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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913644/the-impact-of-established-immunoregulatory-networks-on-vaccine-efficacy-and-the-development-of-immunity-to-malaria
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REVIEW
Marcela Montes de Oca, Michael F Good, James S McCarthy, Christian R Engwerda
The development of vaccines to protect against parasites is difficult, in large part due to complex host-parasite interactions that have evolved over millennia. Parasitic factors such as antigenic variation and host factors such as age, transmission intensity, and genetic influences are all thought to contribute to the limited efficacy of parasite vaccines. A developing theme in field studies investigating antiparasitic immunity is the emergence, establishment, and maintenance of immunoregulatory networks that shape the immune responses to new infections, as well as vaccines, thereby influencing disease outcome...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909660/osteochondral-proximal-tibial-and-lateral-meniscal-allograft-transplant
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Guillem Gonzalez-Lomas, Andrew P Dold, Daniel J Kaplan, David J Fralinger, Laith Jazrawi
Knee pain in young, active patients with meniscus-deficient knees and articular cartilage damage can present a challenge to treatment. Meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT) has shown good clinical results as treatment for meniscus deficiency; however, worse outcomes have been observed in patients with significant chondral damage. The development of chondral restorative techniques such as osteochondral allograft transplantation (OCA) has expanded the population of patients who may benefit from MAT. We present a case of proximal tibial osteochondral and lateral meniscal allograft transplant...
October 2016: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906472/long-term-clinical-impact-and-cost-effectiveness-of-obeticholic-acid-for-the-treatment-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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Sumeyye Samur, Matthew Klebanoff, Reiner Banken, Daniel S Pratt, Rick Chapman, Daniel A Ollendorf, Anne M Loos, Kathleen Corey, Chin Hur, Jagpreet Chhatwal
: Primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) is a chronic, progressive autoimmune liver disease that mainly affects middle-aged women. Obeticholic acid (OCA), which was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for PBC treatment, has demonstrated positive effects on biochemical markers of liver function. Our objective was to evaluate the long-term clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of OCA as a second-line treatment for PBC in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) in adults with an inadequate response to UDCA...
November 7, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896711/using-eq-5d-3l-and-oab-5d-to-assess-changes-in-the-health-related-quality-of-life-of-men-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-associated-with-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia
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Zalmai Hakimi, Mike Herdman, Marco Pavesi, Nancy Devlin, Jameel Nazir, Chris Hoyle, Isaac A O Odeyemi
OBJECTIVES: To assess changes in the health status of men with lower urinary tract symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (LUTS/BPH) using the EQ-5D-3L and OAB-5D instruments and to evaluate the sensitivity of the instruments. METHODS: Data were available from a large randomised phase III trial of men with moderate-to-severe storage and voiding LUTS/BPH (NEPTUNE). Men received a fixed-dose combination of solifenacin 6 mg plus oral controlled absorption system (OCAS™) formulation of tamsulosin (TOCAS, 0...
November 28, 2016: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895393/emerging-role-of-obeticholic-acid-in-the-management-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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EDITORIAL
Evangelia Makri, Evangelos Cholongitas, Konstantinos Tziomalos
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the commonest chronic liver disease and its prevalence is increasing driven by the pandemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. NAFLD can progress to cirrhosis and is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease and hepatocellular cancer. Diet and exercise are limited by suboptimal long-term adherence in patients with NAFLD. On the other hand, current pharmacological treatment of NAFLD has limited efficacy and unfavorable safety profile. In this context, obeticholic acid (OCA), a selective agonist of the farnesoid X receptors, might represent a useful option in these patients...
November 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865854/obeticholic-acid-protects-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-acute-liver-injury-and-inflammation
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Da-Gang Zhang, Cheng Zhang, Jun-Xian Wang, Bi-Wei Wang, Hua Wang, Zhi-Hui Zhang, Yuan-Hua Chen, Yan Lu, Li Tao, Jian-Qing Wang, Xi Chen, De-Xiang Xu
The farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor that plays important roles in regulating bile acid homeostasis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of obeticholic acid (OCA), a novel synthetic FXR agonist, carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced acute liver injury. Mice were intraperitoneally injected with CCl4 (0.15ml/kg). In CCl4+OCA group, mice were orally with OCA (5mg/kg) 48, 24 and 1h before CCl4. As expected, hepatic FXR was activated by OCA. Interestingly, OCA pretreatment alleviated CCl4-induced elevation of serum ALT and hepatic necrosis...
November 16, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858399/a-modified-chemical-protocol-of-decellularization-of-rat-sciatic-nerve-and-its-recellularization-with-mesenchimal-differentiated-schwann-like-cells-morphological-and-functional-assessments
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M M García-Pérez, H G Martínez-Rodríguez, G G López-Guerra, A Soto-Domínguez, S L Said-Fernández, R Morales-Avalos, R E Elizondo-Omaña, R Montes-de-Oca-Luna, S Guzmán-López, M L Castillo-Galván, O F Mendoza-Lemus, F Vílchez-Cavazos
The functional reconstruction of large neural defects usually requires the use of peripheral nerve autografts, though these have certain limitations. As a result, interest in new alternatives for autograft development has risen. The acellular peripheral nerve graft is an alternative for peripheral nerve injury repair, but to date there is not a standardized chemical decellularization method widely accepted. The objective of this study was to propose a modified chemical protocol of decellularization of rat sciatic nerve and its recellularization in vitro with mesenchimal differentiated Schwann-like cells...
November 18, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829791/resurrection-of-anolis-ustus-cope-1864-from-synonymy-with-anolis-sericeus-hallowell-1856-squamata-dactyloidae
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José Daniel Lara-Tufiño, Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca, Aurelio Ramírez-Bautista, Levi N Gray
In this study, based on a morphological analysis, the resurrection of the name Anolis ustus Cope 1864, is proposed for populations from the Yucatán Peninsula (Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo, Mexico, and Belize), formerly referred as Anolis sericeus Hallowell, 1856. Anolis ustus differs from Anolis sericeus by its mean snout-vent length and number of gorgetal scales in males, in tibia length and head width in females, and dorsal and ventral scales for both sexes. In addition, Anolis ustus has a small dewlap of similar size between males and females, whereas in Anolis sericeus males have a dewlap much larger than that of the females...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829221/mutation-analysis-of-a-chinese-family-with-oculocutaneous-albinism
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Xiong Wang, Yaowu Zhu, Na Shen, Jing Peng, Chunyu Wang, Haiyi Liu, Yanjun Lu
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is an autosomal recessive disorder characterized by either complete lack of or a reduction in melanin biosynthesis in the skin, hair, and eyes. OCA1, the most common and severe type, is caused by mutations in the tyrosinase (TYR) gene. In this study, we report a Chinese family with two members affected by OCA. Blood samples were collected from all family members. Genomic DNA was isolated from blood leukocytes, and all coding exons and adjacent intronic sequences of the TYR gene were examined for mutation analysis using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based sequencing...
November 4, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825699/implementation-of-a-standardized-electronic-tool-improves-compliance-accuracy-and-efficiency-of-trainee-to-trainee-patient-care-handoffs-after-complex-general-surgical-oncology-procedures
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Callisia N Clarke, Sameer H Patel, Ryan W Day, Sobha George, Colin Sweeney, Georgina Avaloa Monetes De Oca, Mohamed Ait Aiss, Elizabeth G Grubbs, Brian K Bednarski, Jeffery E Lee, Diane C Bodurka, John M Skibber, Thomas A Aloia
BACKGROUND: Duty-hour regulations have increased the frequency of trainee-trainee patient handoffs. Each handoff creates a potential source for communication errors that can lead to near-miss and patient-harm events. We investigated the utility, efficacy, and trainee experience associated with implementation of a novel, standardized, electronic handoff system. METHODS: We conducted a prospective intervention study of trainee-trainee handoffs of inpatients undergoing complex general surgical oncology procedures at a large tertiary institution...
November 5, 2016: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821667/obeticholic-acid-protects-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-fetal-death-and-intrauterine-growth-restriction-through-its-anti-inflammatory-activity
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Yuan-Hua Chen, Xiao-Guang Hu, Yan Zhou, Zhen Yu, Lin Fu, Gui-Bin Zhang, Qing-Li Bo, Hua Wang, Cheng Zhang, De-Xiang Xu
Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is expressed in human and rodent placentas. Nevertheless, its function remains obscure. This study investigated the effects of obeticholic acid (OCA), a novel synthetic FXR agonist, on LPS-induced fetal death and intrauterine growth restriction. All pregnant mice except controls were i.p. injected with LPS (100 μg/kg) daily from gestational day (GD) 15 to GD17. Some pregnant mice were orally administered with OCA (5 mg/kg) daily from GD13 to GD17. As expected, placental FXR signaling was activated by OCA...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816561/corrigendum-to-phylogenomics-and-species-delimitation-in-the-knob-scaled-lizards-of-the-genus-xenosaurus-squamata-xenosauridae-using-ddradseq-data-reveal-a-substantial-underestimation-of-diversity-mol-phylogen-evol-106-2017-241-253
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Adrián Nieto-Montes de Oca, Anthony J Barley, Rubi N Meza-Lázaro, Uri O García-Vázquez, Joan G Zamora-Abrego, Robert C Thomson, Adam D Leaché
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812214/ifnar1-signalling-obstructs-icos-mediated-humoral-immunity-during-non-lethal-blood-stage-plasmodium-infection
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Ismail Sebina, Kylie R James, Megan S F Soon, Lily G Fogg, Shannon E Best, Fabian de Labastida Rivera, Marcela Montes de Oca, Fiona H Amante, Bryce S Thomas, Lynette Beattie, Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes, Mark J Smyth, Paul J Hertzog, Geoffrey R Hill, Andreas Hutloff, Christian R Engwerda, Ashraful Haque
Parasite-specific antibodies protect against blood-stage Plasmodium infection. However, in malaria-endemic regions, it takes many months for naturally-exposed individuals to develop robust humoral immunity. Explanations for this have focused on antigenic variation by Plasmodium, but have considered less whether host production of parasite-specific antibody is sub-optimal. In particular, it is unclear whether host immune factors might limit antibody responses. Here, we explored the effect of Type I Interferon signalling via IFNAR1 on CD4+ T-cell and B-cell responses in two non-lethal murine models of malaria, P...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804232/obeticholic-acid-improves-adipose-morphometry-and-inflammation-and-reduces-steatosis-in-dietary-but-not-metabolic-obesity-in-mice
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Fahrettin Haczeyni, Laurence Poekes, Hans Wang, Auvro R Mridha, Vanessa Barn, W Geoffrey Haigh, George N Ioannou, Matthew M Yeh, Isabelle A Leclercq, Narcissus C Teoh, Geoffrey C Farrell
OBJECTIVE: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the outcome of interactions between overnutrition, energy metabolism, and adipose function. Obeticholic acid (OCA) improves steatosis in patients but for unknown reasons does not resolve NASH pathology. This study therefore investigated OCA effects in Wt mice, which develop obesity with atherogenic dietary feeding, and appetite-dysregulated, Alms1 mutant foz/foz mice fed the same diet, which develop metabolic obesity and diabetes. METHODS: OCA (1 mg/kg) was administered orally to female foz/foz mice and Wt littermates from weaning until 28 weeks...
November 2, 2016: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802373/innate-color-preference-of-zebrafish-and-its-use-in-behavioral-analyses
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Jong-Su Park, Jae-Ho Ryu, Tae-Ik Choi, Young-Ki Bae, Suman Lee, Hae Jin Kang, Cheol-Hee Kim
Although innate color preference of motile organisms may provide clues to behavioral biases, it has remained a longstanding question. In this study, we investigated innate color preference of zebrafish larvae. A cross maze with different color sleeves around each arm was used for the color preference test (R; red, G; green, B; blue, Y; yellow). The findings showed that 5 dpf zebrafish larvae preferred blue over other colors (B > R > G > Y). To study innate color recognition further, tyrosinase mutants were generated using CRISPR/Cas9 system...
October 2016: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793804/osteochondral-allograft-donor-host-matching-by-the-femoral-condyle-radius-of-curvature
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Derek T Bernstein, Craig A O'Neill, Ryan S Kim, Hugh L Jones, Philip C Noble, Joshua D Harris, Patrick C McCulloch
BACKGROUND: Conventional osteochondral allograft (OCA) matching, requiring orthotopic, size-matched condyles, and narrow surgical time windows often prohibit timely transplantation. HYPOTHESIS: The femoral condyle radius of curvature (RoC) is an appropriate, isolated criterion for donor-host matching in fresh OCAs, potentially enhancing matching efficiency when compared with conventional matching techniques. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study...
October 28, 2016: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776349/genetic-profiling-of-a-rare-condition-co-occurrence-of-albinism-and-multiple-primary-melanoma-in-a-caucasian-family
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Simona De Summa, Michele Guida, Stefania Tommasi, Sabino Strippoli, Cristina Pellegrini, Maria Concetta Fargnoli, Brunella Pilato, Iole Natalicchio, Gabriella Guida, Rosamaria Pinto
Multiple primary melanoma (MPM) is a rare condition, whose genetic basis has not yet been clarified. Only 8-12% of MPM are due to germline mutations of CDKN2A. However, other genes (POT1, BRCA1/2, MC1R, MGMT) have been demonstrated to be involved in predisposition to this pathology.To our knowledge, this is the first family study based on two siblings with the rare coexistence of MPM and oculocutaneous albinism (OCA), an autosomal recessive disease characterized by the absence or decrease in pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775091/one-step-solvothermal-deposition-of-zno-nanorod-arrays-on-a-wood-surface-for-robust-superamphiphobic-performance-and-superior-ultraviolet-resistance
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Qiufang Yao, Chao Wang, Bitao Fan, Hanwei Wang, Qingfeng Sun, Chunde Jin, Hong Zhang
In the present paper, uniformly large-scale wurtzite-structured ZnO nanorod arrays (ZNAs) were deposited onto a wood surface through a one-step solvothermal method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetry (TG), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). ZNAs with a diameter of approximately 85 nm and a length of approximately 1...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743502/modeling-and-experimental-studies-of-obeticholic-acid-exposure-and-the-impact-of-cirrhosis-stage
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J E Edwards, C LaCerte, T Peyret, N H Gosselin, J F Marier, A F Hofmann, D Shapiro
Obeticholic acid (OCA), a semisynthetic bile acid, is a selective and potent farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist in development for the treatment of chronic nonviral liver diseases. Physiologic pharmacokinetic models have been previously used to describe the absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion (ADME) of bile acids. OCA plasma levels were measured in healthy volunteers and cirrhotic subjects. A physiologic pharmacokinetic model was developed to quantitatively describe the ADME of OCA in patients with and without hepatic impairment...
December 2016: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734839/clinical-evaluation-and-molecular-screening-of-a-large-consecutive-series-of-albino-patients
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Lucia Mauri, Emanuela Manfredini, Alessandra Del Longo, Emanuela Veniani, Manuela Scarcello, Roberta Terrana, Adriano Egidio Radaelli, Donata Calò, Giuseppe Mingoia, Antonella Rossetti, Giovanni Marsico, Marco Mazza, Giovanni Pietro Gesu, Maria Cristina Patrosso, Silvana Penco, Elena Piozzi, Paola Primignani
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is characterized by hypopigmentation of the skin, hair and eye, and by ophthalmologic abnormalities caused by a deficiency in melanin biosynthesis. In this study we recruited 321 albino patients and screened them for the genes known to cause oculocutaneous albinism (OCA1-4 and OCA6) and ocular albinism (OA1). Our purpose was to detect mutations and genetic frequencies of the main causative genes, offering to albino patients an exhaustive diagnostic assessment within a multidisciplinary approach including ophthalmological, dermatological, audiological and genetic evaluations...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
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