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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645307/aberrant-intestinal-microbiota-due-to-il-1-receptor-antagonist-deficiency-promotes-il-17-and-tlr4-dependent-arthritis
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Rebecca Rogier, Thomas H A Ederveen, Jos Boekhorst, Harm Wopereis, Jose U Scher, Julia Manasson, Sanne J C M Frambach, Jan Knol, Johan Garssen, Peter M van der Kraan, Marije I Koenders, Wim B van den Berg, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Shahla Abdollahi-Roodsaz
BACKGROUND: Perturbation of commensal intestinal microbiota has been associated with several autoimmune diseases. Mice deficient in interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (Il1rn (-/-) mice) spontaneously develop autoimmune arthritis and are susceptible to other autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, diabetes, and encephalomyelitis; however, the mechanisms of increased susceptibility to these autoimmune phenotypes are poorly understood. We investigated the role of interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) in regulation of commensal intestinal microbiota, and assessed the involvement of microbiota subsets and innate and adaptive mucosal immune responses that underlie the development of spontaneous arthritis in Il1rn (-/-) mice...
June 23, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644588/clinical-consensus-guidelines-on-the-application-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-for-alzheimer-s-disease-diagnosis-recommendations-of-the-irish-network-for-biomarkers-in-neurodegeneration
#2
A M Miller, E Begley, R Coen, M Doyle, J Dunne, S Hutchinson, S P Kennelly, R A Kenny, R P Killeen, A Lynch, S O'Dwyer, C O'Neill, S S O'Sullvan, M J Rowan, N Sheehy, C McGuigan, B A Lawlor
It is accepted that a lumbar puncture (LP) and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker analysis support the routine diagnostic work-up for the differential diagnosis of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD) within certain patient cohorts1. These tests, which measure CSF protein concentrations of amyloid-β42 (Aβ42), total tau (t-tau) and phospho tau (p-tau), were recently validated, accredited and made available clinically for the first time in Ireland. A working group, comprising Irish clinical and scientific researchers, met to review a) the validation results; b) international consensus opinions, and c) research and clinical evidence as to the clinical utility of CSF biomarker analysis for AD dementia diagnosis...
December 12, 2016: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644370/adaptation-of-new-colombian-food-based-complementary-feeding-recommendations-using-linear-programming
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Marion Tharrey, Gilma A Olaya, Mary Fewtrell, Elaine Ferguson
OBJECTIVE: To use Linear Programming (LP) analyses to adapt New Complementary Feeding Guidelines (NCFg) designed for infants aged 6-12 month (m) living in poor socioeconomic circumstances in Bogota to ensure dietary adequacy for young children aged 12-23 m. DESIGN: A secondary data analysis was performed using dietary and anthropometric data collected from 12 m old infants (n = 72) participating in a randomised controlled trial. LP analyses were performed to identify nutrients whose requirements were difficult to achieve using local foods as consumed; and to test and compare the NCFg and alternative food-based recommendations (FBRs) on the basis of dietary adequacy, for 11 micronutrients, at the population level...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643751/quick-efficient-and-effective-patient-specific-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-quality-assurance-using-log-file-and-electronic-portal-imaging-device
#4
Rajesh Kumar, H I Amols, M Lovelock, S D Sharma, D Datta
AIM: The aim of work is to explore a quick, efficient, and effective patient-specific intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) quality assurance (QA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Software tools were developed to extract and analyze the multi-leaf collimator (MLC) leaf positions (LPs) from electronic portal imaging device (EPID) images for Varian C-series machine and TrueBeam, to extract useful data from MLC log file of C-series linear accelerator (LINAC), to extract useful information from the trajectory log binary file of TrueBeam LINAC, to compare LPs derived from EPID images with log file/trajectory log data, and to analyze IMRT treatment files using the MATLAB programming language...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642202/engineering-of-multifunctional-temperature-sensitive-liposomes-for-synergistic-photothermal-photodynamic-and-chemotherapeutic-effects
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Tuan Hiep Tran, Hanh Thuy Nguyen, Nam Van Le, Thi Thu Phuong Tran, Jong Seong Lee, Sae Kwang Ku, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
Heterogeneity of cancer cells and drug resistance require multiple therapeutic approaches for comprehensive treatment. In this study, temperature-sensitive liposomes containing anti-cancer agent tanespimycin (17-AAG) and photosensitizer IR 820 were developed for combination of phototherapy and chemotherapy. The temperature-sensitive liposomes composed of DPPC, cholesterol, DSPE-PEG, 17-AAG, and IR 820 (LP-AI) at weight ratio of 35/15/3/2/2 were formulated as a thin film using extrusion and evaluated for particle size, morphology and drug release profile...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641153/lipoprotein-a-and-coronary-atheroma-progression-rates-during-long-term-high-intensity-statin-therapy-insights-from-saturn
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Rishi Puri, Christie M Ballantyne, Ron C Hoogeveen, Mingyuan Shao, Philip Barter, Peter Libby, M John Chapman, Raimund Erbel, Benoit J Arsenault, Joel S Raichlen, Steven E Nissen, Stephen J Nicholls
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is a low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-like particle that associates with major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). We examined relationships between Lp(a) measurements and changes in coronary atheroma volume following long-term maximally-intensive statin therapy in coronary artery disease patients. METHODS: Study of coronary atheroma by intravascular ultrasound: Effect of Rosuvastatin Versus Atorvastatin (SATURN) used serial intravascular ultrasound measures of coronary atheroma volume in patients treated with rosuvastatin 40 mg or atorvastatin 80 mg for 24 months...
June 15, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638096/identification-of-a-flavonoid-isolated-from-plum-prunus-domestica-as-a-potent-inhibitor-of-hepatitis-c-virus-entry
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Mihika Bose, Mohini Kamra, Ranajoy Mullick, Santanu Bhattacharya, Saumitra Das, Anjali A Karande
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver diseases that often requires liver transplantation. The standard therapies are limited by severe side effects, resistance development, high expense and in a substantial proportion of cases, fail to clear the infection which bespeak the need for development of well-tolerated antivirals. Since most of the drug development strategies target the replication stage of viral lifecycle, the identification of entry inhibitors might be crucial especially in case of liver-transplant recipients...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637121/iatrogenic-syringomyelia-secondary-to-lumboperitoneal-shunt-altered-by-the-raised-intra-abdominal-pressure-of-pregnancy
#8
James Kersey, William Cato-Addison, Damian Holliman
We report a case of a 37 year old female with syringomyelia secondary to lumboperitoneal (LP) shunt. Syrinx regression occurred with raised intra-abdominal pressure due to pregnancy and subsequently redeveloped after parturition. To our knowledge a case of pregnancy associated syringomyelia regression has not been previously reported.
March 6, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635647/virulence-genes-of-s-aureus-from-dairy-cow-mastitis-and-contagiousness-risk
#9
Giada Magro, Stefano Biffani, Giulietta Minozzi, Ralf Ehricht, Stefan Monecke, Mario Luini, Renata Piccinini
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a major agent of dairy cow intramammary infections: the different prevalences of mastitis reported might be related to a combination of S. aureus virulence factors beyond host factors. The present study considered 169 isolates from different Italian dairy herds that were classified into four groups based on the prevalence of S. aureus infection at the first testing: low prevalence (LP), medium-low (MLP), medium-high (MHP) and high (HP). We aimed to correlate the presence of virulence genes with the prevalence of intramammary infections in order to develop new strategies for the control of S...
June 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634613/breathing-induced-new-phase-transition-in-an-mil-53-al-nh2-metal-organic-framework-under-high-methane-pressures
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Linius Bolinois, Tanay Kundu, Xuerui Wang, Yuxiang Wang, Zhigang Hu, Kenny Koh, Dan Zhao
The high pressure methane sorption tests on a flexible metal-organic framework [MIL-53(Al)-NH2] reveal a new phase transition to a large pore (lp) phase above 45 bar. The mixed-ligand strategy and pressure cycling tests are suggested to reduce the pressure requirement of such a phase transition for applications in natural gas storage.
June 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634449/electromyography-data-processing-impacts-muscle-synergies-during-gait-for-unimpaired-children-and-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Benjamin R Shuman, Michael H Schwartz, Katherine M Steele
Muscle synergies calculated from electromyography (EMG) data identify weighted groups of muscles activated together during functional tasks. Research has shown that fewer synergies are required to describe EMG data of individuals with neurologic impairments. When considering potential clinical applications of synergies, understanding how EMG data processing impacts results and clinical interpretation is important. The aim of this study was to evaluate how EMG signal processing impacts synergy outputs during gait...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633585/lipoprotein-a-activated-immunity-insulin-resistance-and-new-onset-diabetes
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Ayşem Kaya, Altan Onat, Hüsniye Yüksel, Günay Can, Murat Yüksel, Evin Ademoğlu
OBJECTIVES: Some evidence suggests that serum lipoprotein[Lp](a) may be inversely linked to type-2 diabetes. We aimed to determine in nondiabetic people the relationship of serum [Lp](a) with insulin resistance and new-onset diabetes (NOD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Population-based middle-aged adults (n = 1685) were categorized by fasting glucose and stratified to gender, having excluded prevalent diabetic subjects. NOD (n = 90) occurred over a median 5 years' follow-up...
June 22, 2017: Postgraduate Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632940/characterization-of-the-i4399m-variant-of-apolipoprotein-a-implications-for-altered-prothrombotic-properties-of-lipoprotein-a
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Corey A Scipione, Jackson T McAiney, Daniel J Simard, Zainab A Bazzi, Matthew Gemin, Rocco Romagnuolo, Fraser L Macrae, Robert A Ariëns, Robert A Hegele, Janeen Auld, James W Gauld, Michael B Boffa, Marlys L Koschinsky
BACKGROUND: Lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) is a causal risk factor for a variety of cardiovascular diseases. Apolipoprotein(a) (apo(a)), the distinguishing component of Lp(a), is homologous to plasminogen, suggesting that Lp(a) can interfere with the normal fibrinolytic functions of plasminogen. This has implications for the persistence of fibrin clots in the vasculature and hence to atherothrombotic diseases. A single nucleotide polymorphism (rs3798220) in the gene encoding apo(a) has been reported that results in an Ile to Met substitution in the protease-like domain (I4399M variant)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632750/renal-sodium-handling-and-blood-pressure-changes-in-gestational-protein-restricted-offspring-role-of-renal-nerves-and-ganglia-neurokinin-expression
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Augusto H Custódio, Marcelo C de Lima, Bárbara Vaccari, Patrícia A Boer, José A R Gontijo
BACKGROUND: Considering long-term changes in renal sodium handling and blood pressure in maternal protein-restricted (LP) offspring, we assumed that the development of LP hypertension results from abnormal dorsal root ganglia (DRG) neurokinin expression associated with impaired responsiveness of renal sensory receptors, promoting a reduced urinary excretion of sodium. The present study investigates whether increased blood pressure in protein-restricted offspring would be associated with changes in the DRG cells and in renal pelvic wall expression of NK1R, SP and CGRP when compared to NP offspring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632493/interplay-between-papp-a-inflammation-and-adiposity-in-patients-with-angiographically-proven-acute-coronary-syndrome-acs
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Khageshwar Mahato, Moushumi Lodh, Ashok Parida, Ashok Kr Ahirwar, Rashmi Rasi Datta, Binita Goswami
Introduction Studies conducted in the recent past have demonstrated the role of inflammation, obesity and dysfunctional insulin signaling as contributing factors in the pathogenesis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). However, pharmacological interventions targeting a single pathway have not proven useful in the long run. This indicates that a synergism occurs between the various risk factors and hence calls for a combinatorial approach. This study was planned to study the interplay, if any, between pregnancy associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A), inflammation and adiposity in patients with ACS...
June 21, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631630/diagnostic-value-of-immunohistochemistry-staining-of-bcl-2-cd34-cd20-and-cd3-for-distinction-between-discoid-lupus-erythematosus-and-lichen-planus-in-the-skin
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Mazaher Ramezani, Bita-Sadat Hashemi, Sedigheh Khazaei, Mansour Rezaei, Ali Ebrahimi, Masoud Sadeghi
BACKGROUND: Cluster of differentiation (CD) markers is a classification system for monoclonal antibodies against cell surface molecules on leukocytes and antigens from other cells. AIMS: The aim of this study is to evaluate immunohistochemical markers in patients with discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and lichen planus (LP) and correlation of these markers in two groups and with the normal group in the West of Iran. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Analytical cross-sectional study...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630774/lead-poisoning-can-be-easily-misdiagnosed-as-acute-porphyria-and-nonspecific-abdominal-pain
#17
Ming-Ta Tsai, Shi-Yu Huang, Shih-Yu Cheng
Lead poisoning (LP) is less commonly encountered in emergency departments (ED). However, lead exposure still occurs, and new sources of poisoning have emerged. LP often goes unrecognized due to a low index of suspicion and nonspecific symptoms. We present a case of a 48-year-old man who had recurring abdominal pain with anemia that was misdiagnosed. His condition was initially diagnosed as nonspecific abdominal pain and acute porphyria. Acute porphyria-like symptoms with a positive urine porphyrin test result led to the misdiagnosis; testing for heme precursors in urine is the key to the differential diagnosis between LP and acute porphyria...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629580/folding-underlies-bidirectional-role-of-gpr37-pael-r-in-parkinson-disease
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Lina Leinartaité, Per Svenningsson
Since conformational flexibility, which is required for the function of a protein, comes at the expense of structural stability, many proteins, including G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), are under constant risk of misfolding and aggregation. In this regard GPR37 (also named PAEL-R and ETBR-LP-1) takes a prominent role, particularly in relation to Parkinson disease (PD). GPR37 is a substrate for parkin and accumulates abnormally in autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism, contributing to endoplasmic reticulum stress and death of dopaminergic neurons...
June 16, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629335/utility-of-the-sentinel-node-concept-for-detection-of-lateral-pelvic-lymph-node-metastasis-in-lower-rectal-cancer
#19
Shigehiro Yanagita, Yoshikazu Uenosono, Takaaki Arigami, Yoshiaki Kita, Shinichiro Mori, Shoji Natsugoe
BACKGROUND: There are two lymphatic flows in lower rectal cancer; one along the inferior mesenteric artery and another towards the internal iliac artery. The benefit of dissection of lateral pelvic (LP) lymph nodes (LPLN) remains controversial. This study aimed to clarify the possibility of detecting the sentinel node (SN) of the LP region (LPSN) and examine metastasis, including micrometastasis, using a radio isotope (RI) method. METHODS: In total, 62 patients with clinical (c)T1-T4 rectal cancer were enrolled in this study (11, 16 and 35 patients had tumor located in the upper, middle and lower rectal third, respectively)...
June 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628917/anatomical-characteristics-of-facial-nerve-and-cochlea-interaction
#20
Nadine Schart-Morén, Sune Larsson, Helge Rask-Andersen, Hao Li
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to study the relationship between the labyrinthine portion (LP) of the facial canal and the cochlea in human inner ear molds and temporal bones using micro-CT and 3D rendering. A reduced cochlea-facial distance may spread electric currents from the cochlear implant to the LP and cause facial nerve stimulation. Influencing factors may be the topographic anatomy and otic capsule properties. METHODS: An archival collection of human temporal bones underwent micro-CT and 3D reconstruction...
June 20, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
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