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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333292/a-randomized-double-blinded-controlled-trial-of-hcg-as-luteal-phase-support-in-natural-cycle-frozen-embryo-transfer
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Vivian Chi Yan Lee, Raymond Hang Wun Li, William Shu Biu Yeung, H O Pak Chung, Ernest Hung Yu Ng
STUDY QUESTION: Does the use of hCG as luteal phase support in natural cycle frozen embryo transfer (FET) increase the ongoing pregnancy rate? STUDY ANSWER: The use of hCG in natural cycle FET did not improve the ongoing pregnancy rate. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The use of luteal phase support in stimulated cycles has been associated with higher live-birth rates and the results are similar when using hCG or progesterone. STUDY DESIGN SIZE, DURATION: This is a randomized double-blinded controlled trial of 450 women recruited between August 2013 and October 2015...
March 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332355/long-term-prognosis-of-patients-with-an-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-korea
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Jae Sun Uhm, Tae Hoon Kim, In Cheol Kim, Young Ah Park, Dong Geum Shin, Yeong Min Lim, Hee Tae Yu, Pil Sung Yang, Hui Nam Pak, Seok Min Kang, Moon Hyoung Lee, Boyoung Joung
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to elucidate the long-term prognosis of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs) in Korea. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 405 patients (age, 57.7±16.7 years; 311 men) who had undergone ICD implantation. The patients were divided into three groups: heart failure (HF) and ICD for primary (group 1, n=118) and secondary prevention (group 2, n=93) and non-HF (group 3, n=194). We compared appropriate and inappropriate ICD therapy delivery among the groups and between high- (heart rate ≥200 /min) and low-rate (<200 /min) ICD therapy zones...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329139/duration-of-device-detected-subclinical-atrial-fibrillation-and-occurrence-of-stroke-in-assert
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Isabelle C Van Gelder, Jeff S Healey, Harry J G M Crijns, Jia Wang, Stefan H Hohnloser, Michael R Gold, Alessandro Capucci, Chu-Pak Lau, Carlos A Morillo, Anne H Hobbelt, Michiel Rienstra, Stuart J Connolly
Background: ASSERT demonstrated that subclinical atrial fibrillation (SCAF) is common in pacemaker patients without prior AF and is associated with increased risk of ischemic stroke or systemic embolism. SCAF episodes vary in duration and little is known about the incidence of different durations of SCAF, or their prognosis. Methods and results: ASSERT followed 2580 patients receiving a pacemaker or ICD, aged >65 years with hypertension, without prior AF. The effect of SCAF duration on subsequent risk of ischemic stroke or embolism was evaluated with time-dependent covariate Cox models...
March 1, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327532/a-combination-of-soybean-and-haematococcus-extract-alleviates-ultraviolet-b-induced-photoaging
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Jieun Shin, Jong-Eun Kim, Kum-Ju Pak, Jung Il Kang, Tae-Seok Kim, Sang-Yoon Lee, Ik-Hyun Yeo, Jung Han Yoon Park, Jong Hun Kim, Nam Joo Kang, Ki Won Lee
Soybean-derived isoflavones have been investigated for their preventative effects against UV-induced symptoms of skin damage including wrinkle formation and inflammation. Haematococcus pluvialis is a freshwater species of Chlorophyta that contains high concentrations of the natural carotenoid pigment astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is known to be involved in retinoic acid receptor (RAR) signaling and previously been associated with the inhibition of activator protein (AP)-1 dependent transcription. Based on previous studies, we hypothesized that a combination of soy extract (SE) and Haematococcus extract (HE) may prevent UVB-induced photoaging through specific signaling pathways, as measured by UVB-induced wrinkling on hairless mice skin and expression changes in human dermal fibroblasts (HDFs)...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324819/impact-of-different-feedstocks-derived-biochar-amendment-with-cadmium-low-uptake-affinity-cultivar-of-pak-choi-brassica-rapa-ssb-chinensis-l-on-phytoavoidation-of-cd-to-reduce-potential-dietary-toxicity
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Kiran Yasmin Khan, Barkat Ali, Xiaoqiang Cui, Ying Feng, Xiaoe Yang, Peter Joseph Stoffella
Biochar has become eco-friendly amendment used for phytoavoidation with low cadmium (Cd) accumulating cultivars of crops to ensure food safety in Cd contaminated soils. In this study, biochar with different waste feedstock material were evaluated for their effectiveness on essential trace metals mobility, Cd bioavailability and its accumulation in two contrasting Cd accumulating cultivars of pak choi (Brassica rapa ssp. chinensis L.) grown in Cd contaminated Mollisol soil. A greenhouse experiment was conducted with plants grown in Cd contaminated soil that had been amended with biochar derived from barley straw, tomato green waste, chicken manure, duck manure and swine manure at application rate of 0%, 2...
March 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322295/alterations-in-gastric-microbiota-after-h-pylori-eradication-and-in-different-histological-stages-of-gastric-carcinogenesis
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Tung Hiu Li, Youwen Qin, Pak Chung Sham, K S Lau, Kent-Man Chu, Wai K Leung
The role of bacteria other than Helicobacter pylori (HP) in the stomach remains elusive. We characterized the gastric microbiota in individuals with different histological stages of gastric carcinogenesis and after receiving HP eradication therapy. Endoscopic gastric biopsies were obtained from subjects with HP gastritis, gastric intestinal metaplasia (IM), gastric cancer (GC) and HP negative controls. Gastric microbiota was characterized by Illumina MiSeq platform targeting the 16 S rDNA. Apart from dominant H...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319837/kalirin-reduction-rescues-psychosis-associated-behavioral-deficits-in-appswe-psen1de9-transgenic-mice
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Josh M Krivinko, Susan L Erickson, Eric E Abrahamson, Zachary P Wills, Milos D Ikonomovic, Peter Penzes, Robert A Sweet
Psychosis in Alzheimer's disease (AD+P) represents a distinct clinical and neurobiological AD phenotype and is associated with more rapid cognitive decline, higher rates of abnormal behaviors, and increased caregiver burden compared with AD without psychosis. On a molecular level, AD+P is associated with greater reductions in the protein kalirin, a guanine exchange factor which has also been linked to the psychotic disease, schizophrenia. In this study, we sought to determine the molecular and behavioral consequences of kalirin reduction in APPswe/PSEN1dE9 mice...
February 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306394/measuring-discourse-coherence-in-anomic-aphasia-using-rhetorical-structure-theory
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Anthony Pak-Hin Kong, Anastasia Linnik, Sam-Po Law, Waisa Wai-Man Shum
PURPOSE: The existing body of work regarding discourse coherence in aphasia has provided mixed results, leaving the question of coherence being impaired or intact as a result of brain injury unanswered. In this study, discourse coherence in non-brain-damaged (NBD) speakers and speakers with anomic aphasia was investigated quantitatively and qualitatively. METHOD: Fifteen native speakers of Cantonese with anomic aphasia and 15 NBD participants produced 60 language samples...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304276/scaffold-mediated-gating-of-cdc42-signaling-flux
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Péter Rapali, Romain Mitteau, Craig Ronald Braun, Aurèlie Massoni-Laporte, Caner Ünlü, Laure Bataille, Floriane Saint Arramon, Steven P Gygi, Derek McCusker
Scaffold proteins modulate signaling pathway activity spatially and temporally. In budding yeast, the scaffold Bem1 contributes to polarity axis establishment by regulating the GTPase Cdc42. While different models have been proposed for Bem1 function, there is little direct evidence for an underlying mechanism. Here, we find that Bem1 directly augments the Guanine Exchange Factor (GEF) activity of Cdc24. Bem1 also increases GEF phosphorylation by the p21-activated kinase (PAK), Cla4. Phosphorylation abrogates the scaffold-dependent stimulation of GEF activity, rendering Cdc24 insensitive to additional Bem1...
March 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302177/cepip-context-dependent-epigenomic-weighting-for-prioritization-of-regulatory-variants-and-disease-associated-genes
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Mulin Jun Li, Miaoxin Li, Zipeng Liu, Bin Yan, Zhicheng Pan, Dandan Huang, Qian Liang, Dingge Ying, Feng Xu, Hongcheng Yao, Panwen Wang, Jean-Pierre A Kocher, Zhengyuan Xia, Pak Chung Sham, Jun S Liu, Junwen Wang
It remains challenging to predict regulatory variants in particular tissues or cell types due to highly context-specific gene regulation. By connecting large-scale epigenomic profiles to expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) in a wide range of human tissues/cell types, we identify critical chromatin features that predict variant regulatory potential. We present cepip, a joint likelihood framework, for estimating a variant's regulatory probability in a context-dependent manner. Our method exhibits significant GWAS signal enrichment and is superior to existing cell type-specific methods...
March 16, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302168/comparison-of-the-diagnostic-performance-of-microscopic-examination-with-nested-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-optimum-malaria-diagnosis-in-upper-myanmar
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Jung-Mi Kang, Pyo-Yun Cho, Mya Moe, Jinyoung Lee, Hojong Jun, Hyeong-Woo Lee, Seong Kyu Ahn, Tae Im Kim, Jhang Ho Pak, Moe Kyaw Myint, Khin Lin, Tong-Soo Kim, Byoung-Kuk Na
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of Plasmodium infection is crucial for prompt malaria treatment and surveillance. Microscopic examination has been widely applied as the gold standard for malaria diagnosis in most part of malaria endemic areas, but its diagnostic value has been questioned, particularly in submicroscopic malaria. In this study, the diagnostic performance of microscopic examination and nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was evaluated to establish optimal malaria diagnosis method in Myanmar...
March 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301471/genomic-confirmation-of-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-transmission-from-deceased-donor-to-liver-transplant-recipient
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Ali Bashir, Oliver Attie, Mitchell Sullivan, Robert Sebra, Kavindra V Singh, Deena Altman, Theodore Pak, Jayeeta Dutta, Kieran Chacko, Elizabeth Webster, Martha Lewis, Camille Hamula, Kristin W Delli Carpini, Barbara E Murray, Andrew Kasarskis, Harm van Bakel, Shirish Huprikar
In a liver transplant recipient with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) surgical site and bloodstream infection, a combination of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, multilocus sequence typing, and whole genome sequencing identified that donor and recipient VRE isolates were highly similar when compared to time-matched hospital isolates. Comparison of de novo assembled isolate genomes was highly suggestive of transplant transmission rather than hospital-acquired transmission and also identified subtle internal rearrangements between donor and recipient missed by other genomic approaches...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301331/electrical-and-photovoltaic-properties-of-residue-free-mos2-thin-films-by-liquid-exfoliation-method
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Seung Kyo Lee, Dongil Chu, Da Ye Song, Sang Woo Pak, Eun Kyu Kim
Molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) film fabricated by a liquid exfoliation method has a large potential on various applications because of its various advantages in mass production and low temperature process. In this study, residue-free MoS2 thin films were formed during the liquid exfoliation process and their electrical properties were characterized with interdigitated electrode. Then, MoS2 film thickness could be controlled by centrifuge condition in the range of 20~40 nm, and its carrier concentration and mobility were measured about 7...
March 16, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301301/tetrabromobisphenol-a-induces-cellular-damages-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-in-vitro
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Kwang Sik Suh, Eun Mi Choi, Sang Youl Rhee, Seungjoon Oh, Sung Woon Kim, Youngmi Kim Pak, Wonchae Choe, Joohun Ha, Suk Chon
Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) is a well-known organobrominated flame retardant. TBBPA has been detected in the environment. The roles played by environmental pollutants in increasing the prevalence of metabolic syndrome are attracting increasing concern. In the present work, we investigated the effects of TBBPA on rat pancreatic β-cells (the RIN-m5F cell line). RIN-m5F cells were incubated with different concentrations of TBBPA for 48 h, and cell viability and the extent of apoptosis were determined. We also measured the levels of inflammatory cytokines, reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and cardiolipin, as well as the extent of cytochrome c release from mitochondria...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300178/high-photon-to-heat-conversion-efficiency-in-the-wavelength-region-of-250-1200%C3%A2-nm-based-on-a-thermoelectric-bi2te3-film-structure
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Er-Tao Hu, Yuan Yao, Kai-Yan Zang, Xin-Xing Liu, An-Qing Jiang, Jia-Jin Zheng, Ke-Han Yu, Wei Wei, Yu-Xiang Zheng, Rong-Jun Zhang, Song-You Wang, Hai-Bin Zhao, Osamu Yoshie, Young-Pak Lee, Cai-Zhuang Wang, David W Lynch, Jun-Peng Guo, Liang-Yao Chen
In this work, 4-layered SiO2/Bi2Te3/SiO2/Cu film structures were designed and fabricated and the optical properties investigated in the wavelength region of 250-1200 nm for their promising applications for direct solar-thermal-electric conversion. A typical 4-layered film sample with the structure SiO2 (66.6 nm)/Bi2Te3 (7.0 nm)/SiO2 (67.0 nm)/Cu (>100.0 nm) was deposited on a Si or K9-glass substrate by magnetron sputtering. The experimental results agree well with the simulated ones showing an average optical absorption of 96...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295442/cremation-of-leadless-pacemaker
#16
Lily Cheung, Gary C P Chan, Joseph Y S Chan, Chu-Pak Lau
Cremation of implanted cardiac electronic devices can be associated with explosion from rapid gas formation causing potential hazard to the crematoria staffs and facilities. We present four patients who had undergone cremation with a leadless pacemaker (Micra(TM) , Medtronic Inc., MN) left inside their bodies. There was neither reported explosion nor damage to the cremation chamber during the cremation process. In this small series, cremation of Micra(TM) is not associated with noticeable explosion. This article is protected by copyright...
March 11, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291689/cartilage-suspension-using-a-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-system
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Jae Hoon Jeong, Byung Hwi Kim, Dae Hee Kim, Baek-Kyu Kim, Chang Sik Pak, Eun Hee Kim, Chan Yeong Heo
BACKGROUND: This study aims to determine whether a bar-like implant made of poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) could be used for cartilage suspension and whether the implant would be suitable for rhinoplasty. METHODS: Three types of in vivo animal experiments were performed. First, the ear cartilage was incised in a full-thickness pattern, and the PLGA system was placed between the upper and lower cartilage to offer support to the tissue. Second, after the ear cartilage was forcibly bent, an implant was placed in the cartilage...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288786/p21-activated-kinase-4-regulates-hif-1%C3%AE-translation-in-cancer-cells
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Hyunju Kim, Dustin J Woo, So Yeon Kim, Eun Gyeong Yang
The p21-activated kinases (Paks) interact with Rac/Cdc42 GTPases to regulate the actin cytoskeleton as well as various signaling pathways. Although activation of Paks in many human cancers is known to mediate cancer progression, the role of Pak proteins in hypoxia is poorly understood. In this study, we found that both Pak1 and Pak4 are highly expressed in HeLa cervical cancer cells, but only Pak4 knockdown attenuates expression of hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) in hypoxia. We further discovered that Pak4 regulates HIF-1α translation via the Akt-mTOR-4E-BP1 pathway under hypoxic conditions...
March 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288111/gpr124-is-essential-for-blood-brain-barrier-integrity-in-central-nervous-system-disease
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Junlei Chang, Michael R Mancuso, Carolina Maier, Xibin Liang, Kanako Yuki, Lu Yang, Jeffrey W Kwong, Jing Wang, Varsha Rao, Mario Vallon, Cynthia Kosinski, J J Haijing Zhang, Amanda T Mah, Lijun Xu, Le Li, Sharareh Gholamin, Teresa F Reyes, Rui Li, Frank Kuhnert, Xiaoyuan Han, Jenny Yuan, Shin-Heng Chiou, Ari D Brettman, Lauren Daly, David C Corney, Samuel H Cheshier, Linda D Shortliffe, Xiwei Wu, Michael Snyder, Pak Chan, Rona G Giffard, Howard Y Chang, Katrin Andreasson, Calvin J Kuo
Although blood-brain barrier (BBB) compromise is central to the etiology of diverse central nervous system (CNS) disorders, endothelial receptor proteins that control BBB function are poorly defined. The endothelial G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) Gpr124 has been reported to be required for normal forebrain angiogenesis and BBB function in mouse embryos, but the role of this receptor in adult animals is unknown. Here Gpr124 conditional knockout (CKO) in the endothelia of adult mice did not affect homeostatic BBB integrity, but resulted in BBB disruption and microvascular hemorrhage in mouse models of both ischemic stroke and glioblastoma, accompanied by reduced cerebrovascular canonical Wnt-β-catenin signaling...
March 13, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287395/p27-kip1-promotes-invadopodia-turnover-and-invasion-through-the-regulation-of-the-pak1-cortactin-pathway
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Pauline Jeannot, Ada Nowosad, Renaud T Perchey, Caroline Callot, Evangeline Bennana, Takanori Katsube, Patrick Mayeux, François Guillonneau, Stéphane Manenti, Arnaud Besson
p27(Kip1) (p27) is a cyclin-CDK inhibitor and negative regulator of cell proliferation. p27 also controls other cellular processes including migration and cytoplasmic p27 can act as an oncogene. Furthermore, cytoplasmic p27 promotes invasion and metastasis, in part by promoting epithelial to mesenchymal transition. Herein, we find that p27 promotes cell invasion by binding to and regulating the activity of Cortactin, a critical regulator of invadopodia formation. p27 localizes to invadopodia and limits their number and activity...
March 13, 2017: ELife
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