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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645958/factors-predicting-self-reported-medication-low-adherence-in-a-large-sample-of-adults-in-the-us-general-population-a-cross-sectional-study
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Michael Feehan, Margaux A Morrison, Casey Tak, Donald E Morisky, Margaret M DeAngelis, Mark A Munger
OBJECTIVES: The study objective was to determine the level and correlates of self-reported medication low adherence in the US general population. SETTING: A 30 min cross-sectional online survey was conducted with a national sample of adults. PARTICIPANTS: 9202 adults (aged 18+) who had filled at least three or more prescriptions at a community pharmacy in the past 12 months. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES: Self-reported medication adherence was measured with the 8-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642331/diagnosis-and-risk-stratification-of-barrett-s-dysplasia-by-flow-cytometric-dna-analysis-of-paraffin-embedded-tissue
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Won-Tak Choi, Jia-Huei Tsai, Peter S Rabinovitch, Thomas Small, Danning Huang, Aras N Mattis, Sanjay Kakar
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of dysplasia in Barrett's oesophagus (BO) can be challenging, and reliable ancillary techniques are not available. This study examines if DNA content abnormality detected by flow cytometry can serve as a diagnostic marker of dysplasia and facilitate risk stratification of low-grade dysplasia (LGD) and indefinite for dysplasia (IND) patients using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) BO samples with varying degrees of dysplasia. DESIGN: DNA flow cytometry was performed on 80 FFPE BO samples with high-grade dysplasia (HGD), 38 LGD, 21 IND and 14 negative for dysplasia (ND)...
June 22, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642278/rheumatoid-arthritis-and-psoriatic-arthritis-synovial-fluid-stimulates-prolactin-production-by-macrophages
#3
Man Wai Tang, Samuel Garcia, Beatriz Malvar Fernandez, Danielle M Gerlag, Paul-Peter Tak, Kris A Reedquist
Prolactin (PRL) is a neuroendocrine hormone that can promote inflammation. We examined the synovial tissue and fluid levels of PRL in patients with inflammatory arthritis, PRL expression in differentiated Mϕs from patients with arthritis and from healthy donors, and the effects of different stimuli on PRL production by Mϕs. PRL levels were measured in paired synovial fluid (SF) and peripheral blood of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA, n = 19), psoriatic arthritis (PsA, n = 11), and gout (n = 11). Synovial-tissue PRL mRNA expression was measured by quantitative PCR in patients with RA (n = 25), PsA (n = 11), and gout (n = 12) and in Mϕs differentiated in SF of patients with RA, PsA, other subtypes of spondyloarthritis (SpA), and gout...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641299/monocyte-subsets-are-differentially-lost-from-the-circulation-during-acute-inflammation-induced-by-human-experimental-endotoxemia
#4
Tamar Tak, Roger van Groenendael, Peter Pickkers, Leo Koenderman
Three human monocyte subsets are recognized with different functions in the immune system: CD14++/CD16- classical monocytes (CM), CD14++/CD16+ intermediate monocytes (IM) and CD14+/CD16++ non-classical monocytes (NCM). Increased IM and NCM percentages have been reported under inflammatory conditions, yet little is known about monocyte subsets at the onset of inflammation. The human endotoxemia model is uniquely capable of studying the first phases of acute inflammation induced by intravenous injection of 2 ng/kg bodyweight lipopolysaccharide (LPS) into healthy volunteers...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639561/rise-of-nano-effects-in-electrode-during-electrocatalytic-co-sub-2-sub-conversion
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Ki Dong Yang, Chan Woo Lee, Jun Ho Jang, Tak Rae Ha, Ki Tae Nam
The electrocatalytic conversion of CO<sub>2</sub> into value-added fuels has received increasing attention as a promising way to mitigate the atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub> concentration and close the broken carbon-cycle. Early studies, focused on polycrystalline metal electrodes, outlined in detail the overall trends in the catalytic activity and product selectivity of pure metals; however, several inherent limitations were found, such as low current density and high overpotential, which hindered electrocatalytic CO<sub>2</sub> reduction from practical application...
June 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638968/-large-vessel-vasculitis-giant-cell-arteritis-and-takayasu-arteritis
#6
P M Villiger
According to the Chapel Hill Classification, large vessel vasculitides encompass giant cell arteritis (GCA) and the histologically related Takakaysu arteritis (TAK). The two diseases lack autoantibodies and present with a systemic inflammatory response. GCA typically shows a sudden onset with profound sickness, loss of appetite and of body weight, and temporal headache. Due to the substantial risk of sudden blindness, diagnostic work-up has to be performed immediately and treatment started without delay. A close association between polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) and GCA is well established...
June 21, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637467/imported-plasmodium-falciparum-and-locally-transmitted-plasmodium-vivax-cross-border-malaria-transmission-scenario-in-northwestern-thailand
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Patchara Sriwichai, Stephan Karl, Yudthana Samung, Kirakorn Kiattibutr, Jeeraphat Sirichaisinthop, Ivo Mueller, Liwang Cui, Jetsumon Sattabongkot
BACKGROUND: Cross-border malaria transmission is an important problem for national malaria control programmes. The epidemiology of cross-border malaria is further complicated in areas where Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax are both endemic. By combining passive case detection data with entomological data, a transmission scenario on the northwestern Thai-Myanmar border where P. falciparum is likely driven by importation was described, whereas P. vivax is also locally transmitted...
June 21, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636957/glutathione-primes-t-cell-metabolism-for-inflammation
#8
Tak W Mak, Melanie Grusdat, Gordon S Duncan, Catherine Dostert, Yannic Nonnenmacher, Maureen Cox, Carole Binsfeld, Zhenyue Hao, Anne Brüstle, Momoe Itsumi, Christian Jäger, Ying Chen, Olaf Pinkenburg, Bärbel Camara, Markus Ollert, Carsten Bindslev-Jensen, Vasilis Vasiliou, Chiara Gorrini, Philipp A Lang, Michael Lohoff, Isaac S Harris, Karsten Hiller, Dirk Brenner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636509/evaluation-of-endothelial-dysfunction-with-flow-mediated-dilatation-after-transradial-coronary-angiography
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Bahar T Tak, Kevser G Balci, Hilal Erken, Demet M Gerede, Sercan Tak, Hüseyin Göksülük, Sibel Turhan, Çetin Erol
Objective Transradial coronary angiography (TRCA) may lead to endothelial dysfunction. Therefore, this study investigated the TRCA-related endothelial dysfunction and its relation to operator experience, the number of punctures and procedure duration. Methods and results A total of 57 patients (42 males and 17 females) who underwent TRCA were included in this single-centre study. Nine months after the procedure, all patients underwent radial artery B-mode ultrasound imaging, and flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) and nitroglycerin-mediated dilatation (NMD) techniques were employed...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634298/analyses-of-pde-regulated-phosphoproteomes-reveal-unique-and-specific-camp-signaling-modules-in-t-cells
#10
Michael-Claude G Beltejar, Ho-Tak Lau, Martin G Golkowski, Shao-En Ong, Joseph A Beavo
Specific functions for different cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (PDEs) have not yet been identified in most cell types. Conventional approaches to study PDE function typically rely on measurements of global cAMP, general increases in cAMP-dependent protein kinase (PKA), or the activity of exchange protein activated by cAMP (EPAC). Although newer approaches using subcellularly targeted FRET reporter sensors have helped define more compartmentalized regulation of cAMP, PKA, and EPAC, they have limited ability to link this regulation to downstream effector molecules and biological functions...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633681/copewell-a-conceptual-framework-and-system-dynamics-model-for-predicting-community-functioning-and-resilience-after-disasters
#11
Jonathan M Links, Brian S Schwartz, Sen Lin, Norma Kanarek, Judith Mitrani-Reiser, Tara Kirk Sell, Crystal R Watson, Doug Ward, Cathy Slemp, Robert Burhans, Kimberly Gill, Tak Igusa, Xilei Zhao, Benigno Aguirre, Joseph Trainor, Joanne Nigg, Thomas Inglesby, Eric Carbone, James M Kendra
OBJECTIVE: Policy-makers and practitioners have a need to assess community resilience in disasters. Prior efforts conflated resilience with community functioning, combined resistance and recovery (the components of resilience), and relied on a static model for what is inherently a dynamic process. We sought to develop linked conceptual and computational models of community functioning and resilience after a disaster. METHODS: We developed a system dynamics computational model that predicts community functioning after a disaster...
June 21, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631187/serine-peptidase-inhibitor-kazal-type-1-spink1-as-novel-downstream-effector-of-the-cadherin-17-%C3%AE-catenin-axis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#12
Felix H Shek, Ruibang Luo, Brian Y H Lam, Wing Kin Sung, Tak-Wah Lam, John M Luk, Ming Sum Leung, Kin Tak Chan, Hector K Wang, Chung Man Chan, Ronnie T Poon, Nikki P Lee
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer worldwide. Previously, we reported that cadherin-17 (CDH17) and its related CDH17/β-catenin axis may be responsible for inducing HCC in a subset of patients exhibiting CDH17 over-expression. Here we aimed at obtaining a better understanding of the CDH17-related HCC biology and to obtain further indications for the design of targeted therapies in CDH17 over-expressing HCC patients. RESULTS: We found that SPINK1 acts as a downstream effector of the CDH17/β-catenin axis in HCC...
June 19, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628465/cardiopulmonary-involvement-in-takayasu-s-arteritis
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David N Brennan, Kenneth J Warrington, Cynthia S Crowson, Jean Schmidt, Matthew J Koster
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate cardiopulmonary (CP) involvement in patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) and assess the impact on disease outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients with newly diagnosed TAK from 1984 to 2009 was assembled. Demographics, baseline disease characteristics, relapse events, surgeries and mortality were abstracted from direct medical record review. Angiograms, advanced imaging and cardiac studies were reviewed for evidence of CP involvement...
June 12, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626833/the-lung-is-a-host-defense-niche-for-immediate-neutrophil-mediated-vascular-protection
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Bryan G Yipp, Jung Hwan Kim, Ronald Lima, Lori D Zbytnuik, Björn Petri, Nick Swanlund, May Ho, Vivian G Szeto, Tamar Tak, Leo Koenderman, Peter Pickkers, Anton T J Tool, Taco W Kuijpers, Timo K van den Berg, Mark R Looney, Matthew F Krummel, Paul Kubes
Bloodstream infection is a hallmark of sepsis, a medically emergent condition requiring rapid treatment. However, upregulation of host defense proteins through toll-like receptors and NFκB requires hours after endotoxin detection. Using confocal pulmonary intravital microscopy, we identified that the lung provides a TLR4-Myd88-and abl tyrosine kinase-dependent niche for immediate CD11b-dependent neutrophil responses to endotoxin and Gram-negative bloodstream pathogens. In an in vivo model of bacteremia, neutrophils crawled to and rapidly phagocytosed Escherichia coli sequestered to the lung endothelium...
April 28, 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624894/suppression-of-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-improves-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
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Hang Zhao, Zhuo Chen, Li-Juan Xie, Gui-Feng Liu
The present study aimed to investigate the effects of the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)/nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-ҡB) signaling pathway in cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury. A total of 125 male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were selected for this study. Fifty SD rats were randomly divided into the control, sham injury, 0.5 h perfusion, 2 h perfusion, and 6 h perfusion groups to establish the model of ischemia-reperfusion. The rat brain injury model was established using the other 75 male SD rats, and different model groups with different treatments were established (15 rats per group): model control group (injected with 10 μL of saline solution), model + TAK-242 group (injected with resatorvid), model + PDTC group (injected with pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate), model + LPS group (injected with lipopolysaccharide), and sham injury group (incision to the neck skin and injected with 10 μL of saline solution for normal rats)...
June 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624215/periostin-binding-dna-aptamer-treatment-ameliorates-peritoneal-dialysis-induced-peritoneal-fibrosis
#16
Bo Young Nam, Jung Tak Park, Young Eun Kwon, Jung Pyo Lee, Jong Ha Jung, Youndong Kim, Seonghun Kim, Jimin Park, Jae Eun Um, Meiyan Wu, Seung Hyeok Han, Tae-Hyun Yoo, Shin-Wook Kang
Peritoneal fibrosis is a major complication in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, which leads to dialysis discontinuation. Periostin, increased by transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) stimulation, induces the expression of extracellular matrix (ECM) genes. Aberrant periostin expression has been demonstrated to be associated with PD-related peritoneal fibrosis. Therefore, the effect of periostin inhibition by an aptamer-based inhibitor on peritoneal fibrosis was evaluated. In vitro, TGF-β1 treatment upregulated periostin, fibronectin, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and Snail expression and reduced E-cadherin expression in human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMCs)...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623712/deoxypodophyllotoxin-induces-cytoprotective-autophagy-against-apoptosis-via-inhibition-of-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway-in-osteosarcoma-u2os-cells
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Sang-Hun Kim, Kyo-Min Son, Kwang-Youn Kim, Sun-Nyoung Yu, Sul-Gi Park, Young-Wook Kim, Hyo-Won Nam, Jeung-Tak Suh, Jae-Hoon Ji, Soon-Cheol Ahn
BACKGROUND: A natural compound deoxypodophyllotoxin (DPT) possesses potent anti-proliferative and anti-tumor properties on several cancer types. It triggers cell cycle arrest followed by apoptosis through various cellular processes. However, it is limited to the action mechanism of DPT-mediated cell death modes via apoptosis and autophagy. METHODS: Cell viability assay, morphological changes, annexin-V/propidium iodide (PI) assay, reactive oxygen species (ROS), acridine orange staining, and Western blot analyses were evaluated...
April 13, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623589/aranet-a-network-biology-server-for-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-other-non-model-plant-species
#18
Tak Lee, Insuk Lee
Functional gene networks link genes based on their functional relatedness, which is inferred from various complementary biological datasets. Gene networks comprising vast amounts of data can be used to predict which genes are associated with complex traits. Decades of studies in plant biology using the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana have generated large amounts of information, enabling the development of a system-level molecular network. AraNet (currently version 2) is a genome-scale functional gene network for Arabidopsis thaliana, constructed by integrating 19 types of genomics data and can be explored through a web-server (http://www...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619301/the-effects-of-gua-sha-on-symptoms-and-inflammatory-biomarkers-associated-with-chronic-low-back-pain-a-randomized-active-controlled-crossover-pilot-study-in-elderly
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John W M Yuen, William W N Tsang, Sonny H M Tse, Wings T Y Loo, Suk-Tak Chan, Diana L Y Wong, Hilary H Y Chung, Jacky K K Tam, Thomas K S Choi, Vico C L Chiang
OBJECTIVE: To address the challenges for trialing with elderly and the lacking of valid sham/placebo control, a randomized crossover pilot study is designed and its feasibility on elderly subjects is evaluated. DESIGN: A pilot randomized crossover study was conducted with hydrocollator-based hot pack therapy as active control. Pain intensity, physical disability, depression, general health status, and salivary biomarkers were assessed as outcome measures. RESULTS: Despite there was no significant difference observed between any outcome measures attained by the two interventions, several important differences were noted during the one-week follow-up period...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614215/effects-of-branched-chain-amino-acids-bcaas-on-the-progression-of-advanced-liver-disease-a-korean-nationwide-multicenter-retrospective-observational-cohort-study
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Jung Gil Park, Won Young Tak, Soo Young Park, Young Oh Kweon, Se Young Jang, Yu Rim Lee, Si Hyun Bae, Jae Young Jang, Do Young Kim, June Sung Lee, Ki Tae Suk, In Hee Kim, Heon Ju Lee, Woo Jin Chung, Byoung Kuk Jang, Jeong Ill Suh, Jeong Heo, Won Kee Lee
Evidence of the potential benefits of long-term oral branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation in reducing the severity of liver disease is limited.Patients who were diagnosed with liver cirrhosis with a Child-Pugh (CP) score of 8-10 were included. The BCAA group consumed BCAAs daily for at least 6 months, and the control group consumed a diet without BCAA. We analyzed the improvements based on the model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score, CP score, incidence of cirrhosis-related complications, and event-free survival over 2 years...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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