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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542249/the-human-asparaginase-enzyme-aspg-inhibits-growth-in-leukemic-cells
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Stefania Belviso, Rodolfo Iuliano, Rosario Amato, Nicola Perrotti, Miranda Menniti
The human protein ASPG is an enzyme with a putative antitumor activity. We generated in bacteria and then purified a recombinant GST-ASPG protein that we used to characterize the biochemical and cytotoxic properties of the human ASPG. We demonstrated that ASPG possesses asparaginase and PAF acetylhydrolase activities that depend on a critical threonine residue at position 19. Consistently, ASPG but not its T19A mutant showed cytotoxic activity in K562, NALM-6 and MOLT-4 leukemic cell lines but not in normal cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534033/the-population-attributable-fraction-of-occupational-copd-among-danish-women
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Else Würtz, Vivi Schlünssen, Tine Malling, Jens Georg Hansen, Øyvind Omland
The PAF of occupational COPD among Danish women http://ow.ly/CEmy308XEgl.
April 2017: ERJ Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533849/clinical-risk-factors-for-in-hospital-mortality-in-older-adults-with-hiv-infection-findings-from-a-south-african-hospital-administrative-dataset
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Kumeren Govender, Fatima Suleman, Yoshan Moodley
INTRODUCTION: The proportion of older South African adults (aged ≥50 years old) with HIV infection requiring hospitalization is likely to increase in the near future. Clinical risk factors for in-hospital mortality (IHM) in these patients are not well described. We aimed to identify clinical risk factors associated with IHM and their overall contribution towards IHM in older South African adults with HIV infection. METHODS: Clinical data for 690 older adults with HIV infection was obtained from the hospital administrative database at the Hlabisa Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528433/hydrolysis-of-phosphatidylcholine-isoprostanes-ptdcho-ip-by-peripheral-human-group-iia-v-and-x-secretory-phospholipases-a2-spla2
#4
Arnis Kuksis, Waldemar Pruzanski
Biologically active F- and E/D-type-prostane ring isomers (F2-IP and E2/D2-IP, respectively) are produced in situ by non-enzymatic peroxidation of arachidonic acid esterified to GroPCho (PtdCho-IP) and are universally distributed in tissue lipoproteins and cell membranes. Previous work has shown that platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolases (PAF-AH) are the main endogenous PLA2 involved in degradation of PtdCho-IP. The present study shows that the PtdCho-IP are also subject to hydrolysis by group IIA, V and X secretory PLA2, which also have a wide peripheral tissue distribution...
May 20, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527996/enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-pretreated-alfa-fibers-stipa-tenacissima-using-%C3%AE-d-glucosidase-and-xylanase-of-talaromyces-thermophilus-from-solid-state-fermentation
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Hanen Mallek-Fakhfakh, Jawhar Fakhfakh, Kamel Walha, Hajer Hassairi, Ali Gargouri, Hafedh Belghith
This work aims at realizing an optimal hydrolysis of pretreated Alfa fibers (Stipa tenacissima) through the use of enzymes produced from Talaromyces thermophilus AX4, namely β-D-glucosidase and xylanase, by a solid state fermentation process of an agro-industrial waste (wheat bran supplemented with lactose). The carbon source was firstly selected and the optimal values of three other parameters were determined: substrate loading (10g), moisture content (85%) and production time (10 days); which led to an optimized enzymatic juice...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526707/s-nitrosylation-of-vasp-at-cysteine-64-mediates-inflammation-stimulated-increase-in-microvascular-permeability
#6
Patricia Zamorano, Natalie Marin, Francisco Córdova, Alejandra Aguilar, Cynthia J Meininger, Mauricio P Boric, Nikola Golenhofen, Jorge Contreras, José Sarmiento, Walter N Duran, Fabiola A Sánchez
We tested the hypothesis that platelet-activating factor (PAF) induces S-nitrosylation of vasodilator-stimulated phosphoprotein (VASP) as a mechanism to reduce microvascular endothelial barrier integrity and stimulate hyperpermeability. PAF elevated S-nitrosylation of VASP above baseline levels in different endothelial cells and caused hyperpermeability. To ascertain the importance of eNOS subcellular location in this process, we used ECV-304 cells transfected with cytosolic eNOS (GFPeNOSG2A) and plasma membrane eNOS (GFPeNOSCAAX)...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521815/proportion-of-cancer-in-a-middle-eastern-country-attributable-to-established-risk-factors
#7
Maya A Charafeddine, Sara H Olson, Deborah Mukherji, Sally N Temraz, Ghassan K Abou-Alfa, Ali I Shamseddine
BACKGROUND: Providing an estimate of the percentage of cancer in Lebanon by 2018 that is due to the exposure to risk factors in 2008. Factors include: smoking, body mass index (BMI), physical inactivity, dietary factors, alcohol consumption, infections, and air pollution in adults. METHOD: Population Attributable Fraction (PAF) was calculated using the proportion of the population exposed and relative risks for each risk factor from meta-analyses. The PAF estimates the proportion of cases in which exposure may have played a causal role...
May 18, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506548/antiarrhythmic-medication-is-superior-to-catheter-ablation-in-suppressing-supraventricular-ectopic-complexes-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Christina Alhede, Trine K Lauridsen, Arne Johannessen, Ulrik Dixen, Jan S Jensen, Pekka Raatikainen, Gerhard Hindricks, Haakan Walfridsson, Ole Kongstad, Steen Pehrson, Anders Englund, Juha Hartikainen, Peter S Hansen, Jens C Nielsen, Christian Jons
BACKGROUND: Supraventricular ectopic complexes (SVEC) originating in the pulmonary veins are known triggers of atrial fibrillation (AF) which led to the development of pulmonary vein isolation for AF. However, the long-term prevalence of SVEC after catheter ablation (CA) as compared to antiarrhythmic medication (AAD) is unknown. Our aims were to compare the prevalence of SVEC after AAD and CA and to estimate the association between baseline SVEC burden and AF burden during 24months of follow-up...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503795/automatic-detection-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-ischaemic-stroke-better-than-routine-diagnostic-workup
#9
T Uphaus, A Grings, S Gröschel, A Müller, M Weber-Krüger, R Wachter, K Gröschel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Prolonged electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring after ischaemic stroke increases the diagnostic yield of paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (pAF). In order to facilitate the additional workload involved in ECG analysis due to prolonged monitoring times, we investigated the effectiveness of pAF detection with an automated software algorithm (SA) in comparison to the routine staff-based analysis (RA) during standard stroke-unit care. Therefore, patients with acute ischaemic stroke or transitory ischaemic attack presenting with sinus rhythmus on the admission ECG and no history of atrial fibrillation were prospectively included...
May 15, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499705/measurement-and-reproducibility-of-preserved-ellipsoid-zone-area-and-preserved-rpe-area-in-a-cohort-of-eyes-with-choroideremia
#10
Amir H Hariri, Swetha B Velaga, Aniz Girach, Michael S Ip, Phuc V Le, Byron L Lam, M Dominik Fischer, Eeva-Marja Sankila, Mark Pennesi, Frank G Holz, Robert E MacLaren, David G Birch, Carel B Hoyng, Ian M MacDonald, Graeme C Black, Stephen H Tsang, Neil M Bressler, Michael Larsen, Michael B Gorin, Andrew R Webster, SriniVas R Sadda
PURPOSE: To identify valid and reproducible methods for quantifying anatomical outcome measures for eyes with choroideremia (CHM) in clinical trials. DESIGN: Reliability analysis study. METHODS: In this multicenter study, patients with confirmed genetic diagnosis of CHM were enrolled. All cases underwent spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) and fundus autofluorescence (FAF) imaging. Two graders independently delineated boundaries of preserved autofluorescence (PAF) and preserved ellipsoid zone (EZ) on FAF and OCT images respectively...
May 9, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495652/acute-efficacy-safety-and-long-term-clinical-outcomes-utilizing-the-second-generation-cryoballoon-for-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-patients-with-a-left-common-pulmonary-vein-a-multicenter-study
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Christian-Hendrik Heeger, Verena Tscholl, Erik Wissner, Thomas Fink, Laura Rottner, Peter Wohlmuth, Barbara Bellmann, Mattias Roser, Shibu Mathew, Christian Sohns, Bruno Reißmann, Christine Lemeš, Tilman Maurer, Francesco Santoro, Johannes Riedl, Britta Goldmann, Ulf Landmesser, Feifan Ouyang, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Andreas Rillig, Andreas Metzner
BACKGROUND: Second-generation cryoballoon (CB2)-based pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) has demonstrated encouraging clinical results in the treatment of paroxysmal (PAF) and persistent atrial fibrillation (PersAF). However, the CB2 features a maximal diameter of 28mm and its adaptability to anatomical variations of the pulmonary veins (PVs) might be challenging. OBJECTIVE: To assess acute efficacy, safety and long-term clinical results of CB2-based PVI in patients with a left common PV (LCPV)...
May 8, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472616/stereochemistry-and-concentration-dependent-effects-of-phosphatidylserine-enrichment-on-platelet-function
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Audrey F Meyer, Sarah M Gruba, Donghyuk Kim, Ben M Meyer, Secil Koseoglu, Joseph J Dalluge, Christy L Haynes
Platelets are small (1-2μm in diameter), circulating anuclear cell fragments with important roles in hemostasis and thrombosis that provide an excellent platform for studying the role of membrane components in cellular communication. Platelets use several forms of communication including exocytosis of three distinct granule populations, formation of bioactive lipid mediators, and shape change (allowing for adhesion). This work explores the role of stereochemistry and concentration of exogenous phosphatidylserine (PS) on platelet exocytosis and adhesion...
May 1, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472445/defining-the-population-attributable-fraction-for-infectious-diseases
#13
Ellen Brooks-Pollock, Leon Danon
Background: The population attributable fraction (PAF) is used to quantify the contribution of a risk group to disease burden. For infectious diseases, high-risk individuals may increase disease risk for the wider population in addition to themselves; therefore methods are required to estimate the PAF for infectious diseases. Methods: A mathematical model of disease transmission in a population with a high-risk group was used to compare existing approaches for calculating the PAF...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460753/population-level-effects-of-risk-factors-for-bovine-respiratory-disease-in-australian-feedlot-cattle
#14
K E Hay, J M Morton, A C A Clements, T J Mahony, T S Barnes
Results obtained from a nationwide longitudinal study were extended to estimate the population-level effects of selected risk factors on the incidence of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) during the first 50days at risk in medium-sized to large Australian feedlots. Population attributable fractions (PAF) and population attributable risks (PAR) were used to rank selected risk factors in order of importance from the perspective of the Australian feedlot industry within two mutually exclusive categories: 'intervention' risk factors had practical strategies that feedlot managers could implement to avoid exposure of cattle to adverse levels of the risk factor and a precise estimate of the population-level effect while 'others' did not...
May 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458618/a-review-on-platelet-activating-factor-inhibitors-could-a-new-class-of-potent-metal-based-anti-inflammatory-drugs-induce-anticancer-properties
#15
REVIEW
Vasiliki D Papakonstantinou, Nefeli Lagopati, Effie C Tsilibary, Constantinos A Demopoulos, Athanassios I Philippopoulos
In this minireview, we refer to recent results as far as the Platelet Activating Factor (PAF) inhibitors are concerned. At first, results of organic compounds (natural and synthetic ones and specific and nonspecific) as inhibitors of PAF are reported. Emphasis is given on recent results about a new class of the so-called metal-based inhibitors of PAF. A small library of 30 metal complexes has been thus created; their anti-inflammatory activity has been further evaluated owing to their inhibitory effect against PAF in washed rabbit platelets (WRPs)...
2017: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458520/anti-platelet-effects-of-anti-glaucomatous-eye-drops-an-in-vitro-study-on-human-platelets
#16
Marilita M Moschos, Giannis A Moustafa, Vasiliki D Papakonstantinou, Michael Tsatsos, Konstantinos Laios, Smaragdi Antonopoulou
PURPOSE: Altered platelet aggregability has been implicated in the pathogenesis of glaucoma. This study aims to investigate the anti-platelet potential of intraocular pressure lowering drops, with the possibility of establishing it as an additional mechanism of anti-glaucomatous action. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The anti-aggregating effects of a series of anti-glaucomatous eye drops were determined on human platelets in the platelet aggregation model, using four known aggregating factors (platelet activating factor [PAF], adenosine diphosphate [ADP], thrombin receptor-activating peptide [TRAP], and arachidonic acid [AA])...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456483/characteristics-and-long-term-catheter-ablation-outcome-in-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-patients-with-non-pulmonary-vein-triggers
#17
Yuan Hung, Li-Wei Lo, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Yu-Feng Hu, Fa-Po Chung, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Tze-Fan Chao, Jo-Nan Liao, Rohit Walia, Abigail Louise D Te, Shinya Yamada, Chung-Hsing Lin, Yao-Ting Chang, Chin-Yu Lin, Chao-Shun Chan, Ying-Chieh Liao, Sunu Raharjo, Suresh Allamsetty, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: There are limited literatures regarding the non-pulmonary vein (NPV) triggers in long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPAF). The goal of the present study was to investigate the characteristics and long-term outcome of catheter ablation among these patients. METHODS: The study included 776 patients (age 53.59±11.38years-old, 556 males) who received catheter ablation for drug-refractory atrial fibrillation (AF). We divided these patients into 3 groups...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449688/yy-1224-a-terpene-trilactone-strengthened-ginkgo-biloba-attenuates-neurodegenerative-changes-induced-by-%C3%AE-amyloid-1-42-or-double-transgenic-overexpression-of-app-and-ps1-via-inhibition-of-cyclooxygenase-2
#18
Zheng-Yi Li, Yoon Hee Chung, Eun-Joo Shin, Duy-Khanh Dang, Ji Hoon Jeong, Sung Kwon Ko, Seung-Yeol Nah, Tae Gon Baik, Jin Hyeong Jhoo, Wei-Yi Ong, Toshitaka Nabeshima, Hyoung-Chun Kim
BACKGROUND: Ginkgo biloba has been reported to possess free radical-scavenging antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory properties. In our pilot study, YY-1224, a terpene trilactone-strengthened extract of G. biloba, showed anti-inflammatory, neurotrophic, and antioxidant effects. RESULTS: We investigated the pharmacological potential of YY-1224 in β-amyloid (Aβ) (1-42)-induced memory impairment using cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) knockout (-/-) and APPswe/PS1dE9 transgenic (APP/PS1 Tg) mice...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447320/should-ablation-be-first-line-therapy-for-patients-with-paroxysmal-af
#19
REVIEW
Sergio Conti, Atul Verma
Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and the number of patients is expected to continuously increase in the next years. Catheter ablation is an effective, safe, and well-established treatment for patient with symptomatic and drug-resistant paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). Over the last decade, there was an increasing body of evidence demonstrating superiority of catheter ablation over antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) in maintaining sinus rhythm. However, randomized clinical trials have not been conclusive to consider catheter ablation as a first-line therapy for PAF...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446455/the-economic-burden-of-physical-inactivity-a-systematic-review-and-critical-appraisal
#20
REVIEW
Ding Ding, Tracy Kolbe-Alexander, Binh Nguyen, Peter T Katzmarzyk, Michael Pratt, Kenny D Lawson
OBJECTIVE: To summarise the literature on the economic burden of physical inactivity in populations, with emphases on appraising the methodologies and providing recommendations for future studies. DESIGN: Systematic review following the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines (PROSPERO registration number CRD42016047705). DATA SOURCES: Electronic databases for peer-reviewed and grey literature were systematically searched, followed by reference searching and consultation with experts...
April 26, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
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