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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545293/the-current-management-of-deep-endometriosis-a-systematic-review
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Marina de Paula Andres, Giuliano M Borrelli, Rosanne M Kho, Mauricio S Abrão
INTRODUCTION: Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects young women in reproductive age. It has mainly three different clinical presentations: superficial (peritoneal), ovarian (endometriomas) and deep endometriosis (DE). The last one is the most advanced form of the disease, frequently impairing fertility and harming women's quality of life. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: We conducted a systematic review on the surgical treatment of DE in the last ten years focusing on its benefits to improve quality of life (QoL) and for pain relief as well as related surgical complications...
May 25, 2017: Minerva Ginecologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545271/-effect-of-microrna-106b-on-the-invasion-and-proliferation-of-trophoblasts-through-targeting-mmp-2
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J Li, J M Wang, Y H Liu, Z Zhang, N Han, J Y Wang, S H Xue, P Wang
Objective: To investigate the expression of microRNA-106b (miR-106b) in the placentas of patients with pre-eclampsia and its relationship with matrix metallopeptidase (MMP) -2, and its effect on the invasion and proliferation of trophoblasts. Methods: (1) Placental tissues were collected from patients with mild pre-eclampsia (mPE, n=30), severe pre-eclampsia (sPE, n=30) and normal pregnant women (n=40). Human choriocarcinoma cell lines JAR and JEG3 were assigned to the miR-106b mimics group, the mimics negative control group, the miR-106b inhibitor group and the inhibitor negative control group, respectively...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545262/photoluminescence-properties-of-polymorphic-modifications-of-low-molecular-weight-poly-3-hexylthiophene
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Takashi Kobayashi, Keita Kinoshita, Akitsugu Niwa, Takashi Nagase, Hiroyoshi Naito
The structural and photoluminescence (PL) properties of thin films of poly(3-hexylthophene) (P3HT) with molecular weights (MWs) of 3000 and 13,300 have been investigated. Although high MW P3HT always self-organizes into one packing structure (form I), low MW P3HT forms two different packing structures (forms I and II) depending on the fabrication conditions. In this work, several fabrication techniques have been examined to obtain form II samples with little inclusion of a form I component. It is found that drop-cast thin films of low MW P3HT (form II) exhibit a PL spectrum that is different from that of form I and does not contain the form I component...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545258/marker-assisted-molecular-profiling-deletion-mutant-analysis-and-rna-seq-reveal-a-disease-resistance-cluster-associated-with-uromyces-appendiculatus-infection-in-common-bean-phaseolus-vulgaris-l
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Antonette R Todd, Nicole Donofrio, Venkateswara R Sripathi, Phillip E McClean, Rian K Lee, Marcial Pastor-Corrales, Venu Kal Kalavacharla
Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is an important legume, useful for its high protein and dietary fiber. The fungal pathogen Uromyces appendiculatus (Pers.) Unger can cause major loss in susceptible varieties of the common bean. The Ur-3 locus provides race specific resistance to virulent strains or races of the bean rust pathogen along with Crg, (Complements resistance gene), which is required for Ur-3-mediated rust resistance. In this study, we inoculated two common bean genotypes (resistant "Sierra" and susceptible crg) with rust race 53 of U...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545257/the-reactive-sulfur-species-concept-15-years-on
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REVIEW
Gregory I Giles, Muhammad Jawad Nasim, Wesam Ali, Claus Jacob
Fifteen years ago, in 2001, the concept of "Reactive Sulfur Species" or RSS was advocated as a working hypothesis. Since then various organic as well as inorganic RSS have attracted considerable interest and stimulated many new and often unexpected avenues in research and product development. During this time, it has become apparent that molecules with sulfur-containing functional groups are not just the passive "victims" of oxidative stress or simple conveyors of signals in cells, but can also be stressors in their own right, with pivotal roles in cellular function and homeostasis...
May 23, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545251/oxidative-stress-promoter-of-allergic-sensitization-to-protease-allergens
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REVIEW
Leonie S van Rijt, Lara Utsch, René Lutter, Ronald van Ree
Allergies arise from aberrant T helper type 2 responses to allergens. Several respiratory allergens possess proteolytic activity, which has been recognized to act as an adjuvant for the development of a Th2 response. Allergen source-derived proteases can activate the protease-activated receptor-2, have specific effects on immune cells by cleaving cell membrane-bound regulatory molecules, and can disrupt tight junctions. The protease activity can induce a non-allergen-specific inflammatory response in the airways, which will set the stage for an allergen-specific Th2 response...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545248/ephedra-treated-donor-derived-gut-microbiota-transplantation-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-rats
#7
Jing-Hua Wang, Bong-Soo Kim, Kyungsun Han, Hojun Kim
Changes in gut microbiota (GM) are closely associated with metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes and so on. Several medicinal herbs, including Ephedra sinica (Es), have anti-obesity effects that ameliorate metabolic disorders. Therefore, in this study we evaluated whether Es maintains its anti-obesity effect through Es-altered gut microbiota (EsM) transplantation. GM was isolated from cecal contents of Es treated and untreated rats following repeated transplants into obese rats via oral gavage over three weeks...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545247/how-does-psychosocial-behavior-contribute-to-cognitive-health-in-old-age
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Robert S Wilson, David A Bennett
With the aging of the U.S. population, the number of cognitively disabled persons is expected to substantially increase in coming decades, underscoring the urgent need for effective interventions. Here, we review the current evidence linking psychosocial factors to late-life cognitive loss and consider the study design needed to illuminate the biologic bases of the associations. We then examine an ongoing study that includes several of the key design elements, the Rush Memory and Aging Project. In this longitudinal clinical-pathological cohort study, indicators of personality, social connectedness, and psychological well-being were shown to predict late-life cognitive outcomes...
May 23, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545237/emotion-recognition-in-adolescents-with-down-syndrome-a-nonverbal-approach
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Régis Pochon, Claire Touchet, Laure Ibernon
Several studies have reported that persons with Down syndrome (DS) have difficulties recognizing emotions; however, there is insufficient research to prove that a deficit of emotional knowledge exists in DS. The aim of this study was to evaluate the recognition of emotional facial expressions without making use of emotional vocabulary, given the language problems known to be associated with this syndrome. The ability to recognize six emotions was assessed in 24 adolescents with DS. Their performance was compared to that of 24 typically developing children with the same nonverbal-developmental age, as assessed by Raven's Progressive Matrices...
May 23, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545235/a-high-sensitive-pressure-sensor-using-a-single-mode-fiber-embedded-microbubble-with-thin-film-characteristics
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Guanjun Wang, Xinglin Liu, Zhiguo Gui, Yongquan An, Jinyu Gu, Meiqin Zhang, Lu Yan, Gao Wang, Zhibin Wang
A new fiber pressure sensor is proposed and analyzed in this paper. A commercial arc fusion splicer and pressure-assisted arc discharge technology are used here to fabricate a silica hollow microbubble from a common glass tube with the characteristics of a thin film. Then the single mode fiber is embedded into the microbubble to form a fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer by measuring the reflected interference spectrum from the fiber tip and microbubble end. As the wall thickness of the micro-bubble can reach up to several micrometers, it can then be used for measuring the outer pressure with high sensitivity...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545225/state-of-art-of-cancer-pharmacogenomics-in-latin-american-populations
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REVIEW
Andrés López-Cortés, Santiago Guerrero, María Ana Redal, Angel Tito Alvarado, Luis Abel Quiñones
Over the past decades, several studies have shown that tumor-related somatic and germline alterations predicts tumor prognosis, drug response and toxicity. Latin American populations present a vast geno-phenotypic diversity due to the great interethnic and interracial mixing. This genetic flow leads to the appearance of complex characteristics that allow individuals to adapt to endemic environments, such as high altitude or extreme tropical weather. These genetic changes, most of them subtle and unexplored, could establish a mutational profile to develop new pharmacogenomic therapies specific for Latin American populations...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545217/a-miniature-bird-borne-passive-air-sampler-for-monitoring-halogenated-flame-retardants
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Manon Sorais, Ali Rezaei, Joseph O Okeme, Miriam L Diamond, Ricardo Izquierdo, Jean-François Giroux, Jonathan Verreault
Birds have been used intensively as biomonitors of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), and several studies have reported elevated tissue concentrations and inter-individual variability for these contaminants. While diet is known to be an important exposure pathway for HFRs in birds, it has been suggested that exposure through air may represent an underestimated source of HFRs for certain species. However, a method was not available for measuring the atmospheric exposure of individual birds to HFRs or other semi-volatile contaminants...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545209/the-footprint-of-marginal-agriculture-in-the-mediterranean-mountain-landscape-an-analysis-of-the-central-spanish-pyrenees
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T Lasanta, E Nadal-Romero, M P Errea
Agriculture forms an essential part of the mountains of the Mediterranean. For centuries, large areas were cultivated to feed the local population, with highly marginal slopes being tilled at times of heavy demographic pressure, using the shifting agriculture system. A great deal of agricultural land was abandoned during the 20th century, giving rise to secondary succession processes that tend to eliminate the agricultural footprint. However, revegetation is a highly complex process leading to areas with dense, well-structured plant cover, and other open areas of scrubland...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545202/memantine-inhibits-degradation-of-the-articular-cartilage-extracellular-matrix-induced-by-advanced-glycation-end-products-ages
#14
Jijun Zhao, Yinghao Yu, Zhaofeng Wu, Ling Wang, Wei Li
The accumulation of inflammation and cartilage damage induced by advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are important hallmarks of osteoarthritis (OA). Memantine is a clinically licensed drug used for the treatment of moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease. To date, little information has been reported regarding the effects of memantine on cartilage destruction. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of memantine on AGE-induced degradation of collagen II and aggrecans in human SW1353 chondrocytes...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545198/assessing-breast-cancer-awareness-in-thai-women-validation-of-the-breast-cancer-awareness-scale-b-cas
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Nitchamon Rakkapao, Supannee Promthet, Malcolm Anthony Moore, Solikhah Solikhah, Cameron Hurst
Background: Raising breast cancer awareness is a well-established first line strategy to reduce breast cancer mortality. A properly validated instrument is needed to gain a better understanding of breast cancer awareness. Objective: The objective of this study was to develop and validate an instrument to assess breast cancer awareness in Thai women. Methods: In this study, we develop and evaluate the validity of the Breast Cancer Awareness Scale (B-CAS). Construct validity was evaluated by using exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis, and criterion validity was investigated using ROC curves to examine the associations between B-CAS subscales and breast self-examination...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545193/synthesis-characterization-and-cytotoxic-evaluation-of-graphene-oxide-nanosheets-in-vitro-liver-cancer-model
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Samah A Loutfy, Taher A Salaheldin, Marwa A Ramadan, Khaled Yehia Farroh, Zeinab F Abdallah, Tareq Youssef Abd Eloahed
Background: Graphene nanosheets have a broad spectrum of biomedical applications. Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) is a major health problem in the Egyptian population. Currently, treatment strategies are invasive and have several adverse side effects. Thus, other approaches are required for managing this aggressive type of cancer. Our objective here was to prepare and characterize graphene oxide nanosheets and evaluate cytotoxic effect at the molecular level in an in vitro human liver cancer cell model (HepG2)...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545185/the-ability-of-the-eating-assessment-tool-10-to-detect-aspiration-in-patients-with-neurological-disorders
#17
Selen Serel Arslan, Numan Demir, Hasan E Kılınç, Aynur A Karaduman
Background/Aims: Dysphagia is common in patients with neurological disorders. There is a need to identify patients at risk early by a useful clinical tool to prevent its serious complications. The study aims to determine the ability of the Eating Assessment Tool-10 (EAT-10) to detect aspiration in patients with neurological disorders. Methods: Two hundred fifty-nine patients with neurological disorders who had complaints about swallowing difficulty and referred for a swallowing evaluation were included...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545181/hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-comprehensive-review-of-biomarkers-clinical-aspects-and-therapy
#18
Nathalia Martines Tunissiolli, Márcia Maria Urbanin Castanhole-Nunes, Patrícia Matos Biselli-Chicote, Érika Cristina Pavarino, Renato Ferreira da Silva, Rita de Cássia Martins Alves da Silva, Eny Maria Goloni-Bertollo
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a cause of several deaths related to cancer worldwidely. In early stage, curative treatments such as surgical resection, liver transplant and local ablation can improve the patient ´s survival. However, the disease is detected in advanced stage; moreover some available therapies are restricted to palliative care and local treatment. Early detections of HCC and adequate therapy are crucial to increase survival as well as to improve the patient´s quality of life. Therefore, researchers have been investigating molecular biomarkers with high sensibility and reliability as Golgi 73 protein (GP73), Glypican-3 (GPC3), Osteopontin (OPN), microRNAs and others...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545180/anomalous-biceps-femoris-tendon-insertion-leading-to-a-snapping-knee-in-a-young-male
#19
Brett A Fritsch, Vikram Mhaskar
Snapping biceps femoris tendon is an uncommon problem that can be caused by various anatomical aberrations around the knee joint. There are several case reports in the literature describing some of these anatomical variations and their treatment. We present a case of unilateral snapping biceps femoris tendon due to a previously unreported anatomical variation, our technique for successful surgical treatment, and a review of the literature.
June 1, 2017: Knee Surgery & related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545171/comprehensive-analysis-of-pain-management-after-total-knee-arthroplasty
#20
REVIEW
Yong Seuk Lee
Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has been much improved recently and it is regarded as one of the most common and successful surgical procedures that provides pain relief and improves function in patients with severe knee arthritis. However, recent studies have reported that 15%-20% of patients are not satisfied after TKA without evident clinical or radiological findings and the most common causes of patient dissatisfaction include residual pain and limited function. The evaluation and treatment of painful TKA relies on a thorough understanding of the origin by careful evaluation, and a systematic approach is essential to efficiently and effectively resolve the pain...
June 1, 2017: Knee Surgery & related Research
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