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Relationships Among Chewing Tobacco, Cigarette Smoking, and Chronic Health Conditions in Males 18-44 Years of Age.

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:45
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Relationships Among Chewing Tobacco, Cigarette Smoking, and Chronic Health Conditions in Males 18-44 Years of Age.

J Prim Prev. 2017 Aug 07;:

Authors: Hernandez SL, Banks HE, Bailey AE, Bachman MJ, Kane J, Hartos JL

Abstract
As more public places are designated "non-smoking," chewing tobacco could be an alternative choice for tobacco use; however, controversy exists over the long-term health effects associated with it. This study assessed the relationship between chewing tobacco, cigarette smoking, and chronic health conditions in a representative sample of males 18-44 years of age, while controlling for other variables known to be related to tobacco use. This cross sectional analysis used 2013 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The results indicated that about 41% of males reported one or more chronic health conditions, and that about 15% used chewing tobacco only, 21% smoked cigarettes only, and 6% did both. From adjusted analyses, those who chewed tobacco only were 49% more likely to report one or more health conditions; those who smoked cigarettes only were 34% more likely to report one or more health conditions; and those who did both were 95% more likely to report at least one health condition. Overall, any combination of tobacco use was significantly and similarly related to the increased prevalence of chronic health conditions in males aged 18-44 years. Although chewing tobacco use may not be as prevalent in the general population as cigarette smoking, clinicians should be aware of the similar health risks associated with all tobacco use at ages younger than may be expected, and encourage cessation of any tobacco use.

PMID: 28785858 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Negative regulation of Smad1 pathway and collagen IV expression by store-operated Ca(2+) entry in glomerular mesangial cells.

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:45
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Negative regulation of Smad1 pathway and collagen IV expression by store-operated Ca(2+) entry in glomerular mesangial cells.

Am J Physiol Renal Physiol. 2017 Jun 01;312(6):F1090-F1100

Authors: Wu P, Ren Y, Ma Y, Wang Y, Jiang H, Chaudhari S, Davis ME, Zuckerman JE, Ma R

Abstract
Collagen IV (Col IV) is a major component of expanded glomerular extracellular matrix in diabetic nephropathy and Smad1 is a key molecule regulating Col IV expression in mesangial cells (MCs). The present study was conducted to determine if Smad1 pathway and Col IV protein abundance were regulated by store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE). In cultured human MCs, pharmacological inhibition of SOCE significantly increased the total amount of Smad1 protein. Activation of SOCE blunted high-glucose-increased Smad1 protein content. Treatment of human MCs with ANG II at 1 µM for 15 min, high glucose for 3 days, or TGF-β1 at 5 ng/ml for 30 min increased the level of phosphorylated Smad1. However, the phosphorylation of Smad1 by those stimuli was significantly attenuated by activation of SOCE. Knocking down Smad1 reduced, but expressing Smad1 increased, the amount of Col IV protein. Furthermore, activation of SOCE significantly attenuated high-glucose-induced Col IV protein production, and blockade of SOCE substantially increased the abundance of Col IV. To further verify those in vitro findings, we downregulated SOCE specifically in MCs in mice using small-interfering RNA (siRNA) against Orai1 (the channel protein mediating SOCE) delivered by the targeted nanoparticle delivery system. Immunohistochemical examinations showed that expression of both Smad1 and Col IV proteins was significantly greater in the glomeruli with positively transfected Orai1 siRNA compared with the glomeruli from the mice without Orai1 siRNA treatment. Taken together, our results indicate that SOCE negatively regulates the Smad1 signaling pathway and inhibits Col IV protein production in MCs.

PMID: 28298362 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Impact of aging immune system on neurodegeneration and potential immunotherapies.

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 07:35
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Impact of aging immune system on neurodegeneration and potential immunotherapies.

Prog Neurobiol. 2017 Aug 03;:

Authors: Liang Z, Zhao Y, Ruan L, Zhu L, Jin K, Zhuge Q, Su DM, Zhao Y

Abstract
The interaction between the nervous and immune systems during aging is an area of avid interest, but many aspects remain unclear. This is due, not only to the complexity of the aging process, but also to a mutual dependency and reciprocal causation of alterations and diseases between both the nervous and immune systems. Aging of the brain drives whole body systemic aging, including aging-related changes of the immune system. In turn, the immune system aging, particularly immunosenescence and T cell aging initiated by thymic involution that are sources of chronic inflammation in the elderly (termed inflammaging), potentially induces brain aging and memory loss in a reciprocal manner. Therefore, immunotherapeutics including modulation of inflammation, vaccination, cellular immune therapies and "protective autoimmunity" provide promising approaches to rejuvenate neuroinflammatory disorders and repair brain injury. In this review, we summarize recent discoveries linking the aging immune system with the development of neurodegeneration. Additionally, we discuss potential rejuvenation strategies, focusing aimed at targeting the aging immune system in an effort to prevent acute brain injury and chronic neurodegeneration during aging.

PMID: 28782588 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Ontogenetic and functional modularity in the rodent mandible.

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:46
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Ontogenetic and functional modularity in the rodent mandible.

Zoology (Jena). 2017 Jun 08;:

Authors: Menegaz RA, Ravosa MJ

Abstract
The material properties of diets consumed by juvenile individuals are known to affect adult morphological outcomes. However, much of the current experimental knowledge regarding dietary effects on masticatory form is derived from studies in which individuals are fed a non-variable diet for the duration of their postweaning growth period. Thus, it remains unclear how intra-individual variation in diet, due to ontogenetic variation in feeding behaviors or seasonal resource fluctuations, affects the resulting adult morphology. Furthermore, the mandible is composed of multiple developmental and functional subunits, and the extent to which growth and plasticity among these modules is correlated may be misestimated by studies that examine non-variable masticatory function in adults only. To address these gaps in our current knowledge, this study raised Sprague Dawley rats (n=42) in four dietary cohorts from weaning to skeletal maturity. Two cohorts were fed a stable ("annual") diet of either solid or powdered pellets. The other two cohorts were fed a variable ("seasonal") diet consisting of solid/powdered pellets for the first half of the study, followed by a shift to the opposite diet. Results of longitudinal morphometric analyses indicate that variation in the mandibular corpus is more prominent at immature ontogenetic stages, likely due to processes of dental eruption and the growth of tooth roots. Furthermore, adult morphology is influenced by both masticatory function and the ontogenetic timing of this function, e.g., the consumption of a mechanically resistant diet. The morphology of the coronoid process was found to separate cohorts on the basis of their early weanling diet, suggesting that the coronoid process/temporalis muscle module may have an early plasticity window related to high growth rates during this life stage. Conversely, the morphology of the angular process was found to be influenced by the consumption of a mechanically resistant diet at any point during the growth period, but with a tendency to reflect the most recent diet. The prolonged plasticity window of the angular process/pterygomasseteric muscle module may be related to delayed ossification and muscular maturation within this module. The research presented here highlights the importance of more naturalistic models of mammalian feeding, and underscores the need for a better understanding of the processes of both morphological and behavioral maturation that follow weaning.

PMID: 28774721 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Association Between Alcohol Outlets and HIV Prevalence in U.S. Counties.

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 07:46
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Association Between Alcohol Outlets and HIV Prevalence in U.S. Counties.

J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2016 Nov;77(6):898-903

Authors: Rossheim ME, Thombs DL, Suzuki S

Abstract
OBJECTIVE: The current study examines associations between on- and off-premise alcohol retail outlets and HIV prevalence in counties across the United States during a 3-year period.
METHOD: Health department and U.S. Census Bureau surveillance data were analyzed from 1,523 counties in 47 states, representing more than 86% of the U.S. population. Multilevel Poisson regression models were used to examine the association between the number of on- and off-premise alcohol outlets in a county and HIV prevalence in the same county, adjusting for the between-year correlation of HIV prevalence within each county.
RESULTS: When we adjusted for potential confounders, number of on-premise alcohol outlets within a county was positively associated with HIV prevalence, whereas off-premise alcohol outlets were negatively associated with HIV prevalence.
CONCLUSIONS: The relations observed in this study are consistent with the niche theory of assortative drinking, which maintains that drinkers who are prone to risk taking may be attracted to alcohol outlets where they can expand their social networks to include similarly high-risk individuals who engage in both heavy drinking and sexual risk taking. This is the largest study conducted to date to examine the association between alcohol retail outlet types and HIV prevalence. Natural experiments are needed to examine specific policy changes that reduce outlet density and its association with HIV incidence.

PMID: 27797691 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Cost of Illness in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 07:35
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Cost of Illness in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Dig Dis Sci. 2017 Aug 01;:

Authors: Kamat N, Ganesh Pai C, Surulivel Rajan M, Kamath A

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Frequent relapses sometimes necessitating hospitalization and the absence of pharmacological cure contribute to substantial healthcare costs in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). The costs of health care in Indian patients with IBD are unknown.
AIM: To evaluate the annual costs for treating Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
METHODS: A prevalence-based, micro-costing method was used to assess the components of annual costs in a prospective, observational study conducted in a tertiary healthcare center enrolled over a 24-month period beginning of July 2014.
RESULTS: At enrollment, 43/59 (72.88%) patients with UC and 18/25 (72%) with CD were in remission. The annual median (IQR) cost per UC and CD patient in remission was INR 43,140 (34,357-51,031) [USD $707 (563-836)] and INR 43,763.5 (32,202-57,372) [USD $717 (527-940)], respectively, and in active disease was INR 52,436.5 (49,229-67,567.75) [$859 (807-1107)] and INR 72,145 (49,447-92,212) [USD $1182 (811-1512)], respectively. Compared with remission, active disease had a 1.4-fold higher cost for CD as compared to UC. In both groups, the greatest component of direct costs was drugs. Thirteen (22%) and 7 (28%) patients with UC and CD needed hospitalization accounting for 23.1 and 20.4% of the total costs, respectively. At one year, direct costs surmounted indirect costs in UC and CD (p < 0.001). Productivity losses contributed to 18.5 and 16% of the overall costs for UC and CD, respectively.
CONCLUSION: This first, panoptic, health economic study for IBD from India shows that the costs are driven by medication, productivity losses, and not merely hospitalization alone.

PMID: 28766243 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Fluorescent biosensor for the detection of hyaluronidase: intensity-based ratiometric sensing and fluorescence lifetime-based sensing using a long lifetime azadioxatriangulenium (ADOTA) fluorophore.

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 07:35
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Fluorescent biosensor for the detection of hyaluronidase: intensity-based ratiometric sensing and fluorescence lifetime-based sensing using a long lifetime azadioxatriangulenium (ADOTA) fluorophore.

Anal Bioanal Chem. 2016 05;408(14):3811-21

Authors: Chib R, Mummert M, Bora I, Laursen BW, Shah S, Pendry R, Gryczynski I, Borejdo J, Gryczynski Z, Fudala R

Abstract
In this report, we have designed a rapid and sensitive, intensity-based ratiometric sensing as well as lifetime-based sensing probe for the detection of hyaluronidase activity. Hyaluronidase expression is known to be upregulated in various pathological conditions. We have developed a fluorescent probe by heavy labeling of hyaluronic acid with a new orange/red-emitting organic azadioxatriangulenium (ADOTA) fluorophore, which exhibits a long fluorescence lifetime (∼20 ns). The ADOTA fluorophore in water has a peak fluorescence lifetime of ∼20 ns and emission spectra centered at 560 nm. The heavily ADOTA-labeled hyaluronic acid (HA-ADOTA) shows a red shift in the peak emission wavelength (605 nm), a weak fluorescence signal, and a shorter fluorescence lifetime (∼4 ns) due to efficient self-quenching and formation of aggregates. In the presence of hyaluronidase, the brightness and fluorescence lifetime of the sample increase with a blue shift in the peak emission to its original wavelength at 560 nm. The ratio of the fluorescence intensity of the HA-ADOTA probe at 560 and 605 nm can be used as the sensing method for the detection of hyaluronidase. The cleavage of the hyaluronic acid macromolecule reduces the energy migration between ADOTA molecules, as well as the degree of self-quenching and aggregation. This probe can be efficiently used for both intensity-based ratiometric sensing as well as fluorescence lifetime-based sensing of hyaluronidase. The proposed method makes it a rapid and sensitive assay, useful for analyzing levels of hyaluronidase in relevant clinical samples like urine or plasma. Graphical Abstract Scheme showing cleavage of HA-ADOTA probe by hyaluronidase and the change in the emission spectrum of HA-ADOTA probe before and after cleavage by hyaluronidase.

PMID: 26993308 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

4-Chlorophenylguanidine is an ASIC3 agonist and positive allosteric modulator.

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:37
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4-Chlorophenylguanidine is an ASIC3 agonist and positive allosteric modulator.

J Pharmacol Sci. 2017 Mar;133(3):184-186

Authors: Agharkar AS, Gonzales EB

Abstract
Acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs) are proton-sensitive sodium channels that open in response to lowered extracellular pH and are expressed in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The ASIC3 subtype is found primarily in the periphery where the channel mediates pain signals caused by ischemia and inflammation. Here, we provide identify 4-chlorophenylguanidine (4-CPG) as an ASIC3 positive allosteric modulator and newest member of the growing group of guanidine modulators of ASICs. Furthermore, the 4-CPG reversed the effects of ASIC3 desensitization. The molecule 4-CPG offers a novel chemical backbone for the design of new ASIC3 ligands to study ASIC3 in vivo.

PMID: 28259560 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

The Effects of Traditional Chinese Exercise in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Meta-Analysis.

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:37
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The Effects of Traditional Chinese Exercise in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Meta-Analysis.

PLoS One. 2016;11(9):e0161564

Authors: Luo X, Zhang J, Castelberg R, Wu T, Yu P, He C, Wang P

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a major public health problem worldwide. However, several studies that have assessed the role of traditional Chinese exercise in the management of this disease include broad variations in sample sizes and results. Therefore, this meta-analysis was conducted to assess the effects of traditional Chinese exercise on patients with COPD.
METHODS: Two investigators independently identified and extracted data from selected articles. A computerized search of electronic databases through August 2015 was conducted. Mean differences (MDs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to analyze the combined data. The methodological quality was evaluated using the Cochrane risk-of-bias tool. Heterogeneity was assessed with the I2 test.
RESULTS: Ten randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) involving 622 patients met the inclusion criteria. There were significant improvements in the 6-minute walking distance test (6 MWD;MWD = 12.10 m; 95% CI, 7.56-16.65 m; p<0.001); forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1% predicted; WMD = 9.02; 95% CI, 6.80-11.23; p<0.00001); forced expiratory volume in 1 second/forced vital capacity (FEV(1)/FVC) ratio (Tiffenau Index; WMD = 6.67; 95% CI, 5.09-8.24; p<0.00001); and quality of life, as evaluated by the Chronic Respiratory Disease Questionnaire (CRDQ; WMD = 0.85 score; 95% CI, 0.52-1.18; p<0.00001).
CONCLUSIONS: Traditional Chinese exercise could provide an effective alternative method for managing COPD. Larger and higher-quality trials are required.

PMID: 27589054 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Mechanisms by Which 17β-Estradiol (E2) Suppress Neuronal cox-2 Gene Expression.

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:37
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Mechanisms by Which 17β-Estradiol (E2) Suppress Neuronal cox-2 Gene Expression.

PLoS One. 2016;11(9):e0161430

Authors: Stacey W, Bhave S, Uht RM

Abstract
E2 attenuates inflammatory responses by suppressing expression of pro-inflammatory genes. Given that inflammation is increasingly being associated with neurodegenerative and psychiatric processes, we sought to elucidate mechanisms by which E2 down-regulates a component of an inflammatory response, cyclooxygenase- 2 (COX-2) expression. Although inflammatory processes in the brain are usually associated with microglia and astrocytes, we found that the COX-2 gene (cox-2) was expressed in a neuronal context, specifically in an amygdalar cell line (AR-5). Given that COX-2 has been reported to be in neurons in the brain, and that the amygdala is a site involved in neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric processes, we investigated mechanisms by which E2 could down-regulate cox-2 expression in the AR-5 line. These cells express estrogen receptors alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ), and as shown here cox-2. At the level of RNA, E2 and the ERβ selective ligand diarylpropionitrile (DPN) both attenuated gene expression, whereas the ERα selective ligand propyl pyrazole triol (PPT) had no effect. Neither ligand increased ERβ at the cox-2 promoter. Rather, DPN decreased promoter occupancy of NF-κB p65 and histone 4 (H4) acetylation. Treatment with the non-specific HDAC inhibitor Trichostatin A (TSA) counteracted DPN's repressive effects on cox-2 expression. In keeping with the TSA effect, E2 and DPN increased histone deacetylase one (HDAC1) and switch-independent 3A (Sin3A) promoter occupancy. Lastly, even though E2 increased CpG methylation, DPN did not. Taken together, the pharmacological data indicate that ERβ contributes to neuronal cox-2 expression, as measured by RNA levels. Furthermore, ER ligands lead to increased recruitment of HDAC1, Sin3A and a concomitant reduction of p65 occupancy and Ac-H4 levels. None of the events, however, are associated with a significant recruitment of ERβ at the promoter. Thus, ERβ directs recruitment to the cox-2 promoter, but does so in the absence of being recruited itself.

PMID: 27588681 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Empirical testing of a 23-AIMs panel of SNPs for ancestry evaluations in four major US populations.

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:37
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Empirical testing of a 23-AIMs panel of SNPs for ancestry evaluations in four major US populations.

Int J Legal Med. 2016 Jul;130(4):891-6

Authors: Zeng X, Warshauer DH, King JL, Churchill JD, Chakraborty R, Budowle B

Abstract
Ancestry informative markers (AIMs) can be used to determine population affiliation of the donors of forensic samples. In order to examine ancestry evaluations of the four major populations in the USA, 23 highly informative AIMs were identified from the International HapMap project. However, the efficacy of these 23 AIMs could not be fully evaluated in silico. In this study, these 23 SNPs were multiplexed to test their actual performance in ancestry evaluations. Genotype data were obtained from 189 individuals collected from four American populations. One SNP (rs12149261) on chromosome 16 was removed from this panel because it was duplicated on chromosome 1. The resultant 22-AIMs panel was able to empirically resolve the four major populations as in the in silico study. Eight individuals were assigned to a different group than indicated on their samples. The assignments of the 22 AIMs for these samples were consistent with AIMs results from the ForenSeq(TM) panel. No departures from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) and linkage disequilibrium (LD) were detected for all 22 SNPs in four US populations (after removing the eight problematic samples). The principal component analysis (PCA) results indicated that 181 individuals from these populations were assigned to the expected groups. These 22 SNPs can contribute to the candidate AIMs pool for potential forensic identification purposes in major US populations.

PMID: 26914801 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Effects of Popular Diets without Specific Calorie Targets on Weight Loss Outcomes: Systematic Review of Findings from Clinical Trials.

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:06
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Effects of Popular Diets without Specific Calorie Targets on Weight Loss Outcomes: Systematic Review of Findings from Clinical Trials.

Nutrients. 2017 Jul 31;9(8):

Authors: Anton SD, Hida A, Heekin K, Sowalsky K, Karabetian C, Mutchie H, Leeuwenburgh C, Manini TM, Barnett TE

Abstract
The present review examined the evidence base for current popular diets, as listed in the 2016 U.S. News &amp; World Report, on short-term (≤six months) and long-term (≥one year) weight loss outcomes in overweight and obese adults. For the present review, all diets in the 2016 U.S. News &amp; World Report Rankings for "Best Weight-Loss Diets", which did not involve specific calorie targets, meal replacements, supplementation with commercial products, and/or were not categorized as "low-calorie" diets were examined. Of the 38 popular diets listed in the U.S. News &amp; World Report, 20 met our pre-defined criteria. Literature searches were conducted through PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science using preset key terms to identify all relevant clinical trials for these 20 diets. A total of 16 articles were identified which reported findings of clinical trials for seven of these 20 diets: (1) Atkins; (2) Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH); (3) Glycemic-Index; (4) Mediterranean; (5) Ornish; (6) Paleolithic; and (7) Zone. Of the diets evaluated, the Atkins Diet showed the most evidence in producing clinically meaningful short-term (≤six months) and long-term (≥one-year) weight loss. Other popular diets may be equally or even more effective at producing weight loss, but this is unknown at the present time since there is a paucity of studies on these diets.

PMID: 28758964 [PubMed - in process]

Duration of isoflurane-based surgical anesthesia determines severity of brain injury and neurological deficits after a transient focal ischemia in young adult rats.

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:06
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Duration of isoflurane-based surgical anesthesia determines severity of brain injury and neurological deficits after a transient focal ischemia in young adult rats.

Brain Res Bull. 2017 Jul 26;:

Authors: Gaidhani N, Sun F, Schreihofer D, Uteshev VV

Abstract
Tremendous efforts and funds invested in discovery of novel drug treatments for ischemic stroke have so far failed to deliver clinically efficacious therapies. The reasons for these failures are not fully understood. An indiscriminate use of isoflurane-based surgical anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide may act as an unconstrained, untraceable source of data variability, potentially causing false-positive or false-negative results. To test this hypothesis, a common transient suture middle cerebral artery occlusion (tMCAO) model of ischemic stroke in young adult male rats was used to determine the impact of a typical range of anesthesia durations required for this model on data variability (i.e., infarct volume and neurological deficits). The animals were maintained on spontaneous ventilation. The study results indicated that: (1) Variable duration of isoflurane anesthesia prior, during and after tMCAO is a significant source of data variability as evidenced by measurements of infarct volume and neurological deficits; and (2) Severity of brain injury and neurological deficits after tMCAO is inversely related to the duration of isoflurane anesthesia: e.g., in our study, a 90min isoflurane anesthesia nearly completely protected brain tissues from tMCAO-induced injury and thus, would be expected to obscure the effects of stroke treatments in pre-clinical trials. To elevate transparency, rigor and reproducibility of stroke research and minimize undesirable effects of isoflurane on the outcome of novel drug testing, we propose to monitor, minimize and standardize isoflurane anesthesia in experimental surgeries and make anesthesia duration a required reportable parameter in pre-clinical studies. Specifically, we propose to adopt 20-30min as an optimal anesthesia duration that both minimizes neuroprotective effects of isoflurane and permits a successful completion of surgical procedures in a suture tMCAO model of ischemic stroke in rodents. As the mechanisms and neuroprotective, metabolic and immune effects of general anesthesia are not fully understood, the results of this study cannot be blindly generalized to other anesthetics, animal species and experimental models.

PMID: 28755978 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Effectiveness of a computerized motivational intervention on treatment initiation and substance use: Results from a randomized trial.

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:06
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Effectiveness of a computerized motivational intervention on treatment initiation and substance use: Results from a randomized trial.

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2017 Sep;80:59-66

Authors: Lerch J, Walters ST, Tang L, Taxman FS

Abstract
As many as 80% of the nearly five million adults under community supervision (i.e., probation, parole) are substance involved; however, treatment utilization is low. Using a multi-site randomized controlled trial, we tested the efficacy of in-person motivational interviewing (MI), a motivational computer intervention (MAPIT), or standard probation intake (SAU) to encourage treatment initiation among 316 substance-involved probationers in Dallas, Texas and Baltimore City, Maryland. Ninety-three percent (n=295) of participants completed the 2-month follow-up and 90% (n=285) completed the 6-month follow-up. At 2-months, individuals in the MAPIT condition were more likely to report treatment initiation compared to the SAU condition (OR=2.40, 95% CI=1.06, 5.47) via intent-to-treat analysis, especially among those completing both sessions (RE=0.50, 95% CI=0.05, 0.95) via instrumental variable analysis. At 6-months, MAPIT approached significance for treatment initiation in both analyses. MI did not achieve significance in any model. We did not find any differential impact on substance use. The success of MAPIT suggests that an integrated health-justice computerized intervention as part of a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) can be used to address public safety and health issues.

PMID: 28755774 [PubMed - in process]

The Essential Role of Neutrophils during Infection with the Intracellular Bacterial Pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:06
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The Essential Role of Neutrophils during Infection with the Intracellular Bacterial Pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.

J Immunol. 2016 Sep 01;197(5):1557-65

Authors: Witter AR, Okunnu BM, Berg RE

Abstract
Neutrophils have historically been characterized as first responder cells vital to host survival because of their ability to contain and eliminate bacterial and fungal pathogens. However, recent studies have shown that neutrophils participate in both protective and detrimental responses to a diverse array of inflammatory and infectious diseases. Although the contribution of neutrophils to extracellular infections has been investigated for decades, their specific role during intracellular bacterial infections has only recently been appreciated. During infection with the Gram-positive intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, neutrophils are recruited from the bone marrow to sites of infection where they use novel bacterial-sensing pathways leading to phagocytosis and production of bactericidal factors. This review summarizes the requirement of neutrophils during L. monocytogenes infection by examining both neutrophil trafficking and function during primary and secondary infection.

PMID: 27543669 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Metabolic syndrome is associated with an increased incidence of subclinical hypothyroidism - A Cohort Study.

Sun, 07/30/2017 - 07:33
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Metabolic syndrome is associated with an increased incidence of subclinical hypothyroidism - A Cohort Study.

Sci Rep. 2017 Jul 28;7(1):6754

Authors: Chang CH, Yeh YC, Caffrey JL, Shih SR, Chuang LM, Tu YK

Abstract
Prior cross-sectional analyses have demonstrated an association between subclinical hypothyroidism and metabolic syndrome and selected components. However, the temporal relation between metabolic syndrome and declining thyroid function remains unclear. In a prospective study, an unselected cohort of 66,822 participants with and without metabolic syndrome were followed. A proportional hazards regression model was used to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% CIs for hypothyroidism. Exploratory analyses for the relation between components of metabolic syndrome and declining thyroid function were also undertaken. During an average follow-up of 4.2 years, the incident rates for subclinical hypothyroidism were substantially higher in participants who began the study with metabolic syndrome compared with metabolically normal controls. After controlling for risk factors, patients with metabolic syndrome were at a 21% excess risk of developing subclinical hypothyroidism (adjusted HR 1.21; 95% CI 1.03-1.42). When individual components were analyzed, an increased risk of subclinical hypothyroidism was associated with high blood pressure (1.24; 1.04-1.48) and high serum triglycerides (1.18; 1.00-1.39), with a trend of increasing risk as participants had additional more components. Individuals with metabolic syndrome are at a greater risk for developing subclinical hypothyroidism, while its mechanisms and temporal consequences of this observation remain to be determined.

PMID: 28754977 [PubMed - in process]

Mannich Ketones as Possible Antimycobacterial Agents.

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 07:42
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Mannich Ketones as Possible Antimycobacterial Agents.

Arch Pharm (Weinheim). 2017 Jul 28;:

Authors: Lutz Z, Orbán K, Bóna Á, Márk L, Maász G, Prókai L, Seress L, Lóránd T

Abstract
Twenty-three known unsaturated and fused Mannich ketones and their reduced derivatives (amino alcohols) were selected for an antituberculotic study. They were screened against several mycobacterial strains including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M. xenopi, and M. gordonae, and minimum inhibitory concentration values were also determined using the standard antituberculotic drug isoniazid (INH) as a reference. Structure-activity relationships were also studied. The mode of action of the test compounds was investigated using transmission electron microscopy, high-performance liquid chromatography, and matrix-assisted desorption/ionization mass spectrometry. Several test substances proved to be as potent as INH, but their antimycobacterial spectra were broader than that of INH. Our findings suggest that their mode of action is probably through the inhibition of mycobacterial cell wall biosynthesis.

PMID: 28752666 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Evaluation of InnoTyper® 21 in a sample of Rio de Janeiro population as an alternative forensic panel.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 07:38
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Evaluation of InnoTyper® 21 in a sample of Rio de Janeiro population as an alternative forensic panel.

Int J Legal Med. 2017 Jul 26;:

Authors: Moura-Neto RS, Mello ICT, Silva R, Maette APC, Bottino CG, Woerner A, King J, Wendt F, Budowle B

Abstract
The use of bi-allelic markers such as retrotransposable element insertion polymorphisms or Innuls (for insertion/null) can overcome some limitations of short tandem repeat (STR) loci in typing forensic biological evidence. This study investigated the efficiency of the InnoTyper® 21 Innul markers in an urban admixed population sample in Rio de Janeiro (n = 40) and one highly compromised sample collected as evidence by the Rio de Janeiro police. No significant departures from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium were detected after the Bonferroni correction (α' ≈ 0.05/20, p < 0.0025), and no significant linkage disequilibrium was observed between markers. Assuming loci independence, the cumulative random match probability (RMP) was 2.3 × 10(-8). A lower mean Fis value was obtained for this sample population compared with those of three North American populations (African-American, Southwest Hispanic, US Caucasian). Principal component analysis with the three North American populations and one from 21 East Asian population showed that African Americans segregated as an independent group while US Caucasian, Southwest Hispanic, East Asian, and Rio de Janeiro populations are in a single large heterogeneous group. Also, a full Innuls profile was produced from an evidence sample, despite the DNA being highly degraded. In conclusion, this system is a useful complement to standard STR kits.

PMID: 28748403 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Sleep and Mental Health in the General Population of Elderly Women.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 07:38
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Sleep and Mental Health in the General Population of Elderly Women.

J Prim Prev. 2017 Jul 26;:

Authors: Thomas KM, Redd LA, Wright JD, Hartos JL

Abstract
Sleep and mental health complaints are prevalent in the elderly and share common risk factors. We assessed the relationship between sleep and mental health in three representative samples of elderly women while controlling for multiple risk factors common to both. We performed this cross sectional secondary data analysis in 2015 using 2013 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) for females ages 65 years and older from California (N = 1912), Florida (N = 9120), and Pennsylvania (N = 2429). We conducted multiple logistic regression analysis to assess the relationship between sleep duration group (short, moderate/reference, or long) and mental health issues in the past 30 days (yes or no) in elderly females, while controlling for multiple covariates. About 25% of the elderly females reported mental health issues and 20% reported short or long sleep durations. In adjusted analysis, compared to the elderly females in the moderate sleep duration group (averaging 6-8 h of sleep per day), those in the short and long sleep duration groups had increased prevalence of mental health issues by 66% and 26%, respectively. Mental health was also related to physical health issues including general health status, activity limitations, and chronic health conditions. Overall, sleep was related to mental health in representative samples of elderly females even after controlling for risk factors common to both. Even though we could not determine the direction of influence, the findings indicate a need for clinicians to screen their elderly female patients for both sleep and mental health issues, especially in those with physical health comorbidities.

PMID: 28748316 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

Nanomaterial Applications for Neurological Diseases and Central Nervous System Injury.

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Authors: Huang L, Hu J, Huang S, Wang B, Siaw-Debrah F, Nyanzu M, Zhang Y, Zhuge Q

Abstract
The effectiveness of noninvasive treatment for neurological disease is generally limited by the poor entry of therapeutic agents into the central nervous system (CNS). Most CNS drugs cannot permeate into the brain parenchyma because of the blood-brain barrier thus, overcoming this problem has become one of the most significant challenges in the development of neurological therapeutics. Nanotechnology has emerged as an innovative alternative for treating neurological diseases. In fact, rapid advances in nanotechnology have provided promising solutions to this challenge. This review highlights the applications of nanomaterials in the developing neurological field and discusses the evidence for their efficacies.

PMID: 28743465 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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