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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108040/genetic-analysis-of-chchd2-and-chchd10-in-italian-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Elisa Rubino, Livia Brusa, Ming Zhang, Silvia Boschi, Flora Govone, Alessandro Vacca, Annalisa Gai, Lorenzo Pinessi, Leonardo Lopiano, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Innocenzo Rainero
In recent years, CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 mutations were reported to be associated with a broad spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease (PD), although with conflicting results in different populations. The present study aimed to evaluate CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 coding variants in Italian patients with PD. All the coding regions and flanking intronic splice sites of CHCHD2 and CHCHD10 were sequenced. None of our 119 PD cases carried CHCHD2 mutations, whereas 1 sporadic PD patient showed the Pro34Ser substitution in CHCHD10...
January 5, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107398/integrated-chronology-flora-and-faunas-and-paleoecology-of-the-alajuela-formation-late-miocene-of-panama
#2
Bruce J MacFadden, Douglas S Jones, Nathan A Jud, Jorge W Moreno-Bernal, Gary S Morgan, Roger W Portell, Victor J Perez, Sean M Moran, Aaron R Wood
The late Miocene was an important time to understand the geological, climatic, and biotic evolution of the ancient New World tropics and the context for the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI). Despite this importance, upper Miocene deposits containing diverse faunas and floras and their associated geological context are rare in Central America. We present an integrated study of the geological and paleontological context and age of a new locality from Lago Alajuela in northern Panama (Caribbean side) containing late Miocene marine and terrestrial fossils (plants, invertebrates, and vertebrates) from the Alajuela Formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105862/structural-data-and-immunomodulatory-properties-of-a-water-soluble-heteroglycan-extracted-from-the-mycelium-of-an-italian-isolate-of-ganoderma-lucidum
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Raffaele Carrieri, Rosanna Manco, Daniela Sapio, Marco Iannaccone, Andrea Fulgione, Marina Papaianni, Bruna de Falco, Laura Grauso, Paola Tarantino, Flora Ianniello, Virginia Lanzotti, Ernesto Lahoz, Rosanna Capparelli
Mushrooms produce a wide range of bioactive polysaccharides, different from each other in chemical structure and biological effects. In the last years, the idea to develop functional foods or drugs containing fungal polysaccharides is attracting great attention. Fruiting bodies of Basidiomycetes Ganoderma lucidum are commonly used in Oriental medicine to treat several disorders. G. lucidum polysaccharides - mainly β-glucans and heteroglycans - have numerous biological properties such as antitumour and immunomodulatory activities...
January 20, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104104/role-of-gastrointestinal-microbiota-on-kidney-injury-and-the-obese-condition
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Keerati Wanchai, Anchalee Pongchaidecha, Varanuj Chatsudthipong, Siriporn C Chattipakorn, Nipon Chattipakorn, Anusorn Lungkaphin
Obesity is associated with kidney disease, probably due to obesity-mediated inflammation, podocyte injury and oxidative stress in the kidney It is also linked to other diseases, for example, diabetes and hypertension, which are associated with the development and progression of chronic kidney disease. Interestingly, gastrointestinal dysbiosis has been demonstrated in cases of obesity with the development and progression of kidney disease. Thus, modification of gastrointestinal microbiota using probiotics or prebiotics or both to improve the balance of bacterial flora is a potential approach for the management of obesity-associated kidney disease...
January 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103258/revisiting-greek-propolis-chromatographic-analysis-and-antioxidant-activity-study
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Konstantinos M Kasiotis, Pelagia Anastasiadou, Antonis Papadopoulos, Kyriaki Machera
Propolis is a bee product that has been extensively used in alternative medicine and recently has gained interest on a global scale as an essential ingredient of healthy foods and cosmetics. Propolis is also considered to improve human health and to prevent diseases such as inflammation, heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. However, the claimed effects are anticipated to be correlated to its chemical composition. Since propolis is a natural product, its composition is consequently expected to be variable depending on the local flora alignment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102587/dietary-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-reduces-atherosclerosis-and-modifies-gut-flora-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
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Toshihiro Sakurai, Akiko Sakurai, Ye Chen, Boris L Vaisman, Marcelo J Amar, Milton Pryor, Seth G Thacker, Xue Zhang, Xujing Wang, Yubo Zhang, Jun Zhu, Zhi-Hong Yang, Lita A Freeman, Alan T Remaley
SCOPE: α-Cyclodextrin (α-CD), a cyclic polymer of glucose, has been shown to lower plasma cholesterol in animals and humans; however, its effect on atherosclerosis has not been previously described. METHODS AND RESULTS: apoE-knockout mice were fed either low-fat diet (LFD; 5.2% fat, w/w), or Western high fat diet (21.2% fat) containing either no additions (WD), 1.5% α-CD (WDA); 1.5% β-CD (WDB); or 1.5% oligofructose-enriched inulin (WDI). Although plasma lipids were similar after 11 weeks on the WD vs...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100999/colorectal-cancer-associated-with-streptococcus-anginosus-bacteremia-and-liver-abscesses
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Umair Masood, Anuj Sharma, Dhruv Lowe, Rashad Khan, Divey Manocha
Streptococcus anginosus is part of the normal flora of the human gastrointestinal tract. Their ability to cause abscesses is very unique and sets them apart from the rest of the streptococci groups. While an association of group D streptococcus bacteremia and endocarditis with colorectal carcinoma is well established, S. anginosus infections are rarely implicated with colonic malignancy. We present a case of a 62-year-old male who presented to the hospital with fatigue and generalized abdominal pain. Computed tomography of the abdomen revealed multiple liver abscesses and rectal thickening...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099135/mycoplasma-ureaplasma-infection-in-pregnancy-to-screen-or-not-to-screen
#8
Gilbert G G Donders, Kateryna Ruban, Gert Bellen, Ljubomir Petricevic
Mycoplasmata have been linked to pregnancy complications and neonatal risk. While formerly a limited number of species could be discovered by cultures, molecular biology nowadays discovers both lower quantities and more diverse species, making us realize that mycoplasmata are ubiquitous in the vaginal milieu and do not always pose a danger for pregnant women. As the meaning of mycoplasmata in pregnancy is not clear to many clinicians, we summarized the current knowledge about the meaning of different kinds of mycoplasmata in pregnancy and discuss the potential benefits and disadvantages of treatment...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099075/occurrence-and-relevance-of-mycoplasma-sturni-in-free-ranging-corvids-in-germany
#9
Luisa Ziegler, Franca Möller Palau-Ribes, Liane Schmidt, Michael Lierz
Several Mycoplasma spp. are well-known pathogens in poultry. In birds of prey, White Storks ( Ciconia ciconia ), and some waterfowl (Anatidae, Pelecanidae) species, mycoplasmas occur commonly and seem to be apathogenic or commensal and most likely belong to the physiologic microbial flora of the respiratory tract. In other bird species, such as Common Nightingales ( Luscinia megarhynchos ) and tits (Paridae), Mycoplasma spp. are absent in healthy birds. In corvids, the prevalence and role of Mycoplasma spp...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098343/mn-accumulation-in-a-submerged-plant-egeria-densa-hydrocharitaceae-is-mediated-by-epiphytic-bacteria
#10
Kousuke Tsuji, Takuma Asayama, Nozomi Shiraki, Shota Inoue, Erina Okuda, Chizuru Hayashi, Kazuma Nishida, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Emiko Harada
Many aquatic plants act as biosorbents, removing and recovering metals from the environment. To assess the biosorbent activity of Egeria densa, a submerged freshwater macrophyte, plants were collected monthly from a circular drainage area in Lake Biwa basin and the Mn concentrations of the plants were analyzed. Mn concentrations in these plants were generally above those of terrestrial hyperaccumulators, and were markedly higher in spring and summer than in autumn. Mn concentrations were much lower in plants incubated in hydroponic medium at various pH levels with and without Mn supplementation than in field-collected plants...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098177/an-extended-n-h-bond-driven-by-a-conserved-second-order-interaction-orients-the-flavin-n5-orbital-in-cholesterol-oxidase
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Emily Golden, Li-Juan Yu, Flora Meilleur, Matthew P Blakeley, Anthony P Duff, Amir Karton, Alice Vrielink
The protein microenvironment surrounding the flavin cofactor in flavoenzymes is key to the efficiency and diversity of reactions catalysed by this class of enzymes. X-ray diffraction structures of oxidoreductase flavoenzymes have revealed recurrent features which facilitate catalysis, such as a hydrogen bond between a main chain nitrogen atom and the flavin redox center (N5). A neutron diffraction study of cholesterol oxidase has revealed an unusual elongated main chain nitrogen to hydrogen bond distance positioning the hydrogen atom towards the flavin N5 reactive center...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097452/toward-the-optimal-strategy-for-sustained-weight-loss-in-overweight-cancer-survivors-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Meeke Hoedjes, Maartje M van Stralen, Sheena Tjon A Joe, Matti Rookus, Flora van Leeuwen, Susan Michie, Jacob C Seidell, Ellen Kampman
PURPOSE: To gain more insight into the optimal strategy to achieve weight loss and weight loss maintenance in overweight and obese cancer survivors after completion of initial treatment, this systematic review aimed to provide an overview of the literature on intervention effects on weight, to describe intervention components used in effective interventions, to identify and synthesize behaviour change techniques (BCTs) and to assess the frequency with which these BCTs were used in effective interventions...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096437/phase-angle-predicts-arterial-stiffness-and-vascular-calcification-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Margarida Sarmento-Dias, Carla Santos-Araújo, Rui Poínhos, Bruno Oliveira, Maria Sousa, Liliana S Silva, Isabel S Silva, Flora Correia, Manuel Pestana
♦ Objectives: Fluid overload (FO) is frequently present in peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients and is associated with markers of malnutrition, inflammation, and atherosclerosis/calcification (MIAC) syndrome. We examined the relationships in stable PD patients between phase angle (PhA) and the spectrum of uremic vasculopathy including vascular calcification and arterial stiffness and between PhA and changes in serum fetuin-A levels. ♦ Methods: Sixty-one stable adult PD patients were evaluated in a cross-sectional study (ST1)...
January 17, 2017: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095835/antimicrobial-activity-of-some-plant-materials-used-in-armenian-traditional-medicine
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Mikayel Ginovyan, Margarit Petrosyan, Armen Trchounian
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance has become one of the major problems facing humanity. The need for new antimicrobials has been increased dramatically. Plants are considered as one of the most promising sources for new antimicrobials discovery. Despite relatively small area, Armenia has large diversity of flora with many endemic species. In Armenian folk medicine plant materials have been used to treat various microbial diseases since ancient times. The goal of our research was to evaluate antimicrobial efficiency of different parts of five wild plants species which are commonly used in Armenian traditional medicine...
January 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095823/tobacco-smoking-policies-in-australian-alcohol-and-other-drug-treatment-services-agreement-between-staff-awareness-and-the-written-policy-document
#15
Eliza Skelton, Billie Bonevski, Flora Tzelepis, Anthony Shakeshaft, Ashleigh Guillaumier, Adrian Dunlop, Sam McCrabb, Kerrin Palazzi
BACKGROUND: Comprehensive smoke-free policy in the alcohol and other drug (AOD) setting provides an opportunity to reduce tobacco related harms among clients and staff. This study aimed to examine within AOD services: staff awareness of their service's smoking policy compared to the written policy document and staff and service factors associated with accurate awareness of a total ban and perceived enforcement of a total ban. METHODS: An audit of written tobacco smoking policy documents and an online cross-sectional survey of staff from 31 Australian AOD services...
January 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095375/disappearing-in-the-night-an-overview-on-trade-and-legislation-of-night-monkeys-in-south-and-central-america
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Magdalena S Svensson, Sam Shanee, Noga Shanee, Flavia B Bannister, Laura Cervera, Giuseppe Donati, Maren Huck, Leandro Jerusalinsky, Cecilia P Juarez, Angela M Maldonado, Jesus Martinez Mollinedo, Pedro G Méndez-Carvajal, Miguel A Molina Argandoña, Antonietta D Mollo Vino, K A I Nekaris, Mika Peck, Jennifer Rey-Goyeneche, Denise Spaan, Vincent Nijman
The international trade in night monkeys (Aotus spp.), found throughout Central and South America, has been regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 1975. We present a quantitative analysis of this trade from all 9 range countries, over 4 decades, and compare domestic legislation to CITES regulations. Night monkeys were exported from 8 of the 9 habitat countries, totalling 5,968 live individuals and 7,098 specimens, with trade of live individuals declining over time...
January 18, 2017: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094019/the-first-model-of-keeping-energy-balance-and-optimal-psycho-affective-development-breastfed-infants
#17
REVIEW
Carlo Agostoni, Alessandra Mazzocchi, Ludovica Leone, Valentina Ciappolino, Giuseppe Delvecchio, Carlo A Altamura, Paolo Brambilla
BACKGROUND: Breastfed infants follow a peculiar growth fashion characterized by a rapid weight gain in the first weeks of life, then followed by a fast decrease in growth rates, a capacity to self-regulate the sense of hungry and satiety, and a minor propensity towards overweight and obesity later on, in parallel with a better neurodevelopmental performance. METHODS: We searched studies investigating the relationship between the feeding mode in infancy and the energy balance, so the possible associations with total energy expenditure and intake regulation...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093993/methods-of-screening-purification-and-antimicrobial-potentialities-of-bacteriocin-in-health-care
#18
Varish Ahmad, Qazi Mohammad Sajid Jamal, Mughees Uddin Siddiqui, Arun K Shukla, Mohammad A Alzohairy, Mohammad A Al Karaawi, Mohammad Amjad Kamal
The Antibiotics of twentieth century have emerged to decrease the mortality and morbidity among the human population, but these are costly and toxic to beneficial intestinal micro flora. The safe and convenient proteinacious antimicrobial molecule, active at nanomolar concentration and synthesized by ribosomes, is bacteriocin. It has been tested not only to inhibit a wide range of microbial pathogens, but also to treat and diagnose the cancer. Its use as bio-controlling agent in agriculture also accelerated the research of bacteriocin...
January 16, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093828/a-systematic-review-on-ethnomedicines-of-anti-cancer-plants
#19
REVIEW
Akash Tariq, Sehrish Sadia, Kaiwen Pan, Ihteram Ullah, Sakina Mussarat, Feng Sun, Olatunji Olusanya Abiodun, Altanzagas Batbaatar, Zilong Li, Dagang Song, Qinli Xiong, Riaz Ullah, Suliman Khan, Buddha Bahadur Basnet, Brawin Kumar, Rabiul Islam, Muhammad Adnan
Cancer is a serious health problem and the second leading cause of death around the globe. Present review is an attempt to provide utmost information based on ethno-pharmacological and toxicological aspects of anti-cancer plants of the world. A total of 276 articles published in English journals and containing maximum ethnomedicinal information were reviewed using several data sources such as; Google scholar, Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed and floras of different countries. A total of 199 anti-cancer plants were recorded in present review and results indicated that traditional medicines are mostly being use in developing countries for cancer treatment...
January 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093620/inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-cancer-response-due-to-anti-ctla-4-is-it-in-the-flora
#20
REVIEW
Franck Carbonnel, Emilie Soularue, Clélia Coutzac, Nathalie Chaput, Christine Mateus, Patricia Lepage, Caroline Robert
Checkpoint inhibitors blocking CTLA-4 (ipilimumab) and PD-1 (nivolumab, pembrolizumab) have transfigured our cancer treatment paradigm. However, these drugs can induce immune-related adverse events that share clinical and pathological characteristics with immune-mediated diseases. One of the most severe immune-related adverse event observed with anti-CTLA-4 is an enterocolitis that mirrors naturally occurring inflammatory bowel disease. This paper reviews the clinical, immunological, and microbiota data associated with the immune-related enterocolitis induced by the cancer immunotherapy blocking CTLA-4, ipilimumab...
January 16, 2017: Seminars in Immunopathology
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