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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215037/the-italian-dystonia-registry-rationale-design-and-preliminary-findings
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Giovanni Defazio, M Esposito, G Abbruzzese, C L Scaglione, G Fabbrini, G Ferrazzano, S Peluso, R Pellicciari, A F Gigante, G Cossu, R Arca, L Avanzino, F Bono, M R Mazza, L Bertolasi, R Bacchin, R Eleopra, C Lettieri, F Morgante, M C Altavista, L Polidori, R Liguori, S Misceo, G Squintani, M Tinazzi, R Ceravolo, E Unti, L Magistrelli, M Coletti Moja, N Modugno, M Petracca, N Tambasco, M S Cotelli, M Aguggia, A Pisani, M Romano, M Zibetti, A R Bentivoglio, A Albanese, P Girlanda, A Berardelli
The Italian Dystonia Registry is a multicenter data collection system that will prospectively assess the phenomenology and natural history of adult-onset dystonia and will serve as a basis for future etiological, pathophysiological and therapeutic studies. In the first 6 months of activity, 20 movement disorders Italian centres have adhered to the registry and 664 patients have been recruited. Baseline historical information from this cohort provides the first general overview of adult-onset dystonia in Italy...
February 18, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214720/treatment-efficiency-and-economic-feasibility-of-biological-oxidation-membrane-filtration-and-separation-processes-and-advanced-oxidation-for-the-purification-and-valorization-of-olive-mill-wastewater
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L Ioannou-Ttofa, I Michael-Kordatou, S C Fattas, A Eusebio, B Ribeiro, M Rusan, A R B Amer, S Zuraiqi, M Waismand, C Linder, Z Wiesman, J Gilron, D Fatta-Kassinos
Olive mill wastewater (OMW) is a major waste stream resulting from numerous operations that occur during the production stages of olive oil. The resulting effluent contains various organic and inorganic contaminants and its environmental impact can be notable. The present work aims at investigating the efficiency of (i) jet-loop reactor with ultrafiltration (UF) membrane system (Jacto.MBR), (ii) solar photo-Fenton oxidation after coagulation/flocculation pre-treatment and (iii) integrated membrane filtration processes (i...
February 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214244/evaluation-of-the-non-compliance-with-grouping-guidelines-which-may-lead-to-wrong-blood-in-tube-an-observational-study-and-risk-factor-analysis
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A Daurat, E Boudet, G Daurat, C Roger, J-C Gris, V Tunez, M-C Gaste, J-Y Lefrant
BACKGROUND: In France, blood group determination requires the completion of two samples collected at two different times to detect identity mistake and "wrong blood in tube". The aims of the present study were: (1) to evaluate the compliance with guidelines and (2) to identify risk factors of non-compliance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Samples for ABO group determination collected between January 1st and December 15th, 2013 in the University hospital of Nîmes, France were analyzed...
February 14, 2017: Transfusion Clinique et Biologique: Journal de la Société Française de Transfusion Sanguine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213955/the-skin-barrier-function-gene-spink5-is-associated-with-challenge-proven-ige-mediated-food-allergy-in-infants
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Sarah E Ashley, Hern-Tze Tina Tan, Peter Vuillermin, Shyamali C Dharmage, Mimi L K Tang, Jennifer Koplin, Lyle C Gurrin, Adrian Lowe, Caroline Lodge, Anne-Louise Ponsonby, John Molloy, Pamela Martin, Melanie C Matheson, Richard Saffery, Katrina J Allen, Justine A Ellis, David Martino
BACKGROUND: A defective skin barrier is hypothesised to be an important route of sensitisation to dietary antigens, and may lead to food allergy in some children. Missense mutations in the Serine peptidase inhibitor kazal type 5 (SPINK5) skin barrier gene have previously been associated with allergic conditions. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether genetic variants in and around SPINK5 are associated with IgE mediated food allergy. METHOD: We genotyped 71 'tag' single nucleotide polymorphisms (tag-SNPs) within a region spanning ~263 kilobases (kb) including SPINK5 (~61kb) in n=722 (n=367 food allergic, n=199 food sensitised, tolerant and n=156 non-food allergic controls) 12-month infants (discovery sample) phenotyped for food allergy with the gold standard oral food challenge (OFC)...
February 18, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213806/clinical-ugt1a1-genetic-analysis-in-pediatric-patients-experience-of-a-reference-laboratory
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Ann M Moyer, Jennifer M Skierka, Katrina E Kotzer, Michelle L Kluge, John L Black, Linnea M Baudhuin
BACKGROUND: Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia can be severe or prolonged and warrant exploration into the underlying etiology, which may include genetic assessment of UGT1A1 for inherited disorders (i.e. Crigler-Najjar syndrome or Gilbert syndrome). METHODS: In our reference laboratory, we performed UGT1A1 gene sequencing analysis on 346 pediatric patients referred for a clinical indication of hyperbilirubinemia. RESULTS: Males (n = 241) had significantly higher mean total bilirubin concentration compared to females (n = 105) (9...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212669/understanding-trophic-interactions-in-host-parasite-associations-using-stable-isotopes-of-carbon-and-nitrogen
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Milen Nachev, Maik A Jochmann, Friederike Walter, J Benjamin Wolbert, S Marcel Schulte, Torsten C Schmidt, Bernd Sures
BACKGROUND: Stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen can deliver insights into trophic interactions between organisms. While many studies on free-living organisms are available, the number of those focusing on trophic interactions between hosts and their associated parasites still remains scarce. In some cases information about taxa (e.g. acanthocephalans) is completely missing. Additionally, available data revealed different and occasionally contrasting patterns, depending on the parasite's taxonomic position and its degree of development, which is most probably determined by its feeding strategy (absorption of nutrients through the tegument versus active feeding) and its localization in the host...
February 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212573/dynamic-variations-in-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-emt-atm-and-slfn11-govern-response-to-parp-inhibitors-and-cisplatin-in-small-cell-lung-cancer
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C Allison Stewart, Pan Tong, Robert J Cardnell, Triparna Sen, Lerong Li, Carl M Gay, Fatemah Masrorpour, You Fan, Rasha O Bara, Ying Feng, Yuanbin Ru, Junya Fujimoto, Samrat T Kundu, Leonard E Post, Karen Yu, Yuqiao Shen, Bonnie S Glisson, Ignatio Wistuba, John V Heymach, Don L Gibbons, Jing Wang, Lauren Averett Byers
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, with a 5-year survival <7%. A major barrier to progress is the absence of predictive biomarkers for chemotherapy and novel targeted agents such as PARP inhibitors. Using a high-throughput, integrated proteomic, transcriptomic, and genomic analysis of SCLC patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) and profiled cell lines, we identified biomarkers of drug sensitivity and determined their prevalence in patient tumors. In contrast to breast and ovarian cancer, PARP inhibitor response was not associated with mutations in homologous recombination (HR) genes (e...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212542/two-stage-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-a-novel-susceptibility-locus-associated-with-melanoma
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Katherine J Ransohoff, Wenting Wu, Hyunje G Cho, Harvind C Chahal, Yuan Lin, Hong-Ji Dai, Christopher I Amos, Jeffrey E Lee, Jean Y Tang, David A Hinds, Jiali Han, Qingyi Wei, Kavita Y Sarin
Genome-wide association studies have identified 21 susceptibility loci associated with melanoma. These loci implicate genes affecting pigmentation, nevus count, telomere maintenance, and DNA repair in melanoma risk. Here, we report the results of a two-stage genome-wide association study of melanoma. The stage 1 discovery phase consisted of 4,842 self-reported melanoma cases and 286,565 controls of European ancestry from the 23andMe research cohort and the stage 2 replication phase consisted of 1,804 melanoma cases and 1,026 controls from the University of Texas M...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212266/individual-patterns-in-blood-borne-indicators-of-fatigue-trait-or-chance
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Ross Julian, Tim Meyer, Hugh H K Fullagar, Sabrina Skorski, Mark Pfeiffer, Michael Kellmann, Alexander Ferrauti, Anne Hecksteden
Julian, R, Meyer, T, Fullagar, HHK, Skorski, S, Pfeiffer, M, Kellmann, M, Ferrauti, A, and Hecksteden, A. Individual patterns in blood-borne indicators of fatigue-trait or chance. J Strength Cond Res 31(3): 608-619, 2017-Blood-borne markers of fatigue such as creatine kinase (CK) and urea (U) are widely used to fine-tune training recommendations. However, predictive accuracy is low. A possible explanation for this dissatisfactory characteristic is the propensity of athletes to react to different patterns of fatigue indicators (e...
March 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211588/is-this-back-pain-killing-me-all-cause-and-cardiovascular-specific-mortality-in-older-danish-twins-with-spinal-pain
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M Fernandez, E Boyle, J Hartvigsen, M L Ferreira, K M Refshauge, C G Maher, K Christensen, J L Hopper, P H Ferreira
BACKGROUND: Few studies have examined the potentially reduced life expectancy associated with spinal pain (i.e. low back and neck pain) in an ageing population, particularly after controlling for familial factors, including genetics. METHODS: We investigated whether spinal pain increased the rate of all-cause and disease-specific cardiovascular mortality in older Danish twins aged ≥70 years. Data from 4391 participants collected at baseline were linked with the Danish Cause of Death Registry with the study ending on 31 December 2014...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209734/neural-representations-of-observed-actions-generalize-across-static-and-dynamic-visual-input
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Alon Hafri, John C Trueswell, Russell A Epstein
People interact with other people and with objects in distinct and categorizable ways (e.g., kicking is making contact with foot). We can recognize these action categories across variations in actors, objects, and settings; moreover, we can recognize them from both dynamic and static visual input. However, the neural systems that support action recognition across these perceptual differences are unclear. Here we used multivoxel pattern analysis of fMRI data to identify brain regions that support visual action categorization in a format-independent way...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209407/life-cycle-assessment-of-facile-microwave-assisted-zinc-oxide-zno-nanostructures
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D Papadaki, S Foteinis, G H Mhlongo, S S Nkosi, D E Motaung, S S Ray, T Tsoutsos, G Kiriakidis
The life cycle assessment of several zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures, fabricated by a facile microwave technique, is presented. Key synthesis parameters such as annealing temperature, varied from 90°C to 220°C, and microwave power, varied from 110W to 710W, are assessed. The effect of these parameters on both the structural characteristics and the environmental sustainability of the nanostructures is examined. The nanostructures were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM), ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), Photoluminescence (PL) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis...
February 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209224/systematic-evaluation-of-pleiotropy-identifies-6-further-loci-associated-with%C3%A2-coronary-artery%C3%A2-disease
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Thomas R Webb, Jeanette Erdmann, Kathleen E Stirrups, Nathan O Stitziel, Nicholas G D Masca, Henning Jansen, Stavroula Kanoni, Christopher P Nelson, Paola G Ferrario, Inke R König, John D Eicher, Andrew D Johnson, Stephen E Hamby, Christer Betsholtz, Arno Ruusalepp, Oscar Franzén, Eric E Schadt, Johan L M Björkegren, Peter E Weeke, Paul L Auer, Ursula M Schick, Yingchang Lu, He Zhang, Marie-Pierre Dube, Anuj Goel, Martin Farrall, Gina M Peloso, Hong-Hee Won, Ron Do, Erik van Iperen, Jochen Kruppa, Anubha Mahajan, Robert A Scott, Christina Willenborg, Peter S Braund, Julian C van Capelleveen, Alex S F Doney, Louise A Donnelly, Rosanna Asselta, Pier A Merlini, Stefano Duga, Nicola Marziliano, Josh C Denny, Christian Shaffer, Nour Eddine El-Mokhtari, Andre Franke, Stefanie Heilmann, Christian Hengstenberg, Per Hoffmann, Oddgeir L Holmen, Kristian Hveem, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Thorsten Kessler, Jennifer Kriebel, Karl L Laugwitz, Eirini Marouli, Nicola Martinelli, Mark I McCarthy, Natalie R Van Zuydam, Christa Meisinger, Tõnu Esko, Evelin Mihailov, Stefan A Escher, Maris Alver, Susanne Moebus, Andrew D Morris, Jarma Virtamo, Majid Nikpay, Oliviero Olivieri, Sylvie Provost, Alaa AlQarawi, Neil R Robertson, Karen O Akinsansya, Dermot F Reilly, Thomas F Vogt, Wu Yin, Folkert W Asselbergs, Charles Kooperberg, Rebecca D Jackson, Eli Stahl, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Konstantin Strauch, Tibor V Varga, Melanie Waldenberger, Lingyao Zeng, Rajiv Chowdhury, Veikko Salomaa, Ian Ford, J Wouter Jukema, Philippe Amouyel, Jukka Kontto, Børge G Nordestgaard, Jean Ferrières, Danish Saleheen, Naveed Sattar, Praveen Surendran, Aline Wagner, Robin Young, Joanna M M Howson, Adam S Butterworth, John Danesh, Diego Ardissino, Erwin P Bottinger, Raimund Erbel, Paul W Franks, Domenico Girelli, Alistair S Hall, G Kees Hovingh, Adnan Kastrati, Wolfgang Lieb, Thomas Meitinger, William E Kraus, Svati H Shah, Ruth McPherson, Marju Orho-Melander, Olle Melander, Andres Metspalu, Colin N A Palmer, Annette Peters, Daniel J Rader, Muredach P Reilly, Ruth J F Loos, Alex P Reiner, Dan M Roden, Jean-Claude Tardif, John R Thompson, Nicholas J Wareham, Hugh Watkins, Cristen J Willer, Nilesh J Samani, Heribert Schunkert, Panos Deloukas, Sekar Kathiresan
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies have so far identified 56 loci associated with risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). Many CAD loci show pleiotropy; that is, they are also associated with other diseases or traits. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to systematically test if genetic variants identified for non-CAD diseases/traits also associate with CAD and to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the extent of pleiotropy of all CAD loci. METHODS: In discovery analyses involving 42,335 CAD cases and 78,240 control subjects we tested the association of 29,383 common (minor allele frequency >5%) single nucleotide polymorphisms available on the exome array, which included a substantial proportion of known or suspected single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with common diseases or traits as of 2011...
February 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209137/transcriptional-analysis-of-defense-mechanisms-in-upland-tetraploid-switchgrass-to-greenbugs
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Teresa Donze-Reiner, Nathan A Palmer, Erin D Scully, Travis J Prochaska, Kyle G Koch, Tiffany Heng-Moss, Jeffrey D Bradshaw, Paul Twigg, Keenan Amundsen, Scott E Sattler, Gautam Sarath
BACKGROUND: Aphid infestation of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) has the potential to reduce yields and biomass quality. Although switchgrass-greenbug (Schizaphis graminum; GB) interactions have been studied at the whole plant level, little information is available on plant defense responses at the molecular level. RESULTS: The global transcriptomic response of switchgrass cv Summer to GB was monitored by RNA-Seq in infested and control (uninfested) plants harvested at 5, 10, and 15 days after infestation (DAI)...
February 16, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208997/comparison-of-self-etch-primers-with-conventional-acid-etching-system-on-orthodontic-brackets
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Amit Zope, Yogita Zope-Khalekar, Shrikant S Chitko, Veerendra V Kerudi, Harshal Ashok Patil, Prasad Vasudeo Bonde, Pratik Jaltare, Siddhesh G Dolas
INTRODUCTION: The self-etching primer system consists of etchant and primer dispersed in a single unit. The etching and priming are merged as a single step leading to fewer stages in bonding procedure and reduction in the number of steps that also reduces the chance of introduction of error, resulting in saving time for the clinician. It also results in smaller extent of enamel decalcification. AIM: To compare the Shear Bond Strength (SBS) of orthodontic bracket bonded with Self-Etch Primers (SEP) and conventional acid etching system and to study the surface appearance of teeth after debonding; etching with conventional acid etch and self-etch priming, using stereomicroscope...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207996/the-use-of-a-contextual-modal-and-psychological-classification-of-medication-errors-in-the-emergency-department-a-retrospective-descriptive-study
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C J Cabilan, J A Hughes, C Shannon
BACKGROUND: The causes of medication errors are unique in every clinical setting; hence error minimisation strategies are not always effective. For this reason, it is fundamental to understand the causes specific to the emergency department so that targeted strategies can be implemented. OBJECTIVES: To describe the contextual, modal, and psychological classification of medication errors in the emergency department to know the factors associated with the reported medication errors...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205612/dna-analysis-of-a-30-000-year-old-urocitellus-glacialis-from-northeastern-siberia-reveals-phylogenetic-relationships-between-ancient-and-present-day-arctic-ground-squirrels
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Marina Faerman, Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Elisabetta Boaretto, Gennady G Boeskorov, Nikolai E Dokuchaev, Oleg A Ermakov, Fedor N Golenishchev, Stanislav V Gubin, Eugenia Mintz, Evgeniy Simonov, Vadim L Surin, Sergei V Titov, Oksana G Zanina, Nikolai A Formozov
In contrast to the abundant fossil record of arctic ground squirrels, Urocitellus parryii, from eastern Beringia, only a limited number of fossils is known from its western part. In 1946, unnamed GULAG prisoners discovered a nest with three mummified carcasses of arctic ground squirrels in the permafrost sediments of the El'ga river, Yakutia, Russia, that were later attributed to a new species, Citellus (Urocitellus) glacialis Vinogr. To verify this assignment and to explore phylogenetic relationships between ancient and present-day arctic ground squirrels, we performed (14)C dating and ancient DNA analyses of one of the El'ga mummies and four contemporaneous fossils from Duvanny Yar, northeastern Yakutia...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205321/an-investigative-graduate-laboratory-course-for-teaching-modern-dna-techniques
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Alexandre de Lencastre, A Thomas Torello, Lani C Keller
This graduate-level DNA methods laboratory course is designed to model a discovery-based research project and engages students in both traditional DNA analysis methods and modern recombinant DNA cloning techniques. In the first part of the course, students clone the Drosophila ortholog of a human disease gene of their choosing using Gateway(®) cloning. In the second part of the course, students examine the expression of their gene of interest in human cell lines by reverse transcription PCR and learn how to analyze data from quantitative reverse transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) experiments...
February 16, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205047/pre-diagnosis-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-and-risk-of-epithelial-invasive-ovarian-cancer-by-histological-subtypes-a-collaborative-re-analysis-from-the-ovarian-cancer-cohort-consortium
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Jennifer Ose, Helena Schock, Elizabeth M Poole, Matti Lehtinen, Kala Visvanathan, Kathy Helzlsouer, Julie E Buring, I-Min Lee, Anne Tjønneland, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, Antonia Trichopoulou, Amalia Mattiello, N Charlotte Onland-Moret, Elisabete Weiderpass, María-José Sánchez, Annika Idahl, Ruth C Travis, Sabina Rinaldi, Melissa A Merritt, Nicolas Wentzensen, Shelley S Tworoger, Rudolf Kaaks, Renée T Fortner
PURPOSE: Biologic evidence suggests that the Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-family may be involved in the etiology of epithelial invasive ovarian cancer (EOC). However, prospective studies investigating the role of IGF-I in ovarian carcinogenesis have yielded conflicting results. METHODS: We pooled and harmonized data from 6 case-control studies nested within the Ovarian Cancer Cohort Consortium to investigate the association between pre-diagnosis IGF-I concentrations and subsequent risk of EOC...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203590/surgeon-directed-cost-variation-in-isolated-rotator-cuff-repair
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E Bailey Terhune, Peter C Cannamela, Jared S Johnson, Charles D Saad, John Barnes, Janette Silbernagel, Thomas Faciszewski, Kevin G Shea
BACKGROUND: As value becomes a larger component of heath care decision making, cost data can be evaluated for regional and physician variation. Value is determined by outcome divided by cost, and reducing cost increases value for patients. "Third-party spend" items are individual selections by surgeons used to perform procedures. Cost data for third-party spend items provide surgeons and hospitals with important information regarding care value, potential cost-saving opportunities, and the total cost of ownership of specific clinical decisions...
December 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
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