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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150929/biomechanical-properties-of-feline-ventral-abdominal-wall-and-celiotomy-closure-techniques
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Fernando S Reina Rodriguez, Conor T Buckley, Joshua Milgram, Barbara M Kirby
OBJECTIVE: To compare biomechanical properties and mechanism of failure of 3 regions of ventral abdominal wall in cats by using 2 suture materials, 2 suture bite-to-stitch intervals (SBSI), and full-thickness versus fascia-only closure. STUDY DESIGN: Randomized, cadaveric, ex vivo mechanical testing. SAMPLE POPULATION: 16 adult cat cadavers, 3 samples per cat. METHODS: Three regions of ventral abdominal wall were mechanically tested (N = 48 samples)...
November 18, 2017: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150907/sensitivity-of-doping-biomarkers-after-administration-of-a-single-dose-testosterone-gel
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Jenny Mullen, Annica Börjesson, Oscar Hopcraft, Jenny J Schulze, Magnus Ericsson, Anders Rane, Mikael Lehtihet, Lena Ekström
Micro-doping with testosterone (T) is challenging to detect with the current doping tests. Today, the methods available to detect T are longitudinally monitoring of urine biomarkers in the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) and measuring the isotopic composition of excreted biomarkers to distinguish the origin of the molecule. In this study, we investigated the detectability of a single dose of 100 mg T gel in 8 healthy male subjects. We also studied which biomarkers were most sensitive to T gel administration, including blood biomarkers...
November 18, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150899/p-arg69trp-in-rnaseh2c-is-a-founder-variant-in-three-indian-families-with-aicardi-gouti%C3%A3-res-syndrome
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Malavika Hebbar, Anil Kanthi, Aroor Shrikiran, Snehal Patil, Mamta Muranjan, Febi Francis, Vishnu Bhat B, Katta M Girisha, Anju Shukla
Aicardi-Goutières syndrome is an early-onset severe neurological disorder characterized by intracranial calcification, white matter abnormalities, hepatosplenomegaly, cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytosis, and elevated interferon-α levels, thus mimicking congenital viral infections. It is a genetically heterogeneous condition and autosomal recessive and autosomal dominant forms with variations in seven genes known till date. Variations in RNASEH2C cause an autosomal recessive form of AGS. Here we report three Indian families with variant, c...
November 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150860/quality-of-life-outcomes-after-subthalamic-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease-depends-on-age
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Haidar S Dafsari, Paul Reker, Lisa Stalinski, Monty Silverdale, Alexandra Rizos, Keyoumars Ashkan, Michael T Barbe, Gereon R Fink, Julian Evans, Julia Steffen, Michael Samuel, Till A Dembek, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Angelo Antonini, K Ray-Chaudhuri, Pablo Martinez-Martin, Lars Timmermann
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate how quality of life outcome after bilateral subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) in Parkinson's disease (PD) depends on age. METHODS: In this prospective, open-label, multicenter study including 120 PD patients undergoing bilateral STN-DBS, we investigated the PDQuestionnaire-8 (PDQ-8), Unified PD Rating Scale-III, Scales for Outcomes in PD-motor examination, complications, activities of daily living, and levodopa equivalent daily dose preoperatively and at 5 months follow-up...
November 18, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150824/legislation-of-direct-to-consumer-genetic-testing-in-europe-a-fragmented-regulatory-landscape
#5
L Kalokairinou, H C Howard, S Slokenberga, E Fisher, M Flatscher-Thöni, M Hartlev, R van Hellemondt, J Juškevičius, J Kapelenska-Pregowska, P Kováč, L Lovrečić, H Nys, A de Paor, A Phillips, L Prudil, E Rial-Sebbag, C M Romeo Casabona, J Sándor, A Schuster, S Soini, K H Søvig, D Stoffel, T Titma, T Trokanas, P Borry
Despite the increasing availability of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, it is currently unclear how such services are regulated in Europe, due to the lack of EU or national legislation specifically addressing this issue. In this article, we provide an overview of laws that could potentially impact the regulation of DTC genetic testing in 26 European countries, namely Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150724/presence-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-and-mycoplasma-spp-but-not-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-and-treponema-pallidum-in-women-undergoing-an-infertility-evaluation-high-prevalence-of-tetracycline-resistance-gene-tet-m
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Min Li, Xiaomei Zhang, Ke Huang, Haixiang Qiu, Jilei Zhang, Yuan Kang, Chengming Wang
Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma spp., Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Treponema pallidum are sexually transmitted pathogens that threaten reproductive health worldwide. In this study, vaginal swabs obtained from women (n = 133) that attended an infertility clinic in China were tested with qPCRs for C. trachomatis, Mycoplasma spp., N. gonorrhoeae, T. pallidum and tetracycline resistance genes. While none of vaginal swabs were positive for N. gonorrhoeae and T. pallidum, 18.8% (25/133) of the swabs were positive for Chlamydia spp...
November 17, 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150682/enantioselective-transformation-of-fluoxetine-in-water-and-its-ecotoxicological-relevance
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María Jesús Andrés-Costa, Kathryn Proctor, Marco T Sabatini, Anthony P Gee, Simon E Lewis, Yolanda Pico, Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
European legislation focusing on water quality is expected to broaden to encompass several pharmaceuticals as priority hazardous substances. This manuscript aims to challenge current regulatory approaches that do not recognize stereochemistry of chiral pharmaceuticals by testing the hypothesis that environmental transformation and effects of chiral pharmaceuticals are stereoselective. Our experiments revealed that, while degradation of chiral fluoxetine (FL) in river water occurs via non-enantioselective photochemical and mildly-enantioselective microbial processes favoring the (R)-enantiomer, a pronounced enantioselectivity favoring (S)-FL (leading to the formation of (S)-NFL (norfluoxetine)) is observed during activated sludge treatment...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150567/amplifying-ifn-%C3%AE-signaling-in-dendritic-cells-by-cd11c-specific-loss-of-socs1-increases-innate-immunity-to-infection-while-decreasing-adaptive-immunity
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Alejandro F Alice, Gwen Kramer, Shelly Bambina, Jason R Baird, Keith S Bahjat, Michael J Gough, Marka R Crittenden
Although prophylactic vaccines provide protective humoral immunity against infectious agents, vaccines that elicit potent CD8 T cell responses are valuable tools to shape and drive cellular immunity against cancer and intracellular infection. In particular, IFN-γ-polarized cytotoxic CD8 T cell immunity is considered optimal for protective immunity against intracellular Ags. Suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS)1 is a cross-functional negative regulator of TLR and cytokine receptor signaling via degradation of the receptor-signaling complex...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150564/essential-role-of-card14-in-murine-experimental-psoriasis
#9
Mayuri Tanaka, Kouji Kobiyama, Tetsuya Honda, Kozue Uchio-Yamada, Yayoi Natsume-Kitatani, Kenji Mizuguchi, Kenji Kabashima, Ken J Ishii
Caspase recruitment domain family member 14 (CARD14) was recently identified as a psoriasis-susceptibility gene, but its immunological role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis in vivo remains unclear. In this study, we examined the role of CARD14 in murine experimental models of psoriasis induced by either imiquimod (IMQ) cream or recombinant IL-23 injection. In all models tested, the psoriasiform skin inflammation was abrogated in Card14(-/-) mice. Comparison of the early gene signature of the skin between IMQ-cream-treated Card14(-/-) mice and Tlr7(-/-)Tlr9(-/-) mice revealed not only their similarity, but also distinct gene sets targeted by IL-23...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150562/the-role-of-mhc-e-in-t-cell-immunity-is-conserved-among-humans-rhesus-macaques-and-cynomolgus-macaques
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Helen L Wu, Roger W Wiseman, Colette M Hughes, Gabriela M Webb, Shaheed A Abdulhaqq, Benjamin N Bimber, Katherine B Hammond, Jason S Reed, Lina Gao, Benjamin J Burwitz, Justin M Greene, Fidel Ferrer, Alfred W Legasse, Michael K Axthelm, Byung S Park, Simon Brackenridge, Nicholas J Maness, Andrew J McMichael, Louis J Picker, David H O'Connor, Scott G Hansen, Jonah B Sacha
MHC-E is a highly conserved nonclassical MHC class Ib molecule that predominantly binds and presents MHC class Ia leader sequence-derived peptides for NK cell regulation. However, MHC-E also binds pathogen-derived peptide Ags for presentation to CD8(+) T cells. Given this role in adaptive immunity and its highly monomorphic nature in the human population, HLA-E is an attractive target for novel vaccine and immunotherapeutic modalities. Development of HLA-E-targeted therapies will require a physiologically relevant animal model that recapitulates HLA-E-restricted T cell biology...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150529/impact-of-the-2013-national-rollout-of-cms-competitive-bidding-program-the-disruption-continues
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Gary A Puckrein, Irl B Hirsch, Christopher G Parkin, Bruce T Taylor, Liou Xu, David G Marrero
OBJECTIVE: Use of glucose monitoring is essential to the safety of individuals with insulin-treated diabetes. In 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Medicare Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) in nine test markets. This resulted in a substantial disruption of beneficiary access to self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) supplies and significant increases in the percentage of beneficiaries with either reduced or no acquisition of supplies. These reductions were significantly associated with increased mortality, hospitalizations, and costs...
November 17, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150410/lung-function-in-early-adulthood-and-health-in-later-life-a-transgenerational-cohort-analysis
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Alvar Agustí, Guillaume Noell, Josep Brugada, Rosa Faner
BACKGROUND: Early life events can affect health in later life. We hypothesised that low lung function (FEV1 <80% predicted) in early adulthood (25-40 years) is associated with higher prevalence and earlier incidence of respiratory, cardiovascular, and metabolic abnormalities, and premature death. METHODS: In this cohort analysis, we tested this hypothesis using data from the Framingham Offspring Cohort (FOC) and validated our observations in CARDIA (an independent cohort) and GenIII (which includes the direct descendants of FOC participants)...
November 14, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150330/the-structural-requirements-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-c4-modified-saha-analogs-display-dual-hdac6-hdac8-selectivity
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Ahmed T Negmeldin, Joseph R Knoff, Mary Kay H Pflum
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes govern the post-translational acetylation state of lysine residues on protein substrates, leading to regulatory changes in cell function. Due to their role in cancers, HDAC proteins have emerged as promising targets for cancer treatment. Four HDAC inhibitors have been approved as anti-cancer therapeutics, including SAHA (Suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid, Vorinostat, Zolinza). SAHA is a nonselective HDAC inhibitor that targets most of the eleven HDAC isoforms. The nonselectivity of SAHA might account for its clinical side effects, but certainly limits its use as a chemical tool to study cancer-related HDAC cell biology...
October 31, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150298/spontaneous-osteoclastogenesis-hypothesis-for-gender-unrelated-osteoporosis-screening-and-diagnosis
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F Salamanna, R Giardino, M Fini
Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis (OP). However, in the past few years it has become more widely recognized that OP is a significant problem also in men although OP is frequently under-diagnosed and, consequently, under treated in men. Most guidelines, screening and fracture risk evaluation methods as well as pharmacologic agents have been developed for women and then adapted to men. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measurement by Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is reported as T score and the capability of DEXA to diagnose OP and predict fracture risk is still debated...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150290/premature-atherosclerosis-in-premenopausal-women-does-cytokine-balance-play-a-role
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Jo-Ann Eastwood, Doris A Taylor, B Delia Johnson, Micheline Resende, Barry L Sharaf, Bina Ahmed, Margo Minissian, Chrisandra Shufelt, Noel Bairey Merz
Contributory risk factors to premature coronary artery disease (CAD) in premenopausal women are poorly understood and data on this subset of women is lacking. There is growing evidence that the process of inflammation is a part of the atherosclerotic process. Mechanistic insights from animal work suggest that the profile of circulating cytokines reflects both endothelial integrity and the presence of immune and progenitor cells. Significant differences in pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokine concentrations between patients with and without CAD exist...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150289/the-cause-of-multiple-sclerosis-is-autoimmune-attack-of-adenosyltransferase-thereby-limiting-adenosylcobalamin-production
#16
J L Boucher
The pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) begins with an infection by a bacterium from the class of bacteria that produce and utilize adenosylcobalamin (AdoCbl) and possess an adenosyl transferase enzyme (ATR); these bacteria are the exogenous antigens that cause MS. Human ATR is homologous to bacterial ATR and B cells produce anti-ATR antibodies as an autoimmune response thereby reducing the concentration of ATR and thus limiting production of AdoCbl, one of the two bioactive forms of vitamin B12. The next step in MS pathogenesis is a period of subclinical AdoCbl deficiency over a period of many years resulting in production of odd-carbon-number fatty acids that are incorporated into myelin rendering it antigenic...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150256/reproductive-effects-linked-to-dna-methylation-in-male-zebrafish-chronically-exposed-to-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-of-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate
#17
Yan-Bo Ma, Pan-Pan Jia, Muhammad Junaid, Li Yang, Chun-Jiao Lu, De-Sheng Pei
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) possesses the potential to interfere with the male reproductive endocrine system in mammals; however, its reproductive toxicity in male zebrafish and associated epigenetic studies have not been explored. In this study, three-month-old male zebrafish were exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of DEHP (0, 10, 33 and 100 μg/L) for 3 months, and then the impact on the reproduction of males and the underlying mechanism were investigated. Histological testing showed that an exposure concentration of 100 μg/L DEHP significantly inhibited spermatogenesis, with an associated decline in capability to fertilize untreated oocytes...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150169/vitamin-d-and-walking-speed-in-older-adults-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
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Cedric Annweiler, Samir Henni, Stéphane Walrand, Manuel Montero-Odasso, Gustavo Duque, Guillaume T Duval
Vitamin D is involved in musculoskeletal health. There is no consensus on a possible association between circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) concentrations and walking speed, a 'vital sign' in older adults. Our objective was to systematically review and quantitatively assess the association of 25OHD concentration with walking speed. A Medline search was conducted on June 2017, with no limit of date, using the MeSH terms "Vitamin D" OR "Vitamin D Deficiency" combined with "Gait" OR "Gait disorders, Neurologic" OR "Walking speed" OR "Gait velocity"...
December 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149990/simultaneous-determination-of-renal-function-biomarkers-in-urine-using-a-validated-paper-based-microfluidic-analytical-device
#19
Eduardo Luiz Rossini, Maria Izabel Milani, Emanuel Carrilho, Leonardo Pezza, Helena Redigolo Pezza
In this paper, we describe a validated paper-based microfluidic analytical device for the simultaneous quantification of two important biomarkers of renal function in urine. This paper platform provides an inexpensive, simple, and easy to use colorimetric method for the quantification of creatinine (CRN) and uric acid (UA) in urine samples. The microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μPAD) consists of a main channel with three identical arms, each containing a circular testing zone and a circular uptake zone...
January 2, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149954/preoperative-risk-factors-associated-with-urinary-complications-after-kidney-transplantation
#20
T Bessede, Y Hammoudi, D Bedretdinova, B Parier, H Francois, A Durrbach, G Benoit
BACKGROUND: Only surgically irrelevant risk factors including sex, African-American ancestry, or exceptional U-stitch anastomosis have been identified to associate with urinary complications after kidney transplantation. The objective was to identify modifiable and nonmodifiable risk factors associated with urinary complications after kidney transplantation. METHODS: A single-center study of 3,129 kidney transplants performed over 40 years was conducted to identify independent risk factors using χ(2) tests and logistic regression analysis...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
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