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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918596/cd5-b-lymphocytes-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-relation-to-disease-activity
#1
Hanan Hassan Omar, Samah Ismail Nasef, Hamdy Hassan Omar, Mona Sayed Ghaly
B cells are essential players in the pathogenic mechanisms of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Although CD5+ B cells have been considered to play a paradoxical role in preventing, rather than inducing autoimmunity, there is no consensus agreement about the proportions of CD5+ B cells population in SLE patients. So, the aim of the present study was to assess blood concentration of CD5+ B cells in patients with SLE and to evaluate their relationship with disease activity and organ damage. We recruited 100 SLE patients and 100 healthy control subjects...
September 16, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918261/rat-motor-neurons-caudal-to-a-rubrospinal-tract-rst-transection-remain-viable
#2
Brandon M Wild, Rahul Mohan, Renée Morris
In the rat, the rubrospinal tract (RST) is a descending motor pathway involved in the production of skilled reaching movement. The RST originates in the red nucleus in the midbrain and runs down the spinal cord in the lateral-most aspect of the dorsolateral funiculus (DLF). The RST makes monosynaptic contact with interneurons within the intermediate laminae of the cord, however a contingent of RST axons constitutes direct supraspinal input for spinal cord motor neurons. The current study investigated the effects of unilateral RST transection at cervical levels C3-4 on the population of motor neurons in both spinal segments C5-6 and L2-3...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918083/topical-fluorometholone-treatment-and-desiccating-stress-change-inflammatory-protein-expression-in-tears
#3
Janika Nättinen, Antti Jylhä, Ulla Aapola, Amalia Enríquez-de-Salamanca, José Pinto-Fraga, Alberto López-Miguel, María J González-García, Michael E Stern, Margarita Calonge, Lei Zhou, Matti Nykter, Hannu Uusitalo, Roger Beuerman
PURPOSE: It was hypothesized that tear protein biomarkers could predict the effects of topical steroid treatment and desiccating stress in patients with dry eye disease (DED). To test this concept, a randomized, double-masked, controlled clinical trial with 41 patients was conducted. METHODS: The patients were treated topically with either 0.1% fluorometholone (FML) or polyvinyl alcohol (PA). Tear samples were collected using 1 μl glass capillaries at recruitment into the study and after a 3-week treatment period, both before and after 2 h exposure to desiccating stress, in a controlled environment chamber...
September 13, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917899/polysaccharides-from-brown-algae-sargassum-duplicatum-the-structure-and-anticancer-activity-in-vitro
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Roza V Usoltseva, Stanislav D Anastyuk, Natalia M Shevchenko, Valerii V Surits, Artem S Silchenko, Vladimir V Isakov, Tatiana N Zvyagintseva, Pham Duc Thinh, Svetlana P Ermakova
The laminaran SdL and fucoidan SdF were isolated from brown algae Sargassum duplicatum. SdL was 1,3;1,6-β-d-glucan (1,3:1,6=6:1) with a main chain, represented by 1,3-linked glucose residues, due to NMR spectroscopy data. Single glucose residues could form branches at C6. Unusual structure of fucoidan SdF was studied by chemical and enzymatic methods, NMR spectroscopy of desulfated and deacetylated polysaccharide and mass spectrometry of fucoidan fragments labeled with (18)O. Fucoidan was sulfated (31.7%) and acetylated galactofucan (Fuc:Gal∼1:1) with a main chain of 1,4-linked alternating α-l-fucose and β-d-galactose residues...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917234/association-between-complement-component-c3-and-body-composition-a-possible-obesity-inflammatory-biomarker-for-insulin-resistance
#5
Hayder A Al-Domi, Reem M Al Haj Ahmad
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The C3 complement component (C3) is increasingly recognized as a cardiometabolic risk factor. We aimed to examine the role of C3 in insulin resistance (IR) and its association with adiposity. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Sixty-seven obese (18-35 years) participants were matched with normal weight participants from the University of Jordan. BMI, waist-hip ratio (WHpR), and waist-height ratio (WHtR) were calculated. Body percent fat mass (%FM) was determined using the bioelectrical impedance analysis...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916775/measuring-glucose-cerebral-metabolism-in-the-healthy-mouse-using-hyperpolarized-13-c-magnetic-resonance
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Mor Mishkovsky, Brian Anderson, Magnus Karlsson, Mathilde H Lerche, A Dean Sherry, Rolf Gruetter, Zoltan Kovacs, Arnaud Comment
The mammalian brain relies primarily on glucose as a fuel to meet its high metabolic demand. Among the various techniques used to study cerebral metabolism, (13)C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) allows following the fate of (13)C-enriched substrates through metabolic pathways. We herein demonstrate that it is possible to measure cerebral glucose metabolism in vivo with sub-second time resolution using hyperpolarized (13)C MRS. In particular, the dynamic (13)C-labeling of pyruvate and lactate formed from (13)C-glucose was observed in real time...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916505/nuclear-organisation-of-cholinergic-catecholaminergic-serotonergic-and-orexinergic-neurons-in-two-relatively-large-brained-rodent-species-the-springhare-pedetes-capensis-and-beecroft-s-scaly-tailed-squirrel-anomalurus-beecrofti
#7
Jordan Sweigers, Adhil Bhagwandin, Muhammad A Spocter, Consolate Kaswera-Kyamakya, Emmanuel Gilissen, Paul R Manger, Busisiwe C Maseko
The present study describes the nuclear organization of the cholinergic, catecholaminergic, serotonergic and orexinergic systems in the brains of the springhare and Beecroft's scaly-tailed squirrel following immunohistochemical labelling. We aimed to investigate any differences in the nuclear organization of these neural systems when compared to previous data on other species of rodents, as these two rodent species have relatively large brains - 1.2 to 1.4 times larger than would be expected for mammals of their body mass and 1...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914617/distribution-patterns-of-the-vulnerable-vessels-around-cervical-nerve-roots-a-computed-tomography-based-study
#8
Donghwi Park
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of vulnerable vessels around the target of cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injection at the C3-C7 cervical nerve root levels in a clinical setting. DESIGN: Retrospective, cross-sectional study was conducted. PARTICIPANTS: Patients complaining of neck or arm pain with no previous surgical history and who had undergone both precontrast and contrast-enhanced neck computed tomography were included retrospectively...
September 13, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914360/adaptive-variation-in-vein-placement-underpins-diversity-in-a-major-neotropical-plant-radiation
#9
Jamie Males
Vein placement has been hypothesised to control leaf hydraulic properties, but the ecophysiological significance of variation in vein placement in the angiosperms has remained poorly understood. The highly diverse Neotropical Bromeliaceae offers an excellent system for exploring understudied relationships between leaf vein placement, physiological functions, and species ecology. To test key hypotheses regarding the links between vein placement, functional type divergences, and ecological diversity in the Bromeliaceae, I characterised the ratio of interveinal distance (IVD) to vein-epidermis distance (VED) in 376 species, representing all major functional types and 10% of the species diversity in the family, as well as bioclimatic properties and key leaf traits for subsets of species...
September 15, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912782/the-sand-fly-salivary-protein-lufaxin-inhibits-the-early-steps-of-the-alternative-pathway-of-complement-by-direct-binding-to-the-proconvertase-c3b-b
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Antonio F Mendes-Sousa, Vladimir Fazito do Vale, Naylene C S Silva, Anderson B Guimaraes-Costa, Marcos H Pereira, Mauricio R V Sant'Anna, Fabiano Oliveira, Shaden Kamhawi, José M C Ribeiro, John F Andersen, Jesus G Valenzuela, Ricardo N Araujo
Saliva of the blood feeding sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis was previously shown to inhibit the alternative pathway (AP) of the complement system. Here, we have identified Lufaxin, a protein component in saliva, as the inhibitor of the AP. Lufaxin inhibited the deposition of C3b, Bb, Properdin, C5b, and C9b on agarose-coated plates in a dose-dependent manner. It also inhibited the activation of factor B in normal serum, but had no effect on the components of the membrane attack complex. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) experiments demonstrated that Lufaxin stabilizes the C3b-B proconvertase complex when passed over a C3b surface in combination with factor B...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912712/effect-of-cognitive-demand-on-functional-visual-field-performance-in-senior-drivers-with-glaucoma
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Viswa Gangeddula, Maud Ranchet, Abiodun E Akinwuntan, Kathryn Bollinger, Hannes Devos
Purpose: To investigate the effect of cognitive demand on functional visual field performance in drivers with glaucoma. Method: This study included 20 drivers with open-angle glaucoma and 13 age- and sex-matched controls. Visual field performance was evaluated under different degrees of cognitive demand: a static visual field condition (C1), dynamic visual field condition (C2), and dynamic visual field condition with active driving (C3) using an interactive, desktop driving simulator. The number of correct responses (accuracy) and response times on the visual field task were compared between groups and between conditions using Kruskal-Wallis tests...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911792/facial-profile-and-frontal-changes-after-bimaxillary-surgery-in-patients-with-mandibular-prognathism
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Chun-Ming Chen, Michael Yuan-Chien Chen, Jung-Hsuan Cheng, Kwei-Jing Chen, Yu-Chuan Tseng
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Patients are always concerned about their postoperative appearance before surgery for facial deformity correction. The present study investigated the facial profile and frontal changes following two-jaw surgery. METHODS: Forty patients who underwent two-jaw surgery were divided by the amount of mandibular setback (group I: ≤8 mm and group II: >8 mm). Cephalometric radiograms (lateral and frontal) were collected and analyzed at three intervals: preoperatively (T1), immediately postoperatively (T2), and final follow-up (T3)...
September 11, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910093/uptake-of-gaseous-alkylamides-by-suspended-sulfuric-acid-particles-formation-of-ammonium-aminium-salts
#13
Hangfei Chen, MingYi Wang, Lei Yao, Jianmin Chen, Lin Wang
Amides represent an important class of nitrogen-containing compounds in the atmosphere that can in theory interact with atmospheric acidic particles and contribute to secondary aerosol formation. In this study, uptake coefficients (γ) of six alkylamides (C1 to C3) by suspended sulfuric acid particles were measured using an aerosol flow tube coupled to a High Resolution Time-of-Flight Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometer (HRToF-CIMS). At 293 K and < 3% relative humidity (RH), the measured uptake coefficients for six alkylamides were in the range of (4...
September 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905975/visible-light-induced-c3-sulfonamidation-of-imidazopyridines-with-sulfamides
#14
Yongyuan Gao, Shu Chen, Weiye Lu, Weijin Gu, Ping Liu, Peipei Sun
A visible light-induced regioselective sulfonamidation of imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines was developed using sulfamides as the nitrogen sources and aqueous NaClO solution as the oxidant under mild conditions. With the imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines bearing various substituents, the reaction proceeded smoothly to furnish the C3-sulfonamidation products in moderate to good yields. The method was also suitable for the sulfonamidation of some other imidazoheterocycles.
September 14, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905974/synthesis-of-functionalized-indolizines-via-gold-i-catalyzed-intramolecular-hydroarylation-aromatization-of-pyrrole-ynes
#15
Xiangdong Li, Jidong Zhao, Xin Xie, Yuanhong Liu
A gold-catalyzed intramolecular hydroarylation/aromatization of pyrrole-ynes has been developed. This method provides a concise and straightforward route to functionalized indolizines through the construction of the pyridine ring of indolizines and also allows elaboration of its pyrrole moiety with or without functional groups. In addition, a wide variety of functional groups, such as aryl, alkenyl, alkynyl, pyridyl or thienyl groups, can be easily incorporated into the pyridine unit of the indolizine products under mild conditions...
September 14, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905389/the-first-reported-case-of-concurrent-trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-induced-immune-hemolytic-anemia-and-thrombocytopenia
#16
Yevgeniy A Linnik, Edison W Tsui, Isabella W Martin, Zbigniew M Szczepiorkowski, Gregory A Denomme, Jerome L Gottschall, John M Hill, Nancy M Dunbar
BACKGROUND: Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia (DIIHA) and drug-induced immune thrombocytopenia (DIIT) are rare but dangerous complications of pharmacotherapy that may be underrecognized in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients due to overlap of signs and symptoms with those of more common disease processes. CASE REPORT: A 61-year-old woman with NK-cell deficiency and GATA-2-associated myelodysplastic syndrome, status post-recent allogeneic HSCT (Day +58), presented with 3 days of acute-onset severe back pain, muscle cramps, and increasingly dark urine...
September 14, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904417/itaconic-acid-production-by-filamentous-fungi-in-starch-rich-industrial-residues
#17
Richa Bafana, Sarvanadevi Sivanesan, R A Pandey
Several fungi and starch-rich industrial residues were screened for itaconic acid (IA) production. Out of 15 strains, only three fungal strains were found to produce IA, which was confirmed by HPLC and GC-MS analysis. These strains were identified as Aspergillus terreus strains C1 and C2, and Ustilago maydis strain C3 by sequencing of 18S rRNA gene and internal transcribed spacer regions. Cis-aconitate decarboxylase (cad) gene, which encodes a key enzyme in IA production in A. terreus, was characterized from strains C1 and C2...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902829/-compression-knitwear-venoteks-trend-in-treatment-of-patients-with-chronic-venous-diseases-of-the-lower-limbs
#18
A V Tsypliashchuk, Iu M Stoĭko, S E Kharitonova, E S Vunder, D M Mamadaliev
The authors assessed efficacy and safety of class 2 compression knitwear VENOTEKS TREND used in conservative and injection phlebosclerosing therapy of patients presenting with clinical class C1-C3 chronic venous diseases of the lower limbs. The study included a total of 30 patients. The compliance rate amounted to 92%. It was demonstrated that class 2 compression knitwear Venoteks Trend statistically significantly decreases the degree of subjective symptomatology, is efficient and safe in therapy for oedematous syndrome in the programmes of conservative treatment and after sclerotherapy...
2017: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902818/-efficacy-of-sulodexide-in-treatment-of-chronic-venous-insufficiency-results-of-the-accord-trial
#19
V Iu Bogachev, O V Golovanova, I N Malysheva
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of our study was to evaluate both clinical and laboratory efficacy of sulodexide given at a daily dose of 500 lipasemic units (LSU) in patients presenting with class C3-C4 chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) according to the CEAP classification. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included a total of 25 patients diagnosed with C3-C4 CVI and prescribed to receive sulodexide at a daily dose of 500 LSU for 90 days. Efficacy was comprehensively controlled by the following tools: the disease-specific Chronic Venous Insufficiency Quality of Life Questionnaire (CIVIQ), visual-analogue methods of assessment separate symptoms; the Venous Clinical Severity Score (VCSS), as well as ultrasonographic determination of the thickness of subcutaneous fat and crural fascia...
2017: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900227/long-noncoding-rnas-in-the-model-species-brachypodium-distachyon
#20
Concetta De Quattro, Mario Enrico Pè, Edoardo Bertolini
Eukaryotic genomes are pervasively transcribed and only a small portion of the transcribed sequences belongs to protein coding genes. High-throughput sequencing technology contributed to consolidate this perspective, allowing the identification of numerous noncoding RNAs with key roles in biological processes. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are transcripts longer than 200 nt with limited phylogenetic conservation, expressed at low levels and characterized by tissue/organ specific expression profiles. Although a large set of lncRNAs has been identified, the functional roles of lncRNAs are only beginning to be recognized and the molecular mechanism of lncRNA-mediated gene regulation remains largely unexplored, particularly in plants where their annotation and characterization are still incomplete...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
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