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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352722/daily-intake-of-mucuna-pruriens-in-advanced-parkinson-s-disease-a-16-week-noninferiority-randomized-crossover-pilot-study
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Roberto Cilia, Janeth Laguna, Erica Cassani, Emanuele Cereda, Benedetta Raspini, Michela Barichella, Gianni Pezzoli
BACKGROUND: Thousands of individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD) in low-income countries have limited access to marketed levodopa preparations. Mucuna pruriens (MP), a levodopa-containing leguminous plant growing in tropical areas, may be a sustainable alternative therapy for indigent patients. Single-dose intake of MP proved noninferior to marketed levodopa preparations. METHODS: Fourteen PD patients with motor fluctuations and dyskinesias received MP powder (obtained from roasted seeds) and marketed levodopa/carbidopa (LD/CD) in a randomized order and crossover design over a 16-week period...
January 11, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352704/treatment-of-adult-chronic-indeterminate-chagas-disease-with-benznidazole-and-three-e1224-dosing-regimens-a-proof-of-concept-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Faustino Torrico, Joaquim Gascon, Lourdes Ortiz, Cristina Alonso-Vega, María-Jesús Pinazo, Alejandro Schijman, Igor C Almeida, Fabiana Alves, Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, Isabela Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is a major neglected vector-borne disease. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of three oral E1224 (a water-soluble ravuconazole prodrug) regimens and benznidazole versus placebo in adult chronic indeterminate Chagas disease. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept, double-blind, randomised phase 2 clinical trial, we recruited adults (18-50 years) with confirmed diagnosis of Trypanosoma cruzi infection from two outpatient units in Bolivia...
January 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352616/assessing-advanced-airway-management-performance-in-a-national-cohort-of-emergency-medical-services-agencies
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Henry E Wang, John P Donnelly, Dustin Barton, Jeffrey L Jarvis
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Although often the focus of quality improvement efforts, emergency medical services (EMS) advanced airway management performance has few national comparisons, nor are there many assessments with benchmarks accounting for differences in agency volume or patient mix. We seek to assess variations in advanced airway management and conventional intubation performance in a national cohort of EMS agencies. METHODS: We used EMS data from ESO Solutions, a national EMS electronic health record system...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352395/association-between-crp-genetic-diversity-and-bipolar-disorder-comorbid-complications
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Wahid Boukouaci, José Oliveira, Bruno Etain, Meriem Bennabi, Christina Mariaselvam, Nora Hamdani, Céline Manier, Djaouida Bengoufa, Frank Bellivier, Chantal Henry, Jean-Pierre Kahn, Dominique Charron, Rajagopal Krishnamoorthy, Marion Leboyer, Ryad Tamouza
BACKGROUND: Chronic low-grade inflammation is believed to contribute, at least in a subset of patients, to the development of bipolar disorder (BD). In this context, the most investigated biological marker is the acute phase response molecule, C-reactive protein (CRP). While the genetic diversity of CRP was amply studied in various pathological settings, little is known in BD. METHODS: 568 BD patients along with 163 healthy controls (HC) were genotyped for the following single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) on the CRP gene: intron rs1417938 (+ 29) T/A, 3'-UTR rs1130864 (+ 1444) G/A, and downstream rs1205 (+ 1846) (C/T)...
January 20, 2018: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352287/ifn%C3%AE-inhibits-g-csf-induced-neutrophil-expansion-and-invasion-of-the-cns-to-prevent-viral-encephalitis
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Chandran Ramakrishna, Edouard M Cantin
Emergency hematopoiesis facilitates the rapid expansion of inflammatory immune cells in response to infections by pathogens, a process that must be carefully regulated to prevent potentially life threatening inflammatory responses. Here, we describe a novel regulatory role for the cytokine IFNγ that is critical for preventing fatal encephalitis after viral infection. HSV1 encephalitis (HSE) is triggered by the invasion of the brainstem by inflammatory monocytes and neutrophils. In mice lacking IFNγ (GKO), we observed unrestrained increases in G-CSF levels but not in GM-CSF or IL-17...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352226/spatio-temporal-characteristics-of-urban-air-pollutions-and-their-causal-relationships-evidence-from-beijing-and-its-neighboring-cities
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Lei Jiang, Ling Bai
China has been suffering from serious air pollution for years in response to the rapid industrialization and urbanization. Notably Beijing is one of the most polluted capitals in the world. Hence, the focus of the study area is on Beijing. In the first stage, we analyze spatial and temporal characteristics of air pollution of the 6 cities while in the second stage the Granger causality test is applied to investigate whether air pollution of a city is affected by its neighbors, and vice versa. The findings are the following...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352108/desumoylation-of-mkk7-kinase-by-the-sumo2-3-protease-senp3-potentiates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammatory-signaling-in-macrophages
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Yimin Lao, Kai Yang, Zhaojun Wang, Xueqing Sun, Qiang Zou, Xiaoyan Yu, Jinke Cheng, Xuemei Tong, Edward Th Yeh, Jie Yang, Jing Yi
Protein SUMOylation has been reported to play a role in innate immune response, but the enzymes, substrates, and consequences of the specific inflammatory signaling events are largely unknown. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are abundantly produced during macrophage activation and required for Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-mediated inflammatory signaling. Previously, we demonstrated that SENP3 is a redox-sensitive SUMO2/3 protease. To explore any links between reversible SUMOylation and ROS-related inflammatory signaling in macrophage activation, we generated mice with SENP3 conditional knockout in myeloid cells...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351998/detection-of-experimental-and-clinical-immune-complexes-by-measuring-ship-1-recruitment-to-the-inhibitory-fc%C3%AE-riib
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Richard J Stopforth, Robert J Oldham, Alison L Tutt, Patrick Duriez, H T Claude Chan, Brock F Binkowski, Chad Zimprich, Dun Li, Philip G Hargreaves, Mei Cong, Venkat Reddy, Maria J Leandro, Geraldine Cambridge, Anja Lux, Falk Nimmerjahn, Mark S Cragg
Fc γ receptors (FcγR) are involved in multiple aspects of immune cell regulation, are central to the success of mAb therapeutics, and underpin the pathology of several autoimmune diseases. However, reliable assays capable of accurately measuring FcγR interactions with their physiological ligands, IgG immune complexes (IC), are limited. A method to study and detect IC interactions with FcγRs was therefore developed. This method, designed to model the signaling pathway of the inhibitory FcγRIIB (CD32B), used NanoLuc Binary Interaction Technology to measure recruitment of the Src homology 2 domain-containing inositol phosphatase 1 to the ITIM of this receptor...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351986/phase-ii-study-of-oral-jak1-jak2-inhibitor-ruxolitinib-in-advanced-relapsed-refractory-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Eric Van den Neste, Marc André, Thomas Gastinne, Aspasia Stamatoullas, Corinne Haioun, Amine Belhabri, Oumedaly Reman, Olivier Casasnovas, Hervé Guesquieres, Gregor Verhoef, Marie-José Claessen, Hélène A Poirel, Marie-Christine Copin, Romain Dubois, Peter Vandenberghe, Ioanna-Andrea Stoian, Anne S Cottereau, Sarah Bailly, Laurent Knoops, Franck Morschhauser
JAK2 constitutive activation/overexpression is common in classical Hodgkin lymphoma, and several cytokines stimulate Hodgkin lymphoma cells by recognizing JAK1-/JAK2-bound receptors. JAK blockade may thus be therapeutically beneficial in HL. This Phase II study assessed the safety and efficacy of ruxolitinib, an oral JAK1/2 inhibitor, in relapsed/refractory Hodgkin lymphoma patients. The primary objective was overall response rate according to IHP 2007 criteria. Thirty-three advanced patients (median prior lines: 5; refractory: 82%) were included; nine (27...
January 19, 2018: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351871/systemic-signaling-in-response-to-wounding-and-pathogens
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Richard Hilleary, Simon Gilroy
Plants possess systemic signaling networks that allow the perception of local stresses to be translated into plant-wide responses. Although information can be propagated via a variety of molecules such as hormones and RNAs moving within the bulk flow of the phloem or in the transpiration stream, the vasculature also appears to be a major pathway whereby extremely rapid signals move bi-directionally throughout the plant. In these cases, the movement mechanisms are not dependent on redistribution through bulk flow...
January 16, 2018: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351806/isolated-septic-arthritis-of-hip-joint-a-rare-presentation-of-melioidosis-a-case-report
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N P Weerasinghe, H M M Herath, T M U Liyanage
BACKGROUND: Despite, Sri Lanka lies in the melioidosis endemic belt between 5°N and 10°N surrounded by countries known to have endemic melioidosis for many years, comparatively fewer cases of melioidosis infection have been reported in Sri Lanka. Melioidosis has a wide spectrum of clinical presentation, ranging from severe pneumonia to abscess formation in various organs. Isolated septic arthritis, which is a rare but well-recognized manifestation of melioidosis, could be the sole presenting problem in some patients with melioidosis...
January 19, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351654/what-is-the-role-of-imaging-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-osteoarthritis-and-disease-management
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Xia Wang, Win Min Oo, James M Linklater
While OA is predominantly diagnosed on the basis of clinical criteria, imaging may aid with differential diagnosis in clinically suspected cases. While plain radiographs are traditionally the first choice of imaging modality, MRI and US also have a valuable role in assessing multiple pathologic features of OA, although each has particular advantages and disadvantages. Although modern imaging modalities provide the capability to detect a wide range of osseous and soft tissue (cartilage, menisci, ligaments, synovitis, effusion) OA-related structural damage, this extra information has not yet favourably influenced the clinical decision-making and management process...
January 16, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351614/a-membrane-g-protein-coupled-estrogen-receptor-is-necessary-but-not-sufficient-for-sex-differences-in-zebra-finch-auditory-coding
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Amanda A Krentzel, Matheus Macedo-Lima, Maaya Z Ikeda, Luke Remage-Healey
Estradiol acts as a neuromodulator in brain regions important for cognition and sensory processing. Estradiol also shapes brain sex differences, but rarely have these concepts been considered simultaneously. In male and female songbirds, estradiol rapidly increases within the auditory forebrain during song exposure and enhances local auditory processing. We tested whether GPER1, a membrane bound estrogen receptor, is necessary and sufficient for neuroestrogen regulation of forebrain auditory processing in male and female zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata)...
January 17, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351565/sumo-targeting-of-a-stress-tolerant-ulp1-sumo-protease
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Jennifer Peek, Catherine Harvey, Dreux Gray, Danny Rosenberg, Likhitha Kolla, Reuben Levy-Myers, Rui Yin, Jonathan L McMurry, Oliver Kerscher
SUMO proteases of the SENP/Ulp family are master regulators of both sumoylation and desumoylation and regulate SUMO homeostasis in eukaryotic cells. SUMO conjugates rapidly increase in response to cellular stress, including nutrient starvation, hypoxia, osmotic stress, DNA damage, heat shock, and other proteotoxic stressors. Nevertheless, little is known about the regulation and targeting of SUMO proteases during stress. To this end we have undertaken a detailed comparison of the SUMO-binding activity of the budding yeast protein Ulp1 (ScUlp1) and its ortholog in the thermotolerant yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus, KmUlp1...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351488/measurement-of-postprandial-glucose-fluxes-in-response-to-acute-and-chronic-endurance-exercise-in-healthy-humans
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Dale J Morrison, Greg M Kowalski, Eleonora Grespan, Andrea Mari, Clinton R Bruce, Glenn D Wadley
The effect of endurance exercise on enhancing insulin sensitivity and glucose flux has been well established with techniques such as the hyperinsulinemic clamp. Although informative, such techniques do not emulate the physiological postprandial state, and it remains unclear how exercise improves postprandial glycaemia. Accordingly, combining mixed meal tolerance testing and the triple-stable isotope glucose tracer approach, glucose fluxes (rates of meal glucose appearance (Ra), disposal (Rd) and endogenous glucose production (EGP)) were determined following acute endurance exercise (1h cycling; ~70% VO2max) and 4 weeks of endurance training (cycling 5d/wk)...
December 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351476/human-endoc-%C3%AE-h1-%C3%AE-cells-form-pseudoislets-with-improved-glucose-sensitivity-and-enhanced-glp-1-signaling-in-the-presence-of-islet-derived-endothelial-cells
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Michael G Spelios, Lauren A Afinowicz, Regine C Tipon, Eitan M Akirav
Three-dimensional (3D) pseudoislets (PIs) can be used for the study of insulin-producing β-cells in free-floating islet-like structures similar to that of primary islets. Previously, we demonstrated the ability of islet-derived endothelial cells (iECs) to induce PIs using murine insulinomas, where PI formation enhanced insulin production and glucose responsiveness. In this report, we examined the ability of iECs to spontaneously induce the formation of free-floating 3D PIs using the EndoC-βH1 human β-cell line murine MS1 iEC line...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351450/cardiac-vanilloid-receptor-1-afferent-depletion-enhances-stellate-ganglion-neuronal-activity-and-efferent-sympathetic-response-to-cardiac-stress
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Koji Yoshie, Pradeep S Rajendran, Louis Massoud, OhJin Kwon, Vasudev Tadimeti, Siamak Salavatian, Jeffrey Laurence Ardell, Kalyanam Shivkumar, Olujimi A Ajijola
Afferent fibers expressing the vanilloid receptor 1 (VR1) channel are implicated in cardiac nociception, however, their role in modulating reflex responses to cardiac stress is not well-understood. We evaluated this role in Yorkshire pigs by percutaneous epicardial application of resiniferatoxin (RTX), a toxic activator of the VR1 channel, resulting in depletion of cardiac VR1-expressing afferents. Hemodynamics, epicardial activation recovery intervals (ARIs), and in vivo activity of stellate ganglion (SG) neurons (SGNs) were recorded in control and RTX-treated animals...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351439/role-of-reactive-oxygen-species-and-sulfide-quinone-oxoreductase-in-hydrogen-sulfide-induced-contraction-of-rat-pulmonary-arteries
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Jesus Prieto-Lloret, Vladimir A Snetkov, Yasin Shaifta, Inmaculada Docio, Michelle J Connolly, Charles E Mackay, Greg A Knock, Jeremy Pt Ward, Philip I Aaronson
Application of H2S ('sulfide') elicits a complex contraction in rat pulmonary arteries (PA) comprising a small transient contraction (phase 1; Ph1) followed by relaxation and then a second, larger, and more sustained contraction (phase 2; Ph2). We investigated the mechanisms causing this response using isometric myography in rat second order PA, with Na2S as a sulfide donor. Both phases of contraction to 1000μM Na2S were attenuated by the pan-PKC inhibitor Gö6983 (3μM) and by 50μM ryanodine; the Ca2+ channel blocker nifedipine (1μM) was without effect...
December 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351425/source-of-dietary-sucrose-influences-development-of-leptin-resistance-in-male-and-female-rats
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Ruth B S Harris
Male rats offered 30% sucrose solution in addition to chow develop leptin resistance without increasing energy intake or body fat. Here we tested whether the leptin resistance was dependent upon the physical form of the sucrose. Sprague Dawley rats were offered a sucrose-free diet (NS), a 66.6% energy as sucrose diet (HS), or NS diet and 30% sucrose solution (LS). Sucrose intake of LS rats equaled that of HS rats, but total carbohydrate intake exceeded that of HS rats. After 33 days male and female LS rats were resistant to the inhibitory effect of peripherally administered leptin on food intake...
December 27, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351396/mechanisms-of-repetitive-retrograde-contractions-in-response-to-sustained-esophageal-distension-a-study-evaluating-patients-with-post-fundoplication-dysphagia
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Dustin A Carlson, Peter J Kahrilas, Katherine Ritter, Zhiyue Lin, John E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Repetitive, retrograde contractions (RRCs) in response to sustained esophageal distension are a distinct contractility pattern observed with functional luminal imaging probe (FLIP) panometry that are common in type III (spastic) achalasia. RRCs are hypothesized to be indicative of either impaired inhibitory innervation or esophageal outflow obstruction. We aimed to apply FLIP panometry to patients with post-fundoplication dysphagia (a model of esophageal obstruction) to explore mechanisms behind RRCs...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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