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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141808/what-should-a-person-with-relapsing-remitting-multiple-sclerosis-know-focus-group-and-survey-data-of-a-risk-knowledge-questionnaire-rikno-2-0
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C Heesen, J Pöttgen, A C Rahn, K Liethmann, J Kasper, L Vahter, J Drulovic, A Van Nunen, D Wilkie, Y Beckmann, F Paul, S Köpke, A Giordano, A Solari
BACKGROUND: Risk knowledge is relevant to make informed decisions in multiple sclerosis (MS). The risk knowledge questionnaire for relapsing-remitting MS (RIKNO 1.0) was developed and piloted in Germany. OBJECTIVE: To produce a revised RIKNO 2.0 questionnaire using mixed methodology in a European setting. METHODS: The questionnaire was translated in seven languages. MS patient and health professional (HP) expert feedback was obtained from Germany, Italy, Estonia, Serbia, and the UK...
November 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136782/effect-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-derived-mononuclear-cells-on-diabetic-nephropathy-in-rats
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Nahla E El-Ashmawy, Eman G Khedr, Hoda A El-Bahrawy, Shimaa A El-Berashy
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is damage to the kidney which can lead to chronic renal failure, eventually requiring dialysis. Diabetes mellitus is the most common cause of adult kidney failure worldwide in the developed world. The current work was designed to elucidate the effect of mononuclear cells (MNCs) injection on reverse DN in rats exposed to streptozotocin (STZ) injection compared to metformin as a known hypoglycemic drug, 40 Male rats were divided equally into 4 groups; normal control group, diabetic control group, MNCs group were diabetic rats treated with MNCs (30×10(6) MNCs/rat once iv dose) in the tail vein of the rat, and metformin group were diabetic rats treated with metformin (100mg/kg orally daily dose) for four weeks...
November 8, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136310/brain-networks-of-the-imaginative-mind-dynamic-functional-connectivity-of-default-and-cognitive-control-networks-relates-to-openness-to-experience
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Roger E Beaty, Qunlin Chen, Alexander P Christensen, Jiang Qiu, Paul J Silvia, Daniel L Schacter
Imagination and creative cognition are often associated with the brain's default network (DN). Recent evidence has also linked cognitive control systems to performance on tasks involving imagination and creativity, with a growing number of studies reporting functional interactions between cognitive control and DN regions. We sought to extend the emerging literature on brain dynamics supporting imagination by examining individual differences in large-scale network connectivity in relation to Openness to Experience, a personality trait typified by imagination and creativity...
November 14, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134286/proteomic-and-metabolomic-characterization-of-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-nephropathy-in-timp3-deficient-mice
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Claudia Rossi, Valeria Marzano, Ada Consalvo, Mirco Zucchelli, Stefano Levi Mortera, Viviana Casagrande, Maria Mavilio, Paolo Sacchetta, Massimo Federici, Rossella Menghini, Andrea Urbani, Domenico Ciavardelli
AIMS: The tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase TIMP3 is a stromal protein that restrains the activity of both protease and receptor in the extracellular matrix and has been found to be down-regulated in diabetic nephropathy (DN), the leading cause of end-stage renal disease in developed countries. METHODS: In order to gain deeper insights on the association of loss of TIMP3 and DN, we performed differential proteomic analysis of kidney and blood metabolic profiling of wild-type and Timp3-knockout mice before and after streptozotocin (STZ) treatment, widely used to induce insulin deficiency and hyperglycemia...
November 13, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131588/kinetic-isotope-effects-and-transition-state-structure-for-hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine-phosphoribosyltransferase-from-plasmodium-falciparum
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Rodrigo G Ducati, Ross S Firestone, Vern L Schramm
Plasmodium falciparum parasites are purine auxotrophs that rely exclusively on the salvage of preformed purines from their human hosts to supply the requirement for purine nucleotides. Hypoxanthine-guanine-xanthine phosphoribosyltransferase (HGXPRT) catalyzes the freely reversible Mg2+-dependent conversion of 6-oxopurine bases to their respective nucleotides and inorganic pyrophosphate. The phosphoribosyl group is derived from 5-phospho--D-ribosyl 1-pyrophosphate (PRPP). The enzyme from malaria parasites (PfHGXPRT) is essential as hypoxanthine is the major precursor in purine metabolism...
November 13, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131370/mental-ill-health-among-adult-patients-at-healthcare-centres-in-sweden-district-nurses-experiences
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Ann-Christin Janlöv, Linda Johansson, Eva K Clausson
BACKGROUND: Mental ill-health among the general population is increasing in Sweden. Primary Health Care (PHC) and Healthcare Centres (HCC), where district nurses (DNs) work, bear the basic responsibility for treatment of mental ill-health, while severe mental ill-health fall under the responsibility of psychiatric specialist care. The increased prevalence of mental ill-health in the community means that DNs increasingly encounter people with mental health problems - not least as a comorbidity...
November 13, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129692/prmt1-mediates-podocyte-injury-and-glomerular-fibrosis-through-phosphorylation-of-erk-pathway
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Zhu Yu
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is characterized by a change of glomerular structure and dysfunction of filtration barrier, which significantly accompanied by podocytes apoptosis and glomerular fibrosis. Angiotensin Ⅱ(Ang Ⅱ) induced activation of ERK1/2 signaling plays important roles in causing apoptosis of podocytes in DN kidneys. Previous studies have shown that PRMT1 have a pro-inflammatory function through activating ERK1/2 signaling pathway during development of chronic pulmonary disease, However, its role in DN development has not been investigated...
November 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129680/existential-issues-in-sexual-medicine-the-relation-between-death-anxiety-and-hypersexuality
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Daniel N Watter
INTRODUCTION: Current sex therapy and sexual medicine protocols often ignore the existential dilemmas associated with sexual dysfunction and other problematic sexual problems. This oversight is especially apparent when assessing and treating the controversial phenomenon of hypersexuality, or "sexual addiction." A deeper understanding of the existential concept of death anxiety could offer an alternative treatment paradigm that might lead to a more effective treatment outcome. AIM: To explore the relation between the existential phenomenon of death anxiety and hypersexuality (ie, sexual addiction) and present an evaluation and treatment paradigm that is rooted in existential psychotherapy, a form of psychotherapy that is a deeply life-affirming and dynamic approach to therapy that focuses on concerns rooted in the individual's existence...
November 9, 2017: Sexual Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128519/genetic-structure-of-two-erythrocyte-binding-antigens-of-plasmodium-falciparum-reveals-a-contrasting-pattern-of-selection
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Pramita Chowdhury, Srikanta Sen, Sumana Datta Kanjilal, Sanghamitra Sengupta
Erythrocyte binding antigens 175 (EBA-175) and 140 (EBA-140) play key roles in erythrocyte invasion by binding to glycophorin A (GPA) and C (GPC) respectively in human malaria. Since antigenic variation in malaria endemic region is a major barrier to development of effective vaccine, we explore the nature and pattern of sequence diversity of these two vaccine candidates in Kolkata, India. Population genetic parameters based on parasite sequences representing region II of Pfeba-175 and Pfeba-140 genes were estimated using DnaSP V...
November 8, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128122/resilience-of-carbon-and-nitrogen-removal-due-to-aeration-interruption-in-aerated-treatment-wetlands
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Johannes Boog, Jaime Nivala, Thomas Aubron, Sibylle Mothes, Manfred van Afferden, Roland A Müller
Treatment wetlands have long been used for domestic and industrial wastewater treatment. In recent decades, treatment wetland technology has evolved and now includes intensified designs such as aerated treatment wetlands. Aerated treatment wetlands are particularly dependent on aeration, which requires reliable air pumps and, in most cases, electricity. Whether aerated treatment wetlands are resilient to disturbances such as an aeration interruption is currently not well known. In order to investigate this knowledge gap, we carried out a pilot-scale experiment on one aerated horizontal flow wetland and one aerated vertical flow wetland under warm (Twater>17°C) and cold (Twater<10°C) weather conditions...
November 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126243/faster-evolving-primate-genes-are-more-likely-to-duplicate
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Áine N O'Toole, Laurence D Hurst, Aoife McLysaght
An attractive and long-standing hypothesis regarding the evolution of genes after duplication posits that the duplication event creates new evolutionary possibilities by releasing a copy of the gene from constraint. Apparent support was found in numerous analyses, particularly the observation of higher rates of evolution in duplicated as compared to singleton genes. Could it, instead, be that more duplicable genes (owing to mutation, fixation or retention biases) are intrinsically faster evolving? To uncouple the measurement of rates of evolution from the determination of duplicate or singleton status, we measure the rates of evolution in singleton genes in outgroup primate lineages but classify these genes as to whether they have duplicated or not in a crown group of great apes...
November 7, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123394/quercetin-nanoparticle-complex-attenuated-diabetic-nephropathy-via-regulating-the-expression-level-of-icam-1-on-endothelium
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Fei Tong, Suhuan Liu, Bing Yan, Xuejun Li, Shiwei Ruan, Shuyu Yang
The purpose of the study was to reveal the therapeutic effect of quercetin (QUE) nanoparticle complex on diabetic nephropathy (DN) by regulating the expression of intercellular adhesion molecular-1 (ICAM-1) on endothelium as compared to free QUE. QUE 10 mg/kg as a single abdominal subcutaneous injection daily for 8 weeks continuously in diabetic rats and 10 mg/kg QUE nanoparticle complex as a single abdominal subcutaneous injection every 5 days, continuously administered for 8 weeks to diabetic rats. Blood and left kidneys were collected; pathological change of kidney, renal function, oxidative stress level, blood glucose level, serum lipid, urine protein, and albumin/creatinine ratio were measured; and neutrophil adhesion, ICAM-1 expression, and CD11b(+) cells infiltration were observed...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123236/induction-of-glucose-uptake-in-skeletal-muscle-by-central-leptin-is-mediated-by-muscle-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-but-not-by-ampk
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Tetsuya Shiuchi, Chitoku Toda, Shiki Okamoto, Eulalia A Coutinho, Kumiko Saito, Shinji Miura, Osamu Ezaki, Yasuhiko Minokoshi
Leptin increases glucose uptake and fatty acid oxidation (FAO) in red-type skeletal muscle. However, the mechanism remains unknown. We have investigated the role of β2-adrenergic receptor (AR), the major β-AR isoform in skeletal muscle, and AMPK in leptin-induced muscle glucose uptake of mice. Leptin injection into the ventromedial hypothalamus (VMH) increased 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) uptake in red-type skeletal muscle in wild-type (WT) mice accompanied with increased phosphorylation of the insulin receptor (IR) and Akt as well as of norepinephrine (NE) turnover in the muscle...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123184/urinary-peptidomics-analysis-reveals-proteases-involved-in-diabetic-nephropathy
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Magdalena Krochmal, Georgia Kontostathi, Pedro Magalhães, Manousos Makridakis, Julie Klein, Holger Husi, Johannes Leierer, Gert Mayer, Jean-Loup Bascands, Colette Denis, Jerome Zoidakis, Petra Zürbig, Christian Delles, Joost P Schanstra, Harald Mischak, Antonia Vlahou
Mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of nephropathy in diabetic patients are not fully elucidated. Deregulation of proteolytic systems is a known path leading to disease manifestation, therefore we hypothesized that proteases aberrantly expressed in diabetic nephropathy (DN) may be involved in the generation of DN-associated peptides in urine. We compared urinary peptide profiles of DN patients (macroalbuminuric, n = 121) to diabetic patients with no evidence of DN (normoalbuminuric, n = 118)...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121708/factors-associated-with-a-prolonged-length-of-hospital-stay-in-patients-with-diabetic-foot-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Sang Kyu Choi, Cheol Keun Kim, Dong In Jo, Myung Chul Lee, Jee Nam Kim, Hyun Gon Choi, Dong Hyeok Shin, Soon Heum Kim
Background: We conducted this study to identify factors that may prolong the length of the hospital stay (LHS) in patients with diabetic foot (DF) in a single-institution setting. Methods: In this single-center retrospective study, we evaluated a total of 164 patients with DF, and conducted an intergroup comparison of their baseline demographic and clinical characteristics, including sex, age, duration of diabetes, smoking status, body mass index, underlying comorbidities (e...
November 10, 2017: Archives of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118015/anril-regulates-production-of-extracellular-matrix-proteins-and-vasoactive-factors-in-diabetic-complications
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Anu Alice Thomas, Biao Feng, Subrata Chakrabarti
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have gained widespread interest due to their prevailing presence in various diseases. lncRNA ANRIL (a.k.a CDKN2B-AS1) is located on human chromosome 9 (p21.3) and transcribed in opposite direction to INK4b-ARF-INK4a gene cluster. It has been identified as highly susceptible region for diseases such as coronary artery diseases and Type 2 Diabetes. Here we explored its regulatory role in diabetic nephropathy (DN) and diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) in association with epigenetic modifiers p300 and polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) complex...
November 7, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116743/a-3d-printable-and-mechanically-robust-hydrogel-based-on-alginate-and-graphene-oxide
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Sijun Liu, Anil Kumar Bastola, Lin Li
Sodium alginate (SA) was used for the first time to noncovalently functionalize amino-graphene oxide (aGO) to produce the SA-functionalized GO, A-aGO. A-aGO was then filled into a double-network (DN) hydrogel consisting of an alginate network (SA) and a polyacrylamide (PAAm) network. Before UV curing, A-aGO was able to provide the SA/PAAm DN hydrogel with a remarkable thixotropic property, which is desirable for 3D printing. Thus, the A-aGO-filled DN hydrogel could be nicely used as an "ink" of a 3D printer to print complicated 3D structures with a high stackability and high shape fidelity...
November 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115800/the-current-role-of-renal-biopsy-in-diabetic-patients
#18
Sheila Bermejo, Julio Pascual, María J Soler
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a worldwide health problem due to its high prevalence, incidence and impact on patient morbidity and mortality. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the most important complications of DM. The indication of renal biopsy in diabetic patients is a widely debated topic and the final decision is usually individualized. The results of renal biopsy in diabetic patients can be classified into three groups: diabetic nephropathy (DN), non-diabetic renal disease (NDRD) or DN plus NDRD (mixed forms)...
November 7, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114950/inorganic-organic-double-network-gels-containing-ionic-liquids
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Eiji Kamio, Tomoki Yasui, Yu Iida, Jian Ping Gong, Hideto Matsuyama
Highly robust ion gels, termed double-network (DN) ion gels, composed of inorganic/organic interpenetrating networks and a large amount of ionic liquids (ILs), are fabricated. The DN ion gels with an 80 wt% IL content show extraordinarily high mechanical strength: more than 28 MPa of compressive fracture stress. In the DN ion gel preparation, a brittle inorganic network of physically bonded silica nanoparticles and a ductile organic network of polydimethylacrylamide (PDMAAm) are formed in the IL. Because of the different reaction mechanisms of the inorganic/organic networks, the DN ion gels can be formed by an easy and free-shapeable one-pot synthesis...
November 8, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114573/plasmin-reduces-fibronectin-deposition-by-mesangial-cells-in-a-protease-activated-receptor-1-independent-manner
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Maaike Waasdorp, JanWillem Duitman, C Arnold Spek
Background: Protease-activated receptor-1 (PAR-1) potentiates diabetic nephropathy (DN) as evident from reduced kidney injury in diabetic PAR-1 deficient mice. Although thrombin is the prototypical PAR-1 agonist, anticoagulant treatment does not limit DN in experimental animal models suggesting that thrombin is not the endogenous PAR-1 agonist driving DN. Objectives: To identify the endogenous PAR-1 agonist potentiating diabetes-induced nephropathy. Methods: Unbiased protease expression profiling in glomeruli from human kidneys with DN was performed using publically available microarray data...
July 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
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