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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783158/pirfenidone-ameliorates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-pulmonary-inflammation-and-fibrosis-by-blocking-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation
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Yi Li, Haitao Li, Shuai Liu, Pinhua Pan, Xiaoli Su, Hongyi Tan, Dongdong Wu, Lemeng Zhang, Chao Song, Minhui Dai, Qian Li, Zhi Mao, Yuan Long, Yongbin Hu, Chengping Hu
Acute respiratory distress syndrome(ARDS)is a severe clinical disorder characterized by its acute onset, diffuse alveolar damage, intractable hypoxemia, and non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema. Acute lung injury(ALI) can trigger persistent lung inflammation and fibrosis through activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome and subsequent secretion of mature IL-1β, suggesting that the NLRP3 inflammasome is a potential therapeutic target for ALI, for which new therapeutic approaches are needed. Our present study aims to assess whether pirfenidone,with anti-fibrotic and anti-inflammatory properties, can improve LPS-induced inflammation and fibrosis by inhibiting NLRP3 inflammasome activation...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782303/clindamycin-induced-maculopapular-exanthema-with-preferential-involvement-of-striae-distensae-a-koebner-phenomenon
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Benigno Monteagudo, Miguel Cabanillas, Pilar Iriarte, Aquilina Ramírez-Santos, Elvira León-Muinos, Daniel González-Vilas, Óscar Suárez-Amor
Clindamycin is a lincomycin-derived antibiotic useful for the treatment of anaerobic and Gram-positive aerobic bacterial infections. Cutaneous adverse reactions are usually maculopapular exanthemas, although hypersensitivity syndrome, acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome have also been reported (1). We report the case of a patient with a maculopapular rash triggered by clindamycin who developed cutaneous lesions on striae distensae (SD). A 47-year-old woman was referred to our clinic for pruritic cutaneous lesions which had started 6 days earlier...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782055/clinical-and-immunological-effects-of-adsorptive-myeloid-lineage-leukocyte-apheresis-in-patients-with-immune-disorders
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REVIEW
Takuro Kanekura
Adsorptive granulocyte and monocyte apheresis (GMA) with the Adacolumn® is an extracorporeal treatment, which uses cellulose acetate (CA) beads as adsorptive leukocytapheresis carriers designed to remove elevated and potentially activated myeloid lineage leukocytes. Reports on the clinical efficacy of GMA in patients with skin lesions have appeared in the published work. Dermatological diseases, which are known to respond to GMA, include pyoderma gangrenosum, skin lesions of Behçet's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, pustular psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, adult-onset Still's disease, Sweet's syndrome, cutaneous allergic vasculitis and systemic lupus erythematosus rashes...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781892/evidence-for-the-perception-of-time-distortion-during-episodes-of-alice-in-wonderland-syndrome
#4
Yu Jia, Ying Miao
Alice in Wonderland syndrome (AIWS) is a rare perceptual disorder associated with sensation of one or several visual and/or auditory perceptual distortions including size of body parts, size of external objects, or passage of time (either speeding up or slowing down). Cause for AIWS is yet to be widely agreed, and the implications are widely varied. One of the research difficulties is the brevity of each episode, typically not exceeding few tens of minutes. This article presents a male adult in late 20s who has apparently experienced AIWS episodes since childhood, and infection has been ruled out...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781507/effect-of-estradiol-on-fibroblasts-from-postmenopausal-idiopathic-carpal-tunnel-syndrome-patients
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Yoshiaki Yamanaka, Kunitaka Menuki, Takafumi Tajima, Yasuaki Okada, Kenji Kosugi, Yukichi Zenke, Akinori Sakai
Fibrosis of the subsynovial connective tissue (SSCT) is a characteristic finding in patients with idiopathic carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Idiopathic CTS frequently occurs in postmenopausal women; therefore, female steroid hormones, especially estrogens, may be involved in its development. In this study, we evaluated the effect of the estradiol on the expression of genes and proteins related to fibrosis of SSCT fibroblasts from patients with idiopathic CTS. This study included 10 postmenopausal women (mean age 76 years)...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781149/supporting-advanced-dementia-in-people-with-down-syndrome-and-other-intellectual-disability-consensus-statement-of-the-international-summit-on-intellectual-disability-and-dementia
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M McCarron, P McCallion, A Coppus, J Fortea, S Stemp, M Janicki, K Wtachman
BACKGROUND: The International Summit on Intellectual Disability and Dementia (Glasgow, Scotland; October 2016) noted that advanced dementia can be categorised as that stage of dementia progression characterised by significant losses in cognitive and physical function, including a high probability of further deterioration and leading to death. METHOD: The question before the Summit was whether there were similarities and differences in expressions of advanced dementia between adults with intellectual disability (ID) and adults in the general population...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research: JIDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781076/first-trimester-combined-screening-for-fetal-aneuploidies-enhanced-with-additional-ultrasound-markers-an-8-year-prospective-study
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Dragos Nemescu, Adina Bratie, Alexandra Mihaila, Dan Navolan, Adina Tanase
OBJECTIVES: To describe our screening population and audit of the performance of first-trimester screening for Down syndrome, based on a combined test, enhanced with additional ultrasound markers, over the whole period of the study. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a prospective study from 2009 to 2016, which included 1358 singleton fetuses with a crown-rump length of 45-84 mm. The risk of aneuploidy was calculated using nuchal translucency, fetal heart rate (FHR), and additional markers, such as nasal bone (NB), tricuspid flow (TF) and ductus venosus (DV), combined with maternal serum free β-human chorionic gonadotropin (fβ-hCG) and pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A)...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780859/monoaminergic-impairment-in-down-syndrome-with-alzheimer-s-disease-compared-to-early-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
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Alain D Dekker, Yannick Vermeiren, Maria Carmona-Iragui, Bessy Benejam, Laura Videla, Ellen Gelpi, Tony Aerts, Debby Van Dam, Susana Fernández, Alberto Lleó, Sebastian Videla, Anne Sieben, Jean-Jacques Martin, Rafael Blesa, Juan Fortea, Peter P De Deyn
Introduction: People with Down syndrome (DS) are at high risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Defects in monoamine neurotransmitter systems are implicated in DS and AD but have not been comprehensively studied in DS. Methods: Noradrenaline, adrenaline, and their metabolite 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG); dopamine and its metabolites 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and homovanillic acid; and serotonin and its metabolite 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid were quantified in 15 brain regions of DS without AD (DS, n = 4), DS with AD (DS+AD, n = 17), early-onset AD (EOAD, n = 11) patients, and healthy non-DS controls (n = 10) in the general population...
2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780667/modulation-of-transcriptional-activity-in-brain-lower-grade-glioma-by-alternative-splicing
#9
Jin Li, Yang Wang, Xianglian Meng, Hong Liang
Proteins that modify the activity of transcription factors (TFs) are often called modulators and play a vital role in gene transcriptional regulation. Alternative splicing is a critical step of gene processing, and differentially spliced isoforms may have different functions. Alternative splicing can modulate gene function by adding or removing certain protein domains and thereby influence the activity of a protein. The objective of this study is to investigate the role of alternative splicing in modulating the transcriptional regulation in brain lower grade glioma (LGG), especially transcription factor ELK1, which is closely related to various disorders, including Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780346/response-inhibition-and-interference-suppression-in-individuals-with-down-syndrome-compared-to-typically-developing-children
#10
Laura Traverso, Martina Fontana, Maria Carmen Usai, Maria C Passolunghi
The present study aims to investigate inhibition in individuals with Down Syndrome compared to typically developing children with different inhibitory tasks tapping response inhibition and interference suppression. Previous studies that aimed to investigate inhibition in individuals with Down Syndrome reported contradictory results that are difficult to compare given the different types of inhibitory tasks used and the lack of reference to a theoretical model of inhibition that was tested in children (see Bunge et al...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779565/periodontal-disease-in-patients-with-down-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Flávia Almeida Ribeiro Scalioni, Camila Faria Carrada, Carolina Castro Martins, Rosangela Almeida Ribeiro, Saul Martins Paiva
BACKGROUND: The authors systematically reviewed the scientific evidence of an association between periodontal disease and Down syndrome (DS). TYPES OF STUDIES REVIEWED: In this systematic review, the authors included observational studies in which the investigators assessed the prevalence, incidence, or experience of periodontal disease in patients with DS compared with that in healthy patients. The authors used the Population, Exposure, Comparison, Outcome structure...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the American Dental Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778844/identification-of-micrornas-with-heat-stress-responsive-and-immune-properties-in-marsupenaeus-japonicus-based-on-next-generation-sequencing-and-bioinformatics-analysis-essential-regulators-in-the-heat-stress-host-interactions
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Jinbin Zheng, Jiawen Cao, Yong Mao, Yongquan Su, Jun Wang
Summer mortality syndrome is one of the most serious issue for Marsupenaeus japonicus aquaculture in China. Since it causes massive economic loss and threatens sustainability of M. japonicus aquaculture industry, thus, there is an urgent desire to reveal the heat stress-host interactions mechanisms that lead to mass mortalities of M. japonicus in hot summer months. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that involved in regulation of diverse biological processes, including stress and immune response, and might serve as potential regulators in the heat stress-host interactions...
May 17, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778185/serine-105-and-120-are-important-phosphorylation-sites-for-porcine-reproductive-and-respiratory-syndrome-virus-n-protein-function
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Yao Chen, Xiulin Xing, Qi Li, Songlin Feng, Xiaoliang Han, Shuyi He, Guihong Zhang
The nucleocapsid (N) protein is the most abundant protein of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). It has been shown to be multiphosphorylated. However, the phosphorylation sites are still unknown. In this study, we used liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to analyze the phosphorylation sites of N protein expressed in Sf9 cells. The results showed that N protein contains two phosphorylation sites. Since N protein can regulate IL-10, which may facilitate PRRSV replication, we constructed four plasmids (pCA-XH-GD, pCA-A105, pCA-A120 and pCA-A105-120) and transfected them into Pig alveolar macrophages (PAMs,3D4/2)...
June 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777603/-communication-of-the-diagnosis-of-down-syndrome-mother-s-stories
#14
Teresa Vargas Aldecoa, José Luis Martin Conty, Rosa María Conty Serrano, Cristina Fernández Pérez
The article studies the way in which health professionals communicate the diagnosis of Down syndrome to parents. For that the personal stories of the mothers collected in the answers given by them to the open questions of a questionnaire on ″communication of the diagnosis″ are analyzed. The results show the mothers' dissatisfaction with the information received during the prenatal and postnatal diagnosis of Down síndrome.
May 2018: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776964/arrhythmias-in-adult-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-and-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Maria Drakopoulou, Heba Nashat, Aleksander Kempny, Rafael Alonso-Gonzalez, Lorna Swan, Stephen J Wort, Laura C Price, Colm McCabe, Tom Wong, Michael A Gatzoulis, Sabine Ernst, Konstantinos Dimopoulos
OBJECTIVES: Approximately 5%-10% of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) develop pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which affects life expectancy and quality of life. Arrhythmias are common among these patients, but their incidence and impact on outcome remains uncertain. METHODS: All adult patients with PAH associated with CHD (PAH-CHD) seen in a tertiary centre between 2007 and 2015 were followed for new-onset atrial or ventricular arrhythmia. Clinical variables associated with arrhythmia and their relation to mortality were assessed using Cox analysis...
May 18, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775740/eriocheir-sinensis-microrna-7-targets-crab-myd88-to-enhance-white-spot-syndrome-virus-replication
#16
Ying Huang, Wen Wang, Zhiqiang Xu, Jianlin Pan, Zhe Zhao, Qian Ren
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the posttranscriptional level. In this study, the function of microRNA-7 (miR-7) in host-virus interaction was investigated. Replication of White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) was enhanced with the overexpression of miR-7 and inhibited with the downregulation of miR-7 by using anti-miRNA oligonucleotide AMO-miR-7. The target gene of miR-7 was predicted using bioinformatics methods. Results showed that crab myeloid differentiation factor 88 (Myd88) could be targeted by miR-7...
May 15, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774549/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-characteristics-and-outcomes-in-adult-patients-with-down-syndrome
#17
Vicky Duffy, Daniel Gomez, Peter Rycus, Brian Rivera, Stephanie L Santoro, Carl H Backes, Clifford L Cua
Patients with Down syndrome (DS) may have multiple medical issues that place them at risk for requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in pediatric patients with Down syndrome has been described, but minimal data exist for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation use in adults with Down syndrome. The goal of this study was to describe the clinical characteristics and to determine if there were differences between adult extracorporeal membrane oxygenation patients with Down syndrome that were alive (aDS) versus those that died (dDS) prior to hospital discharge...
May 17, 2018: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774174/outpatient-interventions-that-may-enhance-the-care-of-a-patient-with-co-existing-moyamoya-and-down-syndromes
#18
Anita Lwanga, Waldo Herrera, Katya Cruz Madrid, Antony Irungu
Moyamoya vasculopathy is a condition of chronic, progressive occlusion of the distal internal carotid arteries and the Circle of Willis. The resultant ischemia produces compensatory angiogenesis and the growth of a network of collateral blood vessels, which on angiography resemble a "puff of smoke" or "moyamoya" in Japanese. The objective of this case report is to describe the clinical course of a patient with Down and moyamoya syndromes and to enlighten clinicians about strategies that can be taken to enhance the care of similar patients...
March 16, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772935/the-effects-of-literacy-interventions-on-single-word-reading-for-individuals-who-use-aided-aac-a-systematic-review
#19
Kelsey Mandak, Janice Light, Susannah Boyle
The purpose of this systematic review was to investigate the effects of instruction on single-word reading of individuals who use aided augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). A systematic search identified nine single-case experimental design studies that involved 24 individuals who used aided AAC. Overall, the evidence indicated that instruction had positive effects on reading at the single-word level for individuals across ages and diagnostic categories (i.e., autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy (CP), Down syndrome, and intellectual disability)...
May 18, 2018: Augmentative and Alternative Communication: AAC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771335/loss-of-fragile-x-protein-fmrp-impairs-homeostatic-synaptic-downscaling-through-tumor-suppressor-p53-and-ubiquitin-e3-ligase-nedd4-2
#20
Kwan Young Lee, Kathryn A Jewett, Hee Jung Chung, Nien-Pei Tsai
Synaptic scaling allows neurons to homeostatically readjust synaptic strength upon chronic neural activity perturbations. Although altered synaptic scaling has been implicated to underlie imbalanced brain excitability in neurological disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and epilepsy, the molecular dysregulation and restoration of synaptic scaling in those diseases have not been demonstrated. Here, we showed that the homeostatic synaptic downscaling is absent in the hippocampal neurons of Fmr1 KO mice, the mouse model of the most common inherited autism, Fragile X Syndrome (FXS)...
May 16, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
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