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Anjali Singh, Pramod K Mishra, Sundeep Singh Saluja, Majid A Talikoti, Pawan Kirtani, Abul Kalam Najmi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Proto-oncogenes (HER-2) and tumor suppressor genes (p53) are commonly deregulated in gallbladder cancer (GBC). Available literature discloses skewed data from endemic Asian countries, especially north India. This study evaluates the prognostic significance of HER-2 and p53 in GBC patients from two major hospitals. METHODS: Sixty resectable tumor and control specimens were prospectively collected from December 2012 to January 2016. Immunohistochemical staining was done using monoclonal antibodies to semiquantitatively evaluate HER-2 and p53 protein expression...
October 27, 2016: Oncology
Ji-Jin Yao, Guan-Qun Zhou, Fan Zhang, Wang-Jian Zhang, Li Lin, Ling-Long Tang, Yan-Ping Mao, Jun Ma, Ying Sun
PURPOSE: To compare the outcomes of patients with ascending type (T4&N0-1) and descending type (T1-2&N3) of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) treated with concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT), neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) + intensity-modulated radiotherapy (RT) or NACT + CCRT. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 839 patients with ascending or descending types of NPC treated at a single institution between October 2009 to February 2012. CCRT was delivered to 236 patients, NACT + RT to 302 patients, and NACT + CCRT to 301 patients...
2016: PloS One
Nelly Bonifaci, Zhiling Li, Jussi Eloranta, Steven L Fiedler
The interaction potentials of the He(*)(2) excimer, in the a (3)Σu, b (3)Πg, c (3)Σg , and d (3)Σu electronic states with a ground state helium atom are presented. The symmetry of the interaction potentials closely follows the excimer Rydberg electron density with pronounced short-range minima appearing along the nodal planes of the Rydberg orbital. In such cases, a combination of the electrostatic short-range attraction combined with Pauli repulsion leads to the appearance of unusual long-range maxima in the potentials...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Julia C Radosa, Anne Eaton, Michelle Stempel, Amrin Khander, Cornelia Liedtke, Erich-Franz Solomayer, Maria Karsten, Melissa Pilewskie, Monica Morrow, Tari A King
BACKGROUND: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) subtype and young patient age are both associated with an increased risk of local recurrence (LR) and distant recurrence (DR). In young women with TNBC, it is unclear whether subtype or patient age is driving prognosis. METHODS: Patients treated for primary TNBC from 1998 to 2011 were identified from the breast surgery database. Clinicopathologic characteristics, treatment, and outcomes were compared between patients <40 and ≥40 years of age at diagnosis...
October 25, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Aki Takiyama, Hiroaki Nozawa, Soichiro Ishihara, Hirotoshi Takiyama, Koji Murono, Koji Yasuda, Kensuke Otani, Takeshi Nishikawa, Toshiaki Tanaka, Tomomichi Kiyomatsu, Kazushige Kawai, Keisuke Hata, Toshiaki Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Secondary metastasis to regional lymph nodes for adjacent bowel invaded by colorectal cancers (CRCs) has not been extensively reviewed. We herein present three such cases. CASE PRESENTATION: The first case is a cancer involving the cecum and sigmoid colon, and its primary site could not be determined even by pathological evaluation. Nodal involvement was revealed both in the mesocolon of the cecum and sigmoid. The second and third cases are a sigmoid colon cancer invading the jejunum and an ascending colon cancer invading the jejunum, respectively...
October 26, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Emmanuel Giner, Lorenzo Tenti, Celestino Angeli, Jean-Paul Malrieu
The impact of the antisymmetrization is often addressed as a local property of the many-electron wave function, namely that the wave function should vanish when two electrons with parallel spins are in the same position in space. In this paper, we emphasize that this presentation is unduly restrictive: we illustrate the strong non-local character of the antisymmetrization principle, together with the fact that it is a matter of spin symmetry rather than spin parallelism. To this aim, we focus our attention on the simplest representation of various states of two-electron systems, both in atomic (helium atom) and molecular (H2 and the π system of the ethylene molecule) cases...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Matteo Barborini, Leonardo Guidoni
The correct description of the ground state electronic and geometrical properties of multi-centre transition metal complexes necessitates of a high-level description of both dynamical and static correlation effects. In di-metallic complexes, the ground state low spin properties can be computed starting from single-determinants High-Spin (HS) and Broken Symmetry (BS) states by reconstructing an approximated low spin potential energy surface through the extended broken symmetry approach, based on the Heisenberg Hamiltonian...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Per Sebastian Skardal, Dane Taylor, Jie Sun
We study optimal synchronization of networks of coupled phase oscillators. We extend previous theory for optimizing the synchronization properties of undirected networks to the important case of directed networks. We derive a generalized synchrony alignment function that encodes the interplay between the network structure and the oscillators' natural frequencies and serves as an objective measure for the network's degree of synchronization. Using the generalized synchrony alignment function, we show that a network's synchronization properties can be systematically optimized...
September 2016: Chaos
Wei-Ming Li, Chun-Nung Huang, Hung-Lung Ke, Ching-Chia Li, Yu-Ching Wei, Hsin-Chih Yeh, Lin-Li Chang, Chun-Hsiung Huang, Peir-In Liang, Bi-Wen Yeh, Ti-Chun Chan, Chien-Feng Li, Wen-Jeng Wu
Urothelial carcinoma (UC) occurs in the upper urinary tract (UTUC) and the urinary bladder (UBUC). The molecular pathogenesis of UC has not been fully elucidated. Through data mining of a published transcriptome of UBUC (GSE31684), we identified Minichromosome Maintenance Complex Component 2 (MCM2) and MCM10 as the two most significantly upregulated genes in UC progression among the MCM gene family, the key factors for the initiation of DNA replication. To validate the clinical significance of MCM2 and MCM10, immunohistochemistry, evaluated by H-score, was used in a pilot study of 50 UTUC and 50 UBUC samples...
October 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Tiansheng Shen, Kui Zhang, Gene P Siegal, Shi Wei
OBJECTIVES: To analyze the expression of E-cadherin and β-catenin in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) to assess their prognostic significance. METHODS: The expression of E-cadherin and β-catenin was examined semiquantitatively and correlated with other pathologic factors and survival outcomes. RESULTS: Of 72 consecutive TNBCs, 56% showed reduced membranous expression of E-cadherin or β-catenin, with a strong correlation to each other...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
Jeffrey S Borer, Prakash C Deedwania, Jae B Kim, Michael Böhm
Heart rate (HR) is a risk factor in patients with chronic systolic heart failure (HF) that, when reduced, provides outcome benefits. It is also a target for angina pectoris prevention and a risk marker in chronic coronary artery disease without HF. HR can be reduced by drugs; however, among those used clinically, only ivabradine reduces HR directly in the sinoatrial nodal cells without other known effects on the cardiovascular system. This review provides current information regarding the safety and efficacy of HR reduction with ivabradine in clinical studies involving >36,000 patients with chronic stable coronary artery disease and >6,500 patients with systolic HF...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Valentina Bonev, Carlos Chavez De Paz Villanueva, Naveenraj Solomon, Maheswari Senthil, Mark E Reeves, Carlos Garberoglio, Sharon S Lum
When ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is found on core needle biopsy, rates of upgrade to invasive cancer of 25 per cent and nodal positivity of 10 per cent have been reported. Sentinel lymph node dissection (SLND) is recommended when mastectomy is performed for DCIS. We investigated the role of SLND in DCIS patients undergoing partial and total mastectomy (TM). During the study period 2004 to 2013, 170 patients with DCIS were identified with a median age of 60 years (range 26-84 years). Of these, 58.2 per cent had partial mastectomy (PM) alone, 10...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Xueling Suo, Du Lei, Fuqin Chen, Min Wu, Lei Li, Ling Sun, Xiaoli Wei, Hongyan Zhu, Lingjiang Li, Graham J Kemp, Qiyong Gong
Purpose To use diffusion-tensor (DT) imaging and graph theory approaches to explore the brain structural connectome in pediatric posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Materials and Methods This study was approved by the relevant research ethics committee, and all participants' parents or guardians provided informed consent. Twenty-four pediatric patients with PTSD and 23 control subjects exposed to trauma but without PTSD were recruited after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The structural connectome was constructed by using DT imaging tractography and thresholding the mean fractional anisotropy of 90 brain regions to yield 90 × 90 partial correlation matrixes...
October 25, 2016: Radiology
Christopher F Tirotta, Tuan Nguyen, Steven Fishberger, Evelio Velis, Melissa Olen, Lourdes Lam, Danielle R Madril, Jessica Hughes, Richard G Lagueruela
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is a selective alpha-2 adrenergic agonist with sedative, analgesic, and anxiolytic properties. Dexmedetomidine has not been approved for use in pediatrics. Dexmedetomidine has been reported to depress sinus node and atrioventricular nodal function in pediatric patients; it has been suggested that the use of dexmedetomidine may not be desirable during electrophysiological studies. AIM: We hypothesize that the use of dexmedetomidine does not inhibit the induction of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias (SVT) during electrophysiological studies and does not inhibit the ablation of such arrhythmias...
October 25, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
Faruk Tas, Kayhan Erturk
BACKGROUND: Invasion of the lymphatic or vascular vessels by the primary tumor is considered a sign of aggressive disease that leads to metastases to the regional lymph nodes and to distant sites. Although lymphovascular invasion (LVI) is one of the major characteristics of a primary melanoma tumor, its prognostic significance remains controversial. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the clinical significance of LVI in melanoma patients. METHODS: Outcomes in 705 patients with cutaneous melanoma were investigated retrospectively...
October 25, 2016: International Journal of Dermatology
Naruhiko Ikoma, Mariela Blum, Yi-Ju Chiang, Jeannelyn S Estrella, Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, Keith Fournier, Paul Mansfield, Jaffer Ajani, Brian D Badgwell
BACKGROUND: The frequency of lymph node metastasis in each T stage of gastric cancer has not been as well described for Western populations as it has for Asian populations. This study aimed to determine these frequencies and to investigate risk factors associated with lymph node metastases in a racially diverse U.S. POPULATION: HASH(0x4b74038) METHODS: A prospectively maintained database of 8260 patients with gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma treated at our institution from 1995 to 2013 was reviewed to identify those who underwent surgical resection without preoperative therapy...
October 24, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
Salah-Eddin Al-Batran, Ralf D Hofheinz, Claudia Pauligk, Hans-Georg Kopp, Georg Martin Haag, Kim Barbara Luley, Johannes Meiler, Nils Homann, Sylvie Lorenzen, Harald Schmalenberg, Stephan Probst, Michael Koenigsmann, Matthias Egger, Nicole Prasnikar, Karel Caca, Jörg Trojan, Uwe M Martens, Andreas Block, Wolfgang Fischbach, Rolf Mahlberg, Michael Clemens, Gerald Illerhaus, Katja Zirlik, Dirk M Behringer, Wolff Schmiegel, Michael Pohl, Michael Heike, Ulrich Ronellenfitsch, Martin Schuler, Wolf O Bechstein, Alfred Königsrainer, Timo Gaiser, Peter Schirmacher, Wael Hozaeel, Alexander Reichart, Thorsten O Goetze, Mark Sievert, Elke Jäger, Stefan Mönig, Andrea Tannapfel
BACKGROUND: Docetaxel-based chemotherapy is effective in metastatic gastric and gastro-oesophageal junction adenocarcinoma, but has not yet been evaluated in the context of resectable patients. Here we report findings from the phase 2 part of the phase 2/3 FLOT4 trial, which compared histopathological regression in patients treated with a docetaxel-based triplet chemotherapy versus an anthracycline-based triplet chemotherapy before surgical resection. METHODS: In this randomised, open-label, phase 2/3 study, eligible participants were recruited from 28 German oncology centres...
October 21, 2016: Lancet Oncology
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, Kent P Friedman, Fabio Ponzo, Roy A Raad, Kimberly Jackson, William C Huang, Arjun V Balar
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to conduct a prospective pilot study comparing the diagnostic performance of MRI alone and F-FDG simultaneous PET/MRI using a diuresis protocol in bladder cancer patients. METHODS: Twenty-two bladder cancer patients underwent F-FDG PET/MRI, using intravenous furosemide and oral hydration for bladder clearance. A radiologist scored probability of tumor in 3 locations (urinary bladder, pelvic lymph nodes, nonnodal pelvis) using 1- to 3-point scale (1 = negative, 2 = equivocal, 3 = definite tumor)...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Sanjay K Agarwal, Dipankar Bhowmik, Sandeep Mahajan, Soumita Bagchi
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in renal transplant recipient (RTR). Immunosuppressive drugs are one of the most important risk factor for post-transplant tuberculosis (PTTB). A paucity of data exists about the impact of the type of calcineurin inhibitor on PTTB. METHODS: In this retrospective study, all adult patients on calcineurin inhibitor-based immunosuppression were included. Patients receiving TB chemoprophylaxis were excluded...
October 24, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Mary Jc Hendrix, Irawati Kandela, Andrew P Mazar, Elisabeth A Seftor, Richard Eb Seftor, Naira V Margaryan, Luigi Strizzi, George F Murphy, Georgina V Long, Richard A Scolyer
Metastatic melanoma is a highly aggressive skin cancer with a poor prognosis. It is the leading cause of skin cancer deaths with a median overall survival for advanced-stage metastatic disease of <6 months. Despite advances in the field with conventional and targeted therapies, the heterogeneity of melanoma poses the greatest ongoing challenge, ultimately leading to relapse and progression to a more drug-resistant tumor in most patients. Particularly noteworthy are recent findings, indicating that these therapies exert selective pressure on tumors resulting in the activation of pathways associated with cancer stem cells that are unresponsive to current therapy...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
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