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Jennifer R Honda, Nabeeh A Hasan, Rebecca M Davidson, Myra D Williams, L Elaine Epperson, Paul R Reynolds, Terry Smith, Elena Iakhiaeva, Matthew J Bankowski, Richard J Wallace, Edward D Chan, Joseph O Falkinham, Michael Strong
Lung disease caused by nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) is an emerging infectious disease of global significance. Epidemiologic studies have shown the Hawaiian Islands have the highest prevalence of NTM lung infections in the United States. However, potential environmental reservoirs and species diversity have not been characterized. In this cross-sectional study, we describe molecular and phylogenetic comparisons of NTM isolated from 172 household plumbing biofilms and soil samples from 62 non-patient households and 15 respiratory specimens...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Benjamin A Thomas, Vesna Cuplov, Alexandre Bousse, Adriana Mendes, Kris Thielemans, Brian F Hutton, Kjell Erlandsson
Positron emission tomography (PET) images are degraded by a phenomenon known as the partial volume effect (PVE). Approaches have been developed to reduce PVEs, typically through the utilisation of structural information provided by other imaging modalities such as MRI or CT. These methods, known as partial volume correction (PVC) techniques, reduce PVEs by compensating for the effects of the scanner resolution, thereby improving the quantitative accuracy. The PETPVC toolbox described in this paper comprises a suite of methods, both classic and more recent approaches, for the purposes of applying PVC to PET data...
November 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Wei Wei, Chao Xu, Zhi-Yong Ye, Xiao-Jun Huang, Jia-En Yuan, Tian-Bao Ma, Han-Biao Lin, Xiu-Qiong Chen
The aim of the present study was to obtain the qualified hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSC/HPC) and human umbilical cord-mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) in vitro in the co-culture system. Cord blood mononuclear cells were separated from umbilical cord blood by Ficoll lymphocyte separation medium, and then CD34(+) HSC was collected by MACS immunomagnetic beads. The selected CD34(+) HSC/HPC and MSC were transferred into culture flask. IMDM culture medium with 15% AB-type cord plasma supplemented with interleukin-3 (IL-3), IL-6, thrombopoietin (TPO), stem cell factor (SCF) and FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 ligand (Flt-3L) factors were used as the co-culture system for the amplification of HSC/HPC and MSC...
October 25, 2016: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
Jürgen Maibaum, Sha-Mei Liao, Anna Vulpetti, Nils Ostermann, Stefan Randl, Simon Rüdisser, Edwige Lorthiois, Paul Erbel, Bernd Kinzel, Fabrice A Kolb, Samuel Barbieri, Julia Wagner, Corinne Durand, Kamal Fettis, Solene Dussauge, Nicola Hughes, Omar Delgado, Ulrich Hommel, Ty Gould, Aengus Mac Sweeney, Bernd Gerhartz, Frederic Cumin, Stefanie Flohr, Anna Schubart, Bruce Jaffee, Richard Harrison, Antonio Maria Risitano, Jörg Eder, Karen Anderson
Complement is a key component of the innate immune system, recognizing pathogens and promoting their elimination. Complement component 3 (C3) is the central component of the system. Activation of C3 can be initiated by three distinct routes-the classical, the lectin and the alternative pathways-with the alternative pathway also acting as an amplification loop for the other two pathways. The protease factor D (FD) is essential for this amplification process, which, when dysregulated, predisposes individuals to diverse disorders including age-related macular degeneration and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)...
October 24, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Heike Baumgarten, John J Squiers, William T Brinkman, J Michael DiMaio, Ambarish Gopal, Michael J Mack, Robert L Smith
Mitral annular calcification (MAC) is a chronic degenerative process at the fibrous base of the mitral valve. It is a feared diagnosis in the context of mitral valve operations because of the risk of severe adverse events such as atrioventricular disruption, injury to the circumflex artery during debridement, and difficult placement of annular sutures. We report a series of 3 consecutive female patients with severe circular MAC who underwent successful mitral valve replacement through a lateral minithoracotomy with use of an inverted transcatheter aortic valve...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Johanneke D Hemmink, Sophie B Morgan, Mario Aramouni, Helen Everett, Francisco J Salguero, Laetitia Canini, Emily Porter, Margo Chase-Topping, Katy Beck, Ronan Mac Loughlin, B Veronica Carr, Ian H Brown, Mick Bailey, Mark Woolhouse, Sharon M Brookes, Bryan Charleston, Elma Tchilian
Influenza virus infection in pigs is a major farming problem, causing considerable economic loss and posing a zoonotic threat. In addition the pig is an excellent model for understanding immunity to influenza viruses as this is a natural host pathogen system. Experimentally, influenza virus is delivered to pigs intra-nasally, by intra-tracheal instillation or by aerosol, but there is little data comparing the outcome of different methods. We evaluated the shedding pattern, cytokine responses in nasal swabs and immune responses following delivery of low or high dose swine influenza pdmH1N1 virus to the respiratory tract of pigs intra-nasally or by aerosol and compared them to those induced in naturally infected contact pigs...
October 20, 2016: Veterinary Research
Emilie Venables, Jeffrey K Edwards, Saar Baert, William Etienne, Kelly Khabala, Helen Bygrave
INTRODUCTION: The number of people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the long-term management of HIV in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is continuing to increase, along with the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). The need to provide large volumes of HIV patients with ART has led to significant adaptations in how medication is delivered, but access to NCD care remains limited in many contexts. Medication Adherence Clubs (MACs) were established in Kibera, Kenya to address the large numbers of patients requiring chronic HIV and/or NCD care...
2016: PloS One
Shinnosuke Ikemura, Nao Aramaki, Satoshi Fujii, Keisuke Kirita, Shigeki Umemura, Shingo Matsumoto, Kiyotaka Yoh, Seiji Niho, Hironobu Ohmatsu, Takeshi Kuwata, Motohiro Kojima, Atsushi Ochiai, Tomoko Betsuyaku, Masahiro Tsuboi, Koichi Goto, Genichiro Ishii
Metastasis and growth in neoplastic lesions requires the multi-step regulation of microenvironmental factors. We aimed to elucidate the microenvironmental changes in the process of lymphatic metastasis of lung squamous cell carcinoma. We examined the morphological characteristics of 102 cases of Primary Tumor (PT), 50 of intralymphatic tumor (ILT), 51 of lymph node (LN) micrometastasis (LN-Mic; less than 2 mm in size) and 82 of LN macrometastasis (LN-Mac; greater than 10 mm in size). Afterwards we evaluated the expression of nine molecules (EGFR, FGFR2, CD44, ALDH1, Podoplanin, E-cadherin, S100A4, geminin and ezrin) in matched PT, ILT, LN-Mic and LN-Mac from 23 of these cases...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Science
Sofia Sousa, Jorma Määttä
This overview addresses the recent research developments in the role of tumour-associated macrophages (TAM) in bone metastasis biology and management of breast and prostate cancer as well as in primary and lung metastatic osteosarcoma. Immunosuppressive M2-type TAMs have been shown to associate with poor prognosis. Throughout their life cycle, macrophages (Macs) can adapt to environmental cues and influence the surroundings by secreting different cytokines and enzymes crucial to matrix remodelling, infection fighting, immune regulation and/or inflammation...
September 2016: Journal of Bone Oncology
Anju Gupta, Nishkarsh Gupta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Vinuta V Patil, Bala H Subramanya, N Kiranchand, S Bala Bhaskar, Srinivasalu Dammur
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: C-MAC(®) video laryngoscope (VL) with Macintosh blade has been found to improve Cormack-Lehane (C-L) laryngoscopic view as well as intubating conditions for orotracheal intubation. However, studies done on the performance of C-MAC(®) VL for nasotracheal intubation (NTI) are very few in number. Hence, we compared laryngoscopy and intubating conditions between Macintosh direct laryngoscope and C-MAC(®) VL for NTI. METHODS: Sixty American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status I, II patients, aged 8-18 years, posted for tonsillectomy surgeries under general anaesthesia with NTI were randomised, into two groups...
October 2016: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
Corneille Edgar Ontsouka, Xiao Huang, Eldar Aliyev, Christiane Albrecht
Cell-based studies previously showed that the ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) transfers cholesterol across mammary epithelial cells (MEC). Data for phospholipid transport are lacking, and it is unclear from which cellular source the transported cholesterol stems, whether this transport activates signaling pathways, and how lactogenic hormones regulate it. To clarify these aspects, lipid transport and expressional analyses were performed in bovine primary (bMEC) and/or immortalized (MAC-T) MEC cultures...
October 16, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Vicki Hertzberg, Valerie Mac, Lisa Elon, Nathan Mutic, Abby Mutic, Katherine Peterman, J Antonio Tovar-Aguilar, Eugenia Economos, Joan Flocks, Linda McCauley
Affordable measurement of core body temperature (Tc) in a continuous, real-time fashion is now possible. With this advance comes a new data analysis paradigm for occupational epidemiology. We characterize issues arising after obtaining Tc data over 188 workdays for 83 participating farmworkers, a population vulnerable to effects of rising temperatures due to climate change. We describe a novel approach to these data using smoothing and functional data analysis. This approach highlights different data aspects compared with describing Tc at a single time point or summaries of the time course into an indicator function (e...
October 18, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
Yan Yin, Hong Xiao, Jirimutuya Han, Weiyi Zhang, Jianguo Cheng, Tao Zhu
BACKGROUND: It has been observed that patients with liver dysfunction need lower dose anesthetic compared patients with normal liver function. The minimum amount of volatile anesthetic to achieve an optimal depth of anesthesia for these patients is still unclear. In this study, Minimum alveolar concentration (MAC) of the sevoflurane was determined using an electric stimulation and the effect of severity of liver dysfunction on the MAC was observed in cirrhotic patients. METHODS: Thirty patients undergoing upper abdominal surgery were divided into the following groups: group N (normal liver function), group A (Child-Pugh grade A) and group B (Child-Pugh grade B-C)...
October 18, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Min Seok Kang, Eun Jung Lee, Ji Seop Kim, In Sik Yun, Hyung Kwon Byeon
Microcystic adnexal carcinoma (MAC) is a rare malignant cutaneous adenocarcinoma that typically occurs in the head and neck, particularly at the central face. There are only slightly more than 300 patients reported worldwide, and most patients occur in Caucasians. A 72-year-old man was referred to our hospital for definitive treatment of known MAC from previous biopsy. Wide excision of nasal tip and reconstruction of nasal defect with paramedian forehead flap and nasolabial flap transposition were performed rather than conventional Mohs surgery, due to grossly evident disease...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Ramon E Abola, Elliott Bennett-Guerrero
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Richard Cheng, Emily Tat, Robert J Siegel, Reza Arsanjani, Asma Hussaini, Moody Makar, Yukiko Mizutani, Alfredo Trento, Saibal Kar
AIMS: Mitral annular calcification (MAC) negatively influences outcomes in surgical mitral valve (MV) repair for mitral regurgitation (MR). However, there are no data on whether MAC impacts on outcomes of MitraClip percutaneous MV edge-to-edge repair. This study sought to investigate whether the presence of MAC impacts on the procedural success and durability of percutaneous transcatheter repair of MR using the MitraClip. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred and seventy-three patients undergoing MitraClip repair for significant MR were studied...
October 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
Aline Clavert, Zinaida Peric, Eolia Brissot, Florent Malard, Thierry Guillaume, Jacques Delaunay, Viviane Dubruille, Steven Le Gouill, Beatrice Mahe, Thomas Gastinne, Nicolas Blin, Jean-Luc Harousseau, Philippe Moreau, Noel Milpied, Mohamad Mohty, Patrice Chevallier
Late complications (LC) and quality of life (QOL) were analyzed in 110 adult patients who underwent reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) and were alive for more than two years after allo-SCT. Overall survival of these patients was 93% (95%CI, 88-99%) and 81% (95%CI, 71-94%) at 5 and ten years, respectively. The primary cause of death was a recurrence of primary malignancy. With a median follow-up of 4.6 years (range, 2-12.1), chronic graft versus host disease (cGVHD) was the most prevalent late effect with a cumulative incidence (CI) of 66% (95%CI, 57-74) at ten years...
October 14, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Jagdish C Mohan, Madhu Shukla, Vishwas Mohan, Arvind Sethi
Mitral annular calcification (MAC) has been considered a predisposition and an association of thrombo-embolic disease. Superimposed thrombus on MAC is under-appreciated as a potential cause of systemic thrombo-embolism. This report describes an elderly gentleman, who had recurrent cerebral embolism and in one of the episodes, a large mobile thrombus was detected on the ventricular surface of calcified mitral annulus. The thrombus disappeared after initiation of anti-coagulation.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Kenneth N Olivier, David E Griffith, Gina Eagle, John P McGinnis Ii, Liza Micioni, Keith Liu, Charles L Daley, Kevin L Winthrop, Stephen Ruoss, Doreen J Addrizzo-Harris, Patrick A Flume, Daniel Dorgan, Matthias Salathe, Barbara A Brown-Elliott, Renu Gupta, Richard J Wallace
Rationale Lengthy multi-drug, toxic, and low efficacy regimens limit management of pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial (PNTM) disease. Objective This phase 2 study investigated efficacy and safety of liposomal amikacin for inhalation (LAI) in treatment-refractory PNTM (Mycobacterium avium complex [MAC] or Mycobacterium abscessus) disease. Methods During the double-blind phase, patients were randomly assigned to LAI (590 mg) or placebo once daily added to their multi-drug regimen for 84 days. Both groups could receive open-label LAI for 84 additional days...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
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