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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905060/perioperative-risk-adjustment-for-total-shoulder-arthroplasty-are-simple-clinically-driven-models-sufficient
#1
David N Bernstein, Aakash Keswani, David Ring
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in value-based health care in the United States. Statistical analysis of large databases can inform us of the factors associated with and the probability of adverse events and unplanned readmissions that diminish quality and add expense. For example, increased operating time and high blood urea nitrogen (BUN) are associated with adverse events, whereas patients on antihypertensive medications were more likely to have an unplanned readmission. Many surgeons rely on their knowledge and intuition when assessing the risk of a procedure...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894293/lung-bioengineering-physical-stimuli-and-stem-progenitor-cell-biology-interplay-towards-biofabricating-a-functional-organ
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REVIEW
Paula N Nonaka, Juan J Uriarte, Noelia Campillo, Vinicius R Oliveira, Daniel Navajas, Ramon Farré
A current approach to obtain bioengineered lungs as a future alternative for transplantation is based on seeding stem cells on decellularized lung scaffolds. A fundamental question to be solved in this approach is how to drive stem cell differentiation onto the different lung cell phenotypes. Whereas the use of soluble factors as agents to modulate the fate of stem cells was established from an early stage of the research with this type of cells, it took longer to recognize that the physical microenvironment locally sensed by stem cells (e...
November 28, 2016: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891292/cancer-stem-cells-cellular-plasticity-niche-and-its-clinical-relevance
#3
Gina Lee, Robert R Hall, Atique U Ahmed
Cancer handles an estimated 7.6 million deaths worldwide per annum. A recent theory focuses on the role Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) in driving tumorigenesis and disease progression. This theory hypothesizes that a population of the tumor cell with similar functional and phenotypic characteristics as normal tissue stem cells are responsible for formation and advancement of many human cancers. The CSCs subpopulation can differentiate into non-CSC tumor cells and promote phenotypic and functional heterogeneity within the tumor...
October 2016: Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889641/increased-mitochondrial-superoxide-in-the-brain-but-not-periphery-sensitizes-mice-to-angiotensin-ii-mediated-hypertension
#4
Adam J Case, Jun Tian, Matthew C Zimmerman
Angiotensin II (AngII) elicits the production of superoxide (O2(•-)) from mitochondria in numerous cell types within peripheral organs and in the brain suggesting a role for mitochondrial-produced O2(•-) in the pathogenesis of hypertension. However, it remains unclear if mitochondrial O2(•-) is causal in the development of AngII-induced hypertension, or if mitochondrial O2(•-) in the absence of elevated AngII is sufficient to increase blood pressure. Further, the tissue specific (i.e. central versus peripheral) redox regulation of AngII hypertension remains elusive...
November 20, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888810/m2-macrophages-induce-ovarian-cancer-cell-proliferation-via-a-heparin-binding-epidermal-growth-factor-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-intercellular-feedback-loop
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Molly J Carroll, Arvinder Kapur, Mildred Felder, Manish S Patankar, Pamela K Kreeger
In ovarian cancer, a high ratio of anti-inflammatory M2 to pro-inflammatory M1 macrophages correlates with poor patient prognosis. The mechanisms driving poor tumor outcome as a result of the presence of M2 macrophages in the tumor microenvironment remain unclear and are challenging to study with current techniques. Therefore, in this study we utilized a micro-culture device previously developed by our lab to model concentrated paracrine signaling in order to address our hypothesis that interactions between M2 macrophages and ovarian cancer cells induce tumor cell proliferation...
November 19, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887885/the-watching-eyes-phenomenon-and-blood-donation-does-exposure-to-pictures-of-eyes-increase-blood-donation-by-young-adults
#6
Cécile Sénémeaud, Camille Sanrey, Nathalie Callé, Candice Plainfossé, Alexandra Belhaire, Patrice Georget
This study examined the effectiveness of exposure to a "watching-eyes image" in increasing blood donation rates among young people, a segment of the population that is particularly underrepresented among blood donors. Participants were 454 first-year university students, each of who was given a blood-donation flyer at the beginning of a lecture. Participants were randomly assigned to one of two conditions depending on whether the flyer they received bore a picture of eyes (experimental condition) or a neutral picture (control condition)...
November 14, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883985/a-systematic-review-of-passive-exposure-to-cannabis
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REVIEW
Aurélie Berthet, Mariangela De Cesare, Bernard Favrat, Frank Sporkert, Marc Augsburger, Aurélien Thomas, Christian Giroud
Passive exposure to cannabis smoke may induce effects on behavior and psychomotor skills, and have legal consequences, including the risk of being falsely considered as a cannabis user. This can become a concern, especially in occupational contexts or when driving vehicles. In order to enable a differentiation between a passive and an active exposure to cannabis and to limit the likeliness to be detected positive following passive exposure, this review identified specific biomarkers of passive exposure in urine, blood, oral fluid, hair, and sebum...
November 16, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881393/food-portion-size-and-energy-density-evoke-different-patterns-of-brain-activation-in-children
#8
Laural K English, S Nicole Fearnbach, Stephen J Wilson, Jennifer O Fisher, Jennifer S Savage, Barbara J Rolls, Kathleen L Keller
BACKGROUND: Large portions of food promote intake, but the mechanisms that drive this effect are unclear. Previous neuroimaging studies have identified the brain-reward and decision-making systems that are involved in the response to the energy density (ED) (kilocalories per gram) of foods, but few studies have examined the brain response to the food portion size (PS). OBJECTIVE: We used functional MRI (fMRI) to determine the brain response to food images that differed in PSs (large and small) and ED (high and low)...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880955/long-term-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockade-limits-hypertension-aortic-dysfunction-and-structural-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
#9
Omar Z Ameer, Mark Butlin, Elena Kaschina, Manuela Sommerfeld, Alberto P Avolio, Jacqueline K Phillips
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with large artery remodeling, endothelial dysfunction and calcification, with angiotensin II (Ang II) a known driver of these pathologies. We investigated long-term Ang II type 1 receptor inhibition with valsartan on aortic function and structure in the Lewis polycystic kidney (LPK) rat model of CKD. METHODS: Mixed sex LPK and Lewis control (total n = 28) treated (valsartan 60 mg/kg/day p.o. from 4 to 18 weeks) and vehicle groups were studied...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880854/increased-paternal-age-at-conception-is-associated-with-transcriptomic-changes-involved-in-mitochondrial-function-in-elderly-individuals
#10
Tapio Nevalainen, Laura Kananen, Saara Marttila, Juulia Jylhävä, Marja Jylhä, Antti Hervonen, Mikko Hurme
The increased paternal age at conception (PAC) has been associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia and other neurodevelopmental disorders, thus raising questions that imply, potential health concerns in the offspring. As opposed to female oogonia, the male germ cells undergo hundreds of cell divisions during the fertile years. Thus, the advanced paternal age is associated with increase of point mutations in the male spermatogonia DNA, implying that this could be the major driving mechanism behind the paternal age effect observed in the offspring...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879251/altered-smooth-muscle-cell-force-generation-as-a-driver-of-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms-and-dissections
#11
REVIEW
Dianna M Milewicz, Kathleen M Trybus, Dongchuan Guo, H Lee Sweeney, Ellen Regalado, Kristine Kamm, James T Stull
The importance of maintaining contractile function in aortic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) is evident by the fact that heterozygous mutations in the major structural proteins or kinases controlling contraction lead to the formation of aneurysms of the ascending thoracic aorta that predispose to life-threatening aortic dissections. Force generation by SMC requires ATP-dependent cyclic interactions between filaments composed of SMC-specific isoforms of α-actin (encoded by ACTA2) and myosin heavy chain (MYH11). ACTA2 and MYH11 mutations shown to disrupt this cyclic interaction predispose to thoracic aortic disease...
November 22, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876761/early-infant-adipose-deposition-is-positively-associated-with-the-n-6-to-n-3-fatty-acid-ratio-in-human-milk-independent-of-maternal-bmi
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M C Rudolph, B E Young, D J Lemas, C E Palmer, T L Hernandez, L A Barbour, J E Friedman, N F Krebs, P S MacLean
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Excessive infant weight gain in the first 6-months of life is a powerful predictor of childhood obesity and related health risks. In mice, omega-6 fatty acids (FA) serve as potent ligands driving adipogenesis during early development. The ratio of omega-6 relative to omega-3 (n-6/n-3) FA in human milk (HM) has increased 3-fold over the last 30 years, but the impact of this shift on infant adipose development remains undetermined. This study investigated how maternal obesity and maternal dietary FA (as reflected in maternal red blood cells (RBC) composition) influenced HM n-6 and n-3 FAs, and whether the HM n-6/n-3 ratio was associated with changes in infant adipose deposition between 2-weeks and 4-months postpartum...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875749/systematic-investigation-on-the-turning-point-of-over-inflammation-to-immunosuppression-in-clp-mice-model-and-their-characteristics
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Dongmei Deng, Xiaoli Li, Chao Liu, Zhaoxia Zhai, Bin Li, Mei Kuang, Pan Li, Shenglan Shang, Yi Song, Yanyan Cen, Rongxin Qin, Yonglin Lu, Yibo Zhao, Hao Cheng, Jiang Zheng, Hong Zhou
Immunosuppression is involved in refractory innate and adaptive immune responses and is considered to be the predominant driving force for mortality in sepsis. The cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) model is regarded as a golden standard model for sepsis study, but the turning point of over-inflammation to immunosuppression was reported differently. Herein, systematic investigation on the turning point of over-inflammation to immunosuppression in CLP mice model was carried out. The results showed only the mortality of mice challenged with of Pseudomonas aeruginosa on Day 1 not other days after the surgery was higher than that of other mice with Sham surgery, suggesting Day 1 after the CLP surgery might be the turning point...
November 19, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874260/phototriggered-secretion-of-membrane-compartmentalized-bioactive-agents
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Robert M Hughes, Christina M Marvin, Zachary L Rodgers, Song Ding, Nathan P Oien, Weston J Smith, David S Lawrence
A strategy for the light-activated release of bioactive compounds (BODIPY, colchicine, paclitaxel, and methotrexate) from membrane-enclosed depots is described. We have found that membrane-permeable bioagents can be rendered membrane impermeable by covalent attachment to cobalamin (Cbl) through a photocleavable linker. These Cbl-bioagent conjugates are imprisoned within lipid-enclosed compartments in the dark, as exemplified by their retention in the interior of erythrocytes. Subsequent illumination drives the secretion of the bioactive species from red blood cells...
November 22, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865834/expression-and-characterization-of-the-plasmodium-translocon-of-the-exported-proteins-component-exp2
#15
Kazuaki Hakamada, Hirokazu Watanabe, Ryuji Kawano, Keiichi Noguchi, Masafumi Yohda
The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum requires the Plasmodium translocon of exported proteins (PTEX) to proliferate in human red blood cells. During the blood stages of malaria, several hundred parasite-encoded proteins are exported from the parasite into the cytosol of red blood cells. PTEX is the translocon for protein export and comprises 5 proteins: EXP2, PTEX150, PTEX88, Hsp101 and TRX2. Among them, EXP2 is thought to constitute the transmembrane pore, whereas the other components seem to play a role in unfolding the luggage proteins or providing a driving force...
November 16, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863550/cc-chemokine-ligand-2-and-cxc-chemokine-ligand-8-as-neutrophil-chemoattractant-factors-in-canine-idiopathic-polyarthritis
#16
Kohei Murakami, Shingo Maeda, Tomohiro Yonezawa, Naoaki Matsuki
Canine idiopathic polyarthritis (IPA) is characterized by increased numbers of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs) in the synovial fluid (SF). In humans, CC chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2) and CXC chemokine ligand 8 (CXCL8) recruit monocytes and neutrophils, respectively, and are involved in various inflammatory disorders. The aim of this study was to assess the roles of these chemokines in driving PMNs infiltration into the joints of dogs with IPA. SF samples were collected from dogs with IPA (n=19) and healthy controls (n=8), and the concentrations of SF CCL2 and CXCL8 were determined by ELISA...
December 2016: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862053/fluorescence-based-lateral-flow-assays-for-rapid-oral-fluid-roadside-detection-of-cannabis-use
#17
Brian D Plouffe, Shashi K Murthy
With the recent worldwide changes in the legalization of marijuana, there is a significant need for rapid, road-side screening test for driving under the influence of drugs. A robust, sensitive, lateral flow assay has been developed to detect recent use via oral-fluid testing for Δ(9) -tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This proof-of-concept assay uses a fluorescent-based immunoassay detection of polymeric beads, conjugated to antibodies against native THC. The fluorescent technique allows for significantly lower limits of detection and higher precision determination of recent marijuana use without the use of urine or blood sampling - thus allowing for roadside identification...
November 10, 2016: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861618/meningococcal-carriage-among-adolescents-after-mass-meningococcal-c-conjugate-vaccination-campaigns-in-salvador-brazil
#18
Amélia Maria Pithon Borges Nunes, Guilherme Sousa Ribeiro, Ítalo Eustáquio Ferreira, Ana Rafaela Silva Simões Moura, Ridalva Dias Martins Felzemburgh, Ana Paula Silva de Lemos, Mitermayer Galvão Reis, José Cassio de Moraes, Leila Carvalho Campos
Neisseria meningitidis is a commensal bacterium of the human nasopharynx. In rare cases, it penetrates the mucosa, entering the blood stream and causing various forms of disease. Meningococcal conjugate vaccines can prevent invasive disease not only by direct effect in vaccinated individuals but also by herd protection, preventing acquisition of carriage, which interrupts transmission and leads to protection of unvaccinated persons. In 2010 in Salvador, Brazil, an outbreak of group C meningococcal disease led to a mass meningococcal serogroup C conjugate vaccination drive, targeting those <5 and 10-24 years of age...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859259/vessel-co-option-is-common-in-human-lung-metastases-and-mediates-resistance-to-anti-angiogenic-therapy-in-preclinical-lung-metastasis-models
#19
Victoria L Bridgeman, Peter B Vermeulen, Shane Foo, Agnes Bilecz, Frances Daley, Eleftherios Kostaras, Mark R Nathan, Elaine Wan, Sophia Frentzas, Thomas Schweiger, Balazs Hegedus, Konrad Hoetzenecker, Ferenc Renyi-Vamos, Elizabeth A Kuczynski, Naveen S Vasudev, James Larkin, Martin Gore, Harold F Dvorak, Sandor Paku, Robert S Kerbel, Balazs Dome, Andrew R Reynolds
Anti-angiogenic therapies have shown limited efficacy in the clinical management of metastatic disease, including lung metastases. Moreover, the mechanisms via which tumours resist anti-angiogenic therapies are poorly understood. Importantly, rather than utilising angiogenesis, some metastases may instead incorporate pre-existing vessels from surrounding tissue (vessel co-option). Since anti-angiogenic therapies were designed to target only new blood vessel growth, vessel co-option has been proposed as a mechanism that could drive resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858931/tick-microbiome-and-pathogen-acquisition-altered-by-host-blood-meal
#20
Andrea Swei, Jessica Y Kwan
Lyme disease, a zoonotic disease, is the most prevalent vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Diversity of the vector (tick) microbiome can impact pathogen transmission, yet the biotic and abiotic factors that drive microbiome diversity are largely unresolved, especially under natural, field conditions. We describe the microbiome of Ixodes pacificus ticks, the vector for Lyme disease in the western United States, and show a strong impact of host blood meal identity on tick microbiome species richness and composition...
November 18, 2016: ISME Journal
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