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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641145/lack-of-association-between-deletion-polymorphism-of-bim-gene-and-in-vitro-drug-sensitivity-in-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Meixian Huang, Kunio Miyake, Keiko Kagami, Masako Abe, Tamao Shinohara, Atsushi Watanabe, Shinpei Somazu, Hiroko Oshiro, Kumiko Goi, Hiroaki Goto, Masayoshi Minegishi, Shotaro Iwamoto, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Kanji Sugita, Takeshi Inukai
A deletion polymorphism in the BIM gene was identified as an intrinsic mechanism for resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitor in chronic myeloid leukemia patients in East Asia. BIM is also involved in the responses to glucocorticoid and chemotherapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), suggesting a possible association between deletion polymorphism of BIM and the chemosensitivity of ALL. Thus, we analyzed 72 B-cell precursor (BCP)-ALL cell lines established from Japanese patients. Indeed, higher BIM gene expression was associated with good in vitro sensitivities to glucocorticoid and chemotherapeutic agents used in induction therapy...
June 4, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641098/trends-in-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-activity-in-lebanon
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Ali Bazarbachi, Ammar Zahreddine, Radwan Massoud, Jean Cheikh, Colette Hanna, Fadi Nasr, Miguel Abboud, Ahmad Ibrahim
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has been accessible to the population residing in Lebanon and surrounding countries since 1997. HSCT programs were developed in two major hospitals in Beirut: American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) and Makassed General Hospital. Mount Lebanon Hospital initiated an autologous HSCT activity later. Between 2012 and 2016, the HSCT activity in Lebanon reached a total of 897 transplants, among which 303 (33.8%) were allogeneic HSCT and 594 (66.2%) were autologous HSCT...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641042/resolving-the-melampsora-epitea-complex
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Peng Zhao, Makoto Kakishima, Qi Wang, Lei Cai
Melampsora epitea (Pucciniales, Basidiomycota) has been widely known as the main rust pathogen on willows, but its species boundary has been extremely confusing. Melampsora epitea was often confused with several morphologically similar species, such as M. arctica, M. humilis, and M. epiphylla. Recent DNA-based studies using specimens from North America and Europe suggested that M. epitea was a complex of several phylogenetic species. In this study, we examined the species boundary of M. epitea based on rDNA phylogeny and the general mixed Yule coalescent (GMYC) model from 534 specimens...
May 11, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641026/sociodemographic-factors-associated-with-female-genital-cutting-among-women-of-reproductive-age-in-nigeria
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T O Ojo, M Y Ijadunola
OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study were to determine the prevalence of female genital cutting (FGC) among women of reproductive age in Nigeria and identify the sociodemographic factors associated with the practice. METHODS: A secondary analysis of the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey was carried out in 38,948 women of reproductive age (15-49 years). RESULTS: The prevalence of FGC among respondents was almost 25%, most of whom (82%) had undergone the procedure when they were under 5 years of age...
June 22, 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640885/phylogeography-of-a-tough-rock-survivor-in-european-dry-grasslands
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Daniela Listl, Peter Poschlod, Christoph Reisch
Phylogeographic analyses of plants in Europe have revealed common glacial refugia and migration routes for several trees and herbs with arctic-alpine distributions. The postglacial histories of dry grassland species in central Europe have rarely been analyzed, even though the extremely species-rich habitat is threatened. Sedum album (Crassulaceae) is a common inhabitant of rocky sites in central European dry grasslands. We inferred the phylogeographic history of S. album over its distribution range in Europe...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640854/maternal-bmi-and-diabetes-in-pregnancy-investigating-variations-between-ethnic-groups-using-routine-maternity-data-from-london-uk
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Erin Nishikawa, Laura Oakley, Paul T Seed, Pat Doyle, Eugene Oteng-Ntim
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the ethnicity-specific association between body mass index (BMI) and diabetes in pregnancy, with a focus on the appropriateness of using BMI cut-offs to identify pregnant women at risk of diabetes. STUDY DESIGN: Analysis of routinely-collected data from a maternity unit in London, UK. Data were available on 53 264 women delivering between 2004 and 2012. Logistic regression was used to explore the association between diabetes in pregnancy and BMI among women of different ethnicities, and adjusted probability estimates were used to derive risk equivalent cut-offs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640778/a-cohort-study-of-blunt-cerebrovascular-injury-screening-in-children-are-they-just-little-adults
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Mackenzie R Cook, Cordelie E Witt, Robert H Bonow, Eileen M Bulger, Ken F Linnau, Saman Arbabi, Bryce R H Robinson, Joseph Cuschieri
BACKGROUND: Blunt cerebrovascular injuries (BCVI) are rare with nonspecific predictors, making optimal screening critical. Radiation concerns magnify these issues in children. The Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) criteria, the Utah score (US) and the Denver criteria (DC) have been advocated for pediatric BCVI screening, though direct comparison is lacking. We hypothesized that current screening guidelines inaccurately identify pediatric BCVI. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of pediatric trauma patients treated from 2005-2015 with radiographically confirmed BCVI...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636980/a-multiplex-liquid-chip-assay-based-on-luminex-xmap-technology-for-simultaneous-detection-of-six-common-respiratory-viruses
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Yong Yan, Jian-Yong Luo, Yin Chen, Heng-Hui Wang, Guo-Ying Zhu, Pei-Yan He, Jin-Lei Guo, Yong-Liang Lei, Zhong-Wen Chen
We utilized one-step multiplex reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) and Luminex xMAP technology to develop a respiratory multiplex liquid-chip assay (rMLA) for simultaneous detection of 6 common respiratory viruses, including influenza virus type A (FluA) and type B (FluB), para-influenza virus type 3 (PIV-3), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), human metapneumovirus (MPV) and a threatening virus to China, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Performance of rMLA was evaluated by comparing with real-time RT-PCR...
June 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636496/the-genus-pulveroboletus-boletaceae-boletales-in-china
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Nian-Kai Zeng, Zhi-Qun Liang, Li-Ping Tang, Yan-Chun Li, Zhu L Yang
Species of Pulveroboletus (Boletaceae, Boletales) in China are investigated on the basis of morphology and molecular phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences from nuc rDNA region encompassing the internal transcribed spacers 1 and 2, along with the 5.8S rDNA (ITS) and nuc 28S rDNA D1-D2 domains (28S) and sequences from the translation elongation factor 1-α gene (TEF1). Nine species are recognized in the country, three of them are described as new: P. flaviscabrosus, P. rubroscabrosus, and P. subrufus, five of them are previous described taxa: P...
May 17, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635970/expansion-of-the-tibetan-plateau-during-the-neogene
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Weitao Wang, Wenjun Zheng, Peizhen Zhang, Qiang Li, Eric Kirby, Daoyang Yuan, Dewen Zheng, Caicai Liu, Zhicai Wang, Huiping Zhang, Jianzhang Pang
The appearance of detritus shed from mountain ranges along the northern margin of the Tibetan Plateau heralds the Cenozoic development of high topography. Current estimates of the age of the basal conglomerate in the Qaidam basin place this event in Paleocene-Eocene. Here we present new magnetostratigraphy and mammalian biostratigraphy that refine the onset of basin fill to ∼25.5 Myr and reveal that sediment accumulated continuously until ∼4.8 Myr. Sediment provenance implies a sustained source in the East Kunlun Shan throughout this time period...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635953/rare-rnf213-variants-in-the-c-terminal-region-encompassing-the-ring-finger-domain-are-associated-with-moyamoya-angiopathy-in-caucasians
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Stéphanie Guey, Markus Kraemer, Dominique Hervé, Thomas Ludwig, Manoëlle Kossorotoff, Françoise Bergametti, Jan Claudius Schwitalla, Simone Choi, Lucile Broseus, Isabelle Callebaut, Emmanuelle Genin, Elisabeth Tournier-Lasserve
Moyamoya angiopathy (MMA) is a cerebral angiopathy affecting the terminal part of internal carotid arteries. Its prevalence is 10 times higher in Japan and Korea than in Europe. In East Asian countries, moyamoya is strongly associated to the R4810K variant in the RNF213 gene that encodes for a protein containing a RING-finger and two AAA+ domains. This variant has never been detected in Caucasian MMA patients, but several rare RNF213 variants have been reported in Caucasian cases. Using a collapsing test based on exome data from 68 European MMA probands and 573 ethnically matched controls, we showed a significant association between rare missense RNF213 variants and MMA in European patients (odds ratio (OR)=2...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635613/association-of-the-s267f-variant-on-ntcp-gene-and-treatment-response-to-pegylated-interferon-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-a-multicentre-study
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Kessarin Thanapirom, Sirinporn Suksawatamnuay, Wattana Sukeepaisarnjaroen, Sombat Treeprasertsuk, Tawesak Tanwandee, Phunchai Charatcharoenwitthaya, Satawat Thongsawat, Apinya Leerapun, Teerha Piratvisuth, Rattana Boonsirichan, Chalermrat Bunchorntavakul, Chaowalit Pattanasirigool, Bubpha Pornthisarn, Supoj Tuntipanichteerakul, Ekawee Sripariwuth, Woramon Jeamsripong, Teeranan Sanpanjit, Yong Poovorawan, Piyawat Komolmit
BACKGROUND: Sodium taurocholate co-transporting polypeptide (NTCP) is a cell receptor for hepatitis B virus (HBV). The S267F variant on the NTCP gene is inversely associated with the chronicity of HBV infection, progression to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma in East Asian populations. This aim of this study was to determine whether the S267F variant was associated with response to pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) in patients with chronic HBV infection. METHODS: Two hundred and fifty-seven patients with chronic HBV, treated with Peg-IFN for 48 weeks, were identified from 13 tertiary hospitals included in the hepatitis B database of the Thai Association for the Study of the Liver (THASL)...
June 21, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635582/protective-effects-of-ethanol-extracts-of-artemisia-asiatica-nakai-ex-pamp-on-ageing-induced-deterioration-in-mouse-oocyte-quality
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Hyuk-Joon Jeon, Seung Yeop You, Dong Hyun Kim, Hong Bae Jeon, Jeong Su Oh
Following ovulation, oocytes undergo a time-dependent deterioration in quality referred to as post-ovulatory ageing. Although various factors influence the post-ovulatory ageing of oocytes, oxidative stress is a key factor involved in deterioration of oocyte quality. Artemisia asiatica Nakai ex Pamp. has been widely used in East Asia as a food ingredient and traditional medicine for the treatment of inflammation, cancer, and microbial infections. Recent studies have shown that A. asiatica exhibits antioxidative effects...
June 21, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635552/temporal-variation-of-fine-and-coarse-particulate-matter-sources-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia
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Chris C Lim, George D Thurston, Magdy Shamy, Mansour Alghamdi, Mamdouh Khoder, Abdullah M Mohorjy, Abdulrahman K Alkhalaf, Jason Brocato, Lung Chi Chen, Max Costa
This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the seasonal variations and weekday/weekend differences in fine (PM2.5) and coarse (PM2.5-10) particulate matter mass concentrations, elemental constituents, and potential source origins in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Air quality samples were collected over one year, from June 2011 to May 2012 at a frequency of three times per week, and analyzed. The average mass concentrations of PM2.5 (21.9 μg/m(3)) and PM10 (107.8 μg/m(3)) during the sampling period exceeded the recommended annual average levels by the World Health Organization (WHO) for PM2...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634748/exposure-response-relationship-of-ramucirumab-in-east-asian-patients-from-rainbow-a-randomized-clinical-trial-in-second-line-treatment-of-gastric-cancer
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Tae You Kim, Chia-Jui Yen, Salah-Eddin Al-Batran, David Ferry, Ling Gao, Yanzhi Hsu, Rebecca Cheng, Mauro Orlando, Atsushi Ohtsu
BACKGROUND: Ramucirumab is a recombinant human IgG1 neutralizing monoclonal antibody specific for vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2. Second-line ramucirumab, in conjunction with paclitaxel (ramucirumab 8 mg/kg or placebo in combination with 80 mg/m(2) paclitaxel), has been shown to be effective and safe in patients with advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) adenocarcinoma in RAINBOW, a global phase III randomized clinical trial. We conducted an exploratory exposure-response analysis of efficacy and safety of ramucirumab in East Asian patients from the RAINBOW trial...
June 20, 2017: Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634717/morphological-diversification-among-island-populations-of-intertidal-mites-acari-oribatida-fortuyniidae-from-the-gal%C3%A3-pagos-archipelago
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Tobias Pfingstl, Julia Baumann
The intertidal oribatid mite species Alismobates galapagoensis and Litoribates caelestis occur on the archipelago of Galápagos. To test for morphological variation between populations of different islands, a comprehensive morphometric study was performed. Four A. galapagoensis populations from the islands Bartolomé, Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristobal, as well as two L. caelestis populations from Bartolomé and Santa Cruz were investigated. The L. caelestis populations did not show any significant differences whereas the A...
June 20, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634661/depression-and-art-initiation-among-hiv-serodiscordant-couples-in-kenya-and-uganda
#17
Jennifer Velloza, Connie Celum, Jessica E Haberer, Kenneth Ngure, Elizabeth Irungu, Nelly Mugo, Jared M Baeten, Renee Heffron
Depression is a known barrier for antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, but less is understood about its effects on ART initiation. We followed 1013 HIV-infected individuals participating in the Partners Demonstration Project, an open-label study of integrated pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and ART delivery for HIV serodiscordant couples in Kenya and Uganda. Associations between depression, measured annually with the Hopkins Symptoms Checklist-Depression (HSCL-D), and ART initiation were assessed with Cox proportional hazards regression...
June 20, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634636/farmers-willingness-to-adopt-conservation-agriculture-new-evidence-from-lebanon
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Ali Chalak, Alexandra Irani, Jad Chaaban, Issam Bashour, Karin Seyfert, Kaitlyn Smoot, Gumataw Kifle Abebe
With increasing food insecurity and climate change, conservation agriculture has emerged as a sustainable alternative to intensive conventional agriculture as a source of food supply. Yet the adoption rate of conservation agriculture is still low. Our paper analyses the factors affecting farmers' willingness to adopt conservation agriculture in Lebanon. The findings show that household characteristics-years of farming and farm size affect conservation agriculture adoption. However, household characteristics alone were insufficient to explain conservation agriculture adoption...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634580/tobacco-use-during-pregnancy-and-its-associated-factors-in-a-mountain-district-of-eastern-nepal-a-cross-sectional-questionnaire-survey
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Ramesh Barakoti, Anup Ghimire, Achyut Raj Pandey, Dharani Dhar Baral, Paras K Pokharel
BACKGROUND: Tobacco using among women is more prevalent in Nepal as compared to other South-East Asian countries. The effect of its use is seen not only on the pregnant women, but also health of the growing fetus is compromised. Currently, little is known about the tobacco use among women especially during pregnancy in Nepal. This study explored the tobacco use prevalence and its associated factors during pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted in Sankhuwasabha, a mountain district of eastern Nepal...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634355/longitudinal-study-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-infection-in-dromedary-camel-herds-in-saudi-arabia-2014-2015
#20
Maged Gomaa Hemida, Abdulmohsen Alnaeem, Daniel Kw Chu, Ranawaka Apm Perera, Samuel Ms Chan, Faisal Almathen, Emily Yau, Brian Cy Ng, Richard J Webby, Leo Lm Poon, Malik Peiris
Two herds of dromedary camels were longitudinally sampled with nasal and rectal swabs and serum, between September 2014 and May 2015, and the samples were tested for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus RNA and antibodies. Evidence of MERS-CoV infection was confirmed in one herd on the basis of detection of virus RNA in nasal swabs from three camels and significant increases in the antibody titers from three others. The three viruses were genetically identical, thus indicating introduction of a single virus into this herd...
June 21, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
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