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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151069/nitroso-sulfide-coupled-signaling-triggers-specific-vasoactive-effects-in-the-intrarenal-arteries-of-patients-with-arterial-hypertension
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S Cacanyiova, A Berenyiova, P Balis, F Kristek, M Grman, K Ondrias, J Breza, J Breza
In normotensive conditions, it has been confirmed that S-nitrosothiols (RSNO), can interact with hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and create new substances with specific vasoactive effects. This interaction could also represent a new regulator signaling pathway in conditions of hypertension. Until now, these effects were studied only in normotensive rats, and they have not been carried out in humans yet. We investigated the vasoactive effects of the products of the H2S/S-nitrosoglutathione (S/GSNO) interaction in lobar arteries (LA) isolated from the nephrectomized kidneys of patients suffering from arterial hypertension and in renal arteries (RA) of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR)...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150592/the-influence-of-genetic-stability-on-aspergillus-fumigatus-virulence-and-azole-resistance
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Thaila Fernanda Dos Reis, Lilian Pereira Silva, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Pollyne Borborema Almeida de Lima, Rafaela Andrade do Carmo, Marjorie Mendes Marini, José Franco da Silveira, Beatriz Henriques Ferreira, Fernando Rodrigues, Iran Malavazi, Gustavo H Goldman
Genetic stability is extremely important for the survival of every living organism and a very complex set of genes have evolved to cope with DNA repair upon DNA damage. Here, we investigated the Aspergillus fumigatus AtmA (Ataxia-telangiectasia mutated) and AtrA kinases and how they impact virulence and the evolution of azole resistance. We demonstrated that A. fumigatus atmA and atrA null mutants are haploid and have a discrete chromosomal polymorphism. The ΔatmA and ΔatrA strains are sensitive to several DNA damaging agents but surprisingly both strains were more resistant than the wild-type strain to paraquat, menadione, and hydrogen peroxide...
November 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150443/kinetic-mechanism-of-controlled-fab-arm-exchange-for-the-formation-of-bispecific-immunoglobulin-g1-antibodies
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Dennis R Goulet, Steven J Orcutt, Adam Zwolak, Theo Rispens, Aran Labrijn, Rob N de Jong, William M Atkins, Mark L Chiu
Bispecific antibodies (bsAbs) combine the antigen specificities of two distinct Abs and demonstrate therapeutic promise based on novel mechanisms of action. Among the many platforms for creating bsAbs, controlled Fab-arm exchange (cFAE) has proven useful based on minimal changes to native Ab structure and the simplicity with which bsAbs can be formed from two parental Abs. Despite a published protocol for cFAE and its widespread use in the pharmaceutical industry, the reaction mechanism has not been determined...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150265/hypothesis-watershed-zones-in-the-human-eye-are-a-key-for-understanding-glaucomatous-retinal-damage
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Christian Albrecht May, Paul Rutkowski
The pathogenesis of glaucoma is complex which has led to numerous hypothesizes concerning the important factors creating this specific type of inner retinal degeneration namely apoptosis of retinal ganglion cells. We favor a primary vascular etiology and provide evidence that the pathogenesis of glaucoma should not be confined to changes exclusively at the optic nerve head but must include changes occurring in the peripheral retina with particular emphasis on the watershed zones of both the retina and choroid...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150133/effect-of-coloring-and-sintering-on-the-translucency-and-biaxial-strength-of-monolithic-zirconia
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Nazmiye Sen, Ibrahim Bülent Sermet, Sevki Cinar
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The influences of coloring and sintering procedures on the optical and mechanical properties of monolithic zirconia have not been thoroughly investigated. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to investigate the effects of the coloring procedure and of varying final sintering temperatures on the translucency parameter (TP) and biaxial flexural strength (BFS) of monolithic zirconia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Disk-shaped specimens (N=210) of 2 different monolithic zirconia brands (Vita YZ HT(White) [VYZa]; Vita YZ HT(Color) A2 [VYZb]; Prettau Zirkonzahn [PZ]; Prettau Anterior Zirkonzahn [PZA]) with a diameter of 15 mm and a thickness of 1...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149639/translation-cross-cultural-adaptation-and-measurement-properties-of-the-brazilian-version-of-the-identification-of-functional-ankle-instability-idfai-questionnaire
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Bruna Reclusa Martinez, Andrea D Lopes Sauers, Cintia Lopes Ferreira, Luciana de Castro Lugli, Paola Christina Gama Turchetto, Carrie L Docherty, Liu Chiao Yi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this research was to describe the translation and cultural adaptation, and to test the validity and reliability of the Brazilian version of the Identification of Functional Ankle Instability (IdFAI) questionnaire. DESIGN: This was a clinical measurement. SETTING: This research took place at the Federal University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: Fifty college students participated in the translation and cultural adaptation, while another 50 students participated in the measurements (validity and reliability)...
October 7, 2017: Physical Therapy in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149173/trade-off-and-flexibility-in-the-dynamic-regulation-of-the-cullin-ring-ubiquitin-ligase-repertoire
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Ronny Straube, Meera Shah, Dietrich Flockerzi, Dieter A Wolf
Cullin-RING ubiquitin ligases (CRLs) catalyze the ubiquitylation of substrates many of which are degraded by the 26S proteasome. Their modular architecture enables recognition of numerous substrates via exchangeable substrate receptors that competitively bind to a cullin scaffold with high affinity. Due to the plasticity of these interactions there is ongoing uncertainty how cells maintain a flexible CRL repertoire in view of changing substrate loads. Based on a series of in vivo and in vitro studies, different groups proposed that the exchange of substrate receptors is mediated by a protein exchange factor named Cand1...
November 17, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149150/the-hopeless-case-palliative-cryoablation-and-cementoplasty-procedures-for-palliation-of-large-pelvic-bone-metastases
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Tyler M Coupal, Kevin Pennycooke, Paul I Mallinson, Hugue A Ouellette, Paul W Clarkson, Pippa Hawley, Peter L Munk
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the bone are common in cancer patients, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of patients with pelvic bone metastases will not achieve adequate pain control with medications alone. This has led to a paradigm shift over recent years towards the use and development of minimally invasive image-guided treatment options for palliation of bony metastases. Despite these developments, large metastatic lesions are still often considered to be "hopeless cases" that would garner little to no benefit from image-guided intervention...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149145/endoscopic-epidural-laser-decompression-versus-transforaminal-epiduroscopic-laser-annuloplasty-for-lumbar-disc-herniation-a-prospective-randomized-trial
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Chang Hong Park, Sang Ho Lee
BACKGROUND: Lumbar radicular pain often results from lumbar disc herniation, spinal stenosis, or degenerative spondylolisthesis. Minimally invasive disc decompression procedures, such as nucleo-annuloplasty or epiduroscopic neural decompression by laser, have been devised to treat such pain. OBJECTIVE: The short-term outcomes of disc decompression by endoscopic epidural laser decompression (EELD) or transforaminal epiduroscopic laser annuloplasty (TELA) were compared in patients with lumbar radicular pain due to disc herniation...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149117/-influence-of-titanium-dioxide-activated-under-visible-light-on-survival-of-mold-fungi
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Daria Kądziołka, Paulina Rokicka, Agata Markowska-Szczupak, Antoni W Morawski
BACKGROUND: In public and residential buildings, fungi are usually found in the dust or growing on building materials medium such. It has been known that a number of their spores may contaminate the indoor environment and deteriorate air quality in accommodation spaces. Previously designed air cleaning systems do not guarantee a complete removal of agents harmful to humans and animals. Therefore, there is a great need to develop a new solution to remove molds from indoor air. In recent years, photocatalysis based on titanium dioxide (TiO<sub>2</sub>) has been proposed as an effective method for air pollutants removal...
November 17, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148927/flat-serrated-polyps-at-ct-colonography-relevance-appearance-and-optimizing-interpretation
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David H Kim, Meghan G Lubner, Ashley R Cahoon, B Dustin Pooler, Perry J Pickhardt
Serrated polyps are a recently recognized family of colonic polyps with subgroups that harbor future malignant potential. In the past, the significance of these lesions to the colorectal cancer carcinogenesis pathway was not recognized nor well understood. It is now known that serrated polyps account for approximately one-fourth of all sporadic colorectal cancers. The sessile serrated polyp (SSP) (also known as a sessile serrated adenoma [SSA]) is the main lesion of interest given its prevalence and subtle presentation...
November 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148576/free-breathing-abdominal-mri-improved-by-repeated-k-t-subsampling-and-artifact-minimization-rekam
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Mei-Lan Chu, Hing-Chiu Chang, Hsiao-Wen Chung, Mustafa R Bashir, Jing Cai, Lei Zhang, Duohua Sun, Nan-Kuei Chen
PURPOSE: We report an approach, termed Repeated k-t-subsampling and artifact-minimization (ReKAM), for removing motion artifacts in free-breathing abdominal MRI. The method is particularly valuable for challenging patients who may not hold their breath for a long time or have irregular respiratory rate. METHODS: The ReKAM framework comprises one acquisition module and two reconstruction modules. A fast MRI sequence is used to repeatedly acquire multiple sets of k-t space data...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148529/anterior-segment-ischemia-etiology-assessment-and-management
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S L Pineles, M Y Chang, E L Oltra, M S Pihlblad, J P Davila-Gonzalez, T C Sauer, F G Velez
Anterior segment ischemia (ASI) is a potentially serious but rare complication of strabismus surgery. Among several risk factors, ASI occurs after strabismus surgery because of the nature of the anterior segment circulation. Disinsertion of rectus muscles leads to a decrease in the blood supply to the various anterior segment structures. We report a series of retrospective and prospective studies performed by our group focused on determining the risk of anterior segment ischemia following strabismus surgery, diagnosis, and modifications to surgical techniques to minimize the impact on anterior segment circulation...
November 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148182/reliability-validity-and-minimal-detectable-change-of-computerised-respiratory-sounds-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Ana Oliveira, Susan Lage, João Rodrigues, Alda Marques
INTRODUCTION: Computerised respiratory Sounds (CRS) are closely related to the movement of air within the tracheobronchial tree, and are promising outcome measures in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, CRS measurement properties have been poorly tested. OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability, validity, and the minimal detectable changes (MDC) of CRS in patients with stable COPD. METHODS: Fifty patients (36♂, 67...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148144/systolic-blood-pressure-and-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-an-analysis-of-the-topcat-trial
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Senthil Selvaraj, Brian Claggett, Sanjiv J Shah, Inder Anand, Jean L Rouleau, Akshay S Desai, Eldrin F Lewis, Bertram Pitt, Nancy K Sweitzer, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon
AIMS: Recent guidelines have advocated for stricter systolic blood pressure (SBP) control in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), though data regarding the optimal SBP in HFpEF are sparse. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed participants from the Americas from the Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist (TOPCAT) study with available baseline and 8-week visit SBP data (n = 1645). We related baseline SBP to several efficacy and safety outcomes...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148076/subjective-cognitive-complaints-psychosocial-factors-and-nursing-work-function-in-nurses-providing-direct-patient-care
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Tammy Barbe, Laura P Kimble, Cynthia Rubenstein
AIMS: The aim of this study was to examine relationships among subjective cognitive complaints, psychosocial factors and nursing work function in nurses providing direct patient care. BACKGROUND: Cognitive functioning is a critical component for nurses in the assurance of error prevention, identification and correction when caring for patients. Negative changes in nurses' cognitive and psychosocial functioning can adversely affect nursing care and patient outcomes...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147779/the-role-of-ants-in-north-temperate-grasslands-a-review
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B D Wills, D A Landis
Historic and current land-use changes have altered the landscape for grassland biota, with over 90% of grasslands and savannas converted to agriculture or some other use in north temperate regions. Reintegrating grasslands into agricultural landscapes can increase biodiversity while also providing valuable ecosystem services. In contrast to their well-known importance in tropical and subtropical ecosystems, the role of ants in temperate grasslands is often underappreciated. As consumers and ecosystem engineers, ants in temperate grasslands influence invertebrate, plant, and soil microbial diversity and potentially alter grassland productivity...
November 16, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147681/crimped-nanofibrous-biomaterials-mimic-microstructure-and-mechanics-of-native-tissue-and-alter-strain-transfer-to-cells
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Spencer E Szczesny, Tristan P Driscoll, Hsiao-Yun Tseng, Pang-Ching Liu, Su-Jin Heo, Robert L Mauck, Pen-Hsiu G Chao
To fully recapitulate tissue microstructure and mechanics, fiber crimping must exist within biomaterials used for tendon/ligament engineering. Existing crimped nanofibrous scaffolds produced via electrospinning are dense materials that prevent cellular infiltration into the scaffold interior. In this study, we used a sacrificial fiber population to increase the scaffold porosity and evaluated the effect on fiber crimping. We found that increasing scaffold porosity increased fiber crimping and ensured that the fibers properly uncrimped as the scaffolds were stretched by minimizing fiber-fiber interactions...
November 13, 2017: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146762/natural-history-of-primary-paediatric-optic-nerve-sheath-meningioma-case-series-and-review
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Daniel S Narayan, Ghislaine L Traber, Edwin Figueira, Adnan Pirbhai, Klara Landau, Garry Davis, John Crompton, Dinesh Selva
PURPOSE: To study the natural history, clinical and radiological characteristics of primary paediatric optic nerve sheath meningioma (PPONSM). METHODS: Retrospective study of eight paediatric patients who were treated between 1994 and 2016 at the University Hospital Zurich, Switzerland and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia. Clinical records and imaging studies were reviewed. RESULTS: The mean age at presentation was 11 years (range: 6-17 years)...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146740/validation-of-the-psoriatic-arthritis-impact-of-disease-psaid-questionnaire-and-its-potential-as-a-single-item-outcome-measure-in-clinical-practice
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Richard Holland, William Tillett, Eleanor Korendowych, Charlotte Cavill, Nicola Waldron, Melanie Brooke, Neil J McHugh
OBJECTIVES: The Psoriatic Arthritis Impact of Disease (PsAID) Questionnaire is a recently developed patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) of disease impact in psoriatic arthritis (PsA). We set out to assess the validity in an independent cohort of patients, estimate the minimally important difference for improvement and explore the potential of individual components of the PsAID in clinical practice. METHODS: Data were collected prospectively for a single-centre cohort of patients with PsA...
November 16, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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