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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104669/sex-specific-outcomes-with-addition-of-defibrillation-to-resynchronisation-therapy-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Sérgio Barra, Rui Providência, Rudolf Duehmke, Serge Boveda, Eloi Marijon, Christian Reitan, Rasmus Borgquist, Didier Klug, Pascal Defaye, Nicolas Sadoul, Jean-Claude Deharo, Iannish Sadien, Kiran Patel, Khang-Li Looi, David Begley, Anthony W Chow, Jean-Yves Le Heuzey, Sharad Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Among primary prevention patients with heart failure receiving cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT), the impact of additional implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) treatment on outcomes and its interaction with sex remains uncertain. We aim to assess whether the addition of the ICD functionality to CRT devices offers a more pronounced survival benefit in men compared with women, as previous research has suggested. METHODS: Observational multicentre cohort study of 5307 consecutive patients with ischaemic or non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy and no history of sustained ventricular arrhythmias having CRT implantation with (cardiac resynchronisation therapy defibrillator (CRT-D), n=4037) or without (cardiac resynchronisation therapy pacemaker (CRT-P), n=1270) defibrillator functionality...
January 19, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059856/lack-of-correlation-between-x-ray-repair-cross-complementing-group-1-gene-polymorphisms-and-the-susceptibility-to-colorectal-cancer-in-a-malaysian-cohort
#2
Tze-Pheng Lau, Lay-Hoong Lian, Phaik-Leng Cheah, Lai-Meng Looi, April C Roslani, Khean-Lee Goh, Ping-Chin Lee, Kek-Heng Chua
X-ray repair cross-complementing group 1 (XRCC1) is one of the key components in the base excision repair pathway that repairs erroneous DNA lesions and removes nonbulky base adducts for the maintenance of genome integrity. Studies have revealed that differences in individual DNA repair capacity can impact the interindividual variation in cancer susceptibility, tumour aggressiveness and treatment response. The relationship between XRCC1 and sporadic colorectal cancer (CRC) susceptibility, which is hitherto inconclusive, has been explored in many association studies of different populations...
January 4, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059579/activated-adi-pathway-the-initiator-of-intermediate-vancomycin-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus
#3
Xin-Ee Tan, Hui-Min Neoh, Mee-Lee Looi, Siok Fong Chin, Longzhu Cui, Keiichi Hiramatsu, Salasawati Hussin, Rahman Jamal
Comparative proteomic profiling between 2 vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus (VISA) strains, Mu50Ω-vraSm and Mu50Ω-vraSm-graRm, and vancomycin-susceptible S. aureus (VSSA) strain Mu50Ω revealed upregulated levels of catabolic ornithine carbamoyltransferase (ArcB) of the arginine catabolism pathway in VISA strains. Subsequent analyses showed that the VISA strains have higher levels of cellular ATP and ammonia, which are by-products of arginine catabolism, and displayed thicker cell walls. We postulate that elevated cytoplasmic ammonia and ATP molecules, resulting from activated arginine catabolism upon acquisition of vraS and graR mutations, are important requirements facilitating cell wall biosynthesis, thereby contributing to thickened cell wall and consequently reduced vancomycin susceptibility in VISA strains...
October 19, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031992/striatal-morphology-correlates-with-frontostriatal-electrophysiological-motor-processing-in-huntington-s-disease-an-image-hd-study
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Lauren M Turner, David Jakabek, Fiona A Wilkes, Rodney J Croft, Andrew Churchyard, Mark Walterfang, Dennis Velakoulis, Jeffrey C L Looi, Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis, Deborah Apthorp
BACKGROUND: Huntington's disease (HD) causes progressive atrophy to the striatum, a critical node in frontostriatal circuitry. Maintenance of motor function is dependent on functional connectivity of these premotor, motor, and dorsolateral frontostriatal circuits, and structural integrity of the striatum itself. We aimed to investigate whether size and shape of the striatum as a measure of frontostriatal circuit structural integrity was correlated with functional frontostriatal electrophysiological neural premotor processing (contingent negative variation, CNV), to better understand motoric structure-function relationships in early HD...
December 2016: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028453/identification-and-characterization-of-daldinia-eschscholtzii-isolated-from-skin-scrapings-nails-and-blood
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Kee Peng Ng, Chai Ling Chan, Su Mei Yew, Siok Koon Yeo, Yue Fen Toh, Hong Keat Looi, Shiang Ling Na, Kok Wei Lee, Wai-Yan Yee, Chee Sian Kuan
BACKGROUND: Daldinia eschscholtzii is a filamentous wood-inhabiting endophyte commonly found in woody plants. Here, we report the identification and characterization of nine D. eschscholtzii isolates from skin scrapings, nail clippings, and blood. METHODS: The nine isolates were identified based on colony morphology, light microscopy, and internal transcribed spacer (ITS)-based phylogeny. In vitro antifungal susceptibility of the fungal isolates was evaluated by the Etest to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC)...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027241/evaluation-and-implementation-of-a-high-fidelity-cleft-palate-simulator
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Dale J Podolsky, David M Fisher, Karen W Wong, Thomas Looi, James M Drake, Christopher R Forrest
BACKGROUND: Cleft palate repair is a challenging procedure to learn because of the delicate tissue handling required and the small confines of the infant oral cavity. As a result, cleft palate simulators have previously been described to augment cleft palate repair training. Although valuable, they lack the fidelity for this complex procedure. METHODS: A high-fidelity cleft palate simulator was evaluated by staff and fellows in pediatric plastic surgery who provided feedback on its realism, anatomical accuracy, and effectiveness as a training tool...
January 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936200/correction-assessment-of-telomere-length-in-archived-formalin-fixed-paraffinized-human-tissue-is-confounded-by-chronological-age-and-storage-duration
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Po-Lian Kong, Lai-Meng Looi, Tze-Pheng Lau, Phaik-Leng Cheah
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0161720.].
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923764/applications-of-deep-eutectic-solvents-in-biotechnology-and-bioengineering-promises-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Yves Paul Mbous, Maan Hayyan, Adeeb Hayyan, Won Fen Wong, Mohd Ali Hashim, Chung Yeng Looi
Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) have been touted recently as potential alternatives to ionic liquids (ILs). Although they possess core characteristics that are similar to those of ILs (e.g., low volatility, non-flammability, low melting points, low vapor pressure, dipolar nature, chemical and thermal stability, high solubility, and tuneability), DESs are superior in terms of the availability of raw materials, the ease of storage and synthesis, and the low cost of their starting materials. As such, they have become the subject of intensive research in various sectors, notably the chemical, electrochemical, and biological sectors...
December 3, 2016: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905023/distinct-cortical-and-sub-cortical-neurogenic-domains-for-gabaergic-interneuron-precursor-transcription-factors-nkx2-1-olig2-and-coup-tfii-in-early-fetal-human-telencephalon
#9
Ayman Alzu'bi, Susan Lindsay, Janet Kerwin, Shi Jie Looi, Fareha Khalil, Gavin J Clowry
The extent of similarities and differences between cortical GABAergic interneuron generation in rodent and primate telencephalon remains contentious. We examined expression of three interneuron precursor transcription factors, alongside other markers, using immunohistochemistry on 8-12 post-conceptional weeks (PCW) human telencephalon sections. NKX2.1, OLIG2, and COUP-TFII expression occupied distinct (although overlapping) neurogenic domains which extended into the cortex and revealed three CGE compartments: lateral, medial, and ventral...
November 30, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888241/neuropsychiatry-a-synthesis-of-clinical-and-scientific-fields-for-disorders-of-mind-and-body
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EDITORIAL
Jeffrey Cl Looi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Australasian Psychiatry: Bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801388/a-review-of-stroke-research-in-malaysia-from-2000-2014
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W K Cheah, C P Hor, A A Zariah, I Looi
Over 100 articles related to stroke were found in a search through a database dedicated to indexing all literature with original data involving the Malaysian population between years 2000 and 2014. Stroke is emerging as a major public health problem. The development of the National Stroke Registry in the year 2009 aims to coordinate and improve stroke care, as well as to generate more data on various aspects of stroke in the country. Studies on predictors of survival after strokes have shown potential to improve the overall management of stroke, both during acute event and long term care...
June 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775047/repetitive-electroacupuncture-attenuates-cold-induced-hypertension-through-enkephalin-in-the-rostral-ventral-lateral-medulla
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Min Li, Stephanie C Tjen-A-Looi, Zhi-Ling Guo, John C Longhurst
Acupuncture lowers blood pressure (BP) in hypertension, but mechanisms underlying its action are unclear. To simulate clinical studies, we performed electroacupuncture (EA) in unanesthetized rats with cold-induced hypertension (CIH) induced by six weeks of cold exposure (6 °C). EA (0.1 - 0.4 mA, 2 Hz) was applied at ST36-37 acupoints overlying the deep peroneal nerve for 30 min twice weekly for five weeks while sham-EA was conducted with the same procedures as EA except for no electrical stimulation...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760460/role-of-electrochemistry-in-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry-ls-desi-ms-of-aqueous-samples-containing-electrolyte-salts
#13
Wen Donq Looi, Laura Chamand, Blake Brown, Anna Brajter-Toth
The ionization of LS samples in desorption ionization mass spectrometry (LS DESI MS), supplied continuously through a LS interface separated in space from the spray emitter, was investigated in this work. The role of electrochemistry (EC) in the ionization process was addressed. The visual (observation) of the operation of the LS DESI MS system showed a thick spray plume generated by the electrosonic spray ionization (ESSI), forming a liquid cone at the LS interface. When the LS interface was grounded the cone collapsed and the MS ion signal was lost, indicating that the LS was carried to the MS inlet by the spray that emerged from the cone...
December 12, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27750041/paracrine-il-6-signaling-mediates-the-effects-of-pancreatic-stellate-cells-on-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-via-stat3-nrf2-pathway-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells
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Yuan Seng Wu, Ivy Chung, Won Fen Wong, Atsushi Masamune, Maw Shin Sim, Chung Yeng Looi
BACKGROUND: We previously showed that pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) secreted interleukin (IL)-6 and promoted pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cell proliferation via nuclear factor erythroid 2 (Nrf2)-mediated metabolic reprogramming. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a key process for the metastatic cascade. To study the mechanism of PDAC progression to metastasis, we investigated the role of PSC-secreted IL-6 in activating EMT and the involvement of Nrf2 in this process...
February 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729850/an-in-vivo-multi-modal-structural-template-for-neonatal-piglets-using-high-angular-resolution-and-population-based-whole-brain-tractography
#15
Jidan Zhong, David Q Chen, Matthew Walker, Adam Waspe, Thomas Looi, Karolina Piorkowska, James M Drake, Mojgan Hodaie
An increasing number of applications use the postnatal piglet model in neuroimaging studies, however, these are based primarily on T1 weighted image templates. There is a growing need for a multimodal structural brain template for a comprehensive depiction of the piglet brain, particularly given the growing applications of diffusion weighted imaging for characterizing tissue microstructures and white matter organization. In this study, we present the first multimodal piglet structural brain template which includes a T1 weighted image with tissue segmentation probability maps, diffusion weighted metric templates with multiple diffusivity maps, and population-based whole-brain fiber tracts for postnatal piglets...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27726456/effect-of-human-rhinovirus-infection-on-airway-epithelium-tight-junction-protein-disassembly-and-transepithelial-permeability
#16
Kevin Looi, Niamh M Troy, Luke W Garratt, Thomas Iosifidis, Anthony Bosco, Alysia G Buckley, Kak-Ming Ling, Kelly M Martinovich, Elizabeth Kicic-Starcevich, Nicole C Shaw, Erika N Sutanto, Graeme R Zosky, Paul J Rigby, Alexander N Larcombe, Darryl A Knight, Anthony Kicic, Stephen M Stick
RATIONALE: No studies have assessed the effects of human rhinovirus (HRV) infection on epithelial tight junctions (TJs) and resultant barrier function. AIM OF THE STUDY: To correlate viral infection with TJ disassembly, epithelial barrier integrity, and function. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human airway epithelial cells were infected with HRV minor serotype 1B (HRV-1B) at various 50% tissue culture infectivity doses (TCID50) over 72 hours. HRV replication was assessed by quantitative-polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) while cell viability and apoptosis were assessed by proliferation and apoptotic assays, respectively...
October 11, 2016: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681025/alignment-of-governance-and-senior-executive-perceptions-of-culture
#17
Evelyn Suk Yi Looi, Richard Greatbanks, André M Everett
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the alignment of perceived organizational culture between Health Board chairs and Board members with that of their respective senior executive teams. It compares the degree of alignment between these two groups, and analyses them against District Health Board (DHB) performance using the New Zealand Ministry of Health's national measure "shorter stays in Emergency Departments." Design/methodology/approach Primary survey data were collected across eight DHBs using a modified version of the Organizational Culture Assessment Instrument and utilizes a sample of both higher and lower performing DHBs as defined by the "shorter stays" measure...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Health Organization and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27673709/family-impact-and-infant-emotional-outcomes-following-diagnosis-of-serious-liver-disease-or-transplantation-in-infancy
#18
Michael R Bowden, Looi C Ee, Usha Krishnan, Edward V O'Loughlin, Winita Hardikar, Diana Carmody, Cassandra Hainsworth, Vicki Jermyn, Mee-Mee Lee, Janine Sawyer, Michael Stormon, Kathe Holmes, Daniel A Lemberg, Andrew S Day, Campbell Paul, Philip Hazell
OBJECTIVES: Research is lacking into the emotional effects on families of serious chronic illness in infants. We examined the impact of the diagnosis of serious liver disease in infants upon parent psychological symptoms and family functioning. We hypothesized that parent psychological symptoms, family functioning and father engagement will predict infant emotional outcomes. METHODS: Parents of infants recently diagnosed with serious liver disease completed validated questionnaires about parent stress, family function, impact of the illness on the family, and father engagement...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27607083/adherence-to-the-current-guidelines-for-bradycardic-pacing-in-the-octogenarian-and-nonagenarian-populations
#19
Vivienne Kim, James Pemberton, Fiona Riddell, Khang-Li Looi
AIM: A significant proportion of single-chamber ventricular pacemakers are implanted in octogenarian and nonagenarian patients. We aimed to assess whether the current pacing guideline is adhered for these populations. METHODS: We retrospectively identified patients ≥80 years of age, who received their first pacemaker from July 2010 to June 2013. RESULTS: A total of 356 patients were identified. Mean age was 86.1 years and 82.6 years for single and dual-chamber pacemakers respectively (p<0...
2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27598341/assessment-of-telomere-length-in-archived-formalin-fixed-paraffinized-human-tissue-is-confounded-by-chronological-age-and-storage-duration
#20
Po-Lian Kong, Lai-Meng Looi, Tze-Pheng Lau, Phaik-Leng Cheah
Telomeres shorten with physiological aging but undergo substantial restoration during cancer immortalization. Increasingly, cancer studies utilize the archive of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues in diagnostic pathology departments. Conceptually, such studies would be confounded by physiological telomere attrition and loss of DNA integrity from prolonged tissue storage. Our study aimed to investigate these two confounding factors. 145 FFPE tissues of surgically-resected, non-diseased appendixes were retrieved from our pathology archive, from years 2008 to 2014...
2016: PloS One
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