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Joan Torres Puig-Gros, Rosa Mar Alzuria Alós
OBJECTIVE: Sometimes and when a registry is not available, influenza vaccination (IV) is based on vaccination records reported by citizens. When the opportunity of comparing both information sources exists, sometimes, discrepancies between both have been observed. The objectives of this study are: to know the IV coverage in pregnant women (both referred and recorded in the clinical history), to determine the concordance between both sources of information and to quantify the lost opportunities of IV due to errors in verbalization...
March 16, 2018: Revista Española de Salud Pública
Rafael Ramirez, Josep Planas, Nuria Escude, Jordi Mercade, Cristina Farriols
Music is known to have the power to induce strong emotions. The present study assessed, based on Electroencephalography (EEG) data, the emotional response of terminally ill cancer patients to a music therapy intervention in a randomized controlled trial. A sample of 40 participants from the palliative care unit in the Hospital del Mar in Barcelona was randomly assigned to two groups of 20. The first group [experimental group (EG)] participated in a session of music therapy (MT), and the second group [control group (CG)] was provided with company...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
F Nasi, M C Nordström, E Bonsdorff, R Auriemma, T Cibic, P Del Negro
Biological Traits Analysis (BTA) was used to identify functional features of infaunal polychaete assemblages associated with contamination in two Italian coastal areas: the harbour of Trieste (Adriatic Sea) and the Mar Piccolo of Taranto (Ionian Sea). The analysis was performed on 103 taxa, collected at four stations in each area. The two areas differed in species composition. The low diversity and the presence of stress-tolerant species in more polluted sites were not reflected in functional diversity, due to species contributing little to community functions or being functionally redundant...
March 9, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
Xiaojun Chen, Feng Xu, Fatao Liu, Zin Mar Aung, Wei Chen, Wenqing Han, Xianxian Yang, Yan Zhang, Gang Chai, Ruhong Zhang
Hemifacial microsomia (HFM) is the second most common congenital craniofacial malformation. Although many sporadic and familial cases have been studied to explore the etiology and pathogenesis of HFM, no common understanding has been reached. We aimed to further probe into the etiology of HFM through studying monozygotic twins. Here, we report two cases of pairs of monozygotic twins discordant for HFM, and performed whole-exome sequencing (WES) and bioinformatics analysis to help determine the underlying molecular mechanisms...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
María Del Mar Sáez Freire, Adrián Blanco Gómez, Sonia Castillo Lluva, Aurora Gómez Vecino, Julie Milena Galvis Jiménez, Carmen Martín Seisdedos, María Isidoro García, Lourdes Hontecillas Prieto, María Begoña García-Cenador, Francisco Javier García Criado, María Carmen Patino Alonso, Purificación Galindo Villardón, Jian-Hua Mao, Carlos Prieto, Andrés Castellanos Martín, Lars Kaderali, Jesús Pérez Losada
The incidence of breast cancer increases with age until menopause, and breast cancer is more aggressive in younger women. The existence of epidemiological links between breast cancer and aging indicates that both processes share some common mechanisms of development. Oxidative stress is associated with both cancer susceptibility and aging. Here we observed that ERBB2-positive breast cancer, which developed in genetically heterogeneous ERBB2-positive transgenic mice generated by a backcross, is more aggressive in chronologically younger than in older mice (differentiated by the median survival of the cohort that was 79 weeks), similar to what occurs in humans...
March 14, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Samaneh Sepahi, Seyed Ahmad Mohajeri, Seyedeh Maryam Hosseini, Elham Khodaverdi, Nasser Shoeibi, Maral Namdari, Sayyed Abolghasem Sajadi Tabassi
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic macular edema (DME) is one of the most important sight-threatening complications in patients with diabetes. Due to neuroprotective properties, crocin, as the main constituent in saffron, is thought to be useful in the treatment and prevention of diabetic maculopathy. The aim of this trial was to evaluate the effects of crocin as a supplement on reducing inflammation in patients with diabetic maculopathy. DESIGN: Double blind, placebo controlled, phase 2 randomized clinical trial...
March 14, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
Obdulia Rabal, Juan A Sánchez-Arias, Mar Cuadrado-Tejedor, Irene de Miguel, Marta Pérez-González, Carolina García-Barroso, Ana Ugarte, Ander Estella-Hermoso de Mendoza, Elena Sáez, Maria Espelosin, Susana Ursua, Tan Haizhong, Wu Wei, Xu Musheng, Ana Garcia-Osta, Julen Oyarzabal
We have identified chemical probes that act as dual phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) and histone deacetylase 6 (HDAC6)-selective inhibitors (>1 log unit difference versus class I HDACs) to decipher the contribution of HDAC isoforms to the positive impact of dual-acting PDE5 and HDAC inhibitors on mouse models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and fine-tune this systems therapeutics approach. Structure- and knowledge-based approaches led to the design of first-in-class molecules with the desired target compound profile: dual PDE5 and HDAC6-selective inhibitors...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Marcus J G W Ladds, Ingeborg M M van Leeuwen, Catherine J Drummond, Su Chu, Alan R Healy, Gergana Popova, Andrés Pastor Fernández, Tanzina Mollick, Suhas Darekar, Saikiran K Sedimbi, Marta Nekulova, Marijke C C Sachweh, Johanna Campbell, Maureen Higgins, Chloe Tuck, Mihaela Popa, Mireia Mayoral Safont, Pascal Gelebart, Zinayida Fandalyuk, Alastair M Thompson, Richard Svensson, Anna-Lena Gustavsson, Lars Johansson, Katarina Färnegårdh, Ulrika Yngve, Aljona Saleh, Martin Haraldsson, Agathe C A D'Hollander, Marcela Franco, Yan Zhao, Maria Håkansson, Björn Walse, Karin Larsson, Emma M Peat, Vicent Pelechano, John Lunec, Borivoj Vojtesek, Mar Carmena, William C Earnshaw, Anna R McCarthy, Nicholas J Westwood, Marie Arsenian-Henriksson, David P Lane, Ravi Bhatia, Emmet McCormack, Sonia Laín
The development of non-genotoxic therapies that activate wild-type p53 in tumors is of great interest since the discovery of p53 as a tumor suppressor. Here we report the identification of over 100 small-molecules activating p53 in cells. We elucidate the mechanism of action of a chiral tetrahydroindazole (HZ00), and through target deconvolution, we deduce that its active enantiomer (R)-HZ00, inhibits dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH). The chiral specificity of HZ05, a more potent analog, is revealed by the crystal structure of the (R)-HZ05/DHODH complex...
March 16, 2018: Nature Communications
Lotte van der Wagen, Liane Te Boome, Marleen Schiffler, Inger Nijhof, Marieke Schoordijk, Suzanne van Dorp, Marijke van Dijk, Reinier Raymakers, Eefke Petersen, Moniek de Witte, Niels de Jong, Mar Bellido, Brigitte Bär, Ellen Meijer, Jürgen Kuball
Sclerotic chronic graft vs. host disease (cGVHD) still has a large impact on morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We performed the first prospective study to test whether sequential therapy of the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab followed by 6 months treatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitor nilotinib is a favorable treatment strategy for patients with sclerotic cGVHD. Twenty-nine patients were included, 24 were available for analysis. We observed objective responses in 71% of patients (two patients CR, 15 patients PR)...
March 16, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Makoto Hara, Eugenia Martinez-Hernandez, Helena Ariño, Thais Armangué, Marianna Spatola, Mar Petit-Pedrol, Albert Saiz, Myrna R Rosenfeld, Francesc Graus, Josep Dalmau
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency and clinical relevance of immunoglobulin (Ig)G, IgA, and IgM N -methyl-d-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antibodies in several diseases, and whether the IgG antibodies occur in disorders other than anti-NMDAR encephalitis. METHODS: Evaluation of IgG, IgA, and IgM NMDAR antibodies in serum of 300 patients with anti-NMDAR encephalitis, stroke, dementia, schizophrenia, or seronegative autoimmune encephalitis. Antibodies and their effect on cultured neurons were examined with cell-based assays and brain and live neuronal immunostaining...
March 16, 2018: Neurology
Nicola C Casartelli, Nicola A Maffiuletti, Romana Brunner, Marcel Büchi, Reto Sutter, Christian W Pfirrmann, Florian D Naal, Michael Leunig, Mario Bizzini
Study Design Cross-sectional study. Background Visual rating of movement pattern in patients with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome is of interest because poor control of dynamic hip motion is frequently noted. Objectives To evaluate intra- and inter-rater agreement among physical therapists with different clinical experience, in performing visual rating of movement pattern quality of patients with FAI syndrome using a semiquantitative scale. Methods A video camera was used to record the performance of 34 patients with FAI syndrome performing single-limb standing, squat, frontal lunge, hop lunge, bridge and plank...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Marsha Tijssen, Igor Tak, Janine Stubbe, Daniel Haverkamp, Enrico de Visser, Maria Nijhuis-van der Sanden, Robert van Cingel
Study Design Prospective cohort. Background The International Hip Outcome Tool 33 (iHOT-33), developed in English, has been shown to be a valid and reliable questionnaire for young physically active individuals with symptomatic hip joint pathology. Objectives Translate and validate the iHOT-33 in Dutch (iHOT-33 NL) in the target population. Methods Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the iHOT-33 was performed following existing guidelines. Young to middle-aged (18-50 years), active (Tegner score ≥ 3) individuals presenting with symptomatic hip joint related pain (Numeric Pain Rating Score (NPRS) ≥ 1) in primary healthcare/hospital setting were included...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Andrea B Mosler, Rintje Agricola, Kristian Thorborg, Adam Weir, Rod J Whiteley, Kay M Crossley, Per Hӧlmich
Study Design Cross-sectional cohort study. Background Athletes with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome have cam and/or pincer morphology, pain on orthopaedic testing, and often have reduced hip range of motion (ROM) and strength. However, cam and pincer morphology are also common in asymptomatic hips. Therefore, it is currently unknown whether the ROM and strength deficits observed in athletes with FAI syndrome result from the variance in their bony hip morphology or hip condition. Objectives To investigate the relationship between musculoskeletal screening findings and bony hip morphology in asymptomatic male soccer players...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Pim van Klij, Joshua Heerey, Jan H Waarsing, Rintje Agricola
Synopsis Our understanding of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) syndrome is slowly improving. The number of studies on all aspects (aetiology, prevalence, pathophysiology, natural history, treatment, and preventative measures) of FAI syndrome has grown exponentially over the past few years. This commentary provides the latest updates on the prevalence of cam and pincer hip morphology and its relationship with development of hip osteoarthritis (OA). Cam and pincer morphology is highly prevalent in the general population and in this paper is presented for different subgroups based on: age, sex, ethnicity, and athletic activity...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Marcie Harris-Hayes, Karen Steger-May, Linda R Van Dillen, Mario Schootman, Gretchen B Salsich, Sylvia Czuppon, John C Clohisy, Paul K Commean, Travis J Hillen, Shirley A Sahrmann, Michael J Mueller
Study Design Ancillary analysis, time-controlled randomized clinical trial. Background Movement pattern training (MPT) has been shown to improve function among patients with chronic hip joint pain (CHJP). Objective Determine the association among treatment outcomes and mechanical factors associated with CHJP. Methods Twenty-eight patients with CHJP, 18-40 years, participated in MPT, either immediately after assessment or after a wait-list period. MPT included task-specific training to reduce hip adduction motion during functional tasks and hip muscle strengthening...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Eva Jover, Ana Silvente, Francisco Marín, José Martínez-González, Mar Orriols, Carlos M Martinez, Carmen María Puche, Mariano Valdés, Cristina Rodriguez, Diana Hernández-Romero
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) transdifferentiate into osteoblast-like cells during vascular calcification, inducing active remodeling and calcification of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Intracellular and extracellular enzymes, such as lysyl hydroxylase 1 (PLOD1) and lysyl oxidase (LOX), contribute to ECM maturation and stabilization. We assessed the contribution of these enzymes to hyperphosphatemia (HPM)-induced calcification. Human and murine VSMCs were differentiated into functional osteoblast-like cells by HPM conditioning...
March 16, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Elena García-Payá, Marta Fernández, Sergio Padilla, José A García, Catalina Robledano, Victoria Ortiz DE LA Tabla, Félix Gutiérrez, Mar Masiá
OBJECTIVE: The protective effect of ART has not yet been definitively established in men who have sex with men (MSM). We aimed to characterize the factors associated with persistent HIV-1 RNA rectal shedding. METHODS: Prospective study including virologically-suppressed MSM from an HIV cohort. High-resolution anoscopy (HRA) was performed for screening of anal dysplasia, and rectal sampling for HIV-1 RNA quantification and sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) investigation through multiplex PCR...
March 15, 2018: AIDS
Daniela Dukovska, Daniel Fernández-Soto, Mar Valés-Gómez, Hugh T Reyburn
The biology and function of NKG2H receptor, unlike the better characterized members of the NKG2 family NKG2A, NKG2C, and NKG2D, remains largely unclear. Here, we show that NKG2H is able to associate with the signaling adapter molecules DAP12 and DAP10 suggesting that this receptor can signal for cell activation. Using a recently described NKG2H-specific monoclonal antibody (mAb), we have characterized the expression and function of lymphocytes that express this receptor. NKG2H is expressed at the cell surface of a small percentage of peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) and is found more frequently on T cells, rather than NK cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mengli Xiao, Yongbo Zhang, Huimin Fu, Zhihua Wang
High-precision navigation algorithm is essential for the future Mars pinpoint landing mission. The unknown inputs caused by large uncertainties of atmospheric density and aerodynamic coefficients as well as unknown measurement biases may cause large estimation errors of conventional Kalman filters. This paper proposes a derivative-free version of nonlinear unbiased minimum variance filter for Mars entry navigation. This filter has been designed to solve this problem by estimating the state and unknown measurement biases simultaneously with derivative-free character, leading to a high-precision algorithm for the Mars entry navigation...
March 12, 2018: ISA Transactions
Shubhankar Suman, Santosh Kumar, Albert J Jr Fornace, Kamal Datta
Carbon irradiation due to its higher biological effectiveness relative to photon radiation is a concern for toxicity to proliferative normal gastrointestinal (GI) tissue after radiotherapy and long-duration space missions such as mission to Mars. Although radiation-induced oxidative stress is linked to chronic diseases such as cancer, effects of carbon irradiation on normal GI tissue have not been fully understood. This study assessed and compared chronic oxidative stress in mouse intestine and colon after different doses of carbon and γ radiation, which are qualitatively different...
March 16, 2018: Free Radical Research
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