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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719828/functional-analysis-of-pcsk2-coding-variants-a-founder-effect-in-the-old-order-amish-population
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Alexandra Winters, Bruno Ramos-Molina, Timothy S Jarvela, Laura Yerges-Armstrong, Toni I Pollin, Iris Lindberg
AIMS: In humans, noncoding variants of PCSK2, the gene encoding prohormone convertase 2 (PC2), have been previously associated with risk for and age of onset of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The aims of this study were to identify coding variants in PCSK2; to determine their possible association with glucose handling; and to determine functional outcomes for coding variants in biochemical studies. METHODS: Exome-wide genotyping was performed on 1725 Old Order Amish (OOA) subjects...
July 3, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719802/cerebral-hypoperfusion-is-not-associated-with-an-increase-in-%C3%AE-amyloid-pathology-in-middle-aged-or-elderly-people
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O Hansson, S Palmqvist, H Ljung, T Cronberg, D van Westen, R Smith
INTRODUCTION: It is hypothesized that cerebral hypoperfusion promotes the development of Alzheimer pathology. We therefore studied whether longstanding cerebral hypoperfusion is associated with Alzheimer pathology in nondemented humans. METHODS: Cerebral blood flow and β-amyloid ((18)F-Flutemetamol) positron emission tomography retention were assessed in eleven patients with unilateral occlusion of precerebral arteries resulting in chronic and uneven hypoperfusion...
July 15, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719770/household-exposure-to-livestock-and-health-in-the-chililab-hdss-cohort-vietnam
#3
Sinh Dang-Xuan, Lauren E MacDonald, Janna M Schurer, Hung Nguyen-Viet, Phuc Pham-Duc
In Vietnam, pigs and poultry are predominantly produced by small-scale farmers, creating challenges for zoonotic disease management. The objective of this study was to characterize practices related to livestock and manure management and to measure association with 3 self-reported health symptoms (coughing, fever, and diarrhea/nausea/vomiting) in a region currently undergoing health transitions. We analyzed cross-sectional survey data collected from a subset (N = 5520) of the Chi Linh Health and Demographic Surveillance System cohort in Chi Linh district, Vietnam...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719349/identification-of-g2607a-mutation-in-egfr-gene-with-a-significative-rate-in-moroccan-patients-with-bladder-cancer
#4
W El Hamdani, K Hadami, M Bensaid, H El Ahanidi, A Ameur, A Filali Maltouf, M Abbar, M Attaleb, A Albouzidi, M El Mzibri
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is involved in the regulation of several cellular processes and in the development of many human cancers. Somatic mutations of EGFR at tyrosine kinase domain have been associated with clinical response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in lung cancer patients. In this study, we evaluated the frequency of point mutations in EGFR for future use of TKI in clinical treatment of bladder cancer. A total, 50 Moroccan patient specimens with bladder cancer and 48 healthy controls were analysed for EGFR mutations in the region delimiting exons 18-21 by PCR amplification and direct sequencing...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719337/determination-of-some-heavy-metals-in-mastacembelus-mastacembelus-banks-solander-1794-in-terms-of-public-health
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M Eroğlu, M Düşükcan, Ö Canpolat, M Çalta, D Şen
In this study, the accumulation of some heavy metals in spiny eel (Mastacembelus mastacembelus Banks and Solander, 1794) living in Karakaya Dam Lake was determined and human health risk of this fish when consumed as food was examined. For this purpose, the amounts of copper (Cu), chromium (Cr), cadmium(Cd), iron (Fe), zinc (Zn) in water samples and in the muscle tissues of the fishes were determined. The amounts of heavy metals showed differences in the muscle tissues of Mastacembelus mastacembelus according to weight, length, sex and age groups of fish...
May 20, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719323/burden-and-seasonality-of-viral-acute-respiratory-tract-infections-among-outpatients-in-southern-sri-lanka
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David Shapiro, Champica K Bodinayake, Ajith Nagahawatte, Vasantha Devasiri, Ruvini Kurukulasooriya, Jeremy Hsiang, Bradley Nicholson, Aruna Dharshan De Silva, Truls Østbye, Megan E Reller, Christopher W Woods, L Gayani Tillekeratne
In tropical and subtropical settings, the epidemiology of viral acute respiratory tract infections varies widely between countries. We determined the etiology, seasonality, and clinical presentation of viral acute respiratory tract infections among outpatients in southern Sri Lanka. From March 2013 to January 2015, we enrolled outpatients presenting with influenza-like illness (ILI). Nasal/nasopharyngeal samples were tested in duplicate using antigen-based rapid influenza testing and multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for respiratory viruses...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719316/high-mortality-and-coinfection-in-a-prospective-cohort-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome-patients-with-histoplasmosis-in-guatemala
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Blanca Samayoa, Monika Roy, Angela Ahlquist Cleveland, Narda Medina, Dalia Lau-Bonilla, Christina M Scheel, Beatriz L Gomez, Tom Chiller, Eduardo Arathoon
Histoplasmosis is one of the most common and deadly opportunistic infections among persons living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immune deficiency syndrome in Latin America, but due to limited diagnostic capacity in this region, few data on the burden and clinical characteristics of this disease exist. Between 2005 and 2009, we enrolled patients ≥ 18 years of age with suspected histoplasmosis at a hospital-based HIV clinic in Guatemala City. A case of suspected histoplasmosis was defined as a person presenting with at least three of five clinical or radiologic criteria...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719310/severity-of-pneumonia-in-under-5-year-old-children-from-developing-countries-a-multicenter-prospective-observational-study
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Thomas Bénet, Valentina Sanchez Picot, Shally Awasthi, Nitin Pandey, Ashish Bavdekar, Anand Kawade, Annick Robinson, Mala Rakoto-Andrianarivelo, Maryam Sylla, Souleymane Diallo, Graciela Russomando, Wilma Basualdo, Florence Komurian-Pradel, Hubert Endtz, Philippe Vanhems, Gláucia Paranhos-Baccalà, For The Gabriel Network
Pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children. The objectives were to evaluate the microbiological agents linked with hypoxemia in hospitalized children with pneumonia from developing countries, to identify predictors of hypoxemia, and to characterize factors associated with in-hospital mortality. A multicenter, observational study was conducted in five hospitals, from India (Lucknow, Vadu), Madagascar (Antananarivo), Mali (Bamako), and Paraguay (San Lorenzo). Children aged 2-60 months with radiologically confirmed pneumonia were enrolled prospectively...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719295/regional-differences-in-the-prevalence-of-major-opportunistic-infections-among-antiretroviral-na%C3%A3-ve-human-immunodeficiency-virus-patients-in-japan-northern-thailand-northern-vietnam-and-the-philippines
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Louie Mar A Gangcuangco, Ikumi Sawada, Naho Tsuchiya, Cuong D Do, Thanh Thuy T Pham, Archawin Rojanawiwat, Marissa Alejandria, Katerina Leyritana, Yoshiyuki Yokomaku, Panita Pathipvanich, Koya Ariyoshi
To identify regional differences in the distribution of opportunistic infections (OIs) among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients in Asia, the medical records of antiretroviral therapy (ART)-naïve patients who attended the following tertiary hospitals from 2003 to 2011 were reviewed: Nagoya Medical Center (NMC, Nagoya, Japan), Lampang Hospital (LPH, Lampang, northern Thailand), Bach Mai Hospital (BMH, Hanoi, northern Vietnam), and Philippine General Hospital (PGH, Manila, Philippines). Logistic regression analyses were performed to identify associations between country of origin and risk of major OIs...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719287/phase-1-randomized-study-of-a-tetravalent-dengue-purified-inactivated-vaccine-in-healthy-adults-in-the-united-states
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Alexander C Schmidt, Leyi Lin, Luis J Martinez, Richard C Ruck, Kenneth H Eckels, Alix Collard, Rafael De La Barrera, Kristopher M Paolino, Jean-François Toussaint, Edith Lepine, Bruce L Innis, Richard G Jarman, Stephen J Thomas
AbstractThe safety and immunogenicity of four formulations of an investigational tetravalent dengue purified inactivated vaccine (DPIV), formulated at 1 or 4 μg with aluminum hydroxide (alum) or at 1 μg with an adjuvant system (AS01E or AS03B), were evaluated in a first-time-in-human, placebo-controlled, randomized, observer-blind, phase 1 trial in the continental United States. Two doses of vaccine or placebo were administered intramuscularly 4 weeks apart to 100 healthy adults 18-39 years of age, randomized 1:1:1:1:1 to receive one of four DPIV formulations or saline placebo...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719257/no-serologic-evidence-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-infection-among-camel-farmers-exposed-to-highly-seropositive-camel-herds-a-household-linked-study-kenya-2013
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Peninah Munyua, Victor Max Corman, Austine Bitek, Eric Osoro, Benjamin Meyer, Marcel A Müller, Erik Lattwein, S M Thumbi, Rees Murithi, Marc-Alain Widdowson, Christian Drosten, M Kariuki Njenga
AbstractHigh seroprevalence of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) among camels has been reported in Kenya and other countries in Africa. To date, the only report of MERS-CoV seropositivity among humans in Kenya is of two livestock keepers with no known contact with camels. We assessed whether persons exposed to seropositive camels at household level had serological evidence of infection. In 2013, 760 human and 879 camel sera were collected from 275 and 85 households respectively in Marsabit County...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719252/severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-virus-in-humans-domesticated-animals-ticks-and-mosquitoes-shaanxi-province-china
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Huaiyu Tian, Pengbo Yu, Gerardo Chowell, Shen Li, Jing Wei, Hui Tian, Wen Lv, Zongqi Han, Jing Yang, Shanqian Huang, Sen Zhou, John S Brownstein, Jingjun Wang, Bing Xu
AbstractThe first human infection with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV) was detected in Shaanxi Province, China, in 2013, although the virus had been reported in 13 other provinces of China since 2010. We collected and analyzed a total of 4,011 samples, including 936 human serum samples, 155 animal serum samples, 895 ticks, 1,950 mosquitoes, 30 midges, and 20 sandflies. SFTSV antibodies were found in 44 human samples (4.7%) with no significant differences between males and females or across counties...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719150/can-principles-of-the-surface-potential-be-combined-with-knowledge-of-natural-products-to-reduce-atrial-rhythm-disturbances
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EDITORIAL
H Ni, K Narsingani, H Zhang, W R Giles
Long lasting or chronic electrophysiological abnormalities in human atria are significant contributors to morbidity during healthy aging. Although both paroxysmal (brief) and chronic atrial fibrillation (AF) were considered to be benign; the notable association between maintained AF and stroke has resulted in AF now being a target for surgical intervention (ablation) and/or drug therapy. An interesting, forward looking paper from the Elinder Group(1) in this issue of Acta Physiologica reveals novel pharmacological agents and principles that could be the basis for more effective antiarrhythmic therapies for AF...
July 18, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718980/an-endogenous-dna-adduct-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-hepatocarcinogenesis-and-its-prevention-by-theaphenon-e-in-mice
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Ying Fu, Shana Silverstein, Justine N McCutcheon, Marcin Dyba, Raghu G Nath, Monika Aggarwal, Heidi Coia, Angela Bai, Jishen Pan, Jiji Jiang, Bhaskar Kallakury, Hongkun Wang, Yu-Wen Zhang, Giuseppe Giaccone, Aiwu Ruth He, Fung-Lung Chung
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, mainly because of its poor prognosis. A valid mechanism-based prognostic biomarker is urgently needed. γ-hydroxy-1,N(2) -propanodeoxyguanosine (γ-OHPdG) is an endogenously formed mutagenic DNA adduct derived from lipid peroxidation (LPO). We examined the relationship of γ-OHPdG with hepatocarcinogenesis in two animal models and its potential role as a prognostic biomarker for recurrence in HCC patients. Bioassays were conducted in the Xeroderma pigmentosum group A knockout mice (Xpa(-/-) ), and the diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-injected mice, both prone to HCC development...
July 18, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718896/nomograms-for-preoperative-prediction-of-axillary-nodal-status-in-breast-cancer
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L Dihge, P-O Bendahl, L Rydén
BACKGROUND: Axillary staging in patients with breast cancer and clinically node-negative disease is performed by sentinel node biopsy (SLNB). The aim of this study was to integrate feasible preoperative variables into nomograms to guide clinicians in stratifying treatment options into no axillary staging for patients with non-metastatic disease (N0), SLNB for those with one or two metastases, and axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) for patients with three or more metastases. METHODS: Patients presenting to Skåne University Hospital, Lund, with breast cancer were included in a prospectively maintained registry between January 2009 and December 2012...
July 18, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718749/glycinol-enhances-osteogenic-differentiation-and-attenuates-the-effects-of-age-on-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Amy L Strong, Robert B Jones, Julie Glowacki, Stephen M Boue, Matthew E Burow, Bruce A Bunnell
AIM: Phytoestrogens, such as glycinol, have recently gained significant attention as an alternative therapy for osteoporosis due to their structural similarity to estradiol and their bone-generating potential. METHODS: The osteogenic effects of glycinol were investigated in human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) derived from older (>50 years old) and younger subjects (<25 years old). RESULTS: BMSCs isolated from older donors demonstrated reduced osteogenesis...
July 18, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718515/impact-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-on-plasma-concentrations-of-efavirenz-and-lopinavir-ritonavir-in-chinese-children-infected-with-the-human-immunodeficiency-virus
#17
Xia Liu, Qing Ma, Yan Zhao, Weiwei Mu, Xin Sun, Yuewu Cheng, Huiping Zhang, Ye Ma, Fujie Zhang
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the genes that encode the cytochrome P450 (CYP) drug metabolizing enzymes and drug transporters have been reported to influence antiretroviral drug pharmacokinetics. While primarily metabolized by CYP2B6 and -3A, efavirenz (EFV) and lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) are substrates of P-glycoprotein and solute carrier organic (SLCO) anion transporter, respectively OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between SNPs and efavirenz (EFV) or lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) concentrations in Chinese children infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) METHODS: Genotyping was performed on CYP2B6 516G→T, -1459C→T, and -983T→C, ABCB1 3435C→T, and SLCO1B1 521T→C in 229 HIV-infected Chinese pediatric patients with an age range from 4...
July 17, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718407/cell-and-tissue-biology-paves-a-path-to-breast-cancer-prevention
#18
Michael E Todhunter, Mark A LaBarge
We hypothesize that breast cancer susceptibility stems from interactions between difficult-to-modify cultural and dietary habits and aging processes that are modifiable. We propose a pathway to prevention that uses human organotypic systems that recapitulate hallmarks of aging in order to better understand and to modulate the biological consequences of aging in breast.
May 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718258/variations-in-the-age-of-fusion-of-ischial-tuberosity-a-radiological-study
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Hina Siddiqi, Sarah Nisar, Nazish Waheed
BACKGROUND: Human skeleton develops from separate ossification centres which continue to ossify till the bone is completely formed. Radiological techniques are very reliable and useful method for estimating the age of individual for forensic and criminal reasons by observing these ossification centres. External inspection for age determination is liable to error. This study is thus aimed to assess the variation in age of fusion of ischial tuberosity in Pakistani population. METHODS: It was a cross sectional study, wherein data was retrospectively collected at Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital, a tertiary referral centre in which consecutively selected 47 females and 121 males between 10-24 years of age, attending the outpatient, referred from National Database and Registration Authority for the confirmation of age were selected...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717728/prevalence-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-in-india-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Gurprataap S Sandhu, Sebhat Erqou, Heidi Patterson, Aju Mathew
PURPOSE: There is considerable variation in prevalence rates of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) reported by various studies from India. We performed a systematic review and literature-based meta-analysis of these studies. METHODS: We searched databases of Medline, Scopus, EMBASE, and Web of Science for studies that reported on the prevalence of TNBC in India that were published between January 1, 1999, and December 31, 2015. We extracted relevant information from each study by using a standardized form...
December 2016: Journal of Global Oncology
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