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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526761/a-retrospective-chart-review-of-the-features-of-pten-hamartoma-tumour-syndrome-in-children
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Emily Hansen-Kiss, Sarah Beinkampen, Brent Adler, Thomas Frazier, Thomas Prior, Steven Erdman, Charis Eng, Gail Herman
OBJECTIVE: It is recognised that 5% - 10 % of children with macrocephaly and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disability (ID) have a heterozygous pathogenic mutation in the PTEN tumour suppressor gene that is associated with PTEN hamartoma tumour syndrome. However, the clinical features and course in children with a pathogenic PTEN mutation are unclear and have not been well documented. STUDY OBJECTIVES: We undertook a retrospective chart review of children (< 18  years) with pathogenic PTEN mutations to ascertain clinical findings, clinical course and possible outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525353/molecular-genetics-of-growth-hormone-deficient-children-correlation-with-auxology-and-response-to-first-year-of-growth-hormone-therapy
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Vaman Khadilkar, Nikhil Phadke, Kavita Khatod, Veena Ekbote, Supriya Phanse Gupte, Ruchi Nadar, Anuradha Khadilkar
BACKGROUND: With the paucity of available literature correlating genetic mutation and response to treatment, we aimed to study the genetic makeup of children with growth hormone (GH) deficiency in Western India and correlate the mutation with auxology and response to GH treatment at end of 1 year. METHODS: Fifty-three (31 boys and 22 girls) children with severe short stature (height for age z-score <-3) and failed GH stimulation test were studied. Those having concomitant thyroid hormone or cortisol deficiencies were appropriately replaced prior to starting GH treatment...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524850/a-high-quantum-yield-molecule-protein-complex-fluorophore-for-near-infrared-ii-imaging
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Alexander L Antaris, Hao Chen, Shuo Diao, Zhuoran Ma, Zhe Zhang, Shoujun Zhu, Joy Wang, Alexander X Lozano, Quli Fan, Leila Chew, Mark Zhu, Kai Cheng, Xuechuan Hong, Hongjie Dai, Zhen Cheng
Fluorescence imaging in the second near-infrared window (NIR-II) allows visualization of deep anatomical features with an unprecedented degree of clarity. NIR-II fluorophores draw from a broad spectrum of materials spanning semiconducting nanomaterials to organic molecular dyes, yet unfortunately all water-soluble organic molecules with >1,000 nm emission suffer from low quantum yields that have limited temporal resolution and penetration depth. Here, we report tailoring the supramolecular assemblies of protein complexes with a sulfonated NIR-II organic dye (CH-4T) to produce a brilliant 110-fold increase in fluorescence, resulting in the highest quantum yield molecular fluorophore thus far...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524668/emerging-trends-in-micro-and-nanoscale-technologies-in-medicine-from-basic-discoveries-to-translation
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Mario M Alvarez, Joanna Aizenberg, Mostafa Analoui, Anne M Andrews, Gili Bisker, Edward S Boyden, Roger D Kamm, Jeffrey M Karp, David J Mooney, Rahmi Oklu, Dan Peer, Michelle Stolzoff, Michael S Strano, Grissel Trujillo-de Santiago, Thomas J Webster, Paul S Weiss, Ali Khademhosseini
We discuss the state of the art and innovative micro- and nanoscale technologies that are finding niches and opening up new opportunities in medicine, particularly in diagnostic and therapeutic applications. We take the design of point-of-care applications and the capture of circulating tumor cells as illustrative examples of the integration of micro- and nanotechnologies into solutions of diagnostic challenges. We describe several novel nanotechnologies that enable imaging cellular structures and molecular events...
May 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524648/instantaneous-ph-boosted-functionalization-of-stellate-gold-nanoparticles-for-intracellular-imaging-of-mirna
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Jisun Ki, Eunji Jang, Seungmin Han, Moo-Kwang Shin, Byunghoon Kang, Yong-Min Huh, Seungjoo Haam
Various types of nanoprobes have recently been utilized to monitor living organisms by detecting and imaging intracellular biomarkers, such as microRNAs (miRs). We here present a simple one-pot method to prepare stellate gold nanoparticles functionalized with miR-detecting molecular beacons (SGNP-MBs); low pH conditions permitted the rapid-high loading of MBs on the surface of SGNPs. Compared to the conventional gold nanoparticle-based MBs, SGNPs carried a 4.5-fold higher load of MBs and exhibited a 6.4-fold higher cellular uptake...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524076/-18-f-fluorinated-carboplatin-and-111-in-liposome-for-image-guided-drug-delivery
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Narottam Lamichhane, Gajanan K Dewkar, Gobalakrishnan Sundaresan, Rebecca N Mahon, Jamal Zweit
Radiolabeled liposomes have been employed as diagnostic tools to monitor in vivo distribution of liposomes in real-time, which helps in optimizing the therapeutic efficacy of the liposomal drug delivery. This work utilizes the platform of [(111)In]-Liposome as a drug delivery vehicle, encapsulating a novel (18)F-labeled carboplatin drug derivative ([(18)F]-FCP) as a dual-molecular imaging tool as both a radiolabeled drug and radiolabeled carrier. The approach has the potential for clinical translation in individual patients using a dual modal approach of clinically-relevant radionuclides of (18)F positron emission tomography (PET) and (111)In single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524069/helical-plant-viral-nanoparticles-bioinspired-synthesis-of-nanomaterials-and-nanostructures
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Kannan Badri Narayanan, Sung Soo Han
Viral nanotechnology is revolutionizing the biomimetic and bioinspired synthesis of novel nanomaterials. Bottom-up nanofabrication by self-assembly of individual molecular components of elongated viral nanoparticles (VNPs) and virus-like particles (VLPs) has resulted in the production of superior materials and structures in the nano(bio)technological fields. Viral capsids are attractive materials, because of their symmetry, monodispersity, and polyvalency. Helical VNPs/VLPs are unique prefabricated nanoscaffolds with large surface area to volume ratios and high aspect ratios, and enable the construction of exquisite supramolecular nanostructures...
May 19, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524006/circulating-tumor-cells-a-reliable-biomarker-for-prostate-cancer-treatment-assessment
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Chiara Ciccarese, Rodolfo Montironi, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Guido Martignoni, Matteo Brunelli, Roberto Iacovelli, Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Liang Cheng, Marina Scarpelli, Holger Moch, Giampaolo Tortora, Francesco Massari
Prostate cancer is a common malignancy with highly molecular heterogeneity responsible for a wide spectrum of clinical behavior. To date, several treatment options are available, whose selection is currently based mainly on clinical criteria. Given the weakness of conventional imaging and PSA assay, the identification of a prognostic and predictive biomarker for choosing the appropriate treatment and monitoring its efficacy is a very topical issue in prostate cancer management. Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have substantial promise for early tumor diagnosis, disease recurrence and metastatic spread monitoring as well as for biological tumor characterization, thus representing a reliable translational real-time biomarkers of prostate cancer...
May 18, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523559/techniques-for-single-molecule-mrna-imaging-in-living-cells
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Kevin Czaplinski
Typical measurement of macromolecules in a biological sample typically averages the result over all the cells or molecules within the sample, and while these types of measurements provide very useful information, they completely miss heterogeneity among the components within the sample that could be a very important aspect of the sample's function. These techniques are also limited in their ability to examine intracellular spatial orientation of molecular activity, which is often a critical component to the regulation of biological processes, particularly in cells with unique spatial relationships, such as neurons...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523509/the-future-in-disease-models-for-mass-spectrometry-imaging-ethical-issues-and-the-way-forward
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Rebecca E Day, Ieva Palubeckaite
Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI) has evolved into a valuable tool for research into and the diagnosis of disease pathology. The ability to perform multiplex analysis of a wide range of molecules (e.g., proteins, lipids, and metabolites) simultaneously per tissue section while retaining the histological structure of the sample allows molecular information and tissue morphology to be correlated, thus increasing our understanding of a particular disease. Further development of MSI is required to improve suitability to the alternative models available, so that the combined approach can successfully provide the information required in disease characterization and prevention...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523502/maldi-ms-imaging-in-the-study-of-glomerulonephritis
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Andrew Smith, Manuel Galli, Vincenzo L'Imperio, Fabio Pagni, Fulvio Magni
Glomerulonephritis (GNs) are one of the most frequent causes of chronic kidney disease (CKD), a renal condition that often leads to end-stage renal failure, and a careful assessment of these diseases is essential for prognostic and therapeutic purposes. The application of MALDI-MSI directly on bioptic renal tissue represents a new stimulating perspective and facilitates the detection of specific proteomic indicators that are directly correlated with the pathological alterations that occur within the glomeruli during the development of glomerulonephritis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523501/peptide-imaging-maximizing-peptide-yield-optimization-of-the-peptide-mass-fingerprint
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Ekta Patel
In Matrix Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MALDI-MSI), identification of observed proteins remains a challenge primarily due to the drop in sensitivity of time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometers beyond the mass range of 25-35 kDa (Francese et al. High Throughput Screen 12: 156-174, 2009) and inadequate mass resolving power at those molecular weights. To counteract this, a bottom-up proteomic approach is often employed. Proteolysis digests proteins into smaller peptide fragments, typically between 500 and 3000 Da which are easier to detect with a higher mass accuracy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523498/maldi-msi-analysis-of-cytological-smears-the-study-of-thyroid-cancer
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Niccolò Mosele, Andrew Smith, Manuel Galli, Fabio Pagni, Fulvio Magni
Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies are the current gold-standard for the preoperative evaluation of thyroid nodules. However, a significant number of them (15-30%) are unable to be affirmatively diagnosed and are given an "indeterminate for malignancy" final report, meaning that the malignant nature of the thyroid nodule remains unknown and the recommended therapeutic approach is total thyroidectomy. Furthermore, cytomorphological evaluation of biopsies taken post-surgery indicates that approximately 80% of nodules within this group of patients are in fact benign, and the total thyroidectomy unwarranted...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523496/imaging-ms-of-rodent-ocular-tissues-and-the-optic-nerve
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David M G Anderson, Wendi Lambert, David J Calkins, Zsolt Ablonczy, Rosalie K Crouch, Richard M Caprioli, Kevin L Schey
The visual system is comprised of many specialized cell types that are essential for relaying sensory information about an animal's surroundings to the brain. The cells present in ocular tissue are notoriously delicate, making it particularly challenging to section thin slices of unfixed tissue. Maintaining the morphology of the native tissue is crucial for accurate observations by either conventional staining techniques or in this instance matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI IMS) or imaging using mass spectrometry...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523317/mri-as-indicator-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-activity-from-morphological-to-molecular-level-assessment-a-case-report
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Maria Teodora Antuaneta Buzan, Hanelore Herta, Mihaela Maria Coman, Daniela Homorodean, Silviu Andrei Sfrângeu, Carmen Monica Pop
We present the case of an adult patient with active post-primary pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and discuss specific morphological and textural aspects found at high-field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the lung. The 42-year-old man, heavy smoker, undertook a routine employment medical examination and was admitted to a referral pulmonology and TB center due to the abnormal findings seen on his chest radiography. The patient presented nonspecific symptoms, bilateral bronchial breath at pulmonary auscultation, inflammatory syndrome on the laboratory blood tests and positive sputum smears for acid-fast bacilli, which together with the typical aspect on the chest radiography lead to a diagnosis of post-primary pulmonary TB and administration of specific medication...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523274/identification-of-braf-positive-cases-based-on-whole-slide-image-analysis
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Vlad Popovici, Aleš Křenek, Eva Budinská
A key requirement for precision medicine is the accurate identification of patients that would respond to a specific treatment or those that represent a high-risk group, and a plethora of molecular biomarkers have been proposed for this purpose during the last decade. Their application in clinical settings, however, is not always straightforward due to relatively high costs of some tests, limited availability of the biological material and time, and procedural constraints. Hence, there is an increasing interest in constructing tissue-based surrogate biomarkers that could be applied with minimal overhead directly to histopathology images and which could be used for guiding the selection of eventual further molecular tests...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522908/detection-and-characterization-of-murine-colitis-and-carcinogenesis-by-molecularly-targeted-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound
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Markus Brückner, Jan Heidemann, Tobias M Nowacki, Friederike Cordes, Jörg Stypmann, Philipp Lenz, Faekah Gohar, Andreas Lügering, Dominik Bettenworth
AIM: To study mucosal addressin cellular adhesion molecule-1 (MAdCAM-1) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-targeted contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) for the assessment of murine colitis and carcinogenesis. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice were challenged with 3% dextran sodium-sulfate (DSS) for three, six or nine days to study the development of acute colitis. Ultrasound was performed with and without the addition of unspecific contrast agents. MAdCAM-1-targeted contrast agent was used to detect and quantify MAdCAM-1 expression...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522868/first-demonstration-of-multi-color-3-d-in-vivo-imaging-using-ultra-compact-compton-camera
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Aya Kishimoto, Jun Kataoka, Takanori Taya, Leo Tagawa, Saku Mochizuki, Shinji Ohsuka, Yuto Nagao, Keisuke Kurita, Mitsutaka Yamaguchi, Naoki Kawachi, Keiko Matsunaga, Hayato Ikeda, Eku Shimosegawa, Jun Hatazawa
In the field of nuclear medicine, single photon emission tomography and positron emission tomography are the two most common techniques in molecular imaging, but the available radioactive tracers have been limited either by energy range or difficulties in production and delivery. Thus, the use of a Compton camera, which features gamma-ray imaging of arbitrary energies from a few hundred keV to more than MeV, is eagerly awaited along with potential new tracers which have never been used in current modalities...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522800/single-cell-single-mrna-analysis-of-ccnb1-promoter-regulation
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Nidhi Vishnoi, Jie Yao
Promoter activation drives gene transcriptional output. Here we report generating site-specifically integrated single-copy promoter transgenes and measuring their expression to indicate promoter activities at single-mRNA level. mRNA counts, Pol II density and Pol II firing rates of the Ccnb1 promoter transgene resembled those of the native Ccnb1 gene both among asynchronous cells and during the cell cycle. We observed distinct activation states of the Ccnb1 promoter among G1 and G2/M cells, suggesting cell cycle-independent origin of cell-to-cell variation in Ccnb1 promoter activation...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522738/imaging-of-programmed-death-ligand-1-pd-l1-impact-of-protein-concentration-on-distribution-of-anti-pd-l1-spect-agent-in-an-immunocompetent-melanoma-murine-model
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Jessie R Nedrow, Anders Josefsson, Sunju Park, Sagar Ranka, Sanchita Roy, George Sgouros
Programmed cell Death Ligand 1 (PD-L1) is part of an immune checkpoint system that is essential for preventing autoimmunity and cancer. Recent approaches in immunotherapy targeting immune checkpoints have shown great promise in a variety of cancers, including metastatic melanoma. The use of targeted molecular imaging would help identify patients who will best respond to anti-PD-L1 treatment while potentially providing key information to limit immune-related adverse effects (irAEs). Recently, we developed an antibody based PD-L1-targeted imaging agent to identify PD-L1 positive tumors in vivo...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
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