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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351668/evaluation-of-the-rapid-carbapenem-inactivation-method-rcim-a-phenotypic-screening-test-for-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
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Madalina-Maria Muntean, Andrei-Alexandru Muntean, Lauraine Gauthier, Elodie Creton, Garance Cotellon, Mircea Ioan Popa, Rémy A Bonnin, Thierry Naas
Objectives: Fast and accurate diagnostic tests to identify carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are mandatory for proper antimicrobial therapy and implementing infection control measures. Here, we have developed a rapid Carbapenem Inactivation Method (rCIM) for CPE detection. Methods: The rCIM consists of the incubation of a potential carbapenemase producer with meropenem discs and use of the resulting supernatant to challenge a susceptible indicator strain...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350378/eq-5d-studies-in-cardiovascular-diseases-in-eight-central-and-eastern-european-countries-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Paulina Batóg, Fanni Rencz, Márta Péntek, László Gulácsi, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Valentina Prevolnik Rupel, Judit Simon, Valentin Brodszky, Petra Baji, Jakub Závada, Guenka Petrova, Alexandru Rotar, Dominik Golicki
BACKGROUND: The measurement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) by validated generic instruments, such as EQ-5D, becomes an increasingly important tool for the assessment of health care in a wide range of different diagnoses. AIM: To systematically review EQ-5D literature generated in cardiovascular diseases in eight selected Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries. METHODS: A structured literature search was conducted in MEDLINE, EMBASE, Web of Science, CINAHL, PsycINFO, the Cochrane Library and the EuroQol website up to November 2016...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344881/the-impact-of-exercise-on-physical-function-cardiovascular-outcomes-and-quality-of-life-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-a-systematic-review
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Baris Afsar, Dimitrie Siriopol, Gamze Aslan, Ozgur C Eren, Tuncay Dagel, Ugur Kilic, Asiye Kanbay, Alexandru Burlacu, Adrian Covic, Mehmet Kanbay
The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is increasing steadily. CKD does not only relate to morbidity and mortality but also has impact on quality of life, depression and malnutrition. Such patients often have significantly decreased physical activity. Recent evidence suggests that low physical activity is associated with morbidity, mortality, muscle atrophy, quality of life impairment, cardiovascular outcomes and depression. Based on this, it is now recommended to regularly improve the physical activity of these patients...
January 17, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342119/novel-hybrid-formulations-based-on-thiourea-derivatives-and-core-shell-fe%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-c18-nanostructures-for-the-development-of-antifungal-strategies
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Carmen Limban, Alexandru Vasile Missir, Miron Teodor Caproiu, Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Coralia Bleotu, Luminita Marutescu, Marius Toma Papacocea, Diana Camelia Nuta
The continuously increasing global impact of fungal infections is requiring the rapid development of novel antifungal agents. Due to their multiple pharmacological activities, thiourea derivatives represent privileged candidates for shaping new drugs. We report here the preparation, physico-chemical characterization and bioevaluation of hybrid nanosystems based on new 2-((4-chlorophenoxy)methyl)-N-(substituted phenylcarbamo-thioyl)benzamides and Fe₃O₄@C18 core@shell nanoparticles. The new benzamides were prepared by an efficient method, then their structure was confirmed by spectral studies and elemental analysis and they were further loaded on Fe₃O₄@C18 nanostructures...
January 17, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335575/genotypic-variability-enhances-the-reproducibility-of-an-ecological-study
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Alexandru Milcu, Ruben Puga-Freitas, Aaron M Ellison, Manuel Blouin, Stefan Scheu, Grégoire T Freschet, Laura Rose, Sebastien Barot, Simone Cesarz, Nico Eisenhauer, Thomas Girin, Davide Assandri, Michael Bonkowski, Nina Buchmann, Olaf Butenschoen, Sebastien Devidal, Gerd Gleixner, Arthur Gessler, Agnès Gigon, Anna Greiner, Carlo Grignani, Amandine Hansart, Zachary Kayler, Markus Lange, Jean-Christophe Lata, Jean-François Le Galliard, Martin Lukac, Neringa Mannerheim, Marina E H Müller, Anne Pando, Paula Rotter, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen, Rahme Seyhun, Katherine Urban-Mead, Alexandra Weigelt, Laura Zavattaro, Jacques Roy
Many scientific disciplines are currently experiencing a 'reproducibility crisis' because numerous scientific findings cannot be repeated consistently. A novel but controversial hypothesis postulates that stringent levels of environmental and biotic standardization in experimental studies reduce reproducibility by amplifying the impacts of laboratory-specific environmental factors not accounted for in study designs. A corollary to this hypothesis is that a deliberate introduction of controlled systematic variability (CSV) in experimental designs may lead to increased reproducibility...
February 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329222/the-influence-of-egfr-inactivation-on-the-radiation-response-in-high-grade-glioma
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Oana Alexandru, Stefana Oana Purcaru, Ligia Gabriela Tataranu, Laura Lucan, Juan Castro, Catalin Folcuţi, Stefan-Alexandru Artene, Cristian Tuţă, Anica Dricu
Lack of effectiveness of radiation therapy may arise from different factors such as radiation induced receptor tyrosine kinase activation and cell repopulation; cell capability to repair radiation induced DNA damage; high grade glioma (HGG) tumous heterogeneity, etc. In this study, we analyzed the potential of targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in inducing radiosensitivity in two human HGG cell lines (11 and 15) that displayed similar growth patterns and expressed the receptor protein at the cell surface...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316564/primary-prevention-of-stroke-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-a-scientific-update
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Stefana Catalina Bilha, Alexandru Burlacu, Dimitrie Siriopol, Luminita Voroneanu, Adrian Covic
BACKGROUND: Although chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an independent risk factor for stroke, official recommendations for the primary prevention of stroke in CKD are generally lacking. SUMMARY: We searched PubMed and ISI Web of Science for randomised controlled trials, observational studies, reviews, meta-analyses and guidelines referring to measures of stroke prevention or to the treatment of stroke-associated risk factors (cardiovascular disease in general and atrial fibrillation (AF), arterial hypertension or carotid artery disease in particular) among the CKD population...
January 9, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315538/work-stress-health-behaviours-and-coping-strategies-in-dentists-from-cluj-napoca-romania
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Cristian Miron, Horaţiu Alexandru Colosi
BACKGROUND: The recognition of work stressors and their links to sociodemographic characteristics, health behaviours and coping strategies is important for enhancing the working conditions of dentists. AIM: The aim of our study was to identify and rank work stressors in dentists from Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and to investigate their potential links to sociodemographic characteristics, health behaviours and coping strategies. STUDY DESIGN: A questionnaire based on the Work Stress Inventory for Dentists (WSID) was delivered to a cross-sectional sample of 250 dentists working in six neighborhoods across Cluj-Napoca, Romania, as well as at the local Faculty of Dentistry...
January 7, 2018: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311148/protein-kinases-g-are-essential-downstream-mediators-of-the-antifibrotic-effects-of-sgc-stimulators
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Alexandru-Emil Matei, Christian Beyer, Andrea-Hermina Györfi, Alina Soare, Chih-Wei Chen, Clara Dees, Christina Bergmann, Andreas Ramming, Andreas Friebe, Franz Hofmann, Oliver Distler, Georg Schett, Jörg H W Distler
OBJECTIVES: Stimulators of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) are currently investigated in clinical trials for the treatment of fibrosis in systemic sclerosis (SSc). In this study, we aim to investigate the role of protein kinases G (PKG) as downstream mediators of sGC-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) in SSc. METHODS: Mice with combined knockout of PKG1 and 2 were challenged with bleomycin and treated with the sGC stimulator BAY 41-2272. Fibroblasts were treated with BAY 41-2272 and with the PKG inhibitor KT 5823...
January 8, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310566/analysis-of-oxidative-stress-related-markers-in-critically-ill-polytrauma-patients-an-observational-prospective-single-center-study
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Mihai Sandesc, Alexandru Florin Rogobete, Ovidiu Horea Bedreag, Anca Dinu, Marius Papurica, Carmen Alina Cradigati, Mirela Sarandan, Sonia Elena Popovici, Lavinia Melania Bratu, Tiberiu Bratu, Adrian Tudor Stan, Dorel Sandesc
Critically ill polytrauma patients have increased production of free radicals (FRs) and consequent alterations in biochemical pathways, as well as disruption of cellular integrity, due to increased lipid peroxidation. The aim of this study was to investigate several biomarkers associated with increased oxidative stress in critically ill polytrauma patients, and to evaluate the effect of antioxidant treatment on the clinical outcome in these patients. A total of 67 polytrauma patients from an intensive care unit met the selection criteria...
January 9, 2018: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298683/global-accumulation-of-circrnas-during-aging-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Mariela Cortés-López, Matthew R Gruner, Daphne A Cooper, Hannah N Gruner, Alexandru-Ioan Voda, Alexander M van der Linden, Pedro Miura
BACKGROUND: Circular RNAs (CircRNAs) are a newly appreciated class of RNAs that lack free 5' and 3' ends, are expressed by the thousands in diverse forms of life, and are mostly of enigmatic function. Ostensibly due to their resistance to exonucleases, circRNAs are known to be exceptionally stable. Previous work in Drosophila and mice have shown that circRNAs increase during aging in neural tissues. RESULTS: Here, we examined the global profile of circRNAs in C...
January 3, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291501/cutaneous-wound-healing-using-polymeric-surgical-dressings-based-on-chitosan-sodium-hyaluronate-and-resveratrol-a-preclinical-experimental-study
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Cristian Berce, Mihai-Stefan Muresan, Olga Soritau, Bobe Petrushev, Lucia Tefas, Isabella Rigo, Gheorghe Ungureanu, Cornel Catoi, Alexandru Irimie, Ciprian Tomuleasa
Wound healing is a complex and dynamic process that involves modifying the wound environment depending on the patient's health status. Scar formation depends on many factors that influence wound healing, are important to bear in mind because most of the negative factors involved can be stopped by implementing an adequate treatment. The consensus in wound therapy recommends dressings that should keep a moist and alkaline environment thus creating a protective barrier against mechanical stress and secondary infections, in view of promoting granulation...
December 21, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278706/endogenous-acid-ceramidase-protects-epithelial-cells-from-porphyromonas-gingivalis-induced-inflammation-in-vitro
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Mariane Maffei Azuma, Pooja Balani, Heike Boisvert, Mindy Gil, Kenji Egashira, Tsuguno Yamaguchi, Hatice Hasturk, Margaret Duncan, Toshihisa Kawai, Alexandru Movila
Ceramidases are a group of enzymes that degrade pro-inflammatory ceramide by cleaving a fatty acid to form anti-inflammatory sphingosine lipid. Thus far, acid, neutral and alkaline ceramidase isozymes have been described. However, the expression patterns of ceramidase isoforms as well as their role in periodontal disease pathogenesis remain unknown. In this study, expression patterns of ceramidase isoforms were quantified by real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry in gingival samples of patients with periodontitis and healthy subjects, as well as in EpiGingivalTM-3D culture and OBA-9 gingival epithelial cells both of which were stimulated with or without the presence of live Porphyromonas gingivalis (ATCC 33277 strain)...
December 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277804/debulking-surgery-for-pelvic-recurrence-after-surgically-treated-tubal-gestational-choriocarcinoma-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Nicolae Bacalbasa, Irina Balescu, Vladislav Brasoveanu, Alexandru Florin Anca
Gestational choriocarcinomas are very rare malignancies, with only few cases being reported so far. Moreover, the presence of pelvic recurrences after surgically-treated gestational choriocarcinomas is even scarcer situations. We present the case of a 19-year-old patient who was initially submitted to surgery with preoperative diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy. At that moment a left salpingectomy was performed, and the histopathological studies revealed the presence of a left tubal gestational choriocarcinoma...
January 2018: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274563/iga-anti-%C3%AE-2-glycoprotein-i-antibodies-experience-from-a-large-center
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Alexandru Vlagea, Dora Pascual-Salcedo, Rita Álvarez Doforno, Paz Lavilla, Jesús Diez, Beatriz Padilla Merlano, María V Cuesta, Antonio Gil
OBJECTIVE: IgG and IgM antibodies directed at β2-glycoprotein I are included in the classification criteria for the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) while the IgA antibodies against β2-glycoprotein I (IgA aβ2GPI) are not. Conflicting data about the significance of IgA aβ2GPI and APS manifestation can be found and more studies are necessary in order to define the diagnostic value of IgA aβ2GPI. In the present article, we investigated the possible role of IgA aβ2GPI as marker of APS...
December 12, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250700/ethical-dilemmas-in-communicating-bad-news-following-histopathology-examination
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Dan Alexandru Constantin, IonuŢ Horia Cioriceanu, Marilena Monica ţânŢu, Daniela Popa, Dana Bădău, Victoria Burtea, Gabriela CodruŢa Nemet, Liliana Marcela Rogozea
PURPOSE: The study proposes an analysis of the ethical aspects that occur in communicating bad news following histopathology laboratory tests in medical practice, in particular in the case of the anatomical pathology diagnosis confirming a medical condition of poor prognosis. BACKGROUND: Over the last decades, the progress of science and technology in the medical field, as well as the explosive increase of specialist information available on the Internet have led to unprecedented ethical issues related to the communication modality of histopathology test results to patients...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250694/middle-mesial-canal-of-the-permanent-mandibular-first-molars-an-anatomical-challenge-directly-related-to-the-outcome-of-endodontic-treatment
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Paula Perlea, Cristina Coralia Nistor, Marina Imre, Irina Maria Gheorghiu, Alexandru Andrei Iliescu
To effectively clean and shape the mandibular permanent first molars it is mandatory to understand in detail their complex internal anatomy. The middle mesial canal is an additional canal located between the usual mesiobuccal and mesiolingual canals in the mesial root of mandibular first molars. The incidence of the middle mesial canal, its relationship with main canals of the mesial root and the possibility for it to be negotiated is an important practical issue in endodontics. To identify the presence of this canal is mandatory...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250691/nephrotic-syndrome-secondary-to-amyloidosis-in-a-patient-with-monoclonal-gammopathy-with-renal-significance-mgrs
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Andrei Niculae, Ileana Peride, Vlad Vinereanu, Daniela Rădulescu, Ovidiu Gabriel Bratu, Bogdan Florin Geavlete, Ionel Alexandru ChecheriŢă
Monoclonal gammopathy with renal significance (MGRS) is a relative new-described entity, diagnosed especially in older patients and deriving from the group with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). Various renal lesions may arise in MGRS, according to the ultrastructural characteristics of the monoclonal immunoglobulin deposition in the kidney, from proliferative glomerulopathies and amyloidosis to light chain proximal tubulopathy and crystal-storing histiocytosis. Although both are considered premalign or non-malignant hematological conditions, kidney involvement in MGRS aggravates the prognosis of the patients and need to be treated aggressively...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250689/anatomic-variants-in-dandy-walker-complex
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Maria Claudia Jurcă, Kinga Kozma, CodruŢa Diana Petcheşi, Marius Bembea, Ovidiu Laurean Pop, Gabriela MuŢiu, Mihaela Cristiana Coroi, Alexandru Daniel Jurcă, Luciana Dobjanschi
Dandy-Walker complex (DWC) is a malformative association of the central nervous system. DWC includes four different types: Dandy-Walker malformation (vermis agenesis or hypoplasia, cystic dilatation of the fourth ventricle and a large posterior fossa); Dandy-Walker variant (vermis hypoplasia, cystic dilatation of the fourth ventricle, normal posterior fossa); mega cysterna magna (large posterior fossa, normal vermis and fourth ventricle) and posterior fossa arachnoid cyst. We present and discuss four cases with different morphological and clinical forms of the Dandy-Walker complex...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29250670/an-overview-of-resistance-profiles-eskape-pathogens-from-2010-2015-in-a-tertiary-respiratory-center-in-romania
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Nicolae Ovidiu Peneş, Andrei Alexandru Muntean, Adriana Moisoiu, Mădălina Maria Muntean, Alexandru Chirca, Miron Alexandru Bogdan, Mircea Ioan Popa
Lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs) is an umbrella term that covers a wide spectrum of diseases, comprising mild and severe, acute and chronic conditions. A wide spectrum of pathogens can be implicated, from viruses to pyogenic and atypical bacteria. A special place should be reserved for slow growing bacteria (Mycobacteria spp., Nocardia spp.) and parasites (i.e., hydatic cysts caused by Echinococcus granulosus). OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to observe, analyze and establish the drug susceptibility patterns for Enterococcus spp...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
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