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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440980/-risk-factors-and-clinical-features-of-ectopic-pregnancy
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Beatriz Escobar-Padilla, Carlos A Perez-López, Horacio Martínez-Puon
BACKGROUND: Ectopic pregnancy (EP) is the most frequent cause of maternal death in the first trimester of pregnancy. The objective was to establish the clinical features and risk factors associated with EP. METHODS: Observational, retrospective, transversal and analytic case-control study. Two groups were included: the cases group (28 patients) and the control group (56 postpartum patients). Univariate and bivariate descriptive statistical analysis were carried out using the Pearson chi-square test, p < 0...
May 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440186/the-double-roles-of-the-prostaglandin-e2-ep2-receptor-in-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#2
Xu Luo, Qiquan Zhu, Jie Zhang, Qin Huang, Zongyi Xie, Yuan Cheng
Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), a subtype of stroke, brings high morbidity and mortality to human beings. Multiple studies indicate that neuroinflammation, excitotoxicity, oxidative stress, cytotoxicity resulted from the degradation products of blood clot play vital roles in ICH-induced secondary brain injury, which contributes to deterioration of neurological outcome. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a type of prostanoids commonly up-regulated in these progresses, is known to modulate numerous cellular and molecular processes and involve in various diseases, including ICH, cerebral ischemic, Alzheimer's disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) etc...
April 24, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438174/exercise-attenuates-neurological-deficits-by-stimulating-a-critical-hsp70-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-il-6-synapsin-i-axis-in-traumatic-brain-injury-rats
#3
Chung-Ching Chio, Hung-Jung Lin, Yu-Feng Tian, Yu-Chieh Chen, Mao-Tsun Lin, Cheng-Hsien Lin, Ching-Ping Chang, Chien-Chin Hsu
BACKGROUND: Despite previous evidence for a potent inflammatory response after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), it is unknown whether exercise preconditioning (EP) improves outcomes after a TBI by modulating inflammatory responses. METHODS: We performed quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) to quantify the genes encoding 84 cytokines and chemokines in the peripheral blood and used ELISA to determine both the cerebral and blood levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6). We also performed the chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay to evaluate the extent of nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) binding to the DNA elements in the IL-6 promoter regions...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437102/insights-into-the-complex-photophysics-and-photochemistry-of-the-simplest-nitroaromatic-compound-a-caspt2-casscf-study-on-nitrobenzene
#4
Angelo Giussani, Graham A Worth
Nitrobenzene is the simplest nitroaromatic compound and yet is characterized by a challenging and rich photophysics and photochemistry. In the present contribution the main decay paths undertaken by the system after UV absorption from both the brightest 1(La*) and the lowest 1(nA*) singlet excited states have been characterized by means of CASPT2//CASSCF computations. The obtained results match with the main photophysical properties experimentally reported: the lack of fluorescence and phosphorescence emission is justified by the presence of accessible conical intersections and intersystem crossing regions between respectively the 1(nA*) and 3(nA*) states with the ground state, while the high triplet quantum yield is attributable to the strong coupling between the 1(nA*) and 3(O*) states along the main decay path of the former...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436318/ergosterol-peroxide-a-mushroom-derived-compound-with-promising-biological-activities-a-review
#5
Simon Merdivan, Ulrike Lindequist
Ergosterol peroxide (EP; 5α,8α-epidioxy-22E-ergosta-6,22-dien-3β-ol) is a C28-sterol and a component of many medicinal mushrooms. Since its discovery nearly a century ago, many sources and biological effects of this compound have been described. Effects range from antimicrobial to cytotoxic to immunosuppressive and other activities. This review covers biological investigations of EP, its activities, and possible mechanisms of action. EP is a promising candidate for drug development and contributes to the health-promoting effects of medicinal mushrooms...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435502/inferior-vena-cava-measurement-with-ultrasound-what-is-the-best-view-and-best-mode
#6
Nathan M Finnerty, Ashish R Panchal, Creagh Boulger, Amar Vira, Jason J Bischof, Christopher Amick, David P Way, David P Bahner
INTRODUCTION: Intravascular volume status is an important clinical consideration in the management of the critically ill. Point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) has gained popularity as a non-invasive means of intravascular volume assessment via examination of the inferior vena cava (IVC). However, there are limited data comparing different acquisition techniques for IVC measurement by POCUS. The goal of this evaluation was to determine the reliability of three IVC acquisition techniques for volume assessment: sub-xiphoid transabdominal long axis (LA), transabdominal short axis (SA), and right lateral transabdominal coronal long axis (CLA) (aka "rescue view")...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435488/clinician-performed-bedside-ultrasound-in-improving-diagnostic-accuracy-in-patients-presenting-to-the-ed-with-acute-dyspnea
#7
Dimitrios Papanagnou, Michael Secko, John Gullett, Michael Stone, Shahriar Zehtabchi
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosing acute dyspnea is a critical action performed by emergency physicians (EP). It has been shown that ultrasound (US) can be incorporated into the work-up of the dyspneic patient; but there is little data demonstrating its effect on decision-making. We sought to examine the impact of a bedside, clinician-performed cardiopulmonary US protocol on the clinical impression of EPs evaluating dyspneic patients, and to measure the change in physician confidence with the leading diagnosis before and after US...
April 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435173/how-attention-influences-perceptual-decision-making-single-trial-eeg-correlates-of-drift-diffusion-model-parameters
#8
Michael D Nunez, Joachim Vandekerckhove, Ramesh Srinivasan
Perceptual decision making can be accounted for by drift-diffusion models, a class of decision-making models that assume a stochastic accumulation of evidence on each trial. Fitting response time and accuracy to a drift-diffusion model produces evidence accumulation rate and non-decision time parameter estimates that reflect cognitive processes. Our goal is to elucidate the effect of attention on visual decision making. In this study, we show that measures of attention obtained from simultaneous EEG recordings can explain per-trial evidence accumulation rates and perceptual preprocessing times during a visual decision making task...
February 2017: Journal of Mathematical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433223/risk-of-intraatrial-thrombi-after-thoracoscopic-ablation-in-absence-of-heparin-and-appendage-closure
#9
Petr Budera, Pavel Osmancik, Dalibor Herman, David Talavera, Robert Petr, Zbynek Straka
BACKGROUND: Catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) can be associated with a risk of thromboembolic events. The goal of this study was to assess optimal anticoagulation management during thoracoscopic ablation of AF. METHODS: Fifty-two patients with persistent or long-standing persistent AF underwent hybrid ablation consisting of thoracoscopic ablation followed by electrophysiologic (EP) evaluation and consecutive ablation if indicated. The thoracoscopic ablation was performed using three different anticoagulation protocols: (1) without periprocedural heparin and without occlusion of the left atrial appendage; (2) with periprocedural heparin but without left atrial appendage occlusion; and (3) with periprocedural heparin and left atrial appendage occlusion...
April 19, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431780/tolterodine-tartrate
#10
Gennady Ananchenko, Jasmina Novakovic
Tolterodine tartrate belongs to the family of muscarinic receptor antagonists and is indicated for the treatment of overactive urinary bladder syndrome. This chapter provides an overview of physical, analytical, and ADME profiles; highlights methods of chemical synthesis; and discusses stability of tolterodine as a free base and/or its l-tartrate salt in solution and in the solid state. The information presented in this chapter is based on the peer-reviewed literature, compendial reports (USP, EP), and authors' data...
2017: Profiles of Drug Substances, Excipients, and related Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431099/effect-of-cold-water-induced-stress-on-immune-response-pathology-and-fertility-in-mice-during-chlamydia-muridarum-genital-infection
#11
Tesfaye Belay, Anthony Woart, Vincent Graffeo
Genital infection by Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is the most common bacterial sexually-transmitted disease worldwide. It causes serious reproductive health complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Stress is implicated as a risk factor for various infections; however, its effect on chlamydia genital infection is unknown. We previously showed that repeated exposure of mice to cold water results in increased severity of chlamydia genital infection. In the present study, cold water-induced stress resulted in: i) elevated levels of NE and EP in the spleen and genital tract of stressed mice; ii) elevated IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-6 and NO production in macrophage-rich peritoneal cells of mice; iii) supplement of NE in vitro exerts an immunosuppressive effect on splenic T cell production of cytokines; iv) decreased C...
April 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429814/sulfated-polysaccharides-from-enteromorpha-prolifera-suppress-srebp-2-and-hmg-coa-reductase-expression-and-attenuate-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-induced-by-a-high-fat-diet
#12
Rendong Ren, Junjie Gong, Yanyan Zhao, Xinyun Zhuang, Yin Ye, Wenting Lin
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is caused by fat accumulation and is associated with abnormal cholesterol metabolism. Previous work indicates that polysaccharides from alga Enteromorpha prolifera improve glucose metabolism and lower cholesterol in diabetic rats. Thus, we studied the possible protective effects of E. prolifera polysaccharides (EP) in the development of NAFLD and underlying mechanisms. EP (200 mg kg(-1)) significantly reduced the liver weight and significantly lowered hepatic HMG-CoA reductase (HMGCR) mRNA protein expression...
April 21, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428767/social-cognitive-training-improves-emotional-processing-and-reduces-aggressive-attitudes-in-ex-combatants
#13
Sandra Trujillo, Natalia Trujillo, Jose D Lopez, Diana Gomez, Stella Valencia, Jorge Rendon, David A Pineda, Mario A Parra
Emotional processing (EP) is a complex cognitive function necessary to successfully adjust to social environments where we need to interpret and respond to cues that convey threat or reward signals. Ex-combatants have consistently shown atypical EP as well as poor social interactions. Available reintegration programs aim to facilitate the re-adaptation of ex-combatants to their communities. However, they do not incorporate actions to improve EP and to enhance cognitive-emotional regulation. The present study was aimed at evaluating the usefulness of an intervention focused on Social Cognitive Training (SCT), which was designed to equip ex-combatants enrolled in the Social Reintegration Route with EP and social cognition skills...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428710/cma-down-regulates-p53-expression-through-degradation-of-hmgb1-protein-to-inhibit-irradiation-triggered-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#14
Jing-Hua Wu, Jia-Pei Guo, Jun Shi, Hui Wang, Lei-Lei Li, Bin Guo, Dian-Xing Liu, Qing Cao, Zhi-Yong Yuan
AIM: To investigate the mechanism of chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA)-induced resistance to irradiation-triggered apoptosis through regulation of the p53 protein in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Firstly, we detected expression of lysosome-associated membrane protein 2a (Lamp-2a), which is the key protein of CMA, by western blot in HepG2 and SMMC7721 cells after irradiation. We further used shRNA Lamp-2a HCC cells to verify the radioresistance induced by CMA...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427942/inhibitory-effects-of-ethyl-pyruvate-on-platelet-aggregation-and-phosphatidylserine-exposure
#15
Wenjin Li, Xinyu Yang, Minyuan Peng, Can Li, Guangfu Mu, Fangping Chen
Ethyl pyruvate (EP) is a stable lipophilic pyruvate derivative. Studies demonstrated that EP shows potent anti-oxidation, anti-inflammatory and anti-coagulant effects. Inflammation and coagulation are closely interacted with platelet activation. However, it is unclear whether EP has anti-platelet effects. Therefore, we investigated the anti-platelet effect of EP in this study in vitro. We found that EP inhibited agonists induced platelets aggregation, ATP release and adhesion to collagen. Flow cytometric analysis revealed that EP inhibited agonist induced platelets PAC-1 binding, as well as P-selectin and CD40L expression...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427904/leishmania-donovani-tyrosyl-trna-synthetase-structure-in-complex-with-a-tyrosyl-adenylate-analog-and-comparisons-with-human-and-protozoan-counterparts
#16
Ximena Barros-Álvarez, Keshia M Kerchner, Cho Yeow Koh, Stewart Turley, Els Pardon, Jan Steyaert, Ranae M Ranade, J Robert Gillespie, Zhongsheng Zhang, Christophe L M J Verlinde, Erkang Fan, Frederick S Buckner, Wim G J Hol
The crystal structure of Leishmania donovani tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase (LdTyrRS) in complex with a nanobody and the tyrosyl adenylate analog TyrSA was determined at 2.75 Å resolution. Nanobodies are the variable domains of camelid heavy chain-only antibodies. The nanobody makes numerous crystal contacts and in addition reduces the flexibility of a loop of LdTyrRS. TyrSA is engaged in many interactions with active site residues occupying the tyrosine and adenine binding pockets. The LdTyrRS polypeptide chain consists of two pseudo-monomers, each consisting of two domains...
April 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427122/-application-on-the-quantitative-perfusion-parameters-of-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-in-the-pathological-subtype-of-uterine-leiomyoma
#17
J Zheng, Z H Zhao, J F Yang, L Zhao, L M Yang, H J Hu
Objective: To analyze the value of the quantitative perfusion parameters of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI(DCE-MRI) in the pathological subtype of uterine leiomyoma. Methods: A total of 35 cases of uterine leiomyoma confirmed by surgery and pathology were retrospectively analyzed in Shaoxing People's Hospital from October 2015 to May 2016.All cases underwent DCE-MRI. Quantitative perfusion parameters were prospectively measured and analyzed, including transfer constant (K(trans)) , efflux rate constant (K(ep)), extravascular extracellular space volume ratio (V(e)), blood plasma volume ratio (V(p)), permeability surface area product (PS) and plasma flow (F(p)) , using signal-input two-compartment tracer kinetic models (Extended Tofts model and Exchange model) in 35 leiomyoma cases...
April 18, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424856/homogenous-assay-for-protein-detection-based-on-proximity-dna-hybridization-and-isothermal-circular-strand-displacement-amplification-reaction
#18
Manjun Zhang, Ruimin Li, Liansheng Ling
This work proposed a homogenous fluorescence assay for proteins, based on the target-triggered proximity DNA hybridization in combination with strand displacement amplification (SDA). It benefited from target-triggered proximity DNA hybridization to specifically recognize the target and SDA making recycling signal amplification. The system included a molecular beacon (MB), an extended probe (EP), and an assistant probe (AP), which were not self-assembly in the absence of target proteins, due to the short length of the designed complementary sequence among MB, EP, and AP...
April 19, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422696/new-conditions-for-global-asymptotic-stability-of-memristor-neural-networks
#19
Mauro Di Marco, Mauro Forti, Luca Pancioni
Recent papers in the literature introduced a class of neural networks (NNs) with memristors, named dynamic-memristor (DM) NNs, such that the analog processing takes place in the charge-flux domain, instead of the typical current-voltage domain as it happens for Hopfield NNs and standard cellular NNs. One key advantage is that, when a steady state is reached, all currents, voltages, and power of a DM-NN drop off, whereas the memristors act as nonvolatile memories that store the processing result. Previous work in the literature addressed multistability of DM-NNs, i...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420408/sialylation-regulates-myofibroblast-differentiation-of-human-skin-fibroblasts
#20
Norihiko Sasaki, Yoko Itakura, Masashi Toyoda
BACKGROUND: Fibroblasts are key players in maintaining skin homeostasis and in orchestrating physiological tissue repair and skin regeneration. Dysfunctions in fibroblasts that occur with aging and the senescent process lead to the delayed healing observed in elderly people. The molecular mechanisms leading to fibroblast dysfunction during aging and the senescent process have not yet been clarified. Previously, changes in patterns of glycosylation were observed in fibroblasts in aging and the senescent process, but the effect of these changes on the function of fibroblasts has not been well documented...
April 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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