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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092664/expression-of-specific-inflammasome-gene-modules-stratifies-older-individuals-into-two-extreme-clinical-and-immunological-states
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David Furman, Junlei Chang, Lydia Lartigue, Christopher R Bolen, François Haddad, Brice Gaudilliere, Edward A Ganio, Gabriela K Fragiadakis, Matthew H Spitzer, Isabelle Douchet, Sophie Daburon, Jean-François Moreau, Garry P Nolan, Patrick Blanco, Julie Déchanet-Merville, Cornelia L Dekker, Vladimir Jojic, Calvin J Kuo, Mark M Davis, Benjamin Faustin
Low-grade, chronic inflammation has been associated with many diseases of aging, but the mechanisms responsible for producing this inflammation remain unclear. Inflammasomes can drive chronic inflammation in the context of an infectious disease or cellular stress, and they trigger the maturation of interleukin-1β (IL-1β). Here we find that the expression of specific inflammasome gene modules stratifies older individuals into two extremes: those with constitutive expression of IL-1β, nucleotide metabolism dysfunction, elevated oxidative stress, high rates of hypertension and arterial stiffness; and those without constitutive expression of IL-1β, who lack these characteristics...
January 16, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092504/wall-shear-rate-measurement-validation-of-a-new-method-through-multiphysics-simulations
#2
Stefano Ricci, Abigail Swillens, Alessandro Ramalli, Patrick Segers, Piero Tortoli
Wall shear stress is known to affect the vessel endothelial function and to be related to important pathologies like the development of atherosclerosis. It is defined as the product of the blood viscosity by the blood velocity gradient at the wall position, i.e., the wall shear rate (WSR). The WSR measurement is particularly challenging in important cardiovascular sites, like the carotid bifurcation, because of the related complex flow configurations characterized by high spatial and temporal gradients, wall movement, and clutter noise...
January 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092320/does-a-platelet-transfusion-independently-affect-bleeding-and-adverse-outcomes-in-cardiac-surgery
#3
Fabienne M A van Hout, Esther K Hogervorst, Peter M J Rosseel, Johanna G van der Bom, Mohamed Bentala, Eveline L A van Dorp, Nan van Geloven, Anneke Brand, Nardo J M van der Meer, Leo M G van de Watering
BACKGROUND: Conflicting results have been reported concerning the effect of platelet transfusion on several outcomes. The aim of this study was to assess the independent effect of a single early intraoperative platelet transfusion on bleeding and adverse outcomes in cardiac surgery patients. METHODS: For this observational study, 23,860 cardiac surgery patients were analyzed. Patients who received one early (shortly after cardiopulmonary bypass while still in the operating room) platelet transfusion, and no other transfusions, were defined as the intervention group...
January 16, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092082/brain-barrier-breakdown-as-a-cause-and-consequence-of-neuroinflammation-in-sepsis
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REVIEW
Lucineia Gainski Danielski, Amanda Della Giustina, Marwa Badawy, Tatiana Barichello, João Quevedo, Felipe Dal-Pizzol, Fabrícia Petronilho
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) and the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB) are important for the maintenance of brain homeostasis. During sepsis, peripheral production of proinflammatory cytokines and reactive oxygen species are responsible for structural alterations in those brain barriers. Thus, an increasing permeability of these barriers can lead to the activation of glial cells such as microglia and the production of cytotoxic mediators which in turn act on the brain barriers, damaging them further...
January 14, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091903/effects-of-opioid-peptides-on-changes-in-lipid-metabolism-in-rats-subjected-to-swimming-stress
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A V Solin, A Yu Lyashev, Yu D Lyashev
Blood levels of nonesterified fatty acids, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL increased in rats subjected to forced swimming stress. Administration of opioid peptides dynorphin A(1-13), DSLET, or DAGO reduced stress-induced disturbances in lipid metabolism. Dynorphin A(1-13) and DAGO produced the most pronounced effects and prevented an increase in concentrations of nonesterified fatty acids, triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL as soon as 39 h after treatment. Only DSLET increased HDL content in the plasma of stressed rats...
January 14, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091797/mass-spectrometric-identification-of-phenol-soluble-modulins-in-the-atcc%C3%A2-43300-standard-strain-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-harboring-two-distinct-phenotypes
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K S Jang, M Park, J Y Lee, J S Kim
Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus Rosenbach (ATCC® 43300™) is a representative methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strain that is used as a quality control strain for testing the methicillin susceptibility of clinical isolates. It has been consistently observed that colonies with two different colors (golden yellow and white) grow from the ATCC stock on blood agar plates. In this study, staphylococcal peptide and protein profiling was performed using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry...
January 14, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091425/a-10-years-autopsy-based-study-of-maternal-mortality-in-lagos-state-university-teaching-hospital-lagos-nigeria
#7
F A Faduyile, S S Soyemi, F E Emiogun, J O Obafunwa
BACKGROUND: Maternal mortality is the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and the site of the pregnancy. Nigeria is among the six countries that record over 50% of all maternal deaths in the world. There are few papers on autopsy based causes of maternal mortality. This paper is to present the causes of maternal mortality that had postmortem done in our center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a 10-year retrospective study of all maternal deaths seen in our center from January 01, 2005 to December 31, 2014...
February 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091389/trali-syndrome-during-the-treatment-of-a-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-case
#8
Hülya Çaşkurlu, Rahman Nurmuhammedov, Zarni Htway
Malaria, which is one of the three most important infectious diseases globally, is endemic in many areas of the world. Plasmodium falciparum is not endemic to Turkey but can be seen after travel to epidemic countries. Transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) syndrome is a rare disease, which may develop following the transfusion of all types of blood products, including plasma. Here we describe a case of TRALI syndrome in a 29-year-old male, who presented with fever after 15 days of returning from a business trip to Burkina Faso...
December 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090796/impact-of-c-rel-inhibition-of-cord-blood-derived-b-t-and-nk-cells
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Shirin Fallahi, Seyede Momeneh Mohammadi, Hamid Tayefi Nasrabadi, Alireza Alihemmati, Naser Samadi, Sanaz Gholami, Dariush Shanehbandi, Hojjatollah Nozad Charoudeh
The c-Rel transcription factor is a unique member of the nuclear factor (NF)-κB family that has a role in curtailing the proliferation, differentiation, cytokine production, and overall activity of B- and T-cells. In addition, c-Rel is a key regulator of apoptosis in that it influences the expression of anti-apoptotic genes such as Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL; conversely, inhibition of c-Rel increases cell apoptosis. To better understand the relationship between c-Rel expression and effects on B- and T-cell expansion, the current study evaluated c-Rel expression in cord blood mononuclear cells...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090634/dietary-interventions-for-fetal-growth-restriction-therapeutic-potential-of-dietary-nitrate-supplementation-in-pregnancy
#10
Elizabeth Cottrell, Teresa Tropea, Laura Ormesher, Susan Greenwood, Mark Wareing, Edward Johnstone, Jenny Myers, Colin Sibley
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) affects around 5% of pregnancies and is associated with significant short- and long-term adverse outcomes. A number of factors can increase the risk of FGR, one of which is poor maternal diet. In terms of pathology, both clinically and in many experimental models of FGR, impaired uteroplacental vascular function is implicated, leading to a reduction in the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the developing fetus. Whilst mechanisms underpinning impaired uteroplacental vascular function are not fully understood, interventions aimed at enhancing nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability remain a key area of interest in obstetric research...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090274/the-role-of-m2000-as-an-anti-inflammatory-agent-in-toll-like-receptor-2-microrna-155-pathway
#11
Fatemeh Pourgholi, Mahsa Hajivalili, Rasoul Razavi, Shadi Esmaeili, Behzad Baradaran, Ali Akbar Movasaghpour, Sanam Sadreddini, Hamidreza Goodarzynejad, Abbas Mirshafiey, Mehdi Yousefi
BACKGROUND: M2000 is a newly designed and safe Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID). The aim of this study was to assess the effects of M2000 on expression levels of Suppressor of Cytokine Signaling-1 (SOCS-1) and Src Homology-2 domain-containing inositol-5'-phosphatase 1 (SHIP1) proteins via Toll-Like Receptor (TLR) 2/microRNA-155 pathway. METHODS: HEK293 TLR2 cell line and Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMCs) were treated by different concentrations of M2000 in MTT assay...
January 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089871/parents-childhood-socioeconomic-circumstances-are-associated-with-their-children-s-asthma-outcomes
#12
Edith Chen, Madeleine U Shalowitz, Rachel E Story, Katherine B Ehrlich, Erika M Manczak, Paula J Ham, Van Le, Gregory E Miller
BACKGROUND: Previous literature documents associations between low socioeconomic status (SES) and poor health outcomes, including asthma. However, this literature has largely focused on the effects of current family circumstances. OBJECTIVE: To test an intergenerational hypothesis, that the childhood SES that parents experience will be associated with asthma outcomes in their children, independent of effects of current family SES. Secondly, to test whether this association is in part due to difficulties in current parent-child relationships...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089735/effects-of-simvastatin-on-cat-1-mediated-arginine-transport-and-no-level-under-high-glucose-conditions-in-conditionally-immortalized-rat-inner-blood-retinal-barrier-cell-lines-tr-ibrb
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Temdara Tun, Young-Sook Kang
OBJECTIVE: Hyperglycemia causes the breakdown of the blood-retinal barrier by impairing endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) function. Statins have many pleiotropic effects such as improving endothelial barrier permeability and increasing eNOS mRNA stability. The objective of this study was to determine effect of simvastatin on l-arginine transport and NO production under high-glucose conditions in conditionally immortalized rat retinal capillary endothelial cell line (TR-iBRB). METHODS: Changes in l-arginine transport uptake and, expression levels of cationic amino acid transporter 1 (CAT-1) and eNOS mRNA were investigated after pre-treatment with simvastatin and NOS inhibitors (l-NMMA and l-NAME) under high-glucose conditions using TR-iBRB, an in vitro model of iBRB...
January 12, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089725/high-concentration-of-branched-chain-amino-acids-promotes-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-migration-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-via-mtorc1-activation
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Olha Zhenyukh, Esther Civantos, Marta Ruiz-Ortega, María Soledad Sánchez, Clotilde Vázquez, Concepción Peiró, Jesús Egido, Sebastián Mas
Leucine, isoleucine and valine are essential aminoacids termed branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) due to its aliphatic side-chain. In several pathological and physiological conditions increased BCAA plasma concentrations have been described. Elevated BCAA levels predict insulin resistance development. Moreover, BCAA levels higher than 2mmol/L are neurotoxic by inducing microglial activation in maple syrup urine disease. However, there are no studies about the direct effects of BCAA in circulating cells. We have explored whether BCAA could promote oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory status in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from healthy donors...
January 12, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089568/inhibition-of-intracellular-triglyceride-lipolysis-suppresses-cold-induced-brown-adipose-tissue-metabolism-and-increases-shivering-in-humans
#15
Denis P Blondin, Frédérique Frisch, Serge Phoenix, Brigitte Guérin, Éric E Turcotte, François Haman, Denis Richard, André C Carpentier
Indirect evidence from human studies suggests that brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis is fueled predominantly by fatty acids hydrolyzed from intracellular triglycerides (TGs). However, no direct experimental evidence to support this assumption currently exists in humans. The aim of this study was to determine the role of intracellular TG in BAT thermogenesis, in cold-exposed men. Using positron emission tomography with (11)C-acetate and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose, we showed that oral nicotinic acid (NiAc) administration, an inhibitor of intracellular TG lipolysis, suppressed the cold-induced increase in BAT oxidative metabolism and glucose uptake, despite no difference in BAT blood flow...
January 11, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089410/microparticle-detection-to-guide-platelet-management-for-the-reduction-of-platelet-refractoriness-in-children-a-study-proposal
#16
REVIEW
Peter Kanzler, Andrew Mahoney, Gerda Leitner, Volker Witt, Elisabeth Maurer-Spurej
Microparticles have been shown to shed from a variety of viable cells as a consequence of inflammatory processes, activation or physical stress. Seventy to 90% of circulating microparticles are thought to be platelet-derived. The content of microparticles in blood collected from normal blood donors is highly variable and transfers into the final blood component. Elevated microparticle content (MPC) in donor blood might indicate an asymptomatic clinical condition of the donor which might affect the transfusion recipient, particularly pediatric patients...
December 29, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089408/the-various-assays-for-measuring-activity-states-of-factor-viia-in-plasma-and-therapeutic-products-diagnostic-value-and-analytical-usefulness-in-various-pathophysiological-states
#17
REVIEW
Jean Amiral, Claire Dunois, Cédric Amiral, Jerard Seghatchian
The key coagulation factor FVII, and its activated form FVIIa, present a major interest for their role at the initiation phase of blood coagulation, and because they can activate all blood coagulation cascade, through the extrinsic, but also the intrinsic pathway. Blood activation initiated through FVII is first presented, as it is understood nowadays. Measurement of FVII and FVIIa were of main interest for epidemiological studies, but FVIIa contribution to assay results was only deduced. The introduction of specific FVIIa assays, functional or immunoassays, allowed measuring directly FVIIa without any interference of non-activated FVII, or other coagulation factors or their activated forms...
December 29, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089366/limited-reduction-in-uremic-solute-concentrations-with-increased-dialysis-frequency-and-time-in-the-frequent-hemodialysis-network-daily-trial
#18
Tammy L Sirich, Kara Fong, Brett Larive, Gerald J Beck, Glenn M Chertow, Nathan W Levin, Alan S Kliger, Natalie S Plummer, Timothy W Meyer
The Frequent Hemodialysis Network Daily Trial compared conventional three-times weekly treatment to more frequent treatment with a longer weekly treatment time in patients receiving in-center hemodialysis. Evaluation at one year showed favorable effects of more intensive treatment on left ventricular mass, blood pressure, and phosphate control, but modest or no effects on physical or cognitive performance. The current study compared plasma concentrations of uremic solutes in stored samples from 53 trial patients who received three-times weekly in-center hemodialysis for an average weekly time of 10...
January 12, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089084/predicting-the-need-for-intra-operative-large-volume-blood-transfusions-during-thoraco-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-repair
#19
M Pieri, P Nardelli, M De Luca, G Landoni, S Frassoni, G Melissano, A Zangrillo, R Chiesa, F Monaco
OBJECTIVE: Thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysm (TAAA) repair is a complex procedure performed in patients at high cardiovascular risk. High volume intra-operative bleeding is often recorded, and the amount of intra-operative blood product transfusion is associated with relevant morbidity and mortality. The aim of the study was to identify pre-operative predictors of intra-operative large volume blood transfusions (LVBT) to stratify patients pre-operatively. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data of all patients who underwent open TAAA surgery at San Raffaele Scientific Institute from January 2009 to December 2015...
January 6, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088988/clonal-hematopoiesis
#20
REVIEW
Max Jan, Benjamin L Ebert, Siddhartha Jaiswal
Cancer results from multistep pathogenesis, yet the pre-malignant states that precede the development of many hematologic malignancies have been difficult to identify. Recent genomic studies of blood DNA from tens of thousands of people have revealed the presence of remarkably common, age-associated somatic mutations in genes associated with hematologic malignancies. These somatic mutations drive the expansion from a single founding cell to a detectable hematopoietic clone. Owing to the admixed nature of blood that provides a sampling of blood cell production throughout the body, clonal hematopoiesis is a rare view into the biology of pre-malignancy and the direct effects of pre-cancerous lesions on organ dysfunction...
January 2017: Seminars in Hematology
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