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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809833/application-of-granger-causality-analysis-of-the-directed-functional-connection-in-alzheimer-s-disease-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
#1
Mei Wang, Zhengluan Liao, Dewang Mao, Qi Zhang, Yumei Li, Enyan Yu, Zhongxiang Ding
Impaired functional connectivity in the Default Mode Network (DMN) may be involved in the progression of Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The Posterior Cingulate Cortex (PCC) is a potential imaging marker for monitoring the progression of AD. Previous studies did not focus on the functional connectivity between the PCC and nodes in regions outside the DMN, but our study is an effort to explore these overlooked functional connections. For collecting data, we used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Granger Causality Analysis (GCA)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800947/-from-pathogenesis-of-giant-cell-arteritis-to-new-therapeutic-targets
#2
M Samson, B Bonnotte
Giant cell arteritis (GCA) is the most common vasculitis in adults. GCA is a granulomatous large-vessel vasculitis involving the aorta and its major branches in people>50 years. Glucocorticoids (GC) remain the cornerstone of GCA treatment. Prednisone is usually started at 0.7 or 1mg/kg/day depending on the occurrence of ischemic complications. Then, GC are progressively tapered and stopped after a mean duration of 18 months. GC are very efficient but relapses often occur during their tapering. Moreover, GC-related side effects are very common during this long term GC therapy...
August 8, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799318/giant-cell-arteritis-presenting-as-puo
#3
Sham Santhanam, Sampath Kumar Mani
Giant cell arteritis(GCA) is a primary granulomatous vasculitis affecting the large and medium sized arteries. We present here a case of GCA with pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO) as the presenting manifestation in the absence of other typical features. On evaluation, the patient had raised inflammatory markers with features of large vessel vasculitis on whole body PET-CT scan. The colour doppler ultrasonography(CDUS) of the temporal arteries showed bilateral halo sign. Since bilateral 'halo sign' is more specific for the diagnosis of GCA, temporal artery biopsy is not mandatory...
August 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796378/functional-genetic-variants-of-xrcc4-and-ercc1-predict-survival-of-gastric-cancer-patients-treated-with-chemotherapy-by-regulating-the-gene-expression
#4
Lei Cheng, Lixin Qiu, Mengyun Wang, Ruoxin Zhang, Menghong Sun, Xiaodong Zhu, Yanong Wang, Qingyi Wei
DNA repair protects genomic integrity and may modulate chemotherapy efficacy. Few large-scale studies have evaluated predictive roles of genetic variants of DNA repair genes in survival of Chinese gastric cancer (GCa) patients treated with chemotherapy. Here, we assessed the roles of 35 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in DNA repair genes in survival of 1,002 GCa patients, of whom 694 received chemotherapy and 308 did not. Among patients receiving chemotherapy, the ERCC1 rs2298881A allele was associated with a better survival [hazards ratio (HR) =0...
August 10, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791802/a-26-week-feasibility-study-comparing-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-modified-release-prednisone-with-immediate-release-prednisolone-in-newly-diagnosed-cases-of-giant-cell-arteritis
#5
Charles Raine, Philip P Stapleton, Dimos Merinopoulos, Win Win Maw, Katerina Achilleos, Dawn Gayford, Sarah Mapplebeck, Craig Mackerness, Paul Schofield, Bhaskar Dasgupta
OBJECTIVE: A feasibility study to assess efficacy and safety of modified release (MR) prednisone (Lodotra™) compared to immediate release (IR) prednisolone in patients with newly diagnosed giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS: Twelve patients with new diagnosis of GCA were initially treated with high-dose prednisolone (40-60 mg) daily for 4 weeks and then randomized to two open arms to continue tapering steroid treatment with either standard IR prednisolone or MR prednisone...
August 9, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767581/diagnostic-value-of-pet-ct-for-giant-cell-arteritis-combined-with-pulmonary-embolism-presenting-case-report-and-literature-review
#6
Xiaoming Shu, Xiaoxiang Xu, Qinglin Peng, Xin Lu, Li Ma, Na Mi, Guochun Wang
RATIONALE: Giant cell arteritis (GCA) combined with concomitant pulmonary embolism (PE) is extremely difficult to diagnose because of its low incidence and atypical clinical presentations. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 62-year-old male developed fever of unknown origin. DIAGNOSES: Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) revealed increased glucose metabolism in the vascular walls of the ascending and descending aorta and pulmonary artery, leading to a diagnosis of GCA combined with PE...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758156/varicella-zoster-virus-and-large-vessel-vasculitis-the-absence-of-an-association
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Gary W Procop, Charis Eng, Alison Clifford, Alexandra Villa-Forte, Leonard H Calabrese, Eric Roselli, Lars Svensson, Douglas Johnston, Gosta Pettersson, Edward Soltesz, Lisa Lystad, Julian D Perry, Alexander Blandford, Deborah A Wilson, Gary S Hoffman
OBJECTIVE: It is controversial whether microorganisms play a role in the pathogenesis of large and medium vessel vasculitides (eg, giant cell arteritis [GCA], Takayasu arteritis [TAK] and focal idiopathic aortitis [FIA]). Recent studies have reported the presence of Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) within formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded temporal arteries and aortas of about three-quarters or more of patients with these conditions, and in a minority of controls. In a prospective study, we sought to confirm these findings using DNA extracted from vessels that were harvested under surgically aseptic conditions and snap frozen...
2017: Pathogens & Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752301/gender-differences-in-the-association-of-elmo1-genetic-variants-with-type-2-diabetes-in-tunisian-arabs
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A Turki, S Mzoughi, N Mtitaoui, M Khairallah, H Marmouch, S Hammami, T Mahjoub, W Y Almawi
PURPOSE: Polymorphisms of the engulfment and cell motility 1 (ELMO1) gene were recently associated with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and its complications. We investigated the association of rs10255208, rs7782979, and rs2041801 ELMO1 gene variants with T2DM in Tunisian Arabs. METHODS: Subjects comprised 900 T2DM patients and 600 normoglycemic controls. ELMO1 genotyping was done by PCR-RFLP; the contribution of ELMO1 variants to T2DM was analyzed by Haploview and regression analysis...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747747/involvement-of-monocyte-subsets-in-the-immunopathology-of-giant-cell-arteritis
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Yannick van Sleen, Qi Wang, Kornelis S M van der Geest, Johanna Westra, Wayel H Abdulahad, Peter Heeringa, Annemieke M H Boots, Elisabeth Brouwer
Monocytes/macrophages are critical in systemic and local inflammation in giant cell arteritis (GCA) and possibly in clinically overlapping polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Therefore, we aimed to understand the contribution of monocyte subsets and the CX3CR1-CX3CL1 and CCR2-CCL2 migratory pathways, to the pathology of GCA. Peripheral blood monocytes were enumerated in samples from newly-diagnosed, untreated GCA and PMR patients and after prednisone-induced remission. The distribution of classical (CD14(bright)CD16(neg)) and the more pro-inflammatory, intermediate (CD14(bright)CD16+) and non-classical (CD14(dim)CD16+) monocyte subsets was analysed by flow cytometry...
July 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742868/combining-ability-of-highland-tropic-adapted-potato-for-tuber-yield-and-yield-components-under-drought
#10
Betaw Hirut, Hussein Shimelis, Mengistu Fentahun, Merideth Bonierbale, Manuel Gastelo, Asrat Asfaw
Recurrent drought and late blight disease are the major factors limiting potato productivity in the northwest Ethiopian highlands. Incorporating drought tolerance and late blight resistance in the same genotypes will enable the development of cultivars with high and stable yield potential under erratic rainfall conditions. The objectives of this study were to assess combining ability effects and gene action for tuber yield and traits related to drought tolerance in the International Potato Centre's (CIP's) advanced clones from the late blight resistant breeding population B group 'B3C2' and to identify promising parents and families for cultivar development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736805/giant-cell-arteritis-concordance-study-between-aortic-ct-angiography-and-fdg-pet-ct-in-detection-of-large-vessel-involvement
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Hubert de Boysson, Anael Dumont, Eric Liozon, Marc Lambert, Jonathan Boutemy, Gwénola Maigné, Nicolas Martin Silva, Audrey Sultan, Kim Heang Ly, Nicolas Aide, Alain Manrique, Boris Bienvenu, Achille Aouba
PURPOSE: The purpose of our study was to assess the concordance of aortic CT angiography (CTA) and FDG-PET/CT in the detection of large-vessel involvement at diagnosis in patients with giant-cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS: We created a multicenter cohort of patients with GCA diagnosed between 2010 and 2015, and who underwent both FDG-PET/CT and aortic CTA before or in the first ten days following treatment introduction. Eight vascular segments were studied on each procedure...
July 24, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725485/segmentation-errors-in-macular-ganglion-cell-analysis-as-determined-by-optical-coherence-tomography-in-eyes-with-macular-pathology
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Rayan A Alshareef, Abhilash Goud, Mikel Mikhail, Hady Saheb, Hari Kumar Peguda, Sunila Dumpala, Shruthi Rapole, Jay Chhablani
BACKGROUND: To evaluate artifacts in macular ganglion cell inner plexiform layer (GCIPL) thickness measurement in eyes with retinal pathology using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD OCT). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of color-coded maps, infrared images and 128 horizontal B-scans (acquired in the macular ganglion cell inner plexiform layer scans), using the Cirrus HD-OCT (Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, CA). The study population included 105 eyes with various macular conditions compared to 30 eyes of 30 age-matched healthy volunteers...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724574/the-microvascular-niche-instructs-t-cells-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-via-the-vegf-jagged1-notch-pathway
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Zhenke Wen, Yi Shen, Gerald Berry, Farhad Shahram, Yinyin Li, Ryu Watanabe, Yaping Joyce Liao, Jörg J Goronzy, Cornelia M Weyand
Microvascular networks in the adventitia of large arteries control access of inflammatory cells to the inner wall layers (media and intima) and thus protect the immune privilege of the aorta and its major branches. In autoimmune vasculitis giant cell arteritis (GCA), CD4 T helper 1 (TH1) and TH17 cells invade into the wall of the aorta and large elastic arteries to form tissue-destructive granulomas. Whether the disease microenvironment provides instructive cues for vasculitogenic T cells is unknown. We report that adventitial microvascular endothelial cells (mvECs) perform immunoregulatory functions by up-regulating the expression of the Notch ligand Jagged1...
July 19, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724479/holocene-selection-for-variants-associated-with-general-cognitive-ability-comparing-ancient-and-modern-genomes
#14
Michael A Woodley, Shameem Younuskunju, Bipin Balan, Davide Piffer
Human populations living during the Holocene underwent considerable microevolutionary change. It has been theorized that the transition of Holocene populations into agrarianism and urbanization brought about culture-gene co-evolution that favored via directional selection genetic variants associated with higher general cognitive ability (GCA). To examine whether GCA might have risen during the Holocene, we compare a sample of 99 ancient Eurasian genomes (ranging from 4.56 to 1.21 kyr BP) with a sample of 503 modern European genomes (Fst = 0...
August 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713428/clinically-apparent-arterial-thrombosis-in-persons-with-systemic-vasculitis
#15
Alexander Tsoukas, Sasha Bernatsky, Lawrence Joseph, David L Buckeridge, Patrick Bélisle, Christian A Pineau
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incidence rate of clinically apparent arterial thrombotic events and associated comorbidities in patients with primary systemic vasculitis. METHODS: Using large cohort administrative data from Quebec, Canada, we identified patients with vasculitis, including polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA). Incident acute myocardial infarctions (AMIs) and cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) after the diagnosis of vasculitis were ascertained in the PAN and GPA group via billing and hospitalization data...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709491/band-pattern-analysis-of-mutations-in-rifampicin-resistance-strain-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-by-line-probe-assay-in-patients-from-delhi-india
#16
Himanshu Vashistha, M Hanif, K K Chopra, Ashwani Khanna, Divya Shrivastava
BACKGROUND: The GenoType MTBDRplus, a commercial Line Probe Assay (LPA) kit from Hain Lifescience, Germany, is endorsed by India's RNTCP Program for diagnosis of DRTB cases among smear-positive sputum samples. Although the LPA has been studied in several laboratories, there is a wide variation in existing M. tuberculosis strains across the globe, and false results can occur due to the presence of unique genetic mutations in different settings. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: An attempt was made to carry out band pattern analysis using LPA and also to observe uncommon mutations in MDR strains...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705403/symptomatic-lower-limb-giant-cell-arteritis-characteristics-management-and-long-term-outcome
#17
C Le Hello, L Auboire, L Berger, D Gouicem, M T Barrellier, S Duthois
OBJECTIVE: To describe characteristics and long-term outcomes of the rare symptomatic lower-limb giant-cell arteritis (LL-GCA). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 8 patients (6 women; mean±SD age, 63.6±10.9 years; follow-up, 137.3±57.3 months). RESULTS: Four patients satisfied≥3 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) GCA-classification criteria; 4 had<3 criteria and histological LL-GCA proof or associated typical upper-limb involvement...
May 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692118/selection-of-maize-inbred-lines-and-gene-expression-for-resistance-to-ear-rot
#18
G S Pereira, R G V Pinho, E V R V Pinho, L P M Pires, L A Y Bernardo Junior, J L A Pereira, M P Melo
In recent years, there has been a large incidence of fungi causing "ear rot" in maize in Brazil, the main fungus being Fusarium verticillioides. The most efficient and competitive alternative for control of this disease consists of using maize hybrids resistant to this pathogen. Thus, the aims of this study were to analyze the genetic variability of maize inbred lines in regard to resistance to ear rot to observe if there is a maternal effect to resistance to ear rot, to study genetic control of the traits evaluated in hybrids originating from inbred lines of the maize breeding program at the Agriculture Department of Universidade Federal de Lavras (Lavras, MG, Brazil), and characterize the gene expression pattern related to the plant defense mechanism against F...
July 6, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690507/the-relationship-between-intrinsic-couplings-of-the-visual-word-form-area-with-spoken-language-network-and-reading-ability-in-children-and-adults
#19
Yu Li, Linjun Zhang, Zhichao Xia, Jie Yang, Hua Shu, Ping Li
Reading plays a key role in education and communication in modern society. Learning to read establishes the connections between the visual word form area (VWFA) and language areas responsible for speech processing. Using resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC) and Granger Causality Analysis (GCA) methods, the current developmental study aimed to identify the difference in the relationship between the connections of VWFA-language areas and reading performance in both adults and children. The results showed that: (1) the spontaneous connectivity between VWFA and the spoken language areas, i...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680624/giant-cell-arteritis-with-polymyalgia-rheumatica-on-fdg-pet-ct
#20
Akira Baba, Kimiichi Uno, Yumi Okuyama, Yohei Munetomo, Shintaro Nakajima, Kennosuke Mizushina, Hideto Kameda
If there is no pain in the temporal artery, the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis (GCA) may be delayed and blindness may occur. Therefore, FDG-PET/CT is important as a modality for diagnosis of GCA. When GCA is suspected and F-18 FDG-PET/CT is performed, it is worthwhile to pay attention to shoulder and hip joints as polymyalgia rheumatica commonly presents with GCA.
July 2017: Clinical Case Reports
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