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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735445/characterizing-prolonged-heat-effects-on-mortality-in-a-sub-tropical-high-density-city-hong-kong
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Hung Chak Ho, Kevin Ka-Lun Lau, Chao Ren, Edward Ng
Extreme hot weather events are likely to increase under future climate change, and it is exacerbated in urban areas due to the complex urban settings. It causes excess mortality due to prolonged exposure to such extreme heat. However, there is lack of universal definition of prolonged heat or heat wave, which leads to inadequacies of associated risk preparedness. Previous studies focused on estimating temperature-mortality relationship based on temperature thresholds for assessing heat-related health risks but only several studies investigated the association between types of prolonged heat and excess mortality...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735386/the-performance-and-microbial-communities-of-biodegradation-electron-transfer-with-sulfur-metabolism-integrated-process-for-flue-gas-desulfurization-wastewater-treatment
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Chao Wei, Wenjie He, Li Wei, Jun Ma, Chunying Li
The biodegradation-electron transfer with sulfur metabolism integrated (BESI(®)) process was used for the treatment of real flue gas desulfurization wastewater. The BESI(®) process consists of an anaerobic activated sludge reactor, an anoxic activated sludge reactor, and an aerobic bio-film reactor. The performance of the integrated process was evaluated by the removal efficiencies of organics and nitrogen pollutants. The sulfate in the wastewater was used as an abundant sulfur source to drive the integrated process...
July 22, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735257/prognostic-factors-of-overall-survival-and-cancer-specific-survival-in-patients-with-resected-early-stage-rectal-adenocarcinoma-a-seer-based-study
#3
Ko-Chao Lee, Kuan-Chih Chung, Hong-Hwa Chen, Chia-Cheng Liu, Chien-Chang Lu
The benefits of radiotherapy for colorectal cancer are well documented, but the impact of adjuvant radiotherapy on early-stage rectal adenocarcinoma remains unclear. This study aimed to identify predictors of overall survival (OS) and cancer-specific survival (CSS) in patients with stage II rectal adenocarcinoma treated with preoperative or postoperative radiation therapy. Patients with early-stage rectal adenocarcinoma in the postoperative state were identified using the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735139/cumulative-intracranial-tumor-volume-and-number-of-brain-metastasis-as-predictors-of-developing-new-lesions-after-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-brain-metastasis
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Mayur Sharma, Xuefei Jia, Manmeet Ahluwalia, Gene H Barnett, Michael A Vogelbaum, Samuel T Chao, John H Suh, Erin S Murphy, Jennifer S Yu, Lilyana Angelov, Alireza M Mohammadi
INTRODUCTION: The aim of our study was to identify risk factors associated with early distant radiographic progression in patients undergoing stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for brain metastases (BM). METHODS: Following IRB approval, data of 1427 patients (4283 BM lesions) who were treated using SRS at Cleveland Clinic from 2000-2012 were collected. Local tumor progression (LTP), distant tumor progression (DTP) and radiographic radiation necrosis (RN) were the primary end points...
July 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735015/preliminary-experience-of-non-transecting-urethroplasty-for-pelvic-fracture-related-urethral-injury
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Hong Xie, Chao Li, Yue-Min Xu, Chao Feng, Xiang-Guo Lv, Lei Chen, Hong-Bin Li, Jing-Dong Xue
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the urinary outcomes and preservation of erectile function in patients with pelvic fracture related urethral injury (PFUI) after non-transecting spongiosum anastomotic urethroplasty (NTSAU). METHODS: Fifty-nine male patients with PFUI following traumatic pelvic fracture underwent NTSAU. Inclusion criteria were age 18 to 60 years, posterior urethral stenosis < 2.5 cm without previous urethroplasty, and intact erectile function. Exclusion criteria were previous history of open urethroplasty, long segment posterior urethral stenosis (>2...
July 19, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735012/fgwas-functional-genome-wide-association-analysis
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Chao Huang, Paul Thompson, Yalin Wang, Yang Yu, Jingwen Zhang, Dehan Kong, Rivka R Colen, Rebecca C Knickmeyer, Hongtu Zhu
Functional phenotypes (e.g., subcortical surface representation), which commonly arise in imaging genetic studies, have been used to detect putative genes for complexly inherited neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. However, existing statistical methods largely ignore the functional features (e.g., functional smoothness and correlation). The aim of this paper is to develop a functional genome-wide association analysis (FGWAS) framework to efficiently carry out whole-genome analyses of functional phenotypes...
July 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734940/role-of-orbitofrontal-sulcogyral-pattern-on-lifetime-cannabis-use-and-depressive-symptoms
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Yann Chye, Nadia Solowij, Eleni P Ganella, Chao Suo, Murat Yücel, Albert Batalla, Janna Cousijn, Anna E Goudriaan, Rocio Martin-Santos, Sarah Whittle, Cali F Bartholomeusz, Valentina Lorenzetti
Orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) sulcogyral patterns are stable morphological variations established early in life. They consist of three distinct pattern types, with Type III in particular being associated with poor regulatory control (e.g., high sensation seeking and negative emotionality, low constraint), which may confer risk for earlier onset of cannabis (CB) use and greater use in later life. The OFC sulcogyral pattern may therefore be a stable trait marker in understanding individual differences in substance-use vulnerability and associated affective disturbances in users...
July 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734355/highly-sensitive-strategy-for-identification-of-trace-chemicals-in-complex-matrix-application-to-analysis-of-monacolin-analogues-in-monascus-fermented-rice-product
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Meng-Ning Li, Chao-Ran Li, Wen Gao, Ping Li, Hua Yang
Trace analysis of chemical analogues was always a hot topic and attracted the researchers' attentions. In this study, a database/multi-step filtering strategy was developed by using HPLC-Chip-MS system for comprehensive characterization of monacolin analogues in monascus-fermented rice product (MFRP). This strategy mainly included three steps, including chemical profile of MFRP by HPLC-Chip-MS, establishment of monacolin analogue database, multi-step filtering of monacolins based on modified mass defect filtering...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734289/perspective-photocatalytic-reduction-of-co2-to-solar-fuels-over-semiconductors
#9
Chao Peng, Glenn Reid, Haifeng Wang, P Hu
Increasing emissions of carbon dioxide and the depletion of finite fossil fuels have led to many concerns about global warming and energy crises. Consequently, a sustainable and alternative method, photocatalytic CO2 reduction to chemical fuels has received considerable attention. This perspective highlights recent knowledge and the main challenges in CO2 photoreduction primarily from the theoretical field. The fundamental understanding of CO2 adsorption and reaction mechanism at an atomic level is fully addressed, and the relevant effects dominating the process of CO2 photoreduction are also elucidated...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733762/reconsidering-betaine-as-a-natural-anti-heat-stress-agent-in-poultry-industry-a-review
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Muhammad Saeed, Daryoush Babazadeh, Muhammad Naveed, Muhammad Asif Arain, Faiz Ul Hassan, Sun Chao
Betaine is found ubiquitously in plants, animals, microorganisms, and rich dietary sources including seafood, spinach, and wheat bran. The chief physiological role of betaine is to function as a methyl donor and an osmolyte. Betaine also acts as an osmolyte, to maintain the avian's cellular water and ion balance to improve the avian's capacity against heat stress via preventing dehydration and osmotic inactivation. It helps in maintaining the protective osmolytic activity, especially in heat-stressed birds...
July 21, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733526/investigation-of-methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase-tagging-polymorphisms-with-colorectal-cancer-in-chinese-han-population
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Sheng Zhang, Shuchen Chen, Yu Chen, Mingqiang Kang, Chao Liu, Hao Qiu, Yafeng Wang, Weifeng Tang
The aim of this case-control study was to assess the relationship between the tagging polymorphisms in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene and the susceptibility to colorectal cancer (CRC) in a Chinese Han population. A custom-by-design 48-Plex SNPscan Kit was used to determine the genotypes of MTHFR rs3753584 T>C, rs9651118 T>C, rs1801133 G>A, rs4846048 A>G and rs4845882 G>A polymorphisms in 387 CRC patients and 1,536 non-cancer controls. The results revealed that MTHFR rs1801133 G>A polymorphism was associated with a decreased risk of overall CRC...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733301/a-3d-navigation-template-for-guiding-a-unilateral-lumbar-pedicle-screw-with-contralateral-translaminar-facet-screw-fixation-a-study-protocol-for-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trials
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Zhen-Xuan Shao, Wei He, Shao-Qi He, Sheng-Lei Lin, Zhe-Yu Huang, Hong-Chao Tang, Wen-Fei Ni, Xiang-Yang Wang, Ai-Min Wu
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of lumbar disc degeneration disease has increased in recent years. Lumbar interbody fusion using two unilateral pedicle screws and a translaminar facet screw fixation has advantages of minimal invasiveness and lower costs compared with the traditional methods. Moreover, a method guided by a three-dimensional (3D) navigation template may help us improve the surgical accuracy and the success rate. This is the first randomised study using a 3D navigation template to guide a unilateral lumbar pedicle screw with contralateral translaminar facet screw fixation...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733204/the-polymorphism-xrcc1-arg194trp-and-8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine-increased-susceptibility-to-arsenic-related-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Yu-Mei Hsueh, Ying-Chin Lin, Wei-Jen Chen, Chao-Yuan Huang, Horng-Sheng Shiue, Yeong-Shiau Pu, Chi-Hung Chen, Chien-Tien Su
This study was designed to explore the relationship between X-ray repair cross-complementing group 1 (XRCC1) gene polymorphisms and renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and to investigate whether individuals with an XRCC1 risk genotype, a high level of 8-OHdG or a high urinary total arsenic concentration have a modified odds ratio (OR) of RCC. We recruited 180 RCC patients and 360 age- and sex-matched controls from a hospital-based pool. Image-guided biopsy or surgical resection of renal tumors was performed on RCC patients for pathological verification...
July 18, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733145/adipocytes-promote-nicotine-induced-injury-of-endothelial-cells-via-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xiu Liu, Chao-Nan Wang, Chen-Yang Qiu, Wei Song, Lin-Fang Wang, Bao Liu
Cigarette smoking is one of the most important risk factors of atherosclerosis, which can induce endothelial injury. Meanwhile, adipocytes are the main cell type of perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT), the largest endocrine and paracrine organ and direct anatomical connection to adventitia, which may play a key role in the injury of endothelial cells. We used nicotine to induce dysfunctional HUVECs and adipocytes. In addition, we used a novel model to co-culture HUVECs and adipocytes in vitro by the transwell co-culture system to determine the effect of adipocytes on endothelial injury...
July 18, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733032/pilose-antler-polypeptides-potentiates-osteoblast-differentiation-and-inhibits-osteoclastogenesis-via-manipulating-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Guangwang Liu, Chao Ma, Peian Wang, Peiying Zhang, Xinhua Qu, Shen Liu, Zanjing Zhai, Degang Yu, Juan Gao, Jun Liang, Weixiang Dai, Lindong Zhou, Mengjiao Xia, Huilin Yang
Bones are inflexible yet ever-changing metabolic organs, and bone homeostasis is maintained through two delicately regulated processes: bone construction and bone reabsorption. An imbalance in bone metabolism is linked to most orthopedic diseases, including osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Importantly, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) blocks osteoblast differentiation and stimulates osteoclast formation, resulting in delayed deposition of new bone and accelerated bone resorption, especially in rheumatoid arthritis patients with inflammatory conditions...
July 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732376/risk-factors-associated-with-fatality-of-severe-fever-with-thrombocytopenia-syndrome-a-meta-analysis
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Yuxin Chen, Bei Jia, Yong Liu, Rui Huang, Junhao Chen, Chao Wu
Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome is an emerging life-threatening infectious disease identified in 2009. Given high case-fatality rate among patients with severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, identification of the risk factors at acute phase associated with fatality is crucial for treatment. Therefore, we aimed to meta-analytically evaluate risk factors of fatal clinical outcome of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome. 238 fatal cases and 873 non-fatal cases from 12 studies were included in this meta-analysis...
July 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732364/a-novel-heterozygous-germline-deletion-in-msh2-gene-in-a-five-generation-chinese-family-with-lynch-syndrome
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Bin Wu, Wuyang Ji, Shengran Liang, Chao Ling, Yan You, Lai Xu, Min-Er Zhong, Yi Xiao, Hui-Zhong Qiu, Jun-Yang Lu, Santasree Banerjee
Lynch syndrome (LS) is one of the most common familial forms of colorectal cancer predisposing syndrome with an autosomal dominant mode of inheritance. LS is caused by the germline mutations in DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes including MSH2, MLH1, MSH6and PMS2. Clinically, LS is characterized by high incidence of early-onset colorectal cancer as well as endometrial, small intestinal and urinary tract cancers, usually occur in the third to fourth decade of the life. Here we describe a five generation Chinese family with LS clinically diagnosed according to the Amsterdam II criteria...
July 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732361/morusin-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-tumor-growth-by-downregulating-c-myc-in-human-gastric-cancer
#18
Feng Wang, Dunke Zhang, Jingxin Mao, Xiao-Xue Ke, Rui Zhang, Chao Yin, Ning Gao, Hongjuan Cui
Morusin is a pure extract from the root bark of Morus australis (Moraceae). In recent years, morusin has been reported to exhibit anti-tumor biological activity in some types of human cancers through different mechanisms. Here, we attempted to investigate the inhibitory effect and mechanism of morusin on gastric cancer. Morusin markedly inhibited gastric cancer cell proliferation by down-regulating CDKs and Cyclins, such as CDK2, CDK4, Cyclin D1 and Cyclin E1. Additionally, morusin suppressed tumor growth in vitro and in vivo...
July 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732346/multiplexed-aptasensor-for-simultaneous-detection-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen-and-mucin-1-based-on-metal-ion-electrochemical-labels-and-ru-nh3-6-3-electronic-wires
#19
Chao Ma, Haiyun Liu, Lina Zhang, Hao Li, Mei Yan, Xianrang Song, Jinghua Yu
In this paper, a dual-target electrochemical aptasensor has been developed for simultaneous detection of carcinoembryonic antigen and mucin-1 based on metal ion electrochemical labels and Ru(NH3)6(3+) electronic wires. When targets are present, the interaction between targets and their respective aptamers leads to the dissociation of double-strand DNA because the targets have higher affinity to its aptamer than the complementary strand. And the qualitative and quantitative analyses of the two targets are realized by the differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) peaks generated by metal ion electrochemical labels...
July 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732339/aryl-and-alkyl-phosphorus-containing-flame-retardants-induced-mitochondrial-impairment-and-cell-death-in-chinese-hamster-ovary-cho-k1-cells
#20
Chao Huang, Na Li, Shengwu Yuan, Xiaoya Ji, Mei Ma, Kaifeng Rao, Zijian Wang
Phosphorus-containing flame retardants (PFRs) are increasingly in demand worldwide as replacements for brominated flame retardants (BFRs), but insufficient available toxicological information on PFRs makes assessing their health risks challenging. Mitochondria are important targets of various environmental pollutants, and mitochondrial dysfunction may lead to many common diseases. In the present study, mitochondria impairment-related endpoints were measured by a high content screening (HCS) assay for 11 selected non-halogen PFRs in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-k1) cells...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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