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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550816/designing-an-hcv-vaccine-a-unique-convergence-of-prevention-and-therapy
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REVIEW
Christopher M Walker
Direct acting antivirals can cure chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection but whether they will reduce global liver disease burden is uncertain. Most chronic infections are undiagnosed and transmission has increased in recent years. The first trial of a preventive vaccine is now underway in humans at risk for HCV infection. It will test the novel hypothesis that T cell-mediated immunity alone can prevent persistent HCV infection. Another vaccine that elicits neutralizing antibodies is at an advanced stage of development...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550809/the-impact-of-childhood-overweight-and-obesity-on-healthcare-utilisation
#2
Edel Doherty, Michelle Queally, John Cullinan, Paddy Gillespie
Rising levels of childhood overweight and obesity represent a major global public health challenge. A number of studies have explored the association between childhood overweight and obesity and healthcare utilisation and costs. This paper adds to the literature by estimating the causal effect of child overweight and obesity status on use of general practitioner (GP) and hospital inpatient stays at two time points using instrumental variable (IV) methods The paper uses data from two waves of the Growing Up in Ireland survey of children when they are 9 and 13 years respectively and uses the biological mother's body mass index (BMI) as an instrument for the child's BMI...
May 12, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550765/social-and-academic-premorbid-adjustment-domains-predict-different-functional-outcomes-among-youth-with-first-episode-mania
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Aswin Ratheesh, Christopher G Davey, Rothanthi Daglas, Craig Macneil, Melissa Hasty, Kate Filia, Patrick D McGorry, Michael Berk, Philippe Conus, Sue Cotton
BACKGROUND: Premorbid characteristics may help predict the highly variable functional and illness outcomes of young people with early stage Bipolar Disorder (BD). We sought to examine the relationships between premorbid adjustment and short to medium-term outcomes after a first treated episode of mania. METHODS: We examined the baseline and 18-month follow-up characteristics of 117 participants with first episode of mania, treated at two tertiary early intervention services in Melbourne, Australia...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550689/a-diagnostic-program-of-vascular-tumor-and-vascular-malformations-in-children-according-to-modern-classification
#4
Iryna Benzar
The aim of the study was to analyze the cohort of inpatient children with vascular anomalies according to the globally accepted classification introduced by the ISSVA. METHODS: The study included 205 inpatient children within the time period of the years 2010-2015. Types of vascular anomalies (VAs), age of patients, diagnostic procedures, and anatomical localization of VAs were analyzed. RESULTS: 65 patients of first year of life had vascular tumors, with prevalence of infantile hemangiomas (IHs) in 57 (87...
May 26, 2017: Acta Medica (Hradec Králové)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550478/olfactory-impairment-in-parkinson-s-disease-is-a-consequence-of-central-nervous-system-decline
#5
Emilia Iannilli, Lars Stephan, Thomas Hummel, Heinz Reichmann, Antje Haehner
Early diagnosis and timely treatment of Parkinson's disease are essential factors to provide these patients with a longer period of a better quality of life. Olfactory loss is among the first non-motor symptoms of the disease; however, in light of the many causes of smell loss, it is a very unspecific biomarker and should only be used as part of a diagnostic test battery. In this study, we investigated the olfactory response in 71 subjects, consisting of Parkinson's disease patients, hyposmic and anosmic patients of other causes, and normosmic individuals searching for sensitive, distinct biomarkers for which we used scalp event-related 64-channel electroencephalography and psychophysical tests...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550445/%C3%AE-carotene-at-physiologically-attainable-concentration-induces-apoptosis-and-down-regulates-cell-survival-and-antioxidant-markers-in-human-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells
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G Sowmya Shree, K Yogendra Prasad, H S Arpitha, U R Deepika, K Nawneet Kumar, Priya Mondal, P Ganesan
Although β-carotene is known for its anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties, a few recent epidemiological and experimental evidence show that at higher concentration it acts as pro-oxidant and induces cancer. Since the global burden of breast cancer exceeds all other types of cancer, and its incidence rates is also in increasing trend, the present study attempted to evaluate the anti-cancer molecular mechanism of β-carotene (at 1 µM concentration) isolated from Spinacia oleracea in human breast cancer (MCF-7) cells...
May 26, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550352/efficacy-and-safety-of-full-length-pegylated-recombinant-factor-viii-with-extended-half-life-in-previously-treated-patients-with-hemophilia-a-comparison-of-data-between-the-general-and-japanese-study-populations
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Keiji Nogami, Midori Shima, Katsuyuki Fukutake, Teruhisa Fujii, Masashi Taki, Tadashi Matsushita, Satoshi Higasa, Tetsuji Sato, Michio Sakai, Morio Arai, Haruhiko Uchikawa, Werner Engl, Brigitt Abbuehl, Barbara A Konkle
Rurioctocog alfa pegol (BAX 855) is a novel third-generation recombinant factor VIII whose active ingredient is chemically modified with polyethylene glycol. A global multicenter phase 2/3 study of the product in 137 patients (including 11 patients from Japan) with severe hemophilia A aged 12-65 years, reported an extended half-life and a good tolerability profile, as well as a significantly lower annualized bleeding rate in the prophylactic treatment arm than in the on-demand treatment arm. Using descriptive statistics, a post hoc analysis was performed to compare the pharmacokinetics, safety, and efficacy profiles of the product in the Japanese subpopulation and the overall population...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550305/dynamics-and-ligand-induced-conformational-changes-in-human-prolyl-oligopeptidase-analyzed-by-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-mass-spectrometry
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Alexandra Tsirigotaki, Roos Van Elzen, Pieter Van Der Veken, Anne-Marie Lambeir, Anastassios Economou
Prolyl oligopeptidase (PREP) is conserved in many organisms across life. It is involved in numerous processes including brain function and neuropathology, that require more than its strict proteolytic role. It consists of a seven-bladed β-propeller juxtaposed to a catalytic α/β-hydrolase domain. The conformational dynamics of PREP involved in domain motions and the gating mechanism that allows substrate accessibility remain elusive. Here we used Hydrogen Deuterium eXchange Mass Spectrometry (HDX-MS) to derive the first near-residue resolution analysis of global PREP dynamics in the presence or absence of inhibitor bound in the active site...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550298/opposite-polarities-of-enso-drive-distinct-patterns-of-coral-bleaching-potentials-in-the-southeast-indian-ocean
#9
Ningning Zhang, Ming Feng, Harry H Hendon, Alistair J Hobday, Jens Zinke
Episodic anomalously warm sea surface temperature (SST) extremes, or marine heatwaves (MHWs), amplify ocean warming effects and may lead to severe impacts on marine ecosystems. MHW-induced coral bleaching events have been observed frequently in recent decades in the southeast Indian Ocean (SEIO), a region traditionally regarded to have resilience to global warming. In this study, we assess the contribution of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) to MHWs across the mostly understudied reefs in the SEIO. We find that in extended summer months, the MHWs at tropical and subtropical reefs (divided at ~20°S) are driven by opposite ENSO polarities: MHWs are more likely to occur at the tropical reefs during eastern Pacific El Niño, driven by enhanced solar radiation and weaker Australian Monsoon, some likely alleviated by positive Indian Ocean Dipole events, and at the subtropical reefs during central Pacific La Niña, mainly caused by increased horizontal heat transport, and in some cases reinforced by local air-sea interactions...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550292/proteomic-comparisons-of-opaque-and-transparent-variants-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-by-two-dimensional-differential-gel-electrophoresis
#10
Melissa H Chai, Florian Weiland, Richard M Harvey, Peter Hoffmann, Abiodun D Ogunniyi, James C Paton
Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is a human pathogen, accounting for massive global morbidity and mortality. Although asymptomatic colonization of the nasopharynx almost invariably precedes disease, the critical determinants enabling pneumococcal progression from this niche to cause invasive disease are poorly understood. One mechanism proposed to be central to this transition involves opacity phase variation, whereby pneumococci harvested from the nasopharynx are typically transparent, while those simultaneously harvested from the blood are opaque...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550272/non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-chronic-disease-of-the-21-st-century
#11
Metrakos Peter, Nilsson Tommy
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises a spectrum of metabolic states ranging from simple steatosis to inflammation with associated fibrosis to cirrhosis. Though accumulation of hepatic fat is not associated with a significant increase in mortality rates, hepatic inflammation is, as this augments the risk of terminal liver disease, i.e., cirrhosis, hepatic decompensation (liver failure) and/or hepatocellular carcinoma. Disease progression is usually slow, over a decade or more and, for the most part, remains asymptomatic...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550266/assessing-decline-visualising-progression-in-huntington-s-disease-using-a-clinical-dashboard-with-enroll-hd-data
#12
Thomas Walker, Boyd Ghosh, Christopher Kipps
BACKGROUND: In Huntington's disease (HD), it remains unclear how symptom severity and rate of symptomatic change relates to age and CAG repeat number (CAGn). It is often difficult for clinicians to assess whether an affected individual's symptoms are progressing at a similar rate to their affected peers, limiting their ability to intervene at the most appropriate time. OBJECTIVE: To develop a clinical dashboard that compares an individual's total motor score (TMS), total functional capacity (TFC) and symbol digit modality test (SDMT) scores against a global cohort, controlling for age and CAGn...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550256/cortical-thickness-and-depressive-symptoms-in-cognitively-normal-individuals-the-mayo-clinic-study-of%C3%A2-aging
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Anna Pink, Scott A Przybelski, Janina Krell-Roesch, Gorazd B Stokin, Rosebud O Roberts, Michelle M Mielke, David S Knopman, Clifford R Jack, Ronald C Petersen, Yonas E Geda
Altered cortical thickness has been observed in aging and various neurodegenerative disorders. Furthermore, reduced hippocampal volume has been reported in late-life depression. Even mild depressive symptoms are common in the elderly. However, little is known about the structural MRI measures of depressive symptoms in normal cognitive aging. Thus we sought to examine the association between depressive symptoms with cortical thickness and hippocampal volume as measured by brain MRI among community-dwelling participants...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550178/severity-of-structural-and-functional-right-ventricular-remodeling-depends-on-training-load-in-an-experimental-model-of-endurance-exercise
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Maria Sanz-de la Garza, Cira Rubies, Montserrat Batlle, Bart Bijnens, Lluís Mont, Marta Sitges, Eduard Guasch
An arrhythmogenic right ventricle (RV) remodeling has been reported in response to regular training, but it remains unclear how exercise intensity affects the presence and extent of such remodeling. We aimed at assessing the relationship between RV remodeling and exercise load in a long-term endurance training model. Wistar rats were conditioned to run at moderate (MOD, 45 min, 30cm/s) or intense (INT, 60 min, 60cm/s) workloads for 16 weeks; sedentary rats (SED) served as controls. Cardiac remodeling was assessed with standard echocardiographic and tissue Doppler techniques, sensor-tip pressure catheters and pressure-volume loop analyses...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550173/experimental-cardiac-radiation-exposure-induces-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#15
Hirofumi Saiki, Gilles Moulay, Adam J Guenzel, Weibin Liu, Teresa Decklever, Kelly Classic, Linh Pham, Horng H Chen, John C Burnett, Stephen J Russell, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer radiotherapy increases the risk of heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiomyocytes are highly radio-resistant but radiation specifically affects coronary microvascular endothelial cells with subsequent microvascular inflammation and rarefaction. The effects of radiation on left ventricular (LV) diastolic function are poorly characterized. We hypothesized that cardiac radiation exposure may result in diastolic dysfunction without reduced EF...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550158/viewing-benefit-sharing-in-global-health-research-through-the-lens-of-aristotelian-justice
#16
REVIEW
Bege Dauda, Kris Dierickx
The ethics of benefit sharing has been a topical issue in global health research in resource-limited countries. It pertains to the distribution of goods, benefits and advantages to the research participants, communities and countries that are involved in research. One of the nuances in benefit sharing is the ethical justification on which the concept should be based. Extensive literature outlining the different principles underlying benefit sharing is available. The purpose of this paper is to examine the proposed principles using Aristotelian principles of justice...
June 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550152/er-plasma-membrane-contact-sites-contribute-to-autophagosome-biogenesis-by-regulation-of-local-pi3p-synthesis
#17
Anna Chiara Nascimbeni, Francesca Giordano, Nicolas Dupont, Daniel Grasso, Maria I Vaccaro, Patrice Codogno, Etienne Morel
The double-membrane-bound autophagosome is formed by the closure of a structure called the phagophore, origin of which is still unclear. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is clearly implicated in autophagosome biogenesis due to the presence of the omegasome subdomain positive for DFCP1, a phosphatidyl-inositol-3-phosphate (PI3P) binding protein. Contribution of other membrane sources, like the plasma membrane (PM), is still difficult to integrate in a global picture. Here we show that ER-plasma membrane contact sites are mobilized for autophagosome biogenesis, by direct implication of the tethering extended synaptotagmins (E-Syts) proteins...
May 26, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550105/global-biodiversity-loss-from-tropical-deforestation
#18
Xingli Giam
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 26, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550103/global-news-highlights
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EDITORIAL
Ivan Barry Pless
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550086/the-iron-dependent-mitochondrial-superoxide-dismutase-soda-promotes-leishmania-virulence
#20
Bidyottam Mittra, Maria Fernanda Laranjeira-Silva, Danilo Ciccone Miguel, Juliana Perrone Bezerra de Menezes, Norma W Andrews
Leishmaniasis is one of the leading global neglected diseases, affecting millions of people worldwide. Leishmania infection depends on the ability of insect-transmitted metacyclic promastigotes to invade mammalian hosts, differentiate into amastigotes and replicate inside macrophages. To counter the hostile oxidative environment inside macrophages, these protozoans contain anti-oxidant systems that include iron-dependent superoxide dismutases (SODs) in mitochondria and glycosomes. Increasing evidence suggests that in addition to this protective role, Leishmania mitochondrial SOD may also initiate H2O2-mediated redox signaling that regulates gene expression and metabolic changes associated with differentiation into virulent forms...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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