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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441858/-development-of-an-eosinophilic-bronchitis-mouse-model-and-the-effects-of-eosinophil-activation-on-airway-hyperresponsiveness-in-eosinophilic-bronchitis-mice
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L Li, J T Lin
Objective: To develop a mouse model of eosinophilic bronchitis, and explore the effects of eosinophil activation on airway hyperresponsiveness. Methods: A total of 60 female specific pathogen free BALB/c female mice were divided randomly into four groups: polymyxin B group, normal saline group, polymyxin B+ N-methionine leucine phenylalanine (fMLP) group, normal saline+ fMLP group. All the groups were given corresponding nasal drops for 21 days. The former two groups were given 12 μl 0.5% polymyxin B or normal saline once a day by transnasal administration respectively...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441828/-clinical-analysis-of-seven-cases-of-pulmonary-malignant-tumors-in-children
#2
D Xu, Z M Chen, W Z Gu, Y S Wang, M X Huang, L F Tang, Y Y Zhang, Y Jiang
Objective: To understand the clinical manifestation, imaging characteristics and outcomes of pulmonary malignant tumors in children. Method: We retrospectively collected information about seven cases of pulmonary malignant tumors in children in our hospital from Jan 2010 to Dec 2016. The information included clinical manifestation, imaging characteristics, pathologic results, and treatment. Result: (1) All the seven patients firstly visited pediatric internal medicine departments. Symptoms included cough (n=6), dyspnea (n=4), fever (n=2), anorexia (n=2), chest tightness (n=1), chest pain (n=1), lameness (n=1), abdominal distension and constipation (n=1)...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441782/deep-sequencing-analysis-of-rnas-from-citrus-plants-grown-in-a-citrus-sudden-death-affected-area-reveals-diverse-known-and-putative-novel-viruses
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Emilyn E Matsumura, Helvecio D Coletta-Filho, Shahideh Nouri, Bryce W Falk, Luca Nerva, Tiago S Oliveira, Silvia O Dorta, Marcos A Machado
Citrus sudden death (CSD) has caused the death of approximately four million orange trees in a very important citrus region in Brazil. Although its etiology is still not completely clear, symptoms and distribution of affected plants indicate a viral disease. In a search for viruses associated with CSD, we have performed a comparative high-throughput sequencing analysis of the transcriptome and small RNAs from CSD-symptomatic and -asymptomatic plants using the Illumina platform. The data revealed mixed infections that included Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) as the most predominant virus, followed by the Citrus sudden death-associated virus (CSDaV), Citrus endogenous pararetrovirus (CitPRV) and two putative novel viruses tentatively named Citrus jingmen-like virus (CJLV), and Citrus virga-like virus (CVLV)...
April 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441777/health-effects-of-psidium-guajava-l-leaves-an-overview-of-the-last-decade
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REVIEW
Elixabet Díaz-de-Cerio, Vito Verardo, Ana María Gómez-Caravaca, Alberto Fernández-Gutiérrez, Antonio Segura-Carretero
Today, there is increasing interest in discovering new bioactive compounds derived from ethnomedicine. Preparations of guava (Psidium guajava L.) leaves have traditionally been used to manage several diseases. The pharmacological research in vitro as well as in vivo has been widely used to demonstrate the potential of the extracts from the leaves for the co-treatment of different ailments with high prevalence worldwide, upholding the traditional medicine in cases such as diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and parasitic infections...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441775/progress-in-the-correlative-atomic-force-microscopy-and-optical-microscopy
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REVIEW
Lulu Zhou, Mingjun Cai, Ti Tong, Hongda Wang
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has evolved from the originally morphological imaging technique to a powerful and multifunctional technique for manipulating and detecting the interactions between molecules at nanometer resolution. However, AFM cannot provide the precise information of synchronized molecular groups and has many shortcomings in the aspects of determining the mechanism of the interactions and the elaborate structure due to the limitations of the technology, itself, such as non-specificity and low imaging speed...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441772/structural-and-biochemical-properties-of-novel-self-cleaving-ribozymes
#6
REVIEW
Ki-Young Lee, Bong-Jin Lee
Fourteen well-defined ribozyme classes have been identified to date, among which nine are site-specific self-cleaving ribozymes. Very recently, small self-cleaving ribozymes have attracted renewed interest in their structure, biochemistry, and biological function since the discovery, during the last three years, of four novel ribozymes, termed twister, twister sister, pistol, and hatchet. In this review, we mainly address the structure, biochemistry, and catalytic mechanism of the novel ribozymes. They are characterized by distinct active site architectures and divergent, but similar, biochemical properties...
April 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441765/distinct-fiber-type-signature-in-mouse-muscles-expressing-a-mutant-lamin-a-responsible-for-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-in-a-patient
#7
Alice Barateau, Nathalie Vadrot, Onnik Agbulut, Patrick Vicart, Sabrina Batonnet-Pichon, Brigitte Buendia
Specific mutations in LMNA, which encodes nuclear intermediate filament proteins lamins A/C, affect skeletal muscle tissues. Early-onset LMNA myopathies reveal different alterations of muscle fibers, including fiber type disproportion or prominent dystrophic and/or inflammatory changes. Recently, we identified the p.R388P LMNA mutation as responsible for congenital muscular dystrophy (L-CMD) and lipodystrophy. Here, we asked whether viral-mediated expression of mutant lamin A in murine skeletal muscles would be a pertinent model to reveal specific muscle alterations...
April 24, 2017: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441759/synaptic-homeostasis-and-its-immunological-disturbance-in-neuromuscular-junction-disorders
#8
REVIEW
Masaharu Takamori
In the neuromuscular junction, postsynaptic nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) clustering, trans-synaptic communication and synaptic stabilization are modulated by the molecular mechanisms underlying synaptic plasticity. The synaptic functions are based presynaptically on the active zone architecture, synaptic vesicle proteins, Ca(2+) channels and synaptic vesicle recycling. Postsynaptically, they are based on rapsyn-anchored nAChR clusters, localized sensitivity to ACh, and synaptic stabilization via linkage to the extracellular matrix so as to be precisely opposed to the nerve terminal...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441752/photocatalytic-and-adsorption-performances-of-faceted-cuprous-oxide-cu%C3%A2-o-particles-for-the-removal-of-methyl-orange-mo-from-aqueous-media
#9
Weng Chye Jeffrey Ho, Qiuling Tay, Huan Qi, Zhaohong Huang, Jiao Li, Zhong Chen
Particles of sub-micron size possess significant capacity to adsorb organic molecules from aqueous media. Semiconductor photocatalysts in particle form could potentially be utilized for dye removal through either physical adsorption or photo-induced chemical process. The photocatalytic and adsorption capabilities of Cu₂O particles with various exposed crystal facets have been studied through separate adsorption capacity test and photocatalytic degradation test. These crystals display unique cubic, octahedral, rhombic dodecahedral, and truncated polyhedral shapes due to specifically exposed crystal facet(s)...
April 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441743/smartphone-location-independent-physical-activity-recognition-based-on-transportation-natural-vibration-analysis
#10
Taeho Hur, Jaehun Bang, Dohyeong Kim, Oresti Banos, Sungyoung Lee
Activity recognition through smartphones has been proposed for a variety of applications. The orientation of the smartphone has a significant effect on the recognition accuracy; thus, researchers generally propose using features invariant to orientation or displacement to achieve this goal. However, those features reduce the capability of the recognition system to differentiate among some specific commuting activities (e.g., bus and subway) that normally involve similar postures. In this work, we recognize those activities by analyzing the vibrations of the vehicle in which the user is traveling...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441724/multiple-udp-glucuronosyltransferase-and-sulfotransferase-enzymes-are-responsible-for-the-metabolism-of-verproside-in-human-liver-preparations
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Ju-Hyun Kim, Deok-Kyu Hwang, Ju-Yeon Moon, Yongnam Lee, Ji Seok Yoo, Dae Hee Shin, Hye Suk Lee
Verproside, an active iridoid glycoside component of Veronica species, such as Pseudolysimachion rotundum var. subintegrum and Veronica anagallis-aquatica, possesses anti-asthma, anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive, antioxidant, and cytostatic activities. Verproside is metabolized into nine metabolites in human hepatocytes: verproside glucuronides (M1, M2) via glucuronidation, verproside sulfate (M3) via sulfation, picroside II (M4) and isovanilloylcatalpol (M5) via O-methylation, M4 glucuronide (M6) and M4 sulfate (M8) via further glucuronidation and sulfation of M4, and M5 glucuronide (M7) and M5 sulfate (M9) via further glucuronidation and sulfation of M5...
April 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441704/a-study-of-alcohol-consumption-and-obesity-as-main-risk-factor-for-symptomatic-gallbladder-stone-a-case-control-study
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Byung Hyo Cha, Ban Seok Lee, Sang Hyub Lee, Seung Joo Kang, Min Jung Park
Background: Gallbladder stone (GBS) is a common gastrointestinal disease that can progress to severe cholecystitis and is a strong risk factor for gallbladder cancer (GBC). The present study was conducted to evaluate region-specific causes of GBS which was proved as major risk factor for GBC in Jeju Island, Korea. Methods: Age and sex match case-control study was performed among 171 pairs of case and controls. The cases were patients who were diagnosed with GBS, had definite clinical symptoms, and underwent a cholecystectomy in Cheju Halla General Hospital, Jeju, Korea during 2010-2014...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441694/arterial-stiffness-is-increased-in-nondiabetic-nonhypertensive-postmenopausal-women-with-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
#13
Xia Li, HuiRong Shi, Zhuo Wang, Lei Chang, MingHui Zhang, XiaoFang Dong
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and arterial stiffness in nondiabetic, nonhypertensive postmenopausal women with and without metabolic syndrome. METHODS: We divided 1007 postmenopausal women into two groups (NAFLD and controls) and then three groups (NAFLD with metabolic syndrome, NAFLD without metabolic syndrome, and controls), respectively. To exclude the influence of confounding factors, we studied a specifically selected group with no additional cardiovascular risk...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441693/sex-differences-in-fat-distribution-influence-the-association-between-bmi-and-arterial-stiffness
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Inge C L van den Munckhof, Suzanne Holewijn, Jacqueline de Graaf, Joost H W Rutten
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE: The increase in arterial stiffness in patients with the metabolic syndrome is strongly related to the amount of visceral adipose tissue. In clinical practice, anthropometric measurements such as BMI and waist circumference are commonly used to assess general and abdominal adiposity. Waist circumference is a composite measure of subcutaneous and visceral abdominal adipose tissue. As the distribution of intra-abdominal fat differs between men and women, we investigated the sex-specific associations between different anthropometric measures for general and abdominal obesity with arterial stiffness...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441690/the-postoperative-model-for-end-stage-liver-disease-score-as-a-predictor-of-short-term-outcome-after-transplantation-of-extended-criteria-donor-livers
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Tamas Benko, Anja Gallinat, Thomas Minor, Fuat H Saner, Georgios C Sotiropoulos, Andreas Paul, Dieter P Hoyer
BACKGROUND: Recently, the postoperative Model for End stage Liver Disease score (POPMELD) was suggested as a definition of postoperative graft dysfunction and a predictor of outcome after liver transplantation (LT). AIM: The aim of the present study was to validate this concept in the context of extended criteria donor (ECD) organs. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Single-center prospectively collected data (OPAL study/01/11-12/13) of 116 ECD LTs were utilized...
June 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441684/development-of-consensus-based-best-practice-guidelines-for-postoperative-care-following-posterior-spinal-fusion-for-adolescent-idiopathic-scoliosis
#16
Nicholas D Fletcher, Michael P Glotzbecker, Michelle Marks, Peter O Newton
STUDY DESIGN: Delphi process with multiple iterative rounds using a nominal group technique. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to use expert opinion to achieve consensus on various aspects of postoperative care following posterior spinal fusion (PSF) for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Significant variability exists in postoperative care following PSF for AIS, despite a relatively healthy patient population and continuously improving operative techniques...
May 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441682/chondrosarcoma-of-the-osseous-spine-an-analysis-of-epidemiology-patient-outcomes-and-prognostic-factors-using-the-seer-registry-from-1973-to-2012
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Armin Arshi, Justin Sharim, Don Y Park, Howard Y Park, Nicholas M Bernthal, Hamed Yazdanshenas, Arya N Shamie
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE: To determine the epidemiology and prognostic indicators in patients with chondrosarcoma of the osseous spine. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Chondrosarcoma of the spine is rare, with limited data on its epidemiology, clinicopathologic features, and treatment outcomes. Therapy centers on complete en bloc resection with radiotherapy reserved for subtotal resection or advanced disease. METHODS: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Registry was queried for patients with chondrosarcoma of the osseous spine from 1973 to 2012...
May 1, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441675/teaching-today-in-the-practice-setting-of-the-future-implementing-innovations-in-graduate-medical-education
#18
Jung G Kim, Carl G Morris, Paul Ford
PROBLEM: Implementing an innovation, such as offering new types of patient-physician encounters through the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model while maintaining Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation standards (e.g., patient encounter minimums for trainees), is challenging. APPROACH: In 2009, the Group Health Family Medicine Residency (GHFMR) received an ACGME Program Experimentation and Innovation Project (PEIP) exception that redefined the minimum Family Medicine Resident Review Committee requirement to 1,400 face-to-face visits and 250 electronic visits (1 electronic visit defined as 3 secure message or telephone encounters)...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441672/how-to-lead-the-way-through-complexity-constraint-and-uncertainty-in-academic-health-science-centers
#19
Susan J Lieff, Francis J Yammarino
Academic medicine is in an era of unprecedented and constant change due to fluctuating economies, globalization, emerging technologies, research, and professional and educational mandates. Consequently, academic health science centers (AHSCs) are facing new levels of complexity, constraint, and uncertainty. Currently, AHSC leaders work with competing academic and health service demands and are required to work with and are accountable to a diversity of stakeholders. Given the new challenges and emerging needs, the authors believe the leadership methods and approaches AHSCs have used in the past that led to successes will be insufficient...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441664/protection-against-legionnaire-s-disease-recombinant-flagellin-a-of-legionella-pneumophila-can-induce-protective-immunity-against-bacteremia-in-a-balb-c-murine-model
#20
Ashraf Mohabati Mobarez, Roya Ahmadrajabi, Nima Khoramabadi, Ali-Hatef Salmanian
To investigate the immunoprotective effects of the recombinant type A flagellin (FLA), the flaA gene of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 strain Paris was cloned into pET28a(+). Recombinant FLA (rFLA) was overexpressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and purified by Ni2+ exchange chromatography. Female BALB/c aged 6-8 weeks were immunized with 20 μg of rFLA. Nonimmunized mice along with mice inoculated with a sublethal dose of live L. pneumophila intravenously were considered as negative and positive controls, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
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