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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107423/characterization-of-the-drug-resistance-profiles-of-patients-infected-with-crf07_bc-using-phenotypic-assay-and-ultra-deep-pyrosequencing
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Szu-Wei Huang, Wei-You Li, Wen-Hung Wang, Yu-Ting Lin, Chih-Hung Chou, Marcelo Chen, Hsien-Da Huang, Yen-Hsu Chen, Po-Liang Lu, Sheng-Fan Wang, Shinichi Oka, Yi-Ming Arthur Chen
The usefulness of ultra-deep pyrosequencing (UDPS) for the diagnosis of HIV-1 drug resistance (DR) remains to be determined. Previously, we reported an explosive outbreak of HIV-1 circulating recombinant form (CRF) 07_BC among injection drug users (IDUs) in Taiwan in 2004. The goal of this study was to characterize the DR of CRF07_BC strains using different assays including UDPS. Seven CRF07_BC isolates including 4 from early epidemic (collected in 2004-2005) and 3 from late epidemic (collected in 2008) were obtained from treatment-naïve patient's peripheral blood mononuclear cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106783/extract-of-polygala-tenuifolia-alleviates-stress-exacerbated-atopy-like-skin-dermatitis-through-the-modulation-of-protein-kinase-a-and-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-signaling-pathway
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Bongjun Sur, Bombi Lee, Ye Seul Yoon, Pooreum Lim, Riwon Hong, Mijung Yeom, Hyang Sook Lee, Hijoon Park, Insop Shim, Hyejung Lee, Young Pyo Jang, Dae-Hyun Hahm
Atopic dermatitis (AD) and stress create a vicious cycle: stress exacerbates atopic symptoms, and atopic disease elicits stress and anxiety. Targeting multiple pathways including stress and allergic inflammation is, therefore, important for treating AD. In this study, we investigated the remedial value of Polygala tenuifolia Willd. (PTW) for treating immobilization (IMO) stress-exacerbated atopy-like skin dermatitis and its underlying mechanism. Trimellitic anhydride (TMA) was applied to dorsal skin for sensitization and subsequently both ears for eliciting T-cell-dependent contact hypersensitivity in mice, which underwent 2 h-IMO stress and PTW administration for the latter 6 and 9 days in the ear exposure period of TMA, respectively...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103830/epidemiology-of-laboratory-confirmed-measles-virus-cases-in-the-southern-nations-of-ethiopia-2007-2014
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Mekonen Getahun, Berhane Beyene, Ayesheshem Ademe, Birke Teshome, Mesfin Tefera, Aklog Afework, Yoseph HaileMariam, Esete Assefa, Yonas Hailegiorgis, Anjelo Asha
BACKGROUND: In Ethiopia, measles case-based surveillance was introduced in 2004 as one strategy for measles control by laboratory confirmation of suspected cases. In this article, epidemiological distribution of laboratory-confirmed measles cases were reported from the Southern Nation Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia between 2007 and 2014, as the region is one of the highly measles affected areas in Ethiopia. METHOD: A serum sample was collected from all measles suspected cases, and patient information was captured by case reporting format (CRF)...
January 19, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103785/non-peptide-crf-receptor-antagonists-allosterism-kinetics-and-translation-to-efficacy-in-human-disease
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Dimitri E Grigoriadis, Samuel R J Hoare
G-Protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) have been, and remain a key target of drug discovery programs for human disease. While many drugs have been developed that interact with these proteins in the simple classic manner - that is - physically blocking the cognate ligand from simply binding to its target receptor, drug discovery approaches have elucidated alternative more complex methods by which small molecules can interact with these receptors and block their function. This is most evident in the Class B GPCRs where the cognate ligands are relatively large peptides with multiple points of contact on the GPCR spanning both hydrophilic and hydrophobic domains on the same protein to elicit function...
January 10, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103784/the-multi-faceted-profile-of-corticotropin-releasing-factor-crf-family-of-neuropeptides-and-of-their-receptors-on-the-paracrine-local-regulation-of-the-inflammatory-response
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Andrew N Margioris, Eirini Dermitzaki, Maria Venihaki, Christos Tsatsani, Achille Gravanis, Pavlina Avgoustinaki, George Liapakis
The corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) family of neuropeptides, CRF and the Urocortins, and their receptors are present not only within the central nervous system but also in the periphery at various locations and at the sites of inflammation where they influence its progress in a complex local / paracrine manner. These neuropeptides are either produced locally, by components of the inflammatory response or they may reach the inflammation sites via postganglionic sympathetic and sensory afferent nerve transport...
January 9, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103783/understanding-corticotropin-releasing-factor-receptor-crfr-activation-using-structural-models
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Arnau Cordomi, George Liapakis, Minos Timotheos Matsoukas
The corticotropin-releasing factor type 1 and 2 receptors (CRF1R and CRF2R) belong to the secretin-like family, also known as class B1, of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). Several endogenous hormones mediate their responses through the CRF receptors, such as CRF and the urocortins. The structures for the N-terminus extracellular domain of both CRF1R and CRF2R in complex with peptidic ligands were released a few years ago and permitted the study of hormone binding to the orthosteric binding site. It was not until more recently, when the crystal structure of the transmembrane domain of human CRF1R in its inactive state bound to an allosteric antagonist became available...
January 10, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103782/structures-of-the-first-extracellular-domain-of-crf-receptors
#7
Viviane Zelenay, Marilyn Perrin, Roland Riek
Corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) receptors belong to the secretin family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and are responsible for initiating endocrine stress responses and mediating anxiety related behaviors upon activation via stressors. The main binding site for the CRF ligands is the first extracellular domain (ECD) of the receptors. Several structures of ligand-free and ligand-bound ECDs were recently determined either by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy or X-ray crystallography. They reveal how the ligands bind through both hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions to the ECDs, which is highly dynamic in absence of ligands...
January 10, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103781/prospective-clinical-applications-of-crf-peptide-antagonists
#8
Jean E Rivier
It is noteworthy that thirty three years of efforts in corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) research by academia and the pharmaceutical industry resulted in several thousand papers and patents, yet little progress has been made to identify and market diagnostic or therapeutic CRF peptides and small molecule ligands. We document the potential relevance of CRF peptide antagonists to reinvigorate stress/anxiety affected "anatomy systems" in order to boost their efficacy.
January 10, 2017: Current Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101697/predictors-of-the-usefulness-of-corticosteroids-for-cancer-related-fatigue-in-end-of-life-patients
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Yuko Kanbayashi, Toyoshi Hosokawa
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Although some studies have examined the use of corticosteroids, their effectiveness in treating cancer-related fatigue (CRF) has yet to be established. Therefore, this retrospective study attempted to identify factors that would predict the usefulness of corticosteroids in treating CRF. METHODS: We examined 87 hospitalized end-of-life cancer patients who were given betamethasone for relief of CRF at our hospital between January 2008 and January 2014...
January 18, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101317/corticotropin-releasing-factor-overexpression-in-mice-abrogates-sex-differences-in-body-weight-visceral-fat-and-food-intake-response-to-a-fast-and-alters-levels-of-feeding-regulatory-hormones
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Lixin Wang, Miriam Goebel-Stengel, Pu-Qing Yuan, Andreas Stengel, Yvette Taché
BACKGROUND: Corticotropin-releasing factor overexpressing (CRF-OE) male mice showed an inhibited feeding response to a fast, and lower plasma acyl ghrelin and Fos expression in the arcuate nucleus compared to wild-type (WT) mice. We investigated whether hormones and hypothalamic feeding signals are impaired in CRF-OE mice and the influence of sex. METHODS: Male and female CRF-OE mice and WT littermates (4-6 months old) fed ad libitum or overnight fasted were assessed for body, adrenal glands and perigonadal fat weights, food intake, plasma hormones, blood glucose, and mRNA hypothalamic signals...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099086/maximal-heart-rate-declines-linearly-with-age-independent-of-cardiorespiratory-fitness-levels
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Cemal Ozemek, Mitchell H Whaley, W Holmes Finch, Leonard A Kaminsky
There have been many conflicting observations between the linear or curvilinear decline in maximal heart rate (HRmax) with age. The aim of this study was to determine if linear or curvilinear equations would better describe the decline in HRmax with age in individuals of differing cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) levels. Treadmill cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPX) results from participants (1510 men and 1134 women; 18-76 years) free of overt cardiovascular disease were retrospectively examined using cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097374/effects-of-5-ht1a-5-ht2a-and-5-ht2c-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-responding-for-a-conditioned-reinforcer-and-its-enhancement-by-methylphenidate
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Paul J Fletcher, Fiona D Zeeb, Caleb J Browne, Guy A Higgins, Ashlie D Soko
OBJECTIVES: These experiments examined the effects of selective 5-HT1A, 5-HT2A and 5-HT2C receptor ligands on responding for a conditioned reinforcer (CRf). Effects of these ligands were measured under basal conditions and following elevated dopamine (DA) activity produced by the DA reuptake inhibitor methylphenidate. METHODS: Water-restricted rats learned to associate a conditioned stimulus (CS) with water in operant chambers. Subsequently, two response levers were made available; responding on one lever delivered the CS (now a CRf), while responding on the second lever had no consequences...
January 18, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095509/body-mass-index-at-accession-and-incident-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-in-us-army-soldiers-2001-2011
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Adela Hruby, Lakmini Bulathsinhala, Craig J McKinnon, Owen T Hill, Scott J Montain, Andrew J Young, Tracey J Smith
Individuals entering US Army service are generally young and healthy, but many are overweight, which may impact cardiometabolic risk despite physical activity and fitness requirements. This analysis examines the association between Soldiers' BMI at accession and incident cardiometabolic risk factors (CRF) using longitudinal data from 731,014 Soldiers (17.0% female; age: 21.6 [3.9] years; BMI: 24.7 [3.8] kg/m2) who were assessed at Army accession, 2001-2011. CRF were defined as incident diagnoses through 2011, by ICD-9 code, of metabolic syndrome, glucose/insulin disorder, hypertension, dyslipidemia, or overweight/obesity (in those not initially overweight/obese)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090606/hierarchical-span-based-conditional-random-fields-for-labeling-and-segmenting-events-in-wearable-sensor-data-streams
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Roy J Adams, Nazir Saleheen, Edison Thomaz, Abhinav Parate, Santosh Kumar, Benjamin M Marlin
The field of mobile health (mHealth) has the potential to yield new insights into health and behavior through the analysis of continuously recorded data from wearable health and activity sensors. In this paper, we present a hierarchical span-based conditional random field model for the key problem of jointly detecting discrete events in such sensor data streams and segmenting these events into high-level activity sessions. Our model includes higher-order cardinality factors and inter-event duration factors to capture domain-specific structure in the label space...
June 2016: Proceedings of the ... International Conference on Machine Learning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089639/a-systematic-review-of-the-association-between-fatigue-and-genetic-polymorphisms
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Tengteng Wang, Jie Yin, Andrew H Miller, Canhua Xiao
Fatigue is one of the most common and distressing symptoms, leading to markedly decreased quality of life among a large subset of patients with a variety of disorders. Susceptibility to fatigue may be influenced by genetic factors including single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), especially in the regulatory regions, of relevant genes. To further investigate the association of SNPs with fatigue in various patient populations, a systematic search was conducted on Pubmed, CINAHL, PsycINFO, and Sociological Abstracts Database for fatigue related-terms in combination with polymorphisms or genetic variation-related terms...
January 12, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089628/crf1-but-not-glucocorticoid-receptor-antagonists-reduce-separation-induced-distress-vocalizations-in-guinea-pig-pups-and-crf-overexpressing-mouse-pups-a-combination-study-with-paroxetine
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P Monika Verdouw, Joantine C J van Esterik, Bernard W M M Peeters, Mark J Millan, Lucianne Groenink
RATIONALE: Given the large number of patients that does not respond sufficiently to currently available treatment for anxiety disorders, there is a need for improved treatment. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the anxiolytic effects of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF)1 receptor antagonists and glucocorticoid receptor (GR) antagonists in the separation-induced vocalization test in guinea pigs and transgenic mice with central CRF overexpression. Furthermore, we explored effects of these drugs when given in combination with a suboptimal dose of a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI)...
January 12, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089564/cardiorespiratory-fitness-after-transient-ischemic-attack-and-minor-ischemic-stroke-baseline-data-of-the-moveit-study
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H Myrthe Boss, IngerA Deijle, SanderM Van Schaik, EdwinC de Melker, BobT J van den Berg, HenryC Weinstein, MirjamI Geerlings, L Jaap Kappelle, RenskeM Van den Berg-Vos
BACKGROUND: Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is reduced in patients with stroke. It is unclear whether it is also reduced in patients with a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke. We investigated the CRF in patients with a recent TIA or minor stroke and explored which determinants are associated with a lower fitness. METHODS: In 113 patients with a recent TIA or minor ischemic stroke (64 (SD = 10) years of age; 49 (IQR 27-86) days post TIA or stroke), the peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak) was determined in a symptom-limited ramp exercise test...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081172/influence-of-corneal-opacity-on-intraocular-pressure-assessment-in-patients-with-lysosomal-storage-diseases
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Joanna Wasielica-Poslednik, Giuseppe Politino, Irene Schmidtmann, Katrin Lorenz, Katharina Bell, Norbert Pfeiffer, Susanne Pitz
AIMS: To investigate an influence of mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS)- and Morbus Fabry-associated corneal opacities on intraocular pressure (IOP) measurements and to evaluate the concordance of the different tonometry methods. METHODS: 25 MPS patients with or without corneal clouding, 25 Fabry patients with cornea verticillata ≥ grade 2 and 25 healthy age matched controls were prospectively included into this study. Outcome measures: Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT); palpatory assessment of IOP; Goldmann-correlated intraocular pressure (IOPg), corneal-compensated intraocular pressure (IOPcc), corneal resistance factor (CRF) and corneal hysteresis (CH) assessed by Ocular Response Analyzer (ORA); central corneal thickness (CCT) and density assessed with Pentacam...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077856/relationship-between-cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-blood-pressure-in-young-adults-a-mediation-analysis-of-body-composition
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Ana Díez-Fernández, Mairena Sánchez-López, José Antonio Nieto, Alberto González-García, José Miota-Ibarra, Ignacio Ortiz-Galeano, Vicente Martínez-Vizcaíno
High blood pressure levels are among the most important cardiovascular disease risk factors and are influenced by physical fitness and body composition. However, the degree to which obesity may attenuate or modify the beneficial effects of physical fitness on blood pressure levels in young adults is uncertain. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyze whether body composition is a mediator between cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and blood pressure levels in young adults. This work was a cross-sectional study involving first-year college students (n=386) at the University Campus of Cuenca (Spain)...
January 12, 2017: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076565/effect-of-corneal-biomechanical-properties-on-surgically-induced-astigmatism-and-higher-order-aberrations-after-cataract-surgery
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Mustafa Koç, Çağrı İlhan, Yaran Koban, Kemal Özülken, İrfan Durukan, Pelin Yılmazbaş
Purpose: To investigate the relationship between biomechanical properties of the cornea and postoperative refractive changes in patients with low-level astigmatism after cataract surgery. Methods: This prospective study recruited patients undergoing cataract surgery involving 2.8-mm superior incisions. Biomechanical properties of the cornea were evaluated preoperatively using the Ocular Response Analyzer, and corneal profiles were evaluated using a Scheimpflug system (Pentacam HR)...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Oftalmologia
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