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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230101/a-novel-role-for-methyl-cysteinate-a-cysteine-derivative-in-cesium-accumulation-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Eri Adams, Takae Miyazaki, Aya Hayaishi-Satoh, Minwoo Han, Miyako Kusano, Himanshu Khandelia, Kazuki Saito, Ryoung Shin
Phytoaccumulation is a technique to extract metals from soil utilising ability of plants. Cesium is a valuable metal while radioactive isotopes of cesium can be hazardous. In order to establish a more efficient phytoaccumulation system, small molecules which promote plants to accumulate cesium were investigated. Through chemical library screening, 14 chemicals were isolated as 'cesium accumulators' in Arabidopsis thaliana. Of those, methyl cysteinate, a derivative of cysteine, was found to function within the plant to accumulate externally supplemented cesium...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224718/development-of-a-candy-sucking-test-for-evaluating-oral-function-in-elderly-patients-with-dementia-a-pilot-study
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Takahiro Mori, Mineka Yoshikawa, Mariko Maruyama, Aya Hiraoka, Masahiro Nakamori, Mitsuyoshi Yoshida, Kazuhiro Tsuga
AIM: To maintain oral intake in elderly patients with dementia, it is important to evaluate their oral function. However, these patients often have difficulties following instructions during oral function tests, especially with the progression of dementia. The task of sucking a lollipop candy is simple for elderly patients with mild or severe dementia. The present study aimed to develop a new oral function test - the "candy sucking test" (CST) - for elderly patients with dementia. METHODS: We recruited 23 female elderly patients with dementia (mean age 89...
February 22, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222999/effect-of-stepwise-perinatal-immunization-education-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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Aya Saitoh, Akihiko Saitoh, Isamu Sato, Tomohiro Shinozaki, Hajime Kamiya, Satoko Nagata
BACKGROUND: Perinatal immunization education is important for improving the immunization outcomes of infants; however, the content of educational materials used at each perinatal period has not been carefully evaluated. We hypothesized that stepwise education offered at different perinatal periods would improve infant immunization status and enhance maternal immunization knowledge. METHODS: In this cluster-randomized controlled trial, pregnant women were recruited from nine obstetric sites in Niigata, Japan...
February 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222941/diabetes-and-lifetime-risk-of-stroke-and-subtypes-in-an-urban-middle-aged-population
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Tanvir Chowdhury Turin, Tomonori Okamura, Nahid Rumana, Arfan Raheen Afzal, Makoto Watanabe, Aya Higashiyama, Yoko M Nakao, Michikazu Nakai, Misa Takegami, Kunihiro Nishimura, Yoshihiro Kokubo, Akira Okayama, Yoshihiro Miyamoto
AIMS: Lifetime risk (LTR) is defined as the cumulative probability of developing a disease in one's remaining lifetime from a given index age. The impact of diabetes on the LTR of stroke events in Asians, where stroke incidence is higher than for Westerners, has not been estimated yet. These estimates can be useful for diabetes knowledge translation activities. METHODS: All participants who were stroke-free at baseline in the Suita Study, a cohort study of cardiovascular diseases in Japan, were included in the study sample...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221727/docetaxel-bevacizumab-and-gemcitabine-for-very-high-risk-sarcomas-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-a-single-center-experience
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Christopher Kuo, Paul M Kent, Antonio D Logan, Karen B Tamulonis, Kristen L Dalton, Marta Batus, Karen Fernandez, Rebecca E Mcfall
BACKGROUND: Adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with very high risk sarcomas have poor outcomes and are in need of novel therapies. PROCEDURE: From January 2005 to February 2016, we retrospectively identified all AYA patients with relapsed or metastatic high-grade sarcomas, who were treated with at least one cycle of docetaxel (T), bevacizumab (A), and gemcitabine (G) (TAG ; T = 100 mg/m(2) Day 8, A = 15 mg/kg Day 1, G = 1,000 mg/m(2) Days 1 and 8). RESULTS: Fourteen patients, median age of 20 (15-30), received a total of 80 cycles of TAG, and were followed for a median of 83 months...
April 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219123/identification-of-core-gene-networks-and-hub-genes-associated-with-progression-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-by-rna-sequencing
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Kikuko Hotta, Masataka Kikuchi, Takuya Kitamoto, Aya Kitamoto, Yuji Ogawa, Yasushi Honda, Takaomi Kessoku, Kaori Kobayashi, Masato Yoneda, Kento Imajo, Wataru Tomeno, Akihiro Nakaya, Yutaka Suzuki, Satoru Saito, Atsushi Nakajima
AIM: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) progresses because of the interaction between numerous genes. Thus, we performed weighted gene co-expression network analysis to identify core gene networks and key genes associated with NAFLD progression. METHODS: We enrolled 39 patients with mild NAFLD (fibrosis stages 0 to 2) and 21 with advanced NAFLD (fibrosis stages 3 or 4). Total RNA was extracted from frozen liver biopsies, and sequenced to capture a large dynamic range of expression levels...
February 20, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216547/mid-term-follow-up-of-school-aged-children-with-borderline-long-qt-interval
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Aya Miyazaki, Heima Sakaguchi, Yu Matsumura, Yosuke Hayama, Kanae Noritake, Jun Negishi, Etsuko Tsuda, Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Takeshi Aiba, Wataru Shimizu, Kengo Kusano, Isao Shiraishi, Hideo Ohuchi
BACKGROUND: There are no definitive diagnostic criteria or follow-up strategies for long QT syndrome (LQTS) in children with a borderline long QT interval (b-LQT).Methods and Results:We retrospectively evaluated the clinical course, genetic testing results, corrected QT interval (QTc), and LQTS score of 59 school-aged children (5-18 years old) with a b-LQT (400≤QTc<500 ms). Syncope, but neither aborted cardiac arrest nor sudden cardiac death, occurred in 2 patients during the follow-up (6±3...
February 18, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215266/comparative-efficacy-of-cpap-mads-exercise-training-and-dietary-weight-loss-for-sleep-apnea-a-network-meta-analysis
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Imran H Iftikhar, Lia Bittencourt, Shawn D Youngstedt, Najib Ayas, Peter Cistulli, Richard Schwab, Martin W Durkin, Ulysses J Magalang
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To synthesize evidence from available studies on the relative efficacies of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), mandibular advancement device (MAD), supervised aerobic exercise training, and dietary weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). DESIGN: Network meta-analysis of 80 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) short-listed from PubMed, SCOPUS, Web of science, and Cochrane register (inception - September 8, 2015). PATIENTS: Individuals with OSA...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213730/impact-of-baseline-visceral-fat-accumulation-on-prognosis-in-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-treated-with-systemic-therapy
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Ryuichi Mizuno, Akira Miyajima, Taizo Hibi, Aya Masuda, Toshiaki Shinojima, Eiji Kikuchi, Masahiro Jinzaki, Mototsugu Oya
The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical significance of visceral fat accumulation as a prognostic factor in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) treated with systemic therapies. A total of 114 patients were retrospectively reviewed. All patients received systemic therapy for mRCC at Keio University hospital in Japan. The intra-abdominal visceral fat area was determined by computed tomography at the umbilical level. The visceral fat accumulation was defined as ≥100 cm(2). The mean visceral fat area was 107...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210833/energy-transfer-in-anabaena-variabilis-filaments-adapted-to-nitrogen-depleted-and-nitrogen-enriched-conditions-studied-by-time-resolved-fluorescence
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Aya Onishi, Shimpei Aikawa, Akihiko Kondo, Seiji Akimoto
Nitrogen is among the most important nutritious elements for photosynthetic organisms such as plants, algae, and cyanobacteria. Therefore, nitrogen depletion severely compromises the growth, development, and photosynthesis of these organisms. To preserve their integrity under nitrogen-depleted conditions, filamentous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria reduce atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia, and self-adapt by regulating their light-harvesting and excitation energy-transfer processes. To investigate the changes in the primary processes of photosynthesis, we measured the steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectra and time-resolved fluorescence spectra (TRFS) of whole filaments of the nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterium Anabaena variabilis at 77 K...
February 16, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209747/pediatric-adolescent-and-young-adult-thyroid-carcinoma-harbors-frequent-and-diverse-targetable-genomic-alterations-including-kinase-fusions
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Pierre Vanden Borre, Alexa B Schrock, Peter M Anderson, John C Morris, Andreas M Heilmann, Oliver Holmes, Kai Wang, Adrienne Johnson, Steven G Waguespack, Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, Saad Khan, Kar-Ming Fung, Philip J Stephens, Rachel L Erlich, Vincent A Miller, Jeffrey S Ross, Siraj M Ali
BACKGROUND: Thyroid carcinoma, which is rare in pediatric patients (age 0-18 years) but more common in adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients (age 15-39 years), carries the potential for morbidity and mortality. METHODS: Hybrid-capture-based comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) was performed prospectively on 512 consecutively submitted thyroid carcinomas, including 58 from pediatric and AYA (PAYA) patients, to identify genomic alterations (GAs), including base substitutions, insertions/deletions, copy number alterations, and rearrangements...
February 16, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209594/adolescents-and-young-adults-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-and-acute-myeloid-leukemia-impact-of-care-at-specialized-cancer-centers-on-survival-outcome
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Julie Wolfson, Can-Lan Sun, Laura Wyatt, Wendy Stock, Smita Bhatia
Background: Adolescents and young adults (AYA; 15-39 years) with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) experience inferior survival when compared with children. Impact of care at NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers (CCC) or Children's Oncology Group sites (COG) on survival disparities remains unstudied.Methods: Using the Los Angeles cancer registry, we identified 1,870 ALL or AML patients between 1 and 39 years at diagnosis. Cox regression analyses assessed risk of mortality; younger age + CCC/COG served as the referent group...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209471/to-come-full-circle
#13
Ruth Kannai, Aya Alon
This story is a reflection on the concept of friendship and forgiveness, on belief in change and the difficulty in letting go. It is presented through the story of two elderly patients, sisters-in-law, next-door neighbors and friends, treated by the same family physician. A trivial argument causes a rift between the two, severing a 60-year friendship. Five years later, as one lays dying in her home, the physician, accompanied by her nurse, attempts to reconcile between the two. The article includes the physician's reflections on this process, her role as a "multi-system" physician in these patient's lives and its impact on her work...
February 4, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207291/small-numbers-big-challenges-adolescent-and-young-adult-cancer-incidence-and-survival-in-new-zealand
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Kirsten R Ballantine, Heidi Watson, Scott Macfarlane, Mark Winstanley, Robin P Corbett, Ruth Spearing, Vladimir Stevanovic, Ma Yi, Michael J Sullivan
PURPOSE: This study was undertaken to determine cancer survival and describe the unique spectrum of cancers diagnosed among New Zealand's adolescents and young adult (AYA) population. METHODS: Registrations for 1606 15-24 year olds diagnosed with a new primary malignant tumor between 2000 and 2009 were obtained from the New Zealand Cancer Registry and classified according to AYA diagnostic group and subgroup, age, sex, and prioritized ethnicity. Age-standardized incidence rates (IRs) per million person years and 5-year relative survival ratios were calculated...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205517/corrigendum-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-is-common-in-atherosclerotic-lesions-and-is-associated-with-plaque-instability
#15
Solene M Evrard, Laura Lecce, Katherine C Michelis, Aya Nomura-Kitabayashi, Gaurav Pandey, K-Raman Purushothaman, Valentina d'Escamard, Jennifer R Li, Lahouaria Hadri, Kenji Fujitani, Pedro R Moreno, Ludovic Benard, Pauline Rimmele, Ariella Cohain, Brigham Mecham, Gwendalyn J Randolph, Elizabeth G Nabel, Roger Hajjar, Valentin Fuster, Manfred Boehm, Jason C Kovacic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205492/significant-inverse-association-of-equol-producer-status-with-coronary-artery-calcification-but-not-dietary-isoflavones-in-healthy-japanese-men
#16
Vasudha Ahuja, Katsuyuki Miura, Abhishek Vishnu, Akira Fujiyoshi, Rhobert Evans, Maryam Zaid, Naoko Miyagawa, Takashi Hisamatsu, Aya Kadota, Tomonori Okamura, Hirotsugu Ueshima, Akira Sekikawa
Equol, a metabolite of the dietary isoflavone daidzein, is produced by the action of gut bacteria in some individuals who are termed as equol-producers. It is proposed to have stronger atheroprotective properties than dietary isoflavones. We examined a cross-sectional association of dietary isoflavones and equol-producer status with coronary artery calcification (CAC), a biomarker of coronary atherosclerosis, among men in Japan. A population-based sample of 272 Japanese men aged 40-49 years recruited from 2004 to 2007 was examined for serum isoflavones, serum equol, CAC and other factors...
January 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205049/construction-of-potent-recombinant-strain-through-intergeneric-protoplast-fusion-in-endophytic-fungi-for-anticancerous-enzymes-production-using-rice-straw
#17
Mervat Morsy Abbas Ahmed El-Gendy, Salha Hassan Mastour Al-Zahrani, Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed El-Bondkly
Among all fungal endophytes isolates derived from different ethno-medical plants, the hyper-yield L-asparaginase and L-glutaminase wild strains Trichoderma sp. Gen 9 and Cladosporium sp. Gen 20 using rice straw under solid-state fermentation (SSF) were selected. The selected strains were used as parents for the intergeneric protoplast fusion program to construct recombinant strain for prompt improvement production of these enzymes in one recombinant strain. Among 21 fusants obtained, the recombinant strain AYA 20-1, with 2...
February 15, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202489/nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-promotes-pulmonary-vascular-remodeling-and-is-a-therapeutic-target-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#18
Jiwang Chen, Justin R Sysol, Sunit Singla, Shuangping Zhao, Aya Yamamura, Daniela Valdez-Jasso, Taimur Abbasi, Krystyna M Shioura, Sakshi Sahni, Vamsi Reddy, Arvind Sridhar, Hui Gao, Jaime Torres, Sara M Camp, Haiyang Tang, Shui Quing Ye, Suzy Comhair, Raed Dweik, Paul Hassoun, Jason X-J Yuan, Joe G N Garcia, Roberto F Machado
Background -Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a severe and progressive disease, a hallmark of which is pulmonary vascular remodeling. Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT), is a cytozyme which regulates intracellular NAD levels and cellular redox state, regulates histone deacetylases, promotes cell proliferation and inhibits apoptosis. We hypothesized that NAMPT promotes pulmonary vascular remodeling, and that inhibition of NAMPT could attenuate pulmonary hypertension. Methods -Plasma and mRNA and protein levels of NAMPT were measured in the lungs and isolated pulmonary artery endothelial cells (PAECs) from PAH patients, as well as in lungs of rodent models of pulmonary hypertension (PH)...
February 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196143/iron-restricted-pair-feeding-affects-renal-damage-in-rats-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#19
Yoshiro Naito, Aya Senchi, Hisashi Sawada, Makiko Oboshi, Tetsuo Horimatsu, Keisuke Okuno, Seiki Yasumura, Masaharu Ishihara, Tohru Masuyama
BACKGROUND: We have previously shown that dietary iron restriction prevents the development of renal damage in a rat model of chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, iron deficiency is associated with appetite loss. In addition, calorie restriction is reported to prevent the development of end-stage renal pathology in CKD rats. Thus, the beneficial effect of iron restriction on renal damage may depend on calorie restriction. Here, we investigate the effect of pair-feeding iron restriction on renal damage in a rat model of CKD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195913/glucose-hypometabolism-in-developmental-venous-anomaly-without-apparent-parenchymal-damage
#20
Masamichi Imai, Mika Tanaka, Kenji Ishibashi, Aya Tokumaru, Kenji Ishii
Two cases of F-FDG PET in developmental venous anomaly (DVA) with visual impairment were examined. Plain MRI could not determine the cause of visual symptoms; a contrast-enhanced CT scan showed the existence of DVA without apparent parenchymal damage due to infarction or hemorrhage. F-FDG PET revealed that the hypometabolic area extended to the visual tract, thus explaining the association between the visual impairment and DVA. F-FDG PET is therefore a useful tool for the evaluation of symptomatic DVA.
February 13, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
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