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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633696/cross-border-collaboration-for-improved-tuberculosis-prevention-and-care-policies-tools-and-experiences
#1
M Dara, G Sulis, R Centis, L D'Ambrosio, G de Vries, P Douglas, D Garcia, N Jansen, E Zuroweste, G B Migliori
As tuberculosis (TB) spreads beyond borders with people movements, several interventions ensuring the continuity of care are essential, although difficult to put in place in the absence of well-defined agreements allowing data sharing and easy referral of patients to appropriate health facilities. This article first sets out general principles for cross-border collaboration and continuity of care. It then presents a series of case studies. Policies and practices on cross-border collaboration in selected low-incidence countries (Australia, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States) are described and critically appraised...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616536/nt-probnp-and-diastolic-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-marfan-syndrome
#2
Petra Gehle, Peter N Robinson, Frank Heinzel, Frank Edelmann, Mustafa Yigitbasi, Felix Berger, Volkmar Falk, Burkert Pieske, Ernst Wellnhofer
AIMS: Subclinical diastolic dysfuntion in patients with preclinical heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) has been demonstrated in patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS). We investigated the relationship between diastolic dysfunction and NT-proBNP levels in patients with MFS. METHODS AND RESULTS: NT-proBNP, C-reactive protein (CRP) and diastolic function were assessed in 217 patients with MFS (31 ± 16 y, 110 f. and in 339 patients referred for suspected MFS in whom the diagnosis was ruled out according to the Ghent nosology (30 ± 15 y, 154 f)...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602583/coupled-caspase-and-n-end-rule-ligase-activities-allow-recognition-and-degradation-of-pluripotency-factor-lin-28-during-non-apoptotic-development
#3
Benjamin P Weaver, Yi M Weaver, Shohei Mitani, Min Han
Recent findings suggest that components of the classical cell death machinery also have important non-cell-death (non-apoptotic) functions in flies, nematodes, and mammals. However, the mechanisms for non-canonical caspase substrate recognition and proteolysis, and the direct roles for caspases in gene expression regulation, remain largely unclear. Here we report that CED-3 caspase and the Arg/N-end rule pathway cooperate to inactivate the LIN-28 pluripotency factor in seam cells, a stem-like cell type in Caenorhabditis elegans, thereby ensuring proper temporal cell fate patterning...
June 19, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601634/synthesis-and-assembly-of-hepatitis-b-virus-envelope-protein-derived-particles-in-escherichia-coli
#4
Hao Li, Keisuke Onbe, Qiushi Liu, Masumi Iijima, Kenji Tatematsu, Masaharu Seno, Hiroko Tada, Shun' Ichi Kuroda
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) envelope particles have been synthesized in eukaryotic cells (e.g., mammalian cells, insect cells, and yeast cells) as an HB vaccine immunogen and drug delivery system (DDS) nanocarrier. Many researchers had made attempts to synthesize the particles in Escherichia coli for minimize the cost and time for producing HBV envelope particles, but the protein was too deleterious to be synthesized in E. coli. In this study, we generated deletion mutants of HBV envelope L protein (389 amino acid residues (aa)) containing three transmembrane domains (TM1, TM2, TM3)...
June 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581033/life-and-death-of-proteins-after-protease-cleavage-protein-degradation-by-the-n-end-rule-pathway
#5
REVIEW
Nico Dissmeyer, Susana Rivas, Emmanuelle Graciet
The N-end rule relates the stability of a protein to the identity of its N-terminal residue and some of its modifications. Since its discovery in the 1980s, the repertoire of N-terminal degradation signals has expanded, leading to a diversity of N-end rule pathways. Although some of these newly discovered N-end rule pathways remain largely unexplored in plants, recent discoveries have highlighted roles of N-end rule-mediated protein degradation in plant defense against pathogens and in cell proliferation during organ growth...
June 5, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578682/secondary-distress-in-violence-researchers-a-randomised-trial-of-the-effectiveness-of-group-debriefings
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Heidi Grundlingh, Louise Knight, Dipak Naker, Karen Devries
BACKGROUND: Secondary distress including emotional distress, vicarious trauma (VT) and secondary traumatic stress (STS) due to exposure to primary trauma victims have been described in helping professionals and in violence researchers. To our knowledge, there are few prevalence studies, and no tailored interventions have been tested to reduce secondary distress in violence researchers. The study aims to (1) describe the epidemiology of secondary distress experienced by violence researchers; to (2) assess the effectiveness of group debriefings in mitigating secondary distress; to (3) assess risk and protective factors...
June 2, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545574/initiating-change-locally-in-bullying-and-aggression-through-the-school-environment-inclusive-trial-update-to-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-protocol
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Chris Bonell, Anne Mathiot, Elizabeth Allen, Leonardo Bevilacqua, Deborah Christie, Diana Elbourne, Adam Fletcher, Richard Grieve, Rosa Legood, Stephen Scott, Emily Warren, Meg Wiggins, Russell M Viner
BACKGROUND: Systematic reviews suggest that multi-component interventions are effective in reducing bullying victimisation and perpetration. We are undertaking a phase III randomised trial of the INCLUSIVE multi-component intervention. This trial aims to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the INCLUSIVE intervention in reducing aggression and bullying victimisation in English secondary schools. This paper updates the original trial protocol published in 2014 (Trials 15:381, 2014) and presents the changes in the process evaluation protocol and the secondary outcome data collection...
May 25, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534225/biomarker-monitoring-of-controlled-dietary-acrylamide-exposure-indicates-consistent-human-endogenous-background
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Katharina Goempel, Laura Tedsen, Meike Ruenz, Tamara Bakuradze, Dorothea Schipp, Jens Galan, Gerhard Eisenbrand, Elke Richling
The aim of the present study was to explore the relation of controlled dietary acrylamide (AA) intake with the excretion of AA-related urinary mercapturic acids (MA), N-acetyl-S-(carbamoylethyl)-L-cysteine (AAMA) and N-acetyl-S-(1-carbamoyl-2-hydroxyethyl)-L-cysteine (GAMA). Excretion kinetics of these short-term exposure biomarkers were monitored under strictly controlled conditions within a duplicate diet human intervention study. One study arm (group A, n = 6) ingested AA via coffee (0.15-0.17 µg/kg bw) on day 6 and in a meal containing an upper exposure level of AA (14...
May 22, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528096/analysis-of-domestic-refrigerator-temperatures-and-home-storage-time-distributions-for-shelf-life-studies-and-food-safety-risk-assessment
#9
Anna Roccato, Mieke Uyttendaele, Jeanne-Marie Membré
In the framework of food safety, when mimicking the consumer phase, the storage time and temperature used are mainly considered as single point estimates instead of probability distributions. This singlepoint approach does not take into account the variability within a population and could lead to an overestimation of the parameters. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyse data on domestic refrigerator temperatures and storage times of chilled food in European countries in order to draw general rules which could be used either in shelf-life testing or risk assessment...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526524/visual-snow-in-a-paediatric-patient
#10
E Santos-Bueso, A M Muñoz-Hernández, N Avalos-Franco, S García-Sáenz, F Sáenz-Francés, J Porta-Etessam
CASE REPORT: The case is presented of an 11 year-old girl referring to a one year history of photophobia and continuously seeing white spots in both eyes. The patient had a visual acuity of unity in both eyes, and a normal eye examination, and was referred to the Neuro-ophthalmology Unit. Once complete laboratory and imaging tests ruled out the possibility of any neurological pathology, she was diagnosed with visual snow (VS). DISCUSSION: VS is an isolated symptom, possibly part of the migraine aura, that is referred by patients reporting numerous and constant white dots moving in the visual field of BE...
May 16, 2017: Archivos de la Sociedad Española de Oftalmología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515311/control-of-hsp90-chaperone-and-its-clients-by-n-terminal-acetylation-and-the-n-end-rule-pathway
#11
Jang-Hyun Oh, Ju-Yeon Hyun, Alexander Varshavsky
We found that the heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) chaperone system of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is greatly impaired in naa10Δ cells, which lack the NatA N(α)-terminal acetylase (Nt-acetylase) and therefore cannot N-terminally acetylate a majority of normally N-terminally acetylated proteins, including Hsp90 and most of its cochaperones. Chk1, a mitotic checkpoint kinase and a client of Hsp90, was degraded relatively slowly in wild-type cells but was rapidly destroyed in naa10Δ cells by the Arg/N-end rule pathway, which recognized a C terminus-proximal degron of Chk1...
May 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510571/second-line-pazopanib-in-patients-with-relapsed-and-refractory-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-multicentre-phase-ii-study-of-the-hellenic-oncology-research-group
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F Koinis, S Agelaki, V Karavassilis, N Kentepozidis, E Samantas, S Peroukidis, P Katsaounis, E Hartabilas, I I Varthalitis, I Messaritakis, G Fountzilas, V Georgoulias, A Kotsakis
BACKGROUND: Pazopanib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor with antiangiogenic activity. Vascular endothelial growth factor expression is increased in SCLC and is correlated with poor prognosis. The efficacy and tolerance of second-line pazopanib in SCLC was evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with platinum-sensitive (cohort A; n=39) and -resistant/refractory (cohort B; n=19) SCLC were enrolled in a multicentre phase II study. The primary end point was the progression-free survival rate (PFS-R) at week 8 in each cohort...
June 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506137/elevation-of-serum-park7-and-il-8-levels-is-associated-with-acute-lung-injury-in-patients-with-severe-sepsis-septic-shock
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Xiao-Wei Liu, Tao Ma, Quan Cai, Li Wang, Hong-Wei Song, Zhi Liu
OBJECTIVE: Methods containing only clinical information fail to meet the needs of prediction of acute lung injury (ALI) because of the relatively low positive predictive value. This study aimed to investigate the feasibility of using biomarkers as predictors of ALI in populations with severe sepsis/septic shock and to explore difference among biomarkers after adjustment for potential confounders. METHODS: Serum specimens were collected from patients with severe sepsis/septic shock (n = 172) presented to the emergency department...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445535/microrna-125a-3p-is-regulated-by-myd88-in-legionella-pneumophila-infection-and-targets-ntan1
#14
Elisa Jentho, Malena Bodden, Christine Schulz, Anna-Lena Jung, Kerstin Seidel, Bernd Schmeck, Wilhelm Bertrams
BACKGROUND: Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila) is a causative agent of severe pneumonia. It is highly adapted to intracellular replication and manipulates host cell functions like vesicle trafficking and mRNA translation to its own advantage. However, it is still unknown to what extent microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in the Legionella-host cell interaction. METHODS: WT and MyD88-/- murine bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMM) were infected with L. pneumophila, the transcriptome was analyzed by high throughput qPCR array (microRNAs) and conventional qPCR (mRNAs), and mRNA-miRNA interaction was validated by luciferase assays with 3´-UTR mutations and western blot...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443142/effects-of-androgen-deprivation-therapy-on-hypercoagulability-in-prostate-cancer-patients-a-prospective-longitudinal-study
#15
Harmanpreet Kaur, D Robert Siemens, Angela Black, Sylvia Robb, Spencer Barr, Charles H Graham, Maha Othman
INTRODUCTION: Androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) is the mainstay of systemic therapy for advanced prostate cancer (PCa), but has significant adverse effects, including increasing concern for cardiovascular (CV) and thromboembolic (TE) complications. This study carefully investigates any relationship between ADT use and hypercoagulability as a possible mechanism of these adverse effects. METHODS: We performed a prospective, longitudinal study in a cohort of patients with advanced PCa initiating ADT (n=18)...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443117/seed-biology-updates-highlights-and-new-discoveries-in-seed-dormancy-and-germination-research
#16
REVIEW
Hiroyuki Nonogaki
An understanding of the biology of seeds has been greatly advanced in recent years. The progresses, particularly in the field of seed dormancy and germination research, have been made at a remarkable speed. Some of the possible epigenetic mechanisms, including an involvement of non-coding RNA, which were predicted for DELAY OF GERMINATION1 just a few years ago, have now been demonstrated with strong molecular and genetic evidence. Imprinting, or parent-of-origin-specific gene silencing/expression, which was characterized particularly for developing seeds, was also found in imbibed seeds and suggested for dormancy mechanisms...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431231/sequestration-from-protease-adaptor-confers-differential-stability-to-protease-substrate
#17
Jinki Yeom, Kyle J Wayne, Eduardo A Groisman
According to the N-end rule, the N-terminal residue of a protein determines its stability. In bacteria, the adaptor ClpS mediates proteolysis by delivering substrates bearing specific N-terminal residues to the protease ClpAP. We now report that the Salmonella adaptor ClpS binds to the N terminus of the regulatory protein PhoP, resulting in PhoP degradation by ClpAP. We establish that the PhoP-activated protein MgtC protects PhoP from degradation by outcompeting ClpS for binding to PhoP. MgtC appears to act exclusively on PhoP, as it did not alter the stability of a different ClpS-dependent ClpAP substrate...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426839/medical-history-in-the-hellenic-journal-of-nuclear-medicine
#18
EDITORIAL
Andreas Otte
The Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine is about to celebrate its 20th anniversary end of 2017. On board of the editorial team since 2003, this journal has influenced me like a good friend over the many past years. From time to time, the journal has published interesting and valuable historical notes. They show that nuclear medicine has a history and that medicine is its basis. They also teach us today, and some of the ancient perspectives and approaches are still valid. The reader of HJNM may be interested in these historical contributions, as they are timeless...
January 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401622/predicting-mortality-in-the-emergency-department-external-validation-and-derivation-of-a-clinical-prediction-tool
#19
Rajat N Moman, Caitlin E Loprinzi Brauer, Katherine M Kelsey, Rachel D Havyer, Christine M Lohse, M Fernanda Bellolio
BACKGROUND: The Choosing Wisely campaign has called for better engagement of palliative and hospice care services for patients in the emergency department (ED). PREDICT is a clinical prediction tool that was derived in an Australian ED cohort. It assesses a patient's risk of mortality at 1 year to select those who would benefit from advanced care planning. Such goals-of-care discussion can improve patients' ability to communicate what they want out of their healthcare and, in cases of end of life, potentially reduce the number of futile interventions...
April 12, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392261/bound-waters-mediate-binding-of-diverse-substrates-to-a-ubiquitin-ligase
#20
Juliana Muñoz-Escobar, Edna Matta-Camacho, Cordelia Cho, Guennadi Kozlov, Kalle Gehring
The N-end rule pathway controls the half-life of proteins based on their N-terminal residue. Positively charged type 1 N-degrons are recognized by a negatively charged pocket on the Zn finger named the UBR box. Here, we show that the UBR box is rigid, but bound water molecules in the pocket provide the structural plasticity required to bind different positively charged amino acids. Ultra-high-resolution crystal structures of arginine, histidine, and methylated arginine reveal that water molecules mediate the binding of N-degron peptides...
May 2, 2017: Structure
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