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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319897/dialysis-membrane-enforced-microelectrode-array-measurement-of-diverse-gut-electrical-activity
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Naoko Iwata, Takumi Fujimura, Chiho Takai, Kei Odani, Shin Kawano, Shinsuke Nakayama
A variety of electrical activities occur depending on the functional state in each section of the gut, but the application of microelectrode array (MEA) is rather limited. We thus developed a dialysis membranes-enforced technique to investigate diverse and complex spatio-temporal electrical activity in the gut. Muscle sheets isolated from the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of mice along with a piece of dialysis membrane were woven over and under the strings to fix them to the anchor rig, and mounted on an 8×8 MEA (inter-electrode distance=150µm)...
March 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319561/pediatric-enteric-neuropathies-diagnosis-and-current-management
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Maggie L Westfal, Allan M Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neurointestinal diseases are increasingly recognized as causes of significant gastrointestinal morbidity in children. This review highlights the most common pediatric enteric neuropathies and their diagnosis and management, emphasizing insights and discoveries from the most recent literature available. RECENT FINDINGS: The embryologic and histopathologic causes of enteric neuropathies are varied. They range from congenital aganglionosis in Hirschsprung disease, to autoimmune-mediated loss of neuronal subtypes in esophageal achalasia and Chagas disease, to degenerative neuropathies in some cases of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction and gastroparesis...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318820/sarcoidosis-associated-small-fiber-neuropathy-in-a-large-cohort-clinical-aspects-and-response-to-ivig-and-anti-tnf-alpha-treatment
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Jinny O Tavee, Karen Karwa, Zubair Ahmed, Nicolas Thompson, Joseph Parambil, Daniel A Culver
OBJECTIVE: Small fiber neuropathy commonly affects patients with sarcoidosis and is often refractory to standard immunosuppressive therapies used for systemic disease. The clinical features of sarcoidosis-associated small fiber neuropathy (SSFN) and its response to medical therapy have not been described in a large population. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review of patients with SSFN seen at the Cleveland Clinic over a 4-year period. RESULTS: SSFN was identified in 143 individuals although other causes of neuropathy were found in 28 cases...
March 9, 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318782/role-of-the-microbiome-in-swine-respiratory-disease
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REVIEW
Megan C Niederwerder
Microbiome is a term used to describe the community of microorganisms that live on the skin and mucosal surfaces of animals. The gastrointestinal microbiome is essential for proper nutrition and immunity. How the gastrointestinal microbiome impacts primary respiratory or systemic infections is an emerging area of study. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is caused by a systemic virus infection with primary lung pathology and continues to be the most costly disease of swine worldwide. Recent studies have demonstrated that improved outcome after experimental infection with PRRS virus and porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is associated with increased fecal microbiome diversity and the presence of non-pathogenic Escherichia coli...
March 2, 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318045/diagnosis-of-gastro-oesophageal-reflux-disease-is-enhanced-by-adding-oesophageal-histology-and-excluding-epigastric-pain
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N Vakil, M Vieth, B Wernersson, J Wissmar, J Dent
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in clinical practice is limited by the sensitivity and specificity of symptoms and diagnostic testing. AIM: To determine if adding histology as a criterion and excluding patients with epigastric pain enhances the diagnosis for GERD. METHODS: Patients with frequent upper gastrointestinal symptoms who had not taken a proton pump inhibitor in the previous 2 months and who had evaluable distal oesophageal biopsies were included (Diamond study: NCT00291746)...
March 20, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316967/the-role-of-mucosal-immunity-in-the-pathogenesis-of-necrotizing-enterocolitis
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REVIEW
Zerina Hodzic, Alexa M Bolock, Misty Good
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is the most devastating gastrointestinal disease of prematurity. Although the precise cause is not well understood, the main risk factors thought to contribute to NEC include prematurity, formula feeding, and bacterial colonization. Recent evidence suggests that NEC develops as a consequence of intestinal hyper-responsiveness to microbial ligands upon bacterial colonization in the preterm infant, initiating a cascade of aberrant signaling events, and a robust pro-inflammatory mucosal immune response...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316376/the-role-of-intestinal-alkaline-phosphatase-in-inflammatory-disorders-of-gastrointestinal-tract
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REVIEW
Jan Bilski, Agnieszka Mazur-Bialy, Dagmara Wojcik, Janina Zahradnik-Bilska, Bartosz Brzozowski, Marcin Magierowski, Tomasz Mach, Katarzyna Magierowska, Tomasz Brzozowski
Over the past few years, the role of intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) as a crucial mucosal defence factor essential for maintaining gut homeostasis has been established. IAP is an important apical brush border enzyme expressed throughout the gastrointestinal tract and secreted both into the intestinal lumen and into the bloodstream. IAP exerts its effects through dephosphorylation of proinflammatory molecules including lipopolysaccharide (LPS), flagellin, and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) released from cells during stressful events...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316200/-the-research-progress-of-lgr4-in-the-eye-development-and-related-diseases
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A C Xu, Q Hou
LGR4, also known as GPR48, is a member of the leucine-rich, G protein-coupled receptor family. It is widely expressed in tissues of the reproductive system, urinary system, sensory organs, digestive system, and central nervous system. LGR4 plays an important role in the development of various organs and cancer development and progression by modulating multiple signaling pathways. Recent studies have revealed that LGR4 is related with many kinds of human diseases such as gastrointestinal carcinomas. Eye development is a dynamic process regulated by a number of growth factors and cytokines...
March 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316139/changes-in-body-composition-and-metabolic-profile-during-interleukin-6-inhibition-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Anne Tournadre, Bruno Pereira, Fréderic Dutheil, Charlotte Giraud, Daniel Courteix, Vincent Sapin, Thomas Frayssac, Sylvain Mathieu, Sandrine Malochet-Guinamand, Martin Soubrier
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by increased mortality associated with cardiometabolic disorders including dyslipidaemia, insulin resistance, and cachectic obesity. Tumour necrosis factor inhibitors and interleukin 6 receptor blocker licensed for the treatment of RA decrease inflammation and could thus improve cardiovascular risk, but their effects on body composition and metabolic profile need to be clarified. We investigated the effects of tocilizumab (TCZ), a humanized anti-interleukin 6 receptor antibody, on body composition and metabolic profile in patients treated for RA...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316052/the-gut-microbiome-energy-homeostasis-and-implications-for-hypertension
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REVIEW
Ruth A Riedl, Samantha N Atkinson, Colin M L Burnett, Justin L Grobe, John R Kirby
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The influence of gut bacteria upon host physiology is increasingly recognized, but mechanistic links are lacking. Diseases of energetic imbalance such as obesity and diabetes represent major risk factors for cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension. Thus, here, we review current mechanistic contributions of the gut microbiota to host energetics. RECENT FINDINGS: Gut bacteria generate a multitude of small molecules which can signal to host tissues within and beyond the gastrointestinal tract to influence host physiology, and gut bacteria can also influence host digestive efficiency by altering the bioavailability of polysaccharides, yet the quantitative energetic effects of these processes remain unclear...
April 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315032/novel-indications-for-fecal-microbial-transplantation-update-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Nathaniel Aviv Cohen, Nitsan Maharshak
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) is an established successful treatment modality for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). The safety profile and potential therapeutic advantages of FMT for diseases associated with dysbiosis and immune dysfunction have led to many publications, mainly case series, and while many studies and reviews have been published on the use of FMT for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), its potential use for other disease conditions has not been thoroughly reviewed...
March 17, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314948/motor-and-non-motor-symptoms-in-old-age-onset-parkinson-s-disease-patients
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Marcelo D Mendonça, Tania Lampreia, Rita Miguel, André Caetano, Raquel Barbosa, Paulo Bugalho
Advancing age is a well-known risk factor for Parkinson's disease (PD). With population ageing it is expected that the total number of patients with PD onset at oldage increases. Information on the motor but particularly on non-motor phenotype of this late-onset population is lacking. We recruited 24 patients with PD onset at or over 75 years. Each patient was matched with 1 control patient with PD onset between the ages of 40 and 65 and matched for disease duration. Both groups were assessed with the UPDRS, the Non-motor symptoms scale (NMSS) and other scales to assess non-motor symptoms...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314314/familial-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor-with-germline-kit-mutations-accompanying-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-syndrome
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Yuki Sekido, Seiji Ohigashi, Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Naoki Hayashi, Koyu Suzuki, Seiichi Hirota
BACKGROUND: Familial gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a rare disease with germline mutations in the c-kit gene (KIT) or platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha gene (PDGFRA). We had encountered multiple GISTs in the stomach and small intestine during a screening of ovarian cancer for a woman with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (HBOC) with breast cancer susceptibility gene II (BRCA2) mutations. The aim of this study was to examine this case in detail. CASE REPORT: A 65-year-old woman diagnosed with HBOC harboring BRCA2 mutations was found to have multiple tumors in the stomach and small intestine by abdominal screening...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304303/trends-predictors-and-outcomes-of%C3%A2-healthcare-resources-used-in-patients-hospitalized-with-alzheimer-s-disease-with%C3%A2-at-least-one-procedure-the%C3%A2-nationwide-inpatient-sample
#14
May A Beydoun, Alyssa A Gamaldo, Hind A Beydoun, Danielle Shaked, Alan B Zonderman, Shaker M Eid
We assessed trends, predictors and outcomes of resource utilization in hospital inpatient discharges with a principal diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) with at least one procedure. Using Nationwide Inpatient Sample data (NIS, 2002-2012), discharges primarily diagnosed with AD, aged ≥60 y and with ≥1 procedure, were selected (Weighted N = 92,300). Hospital resource utilization were assessed using ICD-9-CM codes, while hospitalization outcomes included total charges (TC, 2012$), length of stay (LOS, days), and mortality risk (MR, %)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302598/helminths-in-the-gastrointestinal-tract-as-modulators-of-immunity-and-pathology
#15
Fumi Varyani, John O Fleming, Rick M Maizels
Helminth parasites are highly prevalent in many low- and middle-income countries, in which inflammatory bowel disease and other immunopathologies are less frequent than in the developed world. Many of the most common helminths establish in the gastrointestinal tract, and can exert counter-inflammatory influences on the host immune system. For these reasons, interest has arisen in how parasites may ameliorate intestinal inflammation and whether these organisms, or products they release, could offer future therapies for immune disorders...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302451/chronic-idiopathic-urticaria-systemic-complaints-and-their-relationship-with-disease-and-immune-measures
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Judy C Doong, Kris Chichester, Eric T Oliver, Lawrence B Schwartz, Sarbjit S Saini
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)/chronic spontaneous urticaria sometimes report systemic complaints (SCs). OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the frequency and characteristics of SCs among patients with CIU, as well as the association of SCs with disease measures, basophil histamine release, and serum tryptase. METHODS: Adult patients with CIU were recruited from a university allergy clinic. Patients completed a disease symptom survey and underwent blood sampling for subsequent basophil histamine release and serum tryptase measurement...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302009/expression-and-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-of-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-1-in-gastrointestinal-tumours-clinical-involvement
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Sandra María Martín-Guerreroa, Josefa Leóna, Rosa Quiles-Pereza, Laura Belmontee, David Martin-Olivaa, Ángeles Ruiz-Extremeraa, Javier Salmeróna, José Antonio Muñoz-Gámez
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1 (PARP-1) is a nuclear enzyme that plays a critical role in diverse cellular functions, such as DNA damage detection and repair, transcriptional regulation and cell death. Furthermore, PARP-1 has emerged as a key player in the pathogenesis of multiple inflammatory diseases and has become a promising target for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. An increasing body of evidence has linked alterations in the expression levels of PARP-1, enzymatic activity and presence of polymorphism to gastrointestinal malignancies, including oesophageal, gastric, pancreas, liver and colorectal cancers...
March 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302003/liver-transplant-for-nonhepatocellular-carcinoma-malignancy
#18
Nihan Haberal Reyhan
Liver transplant is now an acceptable and effective treatment for specific nonhepatocellular malignancies. Worldwide, hilar cholangiocarcinoma accounts for 3% of all primary gastrointestinal malignancies and for 10% of primary hepatobiliary malignancies. For patients who have early-stage, unresectable cholangiocarcinoma, liver transplant preceded by neoadjuvant radiotherapy can result in tumor-free margins, accomplish a radical resection, and treat the underlying primary sclerosing cholangitis when present...
March 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301853/chronic-mesenteric-ischemia-patient-outcomes-using-open-surgical-revascularization
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Markus U Wagenhäuser, Yvonne K Meyer-Janiszewski, Philip Dueppers, Joshua M Spin, Nikolaos Floros, Hubert Schelzig, Mansur Duran
BACKGROUND: Chronic mesenteric ischemia (CMI) is a rare disease. Open treatment (OT) remains a valuable treatment option. We analyzed patient outcomes after OT and investigated health-related quality of life (HRQoL). METHODS: Data were analyzed retrospectively. The investigation period was from January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2014. We investigated mortality and patency rates using Kaplan-Meier analysis. HRQoL was measured using a 36-item health survey. Various statistical methods were employed...
March 17, 2017: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301778/risk-stratified-versus-non-risk-stratified-diagnostic-testing-for-management-of-suspected-acute-biliary-obstruction-comparative-effectiveness-costs-and-the-role-of-mr-cholangiopancreatography
#20
Stella K Kang, David Hoffman, Bart Ferket, Michelle I Kim, R Scott Braithwaite
Purpose To analyze the cost effectiveness of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) risk stratification guidelines versus magnetic resonance (MR) cholangiopancreatography-based treatment of patients with possible choledocholithiasis. Materials and Methods A decision-analytic model was constructed to compare cost and effectiveness of three diagnostic strategies for gallstone disease with possible choledocholithiasis: noncontrast MR cholangiopancreatography, contrast material-enhanced MR imaging/MR cholangiopancreatography, and ASGE risk stratification guidelines for diagnostic evaluation recommending endoscopy (high risk), MR cholangiopancreatography (intermediate risk), or no test (low risk)...
March 16, 2017: Radiology
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