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Yutaka Yonezawa, Shigeo Horinaka, Chiaki Shirakawa, Yoshio Kogure
Direct oral anti-coagulants (DOACs) have been used in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), and renal function evaluation using the CCr (Cockcroft-Gault) is recommended as a criterion for the reduction of DOAC. In contrast, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is usually used as an index of renal function in daily practice. We determined the age- and gender-specific prevalence rates of AF and whether CCr or eGFR was associated with the prevalence of AF. Data from the periodic health examinations of 108,951 subjects were collected...
March 20, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Joseph D Turner, Nicolas Pionnier, Julio Furlong-Silva, Hanna Sjoberg, Stephen Cross, Alice Halliday, Ana F Guimaraes, Darren A N Cook, Andrew Steven, Nico Van Rooijen, Judith E Allen, Stephen J Jenkins, Mark J Taylor
Eosinophils are effectors in immunity to tissue helminths but also induce allergic immunopathology. Mechanisms of eosinophilia in non-mucosal tissues during infection remain unresolved. Here we identify a pivotal function of tissue macrophages (Mϕ) in eosinophil anti-helminth immunity using a BALB/c mouse intra-peritoneal Brugia malayi filarial infection model. Eosinophilia, via C-C motif chemokine receptor (CCR)3, was necessary for immunity as CCR3 and eosinophil impairments rendered mice susceptible to chronic filarial infection...
March 16, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Ding Chen, Jian Liu, Shuwei Duan, Pu Chen, Li Tang, Li Zhang, Zhe Feng, Guangyan Cai, Jie Wu, Xiangmei Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: In the past, little attention has been paid to patients with IgA nephropathy (IgAN) who had minimal proteinuria upon the onset. The aim of this study was to analyze the clinicopathological features and the prognostic factors in patients with IgA nephropathy. METHODS: Data of patients that had their first renal biopsy in our hospital and were diagnosed with primary IgAN with proteinuria <1 g/d from January 1995 to December 2014 were retrospectively examined...
March 6, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Annina Baumgartner, Christoph Tausch, Stefanie Hosch, Bärbel Papassotiropoulos, Zsuzsanna Varga, Christoph Rageth, Astrid Baege
BACKGROUND: Accuracy in predicting pathologic response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) in breast cancer is essential for the determination of therapeutic efficacy and surgical planning. This study aimed to assess the precision of ultrasound (US) for predicting pathologic complete response (pCR = ypT0) after NACT. METHODS: This retrospective mono-center study included 124 invasive breast cancer patients treated with NACT. Patients received US before and after NACT with documentation of clinical partial response (cPR) and clinical complete response (cCR)...
March 5, 2018: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Zehra Omeroğlu Ulu, Salih Ulu, Soner Dogan, Bilge Guvenc Tuna, Nehir Ozdemir Ozgenturk
Calorie restriction (CR), which is a factor that expands lifespan and an important player in immune response, is an effective protective method against cancer development. Thymus, which plays a critical role in the development of the immune system, reacts to nutrition deficiency quickly. RNA-seq-based transcriptome sequencing was performed to thymus tissues of MMTV-TGF- α mice subjected to ad libitum (AL), chronic calorie restriction (CCR), and intermittent calorie restriction (ICR) diets in this study. Three cDNA libraries were sequenced using Illumina HiSeq™ 4000 to produce 100 base pair-end reads...
2018: International Journal of Genomics
Junguo Ma, Yuanyuan Li, Mengli Wu, Can Zhang, Yuqing Che, Weiguo Li, Xiaoyu Li
Paraquat (PQ) is a herbicide used worldwide, and it was shown to be a high-risk compound to aquatic organisms. This study was conducted to investigate the effects of PQ on traditional serum parameters and circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) in common carp to further elucidate the mechanism of PQ toxicity in fish. In the current study, a subacute toxicity test of common carp exposed to PQ at 1.596 and 3.192 mg/L for 7 d was conducted under laboratory conditions. The results showed that PQ exposure generally reduced the levels of T-AOC, SOD, CAT, and GST, but significantly increased MDA levels in the serum, indicating that PQ exposure induces oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation in the fish...
February 27, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Yang Liu, Yutaka Yonemura, Edward A Levine, Olivier Glehen, Diane Goere, Dominique Elias, David L Morris, Paul H Sugarbaker, Jean J Tuech, Peter Cashin, John D Spiliotis, Ignace de Hingh, Wim Ceelen, Joel M Baumgartner, Pompiliu Piso, Kanji Katayama, Marcello Deraco, Shigeki Kusamura, Marc Pocard, François Quenet, Sachio Fushita
BACKGROUND: The multi-institutional registry in this study evaluated the outcome after cytoreductive surgery (CRS) plus hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for patients with peritoneal metastases (PM) from small bowel adenocarcinoma (SBA). METHODS: A multi-institutional data registry including 152 patients with PM from SBA was established. The primary end point was overall survival (OS) after CRS plus HIPEC. RESULTS: Between 1989 and 2016, 152 patients from 21 institutions received a treatment of CRS plus HIPEC...
February 26, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Jill A Bell, Aaron Galaznik, Rachel Huelin, Michael Stokes, Yelan Guo, Robert J Fram, Douglas V Faller
High-dose chemotherapy with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) can produce long-term remission in patients with higher-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (HR-MDS) and chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML). However, this treatment regimen is not appropriate for elderly and/or comorbid patients; in these cases, azacitidine is a standard treatment. This systematic review was conducted to evaluate real-world evidence of treatment options for patients with HR-MDS/CMML. Medline and Embase (January 2006 to May 2016) were searched, in addition to conference proceedings and treatment guideline reviews...
February 8, 2018: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Utako Tsutsumi-Kuroda, Toshihiro Inoue, Akiko Futakuchi, Kohei Shobayashi, Eri Takahashi, Sachi Kojima, Miyuki Inoue-Mochita, Tomokazu Fujimoto, Hidenobu Tanihara
The purpose of this study is to investigate the change in chemotactic effects of human conjunctival fibroblasts (HConFs) after transdifferentiation into myofibroblasts, and to explore related molecular mechanisms. HConFs were treated with 5 ng/mL transforming growth factor (TGF)-β2 for 48 h to induce transdifferentiation into myofibroblasts. The cytokine concentrations in the conditioned media of HConFs were measured by multiplex bead-based immunoassays. The Boyden chamber assay was used to assess the chemotactic effects using the monocyte cell line, THP-1 cells...
February 16, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Satoshi Ueshima, Daiki Hira, Yuuma Kimura, Ryo Fujii, Chiho Tomitsuka, Takuya Yamane, Yohei Tabuchi, Tomoya Ozawa, Hideki Itoh, Seiko Ohno, Minoru Horie, Tomohiro Terada, Toshiya Katsura
AIMS: This study aimed to analyse the effects of genetic polymorphisms in drug transporters and metabolising enzymes, and clinical laboratory data on the pharmacokinetic parameters of apixaban. METHODS: Data were collected from 81 Japanese patients with atrial fibrillation. Pharmacogenomic data were stratified by ABCB1, ABCG2, and CYP3A5 polymorphisms. The pharmacokinetic profile of apixaban was described by a one-compartment model with first-order absorption. Population pharmacokinetic analysis was conducted using non-linear mixed effect modelling (NONMEM™) program...
February 19, 2018: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Tony M Yen, Xin Fu, Tao Wei, Roshan U Nayak, Yuesong Shi, Yu-Hwa Lo
The coffee-ring effect, ubiquitously present in the drying process of aqueous droplets, impedes the performance of a myriad of applications involving precipitation of particle suspensions in evaporating liquids on solid surfaces, such as liquid biopsy combinational analysis, microarray fabrication, and ink-jet printing, to name a few. We invented the methodology of laser-induced differential evaporation to remove the coffee-ring effect. Without any additives to the liquid or any morphology modifications of the solid surface the liquid rests on, we have eliminated the coffee-ring effect by engineering the liquid evaporation profile with a CO 2 laser irradiating the apex of the droplets...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yixiang Wang, Xudan Zhu, Shangbin Bai, Tingting Zhu, Wanting Qiu, Yujie You, Minjuan Wu, Frank Berninger, Zhibin Sun, Hui Zhang, Xiaohong Zhang
Reforestation after clear-cutting is used to facilitate rapid establishment of new stands. However, reforestation may cause additional soil disturbance by affecting soil temperature and moisture, thus potentially influencing soil respiration. Our aim was to compare the effects of different reforestation methods on soil CO 2 flux after clear-cutting in a Chinese fir plantation in subtropical China: uncut (UC), clear-cut followed by coppicing regeneration without soil preparation (CC), clear-cut followed by coppicing regeneration and reforestation with soil preparation, tending in pits and replanting (CCR P ), and clear-cut followed by coppicing regeneration and reforestation with overall soil preparation, tending and replanting (CCR O )...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Kevin Meier, Daniel M Saenz, Glenda L Torres, Chunyan Cai, Mohammed H Rahbar, Mark McDonald, Stuart Fraser, Elena Espino, H Alex Choi, Nancy J Edwards, Kiwon Lee, James C Grotta, Tiffany R Chang
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to quantify coagulopathy using thrombelastography (TEG) in patients with renal dysfunction and intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: We reviewed patients admitted with spontaneous ICH between November 2009 and May 2015. TEG was performed at the time of admission. Creatinine clearance (CCr) was calculated using the Cockroft-Gault equation. Patients were divided into 2 groups based on normal (CCr ≥ 90) or reduced renal function (CCr < 90)...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Jianjun Huang, Xuping Yao, Guobin Weng, Honggang Qi, Xiaolei Ye
This study explored the potential value of curcumin, a natural product, in the protection of CsA‑induced nephrotoxicity. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of curcumin on Cyclosporine A (CsA)‑induced renal oxidative stress and determine the potential underlying molecular mechanisms of the renal protective effects of Cur. HK‑2 human renal cells were co‑treated with CsA and various doses of Cur. Cell survival rate was determined by an MTT assay, total cellular protein was collected and oxidative stress in cell homogenates was evaluated by determining the activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GSH‑Px) and catalase (CAT), the levels of malondialdehyde (MDA) and reactive oxygen species (ROS), and total antioxidant capacity...
February 12, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Starr J Solomon, Jukka Savolainen, W Alex Mason, Jouko Miettunen, Stacy-Ann A January, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin
Purpose: Early exposure to multiple risk factors is known to predict involvement in criminal offending. The purpose of this study was to examine the processes responsible for this association. Specifically, the focus was on the capacity of adolescent educational experience to mediate the effect of childhood cumulative risk (CCR) on criminal offending, net of expected continuity in antisocial propensity and behavior. Methods: Data from the Northern Finland Birth Cohort Study 1986 ( n = 5,743) were used to estimate a structural equation model to examine the hypothesized pathways...
September 2017: Journal of Developmental and Life-course Criminology
Liang Hu, Yajing Wei, Keli Luo, Pingyuan Xie, Fei Gong, Bo Xiong, Yueqiu Tan, Guangxiu Lu, Ge Lin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcomes in carriers of complex chromosomal rearrangements (CCRs). DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: An institute for reproductive and stem cell engineering. PATIENT(S): Seven couples with CCRs. INTERVENTION(S): Assisted reproduction with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): PGD results, embryo rating, pregnancy outcomes...
February 7, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Maaike A de Jong, Marjo Saastamoinen
Thermal tolerance has a major effect on individual fitness and species distributions, and can be determined by genetic variation as well as phenotypic plasticity. We investigate the effects of developmental and adult thermal conditions on cold tolerance, measured as chill coma recovery (CCR) time, during the early and late adult stage in the Glanville fritillary butterfly. We also investigate the genetic basis of cold tolerance by associating CCR variation with polymorphisms in candidate genes that have a known role in insect physiology...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
L Dong, X Chen, H Shao, L Bai, X Li, X Zhang
PURPOSE: We have previously reported that MSCs inhibited experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU) in rodent models induced by either uveitogenic antigens or antigen-specific T cells. In this study, we explored the inhibitory mechanisms of MSCs on dendritic cells (DCs) in EAU. METHODS: We collected the DCs from the lymph nodes of MSC treated or untreated EAU rats, as well as bone marrow derived DCs cultured in vitro with or without MSC treatment. The levels of costimulatory molecules of CD80, CD86, CD40, OX40L and suppressors of cytokine signaling (SOCS1, SOCS2, and SOCS3) on these DCs were analyzed by flow Cytometry...
February 7, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
Anmoldeep Randhawa, Olusola A Ogunyewo, Danish Eqbal, Mayank Gupta, Syed Shams Yazdani
Background: There is an urgent requirement for second-generation bio-based industries for economical yet efficient enzymatic cocktail to convert diverse cellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars. In our previous study, secretome of Penicillium funiculosum NCIM1228 showed high commercial potential by exhibiting high biomass hydrolyzing efficiency. To develop NCIM1228 further as an industrial workhorse, one of the major genetic interventions needed is global deregulation of cellulolytic genes to achieve higher enzyme production...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Yoshikatsu Kaneko, Takamasa Cho, Yuya Sato, Kei Goto, Suguru Yamamoto, Shin Goto, Michael P Madaio, Ichiei Narita
Senescent cells have deleterious effects on the tissue microenvironment through proinflammatory senescence-associated secretory phenotypes; meanwhile, the onset of glomerulonephritis is predominant in younger adults. To clarify the influence of aging on the onset and development of glomerulonephritis, we used a murine model of antibody-mediated nephritis. Sheep nephrotoxic serum was administered in C57BL/6J mice at 12 weeks (adult) or 18 months old (aged) after pre-immunization with sheep IgG. Depositions of sheep IgG and autologous mouse IgG along the glomerular basement membrane and the serum titer of anti-sheep IgG-specific mouse IgG were similar between adult and aged mice...
February 3, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
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