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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099495/intestinal-bacteria-composition-and-translocation-of-bacteria-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#1
Spyros Vrakas, Konstantinos C Mountzouris, George Michalopoulos, George Karamanolis, George Papatheodoridis, Charalampos Tzathas, Maria Gazouli
BACKGROUND: Live commensal intestinal bacteria are present in the peripheral blood where they can induce inflammation. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the intestinal bacteria composition and translocation of bacteria in IBD. METHODS: Both blood and tissue biopsy samples were collected from adult patients with active/inactive Crohn's disease (CD), active/inactive ulcerative colitis (UC) and healthy individuals. Most of the patients were newly diagnosed and none of them received antibiotics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079144/igf-ir-cooperates-with-er%C3%AE-to-inhibit-breast-cancer-cell-aggressiveness-by-regulating-the-expression-and-localisation-of-ecm-molecules
#2
Nikolaos A Afratis, Panagiotis Bouris, Spyros S Skandalis, Hinke A Multhaupt, John R Couchman, Achilleas D Theocharis, Nikos K Karamanos
IGF-IR is highly associated with the behaviour of breast cancer cells. In ERα-positive breast cancer, IGF-IR is present at high levels. In clinical practice, prolonged treatment with anti-estrogen agents results in resistance to the therapy with activation of alternative signaling pathways. Receptor Tyrosine Kinases, and especially IGF-IR, have crucial roles in these processes. Here, we report a nodal role of IGF-IR in the regulation of ERα-positive breast cancer cell aggressiveness and the regulation of expression levels of several extracellular matrix molecules...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068484/informatics-and-data-analytics-to-support-exposome-based-discovery-for-public-health
#3
Arjun K Manrai, Yuxia Cui, Pierre R Bushel, Molly Hall, Spyros Karakitsios, Carolyn J Mattingly, Marylyn Ritchie, Charles Schmitt, Denis A Sarigiannis, Duncan C Thomas, David Wishart, David M Balshaw, Chirag J Patel
The complexity of the human exposome-the totality of environmental exposures encountered from birth to death-motivates systematic, high-throughput approaches to discover the environmental determinants of disease. In this review, we describe the state of science in analyzing the human exposome and provide recommendations for the public health community to consider in dealing with analytic challenges of exposome-based biomedical research. We describe extant and novel analytic methods needed to associate the exposome with critical health outcomes and contextualize the data-centered challenges by drawing parallels to other research endeavors such as human genomics research...
December 23, 2016: Annual Review of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065613/anca-negative-churg-strauss-syndrome-presenting-as-acute-multiple-cerebral-infarcts-a-case-report
#4
Klearchos Psychogios, Ilias Evmorfiadis, Spyros Dragomanovits, Athanasios Stavridis, Konstantinos Takis, Loukas Kaklamanis, Stathis Pantelis
Eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA, previously named Churg-Strauss syndrome) is a form of necrotizing vasculitis occurring in patients with asthma and eosinophilia. Ischemic stroke is a relatively rare complication of the disease. We report a case of a 63-year-old woman with multiple embolic infarcts, hypereosinophilia (for >7 years), and skin rash. Elevated cardiac enzymes and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging were consistent with endomyocarditis. The simultaneous presence of history of asthma, sinusitis, hypereosinophilia, and vasculitis led to the diagnosis of EGPA...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057577/heterogeneity-of-blood-flow-and-metabolism-during-exercise-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#5
Zafeiris Louvaris, Helmut Habazettl, Andreas Asimakos, Harrieth Wagner, Spyros Zakynthinos, Peter D Wagner, Ioannis Vogiatzis
The study investigated whether the capacity to regulate muscle blood flow (Q) relative to metabolic demand (VO2) is impaired in COPD. Using six NIRS optodes over the upper, middle and lower vastus lateralis in 6 patients, (FEV1:46±12%predicted) we recorded from each: a) Q by indocyanine green dye injection, b) VO2/Q ratios based on fractional tissue O2 saturation and c) VO2 as their product, during constant-load exercise (at 20%, 50% and 80% of peak capacity) in normoxia and hyperoxia (FIO2:1.0). At 50 and 80%, relative dispersion (RD) for Q, but not for VO2, was greater in normoxia (0...
January 3, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035654/seven-days-post-injury-fate-and-effects-of-genetically-labelled-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-cells-on-a-rat-traumatic-brain-injury-experimental-model
#6
Ioanna Dori, Spyros Petrakis, Aggeliki Giannakopoulou, Chryssa Bekiari, Ioannis Grivas, Evangelia K Siska, Georgios Koliakos, Georgios C Papadopoulos
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) have been suggested to have beneficial effects on animal models of traumatic brain injury (TBI), owing to their neurotrophic and immunomodulatory properties. Adipose tissue-derived stromal cells (ASCs) are multipotent MSC that can be harvested with minimally invasive methods, show a high proliferative capacity, low immunogenicity if allogeneic, and can be used in autologous or heterologous settings. In the present study ASCs were genetically labelled using the Sleeping Beauty transposon to express the fluorescent protein Venus...
December 30, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035149/optimization-of-a-green-extraction-method-for-the-recovery-of-polyphenols-from-olive-leaf-using-cyclodextrins-and-glycerin-as-co-solvents
#7
Ioannis Mourtzinos, Eleni Anastasopoulou, Athanasios Petrou, Spyros Grigorakis, Dimitris Makris, Costas G Biliaderis
Olive leaf, an agricultural by-product, was studied for the valorization of its biophenols using green extraction techniques; i.e. non-toxic and eco-friendly extraction solvents were used, involving water and glycerol. 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (CD), was also employed as an enhancer of the extraction, since cyclodextrins (CD's) are known to improve the extractability of olive leaf polyphenols by forming water soluble inclusion complexes. The process was optimized by implementing a central composite (Box-Behnken) experimental design and response surface methodology, taking into consideration the following independent variables: glycerol concentration (Cgl), CD concentration (CCD) and temperature (T)...
November 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034832/proteasome-activation-enhances-stemness-and-lifespan-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#8
Marianna Kapetanou, Niki Chondrogianni, Spyros Petrakis, George Koliakos, Efstathios S Gonos
The age-associated decline of adult stem cell function contributes to the physiological failure of homeostasis during aging. The proteasome plays a key role in the maintenance of proteostasis and its failure is associated with various biological phenomena including senescence and aging. Although stem cell biology has attracted intense attention, the role of proteasome in stemness and its age-dependent deterioration remains largely unclear. By employing both Wharton's-Jelly- and Adipose-derived human adult mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs), we reveal a significant age-related decline in proteasome content and peptidase activities, accompanied by alterations of proteasomal complexes...
December 27, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028692/in-vitro-hydrodynamic-assessment-of-a-new-transcatheter-heart-valve-concept-the-triskele
#9
Benyamin Rahmani, Spyros Tzamtzis, Rose Sheridan, Michael J Mullen, John Yap, Alexander M Seifalian, Gaetano Burriesci
This study presents the in vitro hydrodynamic assessment of the TRISKELE, a new system suitable for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), aiming to mitigate the procedural challenges experienced with current technologies. The TRISKELE valve comprises three polymeric leaflet and an adaptive sealing cuff, supported by a novel fully retrievable self-expanding nitinol wire frame. Valve prototypes were manufactured in three sizes of 23, 26, and 29 mm by automated dip-coating of a biostable polymer, and tested in a hydrodynamic bench setup in mock aortic roots of 21, 23, 25, and 27 mm annulus, and compared to two reference valves suitable for equivalent implantation ranges: Edwards SAPIEN XT and Medtronic CoreValve...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013125/the-effect-of-treatment-as-usual-on-major-depressive-disorder-a-meta-analysis
#10
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Spyros Kolovos, Maurits W van Tulder, Pim Cuijpers, Amélie Prigent, Karine Chevreul, Heleen Riper, Judith E Bosmans
BACKGROUND: Health-economic models are used to evaluate the long-term cost-effectiveness of an intervention and typically include treatment as usual (TAU) as comparator. Part of the data used for these models are acquired from the literature and thus valid information is needed on the effects of TAU on depression. The aim of the current meta-analysis was to examine positive and negative outcomes of major depression for patients receiving TAU. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search in PubMed, EMBASE, PsycInfo, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials...
December 18, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009035/unilateral-hypertransparency-on-chest-radiograph-the-congenital-poland-syndrome
#11
Ioannis Tomos, Andriana I Papaioannou, Aikaterini Vlami, Vasiliki Apollonatou, Effrosyni D Manali, Spyros A Papiris
Unilateral hypertransparent hemithorax requires a particular diagnostic approach as it can be the result of diverse pulmonary diseases, including pneumothorax, large pulmonary embolus, unilateral large bullae, mucous plag, airway obstruction and contralateral pleural effusion. Congenital syndromes with chest wall abnormalities, are rare, but often underdiagnosed causes. Poland Syndrome consists of such a rare, congenital anomaly and is characterized by the absence of the pectoralis major muscle and upper limb ipsilateral abnormalities...
2016: Adv Respir Med
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004133/tail-autotomy-affects-bipedalism-but-not-sprint-performance-in-a-cursorial-mediterranean-lizard
#12
Pantelis Savvides, Maria Stavrou, Panayiotis Pafilis, Spyros Sfenthourakis
Running is essential in all terrestrial animals mainly for finding food and mates and escaping from predators. Lizards employ running in all their everyday functions, among which defense stands out. Besides flight, tail autotomy is another very common antipredatory strategy within most lizard families. The impact of tail loss to sprint performance seems to be species dependent. In some lizard species, tail shedding reduces sprint speed, in other species, increases it, and, in a few species, speed is not affected at all...
February 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973987/determination-of-the-priority-substances-regulated-by-2000-60-ec-and-2008-105-ec-directives-in-the-surface-waters-supplying-water-treatment-plants-of-athens-greece
#13
Spyros K Golfinopoulos, Anastasia D Nikolaou, Nikolaos S Thomaidis, Anna Maria Kotrikla, Maria C Vagi, Andreas S Petsas, Demetris F Lekkas, Themistokles D Lekkas
An investigation into the occurrence of priority substances regulated by 2000/60/EC Water Framework Directive and 2008/105/EC Directive was conducted for a period of one year in the surface water sources supplying the water treatment plants (WTPs) of Athens and in the raw water of WTPs. Samples from four reservoirs and four water treatment plants of Athens were taken seasonally. The substances are divided into seven specific groups, including eight volatile organic compounds (VOCs), diethylhexylphthalate, four organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), three organophosphorus/organonitrogen pesticides (OPPs/ONPs), four triazines and phenylurea herbicides, pentachlorophenol, and four metals...
December 14, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956851/cyanobacteria-of-greece-an-annotated-checklist
#14
Spyros Gkelis, Iordanis Ourailidis, Manthos Panou, Nikos Pappas
BACKGROUND: The checklist of Greek Cyanobacteria was created in the framework of the Greek Taxon Information System (GTIS), an initiative of the LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) that has resumed efforts to compile a complete checklist of species reported from Greece. This list was created from exhaustive search of the scientific literature of the last 60 years. All records of taxa known to occur in Greece were taxonomically updated. NEW INFORMATION: The checklist of Greek Cyanobacteria comprises 543 species, classified in 130 genera, 41 families, and 8 orders...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940896/effect-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-the-clinical-outcome-of-lower-limb-arterial-bypass-surgery-a-propensity-score-analysis
#15
Andreas M Lazaris, Evangelos Kontopantelis, Konstantinos Antonopoulos, Georgios Mantas, Georgios Kouvelos, Konstantinos Moulakakis, Miltiadis I Matsagkas, Spyros N Vasdekis, George Geroulakos
OBJECTIVES: Diabetic patients who undergo lower limb arterial bypass surgery are considered to have a worse clinical outcome compared to non-diabetics. The aim of the study was to test this hypothesis after applying propensity score matching analysis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 113 consecutive lower limb bypass procedures (55 diabetic and 58 non-diabetic) were evaluated regarding their clinical outcome. Endpoints of the study included amputation-free survival, limb salvage, patency and patients' survival up to 36 months post-procedure...
December 9, 2016: Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27937034/phytochemical-analysis-and-antioxidant-activity-of-lycium-barbarum-goji-cultivated-in-greece
#16
Amina Benchennouf, Spyros Grigorakis, Sofia Loupassaki, Eugene Kokkalou
CONTEXT: The fruit of Lycium barbarum L. (Solanaceae), known as goji berry, has been exploited for a long time in traditional Chinese medicine. In recent decades, it has received much attention as one of the trendiest functional foods with a wide array of pharmacological activities in Western diets. OBJECTIVE: In this study the phenolic profile and potential antioxidant capacity of Lycium barbarum cultivated in Crete (Greece) were investigated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The berries were defatted with hexane and then extracted with dichloromethane and methanol using a Soxhlet apparatus...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934986/a-unique-copper-ii-assisted-transformation-of-acetylacetone-dioxime-in-acetone-that-leads-to-one-dimensional-quinoxaline-bridged-coordination-polymers
#17
Zoi G Lada, Amaia Soto Beobide, Aikaterini Savvidou, Catherine P Raptopoulou, Vassilis Psycharis, George A Voyiatzis, Mark M Turnbull, Spyros P Perlepes
The reactions of copper(ii) carboxylate sources with acetylacetone dioxime (acacdoH2) in Me2CO have been studied and a novel, metal ion-assisted ligand transformation has been discovered. The reaction of [Cu2(diba)4(dibaH)2] and acacdoH2 (1 : 1.5) in Me2CO has provided access to the complex {[Cu2(diba)4(qunx)]}n (1) in low yield (25-30%), where dibaH is 3,3-dimethylbutyric acid and qunx is quinoxaline. The [Cu2(piv)4(pivH)2]/acacdoH2 (1 : 1.5) reaction system in warm Me2CO, where pivH is pivalic acid, gave the analogous complex {[Cu2(piv)4(qunx)]}n (2) in moderate yield (∼50%)...
December 20, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922181/evaluation-of-gas-and-carbon-transport-in-a-methanogenic-bioelectrochemical-system-bes
#18
Christy M Dykstra, Spyros G Pavlostathis
Bioelectrochemical systems (BESs) may be used to upgrade anaerobic digester biogas by directly converting CO2 to CH4 . The objective of this study was to evaluate gas (N2 , CO2 , CH4 , and H2 ) and carbon transport within a methanogenic BES. Four BES configurations were evaluated: abiotic anode with abiotic cathode (AAn-ACa), bioanode with abiotic cathode (BAn-ACa), abiotic anode with biocathode (AAn-BCa), and bioanode with biocathode (BAn-BCa). Transport of N2 , a gas commonly used for flushing anoxic systems, out of the anode headspace ranged from 3...
December 6, 2016: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920871/suprasellar-pilocytic-astrocytoma-in-an-adult-with-hemorrhage-and-leptomeningeal-dissemination-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#19
Radwa K Soliman, Caterina Budai, Pravin Mundada, Bakar Aljohani, Elisabeth J Rushing, Spyros S Kollias
Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is a low-grade tumor. It has an excellent prognosis after total resection. Leptomeningeal dissemination and hemorrhage are very rare to be associated with PA and lead to unfavorable prognosis. A 35-year-old man was diagnosed with a hemorrhagic suprasellar PA in 2006. Subsequent examination in 2007 revealed another large subdural hemorrhagic lesion in the sacral region, which proved to be PA by histopathologic assessment. Other leptomeningeal foci were discovered mainly at the craniocervical junction...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919633/greater-activation-of-peripheral-t-follicular-helper-cells-following-high-dose-influenza-vaccine-in-older-adults-forecasts-seroconversion
#20
Mark A Pilkinton, Katherine J Nicholas, Christian M Warren, Rita M Smith, Sandra M Yoder, H Keipp Talbot, Spyros A Kalams
BACKGROUND: Influenza related morbidity and mortality disproportionately impacts older adults. The serologic response to vaccine is diminished in older adults; however, high dose inactivated influenza vaccine (HD IIV) has shown improved rates of seroconversion compared to standard dose (SD IIV). We hypothesize this may be due to the superior ability of high dose vaccine to activate T follicular helper (Tfh) cells and provide B cell dependent T cell help. METHODS: We measured peripheral Tfh (pTfh) activation in 50 community dwelling adults 65years or older who were randomly assigned to receive either the HD IIV or SD IIV...
January 5, 2017: Vaccine
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