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Erik Iwarsson, Bo Jacobsson, Jessica Dagerhamn, Thomas Davidson, Eduardo Bernabé, Marianne Heibert Arnlind
INTRODUCTION: To review the performance of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for detection of trisomy 21, 18 and 13 (T21, T18 and T13) in a general pregnant population as well as to update the data on high-risk pregnancies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library were searched. Methodological quality was rated using QUADAS and scientific evidence using GRADE. Summary measures of diagnostic accuracy were calculated using a bivariate random-effects model...
October 25, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
Bethany G Caulkins, Robert P Young, Ryan A Kudla, Chen Yang, Thomas J Bittbauer, Baback Bastin, Eduardo Hilario, Li Fan, Michael J Marsella, Michael F Dunn, Leonard J Mueller
Carbanionic intermediates play a central role in the catalytic transformations of amino acids performed by pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent enzymes. Here, we make use of NMR crystallography - the synergistic combination of solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray crystallography, and computational chemistry - to interrogate a carbanionic/quinonoid intermediate analogue in the β-subunit active site of the PLP-requiring enzyme tryptophan synthase. The solid-state NMR chemical shifts of the PLP pyridine ring nitrogen and additional sites, coupled with first principles computational models, allow a detailed model of protonation states for ionizable groups on the cofactor, substrates, and nearby catalytic residues to be established...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Simone C Guadagnin, Eduardo Y Nakano, Eliane S Dutra, Kênia M B de Carvalho, Marina K Ito
Workplace dietary intervention studies in low- and middle-income countries using psychometrically sound measures are scarce. This study aimed to validate a nutrition knowledge questionnaire (NQ) and its utility in evaluating the changes in knowledge among participants of a Nutrition Education Program (NEP) conducted at the workplace. A NQ was tested for construct validity, internal consistency and discriminant validity. It was applied in a NEP conducted at six workplaces, in order to evaluate the effect of an interactive or a lecture-based education programme on nutrition knowledge...
October 25, 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
Niraj R Joshi, Eduardo H Miyadahira, Yalda Afshar, Jae-Wook Jeong, Steven L Young, Bruce A Lessey, Paulo C Serafini, Asgerally T Fazleabas
CONTEXT: Endometriosis results in aberrant gene expression in the eutopic endometrium(EuE) and subsequent progesterone(P) resistance. MicroRNA(miR) microarray data in a baboon model of endometriosis showed an increased expression of miR-29c. OBJECTIVES: To explore the role of miR-29c in P resistance in a subset of women with endometriosis. DESIGN: MiR-29c expression was analyzed in the endometrium of baboons and women with or without endometriosis...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Antoni Bayes-Genis, Julio Núñez, Eduardo Núñez, Jaume Barallat Martínez, Maria-Cruz Pastor Ferrer, Marta de Antonio, Elisabet Zamora, Juan Sanchis, Josep Lupón Rosés
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in pharmacologic therapy and devices, patients with heart failure (HF) continue to have significant rehospitalization rates and risk prediction remains challenging. We sought to explore the value of a multi-biomarker panel [including NT-proBNP, high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-TnT), and ST2] on top of clinical assessment for long-term prediction of recurrent hospitalizations in HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: NT-proBNP, hs-TnT, and ST2 (suppression of tumorigenicity-2) levels were measured in 891 consecutive ambulatory HF patients...
2016: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Christian Montes, Fabiola Altimira, Hayron Canchignia, Álvaro Castro, Evelyn Sánchez, María Miccono, Eduardo Tapia, Álvaro Sequeida, Jorge Valdés, Paz Tapia, Carolina González, Humberto Prieto
A new plant commensal Pseudomonas veronii isolate (strain R4) was identified from a Xiphinema index biocontrol screen. Isolated from grapevine roots from vineyards in central Chile, the strain R4 exhibited a slower yet equivalently effective nematicide activity as the well-characterized P. protegens CHA0. Whole genome sequencing of strain R4 and comparative analysis among the available Pseudomonas spp. genomes allowed for the identification of gene clusters that encode putative extracellular proteases and lipase synthesis and secretion systems, which are proposed to mediate-at least in part-the observed nematicidal activity...
2016: Standards in Genomic Sciences
Yamila Sol Rocca, María Paula Roberti, Estefanía Paula Juliá, María Betina Pampena, Luisina Bruno, Sergio Rivero, Eduardo Huertas, Fernando Sánchez Loria, Alejandro Pairola, Anne Caignard, José Mordoh, Estrella Mariel Levy
The clinical outcome of colorectal cancer (CRC) is associated with the immune response; thus, these tumors could be responsive to different immune therapy approaches. Natural killer (NK) cells are key antitumor primary effectors that can eliminate CRC cells without prior immunization. We previously determined that NK cells from the local tumor environment of CRC tumors display a profoundly altered phenotype compared with circulating NK cells from healthy donors (HD). In this study, we evaluated peripheral blood NK cells from untreated patients and their possible role in metastasis progression...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
José A L Fernandes, Tâmara H R Prandini, Maria da Conceiçao A Castro, Thales D Arantes, Juliana Giacobino, Eduardo Bagagli, Raquel C Theodoro
Inteins are invasive intervening sequences that perform an autocatalytic splicing from their host proteins. Among eukaryotes, these elements are present in many fungal species, including those considered opportunistic or primary pathogens, such as Candida spp. Here we reviewed and updated the list of Candida species containing inteins in the genes VMA, THRRS and GLT1 and pointed out the importance of these elements as molecular markers for molecular epidemiological researches and species-specific diagnosis, since the presence, as well as the size of these inteins, is polymorphic among the different species...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Naroa Lozano-Carrascal, Marta Satorres-Nieto, Rafael Delgado-Ruiz, José Eduardo Maté-Sánchez de Val, Sergio Alexandre Gehrke, Jorge Gargallo-Albiol, José Luis Calvo-Guirado
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of SEM and EDX microanalysis on evaluating the effect of porcine xenografts (MP3(®)) supplemented with pamidronate during socket healing. Mandibular second premolars (P2) and first molars (M1) were extracted from six Beagle dogs. P2 were categorized as small defects (SD) and M1 as large defects (LD). Four random groups were created: SC (small control defects with MP3(®)), ST (small test defects MP3(®)+pamidronate), LC (large control defects with MP3(®)), and LT (large test defects MP3(®)+pamidronate)...
October 21, 2016: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
Ignacio Pedrosa, Javier Suárez-Álvarez, Eduardo García-Cueto, José Muñiz
: Backgound : Assessing specific personality traits has shown better predictive power of enterprising personality than have broad personality traits. Hitherto, there have been no instruments that evaluate the combination of specific personality traits of enterprising personality in an adaptive format. So, the aim was to develop a Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) to assess enterprising personality in young people. METHODS: A pool of 161 items was developed and applied to two sets of participants (n 1 = 357 students, M age = 17...
November 2016: Psicothema
Karen D Hidalgo, Grégore I Mielke, Diana C Parra, Felipe Lobelo, Eduardo J Simões, Grace O Gomes, Alex A Florindo, Mário Bracco, Lenildo Moura, Ross C Brownson, Michael Pratt, Luiz R Ramos, Pedro C Hallal
BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to examine the lifestyle behaviors and health promoting practices of physicians, nurses, and community health workers in Brazil. METHODS: A random sample of primary health care units in Brazil was selected, and a pretested questionnaire was administered via phone interviews, in 2011, to 182 physicians, 347 nurses, and 269 community health workers, totaling 798 health professionals. The total initial sample included 1600 eligible health professionals...
October 24, 2016: BMC Public Health
Andrei C Sposito, José Rocha Faria Neto, Luiz Sergio F de Carvalho, Alberto Lorenzatti, Alberto Cafferata, Gerardo Elikir, Eduardo Esteban, Enrique C Morales Villegas, Luiz Carlos Bodanese, Rodrigo K Alonso, Alvaro J Ruiz Morales, Viviane Z Rocha, Andre A Faludi, Hermes T Xavier, Otávio Rizzi Coelho, Marcelo H Assad, Maria C Izar, Raul D Santos, Francisco A H Fonseca, Alberto Mello E Silva, Pedro Marques da Silva, Marcelo C Bertolami
In the last 2 decades, statin therapy has proved to be the most potent isolated therapy for attenuation of cardiovascular risk. Its frequent use has been appointed as one of the most important elements for the reduction of the cardiovascular mortality in developed countries. However, the recurrent incidence of muscle symptoms in statin users raised the possibility of causal association, leading to disease entity known as statin associated muscle symptoms (SAMS). Mechanistic studies and clinical trials, specifically designed for the study of SAMS allowed a deeper understanding of the natural history and the accurate incidence...
October 25, 2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Edson Costa E Silva, Sheyla Viana Omonte, Alessandro Gomides Veiga Martins, Hércules Henrique Onibene de Castro, Hayder Egg Gomes, Élton Gonçalves Zenóbio, Peterson Antônio Dutra de Oliveira, Martinho Campolina Rebello Horta, Paulo Eduardo Alencar Souza
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of hyaluronic acid (HA) in the structure and degradation patterns of BioGide(®) and OsseoGuard™ collagen membranes. HA mediates inflammation and acts in cell migration, adhesion, and differentiation, benefitting tissue remodeling and vascularization. These are desirable effects in guided regeneration procedures, but it is still unknown whether HA alters the barrier properties of absorbable membranes. DESIGN: Bone defects were created in the calvaria of rats, which were treated with HA gel 1% (HA group) or simply filled with blood clot (control group), and covered with BioGide(®) or OsseoGuard™...
October 17, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
Eduardo Dellacassa, Virginia Ferrari, Andres Coniberti, Edgardo Disegna
Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp. are the main producers of ochratoxin A (OTA), a mycotoxin responsible for fatal human diseases. Some Authorities have established a maximum of 2 μg/L of OTA in wine (EC.N°123, 2005). Although the incidence and occurrence of OTA in grapes and wine is highly related to climate conditions as has been extensively documented, there is not conclusive information on the effects of cultivation systems on the presence of OTA. This study focused on determining the effect of the trellis system, planting density and cordon height on plant microclimate and thus on Aspergillus spp...
October 24, 2016: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
Bruno da Silveira Colombo, Marcelo Fernando Ronsoni, Pedro Eduardo Soares E Silva, Leonardo Fayad, Letícia Muraro Wildner, Maria Luiza Bazzo, Esther Buzaglo Dantas-Correa, Janaína Luz Narciso-Schiavon, Leonardo de Lucca Schiavon
CONTEXT: IGF-I serum levels are suppressed in cirrhosis but its prognostic significance is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prognostic value of IGF-I in patients admitted for acute decompensation of cirrhosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cohort study that included 103 patients. IGF-I was measured by ELISA. RESULTS: Ninety-day mortality was 26.2% and it was independently associated with MELD, age and IGF-I. The Kaplan-Meier survival probability at 90 days was 94...
October 24, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Rafaianne Queiroz Moraes-Souza, Thaigra Sousa Soares, Nágilla Orleanne Lima Carmo, Débora Cristina Damasceno, Kleber Eduardo Campos, Gustavo Tadeu Volpato
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Several women often use plant extracts during pregnancy without any concern about its possible toxic effects. The plant effects have been experimentally confirmed in animals and humans, while others require additional investigations. AIM OF STUDY: To evaluated the effect of aqueous extract of Croton urucurana latex on the maternal-fetal repercussions in rats. METHODS: Pregnant rats were randomly distributed into four experimental groups: Control=treated with water (vehicle); Treated 200=treated with a dose 200mg/kg; Treated 400= dose 400mg/kg and; and Treated 800= dose 800mg/kg...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Hugh S O'Neill, Caroline C Herron, Conn L Hastings, Roel Deckers, Adolfo Lopez Noriega, Helena M Kelly, Wim E Hennink, Ciarán O McDonnell, Fergal J O'Brien, Eduardo Ruiz-Hernández, Garry P Duffy
Lysolipid-based thermosensitive liposomes (LTSL) embedded in a chitosan-based thermoresponsive hydrogel matrix (denoted Lipogel) represents a novel approach for the spatiotemporal release of therapeutic agents. The entrapment of drug-loaded liposomes in an injectable hydrogel permits local liposome retention, thus providing a prolonged release in target tissues. Moreover, release can be controlled through the use of a minimally invasive external hyperthermic stimulus. Temporal control of release is particularly important for complex multi-step physiological processes, such as angiogenesis, in which different signals are required at different times in order to produce a robust vasculature...
October 20, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Mathias Holm Sørgaard, Klaus Fuglsang Kofoed, Jesper James Linde, Richard Thomas George, Carlos Eduardo Rochitte, Gudrun Feuchtner, Joao A C Lima, Jawdat Abdulla
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to provide a meta-analysis of all published studies assessing the diagnostic accuracy of stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging (CTP) in patients suspected of or with known coronary artery disease. This analysis is limited to static stress CTP. METHODS: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of studies examining the diagnostic accuracy of static CTP imaging alone or combined with coronary CT angiography (CTA) in comparison to single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), magnetic resonance perfusion (MRP), and/or invasive coronary angiography with and without fractional flow reserve (FFR)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Kelly Souza Fernandes, Paulo Eduardo Narcizo de Souza, Miriam Leandro Dorta, Antonio Alonso
In this study, we combined electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy with an analysis of biophysical cellular parameters to study the mechanisms underlying the in vitro anti-leishmanial activity of miltefosine (MT). A thiol-specific spin label attached to membrane-bound proteins of Leishmania amazonensis and peritoneal macrophages indicated that MT may bind to plasma membrane proteins in large quantities via a detergent-like action and cause structural changes associated with a marked increase in dynamics and exposure to an aqueous environment...
October 20, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Michelle M A C Ribeiro, Thiago C Oliveira, Alex D Batista, Rodrigo A A Muñoz, Eduardo M Richter
This paper reports for the first time, a method for simultaneous determination of naphazoline (NPZ) and zinc (Zn) using an analytical separation technique (capillary electrophoresis with capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection -CE-C(4)D). A single run is possible every 55s (sampling rate=65h(-1)). The separation by CE-C(4)D was achieved on a fused silica capillary (50cm length - 10cm effective, 50μm i.d.) with a background electrolyte (BGE) composed by 20mmolL(-1) of 2-(morpholin-4-yl)ethane-1-sulfonic acid (MES) and 20mmolL(-1) of histidine (HIS) (pH 6...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
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