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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054304/comparative-analysis-of-drosophila-melanogaster-gut-microbiota-with-respect-to-host-strain-sex-and-age
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Gangsik Han, Hyo Jung Lee, Sang Eun Jeong, Che Ok Jeon, Seogang Hyun
Microbiota has a significant impact on the health of the host individual. The complexity of the interactions between mammalian hosts and their microbiota highlights the value of using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism, because of its relatively simple microbial community and ease of physiological and genetic manipulation. However, highly variable and sometimes inconsistent results regarding the microbiota of D. melanogaster have been reported for host samples collected from different geographical locations; discrepancies that may be because of the inherent physiological conditions of the D...
January 4, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050887/assessment-of-in-silico-protein-sequence-analysis-in-the-clinical-classification-of-variants-in-cancer-risk-genes
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Iain D Kerr, Hannah C Cox, Kelsey Moyes, Brent Evans, Brianna C Burdett, Aric van Kan, Heather McElroy, Paris J Vail, Krystal L Brown, Dechie B Sumampong, Nicholas J Monteferrante, Kennedy L Hardman, Aaron Theisen, Erin Mundt, Richard J Wenstrup, Julie M Eggington
Missense variants represent a significant proportion of variants identified in clinical genetic testing. In the absence of strong clinical or functional evidence, the American College of Medical Genetics recommends that these findings be classified as variants of uncertain significance (VUS). VUSs may be reclassified to better inform patient care when new evidence is available. It is critical that the methods used for reclassification are robust in order to prevent inappropriate medical management strategies and unnecessary, life-altering surgeries...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045954/the-rs7044343-polymorphism-of-the-interleukin-33-gene-is-associated-with-decreased-risk-of-developing-premature-coronary-artery-disease-and-central-obesity-and-could-be-involved-in-regulating-the-production-of-il-33
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Javier Angeles-Martínez, Rosalinda Posadas-Sánchez, Luis Llorente, Edith Alvarez-León, Julian Ramírez-Bello, Teresa Villarreal-Molina, Guadalupe Lima, Guillermo Cardoso-Saldaña, José Manuel Rodríguez-Pérez, Nonanzit Pérez-Hernández, José Manuel Fragoso, Carlos Posadas-Romero, Gilberto Vargas-Alarcón
AIM: The effect of interleukin 33 (IL-33) in the inflammatory process generates significant interest in the potential significance of IL-33 as a biomarker for coronary artery disease (CAD). Here, our objective was to analyze whether IL-33 gene polymorphisms are associated with premature CAD in a case-control association study. METHODS: Four IL-33 polymorphisms (rs7848215, rs16924144, rs16924159 and rs7044343) were genotyped by 5' exonuclease TaqMan assays in 1095 patients with premature CAD and 1118 controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028585/effects-of-a-primary-care-intervention-to-improve-the-quality-of-zolpidem-prescriptions-in-elderly-patients
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Rocío López-Sepúlveda, María Ángeles García Lirola, Esther Espínola García, Salvadora Martín Sances, Sonia Anaya Ordóñez, José María Jurado Martínez, José Cabeza Barrera
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to measure the impact of an intervention on the prescription habits of general practitioners (GPs) in order to improve the quality of zolpidem prescriptions in patients aged 75 or older. METHODS: A prospective multicentric non-randomized trial was performed in the Metropolitan Granada Primary Healthcare Area (Andalusian Public Healthcare Service, Spain), which serves a total population of approximately 675,000 inhabitants...
December 27, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000759/one-pot-synthesis-of-carbon-supported-calcined-mg-al-layered-double-hydroxides-for-antibiotic-removal-by-slow-pyrolysis-of-biomass-waste
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Xiaofei Tan, Shaobo Liu, Yunguo Liu, Yanling Gu, Guangming Zeng, Xiaoxi Cai, ZhiLi Yan, Chunping Yang, Xinjiang Hu, Bo Chen
A biochar supported calcined-Mg/Al layered double hydroxides composite (CLDHs/BC) was synthesized by a one-pot slow pyrolysis of LDHs preloaded bagasse biomass. Multiple characterizations of the product illustrated that the calcined-Mg/Al layered double hydroxides (CLDHs) were successfully coated onto the biochar in slow pyrolysis of pre-treated biomass. The as-synthesized CLDHs/BC could efficiently remove antibiotic tetracycline from aqueous solutions. The coating of CLDHs significantly increased the adsorption ability of biochar, and CLDHs/BC exhibited more than 2 times higher adsorption capacity than that of the pristine biochar (BC) in the tested pH range...
December 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000693/consumption-of-a-high-fat-breakfast-on-consecutive-days-alters-preclinical-biomarkers-for-atherosclerosis
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B K McFarlin, K C Carpenter, A L Henning, A S Venable
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Recent research has speculated that the risk of developing atherosclerosis is due to the accumulation of the effects of daily diet choices. The purpose of this study was to examine which of our previously identified preclinical disease risk biomarkers were further elevated when consuming a high-fat (644±50 kcal; 100% recommended dietary allowance for fat), high-calorie (1118±100 kcal; 70% daily caloric needs) breakfast on consecutive days. Young, normal weight females (N=7) participated in this study...
December 21, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957628/combined-effects-of-fermentation-temperature-and-ph-on-kinetic-changes-of-chemical-constituents-of-durian-wine-fermented-with-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Yuyun Lu, Marilyn Kai Wen Voon, Dejian Huang, Pin-Rou Lee, Shao-Quan Liu
This study investigated the effects of temperature (20 and 30 °C) and pH (pH 3.1, 3.9) on kinetic changes of chemical constituents of the durian wine fermented with Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Temperature significantly affected growth of S. cerevisiae EC-1118 regardless of pH with a higher temperature leading to a faster cell death. The pH had a more significant effect on ethanol production than temperature with higher production at 20 °C (5.95%, v/v) and 30 °C (5.56%, v/v) at pH 3.9, relative to that at pH 3...
December 12, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929474/a-simple-one-step-dissection-protocol-for-whole-mount-preparation-of-adult-drosophila-brains
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Antonio J Tito, Shebna Cheema, Mian Jiang, Sheng Zhang
There is an increasing interest in using Drosophila to model human brain degenerative diseases, map neuronal circuitries in adult brains, and study the molecular and cellular basis of higher brain functions. A whole-mount preparation of adult brains with well-preserved morphology is critical for such whole brain-based studies, but can be technically challenging and time-consuming. This protocol describes an easy-to-learn, one-step dissection approach of an adult fly head in less than 10 s, while keeping the intact brain attached to the rest of the body to facilitate subsequent processing steps...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906722/location-and-grade-of-prostate-cancer-diagnosed-by-transperineal-template-guided-mapping-biopsy-after-negative-transrectal-ultrasound-guided-biopsy
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Nathan Bittner, Gregory Merrick, Al Taira, Abbey Bennett, Amy Schattel, Wayne Butler, Robert Galbreath, Edward Adamovich
OBJECTIVES: To determine the location and grade of prostate cancer diagnosed by transperineal template-guided mapping (TTMB) after negative transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) biopsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This analysis consisted of 1118 consecutive patients who underwent TTMB from January 2005 to August 2015. Eight hundred thirty-five underwent TTMB after at least 1 negative TRUS biopsy and 283 underwent TTMB as the first biopsy procedure. The study population was divided into cohorts based on the number of prior TRUS biopsy sessions (0, 1, 2, and ≥3)...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27850755/1118-anesthesiology-intensivist-led-perioperative-surgical-home-a-quality-assurance-pilot
#10
Khaldoun Faris, Stephen Heard, Christine Motzkus-Feagans, Masilo Grant, Jennifer Yates, Mitchell Sokoloff, Shubjeet Kaur, Theofilos Matheos
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826592/current-knowledge-of-burn-injury-first-aid-practices-and-applied-traditional-remedies-a-nationwide-survey
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Abdullah E Kattan, Feras AlShomer, Abdulaziz K Alhujayri, Abdullah Addar, Albaraa Aljerian
BACKGROUND: Burn first aid awareness has been shown to reduce morbidity and mortality. We present a report on the knowledge and practices of the Saudi population with regard to burn first aid and the application of traditional remedies. METHODS: An internet-based survey was conducted to assess the public's knowledge on first aid practices and home remedies applied for burn injuries among Saudi adults. RESULTS: A total of 2758 individuals responded to the survey...
2016: Burns and trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807647/epigenetic-transcriptional-memory
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Agustina D'Urso, Jason H Brickner
Organisms alter gene expression to adapt to changes in environmental conditions such as temperature, nutrients, inflammatory signals, and stress (Gialitakis et al. in Mol Cell Biol 30:2046-2056, 2010; Conrath in Trends Plant Sci 16:524-531, 2011; Avramova in Plant J 83:149-159, 2015; Solé et al. in Curr Genet 61:299-308, 2015; Ho and Gasch in Curr Genet 61:503-511, 2015; Bevington et al. in EMBO J 35:515-535, 2016; Hilker et al. in Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc 91:1118-1133, 2016). In some cases, organisms can "remember" a previous environmental condition and adapt to that condition more rapidly in the future (Gems and Partridge 2008)...
November 2, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791224/impact-of-protein-nutritional-status-on-plasma-bnp-in-elderly-patients
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S F Chen, Y J Li, H M Song, P Wu, X S Zhang, C L Cui
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated that the levels of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in plasma are negatively correlated with Body Mass Index (BMI) whereas lean body mass is also closely related to plasma BNP. The purpose of this study is to determine the effect of protein nutritional status on plasma BNP in aged patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: The cross-sectional study was applied and the anthropometric measurement and nutritional biochemical test was performed in 1118 elderly inpatients in a stable condition were enrolled in the study (mean age, 75 years; 54% women)...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780795/economic-evaluation-of-text-messaging-and-smartphone-based-interventions-to-improve-medication-adherence-in-adolescents-with-chronic-health-conditions-a-systematic-review
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Sherif M Badawy, Lisa M Kuhns
BACKGROUND: The rate of chronic health conditions (CHCs) in children and adolescents has doubled in the past 20 years, with increased health care costs. Technology-based interventions have demonstrated efficacy to improving medication adherence. However, data to support the cost effectiveness of these interventions are lacking. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to conduct an economic evaluation of text-messaging and smartphone-based interventions that focus on improving medication adherence in adolescents with CHCs...
October 25, 2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756532/association-of-metabolic-syndrome-with-erosive-esophagitis-and-barrett-s-esophagus-in-a-chinese-population
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Shou-Wu Lee, Han-Chung Lien, Chi-Sen Chang, Teng-Yu Lee, Yen-Chun Peng, Hong-Zen Yeh
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome has been highlighted as a risk factor for several gastrointestinal diseases, including gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett's esophagus (BE). The aim of this study was to investigate the association of metabolic syndrome with erosive esophagitis (EE) and BE. METHODS: Data were retrospectively collected from patients who visited the Medical Screening Center at Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan from January 2006 to December 2009...
October 15, 2016: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756040/predictors-of-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-a-systematic-review
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John Rickard, Henry Michtalik, Ritu Sharma, Zackary Berger, Emmanuel Iyoha, Ariel R Green, Nowreen Haq, Karen A Robinson
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have sought to determine variables associated with improved "response" to cardiac resynchronization therapy(CRT). Such variables, however, are often derived from inadequately controlled, single center cohort studies calling external validity into question. We sought to determine predictors of response to CRT-D and CRT-P utilizing the methods of systematic review. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase®, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) from January 1, 1995, as this is the date of first article reporting use of CRT through October 20, 2014...
September 25, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748802/-corrigendum-weighted-gene-co-expression-network-analysis-of-colorectal-cancer-liver-metastasis-genome-sequencing-data-and-screening-of-anti-metastasis-drugs
#17
Bo Gao, Qin Shao, Hani Choudhry, Victoria Marcus, Kung Dong, Jiannis Ragoussis, Zu-Hua Gao
After the publication of the article, the authors noted that the affiliation for Dr Hani Choudhry is wrong. The correct affiliation should be as follows: Bo Gao1, Qin Shao2, Hani Choudhry3, Victoria Marcus2, Kung Dong5, Jiannis Ragoussis4 and Zu-Hua Gao2, 1Department of General Surgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150001, P.R. China; 2Department of Pathology, The Research Institute of McGill University Health Center, Montreal, Québec H4A 3J1, Canada; 3Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Cancer and Mutagenesis Unit, King Fahd Center for Medical Research, Center of Innovation in Personalized Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; 4McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, Montreal, Québec H3B 1S6, Canada; 5Department of Pathology, Beijing Youan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100069, P...
January 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714996/flexible-micro-supercapacitors-using-silk-and-cotton-substrates
#18
Chayanika Das, Kothandam Krishnamoorthy
Flexible micro-supercapacitors are needed to power ultra-small wearable electronic devices. Silk cocoons comprise microfibers of silk, which are an attractive natural resource to fabricate micro-supercapacitors (MSCs). These fibers are insulators, hence, they must be converted to conducting surfaces. Polyphenols from green tea have been used as a protective layer that also acted as a reducing agent to silver ion. The reduction of silver ion resulted in the formation of silver nanoparticles that subsequently reduced gold ions to gold...
October 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27698100/cracking-the-code-of-resistance-across-multiple-lines-of-alk-inhibitor-therapy-in-lung-cancer
#19
Huan Qiao, Christine M Lovly
In the setting of recent exciting clinical results and numerous ongoing trials, Gainor and colleagues explored mechanisms of acquired resistance to first- and second-generation ALK inhibitors in ALK-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer and found that an increased frequency and distinct spectrums of resistance mutations emerged with the more potent second-generation inhibitors. Their findings have important and immediate clinical implications as the resistance mutations detected impart differential sensitivities to available ALK inhibitors, thereby highlighting the need for sequential biopsies with molecular testing to determine the most effective treatment strategy upon disease progression...
October 2016: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696504/green-tea-polyphenols-require-the-mitochondrial-iron-transporter-mitoferrin-for-lifespan-extension-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#20
Terry E Lopez, Hoang M Pham, Benjamin V Nguyen, Yerazik Tahmasian, Shannon Ramsden, Volkan Coskun, Samuel E Schriner, Mahtab Jafari
Green tea has been found to increase the lifespan of various experimental animal models including the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster. High in polyphenolic content, green tea has been shown to reduce oxidative stress in part by its ability to bind free iron, a micronutrient that is both essential for and toxic to all living organisms. Due to green tea's iron-binding properties, we questioned whether green tea acts to increase the lifespan of the fruit fly by modulating iron regulators, specifically, mitoferrin, a mitochondrial iron transporter, and transferrin, found in the hemolymph of flies...
December 2016: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
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