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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107741/building-related-symptoms-are-linked-to-the-in-vitro-toxicity-of-indoor-dust-and-airborne-microbial-propagules-in-schools-a-cross-sectional-study
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J T Salin, M Salkinoja-Salonen, P J Salin, K Nelo, T Holma, P Ohtonen, H Syrjälä
INTRODUCTION: Indoor microbial toxicity is suspected to cause some building-related symptoms, but supporting epidemiological data are lacking. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether the in vitro toxicity of indoor samples from school buildings was associated with work-related health symptoms (building-related symptoms, BRS). METHODS: Administrators of the Helsinki City Real Estate Department selected 15 schools for the study, and a questionnaire on symptoms connected to work was sent to the teachers in the selected schools for voluntary completion...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107566/recent-advances-in-understanding-clonal-haematopoiesis-in-aplastic-anaemia
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Natasha Stanley, Timothy S Olson, Daria V Babushok
Acquired aplastic anaemia (AA) is an immune-mediated bone marrow failure disorder inextricably linked to clonal haematopoiesis. The majority of AA patients have somatic mutations and/or structural chromosomal abnormalities detected as early as at diagnosis. In contrast to other conditions linked to clonal haematopoiesis, the clonal signature of AA reflects its immune pathophysiology. The most common alterations are clonal expansions of cells lacking glycophosphotidylinositol-anchored proteins, loss of human leucocyte antigen alleles, and mutations in BCOR/BCORL1, ASXL1 and DNMT3A...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107482/a-circulating-microrna-signature-predicts-age-based-development-of-lymphoma
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Afshin Beheshti, Charles Vanderburg, J Tyson McDonald, Charusheila Ramkumar, Tatenda Kadungure, Hong Zhang, Ronald B Gartenhaus, Andrew M Evens
Extensive epidemiological data have demonstrated an exponential rise in the incidence of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) that is associated with increasing age. The molecular etiology of this remains largely unknown, which impacts the effectiveness of treatment for patients. We proposed that age-dependent circulating microRNA (miRNA) signatures in the host influence diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) development. Our objective was to examine tumor development in an age-based DLBCL system using an inventive systems biology approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107453/stress-marker-signatures-in-lesion-mimic-single-and-double-mutants-identify-a-crucial-leaf-age-dependent-salicylic-acid-related-defense-signal
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Eve Kaurilind, Mikael Brosché
Plants are exposed to abiotic and biotic stress conditions throughout their lifespans that activates various defense programs. Programmed cell death (PCD) is an extreme defense strategy the plant uses to manage unfavorable environments as well as during developmentally induced senescence. Here we investigated the role of leaf age on the regulation of defense gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana. Two lesion mimic mutants with misregulated cell death, catalase2 (cat2) and defense no death1 (dnd1) were used together with several double mutants to dissect signaling pathways regulating defense gene expression associated with cell death and leaf age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107387/neuronal-cell-death-and-degeneration-through-increased-nitroxidative-stress-and-tau-phosphorylation-in-hiv-1-transgenic-rats
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Young-Eun Cho, Myoung-Hwa Lee, Byoung-Joon Song
The underlying mechanisms for increased neurodegeneration and neurocognitive deficits in HIV-infected people are unclear. Therefore, this study was aimed to investigate the mechanisms of increased neurodegeneration in 5-month old male HIV-1 Transgenic (Tg) rats compared to the age- and gender-matched wild-type (WT) by evaluating histological changes and biochemical parameters of the key proteins involved in the cell death signaling and apoptosis. Histological and immunohistochemical analyses revealed decreased neuronal cells with elevated astrogliosis in HIV-1 Tg rats compared to WT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107289/pre-symptomatic-diagnosis-of-celiac-disease-in-predisposed-children-the-role-of-gene-expression-profile
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Martina Galatola, Donatella Cielo, Camilla Panico, Pio Stellato, Basilio Malamisura, Lorenzo Carbone, Carmen Gianfrani, Riccardo Troncone, Luigi Greco, Renata Auricchio
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of Celiac Disease (CD) has increased significantly in recent years, and risk prediction and early diagnosis has become imperative especially in at risk families. In a previous study, we identified individuals with CD based on the expression profile of a set of candidate genes in peripheral blood monocytes. Here we evaluated the expression of a panel of CD candidate genes in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from at risk infants long time before any symptom or production of antibodies...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107066/hematologic-plasma-biochemical-and-lipid-panel-reference-intervals-in-orange-winged-amazon-parrots-amazona-amazonica
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Claire Vergneau-Grosset, Tamsen Polley, Danielle Carrade Holt, William Vernau, Joanne Paul-Murphy
To establish reference intervals in orange-winged Amazon parrots ( Amazona amazonica ) for the complete blood count, plasma biochemical values, and lipid panel and to evaluate age- and sex-related variations, blood samples were obtained from 29 healthy juvenile and adult parrots. Concentrations of total protein, bile acids, phosphorus, total cholesterol, low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were significantly higher in adult compared with juvenile birds, while uric acid concentration was significantly higher in juveniles...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106924/incidence-clinicopathologic-features-and-fusion-transcript-landscape-of-translocation-renal-cell-carcinomas
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Marion Classe, Gabriel G Malouf, Xiaoping Su, Hui Yao, Erika J Thompson, Denaha J Doss, Valérie Grégoire, Julien Lenobin, Jean-Christophe Fantoni, Hélène Sudour-Bonnange, David Khayat, Sébastien Aubert, Nizar M Tannir, Xavier Leroy
AIMS: Translocation renal cell carcinoma (tRCC) is a rare subtype of kidney tumour characterized by translocations involving the transcription factor TFE3 or TFEB. tRCC was introduced into the World Health Organization classification in 2004, but much is still unknown about the natural history, clinicopathologic features, and outcomes of the disease. The aim of this study was to describe the landscape of fusion transcript in a large single-institution series of FISH confirmed tRCCs and then to confront it to morphological and clinical data...
January 20, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106733/high-prevalence-of-vitamin-b12-deficiency-and-no-folate-deficiency-in-young-children-in-nepal
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Bernadette N Ng'eno, Cria G Perrine, Ralph D Whitehead, Giri Raj Subedi, Saba Mebrahtu, Pradiumna Dahal, Maria Elena D Jefferds
Many children in low- and middle-income countries may have inadequate intake of vitamin B12 and folate; data confirming these inadequacies are limited. We used biochemical, demographic, behavioral and anthropometric data to describe the folate and vitamin B12 concentrations among six- to 23-month-old Nepalese children. Vitamin B12 (serum B12 < 150 pmol/L) and folate deficiencies (red blood cell (RBC) folate < 226.5 nmol/L) were assessed. We used logistic regression to identify predictors of vitamin B12 deficiency...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106555/optical-coherence-tomography-reveals-retinal-neuroaxonal-thinning-in-frontotemporal-dementia-as-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Laura Ferrari, Su-Chun Huang, Giuseppe Magnani, Alessandro Ambrosi, Giancarlo Comi, Letizia Leocani
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are leading causes of cognitive decline. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) allows the measurement of thickness of retinal neuroaxonal layers. While in AD and mild cognitive impairment (MCI), retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) thinning is frequently reported, less information is available on ganglion cell layer-inner plexiform layer (GCL-IPL). Data on FTD are lacking. OBJECTIVE: To obtain cross-sectional information on RNFL and GCL-IPL thickness among MCI, AD, FTD, and healthy controls (HC), and their correlations with dementia severity...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106477/thymosin-alpha-1-and-hiv-1-recent-advances-and-future-perspectives
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Claudia Matteucci, Sandro Grelli, Emanuela Balestrieri, Antonella Minutolo, Ayele Argaw-Denboba, Beatrice Macchi, Paola Sinibaldi-Vallebona, Carlo Federico Perno, Antonio Mastino, Enrico Garaci
In spite of the consistent benefits for HIV-1 infected patients undergoing antiretroviral therapy, a complete immune reconstitution is usually not achieved. Actually, antiretroviral therapy may be frequently accompanied by immunological unresponsiveness, persistent inflammatory conditions and inefficient cytotoxic T-cell response. Thymosin alpha 1 is a thymic peptide that demonstrates a peculiar ability to restore immune system homeostasis in different physiological and pathological conditions (i.e., infections, cancer, immunodeficiency, vaccination and aging) acting as multitasking protein depending on the host state of inflammation or immune dysfunction...
January 20, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106247/validation-of-the-nccn-ipi-for-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-dlbcl-the-addition-of-%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-yields-a-more-accurate-geltamo-ipi
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Carlos Montalbán, Antonio Díaz-López, Ivan Dlouhy, Jordina Rovira, Armando Lopez-Guillermo, Sara Alonso, Alejandro Martín, Juan M Sancho, Olga García, Jose M Sánchez, Mario Rodríguez, Silvana Novelli, Antonio Salar, Antonio Gutiérrez, Maria J Rodríguez-Salazar, Mariana Bastos, Juan F Domínguez, Rubén Fernández, Sonia Gonzalez de Villambrosia, José A Queizan, Raul Córdoba, Raquel de Oña, Andrés López-Hernandez, Julian M Freue, Heidys Garrote, Lourdes López, Ana M Martin-Moreno, Jose Rodriguez, Víctor Abraira, Juan F García
The study included 1848 diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)patients treated with chemotherapy/rituximab. The aims were to validate the National Comprehensive Cancer Network International Prognostic Index (NCCN-IPI) and explore the effect of adding high Beta-2 microglobulin (β2M), primary extranodal presentation and intense treatment to the NCCN-IPI variables in order to develop an improved index. Comparing survival curves, NCCN-IPI discriminated better than IPI, separating four risk groups with 5-year overall survival rates of 93%, 83%, 67% and 49%, but failing to identify a true high-risk population...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106238/choroidal-thickness-and-structural-glaucoma-parameters-in-glaucomatous-preperimetric-glaucomatous-and-healthy-eyes-using-swept-source-oct
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Handan Akil, Mayss Al-Sheikh, Khalil Ghasemi Falavarjani, Brian Francis, Vikas Chopra
PURPOSE: To evaluate choroidal thickness (CT) and its relationship with retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer thickness (GCIPLT) in glaucomatous, preperimetric glaucomatous, and healthy eyes using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT). METHODS: Fifty eyes with primary open-angle glaucoma, 20 eyes with preperimetric glaucoma, and 20 age-matched healthy eyes were enrolled. Three-dimensional wide-field (12 × 9 mm) images were obtained using a SS-OCT instrument...
January 16, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106124/effect-of-myocyte-fibroblast-coupling-on-the-onset-of-pathological-dynamics-in-a-model-of-ventricular-tissue
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S Sridhar, Nele Vandersickel, Alexander V Panfilov
Managing lethal cardiac arrhythmias is one of the biggest challenges in modern cardiology, and hence it is very important to understand the factors underlying such arrhythmias. While early afterdepolarizations (EAD) of cardiac cells is known to be one such arrhythmogenic factor, the mechanisms underlying the emergence of tissue level arrhythmias from cellular level EADs is not fully understood. Another known arrhythmogenic condition is fibrosis of cardiac tissue that occurs both due to aging and in many types of heart diseases...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106117/norovirus-p-particle-based-active-a%C3%AE-immunotherapy-elicits-sufficient-immunogenicity-and-improves-cognitive-capacity-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Lu Fu, Yingnan Li, Yue Hu, Yayuan Zheng, Bin Yu, Haihong Zhang, Jiaxin Wu, Hui Wu, Xianghui Yu, Wei Kong
Disease-modifying immunotherapies focusing on reducing amyloid-beta (Aβ) deposition are the main treatment for Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, none of the Aβ immunotherapies has produced clinically meaningful results to date. The main reason for this lack of efficacy is that the vaccine induces insufficiently high antibody titers, as it contains small B-cell epitope of Aβ to avoid Aβ42-specific T-cell activation. With the aim of generating a potent AD vaccine, we designed the protein PP-3copy-Aβ1-6-loop123, comprising three copies of Aβ1-6 inserted into three loops of a novel vaccine platform, the norovirus P particle, which could present Aβ at its surface and remarkably enhance the immunogenicity of the vaccine...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105977/age-related-changes-in-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-a-potential-impact-on-osteoporosis-and-osteoarthritis-development
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Payal Ganguly, Jehan J, Peter V, Agata N, Frederique Ponchel, Elena A
Ageing at the cellular level is a complex process resulting from accumulation of various damages leading to functionalimpairment and a reduced quality of life at the level of the organism. With a rise in the elderly population, the worldwide incidence of osteoporosis (OP) and osteoarthritis (OA) has increased in the past few decades. A decline in the number and &#8216;fitness&#8217; of osteoblast progenitors, the mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) in the bone marrow (BM) niche has been suggested as one of the factors contributing to bone abnormalities in OP and OA...
January 20, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105936/pathways-of-aging-comparative-analysis-of-gene-signatures-in-replicative-senescence-and-stress-induced-premature-senescence
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Kamil C Kural, Neetu Tandon, Mikhail Skoblov, Olga V Kel-Margoulis, Ancha V Baranova
BACKGROUND: In culturing normal diploid cells, senescence may either happen naturally, in the form of replicative senescence, or it may be a consequence of external challenges such as oxidative stress. Here we present a comparative analysis aimed at reconstruction of molecular cascades specific for replicative (RS) and stressinduced senescence (SIPS) in human fibroblasts. RESULTS: An involvement of caspase-3/keratin-18 pathway and serine/threonine kinase Aurora A/ MDM2 pathway was shared between RS and SIPS...
December 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105753/efficacy-and-safety-of-high-dose-chemotherapy-with-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-senior-versus-younger-adults-with-newly-diagnosed-multiple-myeloma
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Li-Wen Huang, Wendi Bacon, Constance Cirrincione, Bercedis Peterson, Gwynn Long, David Rizzieri, Keith M Sullivan, Kelly Corbet, Mitchell Horwitz, Nelson Chao, Cristina Gasparetto, Sascha A Tuchman
We retrospectively studied 340 fit patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who underwent autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). We hypothesized that progression-free survival (PFS) of older patients was non-inferior to that of younger patients after ASCT. Our null hypothesis was that the PFS hazard ratio (HR) for a 5-year increase in age was ≥1.05; the alternative (non-inferiority) hypothesis was that the HR was ≤1. The observed HR was 0.94 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.86-1.03); since the CI upper bound was <1...
January 19, 2017: Hematological Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105733/vitamin-d-supplementation-for-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Htoo Htoo Kyaw Soe, Adinegara Bl Abas, Nan Nitra Than, Han Ni, Jaspal Singh, Abdul Razzak Bin Mohd Said, Ifeyinwa Osunkwo
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell disease is a genetic chronic haemolytic and pro-inflammatory disorder. The clinical manifestations of sickle cell disease result from the presence of mutations on the beta globin genes that generate an abnormal haemoglobin product (called haemoglobin S) within the red blood cell. Sickle cell disease can lead to many complications such as acute chest syndrome, stroke, acute and chronic bone complications (including painful vaso-occlusive crisis, osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis and osteoporosis)...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105727/placental-dysfunction-is-associated-with-altered-microrna-expression-in-pregnant-women-with-low-folate-status
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Bernadette C Baker, Fiona L Mackie, Samantha C Lean, Susan L Greenwood, Alexander Ep Heazell, Karen Forbes, Rebecca L Jones
SCOPE: Low maternal folate status during pregnancy increases the risk of delivering small for gestational age (SGA) infants, but the mechanistic link between maternal folate status, SGA and placental dysfunction is unknown. microRNAs (miRNA) are altered in pregnancy pathologies and by folate in other systems. We hypothesized low maternal folate status causes placental dysfunction, mediated by altered miRNA expression. METHODS AND RESULTS: A prospective observational study recruited pregnant adolescents, and assessed third trimester folate status and placental function...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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