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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110486/spectra-optia-%C3%A2-for-automated-red-blood-cell-exchange-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease-a-nice-medical-technology-guidance
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Iain Willits, Helen Cole, Roseanne Jones, Kimberley Carter, Mick Arber, Michelle Jenks, Joyce Craig, Andrew Sims
The Spectra Optia(®) automated apheresis system, indicated for red blood cell exchange in people with sickle cell disease, underwent evaluation by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, which uses its Medical Technologies Advisory Committee to make recommendations. The company (Terumo Medical Corporation) produced a submission making a case for adoption of its technology, which was critiqued by the Newcastle and York external assessment centre. Thirty retrospective observational studies were identified in their clinical submission...
January 21, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110471/depletion-of-mitofusin-2-causes-mitochondrial-damage-in-cisplatin-induced-neuropathy
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Ilja Bobylev, Abhijeet R Joshi, Mohammed Barham, Wolfram F Neiss, Helmar C Lehmann
Sensory neuropathy is a relevant side effect of the antineoplastic agent cisplatin. Mitochondrial damage is assumed to play a critical role in cisplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy, but the pathomechanisms underlying cisplatin-induced mitotoxicity and neurodegeneration are incompletely understood. In an animal model of cisplatin-induced neuropathy, we determined in detail the extent and spatial distribution of mitochondrial damage during cisplatin treatment. Changes in the total number of axonal mitochondria during cisplatin treatment were assessed in intercostal nerves from transgenic mice that express cyan fluorescent protein...
January 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110441/human-cryptosporidiosis-in-iran-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Reza Berahmat, Adel Spotin, Ehsan Ahmadpour, Mahmoud Mahami-Oskouei, Azim Rezamand, Nayyereh Aminisani, Morteza Ghojazadeh, Roghayeh Ghoyounchi, Tahereh Mikaeili-Galeh
Cryptosporidiosis caused by Cryptosporidium spp. is an important parasitic disease that can be life-threatening for children and immunocompromised patients. This systematic review and meta-analysis was designed to determine the prevalence rate of Cryptosporidium infection and related risk factors among the Iranian general population. We searched electronic databases including Google Scholar, PubMed, Science Direct, Scopus and Proquest for articles in English and SID, Magiran, IranMedex, and IranDoc for articles in Persian...
January 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110367/accurate-simultaneous-quantification-of-liver-steatosis-and-iron-overload-in-diffuse-liver-diseases-with-mri
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Manuela França, Ángel Alberich-Bayarri, Luis Martí-Bonmatí, Pedro Oliveira, Francisca Emanuel Costa, Graça Porto, José Ramón Vizcaíno, Javier Sanchez Gonzalez, Eduardo Ribeiro, João Oliveira, Helena Pessegueiro Miranda
PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic performances of 3 Tesla multi-echo chemical shift-encoded gradient echo magnetic resonance (MECSE-MR) imaging to simultaneously quantify liver steatosis and iron overload in a wide spectrum of diffuse liver diseases having biopsy as reference standard. METHODS: MECSE-MR-acquired images were used to calculate fat fraction and iron content in a single breath-hold in 109 adult patients. Proton density fat fraction (PDFF) was prospectively estimated using complex-based data reconstruction with multipeak fat modeling...
January 21, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110314/long-term-exposure-to-a-butter-rich-diet-induces-mild-to-moderate-steatosis-in-chang-liver-cells-and-swiss-albino-mice-models
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Thomas John Philip Nalloor, Nitesh Kumar, Kasinathan Narayanan, Vasanth Raj Palanimuthu
BACKGROUND: Butter is one of the widely used fats present in the diet. However, there is no satisfactory study available that evaluates the effect of a high-fat diet containing butter as the principal fat on the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: In the present study, butter was used for the development of steatosis in Chang liver cells in an in vitro study and Swiss albino mice in an in vivo study. In vitro steatosis was established, and butter was compared with oleic acid in Chang liver cells using an oil red O (ORO)-based colorimetric assay...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110311/carotid-intima-media-thickness-score-positive-coronary-artery%C3%A2-calcium-score-and-incident-coronary-heart-disease-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Joseph F Polak, Moyses Szklo, Daniel H O'Leary
BACKGROUND: Common carotid artery and internal carotid artery intima-media thicknesses (IMT) are associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and increase with age. Using age, sex, and race/ethnicity IMT percentiles may improve CHD prediction when added to Framingham risk factors and coronary artery calcium score. We study these possibilities in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA), a multi-ethnic cohort of whites, Chinese, blacks, and Hispanics. METHODS AND RESULTS: IMT data were acquired in the age range 45 to 84 years...
January 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110240/lead-exposure-is-related-to-hypercortisolemic-profiles-and-allostatic-load-in-brazilian-older-adults
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Juliana N Souza-Talarico, Deborah Suchecki, Robert-Paul Juster, Pierrich Plusquellec, Fernando Barbosa Junior, Vinícius Bunscheit, Tania Marcourakis, Tatiane Martins de Matos, Sonia J Lupien
Lead levels (Pb) have been linked to both hyper- and hypo-reactivity of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) axis to acute stress in animals and humans. Similarly, allostatic load (AL), the 'wear and tear' of chronic stress, is associated with inadequate HPA axis activity. We examined whether Pb levels would be associated with altered diurnal cortisol profile, as a primary mediator of AL, during aging. Pb levels were measured from blood samples (BPb) of 126 Brazilian individuals (105 women), between 50 and 82 years old...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110217/induced-dopaminergic-neurons-a-new-promise-for-parkinson-s-disease
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Zhimin Xu, Xingkun Chu, Houbo Jiang, Haley Schilling, Shengdi Chen, Jian Feng
Motor symptoms that define Parkinson's disease (PD) are caused by the selective loss of nigral dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Cell replacement therapy for PD has been focused on midbrain DA neurons derived from human fetal mesencephalic tissue, human embryonic stem cells (hESC) or human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). Recent development in the direct conversion of human fibroblasts to induced dopaminergic (iDA) neurons offers new opportunities for transplantation study and disease modeling in PD. The iDA neurons are generated directly from human fibroblasts in a short period of time, bypassing lengthy differentiation process from human pluripotent stem cells and the concern for potentially tumorigenic mitotic cells...
January 16, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110212/effects-of-hydrochemistry-variables-on-the-half-life-of-mancozeb-and-on-the-hazard-index-associated-to-the-sum-of-mancozeb-and-ethylenethiourea
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O López-Fernández, E Pose-Juan, R Rial-Otero, J Simal-Gándara
Mancozeb is a dithiocarbamate non-systemic agricultural fungicide with multi-site, protective action. It helps to control many fungal diseases in a wide range of field crops, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and ornamental plants. We have investigated the stability profiles of mancozeb in aqueous solutions to determine the effect of pH, temperature and light on the degradation process of mancozeb. In addition, the toxicological risk for humans associated with the joint intake of mancoze7b and its final degradation product, ethylenethiourea (ETU), was calculated and modelled as a function of the experimental conditions...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110210/il-12-and-il-23-modulate-plasticity-of-foxp3-regulatory-t-cells-in-human-leprosy
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Mohd Tarique, Chaman Saini, Raza Ali Naqvi, Neena Khanna, Alpana Sharma, D N Rao
Leprosy is a bacterial disease caused by M. leprae. Its clinical spectrum reflects the host's immune response to the M. leprae and provide an ideal model to investigate the host pathogen interaction and immunological dysregulation. Tregs are high in leprosy patients and responsible for immune suppression of the host by producing IL-10 and TGF-β cytokines. In leprosy, plasticity of Tregs remain unstudied. This is the first study describing the conversion of Tregs into Th1-like and Th17-like cells using in vitro cytokine therapy in leprosy patients...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110193/effects-of-polyphenol-compounds-melanin-on-nafld-nash-prevention
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Natalia Belemets, Nazarii Kobyliak, Oleksandr Virchenko, Tetyana Falalyeyeva, Tsyryuk Olena, Petro Bodnar, Oleksiy Savchuk, Tetyana Galenova, Martin Caprnda, Luis Rodrigo, Lubomir Skladany, Delian Delev, Radka Opatrilova, Peter Kruzliak, Tetyana Beregova, Lyudmyla Ostapchenko
BACKGROUND: One of the pathogenic mechanisms of the progression non-alcoholic liver disease (NAFLD) to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). So, antioxidant therapy is necessary for successful treatment of the liver injury. We have paid attention to melanin produced by yeast Nadsoniella nigra strain X-1 as novel antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agents with low toxicity. In current study we aimed to investigate the preventive effect of melanin on the monosodium glutamate (MSG) induced NAFLD model in rats...
January 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110173/tuning-physical-properties-and-bmp-2-release-rates-of-injectable-hydrogel-systems-for-an-optimal-bone-regeneration-effect
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Bo-Bae Seo, Jeong-Tae Koh, Soo-Chang Song
For a substance to be used as a drug delivery carrier and tissue inducible material for a target disease, its drug release rate and physical properties should be optimized to facilitate the healing process. We developed multi-tunable hydrogel systems with various physical properties and release behaviors to determine the optimal conditions for bone regeneration. Five injectable poly(phosphazene) hydrogels were developed with different types and amounts of anionic side-chains. The five polymer hydrogels showed considerably different in vitro and in vivo performances for sol-gel phase transition, dissolution/degradation, water uptake, and pore size...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110136/impaired-muscle-force-production-and-higher-fatigability-in-a-mouse-model-of-sickle-cell-disease
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Benjamin Chatel, Christophe Hourdé, Julien Gondin, Alexandre Fouré, Yann Le Fur, Christophe Vilmen, Monique Bernard, Laurent A Messonnier, David Bendahan
Skeletal muscle function has been scarcely investigated in sickle cell disease (SCD) so that the corresponding impact of sickle hemoglobin is still a matter of debate. The purpose of this study was to investigate muscle force production and fatigability in SCD and to identify whether exercise intensity could have a modulatory effect. Ten homozygous sickle cell (HbSS), ten control (HbAA) and ten heterozygous (HbAS) mice were submitted to two stimulation protocols (moderate and intense) to assess force production and fatigability...
January 11, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110120/effects-of-two-different-dialytic-treatments-on-inflammatory-markers-in-people-with-end-stage-renal-disease-with-and-without-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Giuseppe Derosa, Carmelo Libetta, Pasquale Esposito, Ilaria Borettaz, Carmine Tinelli, Angela D'angelo, Pamela Maffioli
This study was aimed to evaluate the effects on some inflammatory markers of two dialytic treatments [bicarbonate dialysis (BHD) and hemodiafiltration (HDF)] in patients with severe chronic kidney disease. We evaluated: blood glucose, homeostasis model assessment insulin resistance index, homocistein (Hcs), high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), fibrinogen, lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], metalloproteinases-2, and -9 (MMP-2 and MMP-9), and soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE). Considering the all sample, we observed a decrease of sRAGE with BHD, but not with HDF...
January 18, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110104/quercetin-3-o-glucuronide-promotes-the-proliferation-and-migration-of-neural-stem-cells
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Samrat Baral, Ramesh Pariyar, Jaehyo Kim, Ho-Sub Lee, Jungwon Seo
Quercetin is a bioactive compound exerting therapeutic effects on in vivo animal models of neurodegeneration or neurotoxicity. However, the narrow therapeutic dose-range of quercetin has been a point of concern since previous studies have demonstrated that quercetin induces cytotoxicity in vitro. Quercetin is metabolized to quercetin glucuronates such as quercetin-3-O-glucuronide (Q3GA), primarily detected in the plasma and the brain. Here, we examined whether and how quercetin or Q3GA regulates neural stem cells (NSCs) in vivo and in vitro...
January 3, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110103/the-retromer-complex-system-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-ad-influence-of-age
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Jin Chu, Domenico Praticò
Deficiencies of the retrograde transport mediated by the retromer complex have been described in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Genetic manipulation of retromer modulates brain amyloidosis in Tg2576 mice. However, whether the complex is altered during the development of the AD-like phenotype remains unknown. In this study we assayed the expression levels of the vacuolar sorting protein 35 (VPS35), VPS26, VPS29, and its cargo proteins, cation independent mannose 6-phosphate receptor, sortilin-related receptor in brains of Tg2576 and controls at the ages of 3, 8, and 14 months...
January 3, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110075/tlr9-mediated-regulatory-b10-cell-amplification-following-sub-total-body-irradiation-implications-in-attenuating-eae
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Jinsheng Hong, Jie Fang, Ruilong Lan, Qi Tan, Yeping Tian, Mei Zhang, Paul Okunieff, Lurong Zhang, Jianhua Lin, Deping Han
Autoimmunity and inflammation are controlled in part by regulatory B (Breg) cells, including the recently identified IL-10-competent B10 cell subset that represents 1%-3% of mouse spleen B cells. In this study, the influence of irradiation on Breg/B10 cell generation and IL-10 production mediated by TLR9 signaling pathways was investigated. Spleen and peritoneal cavity Breg/B10 cell frequencies were significantly expanded three weeks after sub-total body irradiation (sub-TBI, 5Gy or 10Gy) in adult male wild type (WT) C57BL/6(B6) mice but not in TLR9(-/-) mice...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110055/adverse-and-hypersensitivity-reactions-to-prescription-nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-agents-in-a-large-health-care-system
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Kimberly G Blumenthal, Kenneth H Lai, Mingshu Huang, Zachary S Wallace, Paige G Wickner, Li Zhou
BACKGROUND: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are among the most frequently used medications in the United States. NSAID use can be limited by adverse drug reactions (ADRs), including hypersensitivity reactions (HSRs). OBJECTIVE: We aimed to use electronic health record data to determine the incidence and predictors of HSRs to prescription NSAIDs. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of all adult outpatients in a large health care system prescribed diclofenac, indomethacin, nabumetone, or piroxicam between January 1, 2004, and September 30, 2012...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109968/hemoglobin-and-change-in-hemoglobin-status-predict-mortality-cardiovascular-events-and-bleeding-in-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Paul R Kalra, Nicola Greenlaw, Roberto Ferrari, Ian Ford, Jean-Claude Tardif, Michal Tendera, Christopher M Reid, Nicolas Danchin, Janina Stepinska, Ph Gabriel Steg, Kim M Fox
BACKGROUND: Anemia is a predictor of adverse outcomes in acute myocardial infarction. We studied the relationship of hemoglobin, or its change over time, and outcomes in patients with stable coronary artery disease. METHODS: CLARIFY is a prospective, cohort study of outpatients with stable coronary artery disease (32,901 in 45 countries 2009-2010); 21,829 with baseline hemoglobin levels. They were divided into hemoglobin quintiles and anemia status (anemic [A] or normal [N]) at baseline/follow-up: N/N; A/N; N/A; A/A...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109934/coronary-plaque-burden-and-adverse-plaque-characteristics-are-increased-in-healthy-relatives-of-patients-with-early-onset-coronary-artery-disease
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Morten K Christiansen, Jesper M Jensen, Bjarne L Nørgaard, Damini Dey, Hans Erik Bøtker, Henrik K Jensen
OBJECTIVES: This study characterized and quantified subclinical atherosclerosis by coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) in first-degree relatives of patients with early onset coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND: A strong family history of CAD is an important risk factor for adverse cardiovascular events. Whether predisposed individuals suffer an increased burden of coronary atherosclerosis and adverse plaque features is not known. METHODS: We included 88 healthy middle-aged first-degree relatives from 59 families with early onset CAD...
January 12, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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