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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150986/memory-t-cells-are-significantly-increased-in-rejecting-liver-allografts-of-rhesus-monkeys
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Hwajung Kim, Hyeyoung Kim, Sun-Kyung Lee, Xue-Li Jin, Tae Jin Kim, Chanho Park, Jae-Il Lee, Hyo-Sin Kim, Suk Kyun Hong, Kyung Chul Yoon, Sung Woo Ahn, Kyoung-Bun Lee, Nam-Joon Yi, Jaeseok Yang, Kwang-Woong Lee, Wayne J Hawthorne, Kyung-Suk Suh
INTRODUCTION: The Rhesus monkey (RM) is an excellent preclinical model in kidney, heart and islet transplantation that has provided the basis for new immunosuppressive protocols for clinical studies. However, there remain relatively few liver transplantation (LT) models in nonhuman primates. In this study, we analyzed the immune cell populations of PBMCs and secondary lymphoid organs along with livers of normal rhesus monkeys and compared them to those of rejecting liver transplanted recipient's following withdrawal of immunosuppression...
November 18, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150806/ticagrelor-a-review-in-long-term-secondary-prevention-of-cardiovascular-events
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Zaina T Al-Salama, Gillian M Keating, Susan J Keam
Ticagrelor (Brilique(®)) is an orally administered P2Y12 inhibitor. A long-term (maintenance) regimen of ticagrelor 60 mg twice daily is indicated in the EU for coadministration with low-dose aspirin 75-150 mg/day for the secondary prevention of atherothrombotic events in high-risk patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) of at least 1 year. Approval is based on the results of the PEGASUS-TIMI 54 trial that compared ticagrelor with placebo (in conjunction with low-dose aspirin) in stable patients who had had a spontaneous MI 1-3 years prior to enrolment and were at high risk of atherothrombotic events...
November 18, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150704/evaluation-of-immune-mediated-idiosyncratic-drug-toxicity-using-chimeric-hla-transgenic-mice
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Takeshi Susukida, Shigeki Aoki, Kotaro Kogo, Sota Fujimori, Binbin Song, Cong Liu, Shuichi Sekine, Kousei Ito
Immune-mediated idiosyncratic drug toxicity (IDT) is a rare adverse drug reaction, potentially resulting in death. Although genome-wide association studies suggest that the occurrence of immune-mediated IDT is strongly associated with specific human leukocyte antigen (HLA) allotypes, these associations have not yet been prospectively demonstrated. In this study, we focused on HLA-B*57:01 and abacavir (ABC)-induced immune-mediated IDT, and constructed transgenic mice carrying chimeric HLA-B*57:01 (B*57:01-Tg) to determine if this in vivo model may be useful for evaluating immune-mediated IDT...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150653/a-theoretical-quest-for-high-temperature-superconductivity-on-the-example-of-low-dimensional-carbon-structures
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C H Wong, R Lortz, E A Buntov, R E Kasimova, A F Zatsepin
High temperature superconductivity does not necessarily require correlated electron systems with complex competing or coexisting orders. Instead, it may be achieved in a phonon-mediated classical superconductor having a high Debye temperature and large electronic density of states at the Fermi level in a material with light atoms and strong covalent bonds. Quasi-1D conductors seem promising due to the Van Hove singularities in their electronic density of states. In this sense, quasi-1D carbon structures are good candidates...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150623/effective-mechanical-properties-of-multilayer-nano-heterostructures
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T Mukhopadhyay, A Mahata, S Adhikari, M Asle Zaeem
Two-dimensional and quasi-two-dimensional materials are important nanostructures because of their exciting electronic, optical, thermal, chemical and mechanical properties. However, a single-layer nanomaterial may not possess a particular property adequately, or multiple desired properties simultaneously. Recently a new trend has emerged to develop nano-heterostructures by assembling multiple monolayers of different nanostructures to achieve various tunable desired properties simultaneously. For example, transition metal dichalcogenides such as MoS2 show promising electronic and piezoelectric properties, but their low mechanical strength is a constraint for practical applications...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150497/low-molecular-weight-thiols-and-thioredoxins-are-important-players-in-hg-ii-resistance-in-thermus-thermophilus-hb27
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J Norambuena, Y Wang, T Hanson, J M Boyd, T Barkay
Mercury (Hg), one of the most toxic and widely distributed heavy metals, has a high affinity for thiol groups. Thiol groups reduce and sequester Hg. Therefore, low molecular weight and protein thiols may be important cell components used in Hg resistance. To date, the role of low molecular weight thiols in Hg-detoxification remains understudied. The mercury resistance (mer) operon of Thermus thermophilus suggests an evolutionary link between Hg(II) resistance and low molecular weight thiol metabolism. This mer operon encodes for an enzyme involved in methionine biosynthesis, Oah...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150410/lung-function-in-early-adulthood-and-health-in-later-life-a-transgenerational-cohort-analysis
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Alvar Agustí, Guillaume Noell, Josep Brugada, Rosa Faner
BACKGROUND: Early life events can affect health in later life. We hypothesised that low lung function (FEV1 <80% predicted) in early adulthood (25-40 years) is associated with higher prevalence and earlier incidence of respiratory, cardiovascular, and metabolic abnormalities, and premature death. METHODS: In this cohort analysis, we tested this hypothesis using data from the Framingham Offspring Cohort (FOC) and validated our observations in CARDIA (an independent cohort) and GenIII (which includes the direct descendants of FOC participants)...
November 14, 2017: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150086/the-ex-vivo-toll-like-receptor-7-tolerance-induction-in-donor-lymphocytes-prevents-murine-acute-graft-versus-host-disease
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Nikolaos Zogas, Garyfalia Karponi, Fotios Iordanidis, Stylianos Malasidis, Vasilios Paraskevas, Anastasia Papadopoulou, Zaharias George Scouras, Achilles Anagnostopoulos, Evangelia Yannaki
BACKGROUND AIMS: Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, mediated by alloreactive donor T cells. Toll-like receptors (TLRs), a family of conserved pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs), represent key players in donors' T-cell activation during aGVHD; however, a regulatory, tolerogenic role for certain TLRs has been recognized in a different context. We investigated whether the ex vivo-induced TLR-2,-4,-7 tolerance in donor cells could prevent alloreactivity in a mismatched transplantation model...
November 14, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150051/glutamate-is-down-regulated-and-tinnitus-loudness-levels-decreased-following-rtms-over-auditory-cortex-of-the-left-hemisphere-a-prospective-randomized-single-blinded-sham-controlled-cross-over-study
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Anthony T Cacace, Jiani Hu, Stephen Romero, Yang Xuan, Robert F Burkard, Richard S Tyler
Using a prospective randomized single-blinded sham-controlled cross-over design, we studied the efficacy of low frequency (1-Hz) repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) over auditory cortex of the left temporal lobe as an experimental treatment modality for noise-induced tinnitus. Pre/post outcome measures for sham vs. active rTMS conditions included differential changes in tinnitus loudness, self-perceived changes in the Tinnitus Handicap Questionnaire (THQ), and neurochemical changes of brain metabolite concentrations using single voxel proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy ((1)H-MRS) obtained from left and right auditory cortical areas...
November 14, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149975/clinical-outcomes-of-living-liver-transplantation-according-to-the-presence-of-sarcopenia-as-defined-by-skeletal-muscle-mass-hand-grip-and-gait-speed
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N Harimoto, T Yoshizumi, T Izumi, T Motomura, N Harada, S Itoh, T Ikegami, H Uchiyama, Y Soejima, A Nishie, T Kamishima, R Kusaba, K Shirabe, Y Maehara
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenia is an independent predictor of death after living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT). However, the ability of the Asian Working Group for Sarcopenia criteria for sarcopenia (defined as reduced skeletal muscle mass plus low muscle strength) to predict surgical outcomes in patients who have undergone LDLT has not been determined. METHODS: This study prospectively enrolled 366 patients who underwent LDLT at Kyushu University Hospital. Skeletal muscle area (determined by computed tomography), hand-grip strength, and gait speed were measured in 102 patients before LDLT...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149949/attitudes-toward-organ-donation-among-relatives-of-the-patients-who-are-being-followed-up-in-intensive-care-and-dialysis-units
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B Kahveci, K Topal, Ç Gereklioglu, H Aksoy
INTRODUCTION: This study sought to investigate attitudes toward organ donation (OD) among the relatives of patients who are being followed up in intensive care units (ICU) and dialysis units. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted with relatives of the patients who were being followed up in hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) units and Neurosurgery, Neurology, Anesthesia, and Reanimation ICUs of Adana Numune Research and Training Hospital...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149877/key-bottlenecks-to-the-provision-of-safe-obstetric-anaesthesia-in-low-income-countries-a-cross-sectional-survey-of-64-hospitals-in-uganda
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Isabella Epiu, Agnes Wabule, Andrew Kambugu, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Jossy Verel Bahe Tindimwebwa, Gerald Dubowitz
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in surgery and anaesthesia which significantly improve safety, many health facilities in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) remain chronically under-resourced with inability to cope effectively with serious obstetric complications (Knight et al., PLoS One 8:e63846, 2013). As a result many of these countries still have unacceptably high maternal and neonatal mortality rates. Recent data at the national referral hospitals in East Africa reported that none of the national referral hospitals met the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA) international standards required to provide safe obstetric anaesthesia (Epiu I: Challenges of Anesthesia in Low-and Middle-Income Countries...
November 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149758/oligotrophy-as-a-major-driver-of-mercury-bioaccumulation-in-medium-to-high-trophic-level-consumers-a-marine-ecosystem-comparative-study
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Tiphaine Chouvelon, Pierre Cresson, Marc Bouchoucha, Christophe Brach-Papa, Paco Bustamante, Sylvette Crochet, Françoise Marco-Miralles, Bastien Thomas, Joël Knoery
Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant of environmental concern. Numerous factors influencing its bioaccumulation in marine organisms have already been described at both individual and species levels (e.g., size or age, habitat, trophic level). However, few studies have compared the trophic characteristics of ecosystems to explain underlying mechanisms of differences in Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification among food webs and systems. The present study aimed at investigating the potential primary role of the trophic status of systems on Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification in temperate marine food webs, as shown by their medium-to high-trophic level consumers...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149555/mapping-the-reactions-in-a-single-zero-valent-iron-nanoparticle
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Lan Ling, Xiao-Yue Huang, Meirong Li, Wei-Xian Zhang
Nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) posseses unique functionalities for metal-metalloid removal and sequestration. So far, direct evidence on the heavy metal-iron reactions in the solid phase is still limited due to low concentration of heavy metals and small size of nanoparticles. In this work, angstrom-resolution spectral mappings on the reactions of nZVI with chromate, arsenate, nickel, silver, cesium, and zinc ions are presented. This work was achieved with spherical aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy integrated with high-sensitivity X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy scanning transmission electron microscopy (XEDS-STEM)...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149426/relationship-between-lat1-expression-and-resistance-to-chemotherapy-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Bolag Altan, Kyoichi Kaira, Akira Watanabe, Norio Kubo, Pinjie Bao, Gantumur Dolgormaa, Erkhem-Ochir Bilguun, Kenichiro Araki, Yoshikatsu Kanai, Takehiko Yokobori, Tetsunari Oyama, Masahiko Nishiyama, Hiroyuki Kuwano, Ken Shirabe
PURPOSE: L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) is linked to tumor cell proliferation, angiogenesis, and survival in various human cancers. Although the expression of LAT1 was identified as a significant prognostic predictor after surgery in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), little is known about the clinical significance of LAT1 as a chemotherapeutic resistance factor in PDAC. METHODS: A total of 110 patients with surgically resected PDAC were retrospectively reviewed as the training set...
November 17, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149422/interrelationships-among-hydrogen-permeation-physiochemical-properties-and-early-adsorption-abilities-of-titanium
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Fang Jia, Lei Zhou, Wangxi Wu
This study aimed to investigate if the titanium samples with low hydrogen permeation which treated with a novel etching combination: phosphoric acid and sodium fluoride could influence the surface physiochemical properties and early adsorption ability. Titanium samples were treated with three different concentrations of the new formula, as groups A, B and C, and treated with the traditional etching formula, as group T. Zeta potential, contact angle, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and fibronectin (FN)/vitronectin (VN) adsorption of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat tibial osteotomies in the initial 30min and MG-63 adsorption in the initial 24 h were detected...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149418/randomized-multicenter-trial-of-lateral-trendelenburg-versus-semirecumbent-body-position-for-the-prevention-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia
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Gianluigi Li Bassi, Mauro Panigada, Otavio T Ranzani, Alberto Zanella, Lorenzo Berra, Massimo Cressoni, Vieri Parrini, Hassan Kandil, Giovanni Salati, Paola Selvaggi, Alessandro Amatu, Miquel Sanz-Moncosi, Emanuela Biagioni, Fernanda Tagliaferri, Mirella Furia, Giovanna Mercurio, Antonietta Costa, Tullio Manca, Simone Lindau, Jaksa Babel, Marco Cavana, Chiara Chiurazzi, Joan-Daniel Marti, Dario Consonni, Luciano Gattinoni, Antonio Pesenti, Janine Wiener-Kronish, Cecilia Bruschi, Andrea Ballotta, Pierpaolo Salsi, Sergio Livigni, Giorgio Iotti, Javier Fernandez, Massimo Girardis, Maria Barbagallo, Gabriella Moise, Massimo Antonelli, Maria Luisa Caspani, Antonella Vezzani, Patrick Meybohm, Vladimir Gasparovic, Edoardo Geat, Marcelo Amato, Michael Niederman, Theodor Kolobow, Antoni Torres
PURPOSE: The lateral Trendelenburg position (LTP) may hinder the primary pathophysiologic mechanism of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). We investigated whether placing patients in the LTP would reduce the incidence of VAP in comparison with the semirecumbent position (SRP). METHODS: This was a randomized, multicenter, controlled study in invasively ventilated critically ill patients. Two preplanned interim analyses were performed. Patients were randomized to be placed in the LTP or the SRP...
November 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149323/should-the-dilated-ascending-aorta-be-repaired-at-the-time-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-replacement
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Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Prem Shekar, Vladimir Ivkovic, Nicholas T Longford, Chuan-Chin Huang, Martin I Sigurdsson, Robert C Neely, Maroun Yammine, Julius I Ejilofor, Vanessa Montiero Vieira, Jasmine T Shahram, Karam M Habchi, Gregory W Malzberg, Peter S Martin, Jordan Bloom, Eric M Isselbacher, J Daniel Muehlschlegel, Thoralf M Sundt, Simon C Body
OBJECTIVES: Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common congenital valvular abnormality and frequently presents with accelerated calcific aortic valve disease, requiring aortic valve replacement (AVR) and thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. Supporting evidence for Association Guidelines of aortic dimensions for aortic resection is sparse. We sought to determine whether concurrent repair of dilated or aneurysmal aortic disease during AVR in patients with BAV substantially improves morbidity and mortality outcomes...
November 14, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149205/kir-content-genotypes-associate-with-carriage-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-e-antigen-and-hbv-viral-load-in-gambians
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Louis-Marie Yindom, Maimuna Mendy, Christopher Bodimeade, Caroline Chambion, Peter Aka, Hilton C Whittle, Sarah L Rowland-Jones, Robert Walton
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) causes over 800,000 deaths worldwide annually, mainly in low income countries, and incidence is rising rapidly in the developed world with the spread of hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. Natural Killer (NK) cells protect against viral infections and tumours by killing abnormal cells recognised by Killer-cell Immunoglobulin-like Receptors (KIR). Thus genes and haplotypes encoding these receptors may be important in determining both outcome of initial hepatitis infection and subsequent chronic liver disease and tumour formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148576/free-breathing-abdominal-mri-improved-by-repeated-k-t-subsampling-and-artifact-minimization-rekam
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Mei-Lan Chu, Hing-Chiu Chang, Hsiao-Wen Chung, Mustafa R Bashir, Jing Cai, Lei Zhang, Duohua Sun, Nan-Kuei Chen
PURPOSE: We report an approach, termed Repeated k-t-subsampling and artifact-minimization (ReKAM), for removing motion artifacts in free-breathing abdominal MRI. The method is particularly valuable for challenging patients who may not hold their breath for a long time or have irregular respiratory rate. METHODS: The ReKAM framework comprises one acquisition module and two reconstruction modules. A fast MRI sequence is used to repeatedly acquire multiple sets of k-t space data...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
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