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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143229/meta-analysis-of-survival-benefit-with-postoperative-chemoradiotherapy-in-patients-of-lymph-node-positive-esophageal-carcinoma
#1
H Luo, Y Y Cui, J G Zhang, Y N Sun, X L Zheng, C L Yang, K Ye, H Ge
BACKGROUND: The effect of postoperative chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for esophageal carcinoma (EC) was investigated. Patients who can obtain benefit from this treatment modality have not yet been well identified. METHODS: We searched PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and the Cochrane Library for studies published from January 1993 to July 2016. Research comparing surgery alone (SA) with postoperative CRT in patients with resectable EC was procured; collected articles were written in English...
November 15, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140558/adherence-to-treatment-guidelines-and-survival-for-older-patients-with-stage-ii-or-iii-colon-cancer-in-texas-from-2001-through-2011
#2
Hui Zhao, Ning Zhang, Vivian Ho, Minming Ding, Weiguo He, Jiangong Niu, Ming Yang, Xianglin L Du, Daria Zorzi, Mariana Chavez-MacGregor, Sharon H Giordano
BACKGROUND: Treatment guidelines for colon cancer recommend colectomy with lymphadenectomy of at least 12 lymph nodes for patients with stage I to stage III disease as surgery adherence (SA) and adjuvant chemotherapy for individuals with stage III disease. Herein, the authors evaluated adherence to these guidelines among older patients in Texas with colon cancer and the associated survival outcomes. METHODS: Using Texas Cancer Registry data linked with Medicare data, the authors included patients with AJCC stage II and III colon cancer who were aged ≥66 years and diagnosed between 2001 and 2011...
November 15, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081725/parallel-and-efficient-sensitivity-analysis-of-microscopy-image-segmentation-workflows-in-hybrid-systems
#3
Willian Barreiros, George Teodoro, Tahsin Kurc, Jun Kong, Alba C M A Melo, Joel Saltz
We investigate efficient sensitivity analysis (SA) of algorithms that segment and classify image features in a large dataset of high-resolution images. Algorithm SA is the process of evaluating variations of methods and parameter values to quantify differences in the output. A SA can be very compute demanding because it requires re-processing the input dataset several times with different parameters to assess variations in output. In this work, we introduce strategies to efficiently speed up SA via runtime optimizations targeting distributed hybrid systems and reuse of computations from runs with different parameters...
September 2017: Proc IEEE Int Conf Clust Comput
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945810/spontaneous-local-diastolic-subsarcolemmal-calcium-releases-in-single-isolated-guinea-pig-sinoatrial-nodal-cells
#4
Syevda G Sirenko, Dongmei Yang, Larissa A Maltseva, Mary S Kim, Edward G Lakatta, Victor A Maltsev
Uptake and release calcium from the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) (dubbed "calcium clock"), in the form of spontaneous, rhythmic, local diastolic calcium releases (LCRs), together with voltage-sensitive ion channels (membrane clock) form a coupled system that regulates the action potential (AP) firing rate. LCRs activate Sodium/Calcium exchanger (NCX) that accelerates diastolic depolarization and thus participating in regulation of the time at which the next AP will occur. Previous studies in rabbit SA node cells (SANC) demonstrated that the basal AP cycle length (APCL) is tightly coupled to the basal LCR period (time from the prior AP-induced Ca2+ transient to the diastolic LCR occurrence), and that this coupling is further modulated by autonomic receptor stimulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929341/margin-status-is-still-an-important-prognostic-factor-in-hepatectomies-for-colorectal-liver-metastases-a-propensity-score-matching-analysis
#5
Riccardo Memeo, Vito de Blasi, Rene Adam, Diane Goéré, Tullio Piardi, Emilie Lermite, Olivier Turrini, Francis Navarro, Nicola de'Angelis, Antonio Sa Cunha, Patrick Pessaux
OBJECTIVE: The width of resection margin is still a matter of debate in case of colorectal liver metastasis resection. The aim of this study was to determine the risk factors for R1 resection. Once risk factors had been identified, patients were matched according to Fong's prognostic criteria, in order to evaluate whether R1 resection still remained a negative prognostic factor impacting overall and disease-free survival. METHODS: A total of 1784 hepatectomies were analyzed from a multicentric retrospective cohort of hepatectomies...
September 19, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916636/electrophysiological-heterogeneity-of-pacemaker-cells-in-rabbit-intercaval-region-including-sa-node-insights-from-recording-multiple-ion-currents-in-each-cell
#6
Oliver Monfredi, Kenta Tsutsui, Bruce D Ziman, Michael D Stern, Edward G Lakatta, Victor A Maltsev
Cardiac pacemaker cells, including cells of the sinoatrial node, are heterogeneous in size, morphology and electrophysiological characteristics. The exact extent to which these cells differ electrophysiologically is unclear, yet is critical to understanding their functioning. We examined major ionic currents in individual intercaval pacemaker cells (IPC) sampled from the para-cristal, inter-caval region (including the sinoatrial node) that were spontaneously beating after enzymatic isolation from rabbit hearts...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28837631/wrky70-and-its-homolog-wrky54-negatively-modulate-the-cell-wall-associated-defenses-to-necrotrophic-pathogens-in-arabidopsis
#7
Jing Li, Rusen Zhong, E Tapio Palva
Previous studies have identified the Arabidopsis thaliana transcription factor WRKY70 as a node of convergence for salicylic acid (SA) and jasmonic acid (JA)-mediated defense signal pathways and, together with its closest homolog WRKY54, as a negative regulator of SA biosynthesis. Here, we demonstrate that WRKY70 together with WRKY54 negatively affect the response of Arabidopsis to the necrotrophic pathogens Pectobacterium carotovorum and Botrytis cinerea, but not to the hemibiotroph Pseudomonas syringae pv tomato (Pst) DC3000, as revealed by mutants studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762204/sentinel-lymph-node-characterization-with-a-dual-targeted-molecular-ultrasound-contrast-agent
#8
Kibo Nam, Maria Stanczak, Flemming Forsberg, Ji-Bin Liu, John R Eisenbrey, Charalambos C Solomides, Andrej Lyshchik
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the performance of molecular ultrasound with dual-targeted microbubbles to detect metastatic disease in the sentinel lymph nodes (SLNs) in swine model of naturally occurring melanoma. The SLN is the first lymph node in the lymphatic chain draining primary tumor, and early detection of metastatic SLN involvement is critical in the appropriate management of melanoma. PROCEDURE: Nine Sinclair swine (weight 3-7 kg; Sinclair BioResources, Columbia, MO, USA) with naturally occurring melanoma were examined...
July 31, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760564/junctional-delay-frequency-and-direction-dependent-uncoupling-of-human-heterotypic-cx45-cx43-gap-junction-channels
#9
Willy G Ye, Benny Yue, Hiroshi Aoyama, Nicholas K Kim, John A Cameron, Honghong Chen, Donglin Bai
Gap junction (GJ) channels form low resistance passages between cardiomyocytes and play a role in the rapid propagation of action potentials in the heart. A GJ channel is formed by two properly docked hemichannels and each hemichannel is a hexamer of connexins. Connexin40 (Cx40) and Cx43 are the dominant connexins in atrial myocytes, while Cx45 is mostly expressed in the sinoatrial (SA) and atrioventricular (AV) nodes which directly connect nodal cells with atrial myocytes, possibly via heterotypic Cx40/Cx45 and/or Cx43/Cx45 GJs...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683095/computer-algorithms-for-automated-detection-and-analysis-of-local-ca2-releases-in-spontaneously-beating-cardiac-pacemaker-cells
#10
Alexander V Maltsev, Sean P Parsons, Mary S Kim, Kenta Tsutsui, Michael D Stern, Edward G Lakatta, Victor A Maltsev, Oliver Monfredi
Local Ca2+ Releases (LCRs) are crucial events involved in cardiac pacemaker cell function. However, specific algorithms for automatic LCR detection and analysis have not been developed in live, spontaneously beating pacemaker cells. In the present study we measured LCRs using a high-speed 2D-camera in spontaneously contracting sinoatrial (SA) node cells isolated from rabbit and guinea pig and developed a new algorithm capable of detecting and analyzing the LCRs spatially in two-dimensions, and in time. Our algorithm tracks points along the midline of the contracting cell...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599874/cisplatin-induced-arrhythmia-electrolyte-imbalance-or-disturbance-of-the-sa-node
#11
REVIEW
Rabbab Oun, Edward Rowan
Since its approval in 1979 cisplatin has become one of the most extensively used chemotherapeutics in the clinic and although cell resistance and toxicity hinder its efficacy it continues to be a gold standard regimen. Cisplatin's side effects primarily include nephrotoxicity, gastrointestinal toxicity, neurotoxicity and ototoxicity. Cardiotoxicity is generally not defined as a side effect of cisplatin. However, over the past decade there has been a surge in the amount of clinical cases reporting a vast array of cardio-toxic events occurring during or shortly after cisplatin infusion, these range from angina to cardiac ischemia and chronic heart failure...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560175/miliary-tuberculosis-with-cerebral-liver-prostate-and-retroesophageal-involvement
#12
Raquel Goncalves, Pedro Lopes, Patrícia Mendes, João Trêpa, João Rua, Rosa Sá, Isabel Ramos, J Saraiva da Cunha
Miliary tuberculosis results from the lymphohematogenous spread of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and it is a rare form of this disease. The most affected places are the lymph nodes, pleura, and osteoarticular system, but any organ can be involved. Currently the disease is still endemic in developing countries by its close association with poor living conditions and malnutrition. Other comorbidities, particularly infection by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), diabetes mellitus, smoking and alcoholism are of great importance in the epidemiology of this disease...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521476/differentiation-between-gastrointestinal-schwannomas-and-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-by-computed-tomography
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Ming-Yan He, Rong Zhang, Zhenpeng Peng, Yin Li, Ling Xu, Mengjie Jiang, Zi-Ping Li, Shi-Ting Feng
The aim of the present study was to identify computed tomography (CT) features to assist in differentiating gastrointestinal schwannomas from gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). CT images of gastrointestinal schwannomas (n=15) and GISTs (n=50) were analyzed. The absolute CT values of tumor/aorta during plain scan/arterial phase/venous phase were recorded as tumor plain scan (Tp)/aorta plain scan (Ap), tumor arterial phase (Ta)/aorta arterial phase (Aa) and tumor venous phase (Tv)/aorta venous phase (Av), respectively, and normalized CT values of the three phases were calculated as Sp=Tp/Ap, Sa=Ta/Aa and Sv=Tv/Av, respectively...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515358/irf5-distinguishes-severe-asthma-in-humans-and-drives-th1-phenotype-and-airway-hyperreactivity-in-mice
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Timothy B Oriss, Mahesh Raundhal, Christina Morse, Rachael E Huff, Sudipta Das, Rachel Hannum, Marc C Gauthier, Kathryn L Scholl, Krishnendu Chakraborty, Seyed M Nouraie, Sally E Wenzel, Prabir Ray, Anuradha Ray
Severe asthma (SA) is a significant problem both clinically and economically, given its poor response to corticosteroids (CS). We recently reported a complex type 1-dominated (IFN-γ-dominated) immune response in more than 50% of severe asthmatics despite high-dose CS treatment. Also, IFN-γ was found to be critical for increased airway hyperreactivity (AHR) in our model of SA. The transcription factor IRF5 expressed in M1 macrophages can induce a Th1/Th17 response in cocultured human T cells. Here we show markedly higher expression of IRF5 in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cells of severe asthmatics as compared with that in cells from milder asthmatics or healthy controls...
May 18, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508144/radical-lymph-node-dissection-along-the-proximal-splenic-artery-during-laparoscopic-gastrectomy-for-gastric-cancer-using-the-left-lateral-approach
#15
Shingo Kanaji, Satoshi Suzuki, Masashi Yamamoto, Yoshiko Matsuda, Kimihiro Yamashita, Takeru Matsuda, Taro Oshikiri, Tetsu Nakamura, Yasuo Sumi, Yoshihiro Kakeji
BACKGROUND: Recent technical improvements allow safe laparoscopic lymph node dissection (LND) in gastric cancer.1 (,) 2 In suprapancreatic LND, careful LND around the celiac artery (CA) is essential. From a patient's right side, deep LND is performed around the right side of the CA after dissecting around the common hepatic artery (CHA). For LND around the left side of the CA on the same operative axis as the right side, we developed a new procedure for LND along the proximal splenic artery (SA), performed from the patient's left side...
May 15, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499865/implication-of-altered-autonomic-control-for-orthostatic-tolerance-in-sci
#16
REVIEW
Jill Maria Wecht, William A Bauman
Neural output from the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) are integrated to appropriately control cardiovascular responses during routine activities of daily living including orthostatic positioning. Sympathetic control of the upper extremity vasculature and the heart arises from the thoracic cord between T1 and T5, whereas splanchnic bed and lower extremity vasculature receive sympathetic neural input from the lower cord between segments T5 and L2. Although the vasculature is not directly innervated by the parasympathetic nervous system, the SA node is innervated by post-ganglionic vagal nerve fibers via cranial nerve X...
May 3, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495249/heart-rate-variability-to-monitor-performance-in-elite-athletes-criticalities-and-avoidable-pitfalls
#17
Daniela Lucini, Ilaria Marchetti, Antonio Spataro, Mara Malacarne, Manuela Benzi, Stefano Tamorri, Roberto Sala, Massimo Pagani
BACKGROUND: Spectral analysis of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is a simple, non-invasive technique that is widely used in sport to assess sympatho-vagal regulation of the heart. Its employment is increasing partly due to the rising usage of wearable devices. However data acquisition using these devices may be suboptimal because they cannot discriminate between sinus and non-sinus beats and do not record any data regarding respiratory frequency. This information is mandatory for a correct clinical interpretation...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469934/systolic-blood-pressure-but-not-electrocardiogram-qrs-duration-is-associated-with-heart-rate-variability-hrv-a-cross-sectional-study-in-rural-australian-non-diabetics
#18
Yvonne Yin Leng Lee, Herbert F Jelinek, Craig S McLachlan
BACKGROUND: A positive correlation between ECG derived QRS duration and heart rate variability (HRV) parameters had previously been reported in young healthy adults. We note this study used a narrow QRS duration range, and did not adjust for systolic blood pressure. Our aims are to investigate associations between systolic blood pressure (SBP), QRS duration and HRV in a rural aging population. METHODS: A retrospective cross sectional population was obtained from the CSU Diabetes Screening Research Initiative data base where 200 participants had no diabetes or pre-diabetes...
2017: Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449114/neuro-symbolic-representation-learning-on-biological-knowledge-graphs
#19
Mona Alshahrani, Mohammad Asif Khan, Omar Maddouri, Akira R Kinjo, Núria Queralt-Rosinach, Robert Hoehndorf
Motivation: Biological data and knowledge bases increasingly rely on Semantic Web technologies and the use of knowledge graphs for data integration, retrieval and federated queries. In the past years, feature learning methods that are applicable to graph-structured data are becoming available, but have not yet widely been applied and evaluated on structured biological knowledge. Results: We develop a novel method for feature learning on biological knowledge graphs. Our method combines symbolic methods, in particular knowledge representation using symbolic logic and automated reasoning, with neural networks to generate embeddings of nodes that encode for related information within knowledge graphs...
September 1, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440794/se-sad-serial-femtosecond-crystallography-datasets-from-selenobiotinyl-streptavidin
#20
Chun Hong Yoon, Hasan DeMirci, Raymond G Sierra, E Han Dao, Radman Ahmadi, Fulya Aksit, Andrew L Aquila, Alexander Batyuk, Halilibrahim Ciftci, Serge Guillet, Matt J Hayes, Brandon Hayes, Thomas J Lane, Meng Liang, Ulf Lundström, Jason E Koglin, Paul Mgbam, Yashas Rao, Theodore Rendahl, Evan Rodriguez, Lindsey Zhang, Soichi Wakatsuki, Sébastien Boutet, James M Holton, Mark S Hunter
We provide a detailed description of selenobiotinyl-streptavidin (Se-B SA) co-crystal datasets recorded using the Coherent X-ray Imaging (CXI) instrument at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) for selenium single-wavelength anomalous diffraction (Se-SAD) structure determination. Se-B SA was chosen as the model system for its high affinity between biotin and streptavidin where the sulfur atom in the biotin molecule (C10H16N2O3S) is substituted with selenium. The dataset was collected at three different transmissions (100, 50, and 10%) using a serial sample chamber setup which allows for two sample chambers, a front chamber and a back chamber, to operate simultaneously...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Data
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