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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931178/the-oral-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-sitagliptin-increases-circulating-levels-of-stromal-derived-factor-1-alpha
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Athanasia K Papazafiropoulou, Nikolaos Papanas, Aikaterini Trikkalinou, Evaggelos Fousteris, Andreas Melidonis
Recent studies have demonstrated that stromal derived factor-1α (SDF-1α) is a substrate of dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. It has also been shown that SDF-1α shares anti-apoptotic as well as nephroprotective properties and exerts a beneficial effect in the cardiovascular system. Therefore, the aim of this study was to estimate the effect of treatment with the DDP-4 inhibitor sitagliptin on SDF-1α levels in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). Overall, 32 patients (16 males) with T2D, mean age (±SD) 67...
September 20, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930915/microvesicle-subsets-in-sepsis-due-to-community-acquired-pneumonia-compared-to-faecal-peritonitis
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Hazem M S Lashin, Suchita Nadkarni, Silvia Oggero, Hefin R Jones, Julian C Knight, Charles J Hinds, Mauro Perretti
RATIONALE: Microvesicles (MV) act as a non-soluble means of inter-cellular communication, with effector roles in disease pathogenesis and potentially as biomarkers. Previously, we reported that neutrophil MV expressing alpha-2-macroglobulin (A2MG) are protective in experimental sepsis and associate with survival in a small cohort of patients with sepsis due to community acquired pneumonia (CAP). OBJECTIVES: To characterise MV profiles in sepsis due to CAP or faecal peritonitis (FP) and determine their relation to outcome...
September 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930874/the-effectiveness-of-fish-oil-supplementation-in-attenuating-exercise-induced-muscle-damage-in-females-during-mid-follicular-and-mid-luteal-menstrual-phases
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Sarah K McKinley-Barnard, Thomas L Andre, Josh J Gann, Paul S Hwang, Darryn S Willoughby
The purpose of this study was to determine if the differences in estrogen levels during the female menstrual cycle and fish oil supplementation would attenuate eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD) and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). In a double-blind fashion, 22 physically-active females (20.9 ± 1.4 years, 63.5 ± 9.0 kg, 165.2 ± 7.5 cm) were randomly assigned to ingest either 6 grams of fish oil (n = 11) or placebo (n = 11) daily for 21 days. Participants underwent an eccentric exercise bout of the knee extensors on two occasions during the mid-follicular (MF) and mid-luteal (ML) phases of the 28-day menstrual cycle...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930866/p2x7r-blockade-prevents-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-and-pancreatic-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-chronic-pancreatitis
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Gui-Xian Zhang, Man-Xue Wang, Wei Nie, Da-Wei Liu, Yi Zhang, Hong-Bin Liu
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the role of P2X7R (purinergic 2X7 receptor) and NLRP3 (NACHT, LRR, and PYD domains-containing protein 3) inflammasome activation in the process of pancreatic fibrosis in a mouse model of chronic pancreatitis (CP). METHODS: Chronic pancreatitis was induced by repeated intraperitoneal injections of 50 μg/kg cerulein for 6 weeks in mice. P2X7R antagonist oxidized ATP (OxATP) or brilliant blue G (BBG) was administered after the last cerulein injection for 2 weeks...
September 19, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930551/uremic-toxins-are-conditional-danger-or-homeostasis-associated-molecular-patterns
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Yu Sun, Candice Johnson, Jun Zhou, Luqiao Wang, Ya-Feng Li, Yifan Lu, Gayani Nanayakkara, Hangfei Fu, Ying Shao, Claudette Sanchez, William Y Yang, Xin Wang, Eric T Choi, Rongshan Li, Hong Wang, Xiao-Feng Yang
We mined novel uremic toxin (UT) metabolomics/gene databases, and analyzed the expression changes of UT receptors and UT synthases in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). We made the following observations: 1) UTs represent only 1/80(th) of human serum small-molecule metabolome; 2) Some UTs are increased in CKD and CVD; 3) UTs either induce or suppress the expression of inflammatory molecules; 4) The expression of UT genes is significantly modulated in CKD patients, and coronary artery disease (CAD) patients; 5) The expression of UT genes is upregulated by caspase-1 and TNF-alpha pathways but is inhibited in regulatory T cells...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930532/neuroprotective-role-of-asiatic-acid-in-aluminium-chloride-induced-rat-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Mashoque Ahmad Rather, Arokiasamy Justin Thenmozhi, Thamilarasan Manivasagam, Mathiyazahan Dhivya Bharathi, Musthafa Mohamed Essa, Gilles J Guillemin
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, characterized by memory loss, cognitive impairment and personality disorders accompanied by diffuse structural abnormalities in the brain of elderly people. The current investigation explored the neuroprotective potential of asiatic acid (AA), a natural triterpene of Centella asiatica on aluminium chloride (AlCl3) induced rat model of AD. Oral administration of AlCl3 (100 mg/kg b.w.) for 42 days significantly elevated the levels of Al, activity of acetyl cholinesterase and expressions of amyloid precursor protein, amyloid beta1-42, beta and gamma secretases, glial fibrillary acidic protein, ionized calcium binding adaptor molecule 1, interleukins -1β, 6, 4, 2, tumor necrosis factor alpha, inducible nitric oxide synthase, nuclear factor- k beta and cyclooxygenase-2 in the hippocampus and cortex  compared to the control group...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930368/the-importance-of-polymorphic-variants-of-collagen-1a2-gene-col1a2-in-the-development-of-osteopenia-and-osteoporosis-in-postmenopausal-women
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Marian Majchrzycki, Joanna Bartkowiak-Wieczorek, Anna Bogacz, Joanna Szyfter-Harris, Hubert Wolski, Andrzej Klejewski, Maciej Goch, Krzysztof Drews, Magdalena Barlik, Marcin Ożarowski, Adam Kamiński, Agnieszka Gryszczyńska, Agnieszka Seremak-Mrozikiewicz
OBJECTIVES: Collagen type I plays an important role in the bone matrix and is encoded by COL1A2 (collagen type I alpha 2) gene that may be a potential candidate for osteoporotic fracture. The aim of this study is to determine whether EcoRI, Del38 and PvuII polymorphisms of COL1A2 are associated with the development of osteoporosis and osteopenia in post-menopausal Polish women. Moreover, analysis of relationship between frequency of COL1A2 gene polymorphic variants and clinical parameters of bone turnover and degree of osteoporosis was performed...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929498/dog-skin-parasite-load-tlr-2-il-10-and-tnf-%C3%AE-expression-and-infectiousness
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Dandara Camila Morais Pereira-Fonseca, Fernanda Muller de Oliveira-Rovai, Lílian Aparecida Colebrusco Rodas, Carolina Aparecida Carlin Beloti, Rafaela Beatriz Pintor Torrecilha, Píer Kenji Rauschkolb Katsuda Ito, Saulo Vinícius Avanço, Rafael Silva Cipriano, Yuri Tani Utsunomiya, Roberto Mitsuyoshi Hiramoto, Leontides Calvo-Bado, Orin Courtenay, Gisele Fabrino Machado, Valéria Marçal Felix de Lima, Cáris Maroni Nunes
Visceral leishmaniosis is a zoonotic disease that is transmitted by Lutzomyia longipalpis sandflies. Dogs are the main peri-urban reservoir of the disease, and progression of canine leishmaniosis is dependent on the type of immune response elaborated against the parasite. Type 1 immunity is characterized by effective cellular response, with production of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). In contrast, Type 2 immunity is predominantly humoral, associated with progression of the disease, and mediated by anti-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin 10 (IL-10)...
September 20, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928842/significant-response-to-ramucirumab-monotherapy-in-chemotherapy-resistant-recurrent-alpha-fetoprotein-producing-gastric-cancer-a-case-report
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Yasuhiro Arakawa, Miho Tamura, Keisuke Aiba, Kazuhiko Morikawa, Daisuke Aizawa, Masahiro Ikegami, Masami Yuda, Katsunori Nishikawa
Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)-producing gastric cancer (AFPGC) is a relatively rare type of gastric cancer characterized by a high incidence of liver and lymph node metastases, and a poor prognosis. Few advanced AFPGC cases treated successfully with conventional chemotherapy have been reported thus far. Although the development of molecular-targeted therapy has improved the prognosis of various types of cancer, there are currently no tailored therapies for AFPGC. In the present report, the case of a chemotherapy-resistant recurrent AFPGC patient who exhibited a significant response to ramucirumab monotherapy is presented...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928125/ck2%C3%AE-critically-regulates-thrombopoiesis-and-ca-2-triggered-platelet-activation-in-arterial-thrombosis-in-vivo
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Patrick Münzer, Britta Walker-Allgaier, Sascha Geue, Friederike Langhauser, Eva Geuss, David Stegner, Katja Aurbach, Daniela Semeniak, Madhumita Chatterjee, Irene Gonzalez Menendez, Melanie Märklin, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez, Helmut R Salih, David W Litchfield, Thierry Buchou, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Florian Lang, Bernhard Nieswandt, Irina Pleines, Harald Schulze, Meinrad Gawaz, Oliver Borst
Platelets, anucleated megakaryocyte-derived cells, play a major role in hemostasis and arterial thrombosis. While protein kinase Casein Kinase 2 (CK2) is readily detected in megakaryocytes and platelets, the impact of CK2-dependent signaling on megakaryocyte/platelet (patho-) physiology has remained elusive. The present study explored the impact of the CK2 regulatory β-subunit on platelet biogenesis and activation. Megakaryocyte/platelet-specific genetic deletion of CK2β (ck2β(-/-) ) in mice resulted in a significant macrothrombocytopenia and an increased extramedullar megakaryopoiesis with enhanced proportion of premature platelets...
September 19, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927953/comparison-of-a-handheld-indirect-calorimetry-device-and-predictive-energy-equations-among-individuals-on-maintenance-hemodialysis
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Ellis A Morrow, Andrea Marcus, Laura Byham-Gray
OBJECTIVES: Practical methods for determining resting energy expenditure (REE) among individuals on maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) are needed because of the limitations of indirect calorimetry. Two disease-specific predictive energy equations (PEEs) have been developed for this metabolically complex population. The aim of this study was to compare estimated REE (eREE) by PEEs to measured REE (mREE) with a handheld indirect calorimetry device (HICD). METHODS: A prospective pilot study of adults on MHD (N = 40) was conducted at 2 dialysis clinics in Houston and Texas City, Texas...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Renal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927688/effects-of-dietary-hawthorn-extract-on-growth-performance-immune-responses-growth-and-immune-related-genes-expression-of-juvenile-golden-pompano-trachinotus-ovatus-and-its-susceptibility-to-vibrio-harveyi-infection
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Xiaohong Tan, Zhenzhu Sun, Zhong Huang, Chuanpeng Zhou, Heizhao Lin, Lianjie Tan, Pengwei Xun, Qian Huang
The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of dietary hawthorn extract (HTE) supplementation on growth performance, immune responses, hepatic antioxidant abilities, growth- and immune-related and heat shock protein genes expression and resistance to the pathogen Vibrio harveyi in Trachinotus ovatus. A basal diet supplemented with HTE at 0 (Diet 1), 0.50 (Diet 2), 1.00 (Diet 3), 2.00 (Diet 4), 4.00 (Diet 5) and 10.00 (Diet 6) g kg(-1) were fed to golden pompano for 8 weeks. The highest final body weight, weight gain rate, specific growth rate, feed efficiency ratio and protein efficiency rate were observed in fish fed Diet 2 (P < 0...
September 16, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927667/development-and-validation-of-a-tool-to-evaluate-the-evolution-of-clinical-reasoning-in-trauma-using-virtual-patients
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David Fleiszer, Michael L Hoover, Nancy Posel, Tarek Razek, Simon Bergman
CONTEXT: Undergraduate medical students at a large academic trauma center are required to manage a series of online virtual trauma patients as a mandatory exercise during their surgical rotation. PURPOSE: Clinical reasoning during undergraduate medical education can be difficult to assess. The purpose of the study was to determine whether we could use components of the students' virtual patient management to measure changes in their clinical reasoning over the course of the clerkship year...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927512/psychometric-assessment-of-the-depressive-cognition-scale-among-older-chinese-people
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Li-Na Guo, Jaclene A Zauszniewski, Xian-Fei Ding, Yong-Chuang Liu, Li-Jie Huang, Yan-Jin Liu
The study aimed to translate the Depressive Cognition Scale (DCS) into Chinese and to test its reliability and validity among Chinese older people. Using a cross-sectional design, a demographic questionnaire and Chinese versions of the Depressive Cognition Scale (DCS-CHI) and the Center for Epidemiological Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D) were administered. The sample consisted of 1673 older people who were from communities and hospitals. The Cronbach's alpha (α) of DCS-CHI was 0.91, and the test-retest correlation coefficient was 0...
October 2017: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927392/the-validation-of-the-dutch-sf-qualiveen-a-questionnaire-on-urinary-specific-quality-of-life-in-spinal-cord-injury-patients
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Sarah H M Reuvers, Ida J Korfage, Jeroen R Scheepe, Lisette A 't Hoen, Tebbe A R Sluis, Bertil F M Blok
BACKGROUND: Optimizing the patients' quality of life is one of the main goals in the urological management of spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. In this study we validated the Dutch SF-Qualiveen, a short questionnaire that measures the urinary-specific quality of life, in SCI patients. No such measure is yet available for this patient group. METHODS: In 2015-2016 SCI patients with urinary symptomatology who visited the outpatient clinics of Urology at the Erasmus Medical Centre and Rehabilitation at Rijndam Revalidation completed the SF-Qualiveen and UDI-6 during the visit and 1-2 weeks later...
September 19, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927310/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-scandinavian-version-of-the-caregiver-priorities-and-child-health-index-of-life-with-disabilities
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Katina Pettersson, Kari Marte Bjerke, Reidun Jahnsen, John Öhrvik, Elisabet Rodby-Bousquet
PURPOSE: To examine test-retest reliability and construct validity of the Scandinavian version of the caregiver priorities and child health index of life with disabilities (CPCHILD) questionnaire for children with cerebral palsy (CP). METHODS: Families were recruited in Sweden and Norway and stratified according to the gross motor function classification system levels I-V for children born 2000-2011, mean age 7.9 (SD 3.2). Construct validity based on the first questionnaire (n = 106) was evaluated for known groups, using linear regression analysis...
September 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927255/innate-immune-response-of-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells-to-mycoplasma-bovis
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Satoshi Gondaira, Hidetoshi Higuchi, Hidetomo Iwano, Koji Nishi, Takanori Nebu, Keiichi Nakajima, Hajime Nagahata
Mycoplasma species are contagious bacteria and Mycoplasma bovis mastitis is a serious productivity problem on dairy farms. Bovine mammary epithelial cells (bMEC) play an important role in the elimination of pathogens, but the effect of M. bovis on bMEC has not been fully clarified. To better understand the immune response against intramammary infection by M. bovis, we used microarray analysis to examine and profile mRNA expression in bMEC after stimulation with M. bovis. We also compared the effects of M. bovis, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli on immune-related mRNA expression in bMEC...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926697/copper-inhibits-the-alkb-family-dna-repair-enzymes-under-wilson-s-disease-condition
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Ke Bian, Fangyi Chen, Zachary T Humulock, Qi Tang, Deyu Li
Disturbed metabolism of copper ions can cause diseases, such as Wilson's disease (WD). In this work, we investigated the inhibi-tory effect of Cu(II) ion on the AlkB family DNA repair enzymes in vitro, which are members of the Fe(II)/alpha-ketoglutarate-dependent dioxygenase and include human ALKBH2, ALKBH3, and E. coli AlkB proteins. None of the three proteins were significantly inhibited under normal cellular copper concentrations. But under WD related condition, we observed the activities of all three enzymes were strongly suppressed (from 95...
September 19, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926512/orthosiphon-stamineus-misai-kucing-ameliorated-postmenopausal-osteoporosis-in-rat-model
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Rubiatul Adawiyah Bokhari, Seng Fong Lau, Suhaila Mohamed
OBJECTIVE: Orthosiphon stamineus (OS) or Misai Kucing (Java tea) is a popular herbal supplement from Southeast Asia for various metabolic, age-related diseases. This study investigated the potential use of OS leaf extracts to ameliorate osteoporosis in ovariectomized rats. METHODS: Fifty-six female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly allocated into eight groups (n = 7): SHAM (healthy sham control); OVX (ovarietomized) nontreated rats (negative control); OVX + Remifemin (100 mg/kg body weight), and 2% green tea extract (positive controls); OVX + OS 50% ethanolic and aqueous extracts, both at either 150 or 300 mg/kg...
September 18, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926474/parasympathetic-activation-enhanced-by-slow-respiration-modulates-early-auditory-sensory-gating
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Atsushi Aoyama, Yu Shimura, Takao Ohmuta, Yohei Nomoto, Masashi Kawasumi
Sensory gating is a preattentional mechanism to filter irrelevant information from the environment. It is typically reflected as a suppression of the event-related P50 component for successive sounds in the auditory modality. Although stress-induced sympathetic activation has been reported to disrupt P50 suppression, little is known about the modulatory effect of parasympathetic activation on early auditory sensory gating. We determined the parasympathetic effect on the magnetic P50 (P50m) suppression by controlling the respiratory rhythm and recording data simultaneously with magnetoencephalography and electrocardiography, using three successive click sounds as stimulus and ten normal individuals as study participants...
September 18, 2017: Neuroreport
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