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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092765/cytotoxic-genotoxic-and-mutagenic-evaluation-of-surface-waters-from-a-coal-exploration-region
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Cynthia Silva Porta, Débora Lemes Dos Santos, Hélio Vieira Bernardes, Bruno Corrêa Bellagamba, Anaí Duarte, Johnny Ferraz Dias, Fernanda Rabaioli da Silva, Mauricio Lehmann, Juliana da Silva, Rafael Rodrigues Dihl
Coal mining generates a considerable amount of waste, which is disposed of in piles or dams near mining sites. As a result, leachates may reach rivers and streams, promoting the wide dispersion of contaminants in solution and as particulate matter. The present study evaluated the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic action of surface waters collected around a thermoelectric power plant and the largest mining area in Brazil (Candiota). Four sites in Candiota stream were selected, and samples were collected in winter and summer...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081503/in-silico-identification-of-alternative-oxidase-2-aox2-in-monocots-a-new-evolutionary-scenario
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José Hélio Costa, Clesivan Pereira Dos Santos, Beatriz de Sousa E Lima, Anthônio Nunes Moreira Netto, Kátia Daniella da Cruz Saraiva, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
We identified AOX2 genes in monocot species from Lemnoideae (Spirodela polyrhiza, Lemna gibba and Landoltia punctata), Pothoideae (Anthurium andraeanum and Anthurium amnicola) and Monsteroideae (Epipremnum aureum) subfamilies within the Araceae, an early-diverging monocot family. These findings highlight the presence of AOX2 in the most ancient monocot ancestor and also that at least partial loss of this gene occurred during speciation events within several monocot orders. The presence of AOX2 in monocot species challenges (1) new understanding of the evolutionary history of the AOX gene family in angiosperms and (2) drives experimental and bioinformatics efforts to explore functional relevance of the two AOX gene family members for plant growth and development...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076630/cutoffs-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-associated-with-neck-circumference-among-community-dwelling-elderly-adults-a-cross-sectional-study
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Hélio José Coelho, Ricardo Aurélio Carvalho Sampaio, Ivan de Oliveira Gonçalvez, Samuel da Silva Aguiar, Rafael Palmeira, José Fernando de Oliveira, Ricardo Yukio Asano, Priscila Yukari Sewo Sampaio, Marco Carlos Uchida
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: In elderly people, measurement of several anthropometric parameters may present complications. Although neck circumference measurements seem to avoid these issues, the cutoffs and cardiovascular risk factors associated with this parameter among elderly people remain unknown. This study was developed to identify the cutoff values and cardiovascular risk factors associated with neck circumference measurements among elderly people. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study conducted in two community centers for elderly people...
November 2016: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076517/standardization-of-the-face-hand-test-in-a-brazilian-multicultural-population-prevalence-of-sensory-extinction-and-implications-for-neurological-diagnosis
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Gustavo José Luvizutto, Marcelo Ortolani Fogaroli, Rodolfo Mazeto Theotonio, Hélio Rubens de Carvalho Nunes, Luiz Antônio de Lima Resende, Rodrigo Bazan
OBJECTIVE: The face-hand test is a simple, practical, and rapid test to detect neurological syndromes. However, it has not previously been assessed in a Brazilian sample; therefore, the objective of the present study was to standardize the face-hand test for use in the multi-cultural population of Brazil and identify the sociodemographic factors affecting the results. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study of 150 individuals. The sociodemographic variables that were collected included age, gender, race, body mass index and years of education...
December 1, 2016: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071216/disinhibition-of-the-rat-prelimbic-cortex-promotes-serotonergic-activation-of-the-dorsal-raphe-nucleus-and-panicolytic-like-behavioral-effects
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Paula Sm Yamashita, Ailton Spiacci, James E Hassel, Christopher A Lowry, Helio Zangrossi
Several studies have shown that serotonin plays a dual role in the modulation of defensive behaviors related to anxiety and panic. A major source of serotonergic projections to limbic structures responsible for this modulation is the dorsal raphe nucleus (DR). Anatomical studies indicate that the prelimbic (PL) cortex sends dense glutamatergic projections to the DR, leading to stimulation or inhibition of serotonin release in structures innervated by the DR. The objective of the present study was to investigate if GABAergic disinhibition of the PL by means of local administration of picrotoxin (PIC), a chloride channel blocker, can affect serotonergic tone and the expression of defensive behaviors related to anxiety and panic...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069652/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-results-from-four-years-2012-2015-of-the-international-network-for-optimal-resistance-monitoring-inform-program-in-the-united-states
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Helio S Sader, Michael D Huband, Mariana Castanheira, Robert K Flamm
Pseudomonas aeruginosa represents a major cause of health-care associated infections, and inappropriate initial antimicrobial therapy is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The International Network for Optimal Resistance Monitoring (INFORM) program monitors the in vitro activity of ceftazidime-avibactam and many comparators agents. We evaluated the antimicrobial susceptibility of 7,452 P. aeruginosa isolates collected from 79 USA medical centers in 2012-2015. The isolates were collected and tested consecutively for susceptibility by broth microdilution method...
January 9, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069649/antimicrobial-activity-of-ceftazidime-avibactam-when-tested-against-gram-negative-bacteria-isolated-from-patients-hospitalized-with-pneumonia-in-united-states-medical-centers-2011-2015
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Helio S Sader, Mariana Castanheira, Robert K Flamm
Bacterial isolates were collected from patients hospitalized with pneumonia (PHP), including ventilator-associated (VAP), from 76 USA medical centers in 2011-2015. The Gram-negative organisms (n=11,185; including 1,097 from VAP) were tested for susceptibility against ceftazidime-avibactam and comparators by broth microdilution method. β-lactamase-encoding genes were screened using a microarray based assay on selected isolates. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella spp. were the most common Gram-negatives isolated from PHP and VAP...
January 9, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069328/antimicrobial-activity-of-ceftazidime-avibactam-and-comparator-agents-when-tested-against-bacterial-isolates-causing-infection-in-cancer-patients-2013-2014
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Helio S Sader, Mariana Castanheira, Ronald N Jones, Robert K Flamm
We evaluated the antimicrobial susceptibility of 623 Gram-negative organisms causing infection in patients with cancer in 52 United States hospitals (2013-2014) as part of the International Network for Optimal Resistance Monitoring (INFORM) program. Isolates were tested for susceptibility by broth microdilution method. β-lactamase encoding genes were evaluated for all Escherichia coli and Klebsiella spp. with an extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) phenotype by microarray-based assay. ESBL-phenotype was observed among 17...
November 29, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064285/unusual-duplication-in-the-pericentromeric-region-of-chromosome-9-in-a-patient-with-phenotypic-alterations
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Andréa C M Malinverni, Mileny E Colovati, Ana B A Perez, Thamy P Caneloi, Hélio R Oliveira, Nadezda Kosyakova, Thomas Liehr, Ahmed B Hamid, Maria I Melaragno
Several alterations involving the pericentromeric region of chromosome 9 are considered as normal population variants. These heterochromatic variants or heteromorphisms can include 9qh+, 9cen+, 9ph+, 9ph-, inv(9)(p11q13), and other patterns which can only be defined by FISH studies. However, some heteromorphisms have been found more frequently in patients with several clinical disorders. Here, we report on a patient with intellectual disability, language and neurodevelopmental delay, as well as facial dysmorphism and an unusual chromosome 9...
January 7, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050212/otoneurological-abnormalities-in-patients-with-friedreich-s-ataxia
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Bianca Simone Zeigelboim, Juliana Cristina Mesti, Vinicius Ribas Fonseca, João Henrique Faryniuk, Jair Mendes Marques, Rafaella Cardosa Cardoso, Hélio Afonso Ghizoni Teive
Introduction Friedreich's ataxia is a neurodegenerative disease and progressive by nature. It has autosomal recessive inheritance and early onset in most cases. Nystagmus and hearing loss (in some cases) make up some of the common symptoms seen in this disorder. Objective The objective of this study is to examine vestibular disorders in patients with Friedreich ataxia. Methods We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study. We evaluated 30 patients with ages ranging from six to 72 years (mean age of 38...
January 2017: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031200/low-frequency-of-ceftazidime-avibactam-resistance-among-enterobacteriaceae-isolates-carrying-blakpc-collected-in-hospitals-from-the-united-states-from-2012-to-2015
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Mariana Castanheira, Rodrigo E Mendes, Helio S Sader
KPC-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolates have been increasingly reported worldwide and therapeutic options to treat infections caused by these organisms are limited. We evaluated the activity of ceftazidime-avibactam and comparators against 456 Enterobacteriaceae isolates carrying blaKPC collected from 79 United States hospitals during 2012-2015. Overall, ceftazidime-avibactam (MIC50/90, 0.5/2 μg/mL; 99.3% susceptible) and tigecycline (MIC50/90, 0.5/1 μg/mL; 98.9% at ≤2 μg/mL) were the most active agents...
December 28, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027698/hypertension-and-functional-capacities-in-community-dwelling-older-women-a-cross-sectional-study
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Hélio José Coelho Junior, Bruno Rodrigues, Samuel da Silva Aguiar, Ivan de Oliveira Gonçalves, Flávio de Oliveira Pires, Ricardo Yukio Asano, Marco Carlos Uchida
PURPOSE: The present study aimed to investigate the association between hypertension and physical/functional capacities in community-dwelling older females. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Older female volunteers were dichotomized in two groups: hypertensive (n = 134) and normotensive (n = 244). Volunteers had their medical records reviewed and underwent evaluations of anthropometric data (weight, height and body mass index) and of physical and functional capacities...
December 27, 2016: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024718/patterns-of-dysphagia-and-acute-toxicities-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer-undergoing-helical-imrt%C3%A2-concurrent-chemotherapy
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Laura B Moroney, Jennifer Helios, Elizabeth C Ward, Jane Crombie, Leesa F Wockner, Clare L Burns, Ann-Louise Spurgin, Claire Blake, Lizbeth Kenny, Brett G M Hughes
BACKGROUND: There is limited prospective data reporting the extent of treatment related toxicities associated with helical Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (H-IMRT) for head and neck cancer (HNC). The study aim was to investigate severity, peak incidence and recovery patterns of dysphagia and related toxicities in patients undergoing H-IMRT±chemotherapy to examine when patients are experiencing symptoms requiring supportive clinical care. METHODS: Prospective study of 212 patients undergoing H-IMRT...
January 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017409/a-quick-reference-on-hyperchloremic-metabolic-acidosis
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REVIEW
Silvia Funes, Helio Autran de Morais
Metabolic acidosis results from an increase in the concentration of a strong anion. Metabolic acidosis is divided into hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis and high anion gap acidosis based on the changes in the anion gap. Hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis is the result of chloride retention, excessive loss of sodium relative to chloride, or excessive gain of chloride relative to sodium. Clinical signs are related to the underlying disease that accompanies the metabolic acidosis. Treatment of hyperchloremic acidosis is based on addressing the underlying disease process...
December 22, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017408/a-quick-reference-on-high-anion-gap-metabolic-acidosis
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REVIEW
Silvia Funes, Helio Autran de Morais
High anion gap (AG) metabolic acidoses can be identified by a decrease in pH, decrease in HCO3(-) or base excess, and an increased AG. The AG represents the difference between unmeasured cations and unmeasured anions; it increases secondary to the accumulation of anions other than bicarbonate and chloride. The most common causes of high AG acidosis are renal failure, diabetic ketoacidosis, and lactic acidosis. Severe increases in concentration of phosphorus can cause hyperphosphatemic acidosis.
December 22, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012785/compensation-for-acid-base-disorders
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REVIEW
Chiara De Caro Carella, Helio Autran de Morais
Hydrogen concentration is a critical determinant of many physiologic functions and is tightly regulated. Any alteration in acid-base equilibrium sets into motion a compensatory response by either the lungs or the kidneys. The compensatory response attempts to return the ratio between Pco2 and [HCO3(-)] to normal and thereby minimize the pH change. A primary increase or decrease in one component is associated with a predictable compensatory change in the same direction in the other component, and the expected compensation can be estimated clinically in dogs and cats...
December 21, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011585/the-role-of-sympathetic-and-vagal-cardiac-control-on-complexity-of-heart-rate-dynamics
#17
Luiz Eduardo Virgilio Silva, Carlos Alberto Aguiar Silva, Helio C Salgado, Rubens Fazan
Analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) by nonlinear approaches has been gaining interest due to their ability to extract additional information from heart rate (HR) dynamics, not detectable by traditional approaches. Nevertheless, the physiological interpretation of nonlinear approaches remains unclear. Therefore, we propose long-term (60 min) protocols involving selective blockade of cardiac autonomic receptors to investigate the contribution of sympathetic and parasympathetic function upon nonlinear dynamics of HRV...
December 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007306/a-quick-reference-on-chloride
#18
REVIEW
Andrea A Bohn, Helio Autran De Morais
Chloride is an essential element, playing important roles in digestion, muscular activity, regulation of body fluids, and acid-base balance. As the most abundant anion in extracellular fluid, chloride plays a major role in maintaining electroneutrality. Chloride is intrinsically linked to sodium in maintaining osmolality and fluid balance and has an inverse relationship with bicarbonate in maintaining acid-base balance. It is likely because of these close ties that chloride does not get the individual attention it deserves; we can use these facts to simplify and interpret changes in serum chloride concentrations...
December 19, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006906/isolation-and-characterization-of-cyclotides-from-brazilian-psychotria-significance-in-plant-defense-and-co-occurrence-with-antioxidant-alkaloids
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Hélio N Matsuura, Aaron G Poth, Anna C A Yendo, Arthur G Fett-Neto, David J Craik
Plants from the genus Psychotria include species bearing cyclotides and/or alkaloids. The elucidation of factors affecting the metabolism of these molecules as well as their activities may help to understand their ecological function. In the present study, high concentrations of antioxidant indole alkaloids were found to co-occur with cyclotides in Psychotria leiocarpa and P. brachyceras. The concentrations of the major cyclotides and alkaloids in P. leiocarpa and P. brachyceras were monitored following herbivore- and pathogen-associated challenges, revealing a constitutive, phytoanticipin-like accumulation pattern...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006867/differential-profile-of-activated-regulatory-t-cell-subsets-and-micrornas-in-tolerant-liver-transplant-recipients
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B Revilla-Nuin, A de Bejar, L Martínez-Alarcón, J I Herrero, C M Martínez-Cáceres, P Ramírez, A Baroja-Mazo, J A Pons
: Regulatory T cells (Tregs) play a potential role in operational tolerance in liver transplant patients, and microRNAs (miRNAs) are known to be involved in immunological responses and tolerance. Thus, we analyzed the implication of different peripheral blood Treg subsets and miRNAs on liver transplantation tolerance in 24 tolerant (Tol) and 23 non-tolerant (non-Tol) liver transplant recipients by cellular, genetic and epigenetic approximation. Non-Tol patients had a lower demethylation rate of the FOXP3 Treg-specific demethylated region (TSDR) than Tol patients that correlated with the frequency of circulating Tregs...
December 22, 2016: Liver Transplantation
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