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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101786/evaluation-of-t-regulatory-lymphocytes-transcription-factors-in-htlv-1-associated-myelopathy-tropical-spastic-paraparesis-ham-tsp-patients
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Sanaz Ahmadi Ghezeldasht, Hamed Sadeghian, Mahmoud Reza Azarpazhooh, Seyyed Ali Akbar Shamsian, Houshang Rafatpanah, Mahmood Mahmoodi, Seyyed Abdolrahim Rezaee
HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) is an aggressive neurological disease. The CD4(+)CD25(+) T cell population plays pivotal roles in the maintenance of immunological tolerance and prevention of such autoimmune diseases. In the current study, proviral load (PVL), factor forkhead box p3 (Foxp3), and glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor-related protein (GITR) gene expression and regulatory T cells (Tregs) counts of 21 HAM/TSP patients and 16 HTLV-1 healthy carriers (ACs) were measured using real-time PCR, TaqMan method, and flow cytometry...
January 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100877/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-with-different-valve-designs-for-severe-device-landing-zone-calcification
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Yoshio Maeno, Yigal Abramowitz, Yoshio Kazuno, Hiroyuki Kawamori, Geeteshwar Mangat, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Tarun Chakravarty, Mamoo Nakamura, Wen Cheng, Hasan Jilaihawi, Raj R Makkar
Severe device landing zone calcification (DLZ-CA) predicted paravalvular leak (PVL) and post-dilatation (PD) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). The aim of this study was to determine the influence of DLZ-CA on PVL or PD rates after SAPIEN XT (XT) versus CoreValve (CV).We analyzed patients undergoing TAVI who had severe DLZ-CA. Severe DLZ-CA defined the upper left ventricular outflow tract calcification; the cross-sectional region 2 mm inferior to the annular plane. PVL was evaluated at 30days using transthoracic echocardiography...
January 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086805/the-safety-of-introducing-a-new-generation-tavr-device-one-departments-experience-from-introducing-a-second-generation-repositionable-tavr
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Henrik Bjursten, Shahab Nozohoor, Malin Johansson, Igor Zindovic, Carl-Fredrik Appel, Johan Sjögren, Magnus Dencker, Göran Olivecrona, Jan Harnek, Sasha Koul, Ted Feldman, Michael J Reardon, Matthias Götberg
BACKGROUND: In the evolving field of transcatheter aortic valve replacements a new generation of valves have been introduced to clinical practice. With the complexity of the TAVR procedure and the unique aspects of each TAVR device, there is a perceived risk that changing or adding a new valve in a department could lead to a worse outcome for patients, especially during the learning phase. The objective was to study the safety aspect of introducing a second generation repositionable transcatheter valve (Boston Scientific Lotus valve besides Edwards Sapien valve) in a department...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073314/safety-of-the-peripheral-administration-of-vasopressor-agents
#4
Tyler Lewis, Cristian Merchan, Diana Altshuler, John Papadopoulos
Vasopressors are an integral component of the management of septic shock and are traditionally given via a central venous catheter (CVC) due to the risk of tissue injury and necrosis if extravasated. However, the need for a CVC for the management of septic shock has been questioned, and the risk of extravasation and incidence of severe injury when vasopressors are given via a peripheral venous line (PVL) remains poorly defined. We performed a retrospective chart review of 202 patients who received vasopressors through a PVL...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063892/an-intraocular-drug-delivery-system-using-targeted-nanocarriers-attenuates-retinal-ganglion-cell-degeneration
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Lei Zhao, Guojun Chen, Jun Li, Yingmei Fu, Timur A Mavlyutov, Annie Yao, Robert W Nickells, Shaoqin Gong, Lian-Wang Guo
Glaucoma is a common blinding disease characterized by loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs). To date, there is no clinically available treatment directly targeting RGCs. We aim to develop an RGC-targeted intraocular drug delivery system using unimolecular micelle nanoparticles (unimNPs) to prevent RGC loss. The unimNPs were formed by single/individual multi-arm star amphiphilic block copolymer poly(amidoamine)-polyvalerolactone-poly(ethylene glycol) (PAMAM-PVL-PEG). While the hydrophobic PAMAM-PVL core can encapsulate hydrophobic drugs, the hydrophilic PEG shell provides excellent water dispersity...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057383/reference-values-for-nucleated-red-blood-cells-and-serum-lactate-in-very-and-extremely-low-birth-weight-infants-in-the-first-week-of-life
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Martin Poryo, Antonia Wissing, Aylin Aygün, Jürgen Geisel, Stefan Wagenpfeil, Michael Zemlin, Sascha Meyer
STUDY PURPOSE: To provide reference values for nucleated red blood cells and serum lactate concentrations in very and extremely low birth weight (VLBW/ELBW) infants in the first week of life. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective data analysis of serial, daily measurements of NRBC counts and serum lactate during the first 6days of life in VLBW and ELBW infants. RESULTS: In total, 250 infants<1500g were included in this study. Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) was seen in 87 (34...
January 2, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057286/transcatheter-valve-in-ring-implantation%C3%A2-for-the-treatment-of-residual%C3%A2-or-recurrent-tricuspid-valve-dysfunction-after-prior-surgical-repair
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Jamil Aboulhosn, Allison K Cabalka, Daniel S Levi, Dominique Himbert, Luca Testa, Azeem Latib, Raj R Makkar, Younes Boudjemline, Dennis W Kim, Joelle Kefer, Sabine Bleiziffer, Gunter Kerst, Danny Dvir, Doff B McElhinney
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to describe the results of transcatheter tricuspid valve-in-ring (TVIR) implantation for treatment of tricuspid regurgitation (TR). BACKGROUND: Off-label use of transcatheter valves within surgically placed tricuspid annuloplasty prostheses has only been described in small reports. An international multicenter registry was developed to collect data on TVIR implantation. METHODS: Data were collected from 13 sites on 22 patients (5 to 69 years of age) with TR who underwent catheterization with the intent to perform TVIR implantation...
January 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056833/molecular-epidemiology-of-panton-valentine-leukocidin-positive-community-acquired-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-in-pastoral-communities-of-rural-south-western-uganda
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Benon B Asiimwe, Rossella Baldan, Alberto Trovato, Daniela M Cirillo
BACKGROUND: The emergence of multidrug resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains, including methicillin resistant (MRSA), is a global concern. Treatment of bacterial infections in Uganda's health care settings is largely empirical, rarely accompanied by laboratory confirmation. Here we show the burden, characteristics of MRSA and epidemiology of Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) positive strains in asymptomatic carriers in pastoral households of south-west Uganda. METHODS: Nasal swabs from 253 participants were cultured following standard methodology...
January 5, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045671/bioprosthetic-aortic-paravalvular-leak-is-valve-in-valve-another-solution
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Anwar Tandar, David A Bull, Frederick G P Welt
Paravalvular leak (PVL) following aortic valve implantation is a rare complication but may cause potentially serious consequences. It occurs in 2%-10% of surgical aortic valve replacements and 7%-17% of surgical mitral valve replacements. Transcatheter valve replacement data show that significant PVL occurs in 6%-8% of cases. The management of significant PVL has traditionally involved repeat surgical repair. However, many of these patients are considered too high risk to undergo a repeat surgical procedure; hence, a percutaneous transcatheter approach has often been utilized to treat these patients...
January 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034804/whole-body-clonality-analysis-in-an-aggressive-stlv-1-associated-leukemia-atll-reveals-an-unexpected-clonal-complexity
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Jocelyn Turpin, Sandrine Alais, Ambroise Marçais, Julie Bruneau, Anat Melamed, Nicolas Gadot, Yuetsu Tanaka, Olivier Hermine, Sandrine Melot, Romain Lacoste, Charles R Bangham, Renaud Mahieux
HTLV-1 causes Adult T cell Leukemia/Lymphoma (ATLL) in humans. We describe an ATL-like disease in a 9 year-old female baboon naturally infected with STLV-1 (the simian counterpart of HTLV-1), with a lymphocyte count over 10(10)/L, lymphocytes with abnormal nuclear morphology, and pulmonary and skin lesions. The animal was treated with a combination of AZT and alpha interferon. Proviral load (PVL) was measured every week. Because the disease continued to progress, the animal was euthanized. Abnormal infiltrates of CD3(+)CD25(+) lymphocytes and Tax-positive cells were found by histological analyses in both lymphoid and non-lymphoid organs...
December 26, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034803/computational-eeg-modelling-of-decision-making-under-ambiguity-reveals-spatio-temporal-dynamics-of-outcome-evaluation
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Lee Jollans, Robert Whelan, Louise Venables, Oliver H Turnbull, Matteo Cella, Simon Dymond
Complex human cognition, such as decision-making under ambiguity, is reflected in dynamic spatio-temporal activity in the brain. Here, we combined event-related potentials with computational modelling of the time course of decision-making and outcome evaluation during the Iowa Gambling Task. Measures of choice probability generated using the Prospect Valence Learning Delta (PVL-Delta) model, in addition to objective trial outcomes (outcome magnitude and valence), were applied as regressors in a general linear model of the EEG signal...
December 26, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032566/rabbit-model-provides-new-insights-in-liver-regeneration-after-transection-with-portal-vein-ligation
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Mingheng Liao, Tao Zhang, Haichuan Wang, Ying Liu, Minxun Lu, Jiwei Huang, Yong Zeng
BACKGROUND: The rabbit model of associating liver partition and portal vein ligation for staged hepatectomy (ALPPS) has not been reported before. MATERIALS AND METHODS: New Zealand white rabbits were allocated to two protocols. Protocol 1 involved either liver parenchymal transection (LPT, n = 5) or portal vein ligation (PVL, n = 5). Protocol 2 involved the ligation of different portal vein branches combined with liver partition, including the LPT + 20% PVL group (n = 5; the caudate portal vein was ligated), the LPT + 50% PVL group (n = 5; the left portal vein was ligated), and the LPT + 70% PVL group (n = 10; both veins were ligated)...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030870/diffusion-weighted-imaging-of-periventricular-leukomalacia-in-very-young-children-assessment-of-peritrigonal-stripe-of-restricted-diffusion
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Ping-Sheng Lu, Cheng-Hong Toh, Chih-Hua Yeh, Huei-Shyong Wang, Kuang-Lin Lin, Alex Mun-Ching Wong
Purpose In periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) reduction, normally shown as dark stripe in the peritrigonal (PT) white matter, may be incomplete. We assessed the PT dark stripe to differentiate between PVL patients and control subjects. Patients and Methods We reviewed the magnetic resonance studies of 27 neonates and young children with PVL and 67 control subjects to assess the PT dark stripe on ADC maps. In PVL patients, the assessment was referred to the location of PVL lesion on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) imaging...
December 28, 2016: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030828/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-in-a-hospital-of-shanghai
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Xiaoguang Wang, Lin Ouyang, Lingfei Luo, Jiqian Liu, Chiping Song, Cuizhen Li, Hongjing Yan, Ping Wang
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strains are now common both in the health care setting and in the community. Active surveillance is critical for MRSA control and prevention. Specimens of patients (200 patients with 1119 specimens) as well as medical staff and hospital setting (1000 specimens) were randomly sampled in a level 2 hospital in Shanghai from September 2011 to August 2012. Isolation, cultivation and identification of S. aureus were performed. Totally, 67 S. aureus strains were isolated...
December 20, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025312/performance-of-the-labcor-dokimos-plus-pericardial-aortic-prosthesis-a-single-centre-experience
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Rashad Zayat, Jessica Arias-Pinilla, Ali Aljalloud, Giulia Musetti, Andreas Goetzenich, Rüdiger Autschbach, Thomas van Gemmeren, Andreas Niedeggen, Nima Hatam
OBJECTIVES: In patients with a small aortic annulus, aortic valve replacement (AVR) is frequently associated with high residual pressure gradients. Supra-annular pericardial aortic prostheses are gaining popularity due to the increased effective orifice areas (EOA) and resulting lower gradients. This study reports the clinical and echocardiographic results following implantation of the new supra-annular pericardial aortic prosthesis Dokimos Plus (Labcor, Belo Horizonte, Brazil). METHODS: Between October 2013 and July 2015, 137 patients (41% women, mean age: 74 years) underwent supra-annular AVR with or without concomitant procedures using the Dokimos Plus prosthesis in our department...
December 26, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018862/delta-hemolysin-and-phenol-soluble-modulins-but-not-alpha-hemolysin-or-panton-valentine-leukocidin-induce-mast-cell-activation
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Elisabeth Hodille, Charlotte Cuerq, Cédric Badiou, Françoise Bienvenu, Jean-Paul Steghens, Régine Cartier, Michèle Bes, Anne Tristan, Adriana Plesa, Vien T M Le, Binh A Diep, Gérard Lina, Oana Dumitrescu
Mast cells are located at host interfaces, such as the skin, and contribute to the first-line defense against pathogens by releasing soluble mediators, including those that induce itching and scratching behavior. Here, we show that delta-hemolysin (Hld) and phenol soluble modulins (PSMs) PSMα1 and PSMα3, but not alpha-hemolysin (Hla) or Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL), induce dose-dependent tryptase, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release by the HMC-1 human mast cell line. Using supernatants from isogenic strains, we verified that tryptase and LDH release was Hld- and PSMα-dependent...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011931/htlv-1-tax-specific-ctl-epitope-pulsed-dendritic-cell-therapy-reduces-proviral-load-in-infected-rats-with-immune-tolerance-against-tax
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Satomi Ando, Atsuhiko Hasegawa, Yuji Murakami, Na Zeng, Natsuko Takatsuka, Yasuhiro Maeda, Takao Masuda, Youko Suehiro, Mari Kannagi
Adult T cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL), a CD4(+) T cell malignancy with a poor prognosis, is caused by human T cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) infection. High proviral load (PVL) is a risk factor for the progression to ATL. We previously reported that some asymptomatic carriers had severely reduced functions of CTLs against HTLV-1 Tax, the major target Ag. Furthermore, the CTL responses tended to be inversely correlated with PVL, suggesting that weak HTLV-1-specific CTL responses may be involved in the elevation of PVL...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009941/evaluation-of-aortic-paravalvular-leak-a-special-reference-for-anatomical-localization
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Mustafa Ozan Gürsoy, Macit Kalçık, Mehmet Özkan, Mehmet Ali Astarcıoğlu, Süleyman Karakoyun, Sabahattin Gündüz, Tayyar Gökdeniz, Mahmut Yesin, Mehmet Altuğ Tuncer, Cengiz Köksal
BACKGROUND: Paravalvular leakage (PVL) remains an unavoidable complication of heart valve surgery and in its severe forms may lead to heart failure and hemolysis. The study aim was to evaluate the echocardiographic, clinical, surgical and laboratory characteristics of patients with aortic PVL. METHODS: A total of 77 aortic PVL patients underwent transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography examinations. Clinical, echocardiographical and surgical findings were also recorded...
July 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999423/characterization-of-community-associated-staphylococcus-aureus-from-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-a-multicenter-study-in-china
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Ying Liu, Zhe Xu, Zhou Yang, Juan Sun, Lin Ma
We evaluated the epidemiological and molecular features of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) and methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA) from children and adult patients with skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs) in China. Prospective community-acquired S. aureus SSTI surveillance was conducted in 23 hospitals over a 24-month period. Susceptibility to 16 antimicrobials was evaluated using the agar dilution method. StatApriori was used to determine statistically significant association trends...
December 21, 2016: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999017/efficacy-and-tolerance-of-dolutegravir-based-combined-art-in-perinatally-hiv-1-infected-adolescents-a-french-multicentre-retrospective-study
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Coralie Briand, Catherine Dollfus, Albert Faye, Elie Kantor, Véronique Avettand-Fenoel, Marion Caseris, Diane Descamps, Véronique Schneider, Marie-Dominique Tabone, Geneviève Vaudre, Florence Veber, Stéphane Blanche, Pierre Frange
OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and efficacy of a dolutegravir-based regimen in perinatally HIV-1-infected adolescents. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective multicentre study of 50 adolescents beginning dolutegravir-based treatment regimens between January 2014 and December 2015. Clinical and biological data collected before and after dolutegravir initiation were analysed. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients achieving a plasma viral load (PVL) <50 copies/mL within 3 months of dolutegravir initiation (for patients with detectable viraemia at baseline) and maintaining virological suppression (PVL <50 copies/mL) until the last follow-up visit (for all patients)...
December 20, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
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