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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350837/semaphorin-3f-expression-is-reduced-in-pregnancy-complicated-by-preeclampsia-an-observational-clinical-study
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Giovanni Stallone, Maria Matteo, Giuseppe Stefano Netti, Barbara Infante, Adelaide Di Lorenzo, Clelia Prattichizzo, Stefania Carlucci, Federica Trezza, Loreto Gesualdo, Pantaleo Greco, Giuseppe Grandaliano
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia is a systemic disorder, affecting 2-10% of pregnancies, characterized by a deregulated pro- and anti-angiogenic balance. Semaphorin 3F is an angiogenesis inhibitor. We aimed to investigate whether semaphorin 3F expression is modulated in preeclampsia. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, AND MEASUREMENTS: We performed two observational single center cohort studies between March 2013 and August 2014. In the first we enrolled 110 consecutive women, undergoing an elective cesarean section; in the second we included 150 consecutive women undergoing amniocentesis for routine clinical indications at 16-18 week of gestation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345155/a-nomogram-for-predicting-prognostic-value-of-inflammatory-response-biomarkers-in-decompensated-cirrhotic-patients-without-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
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Y-J Cai, J-J Dong, J-Z Dong, Y Chen, Z Lin, M Song, Y-Q Wang, Y-P Chen, K-Q Shi, M-T Zhou
BACKGROUND: Inflammation plays a vital role in liver cirrhosis progression and prognosis. AIM: To investigate the prognostic significance of inflammatory response markers in decompensated cirrhotic patients without acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF). METHODS: Independent predictors were identified using multivariate Cox model and then assembled into a nomogram to predict survival. Concordance index (C-index) and time-dependent receiver operating characteristics (td-ROC) analysis were adopted to evaluate and compare the performance of nomogram, model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) scores, MELD-Na and Chronic Liver Failure-consortium score for acute decompensated (CLIF-C ADs)...
March 26, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343345/assessment-of-nucleosides-as-putative-tumor-biomarkers-in-prostate-cancer-screening-by-ce-uv
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Adriana Zardini Buzatto, Mariana de Oliveira Silva, Ronei Jesus Poppi, Ana Valéria Colnaghi Simionato
Cancer is responsible for millions of deaths worldwide, but most base diseases may be cured if detected early. Screening tests may be used to identify early-stage malignant neoplasms. However, the major screening tool for prostate cancer, the prostate-specific antigen test, has unsuitable sensitivity. Since cancer cells may affect the pattern of consumption and excretion of nucleosides, such biomolecules are putative biomarkers that can be used for diagnosis and treatment evaluation. Using a previously validated method for the analysis of nucleosides in blood serum by capillary electrophoresis with UV-vis spectroscopy detection, we investigated 60 samples from healthy individuals and 42 samples from prostate cancer patients...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343046/perioperative-hemoglobin-a1c-as-a-predictor-of-deep-infection-following-single-level-lumbar-decompression-in-patients-with-diabetes
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Jourdan M Cancienne, Brian C Werner, Dennis Q Chen, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Adam L Shimer
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Although multiple studies have cited diabetes mellitus as a risk factor decreased functional outcomes, increased infectious complications, and overall increased reoperation rate following degenerative lumbar spinal surgery, few have investigated how perioperative glycemic control influences such complications. PURPOSE: The primary goal of the present study was to use a national database to evaluate the association of perioperative glycemic control as demonstrated by Hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with diabetes undergoing primary, single level decompression without concomitant fusion with the incidence of deep postoperative infection following requiring operative irrigation and debridement...
March 22, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341816/increased-expression-of-toll-like-receptors-2-and-4-in-renal-transplant-recipients-that-develop-allograft-dysfunction-a-cohort-study
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Morteza Hosseinzadeh, Mohsen Nafar, Pedram Ahmadpoor, Farshid Noorbakhsh, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Mohammad Hossein Niknam, Aliakbar Amirzargar
BACKGROUND: The incidence of ischemic reperfusion injury (IRI) in early phase post-transplantation and activation of toll-like receptor (TLR-2) and TLR-4 remarkably impact the outcome of a renal allograft. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether the expression of TLRs in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) can predict the clinical outcome of kidney allografts. METHODS: We obtained blood samples from 52 renal transplant patients before transplant, and 2, 90, and 180 days post-transplantation in order to analyze the surface expressions of TLR-2 and TLR-4 on peripheral blood monocytes...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341030/the-clinical-value-of-hepatic-extracellular-volume-fraction-using-routine-multiphasic-contrast-enhanced-liver-ct-for-staging-liver-fibrosis
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S L Guo, L N Su, Y N Zhai, W M Chirume, J Q Lei, H Zhang, L Yang, X P Shen, X X Wen, Y M Guo
AIM: To investigate the value of hepatic extracellular volume fractions (fECVs) measured using routine liver computed tomography (CT) evaluating liver fibrosis (LF). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 60 patients (male:female ratio, 39:21; mean age, 42.4 years) histologically diagnosed with LF underwent routine liver CT. Absolute enhancement (in Hounsfield units) of the liver parenchyma (Eliver) and aorta (Eaorta) 3 minutes after contrast medium administration was calculated using precontrast and equilibrium phase scans...
March 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340806/average-tacrolimus-trough-level-in-the-first-month-after-transplantation-may-predict-acute-rejection
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S Aktürk, Ş Erdoğmuş, G Kumru, A H Elhan, Ş Şengül, A Tüzüner, K Keven
BACKGROUND: Although tacrolimus is one of the essential drugs used for the prevention of rejection in kidney recipients, target trough levels are not well established. In this study, we aimed to investigate the association between average tacrolimus trough levels (TTLs) of the first month after transplantation and biopsy-proven acute rejection (BPAR) during the first 12 months after transplant. METHODS: A total of 274 patients who underwent kidney-alone transplantation between 2002 and 2014 were enrolled in the study...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338166/-preoperative-assessment-value-of-spectral-ct-quantitative-parameters-in-lymph-node-metastasis-of-gastric-cancer
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Yaru Chai, Jianbo Gao, Jingjing Xing, Peijie Lyu, Pan Liang, Xiaohua Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the preoperative assessment value of spectral CT quantitative parameters in lymph node metastasis of gastric cancer. METHODS: From December 2013 to June 2015, clinical and image data of 86 patients with gastric cancer confirmed by gastroscope pathology undergoing preoperative enhanced CT were prospectively collected. Enhanced CT included nonenhanced CT of conventional 120 kVp mode, arterial phase (AP) and venous phase (VP) with GSI mode on Discover GSI CT scanner...
March 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337725/comparison-of-diagnostic-performance-of-four-software-packages-for-phase-dyssynchrony-analysis-in-gated-myocardial-perfusion-spect
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Koichi Okuda, Kenichi Nakajima, Shinro Matsuo, Soichiro Kashiwaya, Hiroto Yoneyama, Takayuki Shibutani, Masahisa Onoguchi, Mitsumasa Hashimoto, Seigo Kinuya
BACKGROUND: Phase analysis of gated myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for assessment of left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony was investigated using the following dedicated software packages: Corridor4DM (4DM), cardioREPO (cREPO), Emory Cardiac Toolbox (ECTb), and quantitative gated SPECT (QGS). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the normal values of 95% histogram bandwidth, phase standard deviation (SD), and entropy and to compare the diagnostic performance of the four software packages...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336726/proteomic-signature-of-acute-liver-failure-from-discovery-and-verification-in-a-pig-model-to-confirmation-in-humans
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Jie Wang, Zeyu Sun, Jing Jiang, Daxian Wu, Xiaoli Liu, Zhongyang Xie, Ermei Chen, Danhua Zhu, Chao Ye, Xiaoqian Zhang, Wenqian Chen, Hongcui Cao, Lanjuan Li
Acute liver failure (ALF) is a fatal condition hallmarked by rapid development. The present study aimed to describe the dynamic alterations of serum proteins associated with ALF development, and to seek for novel biomarkers of ALF. Miniature pigs (n=30) were employed to establish ALF models by infusing D-galactosamine (GALN, 1.3g/kg). A total of 1589 serum proteins were compared in pooled serum samples (n=10) before and 36 hours after GALN administration through label-free quantitation (LFQ) based shotgun proteomics...
March 23, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332199/investigating-the-feasibility-of-classifying-breast-microcalcifications-using-photon-counting-spectral-mammography-a-simulation-study
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Bahaa Ghammraoui, Stephen J Glick
PURPOSE: A dual-energy material decomposition method using photon-counting spectral mammography was investigated as a non-invasive diagnostic approach to differentiate between Type I calcifications, consisting of calcium oxalate dihydrate or weddellite compounds that are more often associated with benign lesions, and Type II calcifications containing hydroxyapatite that are predominantly associated with malignant tumors. METHODS: The study was carried out by numerical simulation to assess the feasibility of the proposed approach...
March 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331633/office-orthostatic-blood-pressure-measurements-and-ambulatory-blood-pressure-monitoring-in-the-prediction-of-autonomic-dysfunction
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Kawther F Alquadan, Girish Singhania, Abhilash Koratala, Abutaleb A Ejaz
BACKGROUND: In this retrospective analysis we investigated the predictive performance of orthostatic hypotension (OH) and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABP) to predict autonomic dysfunction. METHODS: Statistical associations among the candidate variables were investigated and comparisons of predictive performances were performed using Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) curves. RESULTS: Ninety-four patients were included for analysis...
2017: Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328043/csf-tau-and-the-csf-tau-abeta-ratio-for-the-diagnosis-of-alzheimer-s-disease-dementia-and-other-dementias-in-people-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-mci
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Craig Ritchie, Nadja Smailagic, Anna H Noel-Storr, Obioha Ukoumunne, Emma C Ladds, Steven Martin
BACKGROUND: Research suggests that measurable change in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers occurs years in advance of the onset of clinical symptoms (Beckett 2010). In this review, we aimed to assess the ability of CSF tau biomarkers (t-tau and p-tau) and the CSF tau (t-tau or p-tau)/ABeta ratio to enable the detection of Alzheimer's disease pathology in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). These biomarkers have been proposed as important in new criteria for Alzheimer's disease dementia that incorporate biomarker abnormalities...
March 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323556/psychometric-properties-of-the-alcohol-use-disorders-identification-test-consumption-audit-c-in-public-first-responders
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Hyeonseok S Jeong, Shinwon Park, Soo Mee Lim, Jiyoung Ma, Ilhyang Kang, Jungyoon Kim, Eui-Jung Kim, Yejee J Choi, Jae-Ho Lim, Yong-An Chung, In Kyoon Lyoo, Sujung Yoon, Jieun E Kim
Problematic alcohol consumption is prevalent among first responders because alcohol is commonly used to cope with occupational stress and frequent exposure to traumatic incidents, making them an at-risk population for alcohol use disorders (AUD). This study investigated the psychometric properties of the Korean version of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption (AUDIT-C) among public first responders. The Structured Clinical Interview for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-Text Revision (SCID), AUDIT-C, AUDIT, and CAGE were administered to 222 public first responders, who were recruited by convenience sampling...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323524/comparison-of-two-predictive-models-for-short-term-mortality-in-patients-after-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
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Klara Julia Kesmarky, Cécile Delhumeau, Marie Zenobi, Bernhard Walder
The Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) and the abbreviated injury score of the head region (HAIS) are validated prognostic factors in traumatic brain injury (TBI). The aim of this study was to compare the prognostic performance of an alternative predictive model including motor GCS, pupillary reactivity, age, HAIS, and presence of multi-trauma for short term mortality with a reference predictive model including motor GCS, pupil reaction and age (IMPACT core model). A secondary analysis of a prospective epidemiological cohort study in Switzerland including patients after severe TBI (HAIS >3) with the outcome death at 14 days was performed...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322098/effect-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation-on-clinical-outcomes-for-chinese-couples-undergoing-in%C3%A2-vitro-fertilization-or-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection
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Lin-Tao Xue, Rui-Xue Wang, Bing He, Wei-Ying Mo, Li Huang, Shi-Kai Wang, Xian-Bao Mao, Jun-Ping Cheng, Yue-Yue Huang, RuiZhi Liu
Objective To investigate the effect of sperm DNA fragmentation on the fertilization rate, embryo development and pregnancy outcome of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in a cohort of Chinese couples. Methods Infertile couples that had undergone assisted reproductive technology at our centre between January 2011 and December 2013 were included in this retrospective study. Fractions of prepared sperm samples were evaluated for sperm DNA fragmentation on the day of oocyte recovery...
December 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322017/elevated-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-increases-the-risk-of-microalbuminuria-in-subjects-with-cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors
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Shi-Kun Yang, Jun Liu, Bin Yi, Juan Mao, Xian-Ming Zhang, Yan Liu, Dan-Dan Lei, Ming Gui, Hao Zhang
Microalbuminuria is an early biomarker of kidney injury, the aim of this study was to investigate the impact of high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) on microalbuminuria in adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. A total of 5667 subjects who voluntarily attended annual health screenings in the Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University were included in the study. Logistic regression was used to determine the validity of hs-CRP to predict the presence of microalbuminuria. In the unadjusted regression analysis, male gender (OR 2...
March 20, 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320981/relationship-between-thromboelastography-and-long-term-ischemic-events-as-gauged-by-the-response-to-clopidogrel-in-patients-undergoing-elective-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Xumin Hou, Wenzheng Han, Qian Gan, Yuan Liu, Weiyi Fang
Ischemic events after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) remain a major concern for patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). The aim of the current study was to investigate whether thromboelastography (TEG) was a satisfactory technique to measure platelet function in vitro in order to improve risk stratification and the individual response to antiplatelet therapy. The diagnostic and prognostic utility of the maximum amplitude of adenosine diphosphate induced platelet-fibrin clots (MAADP) was measured with TEG in 759 patients undergoing elective PCI...
March 19, 2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320782/diabetes-confers-in-vitro-calcific-potential-on-serum-which-associates-with-in-vivo-vascular-calcification
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Ashish Patidar, Dhruv K Singh, Shori Thakur, Peter Winocour, Ken Farrington, Anwar Baydoun
Although vascular calcification (VC) is prevalent in type 2 diabetes (T2DM), underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Neither is it known whether T2DM confers calcific potential (CP) to serum, enabling it to induce VC outside the disease milieu. We therefore investigated the CP of serum from controls and subjects with T2DM with and without in vivo VC . Samples from 20 healthy controls and 45 age- and sex-matched patients with T2DM with MDRD-eGFR>60mL min(-1) were analysed for CP using rat aortic smooth muscle cells in vitro CT scans of femoral arteries identified individuals with in vivo calcification...
March 20, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320630/early-polymerase-chain-reaction-detection-of-chagas-disease-reactivation-in-heart-transplant-patients
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Priscilla Almeida da Costa, Marcela Segatto, Danielle Fernandes Durso, Wagson José de Carvalho Moreira, Lucas Lodi Junqueira, Fábio Morato de Castilho, Silvio Amadeu de Andrade, Cláudio Léo Gelape, Egler Chiari, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Sergio Danilo Junho Pena, Carlos Renato Machado, Gloria Regina Franco, Geraldo Brasileiro Filho, Maria da Consolação Vieira Moreira, Andréa Mara Macedo
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation is a valuable therapeutic option for Chagas disease patients with severe cardiomyopathy. During patient follow-up, the differential diagnosis between cardiac transplant rejection and Chagas disease infection reactivation remains a challenging task, which hinders rapid implementation of the appropriate treatment. Herein we investigate whether polymerase chain reaction (PCR) strategies could facilitate early detection of Trypanosoma cruzi (T cruzi) in transplanted endomyocardial biopsies (EMBs)...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
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