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Jia-Xuan Xu, Jun Dong, Hong Ren, Xiao-Jie Chen, Yong Yang, Ren-Xiong Chen, Guo-Dong Wang, Hong-Zhi Wang
PURPOSE: The occurrence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in Chinese cancer patients admitted to intensive care unit (ICU) for postoperative care is poorly characterized. This study was designed to investigate the incidence of VTE in this polulation and to evaluate the utility of the Caprini score in risk stratification. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of 2127 consecutive adult patients admitted to a 10-bed surgical ICU in a tertiary care academic hospital during a 4-year period (January 1,2013 to December 31,2016)...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Chu Shan Tan, Mun Fei Yam
Previous studies have demonstrated that 3'-hydroxy-5,6,7,4'-tetramethoxyflavone (TMF) content in Orthosiphon stamineus fractions correlate with its vasorelaxation activity. Even with the availability of previous studies, there is still very little information on the vasorelaxation effect of TMF, and few scientific studies have been carried out. Therefore, the present study was designed to investigate the vasorelaxation activity and mechanism of action of the TMF. The vasorelaxation activity and the underlying mechanisms of TMF were evaluated on thoracic aortic rings isolated from Sprague Dawley rats...
March 19, 2018: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Sujun Sun, Haiyu Ji, Yingying Feng, Yu Kang, Juan Yu, Anjun Liu
Background: Thymic atrophy was discovered in tumor-bearing mice in recent years. Methods: Flow cytometry was carried out including Annexin V-FITC/PI double staining, PI staining, Terminal dUTP nick-end labeling, CD3-FITC/CD19-PE and CD8-FITC/CD4-PE double staining. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and polymerase chain reaction were also investigated. Results: According to our experiments, we demonstrated that no signs of apoptosis in thymocytes were found in H22-bearing mice, while the proportions of CD4+ T cells and CD8+ T cells in thymuses were remarkably increased, the opposite tendency was found in peripheral bloods, and only CD3+ CD8+ T cells were discovered in H22 solid tumors...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
Ewa Jankowska-Steifer, Justyna Niderla-Bielińska, Bogdan Ciszek, Marek Kujawa, Mateusz Bartkowiak, Aleksandra Flaht-Zabost, Daria Klosinska, Anna Ratajska
During embryonic development, hematopoietic cells are present in areas of blood-vessel differentiation. These hematopoietic cells emerge from a specific subpopulation of endothelial cells called the hemogenic endothelium. We have previously found that mouse proepicardium contained its own population of endothelial cells forming a network of vascular tubules. We hypothesize that this EC population contains cells of hematopoietic potential. Therefore, we investigated an in vitro hematopoietic potential of proepicardial cell populations...
March 16, 2018: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Zhihui Zhao, Zhen Liu, Zongshan Hu, Changchun Tseng, Jie Li, Wei Pan, Yong Qiu, Zezhang Zhu
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to analyze the occurrence of PE after intra-operative O-arm navigation-assisted surgery and determine whether the post-operative PE incidence could be decreased by using O-arm navigation as compared to conventional free-hand technique. METHODS: A cohort of 27 patients with spinal deformity who were operated upon with an O-arm navigated system (group A) between 2013 and 2016 were enrolled in the study. A total of 27 curve-matched patients treated by conventional free-hand technique were included as the control group (group B)...
March 16, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Lieselot De Smet, Gertjan Vancoillie, Peter Minshall, Kathleen Lava, Iline Steyaert, Ella Schoolaert, Elke Van De Walle, Peter Dubruel, Karen De Clerck, Richard Hoogenboom
Here, we introduce a novel concept for the fabrication of colored materials with significantly reduced dye leaching through covalent immobilization of the desired dye using plasma-generated surface radicals. This plasma dye coating (PDC) procedure immobilizes a pre-adsorbed layer of a dye functionalized with a radical sensitive group on the surface through radical addition caused by a short plasma treatment. The non-specific nature of the plasma-generated surface radicals allows for a wide variety of dyes including azobenzenes and sulfonphthaleins, functionalized with radical sensitive groups to avoid significant dye degradation, to be combined with various materials including PP, PE, PA6, cellulose, and PTFE...
March 16, 2018: Nature Communications
Sarah Jolivet, Laetitia Vaillant, Thibaut Poncin, Isabelle Lolom, Yannick Gaudonnet, Emilie Rondinaud, Gisèle Bendjelloul, Alexandra Lomont, Jean-Christophe Lucet, Laurence Armand-Lefevre
OBJECTIVES: Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence and associated factors for carriage of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE) in a healthcare facility. METHODS: We conducted a serial cross-sectional survey of ESBL-PE carriage in 2016 in a French university hospital. All patients present on the day of the survey were screened for ESBL-PE carriage. Demographic characteristics and risk factors for ESBL-PE carriage were collected...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Francesca Uccheddu, Marco Ghionzoli, Yary Volpe, Michaela Servi, Rocco Furferi, Lapo Governi, Flavio Facchini, Roberto Lo Piccolo, Kathleen S McGreevy, Alessandra Martin, Monica Carfagni, Antonio Messineo
BACKGROUND: Current approaches to quantifying the severity of pectus excavatum (PE) require internal measurements based on cross-sectional imaging. The aim of this study is to exploit a novel index evaluated on the external surface of the chest with a 3D optical scanner. METHODS: 51 children (41 males, 10 females), between 2 and 17 years old, were evaluated with a 3D optical scanner. PE severity was calculated by using an ad hoc instant 3D scanner and defining an automatic procedure to generate an optical 3D index (CI-3D)...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Xiaoming Zhang, Boran Zhou, Andre Miranda, Landon W Trost
INTRODUCTION: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that is characterized by progressive corporal smooth muscle fibrosis. There is currently no widely accepted methods to characterize the extent and severity of penile fibrosis. AIM: The purpose of this study is to translate a novel ultrasound vibro-elastography (UVE) technique for noninvasively measuring viscoelasticity of the penis. METHODS: A pilot study was performed of UVE in men with ED and/or Peyronie's disease (PD)...
March 13, 2018: Urology
Priyanka Garg, Ashok Kumar Jaryal, Garima Kachhawa, Kishore Kumar Deepak, Alka Kriplani
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the sequential trend of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), placental growth factor (PLGF) and pentraxin 3 (PTX 3) in pregnancies developing preeclampsia (PE) as compared to healthy pregnancy (HP) and to estimate their predictive value for development of PE later in pregnancy. STUDY DESIGN: Nested case control design, sampling was done in 13 women with PE and 21 age matched healthy pregnant women at 11-13 weeks, 20-22 weeks and 30-32 weeks of gestation...
March 10, 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Hwei-Ming Peng, Chase Barlow, Richard J Auchus
Unlike most of the drug-metabolizing cytochrome P450s, microsomal P450 17A1 and mitochondrial P450 11B2 catalyze sequential multi-step reactions in steroid biosynthesis. The membrane phospholipid composition might be one parameter that modulates the efficiency and processivity of specific pathways. Here we systematically examined the effects of physiologically relevant phospholipids on the catalysis of purified P450 17A1, P450 11B2, and P450 11B1 in reconstituted assay systems. Both dioleoylphosphatidylcholine (DOPC, 18:1) and dilauroylphosphatidylcholine (DLPC, 12:0) were found to be very efficient in reconstituting 17-hydroxylase and 17,20-lyase reactions of P450 17A1...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Wei Xing, Jinlong Li, Peng Li, Chong Wang, Yanan Cao, Desheng Li, Yunfeng Yang, Jizhong Zhou, Jiane Zuo
Hydrogenotrophic denitrification is promising for tertiary nitrogen removal from municipal wastewater. To reveal the influence of residual organics in municipal wastewater on hydrogenotrophic denitrifiers, we adopted high-throughput 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing to examine microbial communities in hydrogenotrophic denitrification enrichments. Using effluent from a municipal wastewater treatment plant as water source, COD, nitrate and pH were controlled the same except for a gradient of biodegradable carbon (i...
March 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Brian Shiner, Christine Leonard Westgate, Vanessa Simiola, Richard Thompson, Paula P Schnurr, Joan M Cook
Objective: Available studies on implementation of evidence-based psychotherapy (EBP) for patients attending Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) residential post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) programs rely on therapist self-report of EBP delivery. Patient-level data on receipt of EBP are needed both to corroborate therapist self-report and to understand patient factors that predict receipt of EBPs for PTSD. Materials and Methods: We identified 159 therapists from 38 VA residential PTSD programs who responded to a survey about EBP implementation during the 2015 fiscal year (FY15)...
March 14, 2018: Military Medicine
Dalibor Hr Scaron Ak, Morten Steen Nørby, Sonia Coriani, Jacob Kongsted
We present a formulation of the polarizable density embedding (PDE) method in combination with the complex polarization propagator (CPP) method for the calculation of absorption spectra of molecules in solutions. The method is particularly useful for the calculation of near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectra. We compare the performance of PDE-CPP with the previously formulated polarizable embedding (PE) CPP model for the calculation of the NEXAFS spectra of adenine, formamide, glycine and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in water at the carbon and nitrogen K-edges, as well as of formamide and glycine at the oxygen K-edge...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Kristin Bjørnland, Maren Hinna, Gunnar Aksnes, Kjetil Juul Stensrud, Kjetil Ertresvåg, Anniken Bjørnstad-Østensen, Truls Sanengen, Pål-Dag Line, Ingegerd Aagenæs, Lars Aabakken, Ragnhild Emblem, Runar Almaas
OBJECTIVES: The importance of case load for treatment of extrahepatic biliary atresia (BA) is debated. The aim of this study was to register results of BA treatment in a small volume centre. METHODS: Retrospective chart review study of patients with BA treated from 2000 to 2017. The institutional review board approved the study. RESULTS: Forty-five babies were identified of which 42 (93%) are alive. Forty-one patients had a Kasai portoenterostomy (PE), two had a hepaticojejunostomy and two had a primary liver transplantation...
March 16, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Haiying Rao, Yuxiang Bai, Qingshu Li, Baimei Zhuang, Yu Yuan, Yamin Liu, Wei Peng, Philip N Baker, Chao Tong, Xin Luo, Hongbo Qi
Preeclampsia (PE) is characterized by abnormal placentation in the early stages of pregnancy. Adequate migration and invasion of trophoblasts into the uterine wall and spiral arteries to form a functional maternal-fetal interface are pivotal for normal placentation, but the exact mechanism remains unclear. Growing evidence has revealed that special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 1 (SATB1) is a tumor promoter that participates in cancer cell migration and invasion. However, the expression and function of SATB1 in trophoblasts is unknown...
March 13, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Narges Roustaei, Seyyed Mohammad Taghi Ayatollahi, Najaf Zare
In recent years, the joint models have been widely used for modeling the longitudinal and time-to-event data simultaneously. In this study, we proposed an approach (PA) to study the longitudinal and survival outcomes simultaneously in heterogeneous populations. PA relaxes the assumption of conditional independence (CI). We also compared PA with joint latent class model (JLCM) and separate approach (SA) for various sample sizes (150, 300, and 600) and different association parameters (0, 0.2, and 0.5). The average bias of parameters estimation (AB-PE), average SE of parameters estimation (ASE-PE), and coverage probability of the 95% confidence interval (CP) among the three approaches were compared...
2018: BioMed Research International
P A Stapleton, C R McBride, J Yi, A B Abukabda, T R Nurkiewicz
Preconceptive health encompasses male and female reproductive capability. In females, this takes into account each of the stages of the estrous cycle. Microvascular reactivity varies throughout the estrous cycle in response to hormonal changes and in preparation for pregnancy. Microvascular alterations in response to engineered nanomaterial (ENM) exposure have been described within 24-hours of inhalation; however, the impact upon the uterine vasculature at differing estrous stages and at late-stage pregnancy is unclear...
March 12, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
Clara Barneo-Caragol, Eduardo Martínez-Morillo, Susana Rodríguez-González, Paloma Lequerica-Fernández, Ignacio Vega-Naredo, Francisco V Álvarez Menéndez
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia (PE) is considered a specific vascular disease in which endothelial dysfunction may be the crucial factor of its pathogenesis. It has been suggested that strontium (Sr) may play a role in the pathophysiology of PE. Our group established in a previous study the serum levels of Sr in healthy pregnancies, and the main aim of the present study was to evaluate Sr concentrations and oxidative status in preeclamptic women. METHODS: The study population included women with early-onset PE (E-PE, n = 39), late-onset PE (L-PE, n = 67) and serial samples from a subset of preeclamptic women (PE-ss, n = 20)...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Daniela Sorriento, Gaetano Santulli, Michele Ciccarelli, Angela Serena Maione, Maddalena Illario, Bruno Trimarco, Guido Iaccarino
We have recently demonstrated that the amino-terminal domain of G protein coupled receptor kinase (GRK) type 5, (GRK5-NT) inhibits NFκB activity in cardiac cells leading to a significant amelioration of LVH. Since GRK5-NT is known to bind calmodulin, this study aimed to evaluate the functional role of GRK5-NT in the regulation of calcium-calmodulin-dependent transcription factors. We found that the overexpression of GRK5-NT in cardiomyoblasts significantly reduced the activation and the nuclear translocation of NFAT and its cofactor GATA-4 in response to phenylephrine (PE)...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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