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Fernando González-Mohíno, Raúl Martín, Daniel Juárez Santos-García, Pedro Angel Fidel, Francisco de Asis Fernandez, Inmaculada Yustres, José María González Ravé
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of high-intensity warm-ups (WUs) on performance, physiological, neuromuscular and biomechanical parameters. Three randomized cross-over 105%vVO2 max time limit trials (TLimT) were performed by 11 well-trained runners following three different WU protocols. These included two experimental high-intensity variants and one control WU variant: (i) 9x20-sec level strides (105%vVO2 max; 1% gradient) with 60 s of recovery (level); (ii) 6x6-sec uphill strides (105%vVO2 max; 5% gradient), with the same recovery (uphill) and (iii) 7 min at 60%vVO2 max as control condition (control)...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
M Dafotakis, J Heckelmann, S Zechbauer, J Litmathe, J Brokmann, K Willmes, R Surges, O Matz
BACKGROUND: Laboratory parameters can help in the differential diagnostics of acute episodes of transient loss of consciousness. Especially serum lactate and serum creatine kinase (CK) levels may provide valuable hints to distinguish generalized tonic-clonic seizures (GTCS) from syncope. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Serum lactate levels at admission and CK levels 10-48 h after the episodes that led to admission were compared between patients with GTCS (n = 30) and those with syncope (n = 15)...
March 21, 2018: Der Nervenarzt
Stephanie A Segovia, Mark H Vickers, Claudia J Harrison, Rachna Patel, Clint Gray, Clare M Reynolds
Maternal high-fat or high-salt diets can independently program adverse cardiometabolic outcomes in offspring. However, there is a paucity of evidence examining their effects in combination on metabolic function in adult offspring. Female Sprague Dawley rats were randomly assigned to either: control (CD; 10% kcal from fat, 1% NaCl), high-salt (SD; 10% kcal from fat, 4% NaCl), high-fat (HF; 45% kcal from fat, 1% NaCl) or high-fat and salt (HFSD; 45% kcal from fat, 4% NaCl) diets 21 days prior to mating and throughout pregnancy and lactation...
2018: Frontiers in Nutrition
Christopher J E Watson, Ina Jochmans
Purpose of Review: The purpose of this review was to summarise how machine perfusion could contribute to viability assessment of donor livers. Recent Findings: In both hypothermic and normothermic machine perfusion, perfusate transaminase measurement has allowed pretransplant assessment of hepatocellular damage. Hypothermic perfusion permits transplantation of marginal grafts but as yet has not permitted formal viability assessment. Livers undergoing normothermic perfusion have been investigated using parameters similar to those used to evaluate the liver in vivo...
2018: Current Transplantation Reports
Zihai Wei, Baoxin Zhang, Jianxin Liu
Background: Corn stover (CS) is an abundant source of feed for livestock in China. However, it is low in nutritional value that we have been seeking technologies to improve. Previous studies show that non-fiber carbohydrate (NFC) might limit the utilization of a CS diet by lactating dairy cows. Thus, this study was conducted to investigate the lactation performance and rumen fermentation characteristics in lactating cows consuming CS with two contents of NFC compared to an alfalfa hay-containing diet...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Aloui Khouloud, Salma Abedelmalek, Hamdi Chtourou, Nizar Souissi
The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of a flavonoid-rich fresh fruit juice on cardiovascular, oxidative stress, and biochemical parameters during the yo-yo intermittent recovery test (YYIRT). Twenty-two healthy males subjects participated in this study divided into two groups: An experimental group (EG: n  = 11) who consumed the antioxidant supplement and a control group (CG: n  = 11). All participants performed two test sessions at 07:00 hr before and after 2 weeks of supplementation with Opuntia ficus-indica juice...
March 2018: Food Science & Nutrition
Yun Tae Jung, Jiyeon Jeon, Jung Yun Park, Myung Jun Kim, Seung Hwan Lee, Jae Gil Lee
Background: The quick sequential organ failure assessment (qSOFA) alone has a poor sensitivity for predicting mortality in patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections, and plasma lactate levels have been shown to have a strong association with mortality in critically ill patients. Therefore, this study aimed to compare the performance of qSOFA with a score derived from a combination of qSOFA and serum lactate levels for predicting mortality in surgical patients with complicated intra-abdominal infections...
2018: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
Puneet Jain, Anita Tendulkar, Abhaykumar Gupta
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend ABO-identical platelet (PLT) transfusions. Hemolytic reactions after a minor ABO-incompatible PLT transfusion have escalated due to single-donor platelets (SDP) containing ABO-incompatible plasma. Avoiding such events by examining titers or performing plasma reduction is cumbersome. The introduction of platelet additive solutions (PAS) has enabled to reduce these reactions by avoiding passive transfer of isoagglutinin. Our aim was to study antibody titers (anti-A, anti-B) in "O" SDP by adding PAS at source and the quality parameters with reference to viability, morphology, and metabolism...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Transfusion Science
Xiaojian Yang, Fugui Yin, Yuhui Yang, Dion Lepp, Hai Yu, Zheng Ruan, Chengbo Yang, Yulong Yin, Yongqing Hou, Steve Leeson, Joshua Gong
Butyrate can modulate the immune response and energy expenditure of animals and enhance intestinal health. The present study investigated changes in the intestinal microbiota composition and serum metabolites of young broilers in response to 3,000 ppm butyrate in the form of butyrate glycerides (BG) via pyrosequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The dietary treatment did not affect the alpha diversity of intestinal microbiota, but altered its composition. Thirty-nine key operational taxonomic units (OTUs) in differentiating cecal microbiota community structures between BG treated and untreated chickens were also identified...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Darjan Andrejc, Matic Legiša
PURPOSE: Cancer cells consume more glucose than normal human cells and convert most glucose into lactate. It has been proposed that deregulated glycolysis is triggered by the posttranslational modification of 85 kDa muscle-type 6-phosphofructo-1-kinase (PFK-M) which is cleaved by a specific protease to form shorter, highly active, feedback-inhibition-resistant PFK-M fragments. PRINCIPAL RESULTS: To find the protease involved in PFK-M modification, analyses of the protease target sites on the human PFK-M enzyme yielding 45-47 kDa fragments were performed in silico...
March 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Gunnar Elke, Frank Bloos, Darius Cameron Wilson, Frank Martin Brunkhorst, Josef Briegel, Konrad Reinhart, Markus Loeffler, Stefan Kluge, Axel Nierhaus, Ulrich Jaschinski, Onnen Moerer, Andreas Weyland, Patrick Meybohm
BACKGROUND: This study assessed the ability of mid-regional proadrenomedullin (MR-proADM) in comparison to conventional biomarkers (procalcitonin (PCT), lactate, C-reactive protein) and clinical scores to identify disease severity in patients with sepsis. METHODS: This is a secondary analysis of a randomised controlled trial in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock across 33 German intensive care units. The association between biomarkers and clinical scores with mortality was assessed by Cox regression analysis, area under the receiver operating characteristic and Kaplan-Meier curves...
March 21, 2018: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Asmita Banerjee, Andrea Lindenmair, Simone Hennerbichler, Philipp Steindorf, Ralf Steinborn, Andrey V Kozlov, Heinz Redl, Susanne Wolbank, Adelheid Weidinger
Over a century ago, clinicians started to use the human amniotic membrane for coverage of wounds and burn injuries. To date, literally thousands of different clinical applications exist for this biomaterial almost exclusively in a decellularized or denuded form. Recent reconsiderations for the use of vital human amniotic membrane for clinical applications would take advantage of the versatile cells of embryonic origin including the entirety of their cell organelles. Recently, more and more evidence was found, showing mitochondria to be involved in most fundamental cellular processes, such as differentiation and cell death...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Ozkan Isik, Irfan Yildirim, Yasin Ersoz, Halit Bugra Koca, Ilkay Dogan, Elmas Ulutas
BACKGROUND: Weight loss practice before competitions is a common method in weight sports. OBJECTIVE: The current study aimed to monitor Plasma Osmolarity (POsm), skeletal muscle damage and inflammation levels induced by pre-competition dehydration among elite wrestlers. METHODS: Twenty-four male elite wrestlers participated in the study. A survey information form that assessed pre-competition weight loss practices were administered to the wrestlers...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Y Jiang, D Cao, C G Xu
Objective: To investigate the expressions of growth arrest-specific protein (GAS1), IL-1 receptor accessory protein (IL-1RAP) and perforin (PRF1) in patients with anaplastic lymphoma kinase positive, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALK+ ALCL) and their relationships with clinical significances and the prognoses of ALK+ ALCL. Methods: Twenty-six formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) samples of ALK+ ALCL patients who were diagnosed from January 2011 to September 2016 were collected. Twelve FFPE samples of patients with ALK+ ALCL, 13 FFPE samples of patients with peripheral T cell lymphoma (not otherwise specified) (PTCL-NOS) and 8 FFPE samples of patients with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) were used as control groups...
February 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
Ramy K A Sayed, Marisol Fernández-Ortiz, María E Diaz-Casado, Iryna Rusanova, Ibtissem Rahim, Germaine Escames, Luis C López, Doaa M Mokhtar, Darío Acuña-Castroviejo
To gain insight into the mechanism of sarcopenia and the protective effect of melatonin, the gastrocnemius muscles of young (3-4 months), early-aged (12 months), and old-aged (24 months) wild type C57BL/6J female mice, were examined by magnetic resonance and microscopy. Locomotor activity, lactate production and nuclear apoptosis were also assessed. The results support the early onset of sarcopenia at 12 months of age, with reduction of muscle fibers' number, muscle weight/body weight ratio, lactate, and locomotor activity...
March 19, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Erika L Rangel, Douglas S Smink, Manuel Castillo-Angeles, Gifty Kwakye, Marguerite Changala, Adil H Haider, Gerard M Doherty
Importance: Although family priorities influence specialty selection and resident attrition, few studies describe resident perspectives on pregnancy during surgical training. Objective: To directly assess the resident experience of childbearing during training. Design, Setting, and Participants: A self-administered 74-question survey was electronically distributed in January 2017 to members of the Association of Women Surgeons, to members of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery listserv, and through targeted social media platforms...
March 21, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Eszter Bogi, Kristina Belovicová, Eduard Ujhazy, Mojmír Mach, Romana Koprdova, Ludmila Zilava, Alexandra Garafová, Daniela Jezova, Michal Dubovicky
Depression during pregnancy and in the post-partum period is a growing health issue. Venlafaxine, a representative of serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors, is used to treat a wide spectrum of mood disorders. However, the limited number of prenatal and perinatal studies raises the question about the long-term consequences of venlafaxine therapy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of venlafaxine exposure during pregnancy and lactation on anxiety-like and depression-like behaviors, as well as adrenocortical hormone concentrations in the adult rat offspring...
March 20, 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
Andrew J Shaw, Stephen A Ingham, Jonathan P Folland
Running downhill, in comparison to running on the flat, appears to involve an exaggerated stretch-shortening cycle (SSC) due to greater impact loads and higher vertical velocity on landing, whilst also incurring a lower metabolic cost. Therefore, downhill running could facilitate higher volumes of training at higher speeds whilst performing an exaggerated SSC, potentially inducing favourable adaptations in running mechanics and running economy (RE). This investigation assessed the efficacy of a supplementary 8-week programme of downhill running as a means of enhancing RE in well-trained distance runners...
March 21, 2018: European Journal of Sport Science
Khaled M M Koriem, Mahmoud S S Arbid
The endocrine-disrupting chemical 4-tert-octylphenol (OP) can mimic estrogen and testosterone hormones and threaten health; fertaric acid (FA) is a hydroxycinnamic acid found in grapefruit. This study aimed to investigate whether FA has a protective effect on 4-tert-octylphenol-related hepatotoxicity. Thirty male albino rats were divided into 5 equal groups of 6 rats each as follows: control group-administrated orally with 1 ml saline 3 days/week for 4 weeks; corn oil group-administrated orally with 1 ml corn oil 3 days/week for 4 weeks; FA-treated group-administrated orally with FA (45 mg /kg body weight) dissolved in saline 3 days/week for 4 weeks; OP-treated group-administrated orally with OP (40 mg /kg body weight) dissolved in corn oil 3 days/week for 4 weeks; FA + OP-treated group-administrated orally with FA (45 mg /kg body weight) dissolved in saline 3 days/week for 4 weeks then administrated orally with OP (40 mg/kg body weight) dissolved in corn oil 3 days/week for another 4 weeks...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Dietary Supplements
Yuan Yue, Lone Hymøller, Søren Krogh Jensen, Charlotte Lauridsen
The objective of this study was to investigate the possible beneficial effect of vitamin D repletion on certain immune parameters of vitamin D insufficient dairy cows. Twenty dairy cows in late lactation were treated daily with vitamin D in five different ways: sunlight exposure (SUN), D2 supplementation combined with sunlight exposure (D2SUN), D2 supplementation (D2), D3 supplementation (D3), and D2 and D3 supplementation combined (D2D3). The cows had very low vitamin D levels at d 0 because of the vitamin D deprivation before the study...
March 21, 2018: Archives of Animal Nutrition
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