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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145714/clinical-and-biochemical-correlates-of-male-hypogonadism-in-type-2-diabetes
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A Herrero, M Marcos, P Galindo, J M Miralles, J J Corrales
The origin of hypogonadism, a condition including both symptoms and biochemical criteria of androgen deficiency, in type 2 diabetes is poorly known. In a cross-sectional study of 267 unselected patients, we analyzed the potential correlation of several clinical and biochemical variables as well as chronic micro- and macrovascular diabetic complications with hypogonadism. Hypogonadism was present in 46 patients (17.2%) using a cutoff of total testosterone 10.4 nmol/L and in 31 (11.6%) with a cutoff of 8 nmol/L...
November 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145713/positron-emission-tomography-as-an-imaging-biomarker-in-a-prospective-longitudinal-cohort-of-patients-with-large-vessel-vasculitis
#2
Peter C Grayson, Sara Alehashemi, Armin A Bagheri, Ali Cahid Civelek, Thomas R Cupps, Mariana J Kaplan, Ashkan A Malayeri, Peter A Merkel, Elaine Novakovich, David A Bluemke, Mark A Ahlman
OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical value of (18) F-flurodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) in a prospective cohort of patients with large-vessel vasculitis (LVV) and disease comparators. METHODS: Patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) and giant cell arteritis (GCA) were studied, along with a comparator group consisting of patients with hyperlipidemia, diseases that mimic LVV, and healthy controls. Participants underwent clinical evaluation and FDG-PET imaging, and patients with LVV underwent serial imaging at six-month intervals...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145712/cartilage-microrna-dysregulation-during-the-onset-and-progression-of-mouse-osteoarthritis-is-independent-of-aggrecanolysis-and-overlaps-with-candidates-from-end-stage-human-disease
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Louise H W Kung, Varshini Ravi, Lynn Rowley, Constanza Angelucci, Amanda J Fosang, Katrina M Bell, Christopher B Little, John F Bateman
OBJECTIVE: To identify candidate microRNAs that potentially regulate the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis. METHODS: Osteoarthritis was induced in 10-12 week old male wild-type C57BL6 mice and in mice resistant to aggrecanase cleavage (Acan p.374ALGS→374NVYS) by destabilization of the medial meniscus (DMM). Osteoarthritis pathology was scored histologically. RNA from cartilage and subchondral bone were harvested in parallel by laser micro-dissection at 1 and 6 weeks post-surgery...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145710/testosterone-replacement-in-transgenic-sickle-cell-mice-controls-priapic-activity-and-upregulates-pde5-expression-and-enos-activity-in-the-penis
#4
B Musicki, S Karakus, W Akakpo, F H Silva, J Liu, H Chen, B R Zirkin, A L Burnett
Sickle cell disease (SCD)-associated priapism is characterized by decreased nitric oxide (NO) signaling and downregulated phosphodiesterase (PDE)5 protein expression and activity in the penis. Priapism is also associated with testosterone deficiency, but molecular mechanisms underlying testosterone effects in the penis in SCD are not known. Given the critical role of androgens in erection physiology and NO synthase (NOS)/PDE5 expression, we hypothesized that testosterone replacement to eugonadal testosterone levels reduces priapism by reversing impaired endothelial (e)NOS activity and molecular abnormalities involving PDE5...
November 16, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145709/defining-a-unified-vascular-phenotype-in-systemic-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Yannick Allanore, Oliver Distler, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Christopher P Denton
Microcirculation impairment and related vasculopathy is a hallmark of systemic sclerosis. Digital ulcers are second only to Raynaud's phenomenon as a vascular complication occurring in scleroderma patients. Digital ulcers are painful and generate disability. Furthermore, patients may develop recurrent digital ulcers and one may ask whether the outcomes of such patients might be different to those of unaffected ones. Recently several registries have provided relevant information about digital ulcers. Male sex and severe skin disease seem to be the main associated factors observed in several registries...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145701/tnf-antagonists-killing-two-birds-with-one-biologic-stone
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EDITORIAL
Joan M Bathon, Jon T Giles, Daniel H Solomon
Forty years have passed since it was first recognized that patients with autoimmune rheumatic disease have an increased risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular (CV) events (1) Although initial reports focused on rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), similar findings were verified subsequently in patients with psoriasis (Ps) and/or psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and spondyloarthritis. An early feature of the atherosclerotic lesion is infiltration with inflammatory cells, particularly monocytes/macrophages, and the presence of these cells in mature plaque elevates the risk of plaque rupture and thrombosis (2)...
November 16, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145690/-visual-analysis-of-retinal-oct-data
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Martin Röhlig, Anselm Jünemann, Dagmar-Christiane Fischer, Ruby Kala Prakasam, Oliver Stachs, Heidrun Schumann
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) enables noninvasive high-resolution 3D imaging of the human retina, and thus plays a fundamental role in ophthalmology. Via OCT examination, even subtle retinal changes can be captured, which occur in very early stages of different diseases (e.g., glaucoma, diabetes mellitus, or age-related macular degeneration). Yet, analyzing the resulting data is challenging. Conventionally, OCT data are strongly aggregated via automated methods. While this reduces the amount of information to be analyzed, it also makes it difficult, if not impossible, to identify small and localized retinal changes...
November 16, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145688/is-primary-aldosteronism-still-largely-unrecognized
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Fabrizio Buffolo, Silvia Monticone, Jacopo Burrello, Martina Tetti, Franco Veglio, Tracy Ann Williams, Paolo Mulatero
Primary aldosteronism (PA) was first reported by Jerome W. Conn in 1954 when it was considered a rare disorder, only suspected in cases of hypertension and spontaneous hypokalemia. Over the last 30 years, with the wide application of the plasma aldosterone to plasma renin activity ratio as screening test, the clinical spectrum of PA has dramatically changed. Different studies displayed significant differences in term of patients investigated, diagnostic criteria and hormonal assays; however, large prospective studies with robust diagnostic criteria indicated that the prevalence of PA is around 6% of the general hypertensive population and 11% of the patients referred to hypertension centers...
November 16, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145682/-measles-in-germany-an-epidemiological-analysis-and-first-measures-for-containment
#9
Dorothea Matysiak-Klose, Sabine Wicker
Measles are one of the most contagious diseases of mankind. Measles incidence has declined worldwide since the introduction of vaccinations. Due to low numbers of measles cases in countries with high vaccination rates the population is not aware of possible complications of measles any more. Measles elimination is an important goal set by all regions of the World Health Organization. However, it remains a challenge for Germany and other European countries. Because of a high proportion of susceptibles in specific population and age groups outbreaks take place in Germany every year after importation of the virus...
November 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145680/-a-rare-differential-diagnosis-of-chronic-cough
#10
Michael Dicker, Tino Schneider, Johannes von Kempis, Markus Diethelm
History and admission findings We report on a 62-year-old male patient with dry cough for 3 months, constitutional symptoms and elevated inflammatory markers. Investigations Despite extensive diagnostics no infectious, malignant or rheumatologic disease could be found. Bronchoscopy with bronchoalveolar lavage showed lymphocytosis. 18-FDG-PET/CT demonstrated increased metabolic activity of the aorta and its primary branches. Diagnosis, treatment and course We diagnosed large vessel vasculitis consistent to a subtype of giant cell arteritis (GCA) without cranial manifestation...
November 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145678/-thrombocytosis-and-thrombocytopenia-background-and-clinical-relevance
#11
Kai Wille, Parvis Sadjadian, Martin Griesshammer
Due to the central role of platelets in hemostasis, the clinical relevance of quantitative changes in platelet counts (< 150 G/l or > 450 G/l) may be significant. Thrombopoesis (= production of platelets) occurs in the bone marrow, and the hormone thrombopoetin takes control on its regulation.In thrombocytosis, primary causes have to be distinguished from the far more common reactive (= secondary) reasons. The most important form of primary thrombocytosis occurs in myeloproliferative neoplasms especially in essential thrombocythemia (ET)...
November 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145669/progress-in-diagnostic-genetic-testing-for-inherited-eye-disease
#12
Janey L Wiggs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 16, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145662/rare-cardiovascular-diseases
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Piotr Podolec
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 14, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145658/characterization-of-detergent-insoluble-proteome-in-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy
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Jonathan D Cherry, Ahmad Zeineddin, Eric B Dammer, James A Webster, Duc Duong, Nicholas T Seyfried, Allan I Levey, Victor E Alvarez, Bertrand R Huber, Thor D Stein, Patrick T Kiernan, Ann C McKee, James J Lah, Chadwick M Hales
Quantitative proteomics of postmortem human brain can identify dysfunctional proteins that contribute to neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia. Similar studies in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are limited, therefore we hypothesized that proteomic sequencing of CTE frontal cortex brain homogenates from varying CTE pathologic stages may provide important new insights into this disorder. Quantitative proteomics of control, CTE and AD brains was performed to characterize differentially expressed proteins, and we identified over 4000 proteins in CTE brains, including significant enrichment of the microtubule associated protein tau...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145657/the-utility-of-blood-neuroendocrine-gene-transcript-measurement-in-the-diagnosis-of-bronchopulmonary-neuroendocrine-tumours-and-as-a-tool-to-evaluate-surgical-resection-and-disease-progression
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Pier Luigi Filosso, Mark Kidd, Matteo Roffinella, Anna Lewczuk, Kyung-Min Chung, Agnieszka Kolasinska-Cwikla, Jaroslaw Cwikla, Anna Lowczak, Anna Doboszynska, Anna Malczewska, Maria Catalano, Valentina Zunino, Monica Boita, Emanuela Arvat, Riccardo Cristofori, Francesco Guerrera, Alberto Oliaro, Margot Tesselaar, Wieneke Buikhuisen, Beata Kos-Kudla, Mauro Papotti, Lisa Bodei, Ignat Drozdov, Irvin Modlin
OBJECTIVES: The management of bronchopulmonary neuroendocrine tumours (BPNETs) is difficult, since imaging, histology and biomarkers have a limited value in diagnosis, predicting outcome and defining therapeutic efficacy. We evaluated a NET multigene blood test (NETest) to diagnose BPNETs, assess disease status and evaluate surgical resection. METHODS: (i) Diagnostic cohort: BP carcinoids (n = 118)-typical carcinoid, n = 67 and atypical carcinoid, n = 51; other lung NEN (large-cell neuroendocrine carcinoma and small-cell lung carcinoma, n = 13); adenocarcinoma, (n = 26); squamous cell carcinoma (n = 23); controls (n = 90) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (n = 18)...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145655/paternal-exposure-to-environmental-chemical-stress-affectsmale-offspring-s-hepatic-mitochondria
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Roger Godschalk, Alex Remels, Camiel Hoogendoorn, Jan van Benthem, Mirjam Luijten, Nur Duale, Gunnar Brunborg, Ann-Karin Olsen, Freek G Bouwman, Armelle Munnia, Marco Peluso, Edwin Mariman, Frederik Jan van Schooten
Pre-conceptional paternal exposures may affect offspring's health, which cannot be explained by mutations in germ cells, but by persistent changes in the regulation of gene expression. Therefore, we investigated whether pre-conceptional paternal exposure to benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P) could alter the offspring's phenotype. Male C57BL/6 mice were exposed to B[a]P by gavage for 6 weeks, 3x per week, and were crossed with unexposed BALB-c females 6 weeks after the final exposure. The offspring was kept under normal feeding conditions and was sacrificed at 3 weeks of age...
November 14, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145637/investigation-and-management-of-renal-stone-disease
#17
Holly R Mabillard, Charles R V Tomson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145636/localization-and-functional-characterization-of-the-p-asn965ser-n965s-abca4-variant-in-mice-reveal-pathogenic-mechanisms-underlying-stargardt-macular-degeneration
#18
Laurie L Molday, Daniel Wahl, Marinko Sarunic, Robert S Molday
ABCA4 is a member of the superfamily of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins that transports N-retinylidene-phosphatidylethanolamine (N-Ret-PE) across outer segment disc membranes thereby facilitating the removal of potentially toxic retinoid compounds from photoreceptor cells. Mutations in the gene encoding ABCA4 are responsible for Stargardt disease (STGD1), an autosomal recessive retinal degenerative disease that causes severe vision loss. To define the molecular basis for STGD1 associated with the p.Asn965Ser (N965S) mutation in the Walker A motif of nucleotide binding domain 1 (NBD1), we generated a p...
November 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145634/risk-profiles-for-acute-health-events-after-incident-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-on-hemodialysis
#19
Medha Airy, Tara I Chang, Victoria Y Ding, Benjamin A Goldstein, Nisha Bansal, Jingbo Niu, Sankar D Navaneethan, Mintu P Turakhia, Wolfgang C Winkelmayer
Background: Little is known about the cardiovascular risks of incident atrial fibrillation/flutter (AF) in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing hemodialysis (HD). Methods: We studied older US patients who newly initiated HD for ESRD (2006-11) and who had not previously been diagnosed with AF, stroke, myocardial infarction (MI) or hip fracture. We used Cox regression with AF as a time-varying covariate, adjusted for socio-demographic characteristics and comorbidities to estimate hazard ratios [HRs (95% confidence intervals)] for the events of ischemic stroke, MI and death...
November 13, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145632/clinical-significance-of-cd13-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-markers-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Chihiro Yamanaka, Hiroshi Wada, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Hisanori Hatano, Kunihito Gotoh, Takehiro Noda, Daisaku Yamada, Tadafumi Asaoka, Koichi Kawamoto, Hiroaki Nagano, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori
Background & Aims: To improve prognosis in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the molecular mechanisms of tumor thrombus formation and metastasis must be clarified. The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and cancer stem cells (CSCs) play crucial roles in tumor invasion and metastasis. This study aimed to reveal the clinical significance of the expression of the functional CSC marker, CD13, and investigate the correlation between CD13 expression and two EMT markers, E-cadherin and vimentin...
November 14, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
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