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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489857/vitamin-d-supplementation-lowers-thrombospondin-1-levels-and-blood-pressure-in-healthy-adults
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Anjalee T Amarasekera, Bahador Assadi-Khansari, Saifei Liu, Marilyn Black, Greer Dymmott, Natasha M Rogers, Aaron L Sverdlov, John D Horowitz, Doan T M Ngo
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin D insufficiency, defined as 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels < 75nmol/L is associated with cardio-metabolic dysfunction. Vitamin D insufficiency is associated with inflammation and fibrosis, but it remains uncertain whether these anomalies are readily reversible. Therefore, we aimed to determine the effects of vitamin D supplementation on markers of: 1) nitric oxide (NO) signaling, 2) inflammation, and 3) fibrosis, in healthy volunteers with mild hypovitaminosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485708/molecular-study-of-carbapenemase-genes-in-clinical-isolates-of-enterobacteriaceae-resistant-to-carbapenems-and-determining-their-clonal-relationship-using-pulsed-field-gel-electrophoresis
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Fereshteh Shahcheraghi, Mohammad Mehdi Aslani, Hassan Mahmoudi, Zahra Karimitabar, Hamid Solgi, Abbas Bahador, Mohammad Yousef Alikhani
PURPOSE: Enterobacteriaceae is a large family of Gram-negative bacteria that are considered as normal gut flora. They are the most common human pathogens. The main objective of this study was to investigate the carbapenemase genes in clinical isolates of Enterobacteriaceae resistant to carbapenem antibiotics and determine their clonal relationship using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). METHODOLOGY: In the present study, bacteria were isolated and identified via conventional biochemical tests and API 20NE...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450261/monitoring-gene-expression-of-rcpa-from-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-versus-antimicrobial-photodynamic-therapy-by-relative-quantitative-real-time-pcr
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Maryam Pourhajibagher, Nasim Chiniforush, Sima Shahabi, Shaghayegh Sobhani, Mohammad Moein Monzavi, Abbas Monzavi, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is an important pathogen that is frequently found in various infections, particularly aggressive periodontitis. In this study, we described the outcome of the expression level of A. actinomycetemcomitans virulence factor following treatment by antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) with indocyanine green (ICG) as a photosensitizing agent. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To determine the aPDT effect on the cell-surviving assay and expression ratio of the rcpA gene in A...
April 24, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448443/the-effect-of-thermal-fluctuation-on-the-receptor-mediated-adhesion-of-a-cell-membrane-to-an-elastic-substrate
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Bahador Marzban, Hongyan Yuan
Mechanics of the bilayer membrane play an important role in many biological and bioengineering problems such as cell-substrate and cell-nanomaterial interactions. In this work, we study the effect of thermal fluctuation and the substrate elasticity on the cell membrane-substrate adhesion. We model the adhesion of a fluctuating membrane on an elastic substrate as a two-step reaction comprised of the out-of-plane membrane fluctuation and the receptor-ligand binding. The equilibrium closed bond ratio as a function of substrate rigidity was computed by developing a coupled Fourier space Brownian dynamics and Monte Carlo method...
April 27, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438509/effect-of-photodynamic-therapy-based-on-indocyanine-green-on-expression-of-apoptosis-related-genes-in-human-gingival-fibroblast-cells
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Samira Gharesi, Maryam Pourhajibagher, Nasim Chiniforush, Reza Raoofian, Mehrdad Hashemi, Sima Shahabi, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Periodontal diseases refer to inflammation of the gingiva, induction of apoptosis in human gingival fibroblast cells, destruction of the surrounding tissues, and early bone loss resulting in infections due to the pathogenic activity of the microorganisms and the host immune inflammatory responses. Recent investigations have suggested that antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) can be an adjunct treatment therapy for periodontal infections. AIM: To prove the lack of side effects of PDT on periodontal tissues, we investigated the expression of BAX and BCL-2 genes that are involved in apoptosis after the PDT on human gingival fibroblast (HGF) cells...
April 21, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430524/mirna-related-polymorphisms-in-mir-423-rs6505162-and-pex6-rs1129186-and-risk-of-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-an-iranian-cohort
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Ziba Nariman-Saleh-Fam, Milad Bastami, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Farkhondeh Behjati, Yaser Mansoori, Abdolreza Daraei, Zahra Saadatian, Lida Nariman-Saleh-Fam, Habibollah Mahmoodzadeh, Yashar Makhdoumi, Fatemeh Varshoee Tabrizi, Bahador Ebrahimi-Sharif, Azam Hezarian, Shahnaz Naghashi, Mohammad Reza Abbaszadegan, Javad Tavakkoly-Bazzaz
AIMS: Iran is located in the Asian esophageal cancer belt. It is a high-risk region for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). The extent to which genetic components, especially variants within miRNAs or their binding sites, contribute to risk of ESCC in the region is not yet fully understood. Herein, tests were done on an Iranian cohort to evaluate the association of miRNA-related polymorphisms in miR-423 (rs6505162) and peroxisomal biogenesis factor 6 (PEX6) (rs1129186 within a miR-149-5p-binding site) with risk of ESCC risk...
April 21, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415483/an-investigation-of-electrospun-henna-leaves-extract-loaded-chitosan-based-nanofibrous-mats-for-skin-tissue-engineering
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Iman Yousefi, Mehdi Pakravan, Hoda Rahimi, Abbas Bahador, Zahra Farshadzadeh, Ismael Haririan
Wound healing characteristics of some plant extracts have been well known for many years, and they have been utilized for such applications in traditional way. Recently electrospun nanofibrous mats showed promising properties for tissue engineering and especially for skin repair. It is expected that incorporation of plant extracts into such structures could provide higher performance and synergistic effect for biomedical and wound healing applications. The final purpose of this study is to fabricate chitosan based nanofiber mats loaded with a traditional plant extract of Lawsonia inermis (Henna) leaves to enhance the antibacterial efficacy and wound healing of the precursor nanofibers...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414081/photo-activated-elimination-of-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-in-planktonic-culture-comparison-of-photodynamic-therapy-versus-photothermal-therapy-method
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Reza Fekrazad, Farzaneh Khoei, Abbas Bahador, Neda Hakimiha
BACKGROUND: Periodontal pathogens are the main factors responsible for periodontal diseases and considering the limitations of conventional mechanical debridement, new treatment approaches are under investigation. This study was designed to evaluate and compare the antibacterial effects of two different systems of photodynamic and photothermal therapy on Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans as the main pathogen involved in aggressive Periodontitis. METHODS: Cultures of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans were exposed to 662nm laser in presence of Radachlorin(®) photosensitizer (photodynamic group) or 810nm laser in presence of EmunDo(®) photosensitizer (photothermal group), then bacterial suspension of each well in the study groups were diluted and subcultured on the surface of Muller-Hinton agar plates...
April 13, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362588/evaluating-interactive-graphical-encodings-for-data-visualization
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Bahador Saket, Arjun Srinivasan, Eric D Ragan, Alex Endert
User interfaces for data visualization often consist of two main components: control panels for user interaction and visual representation. A recent trend in visualization is directly embedding user interaction into the visual representations. For example, instead of using control panels to adjust visualization parameters, users can directly adjust basic graphical encodings (e.g., changing distances between points in a scatterplot) to perform similar parameterizations. However, enabling embedded interactions for data visualization requires a strong understanding of how user interactions influence the ability to accurately control and perceive graphical encodings...
March 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342937/molecular-epidemiology-of-staphylococcus-aureus-nasal-colonization-among-patients-and-their-parents-guardian-in-an-iranian-referral-hospital
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Babak Pourakbari, Mahmoud Khodabandeh, Shima Mahmoudi, Farah Sabouni, Alireza Aziz-Ahari, Abbas Bahador, Sepideh Keshavarz Valian, Reihaneh Hosseinpour Sadeghi, Setareh Mamishi
INTRODUCTION: Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in the nose appears to play a key role in the epidemiology and pathogenesis of infection. It is important to investigate the genetic relatedness of S. aureus and MRSA clones in different geographic regions. The aim of this study was to assess the nasal carriage rate of S. aureus, including MRSA strains in both hospitalized children and general adult population (parents/guardian). In addition, antibiotic susceptibility pattern and molecular diversity of S...
March 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303213/3d-nanomolding-and-fluid-mixing-in-micromixers-with-micro-patterned-microchannel-walls
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Bahador Farshchian, Alborz Amirsadeghi, Junseo Choi, Daniel S Park, Namwon Kim, Sunggook Park
Microfluidic devices where the microchannel walls were decorated with micro and nanostructures were fabricated using 3D nanomolding. Using 3D molded microfluidic devices with microchannel walls decorated with microscale gratings, the fluid mixing behavior was investigated through experiments and numerical simulation. The use of microscale gratings in the micromixer was predicated by the fact that large obstacles in a microchannel enhances the mixing performance. Slanted ratchet gratings on the channel walls resulted in a helical flow along the microchannel, thus increasing the interfacial area between fluids and cutting down the diffusion length...
2017: Nano Convergence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254551/in-silico-identification-of-a-therapeutic-target-for-photo-activated-disinfection-with-indocyanine-green-modeling-and-virtual-screening-analysis-of-arg-gingipain-from-porphyromonas-gingivalis
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Maryam Pourhajibagher, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Porphyromonas gingivalis is a momentous bacterial etiological agent associated with periodontitis, peri-implantitis as well as endodontic infections. The potential advantage of Photo-activated disinfection (PAD) as a promising novel approach is the choice of a suitable target site, specific photosensitizer, and wavelength of light for delivery of the light from source to target. Since Arg-gingipain is a cysteine proteinase that is involved in the virulence of P. gingivalis, it was evaluated as a target site for PAD with indocyanine green (ICG) as a photosensitizer...
February 27, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253076/major-thought-restructuring-the-roles-of-different-prefrontal-cortical-regions
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Shima Seyed-Allaei, Zahra Nasiri Avanaki, Bahador Bahrami, Tim Shallice
An important question for understanding the neural basis of problem solving is whether the regions of human prefrontal cortices play qualitatively different roles in the major cognitive restructuring required to solve difficult problems. However, investigating this question using neuroimaging faces a major dilemma: either the problems do not require major cognitive restructuring, or if they do, the restructuring typically happens once, rendering repeated measurements of the critical mental process impossible...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251109/effect-of-hydroalcoholic-extract-of-echinacea-purpurea-in-combination-with-meglumine-antimoniate-on-treatment-of-leishmania-major-induced-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-balb-c-mice
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Bahador Sarkari, Mobin Mohseni, Mahmoud Reza Moein, Reza Shahriarirad, Qasem Asgari
CONTEXT: Progressive resistance of Leishmania parasite to available drugs including, meglumine antimoniate, has been reported from various regions of the world, especially Iran. AIMS: This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of hydroalcoholic extract of Echinacea purpurea in a combination therapy with glucantime in the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania major. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hydroalcoholic extract of E...
January 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249746/the-evaluation-of-cultivable-microbiota-profile-in-patients-with-secondary-endodontic-infection-before-and-after-photo-activated-disinfection
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Maryam Pourhajibagher, Roghayeh Ghorbanzadeh, Steven Parker, Nasim Chiniforush, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Secondary/persistent endodontic infection can be the outcome of failure of endodontic treatment. Photo-activated disinfection (PAD) can be a useful adjunct to mechanical and antimicrobial agents in eliminating endopathogenic microorganisms. In this study, we evaluated the effect of PAD on diversity and count of microbiota related to secondary/persistent endodontic infections. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Root canal samples were taken using sterile paper points from the root canals of 14 patients with secondary/persistent endodontic infections after removing the root-canal filling materials...
February 26, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238067/acquisition-of-tn6018-3-cs-regions-increases-colistin-mics-against-acinetobacter-baumannii-isolates-harboring-new-variants-of-abars
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Mohammad Savari, Alireza Ekrami, Saeed Shoja, Abbas Bahador
Colistin is the last hope to treat extensively drug resistance (XDR) Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii) infections, but resistance to colistin is currently reported in clinical centers all over the world. Here, we studied two colistin-resistant A. baumannii isolates with a difference in minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) that were isolated from a single burn patient during treatment in the hospitalization period. The international clonal (IC) lineage, multilocus sequence typing (MLST), and multiple loci variable number tandem repeat (VNTR) analysis (MLVA) typing were used to characterize the relatedness of A...
February 25, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216095/real-time-quantitative-reverse-transcription-pcr-analysis-of-expression-stability-of-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-fimbria-associated-gene-in-response-to-photodynamic-therapy
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Maryam Pourhajibagher, Abbas Monzavi, Nasim Chiniforush, Mohammad Moein Monzavi, Shaghayegh Sobhani, Sima Shahabi, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is an etiological agent of both chronic and aggressive periodontitis. Dissemination of A. actinomycetemcomitans from the oral cavity and initiation of systemic infections has led to new approaches for treatment being needed. In this study, a series of experiments presented investigated the effect of methylene blue (MB)-mediated antimicrobial photodynamic therapy (aPDT) on cell viability and expression of fimbria-associated gene (rcpA) in A...
February 16, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215171/oral-colonization-by-nosocomial-pathogens-during-hospitalization-in-intensive-care-unit-and-prevention-strategies
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Hossein Kazemian, Samane Bourbour, Maryam Beheshti, Abbas Bahador
BACKGROUND: Critically ill patients are very susceptible to a variety of disorders and infections during hospitalization in Intensive Care Units (ICU). Among these problems, nosocomial infections are major causes of morbidity and mortality. METHODS: Nosocomial pneumonias, specifically ventilator associated pneumonias have become a major health care issue. The implication of oral care in hospital presents challenges that can prevent or reduce the risk of nosocomial pneumonias in ICU...
February 15, 2017: Recent Patents on Anti-infective Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188945/assessment-of-clinical-teachers-professionalism-in-iran-from-residents-and-fellowships-perspective
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Sima Garshasbi, Hamidollah Bahador, Nahid Fakhraei, Abolfazl Farbod, Maryam Mohammadi, Soleiman Ahmady, Seyed Hassan Emami Razavi
In the present study, professional conduct of clinical teachers in Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran was assessed by their residents (n=292) and fellowships (n=48) using a standard questioner called self-reported measurement equipment. This evaluation was a descriptive cross-sectional study. Professionalism was questioned in four domains including clinical teacher-patient, clinical teacher-student, inter-professional and clinical teacher-self relationships. Accordingly, mean scores of the teachers in cases of clinical teacher-patient; clinical teacher-student, inter-professional (teamwork) and clinical teacher-self relations were 61%, 62...
January 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186433/production-of-monoclonal-antibody-against-excretory-secretory-antigen-of-fasciola-hepatica-and-evaluation-of-its-efficacy-in-the-diagnosis-of-fascioliasis
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Samaneh Abdolahi Khabisi, Bahador Sarkari, Abdolali Moshfe, Sedigheh Jalali
Parasitological methods are not helpful for the diagnosis of fascioliasis in acute and invasive periods of the disease. Detection of coproantigens seems to be a suitable alternative approach in the diagnosis of fascioliasis. The present study aimed to develop a reliable antigen detection system, using monoclonal antibodies raised against excretory-secretory (ES) antigen of Fasciola hepatica, for the diagnosis of fascioliasis. Fasciola adult worms were collected from the bile ducts of infected animals. Species of the fluke was determined by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP-PCR)...
February 2017: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
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