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David P Steensma
The term "refractory anemia" was used in 1937 by Cornelius Parker Rhoads to describe patients whose anemia did not improve after treatment with liver extract or iron salts, and this term has been used to denote patients with certain subtypes of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) since the 1976 and 1982 French-American-British (FAB) classifications of acute leukemias and MDS. In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) proposed elimination of "refractory anemia" in a more general proposal for reclassification of myeloid neoplasia...
October 17, 2016: Leukemia Research
Kuntal Kanti Goswami, Madhurima Sarkar, Sarbari Ghosh, Akata Saha, Tithi Ghosh, Ipsita Guha, Subhasis Barik, Saptak Banerjee, Soumyabrata Roy, Anamika Bose, Parthasarathi Dasgupta, Rathindranath Baral
Heterogeneous tumor microenvironment (TME), broadly divided into tumor core and peripheral sub-microenvironments, differentially polarize normal macrophages into a different form known as tumor associated M2 macrophages (M2TAMs) to promote tumor growth. In view of the extensive immune-editing role of NLGP, here, we have observed that NLGP is effective to convert M2TAMs (CD11b(+)F4/80(high)) to M1 (CD11b(+)F4/80(low)) more prominently in tumor core, along with downregulation of other M2 associated markers, like, ManR, Ym1, Fizz1...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Immunology
Neha Arora, M Ibrahim Dar, Mojtaba Abdi-Jalebi, Fabrizio Giordano, Norman Pellet, Gwenole Jacopin, Richard H Friend, Shaik Mohammed Zakeeruddin, Michael Grätzel
We report on both intrinsic and extrinsic stability of formamidinium lead bromide [CH(NH2)2PbBr3=FAPbBr3] perovskite solar cell that yield a high photovoltage. The fabrication of FAPbBr3 devices displaying an outstanding photovoltage of 1.53 V and a power conversion efficiency of over 8% was realized by modifying the mesoporous TiO2/FAPbBr3 interface using lithium treatment. Reasons for improved photovoltaic performance were revealed by a combination of techniques, including photothermal deflection absorption spectroscopy (PDS), transient photovoltage and charge extraction analysis, and time-integrated and time-resolved photoluminescence...
October 24, 2016: Nano Letters
Sunil K George, Mehran Abolbashari, John D Jackson, Tamer Aboushwareb, Anthony Atala, James J Yoo
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs when certain conditions cause the kidneys to gradually lose function. For patients with CKD, renal transplantation is the only treatment option that restores kidney function. In this study, we evaluated primary renal cells obtained from diseased kidneys to determine whether their normal phenotypic and functional characteristics are retained, and could be used for cell therapy. Primary renal cells isolated from both normal kidneys (NK) and diseased kidneys (CKD) showed similar phenotypic characteristics and growth kinetics...
2016: PloS One
Lanling Chu, Siwei Deng, Renshan Zhao, Jianjun Deng, Xuejun Kang
The objective of this study was to compare the adsorption/desorption of target compounds on homemade electrospun nanofibers, polystyrene (PS) nanofibers, acrylic resin (AR) nanofibers and PS-AR composite nanofibers with Tenax TA. Ten volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were analyzed by preconcentration onto different sorbents followed by desorption (thermal and solvent orderly) and analysis by capillary gas chromatography. In comparison to Tenax TA, the electrospun nanofibers displayed a significant advantage in desorption efficiency and adsorption selectivity...
2016: PloS One
Bing Zheng, Jun Liu, Jianlei Gu, Jing Du, Lin Wang, Shengli Gu, Juan Cheng, Jun Yang, Hui Lu
BACKGROUND: A key challenge in thyroid carcinoma is preoperatively diagnosing malignant thyroid nodules. A novel diagnostic test that measures the expression of a 3-gene signature (DPP4, SCG5 and CA12) has demonstrated promise in thyroid carcinoma assessment. However, more reliable prediction methods combining clinical features with genomic signatures with high accuracy, good stability and low cost are needed. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: 25 clinical information were recorded in 771 patients...
2016: PloS One
Pavel S Roshanov, Bram Rochwerg, Ameen Patel, Omid Salehian, Emmanuelle Duceppe, Emilie P Belley-Côté, Gordon H Guyatt, Daniel I Sessler, Yannick Le Manach, Flavia K Borges, Vikas Tandon, Andrew Worster, Alexandra Thompson, Mithin Koshy, Breagh Devereaux, Frederick A Spencer, Robert D Sanders, Erin N Sloan, Erin E Morley, James Paul, Karen E Raymer, Zubin Punthakee, P J Devereaux
BACKGROUND: The effect on cardiovascular outcomes of withholding angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers in chronic users before noncardiac surgery is unknown. METHODS: In this international prospective cohort study, the authors analyzed data from 14,687 patients (including 4,802 angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor/angiotensin II receptor blocker users) at least 45 yr old who had in-patient noncardiac surgery from 2007 to 2011...
October 24, 2016: Anesthesiology
Ravindra Kumar Jha, Prasanta Kumar Guha
WS2 nanosheets have been synthesized by ultrasonication in a binary mixture of acetone and 2-propanol, with a volume ratio of 80:20. Hansen solubility parameters were taken into consideration as part of the process. These nanosheets have been characterized by electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction, along with spectroscopy such as ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The nanosheets were further used as a sensing material to fabricate a humidity sensor on interdigitated aluminum electrodes, realized over Si/SiO2 substrate using a conventional photolithography technique...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Puneeta Tandon, K Rajender Reddy, Jacqueline G O'Leary, Guadalupe Garcia-Tsao, Juan G Abraldes, Florence Wong, Scott W Biggins, Benedict Maliakkal, Michael B Fallon, Ram M Subramanian, Paul Thuluvath, Patrick S Kamath, Leroy R Thacker, Jasmohan S Bajaj
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Identification of patients with cirrhosis at risk for death within 3 months of discharge from the hospital is essential to individualize post-discharge plans. The objective of the study was to identify an easy-to-use prognostic model based on the Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS). METHODS: NACSELD consists of 16 tertiary-care hepatology centers that prospectively enroll non-electively admitted cirrhotic patients. Patients enrolled had KPS assessed one week post-discharge...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Peter de Jonge, Annelieke M Roest, Carmen C W Lim, Silvia E Florescu, Evelyn J Bromet, Dan J Stein, Meredith Harris, Vladimir Nakov, Jose Miguel Caldas-de-Almeida, Daphna Levinson, Ali O Al-Hamzawi, Josep Maria Haro, Maria Carmen Viana, Guilherme Borges, Siobhan O'Neill, Giovanni de Girolamo, Koen Demyttenaere, Oye Gureje, Noboru Iwata, Sing Lee, Chiyi Hu, Aimee Karam, Jacek Moskalewicz, Viviane Kovess-Masfety, Fernando Navarro-Mateu, Mark Oakley Browne, Marina Piazza, José Posada-Villa, Yolanda Torres, Margreet L Ten Have, Ronald C Kessler, Kate M Scott
CONTEXT: The scarcity of cross-national reports and the changes in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual version 5 (DSM-5) regarding panic disorder (PD) and panic attacks (PAs) call for new epidemiological data on PD and PAs and its subtypes in the general population. OBJECTIVE: To present representative data about the cross-national epidemiology of PD and PAs in accordance with DSM-5 definitions. DESIGN AND SETTING: Nationally representative cross-sectional surveys using the World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview version 3...
October 24, 2016: Depression and Anxiety
Zuzana Novak, Mary Aglipay, Nick Barrowman, Keith O Yeates, Miriam H Beauchamp, Jocelyn Gravel, Stephen B Freedman, Isabelle Gagnon, Gerard Gioia, Kathy Boutis, Emma Burns, Andrée-Anne Ledoux, Martin H Osmond, Roger L Zemek
Importance: Persistent postconcussion symptoms (PPCS) pose long-term challenges and can negatively affect patients' health-related quality of life (HRQoL). To date, no large comprehensive study has addressed the association between PPCS and HRQoL. Objectives: To determine the association between HRQoL and PPCS at 4 weeks after concussion and assess the degree of impairment of HRQoL in the subsequent 12 weeks. Design, Setting, and Participants: In a prospective, multicenter cohort study (Predicting Persistent Postconcussive Problems in Pediatrics [5P]) from August 14, 2013, to September 30, 2014, children aged 5 to 18 years who presented to the emergency department within 48 hours after head injury and were considered to have an acute concussion were enrolled across 9 pediatric emergency departments within the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada Network...
October 24, 2016: JAMA Pediatrics
Giorgina B Piccoli, Federica Ventrella, Irene Capizzi, Federica N Vigotti, Elena Mongilardi, Giorgio Grassi, Valentina Loi, Gianfranca Cabiddu, Paolo Avagnina, Elisabetta Versino
Low-protein diets (LPDs) are often considered as contraindicated in diabetic patients, and are seldom studied. The aim of this observational study was to provide new data on this issue. It involved 149 diabetic and 300 non-diabetic patients who followed a LPD, with a personalized approach aimed at moderate protein restriction (0.6 g/day). Survival analysis was performed according to Kaplan-Meier, and multivariate analysis with Cox model. Diabetic versus non-diabetic patients were of similar age (median 70 years) and creatinine levels at the start of the diet (2...
October 21, 2016: Nutrients
Xiao-Ling Wang, Zhong-Yang Ding, Gao-Qiang Liu, Hailong Yang, Guo-Ying Zhou
Triterpene acids (TAs) are the major bioactive constituents in the medicinal fungus Ganoderma lingzhi. However, fermentative production of TAs has not been optimized for commercial use, and whether the TAs isolated from G. lingzhi submerged culture mycelia possess antitumor activity needs to be further proven. In this study, enhanced TA yield and productivity were attained with G. lingzhi using response surface methodology. The interactions of three variables were studied using a Box-Benhnken design, namely initial pH, dissolved oxygen (DO) and fermentation temperature...
October 20, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Vera L Tunitskaya, Olesja V Eliseeva, Vladimir T Valuev-Elliston, Daria A Tyurina, Natalia F Zakirova, Olga A Khomich, Martins Kalis, Oleg E Latyshev, Elizaveta S Starodubova, Olga N Ivanova, Sergey N Kochetkov, Maria G Isaguliants, Alexander V Ivanov
Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a viroid-like blood-borne human pathogen that accompanies hepatitis B virus infection in 5% patients. HDV has been studied for four decades; however, the knowledge on its life-cycle and pathogenesis is still sparse. The studies are hampered by the absence of the commercially-available HDV-specific antibodies. Here, we describe a set of reproducible methods for the expression in E. coli of His-tagged small antigen of HDV (S-HDAg), its purification, and production of polyclonal anti-S-HDAg antibodies in rabbits...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Thomas Chretiennot, David Dubuc, Katia Grenier
This paper presents a reliable microwave and microfluidic miniature sensor dedicated to the measurement of glucose concentration in aqueous solution. The device; which is integrated with microtechnologies; is made of a bandstop filter implemented in a thin film microstrip technology combined with a fluidic microchannel. Glucose aqueous solutions have been characterized for concentration ranging from 80 g/L down to 0.3 g/L and are identified with the normalized insertion loss at optimal frequency. The sensitivity of the sensor has consequently been estimated at 7...
October 19, 2016: Sensors
Chang-Jie Jiang, Shoji Sugano, Akito Kaga, Sung Shin Lee, Takuma Sugimoto, Mami Takahashi, Masao Ishimoto
Stem and root rot disease caused by Phytophthora sojae is devastating to soybean crops worldwide. Developing host resistance to P. sojae, considered the most effective and stable means to control this disease, is partly hampered by limited germplasm resources. In this study, we first modified conventional methods for a P. sojae-resistance assay to a simpler and more cost-effective version in which the P. sojae-inoculum was mixed into the soil and the resistance was evaluated by survival rate (%) of soybean seedlings...
October 24, 2016: Phytopathology
Audrey-Elodie Mercier, Emmanuel Ribeiro, Jean-François Korobelnik, Marie-Noëlle Delyfer, Marie-Bénédicte Rougier
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of anti-TNF alpha (TNF-α) therapy in patients with non-infectious uveitis. METHODS: This was a monocentric observational study of 21 patients with non-infectious uveitis treated with anti-TNF-alpha. The primary endpoint was the control of ocular inflammation. The secondary endpoints included the study of macular thickness and visual acuity, changes in other treatments, and adverse effects. RESULTS: The etiologies of uveitis were Behçet disease (33...
October 24, 2016: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Alexander Rozental, Kristoffer Magnusson, Johanna Boettcher, Gerhard Andersson, Per Carlbring
Objective: Psychological treatments can relieve mental distress and improve well-being, and the dissemination of evidence-based methods can help patients gain access to the right type of aid. Meanwhile, Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (ICBT) has shown promising results for many psychiatric disorders. However, research on the potential for negative effects of psychological treatments has been lacking. Method: An individual patient data meta-analysis of 29 clinical trials of ICBT (N = 2,866) was performed using the Reliable Change Index for each primary outcome measures to distinguish deterioration rates among patients in treatment and control conditions...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Antonia G Zogka, Abdelwahid Mellouki, Manolis N Romanias, Yuri Bedjanian, Mahmoud Idir, Benoit Grosselin, Veronique Daele
The rate coefficients for the reactions of OH and Cl with 1-methoxy 2-propyl acetate (MPA) in the gas phase were measured using absolute and relative methods. The kinetic study on the OH-reaction was conducted in the temperature (263-373) K and pressure (1-760) Torr ranges using the pulsed laser photolysis-laser induced fluorescence technique, a low pressure fast flow tube reactor-quadrupole mass spectrometer and an atmospheric simulation chamber-GC/FID. The derived Arrhenius expression is kMPA+OH(T)=(2.01±0...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
M Fernández Ibieta, A Bujons Tur, J Caffaratti Sfulcini, J Alberola, D Bonín, R Jiménez Corro, H Villavicencio
INTRODUCTION: Extracorporeal Shock Wave lithotripsy (ESWL) is the cornerstone of pediatric urolitiasis management. We evaluated its efficacy and complications in a series of children. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Children who were managed with ESWL between 2003 and 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. We studied etiology, clinical presentation, stonefree ratio and relevant complications. SPSS 17.0 software was used. RESULTS: 90 children aged 0 to 10 years (median 2...
January 15, 2016: Cirugía Pediátrica: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Cirugía Pediátrica
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