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José Joaquín Mira, Irene Carrillo, Susana Lorenzo
OBJECTIVE: To explore what hospitals and primary care (PC) are doing to reduce the negative social impact of a serious adverse event (AE). METHODS: We surveyed 195 hospital (n=113) and PC (n=82) managers from eight autonomous communities to explore the level of implementation of five interventions recommended after an AE to protect the reputation of healthcare institutions. RESULTS: Most institutions (70, 45.2% PC, and 85, 54.8% hospitals) did not have a crisis plan to protect their reputation after an AE...
October 14, 2016: Gaceta Sanitaria
Glenn N Levine, Eric R Bates, John A Bittl, Ralph G Brindis, Stephan D Fihn, Lee A Fleisher, Christopher B Granger, Richard A Lange, Michael J Mack, Laura Mauri, Roxana Mehran, Debabrata Mukherjee, L Kristin Newby, Patrick T O'Gara, Marc S Sabatine, Peter K Smith, Sidney C Smith, Jonathan L Halperin, Glenn N Levine, Sana M Al-Khatib, Kim K Birtcher, Biykem Bozkurt, Ralph G Brindis, Joaquin E Cigarroa, Lesley H Curtis, Lee A Fleisher, Federico Gentile, Samuel Gidding, Mark A Hlatky, John S Ikonomidis, José A Joglar, Susan J Pressler, Duminda N Wijeysundera
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November 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
María Noel Galardo, Agostina Gorga, Joaquín Pedro Merlo, Mariana Regueira, Eliana Herminia Pellizzari, Selva Beatriz Cigorraga, María Fernanda Riera, Silvina Beatriz Meroni
Hypoxia Inducible Factors (HIFs) are master regulators of glycolytic metabolism. HIFs consist of a constitutive HIFbeta (HIFβ) subunit and a HIFalpha (HIFα) subunit, whose half-life depends on prolyl-hydroxylases activity. Inhibition of prolyl-hydroxylases by hypoxia or transition metals, or augmentation of HIFα subunit levels by hormonal stimuli lead to a higher HIF transcriptional activity. On the other hand, it is well known that lactate produced by Sertoli cells is delivered to and used by germ cells as an energy substrate...
October 14, 2016: Biochimie
Arturo Figueroa, Alexei Wong, Salvador J Jaime, Joaquin U Gonzales
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: L-Citrulline, either synthetic or in watermelon, may improve vascular function through increased L-arginine bioavailability and nitric oxide synthesis. This article analyses potential vascular benefits of L-citrulline and watermelon supplementation at rest and during exercise. RECENT FINDINGS: There is clear evidence that acute L-citrulline ingestion increases plasma L-arginine, the substrate for endothelial nitric oxide synthesis. However, the subsequent acute improvement in nitric oxide production and mediated vasodilation is inconsistent, which likely explains the inability of acute L-citrulline or watermelon to improve exercise tolerance...
October 5, 2016: Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care
Elena Castro, Joaquin Mateo, David Olmos, Johann S de Bono
Several genomic studies have identified DNA repair gene defects in prostate cancer in the last 5 years. The mechanisms by which these DNA repair defects promote carcinogenesis and tumor progression in the prostate have not been fully elucidated, but their presence in at least 20-25% of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancers (CRPCs) provides an opportunity for a therapeutic strategy that turns a tumor strength into its weakness and may lead to arguably the first molecularly stratified treatment for this disease...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Mar Margalef-Català, Isabel Araque, Albert Bordons, Cristina Reguant, Joaquín Bautista-Gallego
Oenococcus oeni, the main lactic acid bacteria responsible for malolactic fermentation in wine, has to adapt to stressful conditions, such as low pH and high ethanol content. In this study, the changes in the transcriptome and the proteome of O. oeni PSU-1 during the adaptation period before MLF start have been studied. DNA microarrays were used for the transcriptomic analysis and two complementary proteomic techniques, 2-D DIGE and iTRAQ labeling were used to analyze the proteomic response. One of the most influenced functions in PSU-1 due to inoculation into wine-like medium (WLM) was translation, showing the over-expression of certain ribosomal genes and the corresponding proteins...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Joaquín Valle Alonso, Francisco Javier Fonseca Del Pozo, Manuel Vaquero Álvarez, Jorge Pedraza, Miguel Angel Aguayo, Almudena Sanchez
Acquired thrombotic and thromboembolic disorders may be presented initially with symptoms and signs of acute ischaemia or organ dysfunction that will lead many of these patients to seek care in the emergency department. We report a case of a 19-year-old female patient who developed catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS syndrome or Asherson syndrome) 6 weeks post stillbirth with an initial presentation of acute vascular occlusion. The patient was immediately operated and anticoagulated with significant improvement...
October 10, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
Joaquín Valle Alonso, Francisco Javier Fonseca Del Pozo, Manuel Vaquero Álvarez, Elisa Lopera Lopera, Marisol Garcia Segura, Ricardo García Arévalo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To compare two scales for assessment of patients with mild head injury. The Canadian CT Head Rule (CCHR) and New Orleans Criteria (NOC) according to their diagnostic accuracy in patients attending an emergency department, and to determine the most important predictive values. METHOD: Cross-sectional study in a first-level Hospital in the period of January 2011 to January 2013. Patients with mild head injury criteria were included. All the patients underwent a computed tomography (CT) of the head as part of internal protocol and the CCHR and NOC criteria were recorded for each patient...
October 10, 2016: Medicina Clínica
Bradley Schoch, Jean-David Werthel, John W Sperling, Robert H Cofield, Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo
INTRODUCTION: Charcot arthropathy is a rare cause of debilitating joint destruction. Shoulder arthroplasty for Charcot arthropathy is challenging secondary to local bone and soft tissue loss, lack of protective sensation, and altered muscle control. The purpose of this study is to review the outcomes, complications, and survivorship of shoulder arthroplasty for Charcot arthropathy. METHODS: Between January 2000 and December 2011, ten shoulders with Charcot arthropathy were treated with shoulder arthroplasty at our Institution (six hemiarthroplasty, one total shoulder arthroplasty, three reverse shoulder arthroplasty)...
October 14, 2016: International Orthopaedics
Joseph D Forrester, Haiwei Henry Guo, Thomas G Weiser
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis, commonly called "valley fever," "San Joaquin fever," "desert fever," or "desert rheumatism," is a multi-system illness caused by infection with Coccidioides fungi (C. immitis or C. posadasii). This organism is endemic to the desert Southwest regions of the United States and Mexico and to parts of South America. The manifestations of infection occur along a spectrum from asymptomatic to mild self-limited fever to severe disseminated disease. METHODS: Review of the English-language literature...
October 14, 2016: Surgical Infections
Sanja Vickovic, Patrik L Ståhl, Fredrik Salmén, Sarantis Giatrellis, Jakub Orzechowski Westholm, Annelie Mollbrink, José Fernández Navarro, Joaquin Custodio, Magda Bienko, Lesley-Ann Sutton, Richard Rosenquist, Jonas Frisén, Joakim Lundeberg
Single-cell transcriptome analysis overcomes problems inherently associated with averaging gene expression measurements in bulk analysis. However, single-cell analysis is currently challenging in terms of cost, throughput and robustness. Here, we present a method enabling massive microarray-based barcoding of expression patterns in single cells, termed MASC-seq. This technology enables both imaging and high-throughput single-cell analysis, characterizing thousands of single-cell transcriptomes per day at a low cost (0...
October 14, 2016: Nature Communications
Shuai Shao, Trang Nhu Do, Aida Razi, Upendra Chitgupi, Jumin Geng, Richard J Alsop, Boris G Dzikovski, Maikel C Rheinstädter, Joaquin Ortega, Mikko Karttunen, Joseph A Spernyak, Jonathan F Lovell
Computer simulations are used to design more hydrated bilayers, formed from amine-modified porphyrin-phospholipids (PoPs). Experiments confirm that the new constructs give rise to bilayers with greater water content. When chelated with manganese, amine-modified PoPs provide improved contrast for magnetic resonance and are safely used for imaging in vivo.
October 14, 2016: Small
Maria-Victoria Mateos, Albert Oriol, Joaquín Martínez-López, Ana-Isabel Teruel, Enrique Bengoechea, Luis Palomera, Felipe de Arriba, Dixie-Lee Esseltine, Andrew Cakana, Lixia Pei, Helgi van de Velde, Jesus San Miguel
: Bortezomib-melphalan-prednisone (VMP) is a standard-of-care for previously untreated, transplant-ineligible multiple myeloma (MM). Here, we compared outcomes between VMP regimens in the VISTA trial (9-cycle VMP schedule, including 4 cycles of twice weekly bortezomib) and the PETHEMA/GEM05 trial (less intensive 6-cycle VMP schedule with 1 cycle of twice weekly and 5 cycles of weekly bortezomib, then bortezomib-based maintenance). A total of 113 patient pairs matched by propensity score (estimated using logistic regression and incorporating eight exposure/outcome-related parameters) were included in this retrospective analysis...
October 14, 2016: Annals of Hematology
Timothy Wai, Shotaro Saita, Hendrik Nolte, Sebastian Müller, Tim König, Ricarda Richter-Dennerlein, Hans-Georg Sprenger, Joaquin Madrenas, Mareike Mühlmeister, Ulrich Brandt, Marcus Krüger, Thomas Langer
The SPFH (stomatin, prohibitin, flotillin, HflC/K) superfamily is composed of scaffold proteins that form ring-like structures and locally specify the protein-lipid composition in a variety of cellular membranes. Stomatin-like protein 2 (SLP2) is a member of this superfamily that localizes to the mitochondrial inner membrane (IM) where it acts as a membrane organizer. Here, we report that SLP2 anchors a large protease complex composed of the rhomboid protease PARL and the i-AAA protease YME1L, which we term the SPY complex (for SLP2-PARL-YME1L)...
October 13, 2016: EMBO Reports
Joseph M Matong, Luthando Nyaba, Philiswa N Nomngongo
A rapid, simple and green ultrasound-assisted extraction method using deep eutectic solvents (DES) for extraction of As, Cr, Mo, Sb, Se and V in soil samples, has been developed. Choline chloride-oxalic acid based DES was used as a solvent. The target analytes were subsequently quantified using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP OES). The parameters that affect the extraction of the target analytes was optimized using standard reference material of San Joaquin soil (SRM 2709a). In the optimization step, a two-level full factorial experimental design was used...
October 10, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
María Díaz-Tobarra, Norberto Cassinello Fernández, Pablo Jordá Gómez, Mohammad Nebih Nofal, Raquel Alfonso Ballester, Joaquín Ortega Serrano
BACKGROUND: Surgical strategies in patients with BMI > 55 kg/m(2) are not well established. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to compare the long term results and complications of 1- vs. 2-stage laparoscopic "Roux-en-Y″ gastric bypass (LRYGB) for patients with BMI > 55 kg/m(2). METHODS: Retrospective review of the complications and outcomes, between January 2007 and January 2010, for patients with a BMI > 55 kg/m(2) who underwent directly a LRYGB (1-stage) or a LRYGB as a 2nd stage of a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG)...
October 9, 2016: Obesity Surgery
Guillermo Caballero-García, Moisés Romero-Ortega, Joaquín Barroso-Flores
σ-Holes are shown to promote the electrophilic behavior of chlorine atoms in a trichloromethyl group when bound to an electron-withdrawing moiety. A halogen bond-type non-covalent interaction between a chlorine atom and a negatively charged sulfur atom takes place, causing the abstraction of such a chlorine atom while leaving a carbanion, subsequently driving the chemical reduction of the trichloromethyl group to a sulfide in a stepwise process. The mechanism for the model reaction of trichloromethyl pyrimidine 1 with thiophenolate and thiophenol to yield phenylsulfide 4 was followed through (1)H-NMR and studied using DFT transition state calculations, and the energy profile for this transformation is fully discussed...
October 5, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Ángel L Fuentes de Arriba, Luis Simón, Omayra H Rubio, Laura M Monleón, Victoria Alcázar, Francisca Sanz, César A Raposo, Joaquín R Morán
Administration of enantiomerically pure β-adrenergic agonists and antagonists increases their activity and reduces side effects. We report here a small-molecule artificial receptor (SMAR) that, by mimicking the β-adrenergic receptor, is able to enantioselectively extract commercial β-adrenergic interacting drugs. The selectivity is justified according to DFT calculations and X-ray diffraction experiments.
October 18, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Angelica Macauda, Diego Calvetti, Giuseppe Maccari, Kari Hemminki, Asta Försti, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Niels Weinhold, Richard Houlston, Vibeke Andersen, Ulla Vogel, Gabriele Buda, Judit Varkonyi, Anna Sureda, Joaquin Martinez Lopez, Marzena Watek, Aleksandra Butrym, Maria Eugenia Sarasquete, Marek Dudziński, Artur Jurczyszyn, Agnieszka Druzd-Sitek, Marcin Kruszewski, Edyta Subocz, Mario Petrini, Elzbieta Iskierka-Jażdżewska, Malgorzata Raźny, Gergely Szombath, Herlander Marques, Daria Zawirska, Dominik Chraniuk, Janusz Halka, Svend Erik Hove Jacobsen, Grzegorz Mazur, Ramón García Sanz, Charles Dumontet, Victor Moreno, Anna Stępień, Katia Beider, Matteo Pelosini, Rui Manuel Reis, Malgorzata Krawczyk-Kulis, Marcin Rymko, Hervé Avet-Loiseau, Fabienne Lesueur, Norbert Grząśko, Olga Ostrovsky, Krzysztof Jamroziak, Annette J Vangsted, Andrés Jerez, Waldemar Tomczak, Jan Maciej Zaucha, Katalin Kadar, Juan Sainz Pérez, Arnon Nagler, Stefano Landi, Federica Gemignani, Federico Canzian
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignancy of plasma cells usually infiltrating the bone marrow, associated with the production of a monoclonal immunoglobulin (M protein) which can be detected in the blood and/or urine. Multiple lines of evidence suggest that genetic factors are involved in MM pathogenesis, and several studies have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with the susceptibility to the disease. SNPs within miRNA-binding sites in target genes (miRSNPs) may alter the strength of miRNA-mRNA interactions, thus deregulating protein expression...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Jesús Millán, Juan Pedro-Botet, Elisenda Climent, Joaquín Millán, Joan Rius
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Muscle symptoms, with or without elevation of creatin kinase are one of the main adverse effects of statin therapy, a fact that sometimes limits their use. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical characteristics of patients treated with statins who have complained muscle symptoms and to identify possible predictive factors. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional one-visit, non-interventional, national multicenter study including patients of both sexes over 18 years of age referred for past or present muscle symptoms associated with statin therapy was conducted...
October 4, 2016: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
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