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Leonald-Emeka, EL, Aransiola EF, Ibrahim TH, Oyedele JO, Gidado RM, Iloh AC, Solomon BO.  2020.  Comparative performance of different yeast strains in the production of bioethanol using simultaneous liquefaction saccharification and fermentation (SLSF). African Journal of Biotechnology. 19:858–867., Number 12: Academic Journals Abstract
Osemene, KP, Ihekoronye MR, Lamikanra A.  2020.  Knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and practices of community pharmacists about generic medicine in Nigeria. Journal of Generic Medicines. :1741134320962843.: SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England Abstract
Mouras, F, Badri A, Maček D, Magdalenić I, Ređep NB, Li Y, Liu Y, Li H, Liang N, Terai A, others.  2020.  Survey of the Risk Management Methods, Techniques and Software Used Most Frequently in Occupational Health and Safety. Int. J. Saf. Secur. Eng. 10:149–160. Abstract
Lawal, O, Balogun M, Akintomide A, Ayoola O, Mene-Afejuku T, Ogunlade O, Okunola O, Lawal A, Akinsola A.  2019.  Carotid Intima-Media Thickness: A Surrogate Marker for Cardiovascular Disease in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients, 2019/06/01. 13:117954681985294. Abstract

Background:Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is a measure of atherosclerotic vascular disease and considered a comprehensive picture of all alterations caused by multiple cardiovascular risk factors over time on the arterial walls. We therefore sought to determine the CIMT of the common carotid artery in patients with CKD and to evaluate the clinical pattern and prevalence of CVD in CKD patients.
A case-control study involving 100 subjects made of 50 patients with CKD stages 2 to 4 and 50 age and sex matched apparently normal individuals. Carotid intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery was considered thickened if it measured greater than 0.8 mm. All subjects had laboratory investigations, 12-lead electrocardiogram, transthoracic echocardiography, and ankle-brachial index.
The mean CIMT was higher in CKD population compared with controls (P < .001). Eighty-four percent of the study population was found to have thickened CIMT compared with 18% of controls (P < .001). Patients with CKD had significantly higher blood pressure and heart rate than controls. Cardiovascular disease was also more prevalent among patients with CKD as compared with controls. Carotid intima-media thickness positively correlated with age, blood pressure, and random blood sugar.
As CIMT was well correlated with many cardiovascular risk factors among CKD patients, it may serve as a surrogate marker for CVD and its early assessment may target patients who may need more aggressive therapy to retard the progression of kidney disease and improve outcome.

Salpietro, V, Dixon CL, Guo H, Bello OD, Vandrovcova J, Efthymiou S, Maroofian R, Heimer G, Burglen L, Valence S et al..  2019.  AMPA receptor GluA2 subunit defects are a cause of neurodevelopmental disorders, 2019. Nature Communications. 10(1) Abstract

AMPA receptors (AMPARs) are tetrameric ligand-gated channels made up of combinations of GluA1-4 subunits encoded by GRIA1-4 genes. GluA2 has an especially important role because, following post-transcriptional editing at the Q607 site, it renders heteromultimeric AMPARs Ca2+-impermeable, with a linear relationship between current and trans-membrane voltage. Here, we report heterozygous de novo GRIA2 mutations in 28 unrelated patients with intellectual disability (ID) and neurodevelopmental abnormalities including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Rett syndrome-like features, and seizures or developmental epileptic encephalopathy (DEE). In functional expression studies, mutations lead to a decrease in agonist-evoked current mediated by mutant subunits compared to wild-type channels. When GluA2 subunits are co-expressed with GluA1, most GRIA2 mutations cause a decreased current amplitude and some also affect voltage rectification. Our results show that de-novo variants in GRIA2 can cause neurodevelopmental disorders, complementing evidence that other genetic causes of ID, ASD and DEE also disrupt glutamatergic synaptic transmission.

Akpalu, A, Gebregziabher M, Ovbiagele B, Sarfo F, Iheonye H, Akinyemi R, Akpa O, Tiwari HK, Arnett D, Wahab K, Lackland D, Abiodun A, Ogbole G, Jenkins C, Arulogun O, Akpalu J, Obiako R, Olowoyo P, Fawale M, Komolafe M, Osaigbovo G, Obiabo Y, Chukwuonye I, Owolabi L, Adebayo P, Sunmonu T, Owolabi M.  2019.  Differential Impact of Risk Factors on Stroke Occurrence Among Men Versus Women in West Africa: The SIREN Study, 2019. Stroke. 50(4) Abstract

Background and Purpose - The interplay between sex and the dominant risk factors for stroke occurrence in sub-Saharan Africa has not been clearly delineated. We compared the effect sizes of risk factors of stroke by sex among West Africans. Methods - SIREN study (Stroke Investigative Research and Educational Networks) is a case-control study conducted at 15 sites in Ghana and Nigeria. Cases were adults aged >18 years with computerized tomography/magnetic resonance imaging confirmed stroke, and controls were age- and sex-matched stroke-free adults. Comprehensive evaluation for vascular, lifestyle, and psychosocial factors was performed using validated tools. We used conditional logistic regression to estimate odds ratios and reported risk factor specific and composite population attributable risks with 95% CIs. Results - Of the 2118 stroke cases, 1193 (56.3%) were males. The mean±SD age of males was 58.1±13.2 versus 60.15±14.53 years among females. Shared modifiable risk factors for stroke with adjusted odds ratios (95% CI) among females versus males, respectively, were hypertension [29.95 (12.49-71.77) versus 16.1 0(9.19-28.19)], dyslipidemia [2.08 (1.42-3.06) versus 1.83 (1.29-2.59)], diabetes mellitus [3.18 (2.11-4.78) versus 2.19 (1.53-3.15)], stress [2.34 (1.48-3.67) versus 1.61 (1.07-2.43)], and low consumption of green leafy vegetables [2.92 (1.89-4.50) versus 2.00 (1.33-3.00)]. However, salt intake and income were significantly different between males and females. Six modifiable factors had a combined population attributable risk of 99.1% (98.3%-99.6%) among females with 9 factors accounting for 97.2% (94.9%-98.7%) among males. Hemorrhagic stroke was more common among males (36.0%) than among females (27.6%), but stroke was less severe among males than females. Conclusions - Overall, risk factors for stroke occurrence are commonly shared by both sexes in West Africa favoring concerted interventions for stroke prevention in the region.

Adeoye, AM, Ovbiagele B, Akinyemi JO, Ogah OS, Akinyemi R, Gebregziabher M, Wahab K, Fakunle AG, Akintunde A, Adebayo O, Aje A, Tiwari HK, Arnett D, Agyekum F, Appiah LT, Amusa G, Olunuga TO, Onoja A, Sarfo FS, Akpalu A, Jenkins C, Lackland D, Owolabi L, Komolafe M, Faniyan MM, Arulogun O, Obiako R, Owolabi M.  2019.  Echocardiographic Abnormalities and Determinants of 1-Month Outcome of Stroke Among West Africans in the SIREN Study, 2019. Journal of the American Heart Association. 8(11) Abstract

Background: Little is known about the relationship between echocardiographic abnormalities and outcome among patients with acute stroke. We investigated the pattern and association of baseline echocardiographic variables with 1-month disability and mortality among patients with stroke in the SIREN (Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network) study. Methods and Results: We enrolled and followed up consecutive 1020 adult patients with acute stroke with baseline transthoracic echocardiography from west Africa. To explore the relationship between echocardiographic variables and 1-month disability (using modified Rankin scale >3) and fatality, regression models were fitted. Relative risks were computed with 95% CIs. The participants comprised 60% men with a mean age of 59.2±14.6 years. Ischemic stroke was associated with smaller aortic root diameter (30.2 versus 32.5, P=0.018) and septal (16.8 versus 19.1, P<0.001) and posterior wall thickness at systole (18.9 versus 21.5, P=0.004). Over 90% of patients with stroke had abnormal left ventricular (LV) geometry with eccentric hypertrophy predominating (56.1%). Of 13 candidate variables investigated, only baseline abnormal LV geometry (concentric hypertrophy) was weakly associated with 1-month disability (unadjusted relative risk, 1.80; 95% CI, 0.97–5.73). Severe LV systolic dysfunction was significantly associated with increased 1-month mortality (unadjusted relative risk, 3.05; 95% CI, 1.36–6.83). Conclusions: Nine of 10 patients with acute stroke had abnormal LV geometry and a third had systolic dysfunction. Severe LV systolic dysfunction was significantly associated with 1 month mortality. Larger studies are required to establish the independent effect and unravel predictive accuracy of this association.

Akinyemi, RO, Sarfo FS, Akinyemi J, Singh A, Onoja Akpa M, Akpalu A, Owolabi L, Adeoye AM, Obiako R, Wahab K, Sanya E, Komolafe M, Ogbole G, Fawale M, Adebayo P, Osaigbovo G, Sunmonu T, Olowoyo P, Chukwuonye I, Obiabo Y, Adeniji O, Fakunle G, Melikam E, Saulson R, Yaria J, Uwanruochi K, Ibinaiye P, Amusa GA, Yahaya IS, Dambatta AH, Faniyan M, Olowoniyi P, Bock-Oruma A, Joseph OC, Oguntade A, Kolo P, Laryea R, Lakoh S, Uvere E, Farombi T, Akpalu J, Oyinloye O, Appiah L, Calys-Tagoe B, Shidali V, Tabari NA, Adebayo O, Efidi R, Adeleye O, Owusu D, Ogunjimi L, Aridegbe O, Imoh CL, Sanni T, Gebreziabher M, Hemant T, Arulogun O, Ogunniyi A, Jenkins C, Owolabi M, Ovbiagele B.  2019.  Knowledge, attitudes and practices of West Africans on genetic studies of stroke: Evidence from the SIREN Study, 2019. International Journal of Stroke. 14(1) Abstract

Background: It is crucial to assess genomic literacy related to stroke among Africans in preparation for the ethical, legal and societal implications of the genetic revolution which has begun in Africa. Objective: To assess the knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) of West Africans about stroke genetic studies. Methods: A comparative cross-sectional study was conducted among stroke patients and stroke-free controls recruited across 15 sites in Ghana and Nigeria. Participants' knowledge of heritability of stroke, willingness to undergo genetic testing and perception of the potential benefits of stroke genetic research were assessed using interviewer-administered questionnaire. Descriptive, frequency distribution and multiple regression analyses were performed. Results: Only 49% of 2029 stroke patients and 57% of 2603 stroke-free individuals knew that stroke was a heritable disorder. Among those who knew, 90% were willing to undergo genetic testing. Knowledge of stroke heritability was associated with having at least post-secondary education (OR 1.51, 1.25–1.81) and a family history of stroke (OR 1.20, 1.03–1.39) while Islamic religion (OR=0.82, CI: 0.72–0.94), being currently unmarried (OR = 0.81, CI: 0.70–0.92), and alcohol use (OR = 0.78, CI: 0.67–0.91) were associated with lower odds of awareness of stroke as a heritable disorder. Willingness to undergo genetic testing for stroke was associated with having a family history of stroke (OR 1.34, 1.03–1.74) but inversely associated with a medical history of high blood pressure (OR = 0.79, 0.65–0.96). Conclusion: To further improve knowledge of stroke heritability and willingness to embrace genetic testing for stroke, individuals with less formal education, history of high blood pressure and no family history of stroke require targeted interventions.

Chelban, V, Wilson MP, Warman Chardon J, Vandrovcova J, Zanetti MN, Zamba-Papanicolaou E, Efthymiou S, Pope S, Conte MR, Abis G et al..  2019.  PDXK mutations cause polyneuropathy responsive to pyridoxal 5'-phosphate supplementation, 2019. Annals of Neurology. 86(2) Abstract

Objective: To identify disease-causing variants in autosomal recessive axonal polyneuropathy with optic atrophy and provide targeted replacement therapy. Methods: We performed genome-wide sequencing, homozygosity mapping, and segregation analysis for novel disease-causing gene discovery. We used circular dichroism to show secondary structure changes and isothermal titration calorimetry to investigate the impact of variants on adenosine triphosphate (ATP) binding. Pathogenicity was further supported by enzymatic assays and mass spectroscopy on recombinant protein, patient-derived fibroblasts, plasma, and erythrocytes. Response to supplementation was measured with clinical validated rating scales, electrophysiology, and biochemical quantification. Results: We identified biallelic mutations in PDXK in 5 individuals from 2 unrelated families with primary axonal polyneuropathy and optic atrophy. The natural history of this disorder suggests that untreated, affected individuals become wheelchair-bound and blind. We identified conformational rearrangement in the mutant enzyme around the ATP-binding pocket. Low PDXK ATP binding resulted in decreased erythrocyte PDXK activity and low pyridoxal 5′-phosphate (PLP) concentrations. We rescued the clinical and biochemical profile with PLP supplementation in 1 family, improvement in power, pain, and fatigue contributing to patients regaining their ability to walk independently during the first year of PLP normalization. Interpretation: We show that mutations in PDXK cause autosomal recessive axonal peripheral polyneuropathy leading to disease via reduced PDXK enzymatic activity and low PLP. We show that the biochemical profile can be rescued with PLP supplementation associated with clinical improvement. As B6 is a cofactor in diverse essential biological pathways, our findings may have direct implications for neuropathies of unknown etiology characterized by reduced PLP levels. ANN NEUROL 2019;86:225–240.

Olowookere, S, Badmus S, Laoye O, Ijadunola M, Hassan M.  2019.  Burden of family caregivers of ophthalmic patients in a university teaching hospital in south-west Nigeria, 03. Malawi Medical Journal. 31:39-44. Abstract
Atere, CT, Ge T, Zhu Z, Liu S, Huang X, Shibistova O, Guggenberger G, Wu J.  2019.  Assimilate allocation by rice and carbon stabilisation in soil: effect of water management and Phosphorus fertilisation. Plant and Soil . 445:153–167.
Lawal, US, Oladokun TT, Ayodele TO.  2019.  Commercial Real Estate Investment in Ibadan Property Market: An Examination of the Risk-Return Characteristics.. Journal of Environmental Design.. 14(2):75-85..
A., B, P.A. M, W.L. A, M.A. E, L.J.J. G, T.D. B, D J, W. Y, L. H, C.A. L, C.C. L, S. N, M. L, P.A. S-L, W.P. M, K.S. M, O. J, P.B. O, B.S. A, R.O B, F.O. O, A.O. O, Bello S.A., J. R, R. S, P. D, S. O-Y, F.KN A, M.L. M, R.A. C, J.C. M, and AA A.  2019.  Genomic analyses in African populations identify novel risk loci for cleft palate. Human Molecular Genetics . 28(6 ):1038–1051.
Zhang, X, Wang X, Smarandache F, Jaiyeola TG, Lian T.  2019.  Singular Neutrosophic Extended Triplet Groups and Generalized Groups. Cognitive Systems Research. 57:32–40.
Christianah, E, Mohammad F, Adebayo J, Lawal O, Kolawole B, Ikem R, Soyoye D.  2018.  Prevalence of Kock's diseases among diabetes patient attending state Specialist Hosital Akure South West Nigeria, 2018/11/02. Abstract
Omotayo, O, Adeyinka S, L.N. U, J.T. F, O. S.  2018.  Household Travel Characteristics to Healthcare Facilities in Ondo State, Nigeria, 2018/09/01. Abstract

This study investigated the household travel characteristics of health consumers in Ondo State to the available healthcare facilities. The study uses data collected from 1,181 health consumers from forty-two (42) settlements across the three senatorial districts of the State. The findings revealed that while some of the healthcare patrons travelled below 400 meters to get to the nearest healthcare facility, many of them spent more money on trips to reach their healthcare facilities. This shows that the majority of people are ready to patronize any healthcare facility irrespective of the distance and cost. The further analysis revealed that distance, travel time, cost of transport and travel mode are significant to the utilization of healthcare facilities. To this end, more healthcare facilities should be provided and located closer to people within shortest possible distance, especially in Ondo North and Ondo South senatorial districts.

Akinyemi, RO, Akinwande K, Diala S, Adeleye O, Ajose A, Issa K, Owusu D, Boamah I, Yahaya IS, Jimoh AO, Imoh L, Fakunle G, Akpalu A, Sarfo F, Wahab K, Sanya E, Owolabi L, Obiako R, Osaigbovo G, Komolafe M, Fawale M, Adebayo P, Olowoyo P, Obiabo Y, Sunmonu T, Chukwuonye I, Balogun O, Adeoye B, Oladele F, Olowoniyi P, Adeyemi F, Lezzi A, Falayi AT, Fasanya M, Ogunwale K, Adeola O, Olomu O, Aridegbe O, Laryea R, Uvere E, Faniyan M, Melikam E, Tagge R, Akpa O, Akinyemi J, Arulogun O, Tiwari HK, Ovbiagele B, Owolabi MO.  2018.  Biobanking in a Challenging African Environment: Unique Experience from the SIREN Project, 2018. Biopreservation and Biobanking. 16(3) Abstract

Africa was previously insufficiently represented in the emerging discipline of biobanking despite commendable early efforts. However, with the Human, Heredity, and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative, biorepository science has been bolstered, regional biobanks are springing up, and awareness about biobanks is growing on the continent. The Stroke Investigative Research and Educational Network (SIREN) project is a transnational, multicenter, hospital and community-based study involving over 3000 cases and 3000 controls recruited from 16 sites in Ghana and Nigeria. SIREN aims to explore and unravel the genetic and environmental factors that interact to produce the peculiar phenotypic and clinical characteristics of stroke as seen in people of African ancestry and facilitate the development of new diagnostics, therapeutics, and preventative strategies. The aim of this article is to describe our experience with the development of the procedure for collection, processing, storage, and shipment of biological samples (blood, serum, plasma, buffy coat, red cell concentrates, and DNA) and brain imaging across coordinating and participating sites within the SIREN Project. The SIREN network was initiated in 2014 with support and funding from the H3Africa Initiative. The SIREN Biobank currently has 3015 brain images, 92,950 blood fractions (serum, plasma, red cell concentrates, and buffy coat) accrued from 8450 recruited subjects, and quantified and aliquoted good-quality DNA extracts from 6150 study subjects. This represents an invaluable resource for future research with expanding genomic and trans-omic technologies. This will facilitate the involvement of indigenous African samples in cutting-edge stroke genomics and trans-omics research. It is, however, critical to effectively engage African stroke patients and community members who have contributed precious biological materials to the SIREN Biobank to generate appropriate evidence base for dealing with ethical, legal, and social issues of privacy, autonomy, identifiability, biorights, governance issues, and public understanding of stroke biobanking in the context of unique African culture, language, and belief systems.

Owolabi, MO, Sarfo F, Akinyemi R, Gebregziabher M, Akpa O, Akpalu A, Wahab K, Obiako R, Ovbiagele B, Sarfo FS, Akinyemi R, Gebregziabher M, Akpa O, Akpalu A, Obiako R, Ovbiagele B, Tiwari HK, Arnett D, Lackland D, Adeoye AM, Akin O, Ogbole G, Jenkins C, Arulogun O, Ryan IM, Armstrong K, Olowoyo P, Komolafe M, Osaigbovo G, Obiabo O, Chukwuonye I, Adebayo P, Adebayo O, Omololu A, Otubogun F, Olaleye A, Durodola A, Olunuga T, Akinwande K, Aridegbe M, Fawale B, Adeleye O, Kolo P, Appiah L, Singh A, Adamu S, Awuah D, Saulson R, Agyekum F, Shidali V, Ogah O, Oguntade A, Umanruochi K, Iheonye H, Imoh L, Afolaranmi T, Calys-Tagoe B, Okeke O, Fakunle A, Akinyemi J, Akpalu J, Ibinaiye P, Agunloye A, Sanni T, Bisi A, Efidi C, Bock-Oruma A, Melikam S, Olaniyan L, Yaria J, Odo CJ, Lakoh S, Ogunjimi L, Salaam A, Oyinloye L, Asaleye C, Sanya E, Olowookere S, Makanjuola A, Oguntoye A, Uvere E, Faniyan M, Akintunde A, Kehinde I, Diala S, Adeleye O, Ajose OA, Onyeonoro U, Amusa AG, Owusu D, Mensah Y, Owolabi L.  2018.  Dominant modifiable risk factors for stroke in Ghana and Nigeria (SIREN): a case-control study, 2018. The Lancet Global Health. 6(4) Abstract

Background: Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest incidence, prevalence, and fatality from stroke globally. Yet, only little information about context-specific risk factors for prioritising interventions to reduce the stroke burden in sub-Saharan Africa is available. We aimed to identify and characterise the effect of the top modifiable risk factors for stroke in sub-Saharan Africa. Methods: The Stroke Investigative Research and Educational Network (SIREN) study is a multicentre, case-control study done at 15 sites in Nigeria and Ghana. Cases were adults (aged ≥18 years) with stroke confirmed by CT or MRI. Controls were age-matched and gender-matched stroke-free adults (aged ≥18 years) recruited from the communities in catchment areas of cases. Comprehensive assessment for vascular, lifestyle, and psychosocial factors was done using standard instruments. We used conditional logistic regression to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and population-attributable risks (PARs) with 95% CIs. Findings: Between Aug 28, 2014, and June 15, 2017, we enrolled 2118 case-control pairs (1192 [56%] men) with mean ages of 59·0 years (SD 13·8) for cases and 57·8 years (13·7) for controls. 1430 (68%) had ischaemic stoke, 682 (32%) had haemorrhagic stroke, and six (<1%) had discrete ischaemic and haemorrhagic lesions. 98·2% (95% CI 97·2–99·0) of adjusted PAR of stroke was associated with 11 potentially modifiable risk factors with ORs and PARs in descending order of PAR of 19·36 (95% CI 12·11–30·93) and 90·8% (95% CI 87·9–93·7) for hypertension, 1·85 (1·44–2·38) and 35·8% (25·3–46·2) for dyslipidaemia, 1·59 (1·19–2·13) and 31·1% (13·3–48·9) for regular meat consumption, 1·48 (1·13–1·94) and 26·5% (12·9–40·2) for elevated waist-to-hip ratio, 2·58 (1·98–3·37) and 22·1% (17·8–26·4) for diabetes, 2·43 (1·81–3·26) and 18·2% (14·1–22·3) for low green leafy vegetable consumption, 1·89 (1·40–2·54) and 11·6% (6·6–16·7) for stress, 2·14 (1·34–3·43) and 5·3% (3·3–7·3) for added salt at the table, 1·65 (1·09–2·49) and 4·3% (0·6–7·9) for cardiac disease, 2·13 (1·12–4·05) and 2·4% (0·7–4·1) for physical inactivity, and 4·42 (1·75–11·16) and 2·3% (1·5–3·1) for current cigarette smoking. Ten of these factors were associated with ischaemic stroke and six with haemorrhagic stroke occurrence. Interpretation: Implementation of interventions targeting these leading risk factors at the population level should substantially curtail the burden of stroke among Africans. Funding: National Institutes of Health.

Jenkins, C, Ovbiagele B, Arulogun O, Singh A, Calys-Tagoe B, Akinyemi R, Mande A, Melikam ES, Akpalu A, Wahab K, Sarfo FS, Sanni T, Osaigbovo G, Tiwari HK, Obiako R, Shidali V, Ibinaiye P, Akpalu J, Ogbole G, Owolabi L, Uvere E, Taggae R, Adeoye AM, Gebregziabher M, Akintunde A, Adebayo O, Oguntade A, Bisi A, Ohagwu K, Laryea R, Olowoniyi P, Yahaya IS, Olowookere S, Adeyemi F, Komolafe M, Fawale MB, Sunmonu T, Onyeonoro U, Imoh LC, Oguike W, Olunuga T, Kolo P, Ogah OS, Efidi R, Chukwuonye I, Bock-Oruma A, Owusu D, Odo CJ, Faniyan M, Ohnifeman OA, Ajose O, Ogunjimi L, Johnson S, Ganiyu A, Olowoyo P, Fakunle AG, Tolulope A, Farombi T, Obiabo MO, Owolabi M.  2018.  Knowledge, attitudes and practices related to stroke in Ghana and Nigeria: A SIREN call to action, 2018. PLoS ONE. 13(11) Abstract

Introduction Stroke is a prominent cause of death, disability, and dementia in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The Stroke Investigative Research and Education Network works collaboratively with stroke survivors and individuals serving as community controls to comprehensively characterize the genomic, sociocultural, economic and behavioral risk factors for stroke in SSA. Purpose In this paper, we aim to: i) explore the attitudes, beliefs, and practices related to stroke in Ghana and Nigeria using the process of qualitative description; and ii) propose actions for future research and community-based participation and education. Methods Stroke survivors, their caregivers, health care professionals, and community representatives and faith-based leaders participated in one of twenty-six focus groups, which qualitatively explored community beliefs, attitudes and practices related to stroke in Ghana and Nigeria. Arthur Kleinman’s Explanatory Model of Illness and the Social Ecological Model guided the questions and/or thematic analysis of the qualitative data. We hereby describe our focus group methods and analyses of qualitative data, as well as the findings and suggestions for improving stroke outcomes. Results and discussion The major findings illustrate the fears, causes, chief problems, treatment, and recommendations related to stroke through the views of the participants, as well as recommendations for working effectively with the SIREN communities. Findings are compared to SIREN quantitative data and other qualitative studies in Africa. As far as we are aware, this is the first paper to qualitatively explore and contrast community beliefs, attitudes, and practices among stroke survivors and their caregivers, community and faith-based leaders, and health professionals in multiple communities within Nigeria and Ghana.

G.O., O, D. J, P.A. M, T.D. B, L.J.J. G, M.A. E, W.L. A, C.A. L, C.C. L, A. O, P.B. O, B.S. A, undefined, Bello S.A., P. D, R. A, C. O, S. O-Y, G. P-R, O.M. O, O. J, T. H, F. A, L.O. A-R, A.V. O, L. M, M.L. M, J.C. M, A.A. A.  2018.  Identification of paternal uniparental disomy on chromosome 22 and a de novo deletion on chromosome 18 in individuals with orofacial clefts. Mol Genet Genomic Med. 6(6 ):924-932.
M.A., E, H. L, M. L, W.L. A, L.J.J. G, P.A. M, T. B, W. D, P. D, P.B. O, B.S. A, R.O. B, G.O. O, F. O, R. A, C. O, O. J, E. A-A, L.A. R, M.O. O, F.K.N A, Bello S.A., P. A, P. T, F. A, T. H, Y. D, A. H, G. P-R, S. O-Y, M.M. D, P.E. G, M.L. M, A.A. A, J.C M, R.A. C, A. B.  2018.  Loss-of-function GRHL3 variants detected in African patients with isolated cleft palate.. J Dent Res. 97(1 ):41–48.p22_-_eshete_et_al._2018-loss-of-fxn-jdr.pdf
L.J.J., G, G. O, P.A. M, W.L. A, M.A. E, T.D. B, P. D, S. O-Y, G. P-R, A.A. O, A. O, P.B. O, B.S. A, F.O. O, Bello S.A., R. A, C. O, P. A, M.O. O, L.O. A-R, M.L. M, A.A. A, J.C. M, A. B.  2018.  Novel GREM1 variations in Sub-Saharan African patients with cleft lip and/or cleft palate. The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. 55(5):736-742.
Waitt, C, Olagunju A, Nakalema S, Kyohaire I, Owen A, Lamorde M, Khoo S.  2018.  Plasma and breast milk pharmacokinetics of emtricitabine, tenofovir and lamivudine using dried blood and breast milk spots in nursing African mother–infant pairs. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. AbstractDownload (Open Access)

Background: Breast milk transfer of first-line ART from mother to infant is not fully understood.

Objectives: To determine the concentrations of lamivudine, emtricitabine and tenofovir in maternal blood, breast milk and infant blood from breastfeeding mother–infant pairs.

Methods: Intensive pharmacokinetic sampling of maternal dried blood spots (DBS), dried breast milk spots (DBMS) and infant DBS from 30 Ugandan and 29 Nigerian mothers receiving first-line ART and their infants was conducted. DBS and DBMS were collected pre-dose and at 5–6 timepoints up to 12 h following observed dosing. Infant DBS were sampled twice during this period. Lamivudine, emtricitabine and tenofovir were quantified using LC-MS/MS, with non-compartmental analysis to calculate key pharmacokinetic parameters.

Results: Peak concentrations in breast milk from women taking lamivudine and emtricitabine occurred later than in plasma (4–8 h compared with 2 h for lamivudine and 2–4 h for emtricitabine). Consequently, the milk-to-plasma (M:P) ratio of lamivudine taken once daily was 0.95 (0.82–1.15) for AUC0–12, whereas for AUC12–20 this was 3.04 (2.87–4.16). Lamivudine was detectable in 36% (14/39) of infants [median 17.7 (16.3–22.7) ng/mL]. For 200 mg of emtricitabine once daily, the median M:P ratio was 3.01 (2.06–3.38). Three infants (19%) had measurable emtricitabine [median 18.5 (17.6–20.8) ng/mL]. For 300 mg of tenofovir once daily, the median M:P ratio was 0.015 (0–0.03) and no infant had measurable tenofovir concentrations.

Conclusions: Emtricitabine and lamivudine accumulate in breast milk and were detected in breastfeeding infants. In contrast, tenofovir penetrates the breast milk to a small degree, but is undetectable in breastfeeding infants.

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