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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352709/analysis-of-gut-microbiota-diversity-and-auxiliary-diagnosis-as-a-biomarker-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yang Shen, Jintian Xu, Zhiyong Li, Yichen Huang, Ye Yuan, Jixiang Wang, Meng Zhang, Songnian Hu, Ying Liang
With the advent of sequencing technology, characterization of schizophrenia with underlying probing of gut microbiome can provide abundant clues for diagnosis and prognosis of schizophrenia. In this study, we first compared the difference of gut microbiota between schizophrenia patients and healthy controls by 16S rRNA sequencing. We further explored whether gut microbiota can be used as a biomarker to assist in the diagnosis of schizophrenia. We restricted inclusion criteria strictly to control confounding bias...
January 15, 2018: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352690/diagnostic-utility-of-histological-analysis-for-detecting-ongoing-infection-during-two-stage-revision-arthroplasty-in-patients-with-inflammatory-arthritis
#2
Jaiben George, Yaxia Zhang, Michael Jawad, Mhamad Faour, Alison K Klika, Thomas W Bauer, Carlos A Higuera
BACKGROUND: Surgeons often rely on intra-operative histology (frozen sections [FS]) to determine the next step in surgical management during the second stage (re-implantation surgery) of 2-stage revision arthroplasty. The purpose of the study is to assess the accuracy of permanent sections (PS) and FS in the diagnosis of persistent infection during re-implantation in patients with an inflammatory arthritis. METHODS: From 2001 to 2016, 47 planned second-stage revision total hip arthroplasty and total knee arthroplasty in patients with inflammatory arthritis were identified...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352660/clinical-significance-of-muc13-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#3
Sheema Khan, Nadeem Zafar, Shabia S Khan, Saini Setua, Stephen W Behrman, Zachary E Stiles, Murali M Yallapu, Peeyush Sahay, Hemendra Ghimire, Tomoko Ise, Satoshi Nagata, Lei Wang, Jim Y Wan, Prabhakar Pradhan, Meena Jaggi, Subhash C Chauhan
BACKGROUND: Poor prognosis of pancreatic cancer (PanCa) is associated with lack of an effective early diagnostic biomarker. This study elucidates significance of MUC13, as a diagnostic/prognostic marker of PanCa. METHODS: MUC13 was assessed in tissues using our in-house generated anti-MUC13 mouse monoclonal antibody and analyzed for clinical correlation by immunohistochemistry, immunoblotting, RT-PCR, computational and submicron scale mass-density fluctuation analyses, ROC and Kaplan Meir curve analyses...
January 15, 2018: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352642/lgals4-ceacam6-tspan8-and-col1a2-blood-markers-for-colorectal-cancer-validation-in-a-cohort-of-subjects-with-positive-fecal-immunochemical-test-result
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Maria Teresa Rodia, Rossella Solmi, Francesco Pasini, Elena Nardi, Gabriella Mattei, Giampaolo Ugolini, Luigi Ricciardiello, Pierluigi Strippoli, Rossella Miglio, Mattia Lauriola
BACKGROUND: A noninvasive blood test for the early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC) is highly required. We evaluated a panel of 4 mRNAs as putative markers of CRC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We tested LGALS4, CEACAM6, TSPAN8, and COL1A2, referred to as the CELTiC panel, using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction, on subjects with positive fecal immunochemical test (FIT) results and undergoing colonoscopy. Using a nonparametric test and multinomial logistic model, FIT-positive subjects were compared with CRC patients and healthy individuals...
December 12, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352572/phase-i-combination-study-of-the-parp-inhibitor-veliparib-plus-carboplatin-and-gemcitabine-in-patients-with-advanced-ovarian-cancer-and-other-solid-malignancies
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Heidi J Gray, Katherine Bell-McGuinn, Gini F Fleming, Mihaela Cristea, Hao Xiong, Danielle Sullivan, Yan Luo, Mark D McKee, Wijith Munasinghe, Lainie P Martin
OBJECTIVE: Determine the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and recommended phase II dose (RP2D) of veliparib combined with carboplatin and gemcitabine in patients with advanced ovarian cancer and other nonhematologic malignancies. METHODS: In this phase I study, patients with metastatic or unresectable solid tumors and ≤2 prior chemotherapy regimens received veliparib combined with carboplatin area under the curve (AUC) 4 on day 1 and gemcitabine 800mg/m2 on days 1 and 8 of a 21-day cycle for maximum 10cycles, followed by optional veliparib maintenance therapy...
January 15, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352474/pharmacokinetics-of-single-dose-sildenafil-administered-orally-in-clinically-healthy-dogs-effect-of-feeding-and-dose-proportionality
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R Akabane, T Sato, A Sakatani, Y Miyagawa, H Tazaki, N Takemura
Basic information related to the pharmacokinetics of sildenafil in dogs is scarce. This study aimed to describe the pharmacokinetic properties of oral sildenafil and determine the effect of feeding and dose proportionality. The effect of feeding on pharmacokinetics of sildenafil (1 mg/kg) was investigated using a crossover study with six dogs. In addition, the dose proportionality of sildenafil ranging 1-4 mg/kg was evaluated using five dogs in the fasted states. The plasma concentrations of sildenafil were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography, and pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated using a noncompartmental analysis...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352380/integrated-prediction-of-lesion-specific-ischaemia-from-quantitative-coronary-ct-angiography-using-machine-learning-a-multicentre-study
#7
Damini Dey, Sara Gaur, Kristian A Ovrehus, Piotr J Slomka, Julian Betancur, Markus Goeller, Michaela M Hell, Heidi Gransar, Daniel S Berman, Stephan Achenbach, Hans Erik Botker, Jesper Moller Jensen, Jens Flensted Lassen, Bjarne Linde Norgaard
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate if lesion-specific ischaemia by invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) can be predicted by an integrated machine learning (ML) ischaemia risk score from quantitative plaque measures from coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: In a multicentre trial of 254 patients, CTA and invasive coronary angiography were performed, with FFR in 484 vessels. CTA data sets were analysed by semi-automated software to quantify stenosis and non-calcified (NCP), low-density NCP (LD-NCP, < 30 HU), calcified and total plaque volumes, contrast density difference (CDD, maximum difference in luminal attenuation per unit area) and plaque length...
January 19, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352378/can-histogram-analysis-of-mr-images-predict-aggressiveness-in-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
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Riccardo De Robertis, Bogdan Maris, Nicolò Cardobi, Paolo Tinazzi Martini, Stefano Gobbo, Paola Capelli, Silvia Ortolani, Sara Cingarlini, Salvatore Paiella, Luca Landoni, Giovanni Butturini, Paolo Regi, Aldo Scarpa, Giampaolo Tortora, Mirko D'Onofrio
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate MRI derived whole-tumour histogram analysis parameters in predicting pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasm (panNEN) grade and aggressiveness. METHODS: Pre-operative MR of 42 consecutive patients with panNEN >1 cm were retrospectively analysed. T1-/T2-weighted images and ADC maps were analysed. Histogram-derived parameters were compared to histopathological features using the Mann-Whitney U test. Diagnostic accuracy was assessed by ROC-AUC analysis; sensitivity and specificity were assessed for each histogram parameter...
January 19, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352349/factors-affecting-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-levels-in-preterm-infants-and-use-in-determination-of-haemodynamic-significance-of-patent-ductus-arteriosus
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Sarah Louise Harris, Kiran More, Bronwyn Dixon, Richard Troughton, Chris Pemberton, John Horwood, Nicola Ellis, Nicola Austin
This study aimed to investigate factors affecting N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) in preterm infants and the ability of NTproBNP to predict haemodynamically significant patent ductus arteriosus (HsPDA). Prospective cohort study of 51 infants < 30 weeks gestation. Blood NTproBNP and heart ultrasound were performed on day of life 3, 10, 28 and 36 weeks corrected age. NTproBNP levels analysed for prediction of HsPDA. The effect of gestational age, ventilation, hypoxia, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), creatinine and haemoglobin levels on NTproBNP levels were investigated...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352285/deep-neural-networks-show-an-equivalent-and-often-superior-performance-to-dermatologists-in-onychomycosis-diagnosis-automatic-construction-of-onychomycosis-datasets-by-region-based-convolutional-deep-neural-network
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Seung Seog Han, Gyeong Hun Park, Woohyung Lim, Myoung Shin Kim, Jung Im Na, Ilwoo Park, Sung Eun Chang
Although there have been reports of the successful diagnosis of skin disorders using deep learning, unrealistically large clinical image datasets are required for artificial intelligence (AI) training. We created datasets of standardized nail images using a region-based convolutional neural network (R-CNN) trained to distinguish the nail from the background. We used R-CNN to generate training datasets of 49,567 images, which we then used to fine-tune the ResNet-152 and VGG-19 models. The validation datasets comprised 100 and 194 images from Inje University (B1 and B2 datasets, respectively), 125 images from Hallym University (C dataset), and 939 images from Seoul National University (D dataset)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351876/vital-signs-analysis-algorithm-detects-inflammatory-response-in-premature-infants-with-late-onset-sepsis-and-necrotizing-enterocolitis
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Leena B Mithal, Ram Yogev, Hannah L Palac, Daniel Kaminsky, Ilan Gur, Karen K Mestan
BACKGROUND: Nonspecific clinical signs and suboptimal diagnostic tests limit accurate identification of late onset sepsis (LOS) and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants, resulting in significant morbidity and antibiotic overuse. An infant's systemic inflammatory response may be identified earlier than clinical suspicion through analysis of multiple vital signs by a computerized algorithm (RALIS). AIM: To evaluate the revised RALIS algorithm for detection of LOS and NEC in preterm infants...
January 16, 2018: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351827/nocturnal-rem-sleep-without-atonia-is-a-diagnostic-biomarker-of-pediatric-narcolepsy
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Saadoun Bin-Hasan, Aleksandar Videnovic, Kiran Maski
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Compare nocturnal REM sleep without atonia (nRWA) and REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) between pediatric patients with and without narcolepsy and determine if the nRWA index is a valid diagnostic biomarker for narcolepsy. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of children ages 6 to 18 years who completed a nocturnal polysomnogram (PSG) and Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT). Our study sample included 11 patients with narcolepsy type 1 (NT1), 6 with narcolepsy type 2 (NT2), 12 with idiopathic hypersomnia (IH), and 11 with subjective hypersomnia (sHS)...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351429/removal-of-interscapular-brown-adipose-tissue-increases-aortic-stiffness-despite-normal-systemic-glucose-metabolism-in-mice
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Zachary Ian Grunewald, Nathan C Winn, Michelle L Gastecki, Makenzie L Woodford, James R Ball, Sarah A Hansen, Harold S Sacks, Victoria J Vieira-Potter, Jaume Padilla
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is considered protective against obesity and related cardiometabolic dysfunction. Indeed, activation of BAT improves glucose homeostasis and attenuates cardiovascular disease development. However, whether a reduction in BAT mass perturbs metabolic function and increases risk for cardiovascular disease remains largely unknown. To address this question, C57BL/6J male mice underwent sham or surgical bilateral excision of interscapular BAT (iBATx) and were fed a normal chow or Western diet (WD) for 18 weeks, creating four groups (n=10/group)...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351410/hypoxia-selectively-upregulates-cation-channels-and-increases-cytosolic-ca2-in-pulmonary-but-not-coronary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells
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Xi He, Shanshan Song, Ramon J Ayon, Angela Balisterieri, Stephen M Black, Ayako Makino, W Gil Wier, Wei-Jin Zang, Jason X-J Yuan
Ca2+ signaling, particularly the mechanism via store-operated Ca2+ entry (SOCE) and receptor-operated Ca2+ entry (ROCE), plays a critical role in the development of acute hypoxia-induced pulmonary vasoconstriction and chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. This study aimed to test the hypothesis that chronic hypoxia differentially regulates the expression of proteins that mediate SOCE and ROCE (STIM, Orai, and TRPC6) in pulmonary (PASMC) and coronary (CASMC) artery smooth muscle cells. The resting cytosolic [Ca2+] ([Ca2+]cyt) and the stored [Ca2+] in the sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) were not different in CASMC and PASMC...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351368/benefit-finding-and-diurnal-cortisol-after-prostate-cancer-the-mediating-role-of-positive-affect
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Ashley W Wang, Michael A Hoyt
OBJECTIVE: Benefit finding (BF) has exhibited a salutary effect on psychological adjustment to cancer. However, few studies have examined its relationship with physiology or have examined BF in men with cancer. This study investigated whether BF is associated with Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis activity (i.e., diurnal salivary cortisol) in men treated for prostate cancer. Positive affect (PA) is proposed as a potential pathway linking BF to diurnal salivary cortisol. METHODS: A sample of 66 men treated for localized prostate cancer within the prior two years completed questionnaires and collected salivary cortisol three times per day over three consecutive days...
January 19, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351337/a-portable-prototype-magnetometer-to-differentiate-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease-in-patients-with-chest-pain
#16
Shima Ghasemi-Roudsari, Abbas Al-Shimary, Benjamin Varcoe, Rowena Byrom, Lorraine Kearney, Mark Kearney
BACKGROUND: Magnetocardiography (MCG) is a non-invasive technique used to measure and map cardiac magnetic fields. We describe the predictive performance of a portable prototype magnetometer designed for use in acute and routine clinical settings. We assessed the predictive ability of the measurements derived from the magnetometer for the ruling-out of healthy subjects and patients whose chest pain has a non-ischemic origin from those with ischemic heart disease (IHD). METHODS: MCG data were analyzed from a technical performance study, a pilot clinical study, and a young healthy reference group...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351335/the-effects-of-an-acute-exercise-bout-on-gh-and-igf-1-in-prediabetic-and-healthy-african-americans-a-pilot-study-investigating-gene-expression
#17
Nathaniel T Berry, Monica Hubal, Laurie Wideman
The incidence of pre-diabetes (PD) and Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2D) is a worldwide epidemic. African American (AA) individuals are disproportionately more likely to become diabetic than other ethnic groups. Over the long-term, metabolic complications related to diabetes result in significant alterations in growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1). Considering the limited exercise-related studies in the area of gene expression changes with disease progression, the objective of this study was to examine differences in exercise-induced gene expression related to the GH and IGF-1 pathways in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of healthy (CON) and PD AA individuals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351301/investigation-of-the-proton-relay-system-operative-in-human-cystosolic-aminopeptidase-p
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Hui-Chuan Chang, Camy C-H Kung, Tzu-Ting Chang, Shu-Chuan Jao, Yu-Ting Hsu, Wen-Shan Li
Aminopeptidase P, a metalloprotease, targets Xaa-Proline peptides for cleavage [1-4]. There are two forms of human AMPP, a membrane-bound form (hmAMPP) and a soluble cytosolic form (hcAMPP)[5]. Similar to the angiotensin-I-converting enzyme, AMPP plays an important role in the catabolism of inflammatory and vasoactive peptides, known as kinins. The plasma kinin, bradykinin, was used as the substrate to conduct enzymatic activity analyses and to determine the Michaelis constant (Km) of 174 μM and the catalytic rate constant (kcat) of 10...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351251/compatibility-with-panax-notoginseng-and-rehmannia-glutinosa-alleviates-the-hepatotoxicity-and-nephrotoxicity-of-tripterygium-wilfordii-via-modulating-the-pharmacokinetics-of-triptolide
#19
Qichun Zhang, Yiqun Li, Mengzhu Liu, Jinao Duan, Xueping Zhou, Huaxu Zhu
Tripterygium wilfordii (TW) and the representative active component triptolide show positive therapeutic effect on the autoimmune disorders and simultaneously ineluctable hepatotoxicity and nephrotoxicity. Combinational application of Panax notoginseng (PN) and Rehmannia glutinosa (RG) weakens the toxicity of TW according the clinical application of traditional Chinese medicine. This article was aimed at the mechanism of decreasing toxicity of TW by the combinational application of PN and RG. Biochemical and pathohistological analysis were utilized to assess the toxicity on liver and kidney in rats administrated with TW, TW-PN, TW-RG and TW-PN-RG for 3 and 7 days...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351121/serum-immunoglobulin-g4-in-discriminating-autoimmune-pancreatitis-from-pancreatic-cancer-a-diagnostic-meta-analysis
#20
Cong Dai, Qin Cao, Min Jiang, Ming-Jun Sun
OBJECTIVE: Differentiation between autoimmune pancreatitis (AIP) and pancreatic cancer (PC) is a clinical challenge. Emerging published data on the accuracy of serum immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4) for the differential diagnosis between AIP and PC are inconsistent. The objective of our study was to perform a meta-analysis evaluating the clinical utility of serum IgG4 in the differential diagnosis between AIP and PC. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature search of multiple electronic databases...
January 18, 2018: Pancreas
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