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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109045/misoprostol-for-cervical-priming-prior-to-hysteroscopy-in-postmenopausal-and-premenopausal-nulliparous-women-a-multicentre-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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M L Tasma, M Louwerse, W J Hehenkamp, P M Geomini, M Y Bongers, S Veersema, P J van Kesteren, E Tromp, J A Huirne, G C Graziosi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the reduction of pain by Misoprostol compared to placebo prior to hysteroscopy in postmenopausal and premenopausal nulliparous women. DESIGN: Randomised multicentre double-blind placebo controlled trial. SETTING: Two Dutch teaching hospitals and one Dutch university medical centre. POPULATION: Postmenopausal and premenopausal nulliparous women undergoing office hysteroscopy. METHODS: Patients were randomised to receive either 400 mcg Misoprostol or placebo 12 and 24 hours before hysteroscopy...
January 21, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108816/decitabine-priming-prior-to-low-dose-chemotherapy-improves-patient-outcomes-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes-raeb-a-retrospective-analysis-vs-chemotherapy-alone
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Li Ye, Yanling Ren, Xinping Zhou, Chen Mei, Liya Ma, Xingnong Ye, Juying Wei, Weilai Xu, Haitao Meng, Wenbin Qian, Wenyuan Mai, Yinjun Lou, Gaixiang Xu, Jiejing Qian, Yejiang Lou, Yingwan Luo, Lili Xie, Peipei Lin, Chao Hu, Jie Jin, Hongyan Tong
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to examine whether decitabine priming prior to low-dose chemotherapeutic regimens could improve outcomes in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes-refractory anemia with excess of blasts (MDS-RAEB). METHODS: The current retrospective analysis included all MDS-RAEB patients receiving idarubicin/cytarabine (IA) or aclacinomycin/cytarabine (AA), with or without decitabine priming during a period from February 2010 to May 2015. Treatment response and toxicity were compared between patients receiving decitabine priming and those who did not...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108793/effective-cerebrovascular-thrombectomy-requires-well-organized-structures-real-world-experiences-of-a%C3%A2-regional-stroke-network-between-2012-2015
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Maria Sophie Stockinger, Johannes Trenkler, Tim von Oertzen, Karin Nussbaumer, Michael Sonnberger, Wolfgang Schimetta, Anthony C Pereira, Gerhard Traxler, Claudia Dorninger, Hans-Peter Haring
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to analyse the Neurothrombectomy Network registry of the Neuromed Campus (NMC) of the Kepler University Hospital in Linz (Austria). The data were compared to the results of recently published thrombectomy trials (MR CLEAN, ESCAPE, EXTEND-IA, SWIFT-PRIME, REVASCAT and THRACE). METHODS: We retrospectively studied 246 patients with acute ischemic stroke who underwent thrombectomy between January 2012 and December 2015 at the NMC in Upper Austria...
January 20, 2017: Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108558/irf4-expression-in-thymic-epithelium-is-critical-for-thymic-regulatory-t-cell-homeostasis
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Uku Haljasorg, James Dooley, Martti Laan, Kai Kisand, Rudolf Bichele, Adrian Liston, Pärt Peterson
The thymus is a primary lymphoid organ required for the induction and maintenance of central tolerance. The main function of the thymus is to generate an immunocompetent set of T cells not reactive to self. During negative selection in the thymus, thymocytes with autoreactive potential are either deleted or differentiated into regulatory T cells (Tregs). The molecular basis by which the thymus allows high-efficiency Treg induction remains largely unknown. In this study, we report that IFN regulatory factor 4 (Irf4) is highly expressed in murine thymic epithelium and is required to prime thymic epithelial cells (TEC) for effective Treg induction...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108492/task-context-overrules-object-and-category-related-representational-content-in-the-human-parietal-cortex
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Stefania Bracci, Nicky Daniels, Hans Op de Beeck
The dorsal, parietal visual stream is activated when seeing objects, but the exact nature of parietal object representations is still under discussion. Here we test 2 specific hypotheses. First, parietal cortex is biased to host some representations more than others, with a different bias compared with ventral areas. A prime example would be object action representations. Second, parietal cortex forms a general multiple-demand network with frontal areas, showing similar task effects and representational content compared with frontal areas...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108010/from-avoidance-to-approach-the-influence-of-threat-of-shock-on-reward-based-decision-making
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Florian Bublatzky, Georg W Alpers, Andre Pittig
Potential threat can prime defensive responding and avoidance behavior, which may result in the loss of rewards. When aversive consequences do not occur, avoidance should, thus, be quickly overcome in healthy individuals. This study examined the impact of threat anticipation on reward-based decisions. Sixty-five participants completed a decision-making task in which they had to choose between high- and low-reward options. To model an approach-avoidance conflict, the high-reward option was contingent with a threat-of-shock cue; the low-reward option was contingent with a safety cue...
January 10, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107897/emotionally-triggered-asthma-and-its-relationship-to-panic-disorder-ataques-de-nervios-and-asthma-related-death-of-a-loved-one-in-latino-adults
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Karinna Vazquez, Jonathan Sandler, Alejandro Interian, Jonathan M Feldman
OBJECTIVE: Research has demonstrated high comorbidity between asthma and panic disorder (PD). Less is known about the relationship between asthma and the Latino cultural idiom of distress of ataques de nervios, as well as the role that psychosocial stressors play. The current study tested the hypotheses that Latino asthma patients who experience PD, ataques de nervios, and/or asthma-related death of a loved one endorse greater psychological triggers of asthma, greater perceived impact of asthma triggers, and greater difficulty controlling such triggers than do those without these conditions...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107798/introduction-attention-plasticity
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Joseph B Hopfinger
Mechanisms of attention are a prime target for investigating the plasticity of the adult brain, as these core mechanisms act at the intersection of top-down and bottom-up processing, and the wide variety of methods used in attention research can be utilized to elucidate the mechanisms of plasticity. This special issue of Cognitive Neuroscience presents three new empirical papers and a discussion paper with peer commentaries. In the first article, Voelker, Sheese and colleagues investigate the influence of genetic variation on the effectiveness of attention training...
January 20, 2017: Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107664/safety-and-efficacy-of-cardiopoietic-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-post-infarction-left-ventricular-dysfunction-from-cardioprotection-to-functional-repair-in-a-translational-pig-infarction-model
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Maximilian Y Emmert, Petra Wolint, Andras Jakab, Sean P Sheehy, Francesco S Pasqualini, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen, Monika Hilbe, Burkhardt Seifert, Benedikt Weber, Chad E Brokopp, Dominika Macejovska, Etem Caliskan, Arnold von Eckardstein, Ruth Schwartlander, Viola Vogel, Volkmar Falk, Kevin Kit Parker, Mariann Gyöngyösi, Simon P Hoerstrup
To date, clinical success of cardiac cell-therapies remains limited. To enhance the cardioreparative properties of stem cells, the concept of lineage-specification through cardiopoietic-guidance has been recently suggested. However, so far, only results from murine studies and from a clinical pilot-trial in chronic heart-failure (CHF) are available, while systematic evidence of its therapeutic-efficacy is still lacking. Importantly, also no data from large animals or for other indications are available. Therefore, we here investigate the therapeutic-efficacy of human cardiopoietic stem cells in the treatment of post-infarction LV-dysfunction using a translational pig-model...
November 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105783/plateau-rayleigh-instability-morphology-evolution-prime-from-electrospun-core-shell-polymer-fibers-to-polymer-microbowls
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Yu-Jing Chiu, Hsiao-Fan Tseng, Yu-Ching Lo, Bo-Hao Wu, Jiun-Tai Chen
Electrospun core-shell fibers have great potentials in many areas, such as tissue engineering, drug delivery, and organic solar cells. Although many core-shell fibers have been prepared and studied, the morphology transformation of core-shell fibers have been rarely studied. In this work, the morphology evolution of electrospun core-shell polymer fibers driven by the Plateau-Rayleigh instability is investigated. Polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS/PMMA) core-shell fibers are first prepared by using blend solutions and a single axial electrospinning setup...
January 20, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105774/stiffness-controlled-thermoresponsive-hydrogels-for-cell-harvesting-with-sustained-mechanical-memory
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Xingliang Fan, Lu Zhu, Ke Wang, Bingjie Wang, Yaozu Wu, Wei Xie, Chengyu Huang, Barbara Pui Chan, Yanan Du
Most mechanobiological investigations focused on in situ mechanical regulation of cells on stiffness-controlled substrates with few downstream applications, as it is still challenging to harvest and expand mechanically primed cells by enzymatic digestion (e.g., trypsin) without interrupting cellular mechanical memory between passages. This study develops thermoresponsive hydrogels with controllable stiffness to generate mechanically primed cells with intact mechanical memory for augmented wound healing. No significant cellular property alteration of the fibroblasts primed on thermoresponsive hydrogels with varied stiffness has been observed through thermoresponsive harvesting...
January 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105640/the-genotype-phenotype-landscape-of-familial-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-in-australia
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Emily P McCann, Kelly L Williams, Jennifer A Fifita, Ingrid S Tarr, Jody O'Connor, Dominic B Rowe, Garth A Nicholson, Ian P Blair
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous fatal neurodegenerative disease. Around 10% of ALS cases are hereditary. ALS gene discoveries have provided most of our understanding of disease pathogenesis. We aimed to describe the genetic landscape of ALS in Australia by assessing 1013 Australian ALS patients for known ALS mutations by direct sequencing, whole exome sequencing or repeat primed PCR. Age of disease onset and disease duration were used for genotype-phenotype correlations...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105485/biochemical-characterization-of-thermostable-%C3%AE-1-4-mannanase-belonging-to-the-glycoside-hydrolase-family-134-from-aspergillus-oryzae
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Kiyota Sakai, Mai Mochizuki, Miyuki Yamada, Yuta Shinzawa, Miho Minezawa, Saran Kimoto, Shunsuke Murata, Yuhei Kaneko, Saaya Ishihara, Sadanari Jindou, Tetsuo Kobayashi, Masashi Kato, Motoyuki Shimizu
A β-1,4-mannanase, termed AoMan134A, that belongs to the GH 134 family was identified in the filamentous fungus Aspergillus oryzae. Recombinant AoMan134A was expressed in Pichia pastoris, and the purified enzyme produced mannobiose, mannotriose, mannotetraose, and mannopentaose from galactose-free β-mannan, with mannotriose being the predominant reaction product. The catalytic efficiency (k cat/K m ) of AoMan134A was 6.8-fold higher toward galactomannan from locust bean gum, than toward galactomannan from guar gum, but similar toward galactomannan from locust bean gum and glucomannan from konjac flour...
January 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104837/the-role-of-dimer-asymmetry-and-protomer-dynamics-in-enzyme-catalysis
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Tae Hun Kim, Pedram Mehrabi, Zhong Ren, Adnan Sljoka, Christopher Ing, Alexandr Bezginov, Libin Ye, Régis Pomès, R Scott Prosser, Emil F Pai
Freeze-trapping x-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and computational techniques reveal the distribution of states and their interconversion rates along the reaction pathway of a bacterial homodimeric enzyme, fluoroacetate dehalogenase (FAcD). The crystal structure of apo-FAcD exhibits asymmetry around the dimer interface and cap domain, priming one protomer for substrate binding. This asymmetry is dynamically averaged through conformational exchange on a millisecond time scale. During catalysis, the protomer conformational exchange rate becomes enhanced, the empty protomer exhibits increased local disorder, and water egresses...
January 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104682/out-ranking-brca1-in-mutation-carriers
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REVIEW
Emma Nolan, Geoffrey J Lindeman, Jane E Visvader
Beyond prophylactic mastectomy, there are currently very few options available to BRCA1 mutation carriers to help reduce their risk of developing breast cancer. An effective prevention therapy therefore remains a pressing area of need. Accumulating evidence points to amplification of the progesterone signaling axis in precancerous tissue from BRCA1 mutation carriers. Given that RANKL is an important paracrine mediator of hormonal signaling in breast tissue, there has been considerable interest in exploring a potential role for this pathway in oncogenesis...
January 19, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103482/synaptic-plasticity-onto-dopamine-neurons-shapes-fear-learning
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Marco Pignatelli, George Kwabena Essien Umanah, Sissi Palma Ribeiro, Rong Chen, Senthilkumar Senthil Karuppagounder, Hau-Jie Yau, Stephen Eacker, Valina Lynn Dawson, Ted Murray Dawson, Antonello Bonci
Fear learning is a fundamental behavioral process that requires dopamine (DA) release. Experience-dependent synaptic plasticity occurs on DA neurons while an organism is engaged in aversive experiences. However, whether synaptic plasticity onto DA neurons is causally involved in aversion learning is unknown. Here, we show that a stress priming procedure enhances fear learning by engaging VTA synaptic plasticity. Moreover, we took advantage of the ability of the ATPase Thorase to regulate the internalization of AMPA receptors (AMPARs) in order to selectively manipulate glutamatergic synaptic plasticity on DA neurons...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102950/quantitative-impact-of-changes-in-marrow-cellularity-skeletal-size-and-bone-mineral-density-on-active-marrow-dosimetry-based-upon-a-reference-model
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Amy M Geyer, Bryan C Schwarz, Robert F Hobbs, George Sgouros, Wesley E Bolch
PURPOSE: The hematopoietically active tissues of skeletal bone marrow are a prime target for computational dosimetry given potential risks of leukemia and, at higher dose levels, acute marrow toxicity. The complex three-dimensional geometry of trabecular spongiosa, however, complicates schema for dose assessment in such a way that only a few reference skeletal models have been developed to date, and which are based upon microimaging of a limited number of cadaveric bone spongiosa cores...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102017/priming-the-stump-in-peripheral-nerve-injury-commentary-on-zhang-et%C3%A2-al-2017
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John C Elfar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101965/a-multi-hit-hypothesis-of-bullous-pemphigoid-and-associated-neurological-disease-is-hla-dqb1-03-01-a-potential-link-between-immune-privileged-antigen-exposure-and-epitope-spreading
#19
REVIEW
K T Amber, J Zikry, M Hertl
Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is the most common autoimmune blistering disease and is linked to IgG recognition of 2 hemidesmosomal antigens, that is, BP230 (BP antigen 1) and BP180 (BP antigen 2, collagen XVII). The association of BP with other systemic diseases, particularly neurocognitive diseases, provides a potential clue in the underlying pathogenesis of BP. The role of HLA-DQB1*03:01 binding to the immunogenic portion of BP180 provides a potential mechanism by which exposure to neuronal collagen BP180 may lead to cutaneous disease...
January 19, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101702/bone-marrow-very-small-embryonic-like-stem-cells-new-generation-of-autologous-cell-therapy-soon-ready-for-prime-time
#20
EDITORIAL
David M Smadja
Very small embryonic-like stem cells (VSELs) are major pluripotent stem cells described in human and mouse. In this issue of Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, Shaikh and colleagues show in a valuable work that mouse bone marrow collected after 5FU treatment contains VSELs able to undergo in vitro multi-lineage differentiation into cells from all three germ layers and also in germ and hematopoietic cells. These findings are robust since no confounding factor such as feeder cell fusion with VSELs can occur here...
January 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
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