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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778042/reliability-and-validity-of-the-dymus-questionnaire-for-the-assessment-of-dysphagia-in-multiple-sclerosis-greek-version-and-proposed-modification
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Athanasia Printza, Maria Kalaitzi, Christos Bakirtzis, Ioannis Nikolaidis, Hariklia Proios, Nikolaos Grigoriadis
BACKGROUND: Recent research confirmed that at least a third of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are suffering from swallowing difficulties. Dysphagia is associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and has profound impact on physical ability and quality of life. Dysphagia related complications can be prevented through an effective screening protocol. The Dysphagia in Multiple Sclerosis (DYMUS) questionnaire is the first dysphagia questionnaire developed specifically for patients with MS...
May 10, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777562/post-operative-stereotactic-radiotherapy-for-the-treatment-of-intracranial-haemangiopericytoma-a-study-of-dose-and-outcome
#2
Rohan Nair, Vanessa Panettieri, Joe H Chang, Michael Dally
INTRODUCTION: This study was performed to assess the relationship between tumour response and radiation dose in equivalent 2 Gy per fraction (EQD2). METHOD: A retrospective cohort analysis of 21 patients with a diagnosis of intracranial haemangiopericytoma between 2000 and 2013 was included in this study. A total of 39 lesions were analysed. The equivalent dose in 2 Gy per fraction was calculated by assigning an alpha-beta ratio of 12 Gy. A paired t-test compared dose (EQD2) and tumour response, and as the outcome was binary, a logistic regression analysis was performed...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777501/expression-of-endogenous-proteins-in-maize-hybrids-in-a-multi-location-field-trial-in-india
#3
Linga R Gutha, Divakar Purushottam, Aruna Veeramachaneni, Sarita Tigulla, Vikas Kodappully, Chandana Enjala, Hitendrasinh Rajput, Jennifer Anderson, Bonnie Hong, Jean Schmidt, Shveta Bagga
Genetically modified (GM) crops undergo large scale multi-location field trials to characterize agronomics, composition, and the concentration of newly expressed protein(s) [herein referred to as transgenic protein(s)]. The concentration of transgenic proteins in different plant tissues and across the developmental stages of the plant is considered in the safety assessment of GM crops. Reference or housekeeping proteins are expected to maintain a relatively stable expression pattern in healthy plants given their role in cellular functions...
May 17, 2018: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777127/paradoxical-cardiotoxicity-of-intraperitoneally-injected-epigallocatechin-gallate-preparation-in-diabetic-mice
#4
Nora O Abdel Rasheed, Lamiaa A Ahmed, Dalaal M Abdallah, Bahia M El-Sayeh
Numerous clinical and bioavailability studies addressed epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) beneficial effects; however, our previous work revealed EGCG-induced nephrotoxicity in the presence of diabetes. In this study, the potential myocardial toxicity of EGCG preparation (100 mg/kg/day, IP; 4 days) in diabetic mice injected with streptozotocin (STZ; 150 mg/kg, IP) was investigated. Diabetic mice receiving EGCG preparation showed electrocardiographic changes in addition to elevation of both serum creatine kinase-MB and troponin-I levels accompanied by microscopic myocardial damage...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776962/shp-1-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-hepatocarcinogenesis-and-hcc-progression
#5
Liang-Zhi Wen, Kai Ding, Ze-Rui Wang, Chen-Hong Ding, Shu-Juan Lei, Jin-Pei Liu, Chuan Yin, Ping-Fang Hu, Jin Ding, Wan-Sheng Chen, Xin Zhang, Wei-Fen Xie
Src homology region 2 (SH2) domain-containing phosphatase 1 (SHP-1, also known as PTPN6), is a nonreceptor protein tyrosine phosphatase that acts as a negative regulator of inflammation. Emerging evidence indicates that SHP-1 plays a role in inhibiting the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the role of SHP-1 in hepatocarcinogenesis remains unknown. Here we find that levels of SHP-1 are significantly downregulated in human HCC tissues compared with those in noncancerous tissues (P < 0...
May 18, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776016/psoriasis-area-and-severity-index-pasi-response-in-moderate-severe-psoriatic-patients-switched-to-adalimumab-results-from-the-oppsa-study
#6
M Talamonti, M Galluzzo, N Bernardini, G Caldarola, S Persechino, F Cantoresi, C G Egan, C Potenza, K Peris, L Bianchi
BACKGROUND: Few studies have compared the efficacy of switching to adalimumab in the real-life setting in plaque psoriasis patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of adalimumab in psoriasis patients previously treated with other biologics. METHODS: In this multicentre study, psoriasis patients (N=262) treated with an anti-TNF alpha agent, ustekinumab or naïve to biologics then switched to adalimumab were included. Disease severity was assessed by the Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) at baseline and after 3, 6, 12, 24 and 36 months...
May 18, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775893/puerarin-prevents-vascular-endothelial-injury-through-suppression-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-in-lps-challenged-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
#7
Hua-Fei Deng, Sha Wang, Lian Li, Qin Zhou, Wan-Bei Guo, Xiao-Li Wang, Mei-Dong Liu, Ke Liu, Xian-Zhong Xiao
OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we aimed to explore the effects of puerarin on vascular endothelial cell injury induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and its underlying mechanisms. METHODS: The cell viability and morphological changes were assessed using the cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay and 4´,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) staining, respectively. The levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), monocyte/macrophage chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), IL-8, intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), thrombomodulin (TM) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) in cell culture supernatant were determined by the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
May 15, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775761/the-bone-anabolic-effects-of-irisin-are-through-preferential-stimulation-of-aerobic-glycolysis
#8
Dingdong Zhang, ChuHyun Bae, Junghak Lee, Jiho Lee, Zeyu Jin, Myeongmo Kang, Young Suk Cho, Jeong-Han Kim, Weontae Lee, Sung-Kil Lim
Irisin, a recently identified hormone secreted by skeletal muscle in response to exercise, exhibits anabolic effects on the skeleton primarily through the stimulation of bone formation. However, the mechanism underlying the irisin-stimulated anabolic response remains largely unknown. To uncover the underlying mechanism, we biosynthesized recombinant irisin (r-irisin) using an Escherichia coli expression system and used it to treat several osteoblast cell types. Our synthesized r-irisin could promote proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts as evidenced by enhanced expression of osteoblast-specific transcriptional factors, including Runt-related transcription factor-2 (Runx2), Oster (Osx), as well as early osteoblastic differentiation markers such as alkaline phosphatase (Alp) and collagen type I alpha 1 (Col1a1)...
May 15, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775245/subunits-of-the-dna-polymerase-alpha-primase-complex-promote-notch-mediated-proliferation-with-discrete-and-shared-functions-in-c-elegans-germline
#9
Dong Suk Yoon, Dong Seok Cha, Mohammad A Alfhili, Brett D Keiper, Myon-Hee Lee
Notch receptor signaling is a highly conserved cell communication system in most multicellular organisms and plays a critical role at several junctures in animal development. In C. elegans, GLP-1/Notch signaling is essential for both germline stem cell maintenance and germ cell proliferation during gonad development. Here, we show that subunits (POLA-1, DIV-1, PRI-1, and PRI-2) of the DNA polymerase alpha-primase complex are required for germ cell proliferation in response to GLP-1/Notch signaling in different tissues at different developmental stages...
May 18, 2018: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775228/uroprotective-mechanism-of-quercetin-against-cyclophosphamide-induced-urotoxicity-effect-on-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-markers
#10
Iman O Sherif
The urotoxicity is a common complication associated with patients receiving cyclophosphamide (CYP). This study was designed to investigate the uroprotective mechanism of quercetin (Quer) flavonoid against CYP induced urotoxicity via determination of oxidative stress markers as well as inflammatory mediators in bladder tissue. Forty male Wistar rats were divided into four groups; Normal group: received saline for 10 days. Quer control group: received quercetin 50 mg/kg/day for 10 days. CYP group: received saline for 10 days and injected with a single dose of 150 mg/kg CYP intraperitoneal (i...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773713/a-thumbwheel-mechanism-for-apoa1-activation-of-lcat-activity-in-hdl
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Allison L Cooke, Jamie Morris, John T Melchior, Scott E Street, W Gray Jerome, Rong Huang, Andrew B Herr, Loren E Smith, Jere P Segrest, Alan T Remaley, Amy S Shah, Thomas B Thompson, W Sean Davidson
APOA1 is the most abundant protein in HDL. It modulates interactions that affect HDLs cardioprotective functions, in part via its activation of the enzyme LCAT. On nascent, discoidal HDL, APOA1 comprises 10 alpha-helical repeats arranged in an anti-parallel, stacked-ring structure that encapsulates a lipid bilayer. Previous chemical cross-linking studies suggested that these APOA1 rings can adopt at least two different orientations, or registries, with respect to each other; however, the functional impact of these structural changes is unknown...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773444/assessment-of-competence-in-video-assisted-thoracoscopic-surgery-lobectomy-a-danish-nationwide-study
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René Horsleben Petersen, Kirsten Gjeraa, Katrine Jensen, Lars Borgbjerg Møller, Henrik Jessen Hansen, Lars Konge
BACKGROUND: Competence in video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy has previously been established on the basis of numbers of procedures performed, but this approach does not ensure competence. Specific assessment tools, such as the newly developed video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy assessment tool, allow for structured and objective assessment of competence. Our aim was to provide validity evidence for the video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery lobectomy assessment tool...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773358/-antidepressive-agents-and-hyponatremia-a-literature-review-and-a-case-non-case-study-in-the-french-pharmacovigilance-database
#13
Michaël Rochoy, Christina Zakhem-Stachera, Johana Béné, Christophe Berkhout, Sophie Gautier
OBJECTIVE: Most antidepressants have been associated with a risk of hyponatremia in the literature. This effect is not always reported in monographs. The aim of our study was to clarify the difference of increased risk of hyponatremia among various antidepressants. METHODS: Retrospective study of such cases/non-cases from observations recorded in the French national pharmacovigilance between 01/01/2004 and 31/12/2013. We studied all antidepressants marketed in 2014 in France, with a positive control (haloperidol) and a negative one (amoxicillin)...
March 1, 2018: Thérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773097/polymorphism-in-rs2229783-of-the-alpha-1-xi-collagen-gene-is-associated-with-susceptibility-to-but-not-severity-of-kashin-beck-disease-in-a-northwest-chinese-han-population
#14
Xiao Wei Shi, Feng Zhang, Zhi Yan Li, Ai Li Lyu, Xiong Guo
A case-control study was conducted to investigate associations between organophosphate pesticide (OP) exposure, aggression, impulsivity, and attempted suicide. The purpose of this study was to explore whether genomic polymorphisms in the alpha 1(XI) collagen gene (COL11A1) were associated with the risk and severity of Kashin-Beck disease (KBD). Twenty-two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in COL11A1 were genotyped in 274 KBD cases and 249 healthy controls using the Sequenom MassARRAY system. The expression of type XI collagen (COL11A) in the knee articular cartilage of 22 KBD patients and 21 controls was analyzed by immunohistochemistry...
April 2018: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772805/ethyl-acetate-fraction-from-persimmon-diospyros-kaki-ameliorates-cerebral-neuronal-loss-and-cognitive-deficit-via-the-jnk-akt-pathway-in-tmt-induced-mice
#15
Jong Min Kim, Seon Kyeong Park, Jin Yong Kang, Su Bin Park, Seul Ki Yoo, Hye Ju Han, Chul-Woo Kim, Uk Lee, Sea-Hyun Kim, Ho Jin Heo
This study was conducted to assess the antioxidant capacity and protective effect of the ethyl acetate fraction from persimmon ( Diospyros kaki ) (EFDK) on H₂O₂-induced hippocampal HT22 cells and trimethyltin chloride (TMT)-induced Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mice. EFDK had high antioxidant activities and neuroprotective effects in HT22 cells. EFDK ameliorated behavioral and memory deficits in Y-maze, passive avoidance and Morris water maze tests. Also, EFDK restored the antioxidant system by regulating malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and reduced gluthathione (GSH), and the cholinergic system by controlling the acetylcholine (ACh) level and acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity and expression...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772029/prolyl-carboxypeptidase-activity-in-the-circulation-and-its-correlation-with-body-weight-and-adipose-tissue-in-lean-and-obese-subjects
#16
Kaat Kehoe, Heidi Noels, Wendy Theelen, Emilie De Hert, Shenguan Xu, An Verrijken, Thierry Arnould, Erik Fransen, Nina Hermans, Anne-Marie Lambeir, Per Venge, Luc Van Gaal, Ingrid De Meester
BACKGROUND: Prolyl carboxypeptidase (PRCP) is involved in the regulation of body weight, likely by hydrolysing alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone and apelin in the hypothalamus and in the periphery. A link between PRCP protein concentrations in plasma and metabolic disorders has been reported. In this study, we investigated the distribution of circulating PRCP activity and assessed its relation with body weight and adipose tissue in obese patients and patients who significantly lost weight...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771444/low-level-laser-irradiation-promotes-the-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-into-osteoblasts-through-the-apn-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#17
R-F Zhang, Q Wang, A-A Zhang, J-G Xu, L-D Zhai, X-M Yang, X-T Liu
OBJECTIVE: The relationship between adiponectin (APN) pathway and Wnt pathway was explored through BMSCs, and the effect of low-level laser irradiation (LLLI) on bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) and its mechanism were further studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 3-week-old Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were selected, and mesenchymal stem cells were separately cultured and purified. 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay was used to analyze cell proliferation...
May 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770556/reliability-of-the-animated-activity-questionnaire-for-assessing-activity-limitations-of-patients-with-hip-and-knee-osteoarthritis
#18
W F Peter, H C W de Vet, C B Terwee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the internal consistency, test-retest reliability and measurement error of the Animated Activity Questionnaire (AAQ) for assessing activity limitations in hip and knee osteoarthritis (HKOA) patients. METHODS: A total of 1,177 patients, from six countries (the Netherlands, UK, France, Denmark, Italy and Spain), completed the AAQ, a questionnaire consisting of videos displaying 17 activities with 3-5 levels of performance, from which patients choose the video that best matches their own performance...
May 17, 2018: Musculoskeletal Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770350/centromere-chromosome-orientation-fluorescent-in-situ-hybridization-cen-co-fish-detects-sister-chromatid-exchange-at-the-centromere-in-human-cells
#19
Simona Giunta
Human centromeres are composed of large tandem arrays of repetitive alpha satellite DNA, which are often sites of aberrant rearrangement in cancers (Mitelman et al ., 1997; Padilla-Nash et al ., 2001). To date, annotation of the human centromere repetitive sequences remains incomplete, greatly hindering in-depth functional studies of these regions essential for chromosome segregation. In order to monitor sister chromatid exchange happening at the centromere (C-SCE) due to recombination and mutagenic events, I have applied the Chromosome-Orientation Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (CO-FISH) technique to centromeres (Cen-CO-FISH) in human cells...
April 5, 2018: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770228/acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-arfi-elastography-in-a-cohort-of-alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficient-individuals-and-healthy-volunteers
#20
Sandra Diaz, Behrouz Mostafavi, Hanan A Tanash, Eeva Piitulainen
Background: Acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) elastography has been used to assess liver stiffness non-invasively. However, its usefulness in alpha-1 antitripsin-deficient (AATD) individuals is unknown. Purpose: To assess if liver fibrosis is present in a cohort of AATD individuals using ARFI elastography. Material and Methods: Eighty-three participants aged 38-39 years, except for two who were aged 40 years, underwent ultrasound elastography of the liver with ARFI technique...
April 2018: Acta Radiologica Open
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