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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922908/vitamin-d-status-in-internationally-adopted-children-the-experience-in-northwest-italy
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Irene Raffaldi, Silvia Garazzino, Giuseppina Ballardini, Mauro Zaffaroni, Nicolino Grasso, Gianni Bona, Pier-Angelo Tovo, Andrea Guala
BACKGROUND: The majority of internationally adopted children, before adoption, might have experienced malnutrition, exposure to infectious diseases, environmental deprivation and neglect; they could also develop medical problems such as vitamin D deficiency. Scantly data are available about vitamin D status in internationally adopted children and, to our knowledge, no report exists on Italian adoptees. METHODS: We carried out a prospective multicenter study, involving three Pediatric Centers in Piedmont, Italy, in order to collect information about 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] profile in adoptees, shortly after their arrival in Italy...
September 15, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922787/optimal-duration-of-extended-adjuvant-endocrine-therapy-for-early-breast-cancer-results-of-the-ideal-trial-boog-2006-05
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Erik J Blok, Judith R Kroep, Elma Meershoek-Klein Kranenbarg, Marjolijn Duijm-de Carpentier, Hein Putter, Joan van den Bosch, Eduard Maartense, A Elise van Leeuwen-Stok, Gerrit-Jan Liefers, Johan W R Nortier, Emiel J Th Rutgers, Cornelis J H van de Velde
Background: The optimal duration of extended endocrine therapy beyond five years after initial aromatase inhibitor-based adjuvant therapy for postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer is still unknown. Therefore, we conducted a clinical trial to compare two different extended endocrine therapy durations. Methods: In the randomized phase III IDEAL trial, postmenopausal patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer were randomly allocated to either 2...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922786/relapse-free-survival-as-a-surrogate-for-overall-survival-in-the-evaluation-of-stage-ii-iii-melanoma-adjuvant-therapy
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Stefan Suciu, Alexander M M Eggermont, Paul Lorigan, John M Kirkwood, Svetomir N Markovic, Claus Garbe, David Cameron, Srividya Kotapati, Tai-Tsang Chen, Keith Wheatley, Natalie Ives, Gaetan de Schaetzen, Achmad Efendi, Marc Buyse
Background: We assessed whether relapse-free survival (RFS; time until recurrence/death) is a valid surrogate for overall survival (OS) among resected stage II-III melanoma patients through a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Methods: Individual patient data (IPD) on RFS and OS were collected from 5826 patients enrolled in 11 randomized adjuvant trials comparing interferon (IFN) to observation. In addition, IPD from two studies comparing IFN and vaccination in 989 patients were included...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922748/cesium-uptake-by-rice-roots-largely-depends-upon-a-single-gene-hak1-which-encodes-a-potassium-transporter
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Hiroki Rai, Saki Yokoyama, Namiko Satoh-Nagasawa, Jun Furukawa, Takiko Nomi, Yasuka Ito, Shigeto Fujimura, Hidekazu Takahashi, Ryuichiro Suzuki, ELMannai Yousra, Akitoshi Goto, Shinichi Fuji, Shin-Ichi Nakamura, Takuro Shinano, Nobuhiro Nagasawa, Hiroetsu Wabiko, Hiroyuki Hattori
Incidents at the Fukushima and Chernobyl nuclear power stations have resulted in widespread environmental contamination by radioactive nuclides. Among them, 137cesium has a 30 year half-life, and its persistence in soil raises serious food security issues. It is therefore important to prevent plants, especially crop plants, from absorbing radiocesium. In Arabidopsis thaliana, cesium ions are transported into root cells by several different potassium transporters such as high-affinity K+ transporter 5 (AtHAK5)...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922747/allelic-variation-of-ntnramp5-associated-with-cultivar-variation-in-cadmium-accumulation-in-tobacco
#5
Zhong Tang, Hailin Cai, Jie Li, Yanling Lv, Wenwen Zhang, Fang-Jie Zhao
Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) is a cadmium (Cd) accumulator, and smoking is a major source of Cd exposure. In the present study, we identified two tobacco cultivars with contrasting phenotypes of Cd and manganese (Mn) accumulation in both hydroponic and soil pot experiments. Physiological experiments showed that the two cultivars differed in Cd uptake, but not in Cd translocation from roots to shoots. A homolog of OsNramp5 (natural resistance-associated macrophage protein 5), NtNramp5, was isolated from both cultivars...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922726/chronic-arsenicosis-and-cadmium-exposure-in-wild-snowshoe-hares-lepus-americanus-breeding-near-yellowknife-northwest-territories-canada-part-2-manifestation-of-bone-abnormalities-and-osteoporosis
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S Amuno, A Al Kaissi, A Jamwal, S Niyogi, C E Quenneville
Various bone abnormalities, including osteoporosis, have been associated with chronic arsenic and cadmium exposure in experimental animal models, but information regarding the bone pathology of wild population of small mammals breeding in contaminated environment is limited. This present study was conducted to comparatively assess the prevalence and pattern of skeletal abnormalities in free ranging snowshoe hares inhabiting an area heavily contaminated by arsenic and other trace metals, near the vicinity of the abandoned Giant mine, and in a reference location approximately 20km from the city of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922725/ameliorative-impact-of-morus-alba-leaves-aqueous-extract-against-embryonic-ophthalmic-tissue-malformation-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Adel M A Assiri, Mohamed E El-Beeh, Ali H Amin, Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is becoming a serious threat to human health. Morus alba var. multicaulis (Perr.) Loudon (Moraceae) showed a bright future in DM therapy. OBJECTIVE: The study evaluates the antioxidant activity of Morus alba leaves aqueous extract (MLAE) and antidiabetic properties of MLAE in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats focusing on the ameliorative effects against embryogenesis defects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MLAE was assayed for bioactive compounds, and antiradical potential...
September 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922704/direct-acting-antivirals-for-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Janus C Jakobsen, Emil Eik Nielsen, Joshua Feinberg, Kiran Kumar Katakam, Kristina Fobian, Goran Hauser, Goran Poropat, Snezana Djurisic, Karl Heinz Weiss, Milica Bjelakovic, Goran Bjelakovic, Sarah Louise Klingenberg, Jian Ping Liu, Dimitrinka Nikolova, Ronald L Koretz, Christian Gluud
BACKGROUND: Millions of people worldwide suffer from hepatitis C, which can lead to severe liver disease, liver cancer, and death. Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), e.g. sofosbuvir, are relatively new and expensive interventions for chronic hepatitis C, and preliminary results suggest that DAAs may eradicate hepatitis C virus (HCV) from the blood (sustained virological response). Sustained virological response (SVR) is used by investigators and regulatory agencies as a surrogate outcome for morbidity and mortality, based solely on observational evidence...
September 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922636/effects-of-mutations-on-active-site-conformation-and-dynamics-of-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-from-coxsackievirus-b3
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Hujun Shen, Mingsen Deng, Yachao Zhang
Recent crystal structures of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (3D(pol)) from Coxsackievirus B3 (CVB3) revealed that a tyrosine mutation at Phe364 (F364Y) resulted in structures with open active site whereas a hydrophobic mutation at Phe364 (F364A) led to conformations with closed active site. Besides, the crystal structures showed that the F364W mutation had no preference between the open and closed active sites, similar to wild-type. In this paper, we present a molecular dynamics (MD) study on CVB3 3D(pol) in order to address some important questions raised by experiments...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922609/serum-proteomic-variability-associated-with-clinical-phenotype-in-familial-transthyretin-amyloidosis-attrm
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Gloria G Chan, Clarissa M Koch, Lawreen H Connors
Transthyretin (TTR), normally a plasma circulating protein, can become misfolded and aggregated, ultimately leading to extracellular deposition of amyloid fibrils usually targeted to heart or nerve tissues. Referred to as TTR-associated amyloidoses (ATTR), this group of diseases is frequently life threatening and fatal if untreated. ATTR, caused by amyloid-forming variant TTR proteins (ATTRm) which arise from point mutations in the TTR gene, were classically referred to as familial amyloid cardiomyopathy (FAC) or familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) reflecting the clinical phenotype...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922594/dose-dependent-response-to-3-nitrobenzanthrone-exposure-in-human-urothelial-cancer-cells
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Mario Pink, Nisha Verma, Anna Zerries, Simone Schmitz-Spanke
A product of incomplete combustion of diesel fuel, 3-nitrobenzanthrone (3-NBA), has been classified as a cancer-causing substance. It first gained attention as a potential urinary bladder carcinogen due to the presence of its metabolite in urine and formation of DNA adducts. The aim of the present study was to characterise the dose-response relationship of 3-NBA in human urothelial cancer cell line (RT4) exposed to concentrations ranging from 0.0003 µM (environmentally relevant) to 80 µM by utilising toxicological and metabolomic approaches...
September 18, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922585/climatic-and-anthropogenic-drivers-of-northern-amazon-fires-during-the-2015-2016-el-ni%C3%A3-o-event
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Marisa G Fonseca, Liana O Anderson, Egidio Arai, Yosio E Shimabukuro, Haron A M Xaud, Maristela R Xaud, Nima Madani, Fabien H Wagner, Luiz E O C Aragão
The strong El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event that occurred in 2015/2016 caused extreme drought in the northern Brazilian Amazon, especially in the state of Roraima, increasing fire occurrence. Here we map the extent of precipitation and fire anomalies and quantify the effects of climatic and anthropogenic drivers on fire occurrence during the 2015/2016 dry season (from December 2015 to March 2016) in the state of Roraima. To achieve these objectives we first estimated the spatial pattern of precipitation anomalies, based on long-term data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), and the fire anomaly, based on MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) active fire detections during the referred period...
September 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922579/evaluating-real-time-effects-of-topical-1-1000-epinephrine-in-endoscopic-sinus-and-skull-base-surgery-on-hemodynamic-parameters-through-intraoperative-arterial-line-monitoring
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Michael T Yim, Omar G Ahmed, Masayoshi Takashima
BACKGROUND: Administration of topical 1:1000 epinephrine is commonly used in practice to achieve vasoconstriction during endoscopic sinus surgery and skull-base surgery; however, real-time effects on cardiovascular changes from systemic absorption have not been well studied. METHODS: Twenty-six patients undergoing endoscopic transsphenoidal resection of a pituitary lesion at a single institution were included into the study. Following arterial line placement by anesthesiology, 6 cottonoid pledgets soaked in 1:1000 epinephrine were placed into the bilateral nasal passages...
September 18, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922564/obesity-alters-b-cell-and-macrophage-populations-in-brown-adipose-tissue
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Kristin R Peterson, David K Flaherty, Alyssa H Hasty
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of obesity continues to rise, and it is understood that regulation of white adipose tissue (WAT) function is important to systemic metabolic homeostasis. Immune cells play a central role in the maintenance of WAT, and their compositions change in number and inflammatory phenotype with the progression of obesity. Because of its energy-burning capabilities, brown adipose tissue (BAT) has become a focus of obesity research. Although novel studies have focused on the function of brown adipocytes in thermogenesis, the tissue as a whole has not been immunologically characterized...
September 18, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922558/biomechanical-properties-and-healing-effects-of-chitin-patch-in-a-rat-full-thickness-abdominal-wall-defect-model
#15
Jing Qiao, Zhiwen Jiang, Xuyue Liang, Yan Yang, Wanshun Liu, Baoqin Han
Hernia repair is usually accompanied with the implantation of a synthetic mesh, which frequently results in a foreign body response and serious complications. In the present study, a novel biodegradable chitin-based hernia patch was prepared and characterized. Biomechanical properties and biodegradability of the chitin patch were quantified in vitro and in vivo. In repair of the rat abdominal wall full-thickness defect model, the chitin patch induced more abundant new blood vessels with milder tissue inflammation and fibrosis compared with polypropylene mesh...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922524/dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-in-orbital-lymphoproliferative-disorders-effects-of-region-of-interest-selection-methods-on-time-efficiency-measurement-reproducibility-and-diagnostic-ability
#16
Wen Qian, Xiao-Quan Xu, Hao Hu, Guo-Yi Su, Jiang-Fen Wu, Hai-Bin Shi, Fei-Yun Wu
BACKGROUND: Previous studies indicated that dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) could serve as a useful biomarker for differentiating malignant from benign orbital lymphoproliferative disorders (OLPDs). PURPOSE: To investigate the influence of different region of interest (ROI) selection methods on the measurements of DCE-MRI parameters, and their diagnostic ability in discriminating malignant from benign OLPDs. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective study...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922452/impact-of-an-educational-intervention-for-district-nurses-about-preparedness-to-encounter-women-exposed-to-intimate-partner-violence
#17
Eva Sundborg, Lena Törnkvist, Per Wändell, Nouha Saleh-Stattin
AIM: To evaluate the impact of an educational intervention on the preparedness of district nurses at primary healthcare centres to encounter women exposed to intimate partner violence. METHODOLOGICAL DESIGN: An observational quasi-experimental study. Participants were divided into an intervention group (n = 117) and a control group (n = 204), both from the eastern part of Sweden. A group of nurses from across Sweden (the 'national group,' n = 217) was also recruited...
September 18, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922434/association-of-microrna-polymorphisms-with-the-risk-of-gastric-cancer-in-a-romanian-population
#18
Ion Rogoveanu, Florin Burada, Mihai Gabriel Cucu, Cristin Constantin Vere, Mihai Ioana, Raluca Alexandra Cîmpeanu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in the occurrence and progression of human cancers, including gastric cancer. Our hospital-based case-control study aimed to investigate whether four commonly studied single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have effects on susceptibility to gastric cancer in a Romanian population. METHOD: We genotyped the miR-27a rs895819, miR-146a rs2910164, miR-196a2 rs11614913 and miR-499 rs3746444 SNPs by real-time PCR using predesignated TaqMan assays in 430 individuals (142 gastric cancer patients and 288 age and gender matched cancer-free controls)...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922421/effects-of-acute-administration-of-donepezil-or-memantine-on-sleep-deprivation-induced-spatial-memory-deficit-in-young-and-aged-non-human-primate-grey-mouse-lemurs-microcebus-murinus
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Anisur Rahman, Yves Lamberty, Esther Schenker, Massimo Cella, Solène Languille, Régis Bordet, Jill Richardson, Fabien Pifferi, Fabienne Aujard
The development of novel therapeutics to prevent cognitive decline of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is facing paramount difficulties since the translational efficacy of rodent models did not resulted in better clinical results. Currently approved treatments, including the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor donepezil (DON) and the N-methyl-D-aspartate antagonist memantine (MEM) provide marginal therapeutic benefits to AD patients. There is an urgent need to develop a predictive animal model that is phylogenetically proximal to humans to achieve better translation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922403/the-declining-interest-in-an-academic-career
#20
Michael Roach, Henry Sauermann
There is increasing evidence that science & engineering PhD students lose interest in an academic career over the course of graduate training. It is not clear, however, whether this decline reflects students being discouraged from pursuing an academic career by the challenges of obtaining a faculty job or whether it reflects more fundamental changes in students' career goals for reasons other than the academic labor market. We examine this question using a longitudinal survey that follows a cohort of PhD students from 39 U...
2017: PloS One
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