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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921020/epidemiology-of-cervical-spine-fractures
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Mahnaz Yadollahi, Shahram Paydar, Haleh Ghaem, Mohammad Ghorbani, Seyed Mohsen Mousavi, Ali Taheri Akerdi, Eimen Jalili, Mohammad Hadi Niakan, Hossein Ali Khalili, Ali Haghnegahdar, Shahram Bolandparvaz
BACKGROUND: Epidemiology of cervical spine fractures (CSfx) in trauma patients of general population is not yet exclusively known. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology of CSfx in trauma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data from trauma patients admitted in the emergency room (ER) of Shiraz Shahid Rajaei hospital during the 3.5 years period from September 22, 2009 to March 21, 2013, were gathered. All trauma patients with CSfx and/or spinal cord injuries were included in the study...
July 2016: Trauma Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920797/genome-wide-association-study-for-identifying-loci-that-affect-fillet-yield-carcass-and-body-weight-traits-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
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Dianelys Gonzalez-Pena, Guangtu Gao, Matthew Baranski, Thomas Moen, Beth M Cleveland, P Brett Kenney, Roger L Vallejo, Yniv Palti, Timothy D Leeds
Fillet yield (FY, %) is an economically-important trait in rainbow trout aquaculture that affects production efficiency. Despite that, FY has received little attention in breeding programs because it is difficult to measure on a large number of fish and cannot be directly measured on breeding candidates. The recent development of a high-density SNP array for rainbow trout has provided the needed tool for studying the underlying genetic architecture of this trait. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) was conducted for FY, body weight at 10 (BW10) and 13 (BW13) months post-hatching, head-off carcass weight (CAR), and fillet weight (FW) in a pedigreed rainbow trout population selectively bred for improved growth performance...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920439/activity-targets-for-nanostructured-platinum-group-metal-free-catalysts-in-hydroxide-exchange-membrane-fuel-cells
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Brian P Setzler, Zhongbin Zhuang, Jarrid A Wittkopf, Yushan Yan
Fuel cells are the zero-emission automotive power source that best preserves the advantages of gasoline automobiles: low upfront cost, long driving range and fast refuelling. To make fuel-cell cars a reality, the US Department of Energy has set a fuel cell system cost target of US$30 kW(-1) in the long-term, which equates to US$2,400 per vehicle, excluding several major powertrain components (in comparison, a basic, but complete, internal combustion engine system costs approximately US$3,000). To date, most research for automotive applications has focused on proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), because these systems have demonstrated the highest power density...
December 6, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919972/clinical-burden-of-c-reactive-protein-albumin-ratio-before-curative-surgery-for-patients-with-gastric-cancer
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Yuji Toiyama, Tadanobu Shimura, Hiromi Yasuda, Hiroyuki Fujikawa, Yoshiki Okita, Minako Kobayashi, Masaki Ohi, Shigeyuki Yoshiyama, Jyunichiro Hiro, Toshimitsu Araki, Yasuhiro Inoue, Yasuhiko Mohri, Masato Kusunoki
To assess the relationship of C-reactive protein/albumin ratio (CAR) to outcomes and surgical site infection (SSI) in gastric cancer (GC) treated with curative intent, we retrospectively assessed 384 patients with GC for CAR, SSIs, disease-free survival (DFS), overall survival (OS) and other factors. We found SSIs in 42 patients (10.9%). Pathological T-stage, TNM classification, body mass index, duration of surgery, blood loss and preoperative CAR were significantly associated with SSIs; in multivariate analyses, CAR [hazard ratio (HR)=2...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919365/longitudinal-treatment-patterns-among-us-patients-with-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-or-familial-hypercholesterolemia-initiating-lipid-lowering-pharmacotherapy
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James P Burke, Ross J Simpson, Carly J Paoli, Jeffrey T McPheeters, Shravanthi R Gandra
BACKGROUND: The most recent American College of Cardiology-American Heart Association guidelines recommend high-dose statin therapy for most patients with confirmed atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and patients with high cardiovascular risk. There is limited information regarding long-term treatment patterns among these patients. OBJECTIVE: To examine longitudinal treatment modifications in patients with ASCVD or familial hypercholesterolemia (FH)...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917101/selective-enzymatic-transformation-to-aldehydes-in-vivo-by-fungal-carboxylate-reductase-from-neurospora-crassa
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Daniel Schwendenwein, Giuseppe Fiume, Hansjörg Weber, Florian Rudroff, Margit Winkler
The enzymatic reduction of carboxylic acids is in its infancy with only a handful of biocatalysts available to this end. We have increased the spectrum of carboxylate-reducing enzymes (CARs) with the sequence of a fungal CAR from Neurospora crassa OR74A (NcCAR). NcCAR was efficiently expressed in E. coli using an autoinduction protocol at low temperature. It was purified and characterized in vitro, revealing a broad substrate acceptance, a pH optimum at pH 5.5-6.0, a Tm of 45 °C and inhibition by the co-product pyrophosphate which can be alleviated by the addition of pyrophosphatase...
November 3, 2016: Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916558/role-of-carvacrol-in-cardioprotection-against-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-through-activation-of-mapk-erk-and-akt-enos-signaling-pathways
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Yunping Chen, Lina Ba, Wei Huang, Yan Liu, Hao Pan, E Mingyao, Pilong Shi, Ye Wang, Shuzhi Li, Hanping Qi, Hongli Sun, Yonggang Cao
Carvacrol (CAR) is a compound isolated from some essential oils, many studies have demonstrated its therapeutic potential on different diseases. This study aims to evaluate the protective effect of CAR against myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rats. Male adult rats underwent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) in I/R models. Rats were treated with CAR after LAD. The levels of I/R- induced infarct size, cardiomyocyte apoptosis and cardiac functional impairment were examined...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916489/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-the-anti-proliferative-activity-of-diaryl-3-pyrrolin-2-ones-and-fused-analogs
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Patricia Mowery, Fernando Banales Mejia, Courtney L Franceschi, Maeve H Kean, Deborah O Kwansare, Megan M Lafferty, Namita D Neerukonda, Carly E Rolph, Nathanyal J Truax, Erin T Pelkey
Analogs containing a central 3-pyrrolin-2-one core with different methoxyphenyl and/or indole substituents were prepared and tested for anti-proliferative activity in U-937 cells. The most efficacious analogs were non-rigid, (non-fused) contained methoxyaryl groups located at the 4-position, and contained either methoxyaryl or indole groups located at the 3-position. Both the number of methoxy groups contained in the substituents and the particular location of the indole rings with respect to the lactam carbonyl had significant affects on anti-proliferative activity...
November 25, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915190/gunshot-residue-and-brakepads-compositional-and-morphological-considerations-for-forensic-casework
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William Tucker, Nick Lucas, Kelsey E Seyfang, K Paul Kirkbride, Rachel S Popelka-Filcoff
Previous research has raised the possibility that automotive brake pads can produce particles that are both compositionally and morphologically similar to gunshot residue (GSR). These studies, published in the early 2000s, coincided with the reduction or removal of unnecessary sources of lead from the automotive industry. The question therefore arises whether modern brake pads might still be a relevant source of 'GSR-like' particles. In the present study, a total of 75 brake pads taken from a range of cars currently on the road in Adelaide, South Australia, were collected from service centres...
November 23, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913530/cytokine-release-syndrome-with-novel-therapeutics-for-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Noelle V Frey, David L Porter
T-cell-engaging immunotherapies are exciting new approaches to treat patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). These unique agents, which include blinatumomab, a CD3/CD19 bispecific antibody, and chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) modified T cells targeted to CD19 have shown unprecedented remission rates in the relapsed, refractory ALL setting. Cytokine release syndrome (CRS), resulting from the high magnitude of immune activation by these therapies, is the most significant treatment-related toxicity. CRS manifests with fever and malaise and can progress to life-threatening capillary leak with hypoxia and hypotension...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913506/checkpoint-inhibition-and-cellular-immunotherapy-in-lymphoma
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Premal Lulla, Helen E Heslop
Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma are both good targets for immunotherapy, as they are accessible to antibodies and cell-based immunotherapy, express costimulatory molecules, and express lineage-restricted, viral, and unique tumor antigens. Blockade of the programmed-death 1 (PD-1) immune checkpoint has produced very encouraging response rates in patients with Hodgkin lymphoma, whereas adoptive transfer of Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)-specific T cells has shown clinical activity in patients with posttransplant lymphoma and other EBV-associated lymphomas...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913000/surgical-prehabilitation-in-patients-with-cancer-state-of-the-science-and-recommendations-for-future-research-from-a-panel-of-subject-matter-experts
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REVIEW
Francesco Carli, Julie K Silver, Liane S Feldman, Andrea McKee, Sean Gilman, Chelsia Gillis, Celena Scheede-Bergdahl, Ann Gamsa, Nicole Stout, Bradford Hirsch
This review by a 10-member panel of experts in surgical prehabilitation addresses processes that may improve oncologic care. Surgical prehabilitation is the process on the continuum of care that occurs between the time of cancer diagnosis and the beginning of surgical treatment. The panel focused on the current state-of-the-science and recommended future research that would help to identify the elements that enhance preoperative physical, nutritional, and psychological health in anticipation of surgery, mitigate the burden of disease, facilitate the return of patient health status to baseline values, decrease postoperative morbidity, and reduce health care costs...
February 2017: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912180/radicals-formed-from-proton-loss-of-carotenoid-radical-cations-a-special-form-of-carotenoid-neutral-radical-occurring-in-photoprotection
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A Ligia Focsan, Lowell D Kispert
In an organized assembly in Arabidopsis thaliana plant, proton loss from the radical cation of zeaxanthin (Zea(+)) was found to occur under intense illumination, a possible component in photoprotection. A stable neutral radical is formed because of the favorable proton loss at C4(4') position(s) of the terminal ends of Zea(+) that extends the unpaired spin density distribution (notation Zea(4) or Zea(4') by symmetry). Proton loss from the radical cation of β-carotene (β-car(+)) to available proton acceptors was also detected in a PSII sample upon irradiation...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910858/immunosuppression-in-liver-tumors-opening-the-portal-to-effective-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
P Guha, J Reha, S C Katz
We have recently witnessed substantial progress with immunotherapy for selected diseases. Checkpoint inhibitors and chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) cells are among the most promising agents. Whereas much of the early success with CAR-T cells has been demonstrated with hematological malignancies, important barriers remain for the application of CAR-T cell therapies for the management of metastatic solid tumors. The challenges are particularly apparent when considering primary and metastatic tumors in the liver...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910851/crispr-cas9-mediated-multiplex-gene-editing-in-car-t-cells
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Xiaojuan Liu, Yongping Zhang, Chen Cheng, Albert W Cheng, Xingying Zhang, Na Li, Changqing Xia, Xiaofei Wei, Xiang Liu, Haoyi Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2, 2016: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909701/immunological-quality-and-performance-of-tumor-vessel-targeting-car-t-cells-prepared-by-mrna-ep-for-clinical-research
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Kanako Inoo, Ryo Inagaki, Kento Fujiwara, Shigemi Sasawatari, Takashi Kamigaki, Shinsaku Nakagawa, Naoki Okada
We previously reported that tumor vessel-redirected T cells, which were genetically engineered with chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) specific for vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2), demonstrated significant antitumor effects in various murine solid tumor models. In the present study, we prepared anti-VEGFR2 CAR-T cells by CAR-coding mRNA electroporation (mRNA-EP) and analyzed their immunological characteristics and functions for use in clinical research. The expression of anti-VEGFR2 CAR on murine and human T cells was detected with approximately 100% efficiency for a few days, after peaking 6-12 hours after mRNA-EP...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908188/polymer-gel-dosimetry-for-measuring-the-dose-near-thin-high-z-materials-irradiated-with-high-energy-photon-beams
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Leighton L Warmington, N Gopishankar, John H Broadhurst, Yoichi Watanabe
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of three-dimensional (3D) dose measurements near thin high-Z materials placed in a water-like medium by using a polymer gel dosimeter (PGD) when the medium was irradiated with high energy photon beams. METHODS: PGD is potentially a useful tool for this application because it can record the dose around a small object made of a high-Z material in a continuous 3D medium. In this study, the authors manufactured a methacrylic acid-based normoxic PGD, nMAG...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907031/in-vitro-pre-clinical-validation-of-suicide-gene-modified-anti-cd33-redirected-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Kentaro Minagawa, Muhammad O Jamil, Mustafa Al-Obaidi, Larisa Pereboeva, Donna Salzman, Harry P Erba, Lawrence S Lamb, Ravi Bhatia, Shin Mineishi, Antonio Di Stasi
BACKGROUND: Approximately fifty percent of patients with acute myeloid leukemia can be cured with current therapeutic strategies which include, standard dose chemotherapy for patients at standard risk of relapse as assessed by cytogenetic and molecular analysis, or high-dose chemotherapy with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant for high-risk patients. Despite allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant about 25% of patients still succumb to disease relapse, therefore, novel strategies are needed to improve the outcome of patients with acute myeloid leukemia...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905083/who-should-decide-how-machines-make-morally-laden-decisions
#19
Dominic Martin
Who should decide how a machine will decide what to do when it is driving a car, performing a medical procedure, or, more generally, when it is facing any kind of morally laden decision? More and more, machines are making complex decisions with a considerable level of autonomy. We should be much more preoccupied by this problem than we currently are. After a series of preliminary remarks, this paper will go over four possible answers to the question raised above. First, we may claim that it is the maker of a machine that gets to decide how it will behave in morally laden scenarios...
November 30, 2016: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900328/blunt-traumatic-tension-chylothorax-case-report-and-mini-review-of-the-literature
#20
Kamal Idris, Michael Sebastian, Ashraf F Hefny, Navidul Haq Khan, Fikri M Abu-Zidan
Tension chylothorax following blunt thoracic trauma is an extremely rare condition. Here we report such a case and review its management. A 31-year-old man was involved in a road traffic collision. The car rolled over and the patient was ejected from the vehicle. On arrival at the Emergency Department the patient was conscious and haemodynamically stable. Clinical examination of the chest and abdomen was normal. The patient had sustained fractures of the sixth cervical vertebra and the tenth thoracic vertebra, left pleural effusion, haematoma around the descending aorta and fracture of the right clavicle...
November 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
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