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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933645/aflatoxin-biomarkers-in-hair-may-facilitate-long-term-exposure-studies
#1
Innocent Mupunga, Christo D Izaaks, Leshweni J Shai, David R Katerere
Aflatoxins are highly toxic fungal metabolites produced by some members of the Aspergillus species. They are low molecular weight lipophilic compounds that are easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. They contaminate most staple foods, including maize, peanuts, peanut butter and sorghum mainly in the tropics where hot and humid conditions promote fungal growth. Absorbed aflatoxins are metabolized by the cytochrome P450 enzyme system in the liver into toxic metabolites. Aflatoxin B (AFB)1 is the most toxic, carcinogenic and mutagenic naturally occurring toxin...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933478/mri-in-pelvic-inflammatory-disease-a-pictorial-review
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REVIEW
Ferenc Czeyda-Pommersheim, Bobby Kalb, James Costello, Joy Liau, Arash Meshksar, Hina Arif Tiwari, Diego Martin
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an ascending infection of the female genital tract caused by the spread of bacteria from the vagina to the pelvic reproductive organs and occasionally the peritoneum. The most common causative organisms are sexually transmitted. PID is a significant source of morbidity among reproductive age women both as a cause of abdominal pain and as a common cause of infertility. Its clinical presentation is often nonspecific, and the correct diagnosis may first come to light based on the results of imaging studies...
December 8, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933477/impact-of-low-energy-ct-imaging-on-selection-of-positive-oral-contrast-media-concentration
#3
Manuel Patino, Diana J Murcia, Andrea Prochowski Iamurri, Avinash R Kambadakone, Peter F Hahn, Dushyant V Sahani
OBJECTIVES: To determine to what extent low-energy CT imaging affects attenuation of gastrointestinal tract (GIT) opacified with positive oral contrast media (OCM). Second, to establish optimal OCM concentrations for low-energy diagnostic CT exams. METHODS: One hundred patients (38 men and 62 women; age 62 ± 11 years; BMI 26 ± 5) with positive OCM-enhanced 120-kVp single-energy CT (SECT), and follow-up 100-kVp acquisitions (group A; n = 50), or 40-70-keV reconstructions from rapid kV switching-single-source dual-energy CT (ssDECT) (group B; n = 50) were included...
December 8, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933278/a-simple-method-for-closure-of-urethrocutaneous-fistula-after-tubularized-incised-plate-repair-preliminary-results
#4
Mehdi Shirazi, Ali Ariafar, Amir Hossein Babaei, Abdosamad Ashrafzadeh, Ali Adib
BACKGROUND: Urethrocutaneous fistula (UCF) is the most prevalent complication after hypospadias repair surgery. Many methods have been developed for UCF correction, and the best technique for UCF repair is determined based on the size, location, and number of fistulas, as well as the status of the surrounding skin. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we introduced and evaluated a simple method for UCF correction after tubularized incised plate (TIP) repair. METHODS: This clinical study was conducted on children with UCFs ≤ 4 mm that developed after TIP surgery for hypospadias repair...
November 2016: Nephro-urology Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933203/maternal-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-hypospadias-in-male-offspring-a-population-based-study-in-denmark
#5
Ane Birgitte Telén Andersen, Vera Ehrenstein, Rune Erichsen, Trine Frøslev, Henrik Toft Sørensen
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and hypospadias has been concurrently increasing, possibly through shared environmental risk factors such as endocrine disrupting compounds. Also, maternal IBD may disturb the normal development of the fetal reproductive tract. However, whether maternal IBD increases the risk of hypospadias in male offspring is unknown. We compared hypospadias risk in sons of mothers with and without IBD. METHODS: We used Danish nationwide population-based registries to conduct a longitudinal prevalence study including all live-born boys from 1979 through 2009...
2016: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933137/gallstone-ileus-associated-with-impaction-at-meckel-s-diverticulum-case-report-and-literature-review
#6
Harveen K Lamba, Yiwen Shi, Ajita Prabhu
Gallstone ileus due to erosion of one or more gallstones into the gastrointestinal tract is an uncommon cause of small bowel obstruction. The site of impaction is usually distal ileum, and less commonly the jejunum, colon, duodenum, or stomach. We report a rare case of gallstone ileus with impaction at the proximal small bowel and at a Meckel's diverticulum (MD) in a 64-year-old woman managed with laparoscopic converted to open small bowel resections. Patient was discharged home in stable condition and remained asymptomatic at 6-mo follow up...
November 27, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933109/functional-characterization-of-rare-foxp2-variants-in-neurodevelopmental-disorder
#7
Sara B Estruch, Sarah A Graham, Swathi M Chinnappa, Pelagia Deriziotis, Simon E Fisher
BACKGROUND: Heterozygous disruption of FOXP2 causes a rare form of speech and language impairment. Screens of the FOXP2 sequence in individuals with speech/language-related disorders have identified several rare protein-altering variants, but their phenotypic relevance is often unclear. FOXP2 encodes a transcription factor with a forkhead box DNA-binding domain, but little is known about the functions of protein regions outside this domain. METHODS: We performed detailed functional analyses of seven rare FOXP2 variants found in affected cases, including three which have not been previously characterized, testing intracellular localization, transcriptional regulation, dimerization, and interaction with other proteins...
2016: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933042/the-role-of-stress-and-stress-adaptations-in-determining-the-fate-of-the-bacterial-pathogen-listeria-monocytogenes-in-the-food-chain
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REVIEW
Kerrie NicAogáin, Conor P O'Byrne
The foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes is a highly adaptable organism that can persist in a wide range of environmental and food-related niches. The consumption of contaminated ready-to-eat foods can cause infections, termed listeriosis, in vulnerable humans, particularly those with weakened immune systems. Although these infections are comparatively rare they are associated with high mortality rates and therefore this pathogen has a significant impact on food safety. L. monocytogenes can adapt to and survive a wide range of stress conditions including low pH, low water activity, and low temperature, which makes it problematic for food producers who rely on these stresses for preservation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933034/a-novel-molybdenum-containing-methionine-sulfoxide-reductase-supports-survival-of-haemophilus-influenzae-in-an-in-vivo-model-of-infection
#9
Rabeb Dhouib, Dk Seti Maimonah Pg Othman, Victor Lin, Xuanjie J Lai, Hewa G S Wijesinghe, Ama-Tawiah Essilfie, Amanda Davis, Marufa Nasreen, Paul V Bernhardt, Philip M Hansbro, Alastair G McEwan, Ulrike Kappler
Haemophilus influenzae is a host adapted human mucosal pathogen involved in a variety of acute and chronic respiratory tract infections, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, all of which rely on its ability to efficiently establish continuing interactions with the host. Here we report the characterization of a novel molybdenum enzyme, TorZ/MtsZ that supports interactions of H. influenzae with host cells during growth in oxygen-limited environments. Strains lacking TorZ/MtsZ showed a reduced ability to survive in contact with epithelial cells as shown by immunofluorescence microscopy and adherence/invasion assays...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932769/-correction-of-posttraumatic-thoracolumbar-kyphosis-with-modified-pedicle-subtraction-osteotomy
#10
Fei Chen, Yijun Kang, Bin Zhou, Zhehao Dai
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of modified pedicle subtraction osteotomy for treatment of thoracolumbar old fracture with kyphosis.
 Methods: From January 2003 to January 2013, 58 patients of thoracolumbar kyphosis, who underwent modified pedicle subtraction osteotomy, were reviewed. Among them, 45 cases underwent initial operation and 13 cases underwent revision surgery. Preoperative and postoperative kyphotic Cobb's angle, score of back pain, as well as the incidence of complication were accessed by using visual analogue scale (VAS) and Oswestry disability index (ODI)...
November 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932696/corpus-callosum-structural-integrity-is-associated-with-postural-control-improvement-in-persons-with-multiple-sclerosis-who-have-minimal-disability
#11
Daniel S Peterson, Geetanjali Gera, Fay B Horak, Brett W Fling
Background Improvement of postural control in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS) is an important target for neurorehabilitation. Although PwMS are able to improve postural performance with training, the neural underpinnings of these improvements are poorly understood. Objective To understand the neural underpinnings of postural motor learning in PwMS. Methods Supraspinal white matter structural connectivity in PwMS was correlated with improvements in postural performance (balancing on an oscillating surface over 25 trials) and retention of improvements (24 hours later)...
December 8, 2016: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932684/standardizing-the-microbiota-of-fish-used-in-research
#12
REVIEW
I N Vatsos
Little attention has been paid to the effects of fish microbiotas on the reproducibility and comparability of fish studies so far. Extrinsic and intrinsic factors, such as water quality, environmental microbial populations, diet, host genetic profile, gender, age and stress status, affect fish microbiotas and create significant inter- and intra-species variations. Fish microbiotas play critical roles in many key aspects of host physiology, such as protection against pathogens, digestion and development of the digestive tract and the local immune system...
December 8, 2016: Laboratory Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932516/global-analysis-of-regulatory-divergence-in-the-evolution-of-mouse-alternative-polyadenylation
#13
Mei-Sheng Xiao, Bin Zhang, Yi-Sheng Li, Qingsong Gao, Wei Sun, Wei Chen
Alternative polyadenylation (APA), which is regulated by both cis-elements and trans-factors, plays an important role in post-transcriptional regulation of eukaryotic gene expression. However, comparing to the extensively studied transcription and alternative splicing, the extent of APA divergence during evolution and the relative cis- and trans-contribution remain largely unexplored. To directly address these questions for the first time in mammals, by using deep sequencing-based methods, we measured APA divergence between C57BL/6J and SPRET/EiJ mouse strains as well as allele-specific APA pattern in their F1 hybrids...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932514/long-term-therapy-with-wu-ling-san-a-popular-antilithic-chinese-herbal-formula-did-not-prevent-subsequent-stone-surgery-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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San-Yuan Wu, Huey-Yi Chen, Kao-Sung Tsai, Jen-Huai Chiang, Chih-Hsin Muo, Fung-Chang Sung, Yung-Hsiang Chen, Wen-Chi Chen
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine (CHM), which is widely used to treat pain and urolithiasis, is a promising therapy for urinary stone prevention. This study investigated the clinical efficacy of a popular CHM, Wu-Ling-San (WLS), in Taiwan for the prophylaxis of recurrent nephrolithiasis as assessed by surgical stone treatment via a nationwide population-based cohort study. The National Health Insurance Research Database, 2000-2010, which included one million patient records. All patients diagnosed with stone disease at the beginning of the study...
2016: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932504/expression-of-cav1-3-calcium-channel-in-the-human-and-mouse-colon-post-transcriptional-inhibition-by-ifn%C3%AE
#15
Vijayababu M Radhakrishnan, Maryam M Gilpatrick, Nouralhoda Dehdashti, Pawel R Kiela, Fayez K Ghishan
It has been hypothesized that apically expressed L-type Ca(2+) channel Cav1.3 (encoded by CACNA1D gene) contributes towards an alternative TRPV6-independent route of intestinal epithelial Ca(2+) absorption, especially during digestion when high luminal concentration of Ca(2+) and other nutrients limit TRPV6 contribution. We and others have implicated altered expression and activity of key mediators of intestinal and renal Ca(2+) (re)absorption as contributors to negative systemic Ca2+ balance and bone loss in intestinal inflammation...
December 8, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932501/molecular-mechanism-s-involved-in-differential-expression-of-vitamin-c-transporters-along-the-intestinal-tract
#16
Veedamali S Subramanian, Padmanabhan Srinivasan, Alexis J Wildman, Jonathan S Marchant, Hamid M Said
Mammalian cells utilize two transporters for the uptake of ascorbic acid (AA), the sodium-dependent vitamin C transporter-1 & -2 (SVCT-1 and SVCT-2). In the intestine, these transporters are involved in the absorption of AA and are expressed at the apical and basolateral membrane domains of the polarized epithelia, respectively. Little is known about the differential expression of these two transporters along the anterior-posterior axis of the intestinal tract and the molecular mechanism(s) that dictate this pattern of expression...
December 8, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932447/unloading-of-homologous-recombination-factors-is-required-for-restoring-double-stranded-dna-at-damage-repair-loci
#17
Yulia Vasianovich, Veronika Altmannova, Oleksii Kotenko, Matthew D Newton, Lumir Krejci, Svetlana Makovets
Cells use homology-dependent DNA repair to mend chromosome breaks and restore broken replication forks, thereby ensuring genome stability and cell survival. DNA break repair via homology-based mechanisms involves nuclease-dependent DNA end resection, which generates long tracts of single-stranded DNA required for checkpoint activation and loading of homologous recombination proteins Rad52/51/55/57. While recruitment of the homologous recombination machinery is well characterized, it is not known how its presence at repair loci is coordinated with downstream re-synthesis of resected DNA We show that Rad51 inhibits recruitment of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), the platform for assembly of the DNA replication machinery, and that unloading of Rad51 by Srs2 helicase is required for efficient PCNA loading and restoration of resected DNA As a result, srs2Δ mutants are deficient in DNA repair correlating with extensive DNA processing, but this defect in srs2Δ mutants can be suppressed by inactivation of the resection nuclease Exo1...
December 8, 2016: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932430/bladder-agenesis-ectopic-ureters-and-a-multicystic-dysplastic-horseshoe-kidney-in-one-twin-newborn-with-normal-amniotic-fluid-index-in-utero
#18
Marium Naveed Khan, William F Walsh
A monochorionic-diamniotic twin baby presented with intrauterine growth restriction and anuria. The baby was found to have bladder agenesis, a pelvic dysplastic horseshoe kidney, vertebral anomalies, a ventricular septal defect and facial dysmorphisms. It was surprising to find no abnormalities in amniotic fluid indices prenatally, suggesting the possibility of urine output that declined as the pregnancy proceeded. Some degree of twin-to-twin transfusion of amniotic fluid was also possible, which could have rescued the oligohydramnios known to be associated with kidney and urinary tract abnormalities...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932425/scn2b-deletion-in-mice-results-in-ventricular-and-atrial-arrhythmias
#19
Yangyang Bao, B Cicero Willis, Chad R Frasier, Luis F Lopez-Santiago, Xianming Lin, Roberto Ramos-Mondragón, David S Auerbach, Chunling Chen, Zhenxun Wang, Justus Anumonwo, Héctor H Valdivia, Mario Delmar, José Jalife, Lori L Isom
BACKGROUND: Mutations in SCN2B, encoding voltage-gated sodium channel β2-subunits, are associated with human cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation and Brugada syndrome. Because of this, we propose that β2-subunits play critical roles in the establishment or maintenance of normal cardiac electric activity in vivo. METHODS AND RESULTS: To understand the pathophysiological roles of β2 in the heart, we investigated the cardiac phenotype of Scn2b null mice...
December 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932310/loss-of-dopamine-d1-receptors-and-diminished-d1-5-receptor-mediated-erk-phosphorylation-in-the-periaqueductal-gray-after-spinal-cord-lesion
#20
Pamela J Voulalas, Yadong Ji, Li Jiang, Jamila Asgar, Jin Y Ro, Radi Masri
Neuropathic pain resulting from spinal cord injury is often accompanied by maladaptive plasticity of the central nervous system, including the opioid receptor-rich periaqueductal gray (PAG). Evidence suggests that sensory signaling via the PAG is robustly modulated by dopamine D1- and D2-like receptors, but the effect of damage to the spinal cord on D1 and D2 receptor protein expression and function in the PAG has not been examined. Here we show that 21 days after a T10 or C6 spinothalamic tract lesion, both mice and rats display a remarkable decline in the expression of D1 receptors in the PAG, revealed by western blot analysis...
December 5, 2016: Neuroscience
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