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Mduduzi Mazibuko, Jagidesa Moodley, Thajasvarie Naicker
OBJECTIVE: This study assesses whether circulating sTie2 and sHER2 are altered in HIV-negative and HIV-positive pregnant normotensive and preeclamptic women. METHODS: Serum samples were obtained from 80 pregnant women, stratified into four groups, namely, HIV-negative normotensives (20); HIV-positive normotensives (20); HIV-negative preeclamptics (20); and HIV-positive preeclamptics (20). The concentration of sTie2 and sHER2 was analyzed by Bio-Plex multiplex immunoassay and generated from a standard curve...
March 5, 2019: Hypertension in Pregnancy
Takashi Araki, Hiroto Ishikawa, Chiharu Iwahashi, Masanori Niki, Yoshinori Mitamura, Masahiko Sugimoto, Mineo Kondo, Takamasa Kinoshita, Tomo Nishi, Tetsuo Ueda, Aki Kato, Tsutomu Yasukawa, Yoshihiro Takamura, Fumi Gomi
We investigated the rates of the use of steroids in Japanese central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) cases and differences in the characteristics of CSC with and without steroids. A total of 538 eyes of 477 patients diagnosed with CSC, with 3 months or more of follow-up between April 2013 and June 2017 at 8 institutions. Patients with CSC with more than 3 months of follow-up were identified by OCT and fluorescein angiography at 8 institutions. Data collected included patient demographics, history of corticosteroid medication and smoking, spherical errors, findings of angiography, subfoveal choroidal thickness, and changes through the follow-up period...
2019: PloS One
Lindiwe M Dlamini, Charlotte M Tata, Marthe Carine F Djuidje, Monisola I Ikhile, Galina D Nikolova, Yana D Karamalakova, Veselina G Gadjeva, Antoanetta M Zheleva, Patrick B Njobeh, Derek T Ndinteh
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Piptadeniastrum africanum is widely used in treating oxidative stress related diseases. Oxidative stress, defined as the disturbance in the balance between the production of free radicals and antioxidant defenses, is the root cause of many pathophysiological conditions. Based on the dual properties of prooxidants as toxic and beneficial compounds, both prooxidants and antioxidants may be effective in the treatment of these conditions when the right dose is given to the right subject at the right time for the right duration...
November 29, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Anastasia Therianou, Magdalini Vasiadi, Danae A Delivanis, Theodora Petrakopoulou, Alexandra Katsarou-Katsari, Christina Antoniou, Alexandros Stratigos, Irene Tsilioni, Andreas Katsambas, Dimitris Rigopoulos, Theoharis C Theoharides
Psoriasis is characterized by keratinocyte proliferation and chronic inflammation, but the pathogenesis is still unclear. Dysregulated mitochondria (mt) could lead to reduced apoptosis and extracellular secretion of mtDNA, acting as "innate pathogen" triggering inflammation. Serum was obtained from healthy volunteers and psoriatic patients. Mitochondrial DNA was extracted from the serum and amplified with quantitative PCR (qPCR). Punch biopsies were obtained from lesional and non-lesional psoriatic skin (10 cm apart) and from healthy volunteers, were placed in RNA later and were stored at -80°C until RNA was extracted and cDNA was synthesized; gene expression of uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2), Dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) and calcineurin, involved in the regulation of mitochondria function, was detected with qPCR...
November 3, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
Ranganathan Kamalakkannan, Jesna Jose, Subhash Thomas, Vandana R Prabhu, Muniyandi Nagarajan
In India, goats are considered to be one of the important livestock species that reinforce the rural economy. Even though India has 23 well-recognized goat breeds, the knowledge about their genetic diversity and domestication history is limited. In this study, we have analyzed the genetic diversity of 104 goats representing five different south Indian breeds using mtDNA D-loop region. The haplotype diversity of the breeds ranged from 0.9524 ± 0.0403 (Malabari) to 0.9921 ± 0.0154 (Kanni aadu). Analysis of molecular variance showed only 1...
August 25, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
Elisa Principi, Ambra Buschiazzo, Andrea Papait, Patrizio Castagnola, Delfina Costa, Roberta Pece, Irena Maric, Mara Scussolini, Cecilia Marini, Gianmario Sambuceti, Felice Strollo, Sara Tavella
BACKGROUND: Lipocalin-2 (LCN2) is widely expressed in the organism with pleiotropic roles. In particular, its overexpression correlates with tissue stress conditions including inflammation, metabolic disorders, chronic diseases and cancer. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of systemic LCN2 overexpression on adipose tissue and glucose metabolism. SUBJECTS: Eighteen-month-old transgenic mice with systemic LCN2 overexpression (LCN2-Tg) and age/sex-matched wild-type mice...
August 6, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Anja Stundl, Laura Busse, Philipp Leimkühler, Marcel Weber, Berndt Zur, Fritz Mellert, Eberhard Grube, Georg Nickenig, Nikos Werner, Jan-Malte Sinning
AIMS: The aim of this study was to assess the clinical value of biomarkers to identify TAVI patients at high risk for adverse outcome, to assess whether these biomarkers provide prognostic information beyond that of established clinical risk scores, and to assess whether a combined multi-marker strategy can improve clinical decision making. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 683 TAVI patients, biomarkers reflecting various pathophysiologic systems were measured before TAVI...
August 20, 2018: EuroIntervention
Enisa Hodzic
Introduction: Ischemic heart disease (IHD) is clinical manifestation of chronic inflammatory progressive pathological process of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries. IHD is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world. The question is whether it is possible to improve and direct the therapeutic treatment of IHD patients in the treatment of the inflammatory process in the atherosclerotic leasions. Material and Methods: A prospective, comparative, analytica,clinically applicable, open-type study was performed...
April 2018: Medical Archives
Panpicha Sattasathuchana, Prangtip Phuwapattanachart, Naris Thengchaisri
The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a non-selective COX inhibitor (tolfenamic acid) and a selective COX-2 inhibitor (robenacoxib) for post-operative pain control in cats. Thirty cats undergoing ovariohysterectomy were randomly divided into three groups: the control (placebo) group, the tolfenamic acid (4 mg/kg/day) group, and the robenacoxib (1 mg/kg/day) group. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were administered orally 2 hr before anesthesia induction and 24 and 48 hr post-operation...
June 29, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Urszula Sioma Markowska, Michalina Zyg, Bogumiła Kiełbratowska
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to assess the occurrence of symptoms associated with the Couvade syndrome in two groups of men of Polish and Finnish nationality, and to perform a comparative analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted in two groups of men (expectant fathers): 51 Poles and 40 Finns using a self-constructed questionnaire prepared in Polish and English languages. The statistical analysis was performed in Micro-soft Office Excel 2010 and Statistica 12...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
Ronald L Ettinger, Fang Qian
PURPOSE: To evaluate the longitudinal denture maintenance needs of a tooth-supported overdenture population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective cohort study was composed of patients who had received tooth-supported overdentures from 1974 to 1994 in the Department of Prosthodontics, University of Iowa. There were 272 persons with 662 abutments who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. To simplify analysis and reduce the number of confounding variables, only those participants wearing complete maxillary dentures and opposing complete mandibular overdentures supported by teeth #22 and #27 were included in this analysis...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
Yang Li, Ran Dong, Kun Hua, Tao-Shuai Liu, Shao-You Zhou, Ning Zhou, Hong-Jia Zhang
BACKGROUND: Debate on treatment for young patients with coronary artery disease still exists. This study aimed to investigate the intermediate- and long-term outcomes between coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients aged 18-45 years with diabetes mellitus (DM). METHODS: Between January 2006 and March 2016, a total of 2018 DM patients aged 18-45 years including 517 cases of CABG and 1501 cases of PCI were enrolled in the study...
December 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
Luz P Blanco, Melissa Plegue, Wai-Ping Fung-Leung, Joseph Holoshitz
Susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with HLA-DRB1 alleles coding a 5-amino acid sequence motif called the shared epitope (SE). To explore the potential mechanisms that lead to RA susceptibility, we analyze the in vitro effect of peptides bearing different HLA-DR4 sequences on human peripheral blood-derived cells. Three 15-mer peptides were used: 65-79*0401 (an HLA-DRB1*04:01-coded sequence carrying the SE motif, QKRAA); 65-79*0402 (an HLA-DRB1*04:02-coded sequence carrying a SE-negative motif, DERAA); 65-79*0403 (an HLA-DRB1*04:03-coded sequence carrying a SE-negative motif, QRRAE)...
July 2013: Journal of Immune Based Therapies, Vaccines and Antimicrobials
Mahiben Maruthappu, Charlie Zhou, Callum Williams, Thomas Zeltner, Rifat Atun
OBJECTIVES: To determine an association between unemployment rates and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) mortality in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). DESIGN: Multivariate regression analysis. PARTICIPANTS: OECD member states. SETTING: OECD. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: World Health Organization HIV mortality. RESULTS: Between 1981 and 2009, a 1% increase in unemployment was associated with an increase in HIV mortality in the OECD (coefficient for men 0...
July 2017: JRSM Open
Shih-Hui Huang, Ken-Pen Weng, Shih-Ming Huang, Huei-Han Liou, Chung-Cheng Wang, Shan-Fu Ou, Chu-Chuan Lin, Kuang-Jen Chien, Ching-Chiang Lin, Ming-Tsang Wu
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this article was to evaluate the effect of maternal smoking exposure during pregnancy on postnatal outcomes. METHODS: This prospective study enrolled 278 pregnant women in the third trimester, who were asked to complete a questionnaire which included inquires about the nature and extent of smoking exposure during their pregnancy. In addition to the questionnaire, each study subject provided urine sample for the measurement of cotinine...
December 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
Daisuke Kawahara, Shuichi Ozawa, Tomoki Kimura, Akito Saito, Teiji Nishio, Takeo Nakashima, Yoshimi Ohno, Yuji Murakami, Yasushi Nagata
A new randomized Phase III trial, the Japan Clinical Oncology Group (JCOG) 1408, which compares two dose fractionations (JCOG 0403 and JCOG 0702) for medically inoperable Stage IA NSCLC or small lung lesions clinically diagnosed as primary lung cancer, involves the introduction of a prescribed dose to the D95% of the planning target volume (PTV) using a superposition/convolution algorithm. Therefore, we must determine the prescribed dose in the D95% prescribing method to begin JCOG1408. JCOG 0702 uses density correction and the D95% prescribing method...
January 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
M A Rosales-Reynoso, A R Arredondo-Valdez, C I Juárez-Vázquez, L I Wence-Chavez, P Barros-Núñez, M P Gallegos-Arreola, S E Flores-Martínez, M C Morán-Moguel, J Sánchez-Corona
Accumulative evidence suggests that alterations due to mutations or genetic polymorphisms in the TCF7L2 and CCND1 genes, which are components of the Wnt signaling pathway, contributes to carcinogenesis. The present study was designated to clarify whether common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the transcription factor 7- like 2 (TCF7L2) and cyclin D1 (CCND1) genes are associated with colorectal cancer risk in Mexican patients. A case-control study including 197 colorectal cancer patients and 100 healthy subjects was conducted in a Mexican population...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
N Suzuki, A Hirakawa, M Kishimoto, T Kanematsu, M Ogawa, H Kiyoi, T Matsushita
BACKGROUND: Continuous infusion (CI) of recombinant FVIII (rFVIII) concentrates has been reported as an effective and safe method to achieve haemostasis during major surgeries or severe bleeding events. For more effective and safer CI, better understanding of in vivo recovery (IVR) and clearance (CL) issues is imperative. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the following factors affecting IVR and CL using univariate and multivariate regression analyses during 47 CIs in 34 patients: rFVIII concentrate type, haemophilia severity, blood type, the presence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), age and body mass index (BMI)...
March 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
Laura N F Cardoso, Thais C M Nogueira, James L Wardell, Solange M S V Wardell, Marcus V N de Souza, Mukesh M Jotani, Edward R T Tiekink
In the title carbohydrazide, C10H7N3O4S, the dihedral angle between the terminal five-membered rings is 27.4 (2)°, with these lying to the same side of the plane through the central CN2C(=O) atoms (r.m.s. deviation = 0.0403 Å), leading to a curved mol-ecule. The conformation about the C=N imine bond [1.281 (5) Å] is E, and the carbonyl O and amide H atoms are anti. In the crystal, N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds lead to supra-molecular chains, generated by a 41 screw-axis along the c direction. A three-dimensional architecture is consolidated by thienyl-C-H⋯O(nitro) and furanyl-C-H⋯O(nitro) inter-actions, as well as π-π inter-actions between the thienyl and furanyl rings [inter-centroid distance = 3...
July 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
Brian I Rini, Tanya B Dorff, Paul Elson, Cristina Suarez Rodriguez, Dale Shepard, Laura Wood, Jordi Humbert, Linda Pyle, Yu-Ning Wong, James H Finke, Patricia A Rayman, James M G Larkin, Jorge A Garcia, Elizabeth R Plimack
BACKGROUND: A subset of patients with metastatic renal-cell carcinoma show indolent growth of metastases. Because of the toxicity and non-curative nature of systemic therapy, some of these patients could benefit from initial active surveillance. We aimed to characterise the time to initiation of systemic therapy in patients with metastatic renal-cell carcinoma under active surveillance. METHODS: In this prospective phase 2 trial, we enrolled patients with treatment-naive, asymptomatic, metastatic renal-cell carcinoma from five hospitals in the USA, Spain, and the UK...
September 2016: Lancet Oncology
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