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Dimosthenis A Sarigiannis, Spyros P Karakitsios, Evangelos Handakas, Konstantina Simou, Ermioni Solomou, Alberto Gotti
The current study aims at a comprehensive risk characterization of bisphenol A (BPA) supported by an integrated exposure modelling framework that comprises far field and near field exposure modelling coupled to a dynamic lifetime PBTK model. Exposure analysis was done on European data of BPA food residues and human biomonitoring (HBM). The latter were further assimilated through an advanced exposure reconstruction modelling framework to estimate the corresponding external and internal systemic dose of BPA and its metabolites...
October 18, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Evgenia Karousou, Suniti Misra, Shibnath Ghatak, Katalin Dobra, Martin Götte, Davide Vigetti, Alberto Passi, Nikos K Karamanos, Spyros S Skandalis
Synthesis, deposition, and interactions of hyaluronan (HA) with its cellular receptor CD44 are crucial events that regulate the onset and progression of tumors. The intracellular signaling pathways initiated by HA interactions with CD44 leading to tumorigenic responses are complex. Moreover, HA molecules may perform dual functions depending on their concentration and size. Overexpression of variant isoforms of CD44 (CD44v) is most commonly linked to cancer progression, whereas their loss is associated with inhibition of tumor growth...
October 13, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Marios K Georgakis, Maria A Karalexi, Eleni I Kalogirou, Anton Ryzhov, Anna Zborovskaya, Nadya Dimitrova, Sultan Eser, Luis Antunes, Mario Sekerija, Tina Zagar, Joana Bastos, Domenic Agius, Margareta Florea, Daniela Coza, Evdoxia Bouka, Charis Bourgioti, Helen Dana, Emmanuel Hatzipantelis, Maria Moschovi, Savvas Papadopoulos, Georgios Sfakianos, Evgenia Papakonstantinou, Sophia Polychronopoulou, Spyros Sgouros, Kalliopi Stefanaki, Eftichia Stiakaki, Katerina Strantzia, Basilios Zountsas, Apostolos Pourtsidis, Eustratios Patsouris, Eleni Th Petridou
Pilocytic astrocytomas (PA) comprise the most common childhood central nervous system (CNS) tumor. Exploiting registry-based data from Southern and Eastern Europe (SEE) and SEER, US, we opted to examine incidence, time trends, survival and tentative outcome disparities of childhood PA by sociodemographic and clinical features. Childhood PA were retrieved from 12 SEE registries (N = 552; 1983-2014) and SEER (N = 2723; 1973-2012). Age-standardized incidence rates (ASR) were estimated and survival was examined via Kaplan-Meier and Cox regression analysis...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Constantinos G Efthymiou, Luís Cunha-Silva, Spyros P Perlepes, Euan K Brechin, Ross Inglis, Marco Evangelisti, Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou
The use of pyridine-2-amidoxime (pyaoxH2) in Ni chemistry has provided access to a dodecanuclear complex and a hexadecanuclear Ni cluster, namely [Ni12(pyaox)6(pyaoxH)6(MeOH)2Cl2]Cl4·5MeOH (1·5MeOH) and [Ni16(pyaox)8(pyaoxH)8(MeOH)4](SO4)4·10H2O·26MeOH (2·10H2O·26MeOH). Complex 1·5MeOH was isolated by the reaction of NiCl2·6H2O, pyaoxH2 and NaOMe in a 1 : 1 : 2 molar ratio in MeOH in 60% yield. Treatment of NiSO4·6H2O with pyaoxH2 and NEt3 in a 1 : 1 : 2 molar ratio in MeOH afforded 2·10H2O·26MeOH in good yield (65%)...
October 12, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Belén Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, Elena Salamanca, Marina de Cueto, Po-Ren Hsueh, Pierluigi Viale, José Ramón Paño-Pardo, Mario Venditti, Mario Tumbarello, George Daikos, Vicente Pintado, Yohei Doi, Felipe Francisco Tuon, Ilias Karaiskos, Isabel Machuca, Mitchell J Schwaber, Özlem Kurt Azap, Maria Souli, Emmanuel Roilides, Spyros Pournaras, Murat Akova, Federico Pérez, Joaquín Bermejo, Antonio Oliver, Manel Almela, Warren Lowman, Benito Almirante, Robert A Bonomo, Yehuda Carmeli, David L Paterson, Alvaro Pascual, Jesús Rodríguez-Baño
OBJECTIVE: To develop a score to predict mortality in patients with bloodstream infections (BSIs) due to carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A multinational retrospective cohort study (INCREMENT project) was performed from January 1, 2004, through December 31, 2013. Patients with clinically relevant monomicrobial BSIs due to CPE were included and randomly assigned to either a derivation cohort (DC) or a validation cohort (VC)...
October 2016: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Danai Agiasotelli, Alexandra Alexopoulou, Larisa Vasilieva, Emilia Hadziyannis, Dimitris Goukos, George L Daikos, Spyros P Dourakis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Lipopolysaccharide-binding-protein (LBP) is an acute-phase-protein produced by hepatocytes. Changes in LBP are associated with the dynamics of bacterial translocation and intestinal permeability in decompensated cirrhosis (DC). We assessed serum and ascitic-fluid (AF) LBP and examined their association with mortality in patients with DC. METHODS: Eighty-eight consecutive patients (73.9% males) underwent thorough diagnostic investigations for infection...
October 6, 2016: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
Spyros Michopoulos
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October 2016: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
Marianthi Chatzikonstantinou, Panagiotis Konstantopoulos, Spyros Stergiopoulos, Konstantinos Kontzoglou, Christos Verikokos, Despina Perrea, Dimitris Dimitroulis
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic intestinal disorders caused by a number of factors, including external influences, intestinal microbiota and genetics. The two major clinically defined types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, each of which is characterized by relapses in the clinical course, thus patients must be under constant observation via regular endoscopies. As endoscopy, which has been used for direct evaluation and diagnosis of IBD, requires uncomfortable and expensive bowel preparation, a non-invasive test was required to reduce the number of patients undergoing unnecessary endoscopy...
October 2016: Biomedical Reports
Sofia-Iris Bibli, I Andreadou, Constantinos Glynos, Athanasia Chatzianastasiou, Dimitrios Toumpanakis, Spyros G Zakynthinos, Theodoros Vassilakopoulos, Efstathios K Iliodromitis, Andreas Papapetropoulos
Cigarette smoking is one of the risk factors for coronary artery disease. Although conditioning decreases infarct size in hearts from healthy animals, co-morbidities may render it ineffective. We investigated the effects of cigarette smoke (CS) exposure on intracellular myocardial signaling, infarct size after ischemia/reperfusion and the potential interference with ischemic conditioning. Exposure of mice to CS increased blood pressure, caused cardiac hypertrophy and up regulated the NOS/sGC/cGMP pathway. To test the effect of CS exposure on the endogenous cardioprotective mechanisms, mice were subjected to regional myocardial ischemia and reperfusion with no further intervention or application of preconditioning (PreC) or postconditioning (PostC)...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
David S Jacobs, Stephen J Kohut, Shan Jiang, Spyros P Nikas, Alexandros Makriyannis, Jack Bergman
Recent clinical and preclinical research has suggested that cannabidiol (CBD) and Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) have interactive effects on measures of cognition; however, the nature of these interactions is not yet fully characterized. To address this, we investigated the effects of Δ9-THC and CBD independently and in combination with proposed therapeutic dose ratios of 1:1 and 1:3 Δ9-THC:CBD in adult rhesus monkeys (n = 6) performing a stop signal task (SST). Additionally, the development of tolerance to the effects of Δ9-THC on SST performance was evaluated by determining the effects of acutely administered Δ9-THC (0...
October 2016: Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Andriana I Papaioannou, Aris Spathis, Konstantinos Kostikas, Petros Karakitsos, Spyros Papiris, Christos Rossios
Asthma is a heterogeneous inflammatory disease caused by association of genetic and environmental factors and its incidence has significantly increased over the latest years. The clinical manifestations of asthma are the result of airway hyper-reactivity to a variety of triggers such as aeroallergens, viral and bacterial components. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are pathogen associated molecular pattern receptors, which are also expressed in the lung tissue as well as in several cells of the innate and adaptive immune system...
September 24, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Arsenoi P Ladia, Spyros G Skiadopoulos, Anna Ν Karahaliou, Gerasimos A T Messaris, Harry B Delis, George S Panayiotakis
Radiation protection is of particular importance in paediatric radiology. In this study, the influence of increased body mass index (BMI) in radiation dose and associated risk was investigated for paediatric patients aged 5-6.5 years, undergoing chest (64 patients) or abdomen (64 patients) radiography. Patients were categorized into normal and overweight, according to the BMI classification scheme. Entrance surface dose (ESD), organ dose, effective dose (ED) and risk of exposure induced cancer death (REID) were calculated using the Monte Carlo based code PCXMC 2...
October 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Clemens Schroeder, Min Tae M Park, Jürgen Germann, M Mallar Chakravarty, Lars Michels, Spyros Kollias, Sara L Kroll, Alfred Buck, Valerie Treyer, Egemen Savaskan, Paul G Unschuld, Roger M Nitsch, Andrea M Kälin, Christoph Hock, Anton F Gietl, Sandra E Leh
Aβ deposition is a driving force of Alzheimer's disease pathology and can be detected early by amyloid positron emission tomography. Identifying presymptomatic structural brain changes associated with Aβ deposition might lead to a better understanding of its consequences and provide early diagnostic information. In this respect we analyzed measures of cortical thickness and subcortical volumes along with hippocampal, thalamic and striatal shape and surface area by applying novel analysis strategies for structural magnetic resonance imaging...
September 20, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Grigoris Grigoriadis, Nicolas Newell, Diagarajen Carpanen, Alexandros Christou, Anthony M J Bull, Spyros D Masouros
The complex structural and material behaviour of the human heel fat pad determines the transmission of plantar loading to the lower limb across a wide range of loading scenarios; from locomotion to injurious incidents. The aim of this study was to quantify the hyper-viscoelastic material properties of the human heel fat pad across strains and strain rates. An inverse finite element (FE) optimisation algorithm was developed and used, in conjunction with quasi-static and dynamic tests performed to five cadaveric heel specimens, to derive specimen-specific and mean hyper-viscoelastic material models able to predict accurately the response of the tissue at compressive loading of strain rates up to 150s(-1)...
September 8, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Alex S Genshaft, Shuqiang Li, Caroline J Gallant, Spyros Darmanis, Sanjay M Prakadan, Carly G K Ziegler, Martin Lundberg, Simon Fredriksson, Joyce Hong, Aviv Regev, Kenneth J Livak, Ulf Landegren, Alex K Shalek
We present a scalable, integrated strategy for coupled protein and RNA detection from single cells. Our approach leverages the DNA polymerase activity of reverse transcriptase to simultaneously perform proximity extension assays and complementary DNA synthesis in the same reaction. Using the Fluidigm C1™ system, we profile the transcriptomic and proteomic response of a human breast adenocarcinoma cell line to a chemical perturbation, benchmarking against in situ hybridizations and immunofluorescence staining, as well as recombinant proteins, ERCC Spike-Ins, and population lysate dilutions...
2016: Genome Biology
Benyamin Rahmani, Spyros Tzamtzis, Rose Sheridan, Michael J Mullen, John Yap, Alexander M Seifalian, Gaetano Burriesci
AIMS: The aim of this study was to introduce and demonstrate the feasibility in an acute preclinical model of a new transcatheter heart valve concept with a self-expanding wire frame, polymeric leaflets and a sealing component. METHODS AND RESULTS: The TRISKELE valve was developed based on a previously validated polymeric leaflet design, an adaptive sealing cuff and a novel nitinol wire frame which reduces stress on the leaflets and radial pressure on the surrounding tissue...
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
Spyros A Kalams, Lisa M Rogers, Rita M Smith, Louise Barnett, Katie Crumbo, Shonda Sumner, Naomi Prashad, Kyle Rybczyk, Ginger Milne, Scot E Dowd, Erica Chong, Beverly Winikoff, David M Aronoff
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the extent to which misoprostol alters mucosal or systemic immune responses following either buccal or vaginal administration. METHODS: This was a prospective, crossover pilot study of 15 healthy, reproductive-age women. Women first received 800 μg misoprostol either via buccal or vaginal administration and were crossed over 1 month later to receive the drug via the other route. Cervicovaginal lavage samples, cervical Cytobrush samples, cervicovaginal swabs, urine and blood were obtained immediately prior to drug administration and the following day...
September 16, 2016: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
Robert Hastings, Carin de Villiers, Charlotte Hooper, Liz Ormondroyd, Alistair Pagnamenta, Stefano Lise, Silvia Salatino, Samantha J L Knight, Jenny C Taylor, Kate L Thomson, Linda Arnold, Spyros D Chatziefthimiou, Petr V Konarev, Matthias Wilmanns, Elisabeth Ehler, Andrea Ghisleni, Mathias Gautel, Edward Blair, Hugh Watkins, Katja Gehmlich
BACKGROUND: -High throughput next generation sequencing techniques have made whole genome sequencing accessible in clinical practice, however, the abundance of variation in the human genomes makes the identification of a disease-causing mutation on a background of benign rare variants challenging. METHODS AND RESULTS: -Here we combine whole genome sequencing with linkage analysis in a three-generation family affected by cardiomyopathy with features of autosomal dominant left-ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy...
September 13, 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
Aikaterini Tsaira, Panagiotis Karagiannidis, Margarita Sidira, Spyros Kassavetis, Dimitris Kugiumtzis, Stergios Logothetidis, Olga Naka, Argirios Pissiotis, Konstantinos Michalakis
Removable complete and partial dentures are supported by the residual alveolar ridges consisting of mucosa, submucosa, periosteum, and bone. An understanding of the biomechanical behavior of the oral mucosa is essential in order to improve the denture-bearing foundations for complete and partially edentulous patients. The purpose of this paper was to examine the biomechanical behavior of the soft tissues supporting a removable denture and develop a model for that reason. Keratinized oral mucosa blocks with their underlying bone were harvested from the maxillary palatal area adjacent to the edentulous ridges of a cadaver...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Lorenz Leitner, Matthias Walter, Behnaz Jarrahi, Johann Wanek, Jörg Diefenbacher, Lars Michels, Martina D Liechti, Spyros S Kollias, Thomas M Kessler, Ulrich Mehnert
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the applicability and precision of a novel infusion-drainage device (IDD) for standardised filling paradigms in neuro-urology and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of lower urinary tract (LUT) (dys)function. SUBJECTS/PATIENTS AND METHODS: The IDD is based on electrohydrostatic actuation which was previously proven feasible in a prototype setup. The current design includes hydraulic cylinders and a motorised slider to provide force and motion...
September 12, 2016: BJU International
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