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Tolulope T Sajobi, Meng Wang, Oluwagbohunmi Awosoga, Maria Santana, Danielle Southern, Zhiying Liang, Diane Galbraith, Stephen B Wilton, Hude Quan, Michelle M Graham, Matthew T James, William A Ghali, Merrill L Knudtson, Colleen Norris
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) assessment is an important health outcome for measuring the efficacy of treatments and interventions for coronary artery disease (CAD). HRQOL is known to improve over the first year after interventions for CAD, but there is limited knowledge of the changes in HRQOL beyond 1 year. We investigated heterogeneity in long-term trajectories of HRQOL in patients with CAD. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data were obtained from 6226 patients identified from the Alberta Provincial Project for Outcome Assessment in Coronary Heart Disease with at least 1-vessel CAD who underwent their first catheterization between 2006 and 2009...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
Alessandra Livigni, Laura O'Hara, Marta E Polak, Tim Angus, Derek W Wright, Lee B Smith, Tom C Freeman
A major endeavor of systems biology is the construction of graphical and computational models of biological pathways as a means to better understand their structure and function. Here, we present a protocol for a biologist-friendly graphical modeling scheme that facilitates the construction of detailed network diagrams, summarizing the components of a biological pathway (such as proteins and biochemicals) and illustrating how they interact. These diagrams can then be used to simulate activity flow through a pathway, thereby modeling its dynamic behavior...
April 2018: Nature Protocols
Xiaochen Lin, Katie Kei-Hang Chan, Yen-Tsung Huang, Xi Luo, Liming Liang, James Wilson, Adolfo Correa, Daniel Levy, Simin Liu
PURPOSE: Leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) is a well-established modifiable lifestyle determinant for multiple cardio-metabolic outcomes. However, current understanding of the genetic architecture that may determine LTPA remains very limited. Therefore, we aimed to examine the role of genetic factors in affecting LTPA, which has yet to be investigated comprehensively and in-depth. METHODS: We conducted a genome-wide analysis using 1000 Genomes Project imputed data from the Women's Health Initiative (n=11,865), the Jackson Heart Study (n=3,015) and the Framingham Heart Study (n=7,339)...
March 13, 2018: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
N Pervjakova, V Kukushkina, T Haller, S Kasela, A Joensuu, K Kristiansson, T Annilo, M Perola, V Salomaa, P Jousilahti, A Metspalu, R Mägi
AIM: The aim of the study was to explore the parent-of-origin effects (POEs) on a range of human nuclear magnetic resonance metabolites. MATERIALS & METHODS: We search for POEs in 14,815 unrelated individuals from Estonian and Finnish cohorts using POE method for the genotype data imputed with 1000 G reference panel and 82 nuclear magnetic resonance metabolites. RESULTS: Meta-analysis revealed the evidence of POE for the variant rs1412727 in PTPRD gene for the metabolite: triglycerides in medium very low-density lipoprotein...
March 14, 2018: Biomarkers in Medicine
Nicholas G Larkins, Jonathan C Craig, Armando Teixeira-Pinto
Missing data is an important and common source of bias in clinical research. Readers should be alert to and consider the impact of missing data when reading studies. Beyond preventing missing data in the first place, through good study design and conduct, there are different strategies available to handle data containing missing observations. Complete case analysis is often biased unless data are missing completely at random. Better methods of handling missing data include multiple imputation and models using likelihood-based estimation...
March 13, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Kunal Jani, Dhiraj Dhotre, Jayashree Bandal, Yogesh Shouche, Mangesh Suryavanshi, Vinay Rale, Avinash Sharma
Kumbh Mela is one of the largest religious mass gathering events (MGE) involving bathing in rivers. The exponential rise in the number of devotees, from around 0.4 million in 1903 to 120 million in 2013, bathing in small specified sites can have a dramatic impact on the river ecosystem. Here, we present the spatiotemporal profiling of bacterial communities in Godavari River, Nashik, India, comprising five sites during the Kumbh Mela, held in 2015. Assessment of environmental parameters indicated deterioration of water quality...
March 13, 2018: Microbial Ecology
Xiaoqing Gong, Shenghui Mei, Xindi Li, Xingang Li, Heng Zhou, Yonghong Liu, Anna Zhou, Li Yang, Zhigang Zhao, Xinghu Zhang
Thiopurines (TPRs) are effective drugs in treating neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) and other diseases. TPRs' toxicity is mainly imputed to thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT) activity. In Chinese population, the most common and important variation of TPMT is TPMT*3C (rs1142345). This study aims to reveal the association between TPMT activity and genetic polymorphisms of TPMT in patients with NMOSD in China. An LC-MS/MS method was used to evaluate the TPMT activity by using 6-mercapthioprine as substrate in human erythrocyte hemolysate via 1 h incubation at 37 °C to form its methylated product 6-methylmercaptopurine (6-MMP)...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Nao Nishida, Masaya Sugiyama, Hiromi Sawai, Sohji Nishina, Aiko Sakai, Jun Ohashi, Seik-Soon Khor, Keisuke Kakisaka, Takayo Tsuchiura, Keisuke Hino, Ryo Sumazaki, Yasuhiro Takikawa, Kazumoto Murata, Tatsuo Kanda, Osamu Yokosuka, Katsushi Tokunaga, Masashi Mizokami
Approximately 5-10% of individuals, who are vaccinated with a hepatitis B (HB) vaccine designed based on the HBV genotype C, fail to acquire protective levels of antibodies. Here, host genetic factors behind low immune response to this HB vaccine were investigated by a genome wide association study (GWAS) and HLA association tests. A GWAS and HLA association tests were carried out using a total of 1,193 Japanese individuals including 107 low responders, 351 intermediate responders, and 735 high responders. Classical HLA class II alleles were statistically imputed using the genome-wide SNP typing data...
March 13, 2018: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Jeehoon Kang, Jung-Kyu Han, Youngkeun Ahn, Shung Chull Chae, Young Jo Kim, In-Ho Chae, Seung-Ho Hur, In-Whan Seong, Jei-Keon Chae, Myeong Chan Cho, Ki-Bae Seung, Myung Ho Jeong, Han-Mo Yang, Kyung Woo Park, Hyun-Jae Kang, Bon-Kwon Koo, Hyo-Soo Kim
Third-generation P2Y12 inhibitors (prasugrel, ticagrelor) are recommended in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of third-generation P2Y12 inhibitors in East Asian AMI patients. From the Korean AMI Registry, 9,355 patients who received dual antiplatelet agent (aspirin with clopidogrel [AC], 6,444 [70.5%] patients; aspirin with prasugrel [AP], 1,100 [11.8%] patients; or aspirin with ticagrelor [AT], 1,811 [19.4%] patients) were analysed. In-hospital endpoints were all-cause mortality or bleeding events during admission and 1-year endpoints were major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) and major bleeding events...
March 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Williams Turpin, Larbi Bedrani, Osvaldo Espin-Garcia, Wei Xu, Mark S Silverberg, Michelle I Smith, David S Guttman, Anne Griffiths, Paul Moayyedi, Remo Panaccione, Hien Huynh, Hillary Steinhart, Guy Aumais, Konstantin Shestopaloff, Levinus A Dieleman, Dan Turner, Andrew D Paterson, Kenneth Croitoru
Heritability analysis of the microbiota has demonstrated the importance of host genotype in defining the human microbiota. The alpha (1,2)-fucosyltransferase 2 encoded by FUT2 is involved in the formation of the H antigen and the SNP, rs601338 is associated with ABO histo-blood group antigen secretion in the intestinal mucosa. Previous studies have provided non replicated results for the association of this polymorphism with the composition and inferred function of intestinal microbiota. We aimed to assess this relationship in a large cohort of 1,190 healthy individuals...
March 13, 2018: Gut Microbes
Jenni Hällfors, Teemu Palviainen, Ida Surakka, Richa Gupta, Jadwiga Buchwald, Anu Raevuori, Samuli Ripatti, Tellervo Korhonen, Pekka Jousilahti, Pamela A F Madden, Jaakko Kaprio, Anu Loukola
The heritability of nicotine dependence based on family studies is substantial. Nevertheless, knowledge of the underlying genetic architecture remains meager. Our aim was to identify novel genetic variants responsible for interindividual differences in smoking behavior. We performed a genome-wide association study on 1715 ever smokers ascertained from the population-based Finnish Twin Cohort enriched for heavy smoking. Data imputation used the 1000 Genomes Phase I reference panel together with a whole genome sequence-based Finnish reference panel...
March 13, 2018: Addiction Biology
Ralph A H Stewart, Dominika Szalewska, Amanda Stebbins, Hussein R Al-Khalidi, John G H Cleland, Andrzej Rynkiewicz, Mark H Drazner, Harvey D White, Daniel B Mark, Ambuj Roy, Dragana Kosevic, Miroslaw Rajda, Marek Jasinski, Chua Yeow Leng, Wiwun Tungsubutra, Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, Eric J Velazquez, Mark C Petrie
Background: In patients with ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction, coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) may decrease mortality, but it is not known whether CABG improves functional capacity. Objective: To determine whether CABG compared with medical therapy alone (MED) increases 6 min walk distance in patients with ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction and coronary artery disease amenable to revascularisation. Methods: The Surgical Treatment in Ischemic Heart disease trial randomised 1212 patients with ischaemic left ventricular dysfunction to CABG or MED...
2018: Open Heart
Sirui Zhou, Ziv Gan-Or, Amirthagowri Ambalavanan, Dongbing Lai, Pingxing Xie, Cynthia V Bourassa, Stephanie Strong, Jay P Ross, Alexandre Dionne-Laporte, Dan Spiegelman, Nicolas Dupré, Tatiana M Foroud, Lan Xiong, Patrick A Dion, Guy A Rouleau
Intracranial Aneurysm (IA) is a common disease with a worldwide prevalence of 1-3%. In the French-Canadian (FC) population, where there is an important founder effect, the incidence of IA is higher and is frequently seen in families. In this study, we genotyped a cohort of 257 mostly familial FC IA patients and 1,992 FC controls using the Illumina NeuroX SNP-chip. The most strongly associated loci were tested in 34 Inuit IA families and in 32 FC IA patients and 106 FC controls that had been exome sequenced (WES)...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Thomas W Winkler, Caroline Brandl, Felix Grassmann, Mathias Gorski, Klaus Stark, Julika Loss, Bernhard H F Weber, Iris M Heid
Late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of visual impairment in the elderly with a complex etiology. The most important non-modifiable risk factors for onset and progression of late AMD are age and genetic risk factors, however, little is known about the interplay between genetics and age or sex. Here, we conducted a large-scale age- and sex-stratified genome-wide association study (GWAS) using 1000 Genomes imputed genome-wide and ExomeChip data (>12 million variants). The data were established by the International Age-related Macular Degeneration Genomics Consortium (IAMDGC) from 16,144 late AMD cases and 17,832 controls...
2018: PloS One
Miguel Marino, Marcello Pagano
Background: Nationally-representative surveys suggest that females have a higher prevalence of HIV than males in most African countries. Unfortunately, these results are made on the basis of surveys with non-ignorable missing data. This study evaluates the impact that differential survey nonresponse rates between males and females can have on the point estimate of the HIV prevalence ratio of these two classifiers. Methods: We study 29 Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) from 2001 to 2010...
2018: Emerging Themes in Epidemiology
Wolfgang Kemmler, Matthias Kohl, Ellen Freiberger, Cornel Sieber, Simon von Stengel
BACKGROUND: Sarcopenic Obesity (SO) is characterized by low lean and high fat mass; i.e. from a functional aspect a disproportion between engine (muscle) and mass to be moved (fat). At present, most research focuses on the engine, but the close "cross talk" between age-associated adipose and skeletal muscle tissue inflammation calls for comprehensive interventions that affect both components alike. Protein and exercise are likely candidates, however with respect to the latter, the enthusiasm for intense and frequent exercise is rather low, especially in functionally limited older people...
March 9, 2018: BMC Geriatrics
E M Veltman, F Lamers, H C Comijs, M L Stek, R C van der Mast, D Rhebergen
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that inflammatory and cortisol dysregulation are underlying pathophysiological mechanisms in the aetiology of major depressive disorder, particularly in younger adults. However, findings of biological disturbances in late-life depression have been divergent, probably due to the even greater heterogeneity of depression in older adults with aging processes influencing biological factors. Using empirically derived subtypes may enable the identification of biological disturbances underlying depression in older adults...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
Nino Andricevic, Mirko Junge, Jonas Krampe
OBJECTIVE: Construction of Injury risk functions (IRF) for front row occupants in oblique frontal crashes and a comparison to IRF of non-oblique frontal crashes from the same dataset. METHOD: Crashes of modern vehicles from the GIDAS (German In-depth Accident Study) were used as the basis for the construction of a logistic injury risk model. Static deformation, measured via displaced voxels on the post-crash vehicles, was used to calculate the energy dissipated in the crash...
March 9, 2018: Traffic Injury Prevention
Ruifang Zhang, Yuankun Wang, Han Zhou, Jinxin Lang, Jingjing Xu, Yang Xiang, Shujiang Ding
Sodium-ion batteries, which having a similar electrochemical reaction mechanism to lithium-ion batteries, have been considered as one of the most potential lithium-ion batteries alternatives due to the rich reserves of sodium. However, it is very hard to find appropriate electrode materials imputing the large radius of Sodium-ion. TiO2 is particularly interesting as anodes for Sodium-ion batteries due to their reasonable operation voltage, cost, and nontoxicity. To obtain a better electrochemical property, mesoporous TiO2 nanosheets (NSs)/reduced graphene oxide (rGO) composites have been synthesized via a scalable hydrothermal-solvothermal method method with subsequent calcination process...
March 9, 2018: Nanotechnology
W-L Chuang, J Jia, H L Y Chan, K-H Han, T Tanwandee, D Tan, X Chen, E Gane, T Piratvisuth, L Chen, Q Xie, J J-Y Sung, D Messinger, C Wat, G Bakalos, Y F Liaw
BACKGROUND: In the large randomised NEPTUNE study, peginterferon alfa-2a 180 μg/wk for 48 weeks produced higher hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) seroconversion rates 24 weeks post-treatment (36%) than a lower dose (90 μg/wk) and/or shorter duration (24 weeks) (range 14%-26%). AIM: To determine seroconversion rates 5 years after completion of treatment in NEPTUNE. METHODS: HBeAg-positive patients who completed 24 weeks' follow-up in NEPTUNE (with peginterferon alfa-2a 90 μg/wk × 24 weeks [group 1]; 180 μg/wk × 24 weeks [2]; 90 μg/wk × 48 weeks [3] or 180 μg/wk × 48 weeks [4]) were followed up...
March 9, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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