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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166756/use-of-imaging-techniques-in-large-vessel-vasculitis-and-related-conditions
#1
Annibale Versari, Nicolò Pipitone, Massimiliano Casali, Francois Jamar, Giulia Pazzola
Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu's arteritis (TA) are large vessel vasculitis (LVV) primarily affecting the aorta and its major branches, mainly differentiated by the onset age (>50 years GCA and <40 years TA). In addition, temporal artery involvement and polymyalgia rheumatic are typical features of GCA, but not TA. Imaging techniques are required to secure the diagnosis of large-vessel vasculitides, and to monitor the disease course. Both morphological and metabolic imaging are involved. Morphological imaging is represented mainly by Computerized Tomography (CT), CT angiography, Magnetic Resonance (MR), MR angiography, Color-Doppler Sonography (CDS) and high-resolution CDS...
November 22, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166752/immunotherapy-treatment-an-issue-for-metabolic-response
#2
Luca Tagliabue, Antonella Capozza, Claudio Maioli, Andrea Luciani, Anna M Ierardi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello
Since the beginning of second decade of this century, when it was introduced in many oncologic scenarios, immunotherapy has become an important tool in the management of a growing number of cancers. Engaging the host immune system in cancer therapy seems to be useful, improving not only progression free survival but also overall survival, until the achieving the goal that many advanced cancers, previously considered without effective treatment options, have now become successfully treatable. Moreover, considering the relatively recent introduction of these drugs in clinical scenarios and the continuous releasing of new drugs, large validated clinical experiences are lacking and many issues are today debated; by the way, the evaluation of the response to immune-therapy poses major concerns...
November 22, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166741/-the-study-of-expression-and-prognostic-value-of-cd123-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-bone-marrow-blasts
#3
W Q Yue, G S Tang, M Liu, H Cheng, J Ding, T Wang, J M Wang, X X Hu, W P Zhang, L Chen, J M Yang
Objective: To study the expression of CD123 in bone marrow (BM) blasts of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients to explore the relationship between CD123 expression and therapeutic response and prognosis. Methods: This study retrospectively analyzed expression and distribution of CD123 in BM blasts in 137 cases of newly diagnosed AML (excluded M(3)) , CD123 detected by flow cytometry≥20% was defined as positive, including 84 CD123(+) AML and 53 CD123(-) AML, efficacy and prognosis were compared between the two groups...
October 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166738/-expression-characteristics-and-prognosis-significance-of-mirna-181a-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-normal-karyotype
#4
X X Zhuang, Q L Ma, H P Wang, M X Yu, X Li, H T Meng, W J Yu, C J Jin, L S You, J Jin
Objective: To study the expression of miRNA-181a in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients with normal karyotype to probe its prognosis significance. Methods: The expression level of miRNA-181a in bone marrow mononuclear cells of 120 de novo AML patients with normal karyotype was detected by real time fluorescence quantitative PCR. The direct sequencing method was used to detect IDH1, IDH2, NPM1, FLT3-ITD, DNMT3A and CEBPα mutations in CN-AML patients after PCR. The relationship between miRNA-181a expression and gene mutation, the clinical parameters and prognosis were analyzed...
October 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166691/-emil-kraepelin-s-time-in-dorpat-did-this-stay-made-marks-in-russian-and-soviet-psychiatry
#5
Birk Engmann, Holger Steinberg
In Russia, German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926) is regarded as an influential and famous personality in the history of the field. This study discusses whether it was his period in the Russian Empire in the years 1886 to 1891 when he worked at Dorpat University (today Tartu, Estonia) that raised his popularity in Russia. Our research shows that all of his writings which had been translated into Russian language derive from a period much later than Dorpat. Moreover, none of his students has ever reached a scientific position which would have enabled him to become a proponent of Kraepelin's ideas in Russia...
November 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166688/-perioperative-management-in-total-knee-arthroplasty
#6
Robert Hube, Hermann O Mayr, Philipp von Roth, Michael Najfeld, Kathi Thiele
The themes of this paper are the clinical relevance and technique of perioperative management in total knee arthroplasty. Due to the number of unsatisfied patients after knee arthroplasty, optimisation of processes seems to be necessary. Beside patient preparation and rehabilitation, the surgical technique and implant choice in perioperative management are important. This means the use of tourniquet and drains, the application of tranexamic acid and pain management. These items are presented and discussed in detail in this paper...
November 22, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166674/unpredictable-chronic-mild-stress-differentially-impairs-social-and-contextual-discrimination-learning-in-two-inbred-mouse-strains
#7
Michiel van Boxelaere, Jason Clements, Patrick Callaerts, Rudi D'Hooge, Zsuzsanna Callaerts-Vegh
Alterations in the social and cognitive domain are considered important indicators for increased disability in many stress-related disorders. Similar impairments have been observed in rodents chronically exposed to stress, mimicking potential endophenotypes of stress-related psychopathologies such as major depression disorder (MDD), anxiety, conduct disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Data from numerous studies suggest that deficient plasticity mechanisms in hippocampus (HC) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) might underlie these social and cognitive deficits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166655/how-well-do-you-know-your-mutation-complex-effects-of-genetic-background-on-expressivity-complementation-and-ordering-of-allelic-effects
#8
Christopher H Chandler, Sudarshan Chari, Alycia Kowalski, Lin Choi, David Tack, Michael DeNieu, William Pitchers, Anne Sonnenschein, Leslie Marvin, Kristen Hummel, Christian Marier, Andrew Victory, Cody Porter, Anna Mammel, Julie Holms, Gayatri Sivaratnam, Ian Dworkin
For a given gene, different mutations influence organismal phenotypes to varying degrees. However, the expressivity of these variants not only depends on the DNA lesion associated with the mutation, but also on factors including the genetic background and rearing environment. The degree to which these factors influence related alleles, genes, or pathways similarly, and whether similar developmental mechanisms underlie variation in the expressivity of a single allele across conditions and among alleles is poorly understood...
November 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166649/extended-light-exposure-increases-stem-digestibility-and-biomass-production-of-switchgrass
#9
Chunqiao Zhao, Xifeng Fan, Xincun Hou, Yi Zhu, Yuesen Yue, Juying Wu
Switchgrass is a photoperiod-sensitive energy grass suitable for growing in the marginal lands of China. We explored the effects of extended photoperiods of low-irradiance light (7 μmol·m-2·s-1, no effective photosynthesis) on the growth, the biomass dry weight, the biomass allocation, and, especially, the stem digestibility and cell wall characteristics of switchgrass. Two extended photoperiods (i.e., 18 and 24 h) were applied over Alamo. Extended light exposure (18 and 24 h) resulted in delayed heading and higher dry weights of vegetative organs (by 32...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166648/different-response-to-hypoxia-of-adipose-derived-multipotent-cells-from-obese-subjects-with-and-without-metabolic-syndrome
#10
Wilfredo Oliva-Olivera, Isabel Moreno-Indias, Leticia Coín-Aragüez, Said Lhamyani, Juan Alcaide Torres, Sonia Fernández-Veledo, Joan Vendrell, Antonio Camargo, Rajaa El Bekay, Francisco José Tinahones
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Multiple studies suggest that hypoxia, together with inflammation, could be one of the phenomena involved in the onset and progression of obesity-related insulin resistance. In addition, dysfunction of adipose tissue in obese subjects with metabolic syndrome is associated with decreased angiogenesis. However, some subjects with a high body mass index do not develop metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity. The aim of the current study was to examine the neovascular properties of visceral adipose tissue-derived multipotent mesenchymal cells subjected to hypoxia (hypox-visASCs) from normal-weight subjects (Nw) and obese patients with metabolic syndrome (MS) and without metabolic syndrome (NonMS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166640/lactic-acid-bacteria-from-andean-grain-amaranth-a-source-of-vitamins-and-functional-value-enzymes
#11
Silvana L Carrizo, Cecilia E Montes de Oca, María Elvira Hébert, Lucila Saavedra, Graciela Vignolo, Jean Guy LeBlanc, Graciela Celestina Rollán
Amaranth is a rediscovered pseudocereal with high nutritional properties. Lactic acid fermentation can increase the functional and nutritional value of foods. The aims of this study were to isolate and evaluate the functionality of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) from amaranth. LAB strains (n = 29) isolated from amaranth sourdough and grains included Lactobacillus (L.) plantarum (n = 8), L. rhamnosus (n = 6), Enterococcus (E.) mundtii (n = 4), E. hermanniensis (n = 3), E. durans (n = 1), Enterococcus sp. (n = 1), Leuconostoc (Lc...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166633/range-extension-and-behavioural-observations-of-the-recently-described-sheth-s-dwarf-lemur-cheirogaleus-shethi
#12
Daniel Hending, Angelo Andrianiaina, Zafimahery Rakotomalala, Sam Cotton
Sheth's dwarf lemur, Cheirogaleus shethi, is a small, recently discovered nocturnal primate endemic to northern Madagascar. Unlike many other nocturnal lemurs, C. shethi lives sympatrically with morphologically similar species of its cryptic genus, making it difficult for biologists to determine its population density and distribution. Here, we present new data and observations of this species. During a series of rapid biodiversity assessments in the SAVA region of north-eastern Madagascar, we observed C. shethi in 10 different sites, 9 of which were not previously known to harbour C...
November 23, 2017: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166624/impact-of-processing-methods-on-the-dissolution-of-artemether-from-two-non-ordered-mesoporous-silicas
#13
Hira Tahir, Yasser Shahzad, Laura J Waters, Talib Hussain, Abid Mehmood Yousaf, Tariq Mahmood, Rizwan Sheikh
Poor aqueous solubility is often linked with a poor dissolution rate and ultimately, limited bioavailability of pharmaceutical compounds. This study describes the application of mesoporous materials (Syloid 244 and Syloid AL1) in improving the dissolution rate of a drug with poor aqueous solubility, namely artemether, utilising different processing methods including physical mixing, co-grinding and solid dispersions prepared by solvent evaporation and the lyophilisation technique. The prepared formulations were extensively characterised for their solid-state properties and the drug release attributes were studied...
November 19, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166616/the-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-preferentially-marks-and-promotes-gut-regulatory-t-cells
#14
Jian Ye, Ju Qiu, John W Bostick, Aki Ueda, Hilde Schjerven, Shiyang Li, Christian Jobin, Zong-Ming E Chen, Liang Zhou
The local environment may affect the development and function of tissue-resident T regulatory cells (Tregs), which are crucial for controlling inflammation. Although the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (Ahr), an environmental sensor, is expressed by Tregs, its role in Treg cell development and/or function remains elusive. Here, we generated mouse genetic models to ablate or activate Ahr expression specifically in Tregs. We showed that Ahr was expressed more abundantly by peripherally induced Tregs (pTregs) in the gut and that its expression was independent of microbiota...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166608/s-nitrosylation-of-pink1-attenuates-pink1-parkin-dependent-mitophagy-in-hipsc-based-parkinson-s-disease-models
#15
Chang-Ki Oh, Abdullah Sultan, Joseph Platzer, Nima Dolatabadi, Frank Soldner, Daniel B McClatchy, Jolene K Diedrich, John R Yates, Rajesh Ambasudhan, Tomohiro Nakamura, Rudolf Jaenisch, Stuart A Lipton
Mutations in PARK6 (PINK1) and PARK2 (Parkin) are linked to rare familial cases of Parkinson's disease (PD). Mutations in these genes result in pathological dysregulation of mitophagy, contributing to neurodegeneration. Here, we report that environmental factors causing a specific posttranslational modification on PINK1 can mimic these genetic mutations. We describe a molecular mechanism for impairment of mitophagy via formation of S-nitrosylated PINK1 (SNO-PINK1). Mitochondrial insults simulating age- or environmental-related stress lead to increased SNO-PINK1, inhibiting its kinase activity...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166606/sumoylation-promotes-nuclear-import-and-stabilization-of-polo-like-kinase-1-to-support-its-mitotic-function
#16
Donghua Wen, Jianguo Wu, Lei Wang, Zheng Fu
As a pivotal mitotic regulator, polo-like kinase 1 (PLK1) is under highly coordinated and multi-layered regulation. However, the pathways that control PLK1's activity and function have just begun to be elucidated. PLK1 has recently been shown to be functionally modulated by post-translational modifications (PTMs), including phosphorylation and ubiquitination. Herein, we report that SUMOylation plays an essential role in regulating PLK1's mitotic function. We found that Ubc9 was recruited to PLK1 upon initial phosphorylation and activation by CDK1/cyclin B...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166602/mucus-detachment-by-host-metalloprotease-meprin-%C3%AE-requires-shedding-of-its-inactive-pro-form-which-is-abrogated-by-the-pathogenic-protease-rgpb
#17
Rielana Wichert, Anna Ermund, Stefanie Schmidt, Matthias Schweinlin, Miroslaw Ksiazek, Philipp Arnold, Katharina Knittler, Frederike Wilkens, Barbara Potempa, Björn Rabe, Marit Stirnberg, Ralph Lucius, Jörg W Bartsch, Susanna Nikolaus, Maren Falk-Paulsen, Philip Rosenstiel, Marco Metzger, Stefan Rose-John, Jan Potempa, Gunnar C Hansson, Peter J Dempsey, Christoph Becker-Pauly
The host metalloprotease meprin β is required for mucin 2 (MUC2) cleavage, which drives intestinal mucus detachment and prevents bacterial overgrowth. To gain access to the cleavage site in MUC2, meprin β must be proteolytically shed from epithelial cells. Hence, regulation of meprin β shedding and activation is important for physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Here, we demonstrate that meprin β activation and shedding are mutually exclusive events. Employing ex vivo small intestinal organoid and cell culture experiments, we found that ADAM-mediated shedding is restricted to the inactive pro-form of meprin β and is completely inhibited upon its conversion to the active form at the cell surface...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166594/individual-differences-in-processing-emotional-images-after-reading-disgusting-and-neutral-sentences
#18
Alex Hartigan, Anne Richards
The present study examined the extent to which Event Related Potentials (ERPs) evoked by disgusting, threatening and neutral photographic images were influenced by disgust propensity, disgust sensitivity and attentional control following exposure to disgusting information. Emotional cognition was manipulated by instructing participants to remember either disgusting or neutral sentences; participants in both groups then viewed emotional images while ERPs were recorded. Disgust propensity was associated with a reduced Late Positive Potential (LPP) gap between threatening and neutral stimuli (an effect driven by a rise in the LPP for neutral images) but only amongst individuals who were exposed to disgusting sentences...
November 19, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166576/the-beneficial-health-aspects-of-sea-buckthorn-elaeagnus-rhamnoides-l-a-nelson-oil
#19
REVIEW
Beata Olas
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL CONTEXT: Plant oils are known to have biological activity. This review paper summarizes the current knowledge of the composition of sea buckthorn (Elaeagnus rhamnoides (L.) A.Nelson) seed and pulp oil and its beneficial health aspects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro and in vivo studies on humans and animals have found sea buckthorn oil to have a variety of beneficial properties to human health, and indicate that it may be a valuable component of human and animal nutrition...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166563/mechanochemical-synthesis-of-pharmaceutical-cocrystal-suspensions-via-hot-melt-extrusion-enhancing-cocrystal-yield
#20
Shu Li, Tao Yu, Yiwei Tian, Colette Lagan, David S Jones, Gavin P Andrews
Pharmaceutical cocrystals have attracted increasing attention over the past decade as an alternative way to modify the physicochemical properties and hence improve the bioavailability of a drug, without sacrificing thermodynamic stability. Our previous work has demonstrated the viability of in-situ formation of ibuprofen/isonicotinamide cocrystal suspensions within a matrix carrier via a single-step hot-melt extrusion (HME) process. The key aim of the current work is to establish optimised processing conditions to improve cocrystal yield within extruded matrices...
November 22, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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