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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144028/efficacy-and-safety-of-different-regimens-for-primary-open-angle-glaucoma-or-ocular-hypertension-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Fei Li, Wenbin Huang, Xiulan Zhang
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy and safety of different regimens, including monotherapy and double therapy, for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) or ocular hypertension. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE and clinicaltrials.gov for studies that fit our inclusion criteria in this network meta-analysis. Randomized controlled trials that report data on efficacy and safety of medications for POAG or ocular hypertension are included. Data on intra-ocular pressure (IOP) lowering effect and incidence of adverse events including hyperaemia and ocular discomfort were extracted and used in mixed-comparison analysis...
November 16, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143982/tweak-fn14-interaction-induces-proliferation-and-migration-in-human-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-via-activating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Cuimin Zhu, Leguo Zhang, Zhiming Liu, Chen Li, Yajie Bai
Asthma, an increasingly common chronic disease among children, are characterized by airway remodeling, which is partly attributed to the proliferation and migration of airway smooth muscle cell (ASMC). The purpose of the present study was to investigate potential roles and mechanisms of the tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK)/fibroblast growth factor-inducible molecule 14 (Fn14) axis on cell proliferation and migration in HASMCs. Compared to HASMCs from non-asthmatic patients, those from asthmatic patients showed elevated expression levels of both Fn14 and TWEAK...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142564/clinical-effects-of-ganglioside-and-fructose-1-6-diphosphate-on-neonatal-heart-and-brain-injuries-after-asphyxia
#3
Xiaojing Zhu, Hongya Li, Congmin Zhang
Objective: To study the clinical effect of ganglioside (GM) and fructose-1, 6-diphosphate (FDP) on neonatal heart and brain injuries after asphyxia. Methods: Ninety-one neonates with asphyxia neonatal heart and brain injuries were randomly divided into an observation group and a control group. Both groups were given symptomatic treatment as soon as possible. On this basis, the observation group was given 200 mL of 5% glucose injection and 20 mg of GM and 250 mg/kg·d FDP by intravenous infusion...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138877/%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-like-discriminative-stimulus-effects-of-five-novel-synthetic-cannabinoids-in-rats
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Michael B Gatch, Michael J Forster
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Novel synthetic cannabinoid compounds continue to appear in the market advertised as legal alternatives to marijuana and the older synthetic cannabinoid compounds which are now controlled substances. Most of these newer compounds have been found to act at CB1 receptors, so the purpose of this study was to study the abuse liability of these compounds. METHODS: Five of these compounds (BB-22, FUB-PB-22, 5F-AMB, NM2201, and MAB-CHMINACA) were tested for their ability to produce discriminative stimulus effects similar to Δ(9)-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ(9)-THC) in rats...
November 14, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134974/differences-in-physical-physiological-and-motor-performance-traits-between-volleyball-and-basketball-athletes-in-a-university-in-ghana
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A Obour, M O Moses, B Baffour-Awuah, B Asamoah, P K Sarpong, F Osei, L G Akwa, E J Appiah
Physical, physiological and motor performance traits play substantial role in both volleyball (VB) and basketball(BB) competitions. The differences in these traits among University athletes in Ghana have not been reported. Hence, thisstudy documents and compares the physical, physiological and motor performance traits of VB and BB university athletes.Purposive sampling technique involving thirty-five university athletes (24 males and 11 females) with mean age of 21.77 ±2.03years was used. Height, weightn, waist and hip circumferences, waist to hip ratio (WHR), body mass index (BMI), heartrate (HR), systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP), shoulder muscular endurance (SME), abdominal muscular endurance (AME), left and right Arm Strength, Leg Power, Reaction time, Agility and Speed traits were measured...
June 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133489/continuity-of-primary-care-and-emergency-hospital-admissions-among-older-patients-in-england
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Peter Tammes, Sarah Purdy, Chris Salisbury, Fiona MacKichan, Daniel Lasserson, Richard W Morris
PURPOSE: Secondary health care services have been under considerable pressure in England as attendance rates increase, resulting in longer waiting times and greater demands on staff. This study's aim was to examine the association between continuity of care and risk of emergency hospital admission among older adults. METHODS: We analyzed records from 10,000 patients aged 65 years and older in 2012 within 297 English general practices obtained from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink and linked with Hospital Episode Statistics...
November 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129647/salivary-biomarker-combination-prediction-model-for-the-diagnosis-of-periodontitis-in-a-taiwanese-population
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Yun-Chun Wu, Lee Ning, Yu-Kang Tu, Chen-Pang Huang, Nien-Tsu Huang, Yih-Fan Chen, Po-Chun Chang
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: This study aimed at screening the diagnostic potential of salivary biomarkers and pairing them to establish a prediction model with higher accuracy in diagnosing periodontitis in the Taiwanese population. METHODS: Fifty-seven participants were divided into a non-periodontitis group and a periodontitis group. Salivary biomarkers CRP, IL-6, IL-8, IL-1β, IL-1ra, lactoferrin, MMP-8, MMP-9, PDGF-BB, TNF-α, and VEGF, were analyzed. The potential and reliability of the biomarkers for diagnosing periodontitis were analyzed dichotomously...
November 9, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129515/amygdalin-improves-microcirculatory-disturbance-and-attenuates-pancreatic-fibrosis-by-regulating-the-expression-of-endothelin-1-and-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-in-rats
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Xiangqun Zhang, Jiangong Hu, Yuzhen Zhuo, Lihua Cui, Caixia Li, Naiqiang Cui, Shukun Zhang
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a complex process of interaction between tissue injury and repair, which involves microcirculatory disturbance. Amygdalin, an effective component extracted from Semen Persicae (a kind of Chinese herbal medicine), can decrease blood viscosity and improve microcirculation. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of amygdalin on pancreatic fibrosis in rats with CP. METHODS: The rat CP model was induced by injecting dibutyltin dichloride (DBTC) into the right caudal vein...
November 9, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127772/interventions-for-treating-collagenous-colitis
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Tahir S Kafil, Tran M Nguyen, Petrease H Patton, John K MacDonald, Nilesh Chande, John Wd McDonald
BACKGROUND: Collagenous colitis is a cause of chronic diarrhea. This updated review was performed to identify therapies for collagenous colitis that have been assessed in randomized controlled trials (RCTs). OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to assess the benefits and harms of treatments for collagenous colitis. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL, the Cochrane IBD Group Specialized Register, MEDLINE and EMBASE from inception to 7 November 2016...
November 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125972/a-biolayer-interferometry-based-enzyme-linked-aptamer-sorbent-assay-for-real-time-and-highly-sensitive-detection-of-pdgf-bb
#10
Shunxiang Gao, Xin Zheng, Jihong Wu
Accurate, fast and sensitive detection of disease-specific protein biomarkers, especially in blood, urine, or other bodily fluids, is an important approach to achieve early disease diagnosis. Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB), a widely used biomarker, is involved in a substantial number of serious diseases, such as hepatic fibrosis, atherosclerosis, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease and is often over-expressed in human malignant tumors. Therefore, the development of sensitive and specific detection methods for PDGF-BB is of great importance for the early diagnosis of disease and assessments of patient recovery...
November 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125008/does-more-favourable-handling-of-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-increase-the-diagnostic-sensitivity-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-specific-pcr-in-lyme-neuroborreliosis
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Kristine J N Forselv, Åslaug R Lorentzen, Unn Ljøstad, Åse Mygland, Randi Eikeland, Vivian Kjelland, Sølvi Noraas, Hanne Quarsten
BACKGROUND: Tests for direct detection of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Bb) in Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB) are needed. Detection of Bb DNA using PCR is promising, but clinical utility is hampered by low diagnostic sensitivity. We aimed to examine whether diagnostic sensitivity can be improved by the use of larger cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) volumes and faster handling of samples. METHODS: Patients who underwent CSF examination for LNB were included. We collected two millilitres of CSF for PCR analysis, extracted DNA from the pellets within 24 h and analysed the eluate by two real-time PCR protocols (16S rRNA and OspA)...
November 10, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124821/ring-chain-morphology-control-in-overall-neutral-internally-ion-paired-supramolecular-polymers
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Nadia Manganaro, Ilenia Pisagatti, Anna Notti, Andrea Pappalardo, Salvatore Patanè, Norberto Micali, Valentina Villari, Melchiorre F Parisi, Giuseppe Gattuso
The self-assembly of internally-ion-paired neutral AA/BB-type supramolecular polymers composed of complementary di-ionizable homoditopic pairs of monomers is reported. Host-to-guest double proton transfer mediates the recognition between bis-calix[5]arene-dicarboxylic acids and α,ω-diaminoalkanes, yielding cyclic, doughnut-shaped assemblies whose morphology (i.e., cyclic vs. linear) can be controlled by means of external chemical stimuli. The behavior of these intriguing aggregates both in solution and on surface was investigated by a combination of 1H and DOSY NMR, light scattering and AFM techniques...
November 10, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124511/effect-of-shear-stress-on-the-migration-of-hepatic-stellate-cells
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Toshihiro Sera, Tateki Sumii, Ryosuke Fujita, Susumu Kudo
When the liver is damaged, hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) can change into an activated, highly migratory state. The migration of HSCs may be affected by shear stress due not only to sinusoidal flow but also by the flow in the space of Disse because this space is filled with blood plasma. In this study, we evaluated the effects of shear stress on HSC migration in a scratch-wound assay with a parallel flow chamber. At regions upstream of the wound area, the migration was inhibited by 0.6 Pa and promoted by 2...
November 9, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124027/risk-factors-of-on-pump-conversion-during-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-graft
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Sung Sil Yoon, Jung Hee Bang, Sang Seok Jeong, Jae Hwa Jeong, Jong Soo Woo
Background: Off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCABG) procedures can avoid the complications of an on-pump bypass. However, some cases unexpectedly require conversion to cardiopulmonary bypass during OPCABG. The risk factors associated with a sudden need for cardiopulmonary bypass were analyzed. Methods: This retrospective study included 283 subjects scheduled for OPCABG from 2001 to 2010. These were divided into an OPCABG group and an on-pump conversion group...
October 2017: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123981/coculture-of-endothelial-progenitor-cells-and-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhanced-their-proliferation-and-angiogenesis-through-pdgf-and-notch-signaling
#15
Tangzhao Liang, Lei Zhu, Wenling Gao, Ming Gong, Jianhua Ren, Hui Yao, Kun Wang, Dehai Shi
The beneficial effects of combined use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) on tissue repair and regeneration after injury have been demonstrated, but the underlying mechanism remains incompletely understood. This study aimed to investigate the effects of direct contact coculture of human bone marrow-derived EPCs (hEPCs)/human bone marrow-derived MSCs (hMSCs) on their proliferation and angiogenic capacities and the underlying mechanism. hEPCs and hMSCs were cocultured in a 2D mixed monolayer or a 3D transwell membrane cell-to-cell coculture system...
November 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123515/dietary-intervention-with-%C3%AE-lactoglobulin-derived-peptides-and-a-specific-mixture-of-fructo-oligosaccharides-and-bifidobacterium-breve-m-16v-facilitates-the-prevention-of-whey-induced-allergy-in-mice-by-supporting-a-tolerance-prone-immune-environment
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Atanaska I Kostadinova, Alba Pablos-Tanarro, Mara A P Diks, Betty C A M van Esch, Johan Garssen, Léon M J Knippels, Linette E M Willemsen
Cow's milk allergy (CMA) prevails in infants and brings increased risk of developing other allergic diseases. Oral administration of specific β-lactoglobulin (BLG)-derived peptides (PepMix) and a specific blend of short- and long-chain fructo-oligosaccharides and Bifidobacterium breve M-16V (FF/Bb) was found to partially prevent CMA development in mice. In this study, we aimed to expand the knowledge on the preventive potential and the underlying mechanisms of this approach. Three-week-old female C3H/HeOuJ mice were orally exposed to PepMix±FF/Bb prior to a 5-week oral sensitization with whole whey and cholera toxin as an adjuvant...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122477/development-and-characterization-of-an-innovative-synbiotic-fermented-beverage-based-on-vegetable-soybean
#17
Carolina Battistini, Beatriz Gullón, Erica Sayuri Ichimura, Ana Maria Pereira Gomes, Eliana Paula Ribeiro, Leo Kunigk, José Ubirajara Vieira Moreira, Cynthia Jurkiewicz
Soymilk was produced from vegetable soybean and fermented by probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus La-5, Bifidobacterium animalis Bb-12) in co-culture with Streptococcus thermophilus. The composition of the fermented beverage and oligosaccharides content were determined. The effect of fructooligosaccharides and inulin on the fermentation time and viability of probiotic microorganisms throughout 28 days of storage at 5°C were evaluated. The soymilk from vegetable soybeans was fermented in just 3.2h, when pH reached 4...
October 18, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119737/endostatin-inhibits-fibrosis-by-modulating-the-pdgfr-erk-signal-pathway-an-in-vitro-study
#18
Yuan Li, Hai-Tao Ren
Accumulating evidence indicates that endostatin inhibits fibrosis. However, the mechanism is yet to be clarified. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of endostatin on platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB)- or transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1)-induced fibrosis in cultured human skin fibroblasts, and to further examine the molecular mechanisms involved. Human dermal fibroblasts were cultured in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium (DMEM) and serum-starved for 48 h before treatment. Cells were grouped as follows: "PDGF-BB", "PDGF-BB+ endostatin", "TGF-β1", "TGF-β1+endostatin", "endostatin", and "blank control"...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118903/mir-665-regulates-vsmcs-proliferation-via-targeting-fgf9-and-mef2d-and-modulating-activities-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#19
Kai Li, Jin Pan, Jianjun Wang, Fengrui Liu, Li Wang
Abnormal proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) contributes to the development of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have showed the great impact of microRNAs (miRNAs) on the cell proliferation in VSMCs. This study examined the in vitro functional roles of miR-665 in the VSMCs and explored the underlying molecular mechanisms. The mRNA and protein expression levels were determined by qRT-PCR and western blot assays, respectively. CCK-8, transwell invasion and wound healing assays were performed to measure VSMCs proliferation, invasion and migration, respectively...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118505/descemet-s-membrane-macroperforation-during-interface-irrigation-in-big-bubble-deep-anterior-lamellar-keratoplasty
#20
Mohammed Ziaei, Susan E Ormonde
This report describes the macroperforation of descemet's membrane (DM) during irrigation of the interface following successful removal of stromal tissue in big bubble (BB) deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty (DALK). A 42-year-old woman with keratoconus underwent a BB DALK procedure. After successful formation of Type 2 bubble and removal of stromal tissue, interface irrigation was performed to remove residual viscoelastic. This led to a macroperforation of DM, and the case was converted to penetrating keratoplasty...
September 2017: Oman Journal of Ophthalmology
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