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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735524/characterization-of-cytoskeleton-features-and-maturation-status-of-cultured-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Christian Zuppinger, George Gibbons, Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, Adrian Segiser, Henriette Most, Thomas M Suter
Recent innovations in stem cell technologies and the availability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have opened new possibilities for studies and drug testing on human cardiomyocytes in vitro. Still, there are concerns about the precise nature of such 'reprogrammed' cells. We have performed an investigation using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy on several cellular features using commercially available hiPSC-CMs. For some selected developmentally regulated or cardiac chamber-specific proteins, we have compared the results from hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes with freshly isolated, ventricular cardiomyocytes from adult rats...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735518/the-possible-prognostic-role-of-histone-deacetylase-and-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-smad-signaling-in-high-grade-gliomas-treated-by-radio-chemotherapy-a-preliminary-immunohistochemical-study
#2
Roberta Sferra, Simona Pompili, Claudio Festuccia, Francesco Marampon, Giovanni L Gravina, Luca Ventura, Ernesto Di Cesare, Sara Cicchinelli, Eugenio Gaudio, Antonella Vetuschi
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive tumor of the central nervous system. Unfortunately, patients affected by this disease have a very poor prognosis, due to high level of invasiveness and resistance to standard therapies. Although the molecular profile of GBM has been extensively investigated, the events responsible for its pathogenesis and progression remain largely unknown. Histone Deacetylases (HDAC) dependent epigenetic modifications and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β/Smad pathway seem to play an important role in GBM tumorigenesis, resistance to common therapies and poor clinical outcome...
May 16, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735501/step-by-step-guide-to-do-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-for-medical-professionals
#3
Y Bashir, K C Conlon
INTRODUCTION: Systematic review and meta-analysis are statistical tools used to review researches performed on a same topic. They extract the collective effect of the studies performed on the topic of interest after statistically analysing the data of all the studies included. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Systematic reviews and meta-analysis are getting more and more popular in the medical field. Statistics is never the strong aspect of medical professionals, and facing a large number of statistical tests and values could be quite confusing for them...
July 22, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735500/adherence-to-copd-management-guidelines-in-general-practice-a-review-of-the-literature
#4
REVIEW
J Sehl, J O'Doherty, R O'Connor, B O'Sullivan, A O'Regan
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive illness that is mostly managed in the general practice setting. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines are the international gold standard, and it is important to understand how these are being applied in general practice. AIMS: This review aimed to assess the current level of adherence to international best practice guidelines among general practitioners in relation to COPD...
July 22, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735499/an-evaluation-of-the-reliability-of-the-characterization-of-the-porous-structure-of-activated-carbons-based-on-incomplete-nitrogen-adsorption-isotherms
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Mirosław Kwiatkowski, Bassim H Hameed
The paper presents the results of research devoted to reliability evaluation of the analysis of results of the porous structure of activated carbons based on incomplete nitrogen adsorption isotherms using the BET, t-plot, and NLDFT methods, as well as the LBET method comprising the unique numerical fast multivariant procedure of adsorption system identification. The research involved the application of the nitrogen adsorption isotherms obtained for five samples of activated carbons produced from waste materials of organic origin by way of chemical activation with potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, and potassium carbonate with the use of microwave heating...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735495/neuroanatomical-and-resting-state-eeg-power-correlates-of-central-hearing-loss-in-older-adults
#6
Nathalie Giroud, Sarah Hirsiger, Raphaela Muri, Andrea Kegel, Norbert Dillier, Martin Meyer
To gain more insight into central hearing loss, we investigated the relationship between cortical thickness and surface area, speech-relevant resting state EEG power, and above-threshold auditory measures in older adults and younger controls. Twenty-three older adults and 13 younger controls were tested with an adaptive auditory test battery to measure not only traditional pure-tone thresholds, but also above individual thresholds of temporal and spectral processing. The participants' speech recognition in noise (SiN) was evaluated, and a T1-weighted MRI image obtained for each participant...
July 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735486/detection-and-quantification-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-associated-fusion-transcripts
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Jonathan Schumacher, Philippe Szankasi, Todd W Kelley
Real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR)-based detection of abnormal fusion transcripts is an important strategy for the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with t(8;21)(q22;q22); RUNX1-RUNX1T1, inv(16)(p13.1;q22); CBFB-MYH11 or t(15;17)(q22;q12); PML-RARA. In RT-qPCR assays, patient-derived cDNA is subjected to amplification using PCR primers directed against the fusion transcript of interest as well as a reference gene for normalization...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735483/amlprofiler-a-diagnostic-and-prognostic-microarray-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Marco Alessandrini, Sharon S Kappala, Michael S Pepper
Acute myeloid leukemia is characterized by the proliferation and accumulation of immature hematopoietic cells of the myeloid lineage in the bone marrow. The disease is typified by diverse genetic abnormalities and marked heterogeneity both with regard to response to treatment and survival. The AMLprofiler is a qualitative in vitro diagnostic microarray developed by SkylineDx for use with Affymetrix technology. The AMLprofiler makes use of RNA chemistry and incorporates seven separate assays based on three different technologies-cytogenetics, mutation, and expression analysis-to predict post-therapy survival rates in patients with acute myeloid leukemia...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735470/staged-reimplantation-of-a-total-hip-prosthesis-after-co-infection-with-candida-tropicalis-and-staphylococcus-haemolyticus-a-case-report
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Sujeesh Sebastian, Rajesh Malhotra, Ashish Pande, Deepak Gautam, Immaculata Xess, Benu Dhawan
Fungal prosthetic joint infection is a rare complication in total joint arthroplasty. There are no established guidelines for management of these infections. We present a case of a 53-year-old male with a hip joint prosthesis co-infected with Candida tropicalis and Staphylococcus haemolyticus. A two-stage exchange arthroplasty was performed. The patient underwent implant removal, debridement, irrigation with saline solution and application of cement spacer impregnated with vancomycin followed by aggressive antimicrobial treatment in first stage...
July 22, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735459/diabetes-and-the-hospitalized-patient-a-cluster-analytic-framework-for-characterizing-the-role-of-sex-race-and-comorbidity-from-2006-to-2011
#10
Nisha Nataraj, Julie Simmons Ivy, Fay Cobb Payton, Joseph Norman
In the US, one in four adults has two or more chronic conditions; this population accounts for two thirds of healthcare spending. Comorbidity, the presence of multiple simultaneous health conditions in an individual, is increasing in prevalence and has been shown to impact patient outcomes negatively. Comorbidities associated with diabetes are correlated with increased incidence of preventable hospitalizations, longer lengths of stay (LOS), and higher costs. This study focuses on sex and race disparities in outcomes for hospitalized adult patients with and without diabetes...
July 22, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735458/the-efficacy-of-lapatinib-and-nilotinib-in-combination-with-radiation-therapy-in-a-model-of-nf2-associated-peripheral-schwannoma
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Iddo Paldor, Sara Abbadi, Nicolas Bonne, Xiaobu Ye, Fausto J Rodriguez, David Rowshanshad, MariaLisa Itzoe, Veronica Vigilar, Marco Giovannini, Henry Brem, Jaishri O Blakeley, Betty M Tyler
Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2), a neurogenetic condition manifest by peripheral nerve sheath tumors (PNST) throughout the neuroaxis for which there are no approved therapies. In vitro and in vivo studies presented here examine agents targeting signaling pathways, angiogenesis, and DNA repair mechanisms. In vitro dose response assays demonstrated potent activity of lapatinib and nilotinib against the mouse schwannoma SC4 (Nf2 (-/-)) cell line. We then examined the efficacy of everolimus, nilotinib, lapatinib, bevacizumab and radiation (RT) as mono- and combination therapies in flank and sciatic nerve in vivo NF2-PNST models...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735457/impact-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-by-ultrasound-guided-core-needle-biopsy-for-patients-with-suspicious-node-positive-breast-cancer
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Rikiya Nakamura, Naohito Yamamoto, Toshiko Miyaki, Makiko Itami, Nobumitsu Shina, Masayuki Ohtsuka
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the accuracy of preoperative diagnostic tools for axillary lymph nodes (LNs) staging of breast cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 2464 consecutive patients with operable breast cancer were prospectively identified at our institution between April 2012 and March 2017. Patients with suspicious axillary LN of breast cancer were assessed using preoperative ultrasound(US) or computed tomography (CT), underwent fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNA) or core needle biopsy (CNB)...
July 22, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735443/retinoic-acid-regulates-avian-lung-branching-through-a-molecular-network
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Hugo Fernandes-Silva, Patrícia Vaz-Cunha, Violina Baranauskaite Barbosa, Carla Silva-Gonçalves, Jorge Correia-Pinto, Rute Silva Moura
Retinoic acid (RA) is of major importance during vertebrate embryonic development and its levels need to be strictly regulated otherwise congenital malformations will develop. Through the action of specific nuclear receptors, named RAR/RXR, RA regulates the expression of genes that eventually influence proliferation and tissue patterning. RA has been described as crucial for different stages of mammalian lung morphogenesis, and as part of a complex molecular network that contributes to precise organogenesis; nonetheless, nothing is known about its role in avian lung development...
July 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735440/new-hypofractionation-radiation-strategies-for-glioblastoma
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REVIEW
Melissa Azoulay, Jennifer Shah, Erqi Pollom, Scott G Soltys
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and lethal primary brain tumor in adults, with a median survival of less than 2 years despite the standard of care treatment of 6 weeks of chemoradiotherapy. We review the data investigating hypofractionated radiotherapy (HFRT) in the treatment of newly diagnosed GBM. RECENT FINDINGS: Investigators have explored alternative radiotherapy strategies that shorten treatment duration with the goal of similar or improved survival while minimizing toxicity...
September 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735438/adenosine-assisted-neurovascular-surgery-initial-case-series-and-review-of-literature
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REVIEW
Alaa Al-Mousa, Gahan Bose, Katharine Hunt, Ahmed K Toma
Cerebral aneurysms in complex anatomical locations and intraoperative rupture of aneurysms are challenging for neurosurgeons and anaesthetists alike. Mechanical and non-mechanical methods to reduce blood flow into aneurysms are well-recognised techniques to facilitate aneurysm exclusion from the circulation. Mechanical methods like temporary clipping of parent arteries, carotid artery ligation and endovascular balloon occlusion are commonly used in clinical practice. However, non-mechanical techniques such as rapid ventricular pacing and adenosine-induced cardiac standstill with hypotension are still emerging strategies...
July 22, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735437/prospective-and-retrospective-study-of-videoconference-telemedicine-follow-up-after-elective-neurosurgery-results-of-a-pilot-program
#16
Melissa Reider-Demer, Pushpa Raja, Neil Martin, Mariel Schwinger, Diana Babayan
Existing literature suggests that use of telemedicine during postoperative appointments can increase access to care and is valued by patients and providers alike. While research examining the clinical equivalency of telemedicine visits for postoperative care has been growing, few studies have reported on telemedicine follow-up after neurosurgery. This study examined if a videoconferencing visit could substitute for an in-person clinic visit for elective neurosurgical cases in the USA. This was a single-center prospective study of patients who underwent elective neurosurgical procedures (aneurysm clipping, resection of cavernous angiomas, resection of arterial venous malformation, microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm, and certain benign brain tumors) and were offered telemedicine follow-up care by an allied health professional during the first 90 days after neurosurgery...
July 22, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735431/a-systematic-review-of-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-in-male-and-paediatric-populations
#17
Simrun Virdee, James Greenan-Barrett, Coziana Ciurtin
Primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS) is a chronic multisystem autoimmune rheumatic disease characterised by female predominance. Although the disease is rare in the male and paediatric populations, it has been suggested that it may have a different disease phenotype, which has not been investigated before using a systematic approach. A systematic literature search of PubMed databases (updated to December 2016) was performed to identify all published data on the epidemiological, clinical and laboratory manifestations of pSS in the male and paediatric populations...
July 22, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735428/effects-of-low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-on-soft-tissue-micro-circulation-in-the-foot
#18
Anna Katharina Kösters, Bergita Ganse, Boyko Gueorguiev, Kajetan Klos, Ali Modabber, Sven Nebelung, Bong-Sung S Kim, Matthias Knobe
PURPOSE: Low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) has been shown to accelerate bone healing and is considered to increase blood flow. The aim of this study was to assess changes in micro-circulation of the foots' soft tissue in response to LIPUS intervention. We hypothesised improved micro-circulation in response to LIPUS. METHODS: Micro-circulation was assessed in 2 mm and 8 mm-deep skin of 50 healthy volunteers using non-invasive laser-doppler spectrophotometry (O2C-device)...
July 22, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735427/biomechanical-evaluation-of-distal-biceps-tendon-repair-using-tension-slide-technique-and-knotless-fixation-technique
#19
David D Savin, Hristo Piponov, Jonathan N Watson, Ari R Youderian, Farid Amirouche, Giovanni F Solitro, Mark R Hutchinson, Benjamin A Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Acute distal biceps tendon ruptures are uncommon injuries that often affect young active males, typically resulting from an eccentric load on their dominant extremity. The purpose of this study was to compare pullout strength and tendon gapping in the tension slide technique (TST) versus a knotless fixation technique (KFT). METHODS: Two sets of experiments were performed using cadaveric elbow specimens. In the first experiment, eight elbows from different cadavers were tested to compare TST with a standard locking whipstitch with KFT, four elbows in each group, using a standard locking whipstitch...
July 22, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735425/influence-of-host-plant-on-thaumetopoea-pityocampa-gut-bacterial-community
#20
Cinzia P Strano, Antonino Malacrinò, Orlando Campolo, Vincenzo Palmeri
Microbial communities associated to the gut of insects are attracting an increasing interest, mainly because of their role in influencing several host life-traits. The characterization of the gut microbial community is pivotal for understanding insect ecology and, thus, to develop novel pest management strategies. The pine processionary moth, Thaumetopoea pytiocampa (Denis & Schiff.) (Lepidoptera: Thaumetopoeidae), is a severe defoliator of pine forests, able to feed on several pine species. In this work, we performed a metabarcoding analysis to investigate, for the first time, the diversity of the gut bacterial community of pine processionary larvae associated with three different host pine species (Pinus halepensis, Pinus nigra subsp...
July 22, 2017: Microbial Ecology
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