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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339745/chronic-nasal-staphylococcus-aureus-carriage-identifies-a-subset-of-newly-diagnosed-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis-patients-with-high-relapse-rate
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Anna Salmela, Niels Rasmussen, Jan Willem Cohen Tervaert, David R W Jayne, Agneta Ekstrand
Objective.: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether chronic nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is related to relapses in patients with newly diagnosed ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Methods.: In two clinical trials (n = 200), for early systemic (n = 83) and generalized (n = 117) AAV, nasal swabs were obtained monthly and at the time of a relapse. Chronic nasal SA carriage (CNSAC) was defined as ⩾ 75% of cultures being SA positive, with non-carriers being SA negative in all cultures and remaining patients being intermittent carriers...
February 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333830/minimal-variation-in-anti-a-and-b-titers-among-healthy-volunteers-over-time-implications-for-the-use-of-out-of-group-blood-components
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Ulrik Sprogøe, Mark Yazer, Mads Hvidkjær Rasmussen, Berit Antonsen, Claus Bistrup, Kristian Assing
BACKGROUND: Using potentially out-of-group blood components, like low titer A plasma and O whole blood, in the resuscitation of trauma patients is becoming increasingly popular. However, very little is known whether the donors' anti-A and/or -B titers change over time and whether repeated titer measurements on the same donor are required to ensure that each donation produces a low titer product. METHODS: The anti-A and/or -B titers were measured on 56 healthy adult volunteers (47 blood donors; 9 blood center personnel) every three months for 12 consecutive months using an automated solid phase analyzer...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333300/comparison-of-global-gene-expression-profiles-of-microdissected-human-foetal-leydig-cells-with-their-normal-and-hyperplastic-adult-equivalents
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Grete Lottrup, Kirstine Belling, Henrik Leffers, John E Nielsen, Marlene D Dalgaard, Anders Juul, Niels E Skakkebæk, Søren Brunak, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts
STUDY QUESTION: Do human adult Leydig cells (ALCs) within hyperplastic micronodules display characteristics of foetal LCs (FLCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The gene expression profiles of FLCs and all ALC subgroups were clearly different, but there were no significant differences in expressed genes between the normally clustered and hyperplastic ALCs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: LCs are the primary androgen producing cells in males throughout development and appear in chronologically distinct populations; FLCs, neonatal LCs and ALCs...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331091/ebolaviruses-associated-with-differential-pathogenicity-induce-distinct-host-responses-in-human-macrophages
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Judith Olejnik, Adriana Forero, Laure R Deflubé, Adam J Hume, Whitney A Manhart, Andrew Nishida, Andrea Marzi, Michael G Katze, Hideki Ebihara, Angela L Rasmussen, Elke Mühlberger
Ebola virus (EBOV) and Reston virus (RESTV) are members of the Ebolavirus genus which greatly differ in their pathogenicity. While EBOV causes a severe disease in humans characterized by a dysregulated inflammatory response and elevated cytokine and chemokine production, there are no reported disease-associated human cases of RESTV infection, suggesting that RESTV is non-pathogenic for humans. The underlying mechanisms determining the pathogenicity of different ebolavirus species are not yet known. In this study we dissect the host response to EBOV and RESTV infection in primary human monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330855/conserved-atg8-recognition-sites-mediate-atg4-association-with-autophagosomal-membranes-and-atg8-deconjugation
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Susana Abreu, Franziska Kriegenburg, Rubén Gómez-Sánchez, Muriel Mari, Jana Sánchez-Wandelmer, Mads Skytte Rasmussen, Rodrigo Soares Guimarães, Bettina Zens, Martina Schuschnig, Ralph Hardenberg, Matthias Peter, Terje Johansen, Claudine Kraft, Sascha Martens, Fulvio Reggiori
Deconjugation of the Atg8/LC3 protein family members from phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) by Atg4 proteases is essential for autophagy progression, but how this event is regulated remains to be understood. Here, we show that yeast Atg4 is recruited onto autophagosomal membranes by direct binding to Atg8 via two evolutionarily conserved Atg8 recognition sites, a classical LC3-interacting region (LIR) at the C-terminus of the protein and a novel motif at the N-terminus. Although both sites are important for Atg4-Atg8 interaction in vivo, only the new N-terminal motif, close to the catalytic center, plays a key role in Atg4 recruitment to autophagosomal membranes and specific Atg8 deconjugation...
March 22, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330774/three-variants-of-the-leukotoxin-gene-in-human-isolates-of-fusobacterium-necrophorum-subspecies-funduliforme
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Karin Holm, Mattias Collin, Lena Hagelskjær-Kristensen, Anders Jensen, Magnus Rasmussen
Leukotoxin is a well-known virulence factor of animal isolates of Fusobacterium necrophorum subspecies necrophorum, and is also expressed by animal isolates of subspecies funduliforme, whereas its presence in isolates from humans has not been fully established. In this study we found that the leukotoxin gene was present in all tested F. necrophorum isolates from humans. Three sequence variants were found, two of which have not been described previously. The sequence types correlated to source of infection. Further studies are needed to examine the role of the leukotoxin in human infections...
March 18, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329364/the-effect-of-different-mitral-annuloplasty-rings-on-valve-geometry-and-annular-stress-distribution%C3%A2
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Søren Nielsen Skov, Diana Mathilde Røpcke, Marcell Juan Tjørnild, Christine Ilkjær, Jonas Rasmussen, Hans Nygaard, Morten Olgaard Jensen, Sten Lyager Nielsen
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the remodelling effects and deformational forces of normosized rigid, semirigid and flexible mitral annuloplasty rings after implantation in healthy pigs. METHODS: Measurements were performed in vivo with 80-kg porcine animals. Twenty-eight animals were randomized into a no ring group, a flexible ring group (Duran AnCore Ring, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN, USA), a rigid ring group (Carpentier-Edwards Classic annuloplasty ring, Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) and a semirigid ring group (Carpentier-Edwards Physio I annuloplasty ring, Edwards Lifesciences)...
February 16, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329286/short-course-tlr9-agonist-treatment-impacts-innate-immunity-and-plasma-viremia-in-individuals-with-hiv-infection
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Line Vibholm, Mariane H Schleimann, Jesper F Højen, Thomas Benfield, Rasmus Offersen, Katrine Rasmussen, Rikke Olesen, Anders Dige, Jørgen Agnholt, Judith Grau, Maria Buzon, Burghardt Wittig, Mathias Lichterfeld, Andreas Munk Petersen, Xutao Deng, Mohammed Abdel-Mohsen, Satish K Pillai, Sofie Rutsaert, Wim Trypsteen, Ward De Spiegelaere, Linos Vandekerchove, Lars Østergaard, Thomas A Rasmussen, Paul W Denton, Martin Tolstrup, Ole S Søgaard
Background: Treatment with latency reversing agents (LRA) enhances HIV-1 transcription in vivo but only leads to modest reductions in the size of the reservoir, possibly due to insufficient immune-mediated elimination of infected cells. We hypothesized that a single drug molecule - a novel toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) agonist, MGN1703 - could function as an enhancer of innate immunity and an LRA in vivo. Methods: We conducted a single-arm, open-label study, where 15 virologically suppressed HIV-1 infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy received 60 mg MGN1703 s...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327077/regional-muscle-tissue-saturation-is-an-indicator-of-global-inadequate-circulation-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-a-randomized-porcine-study-using-muscle-intestinal-and-brain-tissue-metabolomics
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Sisse Anette Thomassen, Benedict Kjærgaard, Preben Sørensen, Jan Jesper Andreasen, Anders Larsson, Bodil Steen Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: Muscle tissue saturation (StO2) measured with near-infrared spectroscopy has generally been considered a measurement of the tissue microcirculatory condition. However, we hypothesized that StO2 could be more regarded as a fast and reliable measure of global than of regional circulatory adequacy and tested this with muscle, intestinal and brain metabolomics at normal and two levels of low cardiopulmonary bypass blood flow rates in a porcine model. METHODS: Twelve 80 kg pigs were connected to normothermic cardiopulmonary bypass with a blood flow of 60 mL/kg/min for one hour, reduced randomly to 47...
April 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326178/introduction-of-cryobiopsies-in-the-diagnostics-of-interstitial-lung-diseases-experiences-in-a-referral-center
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Sissel Kronborg-White, Birgitte Folkersen, Torben Riis Rasmussen, Nina Voldby, Line Bille Madsen, Finn Rasmussen, Venerino Poletti, Elisabeth Bendstrup
Introduction: Transbronchial cryobiopsies (cTBB) has emerged as a new method for obtaining lung tissue biopsies in the diagnosis of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs). Until now, it has been used in a few highly specialized interventional centers and has shown promising results in obtaining a definite diagnosis of ILDs. Method: All patients undergoing a cTBB between November 2015 and June 2016 were included in this case series study. Data on patient demographics, high-resolution computed tomography patterns, size and number of biopsies, histology patterns, the contribution to a confident diagnosis and complications were registered...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325834/structural-model-of-dodecameric-heat-shock-protein-hsp21-flexible-n-terminal-arms-interact-with-client-proteins-while-c-terminal-tails-maintain-the-dodecamer-and-chaperone-activity
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Gudrun Rutsdottir, Johan Härmark, Yoran Weide, Hans Hebert, Morten Ib Rasmussen, Sven Wernersson, Michal Respondek, Mikael Akke, Peter Højrup, Philip J B Koeck, Christopher A G Söderberg, Cecilia Emanuelsson
Small heat shock proteins (sHsps) prevent aggregation of thermosensitive client proteins in a first line of defense against cellular stress. The mechanisms by which they perform this function have been hard to define due to limited structural information; currently there is only one high-resolution structure of a plant sHsp published, of the cytosolic Hsp16.9. We took interest in Hsp21, a chloroplast-localized sHsp crucial for plant stress resistance, which has even longer N-terminals arms than Hsp16.9, with a functionally important and conserved methionine-rich motif...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322709/treatment-failure-of-dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine-for-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria-vietnam
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Bui Quang Phuc, Charlotte Rasmussen, Tran Thanh Duong, Le Than Dong, Mai Anh Loi, Didier Ménard, Joel Tarning, Dorina Bustos, Pascal Ringwald, Gawrie Loku Galappaththy, Nguyen Quang Thieu
We conducted a study in Binh Phuoc, Vietnam, in 2015 on the therapeutic efficacy of dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine for Plasmodium falciparum malaria. A high number of treatment failures (14/40) was found, and piperaquine resistance in Vietnam was confirmed. A change in the malaria treatment policy for Vietnam is in process.
April 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321426/quantitative-anatomic-analysis-of-the-native-ligamentum-teres
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Jacob D Mikula, Erik L Slette, Jorge Chahla, Alex W Brady, Renato Locks, Christiano A C Trindade, Matthew T Rasmussen, Robert F LaPrade, Marc J Philippon
BACKGROUND: While recent studies have addressed the biomechanical function of the ligamentum teres and provided descriptions of ligamentum teres reconstruction techniques, its detailed quantitative anatomy remains relatively undocumented. Moreover, there is a lack of consensus in the literature regarding the number and morphology of the acetabular attachments of the ligamentum teres. PURPOSE: To provide a clinically relevant quantitative anatomic description of the native human ligamentum teres...
February 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321366/climate-change-induced-range-shifts-of-three-allergenic-ragweeds-ambrosia-l-in-europe-and-their-potential-impact-on-human-health
#14
Karen Rasmussen, Jakob Thyrring, Robert Muscarella, Finn Borchsenius
Invasive allergenic plant species may have severe health-related impacts. In this study we aim to predict the effects of climate change on the distribution of three allergenic ragweed species (Ambrosia spp.) in Europe and discuss the potential associated health impact. We built species distribution models based on presence-only data for three ragweed species, using MAXENT software. Future climatic habitat suitability was modeled under two IPCC climate change scenarios (RCP 6.0 and RCP 8.5). We quantify the extent of the increase in 'high allergy risk' (HAR) areas, i...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320770/high-bmi-in-late-adolescence-predicts-future-severe-liver-disease-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-national-population-based-cohort-study-in-1-2-million-men
#15
Hannes Hagström, Per Tynelius, Finn Rasmussen
OBJECTIVE: A high body mass index (BMI) is associated with an increased risk for severe liver disease. It is unclear if this risk differs across BMI categories, and if the association is partially attributed to development of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). DESIGN: We used register data from more than 1.2 million Swedish men enlisted for conscription between 1969 and 1996. Data regarding new events of severe liver disease and T2DM during follow-up were obtained by record-linkage of population-based registers...
March 20, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320405/urinary-collagen-degradation-products-as-early-markers-of-progressive-renal-fibrosis
#16
Ryanne S Hijmans, Daniel Guldager Kring Rasmussen, Saleh Yazdani, Gerjan Navis, Harry van Goor, Morten Asser Karsdal, Federica Genovese, Jacob van den Born
BACKGROUND: Renal fibrogenesis is associated with increased ECM remodeling and release of collagen fragments in urine in progressive renal disease. We investigated the diagnostic value of urinary collagen degradation products in a proteinuria-driven fibrosis rat model with and without anti-fibrotic S1P-receptor modulator FTY720 treatment. METHODS: Proteinuria was induced in male Wistar rats by Adriamycin (ADR) injection (n = 16). Healthy rats served as controls (n = 12)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319909/stability-and-change-in-disease-prestige-a-comparative-analysis-of-three-surveys-spanning-a-quarter-of-a-century
#17
Dag Album, Lars E F Johannessen, Erik B Rasmussen
In this paper, we present a comparative analysis of three survey studies of disease prestige in medical culture. The studies were conducted in 1990, 2002 and 2014 using the same research design. In each of the three rounds, a sample of Norwegian physicians was asked to rate a set of 38 diseases on a scale from 1 to 9 according to the prestige they believed health personnel in general would award them. The results show a remarkable stability in the prestige rank order over 25 years. The top three diseases in all three surveys were leukaemia, brain tumour and myocardial infarction...
March 14, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318480/supervision-in-motivational-interviewing-an-exploratory-study
#18
Maria Beckman, Benjamin Bohman, Lars Forsberg, Finn Rasmussen, Ata Ghaderi
BACKGROUND: Although supervision is believed to be an important strategy for training practitioners in evidence-based practice, little is known about how it should be organized and conducted to promote implementation fidelity. AIMS: To explore supervisor behaviours that might facilitate supervisees' proficiency in motivational interviewing. METHOD: In this exploratory study, ten supervisors from a primary prevention intervention of childhood obesity responded to semi-structured interviews about their supervision behaviours...
March 20, 2017: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318362/carbonic-anhydrase-inhibitors-modify-intracellular-ph-transients-and-contractions-of-rat-middle-cerebral-arteries-during-co2-hco3-fluctuations
#19
Jacob K Rasmussen, Ebbe Boedtkjer
The CO2/HCO3(-) buffer minimizes pH changes in response to acid-base loads, HCO3(-) provides substrate for Na(+),HCO3(-)-cotransporters and Cl(-)/HCO3(-)-exchangers, and H(+) and HCO3(-) modify vasomotor responses during acid-base disturbances. We show here that rat middle cerebral arteries express cytosolic, mitochondrial, extracellular, and secreted carbonic anhydrase isoforms that catalyze equilibration of the CO2/HCO3(-) buffer. Switching from CO2/HCO3(-)-free to CO2/HCO3(-)-containing extracellular solution results in initial intracellular acidification due to hydration of CO2 followed by gradual alkalinization due to cellular HCO3(-) uptake...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317449/safety-leadership-and-systems-thinking-application-and-evaluation-of-a-risk-management-framework-in-the-mining-industry
#20
Sarah-Louise Donovan, Paul M Salmon, Michael G Lenné, Tim Horberry
Safety leadership is an important factor in supporting safety in high-risk industries. This article contends that applying systems-thinking methods to examine safety leadership can support improved learning from incidents. A case study analysis was undertaken of a large-scale mining landslide incident in which no injuries or fatalities were incurred. A multi-method approach was adopted, in which the Critical Decision Method, Rasmussen's Risk Management Framework, and Accimap method were applied to examine the safety leadership decisions and actions which enabled the safe outcome...
March 18, 2017: Ergonomics
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