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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431863/the-myometrial-contractility-during-late-pregnancy-in-dairy-cows-in-vitro
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L Górriz-Martín, S E Ulbrich, M Schmicke, G Hirsbrunner, C Keller, N Yücesoy, C Pfarrer, H Bollwein, M Heppelmann
This study aimed to investigate the in vitro contractility of the myometrium and its relationship to the blood concentrations of estradiol-17β (E2β), progesterone (P4), 15-keto-13,14-dihydro-PGF2α (PGFM) and ionised calcium (Ca(2+)) prior to tissue harvest in 12 healthy Holstein-Friesian cows in late pregnancy. Three circular (CM) and 3 longitudinal myometrial (LM) strips were dissected during a caesarean section and mounted in an organ bath containing modified Krebs solution (KS). The spontaneous contractility was recorded during five 30-min time periods (T1 to T5), after which the strips were exposed to increasing concentrations of oxytocin (OT; 10(-10)-10(-7)M), a natural PGF2α-analogue (PGF; 10(-7)-10(-4)M) and KS (Cont) for four 30-min time periods (T6 to T9)...
April 7, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430573/roles-of-physicians-and-health-care-systems-in-difficult-clinical-encounters
#2
Elizabeth S Goldsmith, Erin E Krebs
Physicians are, by definition, contributing partners in "difficult" patient-physician encounters. Although research on relevant physician qualities is limited, common themes mirror the more extensive literature on physician burnout. Focusing on primary care, we discuss physician-level factors in difficult encounters related to psychosocial attitudes and self-awareness, communication skills, and practice environments. Potential approaches to mitigating these factors include changes to medical training, such as structured peer case discussion groups and communication skills development, and changes to workplace environments, such as integrated mental health...
April 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429868/clarification-of-serotonin-induced-effects-in-peripheral-artery-disease-observed-through-the-femoral-artery-response-in-models-of-diabetes-and-vascular-occlusion-the-role-of-calcium-ions
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Marko Stojanović, Milica Prostran, Radmila Janković, Miroslav Radenković
Recent findings have demonstrated that serotonin is an important participant in the development and progression of peripheral artery diseases. Taking this into consideration, the goals of this study were to investigate the effects of serotonin on isolated Wistar rat femoral arteries in both healthy and diabetic animals, with and without artery occlusion, with a particular focus on determining the role of calcium in this process. Contraction experiments with serotonin on intact and denuded femoral artery rings, in the presence or absence of nifedipine and ouabain (both separately, or in combination), as well as Ca(2+) -free Krebs-Ringer bicarbonate solution were performed...
April 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429330/growth-kinetics-fatty-acid-composition-and-metabolic-activity-changes-of-crypthecodinium-cohnii-under-different-nitrogen-source-and-concentration
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Waseem Safdar, Muhammad Shamoon, Xinyi Zan, Junaid Haider, Hafiz Rizwan Sharif, Muhammad Shoaib, Yuanda Song
The effect of varying concentrations of the nitrogen source on the growth kinetics, lipid accumulation, lipid and DHA productivity, and fatty acid composition of C. cohnii was elucidated. Growth of C. cohnii was in three distinct growth stages: cell growth, lipid accumulation and a final lipid turnover stage. Most of lipids were accumulated in lipid accumulation stage (48-120 h) though, slow growth rate was observed during this stage. NaNO3 supported significantly higher lipid content (26.9% of DCW), DHA content (0...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425589/national-rates-of-uterine-rupture-are-not-associated-with-rates-of-previous-caesarean-delivery-results-from-the-nordic-obstetric-surveillance-study
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Lotte B Colmorn, Jens Langhoff-Roos, Maija Jakobsson, Anna-Maija Tapper, Mika Gissler, Pelle G Lindqvist, Karin Källen, Karin Gottvall, Kari Klungsøyr, Per Bøhrdahl, Ragnhild I Bjarnadóttir, Lone Krebs
BACKGROUND: Previous caesarean delivery and intended mode of delivery after caesarean are well-known individual risk factors for uterine rupture. We examined if different national rates of uterine rupture are associated with differences in national rates of previous caesarean delivery and intended mode of delivery after a previous caesarean delivery. METHODS: This study is an ecological study based on data from a retrospective cohort in the Nordic countries. Data on uterine rupture were collected prospectively in each country as part of the Nordic obstetric surveillance study and included 91% of all Nordic deliveries...
April 20, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424260/upregulation-of-zinc-absorption-matches-increases-in-physiologic-requirements-for-zinc-in-women-consuming-high-or-moderate-phytate-diets-during-late-pregnancy-and-early-lactation
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K Michael Hambidge, Leland V Miller, Manolo Mazariegos, Jamie Westcott, Noel W Solomons, Victor Raboy, Jennifer F Kemp, Abhik Das, Norman Goco, Ty Hartwell, Linda Wright, Nancy F Krebs
Background: Estimated physiologic requirements (PRs) for zinc increase in late pregnancy and early lactation, but the effect on dietary zinc requirements is uncertain.Objective: The aim of this study was to determine changes in daily fractional absorbed zinc and total absorbed zinc (TAZ) from ad libitum diets of differing phytate contents in relation to physiologic zinc requirements during pregnancy and lactation.Methods: This was a prospective observational study of zinc absorption at 8 (phase 1) and 34 (phase 2) wk of gestation and 2 (phase 3) and 6 (phase 4) mo of lactation...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424233/cluh-couples-mitochondrial-distribution-to-the-energetic-and-metabolic-status
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Jamal Wakim, David Goudenege, Rodolphe Perrot, Naig Gueguen, Valerie Desquiret-Dumas, Juan Manuel Chao de la Barca, Ilaria Dalla Rosa, Florence Manero, Morgane Le Mao, Stephanie Chupin, Arnaud Chevrollier, Vincent Procaccio, Dominique Bonneau, David C Logan, Pascal Reynier, Guy Lenaers, Salim Khiati
Mitochondrial dynamics and distribution are critical in supplying ATP in response to energy demand. CLUH is a protein involved in mitochondrial distribution, whose dysfunction leads to mitochondrial clustering, the metabolic consequences of which remain unknown. To gain insight into the role of CLUH on mitochondrial energy production and cellular metabolism, we have generated CLUH knockout cells using CRISPR/Cas9. Mitochondrial clustering was associated with a smaller cell size, and with decreased abundance of respiratory complexes, resulting in OXPHOS defects...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423352/prospective-serum-metabolomic-profile-of-prostate-cancer-by-size-and-extent-of-primary-tumor
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Jiaqi Huang, Alison M Mondul, Stephanie J Weinstein, Edward D Karoly, Joshua N Sampson, Demetrius Albanes
Two recent investigations found serum lipid and energy metabolites related to aggressive prostate cancer up to 20 years prior to diagnosis. To elucidate whether those metabolomic profiles represent etiologic or tumor biomarker signals, we prospectively examined serum metabolites of prostate cancer cases by size and extent of primary tumors in a nested case-control analysis in the ATBC Study cohort that compared cases diagnosed with T2 (n = 71), T3 (n = 51), or T4 (n = 15) disease to controls (n = 200). Time from fasting serum collection to diagnosis averaged 10 years (range 1-20)...
April 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420717/heart-lipids-and-hormones
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Peter Wolf, Yvonne Winhofer, Martin Krssak, Michael Krebs
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in general population. Besides well known risk factors like hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance and dyslipidemia, growing evidence suggests that also hormonal changes in various endocrine diseases impact cardiac morphology and function. Recent studies highlight the importance of ectopic intracellular myocardial and pericardial lipid deposition, since even slight changes of these fat depots are associated with alterations in cardiac performance. In this review we overview the effects of hormones, including insulin, thyroid hormones, growth hormone and cortisol, on heart function, focusing on their impact on myocardial lipid metabolism, cardiac substrate utilization and ectopic lipid deposition, in order to highlight the important role of even subtle hormonal changes for heart function in various endocrine and metabolic diseases...
April 18, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419197/inhibition-of-sarcolemmal-fat-cd36-by-sulfo-n-succinimidyl-oleate-rapidly-corrects-metabolism-and-restores-function-in-the-diabetic-heart-following-hypoxia-reoxygenation
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Latt S Mansor, Maria da Luz Sousa Fialho, Georgina Yea, Will A Coumans, James A West, Matthew Kerr, Carolyn A Carr, Joost J F P Luiken, Jan F C Glatz, Rhys D Evans, Julian L Griffin, Damian J Tyler, Kieran Clarke, Lisa C Heather
Aims: The type 2 diabetic heart oxidizes more fat and less glucose, which can impair metabolic flexibility and function. Increased sarcolemmal fatty acid translocase (FAT/CD36) imports more fatty acid into the diabetic myocardium, feeding increased fatty acid oxidation and elevated lipid deposition. Unlike other metabolic modulators that target mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation, we proposed that pharmacologically inhibiting fatty acid uptake, as the primary step in the pathway, would provide an alternative mechanism to rebalance metabolism and prevent lipid accumulation following hypoxic stress...
April 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418387/mitochondria-are-the-powerhouses-of-immunity
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Evanna L Mills, Beth Kelly, Luke A J O'Neill
Recent evidence indicates that mitochondria lie at the heart of immunity. Mitochondrial DNA acts as a danger-associated molecular pattern (DAMP), and the mitochondrial outer membrane is a platform for signaling molecules such as MAVS in RIG-I signaling, and for the NLRP3 inflammasome. Mitochondrial biogenesis, fusion and fission have roles in aspects of immune-cell activation. Most important, Krebs cycle intermediates such as succinate, fumarate and citrate engage in processes related to immunity and inflammation, in both innate and adaptive immune cells...
April 18, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414315/the-emt-activator-zeb1-is-a-key-factor-for-cell-plasticity-and-promotes-metastasis-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Angela M Krebs, Julia Mitschke, María Lasierra Losada, Otto Schmalhofer, Melanie Boerries, Hauke Busch, Martin Boettcher, Dimitrios Mougiakakos, Wilfried Reichardt, Peter Bronsert, Valerie G Brunton, Christian Pilarsky, Thomas H Winkler, Simone Brabletz, Marc P Stemmler, Thomas Brabletz
Metastasis is the major cause of cancer-associated death. Partial activation of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition program (partial EMT) was considered a major driver of tumour progression from initiation to metastasis. However, the role of EMT in promoting metastasis has recently been challenged, in particular concerning effects of the Snail and Twist EMT transcription factors (EMT-TFs) in pancreatic cancer. In contrast, we show here that in the same pancreatic cancer model, driven by Pdx1-cre-mediated activation of mutant Kras and p53 (KPC model), the EMT-TF Zeb1 is a key factor for the formation of precursor lesions, invasion and notably metastasis...
April 17, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414054/endothelium-dependent-vasorelaxant-effect-of-procyanidin-b2-on-human-internal-mammary-artery
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Aleksandra Novakovic, Marija Marinko, Goran Jankovic, Ivan Stojanovic, Predrag Milojevic, Dragoslav Nenezic, Vladimir Kanjuh, Qin Yang, Guo-Wei He
The aim of the present study was to investigate and characterize vasorelaxant effect of procyanidin B2 on human internal mammary artery (HIMA) as one of the mechanisms of its protective effect against vascular risk. Procyanidin B2 induced strong concentration-dependent relaxation of HIMA rings pre-contracted by phenylephrine. Pretreatment with L-NAME, a NO synthase inhibitor, hydroxocobalamin, a NO scavenger, and ODQ, an inhibitor of soluble guanylate cyclase, significantly inhibited procyanidin B2-induced relaxation of HIMA, while indomethacin, a cyclooxygenase inhibitor, considerably reduced effects of low concentrations...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412654/nigella-sativa-a-traditional-tunisian-herbal-medicine-attenuates-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-a-rat-model
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Anouar Abidi, Alexandre Robbe, Nadia Kourda, Saloua Ben Khamsa, Alexandre Legrand
The present study investigated the effects of Nigella sativa oil (NSO) on bleomycin (BLM)-induced lung fibrosis in rats. The rat model of pulmonary fibrosis (PF) was established by intratracheal instillation of BLM, and the effect of 1ml/kg oral NSO treatment once daily observed. The effect of NSO was studied over a period of 50daysusing (1)H RMN analysis on the urine and broncho alveolar lavage fluid (Balf) of the rats. Histopathological (inflammation and fibrosis) and immunohistochemical (TGF-β1 density) changes were evaluated...
April 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410387/mathematical-algorithm-for-the-automatic-recognition-of-intestinal-parasites
#15
Alicia Alva, Carla Cangalaya, Miguel Quiliano, Casey Krebs, Robert H Gilman, Patricia Sheen, Mirko Zimic
Parasitic infections are generally diagnosed by professionals trained to recognize the morphological characteristics of the eggs in microscopic images of fecal smears. However, this laboratory diagnosis requires medical specialists which are lacking in many of the areas where these infections are most prevalent. In response to this public health issue, we developed a software based on pattern recognition analysis from microscopi digital images of fecal smears, capable of automatically recognizing and diagnosing common human intestinal parasites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410171/an-ehealth-intervention-to-increase-physical-activity-and-healthy-eating-in-older-adult-cancer-survivors-summative-evaluation-results
#16
Paul Krebs, Jonathan Shtaynberger, Mary McCabe, Michelle Iocolano, Katie Williams, Elyse Shuk, Jamie S Ostroff
BACKGROUND: A healthy lifestyle is associated with improved quality of life among cancer survivors, yet adherence to health behavior recommendations is low. OBJECTIVE: This pilot trial developed and tested the feasibility of a tailored eHealth program to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among older, long-term cancer survivors. METHODS: American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines for cancer survivors were translated into an interactive, tailored health behavior program on the basis of Social Cognitive Theory...
March 1, 2017: JMIR Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406917/methylomic-changes-in-individuals-with-psychosis-prenatally-exposed-to-endocrine-disrupting-compounds-lessons-from-diethylstilbestrol
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Fabrice Rivollier, Boris Chaumette, Narjes Bendjemaa, Mélanie Chayet, Bruno Millet, Nematollah Jaafari, Amina Barhdadi, Louis-Philippe Lemieux Perreault, Sylvie Provost, Marie-Pierre Dubé, Raphaël Gaillard, Marie-Odile Krebs, Oussama Kebir
BACKGROUND: In the Western world, between 1940 and 1970, more than 2 million people were exposed in utero to diethylstilbestrol (DES). In exposed individuals, and in their descendants, adverse outcomes have been linked to such exposure, including cancers, genital malformations, and less consistently, psychiatric disorders. We aimed to explore whether prenatal DES exposure would be associated with DNA methylation changes, and whether these epigenetic modifications would be associated with increased risk of psychosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402245/thyroid-hormone-therapy-for-older-adults-with-subclinical-hypothyroidism
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David J Stott, Nicolas Rodondi, Patricia M Kearney, Ian Ford, Rudi G J Westendorp, Simon P Mooijaart, Naveed Sattar, Carole E Aubert, Drahomir Aujesky, Douglas C Bauer, Christine Baumgartner, Manuel R Blum, John P Browne, Stephen Byrne, Tinh-Hai Collet, Olaf M Dekkers, Wendy P J den Elzen, Robert S Du Puy, Graham Ellis, Martin Feller, Carmen Floriani, Kirsty Hendry, Caroline Hurley, J Wouter Jukema, Sharon Kean, Maria Kelly, Danielle Krebs, Peter Langhorne, Gemma McCarthy, Vera McCarthy, Alex McConnachie, Mairi McDade, Martina Messow, Annemarie O'Flynn, David O'Riordan, Rosalinde K E Poortvliet, Terence J Quinn, Audrey Russell, Carol Sinnott, Jan W A Smit, H Anette Van Dorland, Kieran A Walsh, Elaine K Walsh, Torquil Watt, Robbie Wilson, Jacobijn Gussekloo
Background The use of levothyroxine to treat subclinical hypothyroidism is controversial. We aimed to determine whether levothyroxine provided clinical benefits in older persons with this condition. Methods We conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group trial involving 737 adults who were at least 65 years of age and who had persisting subclinical hypothyroidism (thyrotropin level, 4.60 to 19.99 mIU per liter; free thyroxine level within the reference range). A total of 368 patients were assigned to receive levothyroxine (at a starting dose of 50 μg daily, or 25 μg if the body weight was <50 kg or the patient had coronary heart disease), with dose adjustment according to the thyrotropin level; 369 patients were assigned to receive placebo with mock dose adjustment...
April 3, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399577/drug-development-concepts-as-guides-for-optimizing-clinical-trials-of-supplemental-zinc-for-populations-at-risk-of-deficiency-or-diarrhea
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David H Alpers, Graeme P Young, Cuong D Tran, Elissa K Mortimer, Geetha L Gopalsamy, Nancy F Krebs, Mark J Manary, Balakrishnan S Ramakrishna, Henry J Binder, Ian L Brown, Leland V Miller
Studies on the efficacy of zinc supplementation for treatment or prevention of diarrhea have shown an inconsistent effect in populations at risk for zinc deficiency. Unlike drugs, which have no preexisting presence in the body, endogenous zinc must be assessed pharmacokinetically by isotope tracer studies. Although such methods have produced much data, very few studies have estimated the dose and the timing of dosing of zinc supplementation. This review examines drug kinetics used to establish the best dose, the timing of such doses, and the mechanism of action through pharmacodynamic markers and applies them, where possible, to zinc supplements...
March 1, 2017: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394450/effects-of-presynaptic-muscarinic-receptor-blockade-on-neuromuscular-transmission-as-assessed-by-the-train-of-four-and-the-tetanic-fade-response-to-rocuronium
#20
Yong Beom Kim, Sangseok Lee, Kyeong Cheon Lee, Ha Jung Kim, Young Jin Ro, Hong-Seuk Yang
This study investigated the effect of muscarinic M1 and M2 receptor antagonists on the rocuronium-induced train of four (TOF) fade and tetanic fade, respectively. Ex-vivo phrenic nerves/diaphragms were obtained from adult Sprague-Dawley rats and, stabilized in Krebs buffer, and the nerve-stimulated muscle TOF fade was observed at 20 s intervals. For the TOF study, phrenic nerve/diaphragms were incubated with pirenzepine (an M1 blocker) at concentrations of 0 nM (control), 10 nM (PZP10), or 100 nM (PZP100). Rocuronium was then administered incrementally until the first twitch tension (T1) had depressed by >95% during TOF stimulation...
April 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
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