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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546320/a-cohort-mortality-study-of-lead-exposed-workers-in-the-usa-finland-and-the-uk
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Kyle Steenland, Vaughn Barry, Ahti Anttila, Markku Sallmén, Damien McElvenny, A C Todd, Kurt Straif
OBJECTIVES: To investigate further whether inorganic lead is a carcinogen among adults, or associated with increased blood pressure and kidney damage, via a large mortality study. METHODS: We conducted internal analyses via Cox regression of mortality in three cohorts of lead-exposed workers with blood lead (BL) data (USA, Finland, UK), including over 88 000 workers and over 14 000 deaths. Our exposure metric was maximum BL. We also conducted external analyses using country-specific background rates...
May 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545656/cord-plasma-insulin-and-in-utero-exposure-to-ambient-air-pollution
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Narjes Madhloum, Bram G Janssen, Dries S Martens, Nelly D Saenen, Esmée Bijnens, Wilfried Gyselaers, Joris Penders, Charlotte Vanpoucke, Wouter Lefebvre, Michelle Plusquin, Tim S Nawrot
INTRODUCTION: Cardio-metabolic risk factors including insulin levels are at young age barely perceived as harmful, but over time these risk factors may track and lead to higher risk of metabolic syndrome. Studies showed that exposure to air pollution is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance in childhood. We determined whether the origin of type 2 diabetes can be found in the early childhood by examining the levels of insulin in the neonatal cord blood and whether this can be considered as a disease marker for later life...
May 22, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545408/importance-of-correctly-interpreting-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-diagnose-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-associated-with-hellp-syndrome-a-case-report
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Syuichi Tetsuka, Hiroaki Nonaka
BACKGROUND: Severe haemolysis, elevated liver enzyme levels, and low platelet count (HELLP) syndrome in pregnancy are possible underlying trigger factors for posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) shows diffuse signal abnormalities involving the subcortical white matter in the parieto-occipital lobes. Although the diagnosis of RPES was clearly established by the distinctive reversibility of clinical and radiological abnormalities, it is difficult to distinguish from differential diagnosis...
May 25, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545085/splicing-factor-sf3b1k700e-mutant-dysregulates-erythroid-differentiation-via-aberrant-alternative-splicing-of-transcription-factor-tal1
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Shuiling Jin, Hairui Su, Ngoc-Tung Tran, Jing Song, Sydney S Lu, Ying Li, Suming Huang, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Yanyan Liu, Xinyang Zhao
More than 60% of myeloid dysplasia syndrome (MDS) contains mutations in genes encoding for splicing factors such as SF3B1, U2AF, SRSF2 and ZRSR2. Mutations in SF3B1 are associated with 80% cases of refractory anemia with ring sideroblast (RARS), a subtype of MDS. SF3B1K700E is the most frequently mutated site among mutations on SF3B1. Yet the molecular mechanisms on how mutations of splicing factors lead to defective erythropoiesis are not clear. SF3B1K700E mutant binds to an RNA binding protein, RBM15, stronger than the wild type SF3B1 protein in co-immunoprecipitation assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544686/regulatory-t-cells-and-ctla-4-in-idiopathic-nephrotic-syndrome
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Shoji Tsuji, Takahisa Kimata, Sohsaku Yamanouchi, Tetsuya Kitao, Jiro Kino, Chikushi Suruda, Kazunari Kaneko
The pathogenesis of idiopathic nephrotic syndrome (INS) remains unknown. Recently, it was postulated that suppression of regulatory T cells (Treg) leads to massive proteinuria in INS, although there is some controversy. Considering the important role of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4) in Treg-mediated immune suppression, the aim of this study was therefore to clarify the involvement of Treg and CTLA-4 in the pathogenesis of INS. Fifteen patients with INS were enrolled. Their blood was sampled twice, once at onset and once at remission induced by glucocorticoid...
May 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543440/chronic-sleep-restriction-disrupts-interendothelial-junctions-in-the-hippocampus-and-increases-blood-brain-barrier-permeability
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G Hurtado-Alvarado, J Velázquez-Moctezuma, B Gómez-González
Chronic sleep loss in the rat increases blood-brain barrier permeability to Evans blue and FITC-dextrans in almost the whole brain and sleep recovery during short periods restores normal blood-brain barrier permeability. Sleep loss increases vesicle density in hippocampal endothelial cells and decreases tight junction protein expression. However, at the ultrastructural level the effect of chronic sleep loss on interendothelial junctions is unknown. In this study we characterised the ultrastructure of interendothelial junctions in the hippocampus, the expression of tight junction proteins, and quantified blood-brain barrier permeability to fluorescein-sodium after chronic sleep restriction...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542879/catalase-cat-promoter-and-5-utr-genetic-variants-lead-to-its-altered-expression-and-activity-in-vitiligo
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M S Mansuri, S D Jadeja, M Singh, N C Laddha, M Dwivedi, R Begum
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress is considered to be the initial event during the course of vitiligo. Catalase is mainly involved in the defense against oxidizing agents in the cell through detoxifying H2 O2 . OBJECTIVES: Aims of the present study were 1) to assess the erythrocyte catalase activity and LPO levels, as well as CAT mRNA expression in skin and blood; 2) to investigate CAT promoter rs7943316, rs1001179; 5'-UTR rs1049982 and exon (rs17886350, rs11032709, rs17880442, rs35677492) polymorphisms and; 3) to perform genotype-phenotype/ haplotype correlation analyses, in vitiligo patients and controls from Gujarat...
May 25, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541532/constitutive-activation-of-akt2-in-humans-leads-to-hypoglycemia-without-fatty-liver-or-metabolic-dyslipidemia
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Marina Minic, Nuno Rocha, Julie Harris, Matthijs P Groeneveld, Sarah Leiter, Nicholas Wareham, Alison Sleigh, Pascale De Lonlay, Khalid Hussain, Stephen O'Rahilly, Robert K Semple
Context: The activating p.Glu17Lys mutation in AKT2, a kinase mediating many of insulin's metabolic actions, causes hypoinsulinemic hypoglycemia and left-sided hemihypertrophy. The wider metabolic profile and longer term natural history of the condition has not yet been reported. Objective: To characterise the metabolic and cellular consequences of the AKT2 p.Glu17Lys mutation in two previously reported males at the age of 17 years. Design/intervention: Body composition analysis using dual energy X ray absorptiometry, overnight profiling of plasma glucose, insulin and fatty acids, oral glucose tolerance testing, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy to determine hepatic triglyceride content were undertaken...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539996/transient-inactivation-of-shell-part-of-nucleus-accumbens-inhibits-and-exacerbates-stress-induced-metabolic-alterations-in-wistar-rats
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Mina Ranjbaran, Hassan Aghaei, Vahdat Hajihoseinlou, Hedayat Sahraei, Katayoon Ranjbaran
INTRODUCTION: The role of different parts of the extended amygdala in metabolic signs of stress is not well understood. In the present study, we decided to evaluate the impact of the shell part of nucleus accumbens (NAc) on metabolic disturbance induced by electro foot shock stress using transient inactivation method in the rat. METHODS: Male Wistar rats (W: 230-250 g) were canuulated unilaterally in the shell part of nucleus accumbens and left one week for recovery...
March 2017: Basic and Clinical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539940/horizontal-and-vertical-distribution-of-heavy-metals-in-farm-produce-and-livestock-around-lead-contaminated-goldmine-in-dareta-and-abare-zamfara-state-northern-nigeria
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O E Orisakwe, O O Oladipo, G C Ajaezi, N A Udowelle
Background. Hitherto studies in response to the June 2010 lead poisoning, Zamfara State, Nigeria, have focused on clinical interventions without information on livestock and other metals. Objective. This study has investigated the distribution of heavy metals in farm produce and livestock around lead-contaminated goldmine in Dareta and Abare, Zamfara State, Nigeria. Methods. Vegetables, soil, water, blood, and different meat samples were harvested from goat, sheep, cattle, and chicken from Dareta, Abare, and Gusau communities...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539875/trait-rumination-influences-neural-correlates-of-the-anticipation-but-not-the-consumption-phase-of-reward-processing
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Natália Kocsel, Edina Szabó, Attila Galambos, Andrea Édes, Dorottya Pap, Rebecca Elliott, Lajos R Kozák, György Bagdy, Gabriella Juhász, Gyöngyi Kökönyei
Cumulative evidence suggests that trait rumination can be defined as an abstract information processing mode, which leads people to constantly anticipate the likely impact of present events on future events and experiences. A previous study with remitted depressed patients suggested that enhanced rumination tendencies distort brain mechanisms of anticipatory processes associated with reward and loss cues. In the present study, we explored the impact of trait rumination on neural activity during reward and loss anticipation among never-depressed people...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539741/potential-roles-of-kleinhovia-hospita-l-leaf-extract-in-reducing-doxorubicin-acute-hepatic-cardiac-and-renal-toxicities-in-rats
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Yulia Yusrini Djabir, M Aryadi Arsyad, Sartini Sartini, Subehan Lallo
BACKGROUND: Doxorubicin (DOX) is a potent chemotherapy agent; however, its use may lead to cardiac, hepatic, and renal dysfunction. Kleinhovia hospita L extract contains antioxidant compounds that have been shown to reduce chemical-induced hepatotoxicity. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to examine the protective effects of Kleinhovia sp. extract to reduce DOX acute toxicities. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty male rats were assigned to the following groups: Group I as controls, Group II was given DOX i...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539261/g-protein-coupled-receptor-91-signaling-in-diabetic-retinopathy-and-hypoxic-retinal-diseases
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Jianyan Hu, Tingting Li, Xinhua Du, Qiang Wu, Yun-Zheng Le
G protein-coupled receptor 91 (GPR91) is a succinate-specific receptor and activation of GPR91 could initiate a complex signal transduction cascade and upregulate inflammatory and pro-angiogenic cytokines. In the retina, GPR91 is predominately expressed in ganglion cells, a major cellular entity involved in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy (DR) and other hypoxic retinal diseases. During the development of DR and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), chronic hypoxia causes an increase in the levels of local succinate...
May 21, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538649/attenuation-of-hemorrhage-associated-lung-injury-by-adjuvant-treatment-with-c23-an-oligopeptide-derived-from-cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-cirp
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Fangming Zhang, Weng-Lang Yang, Max Brenner, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock (HS) is an important cause of mortality. HS is associated with an elevated incidence of acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), significantly contributing to HS morbidity and mortality. Cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) is released into the circulation during HS and can cause lung injury. C23 is a CIRP-derived oligopeptide that binds with high affinity to the CIRP receptor and inhibits CIRP-induced phagocyte secretion of TNF-α...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538306/effects-of-sparring-load-on-reaction-speed-and-punch-force-during-the-precompetition-and-competition-periods-in-boxing
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Esa Hukkanen, Keijo Häkkinen
Hukkanen, E and Häkkinen, K. Effects of sparring load on reaction speed and punch force during the precompetition and competition periods in boxing. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1563-1568, 2017-Seven, male, national-level boxers (age, 20.3 ± 2.7 years; height, 1.80 ± 0.06 m; mass, 73.8 ± 11.1 kg) participated in this study to investigate the effects of sparring on reaction time and punch force of straight punches measured during the precompetition and competition periods. Heart rate and blood lactate concentrations were also monitored...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538086/sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-1-agonist-sew2871-causes-severe-cardiac-side-effects-and-does-not-improve-microvascular-barrier-breakdown-in-sepsis
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Sven Flemming, Natalie Burkard, Michael Meir, Martin Alexander Schick, Christoph-Thomas Germer, Nicolas Schlegel
BACKGROUND: Endothelial barrier dysfunction is a hallmark in the pathogenesis of sepsis. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) has been proposed to be critically involved in the maintenance of endothelial barrier function predominately by activating S1P receptor-1 (S1P1). Previous studies have shown that the specific S1P1 agonist SEW2871 improves endothelial barrier function under inflammatory conditions. However, the effectiveness of SEW2871 and potential side effects remained largely unexplored in a clinically relevant model of sepsis...
May 23, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537667/mechanism-of-the-high-coagulation-state-of-breast-cancer-tissue-factor
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X-K Mi, Q-R Liu, L Zhu, M-X Sang, L-R Guo, B-E Shan
OBJECTIVE: We conducted this study to analyze the mechanism behind the high coagulation state induced by circulating plasma microparticle tissue factor (MP-TF) in patients with breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 87 cases of breast cancer patients (10 cases of TNM stage I, 16 cases of II, 32 cases of III, 29 cases of IV; 8 cases of pathological type in situ carcinoma, 15 cases of ductal carcinoma, 64 cases of invasive cancer) were used as the observation group and 20 cases of benign breast lesions were used as the control group to compare MP-TF levels of plasma and coagulation parameters including prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), fibrinogen (FIB) and D-dimer body (D-D) level and NF-κB signaling pathway index including P50, p65, TAK1 and IκBα levels...
May 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536674/anti-idiotypic-antibodies-specific-to-prm-monoantibody-prevent-antibody-dependent-enhancement-of-dengue-virus-infection
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Miao Wang, Fan Yang, Dana Huang, Yalan Huang, Xiaomin Zhang, Chao Wang, Shaohua Zhang, Renli Zhang
Dengue virus (DENV) co-circulates as four serotypes (DENV1-4). Primary infection only leads to self-limited dengue fever. But secondary infection with another serotype carries a higher risk of increased disease severity, causing life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome (DHF/DSS). Serotype cross-reactive antibodies facilitate DENV infection in Fc-receptor-bearing cells by promoting virus entry via Fcγ receptors (FcγR), a process known as antibody dependent enhancement (ADE). Most studies suggested that enhancing antibodies were mainly specific to the structural premembrane protein (prM) of DENV...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536207/impaired-cerebral-autoregulation-measurement-and-application-to-stroke
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Li Xiong, Xiuyun Liu, Ty Shang, Peter Smielewski, Joseph Donnelly, Zhen-Ni Guo, Yi Yang, Thomas Leung, Marek Czosnyka, Rong Zhang, Jia Liu, Ka Sing Wong
Cerebral autoregulation (CA) is a protective mechanism that maintains cerebral blood flow at a relatively constant level despite fluctuations of cerebral perfusion pressure or arterial blood pressure. It is a universal physiological mechanism that may involve myogenic, neural control as well as metabolic regulations of cerebral vasculature in response to changes in pressure or cerebral blood flow. Traditionally, CA has been represented by a sigmoid curve with a wide plateau between about 50 mm Hg and 170 mm Hg of steady-state changes in mean arterial pressure, defined as static CA...
June 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536068/polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-and-inflammatory-markers-in-major-depressive-episodes-during-pregnancy
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Jane Pei-Chen Chang, Chih-Ying Lin, Pan-Yen Lin, Yin-Hua Shih, Tsan-Hung Chiu, Ming Ho, Hui-Ting Yang, Shih-Yih Huang, Piotr Gałecki, Kuan-Pin Su
INTRODUCTION: Prenatal depression (PND) is a common psychiatric disorder in pregnant women and leads to psychosocial dysfunction, high suicidal rate, and adverse childcare. Patients with PND have omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega-3 or n-3 PUFAs) deficits, which might link to chronic low-grade inflammatory process and the pathophysiological mechanisms of depression. In this case-control study, we examined the levels of PUFAs and inflammatory cytokines in PND. METHOD: Blood samples were obtained and analyzed from 16 healthy controls and 17 depressed cases (PND group) diagnosed with Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)...
May 20, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
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