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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922234/long-term-azithromycin-therapy-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#1
Nagehan Emiralioğlu, Zeynelabidin Öztürk, Ebru Yalçın, Deniz Doğru, Uğur Özçelik, Nural Kiper
Inflammation is a central contributor to the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis (CF) pulmonary disease; so limiting the excessive production of inflammatory mediators represents a major therapeutic strategy for slowing the decline in lung function and improving survival. The macrolide antibiotic azithromycin (AZM) has anti-inflammatory properties and immunomodulatory effects that may be beneficial in CF. The aim of this study was to document the long term use of AZM effect on pulmonary function, nutritional status and number of pulmonary exacerbations in patients with CF...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922128/space-geodetic-monitoring-of-engineered-structures-the-ongoing-destabilization-of-the-mosul-dam-iraq
#2
Pietro Milillo, Roland Bürgmann, Paul Lundgren, Jacqueline Salzer, Daniele Perissin, Eric Fielding, Filippo Biondi, Giovanni Milillo
We present a detailed survey of the ongoing destabilization process of the Mosul dam. The dam is located on the Tigris river and is the biggest hydraulic structure in Iraq. From a geological point of view the dam foundation is poor due to a site geology formed by alternating strata of highly soluble materials including gypsum, anhydrite, marl and limestone. Here we present the first multi-sensor cumulative deformation map for the dam generated from space-based interferometric synthetic aperture radar measurements from the Italian constellation COSMO-SkyMed and the European sensor Sentinel-1a over the period 2014-2016 that we compare to an older dataset spanning 2004-2010 acquired with the European Envisat satellite...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922100/evaluation-of-candidate-reference-genes-for-rt-qpcr-studies-in-three-metabolism-related-tissues-of-mice-after-caloric-restriction
#3
Huan Gong, Liang Sun, Beidong Chen, Yiwen Han, Jing Pang, Wei Wu, Ruomei Qi, Tie-Mei Zhang
Reverse transcription quantitative-polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) is a routine method for gene expression analysis, and reliable results depend on proper normalization by stable reference genes. Caloric restriction (CR) is a robust lifestyle intervention to slow aging and delay onset of age-associated diseases via inducing global changes in gene expression. Reliable normalization of RT-qPCR data becomes crucial in CR studies. In this study, the expression stability of 12 candidate reference genes were evaluated in inguinal white adipose tissue (iWAT), skeletal muscle (Sk...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922063/design-and-mechanistic-insight-into-ultrafast-calcium-indicators-for-monitoring-intracellular-calcium-dynamics
#4
Nordine Helassa, Borbala Podor, Alan Fine, Katalin Török
Calmodulin-based genetically encoded fluorescent calcium indicators (GCaMP-s) are powerful tools of imaging calcium dynamics from cells to freely moving animals. High affinity indicators with slow kinetics however distort the temporal profile of calcium transients. Here we report the development of reduced affinity ultrafast variants of GCaMP6s and GCaMP6f. We hypothesized that GCaMP-s have a common kinetic mechanism with a rate-limiting process in the interaction of the RS20 peptide and calcium-calmodulin...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922020/efficacy-of-losartan-in-the-management-of-post-dialysis-euvolemic-hypertension-held-trial-a-single-blind-randomized-control-trial
#5
Raja Ahsan Aftab, Amer Hayat Khan, Azreen Syazril Adnan, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Tahir Mehmood Khan
To assess the effectiveness of losartan 50 mg on post dialysis euvolemic hypertensive patients against standard antihypertensive pharmacotherapy. A multicentre, prospective, randomized, single-blind trial was conducted to assess the effect of losartan 50 mg every other day (EOD), once a morning (OM) among post-dialysis euvolemic hypertensive patients. Covariate-adaptive randomization was used to allocate participants to a standard or treatment arm, and they were followed up for eight weeks. Pre-, intra- and post-dialysis session blood pressure (BP) measurements were recorded along with any adverse events...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921346/bottom-up-meets-top-down-patchy-hybrid-nonwovens-as-an-efficient-catalysis-platform
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Judith Schöbel, Matthias Burgard, Christian Hils, Roland Dersch, Martin Dulle, Kirsten Volk, Matthias Karg, Andreas Greiner, Holger Schmalz
Heterogeneous catalysis with supported nanoparticles (NPs) is a highly active field of research. However, the efficient stabilization of NPs without deteriorating their catalytic activity is challenging. By combining top-down (coaxial electrospinning) and bottom-up (crystallization-driven self-assembly) approaches, we prepared patchy nonwovens with functional, nanometer-sized patches on the surface. These patches can selectively bind and efficiently stabilize gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The use of these AuNP-loaded patchy nonwovens in the alcoholysis of dimethylphenylsilane led to full conversion under comparably mild conditions and in short reaction times...
December 6, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921039/clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-adpkd-in-western-countries
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REVIEW
Claudia Sommerer, Martin Zeier
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921038/the-clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-in-china
#8
REVIEW
Cheng Xue, Chen-Chen Zhou, Ming Wu, Chang-Lin Mei
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common monogenic hereditary kidney disease characterized by progressive enlargement of renal cysts. The incidence is 1-2‰ worldwide. Mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) cause ADPKD. Currently, there is no pharmaceutical treatment available for ADPKD patients in China. Summary: This review focused on advances in clinical manifestation, gene diagnosis, risk factors, and management of ADPKD in China. There is an age-dependent increase in total kidney volume (TKV) and decrease in renal function in Chinese ADPKD patients...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921031/amniotic-epithelial-cells-a-new-tool-to-combat-aging-and-age-related-diseases
#9
Clara Di Germanio, Michel Bernier, Rafael de Cabo, Barbara Barboni
The number of elderly people is growing at an unprecedented rate and this increase of the aging population is expected to have a direct impact on the incidence of age-related diseases and healthcare-associated costs. Thus, it is imperative that new tools are developed to fight and slow age-related diseases. Regenerative medicine is a promising strategy for the maintenance of health and function late in life; however, stem cell-based therapies face several challenges including rejection and tumor transformation...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920910/crystal-structure-of-tibi2
#10
Kei Watanabe, Hisanori Yamane
Black granular single crystals of monotitanium dibismuth, TiBi2, were synthesized by slow cooling of a mixture of Bi and Ti from 693 K. The title compound is isostructural with CuMg2 (ortho-rhom-bic Fddd symmetry). Ti atoms are located in square anti-prisms of Bi atoms. The network of one type of Bi atom spirals along the a-axis direction while honeycomb layers of the other type of Bi atom spreading in the ab plane inter-lace one another.
September 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920856/tongue-base-schwannoma-differential-diagnosis-and-imaging-features-with-a-case-presentation
#11
Zain Badar, Zerwa Farooq, Daniel Zaccarini, Sajeev R Ezhapilli
Schwannomas are slow growing, encapsulated neoplasms that arise from the nerve sheath. A vast majority of these benign neoplasms occur in the head and neck region, most commonly involving the 8th cranial nerve. Schwannomas arising from the base of tongue are very rare and, thus, can easily escape the list of differential diagnosis for a posterior tongue mass. A systematic approach is recommended for diagnosis of a posterior tongue mass, with neoplastic, infectious, and congenital categories. We report a case of a 24-year-old female, who presented with pressure sensation in the throat...
December 2016: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920774/effects-of-tween-80-on-growth-and-biofilm-formation-in-laboratory-media
#12
Christina K Nielsen, Jørgen Kjems, Tina Mygind, Torben Snabe, Rikke L Meyer
Tween 80 is a widely used non-ionic emulsifier that is added to cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and foods. Because of its widespread use we need to understand how it affects bacteria on our skin, in our gut, and in food products. The aim of this study is to investigate how Tween 80 affects the growth and antimicrobial susceptibility of Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, and Pseudomonas fluorescens, which are common causes of spoilage and foodborne illnesses. Addition of 0.1% Tween 80 to laboratory growth media increased the growth rate of planktonic S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920765/novel-pathways-for-ameliorating-the-fitness-cost-of-gentamicin-resistant-small-colony-variants
#13
Martin Vestergaard, Wilhelm Paulander, Bingfeng Leng, Jesper B Nielsen, Henrik T Westh, Hanne Ingmer
Small colony variants (SCVs) of the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus are associated with persistent infections. Phenotypically, SCVs are characterized by slow growth and they can arise upon interruption of the electron transport chain that consequently reduce membrane potential and thereby limit uptake of aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin). In this study, we have examined the pathways by which the fitness cost of SCVs can be ameliorated. Five gentamicin resistant SCVs derived from S. aureus JE2 were independently selected on agar plates supplemented with gentamicin...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920532/the-effect-of-magnetic-nanoparticles-on-neuronal-differentiation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neural-precursors
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Klára Jiráková, Monika Šeneklová, Daniel Jirák, Karolína Turnovcová, Magda Vosmanská, Michal Babič, Daniel Horák, Pavel Veverka, Pavla Jendelová
INTRODUCTION: Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is suitable for noninvasive long-term tracking. We labeled human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural precursors (iPSC-NPs) with two types of iron-based nanoparticles, silica-coated cobalt zinc ferrite nanoparticles (CZF) and poly-l-lysine-coated iron oxide superparamagnetic nanoparticles (PLL-coated γ-Fe2O3) and studied their effect on proliferation and neuronal differentiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We investigated the effect of these two contrast agents on neural precursor cell proliferation and differentiation capability...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920529/synthetic-high-density-lipoproteins-for-delivery-of-10-hydroxycamptothecin
#15
Yue Yuan, Jian Wen, Jie Tang, Qiming Kan, Rose Ackermann, Karl Olsen, Anna Schwendeman
The purpose of this study was to develop a novel synthetic high-density lipoprotein (sHDL) nanoparticle delivery system for 10-hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT) for treatment of colon carcinoma. HDL is recognized by scavenger receptor B-I (SR-BI) over-expressed in colon carcinomas 5- to 35-fold relative to the human fibroblasts. The sHDL nanoparticles were composed of apolipoprotein A-I mimic peptide (5A) and contained 0.5%-1.5% (w/w) of HCPT. An optimized HCPT-sHDL formulation exhibited 0.7% HCPT loading with 70% efficiency with an average size of 10-12 nm...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920506/polifeprosan-20-3-85-carmustine-slow-release-wafer-in-malignant-glioma-patient-selection-and-perspectives-on-a-low-burden-therapy
#16
REVIEW
Lawrence Kleinberg
Polifeprosan 20 with carmustine (GLIADEL(®)) polymer implant wafer is a biodegradable compound containing 3.85% carmustine (BCNU, bischloroethylnitrosourea) implanted in the brain at the time of planned tumor surgery, which then slowly degrades to release the BCNU chemotherapy directly into the brain thereby bypassing the blood-brain barrier. Carmustine implant wafers were demonstrated to improve survival in randomized placebo-controlled trials in patients undergoing a near total resection of newly diagnosed or recurrent malignant glioma...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920296/a-sulfur-oxygenase-from-the-haloalkaliphilic-bacterium-thioalkalivibrio-paradoxus-with-atypically-low-reductase-activity
#17
Patrick Rühl, Uwe Pöll, Johannes Braun, Andreas Klingl, Arnulf Kletzin
: Sequence comparisons showed that the sulfur oxygenase reductase (SOR) of the haloalkaliphilic bacterium Thioalkalivibrio paradoxus Arh 1 (TpSOR) is branching deeply within dendrograms of these proteins (29-34% identity). A synthetic gene encoding the TpSOR expressed in E. coli resulted in a protein of 14.7±0.9 nm in diameter and an apparent molecular mass of 556 kDa. Sulfite and thiosulfate were formed from elemental sulfur in a temperature range of 10-98°C (Topt≈80°C) and a pH range of 6-11...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920248/use-of-proton-pump-inhibitors-among-older-australians-national-quality-improvement-programmes-have-led-to-sustained-practice-change
#18
Nicole L Pratt, Lisa M Kalisch Ellett, Janet K Sluggett, Svetla V Gadzhanova, Emmae N Ramsay, Mhairi Kerr, Vanessa T LeBlanc, John D Barratt, Elizabeth E Roughead
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of national multifaceted initiatives to improve use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) on the use of PPIs among older Australians. DESIGN: Interrupted time series analysis using administrative health claims data from the Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA). SETTING: Australia. PARTICIPANTS: All veterans and dependents who received PPIs between January 2003 and December 2013...
December 4, 2016: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920153/urine-osmolality-response-to-tolvaptan-and-outcome-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-results-from-the-tempo-3-4-trial
#19
Olivier Devuyst, Arlene B Chapman, Ron T Gansevoort, Eiji Higashihara, Ronald D Perrone, Vicente E Torres, Jaime D Blais, Wen Zhou, John Ouyang, Frank S Czerwiec
The vasopressin-cAMP-osmolality axis is abnormal in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). In the Tolvaptan Efficacy and Safety in Management of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease and Its Outcomes 3:4 Trial, a 3-year randomized, placebo-controlled trial in adults, the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan slowed ADPKD progression in patients with preserved GFR. Here, we investigated the determinants of baseline urine osmolality (Uosm) and its value as a severity marker of ADPKD, the factors influencing the response to tolvaptan, and whether change in Uosm associated with key trial end points...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919979/second-line-erlotinib-or-intermittent-erlotinib-plus-docetaxel-in-male-ex-smokers-with-squamous-nsclc-the-talisman-randomized-trial
#20
Cesare Gridelli, Antonio Chella, Giuseppe Valmadre, Giacomo Allegrini, Matteo Brighenti, Paolo Bidoli, Antonio Rossi, Paolo Maione, Maria Rita Migliorino, Serena Ricciardi, Filippo DE Marinis
BACKGROUND/AIM: The TArceva and docetaxeL In former-Smokers MAle patients with recurrent non-small cell lung cancer (TALISMAN) phase II, open-label randomized trial evaluates the combination of erlotinib with docetaxel in the second-line therapy of ex-smoker males with advanced squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients received erlotinib 150 mg/day (arm A; n=36) or docetaxel 75 mg/m(2) on day 1 of each 3-week cycle and erlotinib 150 mg/day on days 2-16 of each cycle (arm B; n=38)...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
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