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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650699/effect-of-euterpe-oleracea-mart-seeds-extract-on-chronic-ischemic-renal-injury-in-renovascular-hypertensive-rats
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Cristiane Aguiar da Costa, Dayane Teixeira Ognibene, Viviane Silva Cristino Cordeiro, Graziele Freitas de Bem, Izabelle Barcellos Santos, Ricardo Andrade Soares, Letícia L de Melo Cunha, Lenize C R M Carvalho, Roberto Soares de Moura, Angela Castro Resende
Previously, we have demonstrated that the seeds of Euterpe oleracia Mart. (açaí) are rich in polyphenols with antihypertensive and antioxidant properties. This study evaluated the renal protective effects of the hydroalcoholic extract obtained from the seeds of açaí (ASE) fruits in two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) renovascular hypertension. Young male Wistar rats were used to obtain 2K1C and sham groups. Animals received ASE (200 mg/(kg·day) in drinking water) or vehicle for 40 days. We evaluated serum and urinary parameters, renal structural changes, and oxidative status...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587937/anti-inflammatory-and-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-strontium-ranelate-on-the-zymosan-induced-temporomandibular-joint-inflammatory-hypernociception-in-rats-depend-on-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibition
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Sheila Moreira Alves, Susana Capistrano Abreu, Jonas Cavalcante Lemos, Francisco Isaac Fernandes Gomes, Shirley Moreira Alves, Danielle Rocha do Val, Raul Sousa Freitas, Karuza Maria Alves Pereira, Vicente de Paulo Teixeira Pinto, Gerly Anne de Castro Brito, Mirna Marques Bezerra, Gerardo Cristino-Filho, Hellíada Vasconcelos Chaves
BACKGROUND: Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders show inflammatory components, heavily impacting on quality of life. Strontium ranelate has previously shown anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects on other experimental inflammatory pain models. Thus, we aim to investigate the strontium ranelate efficacy in reducing the zymosan-induced inflammatory hypernociception in the TMJ of rats by evaluating the TNF-α, IL-1β, and hemeoxygenase-1 (HO-1) involvement. METHODS: Wistar rats were treated with strontium ranelate (0...
March 12, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580289/endocannabinoid-dependent-disinhibition-of-orexinergic-neurons-electrophysiological-evidence-in-leptin-knockout-obese-mice
#3
Thorsten Michael Becker, Morgana Favero, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Luigia Cristino, Giuseppe Busetto
OBJECTIVES: In the ob/ob mouse model of obesity, chronic absence of leptin causes a significant increase of orexin (OX) production by hypothalamic neurons and excessive food intake. The altered OX level is linked to a dramatic increase of the inhibitory innervation of OX producing neurons (OX neurons) and the over expression of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) by OX neurons of ob/ob mice. Little is known about the function of the excitatory synapses of OX neurons in ob/ob mice, and their modulation by 2-AG...
June 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579186/endocannabinoid-modulation-of-homeostatic-and-non-homeostatic-feeding-circuits
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REVIEW
Benjamin K Lau, Daniela Cota, Luigia Cristino, Stephanie L Borgland
The endocannabinoid system has emerged as a key player in the control of eating. Endocannabinoids, including 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) and anandamide (AEA), modulate neuronal activity via cannabinoid 1 receptors (CB1Rs) in multiple nuclei of the hypothalamus to induce or inhibit food intake depending on nutritional and hormonal status, suggesting that endocannabinoids may act in the hypothalamus to integrate different types of signals informing about the animal's energy needs. In the mesocorticolimbic system, (endo)cannabinoids modulate synaptic transmission to promote dopamine release in response to palatable food...
June 1, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578413/dna-methylation-in-schizophrenia-in-different-patient-derived-cell-types
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Alejandra M Vitale, Nicholas A Matigian, Alexandre S Cristino, Katia Nones, Sugandha Ravishankar, Bernadette Bellette, Yongjun Fan, Stephen A Wood, Ernst Wolvetang, Alan Mackay-Sim
DNA methylation of gene promoter regions represses transcription and is a mechanism via which environmental risk factors could affect cells during development in individuals at risk for schizophrenia. We investigated DNA methylation in patient-derived cells that might shed light on early development in schizophrenia. Induced pluripotent stem cells may reflect a "ground state" upon which developmental and environmental influences would be minimal. Olfactory neurosphere-derived cells are an adult-derived neuro-ectodermal stem cell modified by developmental and environmental influences...
January 23, 2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571896/-short-term-relevance-of-lower-respiratory-viral-coinfection-in-inpatients-under-2-years-of-age
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Joana Gil, Sofia Almeida, Carolina Constant, Sara Pinto, Rosário Barreto, José Melo Cristino, Maria do Céu Machado, Teresa Bandeira
INTRODUCTION: Advances in molecular diagnosis have made it possible to detect previously unknown viral agents as causative agents of lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI). The frequency and relevance of viral coinfections is still debatable. OBJECTIVE: compare clinical presentation and severity between single virus infection and viral coinfection in children admitted for LRTI. METHODS: A 3-year period observational study (2012-2015) included children younger than two years admitted for LRTI...
May 29, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560252/dna-methylation-in-schizophrenia-in-different-patient-derived-cell-types
#7
Alejandra M Vitale, Nicholas A Matigian, Alexandre S Cristino, Katia Nones, Sugandha Ravishankar, Bernadette Bellette, Yongjun Fan, Stephen A Wood, Ernst Wolvetang, Alan Mackay-Sim
DNA methylation of gene promoter regions represses transcription and is a mechanism via which environmental risk factors could affect cells during development in individuals at risk for schizophrenia. We investigated DNA methylation in patient-derived cells that might shed light on early development in schizophrenia. Induced pluripotent stem cells may reflect a "ground state" upon which developmental and environmental influences would be minimal. Olfactory neurosphere-derived cells are an adult-derived neuro-ectodermal stem cell modified by developmental and environmental influences...
2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485692/cost-effectiveness-of-denosumab-versus-zoledronic-acid-for-preventing-skeletal-related-events-in-the-czech-republic
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Joaquim Cristino, Jíndřich Finek, Petra Jandova, Martin Kolek, Bálint Pásztor, Christina Giannopoulou, Yi Qian, Tomas Brezina, Mickael Lothgren
AIMS: This study assessed the cost-effectiveness of the subcutaneous RANKL inhibitor, denosumab, vs the intravenous bisphosphonate, zoledronic acid, for the prevention of skeletal-related events (SREs) in patients with prostate cancer, breast cancer, and other solid tumors (OST) in the Czech Republic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A lifetime Markov model was developed to compare the effects of denosumab and zoledronic acid on costs (including drug costs and administration, patient management, SREs, and adverse events), quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), and incremental cost-effectiveness ratios from a national payer perspective...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466256/the-effect-of-posterior-fossa-decompression-in-adult-chiari-malformation-and-basilar-invagination-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#9
Ulysses de Oliveira Sousa, Matheus Fernandes de Oliveira, Lindolfo Carlos Heringer, Alécio Cristino Evangelista Santos Barcelos, Ricardo Vieira Botelho
Chiari malformation (CM) and basilar invagination (BI) are mesodermal malformations with disproportion between the content and volume of posterior fossa capacity and overcrowding of neural structures at the level of foramen magnum. Several alternatives for posterior approaches are available, including extradural (ED), extra-arachnoidal, and intradural (ID) approaches. The objectives are to evaluate the effect of several surgical techniques for posterior fossa decompression (PFD) in the outcomes of patients with CCJM and to evaluate complications in the techniques reported...
May 2, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433238/pulmonary-rehabilitation-referral-and-participation-are-commonly-influenced-by-environment-knowledge-and-beliefs-about-consequences-a-systematic-review-using-the-theoretical-domains-framework
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Narelle S Cox, Cristino C Oliveira, Aroub Lahham, Anne E Holland
QUESTION: What are the barriers and enablers of referral, uptake, attendance and completion of pulmonary rehabilitation for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? DESIGN: Systematic review of qualitative or quantitative studies reporting data relating to referral, uptake, attendance and/or completion in pulmonary rehabilitation. PARTICIPANTS: People aged >18years with a diagnosis of COPD and/or their healthcare professionals...
April 2017: Journal of Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400757/streptococcus-agalactiae-causing-neonatal-infections-in-portugal-2005-2015-diversification-and-emergence-of-a-cc17-pi-2b-multidrug-resistant-sublineage
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Elisabete R Martins, Cristiano Pedroso-Roussado, José Melo-Cristino, Mário Ramirez
The molecular characterization of 218 GBS isolates recovered from neonatal invasive infections in Portugal in 2005-2015 revealed the existence of a small number of genetically distinct lineages that were present over a significant time-span. Serotypes III and Ia were dominant in the population, together accounting for >80% of the isolates. Clonal complex 17 included 50% of all isolates, highlighting the importance of the hypervirulent genetic lineage represented by serotype III ST17/rib/PI-1+PI-2b. Serotype Ia was represented mainly by ST23, previously reported as dominant among invasive disease in non-pregnant adults in Portugal, but also by ST24, showing an increased frequency among late-onset disease...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393561/hsp72-is-an-early-biomarker-to-detect-cisplatin-and-acetaminophen-nephrotoxicity
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Rosalba Pérez-Villalva, Jonatan Barrera-Chimal, Juan Carlos Aguilar-Carrasco, Ixchel Lima-Posada, Cristino Cruz, Victoria Ramírez, Yvett González-Bobadilla, Norma Uribe, Laura Trumper, Norma A Bobadilla
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the urinary HSP72 levels (uHSP72) are a useful biomarker for early diagnosis of acute kidney injury (AKI) induced by two widely used drugs: cisplatin and acetaminophen. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To analyze the time-course of nephrotoxic injury and uHSP72 levels, male Wistar rats were administered a single high dose of cisplatin (7 mg/kg) or acetaminophen (750 mg/kg) and were assessed at 6, 12, 24, 48, 72, 96 and 120 h. RESULTS: AKI induced by cisplatin was characterized by tubular injury that started at 6 h and was enhanced after 48 h...
April 19, 2017: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353077/role-of-orexin-a-in-hypertension-and-obesity
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REVIEW
Imperatore Roberta, Palomba Letizia, Cristino Luigia
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension is one of the most challenging health problems inducing cerebrovascular disease and high percentage of death when associated with diabetes, dyslipidemias, and obesity. Orexin/hypocretin is a peptide expressed by a small number of neurons of the dorsolateral hypothalamus, a brain feeding and autonomic "fight-or-flight" regulatory center. According to this function, orexin has been demonstrated to evoke cardiovascular responses, heart rate, hypertension, hyperarousal, hyperphagia, and obesity...
April 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336953/palmitoylethanolamide-induces-microglia-changes-associated-with-increased-migration-and-phagocytic-activity-involvement-of-the-cb2-receptor
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F Guida, L Luongo, S Boccella, M E Giordano, R Romano, G Bellini, I Manzo, A Furiano, A Rizzo, R Imperatore, F A Iannotti, E D'Aniello, F Piscitelli, F Sca Rossi, L Cristino, V Di Marzo, V de Novellis, S Maione
The endogenous fatty acid amide palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) has been shown to exert anti-inflammatory actions mainly through inhibition of the release of pro-inflammatory molecules from mast cells, monocytes and macrophages. Indirect activation of the endocannabinoid (eCB) system is among the several mechanisms of action that have been proposed to underlie the different effects of PEA in vivo. In this study, we used cultured rat microglia and human macrophages to evaluate whether PEA affects eCB signaling. PEA was found to increase CB2 mRNA and protein expression through peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-α (PPAR-α) activation...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291261/modeling-anorexia-nervosa-transcriptional-insights-from-human-ipsc-derived-neurons
#15
P D Negraes, F R Cugola, R H Herai, C A Trujillo, A S Cristino, T Chailangkarn, A R Muotri, V Duvvuri
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a complex and multifactorial disorder occurring predominantly in women. Despite having the highest mortality among psychiatric conditions, it still lacks robust and effective treatment. Disorders such as AN are most likely syndromes with multiple genetic contributions, however, genome-wide studies have been underpowered to reveal associations with this uncommon illness. Here, we generated induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from adolescent females with AN and unaffected controls...
March 14, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272920/genetic-characterization-of-listeria-monocytogenes-isolates-from-industrial-and-retail-ready-to-eat-meat-based-foods-and-their-relationship-with-clinical-strains-from-human-listeriosis-in-portugal
#16
A R Henriques, J Melo Cristino, M J Fraqueza
Listeria monocytogenes isolates (n = 81) recovered from ready-to-eat meat-based food products (RTEMP) collected in industrial processing plants and retail establishments were genetically characterized for comparison with those from human clinical cases of listeriosis (n = 49). The aim was to assess RTEMP as a possible food source for human infection. L. monocytogenes was detected in 12.5% of the RTEMP samples, and in some cases, counts were above the European food safety criteria. All isolates were assessed by multiplex PCR for serogroup determination and detection of virulence-associated genes inlA, inlB, inlC, inlJ, plcA, hlyA, actA, and iap...
April 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152029/clonal-and-serotype-dynamics-of-serogroup-6-isolates-causing-invasive-pneumococcal-disease-in-portugal-1999-2012
#17
Jorge Diamantino-Miranda, Sandra Isabel Aguiar, João André Carriço, José Melo-Cristino, Mário Ramirez
Although serogroup 6 was among the first to be recognized among Streptococcus pneumoniae, several new serotypes were identified since the introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs). A decrease of the 6B-2 variant among invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), but not 6B-1, was noted post conjugate vaccine introduction, underpinned by a decrease of CC273 isolates. Serotype 6C was associated with adult IPD and increased in this age group representing two lineages (CC315 and CC395), while the same lineages expressed other serogroup 6 serotypes in children...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149567/minimalist-video-assisted-thoracic-surgery-biopsy-of-mediastinal-tumors
#18
Federico Tacconi, Paola Rogliani, Benedetto Cristino, Francesco Gilardi, Leonardo Palombi, Eugenio Pompeo
BACKGROUND: Mediastinal tumors often require surgical biopsy to achieve a precise and rapid diagnosis. However, subjects with mediastinal tumors may be unfit for general anesthesia, particularly when compression of major vessels or airways does occur. We tested the applicability in this setting of a minimalist (M) uniportal, video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) strategy carried out under locoregional anesthesia in awake patients (MVATS). METHODS: We analyzed in a comparative fashion including propensity score matching, data from a prospectively collected database of patients who were offered surgical biopsy for mediastinal tumors through either MVATS or standard VATS...
December 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108961/effects-of-negatively-and-positively-charged-ti-metal-surfaces-on-ceramic-coating-adhesion-and-cell-response
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Rodney Marcelo do Nascimento, Vanessa Rafaela de Carvalho, José Silvio Govone, Antônio Carlos Hernandes, Nilson Cristino da Cruz
This manuscript reports an evaluation of the effects of simple chemical-heat treatments on the deposition of different ceramic coatings, i.e., TiO2, CaTiO3 and CaP, on commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) and Ti6Al4V and the influence of the coatings on cells interaction with the surfaces. The ceramic materials were prepared by the sol-gel method and the coating adhesion was analyzed by pull-off bending tests. The wettability of positively or negatively charged surfaces was characterized by contact angle measurements, which also enabled the calculation of the surface free energy through the polar-apolar liquids approach...
February 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105508/euterpe-oleracea-mart-seed-extract-protects-against-renal-injury-in-diabetic-and-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-role-of-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress
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Viviane da Silva Cristino Cordeiro, Graziele Freitas de Bem, Cristiane Aguiar da Costa, Izabelle Barcellos Santos, Lenize Costa Reis Marins de Carvalho, Dayane Teixeira Ognibene, Ana Paula Machado da Rocha, Jorge José de Carvalho, Roberto Soares de Moura, Angela Castro Resende
PURPOSE: Euterpe oleracea Mart. (açaí) seed extract (ASE), through its anti-hypertensive, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may be useful to treat or prevent human diseases. Several evidences suggest that oxidative stress and inflammation contribute to the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy; therefore, we tested the hypothesis that ASE (200 mg/kg(-1)day(-1)) prevents diabetes and hypertension-related oxidative stress and inflammation, attenuating renal injury. METHODS: Male rats with streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes (D), and spontaneously hypertensive rats with STZ-induced diabetes (DH) were treated daily with tap water or ASE (D + ASE and DH + ASE, respectively) for 45 days...
January 20, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
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