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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933535/systems-genetics-analysis-to-identify-the-genetic-modulation-of-a-glaucoma-associated-gene
#1
Sumana R Chintalapudi, Monica M Jablonski
Loss of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) is one of the hallmarks of retinal neurodegenerative diseases, glaucoma being one of the most common. Recently, γ-synuclein (SNCG) was shown to be highly expressed in the somas and axons of RGCs. In various mouse models of glaucoma, downregulation of Sncg gene expression correlates with RGC loss. To investigate the regulation of Sncg in RGCs, we used a systems genetics approach to identify a gene that modulates the expression of Sncg, followed by confirmatory studies in both healthy and diseased retinas...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933493/norovirus-gii-pe-genotype-tracking-a-foodborne-outbreak-on-a-cruise-ship-through-molecular-epidemiology-brazil-2014
#2
Simone Guadagnucci Morillo, Adriana Luchs, Audrey Cilli, Cibele Daniel Ribeiro, Rita de Cássia Compagnoli Carmona, Maria do Carmo Sampaio Tavares Timenetsky
Norovirus (NoV) is recognized as the most common cause of foodborne outbreaks. In 2014, an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis occurred on a cruise ship in Brazil, and NoV became the suspected etiology. Here we present the molecular identification of the NoV strains and the use of sequence analysis to determine modes of virus transmission. Food (cream cheese, tuna salad, grilled fish, orange mousse, and vegetables soup) and clinical samples were analyzed by ELISA, conventional RT-PCR, qRT-PCR, and sequencing...
December 8, 2016: Food and Environmental Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933393/prevalence-and-prognostic-impact-of-left-sided-valve-thickening-in-systemic-light-chain-amyloidosis
#3
Dania Mohty, Sarah Pradel, Julien Magne, Bahaa Fadel, Cyrille Boulogne, Vincent Petitalot, Safaa Raboukhi, Nicole Darodes, Thibaud Damy, Victor Aboyans, Arnaud Jaccard
BACKGROUND: Left heart valve thickening (LVT) was described in patients with light-chain amyloidosis (AL). This phenomenon reflects likely infiltration of the valve by amyloid proteins. However, the prevalence of LVT and its prognostic value have not been investigated in patients with AL. METHODS AND RESULTS: Comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography was performed at baseline in 150 patients [median age 68 (33-87) years; 59% male] with confirmed AL. The presence of abnormal mitral and/or aortic valve thickening (>3 mm) was assessed in all included patients...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933250/clinical-analysis-on-430-cases-of-infantile-purulent-meningitis
#4
Zhihui He, Xiujuan Li, Li Jiang
BACKGROUND: Purulent meningitis (PM) usually caused by a variety of pyogenic infection, is a kind of central nervous system infectious disease mostly common in children. It is easily misdiagnosed and its symptoms are varied. Excessive application of broad-spectrum antibiotics results in increased sickness and death of infants and young children. In this study, clinical data of 430 cases of PM in infants were analyzed to summarize the clinical experiences so as to achieve early diagnosis and early treatment of PM...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933144/a-project-to-improve-the-management-of-patients-on-warfarin-in-a-primary-care-setting-through-the-introduction-of-a-poc-analysis
#5
Thore Karlsson
When noticed that patients commonly misunderstood their warfarin prescriptions when they were given by telephone. We found that the average TIR (time in range) (the relative time period the patients PT-INR value was in the therapeutic range) for patients decreased, and we noticed that the numbers of incidents increased. We made several interventions over a period of close to three years (2010-2012) to improve the quality of care, increase patients' TIRs, and decrease incidents. The interventions included; taking extra care when speaking to patients about their warfarin prescriptions on the phone and using an express mail delivery system to make sure patients got their letters in time...
2016: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932677/suite-of-clinically-relevant-functional-assays-to-address-therapeutic-efficacy-and-disease-mechanism-in-the-dystrophic-mdx-mouse
#6
Yafeng Song, Shira Tziporah Rosenblum, Leon Morales, Mihail Petrov, Christopher Greer, Samantha Globerman, Hansell H Stedman
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a progressive primary myodegenerative disease caused by a genetic deficiency of the 427 KD cytoskeletal protein dystrophin. Despite its single-gene etiology, DMD's complex pathogenesis remains poorly understood, complicating the extrapolation from results of preclinical studies in genetic homologues to the design of informative clinical trials. Here we describe novel phenotypic assays which when applied to the mdx mouse resemble recently used primary endpoints for DMD clinical trials...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932115/relationship-between-albuminuria-during-the-first-year-and-antibody-mediated-rejection-in-protocol-biopsies-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
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L Belmar Vega, E Rodrigo Calabia, J J Gómez Román, J C Ruiz San Millán, L Martín Penagos, M Arias Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Antibody-mediated rejection is the main cause of deterioration of kidney transplants and frequently is detected only by means of protocol biopsies. The aim of this study was to relate the presence of albuminuria throughout the 1st year to the histologic findings detected by 1-year protocol biopsies in kidney graft recipients. METHODS: Retrospective observational study of 86 protocol biopsies 1 year after transplantation. Albuminuria was measured at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months in urine samples and expressed as albumin/creatinine (mg/g)...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931974/mathematical-modeling-of-atopic-dermatitis-reveals-double-switch-mechanisms-underlying-four-common-disease-phenotypes
#8
Elisa Domínguez-Hüttinger, Panayiotis Christodoulides, Kosuke Miyauchi, Alan D Irvine, Mariko Okada-Hatakeyama, Masato Kubo, Reiko J Tanaka
BACKGROUND: The skin barrier acts as the first line of defense against constant exposure to biological, microbial, physical and chemical environmental stressors. Dynamic interplay between defects in the skin barrier, dysfunctional immune responses, and environmental stressors are major factors in the development of atopic dermatitis (AD). A systems-biology modeling approach can yield significant insights into these complex and dynamic processes through integration of prior biological data...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931701/preoperative-stress-an-operating-room-nurse-intervention-assessment
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Ayla Gürsoy, Bahar Candaş, Şirin Güner, Serpil Yılmaz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this research study was to determine the effect of preoperative visits by the operating room (OR) nurse on patient stress levels before undergoing surgery. DESIGN: This research was a quasi-experimental study. METHODS: The research sample included patients (N = 179) who were hospitalized for surgery during 6 months in the general surgery department of a public hospital in the Eastern Black Sea Region. The OR nurse, part of the medical staff for surgery, visited patients in the experimental group 1 day before surgery...
December 2016: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931589/a-new-chemical-compound-necrox-7-acts-as-a-necrosis-modulator-by-inhibiting-high-mobility-group-box-1-protein-release-during-massive-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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J H Lee, K M Park, Y J Lee, J H Kim, S H Kim
BACKGROUND: Necrotic cell death is common in a wide variety of pathologic conditions, including ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. The aim of this study was to develop an IR injury-induced hepatic necrosis model in dogs by means of selective left hepatic inflow occlusion and to test the efficacy of a new chemical compound, NecroX-7, against the IR injury-induced hepatic damage. METHODS: A group of male Beagle dogs received intravenous infusions of either vehicle or different doses of NecroX-7 (1...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931582/liver-transplantation-for-hepatitis-b-in-early-adulthood-analysis-of-the-united-network-for-organ-sharing-database
#11
G Rifai, A Anani, I A Hanouneh, B Mohamad, A Matloob, R Lopez, N N Zein, N Alkhouri
BACKGROUND: Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection has a mild course in most children that may delay initiation of treatment even when indicated. Unfortunately, a small number of cases can progress rapidly to cirrhosis, which may require liver transplantation (LT) in early adulthood. The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of HBV-positive young adults who received LT and to evaluate post-transplant outcomes including patient and graft survival and differences between pre- and post-implementation of Model for End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) prioritization...
December 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931023/increased-need-for-gastrointestinal-surgery-and-increased-risk-of-surgery-related-complications-in-patients-with-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-a-systematic-review
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Marie-Louise Kulas Søborg, Julie Leganger, Jacob Rosenberg, Jakob Burcharth
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDSs) constitute a rare group of inherited connective tissue diseases, characterized by multisystemic manifestations and general tissue fragility. Most severe complications include vascular and gastrointestinal (GI) emergencies requiring acute surgery. The purpose of this systematic review was to assess the causes of GI-related surgery and related mortality and morbidity in patients with EDSs. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted in PubMed, Embase, and Scopus to identify relevant studies...
December 9, 2016: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930993/use-of-ftir-spectroscopy-and-pca-ldc-analysis-to-identify-cancerous-lesions-within-the-human-colon
#13
E Kaznowska, J Depciuch, K Szmuc, J Cebulski
Colorectal cancer constitutes 33% of all cancer morbidity, so the research of the new methods for colorectal cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy monitoring is gaining its momentum. Diagnostic instruments are being sought, which enable the detection of single malignant cells based on the analysis of tissue material potentially reusable at further stages of diagnostic management. The most common approach to tissue specimen processing is paraffin-embedding. Yet, paraffin may cause background noise in spectroscopic measurements with the wavenumber ranging between 900cm(-1) and 3500cm(-1)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930582/renal-volume-and-cardiovascular-risk-assessment-in-normotensive-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease-patients
#14
Laia Sans, Julio Pascual, Aleksandar Radosevic, Claudia Quintian, Mireia Ble, Lluís Molina, Sergi Mojal, José A Ballarin, Roser Torra, Patricia Fernández-Llama
Cardiovascular disease, closely related to an early appearance of hypertension, is the most common mortality cause among autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease patients (ADPKD). The development of hypertension is related to an increase in renal volume. Whether the increasing in the renal volume before the onset of hypertension leads to a major cardiovascular risk in ADPKD patients remains unknown.Observational and cross-sectional study of 62 normotensive ADPKD patients with normal renal function and a group of 28 healthy controls...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930461/odontogenic-orofacial-infections
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Dario Bertossi, Antonio Barone, Antonio Iurlaro, Simone Marconcini, Daniele De Santis, Marco Finotti, Pasquale Procacci
Acute dental abscess is a frequent and sometimes underestimated disease of the oral cavity. The acute dental abscess usually occurs secondary to caries, trauma, or failed endodontic treatment. After the intact pulp chamber is opened, colonization of the root canals takes place with a variable set of anaerobic bacteria, which colonize the walls of the necrotic root canals forming a specialized mixed anaerobic biofilm. Asymptomatic necrosis is common. However, abscess formation occurs when these bacteria and their toxic products breach into the periapical tissues through the apical foramen and induce acute inflammation and pus formation...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930363/upregulated-mir-16-expression-is-an-independent-indicator-of-relapse-and-poor-overall-survival-of-colorectal-adenocarcinoma-patients
#16
Marios A Diamantopoulos, Christos K Kontos, Dimitrios Kerimis, Iordanis N Papadopoulos, Andreas Scorilas
BACKGROUND: Colorectal adenocarcinoma is one of the most common malignant tumors of the gastrointestinal tract and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among adults in Western countries. miR-16 is heavily involved in cancer progression. In this study, we examined the potential diagnostic and prognostic utility of miR-16 expression in colorectal adenocarcinoma. METHODS: Total RNA was extracted from 182 colorectal adenocarcinoma specimens and 86 non-cancerous colorectal mucosae...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930092/inflammatory-bowel-disease-meets-systems-biology-a-multi-omics-challenge-and-frontier
#17
Orazio Palmieri, Tommaso Mazza, Stefano Castellana, Anna Panza, Tiziana Latiano, Giuseppe Corritore, Angelo Andriulli, Anna Latiano
The inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a systemic disease that is characterized by the inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. It includes ulcerative colitis and the Crohn's disease. Presently, IBD is one of the most investigated common complex human disorders, although its causes remain unclear. Multi-omics mechanisms involving genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, and epigenomic variations, not to forget the miRNome, together with environmental contributions, result in an impairment of the immune system in persons with IBD...
December 2016: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928777/clinical-and-mutational-characterizations-of-ten-indian-patients-with-beta-ketothiolase-deficiency
#18
Elsayed Abdelkreem, Radha Rama Devi Akella, Usha Dave, Sudhir Sane, Hiroki Otsuka, Hideo Sasai, Yuka Aoyama, Mina Nakama, Hidenori Ohnishi, Shaimaa Mahmoud, Mohamed Abd El Aal, Toshiyuki Fukao
Beta-ketothiolase deficiency (mitochondrial acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase (T2) deficiency) is an inherited disease of isoleucine catabolism and ketone body utilization caused by ACAT1 mutations. We identified ten Indian patients who manifested with ketoacidotic episodes of variable severity. The patients showed increased urinary excretion of isoleucine-catabolic intermediates: 2-methyl-3-hydroxybutyrate, 2-methylacetoacetate, and tiglylglycine. Six patients had a favorable outcome, one died, and three developed neurodevelopmental sequela...
December 8, 2016: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928632/ventriculostomy-related-infections-in-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-patients-a-retrospective-study-of-incidence-etiology-and-antimicrobial-therapy
#19
Johan Widén, Britt-Marie Eriksson, Elisabeth Ronne-Engström, Per Enblad, Gabriel Westman
BACKGROUND: This study was performed to investigate the incidence and etiology of ventriculostomy-related infections (VRIs) in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and to assess adherence to local clinical guidelines regarding empirical antimicrobial therapy and diagnostic routines. METHODS: A total of 191 consecutive SAH patients treated in the neuro-intensive care unit of Uppsala University Hospital between 2010 and 2013 were included retrospectively. Information regarding cerebrospinal fluid samples, bacterial cultures, ventriculostomy treatment, patient characteristics, and antibiotic treatment were collected from electronic patient records...
December 7, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928489/effect-of-sticky-mat-usage-in-control-of-nosocomial-infection-in-motahary-burn-hospital
#20
Mostafa Dahmardehei, Faranak Alinejad, Fereshteh Ansari, Mahnaz Bahramian, Mitra Barati
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Infection is the most common cause of death among burnt patients and infection control decrease the rate of mortality. The use of sticky mat can control contamination by preventing the entrance microorganisms into the hospital wards. This study was designed to evaluate the sticky mats effect in reduction of microorganism's entry by personnel shoes to burn intensive care unit (BICU). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a simple cross sectional study...
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Microbiology
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