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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541962/use-of-femoral-artery-ultrasound-during-intraarterial-chemotherapy-for-children-under-10-kg-with-retinoblastoma
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Ryan S Kim, Mark J Dannenbaum, Michael W Lin, Maria E Bretana, Deborah L Brown, Amy C Schefler
PURPOSE: To demonstrate the safety and efficacy of intraarterial chemotherapy (IAC) in small infants (<10 kg) with retinoblastoma. METHODS: Retrospective, consecutive, observational case series of patients treated with IAC. Femoral arterial access was obtained using a micropuncture kit and ultrasound guidance, which enabled direct visualization. Melphalan (1.5-5.0 mg), topotecan (0.3-2.0 mg), and/or carboplatin (30-40 mg) were used. Patients underwent adjuvant therapies including laser, cryotherapy, and intravitreal melphalan if persistent disease or recurrence was observed...
May 23, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541694/metal-organic-frameworks-for-heterogeneous-basic-catalysis
#2
Li Zhu, Xiao-Qin Liu, Hai-Long Jiang, Lin-Bing Sun
Great attention has been given to metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)-derived solid bases because of their attractive structure and catalytic performance in various organic reactions. The extraordinary skeleton structure of MOFs provides many possibilities for incorporation of diverse basic functionalities, which is unachievable for conventional solid bases. The past decade has witnessed remarkable advances in this vibrant research area; however, MOFs for heterogeneous basic catalysis have never been reviewed until now...
May 25, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541271/protein-altering-and-regulatory-genetic-variants-near-gata4-implicated-in-bicuspid-aortic-valve
#3
Bo Yang, Wei Zhou, Jiao Jiao, Jonas B Nielsen, Michael R Mathis, Mahyar Heydarpour, Guillaume Lettre, Lasse Folkersen, Siddharth Prakash, Claudia Schurmann, Lars Fritsche, Gregory A Farnum, Maoxuan Lin, Mohammad Othman, Whitney Hornsby, Anisa Driscoll, Alexandra Levasseur, Marc Thomas, Linda Farhat, Marie-Pierre Dubé, Eric M Isselbacher, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Dong-Chuan Guo, Erwin P Bottinger, G Michael Deeb, Anna Booher, Sachin Kheterpal, Y Eugene Chen, Hyun Min Kang, Jacob Kitzman, Heather J Cordell, Bernard D Keavney, Judith A Goodship, Santhi K Ganesh, Gonçalo Abecasis, Kim A Eagle, Alan P Boyle, Ruth J F Loos, Per Eriksson, Jean-Claude Tardif, Chad M Brummett, Dianna M Milewicz, Simon C Body, Cristen J Willer
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a heritable congenital heart defect and an important risk factor for valvulopathy and aortopathy. Here we report a genome-wide association scan of 466 BAV cases and 4,660 age, sex and ethnicity-matched controls with replication in up to 1,326 cases and 8,103 controls. We identify association with a noncoding variant 151 kb from the gene encoding the cardiac-specific transcription factor, GATA4, and near-significance for p.Ser377Gly in GATA4. GATA4 was interrupted by CRISPR-Cas9 in induced pluripotent stem cells from healthy donors...
May 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538734/zika-virus-evolution-and-spread-in-the-americas
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Hayden C Metsky, Christian B Matranga, Shirlee Wohl, Stephen F Schaffner, Catherine A Freije, Sarah M Winnicki, Kendra West, James Qu, Mary Lynn Baniecki, Adrianne Gladden-Young, Aaron E Lin, Christopher H Tomkins-Tinch, Simon H Ye, Daniel J Park, Cynthia Y Luo, Kayla G Barnes, Rickey R Shah, Bridget Chak, Giselle Barbosa-Lima, Edson Delatorre, Yasmine R Vieira, Lauren M Paul, Amanda L Tan, Carolyn M Barcellona, Mario C Porcelli, Chalmers Vasquez, Andrew C Cannons, Marshall R Cone, Kelly N Hogan, Edgar W Kopp, Joshua J Anzinger, Kimberly F Garcia, Leda A Parham, Rosa M Gélvez Ramírez, Maria C Miranda Montoya, Diana P Rojas, Catherine M Brown, Scott Hennigan, Brandon Sabina, Sarah Scotland, Karthik Gangavarapu, Nathan D Grubaugh, Glenn Oliveira, Refugio Robles-Sikisaka, Andrew Rambaut, Lee Gehrke, Sandra Smole, M Elizabeth Halloran, Luis Villar, Salim Mattar, Ivette Lorenzana, Jose Cerbino-Neto, Clarissa Valim, Wim Degrave, Patricia T Bozza, Andreas Gnirke, Kristian G Andersen, Sharon Isern, Scott F Michael, Fernando A Bozza, Thiago M L Souza, Irene Bosch, Nathan L Yozwiak, Bronwyn L MacInnis, Pardis C Sabeti
Although the recent Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic in the Americas and its link to birth defects have attracted a great deal of attention, much remains unknown about ZIKV disease epidemiology and ZIKV evolution, in part owing to a lack of genomic data. Here we address this gap in knowledge by using multiple sequencing approaches to generate 110 ZIKV genomes from clinical and mosquito samples from 10 countries and territories, greatly expanding the observed viral genetic diversity from this outbreak. We analysed the timing and patterns of introductions into distinct geographic regions; our phylogenetic evidence suggests rapid expansion of the outbreak in Brazil and multiple introductions of outbreak strains into Puerto Rico, Honduras, Colombia, other Caribbean islands, and the continental United States...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537770/automated-description-of-regional-left-ventricular-motion-in-patients-with-cardiac-amyloidosis-a-quantitative-study-using-heart-deformation-analysis
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Leng Meng, Kai Lin, Jeremy Collins, Michael Markl, James C Carr
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to test the hypothesis that heart deformation analysis can automatically quantify regional myocardial motion patterns in patients with cardiac amyloidosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eleven patients with cardiac amyloidosis and 11 healthy control subjects were recruited to undergo cardiac MRI. Cine images were analyzed using heart deformation analysis and feature tracking. Heart deformation analysis-derived myocardial motion indexes in radial and circumferential directions, including radial and circumferential displacement, radial and circumferential velocity, radial and circumferential strain, and radial and circumferential strain rate, were compared between the two groups...
May 24, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537543/molecular-epidemiology-of-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-tanzania
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Joseph C Forbi, Michael Dillon, Michael A Purdy, Bakary S Drammeh, Alexandra Tejada-Strop, Daniel McGovern, Guo-Liang Xia, Yulin Lin, Lilia M Ganova-Raeva, David S Campo, Hong Thai, Gilberto Vaughan, Dunstan Haule, Regina P Kutaga, Sridhar V Basavaraju, Saleem Kamili, Yury E Khudyakov
Despite the significant public health problems associated with hepatitis B virus (HBV) in sub-Saharan Africa, many countries in this region do not have systematic HBV surveillance or genetic information on HBV circulating locally. Here, we report on the genetic characterization of 772 HBV strains from Tanzania. Phylogenetic analysis of the S-gene sequences showed prevalence of HBV genotype A (HBV/A, n=671, 86.9 %), followed by genotypes D (HBV/D, n=95, 12.3 %) and E (HBV/E, n=6, 0.8 %). All HBV/A sequences were further classified into subtype A1, while the HBV/D sequences were assigned to a new cluster...
May 25, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537252/an-hsp90-co-chaperone-protein-in-yeast-is-functionally-replaced-by-site-specific-posttranslational-modification-in-humans
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Abbey D Zuehlke, Michael Reidy, Coney Lin, Paul LaPointe, Sarah Alsomairy, D Joshua Lee, Genesis M Rivera-Marquez, Kristin Beebe, Thomas Prince, Sunmin Lee, Jane B Trepel, Wanping Xu, Jill Johnson, Daniel Masison, Len Neckers
Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is an essential eukaryotic molecular chaperone. To properly chaperone its clientele, Hsp90 proceeds through an ATP-dependent conformational cycle influenced by posttranslational modifications (PTMs) and assisted by a number of co-chaperone proteins. Although Hsp90 conformational changes in solution have been well-studied, regulation of these complex dynamics in cells remains unclear. Phosphorylation of human Hsp90α at the highly conserved tyrosine 627 has previously been reported to reduce client interaction and Aha1 binding...
May 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537070/para-azaquinodimethane-a-compact-quinodimethane-variant-as-an-ambient-stable-building-block-for-high-performance-low-band-gap-polymers
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Xuncheng Liu, Bo He, Christopher L Anderson, Jun Kang, Teresa Chen, Jinxiang Chen, Shizhen Feng, Lianjie Zhang, Matthew A Kolaczkowski, Simon J Teat, Michael A Brady, Chenhui Zhu, Lin-Wang Wang, Junwu Chen, Yi Liu
Quinoidal structures incorporating expanded para-quinodimethane (p-QM) units have garnered great interest as functional organic electronic, optical and magnetic materials. The direct use of the compact p-QM unit as an electronic building block, however, has been inhibited by the high reactivity conveyed by its biradical character. Herein, we introduce a stable p-QM variant, namely p-azaquinodimethane (p-AQM) that incorporates nitrogen atoms in the central ring and alkoxy substituents on the periphery to increase the stability of the quinoidal structure...
May 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536465/optical-metasurfaces-for-high-angle-steering-at-visible-wavelengths
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Dianmin Lin, Mauro Melli, Evgeni Poliakov, Pierre St Hilaire, Scott Dhuey, Christophe Peroz, Stefano Cabrini, Mark Brongersma, Michael Klug
Metasurfaces have facilitated the replacement of conventional optical elements with ultrathin and planar photonic structures. Previous designs of metasurfaces were limited to small deflection angles and small ranges of the angle of incidence. Here, we have created two types of Si-based metasurfaces to steer visible light to a large deflection angle. These structures exhibit high diffraction efficiencies over a broad range of angles of incidence. We have demonstrated metasurfaces working both in transmission and reflection modes based on conventional thin film silicon processes that are suitable for the large-scale fabrication of high-performance devices...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536288/cnot4-mediated-ubiquitination-of-influenza-a-virus-nucleoprotein-promotes-viral-rna-replication
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Yu-Chen Lin, King-Song Jeng, Michael M C Lai
Influenza A virus (IAV) RNA segments are individually packaged with viral nucleoprotein (NP) and RNA polymerases to form a viral ribonucleoprotein (vRNP) complex. We previously reported that NP is a monoubiquitinated protein which can be deubiquitinated by a cellular ubiquitin protease, USP11. In this study, we identified an E3 ubiquitin ligase, CNOT4 (Ccr4-Not transcription complex subunit 4), which can ubiquitinate NP. We found that the levels of viral RNA, protein, viral particles, and RNA polymerase activity in CNOT4 knockdown cells were lower than those in the control cells upon IAV infection...
May 23, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535027/arsenite-binds-to-the-ring-finger-domain-of-fancl-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-and-inhibits-dna-interstrand-cross-link-repair
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Ji Jiang, Marina Bellani, Lin Li, Pengcheng Wang, Michael M Seidman, Yinsheng Wang
Human exposure to arsenic in drinking water is known to be associated with the development of bladder, lung, kidney, and skin cancers. The molecular mechanisms underlying the carcinogenic effects of arsenic species remain incompletely understood. DNA interstrand cross-links (ICLs) are among the most cytotoxic type of DNA lesions that block DNA replication and transcription, and these lesions can be induced by endogenous metabolism and by exposure to exogenous agents. Fanconi anemia (FA) is a congenital disorder manifested with elevated sensitivity toward DNA interstrand cross-linking agents...
May 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533928/leucine-nicotinic-acid-synergy-stimulates-ampk-sirt1-signaling-and-regulates-lipid-metabolism-and-lifespan-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-hyperlipidemia-and-atherosclerosis-in-mice
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Antje Bruckbauer, Jheelam Banerjee, Quiang Cao, Xin Cui, Jia Jing, Lin Zha, Fenfen Li, Bingzhong Xue, Hang Shi, Michael B Zemel
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Nicotinic acid (NA), a lipid-lowering drug, serves as a source of NAD(+), the cofactor for Sirt1. Leucine (Leu) stimulates the AMPK/Sirt1 axis and amplifies the effects of other AMPK/Sirt1 activating compounds. Therefore, we tested the interactive effects of leucine and low dose NA on AMPK/Sirt1 signaling and downstream effects of lipid metabolism in cell culture, C. elegans and mice. METHODS: LDL-receptor knockout mice were fed an atherogenic Western diet supplemented with leucine (24 g/kg diet) and sub-therapeutic NA combinations (50 mg/kg diet and 250 mg/kg diet) or low therapeutic NA (1000 mg/kg diet) for 8 weeks to evaluate markers of hyperlipidemia and atherosclerosis...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533220/triptolide-assisted-phosphorylation-of-p53-suppresses-inflammation-induced-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-survival-pathways-in-cancer-cells
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Li Zheng, Jia Jia, Huifang Dai, Lei Wan, Jian Liu, Lin Hu, Mian Zhou, Michael Qiu, Xufeng Chen, Lufen Chang, Jae Y Kim, Karen Reckamp, Dan J Raz, Zongping Xia, Binghui Shen
Chronic inflammation plays important roles in cancer initiation and progression. Resolving chronic inflammation or blocking inflammatory signal transduction may prevent cancer development. Here, we report that the combined low-dose use of two anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin and triptolide, reduces spontaneous lung cancer incidence from 70% to 10% in a mouse model. Subsequent studies reveal that such treatment has little effect in resolving chronic inflammatory conditions in the lung, but it significantly blocks NF-κB-mediated expression of proliferation and survival genes in cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531909/racial-and-ethnic-disparities-in-interval-colorectal-cancer-incidence-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Stacey A Fedewa, W Dana Flanders, Kevin C Ward, Chun Chieh Lin, Ahmedin Jemal, Ann Goding Sauer, Chyke A Doubeni, Michael Goodman
Background: Interval colorectal cancer (CRC) accounts for 3% to 8% of all cases of CRC in the United States. Data on interval CRC by race/ethnicity are scant. Objective: To examine whether risk for interval CRC among Medicare patients differs by race/ethnicity and whether this potential variation is accounted for by differences in the quality of colonoscopy, as measured by physicians' polyp detection rate (PDR). Design: Population-based cohort study...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527810/hif-1%C3%AE-stabilizing-agent-fg-4997-rescues-human-cd34-cell-mobilization-in-response-to-g-csf-in-immuno-deficient-mice
#15
Bianca Nowlan, Katarzyna Futrega, Marion E Brunck, Gail Walkinshaw, Lee E Flippin, Michael R Doran, Jean-Pierre Levesque
Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) is routinely used in the clinic to mobilize hematopoietic stem progenitor cells (HSPC) into the patient's blood for collection and subsequent transplantation. However a significant proportion of patients who have previously received chemotherapy or radiotherapy and requiring autologous HSPC transplantation, cannot mobilize the minimal threshold of mobilized HSPC to achieve rapid and successful hematopoietic reconstitution. Although several alternatives to the G-CSF regime have been tested, few are in use in the clinic...
May 17, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522914/one-year-experience-with-computer-assisted-propofol-sedation-for-colonoscopy
#16
Otto S Lin, Danielle La Selva, Richard A Kozarek, Deborah Tombs, Wade Weigel, Ryan Beecher, Johannes Koch, Susan McCormick, Michael Chiorean, Fred Drennan, Michael Gluck, Nanda Venu, Michael Larsen, Andrew Ross
AIM: To report our one-year experience with computer assisted propofol sedation (CAPS) for colonoscopy as the first United States Medical Center to adopt CAPS technology for routine clinical use. METHODS: Between September 2014 and August 2015, 2677 patients underwent elective outpatient colonoscopy with CAPS at our center. All colonoscopies were performed by 1 of 17 gastroenterologists certified in the use of the CAPS system, with the assistance of a specially trained nurse...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522833/parkin-regulation-of-chop-modulates-susceptibility-to-cardiac-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#17
Kim Han, Shahin Hassanzadeh, Komudi Singh, Sara Menazza, Tiffany T Nguyen, Mark V Stevens, An Nguyen, Hong San, Stasia A Anderson, Yongshun Lin, Jizhong Zou, Elizabeth Murphy, Michael N Sack
The regulatory control of cardiac endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is incompletely characterized. As ER stress signaling upregulates the E3-ubiquitin ligase Parkin, we investigated the role of Parkin in cardiac ER stress. Parkin knockout mice exposed to aortic constriction-induced cardiac pressure-overload or in response to systemic tunicamycin (TM) developed adverse ventricular remodeling with excessive levels of the ER regulatory C/EBP homologous protein CHOP. CHOP was identified as a Parkin substrate and its turnover was Parkin-dose and proteasome-dependent...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522612/genomevip-a-cloud-platform-for-genomic-variant-discovery-and-interpretation
#18
Robert J Mashl, Adam D Scott, Kuan-Lin Huang, Matthew A Wyczalkowski, Christopher J Yoon, Beifang Niu, Erin DeNardo, Venkata D Yellapantula, Robert E Handsaker, Ken Chen, Daniel C Koboldt, Kai Ye, David Fenyö, Benjamin Raphael, Michael C Wendl, Li Ding
Identifying genomic variants is a fundamental first step towards the understanding of the role of inherited and acquired variations in disease. The accelerating growth in the corpus of sequencing data that underpins such analysis is making the data-download bottleneck more evident, placing substantial burdens on the research community to keep pace. As a result, the search for alternative approaches to the traditional 'download and analyze' paradigm on local computing resources has led to a rapidly growing demand for cloud-computing solutions for genomics analysis...
May 18, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518219/impact-of-the-timing-of-hepatitis-b-virus-identification-and-anti-hepatitis-b-virus-therapy-initiation-on-the-risk-of-adverse-liver-outcomes-for-patients-receiving-cancer-therapy
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Jessica P Hwang, Maria E Suarez-Almazor, Scott B Cantor, Andrea Barbo, Heather Y Lin, Sairah Ahmed, Mariana Chavez-MacGregor, Christian Donato-Santana, Cathy Eng, Alessandra Ferrajoli, Michael J Fisch, Peter McLaughlin, George R Simon, Gabriela Rondon, Elizabeth J Shpall, Anna S Lok
BACKGROUND: Data on the incidence of adverse liver outcomes are limited for cancer patients with chronic (hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg]-positive/hepatitis B core antibody [anti-HBc]-positive) or past (HBsAg-negative/anti-HBc-positive) hepatitis B virus (HBV) after chemotherapy. This study was aimed at determining the impact of test timing and anti-HBV therapy on adverse liver outcomes in these patients. METHODS: Patients with solid or hematologic malignancies who received chemotherapy between 2004 and 2011 were retrospectively studied...
May 18, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516329/screening-for-lipoprotein-receptor-related-protein-4-agrin-and-titin-antibodies-and-exploring-the-autoimmune-spectrum-in-myasthenia-gravis
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Isabell Cordts, Nicolas Bodart, Kathi Hartmann, Katerina Karagiorgou, John S Tzartos, Lin Mei, Jens Reimann, Philip Van Damme, Michael H Rivner, Alain Vigneron, Joachim Weis, Jörg B Schulz, Socrates J Tzartos, Kristl G Claeys
In autoimmune myasthenia gravis (MG), the identification of antibodies and characterization of serological subgroups is of great importance for diagnosis and management of the disease. Our aims were to study the frequency of antibodies against lipoprotein-related protein 4 (LRP4), agrin, and titin using the most recent techniques, and to characterize corresponding clinical features and autoimmune diseases (AID) in 100 MG-patients. The antibody frequencies in the 55 AChR-antibody positive patients were 7% LRP4, 5% agrin, 53% titin, and in the 45 AChR-antibody negative patients 2% MuSK, 2% LRP4, 2% agrin, and 27% titin...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurology
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