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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645045/hydra-amphiphiles-using-three-heads-and-one-tail-to-influence-aggregate-formation-and-to-kill-pathogenic-bacteria
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Tara M Gallagher, John N Marafino, Brenden K Wimbish, Brandi Volkers, Gabriel Fitzgerald, Kristin McKenna, Jason Floyd, Nicholas T Minahan, Brenna Walsh, Kirstie Thompson, David Bruno, Monica Paneru, Sybelle Djikeng, Stephanie Masters, Suma Haji, Kyle Seifert, Kevin L Caran
Hydra amphiphiles mimic the morphology of the mythical multi-headed creatures for which they are named. Likewise, when faced with a pathogenic bacterium, some hydra derivatives are as destructive as their fabled counterparts were to their adversaries. This report focuses on eight new tricephalic (triple-headed), single-tailed amphiphiles. Each amphiphile has a mesitylene (1,3,5-trimethylbenzene) core, two benzylic trimethylammonium groups and one dimethylalkylammonium group with a linear hydrophobe ranging from short (C8H17) to ultralong (C22H45)...
June 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637586/soluble-lr11-associates-with-aortic-root-calcification-in-asymptomatic-treated-male-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Ranitha Vongpromek, Sven Bos, Gert-Jan R Ten Kate, Hideaki Bujo, Meizi Jiang, Koen Nieman, Wolfgang Schneider, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep, Adrie J M Verhoeven, Eric J G Sijbrands, Monique T Mulder
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Despite statin treatment, a high prevalence of severe vascular calcification is found in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). We assessed the relation between the circulating soluble form of low-density lipoprotein receptor relative with 11 ligand-binding repeats (sLR11), a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and vascular calcification in asymptomatic statin-treated heterozygous FH patients. METHODS: In 123 asymptomatic heterozygous FH patients (age 40-69 years), aortic root (ARC), aortic valve (AVC) and coronary artery calcification (CAC) were determined with CT-based calcium scoring expressed in Agatston units...
June 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635628/identification-and-validation-of-reference-genes-for-seashore-paspalum-response-to-abiotic-stresses
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Yu Liu, Jun Liu, Lei Xu, Hui Lai, Yu Chen, Zhimin Yang, Bingru Huang
Seashore paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum) is among the most salt- and cadmium-tolerant warm-season perennial grass species widely used as turf or forage. The objective of this study was to select stable reference genes for quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) analysis of seashore paspalum in response to four abiotic stresses. The stability of 12 potential reference genes was evaluated by four programs (geNorm, NormFinder, BestKeeper, and RefFinder). U2AF combined with glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) showed stable expression in Cd-treated leaves and cold-treated roots...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634175/interrelations-between-3-hydroxypropionate-and-propionate-metabolism-in-rat-liver-relevance-to-disorders-of-propionyl-coa-metabolism
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Kirkland A Wilson, Yong Han, Miaoqi Zhang, Jeremy Hess, Kimberly A Chapman, Gary W Cline, Gregory P Tochtrop, Henri Brunengraber, Guo-Fang Zhang
Propionate, 3-hydroxypropionate (3HP), methylcitrate, related compounds and ammonium accumulate in body fluids of patients with disorders of propionyl-CoA metabolism, such as propionic acidemia. Although liver transplantation alleviates hyperammonemia, high concentrations of propionate, 3HP and methylcitrate persist in body fluids. We hypothesized that conserved metabolic perturbations occurring in transplanted patients result from the simultaneous presence of propionate and 3HP in body fluids. We investigated the interrelations of propionate and 3HP metabolism in perfused livers from normal rats using metabolomic and stable isotopic technologies...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630603/elevated-il-37-levels-in-the-plasma-of-patients-with-severe-coronary-artery-calcification
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Meng Chai, Hai-Tao Zhang, Yu-Jie Zhou, Qing-Wei Ji, Qing Yang, Yu-Yang Liu, Ying-Xin Zhao, Dong-Mei Shi, Wei Liu, Li-Xia Yang, Lin-Lin Zhang, Jing Liang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a predictor of cardiovascular events and plaque burden and is closely associated with chronic inflammation. Interleukin (IL)-37 is a newly discovered member of the IL-1 family and is considered an anti-inflammatory cytokine. Our recent study on mice indicated that IL-37 could attenuate atherosclerosis and vascular calcification, which suggests that IL-37 could be associated with the development of atherosclerosis and related diseases...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629567/ct-coronary-calcium-scoring-with-tin-filtration-using-iterative-beam-hardening-calcium-correction-reconstruction
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Christian Tesche, Carlo N De Cecco, U Joseph Schoepf, Taylor M Duguay, Moritz H Albrecht, Domenico De Santis, Akos Varga-Szemes, Virginia W Lesslie, Ullrich Ebersberger, Richard R Bayer, Christian Canstein, Ellen Hoffmann, Thomas Allmendinger, John W Nance
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic accuracy of CT coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) with tin pre-filtration (Sn100kVp) using iterative beam-hardening correction (IBHC) calcium material reconstruction compared to the standard 120kVp acquisition. BACKGROUND: Third generation dual-source CT (DSCT) CACS with Sn100kVp acquisition allows significant dose reduction. However, the Sn100kVp spectrum is harder with lower contrast compared to 120kVp, resulting in lower calcium score values...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624402/development-and-validation-of-a-simple-to-use-nomogram-for-predicting-5-10-and-15-year-survival-in-asymptomatic-adults-undergoing-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring
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Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Heidi Gransar, Tracy Callister, Leslee J Shaw, Joshua Schulman-Marcus, Wijnand J Stuijfzand, Valentina Valenti, Iksung Cho, Jackie Szymonifka, Fay Y Lin, Daniel S Berman, Hyuk-Jae Chang, James K Min
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to develop and validate a simple-to-use nomogram for prediction of 5-, 10-, and 15-year survival among asymptomatic adults. BACKGROUND: Simple-to-use prognostication tools that incorporate robust methods such as coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) for predicting near-, intermediate- and long-term mortality are warranted. METHODS: In a consecutive series of 9,715 persons (mean age: 53.4 ± 10.5 years; 59...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624401/the-external-validity-of-prediction-models-for-the-diagnosis-of-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-stable-chest-pain-insights-from-the-promise-trial
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Tessa S S Genders, Adrian Coles, Udo Hoffmann, Manesh R Patel, Daniel B Mark, Kerry L Lee, Ewout W Steyerberg, M G Myriam Hunink, Pamela S Douglas
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to externally validate prediction models for the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND: A better assessment of the probability of CAD may improve the identification of patients who benefit from noninvasive testing. METHODS: Stable chest pain patients from the PROMISE (Prospective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain) trial with computed tomography angiography (CTA) or invasive coronary angiography (ICA) were included...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624395/statin-trials-cardiovascular-events-and%C3%A2-coronary-artery-calcification-implications-for-a-trial-based-approach-to-statin-therapy-in%C3%A2-mesa
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Martin Bødtker Mortensen, Erling Falk, Dong Li, Khurram Nasir, Michael J Blaha, Veit Sandfort, Carlos Jose Rodriguez, Pamela Ouyang, Matthew Budoff
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether coronary artery calcium (CAC) could be used to optimize statin allocation among individuals for whom trial-based evidence supports efficacy of statin therapy. BACKGROUND: Recently, allocation of statins was proposed for primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) based on proven efficacy from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of statin therapy, a so-called trial-based approach. METHODS: The study used data from MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) with 5,600 men and women, 45 to 84 years of age, and free of clinical ASCVD, lipid-lowering therapy, or missing information for risk factors at baseline examination...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616562/coronary-calcification-compromises-myocardial-perfusion-irrespective-of-luminal-stenosis
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Michael Y Henein, Tarek Bengrid, Rachel Nicoll, Ying Zhao, Bengt Johansson, Axel Schmermund
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between coronary artery calcification (CAC) assessed by multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) and myocardial perfusion assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in a group of symptomatic patients. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 120 patients (age 65.1 ± 8.9 years, 88 males) who presented with atypical chest pain to Bethanien Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany, between 2007 and 2010 and who underwent CAC scoring using MDCT, CMR, and conventional coronary angiography...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609552/thyrotropin-levels-and-coronary-artery-calcification-cross-sectional-results-of-the-brazilian-longitudinal-study-of-adult-health-elsa-brasil
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Érique José F Peixoto de Miranda, Márcio Sommer Bittencourt, Henrique Lane Staniak, Alexandre C Pereira, Murilo Foppa, Itamar S Santos, Paulo A Lotufo, Isabela M Bensenor
BACKGROUND: There is little information about the association between thyrotropin (TSH) levels and coronary artery calcification (CAC). OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to analyze the association between TSH quintiles and subclinical atherosclerosis measured by CAC, using baseline data from the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PATIENTS AND MEASUREMENTS: We excluded individuals using medications that affect thyroid function and who self-reported cardiovascular disease...
June 13, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607763/in%C3%A2-vitro-evaluation-of-a-new-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-for-dose-reduction-in-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring
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Tobias Gassenmaier, Thomas Allmendinger, Andreas S Kunz, Maike Veyhl-Wichmann, Süleyman Ergün, Thorsten A Bley, Bernhard Petritsch
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring is a widespread tool for cardiac risk assessment in asymptomatic patients and accompanying possible adverse effects, i.e. radiation exposure, should be as low as reasonably achievable. PURPOSE: To evaluate a new iterative reconstruction (IR) algorithm for dose reduction of in vitro coronary artery calcium scoring at different tube currents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An anthropomorphic calcium scoring phantom was scanned in different configurations simulating slim, average-sized, and large patients...
May 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606928/mtor-controls-chrebp-transcriptional-activity-and-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-under-diabetic-stress
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Gia Cac Chau, Dong Uk Im, Tong Mook Kang, Jeong Mo Bae, Won Kim, Suhkneung Pyo, Eun-Yi Moon, Sung Hee Um
Impaired nutrient sensing and dysregulated glucose homeostasis are common in diabetes. However, how nutrient-sensitive signaling components control glucose homeostasis and β cell survival under diabetic stress is not well understood. Here, we show that mice lacking the core nutrient-sensitive signaling component mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in β cells exhibit reduced β cell mass and smaller islets. mTOR deficiency leads to a severe reduction in β cell survival and increased mitochondrial oxidative stress in chemical-induced diabetes...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602196/sequence-specific-recognition-of-hiv-1-dsdna-in-the-large-amount-of-normal-dsdna-based-upon-nicking-enzyme-signal-amplification-and-triplex-dna
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Houya Zhu, Manjun Zhang, Li Zou, Ruimin Li, Liansheng Ling
A sensitive fluorescent strategy for sequence specific recognition of HIV dsDNA was established based upon Nicking Enzyme Signal Amplification (NESA) and triplex formation. dsDNA sequence from the site 7960 to site 7991 of the HIV1 dsDNA gene was designed as target dsDNA, which was composed of two complementary strands Oligonucleotide 1 with the sequence of 3'-CTT CCT TAT CTT CTT CTT CCA CCT CTC TCT CT-5' (Oligo-1) and Oligonucleotide 2 with the sequence of 5'-GAA GGA ATA GAA GAA GAA GGT GGA GAG AGA GA-3' (Oligo-2)...
October 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599320/keratin-8-reduces-colonic-permeability-and-maintains-gut-microbiota-homeostasis-protecting-against-colitis-and-colitis-associated-tumorigenesis
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Chao Liu, En-Dong Liu, Yun-Xiao Meng, Xiao-Ming Dong, Ya-Lan Bi, Huan-Wen Wu, Yan-Chao Jin, Ke Zhao, Jian-Jie Li, Miao Yu, Yi-Qun Zhan, Hui Chen, Chang-Hui Ge, Xiao-Ming Yang, Chang-Yan Li
Keratin 8 (CK8) is the major component of the intermediate filaments of simple or single-layered epithelia. Gene targeting mice model suggest that CK8 is involved in colonic active ion transport, colorectal hyperplasia and inflammation. In the present study, we found that CK8 is downregulated in the colon during DSS-induced colitis and AOM/DSS-induced colitis-associated colorectal cancer (CAC) development. In human patients with colon cancer, CK8 is downregulated. Using CK8 heterozygous knockout mice (CK8+/-), we found that CK8+/- mice are highly susceptible to DSS-induced colitis and more prone to AOM/DSS-induced CAC than wild type (WT) mice...
May 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593244/effect-of-mandarin-orange-yogurt-on-allergic-conjunctivitis-induced-by-conjunctival-allergen-challenge
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Yuko Hara, Atsushi Shiraishi, Yuri Sakane, Yuki Takezawa, Tomoyuki Kamao, Yuichi Ohashi, Sho Yasunaga, Takuya Sugahara
Purpose: To evaluate the effects of mandarin orange yogurt containing nobiletin and β-lactoglobulin on the allergic conjunctivitis induced by a conjunctival allergen challenge (CAC). Methods: Experiment 1 was performed on 26 asymptomatic patients (age, 25.3 ± 5.3 years) with proven seasonal allergic conjunctivitis due to cedar pollen. We compared the degree of conjunctivitis induced by CAC before and after ingesting mandarin orange yogurt for 2 weeks. Experiment 2 was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial performed on 31 patients (age, 32...
June 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586167/card9-dependent-il-1%C3%AE-regulates-il-22-production-from-group-3-innate-lymphoid-cells-and-promotes-colitis-associated-cancer
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Hanna Bergmann, Susanne Roth, Konstanze Pechloff, Elina A Kiss, Sabine Kuhn, Mathias Heikenwälder, Andreas Diefenbach, Florian R Greten, Jürgen Ruland
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are key risk factors for the development of colorectal cancer, but the mechanisms that link intestinal inflammation with carcinogenesis are insufficiently understood. Card9 is a myeloid cell-specific signaling protein that regulates inflammatory responses downstream of various pattern recognition receptors and which cooperates with the inflammasomes for IL-1β production. Because polymorphisms in Card9 were recurrently associated with human IBD, we investigated the function of Card9 in a colitis-associated cancer (CAC) model...
June 6, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583439/incidental-coronary-calcifications-on-routine-chest-ct-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Michael N Pakdaman, Alan Rozanski, Daniel S Berman
Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a marker of atherosclerosis and an independent risk factor for cardiac-related mortality, with much of the 50% decline in mortality over the past 30 years being attributed to early detection of coronary disease and intervention of modifiable risk factors. With over 10 million computed tomography (CT) examinations of the chest performed in the United States yearly, CAC can be identified in a very large number of patients. In this review, we discuss the clinical evidence underlying the relationship between radiologic identification of CAC, atherosclerosis, and cardiac outcomes and the implications of its assessment on standard chest CT...
April 28, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582505/subclinical-cardiovascular-disease-and-changes-in-self-reported-mobility-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Susan A Everson-Rose, Carlos F Mendes de Leon, Nicholas S Roetker, Pamela L Lutsey, Alvaro Alonso
BACKGROUND.: We examined associations of three markers of subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) (intimal-medial thickening (IMT); coronary artery calcification (CAC); and ankle-brachial index (ABI)) with changes in self-reported walking over time. METHODS.: Data were from 6,490 MESA participants (aged 45-84 years), free of clinical CVD at baseline. Outcomes, assessed four times over 11 years, included self-reported walking pace (none to striding pace; score, 0-4), and total walking time (minutes/week)...
June 3, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581153/self-reported-current-practices-in-child-forensic-interviewing-training-tools-and-pre-interview-preparation
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Jillian Rowback Rivard, Nadja Schreiber Compo
In child sexual abuse investigations, forensic interviewers within the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model serve as neutral fact-finders for a team of professionals tasked with investigating and intervening in cases of alleged child sexual abuse. Although empirical evidence has led to the development of best-practice techniques and protocols, there is currently no universally adopted protocol in the field. The present research gathered detailed information from a national sample of real-world child forensic interviewers about their training and current practices, with a specific focus on assessing the information interviewers typically review prior to conducting child forensic interviews...
May 2017: Behavioral Sciences & the Law
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