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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101564/changes-in-body-composition-after-spasticity-treatment-with-intrathecal-baclofen
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Olle Skogberg, Kersti Samuelsson, Per Ertzgaard, Richard Levi
OBJECTIVE: To assess changes in body composition, body weight and resting metabolic rate in patients who received intrathecal baclofen therapy for spasticity. DESIGN: Prospective, longitudinal, quasi-experimental, with a pre/post design. PATIENTS: Twelve patients with spasticity, fulfilling study criteria, and due for pump implantation for intrathecal baclofen therapy, completed the study. METHODS: Data were obtained before, 6 months and 12 months after commencement of intrathecal baclofen therapy as regards body composition (by skinfold calliper), body weight, and resting metabolic rate (by resting oxygen consumption)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101449/immunohistochemical-expression-of-intrarenal-renin-angiotensin-system-components-in-response-to-tempol-in-rats-fed-a-high-salt-diet
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Gabriel Cao, Silvana Lorena Della Penna, Nicolás Martín Kouyoumdzian, Marcelo Roberto Choi, Susana Gorzalczany, Belisario Enrique Fernández, Jorge Eduardo Toblli, María Inés Rosón
AIM: To determine the effect of tempol in normal rats fed high salt on arterial pressure and the balance between antagonist components of the renal renin-angiotensin system. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were fed with 8% NaCl high-salt (HS) or 0.4% NaCl (normal-salt, NS) diet for 3 wk, with or without tempol (T) (1 mmol/L, administered in drinking water). Mean arterial pressure (MAP), glomerular filtration rate (GFR), and urinary sodium excretion (UVNa) were measured...
January 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099654/meanings-and-vulnerability-to-hiv-aids-among-long-distance-truck-drivers-in-brazil
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Laio Magno, Marcelo Eduardo Pfeiffer Castellanos
OBJECTIVE: To understand the meanings assigned by long-distance truck drivers to HIV/AIDS and its transmission and prevention, bearing in mind different contexts of vulnerability. METHODS: Qualitative research with 22 truck drivers. Semi-structured interviews and participant observation were conducted in highways of the state of Bahia in 2013. We selected male truck drivers, with one year or more of work experience in long-distance routes. We carried out the thematic analysis of the interviews, to identify different contexts of vulnerability...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099588/dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-safety-in-chagas-disease-patients
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Daniela do Carmo Rassi, Marcelo Luiz Campos Vieira, Rogerio Gomes Furtado, Fabio de Paula Turco, Luciano Henrique Melato, Viviane Tiemi Hotta, Colandy Godoy de Oliveira Nunes, Luiz Rassi, Salvador Rassi
Background: A few decades ago, patients with Chagas disease were predominantly rural workers, with a low risk profile for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). As urbanization has increased, they became exposed to the same risk factors for CAD of uninfected individuals. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has proven to be an important tool in CAD diagnosis. Despite being a potentially arrhythmogenic method, it is safe for coronary patients without Chagas disease. For Chagas disease patients, however, the indication of DSE in clinical practice is uncertain, because of the arrhythmogenic potential of that heart disease...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099518/evaluation-of-methods-for-the-concentration-and-extraction-of-viruses-from-sewage-in-the-context-of-metagenomic-sequencing
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Mathis Hjort Hjelmsø, Maria Hellmér, Xavier Fernandez-Cassi, Natàlia Timoneda, Oksana Lukjancenko, Michael Seidel, Dennis Elsässer, Frank M Aarestrup, Charlotta Löfström, Sílvia Bofill-Mas, Josep F Abril, Rosina Girones, Anna Charlotte Schultz
Viral sewage metagenomics is a novel field of study used for surveillance, epidemiological studies, and evaluation of waste water treatment efficiency. In raw sewage human waste is mixed with household, industrial and drainage water, and virus particles are, therefore, only found in low concentrations. This necessitates a step of sample concentration to allow for sensitive virus detection. Additionally, viruses harbor a large diversity of both surface and genome structures, which makes universal viral genomic extraction difficult...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099024/surface-interactions-and-confinement-of-methane-a-high-pressure-magic-angle-spinning-nmr-and-computational-chemistry-study
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Salim Ok, David W Hoyt, Amity Andersen, Julie Sheets, Susan A Welch, David R Cole, Karl Todd Mueller, Nancy M Washton
Characterization and modeling of the molecular-level behavior of simple hydrocarbon gases, such as methane, in the presence of both nonporous and nano-porous mineral matrices allows for predictive understanding of important processes in engineered and natural systems. In this study, changes in local electromagnetic environments of the carbon atoms in methane under conditions of high pressure (up to 130 bar) and moderate temperature (up to 346 K) were observed with 13C magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy while the methane gas was mixed with two model solid substrates: a fumed non-porous, 12 nm particle size silica and a mesoporous silica with 200 nm particle size and 4 nm average pore diameter...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098441/ultrasmooth-perovskite-film-via-mixed-anti-solvent-strategy-with-improved-efficiency
#7
Yu Yu, Songwang Yang, Lei Lei, Qipeng Cao, Jun Shao, Sheng Zhang, Yan Liu
Most antisolvents employed in previous research were miscible with perovskite precursor solution. They always led to fast formation of perovskite even if the intermediate stage existed, which was not beneficial to obtain high quality perovskite films and made the formation process less controllable. In this work, a novel ethyl ether/n-hexane mixed antisolvent (MAS) was used to achieve high nucleation density and slow down the formation process of perovskite, producing films with improved orientation of grains and ultrasmooth surfaces...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096049/monoenergetic-reconstructions-for-imaging-of-coronary-artery-stents-using-spectral-detector-ct-in-vitro-experience-and-comparison-to-conventional-images
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Tilman Hickethier, Bettina Baeßler, Jan Robert Kroeger, Jonas Doerner, Gregor Pahn, David Maintz, Guido Michels, Alexander C Bunck
PURPOSE: Accurate assessment of coronary stents using non-invasive CT imaging remains challenging despite new stent materials and improvements in CT technology. Virtual monoenergetic (monoE) images reconstructed from dual energy CT acquisitions potentially decrease artifacts caused by coronary stents. A novel spectral detector technology provides monoE and conventional images simultaneously for all conducted scans. The purpose of our study was to systematically investigate the influence of different monoE reconstructions on the visualization of coronary stent lumen in comparison to conventional images...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096047/cellular-basis-of-angiotensin-1-7-induced-augmentation-of-left-ventricular-functional-performance-in-heart-failure
#9
Xiaowei Zhang, Heng-Jie Cheng, Peng Zhou, Dalane W Kitzman, Carlos M Ferrario, Wei-Min Li, Che Ping Cheng
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] exhibits cardiovascular effects opposite those of angiotensin II (Ang II), thus providing protection against heart disease. However, how Ang-(1-7) imparts cardioprotection is unclear, and its direct cardiac effects are controversial. Whether heart failure (HF) alters cardiac contractile responses to Ang-(1-7) remains undetermined. We tested the hypothesis that in HF, Ang-(1-7) may produce positive modulation on [Ca(2+)]i regulation, enhancing left ventricular (LV) and myocyte contraction and relaxation via Ang-(1-7) Mas receptor coupled with nitric oxide (NO)/bradykinin (BK)-mediated mechanism...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095869/macrophage-activation-syndrome-different-mechanisms-leading-to-a-one-clinical-syndrome
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Claudia Bracaglia, Giusi Prencipe, Fabrizio De Benedetti
BACKGROUND: Macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) is a severe complication of rheumatic disease in childhood, particularly in systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (sJIA). It is characterize by an uncontrolled activation and proliferation of T lymphocytes and macrophages. MAIN CONTENT: MAS is currently classified among the secondary or acquired forms of haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (sHLH). The reason is that MAS shares clinical and laboratory features with primary genetic HLH (pHLH)...
January 17, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094323/gene-set-based-association-analyses-for-the-wssv-resistance-of-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
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Yang Yu, Jingwen Liu, Fuhua Li, Xiaojun Zhang, Chengsong Zhang, Jianhai Xiang
White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) is regarded as a virus with the strongest pathogenicity to shrimp. For the threshold trait such as disease resistance, marker assisted selection (MAS) was considered to be a more effective approach. In the present study, association analyses of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located in a set of immune related genes were conducted to identify markers associated with WSSV resistance. SNPs were detected by bioinformatics analysis on RNA sequencing data generated by Illimina sequencing platform and Roche 454 sequencing technology...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093764/pre-ischemic-mitochondrial-substrate-constraint-by-inhibition-of-malate-aspartate-shuttle-preserves-mitochondrial-function-after-ischemia-reperfusion
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Nichlas Riise Jespersen, Takashi Yokota, Nicolaj Brejnholt Støttrup, Andreas Bergdahl, Kim Bolther Paelestik, Jonas Agerlund Povlsen, Flemming Dela, Hans Erik Bøtker
Mitochondrial dysfunction plays a central role in ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. The pre-ischemic administration of aminooxyacetate (AOA), an inhibitor of the malate-aspartate shuttle (MAS), provides cardioprotection against IR injury, but the underlying mechanism remains unknown. We hypothesized that a transient inhibition of the MAS during ischemia and early reperfusion could preserve mitochondrial function at later phase of reperfusion in IR-injured heart to the same extent as ischemic preconditioning (IPC), which is a well-validated cardioprotective strategy against IR injury...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093594/fast-and-accurate-mas-dnp-simulations-of-large-spin-ensembles
#13
Frédéric Mentink-Vigier, Shimon Vega, Gaël De Paëpe
A deeper understanding of parameters affecting Magic Angle Spinning Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (MAS-DNP), an emerging nuclear magnetic resonance hyperpolarization method, is crucial for the development of new polarizing agents and the successful implementation of the technique at higher magnetic fields (>10 T). Such progress is currently impeded by computational limitation which prevents the simulation of large spin ensembles (electron as well as nuclear spins) and to accurately describe the interplay between all the multiple key parameters at play...
January 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093096/structural-biology-of-supramolecular-assemblies-by-magic-angle-spinning-nmr-spectroscopy
#14
Caitlin M Quinn, Tatyana Polenova
In recent years, exciting developments in instrument technology and experimental methodology have advanced the field of magic-angle spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to new heights. Contemporary MAS NMR yields atomic-level insights into structure and dynamics of an astounding range of biological systems, many of which cannot be studied by other methods. With the advent of fast MAS, proton detection, and novel pulse sequences, large supramolecular assemblies, such as cytoskeletal proteins and intact viruses, are now accessible for detailed analysis...
January 2017: Quarterly Reviews of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092622/electroencephalographic-changes-associated-with-non-invasive-nociceptive-stimulus-in-minimally-anaesthetised-dogs
#15
U Kaka, Y M Goh, L W Chean, H C Chen
Electroencephalography (EEG) has been reported as an objective, non-invasive and stress free technique for nociceptive studies. Electrical stimuli can be used to evaluate the efficacy of centrally acting agents. Peripheral nerve stimulator can be a good and cheap source of electric stimulus for studies of nociception, and studies evaluating analgesic effect of drugs under EEG. In this study suitability of peripheral nerve stimulator, and milliamperage for nociceptive studies under electroencephalography were evaluated...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091696/radiation-dose-reduction-in-parasinus-ct-by-spectral-shaping
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Matthias S May, Michael Brand, Michael M Lell, Martin Sedlmair, Thomas Allmendinger, Michael Uder, Wolfgang Wuest
INTRODUCTION: Spectral shaping aims to narrow the X-ray spectrum of clinical CT. The aim of this study was to determine the image quality and the extent of radiation dose reduction that can be achieved by tin prefiltration for parasinus CT. METHODS: All scans were performed with a third generation dual-source CT scanner. A study protocol was designed using 100 kV tube voltage with tin prefiltration (200 mAs) that provides image noise levels comparable to a low-dose reference protocol using 100 kV without spectral shaping (25 mAs)...
January 16, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091615/pirfenidone-controls-the-feedback-loop-of-the-at1r-p38-mapk-renin-angiotensin-system-axis-by-regulating-liver-x-receptor-%C3%AE-in-myocardial-infarction-induced-cardiac-fibrosis
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Chunmei Li, Rui Han, Le Kang, Jianping Wang, Yonglin Gao, Yanshen Li, Jie He, Jingwei Tian
Pirfenidone (PFD), an anti-fibrotic small molecule drug, is used to treat fibrotic diseases, but its effects on myocardial infarction (MI)-induced cardiac fibrosis are unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of PFD on MI-induced cardiac fibrosis and the possible underlying mechanisms in rats. After establishment of the model, animals were administered PFD by gavage for 4 weeks. During the development of MI-induced cardiac fibrosis, we found activation of a positive feedback loop between the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R)/phospho-p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38 MAPK) pathway and renin-angiotensin system (RAS), which was accompanied by down-regulation of liver X receptor-α (LXR-α) expression...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090599/mas-related-g-protein-coupled-receptor-x2-a-potential-new-target-for-modulating-mast-cell-mediated-allergic-and-inflammatory-diseases
#18
Hydar Ali
Mast cells (MCs) are tissue resident immune cells that are best known for their roles in allergic and inflammatory diseases. In addition to the high affinity IgE receptor (FcεRI), MCs express numerous G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are the most common targets of drug therapy. Neurokinin 1 receptor (NK-1R) is expressed on MCs and contributes to IgE and non-IgE-mediated responses in mice. Although NK-1R antagonists are highly effective in modulating experimental allergic and inflammatory responses in mice they lack efficacy in humans...
December 2016: Journal of Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089725/high-concentration-of-branched-chain-amino-acids-promotes-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-migration-of-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-via-mtorc1-activation
#19
Olha Zhenyukh, Esther Civantos, Marta Ruiz-Ortega, Maria Soledad Sánchez, Clotilde Vázquez, Concepción Peiró, Jesús Egido, Sebastián Mas
Leucine, isoleucine and valine are essential aminoacids termed branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) due to its aliphatic side-chain. In several pathological and physiological conditions increased BCAA plasma concentrations have been described. Elevated BCAA levels predict insulin resistance development. Moreover, BCAA levels higher than 2mmol/L are neurotoxic by inducing microglial activation in maple syrup urine disease. However, there are no studies about the direct effects of BCAA in circulating cells. We have explored whether BCAA could promote oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory status in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from healthy donors...
January 13, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089491/satellite-and-central-transitions-selective-1-h-27-al-d-hmqc-experiments-at-very-fast-mas-for-quadrupolar-couplings-determination
#20
Nghia Tuan Duong, Yusuke Nishiyama
Recent study has demonstrated the application of the proton-detected heteronuclear multi-quantum coherence (HMQC) at ultrafast Magic Angle Spinning (MAS) to probe quadrupolar nuclei including (14)N and (35)Cl. In addition, for half-integer quadrupolar nucleus like (35)Cl, the quadrupolar product can be calculated based on the shift difference between the center band of satellite transition (ST) and the central transition (CT) peaks. The applicability of this technique is further investigated on spin I=5/2, namely (27)Al nucleus, and kaolin is chosen as the testing sample...
January 4, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
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