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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324491/monitoring-mitophagy-during-aging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#1
Nikolaos Charmpilas, Konstantinos Kounakis, Nektarios Tavernarakis
Mitochondria constitute the main energy-producing centers of eukaryotic cells. In addition, they are involved in several crucial cellular processes, such as lipid metabolism, calcium buffering, and apoptosis. As such, their malfunction can be detrimental for proper cellular physiology and homeostasis. Mitophagy is a mechanism that protects and maintains cellular function by sequestering harmful or dysfunctional mitochondria to lysosomes for degradation. In this report, we present experimental procedures for quantitative, in vivo monitoring of mitophagy events in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323832/age-related-cognitive-decline-and-associations-with-sex-education-and-apolipoprotein-e-genotype-across-ethnocultural-groups-and-geographic-regions-a-collaborative-cohort-study
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Darren M Lipnicki, John D Crawford, Rajib Dutta, Anbupalam Thalamuthu, Nicole A Kochan, Gavin Andrews, M Fernanda Lima-Costa, Erico Castro-Costa, Carol Brayne, Fiona E Matthews, Blossom C M Stephan, Richard B Lipton, Mindy J Katz, Karen Ritchie, Jacqueline Scali, Marie-Laure Ancelin, Nikolaos Scarmeas, Mary Yannakoulia, Efthimios Dardiotis, Linda C W Lam, Candy H Y Wong, Ada W T Fung, Antonio Guaita, Roberta Vaccaro, Annalisa Davin, Ki Woong Kim, Ji Won Han, Tae Hui Kim, Kaarin J Anstey, Nicolas Cherbuin, Peter Butterworth, Marcia Scazufca, Shuzo Kumagai, Sanmei Chen, Kenji Narazaki, Tze Pin Ng, Qi Gao, Simone Reppermund, Henry Brodaty, Antonio Lobo, Raúl Lopez-Anton, Javier Santabárbara, Perminder S Sachdev
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of dementia varies around the world, potentially contributed to by international differences in rates of age-related cognitive decline. Our primary goal was to investigate how rates of age-related decline in cognitive test performance varied among international cohort studies of cognitive aging. We also determined the extent to which sex, educational attainment, and apolipoprotein E ε4 allele (APOE*4) carrier status were associated with decline. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We harmonized longitudinal data for 14 cohorts from 12 countries (Australia, Brazil, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States), for a total of 42,170 individuals aged 54-105 y (42% male), including 3...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318985/functional-disconnection-of-thalamic-and-cerebellar-dentate-nucleus-networks-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-and-corticobasal-syndrome
#3
Neeraj Upadhyay, Antonio Suppa, Maria Cristina Piattella, Costanza Giannì, Matteo Bologna, Flavio Di Stasio, Nikolaos Petsas, Francesca Tona, Giovanni Fabbrini, Alfredo Berardelli, Patrizia Pantano
AIM: To assess functional rearrangement following neurodegeneration in the thalamus and dentate nucleus in patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). METHODS: We recruited 19 patients with PSP, 11 with CBS and 14 healthy subjects. All the subjects underwent resting-state (rs) fMRI using a 3T system. Whole brain functional connectivity of the thalamus and dentate nucleus were calculated by means of a seed-based approach with FEAT script in FSL toolbox...
March 15, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316956/sudden-infant-death-syndrome-due-to-long-qt-syndrome-a-brief-review-of-the-genetic-substrate-and-prevalence
#4
REVIEW
Nikolaos S Ioakeimidis, Theodora Papamitsou, Soultana Meditskou, Zafiroula Iakovidou-Kritsi
The pathophysiological mechanisms which lead to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are not completely understood. Cardiac channelopathies are a well-established causative factor with long QT syndrome (LQTS) being the most frequent one, accounting for approximately 12% of SIDS cases. The genetic substrate of the above arrhythmogenic syndrome has been thoroughly described but only specific gene mutations or polymorphisms have been identified as SIDS causative. The review will focus on the prevalence of LQTS-induced SIDS or near-SIDS cases and the mutations held responsible...
December 2017: Journal of Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316090/impaired-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-treated-acromegaly-despite-long-term-biochemically-stable-disease-results-from-a-5-year-prospective-study
#5
Nikolaos Kyriakakis, Julie Lynch, Stephen G Gilbey, Susan M Webb, Robert D Murray
OBJECTIVE: Patients with acromegaly demonstrate impaired quality of life (QoL), but data on long-term QoL changes in treated acromegaly are limited. This study evaluates and identifies factors that influence QoL in patients with long-term biochemical remission. DESIGN: The study consists of a cross-sectional arm comparing QoL between patients with treated and controlled acromegaly and healthy controls; and a longitudinal arm assessing QoL changes in patients with biochemically stable disease during 5...
March 18, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315203/adc-histogram-analysis-of-cervical-cancer-aids-detecting-lymphatic-metastases-a-preliminary-study
#6
Stefan Schob, Hans Jonas Meyer, Nikolaos Pazaitis, Dominik Schramm, Kristina Bremicker, Marc Exner, Anne Kathrin Höhn, Nikita Garnov, Alexey Surov
PURPOSE: Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram analysis has been used to some extent in cervical cancer (CC) to distinguish between low-grade and high-grade tumors. Although this differentiation is undoubtedly helpful, it would be even more crucial in the presurgical setting to determine whether a tumor already gained the potential to metastasize via the lymphatic system. So far, no studies investigated the potential of 3T ADC histogram analysis in CC to differentiate between nodal-positive and nodal-negative entities...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314467/association-between-copayment-medication-adherence-and-outcomes-in-the-management-of-patients-with-diabetes-and-heart-failure
#7
REVIEW
George Gourzoulidis, Georgia Kourlaba, Panagiotis Stafylas, Gregory Giamouzis, John Parissis, Nikolaos Maniadakis
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between copayment, medication adherence and outcomes in patients with Heart failure (HF) and Diabetes Mellitus (DM). METHODS: PubMed, Scopus and Cochrane databases were searched using combinations of four sets of key words for: drug cost sharing; resource use, health and economic outcomes; medication adherence; and chronic disease. RESULTS: Thirty eight studies were included in the review. Concerning the direct effect of copayment changes on outcomes, the scarcity and diversity of data, does not allow us to reach a clear conclusion, although there is some evidence indicating that higher copayments may result in poorer health and economic outcomes...
February 28, 2017: Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314316/non-whipple-operations-in-the-management-of-benign-premalignant-and-early-cancerous-duodenal-lesions
#8
Alexandros Papalampros, Demetrios Moris, Athanasios Petrou, Nikolaos Dimitrokallis, Ioannis Karavokyros, Dimitrios Schizas, Ioanna Delladetsima, Theodore N Pappas, Evangelos Felekouras
AIM: We reviewed our 20-year experience with non-Whipple operations (pancreas-preserving duodenectomy and transduodenal ampullectomy) for the treatment of benign, premalignant or early-stage malignant duodenal lesions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-four patients who underwent non-Whipple operations between January 1996 and December 2015 were identified from an institutional database and retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: Between 1996 and 2015, 10 patients underwent pancreas-preserving duodenectomy and 14 patients underwent transduodenal ampullectomy...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314297/expression-and-clinical-significance-of-concomitant-fak-src-and-p-paxillin-in-mobile-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#9
Stamatios Theocharis, Ioly Kotta-Loizou, Constantinos Giaginis, Paraskevi Alexandrou, Eugene Danas, Gerasimos Tsourouflis, Nikolaos Tsoukalas, Robert H A Coutts, Jason Tasoulas, Jerzy Klijanienko
BACKGROUND/AIM: The focal adhesion kinase (FAK)/SRC phosphorylation cascade and its downstream target paxillin have been implicated in malignant transformation, tumor growth and progression, together with metastasis. The present study aimed to evaluate the clinical significance of concomitant FAK/SRC and p-paxillin expression in mobile tongue squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: FAK, SRC and phospho-paxillin expression in 48 mobile tongue SCC tissue samples was assessed immunohistochemically and analyzed with respect to clinicopathological characteristics and patient survival...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314152/monitoring-a-large-number-of-pesticides-and-transformation-products-in-water-samples-from-spain-and-italy
#10
Nikolaos I Rousis, Richard Bade, Lubertus Bijlsma, Ettore Zuccato, Juan V Sancho, Felix Hernandez, Sara Castiglioni
Assessing the presence of pesticides in environmental waters is particularly challenging because of the huge number of substances used which may end up in the environment. Furthermore, the occurrence of pesticide transformation products (TPs) and/or metabolites makes this task even harder. Most studies dealing with the determination of pesticides in water include only a small number of analytes and in many cases no TPs. The present study applied a screening method for the determination of a large number of pesticides and TPs in wastewater (WW) and surface water (SW) from Spain and Italy...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306348/differences-in-dyslexic-students-before-and-after-a-remediation-program-a-clinical-neuropsychological-and-event-related-potential-study
#11
Nikolaos C Zygouris, Elias Avramidis, Argyris V Karapetsas, George I Stamoulis
Developmental dyslexia is defined as an unexpected specific and persistent failure to acquire efficient reading skills despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and sociocultural opportunity. This article reports the outcomes of a study that evaluated the implementation of a 4-month intervention program. The intervention consisted of structured activities aiming at improving (a) the children's phonological awareness, (b) their visual and auditory memory, (c) their visual discrimination ability, and (d) their text comprehension...
March 17, 2017: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303789/flatness-based-control-approach-to-drug-infusion-for-cardiac-function-regulation
#12
Gerasimos Rigatos, Nikolaos Zervos, Alexey Melkikh
A new control method based on differential flatness theory is developed in this study, aiming at solving the problem of regulation of haemodynamic parameters. Actually control of the cardiac output (volume of blood pumped out by heart per unit of time) and of the arterial blood pressure is achieved through the administered infusion of cardiovascular drugs such as dopamine and sodium nitroprusside. Time delays between the control inputs and the system's outputs are taken into account. Using the principle of dynamic extension, which means that by considering certain control inputs and their derivatives as additional state variables, a state-space description for the heart's function is obtained...
February 2017: IET Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302734/time-dependent-genetic-effects-on-gene-expression-implicate-aging-processes
#13
Julien Bryois, Alfonso Buil, Pedro G Ferreira, Nikolaos I Panousis, Andrew A Brown, Ana Viñuela, Alexandra Planchon, Deborah Bielser, Kerrin Small, Tim Spector, Emmanouil T Dermitzakis
Gene expression is dependent on genetic and environmental factors. In the last decade, a large body of research has significantly improved our understanding of the genetic architecture of gene expression. However, it remains unclear whether genetic effects on gene expression remain stable over time. Here, we show, using longitudinal whole-blood gene expression data from a twin cohort, that the genetic architecture of a subset of genes is unstable over time. In addition, we identified 2213 genes differentially expressed across time points that we linked with aging within and across studies...
March 16, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301853/chronic-mesenteric-ischemia-patient-outcomes-using-open-surgical-revascularization
#14
Markus U Wagenhäuser, Yvonne K Meyer-Janiszewski, Philip Dueppers, Joshua M Spin, Nikolaos Floros, Hubert Schelzig, Mansur Duran
BACKGROUND: Chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI) is a rare disease. Open treatment (OT) remains a valuable treatment option. We analyzed patient outcomes after OT and investigated health-related quality of life (HRQoL). METHODS: Data were analyzed retrospectively. The investigation period was from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2014. We investigated mortality and patency rates using Kaplan-Meier analysis. HRQoL was measured using a 36-item health survey. Various statistical methods were employed...
March 17, 2017: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300105/nature-based-solutions-business
#15
Nikolaos P Nikolaidis, Dionyssia Kolokotsa, Steven A Banwart
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March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299236/computer-aided-detection-fidelity-of-pulmonary-nodules-in-chest-radiograph
#16
Nikolaos Dellios, Ulf Teichgraeber, Robert Chelaru, Ansgar Malich, Ismini E Papageorgiou
AIM: The most ubiquitous chest diagnostic method is the chest radiograph. A common radiographic finding, quite often incidental, is the nodular pulmonary lesion. The detection of small lesions out of complex parenchymal structure is a daily clinical challenge. In this study, we investigate the efficacy of the computer-aided detection (CAD) software package SoftView™ 2.4A for bone suppression and OnGuard™ 5.2 (Riverain Technologies, Miamisburg, OH, USA) for automated detection of pulmonary nodules in chest radiographs...
2017: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298963/potential-role-of-imaging-in-assessing-harmful-effects-on-spermatogenesis-in-adult-testes-with-varicocele
#17
REVIEW
Athina C Tsili, Olga N Xiropotamou, Anastasios Sylakos, Vasilios Maliakas, Nikolaos Sofikitis, Maria I Argyropoulou
Varicocele is characterized by an abnormal dilatation and retrograde blood flow in the spermatic veins. Varicocele is the leading correctable cause of male infertility. Although it is highly prevalent in infertile men, it is also observed in individuals with normal fertility. Determining which men are negatively affected by varicocele would enable clinicians to better select those men who will benefit from treatment. To assess the functional status of the testes in men with varicocele, color Doppler sonographic parameters were evaluated...
February 28, 2017: World Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298024/reduction-of-inflammation-after-administration-of-interleukin-1-receptor-antagonist-following-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-results-of-the-subcutaneous-interleukin-1ra-in-sah-scil-sah-study
#18
James Galea, Kayode Ogungbenro, Sharon Hulme, Hiren Patel, Sylvia Scarth, Margaret Hoadley, Karen Illingworth, Catherine J McMahon, Nikolaos Tzerakis, Andrew T King, Andy Vail, Stephen J Hopkins, Nancy Rothwell, Pippa Tyrrell
OBJECTIVE Aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH) is a devastating cerebrovascular event with long-term morbidity and mortality. Patients who survive the initial bleeding are likely to suffer further early brain injury arising from a plethora of pathological processes. These may result in a worsening of outcome or death in approximately 25% of patients and may contribute to longer-term cognitive dysfunction in survivors. Inflammation, mediated by the cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1), is an important contributor to cerebral ischemia after diverse forms of brain injury, including aSAH...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296936/spatial-analysis-improves-the-detection-of-early-corneal-nerve-fiber-loss-in-patients-with-recently-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes
#19
Dan Ziegler, Karsten Winter, Alexander Strom, Andrey Zhivov, Stephan Allgeier, Nikolaos Papanas, Iris Ziegler, Jutta Brüggemann, Bernd Ringel, Sabine Peschel, Bernd Köhler, Oliver Stachs, Rudolf F Guthoff, Michael Roden
Corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) has revealed reduced corneal nerve fiber (CNF) length and density (CNFL, CNFD) in patients with diabetes, but the spatial pattern of CNF loss has not been studied. We aimed to determine whether spatial analysis of the distribution of corneal nerve branching points (CNBPs) may contribute to improving the detection of early CNF loss. We hypothesized that early CNF decline follows a clustered rather than random distribution pattern of CNBPs. CCM, nerve conduction studies (NCS), and quantitative sensory testing (QST) were performed in a cross-sectional study including 86 patients recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and 47 control subjects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295758/internet-interventions-for-adult-illicit-substance-users-a-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
Nikolaos Boumparis, Eirini Karyotaki, Michael P Schaub, Pim Cuijpers, Heleen Riper
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Research has shown that internet interventions can be effective for dependent users of various substances. However, less is known about the effects of these interventions on users of opioids, cocaine, and amphetamines than for other substances. We aimed to investigate the effectiveness of internet interventions in decreasing the usage of these types of substances. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search in the databases of PubMed, PsycINFO, Embase, and the Cochrane Library to identify randomized controlled trials examining the effectiveness of internet interventions compared with control conditions in reducing the use of opioids, cocaine, and amphetamines...
March 10, 2017: Addiction
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