Helen J. Atherton

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The study of biological systems in a holistic manner (systems biology) is increasingly being viewed as a necessity to provide qualitative and quantitative descriptions of the emergent properties of the complete system. Systems biology performs studies focussed on the complex interactions of system components; emphasising the whole system rather than the(More)
AIMS Technological limitations have restricted in vivo assessment of intracellular pH (pH(i)) in the myocardium. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of hyperpolarized [1-(13)C]pyruvate, coupled with (13)C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), to measure pH(i) in the healthy and diseased heart. METHODS AND RESULTS Hyperpolarized(More)
BACKGROUND Handheld computers and mobile devices provide instant access to vast amounts and types of useful information for health care professionals. Their reduced size and increased processing speed has led to rapid adoption in health care. Thus, it is important to identify whether handheld computers are actually effective in clinical practice. (More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether screening and treating women for chlamydial infection reduces the incidence of pelvic inflammatory disease over the subsequent 12 months. DESIGN Randomised controlled trial. SETTING Common rooms, lecture theatres, and student bars at universities and further education colleges in London. PARTICIPANTS 2529 sexually active(More)
Regulation between the fed and fasted states in mammals is partially controlled by peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-a (PPAR-a). Expression of the receptor is high in the liver, heart and skeletal muscle, but decreases with age. A combined 1 H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry metabolomic(More)
Atherton et al: A metabolomic study of the PPAR-null mouse 2 Abstract The mobilisation of triacylglycerides from storage in adipocytes to the liver is a vital response to the fasting state in mammalian metabolism. This is accompanied by a rapid translational activation of genes encoding mitochondrial, microsomal, and peroxisomal-oxidation in the liver, in(More)
BACKGROUND Many healthcare professionals use smartphones and tablets to inform patient care. Contemporary research suggests that handheld computers may support aspects of clinical diagnosis and management. This systematic review was designed to synthesise high quality evidence to answer the question; Does healthcare professionals' use of handheld computers(More)
Hyperpolarized (13)C-labeled substrates directly provide a source of magnetic resonance (MR) signal to observe the substrates' real-time uptake and enzymatic conversion. The aim of this study was to optimize the concentration of hyperpolarized [1-(13)C]pyruvate infused as a metabolic tracer, by observing the mitochondrial conversion of pyruvate to(More)
The epidemic of obesity imposes unprecedented challenges on human adipose tissue (WAT) storage capacity that may benefit from adaptive mechanisms to maintain adipocyte functionality. Here, we demonstrate that changes in the regulatory feedback set point control of Insig1/SREBP1 represent an adaptive response that preserves WAT lipid homeostasis in obese and(More)
BACKGROUND Improved communication from physician- patient emailing is an important element of patient centeredness. Physician-patient email use has been low; and previous data from Florida suggest that physicians who email with patients rarely implement best-practice guidelines designed to protect physicians and patients. OBJECTIVE Our objective was to(More)