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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819437/impact-of-detection-method-and-accompanying-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ-on-prognosis-of-t1a-bn0-breast-cancer
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Shih-Che Shen, Shir-Hwa Ueng, Chan-Keng Yang, Chi-Chang Yu, Yung-Feng Lo, Hsien-Kun Chang, Yung-Chang Lin, Shin-Cheh Chen
Background: T1a,bN0 breast cancer is not easily detected. Before mammography became widespread, most cases were discovered only after the development of symptoms. The presence of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) affects the detectability of associated invasive cancer; however, the prognostic value of concomitant DCIS is controversial. This study compared the characteristics of screening-detected and symptom-detected T1a,bN0 breast cancer, and investigated the impact of accompanying DCIS on detection and prognosis...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799089/searching-for-the-pareto-frontier-in-multi-objective-protein-design
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REVIEW
Vikas Nanda, Sandeep V Belure, Ofer M Shir
The goal of protein engineering and design is to identify sequences that adopt three-dimensional structures of desired function. Often, this is treated as a single-objective optimization problem, identifying the sequence-structure solution with the lowest computed free energy of folding. However, many design problems are multi-state, multi-specificity, or otherwise require concurrent optimization of multiple objectives. There may be tradeoffs among objectives, where improving one feature requires compromising another...
August 10, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791912/coinheritance-of-high-oxygen-affinity-hb-helsinki-hbb-c-248a-t-%C3%AE-82-ef6-lys%C3%A2-met-with-hb-h-disease
#3
Shir-Ying Lee, Jia-Hui Goh, Karen M L Tan, Te-Chih Liu
Hb Helsinki [HBB: c.248A>T; β82(EF6)Lys→Met] is a high oxygen affinity hemoglobin (Hb) causing polycythemia, whereas Hb H (β4) disease causes mild to severe chronic hemolytic anemia. The clinical characteristics, gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis (CE) and molecular genotyping of a case of Hb Helsinki coinherited with Hb H disease in an ethnic Malay is described, illustrating the interaction between the β-globin variant and coinheritance of three α gene deletions. The proband was asymptomatic, exhibited microcytosis and a normal with Hb value...
August 9, 2017: Hemoglobin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768178/triglyceride-synthesis-by-dgat1-protects-adipocytes-from-lipid-induced-er-stress-during-lipolysis
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Chandramohan Chitraju, Niklas Mejhert, Joel T Haas, L Grisell Diaz-Ramirez, Carrie A Grueter, Jason E Imbriglio, Shirly Pinto, Suneil K Koliwad, Tobias C Walther, Robert V Farese
Triglyceride (TG) storage in adipose tissue provides the major reservoir for metabolic energy in mammals. During lipolysis, fatty acids (FAs) are hydrolyzed from adipocyte TG stores and transported to other tissues for fuel. For unclear reasons, a large portion of hydrolyzed FAs in adipocytes is re-esterified to TGs in a "futile," ATP-consuming, energy dissipating cycle. Here we show that FA re-esterification during adipocyte lipolysis is mediated by DGAT1, an ER-localized DGAT enzyme. Surprisingly, this re-esterification cycle does not preserve TG mass but instead functions to protect the ER from lipotoxic stress and related consequences, such as adipose tissue inflammation...
August 1, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740998/therapeutic-temperature-management-ttm-post-resuscitation-care-for-adult-cardiac-arrest-with-recommendations-from-the-national-ttm-workgroup
#5
Siew Hon Benjamin Leong, Enoch Chan, Benjamin Choon Heng Ho, Colin Yeo, Sennen Lew, Duu Wen Sewa, Shir Lynn Lim, Chee Wan Lee, Pow Li Chia, Tien Siang Eric Lim, Eng Kiang Lee, Marcus Eng Hock Ong
Therapeutic temperature management (TTM) was strongly recommended by the 2015 International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation as a component of post-resuscitation care. It has been known to be effective in improving the survival rate and neurologic functional outcome of patients after cardiac arrest. In an effort to increase local adoption of TTM as a standard of post-resuscitation care, this paper discusses and makes recommendations on the treatment for local providers.
July 2017: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701846/rare-presentation-of-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-in-a-sexagenarian
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C Danny Darlington, G Fatima Shirly Anitha
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) usually presents in the neonatal period, and about 10% of reported cases occur in adults. The most common type is Bochdalek's hernia, which occurs through a defect in the posterolateral portion of the diaphragm with an estimated prevalence of 1 in 2500 live births. CDH in adults presents with gastrointestinal or respiratory symptoms, which can be acute or intermittent. We report a case of CDH diagnosed in a 55-year-old man, who presented with acute onset of chest pain and dyspnea with insignificant past history...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671993/epithelial-cells-detect-functional-type-iii-secretion-system-of-enteropathogenic-escherichia-coli-through-a-novel-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Yael Litvak, Shir Sharon, Meirav Hyams, Li Zhang, Simi Kobi, Naama Katsowich, Shira Dishon, Gabriel Nussbaum, Na Dong, Feng Shao, Ilan Rosenshine
Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (EPEC), a common cause of infant diarrhea, is associated with high risk of mortality in developing countries. The primary niche of infecting EPEC is the apical surface of intestinal epithelial cells. EPEC employs a type three secretion system (TTSS) to inject the host cells with dozens of effector proteins, which facilitate attachment to these cells and successful colonization. Here we show that EPEC elicit strong NF-κB activation in infected host cells. Furthermore, the data indicate that active, pore-forming TTSS per se is necessary and sufficient for this NF-κB activation, regardless of any specific effector or protein translocation...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669582/substance-related-disorders-a-review-of-prevalence-and-correlates-among-patients-with-chronic-pain
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REVIEW
Marc O Martel, Yoram Shir, Mark A Ware
Over the past few decades, research has revealed high rates of substance-related disorders among patients with chronic pain. In addition to their potentially deleterious health consequences, substance-related disorders have consistently been associated with negative pain-related outcomes among patients with chronic pain. The goal of this narrative review was to provide an overview of studies that have examined the prevalence and correlates of substance-related disorders among patients with chronic pain. A particular focus was placed on opioids, sedatives/hypnotics, cannabis, tobacco, and alcohol given that these substances have received the bulk of research attention among patients with pain...
June 29, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630418/replacing-a-century-old-technique-modern-spectroscopy-can-supplant-gram-staining
#9
Shirly Berezin, Yaron Aviv, Hagit Aviv, Elad Goldberg, Yaakov R Tischler
Rapid and accurate Gram differentiation is paramount as the first step of pathogen identification and antibiotics administration. However, the current method requires additional reagents, is time-consuming, and is operator dependent. Here we show the principle of tip enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) can differentiate between Gram negative and positive species, by detecting the changes in tip-enhancement in the Raman scattering from the bacteria's lipid-bilayer membrane, which specifically enhances Gram negative bacteria...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624334/seasonality-and-autoimmune-diseases-the-contribution-of-the-four-seasons-to-the-mosaic-of-autoimmunity
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REVIEW
Abdulla Watad, Shir Azrielant, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Kassem Sharif, Paula David, Itay Katz, Gali Aljadeff, Mariana Quaresma, Galya Tanay, Mohammad Adawi, Howard Amital, Yehuda Shoenfeld
Autoimmune diseases (ADs) are a heterogeneous groups of diseases that occur as a results of loss of tolerance to self antigens. While the etiopathogeneis remain obscure, different environmental factors were suggested to have a role in the development of autoimmunity, including infections, low vitamin D levels, UV radiation, and melatonin. Interestingly, such factors possess seasonal variation patterns that could influence disease development, severity and progression. Vitamin D levels which reach a nadir during late winter and early spring is correlated with increased disease activity, clinical severity as well as relapse rates in several disease entities including multiple sclerosis (MS), non-cutaneous flares of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis (RA)...
August 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604346/another-nasty-effect-of-opioids-attenuating-the-benefits-of-motivational-interviewing-in-fibromyalgia
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EDITORIAL
Mary-Ann Fitzcharles, Yoram Shir
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603508/not-all-selfies-took-alike-distinct-selfie-motivations-are-related-to-different-personality-characteristics
#12
Shir Etgar, Yair Amichai-Hamburger
Selfies have become a frequent and commonplace occurrence, though the reasons which lead people to take selfies remain unclear. This research explores what motivates selfie taking, and suggests that this is not a uniform phenomenon and varying motivations may be found among selfie takers. In addition, the connection between these distinct selfie motivations and personality characteristics, including the big five, narcissism, and self-esteem, as well as types of selfie behaviors are examined. At the first stage of the research, 117 participants filled out a questionnaire dealing with their reasons for taking selfies...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567261/amplifying-undetectable-nmr-signals-to-study-host-guest-interactions-and-exchange
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Liat Avram, Mark A Iron, Amnon Bar-Shir
The characteristics of host-guest systems, such as molecular recognition, complexation, encapsulation, guest composition, and dynamic exchange, are manifested by changes in the chemical shifts (Δω) in the NMR spectrum. However, in cases where NMR signals cannot be detected, due to low concentrations, poor solubility, or relatively fast exchange, an alternative is needed. Here, we show that by using the magnetization transfer (MT) method, the undetectable NMR signals of host-guest assemblies can be amplified by two orders of magnitude...
December 1, 2016: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541714/a-multivariate-evaluation-of-factors-affecting-the-quality-of-freshly-frozen-tissue-specimens
#14
Tong-Hong Wang, Chin-Chuan Chen, Kung-Hao Liang, Chi-Yuan Chen, Wen-Yu Chuang, Shir-Hwa Ueng, Pao-Hsien Chu, Chung-Guei Huang, Tse-Ching Chen, Chuen Hsueh
Well-prepared and preserved freshly frozen specimens are indispensable materials for clinical studies. To manage specimen quality and to understand the factors potentially affecting specimen quality during preservation processes, we analyzed the quality of RNA and genomic DNA of various tissues collected between 2002 and 2011 in Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan. During this period, a total of 1059 freshly frozen specimens from eight major cancer categories were examined. It was found that preservation duration, organ origin, and tissue type could all influence the quality of RNA samples...
August 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522808/plasmonics-enhanced-smartphone-fluorescence-microscopy
#15
Qingshan Wei, Guillermo Acuna, Seungkyeum Kim, Carolin Vietz, Derek Tseng, Jongjae Chae, Daniel Shir, Wei Luo, Philip Tinnefeld, Aydogan Ozcan
Smartphone fluorescence microscopy has various applications in point-of-care (POC) testing and diagnostics, ranging from e.g., quantification of immunoassays, detection of microorganisms, to sensing of viruses. An important need in smartphone-based microscopy and sensing techniques is to improve the detection sensitivity to enable quantification of extremely low concentrations of target molecules. Here, we demonstrate a general strategy to enhance the detection sensitivity of a smartphone-based fluorescence microscope by using surface-enhanced fluorescence (SEF) created by a thin metal-film...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521874/sirna-mediated-inhibition-of-srebp-cleavage-activating-protein-reduces-dyslipidemia-in-spontaneously-dysmetabolic-rhesus-monkeys
#16
Beth Ann Murphy, Marija Tadin-Strapps, Kristian Jensen, Robin Mogg, Andy Liaw, Kithsiri Herath, Gowri Bhat, David G McLaren, Stephen F Previs, Shirly Pinto
BACKGROUND: SREBP cleavage-activating protein (SCAP) is a cholesterol binding endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane protein that is required to activate SREBP transcription factors. SREBPs regulate genes involved in lipid biosynthesis. They also influence lipid clearance by modulating the expression of LDL receptor (LDLR) and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) genes. Inhibiting SCAP decreases circulating PCSK9, triglycerides (TG), and LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C), both in vitro and in vivo...
June 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507030/ccr2-regulates-the-immune-response-by-modulating-the-interconversion-and-function-of-effector-and-regulatory-t-cells
#17
Eszter Bakos, Christoph A Thaiss, Matthias P Kramer, Sivan Cohen, Lihi Radomir, Irit Orr, Nathali Kaushansky, Avraham Ben-Nun, Shirly Becker-Herman, Idit Shachar
Chemokines and chemokine receptors establish a complex network modulating immune cell migration and localization. These molecules were also suggested to mediate the differentiation of leukocytes; however, their intrinsic, direct regulation of lymphocyte fate remained unclear. CCR2 is the main chemokine receptor inducing macrophage and monocyte recruitment to sites of inflammation, and it is also expressed on T cells. To assess whether CCR2 directly regulates T cell responses, we followed the fates of CCR2(-/-) T cells in T cell-specific inflammatory models...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495659/social-inclusion-of-individuals-with-intellectual-disabilities-in-the-military
#18
Shirli Werner, Yael Hochman
BACKGROUND: Despite policies advocating the social inclusion of persons with disabilities in all settings that are a part of everyday life within society, individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID) are usually excluded from service in the military. AIMS: This study examined the meaning of service in the military for individuals with ID from the perspective of various stakeholder groups. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 31 individuals with ID, 36 relatives, and 28 commanders...
May 7, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480589/quantification-and-tracking-of-genetically-engineered-dendritic-cells-for-studying-immunotherapy
#19
Amnon Bar-Shir, Lina Alon, Michael J Korrer, Hong Seo Lim, Nirbhay N Yadav, Yoshinori Kato, Arvind P Pathak, Jeff W M Bulte, Assaf A Gilad
PURPOSE: Genetically encoded reporters can assist in visualizing biological processes in live organisms and have been proposed for longitudinal and noninvasive tracking of therapeutic cells in deep tissue. Cells can be labeled in situ or ex vivo and followed in live subjects over time. Nevertheless, a major challenge for reporter systems is to identify the cell population that actually expresses an active reporter. METHODS: We have used a nucleoside analog, pyrrolo-2'-deoxycytidine, as an imaging probe for the putative reporter gene, Drosophila melanogaster 2'-deoxynucleoside kinase...
May 7, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471618/a-retrospective-comparison-of-fecal-microbial-transplantation-methods-for-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection
#20
Nathaniel A Cohen, Dan M Livovsky, Shir Yaakobovitch, Merav Ben Yehoyada, Ronen Ben Ami, Amos Adler, Hanan Guzner-Gur, Eran Goldin, Moshe E Santo, Zamir Halpern, Kalman Paz, Nitsan Maharshak
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has a high failure rate. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) has proven very effective in treating these recurrences. OBJECTIVES: To determine which method of fecal microbiota transplantation (upper or lower gastrointestinal) and which type of donor (a relative or unrelated) is superior. METHODS: This is a retrospective analysis of treatment protocols and outcomes in 22 patients with refractory or recurrent CDI who underwent FMT at two Israeli facilities...
October 2016: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
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