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David Lopez, Sébastien Ribeiro, Philippe Label, Boris Fumanal, Jean-Stéphane Venisse, Annegret Kohler, Ricardo R de Oliveira, Kurt Labutti, Anna Lipzen, Kathleen Lail, Diane Bauer, Robin A Ohm, Kerrie W Barry, Joseph Spatafora, Igor V Grigoriev, Francis M Martin, Valérie Pujade-Renaud
Corynespora cassiicola is an Ascomycetes fungus with a broad host range and diverse life styles. Mostly known as a necrotrophic plant pathogen, it has also been associated with rare cases of human infection. In the rubber tree, this fungus causes the Corynespora leaf fall (CLF) disease, which increasingly affects natural rubber production in Asia and Africa. It has also been found as an endophyte in South American rubber plantations where no CLF outbreak has yet occurred. The C. cassiicola species is genetically highly diverse, but no clear relationship has been evidenced between phylogenetic lineage and pathogenicity...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Anna Belardinelli, Johannes Lohmann, Alessandro Farnè, Martin V Butz
It has been suggested that our mind anticipates the future to act in a goal-directed, event-oriented manner. Here we asked whether peripersonal hand space, that is, the space surrounding one's hands, is dynamically and adaptively mapped into the future while planning and executing a goal-directed object manipulation. We thus combined the crossmodal congruency paradigm (CCP), which has been used to study selective interactions between vision and touch within peripersonal space, with an object manipulation task...
March 14, 2018: Cognition
Fabiën N Belle, Juliane Wenke-Zobler, Eva Cignacco, Ben D Spycher, Roland A Ammann, Claudia E Kuehni, Karin Zimmermann
BACKGROUND: Childhood cancer patients (CCP) have been reported to be at increased risk of becoming overweight during treatment. We assessed prevalence of overweight in CCP at diagnosis and at the end of treatment, determined risk factors, and identified weight change during treatment by type of cancer. METHODS: In a multicentre cohort study, we collected height and weight measurements of CCP at diagnosis and repeatedly during treatment. We calculated age- and sex-adjusted BMI Z-scores using references of the International Obesity Taskforce for children...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Ismet H Bajraktari, Blerim Krasniqi, Sylejman Rexhepi, Sadi Bexheti, Elton Bahtiri, Halit Bajraktari, Besim Luri
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune inflammatory disease characterised by intra-articular and extra-articular manifestations but very rarely with coxitis. AIM: This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of coxitis, clinical changes, and its correlation with the parameters of inflammatory activity. METHODS: A cohort of 951 patients diagnosed with ACR/EULAR (American College of Rheumatology/European League against Rheumatism) 2010 criteria was enrolled in this prospective, observational and analytic research study...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Li Yunchun, Wang Yue, Fang Zhong Jun, Su Qizhu, Ding Liumei
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the serum level of Myeloid-Related Protein 8/14 complex (MRP8/14) and to predict and monitor the response to biologic treatment in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: Each patient underwent clinical examination and blood sampling for assessment of serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), rheumatoid factors (RF), anti-cyclic citrullinated protein antibodies (anti-CCP), and serum concentrations of MRP8/14 protein complexes (myeloid-related proteins, MRP8/14) were measured at baseline, and weeks 4 and 12 (after initiation of treatment)...
January 2018: Annals of Clinical and Laboratory Science
Yujuan Li, Shuwen Guan, Cong Liu, Xinhua Chen, Yuemei Zhu, Yutong Xie, Jianbin Wang, Xue Ji, Liqin Li, Zhuohan Li, Yue Zhang, Xiangzhi Zeng, Mingquan Li
This study aims to investigate the neuroprotective effects of Coptis chinensis Franch polysaccharide (CCP) on Aβ1-42 transgenic CL4176 Caenorhabditis elegans, as well as its mechanism of action. The results in life span experiment showed that CCP could significantly increase the lifespan of C. elegans and the effect is in the descending order of 100 mg/L > 500 mg/L > 200 mg/L. The behavioral experiments also demonstrated that CCP at the concentration of 100 mg/L could delay the paralysis rate of C...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Ana Vallejo-Benítez, Enrique Rodríguez-Zarco, Sara Pabón-Carrasco, Paula Sofía Espinal
OBJECTIVE: We report 2 cases of small cell neuroendocrine carcinomas (CCP) of the urinary bladder in patients aged 37 and 80 years. CCP is a malignancy with poor prognosis. We review the literature, under the current WHO classification (2016). METHODS: Paraffin blocks were cut for HE staining and immunohistochemistry to analyze the expression of neuroendocrine differentiation. RESULTS: The main diagnosis was based on histopathologic features, which revealed a diffuse growth pattern of small cells with scant cytoplasm and hyperchromatic nuclei...
March 2018: Archivos Españoles de Urología
Sarah Twigg, Elena Nikiphorou, Jackie L Nam, Laura Hunt, Kulveer Mankia, Peta Elizabeth Pentony, Jane E Freeston, Ai Lyn Tan, Paul Emery
Objectives: To compare comorbidities in a cohort of cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibody positive patients without or prior to onset of inflammatory arthritis (IA) to those in patients with early IA. Methods: Baseline data from two established cohorts were used. The first recruited people at risk of IA: CCP antibody positive cases without IA (CCP Cohort, n  = 296). The second cohort [the Inflammatory Arthritis CONtinuum study (IACON)] recruited patients with early IA ( n  = 725)...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Danielle J Smyth, Yvonne Harcus, Madeleine P J White, William F Gregory, Janina Nahler, Ian Stephens, Edward Toke-Bjolgerud, James P Hewitson, Alasdair Ivens, Henry J McSorley, Rick M Maizels
We recently reported the discovery of a new parasite-derived protein that functionally mimics the immunosuppressive cytokine transforming growth factor (TGF)-β. The Heligmosomoides polygyrus TGF-β Mimic (Hp-TGM) shares no homology to any TGF-β family member, however it binds the mammalian TGF-β receptor and induces expression of Foxp3, the canonical transcription factor of both mouse and human regulatory T cells. Hp-TGM consists of five atypical Complement Control Protein (CCP, Pfam 00084) domains, each lacking certain conserved residues and 12-15 amino acids longer than the 60-70 amino acids consensus domain, but with a recognizable 3-cysteine, tryptophan, cysteine motif...
March 3, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
Takamichi Kamigaki, Yosiko Ito, Yuri Nishino, Atsuo Miyazawa
Casein micelles are present in bovine milk as colloidal particles with diameters of 20-600 nm, which are complex macromolecular assemblies composed of four distinct types of casein and colloidal calcium phosphate (CCP). Multiple structural models of casein micelles have been proposed based on their biochemical or physical properties and observed using electron microscopy. However, the CCP distribution and crosslinking structure between CCP and casein remain unclear. Therefore, the internal structure of casein micelles in raw milk was observed using cryo-electron microscopy of vitreous sections (CEMOVIS) with high precision at high resolution...
March 2, 2018: Microscopy
Ann H Kim, Gener Augustin, Andrew Shevitz, Hannah Kim, Michael R Trivonovich, Alexis R Powell, Norman Kumins, Robert Tarr, Vikram S Kashyap
The decision to intervene for internal carotid stenosis often depends on the degree of stenosis seen on duplex ultrasound (US). The aim of this study is to compare the diagnostic accuracy of two criteria: modified University of Washington (UW) and 2003 Carotid Consensus Panel (CCP). All patients undergoing US in an accredited (IAC) vascular laboratory from January 2010 to June 2015 were reviewed ( n=18,772 US exams). Patients receiving a neck computed tomography angiography (CTA) within 6 months of the US were included in the study ( n=254)...
March 1, 2018: Vascular Medicine
T Lo, I Piper, B Depreitere, G Meyfroidt, M Poca, J Sahuquillo, T Durduran, P Enblad, P Nilsson, A Ragauskas, K Kiening, K Morris, R Agbeko, R Levin, J Weitz, C Park, P Davis
OBJECTIVES: Validated optimal cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) treatment thresholds in children do not exist. To improve the intensive care unit (ICU) management of the paediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) population, we are forming a new paediatric multi-centre collaboration to recruit standardised ICU data for running and reporting upon models for assessing autoregulation and optimal CCP (CPPopt). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We are adapting the adult BrainIT group's approach to develop a new Paediatric Brain Monitoring and Information Technology Group (KidsBrainIT), which will include a repository to store prospectively collected high-resolution physiological, clinical, and outcome data...
2018: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Yun Suk Lee, Woojun Park
Microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation (MICP) has been widely explored and applied in the field of environmental engineering over the last decade. Calcium carbonate is naturally precipitated as a byproduct of various microbial metabolic activities. This biological process was brought into practical use to restore construction materials, strengthen and remediate soil, and sequester carbon. MICP has also been extensively examined for applications in self-healing concrete. Biogenic crack repair helps mitigate the high maintenance costs of concrete in an eco-friendly manner...
February 27, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Tian-Ping Zhang, Tian-Tian Lv, Shu-Zhen Xu, Hai-Feng Pan, Dong-Qing Ye
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Increasing numbers of studies show that interleukin (IL)-10 plays a key role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and acts as an immunomodulatory cytokine. The purpose of the present study was to analyse the relationship between gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the IL-10 gene and RA susceptibility. STUDY DESIGN: We genotyped three SNPs (rs1800890, rs3024495, rs3024505) of the IL-10 gene in a Chinese population of 354 RA patients and 367 controls...
February 27, 2018: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Lathem Wojno, Caitlyn Minutella, Donald Moylan, Arla Bush, Kirk Wojno
OBJECTIVES: To determine if tissue contamination in histologic specimens can significantly affect the results of prognostic molecular markers that are routinely used as confirmatory tests to safely assign appropriate candidates to prostate cancer active surveillance protocols. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study evaluates 2,134 cases from a single, large urology practice that were successfully tested for DNA specimen provenance verification using short tandem repeat analysis for the presence of a significant level of contaminating DNA...
February 21, 2018: Urology
Zhuochun Huang, Qian Niu, Bin Yang, Junlong Zhang, Min Yang, Huan Xu, Bei Cai, Jing Hu, Yongkang Wu, Lanlan Wang
HLA-II molecules are critical in triggering human immune response, especially in activating CD4+ T cells. HLA-DP, belonging to HLA-II molecules, draws increasing attention for its role in presentation of viral antigen and autoantigen to T cells. Researches reported single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of HLA-DP associated with HBV infection and autoimmune diseases such as SLE. However, little is known about the relationship between HLA-DP and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Rs9277535 is located in 3' UTR region of HLA-DPB1, a subunit of HLA-DP, and was reported to affect HLA-DP mRNA expression...
February 23, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Riccardo Asteggiano, Peter Bramlage, Dimitrios J Richter
Background Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) continues to gain popularity in the management of patients with severe aortic stenosis (SAS). Distribution of resources to maximise appropriate use remains a priority. Design & methods To determine the current perceptions and behaviours regarding SAS patient management, an 18-point multiple-choice questionnaire was distributed to European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Council for Cardiology Practice (CCP) e-journal and/or electronic newsletter subscribers...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
Mario Berth, Sofie Willaert, Carol De Ridder
BACKGROUND: The detection of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) IgG antibodies in blood is mainly used for the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Falsely elevated anti-CCP IgG antibodies due to anti-streptavidin IgG antibodies were suspected in our laboratory. METHODS: In this study, we evaluated, in a standardized approach, the prevalence of anti-streptavidin IgG antibodies in a primary care setting and the effect of anti-streptavidin IgG antibodies on anti-CCP IgG assays from three different important commercial manufacturers (Abbott, Roche Diagnostics, Thermo Fisher Scientific)...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Yang Liu, Hongyan Wen
OBJECTIVE: To determine if patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at risk of vitamin D deficiency and whether the levels of vitamin D are correlated with clinical parameters in RA. METHODS: A total of 280 treatment-naïve RA patients, and 140 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers were enrolled. Serum levels of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (1,25(OH)2 D3 ), the active form of vitamin D, were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Concentrations of 1,25(OH)2 D3 less than 25 ng/mL were defined as insufficient...
February 19, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
Alessia Alunno, Onelia Bistoni, Federico Pratesi, Giuliana Maria Concetta La Paglia, Ilaria Puxeddu, Paola Migliorini, Roberto Gerli
Objectives: RA is an articular chronic inflammatory disease that in a subgroup of patients can also present with extra-articular manifestations (EAMs). Despite intense investigation on this topic, reliable biomarkers for EAMs are lacking. In recent years several ACPAs, including those targeting anti-citrullinated alpha enolase peptide-1 (anti-CEP-1), have been identified in patients with RA. Data about the ability of anti-CEP-1 to predict the development of erosive disease are confliciting and no evidence concerning their possible association with EAMs in RA is currently available...
February 14, 2018: Rheumatology
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