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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149718/coronary-risk-assessment-at-x-ray-dose-equivalent-ungated-chest-ct-results-of-a-multi-reader-study
#1
Michael Messerli, Lukas Hechelhammer, Sebastian Leschka, René Warschkow, Simon Wildermuth, Ralf W Bauer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of ultra-low dose chest CT with tin filtration for ordinal coronary artery calcium (CAC) risk scoring. METHODS: 50 patients were prospectively included and underwent clinical standard dose chest CT (1.8±0.7mSv) and ultra-low dose CT (0.13±0.01mSv). Four radiologists estimated presence and extent of CAC. RESULTS: Weighted kappa values for CAC were 0.76-0.97 in standard dose and 0.75-0.95 in ultra-low dose CT (p<0...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149570/seagrass-mediated-phosphorus-and-iron-solubilisation-in-tropical-sediments
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Kasper Elgetti Brodersen, Klaus Koren, Maria Mosshammer, Peter Ralph, Michael Kühl, Jakob Santner
Tropical seagrasses are nutrient limited owing to the strong phosphorus fixation capacity of carbonate-rich sediments, yet they form densely-vegetated, multi-species meadows in oligotrophic tropical waters. Using a novel combination of high-resolution, two-dimensional chemical imaging of O2, pH, iron, sulphide, calcium and phosphorus, we found that tropical seagrasses are able to mobilize the essential nutrients iron and phosphorus in their rhizosphere via multiple biogeochemical pathways. We show that tropical seagrasses mobilize phosphorus and iron within their rhizosphere via plant-induced local acidification, leading to dissolution of carbonates and release of phosphate, and via local stimulation of microbial sulphide production, causing reduction of insoluble Fe(III) oxyhydroxides to dissolved Fe(II) with concomitant phosphate release into the rhizosphere porewater...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149487/fabrication-of-chelate-setting-%C3%AE-tricalcium-phosphate-cement-using-sodium-citrate-and-sodium-alginate-as-mixing-solution-and-its-in-vivo-osteoconductivity
#3
Toshiisa Konishi, Poon Nian Lim, Michiyo Honda, Masaki Nagaya, Hiroshi Nagashima, Eng San Thian, Mamoru Aizawa
Moldable and injectable calcium-phosphate cements (CPCs) are material candidates for bone replacement applications. In the present study, we examined the effectiveness of sodium alginate and sodium citrate additives to the liquid phase of CPC, in improving its handling property as well as mechanical strength. The use of these additives enhanced the handling property significantly, in terms of consistency as compared to CPC without additives due to the liquefying effect caused by the adsorption of citrate ions on the cement particles...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149481/neuroprotective-effects-of-melatonin-on-amphetamine-induced-dopaminergic-fiber-degeneration-in-the-hippocampus-of-postnatal-rats
#4
Tanawan Leeboonngam, Ratchadaporn Pramong, Kwankanit Sae-Ung, Piyarat Govitrapong, Pansiri Phansuwan-Pujito
Chronic amphetamine (AMPH) abuse leads to damage of the hippocampus, the brain area associated with learning and memory process. Previous results have shown that AMPH-induced dopamine neurotransmitter release, reactive oxygen species formation and degenerative protein aggregation lead to neuronal death. Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant, plays a role as a neuroprotective agent. The objective of this study was to investigate whether the protective effect of melatonin on AMPH-induced hippocampal damage in the postnatal rat acts through the dopaminergic pathway...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149324/pyrethroid-insecticide-cypermethrin-modulates-gonadotropin-synthesis-via-calcium-homeostasis-and-erk1-2-signaling-in-l%C3%AE-t2-mouse-pituitary-cells
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Feixue Li, Huihui Ma, Jing Liu
Pyrethroids are a class of widely used insecticides. Cypermethrin (CP) is one of most commonly used pyrethroid insecticides and its residue has been frequently detected in environmental media. Our recent animal study reported that early postnatal exposure to CP induced an increase in serum levels of luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) as well as the expression of gonadotropin subunit genes [chorionic gonadotropin α (CGα), LHβ and FSHβ] in pituitary tissues. In this study, we further investigated the precise mechanism by which CP at concentrations of 1-100 nM affected the synthesis of gonadotropins using a murine pituitary gonadotropic cell line LβT2...
November 15, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149234/calcium-dependent-hydrolysis-of-supported-planar-lipids-was-triggered-by-honey-bee-venom-phospholipase-a2-with-the-right-orientation-at-the-interface
#6
Siqi Kai, Xu Li, Bolin Li, Xiaofeng Han, Xiaolin Lu
Hydrolysis of planar phospholipids catalyzed by honey bee venom phospholipase A2 (bvPLA2) was studied. Experiments demonstrated that Ca(2+) ions mediated between the lipids and bvPLA2, induced reorientation of bvPLA2, and activated hydrolysis. One of the hydrolysis products, fatty acids, was desorbed, and the other one, lysophospholipids, self-organized at the interface.
November 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149033/validity-and-reproducibility-of-a-food-frequency-questionnaire-for-dietary-factors-related-to-colorectal-cancer
#7
Daniel Nigusse Tollosa, John Van Camp, Inge Huybrechts, Lieven Huybregts, Joris Van Loco, Stefaan De Smet, Ellen Sterck, Céline Rabâi, Thomas Van Hecke, Lynn Vanhaecke, Els Vossen, Marc Peeters, Carl Lachat
Dietary factors play a major role in the development of colorectal cancer. This study evaluated the reproducibility and validity of a 109-food item Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) to measure the consumption of foods and nutrients related to the development of colorectal cancer in a population aged ≥50 years in Flanders, Belgium. A semi-quantitative FFQ was administered two times in a period of two weeks to evaluate reproducibility (FFQ1 and FFQ2). The validity of the FFQ was assessed by comparing FFQ1 against the 3-day diary method (3 DD)...
November 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148820/a-functional-kinase-short-interfering-ribonucleic-acid-screen-using-protease-activated-receptor-2-dependent-opening-of-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4
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William G Darby, Megan S Grace, Kaylene J Simpson, Owen L Woodman, Peter McIntyre
Protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2) is a proinflammatory G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) that is activated by inflammatory proteases, and its activation initiates signaling pathways that modulate the nonselective cation channel transient receptor potential vanilloid-4 (TRPV4). PAR2-dependent opening of TRPV4 has been attributed to kinase activation, but the identity of the responsible enzymes is unknown. Deciphering the signaling pathways involved in the PAR2-dependent opening of TRPV4 may yield new targets for pain treatment...
November 17, 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148067/should-theophylline-be-added-to-the-j-wave-syndrome-therapeutic-armamentarium
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EDITORIAL
Charles Antzelevitch, Sami Viskin
The substrate for both early repolarization syndrome (ERS) and Brugada syndrome (BrS), the so-called J wave syndromes, has been shown to develop as a consequence of genetic variants causing a loss of function of inward currents such sodium (INa ) and calcium (ICa ) channel currents or a gain of function in outward currents such as the transient outward current (Ito ). These changes in ion channel function result in an outward shift of the balance of currents active during the early phases of the epicardial action potential in the right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) of the heart in the case BrS and in the inferior left ventricle in the case of ERS...
November 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147891/long-term-presence-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-autoantibody-reduces-aldosterone-production-by-triggering-ca-2-overload-in-h295r-cells
#10
Jinghui Lei, Suli Zhang, Pengli Wang, Yang Liao, Jingwei Bian, Xiaochen Yin, Ye Wu, Lina Bai, Feng Wang, Xiaoli Yang, Huirong Liu
Preeclamptic women are reported to have inadequate plasma volume expansion coupled with a suppressed secretion of aldosterone; however, the specific mechanism of preeclampsia remains unclear. We demonstrated that the presence of long-term angiotensin II type 1 receptor autoantibody (AT1-AA) reduces aldosterone production by triggering a Ca(2+) overload in H295R cells. AT1-AA was discovered in preeclamptic women and reported to activate AT1R, and consequently elevate intracellular Ca(2+). We found that AT1-AA significantly prolonged the time of intracellular Ca(2+) elevation...
November 16, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147713/variation-of-the-bone-forming-ability-with-the-physicochemical-properties-of-calcium-phosphate-bone-substitutes
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Rongquan Duan, Davide Barbieri, Xiaoman Luo, Jie Weng, Chongyun Bao, Joost D de Bruijn, Huipin Yuan
Because of their bioactive properties and chemical similarity to the inorganic component of bone, calcium phosphate (CaP) materials are widely used for bone regeneration. Six commercially available CaP bone substitutes (Bio-Oss, Actifuse, Bi-Ostetic, MBCP, Vitoss and chronOs) as well as two tricalcium phosphate (TCP) ceramics with either a micron-scale (TCP-B) or submicron-scale (TCP-S) surface structure are characterized and their bone forming potential is evaluated in a canine ectopic implantation model. After 12 weeks of implantation in the paraspinal muscle of four beagles, sporadic bone (0...
November 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147662/effectiveness-of-a-lytic-phage-srg1-against-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-in-compost-and-soil
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Sidra Rahmat Ullah, Saadia Andleeb, Taskeen Raza, Muhsin Jamal, Khalid Mehmood
Nosocomial infections caused by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus have become a major problem. Bacteriophage therapy is proposed as a potential alternative therapy. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and are ubiquitous in nature. Lytic bacteriophage was isolated from sewage water that infects VREF, the causative agent of endocarditis, bacteraemia, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). The phage produced clear plaques with unique clear morphology and well-defined boundaries. TEM results of phage revealed it to be 108 ± 0...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147489/the-effect-of-platelet-rich-plasma-on-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-induced-bone-regeneration-of-canine-alveolar-defects-with-calcium-phosphate-based-scaffolds
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Reihaneh Shafieian, Maryam Moghaddam Matin, Amin Rahpeyma, Alireza Fazel, Hamideh Salari Sedigh, Ariane Sadr-Nabavi, Halimeh Hassanzadeh, Alireza Ebrahimzadeh-Bideskan
Objectives: Autologous bone transplantation known as the "gold standard" to reconstruction of osseous defects has known disadvantages. This study was designed to explore the effects of hydroxy-apatite/tricalcium-phosphate (HA/TCP) and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) on the osteogenesis ability of human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hAdMSCs) in vitro and in vivo. Materials and Methods: hAdMSCs were incubated with HA/TCP granules and/or PRP in vitro and then, cell proliferation and differentiation was assessed by MTT assay, AZR S staining and SEM examination...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147480/a-rare-case-of-late-onset-saphenous-vein-graft-spasm
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Nirmal Guragai, Upamanyu Rampal, Rahul Vasudev, Hiten Patel, Meherwan B Joshi, Fayez Shamoon
Spasm following coronary artery bypass graft surgery has been well established in arterial grafts, especially in grafts utilizing the internal mammary. Venous graft spasms are uncommon and are only observed in vein grafts during or soon after the coronary artery bypass surgery. It is exceedingly rare to see spasm of venous graft beyond one year of surgery. We report a 72-year-old female who had coronary artery bypass graft three years ago and presented with new onset chest pain for one month. The coronary angiogram revealed severe spasm of the proximal aspect of a patent saphenous venous graft which was relieved by intracoronary nitroglycerine...
2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147113/clinical-presentation-management-and-outcomes-of-primary-hyperparathyroidism-during-pregnancy
#15
Ya Hu, Ming Cui, Zhengyi Sun, Zhe Su, Xiang Gao, Quan Liao, Yupei Zhao
Background: Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) in pregnancy is a rare event, but it poses a significant risk to mothers and fetuses. The optimal treatment strategy remains controversial. Methods: We present a consecutive series of twelve pregnant women with pHPT. Results: Twelve women were diagnosed with pHPT during pregnancy or in the postpartum period. Four of them presented no symptoms or mild symptoms. Four patients experienced serious complications, including hypercalcaemic crisis, acute pancreatitis, and eclampsia...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146988/variations-in-nutrient-and-trace-element-composition-of-rice-in-an-organic-rice-frog-coculture-system
#16
Zhimin Sha, Qingnan Chu, Zheng Zhao, Yubo Yue, Linfang Lu, Jing Yuan, Linkui Cao
Introducing frogs into paddy fields can control pests and diseases, and organic farming can improve soil fertility and rice growth. The aim of this 2-year field study was compare the yield and elemental composition of rice between an organic farming system including frogs (ORF) and a conventional rice culture system (CR). The grain yields were almost the same in the ORF system and the CR system. The ORF significantly increased the contents of phosphorus (P), ion (Fe), zinc (Zn), molybdenum (Mo) and selenium (Se) in rice grain at one or both years...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146949/a-microfluidic-platform-for-the-characterisation-of-cns-active-compounds
#17
Christopher MacKerron, Graham Robertson, Michele Zagnoni, Trevor J Bushell
New in vitro technologies that assess neuronal excitability and the derived synaptic activity within a controlled microenvironment would be beneficial for the characterisation of compounds proposed to affect central nervous system (CNS) function. Here, a microfluidic system with computer controlled compound perfusion is presented that offers a novel methodology for the pharmacological profiling of CNS acting compounds based on calcium imaging readouts. Using this system, multiple applications of the excitatory amino acid glutamate (10 nM-1 mM) elicited reproducible and reversible transient increases in intracellular calcium, allowing the generation of a concentration response curve...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146750/trpm7-transient-receptor-potential-melastatin-like-7-channel-kinase-controls-calcium-responses-in-arterial-thrombosis-and-stroke-in-mice
#18
Sanjeev K Gotru, Wenchun Chen, Peter Kraft, Isabelle C Becker, Karen Wolf, Simon Stritt, Susanna Zierler, Heike M Hermanns, Deviyani Rao, Anne-Laure Perraud, Carsten Schmitz, René P Zahedi, Peter J Noy, Michael G Tomlinson, Thomas Dandekar, Masayuki Matsushita, Vladimir Chubanov, Thomas Gudermann, Guido Stoll, Bernhard Nieswandt, Attila Braun
OBJECTIVE: TRPM7 (transient receptor potential melastatin-like 7 channel) is a ubiquitously expressed bifunctional protein comprising a transient receptor potential channel segment linked to a cytosolic α-type serine/threonine protein kinase domain. TRPM7 forms a constitutively active Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) permeable channel, which regulates diverse cellular processes in both healthy and diseased conditions, but the physiological role of TRPM7 kinase remains largely unknown. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Here we show that point mutation in TRPM7 kinase domain deleting the kinase activity in mice (Trpm7(R/R) ) causes a marked signaling defect in platelets...
November 16, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146534/systematic-review-for-the-2017-acc-aha-aapa-abc-acpm-ags-apha-ash-aspc-nma-pcna-guideline-for-the-prevention-detection-evaluation-and-management-of-high-blood-pressure-in-adults-a-report-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-task
#19
David M Reboussin, Norrina B Allen, Michael E Griswold, Eliseo Guallar, Yuling Hong, Daniel T Lackland, Edgar Pete R Miller, Tamar Polonsky, Angela M Thompson-Paul, Suma Vupputuri
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature systematically and perform meta-analyses to address these questions: 1) Is there evidence that self-measured blood pressure (BP) without other augmentation is superior to office-based measurement of BP for achieving better BP control or for preventing adverse clinical outcomes that are related to elevated BP? 2) What is the optimal target for BP lowering during antihypertensive therapy in adults? 3) In adults with hypertension, how do various antihypertensive drug classes differ in their benefits and harms compared with each other as first-line therapy? METHODS: Electronic literature searches were performed by Doctor Evidence, a global medical evidence software and services company, across PubMed and EMBASE from 1966 to 2015 using key words and relevant subject headings for randomized controlled trials that met eligibility criteria defined for each question...
November 7, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146477/a-review-of-s100-protein-family-in-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Ting Wang, Xiaoying Huo, Zhaoyang Chong, Hamadhaider Khan, Rui Liu, Ting Wang
S100 protein family, representing 25 relatively small calcium binding proteins, has been reported to be involved in multiple stages of tumorigenesis and progression. These proteins are considered having potential value to be adopted as novel biomarkers in the detection and accurate prediction of many kinds of tumors, including lung cancer. As the one having the highest morbidity and mortality among all cancers, lung carcinoma is still occult for detection, especially at early stage. S100 proteins take participation in the lung neoplasia through playing intracellular and/or extracellular functions, therefore getting involved in a variety of biological processes such as differentiation, proliferation, and migration...
November 13, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
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