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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102948/use-of-parallel-plate-ionization-chambers-in-reference-dosimetry-of-novac-and-liac-%C3%A2-mobile-electron-linear-accelerators-for-intraoperative-radiotherapy-a-multi-center-survey
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Paolo Scalchi, Alessia Ciccotelli, Giuseppe Felici, Assunta Petrucci, Raffaella Massafra, Valeria Piazzi, Paola D'Avenia, Francesca Cavagnetto, Federica Cattani, Raffaella Romagnoli, Antonella Soriani
PURPOSE: LIAC(®) and NOVAC are two mobile linear accelerators dedicated to intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), generating electron beams in the energy range of 3-12 MeV. Due to high dose-per-pulse (up to 70 mGy per pulse), in 2003 the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) stated that "for the measure of dose to water in reference conditions, ionization chambers cannot be employed and no published dosimetry protocol can be used". As a consequence, ferrous sulphate (or, alternatively alanine) dosimetry was recommended...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102591/hyperinsulinemic-hypoglycemia-in-beckwith-wiedemann-sotos-and-kabuki-syndromes-a-nationwide-survey-in-japan
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Naoko Toda, Kenji Ihara, Kanako Kojima-Ishii, Masayuki Ochiai, Kazuhiro Ohkubo, Yutaka Kawamoto, Yoshinori Kohno, Sakae Kumasaka, Akihiko Kawase, Yasuhisa Ueno, Takeshi Futatani, Tokuo Miyazawa, Yuko Nagaoki, Setsuko Nakata, Maiko Misaki, Hiroko Arai, Masahiko Kawai, Maki Sato, Yukari Yada, Nobuhiro Takahashi, Atsushi Komatsu, Kanemasa Maki, Shinichi Watabe, Yutaka Sumida, Makoto Kuwashima, Hiroshi Mizumoto, Kazuo Sato, Toshiro Hara
Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) is a congenital overgrowth syndrome that is occasionally associated with hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia (HH) in the neonatal period. Sotos syndrome (SS) and Kabuki syndrome (KS) are other malformation syndromes that may be complicated with HH, however, the detailed clinical characteristics of HH accompanied with these syndromes remain unclear. We herein conducted a nationwide questionnaire survey in Japan. We sent a primary questionnaire concerning the clinical experience for these syndromes to 347 perinatal care institutions...
February 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099521/nuclear-localization-and-cleavage-of-stat6-is-induced-by-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-for-viral-latency
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Chong Wang, Caixia Zhu, Fang Wei, Shujun Gao, Liming Zhang, Yuhong Li, Yanling Feng, Yin Tong, Jianqing Xu, Bin Wang, Zhenghong Yuan, Erle S Robertson, Qiliang Cai
Emerging evidence implies that STAT6 plays an important role in both the adaptive and innate immune responses to virus infection. Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is an oncogenic γ-herpesvirus agent associated with several human malignancies, including Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) and primary effusion lymphomas (PELs). Previously, we demonstrated that KSHV blocks IL-4-induced STAT6 phosphorylation and retains a basal IL-13/STAT6 constitutive activation for cell survival and proliferation. However, the mechanism by which KSHV regulates STAT6 remains largely unknown...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099515/polymorphisms-and-mutational-covariation-associated-with-death-in-a-prospective-cohort-of-hiv-aids-patients-receiving-long-term-art-in-china
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Pengtao Liu, Yi Feng, Jianjun Wu, Suian Tian, Bin Su, Zhe Wang, Lingjie Liao, Hui Xing, Yinghui You, Yiming Shao, Yuhua Ruan
BACKGROUND: HIV drug resistance is associated with faster clinical progression of AIDS. However, the effect of significant polymorphisms and mutational covariation on mortality among HIV/AIDS patients receiving long-term antiretroviral therapy (ART), have rarely been studied. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study from December 2003 to December 2014, we present a new computational modelling approach based on bioinformatics-based models and several statistical methods to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in the acquisition of polymorphisms and mutations on death in HIV/AIDS patients receiving long-term ART in China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096842/purple-stiff-lesions-resembling-varicose-veins-on-lower-limb-certainly-consider-kaposi-sarcoma
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Faruk Cingoz, Gokhan Arslan, Ali Fuat Cicek, Bilgehan Savas Oz
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) typically presents multiple cutaneous lesions of the lower extremities. Lesions can rarely mimic varicose veins without venous insufficiency, vascular or stasis ulcers. As the initial diagnosis of KS is generally determined clinically, a high index of suspicion and palpation of lesions are necessary for all patients with atypical presentations of varicose-like lesions of lower extremities. Tissue biopsy with histological analysis is essential for all uncertain lesions. This is a case of KS occurring in a 79-year-old man who presented with indurated vascular plaques resembling varicose veins on the right foot...
December 2016: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078490/podocalyxin-as-a-major-pluripotent-marker-and-novel-keratan-sulfate-proteoglycan-in-human-embryonic-and-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Hidenao Toyoda, Yuko Nagai, Aya Kojima, Akiko Kinoshita-Toyoda
Podocalyxin (PC) was first identified as a heavily sialylated transmembrane protein of glomerular podocytes. Recent studies suggest that PC is a remarkable glycoconjugate that acts as a universal glyco-carrier. The glycoforms of PC are responsible for multiple functions in normal tissue, human cancer cells, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). PC is employed as a major pluripotent marker of hESCs and hiPSCs. Among the general antibodies for human PC, TRA-1-60 and TRA-1-81 recognize the keratan sulfate (KS)-related structures...
January 11, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077791/carcinoma-risk-variant-of-ebna1-deregulates-epstein-barr-virus-episomal-latency
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Jayaraju Dheekollu, Kimberly Malecka, Andreas Wiedmer, Henri-Jacques Delecluse, Alan Ks Chiang, Dario C Altieri, Troy E Messick, Paul M Lieberman
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) latent infection is a causative co-factor for endemic Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma (NPC). NPC-associated variants have been identified in EBV-encoded nuclear antigen EBNA1. Here, we solve the X-ray crystal structure of an NPC-derived EBNA1 DNA binding domain (DBD) and show that variant amino acids are found on the surface away from the DNA binding interface. We show that NPC-derived EBNA1 is compromised for DNA replication and episome maintenance functions. Recombinant virus containing the NPC EBNA1 DBD are impaired in their ability to immortalize primary B-lymphocytes and suppress lytic transcription during early stages of B-cell infection...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077172/promoting-effect-of-hepatitis-b-virus-on-the-expressoin-of-phospholipase-a2-group-iia
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Chengliang Zhu, Hui Song, Bingzheng Shen, Long Wu, Fang Liu, Xinghui Liu
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection causes acute and chronic liver disease, ultimately leading to the development of liver cirrhosis (LC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Phospholipase A2 group IIA (PLA2G2A) plays important roles in the development and progression of many tumors. Thus far, there have been no reports on the association between HBV and PLA2G2A. The present study investigated the effect of HBV infection on PLA2G2A expression and its application in the diagnosis of HBV-related diseases...
January 11, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071057/programmed-transfer-of-sequence-information-into-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-mip-for-hexa-2-2-bithien-5-yl-dna-analog-formation-towards-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-snp-detection
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Katarzyna Bartold, Agnieszka Pietrzyk-Le, Tan-Phat Huynh, Zofia Iskierko, Marta I Sosnowska, Krzysztof Noworyta, Wojciech Lisowski, Francesco Maria Enrico Sannicolo, Silvia Cauteruccio, Emanuela Licandro, Francis D'Souza, Wlodzimierz Kutner
A new strategy of simple, inexpensive, rapid, and label-free single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) detection using robust chemosensors with piezomicrogravimetric (PM), SPR, or capacitive impedimetry (CI) signal transduction is reported. Using these chemosensors, selective detection of a genetically relevant oligonucleotide under FIA conditions within 2 min is accomplished. An invulnerable to non-specific interaction molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) with electrochemically synthesized probes of hexameric 2,2'-bithien-5-yl DNA analogs discriminating single purine-nucleobase mismatch at room temperature was used...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068920/comparative-transcriptomics-provide-insight-into-the-morphogenesis-and-evolution-of-fistular-leaves-in-allium
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Siyuan Zhu, Shouwei Tang, Zhijian Tan, Yongting Yu, Qiuzhong Dai, Touming Liu
BACKGROUND: Fistular leaves frequently appear in Allium species, and previous developmental studies have proposed that the process of fistular leaf formation involves programmed cell death. However, molecular evidence for the role of programmed cell death in the formation of fistular leaf cavities has yet to be reported. RESULTS: In this study, we characterized the leaf transcriptomes of nine Allium species, including six fistular- and three solid-leaved species...
January 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067615/intracranial-atherosclerosis-from-anatomy-to-pathophysiology
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Yuehua Pu, Linfang Lan, Xinyi Leng, Lawrence Ks Wong, Liping Liu
Background Intracranial atherosclerotic stenosis is an important etiology subtype of ischemic stroke. Stenosis severity was thought to be the main reference index for clinical treatment and research. However, stenosis could not reflect the ischemia risk completely, instead the hemodynamic state across the lesion, the extent of collateral circulation, and perfusion impairment downstream the stenosis are more important. Aims We write this review aimed to summarize novel angiographic methods applied in the evaluation of functional severity of ICAS, and commented on their limitations and prospects in future research...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067577/new-and-developing-anesthesia-drugs
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Kammy Ks Poon, Steven Hs Wong
Introduction In recent years, new anesthetic drugs with potentially better pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties are under development with good progress. Some of the most promising drugs are reviewed in this article. Areas covered A literature review was performed using Ovid and Medline as the search engine. Articles published from January 2000 to December 2016 were included for review. Efforts have been made to eliminate duplicated studies. Expert Opinion This is an up-to-date review on new and developing anesthesia drugs...
January 9, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065440/glycosaminoglycan-levels-in-dried-blood-spots-of-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidoses-and-mucolipidoses
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Francyne Kubaski, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Kenji Orii, Roberto Giugliani, Heather J Church, Robert W Mason, Vũ Chí Dũng, Can Thi Bich Ngoc, Seiji Yamaguchi, Hironori Kobayashi, Katta M Girisha, Toshiyuki Fukao, Tadao Orii, Shunji Tomatsu
: Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) and mucolipidoses (ML) are groups of lysosomal storage disorders in which lysosomal hydrolases are deficient leading to accumulation of undegraded glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), throughout the body, subsequently resulting in progressive damage to multiple tissues and organs. Assays using tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) have been established to measure GAGs in serum or plasma from MPS and ML patients, but few studies were performed to determine whether these assays are sufficiently robust to measure GAG levels in dried blood spots (DBS) of patients with MPS and ML...
December 22, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062504/prothrombotic-fibrin-clot-phenotype-is-associated-with-recurrent-pulmonary-embolism-after-discontinuation-of-anticoagulant-therapy
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Michal Zabczyk, Krzysztof Plens, Wioletta Wojtowicz, Anetta Undas
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a life-threatening manifestation of venous thromboembolism with a high recurrence rate after anticoagulation cessation. Recently, we have reported that prothrombotic clot phenotype in venous thromboembolism patients is associated with an increased risk of recurrent deep-vein thrombosis. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We tested whether abnormal clot properties are predictive of recurrent PE. We investigated 156 consecutive white patients aged 18 to 65 years after the first-ever provoked or unprovoked PE (n=89), with or without deep-vein thrombosis...
December 29, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062178/testicular-shear-wave-elastography-in-normal-and-infertile-men-a-prospective-study-on-601-patients
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Laurence Rocher, Aline Criton, Jean-Luc Gennisson, Vincent Izard, Sophie Ferlicot, Mickael Tanter, Gerard Benoit, Marie France Bellin, Jean-Michel Correas
Our aim in the study described here was to prospectively establish the feasibility of using and reproducibility of testicular shear-wave elastography in the assessment of testicular stiffness in 62 normal patients and 539 infertile men with obstructive azoospermia (OA), non-Klinefelter syndrome non-obstructive azoospermia (non-KS NOA), Klinefelter syndrome NOA (KS NOA), oligoasthenoteratozoospermia (OAT) or a left varicocele. The feasibility rate was 96.9%, with an intra-class correlation coefficient of 0.85 (95% confidence interval: 0...
January 3, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060720/inkt-and-memory-b-cells-alterations-in-hhv-8-multicentric-castleman-disease
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Zineb Sbihi, Antoine Dossier, David Boutboul, Lionel Galicier, Christophe Parizot, Amandine Emarre, Bénédicte Hoareau, Nicolas Dupin, Anne-Geneviève Marcelin, Anne Oudin, Claire Fieschi, Félix Agbalika, Brigitte Autran, Eric Oksenhendler, Guislaine Carcelain
Human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) is the causative agent of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) and multicentric Castleman disease (MCD), a life-threatening, virally-induced, B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder. HHV-8 is a B-lymphotropic gamma-herpesvirus closely related to the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells are innate-like T cells that play a role in antiviral immunity, specifically in controlling viral replication in EBV-infected B cells. Decline of iNKT cells is associated with age or HIV-infection, both situations associated with HHV-8-related diseases...
November 9, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057753/a-novel-kleefstra-syndrome-associated-variant-that-affects-the-conserved-tplx-motif-within-the-ankyrin-repeat-of-ehmt1-leads-to-abnormal-protein-folding
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Patrick R Blackburn, Alexander Tischer, Michael T Zimmermann, Jennifer L Kemppainen, Sujatha Sastry, Amy E Knight Johnson, Margot A Cousin, Nicole J Boczek, Gavin Oliver, Vinod K Misra, Ralitza H Gavrilova, Gwen A Lomberk, Matthew Auton, Raul A Urrutia, Eric W Klee
Kleefstra syndrome (KS) (MIM# 610253), also known as 9q34 deletion syndrome, is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by haploinsufficiency of euchromatic histone methyltransferase-1 (EHMT1). The clinical phenotype of KS includes moderate to severe intellectual disability with absent speech, hypotonia, brachycephaly, congenital heart defects, and dysmorphic facial features with hypertelorism, synophrys, macroglossia, protruding tongue, and prognathism. Only a few cases of de novo missense mutations in EHMT1 giving rise to KS have been described...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053098/the-viral-bcl-2-homologs-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-and-rhesus-rhadinovirus-share-an-essential-role-for-viral-replication
#18
Antonio Gallo, Melanie Lampe, Thomas Günther, Wolfram Brune
: KS-Bcl-2 is a Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV)-encoded viral Bcl-2 homolog (vBcl-2), which has apoptosis and autophagy inhibiting activity when expressed in transfected cells. However, little is known about its function during viral infection. As KS-Bcl-2 is expressed during the lytic replication cycle, we used constitutively lytic and inducible-lytic KSHV mutants to investigate the role of KS-Bcl-2 during the lytic cycle. We show that KSHV cannot complete the lytic replication cycle and produce infectious progeny in the absence of KS-Bcl-2, indicating that the protein is essential for KSHV replication...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052758/prognostic-values-of-eortc-qlq-c30-and-qlq-hcc18-index-scores-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-clinical-application-of-health-related-quality-of-life-data
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Leung Li, Frankie Kf Mo, Stephen L Chan, Edwin P Hui, Nelson Sl Tang, Jane Koh, Linda Ks Leung, Annette Ny Poon, Joyce Hui, Cheuk M Chu, Kit F Lee, Brigette By Ma, Paul Bs Lai, Anthony Tc Chan, Simon Ch Yu, Winnie Yeo
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL) assessment with EORTC QLQ-C30 was prognostic for overall survival (OS) in patients with advance-stage hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but no data existed for early-stage patients. The HCC-specific QLQ-HCC18 has not been evaluated for prognostic value in HCC patients. Utilization of raw HRQOL data in clinical setting has been impractical and non-meaningful. Therefore we developed index scores of QLQ-C30 and QLQ-HCC18 in an attempt to enable clinical utilization of these HRQOL measurements...
January 4, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046908/su-g-jep1-12-head-to-head-performance-characterization-of-two-multileaf-collimator-tracking-algorithms-for-radiotherapy
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V Caillet, R O'Brien, E Colvill, P Poulsen, D Moore, J Booth, A Sawant, P Keall
PURPOSE: Multi-leaf collimator (MLC) tracking is being clinically pioneered to continuously compensate for thoracic and abdominal motion during radiotherapy. The purpose of this work is to characterize the performance of two MLC tracking algorithms for cancer radiotherapy, based on a direct optimization and a piecewise leaf fitting approach respectively. METHODS: To test the algorithms, both physical and in silico experiments were performed. Previously published high and low modulation VMAT plans for lung and prostate cancer cases were used along with eight patient-measured organ-specific trajectories...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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