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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728201/-fever-and-headache-after-a-vacation-in-thailand
#1
Benedikt Schwermer, Daniel Eschle, Constantine Bloch-Infanger
History 50 year-old man with fever and headache starting one week after returning from his vacation in Thailand. His general practitioner prescribed amoxicillin/clavulanic acid, without further analyses to pinpoint the infection. Examinations The examination of cerebro-spinal fluid was crucial for the final diagnosis. Lumbar puncture demonstrated a predominantly mononuclear pleocytosis of 80 cells/µl (< 5) with an elevated protein of 782 mg/l (< 450); glucose and lactate were within normal limits...
July 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728166/whole-genome-sequencing-revealed-novel-prognostic-biomarkers-and-promising-targets-for-therapy-of-ovarian-clear-cell-carcinoma
#2
Hiroaki Itamochi, Tetsuro Oishi, Nao Oumi, Satoshi Takeuchi, Kosuke Yoshihara, Mikio Mikami, Nobuo Yaegashi, Yasuhisa Terao, Kazuhiro Takehara, Kimio Ushijima, Hidemichi Watari, Daisuke Aoki, Tadashi Kimura, Toshiaki Nakamura, Yoshihito Yokoyama, Junzo Kigawa, Toru Sugiyama
BACKGROUND: Ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC) is mostly resistant to standard chemotherapy that results in poor patient survival. To understand the genetic background of these tumours, we performed whole-genome sequencing of OCCC tumours. METHODS: Tumour tissue samples and matched blood samples were obtained from 55 Japanese women diagnosed with OCCC. Whole-genome sequencing was performed using the Illumina HiSeq platform according to standard protocols. RESULTS: Alterations to the switch/sucrose non-fermentable (SWI/SNF) subunit, the phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt signalling pathway, and the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)/Ras signalling pathway were found in 51%, 42%, and 29% of OCCC tumours, respectively...
July 20, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728162/realistic-lenalidomide-dose-adjustment-strategy-for-transplant-ineligible-elderly-patients-with-relapsed-refractory-multiple-myeloma-japanese-real-world-experience
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Aya Nakaya, Shinya Fujita, Atsushi Satake, Takahisa Nakanishi, Yoshiko Azuma, Yukie Tsubokura, Masaaki Hotta, Hideaki Yoshimura, Kazuyoshi Ishii, Tomoki Ito, Shosaku Nomura
Lenalidomide is an immunomodulatory drug administered orally in the treatment of multiple myeloma. Some elderly patients require a reduced lenalidomide dose because of comorbidities and/or adverse events. This study investigated the actual dose of lenalidomide in elderly patients, finding that most received reduced (5-10 mg) doses. The most common reasons for dose reduction were renal dysfunction (54% of patients), fatigue (grade ≥3; 20%), hematologic disorder (grade ≥3; 14%), and rash (grade ≥3; 9%)...
July 21, 2017: Acta Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727006/genetic-analysis-of-semen-production-traits-of-japanese-black-and-holstein-bulls-genome-wide-marker-based-estimation-of-genetic-parameters-and-environmental-effect-trends
#4
Y Atagi, A Onogi, M Kinukawa, A Ogino, K Kurogi, K Uchiyama, T Yasumori, K Adachi, K Togashi, H Iwata
The semen production traits of bulls from 2 major cattle breeds in Japan, Holstein and Japanese Black, were analyzed comprehensively using genome-wide markers. Weaker genetic correlations were observed between the 2 age groups (1 to 3 yr old and 4 to 6 yr old) regarding semen volume and sperm motility compared with those observed for sperm number and motility after freeze-thawing. The preselection of collected semen for freezing had a limited effect. Given the increasing importance of bull proofs at a young age because of genomic selection and the results from preliminary studies, we used a multiple-trait model that included motility after freeze-thawing with records collected at young ages...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726753/antimicrobial-properties-of-selected-copper-alloys-on-staphylococcus-aureus-and-escherichia-coli-in-different-simulations-of-environmental-conditions-with-vs-without-organic-contamination
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Anna Różańska, Agnieszka Chmielarczyk, Dorota Romaniszyn, Agnieszka Sroka-Oleksiak, Małgorzata Bulanda, Monika Walkowicz, Piotr Osuch, Tadeusz Knych
Background: Hospital equipment made from copper alloys can play an important role in complementing traditional methods of disinfection. Aims of the study: The aim of this study was to assess the dynamics of the antimicrobial properties of selected copper alloys in different simulations of environmental conditions (with organic contamination vs. without organic contamination), and to test alternatives to the currently used testing methods. Materials and Methods: A modification of Japanese standard JIS Z 2801 as well as Staphylococcus aureus (SA) and Escherichia coli (EC) suspended in NaCl vs...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725571/application-of-a-diagnostic-methodology-by-quantification-of-26-0-lysophosphatidylcholine-in-dried-blood-spots-for-japanese-newborn-screening-of-x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy
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Chen Wu, Takeo Iwamoto, Junko Igarashi, Takashi Miyajima, Mohammad Arif Hossain, Hiroko Yanagisawa, Keiko Akiyama, Haruo Shintaku, Yoshikatsu Eto
X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a rare inherited metabolic disease that results in the accumulation of very long chain fatty acids (VLCFA) in plasma and all tissues. Recent studies regarding cerebral X-ALD (CALD) treatment emphasize the importance of its early diagnosis. 26:0 lysophosphatidylcholine (LysoPC) is a sensitive biomarker for newborn screening of X-ALD, while its application for Japanese DBS is unclear. Therefore, we evaluated the feasibility of 20:0 LysoPC and 24:0 LysoPC along with 26:0 LysoPC for diagnosing X-ALD in a cohort of newborns (n = 604), healthy adults (n = 50) and patients (n = 4)...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725570/enzyme-activities-of-%C3%AE-glucosidase-in-japanese-neonates-with-pseudodeficiency-alleles
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Ryuichi Mashima, Torayuki Okuyama
Lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are caused by defective enzyme activities in lysosomes, characterized by the accumulation of sphingolipids, glycolipids, oligosaccharides, mucopolysaccharides, the oxidation products of cholesterol, and other biological substances. A growing number of clinical studies have suggested the enhanced efficacy of existing therapies, including enzyme replacement therapy, which is effective when it is initiated during the presymptomatic period. Thus, the identification of disease-affected individuals by newborn screening has been considered an effective platform...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725321/effect-of-switching-from-an-anti-diabetic-loose-dose-combination-to-a-fixed-dose-combination-regimen-at-equivalent-dosage-for-6-months-on-glycemic-control-in-japanese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-pilot-study
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Kazutaka Aoki, Mieko Nagakura, Masataka Taguri, Hiroshi Kamiyama, Makoto Masumura, Tadashi Furuie, Masanao Oka, Kazunari Kamiko, Shigeru Nakajima, Noriko Akema, Yasuo Terauchi
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus often take multiple anti-diabetic drugs for a long period. Fixed dose combination (FDC) therapy is expected to improve drug adherence for patients with diabetes. The effect of switching from a loose dose combination (LDC) regimen to an FDC regimen at equivalent dosage on glycemic control has not been evaluated fully. Therefore, we investigated the effect of switching from LDC to FDC at equivalent dosage for 6 months on glycemic control in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725316/post-prandial-plasma-glucose-less-than-or-equal-to-70-mg-dl-is-not-uncommon-in-young-japanese-women
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Ayaka Tsuboi, Mika Takeuchi, Kaori Kitaoka, Satomi Minato, Miki Kurata, Tsutomu Kazumi, Keisuke Fukuo
BACKGROUND: Post-breakfast/post-challenge plasma glucose (PG) concentrations were studied less in young normal weight Japanese women. We addressed these issues. METHODS: Two separate groups of female collegiate athletes and female untrained students underwent either a standardized meal test or a standard 75-g oral glucose tolerance test, but not both. Frequency of women whose post-breakfast/post-load PG fell to 70 mg/dL or lower (termed as low glycemia) was compared between athletes and non-athletes, who also underwent measurements of serum adipokines, markers of insulin resistance and inflammation and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725256/the-effect-of-high-intensity-breastfeeding-on-postpartum-glucose-tolerance-in-women-with-recent-gestational-diabetes
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Ichiro Yasuhi, Tomoko Soda, Hiroshi Yamashita, Atsuko Urakawa, Mihoko Izumi, Yukari Kugishima, Yasushi Umezaki
BACKGROUND: Although breastfeeding is expected to reduce the incidence of diabetes in women with gestational diabetes, the effect has not been clearly confirmed. We examined whether or not high-intensity breastfeeding reduces the incidence of abnormal glucose tolerance and investigated the effect of high-intensity breastfeeding on insulin resistance during the first year postpartum in Japanese women with current gestational diabetes. METHODS: In this retrospective study, we included women with gestational diabetes who underwent postpartum 75 g oral glucose tolerance test during the first year (12-14 months) postpartum from 2009 to 2011 at a single tertiary perinatal care center in Japan...
2017: International Breastfeeding Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725170/helicobacter-pylori-infection-status-had-no-influence-on-upper-gastrointestinal-symptoms-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-3-005-japanese-subjects-without-upper-gastrointestinal-lesions-undergoing-medical-health-checkups
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Tomomi Yoshioka, Eri Takeshita, Yasuhisa Sakata, Megumi Hara, Kayo Akutagawa, Natsuko Sakata, Hiroyoshi Endo, Takashi Ohyama, Keiji Matsunaga, Yuichiro Tanaka, Shinpei Shirai, Yoichiro Ito, Nanae Tsuruoka, Ryuichi Iwakiri, Motoyasu Kusano, Kazuma Fujimoto
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the influence of Helicobacter pylori infection and its eradication on the upper gastrointestinal symptoms of relatively healthy Japanese subjects. METHODS: A total of 3,005 subjects (male/female: 1,549/1,456) undergoing medical health checkups were enrolled in the present study, at five hospitals in Saga, Japan, from January to December 2013. They had no significant findings following upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. All subjects completed a questionnaire that addressed a frequency scale for symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease...
2017: Esophagus: Official Journal of the Japan Esophageal Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724971/computational-design-of-a-symmetrical-%C3%AE-trefoil-lectin-with-cancer-cell-binding-activity
#12
Daiki Terada, Arnout R D Voet, Hiroki Noguchi, Kenichi Kamata, Mio Ohki, Christine Addy, Yuki Fujii, Daiki Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Ozeki, Jeremy R H Tame, Kam Y J Zhang
Computational protein design has advanced very rapidly over the last decade, but there remain few examples of artificial proteins with direct medical applications. This study describes a new artificial β-trefoil lectin that recognises Burkitt's lymphoma cells, and which was designed with the intention of finding a basis for novel cancer treatments or diagnostics. The new protein, called "Mitsuba", is based on the structure of the natural shellfish lectin MytiLec-1, a member of a small lectin family that uses unique sequence motifs to bind α-D-galactose...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724951/n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-and-associated-factors-in-the-general-working-population-a-baseline-survey-of-the-uranosaki-cohort-study
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Atsushi Tanaka, Hisako Yoshida, Atsushi Kawaguchi, Jun-Ichi Oyama, Norihiko Kotooka, Shigeru Toyoda, Teruo Inoue, Masafumi Natsuaki, Koichi Node
Few data on clinical characteristics associated with N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) or the clinical value of measuring NT-proBNP in the working population are available. The aim of the present study was to investigate the levels of NT-proBNP and their association with clinical variables in the Japanese general working population by using baseline data from the Uranosaki cohort study. In the study, the plasma concentration of NT-proBNP and some biomarkers were measured in addition to the standard health checkups at the workplace...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724863/factors-associated-with-number-of-present-teeth-in-adults-in-japanese-urban-city
#14
Tsukasa Kurahashi, Miki Kitagawa, Takashi Matsukubo
The purpose of this study was to identify which factors were associated with number of present teeth (PT) in older adults as their clarification might contribute to maintaining the number of PT in this population. These factors were investigated by means of a questionnaire on oral health condition, general health behavior, and anamnesis of diabetes mellitus together with a dental examination. Data were obtained from a total of 7,741 Japanese subjects (2,623 males and 5,118 females), all of whom were aged 40, 50, or 60 years...
2017: Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724854/improvement-of-pulmonary-function-after-comprehensive-obesity-rehabilitation-program-in-obese-patients
#15
Tamao Takahashi, Satoru Ebihara, Masahiro Kohzuki
Obesity is a major risk factor of cardiovascular, osteoarthritis, metabolic and pulmonary disorders, and exercise is an efficient method for treating obesity. However, obese patients often complain of dyspnea on exertion, which makes it difficult to continue exercise program. Obesity is also known to have an adverse effect on pulmonary function. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a comprehensive obesity rehabilitation (COR) program on pulmonary function in Japanese patients with morbid obesity...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724837/chemical-analysis-of-counterfeit-hepatitis-c-drug-found-in-japan
#16
Nahoko Uchiyama, Hiroyuki Kamakura, Sayaka Masada, Takashi Tsujimoto, Junko Hosoe, Hiroko Tokumoto, Takuro Maruyama, Yukihiro Goda, Takashi Hakamatsuka
<bibitem lang="en">  In January 2017, counterfeits of the hepatitis C drug 'HARVONI(®) Combination Tablets' (HARVONI(®)) were found at a pharmacy chain through unlicensed suppliers in Japan. A total of five lots of counterfeit HARVONI(®) (samples 1-5) bottles were found, and the ingredients of the bottles were all in tablet form. Among them, two differently shaped tablets were present in two of the bottles (categorized as samples 2A, 2B, 4A, and 4B). We analyzed the total of seven samples by high-resolution LC-MS, GC-MS and NMR...
July 19, 2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724836/prothrombin-complex-concentrate-for-vitamin-k-antagonist-associated-intracranial-hemorrhage%C3%A3-global-evidence-and-the-japanese-perspective
#17
Masahiro Yasaka, Andres Brainsky, Kazunori Toyoda
Patients receiving vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are at increased risk of bleeding. Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in this population, and is a particular concern among Japanese clinicians, given reports of an elevated risk of this bleeding type in patients of Asian ethnicity. Patients with VKA-associated ICH require rapid international normalized ratio (INR) reversal, and treatment guidelines suggest the use of prothrombin complex concentrates (PCCs) or plasma for this purpose...
July 19, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724764/rab5-and-rab11-are-required-for-clathrin-dependent-endocytosis-of-japanese-encephalitis-virus-in-bhk-21-cells
#18
Chun-Chun Liu, Yun-Na Zhang, Zhao-Yao Li, Jin-Xiu Hou, Jing Zhou, Lin Kan, Bin Zhou, Pu-Yan Chen
During infection Japanese Encephalitis Virus generally enters host cells via receptor-mediated clathrin dependent endocytosis. The trafficking of JEV within endosomes is controlled by Rab GTPases, but which Rab proteins are involved in JEV entry into BHK-21 cells is unknown. In this study, entry and post-internalization of JEV were analyzed using biochemical inhibitors, RNA interference and dominant negative mutants. Our data demonstrate that JEV entry into BHK-21 cells depends on clathrin, dynamin, and cholesterol, but not caveolae or macropinocytosis...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724245/radioactively-hot-particles-detected-in-dusts-and-soils-from-northern-japan-by-combination-of-gamma-spectrometry-autoradiography-and-sem-eds-analysis-and-implications-in-radiation-risk-assessment
#19
Marco Kaltofen, Arnie Gundersen
After the March 11, 2011, nuclear reactor meltdowns at Fukushima Dai-ichi, 180 samples of Japanese particulate matter (dusts and surface soils) and 235 similar U.S. and Canadian samples were collected and analyzed sequentially by gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Samples were collected and analyzed over a five-year period, from 2011 to 2016. Detectable levels of (134)Cs and (137)Cs were found in 142 of 180 (80%) Japanese particulate matter samples...
July 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723737/how-to-choose-when-implants-of-adjacent-height-both-fit-the-disc-space-properly-in-single-level-cervical-artificial-disc-replacement
#20
Xin Rong, Jigang Lou, Huibo Li, Yang Meng, Hao Liu
In cervical artificial disc replacement (C-ADR), sometimes we encountered with such cases that implants of adjacent height both fit the target disc space properly. No study was available discussing the choice of implant height and the clinical outcomes under such circumstance. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of different implant heights on the clinical outcomes and radiographic results when the implants of adjacent height both fit the disc space properly. This retrospective study included 34 patients underwent single-level C-ADR at the C5-C6 level at our institution...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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