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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329393/virological-outcomes-of-second-line-protease-inhibitor-based-treatment-for-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-in-a-high-prevalence-rural-south-african-setting-a-competing-risks-prospective-cohort-analysis
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Dami Collier, Collins Iwuji, Anne Derache, Tulio de Oliveira, Nonhlanhla Okesola, Alexandra Calmy, Francois Dabis, Deenan Pillay, Ravindra K Gupta
Background.: Second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) based on ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitors (bPIs) represents the only available option after first-line failure for the majority of individuals living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) worldwide. Maximizing their effectiveness is imperative. Methods.: This cohort study was nested within the French National Agency for AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Research (ANRS) 12249 Treatment as Prevention (TasP) cluster-randomized trial in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa...
March 13, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328533/plasma-but-not-serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-concentration-is-decreased-by-oral-glucose-tolerance-test-induced-hyperglycemia-in-children
#2
Shunsuke Araki, Yukiyo Yamamoto, Reiko Saito, Aoi Kawakita, Mami Eguchi, Motohide Goto, Kazuyasu Kubo, Rinko Kawagoe, Yasusada Kawada, Koichi Kusuhara
BACKGROUND: Little is known regarding the relationships among circulating brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) levels and glucose or insulin in children and adolescents. The objective of this study was to investigate whether circulating BDNF levels would change during the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). METHODS: We performed the OGTT and measured the serial changes in BDNF levels in both plasma and serum. RESULTS: There were 22 subjects in the normal type (N) group and 20 in the borderline/diabetic type (B/D) group, defined by the results of the OGTT...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328210/reevaluating-the-significance-of-estrone-as-an-environmental-estrogen
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Gerald T Ankley, David Feifarek, Brett Blackwell, Jenna E Cavallin, Kathleen M Jensen, Michael D Kahl, Shane Poole, Eric Randolph, Travis Saari, Daniel L Villeneuve
Studies worldwide have demonstrated the occurrence of feminized male fish at sites impacted by human and animal wastes. A variety of chemicals could contribute to this phenomenon, but those receiving the greatest attention in terms of research and monitoring have been 17β-estradiol (β-E2) and 17α-ethinylestradiol, due both to their prevalence in the environment and strong estrogenic potency. A third steroid, estrone (E1), also can occur at high concentrations in surface waters, but generally has been of lesser concern due to its relatively lower affinity for vertebrate estrogen receptors...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328083/oral-iron-supplementation-potential-implications-for-the-gut-microbiome-and-metabolome-in-patients-with-ckd
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Guus A M Kortman, Dorien Reijnders, Dorine W Swinkels
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and loss of kidney function are at increased risk for morbidity and mortality. The risks of CKD are attributed to "uremia," an increased concentration of uremic retention solutes (toxins) in the plasma. Recently, a colo-renal axis became clearly apparent and uremia has been associated with an altered gut microbiome composition and metabolism. There is a high prevalence of anemia in patients with CKD, for which patients are often treated with oral or intravenous iron...
March 22, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327151/quantification-of-silver-nanoparticle-uptake-and-distribution-within-individual-human-macrophages-by-fib-sem-slice-and-view
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Erik Guehrs, Michael Schneider, Christian M Günther, Piet Hessing, Karen Heitz, Doreen Wittke, Ana López-Serrano Oliver, Norbert Jakubowski, Johanna Plendl, Stefan Eisebitt, Andrea Haase
BACKGROUND: Quantification of nanoparticle (NP) uptake in cells or tissues is very important for safety assessment. Often, electron microscopy based approaches are used for this purpose, which allow imaging at very high resolution. However, precise quantification of NP numbers in cells and tissues remains challenging. The aim of this study was to present a novel approach, that combines precise quantification of NPs in individual cells together with high resolution imaging of their intracellular distribution based on focused ion beam/ scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) slice and view approaches...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326910/circadian-rhythms-in-plasma-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-differ-in-men-and-women
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Sean W Cain, Anne-Marie Chang, Irma Vlasac, Archana Tare, Clare Anderson, Charles A Czeisler, Richa Saxena
The measurement of circulating levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been proposed to be a marker of disease and an indicator of recovery. Thus, knowing the temporal pattern and influence of potential circadian rhythms is important. Although several studies have measured BDNF at different times of day, no studies have done so while controlling for potential masking influences such as sleep and activity. Further, no previous study has examined circadian rhythms within individuals. We examined circadian rhythms in plasma BDNF while minimizing masking from behavioral and environmental factors using a 30-h constant routine (CR) protocol...
February 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326169/circulating-ll37-targets-plasma-extracellular-vesicles-to-immune-cells-and-intensifies-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-severity
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Tamer Kahraman, Gozde Gucluler, Ismail Simsek, Fuat Cem Yagci, Muzaffer Yildirim, Can Ozen, Ayhan Dinc, Mayda Gursel, Lolai Ikromzoda, Tolga Sutlu, Stephen Gay, Ihsan Gursel
Behçet's disease (BD) activity is characterised by sustained, over-exuberant immune activation, yet the underlying mechanisms leading to active BD state are poorly defined. Herein, we show that the human cathelicidin derived antimicrobial peptide LL37 associates with and directs plasma extracellular vesicles (EV) to immune cells, thereby leading to enhanced immune activation aggravating BD pathology. Notably, disease activity was correlated with elevated levels of circulating LL37 and EV plasma concentration...
2017: Journal of Extracellular Vesicles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324172/enzymes-involved-in-branched-chain-amino-acid-metabolism-in-humans
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María M Adeva-Andany, Laura López-Maside, Cristóbal Donapetry-García, Carlos Fernández-Fernández, Cristina Sixto-Leal
Branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) are structurally related to branched-chain fatty acids. Leucine is 2-amino-4-methyl-pentanoic acid, isoleucine is 2-amino-3-methyl-pentanoic acid, and valine is 2-amino-3-methyl-butanoic acid. Similar to fatty acid oxidation, leucine and isoleucine produce acetyl-coA. Additionally, leucine generates acetoacetate and isoleucine yields propionyl-coA. Valine oxidation produces propionyl-coA, which is converted into methylmalonyl-coA and succinyl-coA. Branched-chain aminotransferase catalyzes the first reaction in the catabolic pathway of branched-chain amino acids, a reversible transamination that converts branched-chain amino acids into branched-chain ketoacids...
March 21, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323969/early-pregnancy-associated-plasma-protein-a-concentrations-are-associated-with-third-trimester-insulin-sensitivity
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Clive J Petry, Ken K Ong, Ieuan A Hughes, Carlo L Acerini, Jan Frystyk, David B Dunger
Context: First or early second trimester pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A) concentrations have previously been shown to be lower in women who subsequently develop gestational diabetes (GDM) and gestational hypertension. Objective: We therefore sought to investigate why circulating PAPP-A concentrations are related to the subsequent risk of GDM and gestational hypertension. Patients, Design and Setting: We measured serum PAPP-A concentrations around week 15 of pregnancy and related these to indices derived from week 28 oral glucose tolerance tests (OGTT) and blood pressures across pregnancy in the Cambridge Baby Growth Study cohort...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323657/histology-and-gadolinium-distribution-in-the-rodent-brain-after-the-administration-of-cumulative-high-doses-of-linear-and-macrocyclic-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents
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Jessica Lohrke, Anna-Lena Frisk, Thomas Frenzel, Laura Schöckel, Martin Rosenbruch, Gregor Jost, Diana Constanze Lenhard, Martin A Sieber, Volker Nischwitz, Astrid Küppers, Hubertus Pietsch
OBJECTIVES: Retrospective studies in patients with primary brain tumors or other central nervous system pathologies as well as postmortem studies have suggested that gadolinium (Gd) deposition occurs in the dentate nucleus (DN) and globus pallidus (GP) after multiple administrations of primarily linear Gd-based contrast agents (GBCAs). However, this deposition has not been associated with any adverse effects or histopathological alterations. The aim of this preclinical study was to systematically examine differences between linear and macrocyclic GBCAs in their potential to induce changes in brain and skin histology including Gd distribution in high spatial resolution...
March 20, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323513/transmembrane-tnf-dependent-uptake-of-anti-tnf-antibodies
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Arun Deora, Subramanya Hegde, Jacqueline Lee, Chee-Ho Choi, Qing Chang, Cheryl Lee, Lucia Eaton, Hua Tang, Dongdong Wang, David Lee, Mark Michalak, Medha Tomlinson, Qingfeng Tao, Nidhi Gaur, Bohdan Harvey, Shaun McLoughlin, Boris Labkovsky, Tariq Ghayur
TNF-alpha (TNF), a pro-inflammatory cytokine is synthesized as a 26 kDa protein, anchors in the plasma membrane as transmembrane TNF (TmTNF), and is subjected to proteolysis by the TNF-alpha converting enzyme (TACE) to release the 15 kDa form of soluble TNF (sTNF). TmTNF and sTNF interact with two distinct receptors, TNF-R1 (p55) and TNF-R2 (p75), to mediate the multiple biological effects of TNF described to date. Several anti-TNF biologics that bind to both forms of TNF and block their interactions with the TNF receptors are now approved for the treatment of a variety of immune-mediated diseases...
March 21, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323130/monocyte-activation-drives-preservation-of-membrane-thiols-by-promoting-release-of-oxidised-membrane-moieties-via-extracellular-vesicles-extracellular-vesicles
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K É Szabó-Taylor, E Á Tóth, A M Balogh, B W Sódar, L Kádár, K Pálóczi, N Fekete, A Németh, X Osteikoetxea, K V Vukman, M Holub, É Pállinger, Gy Nagy, P G Winyard, E I Buzás
The redox state of cellular exofacial molecules is reflected by the amount of available thiols. Furthermore, surface thiols can be considered as indicators of immune cell activation. One group of thiol containing proteins, peroxiredoxins, in particular, have been associated with inflammation. In this study, we assessed surface thiols of the U937 and THP1 monocyte cell lines and primary monocytes in vitro upon inflammatory stimulation by irreversibly labelling the cells with a fluorescent derivative of maleimide...
March 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323072/impairment-of-the-class-iia-bacteriocin-receptor-function-and-membrane-structural-changes-are-associated-to-enterocin-crl35-high-resistance-in-listeria-monocytogenes
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Emilse Masias, Fernando G Dupuy, Paulo Ricardo da Silva Sanches, Juan Vicente Farizano, Eduardo Cilli, Augusto Bellomio, Lucila Saavedra, Carlos Minahk
BACKGROUND: Enterocin CRL35 is a class IIa bacteriocin with anti-Listeria activity. Resistance to these peptides has been associated with either the downregulation of the receptor expression or changes in the membrane and cell walls. The scope of the present work was to characterize enterocin CRL35 resistant Listeria strains with MICs more than 10,000 times higher than the MIC of the WT sensitive strain. METHODS: Listeria monocytogenes INS7 resistant isolates R2 and R3 were characterized by 16S RNA gene sequencing and rep-PCR...
March 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322830/antidiabetic-antidyslipidemic-and-toxicity-profile-of-env-2-a-potent-pyrazole-derivative-against-diabetes-and-related-diseases
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Eduardo Hernández-Vázquez, Hugo Ocampo-Montalban, Litzia Cerón-Romero, Miguel Cruz, Jaime Gomez-Zamudio, Guadalupe Hiriart-Valencia, Rafael Villalobos-Molina, Angelica Flores-Flores, Samuel Estrada-Soto
Diabetes is a major health problem and a predisposition factor for further degenerative complications and, therefore, novel therapies are urgently needed. Currently, cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1 receptor) antagonists have been considered as promissory entities for metabolic disorders treatment. Accordingly, the purpose of this work was the evaluation of the sub-acute antidiabetic, anti-hyperglycemic, antidyslipidemic and toxicological profile of ENV-2, a potent hypoglycemic and antioxidant CB1 receptor antagonist...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322746/truncation-of-cxcl12-by-cd26-reduces-its-cxc-chemokine-receptor-4-and-atypical-chemokine-receptor-3-dependent-activity-on-endothelial-cells-and-lymphocytes
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Rik Janssens, Anneleen Mortier, Daiane Boff, Pieter Ruytinx, Mieke Gouwy, Bo Vantilt, Olav Larsen, Viktorija Daugvilaite, Mette M Rosenkilde, Marc Parmentier, Sam Noppen, Sandra Liekens, Jo Van Damme, Sofie Struyf, Mauro M Teixeira, Flávio A Amaral, Paul Proost
The chemokine CXCL12 or stromal cell-derived factor 1/SDF-1 attracts hematopoietic progenitor cells and mature leukocytes through the G protein-coupled CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4). In addition, it interacts with atypical chemokine receptor 3 (ACKR3 or CXCR7) and glycosaminoglycans. CXCL12 activity is regulated through posttranslational cleavage by CD26/dipeptidyl peptidase 4 that removes two N-terminal amino acids. CD26-truncated CXCL12 does not induce calcium signaling or chemotaxis of mononuclear cells...
March 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322745/role-of-the-small-intestine-colon-and-microbiota-in-determining-the-metabolic-fate-of-polyphenols
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REVIEW
Gary Williamson, Michael N Clifford
(Poly)phenols are a large group of compounds, found in food, beverages, dietary supplements and herbal medicines. Owing to their biological activities, absorption and metabolism of the most abundant compounds in humans are well understood. Both the chemical structure of the phenolic moiety and any attached chemical groups define whether the polyphenol is absorbed in the small intestine, or reaches the colon and is subject to extensive catabolism by colonic microbiota. Untransformed substrates may be absorbed, appearing in plasma primarily as methylated, sulfated and glucuronidated derivatives, with in some cases the unchanged substrate...
March 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321425/adult-cells-combined-with-platelet-rich-plasma-for-tendon-healing-cell-source-options
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Eva Rubio-Azpeitia, Pello Sánchez, Diego Delgado, Isabel Andia
BACKGROUND: The combination of cells with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) may fulfill tendon deficits and help overcome the limited ability of tendons to heal. PURPOSE: To examine the suitability of 3 human cell types in combination with PRP and the potential impact of the tenocyte-conditioned media (CM) to enhance tendon healing. STUDY DESIGN: Controlled laboratory study. METHODS: Tenocytes, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, and skin fibroblasts were cultured in 3-dimensional PRP hydrogels supplemented or not with CM, and cell proliferation and migration were examined...
February 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321334/the-interpretation-of-cholesterol-balance-derived-synthesis-data-and-surrogate-noncholesterol-plasma-markers-for-cholesterol-synthesis-under-lipid-lowering-therapies
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REVIEW
Frans Stellaard, Dieter Lütjohann
The cholesterol balance procedure allows the calculation of cholesterol synthesis based on the assumption that loss of endogenous cholesterol via fecal excretion and bile acid synthesis is compensated by de novo synthesis. Under ezetimibe therapy hepatic cholesterol is diminished which can be compensated by hepatic de novo synthesis and hepatic extraction of plasma cholesterol. The plasma lathosterol concentration corrected for total cholesterol concentration (R_Lath) as a marker of de novo cholesterol synthesis is increased during ezetimibe treatment but unchanged under treatment with ezetimibe and simvastatin...
2017: Cholesterol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321294/renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-altered-in-resistant-hypertension-in-sub-saharan-african-diabetes-patients-without-evidence-of-primary-hyperaldosteronism
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Bertille Elodie Edinga-Melenge, Vicky J Ama Moor, Jobert Richie N Nansseu, Romance Nguetse Djoumessi, Michel K Mengnjo, Jean-Claude Katte, Jean Jacques N Noubiap, Eugene Sobngwi
BACKGROUND: The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system may be altered in patients with resistant hypertension. This study aimed to evaluate the relation between renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system activity and resistant hypertension in Cameroonian diabetes patients with resistant hypertension. METHODS: We carried out a case-control study including 19 diabetes patients with resistant hypertension and 19 diabetes patients with controlled hypertension matched to cases according to age, sex and duration of hypertension since diagnosis...
January 2017: JRSM Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321258/the-evolution-of-prognostic-factors-in-multiple-myeloma
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REVIEW
Amr Hanbali, Mona Hassanein, Walid Rasheed, Mahmoud Aljurf, Fahad Alsharif
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a heterogeneous hematologic malignancy involving the proliferation of plasma cells derived by different genetic events contributing to the development, progression, and prognosis of this disease. Despite improvement in treatment strategies of MM over the last decade, the disease remains incurable. All efforts are currently focused on understanding the prognostic markers of the disease hoping to incorporate the new therapeutic modalities to convert the disease into curable one. We present this comprehensive review to summarize the current standard prognostic markers used in MM along with novel techniques that are still in development and highlight their implications in current clinical practice...
2017: Advances in Hematology
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