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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800587/highly-efficient-gene-inactivation-by-adenoviral-crispr-cas9-in-human-primary-cells
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Olaf Voets, Frans Tielen, Edo Elstak, Julian Benschop, Max Grimbergen, Jan Stallen, Richard Janssen, Andre van Marle, Christian Essrich
Phenotypic assays using human primary cells are highly valuable tools for target discovery and validation in drug discovery. Expression knockdown (KD) of such targets in these assays allows the investigation of their role in models of disease processes. Therefore, efficient and fast modes of protein KD in phenotypic assays are required. The CRISPR/Cas9 system has been shown to be a versatile and efficient means of gene inactivation in immortalized cell lines. Here we describe the use of adenoviral (AdV) CRISPR/Cas9 vectors for efficient gene inactivation in two human primary cell types, normal human lung fibroblasts and human bronchial epithelial cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794855/allergen-immunotherapy-for-allergic-rhinoconjunctivitis-a-systematic-overview-of-systematic-reviews
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Ulugbek Nurmatov, Sangeeta Dhami, Stefania Arasi, Graham Roberts, Oliver Pfaar, Antonella Muraro, Ignacio J Ansotegui, Moises Calderon, Cemal Cingi, Stephen Durham, Roy Gerth van Wijk, Susanne Halken, Eckard Hamelmann, Peter Hellings, Lars Jacobsen, Edward Knol, Desiree Larenas-Linnemann, Sandra Y Lin, Vivian Maggina, Hanneke Oude-Elberink, Giovanni Pajno, Ruby Panwankar, Elideanna Pastorello, Constantinos Pitsios, Giuseppina Rotiroti, Frans Timmermans, Olympia Tsilochristou, Eva-Maria Varga, Jamie Wilkinson, Andrew Williams, Margitta Worm, Luo Zhang, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is developing Guidelines on Allergen Immunotherapy (AIT) for Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis (ARC). To inform the development of recommendations, we sought to critically assess the systematic review evidence on the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of AIT for ARC. METHODS: We undertook a systematic overview, which involved searching nine international biomedical databases from inception to October 31, 2015...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792951/how-stable-is-repression-of-disallowed-genes-in-pancreatic-islets-in-response-to-metabolic-stress
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Katleen Lemaire, Mikaela Granvik, Anica Schraenen, Lotte Goyvaerts, Leentje Van Lommel, Ana Gómez-Ruiz, Peter In 't Veld, Patrick Gilon, Frans Schuit
The specific phenotype of mature differentiated beta cells not only depends on the specific presence of genes that allow beta cell function but also on the selective absence of housekeeping genes ("disallowed genes") that would interfere with this function. Recent studies have shown that both histone modifications and DNA methylation via the de novo methyltransferase DNMT3A are involved in repression of disallowed genes in neonatal beta cells when these cells acquire their mature phenotype. It is unknown, however, if the environmental influence of advanced age, pregnancy and the metabolic stress of high fat diet or diabetes could alter the repression of disallowed genes in beta cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783911/wind-induced-changes-in-the-dynamics-of-fluorescent-organic-matter-in-the-coastal-nw-mediterranean
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Fran L Aparicio, Mar Nieto-Cid, Eva Calvo, Carles Pelejero, Àngel López-Sanz, Josep Pascual, Jordi Salat, Elvia D Sánchez-Pérez, Patricia De La Fuente, Josep M Gasol, Cèlia Marrasé
Marine biogeochemistry dynamics in coastal marine areas is strongly influenced by episodic events such as rain, intense winds, river discharges and anthropogenic activities. We evaluated in this study the importance of these forcing events on modulating seasonal changes in the marine biogeochemistry of the northwestern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, based on data gathered from a fixed coastal sampling station in the area. A 4-year (2011-2014) monthly sampling at four depths (0.5m, 20m, 50m and 80m) was performed to examine the time variability of several oceanographic variables: seawater temperature, salinity, inorganic nutrient concentrations (NO3(-), PO4(3-) and SiO2), chlorophyll a (Chl a), dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and fluorescent dissolved organic matter (FDOM)...
August 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781213/quality-of-life-and-sexual-function-benefits-of-long-term-testosterone-treatment-longitudinal-results-from-the-registry-of-hypogonadism-in-men-rhyme
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Raymond C Rosen, Frederick Wu, Hermann M Behre, Hartmut Porst, Eric J H Meuleman, Mario Maggi, Javier Romero-Otero, Juan I Martinez-Salamanca, Thomas Hugh Jones, Frans M J Debruyne, Karl-Heinz Kurth, Geoff I Hackett, Richard Quinton, Peter Stroberg, Yacov Reisman, Edoardo S Pescatori, Antonio Morales, Lluis Bassas, Natalio Cruz, Glenn R Cunningham, Olivia A Wheaton
BACKGROUND: The benefits and risks of long-term testosterone administration have been a topic of much scientific and regulatory interest in recent years. AIM: To assess long-term quality of life (QOL) and sexual function benefits of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) prospectively in a diverse, multinational cohort of men with hypogonadism. METHODS: A multinational patient registry was used to assess long-term changes associated with TRT in middle-age and older men with hypogonadism...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780497/neonatal-management-and-outcome-after-thoracoamniotic-shunt-placement-for-fetal-hydrothorax
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Ruben S G M Witlox, Frans J C M Klumper, Arjan B Te Pas, Erik W van Zwet, Dick Oepkes, Enrico Lopriore
AIM: To evaluate the short-term neonatal outcome after fetal thoracoamniotic shunt placement for isolated hydrothorax. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of infants with isolated hydrothorax treated with thoracoamniotic shunt placement at our fetal therapy centre between 2001 and 2016. RESULTS: In total 48 fetuses were treated with a thoracoamniotic shunt. All fetuses had signs of hydrops at the time of intervention. Median (IQR) gestational age at shunting was 28...
August 5, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779929/measuring-patient-reported-outcomes-of-acupuncture-treatment-on-pain-patients-health-status
#7
Madelèn Vernooij, Frans Marcelissen
OBJECTIVES: The primary aim of this observational multicenter case series study was to assess patient reported outcome measures of health status following routine acupuncture treatment. DESIGN: Via the patient reported 'MYMOP2-online' questionnaire 110 pain patients reported three times (baseline, after four weeks, after sixteen weeks) whether changes in health status occurred following un-standardized routine acupuncture treatment. RESULTS: ANOVA for repeated measures showed that primary pain (-38...
August 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777376/corrigendum-the-expanding-clinical-phenotype-of-bosch-boonstra-schaaf-optic-atrophy-syndrome-20-new-cases-and-possible-genotype-phenotype-correlations
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Chun-An Chen, Daniëlle G M Bosch, Megan T Cho ScM, Jill A Rosenfeld, Marwan Shinawi, Richard Alan Lewis, John Mann, Parul Jayakar, Katelyn Payne, Laurence Walsh, Timothy Moss, Allison Schreiber, Cheri Schoonveld, Kristin G Monaghan, Frances Elmslie, Ganka Douglas, F Nienke Boonstra, Francisca Millan, Frans P M Cremers, Dianalee McKnight, Gabriele Richard, Jane Juusola, Fran Kendall, Keri Ramsey, Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, Elfrida Malkin, Wendy K Chung, Dmitriy Niyazov, Juan M Pascual, Magdalena Walkiewicz, Vivekanand Veluchamy, Chumei Li, Fuki M Hisama, Bert B A de Vries, Christian Schaaf
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1038/gim.2016.18.
August 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777005/predicting-two-year-mortality-from-discharge-after-acute-coronary-syndrome-an-internationally-based-risk-score
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Stuart J Pocock, Yong Huo, Frans Van de Werf, Simon Newsome, Chee Tang Chin, Ana Maria Vega, Jesús Medina, Héctor Bueno
BACKGROUND: Long-term risk of post-discharge mortality associated with acute coronary syndrome remains a concern. The development of a model to reliably estimate two-year mortality risk from hospital discharge post-acute coronary syndrome will help guide treatment strategies. METHODS: EPICOR (long-tErm follow uP of antithrombotic management patterns In acute CORonary syndrome patients, NCT01171404) and EPICOR Asia (EPICOR Asia, NCT01361386) are prospective observational studies of 23,489 patients hospitalized for an acute coronary syndrome event, who survived to discharge and were then followed up for two years...
August 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774307/perspectives-of-policy-and-political-decision-makers-on-access-to-formal-dementia-care-expert-interviews-in-eight-european-countries
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Anja Broda, Anja Bieber, Gabriele Meyer, Louise Hopper, Rachael Joyce, Kate Irving, Orazio Zanetti, Elisa Portolani, Liselot Kerpershoek, Frans Verhey, Marjolein de Vugt, Claire Wolfs, Siren Eriksen, Janne Røsvik, Maria J Marques, Manuel Gonçalves-Pereira, Britt-Marie Sjölund, Bob Woods, Hannah Jelley, Martin Orrell, Astrid Stephan
BACKGROUND: As part of the ActifCare (ACcess to Timely Formal Care) project, we conducted expert interviews in eight European countries with policy and political decision makers, or representatives of relevant institutions, to determine their perspectives on access to formal care for people with dementia and their carers. METHODS: Each ActifCare country (Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom) conducted semi-structured interviews with 4-7 experts (total N = 38)...
August 3, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772031/local-microrna-133a-downregulation-is-associated-with-hypertrophy-in-the-dyssynchronous-heart
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Lars B van Middendorp, Marion Kuiper, Chantal Munts, Philippe Wouters, Jos G Maessen, Frans A van Nieuwenhoven, Frits W Prinzen
AIMS: Left bundle branch block (LBBB) creates considerable regional differences in mechanical load within the left ventricle (LV). We investigated expression of selected microRNAs (miRs) in relation to regional hypertrophy and fibrosis in LBBB hearts and their reversibility upon cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighteen dogs were followed for 4 months after induction of LBBB, 10 of which received CRT after 2 months. Five additional dogs served as control...
August 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767272/user-statistics-for-an-online-health-game-targeted-at-children
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Eva E Alblas, Frans Folkvord, Doeschka J Anschütz, Paul E Ketelaar, Isabela Granic, Fréderike Mensink, Moniek Buijzen, Jonathan P van 't Riet
OBJECTIVE: Given that many households in western countries nowadays have home access to the Internet, developing health-promoting online interventions has the potential to reach large audiences. Studies assessing usage data of online health interventions are important and relevant but, as of yet, scarce. The present study reviewed usage data from Monkey Do, an existing online health game developed specifically for children from 4 to 8 years old. In addition, the effect of advertising on usage was examined...
August 2, 2017: Games for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766850/efficacy-of-a-novel-swallowing-exercise-program-for-chronic-dysphagia-in-long-term-head-and-neck-cancer-survivors
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Sophie A C Kraaijenga, Lisette van der Molen, Martijn M Stuiver, Robert P Takes, Abrahim Al-Mamgani, Michiel W M van den Brekel, Frans J M Hilgers
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of rehabilitative exercises for chronic dysphagia treatment in head and neck cancer survivors has not been studied extensively and is ambiguous. METHODS: A prospective clinical phase II study using an intensive strength training program was carried out in 17 head and neck cancer survivors with chronic dysphagia. Both swallow and nonswallow exercises were performed for 6-8 weeks with a newly developed tool allowing for progressive muscle overload, including chin tuck, jaw opening, and effortful swallow exercises...
August 2, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764666/a-mega-ethnography-of-eleven-qualitative-evidence-syntheses-exploring-the-experience-of-living-with-chronic-non-malignant-pain
#14
Fran Toye, Kate Seers, Erin Hannink, Karen Barker
BACKGROUND: Each year over five million people develop chronic non-malignant pain and can experience healthcare as an adversarial struggle. The aims of this study were: (1) to bring together qualitative evidence syntheses that explore patients' experience of living with chronic non-malignant pain and develop conceptual understanding of what it is like to live with chronic non-malignant pain for improved healthcare; (2) to undertake the first mega-ethnography of qualitative evidence syntheses using the methods of meta-ethnography...
August 1, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763441/correction-human-mutations-in-integrator-complex-subunits-link-transcriptome-integrity-to-brain-development
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Renske Oegema, David Baillat, Rachel Schot, Leontine M van Unen, Alice Brooks, Sima Kheradmand Kia, A Jeannette M Hoogeboom, Zheng Xia, Wei Li, Matteo Cesaroni, Maarten H Lequin, Marjon van Slegtenhorst, William B Dobyns, Irenaeus F M de Coo, Debbie van den Berg, Frans W Verheijen, Andreas Kremer, Peter J van der Spek, Daphne Heijsman, Eric J Wagner, Maarten Fornerod, Grazia M S Mancini
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006809.].
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763426/epidemiology-of-sepsis-like-illness-in-young-infants-major-role-of-enterovirus-and-human-parechovirus
#16
Eveline P de Jong, Monique G A van den Beuken, Erika P M van Elzakker, K C Wolthers, Arwen J Sprij, E Lopriore, Frans J Walther, Frank Brus
BACKGROUND: Sepsis-like illness is a main cause for hospital admission in young infants. Our aim was to investigate incidence, epidemiology and clinical characteristics of enterovirus (EV) and human parechovirus (HPeV) infections in young infants with sepsis-like illness. METHODS: This is a prospective observational cohort study in which infants younger than 90 days of age, presenting with sepsis-like symptoms in a secondary care children's hospital, underwent a full sepsis work-up...
July 31, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762081/ibrutinib-versus-previous-standard-of-care-an-adjusted-comparison-in-patients-with-relapsed-refractory-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia
#17
Lotta Hansson, Anna Asklid, Joris Diels, Sandra Eketorp-Sylvan, Johanna Repits, Frans Søltoft, Ulrich Jäger, Anders Österborg
This study explored the relative efficacy of ibrutinib versus previous standard-of-care treatments in relapsed/refractory patients with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), using multivariate regression modelling to adjust for baseline prognostic factors. Individual patient data were collected from an observational Stockholm cohort of consecutive patients (n = 144) diagnosed with CLL between 2002 and 2013 who had received at least second-line treatment. Data were compared with results of the RESONATE clinical trial...
July 31, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761087/ethylene-an-early-marker-of-systemic-inflammation-in-humans
#18
Laurent M Paardekooper, Geert van den Bogaart, Matthijs Kox, Ilse Dingjan, Anne H Neerincx, Maura B Bendix, Martin Ter Beest, Frans J M Harren, Terence Risby, Peter Pickkers, Nandor Marczin, Simona M Cristescu
Ethylene is a major plant hormone mediating developmental processes and stress responses to stimuli such as infection. We show here that ethylene is also produced during systemic inflammation in humans and is released in exhaled breath. Traces of ethylene were detected by laser spectroscopy both in vitro in isolated blood leukocytes exposed to bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS) as well as in vivo following LPS administration in healthy volunteers. Exposure to LPS triggers formation of ethylene as a product of lipid peroxidation induced by the respiratory burst...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760512/self-rated-versus-caregiver-rated-health-for-patients-with-mild-dementia-as-predictors-of-patient-mortality
#19
Thien Kieu Thi Phung, Volkert Siersma, Asmus Vogel, Frans Boch Waldorff, Gunhild Waldemar
OBJECTIVE: Self-assessment of health is a strong and independent predictor of mortality for cognitively intact people. Because the ability of patients with dementia to rate their own health is questionable, caregiver-rated health for patients may serve as a proxy. The authors aimed to validate and compare self- and caregiver-rated health for patients with dementia as independent predictors of patient mortality. METHODS: This was a post-hoc analysis of data from The Danish Alzheimer's Disease Intervention Study, a randomized controlled trial of psychosocial intervention for 330 patients with mild dementia and their caregivers with a 36-month follow-up...
June 7, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760483/preliminary-efficacy-investigations-of-oral-fipronil-against-anopheles-arabiensis-when-administered-to-zebu-cattle-bos-indicus-under-field-conditions
#20
Richard M Poché, Naftaly Githaka, Frans van Gool, Rebekah C Kading, Daniel Hartman, Larisa Polyakova, Edward Okoth Abworo, Vishvanath Nene, Saul Lozano-Fuentes
Globally, malaria remains one of the most important vector-borne diseases despite the extensive use of vector control, including indoor residual spraying (IRS) and insecticide-treated nets (ITNs). These control methods target endophagic vectors, whereas some malaria vectors, such as Anopheles arabiensis, preferentially feed outdoors on cattle, making it a complicated vector to control using conventional strategies. Our study evaluated whether treating cattle with a capsule containing the active ingredient (AI) fipronil could reduce vector density and sporozoite rates, and alter blood feeding behavior, when applied in a small-scale field study...
July 29, 2017: Acta Tropica
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