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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149779/increased-genes-expression-levels-of-cytokines-related-to-th17-treg-cells-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-correlate-with-clinical-severity-in-copd-and-mustard-gas-exposed-patients
#1
Parisa Farahani, Raheleh Halabian, Ensieh Vahedi, Jafar Salimian
The long lasting inflammation and immune dysregulation is one of the main mechanisms involved in lung complication of veterans exposed to sulfur mustard (SM) gas. Th17/Treg cells have an important role in immunopathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mustard lung disease. In this study, expression of cytokines genes levels related to Th17/Treg cells was determined in peripheral blood mononuclear (PBMC) of mustard lung patients and was compared with COPD patients and healthy controls (HC)...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147484/berberis-integerrima-ameliorates-insulin-resistance-in-high-fructose-fed-insulin-resistant-rats
#2
Hossein Fallah, Hamed Akbari, Moslem Abolhassani, Abbas Mohammadi, Ahmad Gholamhosseinian
Objectives: This study was aimed to investigate the effect of Berberis integerrima (B. integerrima) extract on insulin sensitivity in high-fructose-fed insulin-resistant rats. Materials and Methods: Experimental rats were randomly divided into two groups: the control group was fed a regular chow diet while other group fed with a high-fructose diet for 8 weeks. After the first six weeks, the animals were treated with B. integerrima extract or pioglitazone for two weeks...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145764/plasma-corticosterone-epinephrine-and-norepinephrine-levels-increase-during-administration-of-nitrous-oxide-in-rats
#3
Salwa Al-Noori, Andreas Cimpan, Zoe Maltzer, Karl J Kaiyala, Douglas S Ramsay
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a gaseous drug with abuse potential. Despite its common clinical use, little is known about whether N2O administration activates the HPA axis and/or the sympathetic adrenomedullary system. The goal of this study was to determine whether 60% N2O alters plasma concentrations of corticosterone (CORT), epinephrine (EPI), and norepinephrine (NE) in male Long-Evans rats. A gas-tight swivel assembly in the lid of a gas administration chamber allowed the remote collection of blood samples from an indwelling jugular vein catheter at four time-points: baseline and at 30, 60, and 120 min during a two-hour administration of 60% N2O...
November 16, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144430/a-correlation-study-of-dha-intake-estimated-by-a-ffq-and-concentrations-in-plasma-and-erythrocytes-in-mid-and-late-pregnancy
#4
Yu-Bo Zhou, Hong-Tian Li, Leonardo Trasande, Lin-Lin Wang, Ya-Li Zhang, Ke-Yi Si, Man-Xi Bai, Jian-Meng Liu
Adequate docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is essential for the optimal growth and development of the fetus. Maternal DHA content fluctuates during pregnancy. The correlation of DHA content with dietary intake might be varied over the course of pregnancy. We aimed to compare the dietary DHA intake, estimated by a DHA-specific semiquantitative food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) against its blood content, among mid- and late-term pregnant women. A total of 804 Chinese pregnant women completed the tailored FFQ and provided fasting venous blood samples...
November 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143879/comparison-of-analytical-tools-appropriate-for-identification-of-proteinaceous-additives-in-historical-mortars
#5
Iva Krizova, Julia Schultz, Ivan Nemec, Radomir Cabala, Radovan Hynek, Stepanka Kuckova
Natural organic additives such as eggs, lard, resins, and oils have been added to mortars since ancient times, because the ancient builders knew of their positive effect on the mortar quality. The tradition of adding organic materials to mortars was commonly handed down only verbally for thousands years. However, this practice disappeared in the nineteenth century, when the usage of modern materials started. Today, one of the most recent topics in the industry of building materials is the reusing of natural organic materials and searching for the forgotten ancient recipes...
November 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141525/hyperacute-hemodynamic-effects-of-bipap-noninvasive-ventilation-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-and-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-in-emergency-department
#6
Cinzia Moret Iurilli, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Paola Rita Di Corato, Giuseppe Salvemini, Matteo Di Biase, Marco Matteo Ciccone, Vito Procacci
BACKGROUND: Acute heart failure (AHF) is one of the leading causes of admission to emergency department (ED); severe hypoxemic AHF may be treated with noninvasive ventilation (NIV). Despite the demonstrated clinical efficacy of NIV in relieving symptoms of AHF, less is known about the hyperacute effects of bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) ventilation on hemodynamics of patients admitted to ED for AHF. We therefore aimed to assess the effect of BiPAP ventilation on principal hemodynamic, respiratory, pulse oximetry, and microcirculation indexes in patients admitted to ED for AHF, needing NIV...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141114/ph-ultrasound-dual-responsive-gas-generator-for-ultrasound-imaging-guided-therapeutic-inertial-cavitation-and-sonodynamic-therapy
#7
Qianhua Feng, Wanxia Zhang, Xuemei Yang, Yuzhen Li, Yongwei Hao, Hongling Zhang, Lin Hou, Zhenzhong Zhang
Herein, a pH/ultrasound dual-responsive gas generator is reported, which is based on mesoporous calcium carbonate (MCC) nanoparticles by loading sonosensitizer (hematoporphyrin monomethyl ether (HMME)) and modifying surface hyaluronic acid (HA). After pinpointing tumor regions with prominent targeting efficiency, HMME/MCC-HA decomposes instantaneously under the cotriggering of tumoral inherent acidic condition and ultrasound (US) irradiation, concurrently accompanying with CO2 generation and HMME release with spatial/temporal resolution...
November 15, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140137/v%C3%AC-o2-and-muscle-deoxygenation-kinetics-during-skating-comparison-between-slide-board-and-treadmill-skating
#8
Tatiane Piucco, Rogério Soares, Fernando Diefenthaeler, Guillaume Millet, Juan Murias
PURPOSE: this study aimed to compare the oxygen uptake (V̇O2) kinetics during skating on a treadmill and skating on a slide board and discuss potential mechanisms that might control the V̇O2 kinetics responses during skating. METHODS: breath-by-breath pulmonary V̇O2 and near-infrared spectroscopy-derived muscle deoxygenation ([HHbMb]) were monitored continuously in 12 well-trained young long track speed skaters. On-transient V̇O2 and [HHbMb] responses to skating on a treadmill and skating on a slide board at 80% of the estimated gas exchange threshold were fitted as mono-exponential function...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138552/sirt1-and-foxo1-mrna-expression-in-pbmc-correlates-to-physical-activity-in-copd-patients
#9
Chihiro Taka, Ryuji Hayashi, Kazuki Shimokawa, Kotaro Tokui, Seisuke Okazawa, Kenta Kambara, Minehiko Inomata, Toru Yamada, Shoko Matsui, Kazuyuki Tobe
Background: Physical activity (PA) is considered as one of the most important prognostic predictors in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. Longevity gene, SIRT1, is reported to be involved in the pathogenesis of COPD by regulating the signaling pathways of oxidative stress, inflammation, and aging. We hypothesize that SIRT1 and related genes are also associated with the benefits of PA in COPD patients. Methods: Eighteen COPD outpatients were enrolled in this study, and their PA level was assessed with an accelerometer...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138038/low-dose-betamethasone-acetate-for-fetal-lung-maturation-in-preterm-sheep
#10
Augusto F Schmidt, Matthew W Kemp, Judith Rittenschober-Böhm, Paranthaman S Kannan, Haruo Usuda, Masatoshi Saito, Lucy Furfaro, Shimpei Watanabe, Sarah Stock, Boris W Kramer, John P Newnham, Suhas G Kallapur, Alan H Jobe
BACKGROUND: Antenatal steroids (ANS) are standard of care for women at risk of preterm delivery; however ANS dosing and formulation have not been adequately evaluated. The standard clinical 2-dose treatment with betamethasone-acetate+betamethasone-phosphate (Beta-P+Beta-Ac) is more effective than 2 doses of Beta-P for inducing lung maturation in preterm fetal sheep. We hypothesized that the slowly-released Beta-Ac component induces similar lung maturation to Beta-P+Beta-Ac with decreased dose and fetal exposure...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137091/the-effects-of-hypervolemic-infusion-on-microcirculation-perfusion-of-patients-during-laparoscopic-colorectal-surgery
#11
Yunxin Deng, Qianlin Zhu, Buwei Yu, Minhua Zheng, Jue Jin
The aim of this study is to assess the effects of hypervolemic infusion with different solutions on microcirculation perfusion during laparoscopic colorectal surgery.Thirty-six patients were randomly divided into Ringer lactate solution [RL] group, succinylated gelatin injection [Gel] group, and hypertonic saline hydroxyethyl starch 40 injection [HS] group. Hypervolemic infusion was performed during the induction period of general anesthesia. Arterial blood-gas parameters, noninvasive hemodynamics, gastric tonometry values, and central venous pressure (CVP) were compared at baseline (T1); the end of hypervolemic infusion (T2); 5 min (T3), 15 min (T4), 30 min (T5), and 60 min (T6) during pneumoperitoneum; 5 min (T7), 15 min (T8), and 25 min (T9) after pneumoperitoneum...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136189/serum-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-treatment-outcomes-among-women-undergoing-assisted-reproduction
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Y-H Chiu, A E Karmon, A J Gaskins, M Arvizu, P L Williams, I Souter, B R Rueda, R Hause, J E Chavarro
STUDY QUESTION: Are serum polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) concentrations, including omega-3 (ω3-PUFA) and omega-6 (ω6-PUFA), related to ART outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Serum levels of long-chain ω3-PUFA were positively associated with probability of live birth among women undergoing ART. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Intake of ω3-PUFA improves oocyte and embryo quality in animal and human studies. However, a recent cohort study found no relation between circulating ω3-PUFA levels and pregnancy rates after ART...
November 10, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135439/biological-cleavage-of-the-c-p-bond-in-perfluoroalkyl-phosphinic-acids-in-male-sprague-dawley-rats-and-the-formation-of-persistent-and-reactive-metabolites
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Shira Joudan, Leo W Y Yeung, Scott A Mabury
BACKGROUND: Perfluoroalkyl phosphinic acids (PFPiAs) have been detected in humans, wildlife, and various environmental matrices. These compounds have been used with perfluoroalkyl phosphonic acids (PFPAs) as surfactants in consumer products and as nonfoaming additives in pesticide formulations. Unlike the structurally related perfluoroalkyl sulfonic and carboxylic acids, little is known about the biological fate of PFPiAs. OBJECTIVES: We determined the biotransformation products of PFPiAs and some pharmacokinetic parameters in a rat model...
November 3, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135398/the-effect-of-obesity-on-dyspnea-exercise-capacity-walk-work-and-workload-in-patients-with-copd
#14
Hülya Şahin, İlknur Naz, Yelda Varol, Berna Kömürcüoğlu
Introduction: COPD and obesity are major public health problems that cause mortality and morbidity all over the world. The combined of COPD and obesity is predicted to increase further in the coming years. Obesity primarily affects the pulmonary system by altering respiratory functions, exercise capacity, pulmonary gas exchange, and endurance and power of respiratory muscles. In this study, we aimed to compare the dyspnea sensation, exercise capacity, walk work and workload in obese COPD patients compared to preobese and normal overweight COPD patients...
September 2017: Tüberküloz Ve Toraks
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135039/a-novel-fast-method-for-aqueous-derivatization-of-thc-oh-thc-and-thc-cooh-in-human-whole-blood-and-urine-samples-for-routine-forensic-analyses
#15
Fabio Stefanelli, Federica Giorgia Pesci, Mario Giusiani, Silvio Chericoni
A novel aqueous in situ derivatization procedure with propyl chloroformate (PCF) for the simultaneous, quantitative analysis of Δ(9) -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), 11-hydroxy-Δ(9) -tetrahydrocannabinol (OH-THC) and 11-nor-Δ(9) -tetrahydrocannabinol-carboxylic acid (THC-COOH) in human blood and urine is proposed. Unlike current methods based on the silylating agent (BSTFA) added in an anhydrous environment, this new proposed method allows to add the derivatizing agent (propyl chloroformate, PCF) directly to the deproteinized blood and recover the derivatives by liquid-liquid extraction...
November 14, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131536/non-invasive-ventilation-use-in-status-asthmaticus-16%C3%A2-years-of-experience-in-a-tertiary-intensive-care
#16
Kirsten Rl Bond, Carl Ae Horsley, Anthony B Williams
OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of non-invasive ventilation (NIV) in adults presenting with status asthmaticus to Middlemore Hospital Critical Care Complex (CCC, South Auckland, New Zealand) from 2000 to 2015. METHOD: Retrospective review of all adult asthma admissions to the Hospital CCC between 2000 and 2015. Demographic, physiological, treatment data and blood gas results were recorded. RESULTS: There were 265 asthma admissions to Middlemore Hospital CCC during the study period...
November 12, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130338/colonic-hydrogen-sulfide-produces-portal-hypertension-and-systemic-hypotension-in-rats
#17
Tomasz Huc, Halina Jurkowska, Maria Wróbel, Kinga Jaworska, Maksymilian Onyszkiewicz, Marcin Ufnal
Hydrogen sulfide, a toxic gas, at low concentrations is also a biological mediator in animals. In the colon, hydrogen sulfide is produced by intestinal tissues and gut sulfur bacteria. Gut-derived molecules undergo liver metabolism. Portal hypertension is one of the most common complications contributing to the high mortality in liver cirrhosis. We hypothesized that the colon-derived hydrogen sulfide may affect portal blood pressure. Sprague-Dawley rats were maintained either on tap water (controls) or on water solution of thioacetamide to produce liver cirrhosis (CRH-R)...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129867/a-non-invasive-monitoring-of-propofol-concentration-in-blood-by-a-virtual-surface-acoustic-wave-sensor-array
#18
Fengjiang Zhang, Hao Dong, Xuanlang Zhang, Jin Guo, Yunqing Liu, Cheng Zhou, Xi Zhang, Jun Liu, Min Yan, Xing Chen
Propofol (2,6-diisopropylphenol) is widely used in total intravenous anesthesia. An unknown drug concentration in blood always leads to some side effects in patients with propofol injection. However, the drug concentration in the blood is hard to be continuously measured since invasive sampling causes a loss of blood at each measurement. Here, we introduced a virtual surface acoustic wave sensor array (VSAWSA) to non-invasively detect the propofol concentration in blood through exhaled gases. Calibration was conducted by a parallel test using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC-MS) with solid-phase micro-extraction (SPME) for preconcentration...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127768/diabetic-ketoacidosis-hyperuricemia-and-encephalopathy-intractable-to-regular-dose-insulin
#19
Jillian Gregory, Sonali Basu
BACKGROUND: Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in children less than 1 year of age is a rare occurrence. Typical presentation includes a prodrome of weight loss and polyuria with subsequent presentation to medical care when acidosis becomes symptomatic. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe an unusual case of a previously healthy infant with a 3 days' history of constipation, presenting acutely with abdominal pain, lethargy, and dehydration. On initial evaluation, our patient had profound encephalopathy, with marked tachypnea and work of breathing...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125124/predictable-capability-control-scheme-for-oxygen-exchange-blood-flow-regulation-in-an-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-system
#20
Chung-Dann Kan, Wei-Ling Chen, Chia-Hung Lin, Ying-Shin Chen
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation system is used for rescue treatment strategies for temporary cardiopulmonary function support to facilitate adequately oxygenated blood to return into the systemic and pulmonary circulation systems. Therefore, a servo flow regulator is used to adjust the roller motor speed, while support blood flow can match the sweep gas flow (GF) in a membrane oxygenator. A generalised regression neural network is designed as an estimator to automatically estimate the desired roller pump speed and control parameters...
December 2017: IET Systems Biology
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