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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646352/lead-enhancement-of-3t3-l1-fibroblasts-differentiation-to-adipocytes-involves-erk-c-ebp%C3%AE-and-ppar%C3%AE-activation
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Claudia Noemí Martini, Matías Gabrielli, Graciela Bonifacino, María Magdalena Codesido, María Del Carmen Vila
Lead (Pb) is an environmental and industrial contaminant that still represents a public health problem. Elevated Pb exposure has been inversely correlated with femoral bone density and associated with osteoporosis. In the last years, it has been shown that inhibition of osteogenesis from mesenchymal stem cells activates adipogenesis and vice versa. In this paper, we investigated the effect of Pb on the differentiation of 3T3-L1 fibroblasts to adipocytes which is the cell model most used to study adipogenesis...
June 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643675/-stop-bang-a-useful-and-easy-tool-for-the-screening-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Matías Baldini, María Nélida Chiapella, María Alejandra Fernández, Sergio Guardia
The STO-BANG questionnaire, S standing for snore, T tired, O observed apneas, P pressure (arterial hypertension), B BMI (body mass index > 35 kg/ m2), A age (> 50 years old), N neck circumference (> 40 cm), G gender (male); is a simple tool that enables the detection of patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA). If the patient adds 3 or more points, it is considered to have a high probability of having this disease. Our goal was to evaluate the capacity of the STOP-BANG questionnaire and to compare it with the ability of a sleep trained pulmonologist in determining the probability of OSA...
2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643558/influence-of-anthropometric-characteristics-in-patients-with-her2-positive-breast-cancer-on-initial-plasma-concentrations-of-trastuzumab
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Jonathan González García, Fernando Gutiérrez Nicolás, Gloria Julia Nazco Casariego, José Norberto Batista López, Isaac Ceballos Lenza, Ruth Ramos Díaz, Matías Llabrés Martínez
BACKGROUND: Plasma concentrations of trastuzumab <20 µg/mL in patients with gastric cancer are associated with reduced progression-free and overall survival. In breast cancer treatment, this relationship has not yet been studied, but a suboptimal pharmacodynamic exposure to trastuzumab could be a reason for therapeutic failure of treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to determine the proportion of nonmetastatic HER2-positive breast cancers that do not reach a minimum plasma concentration ( Cmin) of 20 µg/mL after first drug administration, established as therapeutically effective in clinical trials...
June 1, 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641766/amyloid-pet-in-pseudotumoral-multiple-sclerosis
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Jordi A Matías-Guiu, María Nieves Cabrera-Martín, Ana Cortés-Martínez, Vanesa Pytel, Teresa Moreno-Ramos, Celia Oreja-Guevara, José Luis Carreras, Jorge Matías-Guiu
BACKGROUND: Pseudotumoral multiple sclerosis is a rare form of demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Positron emission tomography (PET) using amyloid-tracers has also been suggested as a marker of damage in white matter lesions in multiple sclerosis due to the nonspecific uptake of these tracers in white matter. METHOD: We present the case of a 59 year-old woman with a pathological-confirmed pseudotumoral multiple sclerosis, who was studied with the amyloid tracer (18)F-florbetaben...
July 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640909/hiv-tat-regulates-macrophage-gene-expression-in-the-context-of-neuroaids
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Loreto Carvallo, Lillie Lopez, Jorge E Fajardo, Matias Jaureguiberry-Bravo, Andras Fiser, Joan W Berman
Despite the success of cART, greater than 50% of HIV infected people develop cognitive and motor deficits termed HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). Macrophages are the major cell type infected in the CNS. Unlike for T cells, the virus does not kill macrophages and these long-lived cells may become HIV reservoirs in the brain. They produce cytokines/chemokines and viral proteins that promote inflammation and neuronal damage, playing a key role in HIV neuropathogenesis. HIV Tat is the transactivator of transcription that is essential for replication and transcriptional regulation of the virus and is the first protein to be produced after HIV infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640344/screening-of-plant-extracts-and-fractions-on-aedes-aegypti-larvae-found-in-the-state-of-mato-grosso-do-sul-linnaeus-1762-culicidae
#6
Karla R DE Andrade Porto, Priscilla R Motti, Mami Yano, Antonia R Roel, Claudia A L Cardoso, Rosemary Matias
The constant use of chemical insecticides for Aedes aegypti control has caused resistance in the mosquito populations. Thus, the objective of this study was to analyze the larvicidal potential of extracts and fractions of plants on A. aegypti larvae. The analysis included sixty one extracts and twenty five fractions of fifty botanical species at concentrations of 0.25; 0.12; 0.06 to 0.03 mg mL-1; 4 replications and one negative control of dechlorinate water and 1% DMSO; and a positive control with rotenone...
April 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639065/nosocomial-rhinocerebral-mucormycosis-two-cases-with-a-temporal-relationship
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Justo Sánchez-Gil, Emilio Guirao-Arrabal, Ginés David Parra-García, María Del Pilar Luzón-García, Maria Fe Bautista-Marín, Matías Barayobre-Barayobre, Andrés Fontalba-Navas
Mucormycosis is an unusual fungal infection that usually affects immunosuppressed patients. Small outbreaks of mucormycosis have been previously reported. We present two clinical cases of fatal rhinocerebral mucormycosis with a close temporal relationship between them and a possible nosocomial transmission: case 1 was a 75-year-old male with diabetes and COPD, treated with antibiotics and systemic corticosteroids, who developed rhinocerebral mucormycosis. Case 2 was an 88-year-old woman who was treated with systemic antibiotics and corticosteroids and developed the same infection after insertion of a nasogastric tube...
June 21, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637013/akt-can-modulate-the-in-vitro-response-of-hnscc-cells-to-irreversible-egfr-inhibitors
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Renato José Silva-Oliveira, Matias Melendez, Olga Martinho, Maicon F Zanon, Luciano de Souza Viana, André Lopes Carvalho, Rui Manuel Reis
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in up to 90% of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) tumors. Cetuximab is the first targeted (anti-EGFR) therapy approved for the treatment of HNSCC patients. However, its efficacy is limited due to primary and secondary resistance, and there is no predict biomarkers of response. New generation of EGFR inhibitors with pan HER targeting and irreversible action, such as afatinib and allitinib, represents a significant therapeutic promise. In this study, we intend to compare the potential cytotoxicity of two anti-EGFR inhibitors (afatinib and allitinib) with cetuximab and to identify potential predictive biomarkers of response in a panel of HNSCC cell lines...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634469/alexander-disease-mutations-produce-cells-with-coexpression-of-glial-fibrillary-acidic-protein-and-ng2-in-neurosphere-cultures-and-inhibit-differentiation-into-mature-oligodendrocytes
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Ulises Gómez-Pinedo, Maria Salomé Sirerol-Piquer, María Durán-Moreno, José Manuel García-Verdugo, Jorge Matias-Guiu
BACKGROUND: Alexander disease (AxD) is a rare disease caused by mutations in the gene encoding glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP). The disease is characterized by presence of GFAP aggregates in the cytoplasm of astrocytes and loss of myelin. OBJECTIVES: Determine the effect of AxD-related mutations on adult neurogenesis. METHODS: We transfected different types of mutant GFAP into neurospheres using the nucleofection technique. RESULTS: We find that mutations may cause coexpression of GFAP and NG2 in neurosphere cultures, which would inhibit the differentiation of precursors into oligodendrocytes and thus explain the myelin loss occurring in the disease...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632822/-strategies-to-reduce-infections-and-antibiotic-use-and-its-effects-in-a-neonatal-care-unit
#10
Soledad Urzúa, Marcela Ferrés, Patricia García, Amparo Sánchez, Matías Luco
INTRODUCTION: Late onset sepsis (LOS) remains an important cause of morbidity and mortality in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). The empirical use of vancomycin and other broad spectrum antibiotics is very frequent and is associated with the emergence of resistant agents, infection by gram-negative bacilli (GNB), fungal infections and increased morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of 5 intervention protocols designed to reduce infections and promote the rational use of antibiotics (AB) in a single NICU...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632498/can-early-ultrasonography-explain-the-lower-miscarriage-rates-in-twin-as-compared-to-singleton-pregnancies-following-assisted-reproduction
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Ana Póvoa, Alexandra Matias, Pedro Xavier, Isaac Blickstein
OBJECTIVE: To compare first trimester 2D conventional and 3D power Doppler angiography measures in twins and singletons following assisted reproduction. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 50 singleton and 47 twin pregnancies that eventually ended in live births. Patients were recruited from a single assisted reproductive technology (ART) center with standard treatment protocols. Obstetric ultrasound was performed at 8-9 weeks +6 days. Intervillous flow, uteroplacental circulation and uterine artery pulsatility (PI) and resistance index (RI) using two-dimensional (2D) ultrasound examination were evaluated...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629489/eating-down-or-simply-eating-less-the-diet-and-health-implications-of-these-practices-during-pregnancy-and-postpartum-in-rural-bangladesh
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Kassandra L Harding, Susana L Matias, Malay K Mridha, Stephen A Vosti, Sohrab Hussain, Kathryn G Dewey, Christine P Stewart
OBJECTIVE: To: (i) determine the prevalence of self-reported eating less and eating down during early and late pregnancy and postpartum, and explore risk factors associated with eating less; (ii) examine the association between eating less and diet quality; and (iii) determine the association between eating less and weight gain during pregnancy. DESIGN: Data were collected longitudinally from a cohort of women participating in a community health programme. Diet was assessed at three time points (≤20 weeks' gestation, 36 weeks' gestation, 6 months' postpartum), body weight was measured during study enrolment (≤20 weeks' gestation) and at 36 weeks' gestation, and information about the woman and her household was collected at enrolment...
June 20, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628848/sexual-dysfunction-in-infertile-women-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Carolina R de Mendonça, Jalsi T Arruda, Matias Noll, Paulo M de O Campoli, Waldemar N do Amaral
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the prevalence of sexual dysfunction and Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) score in women with infertility. STUDY DESIGN: A systematic search of the literature was conducted using PubMed, EMBASE, IBECS, and LILACS. The search was limited to articles published from January 2000 to September 2016, without language restriction. Data were analyzed using Stata 12.0. Random effects meta-analyses in weighted mean difference (WMD) were performed for six comparative studies (infertility versus fertility)...
June 7, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628108/germline-hypomorphic-card11-mutations-in-severe-atopic-disease
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Chi A Ma, Jeffrey R Stinson, Yuan Zhang, Jordan K Abbott, Michael A Weinreich, Pia J Hauk, Paul R Reynolds, Jonathan J Lyons, Celeste G Nelson, Elisa Ruffo, Batsukh Dorjbal, Salomé Glauzy, Natsuko Yamakawa, Swadhinya Arjunaraja, Kelsey Voss, Jennifer Stoddard, Julie Niemela, Yu Zhang, Sergio D Rosenzweig, Joshua J McElwee, Thomas DiMaggio, Helen F Matthews, Nina Jones, Kelly D Stone, Alejandro Palma, Matías Oleastro, Emma Prieto, Andrea R Bernasconi, Geronimo Dubra, Silvia Danielian, Jonathan Zaiat, Marcelo A Marti, Brian Kim, Megan A Cooper, Neil D Romberg, Eric Meffre, Erwin W Gelfand, Andrew L Snow, Joshua D Milner
Few monogenic causes for severe manifestations of common allergic diseases have been identified. Through next-generation sequencing on a cohort of patients with severe atopic dermatitis with and without comorbid infections, we found eight individuals, from four families, with novel heterozygous mutations in CARD11, which encodes a scaffolding protein involved in lymphocyte receptor signaling. Disease improved over time in most patients. Transfection of mutant CARD11 expression constructs into T cell lines demonstrated both loss-of-function and dominant-interfering activity upon antigen receptor-induced activation of nuclear factor-κB and mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1)...
June 19, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626788/a-high-resolution-shapefile-of-the-andean-biogeographical-region
#15
Gonzalo Matias Romano
Biogeographical analyses have proven to be an efficient complement to classic ecology. An ecoregional layer based on Morrone understanding of the Andean region and its sub-regions was constructed. This high-resolution layer was generated with GIS software, and it enables to include ecoregions as categorical variables into species distribution modeling software.
August 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626472/in-iga-nephropathy-glomerulosclerosis-is-associated-with-increased-urinary-cd80-excretion-and-urokinase-type-plasminogen-activator-receptor-positive-podocyturia
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Hernán Trimarchi, Romina Canzonieri, Amalia Schiel, Cristian Costales-Collaguazo, Aníbal Stern, Matías Paulero, Tatiana Rengel, José Andrews, Alejandro Iotti, Mariano Forrester, Fernando Lombi, Vanesa Pomeranz, Romina Iriarte, Alexis Muryan, Elsa Zotta
BACKGROUND: Podocyturia may determine the evolution to podocytopenia, glomerulosclerosis, and renal failure. According to the Oxford classification of IgA nephropathy (IgAN), the S1 lesion describes glomerulosclerosis. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) participates in podocyte attachment, while CD80 increases in glomerulosclerosis. We measured uPAR-positive urinary podocytes and urinary CD80 (uCD80) in controls and in IgAN subjects with M1E0S0T0 and M1E0S1T0 Oxford scores to assess a potential association between podocyturia, inflammation, and glomerulosclerosis...
May 2017: Nephron Extra
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625538/a-strong-contractile-actin-fence-and-large-adhesions-direct-human-pluripotent-colony-morphology-and-adhesion
#17
Elisa Närvä, Aki Stubb, Camilo Guzmán, Matias Blomqvist, Diego Balboa, Martina Lerche, Markku Saari, Timo Otonkoski, Johanna Ivaska
Cell-type-specific functions and identity are tightly regulated by interactions between the cell cytoskeleton and the extracellular matrix (ECM). Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) have ultimate differentiation capacity and exceptionally low-strength ECM contact, yet the organization and function of adhesion sites and associated actin cytoskeleton remain poorly defined. We imaged hPSCs at the cell-ECM interface with total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy and discovered that adhesions at the colony edge were exceptionally large and connected by thick ventral stress fibers...
June 13, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623921/genome-wide-analysis-of-codon-usage-bias-in-bovine-coronavirus
#18
Matías Castells, Matías Victoria, Rodney Colina, Héctor Musto, Juan Cristina
BACKGROUND: Bovine coronavirus (BCoV) belong to the genus Betacoronavirus of the family Coronaviridae. BCoV are widespread around the world and cause enteric or respiratory infections among cattle, leading to important economic losses to the beef and dairy industry worldwide. To study the relation of codon usage among viruses and their hosts is essential to understand host-pathogen interaction, evasion from host's immune system and evolution. METHODS: We performed a comprehensive analysis of codon usage and composition of BCoV...
June 17, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620318/extraction-protocols-for-individual-zebrafish-s-ventricle-myosin-and-skeletal-muscle-actin-for-in-vitro-motility-assays
#19
Lisa-Mareike Scheid, Cornelia Weber, Nasrin Bopp, Matias Mosqueira, Rainer H A Fink
The in vitro motility assay (IVMA) is a technique that enables the measurement of the interaction between actin and myosin providing a relatively simple model to understand the mechanical muscle function. For actin-myosin IVMA, myosin is immobilized in a measurement chamber, where it converts chemical energy provided by ATP hydrolysis into mechanical energy. The result is the movement of fluorescently labeled actin filaments that can be recorded microscopically and analyzed quantitatively. Resulting sliding speeds and patterns help to characterize the underlying actin-myosin interaction that can be affected by different factors such as mutations or active compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618664/an-epidemiological-approach-to-characterise-the-human-exposure-pathways-in-a-contaminated-estuarine-environment
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Ausenda Machado, Ana Paula Fernandes, Eleonora Paixão, Sandra Caeiro, Carlos Matias-Dias
This study's aim was to develop and implement an integrative epidemiologic cross-sectional study that allows identifying and characterising exposure pathways of populations living and working on the shores of a contaminated estuarine environment. Population residing in Carrasqueira, located on the Sado estuary with known contaminated areas was compared to another population on a noncontaminated estuary (Vila Nova de Mil Fontes - VNMF), considered a nonexposed population. Simple random samples of individuals were selected in each study population from the National Health Service Lists: 140 individuals were selected in Carrasqueira and 219 in VNMF...
June 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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