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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544654/hypogonadism-in-testicular-cancer-patients-is-associated-with-risk-factors-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-the-metabolic-syndrome
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C Bogefors, S Isaksson, J Bobjer, M Kitlinski, I Leijonhufvud, K Link, A Giwercman
More than 95% of testicular cancer are cured but they are at increased long-term risk of cardiovascular disease. The risk of cardiovascular disease and treatment intensity was reported, but it is unknown whether this effect of cancer therapy is direct or indirect, mediated through androgen deficiency. Our aim was, therefore, to evaluate whether testicular cancer patients have increased the prevalence of risk factors of cardiovascular disease and if these risk factors are associated with hypogonadism and/or the cancer treatment given...
May 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544455/suboptimal-maternal-and-cord-plasma-pyridoxal-5-phosphate-concentrations-are-uncommon-in-a-cohort-of-canadian-pregnant-women-and-newborn-infants
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Lesley Plumptre, Shannon P Masih, Kyoung-Jin Sohn, Denise Kim, Carly E Visentin, Anna Ly, Howard Berger, Ruth Croxford, Deborah L O'Connor, Young-In Kim
Vitamin B6 is important in fetal development, but little is known of the vitamin B6 status of pregnant women and newborns in North America and potential modifying factors. This prospective study determined maternal and cord plasma concentrations of pyridoxal 5' phosphate (PLP; an indicator of vitamin B6 status) in a convenience sample of 368 Canadian pregnant women and their newborns. The association of maternal intake of vitamin B6 and fetal genetic variants with cord plasma PLP and homocysteine concentrations was also examined...
May 24, 2017: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543406/novel-murine-xenograft-model-for-the-evaluation-of-stem-cell-therapy-for-profound-dysphagia
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Maggie A Kuhn, Amanda B Black, M Tausif Siddiqui, Jan A Nolta, Peter C Belafsky
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Dysphagia is common and costly. Treatments are limited and innovative therapies are required. The tongue is essential for safe, effective swallowing and is a natural target for regenerative therapy. Muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs) hold potential to restore dynamic function, and their application in the damaged tongue is appealing. We examined the safety and efficacy of human MDSC implantation into a novel mouse tongue model. STUDY DESIGN: Animal study...
May 23, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542404/conditional-removal-of-the-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-delays-condylar-cartilage-degeneration-induced-by-a-partial-discectomy-in-mice
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Jie Fang, Li Xiao, Rebecca Chen, Zhihe Zhao
Recent emerging data indicate that the increase in the expression and activity of the transforming growth factor beta 1 (Tgf-β1) signaling may have detrimental effect to mature articular cartilage of knee joints. However, there is no information about whether or not this is the case in condylar cartilages. The objective of this study is to investigate the protein expression and activity of Tgf-β1 signaling in degenerative condylar cartilages. We also investigate biological effects of the conditional deletion of transforming growth factor receptor type II (Tgfbr2) in condylar cartilage of adult mice after a partial discectomy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538612/scleral-contact-lenses-in-an-academic-oculoplastics-clinic-epidemiology-and-emerging-considerations
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Harinder S Chahal, Marcela Estrada, Christine W Sindt, Jacob A Boehme, Mark A Greiner, Jeffrey A Nerad, Keith D Carter, Richard C Allen, Erin M Shriver
PURPOSE: To describe the role and efficacy of scleral contact lenses (SCLs) in the treatment of progressive keratopathy in patients who have undergone periocular surgical procedures, to investigate the financial impact of these surgical interventions, and to demonstrate the role of oculoplastic surgery in improving scleral contact lens fit. METHODS: A retrospective medical record review was performed to identify patients who both received SCLs and were examined by the oculoplastics service at the University of Iowa between January 1990 and December 2015...
May 22, 2017: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538514/long-term-outcome-of-4-patients-with-transcobalamin-deficiency-caused-by-2-novel-tcn2-mutations
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Marwan Nashabat, Gustavo Maegawa, Peter H Nissen, Ebba Nexo, Hussain Al-Shamrani, Mohammed Al-Owain, Majid Alfadhel
Cobalamin (vitamin B12 [Cbl]) is an essential cofactor for many biochemical pathways. Transcobalamin (TC) is required to internalize Cbl into the cells through membrane receptor-mediated endocytosis. Cbl is then processed in the cytoplasm and mitochondria by complementation factors leading to its active metabolites; methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosyl-cobalamin. Deficiency of TC results in an elevation in methylmalonic acid and homocysteine. Patients usually present with macrocytic anemia, pancytopenia, failure to thrive, gastrointestinal symptoms, and neurological dysfunction...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537924/genetic-defects-of-the-irf1-mediated-major-histocompatibility-complex-class-i-antigen-presentation-pathway-occur-prevalently-in-the-jak2-gene-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Tao Shen, Zhengming Chen, Zhizhuang Joe Zhao, Jie Wu
Recognition of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I antigens on tumor cells by cytotoxic T cells is involved in T cell-mediated tumor immune surveillance and immune checkpoint therapy. The interferon-γ (IFNγ)-IRF1 signaling pathway regulates MHC class I antigen presentation. To examine genetic defects of the IFNγ-IRF1 pathway in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), we analyzed The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) lung adenocarcinoma (LuAd) and lung squamous cell carcinoma (LuSc) data. Loss-of-function (LOF) genetic alterations of the IFNγ-IRF1 pathway genes (IFNGR1, IFNGR2, JAK1, JAK2, STAT1, IRF1) were found in 64 (6...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537582/thyroid-homeostasis-in-mother-child-pairs-in-relation-to-maternal-iodine-status-the-misa-study
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V Berg, T H Nøst, G Skeie, Y Thomassen, B Berlinger, A S Veyhe, R Jorde, J Ø Odland, S Hansen
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Iodine deficiency during pregnancy may influence maternal and foetal thyroid function with the risk of causing neurocognitive and psychomotor deficits in the offspring. The objective of this study was to assess iodine status in pregnant women from Northern Norway and to investigate the influence of iodine status on maternal and infant thyroid function. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Women from the Northern Norway Mother-and-Child contaminant Cohort Study (MISA) donated a blood and urine sample at three visits during their pregnancy and postpartum period (in second trimester, 3 days and 6 weeks after delivery...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536855/rotational-laxity-control-by-the-anterolateral-ligament-and-the-lateral-meniscus-is-dependent-on-knee-flexion-angle-a-cadaveric-biomechanical-study
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Timothy Lording, Gillian Corbo, Dianne Bryant, Timothy A Burkhart, Alan Getgood
BACKGROUND: Injury to the anterolateral ligament (ALL) has been reported to contribute to high-grade anterolateral laxity after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Failure to address ALL injury has been suggested as a cause of persistent rotational laxity after ACL reconstruction. Lateral meniscus posterior root (LMPR) tears have also been shown to cause increased internal rotation of the knee. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: The purpose of this study was to determine the functional relationship between the ALL and LMPR in the control of internal rotation of the ACL-deficient knee...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536674/anti-idiotypic-antibodies-specific-to-prm-monoantibody-prevent-antibody-dependent-enhancement-of-dengue-virus-infection
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Miao Wang, Fan Yang, Dana Huang, Yalan Huang, Xiaomin Zhang, Chao Wang, Shaohua Zhang, Renli Zhang
Dengue virus (DENV) co-circulates as four serotypes (DENV1-4). Primary infection only leads to self-limited dengue fever. But secondary infection with another serotype carries a higher risk of increased disease severity, causing life-threatening dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome (DHF/DSS). Serotype cross-reactive antibodies facilitate DENV infection in Fc-receptor-bearing cells by promoting virus entry via Fcγ receptors (FcγR), a process known as antibody dependent enhancement (ADE). Most studies suggested that enhancing antibodies were mainly specific to the structural premembrane protein (prM) of DENV...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536085/interaction-between-the-effects-of-the-selective-estrogen-modulator-femarelle-and-a-vitamin-d-analog-in-human-umbilical-artery-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Dalia Somjen, Esther Knoll, Orli Sharon, Ariel Many, Naftali Stern
To further investigate the interaction between vitamin D system and estrogen-mimetic compounds in the human vasculature we studied the effect of the "less- calcemic" analog of 1,25(OH)2D3 (1,25D); JK 1624F2-2 (JKF) in the presence of selective estrogen modulator femarelle (F), the phytoestrogen daidzein (D) and estradiol-17b (E2) on (3)[H] thymidine incorporation (DNA synthesis) and creatine kinase specific activity (CK) in human umbilical artery vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). F, D and E2, stimulated DNA synthesis at low concentrations, and inhibited it at high concentrations...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536054/effect-of-vitamin-d-replacement-on-immunological-biomarkers-in-patients-with-multiple-sclerosis
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May F Mrad, Nabil K El Ayoubi, Maria O Esmerian, Jalal M Kazan, Samia J Khoury
We aimed to investigate the immunologic effects of vitamin D replacement in RRMS patients. In a controlled single center study, patients deficient in 25-hydroxyvitamin D (serum level<25ng/ml) received 10,000IU/week cholecalciferol for 3months. Sufficient vitamin D patients (serum level>35ng/ml) were followed for the same period. Assessments were performed at baseline and at 3months. 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels increased significantly from baseline to month-3 in the deficient group after treatment and remained stable in the sufficient group...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535765/glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency-in-people-living-in-malaria-endemic-districts-of-nepal
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Prakash Ghimire, Nihal Singh, Leonard Ortega, Komal Raj Rijal, Bipin Adhikari, Garib Das Thakur, Baburam Marasini
BACKGROUND: Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) is a rate limiting enzyme of the pentose phosphate pathway and is closely associated with the haemolytic disorders among patients receiving anti-malarial drugs, such as primaquine. G6PD deficiency (G6PDd) is an impending factor for radical treatment of malaria which affects the clearance of gametocytes from the blood and subsequent delay in the achievement of malaria elimination. The main objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of G6PD deficiency in six malaria endemic districts in Southern Nepal...
May 23, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535307/intergenerational-impact-of-paternal-lifetime-exposures-to-both-folic-acid-deficiency-and-supplementation-on-reproductive-outcomes-and-imprinted-gene-methylation
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Lundi Ly, Donovan Chan, Mahmoud Aarabi, Mylène Landry, Nathalie A Behan, Amanda J MacFarlane, Jacquetta Trasler
STUDY QUESTION: Do paternal exposures to folic acid deficient (FD), and/or folic acid supplemented (FS) diets, throughout germ cell development adversely affect male germ cells and consequently offspring health outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Male mice exposed over their lifetimes to both FD and FS diets showed decreased sperm counts and altered imprinted gene methylation with evidence of transmission of adverse effects to the offspring, including increased postnatal-preweaning mortality and variability in imprinted gene methylation...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535293/invited-commentary-a-landmark-study-launched-in-a-public-health-maelstrom
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Eric A Engels, Charles S Rabkin, James J Goedert
The acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) epidemic was first recognized in 1981, and it quickly became a public health emergency. In a 1987 paper in the American Journal of Epidemiology (Am J Epidemiol. 1987;126(2): 310-318), Richard Kaslow et al. described the launch of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), a cohort study of homosexual men in 4 US cities, the purpose of which was to better understand the natural history of AIDS and its determinants. The MACS enrolled participants through a range of community contacts...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534447/selenium-selenoproteins-and-selenometabolites-in-mothers-and-babies-at-the-time-of-birth
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Cristina Santos, Eduardo García-Fuentes, Belén Callejón-Leblic, Tamara García-Barrera, José Luis Gómez-Ariza, Margaret P Rayman, Inés Velasco
The deficiency of Se, an essential micronutrient, has been implicated in adverse pregnancy outcomes. Our study was designed to determine total serum Se, selenoproteins (extracellular glutathione peroxidase (GPx-3), selenoprotein P (SeP)), selenoalbumin (SeAlb) and selenometabolites in healthy women and their newborns at delivery. This cross-sectional study included eighty-three healthy mother-baby couples. Total Se and Se species concentrations were measured in maternal and umbilical cord sera by an in-series coupling of two-dimensional size-exclusion and affinity HPLC...
May 23, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533443/fhr-1-binds-to-c-reactive-protein-and-enhances-rather-than-inhibits-complement-activation
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Ádám I Csincsi, Zsóka Szabó, Zsófia Bánlaki, Barbara Uzonyi, Marcell Cserhalmi, Éva Kárpáti, Agustín Tortajada, Joseph J E Caesar, Zoltán Prohászka, T Sakari Jokiranta, Susan M Lea, Santiago Rodríguez de Córdoba, Mihály Józsi
Factor H-related protein (FHR) 1 is one of the five human FHRs that share sequence and structural homology with the alternative pathway complement inhibitor FH. Genetic studies on disease associations and functional analyses indicate that FHR-1 enhances complement activation by competitive inhibition of FH binding to some surfaces and immune proteins. We have recently shown that FHR-1 binds to pentraxin 3. In this study, our aim was to investigate whether FHR-1 binds to another pentraxin, C-reactive protein (CRP), analyze the functional relevance of this interaction, and study the role of FHR-1 in complement activation and regulation...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531780/vitamin-d-status-and-the-effects-of-oral-vitamin-d-treatment-in-children-with-vitiligo-a-prospective-study
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Gülay Karagüzel, Nil P Sakarya, Sevgi Bahadır, Selçuk Yaman, Ayşenur Ökten
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Vitiligo is a pigmentary disorder and autoimmune pathogenesis seems most likely. Decreased vitamin D levels have been related to several autoimmune diseases. Little is known about the association of vitiligo and vitamin D. We aimed to evaluate serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels in children with vitiligo and to determine the efficacy of oral vitamin D therapy on the repigmentation of vitamin D deficient patients. METHODS: Thirty patients aged 6-17 years with vitiligo and 30 sex- and age-matched apparently healthy controls were included in this prospective study...
October 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531276/impact-of-vitamin-a-and-carotenoids-on-the-risk-of-tuberculosis-progression
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Omowunmi Aibana, Molly F Franke, Chuan-Chin Huang, Jerome T Galea, Roger Calderon, Zibiao Zhang, Mercedes C Becerra, Emily R Smith, Alayne G Ronnenberg, Carmen Contreras, Rosa Yataco, Leonid Lecca, Megan B Murray
Background: Low and deficient levels of vitamin A are common in low and middle income countries where tuberculosis (TB) burden is high. We assessed the impact of baseline levels of vitamins A and carotenoids on TB disease risk. Methods: We conducted a case-control study nested within a longitudinal cohort of household contacts of pulmonary TB cases in Lima, Peru. We defined cases as HIV-negative household contacts with blood samples who developed TB disease at least 15 days after enrollment of index patient...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530404/role-of-crystallization-in-the-morphology-of-polymer-non-fullerene-acceptor-bulk-heterojunctions
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Kathryn A O'Hara, David P Ostrowski, Unsal Koldemir, Christopher J Takacs, Sean E Shaheen, Alan Sellinger, Michael L Chabinyc
Many high efficiency organic photovoltaics use fullerene-based acceptors despite their high production cost, weak optical absorption in the visible range, and limited synthetic variability of electronic and optical properties. To circumvent this deficiency, non-fullerene small-molecule acceptors have been developed that have good synthetic flexibility, allowing for precise tuning of optoelectronic properties, leading to enhanced absorption of the solar spectrum and increased open-circuit voltages (VOC). We examined the detailed morphology of bulk heterojunctions of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and the small-molecule acceptor HPI-BT to reveal structural changes that lead to improvements in the fill factor of solar cells upon thermal annealing...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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