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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352760/endothelial-function-estimated-by-digital-reactive-hyperemia-in-patients-with-atherosclerotic-risk-factors-or-coronary-artery-disease
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Jeehoon Kang, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Jae-Bin Seo, Jin-Yong Lee, Min-Kyong Moon, Woo-Young Chung
Due to the complex profile of atherosclerotic risk factors, an integrated analysis of a specific individual is difficult. Endothelial function reflects a composite of various risk factors, and may be used as an optimal tool to estimate the overall atherosclerotic risk. In this study, we investigated the value of digital Reactive Hyperemia Index (RHI) in an actual population with multiple atherosclerotic risk factors or coronary artery disease (CAD). A total of 417 patients from the Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center RHI registry were enrolled in this study...
January 19, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352759/regional-myocardial-function-abnormalities-are-associated-with-macro-and-microcirculation-dysfunction-in-the-metabolic-syndrome-the-resolve-study
#2
Philippe Obert, Guillaume Walther, Frédéric Dutheil, Bruno Lesourd, Robert Chapier, Daniel Courteix, Agnes Vinet
Abnormalities in myocardial and vascular function have been reported in the metabolic syndrome (MetS), but whether these alterations are related remains poorly documented. Our aim was accordingly to investigate interrelationships between macro- and microcirculatory vasoreactivity and left ventricular (LV) myocardial function in MetS patients. Eighty-eight MetS individuals and 44 age- and gender-matched healthy controls were enrolled. LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) was measured using Vector Velocity Imaging...
January 19, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352754/providing-ethical-healthcare-in-resource-poor-environments
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Kenneth V Iserson
The ethics of providing health care in resource-poor environments is a complex topic. It implies two related questions: What can we do with the resources on hand? Of all the things we can do, which ones should we do? "Resource-poor" (i.e., resource-challenged, resource-constrained) environments are situations in which clinicians, organizations, or healthcare systems have the knowledge and skills, but not the means, to carry out highly effective and beneficial interventions. Determinants of a population's health often rely less on disease and injury management than on recognizing and meeting their basic needs...
January 19, 2018: HEC Forum: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Hospitals' Ethical and Legal Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352749/tips-for-optimizing-organ-preservation-solutions
#4
Aneta Ostróżka-Cieślik, Barbara Dolińska, Florian Ryszka
Organ injury during ischemia is one of the clinical problems of today's transplantation. It occurs during warm ischemia time (WIT) when the blood flow is cut off and during cold ischemia when a graft is chilled in situ until the circulation is restored to the recipient organism. Fast cooling of the organ slows down metabolism and activates intracellular enzymes, which minimizes the effects of warm ischemia. Unfortunately, hypothermia also results in inhibition of ATP synthesis, cell swelling and intracellular acidity...
January 20, 2018: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352747/clathrin-and-ap1-are-required-for-apical-sorting-of-gpi-aps-in-biosynthetic-and-recycling-routes-in-mdck-cells
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Guillaume Alain Castillon, Patricia Burriat-Couleru, Daniel Abegg, Nina Criado Santos, Reika Watanabe
Recently studies in animal models demonstrate potential roles for clathrin and AP1 in apical protein sorting in epithelial tissue. However, the precise functions of these proteins in apical protein transport remain unclear. Here, we reveal mis-targeting of endogenous GPI-APs and soluble secretory proteins in MDCK cells upon clathrin heavy chain or AP1 subunit knockdown (KD). Using a novel directional endocytosis and recycling assay, we found that these KD cells are not only affected for apical sorting of GPI-APs in biosynthetic pathway but also for their apical recycling and basal to apical transcytosis routes...
January 20, 2018: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352746/the-common-bean-cok-4-and-the-arabidopsis-fer-kinase-domain-share-similar-function-in-plant-growth-and-defense
#6
Rafhael Felipin Azevedo, Maria Celeste Gonçalves Vidigal, Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc, Maeli Melotto
Receptor-like kinases are membrane proteins that can be shared by diverse signaling pathways. Among them, the Arabidopsis thaliana FERONIA (FER) plays a role in the balance between distinct signals to control growth and defense. We have found that COK-4, a putative kinase encoded in the common bean anthracnose resistance locus Co-4 that is transcriptionally regulated during immune response, is highly similar to the kinase domain of FER. To assess whether COK-4 is a functional ortholog of FER, we expressed COK-4 in the wild type Col-0 and the fer-5 mutant of Arabidopsis and evaluated FER-associated traits...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352743/co-transplantation-of-adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-cells-and-olfactory-ensheathing-cells-for-spinal-cord-injury-repair
#7
Eduardo D Gomes, Sofia S Mendes, Rita C Assunção-Silva, Fábio G Teixeira, Ana O Pires, Sandra I Anjo, Bruno Manadas, Hugo Leite-Almeida, Jeffrey M Gimble, Nuno Sousa, Angelo C Lepore, Nuno A Silva, António J Salgado
Patients suffering from Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) still have a dismal prognosis. Despite all the efforts developed in this area, currently there are no effective treatments. Therefore, cell therapies have been proposed as a viable alternative to the current treatments employed. Adipose tissue-derived Stem Cells (ASCs) and Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OECs) have been used with promising results in different models of SCI, namely due to the regenerative properties of the secretome of the first, and the guidance capability of the second...
January 20, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352742/cambogin-suppresses-dextran-sulphate-sodium-induced-colitis-by-enhancing-treg-cell-stability-and-function
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Yue Lu, Na-Mi Kim, Yi-Wen Jiang, Hong Zhang, Dan Zheng, Fu-Xiang Zhu, Rui Liang, Bin Li, Hong-Xi Xu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic and relapsing inflammatory disorder of gastrointestinal tract, and the dysfunction of immune regulation plays a critical role in IBD. Reflecting the limited use of current drugs and therapies for IBD treatment, it is necessary to explore novel drugs or therapies for this disease. We investigated the effect of cambogin in a mouse model of dextran sulphate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis and whether cambogin attenuates inflammation via Treg-cell-mediated immune modulation...
January 20, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352738/persistent-pain-following-common-outpatient-surgeries-in-children-a-multicenter-study-in-italy
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Valeria Mossetti, Karen Boretsky, Marinella Astuto, Bruno G Locatelli, David Zurakowski, Rodolfo Lio, Roberta Nicoletti, Valter Sonzogni, Micol Maffioletti, Noemi Vicchio, Giorgio Ivani
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of persistent postsurgical pain in children is over 20% after major surgeries; however, data are scarce on the prevalence, character, and risk factors among children undergoing common ambulatory surgeries. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of persistent pain following pediatric ambulatory surgery at 1, 3, and 6 months. Secondary aims were to identify risk factors and characterize the pain and consequences of persistent postsurgical pain...
January 20, 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352733/localization-of-palmitoylated-and-activated-g-protein-%C3%AE-subunit-in-dictyostelium-discoideum
#10
Sarah Alamer, Yusuke Kageyama, Robert E Gundersen
Guanine nucleotide-binding proteins (G proteins) act as molecular switches to regulate many fundamental cellular processes. The lipid modification, palmitoylation, can be considered as a key factor for proper G protein function and plasma membrane localization. In Dictyostelium discoidum, Gα2 is essential for the chemotactic response to cAMP in their developmental life cycle. However, the regulation of Gα2 with respect to palmitoylation, activation and Gβγ association is less clear. In this study, Gα2 is shown to be palmitoylated on Cys-4 by [3 H]palmitate labeling...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352728/differential-proteomic-analysis-of-synovial-fluid-from-hip-arthroplasty-patients-with-a-pseudotumor-vs-periprosthetic-osteolysis
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Isabelle Catelas, Eric A Lehoux, Zhibin Ning, Daniel Figeys, Stephen J Baskey, Paul E Beaulé
Adverse tissue reactions to metal implants, including pseudotumors, can compromise implant functionality and survivorship. The identification of specific proteins in the synovial fluid (SF) of hip arthroplasty patients with a pseudotumor may lead to a better understanding of the underlying pathomechanisms. The objective of the present study was to compare the protein content of SF from patients with a short-term metal-on-metal hip implant associated with a pseudotumor and patients with a long-term metal-on-polyethylene hip implant associated with periprosthetic osteolysis...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352721/hyperconnective-and-hypoconnective-cortical-and-subcortical-functional-networks-in-multiple-system-atrophy
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Johannes Rosskopf, Martin Gorges, Hans-Peter Müller, Elmar H Pinkhardt, Albert C Ludolph, Jan Kassubek
INTRODUCTION: In multiple system atrophy (MSA), the organization of the functional brain connectivity within cortical and subcortical networks and its clinical correlates remains to be investigated. METHODS: Whole-brain based 'resting-state' fMRI data were obtained from 22 MSA patients (11 MSA-C, 11 MSA-P) and 22 matched healthy controls, together with standardized clinical assessment and video-oculographic recordings (EyeLink®). RESULTS: MSA patients vs...
January 12, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352688/the-association-between-readmission-and-patient-experience-in-a-total-hip-arthroplasty-population
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BACKGROUND: Our goal was to determine whether readmissions within 30 or 90 days following discharge are associated with Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores for total hip arthroplasty (THA) patients. METHODS: HCAHPS surveys from all patients who underwent THA between January 2016 and September 2016 in our institution were analyzed. Readmissions, demographics, baseline joint pain, joint function, and Veterans RAND-12 scores were collected...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352684/long-term-outcome-of-hip-arthroplasty-in-the-setting-of-pigmented-villonodular-synovitis
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Meagan E Tibbo, Cody C Wyles, Peter S Rose, Franklin H Sim, Matthew T Houdek, Michael J Taunton
BACKGROUND: Pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is a rare, benign, painful proliferation of the synovium previously treated successfully with total hip arthroplasty (THA). Published results come from small series; therefore, the purpose of this study is to investigate the outcomes of THA in the setting of PVNS. METHODS: We identified 25 patients with histologically confirmed, diffuse PVNS who underwent THA between 1971 and 2013. Mean follow-up and age was 10 years and 39 years...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352683/discharge-to-inpatient-rehab-does-not-result-in-improved-functional-outcomes-following-primary-total-knee-arthroplasty
#15
Douglas E Padgett, Alexander B Christ, Amethia D Joseph, You-Yu Lee, Stephen B Haas, Stephen Lyman
BACKGROUND: Monitored rehabilitation has long been considered an essential part of the recovery process in total knee arthroplasty (TKA). However, the optimal setting for rehabilitation remains uncertain. We sought to determine whether inpatient rehabilitation settings result in improved functional and patient-reported outcomes after primary TKA. METHODS: All patients undergoing primary TKA from May 2007 to February 2011 were identified from our institutional total joint registry...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352677/surface-structure-and-tribology-of-legless-squamate-reptiles
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Hisham A Abdel-Aal
Squamate reptiles (around 10,000 species of snakes and lizards) comprise a myriad of distinct terrestrial vertebrates. The diversity within this biological group offers a great opportunity for customized bio-inspired solutions that address a variety of current technological problems especially within the realm of surface engineering and tribology. One subgroup within squamata is of interest in that context, namely the legless reptiles (mainly snakes and few lizards). The promise of that group lies within their functional adaptation as manifested in optimized surface designs and locomotion that is distinguished by economy of effort even when functioning within hostile tribological environments...
November 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352659/microwave-ablation-provides-better-survival-than-liver-resection-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-borderline-liver-function-application-of-albi-score-to-patient-selection
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Charing C N Chong, Kit-Fai Lee, Cheuk-Man Chu, Anthony W H Chan, John Wong, Stephen L Chan, Hon-Ting Lok, Andrew K Y Fung, Anthony K W Fong, Yue S Cheung, Simon C H Yu, Philip Johnson, Paul B S Lai
BACKGROUND: Studies comparing microwave ablation (MWA) and liver resection are lacking. This study evaluates the survival of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treated with liver resection or MWA and the role of Albumin-Bilirubin (ALBI) score in patient selection for treatments. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of patients who received curative liver resection or MWA for HCC. Propensity score matching was used at a 1:1 ratio. The value of ALBI grade for patient selection was evaluated...
January 15, 2018: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352657/electroencephalographic-monitoring-for-seizure-identification-and-prognosis-in-term-neonates
#18
REVIEW
Shavonne L Massey, Frances E Jensen, Nicholas S Abend
Seizures represent a manifestation of neurological disease in the neonatal period. Historically, neonatal seizures were identified by direct clinical observation. However, since most seizures are electroencephalographic (EEG)-only (subclinical, non-convulsive) and clinical manifestations may be subtle, many clinicians place increasing importance on EEG data including conventional EEG or amplitude-integrated EEG to identify seizures in neonates. Beyond seizure identification, the EEG is a robust source of information about brain function that can be useful for neurobehavioral prognostication in some neonates...
January 15, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352654/resistance-training-during-a-12-week-protein-supplemented-vlcd-treatment-enhances-weight-loss-outcomes-in-obese-patients
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Edward Jo, Phillip R Worts, Marcus L Elam, Ann Frost Brown, Andy V Khamoui, Do-Houn Kim, Ming-Chia Yeh, Michael J Ormsbee, Carla M Prado, Angelina Cain, Katie Snyder, Jeong-Su Kim
BACKGROUND: This investigation evaluated the efficacy by which resistance training enhances body composition, metabolic, and functional outcomes for obese patients undergoing a 12-week medically supervised hypocaloric treatment. METHODS: This was a single-blind, randomized, parallel-group prospective trial. Morbidly obese patients were prescribed a 12-week proprietary very low calorie diet (VLCD) treatment (Optifast®) with supplemental protein (1120 kcals/day) and were placed in one of two groups for 14 weeks: 1) Standard Treatment Control (CON) (n = 5) or 2) Resistance Training (RT) (n = 6)...
December 23, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352647/ifn-%C3%AE-and-tnf-%C3%AE-pre-licensing-protects-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-from-the-pro-inflammatory-effects-of-palmitate
#20
Lauren Boland, Anthony J Burand, Alex J Brown, Devlin Boyt, Vitor A Lira, James A Ankrum
The use of mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) therapy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and T2D complications is promising; however, the investigation of MSC function in the setting of T2D has not been thoroughly explored. In our current study, we investigated the phenotype and function of MSCs in a simulated in vitro T2D environment. We show that palmitate, but not glucose, exposure impairs MSC metabolic activity with moderate increases in apoptosis, while drastically affecting proliferation and morphology...
December 19, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
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