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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227007/identification-of-blood-biomarkers-for-use-in-point-of-care-diagnosis-tool-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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E Jammeh, P Zhao, C Carroll, S Pearson, E Ifeachor, E Jammeh, P Zhao, C Carroll, S Pearson, E Ifeachor, C Carroll, E Jammeh, E Ifeachor, S Pearson, P Zhao
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is widely regarded as necessary to allow treatment to be started before irreversible damage to the brain occur and for patients to benefit from new therapies as they become available. Low-cost point-of-care (PoC) diagnostic tools that can be used to routinely diagnose AD in its early stage would facilitate this, but such tools require reliable and accurate biomarkers. However, traditional biomarkers for AD use invasive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis and/or expensive neuroimaging techniques together with neuropsychological assessments...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203073/health-status-and-lung-function-in-the-swedish-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficient-cohort-identified-by-neonatal-screening-at-the-age-of-37-40-years
#2
Eeva Piitulainen, Behrouz Mostafavi, Hanan A Tanash
BACKGROUND: Severe alpha 1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency (genotype PiZZ) is a well-known risk factor for COPD. A cohort of PiZZ and PiSZ individuals was identified by the Swedish national neonatal AAT screening program in 1972-1974 and followed up regularly since birth. Our aim was to study the lung function, respiratory symptoms and health status at the age of 38 years in comparison with a random sample of control subjects selected from the population registry. METHODS: The study group included 120 PiZZ, 46 PiSZ and 164 control subjects (PiMM), who answered a questionnaire on smoking habits and symptoms and the Saint George Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) on quality of life...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196348/investigation-of-implicit-avoidance-of-displacement-related-stimuli-in-offspring-of-trauma-exposed-forcibly-displaced-individuals
#3
Charlotte E Wittekind, Christoph Muhtz, Steffen Moritz, Lena Jelinek
There is an ongoing debate as to whether traumatization also affects the close relatives of trauma survivors who have symptoms of PTSD. Although many studies provide evidence favoring a transgenerational transmission, other studies have not found evidence to support this idea. The present study examined whether adult offspring of individuals exposed to trauma during forced displacement with (n=22) and without PTSD (n=24) exhibit an implicit avoidance of stimuli related to the parental trauma compared to children of non-trauma exposed control participants (n=23) using an Approach-Avoidance task (AAT)...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195949/a-preclinical-translational-study-of-the-cardioprotective-effects-of-plasma-derived-alpha-1-anti-trypsin-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
#4
Adolfo G Mauro, Eleonora Mezzaroma, Carlo Marchetti, Pratyush Narayan, Marco Del Buono, Marialessia Capuano, Andrea Prestamburgo, Simone Catapano, Fadi N Salloum, Antonio Abbate, Stefano Toldo
BACKGROUND: The area of myocardial infarction continues to expand for hours after reperfusion. The injured but viable myocardium may be salvaged if the signals leading to cell death are interrupted. Activation of the caspase-1 inflammasome in the heart shortly after ischemia-reperfusion contributes to the final infarct size. Plasma derived α-1 anti-trypsin (AAT) has shown to inhibit inflammasome formation in vitro and in vivo. To explore the potential translational clinical value of AAT as a therapeutic, we conducted a series of preclinical experiments designed to simulate clinically relevant scenarios...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193658/in-vitro-ex-vivo-and-in-vivo-activity-of-diamidines-against-trypanosoma-congolense-and-trypanosoma-vivax
#5
Kirsten Gillingwater, Christina Kunz, Christiane Braghiroli, David W Boykin, Richard R Tidwell, Reto Brun
African Animal Trypanosomosis (AAT) is caused by the tsetse-transmitted protozoans, Trypanosoma congolense and T. vivax, leading to huge agricultural losses throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Three drugs are available to treat Nagana in cattle (diminazene diaceturate, homidium- and isometamidium chloride). With increasing reports of drug-resistant populations, new molecules should be investigated as potential candidates to combat Nagana. Dicationic compounds have demonstrated excellent efficacy against different kinetoplastid parasites...
February 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193330/conversion-of-cysteine-to-3-mercaptopyruvic-acid-by-bacterial-aminotransferases
#6
Christina Andreeßen, Vanessa Gerlt, Alexander Steinbüchel
3-Mercaptopyruvate (3MPy), a structural analog of 3-mercaptopropionic acid, is a precursor compound for biosynthesis of polythioesters in bacteria. The cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the whole process could be greatly improved by using the cysteine degradation pathway for an intracellular supply of 3MPy. Transamination of cysteine to its corresponding α-keto acid 3MPy is catalyzed by cysteine aminotransferases (CAT). However, CAT activity has so far not been described for bacterial aminotransferases (AT), and it was unknown whether they can be applied for the conversion of cysteine to 3MPy...
April 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191857/auricular-acupressure-helps-alleviate-xerostomia-in-maintenance-hemodialysis-patients-a-pilot-study
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Guowen Yang, Shaoqin Lin, Yuchi Wu, Shangpeng Zhang, Xiuqing Wu, Xusheng Liu, Chuan Zou, Qizhan Lin
BACKGROUND: Xerostomia is one of the most common complaints in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients. This problem contributes to excess fluid intake and results in poor survival outcome. Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and literature studies, the authors have been practicing auricular acupressure therapy (AAT) to help patients with xerostomia. This pilot study was conducted to demonstrate the potential of AAT for xerostomia in MHD patients. METHODS: Eligible subjects who agreed to participate in this study were recruited and provided with AAT for 4 weeks...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183045/new-process-for-purifying-high-purity-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-from-cohn-fraction-iv-by-chromatography-a-promising-method-for-the-better-utilization-of-plasma
#8
Chaoji Huangfu, Jinchao Zhang, Yuyuan Ma, Junting Jia, Maomin Lv, Xiong Zhao, Jingang Zhang
α1-antitrypsin (AAT) is a 52kDa serine protease inhibitor that is abundant in plasma. It is synthesized mainly by hepatic cells, and widely used to treat patients with emphysema due to congenital deficiency of AAT. A new isolation method for the purification of AAT from Cohn Fraction IV (Cohn F IV) is described. Cohn F IV is usually discarded as a byproduct from Cohn process. Using Cohn F IV as starting material does not interfere with the production of other plasma proteins and the cost of purification could be reduced greatly...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178162/genotyping-diagnosis-of-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency-in-saudi-adults-with-liver-cirrhosis
#9
Noura Al-Jameil, Amina A Hassan, Ahlam Buhairan, Rana Hassanato, Sree R Isac, Maram Al-Otaiby, Basmah Al-Maarik, Iman Al-Ajeyan
The acute phase protein alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) is mainly produced in liver cells. AAT deficiency affects the lungs and liver. We conducted a case-control study to define a valuable method for the proper diagnosis of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD), as well as the association of liver cirrhosis with AATD in Saudi adults.Blood samples from 300 liver cirrhosis patients and 400 controls were analyzed according to serum AAT concentration, phenotyping, and genotyping. Nephelometry was used for AAT quantification, isoelectric focusing electrophoresis was used for phenotyping detection, and real-time PCR was used for genotyping to determine the Z and S deficiency alleles...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169162/discovery-of-aat-008-a-novel-potent-and-selective-prostaglandin-ep4-receptor-antagonist
#10
Yoshiyuki Okumura, Tatsuya Yamagishi, Seiji Nukui, Kazunari Nakao
Starting from acylsufonamide HTS hit 2, a novel series of para-N-acylaminomethylbenzoic acids was identified and developed as selective prostaglandin EP4 receptor antagonists. Structural modifications on lead compound 4a were explored with the aim of improving potency, physicochemical properties, and animal PK predictive of QD (once a day) dosing regimen in human. These efforts led to the discovery of the clinical candidate AAT-008 (4j), which exhibited significantly improved pharmacological profiles over grapiprant (1)...
January 25, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162910/direct-effects-of-anti-angiogenic-therapies-on-tumor-cells-vegf-signaling
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REVIEW
Thomas Simon, Teresa Gagliano, Georgios Giamas
Over recent decades anti-angiogenic therapies (AATs) have produced promising results in the treatment of different malignancies. Unfortunately, resistance often develops and patients ultimately relapse. In an attempt to elucidate the causes of recurrence, most studies have focused on tumor responses to hypoxic conditions induced by AAT. However, strategies targeting these mechanisms of resistance are still failing to improve treatments. Furthermore, a potential direct impact of AAT on tumor cells cannot be overlooked...
February 2, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162093/evaluating-the-impact-of-targeting-livestock-for-the-prevention-of-human-and-animal-trypanosomiasis-at-village-level-in-districts-newly-affected-with-t-b-rhodesiense-in-uganda
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Louise Hamill, Kim Picozzi, Jenna Fyfe, Beatrix von Wissmann, Sally Wastling, Nicola Wardrop, Richard Selby, Christine Amongi Acup, Kevin L Bardosh, Dennis Muhanguzi, John D Kabasa, Charles Waiswa, Susan C Welburn
BACKGROUND: Uganda has suffered from a series of epidemics of Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT), a tsetse transmitted disease, also known as sleeping sickness. The area affected by acute Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense HAT (rHAT) has been expanding, driven by importation of infected cattle into regions previously free of the disease. These regions are also affected by African Animal Trypanosomiasis (AAT) demanding a strategy for integrated disease control. METHODS: In 2008, the Public Private Partnership, Stamp Out Sleeping Sickness (SOS) administered a single dose of trypanocide to 31 486 head of cattle in 29 parishes in Dokolo and Kaberamaido districts...
February 6, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144906/guidelines-in-review-2016-acc-aats-aha-asnc-scai-scct-sts-appropriate-use-criteria-for-coronary-revascularization-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes
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REVIEW
Samuel K McElwee, Fadi G Hage
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 31, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137880/class-i-restricted-t-cell-responses-to-a-polymorphic-peptide-in-a-gene-therapy-clinical-trial-for-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-deficiency
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Roberto Calcedo, Suryanarayan Somanathan, Qiuyue Qin, Michael R Betts, Andrew J Rech, Robert H Vonderheide, Christian Mueller, Terence R Flotte, James M Wilson
Adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene therapy is currently being pursued as a treatment for the monogenic disorder α-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. Results from phase I and II studies have shown relatively stable and dose-dependent increases in transgene-derived wild-type AAT after local intramuscular vector administration. In this report we describe the appearance of transgene-specific T-cell responses in two subjects that were part of the phase II trial. The patient with the more robust T-cell response, which was associated with a reduction in transgene expression, was characterized more thoroughly in this study...
February 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121484/ubiquitin-ligase-syvn1-hrd1-facilitates-degradation-of-the-serpina1-z-variant-alpha-1-antitrypsin-z-variant-via-sqstm1-p62-dependent-selective-autophagy
#15
Lijie Feng, Jin Zhang, Na Zhu, Qian Ding, Xiaojie Zhang, Jishuang Yu, Weimin Qiang, Zhetao Zhang, Yuyang Ma, Dake Huang, Yujun Shen, Shengyun Fang, Yifan Yu, Haiping Wang, Yuxian Shen
SERPINA1/AAT/alpha-1-antitrypsin (serpin family A member 1) deficiency (SERPINA1/ AAT-D) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by the retention of misfolded SERPINA1/AAT in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) of hepatocytes and a significant reduction of serum SERPINA1/AAT level. The Z variant of SERPINA1/AAT, containing a Glu342Lys (E342K) mutation (SERPINA1(E342K)/ATZ), the most common form of SERPINA1/AAT-D, is prone to misfolding and polymerization, which retains it in the ER of hepatocytes and leads to liver injury...
January 25, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112022/structural-and-physiological-neurovascular-changes-in-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease-and-its-clinical-phenotypes
#16
Sarah Al-Bachari, Rishma Vidyasagar, Hedley Ca Emsley, Laura M Parkes
Neurovascular changes are likely to interact importantly with the neurodegenerative process in idiopathic Parkinson's disease (IPD). Markers of neurovascular status (NVS) include white matter lesion (WML) burden and arterial spin labelling (ASL) measurements of cerebral blood flow (CBF) and arterial arrival time (AAT). We investigated NVS in IPD, including an analysis of IPD clinical phenotypes, by comparison with two control groups, one with a history of clinical cerebrovascular disease (CVD) (control positive, CP) and one without CVD (control negative, CN)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108839/sporadic-insulinomas-on-volume-perfusion-ct-dynamic-enhancement-patterns-and-timing-of-optimal-tumour-parenchyma-contrast
#17
Liang Zhu, Wen-Ming Wu, Hua-Dan Xue, Wei Liu, Xuan Wang, Hao Sun, Ping Li, Yu-Pei Zhao, Zheng-Yu Jin
OBJECTIVES: To assess enhancement patterns of sporadic insulinomas on volume perfusion CT (VPCT), and to identify timing of optimal tumour-parenchyma contrast. METHODS: Consecutive patients who underwent VPCT for clinically suspected insulinomas were retrospectively identified. Patients with insulinomas confirmed by surgery were included, and patients with familial syndromes were excluded. Two radiologists evaluated VPCT images in consensus. Tumour-parenchyma contrast at each time point was measured, and timing of optimal contrast was determined...
January 20, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108341/molecular-cloning-genomic-structure-polymorphism-analysis-and-recombinant-expression-of-a-%C3%AE-1-antitrypsin-like-gene-from-swamp-eel-monopterus-albus
#18
Wei Li, Quanhe Wang, Shaobin Li, Ao Jiang, Wenxiu Sun
Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) is a highly polymorphic glycoprotein antiprotease, involved in the regulation of human immune response. Beyond some genomic characterization and a few protein characterizations, the function of teleost AAT remains uncertain. In this study we cloned an AAT-like gene from a swamp eel liver identifying four exons and three introns, and the full-length cDNA. The elucidated swamp eel AAT amino acid sequence showed high homology with known AATs from other teleosts. The swamp eel AAT was examined both in ten healthy tissues and in four bacterially-stimulated tissues resulting in up-regulation of swamp eel AAT at different times...
January 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107849/attitudes-to-and-beliefs-about-animal-assisted-therapy-for-children-with-disabilities
#19
Esther Yap, Adam Scheinberg, Katrina Williams
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the attitudes and beliefs surrounding animal-assisted therapy (AAT) for the rehabilitation of children with disabilities at the Royal Children's Hospital (RCH), focusing specifically on cerebral palsy (CP), autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and acquired brain injury (ABI). This was an initial step to inform future AAT research and to understand the feasibility of interventions. DESIGN/SETTING/OUTCOME MEASURES: An online survey asking participants their opinions about the inclusion of AAT, and potential barriers to its introduction in a tertiary hospital setting was advertised on the RCH Intranet from 3 March 2015 to 3 April 2015...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107194/transdifferentiation-of-human-male-germline-stem-cells-to-hepatocytes-in-vivo-via-the-transplantation-under-renal-capsules
#20
Zheng Chen, Minghui Niu, Min Sun, Qingqing Yuan, Chencheng Yao, Jingmei Hou, Hong Wang, Liping Wen, Hongyong Fu, Fan Zhou, Zheng Li, Zuping He
Here we proposed a new concept that human spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) can transdifferentiate into hepatocytes in vivo. We first established liver injury model of mice by carbon tetrachloride to provide proper environment for human SSC transplantation. Liver mesenchymal cells were isolated from mice and identified phenotypically. Human SSC line was recombined with liver mesenchymal cells, and they were transplanted under renal capsules of nude mice with liver injury. The grafts expressed hepatocyte hallmarks, including ALB, AAT, CK18, and CYP1A2, whereas germ cell and SSC markers VASA and GPR125 were undetected in these cells, implicating that human SSCs were converted to hepatocytes...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
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