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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231451/disaggregation-of-human-islet-amyloid-polypeptide-fibril-formation-by-ruthenium-polypyridyl-complexes
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Dengsen Zhu, Gehui Gong, Wenji Wang, Weihong Du
The toxicity of amyloid proteins is associated with many degenerative and systematic diseases. The aggregation of human islet amyloid polypeptide may induce pancreatic β-cell death, which is linked to type II diabetes. Ruthenium complexes are inhibitors of various proteins and potential anticancer metallodrugs, which can also be used to disaggregate amyloid proteins. This work reported that several ruthenium polypyridyl complexes remarkably affected the peptide aggregation by predominant hydrophobic interaction and metal coordination, as reflected by thermodynamic parameters and mass spectrometry analysis...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231179/how-can-diet-affect-the-accumulation-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-the-human-body
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REVIEW
Axel Guilbaud, Celine Niquet-Leridon, Eric Boulanger, Frederic J Tessier
The accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is associated with the complications of diabetes, kidney disease, metabolic disorders and degenerative diseases. It is recognized that the pool of glycation products found in the human body comes not only from an endogenous formation, but also from a dietary exposure to exogenous AGEs. In recent years, the development of pharmacologically-active ingredients aimed at inhibiting endogenous glycation has not been successful. Since the accumulation of AGEs in the human body appears to be progressive throughout life, an early preventive action against glycation could be effective through dietary adjustments or supplementation with purified micronutrients...
December 6, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231027/insomnia-sleep-quality-and-quality-of-life-in-mild-to-moderate-parkinson-s-disease
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Shirin Shafazand, Douglas M Wallace, Kristopher L Arheart, Silvia Vargas, Corneliu C Luca, Henry Moore, Heather Katzen, Bonnie Levin, Carlos Singer
RATIONALE: Sleep disorders are prevalent in Parkinson's disease and yet under reported in clinical settings. The contribution of sleep disorders to health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for patients with this degenerative neurological disease are not well known. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of insomnia symptoms, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and poor sleep quality on HRQOL in a cohort of patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. METHODS: We enrolled a convenience sample of 66 adults seen in the University of Miami Movement Disorders Clinic between July 2011 and June 2013...
February 23, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230623/safety-and-accuracy-of-freehand-versus-navigated-iliac-screws-results-from-222-screw-placements
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Randall J Hlubek, Kaith K Almefty, David S Xu, Jay D Turner, U Kumar Kakarla
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review. OBJECTIVE: To compare the safety and accuracy of the freehand technique versus stereotactic navigation for placement of iliac screws. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Iliac screw fixation is often used to augment lumbosacral reconstruction in advanced spine disease to increase the likelihood of successful arthrodesis. Iliac screws can be placed with image guidance, using either intraoperative fluoroscopy or computed tomography (CT) to guide navigation...
February 22, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227979/dispersion-entropy-for-the-analysis-of-resting-state-meg-regularity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Hamed Azami, Mostafa Rostaghi, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Hamed Azami, Mostafa Rostaghi, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Alberto Fernandez, Javier Escudero, Mostafa Rostaghi, Hamed Azami
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a progressive degenerative brain disorder affecting memory, thinking, behaviour and emotion. It is the most common form of dementia and a big social problem in western societies. The analysis of brain activity may help to diagnose this disease. Changes in entropy methods have been reported useful in research studies to characterize AD. We have recently proposed dispersion entropy (DisEn) as a very fast and powerful tool to quantify the irregularity of time series. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the ability of DisEn, in comparison with fuzzy entropy (FuzEn), sample entropy (SampEn), and permutation entropy (PerEn), to discriminate 36 AD patients from 26 elderly control subjects using resting-state magnetoencephalogram (MEG) signals...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227738/tuning-electrical-stimulation-for-thalamic-visual-prosthesis-an-autoencoder-based-approach
#6
Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hani M K Mahdi, Bassem Abdullah, Seif Eldawlatly, Hossam H Abolfotuh
Visual prosthesis holds hope of vision restoration for millions with retinal degenerative diseases. Machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks could help in improving prosthetic devices as they could learn how the brain encodes information and imitate that code. This paper introduces an autoencoder-based approach for tuning thalamic visual prostheses. The objective of the proposed approach is to estimate electrical stimuli that are equivalent to a given natural visual stimulus, in a way such that they both elicit responses that are as similar as possible when introduced to a Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) population...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227182/strategies-to-improve-stimulation-efficiency-for-retinal-prostheses
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Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland, Navya S Davuluri, Kiran Nimmagadda, Artin Petrossians, Mark S Humayun, James D Weiland, Mark S Humayun, Kiran Nimmagadda, Navya S Davuluri, James D Weiland, Artin Petrossians
Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative disease of the retina that leads to vision loss. Retinal prostheses are being developed in order to restore functional vision in patients suffering from RP. We conducted in-vivo experiments in order to identify strategies to efficiently stimulate the retina. We electrically stimulated the retina and measured electrically evoked potentials (EERs) from the superior colliculus of rats. We compared the strength of EERs when voltage-controlled and current-controlled pulses of varying pulse width and charge levels were applied to the retina...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226694/multi-output-gaussian-processes-for-enhancing-resolution-of-diffusion-tensor-fields
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Hernan Dario Vargas Cardona, Alvaro A Orozco, Mauricio A Alvarez, Hernan Dario Vargas Cardona, Alvaro A Orozco, Mauricio A Alvarez, Hernan Dario Vargas Cardona, Mauricio A Alvarez, Alvaro A Orozco
Second order diffusion tensor (DT) fields are widely used in several clinical applications: brain fibers connections, diagnosis of neuro-degenerative diseases, image registration, brain conductivity models, etc. However, due to current acquisition protocols and hardware limitations in MRI machines, the diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) data is obtained with low spatial resolution (1 or 2 mm(3) for each voxel). This issue can be significant, because tissue fibers are much smaller than voxel size. Interpolation has become in a successful methodology for enhancing spatial resolution of DT fields...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226276/different-associations-of-albuminuria-with-total-and-cardiovascular-mortality-by-concentrations-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-elderly
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Hyun-Woo Kim, Jung-Hyun Kim, Dong-Won Lee, Sang-Hyun Cho, Ji-Hoon Jung, Ki-Su Kim, Duk-Hee Lee
Epidemiologic studies have indicated that albuminuria is associated with mortality from all causes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), with substantial heterogeneity. We evaluated if the associations of urine albumin creatinine ratio (ACR) with all-cause and CVD mortality differed depending on serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), strong lipophilic chemical mixtures with very long half-lives, which are recently linked to many degenerative diseases. Study subjects were participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2004 who were 60 years or older at baseline (n=1215 and 1067 for organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and other POPs, respectively)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225087/ampk-deficiency-in-chondrocytes-accelerated-the-progression-of-instability-induced-and-ageing-associated-osteoarthritis-in-adult-mice
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Sheng Zhou, Wanli Lu, Liang Chen, Qiting Ge, Dongyang Chen, Zhihong Xu, Dongquan Shi, Jin Dai, Jianxin Li, Huangxian Ju, Yi Cao, Jinzhong Qin, Shuai Chen, Huajian Teng, Qing Jiang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive degenerative disease of the joints that is associated with both joint injury and ageing. Here, we investigated the role of the energy sensor AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in maintaining a healthy state of articular cartilage and in OA development. Using cartilage-specific, tamoxifen-inducible AMPKα1 conditional knockout (AMPKα1 cKO), AMPKα2 conditional knockout (AMPKα2 cKO) and AMPKα1α2 conditional double knockout (AMPKα cDKO) mice, we found that compared with wild-type (WT) littermates, mutant mice displayed accelerated severity of surgically induced OA, especially AMPKα cDKO mice...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224704/advanced-glycation-end-products-regulate-anabolic-and-catabolic-activities-via-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-in-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells
#11
Yu Song, Yan Wang, Yukun Zhang, Wen Geng, Wei Liu, Yong Gao, Shuai Li, Kun Wang, Xinghuo Wu, Liang Kang, Cao Yang
Intervertebral disc degeneration is widely recognized as a cause of lower back pain, neurological dysfunction and other musculoskeletal disorders. The major inflammatory cytokine IL-1β is associated with intervertebral disc degeneration; however, the molecular mechanisms that drive IL-1β production in the intervertebral disc, especially in nucleus pulposus (NP) cells, are unknown. In some tissues, advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which accumulate in NP tissues and promote its degeneration, increase oxidative stress and IL-1β secretion, resulting in disorders, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus and ageing...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223234/advanced-glycation-end-products-produced-systemically-and-by-macrophages-a-common-contributor-to-inflammation-and-degenerative-diseases
#12
REVIEW
Kyunghee Byun, YongCheol Yoo, Myeongjoo Son, Jaesuk Lee, Goo-Bo Jeong, Young Mok Park, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh, Bonghee Lee
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and their receptor have been implicated in the progressions of many intractable diseases, such as diabetes and atherosclerosis, and are also critical for pathologic changes in chronic degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and alcoholic brain damage. Recently activated macrophages were found to be a source of AGEs, and the most abundant form of AGEs, AGE-albumin excreted by macrophages has been implicated in these diseases and to act through common pathways...
February 13, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221177/semirigid-waved-rod-system-for-the-treatment-of-the-degenerative-lumbar-diseases
#13
Lei Wang, Dasheng Lin, Weitao Zou, Hui Liu, Kejian Lian
BACKGROUND: The semirigid pedicle screw instrumentation has gained wide popularity in recent decennium in lumbar fusion surgery. However, few data were documented to compare the clinical efficacy between semirigid and traditional rigid pedicle screw systems. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 96 patients with degenerative lumbar diseases were selected to perform operations between 2008 and 2013. The patients were prospectively randomized into 2 groups: 50 patients were managed by semirigid waved rod systems and 46 patients were intervened by traditional rigid straight stiff rod systems...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220655/ppars-in-the-central-nervous-system-roles-in-neurodegeneration-and-neuroinflammation
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Juan M Zolezzi, Manuel J Santos, Sussy Bastías-Candia, Claudio Pinto, Juan A Godoy, Nibaldo C Inestrosa
Over 25 years have passed since peroxisome proliferators-activated receptors (PPARs), were first described. Like other members of the nuclear receptors superfamily, PPARs have been defined as critical sensors and master regulators of cellular metabolism. Recognized as ligand-activated transcription factors, they are involved in lipid, glucose and amino acid metabolism, taking part in different cellular processes, including cellular differentiation and apoptosis, inflammatory modulation and attenuation of acute and chronic neurological damage in vivo and in vitro...
February 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220607/neurological-and-spinal-manifestations-of-the-ehlers-danlos-syndromes
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Fraser C Henderson, Claudiu Austin, Edward Benzel, Paolo Bolognese, Richard Ellenbogen, Clair A Francomano, Candace Ireton, Petra Klinge, Myles Koby, Donlin Long, Sunil Patel, Eric L Singman, Nicol C Voermans
The Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a heterogeneous group of heritable connective tissue disorders characterized by joint hypermobility, skin extensibility, and tissue fragility. This communication briefly reports upon the neurological manifestations that arise including the weakness of the ligaments of the craniocervical junction and spine, early disc degeneration, and the weakness of the epineurium and perineurium surrounding peripheral nerves. Entrapment, deformation, and biophysical deformative stresses exerted upon the nervous system may alter gene expression, neuronal function and phenotypic expression...
February 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220117/the-tumorigenicity-of-multipotent-adult-germline-stem-cells-transplanted-into-the-heart-is-affected-by-natural-killer-cells-and-by-cyclosporine-a-independent-of-its-immunosuppressive-effects
#16
Daniela Hübscher, Diana Kaiser, Leslie Elsner, Sebastian Monecke, Ralf Dressel, Kaomei Guan
Transplantation of stem cells represents an upcoming therapy for many degenerative diseases. For clinical use, transplantation of pluripotent stem cell-derived cells should lead to integration of functional grafts without immune rejection or teratoma formation. Our previous studies showed that the risk of teratoma formation is highly influenced by the immune system of the recipients. In this study, we have observed a higher teratoma formation rate when undifferentiated so-called multipotent adult germline stem cells (maGSCs) were transplanted into the heart of T, B, and natural killer (NK) cell-deficient RAG2(-/-)γc(-/-) mice than in RAG2(-/-) mice, which still have NK cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219732/all-trans-retinal-levels-and-formation-of-lipofuscin-precursors-after-bleaching-in-rod-photoreceptors-from-wild-type-and-abca4-mice
#17
Leopold Adler, Chunhe Chen, Yiannis Koutalos
The accumulation of lipofuscin in the cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is thought to play an important role in the development and progression of degenerative diseases of the retina. The bulk of RPE lipofuscin originates in reactions of the rhodopsin chromophore, retinal, with components of the photoreceptor outer segment. The 11-cis retinal isomer is generated in the RPE and supplied to rod photoreceptor outer segments where it is incorporated as the chromophore of rhodopsin. It is photoisomerized during light detection to all-trans and subsequently released by photoactivated rhodopsin as all-trans retinal, which is removed through reduction to all-trans retinol in a reaction requiring metabolic input in the form of NADPH...
February 17, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219364/the-relationship-between-changes-of-cervical-sagittal-alignment-after-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-and-spino-pelvic-sagittal-alignment-under-roussouly-classification-a-four-year-follow-up-study
#18
Dong-Ning Huang, Miao Yu, Nan-Fang Xu, Mai Li, Shao-Bo Wang, Yu Sun, Liang Jiang, Feng Wei, Xiao-Guang Liu, Zhong-Jun Liu
BACKGROUND: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is widely used in the treatment of cervical degenerative disease; however, the variation of cervical sagittal alignment changes after ACDF has been rarely explored. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between changes of cervical sagittal alignment after ACDF and spino-pelvic sagittal alignment under Roussouly classification. METHODS: A cohort of 133 Chinese cervical spondylotic patients who received ACDF from 2011 to 2012 was recruited...
February 20, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218666/the-ageing-brain-effects-on-dna-repair-and-dna-methylation-in-mice
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Sabine A S Langie, Kerry M Cameron, Gabriella Ficz, David Oxley, Bartłomiej Tomaszewski, Joanna P Gorniak, Lou M Maas, Roger W L Godschalk, Frederik J van Schooten, Wolf Reik, Thomas von Zglinicki, John C Mathers
Base excision repair (BER) may become less effective with ageing resulting in accumulation of DNA lesions, genome instability and altered gene expression that contribute to age-related degenerative diseases. The brain is particularly vulnerable to the accumulation of DNA lesions; hence, proper functioning of DNA repair mechanisms is important for neuronal survival. Although the mechanism of age-related decline in DNA repair capacity is unknown, growing evidence suggests that epigenetic events (e.g., DNA methylation) contribute to the ageing process and may be functionally important through the regulation of the expression of DNA repair genes...
February 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218632/clinical-case-of-the-month-group-g-streptococcal-bacteremia-secondary-to-a-burn-wound-infection
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Paige Deichmann, Amol Sura, Charles Sanders, Nisha Aravindakshan-Patel, Fred Lopez
A 61-year-old man presented to the emergency department with second degree burns along his right arm and hand. He reported that his knees suddenly gave out while holding a pot of soup resulting in the scalding liquid spilling over his arm. His medical history is significant for alcohol abuse, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, atrial fibrillation, congestive heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, chronic knee instability, and degenerative joint disease of the spine.
January 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
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