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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549163/factors-influencing-the-academic-performance-of-children-with-sickle-cell-anaemia-in-ekiti-south-west-nigeria
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Oladele Simeon Olatunya, Oluwasola Julius Oke, Bankole Peter Kuti, Iyiade Adeseye Ajayi, Oyebanji Olajuyin, Olubunmi Omotosho-Olagoke, Adekunle Bamidele Taiwo, Opeyemi Ayodeji Faboya, Ayodeji Ajibola
Background: There is a paucity of information on factors that influence the school performance of children with sickle cell anaemia (SCA) in Nigeria, despite her huge burden of the disease. Methods: In total, 101 children with SCA were recruited at a paediatric clinic in Nigeria. Their socio-demographic-matched classmates were the controls. Academic performance and cognitive functioning were obtained from school reports and Ziler's Draw-a-Person Test, respectively...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547032/car8-dorsal-root-ganglion-expression-and-genetic-regulation-of-analgesic-responses-are-associated-with-a-cis-eqtl-in-mice
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Roy C Levitt, Gerald Y Zhuang, Yuan Kang, Diana M Erasso, Udita Upadhyay, Mehtap Ozdemir, Eugene S Fu, Konstantinos D Sarantopoulos, Shad B Smith, William Maixner, Luda Diatchenko, Eden R Martin, Tim Wiltshire
Carbonic anhydrase-8 (Car8 mouse gene symbol) is devoid of enzymatic activity, but instead functions as an allosteric inhibitor of inositol trisphosphate receptor-1 (ITPR1) to regulate this intracellular calcium release channel important in synaptic functions and neuronal excitability. Causative mutations in ITPR1 and carbonic anhydrase-8 in mice and humans are associated with certain subtypes of spinal cerebellar ataxia (SCA). SCA mice are genetically deficient in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) Car8 expression and display mechanical and thermal hypersensitivity and susceptibility to subacute and chronic inflammatory pain behaviors...
May 25, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545784/pro-and-antiarrhythmic-actions-of-sulfonylureas-mechanistic-and-clinical-evidence
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REVIEW
Charles E Leonard, Sean Hennessy, Xu Han, David S Siscovick, James H Flory, Rajat Deo
Sulfonylureas are the most commonly used second-line drug class for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). While the cardiovascular safety of sulfonylureas has been examined in several trials and nonrandomized studies, little is known of their specific effects on sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) and related serious arrhythmic outcomes. This knowledge gap is striking, because persons with DM are at increased risk of SCA. In this review, we explore the influence of sulfonylureas on the risk of serious arrhythmias, with specific foci on ischemic preconditioning, cardiac excitability, and serious hypoglycemia as putative mechanisms...
May 22, 2017: Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism: TEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543687/effect-of-a-single-intravenous-zoledronic-acid-administration-on-biomarkers-of-acute-kidney-injury-aki-in-patients-with-osteoporosis-a-pilot-study
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C Cipriani, J Pepe, C Clementelli, R Manai, L Colangelo, V Fassino, L Nieddu, S Minisola
AIMS: The pilot study was designed to evaluate the early effect of intravenous (iv) zoledronic acid (ZA) on renal function. METHODS: Five mg iv ZA was administered to 23 patients with osteoporosis (17 women and 6 men, mean age 73±7 SD years). Urinary NGAL, KIM-1, and MCP-1, plasma (p) MCP-1 and serum (s) IL-18, serum calcium (sCa), Creatinine clearance (CrCl), parathyroid hormone (PTH), plasma C-terminal FGF23 (pFGF23), serum (s) Klotho, calcium excretion (CaEx) and renal threshold phosphate concentration/GFR (TmPO4/GFR) were assessed at baseline, 24 hours (h) and day (d) 30 after administration...
May 25, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537977/perioperative-use-of-focused-transthoracic-cardiac-ultrasound-a-survey-of-current-practice-and-opinion
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Frederick Conlin, Neil R Connelly, Michael P Eaton, Patrick J Broderick, Jennifer Friderici, Adam C Adler
BACKGROUND: The advent of portable ultrasound machines in recent years has led to greater availability of focused cardiac ultrasound (FoCUS) in the perioperative and critical care setting. To our knowledge, its use in the perioperative setting among anesthesiologists remains undefined. We sought to assess the use of FoCUS by members of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) in clinical practice, to identify variations in its application, to outline limits to its use, and to understand the level of training of physicians using this technology...
May 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531319/improved-sperm-kinematics-in-semen-samples-collected-after-2-h-versus-4-7-days-of-ejaculation-abstinence
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H Alipour, G Van Der Horst, O B Christiansen, F Dardmeh, N Jørgensen, H I Nielsen, C Hnida
STUDY QUESTION: Does a short abstinence period of only 2 h yield spermatozoa with better motility characteristics than samples collected after 4-7 days? SUMMARY ANSWER: Despite lower semen volume, sperm concentration, total sperm counts and total motile counts, higher percentages of motile spermatozoa with higher velocity and progressiveness were detected in samples obtained after 2 h. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Most studies that have assessed the effect of abstinence periods on sperm motility parameters in men with a sperm concentration below 15 million/ml have detected a higher percentage of motile spermatozoa in samples obtained after short abstinence periods...
May 22, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528397/perioperative-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-function-in-patients-with-silent-corticotroph-adenomas
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Abdelle F Cheres, Nadine ElAsmar, Aman Rajpal, Warren R Selman, Baha M Arafah
BACKGROUND: Silent corticotroph adenomas (SCAs) are characterized by strong ACTH immunostaining without clinical manifestations of hypercortisolism. Patients with SCAs often present with mechanical symptoms related to tumor growth. This study investigates the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis (HPA) characteristics after adenomectomy in patients with SCAs. METHODS: Biochemical parameters of HPA function were monitored frequently after surgical resection of non-functioning macroadenomas...
May 20, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522638/a-self-consistent-structural-perturbation-approach-for-determining-the-magnitude-and-extent-of-allosteric-coupling-in-proteins
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Nandakumar Rajasekaran, Athi N Naganathan
Elucidating the extent of energetic coupling between residues in single-domain proteins, a fundamental determinant of allostery, information transfer and folding cooperativity, has remained a grand challenge. While several sequence- and structure-based approaches have been proposed, a self-consistent description that is simultaneously compatible with unfolding thermodynamics is lacking. We had recently developed a simple structural perturbation protocol that captures the changes in thermodynamic stabilities induced by point mutations within the protein interior...
May 18, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522297/three-dimensional-spheroid-culture-promotes-the-stemness-maintenance-of-cranial-stem-cells-by-activating-pi3k-akt-and-suppressing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways
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Da He, Ren-Xian Wang, Jian-Ping Mao, Bin Xiao, Da-Fu Chen, Wei Tian
Multipotent stem cells are one of the most powerful tools available for the bone regeneration. However, owing to various limitations, including a lack of tissue-specific stem cell identification, reconstruction of large cranial bone defects remains challenging. In the current study, we isolated a population of Sca-1(+)CD105(+)CD140a(+) stem cells from adult mouse calvarium and cultured them as three-dimensional spheroids. Although these cells shared similar surface antigens when grown in either monolayers or spheroids, the cranial stem cells grown in spheroids possessed enhanced multipotency and proliferation capacity...
May 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520780/towards-a-point-of-care-strip-test-to-diagnose-sickle-cell-anemia
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Meaghan Bond, Brady Hunt, Bailey Flynn, Petri Huhtinen, Russell Ware, Rebecca Richards-Kortum
A rapid test to identify patients with sickle cell disease could have important benefits in low-resource settings. Sickle cell anemia (SCA) affects about 300,000 newborns each year, the majority of whom are born in sub-Saharan Africa. Low-cost therapies are available to treat SCA, but most countries in sub-Saharan Africa lack robust neonatal screening programs needed to identify patients in need of treatment. To address this need, we developed and evaluated a competitive lateral flow assay that identifies patients with SCA (genotype HbSS) in 15 minutes using undiluted whole blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516389/microenvironmental-scenario-of-the-bone-marrow-of-inorganic-arsenic-exposed-experimental-mice
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Jacintha Archana Pereira, Sujata Law
Exposure to arsenic on a regular basis, mainly through drinking water, agricultural pesticide, and sometimes therapeutic dose, results in various diseases of different tissues including the bone marrow hematopoietic system. Hematopoiesis is a dynamic process by which bone marrow (BM) hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPCs) generate a relatively constant pool of functionally mature blood cells by the support of microenvironmental components. The present study has been aimed to understand stem cell microenvironmental status during arsenic toxicity and the consequent reflection of dysregulation involving the hematopoietic machinery in experimental mice...
May 17, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511389/variability-of-iron-load-in-patients-of-sickle-cell-anaemia-hbss-a-study-from-eastern-india
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Pranati Mohanty, Rabindra Kumar Jena, Sudha Sethy
INTRODUCTION: Sickle Cell Anaemia (SCA) is one of the commonest haemoglobinopathies due to a point mutation (A→T) of the β-globin gene. Out of five haplotypes, the Arab-Indian haplotype present in India is one of the least severe phenotype and least studied also. It is characterized by lifelong haemolytic anaemia requiring red cell transfusion leading to iron overload. In contrast, there is very high incidence of deficiency of iron, folic acid and vitamin B12. AIM: Our objective was to access the Iron status of SCA patients and to find its correlation with various parameters like red cell transfusion, haemolysis and serum hepcidin...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507997/recognizing-sudden-cardiac-arrest-may-require-more-than-two-questions-during-telephone-triage-developing-a-complementary-checklist
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Amir Mirhaghi, Hojjat Shafaee, Javad Malekzadeh, Farzaneh Hasanzadeh
OBJECTIVE: To develop decision-support tools to identify patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). METHODS: Eighty calls related to SCA were content analyzed, and the contextual patterns that emerged were organized into a checklist. Two researchers independently analyzed the recorded calls and compared their findings. Eighteen dispatchers scored 20 cases (which included SCA and non-SCA cases) both with and without the checklist. Correct responses for each case and agreement among dispatchers have been reported...
April 2017: Bulletin of Emergency and Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507438/pulmonary-hypertension-in-nigerian-adults-with-sickle-cell-anemia
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Valentine N Amadi, Michael O Balogun, Norah O Akinola, Rasaaq A Adebayo, Anthony O Akintomide
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is the commonest hemoglobinopathy and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is reported to play a significant role in this regard. There is very limited literature on PH in SCA in Nigeria. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of Doppler-derived PH in SCA, assess its influence on exercise capacity, and determine the correlates and predictors of measures of estimated pulmonary pressure...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507082/association-between-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-sickle-cell-anemia
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Omar Niss, Robert Fleck, Fowe Makue, Tarek Alsaied, Payal Desai, Jeffrey A Towbin, Punam Malik, Michael D Taylor, Charles T Quinn
Sickle cell anemia (SCA)-related cardiomyopathy is characterized by diastolic dysfunction and hyperdynamic features. Diastolic dysfunction portends early mortality in SCA. Diastolic dysfunction is associated with microscopic myocardial fibrosis in SCA mice, but the cause of diastolic dysfunction in humans with SCA is unknown. We used cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) measurements of extracellular volume fraction (ECV) to discover and quantify diffuse myocardial fibrosis in 25 individuals with SCA (mean age 23±13 years), and determine the association between diffuse myocardial fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction...
May 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506535/sca-1-expression-level-identifies-quiescent-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Mina N F Morcos, Kristina B Schoedel, Anja Hoppe, Rayk Behrendt, Onur Basak, Hans C Clevers, Axel Roers, Alexander Gerbaulet
Blood cell generation depends on continuous cellular output by the sequential hierarchy of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) and progenitor populations that all contain quiescent and actively cycling cells. Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) express the surface molecule Stem cell antigen 1 (SCA-1/LY6A). Using histone 2B-red fluorescent fusion protein label retention and cell-cycle reporter mice, we demonstrate that high SCA-1 expression (SCA-1(hi)) identifies not only quiescent HSCs but quiescent cells on all hierarchical levels within the lineage(-)SCA-1(+)KIT(+) (LSK) population...
May 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506445/comparison-of-features-of-fatal-versus-nonfatal-cardiac-arrest-in-patients-with-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-cardiomyopathy
#17
Richa Gupta, Crystal Tichnell, Brittney Murray, Stefania Rizzo, Anneline Te Riele, Harikrishna Tandri, Daniel P Judge, Gaetano Thiene, Cristina Basso, Hugh Calkins, Cynthia A James
Once arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is diagnosed, the incidence of sudden cardiac death (SCD) is rare and prognosis is favorable, highlighting the value of early disease recognition. To inform strategies to diagnose ARVD/C before SCD, we sought to characterize clinical, genetic, and family history features of ARVD/C cases first recognized after SCD or resuscitated SCD (sudden cardiac arrest [SCA]). We identified 66 ARVD/C cases submitted to the Johns Hopkins ARVD/C Registry in whom disease was first recognized after SCD (n = 45) or SCA (n = 21) and compared their clinical, genetic, and demographic features with 352 patients (227 probands) diagnosed with ARVD/C by 2010 Task Force Criteria before any arrest...
April 13, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502995/the-psycho-lexical-approach-in-exploring-the-field-of-values-a-reply-to-schwartz
#18
Boele De Raad, Marieke E Timmerman, Fabia Morales-Vives, Walter Renner, Dick P H Barelds, Jan Pieter Van Oudenhoven
We reply to each of the issues raised by Schwartz in a commentary on our article on a comparison of value taxonomies. We discuss two approaches, mentioned in that commentary, the lexical approach and the theory-driven approach, especially with respect to their capacities in covering the domain of values and with respect to the representation of important values in a useful structure. We refute the critique by Schwartz that the lexical approach is superfluous, because his theory "toward universals in values" would already cover all values, and that their mutual relationships are relevant to individuals around the globe...
April 2017: Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495402/associations-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-308-polymorphism-with-dengue-infection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Noel Pabalan, Suwit Chaisri, Sompong Tabunhan, Mayuri Tarasuk, Hamdi Jarjanazi, Theodore Steiner
Inconsistency of reported associations between the tumor necrosis factor-alpha-308 (TNFα-308) polymorphism (rs1800629) and dengue virus infection prompted a meta-analysis, to obtain more precise estimates. A literature search yielded 14 case-control studies. We calculated pooled odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals in three groups according to severity, dengue fever (DF), dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue (DEN) using standard genetic models. Pooled ORs were subjected to modifier treatment where re-analysis was confined to Hardy-Weinberg compliant (HWC) studies...
May 8, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491095/angelica-sinensis-polysaccharide-prevents-hematopoietic-stem-cells-senescence-in-d-galactose-induced-aging-mouse-model
#20
Xinyi Mu, Yanyan Zhang, Jing Li, Jieyu Xia, Xiongbin Chen, Pengwei Jing, Xiaoying Song, Lu Wang, Yaping Wang
Age-related regression in hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSC/HPCs) limits replenishment of the blood and immune system and hence contributes to hematopoietic diseases and declined immunity. In this study, we employed D-gal-induced aging mouse model and observed the antiaging effects of Angelica Sinensis Polysaccharide (ASP), a major active ingredient in dong quai (Chinese Angelica Sinensis), on the Sca-1(+) HSC/HPCs in vivo. ASP treatment prevents HSC/HPCs senescence with decreased AGEs levels in the serum, reduced SA-β-Gal positive cells, and promoted CFU-Mix formation in the D-gal administrated mouse...
2017: Stem Cells International
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