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Rekha Seshadri, Sinead C Leahy, Graeme T Attwood, Koon Hoong Teh, Suzanne C Lambie, Adrian L Cookson, Emiley A Eloe-Fadrosh, Georgios A Pavlopoulos, Michalis Hadjithomas, Neha J Varghese, David Paez-Espino, Rechelle Perry, Gemma Henderson, Christopher J Creevey, Nicolas Terrapon, Pascal Lapebie, Elodie Drula, Vincent Lombard, Edward Rubin, Nikos C Kyrpides, Bernard Henrissat, Tanja Woyke, Natalia N Ivanova, William J Kelly
Productivity of ruminant livestock depends on the rumen microbiota, which ferment indigestible plant polysaccharides into nutrients used for growth. Understanding the functions carried out by the rumen microbiota is important for reducing greenhouse gas production by ruminants and for developing biofuels from lignocellulose. We present 410 cultured bacteria and archaea, together with their reference genomes, representing every cultivated rumen-associated archaeal and bacterial family. We evaluate polysaccharide degradation, short-chain fatty acid production and methanogenesis pathways, and assign specific taxa to functions...
March 19, 2018: Nature Biotechnology
Rami Musallam, Nabeel Salem, Ramez Al Halol, Hammam Al Deeb, Bettina Bottcher, Hanaa AlHamaida
BACKGROUND: Early pregnancy loss occurs in 10% of all clinically recognised pregnancies. 80% of pregnancy losses occur in the first trimester. Offering choice and participation in the management decisions is essential to patient-centred care. The aim of this study was to assess the management of first trimester pregnancy loss at the Emirati Hospital in Rafah, Gaza Strip. METHODS: In this retrospective audit, we compared the management of first trimester pregnancy loss at Emirati Hospital using the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists guidelines (ACOG, No...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Henrik Brønnum-Hansen, Marie Jonassen, Amira Shaheen, Mohammed Duraidi, Khaled Qalalwa, Bernard Jeune
BACKGROUND: The high prevalence of smoking (40%) in men living in the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory is a major challenge for the Palestinian health authorities. The aim of this study was to estimate life expectancy and the average lifetime with and without chronic disease in men living in the West Bank who had never smoked, were ex-smokers, or were smokers. METHODS: We used a life table for the male population in the West Bank and Danish relative risk estimates for death for smokers and ex-smokers versus never smokers and data from the 2010 Palestinian Family Survey...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Tokio Higaki, Shintaro Yamazaki, Yusuke Mitsuka, Masaru Aoki, Nao Yoshida, Yutaka Midorikawa, Hisashi Nakayama, Tadatoshi Takayama
To clarify whether high transient elevation of serum transaminase predicts severe complications and is related to the ischemic area on CT. Postoperative laboratory data and ischemia area on CT were analyzed on the basis of the presence of high transaminase elevation (aspartate aminotransferase (AST) > 1,000 IU/L within postoperative day (POD) 2 after liver resection. In the high elevation group, volume of ischemic areas was assessed by CT on POD2. The 538 patients were divided into a high transaminase group (n = 51) and a control group (n = 487)...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Ricardo Cáceda, W Sue T Griffin, Pedro L Delgado
BACKGROUND: Increased inflammation is linked to suicide risk. However, it is unclear whether increased inflammation drives suicidal crises or is a trait associated with lifetime suicidal behavior. Limited data exist on the sources of increased inflammation observed in suicidal patients and on its downstream effects. AIMS: To examine factors associated with inflammation and with suicidal ideation severity in acutely suicidal depressed patients. METHODS: Fifty-two adult depressed patients of both sexes hospitalized for severe suicidal ideation were characterized for suicidality, depression, anxiety, medical comorbidity, psychological and physical pain, impulsivity, verbal fluency, C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin (IL) 6...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
Christopher J Schwartz, Cynthia A Schandl, Jennifer Morse, Jonathan Ralston, Amy Rapkiewicz, Farbod Darvishian
Myxoid lesions of the breast can be diagnostically challenging entities. We report 4 cases of CD34+ fibromyxoid lesion that have been previously diagnosed as "benign myxoid lesion," "nodular mucinosis," or "mammary myofibroblastoma, myxoid type" on the basis of CD34-positivity. The lesions were microscopically well circumscribed and composed of a paucicellular spindle cell proliferation in a background of myxoid stroma. No epithelial component was identified. The spindle cells showed immunohistochemical reactivity for CD34 and smooth muscle actin...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
C Incorvaia, S Masieri, C Cavaliere, E Makri, B Sposato, F Frati
A large amount of data show that AR and asthma are associated both epidemiologically and clinically, introducing the definition of “united airway disease”. The mechanisms underlying such association were initially suggested to start from the nose, including the loss of the protective and homeostatic effects of nasal function, the activation of a naso-bronchial reflex and the spread of allergic inflammation from the nose to the lower airways. Later, other factors such as microbial stimuli and systemic inflammatory mechanisms, involving bloodstream and bone marrow, were advocated...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Guangyuan Sun, Jun Xue, Yue Zhang, Xiaobin Gao, Fei Guo
PURPOSE: This study aimed to use propensity score matching (PSM) to compare the short- and long-term outcomes of laparoscopic surgery for the treatment of rectal cancer in elderly and middle-aged patients. METHODS: Data were retrospectively obtained from 588 patients aged ≥60 years when they underwent laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer in our hospital between January 2009 and December 2016. The patients were divided into an elderly group (≥70 years) or a middle-aged group (60-69 years), and were subsequently matched 1:1 using PSM for sex, body mass index, Charlson comorbidity index (CCI), tumor location, clinical stage, and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) score...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Chia-Ling Kuo, Yinghui Duan, James Grady
Matching on demographic variables is commonly used in case-control studies to adjust for confounding at the design stage. There is a presumption that matched data need to be analyzed by matched methods. Conditional logistic regression has become a standard for matched case-control data to tackle the sparse data problem. The sparse data problem, however, may not be a concern for loose-matching data when the matching between cases and controls is not unique, and one case can be matched to other controls without substantially changing the association...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Feilun Cui, Jianpeng Hu, Yu Fan, Jian Tan, Huaming Tang
Prostate cancer (PCa) is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer in Chinese males. Cell-cycle aberration is a hallmark of cancer. Spindle pole body component 25 homolog (SPC25), a component of the Ndc80 complex, serves an important role in regulating mitotic chromosome segregation. However, the functional roles of SPC25 in PCa remain poorly understood. To the best of our knowledge, the present study was the first to demonstrate that SPC25 is significantly upregulated in PCa. In order to investigate the molecular roles of SPC25, a loss of function assay was performed, revealing that SPC25 knockdown inhibited cell proliferation, and induced a decrease in the number of cells in the S phase and an increase in the number of cells in the G2/M phase...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Alkananda Chand, Bhagyashree Ronghe, Girish Byakod, Alok Ashok Lathi, Sangeeta Muglikar
Background: For dental implant planning in maxillary posterior region, it is essential to know their relationship with maxillary sinus. Maxillary posterior teeth affected by chronic periodontitis usually have a poor prognosis, ultimately leading to tooth loss. Following tooth loss, significant bone resorption occurs resulting in compromised remaining bone support for dental implant placement. Aim: The study aims to determine the relationship between inferior wall of maxillary sinus and the root apices of maxillary posterior teeth...
November 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Li Liu, Di Xiao, Jin-Hong Yu, Rui Shen, Meng Wang, Qiang Li
OBJECTIVES: In China, the epidemic pattern of acute hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection has changed from waterborne outbreaks to foodborne sporadic cases. However, the clinical course of sporadic acute hepatitis E has not been well defined. METHODS: Consecutive AHE inpatients who were admitted to the Jinan Infectious Disease Hospital, Jinan, Shandong Province, between January 2003 and December 2014 were evaluated and followed. Demographic data, clinical manifestations, results of laboratory tests,and outcomes were recorded...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Daniel J Merk, Jasmin Ohli, Natalie D Merk, Venu Thatikonda, Sorana Morrissy, Melanie Schoof, Susanne N Schmid, Luke Harrison, Severin Filser, Julia Ahlfeld, Serap Erkek, Kaamini Raithatha, Thomas Andreska, Marc Weißhaar, Michael Launspach, Julia E Neumann, Mehdi Shakarami, Dennis Plenker, Marco A Marra, Yisu Li, Andrew J Mungall, Richard A Moore, Yussanne Ma, Steven J M Jones, Beat Lutz, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Andrea Rossi, Rabea Wagener, Reiner Siebert, Andreas Jung, Charles G Eberhart, Boleslaw Lach, Michael Sendtner, Stefan M Pfister, Michael D Taylor, Lukas Chavez, Marcel Kool, Ulrich Schüller
Recurrent mutations in chromatin modifiers are specifically prevalent in adolescent or adult patients with Sonic hedgehog-associated medulloblastoma (SHH MB). Here, we report that mutations in the acetyltransferase CREBBP have opposing effects during the development of the cerebellum, the primary site of origin of SHH MB. Our data reveal that loss of Crebbp in cerebellar granule neuron progenitors (GNPs) during embryonic development of mice compromises GNP development, in part by downregulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (Bdnf)...
March 9, 2018: Developmental Cell
Jiemin Ma, Rebecca L Siegel, Eric J Jacobs, Ahmedin Jemal
INTRODUCTION: Contemporary state-specific estimates of mortality caused by cigarette smoking are important for tobacco control advocacy and healthcare planning in the U.S., but are currently lacking. METHODS: The population-attributable fraction (i.e., proportion of deaths in the population caused by smoking), number of deaths, and number of years of potential life lost because of active cigarette smoking were estimated for each state based on state-specific smoking prevalence data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, recently updated relative risks of smoking, and numbers of deaths from smoking-attributable diseases...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Hiroyuki Awano, Chieko Itoh, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Tomoko Lee, Masaaki Matsumoto, Akihiro Kida, Toshihiko Kaise, Takeo Suzuki, Masafumi Matsuo
INTRODUCTION: Few long-term cohort studies have addressed changes in the ambulatory capacity of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), and no reports have evaluated the factors associated with ambulatory capacity in Japanese. METHODS: The longitudinal changes in 10-meter run/walk ability and associated factors were retrospectively investigated using general practice data. The factors associated with loss of this ability before the age of 10 years were explored by logistic regression analysis using parameters of genetic mutations, corticosteroid use, the manual muscle test (MMT), and the joint range of motion (ROM)...
March 15, 2018: Brain & Development
Amy L Freeman-Sanderson, Leanne Togher, Mark Elkins, Belinda Kenny
OBJECTIVES: A tracheostomy tube can profoundly impact ability to communicate. The impact of this on patients' self-esteem and quality of life in the care continuum from the intensive care unit to after decannulation has not been reported. Therefore, the aim was to investigate the patient-reported experience regarding change in communication function, communication-related self-esteem and quality of life. RESEARCH DESIGN: A mixed methods approach was utilised. Quantitative data were obtained using validated measures of self-esteem related to communication-related quality of life and general health...
March 15, 2018: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
Andreas Martinschek, G Welzel, M Ritter, E Heinrich, C Bolenz, L Trojan
To prospectively evaluate the possible loss of attention among console surgeons performing robotic-assisted procedures using a validated psychological test. The concentration of one console surgeon was assessed before and after 25 robotic-assisted procedures (radical prostatectomies) using the validated d2 attention test (computer-assisted, Hogrefe test systems, Germany). Error frequency, work rate, and accuracy of task performance were evaluated as parameters of the fluctuation in concentration. Data were correlated with clinical parameters, including console times, positive surgical margin rates and the use of a nerve-sparing procedure...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Robotic Surgery
Xuezhi Bi, Lijuan Ye, Ally Lau, Yee Jiun Kok, Lu Zheng, Daniel Ng, Kelly Tan, Dave Ow, Edwin Ananta, Christina Vafiadi, Jeroen Muller
Within the brewing industry, malted barley is being increasingly replaced by raw barley supplemented with exogenous enzymes to lessen reliance on the time-consuming, high water and energy cost of malting. Regardless of the initial grain of choice, malted or raw, the resultant bulk spent grains are rich in proteins (up to 25% dry weight). Efficient enzymatic solubilization of these proteins requires knowledge of the protein composition within the spent grains. Therefore, a comprehensive proteomic profiling was performed on spent grains derived from (i) malted barley (spent grain A, SGA) and (ii) enzymatically treated raw barley (spent grain B, SGB); data are available via ProteomeXchange with identifier PXD008090...
March 17, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Sun-Kyung Lee, Young-Sun Park, Kyung-Joon Cha
Fetal heart rate (FHR) data obtained from a non-stress test (NST) can be presented in a type of time series, which is accompanied by signal loss due to physical and biological causes. To recover or estimate FHR data, which is subjected to a high rate of signal loss, time series models [second-order autoregressive (AR(2)), first-order autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity (ARCH(1)) and empirical mode decomposition and vector autoregressive (EMD-VAR)] and the residual bootstrap method were applied. The ARCH(1) model with the residual bootstrap technique was the most accurate [root mean square error (RMSE), 2...
March 19, 2018: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
Lindsay P Galway, Yubraj Acharya, Andrew D Jones
Deforestation worldwide could have important consequences for diet quality and human nutrition given the numerous ecosystem services that are provided by forests and biodiverse landscapes. Yet, empirical research assessing the links between deforestation and diets is lacking. In this study, we examined the association between deforestation and diet diversity among children using geolocated Demographic and Health Survey data for 33,777 children across 15 countries of sub-Saharan Africa coupled with remotely-sensed data on forest cover loss...
March 15, 2018: Health & Place
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