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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101488/thyroid-function-and-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-in-cross-sectional-results-from-the-brazilian-longitudinal-study-of-adult-health-elsa-brasil-effect-of-adiposity-and-insulin-resistance
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Érique José F Peixoto de Miranda, Márcio Sommer Bittencourt, Itamar S Santos, Paulo A Lotufo, Isabela M Benseñor
BACKGROUND: Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) is associated with an increased cardiovascular risk, but little information is available about its association with high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). OBJECTIVES: This study aims to analyze the association between SCH and hs-CRP using baseline data from the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil). METHODS: The study has a cross-sectional design. We included subjects with normal thyroid function (thyroid-stimulating hormone, TSH, 0...
December 2016: European Thyroid Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099652/path-of-infectious-diseases-in-brazil-in-the-last-50-years-an-ongoing-challenge
#2
Eliseu Alves Waldman, Ana Paula Sayuri Sato
In this article, we comment on the main features of infectious diseases in Brazil in the last 50 years, highlighting how much of this path Revista de Saúde Pública could portray. From 1967 to 2016, 1,335 articles focusing on infectious diseases were published in Revista de Saúde Pública. Although the proportion of articles on the topic have decreased from about 50.0% to 15.0%, its notability remained and reflected the growing complexity of the research required for its control. It is noteworthy that studies design and analysis strategies progressively became more sophisticated, following the great development of epidemiology in Brazil in the recent decades...
December 22, 2016: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099617/case-for-diagnosis-lichen-myxedematosus
#3
Priscila Regina Orso Rebellato, Mauren Beatriz Frazon Carbonar, Nicole Iasmin Magario Tabuti, Graziela Junges Crescente Rastelli
Scleromyxedema or lichen myxedematosus is a rare papular mucinosis of chronic and progressive course and unknown etiology. It is commonly associated with monoclonal gammopathy and may show extracutaneous manifestations, affecting the heart, lung, kidney, and nerves. The diagnosis is based on four criteria: generalized papular and sclerodermoid lesions; mucin deposition, fibroblast proliferation, and fibrosis in the histopathology; monoclonal gammopathy; and no thyroid disorders. This article reports the case of a scleromyxedema patient with a recent history of acute myocardial infarction and monoclonal gammopathy...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099588/dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-safety-in-chagas-disease-patients
#4
Daniela do Carmo Rassi, Marcelo Luiz Campos Vieira, Rogerio Gomes Furtado, Fabio de Paula Turco, Luciano Henrique Melato, Viviane Tiemi Hotta, Colandy Godoy de Oliveira Nunes, Luiz Rassi, Salvador Rassi
Background: A few decades ago, patients with Chagas disease were predominantly rural workers, with a low risk profile for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). As urbanization has increased, they became exposed to the same risk factors for CAD of uninfected individuals. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has proven to be an important tool in CAD diagnosis. Despite being a potentially arrhythmogenic method, it is safe for coronary patients without Chagas disease. For Chagas disease patients, however, the indication of DSE in clinical practice is uncertain, because of the arrhythmogenic potential of that heart disease...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099442/a-whole-genome-dartseq-and-snp-analysis-for-genetic-diversity-assessment-in-durum-wheat-from-central-fertile-crescent
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Faheem Shehzad Baloch, Ahmad Alsaleh, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Vahdettin Çiftçi, Luis E Sáenz de Miera, Muhammad Aasim, Muhammad Azhar Nadeem, Husnu Aktaş, Hakan Özkan, Rüştü Hatipoğlu
Until now, little attention has been paid to the geographic distribution and evaluation of genetic diversity of durum wheat from the Central Fertile Crescent (modern-day Turkey and Syria). Turkey and Syria are considered as primary centers of wheat diversity, and thousands of locally adapted wheat landraces are still present in the farmers' small fields. We planned this study to evaluate the genetic diversity of durum wheat landraces from the Central Fertile Crescent by genotyping based on DArTseq and SNP analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097066/henricia-djakonovi-sp-nov-echinodermata-echinasteridae-a-new-sea-star-species-from-the-sea-of-japan
#6
Anton Chichvarkhin
A new sea star species, H. djakonovi sp.n., was discovered in Rudnaya Bay in the Sea of Japan. This is a sympatric species of the well-known and common species Henricia pseudoleviuscula Djakonov, 1958. Both species are similar in body size and proportions, shape of skeletal plates, and life coloration, which distinguishes them from the other Henricia species inhabiting the Sea of Japan. Nevertheless, these species can be distinguished by their abactinal spines: in both species, they are short and barrel-like, but the new species is the only Henricia species in Russian waters of the Pacific that possesses such spines with a massive, smooth, bullet-like tip...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092004/bio-based-degradation-of-emerging-endocrine-disrupting-and-dye-based-pollutants-using-cross-linked-enzyme-aggregates
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Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Asgher, Hafiz M N Iqbal, Hongbo Hu, Xuehong Zhang
In this study, manganese peroxidase (MnP) from an indigenous white-rot fungus Ganoderma lucidum IBL-05 was insolubilized in the form of cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) using various aggregating agents, i.e., acetone, ammonium sulfate, ethanol, 2-propanol, and tert-butanol, followed by glutaraldehyde (GA) cross-linking. The precipitant type, MnP, and GA concentrations affected the CLEAs activity recovery and aggregation yield. Among precipitants used, acetone appeared to be the most efficient aggregation agent, providing the highest activity recovery and aggregation yield of 31...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087076/polarization-of-microglia-and-its-role-in-bacterial-sepsis
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Monique Michels, Beatriz Sonai, Felipe Dal-Pizzol
Microglial polarization in response to brain inflammatory conditions is a crescent field in neuroscience. However, the effect of systemic inflammation, and specifically sepsis, is a relatively unexplored field that has great interest and relevance. Sepsis has been associated with both early and late harmful events of the central nervous system, suggesting that there is a close link between sepsis and neuroinflammation. During sepsis evolution it is supposed that microglial could exert both neurotoxic and repairing effects depending on the specific microglial phenotype assumed...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081147/fine-mapping-of-a-degenerated-abdominal-legs-mutant-edl-in-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#9
Honglei Wang, Xiaoling Tong, Meijing Liu, Hai Hu, Zhiquan Li, Zhonghuai Xiang, Fangyin Dai, Cheng Lu
In insects, abdominal appendages, also called prolegs, vary due to adaptive evolution. Mutations on prolegs within species provide insights to better understand the mechanisms underlying appendage development and diversity. In silkworm Bombyx mori, extra-crescents and degenerated abdominal legs (Edl) mutant, belonging to the E pseudoallele group, is a spontaneous mutation that adds crescents and degenerates prolegs on the third abdominal segment (A3). This mutation may be a homeotic transformation of A3 to A2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076488/use-of-tranexamic-acid-in-trauma-patients-an-analysis-of-cost-effectiveness-for-use-in-brazil
#10
Marcelo A Pinto, Jair G da Silva, Aljamir D Chedid, Marcio F Chedid
Introduction: Use of tranexamic acid (TXA) in trauma has been the subject of growing interest by researchers and health professionals. However, there are still several open questions regarding its use. In some aspects medical literature is controversial. The points of disagreement among experts include questions such as: Which patients should receive TXA in trauma? Should treatment be performed in the pre-hospital environment? Is there any need for laboratory parameters before starting TXA treatment? What is the drug safety profile? The main issue on which there is still no basis in literature is: What is the indication for treatment within massive transfusion protocols? Objective: Answer the questions proposed based on critical evaluation of the evidence gathered so far and carry out a study of cost-effectiveness of TXA use in trauma adapted to the Brazilian reality...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076486/serum-leptin-levens-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-review-article
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Luiza Vitelo Andrighetto, Aline Kirjner Poziomyck
Introduction: Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the most frequent types of malignant tumors in the world. There is growing evidence of the relationship between it development and obesity. The mechanism that links obesity to cancer is still not fully understood; however, it is essential to the understanding the adipose tissue in metabolic changes related to obesity and hepatocellular carcinoma. Objective: To review the influence of serum leptin levels in patients with hepatocelular carcinoma...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071591/high-throughput-micropatterning-of-interspersed-cell-arrays-using-capillary-assembly
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François-Damien Delapierre, Guillaume Mottet, Vélan Taniga, Julie Boisselier, J Viovy, Laurent Malaquin
A novel technology is reported to immobilize different types of particles or cells on a surface at predefined positions with a micrometric precision. The process uses capillary assembly on arrays of crescent-shaped structures with different orientations. Sequential assemblies in different substrate orientations with different types of particles allow for the creation of imbricated and multiplexed arrays. In this work up to four different types of particles were deterministically localized on a surface. Using this process, antibody coated microparticles were assembled on substrates and used as capture patterns for the creation of complex cell networks...
January 10, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059198/asymmetric-gaussian-optical-vortex
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Victor V Kotlyar, Alexey A Kovalev, Alexey P Porfirev
We theoretically study a Gaussian optical beam with an embedded off-axis optical vortex. We also experimentally generate such an asymmetric Gaussian optical vortex by using an off-axis spiral phase plate. It is shown that depending on the shift distance the laser beam has the form of a crescent, which is rotated upon propagation. An analytical expression is obtained for the orbital angular momentum of such a beam, which appears to be fractional. When the shift increases, the greater the number of spirality of the phase plate or the "fork" hologram, the slower the momentum decreases...
January 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056461/predicting-post-transplant-recurrence-of-iga-nephropathy-the-importance-of-crescents
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Rupali S Avasare, Paul E Rosenstiel, Ziad S Zaky, Demetra S Tsapepas, Gerald B Appel, Glen S Markowitz, Andrew S Bomback, Pietro A Canetta
BACKGROUND: Most studies that have assessed the predictors of recurrent IgA nephropathy (IgAN) in the renal allograft have focused on post-transplant features. Identifying high-risk pre-transplant features of IgAN is useful for counseling patients and may help in tailoring post-transplant immunosuppression. METHODS: We investigated the pre-transplant clinical and biopsy features of 62 patients with IgAN who received transplants at Columbia University Medical Center from 2001 to 2012 and compared the characteristics and outcomes of patients with IgAN recurrence to those without recurrence...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032634/k%C3%A3-lliker-fuse-gabaergic-and-glutamatergic-neurons-project-to-distinct-targets
#15
Joel Geerling, Shigefumi Yokota, Irma Rukhadze, Dan Roe, Nancy L Chamberlin
The Kölliker-Fuse nucleus (KF) is known primarily for its respiratory function as the "pneumotaxic center" or "pontine respiratory group." Considered part of the parabrachial (PB) complex, KF contains glutamatergic neurons that project to respiratory-related targets in the medulla and spinal cord (Yokota et al., 2007). Here we describe an unexpected population of neurons in the caudal KF and adjacent lateral crescent subnucleus (PBlc), which are GABAergic and have an entirely different pattern of projections than glutamatergic KF neurons...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028224/ape2-zf-grf-facilitates-3-5-resection-of-dna-damage-following-oxidative-stress
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Bret D Wallace, Zachary Berman, Geoffrey A Mueller, Yunfeng Lin, Timothy Chang, Sara N Andres, Jessica L Wojtaszek, Eugene F DeRose, C Denise Appel, Robert E London, Shan Yan, R Scott Williams
The Xenopus laevis APE2 (apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 2) nuclease participates in 3'-5' nucleolytic resection of oxidative DNA damage and activation of the ATR-Chk1 DNA damage response (DDR) pathway via ill-defined mechanisms. Here we report that APE2 resection activity is regulated by DNA interactions in its Zf-GRF domain, a region sharing high homology with DDR proteins Topoisomerase 3α (TOP3α) and NEIL3 (Nei-like DNA glycosylase 3), as well as transcription and RNA regulatory proteins, such as TTF2 (transcription termination factor 2), TFIIS, and RPB9...
December 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027277/multi-organ-involvement-confounding-the-diagnosis-of-bartonella-henselae-infective-endocarditis-in-children-with-congenital-heart-disease
#17
Christopher P Ouellette, Sarita Joshi, Karen Texter, Preeti Jaggi
Two children with congenital heart disease status-post surgical correction presented with prolonged constitutional symptoms, hepatosplenomegaly and pancytopenia. Concern for malignancy prompted bone marrow biopsies that were without evidence thereof. In case #1, echocardiography identified a multilobulated vegetation on the conduit valve. In case #2, transthoracic, transesophageal and intracardiac echocardiography were performed and were without evidence of cardiac vegetations, however pulmonic emboli raised concern for infective endocarditis...
December 23, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008267/oncological-outcomes-and-complications-after-volume-replacement-oncoplastic-breast-conservations-the-glasgow-experience
#18
Weiguang Ho, Sheila Stallard, Julie Doughty, Elizabeth Mallon, Laszlo Romics
INTRODUCTION: Oncoplastic breast conservation surgery (OBCS) combines the principles of surgical oncology and plastic surgery. OBCS has now become a growing option for the treatment of breast cancer and forms a part of breast-conserving therapy (BCT). We sought to investigate and report our experience in two breast units in Glasgow (Victoria Infirmary and Western Infirmary) on volume replacement OBCS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Details of patients treated with volume replacement OBCS were identified from a prospectively recorded database from November 2010 to October 2015...
2016: Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004457/clinical-and-ultrasound-characteristics-of-surgically-removed-adnexal-lesions-with-a-largest-diameter-%C3%A2-2-5-cm-a-pictorial-essay
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A Di Legge, P Pollastri, R Mancari, M Ludovisi, F Mascilini, D Franchi, D Jurkovic, M E Coccia, D Timmerman, G Scambia, A Testa, L Valentin
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to describe the ultrasound characteristics, the indications for surgery and the histological diagnoses of surgically removed adnexal masses with largest diameter <2.5 cm ("very small tumors"), to estimate sensitivity and specificity with regard to malignancy of subjective assessment of ultrasound images of very small tumors, and to present a gallery of ultrasound images of surgically removed very small tumors especially those causing diagnostic difficulties...
December 22, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998804/isospora-lunaris-n-sp-apicomplexa-eimeriidae-from-the-domestic-java-sparrow-in-japan
#20
Toshihiro Tokiwa, Atsushi Kojima, Shun Sasaki, Rie Kubota, Kazunori Ike
Five individuals of the domestic Java sparrows, Lonchura oryzivora (Aves: Estrildidae), were examined for coccidian parasites. Sporulated oocysts had two sporocysts containing four sporozoites each. Sporulated oocysts (n=30) were spherical, with a two splinter-like polar granules. Oocyst size was 22.1×20.7 (20.0-25.0×20.0-22.5)μm. They had a thick wall that consisted of a pale yellow outer layer and a dark yellow inner layer, and lacked micropyle and residuum. Sporocysts (n=60) were elongated ovoid 14.1×9...
December 18, 2016: Parasitology International
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