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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329731/feasibility-toxicity-and-response-of-upfront-metaiodobenzylguanidine-therapy-therapy-followed-by-german-pediatric-oncology-group-neuroblastoma-2004-protocol-in-newly-diagnosed-stage-4-neuroblastoma-patients
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K C J M Kraal, G M Bleeker, B L F van Eck-Smit, N K A van Eijkelenburg, F Berthold, M M van Noesel, H N Caron, G A M Tytgat
AIM OF THE STUDY: Radiolabelled meta-iodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) is an effective option in treatment of neuroblastoma (NBL) tumours. We studied feasibility, toxicity and efficacy of upfront (131)I-MIBG and induction treatment in stage 4 NBL patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective, multi-centre (AMC and EMC) pilot regimen (1/1/2005-2011). Newly diagnosed stage 4 NBL patients, were treated with 2 courses of (131)I-MIBG, GPOH 2004 NBL protocol, myeloablative therapy (MAT) and autologous stem cell rescue (ASCT)...
March 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327145/diagnostic-challenges-and-case-management-of-the-first-imported-case-of-plasmodium-knowlesi-in-sri-lanka
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A Dewanee Ranaweera, Manjula N Danansuriya, Kusumawathie Pahalagedera, W M Kumudunayana T de A W Gunasekera, Priyani Dharmawardena, Keng Wai Mak, Pei-Sze Jeslyn Wong, Mei-Zhi Irene Li, Cheong Huat Tan, Hapuarachchige C Hapuarachchi, Hema D B Herath, Deepika Fernando
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka has achieved 'malaria-free' status and is now in the phase of prevention of re-introduction of malaria. Imported malaria remains a challenge to resurgence of the disease. The diagnostic challenges encountered and the rapid response initiated to manage a Plasmodium infection, which was later confirmed as Plasmodium knowlesi, the first reported case from Sri Lanka, is discussed. CASE PRESENTATION: An army officer who returned from Malaysia in October 2016 was found to be positive for Plasmodium both by microscopy and rapid diagnostic test (RDT) by the Anti Malaria Campaign Sri Lanka (AMC) during his third visit to a health care provider...
March 21, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318499/loss-of-function-mutations-in-lgi4-a-secreted-ligand-involved-in-schwann-cell-myelination-are-responsible-for-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita
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Shifeng Xue, Jérôme Maluenda, Florent Marguet, Mohammad Shboul, Loïc Quevarec, Carine Bonnard, Alvin Yu Jin Ng, Sumanty Tohari, Thong Teck Tan, Mung Kei Kong, Kristin G Monaghan, Megan T Cho, Carly E Siskind, Jacinda B Sampson, Carolina Tesi Rocha, Fawaz Alkazaleh, Marie Gonzales, Luc Rigonnot, Sandra Whalen, Marta Gut, Ivo Gut, Martine Bucourt, Byrappa Venkatesh, Annie Laquerrière, Bruno Reversade, Judith Melki
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is a developmental condition characterized by multiple joint contractures resulting from reduced or absent fetal movements. Through genetic mapping of disease loci and whole-exome sequencing in four unrelated multiplex families presenting with severe AMC, we identified biallelic loss-of-function mutations in LGI4 (leucine-rich glioma-inactivated 4). LGI4 is a ligand secreted by Schwann cells that regulates peripheral nerve myelination via its cognate receptor ADAM22 expressed by neurons...
March 8, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317099/mutations-in-ergic1-cause-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita-neuropathic-type
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Eyal Reinstein, Valerie Dersinover, Rona Lotan, Meital Gal-Tanhami, Inbal Bulokin Nachman, Eran Eyal, Jaber Lutfi, Nurit Magal, Mordechai Shohat
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) is heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by non-progressive joint contractures from birth that involve more than one part of the body. There are various etiologies for AMC including genetic and environmental depends on the specific type, however, for most types, the cause is not fully understood. We previously reported large Israeli Arab kindred consisting of 16 patients affected with AMC neuropathic type, and mapped the locus to a 5.5 cM interval on chromosome 5qter...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302152/myocardial-susceptibility-to-ischaemia-reperfusion-in-obesity-a-re-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-age
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I Webster, R Salie, E Marais, W-J Fan, G Maarman, B Huisamen, A Lochner
BACKGROUND: Reports on the effect of age and obesity on myocardial ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and ischaemic preconditioning are contradictory. The aim of this study was to re-evaluate the effects of age and diet-induced obesity (DIO) on myocardial I/R injury and preconditioning potential. METHODS: Four groups of Wistar male rats were used: age-matched controls (AMC) receiving standard rat chow for (i) 16 weeks and (ii) 16 months respectively; DIO rats receiving a sucrose-supplemented diet for (iii) 16 weeks and (iv) 16 months respectively...
March 17, 2017: BMC Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300624/neurotoxicity-of-the-steroidal-alkaloids-tomatine-and-tomatidine-is-rip1-kinase-and-caspase-independent-and-involves-the-eif2%C3%AE-branch-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum
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Daniela Correia da Silva, Paula B Andrade, Patrícia Valentão, David M Pereira
Steroidal alkaloids are a class of natural products that occur in several species of the Solanaceae family. In the case of tomato plant (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.), tomatine and its aglycone, tomatidine, are the most representative molecules. These steroidal alkaloids have already shown several potentially useful biological activities, from anticancer to anti-inflammatory or antibacterial. In this work, the toxicity of these molecules in neuronal cells, namely in the neuroblastoma cell line SH-SY5Y, was assessed, emphasis being given to the cellular mechanisms underlying the effects observed...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296898/a-new-survey-to-evaluate-conflict-of-interest-policies-at-academic-medical-centers
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Marcia Hams, Wells G Wilkinson, Lynn Zentner, Cory Schmidt, Raed A Dweik, Matthew Karafa, Susannah L Rose
BACKGROUND: A majority of academic medical centers (AMCs) have now adopted conflict of interest policies (COI) to address relationships with pharmaceutical and device industries that can increase the risk of bias in patient care, education and research. However, AMCs may have little information on the impact of their policies. This paper provides a new method, which is a free, publicly-available survey, to fill this information gap and improve COI programs at AMCs. METHODS & FINDINGS: The survey, piloted in three AMCs and designed in collaboration with national conflicts of interest policy experts, covers a range of universal compliance-related concerns, which allows institutions to tailor questions to align with their own policies and culture...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286209/esophageal-adenocarcinoma-cells-and-xenograft-tumors-exposed-to-erb-b2-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-2-and-3-inhibitors-activate-transforming-growth-factor-beta-signaling-which-induces-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Eva A Ebbing, Anne Steins, Evelyn Fessler, Phylicia Stathi, Willem Joost Lesterhuis, Kausilia K Krishnadath, Louis Vermeulen, Jan Paul Medema, Maarten F Bijlsma, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Drugs that inhibit the erb-b2 receptor tyrosine kinase 2 (ERBB2 or HER2) are the standard treatment of patients with different types of cancer, including HER2-overexpressing gastroesophageal tumors. Unfortunately, cancer cells become resistant to these drugs, so overall these drugs provide little benefit to patients with these tumors. We investigated mechanisms that mediate resistance of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) cells and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) tumors to ERBB inhibitors...
March 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282108/a-precursor-ion-scan-mode-based-strategy-for-fast-screening-of-polyether-ionophores-by-copper-induced-gas-phase-radical-fragmentation-reactions
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Eduardo J Crevelin, Bruna Possato, João Luis Callegari Lopes, Norberto Peporine Lopes, Antônio Eduardo Miller Crotti
The potential of copper(II) to induce gas-phase fragmentation reactions in macrotetrolides, a class of polyether ionophores produced by Streptomyces species, was investigated by accurate-mass electrospray tandem mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS). Copper(II)/copper(I) transition directly induced production of diagnostic acylium ions with m/z 199, 185, 181, and 167 from α‒cleavages of [macrotetrolides+Cu]2+. A UPLC-ESI-MS/MS methodology based on the precursor ion scan of these acylium ions was developed and successfully used to identify isodinactin (1), trinactin (2), and tetranactin (3) in a crude extract of Streptomyces sp...
March 10, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280379/amylmetacresol-2-4-dichlorobenzyl-alcohol-hexylresorcinol-or-carrageenan-lozenges-as-active-treatments-for-sore-throat
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Martina Morokutti-Kurz, Christine Graf, Eva Prieschl-Grassauer
Up to 80% of sore throats are caused by viruses. Several over the counter products are available which provide symptomatic, not causal relief. For such lozenges, containing the antiseptics and local anesthetics amylmetacresol (AMC) and 2,4-dichlorobenzyl alcohol (DCBA) or hexylresorcinol (HR), recently an additional virucidal effect was published. Therefore, we tested a set of Strepsils(®) lozenges, containing either HR (Max [#2]) or AMC/DCBA (Original [#3], Extra Strong [#4], Warm [#5], Orange and Vitamin C [#6], Sugar free Lemon [#7], Children/Strawberry [#8] and Soothing Honey and Lemon [#9]) for their antiviral efficiency against representatives of respiratory viruses known to cause sore throat: human rhinovirus (HRV) 1a, HRV8, influenza virus A H1N1n, Coxsackievirus A10, and human coronavirus (hCoV) OC43...
2017: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279297/the-academic-medical-system-reinvention-to-survive-the-revolution-in-health-care
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REVIEW
Marvin A Konstam, Joseph A Hill, Richard J Kovacs, Robert A Harrington, James A Arrighi, Amit Khera
Academic medical centers (AMCs) are presently facing enormous challenges arising from a prospective decline in government funding for research and education, shifting payment models emphasizing efficiency and value, and increasing competition. Left unabated, these challenges will drive many AMCs to de-emphasize or forsake their core missions in an effort to survive. Stemming from a symposium held at the 2015 Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology titled, "The Academic Medical Center of the Future," we propose a series of changes, including internal restructuring, system-wide partnership, and novel approaches to support research and education, that are designed to better position AMCs to compete and face their growing challenges in a manner that preserves their essential missions...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268164/funds-flow-in-the-era-of-value-based-health-care
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Jason N Itri, Ayman Mithqal, Arun Krishnaraj
Health care reform is creating significant challenges for hospital systems and academic medical centers (AMCs), requiring a new operating model to adapt to declining reimbursement, diminishing research funding, market consolidation, payers' focus on higher quality and lower cost, and greater cost sharing by patients. Maintaining and promoting the triple mission of clinical care, research, and education will require AMCs to be system-based with strong alignment around governance, operations, clinical care, and finances...
March 3, 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266802/polydatin-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-laryngeal-cancer-and-hela-cells-via-suppression-of-the-pdgf-akt-signaling-pathway
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Haixia Li, Baoyuan Shi, Yanyun Li, Fengfang Yin
Polydatin (PD), a stilbene compound extracted from Polygonum cuspidatum, is suggested to possess anti-cancer activities, including inhibition of cell proliferation, cell cycle arrest, and induction of apoptosis. The platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF)/AKT signaling pathway plays complex roles in tumor suppression. However, the effect of PD on the PDGF/AKT signaling pathway in laryngeal cancer and HeLa cells has not been explored. MTT assay and flow cytometry showed that PD inhibited cell proliferation and induced apoptosis in Hep-2 and AMC-HN-8 cells...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254648/identification-of-a-novel-cntnap1-mutation-causing-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita-with-cerebral-and-cerebellar-atrophy
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Shenela Lakhani, Ryan Doan, Mariam Almureikhi, Jennifer N Partlow, Muna Al Saffar, Mahmoud F Elsaid, Nada Alaaraj, A James Barkovich, Christopher A Walsh, Tawfeg Ben-Omran
Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, the occurrence of multiple joint contractures at birth, can in some cases be accompanied by insufficient myelination of peripheral nerves, muscular hypotonia, reduced tendon reflexes, and respiratory insufficiency. Recently mutations in the CASPR/CNTN1 complex have been associated with similar severe phenotypes and CNTNAP1 gene mutations, causing loss of the CASPR protein, were shown to cause severe, prenatal onset arthrogryposis multiplex congenita in four unrelated families...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245795/in-search-of-druggable-targets-for-gbm-amino-acid-metabolism
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Eduard H Panosyan, Henry J Lin, Jan Koster, Joseph L Lasky
BACKGROUND: Amino acid (AA) pathways may contain druggable targets for glioblastoma (GBM). Literature reviews and GBM database ( http://r2.amc.nl ) analyses were carried out to screen for such targets among 95 AA related enzymes. METHODS: First, we identified the genes that were differentially expressed in GBMs (3 datasets) compared to non-GBM brain tissues (5 datasets), or were associated with survival differences. Further, protein expression for these enzymes was also analyzed in high grade gliomas (HGGs) (proteinatlas...
February 28, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245255/extending-the-use-of-gwas-data-by-combining-data-from-different-genetic-platforms
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E P A van Iperen, G K Hovingh, F W Asselbergs, A H Zwinderman
BACKGROUND: In the past decade many Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS) were performed that discovered new associations between single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and various phenotypes. Imputation methods are widely used in GWAS. They facilitate the phenotype association with variants that are not directly genotyped. Imputation methods can also be used to combine and analyse data genotyped on different genotyping arrays. In this study we investigated the imputation quality and efficiency of two different approaches of combining GWAS data from different genotyping platforms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238440/the-proteolytic-system-of-pineapple-stems-revisited-purification-and-characterization-of-multiple-catalytically-active-forms
#17
André Matagne, Laetitia Bolle, Rachida El Mahyaoui, Danielle Baeyens-Volant, Mohamed Azarkan
Crude pineapple proteases extract (aka stem bromelain; EC 3.4.22.4) is an important proteolytic mixture that contains enzymes belonging to the cysteine proteases of the papain family. Numerous studies have been reported aiming at the fractionation and characterization of the many molecular species present in the extract, but more efforts are still required to obtain sufficient quantities of the various purified protease forms for detailed physicochemical, enzymatic and structural characterization. In this work, we describe an efficient strategy towards the purification of at least eight enzymatic forms...
February 23, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229587/nonpeptide-based-small-molecule-probe-for-fluorogenic-and-chromogenic-detection-of-chymotrypsin
#18
Lei Wu, Shu-Hou Yang, Hao Xiong, Jia-Qian Yang, Jun Guo, Wen-Chao Yang, Guang-Fu Yang
We report herein a nonpeptide-based small-molecule probe for fluorogenic and chromogenic detection of chymotrypsin, as well as the primary application for this probe. This probe was rationally designed by mimicking the peptide substrate and optimized by adjusting the recognition group. The refined probe 2 exhibits good specificity toward chymotrypsin, producing about 25-fold higher enhancement in both the fluorescence intensity and absorbance upon the catalysis by chymotrypsin. Compared with the most widely used peptide substrate (AMC-FPAA-Suc) of chymotrypsin, probe 2 shows about 5-fold higher binding affinity and comparable catalytical efficiency against chymotrypsin...
March 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223969/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-prolyl-oligopeptidase-induces-in-vitro-secretion-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-by-peritoneal-macrophages
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Brina Portugal, Flávia N Motta, Andre F Correa, Diego O Nolasco, Hugo de Almeida, Kelly G Magalhães, Ana L V Atta, Francisco D Vieira, Izabela M D Bastos, Jaime M Santana
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that leads to death over 1 million people per year worldwide and the biological mediators of this pathology are poorly established, preventing the implementation of effective therapies to improve outcomes in TB. Host-bacterium interaction is a key step to TB establishment and the proteases produced by these microorganisms seem to facilitate bacteria invasion, migration and host immune response evasion. We presented, for the first time, the identification, biochemical characterization, molecular dynamics (MDs) and immunomodulatory properties of a prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (POPMt)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215505/the-aging-micromechanisms-of-alumina-matrix-composite-amc-used-in-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Shinji Horie, Yasuhito Takahashi, Takaaki Shishido, Toshinori Masaoka, Toshiyuki Tateiwa, Kengo Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study is to simulate and better understand the long-term interplay between alumina matrix composite (AMC) femoral head and aqueous environment. In particular, we focused on clarifying the role of alumina grains on zirconia phase stability and mechanical equilibrium in AMC head during aging processes in a clinically-relevant time frame. METHODS: The tested AMC head consists of an alumina matrix (82 vol.%) reinforced by yttria-stabilized zirconia (17 vol...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
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