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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221737/feasibility-of-multiple-breath-washout-measurements-in-infants-with-bronchiolitis-a-pilot-study
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Patrick Stafler, Sigal Weinreb, Huda Mussaffi, Meir Mei-Zahav, Dario Prais, Guy Steuer, Ophir Bar-On, Moshe Hoshen, Hannah Blau
BACKGROUND: Lung clearance index (LCI) reflects ventilation inhomogeneity and is raised in obstructive airway disease. Feasibility of multiple breath washout (MBW) measurement during acute lung disease in infants is unknown. As a further measure of disease, exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) may paradoxically decrease in acute bronchiolitis. We hypothesized that MBW measurements were attainable in infants with bronchiolitis and that LCI was raised and eNO reduced, compared to normal controls...
February 21, 2017: Pediatric Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220596/quantitative-pcr-is-a-valuable-tool-to-monitor-performance-of-dna-encoded-chemical-library-selections
#2
Yizhou Li, Gunther Zimmermann, Jörg Scheuermann, Dario Neri
Phage-display libraries and DNA-encoded chemical libraries (DECL) represent useful tools for the isolation of specific binding molecules out of large combinatorial sets of compounds. In both methods, specific binders are recovered at the end of affinity capture procedures, using target proteins of interest immobilized on a solid support. However, while the efficiency of phage-display selections is routinely quantified by counting the phage titer before and after the affinity capture step, no similar quantification procedures have been reported for the characterization of DNA-encoded chemical library selections...
February 21, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218823/review-of-the-development-of-methods-for-characterization-of-microspheres-for-use-in-embolotherapy-translating-bench-to-cathlab
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REVIEW
Marcus Caine, Dario Carugo, Xunli Zhang, Martyn Hill, Matthew R Dreher, Andrew L Lewis
Therapeutic embolotherapy is the deliberate occlusion of a blood vessel within the body, which can be for the prevention of internal bleeding, stemming of flow through an arteriovenous malformation, or occlusion of blood vessels feeding a tumor. This is achieved using a wide selection of embolic devices such as balloons, coils, gels, glues, and particles. Particulate embolization is often favored for blocking smaller vessels, particularly within hypervascularized tumors, as they are available in calibrated sizes and can be delivered distally via microcatheters for precise occlusion with associated locoregional drug delivery...
February 20, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218463/closed-reference-metatranscriptomics-enables-in-planta-profiling-of-putative-virulence-activities-in-the-grapevine-trunk-disease-complex
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Abraham Morales-Cruz, Gabrielle Allenbeck, Rosa Figueroa-Balderas, Vanessa E Ashworth, Daniel P Lawrence, Renaud Travadon, Rhonda J Smith, Kendra Baumgartner, Philippe E Rolshausen, Dario Cantu
Grapevines, like other perennial crops, are affected by so-called 'trunk diseases', which damage the trunk and other woody tissues. Mature grapevines typically contract more than one trunk disease and often multiple grapevine trunk pathogens (GTPs) are recovered from infected tissues. The co-existence of different GTP species in complex and dynamic microbial communities complicates the study of the molecular mechanisms underlying disease development especially under vineyard conditions. The objective of this study was to develop and optimize a community-level transcriptomics (i...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217908/molecular-polymorphisms-of-the-abo-locus-as-informative-markers-of-ancestry-in-central-argentina
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María Pía Tavella, Angelina García, Maia Pauro, Darío A Demarchi, Rodrigo Nores
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the distribution of molecular polymorphisms of the ABO gene in four population samples from the province of Córdoba, in Central Argentina, and to compare them with other worldwide populations. METHODS: A total of 110 buccal swab samples from autochthonous individuals of Córdoba were typified. Molecular characterization of the allelic variants was performed by the analysis of exons 6 and 7 of the ABO gene using PCR-RFLP analysis...
February 20, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216963/micronutrient-deficiencies-in-patients-with-chronic-atrophic-autoimmune-gastritis-a-review
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EDITORIAL
Federica Cavalcoli, Alessandra Zilli, Dario Conte, Sara Massironi
Chronic atrophic autoimmune gastritis (CAAG) is an organ-specific autoimmune disease characterized by an immune response, which is directed towards the parietal cells and intrinsic factor of the gastric body and fundus and leads to hypochlorhydria, hypergastrinemia and inadequate production of the intrinsic factor. As a result, the stomach's secretion of essential substances, such as hydrochloric acid and intrinsic factor, is reduced, leading to digestive impairments. The most common is vitamin B12 deficiency, which results in a megaloblastic anemia and iron malabsorption, leading to iron deficiency anemia...
January 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216341/mechanisms-of-protection-against-irreversible-oxidation-of-the-catalytic-cysteine-of-aldh-enzymes-possible-role-of-vicinal-cysteines
#7
Rosario A Muñoz-Clares, Lilian González-Segura, Dario S Murillo-Melo, Héctor Riveros-Rosas
The catalytic mechanism of the NAD(P)(+)-dependent aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) involves the nucleophilic attack of the essential cysteine (Cys302, mature HsALDH2 numbering) on the aldehyde substrate. Although oxidation of Cys302 will inactivate these enzymes, it is not yet well understood how this oxidation is prevented. In this work we explore possible mechanisms of protection by systematically analyzing the reported three-dimensional structures and amino acid sequences of the enzymes of the ALDH superfamily...
February 16, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215027/economic-burden-of-patients-affected-by-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-the-life-study
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Maria Rita Migliorino, Antonio Santo, Giampiero Romano, Diego Cortinovis, Domenico Galetta, Oscar Alabiso, Giacomo Cartenì, Sabrina Vari, Gianpiero Fasola, Antonio Pazzola, Dario Giuffrida, Alberto Zaniboni, Alberto Caprioli, Flavia Longo, Valentina Acciai, Filippo de Marinis
PURPOSE: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a condition with significant clinical burden for patients and relevant economic impact. Limited evidence exists on the management costs of NSCLC patients, especially in the late phases of the disease. The main objective of this analysis was to evaluate the economic impact of clinical management of NSCLC patients in the Italian population. METHODS: This evaluation was an economic analysis of the observational and multicentre study LIFE, which described the therapeutic approach in routine clinical practice for NSCLC patients, progressing after first-line treatment...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213808/genotyping-and-antifungal-susceptibility-of-dipodascus-capitatus-isolated-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-of-a-sicilian-hospital
#9
Teresa Fasciana, Mario Giuffrè, Cinzia Calà, Ingrid Anne Mandy Schierz, Giuseppe Aquilina, Giuseppa Pinello, Giuseppina Capra, Dario Lipari, Giovanni Corsello, Anna Giammanco
In August 2015, Dipodascus capitatus was isolated from two patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Nosocomial acquisition of the fungus was suspected and epidemiological studies were undertaken. The patients were simultaneously hospitalized, and the comparison of the two isolates by two independent molecular typing methods have confirmed clonal dissemination of a single strain of D. capitatus. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was useful for identifying the appropriated antifungal therapy in micafungin...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211784/generic-antiretrovirals-for-the-treatment-of-hiv-a-novel-challenge-for-western-countries-%C3%A2
#10
Dario Cattaneo, Massimo Andreoni, Gianpiero Carosi, Roberto Cauda, Adriano Lazzarin, Giuliano Rizzardini
The introduction of generic antiretroviral medications in developing countries has resulted in significant CD4 cell restoration, HIV viral decline, and a noteworthy reduction in the time to initiation of therapy. Projection models have also predicted significant cost saving associated with the extensive diffusion of generic antiretrovirals in developed countries. However, some uncertainties on generics have recently been raised. These concerns mainly relate to the adequacy of the study design for bioequivalence testing, the potential for uncontrolled switching from one generic to another, and the loss of adherence if patients switched from fixed-dose coformulations to single components in order to incorporate the new generic drugs...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211509/climbing-favours-the-tripod-gait-over-alternative-faster-insect-gaits
#11
Pavan Ramdya, Robin Thandiackal, Raphael Cherney, Thibault Asselborn, Richard Benton, Auke Jan Ijspeert, Dario Floreano
To escape danger or catch prey, running vertebrates rely on dynamic gaits with minimal ground contact. By contrast, most insects use a tripod gait that maintains at least three legs on the ground at any given time. One prevailing hypothesis for this difference in fast locomotor strategies is that tripod locomotion allows insects to rapidly navigate three-dimensional terrain. To test this, we computationally discovered fast locomotor gaits for a model based on Drosophila melanogaster. Indeed, the tripod gait emerges to the exclusion of many other possible gaits when optimizing fast upward climbing with leg adhesion...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210937/imp3-expression-in-small-intestine-neuroendocrine-neoplasms-a-new-predictor-of-recurrence
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Sara Massironi, Alessandro Del Gobbo, Federica Cavalcoli, Stefano Fiori, Dario Conte, Alessio Pellegrinelli, Massimo Milione, Stefano Ferrero
PURPOSE: Small-intestine neuroendocrine neoplasms are heterogeneous neoplasms arising from endocrine cells of the intestinal mucosa. Ki-67 is the main determinant of prognosis in neuroendocrine neoplasms. However, the search for new prognostic makers represents a key point with regard to small-intestine neuroendocrine neoplasms. The oncofetal protein IMP3 plays a role in cell growth and its expression has a prognostic value in lung neoplasms. METHODS: From January 1998 to August 2015, all the consecutive small-intestine neuroendocrine neoplasms patients suitable for surgery were included: 51 patients (32 males, median age 68 years) had small-intestine neuroendocrine neoplasms classified according to the WHO 2010 classification...
February 17, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208109/stability-against-backward-balance-loss-age-related-modifications-following-slip-like-perturbations-of-multiple-amplitudes
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Dario Martelli, Federica Aprigliano, Peppino Tropea, Guido Pasquini, Silvestro Micera, Vito Monaco
Falls are one of the most serious problems in the elderly. Although previous studies clearly link the increased risk of falls with ageing, the mechanisms responsible for the modifications of reactive motor behaviours in response to external perturbations are not yet fully understood. This study investigated how the stability against backward balance loss is affected by aging and intensity of perturbations. The Margin of Stability (MoS) was estimated while eight young and eight elderly adults managed three slip-like perturbations of different intensities while walking at the same normalized speed...
February 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206735/regional-anesthesia-the-best-is-yet-to-come
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Dario Bugada, Massimo Allegri, Paolo Grossi, Alberto Manassero, Rosa L Pinciroli, Nicola Zadra, Guido Fanelli, Alberto Zarcone, Rita Cataldo, Giorgio Danelli, Battista Borghi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205606/differential-abnormal-pattern-of-anterior-cingulate-gyrus-activation-in-unipolar-and-bipolar-depression-an-fmri-and-pattern-classification-approach
#15
Christian Bürger, Ronny Redlich, Dominik Grotegerd, Susanne Meinert, Katharina Dohm, Ilona Schneider, Dario Zaremba, Katharina Förster, Judith Alferink, Jens Bölte, Walter Heindel, Harald Kugel, Volker Arolt, Udo Dannlowski
Distinguishing bipolar disorder from major depressive disorder is a major challenge in psychiatric treatment. Consequently, there has been growing interest in identifying neuronal biomarkers of disorder-specific pathophysiological processes to differentiate affective disorders. Thirty-six depressed bipolar patients, 36 depressed unipolar patients and 36 matched healthy controls participated in an fMRI-experiment. Emotional faces served as stimuli in a matching task. We investigated neural activation towards angry, fearful and happy faces focusing on prototypical regions related to emotion processing, ie the amygdala and the anterior cingulate gyrus (ACG)...
February 16, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205055/effectiveness-of-calcifediol-in-improving-muscle-function-in-post-menopausal-women-a-prospective-cohort-study
#16
Giovanni Iolascon, Antimo Moretti, Alessandro de Sire, Dario Calafiore, Francesca Gimigliano
INTRODUCTION: The role of vitamin D supplementation on muscle function and physical performance is still debated. Calcifediol is an available treatment for hypovitaminosis D, particularly for extra-skeletal effects. Aim of this prospective cohort study was to evaluate the effectiveness of calcifediol on serum levels of 25(OH)D3, appendicular muscle strength, physical performance, and prevention of falls in post-menopausal women. METHODS: We recruited post-menopausal women aged ≥50 years, referring to an outpatient service for the management of osteoporosis over a 18-month period...
February 15, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204885/de-bugging-and-maximizing-plant-cytochrome-p450-production-in-escherichia-coli-with-c-terminal-gfp-fusions
#17
Ulla Christensen, Dario Vazquez-Albacete, Karina M Søgaard, Tonja Hobel, Morten T Nielsen, Scott James Harrison, Anders Holmgaard Hansen, Birger Lindberg Møller, Susanna Seppälä, Morten H H Nørholm
Cytochromes P450 (CYP) are attractive enzyme targets in biotechnology as they catalyze stereospecific C-hydroxylations of complex core skeletons at positions that typically are difficult to access by chemical synthesis. Membrane bound CYPs are involved in nearly all plant pathways leading to the formation of high-value compounds. In the present study, we systematically maximize the heterologous expression of six different plant-derived CYP genes in Escherichia coli, using a workflow based on C-terminal fusions to the green fluorescent protein...
February 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202799/clonal-complexity-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-can-hamper-diagnostic-procedures
#18
Laura Pérez-Lago, Marta Herranz, Yurena Navarro, María Jesús Ruiz Serrano, Pilar Miralles, Emilio Bouza, Darío García-de-Viedma
Clonal complexity is increasingly accepted in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, including mixed infections by ≥2 strains, which usually occur in settings with a high burden of tuberculosis and/or a high risk of overexposure to infected patients. Mixed infections can hamper diagnostic procedures: obtaining an accurate antibiogram is difficult when the susceptibility patterns of the strains differ. Here, we show how mixed infections can also prove challenging for other diagnostic procedures, even outside settings where mixed infections are traditionally expected...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198075/exercise-induced-b-lines-identify-worse-functional-and-prognostic-stage-in-heart-failure-patients-with-depressed-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
#19
Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Anca Simionuc, Dario Gregori, Mario Marzilli, Eugenio Picano
AIMS: Exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) is recommended by the European Society of Cardiology guidelines for the evaluation of heart failure (HF) patients. Recently, lung ultrasound (LUS) has been proposed for the assessment of extravascular lung water through B-lines. The aim of this study was to assess B-lines during ESE in HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Standard transthoracic and LUS evaluation was performed during semi-supine ESE in 103 NYHA class I-III HF patients (76 male; mean age 64 ± 12 years) with depressed LVEF (35 ± 8%)...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195673/ultrasound-enhanced-sirna-delivery-using-magnetic-nanoparticle-loaded-chitosan-deoxycholic-acid-nanodroplets
#20
Jeong Yu Lee, Calum Crake, Boon Teo, Dario Carugo, Marie de Saint Victor, Anjali Seth, Eleanor Stride
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) has significant therapeutic potential but its clinical translation has been severely inhibited by a lack of effective delivery strategies. Previous work has demonstrated that perfluorocarbon nanodroplets loaded with magnetic nanoparticles can facilitate the intracellular delivery of a conventional chemotherapeutic drug. The aim of this study is to determine whether a similar agent can provide a means of delivering siRNA, enabling efficient transfection without degradation of the molecule...
February 13, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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