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Ming-Yan Cai, Bo-Qun Zhu, Mei-Dong Xu, Wen-Zheng Qin, Yi-Qun Zhang, Wei-Feng Chen, Marie Ooi, Quan-Lin Li, Li-Qing Yao, Ping-Hong Zhou
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The management of subepithelial tumors with a predominant extraluminal growth pattern or extra-gastrointestinal (GI) tumors can be challenging and traditionally requires a surgical resection that is not only invasive but may carry a significant risk of morbidity and mortality. We aim to assess the feasibility, safety and efficacy of a novel endoscopic technique termed as submucosal tunnel endoscopic resection for Extraluminal Tumors (STER-ET). METHODS: We prospectively enrolled patients who underwent STER-ET for gastrointestinal subepithelial tumors with a predominant extraluminal growth pattern or extra-GI tumors located at the level of cardia or the proximal part of the lesser curvature of the stomach seen on cross-sectional imaging between January 2016 and March 2017...
February 27, 2018: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
Na Li, Wenwen Xu, Ying Yuan, Natarajan Ayithan, Yasutomo Imai, Xuesong Wu, Halli Miller, Michael Olson, Yunfeng Feng, Yina H Huang, Mary Jo Turk, Samuel T Hwang, Subramaniam Malarkannan, Li Wang
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March 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
William C Jackson, Yebin Tao, Mishal Mendiratta-Lala, Latifa Bazzi, Dan R Wahl, Matthew J Schipper, Mary Feng, Kyle C Cuneo, Theodore S Lawrence, Dawn Owen
PURPOSE: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are widely used therapies for the treatment of intrahepatic metastases; however, direct comparisons are lacking. We sought to compare outcomes for these 2 modalities. METHODS AND MATERIALS: From 2000 to 2015, 161 patients with 282 pathologically diagnosed unresectable liver metastases were treated with RFA (n = 112) or SBRT (n = 170) at a single institution. The primary outcome was freedom from local progression (FFLP)...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Charles S Mayo, Jean M Moran, Walter Bosch, Ying Xiao, Todd McNutt, Richard Popple, Jeff Michalski, Mary Feng, Lawrence B Marks, Clifton D Fuller, Ellen Yorke, Jatinder Palta, Peter E Gabriel, Andrea Molineu, Martha M Matuszak, Elizabeth Covington, Kathryn Masi, Susan L Richardson, Timothy Ritter, Tomasz Morgas, Stella Flampouri, Lakshmi Santanam, Joseph A Moore, Thomas G Purdie, Robert C Miller, Coen Hurkmans, Judy Adams, Qing-Rong Jackie Wu, Colleen J Fox, Ramon Alfredo Siochi, Norman L Brown, Wilko Verbakel, Yves Archambault, Steven J Chmura, Andre L Dekker, Don G Eagle, Thomas J Fitzgerald, Theodore Hong, Rishabh Kapoor, Beth Lansing, Shruti Jolly, Mary E Napolitano, James Percy, Mark S Rose, Salim Siddiqui, Christof Schadt, William E Simon, William L Straube, Sara T St James, Kenneth Ulin, Sue S Yom, Torunn I Yock
A substantial barrier to the single- and multi-institutional aggregation of data to supporting clinical trials, practice quality improvement efforts, and development of big data analytics resource systems is the lack of standardized nomenclatures for expressing dosimetric data. To address this issue, the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Task Group 263 was charged with providing nomenclature guidelines and values in radiation oncology for use in clinical trials, data-pooling initiatives, population-based studies, and routine clinical care by standardizing: (1) structure names across image processing and treatment planning system platforms; (2) nomenclature for dosimetric data (eg, dose-volume histogram [DVH]-based metrics); (3) templates for clinical trial groups and users of an initial subset of software platforms to facilitate adoption of the standards; (4) formalism for nomenclature schema, which can accommodate the addition of other structures defined in the future...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Brandon A Mahal, David D Yang, Natalie Q Wang, Mohammed Alshalalfa, Elai Davicioni, Voleak Choeurng, Edward M Schaeffer, Ashley E Ross, Daniel E Spratt, Robert B Den, Neil E Martin, Kent W Mouw, Peter F Orio, Toni K Choueiri, Mary-Ellen Taplin, Quoc-Dien Trinh, Felix Y Feng, Paul L Nguyen
BACKGROUND: The consequences of low prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in high-grade (Gleason 8-10) prostate cancer are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical implications and genomic features of low-PSA, high-grade disease. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: This was a retrospective study of clinical data for 494 793 patients from the National Cancer Data Base and 136 113 patients from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results program with cT1-4N0M0 prostate cancer (median follow-up 48...
February 22, 2018: European Urology
Eliza W Beal, Dmitry Tumin, Jeffery Chakedis, Erica Porter, Dimitrios Moris, Xu-Feng Zhang, Sherif Abdel-Misih, Mary Dillhoff, Andrei Manilchuk, Jordan Cloyd, Carl R Schmidt, Timothy M Pawlik
BACKGROUND: The objective of the current study was to define risk factors associated with the 30-day post-operative risk of VTE after HPB surgery and create a model to identify patients at highest risk of post-discharge VTE. METHODS: Patients who underwent hepatectomy or pancreatectomy in the ACS-NSQIP Participant Use Files 2011-2015 were identified. Logistic regression modeling was used; a model to predict post-discharge VTE was developed. Model discrimination was tested using area under the curve (AUC)...
February 19, 2018: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
Michelle Qiu Carter, Doris Feng, Mary H Chapman, Franka Gabler
We examined the survival of Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Salmonella enterica Thompson inoculated on commercially packed table grapes under simulated refrigerated transit conditions (1.1 ± 0.5 °C; 90% RH). Grapes were placed in perforated polyethylene cluster bags, within a commercial expanded polystyrene box equipped with either a SO2-generating pad; a perforated polyethylene box liner; a SO2-generating pad and a box liner; or none of them. L. monocytogenes was most sensitive to SO2-generating pad...
June 2018: Food Microbiology
Lorenzo Galluzzi, Ilio Vitale, Stuart A Aaronson, John M Abrams, Dieter Adam, Patrizia Agostinis, Emad S Alnemri, Lucia Altucci, Ivano Amelio, David W Andrews, Margherita Annicchiarico-Petruzzelli, Alexey V Antonov, Eli Arama, Eric H Baehrecke, Nickolai A Barlev, Nicolas G Bazan, Francesca Bernassola, Mathieu J M Bertrand, Katiuscia Bianchi, Mikhail V Blagosklonny, Klas Blomgren, Christoph Borner, Patricia Boya, Catherine Brenner, Michelangelo Campanella, Eleonora Candi, Didac Carmona-Gutierrez, Francesco Cecconi, Francis K-M Chan, Navdeep S Chandel, Emily H Cheng, Jerry E Chipuk, John A Cidlowski, Aaron Ciechanover, Gerald M Cohen, Marcus Conrad, Juan R Cubillos-Ruiz, Peter E Czabotar, Vincenzo D'Angiolella, Ted M Dawson, Valina L Dawson, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Ruggero De Maria, Klaus-Michael Debatin, Ralph J DeBerardinis, Mohanish Deshmukh, Nicola Di Daniele, Francesco Di Virgilio, Vishva M Dixit, Scott J Dixon, Colin S Duckett, Brian D Dynlacht, Wafik S El-Deiry, John W Elrod, Gian Maria Fimia, Simone Fulda, Ana J García-Sáez, Abhishek D Garg, Carmen Garrido, Evripidis Gavathiotis, Pierre Golstein, Eyal Gottlieb, Douglas R Green, Lloyd A Greene, Hinrich Gronemeyer, Atan Gross, Gyorgy Hajnoczky, J Marie Hardwick, Isaac S Harris, Michael O Hengartner, Claudio Hetz, Hidenori Ichijo, Marja Jäättelä, Bertrand Joseph, Philipp J Jost, Philippe P Juin, William J Kaiser, Michael Karin, Thomas Kaufmann, Oliver Kepp, Adi Kimchi, Richard N Kitsis, Daniel J Klionsky, Richard A Knight, Sharad Kumar, Sam W Lee, John J Lemasters, Beth Levine, Andreas Linkermann, Stuart A Lipton, Richard A Lockshin, Carlos López-Otín, Scott W Lowe, Tom Luedde, Enrico Lugli, Marion MacFarlane, Frank Madeo, Michal Malewicz, Walter Malorni, Gwenola Manic, Jean-Christophe Marine, Seamus J Martin, Jean-Claude Martinou, Jan Paul Medema, Patrick Mehlen, Pascal Meier, Sonia Melino, Edward A Miao, Jeffery D Molkentin, Ute M Moll, Cristina Muñoz-Pinedo, Shigekazu Nagata, Gabriel Nuñez, Andrew Oberst, Moshe Oren, Michael Overholtzer, Michele Pagano, Theocharis Panaretakis, Manolis Pasparakis, Josef M Penninger, David M Pereira, Shazib Pervaiz, Marcus E Peter, Mauro Piacentini, Paolo Pinton, Jochen H M Prehn, Hamsa Puthalakath, Gabriel A Rabinovich, Markus Rehm, Rosario Rizzuto, Cecilia M P Rodrigues, David C Rubinsztein, Thomas Rudel, Kevin M Ryan, Emre Sayan, Luca Scorrano, Feng Shao, Yufang Shi, John Silke, Hans-Uwe Simon, Antonella Sistigu, Brent R Stockwell, Andreas Strasser, Gyorgy Szabadkai, Stephen W G Tait, Daolin Tang, Nektarios Tavernarakis, Andrew Thorburn, Yoshihide Tsujimoto, Boris Turk, Tom Vanden Berghe, Peter Vandenabeele, Matthew G Vander Heiden, Andreas Villunger, Herbert W Virgin, Karen H Vousden, Domagoj Vucic, Erwin F Wagner, Henning Walczak, David Wallach, Ying Wang, James A Wells, Will Wood, Junying Yuan, Zahra Zakeri, Boris Zhivotovsky, Laurence Zitvogel, Gerry Melino, Guido Kroemer
Over the past decade, the Nomenclature Committee on Cell Death (NCCD) has formulated guidelines for the definition and interpretation of cell death from morphological, biochemical, and functional perspectives. Since the field continues to expand and novel mechanisms that orchestrate multiple cell death pathways are unveiled, we propose an updated classification of cell death subroutines focusing on mechanistic and essential (as opposed to correlative and dispensable) aspects of the process. As we provide molecularly oriented definitions of terms including intrinsic apoptosis, extrinsic apoptosis, mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT)-driven necrosis, necroptosis, ferroptosis, pyroptosis, parthanatos, entotic cell death, NETotic cell death, lysosome-dependent cell death, autophagy-dependent cell death, immunogenic cell death, cellular senescence, and mitotic catastrophe, we discuss the utility of neologisms that refer to highly specialized instances of these processes...
January 23, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Feng-Hang Chang, Alan M Jette, Mary D Slavin, Kristin Baker, Pengsheng Ni, Julie J Keysor
BACKGROUND: The intent of this study was to examine and compare the ability to detect change of two patient reported outcome (PRO) instruments that use a computerized adaptive test (CAT) approach to measurement. The Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) Physical Function scale is a generic PRO, while the Osteoarthritis Computerized Adaptive Test (OA-CAT) is an osteoarthritis-specific PRO. METHODS: This descriptive, longitudinal study was conducted in a community setting, involving individuals from the greater Boston area...
January 23, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Joshua C Stein, Yeisoo Yu, Dario Copetti, Derrick J Zwickl, Li Zhang, Chengjun Zhang, Kapeel Chougule, Dongying Gao, Aiko Iwata, Jose Luis Goicoechea, Sharon Wei, Jun Wang, Yi Liao, Muhua Wang, Julie Jacquemin, Claude Becker, Dave Kudrna, Jianwei Zhang, Carlos E M Londono, Xiang Song, Seunghee Lee, Paul Sanchez, Andrea Zuccolo, Jetty S S Ammiraju, Jayson Talag, Ann Danowitz, Luis F Rivera, Andrea R Gschwend, Christos Noutsos, Cheng-Chieh Wu, Shu-Min Kao, Jhih-Wun Zeng, Fu-Jin Wei, Qiang Zhao, Qi Feng, Moaine El Baidouri, Marie-Christine Carpentier, Eric Lasserre, Richard Cooke, Daniel da Rosa Farias, Luciano Carlos da Maia, Railson S Dos Santos, Kevin G Nyberg, Kenneth L McNally, Ramil Mauleon, Nickolai Alexandrov, Jeremy Schmutz, Dave Flowers, Chuanzhu Fan, Detlef Weigel, Kshirod K Jena, Thomas Wicker, Mingsheng Chen, Bin Han, Robert Henry, Yue-Ie C Hsing, Nori Kurata, Antonio Costa de Oliveira, Olivier Panaud, Scott A Jackson, Carlos A Machado, Michael J Sanderson, Manyuan Long, Doreen Ware, Rod A Wing
The genus Oryza is a model system for the study of molecular evolution over time scales ranging from a few thousand to 15 million years. Using 13 reference genomes spanning the Oryza species tree, we show that despite few large-scale chromosomal rearrangements rapid species diversification is mirrored by lineage-specific emergence and turnover of many novel elements, including transposons, and potential new coding and noncoding genes. Our study resolves controversial areas of the Oryza phylogeny, showing a complex history of introgression among different chromosomes in the young 'AA' subclade containing the two domesticated species...
January 22, 2018: Nature Genetics
Ann-Marie Patch, Katia Nones, Stephen H Kazakoff, Felicity Newell, Scott Wood, Conrad Leonard, Oliver Holmes, Qinying Xu, Venkateswar Addala, Jenette Creaney, Bruce W Robinson, Shujin Fu, Chunyu Geng, Tong Li, Wenwei Zhang, Xinming Liang, Junhua Rao, Jiahao Wang, Mingyu Tian, Yonggang Zhao, Fei Teng, Honglan Gou, Bicheng Yang, Hui Jiang, Feng Mu, John V Pearson, Nicola Waddell
Technological innovation and increased affordability have contributed to the widespread adoption of genome sequencing technologies in biomedical research. In particular large cancer research consortia have embraced next generation sequencing, and have used the technology to define the somatic mutation landscape of multiple cancer types. These studies have primarily utilised the Illumina HiSeq platforms. In this study we performed whole genome sequencing of three malignant pleural mesothelioma and matched normal samples using a new platform, the BGISEQ-500, and compared the results obtained with Illumina HiSeq X Ten...
2018: PloS One
Debopreeti Mukherjee, Lilliana I Ortiz Rodriguez, Mary Rose Hilaire, Thomas Troxler, Feng Gai
Considerable efforts have been devoted to the development of spectroscopic probes that are sensitive to water and can be used to monitor, for example, biological and chemical processes involving dehydration or hydration. Continuing this line of research, herein we show that 7-cyanoindole can serve as a sensitive fluorescence probe of hydration as its fluorescence properties, including intensity, peak wavelength and lifetime, depend on the amount of water in nine water-organic solvent mixtures. Our results indicate that 7-cyanoindole is not only able to reveal the underlying microheterogeneity of these binary solvent systems, but also offers distinct advantages...
January 9, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
William C Jackson, Robert T Dess, Dale W Litzenberg, Pin Li, Matthew Schipper, Seth A Rosenthal, Garrick C Chang, Eric M Horwitz, Robert A Price, Jeff M Michalski, Hiram A Gay, John T Wei, Mary Feng, Felix Y Feng, Howard M Sandler, Robert E Wallace, Daniel E Spratt, Daniel A Hamstra
PURPOSE: The use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for prostate cancer has been reported predominantly from single institutional studies, although concerns for broader adoption exist. METHODS AND MATERIALS: From 2011 through 2013, 66 men were accrued to a phase 2 trial at 5 centers. SBRT consisted of 5 fractions of 7.4 Gy to a total dose of 37 Gy using conventional linear accelerators. Electromagnetic transponders were used for motion management. Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) was evaluated via the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite 26 questionnaire...
January 2018: Practical Radiation Oncology
Valérie Turcot, Yingchang Lu, Heather M Highland, Claudia Schurmann, Anne E Justice, Rebecca S Fine, Jonathan P Bradfield, Tõnu Esko, Ayush Giri, Mariaelisa Graff, Xiuqing Guo, Audrey E Hendricks, Tugce Karaderi, Adelheid Lempradl, Adam E Locke, Anubha Mahajan, Eirini Marouli, Suthesh Sivapalaratnam, Kristin L Young, Tamuno Alfred, Mary F Feitosa, Nicholas G D Masca, Alisa K Manning, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Poorva Mudgal, Maggie C Y Ng, Alex P Reiner, Sailaja Vedantam, Sara M Willems, Thomas W Winkler, Gonçalo Abecasis, Katja K Aben, Dewan S Alam, Sameer E Alharthi, Matthew Allison, Philippe Amouyel, Folkert W Asselbergs, Paul L Auer, Beverley Balkau, Lia E Bang, Inês Barroso, Lisa Bastarache, Marianne Benn, Sven Bergmann, Lawrence F Bielak, Matthias Blüher, Michael Boehnke, Heiner Boeing, Eric Boerwinkle, Carsten A Böger, Jette Bork-Jensen, Michiel L Bots, Erwin P Bottinger, Donald W Bowden, Ivan Brandslund, Gerome Breen, Murray H Brilliant, Linda Broer, Marco Brumat, Amber A Burt, Adam S Butterworth, Peter T Campbell, Stefania Cappellani, David J Carey, Eulalia Catamo, Mark J Caulfield, John C Chambers, Daniel I Chasman, Yii-Der I Chen, Rajiv Chowdhury, Cramer Christensen, Audrey Y Chu, Massimiliano Cocca, Francis S Collins, James P Cook, Janie Corley, Jordi Corominas Galbany, Amanda J Cox, David S Crosslin, Gabriel Cuellar-Partida, Angela D'Eustacchio, John Danesh, Gail Davies, Paul I W Bakker, Mark C H Groot, Renée Mutsert, Ian J Deary, George Dedoussis, Ellen W Demerath, Martin Heijer, Anneke I Hollander, Hester M Ruijter, Joe G Dennis, Josh C Denny, Emanuele Angelantonio, Fotios Drenos, Mengmeng Du, Marie-Pierre Dubé, Alison M Dunning, Douglas F Easton, Todd L Edwards, David Ellinghaus, Patrick T Ellinor, Paul Elliott, Evangelos Evangelou, Aliki-Eleni Farmaki, I Sadaf Farooqi, Jessica D Faul, Sascha Fauser, Shuang Feng, Ele Ferrannini, Jean Ferrieres, Jose C Florez, Ian Ford, Myriam Fornage, Oscar H Franco, Andre Franke, Paul W Franks, Nele Friedrich, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, Tessel E Galesloot, Wei Gan, Ilaria Gandin, Paolo Gasparini, Jane Gibson, Vilmantas Giedraitis, Anette P Gjesing, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Mathias Gorski, Hans-Jörgen Grabe, Struan F A Grant, Niels Grarup, Helen L Griffiths, Megan L Grove, Vilmundur Gudnason, Stefan Gustafsson, Jeff Haessler, Hakon Hakonarson, Anke R Hammerschlag, Torben Hansen, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Tamara B Harris, Andrew T Hattersley, Christian T Have, Caroline Hayward, Liang He, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Andrew C Heath, Iris M Heid, Øyvind Helgeland, Jussi Hernesniemi, Alex W Hewitt, Oddgeir L Holmen, G Kees Hovingh, Joanna M M Howson, Yao Hu, Paul L Huang, Jennifer E Huffman, M Arfan Ikram, Erik Ingelsson, Anne U Jackson, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Gail P Jarvik, Gorm B Jensen, Yucheng Jia, Stefan Johansson, Marit E Jørgensen, Torben Jørgensen, J Wouter Jukema, Bratati Kahali, René S Kahn, Mika Kähönen, Pia R Kamstrup, Stavroula Kanoni, Jaakko Kaprio, Maria Karaleftheri, Sharon L R Kardia, Fredrik Karpe, Sekar Kathiresan, Frank Kee, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Eric Kim, Hidetoshi Kitajima, Pirjo Komulainen, Jaspal S Kooner, Charles Kooperberg, Tellervo Korhonen, Peter Kovacs, Helena Kuivaniemi, Zoltán Kutalik, Kari Kuulasmaa, Johanna Kuusisto, Markku Laakso, Timo A Lakka, David Lamparter, Ethan M Lange, Leslie A Lange, Claudia Langenberg, Eric B Larson, Nanette R Lee, Terho Lehtimäki, Cora E Lewis, Huaixing Li, Jin Li, Ruifang Li-Gao, Honghuang Lin, Keng-Hung Lin, Li-An Lin, Xu Lin, Lars Lind, Jaana Lindström, Allan Linneberg, Ching-Ti Liu, Dajiang J Liu, Yongmei Liu, Ken S Lo, Artitaya Lophatananon, Andrew J Lotery, Anu Loukola, Jian'an Luan, Steven A Lubitz, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Satu Männistö, Gaëlle Marenne, Angela L Mazul, Mark I McCarthy, Roberta McKean-Cowdin, Sarah E Medland, Karina Meidtner, Lili Milani, Vanisha Mistry, Paul Mitchell, Karen L Mohlke, Leena Moilanen, Marie Moitry, Grant W Montgomery, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Carmel Moore, Trevor A Mori, Andrew D Morris, Andrew P Morris, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Patricia B Munroe, Mike A Nalls, Narisu Narisu, Christopher P Nelson, Matt Neville, Sune F Nielsen, Kjell Nikus, Pål R Njølstad, Børge G Nordestgaard, Dale R Nyholt, Jeffrey R O'Connel, Michelle L O'Donoghue, Loes M Olde Loohuis, Roel A Ophoff, Katharine R Owen, Chris J Packard, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Colin N A Palmer, Nicholette D Palmer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Aniruddh P Patel, Alison Pattie, Oluf Pedersen, Peggy L Peissig, Gina M Peloso, Craig E Pennell, Markus Perola, James A Perry, John R B Perry, Tune H Pers, Thomas N Person, Annette Peters, Eva R B Petersen, Patricia A Peyser, Ailith Pirie, Ozren Polasek, Tinca J Polderman, Hannu Puolijoki, Olli T Raitakari, Asif Rasheed, Rainer Rauramaa, Dermot F Reilly, Frida Renström, Myriam Rheinberger, Paul M Ridker, John D Rioux, Manuel A Rivas, David J Roberts, Neil R Robertson, Antonietta Robino, Olov Rolandsson, Igor Rudan, Katherine S Ruth, Danish Saleheen, Veikko Salomaa, Nilesh J Samani, Yadav Sapkota, Naveed Sattar, Robert E Schoen, Pamela J Schreiner, Matthias B Schulze, Robert A Scott, Marcelo P Segura-Lepe, Svati H Shah, Wayne H-H Sheu, Xueling Sim, Andrew J Slater, Kerrin S Small, Albert V Smith, Lorraine Southam, Timothy D Spector, Elizabeth K Speliotes, John M Starr, Kari Stefansson, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Kathleen E Stirrups, Konstantin Strauch, Heather M Stringham, Michael Stumvoll, Liang Sun, Praveen Surendran, Amy J Swift, Hayato Tada, Katherine E Tansey, Jean-Claude Tardif, Kent D Taylor, Alexander Teumer, Deborah J Thompson, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Betina H Thuesen, Anke Tönjes, Gerard Tromp, Stella Trompet, Emmanouil Tsafantakis, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, Jonathan P Tyrer, Rudolf Uher, André G Uitterlinden, Matti Uusitupa, Sander W Laan, Cornelia M Duijn, Nienke Leeuwen, Jessica van Setten, Mauno Vanhala, Anette Varbo, Tibor V Varga, Rohit Varma, Digna R Velez Edwards, Sita H Vermeulen, Giovanni Veronesi, Henrik Vestergaard, Veronique Vitart, Thomas F Vogt, Uwe Völker, Dragana Vuckovic, Lynne E Wagenknecht, Mark Walker, Lars Wallentin, Feijie Wang, Carol A Wang, Shuai Wang, Yiqin Wang, Erin B Ware, Nicholas J Wareham, Helen R Warren, Dawn M Waterworth, Jennifer Wessel, Harvey D White, Cristen J Willer, James G Wilson, Daniel R Witte, Andrew R Wood, Ying Wu, Hanieh Yaghootkar, Jie Yao, Pang Yao, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Robin Young, Eleftheria Zeggini, Xiaowei Zhan, Weihua Zhang, Jing Hua Zhao, Wei Zhao, Wei Zhou, Krina T Zondervan, Jerome I Rotter, John A Pospisilik, Fernando Rivadeneira, Ingrid B Borecki, Panos Deloukas, Timothy M Frayling, Guillaume Lettre, Kari E North, Cecilia M Lindgren, Joel N Hirschhorn, Ruth J F Loos
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified >250 loci for body mass index (BMI), implicating pathways related to neuronal biology. Most GWAS loci represent clusters of common, noncoding variants from which pinpointing causal genes remains challenging. Here we combined data from 718,734 individuals to discover rare and low-frequency (minor allele frequency (MAF) < 5%) coding variants associated with BMI. We identified 14 coding variants in 13 genes, of which 8 variants were in genes (ZBTB7B, ACHE, RAPGEF3, RAB21, ZFHX3, ENTPD6, ZFR2 and ZNF169) newly implicated in human obesity, 2 variants were in genes (MC4R and KSR2) previously observed to be mutated in extreme obesity and 2 variants were in GIPR...
January 2018: Nature Genetics
Mary Rose Hilaire, Bei Ding, Debopreeti Mukherjee, Jianxin Chen, Feng Gai
Herein, we combine several methods to characterize the fibrils formed by a TTR105-115 mutant in which Leu111 is replaced by the unnatural amino acid aspartic acid 4-methyl ester. We find that this mutant peptide exhibits significantly different aggregation behavior than the wild-type peptide: (1) it forms fibrils with a much faster rate, (2) its fibrils lack the long-range helical twists observed in TTR105-115 fibrils, (3) its fibrils exhibit a giant far-UV circular dichroism signal, and (4) its fibrils give rise to an unusual amide I' band consisting of four distinct and sharp peaks...
December 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Chan Beals, Richard Baumgartner, Charles Peterfy, Andra Balanescu, Gavrila Mirea, Alexandru Harabagiu, Serghei Popa, Amy Cheng, Dai Feng, Edward Ashton, Julie DiCarlo, Marie-Helene Vallee, Bernard J Dardzinski
The objective of this study was to compare the scope and the discriminative power of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DCE-MRI) to those of semi-quantitative MRI scoring for evaluating treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in multicenter randomized clinical trials (RCTs). Sixty-one patients with active RA participated in a double-blind, parallel group, randomized, multicenter methodology study receiving infliximab or placebo through 14 weeks. The most symptomatic wrist and metacarpophalangeal joints (MCPs) were imaged using MRI...
2017: PloS One
Daniel E Spratt, Darlene L Y Dai, Robert B Den, Patricia Troncoso, Kasra Yousefi, Ashley E Ross, Edward M Schaeffer, Zaid Haddad, Elai Davicioni, Rohit Mehra, Todd M Morgan, Walter Rayford, Firas Abdollah, Edouard Trabulsi, Mary Achim, Elsa Li Ning Tapia, Mireya Guerrero, Robert Jeffrey Karnes, Adam P Dicker, Mark A Hurwitz, Paul L Nguyen, Felix F Y Feng, Stephen J Freedland, John W Davis
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer patients who have a detectable prostate-specific antigen (PSA) postprostatectomy may harbor pre-existing metastatic disease. To our knowledge, none of the commercially available genomic biomarkers have been investigated in such men. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if a 22-gene genomic classifier can independently predict development of metastasis in men with PSA persistence postoperatively. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: A multi-institutional study of 477 men who underwent radical prostatectomy (RP) between 1990 and 2015 from three academic centers...
December 10, 2017: European Urology
Mary Rose Hilaire, Debopreeti Mukherjee, Thomas Troxler, Feng Gai
Several cyanotryptophans have been shown to be useful biological fluorophores. However, how their fluorescence lifetimes vary with solvent has not been examined. In this regard, herein we measure the fluorescence decay kinetics as well as the absorption and emission spectra of six cyanoindoles in different solvents. In particular, we find, among other results, that only 4-cyanoindole affords a long fluorescence lifetime and hence high quantum yield in H2 O. Therefore, our measurements provide not only a guide for choosing which cyanotryptophan to use in practice but also data for computational modeling of the substitution effect on the electronic transitions of indole...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Physics Letters
Neal J Meropol, Yang Feng, Jean L Grem, Mary F Mulcahy, Paul J Catalano, John S Kauh, Michael J Hall, Joel N Saltzman, Thomas J George, Jeffrey Zangmeister, Elena G Chiorean, Puneet S Cheema, Peter J O'Dwyer, Al B Benson
BACKGROUND: The authors hypothesized that patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who had tumors with low thymidylate synthase (TS-L) expression would have a higher response rate to combined 5-fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX) plus bevacizumab (FOLFOX/Bev) than those with high TS (TS-H) expression and that combined irinotecan and oxaliplatin (IROX) plus bevacizumab (IROX/Bev) would be more effective than FOLFOX/Bev in those with TS-H tumors. METHODS: TS protein expression was determined in mCRC tissue...
February 15, 2018: Cancer
Thaddeus C Deiss, Melissa Vadnais, Feng Wang, Patricia L Chen, Ali Torkamani, Waithaka Mwangi, Marie-Paule Lefranc, Michael F Criscitiello, Vaughn V Smider
The antibody repertoire of Bos taurus is characterized by a subset of variable heavy (VH) chain regions with ultralong third complementarity determining regions (CDR3) which, compared to other species, can provide a potent response to challenging antigens like HIV env. These unusual CDR3 can range to over seventy highly diverse amino acids in length and form unique β-ribbon 'stalk' and disulfide bonded 'knob' structures, far from the typical antigen binding site. The genetic components and processes for forming these unusual cattle antibody VH CDR3 are not well understood...
December 4, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
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