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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430165/treatments-for-latrodectism-a-systematic-review-on-their-clinical-effectiveness
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REVIEW
Nicole M Ryan, Nicholas A Buckley, Andis Graudins
Latrodectism or envenomation by widow-spiders is common and clinically significant worldwide. Alpha-latrotoxin is the mammalian-specific toxin in the venom that results in toxic effects observed in humans. Symptoms may be incapacitating and include severe pain that can persist for days. The management of mild to moderate latrodectism is primarily supportive while severe cases have variously been treated with intravenous calcium, muscle relaxants, widow-spider antivenom and analgesic opioids. The object of this systematic review is to examine the literature on the clinical effectiveness of past and current treatments for latrodectism...
April 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429533/impact-of-adverse-drug-events-and-treatment-satisfaction-on-patient-adherence-with-antihypertensive-medication-a-study-in-ambulatory-patients
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Derbew Fikadu Berhe, Katja Taxis, Flora M Haaijer-Ruskamp, Afework Mulugeta, Yewondwossen Tadesse Mengistu, Johannes G M Burgerhof, Peter G M Mol
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of adverse drug events (ADEs) and treatment satisfaction on antihypertensive medication adherence. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in six public hospitals in Ethiopia. We included adult ambulatory patients on antihypertensive medication. Adherence was measured with the 8-point Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8), categorized in low (0-5), medium (6-7), and high (=8) adherence. Treatment satisfaction was measured using the Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication (TSQM) version 1...
April 21, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427913/predicting-the-stone-composition-of-children-preoperatively-by-hounsfield-unit-detection-on-non-contrast-computed-tomography
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Mesut Altan, Burak Çitamak, Ali Cansu Bozaci, Altan Güneş, Hasan Serkan Doğan, Mithat Haliloğlu, Serdar Tekgül
INTRODUCTION: Many studies have been performed on adult patients to reveal the relationship between Hounsfield unit (HU) value and composition of stone, but none have focused on childhood. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to predict stone composition by HU properties in pre-intervention non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT) in children. This could help to orient patients towards more successful interventions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 94 children, whose pre-intervention NCCT and post-interventional stone analysis were available were included...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427885/prognostic-scoring-system-to-risk-stratify-parathyroid-carcinoma
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Angelica M Silva-Figueroa, Kenneth R Hess, Michelle D Williams, Callisia N Clarke, Ioannis Christakis, Paul H Graham, Elizabeth G Grubbs, Jeffrey E Lee, Naifa L Busaidy, Nancy D Perrier
BACKGROUND: Parathyroid carcinoma is a rare endocrine malignancy that lacks an established system for risk categorization. This study evaluated a prognostic scoring system for recurrence-free survival (RFS) of patients with parathyroid carcinoma. STUDY DESIGN: Patients diagnosed and confirmed to have parathyroid carcinoma and who were treated between 1980 and 2016 at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center were studied retrospectively. Univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression analyses of RFS were conducted...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427004/enzymatic-activity-of-the-cam-pde1-system-upon-addition-of-actinyl-ions
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Florian Brulfert, Samir Safi, Aurélie Jeanson, Harald Foerstendorf, Stephan Weiss, Catherine Berthomieu, Sandrine Sauge-Merle, Éric Simoni
The threat of a dirty bomb which could cause internal contamination has been of major concern for the past decades. Because of their high chemical toxicity and their presence in the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium and neptunium are two actinides of high interest. Calmodulin (CaM) which is a ubiquitous protein present in all eukaryotic cells and is involved in calcium-dependent signaling pathways has a known affinity for uranyl and neptunyl ions. The impact of the complexation of these actinides on the physiological response of the protein remains, however, largely unknown...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426964/ipsc-derived-human-microglia-like-cells-to-study-neurological-diseases
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Edsel M Abud, Ricardo N Ramirez, Eric S Martinez, Luke M Healy, Cecilia H H Nguyen, Sean A Newman, Andriy V Yeromin, Vanessa M Scarfone, Samuel E Marsh, Cristhian Fimbres, Chad A Caraway, Gianna M Fote, Abdullah M Madany, Anshu Agrawal, Rakez Kayed, Karen H Gylys, Michael D Cahalan, Brian J Cummings, Jack P Antel, Ali Mortazavi, Monica J Carson, Wayne W Poon, Mathew Blurton-Jones
Microglia play critical roles in brain development, homeostasis, and neurological disorders. Here, we report that human microglial-like cells (iMGLs) can be differentiated from iPSCs to study their function in neurological diseases, like Alzheimer's disease (AD). We find that iMGLs develop in vitro similarly to microglia in vivo, and whole-transcriptome analysis demonstrates that they are highly similar to cultured adult and fetal human microglia. Functional assessment of iMGLs reveals that they secrete cytokines in response to inflammatory stimuli, migrate and undergo calcium transients, and robustly phagocytose CNS substrates...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426939/high-throughput-agonist-shift-assay-development-for-the-analysis-of-m1-positive-allosteric-modulators
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Michelle F Homsher, Douglas C Beshore, Jason Cassaday, Brian Squadroni, Elizabeth Mohammed, Michelle Hartnett, Stephen Day, Lei Ma, David Pechter, Michelle D Smith, Fredrick Monsma, Paul Zuck, Michael F Finley, Victor N Uebele, Jeffrey D Hermes
Agonist shift assays feature cross-titrations of allosteric modulators and orthosteric ligands. Information generated in agonist shift assays can include a modulator's effect on the orthosteric agonist's potency (alpha) and efficacy (beta), as well as direct agonist activity of the allosteric ligand (tauB) and the intrinsic binding affinity of the modulator to the unoccupied receptor (KB). Because of the heavy resource demand and complex data handling, these allosteric parameters are determined infrequently during the course of a drug discovery program and on a relatively small subset of compounds...
April 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426935/manipulation-of-mg2-ca2-switch-on-the-development-of-bone-mimetic-hydroxyapatite
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Nancy C Andrés, Noelia L D'Elía, Juan M Ruso, Adrián Esteban Campelo, Virginia L Massheimer, Paula V Messina
Ionic substitution can affect essential physicochemical properties leading to a specific biological behavior upon implantation. Therefore it has been proposed as a tool to increase the biological efficiency of calcium phosphate based materials. In the following study we have evaluated the contribution of an important cation in nature, Mg2+, into the structure of previously studied biocompatible and biodegradable hydroxyapatite (HA) nano-rods and its subsequent effect on its chemical, morphology and bone mimetic articulation...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426183/mass-production-of-cell-laden-calcium-alginate-particles-with-centrifugal-force
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Yuya Morimoto, Maiko Onuki, Shoji Takeuchi
This paper describes a centrifuge-based device for oil-free and mass production of calcium-alginate (Ca-alginate) particles. The device is composed of four components: a tank with a glass capillary for forming sodium alginate droplets, a collecting bath with calcium chloride (CaCl2 ) solution, a waste liquid box, and a bypass channel bridged between the collecting bath and the waste liquid box. When the device is centrifuged, extra CaCl2 solution in the collecting bath is delivered to the waste liquid box to maintain the appropriate liquid level of CaCl2 solution for the production of monodisperse Ca-alginate particles...
April 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425919/cell-behavior-of-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-response-to-silica-collagen-based-xerogels-and-calcium-deficient-culture-conditions
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Alena Wagner, Kristina Glenske, Anja Henß, Benjamin Kruppke, Sina Rößler, Thomas Hanke, Andreas Moritz, Marcus Rohnke, Monika Kressin, Stefan Arnhold, Reinhard Schnettler, Sabine Wenisch
Presently, we aim to elucidate osteogenic effects of two silica-based xerogels with different degrees of bioactivity on human bone-derived mesenchymal stromal cells. By means of scanning electron microscopy and quantitative PCR enhanced osteogenic effects and the formation of an extracellular matrix could be ascribed to the sample with lower bioactivity. Given the high levels of bioactivity, the cells revealed remarkable sensitivity to extremely low calcium levels of the media. Therefore, additional experiments were performed to elucidate cell behavior under calcium deficient conditions...
April 20, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425696/granadilla-inspired-structure-design-for-conversion-alloy-reaction-electrode-with-integrated-lithium-storage-behaviors
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Chaoji Chen, Linfeng Peng, Yiju Li, Lei Zhang, Jingwei Xiang, Pei Hu, Shijie Cheng, Yunhui Huang, Jia Xie
Conversion/alloy-reaction electrode materials promise much higher energy density than the commonly used ones based on intercalation chemistries. However, the low electronic conductivity, and specially the large volume expansion upon lithiation hinder their practical applications. Here for the first time, a unique granadilla-inspired structure was designed to prepare the conversion/alloy-reaction anode of carbon coated tin/calcium tin oxide (C@void@Sn/CaSnO3) ternary composite. The granadilla-inspired structure ensures the intimate contact between the Sn/CaSnO3 nanoparticles and the carbon matrix, providing not only conductive networks for electron transport and short distance for Li+ diffusion but also effective space for the electrode volume-expansion towards conversion/alloy reaction...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425226/a-review-of-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-with-new-guidelines
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Serdar Kula, Ayhan Pektaş
This study aims to review pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) by comparing the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the European Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease Network (EPPVDN). All three sets of guidelines define PH as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure of ≥25 mmHg and accept the validity of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. Every child with a high index of suspicion for PH should undergo an initial work-up of chest X-rays, electrocardiography, and echocardiography...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424932/inverse-relationship-of-ca-2-dependent-flagellar-response-between-animal-sperm-and-prasinophyte-algae
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Kogiku Shiba, Kazuo Inaba
Symmetry/asymmetry conversion of eukaryotic flagellar waveform is caused by the changes in intracellular Ca(2+). Animal sperm flagella show symmetric or asymmetric waveform at lower or higher concentration of intracellular Ca(2+), respectively. In Chlamydomonas, high Ca(2+) induces conversion of flagellar waveform from asymmetric to symmetry, resulting in the backward movement. This mirror image relationship between animal sperm and Chlamydomonas could be explained by the distinct calcium sensors used to regulate the outer arm dyneins (Inaba 2015)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424631/mechanisms-underlying-the-emergence-of-post-acidosis-arrhythmia-at-the-tissue-level-a-theoretical-study
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Jieyun Bai, Renli Yin, Kuanquan Wang, Henggui Zhang
Acidosis has complex electrophysiological effects, which are associated with a high recurrence of ventricular arrhythmias. Through multi-scale cardiac computer modeling, this study investigated the mechanisms underlying the emergence of post-acidosis arrhythmia at the tissue level. In simulations, ten Tusscher-Panfilov ventricular model was modified to incorporate various data on acidosis-induced alterations of cellular electrophysiology and intercellular electrical coupling. The single cell models were incorporated into multicellular one-dimensional (1D) fiber and 2D sheet tissue models...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424343/interactive-effects-of-temperature-food-and-skeletal-mineralogy-mediate-biological-responses-to-ocean-acidification-in-a-widely-distributed-bryozoan
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Daniel S Swezey, Jessica R Bean, Aaron T Ninokawa, Tessa M Hill, Brian Gaylord, Eric Sanford
Marine invertebrates with skeletons made of high-magnesium calcite may be especially susceptible to ocean acidification (OA) due to the elevated solubility of this form of calcium carbonate. However, skeletal composition can vary plastically within some species, and it is largely unknown how concurrent changes in multiple oceanographic parameters will interact to affect skeletal mineralogy, growth and vulnerability to future OA. We explored these interactive effects by culturing genetic clones of the bryozoan Jellyella tuberculata (formerly Membranipora tuberculata) under factorial combinations of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature and food concentrations...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423508/annexin-a13-promotes-tumor-cell-invasion-in-vitro-and-is-associated-with-metastasis-in-human-colorectal-cancer
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Guozhong Jiang, Pengju Wang, Weiwei Wang, Wencai Li, Liping Dai, Kuisheng Chen
PURPOSE: Aberrantly upregulated expression of selected members of annexin, a group of calcium- and membrane-binding proteins, have been found to be associated with metastasis, poor prognosis, and other clinical characteristics in colorectal cancer (CRC), the third most diagnosed cancer. However, ANXA13 (encoding protein annexin A13), the original founder gene of the annexin A family, has not been studied carefully as a potential prognostic biomarker in CRC. METHODS: The protein level of annexin A13 was determined by western blot in a panel of CRC cell lines...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423480/the-effect-of-high-dose-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-muscular-function-and-quality-of-life-in-postmenopausal-women-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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G Grimnes, N Emaus, K D Cashman, R Jorde
OBJECTIVE: Observational studies have suggested positive associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels and muscular strength, balance and quality of life. Our aim was to examine whether high-dose vitamin D supplementation would improve these measures as compared to standard-dose vitamin D, as well as the possible muscular effects of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes encoding vitamin D-related enzymes. DESIGN: A 12-month randomized, double-blind, controlled trial where the participants received daily elemental calcium (1,000 mg) plus vitamin D3 (800 IU)...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422648/fast-and-stable-signal-deconvolution-via-compressible-state-space-models
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Abbas Kazemipour, Ji Liu, Krystyna Solarana, Daniel Nagode, Patrick Kanold, Min Wu, Behtash Babadi
OBJECTIVE: Common biological measurements are in the form of noisy convolutions of signals of interest with possibly unknown and transient blurring kernels. Examples include EEG and calcium imaging data. Thus, signal deconvolution of these measurements is crucial in understanding the underlying biological processes. The objective of this paper is to develop fast and stable solutions for signal deconvolution from noisy, blurred and undersampled data, where the signals are in the form of discrete events distributed in time and space...
April 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421533/changes-in-the-prefrontal-glutamatergic-and-parvalbumin-systems-of-mice-exposed-to-unpredictable-chronic-stress
#19
Ryan Shepard, Laurence Coutellier
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is highly sensitive to the effects of stress, a known risk factor of mood disorders including anxiety and depression. Abnormalities in PFC functioning have been well described in humans displaying stress-induced depressive symptoms, and hypoactivity of the PFC is now recognized to be a key feature of the depressed brain. However, little is known about the causes and mechanisms leading to this altered prefrontal functional activity in the context of stress-related mood disorders. We previously showed that unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS) in mice increases prefrontal expression of parvalbumin (PV), an activity-dependent calcium-binding albumin protein expressed in a specific subtype of GABAergic neurons, highlighting a potential mechanism through which chronic stress leads to hypofunction of the PFC...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421381/lactase-non-persistence-and-lactose-intolerance
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REVIEW
Theodore M Bayless, Elizabeth Brown, David M Paige
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To evaluate the clinical and nutritional significance of genetically determined lactase non-persistence and potential lactose and milk intolerance in 65-70% of the world's adult population. RECENT FINDINGS: Milk consumption is decreasing in the USA and is the lowest in countries with a high prevalence of lactase non-persistence. The dairy industry and Minnesota investigators have made efforts to minimize the influence of lactose intolerance on milk consumption...
May 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
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