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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222554/a-single-group-pretest-posttest-clinical-trial-for-the-effects-of-dry-needling-on-wrist-flexors-spasticity-after-stroke
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Noureddin Nakhostin Ansari
BACKGROUND: Spasticity is a common complication after stroke. Dry needling (DN) is suggested as a novel method for treatment of muscle spasticity. OBJECTIVE: To explore the effects of DN on wrist flexors spasticity poststroke. METHODS: A single group, pretest-posttest clinical trial was used. Twenty nine patients with stroke (16 male; mean age 54.3 years) were tested at baseline (T0), immediately after DN (T1), and one hour after DN (T2). DN was applied for flexor carpi radialis (FCR) and flexor carpi ulnaris on the affected arm for single session, one minute per muscle...
February 8, 2017: NeuroRehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222521/the-effects-of-lw-afc-on-the-hippocampus-transcriptome-in-senescence-accelerated-mouse-prone-8-strain-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jianhui Wang, Yang Liu, Xiaorui Cheng, Xiaorui Zhang, Feng Liu, Gang Liu, Shanyi Qiao, Ming Ni, Wenxia Zhou, Yongxiang Zhang, Fei Li
The senescence-accelerated mouse prone 8 (SAMP8) strain is considered a robust experimental model for developing preventative and therapeutic treatments for Alzheimer's disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disease which cannot be effectively prevented, halted, or cured. Our previous studies showed that LW-AFC, a new formula derived from the classical traditional Chinese medicinal prescription Liuwei Dihuang decoction, ameliorates cognitive deterioration in PrP-hAβPPswe/PS1ΔE9 transgenic mice and SAMP8 mice. This study aims to investigate the mechanism that mediates how LW-AFC improves cognitive deficit on the basis of the transcriptome...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222502/subclinical-doses-of-atp-sensitive-potassium-channel-modulators-prevent-alterations-in-memory-and-synaptic-alterations-in-memory-and-synaptic-%C3%AE
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Karla Salgado-Puga, Javier Rodríguez-Colorado, Roberto A Prado-Alcalá, Fernando Peña-Ortega
In addition to coupling cell metabolism and excitability, ATP-sensitive potassium channels (KATP) are involved in neural function and plasticity. Moreover, alterations in KATP activity and expression have been observed in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and during amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced pathology. Thus, we tested whether KATP modulators can influence Aβ-induced deleterious effects on memory, hippocampal network function, and plasticity. We found that treating animals with subclinical doses (those that did not change glycemia) of a KATP blocker (Tolbutamide) or a KATP opener (Diazoxide) differentially restrained Aβ-induced memory deficit, hippocampal network activity inhibition, and long-term synaptic plasticity unbalance (i...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222444/inflammation-a-double-edged-sword-in-the-response-to-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection
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Christina K Lin, Barbara I Kazmierczak
The Gram-negative opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa exploits failures of barrier defense and innate immunity to cause acute infections at a range of anatomic sites. We review the defense mechanisms that normally protect against P. aeruginosa pulmonary infection, as well as the bacterial products and activities that trigger their activation. Innate immune recognition of P. aeruginosa is critical for pathogen clearance; nonetheless, inflammation is also associated with pathogen persistence and poor host outcomes...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222434/a-feedback-loop-between-mir-30a-c-5p-and-dnmt1-mediates-cisplatin-resistance-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Xi Han, Shuai Zhen, Zhongxue Ye, Jiaojiao Lu, Lijie Wang, Pan Li, Jie Li, Xia Zheng, Huijin Li, Wei Chen, Le Zhao, Xu Li
BACKGROUND: Many microRNAs (miRs) are dysregulated in cancers, and aberrant miR expression patterns have been suggested to correlate with chemo-resistance of cancer cells. We aim to study the role of miR-30 family members in cisplatin-resistance of ovarian cancer cells. METHODS: qRT-PCR was used to compare differential expression levels of miR-30 family members in ovarian cancer cell line A2780 and its cisplatin-resistant derivative CP70. Changes of cisplatin-sensitivity in miR-30a-5p- and miR-30c-5p-overexpressed-CP70 cells and miR-30a-5p- and miR-30c-5p-inhibited-A2780 cells were examined by CCK8 assay and apoptosis analysis using flow cytometry; targets of miR-30a/c-5p were analyzed by western blotting and luciferase reporter assay; methylation regulation of pre-miR-30a/c-5p was examined by methylation specific PCR...
February 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222413/a-new-tr%C3%AE-mutation-in-resistance-to-thyroid-hormone-syndrome
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Corina Neamţu, Claudiu Ţupea, Diana Păun, Anca Hoisescu, Adina Ghemigian, Samuel Refetoff, Chutintorn Sriphrapradang
Thyroid hormones (TH) exert their actions by binding nuclear receptors alpha (TRα1) and beta (TRß1 and TRß2). Resistance to thyroid hormone (RTH) is a clinical syndrome with various clinical manifestations, its hallmark being decreased tissue sensitivity to the action of thyroid hormones. We report the case of a family harbouring a novel TRß mutation. Sequencing of the TRβ gene revealed a single nucleotide substitution-C to G in codon 340: glutamine was replaced by glutamic acid. The clinical picture and biochemical and hormonal panel showed significant differences within the family, despite their sharing the same mutation...
October 2016: Hormones: International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222348/effects-of-bamboo-charcoal-on-antibiotic-resistance-genes-during-chicken-manure-composting
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Haichao Li, Manli Duan, Jie Gu, Yajun Zhang, Xun Qian, Jun Ma, Ranran Zhang, Xiaojuan Wang
Composting is widely used for animal waste disposal, and bamboo charcoal (BC) can be used for nitrogen conservation during composting. However, the effects of BC on antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) during chicken manure composting are still unclear. This study investigated the effects on ARGs of adding different proportions of BC (0%, 5%, 10%, and 20% w/w) to chicken manure compost. After 26 days, the relative abundances (RAs) of most ARGs (tetC, tetG, tetW, tetX, sul2, drfA1, drfA7, ermB, ermF, ermQ, and ermX) and intI1 declined by 21...
February 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222316/discovery-and-characterization-of-novel-cyp1b1-inhibitors-based-on-heterocyclic-chalcones-overcoming-cisplatin-resistance-in-cyp1b1-overexpressing-lines
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Neill J Horley, Kenneth J M Beresford, Tarun Chawla, Glen J P McCann, Ketan C Ruparelia, Linda Gatchie, Vinay R Sonawane, Ibidapo S Williams, Hoon L Tan, Prashant Joshi, Sonali S Bharate, Vikas Kumar, Sandip B Bharate, Bhabatosh Chaudhuri
The structure of alpha-napthoflavone (ANF), a potent inhibitor of CYP1A1 and CYP1B1, mimics the structure of chalcones. Two potent CYP1B1 inhibitors 7k (DMU2105) and 6j (DMU2139) have been identified from two series of synthetic pyridylchalcones. They inhibit human CYP1B1 enzyme bound to yeast-derived microsomes (Sacchrosomes™) with IC50 values of 10 and 9 nM, respectively, and show a very high level of selectivity towards CYP1B1 with respect to the IC50 values obtained with CYP1A1, CYP1A2, CYP3A4, CYP2D6, CYP2C9 and CYP2C19 Sacchrosomes™...
February 9, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222198/algorithmic-design-of-a-noise-resistant-and-efficient-closed-loop-deep-brain-stimulation-system-a-computational-approach
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Sofia D Karamintziou, Ana Luísa Custódio, Brigitte Piallat, Mircea Polosan, Stéphan Chabardès, Pantelis G Stathis, George A Tagaris, Damianos E Sakas, Georgia E Polychronaki, George L Tsirogiannis, Olivier David, Konstantina S Nikita
Advances in the field of closed-loop neuromodulation call for analysis and modeling approaches capable of confronting challenges related to the complex neuronal response to stimulation and the presence of strong internal and measurement noise in neural recordings. Here we elaborate on the algorithmic aspects of a noise-resistant closed-loop subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation system for advanced Parkinson's disease and treatment-refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder, ensuring remarkable performance in terms of both efficiency and selectivity of stimulation, as well as in terms of computational speed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222162/optimal-combinations-of-control-strategies-and-cost-effective-analysis-for-visceral-leishmaniasis-disease-transmission
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Santanu Biswas, Abhishek Subramanian, Ibrahim M ELMojtaba, Joydev Chattopadhyay, Ram Rup Sarkar
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) is a deadly neglected tropical disease that poses a serious problem in various countries all over the world. Implementation of various intervention strategies fail in controlling the spread of this disease due to issues of parasite drug resistance and resistance of sandfly vectors to insecticide sprays. Due to this, policy makers need to develop novel strategies or resort to a combination of multiple intervention strategies to control the spread of the disease. To address this issue, we propose an extensive SIR-type model for anthroponotic visceral leishmaniasis transmission with seasonal fluctuations modeled in the form of periodic sandfly biting rate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222112/genome-wide-study-of-resistant-hypertension-identified-from-electronic-health-records
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Logan Dumitrescu, Marylyn D Ritchie, Joshua C Denny, Nihal M El Rouby, Caitrin W McDonough, Yuki Bradford, Andrea H Ramirez, Suzette J Bielinski, Melissa A Basford, High Seng Chai, Peggy Peissig, David Carrell, Jyotishman Pathak, Luke V Rasmussen, Xiaoming Wang, Jennifer A Pacheco, Abel N Kho, M Geoffrey Hayes, Martha Matsumoto, Maureen E Smith, Rongling Li, Rhonda M Cooper-DeHoff, Iftikhar J Kullo, Christopher G Chute, Rex L Chisholm, Gail P Jarvik, Eric B Larson, David Carey, Catherine A McCarty, Marc S Williams, Dan M Roden, Erwin Bottinger, Julie A Johnson, Mariza de Andrade, Dana C Crawford
Resistant hypertension is defined as high blood pressure that remains above treatment goals in spite of the concurrent use of three antihypertensive agents from different classes. Despite the important health consequences of resistant hypertension, few studies of resistant hypertension have been conducted. To perform a genome-wide association study for resistant hypertension, we defined and identified cases of resistant hypertension and hypertensives with treated, controlled hypertension among >47,500 adults residing in the US linked to electronic health records (EHRs) and genotyped as part of the electronic MEdical Records & GEnomics (eMERGE) Network...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222095/delays-and-loss-to-follow-up-before-treatment-of-drug-resistant-tuberculosis-following-implementation-of-xpert-mtb-rif-in-south-africa-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Helen Cox, Lindy Dickson-Hall, Norbert Ndjeka, Anja Van't Hoog, Alison Grant, Frank Cobelens, Wendy Stevens, Mark Nicol
BACKGROUND: South Africa has a large burden of rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB), with 18,734 patients diagnosed in 2014. The number of diagnosed patients has increased substantially with the introduction of the Xpert MTB/RIF test, used for tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis for all patients with presumptive TB. Routine aggregate data suggest a large treatment gap (pre-treatment loss to follow-up) between the numbers of patients with laboratory-confirmed RR-TB and those reported to have started second-line treatment...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222022/central-and-peripheral-control-of-food-intake
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M M I Abdalla
The maintenance of the body weight at a stable level is a major determinant in keeping the higher animals and mammals survive. Th e body weight depends on the balance between the energy intake and energy expenditure. Increased food intake over the energy expenditure of prolonged time period results in an obesity. Th e obesity has become an important worldwide health problem, even at low levels. The obesity has an evil effect on the health and is associated with a shorter life expectancy. A complex of central and peripheral physiological signals is involved in the control of the food intake...
January 1, 2017: Endocrine Regulations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221962/modeling-the-effect-of-temperature-and-water-activity-on-the-thermal-resistance-of-salmonella-enteritidis-pt-30-in-wheat-flour
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Danielle F Smith, Ian M Hildebrandt, Kaitlyn E Casulli, Kirk D Dolan, Bradley P Marks
Salmonella continues to be a problem associated with low-moisture foods, particularly given enhanced thermal resistance at lower water activity (aw). However, there is a scarcity of thermal inactivation models accounting for the effect of aw. The objective of this study was to test multiple secondary models for the effect of product (wheat flour) aw on Salmonella enterica Enteritidis phage type 30 thermal resistance. A full-factorial experimental design included three temperatures (75, 80, and 85°C) and four aw values (~0...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221933/thermal-inactivation-kinetics-of-sporolactobacillus-nakayamae-spores-a-spoilage-bacterium-isolated-from-a-model-mashed-potato-scallion-mixture
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Hayriye Bozkurt, Jairus R D David, Ryan J Talley, D Scott Lineback, P Michael Davidson
Sporolactobacillus species have been occasionally isolated from spoiled foods and environmental sources. Thus, food processors should be aware of their potential presence and characteristics. In this study, the heat resistance and influence of the growth and recovery media on apparent heat resistance of Sporolactobacillus nakayamae spores were studied and described mathematically. For each medium, survivor curves and thermal death curves were generated for different treatment times (0 to 25 min) at different temperatures (70, 75, and 80°C) and Weibull and first-order models were compared...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221914/effects-of-inoculation-procedures-on-variability-and-repeatability-of-salmonella-thermal-resistance-in-wheat-flour
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Ian M Hildebrandt, Bradley P Marks, Elliot T Ryser, Rossana Villa-Rojas, Juming Tang, Francisco J Garces-Vega, Sarah E Buchholz
Limited prior research has shown that inoculation methods affect thermal resistance of Salmonella in low-moisture foods; however, these effects and their repeatability have not been systematically quantified. Consequently, method variability across studies limits utility of individual data sets and cross-study comparisons. Therefore, the objective was to evaluate the effects of inoculation methodologies on stability and thermal resistance of Salmonella in a low-moisture food (wheat flour), and the repeatability of those results, based on data generated by two independent laboratories...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221867/osimertinib-in-pretreated-t790m-positive-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-aura-study-phase-ii-extension-component
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James Chih-Hsin Yang, Myung-Ju Ahn, Dong-Wan Kim, Suresh S Ramalingam, Lecia V Sequist, Wu-Chou Su, Sang-We Kim, Joo-Hang Kim, David Planchard, Enriqueta Felip, Fiona Blackhall, Daniel Haggstrom, Kiyotaka Yoh, Silvia Novello, Kathryn Gold, Tomonori Hirashima, Chia-Chi Lin, Helen Mann, Mireille Cantarini, Serban Ghiorghiu, Pasi A Jänne
Purpose Osimertinib is an irreversible epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) selective for both EGFR-TKI sensitizing ( EGFRm) and T790M resistance mutations. AURA (NCT01802632) is a phase I/II clinical trial to determine the dose, safety, and efficacy of osimertinib. This article reports the results from the phase II extension component. Patients and Methods Patients with EGFR-TKI-pretreated EGFRm- and T790M-positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) received once-daily osimertinib 80 mg...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221861/inhibiting-histone-deacetylase-as-a-means-to-reverse-resistance-to-angiogenesis-inhibitors-phase-i-study-of-abexinostat-plus-pazopanib-in-advanced-solid-tumor-malignancies
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Rahul Aggarwal, Scott Thomas, Nela Pawlowska, Imke Bartelink, Jennifer Grabowsky, Thierry Jahan, Amy Cripps, Armand Harb, Jim Leng, Anne Reinert, Ilaria Mastroserio, Thach-Giao Truong, Charles J Ryan, Pamela N Munster
Purpose This phase I trial evaluated epigenetic modulation of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and hypoxia-inducible factor by using a histone deacetylase abexinostat in combination with pazopanib to enhance response and reverse resistance. Patients and Methods Pazopanib was administered once a day on days 1 to 28 and abexinostat was administered orally twice a day on days 1 to 5, 8 to 12, and 15 to 19 (schedule A) or on days 1 to 4, 8 to 11, and 15 to 18 (schedule B). Dose escalation (3 + 3 design) in all solid tumors was followed by dose expansion in renal cell carcinoma (RCC)...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221700/multikinase-inhibitors-sorafenib-and-sunitinib-as-radiosensitizers-in-head-and-neck-cancer-cell-lines
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Annette Affolter, Gerson Samosny, Anne-Sophie Heimes, Johanna Schneider, Wilko Weichert, Albrecht Stenzinger, Katharina Sommer, Alexandra Jensen, Arnulf Mayer, Walburgis Brenner, Wolf J Mann, Jürgen Brieger
BACKGROUND: Radioresistance is a common feature of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). We previously showed that the irradiation- activated vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)-axis is fundamental for the survival of resistant tumors. In this study, we examined if treatment with potent multikinase (MK) inhibitors, sorafenib and sunitinib, could radiosensitize tumor cells. METHODS: Cultured HNSCC cell lines were treated with inhibitors and subsequently irradiated...
February 21, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221295/dynamic-intraductal-meibomian-probing-a-modified-approach-to-the-treatment-of-obstructive-meibomian-gland-dysfunction
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Zeba A Syed, Francis C Sutula
PURPOSE: Obstructive meibomian gland dysfunction is a leading cause of ocular morbidity and its treatment remains a challenge. Meibomian gland probing was initially described in 2010. Here, the authors describe a modified technique, dynamic intraductal meibomian probing, which offers several advantages over the traditional approach including increased magnification, greater eyelid stabilization, enhanced anesthesia, and easier identification of gland orifices through the expression of meibum...
February 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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