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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677188/smsp2-a-serine-protease-secreted-by-the-blood-fluke-pathogen-schistosoma-mansoni-with-anti-hemostatic-properties
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Adrian Leontovyč, Lenka Ulrychová, Anthony J O'Donoghue, Jiří Vondrášek, Lucie Marešová, Martin Hubálek, Pavla Fajtová, Marta Chanová, Zhenze Jiang, Charles S Craik, Conor R Caffrey, Michael Mareš, Jan Dvořák, Martin Horn
BACKGROUND: Serine proteases are important virulence factors for many pathogens. Recently, we discovered a group of trypsin-like serine proteases with domain organization unique to flatworm parasites and containing a thrombospondin type 1 repeat (TSR-1). These proteases are recognized as antigens during host infection and may prove useful as anthelminthic vaccines, however their molecular characteristics are under-studied. Here, we characterize the structural and proteolytic attributes of serine protease 2 (SmSP2) from Schistosoma mansoni, one of the major species responsible for the tropical infectious disease, schistosomiasis...
April 20, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677050/changes-in-albuminuria-and-renal-outcome-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-and-hypertension-a-real-life-observational-study
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Francesca Viazzi, Antonio Ceriello, Paola Fioretto, Carlo Giorda, Pietro Guida, Giuseppina Russo, Eulalia Greco, Salvatore De Cosmo, Roberto Pontremoli
OBJECTIVES: To assess the predictive role of changes in albuminuria on the loss of renal function under antihypertensive treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D). METHODS: Clinical records from a total of 12 611 patients with hypertension and T2D, attending 100 antidiabetic centers in Italy, with normal estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) at baseline and regular visits during a 4-year period were retrieved and analyzed. We assessed the association between changes in albuminuria status during a 1-year baseline period and time updated blood pressure (BP) and eGFR loss over the subsequent 4-year follow-up...
April 19, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677007/near-continuous-glucose-monitoring-makes-glycemic-control-safer-in-icu-patients
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Jean-Charles Preiser, Olivier Lheureux, Aurelie Thooft, Serge Brimioulle, Jacques Goldstein, Jean-Louis Vincent
OBJECTIVES: Tight glycemic control using intermittent blood glucose measurements is associated with a risk of hypoglycemia. Glucose concentrations can now be measured near continuously (every 5-15 min). We assessed the quality and safety of glycemic control guided by a near-continuous glucose monitoring system in ICU patients. DESIGN: Prospective, cluster-randomized, crossover study. SETTING: Thirty-five-bed medico-surgical department of intensive care with four separate ICUs...
April 19, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676635/effects-of-household-air-pollution-in-malawi-and-human-immunodeficiency-virus-status-on-respiratory-symptoms-and-inflammation-injury-and-repair-markers
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Charles Kim, Hannah Jary, Kevin Mortimer, Kelly S Schweitzer, Doug Curran-Everett, Stephen Gordon, Irina Petrache
RATIONALE: Household air pollution (HAP) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are associated with increased risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Both HAP and HIV are widespread in Sub-Saharan Africa, including Malawi, where HIV has 10.6% prevalence in patients 15-49 years old. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that HIV infection (HIV+ ) and habitual exposure to HAP (HAP+ ) synergize to cause systemic inflammation and vascular injury, which may herald early onset of chronic respiratory diseases...
April 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676206/fabrication-of-vascularized-bone-flaps-with-sustained-release-of-rhbmp-2-and-arteriovenous-bundle
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Bo Li, Changshun Ruan, Yufei Ma, Zhifeng Huang, Zhenfei Huang, Gang Zhou, Jing Zhang, Hai Wang, Zhihong Wu, Guixing Qiu
INTRODUCTION: It is a common treatment strategy in the clinic to transplant a vascularized bone flap for a large bone defect. But it is difficult for peripheral blood vessels to grow into the central region of a large bone construct. In this study, we fabricated a vascularized bone flap from a 3D-printed biodegradable PLGA/β-TCP scaffold using the combination of an arteriovenous (AV) bundle and recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A degradable porous poly (lactide-co-glycolide) /-tri-calcium phosphate (PLGA/β-TCP) scaffold was prepared by adopting 3D plotting and a low-temperature deposition technique...
April 20, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676198/blockade-of-at1-type-receptors-for-angiotensin-ii-prevents-cardiac-microvascular-fibrosis-induced-by-chronic-stress-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Lília Taddeo Firoozmand, Andrea Sanches, Nilsa Regina Damaceno-Rodrigues, Juliana Dinéia Perez, Danielle Sanches Aragão, Rodolfo Mattar Rosa, Fernanda Klein Marcondes, Dulce Elena Casarini, Elia Garcia Caldini, Tatiana Sousa Cunha
To test the effects of chronic-stress on the cardiovascular system, the model of chronic mild unpredictable stress (CMS) has been widely used. The CMS protocol consists of the random, intermittent, and unpredictable exposure of laboratory animals to a variety of stressors, during 3 consecutive weeks. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that exposure to the CMS protocol leads to left ventricle microcirculatory remodeling that can be attenuated by angiotensin II receptor blockade. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned into four groups: Control, Stress, Control + losartan, and Stress + losartan (N = 6, each group, losartan: 20 mg/kg/day)...
April 20, 2018: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675812/a-new-venous-entry-detection-method-based-on-electrical-bio-impedance-sensing
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Zhuoqi Cheng, Brian L Davies, Darwin G Caldwell, Leonardo S Mattos
Peripheral intravenous catheterization (PIVC) is frequently required for various medical treatments. Over 1 billion PIVC operations are performed per year in the United States alone. However, this operation is characterized by a very low success rate, especially amongst pediatric patients. Statistics show that only 53% of first PIVC attempts are successful in pediatric patients. Since their veins are small and readily rupture, multiple attempts are commonly required before successfully inserting the catheter into the vein...
April 19, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675493/association-between-seminal-plasma-neopterin-and-oxidative-stress-in-male-infertility-a-case-control-study
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Tayebeh Ghiasvand, Mohammad Taghi Goodarzi, Gholamreza Shafiee, Alireza Zamani, Jamshid Karimi, Marzieh Ghorbani, Iraj Amiri
Background: Neopterin is a significant and sensitive marker in estimating the activity of cellular immune system. Oxidative stress plays a role in the etiology of male infertility. Increased reactive oxygen species is accompanied with increase in neopterin level. Hence neopterin may be involved in male infertility. Objective: The objective of this case-control study was to determine neopterin level in idiopathic infertile and normospermic men; furthermore, to identify its relationship with oxidative stress markers including total oxidant, malondialdehyde, sperm DNA fragmentation, and total antioxidant capacity of seminal plasma...
February 2018: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674000/angiotensin-ii-promotes-pulmonary-metastasis-of-melanoma-through-the-activation-of-adhesion-molecules-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
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Shin Ishikane, Hiroshi Hosoda, Takashi Nojiri, Takeshi Tokudome, Tetsuya Mizutani, Koichi Miura, Yoshiharu Akitake, Toru Kimura, Yoshitaka Imamichi, Shinya Kawabe, Yumiko Toyohira, Nobuyuki Yanagihara, Fumi Takahashi-Yanaga, Mikiya Miyazato, Kaoru Miyamoto, Kenji Kangawa
Hypertension is considered as one of the cancer progressive factors, and often found comorbidity in cancer patients. Renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in the regulation of blood pressure, and angiotensin II (Ang II) is well known pressor peptide associated with RAS. Ang II has been reported to accelerate progression and metastasis of cancer cells. However, its precise mechanisms have not been fully understood. In this study, we sought to elucidate the mechanisms by which Ang II exacerbates hematogenous metastasis in mouse melanoma cells, focusing the adhesion pathway in vascular endothelial cells...
April 16, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673733/effects-of-dietary-sodium-selenite-and-organic-selenium-sources-on-immune-and-inflammatory-responses-and-selenium-deposition-in-growing-pigs
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Michaela Falk, Aksel Bernhoft, Tore Framstad, Brit Salbu, Helene Wisløff, Trond M Kortner, Anja B Kristoffersen, Marianne Oropeza-Moe
The study was conducted to compare effects of different dietary Se sources (sodium selenite [NaSe], Se-enriched yeast [Se yeast] or L-selenomethionine [SeMet]) and one Se-deficient control diet on the expression of selected genes, hematological and clinical biochemical parameters, and muscle morphology in two parallel trials with finisher pigs. Se concentrations in blood plasma and tissues were also monitored. From the pigs in one of the parallel groups, muscle samples obtained from Musculus longissimus dorsi (LD) before and during the trial were examined...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673544/no-effect-of-creatine-monohydrate-supplementation-on-inflammatory-and-cartilage-degradation-biomarkers-in-individuals-with-knee-osteoarthritis
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Stephen M Cornish, Jason D Peeler
The study purpose was to evaluate the effectiveness of creatine monohydrate supplementation (20 grams/day for 1 week and then 5 grams/day for 11 weeks) on inflammation (C-reactive protein, interleukin-1β, interleukin-6, s100 A8/A9, and tumor necrosis factor-α) and cartilage degradation (serum cartilage oligomeric matrix protein) in patients with knee osteoarthritis. We hypothesized that supplementing with creatine monohydrate for 12 weeks would lower biomarkers of inflammation and cartilage degradation in patients with knee osteoarthritis when compared to placebo...
March 2018: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671622/changes-in-kidney-tissue-and-effects-of-erythropoietin-after-acute-heart-failure
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A Güven Bağla, M Içkin Gülen, F Ercan, F Aşgün, E Ercan, C Bakar
Impairment of cardiac function causes renal damage. Renal failure after heart failure is attributed to hemodynamic derangement including reduced renal perfusion and increased venous pressure. One mechanism involves apoptosis and is defined as cardiorenal syndrome type 1. Erythropoietin (EPO) is a cytokine that induces erythropoiesis under hypoxic conditions. Hypoxia inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α) plays a regulatory role in cellular response to hypoxia. Protective effects of EPO on heart, kidney and nervous system are unrelated to red blood cell production...
April 19, 2018: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671286/assessment-of-potential-renal-dysfunction-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-after-biventricular-repair
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Hideharu Oka, Kouichi Nakau, Aya Kajihama, Hiroshi Azuma
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There are few reports on renal dysfunction in the remote period after biventricular repair, and biomarkers for early detection of renal dysfunction are not well understood. We examined whether early fluctuation of biomarkers of renal function occurs in the remote period after biventricular repair in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD). METHODS: Fourteen patients with CHD after biventricular repair were included. The examination values obtained by cardiac catheterization test and renal function indices based on blood and urine sampling were compared...
April 2, 2018: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671149/biological-scoring-system-for-early-prediction-of-acute-bowel-ischemia-after-cardiac-surgery-the-palm-score
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Elie Zogheib, Cyril Cosse, Charles Sabbagh, Simon Marx, Thierry Caus, Marc Henry, Joseph Nader, Mathurin Fumery, Michael Bernasinski, Patricia Besserve, Faouzi Trojette, Cedric Renard, Pierre Duhaut, Said Kamel, Jean-Marc Regimbeau, Hervé Dupont
BACKGROUND: Bowel ischemia is a life-threatening emergency defined as an inadequate vascular perfusion leading to bowel inflammation resulting from impaired colonic/small bowel blood supply. Main issue for physicians regarding bowel ischemia diagnosis lies in the absence of informative and specific clinical or biological signs leading to delayed management, resulting in a poorer prognosis, especially after cardiac surgery. The aim of the present series was to propose a simple scoring system based on biological data for the diagnosis of bowel ischemia...
April 18, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670967/investigation-of-hsa-as-a-biocompatible-coating-material-for-arsenic-trioxide-nanoparticles
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Maneka Hoonjan, Geetanjali Sachdeva, Sudeshna Chandra, Prashant S Kharkar, Niteshkumar Sahu, Purvi Bhatt
The anticancer properties of arsenic trioxide (As2O3) are accompanied by highly cytotoxic effects on normal cells. This necessitates developing modalities towards the targeted delivery of As2O3. Albumins, on account of their large structure and presence of several interacting groups, are ideal for encapsulating or carrying various drugs. In the present study, human serum albumin (HSA) was chosen as a coating agent to increase the biocompatibility of As2O3. An in situ chemical precipitation method was adopted for the synthesis of HSA-coated As2O3 nanoparticles (HSA-As2O3NPs) that were further characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES), zeta potential and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
April 19, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670330/the-efficacy-and-safety-of-ginkgo-biloba-extract-as-an-adjuvant-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-ineffectively-managed-with-metformin-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial
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Tavga Ahmed Aziz, Saad Abdulrahman Hussain, Taha Othman Mahwi, Zheen Aorahman Ahmed, Heshu Sulaiman Rahman, Abdullah Rasedee
Background and aim: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the major diseases confronting the health care systems. In diabetes mellitus (DM), combined use of oral hypoglycemic medications has been shown to be more effective than metformin (Met) alone in glycemic control. This study determined the effects of Ginkgo biloba (GKB) extract as an adjuvant to Met in patients with uncontrolled T2DM. Subjects and methods: Sixty T2DM patients were recruited in a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, and multicenter trial...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668448/tranexamic-acid-in-pertrochanteric-femoral-fracture-is-it-a-safe-drug-or-not
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Andrea Schiavone, Michele Bisaccia, Ivan Inkov, Giuseppe Rinonapoli, Mattia Manni, Giuseppe Rollo, Luigi Meccariello, Cristina Ibáñez Vicente, Paolo Ceccarini, Carmelinda Ruggiero, Auro Caraffa
BACKGROUND: There is a high incidence of blood transfusion following hip fractures in elderly patients. AIM: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and complications of use of tranexamic acid in proximal femur nailing surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our sample group consisted of 90 patients suffering from pertrochanteric fractures surgically treated with osteosynthesis with SupernailGT(LimaCorporate). The classification system AO/OTA was used to divide the fractures into 31A1 (n=45) and 31A2 (n=45)...
March 1, 2018: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667909/losartan-does-not-decrease-renal-oxygenation-and-norepinephrine-effects-in-rats-after-resuscitated-haemorrhage
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Sofia Jönsson, Jacqueline M Melville, Mediha Becirovic-Agic, Michael Hultström
Renin-angiotensin-system blockers are thought to increase the risk of acute kidney injury after surgery and haemorrhage. We found that Losartan does not cause renal cortical hypoxia after haemorrhage in rats because of decreased renal vascular resistance, but did not evaluate resuscitation. AIM: Study Losartan´s effect on renal cortical and medullary oxygenation, and norepinephrine´s vasopressor effect in a model of resuscitated haemorrhage. METHOD: After seven days Losartan (60 mg/kg/day) or control treatment, male Wistar rats were haemorrhaged 20 % of the blood volume and resuscitated with Ringer's Acetate...
April 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666944/macrophages-play-an-essential-role-in-trauma-induced-sterile-inflammation-and-tissue-repair
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Moritz Peiseler, Paul Kubes
Severe trauma is accompanied by a profound activation of the immune system. Patients with polytrauma develop systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and often sepsis, which contributes substantially to high mortality of this condition. On a cellular level, necrosis and loss of plasma membrane integrity lead to the release of endogenous "damage-associated molecular patterns" (DAMPs) as danger signals, which in turn activate innate immune cells. Inflammation that occurs in the absence of invading pathogens has been termed sterile inflammation and trauma with tissue damage represents an acute form of sterile inflammation...
April 17, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666335/identification-molecular-characterization-and-analysis-of-the-expression-pattern-of-soxf-subgroup-genes-the-yellow-river-carp-cyprinus-carpio
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Tingting Liang, Yongfang Jia, Ruihua Zhang, Qiyan Du, Zhongjie Chang
Sox7, Sox17 and Sox18 are the members of the Sry-related high-mobility group box family (SoxF) of transcription factors. SoxF factors regulate endothelial cell fate as well as development and differentiation of blood cells and lymphatic vessels. There is very less information about the functions of these genes in fish. We obtained the full-length cDNA sequence of SoxF genes including Sox7, Sox17 and Sox18 in Cyprinus carpio, where Sox7 and Sox18 had two copies. The construction of a phylogenetic tree showed that these genes were homologous to the genes in other species...
March 2018: Journal of Genetics
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