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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337306/thymoquinone-potentiates-chemoprotective-effect-of-vitamin-d3-against-colon-cancer-a-pre-clinical-finding
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Amr M Mohamed, Bassem A Refaat, Adel G El-Shemi, Osama A Kensara, Jawwad Ahmad, Shakir Idris
Prevention of colon cancer among high-risk group has been long lasting research goal. Emerging data have evidenced the anticancer activities of Vitamin D3 (Vit.D) and Thymoquinone (TQ). The aim of the current study was to evaluate the synergistic potential of Thymoquinone and Vitamin D3 in the control of colon cancer progression using azoxymethane-induced rat model. Vit.D and TQ were given individually or in combination 4 week prior to induction and continued for a total of 20 week. At the end of the study, all animals were euthanized and their resected colons were examined macroscopically and microscopically for tumor growth...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315440/optimized-production-and-characterization-of-a-detergent-stable-protease-from-lysinibacillus-fusiformis-c250r
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REVIEW
Sondes Mechri, Mouna Kriaa, Mouna Ben Elhoul Berrouina, Maroua Omrane Benmrad, Nadia Zaraî Jaouadi, Hatem Rekik, Khelifa Bouacem, Amel Bouanane-Darenfed, Alif Chebbi, Sami Sayadi, Mohamed Chamkha, Samir Bejar, Bassem Jaouadi
In this study, we aimed to optimize the cultural and nutritional conditions for protease production by Lysinibacillus fusiformis strain C250R in submerged fermentation process using statistical methodology. The most significant factors (gruel, wheat bran, yeast extract, and FeSO4) were identified by Plackett-Burman design. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to determine the optimum levels of the screened factors and their interaction. Under the optimized conditions, protease yield 3100U/mL was 4.5 folds higher than those obtained by the use of the initial conditions (680U/ml)...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285032/the-association-between-physician-turnover-the-july-effect-and-survival-after-in-hospital-cardiac-arrest
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Laura Myers, Bassem Mikhael, Paul Currier, Katherine Berg, Anupam Jena, Michael Donnino, Lars W Andersen
IMPORTANCE: The July Effect refers to adverse outcomes that occur as a result of turnover of the physician workforce in teaching hospitals during the month of June. OBJECTIVE: As a surrogate for physician turnover, we used a multivariable difference-in-difference approach to determine if there was a difference in outcomes between May and July in teaching versus non-teaching hospitals. DESIGN: We used prospectively collected observational data from United States hospitals participating in the Get With The Guidelines(®)-Resuscitation registry...
March 8, 2017: Resuscitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285011/arthroscopic-assisted-exploration-of-the-axillary-nerve-through-a-posterior-open-approach-a-novel-technique
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Andrés A Maldonado, Robert J Spinner, Allen T Bishop, Alexander Y Shin, Bassem T Elhassan
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have described a segment of the axillary nerve (AN) that cannot be surgically explored through standard open surgical approaches (blind zone). This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of combining the standard posterior approach to the AN by using an arthroscope to visualize all segments of the AN. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four fresh-frozen shoulders in two adult human torsos were included in the study. A standard posterior approach was performed on each shoulder, and a dry arthroscopy was performed through the surgical opening in an attempt to visualize all the segments of the AN...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274902/revision-stapedectomy-with-necrosis-of-the-long-process-of-the-incus-does-the-degree-of-necrosis-matter-a-retrospective-clinical-study
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Mohamed Ghonim, Yousef Shabana, Bassem Ashraf, Mohamed Salem
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the different modalities for managing necrosis of the long process of the incus in revision stapedectomy on the basis of the degree of necrosis and compare the results with those reported in the literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-six patients underwent revision stapedectomy with the necrosis of the long process of the incus from 2009 to 2016. The patients were divided into three groups on the basis of the degree of necrosis. For group A (minimal necrosis), augmentation technique with bone cement was performed...
March 9, 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271465/porcine-islet-xenografts-a-clinical-source-of-%C3%A3-cell-grafts
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REVIEW
Bassem F Salama, Gregory S Korbutt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Diabetes is medical and social burden affecting millions around the world. Despite intensive therapy, insulin fails to maintain adequate glucose homeostasis and often results in episodes of hypoglycemic unawareness. Islet transplantation is a propitious replacement therapy, and incremental improvements in islet isolation and immunosuppressive drugs have made this procedure a feasible option. Shortage of donors, graft loss, and toxic immunosuppressive agents are few of many hurdles against making human allogenic islet transplantation a routine procedure...
March 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270136/variation-in-survival-after-surgery-for-peri-ampullary-cancer-in-a-regional-cancer-network
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Bassem Amr, Golnaz Shahtahmassebi, Somaiah Aroori, Matthew J Bowles, Christopher D Briggs, David A Stell
BACKGROUND: Centralisation of specialist surgical services requires that patients are referred to a regional centre for surgery. This process may disadvantage patients who live far from the regional centre or are referred from other hospitals by making referral less likely and by delaying treatment, thereby allowing tumour progression. The aim of this study is to explore the outcome of surgery for peri-ampullary cancer (PC) with respect to referring hospital and travel distance for treatment within a network served by five hospitals...
March 7, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269486/tuning-electrical-stimulation-for-thalamic-visual-prosthesis-an-autoencoder-based-approach
#8
Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly
Visual prosthesis holds hope of vision restoration for millions with retinal degenerative diseases. Machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks could help in improving prosthetic devices as they could learn how the brain encodes information and imitate that code. This paper introduces an autoencoder-based approach for tuning thalamic visual prostheses. The objective of the proposed approach is to estimate electrical stimuli that are equivalent to a given natural visual stimulus, in a way such that they both elicit responses that are as similar as possible when introduced to a Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) population...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269323/moving-object-detection-and-background-enhancement-for-thalamic-visual-prostheses
#9
Hossam H Abolfotuh, Amr Jawwad, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly
Visual prostheses open the door of hope to restore functional vision for the blind. One of the main challenges facing their development is the limited number of electrodes used in the stimulation process which limits the resolution of the perceived images. To improve the perception, the useful features in the scene need to be enhanced while the other features should be suppressed to achieve better resolution. This paper introduces an image processing method to enhance three main features detectable by the natural visual pathway; namely the contrast, the motion and the edges...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259825/soft-tissue-neoplasms-causing-apparent-venous-thoracic-outlet-syndrome
#10
Aleem K Mirza, Ian J Barrett, Animesh Rathore, Bassem T Elhassan, Peter S Rose, Thomas Shives, Thomas C Bower
Venous thoracic outlet syndrome (vTOS) usually results from compression of the subclavian vein classically as a result of narrowing of the costoclavicular space. We report two rare cases of soft tissue neoplasms resulting in apparent vTOS. The first case is a 46-year old female with a two-year history intermittent unilateral shoulder pain, who was initially diagnosed with intervertebral disk herniation. Cervical fusion was performed, however her symptoms progressed and she additionally developed paresthesias and venous congestion...
March 1, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246290/co-transplantation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-with-neonatal-porcine-islets-improve-graft-function-in-diabetic-mice
#11
Julie A Hayward, Cara E Ellis, Karen Seeberger, Timothy Lee, Bassem Salama, Aillette Mulet-Sierra, Purushothaman Kuppan, Adetola Adesida, Gregory S Korbutt
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) possess immuno-regulatory, anti-inflammatory, and pro-angiogenic properties, and therefore have the potential to improve islet engraftment and survival. We assessed the effect human bone marrow derived MSCs have on neonatal porcine islets (NPIs) in vitro and determine islet engraftment and metabolic outcomes when co-transplanted in a mouse model. NPIs co-cultured with MSCs had greater cellular insulin content and increased glucose stimulate insulin secretion. NPIs were co-transplanted with or without MSCs in diabetic B6...
February 28, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236973/receptor-tyrosine-kinases-and-phosphatases-in-neuronal-wiring-insights-from-drosophila
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Carlos Oliva, Bassem A Hassan
Tyrosine phosphorylation is at the crossroads of many signaling pathways. Brain wiring is not an exception, and several receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) and tyrosine receptor phosphates (RPTPs) have been involved in this process. Considerable work has been done on RTKs, and for many of them, detailed molecular mechanisms and functions in several systems have been characterized. In contrast, RPTPs have been studied considerably less and little is known about their ligands and substrates. In both families, we find redundancy between different members to accomplish particular wiring patterns...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231507/the-phytochelatin-synthase-gene-in-date-palm-phoenix-dactylifera-l-phylogeny-evolution-and-expression
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Chaâbene Zayneb, Rekik Hakim Imen, Kriaa Walid, C Douglas Grubb, Khemakhem Bassem, Vandenbulcke Franck, Mejdoub Hafedh, Elleuch Amine
We studied date palm phytochelatin synthase type I (PdPCS1), which catalyzes the cytosolic synthesis of phytochelatins (PCs), a heavy metal binding protein, in plant cells. The gene encoding PdPCS1 (Pdpcs) consists of 8 exons and 7 introns and encodes a protein of 528 amino acids. PCs gene history was studied using Notung phylogeny. During evolution, gene loss from several lineages was predicted including Proteobacteria, Bilateria and Brassicaceae. In addition, eleven gene duplication events appeared toward interior nodes of the reconciled tree and four gene duplication events appeared toward the external nodes...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227738/tuning-electrical-stimulation-for-thalamic-visual-prosthesis-an-autoencoder-based-approach
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Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hani M K Mahdi, Bassem Abdullah, Seif Eldawlatly, Hossam H Abolfotuh
Visual prosthesis holds hope of vision restoration for millions with retinal degenerative diseases. Machine learning techniques such as artificial neural networks could help in improving prosthetic devices as they could learn how the brain encodes information and imitate that code. This paper introduces an autoencoder-based approach for tuning thalamic visual prostheses. The objective of the proposed approach is to estimate electrical stimuli that are equivalent to a given natural visual stimulus, in a way such that they both elicit responses that are as similar as possible when introduced to a Lateral Geniculate Nucleus (LGN) population...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227564/moving-object-detection-and-background-enhancement-for-thalamic-visual-prostheses
#15
Hossam H Abolfotuh, Amr Jawwad, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Hossam H Abolfotuh, Amr Jawwad, Bassem Abdullah, Hani M K Mahdi, Seif Eldawlatly, Amr Jawwad, Hani M K Mahdi, Bassem Abdullah, Seif Eldawlatly, Hossam H Abolfotuh
Visual prostheses open the door of hope to restore functional vision for the blind. One of the main challenges facing their development is the limited number of electrodes used in the stimulation process which limits the resolution of the perceived images. To improve the perception, the useful features in the scene need to be enhanced while the other features should be suppressed to achieve better resolution. This paper introduces an image processing method to enhance three main features detectable by the natural visual pathway; namely the contrast, the motion and the edges...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224106/impact-of-high-dose-vitamin-c-on-platelet-function
#16
Bassem M Mohammed, Kimberly W Sanford, Bernard J Fisher, Erika J Martin, Daniel Contaifer, Urszula Osinska Warncke, Dayanjan S Wijesinghe, Charles E Chalfant, Donald F Brophy, Alpha A Fowler Iii, Ramesh Natarajan
AIM: To examine the effect of high doses of vitamin C (VitC) on ex vivo human platelets (PLTs). METHODS: Platelet concentrates collected for therapeutic or prophylactic transfusions were exposed to: (1) normal saline (control); (2) 0.3 mmol/L VitC (Lo VitC); or (3) 3 mmol/L VitC (Hi VitC, final concentrations) and stored appropriately. The VitC additive was preservative-free buffered ascorbic acid in water, pH 5.5 to 7.0, adjusted with sodium bicarbonate and sodium hydroxide...
February 4, 2017: World Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223091/safety-of-concomitant-cholecystectomy-at-the-time-of-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-analysis-of-the-american-college-of-surgeons-national-surgical-quality-improvement-program-database
#17
Hanaa N Dakour-Aridi, Hebah M El-Rayess, Hussein Abou-Abbass, Ibrahim Abu-Gheida, Robert H Habib, Bassem Y Safadi
BACKGROUND: The indication and safety of concomitant cholecystectomy (CC) during bariatric surgical procedures are topics of controversy. Studies on the outcomes of CC with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) are scarce. OBJECTIVES: To assess the safety and 30-day surgical outcomes of CC with LSG. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database 2010 to 2013. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used...
December 23, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199997/specificities-of-ischemic-stroke-risk-factors-in-arab-speaking-countries
#18
Halim Abboud, Leila Sissani, Julien Labreuche, Antonio Arauz, Marie-Germaine Bousser, Alain Bryer, Angel Chamorro, Marc Fisher, Ian Ford, Kim M Fox, Michael G Hennerici, Pablo M Lavados, Ayrton Massaro, Heinrich P Mattle, Mario Munoz Collazos, Peter M Rothwell, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Eric Vicaut, Bassem Yamouth, Pierre Amarenco
BACKGROUND: Stroke is largely preventable, and therefore, a better understanding of risk factors is an essential step in reducing the population stroke rate and resulting disease burden in Arab countries. SUMMARY: We performed 2 separate analyses in 2 similar populations of patients with noncardioembolic ischemic stroke. This first involved 3,635 patients in the Outcomes in Patients with TIA and Cerebrovascular disease (OPTIC) registry (followed for 2 years), with baseline collection of the usual risk factors and 5 socioeconomic variables (unemployment status, residence in rural area, living in fully serviced accommodation, no health-insurance coverage, and low educational level)...
February 15, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171698/differential-gene-expression-in-five-isolates-of-the-clam-pathogen-quahog-parasite-unknown-qpx
#19
Ewelina Rubin, Arnaud Tanguy, Emmanuelle Pales Espinosa, Bassem Allam
Quahog parasite unknown (QPX) is a thraustochytrid protist that infects the hard clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, causing significant economic losses along the northeastern coasts of North America. Previous investigations noted differences in growth dynamics and virulence in QPX cells from different geographic locations. In order to probe the molecular determinants for these variations, we investigated the transcriptomic profiles of five geographically-distinct QPX isolates using custom 15K 60-mer oligonucleotide arrays...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167450/extraction-optimization-and-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-anti-postprandial-hyperglycemia-effects-of-inhibitor-from-phoenix-dactylifera-l-parthenocarpic-fruit
#20
Hanen El Abed, Mouna Chakroun, Imen Fendri, Mohamed Makni, Mohamed Bouaziz, Noureddine Drira, Hafedh Mejdoub, Bassem Khemakhem
Phoenix dactylifera L. plays an important role in social, economic, and ecological Tunisian sectors. Some date palms produce parthenocarpic fruit named Sish. The aqueous ethanolic extract from P. dactylifera parthenocarpic dates demonstrated a potent inhibition of the enzymes related to type II diabetes. In this work, extraction optimization of amylase inhibitors was carried out using Box-Behnken Design. Bioactivity-guided fractionation of the 70% aqueous ethanol extract was performed to identify the active compounds...
April 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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