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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031242/dietary-creatine-supplementation-lowers-hepatic-triacylglycerol-by-increasing-lipoprotein-secretion-in-rats-fed-high-fat-diet
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Robin P da Silva, Kelly-Ann Leonard, René L Jacobs
Recent studies have shown that dietary creatine supplementation can prevent lipid accumulation in the liver. Creatine is a small molecule that plays a large role in energy metabolism, but since the enzyme creatine kinase is not present in the liver, the classical role in energy metabolism does not hold in this tissue. Fat accumulation in the liver can lead to the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a progressive disease that is prevalent in humans. We have previously reported that creatine can directly influence lipid metabolism in cell culture to promote lipid secretion and oxidation...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031108/accessibility-of-fast-food-outlets-is-associated-with-fast-food-intake-a-study-in-the-capital-region-of-denmark
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Kamille Almer Bernsdorf, Cathrine Juel Lau, Anne Helms Andreasen, Ulla Toft, Maja Lykke, Charlotte Glümer
Literature suggests that people living in areas with a wealth of unhealthy fast food options may show higher levels of fast food intake. Multilevel logistic regression analyses were applied to examine the association between GIS-located fast food outlets (FFOs) and self-reported fast food intake among adults (+ 16 years) in the Capital Region of Denmark (N = 48,305). Accessibility of FFOs was measured both as proximity (distance to nearest FFO) and density (number of FFOs within a 1km network buffer around home)...
October 11, 2017: Health & Place
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031026/genome-wide-characterization-of-differential-transcript-usage-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Dries Vaneechoutte, April R Estrada, Ying-Chen Lin, Ann E Loraine, Klaas Vandepoele
Alternative splicing and the usage of alternate transcription start- or stop sites allows a single gene to produce multiple transcript isoforms. Most plant genes express certain isoforms at a significantly higher level than others, but under specific conditions this expression dominance can change, resulting in a different set of dominant isoforms. These events of Differential Transcript Usage (DTU) have been observed for thousands of Arabidopsis thaliana, Zea mays and Vitis vinifera genes and have been linked to development and stress response...
October 14, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029345/evacuating-people-and-their-pets-older-floridians-need-for-and-proximity-to-pet-friendly-shelters
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Rachel Douglas, Ayberk Kocatepe, Anne E Barrett, Eren Erman Ozguven, Clayton Gumber
Objectives: Pets influence evacuation decisions, but little is known about pet-friendly emergency shelters' availability or older adults' need for them. Our study addresses this issue, focusing on the most densely populated area of Florida (Miami-Dade)-the state with the oldest population and greatest hurricane susceptibility. Method: We use Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based methodology to identify the shortest paths to pet-friendly shelters, based on distance and congested and uncongested travel times-taking into account the older population's spatial distribution...
October 4, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029344/the-clinical-and-economic-impact-of-attaining-national-hiv-aids-strategy-treatment-targets-in-the-united-states
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Ethan D Borre, Emily P Hyle, A David Paltiel, Anne M Neilan, Paul E Sax, Kenneth A Freedberg, Milton C Weinstein, Rochelle P Walensky
Background: The US National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) aims for 72% (90% diagnosed times 80% of those virally suppressed) viral suppression among persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) by 2020. We examined the clinical and economic impact of reaching this target, in the general US population and among black men who have sex with men (MSM), the group with the highest HIV prevalence. Methods: Using a mathematical simulation, we project the 5- and 20-year clinical outcomes, costs, and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios for (1) Current Pace of detection, linkage, retention, and virologic suppression and (2) NHAS investments in expanded testing ($24-$74 per test) and adherence ($400 per person-year), calibrated to achieve 72% suppression by 2020...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029313/subjective-objective-sleep-discrepancy-is-associated-with-alterations-in-regional-glucose-metabolism-in-patients-with-insomnia-and-good-sleeper-controls
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Daniel B Kay, Helmet T Karim, Adriane M Soehner, Brant P Hasler, Jeffrey A James, Anne Germain, Martica H Hall, Peter L Franzen, Julie C Price, Eric A Nofzinger, Daniel J Buysse
Objectives: Sleep discrepancies are common in primary insomnia (PI), and include reports of longer sleep onset latency (SOL) than measured by polysomnography (PSG), or "negative SOL discrepancy." We hypothesized that negative SOL discrepancy in PI would be associated with higher relative glucose metabolism during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep in brain networks involved in conscious awareness, including the salience, left executive control, and default mode networks. Methods: PI (n=32) and good sleeper controls (GS; n=30) completed [ 18F]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scans during NREM sleep and relative regional cerebral metabolic rate for glucose (rCMRglc) was measured...
October 3, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029262/chikungunya-fever-outbreak-identified-in-north-bali-indonesia
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Kartika Sari, Khin Saw Aye Myint, Ayu Rai Andayani, Putu Dwi Adi, Rama Dhenni, Aditya Perkasa, Chairin Nisa Ma'roef, Ni Putu Diah Witari, Dewi Megawati, Ann M Powers, Ungke Anton Jaya
Background: Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infections have been reported sporadically within the last 5 years in several areas of Indonesia including Bali. Most of the reports, however, have lacked laboratory confirmation. Method: A recent fever outbreak in a village in the North Bali area was investigated using extensive viral diagnostic testing including both molecular and serological approaches. Results and conclusions: Ten out of 15 acute febrile illness samples were confirmed to have CHIKV infection by real-time PCR or CHIKV-specific IgM enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
October 5, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029261/selective-enhancement-of-domoic-acid-toxicity-in-primary-cultures-of-cerebellar-granule-cells-by-lowering-extracellular-na-concentration
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Anabel Pérez-Gómez, David Cabrera-García, Davide Warm, Ann M Marini, Javier Salas Puig, Maria Teresa Fernández-Sánchez, Antonello Novelli
Domoic acid (DOM) is an excitatory amino acid analog of kainic acid (KA) that acts through glutamic acid (GLU) receptors, inducing a fast and potent neurotoxic response. Here we present evidence for an enhancement of excitotoxicity following exposure of cultured cerebellar granule cells to DOM in the presence of lower than physiological Na+ concentrations. The concentration of DOM that reduced by 50% neuronal survival was ̴ 3 µM in Na+-free conditions and 16 µM in presence of a physiological concentration of extracellular Na+...
September 25, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029260/an-adjuvanted-postfusion-f-protein-based-vaccine-did-not-prevent-respiratory-syncytial-virus-illness-in-older-adults
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Judith Falloon, Jing Yu, Mark T Esser, Tonya Villafana, Li Yu, Filip Dubovsky, Therese Takas, Myron J Levin, Ann R Falsey
Background: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is an important cause of illness in older adults. This study assessed efficacy of a vaccine for prevention of RSV-associated acute respiratory illness (RSV-ARI), defined by specified symptoms with virologic confirmation. Methods: This phase 2b study evaluated RSV postfusion F protein (120 µg) with glucopyranosyl lipid adjuvant (5 µg) in 2% stable emulsion. Subjects aged ≥60 years were randomized 1:1 to vaccine or placebo (all received influenza vaccine)...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029242/germ-cell-neoplasia-in-situ-and-preserved-fertility-despite-suppressed-gonadotropins-in-a-patient-with-testotoxicosis
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Li Juel Mortensen, Martin Blomberg Jensen, Peter Christiansen, Ann-Margrethe Rønholt, Anne Jørgensen, Hanne Frederiksen, John E Nielsen, Anand C Loya, Birgitte Grønkær Toft, Niels E Skakkebæk, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, Anders Juul
Context: Testotoxicosis is an autosomal dominant, male-limited disorder. Activating mutations in the Luteinizing Hormone Receptor gene (LHCGR) cause high autonomous testosterone secretion resulting in early-onset peripheral precocious puberty. Little is known about long-term consequences of testotoxicosis. Case Description: We present a rare case of a patient followed for 25 years with two remarkable outcomes; preserved fertility and germ cell neoplasia in situ (GCNIS)...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029217/high-levels-of-susceptibility-to-new-and-older-antibiotics-in-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-isolates-from-saskatchewan-2003-15-time-to-consider-point-of-care-or-molecular-testing-for-precision-treatment
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Sidharath D Thakur, Paul N Levett, Gregory B Horsman, Jo-Anne R Dillon
Objectives: The antimicrobial susceptibility of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates from Saskatchewan was determined retrospectively (2003-15) to ascertain temporal trends to both current and older antimicrobials used for treatment. Method: The agar dilution method was used to test the antimicrobial susceptibilities of 685 isolates to seven antibiotics. Results: Over the period, only three (0.4%) gonococcal isolates had reduced susceptibility to cefixime and/or ceftriaxone...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029210/lesinurad-monotherapy-in-gout-patients-intolerant-to-a-xanthine-oxidase-inhibitor-a-6-month-phase-3-clinical-trial-and-extension-study
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Anne-Kathrin Tausche, Rieke Alten, Nicola Dalbeth, Jeff Kopicko, Maple Fung, Scott Adler, Nihar Bhakta, Chris Storgard, Scott Baumgartner, Kenneth Saag
Objective: To investigate the efficacy and safety of lesinurad, a selective uric acid reabsorption inhibitor, in a 6 month, phase 3 clinical trial and extension study. Methods: Patients with gout who cannot take a xanthine oxidase inhibitor (XOI) and have serum uric acid (sUA) ⩾6.5 mg/dl were randomized to receive oral lesinurad (400 mg daily) or placebo. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with sUA <6.0 mg/dl at month 6. Safety assessments included treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs) and laboratory data...
September 23, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029166/beyond-antigenic-match-possible-agent-host-and-immuno-epidemiological-influences-on-influenza-vaccine-effectiveness-during-the-2015-16-season-in-canada
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Danuta M Skowronski, Catharine Chambers, Suzana Sabaiduc, Gaston De Serres, Anne-Luise Winter, James A Dickinson, Jonathan B Gubbay, Steven J Drews, Christine Martineau, Hugues Charest, Mel Krajden, Nathalie Bastien, Yan Li
Background: Vaccine effectiveness (VE) estimates are reported from Canada's Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN) for the 2015-16 influenza season, characterized by a delayed A(H1N1)pdm09 epidemic and concurrent B(Victoria) activity. Potential influences beyond antigenic match are explored including viral genomic variation, birth cohort effects, prior vaccination and epidemic period. Methods: VE was estimated by test-negative design comparing adjusted-odds ratio for influenza test-positivity among vaccinated vs...
October 4, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029147/maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-among-pregnant-women-with-human-monkeypox-infection-in-the-democratic-republic-of-congo
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Placide K Mbala, John W Huggins, Therese Riu-Rovira, Steve M Ahuka, Prime Mulembakani, Anne W Rimoin, James W Martin, Jean-Jacques T Muyembe
Human monkeypox is an endemic disease in rain-forested regions of central Democratic Republic of Congo. We report fetal outcomes for 1 of 4 pregnant women who participated in an observational study at the General Hospital of Kole (Sankuru Province), where 222 symptomatic subjects were followed between 2007 and 2011. Of the 4 pregnant women, 1 gave birth to a healthy infant, 2 had miscarriages in the first trimester, and 1 had fetal death, with the macerated stillborn showing diffuse cutaneous maculopapillary skin lesions involving the head, trunk and extremities, including palms of hands and soles of feet...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029143/genome-wide-analysis-of-genetic-risk-factors-for-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-aboriginal-australians-provides-support-for-pathogenic-molecular-mimicry
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Lesley-Ann Gray, Heather A D'Antoine, Steven Y C Tong, Melita McKinnon, Dawn Bessarab, Ngaire Brown, Bo Reményi, Andrew Steer, Genevieve Syn, Jenefer M Blackwell, Michael Inouye, Jonathan R Carapetis
Background: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) following Group A Streptococcus (GAS) infections is heritable and prevalent in Indigenous populations. Molecular mimicry between human and GAS proteins triggers pro-inflammatory cardiac valve-reactive T-cells. Methods: Genome-wide genetic analysis was undertaken in 1263 Aboriginal Australians (398 RHD cases; 865 controls). Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped using Illumina HumanCoreExome BeadChips. Direct typing and imputation was used to fine-map the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029078/prebiotic-potential-of-pectin-and-pectic-oligosaccharides-to-promote-anti-inflammatory-commensal-bacteria-in-the-human-colon
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Wing Sun Faith Chung, Marjolein Meijerink, Birgitte Zeuner, Jesper Holck, Petra Louis, Anne Meyer, Jerry M Wells, Harry J Flint, Sylvia H Duncan
Dietary plant cell wall carbohydrates are important in modulating the composition and metabolism of the complex gut microbiota, which can impact on health. Pectin is a major component of plant cell walls. Based on studies in model systems and available bacterial isolates and genomes, the capacity to utilize pectins for growth is widespread among colonic Bacteroidetes but relatively uncommon among Firmicutes. One Firmicutes species promoted by pectin is Eubacterium eligens. E. eligens DSM3376 utilizes apple pectin and encodes a broad repertoire of pectinolytic enzymes, including a highly abundant pectate lyase of around 200 kDa that is expressed constitutively...
October 3, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029040/herbacetin-suppresses-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-melanoma-cell-growth-by-targeting-akt-and-odc
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Dong Joon Kim, Mee-Hyun Lee, KangDong Liu, Do Young Lim, Eunmiri Roh, Hanyong Chen, Sung-Hyun Kim, Jung-Hyun Shim, Myoung Ok Kim, Wenwen Li, Fayang Ma, Mangaladoss Fredimoses, Ann M Bode, Zigang Dong
Herbacetin is a flavonol compound that is found in plants such as flaxseed and ramose scouring rush herb, it possesses a strong antioxidant capacity, and exerts anticancer effects on colon and breast cancer. However, the effect of herbacetin on skin cancer has not been investigated. Herein, we identified herbacetin as a dual V-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog (AKT) and ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) inhibitor, and illustrated its anticancer effects in vitro and in vivo against cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma cell growth...
September 23, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028955/gamma-band-oscillations-preferential-for-nociception-can-be-recorded-in-the-human-insula
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Giulia Liberati, Anne Klöcker, Maxime Algoet, Dounia Mulders, Marta Maia Safronova, Susana Ferrao Santos, José-Géraldo Ribeiro Vaz, Christian Raftopoulos, André Mouraux
Transient nociceptive stimuli elicit robust phase-locked local field potentials (LFPs) in the human insula. However, these responses are not preferential for nociception, as they are also elicited by transient non-nociceptive vibrotactile, auditory, and visual stimuli. Here, we investigated whether another feature of insular activity, namely gamma-band oscillations (GBOs), is preferentially observed in response to nociceptive stimuli. Although nociception-evoked GBOs have never been explored in the insula, previous scalp electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography studies suggest that nociceptive stimuli elicit GBOs in other areas such as the primary somatosensory and prefrontal cortices, and that this activity could be closely related to pain perception...
September 25, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028829/sodium-excretion-is-higher-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-than-in-matched-controls
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Sarah Marouen, Guilhem du Cailar, Rachel Audo, Cedric Lukas, Gaelle Vial, Anne Tournadre, Emmanuel Barrat, Jean Ribstein, Bernard Combe, Jacques Morel, Claire I Daien
OBJECTIVE: It was shown that sodium can promote auto-immunity through the activation of the Th17 pathway. We aimed to compare sodium intake in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) vs. matched controls. METHODS: This case-control study included 24 patients with RA at diagnosis and 24 controls matched by age, gender and body mass index. Sodium intake was evaluated by 24-hr urinary sodium excretion. RESULTS: Sodium excretion was greater for patients with early RA (2,849±1,350 vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028824/the-association-between-serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-a-cluster-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-adolescents-the-champs-study-dk
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Natascha Holbæk Pedersen, Jakob Tarp, Lars Bo Andersen, Anne Kær Gejl, Tao Huang, Lone Peijs, Anna Bugge
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes pose a global health burden. Therefore, clarifying the pathology of these risk factors is essential. Previous studies have found positive and negative associations between one or more cardiovascular risk factors and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) probably due to diverse methodological approaches when analysing peripheral BDNF levels. Moreover, only a few studies have been performed in youth populations. Consequently, the main objective of this study was to examine the association between serum BDNF and a composite z-score consisting of six cardiovascular risk factors...
2017: PloS One
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