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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340510/the-diverse-family-of-mmpl-transporters-in-mycobacteria-from-regulation-to-antimicrobial-developments
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REVIEW
Albertus Viljoen, Violaine Dubois, Fabienne Girard-Misguich, Mickael Blaise, Jean-Louis Herrmann, Laurent Kremer
Mycobacterial genomes contain large sets of loci encoding membrane proteins that belong to a family of multidrug resistance pumps designated Resistance-Nodulation-Cell Division (RND) permeases. Mycobacterial membrane protein Large (MmpL) transporters represent a subclass of RND transporters known to participate in the export of lipid components across the cell envelope. These surface-exposed lipids with unusual structures play key roles in the physiology of mycobacteria and/or can act as virulence factors and immunomodulators...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340373/influence-of-sex-on-cardiovascular-drug-responses-role-of-estrogen
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REVIEW
Abdel A Abdel-Rahman
In this review we discuss the sex/estrogen-specific modulation of cardiovascular function and responses to current therapeutics. We discuss how anatomical differences such as a smaller kidney size, and lower glomerular filtration rate in females, reduce the clearance and increase the toxicity of some drugs in females. Other important sex differences include the dampening effect of estrogen on central sympathetic and renin angiotensin systems. Further, we discuss how a shift in myocardial redox status leads to paradoxical transformation of estrogen into a pro-inflammatory hormone...
March 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339617/searching-for-the-smoker-s-paradox-in-acute-stroke-patients-treated-with-intravenous-thrombolysis
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Haitham M Hussein, Nicki Niemann, Emily D Parker, Adnan I Qureshi
Background: Inconsistent evidence supports better outcome in smokers after stroke. Our study examines this association in a large sample of ischemic stroke treated with intravenous thrombolysis. Method: Virtual International Stroke Trials Archive (VISTA) database, composed of individual patient data of multiple clinical trials, was queried. The primary outcome was functional independence at 3 months noted by modified Rankin Scale (mRS; a 7-point scale ranging from 0 [no deficit] to 6 [death]) score≤ 2...
January 28, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338763/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-and-autoimmunity
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Vito Pistoia, Lizzia Raffaghello
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are committed progenitors of mesodermal origin that are found virtually in every organ and exhibit multilineage differentiation into osteocytes, adipocytes and chondrocytes. MSCs also mediate a wide spectrum of immunoregulatory activities that usually dampen innate and adaptive immune responses. These features have attracted interest in the perspective of developing novel cell therapies for autoimmune disease. However, depending on the microenvironmental conditions, MSCs may show a plastic behavior and switch to an immunostimulatory phenotype...
February 18, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338655/evolution-of-caspase-mediated-cell-death-and-differentiation-twins-separated-at-birth
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Ryan A V Bell, Lynn A Megeney
The phenotypic and biochemical similarities between caspase-mediated apoptosis and cellular differentiation are striking. They include such diverse phenomenon as mitochondrial membrane perturbations, cytoskeletal rearrangements and DNA fragmentation. The parallels between the two disparate processes suggest some common ancestry and highlight the paradoxical nature of the death-centric view of caspases. That is, what is the driving selective pressure that sustains death-inducing proteins throughout eukaryotic evolution? Plausibly, caspase function may be rooted in a primordial non-death function, such as cell differentiation, and was co-opted for its role in programmed cell death...
March 24, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338294/paradoxical-gain-of-function-mutant-of-the-g-protein-coupled-receptor-prokr2-promotes-early-puberty
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Maki Fukami, Erina Suzuki, Yoko Izumi, Tomohiro Torii, Satoshi Narumi, Maki Igarashi, Mami Miyado, Momori Katsumi, Yasuko Fujisawa, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Kenichiro Hata, Akihiro Umezawa, Yoichi Matsubara, Junji Yamauchi, Tsutomu Ogata
The human genome encodes ~750 G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), including prokineticin receptor 2 (PROKR2) involved in the regulation of sexual maturation. Previously reported pathogenic gain-of-function mutations of GPCR genes invariably encoded aberrant receptors with excessive signal transduction activity. Although in vitro assays demonstrated that an artificially created inactive mutant of PROKR2 exerted paradoxical gain-of-function effects when co-transfected with wild-type proteins, such a phenomenon has not been observed in vivo...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337966/acid-fast-positive-and-acid-fast-negative-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-the-koch-paradox
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Catherine Vilchèze, Laurent Kremer
Acid-fast (AF) staining, also known as Ziehl-Neelsen stain microscopic detection, developed over a century ago, is even today the most widely used diagnostic method for tuberculosis. Herein we present a short historical review of the evolution of AF staining methods and discuss Koch's paradox, in which non-AF tubercle bacilli can be detected in tuberculosis patients or in experimentally infected animals. The conversion of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from an actively growing, AF-positive form to a nonreplicating, AF-negative form during the course of infection is now well documented...
March 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337846/obesity-in-heart-failure-is-it-time-to-rethink-the-paradox
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Massimo F Piepoli
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336114/paradoxical-aortic-stenosis-a-systematic-review
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Rita Cavaca, Rogério Teixeira, Maria João Vieira, Lino Gonçalves
Aortic stenosis (AS) is a complex systemic valvular and vascular disease with a high prevalence in developed countries. The new entity "paradoxical low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis" refers to cases in which patients have severe AS based on assessment of aortic valve area (AVA) (≤1 cm(2)) or indexed AVA (≤0.6 cm(2)/m(2)), but paradoxically have a low mean transvalvular gradient (<40 mmHg) and a low stroke volume index (≤35 ml/m(2)), despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (≥50%)...
March 20, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335733/effects-of-short-term-hyperoxia-on-erythropoietin-levels-and-microcirculation-in-critically-ill-patients-a-prospective-observational-pilot-study
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Abele Donati, Elisa Damiani, Samuele Zuccari, Roberta Domizi, Claudia Scorcella, Massimo Girardis, Alessia Giulietti, Arianna Vignini, Erica Adrario, Rocco Romano, Laura Mazzanti, Paolo Pelaia, Mervyn Singer
BACKGROUND: The normobaric oxygen paradox states that a short exposure to normobaric hyperoxia followed by rapid return to normoxia creates a condition of 'relative hypoxia' which stimulates erythropoietin (EPO) production. Alterations in glutathione and reactive oxygen species (ROS) may be involved in this process. We tested the effects of short-term hyperoxia on EPO levels and the microcirculation in critically ill patients. METHODS: In this prospective, observational study, 20 hemodynamically stable, mechanically ventilated patients with inspired oxygen concentration (FiO2) ≤0...
March 23, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335560/serum-amyloid-a-production-is-triggered-by-sleep-deprivation-in-mice-and-humans-is-that-the-link-between-sleep-loss-and-associated-comorbidities
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Edson M de Oliveira, Bruna Visniauskas, Sergio Tufik, Monica L Andersen, Jair R Chagas, Ana Campa
Serum amyloid A (SAA) was recently associated with metabolic endotoxemia, obesity and insulin resistance. Concurrently, insufficient sleep adversely affects metabolic health and is an independent predisposing factor for obesity and insulin resistance. In this study we investigated whether sleep loss modulates SAA production. The serum SAA concentration increased in C57BL/6 mice subjected to sleep restriction (SR) for 15 days or to paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) for 72 h. Sleep restriction also induced the upregulation of Saa1...
March 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334657/investigating-the-poverty-obesity-paradox-in-europe
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Luca Salmasi, Martina Celidoni
This paper investigates the effect of income- and wealth-based poverty on the probability of being obese for the elderly in Europe by analysing data drawn from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE) and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). We use early-life economic conditions and regional circumstances as instruments for poverty later in life to account for endogeneity issues. After controlling for a large set of covariates at the individual, household, regional and country level, the results show that poverty significantly increases the probability of being obese and the Body Mass Index (BMI), for men and women...
March 9, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334603/the-cb1-receptor-as-the-cornerstone-of-exostasis
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REVIEW
Pier Vincenzo Piazza, Daniela Cota, Giovanni Marsicano
The type-1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1) is the main effector of the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is involved in most brain and body functions. In this Perspective, we provide evidence indicating that CB1 receptor functions are key determinants of bodily coordinated exostatic processes. First, we will introduce the concepts of endostasis and exostasis as compensation or accumulation for immediate or future energy needs and discuss how exostasis has been necessary for the survival of species during evolution...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331797/paradoxical-response-with-increased-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-levels-to-anti-tuberculosis-treatment-in-a-patient-with-disseminated-tuberculosis
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Sho Watanabe, Yugo Kaneko, Hironori Kawamoto, Tomoki Maehara, Yuri Baba, Ikumi Fujisaki, Nayuta Saito, Kai Ryu, Aya Seki, Tsugumi Horikiri, Akira Kinoshita, Hiroshi Takeda, Keisuke Saito, Kazuyosi Kuwano
It has been reported that tuberculosis (TB) worsens after cessation of tumor necrosis factor-α inhibitors and starting anti-TB treatment. Little is known about the immunological pathogenesis of this paradoxical response (PR). We report the first case of a TB patient in whom PR occurred concurrently with elevation of circulating tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα) levels. A 75-year-old woman, who had been treated with adalimumab for SAPHO syndrome, developed disseminated TB. Soon after administration of anti-TB treatment (isoniazid, rifampicin, pyrazinamide, and ethambutol), and after discontinuation of adalimumab, a PR occurred...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330588/why-serious-mental-illness-should-be-designated-a-health-disparity-and-the-paradox-of-ethnicity
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Stephen J Bartels, Peter DiMilia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2017: Lancet Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329423/does-the-vulnerability-paradox-in-ptsd-apply-to-women-and-men-an-exploratory-study
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Michel L A Dückers, Miranda Olff
Recent research suggests that greater country vulnerability is associated with a decreased, rather than increased, risk of mental health problems. Because societal parameters may have gender-specific implications, our objective was to explore whether the "vulnerability paradox" equally applies to women and men. Lifetime posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) prevalence data for women and men were retrieved from 11 population studies (N = 57,031): conducted in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329172/the-obesity-paradox-is-still-there-a-risk-analysis-of-over-15-000-cardiosurgical-patients-based-on-body-mass-index
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Martin Hartrumpf, Ralf-Uwe Kuehnel, Johannes M Albes
OBJECTIVES: Obesity is an ever-growing problem in contemporary cardiac surgery. Although it accounts for many perioperative comorbidities, it has not been shown to increase mortality. Body mass index (BMI) is therefore not considered in the European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation (EuroSCORE). We sought to confirm whether this holds true for our own single-centre patient population. METHODS: Data from 15 314 consecutive patients receiving major cardiac surgery at our institution were analysed...
March 18, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328996/diaphragmatic-function-is-enhanced-in-fatty-and-diabetic-fatty-rats
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Audrey De Jong, Serge Carreira, Na Na, Aude Carillion, Cheng Jiang, Maud Beuvin, Jean-Marc Lacorte, Dominique Bonnefont-Rousselot, Bruno Riou, Catherine Coirault
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with a decrease in mortality in the intensive care unit (ICU) (the "obesity paradox"). We hypothesized that obesity may paradoxically improve diaphragmatic function. METHODS: Diaphragm contractility was prospectively recorded in vitro in adult male Zucker lean (control), fatty, and diabetic fatty rats, at rest, after 12h mechanical ventilation and after fatigue. We analyzed diaphragm morphology, cytokines, and protein expression of the protein kinase signaling pathways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328743/acetylcholine-atropine-interactions-paradoxical-effects-on-atrial-fibrillation-inducibility
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Yu Liu, Benjamin J Scherlag, Youqi Fan, Wenfang Xia, He Huang, Sunny S Po
Atropine (ATr) is well known as a cholinergic antagonist, however, at low concentrations ATr could paradoxically accentuate the parasympathetic actions of acetylcholine (ACh). In 22 pentobarbital anesthetized dogs, via a left and right thoracotomy, a leak proof barrier was attached to isolate the atrial appendages (AAs) from the rest of the atria. In Group 1(Ach+ATr+Ach), ACh, 100 mM, was placed on the AA followed by the application of ATr, 2mg/cc. The average AFdur was 17±7 minutes. After ATr was applied to the AA and ACh again tested, the AFdur was markedly attenuated (2±2 minutes, p<0...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328652/delayed-second-dose-antibiotics-for-patients-admitted-from-the-emergency-department-with-sepsis-prevalence-risk-factors-and-outcomes
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Daniel Leisman, Victor Huang, Qiuping Zhou, Jeanie Gribben, Andrea Bianculli, Michelle Bernshteyn, Mary Frances Ward, Sandra M Schneider
OBJECTIVE: 1) Determine frequency and magnitude of delays in second antibiotic administration among patients admitted with sepsis; 2) Identify risk factors for these delays; and 3) Exploratory: determine association between delays and patient-centered outcomes (mortality and mechanical ventilation after second dose). DESIGN: Retrospective, consecutive sample sepsis cohort over 10 months. SETTING: Single, tertiary, academic medical center. PATIENTS: All patients admitted from the emergency department with sepsis or septic shock (defined: infection, ≥ 2 systemic inflammatory response syndrome criteria, hypoperfusion/organ dysfunction) identified by a prospective quality initiative...
March 21, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
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