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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738347/negative-beliefs-about-voices-in-patients-with-borderline-personality-disorder-are-associated-with-distress-a-plea-for-cognitive-behavioural-therapy
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Christina W Slotema, Jan Dirk Blom, Mathijs Deen, Marieke B A Niemantsverdriet, Mark van der Gaag, Hans W Hoek, Iris E C Sommer
BACKGROUND: Auditory verbal hallucinations (AVH) are experienced by 21-54% of patients diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder (BPD), and ensuing distress is often high. Little is known about the beliefs these patients foster about their voices, and the influence thereof on distress and need for hospitalisation. METHODS: In a convenience sample of 38 BPD outpatients with AVH, data were collected with the aid of the Psychotic Symptom Rating Scales (PSYRATS), Beliefs about Voices Questionnaire (BAVQ), Social Comparison Rating Scale (SCRS), and Voice Power Differential Scale (VPDS)...
July 22, 2017: Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737760/channel-opening-and-gating-mechanism-in-ampa-subtype-glutamate-receptors
#2
Edward C Twomey, Maria V Yelshanskaya, Robert A Grassucci, Joachim Frank, Alexander I Sobolevsky
AMPA-subtype ionotropic glutamate receptors mediate fast excitatory neurotransmission throughout the central nervous system. Gated by the neurotransmitter glutamate, AMPA receptors are critical for synaptic strength and dysregulation of AMPA receptor-mediated signalling is linked to numerous neurological diseases. Here, we use cryo-electron microscopy to solve the structures of AMPA receptor-auxiliary subunit complexes in the apo, antagonist and agonist-bound states and elucidate the iris-like mechanism of ion channel opening...
July 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737133/pretreatment-with-paricalcitol-attenuates-level-and-expression-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-a-rat-model-of-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury%C3%A2
#3
Sibel Ersan, Asli Celik, Mehmet Tanrisev, Isil Kose, Zahide Cavdar, Mehtat Unlu, Ayse Kocak, Cemre Ural, Banu Yilmaz, Timur Kose
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is a leading cause of acute kidney injury (AKI). The inflammatory response that drives IRI involves upregulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which results in proteolytic degradation of renal microvascular matrix. Evidence suggests a potential protective role of active vitamin D on ischemic injury by downregulating MMPs. In the present study, we aimed to determine the expression and level of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in renal IRI model and the potential beneficial effect of paricalcitol on both level and expression of MMPs and tubular injury caused by IRI...
July 24, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737127/pharmacokinetics-and-safety-of-sacubitril-valsartan-lcz696-in-patients-with-mild-and-moderate-hepatic-impairment%C3%A2
#4
Kenneth M Kulmatycki, Thomas Langenickel, Wai Hong Ng, Parasar Pal, Wei Zhou, Tsu-Han Lin, Iris Rajman, Priyamvada Chandra, Gangadhar Sunkara
OBJECTIVES: To assess the protein binding and pharmacokinetics of sacubitril/valsartan analytes (sacubitril, sacubitrilat, and valsartan) in an open-label, single oral dose (200 mg), parallel-group study in patients with mild and moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class A and B) and matched healthy subjects. METHODS: This study enrolled 32 subjects (n = 8 in each hepatic impairment and matched healthy subjects groups). Blood samples were collected at pre-determined time points to assess pharmacokinetics of sacubitril, sacubitrilat, and valsartan...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736876/geriatric-cooperatives-in-southwestern-ontario-a-novel-way-of-increasing-inter-sectoral-partnerships-in-the-care-of-older-adults-with-responsive-behaviours
#5
Iris Gutmanis, Loretta M Hillier
Established in 2010, Geriatric Cooperatives support the evolving Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) programme in the South West Local Health Integration Network. Geriatric Cooperatives bring together members representing relevant cross-sectoral services and are tasked with identifying system gaps associated with the BSO target population as well as developing work plans specific to their local area, leveraging local capacity, and co-ordinating and improving linkages between sectors and services. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the partnerships formed over time within these Cooperatives in order to inform their ongoing development and sustainability...
July 24, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736762/confusion-in-the-study-of-immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome
#6
Claudia Alvarado-de la Barrera, Gustavo Reyes-Terán
As a consequence of late presentation for HIV care, a significant proportion of individuals develop immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) soon after initiation of antiretroviral therapy. Incidence, predictors, and models of pathogenesis of IRIS vary in the literature. Here we discuss factors that may contribute to this lack of consensus. We propose that different pathogens drive different types of IRIS and suggest that these clinical conditions should be studied individually and not grouped under the general heading of "IRIS...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736742/unique-morphological-characteristics-of-mitochondrial-subtypes-in-the-heart-the-effect-of-ischemia-and-ischemic-preconditioning
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Siavash Beikoghli Kalkhoran, Peter Munro, Fan Qiao, Sang-Bing Ong, Andrew R Hall, Hector Cabrera-Fuentes, Bibhas Chakraborty, William A Boisvert, Derek M Yellon, Derek J Hausenloy
RATIONALE: Three subsets of mitochondria have been described in adult cardiomyocytes - intermyofibrillar (IMF), subsarcolemmal (SSM), and perinuclear (PN). They have been shown to differ in physiology, but whether they also vary in morphological characteristics is unknown. Ischemic preconditioning (IPC) is known to prevent mitochondrial dysfunction induced by acute myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI), but whether IPC can also modulate mitochondrial morphology is not known. AIMS: Morphological characteristics of three different subsets of adult cardiac mitochondria along with the effect of ischemia and IPC on mitochondrial morphology will be investigated...
January 2017: Discoveries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736672/handheld-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
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Jianlong Yang, Liang Liu, J Peter Campbell, David Huang, Gangjun Liu
We developed a handheld optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) system using a 100-kHz swept-source laser. The handheld probe weighs 0.4 kg and measures 20.6 × 12.8 × 4.6 cm(3). The system has dedicated features for handheld operation. The probe is equipped with a mini iris camera for easy alignment. Real-time display of the en face OCT and cross-sectional OCT images in the system allows accurately locating the imaging target. Fast automatic focusing was achieved by an electrically tunable lens controlled by a golden-section search algorithm...
April 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736633/biologics-in-gastrointestinal-and-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
#9
REVIEW
Iris H Liu, Pamela L Kunz
The development of biologic agents has ushered in a new era of precision medicine, opening the door to new therapeutic options designed to intelligently target cancer cells and their promoting factors, while leaving normal cells relatively unharmed. Biologics for the treatment of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) have followed in the footsteps of regimens targeting pathways upregulated in other cancers, including the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Through a number of clinical trials, the mTOR inhibitor everolimus and the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) inhibitor sunitinib were recently approved for NETs...
June 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736556/ras-signaling-inhibitors-attenuate-disease-in-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-via-targeting-pathogenic-antigen-specific-th17-type-cells
#10
Morad Zayoud, Victoria Marcu-Malina, Einav Vax, Jasmine Jacob-Hirsch, Galit Elad-Sfadia, Iris Barshack, Yoel Kloog, Itamar Goldstein
The Ras family of GTPases plays an important role in signaling nodes downstream to T cell receptor and CD28 activation, potentially lowering the threshold for T-cell receptor activation by autoantigens. Somatic mutation in NRAS or KRAS may cause a rare autoimmune disorder coupled with abnormal expansion of lymphocytes. T cells from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients show excessive activation of Ras/MEK/ERK pathway. The small molecule farnesylthiosalicylic acid (FTS) interferes with the interaction between Ras GTPases and their prenyl-binding chaperones to inhibit proper plasma membrane localization...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736544/non-suicidal-self-injury-in-eating-disordered-patients-associations-with-heart-rate-variability-and-state-trait-anxiety
#11
Cristina Giner-Bartolome, Núria Mallorquí-Bagué, Iris Tolosa-Sola, Trevor Steward, Susana Jimenez-Murcia, Roser Granero, Fernando Fernandez-Aranda
Background: Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) is commonly present in individuals with eating disorders (EDs) and is often employed as a maladaptive emotion regulation strategy to avoid or abate negative emotions. One of the most prevalent negative emotions experienced by self-injurers is anxiety; however, this emotion has not been extensively studied in this population. Thus, the aim of our study was to investigate the influence of anxiety on NSSI in patients with ED from two different dimensions: state anxiety and trait anxiety...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736023/protective-effects-of-geniposide-on-hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#12
Y-P Rong, H-T Huang, J-S Liu, L Wei
BACKGROUND: Geniposide (GEN) is the major ingredient of Gardenia jasminoides Ellis, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-apoptotic activities and is widely used to treat ischemia disease. Inflammation and apoptosis play an important role in hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. The current study was conducted to explore the effects of geniposide on hepatic I/R injury and its potential molecular mechanism in mice. METHODS: Fifty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 5 groups: the sham group (sham), the hepatic I/R injury group (IRI) and the GEN groups (low, middle, and high)...
July 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735751/structure-of-the-nav1-4-%C3%AE-1-complex-from-electric-eel
#13
Zhen Yan, Qiang Zhou, Lin Wang, Jianping Wu, Yanyu Zhao, Gaoxingyu Huang, Wei Peng, Huaizong Shen, Jianlin Lei, Nieng Yan
Voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels initiate and propagate action potentials. Here, we present the cryo-EM structure of EeNav1.4, the Nav channel from electric eel, in complex with the β1 subunit at 4.0 Å resolution. The immunoglobulin domain of β1 docks onto the extracellular L5I and L6IV loops of EeNav1.4 via extensive polar interactions, and the single transmembrane helix interacts with the third voltage-sensing domain (VSDIII). The VSDs exhibit "up" conformations, while the intracellular gate of the pore domain is kept open by a digitonin-like molecule...
July 15, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735695/variation-in-the-early-trajectories-of-autism-symptoms-is-related-to-the-development-of-language-cognition-and-behavior-problems
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Janne C Visser, Nanda N J Rommelse, Martijn Lappenschaar, Iris J Servatius-Oosterling, Corina U Greven, Jan K Buitelaar
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to model more homogeneous subgroups within autism spectrum disorder (ASD) based on early trajectories of core symptoms; and to further characterize these subgroups in terms of trajectories of language, cognition, co-occurring (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]-related) traits and clinical outcome diagnosis. METHOD: Children (N = 203) referred for possible ASD at ages 1 to 4 years were assessed at three time points at intervals ranging from 9 months to 3 years...
August 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735646/hyperhomocysteinemia-and-age-related-macular-degeneration-role-of-inflammatory-mediators-and-pyroptosis-a-proposal
#15
Mahavir Singh, Suresh C Tyagi
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and pyroptosis cause irreversible vascular changes in the eyes leading to central vision loss in patients. It is the most common eye disease affecting millions of people aged 50years or older, and is slowly becoming a major health problem worldwide. The disease mainly affects macula lutea, an oval-shaped pigmented area surrounding fovea near the center of retina, a region responsible for visual acuity. It is fairly a complex disease as genetics of patients, environmental triggers as well as risk factors such as age, family history of CVDs, diabetes, gender, obesity, race, hyperopia, iris color, smoking, diabetes, exposure to sun light and pyroptosis have all been clubbed together as probable causes of macular degeneration...
August 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735626/differentiation-of-hmsc-and-hpdlsc-induced-by-pge2-or-bmp-7-in-3d-models
#16
Christina Ern, Tamara Berger, Iris Frasheri, Richard Heym, Reinhard Hickel, Matthias Folwaczny
Regenerative therapies of pathogenic tissue defects are gaining increasing importance in periodontology. Among others, the osteogenic effect of BMP-7 seems to play a major role in the development of teeth and alveolar bone. Human periodontal ligament stem cells (hPDLSC), as well as human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC), show the ability to differentiate into various types of tissues. Regarding prostaglandin E2, many studies have confirmed that it is involved in the inflammation associated to periodontitis stimulating osteoclasts, which ultimately leads to resorption of tooth supporting bone...
July 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735318/trends-of-bloodstream-infections-in-a-university-greek-hospital-during-a-three-year-period-incidence-of-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-and-seasonality-in-gram-negative-predominance
#17
Fevronia Kolonitsiou, Matthaios Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, Anastasia Spiliopoulou, Vasiliki Stamouli, Vasileios Papakostas, Eleni Apostolopoulou, Christos Panagiotopoulos, Markos Marangos, Evangelos D Anastassiou, Myrto Christofidou, Iris Spiliopoulou
The aim of the study was to assess the epidemiology, the incidence of multidrug-resistant bacteria and bloodstream infections' (BSIs) seasonality in a university hospital. This retrospective study was carried out in the University General Hospital of Patras, Greece, during 2011-13 y. Blood cultures from patients with clinical presentation suggestive of bloodstream infection were performed by the BacT/ALERT System. Isolates were identified by Vitek 2 Advanced Expert System. Antibiotic susceptibility testing was performed by the disk diffusion method and E-test...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735313/early-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bacteremia-among-intensive-care-unit-patients-non-colonized-upon-admission
#18
Matthaios Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, Fotini Fligou, Iris Spiliopoulou, Christina Bartzavali, Vasiliki Dodou, Sophia Vamvakopoulou, Kyriaki Koutsileou, Anastasia Zotou, Evangelos D Anastassiou, Myrto Christofidou, Markos Marangos
Among 140 patients colonized by KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) between fourth and seventh day of Intensive Care Unit stay, 24 developed bacteraemia immediately after colonization. Colistin-resistance of the colonizing isolate was the factor significantly associated with early KPC-Kp bacteraemia (P < 0.001; OR 6.6, 95% CI 2.4-18.4), a worrisome finding since infections by colistin-resistant isolates is associated with increased mortality due to limited remaining therapeutic options.
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735177/the-visual-system-encodes-others-direction-of-gaze-in-a-first-person-frame-of-reference
#19
Colin J Palmer, Colin W G Clifford
The primate visual system contains specialised neural mechanisms for encoding the direction of others' gaze. A foundational question that we can ask in this domain concerns the frame of reference in which another person's gaze is represented. Electrophysiological recordings in macaque monkeys suggest that direction of gaze might be encoded relative to the observer (i.e., in a first person reference frame) or relative to the head or body of the stimulus (i.e., in a second person reference frame). Here we use sensory adaptation to gaze direction as a psychophysical tool to probe how this property of the environment is represented in the human visual system...
July 20, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734248/effects-of-constructed-wetland-design-on-ibuprofen-removal-a-mesocosm-scale-study
#20
Liang Zhang, Tao Lv, Yang Zhang, Otto R Stein, Carlos A Arias, Hans Brix, Pedro N Carvalho
This study aimed to investigate the effects of constructed wetland design (unsaturated, saturated and aerated saturated) and plant species (Juncus, Typha, Berula, Phragmites and Iris) on the mass removal and removal kinetics of the pharmaceutical ibuprofen. Planted systems had higher ibuprofen removal rates (29%-99%) than in the unplanted ones (15%-85%) in all designs. The use of forced aeration improved ibuprofen removal only in the unplanted mesocosms. In general, ibuprofen removal followed an area-based first-order removal kinetics model with removal rate coefficients (kA) varying between 3 and 35cm/d...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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