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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352734/resistance-to-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-the-role-of-cancer-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Marzia Del Re, Elena Arrigoni, Giuliana Restante, Antonio Passaro, Eleonora Rofi, Stefania Crucitta, Filippo De Marinis, Antonello Di Paolo, Romano Danesi
Among the potential mechanisms involved in resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the manifestation of stem-like properties in cancer cells seems to have a crucial role. Alterations involved in the development of TKI resistance may be acquired in a very early phase of tumorigenesis, supporting the hypothesis that these aberrations may be present in cancer stem cells (CSCs). In this regard, the characterization of tumor subclones in the initial phase and the identification of the CSCs may be helpful in planning a specific treatment to target selected biomarkers, suppress tumor growth, and prevent drug resistance...
January 20, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352677/surface-structure-and-tribology-of-legless-squamate-reptiles
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Hisham A Abdel-Aal
Squamate reptiles (around 10,000 species of snakes and lizards) comprise a myriad of distinct terrestrial vertebrates. The diversity within this biological group offers a great opportunity for customized bio-inspired solutions that address a variety of current technological problems especially within the realm of surface engineering and tribology. One subgroup within squamata is of interest in that context, namely the legless reptiles (mainly snakes and few lizards). The promise of that group lies within their functional adaptation as manifested in optimized surface designs and locomotion that is distinguished by economy of effort even when functioning within hostile tribological environments...
November 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352673/chest-pain-in-a-young-female
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Paul S Basel, Daniel Reschke, Michael D April
Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) is a common diagnosis in the emergency department (ED), the most severe manifestation of which is ST elevation on electrocardiogram (ECG). ST elevation reflects obstruction of flow through the coronary arteries, most commonly due to coronary atherosclerotic plaque rupture. However, alternative causes of coronary obstruction causing ST elevation are possible. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is an unusual cause of ST elevation in ED patients which providers may encounter in patients without traditional atherosclerosis risk factors...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352657/electroencephalographic-monitoring-for-seizure-identification-and-prognosis-in-term-neonates
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REVIEW
Shavonne L Massey, Frances E Jensen, Nicholas S Abend
Seizures represent a manifestation of neurological disease in the neonatal period. Historically, neonatal seizures were identified by direct clinical observation. However, since most seizures are electroencephalographic (EEG)-only (subclinical, non-convulsive) and clinical manifestations may be subtle, many clinicians place increasing importance on EEG data including conventional EEG or amplitude-integrated EEG to identify seizures in neonates. Beyond seizure identification, the EEG is a robust source of information about brain function that can be useful for neurobehavioral prognostication in some neonates...
January 15, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352562/cbs-mutations-are-good-predictors-for-b6-responsiveness-a-study-based-on-the-analysis-of-35-brazilian-classical-homocystinuria-patients
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Soraia Poloni, Fernanda Sperb-Ludwig, Taciane Borsatto, Giovana Weber Hoss, Maria Juliana R Doriqui, Emília K Embiruçu, Ney Boa-Sorte, Charles Marques, Chong A Kim, Carolina Fischinger Moura de Souza, Helio Rocha, Marcia Ribeiro, Carlos E Steiner, Carolina A Moreno, Pricila Bernardi, Eugenia Valadares, Osvaldo Artigalas, Gerson Carvalho, Hector Y C Wanderley, Johanna Kugele, Melanie Walter, Lorena Gallego-Villar, Henk J Blom, Ida Vanessa D Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is a monogenic disease caused by the deficient activity of cystathionine β-synthase (CβS). The objective of this study was to identify the CBS mutations in Brazilian patients with HCU. METHODS: gDNA samples were obtained for 35 patients (30 families) with biochemically confirmed diagnosis of HCU. All exons and exon-intron boundaries of CBS gene were sequenced. Gene expression analysis by qRT-PCR was performed in six patients...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352500/characterization-of-skin-blister-fluids-from-children-with-epstein-barr-virus-associated-lymphoproliferative-disease
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Taizo Wada, Tomoko Toma, Hanae Miyazawa, Eiko Koizumi, Tetsujiro Shirahashi, Yusuke Matsuda, Akihiro Yachie
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated T- or natural killer (NK)-cell lymphoproliferative disease (LPD) is a heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by chronic proliferation of EBV-infected lymphocytes. Patients may present with severe skin manifestations, including hypersensitivity to mosquito bites (HMB) and hydroa vacciniforme (HV)-like eruption, which are characterized by blister formation and necrotic ulceration. Skin biopsy specimens show inflammatory reactions comprising EBV-infected lymphocytes...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352387/current-perspectives-on-erythema-multiforme
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Marianne Lerch, Carlo Mainetti, Benedetta Terziroli Beretta-Piccoli, Thomas Harr
Recognition and timely adequate treatment of erythema multiforme remain a major challenge. In this review, current diagnostic guidelines, potential pitfalls, and modern/novel treatment options are summarized with the aim to help clinicians with diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making. The diagnosis of erythema multiforme, that has an acute, self-limiting course, is based on its typical clinical picture of targetoid erythematous lesions with predominant acral localization as well as histological findings...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352186/glycolysis-promotes-caspase-3-activation-in-lipid-rafts-in-t-cells
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Michael A Secinaro, Karen A Fortner, Oliver Dienz, Angela Logan, Michael P Murphy, Vikas Anathy, Jonathan E Boyson, Ralph C Budd
Resting T cells undergo a rapid metabolic shift to glycolysis upon activation in the presence of interleukin (IL)-2, in contrast to oxidative mitochondrial respiration with IL-15. Paralleling these different metabolic states are striking differences in susceptibility to restimulation-induced cell death (RICD); glycolytic effector T cells are highly sensitive to RICD, whereas non-glycolytic T cells are resistant. It is unclear whether the metabolic state of a T cell is linked to its susceptibility to RICD. Our findings reveal that IL-2-driven glycolysis promotes caspase-3 activity and increases sensitivity to RICD...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351939/retroperitoneal-bile-leak-after-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Dee Zhen Lim, Enoch Wong, Sayed Hassen, Yahya Al-Habbal
Bile duct injury (BDI) is a well-recognised complication of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC). Following a BDI, bile usually leaks into the peritoneal space and causes biliary peritonitis. This manifests as non-specific abdominal pain and fever occurring several days after the surgery. It can be managed by laparoscopic washout with or without bile duct repair. We present a rare case of retroperitoneal bile leak post-LC. The mechanism of injury here was likely partial avulsion from excessive traction of the cystic duct during intraoperative cholangiogram...
January 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351806/isolated-septic-arthritis-of-hip-joint-a-rare-presentation-of-melioidosis-a-case-report
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N P Weerasinghe, H M M Herath, T M U Liyanage
BACKGROUND: Despite, Sri Lanka lies in the melioidosis endemic belt between 5°N and 10°N surrounded by countries known to have endemic melioidosis for many years, comparatively fewer cases of melioidosis infection have been reported in Sri Lanka. Melioidosis has a wide spectrum of clinical presentation, ranging from severe pneumonia to abscess formation in various organs. Isolated septic arthritis, which is a rare but well-recognized manifestation of melioidosis, could be the sole presenting problem in some patients with melioidosis...
January 19, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351791/efficacy-of-electrical-acupuncture-on-vascular-cognitive-impairment-with-no-dementia-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Tian Li, Huangan Wu, Franscisca Soto-Aguliar, Li Huang, Wentao Li, Lixing Lao, Shifen Xu
BACKGROUND: Vascular cognitive impairment with no dementia (VCIND), manifested mainly as mild impairment of concentration and executive function, is the early phase of vascular dementia (VD). Currently, there is no specific treatment for VCIND. We hypothesize that electrical acupuncture can improve the mental and motor functions of patients with VCIND. Thus, we designed this randomized controlled trial to test this hypothesis by comparing the therapeutic effect of electrical acupuncture versus sham acupuncture in patients with VCIND...
January 19, 2018: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351571/the-barriers-and-facilitators-for-recognising-distress-in-people-with-severe-dementia-on-general-hospital-wards
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G J E Crowther, C A Brennan, M I Bennett
Introduction: psychological symptoms and delirium are common, but underreported in people with dementia on hospital wards. Unrecognised and untreated symptoms can manifest as distress. Identifying distress accurately therefore could act as a trigger for better investigation and treatment of the underlying causes. The challenges faced by healthcare professionals to recognise and report distress are poorly understood. Methods: semi-structured interviews with a purposive sample of 25 healthcare professionals working with older people in general hospitals were conducted...
January 17, 2018: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351480/mechanistically-different-effects-of-fat-and-sugar-on-insulin-resistance-hypertension-and-gut-microbiota-in-rats
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Sara Ramos-Romero, Mercè Hereu, Lidia Atienza, Josefina Casas, Olga Jáuregui, Susana Amézqueta, Gabriel Dasilva, Isabel Medina, Maria Rosa Nogués, Marta Romeu, Josep Lluís Torres
Insulin resistance (IR) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) are the first manifestations of diet-induced metabolic alterations leading to type-2 diabetes, while hypertension is the deadliest risk factor of cardiovascular disease. The roles of dietary fat and fructose in the development of IR, IGT and hypertension are controversial. We tested the long-term effects of an excess of fat or sucrose (fructose/glucose) on healthy male Wistar Kyoto (WKY) rats. Fat affects IR and IGT earlier than fructose through low-grade systemic inflammation evidenced by liver inflammatory infiltration, increased levels of plasma interleukin-6, prostaglandin E2 and reduced levels of protective short-chain fatty acids without triggering hypertension...
January 2, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351477/mathematical-analysis-of-circadian-disruption-and-metabolic-re-entrainment-of-hepatic-gluconeogenesis-the-intertwining-entraining-roles-of-light-and-feeding
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Seul-A Bae, Ioannis P Androulakis
The circadian rhythms influence the metabolic activity from molecular level to tissue, organ, and host level. Disruption of the circadian rhythms manifest to the host's health as metabolic syndromes including obesity, diabetes, and elevated plasma glucose, eventually leading to cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, it is imperative to understand the mechanism behind the relationship between circadian rhythms and metabolism. To start answering this question, we propose a semi-mechanistic mathematical model to study the effect of circadian disruption on hepatic gluconeogenesis in humans...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351396/mechanisms-of-repetitive-retrograde-contractions-in-response-to-sustained-esophageal-distension-a-study-evaluating-patients-with-post-fundoplication-dysphagia
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Dustin A Carlson, Peter J Kahrilas, Katherine Ritter, Zhiyue Lin, John E Pandolfino
BACKGROUND: Repetitive, retrograde contractions (RRCs) in response to sustained esophageal distension are a distinct contractility pattern observed with functional luminal imaging probe (FLIP) panometry that are common in type III (spastic) achalasia. RRCs are hypothesized to be indicative of either impaired inhibitory innervation or esophageal outflow obstruction. We aimed to apply FLIP panometry to patients with post-fundoplication dysphagia (a model of esophageal obstruction) to explore mechanisms behind RRCs...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351118/multiple-eyelid-cysts-apocrine-and-eccrine-hidrocystomas-trichilemmal-cyst-and-hybrid-cyst-in-a-patient-with-a-prolactinoma
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Lina Ma, Frederick A Jakobiec, Natalie Wolkow, Thaddeus P Dryja, Gary E Borodic
A 53-year-old man presented with smooth-domed, variegated cysts (polycystic disease) of all 4 eyelids, worse on the left side. Some of the cysts were clear, while others were creamy-white colored. In addition, multiple, very fine vesicopapules were noted along the eyelid margins. Histopathologic examination revealed a trichilemmal cyst, several pure apocrine hidrocystomas displaying multiple chambers, a hybrid cyst, and many small eccrine cysts of the deep dermis. The apocrine lesions, including the small ones at the eyelid margins, predominated...
January 18, 2018: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351102/fatal-sickling-triggered-by-massive-foreign-particle-embolism-a-case-report-of-unrecognized-indwelling-venous-catheter-drug-abuse-in-sickle-cell-disease
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Christopher A Febres-Aldana, Lydia Hernandez Howard
Sickle cell disease (SCD) manifests itself with vaso-occlusive episodes leading to infarction. Placement of intravascular catheters provides a useful route for management of pain crises as well as other complications. However, catheter misuse is a commonly unrecognized problem, which can have lethal consequences. We present a case of fatal splenic sequestration/hyperhemolysis secondary to foreign body pulmonary and systemic embolization due to intravenous administration of hydromorphone pills in a young woman with SCD...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351056/remediation-of-radiation-induced-cognitive-dysfunction-through-oral-administration-of-the-neuroprotective-compound-nsi-189
#18
Barrett Allen, Munjal M Acharya, Celine Lu, Erich Giedzinski, Nicole Chmielewski, David Quach, Mike Hefferan, Karl K Johe, Charles L Limoli
Clinical management of primary and secondary central nervous system (CNS) malignancies frequently includes radiotherapy to forestall tumor growth and recurrence after surgical resection. While cranial radiotherapy remains beneficial, adult and pediatric brain tumor survivors suffer from a wide range of debilitating and progressive cognitive deficits. Although this has been recognized as a significant problem for decades, there remains no clinical recourse for the unintended neurocognitive sequelae associated with these types of cancer treatments...
January 19, 2018: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350939/mirror-anomaly-in-dirac-semimetals
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A A Burkov
We demonstrate that, apart from the chiral anomaly, Dirac semimetals possess another quantum anomaly, which we call the mirror anomaly and which manifests in a singular response of the Dirac semimetal to an applied magnetic field. Namely, the anomalous Hall conductivity exhibits step-function singularities when the field is rotated. We show that this phenomenon is closely analogous to the parity anomaly of (2+1)-dimensional Dirac fermions, but with mirror symmetry, which we demonstrate emerges near any Dirac point at a time reversal invariant momentum, replacing the parity symmetry...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350932/a-di-nuclear-ag-i-complex-designed-for-highly-efficient-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence
#20
Marsel Z Shafikov, Alfiya Suleymanova, Alexander Schinabeck, Hartmut Yersin
The di-nuclear Ag(I) complex has been designed to show thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) оf high efficiency. Strongly electron-donating terminal ligands are introduced to destabilize the d-orbitals of the Ag+ ions. Consequently, the orbitals distinctly contribute to the HOMO, whereas the LUMO is localized on the bridging ligand. This ensures charge transfer character of the lowest excited singlet S1 and triplet T1 state. Accordingly, a small energy gap ΔE(S1─T1) is obtained, being essential for TADF behavior...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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