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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346710/an-extensive-caseous-calcification-of-the-mitral-annulus-complicated-with-severe-mitral-regurgitation
#1
Alper Karakus, Hakan Tibilli, Ibrahim H Inanc, Hakan Tasolar, Serdar Turkmen, Erdal Akturk
Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus (CCMA) is considered a rare variant of mitral annular calcification (MAC) due to caseous transformation of the inner material and prevalence of CCMA, about 0.63% of all MAC cases and 0.06%-0.07% of the population. The precise pathophysiology of CCMA is still unknown. It is a chronic degenerative disorder common in the elderly, particularly in women. Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus (CCMA) is a soft peri-annular extensive calcification, resembling cardiac tumors, abscesses, vegetation, or calcified thrombus, which is composed of an admixture of calcium, fatty acids, and cholesterol with a toothpaste-like texture...
January 18, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346118/mycobacterium-avium-complex-pulmonary-disease-new-epidemiology-and-management-concepts
#2
Leah Lande, Jason George, Theodore Plush
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)-related pulmonary disease has been increasing because of environmental factors, changes in organism virulence, and evolving host susceptibility. Treatment is often complicated by adverse effects, development of drug resistance, and refractory disease, with recurrence rates as high as 25-45%. RECENT FINDINGS: Aerosolization of water, soil, or dusts are the likely sources of MAC-related pulmonary disease in susceptible individuals...
January 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343560/primate-social-group-sizes-exhibit-a-regular-scaling-pattern-with-natural-attractors
#3
R I M Dunbar, Padraig Mac Carron, Susanne Shultz
Primate groups vary considerably in size across species. Nonetheless, the distribution of mean species group size has a regular scaling pattern with preferred sizes approximating 2.5, 5, 15, 30 and 50 individuals (although strepsirrhines lack the latter two), with a scaling ratio of approximately 2.5 similar to that observed in human social networks. These clusters appear to form distinct social grades that are associated with rapid evolutionary change, presumably in response to intense environmental selection pressures...
January 2018: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342241/ipat-intelligent-prediction-and-association-tool-for-genomic-research
#4
Chunpeng James Chen, Zhiwu Zhang
Summary: The ultimate goal of genomic research is to effectively predict phenotypes from genotypes so that medical management can improve human health and molecular breeding can increase agricultural production. Genomic prediction or selection (GS) plays a complementary role to genome-wide association studies (GWAS), which is the primary method to identify genes underlying phenotypes. Unfortunately, most computing tools cannot perform data analyses for both GWAS and GS. Furthermore, the majority of these tools are executed through a command-line interface (CLI), which requires programming skills...
January 11, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342185/nanocarrier-mediated-foliar-zinc-fertilization-influences-expression-of-metal-homeostasis-related-genes-in-flag-leaves-and-enhances-gluten-content-in-durum-wheat
#5
Paresh Deshpande, Ashwin Dapkekar, Manoj Oak, Kishore Paknikar, Jyutika Rajwade
BACKGROUND: Wheat is the staple food for most of the world's population; however, it is a poor source of zinc. Foliar fertilization of zinc via zinc loaded chitosan nanocarriers (Zn-CNP) post-anthesis has proved to be a promising approach for grain zinc enhancement in durum wheat as evidenced in our earlier study. However, the molecular mechanism of uptake of zinc via Zn-CNP remains unclear. METHODS/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: Foliar application of Zn-CNP was performed at post anthesis stages in two durum wheat cultivars (MACS 3125 and UC1114, containing the Gpc-B1 gene), and expression levels of several metal-related genes were analyzed during early senescence...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340964/geriatric-nutritional-risk-index-as-a-simple-tool-for-assessment-of-malnutrition-among-geriatrics-in-northwest-of-iran-comparison-with-mini-nutritional-assessment
#6
Maryam Saghafi-Asl, Elnaz Vaghef-Mehrabany, Nahid Karamzad, Lida Daeiefarshbaf, Parinaz Kalejahi, Mohammad Asghari-Jafarabadi
BACKGROUND: Older people are more likely to develop nutritional problems and timely diagnosis of malnutrition is crucial to prevent hazardous consequences following poor nutrition. AIMS: To evaluate the efficacy of Geriatric Nutritional Risk Index (GNRI) to assess nutritional status among non-hospitalized elderly, compared to mini nutritional assessment (MNA) among Iranian seniors. METHODS: One hundred and sixty-four subjects, aged ≥ 65 years old were recruited to our cross-sectional study from various districts of Tabriz (Tabriz, Iran)...
January 16, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339655/the-impact-of-arterial-clamping-technique-in-robot-assisted-partial-nephrectomy-on-renal-function-and-surgical-outcomes-six-year-experience-at-siriraj-hospital-thailand
#7
Tawatchai Taweemonkongsap, Chalairat Suk-Ouichai, Ekkarin Chotikawanich, Siros Jitpraphai, Varat Woranisarakul, Patkawat Ramart, Kittipong Phinthusophon, Teerapon Amornvesukit, Sunai Leewansangtong, Sittiporn Srinualnad, Chaiyong Nualyong
INTRODUCTION: Robot-assisted partial nephrectomy (RAPN) with different arterial clamping techniques has increasingly been performed to avoid ischemic injury to nephron. However, postoperative renal function remains controversial. We determine the impact of each renal arterial clamping on surgical and renal outcomes after RAPN. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients who underwent RAPN at Siriraj Hospital from 2010 to 2016 were retrospectively reviewed and stratified into 3 cohorts: main-clamp (MAC), selective-clamp, and off-clamp...
January 16, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339459/a-novel-two-component-system-of-streptococcus-sanguinis-affecting-functions-associated-with-viability-in-saliva-and-biofilm-formation
#8
Tarsila M Camargo, Rafael N Stipp, Lívia A Alves, Erika N Harth-Chu, José F Höfling, Renata O Mattos-Graner
Streptococcus sanguinis is a pioneer species of teeth and a common opportunistic pathogen of infective endocarditis. In this study, we identified a two-component system, SptRS Ss , affecting S. sanguinis survival in saliva and biofilm formation. Isogenic mutants of sptRSs (SKsptR) and sptSSs (SKsptS) showed reduced cell counts in ex vivo assays of viability in saliva, compared to parent strain SK36 and complemented mutants. Reduced counts of the mutants in saliva were associated with reduced growth rates in poor nutrient medium (RPMI) and increased susceptibility to deposition of C3b and MAC of the complement system, a defense component of saliva and serum...
January 16, 2018: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336808/miniaturized-solid-phase-extraction-of-macrolide-antibiotics-in-honey-and-bovine-milk-using-mesoporous-mcm-41-silica-as-sorbent
#9
Li-Jing Du, Ling Yi, Li-Hong Ye, Yu-Bo Chen, Jun Cao, Li-Qing Peng, Yu-Ting Shi, Qiu-Yan Wang, Yu-Han Hu
A simple and effective method of miniaturized solid-phase extraction (mini-SPE) was developed for the simultaneous purification and enrichment of macrolide antibiotics (MACs) (i.e. azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, lincomycin and roxithromycin) from honey and skim milk. Mesoporous MCM-41 silica was synthesized and used as sorbent in mini-SPE. Several key parameters affecting the performance of mini-SPE procedure were thoroughly investigated, including sorbent materials, amount of sorbent and elution solvents...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332915/calcified-amorphous-tumor-induced-acute-cerebral-infarction
#10
Yoshihiro Aizawa, Toshiko Nakai, Yuki Saito, Koyuru Monno, Tomoyuki Morikawa, Rikitake Kogawa, Takumi Hatta, Takehiro Tamaki, Mahoto Kato, Munehito Arimoto, Shunji Osaka, Keishin Sunagawa, Xiao Yan Tang, Masashi Tanaka, Hiroyuki Hao, Atsushi Hirayama
We report the case of a 38-year-old woman who was admitted for acute cerebral infarction linked to a cardiac calcified amorphous tumor (CAT) and related mitral annular calcification (MAC). The cardiac mass was removed, and mitral valve replacement surgery was performed. Pathological examination revealed an amorphous accumulation of degenerating material within both lesions, indicating that build-up of calcium along the mitral annulus and subsequent rupture of the fibrotic tissue may be involved in the initiation and progression of CAT...
January 15, 2018: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331922/minimum-alveolar-concentration-key-concepts-and-a-review-of-its-pharmacological-reduction-in-dogs-part-1
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REVIEW
Rachel Reed, Thomas Doherty
OBJECTIVE: To outline the major components of the minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) and review the literature in regard to pharmacological manipulation of the MAC of halothane, isoflurane, sevoflurane, enflurane, and desflurane in dogs. The pharmacologic agents included are alpha-2 agonists, benzodiazepines, propofol, maropitant, opioids, lidocaine, acepromazine, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and NMDA antagonists. Part 1 will focus on summarizing the relevance, measurement, and mechanisms of MAC and review the effects of alpha-2 agonists, benzodiazepines, and propofol on MAC...
January 9, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330369/bio-templated-fabrication-of-three-dimensional-network-activated-carbons-derived-from-mycelium-pellets-for-supercapacitor-applications
#12
Junnan Hao, Yajing Huang, Chun He, Wenjun Xu, Libei Yuan, Dong Shu, Xiaona Song, Tao Meng
In this work, a three-dimensional porous mycelium-derived activated carbon (3D-MAC) was fabricated via a facile bio-templating method using mycelium pellets as both the carbon source and the bio-template. After ZnCl2 activation and high-temperature carbonization, the specific thread-like chain structure of mycelium in the pellets can be maintained effectively. The hyphae and junctions of the cross-linking hyphae form nanowires and carbon nanoparticles that link with the neighboring nanoparticles to form a network structure...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330118/using-the-ribodeblur-pipeline-to-recover-a-sites-from-yeast-ribosome-profiling-data
#13
Hao Wang, Carl Kingsford, C Joel McManus
Ribosome profiling has emerged as a powerful technique to study mRNA translation. Ribosome profiling has the potential to determine the relative quantities and locations of ribosomes on mRNA genome wide. Taking full advantage of this approach requires accurate measurement of ribosome locations. However, experimental inconsistencies often obscure the positional information encoded in ribosome profiling data. Here, we describe the Ribodeblur pipeline, a computational analysis tool that uses a maximum likelihood framework to infer ribosome positions from heterogeneous datasets...
January 9, 2018: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327758/a-computational-analysis-of-pro-angiogenic-therapies-for-peripheral-artery-disease
#14
Lindsay E Clegg, Feilim Mac Gabhann
Inducing therapeutic angiogenesis to effectively form hierarchical, non-leaky networks of perfused vessels in tissue engineering applications and ischemic disease remains an unmet challenge, despite extensive research and multiple clinical trials. Here, we use a previously-developed, multi-scale, computational systems pharmacology model of human peripheral artery disease to screen a diverse array of promising pro-angiogenic strategies, including gene therapy, biomaterials, and antibodies. Our previously-validated model explicitly accounts for VEGF immobilization, Neuropilin-1 binding, and weak activation of VEGF receptor 2 (VEGFR2) by the "VEGFxxxb" isoforms...
January 12, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325812/transcatheter-mitral-valve-replacement-in-mitral-annulus-calcification-the-art-of-computer-simulation
#15
Júlia Karády, Ioannis Ntalas, Bernard Prendergast, Christopher Blauth, Steven Niederer, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, Ronak Rajani
There is considerable interest in transcatheter prosthetic valve treatment for mitral valve disease in high-risk individuals. Although the presence of mitral annular calcium (MAC) may provide an anchoring zone for such devices, results to date have been modest with reported technical failure rates approaching 30% in specialist centers. This in part relates to the risk of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction and device dislodgment but also to the lack of specific imaging guidelines to plan for such procedures...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325687/clinical-significance-and-epidemiologic-analyses-of-mycobacterium-avium-and-mycobacterium-intracellulare-lung-disease-from-post-marketing-surveillance
#16
Katsuhiro Suzuki, Atsuyuki Kurashima, Kinji Tatsuno, Jun-Ichi Kadota
BACKGROUND: In Japan, nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease is mostly attributable to Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), i.e., M. avium or M. intracellulare. However, clinical features of the disease caused by these two pathogens have not been studied sufficiently yet. METHODS: A post-marketing survey of clarithromycin was performed at 130 facilities across Japan. The data on patients with M. avium infection and patients with M. intracellulare infection were selected from this survey for comparison of background variables and clinical features of the two pathogens...
January 2018: Respiratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318795/isoflurane-s-effect-on-intraoperative-systolic-left-ventricular-performance-in-cardiac-valve-surgery-patients
#17
Ju Deok Kim, Ilsoon Son, Won Kyoung Kwon, Tae Yun Sung, Hanafi Sidik, Karam Kim, Hyun Kang, Jiyon Bang, Gwi Eun Yeo, Dong Kyu Lee, Tae Yop Kim
BACKGROUND: Isoflurane, a common anesthetic for cardiac surgery, reduced myocardial contractility in many experimental studies, few studies have determined isoflurane's direct impact on the left ventricular (LV) contractile function during cardiac surgery. We determined whether isoflurane dose-dependently reduces the peak systolic velocity of the lateral mitral annulus in tissue Doppler imaging (S') in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. METHODS: During isoflurane-supplemented remifentanil-based anesthesia for patients undergoing cardiac surgery with preoperative LV ejection fraction greater than 50% (n = 20), we analyzed the changes of S' at each isoflurane dose increment (1...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318378/mac-2-binding-protein-glycan-isomer-m2bpgi-is-a-new-serum-biomarker-for-assessing-liver-fibrosis-more-than-a-biomarker-of-liver-fibrosis
#18
REVIEW
Ken Shirabe, Yuki Bekki, Dolgormaa Gantumur, Kenichiro Araki, Norihiro Ishii, Atsushi Kuno, Hisashi Narimatsu, Masashi Mizokami
Assessing liver fibrosis is important for predicting the efficacy of antiviral therapy and patient prognosis. Liver biopsy is the gold standard for diagnosing liver fibrosis, despite its invasiveness and problematic diagnostic accuracy. Although noninvasive techniques to assess liver fibrosis are becoming important, reliable serum surrogate markers are not available. A glycoproteomics study aimed at identifying such markers discovered Mac 2-Binding Protein Gylcan Isomer (M2BPGi), which is a reliable marker for assessing liver fibrosis in patients with viral hepatitis and other fibrotic liver diseases such as primary biliary cholangitis, biliary atresia, autoimmune hepatitis, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318355/an-enhanced-recovery-after-surgery-eras-protocol-for-ambulatory-anorectal-surgery-reduced-postoperative-pain-and-unplanned-returns-to-care-after-discharge
#19
Aaron B Parrish, Sean M O'Neill, Steven R Crain, Tara A Russell, Deepak K Sonthalia, Vu T Nguyen, Armen Aboulian
BACKGROUND: Ambulatory surgery for anorectal procedures has been proven to be safe and effective. Specific perioperative pathways combining multiple interventions have been shown to optimize recovery and outcomes associated with inpatient colorectal surgery. However, there are no major studies describing and evaluating a standardized protocol for ambulatory anorectal surgery. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcomes of a modified enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocol for ambulatory anorectal surgery...
January 9, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317838/primaquine-double-dose-for-7-days-is-inferior-to-single-dose-treatment-for-14-days-in-preventing-plasmodium-vivax-recurrent-episodes-in-suriname
#20
M Sigrid Mac Donald-Ottevanger, Malti R Adhin, Jeetendra Kumar Jitan, Gustavo Bretas, Stephen Gs Vreden
Background: Recurrent episodes of Plasmodium vivax are caused by dormant liver stages of the parasite, which are not eradicated by choloroquine. Therefore, effective treatment also includes the use of primaquine (PQ). However, this secondary preventive therapy is often not effective, mostly due to poor adherence to the relatively long treatment course, justifying a comparative study of the efficacy of different durations of PQ treatment. Materials and methods: We included patients presenting with an acute and documented P...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
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