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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245181/revealing-a-new-mode-of-sensitization-induced-by-mechanical-circulatory-support-devices-impact-of-anti-at1-r-antibodies
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X Zhang, J Mirocha, T Aintablian, S Dimbil, J Moriguchi, F Arabia, J A Kobashigawa, N L Reinsmoen
BACKGROUND: Increased levels of angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1 R) antibody have been shown to be associated with allograft rejection. This study aims to determine the rate of development of antibody to AT1 R after Mechanical Circulatory Support Device (MCS) implantation, and if development of strong binding AT1 R antibodies is associated with survival. METHODS: 88 patients who had one MCS implantation were accessed based on serum availability. MCS in this cohort included pneumatic bilateral paracorporeal ventricular assist device, continuous flow left ventricular assist device, and total artificial heart...
December 15, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245174/larger-temperature-response-of-autumn-leaf-senescence-than-spring-leaf-out-phenology
#2
Yongshuo H Fu, Shilong Piao, Nicolas Delpierre, Fanghua Hao, Heikki Hänninen, Yongjie Liu, Wenchao Sun, Ivan A Janssens, Matteo Campioli
Climate warming is substantially shifting the leaf phenological events of plants, and thereby impacting on their individual fitness and also on the structure and functioning of ecosystems. Previous studies have largely focused on the climate impact on spring phenology, and to date the processes underlying leaf senescence and their associated environmental drivers remain poorly understood. In this study, experiments with temperature gradients imposed during the summer and autumn were conducted on saplings of European beech to explore the temperature responses of leaf senescence...
December 15, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245146/effects-of-elevated-o3-on-physiological-and-biochemical-responses-in-three-kinds-of-trees-native-to-subtropical-forest-in-china-during-non-growing-period
#3
Hao Yu, Jixin Cao, Zhan Chen, He Shang
Numerous studies have documented the negative effects of ozone (O3) on tree species in growing season, however, little is done in non-growing season. Three evergreen tree species, Phoebe bournei (Hemsl.) Yang (P. bournei), Machilus pauhoi Kanehira (M. pauhoi) and Taxus chinensis (Pilger) Rehd (T. chinensis), were exposed to non-filtered air, 100 nmol mol-1 O3 air (E1) and 150 nmol mol-1 O3 air (E2) in open-top chambers in subtropical China. In the entire period of experiment, O3 fumigation decreased net photosynthesis rate (Pn) through stomatal limitation during the transition period from growing to non-growing season (TGN), and through non-stomatal limitation during the period of non-growing season (NGS) in all species tested...
December 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245125/delayed-type-hypersensitivity-to-metals-in-connective-tissue-diseases-and-fibromyalgia
#4
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Geir Bjørklund, Maryam Dadar, Jan Aaseth
Rheumatic diseases include a group of autoimmune disorders with environmental and genetic etiology that are characterized as a subgroup of connective tissue diseases (CTD). Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often involves the small joints of the hands in a symmetrical fashion that can lead to loss of joint function, and RA, as well as Sjögren's syndrome (SS) and other rheumatic diseases, are often accompanied by sensitivity to metals. Numerous investigations on metal sensitivity were evaluated in this review. A detailed metal exposure history was collected by different evaluation of studies...
December 12, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245122/reduction-of-cancer-cell-viability-by-synergistic-combination-of-photodynamic-treatment-with-the-inhibition-of-the-id-protein-family
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Cornelia Roschger, Thomas Verwanger, Barbara Krammer, Chiara Cabrele
The inhibitor of DNA binding and cell differentiation (Id) proteins are dominant negative regulators of the helix-loop-helix transcription factor family and play a key role during development as well as in vascular disorders and cancer. In fact, impairing the Id-protein activity in cancer cells reduces cell growth and even chemoresistance. Recently, we have shown that a synthetic Id-protein ligand (1Y) consisting of a cyclic nonapeptide can reduce the viability of the two breast cancer cell lines MCF-7 and T47D and of the bladder cancer cells T24 to about 50% at concentrations ≥100μM...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245089/metabolic-analysis-of-panax-notoginseng-saponins-with-gut-microbiota-mediated-biotransformation-by-hplc-dad-q-tof-ms-ms
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Man-Yun Chen, Li Shao, Wei Zhang, Chong-Zhi Wang, Hong-Hao Zhou, Wei-Hua Huang, Chun-Su Yuan
Saponins such as notoginsenosides and ginsenosides from Panax notoginseng are responsible for the herb's clinical applications. Unfortunately, there is poor oral bioavailability of saponins. However, gut microbiota can transform saponins to yield the metabolites that are potential bioactive substances. In this study, we aimed to characterize the metabolic profiles of P. notoginseng saponins (PNS) by incubating them with human gut microbiota. The notoginsenosides, ginsenosides and related metabolites were separated and identified using a highly sensitive and selective high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detection/quadrupole tandem time-of-flight mass spectrometry (HPLC-DAD-Q-TOF-MS/MS)...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245078/analysis-of-nras-gain-in-657-patients-with-melanoma-and-evaluation-of-its-sensitivity-to-a-mek-inhibitor
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Junya Yan, Xiaowen Wu, Jiayi Yu, Huan Yu, Tianxiao Xu, Kevin M Brown, Xue Bai, Jie Dai, Meng Ma, Huan Tang, Lu Si, Zhihong Chi, Xinan Sheng, Chuanliang Cui, Yan Kong, Jun Guo
BACKGROUND: Neuroblastoma rat-sarcoma (NRAS) mutations have been described in Chinese patients with melanoma. However, the status and the clinical significance of NRAS gain have not been investigated on a large scale. METHODS: A total of 657 melanoma samples were included in the study. NRAS copy number was examined using the QuantiGene Plex DNA assay. The sensitivities of cell lines and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models containing NRAS gain to a MAP/ERK kinase (MEK) inhibitor (binimetinib) were also evaluated...
December 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245074/fabrication-characterization-and-photoelectrochemical-activity-of-tungsten-copper-co-sensitized-tio2-nanotube-composite-photoanodes
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Mohamad Mohsen Momeni, Yousef Ghayeb, Farzaneh Ezati
Tungsten-copper co-sensitized TiO2 nanotube films on titanium substrate, used as photoanodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting to produce hydrogen, have been synthesized via anodization and chemical bath deposition (CBD) methods. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to study the morphology and elemental composition of the synthetic samples. UV-Vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) was sued to investigate the optical features of the samples...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245058/quantitative-eeg-power-and-synchronization-correlate-with-alzheimer-s-disease-csf-biomarkers
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Una Smailovic, Thomas Koenig, Ingemar Kåreholt, Thomas Andersson, Milica Gregoric Kramberger, Bengt Winblad, Vesna Jelic
Synaptic dysfunction is the best anatomical correlate of early cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Electroencephalography (EEG) directly reflects brain electrical activity at the level of synapses. The aim of the present study was to investigate correlations of quantitative EEG measures, global field power (GFP) and global field synchronization (GFS), with conventional cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers of neurodegeneration in patients diagnosed with subjective cognitive decline (n = 210), mild cognitive impairment (n = 230), and AD (n = 197)...
November 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245013/combination-cancer-therapy-can-confer-benefit-via-patient-to-patient-variability-without-drug-additivity-or-synergy
#10
Adam C Palmer, Peter K Sorger
Combination cancer therapies aim to improve the probability and magnitude of therapeutic responses and reduce the likelihood of acquired resistance in an individual patient. However, drugs are tested in clinical trials on genetically diverse patient populations. We show here that patient-to-patient variability and independent drug action are sufficient to explain the superiority of many FDA-approved drug combinations in the absence of drug synergy or additivity. This is also true for combinations tested in patient-derived tumor xenografts...
December 14, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244988/chemotherapy-use-at-the-end-of-life-in-uganda
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Daniel Low, Emily C Merkel, Manoj Menon, Gary H Lyman, Henry Ddungu, Elizabeth Namukwaya, Mhoira Leng, Corey Casper
Purpose Avoiding chemotherapy during the last 30 days of life has become a goal of cancer care in the United States and Europe, yet end-of-life chemotherapy administration remains a common practice worldwide. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of and factors predicting end-of-life chemotherapy administration in Uganda. Methods Retrospective chart review and surveys and interviews of providers were performed at the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI), the only comprehensive cancer center in the area, which serves a catchment area of greater than 100 million people...
December 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244972/evaluating-an-ipad-app-in-measuring-wound-dimension-a-pilot-study
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P C B Khong, M S W Yeo, C C Goh
OBJECTIVE: This pilot study tested the reliability, validity and sensitivity of an innovative prototype iPad app, WoundAide, developed to measure wound dimension (length, width and surface area) using image analysis. METHOD: A prospective evaluation was conducted comparing WoundAide (WA) with two gold standard instruments, Wound Zoom (WZ) and Visitrak (VT). The study was conducted in a tertiary hospital in Singapore. Patients were recruited after obtaining local ethics approval...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244961/time-dependent-therapeutic-roles-of-nitazoxanide-on-high-fat-diet-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-in-rats-effects-on-hepatic-ppar-%C3%AE-receptors
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Samah Mohamed Elaidy, Mona A Hussain, Mohamed K El-Kherbetawy
Targeting Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-gamma (PPAR-γ) is an approved strategy in facing insulin resistance (IR) for the diabetes mellitus (DM)-type 2. The PPAR-γ modulators display improvements in the insulin sensitizing and adverse effects of the traditional thiazolidinediones (TZDs). Nitazoxanide (NTZ) is proposed as a PPAR-γ receptor ligand, with agonistic post-transcriptional effects. Currently, NTZ-antidiabetic activities versus pioglitazone (PIO) in a high-fat diet/streptozotocin (HFD/STZ) rat model of type-2 diabetes was explored...
December 15, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244957/hypercementosis-associated-with-enpp1-mutations-and-gaci
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V Thumbigere-Math, A Alqadi, N I Chalmers, M B Chavez, E Y Chu, M T Collins, C R Ferreira, K FitzGerald, R I Gafni, W A Gahl, K S Hsu, M S Ramnitz, M J Somerman, S G Ziegler, B L Foster
Mineralization of bones and teeth is tightly regulated by levels of extracellular inorganic phosphate (Pi) and pyrophosphate (PPi). Three regulators that control pericellular concentrations of Pi and PPi include tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP), progressive ankylosis protein (ANK), and ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 1 (ENPP1). Inactivation of these factors results in mineralization disorders affecting teeth and their supporting structures. This study for the first time analyzed the effect of decreased PPi on dental development in individuals with generalized arterial calcification of infancy (GACI) due to loss-of-function mutations in the ENPP1 gene...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244900/the-bidirectional-relationship-between-anxiety-disorders-and-circulating-levels-of-inflammatory-markers-results-from-a-large-longitudinal-population-based-study
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Jennifer Glaus, Roland von Känel, Aurélie M Lasserre, Marie-Pierre F Strippoli, Caroline L Vandeleur, Enrique Castelao, Mehdi Gholam-Rezaee, Ciro Marangoni, En-Young N Wagner, Pedro Marques-Vidal, Gérard Waeber, Peter Vollenweider, Martin Preisig, Kathleen R Merikangas
BACKGROUND: Although there has been abundant research on chronic low-grade inflammation as a potential mechanism underlying the link between mood disorders and cardiovascular risk, less is known about the role of inflammatory factors and anxiety disorders. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the bi-directional associations between inflammatory markers including interleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) with anxiety disorders and its subgroups...
December 15, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244877/identification-and-characterization-of-the-three-members-of-the-clc-family-of-anion-transport-proteins-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Michael E Steinmann, Remo S Schmidt, Juan P Macêdo, Christina Kunz Renggli, Peter Bütikofer, Doris Rentsch, Pascal Mäser, Erwin Sigel
CLC type anion transport proteins are homo-dimeric or hetero-dimeric with an integrated transport function in each subunit. We have identified and partially characterized three members of this family named TbVCL1, TbVCL2 and TbVCL3 in Trypanosoma brucei. Among the human CLC family members, the T. brucei proteins display highest similarity to CLC-6 and CLC-7. TbVCL1, but not TbVCL2 and TbVCL3 is able to complement growth of a CLC-deficient Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant. All TbVCL-HA fusion proteins localize intracellulary in procyclic form trypanosomes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244873/fatty-acids-in-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-focus-on-pentadecanoic-acid
#17
Wonbeak Yoo, Donjeta Gjuka, Heather L Stevenson, Xiaoling Song, Hong Shen, Suk Young Yoo, Jing Wang, Michael Fallon, George N Ioannou, Stephen A Harrison, Laura Beretta
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of liver disease and ranges from isolated steatosis to NASH. To determine whether circulating fatty acids could serve as diagnostic markers of NAFLD severity and whether specific fatty acids could contribute to the pathogenesis of NASH, we analyzed two independent NAFLD patient cohorts and used the methionine- and choline-deficient diet (MCD) NASH mouse model. We identified six fatty acids that could serve as non-invasive markers of NASH in patients with NAFLD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244853/limited-detection-of-small-%C3%A2-10-mm-colorectal-liver-metastasis-at-preoperative-ct-in-patients-undergoing-liver-resection
#18
Yousun Ko, Jihang Kim, Joseph Kyu-Hyung Park, Haeryoung Kim, Jai Young Cho, Sung-Bum Kang, Soyeon Ahn, Kyong Joon Lee, Kyoung Ho Lee
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively determine the sensitivity of preoperative CT in the detection of small (≤ 10 mm) colorectal liver metastasis (CRLM) nodules in patients undergoing liver resection. METHODS: The institutional review board approved the study and waived informed consent. We included 461 pathologically confirmed CRLM nodules in 211 patients (including 71 women; mean age, 66.4 years) who underwent 229 liver resections following abdominal CT. Prior to 163 resections, gadoxetic acid-enhanced liver MR imaging was also performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244844/diagnostic-markers-for-the-detection-of-ovarian-cancer-in-brca1-mutation-carriers
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Daphne Gschwantler-Kaulich, Sigrid Weingartshofer, Christine Rappaport-Fürhauser, Robert Zeilinger, Dietmar Pils, Daniela Muhr, Elena I Braicu, Marie-Therese Kastner, Yen Y Tan, Lorenz Semmler, Jalid Sehouli, Christian F Singer
BACKGROUND: Screening for ovarian cancer (OC) in women at high risk consists of a combination of carbohydrate antigen 125 (CA125) and transvaginal ultrasound, despite their low sensitivity and specificity. This could be improved by the combination of several biomarkers, which has been shown in average risk patients but has not been investigated until now in female BRCA mutation carriers. METHODS: Using a multiplex, bead-based, immunoassay system, we analyzed the concentrations of leptin, prolactin, osteopontin, insulin-like growth factor II, macrophage inhibitory factor, CA125 and human epididymis antigen 4 in 26 healthy wild type women, 26 healthy BRCA1 mutation carriers, 28 wildtype OC patients and 26 OC patients with BRCA1 mutation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244829/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-introducing-malaria-diagnostic-testing-in-drug-shops-a-cluster-randomised-trial-in-uganda
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Kristian Schultz Hansen, Siân E Clarke, Sham Lal, Pascal Magnussen, Anthony K Mbonye
BACKGROUND: Private sector drug shops are an important source of malaria treatment in Africa, yet diagnosis without parasitological testing is common among these providers. Accurate rapid diagnostic tests for malaria (mRDTs) require limited training and present an opportunity to increase access to correct diagnosis. The present study was a cost-effectiveness analysis of the introduction of mRDTs in Ugandan drug shops. METHODS: Drug shop vendors were trained to perform and sell subsidised mRDTs and artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) in the intervention arm while vendors offered ACTs following presumptive diagnosis of malaria in the control arm...
2017: PloS One
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