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Maris S Arcilla, Jarne M van Hattem, Manon R Haverkate, Martin C J Bootsma, Perry J J van Genderen, Abraham Goorhuis, Martin P Grobusch, Astrid M Oude Lashof, Nicky Molhoek, Constance Schultsz, Ellen E Stobberingh, Henri A Verbrugh, Menno D de Jong, Damian C Melles, John Penders
BACKGROUND: International travel contributes to the dissemination of antimicrobial resistance. We investigated the acquisition of extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) during international travel, with a focus on predictive factors for acquisition, duration of colonisation, and probability of onward transmission. METHODS: Within the prospective, multicentre COMBAT study, 2001 Dutch travellers and 215 non-travelling household members were enrolled...
October 14, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Wolfgang Kuchinke, Christian Krauth, René Bergmann, Töresin Karakoyun, Astrid Woollard, Irene Schluender, Benjamin Braasch, Martin Eckert, Christian Ohmann
BACKGROUND: In an unprecedented rate data in the life sciences is generated and stored in many different databases. An ever increasing part of this data is human health data and therefore falls under data protected by legal regulations. As part of the BioMedBridges project, which created infrastructures that connect more than 10 ESFRI research infrastructures (RI), the legal and ethical prerequisites of data sharing were examined employing a novel and pragmatic approach. METHODS: We employed concepts from computer science to create legal requirement clusters that enable legal interoperability between databases for the areas of data protection, data security, Intellectual Property (IP) and security of biosample data...
July 7, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Astrid Duque-Ramos, Manuel Quesada-Martínez, Miguela Iniesta-Moreno, Jesualdo Tomás Fernández-Breis, Robert Stevens
BACKGROUND: The biomedical community has now developed a significant number of ontologies. The curation of biomedical ontologies is a complex task and biomedical ontologies evolve rapidly, so new versions are regularly and frequently published in ontology repositories. This has the implication of there being a high number of ontology versions over a short time span. Given this level of activity, ontology designers need to be supported in the effective management of the evolution of biomedical ontologies as the different changes may affect the engineering and quality of the ontology...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
Aris Koryllos, Astrid Althaus, Marcel Poels, Robin Joppich, Rolf Lefering, Frank Wappler, Wolfram Windisch, Corinna Ludwig, Erich Stoelben
BACKGROUND: Thoracotomy leads to chronic neuropathic pain in up to 50% of patients and is responsible for an impaired quality of life. Intercostal nerve injury has been suggested to be responsible for this pain. In the present study the impact of paravertebral intercostal neurectomy on post thoracotomy pain was assessed. METHODS: In this single center parallel-group randomized controlled trial patients underwent muscle sparing anterolateral thoracotomy and anatomical lung resection for lung cancer...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Didrik Hjertaker Grevskott, Cecilie Smith Svanevik, Astrid Louise Wester, Bjørn Tore Lunestad
Continuous European Union programmes with specified methods for enumeration of Escherichia coli in bivalves for human consumption are currently running. The objective of this research was to examine the species accuracy of the five times three tube Most Probable Number (MPN) EU reference method used for detection of E. coli in marine bivalves. Among 549 samples of bivalves harvested from Norwegian localities during 2014 and 2015, a total number of 200 bacterial isolates were prepared from randomly selected culture-positive bivalves...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Damien Benis, Olivier David, Brigitte Piallat, Astrid Kibleur, Laurent Goetz, Manik Bhattacharjee, Valérie Fraix, Eric Seigneuret, Paul Krack, Stéphan Chabardès, Julien Bastin
The subthalamic nucleus (STN) plays a critical role during action inhibition, perhaps by acting like a fast brake on the motor system when inappropriate responses have to be rapidly suppressed. However, the mechanisms involving the STN during motor inhibition are still unclear, particularly because of a relative lack of single-cell responses reported in this structure in humans. In this study, we used extracellular microelectrode recordings during deep brain stimulation surgery in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) to study STN neurophysiological correlates of inhibitory control during a stop signal task...
September 21, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
Bart B L Groen, Astrid M Horstman, Henrike M Hamer, Michiel de Haan, Janneau van Kranenburg, Jörgen Bierau, Martijn Poeze, Will K W H Wodzig, Blake B Rasmussen, Luc J C van Loon
CONTEXT: Skeletal muscle protein synthesis is highly responsive to food intake. It has been suggested that the post-prandial increase in circulating insulin modulates the muscle protein synthetic response to feeding. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether a greater post-prandial rise in circulating insulin level increases amino acid uptake in muscle and augments post-prandial muscle protein synthesis rates. PARTICIPANTS: and design. 48 healthy young (age 22±1 y; BMI 22...
July 19, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Astrid Kibleur, Mircea Polosan, Pauline Favre, David Rudrauf, Thierry Bougerol, Stéphan Chabardès, Olivier David
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subgenual cingulate gyrus (area CG25) is beneficial in treatment resistant depression. Though the mechanisms of action of Cg25 DBS remain largely unknown, it is commonly believed that Cg25 DBS modulates limbic activity of large networks to achieve thymic regulation of patients. To investigate how emotional attention is influenced by Cg25 DBS, we assessed behavioral and electroencephalographic (EEG) responses to an emotional Stroop task in 5 patients during ON and OFF stimulation conditions...
October 12, 2016: NeuroImage
Anna-Theresa Lülf, Astrid Freudenstein, Lisa Marr, Gerd Sutter, Asisa Volz
In cell culture infections with vaccinia virus the number of counted virus particles is substantially higher than the number of plaques obtained by titration. We found that standard vaccine preparations of recombinant Modified Vaccinia virus Ankara produce only about 20-30% plaque-forming virions in fully permissive cell cultures. To evaluate the biological activity of the non-plaque-forming particles, we generated recombinant viruses expressing fluorescent reporter proteins under transcriptional control of specific viral early and late promoters...
October 11, 2016: Virology
Rutger Bennet, Margareta Eriksson
AIM: This study described the epidemiology and clinical features of childhood tuberculosis (TB) in Stockholm over a 45-year period, when there was a resurge of tuberculosis concomitant with increased immigration. METHODS: We describe 220 children up to the age of 16 years with active TB, seen at the Astrid Lindgren Children's Hospital from 1971-2015. The study period was divided into three 15-year periods. RESULTS: Cases increased from 10 children in 1971-1985 to 76 in 1986-2000 and 134 in 2001-2015, with overall incidence increasing from <1 to four per 100,000...
October 14, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Julie Bonigen, Christine Raynaud-Donzel, José Hureaux, Nora Kramkimel, Astrid Blom, Géraldine Jeudy, Anne-Laure Breton, Thomas Hubiche, Christophe Bedane, Delphine Legoupil, Anne Pham-Ledard, Julie Charles, Maurice Pérol, Emilie Gérard, Patrick Combemale, Daphné Bonnet, Michèle-Léa Sigal, Emmanuel Mahé
Nivolumab (Opdivo(®) ), pembrolizumab (Keytruda(®) ), atezolizumab, and pidilizumabab are anti-PD1 monoclonal antibodies. Nivolumab is licensed in advanced melanoma and second-line therapy of advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. When activated, the programmed cell death (PD)-1 is implicated in the inhibition of the immune system. Anti-PD1 removes this inhibition and allows the immune system to control tumour cell progression.(1-4) Immune-mediated toxicity of this treatment have been reported, either organ-specific toxicities - i...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Ivan Kourtchev, Chiara Giorio, Antti Manninen, Eoin Wilson, Brendan Mahon, Juho Aalto, Maija Kajos, Dean Venables, Taina Ruuskanen, Janne Levula, Matti Loponen, Sarah Connors, Neil Harris, Defeng Zhao, Astrid Kiendler-Scharr, Thomas Mentel, Yinon Rudich, Mattias Hallquist, Jean-Francois Doussin, Willy Maenhaut, Jaana Bäck, Tuukka Petäjä, John Wenger, Markku Kulmala, Markus Kalberer
Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) accounts for a dominant fraction of the submicron atmospheric particle mass, but knowledge of the formation, composition and climate effects of SOA is incomplete and limits our understanding of overall aerosol effects in the atmosphere. Organic oligomers were discovered as dominant components in SOA over a decade ago in laboratory experiments and have since been proposed to play a dominant role in many aerosol processes. However, it remains unclear whether oligomers are relevant under ambient atmospheric conditions because they are often not clearly observed in field samples...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sofia Semitsoglou-Tsiapou, Astrid Mous, Michael R Templeton, Nigel J D Graham, Lucía Hernández Leal, Joop C Kruithof
The role of natural organic matter (NOM) on nitrite formation from nitrate photolysis by low pressure ultraviolet lamp (LP-UV) photolysis and LP-UV/H2O2 treatment was investigated. Nitrate levels up to the WHO guideline maximum of 50 mg NO3(-)/L were used in tests. The presence of 4 mg/L Suwannee River natural organic matter (NOM) led to increased nitrite yields compared to NOM-free controls. This was caused partly by NOM scavenging of OH radicals, preserving the produced NO2(-) as well as the ONOO(-) that leads to NO2(-) formation, but also via the production of radical species ((1)O2, O2- and OH) by the photolysis of NOM...
October 3, 2016: Water Research
Tadeusz Robak, Krzysztof Warzocha, K Govind Babu, Yaroslav Kulyaba, Kazimierz Kuliczkowski, Kudrat Abdulkadyrov, Javier Loscertales, Iryna Kryachok, Janusz Kłoczko, Grygoriy Rekhtman, Wojciech Homenda, Jerzy Z Błoński, Astrid McKeown, Michele M Gorczyca, Jodi L Carey, Chai-Ni Chang, Steen Lisby, Ira V Gupta, Sebastian Grosicki
: In this multicenter, open-label, phase III study, patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) were randomized (1:1) to receive ofatumumab plus fludarabine and cyclophosphamide (OFA + FC) or FC alone; the primary endpoint being progression-free survival (PFS) assessed by an independent review committee (IRC). Between March 2009 and January 2012, 365 patients were randomized (OFA + FC: n = 183; FC: n = 182). Median IRC-assessed PFS was 28.9 months with OFA + FC versus 18...
October 12, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Ann Cathrine Kroksveen, Astrid Guldbrandsen, Marc Vaudel, Ragnhild Reehorst Lereim, Harald Barsnes, Kjell-Morten Myhr, Øyvind Torkildsen, Frode S Berven
In the current study, we conducted a quantitative in-depth proteome and deglycoproteome analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and neurological controls using mass spectrometry and pathway analysis. More than 2000 proteins and 1700 deglycopeptides were quantified, with 484 proteins and 180 deglycopeptides significantly changed between pools of RRMS and pools of controls. Approximately 300 of the significantly changed proteins were assigned to various biological processes, including inflammation, extracellular matrix organization, cell adhesion, immune response and neuron development...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Susanne Mühlich, Margot Rehm, Astrid Ebenau, Margarete Goppelt-Struebe
Changes in cell morphology that involve alterations of the actin cytoskeleton are a hallmark of diseased renal tubular epithelial cells. While the impact of actin remodeling on gene expression has been analyzed in many model systems based on cell lines, this study investigated human primary tubular epithelial cells isolated from healthy parts of tumor nephrectomies. Latrunculin B (LatB) and cytochalasin D (CytoD) were used to modulate G-actin levels in a receptor-independent manner. Both compounds (at 0.5μM) profoundly altered F-actin structures in a Rho kinase-dependent manner, but only CytoD strongly induced the pro-fibrotic factor CTGF (connective tissue growth factor)...
October 6, 2016: Cellular Signalling
Héctor Gómez-Dantés, Nancy Fullman, Héctor Lamadrid-Figueroa, Lucero Cahuana-Hurtado, Blair Darney, Leticia Avila-Burgos, Ricardo Correa-Rotter, Juan A Rivera, Simon Barquera, Eduardo González-Pier, Tania Aburto-Soto, Elga Filipa Amorin de Castro, Tonatiuh Barrientos-Gutiérrez, Ana C Basto-Abreu, Carolina Batis, Guilherme Borges, Ismael Campos-Nonato, Julio C Campuzano-Rincón, Alejandra de Jesús Cantoral-Preciado, Alejandra G Contreras-Manzano, Lucia Cuevas-Nasu, Vanessa V de la Cruz-Gongora, Jose L Diaz-Ortega, María de Lourdes García-García, Armando Garcia-Guerra, Teresita González de Cossío, Luz D González-Castell, Ileana Heredia-Pi, Marta C Hijar-Medina, Alejandra Jauregui, Aida Jimenez-Corona, Nancy Lopez-Olmedo, Carlos Magis-Rodríguez, Catalina Medina-Garcia, Maria E Medina-Mora, Fabiola Mejia-Rodriguez, Julio C Montañez, Pablo Montero, Alejandra Montoya, Grea L Moreno-Banda, Andrea Pedroza-Tobías, Rogelio Pérez-Padilla, Amado D Quezada, Vesta L Richardson-López-Collada, Horacio Riojas-Rodríguez, Maria J Ríos Blancas, Christian Razo-Garcia, Martha P Romero Mendoza, Tania G Sánchez-Pimienta, Luz M Sánchez-Romero, Astrid Schilmann, Edson Servan-Mori, Teresa Shamah-Levy, Martha M Téllez-Rojo, José L Texcalac-Sangrador, Haidong Wang, Theo Vos, Mohammad H Forouzanfar, Mohsen Naghavi, Alan D Lopez, Christopher J L Murray, Rafael Lozano
BACKGROUND: Child and maternal health outcomes have notably improved in Mexico since 1990, whereas rising adult mortality rates defy traditional epidemiological transition models in which decreased death rates occur across all ages. These trends suggest Mexico is experiencing a more complex, dissonant health transition than historically observed. Enduring inequalities between states further emphasise the need for more detailed health assessments over time. The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2013 (GBD 2013) provides the comprehensive, comparable framework through which such national and subnational analyses can occur...
October 5, 2016: Lancet
Adrian Meule, Astrid Müller, Ashley N Gearhardt, Jens Blechert
The Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) measures addiction-like eating of palatable foods based on the seven diagnostic criteria for substance dependence in the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). Most recently, a new version of the YFAS has been developed based on the revised eleven diagnostic criteria for substance use disorder in DSM-5. This YFAS 2.0 was translated into German and used among other measures in a study with 455 university students (89% female) and in a study with 138 obese patients presenting for bariatric surgery (78% female)...
October 4, 2016: Appetite
Astrid Baljé, Anja Greeven, Anne van Giezen, Kees Korrelboom, Arnoud Arntz, Philip Spinhoven
BACKGROUND: Social anxiety disorder (SAD) with comorbid avoidant personality disorder (APD) has a high prevalence and is associated with serious psychosocial problems and high societal costs. When patients suffer from both SAD and APD, the Dutch multidisciplinary guidelines for personality disorders advise offering prolonged cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Recently there is increasing evidence for the effectiveness of schema therapy (ST) for personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder and cluster C personality disorders...
October 8, 2016: Trials
Matthias Heringlake, Efstratios I Charitos, Kira Erber, Astrid Ellen Berggreen, Hermann Heinze, Hauke Paarmann
BACKGROUND: Growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15) is an emerging humoral marker for risk stratification in cardiovascular disease. Cardiac-surgery-associated acute kidney injury (CSA-AKI), an important complication in patients undergoing cardiac surgery, is associated with poor prognosis. The present secondary analysis of an observational cohort study aimed to determine the role of GDF-15 in predicting CSA-AKI compared with the Cleveland-Clinic Acute Renal Failure (CC-ARF) score and a logistic regression model including variables associated with renal dysfunction...
October 8, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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