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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684941/opioid-deaths-in-milwaukee-county-wisconsin-2013-2017-the-primacy-of-heroin-and-fentanyl
#1
Brian L Peterson, Sara Schreiber, Nicole Fumo, E Brooke Lerner
Heroin and fentanyl are the overwhelming and increasing cause of opioid deaths in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. We reviewed all drug and opioid deaths from 2013 to 2017 to delineate the specific opioid drugs involved and changes in their incidence. From 2013 to 2017, 980 deaths were due to opioids, rising from 184 in 2013 to 337 in 2017. In 2017, opioid deaths exceeded combined non-natural deaths from homicide and suicide. Illicit heroin and fentanyl/analogs caused 84% of opioid deaths and 80% of drug deaths, with no increase in deaths due to oral prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone...
April 23, 2018: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684765/application-of-maldi-tof-ms-for-the-subtyping-of-arcobacter-butzleri-strains-and-comparison-with-their-mlst-and-pfge-types
#2
Federica Giacometti, Silvia Piva, Katleen Vranckx, Katrien De Bruyne, Ilenia Drigo, Alex Lucchi, Gerardo Manfreda, Andrea Serraino
For the first time, this study evaluated the use of MALDI-TOF as a typing tool for Arcobacter butzleri. A total of 104 A. butzleri strains isolated from different sources in an artisanal dairy plant in Italy were identified and typed using MALDI-TOF and compared with their multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) profiles found in previous studies. MALDI-TOF correctly identified all the isolates to species level. No clearly delineated clusters appeared on dendrograms based on either the complete spectra or the significant peaks, but nine clusters were defined using the cophenetic correlation...
April 16, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684756/modulation-of-th1-tc1-and-th17-tc17-responses-in-pulmonary-tuberculosis-by-il-20-subfamily-of-cytokines
#3
Nathella Pavan Kumar, Kadar Moideen, Vaithilingam V Banurekha, Dina Nair, Subash Babu
Although IL-10 is known to be an important cytokine in the immune response to TB, very little is known about the role of IL-20 subfamily of cytokines in the host response to TB. To identify the role of CD4+ T and CD8+ T cells producing IL-20 subfamily of cytokines in human TB, we enumerated the frequencies of IL-10, IL-19 and IL-24 expressing CD4+ and CD8+ T cells following Mtb-specific antigen stimulation of cells from individuals with pulmonary TB (PTB) and latent TB (LTB). We first demonstrated that Mtb-specific antigen induce an expansion of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells expressing IL-10, IL-19 and IL-24 in PTB and LTB individuals, with frequencies being significantly higher in PTB...
April 20, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684705/dual-tail-arylsulfone-based-benzenesulfonamides-differently-match-the-hydrophobic-and-hydrophilic-halves-of-human-carbonic-anhydrases-active-sites-selective-inhibitors-for-the-tumor-associated-hca-ix-isoform
#4
Hany S Ibrahim, Heba Abdelrasheed Allam, Walaa R Mahmoud, Alessandro Bonardi, Alessio Nocentini, Paola Gratteri, Eslam S Ibrahim, Hatem A Abdel-Aziz, Claudiu T Supuran
The synthesis and characterization of two new sets of arylsulfonehydrazone benzenesulfonamides (4a-4i with phenyl tail and 4j-4q with tolyl tail) are reported. The compounds were designed according to a dual-tails approach to modulate the interactions of the ligands portions at the outer rim of both hydrophobic and hydrophilic active site halves of human isoforms of carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1). The synthesized sulfonamides were evaluated in vitro for their inhibitory activity against the following human (h) isoforms, hCA I, II, IV and IX...
April 10, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684698/biophysical-characterization-of-aptenodytes-forsteri-cytochrome-p450-aromatase
#5
Francisco Zarate-Perez, Jesús B Velázquez-Fernández, Gareth K Jennings, Lisa S Shock, Charles E Lyons, John C Hackett
Cytochrome P450 19 (CYP19, aromatase) catalyzes the conversion of androgens to estrogens in a sequence of three reactions that each depend on NADPH and O2 . Aromatase is a phylogenetically-ancient enzyme and its breadth of expression in other species has highlighted distinct physiological functions. In songbirds, estrogen production is required for programming the neural circuits controlling song and in the determination of sex in fish and reptiles. This work describes the expression, purification, and biophysical characterization of Aptenodytes forsteri (Emperor penguin, af) aromatase...
April 7, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684677/human-stem-cell-based-corneal-tissue-mimicking-structures-using-laser-assisted-3d-bioprinting-and-functional-bioinks
#6
Anni Sorkio, Lothar Koch, Laura Koivusalo, Andrea Deiwick, Susanna Miettinen, Boris Chichkov, Heli Skottman
There is a high demand for developing methods to produce more native-like 3D corneal structures. In the present study, we produced 3D cornea-mimicking tissues using human stem cells and laser-assisted bioprinting (LaBP). Human embryonic stem cell derived limbal epithelial stem cells (hESC-LESC) were used as a cell source for printing epithelium-mimicking structures, whereas human adipose tissue derived stem cells (hASCs) were used for constructing layered stroma-mimicking structures. The development and optimization of functional bioinks was a crucial step towards successful bioprinting of 3D corneal structures...
April 16, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684633/efficacy-of-a-carrageenan-gel-against-transmission-of-cervical-hpv-catch-interim-analysis-of-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-2b-trial
#7
Sindy Magnan, Joseph E Tota, Mariam El-Zein, Ann N Burchell, John T Schiller, Alex Ferenczy, Pierre-Paul Tellier, François Coutlée, Eduardo L Franco
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the efficacy of a carrageenan-based lubricant gel in reducing the risk of genital human papillomavirus (HPV) infections in women. METHODS: We conducted a planned interim analysis of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2B trial. Women aged 18 years and older were randomly assigned (1:1) to a carrageenan-based or a placebo gel to be self-applied every other day for the first month and prior to and following each intercourse during follow-up...
April 20, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684625/nanomechanics-and-ultrastructure-of-the-internal-mammary-artery-adventitia-in-patients-with-low-and-high-pulse-wave-velocity
#8
Zhuo Chang, Paolo Paoletti, Steve D Barrett, Ya Hua Chim, Eva Caamaño-Gutiérrez, Maria Lyck Hansen, Hans Christian Beck, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Riaz Akhtar
The collagen-rich adventitia is the outermost arterial layer and plays an important biomechanical and physiological role in normal vessel function. While there has been a lot of effort to understand the role of the medial layer on arterial biomechanics, the adventitia has received less attention. In this study, we hypothesized that different ultrastructural and nanomechanical properties would be exhibited in the adventitia of the internal mammary artery (IMA) in patients with a low degree of arterial stiffening as compared to those with a high degree of arterial stiffening...
April 20, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684582/platelet-microparticle-delivered-microrna-let-7a-promotes-the-angiogenic-switch
#9
Chinedu Anene, Anne M Graham, James Boyne, Wayne Roberts
Platelet microparticle (PMP)-induced angiogenesis plays a key role in tumour metastasis and has been proposed to contribute towards cardiovascular disease by enhancing atherosclerotic plaque vulnerability. However, the mechanisms underlying PMP induced angiogenesis are ill defined. Recent reports demonstrate that PMPs deliver micro-RNAs (miRNAs) to recipient cells, controlling gene expression. We therefore evaluated whether miRNA transfer was a key regulator of PMP-induced angiogenesis. Co-culturing PMPs with human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) on extracellular matrix gel induced robust capillary like structure formation...
April 20, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684557/regiospecificity-of-a-novel-bacterial-lipoxygenase-from-myxococcus-xanthus-for-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids
#10
Jung-Ung An, Seung-Hye Hong, Deok-Kun Oh
Lipoxygenase (LOX) is the key enzyme involved in the synthesis of oxylipins as signaling compounds that are important for cell growth and development, inflammation, and pathogenesis in various organisms. The regiospecificity of LOX from Myxococcus xanthus, a gram-negative bacterium, was investigated. The enzyme catalyzed oxygenation at the n-9 position in C20 and C22 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) to form 12S- and 14S-hydroxy fatty acids (HFAs), respectively, and oxygenation at the n-6 position in C18 PUFAs to form 13-HFAs...
April 20, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684495/carcinogenic-and-non-carcinogenic-health-risks-of-metal-oid-s-in-tap-water-from-ilam-city-iran
#11
Yadolah Fakhri, Narottam Saha, Amir Sheikhmohammadi, Milad Rasouli, Moayed Avazpour, Aziz Rahimizadeh, Seyed-Mohammad Riahi, Mansour Ghaderpoori, Hassan Keramati, Bigard Moradi, Nazak Amanidaz, Zahra Baninameh, Amin Mousavi Khaneghah
One of the most important pathways for exposure to metals is drinking water ingestion. Chronic or acute exposure to metals can endanger the health of the exposed population, and hence, estimation of human health risks is crucial. In the current study for the first time, the concentrations of Mercury (Hg), Arsenic (As), Zinc (Zn), Lead (Pb) and Cobalt (Co) in 120 collected tap water samples (2015, July-November) from Ilam city, Iran were investigated using flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Also, the metal-induced carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic risks for consumers exposed to tap drinking water were calculated...
April 20, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684479/impairment-of-the-gn%C3%AE-11-controlled-expression-of-claudin-1-and-mmp-9-and-collective-migration-of-human-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells-by-dheas
#12
Neha Upmanyu, Ahmed Bulldan, Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Raimund Dietze, Viveka Nand Malviya, Georgios Scheiner-Bobis
Although dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) constitutes the most abundant steroid in humans, in-depth investigations of its effects are rather scarce. We address here DHEAS effects on the estrogen receptor-positive metastatic human breast cancer cell line MCF-7. We focus on DHEAS-mediated signaling that might influence expression of claudin-1 and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), both known to be critical factors for migration and invasiveness of various cancers, including breast cancer cells. Physiological concentrations of DHEAS trigger persistent phosphorylation of Erk1/2 in MCF-7 cells...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684464/tracking-single-membrane-targets-of-human-autoantibodies-using-single-nanoparticle-imaging
#13
Julie Jézéquel, Julien P Dupuis, François Maingret, Laurent Groc
BACKGROUND: Over the past decade, an increasing number of neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases have been associated with the expression of autoantibodies directed against neuronal targets, including neurotransmitter receptors. Although cell-based assays are routinely used in clinics to detect the presence of immunoglobulins, such tests often provide heterogeneous outcomes due to their limited sensitivity, especially at low titers. Thus, there is an urging need for new methods allowing the detection of autoantibodies in seropositive patients that cannot always be clinically distinguished from seronegative ones...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684443/modified-porcine-surfactant-enriched-by-recombinant-human-superoxide-dismutase-for-experimental-meconium-aspiration-syndrome
#14
Jana Kopincova, Pavol Mikolka, Maros Kolomaznik, Petra Kosutova, Andrea Calkovska, Daniela Mokra
AIMS: Combination of exogenous surfactant with antioxidant enzyme recombinant human superoxide dismutase (rhSOD) was tested in the treatment of experimental meconium aspiration syndrome as oxidative processes play key role in its pathogenesis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Young New Zealand rabbits were instilled by saline (Sal group) or by meconium suspension (Mec group). Some of meconium-instilled animals were treated by surfactant alone (Surf group) or surfactant in combination with rhSOD (Surf + SOD group) and oxygen-ventilated for 5 h...
April 20, 2018: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684377/biphasic-modulation-of-camp-levels-by-the-contraceptive-nomegestrol-acetate-impact-on-p-glycoprotein-expression-and-activity-in-hepatic-cells
#15
Guillermo Nicolás Tocchetti, Camila Juliana Domínguez, Felipe Zecchinati, Maite Rocío Arana, María Laura Ruiz, Silvina Stella Maris Villanueva, Johanna Weiss, Aldo Domingo Mottino, Juan Pablo Rigalli
ABC transporters are key players in drug excretion with alterations in their expression and activity by therapeutic agents potentially leading to drug-drug interactions. The interaction potential of nomegestrol acetate (NMGA), a synthetic progestogen increasingly used as oral contraceptive, had never been explored. In this work we evaluated (1) the effect of NMGA on ABC transporters in the human hepatic cell line HepG2 and (2) the underlying molecular mechanism. NMGA (5, 50 and 500 nM) increased P-glycoprotein (P-gp) expression at both protein and mRNA levels and reduced intracellular calcein accumulation, indicating an increase also in transporter activity...
April 20, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684354/updated-distribution-and-experimental-life-history-traits-of-the-recently-invasive-snail-lissachatina-fulica-in-havana-cuba
#16
Antonio A Vázquez, Jorge Sánchez, Annia Alba, Elizabeth Martínez, Luis Alvarez-Lajonchere, Michel Matamoros, James B Coupland
The giant African snail Lissachatina fulica has been reported invading Cuba since 2014 and is now well established in areas of Havana and several nearby regions. This invasive species is of major concern to health authorities given its role as an important vector of parasites such as Angiostrongylus cantonensis, the causative agent of eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in humans. Here, we update the distribution within Cuba. We also report on our studies of experimental life-history traits to assess the population dynamics and potential for spread of this species in Cuba...
April 20, 2018: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684257/reliability-of-neurometabolite-detection-with-two-dimensional-localized-correlation-spectroscopy-at-3t
#17
Jameen Arm, Oun Al-Iedani, Scott Quadrelli, Karen Ribbons, Rod Lea, Jeannette Lechner-Scott, Saadallah Ramadan
BACKGROUND: Two-dimensional localized correlational spectroscopy (2D L-COSY) has been applied in vivo to investigate metabolic profiles in many disorders due to its ability to detect several metabolites simultaneously. Successful application of this technique depends on the reliability of the detection and understanding of the variability result from test-retest measurements. PURPOSE: To evaluate the test-retest repeatability/reliability of 2D L-COSY in detecting brain metabolites in a phantom and healthy subjects in a 3T scanner...
April 23, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684116/biofilm-forming-ability-and-infection-potential-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-strains-isolated-from-animals-and-humans
#18
Dusan Milivojevic, Neven Šumonja, Strahinja Medic, Aleksandar Pavic, Ivana Moric, Branka Vasiljevic, Lidija Senerovic, Jasmina Nikodinovic-Runic
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, has been amongst top 10 'superbugs' worldwide and is causing infections with poor outcomes in both humans and animals. From 202 P. aeruginosa isolates (n = 121 animal and n = 81 human) 40 were selected on the basis of biofilm-forming ability and were comparatively characterized in terms of virulence determinants to the type strain P. aeruginosa PAO1. Biofilm formation, pyocyanin and hemolysins production and bacterial motility patterns were compared to the ability to kill human cell line A549 in vitro...
April 19, 2018: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684086/frequency-of-appearance-of-transverse-harris-lines-reflects-living-conditions-of-the-pleistocene-bear-ursus-ingressus-sudety-mts-poland
#19
Dariusz Nowakowski
Transverse lines, called Harris Lines (HL), osteological markers of recovery from growth arrest episodes, are visible in radiograms of recent and Pleistocene fossil bones. Since on the one hand they mark stressful episodes in life, and on the other are mainly used to trace health fluctuations in prehistoric human communities, I used a cave bear population to check if the processes that could affect the specie' condition were in any way reflected in the bone structure. 392 bear bones from Bear Cave in Kletno (collection: Department of Palaeozoology, University of Wrocław), dated as 32 100 ±1300 to >49 000 years BP, were radiologically examined...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684076/differences-in-labour-participation-between-people-living-with-hiv-and-the-general-population-results-from-spain-along-the-business-cycle
#20
Luz María Peña Longobardo, Juan Oliva-Moreno
BACKGROUND: HIV/AIDS (Human immunodeficiency virus/Acquired immune deficiency syndrome) not only has a strong impact on the health of the worldwide population but also affects the labour status of HIV-positive people. The primary aim of this paper is to compare the labour participation of people living with HIV (PlwHIV) with the labour participation of the general population along the last business cycle in Spain. METHOD: The data used are from the Hospital Survey on HIV-AIDS, with a total sample size of 4,651 PlwHIV and the Labour Force Survey from 2001 to 2010, with a total sample size of 660,674 individuals as general population...
2018: PloS One
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