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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910284/resting-heart-rate-is-an-independent-predictor-of-death-in-patients-with-colorectal-pancreatic-and-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-results-of-a-prospective-cardiovascular-long-term-study
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Markus S Anker, Nicole Ebner, Bert Hildebrandt, Jochen Springer, Marianne Sinn, Hanno Riess, Stefan D Anker, Ulf Landmesser, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Stephan von Haehling
AIMS: Patients with advanced cancer have been shown to suffer from abnormal cardiac function and impaired exercise capacity that may contribute to their impaired quality of life. As tachycardia is considered as a sign of potential early cardiac damage, we sought to determine whether resting heart rate and other ECG-derived variables have prognostic value. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 2005 to 2010, we enrolled 145 patients with histologically confirmed cancer (36 colorectal, 72 pancreatic, and 37 non-small cell lung cancer patients) and 59 healthy controls...
December 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909398/an-amyloid-like-pathological-conformation-of-tdp-43-is-stabilized-by-hypercooperative-hydrogen-bonds
#2
Miguel Mompeán, Marco Baralle, Emanuele Buratti, Douglas V Laurents
TDP-43 is an essential RNA-binding protein forming aggregates in almost all cases of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and many cases of frontotemporal lobar dementia (FTLD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. TDP-43 consists of a folded N-terminal domain with a singular structure, two RRM RNA-binding domains, and a long disordered C-terminal region which plays roles in functional RNA regulatory assemblies as well as pernicious aggregation. Evidence from pathological mutations and seeding experiments strongly suggest that TDP-43 aggregates are pathologically relevant through toxic gain-of-harmful-function and/or harmful loss-of-native-function mechanisms...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907224/single-versus-combination-intravenous-anti-pseudomonal-antibiotic-therapy-for-people-with-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Heather E Elphick, Alison Scott
BACKGROUND: Choice of antibiotic, and the use of single or combined therapy are controversial areas in the treatment of respiratory infection due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis (CF). Advantages of combination therapy include wider range of modes of action, possible synergy and reduction of resistant organisms; advantages of monotherapy include lower cost, ease of administration and reduction of drug-related toxicity. Current evidence does not provide a clear answer and the use of intravenous antibiotic therapy in cystic fibrosis requires further evaluation...
December 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906033/the-role-of-the-backbone-torsion-in-protein-folding
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EDITORIAL
Irina Sorokina, Arcady Mushegian
BACKGROUND: The set of forces and sequence of events that govern the transition from an unfolded polypeptide chain to a functional protein with correct spatial structure remain incompletely known, despite the importance of the problem and decades of theory development, computer simulations, and laboratory experiments. Information about the correctly folded state of most proteins is likely to be present in their sequences, and yet many proteins fail to attain native structure after overexpression in a non-native environment or upon experimental denaturation and refolding...
December 1, 2016: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900286/selective-and-efficient-elimination-of-vibrio-cholerae-with-a-chemical-modulator-that-targets-glucose-metabolism
#5
Young Taek Oh, Hwa Young Kim, Eun Jin Kim, Junhyeok Go, Wontae Hwang, Hyoung Rae Kim, Dong Wook Kim, Sang Sun Yoon
Vibrio cholerae, a Gram-negative bacterium, is the causative agent of pandemic cholera. Previous studies have shown that the survival of the seventh pandemic El Tor biotype V. cholerae strain N16961 requires production of acetoin in a glucose-rich environment. The production of acetoin, a neutral fermentation end-product, allows V. cholerae to metabolize glucose without a pH drop, which is mediated by the production of organic acid. This finding suggests that inhibition of acetoin fermentation can result in V...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893183/toxic-effects-of-human-and-rodent-variants-of-alpha-synuclein-in-vivo
#6
Natalie Landeck, Kerstin Buck, Deniz Kirik
In Parkinson's disease, abnormal alpha-synuclein (asyn) accumulation leads to the formation of soluble oligomeric species thought to be toxic to cells as well as intraneuronal inclusions. To date, the precise mechanisms leading to aggregation of asyn in the brain is not well understood. Previous studies in yeast, drosophila and transgenic mice suggested that a non-A beta component depleted version of human asyn [h-asyn(D70-83)] or human beta-synuclein (h-bsyn), naturally lacking this centrally located hydrophobic region, are less prone to form aggregates in vitro and are expected to be less toxic compared to h-asyn in vivo, although not all experimental studies unequivocally support the latter view...
November 28, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885206/long-term-follow-up-of-a-case-of-apple-allergy-with-systemic-symptoms-through-oral-food-challenges
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Tomoyuki Asaumi, Sakura Sato, Noriyuki Yanagida, Mikita Yamamoto, Motohiro Ebisawa
To our knowledge, there are no previous reports of apple allergy with systemic symptoms for which repeated oral food challenges were performed over a long follow-up. The patient was an 8-year-old boy with hay fever. He visited our hospital because of nasal drop, itchy eyes, and dyspnea after lunch every two months for 2 years. Apple allergy was suspected through his medical interview and specific immunoglobulin (Ig) E levels, and he consequently underwent an oral food challenge test. Ninety minutes after ingestion of one whole apple, he experienced coughing, nasal drop, eyelid edema, and conjunctival injection...
2016: Arerugī, [Allergy]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867675/a-case-of-thyroid-storm-associated-with-cardiomyopathy-and-poststreptococcal-glomerulonephritis
#8
Lisa J Underland, Gerson A Vallencia Villeda, Abhijeet Pal, Leslie Lam
Thyroid storm has a high mortality rate and is often associated with a precipitating factor such as intercurrent illness or infection. It is rare in pediatric patients. Cardiac disease in hyperthyroidism mostly manifests itself as tachycardia but more serious cardiac findings have also been described. A 5-year-old male with recent strep throat infection presented with dilated cardiomyopathy, hematuria, and symptoms and lab findings consistent with severe hyperthyroidism. He was diagnosed with thyroid storm secondary to concurrent Graves' disease and poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis (PSGN)...
2016: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862299/cartilage-acidic-protein-1-crtac1-a-new-member-of-the-beta-propeller-protein-family-with-amyloid-propensity
#9
Liliana Anjos, Isabel Morgado, Marta Guerreiro, João C R Cardoso, Eduardo P Melo, Deborah M Power
Cartilage acidic protein1 (CRTAC1) is an extracellular matrix protein of chondrogenic tissue in humans and its presence in bacteria indicate it is of ancient origin. Structural modeling of piscine CRTAC1 reveals it belongs to the large family of beta-propeller proteins that in mammals have been associated with diseases, including amyloid diseases such as Alzheimer's. In order to characterize the structure/function evolution of this new member of the beta-propeller family we exploited the unique characteristics of piscine duplicate genes Crtac1a and Crtac1b and compared their structural and biochemical modifications with human recombinant CRTAC1...
November 12, 2016: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862284/dystonia-deafness-syndrome-caused-by-a-%C3%AE-actin-gene-mutation-and-response-to-deep-brain-stimulation
#10
Hendriekje Eggink, Martje E van Egmond, Corien C Verschuuren-Bemelmans, Marleen C Schönherr, Tom J de Koning, D L Marinus Oterdoom, J Marc C van Dijk, Marina A J Tijssen
INTRODUCTION: Dystonia-deafness syndrome is a distinct clinical presentation within the dystonia-spectrum. Although several genetic and acquired causes have been reported, etiology remains unknown in the majority of patients. OBJECTIVES: To describe two patients with dystonia-deafness syndrome due to a beta-actin gene mutation. METHODS: We report on disease course, genetic testing, and management of 2 patients, mother and daughter, presenting with dystonia-deafness syndrome...
November 8, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861719/beta-blocker-use-in-u-s-nursing-home-residents-after-myocardial-infarction-a-national-study
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Andrew R Zullo, Yoojin Lee, Lori A Daiello, Vincent Mor, W John Boscardin, David D Dore, Yinghui Miao, Kathy Z Fung, Kiya D R Komaiko, Michael A Steinman
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate how often beta-blockers were started after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in nursing home (NH) residents who previously did not use these drugs and to evaluate which factors were associated with post-AMI use of beta-blockers. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort using linked national Minimum Data Set assessments; Online Survey, Certification and Reporting records; and Medicare claims. SETTING: U.S. NHs. PARTICIPANTS: National cohort of 15,720 residents aged 65 and older who were hospitalized for AMI between May 2007 and March 2010, had not taken beta-blockers for at least 4 months before their AMI, and survived 14 days or longer after NH readmission...
November 15, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859579/sixty-hertz-stimulation-improves-bradykinesia-and-amplifies-subthalamic-low-frequency-oscillations
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REVIEW
Zack Blumenfeld, Mandy Miller Koop, Thomas E Prieto, Lauren A Shreve, Anca Velisar, Emma J Quinn, Megan H Trager, Helen Brontë-Stewart
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to investigate the hypothesis that attenuation of subthalamic nucleus (STN) alpha-/beta-band oscillations is causal to improvement in bradykinesia. METHODS: STN local field potentials from a sensing neurostimulator (Activa(®) PC+S; Medtronic, Inc.) and kinematics from wearable sensors were recorded simultaneously during 60- and 140-Hz deep brain stimulation (DBS) in 9 freely moving PD subjects (15 STNs) performing repetitive wrist flexion-extension...
November 8, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856623/kisspeptin-level-in-the-aging-ovary-is-regulated-by-the-sympathetic-nervous-system
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Daniela Fernandois, Gonzalo Cruz, Eun Kyung Na, Hernán E Lara, Alfonso H Paredes
Previous work has demonstrated that the increase in the activity of sympathetic nerves, which occurs during the subfertility period in female rats, causes an increase in follicular cyst development and impairs follicular development. In addition, the increase in ovarian sympathetic activity of aged rats correlates with an increased expression of kisspeptin (KISS1) in the ovary. This increase in KISS1 could participate in the decrease in follicular development that occurs during the subfertility period. We aimed to determine whether the blockade of ovarian sympathetic tone prevents the increase in KISS1 expression during reproductive aging and improves follicular development...
January 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853602/size-distribution-of-function-based-human-gene-sets-and-the-split-merge-model
#14
Wentian Li, Oscar Fontanelli, Pedro Miramontes
The sizes of paralogues-gene families produced by ancestral duplication-are known to follow a power-law distribution. We examine the size distribution of gene sets or gene families where genes are grouped by a similar function or share a common property. The size distribution of Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) gene sets deviate from the power-law, and can be fitted much better by a beta rank function. We propose a simple mechanism to break a power-law size distribution by a combination of splitting and merging operations...
August 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848011/clinical-value-of-antistreptolysin-o-levels-in-adult-patients-with-tonsillitis-report-i
#15
Vladimir Trushin, Moshe Englender
To assess the clinical value of antistreptolysin O (ASO) level in adult patients with acute tonsillitis of group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus (GABHS) etiology and its interaction with the Centor score and throat cultures data. ASO antibody titers and throat cultures were obtained from 260 adult patients with acute tonsillitis of GABHS etiology initially proven by the Centor score. The results were compared with the group of 100 adult patients with recurrent tonsillitis who underwent tonsillectomy and with the group of 100 healthy adults...
November 15, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824422/-sacubitril-valsartan-in-patients-with-diabetes-and-heart-failure
#16
Vincent Matthias Brandenburg, Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca, Nikolaus Marx
Sacubitril / Valsartan proofed to be an effective treatment compared to enalapril in reducing heart failure hospitalisations and mortality in patients with severe "Heart failure with reduced ejection fraction" (HFREF). Recent European cardiology guidelines attributed a class IB recommendation for Sacubitril / Valsartan in HFREF patients who remain symptomatic despite optimal treatment with ACE-I, a beta-blocker, and a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist. There is a significant overlap between diabetic and HFREF patients and thus, efficacy assessment of Sacubitril / Valsartan is a clinically meaningful issue in the large subgroup of HFREF patients with diabetes...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816402/external-validation-of-the-pathological-nodal-staging-score-in-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma-a-population-based-study
#17
Evanguelos Xylinas, Luis Kluth, Malte Rieken, Morgan Rouprêt, Bashir Al Hussein Al Awamlh, Thomas Clozel, Maxine Sun, Pierre I Karakiewicz, Mithat Gonen, Shahrokh F Shariat
OBJECTIVES: To externally validate our previously developed pathological nodal staging model (pNSS) that allows quantification of the likelihood that a patient with pathologic node-negative status has, indeed, no lymph node metastasis (LNM). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed data from 2,768 patients treated with radical nephroureterectomy (RNU) and lymph node dissection (LND) using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database from 1988 to 2010. We estimated the sensitivity of pathologic nodal staging using a beta-binomial model and developed a new pNSS...
November 2, 2016: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810564/structural-and-functional-characterization-of-a-cold-adapted-tpm-domain-with-atpase-adpase-activity
#18
María L Cerutti, Lisandro H Otero, Clara Smal, Leonardo Pellizza, Fernando A Goldbaum, Sebastián Klinke, Martín Aran
The Pfam PF04536 TPM_phosphatase family is a broadly conserved family of domains found across prokaryotes, plants and invertebrates. Despite having a similar protein fold, members of this family have been implicated in diverse cellular processes and found in varied subcellular localizations. Very recently, the biochemical characterization of two evolutionary divergent TPM domains has shown that they are able to hydrolyze phosphate groups from different substrates. However, there are still incorrect functional annotations and uncertain relationships between the structure and function of this family of domains...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803582/impact-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-antagonist-addition-on-pregnancy-rates-in-gonadotropin-stimulated-intrauterine-insemination-cycles
#19
Shikha Jain, Abha Majumdar
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist in improving clinical pregnancy rate in gonadotropin-stimulated intrauterine insemination (IUI) cycles in patients of unexplained infertility. STUDY DESIGN: This was a prospective, randomized case-controlled study. SETTINGS: The study was conducted in the infertility clinic of a tertiary care center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four hundred twenty-seven women undergoing IUI following controlled ovarian stimulation with gonadotropins (recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone [r-FSH] 75 IU/day) were randomly divided into two groups...
July 2016: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27800645/serial-haemodynamic-monitoring-to-guide-treatment-of-maternal-hypertension-leads-to-a-reduction-in-severe-hypertension-rates
#20
Daniel Stott, Ioannis Papastefanou, Daniela Paraschiv, Katherine Clark, Nikos A Kametas
OBJECTIVE: Firstly, to examine if treatment for hypertension in pregnancy guided by the serial assessment of maternal central haemodynamics leads to a reduction in the rates of severe hypertension, defined as blood pressure greater than or equal to 160/110mmHg. Secondly, to assess the distinct longitudinal haemodynamic profiles associated with either beta-blocker monotherapy, vasodilator monotherapy, or dual agent therapy, and their relationship with outcomes including fetal growth restriction...
October 31, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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