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Clara Gregori-Pla, Gianluca Cotta, Igor Blanco, Peyman Zirak, Martina Giovannella, Anna Mola, Ana Fortuna, Turgut Durduran, Mercedes Mayos
MOTIVATION: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can impair cerebral vasoreactivity and is associated with an increased risk of cerebrovascular disease. Unfortunately, an easy-to-use, non-invasive, portable monitor of cerebral vasoreactivity does not exist. Therefore, we have evaluated the use of near-infrared diffuse correlation spectroscopy to measure the microvascular cerebral blood flow (CBF) response to a mild head-of-bed position change as a biomarker for the evaluation of cerebral vasoreactivity alteration due to chronic OSA...
2018: PloS One
Carolina Soriano-Tárraga, Eva Giralt-Steinhauer, Marina Mola-Caminal, Angel Ois, Ana Rodríguez-Campello, Elisa Cuadrado-Godia, Israel Fernández-Cadenas, Natalia Cullell, Jaume Roquer, Jordi Jiménez-Conde
Age and stroke severity are the main mortality predictors after ischemic stroke. However, chronological age and biological age are not exactly concordant. Age-related changes in DNA methylation in multiple CpG sites across the genome can be used to estimate biological age, which is influenced by lifestyle, environmental factors, and genetic variation. We analyzed the impact of biological age on 3-month mortality in ischemic stroke. We assessed 594 patients with acute ischemic stroke in a cohort from Hospital del Mar (Barcelona) and validated the results in an independent cohort...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
M D Jiménez, R de Torre, I Mola, M A Casado, L Balaguer
The growing number of road vehicles is a major source of regional and global atmospheric pollution increasing concentrations of CO2 in the air, and levels of metals in air and soil. Nevertheless, the effects of these pollutants on plants growing at roadsides are poorly documented. We carried out an observational study of unmanipulated plants growing by the road, to identify the morpho-physiological responses in a perennial grass Dactylis glomerata. Firstly, we wanted to know the general effect of traffic intensity and ambient CO2 and its interactions on different plant traits...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Mariana B de Matos, Christian L de Mola, Jéssica P Trettim, Karen Jansen, Ricardo A da Silva, Luciano D de Mattos Souza, Liliane da Costa Ores, Mariane L Molina, Fernanda T Coelho, Ricardo T Pinheiro, Luciana de A Quevedo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between abuse of and dependence on different psychoactive substances and the presence of anxiety disorders in a sample of young adults from a city in southern Brazil. METHODS: Between 2007 and 2009, we carried out a cross-sectional, population-based study of individuals aged 18-24 years who lived in Pelotas, a city in southern Brazil. We evaluated anxiety disorders using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview 5.0 (MINI), and use of psychoactive substances with the Alcohol, Smoking, and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST 2...
February 15, 2018: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
M V Arularasu, M Anbarasu, S Poovaragan, R Sundaram, K Kanimozhi, C Maria Magdalane, K Kaviyarasu, F T Thema, D Letsholathebe, Genene T Mola, M Maaza
Nanoparticles of tin oxide (SnO2) powders were prepared by co-precipitation method at 500 °C, 700 °C and 900 °C temperature. The sintered SnO2 nanoparticles, structural, optical, magnetic, morphological properties and microbial activity have been studied. XRD studies reveals that sintered powder which exhibits tetragonal crystal structure and both crystallinity as well as crystal size increase with increase in temperature. The morphological studies reveal randomly arranged grains with compact nature grain size increases with sintering temperature...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Helga Simon-Molas, Claudia Arnedo-Pac, Pere Fontova, Anna Vidal-Alabró, Esther Castaño, Ana Rodríguez-García, Àurea Navarro-Sabaté, Núria Lloberas, Anna Manzano, Ramon Bartrons
Lymphocyte activation is associated with rapid increase of both the glycolytic activator fructose 2,6-bisphosphate (Fru-2,6-P2) and the enzyme responsible for its synthesis, 6-phosphofructo-2-kinase/fructose-2,6-bisphosphatase (PFK-2/FBPase-2). PFKFB3 gene, which encodes for the most abundant PFK-2 isoenzyme in proliferating tissues, has been found overexpressed during cell activation in several models, including immune cells. However, there is limited knowledge on the pathways underlying PFKFB3 regulation in human T-lymphocytes, and the role of this gene in human immune response...
February 12, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Erika Alejandra Giraldo Gallo, Tiago Neuenfeld Munhoz, Christian Loret de Mola, Joseph Murray
Child maltreatment has well-documented long-term, adverse effects on mental health, but it is not clear whether there are gender differences in these effects. We conducted a systematic review to investigate whether there are gender differences in the effects of maltreatment on adult depression and anxiety. Medline, PsycINFO, Web of Science, and Lilacs were searched for relevant studies published up to May 2016. Eligible studies included population-based studies (with a cohort, case-control or cross-sectional design) which assessed maltreatment during childhood or adolescence (≤18 years) and its association with major depression or generalized anxiety disorder (DSM/ICD diagnostic criteria) in adulthood (>18 years) separately for females and males...
February 8, 2018: Child Abuse & Neglect
Antonio C Ferraz Filho, Blas Mola-Yudego, José R González-Olabarria, José Roberto S Scolforo
This study focuses on the effects of different thinning regimes on clonal Eucalyptus plantations growth. Four different trials, planted in 1999 and located in Bahia and Espírito Santo States, were used. Aside from thinning, initial planting density, and post thinning fertilization application were also evaluated. Before canopy closure, and therefore before excessive competition between trees took place, it was found that stands planted under low densities (667 trees per hectare) presented a lower mortality proportion when compared to stand planted under higher densities (1111 trees per hectare)...
February 5, 2018: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
Bernardo L Horta, Bruno A de Sousa, Christian L de Mola
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Breastfeeding has clear short-term benefits for child survival. Concerning its long-term consequences, it has been reported that subjects who had been breastfed would have a better performance in intelligence tests. In this review, we perused the recently published studies on the association of breastfeeding with developmental outcomes. RECENT FINDINGS: A meta-analysis published in 2015 reported that intelligence quotient (IQ) was 3.44 points (95% confidence interval: 2...
January 30, 2018: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Andrew J Vallely, Pamela J Toliman, Claire Ryan, Glennis Rai, Johanna Wapling, Josephine Gabuzzi, Antonia Kumbia, Benny Kombuk, Zure Kombati, Lisa M Vallely, Angela Kelly-Hanku, Handan Wand, Sepehr N Tabrizi, Glen D L Mola, John M Kaldor
BACKGROUND: Papua New Guinea (PNG) has among the highest estimated burdens of cervical cancer globally but currently has no national cervical screening program. Visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid (VIA) is a low-cost screening strategy endorsed by the World Health Organization that has been adopted in many low-resource settings but not previously evaluated in PNG. AIM: To evaluate the association between VIA examination findings and high-risk HPV (hrHPV) infection; and the impact of concomitant genital Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Trichomonas vaginalis on the interpretation of VIA findings...
January 30, 2018: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Fernanda Oliveira Meller, Christian Loret de Mola, Maria Cecília Formoso Assunção, Antônio Augusto Schäfer, Darren Lawrence Dahly, Fernando Celso Barros
Context: The effect of both birth order and number of siblings on overweight and/or obesity has not been determined. Birth order and sibsize have been mathematically coupled to overweight and/or obesity, but thus far their respective effects have been estimated separately. Objective: The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effects of both birth order and number of siblings on the risk of overweight/obesity. Data Sources: The electronic databases MEDLINE, Social Science, SocINDEX, PsycINFO, CINAHL Plus, and Academic Search Complete were searched systematically...
February 1, 2018: Nutrition Reviews
Lisa M Vallely, Pamela Toliman, Claire Ryan, Glennis Rai, Johanna Wapling, Josephine Gabuzzi, Joyce Allen, Christine Opa, Gloria Munnull, Petronia Kaima, Benny Kombuk, Antonia Kumbia, Zure Kombati, Greg Law, Angela Kelly-Hanku, Handan Wand, Peter M Siba, Glen D L Mola, John M Kaldor, Andrew J Vallely
OBJECTIVE: Papua New Guinea (PNG) has among the highest estimated prevalences of genital Chlamydia trachomatis (CT), Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) and Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) of any country in the Asia-Pacific region. Diagnosis and treatment of these infections have relied on the WHO-endorsed syndromic management strategy that uses clinical presentation without laboratory confirmation to make treatment decisions. We evaluated the performance of this strategy in clinical settings in PNG...
December 29, 2017: BMJ Open
Tommaso Mazza, Massimiliano Copetti, Daniele Capocefalo, Caterina Fusilli, Tommaso Biagini, Massimo Carella, Antonio De Bonis, Nicola Mastrodonato, Ada Piepoli, Valerio Pazienza, Evaristo Maiello, Fabio Francesco di Mola, Pierluigi di Sebastiano, Angelo Andriulli, Francesca Tavano
MiRNA expression abnormalities in adenocarcinoma arising from pancreatic ductal system (PDAC) and Vater's papilla (PVAC) could be associated with distinctive pathologic features and clinical cancer behaviours. Our previous miRNA expression profiling data on PDAC (n=9) and PVAC (n=4) were revaluated to define differences/similarities in miRNA expression patterns. Afterwards, in order to uncover target genes and core signalling pathways regulated by specific miRNAs in these two tumour entities, miRNA interaction networks were wired for each tumour entity, and experimentally validated target genes underwent pathways enrichment analysis...
December 1, 2017: Oncotarget
Andrea Gerbino, Irene Bottillo, Serena Milano, Martina Lipari, Roberta De Zio, Silvia Morlino, Maria Grazia Mola, Giuseppe Procino, Federica Re, Elisabetta Zachara, Paola Grammatico, Maria Svelto, Monica Carmosino
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Truncating LMNA gene mutations occur in many inherited cardiomyopathy cases, but the molecular mechanisms involved in the disease they cause have not yet been systematically investigated. Here, we studied a novel frameshift LMNA variant (p.D243Gfs*4) identified in three members of an Italian family co-segregating with a severe form of cardiomyopathy with conduction defects. METHODS: HEK293 cells and HL-1 cardiomyocytes were transiently transfected with either Lamin A or D243Gfs*4 tagged with GFP (or mCherry)...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
E Molas, S Luque, A Retamero, D Echeverría-Esnal, A Guelar, M Montero, R Guerri, L Sorli, E Lerma, J Villar, H Knobel
OBJECTIVES: Interactions between antiretroviral treatment (ART) and comedications are a concern in HIV-infected patients. This study aimed to determine the frequency and severity of potential drug-drug interactions (PDDIs) with ART in our setting. METHODS: Observational study by a multidisciplinary team in 1259 consecutive HIV patients (March 2015-September 2016). Data on demographics, toxic habits, comorbidities, and current ART were collected. A structured questionnaire recorded concomitant medications (including occasional and over-the-counter drugs)...
November 28, 2017: HIV Clinical Trials
Ivan Cuoghi, Clara Lazzaretti, Mauro Mandrioli, Lucrezia Mola, Aurora Pederzoli
The aim of present work is to analyse the distribution of carbonic anhydrase II (CAII), cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR), vacuolar-type H+ -ATPase (V-H+ -ATPase), Na+ /K+ ATPase, Na+ /H+ exchanger (NHE) and SLC26A6 (solute carrier family 26, member 6), also known as pendrin protein, in the lancelet Branchiostoma floridae in order to go in depth in the evolution of osmoregulation and pH regulation in Chordates. In view of their phylogenetic position, lancelets may indeed provide a critical point of reference for studies on osmoregulation evolution in Chordates...
January 2018: Acta Histochemica
Ashish Arora, Matthias Drüppel, Robert Schmidt, Thorsten Deilmann, Robert Schneider, Maciej R Molas, Philipp Marauhn, Steffen Michaelis de Vasconcellos, Marek Potemski, Michael Rohlfing, Rudolf Bratschitsch
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November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
Elisabet Leiva Badosa, Maria Badia Tahull, Núria Virgili Casas, Gema Elguezabal Sangrador, Concepción Faz Méndez, Ignacio Herrero Meseguer, Àngels Izquierdo González, Rafael López Urdiales, Francisco Javier Oca Burguete, María Tubau Molas, Concepció Vilarasau Farré, Josep Manel Llop Talaveron
INTRODUCTION: Malnutrition is common in patients admitted to hospital and is associated with morbidity and mortality. We conducted a study to assess the prevalence of nutritional risk, risk factors associated and its consequences in a third-level hospital. METHODS: This is a prospective nutritional screening study of hospitalized patients evaluated within the first 72 hours of admission, by Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool (MUST) and Short Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire (SNAQ) screening tests...
July 28, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Marco Monticone, Luca Frigau, Howard Vernon, Barbara Rocca, Francesco Mola
PURPOSE: The NeckPix© is a simple and rapid means of measuring the beliefs of subjects with chronic neck pain concerning pain-related fears of a specific set of activities of daily living. The original version showed satisfactory psychometric properties. This observational study is aimed at evaluating its responsiveness and minimal important changes (MICs) in subjects with chronic neck pain. METHODS: At the beginning, at the end of an 8-week rehabilitation programme as well as at the one-year follow-up, 153 subjects completed the NeckPix©...
October 20, 2017: European Spine Journal
Laura Simone, Concetta Domenica Gargano, Francesco Pisani, Antonio Cibelli, Maria Grazia Mola, Antonio Frigeri, Maria Svelto, Grazia Paola Nicchia
Aquaporin-1 (AQP1) is a proangiogenic water channel protein promoting endothelial cell migration. We previously reported that AQP1 silencing by RNA interference reduces angiogenesis-dependent primary tumour growth in a mouse model of melanoma. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that AQP1 inhibition also affects animal survival and lung nodule formation. Melanoma was induced by injecting B16F10 cells into the back of C57BL6J mice. Intratumoural injection of AQP1 siRNA and CTRL siRNA was performed 10 days after tumour cell implantation...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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