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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346518/determinants-of-health-trajectories-in-england-and-the-us-an-approach-to-identify-different-patterns-of-healthy-aging
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Javier de la Fuente, Francisco Félix Caballero, Albert Sánchez-Niubó, Demosthenes B Panagiotakos, Matthew A Prina, Holger Arndt, Josep Maria Haro, Somnath Chatterji, José Luis Ayuso-Mateos
Background: Aging is a multidimensional process with a remarkable inter-individual variability. This study is focused on identifying groups of population with similar aging patterns, and to define the health trajectories of these groups. Socio-demographic and health determinants of these trajectories are also identified. Methods: Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging (ELSA) and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) were used. A set of self-reported health items and measured tests were used to generate a latent health metric by means of a Bayesian multilevel IRT model, assessing the ability of the metric to predict mortality...
January 16, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346449/within-host-selection-for-faster-replicating-bacterial-symbionts
#2
Ewa Chrostek, Luis Teixeira
Wolbachia is a widespread, intracellular symbiont of arthropods, able to induce reproductive distortions and antiviral protection in insects. Wolbachia can also be pathogenic, as is the case with wMelPop, a virulent variant of the endosymbiont of Drosophila melanogaster. An extensive genomic amplification of the 20kb region encompassing eight Wolbachia genes, called Octomom, is responsible for wMelPop virulence. The Octomom copy number in wMelPop can be highly variable between individual D. melanogaster flies, even when comparing siblings arising from a single female...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346428/revisiting-facial-resemblance-in-couples
#3
Yetta Kwailing Wong, Wing Wah Wong, Kelvin F H Lui, Alan C-N Wong
It is widely believed that couples look alike. Consistently, previous research reported higher facial similarity for couples than non-couples, and that facial similarity predicts marital satisfaction. However, it is unclear if facial similarity in couples shown in previous studies was solely driven by extrinsic features like hairstyle, glasses, etc. Also unclear is what attributes are perceived as similar from the faces of a couple. In three experiments, we showed that faces were considered more similar in couples than non-couples even without extrinsic features...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346426/proliferation-and-survival-of-human-amniotic-epithelial-cells-during-their-hepatic-differentiation
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Julieta L Maymó, Rodrigo Riedel, Antonio Pérez-Pérez, Marta Magatti, Bernardo Maskin, José Luis Dueñas, Ornella Parolini, Víctor Sánchez-Margalet, Cecilia L Varone
Stem cells derived from placental tissues are an attractive source of cells for regenerative medicine. Amniotic epithelial cells isolated from human amnion (hAECs) have desirable and competitive characteristics that make them stand out between other stem cells. They have the ability to differentiate toward all three germ layers, they are not tumorigenic and they have immunosuppressive properties. Although liver transplantation is the best way to treat acute and chronic hepatic failure patients, there are several obstacles...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346398/dual-function-of-edta-with-silver-nanoparticles-for-root-canal-treatment-a-novel-modification
#5
Juan M Martinez-Andrade, Miguel Avalos-Borja, Alfredo R Vilchis-Nestor, Luis O Sanchez-Vargas, Ernestina Castro-Longoria
The chelating and antimicrobial capacity of a novel modification of 17% EDTA with silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) (EDTA-AgNPs) was evaluated in-vitro for root canal treatment (RCT). The EDTA-AgNPs solution was characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, ζ-potential and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Antimicrobial capacity was evaluated against Candida albicans and Staphylococcus aureus in planktonic and biofilm cells by broth macrodilution (24 h) and XTT assays, (1, 10 and 30 min) respectively...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346367/assessment-of-serum-pharmacokinetics-and-urinary-excretion-of-albendazole-and-its-metabolites-in-human-volunteers
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Laura Ceballos, Alejandro Krolewiecki, Marisa Juárez, Laura Moreno, Fabian Schaer, Luis I Alvarez, Rubén Cimino, Judd Walson, Carlos E Lanusse
BACKGROUND: Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) infections negatively impact physical and mental development in human populations. Current WHO guidelines recommend morbidity control of these infections through mass drug administration (MDA) using albendazole (ABZ) or mebendazole. Despite major reductions in STH associated morbidity globally, not all programs have demonstrated the expected impact on prevalence of parasite infections. These therapeutic failures may be related to poor programmatic coverage, suboptimal adherence or the exposure of parasites to sub-therapeutic drug concentrations...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346302/smart-device-based-notifications-to-promote-healthy-behavior-related-to-childhood-obesity-and-overweight
#7
Gustavo López, Iván González, Elitania Jimenez-Garcia, Jesús Fontecha, Jose A Brenes, Luis A Guerrero, José Bravo
Obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century and it is a threat to the life of people according to World Health Organization. In this scenario, family environment is important to establish healthy habits which help to reduce levels of obesity and control overweight in children. However, little efforts have been focused on helping parents to promote and have healthy lifestyles. In this paper, we present two smart device-based notification prototypes to promote healthy behavior with the aim of avoiding childhood overweight and obesity...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346074/a-partial-deletion-within-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-non-structural-protein-3a-causes-clinical-attenuation-in-cattle-but-does-not-prevent-subclinical-infection
#8
Carolina Stenfeldt, Jonathan Arzt, Juan M Pacheco, Douglas P Gladue, George R Smoliga, Ediane B Silva, Luis L Rodriguez, Manuel V Borca
Deletions within the 3A coding region of foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) are associated with decreased virulence in cattle; however, the mechanisms are unknown. We compared experimental infection of cattle with virulent FMDV O1Campos (O1Ca) and a mutant derivative (O1Ca∆3A) lacking residues 87-106 of 3A. Unexpectedly, primary infection of the nasopharyngeal mucosa was similar for both viruses. However, while O1Ca caused viremia and fulminant clinical disease, O1Ca∆3A infection was subclinical and aviremic...
January 12, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345916/monitoring-h2o2-inside-aspergillus-fumigatus-with-an-integrated-microelectrode-the-role-of-peroxiredoxin-protein-prx1
#9
Carla S Santos, Renata Bannitz-Fernandes, Alex S Lima, Carlos A Tairum, Iran Malavazi, Luis Eduardo S Netto, Mauro Bertotti
In vivo studies on the degradation of exogenous hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the microenvironment of Aspergillus fumigatus fungus were performed by using an integrated Pt microelectrode. Three A. fumigatus strains were used to confirm the role of the cytosolic protein Prx1 on the defense mechanism of this microorganism: a wild-type strain, capable to express the protein Prx1; a Δprx strain, whose gene prx1 was removed; and a complemented Δprx1::prx1+ strain derivatized from the Δprx and in which the gene prx1 was re-introduced...
January 18, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345905/chelate-assisted-ring-closing-metathesis-a-strategy-for-accelerated-macrocyclization-at-ambient-temperatures
#10
Carolyn S Higman, Daniel Luis do Nascimento, Benjamin J Ireland, Stephan Audörsch, Gwendolyn A Bailey, Robert McDonald, Deryn Elizabeth Fogg
Ring-closing metathesis (RCM) offers versatile catalytic routes to macrocycles, with applications ranging from perfumery to production of antiviral drugs. Unwanted oligomerization, however, is a long-standing challenge. Oligomers can be converted into the cyclic targets by catalysts that are sufficiently reactive to promote backbiting (e.g. Ru complexes of N-heterocyclic carbenes; NHCs), but catalyst decomposition limits yields and selectivity. Incorporation of a hemilabile o-dianiline (ODA) chelate into new catalysts of the form RuCl2(NHC)(ODA)(=CHPh) accelerates macrocyclization, particularly for dienes bearing polar sites capable of H-bonding: it may also inhibit catalyst decomposition during metathesis...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345632/brain-machine-interfaces-for-controlling-lower-limb-powered-robotic-systems
#11
Yongtian He, David Eguren, José M Azorín, Robert Grossman, Trieu Phat Luu, Jose Luis Pepe Contreras-Vidal
Lower-limb, powered robotics systems such as exoskeletons and orthoses have emerged as novel robotic interventions to assist or rehabilitate people with walking disabilities. These devices are generally controlled by certain physical maneuvers, for example pressing buttons or shifting body weight. Although effective, these control schemes are not what humans naturally use. The usability and clinical relevance of these robotics systems could be further enhanced by brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). A number of preliminary studies have been published on this topic, but a systematic understanding of the experimental design, tasks, and performance of BMI-exoskeleton systems for restoration of gait is lacking...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345500/effects-of-l-arginine-supplementation-on-leukogram-inflammatory-bowel-infiltrates-and-immunoglobulins-with-5-fu-use-in-rats
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Bianca D Balmant, Eloisa O N Araújo, Denise Yabuki, Amanda B Novais, Sandra C Genaro, Cecilia B Laposy, Paulo F I Goiozo, Marcelo G M Chacur, Rogério Giuffrida, Luis S L S Reis
This study evaluated the effects of L-arginine supplementation on blood parameters, kidney and liver function, immunoglobulins and noninflammatory infiltrates in the small intestines of rats subjected to chemotherapy with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). Thirty-two Wistar rats were randomly distributed into 4 groups (8 rats/group): an untreated control group, and test groups receiving one dose of 5-FU (G5-FU group), one dose of 5-FU and 295 mg L-arginine/day (GArg295 group) or one dose of 5-FU and 458 mg L-arginine/day (GArg458 group)...
January 18, 2018: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345436/effect-of-ginseng-therapy-on-diabetes-and-its-chronic-complications-lessons-learned
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Subrata Chakrabarti, Subhrojit Sen, Edmund Lui
Ginseng played a significant role in the management of diabetes in China and in other Asian countries for a long period of time. It has a large number of pharmacological properties and is relatively free from adverse effects. As a part of Ontario Ginseng Research and Innovation Consortium, we investigated the effects of ginseng extract on diabetes and its complications. We demonstrated large number of beneficial effects of ginseng therapy and showed that these effects are possibly mediated through its antioxidant properties...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345190/magnetoelectric-nanoparticles-for-delivery-of-antitumor-peptides-into-glioblastoma-cells-by-magnetic-fields
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Tiffanie S Stewart, Abhignyan Nagesetti, Rakesh Guduru, Ping Liang, Emmanuel Stimphil, Ali Hadjikhani, Luis Salgueiro, Jeffrey Horstmyer, Renzhi Cai, Andrew Schally, Sakhrat Khizroev
AIM: We studied externally controlled anticancer effects of binding tumor growth inhibiting synthetic peptides to magnetoelectric nanoparticles (MENs) on treatment of glioblastomas. METHODS: Hydrothermally synthesized 30-nm MENs had the core-shell composition of CoFe2O4@BaTiO3. Molecules of growth hormone-releasing hormone antagonist of the MIA class (MIA690) were chemically bound to MENs. In vitro experiments utilized human glioblastoma cells (U-87MG) and human brain microvascular endothelial cells...
January 18, 2018: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345173/effects-of-3-day-serial-sodium-bicarbonate-loading-on-performance-and-physiological-parameters-during-a-simulated-basketball-test-in-female-university-players
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Anne Delextrat, Sinead MacKessy, Luis Arceo-Rendon, Aaron Scanlan, Roger Ramsbottom, Julio Calleja-González
The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of 3-day serial sodium bicarbonate ingestion on repeated sprint and jump performance. Fifteen female university basketball players (23.3±3.4 years; 173.1±5.8 cm; 65.8±6.3 kg; 23.6±4.9% body fat) ingested 0.4 g·kg-1 of body mass of sodium bicarbonate or placebo for 3 days (split in 3 equal daily doses), before completing a simulated basketball exercise. Sprint and circuit times, jump heights, performance decrements and gastrointestinal (GI) side effects were recorded during the test and blood lactate concentration was measured pre- and post-test...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345066/protease-activated-receptor-2-is-necessary-for-neutrophil-chemorepulsion-induced-by-trypsin-tryptase-or-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv
#16
Michael J V White, Luis E Chinea, Darrell Pilling, Richard H Gomer
Compared to neutrophil chemoattractants, relatively little is known about the mechanism neutrophils use to respond to chemorepellents. We previously found that the soluble extracellular protein dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPPIV) is a neutrophil chemorepellent. In this report, we show that an inhibitor of the protease activated receptor 2 (PAR2) blocks DPPIV-induced human neutrophil chemorepulsion, and that PAR2 agonists such as trypsin, tryptase, 2f-LIGRL, SLIGKV, and AC55541 induce human neutrophil chemorepulsion...
January 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345033/total-synthesis-and-conformational-study-of-the-anti-tubercular-cyclic-peptide-callyaerin-a-bearing-a-rare-rigidifying-z-2-3-diaminoacrylamide-moiety
#17
Margaret Anne Brimble, Shengping Zhang, Luis De Leon Rodriguez, Ivanhoe Leung, Greg Cook, Paul Harris
The first synthesis of the anti-TB cyclic peptide callyaerin A containing a rare (Z)-2,3-diaminoacrylamide bridging motif is reported. Fmoc-formylglycine-diethylacetal was used as a masked equivalent of formylglycine in the synthesis of the linear precursor of callyaerin A. Intramolecular cyclization between the formylglycine residue and the N-terminal amine in the linear peptide precursor afforded the macrocyclic natural product callyaerin A. Synthetic callyaerin A possessed potent anti-TB activity (MIC100 = 32 µM) while its all-amide congener was inactive...
January 18, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344992/an-immunohistochemical-score-to-predict-the-outcome-for-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
Luís Silva Monteiro, Márcio Diniz-Freitas, Saman Warnakulasuriya, Tomás Garcia-Caballero, Jerónimo Forteza, Máximo Fraga
BACKGROUND: Oral cancer is a major public health problem worldwide, with a poor survival. Our aim was to evaluate several protein markers in oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCC) and analyse their prognostic value on patient's survival. METHODS: We analysed the expression of EGFR, p53, p27, p16, cyclin D1, cyclin A2, COX-2, Ki-67, Bcl-2, VEGFR-1, and VEGFR-2, by immunohistochemistry on 67 primary OSCC. Cancer-specific survival (CSS) analysis was evaluated by the Cox regression model...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344929/pla2g6-deficiency-in-zebrafish-leads-to-dopaminergic-cell-death-axonal-degeneration-increased-%C3%AE-synuclein-expression-and-defects-in-brain-functions-and-pathways
#19
Elena Sánchez, Luis J Azcona, Coro Paisán-Ruiz
This study aimed to gain insights into the pathophysiology underlying PLA2G6-associated neurodegeneration that is implicated in three different neurological disorders, suggesting that other, unknown genetic or environmental factors might contribute to its wide phenotypic expression. To accomplish this, we downregulated the function of pla2g6 in the zebrafish nervous system, performed parkinsonism-related phenotypic characterization, and determined the effects of gene regulation upon the loss of pla2g6 function by using RNA sequencing and downstream analyses...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344912/capillary-leak-syndrome-as-a-complication-of-antibody-mediated-rejection-treatment-a-case-report
#20
Juan C Ramirez-Sandoval, Ricardo Varela-Jimenez, Luis E Morales-Buenrostro
We report a case of capillary leak that developed during treatment of antibody-mediated rejection in a kidney transplant recipient. A 53-year-old female transplant recipient experienced an increase in serum creatinine from 1.1 to 1.8 mg/dL. Antibody-mediated rejection was diagnosed by graft biopsy. She was treated with five plasmapheresis sessions (on alternate days with albumin replacement), five doses of immunoglobulin (5 g/dose at 100 mg/kg), a single dose of rituximab (500 mg), and four doses of bortezomib on days 1, 4, 7, and 10 (1...
January 17, 2018: CEN Case Reports
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