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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339194/a-systematic-evaluation-of-chronic-metal-mixture-toxicity-to-three-species-and-implications-for-risk-assessment
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Charlotte Nys, Liske Versieren, Katherine Cordery, Ronny Blust, Erik Smolders, Karel A C De Schamphelaere
Metal contamination generally occurs as mixtures. However, it is yet unresolved how to address metal mixtures in risk assessment. Therefore, using consistent methodologies, we have set up experiments to identify which mixture model applies best at low level effects, i.e. the independent action (IA) or concentration addition (CA) reference model. Toxicity of metal mixtures (Ni, Zn, Cu, Cd, and Pb) to Daphnia magna, Ceriodaphnia dubia, and Hordeum vulgare was investigated in different waters or soils, totaling 30 different experiments...
March 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335503/synthesis-of-randomly-substituted-anionic-cyclodextrins-in-ball-milling
#2
László Jicsinszky, Marina Caporaso, Emanuela Calcio Gaudino, Cristina Giovannoli, Giancarlo Cravotto
A number of influencing factors mean that the random substitution of cyclodextrins (CD) in solution is difficult to reproduce. Reaction assembly in mechanochemistry reduces the number of these factors. However, lack of water can improve the reaction outcomes by minimizing the reagent's hydrolysis. High-energy ball milling is an efficient, green and simple method for one-step reactions and usually reduces degradation and byproduct formation. Anionic CD derivatives have successfully been synthesized in the solid state, using a planetary ball mill...
March 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334820/high-resolution-time-course-mapping-of-early-transcriptomic-molecular-and-cellular-phenotypes-in-huntington-s-disease-cag-knock-in-mice-across-multiple-genetic-backgrounds
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Seth A Ament, Jocelynn R Pearl, Andrea Grindeland, Jason St Claire, John C Earls, Marina Kovalenko, Tammy Gillis, Jayalakshmi Mysore, James F Gusella, Jong-Min Lee, Seung Kwak, David Howland, Min Young Lee, David Baxter, Kelsey Scherler, Kai Wang, Donald Geman, Jeffrey B Carroll, Marcy E MacDonald, George Carlson, Vanessa C Wheeler, Nathan D Price, Leroy E Hood
Huntington's disease is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disease caused by the expansion of a CAG repeat in the HTT gene. In addition to the length of the CAG expansion, factors such as genetic background have been shown to contribute to the age at onset of neurological symptoms. A central challenge in understanding the disease progression that leads from the HD mutation to massive cell death in the striatum is the ability to characterize the subtle and early functional consequences of the CAG expansion longitudinally...
February 27, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333755/treatment-persistence-for-infliximab-versus-adalimumab-in-crohn-s-disease-a-14-year-single-center-experience
#4
Pablo Olivera, Linda Thiriet, Amandine Luc, Cedric Baumann, Silvio Danese, Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet
BACKGROUND: Infliximab (IFX) and adalimumab (ADA) are widely used in the treatment of patients with Crohn's disease (CD). There are few published data on the treatment persistence of IFX and ADA in patients with CD. METHODS: We aimed to compare the persistence rates of IFX versus ADA as first- and second-line tumor necrosis factor antagonist (anti-TNF), to identify factors potentially associated with persistence, and to evaluate reasons for treatment withdrawal in CD patients...
March 16, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333328/the-time-course-of-diagnostic-delay-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-over-the-last-sixty-years-an-italian-multicentre-study
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Laura Cantoro, Antonio Di Sabatino, Claudio Papi, Giovanna Margagnoni, Sandro Ardizzone, Paolo Giuffrida, Diana Giannarelli, Alessandro Massari, Rita Monterubbianesi, Marco Vincenzo Lenti, Gino Roberto Corazza, Anna Kohn
Background and Aims: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients are still under-diagnosed or diagnosed with serious delay. We examined whether diagnostic delay (DD) in IBD has changed over the last 60 years, and explored the risk factors of longer DD. Methods: 3392 IBD patients recorded in the registry of four IBD Italian centres were divided according to the year of diagnosis into a historical cohort (HC: 1955-1984) and modern cohort (MC: 1985-2014). DD, i.e. time lapse between onset of symptoms indicative of IBD and definitive diagnosis, was divided into four sub-periods (0-6, 7-12, 13-24, >24 months) which were correlated with age and disease location/behaviour at diagnosis...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333288/exposure-efficacy-relationships-for-vedolizumab-induction-therapy-in-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis-or-crohn-s-disease
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Maria Rosario, Jonathan L French, Nathanael L Dirks, Serap Sankoh, Asit Parikh, Huyuan Yang, Silvio Danese, Jean-Frédéric Colombel, Michael Smyth, William J Sandborn, Brian G Feagan, Walter Reinisch, Bruce E Sands, Miguel Sans, Irving Fox
Background and Aims: A positive relationship between vedolizumab trough serum concentrations and clinical outcomes in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC) or Crohn's disease (CD) has been reported. Here we further explore exposure-efficacy relationships for vedolizumab induction therapy in post hoc analyses of GEMINI study data. Methods: Vedolizumab trough concentrations at Week 6 or 10 were grouped in quartiles and clinical outcome rates calculated. Exposure-efficacy relationships at Week 6 and potential baseline covariate effects were explored using logistic regression and individual predicted cumulative average concentration through Week 6 (Caverage) as exposure measure...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330685/renal-clear-cell-carcinoma-diffusion-tensor-imaging-diagnostic-accuracy-and-correlations-with-clinical-and-histopathological-factors
#7
Q Feng, W Fang, X P Sun, S H Sun, R M Zhang, Z J Ma
AIM: To investigate whether diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can be used to assess renal clinical histopathology, including the nuclear grade (NG), cell density (CD), and the presence of ki-67. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients were enrolled in the study and were confirmed at surgical histopathology to have clear cell renal cell carcinoma (CCRCC). For DTI, a coronal echo-planar imaging sequence was performed (1400 ms repetition time, 76 ms echo time, diffusion direction=6, number of excitations=4; b=0 and 800 s/mm(2), 6 mm section thickness with no intersection gap)...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329942/-analysis-of-survival-and-influencing-factors-of-hiv-aids-patients-in-tianjin-2004-2014
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Z Q Liu, N Zhou, J Y Bai, Y Guo, M H Yu
Objective: To understand the survival and influencing factors of HIV/AIDS patients in Tianjin. Methods: The data of HIV/AIDS cases reported in Tianjin during 2004-2014, which were collected from National AIDS Prevention and Control Information System, were analyzed by using life table and Kaplan Meier method to calculate survival time and the survival rate, and univariate and multivariate Cox regression analysis was conducted to identify the influencing factors for survival time. Results: For the 2 775 HIV/AIDS patients, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years and 11 years cumulative survival rates were 91%, 88%, 86%, 79% and 79% respectively...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329872/doxorubicin-has-dose-dependent-toxicity-on-mouse-ovarian-follicle-development-hormone-secretion-and-oocyte-maturation
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Shuo Xiao, Jiyang Zhang, Mingjun Liu, Hideyuki Iwahata, Hunter B Rogers, Teresa K Woodruff
Doxorubicin (DOX), one of the most commonly used anticancer medications, has been reported to affect fertility by damaging ovarian follicles; however, the dose-dependent toxicity of DOX on the dynamic follicle development and oocyte maturation has not been well-defined. Our objective is to determine the effects of human-relevant exposure levels of DOX on follicular functions across developmental time. In vitro cultured multilayered secondary mouse follicles were treated with DOX at 0, 2, 20, 100, and 200 nM for 24 hours, and follicle development, hormone secretion, and oocyte maturation were analyzed...
March 17, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329123/prevalence-of-chagas-disease-in-the-latin-american-born-population-of-los-angeles
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Sheba K Meymandi, Colin J Forsyth, Jonathan Soverow, Salvador Hernandez, Daniel Sanchez, Susan P Montgomery, Mahmoud Traina
Background.: According to an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chagas disease (CD) may affect 1.31% of Latin American immigrants in the United States, with >300 000 cases. However, there is a lack of real-world data to support this estimate. Little is known about the actual prevalence of this neglected tropical disease in the United States, and the bulk of those infected are undiagnosed. Methods.: From April 2008 to May 2014, we screened 4,755 Latin American-born residents of Los Angeles County...
February 12, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328867/astragaloside-iv-alleviates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-kidney-injury-through-down-regulating-cytokines-ccr5-and-p-erk-and-elevating-anti-oxidative-ability
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Wei Zhou, Yi Chen, Xingyu Zhang
BACKGROUND Astragaloside IV (AS-IV) has been shown to prevent ischemia-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in rat models of ischemia and reperfusion. However, the effects of AS-IV on AKI during sepsis and endotoxinemia is unclear. The current study aimed to investigate the effects and molecular mechanisms of AS-IV on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced AKI. MATERIAL AND METHODS Adult male CD-1 mice were randomly assigned into 6 groups (n=8/group): control group: mice were intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected with normal saline; LPS group (10 mg/kg, i...
March 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328819/prevalence-and-risk-factors-of-contact-dermatitis-among-clothing-manufacturing-employees-in-beijing-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yu-Xin Chen, Hai-Yan Cheng, Lin-Feng Li
Little is known about the epidemiology of contact dermatitis (CD) in the Chinese clothing industry. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence and some risk factors of contact dermatitis among clothing manufacturing employees in Beijing.This cross-sectional study was conducted by interview using self-administered questionnaires and skin examination between May and August in 2016. Five-hundred twenty-nine employees who had worked at sewing, ironing, and as managers at 12 clothing manufacturing factories were studied...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328624/long-term-maintenance-of-clinical-endoscopic-and-radiographic-response-to-ustekinumab-in-moderate-to-severe-crohn-s-disease-real-world-experience-from-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Christopher Ma, Richard N Fedorak, Gilaad G Kaplan, Levinus A Dieleman, Shane M Devlin, Nathan Stern, Karen I Kroeker, Cynthia H Seow, Yvette Leung, Kerri L Novak, Brendan P Halloran, Vivian W Huang, Karen Wong, Philip K Blustein, Subrata Ghosh, Remo Panaccione
BACKGROUND: Ustekinumab is a monoclonal antibody targeting interleukins 12 and 23. While effective in clinical trials for Crohn's disease (CD), long-term maintenance of response in the real-world setting is unclear. We aim to assess the efficacy of ustekinumab for maintaining clinical, endoscopic, and radiographic response in CD. METHODS: A retrospective multicenter cohort study was performed on patients with CD achieving steroid-free clinical response to ustekinumab induction, and advanced onto a regularly scheduled maintenance ustekinumab regimen between 2011 and 2016...
March 21, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327801/analysis-of-the-seroprevalence-of-and-factors-associated-with-chagas-disease-in-an-endemic-area-in-northeastern-brazil
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Erlane Chaves Freitas, Maria de Fátima Oliveira, Arduina Sofia Ortet de Barros Vasconcelos, José Damião da Silva, Carlos Eduardo Menezes Viana, Kátia Cristina Morais Soares Gomes, Luciano Pamplona de Góes Cavalcanti
INTRODUCTION: Chagas disease (CD) is currently considered a neglected disease; hence, identifying the factors associated with its high prevalence is essential. This study aimed to identify the seroprevalence of and the possible factors associated with CD in inhabitants of the City of Limoeiro do Norte, Northeastern Brazil. METHODS: Between April and November 2013, blood collection was conducted and a semi-structured questionnaire was administered. Blood samples that showed positive or possible serology for anti-Trypanosoma cruzi antibodies based on indirect immunofluorescence, hemagglutination indirect, and an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were analyzed...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327541/impacts-from-land-use-pattern-on-spatial-distribution-of-cultivated-soil-heavy-metal-pollution-in-typical-rural-urban-fringe-of-northeast-china
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Wenbo Li, Dongyan Wang, Qing Wang, Shuhan Liu, Yuanli Zhu, Wenjun Wu
Under rapid urban sprawl in Northeast China, land conversions are not only encroaching on the quantity of cultivated lands, but also posing a great threat to black soil conservation and food security. This study's aim is to explore the spatial relationship between comprehensive cultivated soil heavy metal pollution and peri-urban land use patterns in the black soil region. We applied spatial lag regression to analyze the relationship between PLI (pollution load index) and influencing factors of land use by taking suburban cultivated land of Changchun Kuancheng District as an empirical case...
March 22, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326566/systematic-review-with-meta-analysis-comparative-efficacy-of-biologics-for-induction-and-maintenance-of-mucosal-healing-in-crohn-s-disease-and-ulcerative-colitis-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
A Cholapranee, G S Hazlewood, G G Kaplan, L Peyrin-Biroulet, A N Ananthakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Mucosal healing is an important therapeutic endpoint in the management of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Limited data exist regarding the comparative efficacy of various therapies in achieving this outcome. AIM: To perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of biologics for induction and maintenance of mucosal healing in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials (RCT) examining mucosal healing as an endpoint of immunosuppressives, anti-tumour necrosis factor α (anti-TNF) or anti-integrin monoclonal antibody therapy for moderate-to-severe CD or UC...
March 22, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326073/rhoptry-protein-5-rop5-is-a-key-virulence-factor-in-neospora-caninum
#17
Lei Ma, Jing Liu, Muzi Li, Yong Fu, Xiao Zhang, Qun Liu
Neospora caninum, of the Apicomplexa phylum, is a common cause of abortions in cattle and nervous system dysfunction in dogs. Rhoptry proteins of Apicomplexa play an important role in virulence. The objectives of this study were to study functions of NcROP5 in N. caninum by deleting the NcROP5 gene from the wild Nc-1 strain. We selected NcROP5 in ToxoDB and successfully constructed an NcROP5 gene-deleted vector, pTCR-NcROP5-CD KO. Then we screened the NcROP5 knockout strains (ΔNcROP5) at the gene, protein and transcription levels...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323451/phytostabilization-of-heavy-metals-by-the-emergent-macrophyte-vossia-cuspidata-roxb-griff-a-phytoremediation-approach
#18
Tarek M Galal, Fatma A Gharib, Safia M Ghazi, Khalid H Mansour
The present study was conducted to investigate the potential of Vossia cuspidata as a phytoremediator to accumulate heavy metals from polluted water bodies. Thirty-two quadrats, distributed equally in eight sites (six polluted sites along Ismailia canal and two unpolluted sites along the Nile River) were selected seasonally for plant, water and sediment investigations. Winter plants recorded the highest values of shoot height, diameter, and leaf width, but the lowest shoot density. Plants collected in autumn had the lowest values of leaf length, width and area, while those in spring had the highest shoot density, with the lowest shoot height...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320072/constitutive-androstane-receptor-regulates-the-intestinal-mucosal-response-to-injury
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Grace M Hudson, Kyle L Flannigan, Sarah L Erickson, Fernando A Vicentini, Alexandra Zamponi, Christina L Hirota, Laurie Alston, Christophe Altier, Subrata Ghosh, Kevin P Rioux, Sridhar Mani, Thomas K Chang, Simon A Hirota
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The pathogenesis of the inflammatory bowel diseases(IBD), composed of Crohn's disease(CD) and ulcerative colitis(UC), involves aberrant interactions between a genetically susceptible individual, their microbiota and environmental factors. Alterations in xenobiotic receptor expression and function are associated with increased risk for IBD. In the current study, we assessed the role of the constitutive androstane receptor(CAR), a xenobiotic receptor closely related to the pregnane X receptor, in the regulation of intestinal mucosal homeostasis...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317399/recent-advances-in-pediatric-celiac-disease
#20
Grace J Lee, John Y Kao
The incidence of celiac disease (CD) has increased over the last half-century, resulting in rising interest in identifying risk factors for CD. The necessity of duodenal biopsies in the diagnosis of CD has recently been challenged. Areas covered: This review covers the recent literature regarding the role of infant feeding practices, including breastfeeding and timing of gluten introduction, and the microbiota in the development of CD. Additionally, the application of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition guidelines for a non-biopsy approach to the diagnosis of CD is reviewed...
March 20, 2017: Expert Review of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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