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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786975/a-comparison-of-one-stage-vs-two-stage-individual-patient-data-meta-analysis-methods-a-simulation-study
#1
Evangelos Kontopantelis
BACKGROUND: Individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis allows for the exploration of heterogeneity and can identify subgroups that most benefit from an intervention (or exposure), much more successfully than meta-analysis of aggregate data. One-stage or two-stage IPD meta-analysis is possible, with the former using mixed-effects regression models and the latter obtaining study-estimates through simpler regression models before aggregating using standard meta-analysis methodology. However, a comprehensive comparison of the two methods, in practice, is lacking...
May 22, 2018: Research Synthesis Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786974/embryonic-exposure-to-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-a-brominated-flame-retardant-reduces-the-size-of-song-control-nuclei-in-a-songbird
#2
Margaret L Eng, Viktoria Winter, John E Elliott, Scott A MacDougall-Shackleton, Tony D Williams
Environmental contaminants have the potential to act as developmental stressors and impair development of song and the brain of songbirds, but they have been largely unstudied in this context. 2,2',4,4',5-Pentabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-99) is a brominated flame retardant congener that has demonstrated endocrine disrupting effects, and has pervaded the global environment. We assessed the effects of in ovo exposure to environmentally relevant levels of BDE-99 on the neuroanatomy of the song-control system in a model songbird species, the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata)...
May 22, 2018: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786969/hippocampal-lipidome-and-transcriptome-profile-alterations-triggered-by-acute-exposure-of-mice-to-gsm-1800-mhz-mobile-phone-radiation-an-exploratory-study
#3
Adamantia F Fragopoulou, Alexandros Polyzos, Maria-Despoina Papadopoulou, Anna Sansone, Areti K Manta, Evangelos Balafas, Nikolaos Kostomitsopoulos, Aikaterini Skouroliakou, Chryssostomos Chatgilialoglu, Alexandros Georgakilas, Dimitrios J Stravopodis, Carla Ferreri, Dimitris Thanos, Lukas H Margaritis
BACKGROUND: The widespread use of wireless devices during the last decades is raising concerns about adverse health effects of the radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) emitted from these devices. Recent research is focusing on unraveling the underlying mechanisms of RF-EMR and potential cellular targets. The "omics" high-throughput approaches are powerful tools to investigate the global effects of RF-EMR on cellular physiology. METHODS: In this work, C57BL/6 adult male mice were whole-body exposed (nE xp  = 8) for 2 hr to GSM 1800 MHz mobile phone radiation at an average electric field intensity range of 4...
May 22, 2018: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786968/p62-mediated-autophagy-affects-nutrition-dependent-insulin-receptor-substrate-1-dynamics-in-3t3-l1-preadipocytes
#4
Hirobumi Igawa, Akihiro Kikuchi, Hirofumi Misu, Kiyo-Aki Ishii, Shuichi Kaneko, Toshinari Takamura
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have shown that the organism's nutritional status changes the protein levels of insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS-1) in a tissue-specific manner. Although the mechanisms underlying the regulation of IRS-1 in the nutrient-rich conditions associated with diabetes and insulin resistance have been well studied, those under nutrient-poor conditions remain unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate how IRS-1 protein levels change depending on the nutritional status of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786956/rho-kinase-and-protein-kinase-c-pathways-are-responsible-for-enhanced-carbachol-contraction-in-permeabilized-detrusor-in-a-rat-model-of-cystitis
#5
Merve Denizalti, N Tugba Durlu-Kandilci, G Simsek, T Emrah Bozkurt, Inci Sahin-Erdemli
Interstitial cystitis is a syndrome characterized by detrusor overactivity and chronic inflammation of the bladder. The mechanisms responsible for the altered smooth muscle contractility remain poorly understood. The aim of the study was to investigate the role of intracellular signalling pathways in carbachol-induced detrusor contraction in a rat model of interstitial cystitis. Cyclophosphamide (150 mg/kg, dissolved in saline) was injected to rats (Sprague-Dawley, female, 200-250 g) intraperitoneally once a day on days 1, 4 and 7 to induce interstitial cystitis...
May 22, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786953/iatrogenic-botulism-outbreak-in-egypt-due-to-a-counterfeit-botulinum-toxin-a-preparation-a-descriptive-series-of-patient-features-and-outcome
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Eman Abdel Monaem Abdel Rashid, Nashwa Mohamed El-Mahdy, Huda Shehata Kharoub, Ahmed Salah Gouda, Naglaa Ahmed ElNabarawy, Bruno Mégarbane
Iatrogenic botulism resulting from the substantial increase in use of botulinum neurotoxin type-A (BoNT-A) treatment is rarely reported. We aimed to describe a large iatrogenic botulism outbreak in Egypt in June-July 2017. Nine patients developed botulism after receiving intramuscular injections of BoNT-A (dose: 200-300 IU) to treat cerebral palsy (N=7), spastic dystonia (N=1), and hyperhidrosis (N=1). Detailed findings were available in 5/9 cases. Patients were admitted to the hospital 5-10 days after the BoNT-A injection...
May 22, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786949/the-qsofa-score-a-simple-and-accurate-predictor-of-outcomes-in-patients-with-glyphosate-herbicide-poisoning
#7
Yongsoo Cho, Byeongjo Chun, Jeongmi Moon
This study aimed to investigate whether the quick Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (qSOFA) score at emergency department (ED) presentation can help improve the risk assessment of glyphosate-surfactant herbicide (GlySH) poisoning complications. A total of 150 patients presenting with acute glyphosate herbicide ingestion were enrolled in this retrospective observational study. The qSOFA scores at presentation, ΔqSOFA (calculated by subtracting the worst qSOFA score from 1 hr after admission from the qSOFA score at presentation), baseline characteristics, clinical courses and outcomes were collected and analysed...
May 22, 2018: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786918/novel-genes-and-insights-in-complete-asthma-remission
#8
Judith M Vonk, Maartje A E Nieuwenhuis, F Nicole Dijk, Anne Boudier, Valerie Siroux, Emmanuelle Bouzigon, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Medea Imboden, Dirk Keidel, Don Sin, Yohan Bossé, Ke Hao, Maarten van den Berge, Alen Faiz, Gerard H Koppelman, Dirkje S Postma
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease without a cure, though there exists spontaneous remission. Genome wide association(GWA) studies have pinpointed genes associated with asthma development, but did not investigate asthma remission. OBJECTIVES: We performed a GWA study to develop insights in asthma remission. METHODS: Clinical remission (ClinR) was defined by absence of asthma treatment and wheezing in the last year and asthma attacks in the last 3 years, and complete remission (ComR) similarly but additionally with normal lung function and absence of bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR)...
May 22, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786910/agathisflavone-isolated-from-anacardium-occidentale-suppresses-sirt1-mediated-neuroinflammation-in-bv2-microglia-and-neurotoxicity-in-appswe-transfected-sh-sy5y-cells
#9
Ravikanth Velagapudi, Olusiji O Ajileye, Uchechukwu Okorji, Priya Jain, Mutalib A Aderogba, Olumayokun A Olajide
Agathisflavone is a bioactive compound in Anacardium occidentale. In this study, we investigated inhibition neuroinflammation in BV2 microglia by agathisflavone. Neuroprotective activity of the compound was investigated in differentiated SH-SY5Y cells. Experiments in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-activated BV2 microglia showed that pretreatment with agathisflavone (5-20 μM) produced significant reduction in the release of tumour necrosis factor-α, interleukin-6, interleukin-1β, NO, and PGE2 from the cells. Immunoblotting experiments also revealed that agathisflavone reduced levels of iNOS and COX-2 protein...
May 22, 2018: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786909/a-new-composite-electrode-applied-for-studying-the-electrochemistry-of-insoluble-particles-%C3%AE-hgs
#10
Minjun Yang, Richard G Compton
The redox chemistry of solid α-HgS particles is revealed using a carbon/PVDF composite containing α-HgS, carbon black, polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF). The electrochemical behaviour of the carbon/PVDF composite is first characterised with three water insoluble organic solids. Then the reduction of solid α-HgS particles is investigated and found to occur at a high negative potential, -1.82V vs saturated mercury sulphate reference electrode, to form metallic mercury and sulphide ions. The subsequent oxidation of metallic mercury and sulphide occurs at +0...
May 22, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786894/the-prognostic-role-of-phase-angle-in-advanced-cancer-patients-a-systematic-review
#11
REVIEW
Mayane Marinho Esteves Pereira, Mariana Dos Santos Campello Queiroz, Nathália Masiero Cavalcanti de Albuquerque, Juliana Rodrigues, Emanuelly Varea Maria Wiegert, Larissa Calixto-Lima, Livia Costa de Oliveira
Phase angle (PA) is a ratio between the reactance and resistance obtained by bioelectric impedance analysis and has been interpreted as a cell membrane integrity indicator and a predictor of total body cell mass. A low PA may suggest deterioration of the cell membrane, which in advanced cancer patients may result in a reduced overall survival (OS). This systematic review sought to investigate the current evidence regarding whether there is an association between PA and OS in patients with advanced cancer (ie, metastatic disease)...
May 22, 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786870/the-association-between-local-atherosclerosis-of-the-prostatic-artery-and-benign-prostatic-enlargement-in-humans-putative-mechanism-of-chronic-ischemia-for-prostatic-enlargement
#12
Nobuhiro Haga, Hidenori Akaihata, Junya Hata, Ken Aikawa, Tomohiko Yanagida, Kanako Matsuoka, Tomoyuki Koguchi, Seiji Hoshi, Soichiro Ogawa, Masao Kataoka, Yuichi Sato, Kei Ishibashi, Osamu Suzuki, Yuko Hashimoto, Yoshiyuki Kojima
BACKGROUND: To investigate the possible pathogenesis of the benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) induced by local atherosclerosis, the association between local atherosclerosis and prostatic enlargement was investigated, and molecular biological analyses were performed using human prostatectomy specimens. METHODS: A total of 69 consecutive patients who underwent robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) participated in this prospective study. To evaluate actual local atherosclerosis, prostatic arteries were removed during RARP...
May 21, 2018: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786867/growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-antagonists-reduce-prostatic-enlargement-and-inflammation-in-carrageenan-induced-chronic-prostatitis
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Petra Popovics, Renzhi Cai, Wei Sha, Ferenc G Rick, Andrew V Schally
BACKGROUND: Inflammation plays a key role in the etiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) through multiple pathways involving the stimulation of proliferation by cytokines and growth factors as well as the induction of the focal occurrence of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). We have previously reported that GHRH acts as a prostatic growth factor in experimental BPH and in autoimmune prostatitis models and its blockade with GHRH antagonists offer therapeutic approaches for these conditions...
May 21, 2018: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786860/effect-of-cold-plasma-on-maintaining-the-quality-of-chub-mackerel-scomber-japonicus-biochemical-and-sensory-attributes
#14
Jing Chen, Sheng-Zhe Wang, Jun-Yu Chen, Dong-Zhi Chen, Shang-Gui Deng, Bin Xu
BACKGROUND: Atmospheric cold plasma (ACP) has emerged as a potential alternative to traditional methods for non-thermal food decontamination. However, little data are available about ACP treatment for seafood. In this study, dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) was applied to generate CP, and the aim of the study was to investigate the effectiveness of DBD-ACP on improving the quality of chub mackerel on the basis of chemical, microbial, and sensory characteristics. RESULTS: The effect of DBD-ACP on the quality of chub mackerel (Scomber japonicus) during storage was examined...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786856/characterization-of-pectins-extracted-from-different-varieties-of-pink-red-and-white-grapefruits-citrus-paradisi-macf-by-thermal-treatment-and-thermosonication
#15
Enzo L La Cava, Esteban Gerbino, Sonia C Sgroppo, Andrea Gómez-Zavaglia
The physical and chemical properties of pectin extracts obtained from different white and pink/red varieties of grapefruit [Citrus paradisi (Macf.)], using both conventional heating (CHE) and thermosonication (TS), were investigated. The content of galacturonic acid (GalA), degree of esterification (%DM), color and antioxidant capacity were analyzed. Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) associated with multivariate analysis enabled a structural comparison among the pectin extracts, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) completed a full landscape of the investigated extracts...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786849/isolation-and-characterization-of-wheat-derived-nonspecific-lipid-transfer-protein-2-nsltp2
#16
Sara Bosi, Jessica Fiori, Giovanni Dinelli, Neil Rigby, Emanuela Leoncini, Cecilia Prata, Valeria Bregola, Ilaria Marotti, Roberto Gotti, Marina Naldi, Luca Massaccesi, Marco Malaguti, Paul Kroon, Silvana Hrelia
Numerous studies support the protective role of bioactive peptides against cardiovascular diseases. Cereals represent the primary source of carbohydrates, but they also contain substantial amounts of proteins, therefore representing a potential dietary source of bioactive peptides with nutraceutical activities. The analysis of wheat extracts purified by chromatographic techniques by means of HPLC-UV/nanoLC-nanoESI-QTOF allowed the identification of a signal of about 7 kDa which, following data base searches, was ascribed to a nonspecific lipid-transfer protein (nsLTP) type 2 from Triticum aestivum (sequence coverage of 92%)...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786847/assessment-of-antibiotic-susceptibility-within-lactic-acid-bacteria-and-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-isolated-from-hunan-smoked-pork-a-naturally-fermented-meat-product-in-china
#17
Jing Wang, Xinyuan Wei, Mingtao Fan
The aim of this study was to evaluate the antibiotic susceptibility of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) strains isolated from naturally fermented smoked pork produced in Hunan, China. A total of 48 strains were isolated by selective medium and identified at the species level by 16S rRNA gene sequencing as follows: Staphylococcus carnosus (23), Lactobacillus plantarum (12), Lactobacillus brevis (10), Lactobacillus sakei (1), Weissella confusa (1), and Weissella cibaria (1)...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786843/effect-of-canning-and-freezing-on-the-nutritional-content-of-apricots
#18
Erin Claire Adkison, William B Biasi, Veronique Bikoba, Dirk M Holstege, Elizabeth J Mitcham
The effect of commercial canning and freezing on the nutritional content of fresh apricots was investigated. Processed samples were analyzed post-processing and after 3 months of storage and compared directly to fresh apricots from the same source. Vitamin C, beta-carotene, total phenols, and antioxidants were quantified. Compared to fresh, canned apricots initially exhibited similar levels of antioxidants, a 17% increase in beta-carotene, and a 48% increase in phenols, while vitamin C was reduced by 37%. After 3 months of storage, antioxidant levels were 47% higher than fresh...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786839/the-influence-of-scalded-flour-fermentation-and-plants-belonging-to-lamiaceae-family-on-the-wheat-bread-quality-and-acrylamide-content
#19
Elena Bartkiene, Vadims Bartkevics, Vita Krungleviciute, Iveta Pugajeva, Daiva Zadeike, Grazina Juodeikiene, Dalia Cizeikiene
The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of additives such as plants belonging to Lamiaceae family (Thymus vulgaris, Carum carvi, Origanum vulgare, Ocimum basilicum, and Coriandrum sativum), scalded flour (SF) or scalded flour fermented with Lactobacillus plantarum LUHS135 (SFFLp) on the quality and acrylamide formation in wheat bread. The formation of acrylamide and bread quality significantly depended on the king of plants used and the amount of SF and SFFLp used. The additives of T. vulgaris and SF increased the content of acrylamide by 3...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786838/edible-gum-phenolic-lipid-incorporated-gluten-films-for-food-packaging
#20
Rui Liu, Xu Cong, Yingshi Song, Tao Wu, Min Zhang
The aim of this investigation was to improve the barrier and mechanical properties of gluten films and further explore their application in the packaging of seasonings. The effects of flaxseed gum (FG), oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs), and lauric acid (LA) on the water vapor permeability (WVP), mechanical properties, and peroxide value (POV) were determined. FG and OPCs improved the WVP properties of the gluten films, whereas LA significantly improved the oxygen-barrier properties. The FG/OPCs/LA/GP composite film was then optimized, and the morphological, microstructural, and thermal properties of the composite gluten film were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, surface hydrophobicity analysis; Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; thermal gravimetric analysis, respectively...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
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