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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444563/889%C3%A2-days-of-support-on-hydrodynamic-bearing-rotation-mode-of-the-duraheart%C3%A2-for-bridge-to-heart-transplantation
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Yorihiko Matsumoto, Tomoyuki Fujita, Satsuki Fukushima, Hiroki Hata, Yusuke Shimahara, Yuta Kume, Kizuku Yamashita, Kensuke Kuroda, Seiko Nakajima, Haruki Sunami, Takuma Sato, Osamu Seguchi, Masanobu Yanase, Norihide Fukushima, Junjiro Kobayashi
A 49-year-old man with ischemic cardiomyopathy and tricuspid regurgitation underwent a DuraHeart implantation and tricuspid annuloplasty for bridge-to-heart transplantation. On postoperative day 393, the magnetic levitation system suddenly broke down, and the pump system went into hydrodynamic bearing rotation (HD) mode without causing relevant symptoms. The controller was exchanged with one that adapted to the HD mode. No significant hemodynamic changes or indications of hemolysis were observed. On postoperative day 982, the pump temporarily stopped nine times...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444345/causal-evidence-for-task-specific-involvement-of-the-dorsomedial-prefrontal-cortex-in-human-social-cognition
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Andrew K Martin, I Ilvana Dzafic, Swathi Ramdave, Marcus Meinzer
The dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) is a key hub of the "social brain", but little is known about specific processes supported by this region. Using focal high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation (HD-tDCS) and a social cognitive battery with differing demands on self-other processing, we demonstrate specific involvement of the dmPFC in tasks placing high demands on self-other processing. Specifically, excitatory (anodal) HD-tDCS enhanced the integration of external information into the self for explicit higher-order socio-cognitive tasks across cognitive domains; i...
April 21, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444336/intradialytic-hypotension-blood-pressure-changes-and-mortality-risk-in-incident-hemodialysis-patients
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Jason A Chou, Elani Streja, Danh V Nguyen, Connie M Rhee, Yoshitsugu Obi, Jula K Inrig, Alpesh Amin, Csaba P Kovesdy, John J Sim, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
Background.: Intradialytic hypotension (IDH) occurs frequently in maintenance hemodialysis (HD) patients and may be associated with higher mortality. We hypothesize that nadir intradialytic systolic blood pressure (niSBP) is inversely related to death risk while iSBP change (Δ) and IDH frequency are incrementally associated with all-cause mortality. Methods.: In a US-based cohort of 112 013 incident HD patients over a 5-year period (2007-11), using niSBP, ΔiSBP (pre-HD SBP minus niSBP) and IDH frequency (proportion of HD treatments with niSBP <90 mmHg) within the first 91 days of HD, we examined mortality-predictability at 1, 2 and 5 years using Cox models and restricted cubic splines adjusted for case-mix, comorbidities and laboratory covariates...
April 21, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443140/chemoradiotherapy-in-octogenarians-as-primary-treatment-for-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
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Victor A McPherson, George Rodrigues, Glenn Bauman, Eric Winquist, Joseph Chin, Jonathan Izawa, Kylea Potvin, Scott Ernst, Varagur Venkatesan, Tracy Sexton, Belal Ahmad, Nicholas Power
INTRODUCTION: While radical cystectomy is the gold standard for muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), in octogenarians cystectomy results in a higher perioperative mortality rate (6.8-11.1%) than in younger patients (2.2%). Trimodality therapy is a bladder-sparing regimen composed of transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) and chemoradiotherapy, with intent for salvage cystectomy, and has a 62.5-90% initial complete response rate. In this study, we evaluate TURBT and chemoradiotherapy without salvage cystectomy in medically inoperable octogenarian patients...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442996/structural-characteristics-of-simple-rna-repeats-associated-with-disease-and-their-deleterious-protein-interactions
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Adam Ciesiolka, Magdalena Jazurek, Karolina Drazkowska, Wlodzimierz J Krzyzosiak
Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) are frequent entities in many transcripts, however, in some cases, pathological events occur when a critical repeat length is reached. This phenomenon is observed in various neurological disorders, such as myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, C9orf72-related amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (C9ALS/FTD), and polyglutamine diseases, such as Huntington's disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA). The pathological effects of these repeats are triggered by mutant RNA transcripts and/or encoded mutant proteins, which depend on the localization of the expanded repeats in non-coding or coding regions...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439825/small-rna-profiling-by-next-generation-sequencing-using-high-definition-adapters
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Martina Billmeier, Ping Xu
Small RNAs (sRNAs) as key regulators of gene expression play fundamental roles in many biological processes. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has become an important tool for sRNA discovery and profiling. However, NGS data often show bias for or against certain sequences which is mainly caused by adapter oligonucleotides that are ligated to sRNAs more or less efficiently by RNA ligases. In order to reduce ligation bias, High-definition (HD) adapters for the Illumina sequencing platform were developed. However, a large amount of direct 5' and 3' adapter ligation products are often produced when the current commercially available kits are used for cloning with HD adapters...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438255/a-strategy-based-on-patient-preference-improves-the-adherence-and-outcomes-of-phosphate-binders-in-hemodialysis%C3%A2
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M Dolores Arenas Jiménez, Eduardo Parra Moncasi, Fernando Álvarez-Ude Cotera
PURPOSE: Phosphate binders (PB) have to be taken with food, their interference with an individual's lifestyle and social habits influences treatment adherence. Several PBs are available, and patient preferences should not be ignored when prescribing. The purpose was to know the extent of intentional and unintentional nonadherence to PB in hemodialysis (HD) patients, and to evaluate the long-term results (adherence, serum phosphate levels, and cost) of a strategy of prescription of PB that takes into account patient preferences...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437479/conformational-dynamics-of-bacterial-trigger-factor-in-apo-and-ribosome-bound-states
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Mehmet Tarik Can, Zeynep Kurkcuoglu, Gokce Ezeroglu, Arzu Uyar, Ozge Kurkcuoglu, Pemra Doruker
The chaperone trigger factor (TF) binds to the ribosome exit tunnel and helps cotranslational folding of nascent chains (NC) in bacterial cells and chloroplasts. In this study, we aim to investigate the functional dynamics of fully-atomistic apo TF and its complex with 50S. As TF accomodates a high percentage of charged residues on its surface, the effect of ionic strength on TF dynamics is assessed here by performing five independent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations (total of 1.3 micro-second duration) at 29 mM and 150 mM ionic strengths...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437453/three-dominant-awnless-genes-in-common-wheat-fine-mapping-interaction-and-contribution-to-diversity-in-awn-shape-and-length
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Motohiro Yoshioka, Julio C M Iehisa, Ryoko Ohno, Tatsuro Kimura, Hiroyuki Enoki, Satoru Nishimura, Shuhei Nasuda, Shigeo Takumi
The awn is a long needle-like structure formed at the tip of the lemma in the florets of some grass species. It plays a role in seed dispersal and protection against animals, and can contribute to the photosynthetic activity of spikes. Three main dominant inhibitors of awn development (Hd, B1 and B2) are known in hexaploid wheat, but the causal genes have not been cloned yet and a genetic association with awn length diversity has been found only for the B1 allele. To analyze the prevalence of these three awning inhibitors, we attempted to predict the genotypes of 189 hexaploid wheat varieties collected worldwide using markers tightly linked to these loci...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436707/samhd1-protects-cancer-cells-from-various-nucleoside-based-antimetabolites
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Nikolas Herold, Sean G Rudd, Kumar Sanjiv, Juliane Kutzner, Julia Bladh, Cynthia B J Paulin, Thomas Helleday, J I Henter, Torsten Schaller
Recently, we demonstrated that sterile alpha motif and HD domain containing protein 1 (SAMHD1) is a major barrier in acute myelogenous leukemic (AML) cells to the cytotoxicity of cytarabine (ara-C), the most important drug in AML treatment. Ara-C is intracellularly converted by the canonical dNTP synthesis pathway to ara-CTP, which serves as a substrate but not an allosteric activator of SAMHD1. Using an AML mouse model, we show here that wild type but not catalytically inactive SAMHD1 reduces ara-C treatment efficacy in vivo...
April 24, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436572/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-evaluating-cysteamine-in-huntington-s-disease
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Christophe Verny, Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Lévi, Alexandra Durr, Cyril Goizet, Jean-Philippe Azulay, Clémence Simonin, Christine Tranchant, Fabienne Calvas, Pierre Krystkowiak, Perrine Charles, Katia Youssov, Clarisse Scherer, Adriana Prundean, Audrey Olivier, Pascal Reynier, Frédéric Saudou, Patrick Maison, Philippe Allain, Erica von Studnitz, Dominique Bonneau
BACKGROUND: Cysteamine has been demonstrated as potentially effective in numerous animal models of Huntington's disease. METHODS: Ninety-six patients with early-stage Huntington's disease were randomized to 1200 mg delayed-release cysteamine bitartrate or placebo daily for 18 months. The primary end point was the change from baseline in the UHDRS Total Motor Score. A linear mixed-effects model for repeated measures was used to assess treatment effect, expressed as the least-squares mean difference of cysteamine minus placebo, with negative values indicating less deterioration relative to placebo...
April 24, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436437/allele-selective-suppression-of-mutant-huntingtin-in-primary-human-blood-cells
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James R C Miller, Edith L Pfister, Wanzhao Liu, Ralph Andre, Ulrike Träger, Lori A Kennington, Kimberly Lo, Sipke Dijkstra, Douglas Macdonald, Gary Ostroff, Neil Aronin, Sarah J Tabrizi
Post-transcriptional gene silencing is a promising therapy for the monogenic, autosomal dominant, Huntington's disease (HD). However, wild-type huntingtin (HTT) has important cellular functions, so the ideal strategy would selectively lower mutant HTT while sparing wild-type. HD patients were genotyped for heterozygosity at three SNP sites, before phasing each SNP allele to wild-type or mutant HTT. Primary ex vivo myeloid cells were isolated from heterozygous patients and transfected with SNP-targeted siRNA, using glucan particles taken up by phagocytosis...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434760/omega-3-fatty-acid-supplementation-is-associated-with-oxidative-stress-and-dyslipidemia-but-does-not-contribute-to-better-lipid-and-oxidative-status-on-hemodialysis-patients
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Andresa Marques de Mattos, José Abrão Cardeal da Costa, Alceu Afonso Jordão Júnior, Paula Garcia Chiarello
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to explore the effects of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) supplementation in physiological doses on oxidative stress (OS) and dyslipidemia in patients on hemodialysis (HD). DESIGN AND METHODS: Randomized, double-blind, controlled, experimental trial. A total of 88 HD patients ≥18 years old and on HD for at least 6 months. A total of 43 patients received 1.28 g/day of n-3 PUFA, and 45 other patients received soybean oil for 12 weeks...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434747/bivariate-threshold-models-for-genetic-evaluation-of-susceptibility-to-and-ability-to-recover-from-mastitis-in-danish-holstein-cows
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B G Welderufael, L L G Janss, D J de Koning, L P Sørensen, P Løvendahl, W F Fikse
Mastitis in dairy cows is an unavoidable problem and genetic variation in recovery from mastitis, in addition to susceptibility, is therefore of interest. Genetic parameters for susceptibility to and recovery from mastitis were estimated for Danish Holstein-Friesian cows using data from automatic milking systems equipped with online somatic cell count measuring units. The somatic cell count measurements were converted to elevated mastitis risk, a continuous variable [on a (0-1) scale] indicating the risk of mastitis...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434550/renal-failure-after-cardiac-operations-not-all-acute-kidney-injury-is-the-same
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Todd C Crawford, J Trent Magruder, Joshua C Grimm, Shin-Rong Lee, Alejandro Suarez-Pierre, David Lehenbauer, Christopher M Sciortino, Robert S Higgins, Duke E Cameron, John V Conte, Glenn J Whitman
BACKGROUND: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) database does not distinguish between a decline in creatinine clearance vs new hemodialysis (HD) when qualifying acute renal failure (ARF) after a cardiac operation. We hypothesized that patients requiring HD experience significantly greater postoperative morbidity and death. METHODS: We included all patients who underwent STS index cardiac operations at our institution from 2008 to March 2015 and did not have preexisting renal failure (creatinine >4...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434043/early-whole-brain-radiotherapy-in-primary-cns-lymphoma-negative-impact-on-quality-of-life-in-the-randomized-g-pcnsl-sg1-trial
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Ulrich Herrlinger, Niklas Schäfer, Rolf Fimmers, Frank Griesinger, Michael Rauch, Heinz Kirchen, Patrick Roth, Martin Glas, Michael Bamberg, Peter Martus, Eckhard Thiel, Agnieszka Korfel, Michael Weller
PURPOSE: In the randomized G-PCNSL-SG-1 trial, the addition of whole brain radiotherapy (45 Gy) to high-dose methotrexate (HD-MTX)-based chemotherapy (early WBRT arm) did not prolong overall survival (OS) as compared to HD-MTX-based chemotherapy alone (no early WBRT arm) in primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) patients. To determine whether WBRT might lead to quality of life (QoL)-relevant late neurotoxicity, this trial prospectively monitored QoL. METHODS: QoL measurements were performed using the EORTC-QLQ-C30 and BN20 questionnaires and combined with repeated Mini Mental State Examinations (MMSE)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431865/statin-use-and-other-factors-associated-with-mortality-after-major-lower-extremity-amputation
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Charles DeCarlo, Larry Scher, Saadat Shariff, John Phair, Evan Lipsitz, Karan Garg
OBJECTIVE: Above-knee amputations (AKAs) and below-knee amputations (BKAs) are associated with high postoperative mortality rates. In this study, we examined factors associated with 30-day, 90-day, and 1-year mortality in patients who underwent a major lower extremity amputation. METHODS: We queried a prospectively collected institutional database for all patients who underwent AKA or BKA with primary or secondary closure, during a 5-year period, between November 2009 and November 2014...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431622/quantitative-biomechanical-assessment-of-trunk-control-in-huntington-s-disease-reveals-more-impairment-in-static-than-dynamic-tasks
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Deb A Kegelmeyer, Sandra K Kostyk, Nora E Fritz, Marianne M Fiumedora, Ajit Chaudhari, Marilly Palettas, Gregory Young, Anne D Kloos
Postural instability is common in individuals with Huntington's disease (HD), yet little is known about control of the trunk during static and dynamic activities. We compared the trunk motion of 41 individuals with HD and 36 controls at thoracic and pelvic levels during sitting, standing, and walking using wearable iPod sensors. We also examined the ability of individuals with HD to respond to an auditory cue to modify trunk position when the pelvis moved >8° in sagittal or frontal planes during sitting using custom software...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430311/effect-of-hemodialysis-access-blood-flow-on-cardiac-events-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-using-an-internal-thoracic-artery
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Leonid Feldman, Ilia Beberashvili, Ahmad Abu Tair, Shai Efrati, Oleg Gorelik, Walter G Wasser, Eitan Heldenberg, Igor Rabin
BACKGROUND: The possibility of coronary steal through an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) in hemodialysis (HD) patients with coronary artery bypass grafts (CABGs) using an ipsilateral internal thoracic artery (ITA) has been suggested. In order to define the significance of such a possibility, we analyzed cardiac events and mortality risk in patients in relation to AVF flow. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed on prevalent HD patients from a single center...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430145/the-association-of-ankle-brachial-index-protein-energy-wasting-and-inflammation-status-with-cardiovascular-mortality-in-patients-on-chronic-hemodialysis
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Hideki Ishii, Hiroshi Takahashi, Yasuhiko Ito, Toru Aoyama, Daisuke Kamoi, Takashi Sakakibara, Norio Umemoto, Yoshitaka Kumada, Susumu Suzuki, Toyoaki Murohara
Protein-energy wasting (PEW) is highly prevalent in hemodialysis (HD) patients. We investigated the association of abnormal ankle brachial index (ABI), PEW, and chronic inflammation status with clinical prognosis in HD patients. A total of 973 HD patients were enrolled and were followed-up for 8 years. As a marker of the PEW, geriatric nutritional risk index (GNRI) was used. Cut-off levels were 91.2 for GNRI defined from previous studies and 1.9 mg/L for C-reactive protein (CRP) as median value, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Nutrients
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