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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920396/prevalence-and-subtype-identification-of-blastocystis-sp-in-healthy-individuals-in-the-tunis-area-tunisia
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Imène Ben Abda, Nabil Maatoug, Rania Ben Romdhane, Nada Bouhelmi, Najet Zallegua, Karim Aoun, Eric Viscogliosi, Aïda Bouratbine
Blastocystis sp. is currently the most common eukaryotic parasite found in humans. Despite its potential public health impact, epidemiological data regarding its prevalence and molecular subtype (ST) distribution in Maghreb are rarely reported. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of the parasite in a cohort of healthy food handler Tunisian individuals and to acquire the first molecular data regarding the distribution of Blastocystis sp. STs in this country. Therefore, 524 fecal samples were collected, and 68 of them (13%) were identified as positive for the parasite by direct-light microscopy of smears...
December 5, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919073/mitochondrial-replacement-in-human-oocytes-carrying-pathogenic-mitochondrial-dna-mutations
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Eunju Kang, Jun Wu, Nuria Marti Gutierrez, Amy Koski, Rebecca Tippner-Hedges, Karen Agaronyan, Aida Platero-Luengo, Paloma Martinez-Redondo, Hong Ma, Yeonmi Lee, Tomonari Hayama, Crystal Van Dyken, Xinjian Wang, Shiyu Luo, Riffat Ahmed, Ying Li, Dongmei Ji, Refik Kayali, Cengiz Cinnioglu, Susan Olson, Jeffrey Jensen, David Battaglia, David Lee, Diana Wu, Taosheng Huang, Don P Wolf, Dmitry Temiakov, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Paula Amato, Shoukhrat Mitalipov
Maternally inherited mitochondrial (mt)DNA mutations can cause fatal or severely debilitating syndromes in children, with disease severity dependent on the specific gene mutation and the ratio of mutant to wild-type mtDNA (heteroplasmy) in each cell and tissue. Pathogenic mtDNA mutations are relatively common, with an estimated 778 affected children born each year in the United States. Mitochondrial replacement therapies or techniques (MRT) circumventing mother-to-child mtDNA disease transmission involve replacement of oocyte maternal mtDNA...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918248/prevalence-of-trachoma-in-benishangul-gumuz-region-ethiopia-results-of-seven-population-based-surveys-from-the-global-trachoma-mapping-project
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Yilikal Adamu, Colin Macleod, Liknaw Adamu, Wirtu Fikru, Beyene Kidu, Aida Abashawl, Michael Dejene, Brian K Chu, Rebecca M Flueckiger, Rebecca Willis, Alexandre L Pavluck, Anthony W Solomon
PURPOSE: Trachoma is a major cause of blindness in Ethiopia, and targeted for elimination as a public health problem by the year 2020. Prevalence data are needed to plan interventions. We set out to estimate the prevalence of trachoma in each evaluation unit of grouped districts ("woredas") in Benishangul Gumuz region, Ethiopia. METHODS: We conducted seven cross-sectional community-based surveys, covering 20 woredas, between December 2013 and January 2014, as part of the Global Trachoma Mapping Project (GTMP)...
December 5, 2016: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918222/prevalence-of-trachoma-in-gambella-region-ethiopia-results-of-three-population-based-prevalence-surveys-conducted-with-the-global-trachoma-mapping-project
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Aida Abashawl, Colin Macleod, John Riang, Ferede Mossisa, Michael Dejene, Rebecca Willis, Rebecca M Flueckiger, Alexandre L Pavluck, Addisu Tadesse, Tesfaye Haileselassie Adera, Anthony W Solomon
PURPOSE: In Ethiopia, trachoma is a major public health problem, accounting for 11.5% of all cases of blindness. In Gambella, one of the country's most remote regions, the 2005-2006 National Survey of Blindness, Low Vision and Trachoma estimated a region-level prevalence of active trachoma of 19.1% in those aged 1-9 years. Detailed district or sub-regional level estimates are required to implement interventions. METHODS: Population-based prevalence surveys were carried out following a 2-stage cluster random sampling methodology and Global Trachoma Mapping Project protocols...
December 5, 2016: Ophthalmic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913143/innate-immune-stimulatory-activity-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-fimbriae-is-eliminated-by-phase-separation-using-triton-x-114
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Kohji Nozoe, Terukazu Sanui, Masaaki Takeshita, Takao Fukuda, Akira Haraguchi, Yoshitomi Aida, Fusanori Nishimura
Fimbriae are virulence factors of Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis). In this study, the action of fimbriae on neutrophil respiratory burst and cytokine production by mononuclear cells (MNC) were investigated. Native or denatured form of purified P. gingivalis fimbriae contained endotoxin at an equivalence of 1-3μglipopolysaccharides(LPS)/mg protein. The endotoxin could be reduced to the equivalent of 1ng-LPS/mg protein by phase separation using Triton X-114. Unfractionated fimbriae caused serum-dependent priming of neutrophils for enhanced respiratory burst, but both native and denatured forms of Triton X-114-fractionated fimbriae were not active at 100μg/mL...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911102/anti-cd14-antibody-treated-neutrophils-respond-to-lps-possible-involvement-of-cd14-upregulated-by-anti-cd14-antibody-binding
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Terukazu Sanui, Masaaki Takeshita, Takao Fukuda, Akira Haraguchi, Yoshitomi Aida, Fusanori Nishimura
CD14 and Toll-like receptor 4/MD2 (TLR4/MD2) mediate the action of LPS on neutrophils. The anti-CD14 antibody and the TLR4/MD2-antagonist, synthetic lipid IVa (LA-14-PP), are known to inhibit the response of neutrophils to LPS. We studied the role of CD14 in LPS-induced priming of neutrophils for enhanced release of the superoxide anion. The anti-CD14 antibody at much higher concentrations than required to saturate CD14 was required to inhibit priming by LPS. The inhibitory effect of the anti-CD14 antibody was overcome by LPS...
December 2, 2016: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909135/new-radiological-parameters-for-the-assessment-of-atlantoaxial-instability-in-children-with-down-syndrome-the-normal-values-and-the-risk-of-spinal-cord-injury
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N Nakamura, Y Inaba, Y Aota, M Oba, J Machida, N Aida, K Kurosawa, T Saito
AIMS: To determine the normal values and usefulness of the C1/4 space available for spinal cord (SAC) ratio and C1 inclination angle, which are new radiological parameters for assessing atlantoaxial instability in children with Down syndrome. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We recruited 272 children with Down syndrome (including 14 who underwent surgical treatment), and 141 children in the control group. All were aged between two and 11 years. The C1/4 SAC ratio, C1 inclination angle, atlas-dens interval (ADI), and SAC were measured in those with Down syndrome, and the C1/4 SAC ratio and C1 inclination angle were measured in the control group...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906674/nuclear-localization-of-the-ck2%C3%AE-subunit-correlates-with-poor-prognosis-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#8
Maj Rabjerg, Barbara Guerra, Aida Oliván-Viguera, Minne Line Nedergaard Mikkelsen, Ralf Köhler, Olaf-Georg Issinger, Niels Marcussen
Protein kinase CK2α, one of the two catalytic isoforms of the protein kinase CK2 has been shown to contribute to tumor development, tumor proliferation and suppression of apoptosis in various malignancies. We conducted this study to investigate CK2 expression in different subtypes of Renal Cell Carcinoma (RCC) and in the benign oncocytoma. qRT-PCR, immunohistochemistry and Western blot analyses revealed that CK2α expression was significantly increased at the mRNA and protein levels in clear cell RCC (ccRCC)...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900467/what-makes-a-smiling-face-look-happy-visual-saliency-distinctiveness-and-affect
#9
Manuel G Calvo, Aida Gutiérrez-García, Mario Del Líbano
We investigated the relative contribution of (a) perceptual (eyes and mouth visual saliency), (b) conceptual or categorical (eye expression distinctiveness), and (c) affective (rated valence and arousal) factors, and (d) specific morphological facial features (Action Units; AUs), to the recognition of facial happiness. The face stimuli conveyed truly happy expressions with a smiling mouth and happy eyes, or blended expressions with a smile but non-happy eyes (neutral, sad, fearful, disgusted, surprised, or angry)...
November 29, 2016: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899750/circulating-micrornas-as-novel-biomarkers-of-stenosis-progression-in-asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis
#10
Sandra Dolz, David Górriz, José Ignacio Tembl, Dolors Sánchez, Gerardo Fortea, Vera Parkhutik, Aida Lago
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Progression of asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (ACAS) in patients with >50% luminal narrowing is considered a potential risk factor for ischemic stroke; however, subclinical molecular biomarkers of ACAS progression are lacking. Recent studies suggest a regulatory function for several microRNAs (miRNAs) on the evolution of carotid plaque, but its role in ACAS progression is mostly unknown. The aim of our study was to investigate a wide miRNA panel in peripheral blood exosomes from patients with ACAS to associate circulating miRNA expression profiles with stenosis progression...
November 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897351/co-existence-of-distinct-supramolecular-assemblies-in-solution-and-in-the-solid-state
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Manjunatha Reddy, Aida Huqi, Dinu Iuga, Satoshi Sakurai, Andrew Marsh, Jeffery T Davis, Stefano Masiero, Steven P Brown
The formation of distinct supramolecular assemblies, including a metastable species, is revealed for a lipophilic guanosine (G) derivative in solution and in the solid state. Structurally different G-quartet based assemblies are formed in chloroform depending on the nature of the cation, anion and salt concentration, as characterized by circular dichroism and time course diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy data. Intriguingly, even the presence of potassium ions that stabilize G-quartets in chloroform was insufficient to exclusively retain such assemblies in the solid state, leading to the formation of mixed quartet and ribbon-like assemblies as revealed by fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897189/a-design-principle-of-polymers-processable-into-2d-homeotropic-order
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Zhen Chen, Yi-Tsu Chan, Daigo Miyajima, Takashi Kajitani, Atsuko Kosaka, Takanori Fukushima, Jose M Lobez, Takuzo Aida
How to orient polymers homeotropically in thin films has been a long-standing issue in polymer science because polymers intrinsically prefer to lie down. Here we provide a design principle for polymers that are processable into a 2D homeotropic order. The key to this achievement was a recognition that cylindrical polymers can be designed to possess oppositely directed local dipoles in their cross-section, which possibly force polymers to tightly connect bilaterally, affording a 2D rectangular assembly. With a physical assistance of the surface grooves on Teflon sheets that sandwich polymer samples, homeotropic ordering is likely nucleated and gradually propagates upon hot-pressing towards the interior of the film...
November 29, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895390/maslinic-acid-in-olive-fruit-alleviates-mild-knee-joint-pain-and-improves-quality-of-life-by-promoting-weight-loss-in-the-elderly
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Satoshi Fukumitsu, Myra O Villareal, Kazuhiko Aida, Akihiro Hino, Noriya Hori, Hiroko Isoda, Yuji Naito
Consumption of olives (Olea europaea L.) is associated with a low incidence of inflammation-related diseases. Olive fruit is rich in bioactive pentacyclic triterpenoids, mainly maslinic acid. This study, a randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled trial, examined the effects of an orally administered maslinic acid supplement, olive fruit extract, on 20 middle-aged and elderly volunteers with mild knee joint pain. Each subject (58 ± 7 years) received either olive fruit extract, containing 50 mg maslinic acid (n = 12), or placebo (n = 8) daily for 12 weeks and evaluated for pain and physical functions as primary outcome measures...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894274/gene-cassette-knock-in-in-mammalian-cells-and-zygotes-by-enhanced-mmej
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Tomomi Aida, Shota Nakade, Tetsushi Sakuma, Yayoi Izu, Ayu Oishi, Keiji Mochida, Harumi Ishikubo, Takako Usami, Hidenori Aizawa, Takashi Yamamoto, Kohichi Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Although CRISPR/Cas enables one-step gene cassette knock-in, assembling targeting vectors containing long homology arms is a laborious process for high-throughput knock-in. We recently developed the CRISPR/Cas-based precise integration into the target chromosome (PITCh) system for a gene cassette knock-in without long homology arms mediated by microhomology-mediated end-joining. RESULTS: Here, we identified exonuclease 1 (Exo1) as an enhancer for PITCh in human cells...
November 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891778/paternal-and-joint-parental-occupational-pesticide-exposure-and-spina-bifida-in-the-national-birth-defects-prevention-study-1997-to-2002
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Stacy M Pettigrew, Erin M Bell, Alissa R Van Zutphen, Carissa M Rocheleau, Gary M Shaw, Paul A Romitti, Andrew Olshan, Philip J Lupo, Aida Soim, Jennifer A Makelarski, Adrian M Michalski, Wayne Sanderson
BACKGROUND: Because of persistent concerns over the association between pesticides and spina bifida, we examined the role of paternal and combined parental occupational pesticide exposures in spina bifida in offspring using data from a large population-based study of birth defects. METHODS: Occupational information from fathers of 291 spina bifida cases and 2745 unaffected live born control infants with estimated dates of delivery from 1997 to 2002 were collected by means of maternal report...
November 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889871/genetic-relationships-and-spatial-genetic-structure-among-populations-of-rhodnius-prolixus-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-colombia-and-venezuela-based-on-mitochondrial-cytochrome-b-sequences
#16
K P Luna-Marín, V M Angulo-Silva, J Hernández-Torres, M Ruiz-García
One hundred twenty Rhodnius prolixus (Stal) (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) specimens from 6 Colombian Departments and 1 Venezuelan State had 594-bp of the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene sequenced to improve the understanding of evolutionary processes that shape the main vector of Chagas disease. The levels of genetic diversity for this species were low-medium with reference to other bugs. The genetic heterogeneity among the populations was very limited which means there has been extensive gene flow and/or very recent split processes...
November 26, 2016: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885987/accelerated-cell-divisions-drive-the-outgrowth-of-the-regenerating-spinal-cord-in-axolotls
#17
Fabian Rost, Aida Rodrigo Albors, Vladimir Mazurov, Lutz Brusch, Andreas Deutsch, Elly M Tanaka, Osvaldo Chara
Axolotls are unique in their ability to regenerate the spinal cord. However, the mechanisms that underlie this phenomenon remain poorly understood. Previously, we showed that regenerating stem cells in the axolotl spinal cord revert to a molecular state resembling embryonic neuroepithelial cells and functionally acquire rapid proliferative divisions (Rodrigo Albors et al., 2015). Here, we refine the analysis of cell proliferation in space and time and identify a high-proliferation zone in the regenerating spinal cord that shifts posteriorly over time...
November 25, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883963/hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activity-and-cognition-in-major-depression-the-role-of-remission-status
#18
Neus Salvat-Pujol, Javier Labad, Mikel Urretavizcaya, Aida de Arriba-Arnau, Cinto Segalàs, Eva Real, Alex Ferrer, José M Crespo, Susana Jiménez-Murcia, Carles Soriano-Mas, José M Menchón, Virginia Soria
OBJECTIVES: Neuropsychological deficits and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction have been described in major depressive disorder (MDD). We conducted an exploratory study to investigate the role of remission status in the relationship between HPA axis and cognition in MDD. METHODS: Ninety-seven MDD patients (44 remitted, 53 non-remitted) and 97 healthy controls (HC) were evaluated. We measured verbal and visual memory, working memory, processing speed, attention, and executive function...
November 10, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879647/neuroprotective-strategies-during-cardiac-surgery-with-cardiopulmonary-bypass
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Aida Salameh, Stefan Dhein, Ingo Dähnert, Norbert Klein
Aortocoronary bypass or valve surgery usually require cardiac arrest using cardioplegic solutions. Although, in principle, in a number of cases beating heart surgery (so-called off-pump technique) is possible, aortic or valve surgery or correction of congenital heart diseases mostly require cardiopulmonary arrest. During this condition, the heart-lung machine also named cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) has to take over the circulation. It is noteworthy that the invention of a machine bypassing the heart and lungs enabled complex cardiac operations, but possible negative effects of the CPB on other organs, especially the brain, cannot be neglected...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877238/sphingomyelin-liposomes-containing-porphyrin-phospholipid-for-irinotecan-chemophototherapy
#20
Kevin A Carter, Dandan Luo, Aida Razi, Jumin Geng, Shuai Shao, Joaquin Ortega, Jonathan F Lovell
Porphyrin-phospholipid (PoP) liposomes can entrap anti-cancer agents and release them in response to near infrared (NIR) light. Doxorubicin, when remotely loaded via an ammonium sulfate gradient at a high drug-to-lipid ratio, formed elongated crystals that altered liposome morphology and could not be loaded into liposomes with higher PoP content. On the other hand, irinotecan could also be remotely loaded but did not form large crystals and did not induce liposome elongation. The loading, stability, and NIR light-triggered release of irinotecan in PoP liposomes was altered by the types of lipids used and the presence of PEGylation...
2016: Theranostics
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