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Sami Al Kasab, Michael J Lynn, Tanya N Turan, Colin P Derdeyn, David Fiorella, Bethany F Lane, L Scott Janis, Marc I Chimowitz
BACKGROUND: An American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) writing committee has recently recommended that tissue evidence of cerebral infarction associated with temporary symptoms (CITS) lasting <24 hours should be considered a stroke. We analyzed the impact of considering CITS as equivalent to stroke on the results of the Stenting and Aggressive Medical Management for Preventing Recurrent Stroke in Intracranial Stenosis (SAMMPRIS) trial. METHODS: We compared outcomes in the medical (n = 227) and stenting (n = 224) groups in SAMMPRIS using the following primary end point (new components in bold): any stroke, CITS, or death within 30 days after enrollment or within 30 days after a revascularization procedure for the qualifying lesion during follow-up; or ischemic stroke or CITS in the territory of the qualifying artery beyond 30 days...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Manuela Cristina Matesan, Saeed Elojeimy, Satoshi Minoshima
Molecular brain imaging I-FP-CIT SPECT is an important tool in evaluation of patients with parkinsonism. However, various neurodegenerative etiologies cannot be differentiated by I-FP-CIT SPECT alone. We present a case of progressive supranuclear palsy with abnormal I-FP-CIT SPECT and abnormal Tc-HMPAO SPECT depicted by quantitative analyses but unremarkable MRI 16 months after the onset of symptoms. Brain autopsy demonstrated presence of neuronal and glial tau pathology in both cortical and subcortical regions confirming the diagnosis of progressive supranuclear palsy...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
M E Gámez Córdoba, B Sánchez Pérez, J Santoyo Santoyo, J L Fernández Aguilar, M A Suárez Muñoz, J A Pérez Daga, F J León Díaz, C Montiel Casado
BACKGROUND: The Andalusian community has a specific management model of liver transplantation with a common waiting list, forcing transportation of 45% of hepatic grafts. These trips within the community have been made exclusively via expressway since 2012, sometimes surpassing 400 km in distance. The objective of this study was to analyze the effect of graft transportation on our community regarding postoperative results, primary dysfunction, and short-term graft survival. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational cohort study that included 110 patients recipients of liver transplants from 2009 to 2012...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
Carlos Galzote, Mini Thomas, Mukta Sachdev
BACKGROUND: Ethnic differences in skin sensitivity suggest that greater emphasis be focused on understanding a product's effect in diverse populations. OBJECTIVE: The irritation and/or sensitization potential of 8 baby skin care products in Indian adults were evaluated using cumulative irritation tests (CIT) and human repeat insult patch testing (HRIPT) protocols. PATIENTS/MATERIALS/METHODS: Healthy males or females aged 18 to 65 years of Indian ethnicity were treated with each of 6 products (cream, hair oil, lotion, body wash, shampoo, and baby soap) using CIT (n = 25) and HRIPT (n = 200)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Daniel Turudic, Danica Batinic, Anja Tea Golubic, Mila Lovric, Danko Milosevic
: Diagnostic criteria for determination of inclination towards idiopathic calcium oxalate (CaOx) urolithiasis based on biochemical urine parameters are not sufficiently well defined in children. The aim of this study was to determine the risk of CaOx urolithiasis in children from concentrations of calcium, oxalate, citrate, and glycosaminoglycans in urine and their ratios, all standardized in respect to creatinine. We collected and analyzed 24-h urine samples of children with CaOx urolithiasis (n = 61) and compared with urine samples of matched control group of healthy children (n = 25)...
October 11, 2016: European Journal of Pediatrics
Sangwon Han, Minyoung Oh, Jungsu S Oh, Sang Ju Lee, Seung Jun Oh, Sun Ju Chung, Hee Kyung Park, Jae Seung Kim
Importance: Pure akinesia with gait freezing (PAGF) is a clinical syndrome characterized by freezing of gait, handwriting, and speech without abnormal eye movement or cognitive impairment. Several studies have suggested that PAGF may be a variant of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). However, the characteristics of striatal dopamine transporter loss in PAGF are unknown. Objective: To investigate the subregional pattern of striatal dopamine transporter loss in patients with PAGF in comparison with patients with PSP and those with Parkinson disease (PD)...
October 10, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Zvi Liza, Elaad Eitan
The contribution of the Big-Five personality dimensions and locus of control to examinees' physiological responses in the Concealed Information polygraph Test (CIT) was examined for the first time. One hundred and twenty undergraduate students who completed Big Five personality and locus of control questionnaires were instructed to commit a mock theft. They were subsequently tested in the Guilty Actions polygraph Test, a modified version of the CIT. Each of the six sets of items (questions) was repeated twice...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Psychophysiology
Feng Tang, Yang Yang, Yubo Tang, Shuai Tang, Liyun Yang, Bingyang Sun, Bofeng Jiang, Jinhua Dong, Hong Liu, Min Huang, Mei-Yu Geng, Wei Huang
Chemoenzymatic transglycosylation catalyzed by endo-S mutants is a powerful tool for in vitro glycoengineering of therapeutic antibodies. In this paper, we report a one-pot chemoenzymatic synthesis of glycoengineered Herceptin using an egg-yolk sialylglycopeptide (SGP) substrate. Combining this one-pot strategy with novel non-natural SGP derivatives carrying azido or alkyne tags, glycosite-specific conjugation was enabled for the development of new antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs). The site-specific ADCs and semi-site-specific dual-drug ADCs were successfully achieved and characterized with SDS-PAGE, intact antibody or ADC mass spectrometry analysis, and PNGase-F digestion analysis...
October 12, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Bianca F Martins, Paulo V O de Toledo, Denise F S Petri
Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) E4M and J5MS samples with degrees of substitution of methyl groups (DS) 1.9 and 1.5, respectively, and molar substitutions of hydroxypropyl groups (MS) 0.25 and 0.75, respectively, were used to create aerogels in the presence of citric (cit), oxalic (oxa) or terephthalic (ter) acids, as crosslinkers. E4M-cit, J5MS-cit and J5MS-oxa aerogels presented outstanding stability in water, acid media, alcohols, acetone and hydrocarbons, density values of∼(0.020±0.002)g/cm(3), compressive modulus ranging from (111±9)kPa to (133±11)kPa...
January 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
Laura Geraldino-Pardilla, Jon T Giles, Jeremy Sokolove, Afshin Zartoshti, William H Robinson, Matthew Budoff, Robert Detrano, Sabahat Bokhari, Joan M Bathon
OBJECTIVE: Citrullinated proteins have been found within atherosclerotic plaque. However, to date studies evaluating the association between anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPAs) and imaging measures of atherosclerosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been limited to citrullinated-fibrinogen or citrullinated-vimentin seroreactivities and rendered contradictory results. Therefore, our objective was to evaluate this association using an extended panel of ACPAs in a larger sample of RA patients without clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD)...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Angela Maria Amorini, Giacomo Lazzarino, Valentina Di Pietro, Stefano Signoretti, Giuseppe Lazzarino, Antonio Belli, Barbara Tavazzi
In this study, concentrations of free amino acids (FAA) and amino group containing compounds (AGCC) following graded diffuse traumatic brain injury (mild TBI, mTBI; severe TBI, sTBI) were evaluated. After 6, 12, 24, 48 and 120 hr aspartate (Asp), glutamate (Glu), asparagine (Asn), serine (Ser), glutamine (Gln), histidine (His), glycine (Gly), threonine (Thr), citrulline (Cit), arginine (Arg), alanine (Ala), taurine (Tau), γ-aminobutyrate (GABA), tyrosine (Tyr), S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH), l-cystathionine (l-Cystat), valine (Val), methionine (Met), tryptophane (Trp), phenylalanine (Phe), isoleucine (Ile), leucine (Leu), ornithine (Orn), lysine (Lys), plus N-acetylaspartate (NAA) were determined in whole brain extracts (n = 6 rats at each time for both TBI levels)...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Matteo Minghetti, Kristin Schirmer
To understand conditions affecting bioavailability and toxicity of citrate-coated silver nanoparticles (cit-AgNP) and dissolved silver at the luminal enterocyte interface, we exposed rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) gut cells (RTgutGC) in media of contrasting composition: two amino acid-containing media, one of which was supplemented with proteins, as can be expected during digestion; and two protein and amino acid-free media contrasting low and high chloride content, as can be expected in the lumen of fish adapting to freshwater or seawater, respectively...
October 21, 2016: Nanotoxicology
Elena Vanacloig-Pedros, Markus Proft, Amparo Pascual-Ahuir
Citrinin (CIT) and ochratoxin A (OTA) are important mycotoxins, which frequently co-contaminate foodstuff. In order to assess the toxicologic threat posed by the two mycotoxins separately or in combination, their biological effects were studied here using genomic transcription profiling and specific live cell gene expression reporters in yeast cells. Both CIT and OTA cause highly transient transcriptional activation of different stress genes, which is greatly enhanced by the disruption of the multidrug exporter Pdr5...
2016: Toxins
Jianwen Zhao, Fengfeng Zhao, Xiyong Wang, Xiaobo Fan, Guoqiu Wu
A novel multifunctional nano-drug delivery system based on reversal of peptide charge was successfully developed for anticancer drug delivery and imaging. Mesoporous silica nano-particles (MSN) ~50 nm in diameter were chosen as the drug reservoirs, and their surfaces were modified with HIV-1 transactivator peptide-fluorescein isothiocyanate (TAT-FITC) and YSA-BHQ1. The short TAT peptide labeled with FITC was used to facilitate intranuclear delivery, while the YSA peptide tagged with the BHQ1 quencher group was used to specifically bind to the tumor EphA2 membrane receptor...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Gary S Cuddeback, Robert A Kurtz, Amy Blank Wilson, Tonya VanDeinse, Stacey E Burgin
There are more than 2,500 Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) in operation across the country. Results of research on the effectiveness and impact of CIT are mixed. One aspect of CIT training that has yet to be examined is the expert-derived suggestion that 40 consecutive hours of training is an essential element of CIT for law enforcement officers. That is, CIT training is delivered in one 40-hour week, but it is unclear whether the training could be delivered in segments and still achieve its desired outcomes...
September 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Ruth I Versteeg, Karin E Koopman, Jan Booij, Mariëtte T Ackermans, Unga A Unmehopa, Eric Fliers, Susanne E la Fleur, Mireille J Serlie
BACKGROUND: Altered brain dopaminergic and serotonergic pathways have been shown in obese rodents and humans, but it is unknown whether this is related to obesity per se or to the metabolic derangements associated with obesity. METHODS: We performed a case-control study in insulin sensitive obese (ISO) and insulin resistant obese (IRO) subjects (n = 12) and age-matched lean controls (n = 8) and measured serotonin transporter (SERT) binding in the whole diencephalon and specifically in the hypothalamus, as well as dopamine transporter (DAT) binding in the striatum using 123I-FP-CIT single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)...
September 14, 2016: Neuroendocrinology
L Bonanni, A Cagnin, F Agosta, C Babiloni, B Borroni, M Bozzali, A C Bruni, M Filippi, D Galimberti, R Monastero, C Muscio, L Parnetti, D Perani, L Serra, V Silani, P Tiraboschi, A Padovani
Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) causes elevated outlays for the National Health Systems due to high institutionalization rate and patients' reduced quality of life and high mortality. Furthermore, DLB is often misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease. These data motivate harmonized multicenter longitudinal cohort studies to improve clinical management and therapy monitoring. The Italian DLB study group of the Italian Neurological Society for dementia (SINdem) developed and emailed a semi-structured questionnaire to 572 national dementia centers (from primary to tertiary) to prepare an Italian large longitudinal cohort...
September 13, 2016: Neurological Sciences
Sid Topiol, Benny Bang-Andersen, Connie Sanchez, Klaus P Bøgesø
The recently reported X-ray structures of the human serotonin (5-HT) transporter SERT with bound inhibitors open new opportunities for drug discovery at SERT, selectivity design with respect to other neurotransmitter sodium transporters, and enhanced understanding of the molecular events involved in SERT action. Through computational and structural analyses, we explore the binding and migration of 5-HT at SERT. Consistent with earlier studies of leucine migration at the bacterial homolog of SERT, LeuT, we find multiple potential 'stopover' sites for 5-HT binding at SERT including the two (transmembrane S1 and extracellular vestibule S2) seen in the binding of the SSRI (S)-citalopram (S-Cit) to SERT, as well as other sites...
October 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Rongzhi Wang, Xiaosong Gu, Zhenghong Zhuang, Yanfang Zhong, Hang Yang, Shihua Wang
Citreoviridin (CIT), a small food-borne mycotoxin produced by Penicillium citreonigrum, is generally distributed in various cereal grains and farm crop products around the world and has caused cytotoxicity as an uncompetitive inhibitor of ATP hydrolysis. A high affinity single chain variable fragment (scFv) antibody that can detect the citreoviridin in samples is still not available; therefore, it is very urgent to prepare an antibody for CIT detection and therapy. In this study, an amplified and assembled scFv from hybridoma was used to construct the mutant phage library by error-prone PCR, generating a 2 × 10(8) capacity mutated phage display library...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Rajesh G Mishra, Tzu-Ling Tseng, Mei-Fang Chen, Po-Yi Chen, Tony J-F Lee
Nitric oxide (NO) overproduction via induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is implicated in vasodilatory shock in sepsis, leading to septic encephalopathy and accelerating cerebral ischemic injury. An abbreviated urea-cycle (L-citrulline-L-arginine-NO cycle) has been demonstrated in cerebral perivascular nitrergic nerves and endothelial cells but not in normal cerebral vascular smooth muscle cell (CVSMC). This cycle indicates that argininosuccinate synthase (ASS) catalyzes L-citrulline (L-cit) conversion to form argininosuccinate (AS), and subsequent AS cleavage by argininosuccinate lyase (ASL) forms L-arginine (L-arg), the substrate for NO synthesis...
September 7, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
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