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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917711/crocodiles-and-alligators-antiamoebic-and-antitumor-compounds-of-crocodiles
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Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Shareni Jeyamogan, Salwa Mansoor Ali, Fatima Abbas, K A Sagathevan, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Crocodiles exist in unsanitary environments, feed on rotten meat, are often exposed to heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, mercury, nickel, lead, selenium, tolerate high levels of radiation, and are amid the very few species to survive the catastrophic Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, nonetheless they can live for up to a 100 years. Moreover, as they live in unhygienic conditions, they regularly come across pathogens. Logically, we postulate that crocodiles have established mechanisms to defend themselves from noxious agents as well as protecting themselves from pathogens...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917252/stereotactic-radiosurgery-of-the-brain-a-review-of-common-indications
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Philip Gilbo, Isabella Zhang, Jonathan Knisely
Over the past half-century since Lars Leksell first utilized radiation to address deep and difficult to treat lesions of the central nervous system (CNS), intracranial stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) has become an increasingly valued tool in the hands of neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists. Following developments in medical imaging and radiation technology, radiosurgery has evolved from its first application in movement disorders to widespread use for a varied range of malignant and benign conditions. SRS remains a powerful, minimally invasive instrument that offers additional options for intervention to a diverse patient population...
September 2017: Chinese Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916225/stereotactic-radiosurgery-of-early-melanoma-brain-metastases-after-initiation-of-anti-ctl-4-treatment-is-associated-with-improved-intracranial-control
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Yi An, Wen Jiang, Betty Y S Kim, Jack M Qian, Chad Tang, Penny Fang, Jennifer Logan, Neil M D'Souza, Lauren E Haydu, Xin A Wang, Kenneth R Hess, Harriet Kluger, Isabella C Glitza, Anita Mahajan, James W Welsh, Steven H Lin, James B Yu, Michael A Davies, Patrick Hwu, Erik P Sulman, Paul D Brown, Veronica L S Chiang, Jing Li
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies suggest that radiation can boost antitumor immune response by stimulating release of tumor-specific antigens. However, the optimal timing between radiotherapy and immune checkpoint blockade to achieve potentially synergistic benefits is unclear. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multi-institutional retrospective analysis was conducted of ninety-nine metastatic melanoma patients from 2007 to 2014 treated with ipilimumab who later received stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for new brain metastases that developed after starting immunotherapy...
September 12, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915893/dosimetric-comparison-of-different-treatment-modalities-for-stereotactic-radiotherapy
#4
Shih-Ming Hsu, Yuan-Chun Lai, Chien-Chung Jeng, Chia-Ying Tseng
BACKGROUND: The modalities for performing stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) on the brain include the cone-based linear accelerator (linac), the flattening filter-free (FFF) volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) linac, and tomotherapy. In this study, the cone-based linac, FFF-VMAT linac, and tomotherapy modalities were evaluated by measuring the differences in doses delivered during brain SRT and experimentally assessing the accuracy of the output radiation doses through clinical measurements...
September 16, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915584/a-phase-1-dose-escalation-study-of-the-oral-histone-deacetylase-inhibitor-abexinostat-in-combination-with-standard-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-in-advanced-solid-tumors
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Eric Deutsch, Elizabeth Cohen-Jonathan Moyal, Vanesa Gregorc, Paolo Andrea Zucali, Jean Menard, Jean-Charles Soria, Ioana Kloos, Jeff Hsu, Ying Luan, Emily Liu, Remus Vezan, Thorsten Graef, Sofia Rivera
Current treatments for advanced solid tumors tend to be only palliative. Although radiotherapy is administered with a curative intent, radioresistance and dose-limiting toxicities pose limitations to treatment. Abexinostat, an oral pan-histone deacetylase inhibitor, demonstrated enhanced sensitivity to radiation in various solid tumor cell lines. We conducted an exploratory, phase 1, dose-escalation study of abexinostat in combination with standard hypofractionated radiotherapy in patients with advanced solid tumors treated in a palliative setting...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914724/the-role-of-brain-structure-in-predicting-adherence-to-a-physical-activity-regimen
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Swathi Gujral, Edward McAuley, Lauren E Oberlin, Arthur F Kramer, Kirk I Erickson
OBJECTIVE: Physical activity is important for maintaining health throughout the lifespan. However, adherence to PA regimens is poor with approximately 50% of older adults terminating activity intervention programs within 6 months. In this study we tested whether gray matter volume and white matter microstructural integrity prior to the initiation of a PA intervention predicts PA adherence. METHODS: 159 adults aged 60-80 years were randomly assigned to a moderate-intensity aerobic walking condition or a non-aerobic stretching and toning condition...
September 13, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912043/abnormal-segments-of-right-uncinate-fasciculus-and-left-anterior-thalamic-radiation-in-major-and-bipolar-depression
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Feng Deng, Ying Wang, Huiyuan Huang, Meiqi Niu, Shuming Zhong, Ling Zhao, Zhangzhang Qi, Xiaoyan Wu, Yao Sun, Chen Niu, Yuan He, Li Huang, Ruiwang Huang
Differential brain structural abnormalities between bipolar disorder (BD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) may reflect different pathological mechanisms underlying these two brain disorders. However, few studies have directly compared the brain structural properties, especially in white matter (WM) tracts, between BD and MDD. Using automated fiber-tract quantification (AFQ), we utilized diffusion tensor images (DTI) from 67 unmedicated depressed patients, including 31 BD and 36 MDD, and 45 healthy controls (HC) to create fractional anisotropy (FA) tract profiles along 20 major WM tracts...
September 11, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906259/radiation-and-immunotherapy-in-high-grade-gliomas-where-do-we-stand
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Elizabeth Reznik, Andrew W Smith, Shoshana Taube, Justin Mann, Menachem Z Yondorf, Bhupesh Parashar, A Gabriella Wernicke
High-grade glioma is the most common primary brain tumor, with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) accounting for 52% of all brain tumors. The current standard of care (SOC) of GBM involves surgery followed by adjuvant fractionated radiotherapy and chemotherapy. However, little progress has been made in extending overall survival, progression-free survival, and quality of life. Attempts to characterize and customize treatment of GBM have led to mitigating the deleterious effects of radiotherapy using hypofractionated radiotherapy, as well as various immunotherapies as a promising strategy for the incurable disease...
September 12, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906145/protective-effect-of-rutin-against-brain-injury-induced-by-acrylamide-or-gamma-radiation-role-of-pi3k-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-nrf-2-signalling-pathway
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Noura M Thabet, Enas M Moustafa
This study was designed to evaluate the effect of rutin on PI3K/AKT-signalling in case of acrylamide or γ-radiation-induced neurotoxicity. To induce brain damage, animals were received acrylamide (25 mg/kg b.wt./orally/day) or 5 Gy of γ-radiation exposure accompanied with an administration of rutin (200 mg/kg b.wt./orally/day). Our data revealed that, compared to acrylamide or γ-radiation, rutin activated PI3K/AKT/GSK-3β/NRF-2-pathway through increased protein levels of p-PI3K, p-AKT and p-GSK-3β and up-regulated the expression of NRF-2...
September 14, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904975/rapd-profiling-dna-fragmentation-and-histomorphometric-examination-in-brains-of-wistar-rats-exposed-to-indoor-2-5%C3%A2-ghz-wi-fi-devices-radiation
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A O Ibitayo, O B Afolabi, A J Akinyemi, T I Ojiezeh, K O Adekoya, O O Ojewunmi
The advent of Wi-Fi connected high technology devices in executing day-to-day activities is fast evolving especially in developing countries of the world and hence the need to assess its safety among others. The present study was conducted to investigate the injurious effect of radiofrequency emissions from installed Wi-Fi devices in brains of young male rats. Animals were divided into four equal groups; group 1 served as control while groups 2, 3, and 4 were exposed to 2.5 Ghz at intervals of 30, 45, and 60 consecutive days with free access to food and water ad libitum...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903341/apobec3g-acts-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-mesenchymal-gliomas-by-sensitizing-cells-to-radiation-induced-cell-death
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Yu Wang, Shaofang Wu, Siyuan Zheng, Shuzhen Wang, Arjun Wali, Ravesanker Ezhilarasan, Erik P Sulman, Dimpy Koul, W K Alfred Yung
Genomic, transcriptional, and proteomic analyses of brain tumors reveal that subtypes differ in their pathway activity, progression, and response to therapy. We performed an expression profiling of Glioma Initiating Cells (GICs) and comparative analysis between different groups of GICs indicates major variations in gene expression. Hierarchical clustering analysis revealed groups of GICs reflecting their heterogeneity, and among some of the genes as major regulators of mesenchymal phenotype, we identified ABOBEC3G as one of the most discriminating genes in mesenchymal group...
August 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901723/the-arms-race-between-heliconiine-butterflies-and-passiflora-plants-new-insights-on-an-ancient-subject
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Érika C P de Castro, Mika Zagrobelny, Márcio Z Cardoso, Søren Bak
Heliconiines are called passion vine butterflies because they feed exclusively on Passiflora plants during the larval stage. Many features of Passiflora and heliconiines indicate that they have radiated and speciated in association with each other, and therefore this model system was one of the first examples used to exemplify coevolution theory. Three major adaptations of Passiflora plants supported arguments in favour of their coevolution with heliconiines: unusual variation of leaf shape within the genus; the occurrence of yellow structures mimicking heliconiine eggs; and their extensive diversity of defence compounds called cyanogenic glucosides...
September 13, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900054/whole-brain-volume-perfusion-computed-tomography-acquisition-techniques-and-radiation-dose
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Jie Zhang, Edward J Escott
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Radiologic Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898130/imaging-of-children-with-nontraumatic-headaches
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Anna Trofimova, Brianna L Vey, Mark E Mullins, David S Wolf, Nadja Kadom
OBJECTIVE: Headache in children is a common symptom and often is worrisome for clinicians and parents because of the breadth of possible underlying significant abnormalities, including meningitis, brain neoplasms, and intracranial hemorrhage. For this reason, many children with headaches undergo neuroimaging. Most neuroimaging studies performed of children with headaches have normal findings but may lead to significant downstream effects, including unnecessary exposure to ionizing radiation or sedation, as well as unnecessary cost to the health care system...
September 12, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895444/d-dimer-elevation-as-a-blood-biomarker-for-detection-of-structural-disorder-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Kazutaka Sugimoto, Eiichi Suehiro, Mizuya Shinoyama, Hirokazu Sadahiro, Kouhei Haji, Yuichi Fujiyama, Reo Kawano, Mitsuaki Nishioka, Michiyasu Suzuki
Computed tomography (CT) scans are useful in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), but the potential risks associated with ionizing radiation are unknown. Furthermore, CT scans are not commonly available in developing countries. In this study, coagulopathy and abnormal fibrinolysis were investigated as blood biomarkers for detection of structural disorder in mild TBI. A total of 88 patients with mild and isolated TBI (Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score 14-15) were admitted to Kenwakai Ootemachi Hospital between October 2014 and March 2016...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893524/-hippocampus-brainstem-and-brain-dose-volume-constraints-for-fractionated-3-d-radiotherapy-and-for-stereotactic-radiation-therapy-limits-and-perspectives
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M Gérard, R Jumeau, B Pichon, J Biau, E Blais, J Horion, G Noël
Cerebral radiation-induced toxicities after radiotherapy (RT) of brain tumors are frequent. The protection of organs at risk (OAR) is crucial, especially for brain tumors, to preserve cognition in cancer survivors. Dose constraints of cerebral OAR used in conventional RT, radiosurgery (SRS) and stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) are debated. In fact, they are based on historical cohorts or calculated with old mathematical models. Values of α/β ratio of cerebral OAR are also controversial leading to misestimate the equivalent dose in 2Gy fractions or the biological equivalent dose, especially during hypofractionated RT...
September 8, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890157/the-cumulative-burden-of-surviving-childhood-cancer-an-initial-report-from-the-st-jude-lifetime-cohort-study-sjlife
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Nickhill Bhakta, Qi Liu, Kirsten K Ness, Malek Baassiri, Hesham Eissa, Frederick Yeo, Wassim Chemaitilly, Matthew J Ehrhardt, Johnnie Bass, Michael W Bishop, Kyla Shelton, Lu Lu, Sujuan Huang, Zhenghong Li, Eric Caron, Jennifer Lanctot, Carrie Howell, Timothy Folse, Vijaya Joshi, Daniel M Green, Daniel A Mulrooney, Gregory T Armstrong, Kevin R Krull, Tara M Brinkman, Raja B Khan, Deo K Srivastava, Melissa M Hudson, Yutaka Yasui, Leslie L Robison
BACKGROUND: Survivors of childhood cancer develop early and severe chronic health conditions (CHCs). A quantitative landscape of morbidity of survivors, however, has not been described. We aimed to describe the cumulative burden of curative cancer therapy in a clinically assessed ageing population of long-term survivors of childhood cancer. METHODS: The St Jude Lifetime Cohort Study (SJLIFE) retrospectively collected data on CHCs in all patients treated for childhood cancer at the St Jude Children's Research Hospital who survived 10 years or longer from initial diagnosis and were 18 years or older as of June 30, 2015...
September 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889233/adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-of-the-cavernous-sinus-otolaryngological-sequelae-of-therapy-case-report
#18
Edyta Dzięciołowska-Baran, Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Sroka
A 60-year-old woman, otherwise in a good health condition, was first admitted to the hospital with a year-long tingling sensations of the right half of the face, which gradually turned into severe neuralgia corresponding to maxillary (V2) and mandibular (V3) branches of the right trigeminal nerve. MRI scans of the head revealed an unusual hyperplastic or inflammatory changes along the brain base, cavernous sinus extending toward the pterygopalatine fossa, and lateral pterygoid on the right side. Meningioma was suspected and neuralgia was treated conservatively...
September 10, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888167/protective-effect-of-5-7-dihydroxyflavone-on-brain-of-rats-exposed-to-acrylamide-or-%C3%AE-radiation
#19
Somaya Z Mansour, Fatma S M Moawed, Seham M Elmarkaby
5, 7-Dihydroxyflavone (DHF), a natural plant flavonoid, have shown a variety of beneficial effects. Neurotoxic effects of acrylamide (ACR) or gamma irradiation (IR) have been established in humans and animals. The current study was designed to evaluate whether DHF could restrain ACR or IR induced neurotoxicity in rats and to explore the underlying mechanisms. The study was carried out by investigating some biochemical and biophysical parameters as well as histopathological examination. The daily oral administration of ACR (25mg/kg b...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887589/assessment-of-ct-dose-to-the-fetus-and-pregnant-female-patient-using-patient-specific-computational-models
#20
Tianwu Xie, Pierre-Alexandre Poletti, Alexandra Platon, Christoph D Becker, Habib Zaidi
PURPOSE: This work provides detailed estimates of the foetal dose from diagnostic CT imaging of pregnant patients to enable the assessment of the diagnostic benefits considering the associated radiation risks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To produce realistic biological and physical representations of pregnant patients and the embedded foetus, we developed a methodology for construction of patient-specific voxel-based computational phantoms based on existing standardised hybrid computational pregnant female phantoms...
September 8, 2017: European Radiology
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