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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435308/association-of-the-ppp3ca-c-249g-a-variant-with-clinical-outcomes-of-tacrolimus-based-therapy-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Patricia C Salgado, Fabiana Dv Genvigir, Claudia R Felipe, Helio Tedesco-Silva, Jose O Medina-Pestana, Sonia Q Doi, Mario H Hirata, Rosario Dc Hirata
BACKGROUND: The effects of genetic variants related to the pharmacodynamic mechanisms of immunosuppressive drugs on their therapeutic efficacy and safety have been poorly explored. This study was performed to investigate the influence of the PPP3CA c.249G>A variant on the clinical outcomes of kidney transplant recipients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 148 Brazilian patients received tacrolimus (TAC)-based immunosuppressive therapy for 90 days post-kidney transplantation...
2017: Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422031/the-importance-of-labyrinthine-examination-in-the-prognosis-and-therapy-for-balance-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia
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João Henrique Faryniuk, Bianca Simone Zeigelboim, Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive, Vinicius Ribas Fo, Paulo Breno Noronha Liberalesso, Jair Mendes Marques
INTRODUCTION: Spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative diseases that are characterized by the presence of progressive cerebellar ataxia. OBJECTIVE: Identify vestibular disorders and demonstrate the importance of labyrinthine examination in the prognosis and therapy for balance in patients with SCAs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study had a retrospective cross-sectional design and evaluated 57 patients, mean age of 41...
April 19, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411060/in%C3%A2-vitro-anti-candida-activity-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-against-fluconazole-resistant-strains-and-their-activity-against-biofilm-forming-isolates
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Rose Anny Costa Silva, Cecília Rocha da Silva, João Batista de Andrade Neto, Anderson Ramos da Silva, Rosana Sousa Campos, Letícia Serpa Sampaio, Francisca Bruna Stefany Aires do Nascimento, Brenda da Silva Gaspar, Said Gonçalves da Cruz Fonseca, Maria Aparecida Alexandre Josino, Thalles Barbosa Grangeiro, Danielle Macedo Gaspar, David Freitas de Lucena, Manoel Odorico de Moraes, Bruno Coêlho Cavalcanti, Hélio Vitoriano Nobre Júnior
Recent research has shown broad antifungal activity of the classic antidepressants selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This fact, combined with the increased cross-resistance frequency of the genre Candida regarding the main treatment today, fluconazole, requires the development of novel therapeutic strategies. In that context, this study aimed to assess the antifungal potential of fluoxetine, sertraline, and paroxetine against fluconazole-resistant Candida spp. planktonic cells, as well as to assess the mechanism of action and the viability of biofilms treated with fluoxetine...
April 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410852/cefiderocol-mic-quality-control-ranges-in-iron-depleted-cation-adjusted-mueller-hinton-broth-using-a-clsi-m23-a4-multi-laboratory-study-design
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Michael D Huband, Akinobu Ito, Masakatsu Tsuji, Helio S Sader, Kelley A Fedler, Robert K Flamm
Cefiderocol (formerly S-649266) is a new catechol-substituted parenteral siderophore cephalosporin with potent in vitro antibacterial activity against Gram-negative isolates including multidrug-resistant strains. A recent study following CLSI M23-A4 quality control guidelines established cefiderocol MIC QC ranges against Escherichia coli ATCC 25922 (0.06-0.5 μg/mL) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853 (0.06-0.5 μg/mL).
March 23, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410442/development-of-an-acrylate-derivative-targeting-the-nlrp3-inflammasome-for-the-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Mattia Cocco, Carolina Pellegrini, Helios Martínez-Banaclocha, Marta Giorgis, Elisabetta Marini, Annalisa Costale, Gianluca Miglio, Matteo Fornai, Luca Antonioli, Gloria López-Castejón, Ana Tapia-Abellán, Diego Angosto, Iva Hafner-Bratkovič, Luca Regazzoni, Corrado Blandizzi, Pablo Pelegrín, Massimo Bertinaria
Pharmacological inhibition of NLRP3 inflammasome activation may offer a new option in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. In this work, we report the design, synthesis, and biological screening of a series of acrylate derivatives as NLRP3 inhibitors. The in vitro determination of reactivity, cytotoxicity, NLRP3 ATPase inhibition, and antipyroptotic properties allowed the selection of 11 (INF39), a nontoxic, irreversible NLRP3 inhibitor able to decrease interleukin-1β release from macrophages. Bioluminescence resonance energy transfer experiments proved that this compound was able to directly interfere with NLRP3 activation in cells...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409030/effects-of-multicomponent-exercise-on-functional-and-cognitive-parameters-of-hypertensive-patients-a-quasi-experimental-study
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Hélio José Coelho Junior, Bruno Rodrigues, Daniele Jardim Feriani, Ivan de Oliveira Gonçalves, Ricardo Yukio Asano, Samuel da Silva Aguiar, Marco Carlos Uchida
Purpose. The present study aimed to investigate the impact of a 6-month multicomponent exercise program (MCEP) on physical function and cognitive parameters of normotensive (NTS) and hypertensive (HTS) older patients and verify if age can influence the adaptations in response to the exercise. Methods. A total of 218 subjects, 101 NTS and 117 HTS, were recruited and underwent functional and cognitive evaluations before and after six months of a MCEP. The program of exercise was performed twice a week, for 26 weeks...
2017: Journal of Aging Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405947/accuracy-and-reliability-of-infrared-thermography-in-assessment-of-the-breasts-of-women-affected-by-cancer
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Rinaldo Roberto de Jesus Guirro, Maíta Marade Oliveira Lima Leite Vaz, Lais Mara Siqueira das Neves, Almir Vieira Dibai-Filho, Hélio Humberto Angotti Carrara, Elaine Caldeira de Oliveira Guirro
Evaluate reliability and accuracy of infrared thermography in the assessment of women wth breasts cancer. Thirty-five participants had unilateral breast cancer and 17 control subjects were assessed using infrared thermography. To evaluate reliability, two professionals, who were experienced, measured the temperature of the infrared images in two different moments, with a one-week interval. Biopsy was used as a gold standard exam with regard identify breast cancer. The analysis illustrated excellent reliability in terms of the affected, contralateral and control breasts with the intra-class correlation coefficient values ranging from 0...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404209/investigation-of-toxoplasma-gondii-in-semen-testicle-and-epididymis-tissues-of-primo-infected-cats-felis-catus
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Weslen Fabricio Pires Teixeira, Maria Eduarda Gonçalves Tozato, Julia Cestari Pierucci, Giovana Pavão Vital, André Cayeiro Cruz, Welber Daniel Zanetti Lopes, Marina Suzuki Cursino, Samea Fernandes Joaquim, Vando Edésio Soares, Helio Langoni, Kátia Denise Saraiva Bresciani, Alvimar José da Costa
This study aimed to investigate the presence of Toxoplasma gondii in semen, testicle and epididymis tissues of cats experimentally infected by this coccidium. A total of 12 male felines without a definite breed that were of reproductive age and serologically negative for T. gondii were selected and distributed to the following three experimental groups: GI, inoculated with 600 tissue cysts of the P strain of T. gondii (isolate III); GII, inoculated with 2×10(5) tachyzoites of the RH strain (isolate I); and GIII, not inoculated (control group)...
April 3, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403050/ceftaroline-activity-tested-against-bacterial-isolates-causing-community-acquired-respiratory-tract-infections-and-skin-and-skin-structure-infections-in-pediatric-patients-from-united-states-hospitals-2012-2014
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MULTICENTER STUDY
Michael A Pfaller, Rodrigo E Mendes, Mariana Castanheira, Robert K Flamm, Ronald N Jones, Helio S Sader
Ceftaroline fosamil has recently received US Food and Drug Administration approval for treatment of acute bacterial skin/skin structure infections (SSSIs), including those caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and community-acquired bacterial pneumonia for pediatric patients ≥2 months old. We evaluated the potency and spectrum of ceftaroline and comparators when tested against community-acquired respiratory tract infection (CARTI) and SSSI pathogens from pediatric patients. A total of 3141 consecutive, unique pediatric patient isolates of clinical significance (1460 CARTI and 1681 SSSI isolates) were collected from 29 US medical centers and tested for susceptibility to ceftaroline and comparators by broth microdilution methods...
May 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401953/overexpression-of-heparanase-enhances-t-lymphocyte-activities-and-intensifies-the-inflammatory-response-in-a-model-of-murine-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Andreas Digre, Kailash Singh, Magnus Åbrink, Rogier M Reijmers, Stellan Sandler, Israel Vlodavsky, Jin-Ping Li
Heparanase is an endo-glucuronidase that degrades heparan sulfate chains. The enzyme is expressed at a low level in normal organs; however, elevated expression of heparanase has been detected in several inflammatory conditions, e.g. in the synovial joints of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. Herein, we have applied the model of collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) to transgenic mice overexpressing human heparanase (Hpa-tg) along with wildtype (WT) mice. About 50% of the induced animals developed clinical symptoms, i...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401494/a-comparative-optical-coherence-tomography-study-of-spinocerebellar-ataxia-types-3-and-10
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Fernando Spina Tensini, Mario T Sato, Naoye Shiokawa, Tetsuo Ashizawa, Hélio A G Teive
SCA3 presents with a CAG expansion at 14q24.3-q32 while SCA10 shows an ATTCT expansion at 22q13-qter. SCA10 seems to be less aggressive than SCA3. For an in vivo, noninvasive approach of the correlation between central nervous system and clinical evolution, we can use optic coherence tomography (OCT) to measure retinal nerve fiber (RNFL) and ganglion cell layer (GCL) thickness. To describe OCT findings in SCA10, correlate it with expansion size and disease severity and compare with those of SCA3. We analyzed ten individuals with SCA3 and nine with SCA10 recruited from the neurology service of Hospital de Clínicas of Paraná-Brazil...
April 11, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392428/modulation-of-experimental-arthritis-by-vagal-sensory-and-central-brain-stimulation
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Gabriel Shimizu Bassi, Daniel Penteado Martins Dias, Marcelo Franchin, Jhimmy Talbot, Daniel Gustavo Reis, Gustavo Batista Menezes, Jaci Airton Castania, Norberto Garcia-Cairasco, Leonardo Barbosa Moraes Resstel, Helio Cesar Salgado, Fernando Queiróz Cunha, Thiago Mattar Cunha, Luis Ulloa, Alexandre Kanashiro
Articular inflammation is a major clinical burden in multiple inflammatory diseases, especially in rheumatoid arthritis. Biological anti-rheumatic drug therapies are expensive and increase the risk of systemic immunosuppression, infections, and malignancies. Here, we report that vagus nerve stimulation controls arthritic joint inflammation by inducing local regulation of innate immune response. Most of the previous studies of neuromodulation focused on vagal regulation of inflammation via the efferent peripheral pathway toward the viscera...
April 6, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388539/preferential-accumulation-of-regulatory-t-cells-with-highly-immunosuppressive-characteristics-in-breast-tumor-microenvironment
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Azharuddin Sajid Syed Khaja, Salman M Toor, Haytham El Salhat, Issam Faour, Navid Ul Haq, Bassam R Ali, Eyad Elkord
Immunosuppressive cells such as regulatory T cells (Tregs) have an ambiguous role in breast cancer prognosis, with studies reporting both positive and negative correlations between Treg infiltration and prognosis. This discrepancy could be due to the different immunosuppressive molecules present in these cells. In the present study, we phenotypically characterize different Treg subsets infiltrating the tumor microenvironment (TME), compared to adjacent normal tissue and peripheral blood of primary breast cancer (PBC) patients...
March 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386929/extratemporal-disconnective-procedures-for-the-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-children
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Marcelo Volpon Santos, Hélio Rubens Machado
Surgical treatment of epilepsy in children often involves brain areas outside the temporal lobe and, therefore, techniques for extratemporal surgery must be included in the armamentarium of epilepsy surgery centers. Nowadays, disconnective procedures are preferable to traditional resective operations because they reduce the rate of complications related to extensive resections while achieving equivalent seizure outcomes. This article describes the practical anatomy and surgical techniques used for temporoparietooccipital (TPO), parietooccipital, and frontal disconnections, as well as the possibility of extending previous lobar disconnections to the whole hemisphere (hemispherotomy)...
April 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386233/elastase-2-a-tissue-alternative-pathway-for-angiotensin-ii-generation-plays-a-role-in-circulatory-sympathovagal-balance-in-mice
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Christiane Becari, Marina T Durand, Alessander O Guimaraes, Renata M Lataro, Cibele M Prado, Mauro de Oliveira, Sarai C O Candido, Paloma Pais, Mauricio S Ribeiro, Michael Bader, Joao B Pesquero, Maria C O Salgado, Helio C Salgado
In vitro and ex vivo experiments indicate that elastase-2 (ELA-2), a chymotrypsin-serine protease elastase family member 2A, is an alternative pathway for angiotensin II (Ang II) generation. However, the role played by ELA-2 in vivo is unclear. We examined ELA-2 knockout (ELA-2KO) mice compared to wild-type (WT) mice and determined whether ELA-2 played a role in hemodynamics [arterial pressure (AP) and heart rate (HR)], cardiocirculatory sympathovagal balance and baroreflex sensitivity. The variability of systolic arterial pressure (SAP) and pulse interval (PI) for evaluating autonomic modulation was examined for time and frequency domains (spectral analysis), whereas a symbolic analysis was also used to evaluate PI variability...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377535/grin2b-encephalopathy-novel-findings-on-phenotype-variant-clustering-functional-consequences-and-treatment-aspects
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Konrad Platzer, Hongjie Yuan, Hannah Schütz, Alexander Winschel, Wenjuan Chen, Chun Hu, Hirofumi Kusumoto, Henrike O Heyne, Katherine L Helbig, Sha Tang, Marcia C Willing, Brad T Tinkle, Darius J Adams, Christel Depienne, Boris Keren, Cyril Mignot, Eirik Frengen, Petter Strømme, Saskia Biskup, Dennis Döcker, Tim M Strom, Heather C Mefford, Candace T Myers, Alison M Muir, Amy LaCroix, Lynette Sadleir, Ingrid E Scheffer, Eva Brilstra, Mieke M van Haelst, Jasper J van der Smagt, Levinus A Bok, Rikke S Møller, Uffe B Jensen, John J Millichap, Anne T Berg, Ethan M Goldberg, Isabelle De Bie, Stephanie Fox, Philippe Major, Julie R Jones, Elaine H Zackai, Rami Abou Jamra, Arndt Rolfs, Richard J Leventer, John A Lawson, Tony Roscioli, Floor E Jansen, Emmanuelle Ranza, Christian M Korff, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki, Carolina Courage, Tarja Linnankivi, Douglas R Smith, Christine Stanley, Mark Mintz, Dianalee McKnight, Amy Decker, Wen-Hann Tan, Mark A Tarnopolsky, Lauren I Brady, Markus Wolff, Lutz Dondit, Helio F Pedro, Sarah E Parisotto, Kelly L Jones, Anup D Patel, David N Franz, Rena Vanzo, Elysa Marco, Judith D Ranells, Nataliya Di Donato, William B Dobyns, Bodo Laube, Stephen F Traynelis, Johannes R Lemke
BACKGROUND: We aimed for a comprehensive delineation of genetic, functional and phenotypic aspects of GRIN2B encephalopathy and explored potential prospects of personalised medicine. METHODS: Data of 48 individuals with de novo GRIN2B variants were collected from several diagnostic and research cohorts, as well as from 43 patients from the literature. Functional consequences and response to memantine treatment were investigated in vitro and eventually translated into patient care...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377166/activity-of-telavancin-against-gram-positive-pathogens-isolated-from-bone-and-joint-infections-in-north-american-latin-american-european-and-asia-pacific-nations
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Ronald N Jones, Robert K Flamm, Mariana Castanheira, Helio S Sader, Jennifer I Smart, Rodrigo E Mendes
Telavancin was tested against a worldwide collection of Gram-positive pathogens (967) isolated from bone and joint infections (BJI). Most BJI isolates were from the United States (US) (49.9%) followed by Europe (26.4%), Latin America (LATAM; 14.4%), and Asia-Pacific (APAC; 9.3%). Organisms were tested by broth microdilution susceptibility methods. S. aureus (66.4%; range of 48.9% in APAC to 71.2% in LATAM) was the most common pathogen and had a 35.7% methicillin resistance (MRSA) rate and telavancin MIC50/90 of 0...
March 8, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376432/expression-and-splicing-of-ikaros-family-members-in-murine-and-human-thymocytes
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Julie L Mitchell, Amara Seng, Thomas M Yankee
The Ikaros family of transcription factors includes five highly homologous members that can homodimerize or heterodimerize in any combination. Dimerization is essential for their ability to bind DNA and function as transcription factors. Previous studies showed that eliminating the function of the entire family blocks lymphocyte development while deletion of individual family members has relatively minor defects. These data indicate that multiple family members function during T cell development, so we examined the changes in expression of each family member as thymocytes progressed from the CD4(-)CD8(-) double negative (DN) to the CD4(+)CD8(+) double positive (DP) developmental stage...
April 1, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372391/a-setup-for-element-specific-magnetization-dynamics-using-the-transverse-magneto-optic-kerr-effect-in-the-energy-range-of-30-72-ev
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S Jana, J A Terschlüsen, R Stefanuik, S Plogmaker, S Troisi, R S Malik, M Svanqvist, R Knut, J Söderström, O Karis
In this paper, we present a spectrometer that is designed for element-specific and time-resolved transverse magneto-optic Kerr effect experiments at the high-harmonic generation pump-probe facility High Energy Laser Induced Overtone Source (HELIOS) laboratory. HELIOS delivers photons with energies between 30 eV and 72 eV with an overall time resolution of less than 40 fs. The spectrometer is based on a Rowland-circle geometry and allows for simultaneous measurements of all magnetic transition-metal elements...
March 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362433/il-2-prevents-deletion-of-developing-t-regulatory-cells-in-the-thymus
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Daniel Y Hu, Rushika C Wirasinha, Christopher C Goodnow, Stephen R Daley
In the thymus, strongly self-reactive T cells may undergo apoptotic deletion or differentiate into Foxp3+ T-regulatory (T-reg) cells. Mechanisms that partition T cells into these two fates are unclear. Here, we show that IL-2 signalling is required to prevent deletion of CD4+ CD8- CCR7+ Helios+ thymocytes poised to upregulate Foxp3. The deletion prevented by IL-2 signalling is Foxp3 independent and occurs later in thymocyte development than the deletion that is prevented by Card11 signalling. Our results distinguish two bottlenecks at which strongly self-reactive thymocytes undergo deletion or progress to the next stage of T-reg differentiation; Card11 regulates the first bottleneck and IL-2 regulates the second...
March 31, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
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