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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345685/-carbon-nanotubes-characteristic-of-the-substance-biological-effects-and-occupational-exposure-levels
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REVIEW
Anna Maria Świdwińska-Gajewska, Sławomir Czerczak
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are a diverse group of nano-objects in terms of structure, size (length, diameter), shape and characteristics. The growing interest in these structures is due to the increasing number of people working in exposure to CNTs. Occupational exposure to carbon nanotubes may occur in research laboratories, as well as in plants producing CNTs and their nanocomposites. Carbon nanotubes concentration at the emission source may reach 107 particles/cm<sup>3</sup>. These values, however, are considerably reduced after the application of adequate ventilation...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345504/the-association-between-dietary-inflammatory-index-scores-and-the-prevalence-of-colorectal-adenoma
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Alyson Haslam, Sara Wagner Robb, James R Hébert, Hanwen Huang, Michael D Wirth, Nitin Shivappa, Mark H Ebell
OBJECTIVE: The Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII)TM, which was developed to characterize the inflammatory potential of a person's diet, has been shown to be associated with inflammatory conditions such as cancer. The present study aimed to investigate the association between DII scores and colorectal adenoma (CRA), a pre-cancerous condition. DESIGN: Responses to baseline dietary questionnaires were used calculate DII scores. In a cross-sectional study design, the association between DII scores and CRA prevalence was determined in men and women separately using logistic regression models...
March 27, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345454/genome-wide-profiling-of-micro-rna-expression-in-gefitinib-resistant-human-lung-adenocarcinoma-using-microarray-for-the-identification-of-mir-149-5p-modulation
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Yong Hu, Xiaobing Qin, Dali Yan, Haixia Cao, Leilei Zhou, Fan Fan, Jialan Zang, Jie Ni, Xiaoyue Xu, Huanhuan Sha, Siwen Liu, Shaorong Yu, Jianzhong Wu, Rong Ma, Jifeng Feng
To understand the mechanism involved in gefitinib resistance, we established gefitinib-resistant human HCC827/GR-8-1 cell line from the parental HCC827 cell line. We compared the micro-RNA expression profiles of the HCC827 cells HCC827/GR-8-1 using Agilent micro-RNA microarrays. The micro-RNAs, such as the miR-149-5p, were up- or downregulated and associated with acquired gefitinib resistance. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was then performed to verify the expression patterns of different micro-RNAs...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344924/idiopathic-pleuroparenchymal-fibroelastosis
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REVIEW
Martina Bonifazi, M Angeles Montero, Elisabetta A Renzoni
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Idiopathic pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis (IPPFE) is a rare fibrosing lung disease, affecting the visceral pleura and the subpleural parenchyma with an upper lobe predilection, included as a distinct clinicopathologic entity in the latest international multidisciplinary classification of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIP). We aim to summarize the current evidence on IPPFE, in terms of clinical features and potential treatments. RECENT FINDINGS: Overall, there is increasing awareness of PPFE in association with a separate ILD pattern...
2017: Current Pulmonology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344417/circulating-adiponectin-levels-following-treatment-can-predict-late-clinical-outcomes-in-chronic-heart-failure
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Ho-Ping Yu, Hsu-Lung Jen, Wei-Hsian Yin, Jeng Wei
BACKGROUND: Circulating adiponectin concentration increases in patients with chronic heart failure (HF). We sought to explore the prognostic value of temporal changes in adiponectin concentration following treatment for chronic HF. METHODS: Serum adiponectin levels were measured at baseline and after a 3-month anti-failure treatment in 124 patients with symptomatic chronic systolic HF. Major adverse cardiac events (MACE) including death, heart transplantation, or hospitalization with worsening HF during a median follow-up period of 752 days were determined...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342899/contributions-of-intestinal-epithelial-barriers-to-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Wangsun Choi, Sunil Yeruva, Jerrold R Turner
A core function of epithelia is to form barriers that separate tissue compartments within complex organisms. These barriers also separate the internal milieu from the external environment and are, therefore, an essential component of host defense. However, in many cases, a perfect barrier would be improbable with life itself. Examples include the air spaces within the lungs, the renal tubules, and the intestines. Here, we focus on the mechanisms by which barriers are assembled, maintained, and regulated in the context of health and disease...
March 23, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342728/comparative-analysis-for-diagnostic-yield-of-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-cytology-and%C3%A2-histology-during-the-same-bronchoscopic%C3%A2-procedure
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Wei-Nan Li, Di-Fei Wang, Ya-Bin Zhao, Xue-Shan Qiu, En-Hua Wang, Guang-Ping Wu
BACKGROUND: Biopsy, brushing, and transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) are the most common methods used for the diagnosis of small cell lung cancer during the same diagnostic bronchoscopic procedure. However, it is not clear which method provides better results. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of 140 patients who had undergone video bronchoscopy for diagnostic purposes. Bronchial brushings were obtained from all subjects. Biopsy specimens were also obtained from all subjects, except for 6 cases that could not be sampled; the TBNA method was used for some special lesions...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341317/target-volume-and-artifact-evaluation-of-a-new-data-driven-4d-ct
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Rachael Martin, Tinsu Pan
PURPOSE: Four-dimensional computed tomography (4D CT) is often used to define the internal gross target volume (IGTV) for radiation therapy of lung cancer. Traditionally, this technique requires the use of an external motion surrogate; however, a new image, data-driven 4D CT, has become available. This study aims to describe this data-driven 4D CT and compare target contours created with it to those created using standard 4D CT. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Cine CT data of 35 patients undergoing stereotactic body radiation therapy were collected and sorted into phases using standard and data-driven 4D CT...
February 2, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340864/multi-dimensional-scores-to-predict-mortality-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-undergoing-lung-transplantation-assessment
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Jolene H Fisher, Faris Al-Hejaili, Sonja Kandel, Alim Hirji, Shane Shapera, Marco Mura
BACKGROUND: The heterogeneous progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) makes prognostication difficult and contributes to high mortality on the waitlist for lung transplantation (LTx). Multi-dimensional scores (Composite Physiologic index [CPI], [Gender-Age-Physiology [GAP]; RIsk Stratification scorE [RISE]) demonstrated enhanced predictive power towards outcome in IPF. The lung allocation score (LAS) is a multi-dimensional tool commonly used to stratify patients assessed for LTx...
April 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339756/molecular-diagnosis-of-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-dogs
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Patrizia Danesi, Silvia Ravagnan, Lynelle R Johnson, Tommaso Furlanello, Adelaide Milani, Patricia Martin, Susan Boyd, Matthew Best, Bradley Galgut, Peter Irwin, Paul J Canfield, Mark B Krockenberger, Catriona Halliday, Wieland Meyer, Richard Malik
Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is a life-threatening fungal disease that can occur in dogs. The aim of this study was to provide a preliminary genetic characterisation of Pneumocystis carinii f.sp.'canis' (P. canis) in dogs and thereby develop a reliable molecular protocol to definitively diagnose canine PCP. We investigated P. canis in a variety of lung specimens from dogs with confirmed or strongly suspected PCP (Group 1, n = 16), dogs with non-PCP lower respiratory tract problems (Group 2, n = 65) and dogs not suspected of having PCP or other lower respiratory diseases (Group 3, n = 11)...
February 23, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339070/125i%C3%A2-seed-irradiation-induces-apoptosis-and-inhibits-angiogenesis-by-decreasing-hif-1%C3%AE-and-vegf-expression-in-lung-carcinoma-xenografts
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Gui-Ling Xiang, Xin-Hong Zhu, Cun-Zhi Lin, Li-Jun Wang, Yong Sun, Yi-Wei Cao, Fang-Fang Wang
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of irradiation by 125I seeds in human lung cancer xenograft model and to determine the underlying mechanisms involved, with a focus on angiogenesis. A group of 40 mice bearing A549 lung adenocarcinoma xenografts was randomly separated into 4 groups: control group (n=10), sham seed (0 mCi) implant group (n=10), 125I seed (0.6 mCi) implant group (n=10) and 125I seed (0.8 mCi) implant group (n=10), respectively. The body weight and tumor volume, were recorded every four days until the end of the study...
March 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338551/standardizing-robotic-lobectomy-feasibility-and-safety-in-128-consecutive-lobectomies-within-a-single-healthcare-system
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John F Lazar, Laurence N Spier, Alan R Hartman, Richard S Lazzaro
OBJECTIVE: Single-surgeon cohorts assessing robotically assisted video-assisted thoracic (RA-VATS) lobectomy have reported good outcomes, but there are little data regarding multiple surgeons applying a standard technique in separate hospitals. The purpose of this study was to show how a standardized robotic technique is both safe and reproducible between surgeons and institutions. METHODS: From July 1, 2012, to October 1, 2013, patients undergoing RA-VATS lobectomy for both benign and malignant disease were identified from a prospectively collected database of two thoracic surgeons from different hospitals within the same healthcare system and retrospectively analyzed...
March 23, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337348/effective-and-safe-use-of-glucocorticosteroids-for-rescue-of-late-ards
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Paolo Diana, Dustin T Money, Michael G Gelvin, Nadia Lunardi
We describe a case of severe refractory hypoxemia requiring prolonged extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support in a case of postpartum acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). The clinical course was marked by persistently poor lung compliance and several complications of ECMO, that is, significant hemolysis, hemothorax, and intracranial bleeding. We report marked improvement of lung mechanics and respiratory function, leading to accelerated separation from ECMO, following rescue administration of low dose methylprednisolone 24 days after the onset of ARDS...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336132/complete-genome-sequence-of-sequential-pandoraea-apista-isolates-from-the-same-cystic-fibrosis-patient-supports-a-model-of-chronic-colonization-with-in-vivo-strain-evolution-over-time
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Alexander L Greninger, Jessica Streithorst, Jeffrey A Golden, Charles Y Chiu, Steve Miller
Pandoraea apista in the family Burkholderiaceae is an emerging opportunistic pathogen in cystic fibrosis patients. Here, we describe a case from which 3 separate isolates of P. apista were recovered over a 1-year period. Using a combination of first-, second-, and third-generation sequencing technologies, we sequenced and de novo assembled the complete genomes of these 3 P. apista isolates. The genome of P. apista TF81F4 sequenced in this study was 5.58 Mb with a GC% of 62.3%, differed in sequence from other Pandoraea species by >20%, and included a number of previously undescribed loci...
January 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335088/further-characterization-of-computed-tomographic-and-clinical-features-for-staging-and-prognosis-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-west-highland-white-terriers
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Florence Thierry, Ian Handel, Gawain Hammond, Lesley G King, Brendan M Corcoran, Tobias Schwarz
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an interstitial lung disease of unknown etiology resulting in progressive interstitial fibrosis, with a known predilection in West Highland white terriers. In humans, computed tomography (CT) is a standard method for providing diagnostic and prognostic information, and plays a major role in the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis staging process. Objectives of this retrospective, analytical, cross-sectional study were to establish descriptive criteria for reporting CT findings and test correlations among CT, clinical findings and survival time in West Highland white terriers with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis...
March 23, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334950/downstream-targets-of-gwas-detected-genes-for-breast-lung-and-prostate-and-colon-cancer-converge-to-g1-s-transition-pathway
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Olga Y Gorlova, Eugene I Demidenko, Christopher I Amos, Ivan P Gorlov
Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) identified over 500 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) influencing cancer risk. It is logical to expect the cancer-associated genes to cluster in pathways directly involved in carcinogenesis, e.g. cell cycle. Nevertheless, analyses of the GWAS-detected cancer risk genes usually show no or weak enrichment by known cancer genes.We hypothesized that GWAS-detected cancer risk-associated genes function as upstream regulators of the genes directly involved in carcinogenesis...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332927/leptospira-spp-in-small-mammals-from-areas-with-low-and-high-human-hantavirus-incidences-in-south-west-germany
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Anna Obiegala, Christoph Albrecht, Maysaa Dafalla, Stephan Drewes, Carolin Oltersdorf, Hendrik Turni, Christian Imholt, Jens Jacob, Christiane Wagner-Wiening, Rainer G Ulrich, Martin Pfeffer
INTRODUCTION: Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira spp. and is considered the most widespread zoonotic disease worldwide. It mimics nephropathia epidemica in humans, a disease mainly caused by Puumala hantavirus (PUUV). Small mammals are reservoirs for Leptospira spp. and PUUV. Seewis virus (SWSV) is a shrew-borne hantavirus with unknown pathogenicity. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence for Leptospira spp. and the frequency of Leptospira-hantavirus co-infections in small mammals collected at locations with high and low incidences in humans...
March 23, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331872/induction-of-erythropoiesis-by-hypoxia-inducible-factor-prolyl-hydroxylase-inhibitors-without-promotion-of-tumor-initiation-progression-or-metastasis-in-a-vegf-sensitive-model-of-spontaneous-breast-cancer
#18
Todd W Seeley, Mark D Sternlicht, Stephen J Klaus, Thomas B Neff, David Y Liu
The effects of pharmacological hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) stabilization were investigated in the MMTV-Neu(ndl)-YD5 (NeuYD) mouse model of breast cancer. This study first confirmed the sensitivity of this model to increased vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), using bigenic NeuYD;MMTV-VEGF-25 mice. Tumor initiation was dramatically accelerated in bigenic animals. Bigenic tumors were also more aggressive, with shortened doubling times and increased lung metastasis as compared to NeuYD controls. In separate studies, NeuYD mice were treated three times weekly from 7 weeks of age until study end with two different HIF prolyl hydroxylase inhibitors (HIF-PHIs), FG-4497 or roxadustat (FG-4592)...
2017: Hypoxia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331823/small-pulmonary-nodules-in-baseline-and-incidence-screening-rounds-of-low-dose-ct-lung-cancer-screening
#19
REVIEW
Joan E Walter, Marjolein A Heuvelmans, Matthijs Oudkerk
Currently, lung cancer screening by low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is widely recommended for high-risk individuals by US guidelines, but there still is an ongoing debate concerning respective recommendations for European countries. Nevertheless, the available data regarding pulmonary nodules released by lung cancer screening studies could improve future screening guidelines, as well as the clinical practice of incidentally detected pulmonary nodules on routine CT scans. Most lung cancer screening trials present results for baseline and incidence screening rounds separately, clustering pulmonary nodules initially found at baseline screening and newly detected pulmonary nodules after baseline screening together...
February 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331080/evaluation-of-the-immune-responses-to-and-cross-protective-efficacy-of-eurasian-h7-avian-influenza-viruses
#20
Hyeok-Il Kwon, Young-Il Kim, Su-Jin Park, Min-Suk Song, Eun-Ha Kim, Se Mi Kim, Young-Jae Si, In-Won Lee, Byung-Min Song, Youn-Jeong Lee, Seok Joong Yun, Wun-Jae Kim, Young Ki Choi
Due to increasing concerns of human infection by various H7 viruses, including recent H7N9 viruses, we evaluated the genetic relationships and the cross-protective efficacies of three different Eurasian H7 avian influenza viruses. Phylogenic and molecular analysis revealed that recent Eurasian H7 viruses can be separated into two different lineages with relatively high amino acid identity within groups (94.8 to 98.8%), and low amino acid identity (90.3 to 92.6 %) between the groups. In vivo immunization with representatives of each group revealed that while group-specific cross-reactivity was induced, cross-reactive HI titers were approximately fourfold lower against heterologous group viruses compared to homologous group viruses...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
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