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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651092/role-of-proteoglycans-on-the-biochemical-and-biomechanical-properties-of-dentin-organic-matrix
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Cristina de Mattos Pimenta Vidal, Ariene Arcas Leme-Kraus, Momina Rahman, Ana Paula Farina, Ana K Bedran-Russo
OBJECTIVE: Proteoglycans (PGs) are multifunctional biomacromolecules of the extracellular matrix of collagen-based tissues. In teeth, besides a pivotal regulatory role on dentin biomineralization, PGs provide mechanical support to the mineralized tissue and compressive strength to the biosystem. This study assessed enzymatic protocols for selective PGs removal from demineralized dentin to determine the roles of these biomacromolecules in the bulk mechanical properties and biostability of type I collagen...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651023/many-to-one-comparisons-after-safety-selection-in-multi-arm-clinical-trials
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Gerald Hlavin, Lisa V Hampson, Franz Koenig
In phase II platform trials, 'many-to-one' comparisons are performed when K experimental treatments are compared with a common control to identify the most promising treatment(s) to be selected for Phase III trials. However, when sample sizes are limited, such as when the disease of interest is rare, only a single Phase II/III trial addressing both treatment selection and confirmatory efficacy testing may be feasible. In this paper, we suggest a two-step safety selection and testing procedure for such seamless trials...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651015/acute-rejection-after-kidney-transplantation-promotes-graft-fibrosis-with-elevated-adenosine-level-in-rat
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Mingliang Li, Yingbo Dai, Jun Lei, Jin Tang, Yihong Zhou, Bing Xia, Yang Xia, Guangming Yin
AIMS: Chronic allograft nephropathy is a worldwide issue with the major feature of progressive allograft fibrosis, eventually ending with graft loss. Adenosine has been demonstrated to play an important role in process of fibrosis. Our study aimed to investigate the relationship between adenosine and fibrosis in renal allograft acute rejection in rat. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wistar rats and SD rats were selected as experimental animals. Our study designed two groups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651013/loss-of-prion-protein-induces-a-primed-state-of-type-i-interferon-responsive-genes
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Giulia Malachin, Malin R Reiten, Øyvind Salvesen, Håvard Aanes, Jorke H Kamstra, Kerstin Skovgaard, Peter M H Heegaard, Cecilie Ersdal, Arild Espenes, Michael A Tranulis, Maren K Bakkebø
The cellular prion protein (PrPC) has been extensively studied because of its pivotal role in prion diseases; however, its functions remain incompletely understood. A unique line of goats has been identified that carries a nonsense mutation that abolishes synthesis of PrPC. In these animals, the PrP-encoding mRNA is rapidly degraded. Goats without PrPC are valuable in re-addressing loss-of-function phenotypes observed in Prnp knockout mice. As PrPC has been ascribed various roles in immune cells, we analyzed transcriptomic responses to loss of PrPC in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from normal goat kids (n = 8, PRNP+/+) and goat kids without PrPC (n = 8, PRNPTer/Ter) by mRNA sequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651012/the-economic-burden-of-human-papillomavirus-related-precancers-and-cancers-in-sweden
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Ellinor Östensson, Maria Silfverschiöld, Lennart Greiff, Christine Asciutto, Johan Wennerberg, Marie-Louise Lydryp, Ulf Håkansson, Pär Sparén, Christer Borgfeldt
BACKGROUND: High-risk (HR) human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is an established cause of malignant disease. We used a societal perspective to estimate the cost of HR HPV-related cervical, vulvar, vaginal, anal, and penile precancer and cancer, and oropharyngeal cancer in Sweden in 2006, 1 year before HPV vaccination became available in the country. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prevalence-based cost-of-illness study used diagnosis-specific data from national registries to determine the number of HR HPV-related precancers and cancers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651003/iron-elevation-and-adipose-tissue-remodeling-in-the-epididymal-depot-of-a-mouse-model-of-polygenic-obesity
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Xiaoya Ma, Vinh T Pham, Hiroyuki Mori, Ormond A MacDougald, Yatrik M Shah, Peter F Bodary
BACKGROUND: Iron dysregulation is a potential contributor to the pathology of obesity-related metabolic complications. KK/HIJ (KK) mice, a polygenic obese mouse model, have elevated serum iron levels. A subset of KK male mice display a bronzing of epididymal adipose tissue (eAT) associated with >100-fold (p<0.001) higher iron concentration. METHODS: To further phenotype and characterize the adipose tissue iron overload, 27 male KK mice were evaluated. 14 had bronzing eAT and 13 had normal appearing eAT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650972/contribution-of-cognitive-performance-and-cognitive-decline-to-associations-between-socioeconomic-factors-and-dementia-a-cohort-study
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Jennifer Rusmaully, Aline Dugravot, Jean-Paul Moatti, Michael G Marmot, Alexis Elbaz, Mika Kivimaki, Séverine Sabia, Archana Singh-Manoux
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic disadvantage is a risk factor for dementia, but longitudinal studies suggest that it does not affect the rate of cognitive decline. Our objective is to understand the manner in which socioeconomic disadvantage shapes dementia risk by examining its associations with midlife cognitive performance and cognitive decline from midlife to old age, including cognitive decline trajectories in those with dementia. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Data are drawn from the Whitehall II study (N = 10,308 at study recruitment in 1985), with cognitive function assessed at 4 waves (1997, 2002, 2007, and 2012)...
June 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650949/efficacy-and-safety-of-tranexamic-acid-in-orthopedic-fracture-surgery-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-literature-review
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Kamil Amer, Saqib Rehman, Christopher Haydel
BACKGROUND: Tranexamic acid (TXA) is an anti-fibrinolytic drug that has been shown to be effective in reducing blood loss and the need for transfusions after several orthopedic surgeries. However, the effectiveness of TXA use in orthopedic fracture surgeries still remains unclear. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to review existing literature with interest in the effectiveness and safety of TXA treatment in reducing total blood loss and transfusion rates for patients who underwent surgery for fracture repairs...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650865/effect-of-obesity-on-bladder-cancer-and-renal-cell-carcinoma-incidence-and-survival
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Philipp Gild, Behfar Ehdaie, Luis A Kluth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of obesity has risen dramatically in the general population and among cancer survivors in the last three decades. In this review, we highlight the impact of obesity on carcinogenesis and survival with a focus on bladder cancer and renal cell carcinoma (RCC). RECENT FINDINGS: Obesity presents an established risk factor for an up to 1.8-fold relative risk of RCC. Data with regard to bladder cancer are less abundant but support this association as well...
June 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650799/learning-the-personalized-intransitive-preferences-of-images
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Jun Chen, Chaokun Wang, Jianmin Wang, Xiang Ying, Xuecheng Wang
Most of the previous studies on the user preferences assume that there is a personal transitive preference ranking of the consumable media like images. For example, the transitivity of preferences is one of the most important assumptions in the recommender system research. However, the intransitive relations have also been widely observed, such as the win/loss relations in online video games, in sport matches, and even in rock-paper-scissors games. It is also found that different subjects demonstrate the personalized intransitive preferences in the pairwise comparisons between the applicants for college admission...
September 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650703/program-implementation-of-option-b%C3%A2-at-a-president-s-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief-supported-hiv-clinic-improves-clinical-indicators-but-not-retention-in-care-in-mbarara-uganda
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Kathleen Miller, Winnie Muyindike, Lynn T Matthews, Michael Kanyesigye, Mark J Siedner
2013 WHO guidelines for prevention of mother to child transmission recommend combination antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all pregnant women, regardless of CD4 count (Option B/B+). We conducted a retrospective analysis of data from a government-operated HIV clinic in Mbarara, Uganda before and after implementation of Option B+ to assess the impact on retention in care. We limited our analysis to women not on ART at the time of their first reported pregnancy with CD4 count >350. We fit regression models to estimate relationships between calendar period (Option A vs...
June 26, 2017: AIDS Patient Care and STDs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650573/factors-associated-with-thromboembolic-events-following-cytoreductive-surgery-and-hyperthermic-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy
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Amihai Rottenstreich, Yosef Kalish, Geffen Kleinstern, Almog Ben Yaacov, Joseph Dux, Aviram Nissan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: We investigated the risk factors, incidence, and role of thromboprophylaxis in the development of thrombosis following cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS/HIPEC). METHODS: We reviewed data of patients with CRS/HIPEC in three hospitals. RESULTS: Overall, 192 patients underwent CRS/HIPEC during 2007-2016. Mechanical (thigh-length pneumatic compression stockings) and pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis (40 mg enoxaparin daily, starting 12 h before surgery until discharge) was provided for all patients; and 116 (60...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650467/genome-wide-loss-of-function-genetic-screening-identifies-opioid-receptor-%C3%AE-1-as-a-key-regulator-of-l-asparaginase-resistance-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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S M Kang, J L Rosales, V Meier-Stephenson, S Kim, K Y Lee, A Narendran
L-asparaginase is a critical chemotherapeutic agent for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It hydrolyzes plasma asparagine into aspartate and NH3, causing asparagine deficit and inhibition of protein synthesis and eventually, leukemic cell death. However, patient relapse often occurs due to development of resistance. The molecular mechanism by which ALL cells acquire resistance to L-asparaginase is unknown. Therefore, we sought to identify genes that are involved in L-asparaginase resistance in primary leukemic cells...
June 26, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650408/objective-effects-of-breast-reduction-surgery-on-physical-fitness
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Jennifer A Knox, D Alan Nelson, Kerry P Latham, Lianne M Kurina
BACKGROUND: Reduction mammaplasty is known for excellent outcomes and patient satisfaction. Although patients report improvements in pain, weight loss, and exercise levels, objective data on physical fitness benefits are limited. METHODS: Using the Stanford Military Data Repository, we identified 89 US Army active duty women with at least 1 pre- and postoperative Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) who underwent reduction mammaplasty during 2011 to 2014. We used paired t tests to compare pre- and postoperative APFT score means and raw values for push-ups, sit-ups, and the 2-mile run...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650352/the-effect-of-aging-and-priming-on-same-different-judgments-between-text-and-partially-masked-speech
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Richard L Freyman, Jenna Terpening, Angela C Costanzi, Karen S Helfer
OBJECTIVES: It is well known from previous research that when listeners are told what they are about to hear before a degraded or partially masked auditory signal is presented, the speech signal "pops out" of the background and becomes considerably more intelligible. The goal of this research was to explore whether this priming effect is as strong in older adults as in younger adults. DESIGN: Fifty-six adults-28 older and 28 younger-listened to "nonsense" sentences spoken by a female talker in the presence of a 2-talker speech masker (also female) or a fluctuating speech-like noise masker at 5 signal-to-noise ratios...
June 22, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650252/the-effect-of-endometriosis-symptoms-on-absenteeism-and-presenteeism-in-the-workplace-and-at-home
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Ahmed M Soliman, Karin S Coyne, Katharine S Gries, Jane Castelli-Haley, Michael C Snabes, Eric S Surrey
BACKGROUND: Characterized by pain symptoms, endometriosis affects women's productivity in their prime working years. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of individual endometriosis symptoms on household chore and employment productivity as measured by presenteeism and absenteeism in a population survey of women with endometriosis. METHODS: An online survey of U.S. women was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of endometriosis, as well as symptoms, demographics, and clinical characteristics of the respondents...
July 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650242/evaluation-of-a-telemetric-gastrointestinal-pill-for-continuous-monitoring-of-gastrointestinal-temperature-in-horses-at-rest-and-during-exercise
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Elisabeth-Lidwien J M M Verdegaal, Catherine Delesalle, Charles G B Caraguel, Louise E Folwell, Todd J McWhorter, Gordon S Howarth, Samantha H Franklin
OBJECTIVE To evaluate use of a telemetric gastrointestinal (GI) pill to continuously monitor GI temperature in horses at rest and during exercise and to compare time profiles of GI temperature and rectal temperature. ANIMALS 8 Standardbred horses. PROCEDURES Accuracy and precision of the GI pill and a rectal probe were determined in vitro by comparing temperature measurements with values obtained by a certified resistance temperature detector (RTD) in water baths at various temperatures (37°, 39°, and 41°C)...
July 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650022/interaction-and-inhibitory-influence-of-the-azo-dye-carmoisine-on-lysozyme-amyloid-fibrillogenesis
#18
Anirban Basu, Gopinatha Suresh Kumar
The binding of the common food colorant carmoisine and its inhibitory effect on amyloid fibrillation in lysozyme have been investigated. Since humans are increasingly exposed to various food colorants like carmoisine, such studies are highly relevant. In the presence of lysozyme, the carmoisine absorption spectrum exhibited hypochromic changes. The intrinsic fluorescence of lysozyme was also quenched on interaction. Time-resolved fluorescence results suggested that the binding mechanism involved ground state complexation...
June 26, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649768/measuring-canopy-loss-and-climatic-thresholds-from-an-extreme-drought-along-a-fivefold-precipitation-gradient-across-texas
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Amanda M Schwantes, Jennifer J Swenson, Mariano González-Roglich, Daniel M Johnson, Jean-Christophe Domec, Robert B Jackson
Globally, trees are increasingly dying from extreme drought, a trend that is expected to increase with climate change. Loss of trees has significant ecological, biophysical, and biogeochemical consequences. In 2011, a record drought caused widespread tree mortality in Texas. Using remotely sensed imagery, we quantified canopy loss during and after the drought across the state at 30-m spatial resolution, from the eastern pine/hardwood forests to the western shrublands, a region that includes the boundaries of many species ranges...
June 26, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649713/mechanistic-modeling-of-the-loss-of-protein-sieving-due-to-internal-and-external-fouling-of-microfilters
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Glen R Bolton, Alex J Apostolidis
Fed-batch and perfusion cell culture processes used to produce therapeutic proteins can utilize microfilters for product harvest. In this study, new explicit mathematical models of sieving loss due to internal membrane fouling, external membrane fouling, or a combination of the two were generated. The models accounted for membrane and cake structures and hindered solute transport. Internal membrane fouling was assumed to occur due to the accumulation of foulant on either membrane pore walls (pore-retention model) or membrane fibers (fiber-retention model)...
June 26, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
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