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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787037/effects-of-perinatal-exposure-to-dibutyltin-chloride-on-fat-and-glucose-metabolism-in-mice-and-molecular-mechanisms-in-vitro
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Raquel Chamorro-García, Bassem M Shoucri, Sigal Willner, Heidi Käch, Amanda Janesick, Bruce Blumberg
BACKGROUND: The organotin dibutyltin (DBT) is used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics, in construction materials, and in medical devices. Previous animal studies showed detrimental effects of DBT during in utero development at relatively high doses, but little was known about the effects of DBT exposure at environmentally relevant doses on endpoints such as obesity and metabolic disease. OBJECTIVES: We tested the potential obesogenic effects of DBT using in vitro and in vivo models...
May 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786763/mir-124-promotes-proliferation-and-neural-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells-through-targeting-dact1-and-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathways
#2
Shujie Jiao, Yaling Liu, Yaobing Yao, Junfang Teng
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are multipotent and undifferentiated cells with the potential to differentiate into neuronal lineages and gliocytes. NSCs have the ability to generate and regenerate the brain, indicating the possibility of cell-based therapies for neurological disorders. miR-124 has been demonstrated as a modulator in the survival, expansion, and differentiation of NSCs. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of miR-124 in NSC development are still far from being understood. The expressions of miR-124, dishevelled binding antagonist of beta-catenin 1 (DACT1), ki-67, Nestin, β-tubulin III, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), β-catenin, cyclinD1, and glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) were examined by qRT-PCR or western blot...
May 21, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786730/dimensional-control-of-supramolecular-assemblies-of-diacetylene-derived-peptide-gemini-amphiphile-from-spherical-micelles-to-foamlike-networks
#3
Hao Jiang, Martin Ehlers, Xiao-Yu Hu, Elio Zellermann, Carsten Schmuck
Peptide amphiphiles capable of assembling into multidimensional nanostructures have attracted much attention over the past decade due to their potential applications in materials science. Herein, a novel diacetylene-derived peptide gemini amphiphile with a fluorenylmethyloxycarbonyl (Fmoc) group at the N-terminus is reported to hierarchically assemble into spherical micelles, one-dimensional nanorods, two-dimensional foamlike networks and lamellae. Solvent polarity shows a remarkable effect on the self-assembled structures by changing the balance of four weak noncovalent interactions (hydrogen-bonding, π-π stacking, hydrophobic interaction, and electrostatic repulsion)...
May 22, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786704/peri-implant-tissue-score-pits-as-a-measure-of-success-applied-to-869-dental-implants-from-a-retrospective-clinical-study
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Zbyněk Mazur, Ladislav Korábek, Daniel Mazur
OBJECTIVE: This article presents a methodology of a comprehensive score for assessment and monitoring of dental implant success from the peri-implant tissue perspective. It involves only standard and minimally invasive techniques accessible to general dental practices, without the need for special equipment. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The proposed score methodology combines existing consensual global knowledge regarding aspects of dental implant success with the standard examination tools accepted for regular recall assessment...
May 17, 2018: Quintessence International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786562/application-of-hepatocyte-like-cells-to-enhance-hepatic-safety-risk-assessment-in-drug-discovery
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Dominic P Williams
Hepatic stress and injury from drugs continues to be a major concern within the pharmaceutical industry, leading to preclinical and clinical attrition precautionary warnings and post-market withdrawal of drugs. There is a requirement for more predictive and mechanistically accurate models to aid risk assessment. Primary human hepatocytes, subject to isolation stress, cryopreservation, donor-to-donor variation and a relatively short period of functional capability in two-dimensional cultures, are not suitable for high-throughput screening procedures...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786560/microfabrication-of-liver-and-heart-tissues-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
Grace E Brown, Salman R Khetani
Drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity remain among the leading causes of preclinical and clinical drug attrition, marketplace drug withdrawals and black-box warnings on marketed drugs. Unfortunately, animal testing has proven to be insufficient for accurately predicting drug-induced liver- and cardiotoxicity across many drug classes, likely due to significant differences in tissue functions across species. Thus, the field of in vitro human tissue engineering has gained increasing importance over the last 10 years...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786558/new-substrates-for-stem-cell-control
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Sara Schmidt, Annamaria Lilienkampf, Mark Bradley
The capacity to culture stem cells in a controllable, robust and scalable manner is necessary in order to develop successful strategies for the generation of cellular and tissue platforms for drug screening, toxicity testing, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Creating substrates that support the expansion, maintenance or directional differentiation of stem cells would greatly aid these efforts. Optimally, the substrates used should be chemically defined and synthetically scalable, allowing growth under defined, serum-free culture conditions...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786009/comparison-of-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-and-fundus-fluorescein-angiography-features-of-retinal-capillary-hemangioblastoma
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Pradeep Sagar, R Rajesh, Mahesh Shanmugam, Vinaya Kumar Konana, Divyansh Mishra
The aim of this study is to compare the optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) and fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) features of retinal capillary hemangioblastoma (RCH). This is an observational case series of three patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease and one patient with juxtapapillary RCH. All patients underwent FFA with a mydriatic fundus camera and OCTA with swept-source angio OCT. The FFA and OCTA characteristics of tumors were compared. In our series, FFA could identify tumors as small as the width of a third-order retinal artery, which was missed on clinical examination...
June 2018: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786002/eyelid-kaposi-sarcoma-in-an-hiv-negative-patient
#9
Jose Manuel Abalo-Lojo, Ihab Abdulkader-Nallib, Laura Martínez Pérez, Francisco Gonzalez
Kaposi sarcoma (KS) is a low-grade, multicentric vascular neoplasm. Most commonly, it involves the skin, but it can occur at any site on the body. The cutaneous lesions are often located on the lower legs, genitalia, oral mucosa, and face. KS is categorized in four different types: classic, endemic, epidemic or AIDS associated, and transplantation associated. We report a case of HIV-negative, classic KS located on the eyelid. The eyelid lesion was completely excised, and after a 1-year follow-up, no recurrences were observed...
June 2018: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785973/effect-of-systematic-desensitization-training-on-acceptable-noise-levels-in-adults-with-normal-hearing-sensitivity
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Arivudainambi Pitchaimuthu, Anshul Arora, Jayashree S Bhat, Vibha Kanagokar
Context: The willingness of a person to accept noise while listening to speech can be measured using the acceptable noise level (ANL) test. Individuals with poor ANL are unlikely to become successful hearing aid users. Hence, it is important to enhance the individual's ability to accept noise levels. The current study was an attempt to investigate whether systematic desensitization training can improve the ANL in individuals having high ANL. Aims: To investigate the effect of systematic desensitization training on ANLs in individuals with normal hearing sensitivity...
May 2018: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785919/genomic-selection-in-dairy-cattle-simulated-populations
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Leonardo de Oliveira Seno, Diego Gomes Freire Guidolin, Rusbel Raul Aspilcueta-Borquis, Guilherme Batista do Nascimento, Thiago Bruno Ribeiro da Silva, Henrique Nunes de Oliveira, Danísio Prado Munari
Genomic selection is arguably the most promising tool for improving genetic gain in domestic animals to emerge in the last few decades, but is an expensive process. The aim of this study was to evaluate the economic impact related to the implementation of genomic selection in a simulated dairy cattle population. The software QMSim was used to simulate genomic and phenotypic data. The simulated genome contained 30 chromosomes with 100 cm each, 1666 SNPs markers equally spread and 266 QTLs randomly designated for each chromosome...
May 2018: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785852/syntheses-of-gibberellins-a-15-and-a-24-the-key-metabolites-in-gibberellin-biosynthesis
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David J-Y D Bon, Lewis Norman Mander, Ping Lan
Gibberellins (GAs) are essential phytohormones involved in numerous aspects of plant growth and development. Notably, the biochemistry and genetics of GA biosynthesis which is associated with their endogenous regulation has been largely resolved, however, a crucial unsolved question remains: the precise mechanism of the stepwise oxidation and subsequent removal of C-20 from C20-precursors leading to bioactive C19 gibberellins is still unresolved. In order to satisfy numerous requests from biologists, practical preparations of certain GAs that were isolated in miniscule quantities are highly demanded...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785703/a-cross-sectional-study-evaluating-the-use-of-free-clinics-in-syracuse-ny-patient-demographics-and-barriers-to-accessing-healthcare-in-traditional-settings
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Simone Arvisais-Anhalt, Matthew MacDougall, Michael Rosenthal, Peter Congelosi, Daniel F Farrell, Paula Rosenbaum
Free clinics provide healthcare to underserved patient populations, playing a critical role in the medical safety-net. Syracuse, New York has notable racial, socioeconomic, and educational disparities and is home to four free clinics. Little is known about these clinics' patient population. This study attempts to better define this population and the barriers they face accessing traditional care. We developed a 27-question survey investigating patient demographics, barriers to traditional healthcare, and experience at local free clinics...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785662/the-timing-and-circumstances-of-the-implementation-of-pediatric-palliative-care-in-hungarian-pediatric-oncology
#14
Judit Nyirő, Szilvia Zörgő, Földesi Enikő, Katalin Hegedűs, Péter Hauser
Despite the continuous improvement of pediatric palliative care, medical professionals still face various barriers regarding its implementation; our aim was to investigate this question in Hungarian pediatric oncology practice. Structured interviews were carried out in person with physicians from the Hungarian Pediatric Oncology Group (n = 22). Codes were generated inductively with the aid of Atlas.ti 6.0 software. Most physicians placed the palliative care discussion at the end of curative treatment (n = 21) and preferred to conduct it in a team setting (n = 18), mainly in the presence of a psychologist...
May 21, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785658/incidence-and-risk-factors-for-positive-urine-culture-at-the-time-of-pediatric-urologic-surgery
#15
Michael A Maccini, David J Chalmers, Vijaya M Vemulakonda, Jeffrey B Campbell
PURPOSE: Urinary tract infections are relatively common in pediatric patients. Unrecognized bacteriuria at the time of urologic surgery puts patients at increased risk for perioperative complications. Many pediatric urologists obtain preoperative or intraoperative urine cultures prior to surgery, but data are lacking regarding rates and risk factors for positive intraoperative urine cultures. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients undergoing pediatric urologic surgery to examine factors associated with positive intraoperative urine cultures...
May 21, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785580/a-comprehensive-review-and-meta-analysis-of-risk-factors-for-statin-induced-myopathy
#16
REVIEW
Khoa A Nguyen, Lang Li, Deshun Lu, Aida Yazdanparast, Lei Wang, Rolf P Kreutz, Elizabeth C Whipple, Titus K Schleyer
PURPOSE: To aid prescribers in assessing a patient's risk for statin-induced myopathy (SIM), we performed a comprehensive review of currently known risk factors and calculated aggregated odds ratios for each risk factor through a meta-analysis. METHODS: This meta-analysis was done through four phases: (1) Identification of the relevant primary literature; (2) abstract screening using inclusion and exclusion criteria; (3) detailed review and data extraction; and (4) synthesis and statistical analysis...
May 22, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785534/an-enzyme-free-homogenous-electrochemical-assay-for-sensitive-detection-of-the-plasmid-mediated-colistin-resistance-gene-mcr-1
#17
Bo Li, Zhixin Chai, Xiaohui Yan, Chunchen Liu, Bo Situ, Ye Zhang, Weilun Pan, Shihua Luo, Jianhua Liu, Lei Zheng
Antibiotic resistance associated with the mcr-1 gene of Gram-negative bacteria, which confers resistance to drugs of last resort and has the potential to spread via plasmids, is one of the most pressing issues facing global health today. Point-of-care testing for the mcr-1 gene is needed to aid in the identification of colistin resistance in the field and to control its horizontal transmission. Here, we report the successful development of an enzyme-free homogenous electrochemical strategy for sensitive detection of the antibiotic resistance gene mcr-1 using the hybridization chain reaction and mcr-1-specific toehold probe...
May 22, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785491/follow-up-of-negative-mri-targeted-prostate-biopsies-when-are-we-missing-cancer
#18
Samuel A Gold, Graham R Hale, Jonathan B Bloom, Clayton P Smith, Kareem N Rayn, Vladimir Valera, Bradford J Wood, Peter L Choyke, Baris Turkbey, Peter A Pinto
INTRODUCTION: Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) has improved clinicians' ability to detect clinically significant prostate cancer (csPCa). Combining or fusing these images with the real-time imaging of transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) allows urologists to better sample lesions with a targeted biopsy (Tbx) leading to the detection of greater rates of csPCa and decreased rates of low-risk PCa. In this review, we evaluate the technical aspects of the mpMRI-guided Tbx procedure to identify possible sources of error and provide clinical context to a negative Tbx...
May 21, 2018: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785391/how-monte-carlo-heuristics-aid-to-identify-the-physical-processes-of-drug-release-kinetics
#19
Paola Lecca
We implement a Monte Carlo heuristic algorithm to model drug release from a solid dosage form. We show that with Monte Carlo simulations it is possible to identify and explain the causes of the unsatisfactory predictive power of current drug release models. It is well known that the power-law, the exponential models, as well as those derived from or inspired by them accurately reproduce only the first 60% of the release curve of a drug from a dosage form. In this study, by using Monte Carlo simulation approaches, we show that these models fit quite accurately almost the entire release profile when the release kinetics is not governed by the coexistence of different physico-chemical mechanisms...
2018: MethodsX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785292/thoracoscopic-stapler-based-bidirectional-segmentectomy-for-posterior-basal-segment-s10-and-its-variants
#20
Masaaki Sato, Tomonori Murayama, Jun Nakajima
Thoracoscopic segmentectomy for the posterior basal segment (S10) and its variant (e.g., S9+10 and S10b+c combined subsegmentectomy) is one of the most challenging anatomical segmentectomies. Stapler-based segmentectomy is attractive to simplify the operation and to prevent post-operative air leakage. However, this approach makes thoracoscopic S10 segmentectomy even more tricky. The challenges are caused mostly from the following three reasons: first, similar to other basal segments, "three-dimensional" stapling is needed to fold a cuboidal segment; second, the belonging pulmonary artery is not directly facing the interlobar fissure or the hilum, making identification of target artery difficult; third, the anatomy of S10 and adjacent segments such as superior (S6) and medial basal (S7) is variable...
April 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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