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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110483/explosive-blast-loading-on-human-3d-aggregate-minibrains
#1
Nicole E Zander, Thuvan Piehler, Helena Hogberg, David Pamies
The effects of primary explosive blast on brain tissue still remain mostly unknown. There are few in vitro models that use real explosives to probe the mechanisms of injury at the cellular level. In this work, 3D aggregates of human brain cells or brain microphysiological system were exposed to military explosives at two different pressures (50 and 100 psi). Results indicate that membrane damage and oxidative stress increased with blast pressure, but cell death remained minimal.
January 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109969/independent-of-cirrhosis-hepatocellular-carcinoma-risk-is-increased-with-diabetes-and-metabolic-syndrome-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Allison Kasmari, Amy Welch, Guodong Liu, Doug Leslie, Thomas McGarrity, Thomas Riley
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma is the most common primary liver malignancy, commonly a sequelae of hepatitis C infection, but can complicate cirrhosis of any cause. Whether metabolic syndrome and its components, type II diabetes (), hypertension, and hyperlipidemia increase the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma independent of cirrhosis is unknown. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study was conducted using the MarketScan® insurance claims database from 2008-2012...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109057/comparison-of-two-biodegradable-polymer-based-sirolimus-eluting-stents-with-varying-elution-and-absorption-kinetics-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-subgroup-analysis-of-the-panda-iii-trial
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Changdong Guan, Bo Xu, Shubin Qiao, Lei Qin, Yi Li, Zhanquan Li, Yong Guo, Zhongwei Sun, Lei Song, Runlin Gao
BACKGROUND: Implantation of early-generation metallic drug-eluting stents (DES) in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is associated with poor vessel wall healing. Use of biodegradable polymer (BP) DES might improve safety outcomes; however, the impact of varying drug elution and polymer absorption kinetics of BP-DES on clinical outcomes in the AMI population is unknown. METHODS: This subgroup analysis of the randomized PANDA III trial included 732 patients (366 in each group) presenting with recent (<1 month) AMI...
January 21, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108578/the-activated-clotting-time-in-cardiac-surgery-should-celite-or-kaolin-be-used
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Adrianus J De Vries, Annemieke Oude Lansink-Hartgring, Freek-Jan Fernhout, Rolf C G Huet, Edwin R van den Heuvel
OBJECTIVES: Both kaolin- and Celite-activated clotting times (ACT) are used to guide anticoagulation during cardiopulmonary bypass. It is unknown whether these methods lead to similar management procedures for anticoagulation in patients and are thus interchangeable in terms of bias, precision and variability. METHODS: We randomized 97 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting or aortic valve replacement to either kaolin- or Celite-guided anticoagulation...
January 20, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108558/irf4-expression-in-thymic-epithelium-is-critical-for-thymic-regulatory-t-cell-homeostasis
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Uku Haljasorg, James Dooley, Martti Laan, Kai Kisand, Rudolf Bichele, Adrian Liston, Pärt Peterson
The thymus is a primary lymphoid organ required for the induction and maintenance of central tolerance. The main function of the thymus is to generate an immunocompetent set of T cells not reactive to self. During negative selection in the thymus, thymocytes with autoreactive potential are either deleted or differentiated into regulatory T cells (Tregs). The molecular basis by which the thymus allows high-efficiency Treg induction remains largely unknown. In this study, we report that IFN regulatory factor 4 (Irf4) is highly expressed in murine thymic epithelium and is required to prime thymic epithelial cells (TEC) for effective Treg induction...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108514/somatic-ephrin-receptor-mutations-are-associated-with-metastasis-in-primary-colorectal-cancer
#6
Lucy Mathot, Snehangshu Kundu, Viktor Ljungström, Jessica Svedlund, Lotte Moens, Tom Adlerteg, Elin Falk-Sörqvist, Verónica Rendo, Claudia Bellomo, Markus Mayrhofer, Carme Cortina, Magnus Sundström, Patrick Micke, Johan Botling, Anders Isaksson, Aristidis Moustakas, Eduard Batlle, Helgi Birgisson, Bengt Glimelius, Mats Nilsson, Tobias Sjöblom
The contribution of somatic mutations to metastasis of colorectal cancers (CRC) is currently unknown. To find mutations involved in the CRC metastatic process, we performed deep mutational analysis of 676 genes in 107 stages II-IV primary CRC, of which half had metastasized. The mutation prevalence in the ephrin (Eph) family of tyrosine kinase receptors was ten-fold higher in primary tumors of metastatic CRC than in non-metastatic cases and preferentially occurred in stage III and IV tumours. Mutational analyses in situ confirmed expression of mutant Eph receptors...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108451/gwar-robust-analysis-and-meta-analysis-of-genome-wide-association-studies
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Niki L Dimou, Konstantinos D Tsirigos, Arne Elofsson, Pantelis G Bagos
MOTIVATION: In the context of genome-wide association studies (GWAS), there is a variety of statistical techniques in order to conduct the analysis, but, in most cases, the underlying genetic model is usually unknown. Under these circumstances, the classical Cochran-Armitage trend test is suboptimal. Robust procedures that maximize the power and preserve the nominal type I error rate are preferable. Moreover, performing a meta-analysis using robust procedures is of great interest and has never been addressed in the past...
January 20, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108312/ctgf-promotes-osteosarcoma-angiogenesis-by-regulating-mr-543-angiopoietin-2-signaling
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Li-Hong Wang, Hsiao-Chi Tsai, Yu-Che Cheng, Chih-Yang Lin, Yuan-Li Huang, Chun-Hao Tsai, Guo-Hong Xu, Shih-Wei Wang, Yi-Chin Fong, Chih-Hsin Tang
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary solid tumor of bone. It has a high metastatic potential and occurs predominantly in adolescents and young adults. Angiopoietin 2 (Angpt2) is a key regulator in tumor angiogenesis, facilitating tumor growth and metastasis. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF, also known as CCN2), is a cysteine-rich protein that has been reported to promote metastasis of osteosarcoma. However, the effect of CTGF on Angpt2 regulation and angiogenesis in human osteosarcoma remains largely unknown...
January 17, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106648/effect-of-concurrent-prolapse-surgery-on-stress-urinary-incontinence-outcomes-after-tvto
#9
David E Rapp, Mary Ellen Dolat, Joshua Wiley, Bruce Rowe
OBJECTIVES: A variety of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgeries are performed concomitant to midurethral sling (MUS) placement. It is unknown whether differing POP surgeries may affect stress urinary incontinence outcomes after MUS placement. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis of patients undergoing TVT obturator system in conjunction with a variety of POP repair (cystocele with mesh graft, cystocele with cadaveric fascia, colpocleisis, and sacrocolpopexy)...
January 18, 2017: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106556/an-improved-drugs-screening-system-reveals-that-baicalein-ameliorates-the-a%C3%AE-ampa-nmda-induced-depolarization-of-neurons
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Tian-Syuan Lin, Han-Jung Tsai, Chih-Han Lee, Yan-Qing Song, Rih-Sheng Huang, Hsiu-Mei Hsieh-Li, Mei-Chih Liang, Yenshou Lin
The presence of amyloid-β (Aβ) plaque and tau protein hyperphosphorylation in brain tissue is the pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD). At least some Aβ neurotoxicity is caused by the presence of excess glutamate that has been induced by Aβ accumulation. Memantine is currently the only NMDA receptor inhibitor approved for treating moderate-to-severe AD patients. We utilized primary cortical neurons and DiBAC4(3), a slow-response voltage sensitive fluorescence dye, to create a novel system for screening herbal medicines that allows the identification of pure compounds able to ameliorate Aβ-induced abnormal depolarization...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106296/pten-plays-dual-roles-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-osteosarcoma-cells
#11
Yongming Xi, Yan Chen
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary bone cancer, which occurs primarily in children and adolescents. Functional loss of the tumor suppressor PTEN has been demonstrated in bone malignancies including OS. We have recently reported that Pten expression inversely correlates with OS aggressiveness in mouse models. However, the mechanism whereby PTEN exerts its anti-tumor effect remains unknown. In this study, we first examined the expression of PTEN in human OS cell lines including U2OS, MG63 and Saos-2, and found that PTEN expression is reduced as compared to normal human osteoblasts...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105917/proclat-a-new-bioinformatics-tool-for-in-silico-protein-reclassification-case-study-of-drab-a-protein-coded-from-the-dratgb-operon-in-azospirillum-brasilense
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Elisa Terumi Rubel, Roberto Tadeu Raittz, Nilson Antonio da Rocha Coimbra, Michelly Alves Coutinho Gehlen, Fábio de Oliveira Pedrosa
BACKGROUND: Azopirillum brasilense is a plant-growth promoting nitrogen-fixing bacteria that is used as bio-fertilizer in agriculture. Since nitrogen fixation has a high-energy demand, the reduction of N2 to NH4(+) by nitrogenase occurs only under limiting conditions of NH4(+) and O2. Moreover, the synthesis and activity of nitrogenase is highly regulated to prevent energy waste. In A. brasilense nitrogenase activity is regulated by the products of draG and draT. The product of the draB gene, located downstream in the draTGB operon, may be involved in the regulation of nitrogenase activity by an, as yet, unknown mechanism...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105769/renal-tubular-resistance-is-the-primary-driver-for-loop-diuretic-resistance-in-acute-heart-failure
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Jozine M Ter Maaten, Veena S Rao, Jennifer S Hanberg, F Perry Wilson, Lavanya Bellumkonda, Mahlet Assefa, J Sam Broughton, Julie D'Ambrosi, W H Wilson Tang, Kevin Damman, Adriaan A Voors, David H Ellison, Jeffrey M Testani
BACKGROUND: Loop diuretic resistance is a common barrier to effective decongestion in acute heart failure (AHF), and is associated with poor outcome. Specific mechanisms underlying diuretic resistance are currently unknown in contemporary AHF patients. We therefore aimed to determine the relative importance of defects in diuretic delivery vs. renal tubular response in determining diuretic response (DR) in AHF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifty AHF patients treated with intravenous bumetanide underwent a 6-h timed urine collection for sodium and bumetanide clearance...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105636/cost-utility-of-osteoarticular-allograft-versus-endoprosthetic-reconstruction-for-primary-bone-sarcoma-of-the-knee-a-markov-analysis
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Robert J Wilson, Lina M Sulieman, Jacob P VanHouten, Jennifer L Halpern, Herbert S Schwartz, Clinton J Devin, Ginger E Holt
BACKGROUND: The most cost-effective reconstruction after resection of bone sarcoma is unknown. The goal of this study was to compare the cost effectiveness of osteoarticular allograft to endoprosthetic reconstruction of the proximal tibia or distal femur. METHODS: A Markov model was used. Revision and complication rates were taken from existing studies. Costs were based on Medicare reimbursement rates and implant prices. Health-state utilities were derived from the Health Utilities Index 3 survey with additional assumptions...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105346/human-papillomavirus-is-a-favourable-prognostic-factor-in-cancer-of-unknown-primary-in-the-head-and-neck-region-and-in-hypopharyngeal-cancer
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Lars Sivars, Cinzia Bersani, Nathalie Grün, Torbjörn Ramqvist, Eva Munck-Wikland, Christian Von Buchwald, Tina Dalianis
Human papillomavirus (HPV), in addition to smoking and alcohol, is a cause of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC), particularly of the tonsils and base of the tongue (TSCC and BOTSCC, respectively). Moreover, HPV-positive TSCC and BOTSCC are associated with a better outcome compared with their HPV-negative counterparts (80 vs. 40% 3-year disease-free survival rate, respectively) and their incidence has increased in several countries. Recently, accumulating evidence of HPV in a considerable proportion of cancers of unknown primary (CUP) in the head and neck region and in a small proportion of hypopharyngeal SCCs has been reported...
December 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104499/methylene-blue-increases-the-amount-of-hsf1-through-promotion-of-pka-mediated-increase-in-hsf1-p300-interaction
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Chao Huang, Wenfeng Hu, Jili Wang, Lijuan Tong, Xu Lu, Feng Wu, Yong Ling, Bo Jiang, Wei Zhang, Zhuo Chen, Yibin Qin, Rongrong Yang
Heat shock factor 1 (HSF1) critically contributes to the host defense, and its amount determines the mobilization efficiency of HSF1 under stress conditions. To date, how HSF1 amount is regulated remains largely unknown. We found that methylene blue (MB), an anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory agent, increased the amount of HSF1 in BV-2 microglia, primary microglia, astrocytes, neurons and vital organs. The increased HSF1 contributed to a more increase in nuclear translocation of HSF1, association of HSF1 with heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) promoters and Hsp70 expression levels, and also induced a synergistic protection against oxidative stress-induced injuries in MB and heat shock-treated cells...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104121/liver-failure-from-ultra-short-bowel-syndrome-on-the-intestinal-transplant-waiting-list-a-retrospective-study
#17
Y Noguchi, T Ueno, R Matsuura, T Kodama, K Deguchi, S Umeda, T Yamamichi, K Nakahata, M Zenitani, Y Takama, H Yamanaka, Y Tazuke, H Okuyama
BACKGROUND: Patients with intestinal failure (IF) are candidates for intestinal transplantation (ITx). In Japan, these patients have few opportunities to undergo cadaveric ITx because of low rates of organ donation. The donor criteria and recipient priority for ITx are still unknown. We reviewed our cases of IF to investigate which patients should be prioritized for ITx. METHODS: Patients with IF who were registered as candidates for cadaveric ITx between January 2010 and November 2015 in our institute were included in this retrospective study...
January 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103950/the-effects-of-ventilation-tubes-versus-no-ventilation-tubes-for-recurrent-acute-otitis-media-or-chronic-otitis-media-with-effusion-in-9-to-36%C3%A2-month-old-greenlandic-children-the-siutit-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#18
Malene Nøhr Demant, Ramon Gordon Jensen, Janus Christian Jakobsen, Christian Gluud, Preben Homøe
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of otitis media in Greenlandic children is one of the highest in the world. International studies have shown that otitis-prone children may benefit from tubulation of the tympanic membrane. However, it is unknown whether these results can be applied to Greenlandic children and trials on the effects of ventilation tubes in high-risk populations have, to our knowledge, never been conducted. METHODS: The trial is an investigator-initiated, multicentre, randomized, blinded superiority trial of bilateral ventilation tube insertion versus treatment as usual (no tube) in Greenlandic children aged 9-36 months with chronic otitis media with effusion or recurrent acute otitis media...
January 19, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103443/effects-of-childhood-asthma-on-the-development-of-obesity-among-school-aged-children
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Zhanghua Chen, Muhammad T Salam, Tanya L Alderete, Rima Habre, Theresa M Bastain, Kiros Berhane, Frank D Gilliland
RATIONALE: Asthma and obesity often occur together in children. It is unknown whether asthma contributes to the childhood obesity epidemic. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate the effects of asthma and asthma medication use on the development of childhood obesity. METHODS: The primary analysis was conducted among 2,171 non-obese children who were 5-8 years of age at study enrollment in the Southern California Children's Health Study (CHS) and were followed for up to 10 years...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102759/antisense-transcription-of-the-myotonic-dystrophy-locus-yields-low-abundant-rnas-with-and-without-cag-n-repeat
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Anke E E G Gudde, Simon J van Heeringen, Amanda I de Oude, Ingeborg D G van Kessel, Joseph Estabrook, Eric T Wang, Bé Wieringa, Derick G Wansink
The unstable (CTG·CAG)n trinucleotide repeat in the myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) locus is bidirectionally transcribed from genes with terminal overlap. By transcription in the sense direction, the DMPK gene produces various alternatively spliced mRNAs with a (CUG)n repeat in their 3' UTR. Expression in opposite orientation reportedly yields (CAG)n-repeat containing RNA, but both structure and biological significance of this antisense gene (DM1-AS) are largely unknown. Via a combinatorial approach of computational and experimental analyses of RNA from unaffected individuals and DM1 patients we discovered that DM1-AS spans >6 kb, contains alternative transcription start sites and uses alternative polyadenylation sites up- and downstream of the (CAG)n repeat...
January 19, 2017: RNA Biology
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