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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340455/toxicological-and-behavioral-responses-as-a-tool-to-assess-the-effects-of-natural-and-synthetic-dyes-on-zebrafish-early-life
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Flavia R Abe, Jacqueline N Mendonça, Luiz A B Moraes, Gisele A R de Oliveira, Carlos Gravato, Amadeu M V M Soares, Danielle P de Oliveira
Organic dyes extracted from natural sources have been widely used to develop safety and eco-friendly dyes as an alternative to synthetic ones, since the latter are usually precursors of mutagenic compounds. Thereby, toxicity tests to non-target organisms are critical step to develop harmless dyes to environment and in this context, zebrafish early life stages are becoming an important alternative model. We aimed to assess the toxic effects of the synthetic dye Basic Red 51 (BR51, used in cosmetic industry), the natural dye erythrostominone (ERY, a potential commercial dye extracted from fungi) and its photodegradation product (DERY), using zebrafish early life assays...
March 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340420/extended-anaerobic-conditions-in-the-biological-wastewater-treatment-higher-reduction-of-toxicity-compared-to-target-organic-micropollutants
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Johannes Völker, Tobias Vogt, Sandro Castronovo, Arne Wick, Thomas A Ternes, Adriano Joss, Jörg Oehlmann, Martin Wagner
Extended anaerobic conditions during biological wastewater treatment may enhance the biodegradation of micropollutants. To explore this, we combined iron-reducing or substrate-limited anaerobic conditions and aerobic pilot-scale reactors directly at a wastewater treatment plant. To investigate the detoxification by these processes, we applied two in vitro bioassays for baseline toxicity (Microtox) and reactive toxicity (AREc32) as well as in vivo bioassays with aquatic model species in two laboratory experiments (Desmodesmus subspicatus, Daphnia magna) and two on-site, flow-through experiments (Potamopyrgus antipodarum, Lumbriculus variegatus)...
March 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340134/primary-motor-cortex-organization-is-altered-in-persistent-patellofemoral-pain
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Maxine Te, Abrahão F Baptista, Lucy S Chipchase, Siobhan M Schabrun
Objective.:  Reorganization of the primary motor cortex (M1) may be a feature of persistent patellofemoral pain (PFP), but no studies have investigated M1 organization in this condition. Here we aimed to examine the organization of the M1 representation of the quadriceps muscles in people with PFP and healthy controls. Design.:  Using a cross-sectional design, the M1 representation of the rectus femoris, vastus lateralis, and vastus medialis was mapped using transcranial magnetic stimulation in 11 individuals with PFP and 11 controls...
March 14, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339918/can-clinically-relevant-dose-errors-in-patient-anatomy-be-detected-by-gamma-passing-rate-or-modulation-complexity-score-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-intracranial-tumors
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Shingo Ohira, Yoshihiro Ueda, Masaru Isono, Akira Masaoka, Misaki Hashimoto, Masayoshi Miyazaki, Masaaki Takashina, Masahiko Koizumi, Teruki Teshima
We investigated whether methods conventionally used to evaluate patient-specific QA in volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for intracranial tumors detect clinically relevant dosimetric errors. VMAT plans with coplanar arcs were designed for 37 intracranial tumors. Dosimetric accuracy was validated by using a 3D array detector. Dose deviations between the measured and planned doses were evaluated by gamma analysis. In addition, modulation complexity score for VMAT (MCSv) for each plan was calculated. Three-dimensional dose distributions in patient anatomy were reconstructed using 3DVH software, and clinical deviations in dosimetric parameters between the 3DVH doses and planned doses were calculated...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339465/comparative-accuracy-of-the-reba-mtb-mdr-and-hain-mtbdrplus-line-probe-assays-for-the-detection-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-a-multicenter-non-inferiority-study
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Joshua Havumaki, Doris Hillemann, Nazir Ismail, Shaheed Vally Omar, Sophia B Georghiou, Samuel G Schumacher, Catharina Boehme, Claudia M Denkinger
INTRODUCTION: Despite recent diagnostic advances, the majority of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) cases remain undiagnosed. Line probes assays (LiPAs) hold great promise to curb the spread of MDR-TB as they can rapidly detect MDR-TB even when laboratory infrastructure is limited, yet few of these assays are currently widely available or supported by World Health Organization (WHO) policy. METHODS: The aim of this prospective, blinded, non-inferiority study was to compare the performance of YD Diagnostics REBA MTB MDR LiPA (YD) to the WHO-endorsed Hain MTBDRplus V1 LiPA (Hain V1) for the detection of rifampicin and isoniazid resistance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339109/validation-of-dynamic-treatment-couch-tracking-for-prostate-sbrt
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Stefanie Ehrbar, Simon Schmid, Alexander Jöhl, Stephan Klöck, Matthias Guckenberger, Oliver Riesterer, Stephanie Tanadini-Lang
PURPOSE: In stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) of prostatic cancer, a high dose per fraction is applied to the target with steep dose gradients. Intrafractional prostate motion can occur unpredictably during the treatment and lead to target miss. This work investigated the dosimetric benefit of motion compensation with dynamic treatment-couch tracking for prostate SBRT treatments in the presence of prostatic motion. METHODS: Ten SBRT treatment plans for prostate cancer patients with integrated boosts to their index lesion were prepared...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339108/very-high-energy-electron-vhee-beams-in-radiation-therapy-treatment-plan-comparison-between-vhee-vmat-and-ppbs
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Emil Schüler, Kjell Eriksson, Elin Hynning, Steven L Hancock, Susan M Hiniker, Magdalena Bazalova-Carter, Tony Wong, Quynh-Thu Le, Billy W Loo, Peter G Maxim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of very high energy electron beams (VHEE) beams in comparison to clinically derived treatment plans generated with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and proton pencil beam scanning (PPBS) technology. We developed a custom optimization script that could be applied automatically across modalities to eliminate operator bias during IMRT optimization. METHODS: Four clinical cases were selected (prostate cancer, lung cancer, pediatric brain tumor, and head and neck cancer (HNC))...
March 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339064/extracellular-matrix-metabolism-disorder-induced-by-mechanical-strain-on-human-parametrial-ligament-fibroblasts
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Jie Min, Bingshu Li, Cheng Liu, Wenjun Guo, Shasha Hong, Jianming Tang, Li Hong
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is a global health problem that may seriously impact the quality of life of the sufferer. The present study aimed to investigate the potential mechanisms underlying alterations in extracellular matrix (ECM) metabolism in the pathogenesis of POP, by investigating the expression of ECM components in human parametrial ligament fibroblasts (hPLFs) subject to various mechanical strain loads. Fibroblasts derived from parametrial ligaments were cultured from patients with POP and without malignant tumors, who underwent vaginal hysterectomy surgery...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339049/kidney-and-heavy-metals-the-role-of-environmental-exposure-review
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Paolo Lentini, Luca Zanoli, Antonio Granata, Salvatore Santo Signorelli, Pietro Castellino, Roberto Dell'Aquila
Heavy metals are extensively used in agriculture and industrial applications such as production of pesticides, batteries, alloys, and textile dyes. Prolonged, intensive or excessive exposure can induce related systemic disorders. Kidney is a target organ in heavy metal toxicity for its capacity to filter, reabsorb and concentrate divalent ions. The extent and the expression of renal damage depends on the species of metals, the dose, and the time of exposure. Almost always acute kidney impairment differs from chronic renal failure in its mechanism and in the magnitude of the outcomes...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339012/heavy-metal-content-and-molecular-species-identification-in-canned-tuna-insights-into-human-food-safety
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Anna Maria Pappalardo, Chiara Copat, Venera Ferrito, Alfina Grasso, Margherita Ferrante
Canned tuna in olive oil and in brine of the most popular brands sold in Italian markets were analyzed to verify the authentication of transformed products, with the aim to unveil commercial frauds due to the substitutions of high value species with species of low commercial value, and to assess the health risk of consumers related to cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb) and mercury (Hg) contents. Species authentication was evaluated with amplification of COI DNA barcode and confirmed the declared species. Among tested metals, Hg had the highest concentrations, followed by Cd and Pb...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338992/identification-of-the-eucalyptus-grandis-chitinase-gene-family-and-expression-characterization-under-different-biotic-stress-challenges
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Peri A Tobias, Nanette Christie, Sanushka Naidoo, David I Guest, Carsten Külheim
Eucalyptus grandis (W. Hill ex Maiden) is an Australian Myrtaceae tree grown for timber in many parts of the world and for which the annotated genome sequence is available. Known to be susceptible to a number of pests and diseases, E. grandis is a useful study organism for investigating defense responses in woody plants. Chitinases are widespread in plants and cleave glycosidic bonds of chitin, the major structural component of fungal cell walls and arthropod exoskeletons. They are encoded by an important class of genes known to be up-regulated in plants in response to pathogens...
March 13, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338956/hemodynamic-consequences-of-changes-in-microvascular-structure
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Damiano Rizzoni, Claudia Agabiti-Rosei, Enrico Agabiti-Rosei
In hypertension, an increased media-to-lumen ratio of small resistance arteries might play an important role in the increase of vascular resistance, and may also be an adaptive response to the increased hemodynamic load. The presence of morphological alteration in the microvasculature may be associated to an impaired tissue perfusion and/or to the development of target organ damage. Structural alterations in the microcirculation might represent a predictor of the onset of cardio-cerebrovascular events and hypertension complications...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338871/renal-sympathetic-denervation-a-viable-option-for-treating-resistant-hypertension
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Markus P Schlaich
Accumulating evidence from mainly uncontrolled clinical studies with various types of ablation catheters have shown that renal denervation (RDN) can be applied safely and is effective in lowering blood pressure (BP) in patients with treatment-resistant hypertension. Sustained BP lowering has been documented up to 3 years. Furthermore, RDN has been associated with regression of target organ damage, such as left ventricular hypertrophy, arterial stiffness, and others. Several studies indicate potential benefit in other common clinical conditions associated with increased sympathetic tone including chronic kidney disease and heart failure...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338869/measurement-of-absorption-dose-outside-irradiation-field-in-imrt
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Makoto Hirata, Hajime Monzen, Kohei Hanaoka, Yasumasa Nishimura
The absorption dose outside the irradiation field for prostate intensity-modulated radiation therapy was measured and evaluated by comparison with calculated values of radiation treatment planning system (TPS). The values of TPS calculated were using Varian CLINAC21EX/Eclipse and TomoTherapy Planning System for constant irradiation time. The absorption dose was measured by placing a glass-element dosemeter in a human-bone enclosure phantom with a planning target volume inside the irradiation field. The organs at risk were the rectum, spinal cord, thyroid, eyeball and the left lung...
March 3, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338854/comparison-of-the-peripheral-doses-from-different-imrt-techniques-for-pediatric-head-and-neck-radiation-therapy
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Masahiko Toyota, Yasumasa Saigo, Kenta Higuchi, Takuya Fujimura, Chihaya Koriyama, Takashi Yoshiura, Suminori Akiba
Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) can deliver high and homogeneous doses to the target area while limiting doses to organs at risk. We used a pediatric phantom to simulate the treatment of a head and neck tumor in a child. The peripheral doses were examined for three different IMRT techniques [dynamic multileaf collimator (DMLC), segmental multileaf collimator (SMLC) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)]. Peripheral doses were evaluated taking thyroid, breast, ovary and testis as the points of interest...
February 25, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338841/out-of-field-dose-measurements-for-3d-conformal-and-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-of-a-paediatric-brain-tumour
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Marija Majer, Liliana Stolarczyk, Marijke De Saint-Hubert, Damian Kabat, Željka Kneževic, Saveta Miljanic, Natalia Mojzeszek, Roger Harrison
The purpose of this study was to measure out-of-field organ doses in clinical conditions in anthropomorphic paediatric phantoms which received a simulated treatment of a brain tumour with intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and 3D conformal radiotherapy (3D CRT). Organ doses measured with radiophotoluminescent and thermoluminescent dosemeters were on average 1.6 and 3.0 times higher for the 5 y-old than for the 10 y-old phantom for IMRT and 3D CRT, respectively. A larger 5-y to 10-y organ dose ratio for 3D CRT can be explained because the use of a mechanical wedge for the 5-y-old 3D CRT phantom treatment increased out-of-field doses...
February 27, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338763/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-and-autoimmunity
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Vito Pistoia, Lizzia Raffaghello
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) are committed progenitors of mesodermal origin that are found virtually in every organ and exhibit multilineage differentiation into osteocytes, adipocytes and chondrocytes. MSCs also mediate a wide spectrum of immunoregulatory activities that usually dampen innate and adaptive immune responses. These features have attracted interest in the perspective of developing novel cell therapies for autoimmune disease. However, depending on the microenvironmental conditions, MSCs may show a plastic behavior and switch to an immunostimulatory phenotype...
February 18, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338634/construction-of-an-acetylcholinesterase-sensor-based-on-synthesized-paramagnetic-nanoparticles-a-simple-tool-for-neurotoxic-compounds-assay
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Adam Kostelnik, Pavel Kopel, Alexander Cegan, Miroslav Pohanka
Magnetic particles (MPs) have been widely used in biological applications in recent years as a carrier for various molecules. Their big advantage is in repeated use of immobilized molecules including enzymes. Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) is an enzyme playing crucial role in neurotransmission and the enzyme is targeted by various molecules like Alzheimer's drugs, pesticides and warfare agents. In this work, an electrochemical biosensor having AChE immobilized onto MPs and stabilized through glutaraldehyde (GA) molecule was proposed for assay of the neurotoxic compounds...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338529/dosimetry-software-hermes-internal-radiation-dosimetry-from-quantitative-image-reconstruction-to-voxel-level-absorbed-dose-distribution
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Eero T Hippeläinen, Mikko J Tenhunen, Hanna O Mäenpää, Jorma J Heikkonen, Antti O Sohlberg
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work is to validate a software package called Hermes Internal Radiation Dosimetry (HIRD) for internal dose assessment tailored for clinical practice. The software includes all the necessary steps to perform voxel-level absorbed dose calculations including quantitative reconstruction, image coregistration and volume of interest tools. METHODS: The basics of voxel-level dosimetry methods and implementations to HIRD software are reviewed...
March 23, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338498/challenge-of-progressive-multiple-sclerosis-therapy
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Alan J Thompson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Understanding the mechanisms underlying progression in multiple sclerosis (MS) and identifying appropriate therapeutic targets is a key challenge facing the MS community. This challenge has been championed internationally by organizations such as the Progressive MS Alliance, which has raised the profile of progressive MS and identified the key obstacles to treatment. This review will outline the considerable progress against these challenges. RECENT FINDINGS: New insights into mechanisms underlying progression have opened up potential therapeutic opportunities...
March 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
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