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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785173/phytochemicals-that-influence-gut-microbiota-as-prophylactics-and-for-the-treatment-of-obesity-and-inflammatory-diseases
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Lucrecia Carrera-Quintanar, Rocío I López Roa, Saray Quintero-Fabián, Marina A Sánchez-Sánchez, Barbara Vizmanos, Daniel Ortuño-Sahagún
Gut microbiota (GM) plays several crucial roles in host physiology and influences several relevant functions. In more than one respect, it can be said that you "feed your microbiota and are fed by it." GM diversity is affected by diet and influences metabolic and immune functions of the host's physiology. Consequently, an imbalance of GM, or dysbiosis, may be the cause or at least may lead to the progression of various pathologies such as infectious diseases, gastrointestinal cancers, inflammatory bowel disease, and even obesity and diabetes...
2018: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784034/comparison-of-three-imaging-modalities-used-to-evaluate-bone-healing-after-tibial-tuberosity-advancement-in-cranial-cruciate-ligament-deficient-dogs-and-comparison-of-the-effect-of-a-gelatinous-matrix-and-a-demineralized-bone-matrix-mix-on-bone-healing-a-pilot
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Marije Risselada, Matthew D Winter, Daniel D Lewis, Emily Griffith, Antonio Pozzi
BACKGROUND: Bone healing and assessment of the state of bone bridging is an important part of clinical orthopedics, whether for fracture healing or for follow up of osteotomy procedures. Tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) is designed to restore stability in cruciate deficient stifle joints by advancing the tuberosity while creating an osteotomy gap. The current study aims to: 1) compare three different imaging modalities to assess bone healing: ultrasound, radiographs and computed tomography (CT) and, to 2) compare the effect of a gelatinous matrix (GM) versus a demineralized bone matrix mix (DBM mix) on bone healing and bridging of this osteotomy gap in 10 otherwise healthy client-owned dogs with cranial cruciate ligament insufficiency...
May 22, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783988/tolerogenic-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-induce-neuroprotective-regulatory-t-cells-in-a-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Charles R Schutt, Howard E Gendelman, R Lee Mosley
BACKGROUND: Administration of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) increases regulatory T cell (Treg) number and function with control of neuroinflammation and neuronal protection in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) model of Parkinson's disease (PD). Recently, we demonstrated in an early phase 1 clinical trial that GM-CSF also improves motor skills in PD patients. However, the mechanisms of Treg induction and its effects on neuroprotective responses remain unknown...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783918/rituximab-mediated-late-onset-neutropenia-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-distinct-roles-of-baff-and-april
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I Parodis, F Söder, F Faustini, Z Kasza, I Samuelsson, A Zickert, E Svenungsson, R F van Vollenhoven, V Malmström, F Wermeling, I Gunnarsson
Objective Rituximab-mediated late-onset neutropenia (LON) has been described in various diseases. We investigated its occurrence, consequences and contributing factors in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods Rituximab-treated patients from the Karolinska University Hospital ( n = 107) were surveyed. LON was defined as an absolute neutrophil count <1500 cells/μl, occurring four weeks to two years following rituximab treatment, or later during sustained B-cell depletion. Serum levels of B-cell-related cytokines and growth factors of the myeloid lineage were determined using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782314/a-retrospective-belgian-multi-center-mri-biomarker-study-in-alzheimer-s-disease-remember
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Ellis Niemantsverdriet, Annemie Ribbens, Christine Bastin, Florence Benoit, Bruno Bergmans, Jean-Christophe Bier, Roxanne Bladt, Lene Claes, Peter Paul De Deyn, Olivier Deryck, Bernard Hanseeuw, Adrian Ivanoiu, Jean-Claude Lemper, Eric Mormont, Gaëtane Picard, Eric Salmon, Kurt Segers, Anne Sieben, Dirk Smeets, Hanne Struyfs, Evert Thiery, Jos Tournoy, Eric Triau, Anne-Marie Vanbinst, Jan Versijpt, Maria Bjerke, Sebastiaan Engelborghs
BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisition/processing techniques assess brain volumes to explore neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease (AD). OBJECTIVE: We examined the clinical utility of MSmetrix and investigated if automated MRI volumes could discriminate between groups covering the AD continuum and could be used as a predictor for clinical progression. METHODS: The Belgian Dementia Council initiated a retrospective, multi-center study and analyzed whole brain (WB), grey matter (GM), white matter (WM), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), cortical GM (CGM) volumes, and WM hyperintensities (WMH) using MSmetrix in the AD continuum...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781817/intravenous-immunoglobulin-therapy-in-refractory-autoimmune-dysautonomias-a-retrospective-analysis-of-38-patients
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Jill R Schofield, Kamal R Chemali
BACKGROUND: Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has recognized efficacy in autoimmune peripheral nerve disorders, but there has been limited study of the use of IVIG in autoimmune dysautonomias. STUDY QUESTION: To determine the efficacy and safety of IVIG in patients with disabling, refractory autoimmune dysautonomias, including patients with postural tachycardia syndrome and gastrointestinal dysmotility. STUDY DESIGN: Patients with one or more autonomic disorder(s) and persistent serological evidence for autoimmunity who were unable to work or attend school despite usual treatments for dysautonomia were treated with IVIG for at least 3 months at a dose of at least 1 gm/kg monthly...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781086/reductions-of-intimate-partner-violence-resulting-from-supplementing-children-with-omega-3-fatty-acids-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-stratified-parallel-group-trial
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Jill Portnoy, Adrian Raine, Jianghong Liu, Joseph R Hibbeln
Omega-3 supplementation has been found to reduce externalizing behavior in children. Reciprocal models of parent-child behavior suggest that improving child behavior could lead to improvements in parent behavior, however no study has examined whether omega-3 supplementation in children could reduce intimate partner violence or child maltreatment by their adult caregivers. In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, stratified, parallel group trial, a community sample of children were randomized to receive either a fruit drink containing 1 gm of omega-3 fats (Smartfish Recharge; Omega-3 group, n = 100) or the same fruit drink without omega-3's (Placebo group, n = 100)...
May 20, 2018: Aggressive Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780479/pentacyclic-adenine-a-versatile-and-exceptionally-bright-fluorescent-dna-base-analogue
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Mattias Bood, Anders F Füchtbauer, Moa S Wranne, Jong Jin Ro, Sangamesh Sarangamath, Afaf H El-Sagheer, Déborah L M Rupert, Rachel S Fisher, Steven W Magennis, Anita C Jones, Fredrik Höök, Tom Brown, Byeang Hyean Kim, Anders Dahlén, L Marcus Wilhelmsson, Morten Grøtli
Emissive base analogs are powerful tools for probing nucleic acids at the molecular level. Herein we describe the development and thorough characterization of pentacyclic adenine (pA), a versatile base analog with exceptional fluorescence properties. When incorporated into DNA, pA pairs selectively with thymine without perturbing the B-form structure and is among the brightest nucleobase analogs reported so far. Together with the recently established base analog acceptor qAnitro , pA allows accurate distance and orientation determination via Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) measurements...
April 14, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780382/extracellular-purine-metabolism-is-the-switchboard-of-immunosuppressive-macrophages-and-a-novel-target-to-treat-diseases-with-macrophage-imbalances
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Anna Ohradanova-Repic, Christian Machacek, Celine Charvet, Franck Lager, Delphine Le Roux, René Platzer, Vladimir Leksa, Goran Mitulovic, Thomas R Burkard, Gerhard J Zlabinger, Michael B Fischer, Vincent Feuillet, Gilles Renault, Stephan Blüml, Miroslav Benko, Miloslav Suchanek, Johannes B Huppa, Takami Matsuyama, Artur Cavaco-Paulo, Georges Bismuth, Hannes Stockinger
If misregulated, macrophage (Mϕ)-T cell interactions can drive chronic inflammation thereby causing diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We report that in a proinflammatory environment, granulocyte-Mϕ (GM-CSF)- and Mϕ colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF)-dependent Mϕs have dichotomous effects on T cell activity. While GM-CSF-dependent Mϕs show a highly stimulatory activity typical for M1 Mϕs, M-CSF-dependent Mϕs, marked by folate receptor β (FRβ), adopt an immunosuppressive M2 phenotype. We find the latter to be caused by the purinergic pathway that directs release of extracellular ATP and its conversion to immunosuppressive adenosine by co-expressed CD39 and CD73...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779831/interleukin-6-significantly-improves-predictive-value-of-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome-for-predicting-severe-acute-pancreatitis
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Saransh Jain, Shallu Midha, Soumya Jagannath Mahapatra, Swatantra Gupta, Manish Kumar Sharma, Baibaswata Nayak, Tony George Jacob, Shalimar, Pramod Kumar Garg
BACKGROUND: Predicting severe acute pancreatitis (AP) is important for triage, prognosis, and designing therapeutic trials. Persistent systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) predicts severe AP but its diagnostic accuracy is suboptimal. Our objective was to study if cytokine levels could improve the predictive value of clinical variables for the development of severe AP. METHODS: Consecutive patients with AP were included in a prospective cohort study at a tertiary care center...
May 14, 2018: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778648/impact-of-insulin-on-the-intestinal-microcirculation-in-a-model-of-sepsis-related-hyperglycemia
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Alexa Caldwell, Jan Niklas Morick, Anne-Marie Jentsch, Annette Wegener, Dragan Pavlovic, Nadia Al-Banna, Christian Lehmann
BACKGROUND: Sepsis involves dysfunctional glucose metabolism. Among patients with sepsis, hyperglycemia is frequent and insulin administration has been evaluated for glycemic control to improve patient outcomes. Only few studies have examined the hyperglycemic microcirculation and the impact of insulin on the microvasculature in sepsis. OBJECTIVE: To study the functional capillary density (FCD) and leukocyte activation within the intestinal microcirculation in endotoxin-induced experimental sepsis...
May 17, 2018: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778493/retrograde-ureteral-catheterization-a-possible-new-treatment-for-renal-fungal-balls-in-very-low-birth-weight-infants
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Cheng-Wei Chen, Chyong-Hsin Hsu, Jin-Cherng Sheu, Hsin Chi, Jui-Hsing Chang, Chun-Chen Lin, Jeng-Daw Tsai
Invasive candidiasis is a serious pathogen of late-onset sepsis in very-low-birth- weight (VLBW) infants. Kidney is the most common organ involved and it causes morbidity and mortality, especially when fungal balls are formed. We report a 34-day-old female infant (28 weeks, 1152 gm) with systemic fungal infection complicated obstructive uropathy. On sonography, the fungal balls filled the entire pelvis without hydronephrosis. Percutaneous nephrostomy was not feasible. In addition to systemic antifungals, we successfully performed cystoscopy-assisted retrograde ureteral catheterization (RUC) to decompress the pelvis, which also provided a route for local amphotericin B irrigation to achieve therapeutic concentration without nephrotoxicity...
May 17, 2018: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777594/il-3-producing-basophils-are-required-to-exacerbate-airway-hyper-responsiveness-in-a-murine-inflammatory-model
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Rachel Rignault-Bricard, François Machavoine, Salah Mecheri, Olivier Hermine, Elke Schneider, Michel Dy, Maria Leite-de-Moraes
BACKGROUND: Basophils are commonly associated with allergic responses because of their ability to produce large amounts of pro-Th2 cytokines and histamine. However, the mechanisms through which bone marrow-resident basophils (BMRB) become fully competent cytokine and histamine producers in response to IgE crosslinking are poorly understood. Here, we sought to determine the role of IL-3 in promoting pro-Th2 basophils. METHODS: BMRB and basophils exposed to IL-3 in vitro and in vivo were evaluated for their production of Th2 cytokines and histamine in response to FcεRI crosslinking on both protein and gene expression levels...
May 19, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777501/expression-of-endogenous-proteins-in-maize-hybrids-in-a-multi-location-field-trial-in-india
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Linga R Gutha, Divakar Purushottam, Aruna Veeramachaneni, Sarita Tigulla, Vikas Kodappully, Chandana Enjala, Hitendrasinh Rajput, Jennifer Anderson, Bonnie Hong, Jean Schmidt, Shveta Bagga
Genetically modified (GM) crops undergo large scale multi-location field trials to characterize agronomics, composition, and the concentration of newly expressed protein(s) [herein referred to as transgenic protein(s)]. The concentration of transgenic proteins in different plant tissues and across the developmental stages of the plant is considered in the safety assessment of GM crops. Reference or housekeeping proteins are expected to maintain a relatively stable expression pattern in healthy plants given their role in cellular functions...
May 17, 2018: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776615/a-new-and-efficient-culture-method-for-porcine-bone-marrow-derived-m1-and-m2-polarized-macrophages
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Jiye Gao, Maaike R Scheenstra, Albert van Dijk, Edwin J A Veldhuizen, Henk P Haagsman
BACKGROUND: Macrophages play an important role in the innate immune system as part of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS). They have a pro-inflammatory signature (M1-polarized macrophages) or anti-inflammatory signature (M2-polarized macrophages) based on expression of surface receptors and secretion of cytokines. However, very little is known about the culture of macrophages from pigs and more specific about the M1 and M2 polarization in vitro. METHODS: Porcine monocytes or mononuclear bone marrow cells were used to culture M1- and M2-polarized macrophages in the presence of GM-CSF and M-CSF, respectively...
June 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774652/nonscarring-diffuse-hair-loss-in-women-a-clinico-etiological-study-from-tertiary-care-center-in-north-west-india
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Kavita Poonia, Gurvinder Pal Thami, Mala Bhalla, Shivani Jaiswal, Jasleen Sandhu
BACKGROUND: Diffuse hair loss (DHL) is a common problem in adult women and has a major impact on quality of life. Ascertaining the etiological diagnosis is a challenging task in such patients. Satisfactory treatment can only be instituted after ascertaining the cause of hair loss. OBJECTIVE: To study the clinico-epidemiological profile of nonscarring DHL in females and to ascertain its underlying etiological factors. STUDY DESIGN: Of a total of 110 females, who presented with nonscarring DHL to the outpatient dermatology department, 100 qualified for inclusion in the study...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774106/hematopoietic-restricted-ptpn11e76k-reveals-indolent-mpn-progression-in-mice
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Stefan P Tarnawsky, Wen-Mei Yu, Cheng-Kui Qu, Rebecca J Chan, Mervin C Yoder
Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) is a pediatric myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) that has a poor prognosis. Somatic mutations in Ptpn11 are the most frequent cause of JMML and they commonly occur in utero . Animal models of mutant Ptpn11 have probed the signaling pathways that contribute to JMML. However, existing models may inappropriately exacerbate MPN features by relying on non-hematopoietic-restricted Cre-loxP strains or transplantations into irradiated recipients. In this study we generate hematopoietic-restricted models of Ptpn11E76K-mediated disease using Csf1r-MCM and Flt3Cre...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774025/co-stimulation-impaired-bone-marrow-derived-dendritic-cells-prevent-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-colitis-in-mice
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Carl Engman, Yesica Garciafigueroa, Brett Eugene Phillips, Massimo Trucco, Nick Giannoukakis
Dendritic cells (DC) are important in the onset and severity of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Tolerogenic DC induce T-cells to become therapeutic Foxp3+ regulatory T-cells (Tregs). We therefore asked if experimental IBD could be prevented by administration of bone marrow-derived DC generated under conventional GM-CSF/IL-4 conditions but in the presence of a mixture of antisense DNA oligonucleotides targeting the primary transcripts of CD40, CD80, and CD86. These cell products (which we call AS-ODN BM-DC) have demonstrated tolerogenic activity in preventing type 1 diabetes and preserving beta cell mass in new-onset type 1 diabetes in the NOD mouse strain, in earlier studies...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773998/larger-gray-matter-volume-in-the-basal-ganglia-of-heavy-cannabis-users-detected-by-voxel-based-morphometry-and-subcortical-volumetric-analysis
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Ana Moreno-Alcázar, Begoña Gonzalvo, Erick J Canales-Rodríguez, Laura Blanco, Diana Bachiller, Anna Romaguera, Gemma C Monté-Rubio, Carlos Roncero, Peter J McKenna, Edith Pomarol-Clotet
Background: Structural imaging studies of cannabis users have found evidence of both cortical and subcortical volume reductions, especially in cannabinoid receptor-rich regions such as the hippocampus and amygdala. However, the findings have not been consistent. In the present study, we examined a sample of adult heavy cannabis users without other substance abuse to determine whether long-term use is associated with brain structural changes, especially in the subcortical regions. Method: We compared the gray matter volume of 14 long-term, heavy cannabis users with non-using controls...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772741/changes-in-lumbopelvic-movement-and-muscle-recruitment-associated-with-prolonged-deep-squatting-a-pilot-study
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Tim K S Lui, Sharon M H Tsang, Anthony W L Kwok
This study examined the changes in spinal kinematics and muscle recruitment of the lumbopelvic region associated with prolonged squatting. Eight subjects with chronic nonspecific low back pain (LBP) and eight asymptomatic subjects (AS) performed squat-to-stand and reverse movements, before and immediately after 15 min deep-squatting. Within-group and between-group differences in lumbopelvic kinematics and electromyographic activity acquired in lumbar erector spinae (ES), gluteus maximus (GM), and vastus lateralis (VL) were analyzed...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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