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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906108/heme-oxygenase-and-carbon-monoxide-protect-from-muscle-dystrophy
#1
Mun Chun Chan, Olivia Ziegler, Laura Liu, Glenn C Rowe, Saumya Das, Leo E Otterbein, Zoltan Arany
BACKGROUND: Duchenne muscle dystrophy (DMD) is one of the most common lethal genetic diseases of children worldwide and is 100% fatal. Steroids, the only therapy currently available, are marred by poor efficacy and a high side-effect profile. New therapeutic approaches are urgently needed. METHODS: Here, we leverage PGC-1α, a powerful transcriptional coactivator known to protect against dystrophy in the mdx murine model of DMD, to search for novel mechanisms of protection against dystrophy...
November 28, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905529/efficient-targeted-mutagenesis-of-rice-and-tobacco-genomes-using-cpf1-from-francisella-novicida
#2
Akira Endo, Mikami Masafumi, Hidetaka Kaya, Seiichi Toki
CRISPR/Cas9 systems are nowadays applied extensively to effect genome editing in various organisms including plants. CRISPR from Prevotella and Francisella 1 (Cpf1) is a newly characterized RNA-guided endonuclease that has two distinct features as compared to Cas9. First, Cpf1 utilizes a thymidine-rich protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) while Cas9 prefers a guanidine-rich PAM. Cpf1 could be used as a sequence-specific nuclease to target AT-rich regions of a genome that Cas9 had difficulty accessing. Second, Cpf1 generates DNA ends with a 5' overhang, whereas Cas9 creates blunt DNA ends after cleavage...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905299/lack-of-an-apparent-role-for-endothelin-1-in-the-prolonged-reduction-in-renal-perfusion-following-severe-unilateral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-the-mouse
#3
Erika I Boesen
Therapeutic approaches to block the progression from acute kidney injury to chronic kidney disease are currently lacking. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a powerful vasoconstrictor, induced by hypoxia, and previously implicated in renal ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. This study tested the hypothesis that blunting the vascular influence of ET-1, either through endothelin ETA receptor blockade (ABT-627) or vascular endothelial cell deletion of ET-1 (VEET KO), would improve recovery of renal perfusion and repair of injury following a severe ischemic insult in mice (45 min unilateral renal ischemia)...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904884/escherichia-coli-sequence-type-131-h30-is-the-main-driver-of-emerging-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-e-coli-at-a-tertiary-care-center
#4
James R Johnson, Brian Johnston, Paul Thuras, Bryn Launer, Evgeni V Sokurenko, Loren G Miller
The H30 strain of Escherichia coli sequence type 131 (ST131-H30) is a recently emerged, globally disseminated lineage associated with fluoroquinolone resistance and, via its H30Rx subclone, the CTX-M-15 extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL). Here, we studied the clonal background and resistance characteristics of 109 consecutive recent E. coli clinical isolates (2015) and 41 historical ESBL-producing E. coli blood isolates (2004 to 2011) from a public tertiary care center in California with a rising prevalence of ESBL-producing E...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904111/restoration-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-response-to-hypoglycemia-in-type-2-diabetes-by-avoiding-chronic-hypoglycemia
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Shin-Ichi Tsuda, Kazunori Konishi, Toshiki Otoda, Takako Nagai, Ai Takeda-Watanabe, Megumi Kanasaki, Munehiro Kitada, Atsushi Nakagawa, Makoto Nishizawa, Keizo Kanasaki, Daisuke Koya
An impaired ability to sense and respond to drug-induced hypoglycemia is a common and serious complication in diabetic patients. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity plays a critical role in the counterregulatory response to hypoglycemia. We herein report a case that experienced restoration of a blunted HPA axis by avoiding hypoglycemia with the use of the DPP-4 inhibitor sitagliptin.
2016: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904004/delayed-diagnosis-of-blunt-carotid-trauma-in-a-seat-belt-syndrome-with-associated-abdominal-wall-injury-a-case-report
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Savino Occhionorelli, Dario Andreotti, Daniela Tartarini, Lorenzo Cappellari, Rocco Stano, Lucia Morganti, Giorgio Vasquez
: The aim of this case report is to be aware of occult carotid lesions in thoracic- abdominal trauma because, carotid artery injury consequent to blunt trauma is rare, affecting less than 1% of patients as reported in literature. A 45-years-old female, involved in a traffic accident, arrived to Emergency Room hemodynamically stable, with a Glasgow Coma Scale of 15, complaining abdominal pain, without any neurological signs. She underwent Computed Tomography (CT) scan that showed a complete disruption of left abdominal wall muscles, associated with massive bowel loops herniation...
November 28, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903745/inhibiting-microglia-expansion-prevents-diet-induced-hypothalamic-and-peripheral-inflammation
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Caroline André, Omar Guzman-Quevedo, Charlotte Rey, Julie Rémus-Borel, Samantha Clark, Ashley Castellanos-Jankiewicz, Elodie Ladeveze, Thierry Leste-Lasserre, Agnes Nadjar, Djoher Nora Abrous, Sophie Laye, Daniela Cota
Cell proliferation and neuroinflammation in the adult hypothalamus may contribute to the pathogenesis of obesity. Here we tested whether the intertwining of these two processes has a role in the metabolic changes caused by three weeks of saturated high-fat diet (HFD) consumption.As compared to chow, HFD-fed mice rapidly increased body weight and fat mass, and specifically showed increased microglia number in the arcuate nucleus (ARC) of the hypothalamus. Microglia expansion required the adequate presence of fats and carbohydrates in the diet, since feeding mice a very high-fat, very low-carbohydrate diet did not affect cell proliferation...
November 30, 2016: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903618/hypolipidemic-effect-of-oleanolic-acid-is-mediated-by-the-mir-98-5p-pgc-1%C3%AE-axis-in-high-fat-diet-induced-hyperlipidemic-mice
#8
Siyu Chen, Xiaoan Wen, Wenxiang Zhang, Chen Wang, Jun Liu, Chang Liu
Oleanolic acid (OA) is an active component of the traditional Chinese herb olea europaea l. and has been found to exhibit a significant lipid-lowering effect; however, its direct molecular target is still unknown, which limits its clinical application and the possible structure modification to improve its beneficial functions. In this regard, we carried out the present study to identify potential hepatic targets of OA to mediate its lipid-lowering effect. We found that both acute and chronic OA treatments reduced serum levels of triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL cholesterol, and decreased hepatic expression levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1β (PGC-1β), which is an important regulator in maintaining hepatic lipid homeostasis, and its downstream target genes...
November 30, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903588/discovery-and-validation-of-agonistic-angiotensin-receptor-autoantibodies-as-biomarkers-of-adverse-outcomes
#9
Peter Abadir, Alka Jain, Laura Powell, Qian-Li Xue, Jing Tian, Robert G Hamilton, David Bennett, Thomas Finucane, Jeremy D Walston, Neal S Fedarko
BACKGROUND: -Agonistic angiotensin II type I receptor autoantibodies (AT1RaAbs) have not been associated with functional measures or risk for adverse health outcomes. AT1RaAbs could be utilized to stratify patient risk and to identify patients who can benefit from angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) treatment. METHODS: -Demographic and physiologic covariates were measured in a discovery set of community dwelling adults from Baltimore (N=255) and AT1RaAb associations with physical function tests and outcomes assessed...
November 30, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903481/hybrid-repair-of-complex-left-subclavian-artery-injury-with-partial-transection-and-complete-thrombosis-in-an-unstable-patient-following-blunt-trauma
#10
Ilitch Diaz-Gutierrez, Muhammad A Rana, Barkat Ali, John M Marek, Mark Langsfeld
Blunt subclavian artery injuries are rare and are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Several case reports have suggested that endovascular repair is safe with short operative times and minimal blood loss. We report a case of a 20-year-old male patient involved in a high speed motor vehicle collision that resulted in partial transection of left subclavian artery with complete luminal thrombosis. Patient also had a left main-stem bronchus avulsion along with major intra-abdominal injuries and multiple spine and long bone fractures...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903474/functional-assessment-and-evaluation-of-outcome-after-endovascular-therapy-with-coverage-of-the-left-subclavian-artery-in-case-of-blunt-thoracic-aortic-injury
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A Gombert, D Kotelis, U M Griepenkerl, G Fraedrich, J Klocker, B Glodny, M J Jacobs, A Greiner, J Grommes
OBJECTIVE: Patients suffering blunt thoracic aortic injury (BTAI) can be treated by use of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR). In this setting, the coverage of the left subclavian artery (LSA) is frequently necessary. Nevertheless, the functionality of the upper left extremity after TEVAR had been rarely analyzed. Thus this study intends to underline the safety of TEVAR as well as to determine the functionality of the left arm after coverage of the LSA. METHODS: All patients suffering from BTAI treated by endovascular means in three centers (Aachen [Germany], Maastricht [Netherlands] and Innsbruck [Austria]) between 1996 and 2009 were retrospectively analyzed...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903311/comparison-of-neural-histomorphology-in-tail-tips-from-pigs-docked-using-clippers-or-cautery-iron
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N J Kells, N J Beausoleil, C B Johnson, M A Sutherland, R S Morrison, W Roe
Tail docking of pigs is commonly performed to reduce the incidence of unwanted tail-biting behaviour. Two docking methods are commonly used: blunt trauma cutting (i.e. using side clippers), or cutting and concurrent cauterisation using a hot cautery iron. A potential consequence of tail amputation is the development of neuromas at the docking site. Neuromas have been linked to neuropathic pain, which can influence the longer-term welfare of affected individuals. To determine whether method of tail docking influences the extent of neuroma formation, 75 pigs were allocated to one of three treatments at birth: tail docked using clippers; tail docked using cautery iron; tail left intact...
December 1, 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903133/emotional-quotient-in-frontotemporal-dementia-vs-alzheimer-s-disease-the-role-of-socioemotional-agnosia
#13
Andrew R Carr, Mersal S Samimi, Pongsatorn Paholpak, Elvira E Jimenez, Mario F Mendez
INTRODUCTION: Socioemotional dysfunction distinguishes behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) from other dementias. Patients with bvFTD not only have early social impairment and emotional blunting, but they also have agnosia of their socioemotional dysfunction. METHODS: To investigate the relationship between agnosia and dysfunction, we assessed self-knowledge of socioemotional dysfunction with an emotional quotient (EQ) scale administered to 12 patients with bvFTD and a comparison group of 12 age-matched patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), and compared these self-ratings to caregiver ratings of social dysfunction and emotional blunting...
November 30, 2016: Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900417/definition-of-hemodynamic-stability-in-blunt-trauma-patients-a-systematic-review-and-assessment-amongst-dutch-trauma-team-members
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S A I Loggers, T W A Koedam, G F Giannakopoulos, E Vandewalle, M Erwteman, W P Zuidema
INTRODUCTION: Trauma is a great contributor to mortality worldwide. One of the challenges in trauma care is early identification and management of bleeding. The circulatory status of blunt trauma patients in the emergency room is evaluated using hemodynamic (HD) parameters. However, there is no consensus on which parameters to use. In this study, we evaluate the used terms and definitions in the literature for HD stability and compare those to the opinion of Dutch trauma team members...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900340/retropatellar-accessory-portals-for-improved-access-to-the-patella-anatomic-description-and-evaluation-of-safety
#15
Jason L Koh, Anthony L Logli
BACKGROUND: Standard knee arthroscopy portals are frequently used to address retropatellar chondral pathology. Alternative portals may offer a safe and simple substitute, particularly when reaching the base of deep lesions is required. PURPOSE: To describe and assess the safety of accessory retropatellar portals. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study. METHODS: An anatomic study was performed on 10 fresh-frozen cadaveric knees...
November 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900328/blunt-traumatic-tension-chylothorax-case-report-and-mini-review-of-the-literature
#16
Kamal Idris, Michael Sebastian, Ashraf F Hefny, Navidul Haq Khan, Fikri M Abu-Zidan
Tension chylothorax following blunt thoracic trauma is an extremely rare condition. Here we report such a case and review its management. A 31-year-old man was involved in a road traffic collision. The car rolled over and the patient was ejected from the vehicle. On arrival at the Emergency Department the patient was conscious and haemodynamically stable. Clinical examination of the chest and abdomen was normal. The patient had sustained fractures of the sixth cervical vertebra and the tenth thoracic vertebra, left pleural effusion, haematoma around the descending aorta and fracture of the right clavicle...
November 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900226/laparoscopic-extirpation-of-a-schwannoma-in-the-lateral-pelvic-space
#17
Eiji Hidaka, Yasuhiro Ishiyama, Chiyo Maeda, Kenta Nakahara, Shoji Shimada, Shumpei Mukai, Naruhiko Sawada, Fumio Ishida, Shin-Ei Kudo
Schwannomas in the lateral pelvic space are very rare. Here, we report the case of a 48-year-old woman who had a tumor detected in her abdomen by abdominal ultrasonography. Abdominal computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a well-defined solid tumor of 65 mm in diameter in the right lateral pelvic space. We performed laparoscopic surgery under a diagnosis of a gastrointestinal tumor or neurogenic tumor. The tumor was safely dissected and freed from the surrounding tissues using sharp and blunt maneuvers...
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900090/traumatic-rupture-of-solid-pseudopapillary-tumors-of-the-pancreas-in-children-a-case-report
#18
Semih Lütfi Mirapoğlu, Ibrahim Aydogdu, Zuhal Gucin, Temel Fatih Yilmaz, Tarik Umutoglu, Huseyin Kilincaslan
Solid pseudopapillary tumor (SPT) of the pancreas is a pathological entity rarely encountered in children. Despite its malignant characteristics, SPT has a favorable clinical prognosis. This tumor is more frequently observed in females and is commonly localized in the tail and body of the pancreas. This is the case report of a 9-year-old female patient who presented with severe abdominal pain of sudden onset and vomiting following blunt abdominal trauma. Upon physical examination, abdominal distension, tenderness and abdominal guarding were detected...
November 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899652/production-of-dna-minicircles-less-than-250-base-pairs-through-a-novel-concentrated-dna-circularization-assay-enabling-minicircle-design-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inhibition-activity
#19
Thomas Thibault, Jeril Degrouard, Patrick Baril, Chantal Pichon, Patrick Midoux, Jean-Marc Malinge
Double-stranded DNA minicircles of less than 1000 bp in length have great interest in both fundamental research and therapeutic applications. Although minicircles have shown promising activity in gene therapy thanks to their good biostability and better intracellular trafficking, minicircles down to 250 bp in size have not yet been investigated from the test tube to the cell for lack of an efficient production method. Herein, we report a novel versatile plasmid-free method for the production of DNA minicircles comprising fewer than 250 bp...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899499/differential-patterns-of-impaired-cardiorespiratory-fitness-and-cardiac-autonomic-dysfunction-in-recently-diagnosed-type-1-and-type-2-diabetes
#20
Martin Röhling, Alexander Strom, Gidon Bönhof, Sonja Püttgen, Kálmán Bódis, Karsten Müssig, Julia Szendrödi, Daniel Markgraf, Stefan Lehr, Michael Roden, Dan Ziegler
OBJECTIVE: Both impaired cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and heart rate variability (HRV) are predictors of mortality, but their relative roles in recent-onset diabetes are unknown. We determined to which extent CRF and HRV are reduced and interrelated in recent-onset diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Participants from the German Diabetes Study with type 1 (n = 163) or type 2 (n = 188) diabetes with known diabetes duration <1 year and two age-matched glucose-tolerant control groups (n = 40 each) underwent spiroergometry and HRV assessment during a hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp...
November 29, 2016: Diabetes Care
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