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Roxann Diez Gross, Ronit Gisser, Gregory Cherpes, Katie Hartman, Rishi Maheshwary
Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is caused by a genetic imprinting abnormality resulting from the lack of expression of the paternal genes at 15q11-q13. Intellectual disability, low muscle tone, and life-threatening hyperphagia are hallmarks of the phenotype. The need for the Heimlich maneuver, death from choking, and pulmonary infection occur in a disproportionally high number of persons with PWS. The widely held belief is that eating behaviors are responsible for choking and aspiration; yet, no investigation had sought to determine if swallowing impairments were present in persons with PWS...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Ândrea de Melo, Eliara Pinto Vieira Biaggio, Inaê Costa Rechia, Pricila Sleifer
Purpose: To measure the exogenous components of the cortical auditory evoked potential (CAEP) in term and preterm newborns and compare them considering the variables latency and amplitude. Methods: This is a cross-sectional, prospective, comparative, contemporary study. One hundred twenty-seven newborns were evaluated; 96 of these were included in the study after analysis of the exams by three referees. Participants were divided into two groups: Term Group: 66 infants and Preterm Group: 30 neonates...
October 13, 2016: CoDAS
Mehran Peyvasteh, Shahnam Askarpour, Nasrollah Ostadian, Mohammad-Reza Moghimi, Hazhir Javaherizadeh
Background: Hirschsprung's disease is the most common cause of pediatric intestinal obstruction. Contrast enema is used for evaluation of the patients with its diagnosis. Aim: To evaluate sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value of radiologic findings for diagnosis of Hirschsprung in patients underwent barium enema. Methods: This cross sectional study was carried out in Imam Khomeini Hospital for one year starting from 2012, April...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Maxwel Capsy Boga Ribeiro, Amanda Bueno de Araújo, Juverson Alves Terra-Júnior, Eduardo Crema, Nelson Adami Andreollo
Background: Surgical treatment of GERD by Nissen fundoplication is effective and safe, providing good results in the control of the disease. However, some authors have questioned the efficacy of this procedure and few studies on the long-term outcomes are available in the literature, especially in Brazil. Aim: To evaluate patients operated for gastro-esophageal reflux disease, for at least 10 years, by Nissen fundoplication. Methods: Thirty-two patients were interviewed and underwent upper digestive endoscopy, esophageal manometry, 24 h pH monitoring and barium esophagogram, before and after Nissen fundoplication...
July 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
Y Dong, M Zhou, X J Ba, J W Si, W T Li, Y Wang, D Li, T Li
OBJECTIVE: To determine the clinicopathological significance of the DNA methyltransferase 3B (DNMT3B) overexpression in endometrial carcinomas and to evaluate its correlation with hormone receptor status. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was performed to assess the expression of DNMT3B and hormone receptors in 104 endometrial carcinomas. RESULTS: DNMT3B overexpression occurred frequently in endometrioid carcinoma (EC, 54.8%) more than in nonendometrioid carcinoma (NEC, 30...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Reyhan Dedeoglu, Levent Saltık, Sezen Ugan Atik, Ayşe Güler Eroglu
For a newborn, surgical correction has been the primary treatment of native coarctation at most centers; however, there has been an increased use of balloon angioplasty (BA). The anterograde transvenous (AT) technique is another alternative way for coarctation (AoC) angioplasty in low weight patients with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). Four, 5-day-old to 7-month-old, infants weighing 2500, 2700, 2800, and 3400g, respectively presented to emergency unit (EU) with cyanosis, tachypnea, and loss of weight...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Hui Xie, Ji-Ming Li, Hui-Fen Zhang, Ye Wang, Li-Lin Zhong, Qing-Rong Lian, Hong-Ba Dong
OBJECTIVE: To study the role of Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP) load and antibody measurements in the diagnosis of MP pneumonia. METHODS: A total of 115 children with MP pneumonia and 400 healthy children were enrolled. The MP load and total antibody level were measured at different stages, and the MP load index (MPLI) was calculated. RESULTS: The cut-off value of MPLI for MP infection was 6.12. MPLI and total antibody titer increased during the course of the disease, while MP-DNA decreased rapidly...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Roland Seidling, Lars J Lehmann, Manuel Lingner, Eckhard Mauermann, Udo Obertacke, Markus L R Schwarz
BACKGROUND: A lot of advantages can result in a high wettability as well as a nanostructure at a titanium surface on bone implants. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the osseointegrative potential of a titan plasma-sprayed (TPS) surface refinement by acid-etching with chromosulfuric acid. This results in a hyperhydrophilic surface with a nanostructure and an extreme high wetting rate. METHODS: In total, 72 dumbbell shape titan implants were inserted in the spongy bone of the femora of 18 Göttingen minipigs in a conservative gap model...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Yang Yang, Ben-Quan Wu, Yan-Hong Wang, Yun-Feng Shi, Jin-Mei Luo, Jun-Hui Ba, Hui Liu, Tian-Tuo Zhang
Macrophages play an important role in inflammatory responses; however, miRNA-mediated repolarization of macrophages is essential for fulfilling this function. To clarify a series of changes at the RNA level in alveolar macrophages under normal and inflammatory conditions, bronchial alveolar lavage liquid (BALF) was collected from healthy volunteers or patients with pneumonia. This approach, which differs from that used in previously, provides more accurate information about the states of macrophages in different lung microenvironments...
October 18, 2016: Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology
Lorena Claumarchirant, Luis Manuel Sanchez-Siles, Esther Matencio, Amparo Alegria, María Jesús Lagarda
Sialic acid (Sia) contents and bioaccessibility (BA) in human milk (HM) and infant formulas (IFs) were determined, and Sia intakes by infants between 0-6 months of age were evaluated. Total Sia contents in HM decreased during lactation from 136.14 to 24.47 mg/100 mL. The total Sia contents in IFs (13.15-25.78 mg/100 mL) were lower than in HM, and were not related to the addition of ingredients acting as sources of Sia in their formulation. The Sia intakes derived from IFs consumption were lower than in HM, and only one IF reached the intakes provided by HM from the age of two months...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Natalia Miękus, Ilona Olędzka, Alina Plenis, Piotr Kowalski, Ewa Bień, Aleksandra Miękus, Małgorzata Anna Krawczyk, Elżbieta Adamkiewicz-Drożyńska, Tomasz Bączek
The unbalanced secretion of biogenic amines (BAs) is considered to be a relevant biochemical biomarker in the screening for neuroendocrine tumors, such as: neuroblastoma and pheochromocytoma. However, there is still a need to improve the bioanalytical procedures for BA determination in biological samples due to their instability (photo- and thermosensitivity, easy oxidation) and low concentration in the body fluids. In this study, the primary analytical challenge was to optimize the method of extraction of seven compounds from among BAs and their precursors from urine samples...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Luis Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Leticia Leon, Jose Ivorra-Cortes, Alejandro Gómez, Jose Ramon Lamas, Esperanza Pato, Juan Angel Jover, Lydia Abásolo
OBJECTIVES: To assess the mortality rate (MR) and the mortality risk of a rheumatoid arthritis (RA) inception cohort, with and without biologic agents (BAs). Other factors associated to mortality were also investigated. METHODS: Retrospective longitudinal study of RA patients, attending the rheumatology outpatient clinic of a tertiary Hospital (Madrid), collected over 5 years (2000-2004), and followed from the diagnosis of RA up to the patients' death, lost to follow-up or September 2013...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Xiang-Jun Fan, Yao Wang, Lei Wang, Mingyan Zhu
The role of salidroside in colon cancer remains unknown. Here we show that salidroside, a phenylpropanoid glycoside extracted from Rhodiola rosea, exhibited potent anti-proliferative properties in human colorectal cancer cells via inducing apoptosis and autophagy. We ascertained that salidroside exerts an inhibitory effect on the proliferation of human colorectal cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, salidroside induced cell apoptosis, accompanied by an increase of chromatin condensation and nuclear fragmentation, and a decrease of Bcl-2/Bax protein expression ratio...
September 30, 2016: Oncology Reports
Xia Zhang, Jingyu Hu, Yan Chen
Betulinic acid (BA), a lupane-type pentacyclic triterpenoid saponin from tree bark, has the potential to induce the apoptosis of cancer cells without toxicity towards normal cells in vitro and in vivo. The antitumor pharmacological effects of BA consist of triggering apoptosis via the mitochondrial pathway, regulating the cell cycle and the angiogenic pathway via factors, including specificity protein transcription factors, cyclin D1 and epidermal growth factor receptor, inhibiting the signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 and nuclear factor‑κB signaling pathways, preventing the invasion and metastasis of tumor cells, and affecting the expression of topoisomerase I, p53 and lamin B1...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Nongnuch Artrith, Wutthigrai Sailuam, Sukit Limpijumnong, Alexie M Kolpak
Water electrolysis is a key technology for the replacement of fossil fuels by environmentally friendly alternatives, but state-of-the-art water oxidation catalysts rely on rare elements such as Pt groups and other noble metals. In this article, we employ first-principles calculations to explore the potential of modified barium titanate (BaTiO3), an inexpensive perovskite oxide that can be synthesized from earth-abundant precursors, for the design of efficient water oxidation electrocatalysts. Our calculations identify Fe and Ni doping as a means to improve the electrical conductivity and to reduce the overpotential required for water oxidation over BaTiO3...
October 17, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Anna Ngo, Ann Koay, Christian Pecquet, Carmen C Diaconu, Yasmine Ould-Amer, Qiwei Huang, Congbao Kang, Anders Poulsen, May Ann Lee, David Jenkins, Andrew Shiau, Stefan N Constantinescu, Meng Ling Choo
BACKGROUND: Rather than a Janus Kinase 2 inhibitor (ruxolitinib), a specific thrombopoietin receptor (TpoR) inhibitor would be more specific for the treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasms due to TpoR mutations. OBJECTIVE: A cell-based phenotypic approach to identify specific TpoR inhibitors was implemented and a library of 505,483 small molecules was screened for inhibitory effects on cells transformed by TpoR mutants. RESULTS: Among the identified hits are two analogs of 3-(4-piperidinyl) indole...
October 10, 2016: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
J L Chen, P Zheng, C Zhang, B Yu, J He, J Yu, J Q Luo, X B Mao, Z Q Huang, D W Chen
This study was conducted to investigate the effects of benzoic acid (BA) on growth performance, intestinal development and intestinal barrier function in weaned pigs. Ninety weaned pigs were randomly assigned to one of three treatments: a basal diet (CON), the basal diet supplemented with 2000 mg/kg benzoic acid (BA1) and 5000 mg/kg benzoic acid (BA2). At the end of days 14 and 42, six pigs per treatment were randomly selected to collect plasma and intestinal samples. Results showed that BA supplementation not only improved final body weight, daily growth and feed conversion ratio from days 15 to 42 and days 1 to 42, but also decreased the activity of plasma diamine oxidase (day 42) and the pH values of jejunal contents (day 14) (p < 0...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Agnieszka Młynarska, Rafał Młynarski, Krzysztof S Gołba, Maciej Sosnowski
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that small differences in the anatomy of the coronary venous tree might be one of the factors responsible for the differences in the respond for cardiac resynchronization depending on a patient's gender. METHODS: The cardiac computed tomography scans with retrospective gating were performed on 315 subjects (aged 58.3 ± 11.6; 117 women) according to the clinical criteria. The standard protocol for coronary arteries was used during scanning...
October 17, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Agnieszka Ilczuk, Ewelina Jacygrad
Cornus alba L. (white dogwood) is an important ornamental shrub having a wide range of applications such as reforestation programs and soil retention systems. The vegetative propagation of dogwood by cuttings may be slow, difficult, and cultivar dependent; therefore, an improved micropropagation method was developed. Nodal stem segments of C. alba cultivars 'Aurea' and 'Elegantissima' were cultured on media enriched with six different sources of macronutrients. Media were supplemented with either N(6)-benzyladenine (BA) or thidiazuron (TDZ) in combination with 1-naphthaleneacetic acid (NAA)...
2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Plant: Journal of the Tissue Culture Association
Wenwu Lin, Wenkai Yan, Wenting Yang, Chaowei Yu, Huihuang Chen, Wen Zhang, Zujian Wu, Liang Yang, Lianhui Xie
We characterised the virus-derived small interfering RNAs (vsiRNA) of bamboo mosaic virus (Ba-vsiRNAs) and its associated satellite RNA (satRNA)-derived siRNAs (satsiRNAs) in a bamboo plant (Dendrocalamus latiflorus) by deep sequencing. Ba-vsiRNAs and satsiRNAs of 21-22 nt in length, with both (+) and (-) polarity, predominated. The 5'-terminal base of Ba-vsiRNA was biased towards A, whereas a bias towards C/U was observed in sense satsiRNAs, and towards A in antisense satsiRNAs. A large set of bamboo genes were identified as potential targets of Ba-vsiRNAs and satsiRNAs, revealing RNA silencing-based virus-host interactions in plants...
October 14, 2016: Archives of Virology
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