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Amanda C Carroll, Alex Wong
Plasmids are extrachromosomal DNA elements that can be found throughout bacteria, as well as in other domains of life. Nonetheless, the evolutionary processes underlying the persistence of plasmids are incompletely understood. Bacterial plasmids may encode genes for traits which are sometimes beneficial to their hosts, such as antimicrobial resistance, virulence, heavy metal tolerance, and the catabolism of unique nutrient sources. In the absence of selection for these traits, however, plasmids generally impose a fitness cost on their hosts...
March 21, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Bhavik N Modi, Kalpa De Silva, Ronak Rajani, Nick Curzen, Divaka Perera
Importance: Ischemia-guided revascularization is the cornerstone of contemporary management of coronary artery disease and has evolved from noninvasive functional evaluation to real-time assessment with invasive physiological indices during diagnostic catheterization. However, serial/diffuse disease is common, and revascularization decisions often need to be made about individual lesions within the same vessel. It is unclear whether current physiological techniques, such as fractional flow reserve, can be reliably used to discern the individual contribution of lesions within a serially diseased vessel with erroneous measurements, potentially leading to suboptimal revascularization decisions...
March 21, 2018: JAMA Cardiology
Carol J Fabian, Bruce F Kimler
Marine omega-3 fatty acids promote resolution of inflammation and have potential to reduce risk of obesity-related breast cancer. For prevention trials in obese women, inflammatory cytokines, aromatase, and measures of breast immune cell infiltration are logical, as are biomarkers of growth factor, adipokine, and estrogen signaling. Where best to look for marker change: in the circulation (easiest), in benign breast tissue (most relevant), or in visceral adipose (inflammation often most marked)? A null biomarker modulation trial may reflect limitations in design, source and dose of fatty acids, or biomarkers and should not lead to premature abandonment of marine omega-3 fatty acids for cancer prevention...
March 20, 2018: Cancer Prevention Research
Vahagn Ohanyan, Hamayak Sisakian, Punita Peketi, Ankur Parikh, William M Chilian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Roy M John, Arvindh N Kanagasundram, William G Stevenson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Kristen K Patton, Jeanne E Poole
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Sarah Ackerman
The ethical underpinnings of writing about patients are explored, the question of how best to undertake the writing of case reports being subordinated to a more general question about the ethics of choosing how or whether to write. An unsolvable paradox is encountered here: that we need to write or speak about our clinical work in order to conceptualize and understand the work we are doing, but that in the very gesture of doing so, we are breaking a fundamental bond with the patient. This conundrum is viewed from a number of vantage points...
February 2018: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Michael E Chernew, Mary Beth Landrum
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Yonggang Liu, Ming Zhang, Zhengyu Liu, Yan Xia, Yi Huang, Yiran Peng, Jiang Zhu
Climate models generally fail to produce a warmer (by as much as 0.5 °C) early to mid-Holocene than the pre-industrial in the global annual temperature, which has been termed the Holocene temperature conundrum. Here we use a fully coupled atmosphere-ocean general circulation model to test whether the conundrum can be partially resolved by considering the fact that atmospheric dust loading was much reduced during the early to mid-Holocene. Our experiments show that the global annual mean surface temperature increases by 0...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marjorie M Walker, Michael Potter, Nicholas J Talley
Under normal physiological conditions, eosinophils are present throughout the gastrointestinal tract distal to the squamous oesophagus. Increases in their numbers signify primary and secondary eosinophilic conditions. The rare primary eosinophilic diseases eosinophilic gastroenteritis and eosinophilic colitis affect fewer than ten in 100 000 people, and are characterised by numerous mucosal eosinophils, distributed in sheets and sometimes extending from the mucosa into the submucosa. Pathogenesis of these diseases is poorly understood, but food allergies and intestinal dysbiosis have been implicated...
April 2018: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Luca Salvatore De Santo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 8, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Shahrad Hakimian, Yevgeniy Popov, Abbas H Rupawala, Karen Salomon-Escoto, Steven Hatch, Randall Pellish
Background: Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) is a key cytokine in both the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the host defense against tuberculosis (TB). Consequently, anti-TNFα medications result in an increased risk of latent TB infection (LTBI) reactivation. Here, we sought to evaluate the factors affecting the results of QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube (QFT-GIT) assay as a screening tool for LTBI. Methods: We conducted an observational, retrospective study in patients with IBD and RA who underwent LTBI screening using QFT-GIT at UMass Memorial Medical Center between 2008 and 2016 prior to initiation of anti-TNF medications...
2018: Biologics: Targets & Therapy
David D Lee, Kristopher P Croome, Kaitlyn R Musto, Jose Melendez, Ghassan Tranesh, Raouf Nakhleh, C Burcin Taner, Justin H Nguyen, Tushar Patel, Denise M Harnois
Background While hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has become a common indication for liver transplantation (LT), intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) and combined-Hepatocellular-cholangiocarcioma (cHCC-CC) are historically contraindicated due to their aggressive behavior. Based on recent experiences, some groups have proposed a clinical trial investigating the role of LT for patients with early CC, defined as a single lesion ≤ 2cm. The purpose of this study is to assess the clinicopathologic features and outcomes following LT for patients who were initially diagnosed with HCC and subsequently found to have either ICC or cHCC-CC on explant...
March 7, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Marek Malik, Heikki Huikuri, Federico Lombardi, Georg Schmidt, Markus Zabel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Stephen Keddie, Shirley D'Sa, David Foldes, Aisling S Carr, Mary M Reilly, Michael P T Lunn
POEMS syndrome is a rare and disabling autoinflammatory condition characterised by a typical peripheral neuropathy and the presence of a monoclonal plasma cell disorder. The acronym 'POEMS' represents the complex and multisystem features of the disease, including polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, a monoclonal plasma cell disorder and skin disease. The diagnosis of POEMS is a significant challenge because of the heterogeneity of clinical presentations and variation of POEMS features. Patients are often misdiagnosed with another cause of inflammatory neuropathy and receive one or more ineffective immunomodulatory medications, resulting in delayed diagnosis and further clinical deterioration before a diagnosis is made...
March 6, 2018: Practical Neurology
Rebecca M Calisi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 5, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Lina Chalak, Samantha Latremouille, Imran Mir, Pablo J Sánchez, Guilherme Sant'Anna
A review of the conundrum called mild hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is provided. During the past decades, the definition of HIE has evolved to accommodate the short window of time required for the initiation of therapeutic hypothermia. Also, neurological evaluations have changed with the use of simpler staging systems that can be applied within the first 6 h of life. In this review, we discuss the challenges in the identification of newborns with "mild HIE" within 6 h after birth, the limitations in the existing early biomarkers of brain injury, and the current knowledge gaps in the long term neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants diagnosed with mild HIE...
March 2, 2018: Early Human Development
Nathan C Hall, Alexander T Ruutiainen
Progressive technological advancements in imaging have significantly improved the preoperative sensitivity for the detection of very small foci of regionally- or hematogenously-metastatic colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, this information has not translated to continued linear gains in patient survival, and might even result in the false-positive upstaging of some cases: these are two conundrums in the imaging of colorectal cancer. Both conundrums might be resolved by the widespread use of real-time imaging guidance during operative procedures...
April 2018: Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Marc W Cadotte, Sara E Campbell, Shao-Peng Li, Darwin S Sodhi, Nicholas E Mandrak
Predicting which nonnative species become invasive is critical for their successful management, and Charles Darwin provided predictions based on species' relatedness. However, Darwin provided two opposing predictions about the relatedness of introduced nonnatives to indigenous species. First, environmental fit is the dominant factor determining invader success; thus, we should expect that invasive species are closely related to local native residents. Alternatively, if competition is important, we should expect successful invaders are distantly related to the native residents...
February 28, 2018: Annual Review of Plant Biology
Evelyn Fennelly, Marcus Lee, Mark Da Costa, Sherif Sultan, Faisal Sharif, Darren Mylotte
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has emerged as the standard of care for older patients with symptomatic severe aortic stenosis (AS) at high or excessive operative risk. There remain patients that are of such considerable risk that even TAVI can be futile. Such patients present ethical conundrums for institutional heart teams. Herein we present a case of a 90-year-old female patient with symptomatic severe AS and significant comorbidities including diffuse peripheral vascular disease and a large ascending aortic aneurysm...
2018: Case Reports in Cardiology
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