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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350998/anticancer-copper-ii-phosphorus-dendrimers-are-potent-proapoptotic-bax-activators
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Serge Mignani, Nabil El Brahmi, Laure Eloy, Joel Poupon, Valérie Nicolas, Anke Steinmetz, Said El Kazzouli, Mosto M Bousmina, Mireille Blanchard-Desce, Anne-Marie Caminade, Jean-Pierre Majoral, Thierry Cresteil
A multivalent phosphorus dendrimer 1G3 and its corresponding Cu-complex, 1G3-Cu have been recently identified as agents retaining high antiproliferative potency. This antiproliferative capacity was preserved in cell lines overexpressing the efflux pump ABC B1, whereas cross-resistance was observed in ovarian cancer cell lines resistant to cisplatin. Theoretical 3D models were constructed: the dendrimers appear as irregularly shaped disk-like nano-objects of about 22 Å thickness and 49 Å diameter, which accumulated in cells after penetration by endocytosis...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350497/clines-arc-through-multivariate-morphospace
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Brian K Lohman, Daniel Berner, Daniel I Bolnick
Evolutionary biologists typically represent clines as spatial gradients in a univariate character (or a principal-component axis) whose mean changes as a function of location along a transect spanning an environmental gradient or ecotone. This univariate approach may obscure the multivariate nature of phenotypic evolution across a landscape. Clines might instead be plotted as a series of vectors in multidimensional morphospace, connecting sequential geographic sites. We present a model showing that clines may trace nonlinear paths that arc through morphospace rather than elongating along a single major trajectory...
April 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345033/improved-estimates-of-ocean-heat-content-from-1960-to-2015
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Lijing Cheng, Kevin E Trenberth, John Fasullo, Tim Boyer, John Abraham, Jiang Zhu
Earth's energy imbalance (EEI) drives the ongoing global warming and can best be assessed across the historical record (that is, since 1960) from ocean heat content (OHC) changes. An accurate assessment of OHC is a challenge, mainly because of insufficient and irregular data coverage. We provide updated OHC estimates with the goal of minimizing associated sampling error. We performed a subsample test, in which subsets of data during the data-rich Argo era are colocated with locations of earlier ocean observations, to quantify this error...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344550/hyperpolarization-activated-current-induces-period-doubling-cascades-and-chaos-in-a-cold-thermoreceptor-model
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Kesheng Xu, Jean P Maidana, Mauricio Caviedes, Daniel Quero, Pablo Aguirre, Patricio Orio
In this article, we describe and analyze the chaotic behavior of a conductance-based neuronal bursting model. This is a model with a reduced number of variables, yet it retains biophysical plausibility. Inspired by the activity of cold thermoreceptors, the model contains a persistent Sodium current, a Calcium-activated Potassium current and a hyperpolarization-activated current (Ih) that drive a slow subthreshold oscillation. Driven by this oscillation, a fast subsystem (fast Sodium and Potassium currents) fires action potentials in a periodic fashion...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344470/prolonged-exposure-of-colon-cancer-cells-to-5-fluorouracil-nanoparticles-improves-its-anticancer-activity
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Essam Tawfik, Maqusood Ahamed, Abdulaziz Almalik, Mohammad Alfaqeeh, Aws Alshamsan
In this study, we aimed to improve the anticancer effect of 5-FU on human colon cancer cell lines by incorporating in poly(d,l lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles (NPs). The 5-FU-PLGA NPs were prepared by nanoprecipitation technique. Prepared NPs were moderately dispersed with an average diameter of 133 ± 25.19 nm. Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images revealed spherical structures with subtle surface irregularity. Free 5-FU dose-response curves were constructed (12.5-2000 μM) using MTT assay on HCT 116 and HT-29 cell lines for 1, 3, and 5 days...
February 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343229/cytological-findings-of-ascitic-fluid-with-a-malignant-ovarian-steroid-cell-tumor-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Nobuaki Kosaka, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Kaori Kiuchi, Shoko Ochiai, Tamiko Nagai, Hiromi Machida, Yasuo Imai, Ichio Fukasawa
BACKGROUND: Ovarian steroid cell tumors (SCTs) are rare and usually benign, although 25-43% are reportedly malignant. The cytologic findings of these rare ovarian tumors have almost never been reported. CASE: We report a rare case of a malignant ovarian SCT with peritoneal dissemination and malignant ascites in a 40-year-old woman. Her tumor was classified as stage IIB (pT2bNoM0) according to the FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) classification system, and she was treated with adjuvant chemotherapy following staging laparotomy...
March 25, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342993/teratogenic-responses-of-zebrafish-embryos-to-decabromodiphenyl-ether-bde-209-in-the-presence-of-nano-sio2-particles
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Shu-Ju Chao, Chin Pao Huang, Pei-Chung Chen, Chihpin Huang
This study investigated the influence of nano-SiO2 particles (nSiO2) on the teratogenic responses of zebrafish embryos to decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209). Zebrafish embryos were exposed to BDE-209 in the absence and presence of nSiO2 for 96 h post fertilization (hpf). Results showed that formation of nSiO2-BDE-209 associates promoted both extracellular and intracellular uptake of BDE-209 by zebrafish embryos, thereby increasing the bioconcentration of BDE-209 on the chorion surface and the embryos. Results also showed embryos delay hatching temporarily when co-exposure to BDE-209 and nSiO2 at 60 hpf...
March 20, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342951/a-model-to-identify-individuals-at-high-risk-for-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-precancerous-lesions-in-regions-of-high-prevalence-in-china
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Mengfei Liu, Zhen Liu, Hong Cai, Chuanhai Guo, Xiang Li, Chaoting Zhang, Hui Wang, Dong Hang, Fangfang Liu, Qiuju Deng, Xin Yang, Wenqing Yuan, Yaqi Pan, Jingjing Li, Chanyuan Zhang, Na Shen, Zhonghu He, Yang Ke
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We aimed to develop a population-based model to identify individuals at high-risk for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in regions of China with a high prevalence of this cancer. METHODS: We collected findings from 15,073 permanent residents (45-69 years old) of 334 randomly selected villages in Hua County, Henan Province, China who underwent endoscopic screening (with iodine staining) for ESCC from January 2012 through September 2015...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342931/clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-with-extensive-osseous-metaplasia-report-of-a-rare-case
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Huixing Pan, Deyao Wu, Huaizhang Wang, Yan Pan, Ting Zhang, Jian Zhou
A 48-year-old Chinese woman presenting with continuing dull pain in the right lower back and abdomen was found to have a tumor with extensive osseous metaplasia in the the upper-middle pole of the right kidney. The exsected neoplasm specimen revealed a 29×26mm hard tumor with dense ossification. Histopathological examination of the tumor contained lamellar bone forming trabeculae intermingled and showed spherical or polygonal epithelial cells which contained slightly irregular nuclei with small nucleoli and abundant pink to clear cytoplasm...
March 22, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342325/development-of-a-rapid-matrix-digestion-technique-for-ultrastructural-analysis-of-elastic-fibers-in-the-intervertebral-disc
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Javad Tavakoli, John J Costi
Collagen and elastic fibers are two major fibrous constituents of the annulus fibrosus (AF) in the disc that contribute to its mechanical and viscoelastic properties. It was thought that elastic fibers play no substantial role in the function and properties of the disc as these fibers were irregularly distributed. Studies that have revealed highly organized elastic fibers with different regional orientation and distribution, while being strongly crosslinked with matrix, suggesting their contribution to disc structure-function properties...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340831/pregnancy-and-delivery-in-the-sequel-of-kidney-transplantation-single-center-study-of-8-years-experience
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Y Yuksel, S Tekin, D Yuksel, I Duman, M Sarier, L Yucetin, E Turan, H Celep, T Ugurlu, M M Inal, Y H Asuman, A Demirbas
BACKGROUND: Depending on hyphothalamic, hyphophyseal, and gonadal axis dysfunction, anovulatory irregular cycles occur and the probability of pregnancy decreases in the patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Maternal mortality and morbidity rates are increased in CKD patients; the risk of premature delivery is 70% and the risk of preeclampsia is 40% more than normal among those with a creatine level of >2.5 mg/dL. METHODS: If a pregnancy is expected in the sequel of kidney transplantation (KT), a multidisciplinary team approach should be adopted and both the gynecologist and the nephrologist should follow the patient simultaneously...
April 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339908/obesity-associated-cardiac-pathogenesis-in-broiler-breeder-hens-pathological-adaption-of-cardiac-hypertrophy1-2
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C Y Chen, H Y Lin, Y W Chen, Y J Ko, Y J Liu, Y H Chen, R L Walzem, S E Chen
Broiler hens consuming feed to appetite (ad libitum; AL) show increased mortality. Feed restriction (R) typically improves reproductive performance and livability of hens. Rapidly growing broilers can exhibit increased mortality due to cardiac insufficiency but it is unknown whether the increased mortality of non-R broiler hens is also due to cardiac compromise. To assess cardiac growth and physiology in fully mature birds, 45-week-old hens were either continued on R rations or assigned to AL feeding for 7 or 21 days...
March 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339747/deep-learning-for-pharmacovigilance-recurrent-neural-network-architectures-for-labeling-adverse-drug-reactions-in-twitter-posts
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Anne Cocos, Alexander G Fiks, Aaron J Masino
Objective: Social media is an important pharmacovigilance data source for adverse drug reaction (ADR) identification. Human review of social media data is infeasible due to data quantity, thus natural language processing techniques are necessary. Social media includes informal vocabulary and irregular grammar, which challenge natural language processing methods. Our objective is to develop a scalable, deep-learning approach that exceeds state-of-the-art ADR detection performance in social media...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339417/cynicism-as-subscale-of-burnout
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Margaretha Viljoen, Nicolaas Claassen
BACKGROUND: Cynicism, as a personality trait, has adverse effects on health. The question was asked whether cynical attitudes that develop due to work-related stress correlate with stress levels and whether it has a negative influence on health. OBJECTIVES: To investigate associations of the cynicism subscale scores of the Maslach Burnout Inventory-General Survey (MBI-GS) with levels of stress, anxiety, questionnaire-based physical health and with a number of physiological health risk indicators...
March 23, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338469/the-utility-of-thyroid-ultrasonography-in-the-management-of-thyroid-nodules
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Gary Gamme, Tyler Parrington, Edward Wiebe, Sunita Ghosh, Brendan Litt, David C Williams, Todd P W McMullen
BACKGROUND: Ultrasonography for thyroid nodules is one of the most common imaging tests performed in the general population. Details from ultrasound reports guide biopsies and surgery. This study quantifies the completeness of these reports based on Thyroid Imaging and Reporting System (TI-RADS) criteria and considers their utility in predicting malignant disease. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed ultrasound reports for 329 thyroidectomy patients and extracted data elements using the TI-RADS criteria: nodule size, echogenicity, margins, vascularity, solid/cystic composition and the presence or absence of microcalcifications and the halo sign...
April 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338452/differentiation-of-idiopathic-spinal-cord-herniation-from-dorsal-arachnoid-webs-on-mri-and-ct-myelography
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Randall Schultz, Andrew Steven, Aaron Wessell, Nancy Fischbein, Charles A Sansur, Dheeraj Gandhi, David Ibrahimi, Prashant Raghavan
OBJECTIVE Dorsal arachnoid webs (DAWs) and spinal cord herniation (SCH) are uncommon abnormalities affecting the thoracic spinal cord that can result in syringomyelia and significant neurological morbidity if left untreated. Differentiating these 2 entities on the basis of clinical presentation and radiological findings remains challenging but is of vital importance in planning a surgical approach. The authors examined the differences between DAWs and idiopathic SCH on MRI and CT myelography to improve diagnostic confidence prior to surgery...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338415/hyaluronic-acid-hydrogel-functionalized-with-self-assembled-micelles-of-amphiphilic-pegylated-kartogenin-for-the-treatment-of-osteoarthritis
#17
Mi-Lan Kang, Se-Young Jeong, Gun-Il Im
Synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) containing a covalently integrated drug is capable of releasing therapeutic molecules and is an attractive candidate for the intra-articular treatment of osteoarthritis (OA). Herein, self-assembled PEGylated kartogenin (PEG/KGN) micelles consisting of hydrophilic polyethylene glycol (PEG) and hydrophobic KGN, which has been shown to induce chondrogenesis in human mesenchymal stem cells, were prepared by covalent crosslinking. HA hydrogels containing PEG/KGN micelles (HA/PEG/KGN) were prepared by covalently bonding PEG chains to HA...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338316/quantitative-characterization-of-the-surface-evolution-for-lini0-5co0-2mn0-3o2-graphite-cell-during-long-term-cycling
#18
Huiyuan Zheng, Qunting Qu, Guobin Zhu, Gao Liu, Vincent S Battaglia, Honghe Zheng
Many factors have been proposed explaining the capacity degradation mechanisms of LiNixCoyMnzO2 (NCM)/graphite cells at extreme conditions such as under high temperature or with high charge voltage limit. However, the main factors dominating the long-term cycling performance under normal operations remain elusive. Quantitative analyses of the electrode surface evolution for a commercial 18650 LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 (NCM523)/graphite cell during ca. 3000 cycles under normal operation are presented. Electrochemical analyses and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) confirm lithium inventory loss accounts for ca...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338151/field-theoretic-simulations-of-random-copolymers-with-structural-rigidity
#19
Shifan Mao, Quinn MacPherson, Jian Qin, Andrew J Spakowitz
Copolymers play an important role in a range of soft-materials applications and biological phenomena. Prevalent works on block copolymer phase behavior use flexible chain models and incorporate interactions using a mean-field approximation. However, when phase separation takes place on length scales comparable to a few monomers, the structural rigidity of the monomers becomes important. In addition, concentration fluctuations become significant at short length scales, rendering the mean-field approximation invalid...
March 24, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338134/uniform-tio2-nanoparticles-induce-apoptosis-in-epithelial-cell-lines-in-a-size-dependent-manner
#20
Qingqing Sun, Takayuki Ishii, Koki Kanehira, Takeshi Sato, Akiyoshi Taniguchi
The size of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles is a vital parameter that determines their cytotoxicity. However, most reported studies have employed irregular shapes and sizes of TiO2 nanoparticles, as it is difficult to produce nanoparticles of suitable sizes for research. We produced good model TiO2 nanoparticles of uniform shape and size for use in studying their cytotoxicity. In this work, spherical, uniform polyethylene glycol-modified TiO2 (TiO2-PEG) nanoparticles of differing sizes (100, 200, and 300 nm) were prepared using the sol-gel method...
March 24, 2017: Biomaterials Science
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