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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340234/detection-of-severe-digital-vasculopathy-in-systemic-sclerosis-by-colour-doppler-sonography-is-associated-with-digital-ulcers
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Susanne Lüders, Stefanie Friedrich, Sarah Ohrndorf, Anne-Marie Glimm, Gerd-Rüdiger Burmester, Gabriela Riemekasten, Marina Backhaus
Objective.: Colour Doppler ultrasonography (CDUS) is very important in general vascular diagnostic procedures. Its role in determining the extent of vasculopathy in Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) needs further investigation. The aim of this study was to compare the presence of altered arteries with nailfold capillaroscopy and clinical signs of ischaemia, that is, digital ulcers or pitting scars (DU/PS). A feasible CDUS protocol is provided. Methods.: Two thousand five hundred and twenty-eight arteries of the fingers, palms and wrists from 79 SSc patients (32 arteries per patient) were examined using CDUS...
March 17, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336000/high-intensity-cannabis-use-and-hiv-clinical-outcomes-among-hiv-positive-people-who-use-illicit-drugs-in-vancouver-canada
#2
Stephanie Lake, Thomas Kerr, Rielle Capler, Jeannie Shoveller, Julio Montaner, M-J Milloy
BACKGROUND: Reforms to the legal status of medical and non-medical cannabis are underway in many jurisdictions, including Canada, as are renewed efforts to scale-up HIV treatment-as-prevention (TasP) initiatives. It has been suggested that high-intensity cannabis use may be associated with sub-optimal HIV treatment outcomes. Thus, using data from a setting with a community-wide treatment-as-prevention (TasP) initiative coinciding with increasing access to medical cannabis, we sought to investigate the possible impact of high-intensity cannabis use on HIV clinical outcomes...
March 20, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334899/association-analyses-of-east-asian-individuals-and-trans-ancestry-analyses-with-european-individuals-reveal-new-loci-associated-with-cholesterol-and-triglyceride-levels
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Cassandra N Spracklen, Peng Chen, Young Jin Kim, Xu Wang, Hui Cai, Shengxu Li, Jirong Long, Ying Wu, Ya Xing Wang, Fumihiko Takeuchi, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Keum-Ji Jung, Cheng Hu, Koichi Akiyama, Yonghong Zhang, Sanghoon Moon, Todd A Johnson, Huaixing Li, Rajkumar Dorajoo, Meian He, Maren E Cannon, Tamara S Roman, Elias Salfati, Keng-Hung Lin, Xiuqing Guo, Wayne H H Sheu, Devin Absher, Linda S Adair, Themistocles L Assimes, Tin Aung, Qiuyin Cai, Li-Ching Chang, Chien-Hsiun Chen, Li-Hsin Chien, Lee-Ming Chuang, Shu-Chun Chuang, Shufa Du, Qiao Fan, Cathy S J Fann, Alan B Feranil, Yechiel Friedlander, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Dongfeng Gu, Lixuan Gui, Zhirong Guo, Chew-Kiat Heng, James Hixson, Xuhong Hou, Chao Agnes Hsiung, Yao Hu, Mi Yeong Hwang, Chii-Min Hwu, Masato Isono, Jyh-Ming Jimmy Juang, Chiea-Chuen Khor, Yun Kyoung Kim, Woon-Puay Koh, Michiaki Kubo, I-Te Lee, Sun-Ju Lee, Wen-Jane Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Blanche Lim, Sing-Hui Lim, Jianjun Liu, Toru Nabika, Wen-Harn Pan, Hao Peng, Thomas Quertermous, Charumathi Sabanayagam, Kevin Sandow, Jinxiu Shi, Liang Sun, Pok Chien Tan, Shu-Pei Tan, Kent D Taylor, Yik-Ying Teo, Sue-Anne Toh, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Rob M van Dam, Aili Wang, Feijie Wang, Jie Wang, Wen Bin Wei, Yong-Bing Xiang, Jie Yao, Jian-Min Yuan, Rong Zhang, Wanting Zhao, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Stephen S Rich, Jerome I Rotter, Tzung-Dau Wang, Tangchun Wu, Xu Lin, Bok-Ghee Han, Toshihiro Tanaka, Yoon Shin Cho, Tomohiro Katsuya, Weiping Jia, Sun-Ha Jee, Yuan-Tsong Chen, Norihiro Kato, Jost B Jonas, Ching-Yu Cheng, Xiao-Ou Shu, Jiang He, Wei Zheng, Tien-Yin Wong, Wei Huang, Bong-Jo Kim, E-Shyong Tai, Karen L Mohlke, Xueling Sim
Large-scale meta-analyses of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified >175 loci associated with fasting cholesterol levels, including total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and triglycerides (TG). With differences in linkage disequilibrium (LD) structure and allele frequencies between ancestry groups, studies in additional large samples may detect new associations. We conducted staged GWAS meta-analyses in up to 69,414 East Asian individuals from 24 studies with participants from Japan, the Philippines, Korea, China, Singapore, and Taiwan...
February 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333454/sub-structural-components-of-organic-colloids-from-a-pu-polluted-soil-with-implications-for-pu-mobilization
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Nicole DiDonato, Chen Xu, Peter H Santschi, Patrick G Hatcher
Contaminated soil organic matter from the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) has been previously shown to accumulate plutonium (Pu) in a colloidal sub-fraction and hypothesized to contain cutin-like chemical structures cross-linked with hydroxamate functionality. The present study further characterizes this high Pu-affinity sub-fraction using electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (ESI-FTICRMS) and discovers additional sub-structural components. The Pu-enriched fraction was extracted and purified through a series of ultrafiltration and isoelectric focusing (IEF) electrophoresis steps...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331305/colds-as-predictors-of-the-onset-and-severity-of-copd-exacerbations
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Neil W Johnston, Marita Olsson, Staffan Edsbäcker, Maria Gerhardsson de Verdier, Per Gustafson, Christopher McCrae, Peter V Coyle, R Andrew McIvor
RATIONALE: Common colds are associated with acute respiratory symptom exacerbations in COPD patients. OBJECTIVE: To determine exacerbation risk and severity in COPD patients with/without coincident self-reported colds. METHODS: Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease stage I-IV COPD patients electronically transmitted respiratory symptom diaries to research staff daily between December 2006 and April 2009. Respiratory symptom worsening prompted contact by a study nurse and patient assessment to determine if a cold was present or an exacerbation underway...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331182/construction-of-a-high-density-genetic-map-and-quantitative-trait-locus-mapping-in-the-manila-clam-ruditapes-philippinarum
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Hongtao Nie, Xiwu Yan, Zhongming Huo, Liwen Jiang, Peng Chen, Hui Liu, Jianfeng Ding, Feng Yang
Genetic linkage maps are indispensable tools in a wide range of genetic and genomic research. With the advancement of genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) methods, the construction of a high-density linkage maps has become achievable in marine organisms lacking sufficient genomic resources, such as mollusks. In this study, high-density linkage map was constructed for an ecologically and commercially important clam species, Ruditapes philippinarum. For the consensus linkage map, a total of 9658 markers spanning 1926...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327464/monte-carlo-simulations-of-time-of-flight-pet-with-double-ended-readout-calibration-coincidence-resolving-times-and-statistical-lower-bounds
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Stephen E Derenzo
This paper demonstrates through Monte Carlo simulations that a practical positron emission tomograph with (1) deep scintillators for efficient detection, (2) double-ended readout for depth-of-interaction information, (3) fixed-level analog triggering, and (4) accurate calibration and timing data corrections can achieve a coincidence resolving time (CRT) that is not far above the statistical lower bound. One Monte Carlo algorithm simulates a calibration procedure that uses data from a positron point source. Annihilation events with an interaction near the entrance surface of one scintillator are selected, and data from the two photodetectors on the other scintillator provide depth-dependent timing corrections...
March 22, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321823/cardiovascular-disease-and-resuscitated-septic-shock-lead-to-the-downregulation-of-the-h2s-producing-enzyme-cystathionine-%C3%AE-lyase-in-the-porcine-coronary-artery
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Tamara Merz, Tatjana Stenzel, Benedikt Nußbaum, Martin Wepler, Csaba Szabo, Rui Wang, Peter Radermacher, Oscar McCook
BACKGROUND: Downregulation of the hydrogen sulfide (H2S)-producing enzymes cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE), cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS), and/or 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3-MST) is associated with chronic cardiovascular pathologies. Nevertheless, equivocal data are available on both the expression and function of these enzymes in coronary arteries (CA). We recently reported that atherosclerotic pigs subjected to sepsis developed impaired cardiac function, which coincided with decreased myocardial CSE expression and increased nitrotyrosine formation...
December 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320390/false-negative-malaria-rapid-diagnostic-tests-in-rwanda-impact-of-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-lacking-hrp2-and-declining-malaria-transmission
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Christina T Kozycki, Noella Umulisa, Stephen Rulisa, Emil I Mwikarago, Jean Pierre Musabyimana, Jean Pierre Habimana, Corine Karema, Donald J Krogstad
BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for histidine rich protein 2 (HRP2) are often used to determine whether persons with fever should be treated with anti-malarials. However, Plasmodium falciparum parasites with a deletion of the hrp2 gene yield false-negative RDTs and there are concerns the sensitivity of HRP2-based RDTs may fall when the intensity of transmission decreases. METHODS: This observational study enrolled 9226 patients at three health centres in Rwanda from April 2014 to April 2015...
March 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318379/prevalence-and-distribution-of-pseudogymnoascus-destructans-in-michigan-bats-submitted-for-rabies-surveillance
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Samantha L Darling, Ailam Lim, Julie R Melotti, Daniel J O'Brien, Steven R Bolin
Since 2006, bat populations in North America have suffered devastating mortality from an emerging disease known as white-nose syndrome (WNS). The causal agent of WNS is the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. In April 2014, WNS was discovered in little brown bats ( Myotis lucifugus ) in Michigan, and has since been documented in 12 counties. Because current surveillance for WNS focuses primarily on mine-hibernating species in winter, it is subject geographic, species, and seasonal bias. To investigate species affected and potential associations of gender, seasonal life cycle, and region with P...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306743/characterization-of-spatial-distribution-of-the-bacterial-community-in-the-south-sea-of-korea
#11
Ji-Hui Seo, Ilnam Kang, Seung-Jo Yang, Jang-Cheon Cho
In order to investigate the importance of spatial and environmental factors on the structure and diversity of bacterial communities, high-resolution 16S rRNA gene tag pyrosequencing was applied to bacterial communities in the littoral sea. Seawater samples were prepared from seven different stations in the South Sea of Korea, the marginal sea in the western Pacific Ocean, and were divided into three groups according to distances from the coastline. The majority of 19,860 sequences were affiliated with Alphaproteobacteria (58...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306315/hard-two-photon-contribution-to-elastic-lepton-proton-scattering-determined-by-the-olympus-experiment
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B S Henderson, L D Ice, D Khaneft, C O'Connor, R Russell, A Schmidt, J C Bernauer, M Kohl, N Akopov, R Alarcon, O Ates, A Avetisyan, R Beck, S Belostotski, J Bessuille, F Brinker, J R Calarco, V Carassiti, E Cisbani, G Ciullo, M Contalbrigo, R De Leo, J Diefenbach, T W Donnelly, K Dow, G Elbakian, P D Eversheim, S Frullani, Ch Funke, G Gavrilov, B Gläser, N Görrissen, D K Hasell, J Hauschildt, Ph Hoffmeister, Y Holler, E Ihloff, A Izotov, R Kaiser, G Karyan, J Kelsey, A Kiselev, P Klassen, A Krivshich, I Lehmann, P Lenisa, D Lenz, S Lumsden, Y Ma, F Maas, H Marukyan, O Miklukho, R G Milner, A Movsisyan, M Murray, Y Naryshkin, R Perez Benito, R Perrino, R P Redwine, D Rodríguez Piñeiro, G Rosner, U Schneekloth, B Seitz, M Statera, A Thiel, H Vardanyan, D Veretennikov, C Vidal, A Winnebeck, V Yeganov
The OLYMPUS Collaboration reports on a precision measurement of the positron-proton to electron-proton elastic cross section ratio, R_{2γ}, a direct measure of the contribution of hard two-photon exchange to the elastic cross section. In the OLYMPUS measurement, 2.01 GeV electron and positron beams were directed through a hydrogen gas target internal to the DORIS storage ring at DESY. A toroidal magnetic spectrometer instrumented with drift chambers and time-of-flight scintillators detected elastically scattered leptons in coincidence with recoiling protons over a scattering angle range of ≈20° to 80°...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303181/seasonal-home-range-dynamics-and-sex-differences-in-habitat-use-in-a-threatened-coastal-marsh-bird
#13
Jaan R Kolts, Susan B McRae
A comprehensive understanding of spatiotemporal ecology is needed to develop conservation strategies for declining species. The king rail (Rallus elegans) is a secretive marsh bird whose range historically extended across the eastern United States. Inland migratory populations have been greatly reduced with most remaining populations inhabiting the coastal margins. Our objectives were to determine the migratory status of breeding king rails on the mid-Atlantic coast and to characterize home range size, seasonal patterns of movement, and habitat use...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302063/epigenetic-and-genetic-alterations-and-their-influence-on-gene-regulation-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#14
Di Huang, Ivan Ovcharenko
BACKGROUND: To understand the changes of gene regulation in carcinogenesis, we explored signals of DNA methylation - a stable epigenetic mark of gene regulatory elements - and designed a computational model to profile loss and gain of regulatory elements (REs) during carcinogenesis. We also utilized sequencing data to analyze the allele frequency of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and detected the cancer-associated SNPs, i.e., the SNPs displaying the significant allele frequency difference between cancer and normal samples...
March 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300648/detection-and-molecular-characterization-of-emergent-gii-p17-gii-17-norovirus-in-brazil-2015
#15
Juliana S R Andrade, Tulio M Fumian, José Paulo G Leite, Matheus R de Assis, Gonzalo Bello, Daiana Mir, Marize P Miagostovich
A newly GII.17 Kawazaki_2014 variant strain was detected recently in Brazil. Phylogenetic analysis reveals at least four independent introduction events of this lineage into this country that took place throughout 2014, coinciding with FIFA World Cup in Brazil, 2014, and Hong Kong has been identified as the most likely source of introduction. This variant emerged in Asia causing outbreaks and replacing prevalent GII.4. Emergence of GII.P17/GII.17 variant emphasizes the need for active laboratory surveillance for NoV including molecular epidemiology and studies on virus evolution...
March 11, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296141/differentiation-between-sources-of-mechanoluminescence-and-acoustic-emission-in-impact-loaded-znse-and-zns-ceramics
#16
Alexandre Chmel, Anatolij Dunaev, Igor Shcherbakov
Ductile semiconductor ceramics ZnSe and ZnS were damaged by a falling weight, and the time series of mechanoluminescence (ML) and acoustic emission (AE) pulses were recorded with the nanosecond resolution. The ML lighting appeared in the instance of shock but the AE generation emerged with a delay of 50-100 μsec; however, the maxima of the light and sound emissions coincided in time. This difference in temporal profiles was explained by the difference in prevailing sources of emissions of two types. The detected luminescence in A2 B6 compounds was excited, mainly, by moving and multiplying dislocations, while the sound was generated by nucleating and growing cracks...
March 9, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291808/foraging-and-metabolic-consequences-of-semi-anadromy-for-an-endangered-estuarine-fish
#17
Bruce G Hammock, Steven B Slater, Randall D Baxter, Nann A Fangue, Dennis Cocherell, April Hennessy, Tomofumi Kurobe, Christopher Y Tai, Swee J Teh
Diadromy affords fish access to productive ecosystems, increasing growth and ultimately fitness, but it is unclear whether these advantages persist for species migrating within highly altered habitat. Here, we compared the foraging success of wild Delta Smelt-an endangered, zooplanktivorous, annual, semi-anadromous fish that is endemic to the highly altered San Francisco Estuary (SFE)-collected from freshwater (<0.55 psu) and brackish habitat (≥0.55 psu). Stomach fullness, averaged across three generations of wild Delta Smelt sampled from juvenile through adult life stages (n = 1,318), was 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291429/pathophysiological-consideration-of-medullary-streaks-on-flair-imaging-in-pediatric-moyamoya-disease
#18
Hime Suzuki, Takeshi Mikami, Tomoyoshi Kuribara, Kazuhisa Yoshifuji, Katsuya Komatsu, Yukinori Akiyama, Hirofumi Ohnishi, Kiyohiro Houkin, Nobuhiro Mikuni
OBJECTIVE Medullary streaks detected on fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) imaging have been considered to be reflected ischemic regions in pediatric moyamoya disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluate these medullary streaks both clinically and radiologically and to discuss associated pathophysiological concerns. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed data from 14 consecutive pediatric patients with moyamoya disease treated between April 2009 and June 2016. Clinical and radiological features and postoperative imaging changes were analyzed...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288942/endemic-palm-species-shed-light-on-habitat-shifts-and-the-assembly-of-the-cerrado-and-restinga-floras
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Christine D Bacon, Monica Moraes R, Carlos Jaramillo, Alexandre Antonelli
Species expansions into new habitats are often associated with physiological adaptations, for instance when rain forest lineages colonize dry habitats. Although such shifts have been documented for the Brazilian savanna (Cerrado), little is known about the biogeographic origin of species occupying an extreme South American habitat type, the coastal dunes (Restinga). We examined the formation of this poorly known, endangered habitat by reconstructing the evolutionary history of two endemic species. Due to the proposed recency and uniqueness of this habitat, we hypothesized that Restinga species of the palm genus Allagoptera to be recently evolved and to present derived morphological characters...
March 10, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288879/betaine-homocysteine-s-methyltransferase-emerges-as-a-new-player-of-the-nuclear-methionine-cycle
#20
Juliana Pérez-Miguelsanz, Néstor Vallecillo, Francisco Garrido, Edel Reytor, Dolores Pérez-Sala, María A Pajares
The paradigm of a cytoplasmic methionine cycle synthesizing/eliminating metabolites that are transported into/out of the nucleus as required has been challenged by detection of significant nuclear levels of several enzymes of this pathway. Here, we show betaine homocysteine S-methyltransferase (BHMT), an enzyme that exerts a dual function in maintenance of methionine levels and osmoregulation, as a new component of the nuclear branch of the cycle. In most tissues, low expression of Bhmt coincides with a preferential nuclear localization of the protein...
March 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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