and reverse conversion from combination function to vector data. By mirror processing, the model can also be used for morphing of linear features. Experimental results show that this method is sensitive to scale variations and it can be used for vector map features' continuous scale transformation...
2018: PloS One
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