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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225575/25-hydroxy-vitamin-d-suppresses-hepatitis-c-virus-replication-and-contributes-to-rapid-virological-response-of-treatment-efficacy
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Jee-Fu Huang, Yu-Min Ko, Chung-Feng Huang, Ming-Lun Yeh, Chia-Yen Dai, Meng-Hsuan Hsieh, Ching-I Huang, Hua-Ling Yang, Shu-Chi Wang, Zu-Yau Lin, Shinn-Chern Chen, Ming-Lung Yu, Wan-Long Chuang
AIM: 25-hydroxy vitamin D (Vit D) plays a role in treatment outcomes in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (CHC). We aimed to clarify HCV replication is inhibited by Vit D in HCV replicon cells. Clinical implication was assessed for rapid virological response (RVR) and sustained virological response (SVR) among those patients receiving anti-viral therapy. METHODS: Cell survival and viral loads were observed in Con1 (genotype-1b) and J6/JFH (genotype-2a) cells treated with different doses of Vit D...
February 22, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225483/homocysteine-and-all-cause-mortality-in-hypertensive-adults-without-pre-existing-cardiovascular-conditions-effect-modification-by-mthfr-c677t-polymorphism
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Benjamin Xu, Xiangyi Kong, Richard Xu, Yun Song, Lishun Liu, Ziyi Zhou, Rui Gu, Xiuli Shi, Min Zhao, Xiao Huang, Mingli He, Jia Fu, Yefeng Cai, Ping Li, Xiaoshu Cheng, Changyan Wu, Fang Chen, Yan Zhang, Genfu Tang, Xianhui Qin, Binyan Wang, Hao Xue, Yundai Chen, Ye Tian, Ningling Sun, Yimin Cui, Fan Fan Hou, Jianping Li, Yong Huo
BACKGROUND: Previous studies support an association between elevated total homocysteine (tHcy) levels and increased all-cause mortality. However, few prospective studies have examined this association in hypertensive patients, and/or tested any effect modification by the methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T genotype. METHODS: This was a post hoc analysis of the China Stroke Primary Prevention Trial. Serum tHcy and folate were measured at baseline. Individual MTHFR C677T genotype (CC, CT, and TT) was determined...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225277/daryamide-analogues-from-a-marine-derived-streptomyces-species
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Peng Fu, Scott La, John B MacMillan
Three new cyclohexene amine derivatives, daryamides D-F (1-3), a new arylamine derivative, carpatamide D (4), and a new ornithine lactamization derivative, ornilactam A (5), were isolated from the marine-derived Streptomyces strain SNE-011. Their structures, including absolute configurations, were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic analysis and chemical methods. The carpatamide skeleton could be considered as the biosynthetic precursor of the daryamides.
February 22, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224374/mri-findings-of-knee-abnormalities-in-adolescent-and-adult-volleyball-players
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Heide Boeth, Aoife MacMahon, Felix Eckstein, Gerd Diederichs, Arne Schlausch, Wolfgang Wirth, Georg N Duda
BACKGROUND: To longitudinally and cross-sectionally evaluate knee abnormalities by sex and age in adolescent and adult volleyball athletes over 2 years using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Thirty-six high-level volleyball athletes (18 adolescents: 56% female, mean age 16.0 ± 0.8 years; and 18 adults: 50% female, mean age 46.8 ± 5.1 years) were imaged by MRI at BL and at 2-year follow-up (FU). Prevalence and severity of cartilage lesions, subarticular bone marrow lesions (BMLs), subarticular cysts, osteophytes, and ligament and meniscus integrity were evaluated by sex and by age cohort (adolescents and adults) using the whole-organ MRI score (WORMS)...
December 2017: Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223468/high-ambulatory-arterial-stiffness-index-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-rapid-age-related-glomerular-filtration-rate-decline-in-the-general-middle-aged-population
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Bjørn Odvar Eriksen, Vidar Tor Nyborg Stefansson, Trond Geir Jenssen, Ulla Dorte Mathisen, Jørgen Schei, Marit Dahl Solbu, Tom Wilsgaard, Toralf Melsom
Arterial stiffness is a risk factor for cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. However, the role of arterial stiffness as a predictor of the age-related glomerular filtration rate (GFR) decline in the general population remains unresolved because of difficulty in measuring GFR with sufficient precision in epidemiological studies. The ambulatory arterial stiffness index (AASI) is a proposed indicator of arterial stiffness easily calculated from ambulatory blood pressure. We investigated whether AASI could predict GFR decline measured as iohexol clearance in the general population...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222511/evaluation-of-a-dna-a%C3%AE-42-vaccine-in-aged-nzw-rabbits-antibody-kinetics-and-immune-profile-after-intradermal-immunization-with-full-length-dna-a%C3%AE-42-trimer
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Doris Lambracht-Washington, Min Fu, Mary Wight-Carter, Matthew Riegel, Roger N Rosenberg
A pathological hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are amyloid plaques in the brain consisting of aggregated amyloid-β 42 peptide (Aβ42) derived from cellular amyloid-β protein precursor (AβPP). Based on successful experiments in mouse AD models, active immunization with Aβ42 peptide and passive immunizations with anti-Aβ42 antibodies were started in clinical trials. Active Aβ42 peptide immunization in humans had led to an inflammatory autoimmune response, and the trial was stopped. Passive immunizations had shown some effects in slowing AD pathology...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222364/manufactured-and-roll-your-own-cigarettes-a-changing-pattern-of-smoking-in-barcelona-spain
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Xisca Sureda, Marcela Fu, Jose M Martínez-Sánchez, Cristina Martínez, Montse Ballbé, Raúl Pérez-Ortuño, Esteve Saltó, José A Pascual, Esteve Fernández
AIMS: The objectives of the present study were to describe smoking prevalence and compare the smoking attributes of adult smokers according to the type of tobacco product consumed. METHODS: Repeated cross-sectional surveys (2004-2005 and 2011-2012) of a representative sample of the adult (≥16 years) population in Barcelona, Spain, were used to assess self-reported tobacco consumption, smoking attributes, and salivary cotinine concentration. The survey conducted in 2004-2005 included information on 1245 subjects and the survey in 2011-2012 on 1307 individuals...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222070/inhibition-of-polypyrimidine-tract-binding-protein-3-induces-apoptosis-and-cell-cycle-arrest-and-enhances-the-cytotoxicity-of-5-fluorouracil-in-gastric-cancer-cells
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Xin Liang, Haiyang Shi, Liyan Yang, Cen Qiu, Shengchao Lin, Yingxue Qi, Jiyu Li, Aiguang Zhao, Jianwen Liu
BACKGROUND: Human polypyrimidine tract binding protein 3 (PTBP3) was first discovered in 1999 and has been well characterised as a differentiation regulator. However, its role in human cancer has rarely been reported. Our previous study revealed increased PTBP3 protein level in gastric cancer tissues. Downregulation of PTBP3 suppressed the proliferation and differentiation of gastric cancer cells in vivo. METHODS: PTBP3 mRNA levels in human gastric cancer and adjuvant non-tumour tissues were detected...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220792/immunologic-treatment-failure-among-hiv-infected-adult-patients-in-jiangsu-province-china
#9
Tao Qiu, Ping Ding, Gengfeng Fu, Xiping Huan, Xiaoqin Xu, Zhi Zhang, Xiaoyan Liu, Haitao Yang, Jeff Mandel, Chongyi Wei, Willi McFarland, Hongjing Yan
The National Free Antiretroviral Treatment Program was implemented in Jiangsu Province, China in 2005. We conducted a retrospective, open cohort study to determine treatment failure rates and associated risk factors. Data were obtained from the national web-based antiretroviral treatment database. WHO criteria were used to define immunologic treatment failure. Kaplan-Meier methods were used to determine treatment failure rates and Cox proportional hazards modeling was used to identify risk factors. A total of 5,083 (87...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219578/valved-conduit-attached-to-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-for-valve-detachment-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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Liang-Wan Chen, Xi-Jie Wu, Hua Cao, Xiao-Fu Dai
Standard aortic valve replacement for aortic regurgitation caused by Behçet's disease is frequently complicated by postoperative recurrent prosthetic valve detachment. To prevent this, we have developed a modified Bentall procedure, in which the valved conduit is proximally attached to the left ventricular outflow tract instead of to the fragile annulus, based on the fact that the left ventricular outflow tract myocardium is rarely involved in Behçet's disease. This modified Bentall procedure was performed in 5 Behçet's disease patients with prosthetic valve detachment after primary aortic valve replacement, and satisfactory results were achieved...
March 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219450/evaluation-of-serum-d-dimer-fibrinogen-and-ca19-9-for-postoperative-monitoring-and-survival-prediction-in-resectable-pancreatic-carcinoma
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Junli Cao, Zhanzhao Fu, Liming Gao, Xin Wang, Shaohui Cheng, Xiuchao Wang, He Ren
BACKGROUND: We sought to investigate the efficacy of serum D-dimer, fibrinogen, and CA19-9 for postoperative monitoring and prediction of survival in patients with resectable pancreatic carcinoma (PC). METHODS: One hundred and nineteen patients with resectable PC were enrolled. Serum D-dimer, fibrinogen, and CA19-9 values were analyzed before surgery and at the stages of relapse-free and progression disease. RESULTS: D-dimer, fibrinogen, and CA19-9 were significantly higher at the active stage of PC than those at the relapse-free stage [1059...
February 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219253/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-macromolecular-prodrug-gc-fua-based-nanoparticle-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-chemotherapy
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Can Huang, Na-Mei Li, Pei Gao, Sa Yang, Qian Ning, Wen Huang, Zhi-Ping Li, Peng-Ju Ye, Li Xiang, Dong-Xiu He, Xiang-Wen Tan, Cui-Yun Yu
A novel type of macromolecular prodrug delivery system is reported in this research. The N-galactosylated-chitosan-5-fluorouracil acetic acid conjugate (GC-FUA) based nanoparticle delivery system was evaluated in vitro and in vivo. Biocompatibility of GC-FUA-NPs was screened by BSA adsorption test and hemolysis activity examination in vitro. Cytotoxicity and cellular uptake study in HepG2 and A549 cells demonstrated that compared to free 5-Fu, the GC-FUA-NPs play great function in killing cancer cells for the cell endocytosis mediated by asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGPR), which overexpresses on the cell surface...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219126/-clinical-significance-of-hypermethylation-of-dlc-1-gene-in-myelodysplastic-syndrome-patients-and-effects-of-decitabine-on-dlc-1-gene-expression
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H Y Fu, H R Zhou, J G Yan, C J Chen, J Z Shen
Objective: To detect the methylation status of DLC-1 gene in the patients with myelodysplastic syndrome(MDS), the effect of abnormal methylation of DLC-1 gene on the expression of DLC-1 gene, the clinical significance of methylation of DLC-1 gene in MDS patients, and the effect of decitabine on DLC-1 gene expression. Methods: A total of 43 MDS patients were treated in Fujian Medical University Union Hospital from 2013 to 2015. Methylation status of DLC-1 gene in MDS patients were detected by the methylation specific PCR(MSP)...
February 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219046/synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-novel-pyrazolic-chalcone-derivatives-as-novel-hepatocellular-carcinoma-therapeutics
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Mohammed M A Hawash, Deniz Cansen Kahraman, Fikriye Eren, Rengul Cetin Atalay, Sultan Nacak Baytas
Despite having the second highest mortality associated with cancer, currently Sorafenib is the only FDA-approved chemotherapeutic agent available for liver cancer patients which can only improve survival for few months. In this study, various pyrazolic chalcone analogous compounds were synthesized and evaluated as potential chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Modifying the central pyrazole ring at the C(3)-position with different heteroaryl rings and substituting the C(4)-position of pyrazole with differently substituted chalcone moiety produced fouthy two variant compounds...
February 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216568/association-between-serum-vitamin-d-levels-and-sleep-disturbance-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Bin Han, Fu-Xiang Zhu, Chao Shi, Heng-Lan Wu, Xiao-Hong Gu
Sleep disturbance is a frequent and serious complication of hemodialysis (HD). Low serum vitamin D levels have been associated with sleep quality in non-HD subjects. Our aim was to examine the possible association between serum vitamin D levels and the presence of sleep disturbance in HD patients. We recruited 141 HD patients at the HD center of the First Affiliated Hospital of Jiaxing University during 2014-2015. Serum levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) were determined by the competitive protein-binding assay...
February 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216397/gamma-knife-radiosurgery-for-low-grade-gliomas-clinical-results-at-long-term-follow-up-on-tumor-control-and-patients-quality-of-life
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Filippo Gagliardi, Michele Bailo, Alfio Spina, Carmine A Donofrio, Nicola Boari, Alberto Franzin, Arianna Fava, Antonella Del Vecchio, Angelo Bolognesi, Pietro Mortini
OBJECT: Surgery represents first-line therapy for low-grade gliomas (LGGs), in some cases followed by radiotherapy (RT) and chemotherapy. Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) has gained more relevance in the management of these tumors. The aim of the study was to assess the efficacy and safety of GKRS for the treatment of LGGs. METHODS: Forty-two treatments, performed between 2001 and 2014 on 39 patients harboring LGGs, were included. Forty-eight percent of patients underwent previous surgery, while 20...
February 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216350/application-of-color-coded-quantitative-digital-subtraction-angiography-in-predicting-the-outcomes-of-immediate-type-i-and-type-iii-endoleaks
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Min Zhou, Zijie Su, Zhenyu Shi, Weiguo Fu, Xiangdong Meng, Yonggang Wang, Baolei Guo, Kaiyi Huang
OBJECTIVE: Immediate type I and type III endoleaks after endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) could be persistent or temporary. Reintervention is necessary for persistent ones. Color-coded quantitative digital subtraction angiography (CQDSA) could provide a quantitative evaluation of the endoleak hemodynamics. We aimed to use CQDSA to quantify immediate type I and type III endoleaks after EVAR and to find a practical way to predict their outcomes. METHODS: Between January 2012 and December 2014, 485 consecutive patients with abdominal aortic aneurysms underwent EVAR at our institution...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216148/epigenetic-modification-of-the-ccl5-ccr1-erk-axis-enhances-glioma-targeting-in-dedifferentiation-reprogrammed-bmscs
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Rui Chen, Wayne Yuk-Wai Lee, Xiao Hu Zhang, Jie Ting Zhang, Sien Lin, Liang Liang Xu, Biao Huang, Fu Yuan Yang, Hai Long Liu, Bin Wang, Lai Ling Tsang, Sandrine Willaime-Morawek, Gang Li, Hsiao Chang Chan, Xiaohua Jiang
The success of stem cell-mediated gene therapy in cancer treatment largely depends on the specific homing ability of stem cells. We have previously demonstrated that after in vitro induction of neuronal differentiation and dedifferentiation, bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) revert to a primitive stem cell population (De-neu-BMSCs) distinct from naive BMSCs. We report here that De-neu-BMSCs express significantly higher levels of chemokines, and display enhanced homing abilities to glioma, the effect of which is mediated by the activated CCL5/CCR1/ERK axis...
February 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215547/next-generation-sequencing-analysis-of-twelve-known-causative-genes-in-congenital-hypothyroidism
#19
Xin Fan, Chunyun Fu, Yiping Shen, Chuan Li, Shiyu Luo, Qifei Li, Jingsi Luo, Jiasun Su, Shujie Zhang, Xuyun Hu, Rongyu Chen, Xuefan Gu, Shaoke Chen
BACKGROUND: Gene variants have been reported to be associated with congenital hypothyroidism (CH), the purpose of this study was to analyze the mutation spectrum and prevalence of 12 known causative genes (TSHR, PAX8, NKX2.1, NKX2.5, FOXE1, DUOX2, TG, TPO, GLIS3, NIS, SLC26A4 and DEHAL1) in CH in China. METHODS: Peripheral venous blood samples were collected from the patients. Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood leukocytes. All exons and their exon-intron boundary sequences of the 12 known CH associated genes in 66 CH patients were screened by next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
February 16, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215081/photocatalytic-co2-reduction-by-carbon-coated-indium-oxide-nanobelts
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Yun-Xiang Pan, Ya You, Sen Xin, Yutao Li, Gengtao Fu, Zhiming Cui, Yu-Long Men, Fei-Fei Cao, Shu-Hong Yu, John B Goodenough
Indium-oxide (In2O3) nanobelts coated by a 5-nm-thick car-bon layer provide an enhanced photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CO and CH4, yielding CO and CH4 evolution rates of 126.6 and 27.9 mol h-1, respectively, with water as reductant and Pt as co-catalyst. Experiments and theoretical calcula-tions indicate that the carbon coat promotes the absorption of visible light, improves the separation of photoinduced electron-hole pairs, increases the chemisorption of CO2, makes more protons from water splitting participate in CO2 reduction, and thereby faciliates the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 to CO and CH4...
February 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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