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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817840/nuciferine-relaxes-tracheal-rings-via-the-blockade-of-vdlcc-and-nscc-channels
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Xiao Yang, Meng-Fei Yu, Jun Lei, Yong-Bo Peng, Ping Zhao, Lu Xue, Weiwei Chen, Li-Qun Ma, Qing-Hua Liu, Jinhua Shen
This study aimed to elucidate the mechanisms of nuciferine (a main aporphine alkaloid of lotus leaf extract), which can induce relaxation in contracted tracheal rings. Under Ca(2+)-free and 2 mM Ca(2+) conditions, we found that nuciferine had no effect on the resting muscle tone of tracheal rings. In contrast, nuciferine relaxed high K(+)-contracted mouse tracheal rings in a dose-dependent manner and inhibited both Ca(2+) influx and voltage-dependent L-type Ca(2+) channel currents induced by high K(+). Similarly, nuciferine also inhibited acetylcholine-induced contractions in mouse tracheal rings in a dose-dependent manner...
August 17, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817838/pharmacogenetic-determinants-of-outcomes-on-triplet-hepatic-artery-infusion-and-intravenous-cetuximab-for-liver-metastases-from-colorectal-cancer-european-trial-optiliv-nct00852228
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Francis Lévi, Abdoulaye Karaboué, Raphaël Saffroy, Christophe Desterke, Valerie Boige, Denis Smith, Mohamed Hebbar, Pasquale Innominato, Julien Taieb, Carlos Carvalho, Rosine Guimbaud, Christian Focan, Mohamed Bouchahda, René Adam, Michel Ducreux, Gérard Milano, Antoinette Lemoine
BACKGROUND: The hepatic artery infusion (HAI) of irinotecan, oxaliplatin and 5-fluorouracil with intravenous cetuximab achieved outstanding efficacy in previously treated patients with initially unresectable liver metastases from colorectal cancer. This planned study aimed at the identification of pharmacogenetic predictors of outcomes. METHODS: Circulating mononuclear cells were analysed for 207 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 34 pharmacology genes...
August 17, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817831/practical-value-of-anti-xa-activity-in-the-evaluation-of-extracorporeal-circuit-anticoagulation-during-haemodialysis-results-of-a-cross-sectional-single-centre-study
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Karlien L M Coene, Marijke J E Dekker, Marieke C H M Kerskes, Maaike Hengst, Marc J M Schonck, Constantijn J A M Konings, Volkher Scharnhorst
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Anticoagulation of the extracorporeal circuit is essential for adequate haemodialysis (HD). Low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) are safe and sufficient towards achieving this goal. In the Netherlands, dosage is based on bodyweight and adjusted based on clinical events. LMWH levels during dialysis can be quantified through measurement of the anti-Xa activity and a target range of 0.5-1.0 IU/mL has been proposed. We aimed to evaluate the practical value of the anti-Xa activity to guide LMWH dosage in HD patients...
August 18, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817829/altered-expression-profile-of-circular-rnas-in-the-serum-of-patients-with-diabetic-retinopathy-revealed-by-microarray
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Yonghao Gu, Genjie Ke, Lin Wang, Enliang Zhou, Kai Zhu, Yingying Wei
PURPOSE: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults. Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a kind of noncoding RNAs that are involved in the development of some diseases. Here, we aimed to determine the possible role of circRNAs in the pathogenesis of DR by determining the expression profile of circRNAs in the serum of DR patients. METHODS: Nineteen subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus with proliferative DR (T2DR), 15 subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus without DR (T2DM), and 21 age-matched nondiabetic control subjects were included in the study...
August 18, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817828/fall-prone-older-people-s-attitudes-towards-the-use-of-virtual-reality-technology-for-fall-prevention
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Kim Dockx, Lisa Alcock, Esther Bekkers, Pieter Ginis, Miriam Reelick, Elisa Pelosin, Giovanna Lagravinese, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Anat Mirelman, Lynn Rochester, Alice Nieuwboer
BACKGROUND: Virtual reality (VR) technology is a relatively new rehabilitation tool that can deliver a combination of cognitive and motor training for fall prevention. The attitudes of older people to such training are currently unclear. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate: (1) the attitudes of fall-prone older people towards fall prevention exercise with and without VR; (2) attitudinal changes after intervention with and without VR; and (3) user satisfaction following fall prevention exercise with and without VR...
August 18, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817825/muscle-strength-and-muscle-mass-in-older-patients-during-hospitalization-the-empower-study
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Jeanine M Van Ancum, Kira Scheerman, Vincent D Pierik, Siger T Numans, Sjors Verlaan, Hanne E Smeenk, Monique Slee-Valentijn, Roeliene C Kruizinga, Carel G M Meskers, Andrea B Maier
BACKGROUND: Low muscle strength and muscle mass are associated with an increased length of hospital stay and higher mortality rate in inpatients. To what extent hospitalization affects muscle strength and muscle mass is unclear. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess muscle strength and muscle mass at admission and during hospitalization in older patients and its relation with being at risk of geriatric conditions. METHODS: The EMPOWER study included patients aged 70 years and older, admitted to 4 wards of the VU University Medical Center in the Netherlands between April and December 2015...
August 18, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817810/tgf-%C3%AE-1-is-involved-in-vitamin-d-induced-chondrogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-regulating-the-erk-jnk-pathway
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Xiaorui Jiang, Botao Huang, Huiying Yang, Guishi Li, Chunlei Zhang, Guangshi Yang, Feng Lin, Guodong Lin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Osteoarthritis (OA) is characterized by degradation of cartilage, sole cell type of which is chondrocytes. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) possess multipotency and can be directionally differentiated into chondrocytes under stimulation. This study was aimed to explore the possible roles of vitamin D and transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) in the chondrogenic differentiation of BMSCs. METHODS: BMSCs were isolated from femurs and tibias of rats and characterized by flow cytometry...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817809/evaluation-of-infliximab-therapy-in-children-with-crohn-s-disease-using-trough-levels-predictors
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Jan Ohem, Ondrej Hradsky, Kristyna Zarubova, Ivana Copova, Petra Bukovska, Richard Prusa, Karin Malickova, Jiri Bronsky
BACKGROUND: In adults, infliximab (IFX) levels correlate with disease activity, and antibodies to IFX (ATIs) predict treatment failure. We aimed to determine the association of IFX levels and ATIs with disease activity in a paediatric population. We prospectively collected blood, stool, and clinical data from 65 patients (age 10.5-15.1 years) with Crohn's disease (CD) before IFX administration, and measured IFX trough levels, ATIs, and faecal calprotectin levels (CPT). Samples were collected during maintenance therapy...
August 18, 2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817808/ppar%C3%AE-agonist-stimulated-angiogenesis-by-improving-endothelial-precursor-cell-function-via-a-nlrp3-inflammasome-pathway
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Yaping Deng, Xue Han, Zheng Yao, Yuannan Sun, Jiawen Yu, Jian Cai, Guofei Ren, Guojun Jiang, Feng Han
BACKGROUND: Impaired wound healing is a common complication of diabetes and is the leading cause of lower extremity amputation. Treatment with fenofibrate, a peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor α (PPARα) agonist, was associated with a lower risk of amputations, particularly minor amputations without known large-vessel diseases, probably through non-lipid mechanisms. The current study aimed to test our hypothesis that fenofibrate stimulates angiogenesis and restores endothelial precursor cell (EPC) function via inhibiting Nod-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817798/toward-a-wiring-diagram-understanding-of-appetite-control
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REVIEW
Mark L Andermann, Bradford B Lowell
Prior mouse genetic research has set the stage for a deep understanding of appetite regulation. This goal is now being realized through the use of recent technological advances, such as the ability to map connectivity between neurons, manipulate neural activity in real time, and measure neural activity during behavior. Indeed, major progress has been made with regard to meal-related gut control of appetite, arcuate nucleus-based hypothalamic circuits linking energy state to the motivational drive, hunger, and, finally, limbic and cognitive processes that bring about hunger-mediated increases in reward value and perception of food...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817788/the-joint-effect-of-the-endothelin-receptor-b-gene-ednrb-polymorphism-rs10507875-and-nitric-oxide-synthase-3-gene-nos3-polymorphism-rs869109213-in-slovenian-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-diabetic-retinopathy
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Dejan Bregar, Ines Cilenšek, Sara Mankoč, Ana Reschner, Danijel Petrovič, Mojca Globočnik Petrovič
Increasing evidence suggests that endothelin and nitric oxide synthase genes and their products exert biological effects on the vasculature via the nitric oxide or endothelin pathway. The aim of the study was to evaluate the association of rs10507875 and rs869109213 (alone or in interaction) with diabetic retinopathy (DR) in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We genotyped the single nucleotide polymorphism rs10507875 of the endothelin receptor B gene (EDNRB) and variable number tandem repeats rs869109213 of the nitric oxide synthase 3 gene (NOS3) in 270 Slovenian patients with DR and T2DM and 256 controls with T2DM without clinical signs of DR...
August 17, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817783/the-association-between-insurance-type-and-cost-related-delay-in-care-a-survey
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Sora Al Rowas, Michael B Rothberg, Benjamin Johnson, Joel Miller, Mohanad AlMahmoud, Jennifer Friderici, Sarah L Goff, Tara Lagu
OBJECTIVES: Massachusetts has insurance rates similar to those projected under the Affordable Care Act, but many of the state's patients are insured through private insurance plans with high out-of-pocket costs. We aimed to explore the relationship between insurance type (private vs public) and delays in care due to cost, stratified by income. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: We conducted a study of English-speaking adults recruited from the waiting rooms of the emergency department or outpatient clinics of a large healthcare system in western Massachusetts...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817740/influence-of-microtextured-implant-surfaces-on-peri-implantitis-and-its-treatment-a-preclinical-trial
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Juan C Rodriguez, Tapan Koticha, Diana L Eubanks, Ivan Rudek, Fred J Molz, Ludovica Chiavaccini, Andrew Claude, Steven Elder, Hom-Lay Wang
PURPOSE: The prevalence of peri-implantitis has increased significantly, forcing clinicians to search for ways to prevent it. Laser-microtextured surfaces promote soft tissue attachment and provide a tight seal around implants. Hence, the aim of this study was to examine the clinical, radiographic, and histologic features of ligature-induced peri-implantitis, as well as the effect of surgical treatment of these induced peri-implantitis lesions on laser-microtextured implants in a controlled animal model...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817739/three-dimensional-volumetric-changes-in-severely-resorbed-alveolar-sockets-after-ridge-augmentation-with-bovine-derived-xenograft-and-resorbable-barrier-a-preliminary-study-on-cbct-imaging
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Valeria Manavella, Federica Romano, Lisa Corano, Cristina Bignardi, Mario Aimetti
PURPOSE: The primary aim of the study was to describe a novel technique to evaluate volumetric hard tissue dimensional changes after ridge augmentation procedures. The secondary aim was to apply this newly developed measuring method to compromised alveolar sockets grafted with a slowly resorbing biomaterial covered with a collagen membrane. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eleven patients (6 men and 5 women, mean age 52.7 ± 8.3 years) requiring extraction of one hopeless tooth for severe periodontitis in the maxillary anterior area were consecutively treated with a ridge augmentation procedure...
August 17, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817734/treatment-gap-and-barriers-for-mental-health-care-a-cross-sectional-community-survey-in-nepal
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Nagendra P Luitel, Mark J D Jordans, Brandon A Kohrt, Sujit D Rathod, Ivan H Komproe
CONTEXT: There is limited research on the gap between the burden of mental disorders and treatment use in low- and middle-income countries. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the treatment gap among adults with depressive disorder (DD) and alcohol use disorder (AUD) and to examine possible barriers to initiation and continuation of mental health treatment in Nepal. METHODS: A three-stage sampling technique was used in the study to select 1,983 adults from 10 Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Chitwan district...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817726/evaluation-of-peptide-designing-strategy-against-subunit-reassociation-in-mucin-1-a-steered-molecular-dynamics-approach
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J Lesitha Jeeva Kumari, R Jesu Jaya Sudan, C Sudandiradoss
Subunit reassociation in mucin 1, a breast cancer tumor marker, is reported as one of the critical factors for its cytoplasmic activation. Inhibition of its heterodimeric association would therefore result in loss of its function and alter disease progression. The present study aimed at evaluating peptide inhibitor designing strategies that may serve as antagonist against this receptor-ligand alliance. Several peptides and their derivatives were designed based on native residues, subunit interface, hydrogen bonding and secondary structure...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817722/nicotinamide-alone-accelerates-the-conversion-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-into-mature-neuronal-populations
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Síle M Griffin, Mark R Pickard, Rowan P Orme, Clive P Hawkins, Adrian C Williams, Rosemary A Fricker
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin B3 has been shown to play an important role during embryogenesis. Specifically, there is growing evidence that nicotinamide, the biologically active form of vitamin B3, plays a critical role as a morphogen in the differentiation of stem cells to mature cell phenotypes, including those of the central nervous system (CNS). Detailed knowledge of the action of small molecules during neuronal differentiation is not only critical for uncovering mechanisms underlying lineage-specification, but also to establish more effective differentiation protocols to obtain clinically relevant cells for regenerative therapies for neurodegenerative conditions such as Huntington's disease (HD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817708/timing-and-extent-of-finger-force-enslaving-during-a-dynamic-force-task-cannot-be-explained-by-emg-activity-patterns
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Mojtaba Mirakhorlo, Huub Maas, DirkJan H E J Veeger
Finger enslaving is defined as the inability of the fingers to move or to produce force independently. Such finger enslaving has predominantly been investigated for isometric force tasks. The aim of this study was to assess whether the extent of force enslaving is dependent on relative finger movements. Ten right-handed subjects (22-30 years) flexed the index finger while counteracting constant resistance forces (4, 6 and 8 N) orthogonal to the fingertip. The other, non-instructed fingers were held in extension...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817693/clinical-signs-profound-acidemia-hypoglycemia-and-hypernatremia-are-predictive-of-mortality-in-1-400-critically-ill-neonatal-calves-with-diarrhea
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Florian M Trefz, Ingrid Lorenz, Annette Lorch, Peter D Constable
Profound acidemia impairs cellular and organ function and consequently should be associated with an increased risk of mortality in critically ill humans and animals. Neonatal diarrhea in calves can result in potentially serious metabolic derangements including profound acidemia due to strong ion (metabolic) acidosis, hyper-D-lactatemia, hyper-L-lactatemia, azotemia, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia and hyponatremia. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the prognostic relevance of clinical and laboratory findings in 1,400 critically ill neonatal calves with diarrhea admitted to a veterinary teaching hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817690/resveratrol-and-caloric-restriction-prevent-hepatic-steatosis-by-regulating-sirt1-autophagy-pathway-and-alleviating-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-high-fat-diet-fed-rats
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Shibin Ding, Jinjin Jiang, Guofu Zhang, Yongjun Bu, Guanghui Zhang, Xiangmei Zhao
BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated that resveratrol (a natural polyphenol) and caloric restriction activate Sirtuin-1 (SIRT1) and induce autophagy. Furthermore, autophagy is induced by the SIRT1-FoxO signaling pathway and was recently shown to be a critical protective mechanism against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) development. We aimed to compare the effects of resveratrol and caloric restriction on hepatic lipid metabolism and elucidate the mechanism by which resveratrol supplementation and caloric restriction alleviate hepatosteatosis by examining the molecular interplay between SIRT1 and autophagy...
2017: PloS One
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