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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919366/ldl-apheresis-activates-the-complement-system-and-the-cytokine-network-whereas-pcsk9-inhibition-with-evolocumab-induces-no-inflammatory-response
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Knut Tore Lappegård, Terje Enebakk, Hilde Thunhaug, Judith Krey Ludviksen, Tom Eirik Mollnes, Anders Hovland
BACKGROUND: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis is an extracorporeal treatment modality used in high-risk coronary patients. It may, however, induce complement activation and downstream inflammation due to bio-incompatibility. OBJECTIVE: We explored changes in soluble inflammatory markers when changing from LDL apheresis to the novel PCSK9 inhibitor evolocumab. METHODS: Three patients with familial hypercholesterolemia participated. Blood samples (EDTA plasma) for complement activation and markers of inflammation were obtained before (baseline) and after LDL apheresis week at 0 and before biweekly administration of evolocumab at weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919223/trpm2-snp-genotype-previously-associated-with-susceptibility-to-rhodococcus-equi-pneumonia-in-quarter-horse-foals-displays-differential-gene-expression-identified-using-rna-seq
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Cole M McQueen, Canaan M Whitfield-Cargile, Kranti Konganti, Glenn P Blodgett, Scott V Dindot, Noah D Cohen
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi (R. equi) is an intracellular bacterium that affects young foals and immuno-compromised individuals causing severe pneumonia. Currently, the genetic mechanisms that confer susceptibility and/or resistance to R. equi are not fully understood. Previously, using a SNP-based genome-wide association study, we identified a region on equine chromosome 26 associated with culture-confirmed clinical pneumonia. To better characterize this region and understand the function of the SNP located within TRPM2 that was associated with R...
December 5, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913575/lowest-glucose-variability-and-hypoglycemia-are-observed-with-the-combination-of-a-glp-1-receptor-agonist-and-basal-insulin-variation-study
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Harpreet S Bajaj, Karri Venn, Chenglin Ye, Avril Patrick, Shivani Kalra, Hasnain Khandwala, Nadeem Aslam, David Twum-Barima, Ronnie Aronson
OBJECTIVE: There is a dearth of published literature comparing glucose variability (GV) between different insulin regimens in type 2 diabetes. This cohort study compares GV using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) in patients with well-controlled type 2 diabetes using four common insulin regimens: basal insulin + oral drugs (BO), basal insulin + glucagon-like peptide 1 receptor agonist (GLP-1 RA) (BGLP), premixed insulin (PM), and basal-bolus insulin (BB). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Consecutive patients from three endocrinology clinics who met study criteria-type 2 diabetes, age 18 to 80 years, BMI ≤ 45 kg/m(2), stable insulin regimen for a minimum of 6 months, and stable A1C value ≤7...
December 2, 2016: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911420/-role-of-immunological-factors-in-the-development-of-myopic-choroidal-neovascularization
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A G Shchuko, N V Zaitseva, T N Yur'eva, E R Chernykh, I M Mikhalevich, A V Grigor'eva
AIM: To study the concentration of cytokines in the aqueous humor of the anterior chamber in patients with myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV) and to compare the results to their ophthalmic status. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 19 patients (19 eyes) with mCNV treated with intravitreal ranibizumab were included in the study. The control group consisted of 15 patients (15 eyes) with myopia who had cataract surgery. Age, sex, and refractive error distribution were similar to that in the study group...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909504/long-term-evolution-of-patients-treated-for-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-with-first-and-second-generation-cryoballoon-catheter-ablation-with-a-prospective-protocol-guided-by-complete-bidirectional-left-atrium-pulmonary-veins-disconnection-after-adenosine
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Jesus M Paylos Md PhD, Aracelis Morales Md, Luis Azcona Md, Marisol Paradela Md, Raquel Yagüe Md, Fernando Gómez-Guijarro Md, Lourdes Lacal Md, Clara Ferrero Rn, Octavio Rodríguez Md
INTRODUCTION: Cryoballoon ablation (CB) has proven effective for treating patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF). We analyzed our seven year follow-up of patients, treated for PAF with first (CB1) and second generation (CB2), with demonstration of LA-PV disconnection with bidirectional block (BB) after adenosine (AD). METHODS: Since November 2008 to May 2015, 128 patients, 97 male (58±7 years), without heart disease, highly symptomatic, refractory to antiarrhythmic drugs (AAD) were treated, and follow-up (1411 ±727 days)...
April 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908624/a-review-of-biomass-burning-emissions-and-impacts-on-air-quality-health-and-climate-in-china
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REVIEW
Jianmin Chen, Chunlin Li, Zoran Ristovski, Andelija Milic, Yuantong Gu, Mohammad S Islam, Shuxiao Wang, Jiming Hao, Hefeng Zhang, Congrong He, Hai Guo, Hongbo Fu, Branka Miljevic, Lidia Morawska, Phong Thai, Yun Fat Lam, Gavin Pereira, Aijun Ding, Xin Huang, Umesh C Dumka
Biomass burning (BB) is a significant air pollution source, with global, regional and local impacts on air quality, public health and climate. Worldwide an extensive range of studies has been conducted on almost all the aspects of BB, including its specific types, on quantification of emissions and on assessing its various impacts. China is one of the countries where the significance of BB has been recognized, and a lot of research efforts devoted to investigate it, however, so far no systematic reviews were conducted to synthesize the information which has been emerging...
November 28, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905546/transcriptome-analysis-confers-a-complex-disease-resistance-network-in-wild-rice-oryza-meyeriana-against-xanthomonas-oryzae-pv-oryzae
#7
Xiao-Jie Cheng, Bin He, Lin Chen, Su-Qin Xiao, Jian Fu, Yue Chen, Teng-Qiong Yu, Zai-Quan Cheng, Hong Feng
Rice bacterial blight (BB), caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), is one of the devastating diseases of rice. It is well established that the wild rice Oryza meyeriana is immune to BB. In this study, the transcriptomic analysis was carried out by RNA sequencing of O. meyeriana leaves, inoculated with Xoo to understand the transcriptional responses and interaction between the host and pathogen. Totally, 57,313 unitranscripts were de novo assembled from 58.7 Gb clean reads and 14,143 unitranscripts were identified after Xoo inoculation...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904156/effects-of-calcium-channel-blocker-benidipine-based-combination-therapy-on-target-blood-pressure-control-and-cardiovascular-outcome-a-sub-analysis-of-the-cope-trial
#8
Seiji Umemoto, Toshio Ogihara, Masunori Matsuzaki, Hiromi Rakugi, Yasuo Ohashi, Takao Saruta
We compared three benidipine-based regimens-that is, benidipine plus angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), β-blocker (BB) or thiazide-and found that the benidipine-BB combination was less beneficial in reducing the risk of stroke than the benidipine-thiazide combination. This sub-analysis sought to compare the effects of reaching a target blood pressure (BP) (<140/90 mm Hg) on the cardiovascular outcomes among the three benidipine-based treatment groups in the Combination Therapy of Hypertension to Prevent Cardiovascular Events trial...
December 1, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903395/-role-of-cytokine-matrix-metalloproteinase-axis-on-promoting-vascular-neointima-hyperplasia-in-mice
#9
Y Liu, W H Ning, X H Shen, D L Guo, L Guo
Objective: To observe the effects of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) on vascular neointimal hyperplasia on matrix metalloproteinase 9/2 gene knockout (MMP9/2(-/-)) mice and explore related mechanisms. Methods: Mice of control group, MMP9(-/-) group, MMP2(-/-) group and MMP9/2(-/-) group were studied. Femoral artery was injured by transluminal wire, the mRNA expression levels of TNF-α and PDGF on femoral artery were detected by RT-PCR; the protein expression of MMP9 and MMP2 were assessed by Western blot on day 0, 1, 3, 7, 14 and 28 post injury...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903205/predicting-neurological-deficit-severity-due-to-subarachnoid-haemorrhage-soluble-cd40-ligand-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor-bb
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Yoshitaka Kubo, Takahiro Koji, Jun Yoshida, Akira Ogawa, Kuniaki Ogasawara
BACKGROUND: Several biological markers can predict outcomes in patients with subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH), but markers to predict neurological deficit severity in patients with SAH and poor neurological condition have not yet been established. Soluble CD40 ligand (sCD40L) and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) are related to the systemic inflammatory response. OBJECTIVE: In a prospective study, to investigate the relationship between clinical outcomes and blood test results in patients with SAH and severe neurological deficits...
December 2016: Critical Care and Resuscitation: Journal of the Australasian Academy of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902740/extensive-characterization-and-comparison-of-endothelial-cells-derived-from-dermis-and-adipose-tissue-potential-use-in-tissue-engineering
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Hanneke N Monsuur, Ester M Weijers, Frank B Niessen, Amit Gefen, Pieter Koolwijk, Susan Gibbs, Lenie J van den Broek
Tissue-engineered constructs need to become quickly vascularized in order to ensure graft take. One way of achieving this is to incorporate endothelial cells (EC) into the construct. The adipose tissue stromal vascular fraction (adipose-SVF) might provide an alternative source for endothelial cells as adipose tissue can easily be obtained by liposuction. Since adipose-EC are now gaining more interest in tissue engineering, we aimed to extensively characterize endothelial cells from adipose tissue (adipose-EC) and compare them with endothelial cells from dermis (dermal-EC)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898798/visualization-of-colloid-transport-pathways-in-mineral-soils-using-titanium-iv-oxide-as-a-tracer
#12
Stefan Koch, Petra Kahle, Bernd Lennartz
In soils, colloidal transport has been identified as the most important pathway for strong adsorbing, environmental contaminants like pesticides, heavy metals, and phosphorus. We conducted a comparative dye tracer experiment using a Brilliant Blue (BB) solution and a Titanium(IV) oxide (TiO) colloid suspension (average particle size 0.3 μm), aiming to visualize and quantify colloid pathways in soils. Both dye tracers showed comparable general flow patterns with preferred transport over the deepest part of the soil profile, independent of clay content...
November 2016: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895795/growth-differentiating-factor-15-gdf-15-a-potential-biomarker-and-therapeutic-target-for-cancer-associated-weight-loss
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Lorena Lerner, Jeno Gyuris, Richard Nicoletti, James Gifford, Brian Krieger, Aminah Jatoi
Growth differentiating factor-15 (GDF-15), also known as macrophage inhibiting factor-1, is a member of the transforming growth factor-β superfamily, which has been implicated in cancer-associated weight loss. The present study investigated the association between cancer-associated weight loss and plasma GDF-15 concentration, as well as other biomarkers, in patients with metastatic lung or exocrine pancreatic cancer. A total of 218 patients were enrolled over a 1-year period. The patient cohort included 152 patients with incurable lung cancer and 66 patients with incurable pancreatic cancer...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894387/-effect-of-hydrocinnamoyl-l-valyl-pyrrolidine-on-healing-quality-of-deep-partial-thickness-scald-wound-in-mice
#14
M L Yang, Y H Li, Q Tan, J T Li, L L Que
Objective: To observe the effect of Toll interleukin-1 recptor homology/BB-loop mimetic hydrocinnamoyl-L-valyl pyrrolidine (AS-1) on the healing quality of deep partial-thickness scald wound in mice. Methods: Forty-two adult C57BL/6 mice were divided into sham injury group (SI), scald group (S), early AS-1 treatment group (EAT), early dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) control group (EDC), late AS-1 treatment group (LAT), late DMSO control group (LDC) according to the random number table, with 7 mice in each group. Mice in group SI were sham injured without other treatment...
November 20, 2016: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890992/lung-malignancy-diagnostic-accuracies-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-bronchial-brushing-and-fine-needle-aspiration-cytology
#15
Rateesh Sareen, C L Pandey
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis of lung cancer plays a pivotal role in reducing lung cancer death rate. Cytological techniques are safer, economical and provide quick results. Bronchoscopic washing, brushing and fine needle aspirations not only complement tissue biopsies in the diagnosis of lung cancer but also comparable. OBJECTIVES: (1) To find out diagnostic yields of bronchioalveolar lavage, bronchial brushings, FNAC in diagnosis of lung malignancy. (2) To compare relative accuracy of these three cytological techniques...
November 2016: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888198/ovarian-follicular-characteristics-in-sheep-with-multiple-fecundity-genes
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Kenneth P McNatty, Derek A Heath, Zaramasina Clark, Karen Lee Reader, Jennifer L Juengel, Janet Pitman
Ewes heterozygous for combinations of the Inverdale (FecXI; I+), Booroola (FecB; B+) and Woodlands (FecX2W; W+) mutations have ovulation rates higher than each mutation separately. The aims of the experiments described herein were to examine the ovarian phenotypes in I+B+ and I+B+W+ ewes and to compare these with the appropriate ++ (controls), I+ and BB animals available for this study. The mean±S.E.M. ovulation rates in the ++ (n=23), I+ (10), I+B+ (7), I+B+W+ (10) and BB (3) animals were 1.8±0.1, 2.5±0...
November 25, 2016: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881420/elongation-of-long-chain-fatty-acid-family-member-6-elovl6-driven-fatty-acid-metabolism-regulates-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-phenotype-through-amp-activated-protein-kinase-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-4-ampk-klf4-signaling
#17
Hiroaki Sunaga, Hiroki Matsui, Saki Anjo, Mas Risky A A Syamsunarno, Norimichi Koitabashi, Tatsuya Iso, Takashi Matsuzaka, Hitoshi Shimano, Tomoyuki Yokoyama, Masahiko Kurabayashi
BACKGROUND: Fatty acids constitute the critical components of cell structure and function, and dysregulation of fatty acid composition may exert diverging vascular effects including proliferation, migration, and differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). However, direct evidence for this hypothesis has been lacking. We investigated the role of elongation of long-chain fatty acid member 6 (Elovl6), a rate-limiting enzyme catalyzing the elongation of saturated and monounsaturated long-chain fatty acid, in the regulation of phenotypic switching of VSMC...
November 23, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881283/cost-effectiveness-of-introducing-point-of-care-test-for-detection-of-level-of-glycogen-phosphorylase-in-early-diagnostic-algorithm-of-acute-coronary-syndrome
#18
Slobodan M Janković, Marina Kostić
BACKGROUND: The detection of specific biomarkers in the early phase of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is important for the early diagnosis and appropriate management of patients with ACS. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the cost-effectiveness of introducing a diagnostic point-of-care (POC) test for determining the levels of glycogen phosphorylase BB isoform (GPBB) in a standard diagnostic algorithm for the early diagnosis of ACS within the health system of the Republic of Serbia...
September 2016: Value in Health Regional Issues
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879961/current-aspects-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-and-therapeutics
#19
Xianchi Li, Yuanyuang Liu, Peiying Zhang
The pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) patients have high raet of morlatility due to right ventricle (or ventricular) (RV) failures. A lot of research work is being carried out in the area, however no treatments is available that could mange above rise in morality rates in PAH patients. β1-adrenoceptor blockers (β-blockers, BB) reduced mortality in left heart failure but they not much explored much at clinical level. Recent studies suggest β- blockers might be beneficial in PAH however the mechanisms remain unknown...
November 23, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876511/modulation-of-microsaccades-by-spatial-frequency-during-object-categorization
#20
Matt Craddock, Frank Oppermann, Matthias M Müller, Jasna Martinovic
The organization of visual processing into a coarse-to-fine information processing based on the spatial frequency properties of the input forms an important facet of the object recognition process. During visual object categorization tasks, microsaccades occur frequently. One potential functional role of these eye movements is to resolve high spatial frequency information. To assess this hypothesis, we examined the rate, amplitude and speed of microsaccades in an object categorization task in which participants viewed object and non-object images and classified them as showing either natural objects, man-made objects or non-objects...
December 1, 2016: Vision Research
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