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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914598/poor-muscle-strength-and-function-in-physically-inactive-childhood-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-despite-very-mild-disease
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Ana Jéssica Pinto, Fabiana Braga Benatti, Hamilton Roschel, Ana Lúcia de Sá Pinto, Clovis Artur Silva, Adriana Maluf Elias Sallum, Bruno Gualano
OBJECTIVE: To compare muscle strength (i.e. lower- and upper-body strength) and function between physically inactive childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus patients (C-SLE) and healthy controls (CTRL). METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study and the sample consisted of 19 C-SLE (age between 9 and 18 years) and 15 CTRL matched by age, sex, body mass index (BMI), and physical activity levels (assessed by accelerometry). Lower- and upper-body strength was assessed by the one-repetition-maximum (1-RM) test...
November 2016: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914035/mobilization-of-peripheral-blood-stem-cells-and-changes-in-the-concentration-of-plasma-factors-influencing-their-movement-in-patients-with-panic-disorder
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Marcin Jabłoński, Jolanta Kucharska Mazur, Maciej Tarnowski, Barbara Dołęgowska, Daniel Pędziwiatr, Ewa Kubiś, Marta Budkowska, Daria Sałata, Justyna Pełka Wysiecka, Arkadiusz Kazimierczak, Artur Reginia, Mariusz Z Ratajczak, Jerzy Samochowiec
In this paper we examined whether stem cells and factors responsible for their movement may serve as new biological markers of anxiety disorders. The study was carried out on a group of 30 patients diagnosed with panic disorder (examined before and after treatment), compared to 30 healthy individuals forming the control group. We examined the number of circulating HSCs (hematopoetic stem cells) (Lin-/CD45 +/CD34 +) and HSCs (Lin-/CD45 +/AC133 +), the number of circulating VSELs (very small embryonic-like stem cells) (Lin-/CD45-/CD34 +) and VSELs (Lin-/CD45-/AC133 +), as well as the concentration of complement components: C3a, C5a and C5b-9, SDF-1 (stromal derived factor) and S1P (sphingosine-1-phosphate)...
December 2, 2016: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908151/technical-note-a-direct-ray-tracing-method-to-compute-integral-depth-dose-in-pencil-beam-proton-radiography-with-a-multilayer-ionization-chamber
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Paolo Farace, Roberto Righetto, Sylvain Deffet, Arturs Meijers, Francois Vander Stappen
PURPOSE: To introduce a fast ray-tracing algorithm in pencil proton radiography (PR) with a multilayer ionization chamber (MLIC) for in vivo range error mapping. METHODS: Pencil beam PR was obtained by delivering spots uniformly positioned in a square (45 × 45 mm(2) field-of-view) of 9 × 9 spots capable of crossing the phantoms (210 MeV). The exit beam was collected by a MLIC to sample the integral depth dose (IDDMLIC). PRs of an electron-density and of a head phantom were acquired by moving the couch to obtain multiple 45 × 45 mm(2) frames...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907902/active-5-splice-sites-regulate-the-biogenesis-efficiency-of-arabidopsis-micrornas-derived-from-intron-containing-genes
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Katarzyna Knop, Agata Stepien, Maria Barciszewska-Pacak, Michal Taube, Dawid Bielewicz, Michal Michalak, Jan W Borst, Artur Jarmolowski, Zofia Szweykowska-Kulinska
Arabidopsis, miR402 that is encoded within the first intron of a protein-coding gene At1g77230, is induced by heat stress. Its upregulation correlates with splicing inhibition and intronic proximal polyA site selection. It suggests that miR402 is not processed from an intron, but rather from a shorter transcript after selection of the proximal polyA site within this intron. Recently, introns and active 5' splice sites (5'ss') have been shown to stimulate the accumulation of miRNAs encoded within the first exons of intron-containing MIR genes...
October 5, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907056/understanding-variation-in-sets-of-n-of-1-trials
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Artur Araujo, Steven Julious, Stephen Senn
A recent paper in this journal by Chen and Chen has used computer simulations to examine a number of approaches to analysing sets of n-of-1 trials. We have examined such designs using a more theoretical approach based on considering the purpose of analysis and the structure as regards randomisation that the design uses. We show that different purposes require different analyses and that these in turn may produce quite different results. Our approach to incorporating the randomisation employed when the purpose is to test a null hypothesis of strict equality of the treatment makes use of Nelder's theory of general balance...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903296/factors-affecting-long-term-efficacy-of-t-regulatory-cell-based-therapy-in-type-1-diabetes
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Natalia Marek-Trzonkowska, Małgorzata Myśliwiec, Dorota Iwaszkiewicz-Grześ, Mateusz Gliwiński, Ilona Derkowska, Magdalena Żalińska, Maciej Zieliński, Marcelina Grabowska, Hanna Zielińska, Karolina Piekarska, Anna Jaźwińska-Curyłło, Radosław Owczuk, Agnieszka Szadkowska, Krystyna Wyka, Piotr Witkowski, Wojciech Młynarski, Przemysława Jarosz-Chobot, Artur Bossowski, Janusz Siebert, Piotr Trzonkowski
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that immunotherapy using T regulatory cells (Tregs) prolongs remission in type 1 diabetes (T1DM). Here, we report factors that possibly affect the efficacy of this treatment. METHODS: The metabolic and immune background of 12 children with recently diagnosed T1DM, as well as that of untreated subjects, during a 2-year follow-up is presented. Patients were treated with up to 30 × 10(6)/kg b.w. of autologous expanded CD3(+)CD4(+)CD25(high)CD127(-) Tregs...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894865/the-genetic-component-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-and-aortic-dilation-an-exome-wide-association-study
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Marina Gago-Díaz, María Brion, Pastora Gallego, Francisco Calvo, Juan Robledo-Carmona, Daniel Saura, Violeta Sánchez, Javier Bermejo, Teresa Sevilla, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Ángel Carracedo, J Daniel Muehlschlegel, David García-Dorado, Simon C Body, Artur Evangelista
BACKGROUND: Bicuspid aortic valve is the most common cardiovascular congenital malformation affecting 2% of the general population. The incidence of life-threatening complications, the high heritability, and familial clustering rates support the interest in identifying risk or protective genetic factors. The main objective of the present study was to identify population-based genetic variation associated with bicuspid aortic valve and concomitant ascending aortic dilation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional exome-wide association study was conducted in 565 Spanish cases and 484 controls...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891551/colorectal-cancer-staging-comparison-of-whole-body-pet-ct-and-pet-mr
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Onofrio A Catalano, Artur M Coutinho, Dushyant V Sahani, Mark G Vangel, Michael S Gee, Peter F Hahn, Thomas Witzel, Andrea Soricelli, Marco Salvatore, Ciprian Catana, Umar Mahmood, Bruce R Rosen, Debra Gervais
PURPOSE: Correct staging is imperative for colorectal cancer (CRC) since it influences both prognosis and management. Several imaging methods are used for this purpose, with variable performance. Positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance (PET/MR) is an innovative imaging technique recently employed for clinical application. The present study was undertaken to compare the staging accuracy of whole-body positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) with whole-body PET/MR in patients with both newly diagnosed and treated colorectal cancer...
November 28, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890942/removal-of-phosphate-from-aqueous-solution-using-alginate-iron-iii-chloride-capsules-a-laboratory-study
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Hanna Siwek, Artur Bartkowiak, Małgorzata Włodarczyk, Katarzyna Sobecka
Binding phosphate at participation of alginate/FeCl3 capsules was studied with laboratory experiments. The hydrogel microcapsules were obtained with the dropping-in method, by gelation of sodium alginate water solution by iron (III) chloride solution. Phosphate adsorption characteristics were studied in a static batch system with respect to changes in contact time, initial phosphates concentration, pH of solution, and temperature. After 24 h of the tests, average 87.5% of phosphate ions were removed from the natural water solutions; after 48 h, an equilibrium was reached...
2016: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889210/relations-between-circulating-micrornas-mir-21-mir-26-mir-29-mir-30-and-mir-133a-extracellular-matrix-fibrosis-and-serum-markers-of-fibrosis-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Paweł Rubiś, Justyna Totoń-Żurańska, Sylwia Wiśniowska-Śmiałek, Katarzyna Holcman, Maria Kołton-Wróż, Paweł Wołkow, Ewa Wypasek, Joanna Natorska, Lucyna Rudnicka-Sosin, Agnieszka Pawlak, Artur Kozanecki, Piotr Podolec
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 18, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888688/an-oral-hemokine-tm-%C3%AE-methylhydrocinnamate-enhances-myeloid-and-neutrophil-recovery-following-irradiation-in-vivo
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Douglas V Faller, Serguei A Castaneda, Daohong Zhou, Merriline Vedamony, Peter E Newburger, Gary L White, Stanley Kosanke, P Artur Plett, Christie M Orschell, Michael S Boosalis, Susan P Perrine
An oral therapeutic which reduces duration of cytopenias and is active following accidental radiation exposures is an unmet need in radiation countermeasures. Alpha methylhydrocinnamate (ST7) prolongs STAT-5 phosphorylation, reduces growth-factor dependency of multi-lineage cell lines, and stimulates erythropoiesis. Here, ST7 and its isomers were studied for their effects on myeloid progenitors and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) following radiation, in nonhuman primates, and murine irradiation models. Addition of ST7 or ST7-S increased CFU-GM production by 1...
October 31, 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886099/new-insights-into-the-state-trapping-of-uv-excited-thymine
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Ljiljana Stojanović, Shuming Bai, Jayashree Nagesh, Artur F Izmaylov, Rachel Crespo-Otero, Hans Lischka, Mario Barbatti
After UV excitation, gas phase thymine returns to a ground state in 5 to 7 ps, showing multiple time constants. There is no consensus on the assignment of these processes, with a dispute between models claiming that thymine is trapped either in the first (S₁) or in the second (S₂) excited states. In the present study, a nonadiabatic dynamics simulation of thymine is performed on the basis of ADC(2) surfaces, to understand the role of dynamic electron correlation on the deactivation pathways. The results show that trapping in S₂ is strongly reduced in comparison to previous simulations considering only non-dynamic electron correlation on CASSCF surfaces...
November 23, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885521/laser-and-led-phototherapy-on-midpalatal-suture-after-rapid-maxilla-expansion-raman-and-histological-analysis
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Cristiane Becher Rosa, Fernando Antonio Lima Habib, Telma Martins de Araújo, Jean Nunes Dos Santos, Maria Cristina T Cangussu, Artur Felipe Santos Barbosa, Isabele Cardoso Vieira de Castro, Antônio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro
The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of laser or LED phototherapy on the acceleration of bone formation at the midpalatal suture after rapid maxilla expansion. Forty-five rats were divided into groups at 7 days (control, expansion, expansion and laser irradiation, and expansion and LED irradiation) and into 14 days (expansion, expansion and laser in the 1st week, expansion and LED in the 1st week, expansion and laser in the 1st and 2nd weeks, expansion and LED in the 1st and 2nd weeks). Laser/LED irradiation occurred every 48 h...
November 24, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884143/the-using-of-a-piglets-as-a-model-for-evaluating-the-dipyrone-hematological-effects
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Artur Burmańczuk, Andrzej Milczak, Tomasz Grabowski, Monika Osypiuk, Cezary Kowalski
BACKGROUND: Dipyrone (MET, metamizole) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug commonly used both in human and in veterinary medicine. After oral administration, is broken down rapidly to metabolites which largely retain the activity of the parent drug. Its metabolites have analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects. RESULTS: The subjects were eight healthy male Large White post-suckling piglets, weighing between 5.0 to 7.4 kg, of ages 35 ± 10 days...
November 25, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884116/kidney-disease-in-the-elderly-biopsy-based-data-from-14-renal-centers-in-poland
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Agnieszka Perkowska-Ptasinska, Dominika Deborska-Materkowska, Artur Bartczak, Tomasz Stompor, Tomasz Liberek, Barbara Bullo-Piontecka, Anna Wasinska, Agnieszka Serwacka, Marian Klinger, Jolanta Chyl, Michal Kuriga, Robert Malecki, Krzysztof Marczewski, Bogdan Hryniewicz, Tadeusz Gregorczyk, Monika Wieliczko, Stanislaw Niemczyk, Olga Rostkowska, Leszek Paczek, Magdalena Durlik
BACKGROUND: Longer life expectancy is associated with an increasing prevalence of kidney disease. Aging itself may cause renal damage, but the spectrum of kidney disorders that affect elderly patients is diverse. Few studies, mostly form US, Asia and West Europe found differences in the prevalence of some types of kidney diseases between elderly and younger patients based on renal biopsy findings, with varied proportion between glomerulopathies and arterionephrosclerosis as a dominant injury found...
November 25, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881180/polypharmacy-and-adverse-outcomes-after-hip-fracture-surgery
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Maria Härstedt, Cecilia Rogmark, Richard Sutton, Olle Melander, Artur Fedorowski
BACKGROUND: We aimed to explore the effects of polypharmacy and specific drug classes on readmissions and mortality after hip surgery. METHODS: We analyzed data on 272 consecutive hip fracture patients (72.1% females; age 82 ± 9 years) who underwent acute hip replacement. We collected detailed data on the pharmacological treatment upon admission and discharge. Patients were followed up over a period of 6 months after discharge using the Swedish National Hospital Discharge Register and the Swedish National Cause of Death Register...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879689/determinants-health-problems-and-food-insecurity-in-urban-areas-of-the-largest-city-in-cape-verde
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Isabel Craveiro, Daniela Alves, Miguel Amado, Zélia Santos, Argentina Tomar Fortes, António Pedro Delgado, Artur Correia, Luzia Gonçalves
Urbanization processes are intertwined with nutritional transition because there is easier access to food of low nutritional quality at reduced prices, changing dietary patterns and leading to an increase of non-communicable chronic diseases. This study aims to understand the perceptions for high blood pressure, obesity, and alcoholism, describing some interactions of these dimensions in the problem of food security in the city of Praia. A qualitative study was carried out under the framework of the research project "UPHI-STAT: Urban Planning and Health Inequalities-moving from macro to micro statistics"...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879677/pulmonary-function-and-incidence-of-selected-respiratory-diseases-depending-on-the-exposure-to-ambient-pm10
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Artur Badyda, Anna Gayer, Piotr Oskar Czechowski, Grzegorz Majewski, Piotr Dąbrowiecki
It is essential in pulmonary disease research to take into account traffic-related air pollutant exposure among urban inhabitants. In our study, 4985 people were examined for spirometric parameters in the presented research which was conducted in the years 2008-2012. The research group was divided into urban and rural residents. Traffic density, traffic structure and velocity, as well as concentrations of selected air pollutants (CO, NO₂ and PM10) were measured at selected areas. Among people who live in the city, lower percentages of predicted values of spirometric parameters were noticed in comparison to residents of rural areas...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878803/tissue-doppler-echocardiography-detects-subclinical-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy-for-colon-cancer-insights-from-oncoecho-multicenter-study
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Edyta Płońska-Gościniak, Monika Różewicz, Jarosław Kasprzak, Andrzej Wojtarowicz, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Tomasz Hryniewiecki, Piotr Pysz, Andrzej Kułach, Artur Bodys, Violetta Sulżyc, Wojciech Braksator, Andrzej Szyszka, Beata Zaborska, Adrianna Gościńska-Szmagała, Maciej Siński, Dariusz Kosior, Ilona Kowalik, Zbigniew Gąsior
I BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second most common cancer in women and the third in men in Poland. The role of chemotherapy (CTX) depends on stage of CRC: adjuvant CTX is a standard treatment in stage III and should also be considered in stage II with risk factors. AIM: The aim of the paper was to assess the cardiovascular consequences of CTX in CRC enrolled to the ONCOECHO multicenter study (2012 - 2014). To identify potential cardiotoxicity we focused on myocardial function, heart rhythm and conduction disorders and adverse cardiovascular events...
November 23, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878142/microrna-biogenesis-epigenetic-modifications-as-another-layer-of-complexity-in-the-microrna-expression-regulation
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Susheel Sagar Bhat, Artur Jarmolowski, Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska
Since their discovery, microRNAs have led to a huge shift in our understanding of the regulation of key biological processes. The discovery of epigenetic modifications that affect microRNA expression has added another layer of complexity to the already tightly controlled regulatory machinery. Modifications like uridylation, adenylation and RNA editing have been shown to have variable effects on miRNA biogenesis and action. Methylation of the N6 adenosine has been studied extensively in mRNA. Presence of the N6-methyl-adenosine (m(6)A) mark and its critical importance in miRNA biogenesis in animals adds to our understanding of the regulatory mechanisms, while its effect on miRNA biogenesis in plants is yet to be understood...
November 22, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
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