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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549353/crowding-visual-awareness-and-their-respective-neural-loci
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Kilho Shin, Susana T L Chung, Bosco S Tjan
In peripheral vision, object identification can be impeded when a target object is flanked by other objects. This phenomenon of crowding has been attributed to basic processes associated with image encoding by the visual system, but the neural origin of crowding is not known. Determining whether crowding depends on subjective awareness of the flankers can provide information on the neural origin of crowding. However, recent studies that manipulated flanker awareness have yielded conflicting results. In the current study, we suppressed flanker awareness with two methods: interocular suppression (IOS) and adaptation-induced blindness (AIB)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549181/g-quadruplex-structure-of-an-anti-proliferative-dna-sequence
#2
Ngoc Quang Do, Wan Jun Chung, Thi Hong Anh Truong, Brahim Heddi, Anh Tuân Phan
AGRO100 (also known as AS1411) is a G-rich oligonucleotide that has long been established as a potent anti-cancer aptamer. However, the structure of AGRO100 remained unresolved, due to the co-existence of multiple different G-quadruplex conformations. We identified a DNA sequence named AT11, derived from AGRO100, which formed a single major G-quadruplex conformation and exhibited a similar anti-proliferative activity as AGRO100. The solution structure of AT11 revealed a four-layer G-quadruplex comprising of two propeller-type parallel-stranded subunits connected through a central linker...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549012/ras-mutation-clinical-risk-score-to-predict-survival-after-resection-of-colorectal-liver-metastases
#3
Kristoffer W Brudvik, Robert P Jones, Felice Giuliante, Junichi Shindoh, Guillaume Passot, Michael H Chung, Juhee Song, Liang Li, Vegar J Dagenborg, Åsmund A Fretland, Bård Røsok, Agostino M De Rose, Francesco Ardito, Bjørn Edwin, Elena Panettieri, Luigi M Larocca, Suguru Yamashita, Claudius Conrad, Thomas A Aloia, Graeme J Poston, Bjørn A Bjørnbeth, Jean-Nicolas Vauthey
OBJECTIVE: To determine the impact of RAS mutation status on the traditional clinical score (t-CS) to predict survival after resection of colorectal liver metastases (CLM). BACKGROUND: The t-CS relies on the following factors: primary tumor nodal status, disease-free interval, number and size of CLM, and carcinoembryonic antigen level. We hypothesized that the addition of RAS mutation status could create a modified clinical score (m-CS) that would outperform the t-CS...
May 25, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548966/targeting-shp-1-stat3-signaling-a-promising-therapeutic-approach-for-the-treatment-of-cholangiocarcinoma
#4
Ming-Hung Hu, Li-Ju Chen, Yen-Lin Chen, Ming-Shen Tsai, Chung-Wai Shiau, Tzu-I Chao, Chun-Yu Liu, Jia-Horng Kao, Kuen-Feng Chen
Sorafenib is a multiple kinase inhibitor which targets Raf kinases, VEGFR, and PDGFR and is approved for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Previously, we found that p-STAT3 is a major target of SC-43, a sorafenib derivative. In this study, we report that SC-43-induced apoptosis in cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) via a novel mechanism. Three CCA cell lines (HuCCT-1, KKU-100 and CGCCA) were treated with SC-43 to determine their sensitivity to SC-43-induced cell death and apoptosis. We found that SC-43 activated SH2 domain-containing phosphatase 1 (SHP-1) activity, leading to p-STAT3 and downstream cyclin B1 and Cdc2 downregulation, which induced G2-M arrest and apoptotic cell death...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548964/the-value-of-phosphohistone-h3-as-a-proliferation-marker-for-evaluating-invasive-breast-cancers-a-comparative-study-with-ki67
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Ji-Ye Kim, Hyang Sook Jeong, Taek Chung, Moonsik Kim, Ji Hee Lee, Woo Hee Jung, Ja Seung Koo
BACKGROUND: Established measurements of proliferation in breast cancer are Ki67 and mitotic-activity-index (MAI), with problems in reproducibility and prognostic accuracy. Phosphohistone H3 (PHH3), a relatively novel IHC marker is specific for mitosis with good reproducibility. We hypothesized that PHH3 would be more reproducible and better represent proliferation than Ki67. RESULTS: PHH3 identified easily-missed mitosis by MAI, as demonstrated by upgrading M grade at diagnosis (n = 29/218, evenly distributed)...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548948/effect-of-renal-embolization-in-patients-with-synchronous-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-retrospective-comparison-of-cytoreductive-nephrectomy-and-systemic-medical-therapy
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Sung Han Kim, Jung Kwon Kim, Boram Park, Jungnam Joo, Jae Young Joung, Ho Kyung Seo, Kang Hyun Lee, Jinsoo Chung
OBJECTIVE: To compare survival outcomes for renal embolization (RE) to cytoreductive nephrectomy (CN) and no primary renal treatment (NT) among patients with synchronous metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) treated using either targeted therapy (TT) or immunotherapy (IT). RESULTS: The median follow-up duration was 81.3 months, with a duration of first-line treatment of 3.5 months. Among the 211 patients, the median PFS and OS were 4.4 and 10.6 months. Specifically for patients receiving TT (124 patients), the PFS and OS were 5...
May 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548925/immunological-consequences-of-ageing-microvascular-hemodynamic-changes-in-view-of-cancer-development-and-treatment
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Jinhyuk Fred Chung, Sang Joon Lee, Anil K Sood
Risk factors of cardiovascular diseases have long been implicated as risk factors for carcinogenesis, but clear explanations for their association have not been presented. In this article, fundamental concepts from carcinogenesis, microvascular hemodynamics, and immunity are collectively reviewed and analyzed in context of the known features of vascular ageing effects, in formulating a theory that suggests reduced microvascular immunity as an important driving factor for carcinogenesis. Furthermore, scientific, preclinical, and clinical evidence that support this new theory are presented in an interdisciplinary manner, offering new explanations to previously unanswered factors that impact cancer risks and its treatment outcome such as chronic drug use, temperature, stress and exercise effects among others...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548894/switching-from-an-oral-dopamine-receptor-agonist-to-rotigotine-transdermal-patch-a-review-of-clinical-data-with-a-focus-on-patient-perspective
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Sun Ju Chung, Mahnaz Asgharnejad, Lars Bauer, Arturo Benitez, Babak Boroojerdi, Tanja Heidbrede, Allison Little, Han Joon Kim
Dopamine receptor agonists (DAs) are commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease (PD) and restless legs syndrome (RLS). In certain situations, switching from oral DAs to rotigotine transdermal patch may be beneficial for the patient (e.g., optimal symptom control/side effects/perioperative management, preference for once-daily/non-oral administration, RLS augmentation treatment). Areas covered: This narrative review summarizes available data on DA dose equivalency, dose conversions, switching schedules, safety, tolerability, efficacy and patient treatment preferences of switching from oral DAs to rotigotine (and vice versa) in patients with PD/RLS...
May 26, 2017: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548828/screening-of-pro-asp-sequences-exposed-on-bacteriophage-m13-as-an-ideal-anchor-for-gold-nanocubes
#9
Hwa Kyoung Lee, Yujean Lee, Hyori Kim, Hye-Eun Lee, Hyejin Chang, Ki Tae Nam, Dae Hong Jeong, Junho Chung
Bacteriophages are thought to be ideal vehicles for linking antibodies to nanoparticles. Here, we define the sequence of peptides exposed as a fusion protein on M13 bacteriophages to yield optimal binding of gold nanocubes and efficient bacteriophage amplification. We generated five helper bacteriophage libraries using AE(X)2DP, AE(X)3DP, AE(X)4DP, AE(X)5DP, and AE(X)6DP as the exposed portion of pVIII, in which X was a randomized amino acid residue encoded by the nucleotide sequence NNK. Efficient phage amplification was achievable only in the AE(X)2DP, AE(X)3DP, and AE(X)4DP libraries...
May 26, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548616/pediatric-superior-semicircular-canal-dehiscence-illustrative-case-and-systematic-review
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Carlito Lagman, Vera Ong, Lawrance K Chung, Lekaa Elhajjmoussa, Christina Fong, Anthony C Wang, Quinton Gopen, Isaac Yang
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study is to present an illustrative case of pediatric superior semicircular canal dehiscence (SSCD) and to systematically review the current published literature in the pediatric population. METHODS An electronic search of the Scopus, Web of Science, PsycINFO, Cochrane, and Embase databases was performed by 2 independent authors through January 2017. Search term combinations included "pediatrics," "children," "canal," and "dehiscence." Inclusion criteria were as follows: English, full-text clinical studies, case reports, and case series describing pediatric patient(s) (younger than 18 years) with CT evidence of SSCD...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548050/reversible-crystalline-amorphous-phase-transformation-in-si-nanosheets-with-lithi-delithiation
#11
Jeong Min Park, Jae-Hyun Cho, Jung Hoon Ha, Hae-Sik Kim, Sung-Wook Kim, Jaejun Lee, Kyung Yoon Chung, Byung-Won Cho, Heon-Jin Choi
Silicon (Si) has a large theoretical capacity of 4200 mAhg(-1) and has great potential as a high-performance anode material for Li ion batteries (LIBs). Meanwhile, nanostructures can exploit the potential of Si and, accordingly, many zero-dimensional (0D) and one-dimensional (1D) Si nanostructures have been studied. Herein, we report on two-dimensional (2D) Si nanostructures, Si nanosheets (SiNSs), as anodes for LIBs. These 2D Si nanostructures, with a thickness as low 5 nm and widths of several micrometers, show reversible crystalline-amorphous phase transformations with the lithi-/delithiation by the dimensionality of morphology and large surface area...
May 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547766/local-release-of-vegf-using-fiber-mats-enables-effective-transplantation-of-layered-cardiomyocyte-sheets
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Kenichi Nagase, Yuhei Nagumo, Miri Kim, Hee-Jung Kim, Hei-Won Kyung, Hye-Jin Chung, Hidekazu Sekine, Tatsuya Shimizu, Hideko Kanazawa, Teruo Okano, Seung-Jin Lee, Masayuki Yamato
Cell sheet transplantation is a key tissue engineering technology. A vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-releasing fiber mat is developed for the transplantation of multilayered cardiomyocyte sheets. Poly(vinyl alcohol) fiber mats bearing poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles that incorporate VEGF are fabricated using electrospinning and electrospray methods. Six-layered cardiomyocyte sheets are transplanted with a VEGF-releasing mat into athymic rats. After two weeks, these sheets produce thicker cardiomyocyte layers compared with controls lacking a VEGF-releasing mat, and incorporate larger-diameter blood vessels containing erythrocytes...
May 26, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547571/clinical-presentations-and-molecular-studies-of-invasive-renal-epithelioid-angiomyolipoma
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Cheng-Keng Chuang, Hsin Chia Angela Lin, Han-Yu Tasi, Kun-Han Lee, Yuting Kao, Fukai Leo Chuang, Ying-Hsu Chang, Po-Hung Lin, Chung-Yi Liu, See-Tong Pang
PURPOSE: Epithelioid angiomyolipoma (EAML) is a rare variant of renal angiomyolipoma with malignant potential, and the cytogenetic and clinical behavior of EAML remains a challenging issue. METHODS: We retrospectively analyze the clinical courses of five EAML, the use of everolimus on metastatic EAML, and next-generation sequencing (NGS) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) studies to investigate the gene mutation of TSC and the impact of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway in metastatic EAML...
May 25, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547178/clinical-impact-of-pet-ct-imaging-after-adjuvant-therapy-in-patients-with-oral-cavity-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#14
Huan-Chun Lin, Chung-Jan Kang, Shiang-Fu Huang, Hung-Ming Wang, Chien-Yu Lin, Li-Yu Lee, Chun-Ta Liao, Tzu-Chen Yen
PURPOSE: This single-center retrospective study of prospectively collected data was aimed at comparing the clinical outcomes of positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) for patients with oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) with symptomatic recurrences identified by PET/CT imaging following adjuvant therapy (Group A) versus those of cases with asymptomatic recurrences diagnosed through periodic post-adjuvant therapy PET/CT surveillance (Group B). We also sought to establish the priority of salvage therapy in the two study groups...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546935/prognostic-factors-of-short-term-outcomes-of-intravitreal-ranibizumab-in-diabetic-macular-edema
#15
I-An Lai, Wei-Cherng Hsu, Chung-May Yang, Yi-Ting Hsieh
AIM: To evaluate the prognostic factors for short-term visual and anatomical improvement of intravitreal ranibizumab (IVR) for diabetic macular edema (DME). METHODS: Fifty-one eyes from 35 patients that received three consecutive monthly IVR for DME with moderate visual loss were retrospectively recruited; all cases had their baseline best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) between 20/400 and 20/40. BCVA and central subfield thickness (CST) at baseline and month 3 were collected...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546745/bronchiectasis-and-increased-risk-of-ischemic-stroke-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
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Yung-Fu Chen, Hsuan-Hung Lin, Chih-Sheng Lin, Battsetseg Turbat, Kuo-An Wang, Wei-Sheng Chung
BACKGROUND: Bronchiectasis is characterized by permanent dilatation of the bronchial tree caused by recurrent airway infection and inflammation. The association of atherosclerosis and inflammation is well established. However, studies on the relationship between bronchiectasis and stroke are scant. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a population-based cohort study to investigate the incidence and risk of ischemic stroke in patients with bronchiectasis. METHODS: Data of 1,295 patients newly diagnosed as bronchiectasis between 2000 and 2008 were retrieved from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546447/signal-motifs-dependent-er-export-of-qc-snare-bet12-interacts-with-memb12-and-affects-pr1-trafficking-in-arabidopsis
#17
Kin Pan Chung, Yonglun Zeng, Yimin Li, Changyang Ji, Yiji Xia, Liwen Jiang
SNAREs are well-known for their role in controlling membrane fusion, the final but crucial step for vesicular transport in eukaryotes. SNARE proteins contribute to various biological processes including pathogen defense, channel activity regulation as well as plant growth and development. Precise targeting of SNARE proteins to destined compartments is a prerequisite for their proper functioning. However, the underlying mechanism(s) for SNAREs targeting in plants remains obscure. Here we investigate the targeting mechanism of the Qc-SNARE BET12, which is involved in protein trafficking in the early secretory pathway...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546019/identification-of-2-novel-type-i-ifn-genes-in-japanese-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus
#18
Yiwen Hu, Takaki Yoshikawa, Seangmin Chung, Ikuo Hirono, Hidehiro Kondo
Two novel type I interferon genes (JfIFN3 and JfIFN4) have been identified in Japanese flounder Paralichthys olivaceus. Open reading frames of JfIFN3 and JfIFN4 were 555bp and 528bp, encoding 184aa and 175aa, respectively. The genomic structures of JfIFN3 and JfIFN4 are composed of 5 exons and 4 introns. JfIFN4 has 2 conserved cysteine residues, while JfIFN3 has 4. JfIFN3 and JfIFN4 showed the highest amino acid sequence identities to turbot IFN1 (74%) and IFN2 (62%), respectively. Interestingly, JfIFN3 and JfIFN4 were clustered in distinct branches with JfIFN1 and JfIFN2, which have reported so far...
May 22, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545936/atypical-presentations-of-mers-cov-infection-in-immunocompromised-hosts
#19
Si-Ho Kim, Jae-Hoon Ko, Ga Eun Park, Sun Young Cho, Young Eun Ha, Ji-Man Kang, Yae-Jean Kim, Hee Jae Huh, Chang-Seok Ki, Byeong-Ho Jeong, Jinkyeong Park, Jun Ho Jang, Won Seog Kim, Cheol-In Kang, Doo Ryeon Chung, Jae-Hoon Song, Kyong Ran Peck
During the 2015 Korean MERS outbreak, we experienced atypical presentations of MERS-CoV infections in three immunocompromised hosts that warranted exceptional management. Case 1 showed delayed symptom development after a four-day asymptomatic period, Case 2 experienced a 20-day incubation period, and Case 3 exhibited persistent viral shedding without clinical deterioration. Recognizing these exceptions is extremely important in the management of MERS-CoV-exposed or -infected patients and for control of potential MERS outbreaks...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545484/timing-of-appropriate-empirical-antimicrobial-administration-and-outcome-of-adults-with-community-onset-bacteremia
#20
Ching-Chi Lee, Chung-Hsun Lee, Ming-Yuan Hong, Hung-Jen Tang, Wen-Chien Ko
BACKGROUND: Early administration of appropriate antimicrobials has been correlated with a better prognosis in patients with bacteremia, but the optimum timing of early antibiotic administration as one of the resuscitation strategies for severe bacterial infections remains unclear. METHODS: In a retrospective cohort study, adults with community-onset bacteremia at the emergency department (ED) were analyzed. Effects of different cutoffs of time to appropriate antibiotic (TtAa) administration after arrival at the ED on 28-day mortality were examined, after adjustment for independent predictors of mortality identified by multivariate regression analysis...
May 26, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
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