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Xiaoran Duan, Yongli Yang, Shanjuan Tan, Sihua Wang, Xiaolei Feng, Liuxin Cui, Feifei Feng, Songcheng Yu, Wei Wang, Yongjun Wu
The purpose of the study was to explore the application of artificial neural network model in the auxiliary diagnosis of lung cancer and compare the effects of back-propagation (BP) neural network with Fisher discrimination model for lung cancer screening by the combined detections of four biomarkers of p16, RASSF1A and FHIT gene promoter methylation levels and the relative telomere length. Real-time quantitative methylation-specific PCR was used to detect the levels of three-gene promoter methylation, and real-time PCR method was applied to determine the relative telomere length...
October 20, 2016: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
O Sakiragaoglu, A L Munn
To inhibit telomerase activity, a construct which contains artificial introns in the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) gene that encodes small hairpin RNA (shRNA) sequences that target human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) gene expression was designed and tested for its effect on lung cancer cell line. On intron splicing from the construct, intronic sequences were released and formed shRNA in the cells. After transfection of the construct, hTERT mRNA expression decreased by approximately 55 % in A549 cells...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Biotechnology
Noa Ophir, Amir Bar Shai, Yifat Alkalay, Shani Israeli, Rafi Korenstein, Mordechai R Kramer, Elizabeth Fireman
The manufacture of kitchen and bath countertops in Israel is based mainly on artificial stone that contains 93% silica as natural quartz, and ∼3500 workers are involved in cutting and processing it. Artificial stone produces high concentrations of silica dust. Exposure to crystalline silica may cause silicosis, an irreversible lung disease. Our aim was to screen exposed workers by quantitative biometric monitoring of functional and inflammatory parameters. 68 exposed artificial stone workers were compared to 48 nonexposed individuals (controls)...
January 2016: ERJ Open Research
Neda Mahmoudi, Lauren Reed, Alex Moix, Nawaf Alshammari, Jamie Hestekin, Shannon L Servoss
Biofouling is a persistent problem for membranes exposed to blood or other complex biological fluids, affecting surface structure and hindering performance. In this study, a peptoid with 2-methoxyethyl (NMEG5) side chains was immobilized on polysulfone hollow fiber membranes to prevent protein fouling. The successful attachment of NMEG5 to the polysulfone surface was confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and an increase in hydrophilicity was confirmed by contact angle analysis. The NMEG5-modified surface was found to resist fouling with bovine serum albumin, lysozyme, and adsorbed significantly less fibrinogen as compared with other published low-fouling surfaces...
September 26, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Chi Ma, Baiyu Chen, Chi Wan Koo, Edwin A Takahashi, Joel G Fletcher, Cynthia H McCollough, David L Levin, Ronald S Kuzo, Lyndsay D Viers, Stephanie A Vincent Sheldon, Shuai Leng, Lifeng Yu
Task-based assessment of computed tomography (CT) image quality requires a large number of cases with ground truth. Inserting lesions into existing cases to simulate positive cases is a promising alternative approach. The aim of this study was to evaluate a recently-developed raw-data based lesion insertion technique in thoracic CT. Lung lesions were segmented from patient CT images, forward projected, and reinserted into the same patient CT projection data. In total, 32 nodules of various attenuations were segmented from 21 CT cases...
February 2016: Proceedings of SPIE
J Heiberg, L S Hansen, K Wemmelund, A H Sørensen, C Ilkjaer, E Cloete, D Nolte, F Roodt, R Dyer, J Swanevelder, E Sloth
PURPOSE: Our institution has recently implemented a point-of-care (POC) ultrasound training program, consisting of an e-learning course and systematic practical hands-on training. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the learning outcome of this curriculum. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 16 medical students with no previous ultrasound experience comprised the study group. The program covered a combination of 4 well-described point-of-care (POC) ultrasound protocols (focus assessed transthoracic echocardiography, focused assessment with sonography in trauma, lung ultrasound, and dynamic needle tip positioning for ultrasound-guided vascular access) and it consisted of an e-learning course followed by 4 h of practical hands-on training...
November 2015: Ultrasound Int Open
Ahuva Grubstein, Osnat Shtraichman, Elizabeth Fireman, Gil N Bachar, Noa Noach-Ophir, Mordechai R Kramer
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to describe the computed tomography (CT) findings and correlate pulmonary function tests (PFTs) of silicosis patients with emphasis on the findings in lung transplantation (LTX) recipients. METHODS: We studied the chest CT scans from 82 marble workers exposed to artificial stone dust and who had a diagnosis of silicosis, of whom 13 patients underwent LTX. Silicosis-associated findings were graded and correlated to concomitant PFT...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Wiebke Neumann, Florian Lietzmann, Lothar R Schad, Frank G Zöllner
OBJECTIVES: This work proposes a modular, anthropomorphic MR and CT thorax phantom that enables the comparison of experimental studies for quantitative evaluation of deformable, multimodal image registration algorithms and realistic multi-nuclear MR imaging techniques. METHODS: A human thorax phantom was developed with insertable modules representing lung, liver, ribs and additional tracking spheres. The quality of human tissue mimicking characteristics was evaluated for (1)H and (23)Na MR as well as CT imaging...
September 2, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Medizinische Physik
Roberto Roncon-Albuquerque, João Ferreira-Coimbra, Rodrigo Vilares-Morgado, Paulo Figueiredo, José Artur Paiva
BACKGROUND: During extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), arterial oxygen partial pressure to fractional inspired oxygen (PaO2/FiO2; PF ratio reflects native and artificial lung blood oxygenation). In this study we analyzed PF ratio during ECMO support and its association with clinical outcome. METHODS: This was a single-center observational study of adult patients (n = 81) undergoing veno-venous ECMO support for severe acute respiratory distress syndrome...
September 1, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Christiaan D M Wijers, Ryan Vagedes, Christine Weingart
BACKGROUND: Burkholderia cenocepacia is a Gram-negative, opportunistic pathogen that is a cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Research efforts over the past few decades contributed to our understanding of these infections by identifying virulence factors. However, little is known about how this pathogen adapts to the harsh environment found inside the CF airways, which is characterized by a unique mucus containing high concentrations of inflammatory markers...
2016: BMC Microbiology
Mirko Belliato, Antonella Degani, Antonino Buffa, Fabio Sciutti, Michele Pagani, Carlo Pellegrini, Giorgio Antonio Iotti
Monitoring veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vvECMO) during 76 days of continuous support in a 42-years old patient with end-stage pulmonary disease, listed for double-lung transplantation. Applying a new monitor (Landing(®), Eurosets, Medolla, Italy) and describing how measured and calculated parameters can be used to understand the variable interdependency between artificial membrane lung (ML) and patient native lung (NL). During vvECMO, in order to understand how the respiratory function is shared between ML and NL, ideally we should obtain data about oxygen transfer and CO2 removal, both by ML and NL...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Steffen Wirth, Luc Seywert, Johannes Spaeth, Stefan Schumann
BACKGROUND: Artificial airway resistance as provided by small-lumen tracheal tubes or catheters increases the risk of intrinsic PEEP (PEEPi). We hypothesized that by active expiration assistance, larger minute volumes could be generated without causing PEEPi compared with conventional mechanical ventilation when using small-lumen tracheal tubes or a cricothyrotomy catheter. METHODS: We investigated the active expiration assistance in a physical model of the respiratory system and estimated its hypothetical performance in terms of maximal flow generated with endotracheal tubes ranging from 3...
August 23, 2016: Respiratory Care
E Y Bryksina, V S Bryksin, A V Pochivalov
UNLABELLED: Today the influence of the digestive tract functional violations followed by microaspiration of gastric contents (MAGC) on the incidence, features and outcomes of bronchopulmonary dysplasia BPD) remains little studied. Focusing on this aspect makes the research actual. OBJECTIVE: determination of the nature of influence of MAGC on the progress and course of BPD. METHODS: 373 newborns exposed to artificial pulmonary ventilation (APV) in the neonatal period were examined...
2016: Vestnik Rossiĭskoĭ Akademii Meditsinskikh Nauk
Freya Harrison, Stephen P Diggle
A key aim in microbiology is to determine the genetic and phenotypic bases of bacterial virulence, persistence and antimicrobial resistance in chronic biofilm infections. This requires tractable, high-throughput models that reflect the physical and chemical environment encountered in specific infection contexts. Such models will increase the predictive power of microbiological experiments and provide platforms for enhanced testing of novel antibacterial or antivirulence therapies. We present an optimised ex vivo model of cystic fibrosis lung infection: ex vivo culture of pig bronchiolar tissue in artificial cystic fibrosis mucus...
August 11, 2016: Microbiology
S Bambang Oetomo, D J Reijngoud, J J Ennema, A Okken, C R Wildevuur
Lung-surfactant-deficient rabbits (n = 6) requiring artificial ventilation were subjected to a weaning-off regimen following surfactant replacement therapy. Surfactant-deficient rabbits (n = 6) that did not receive surfactant but underwent the same procedure served as controls. All surfactant-treated rabbits survived (i.e., reestablished spontaneous air breathing) whereas all the control animals died. In the surfactant-treated animals lung function improved in such a way that during the weaning period PaCO2 did not increase and the level of PaO2 remained significantly higher than in the control animals...
December 1988: Lung
Chun Xiang Tang, Chang Sheng Zhou, Yan E Zhao, U Joseph Schoepf, Stefanie Mangold, B Devon Ball, Zong Hong Han, Li Qi, Long Jiang Zhang, Guang Ming Lu
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the use of dual-energy CT imaging of the lung perfused blood volume (PBV) for the detection of pulmonary fat embolism (PFE). METHODS: Dual-energy CT was performed in 24 rabbits before and 1 hour, 1 day, 4 days and 7 days after artificial induction of PFE via the right ear vein. CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) and lung PBV images were evaluated by two radiologists, who recorded the presence, number, and location of PFE on a per-lobe basis...
August 10, 2016: European Radiology
Susanna M Cramb, Kerrie L Mengersen, Paul C Lambert, Louise M Ryan, Peter D Baade
Most of the few published models used to obtain small-area estimates of relative survival are based on a generalized linear model with piecewise constant hazards under a Bayesian formulation. Limitations of these models include the need to artificially split the time scale, restricted ability to include continuous covariates, and limited predictive capacity. Here, an alternative Bayesian approach is proposed: a spatial flexible parametric relative survival model. This overcomes previous limitations by combining the benefits of flexible parametric models: the smooth, well-fitting baseline hazard functions and predictive ability, with the Bayesian benefits of robust and reliable small-area estimates...
August 8, 2016: Statistics in Medicine
Jozef Dingemans, Pieter Monsieurs, Sung-Huan Yu, Aurélie Crabbé, Konrad U Förstner, Anne Malfroot, Pierre Cornelis, Rob Van Houdt
UNLABELLED: Chronic colonization of the lungs by Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. To gain insights into the characteristic biofilm phenotype of P. aeruginosa in the CF lungs, mimicking the CF lung environment is critical. We previously showed that growth of the non-CF-adapted P. aeruginosa PAO1 strain in a rotating wall vessel, a device that simulates the low fluid shear (LS) conditions present in the CF lung, leads to the formation of in-suspension, self-aggregating biofilms...
2016: MBio
Leonel Malacrida, Soledad Astrada, Arturo Briva, Mariela Bollati-Fogolín, Enrico Gratton, Luis A Bagatolli
Using LAURDAN spectral imaging and spectral phasor analysis we concurrently studied the growth and hydration state of subcellular organelles (lamellar body-like, LB-like) from live A549 lung cancer cells at different post-confluence days. Our results reveal a time dependent two-step process governing the size and hydration of these intracellular LB-like structures. Specifically, a first step (days 1 to 7) is characterized by an increase in their size, followed by a second one (days 7 to 14) where the organelles display a decrease in their global hydration properties...
November 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Todd S Roth, Jamil A Aboulhosn
Pulmonary arterial hypertension in congenital heart disease (PAH-CHD) is a frequent complication in adults with congenital heart disease. Regardless of etiology, the optimal treatment strategy for this difficult population is challenging. The new frontier of targeted PAH therapies has demonstrated improved functional capacity in the various phenotypes of PAH-CHD, with work currently in progress scrutinizing outcomes. In those who fail conventional medical therapy, heart and heart-lung (block) transplantation become the final therapeutic options, with the role of ventricular assist devices and the total artificial heart still under investigation in this group...
August 2016: Cardiology Clinics
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