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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640970/prevalence-of-new-psychoactive-substances-and-prescription-drugs-in-the-belgian-driving-under-the-influence-of-drugs-population
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S M R Wille, C Richeval, M Nachon-Phanithavong, J M Gaulier, V Di Fazio, L Humbert, N Samyn, D Allorge
Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is a worldwide problem. Several countries adopted DUID legislations which prove their deterrent effect and impact on road safety. However, use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) and prescription drugs is not known as the applied roadside screening tests are not yet adapted for these compounds. In this study, 558 blood samples obtained during roadside controls in Belgium (January to August 2015) after a positive Drugwipe 5S® test and 199 oral fluid (OF) samples obtained from negatively screened test pads were analyzed...
June 22, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640711/effects-of-season-and-postmortem-changes-on-blood-analytes-in-pyrenean-chamois-rupicapra-pyrenaica
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Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Ignasi Marco, Rafaela Cuenca, Santiago Lavín, Josep Pastor
Our objectives were to evaluate the effects of the 1) season, and 2) postmortem changes on serum biochemistries related with metabolism in Pyrenean chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica pyrenaica). Serum samples from 98 animals obtained from 2009 to 2012 were included. To investigate seasonal influences on blood parameters, the Pyrenean chamois were captured in drive-nets during the feed abundant (FA; n=32) and food deficient (FD; n=35) seasons. To evaluate the possible differences in biochemistry analytes when sampling live or dead animals, we used serum samples from 32 captured animals and 31 dead animals (obtained during controlled hunting) in the FA season...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637923/infectivity-of-plasmodium-falciparum-sporozoites-determines-emerging-parasitemia-in-infected-volunteers
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Matthew B B McCall, Linda J Wammes, Marijke C C Langenberg, Geert-Jan van Gemert, Jona Walk, Cornelus C Hermsen, Wouter Graumans, Rob Koelewijn, Jean-François Franetich, Sandra Chishimba, Max Gerdsen, Audrey Lorthiois, Marga van de Vegte, Dominique Mazier, Else M Bijker, Jaap J van Hellemond, Perry J J van Genderen, Robert W Sauerwein
Malaria sporozoites must first undergo intrahepatic development before a pathogenic blood-stage infection is established. The success of infection depends on host and parasite factors. In healthy human volunteers undergoing controlled human malaria infection (CHMI), we directly compared three clinical Plasmodium falciparum isolates for their ability to infect primary human hepatocytes in vitro and to drive the production of blood-stage parasites in vivo. Our data show a correlation between the efficiency of strain-specific sporozoite invasion of human hepatocytes and the dynamics of patent parasitemia in study subjects, highlighting intrinsic differences in infectivity among P...
June 21, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634180/a-mutyh-germline-mutation-is-associated-with-small-intestinal-neuroendocrine-tumors
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Jan P Dumanski, Chiara Rasi, Peyman Björklund, Hanna Davies, Abir Salwa Ali, Malin Grönberg, Staffan Welin, Halfdan Sorbye, Henning Grønbæk, Janet Cunningham, Lars A Forsberg, Lars Lind, Erik Ingelsson, Peter Stalberg, Per Hellman, Eva Tiensuu Janson
The genetics behind predisposition to small intestinal neuroendocrine tumors (SI-NETs) is largely unknown, but there is growing awareness of a familial form of the disease. We aimed to identify germline mutations involved in the carcinogenesis of SI-NETs. The strategy included next-generation sequencing of exome- and/or whole-genome of blood DNA, and in selected cases tumor DNA, from 24 patients from 15 families with the history of SI-NETs. We identified seven candidate mutations in six genes that were further studied using 215 sporadic SI-NET patients...
June 20, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633318/evaluation-of-oral-fluid-as-a-specimen-for-duid
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Allison M Veitenheimer, Jarrad R Wagner
Drugged driving has become more prevalent than drunk driving and is quickly gaining national attention due to increased prescription drug abuse and recent cannabis legalization. Unlike alcohol, police officers do not generally have access to approved devices to screen for drugs at the roadside. Onsite drug screening devices do exist and are used in other countries, but have not garnered widespread approval for use in the United States in driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) cases. One reason for this is that the devices are designed to test oral fluid, which is not a commonly accepted specimen for DUID...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633205/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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EDITORIAL
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, Timothy J Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631315/a-two-year-study-of-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-concentrations-in-drivers-part-2-physiological-signs-on-drug-recognition-expert-dre-and-non-dre-examinations
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Kari Declues, Shelli Perez, Ariana Figueroa
Whole blood samples were examined for ∆(9) -Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) over 2 years in drivers suspected of driving under the influence. Part one of the study examined the link between [THC] and performance on field sobriety tests. This portion examined objective signs, eye examinations and physiological indicators; and their relationship to the presence of THC. Several objective signs were excellent indicators of the presence of THC: red eyes (94%), droopy eyelids (85.6%), affected speech (87.6%), tongue coating (96...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631107/non-invasive-coronary-wave-intensity-analysis
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Christopher J Broyd, Fausto Rigo, Justin Davies
Wave intensity analysis is calculated from simultaneously acquired measures of pressure and flow. Its mathematical computation produces a profile that provides quantitative information on the energy exchange driving blood flow acceleration and deceleration. Within the coronary circulation it has proven most useful in describing the wave that originates from the myocardium and that is responsible for driving the majority of coronary flow, labelled the backward decompression wave. Whilst this wave has demonstrated valuable insights into the pathogenic processes of a number of disease states, its measurement is hampered by its invasive necessity...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630232/long-noncoding-rna-h19-promotes-neuroinflammation-in-ischemic-stroke-by-driving-histone-deacetylase-1-dependent-m1-microglial-polarization
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Jue Wang, Haiping Zhao, Zhibin Fan, Guangwen Li, Qingfeng Ma, Zhen Tao, Rongliang Wang, Juan Feng, Yumin Luo
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Long noncoding RNA H19 is repressed after birth, but can be induced by hypoxia. We aim to investigate the impact on and underlying mechanism of H19 induction after ischemic stroke. METHODS: Circulating H19 levels in stroke patients and mice subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion were assessed using real-time polymerase chain reaction. H19 siRNA and histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC1) plasmid were used to knock down H19 and overexpress HDAC1, respectively...
June 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629515/mutual-cross-talk-between-iron-homeostasis-and-erythropoiesis
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Ilona Rybinska, Gaetano Cairo
Iron is necessary for physiological processes essential for the activity of all cells, but the erythropoietic compartment is a privileged iron consumer. In fact, a considerable amount of iron is daily required for hemoglobin synthesis and erythroid cell proliferation. Therefore, a tight link exists between iron metabolism and erythropoiesis. The iron needed for hemoglobin synthesis is mainly ensured by inhibiting hepcidin expression, thereby increasing both ferroportin-mediated iron export from the duodenal absorptive cells and iron release from the reticuloendothelial cells that process old and/or damaged red blood cells...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628341/observational-study-of-neural-respiratory-drive-during-sleep-at-high-altitude
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Joerg Steier, Nic Cade, Ben Walker, John Moxham, Caroline Jolley
Steier, Joerg, Nic Cade, Ben Walker, John Moxham, and Caroline Jolley. Observational study of neural respiratory drive during sleep at high altitude. High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2017. AIMS: Ventilation at altitude changes due to altered levels of pO2, pCO2 and the effect on blood pH. Nocturnal ventilation is particularly exposed to these changes. We hypothesized that an increasing neural respiratory drive (NRD) is associated with the severity of sleep-disordered breathing at altitude...
June 19, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628034/clonal-expansion-of-genome-intact-hiv-1-in-functionally-polarized-th1-cd4-t-cells
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Guinevere Q Lee, Nina Orlova-Fink, Kevin Einkauf, Fatema Z Chowdhury, Xiaoming Sun, Sean Harrington, Hsiao-Hsuan Kuo, Stephane Hua, Hsiao-Rong Chen, Zhengyu Ouyang, Kavidha Reddy, Krista Dong, Thumbi Ndung'u, Bruce D Walker, Eric S Rosenberg, Xu G Yu, Mathias Lichterfeld
HIV-1 causes a chronic, incurable disease due to its persistence in CD4+ T cells that contain replication-competent provirus, but exhibit little or no active viral gene expression and effectively resist combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). These latently infected T cells represent an extremely small proportion of all circulating CD4+ T cells but possess a remarkable long-term stability and typically persist throughout life, for reasons that are not fully understood. Here we performed massive single-genome, near-full-length next-generation sequencing of HIV-1 DNA derived from unfractionated peripheral blood mononuclear cells, ex vivo-isolated CD4+ T cells, and subsets of functionally polarized memory CD4+ T cells...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626344/increased-transendothelial-transport-of-ccl3-is-insufficient-to-drive-immune-cell-transmigration-through-the-blood-brain-barrier-under-inflammatory-conditions-in-vitro
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Maxime De Laere, Carmelita Sousa, Megha Meena, Roeland Buckinx, Jean-Pierre Timmermans, Zwi Berneman, Nathalie Cools
Many neuroinflammatory diseases are characterized by massive immune cell infiltration into the central nervous system. Identifying the underlying mechanisms could aid in the development of therapeutic strategies specifically interfering with inflammatory cell trafficking. To achieve this, we implemented and validated a blood-brain barrier (BBB) model to study chemokine secretion, chemokine transport, and leukocyte trafficking in vitro. In a coculture model consisting of a human cerebral microvascular endothelial cell line and human astrocytes, proinflammatory stimulation downregulated the expression of tight junction proteins, while the expression of adhesion molecules and chemokines was upregulated...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625126/enhanced-risk-for-specific-somatic-myeloproliferative-neoplastic-mutations-in-patients-with-stroke
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Chih-Cheng Chen, Chia-Chen Hsu, Cih-En Huang, Yi-Yang Chen, Jrhau Lung, Hsing-Ying Ho, Chian-Pei Li, Jiann-Der Lee
BACKGROUND: Somatic mutations of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2V617F), calreticulin (CALR), and myeloproliferative leukemia virus oncogene (MPL) are the major clonal molecules that drive the pathogenesis of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). It is well recognized that MPN patients carry an excessive risk of thrombohemorrhagic complications. However, little is known about the prevalence of these clonal markers in patients with cerebral vascular disease. METHODS: To address this issue, 153 consecutive stroke patients in Taiwan were enrolled in the study...
June 18, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624588/segmented-regression-analysis-of-interrupted-time-series-data-to-assess-outcomes-of-a-south-american-road-traffic-alcohol-policy-change
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Beatriz Nistal-Nuño
BACKGROUND: In Chile, a new law introduced in March 2012 decreased the legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for driving while impaired from 1 to 0.8 g/l and the legal BAC limit for driving under the influence of alcohol from 0.5 to 0.3 g/l. The goal is to assess the impact of this new law on mortality and morbidity outcomes in Chile. METHODS: A review of national databases in Chile was conducted from January 2003 to December 2014. Segmented regression analysis of interrupted time series was used for analyzing the data...
June 14, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621410/the-leo-sachs-legacy-a-pioneer-s-journey-through-hematopoiesis
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Joseph Lotem, Yoram Groner
Leo Sachs spent almost his entire scientific career in Israel, at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and became a worldwide renowned scientist for his pioneering studies in normal hematopoiesis, its breakdown in leukemia and the suppression of malignancy by inducing differentiation, thereby bypassing genetic defects that give rise to malignancy. The cell culture system he established in the early 1960s for the clonal development of normal hematopoietic cells, made it possible to discover the proteins that regulate the viability, proliferation and differentiation of different blood cell lineages, the molecular basis of normal hematopoiesis and the changes that drive leukemia...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621304/epigenetic-and-gene-expression-analysis-of-ankylosing-spondylitis-associated-loci-implicate-immune-cells-and-the-gut-in-the-disease-pathogenesis
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Z Li, K Haynes, D J Pennisi, L K Anderson, X Song, G P Thomas, T Kenna, P Leo, M A Brown
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a common immune-mediated arthropathy primarily affecting the spine and pelvis. Most AS patients have subclinical intestinal inflammation, suggesting the gut microbiome and the immune response play a role in pathogenesis. Susceptibility to AS is primarily genetic, and at least 114 susceptibility variants have been identified to date. We applied bioinformatic methods utilizing epigenetic and gene and protein expression data to identify the cell types through which AS-associated variants operate...
June 15, 2017: Genes and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620743/understanding-the-interactions-of-human-follicle-stimulating-hormone-with-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-by-molecular-dynamics-simulation-and-free-energy-analysis
#18
Yasaman Mahmoodi, Faramarz Mehrnejad, Khosrow Khalifeh
Interactions of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and blood proteins are of interest for nanotoxicology and nanomedicine. It is believed that the interactions of blood proteins and glycoproteins with CNTs may have important biological effects. In spite of many experimental studies of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) and glycoproteins with different methods, little is known about the atomistic details of their association process or of structural alterations occurring in adsorbed glycoproteins. In this study, we have applied molecular dynamics simulation to investigate the interaction of follicle stimulating hormone (hFSH) with SWCNT...
June 15, 2017: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615733/why-location-matters-site-specific-factors-in-rheumatic-diseases
#19
REVIEW
Caroline Ospelt, Mojca Frank-Bertoncelj
Rheumatic diseases follow a characteristic anatomical pattern of joint and organ involvement. This Review explores three interconnected mechanisms that might be involved in the predilection of specific joints for developing specific forms of arthritis: site-specific local cell types that drive disease; systemic triggers that affect local cell types; and site-specific exogenous factors, such as focal mechanical stress, that activate cells locally. The embryonic development of limbs and joints is also relevant to the propensity of certain joints to develop arthritis...
July 2017: Nature Reviews. Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615667/il-6-secretion-in-osteoarthritis-patients-is-mediated-by-chondrocyte-synovial-fibroblast-cross-talk-and-is-enhanced-by-obesity
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Mark J Pearson, Dietmar Herndler-Brandstetter, Mohammad A Tariq, Thomas A Nicholson, Ashleigh M Philp, Hannah L Smith, Edward T Davis, Simon W Jones, Janet M Lord
Increasing evidence suggests that inflammation plays a central role in driving joint pathology in certain patients with osteoarthritis (OA). Since many patients with OA are obese and increased adiposity is associated with chronic inflammation, we investigated whether obese patients with hip OA exhibited differential pro-inflammatory cytokine signalling and peripheral and local lymphocyte populations, compared to normal weight hip OA patients. No differences in either peripheral blood or local lymphocyte populations were found between obese and normal-weight hip OA patients...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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