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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633114/do-glucosinolate-hydrolysis-products-reduce-nitrous-oxide-emissions-from-urine-affected-soil
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S F Balvert, J Luo, L A Schipper
New Zealand agriculture is predominantly comprised of pastoral grazing systems and deposition of animal excreta during grazing has been identified as a major source of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions. Nitrification inhibitors have been shown to significantly reduce nitrous oxide emissions from grazing pastoral systems, and some plants have been identified as having nitrification inhibiting properties. Brassica crops are one such example as they contain the secondary metabolite glucosinolate (GLS) whose hydrolysis products are thought to slow soil nitrogen cycling...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624411/incremental-prognostic-utility-of-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-asymptomatic-patients-with-significant-chronic-aortic-regurgitation-and-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Alaa Alashi, Amgad Mentias, Amjad Abdallah, Ke Feng, A Marc Gillinov, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Douglas R Johnston, Lars G Svensson, Zoran B Popovic, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine the prognostic utility of left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) in asymptomatic patients with ≥III+ aortic regurgitation (AR), an indexed LV end-systolic dimension of <2.5 cm/m(2), and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). BACKGROUND: Management of asymptomatic patients with severe chronic AR and preserved LVEF is challenging and is typically based on LV dimensions. METHODS: We studied 1,063 such patients (53 ± 16 years; 77% men) seen between 2003 and 2010 (excluding those with symptoms, obstructive coronary artery disease, acute AR/dissection, aortic/mitral stenosis, more than moderate mitral regurgitation, and previous cardiac surgery)...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614770/transcription-factor-gata3-expression-is-induced-by-gls2-overexpression-in-a-glioblastoma-cell-line-but-is-gls2-independent-in-patient-derived-glioblastoma
#3
E Majewska, R Rola, M Barczewska, J Marquez, J Albrecht, M Szeliga
Phosphate-activated glutaminase (GA), a ubiquitous glutamine-metabolizing enzyme, is encoded by two genes, GLS and GLS2. In mammalian cancers, GLS isoforms are perceived as molecules promoting cell proliferation and invasion, whereas the role of GLS2 isoforms seems to be more complex and cell type-specific. Previous studies have shown abundance of GLS and lack of GLS2 transcripts in T98G human glioblastoma (GBM) cell line and patient-derived GBM. Transfection with GAB sequence, the whole GLS2 cDNA transcript, suppressed malignant phenotype of T98G cells...
April 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609171/myocardial-performance-index-in-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-the-relationship-between-blood-pressures-and-angiogenic-factors
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Hadi Ramadan, Sarosh Rana, Ariel Mueller, Surichhya Bajracharya, Dongsheng Zhang, Saira Salahuddin, Rabab Nasim, Joana Lopes Perdigao, Mohammed Minhaj, Avery Tung, Zolt Arany, Sajid Shahul
OBJECTIVE: To study the association between cardiac function measured by myocardial performance index (MPI), blood pressures and angiogenic factors measured at the time of echocardiography in patients with and without hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP). METHODS: We prospectively studied 189 pregnant women and evaluated whether changes in cardiac function observed on echocardiography were correlated with higher blood pressures and whether higher blood pressures were associated with antiangiogenic proteins (soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase, sFlt1; soluble endoglin, sEng)...
May 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609101/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-thiazolidine-2-4-dione-derivatives-as-a-novel-class-of-glutaminase-inhibitors
#5
Teng-Kuang Yeh, Ching-Chuan Kuo, Yue-Zhi Lee, Yi-Yu Ke, Kuang-Feng Chu, Hsing-Yu Hsu, Hsin-Yu Chang, Yu-Wei Liu, Jen-Shin Song, Cheng-Wei Yang, Li-Mei Lin, Manwu Sun, Szu-Huei Wu, Po-Chu Kuo, Chuan Shih, Chiung-Tong Chen, Lun Kelvin Tsou, Shiow-Ju Lee
Humans have two glutaminase genes, GLS (GLS1) and GLS2, each of which has two alternative transcripts: the kidney isoform (KGA) and glutaminase C (GAC) for GLS; and the liver isoform (LGA) and glutaminase B (GAB) for GLS2. Initial hit compound (Z)-5-((1-(4-bromophenyl)-2,5-dimethyl-1H-pyrrol-3-yl)methylene)thiazolidine-2,4-dione (1), a thiazolidine-2-4-dione, was obtained from a high throughput screening of 40,000 compounds against KGA. Subsequently, a series of thiazolidine-2-4-dione derivatives was synthesized...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599827/late-detection-of-left-ventricular-dysfunction-using-two-dimensional-and-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-patients-with-history-of-nonsevere-acute-myocarditis
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Thibault Caspar, Marie Fichot, Mickaël Ohana, Soraya El Ghannudi, Olivier Morel, Patrick Ohlmann
BACKGROUND: Acute myocarditis (AM) often involves the left ventricular (LV) subepicardium that might be displayed by cardiac magnetic resonance even late after the acute phase. In the absence of global or regional LV dysfunction, conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) does not accurately identify tissue sequelae of AM. We sought to evaluate the diagnostic value of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography to identify patients with a history of AM with preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF)...
June 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599826/prognostic-value-of-left-ventricular-deformation-parameters-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-a-pilot-study-of-the-usefulness-of-strain-echocardiography
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Lars Gunnar Klaeboe, Trine F Haland, Ida S Leren, Rachel M A Ter Bekke, Pål H Brekke, Helge Røsjø, Torbjørn Omland, Lars Gullestad, Svend Aakhus, Kristina H Haugaa, Thor Edvardsen
BACKGROUND: In patients with aortic stenosis, subtle alterations in myocardial mechanics can be detected by speckle-tracking echocardiography before reduction of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: In this prospective study, 162 patients with aortic stenosis with an average aortic valve area of 0.7 ± 0.2 cm(2) and a mean LVEF of 60 ± 11% were included. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) and mechanical dispersion (SD of time from Q/R on the electrocardiogram to peak strain in 16 left ventricular segments) were assessed using echocardiography, and all-cause mortality (n = 37) was recorded during 37 ± 13 months of follow-up...
June 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597996/sensitization-of-melanoma-cells-to-temozolomide-by-overexpression-of-microrna-203-through-direct-targeting-of-glutaminase-mediated-glutamine-metabolism
#8
X Chang, W Zhu, H Zhang, S Lian
BACKGROUND: Malignant melanoma (MM) is an aggressive malignancy, which accounts for 80% of skin cancer-related deaths and is notably resistant to conventional chemotherapeutic agents. One of the most common treatments for melanoma is surgery, followed by various combinations of chemotherapy drugs. AIM: To investigate the role of microRNA (miR)-203 in sensitivity of MM cells to the chemotherapy drug temozolomide (TMZ). METHODS: Using quantitative reverse transcription PCR, we measured the expression of miR-203 in an MM cell line...
June 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588523/normal-theory-gls-estimator-for-missing-data-an-application-to-item-level-missing-data-and-a-comparison-to-two-stage-ml
#9
Victoria Savalei, Mijke Rhemtulla
Structural equation models (SEMs) can be estimated using a variety of methods. For complete normally distributed data, two asymptotically efficient estimation methods exist: maximum likelihood (ML) and generalized least squares (GLS). With incomplete normally distributed data, an extension of ML called "full information" ML (FIML), is often the estimation method of choice. An extension of GLS to incomplete normally distributed data has never been developed or studied. In this article we define the "full information" GLS estimator for incomplete normally distributed data (FIGLS)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587740/evaluation-of-traditional-and-novel-echocardiographic-methods-of-cardiac-diastolic-dysfunction-post-radiotherapy-in-breast-cancer
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Hari P Sritharan, Geoffrey P Delaney, Queenie Lo, Vikneswary Batumalai, Wei Xuan, Liza Thomas
BACKGROUND: To investigate alterations in left ventricular (LV) diastolic function using traditional and novel echocardiographic parameters, following radiation therapy (RT) in breast cancer patients in the acute setting. METHODS: 40 chemotherapy-naïve women with left-sided breast cancer undergoing RT were prospectively recruited. A comprehensive transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) was performed at baseline, during RT and 6weeks post-RT. Traditional echocardiographic diastolic parameters and diastolic strain rate were measured and analysed...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579125/prognostic-implications-of-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-predialysis-and-dialysis-patients
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Liselotte C R Hensen, Kathleen Goossens, Victoria Delgado, Joris I Rotmans, J Wouter Jukema, Jeroen J Bax
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide growing epidemic associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) is a measure of LV systolic function associated with prognosis in the general population. However, little is known about the association between LV GLS and survival in patients with CKD. The aim of the present study was to investigate the prognostic implications of LV GLS in predialysis and dialysis patients specifically...
May 11, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578575/mercury-temporal-trends-in-top-predator-fish-of-the-laurentian-great-lakes-from-2004-to-2015-are-concentrations-still-decreasing
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Chuanlong Zhou, Mark D Cohen, Bernard S Crimmins, Hao Zhou, Timothy A Johnson, Philip K Hopke, Thomas M Holsen
Mercury (Hg) concentration trends in top predator fish (lake trout and walleye) of the Great Lakes (GL) from 2004 to 2015 were determined by Kendall-Theil robust regression with a cluster-based age normalization method in order to control for the effect of changes in lake trophic status. Combining data from the GLs (except LE), a significant decreasing trend in the lake trout Hg concentrations was found between 2004 and 2015 with an annual decrease of 4.1% per year, consistent with the decline in regional atmospheric Hg emissions and water Hg concentrations...
June 5, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576465/metformin-and-caffeic-acid-regulate-metabolic-reprogramming-in-human-cervical-carcinoma-siha-htb-35%C3%A2-cells-and-augment-anticancer-activity-of-cisplatin-via-cell-cycle-regulation
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Malgorzata Tyszka-Czochara, Karolina Bukowska-Strakova, Marcin Majka
Metformin shows benefits in anticancer prevention in humans. In this study, normal human fibroblasts (FB) and metastatic cervical cancer cells (SiHa) were exposed to 10 mM Metformin (Met), 100 μM Caffeic Acid (trans-3,4-dihydroxycinnamic acid, CA) or combination of the compounds. Both drugs were selectively toxic towards cancer cells, but neither Met nor CA treatment suppressed growth of normal cells. Met and CA regulated metabolic reprogramming in SiHa tumor cells through different mechanisms: Met suppressed regulatory enzymes Glurtaminase (GLS) and Malic Enzyme 1 (ME1) and enhanced pyruvate oxidation via tricarboxylic acids (TCA) cycle, while CA acted as glycolytic inhibitor...
May 30, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559420/incremental-prognostic-use-of-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-asymptomatic-minimally-symptomatic-patients-with-severe-bioprosthetic-aortic-stenosis-undergoing-redo-aortic-valve-replacement
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Peyman Naji, Shailee Shah, Lars G Svensson, A Marc Gillinov, Douglas R Johnston, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Richard A Grimm, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
BACKGROUND: With improved survival of patients undergoing primary bioprosthetic aortic valve replacement (AVR), reoperation to relieve severe prosthetic aortic stenosis (PAS) is increasing. Timing of redo surgery in asymptomatic/minimally symptomatic patients remains controversial. Left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) is a marker of subclinical LV dysfunction. In asymptomatic/minimally symptomatic patients with severe PAS undergoing redo AVR, we sought to determine whether LV-GLS provides incremental prognostic use...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559418/abnormal-global-longitudinal-strain-predicts-future-deterioration-of-left-ventricular-function-in-heart-failure-patients-with-a-recovered-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
#15
Luigi Adamo, Andrew Perry, Eric Novak, Majesh Makan, Brian R Lindman, Douglas L Mann
BACKGROUND: Patients with recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) remain at risk for future deterioration of LVEF. However, there are no tools to risk stratify these patients. We hypothesized that global longitudinal strain (GLS) could predict sustained recovery within this population. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively identified 96 patients with a reduced LVEF <50% (screening echocardiogram), whose LVEF had increased by at least 10% and normalized (>50%) on evidence-based medical therapies (baseline echocardiogram)...
June 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551719/t-wave-changes-in-patients-with-wellens-syndrome-are-associated-with-increased-myocardial-mechanical-and-electrical-dispersion
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Ivan Stankovic, Srdjan Kafedzic, Aleksandra Janicijevic, Radosava Cvjetan, Tijana Vulovic, Milica Jankovic, Ivan Ilic, Biljana Putnikovic, Aleksandar N Neskovic
Some patients with unstable angina and critical stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) present with Wellens syndrome (WS), i.e., inverted or biphasic T-waves in the anterior precordial leads. We assessed clinical, angiographic, electro- and echocardiographic characteristic of patients with WS. In this retrospective study, clinical, angiographic, electro- and echocardiographic characteristic of 35 patients with WS were compared to 57 patients with critical LAD stenosis and normal resting electrocardiogram (ECG), and 45 subjects with normal coronary angiogram...
May 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551092/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-tissue-doppler-imaging-reveal-beneficial-effect-of-pharmacotherapy-in-hypertensives-with-asymptomatic-left-ventricular-dysfunction
#17
Beata Uziębło-Życzkowska, Paweł Krzesiński, Grzegorz Gielerak, Andrzej Skrobowski
Global longitudinal strain (GLS), assessed by speckle tracking echocardiography, is a sensitive marker of myocardial systolic function and an independent predictor of cardiovascular outcomes. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of hypotensive treatment on GLS and evaluate the relation between change in GLS and left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. In a group of 125 hypertensive subjects, without any symptoms of heart failure, the detailed echocardiographic assessment of LV systolic and diastolic function was performed before and after 12 months of hypotensive treatment...
May 8, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Hypertension: JASH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550978/left-ventricular-longitudinal-strain-impairment-predicts-cardiovascular-events-in-asymptomatic-type-1-myotonic-dystrophy
#18
Rodrigue Garcia, Michaela Rehman, Cyril Goujeau, Bruno Degand, François Le Gal, Benjamin Stordeur, Quentin Labarre, Luc Christiaens, Claire Bouleti
BACKGROUND: Type 1 myotonic dystrophy (DM1) patients' prognosis is very poor. Up until now, only a few prognostic factors for cardiovascular events have been identified, and they are predictive of end-stage disease. The aim was to assess the prognostic value of global longitudinal strain (GLS) for cardiovascular events in asymptomatic DM1 patients. METHODS: DM1 patients were included between 2011 and 2015 and followed up until January 2016. Patients underwent a transthoracic echocardiography at inclusion...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548371/the-additional-utility-of-two-dimensional-strain-in-detection-of-coronary-artery-disease-presence-and-localization-in-patients-undergoing-dobutamine-stress-echocardiogram
#19
Alaa Roushdy, Yomna Abou El Seoud, Mohamed Abd Elrahman, Basem Wadeaa, Adel Eletriby, Zainab Abd El Salam
BACKGROUND: Dobutamine stress echocardiogram (DSE) is a feasible and safe exercise-independent stress modality for diagnoses of coronary artery disease (CAD), but it is subjective, and operator dependant. Two-dimensional strain at peak stress could overcome these limitations and thus increase the accuracy of DSE. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a prospective observational study in which 80 patients underwent DSE, two-dimensional strain at peak stress, and coronary angiography...
May 26, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547838/more-efficient-parameter-estimates-for-factor-analysis-of-ordinal-variables-by-ridge-generalized-least-squares
#20
Ke-Hai Yuan, Ge Jiang, Ying Cheng
Data in psychology are often collected using Likert-type scales, and it has been shown that factor analysis of Likert-type data is better performed on the polychoric correlation matrix than on the product-moment covariance matrix, especially when the distributions of the observed variables are skewed. In theory, factor analysis of the polychoric correlation matrix is best conducted using generalized least squares with an asymptotically correct weight matrix (AGLS). However, simulation studies showed that both least squares (LS) and diagonally weighted least squares (DWLS) perform better than AGLS, and thus LS or DWLS is routinely used in practice...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology
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