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Mehrnaz Rasooli-Nejad, Maryam Khazaee-Pool, Ladan Abbasian, Zahra Bayat Jozani, Sara Ahsani-Nasab, Banafsheh Moradmand Badie, Afsaneh Pargar, Gholamreza Esmaeeli Djavid
There are limited documents about HIV patients switched to second-line antiretroviral therapy (ART) in resource-limited countries. We aimed to assess the efficacy of second-line ART for HIV patients following first-line ART failure. This was a cohort study of HIV/AIDS patients with first-line ART treatment failure switched to second-line ART between January 2004 and March 2014, who followed for at least 12 months after switching. Fifty of studied patients (85%) were treated with regimens containing lopinavir/ritonavir (Kaletra) and nine of them (15%) treated with other regimes...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532133/neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-in-different-stages-of-breast-cancer
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Fezzeh Elyasinia, Mohammad Reza Keramati, Farham Ahmadi, Susan Rezaei, Mohammad Ashouri, Reza Parsaei, Maryam Yaghoubi, Fahimeh Elyasinia, Armita Aboutorabi, Ahmad Kaviani
Despite many advances in the treatment of breast cancer, it is still the second most common cause of death in women in the United States. It has been shown that inflammation plays a major role in the treatment of these cancers and inflammatory factors enhance tumor growth, invasion, metastasis, and vascularization. In this study, we would like to analyze peripheral blood neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in breast cancer patients and its correlation with disease staging. This cross-sectional analytic study was conducted in Imam Hospital, affiliated with Tehran University of Medical Sciences; a total of 195 female patients with breast cancer met the inclusion criteria...
April 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532062/polylactide-and-polycaprolactone-based-substrates-enhance-angiogenic-potential-of-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-vitro-implications-for-cardiovascular-repair
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Małgorzata Sekuła, Patrycja Domalik-Pyzik, Anna Morawska-Chochół, Sylwia Bobis-Wozowicz, Elżbieta Karnas, Sylwia Noga, Dariusz Boruczkowski, Marta Adamiak, Zbigniew Madeja, Jan Chłopek, Ewa K Zuba-Surma
Recent approaches in tissue regeneration focus on combining innovative achievements of stem cell biology and biomaterial sciences to develop novel therapeutic strategies for patients. Growing recent evidence indicates that mesenchymal stem cells harvested from human umbilical cord Wharton's jelly (hUC-MSCs) are a new valuable source of cells for autologous as well as allogeneic therapies in humans. hUC-MSCs are multipotent, highly proliferating cells with prominent immunoregulatory activity. In this study, we evaluated the impact of widely used FDA approved poly(α-esters) including polylactide (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) on selected biological properties of hUC-MSCs in vitro...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532018/characterization-of-physical-and-biodegradation-properties-of-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate-sepiolite-nanocomposites
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Omer Shakil, Farha Masood, Tariq Yasin
The pristine sepiolite was treated with the 3-aminopropyl triethoxy silane (APTES). The APTES grafted sepiolite (APTES-G-SP) was used to develop the poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate (PHBV)/sepiolite nanocomposite films by the solution-casting method. Scanning electron micrographs showed that the APTES-G-SP fibers were well embedded in the polymer matrix. Fourier transform Infrared spectroscopy attributed the formation of covalent bonds between the APTES-G-SP and PHBV in the nanocomposite film. Thermal and water-barrier properties of the nanocomposite films were significantly improved...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531969/biogeographical-factors-affecting-the-distribution-of-stream-salamanders-on-the-cumberland-plateau-usa
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P R Gould, K K Cecala, S S Drukker, B A McKenzie, C Van de Ven
Geophysical and climate conditions play an important role in the distribution of organisms at both fine and broad scales. Headwater streams integrate changes at broad geographical scales and serve as important regions of nutrient processing and support high biodiversity. Stream salamanders are important members of headwater aquatic communities as both predators and prey. Combined with their biphasic life histories and physiological requirements, stream amphibians may serve as indicators for headwater stream conditions...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531967/climate-response-of-oak-quercus-spp-an-evidence-of-a-bioclimatic-boundary-induced-by-the-carpathians
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Constantin Nechita, Ionel Popa, Ólafur Eggertsson
Tree-ring information and climate response data were applied to investigate the potential of the Carpathian Mountains to influence tree-growth patterns. Recent studies reveal the importance of constructing a dense spatial network of oak tree-ring chronologies in this area, which may be the key to linking the North Central European and East Mediterranean tree records. We establish sixteen oak (Quercus robur L.) and sessile oak (Quercus petraea (Matt.) Liebl.) site chronologies along a longitudinal gradient (from 22...
May 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531963/mir-19b-and-mir-16-cooperatively-signaling-target-the-regulator-adra1a-in-hypertensive-heart-disease
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Liping He, Congxin Huang
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive heart disease (HHD) is one of the most important causes of disease-related deaths worldwide and brings great painful for patients. In recent years, increasingly evidences support the role of miRNAs in various physiology processes and human diseases. In the present study, we investigated whether ADRA1A regulated by miR-19b and miR-16 was involved in the pathogenic mechanism of HHD. METHODS: HHD mice models were established with injection of Deoxycorticosterone acetate (Doca)...
May 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531955/influence-of-sediment-chemistry-and-sediment-toxicity-on-macroinvertebrate-communities-across-99-wadable-streams-of-the-midwestern-usa
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Patrick W Moran, Lisa H Nowell, Nile E Kemble, Barbara J Mahler, Ian R Waite, Peter C Van Metre
Simultaneous assessment of sediment chemistry, sediment toxicity, and macroinvertebrate communities can provide multiple lines of evidence when investigating relations between sediment contaminants and ecological degradation. These three measures were evaluated at 99 wadable stream sites across 11 states in the Midwestern United States during the summer of 2013 to assess sediment pollution across a large agricultural landscape. This evaluation considers an extensive suite of sediment chemistry totaling 274 analytes (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, organochlorine compounds, polychlorinated biphenyls, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, trace elements, and current-use pesticides) and a mixture assessment based on the ratios of detected compounds to available effects-based benchmarks...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531954/arbuscular-mycorrhiza-fungi-facilitate-rapid-adaptation-of-elsholtzia-splendens-to-copper
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Junmin Li, Huijuan Liang, Ming Yan, Luxi Chen, Huating Zhang, Jie Liu, Suizi Wang, Zexin Jin
Closely associated microbes have been shown to drive local adaptation of plants. However, few studies provide direct evidence, disclosing the role of arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi (AMF) in their rapid adaptation of plants toward heavy metal tolerance. Elsholtzia splendens is a Cu-tolerant plant that was used as a model plant to study seed morphological traits as well as traits related to seed germination and seedling growth. This was achieved after acclimation for two generations with 1000mg/kg CuSO4 in either absence or presence of AMF...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531952/groundwater-quality-in-the-alluvial-aquifer-system-of-northwest-india-new-evidence-of-the-extent-of-anthropogenic-and-geogenic-contamination
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D J Lapworth, G Krishan, A M MacDonald, M S Rao
Groundwater depletion has been widely studied in northwest India, but water quality concerns are still poorly constrained. In this study, we explore the hydrochemistry of the top 160m of the aquifer system, through detailed field studies in the Bist-Doab region, considering both anthropogenic and geogenic controls. A detailed comparison is made between sites dominated by urban and agricultural landuse. Salinity, nitrate, chloride and lead concentrations are significantly higher in the shallow (0-50m) groundwater system due to surface anthropogenic contaminant loading from agricultural and urban sources...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531940/contusional-cerebellar-hemorrhage-related-to-placement-in-the-protrusion-position-after-atlantoaxial-fusion
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Yoshinari Miyaoka, Mikinobu Takeuchi, Norimitsu Wakao, Masahiro Aoyama, Kazuhiro Hongo, Masakazu Takayasu
BACKGROUND: Various complications after C1 lateral mass and C2 pedicle screw fusion surgery (C1LM-C2PSFS) have been reported. However, to our knowledge, this is the first report of contusional cerebellar hemorrhage caused by placement in the protrusion (chin-out) position after C1LM-2PSFS. CASE DESCRIPTION: An 81-year-old woman complaining of gait disturbance and clumsiness of both hands was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy with atlantoaxial subluxation. After we performed C1LM-C2PSFS, her neurologic deficits gradually improved, and there was no radiologic evidence of construct failure...
May 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531918/protective-effect-of-ethanolic-extract-of-urtica-urens-l-against-the-toxicity-of-imidacloprid-on-bone-remodeling-in-rats-and-antioxidant-activities
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Massara Mzid, Riadh Badraoui, Sameh Ben Khedir, Zouheir Sahnoun, Tarek Rebai
Imidacloprid (IMI) is very harmful to human health and cause problems. Recently, plants have been considered as potential agents for protection against these disorders. Urtica urens L. (UU) is very useful for relieving rheumatic pains and there is no scientific evidence justifying its use, which lets us think of its direct effect on the bone. This study aimed to investigate the protective effect of UU against toxicity effects of IMI in female rat. Rats were divided into control group, 3 groups treated with IMI at 50, 200 or 300mg/kg/day and 3 groups co-treated with IMI (50, 200 or 300mg/kg/day)+100mg/kg/day of UU...
May 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531912/from-bench-to-market-preparing-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-derived-cardiomyocytes-for-various-applications
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REVIEW
Sung-Hwan Moon, Daekyeong Bae, Taek-Hee Jung, Eun-Bin Chung, Young-Hoon Jeong, Soon-Jung Park, Hyung-Min Chung
Human cardiomyocytes (CMs) cease to proliferate and remain terminally differentiated thereafter, when humans reach the mid-20s. Thus, any damages sustained by myocardium tissue are irreversible, and they require medical interventions to regain functionality. To date, new surgical procedures and drugs have been developed, albeit with limited success, to treat various heart diseases including myocardial infarction. Hence, there is a pressing need to develop more effective treatment methods to address the increasing mortality rate of the heart diseases...
May 30, 2017: International Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531901/a-comparison-between-intermittent-peritoneal-dialysis-and-automatic-peritoneal-dialysis-on-urgent-peritoneal-dialysis
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Chang Wang, Xiao Fu, Yuan Yang, Jun Deng, Hong-Qing Zhang, Hong-Mei Deng, Jia Lu, Youming Peng, Hong Liu, Fu-You Liu, Yinghong Liu
BACKGROUND: Urgent-start dialysis is a major problem for incident dialysis population. Urgent start on hemodialysis is associated with an increased risk of infectious or mechanical complications, and its mortality is equal to or higher than that of urgent start on peritoneal dialysis (PD). However, compared to patients starting PD in a planned setting, those on urgent-started PD have an increased risk of mechanical complications and lower technique survival. METHODS: In this study, 101 adult incident dialysis patients (≥18 years old) who underwent Tenckhoff catheter implantation were enrolled...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531900/factors-associated-with-blood-pressure-variability-based-on-ambulatory-blood-pressure-monitoring-in-subjects-with-hypertension-in-china
#15
Wei Li, YanXia Yu, Dehong Liang, En-Zhi Jia
BACKGROUND/AIMS: We examined the factors associated with blood pressure variability in a multi-ethnicity prospective study in China to gain more evidence to guide the prevention and management of hypertension through risk factor intervention. METHODS: A total of 318 consecutive adult subjects aged 29-94 years with suspected or known hypertension were enrolled in this study. Blood pressure variability measurements were based on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring...
May 25, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531892/emery-dreifuss-muscular-dystrophy-associated-mutant-forms-of-lamin-a-recruit-the-stress-responsive-protein-ankrd2-into-the-nucleus-affecting-the-cellular-response-to-oxidative-stress
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Silvia Angori, Cristina Capanni, Georgine Faulkner, Camilla Bean, Giuseppe Boriani, Giovanna Lattanzi, Vittoria Cenni
BACKGROUND: Ankrd2 is a stress responsive protein mainly expressed in muscle cells. Upon the application of oxidative stress, Ankrd2 translocates into the nucleus where it regulates the activity of genes involved in cellular response to stress. Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy 2 (EDMD2) is a muscular disorder caused by mutations of the gene encoding lamin A, LMNA. As well as many phenotypic abnormalities, EDMD2 muscle cells also feature a permanent basal stress state, the underlying molecular mechanisms of which are currently unclear...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531883/conventional-versus-ultrasound-guided-transbronchial-needle-aspiration-for-the-diagnosis-of-hilar-mediastinal-lymph-adenopathies-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Martina Bonifazi, Irene Tramacere, Lina Zuccatosta, Federico Mei, Michele Sediari, Maria Cristina Paonessa, Stefano Gasparini
BACKGROUND: Conventional transbronchial needle aspiration (c-TBNA) and endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) are both valuable diagnostic techniques for the diagnosis of hilar/mediastinal lesions. Although a superiority of EBUS-TBNA over c-TBNA may be expected, evidence-based data on a direct comparison between these 2 procedures are still lacking. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to test the superiority of EBUS-TBNA over c-TBNA in a randomized trial and to evaluate the cost-effectiveness profile of a staged strategy, including c-TBNA as initial test followed by EBUS-TBNA, in case of inconclusive results at rapid on-site evaluation...
May 23, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531882/%C3%AE-thromboglobulin-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-risk-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
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Yasuhiko Kubota, Alvaro Alonso, Aaron R Folsom
INTRODUCTION: Although it has been suggested that increased concentrations of activated platelet biomarkers are associated with increased risk of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the general population, evidence for this association is still controversial. Thus, we tested the hypothesis that activated platelets, measured by higher concentrations of β-thromboglobulin, are associated with increased risk of incident CVD (coronary heart disease, heart failure ischemic stroke, and atrial fibrillation)...
May 17, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531873/randomized-control-trial-investigating-the-efficacy-of-a-computer-based-intolerance-of-uncertainty-intervention
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Mary E Oglesby, Nicholas P Allan, Norman B Schmidt
Intolerance of uncertainty (IU) is an important transdiagnostic variable within various anxiety and mood disorders. Theory suggests that individuals high in IU interpret ambiguous information in a more threatening manner. A parallel line of research has shown that interpretive biases can be modified through cognitive training and previous research aimed at modifying negative interpretations through Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM-I) has yielded promising results. Despite these findings, no research to date has examined the efficacy of an IU-focused CBM-I paradigm...
May 11, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531860/boosting-biomethane-yield-and-production-rate-with-graphene-the-potential-of-direct-interspecies-electron-transfer-in-anaerobic-digestion
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Richen Lin, Jun Cheng, Jiabei Zhang, Junhu Zhou, Kefa Cen, Jerry D Murphy
Interspecies electron transfer between bacteria and archaea plays a vital role in enhancing energy efficiency of anaerobic digestion (AD). Conductive carbon materials (i.e. graphene nanomaterial and activated charcoal) were assessed to enhance AD of ethanol (a key intermediate product after acidogenesis of algae). The addition of graphene (1.0g/L) resulted in the highest biomethane yield (695.0±9.1mL/g) and production rate (95.7±7.6mL/g/d), corresponding to an enhancement of 25.0% in biomethane yield and 19...
May 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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