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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209843/lipid-transport-by-tmem24-at-er-plasma-membrane-contacts-regulates-pulsatile-insulin-secretion
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Joshua A Lees, Mirko Messa, Elizabeth Wen Sun, Heather Wheeler, Federico Torta, Markus R Wenk, Pietro De Camilli, Karin M Reinisch
Insulin is released by β cells in pulses regulated by calcium and phosphoinositide signaling. Here, we describe how transmembrane protein 24 (TMEM24) helps coordinate these signaling events. We showed that TMEM24 is an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-anchored membrane protein whose reversible localization to ER-plasma membrane (PM) contacts is governed by phosphorylation and dephosphorylation in response to oscillations in cytosolic calcium. A lipid-binding module in TMEM24 transports the phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate [PI(4,5)P2] precursor phosphatidylinositol between bilayers, allowing replenishment of PI(4,5)P2 hydrolyzed during signaling...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207664/descriptive-analysis-of-spinal-neuroaxial-injections-surgical-interventions-and-physical-therapy-utilization-for-degenerative-lumbar-spondylolisthesis-within-medicare-beneficiaries-from-2000-to-2011
#2
Joseph A Sclafani, Alexandra Constantin, Pei-Shu Ho, Venu Akuthota, Leighton Chan
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective, observational study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the utilization of various treatment modalities in the management of degenerative spondylolisthesis within Medicare beneficiaries. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis is a condition often identified in symptomatic low back pain. A variety of treatment algorithms including physical therapy and interventional techniques can be used to manage clinically significant degenerative spondylolisthesis...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204963/peritoneal-metastases-from-gastroenteropancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-incidence-risk-factors-and-prognosis
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Ariana Madani, Irene Thomassen, Yvette R B M van Gestel, Jarmila D W van der Bilt, Harm R Haak, Ignace H J T de Hingh, Valery E P P Lemmens
BACKGROUND: Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) are rare neoplasms and data on peritoneal metastases (PM) from these tumors are scarce. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to present population-based data on the incidence, risk factors, and survival of synchronous PM in GEP-NETs. METHODS: Data from all patients diagnosed with a GEP-NET during 2007-2013 were collected from the Netherlands Cancer Registry. Age-standardized incidence rates were calculated and risk factors for developing PM were determined using multivariable logistic regression analysis...
February 15, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202997/-a-novel-tissue-engineered-bone-constructed-by-using-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells-and-biomimetic-calcium-phosphate-scaffold-coprecipitated-with-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2
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W R Jiang, X Zhang, Y S Liu, G Wu, Y J Ge, Y S Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To construct a novel biomimetic calcium phosphate (BioCaP) scaffold loaded with bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2), and to investigate its role in the osteogenesis of human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs) in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: The BioCaP scaffold coprecipitated with BMP-2 (BMP-2-BioCaP) was constructed in this study. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to analyze the morphology of the surfaces. The release kinetics was measured to evaluate the slow-release characteristics in vitro...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194639/ultrafine-particulate-matter-increases-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-via-mitochondrial-permeability-transition-pore
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Nathan A Holland, Chad R Fraiser, Ruben C Sloan, Robert B Devlin, David A Brown, Christopher J Wingard
Ultrafine particulate matter (UFP) has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, the mechanisms that drive PM-associated cardiovascular disease and dysfunction remain unclear. We examined the impact of oropharyngeal aspiration of 100 μg UFP from the Chapel Hill, NC, air shed in Sprague-Dawley rats on cardiac function, arrhythmogenesis, and cardiac ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury using a Langendorff working heart model. We found that exposure to UFP was capable of significantly exacerbating cardiac I/R injury without changing overall cardiac function or major changes in arrhythmogenesis...
February 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193011/optimization-of-an-anti-poly-ethylene-glycol-anti-peg-cell-based-capture-system-to-quantify-peg-and-pegylated-molecules
#6
Wen-Wei Lin, Yuan-Chin Hsieh, Yi-An Cheng, Kuo-Hsiang Chuang, Chien-Chiao Huang, Chih-Hung Chuang, I-Ju Chen, Kai-Wen Cheng, Yun-Chi Lu, Ta-Chun Cheng, Yeng-Tseng Wang, Steve R Roffler, Tian-Lu Cheng
Sensitive determination of the pharmacokinetics of PEGylated molecules can accelerate the process of drug development. Here, we combined different anti-PEG Fab expressing 293T cells as capture cells (293T/3.3, 293T/6.3, and 293T/15-2b cells) with four detective anti-PEG antibodies (3.3, 6.3, 7A4, or 15-2b) to optimize an anti-PEG cell-based sandwich ELISA. Then, we quantified free PEG (mPEG2K-NH2 and mPEG5K-NH2) or PEG-conjugated small molecules (mPEG5K-biotin and mPEG5K-NIR797), proteins (PegIntron and Pegasys), and nanoparticles (Liposomal-Doxorubicin and quantum-dots)...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192400/oncogenic-signaling-by-kit-tyrosine-kinase-occurs-selectively-on-the-golgi-apparatus-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors
#7
Y Obata, K Horikawa, T Takahashi, Y Akieda, M Tsujimoto, J A Fletcher, H Esumi, T Nishida, R Abe
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are caused by gain-of-function mutations in the Kit receptor tyrosine kinase. Most primary GIST patients respond to the Kit inhibitor imatinib, but this drug often becomes ineffective because of secondary mutations in the Kit kinase domain. The characteristic intracellular accumulation of imatinib-sensitive and -resistant Kit protein is well documented, but its relationship to oncogenic signaling remains unknown. Here, we show that in cancer tissue from primary GIST patients as well as in cell lines, mutant Kit accumulates on the Golgi apparatus, whereas normal Kit localizes to the plasma membrane (PM)...
February 13, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176547/improving-prospective-memory-in-persons-with-parkinson-disease
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Erin R Foster, Mark A McDaniel, Peter G Rendell
BACKGROUND: Prospective memory (PM) is essential for productive and independent living and necessary for compliance with prescribed health behaviors. Parkinson disease (PD) can cause PM deficits that are associated with activity limitations and reduced quality of life. Forming implementation intentions (IIs) is an encoding strategy that may improve PM in this population. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of IIs on PM performance in PD. METHODS: This was a laboratory-based randomized controlled trial...
February 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169861/gender-and-ethnic-diversity-in-academic-pm-r-faculty-national-trend-analysis-of-two-decades
#9
Jaeho Hwang, Kia Byrd, Michael O Nguyen, Michael Liu, Yuru Huang, Gordon H Bae
Over the years, a number of studies have demonstrated an increase in gender and ethnic diversity among US physicians. Despite substantial progress in eliminating gender and racial inequities in the field of medicine, women and ethnic minorities are still underrepresented among medical faculty at academic institutions. This study aims to describe the trends in gender and ethnic diversity among Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) faculty through statistical analysis of data describing gender and ethnicity of full-time academic faculty gathered from the Association of American Medical Colleges Faculty Roster from 1994 to 2014...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166316/is-choroidal-or-scleral-thickness-related-to-myopic-macular-degeneration
#10
Chee Wai Wong, Val Phua, Shu Yen Lee, Tien Yin Wong, Chui Ming Gemmy Cheung
Purpose: The relative contribution of mechanical and vascular factors to the pathogenesis of myopic macular degeneration (MMD) is unclear. To address this gap, we examined the association of choroidal thickness (CT) and scleral thickness (ST) with MMD. Methods: Prospective, clinic-based case series of 62 eyes of 41 patients with high myopia (≤-6 diopters or axial length ≥26.5 mm). Swept-source optical coherence tomography (SSOCT) was performed to measure subfoveal CT and ST...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163602/differential-pattern-of-deposition-of-nanoparticles-in-the-airways-of-exposed-workers
#11
Elizabeth Fireman, Rinat Edelheit, Moshe Stark, Amir Bar Shai
Ultrafine particles (UFP) have been postulated to significantly contribute to the adverse health effects associated with exposure to particulate matter (PM). Due to their extremely small size (aerodynamic diameter <100 nm), UFP are able to deposit deep within the lung after inhalation and evade many mechanisms responsible for the clearance of larger particles. There is a lack of biologically relevant personal exposure metrics for exposure to occupational- and environmental-related micro- and nano-sized PM...
2017: Journal of Nanoparticle Research: An Interdisciplinary Forum for Nanoscale Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163099/17%C3%AE-estradiol-protects-against-the-effects-of-a-high-fat-diet-on-cardiac-glucose-lipid-and-nitric-oxide-metabolism-in-rats
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Sonja Zafirovic, Milan Obradovic, Emina Sudar-Milovanovic, Aleksandra Jovanovic, Julijana Stanimirovic, Alan J Stewart, Samantha J Pitt, Esma R Isenovic
The aim of this study was to investigate the in vivo effects of estradiol (E2) on myocardial metabolism and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression/activity in obese rats. Male Wistar rats were fed with a normal or a high fat (HF) diet (42% fat) for 10 weeks. Half of the HF fed rats were treated with a single dose of E2 while the other half were placebo-treated. 24 h after treatment animals were sacrificed. E2 reduced cardiac free fatty acid (FFA) (p < 0.05), L-arginine (p < 0.01), iNOS mRNA (p < 0...
February 2, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162809/axonal-endoplasmic-reticulum-ca-2-content-controls-release-probability-in-cns-nerve-terminals
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Jaime de Juan-Sanz, Graham T Holt, Eric R Schreiter, Fernando de Juan, Douglas S Kim, Timothy A Ryan
Although the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) extends throughout axons and axonal ER dysfunction is implicated in numerous neurological diseases, its role at nerve terminals is poorly understood. We developed novel genetically encoded ER-targeted low-affinity Ca(2+) indicators optimized for examining axonal ER Ca(2+). Our experiments revealed that presynaptic function is tightly controlled by ER Ca(2+) content. We found that neuronal activity drives net Ca(2+) uptake into presynaptic ER although this activity does not contribute significantly to shaping cytosolic Ca(2+) except during prolonged repetitive firing...
January 30, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161396/the-method-used-to-set-the-pass-mark-in-an-objective-structured-clinical-examination-defines-the-performance-of-candidates-for-certification-as-rheumatologists
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Virginia Pascual-Ramos, Gabriel Medrano-Ramírez, Eunice Solís-Vallejo, Ana Guilaisne Bernard-Medina, Diana Elsa Flores-Alvarado, Margarita Portela-Hernández, María Del Rocío Maldonado-Velázquez, Luis Javier Jara-Quezada, Luis Manuel Amezcua-Guerra, Judith López-Zepeda, Miguel Ángel Saavedra, César Alejandro Arce-Salinas
BACKGROUND: The Mexican Accreditation Council for Rheumatology certifies trainees (TR) on an annual basis using both a multiple-choice question (MCQ) test and an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). For 2013 and 2014, the OSCE pass mark (PM) was set by criterion referencing as ≥6 (CPM), whereas overall rating of borderline performance method (BPM) was added for 2015 and 2016 accreditations. We compared OSCE TR performance according to CPM and BPM, and examined whether correlations between MCQ and OSCE were affected by PM...
February 1, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160258/effect-of-microneedles-on-transdermal-permeation-enhancement-of-amlodipine
#15
Buchi N Nalluri, Chandrateja Uppuluri, Jyothirmayee Devineni, Atul Nayak, Karthik J Nair, Benjamin R Whiteside, Diganta B Das
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of microneedle (MN) geometry parameters like length, density, shape and type on transdermal permeation enhancement of amlodipine (AMLO). Two types of MN devices viz. AdminPatch® arrays (ADM) (0.6, 1.2 and 1.5 mm lengths) and laboratory-fabricated polymeric MNs (PM) of 0.6 mm length were employed. In the case of PMs, arrays were applied thrice at different places within a 1.77-cm(2) skin area (PM-3) to maintain the MN density closer to 0.6 mm ADM. Scaling analyses were done using dimensionless parameters like concentration of AMLO (Ct/Cs), thickness (h/L) and surface area of the skin (Sa/L(2))...
February 3, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159767/ticagrelor-reversal-in-vitro-assessment-of-four-haemostatic-agents
#16
Leyla Calmette, Anne-Céline Martin, Bernard Le Bonniec, Diane Zlotnik, Isabelle Gouin-Thibault, Christilla Bachelot-Loza, Pascale Gaussem, Anne Godier
AIM: Management of ticagrelor-induced bleeding is challenging as platelet transfusion is ineffective. An effective strategy is needed. This study aimed to investigate in vitro the efficacy of four haemostatic drugs (HDs), namely recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa), fibrinogen concentrate (Fib), tranexamic acid (TXA) and factor XIII concentrate (FXIII) to improve the haemostatic capacity in the presence of ticagrelor. METHODS: Blood was spiked with ticagrelor then supplemented by either HD or control...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148684/maternal-midpregnancy-plasma-trans-18-1-fatty-acid-concentrations-are-positively-associated-with-risk-of-maternal-vascular-complications-and-child-low-birth-weight
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Nina H Grootendorst-van Mil, Henning Tiemeier, Jolien Steenweg-de Graaff, Vincent Wv Jaddoe, Eric Ap Steegers, Régine Pm Steegers-Theunissen
BACKGROUND: Evidence is plentiful that trans fatty acids (TFAs) induce vascular inflammation with adverse metabolic consequences. However, it is not clear whether TFAs increase the risk of vascular pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia. OBJECTIVE: We investigated associations between midpregnancy maternal plasma trans 18:1 fatty acid (t18:1) concentrations and pregnancy course and outcomes. METHODS: Participants were 6695 pregnant women and newborns from the Generation R Study, Rotterdam, Netherlands (enrollment in 2001-2005)...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148458/impact-of-biodiesel-on-regulated-and-unregulated-emissions-and-redox-and-proinflammatory-properties-of-pm-emitted-from-heavy-duty-vehicles
#18
Georgios Karavalakis, Nicholas Gysel, Debra A Schmitz, Arthur K Cho, Constantinos Sioutas, James J Schauer, David R Cocker, Thomas D Durbin
The emissions and the potential health effects of particulate matter (PM) were assessed from two heavy-duty trucks with and without emission control aftertreatment systems when operating on CARB ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and three different biodiesel blends. The CARB ULSD was blended with soy-based biodiesel, animal fat biodiesel, and waste cooking oil biodiesel at 50vol%. Testing was conducted over the EPA Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS) in triplicate for both trucks. The aftertreatment controls effectively decreased PM mass and number emissions, as well as the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) compared to the uncontrolled truck...
January 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147291/source-apportionment-of-ambient-fine-and-coarse-particulate-matter-at-the-fort-mckay-community-site-in-the-athabasca-oil-sands-region-alberta-canada
#19
Matthew S Landis, J Patrick Pancras, Joseph R Graney, Emily M White, Eric S Edgerton, Allan Legge, Kevin E Percy
An ambient air particulate matter sampling study was conducted at the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) AMS-1 Fort McKay monitoring station in the Athabasca Oil Sand Region (AOSR) in Alberta, Canada from February 2010 to July 2011. Daily 24h integrated fine (PM2.5) and coarse (PM10-2.5) particulate matter was collected using a sequential dichotomous sampler. Over the duration of the study, 392 valid daily dichotomous PM2.5 and PM10-2.5 sample pairs were collected with concentrations of 6.8±12.9μgm(-3) (mean±standard deviation) and 6...
January 29, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145921/the-effect-of-elective-rotations-on-the-self-assessment-examination-results-of-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-residents-implications-for-minimizing-educational-resource-disparities-in-taiwan
#20
I-Nan Lien, Pei-Shen Wu, Tyng-Guey Wang, Wen-Shiang Chen, Henry L Lew
OBJECTIVE: The aims of the study were (1) to assess whether a knowledge disparity existed between physical medicine and rehabilitation residents from community hospitals versus those from medical centers, before the introduction of short-term elective training at the end of 2008 and (2), if such disparity existed, to determine whether 1-month short-term elective training was associated with minimizing such disparity, as reflected in the self-assessment examination scores. DESIGN: Self-assessment examination scores from 2007-2016 were analyzed in each of the following three topics: (a) cardiac rehabilitation, (b) pulmonary rehabilitation, and (c) orthotics...
January 31, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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