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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346963/point-of-care-testing-in-neurosurgery
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Christopher Beynon, Lars Wessels, Andreas W Unterberg
Coagulation disorders can have a major impact on the outcome of neurosurgical patients. The central nervous system is located within the closed space of the skull, and therefore, intracranial hemorrhage can lead to intracranial hypertension. Acute brain injury has been associated with alterations of various hemostatic parameters. Point-of-care (POC) techniques such as rotational thromboelastometry are able to identify markers of coagulopathy which are not reflected by standard assessment of hemostasis (e.g...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346906/long-term-exposure-to-high-air-pollution-induces-cumulative-dna-damages-in-traffic-policemen
#2
Chaochao Tan, Shijie Lu, Yupeng Wang, Yan Zhu, Ting Shi, Mingyue Lin, Zhonghua Deng, Zhu Wang, Nana Song, Shuna Li, Pingting Yang, Liyan Yang, Yuanyuan Liu, Zhiheng Chen, Keqian Xu
The specific effects of long-term exposure to high air pollution on human health and biological remain unclear. To explore the adverse health effects as well as biological mechanisms and biomarkers for durative exposure to air pollution, 183 traffic policemen and 88 office policemen were enrolled in this study. The concentration of PM2.5 in both the traffic and office policemen's working environments were obtained. Detailed personal questionnaires were completed and levels of inflammation, oxidative stress and DNA damage markers of all participants were analyzed in this study...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346888/oxidative-and-nitrosative-stress-biomarkers-in-chronic-schizophrenia
#3
Karine Maria Boll, Cristiano Noto, Kamila Landucci Bonifácio, Chiara Cristina Bortolasci, Ary Gadelha, Rodrigo Affonseca Bressan, Décio Sabbatini Barbosa, Michael Maes, Estefania Gastaldello Moreira
There is evidence that the acute phase of schizophrenia (SCZ) is accompanied by specific changes in oxidative and nitrosative stress (O&NS) biomarkers. There are, however, no firm data regarding these biomarkers in chronic SCZ. Therefore, this study aimed to delineate O&NS biomarkers in patients with chronic SCZ. 125 outpatients with SCZ and 118 controls were enrolled. The markers included lipid hydroperoxides (LOOH), advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), nitric oxide metabolites (NOx), total radical-trapping antioxidant parameter (TRAP) and paraoxonase 1 (PON-1) activity...
March 21, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346883/identification-and-characterization-of-a-thermally-cleaved-fragment-of-monoclonal-antibody-a-detected-by-sodium-dodecyl-sulfate-capillary-gel-electrophoresis
#4
Kei Kubota, Naoki Kobayashi, Masayuki Yabuta, Motomu Ohara, Toyohiro Naito, Takuya Kubo, Koji Otsuka
This report describes a novel, comprehensive approach to identifying a fragment peak of monoclonal antibody-A (mAb-A), detected by sodium dodecyl sulfate-capillary gel electrophoresis (SDS-cGE). The fragment migrated close to the internal standard (10kDa marker) of SDS-cGE and increased about 0.5% under a 25°C condition for 6 months. Generally, identification of fragments observed in SDS-cGE is challenging to carry out due to the difficulty of collecting analytical amounts of fractionations from the capillary...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346874/protective-effects-of-hepatocyte-specific-glycyrrhetic-derivatives-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-liver-damage-in-mice
#5
Yifei Yang, Lingyun Yang, Yaodan Han, Zhenwei Wu, Pan Chen, Huibin Zhang, Jinpei Zhou
Glycyrrhetic acid (GA), the main hydrolysate of glycyrrhizic acid extracted from the roots of the Chinese herb Glycyrrhiza glabra, was reported to be accumulated in hepatocytes due to the extensive distribution of GA receptors in liver. A series of hepatocyte-specific derivatives on the basis of anetholtrithione and glycyrrhizic were designed and synthesized. The potential beneficial effect was evaluated in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver injury model. In addition, the hepatoprotective activity of these derivatives was assessed by measuring levels of serum marker enzymes, including serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT), serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT), alkaline phosphatase (AKP), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and the ratio of GSH to GSSG...
March 20, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346859/circulating-zbed3-levels-in-subjects-with-and-without-metabolic-syndrome
#6
Wenjing Hu, Bo Tian, Xiaoqiang Li, Ling Li, Lin Zhang, Hua Liu, Gangyi Yang, Yongsheng Liu, Xiaoyun Fan
BACKGROUND: Zinc-finger BED domain-containing 3 (Zbed3) is a member of the zinc-finger domain protein superfamily. Recent studies have shown that Zbed3 is associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, no report has demonstrated the association of Zbed3 with metabolic syndrome (MetS) in humans. The purpose of this study is to examine the association between Zbed3 and MetS in a cross-sectional study. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of a Chinese population, including 167 non-MetS subjects and 144 newly diagnosed MetS (nMetS) patients...
March 27, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346796/harnessing-external-cues-development-and-evaluation-of-an-in-vitro-culture-system-for-osteochondral-tissue-engineering
#7
Deborah L Dorcemus, Eve O George, Caroline N Dealy, Syam P Nukavarapu
Over the last decade, engineered structures have been developed for osteochondral (OC) tissue regeneration. While the optimal structure design is yet to be determined, these scaffolds require in vitro evaluation before clinical use. However, the means by which complex scaffolds, such as OC scaffolds, can be tested are limited. Taking advantage of a mesenchymal stem cell's (MSC's) ability to respond to its surrounding we harness external cues, such as the cell's mechanical environment and delivered factors, to create an in vitro culture system for OC tissue engineering with a single cell source on a gradient yet integrated scaffold system...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346794/comparative-study-of-xenobiotic-free-media-for-the-cultivation-of-human-limbal-epithelial-stem-progenitor-cells
#8
Sheyla González, Luxia Chen, Sophie X Deng
The culture of human limbal epithelial stem/progenitor cells (LSCs) in the presence of animal components poses the risk of cross-species contamination in clinical applications. We quantitatively compared different xenobiotic-free culture media for the cultivation of human LSCs. LSCs were cultured from 2 × 2 mm limbal tissue explants on denuded human amniotic membrane with different xenobiotic-free culture media: CnT-Prime (CnT-PR) supplemented with 0%, 1%, 5%, and 10% human serum (HS), embryonic stem cell medium (ESCM) alone or in combination with the standard supplemented hormonal epithelium medium (SHEM, control) at a 1:1 dilution ratio, and modified SHEM (mSHEM), in which cholera toxin and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were removed, isoproterenol was added, and the epidermal growth factor concentration was reduced...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346728/nubpl-a-novel-metastasis-related-gene-promotes-colorectal-carcinoma-cell-motility-by-inducing-emt
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Yuhui Wang, Nan Wu, Donglin Sun, Haiming Sun, Dandan Tong, Duo Liu, Bo Pang, Su Li, Jia Wei, Jialin Dai, Yang Liu, Jing Bai, Jingshu Geng, Songbin Fu, Yan Jin
NUBPL is an assembly factor for human mitochondrial complex I, which is the biggest member of mitochondrial respiratory chain. However, the relationship between NUBPL and carcinoma progression remains unknown. In this study, NUBPL was characterized for its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Data (n=197) from Oncomine database revealed that mRNA levels of NUBPL were remarkably overexpressed in CRC tissues compared with normal tissues. In addition, immunohistochemical analysis of 75 pairs of CRC and nontumorous tissues demonstrated that expression level of NUBPL was significantly higher in CRC tissues, and its expression level was positively associated with lymph node metastasis (P=0...
March 27, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346698/how-do-rivers-geographic-distance-and-dispersal-behavior-influence-genetic-structure-in-two-sympatric-new-world-monkeys
#10
Emilie Lecompte, Mohand-Ameziane Bouanani, Benoît de Thoisy, Brigitte Crouau-Roy
Dispersal, one of the major factors affecting the gene flow between populations, shapes the spatial distribution of genetic diversity within species. Alouatta macconnelli and Saguinus midas are two Neotropical monkey species that sympatrically inhabit the Guiana shield in northern Amazonia and are likely to differ in their dispersal behavior and vagility. We took advantage of their sympatry to investigate, over a fine geographical scale (∼50 km long), the relationship between spatial genetic structure, on the one hand, and geographical features and the species' dispersal behavior on the other...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346570/tolerance-and-long-term-efficacy-of-polyethylene-glycol-4000-forlax%C3%A2-compared-to-lactulose-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-constipation
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P Chassagne, P Ducrotte, P Garnier, H Mathiex-Fortunet
OBJECTIVES: To assess the tolerance and potential nutritional consequences of long-term repeated doses of PEG 4000 (10 to 30 g/day) in elderly patients with chronic constipation as compared to lactulose (10-30 g/day). DESIGN: Single blind, randomised, multicentre, parallel group comparative study. SETTING: Community-dwelling patients and nursing homes residents aged 70 years and older with a history of chronic constipation. Treatment intervention: PEG 4000 (10-30 g/day) or lactulose (10-30 g/day) for six months...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346524/rare-mutations-and-potentially-damaging-missense-variants-in-genes-encoding-fibrillar-collagens-and-proteins-involved-in-their-production-are-candidates-for-risk-for-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
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Bhavi P Modi, Maria E Teves, Laurel N Pearson, Hardik I Parikh, Piya Chaemsaithong, Nihar U Sheth, Timothy P York, Roberto Romero, Jerome F Strauss
Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is the leading identifiable cause of preterm birth with ~ 40% of preterm births being associated with PPROM and occurs in 1% - 2% of all pregnancies. We hypothesized that multiple rare variants in fetal genes involved in extracellular matrix synthesis would associate with PPROM, based on the assumption that impaired elaboration of matrix proteins would reduce fetal membrane tensile strength, predisposing to unscheduled rupture. We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) on neonatal DNA derived from pregnancies complicated by PPROM (49 cases) and healthy term deliveries (20 controls) to identify candidate mutations/variants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346513/cystatin-c-estimated-glomerular-filtration-rate-to-assess-renal-function-in-early-stages-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Laia Sans, Aleksandar Radosevic, Claudia Quintian, Rosario Montañés, Silvia Gràcia, Carles Vilaplana, Sergi Mojal, José A Ballarin, Patricia Fernández-Llama, Roser Torra, Julio Pascual
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Height-adjusted total kidney volume (htTKV) is the best marker of disease progression in early autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) when renal function still remains normal. The usefulness of cystatin-C as a biomarker to assess renal function according to renal volume has not been studied in ADPKD patients. METHODS: Observational and cross-sectional study of 62 ADPKD patients. htTKV, creatinine and cystatin-C estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) were determined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346486/grem1-is-expressed-in-the-cancer-associated-myofibroblasts-of-basal-cell-carcinomas
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Hye Sung Kim, Myung Soo Shin, Min Seok Cheon, Jae Wang Kim, Cheol Lee, Woo Ho Kim, Young Sill Kim, Bo Gun Jang
Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) play important roles in cancer progression through their complex interactions with cancer cells. The secreted bone morphogenetic protein antagonist, gremlin1 (GREM1) is expressed by the CAFs of basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), and promotes the growth of cancer cells. In this study, we investigated the expression of GREM1 mRNAs in various benign and malignant skin tumors, including various BCC subtypes. Analysis by RNA in situ hybridization (ISH) revealed that fibroblasts in the scar tissue expressed GREM1 and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), whereas resident fibroblasts in the dermis of the normal skin did not express GREM1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346483/effect-of-mir-146-targeted-hdmcp-up-regulation-in-the-pathogenesis-of-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
#15
Xi Jin, Jiang Liu, Yi-Peng Chen, Zun Xiang, Jie-Xia Ding, You-Ming Li
BACKGROUNDS/AIMS: Mitochondrial dysfunction plays an important role inthe pathogenesis of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), where uncoupling protein (UCP) is actively involved. We previously reported the uncoupling activity of HDMCP and its role in liver steatosis. We now aim to investigate the degree and therapeutic effect of HDMCP in NASH and the regulatory role of miR-146 on HDMCP. METHODS: NASH animal model was established by feeding BALB/c mice with MCD diet while L02 cell was cultured with high concentration of fatty acid (HFFA) for 72h to mimic the steatosis and inflammation of NASH in-vitro appearance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346453/activity-induced-histone-modifications-govern-neurexin-1-mrna-splicing-and-memory-preservation
#16
Xinlu Ding, Sanxiong Liu, Miaomiao Tian, Wenhao Zhang, Tao Zhu, Dongdong Li, Jiawei Wu, HaiTeng Deng, Yichang Jia, Wei Xie, Hong Xie, Ji-Song Guan
Epigenetic mechanisms regulate the formation, consolidation and reconsolidation of memories. However, the signaling path from neuronal activation to epigenetic modifications within the memory-related brain circuit remains unknown. We report that learning induces long-lasting histone modifications in hippocampal memory-activated neurons to regulate memory stability. Neuronal activity triggers a late-onset shift in Nrxn1 splice isoform choice at splicing site 4 by accumulating a repressive histone marker, H3K9me3, to modulate the splicing process...
March 27, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346401/targeted-base-editing-in-rice-and-tomato-using-a-crispr-cas9-cytidine-deaminase-fusion
#17
Zenpei Shimatani, Sachiko Kashojiya, Mariko Takayama, Rie Terada, Takayuki Arazoe, Hisaki Ishii, Hiroshi Teramura, Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, Hiroki Komatsu, Kenji Miura, Hiroshi Ezura, Keiji Nishida, Tohru Ariizumi, Akihiko Kondo
We applied a fusion of CRISPR-Cas9 and activation-induced cytidine deaminase (Target-AID) for point mutagenesis at genomic regions specified by single guide RNAs (sgRNAs) in two crop plants. In rice, we induced multiple herbicide-resistance point mutations by multiplexed editing using herbicide selection, while in tomato we generated marker-free plants with homozygous heritable DNA substitutions, demonstrating the feasibility of base editing for crop improvement.
March 27, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346343/lifetime-exposure-to-a-constant-environment-amplifies-the-impact-of-a-fructose-rich-diet-on-glucose-homeostasis-during-pregnancy
#18
Aleida Song, Stuart Astbury, Abha Hoedl, Brent Nielsen, Michael E Symonds, Rhonda C Bell
The need to refine rodent models of human-related disease is now being recognized, in particular the rearing environment that can profoundly modulate metabolic regulation. Most studies on pregnancy and fetal development purchase and transport young females into the research facility, which after a short period of acclimation are investigated (Gen0). We demonstrate that female offspring (Gen1) show an exaggerated hyperinsulinemic response to pregnancy when fed a standard diet and with high fructose intake, which continues throughout pregnancy...
March 25, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346317/the-csf-immune-response-in-hiv-1-associated-cryptococcal-meningitis-macrophage-activation-correlates-of-disease-severity-and-effect-of-antiretroviral-therapy
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James E Scriven, Lisa M Graham, Charlotte Schutz, Thomas J Scriba, Katalin A Wilkinson, Robert J Wilkinson, David R Boulware, Britta C Urban, Graeme Meintjes, David G Lalloo
BACKGROUND: Immune modulation may improve outcome in HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis. Animal studies suggest alternatively activated macrophages are detrimental but human studies are limited. We performed a detailed assessment of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immune response and examined immune correlates of disease severity and poor outcome, and the effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART). METHODOLOGY: We enrolled persons ≥18 years with first episode of HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346128/ethnicity-recording-in-primary-care-computerised-medical-record-systems-an-ontological-approach
#20
Zayd Tippu, Ana Correa, Harshana Liyanage, David Burleigh, Andrew McGovern, Jeremy Van Vlymen, Simon Jones, Simon De Lusignan
BACKGROUND: Ethnicity recording within primary care computerised medical record (CMR) systems is suboptimal, exacerbated by tangled taxonomies within current coding systems.Objective To develop a method for extending ethnicity identification using routinely collected data. METHODS: We used an ontological method to maximise the reliability and prevalence of ethnicity information in the Royal College of General Practitioner's Research and Surveillance database. Clinical codes were either directly mapped to ethnicity group or utilised as proxy markers (such as language spoken) from which ethnicity could be inferred...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Innovation in Health Informatics
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