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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353467/high-resolution-melting-analysis-for-rapid-detection-of-pik3ca-gene-mutations-in-bladder-cancer-a-mutated-target-for-cancer-therapy
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Zahra Ousati Ashtiani, Abdol Rasoul Mehrsai, Mohammad Reza Pourmand, Gholam Reza Pourmand
PURPOSE: PIK3CA gene mutations have clinical importance and their presence is associated with therapy response. They are also considered as a molecule for targeted therapy. As regards to their importance, genetic variation within a population as well as among different populations, this study was conducted to detect common mutations of exons 9 and 20 and other probable mutations in PIK3CA gene as well as their frequencies in Iranian bladder cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Paired tumor and adjacent normal tissues samples were obtained from 50 bladder cancer patients...
January 21, 2018: Urology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353463/protective-effect-of-a-newly-developed-fucose-deficient-recombinant-antithrombin-against-histone-induced-endothelial-damage
#2
Toshiaki Iba, Tatsuhiko Hirota, Koichi Sato, Isao Nagaoka
Antithrombin is expected to modulate both prothrombotic and proinflammatory reactions in sepsis; vascular endothelium is the primary target. In the present study, we sought to evaluate the protective effects of a newly developed fucose-deficient recombinant antithrombin. Endothelial cells were treated in vitro with histone H4 to induce cellular damage. Low to high doses of either plasma-derived antithrombin or recombinant thrombomodulin were used as treatment interventions. Morphological change, apoptotic rate, cell viability, cell injury, and syndecan-4 level in the medium were evaluated...
January 20, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353455/the-interplay-between-apolipoprotein-e4-and-the-autophagic-endocytic-lysosomal-axis
#3
REVIEW
E Schmukler, D M Michaelson, R Pinkas-Kramarski
Since its discovery as a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, the APOE4 allele has been linked to the majority of the pathological findings associated with the disease progression. These include abnormalities of the endocytic, autophagic, and lysosomal machineries, which begin at the most early stages of Alzheimer's disease development. Considering that these three vesicular systems share common features and, in fact, comprise an interconnected cargo-trafficking and degradation network, some of the effects of APOE4 are interrelated, while others are system-specific...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353450/cancer-treatment-and-bone-health
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REVIEW
Catherine Handforth, Stella D'Oronzo, Robert Coleman, Janet Brown
Considerable advances in oncology over recent decades have led to improved survival, while raising concerns about long-term consequences of anticancer treatments. In patients with breast or prostate malignancies, bone health is a major issue due to the high risk of bone metastases and the frequent prolonged use of hormone therapies that alter physiological bone turnover, leading to increased fracture risk. Thus, the onset of cancer treatment-induced bone loss (CTIBL) should be considered by clinicians and recent guidelines should be routinely applied to these patients...
January 20, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353440/healthy-lifestyle-promotion-in-primary-schools-through-the-board-game-kaledo-a-pilot-cluster-randomized-trial
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Emanuela Viggiano, Alessandro Viggiano, Anna Di Costanzo, Adela Viggiano, Andrea Viggiano, Eleonora Andreozzi, Vincenzo Romano, Claudia Vicidomini, Daniela Di Tuoro, Giuliana Gargano, Lucia Incarnato, Celeste Fevola, Pietro Volta, Caterina Tolomeo, Giuseppina Scianni, Caterina Santangelo, Maria Apicella, Roberta Battista, Maddalena Raia, Ilaria Valentino, Marianna Palumbo, Giovanni Messina, Antonietta Messina, Marcellino Monda, Bruno De Luca, Salvatore Amaro
The board game Kaledo was proven to be effective in improving nutrition knowledge and in modifying dietary behavior in students attending middle and high school. The present pilot study aims to reproduce these results in younger students (7-11 years old) attending primary school. A total of 1313 children from ten schools were recruited to participate in the present study. Participants were randomized into two groups: (1) the treatment group which consisted of playing Kaledo over 20 sessions and (2) the no intervention group...
January 20, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353438/examination-of-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-as-a-potential-biomarker-in-heart-failure-patients
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Zsolt Sarszegi, Dora Szabo, Balazs Gaszner, Attila Konyi, Dora Reglodi, Jozsef Nemeth, Beata Lelesz, Beata Polgar, Adel Jungling, Andrea Tamas
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a pleiotropic and multifunctional neuropeptide having neurotrophic, neuroprotective, and general cytoprotective actions in a variety of tissues based on its anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects. Several studies have demonstrated its cardioprotective effects in vitro and in various animal models. However, few data are available on the presence of PACAP in human cardiac tissues and its role in the pathomechanism and progression of different cardiac disorders, particularly heart failure...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353426/is-dipyrone-effective-as-a-preemptive-analgesic-in-third-molar-surgery-a-pilot-study
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Vinícius Tatsumoto Favarini, Carlos Alysson Aragão Lima, Rogério Almeida da Silva, Fábio Ricardo Loureiro Sato
PURPOSE: Studies on preemptive analgesia in maxillofacial surgery have shown several controversial clinical results, mainly due to the absence of a methodological standard, besides a wide variety of studied drugs. This study intended to answer the following hypothesis: Is the administration of dipyrone preemptively capable of decreasing trans- and postoperative pain in the third molar surgical extraction? METHODS: A pilot prospective double-blind placebo-controlled study was carried out with 25 patients submitted to the third molar surgical extraction at two moments, one side in each intervention...
January 20, 2018: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353425/natural-attenuation-of-petroleum-hydrocarbons-a-study-of-biodegradation-effects-in-groundwater-vitanovac-serbia
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Nenad Marić, Ivan Matić, Petar Papić, Vladimir P Beškoski, Mila Ilić, Gordana Gojgić-Cvijović, Srđan Miletić, Zoran Nikić, Miroslav M Vrvić
The role of natural attenuation processes in groundwater contamination by petroleum hydrocarbons is of intense scientific and practical interest. This study provides insight into the biodegradation effects in groundwater at a site contaminated by kerosene (jet fuel) in 1993 (Vitanovac, Serbia). Total petroleum hydrocarbons (TPH), hydrochemical indicators (O2, NO3-, Mn, Fe, SO42-, HCO3-), δ13C of dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), and other parameters were measured to demonstrate biodegradation effects in groundwater at the contaminated site...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353424/characterization-of-small-rnas-originating-from-mitoviruses-infecting-the-conifer-pathogen-fusarium-circinatum
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E J Muñoz-Adalia, J J Diez, M M Fernández, J Hantula, E J Vainio
Deep sequencing of small RNAs has proved effective in the diagnosis of mycovirus infections. In this study, the presence of mycoviruses in ten isolates of the phytopathogenic fungus Fusarium circinatum was investigated by high-throughput sequencing (HTS) of small RNAs. The contigs resulting from de novo assembly of the reads were aligned to viral genome sequences. The presence of each mycovirus detected in the isolates was confirmed by RT-PCR analysis with four previously described primer pairs and seven new pairs designed on the basis of sequencing data...
January 20, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353419/pleiotropic-effects-of-the-wheat-domestication-gene-q-on-yield-and-grain-morphology
#10
Quan Xie, Na Li, Yang Yang, Yulong Lv, Hongni Yao, Rong Wei, Debbie L Sparkes, Zhengqiang Ma
Transformation from q to Q during wheat domestication functioned outside the boundary of threshability to increase yield, grains m-2, grain weight and roundness, but to reduce grains per spike/spikelet. Mutation of the Q gene, well-known affecting wheat spike structure, represents a key domestication step in the formation of today's free-threshing, economically important wheats. In a previous study, multiple yield components and spike characteristics were associated with the Q gene interval in the bread wheat 'Forno' × European spelt 'Oberkulmer' recombinant inbred line population...
January 20, 2018: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353415/investigation-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-giant-panda-feces-for-potential-probiotics-in-vitro
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Qian Liu, Xueqin Ni, Qiang Wang, Zhirong Peng, Lili Niu, Meiling Xie, Yicen Lin, Yi Zhou, Hao Sun, Kangcheng Pan, Bo Jing, Dong Zeng
The present study aimed to isolate an optimal lactic acid bacterial strain from the feces of healthy giant pandas. The strain exhibited good stability at low pH and high bile salt concentrations, activity against pathogens relevant to pandas, and antibiotic susceptibility. In the current study, 25 isolates were obtained from de Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe agar. Two (E21 and G83) and eight (E1, E2, E16, E18, E21, E69, E70, and G83) isolates demonstrated good performance at pH 2.0 and bile 2% (w/v), respectively...
January 20, 2018: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353414/oral-administration-of-compound-probiotics-ameliorates-hfd-induced-gut-microbe-dysbiosis-and-chronic-metabolic-inflammation-via-the-g-protein-coupled-receptor-43-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-rats
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Yinji Liang, Shu Liang, Yupei Zhang, Yuanjun Deng, Yifang He, Yanning Chen, Chan Liu, Chenli Lin, Qinhe Yang
The aim of this study was to investigate how the effects of compound probiotics modulate the gut microbiota, short-chain fatty acid (SCFA), body composition, serum and liver lipids, and inflammatory markers in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) rats. Twenty-four male SD rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: normal control group (standard feed), high-fat diet (HFD) feeding group (83% standard feed + 10% lard oil + 1.5% cholesterol + 0.5% cholate + 5% sucrose), and compound probiotics intervention group (HFD + 0...
January 20, 2018: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353413/exploring-the-genetic-and-adaptive-diversity-of-a-pan-mediterranean-crop-wild-relative-narrow-leafed-lupin
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Mahsa Mousavi-Derazmahalleh, Philipp E Bayer, Bruno Nevado, Bhavna Hurgobin, Dmitry Filatov, Andrzej Kilian, Lars G Kamphuis, Karam B Singh, Jens D Berger, James K Hane, David Edwards, William Erskine, Matthew N Nelson
This first pan-Mediterranean analysis of genetic diversity in wild narrow-leafed lupin revealed strong East-West genetic differentiation of populations, an historic eastward migration, and signatures of genetic adaptation to climatic variables. Most grain crops suffer from a narrow genetic base, which limits their potential for adapting to new challenges such as increased stresses associated with climate change. Plant breeders are returning to the wild ancestors of crops and their close relatives to broaden the genetic base of their crops...
January 20, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353409/16s-rrna-gene-sequencing-reveals-altered-composition-of-gut-microbiota-in-individuals-with-kidney-stones
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Ruiqiang Tang, Yonghua Jiang, Aihua Tan, Juan Ye, Xiaoying Xian, Yuanliang Xie, Qiuyan Wang, Ziting Yao, Zengnan Mo
Nephrolithiasis is a common urological disease with high prevalence and recurrence rates. Characterizing gut microbiome profiles of nephrolithiasis patients may provide valuable insights and potential biomarkers for the disease. Therefore, we explored the relation between gut microbiome and nephrolithiasis using 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequencing. 13 patients with multiple kidney stones and 13 matched healthy controls were recruited. A decreasing trend in number of observed species in nephrolithiasis patients was detected, although statistical significance was not reached (p = 0...
January 20, 2018: Urolithiasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353401/temporal-analysis-of-factors-associated-with-eat-10-in-outpatients-with-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-from-a-tertiary-care-clinic
#15
R S Bartlett, J E Moore, S L Thibeault
Self-perception of disease is increasingly recognized as a determinant of health. The Eating Assessment Tool-10 (EAT-10) is a functional health status questionnaire that measures the symptomatic severity of dysphagia from the patient's perspective. The objective of this work was to identify factors (demographics, clinical variables, swallowing physiology, health-related quality of life) associated with longitudinal change in EAT-10 scores in outpatients with oropharyngeal dysphagia at a multi-disciplinary, tertiary care clinic...
January 20, 2018: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353396/the-differences-in-the-assessments-of-side-effects-at-an-oncology-outpatient-clinic
#16
A Bayraktar-Ekincioglu, E Kucuk
Background There is a growing interest in the use of targeted and immunotherapies in oncology. However, the assessment of side effects can be different due to interpretation of patients' health status by healthcare professionals in oncology outpatient clinics. Objective To demonstrate the differences in the assessments of side effects conducted independently by a clinical pharmacist and nurses in patients who receive targeted therapies at an oncology outpatient clinic. Setting The study was conducted at the University Oncology Hospital in an outpatient clinic from October 2015 to March 2016...
January 20, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353394/comparison-of-the-effects-of-the-l-dopa-and-insulin-tolerance-tests-on-cortisol-secretion
#17
S Acar, A Paketçi, H Tuhan, K Demir, E Böber, A Abaci
PURPOSE: The aims of the present study are to evaluate the effect of L-dopa on the secretion of cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in short children and compare the performance of this test with the insulin tolerance test (ITT) in a large number of patients. METHODS: A total of 29 short but otherwise healthy children [mean age 9.5 ± 3.1 years (range 3.7-14.9 years)] who had inadequate growth hormone (GH) responses to ITT, which was performed as the first test, were consecutively enrolled in this study...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353392/a-preliminary-survey-on-prevalence-and-knowledge-about-different-aspects-of-somnambulism-in-buner-district-of-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-pakistan
#18
Wajiha, Zaigham Hasan, Rabia Afridi, Lubna Rahman, Naveeda Akhtar Qureshi, Kausar Saeed, Humera Afridi
PURPOSE: Present study was aimed to investigate the prevalence and knowledge about different aspects of somnambulism in general population of Buner District, KP, Pakistan, during December 2015-November 2016. METHODS: Data was collected through convenient sampling technique which was comprised of structured and detailed questionnaire. Collected data regarding different actions performed by sleepwalkers were adjusted through a weighted variable to generalize results...
January 20, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353388/outcomes-and-cost-effectiveness-of-ultrasound-guided-injection-of-the-trochanteric-bursa
#19
William G Mitchell, Sharon C Kettwich, Wilmer L Sibbitt, Randy R Sibbitt, Maheswari Muruganandam, Noelle A Rolle, William A Hayward, Roderick A Fields, Luis P Roldan, N Suzanne Emil, Monthida Fangtham, Arthur D Bankhurst
We hypothesized that ultrasound (US) guidance improves outcomes of corticosteroid injection of trochanteric bursitis. 40 patients with greater trochanteric pain syndrome defined by pain to palpation over the trochanteric bursa were randomized to injection with 5 ml of 1% lidocaine and 80 mg of methylprednisolone using (1) conventional anatomic landmark palpation guidance or (2) US guidance. Procedural pain (Visual Analogue Pain Scale), pain at outcome (2 weeks and 6 months), therapeutic duration, time-to-next intervention, and costs were determined...
January 20, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353386/population-based-dose-response-analysis-of-liver-transcriptional-response-to-trichloroethylene-in-mouse
#20
Abhishek Venkatratnam, John S House, Kranti Konganti, Connor McKenney, David W Threadgill, Weihsueh A Chiu, David L Aylor, Fred A Wright, Ivan Rusyn
Studies of gene expression are common in toxicology and provide important clues to mechanistic understanding of adverse effects of chemicals. Most prior studies have been performed in a single strain or cell line; however, gene expression is heavily influenced by the genetic background, and these genotype-expression differences may be key drivers of inter-individual variation in response to chemical toxicity. In this study, we hypothesized that the genetically diverse Collaborative Cross mouse population can be used to gain insight and suggest mechanistic hypotheses for the dose- and genetic background-dependent effects of chemical exposure...
January 20, 2018: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
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