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Woong Choi, Gyoo Yeol Jung
For the development of clinically useful genotyping methods for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), accuracy, simplicity, sensitivity, and cost-effectiveness are the most important criteria. Among the methods currently being developed for SNP genotyping technology, the ligation-dependent method is considered the simplest for clinical diagnosis. However, sensitivity is not guaranteed by the ligation reaction alone, and analysis of multiple targets is limited by the detection method. Although CE is an attractive alternative to error-prone hybridization-based detection, the multiplex assay process is complicated because of the size-based DNA separation principle...
October 18, 2016: Electrophoresis
Rong-Miao Zhou, Yan Li, Na Wang, Xi Huang, Shi-Ru Cao, Bao-En Shan
Programmed death-1 (PD-1) is an immunoinhibitory receptor belonging to the CD28 family. This study was designed to investigate the association of PD-1 rs36084323:A>G, rs2227981:C>T, rs2227982:C>T and rs10204525:A>G single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with the risk and prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in a high-incidence population from Northern China. These four SNPs were genotyped by polymerase chain reaction ligase detection reaction (PCR-LDR) method in 584 ESCC patients and 585 healthy controls...
September 2016: Cancer Genetics
Juliana E Bajic, Georgina L Eden, Lorrinne S Lampton, Ker Y Cheah, Kerry A Lymn, Jinxin V Pei, Andrea J Yool, Gordon S Howarth
AIM: To investigate the effects of orally gavaged aqueous rhubarb extract (RE) on 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-induced intestinal mucositis in rats. METHODS: Female Dark Agouti rats (n = 8/group) were gavaged daily (1 mL) with water, high-dose RE (HDR; 200 mg/kg) or low-dose RE (LDR; 20mg/kg) for eight days. Intestinal mucositis was induced (day 5) with 5-FU (150 mg/kg) via intraperitoneal injection. Intestinal tissue samples were collected for myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity and histological examination...
October 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Annette M Ilg, Aaron A Laviana, Mitchell Kamrava, Darlene Veruttipong, Michael Steinberg, Sang-June Park, Michael A Burke, Douglas Niedzwiecki, Patrick A Kupelian, Christopher Saigal
PURPOSE: Cost estimates through traditional hospital accounting systems are often arbitrary and ambiguous. We used time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) to determine the true cost of low-dose-rate (LDR) and high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy for prostate cancer and demonstrate opportunities for cost containment at an academic referral center. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We implemented TDABC for patients treated with I-125, preplanned LDR and computed tomography based HDR brachytherapy with two implants from initial consultation through 12-month followup...
October 3, 2016: Brachytherapy
Guozi Yang, Dehai Yu, Wei Li, Yuguang Zhao, Xue Wen, Xinyue Liang, Xiaoying Zhang, Lei Zhou, Jifan Hu, Chao Niu, Huimin Tian, Fujun Han, Xiao Chen, Lihua Dong, Lu Cai, Jiuwei Cui
Low-dose radiation (LDR) induces hormesis and adaptive response in normal cells but not in cancer cells, suggesting its potential protection of normal tissue against damage induced by conventional radiotherapy. However, the underlying mechanisms are not well established. We addressed this in the present study by examining the role of the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) signaling pathway in response to LDR using A549 human lung adenocarcinoma cells and HBE135-E6E7 (HBE) normal lung epithelial cells. We found that LDR-activated ATM was the initiating event in hormesis and adaptive response to LDR in HBE cells...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Rehab Aburas, Debajyoti Pati, Robert Casanova, Nicole Gilinsky Adams
The physical environment is one of the factors that affect women's experience of labor. The basics of the childbirth process have not changed since the beginning of human existence; however, the environment in which women today give birth has changed significantly. Incorporating design elements and strategies that calm and reduce negative emotions may create positive experiences for women in labor. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of one such strategy, namely, the presentation of images of nature, on the labor and delivery experience...
September 30, 2016: HERD
Hye Jin Yoo, Sung Hwan Hong, Dong Hyun Kim, Ja-Young Choi, Hee Dong Chae, Bo Mi Jeong, Joong Mo Ahn, Heung Sik Kang
PURPOSE: To determine whether fat-signal-fraction (FF) map using a modified Dixon sequence could help differentiate benign from malignant bone lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Spine magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of 120 consecutive patients were studied by using a 3T MRI with standard T1 -weighted image (T1 WI) and modified-Dixon sequence for FF measurement. There were three groups: a control group (n = 51) with normal vertebrae; a benign group (n = 40) with focal red marrow deposition, Schmorl's nodes, benign compression fracture, or Modic type 1 endplate degeneration; a malignant group (n = 29) with spinal malignancies...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Kristofer Kainz, Douglas Prah, Ergun Ahunbay, X Allen Li
"Burst-mode" modulated arc therapy (hereafter referred to as "mARC") is a form of volumetric-modulated arc therapy characterized by variable gantry rotation speed, static MLCs while the radiation beam is on, and MLC repositioning while the beam is off. We present our clinical experience with the planning techniques and plan quality assurance measurements of mARC delivery. Clinical mARC plans for five representative cases (prostate, low-dose-rate brain, brain with partial-arc vertex fields, pancreas, and liver SBRT) were generated using a Monte Carlo-based treatment planning system...
2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Shuang-Shuang Yuan, Huan-Zhi Xu, Li-Qin Liu, Jia-Lang Zheng
The present study assessed the effects of a white fluorescent bulb (the control) and two different light-emitting diodes (blue LEDs, LDB; red, LDR) on growth, morphology, and oxidative stress in the liver and ovary of zebrafish for 5 weeks. Growth maintained relatively constant under LDB condition, but was reduced under LDR condition. In the liver, hepatosomatic index (HSI) and protein carbonylation (PC) increased under LDR condition, whereas lipid peroxidation (LPO) declined and HSI remained unchanged under LDB condition...
September 23, 2016: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Paula Boaventura, Cecília Durães, Adélia Mendes, Natália Rios Costa, Inês Chora, Sara Ferreira, Emanuel Araújo, Pedro Lopes, Gilberto Rosa, Pedro Marques, Paulo Bettencourt, Inês Oliveira, Francisco Costa, Isabel Ramos, Maria José Teles, João Tiago Guimarães, Manuel Sobrinho-Simões, Paula Soares
Head and neck cancers, and cardiovascular disease have been described as late effects of low dose radiation (LDR) exposure, namely in tinea capitis cohorts. In addition to radiation dose, gender and younger age at exposure, the genetic background might be involved in the susceptibility to LDR late effects. The -174 G>C (rs1800795) SNP in IL6 has been associated with cancer and cardiovascular disease, nevertheless this association is still controversial. We assessed the association of the IL6-174 G>C SNP with LDR effects such as thyroid carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma and carotid atherosclerosis in the Portuguese tinea capitis cohort...
2016: PloS One
Peter W Henderson, David I Kutler, Bhupesh Parashar, David M Otterburn, Marc A Cohen, Jason A Spector
PURPOSE: While brachytherapy is often used concurrently with flap reconstruction following surgical ablation for head and neck cancer, it remains unclear whether it increases morbidity in the particularly high risk subset of patients undergoing salvage treatment for recurrent head and neck cancer (RH&NC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective chart review was undertaken that evaluated patients with RH&NC who underwent flap coverage after surgical re-resection and concomitant brachytherapy...
August 2016: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
Rhian Siân Davies, Teresa Perrett, Jane Powell, Jim Barber, Jacob Tanguay, Michael Button, Dennis Cochlin, Christian Smith, Jason Francis Lester
A study was performed to establish whether transrectal ultrasound (TRUS)-based postimplant dosimetry (PID) is both practically feasible and comparable to computed tomography (CT)-based PID, recommended in current published guidelines. In total, 22 patients treated consecutively at a single cancer center with low-dose-rate (LDR) brachytherapy for early-stage prostate cancer had a transrectal ultrasound performed immediately after implant (d0-TRUS) and computed tomography scan 30 days after implant (d30-CT). Postimplant dosimetry planning was performed on both image sets and the results were compared...
September 9, 2016: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
Shao-Shuai Sui, Yong-Zhen Huang, Ming-Ying Tang, Hai-Zhong Weng, Yue-De Yang, Jin-Long Xiao, Yun Du
We propose and demonstrate a locally deformed-ring (LDR) hybrid microlaser to realize stable unidirectional emission from a silicon waveguide. The coupled modes eliminate the competition between clockwise (CW) and counter-clockwise (CCW) modes, and the highly unidirectional characteristics are achieved with an enhanced mode quality factor based on a locally deformed notch in the LDR resonator. Using a divinylsiloxane-benzocyclobutene bonding technique, a LDR hybrid microlaser is fabricated vertically coupled to a silicon waveguide with a radius of 20 μm, a ring width of 4 μm and a notch width of 500 nm...
September 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Luca Arcaini, Caroline Besson, Marco Frigeni, Helene Fontaine, Maria Goldaniga, Milvia Casato, Marcella Visentini, Harrys A Torres, Veronique Loustaud-Ratti, Jan Peveling-Oberhag, Paolo Fabris, Roberto Rossotti, Francesco Zaja, Luigi Rigacci, Sara Rattotti, Raffaele Bruno, Michele Merli, Céline Dorival, Laurent Alric, Arnaud Jaccard, Stanislas Pol, Fabrice Carrat, Virginia Valeria Ferretti, Carlo Visco, Olivier Hermine
Regression of hepatitis C virus (HCV)-associated lymphoma with interferon-based antiviral treatment supports an etiological link between lymphoma and HCV infection. In addition, a favorable impact of antiviral treatment on overall survival of patients with HCV-related lymphoma has been reported. Data on IFN-free regimens combining direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) in HCV-associated lymphoproliferative disorders are scanty. We analyzed virological and lymphoproliferative disease response (LDR) of 46 patients with indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (NHL) or chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and chronic HCV infection treated with DAAs...
September 7, 2016: Blood
Tarcisio Passos Ribeiro de Campos, Luciana Batista Nogueira, Bruno Trindade, Ethel Mizrahy Cuperschmid
AIM: To provide a comparative dosimetric analysis of permanent implants of Ho(166)-seeds and temporary HDR Ir(192)-brachytherapy through computational simulation. BACKGROUND: Brachytherapy with Ir(192)-HDR or LDR based on temporary wires or permanent radioactive seed implants can be used as dose reinforcement for breast radiation therapy. Permanent breast implants have not been a practical clinical routine; although, I(125) and Pd(103)-seeds have already been reported...
May 2016: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
Anne Graupner, Dag M Eide, Christine Instanes, Jill M Andersen, Dag A Brede, Stephen D Dertinger, Ole C Lind, Anicke Brandt-Kjelsen, Hans Bjerke, Brit Salbu, Deborah Oughton, Gunnar Brunborg, Ann K Olsen
Even today, 70 years after Hiroshima and accidents like in Chernobyl and Fukushima, we still have limited knowledge about the health effects of low dose rate (LDR) radiation. Despite their human relevance after occupational and accidental exposure, only few animal studies on the genotoxic effects of chronic LDR radiation have been performed. Selenium (Se) is involved in oxidative stress defence, protecting DNA and other biomolecules from reactive oxygen species (ROS). It is hypothesised that Se deficiency, as it occurs in several parts of the world, may aggravate harmful effects of ROS-inducing stressors such as ionising radiation...
2016: Scientific Reports
Nikhil G Thaker, Tariq N Ali, Michael E Porter, Thomas W Feeley, Robert S Kaplan, Steven J Frank
PURPOSE: The transformation from volume to value will require communication of outcomes and costs of therapies; however, outcomes are usually nonstandardized, and cost of therapy differs among stakeholders. We developed a standardized value framework by using radar charts to visualize and communicate a wide range of patient outcomes and cost for three forms of prostate cancer treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed data from men with low-risk prostate cancer who were treated with low-dose rate brachytherapy (LDR-BT), proton beam therapy, or robotic-assisted prostatectomy...
September 2016: Journal of Oncology Practice
Temitope A Ajadi, Oladele S Gazal
Welfare concerns are growing regarding surgical castration (SC) in pets, necessitating the need for non-surgical alternatives. Administration of vaccines against gonadotropins releasing hormone (GnRH) have been reported as alternative to SC. This study determined the effect of surgical and immunological castrations (IC) on complete blood counts, plasma testosterone (T), luteinizing hormone (LH) concentrations and ejaculate characteristics in mongrel dogs. Ten intact male dogs were randomly divided into two groups (A & B)...
2016: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
Rocio Jiménez-Galán, Maria-Rosa Cantudo Cuenca, María Aguas Robustillo-Cortés, Y Borrego Izquierdo, Carmen Victoria Almeida-Gonzalez, Ramón Morillo-Verdugo
BACKGROUND: Decreased antiretroviral therapy persistence is associated with increased rates of virologic failure, development of antiretroviral resistance, and increased morbidity and mortality. Different therapeutic strategies, such as single-tablet regimens (STR) and less-drug regimens (LDR), have been developed in order to simplify antiretroviral therapy (ART) and increase persistence. OBJECTIVES: The primary objective was to compare antiretroviral persistence among patients receiving STRs and patients receiving LDRs...
July 2016: Farmacia Hospitalaria
R Kc, A Srivastava, J M Wilkowski, C E Richter, J A Shavit, D T Burke, S L Bielas
CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing has emerged as a powerful tool to create mutant alleles in model organisms. However, the precision with which these mutations are created has introduced a new set of complications for genotyping and colony management. Traditional gene-targeting approaches in many experimental organisms incorporated exogenous DNA and/or allele specific sequence that allow for genotyping strategies based on binary readout of PCR product amplification and size selection. In contrast, alleles created by non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) repair of double-stranded DNA breaks generated by Cas9 are much less amenable to such strategies...
2016: Scientific Reports
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