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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934668/diabetes-mellitus-increased-all-cause-mortality-rate-among-newly-diagnosed-tuberculosis-patients-in-an-asian-population-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Po-Yen Ko, Shi-Dou Lin, Ming-Chia Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Chen
AIMS: To investigate the effect of diabetes mellitus (DM) on all-cause mortality among patients with newly-diagnosed tuberculosis (TB) in an Asian population. We also identified risk factors for mortality in these patients. METHODS: The data were obtained from the National Health Insurance Research Database and included 9831 newly-diagnosed TB individuals and 1627 TB mortality cases in the period of 2000-2010. The mortality data were divided into a DM group and a non-DM group...
September 1, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934311/characteristics-and-risk-of-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease-of-liver-in-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
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Chien-Ting Chen, Chun-Yu Liu, Yuan-Bin Yu, Chia-Jen Liu, Liang-Tsai Hsiao, Jyh-Pyng Gau, Tzeon-Jye Chiou, Jing-Hwang Liu, Yao-Chung Liu
Chronic graft-versus-host-disease (cGvHD) is a serious complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Among various organ-specific cGvHD, the cGvHD of liver is less well-characterized. In this study, we applied the National Institutes of Health 2014 scoring criteria of cGvHD to analyze a retrospective cohort of 362 allo-HSCT recipients focusing on cGvHD of liver. The overall incidence of liver cGvHD with a score of 3 by 1.5 years post-transplant was 5.8% (21/362). Poor outcome, in terms of overall survival (OS), were observed in patients with scores of 3 liver cGvHD, comparing to those with scores less than 3 (hazard ratio [HR] 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934296/lactobacillus-paracasei-gmnl-32-exerts-a-therapeutic-effect-on-cardiac-abnormalities-in-nzb-w-f1-mice
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Wei-Syun Hu, Peramaiyan Rajendran, Bor-Show Tzang, Yu-Lan Yeh, Chia-Yao Shen, Ray-Jade Chen, Tsung-Jung Ho, Viswanadha Vijaya Padma, Yi-Hsing Chen, Chih-Yang Huang
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a disease that mostly affects women. Accelerated atherosclerosis is a high-risk factor associated with SLE patients. SLE associated with cardiovascular disease is one of the most important causes of death. In this study, we demonstrated that Lactobacillus paracasei GMNL-32 (GMNL-32), a probiotic species, exhibits anti-fibrosis and anti-apoptotic effects on the cardiac tissue of NZB/WF1 mice. Female NZB/W F1 mice, a well-known and commonly used lupus-prone mouse strain, were treated with or without GMNL-32 administration for 12 weeks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934289/untreated-duration-predicted-the-severity-of-depression-at-the-two-year-follow-up-point
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Ching-I Hung, Chia-Yih Liu, Ching-Hui Yang
BACKGROUND: No study has investigated the impact of the duration of untreated depression (DUD) on the severity of depression at the two-year follow-up point in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who discontinued pharmacotherapy. This study aimed to investigate this issue. METHODS: This study enrolled 155 subjects with MDD at baseline, and 101 subjects who had discontinued pharmacotherapy for 17.1 ± 5.8 months were assessed at the two-year follow-up point...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934144/the-recognition-of-calmodulin-to-the-target-sequence-of-calcineurin-a-novel-binding-mode
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Chia-Lin Chyan, Deli Irene, Sin-Mao Lin
Calcineurin (CaN) is a Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent Ser/Thr protein phosphatase, which plays essential roles in many cellular and developmental processes. CaN comprises two subunits, a catalytic subunit (CaN-A, 60 kDa) and a regulatory subunit (CaN-B, 19 kDa). CaN-A tightly binds to CaN-B in the presence of minimal levels of Ca(2+), but the enzyme is inactive until activated by CaM. Upon binding to CaM, CaN then undergoes a conformational rearrangement, the auto inhibitory domain is displaced and thus allows for full activity...
September 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932224/shrimp-mir-10a-is-co-opted-by-white-spot-syndrome-virus-to-increase-viral-gene-expression-and-viral-replication
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Jiun-Yan Huang, Shih-Ting Kang, I-Tung Chen, Li-Kwan Chang, Shih-Shun Lin, Guang-Hsiung Kou, Chia-Ying Chu, Chu-Fang Lo
Members of the microRNA miR-10 family are highly conserved and play many important roles in diverse biological mechanisms, including immune-related responses and cancer-related processes in certain types of cancer. In this study, we found the most highly upregulated shrimp microRNA from Penaeus vannamei during white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) infection was miR-10a. After confirming the expression level of miR-10a by northern blot and quantitative RT-PCR, an in vivo experiment showed that the viral copy number was decreased in miR-10a-inhibited shrimp...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931916/salidroside-ameliorates-sepsis-induced-acute-lung-injury-and-mortality-via-downregulating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-hmgb1-pathways-through-the-upregulation-of-sirt1
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Kuo-Cheng Lan, Sung-Chuan Chao, Hsiao-Yi Wu, Chia-Lien Chiang, Ching-Chia Wang, Shing-Hwa Liu, Te-I Weng
Sepsis is a life-threatening medical condition. Salidroside, a substance isolated from Rhodiola rosea, possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The effect and mechanism of salidroside on sepsis-induced acute lung injury still remains to be well clarified. Here, we investigated the effect and mechanism of salidroside on septic mouse models and explored the role of salidroside-upregulated SIRT1. Salidroside inhibited the inflammatory responses and HMGB1 productions in bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated macrophages and mice...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931914/high-resolution-analysis-of-rare-copy-number-variants-in-patients-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-from-taiwan
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Chia-Hsiang Chen, Hsin-I Chen, Wei-Hsien Chien, Ling-Hui Li, Yu-Yu Wu, Yen-Nan Chiu, Wen-Che Tsai, Susan Shur-Fen Gau
Rare genomic copy number variations (CNVs) (frequency <1%) contribute a part to the genetic underpinnings of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The study aimed to understand the scope of rare CNV in Taiwanese patients with ASD. We conducted a genome-wide CNV screening of 335 ASD patients (299 males, 36 females) from Taiwan using Affymetrix Genome-Wide Human SNP Array 6.0 and compared the incidence of rare CNV with that of 1093 control subjects (525 males, 568 females). We found a significantly increased global burden of rare CNVs in the ASD group compared to the controls as a whole or when the rare CNVs were classified by the size and types of CNV...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931308/clinical-factors-associated-with-adherence-to-the-premedication-protocol-for-withdrawal-of-mechanical-ventilation-in-terminally-ill-patients-a-4-year-experience-at-a-single-medical-center-in-asia
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Chao-Hui Wang, Pei-Wei Huang, Chia-Yen Hung, Shu-Hui Lee, Chen-Yi Kao, Hung-Ming Wang, Yu-Shin Hung, Po-Jung Su, Yung-Chia Kuo, Chia-Hsun Hsieh, Wen-Chi Chou
PURPOSE: Data on end-of-life care practices in Asia are scarce. This study aimed to analyze the clinical factors associated with the recommended premedication protocol for mechanical ventilation withdrawal, in Taiwan. METHODS: A total of 135 terminally ill patients who had mechanical ventilation withdrawn between 2013 and 2016 from a single medical center in Taiwan were enrolled. A premedication protocol of morphine and midazolam intravenous bolus was routinely recommended for the patients before mechanical ventilation withdrawal...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930148/elongation-of-axon-extension-for-human-ipsc-derived-retinal-ganglion-cells-by-a-nano-imprinted-scaffold
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Tien-Chun Yang, Jen-Hua Chuang, Waradee Buddhakosai, Wen-Ju Wu, Chen-Ju Lee, Wun-Syuan Chen, Yi-Ping Yang, Ming-Chia Li, Chi-Hsien Peng, Shih-Jen Chen
Optic neuropathies, such as glaucoma and Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) lead to retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss and therefore motivate the application of transplantation technique into disease therapy. However, it is a challenge to direct the transplanted optic nerve axons to the correct location of the retina. The use of appropriate scaffold can promote the proper axon growth. Recently, biocompatible materials have been integrated into the medical field, such as tissue engineering and reconstruction of damaged tissues or organs...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929370/a-termite-symbiotic-mushroom-maximizing-sexual-activity-at-growing-tips-of-vegetative-hyphae
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Huei-Mei Hsieh, Mei-Chu Chung, Pao-Yang Chen, Fei-Man Hsu, Wen-Wei Liao, Ai-Ning Sung, Chun-Ru Lin, Chung-Ju Rachel Wang, Yu-Hsin Kao, Mei-Jane Fang, Chi-Yung Lai, Chieh-Chen Huang, Jyh-Ching Chou, Wen-Neng Chou, Bill Chia-Han Chang, Yu-Ming Ju
BACKGROUND: Termitomyces mushrooms are mutualistically associated with fungus-growing termites, which are widely considered to cultivate a monogenotypic Termitomyces symbiont within a colony. Termitomyces cultures isolated directly from termite colonies are heterokaryotic, likely through mating between compatible homokaryons. RESULTS: After pairing homokaryons carrying different haplotypes at marker gene loci MIP and RCB from a Termitomyces fruiting body associated with Odontotermes formosanus, we observed nuclear fusion and division, which greatly resembled meiosis, during each hyphal cell division and conidial formation in the resulting heterokaryons...
September 19, 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929358/green-synthesis-of-inp-zns-core-shell-quantum-dots-for-application-in-heavy-metal-free-light-emitting-diodes
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Tsung-Rong Kuo, Shih-Ting Hung, Yen-Ting Lin, Tzu-Lin Chou, Ming-Cheng Kuo, Ya-Pei Kuo, Chia-Chun Chen
Quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QD-LEDs) have been considered as potential display technologies with the characterizations of high color purity, flexibility, transparency, and cost efficiency. For the practical applications, the development of heavy-metal-free QD-LEDs from environment-friendly materials is the most important issue to reduce the impacts on human health and environmental pollution. In this work, heavy-metal-free InP/ZnS core/shell QDs with different fluorescence were prepared by green synthesis method with low cost, safe, and environment-friendly precursors...
September 19, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928894/mzf-1-elk-1-pkc%C3%AE-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Je-Chiuan Ye, Li-Sung Hsu, Jen-Hsiang Tsai, Hsin-Ling Yang, Meen-Woon Hsiao, Jin-Ming Hwang, Chia-Jen Lee, Jer-Yuh Liu
Background: Protein kinase C alpha (PKCα) is a key signaling molecule in human cancer development. As a therapeutic strategy, targeting PKCα is difficult because the molecule is ubiquitously expressed in non-malignant cells. PKCα is regulated by the cooperative interaction of the transcription factors myeloid zinc finger 1 (MZF-1) and Ets-like protein-1 (Elk-1) in human cancer cells. Methods: By conducting tissue array analysis, herein, we determined the protein expression of MZF-1/Elk-1/PKCα in various cancers...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928281/engrailed-acts-with-nejire-to-control-decapentaplegic-expression-in-the-drosophila-ovarian-stem-cell-niche
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Lichao Luo, Chia Keng Siah, Yu Cai
Homeostasis of adult tissues is maintained by a small number of stem cells, which are sustained by their niches. In the Drosophila female germline stem cell (GSC) niche, Decapentaplegic (Dpp) is the primary factor that promotes GSC self-renewal. However, the mechanism regulating dpp expression in the niche is largely unknown. Here, we identify a 2.0 kb fragment located in a 5' cis-regulatory region of the dpp locus containing enhancer activity that drives its expression in the niche. This region is distinct from a previously characterized 3' cis-regulatory enhancer responsible for dpp expression in imaginal discs...
September 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928206/microbial-metabolic-networks-at-the-mucus-layer-lead-to-diet-independent-butyrate-and-vitamin-b12-production-by-intestinal-symbionts
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Clara Belzer, Loo Wee Chia, Steven Aalvink, Bhawani Chamlagain, Vieno Piironen, Jan Knol, Willem M de Vos
Akkermansia muciniphila has evolved to specialize in the degradation and utilization of host mucus, which it may use as the sole source of carbon and nitrogen. Mucus degradation and fermentation by A. muciniphila are known to result in the liberation of oligosaccharides and subsequent production of acetate, which becomes directly available to microorganisms in the vicinity of the intestinal mucosa. Coculturing experiments of Amuciniphila with non-mucus-degrading butyrate-producing bacteria Anaerostipes caccae, Eubacterium hallii, and Faecalibacterium prausnitzii resulted in syntrophic growth and production of butyrate...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927915/stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-type-1-versus-type-2-trigeminal-neuralgias
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Ching-Jen Chen, Gabriella Paisan, Thomas J Buell, Kristen Knapp, Dale Ding, Zhiyuan Xu, Daniel M Raper, Davis G Taylor, Robert F Dallapiazza, Cheng-Chia Lee, Jason P Sheehan
INTRODUCTION: It remains unclear whether if stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) offers the same benefit for patients with type 2 trigeminal neuralgia (TN2) as for those with type 1 trigeminal neuralgia (TN1). The objective of this study is to compare the outcomes of patients with TN1 and TN2 following SRS. METHODS: SRS outcomes of trigeminal neuralgia patients treated at a single center from 1994 to 2016 were analyzed. Patients with TN1 were matched to those with TN2 in a 1:1 ratio based on sex, age, pre-treatment Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) pain score, prior treatment, prior facial numbness, and maximum dose...
September 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927683/influenza-vaccination-and-risk-of-respiratory-failure-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-nationwide-population-based-case-cohort-study
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Hsin-Hui Huang, Su-Jung Chen, Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Pesus Chou, Fu-Der Wang
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory disease which causes a considerable disease burden. Patients with COPD are at a higher risk for influenza infection and influenza vaccination are recommended at this high risk patient group. In the current study, we aimed to evaluate the association between influenza vaccination and the risk of respiratory failure (RF) in COPD patients. METHODS: From 2001 to 2005, patients with newly diagnosed COPD were identified from the NHIRD, and were followed until 2010...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927585/whole-genome-and-transcriptome-sequencing-of-prostate-cancer-identify-new-genetic-alterations-driving-disease-progression
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Shancheng Ren, Gong-Hong Wei, Dongbing Liu, Liguo Wang, Yong Hou, Shida Zhu, Lihua Peng, Qin Zhang, Yanbing Cheng, Hong Su, Xiuqing Zhou, Jibin Zhang, Fuqiang Li, Hancheng Zheng, Zhikun Zhao, Changjun Yin, Zengquan He, Xin Gao, Haiyen E Zhau, Chia-Yi Chu, Jason Boyang Wu, Colin Collins, Stanislav V Volik, Robert Bell, Jiaoti Huang, Kui Wu, Danfeng Xu, Dingwei Ye, Yongwei Yu, Lianhui Zhu, Meng Qiao, Hang-Mao Lee, Yuehong Yang, Yasheng Zhu, Xiaolei Shi, Rui Chen, Yang Wang, Weidong Xu, Yanqiong Cheng, Chuanliang Xu, Xu Gao, Tie Zhou, Bo Yang, Jianguo Hou, Li Liu, Zhensheng Zhang, Yao Zhu, Chao Qin, Pengfei Shao, Jun Pang, Leland W K Chung, Jianfeng Xu, Chin-Lee Wu, Weide Zhong, Xun Xu, Yingrui Li, Xiuqing Zhang, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Jun Wang, Haojie Huang, Yinghao Sun
BACKGROUND: Global disparities in prostate cancer (PCa) incidence highlight the urgent need to identify genomic abnormalities in prostate tumors in different ethnic populations including Asian men. OBJECTIVE: To systematically explore the genomic complexity and define disease-driven genetic alterations in PCa. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: The study sequenced whole-genome and transcriptome of tumor-benign paired tissues from 65 treatment-naive Chinese PCa patients...
September 15, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927070/amentoflavone-enhances-sorafenib-induced-apoptosis-through-extrinsic-and-intrinsic-pathways-in-sorafenib-resistant-hepatocellular-carcinoma-sk-hep1-cells-in-vitro
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Wei-Lung Chen, Chia-Ling Hsieh, Jiann-Hwa Chen, Chih-Sheng Huang, Wei-Ting Chen, Yu-Cheng Kuo, Cheng-Yu Chen, Fei-Ting Hsu
The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of amentoflavone on sorafenib-induced apoptosis in sorafenib-resistant hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. The sorafenib-resistant SK-Hep1 (SK-Hep1R) cell line was established for the present study. Initially, the differences in sorafenib-induced cytotoxicity and apoptosis between wild-type SK-Hep1 and SK-Hep1R cells were verified using the MTT assay and flow cytometry. The effects of amentoflavone on sorafenib-induced cytotoxicity and apoptosis were then investigated using MTT, flow cytometry, DNA gel electrophoresis and western blot analysis...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926715/optical-forging-of-graphene-into-three-dimensional-shapes
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Andreas Johansson, Pasi Myllyperkiö, Pekka Koskinen, Jukka Aumanen, Juha Tapio Koivistoinen, Hung-Chieh Tsai, Chia-Hao Chen, Lo-Yueh Chang, Vesa-Matti Hiltunen, Jyrki Manninen, Wei-Yen Woon, Mika Pettersson
Atomically thin materials, such as graphene, are the ultimate building blocks for nanoscale devices. But although their synthesis and handling today are routine, all efforts thus far have been restricted to flat natural geometries, since the means to control their three-dimensional (3D) morphology has remained elusive. Here we show that, just as a blacksmith uses a hammer to forge a metal sheet into 3D shapes, a pulsed laser beam can forge graphene sheet into controlled 3D shapes in the nanoscale. The forging mechanism is based on laser-induced local expansion of graphene, as confirmed by computer simulations using thin sheet elasticity theory...
September 19, 2017: Nano Letters
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