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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346825/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-articular-cartilage-within-the-knee
#1
Erin C Argentieri, Alissa J Burge, Hollis G Potter
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides an effective and noninvasive means by which to evaluate articular cartilage within the knee. Existing techniques can be utilized to detect and monitor longitudinal changes in cartilage status due to injury or progression of degenerative disease. Quantitative MRI (qMRI) techniques can provide a metric by which to evaluate the efficacy of cartilage repair techniques and offer insight into the composition of cartilage and cartilage repair tissue. In this review, we provide background on MR signal generation and decay, the utility of morphologic MRI assessment, and qMRI techniques for the biochemical assessment of cartilage (dGEMRIC, T2, T2*, T1ρ, sodium, gagCEST)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Knee Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346805/mesenteric-vessel-patency-following-hifu-therapy-in-patients-with-locally-invasive-pancreatic-cancer
#2
Holger M Strunk, Caroline Lützow, Jana Henseler, Martin Mücke, Maximilian Rauch, Christian Marx, Hans H Schild, Milka Marinova
PURPOSE:  To evaluate the effects of HIFU therapy on visceral vessel patency in patients with inoperable locally invasive pancreatic cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS:  50 pancreatic cancer patients (26 men, 24 women) aged 41 - 82 years (65.0 ± 10.2) underwent ultrasonography (US) and computed tomography (CT) examinations before and within one day after HIFU treatment, as well as at follow-up at six weeks, three months and six months. Evaluation and grading were performed by two experienced independent radiologists according to a classification scheme based on vessel involvement, vessel diameter, patency, and defects in flow...
January 18, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346792/pancreaticoduodenectomy-and-outcomes-for-groove-pancreatitis
#3
Fabiola Aguilera, Levan Tsamalaidze, Massimo Raimondo, Ruchir Puri, Horacio J Asbun, John A Stauffer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The operative management of groove pancreatitis (GP) is still a matter of controversy and pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) can be a high-risk procedure for patients. The aim of this study was to report our 9-year experience of surgical resection for GP and to review relevant literature. METHODS: A retrospective review of patients undergoing pancreatectomy for GP from August 1, 2008, through May 31, 2017 was performed. Patients with clinical, radiologic, and final pathologic confirmation of GP were included...
January 18, 2018: Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346767/functional-principles-of-posterior-septal-inputs-to-the-medial-habenula
#4
Yo Otsu, Salvatore Lecca, Katarzyna Pietrajtis, Charly Vincent Rousseau, Païkan Marcaggi, Guillaume Pierre Dugué, Caroline Mailhes-Hamon, Manuel Mameli, Marco Alberto Diana
The medial habenula (MHb) is an epithalamic hub contributing to expression and extinction of aversive states by bridging forebrain areas and midbrain monoaminergic centers. Although contradictory information exists regarding their synaptic properties, the physiology of the excitatory inputs to the MHb from the posterior septum remains elusive. Here, combining optogenetics-based mapping with ex vivo and in vivo physiology, we examine the synaptic properties of posterior septal afferents to the MHb and how they influence behavior...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346753/sonic-hedgehog-is-a-remotely-produced-cue-that-controls-axon-guidance-trans-axonally-at-a-midline-choice-point
#5
Jimmy Peng, Pierre J Fabre, Tiphaine Dolique, Shannon M Swikert, Laëtitia Kermasson, Tomomi Shimogori, Frédéric Charron
At the optic chiasm choice point, ipsilateral retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are repelled away from the midline by guidance cues, including Ephrin-B2 and Sonic Hedgehog (Shh). Although guidance cues are normally produced by cells residing at the choice point, the mRNA for Shh is not found at the optic chiasm. Here we show that Shh protein is instead produced by contralateral RGCs at the retina, transported anterogradely along the axon, and accumulates at the optic chiasm to repel ipsilateral RGCs. In vitro, contralateral RGC axons, which secrete Shh, repel ipsilateral RGCs in a Boc- and Smo-dependent manner...
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346751/the-brain-compass-a-perspective-on-how-self-motion-updates-the-head-direction-cell-attractor
#6
REVIEW
Jean Laurens, Dora E Angelaki
Head direction cells form an internal compass signaling head azimuth orientation even without visual landmarks. This property is generated by a neuronal ring attractor that is updated using rotation velocity cues. The properties and origin of this velocity drive remain, however, unknown. We propose a quantitative framework whereby this drive represents a multisensory self-motion estimate computed through an internal model that uses sensory prediction errors of vestibular, visual, and somatosensory cues to improve on-line motor drive...
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346720/nanoscale-control-of-molecular-self-assembly-induced-by-plasmonic-hot-electron-dynamics
#7
Sabrina Simoncelli, Yi Li, Emiliano Cortes, Stefan A Maier
Self-assembly processes allow designing and creating complex nanostructures using molecules as building blocks and surfaces as scaffolds. This autonomous driven construction is possible due to a complex thermodynamic balance of molecule-surface interactions. As such, nanoscale guidance and control over this process is hard to achieve. Here we use the highly localized light-to-chemical-energy conversion of plasmonic materials to spatially cleave Au-S bonds on pre-determined locations within a single nanoparticle, enabling a high degree of control over this archetypal system for molecular self-assembly...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346703/pursuing-personal-passion-learner-centered-research-mentoring
#8
William R Phillips
New researchers often face difficulty finding and focusing research questions. I describe a new tool for research mentoring, the Pursuing Personal Passion (P3) interview, and a systematic approach to help learners organize their curiosity and develop researchable questions aligned with their personal and professional priorities. The learner-centered P3 research interview parallels the patient-centered clinical interview. This paper reviews experience with 27 research mentees over the years 2009 to 2016, using the P3 approach to identify their initial research topics, classify their underlying passions and track the evolution into their final research questions...
January 2018: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346683/strigolactones-mediators-of-osmotic-stress-responses-with-a-potential-for-agrochemical-manipulation-of-crop-resilience
#9
Francesca Cardinale, Paolo Korwin Krukowski, Andrea Schubert, Ivan Visentin
After quickly touching upon general aspects of strigolactones biology and functions, including structure, synthesis and perception, this review focuses on the role and regulation of the strigolactone pathway during osmotic stress, in light of the most recent research developments. We discuss available data on organ-specific dynamics of strigolactone synthesis and interaction with abscisic acid in the acclimatization response, with emphasis on the ecophysiological implications of the effects on the stomatal closure process...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346641/uncovering-behavioural-diversity-amongst-high-strength-pseudomonas-spp-surfactants-at-the-limit-of-liquid-surface-tension-reduction
#10
Kamaluddeen Kabir, Yusuf Y Deeni, Simona M Hapca, Luke Moore, Andrew J Spiers
Bacterial bio-surfactants have a wide range of biological functions and biotechnological applications. Previous analyses had suggested a limit to their reduction of aqueous liquid surface tensions (γMin), and here we confirm this in an analysis of 25 Pseudomonas spp. strains isolated from soil which produce high-strength surfactants that reduce surface tensions to 25.2 ± 0.1-26.5 ± 0.2 mN.m-1 (the surface tension of sterile growth medium and pure water was 52.9 ± 0.4 mN.m-1 and 72.1 ± 1.2 mN.m-1, respectively)...
January 16, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346622/a-nosocomial-foodborne-outbreak-of-a-vim-carbapenemase-expressing-citrobacter-freundii
#11
Mathias W Pletz, Antje Wollny, Ute-Heike Dobermann, Jürgen Rödel, Svetlana Neubauer, Claudia Stein, Christian Brandt, Anita Hartung, Alexander Mellmann, Sabine Trommer, Birgit Edel, Vladimir Patchev, Oliwia Makarewicz, Jens Maschmann
Background: A foodborne outbreak of VIM carbapenemase-expressing Citrobacter freundii (CPC) occurred between February and June 2016 at a major university hospital in Germany. Methods: An explosive increase of CPC isolated from rectal swabs of patients during weekly routine screening led to the declaration of an outbreak. A hospital-wide prevalence screening was initiated as well as screening of all patients on admission and before transfer to another ward, and canteen staff, patient rooms, medical and kitchen inventory and food...
January 15, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346621/assessing-polymyalgia-rheumatica-activity-when-c-reactive-protein-is-unavailable-or-uninterpretable
#12
Valérie Devauchelle-Pensec, Lea Saraux, Jean Marie Berthelot, Michel De Bandt, Divi Cornec, Dewi Guellec, Thierry Marhadour, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Maelenn Gouillou, Alain Saraux
Objective: The PMR activity score (PMR-AS) includes the CRP value, which may be lacking or invalid owing to anti-IL-6 therapy. Our objective was to develop alternatives to PMR-AS that do not require CRP. Methods: We used the Club Rhumatisme et Inflammation (CRI; 89 patients with PMR) and the Tolerance and Efficacy of tocilizumab iN pOlymyalgia Rheumatica (TENOR; 20 patients with recent-onset PMR naive to glucocorticoid who received three tocilizumab infusions, at weeks 0, 4 and 8, followed by prednisone from weeks 12 to 24) cohorts...
January 15, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346519/final-results-of-a-multi-institutional-phase-ii-trial-of-re-irradiation-with-concurrent-weekly-cisplatin-and-cetuximab-for-recurrent-or-second-primary-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-head-and-neck
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M J Awan, L Nedzi, D Wang, V Tumati, B Sumer, X-J Xie, I Smith, J Truelson, R Hughes, L L Myers, P Lavertu, S Wong, M Yao
Background: The optimal regimen of chemotherapy and re-irradiation (re-XRT) for recurrent head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is controversial. We report the final outcomes of a multi-center Phase II trial evaluating cetuximab and cisplatin-based chemotherapy concurrent with re-XRT for patients with recurrent HNSCC. Methods and Materials: Patients with unresectable recurrent disease or positive margins after salvage surgery arising within a previously irradiated field with KPS≥70 were eligible for this trial...
January 15, 2018: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346451/an-approach-for-predicting-the-compressive-strength-of-cement-based-materials-exposed-to-sulfate-attack
#14
Huaicheng Chen, Chunxiang Qian, Chengyao Liang, Wence Kang
In this paper, a support vector machine (SVM) model which can be used to predict the compressive strength of mortars exposed to sulfate attack was established. An accelerated corrosion test was applied to collect compressive strength data. For predicting the compressive strength of mortars, a total of 638 data samples obtained from experiment was chosen as a dataset to establish a SVM model. The values of the coefficient of determination, the mean absolute error, the mean absolute percentage error and the root mean square error were used for evaluating the predictive accuracy...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346446/osteopontin-opn-as-a-csf-and-blood-biomarker-for-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#15
Elmira Agah, Arshia Zardoui, Amene Saghazadeh, Mona Ahmadi, Abbas Tafakhori, Nima Rezaei
Identifying a reliable biomarker may accelerate diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and lead to early management of the disease. Accumulating evidence suggest that cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and peripheral blood concentration of osteopontin (OPN) may have diagnostic and prognostic value in MS. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that measured peripheral blood and CSF levels of OPN in MS patients and controls to evaluate the diagnostic potential of this biomarker better. We searched PubMed, Web of Science and Scopus databases to find articles that measured OPN concentration in peripheral blood and CSF samples from MS patients up to October 19, 2016...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346437/tissue-specific-transcriptome-analyses-provide-new-insights-into-gpcr-signalling-in-adult-schistosoma-mansoni
#16
REVIEW
Steffen Hahnel, Nic Wheeler, Zhigang Lu, Arporn Wangwiwatsin, Paul McVeigh, Aaron Maule, Matthew Berriman, Timothy Day, Paula Ribeiro, Christoph G Grevelding
Schistosomes are blood-dwelling trematodes with global impact on human and animal health. Because medical treatment is currently based on a single drug, praziquantel, there is urgent need for the development of alternative control strategies. The Schistosoma mansoni genome project provides a platform to study and connect the genetic repertoire of schistosomes to specific biological functions essential for successful parasitism. G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) form the largest superfamily of transmembrane receptors throughout the Eumetazoan phyla, including platyhelminths...
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346426/proliferation-and-survival-of-human-amniotic-epithelial-cells-during-their-hepatic-differentiation
#17
Julieta L Maymó, Rodrigo Riedel, Antonio Pérez-Pérez, Marta Magatti, Bernardo Maskin, José Luis Dueñas, Ornella Parolini, Víctor Sánchez-Margalet, Cecilia L Varone
Stem cells derived from placental tissues are an attractive source of cells for regenerative medicine. Amniotic epithelial cells isolated from human amnion (hAECs) have desirable and competitive characteristics that make them stand out between other stem cells. They have the ability to differentiate toward all three germ layers, they are not tumorigenic and they have immunosuppressive properties. Although liver transplantation is the best way to treat acute and chronic hepatic failure patients, there are several obstacles...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346415/acute-multi-sgrna-knockdown-of-keops-complex-genes-reproduces-the-microcephaly-phenotype-of-the-stable-knockout-zebrafish-model
#18
Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Ronen Schneider, Charlotte A Hoogstraten, Jeremy F P Ullmann, David Schapiro, Amar J Majmundar, Amy Kolb, Kaitlyn Eddy, Shirlee Shril, Daniela A Braun, Annapurna Poduri, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Until recently, morpholino oligonucleotides have been widely employed in zebrafish as an acute and efficient loss-of-function assay. However, off-target effects and reproducibility issues when compared to stable knockout lines have compromised their further use. Here we employed an acute CRISPR/Cas approach using multiple single guide RNAs targeting simultaneously different positions in two exemplar genes (osgep or tprkb) to increase the likelihood of generating mutations on both alleles in the injected F0 generation and to achieve a similar effect as morpholinos but with the reproducibility of stable lines...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346409/prediction-of-absolute-risk-of-acute-graft-versus-host-disease-following-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
#19
Catherine Lee, Sebastien Haneuse, Hai-Lin Wang, Sherri Rose, Stephen R Spellman, Michael Verneris, Katharine C Hsu, Katharina Fleischhauer, Stephanie J Lee, Reza Abdi
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is the treatment of choice for a variety of hematologic malignancies and disorders. Unfortunately, acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a frequent complication of HCT. While substantial research has identified clinical, genetic and proteomic risk factors for acute GVHD, few studies have sought to develop risk prediction tools that quantify absolute risk. Such tools would be useful for: optimizing donor selection; guiding GVHD prophylaxis, post-transplant treatment and monitoring strategies; and, recruitment of patients into clinical trials...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346386/histological-subtypes-of-mouse-mammary-tumors-reveal-conserved-relationships-to-human-cancers
#20
Daniel P Hollern, Matthew R Swiatnicki, Eran R Andrechek
Human breast cancer has been characterized by extensive transcriptional heterogeneity, with dominant patterns reflected in the intrinsic subtypes. Mouse models of breast cancer also have heterogeneous transcriptomes and we noted that specific histological subtypes were associated with particular subsets. We hypothesized that unique sets of genes define each tumor histological type across mouse models of breast cancer. Using mouse models that contained both gene expression data and expert pathologist classification of tumor histology on a sample by sample basis, we predicted and validated gene expression signatures for Papillary, EMT, Microacinar and other histological subtypes...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
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