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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941390/severe-forms-of-food-allergy
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REVIEW
Emanuel Sávio Cavalcanti Sarinho, Maria das Graças Moura Lins
OBJECTIVES: To guide the diagnostic and therapeutic management of severe forms of food allergy. DATA SOURCES: Search in the Medline database using the terms "severe food allergy," "anaphylaxis and food allergy," "generalized urticaria and food allergy," and "food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome" in the last ten years, searching in the title, abstract, or keyword fields. SUMMARY OF DATA: Food allergy can be serious and life-threatening...
September 20, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938745/a-closer-look-at-expanded-carrier-screening-from-a-pgd-perspective
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Carolina Vaz-de-Macedo, Joyce Harper
Conventionally, the search for carrier status was based on ethnicity and/or family history and targeted to a restricted number of genetic conditions and mutations. This is now being replaced by extended panels testing for hundreds of genetic disorders with a broad range of phenotypes, in what is called 'expanded carrier screening'. While the ultimate aim of these panels is to increase the reproductive autonomy of the individuals and couples by providing preconception knowledge that could lead to the broadest range of available options, including PGD, we argue that: (i) Given the number and heterogeneity of the conditions included in panels, it cannot be guaranteed that a couple who tests positive for one of those conditions will be eligible for PGD; patients should be informed of this potential limitation before undertaking screening...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938693/the-regulation-of-immune-cells-by-lactobacilli-a-potential-therapeutic-target-for-anti-atherosclerosis-therapy
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REVIEW
Ya-Hui Ding, Lin-Yan Qian, Jie Pang, Jing-Yang Lin, Qiang Xu, Li-Hong Wang, Dong-Sheng Huang, Hai Zou
Atherosclerosis is an inflammatory disease regulated by several immune cells including lymphocytes, macrophages and dendritic cells. Gut probiotic bacteria like Lactobacilli have been shown immunomodificatory effects in the progression of atherogenesis. Some Lactobacillus stains can upregulate the activity of regulatory T-lymphocytes, suppress T-lymphocyte helper (Th) cells Th1, Th17, alter the Th1/Th2 ratio, influence the subsets ratio of M1/M2 macrophages, inhibit foam cell formation by suppressing macrophage phagocytosis of oxidized low-density lipoprotein, block the activation of the immune system with dendritic cells, which are expected to suppress the atherosclerosis-related inflammation...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938670/statins-and-the-risk-of-cirrhosis-in-hepatitis-b-or-c-patients-a-systematic-review-and-dose-response-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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Yaqin Wang, Jianping Xiong, Meng Niu, Xiaowei Chen, Long Gao, Qirun Wu, Kechuang Zheng, Ke Xu
Hepatitis B and hepatitis C are leading causes of chronic liver disease, particularly cirrhosis. Recently, several studies have observed that statins have an inverse relationship with cirrhosis in hepatitis B or C patients. However, no published meta-analysis studied the protective effect of statins on cirrhosis. Thus, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of published observational studies to better understand the relationship between statins and the risk of cirrhosis. Relevant studies were identified by searching PubMed, EMBASE, and ISI Web of Science for articles published before April 2017...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938650/genomic-variants-link-to-hepatitis-c-racial-disparities
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Matthew M Yeh, Sarag Boukhar, Benjamin Roberts, Nairanjana Dasgupta, Sayed S Daoud
Chronic liver diseases are one of the major public health issues in United States, and there are substantial racial disparities in liver cancer-related mortality. We previously identified racially distinct alterations in the expression of transcripts and proteins of hepatitis C (HCV)-induced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) between Caucasian (CA) and African American (AA) subgroups. Here, we performed a comparative genome-wide analysis of normal vs. HCV+ (cirrhotic state), and normal adjacent tissues (HCCN) vs...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938585/the-trophoblast-cell-surface-antigen-2-and-mir-125b-axis-in-urothelial-bladder-cancer
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Chiara Avellini, Caterina Licini, Raffaella Lazzarini, Rosaria Gesuita, Emanuela Guerra, Giovanni Tossetta, Clara Castellucci, Stefano Raffaele Giannubilo, Antonio Procopio, Saverio Alberti, Roberta Mazzucchelli, Fabiola Olivieri, Daniela Marzioni
Human trophoblast cell surface antigen 2 (Trop-2) is a 40-kDa transmembrane glycoprotein that was first identified as a marker of human trophoblast cells. Trop-2 acts on cell proliferation, adhesion, and migration by activating a number of intracellular signalling pathways. Elevated Trop-2 expression has been demonstrated in several types of cancer and correlated with aggressiveness and poor prognosis. Since no data are available on Trop-2 in bladder cancer (BC), the purpose of the study was to determine its levels in tissue specimens from normal individuals and patients with BC at different stages...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938569/evaluation-of-autoantibody-signatures-in-meningioma-patients-using-human-proteome-arrays
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Shabarni Gupta, Shuvolina Mukherjee, Parvez Syed, Narendra Goud Pandala, Saket Choudhary, Vedita Anand Singh, Namrata Singh, Heng Zhu, Sridhar Epari, Santosh B Noronha, Aliasgar Moiyadi, Sanjeeva Srivastava
Meningiomas are one of the most common tumors of the Central nervous system (CNS). This study aims to identify the autoantibody biomarkers in meningiomas using high-density human proteome arrays (~17,000 full-length recombinant human proteins). Screening of sera from 15 unaffected healthy individuals, 10 individuals with meningioma grade I and 5 with meningioma grade II was performed. This comprehensive proteomics based investigation revealed the dysregulation of 489 and 104 proteins in grades I and II of meningioma, respectively, along with the enrichment of several signalling pathways, which might play a crucial role in the manifestation of the disease...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938509/-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-appraisal-of-a-rapidly-increasing-disease
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Jens Hoeppner, Torben Glatz, Rainer Claus, Andreas Fischer, Klaus Kraywinkel, Thomas Brunner
The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma is dramatically increasing in several Western countries. In Germany, the incidence increased by sevenfold since 1991. The most important risk factors for esophageal adenocarcinoma are gastroesophageal reflux and obesity. Early diagnosis is possible within surveillance programs for Barrett metaplasia. Endoscopic resection is effective for diagnosis and curative treatment of early carcinoma. Esophagectomy is the central curative treatment modality for non-metastasized tumors exceeding the mucosal layer...
September 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938506/-central-aortic-blood-pressure-important-parameter-in-diagnosis%C3%A2-and-therapy
#9
Martin Middeke
In recent years great emphasis has been placed on the role of central aortic blood pressure as measured non invasively using pulse wave analysis in pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases and clinical aspects of hypertension. The difference of blood pressure between the central aorta and the brachial artery (amplification) is not constant but varies according to physiological, pathological and pharmacological mechanisms. Central aortic blood pressure is more strongly related to cardiovascular organ damages than does brachial pressure...
September 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938477/growth-hormone-and-the-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Alison L Brittain, Reetobrata Basu, Yanrong Qian, John J Kopchick
Context: Previous studies have implicated growth hormone (GH) in the progression of several cancers, including breast, colorectal and pancreatic. A mechanism by which GH may play this role in cancer is through the induction of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). During the EMT process, epithelial cells lose their defining phenotypes causing loss of cellular adhesion and increased cell migration. This review aims to carefully summarize the previous two decades of research that points to GH as an initiator of EMT, in both cancerous and non-cancerous tissues...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938458/corticotroph-pituitary-carcinoma-in-a-patient-with-lynch-syndrome-ls-and-pituitary-tumors-in-a-nationwide-ls-cohort
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Daniel Bengtsson, Patrick Joost, Christos Aravidis, Marie Askmalm Stenmark, Ann-Sofie Backman, Beatrice Melin, Jenny von Salomé, Theofanis Zagoras, Samuel Gebre-Medhin, Pia Burman
Context: Lynch syndrome is a cancer predisposing syndrome caused by germline mutations in genes involved in DNA mismatch repair (MMR). Patients are at high risk for several types of cancer, but pituitary tumors have not previously been reported. Case: A 51-year old man with LS (MSH2 mutation) and a history of colon carcinoma presented with severe Cushing's disease and a locally aggressive pituitary tumor. The tumor harbored a mutation consistent with the patient's germline mutation, and displayed defect MMR function...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938454/11%C3%AE-hsd2-sumoylation-modulates-cortisol-induced-mineralocorticoid-receptor-nuclear-translocation-independently-of-effects-on-transactivation
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Rubén Jiménez-Canino, Fabián Lorenzo-Díaz, Alex Odermatt, Matthew A Bailey, Dawn E W Livingstone, Frederic Jaisser, Nicolette Farman, Diego Alvarez de la Rosa
The enzyme 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD2) has an essential role in aldosterone target tissues, conferring aldosterone selectivity for the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) by converting 11β-hydroxyglucocorticoids to inactive 11-ketosteroids. Congenital deficiency of 11β-HSD2 causes a form of salt-sensitive hypertension known as the syndrome of apparent mineralocorticoid excess. The disease phenotype, which ranges from mild to severe, correlates well with reduction in enzyme activity. Furthermore, polymorphisms in the 11β-HSD2 coding gene (HSD11B2) have been linked to high blood pressure and salt-sensitivity, major cardiovascular risk factors...
September 15, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938448/novel-autosomal-dominant-pth-gene-signal-sequence-mutation-in-a-family-with-familial-isolated-hypoparathyroidism
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Luigia Cinque, Angelo Sparaneo, Laura Penta, Amedea Mencarelli, Daniela Rogaia, Susanna Esposito, Federico Pio Fabrizio, Filomena Baorda, Alberto Verrotti, Alberto Falorni, Gabriela Stangoni, Geoffrey N Hendy, Vito Guarnieri, Paolo Prontera
Context: Familial isolated hypoparathyroidism (FIH) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder due to mutations of the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR), glial cells missing-2 (GCM2), guanine nucleotide binding protein alpha 11 (GNA11), or parathyroid hormone (PTH) genes. Thus far, only 4 cases with homozygous and 2 cases with heterozygous mutations in the PTH gene have been reported. Objective: To clinically describe an FIH family and identify and characterize the causal gene mutation...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938432/mitochondrial-function-regulated-by-mitoguardin-1-2-is-crucial-for-ovarian-endocrine-functions-and-ovulation
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Xiao-Man Liu, Yin-Li Zhang, Shu-Yan Ji, Long-Wen Zhao, Wei-Na Shang, Dali Li, Zijiang Chen, Chao Tong, Heng-Yu Fan
The balances of mitochondrial dynamic changes, mitochondrial morphology, and mitochondrial number are critical in cell metabolism. Once disturbed, disorders in these processes generally cause diseases or even death in animals. We performed large-scale genetic screenings in fruit flies and discovered the new gene mitoguardin (miga) that encodes for a mitochondrial outer membrane protein. In order to examine the physiological functions of its mammalian homologs Miga1 and 2, we generated Miga1 and Miga2 single- and double-knockout mouse strains and found that the knockout mice were viable, but the females were subfertile...
August 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938184/preliminary-evidence-that-reactivity-to-uncertain-threat-is-an-endophenotype-for-alcohol-use-disorder
#15
Stephanie M Gorka, Stewart A Shankman
BACKGROUND: Having an exaggerated reactivity to threats that are uncertain (U-threat) may facilitate the initiation and maintenance of excessive alcohol use in some individuals. This abnormality may not just be a concomitant for alcohol use disorder (AUD), but also an endophenotype for AUD. METHOD: The aim of the current study was therefore to provide a preliminary test of whether U-threat is an endophenotype for AUD using several of the endophenotype criteria outlined by Gottesman and Gould (2003)...
September 14, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938142/insulin-regimens-and-glycemic-control-in-different-parts-of-europe-over-4years-after-starting-insulin-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-data-from-the-credit-non-interventional-study
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Lawrence Blonde, Michel Marre, Maya Vincent, Sandrine Brette, Valerie Pilorget, Nicholas Danchin, Giacomo Vespasiani, Philip Home
AIMS: A number of insulin regimens are used in type 2 diabetes. This analysis aims to better understand the evolution of insulin therapy in different regions of Europe. METHODS: Data from people starting any insulin were collected in eastern Europe (EEur: Croatia, Russia, Ukraine), northern Europe (NEur: Finland, Germany, UK) and southern Europe (SEur: France, Italy, Portugal, Spain). Retrospective data on starting insulin and prospective follow-up data were extracted from clinical records...
August 31, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938075/the-human-plasma-proteome-draft-of-2017-building-on-the-human-plasma-peptideatlas-from-mass-spectrometry-and-complementary-assays
#17
Jochen M Schwenk, Gilbert S Omenn, Zhi Sun, David S Campbell, Mark S Baker, Christopher M Overall, Ruedi Aebersold, Robert L Moritz, Eric W Deutsch
Human blood plasma provides a highly accessible window to the proteome of any individual in health and disease. Since its inception in 2002, the Human Proteome Organization's Human Plasma Proteome Project (HPPP) has been promoting advances in the study and understanding of the full protein complement of human plasma and on determining the abundance and modifications of its components. In 2017, we review the history of the HPPP and the advances of human plasma proteomics in general, including several recent achievements...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938057/outbreak-of-drepanopeziza-fungus-in-aspen-forests-and-variation-in-stand-susceptibility-leaf-functional-traits-compensatory-growth-and-phenology
#18
Anson C Call, Samuel B St Clair
In the spring of 2015, a severe outbreak of the necrotrophic pathogen Drepanopeziza (also known as Marssonina) spread across large portions of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) forests in the western United States. Among adjacent stands, some were diseased and others were not. Drepanopeziza infection in diseased aspen stands stimulated compensatory growth of second-flush leaves at the top of the canopy. These patterns of infection provided an opportunity to characterize associations of pathogen infection and leaf functional traits...
September 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938017/a-highly-conserved-amino-acid-in-vp1-regulates-maturation-of-enterovirus-71
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Yong-Xin Zhang, Yu-Ming Huang, Quan-Jie Li, Xiao-Yu Li, Yong-Dong Zhou, Fei Guo, Jin-Ming Zhou, Shan Cen
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the major causative agent of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) in children, causing severe clinical outcomes and even death. Here, we report an important role of the highly conserved alanine residue at position 107 in the capsid protein VP1 (VP1A107) in the efficient replication of EV71. Substitutional mutations of VP1A107 significantly diminish viral growth kinetics without significant effect on viral entry, expression of viral genes and viral production. The results of mechanistic studies reveal that VP1A107 regulates the efficient cleavage of the VP0 precursor during EV71 assembly, which is required, in the next round of infection, for the transformation of the mature virion (160S) into an intermediate or A-particle (135S), a key step of virus uncoating...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938015/non-pharmacological-treatment-for-depressed-older-patients-in-primary-care-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Floor Holvast, Btissame Massoudi, Richard C Oude Voshaar, Peter F M Verhaak
BACKGROUND: Late-life depression is most often treated in primary care, and it usually coincides with chronic somatic diseases. Given that antidepressants contribute to polypharmacy in these patients, and potentially to interactions with other drugs, non-pharmacological treatments are essential. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we aimed to present an overview of the non-pharmacological treatments available in primary care for late-life depression. METHOD: The databases of PubMed, PsychINFO, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials were systematically searched in January 2017 with combinations of MeSH-terms and free text words for "general practice," "older adults," "depression," and "non-pharmacological treatment"...
2017: PloS One
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