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D Bogdanou, M Penna-Martinez, N Filmann, T L Chung, Y Moran-Auth, J Wehrle, C Cappel, S Huenecke, E Herrmann, U Koehl, K Badenhoop
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) is mediated by autoaggressive T effector cells with an underlying regulatory T cell (Treg) defect. Vitamin D (VD) deficiency is highly prevalent in T1D which can aggravate immune dysfunction. High dose VD treatment may enhance Tregs and improve metabolism in T1D patients. METHODS: In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with cross-over design, patients received either for three months cholecalciferol 4000 IU/d, followed by three months placebo or the sequential alternative...
October 20, 2016: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
Natasa M Milic, Srdjan Masic, Jelena Milin-Lazovic, Goran Trajkovic, Zoran Bukumiric, Marko Savic, Nikola V Milic, Andja Cirkovic, Milan Gajic, Mirjana Kostic, Aleksandra Ilic, Dejana Stanisavljevic
BACKGROUND: The scientific community increasingly is recognizing the need to bolster standards of data analysis given the widespread concern that basic mistakes in data analysis are contributing to the irreproducibility of many published research findings. The aim of this study was to investigate students' attitudes towards statistics within a multi-site medical educational context, monitor their changes and impact on student achievement. In addition, we performed a systematic review to better support our future pedagogical decisions in teaching applied statistics to medical students...
2016: PloS One
Hao Xu, Manxi Zhao, Shenghui Liang, Quanshu Huang, Yunchuan Xiao, Liang Ye, Qinyi Wang, Longmei He, Lanxiang Ma, Hua Zhang, Li Zhang, Hui Jiang, Xiao Ke, Yuchun Gu
Puerarin, a known isoflavone, is commonly found as a Chinese herb medicine. It is widely used in China to treat cardiac diseases such as angina, cardiac infarction and arrhythmia. However, its cardioprotective mechanism remains unclear. In this study, puerarin significantly prolonged ventricular action potential duration (APD) with a dosage dependent manner in the micromolar range on isolated rat ventricular myocytes. However, submicromolar puerarin had no effect on resting membrane potential (RMP), action potential amplitude (APA) and maximal velocity of depolarization (Vmax) of action potential...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wayne O Miles, Antonio Lembo, Angela Volorio, Elena Brachtel, Bin Tian, Dennis Sgroi, Paolo Provero, Nicholas Dyson
Alternative polyadenylation (APA) is a process that changes the post-transcriptional regulation and translation potential of mRNAs via addition or deletion of 3'UTR sequences. To identify post-transcriptional regulatory events affected by APA in breast tumors, tumor datasets were analyzed for recurrent APA events. Motif mapping of the changed 3'UTR region found that APA-mediated removal of Pumilio Regulatory Elements (PRE) was unusually common. Breast tumor sub-type specific APA profiling identified triple-negative breast tumors as having the highest levels of APA...
October 10, 2016: Cancer Research
Elena Grassi, Elisa Mariella, Antonio Lembo, Ivan Molineris, Paolo Provero
BACKGROUND: Post-transcriptional regulation is a complex mechanism that plays a central role in defining multiple cellular identities starting from a common genome. Modifications in the length of 3'UTRs have been found to play an important role in this context, since alternative 3' UTRs could lead to differences for example in regulation by microRNAs and cellular localization of the transcripts thus altering their fate. RESULTS: We propose a strategy to identify the genes undergoing regulation of 3' UTR length using RNA sequencing data obtained from standard libraries, thus widely applicable to data originally obtained to perform classical differential expression analyses...
October 18, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
Shoubing Wang, Ziran Xu
Increased eutrophication in the recent years has resulted in considerable research focus on identification of methods for preventing cyanobacterial blooms that are rapid and efficient. The objectives of this study were to investigate the effects of dihydroartemisinin and artemether on the growth of Microcystis aeruginosa and to elucidate its mode of action. Variations in cell density, chlorophyll a, soluble protein, malondialdehyde, extracellular alkaline phosphatase activity (APA), and chlorophyll fluorescence parameters (Fv/Fm, ΦPSII, ETR, rapid light curves, fast chlorophyll fluorescence curves on fluorescence intensity, and relative variable fluorescence) were evaluated by lab-cultured experiments...
2016: PloS One
Yoko Yoshii, Kenji Oki, Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Haruya Ohno, Kiyotaka Itcho, Kazuhiro Kobuke, Masayasu Yoneda
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the DNA methylation levels of steroidogenic enzyme genes in aldosterone-producing adenoma (APA) and the effects of gene mutations in APA on the DNA methylation levels. DNA methylation array analysis was conducted using nonfunctioning adrenocortical adenoma (n=12) and APA (n=35) samples, including some with a KCNJ5 mutation (n=21), an ATP1A1 mutation (n=5), and without the known mutations (n=9). The quantitative polymerase chain reaction assay was performed for the detection of CYP11B2 and CYP11B1 expression levels in nonfunctioning adrenocortical adenoma and APA...
October 17, 2016: Hypertension
Elena Azizan, Norlela Sukor, Nor Azmi Kamaruddin, A Rahman A Jamal, Jiri Ceral, Miroslav Solar, Isa Mohamed Rose, Geok Chin Tan
OBJECTIVE: Aldosterone-producing adenoma (APA) is a common curable cause of hypertension. Somatic mutations in five genes (KCNJ5, ATP1A1, ATP2B3, CACNA1D, and CTNNB1) have been found to cause the excess aldosterone production of two thirds of APAs [1-4]. KCNJ5 mutant APAs, the most common and largest, had explicit genotype-phenotype relationship - a low protein expression of KCNJ5 relative to their peritumoural zona glomerulosa (ZG) and a zona fasciculata-like composition [5-6]. Conversely for the other genes, controversy arises on whether they have the opposite cell phenotype [4,7-8]...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Giuseppe Maiolino, Alberto Flego, Gian Paolo Rossi
OBJECTIVE: PA causes excess cardiovascular (CV) damage, but whether it worsens prognosis remained uncertain as there are no prospective studies. To compare long-term outcome of the 1125 patients recruited in the PAPY study. DESIGN AND METHOD: 11.2% of the PAPY study patients had PA: 6.4% idiopathic hyperaldosteronism (IHA) received medical therapy; 4,8% aldosterone-producing adenoma (APA) required adrenalectomy. Endpoints were total and CV mortality, major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) and total CV events...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Martin Wolley, Diane Cowley, Ashraf Ahmed, Richard Gordon, Michael Stowasser
OBJECTIVE: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is known to commonly co-exist with primary aldosteronism (PA), but it is unknown if treatment via mineralocorticoid receptor blockade or adrenalectomy (for aldosterone producing adenoma, APA), improves sleep apnoea parameters in these patients. We therefore aimed to determine if specific medical or surgical treatment of PA improves OSA, as measured by the apnoea hypopnoea index (AHI). DESIGN AND METHOD: Patients undergoing diagnostic workup for PA were recruited if they had symptoms suggestive of OSA...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Yoshitsugu Iwakura, Ryo Morimoto, Kumi Kikuchi, Yoshikiyo Ono, Yuta Tezuka, Yasuko Tsukada, Masahiro Nezu, Yasuhiro Igarashi, Masataka Kudo, Akira Nishiyama, Sadayoshi Ito, Fumitoshi Satoh
OBJECTIVE: High prevalence of renal damage has been demonstrated in patients with primary aldosteronism (PA). However, the original mechanism and onset still be elucidated. The purpose of this study is to investigate the possible original mechanisms of renal damages in PA. DESIGN AND METHOD: Consecutive 72 patients with aldosterone producing adenoma (APA) and 70 patients with essential hypertension (EH) participated. No patients had renal damages defined as eGFR (based on Cystatin C) < 60 ml/min/1...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Junhua Zhou, Brian Lam, Sudeshna Neogi, Giles Yeo, Elena Azizan, Morris Brown
OBJECTIVE: Primary aldosteronism (PA) is the most common type of secondary hypertension occurring in ∼10% of hypertensive patients. Up to 50% of PA is caused by aldosterone-producing adenomas (APA). This study is to identify the potential biological processes and canonical pathways involved with aldosterone regulation, APA formation, or APA and ZG cell functions. DESIGN AND METHOD: Gene ontology (GO) and pathway analyses were performed on genes differentially expressed in APAs when compared to ZG and on genes differentially expressed in ZG when compared to ZF...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Satoshi Umemura
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a heterogeneous group of disorders including both sporadic and familial forms (familial hyperaldosteronism type I, II and III). PA is the most frequent endocrine cause of secondary hypertension and associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular complications, compared with essential hypertension.Here I review the recent progress in understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to autonomous aldosterone production in PA.Systematic screening detects primary aldosteronism in 5 to 10% of all patients with hypertension and in approximately 20% of patients with resistant hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Michael D Jibson, Lisa S Seyfried
OBJECTIVE: The publication of DSM-5 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2013 was accompanied by the release of a series of APA-approved "essential guides" to aid clinicians and trainees in its use and the transition from DSM-IV. Several of these were explicitly designated as study guides, but all serve educational as well as clinical functions. To assist trainees and educators in their selection of appropriate materials for study and teaching, several of these books were reviewed from the perspective of psychiatry education...
October 17, 2016: Academic Psychiatry
Koshiro Nishimoto, Minae Koga, Tsugio Seki, Kenji Oki, Elise P Gomez-Sanchez, Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Mitsuhide Naruse, Tomokazu Sakaguchi, Shinya Morita, Takeo Kosaka, Mototsugu Oya, Tadashi Ogishima, Masanori Yasuda, Makoto Suematsu, Yasuaki Kabe, Masao Omura, Tetsuo Nishikawa, Kuniaki Mukai
Our group previously purified human and rat aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2 and Cyp11b2, respectively) from their adrenals and verified that it is distinct from steroid 11β-hydroxylase (CYP11B1 or Cyp11b1), the cortisol- or corticosterone-synthesizing enzyme. We now describe their distributions immunohistochemically with specific antibodies. In rats, there is layered functional zonation with the Cyp11b2-positive zona glomerulosa (ZG), Cyp11b1-positive zona fasciculata (ZF), and Cyp11b2/Cyp11b1-negative undifferentiated zone between the ZG and ZF...
October 14, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Christoph Degenhart, Julia Schneller, Andrea Osswald, Anna Pallauf, Anna Riester, Maximilian F Reiser, Martin Reincke, Felix Beuschlein
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate volumetric and densitometric properties of the adrenal glands in patients with unilateral and bilateral disease in comparison to normal controls. DESIGN: 77 patients (56 male and 21 female) diagnosed with primary aldosteronism (PA) with a mean age of 53±10 years were prospectively enrolled. Unenhanced and contrast enhanced CT scans were analyzed for adrenal volumes and mean densities. f These values were compared with normal controls and between PA subtypes...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
Charles F Reynolds
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September 13, 2016: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
D M Lavin, B E Bintz, C G Thanos
Hydrogel microcapsules have been used for decades to encapsulate cells and treat diseases ranging from neurodegenerative disorders to more systemic applications like Type I Diabetes. This cell encapsulation modality has been developed through more cumulative experiments than perhaps any other, owing to the relative ease of accessing the required materials, the commercial availability of droplet-generating instrumentation, and the mild microenvironment and unique permeability properties of hydrogels that are difficult to attain with alternative encapsulation systems employing thermoplastic materials...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Haihui Fu, Dewei Yang, Wenyue Su, Liuyin Ma, Yingjia Shen, Guoli Ji, Xingfu Ye, Xiaohui Wu, Qingshun Quinn Li
Alternative polyadenylation (APA), in which a transcript uses one of the poly(A) sites to define its 3'-end, is a common regulatory mechanism in eukaryotic gene expression. However, the potential of APA in determining crop agronomic traits remains elusive. This study systematically tallied poly(A) sites of 14 different rice tissues and developmental stages using the Poly(A) Tag Sequencing (PAT-Seq) approach. The results indicate significant involvement of APA in developmental and quantitative trait loci (QTL) gene expression...
October 12, 2016: Genome Research
Georgios Daniil, Fabio L Fernandes-Rosa, Jean Chemin, Iulia Blesneac, Jacques Beltrand, Michel Polak, Xavier Jeunemaitre, Sheerazed Boulkroun, Laurence Amar, Tim M Strom, Philippe Lory, Maria-Christina Zennaro
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is the most common form of secondary hypertension. Mutations in KCNJ5, ATP1A1, ATP2B3 and CACNA1D are found in aldosterone producing adenoma (APA) and familial hyperaldosteronism (FH). A recurrent mutation in CACNA1H (coding for Cav3.2) was identified in a familial form of early onset PA. Here we performed whole exome sequencing (WES) in patients with different types of PA to identify new susceptibility genes. Four different heterozygous germline CACNA1H variants were identified. A de novo Cav3...
October 4, 2016: EBioMedicine
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