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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156563/wnt-inhibitory-activity-of-malus-pumila-miller-cv-annurca-and-malus-domestica-cv-limoncella-apple-extracts-on-human-colon-rectal-cells-carrying-familial-adenomatous-polyposis-mutations
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Gennaro Riccio, Maria Maisto, Sara Bottone, Nadia Badolati, Giovanni Battista Rossi, Gian Carlo Tenore, Mariano Stornaiuolo, Ettore Novellino
Inhibitors of the Wingless-related Integration site (WNT)/β-catenin pathway have recently been under consideration as potential chemopreventive agents against Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP). This autosomal-dominant syndrome is caused by germline mutations in the gene coding for the protein APC and leads to hyperactivation of the WNT/β-catenin signaling pathway, uncontrolled intestinal cell proliferation and formation of adenocarcinomas. The aim of the present work was to: (i) test, on in vitro cultures of cells carrying FAP mutations and on ex vivo biopsies of FAP patients, the WNT inhibitory activity of extracts from two common southern Italian apples, Malus pumila Miller cv...
November 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155236/evaluation-of-sampling-and-storage-procedures-on-preserving-the-community-structure-of-stool-microbiota-a-simple-at-home-toilet-paper-collection-method
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Kait F Al, Jordan E Bisanz, Greg B Gloor, Gregor Reid, Jeremy P Burton
BACKGROUND: The increasing interest on the impact of the gut microbiota on health and disease has resulted in multiple human microbiome-related studies emerging. However, multiple sampling methods are being used, making cross-comparison of results difficult. To avoid additional clinic visits and increase patient recruitment to these studies, there is the potential to utilize at-home stool sampling. The aim of this pilot study was to compare simple self-sampling collection and storage methods...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152659/microrna%C3%A2-216b-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-in-glioma-by-directly-targeting-metadherin
#3
Zhihua Chen, Yaxiang Wu, Shuxin Song, Xingen Zhu, Jianming Zhu
Glioma is a well‑known aggressive and malignant brain tumor, and accounts for ~30% of all brain and central nervous system tumors. A number of studies have indicated that the abnormal expression of specific microRNAs (miR) serves vital roles in the tumorigenesis and tumor development of human cancer, including glioma. miR‑216b has been studied in a number of types of cancer. However, the expression pattern, molecular function and underlying mechanisms of miR‑216b in glioma remain unclear. In the present study, it was demonstrated that the level of miR‑216b was significantly decreased in glioma tissues and cell lines compared with matched normal tissues and primary normal human astrocytes...
October 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148070/growth-factors-for-diabetic-foot-ulcers-mixed-treatment-comparison-analysis-of-randomized-clinical-trials
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Kannan Sridharan, Gowri Sivaramakrishnan
AIMS: Topical growth factors accelerate wound healing in patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU). Due to the absence of head to head comparisons, we carried out Bayesian network meta-analysis to compare the efficacy and safety of growth factors. METHODS: Using an appropriate search strategy, randomized controlled trials on topical growth factors compared with standard of care in patients with DFU, were included. Proportion of patients with complete healing was the primary outcome...
November 17, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133570/activity-of-simulated-human-dosage-regimens-of-meropenem-and-vaborbactam-against-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-in-an-in-vitro-hollow-fiber-model
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Mojgan Sabet, Ziad Tarazi, Debora Rubio-Aparicio, Thomas G Nolan, Jonathan Parkinson, Olga Lomovskaya, Michael N Dudley, David C Griffith
The objective of these studies was to evaluate the exposures of meropenem and vaborbactam that would produce antibacterial activity and prevent resistance development in carbapenem-resistant, Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-producing Enterobacteriaceae strains when tested at an inocula of 10(8) CFU/mL. Thirteen K. pneumoniae isolates, three Enterobacter cloacae isolates, and one Escherichia coli isolate were examined in an in vitro hollow fiber model over 32 hours. Simulated dosage regimens of meropenem 1-2 g with vaborbactam 1-2 g, meropenem administered every 8 hours by 3 hour infusion based on Phase 1 or Phase 3 patient pharmacokinetic data were studied in the model...
November 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130946/considerations-about-the-use-of-a-loading-dose-of-daptomycin-in-a-neutropenic-murine-thigh-infection-model-with-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infection
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Hideo Kato, Mao Hagihara, Eriko Murakami, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Naoya Nishiyama, Yusuke Koizumi, Yuka Yamagishi, Bunji Uno, Hiroshige Mikamo
Previous clinical studies have showed the clinical benefits of the initiation of treatment with a daptomycin (DAP) loading dose, but only a few studies have evaluated its antimicrobial benefits. We evaluated the efficacy of a DAP loading dose against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in a neutropenic murine thigh infection model. Three MRSA isolates (DAP MIC: 0.5, 1, and 2 mg/L) were tested. Four DAP regimens simulating human concentration-time profiles, i.e., (i) day 1: 8 mg/kg and day 2: 6 mg/kg, (ii) days 1 and 2: 6 mg/kg/day, (iii) day 1: 8 mg/kg and day 2: 4 mg/kg, and (iv) days 1 and 2: 4 mg/kg/day, were administered to the mice...
November 11, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128482/aortic-valve-cusp-coaptation-surface-area-using-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-correlates-with-severity-of-aortic-valve-insufficiency
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Benjamin Sohmer, Reza Jafar, Prakash Patel, Marie-Ève Chamberland, Michel R Labrosse, Munir Boodhwani
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test both in humans and using finite element (FE) aortic valve (AV) models whether the coaptation surface area (CoapSA) correlates with aortic insufficiency (AI) severity due to dilated aortic roots to determine the validity and utility of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiographic-measured CoapSA. DESIGN: Two-pronged, clinical and computational approach. SETTING: Single university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 10 patients with known AI and 98 FE simulations of increasingly dilated human aortic roots...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124676/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-the-gonadotropin-treatments-hp-hmg-and-rfsh-for-assisted-reproductive-technology-in-france-a-markov-model-analysis
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Paul Barriere, Géraldine Porcu-Buisson, Samir Hamamah
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess (1) the expected cost of a live birth (LB) after in vitro fertilization with two different gonadotropin treatments [high purified human menopausal gonadotropin (HP-hMG) and recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (rFSH)] as the single cost variable, and (2) the cost effectiveness of HP-hMG relative to rFSH in the context of the routine practice of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in France. METHODS: A Markov model was developed to simulate the therapeutic management, the in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) courses, and the effects of complications in hypothetical cohorts of 30,000 patients undergoing IVF/ICSI with fresh embryo transfer (up to four attempts) using data from the MERIT and MEGASET clinical trials or from French routine ART practice...
November 9, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119333/physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-modelling-of-cytochrome-p450%C3%A2-2c9-related-tolbutamide-drug-interactions-with-sulfaphenazole-and-tasisulam
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Everett J Perkins, Maria Posada, P Kellie Turner, Jill Chappell, Wee Teck Ng, Chris Twelves
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Cytochrome P450 2C9 (CYP2C9) is involved in the biotransformation of many commonly used drugs, and significant drug interactions have been reported for CYP2C9 substrates. Previously published physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models of tolbutamide are based on an assumption that its metabolic clearance is exclusively through CYP2C9; however, many studies indicate that CYP2C9 metabolism is only responsible for 80-90% of the total clearance. Therefore, these models are not useful for predicting the magnitude of CYP2C9 drug-drug interactions (DDIs)...
November 8, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112978/personalized-blood-glucose-prediction-a-hybrid-approach-using-grammatical-evolution-and-physiological-models
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Iván Contreras, Silvia Oviedo, Martina Vettoretti, Roberto Visentin, Josep Vehí
The large patient variability in human physiology and the effects of variables such as exercise or meals challenge current prediction modeling techniques. Physiological models are very precise but they are typically complex and specific physiological knowledge is required. In contrast, data-based models allow the incorporation of additional inputs and accurately capture the relationship between these inputs and the outcome, but at the cost of losing the physiological meaning of the model. In this work, we designed a hybrid approach comprising physiological models for insulin and grammatical evolution, taking into account the clinical harm caused by deviations from the target blood glucose by using a penalizing fitness function based on the Clarke error grid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112655/multiparous-ewe-as-a-model-for-teaching-vaginal-hysterectomy-techniques
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Yohan Kerbage, Michel Cosson, Thomas Hubert, Géraldine Giraudet
BACKGROUND: Despite being linked to improving patient outcomes and limiting costs, the use of vaginal hysterectomy is on the wane. Although a combination of reasons might explain this trend, one cause is a lack of practical training. An appropriate teaching model must therefore be devised. Currently, only low-fidelity simulators exist. Ewes provide an appropriate model for pelvic anatomy and are well-suited for testing vaginal mesh properties. This article sets out a vaginal hysterectomy procedure for use as an education and training model...
November 3, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111469/an-in-silico-approach-to-determine-challenges-in-the-bioavailability-of-ciprofloxacin-a-poorly-soluble-weak-base-with-borderline-solubility-and-permeability-characteristics
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Simone Hansmann, Yoshihiro Miyaji, Jennifer Dressman
Ciprofloxacin is administered as the hydrochloride salt in immediate release formulations for the treatment of various infectious diseases in different patient populations. Due to its weakly basic properties and poor solubility, the in vivo behaviour of this compound could be influenced by both physicochemical and physiological factors. The first aim of this study was to investigate the behaviour of ciprofloxacin (Ciprobay® 500 mg tablets) in the human gastro-intestinal tract with in vitro dissolution, transfer and two-stage experiments...
October 27, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109103/hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-1a-deficiency-causes-hemolytic-anemia-in-mice-by-altering-erythrocyte-sphingolipid-homeostasis
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Karin von Wnuck Lipinski, Sarah Weske, Petra Keul, Susann Peters, Hideo A Baba, Gerd Heusch, Markus H Gräler, Bodo Levkau
The Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor (HNF) family regulates complex networks of metabolism and organ development. Human mutations in its prototypical member HNF1A cause maturity-onset of diabetes of the young (MODY) type 3. In this study, we identified an important role for HNF1A in the preservation of erythrocyte membrane integrity, calcium homeostasis and osmotic resistance through a yet unrecognized link of HNF1A to sphingolipid homeostasis. HNF1A(-/-) mice displayed microcytic hypochromic anemia with reticulocytosis that was partially compensated by avid extramedullary erythropoiesis at all erythroid stages in the spleen thereby excluding erythroid differentiation defects...
November 6, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104363/towards-total-energy-shaping-control-of-lower-limb-exoskeletons
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Ge Lv, Robert D Gregg
Current robotic exoskeletons enforce fixed reference joint patterns during gait rehabilitation. These control methods aim to replicate normative joint kinematics but do not facilitate learning patient-specific kinematics. Trajectory-free control methods for exoskeletons are required to promote user control over joint kinematics. Our prior work on potential energy shaping provides virtual body-weight support through a trajectory-free control law, but altering only the gravitational forces does not assist the subject in accelerating/decelerating the body forward...
May 2017: Proceedings of the ... American Control Conference
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100830/should-virtual-mirroring-be-used-in-the-preoperative-planning-of-an-orbital-reconstruction
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Jesper Jansen, Leander Dubois, Ruud Schreurs, Peter J J Gooris, Thomas J J Maal, Ludo F Beenen, Alfred G Becking
PURPOSE: Mirroring has been used as a diagnostic tool in orbital wall fractures for many years, but limited research is available proving the assumed symmetry of orbits. The purpose of this study was to evaluate volume and contour differences between orbital cavities in healthy humans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, the left and right orbital cavities of a consecutive sample of patients' computed tomograms were measured. Inclusion criteria were patients with no sign of orbital or sinus pathology or fracture...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099037/quantification-of-age-related-lung-tissue-mechanics-under-mechanical-ventilation
#16
JongWon Kim, Rebecca L Heise, Angela M Reynolds, Ramana M Pidaparti
Elderly patients with obstructive lung diseases often receive mechanical ventilation to support their breathing and restore respiratory function. However, mechanical ventilation is known to increase the severity of ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) in the elderly. Therefore, it is important to investigate the effects of aging to better understand the lung tissue mechanics to estimate the severity of ventilator-induced lung injuries. Two age-related geometric models involving human bronchioles from generation G10 to G23 and alveolar sacs were developed...
September 29, 2017: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098601/optimization-of-a-shorter-variable-acquisition-time-for-legs-to-achieve-true-whole-body-pet-ct-images
#17
Takuro Umeda, Kenta Miwa, Taisuke Murata, Noriaki Miyaji, Kei Wagatsuma, Kazuki Motegi, Takashi Terauchi, Mitsuru Koizumi
The present study aimed to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate PET images as a function of acquisition time for various leg sizes, and to optimize a shorter variable-acquisition time protocol for legs to achieve better qualitative and quantitative accuracy of true whole-body PET/CT images. The diameters of legs to be modeled as phantoms were defined based on data derived from 53 patients. This study analyzed PET images of a NEMA phantom and three plastic bottle phantoms (diameter, 5.68, 8.54 and 10.7 cm) that simulated the human body and legs, respectively...
November 2, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097403/gridss-sensitive-and-specific-genomic-rearrangement-detection-using-positional-de-bruijn-graph-assembly
#18
Daniel L Cameron, Jan Schröder, Jocelyn Sietsma Penington, Hongdo Do, Ramyar Molania, Alexander Dobrovic, Terence P Speed, Anthony T Papenfuss
The identification of genomic rearrangements with high sensitivity and specificity using massively parallel sequencing remains a major challenge, particularly in precision medicine and cancer research. Here, we describe a new method for detecting rearrangements, GRIDSS (Genome Rearrangement IDentification Software Suite). GRIDSS is a multithreaded structural variant (SV) caller that performs efficient genome-wide break-end assembly prior to variant calling using a novel positional de Bruijn graph-based assembler...
November 2, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095704/medical-education-must-move-from-the-information-age-to-the-age-of-artificial-intelligence
#19
Steven A Wartman, C Donald Combs
Changes to the medical profession require medical education reforms that will enable physicians to more effectively enter contemporary practice. Proposals for such reforms abound. Common themes include renewed emphasis on communication, teamwork, risk-management, and patient safety. These reforms are important but insufficient. They do not adequately address the most fundamental change--the practice of medicine is rapidly transitioning from the information age to the age of artificial intelligence. Employers need physicians who: work at the top of their license, have knowledge spanning the health professions and care continuum, effectively leverage data platforms, focus on analyzing outcomes and improving performance, and communicate the meaning of the probabilities generated by massive amounts of data to patients given their unique human complexities...
November 1, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094032/the-inflammatory-response-of-neutrophils-in-an-in-vitro-model-that-approximates-the-postcardiac-arrest-state
#20
Young-Duck Cho, Sung-Jun Park, Sung-Hyuk Choi, Young-Hoon Yoon, Jung-Youn Kim, Sung-Woo Lee, Chae-Seung Lim
Purpose: Postcardiac arrest syndrome (PCAS) shares many features with sepsis including plasma cytokine elevation with dysregulation of cytokine production, and the presence of endotoxin in plasma. PCAS is closely related to ischemia-reperfusion injury. During ischemia-reperfusion injury, neutrophil, which is the first line of innate immunity, plays a major role. In this study, we investigated the inflammatory response of human neutrophils in an in vitro model which we simulated with hypoxia-normoxia and hypoxia-hyperoxia environments...
October 2017: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
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