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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643952/asn194lys-mutation-in-rvg29-peptide-increases-gfp-transgene-delivery-by-endocytosis-to-neuroblastoma-and-astrocyte-cells
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Sheila Adela Villa-Cedillo, Humberto Rodríguez-Rocha, Laura Mireya Zavala-Flores, Roberto Montes-de-Oca-Luna, Aracely García-García, Maria de Jesus Loera-Arias, Odila Saucedo-Cárdenas
OBJECTIVES: A cell-penetrating peptide-based delivery system could target specific types of cells for therapeutic genes delivery. To increase the gene delivery efficiency into neuronal phenotype cells, we introduced an Asn194Lys mutation to RVG29 peptide derived from rabies virus glycoprotein and added a nuclear localization signal to enhance its nuclear import. METHODS: Mutant RVG or wild-type RVG peptide, a karyophilic peptide (KP) and a plasmid encoding green fluorescent protein (pGL) were bound by electrostatic charges to form four different kinds of RVG complexes...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642199/chemical-profile-and-anti-leishmanial-activity-of-three-ecuadorian-propolis-samples-from-quito-guayaquil-and-cotacachi-regions
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Osmany Cuesta-Rubio, Mercedes Campo Fernández, Ingrid Márquez Hernández, Carmita Gladys Jaramillo Jaramillo, Victor Hugo González, Rodny Montes De Oca Porto, David Marrero Delange, Lianet Monzote Fidalgo, Anna Lisa Piccinelli, Luca Campone, Luca Rastrelli
Three propolis samples were collected from different regions of Ecuador (Quito, Guayaquil and Cotacachi) and their methanolic extracts were prepared. Preliminary information supplied by TLC and NMR data, allowed us to define two main types of propolis: Cotacachi propoli sample (CPS), rich in flavonoids and Quito and Guayaquil samples (QPS and GPS) containing triterpenic alcohols and acetyl triterpenes as the main constituents. Two different approaches based on RP-HPLC preparative procedure and NMR structural determination (CPS) and GC-MS analysis (QPS and GPS) were successfully used for the chemical characterization of their major compounds...
June 19, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640588/calcitonin-loaded-thermosensitive-hydrogel-for-long-term-anti-osteopenia-therapy
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Yanpeng Liu, Xiaobin Chen, Sheyu Li, Qiang Guo, Jing Xie, Lin Yu, Xinyuan Xu, Chunmei Ding, Jianshu Li, Jiandong Ding
Effective anti-osteopenia therapy can be achieved by designing long-term protein/peptide drug delivery systems for bone trabecula restoration. Here we show that a complex of salmon calcitonin and oxidized calcium alginate (sCT-OCA) was prepared and loaded into a thermosensitive copolymer hydrogel for long-term anti-osteopenia treatment. The triblock copolymer, poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) exhibited sol-gel transition at body temperature...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640401/two-stage-approach-for-risk-estimation-of-fetal-trisomy-21-and-other-aneuploidies-using-computational-intelligence-systems
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A C Neocleous, A Syngelaki, K H Nicolaides, C N Schizas
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the risk for fetal trisomy 21 (T21) and other chromosomal abnormalities at 11-13 week's gestation using computational intelligence classification methods. METHODS: As a first step, we train the artificial neural networks with 72054 euploid pregnancies, 295 cases of T21 and 305 of other chromosomal abnormalities (OCA). Then, we sort the cases into two categories of "no-risk" and "risk". The cases of "no-risk" are no further examined, while the cases with "risk" are forwarded in Stage 2 for further examination where we classify them in three types of risk, namely "no-risk", "moderate-risk" and "high-risk"...
June 22, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632455/joint-preservation-techniques-in-orthopaedic-surgery
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Philip J York, Frank B Wydra, Matthew E Belton, Armando F Vidal
CONTEXT: With increasing life expectancy, there is growing demand for preservation of native articular cartilage to delay joint arthroplasties, especially in younger, active patients. Damage to the hyaline cartilage of a joint has a limited intrinsic capacity to heal. This can lead to accelerated degeneration of the joint and early-onset osteoarthritis. Treatment in the past was limited, however, and surgical treatment options continue to evolve that may allow restoration of the natural biology of the articular cartilage...
June 1, 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629449/delineating-the-genetic-heterogeneity-of-oca-in-hungarian-patients
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Beáta Fábos, Katalin Farkas, Lola Tóth, Adrienn Sulák, Kornélia Tripolszki, Mariann Tihanyi, Réka Németh, Krisztina Vas, Zsanett Csoma, Lajos Kemény, Márta Széll, Nikoletta Nagy
BACKGROUND: Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is a clinically and genetically heterogenic group of pigmentation abnormalities characterized by variable hair, skin, and ocular hypopigmentation. Six known genes and a locus on human chromosome 4q24 have been implicated in the etiology of isolated OCA forms (OCA 1-7). METHODS: The most frequent OCA types among Caucasians are OCA1, OCA2, and OCA4. We aimed to investigate genes responsible for the development of these OCA forms in Hungarian OCA patients (n = 13)...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618872/outcomes-of-patellofemoral-osteochondral-lesions-treated-with-structural-grafts-in-patients-older-than-40-years
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Ryan M Degen, Nathan W Coleman, Danielle Tetreault, Brenda Chang, Greg T Mahony, Christopher L Camp, Shawn G Anthony, Riley J Williams
Background Chondral lesions in the patellofemoral compartment represent a difficult entity to treat among active patients, with no clear consensus on the optimal treatment strategy. The purpose of this study was to review the functional outcomes of patients >40 years old with primary patellofemoral osteochondral lesions who underwent a cartilage restoration procedure with a structural graft. Methods Following institutional review board approval, 35 patients >40 years treated for patellofemoral chondral or osteochondral injuries were retrospectively identified...
July 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609907/morphology-variation-of-lutzomyia-cruciata-eggs-diptera-psychodidae-phlebotominae-in-southern-mexico
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Ana Celia Montes DE Oca-Aguilar, Oscar Mikery-Pacheco, Alfredo Castillo, Eduardo A Rebollar-Téllez, Peter M Piermarini, Sergio Ibáñez-Bernal
The sand fly Lutzomyia cruciata has been associated with the transmission of Leishmania mexicana to humans in Mexico. This species has a wide distribution in Mexico occupying different microhabitats and environments. In this work comparisons of the egg exochorion of Lu. cruciata from different physiographic areas are presented. Study sites are from different states of southern Mexico. Exochorion analysis was carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results show differences in the exochorionic pattern among samples from Veracruz (AVER), Yucatán (HOYU) and Chiapas (TACH)...
May 2, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590285/updates-in-biometry
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Rodrigo Guimarães de Souza, Ildamaris Montes de Oca, Isi Esquenazi, Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, Mitchell P Weikert
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: International Ophthalmology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572564/plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells-appear-inactive-during-sub-microscopic-plasmodium-falciparum-blood-stage-infection-yet-retain-their-ability-to-respond-to-tlr-stimulation
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Jessica R Loughland, Gabriela Minigo, Derek S Sarovich, Matt Field, Peta E Tipping, Marcela Montes de Oca, Kim A Piera, Fiona H Amante, Bridget E Barber, Matthew J Grigg, Timothy William, Michael F Good, Denise L Doolan, Christian R Engwerda, Nicholas M Anstey, James S McCarthy, Tonia Woodberry
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDC) are activators of innate and adaptive immune responses that express HLA-DR, toll-like receptor (TLR) 7, TLR9 and produce type I interferons. The role of human pDC in malaria remains poorly characterised. pDC activation and cytokine production were assessed in 59 malaria-naive volunteers during experimental infection with 150 or 1,800 P. falciparum-parasitized red blood cells. Using RNA sequencing, longitudinal changes in pDC gene expression were examined in five adults before and at peak-infection...
June 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560290/farnesoid-x-receptor-agonist-treatment-alters-bile-acid-metabolism-but%C3%A2-exacerbates-liver-damage-in-a-piglet-model-of-short-bowel%C3%A2-syndrome
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Prue M Pereira-Fantini, Susan Lapthorne, Cormac G M Gahan, Susan A Joyce, Jenny Charles, Peter J Fuller, Julie E Bines
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Options for the prevention of short-bowel syndrome-associated liver disease (SBS-ALDs) are limited and often ineffective. The farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a newly emerging pharmaceutical target and FXR agonists have been shown to ameliorate cholestasis and metabolic disorders. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of obeticholic acid (OCA) treatment in preventing SBS-ALDs. METHODS: Piglets underwent 75% small-bowel resection (SBS) or sham surgery (sham) and were assigned to either a daily dose of OCA (2...
July 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559464/smoke-biomass-exposure-and-copd-risk-in-the-primary-care-setting-the-puma-study
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Maria Montes de Oca, Gustavo Zabert, Dolores Moreno, Maria E Laucho-Contreras, Maria Victorina Lopez Varela, Filip Surmont
BACKGROUND: The evidence indicates that risk factors other than smoking are important in the development of COPD. It has been postulated that less traditional risk factors (eg, exposure to coal and/or biomass smoke) may interact with smoking to further increase COPD risk. This analysis evaluated the effect of exposure to biomass and smoking on COPD risk in a primary care setting in Latin America. METHODS: Subjects attending routine primary care visits, ≥40 y old, who were current or former smokers or were exposed to biomass smoke, completed a questionnaire and performed spirometry...
May 30, 2017: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555311/occipitocervical-inclination-new-radiographic-parameter-of-neutral-occipitocervical-position
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Seong-Dae Yoon, Chang-Hwa Lee, Jiwoon Lee, Ji-Yeon Choi, Woo-Kie Min
PURPOSE: To describe occipitocervical inclination (OCI), a new parameter that could compensate for defects in existing radiographic parameters, and to define occipitocervical neutral position. METHODS: Neutral, flexion, and extension lateral cervical spine radiographs of 200 patients (100 male and 100 female patients) judged to be normal were analyzed. The mean age was 45.19 years (range 11-74; 42.84 for male and 47.53 for female patients). For OCI, the angle formed by the line connecting the posterior border of the C4 vertebral body and McGregor's line was measured...
May 29, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553101/the-platino-study-description-of-the-distribution-stability-and-mortality-according-to-the-global-initiative-for-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-classification-from-2007-to-2017
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Ana M Menezes, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Rogelio Perez-Padilla, Karynna P Viana, Claudia Soares, Hana Müllerova, Gonzalo Valdivia, José R Jardim, Maria Montes de Oca
BACKGROUND: The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) report provides a framework for classifying COPD reflecting the impacts of disease on patients and for targeting treatment recommendations. The GOLD 2017 introduced a new classification with 16 subgroups based on a composite of spirometry and symptoms/exacerbations. METHODS: Data from the population-based PLATINO study, collected at baseline and at follow-up, in three sites in Latin America were analyzed to compare the following: 1) the distribution of COPD patients according to GOLD 2007, 2013, and 2017; 2) the stability of the 2007 and 2013 classifications; and 3) the mortality rate over time stratified by GOLD 2007, 2013, and 2017...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537355/safety-and-cost-effectiveness-in-thyroidectomy-using-the-harmonic-scalpel-compared-to-traditional-hemostasis-a-controlled-clinical-assay
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Erich O P Basurto-Kuba, Maybelline Robles-Estrada, Luis Mauricio Hurtado-López, Edgar D Montes E Oca-Duran, Carlos Campos-Castillo, Felipe Rafael Zaldivar-Ramirez, Abraham Pulido-Cejudo
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this clinical control trial is to analyze the cost-effectiveness and to understand the efficacy of the HARMONIC FOCUS®+ (Ethicon Inc., Somerville, New Jersey) scalpel as the only system to cut and coagulate in thyroidectomy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundered patients of the thyroid clinic of the Mexico City General Hospital were included. All patients underwent surgery and were divided into two randomized groups. In Group 1, the HARMONIC scalpel was the only device used for cut and coagulate (50 patients), and in Group 2 clamp, tie, and electrocautery (50 patients) were used...
May 24, 2017: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536529/activation-of-sirt1-fxr-signaling-pathway-attenuates-triptolide-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-rats
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Jing Yang, Lixin Sun, Lu Wang, Hozeifa M Hassan, Xuan Wang, Phillip B Hylemon, Tao Wang, Huiping Zhou, Luyong Zhang, Zhenzhou Jiang
Triptolide (TP), a diterpenoid isolated from Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F, has an excellent pharmacological profile of immunosuppression and anti-tumor activities, but its clinical applications are severely restricted due to its severe and cumulative toxicities. The farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is the master bile acid nuclear receptor and plays an important role in maintaining hepatic metabolism homeostasis. Hepatic Sirtuin (Sirt1) is a key regulator of the FXR signaling pathway and hepatic metabolism homeostasis...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530850/fresh-osteochondral-allograft-transplantation-is-graft-storage-time-associated-with-clinical-outcomes-and-graft-survivorship
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Kenneth J Schmidt, Luís E Tírico, Julie C McCauley, William D Bugbee
BACKGROUND: Regulatory concerns and the popularity of fresh osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation have led to a need for prolonged viable storage of osteochondral grafts. Tissue culture media allow a longer storage time but lead to chondrocyte death within the tissue. The long-term clinical consequence of prolonged storage is unknown. HYPOTHESIS: Patients transplanted with OCAs with a shorter storage time would have lower failure rates and better clinical outcomes than those transplanted with OCAs with prolonged storage...
May 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530120/osteochondral-allograft-transplantation-and-opening-wedge-tibial-osteotomy-clinical-results-of-a-combined-single-procedure
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Albert C Hsu, Luis E P Tirico, Abraham G Lin, Pamela A Pulido, William D Bugbee
Objective To evaluate the outcome of patients who have undergone simultaneous osteotomy and osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation. Our hypothesis is that use of high tibial osteotomy and fresh OCA in a combined procedure is safe and effective without increasing morbidity in comparison to OCA alone. Design A case series of 17 patients underwent tibial osteotomy and simultaneous OCA during a single surgery. Osteotomy was indicated when axial alignment was within the affected compartment. Patients had a minimum of 2 years of follow-up after surgery...
May 1, 2017: Cartilage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529279/comparing-the-occlusal-contact-area-of-individual-teeth-during-low-level-clenching
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Hideta Nishimori, Takashi Iida, Hirona Kamiyama, Yoshihiro Komoda, Ryoko Obara, Takashi Uchida, Misao Kawara, Osamu Komiyama
The aim of this study was to investigate the occlusal contact area (OCA) in individual teeth during low-level tooth clenching in 24 healthy participants. Before measurements were made, the 100% maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) was determined. At baseline, all subjects were instructed to close their mouth and touch the opposing teeth with minimal force. Occlusal contact was recorded during three jaw motor tasks (baseline, 20% MVC, and 40% MVC) using a blue silicone material. OCA thickness was determined from images and defined on five levels: level 1 (0-149 µm), level 2 (0-89 µm), level 3 (0-49 µm), level 4 (0-29 µm), and level 5 (0-4 µm)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Oral Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525403/genetic-diseases-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-skin-cancer-development-in-childhood
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Alexander L Fogel, Kavita Y Sarin, Joyce M C Teng
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Childhood skin cancers are relatively rare and may indicate an underlying genetic disorder. The increasing elucidation of genetic pathways is changing the diagnosis and management of genetic skin cancer susceptibility syndromes. In this review, we provide an overview of genetic conditions that predispose to skin cancer development in childhood and signs that providers should assess when evaluating affected individuals. RECENT FINDINGS: In basal cell nevus syndrome (BCNS), the patched2 (PTCH2) and suppressor of fused (SUFU) genes have been implicated in disease pathogenesis...
May 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
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