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Yasin Gocgun
We study radiation therapy scheduling problem where dynamically and stochastically arriving patients of different types are scheduled to future days. Unlike similar models in the literature, we consider cancellation of treatments. We formulate this dynamic multi-appointment patient scheduling problem as a Markov Decision Process (MDP). Since the MDP is intractable due to large state and action spaces, we employ a simulation-based approximate dynamic programming (ADP) approach to approximately solve our model...
October 20, 2016: Health Care Management Science
Tomohiro Kaneta, Matsuyoshi Ogawa, Hiromitsu Daisaki, Shintaro Nawata, Keisuke Yoshida, Tomio Inoue
The purpose of this study is to perform quantitative measurement based on the standardized uptake value (SUV) of the uptake of Tc-99m methylene diphosphonate (MDP) in the normal vertebrae using a single photon emission tomography (SPECT)/computed tomography (CT) scanner. A retrospective study of patients with cancer or joint disorders was performed. We acquired data for a group of 29 patients (8 women and 21 men; mean age, 68.2 ± 6.7 years; age range, 44-87 years) undergoing bone SPECT/CT scans with Tc-99m MDP between September and October 2015...
2016: American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Krishan Kant Agarwal, Anirban Mukherjee, ArunRaj St, Madhavi Tripathi, Chandrasekhar Bal
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the incremental value of technetium-99m methylene diphosphonate (Tc-MDP) single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) over planar bone scintigraphy (BS) and SPECT for the diagnosis of active condylar hyperplasia (CH). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data of 21 patients (mean age: 21.9±5.3 years, 10 males, 11 females) who underwent Tc-MDP BS along with regional SPECT/CT for the diagnosis of active CH were retrospectively evaluated...
October 19, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Tomasz Róg, Adam Orłowski, Alicia Llorente, Tore Skotland, Tuulia Sylvänne, Dimple Kauhanen, Kim Ekroos, Kirsten Sandvig, Ilpo Vattulainen
In this Data in Brief article we provide a data package of GROMACS input files for atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of multicomponent, asymmetric lipid bilayers using the OPLS-AA force field. These data include 14 model bilayers composed of 8 different lipid molecules. The lipids present in these models are: cholesterol (CHOL), 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (POPC), 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylethanolamine (POPE), 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidyl-ethanolamine (SOPE), 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylserine (POPS), 1-stearoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylserine (SOPS), N-palmitoyl-D-erythro-sphingosyl-phosphatidylcholine (SM16), and N-lignoceroyl-D-erythro-sphingosyl-phosphatidylcholine (SM24)...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Luis Schiper, Bluma Linkowski Faintuch, Roberto José da Silva Badaró, Erica Aparecida de Oliveira, Victor E Arana Chavez, Elisangela Chinen, Joel Faintuch
OBJECTIVES: Conventional imaging methods are excellent for the morphological characterization of the consequences of osteonecrosis; however, only specialized techniques have been considered useful for obtaining functional information. To explore the affinity of radiotracers for severely devascularized bone, a new mouse model of isolated femur implanted in a subcutaneous abdominal pocket was devised. To maintain animal mobility and longevity, the femur was harvested from syngeneic donors...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
Nnamdi Norbert Jibiri, Tawakalitu Oluwatoyin Akintunde, Musa Yusuf Dambele, Christopher Jimoh Olowookere
OBJECTIVE: The practice of regular dose measurement helps to ascertain the level of occupational dose delivered to the staff involved in diagnostic procedures. This study was carried out to evaluate the dose exposed to the hands of radiologists and a radiologic technologist carrying out HSG and radionuclide bone scan examinations in several hospitals in Nigeria. METHODS: Radiation doses exposed to the hands of radiologists and a technician carrying out hysterosalpingography (HSG) and bone scan procedures were measured using calibrated thermo-luminescent dosimeters...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
Mackenzie L Lauro, Elizabeth A D'Ambrosio, Brian J Bahnson, Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes
Genetic mutations in the innate immune receptor nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain-containing 2 (Nod2) have demonstrated increased susceptibility to Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease which is hypothesized to be accompanied by changes in the gut microbiota. Nod2 responds to the presence of bacteria, specifically a fragment of the bacterial cell wall, muramyl dipeptide (MDP). The proposed site of this interaction is the leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain. Surface plasmon resonance and molecular modeling were used to investigate the interaction of the LRR domain with MDP...
October 17, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
B Lakshmi Divya, P Narasimha Rao
SAPHO syndrome (synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis, osteitis), a rare inflammatory disorder, is an association of distinct skin disorders with pustules with osteoarticular inflammation. Its etiology remains unclear, and various treatment regimens frequently fail to control the disease. An 18-year-old male patient presented to the outpatient department with severe nodulocystic acne on the face with pain at both the wrists and lower back associated with high-grade fever and chills. On physical examination, he had severe tenderness at both wrist joints and lower back, along with swelling of right wrist...
September 2016: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
Luigi Martino, Louise Holland, Evangelos Christodoulou, Simone Kunzelmann, Diego Esposito, Katrin Rittinger
NOD-like receptors represent an important class of germline-encoded pattern recognition receptors that play key roles in the regulation of inflammatory signalling pathways. They function as danger sensors and initiate inflammatory responses and the production of cytokines. Since NLR malfunction results in chronic inflammation and auto-immune diseases, there is a great interest in understanding how they work on a molecular level. To date, a lot of insight into the biological functions of NLRs is available but biophysical and structural studies have been hampered by the difficulty to produce soluble and stable recombinant NLR proteins...
2016: PloS One
F Mazel, T J Davies, L Gallien, J Renaud, M Groussin, T Münkemüller, W Thuiller
During the last decades, describing, analysing and understanding the phylogenetic structure of species assemblages has been a central theme in both community ecology and macro-ecology. Among the wide variety of phylogenetic structure metrics, three have been predominant in the literature: Faith's phylogenetic diversity (PDFaith), which represents the sum of the branch lengths of the phylogenetic tree linking all species of a particular assemblage, the mean pairwise distance between all species in an assemblage (MPD) and the pairwise distance between the closest relatives in an assemblage (MNTD)...
October 2016: Ecography
Alexander G Laman, Richard Lathe, Anna O Shepelyakovskaya, Alexandra Gartseva, Feodor A Brovko, Svetlana Guryanova, Ludmila Alekseeva, Elena A Meshcheryakova, Vadim T Ivanov
Bacterial cell wall muramyl dipeptide (MDP) and glucosaminyl-MDP (GMDP) are potent activators of innate immunity. Two receptor targets, NOD2 and YB1, have been reported; we investigated potential overlap of NOD2 and YB1 pathways. Separate knockdown of NOD2 and YB1 demonstrates that both contribute to GMDP induction of NF-κB expression, a marker of innate immunity, although excess YB1 led to induction in the absence of NOD2. YB1 and NOD2 co-migrated on sucrose gradient centrifugation, and GMDP addition led to the formation of higher molecular mass complexes containing both YB1 and NOD2...
September 30, 2016: Innate Immunity
Qiushi Chen, Turgay Ayer, Jagpreet Chhatwal
BACKGROUND: Sequential decision problems are frequently encountered in medical decision making, which are commonly solved using Markov decision processes (MDPs). Modeling guidelines recommend conducting sensitivity analyses in decision-analytic models to assess the robustness of the model results against the uncertainty in model parameters. However, standard methods of conducting sensitivity analyses cannot be directly applied to sequential decision problems because this would require evaluating all possible decision sequences, typically in the order of trillions, which is not practically feasible...
September 28, 2016: Medical Decision Making: An International Journal of the Society for Medical Decision Making
Massimiliano Pacilio, Bartolomeo Cassano, Carlo Chiesa, Stefano Giancola, Mahila Ferrari, Cinzia Pettinato, Ernesto Amato, Federica Fioroni, Leda Lorenzon, Rosanna Pellegrini, Elisabetta Di Castro, Roberto Pani, Marta Cremonesi
PURPOSE: The aims of this work were to explore patient eligibility criteria for dosimetric studies in (223)Ra therapy and evaluate the effects of differences in gamma camera calibration procedures into activity quantification. METHODS: Calibrations with (223)Ra were performed with four gamma cameras (3/8-inch crystal) acquiring planar static images with double-peak (82 and 154keV, 20% wide) and MEGP collimator. The sensitivity was measured in air by varying activity, source-detector distance, and source diameter...
September 20, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
Marcus Asokendaran, Nat Patrick Lenzo
We describe a case of a 40-year-old female patient presenting with tumor calcinosis where hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy (HPOA) was suspected given her extensive history of malignancy. Plain X-rays did not show reveal the typical periarticular calcification but did show appearances consistent with HPOA. Bone scintigraphy with (99m)Tc-methylene diphosphonate (MDP) is a sensitive investigation in the detection of hypertrophic osteoarthopathy but did not show findings characteristics of HPOA like bilateral symmetrical increased uptake of the radiopharmaceutical along the cortical margins of the long bones...
September 2016: World Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Xiaona Jin, Hongli Jing, Yu Liu, Fang Li
A 14-year-old girl underwent a Tc MDP bone scan to evaluate multiple fractures. The images showed not only expected increased activity at the fracture sites of lower extremities but also intense activity in both sides of the maxilla and mandible. Microscopic examination of the mandible was consistent with a diagnosis of gigantiform cementoma.
November 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Susana Soares, Raúl Ferrer-Galego, Elsa Brandão, Mafalda Silva, Nuno Mateus, Victor de Freitas
The most widely accepted mechanism to explain astringency is the interaction and precipitation of salivary proteins by food tannins, in particular proline-rich proteins. However, other mechanisms have been arising to explain astringency, such as binding of tannins to oral cells. In this work, an experimental method was adapted to study the possible contribution of both salivary proteins and oral cells to astringency induced by grape seed procyanidin fractions. Overall, in the absence of salivary proteins, the extent of procyanidin complexation with oral cells increased with increasing procyanidin degree of polymerization (mDP)...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Nicole Mohr, Cinja Kappel, Stefan Kramer, Matthias Bros, Stephan Grabbe, Rudolf Zentel
BACKGROUND: Successful tumor immunotherapy depends on the induction of strong and sustained tumor antigen-specific immune responses by activated antigen-presenting cells (APCs) such as dendritic cells (DCs). Since nanoparticles have the potential to codeliver tumor-specific antigen and DC-stimulating adjuvant in a DC-targeting manner, we wanted to assess the suitability of mannosylated HPMA-LMA block polymers for immunotherapy. MATERIALS & METHODS: Fluorescence-labeled block copolymer micelles derived from P(HPMA)-block-P(LMA) copolymers and according statistical copolymers were synthesized via RAFT polymerization, and loaded with the APC activator L18-MDP...
October 2016: Nanomedicine
Johanna Poecheim, Christophe Barnier-Quer, Nicolas Collin, Gerrit Borchard
The influence of DNA vaccine formulations on immune responses in combination with adjuvants was investigated with the aim to increase cell-mediated immunity against plasmid DNA (pDNA) encoding Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigen 85A. Different ratios of pDNA with cationic trimethyl chitosan (TMC) nanoparticles were characterized for their morphology and physicochemical characteristics (size, zeta potential, loading efficiency and pDNA release profile) applied in vitro for cellular uptake studies and in vivo, to determine the dose-dependent effects of pDNA on immune responses...
September 12, 2016: Vaccines
Qinghua Yang, Jianyi Liao, Jie Huang, Yi Ping Li, Shungen Huang, Huiting Zhou, Yi Xie, Jian Pan, Yanhong Li, Jiang Huai Wang, Jian Wang
In the present study, we aimed to examine the impact of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) on expression and function of NOD1 and NOD2 in children with congenital heart disease (CHD), in an attempt to clarify whether NOD1 and NOD2 signaling is involved in the modulation of host innate immunity against postoperative infection in pediatric CHD patients. Peripheral blood samples were collected from pediatric CHD patients at five different time points: before CPB, immediately after CPB, and 1, 3, and 7 days after CPB...
2016: PloS One
Gao Tan, Erbo Liang, Kaili Liao, Feihong Deng, Wendi Zhang, Yuqing Chen, Jun Xu, Fachao Zhi
IL-23p19 plays important roles in intestinal antimicrobial immunity, while its over-expression can lead to intestinal inflammation. However, the bacterial compounds and the type of pattern recognition receptor involved in the inducible expression of IL-23p19 in Paneth cells remain unclear. Here we show that the mRNA expression of IL-23p19 was increased in Paneth cell (PC)-like cells stimulated by Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) ligands, peptidoglycan (PGN) and Pam3CSK4, and was further increased in the presence of nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain 2 (NOD2)-ligand muramyl dipeptide (MDP)...
August 22, 2016: Oncotarget
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