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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103612/a-phase-iii-randomised-controlled-trial-of-erlotinib-vs-gefitinib-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-with-egfr-mutations
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J J Yang, Q Zhou, H H Yan, X C Zhang, H J Chen, H Y Tu, Z Wang, C R Xu, J Su, B C Wang, B Y Jiang, X Y Bai, W Z Zhong, X N Yang, Y L Wu
BACKGROUND: A phase III trial was conducted to compare the safety and efficacy of erlotinib with that of gefitinib in advanced non-small cell lung cancer harbouring epidermal growth factor receptor mutations in exon 19 or 21. METHODS: Eligible patients were randomised to receive erlotinib (150 mg per day) or gefitinib (250 mg per day) orally until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity. We aimed to determine whether erlotinib is superior to gefitinib in efficacy...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102959/x-ray-scatter-correction-for-multi-source-interior-computed-tomography
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Hao Gong, Hao Yan, Xun Jia, Bin Li, Ge Wang, Guohua Cao
PURPOSE: The schemes of multi-source interior computed tomography (CT) have shown promise for ultra-fast, organ-oriented, and low-dose dynamic imaging. Besides forward scattering, x-ray cross scattering from multiple x-ray sources activated simultaneously can further degrade image quality. Here, we investigate the overall x-ray scattering artifact in a recently proposed multi-source interior CT architecture, and present two methods for scatter correction. METHODS: Compared to single-source global CT, scattering in multi-source interior CT architecture is affected by two new factors: cross scattering from simultaneously activated multiple x-ray sources and region-of-interest (ROI) oriented interior CT mode...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102835/spinal-cord-regeneration-in-xenopus-laevis
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Gabriela Edwards-Faret, Rosana Muñoz, Emilio E Méndez-Olivos, Dasfne Lee-Liu, Victor S Tapia, Juan Larraín
Here we present a protocol for the husbandry of Xenopus laevis tadpoles and froglets, and procedures to study spinal cord regeneration. This includes methods to induce spinal cord injury (SCI); DNA and morpholino electroporation for genetic studies; in vivo imaging for cell analysis; a swimming test to measure functional recovery; and a convenient model for screening for new compounds that promote neural regeneration. These protocols establish X. laevis as a unique model organism for understanding spinal cord regeneration by comparing regenerative and nonregenerative stages...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102829/absorbed-dose-evaluation-of-auger-electron-emitting-radionuclides-impact-of-input-decay-spectra-on-dose-point-kernels-and-s-values
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Nadia Falzone, Boon Lee, José Fernández-Varea, Christiana Kartsonaki, Andrew Stuchbery, Tibor Kibedi, Katherine Vallis
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of decay data provided by the newly developed stochastic atomic relaxation model <i>BrIccEmis</i> on dose point kernels (DPKs- radial dose distribution around a unit point source) and <i>S</i>-values (absorbed dose per unit cumulated activity) of 14 Auger electron (AE) emitting radionuclides, namely <sup>67</sup>Ga, <sup>80m</sup>Br, <sup>89</sup>Zr, <sup>90</sup>Nb, <sup>99m</sup>Tc, <sup>111</sup>In, <sup>117m</sup>Sn, <sup>119</sup>Sb, <sup>123</sup>I, <sup>124</sup>I, <sup>125</sup>I, <sup>135</sup>La, <sup>195m</sup>Pt and <sup>201</sup>Tl...
January 19, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102638/farnesoid-x-receptor-ablation-sensitizes-mice-to-hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-induced-hepatocarcinogenesis
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Yongdong Niu, Meishu Xu, Betty L Slagle, Haihua Huang, Song Li, Grace L Guo, Ganggang Shi, Wenxin Qin, Wen Xie
: Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) is a hepatitis B virus protein that has multiple cellular functions, but its role in HCC pathogenesis has been controversial. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is a nuclear receptor with activities in anti-inflammation and inhibition of hepatocarcinogenesis. However, whether or how FXR can impact hepatitis B virus/HBx-induced hepatocarcinogenesis remains unclear...
November 5, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102442/seasonal-differences-in-thermal-sensation-in-the-outdoor-urban-environment-of-mediterranean-climates-the-example-of-athens-greece
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Areti Tseliou, Ioannis X Tsiros, Marialena Nikolopoulou
Outdoor urban areas are very important for cities and microclimate is a critical parameter in the design process, contributing to thermal comfort which is important for urban developments. The research presented in this paper is part of extensive field surveys conducted in Athens aimed at investigating people's thermal sensation in a Mediterranean city. Based on 2313 questionnaires and microclimatic data the current work focuses on the relative frequencies of people's evaluation of the thermal along with the sun and wind sensations between two seasons trying to identify the seasonal differences in thermal sensation...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102428/plasma-adamts13-activity-and-von-willebrand-factor-antigen-and-activity-in-patients-with-subarachnoid-haemorrhage
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Monisha Kumar, Wenjing Cao, Jenny K McDaniel, Huy P Pham, Dheeraj Raju, Kelsey Nawalinski, Suzanne Frangos, David Kung, Eric Zager, Scott E Kasner, Joshua M Levine, X Long Zheng
Increased von Willebrand factor (VWF) and reduced ADAMTS13 activity are associated with arterial thrombosis. This may also be the culprit mechanism implicated in delayed cerebral ischaemia after aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). It was our objective to determine plasma VWF and ADAMTS13 in patients with SAH and healthy subjects; and to explore the levels of those markers and outcome after SAH. Forty consecutive patients were enrolled between September 2007 and April 2014 in a pilot study. Plasma samples were collected from SAH patients on post-bleed day (PBD) 0, 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10 and healthy controls...
January 19, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102396/zinc-sparks-induce-physiochemical-changes-in-the-egg-zona-pellucida-that-prevent-polyspermy
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Emily L Que, Francesca E Duncan, Amanda R Bayer, Steven J Philips, Eric W Roth, Reiner Bleher, Sophie C Gleber, Stefan Vogt, Teresa K Woodruff, Thomas V O'Halloran
During fertilization or chemically-induced egg activation, the mouse egg releases billions of zinc atoms in brief bursts known as 'zinc sparks.' The zona pellucida (ZP), a glycoprotein matrix surrounding the egg, is the first structure zinc ions encounter as they diffuse away from the plasma membrane. Following fertilization, the ZP undergoes changes described as 'hardening', which prevent multiple sperm from fertilizing the egg and thereby establish a block to polyspermy. A major event in zona hardening is cleavage of ZP2 proteins by ovastacin; however, the overall physiochemical changes contributing to zona hardening are not well understood...
January 19, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101869/fibrin-formation-structure-and-properties
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John W Weisel, Rustem I Litvinov
Fibrinogen and fibrin are essential for hemostasis and are major factors in thrombosis, wound healing, and several other biological functions and pathological conditions. The X-ray crystallographic structure of major parts of fibrin(ogen), together with computational reconstructions of missing portions and numerous biochemical and biophysical studies, have provided a wealth of data to interpret molecular mechanisms of fibrin formation, its organization, and properties. On cleavage of fibrinopeptides by thrombin, fibrinogen is converted to fibrin monomers, which interact via knobs exposed by fibrinopeptide removal in the central region, with holes always exposed at the ends of the molecules...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101785/acinetobacter-baumannii-bacteraemia-in-patients-with-haematological-malignancy-a-multicentre-retrospective-study-from-the-infection-working-party-of-jiangsu-society-of-hematology
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X Wang, L Zhang, A Sun, X Yang, W Sang, Y Jiang, J Cheng, J Wang, M Zhou, B Chen, J Ouyang
Acinetobacter baumannii (Ab) bacteraemia in patients with haematological malignancies is fatal but rarely reported. We explored the clinical characteristics, drug resistances and prognostic factors in these patients. This multicentre, retrospective study was conducted at the department of haematology wards of 18 tertiary hospitals in China from January 2014 to June 2015. The total clinical isolates from every source were collected from patients with haematological malignancy. Haematological malignancy patients diagnosed with Ab bacteraemia were analysed...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101753/effect-and-safety-of-paroxetine-combined-with-zolpidem-in-treatment-of-primary-insomnia
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Z H Yu, X H Xu, S D Wang, M F Song, Y Liu, Y Yin, H J Mao, G Z Tang
PURPOSE: Primary insomnia is a persistent and recurrent disorder as well as a risk factor for depression. The aim of this study was to determine whether the zolpidem combined with paroxetine would be effective in the treatment of patients with primary insomnia. METHODS: Ninety patients meeting DSM-IV criteria for primary insomnia were randomly assigned to 8 weeks of treatment with zolpidem combined with paroxetine (the combined treatment group, n = 45) or zolpidem combined with placebo (the control group, n = 45)...
January 18, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101208/effect-of-bovine-dialyzable-leukocyte-extract-on-induction-of-cell-differentiation-and-death-in-k562-human-chronic-myelogenous-leukemia-cells
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Crystel A Sierra-Rivera, Moisés A Franco-Molina, Edgar Mendoza-Gamboa, Pablo Zapata-Benavides, Jesús Santaolalla-Tapia, Erika E Coronado-Cerda, Reyes S Tamez-Guerra, Cristina Rodríguez-Padilla
Differentiation induction therapy is an attractive approach in leukemia treatment due to the fact that in blast crisis stage, leukemic cells lose their differentiation capacity. Therefore, it has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy to induce terminal differentiation of leukemic blast cells into a specific lineage, leading to prevention of high proliferation rates. The aim of the present study was to demonstrate the potential of cell differentiation and death induced by bovine dialyzable leukocyte extract (bDLE) in the K562 cell line...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101164/paeoniflorin-attenuates-hippocampal-damage-in-a-rat-model-of-vascular-dementia
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Ying Zhang, Li-Li Wang, Yan Wu, Ning Wang, Shang-Ming Wang, Bin Zhang, Cui-Ge Shi, Shu-Cheng Zhang
Paeoniflorn (PF), the principal bioactive component of Paeoniae radix prescribed in traditional Chinese medicine, possesses a wide range of biological effects and exhibits neuroprotective effects in numerous diseases. Previous studies have demonstrated that PF significantly attenuates memory impairment in rats with vascular dementia (VD). In the present study, a bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) rat model was used to explore the underlying mechanisms of PF. The expression levels of neuron-specific enolase (NSE), S100β, B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2 associated X protein, cytochrome c and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in the hippocampus were measured by western blot analysis...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101146/bone-health-in-hiv-and-hepatitis-b-or-c-infections
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REVIEW
Emmanuel Biver, Alexandra Calmy, René Rizzoli
Chronic infections with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) add to age-dependent bone loss and may contribute to lower bone strength in the elderly. In this review, we report recent highlights on the epidemiology of bone fragility in chronic viral infections with HIV, HCV and HBV, its physiopathology and discuss the interference of antiviral therapies with bone metabolism. Chronic infections influence bone through the interactions between risk factors for bone fragility and falls (which are highly prevalent in infected patients), virus activity and antiviral drugs...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100909/impact-of-pretransplant-induction-therapy-on-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-for-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-poems-syndrome
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J Li, M-H Duan, C Wang, X-F Huang, W Zhang, X-X Cao, T-N Zhu, J-L Zhuang, B Han, H Cai, H-C Cai, D-B Zhou
POEMS syndrome (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, Monoclonal gammopathy and skin changes) is a rare plasma cell dyscrasia sometimes treated with a haematopoietic cell autotransplant. We analyzed data from 138 subjects with newly-diagnosed POEMS syndrome receiving a autotransplant at our centre. Thirty-two subjects with severe end-organ dysfunction ineligible for immediate autotransplant received pretransplant therapy which made a subsequent autotransplant feasible. Pretransplant therapy resulted in vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) remissions in 15 (47%)...
January 19, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100897/x-indening-oral-liquid-improves-cardiac-function-of-rats-with-chronic-cardiac-failure-via-tgf-%C3%A3-1-smad3-and-p38-mapk-pathway
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Yunliang Wei, Changsheng Guo, Jingsheng Zhao, Jun Yang, Weiguo Yi, Hong Liu, Xinwei Lin, Zhengchen Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Xindening oral liquid (Xin) is a widely used traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of chronic heart failure (CHF). However, the exact mechanisms related to its therapeutic effects against CHF remain unclear. In the present study, we investigate the effects of Xin on cardiac function in CHF rats and the possible mechanisms involved. METHODS: Transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was conducted to induce a CHF rat model in this study. Sixty male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to six groups 28 days after TAC: sham; CHF model; Xin at concentrations of 5 ml/kg, 10 mL/kg, and 20 mL/kg; and QiLi 0...
January 17, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100511/higher-dietary-flavonoid-intakes-are-associated-with-lower-objectively-measured-body-composition-in-women-evidence-from-discordant-monozygotic-twins
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Amy Jennings, Alex MacGregor, Tim Spector, Aedín Cassidy
BACKGROUND: Although dietary flavonoid intake has been associated with less weight gain, there are limited data on its impact on fat mass, and to our knowledge, the contribution of genetic factors to this relation has not previously been assessed. OBJECTIVE: We examined the associations between flavonoid intakes and fat mass. DESIGN: In a study of 2734 healthy, female twins aged 18-83 y from the TwinsUK registry, intakes of total flavonoids and 7 subclasses (flavanones, anthocyanins, flavan-3-ols, flavonols, flavones, polymers, and proanthocyanidins) were calculated with the use of food-frequency questionnaires...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100489/tale-induced-bhlh-transcription-factors-that-activate-a-pectate-lyase-contribute-to-water-soaking-in-bacterial-spot-of-tomato
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Allison R Schwartz, Robert Morbitzer, Thomas Lahaye, Brian J Staskawicz
AvrHah1 [avirulence (avr) gene homologous to avrBs3 and hax2, no. 1] is a transcription activator-like (TAL) effector (TALE) in Xanthomonas gardneri that induces water-soaked disease lesions on fruits and leaves during bacterial spot of tomato. We observe that water from outside the leaf is drawn into the apoplast in X. gardneri-infected, but not X. gardneriΔavrHah1 (XgΔavrHah1)-infected, plants, conferring a dark, water-soaked appearance. The pull of water can facilitate entry of additional bacterial cells into the apoplast...
January 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100386/-effect-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinas-1-2-expression-and-hpv16-infection-and-their-interaction-in-progression-of-cervical-cancerization
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S L Fan, L Ding, Z Y Ren, X Chen, X S Sun, C C Li, C L Liu, W L Jia, Q L Li, J T Wang
Objective: To investigate the effect of ERK1/2 protein expression and HPV16 infection, as well as their interaction in the cervical carcinogenesis. Methods: A total of 176 patients, including 34 cases with normal cervix (NC), 26 cases with cervical intraepithelial neoplasm Ⅰ (CIN Ⅰ), 57 cases with cervical intraepithelial neoplasm Ⅱ/Ⅲ (CIN Ⅱ/Ⅲ) and 59 cases with cervical squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), were enrolled from Shanxi Tumor Hospital, Shanxi Maternal and Child Health Center, Jincheng Coal General Hospital from September 2013 to March 2014...
January 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100377/-comparison-of-human-papilloma-virus-infection-status-between-men-who-have-sex-with-men-recruited-from-gay-bathhouses-and-hiv-voluntary-counseling-and-testing-clinics-respectively-in-urumqi
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T Tian, A J Cai, B X Huang, Ainiwaer Abidan, H Wang, J H Dai
Objective: To understand the human papilloma virus (HPV) infection status in men who have sex with men (MSM) recruited from gay bathhouses and HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) clinics in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, and identify the associated risk factors. Methods: A total of 200 MSM aged ≥18 years were recruited by using the " snowballing" sampling method from gay bathhouses and VCT clinics in Urumqi during March-May, 2016. The MSM recruited completed questionnaires after filling in the informed consent form...
January 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
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