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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644012/sigma-2-receptor-tmem97-agonists-produce-long-lasting-anti-neuropathic-pain-effects-in-mice
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James J Sahn, Galo L Mejia, Pradipta R Ray, Stephen F Martin, Theodore John Price
Neuropathic pain is an important medical problem with few effective treatments. The sigma 1 receptor (σ1R) is a potential target for neuropathic pain therapeutics, and antagonists for this receptor are effective in preclinical models and are currently in phase II clinical trials. Relatively little is known about the σ2R, which has recently been identified as transmembrane protein 97 (Tmem97). We generated a series of σ1R and σ2R/Tmem97 agonists and antagonists and tested them for efficacy in the mouse spared nerve injury (SNI) model...
June 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627725/proteomic-analysis-of-host-cell-protein-dynamics-in-the-supernatant-of-fc-fusion-protein-producing-cho-dg44-and-dukx-b11-cell-lines-in-batch-and-fed-batch-cultures
#2
Jin Hyoung Park, Jong Hwa Jin, In Jung Ji, Hyun Joo An, Jong Won Kim, Gyun Min Lee
Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are the most widely used host cell lines for the commercial production of therapeutic proteins including Fc-fusion proteins. During the culture of recombinant CHO (rCHO) cells, host cell proteins (HCPs), secreted from viable cells and released from dead cells, accumulate extracellularly, potentially impairing product quality. In this study, the HCPs that accumulated extracellularly in batch and fed-batch cultures of Fc-fusion protein-producing rCHO cell lines (DG-Fc and DUKX-Fc) were identified and quantified using nanoflow liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), followed by gene ontology and functional analysis...
June 19, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623596/impact-of-residency-training-level-on-the-surgical-quality-following-general-surgery-procedures
#3
Dominik Loiero, Maja Slankamenac, Pierre-Alain Clavien, Ksenija Slankamenac
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the safety of surgical performance by residents of different training level performing common general surgical procedures. METHODS: Data were consecutively collected from all patients undergoing general surgical procedures such as laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic appendectomy, inguinal, femoral and umbilical hernia repair from 2005 to 2011 at the Department of Surgery of the University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland. The operating surgeons were grouped into junior residents, senior residents and consultants...
June 16, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618777/rare-earth-pcu-mof-platform-based-on-re4-%C3%AE-3-oh-4-coo-62-clusters-rational-design-directed-synthesis-and-deliberate-tuning-of-excitation-wavelengths
#4
Tian-Yi Luo, Chong Liu, Svetlana V Eliseeva, Patrick Flynn Muldoon, Stephane Petoud, Nathaniel L Rosi
The Td point group symmetry of rare earth (RE3+) metal clusters RE4(μ3-OH)4(COO)62+ makes them attractive building blocks for creating metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with controllable topologies. Herein, we describe the design and synthesis of a series of isoreticular MOFs featuring pcu topology [MOF-1114(RE) and MOF-1115(RE)] with variable rare earth metal ions (RE3+ = Y3+, Sm3+, Eu3+, Gd3+, Tb3+, Dy3+, Ho3+, Er3+, Tm3+, Yb3+) and linear amino-functionalized dicarboxylate linkers of different lengths. In total, we report 22 MOFs that vary in both composition and structure yet share the same RE4(μ3-OH)4 cluster motif...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595343/sequencing-de-novo-assembling-and-annotating-the-genome-of-the-endangered-chinese-crocodile-lizard-shinisaurus-crocodilurus
#5
Jian Gao, Qiye Li, Zongji Wang, Yang Zhou, Paolo Martelli, Fang Li, Zijun Xiong, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Guojie Zhang
The Chinese crocodile lizard, Shinisaurus crocodilurus, is the only living representative of the monotypic family Shinisauridae under the order Squamata. It is an obligate semi-aquatic, viviparous, diurnal species restricted to specific portions of mountainous locations in southwestern China and northeastern Vietnam. However, in the past several decades, this species has undergone a rapid decrease in population size due to illegal poaching and habitat disruption, making this unique reptile species endangered and listed in CITES Appendix II since 1990...
June 8, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587952/the-effect-of-trimetazidine-treatment-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-for-acute-myocardial-infarction
#6
Runjun Li, Xiuying Tang, Quanmin Jing, Qingsheng Wang, Meihong Yang, Xiaoyu Han, Jiayu Zhao, Xiangyou Yu
PURPOSE: Trimetazidine (TMZ) improves clinical outcomes in patients with chronic heart failure and stable coronary artery disease. No study has yet evaluated the efficacy of TMZ in type 2 diabetes patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). We performed this study to evaluate the efficacy TMZ in DM patients with AMI undergoing PCI, such as the effect on reductions in myocardial enzyme, improvements in liver function, modulation of glucose levels, and improvement in cardiac function...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559234/etiology-and-clinical-presentation-of-birth-defects-population-based-study
#7
Marcia L Feldkamp, John C Carey, Janice L B Byrne, Sergey Krikov, Lorenzo D Botto
Objective To assess causation and clinical presentation of major birth defects.Design Population based case cohort.Setting Cases of birth defects in children born 2005-09 to resident women, ascertained through Utah's population based surveillance system. All records underwent clinical re-review.Participants 5504 cases among 270 878 births (prevalence 2.03%), excluding mild isolated conditions (such as muscular ventricular septal defects, distal hypospadias).Main outcome measures The primary outcomes were the proportion of birth defects with a known etiology (chromosomal, genetic, human teratogen, twinning) or unknown etiology, by morphology (isolated, multiple, minors only), and by pathogenesis (sequence, developmental field defect, or known pattern of birth defects)...
May 30, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550019/measuring-ability-to-assess-claims-about-treatment-effects-a-latent-trait-analysis-of-items-from-the-claim-evaluation-tools-database-using-rasch-modelling
#8
Astrid Austvoll-Dahlgren, Øystein Guttersrud, Allen Nsangi, Daniel Semakula, Andrew D Oxman
BACKGROUND: The Claim Evaluation Tools database contains multiple-choice items for measuring people's ability to apply the key concepts they need to know to be able to assess treatment claims. We assessed items from the database using Rasch analysis to develop an outcome measure to be used in two randomised trials in Uganda. Rasch analysis is a form of psychometric testing relying on Item Response Theory. It is a dynamic way of developing outcome measures that are valid and reliable. OBJECTIVES: To assess the validity, reliability and responsiveness of 88 items addressing 22 key concepts using Rasch analysis...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532075/can-pei-microgels-become-biocompatible-upon-betainization
#9
Nurettin Sahiner, Sahin Demirci
Polyethylene imine (PEI) microgels prepared via micro emulsion polymerization technique were treated with 1,3-propane sultone to obtained betainized PEI (b-PEI) microgels. The betainization reaction generated zwitterions on PEI microgel that are positive charges from quarternized amine groups of PEI, and the newly formed negative charges from SO3(-) groups from the modifying agent, 1,3-propane sultone offered interesting properties. The smaller size of b-PEI microgels that are obtained by simple filtration were increased with betainization from 512±14 to 1114±86nm...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527104/low-income-as-a-multiplicative-risk-factor-for-oral-pain-and-dental-problems-among-u-s-veteran-smokers
#10
Terrell A Hicks, Sarah M Wilson, Shaun P Thomas, Paul A Dennis, Julia M Neal, Patrick S Calhoun
PURPOSE: Compared to the United States (U.S.) general population, military veterans are at an increased risk of experiencing dental problems. This study documented associations between cigarette use and measures of dental/oral concern in a population of U.S. veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. METHOD: A cross-sectional analysis of survey data from the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) Veterans Health and Needs Study, a study of U...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526495/automated-external-defibrillator-and-operator-performance-in-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest
#11
Jolande A Zijlstra, Loes E Bekkers, Michiel Hulleman, Stefanie G Beesems, Rudolph W Koster
AIM: An increasing number of failing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) is reported: AEDs not giving a shock or other malfunction. We assessed to what extent AEDs are 'failing' and whether this had a device-related or operator-related cause. METHODS: We studied analysis periods from AEDs used between January 2012 and December 2014. For each analysis period we assessed the correctness of the (no)-shock advice (sensitivity/specificity) and reasons for an incorrect (no)-shock advice...
May 16, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455131/echocardiographic-pulmonary-artery-pressure-estimation-and-heart-failure-rehospitalization-burden-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure
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Enrique Santas, Rafael de la Espriella-Juan, Anna Mollar, Ernesto Valero, Gema Miñana, Juan Sanchis, Francisco Javier Chorro, Julio Núñez
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a strong predictor of mortality in patients with heart failure (HF). However, the relationship between PH, through echocardiographic pulmonary artery pressure (PASP) estimation, and the risk of HF rehospitalizations remains unclear. METHODS: We prospectively included 2343 consecutive patients discharged for acute heart failure (AHF). PH was estimated by echocardiography through PASP determination during the index admission. Patients were categorized as follows across PASP: non-measurable, normal (≤35mmHg), mild (36-45mmHg), moderate (46-60mmHg), or severe PH (>60mmHg)...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446915/pruning-system-and-foliar-application-of-mgso-4-alter-yield-and-secondary-metabolite-profile-of-rosa-damascena-under-rainfed-acidic-conditions
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Probir K Pal, Mitali Mahajan
Damask rose (Rosa damascena Mill.) is one of the most high-value essential oil-bearing plants in the world. However, the flower yield and quality of essential oil of R. damascena are largely influenced by the pruning practices and balanced supply of plant nutrition. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis whether the pruning system and foliar fertilization of MgSO4 would influence the flower yield, growth and secondary metabolites profile of R. damascena. A field experiment of 10 treatment combinations comprising two pruning systems (complete and partial) and five levels of MgSO4 (water spray, MgSO4 @ 5...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445289/vitamin-k-intake-and-the-risk-of-fractures-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Guangliang Hao, Bei Zhang, Mingyong Gu, Chen Chen, Qiang Zhang, Guichun Zhang, Xuecheng Cao
The association between dietary vitamin K intake and the risk of fractures is controversial. Therefore we perform a meta-analysis of cohort or nested case-control studies to investigate the relationship between dietary vitamin K intake and the risk of fractures. A comprehensive search of PubMed and EMBASE (to July 11, 2016) was performed to identify cohort or nested case-control studies providing quantitative estimates between dietary vitamin K intake and the risk of fractures. Summary relative risk (RRs) with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were pooled by using a random-effects model...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416154/a-comparison-of-dicarbonyl-stress-and-advanced-glycation-endproducts-in-lifelong-endurance-athletes-vs-sedentary-controls
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Martijn F H Maessen, Casper G Schalkwijk, Rebecca J H M Verheggen, Vincent L Aengevaeren, Maria T E Hopman, Thijs M H Eijsvogels
OBJECTIVES: Dicarbonyl stress and high concentrations of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) relate to an elevated risk for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Exercise training lowers the risk for future CVD. We tested the hypothesis that lifelong endurance athletes have lower dicarbonyl stress and AGEs compared to sedentary controls and that these differences relate to a better cardiovascular health profile. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: We included 18 lifelong endurance athletes (ATH, 61±7years) and 18 sedentary controls (SED, 58±7years) and measured circulating glyoxal (GO), methylglyoxal (MGO) and 3-deoxyglucosone (3DG) as markers of dicarbonyl stress...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372977/effect-of-3-years-of-biannual-mass-drug-administration-with-albendazole-on-lymphatic-filariasis-and-soil-transmitted-helminth-infections-a-community-based-study-in-republic-of-the-congo
#16
Sébastien D S Pion, Cédric B Chesnais, Gary J Weil, Peter U Fischer, François Missamou, Michel Boussinesq
BACKGROUND: The standard treatment strategy of mass drug administration with ivermectin plus albendazole for lymphatic filariasis cannot be applied in central Africa, because of the risk of serious adverse events in people with high Loa loa microfilaraemia. Thus, alternative strategies are needed. We investigated one such alternative strategy for mass drug administration for elimination of lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminth infections in Republic of the Congo. METHODS: In 2012, we started a 3 year community trial of biannual mass administration of albendazole in a village in Republic of the Congo...
March 31, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353580/comparison-of-periarticular-anesthesia-with-liposomal-bupivacaine-with-femoral-nerve-block-for-pain-control-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-prisma-compliant-meta-analysis
#17
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Shu-Qun Liu, Xiang Chen, Chen-Chen Yu, Cheng-Wei Weng, Yan-Qin Wu, Jun-Cheng Xiong, Shi-Hao Xu
BACKGROUND: Periarticular anesthesia (PAI) with liposomal bupivacaine (LB) and femoral nerve block (FNB) were 2 common type of pain management after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). There is no consensus about PAI with LB shows better clinical outcome than FNB. Thus, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare the efficacy and safety of PAI with LB and FNB for patients prepared for TKA. METHODS: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and non-RCTs from PubMed (1966-2017...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330751/ambulatory-hemodynamic-monitoring-reduces-heart-failure-hospitalizations-in-real-world-clinical-practice
#18
Akshay S Desai, Arvind Bhimaraj, Rupinder Bharmi, Rita Jermyn, Kunjan Bhatt, David Shavelle, Margaret M Redfield, Robert Hull, Jamie Pelzel, Kevin Davis, Nirav Dalal, Philip B Adamson, J Thomas Heywood
BACKGROUND: In the CHAMPION (CardioMEMS Heart Sensor Allows Monitoring of Pressure to Improve Outcomes in New York Heart Association [NYHA] Functional Class III Heart Failure Patients) trial, heart failure hospitalization (HFH) rates were lower in patients managed with guidance from an implantable pulmonary artery pressure sensor compared with usual care. OBJECTIVES: This study examined the effectiveness of ambulatory hemodynamic monitoring in reducing HFH outside of the clinical trial setting...
May 16, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299634/prevalence-and-determinants-of-the-use-of-lipid-lowering-agents-in-a-population-of-older-hospitalized-patients-the-findings-from-the-reposi-registro-politerapie-societ%C3%A3-italiana-di-medicina-interna-study
#19
Marco Bertolotti, Carlotta Franchi, Marco B L Rocchi, Andrea Miceli, M Vittoria Libbra, Alessandro Nobili, Giulia Lancellotti, Lucia Carulli, Chiara Mussi
BACKGROUND: Older patients are prone to multimorbidity and polypharmacy, with an inherent risk of adverse events and drug interactions. To the best of our knowledge, available information on the appropriateness of lipid-lowering treatment is extremely limited. AIM: The aim of the present study was to quantify and characterize lipid-lowering drug use in a population of complex in-hospital older patients. METHODS: We analyzed data from 87 units of internal medicine or geriatric medicine in the REPOSI (Registro Politerapie della Società Italiana di Medicina Interna) study, with reference to the 2010 and 2012 patient cohorts...
April 2017: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258817/characteristics-and-survival-of-patients-with-ebola-virus-infection-malaria-or-both-in-sierra-leone-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#20
Matthew Waxman, Adam R Aluisio, Soham Rege, Adam C Levine
BACKGROUND: The 2014-15 Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic strained health systems in west Africa already overburdened with other diseases, including malaria. Because EVD and malaria can be difficult to distinguish clinically, and rapid testing was not available in many Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs), guidelines recommended empirical malaria treatment. Little is known, however, about the prevalence and characteristics of patients entering an ETU who were infected with malaria parasites, either alone or concurrently with Ebola virus...
February 28, 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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