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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454414/analysis-of-egfr-mutation-status-in-tissue-and-plasma-for-predicting-response-to-egfr-tkis-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Yuyan Wang, Jianchun Duan, Hanxiao Chen, Hua Bai, Tongtong An, Jun Zhao, Zhijie Wang, Minglei Zhuo, Shuhang Wang, Jie Wang
The detection of mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene in tumor tissues has been established as the gold standard for predicting the efficacy of treatment with EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs) in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The current study aimed to investigate whether the presence of co-existing EGFR mutations in tumor tissue and in cell-free tumor DNA (ctDNA) in the plasma predicts a more favorable outcome of EGFR-TKI treatment in advanced NSCLC. A total of 287 NSCLC patients who had undergone EGFR-TKI treatment were enrolled and stratified into four subgroups: Wild-type EGFR in plasma and tissue specimens (B-/T-); mutated EGFR in plasma and tissue specimens (B+/T+); mutated EGFR in only in plasma samples (B+/T-); or mutated EGFR in only tissue specimens (B-/T+)...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454046/preliminary-investigation-of-catalytic-antioxidant-anticancer-and-bactericidal-activity-of-green-synthesized-silver-and-gold-nanoparticles-using-actinidia-deliciosa
#2
Saraschandra Naraginti, Yi Li
Herein we report a rapid low cost one step green synthetic method using Actinidia deliciosa fruit extract for preparation of stable and multifunctional silver and gold nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were successfully used as green catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and methylene blue (MB). The enhanced biological activity of the prepared nanoparticles was investigated based on its highly stable antioxidant, anticancer and bactericidal effects. TEM micrographs showed that the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) formed were predominantly spherical in shape having diameters ranging from 25 to 40nm, while gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) shown particle size ranges from 7 to 20nm...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448011/turbidimetry-on-human-washed-platelets-the-effect-of-the-pannexin1-inhibitor-brilliant-blue-fcf-on-collagen-induced-aggregation
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Filippo Molica, Séverine Nolli, Pierre Fontana, Brenda Renata Kwak
Turbidimetry is a laboratory technique that is applied to measure the aggregation of platelets suspended in either plasma (platelet-rich plasma, PRP) or in buffer (washed platelets), by the use of one or a combination of agonists. The use of washed platelets separated from their plasma environment and in the absence of anticoagulants allows for studying intrinsic platelet properties. Among the large panel of agonists, arachidonic acid (AA), adenosine di-phosphate (ADP), thrombin and collagen are the most frequently used...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447459/fast-torsional-artificial-muscles-from-niti-twisted-yarns
#4
Seyed M Mirvakili, Ian W Hunter
Torsional artificial muscles made of multi-walled carbon nanotube/niobium nanowire yarns have shown remarkable torsional speed and gravimetric torque. The muscle structure consists of a twisted yarn with half of its length infiltrated with a stimuli-responsive guest material such as paraffin wax. The volumetric thermal expansion of the guest material creates the torsional actuation in the yarn. In the present work, we show that this actuation mechanism is not unique to MWCNT or niobium nanowire yarns and twisted yarn of NiTi alloy fibers also produces fast torsional actuation...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447333/efficacy-and-tolerability-of-lithium-in-treating-acute-mania-in-youth-with-bipolar-disorder-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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A Duffy, S Patten, S Goodday, A Weir, N Heffer, A Cipriani
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological, clinical, and high-risk studies have provided evidence that the peak period for onset of diagnosable episodes of mania and hypomania starts in mid-to-late adolescence. Moreover, clinically significant manic symptoms may occur even earlier, especially in children at familial risk. Lithium is the gold standard treatment for acute mania in adults, yet to our knowledge, there is no published systematic review assessing lithium treatment of mania in children or adolescents...
December 2017: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445527/enhanced-functional-connectivity-and-volume-between-cognitive-and-reward-centers-of-na%C3%A3-ve-rodent-brain-produced-by-pro-dopaminergic-agent-kb220z
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Marcelo Febo, Kenneth Blum, Rajendra D Badgaiyan, Pablo D Perez, Luis M Colon-Perez, Panayotis K Thanos, Craig F Ferris, Praveen Kulkarni, John Giordano, David Baron, Mark S Gold
Dopaminergic reward dysfunction in addictive behaviors is well supported in the literature. There is evidence that alterations in synchronous neural activity between brain regions subserving reward and various cognitive functions may significantly contribute to substance-related disorders. This study presents the first evidence showing that a pro-dopaminergic nutraceutical (KB220Z) significantly enhances, above placebo, functional connectivity between reward and cognitive brain areas in the rat. These include the nucleus accumbens, anterior cingulate gyrus, anterior thalamic nuclei, hippocampus, prelimbic and infralimbic loci...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444785/liquid-crystalline-elastomers-with-gold-nanoparticle-cross-linkers
#7
Michał Wójcik, Jaroslaw Wrobel, Zuzanna Janczuk, Jozef Mieczkowski, Ewa Gorecka, Joonmyung Choi, Maenghyo Cho, Damian Pociecha
Embedding nanoparticles in a responsive polymer matrix is a formidable way to fabricate hybrid materials with predesigned properties and prospective applications in actuators, mechanically tunable optical elements or electroclinic films. However, achieving chemical compatibility between nanoparticles and organic matter is not trivial and often results in disordered structures. Herein we show that using nanoparticles as exclusive cross-linkers in the preparation of liquid-crystalline polymers can yield long-range ordered liquid-crystalline elastomers with high loading of well dispersed nanoparticles, as confirmed with small angle XRD measurements...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444658/comparing-the-immune-genomic-effects-of-vilazodone-and-paroxetine-in-late-life-depression-a-pilot-study
#8
Harris Eyre, Prabha Siddarth, Natalie Cyr, Hongyu Yang, Steve Cole, Malcolm Forbes, Helen Lavretsky
Vilazodone is a novel antidepressant agent that combines selective serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) activity and 5-HT(1A) receptor partial agonist activity. A pilot study was conducted to compare vilazodone (novel compound) and paroxetine (gold standard) on antidepressant effects, tolerability, and inflammation and immune modulation. A 12-week, double-blind, randomized clinical trial was conducted with 56 nondemented older adults diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD). Between-group differences in mood, tolerability, and safety, as well as genomic markers of inflammation and immune modulation, were examined...
April 25, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444425/pharmacogenetic-markers-to-predict-the-clinical-response-to-methotrexate-in-south-indian-tamil-patients-with-psoriasis
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S Indhumathi, Medha Rajappa, Laxmisha Chandrashekar, P H Ananthanarayanan, D M Thappa, V S Negi
INTRODUCTION: Despite the advent of several new systemic therapies, methotrexate remains the gold standard for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. However, there exists a significant heterogeneity in individual response to methotrexate. There are no consistently reliable markers to predict methotrexate treatment response till date. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to demonstrate the association of certain genetic variants in the HLA (HLA-A2, HLA-B17, and HLA-Cw6) and the non-HLA genes including T-helper (Th)-1, Th-2, Th-17 cytokine genes (IFN-γ, IL-2, IL-4, IL-10, IL-12B, and IL-23R), and T-regulatory gene (FOXP3) with the methotrexate treatment response in South Indian Tamil patients with psoriasis...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443674/perinatal-bacterial-exposure-contributes-to-il-13-aeroallergen-response
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Benjamin A Turturice, Ravi Ranjan, Brian Nguyen, Lauren M Hughes, Kalista E Andropolis, Diane R Gold, Augusto A Litonjua, Emily Oken, David L Perkins, Patricia W Finn
There is a high prevalence of aeroallergen sensitivity in asthmatic populations, and seroreactivity to aeroallergens early in infancy is associated with increased risk of developing asthma later in life. In addition to allergen sensitivity, asthma development has been associated with differential microbial exposure and infection in early life. We have has previously shown that cord blood mononuclear cells respond to common aeroallergens (i.e., house dust mite (Der f1), cockroach (Bla g2)) as assayed by lymphoproliferation and cytokine (IL-13, IFN-γ) production...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443140/chemoradiotherapy-in-octogenarians-as-primary-treatment-for-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
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Victor A McPherson, George Rodrigues, Glenn Bauman, Eric Winquist, Joseph Chin, Jonathan Izawa, Kylea Potvin, Scott Ernst, Varagur Venkatesan, Tracy Sexton, Belal Ahmad, Nicholas Power
INTRODUCTION: While radical cystectomy is the gold standard for muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC), in octogenarians cystectomy results in a higher perioperative mortality rate (6.8-11.1%) than in younger patients (2.2%). Trimodality therapy is a bladder-sparing regimen composed of transurethral resection of bladder tumour (TURBT) and chemoradiotherapy, with intent for salvage cystectomy, and has a 62.5-90% initial complete response rate. In this study, we evaluate TURBT and chemoradiotherapy without salvage cystectomy in medically inoperable octogenarian patients...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441902/nonhuman-primates-as-models-for-the-discovery-and-development-of-radiation-countermeasures
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Vijay K Singh, Ayodele O Olabisi
Despite significant scientific advances over the past six decades toward the development of safe and effective radiation countermeasures for humans using animal models, only two pharmaceutical agents have been approved by United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) for hematopoietic acute radiation syndrome (H-ARS). Additional research efforts are needed to further develop large animal models for improving the prediction of clinical safety and effectiveness of radiation countermeasures for ARS and delayed effects of acute radiation exposure (DEARE) in humans...
April 25, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441776/gold-nanoparticles-for-modulating-neuronal-behavior
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REVIEW
Chiara Paviolo, Paul R Stoddart
Understanding the detailed functioning and pathophysiology of the brain and the nervous system continues to challenge the scientific community, particularly in terms of scaling up techniques for monitoring and interfacing with complex 3D networks. Nanotechnology has the potential to support this scaling up, where the eventual goal would be to address individual nerve cells within functional units of both the central and peripheral nervous system. Gold nanoparticles provide a variety of physical and chemical properties that have attracted attention as a light-activated nanoscale neuronal interface...
April 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441323/gold-nanoplates-for-a-localized-surface-plasmon-resonance-based-boric-acid-sensor
#14
Marlia Morsin, Muhamad Mat Salleh, Akrajas Ali Umar, Mohd Zainizan Sahdan
Localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) properties of metallic nanostructures, such as gold, are very sensitive to the dielectric environment of the material, which can simply be adjusted by changing its shape and size through modification of the synthesizing process. Thus, these unique properties are very promising, particularly for the detection of various types of chemicals, for example boric acid which is a non-permitted preservative employed in food preparations. For the sensing material, gold (Au) nanoplates with a variety of shapes, i...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438854/laparoscopic-splenectomy-for-benign-hematological-disorders-in-adults-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Demetrios Moris, Nikoletta Dimitriou, John Griniatsos
BACKGROUND: Since its introduction in the early 1990s, laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) has gained worldwide acceptance for spleen removal, especially in hematological patients. AIM: The present review summarizes the current knowledge and results of LS for the treatment of benign hematological diseases in adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A MEDLINE/PubMed database research was performed using the terms: "laparoscopic splenectomy" OR "laparoscopy" OR "splenectomy" AND "hematological disorders" OR "hematological disease" OR "hematology" AND "adults" as key words...
May 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437746/catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol-and-photo-inhibition-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-using-gold-nanoparticles-as-photocatalyst
#16
Shafiullah Khan, Wang Runguo, Kamran Tahir, Zhang Jichuan, Liqun Zhang
A simple, green method is described for the synthesis of Gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) using Cotoneaster horizontalis extract as a phyto-reducer and capping agent with superior photo inhibition activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Different from the other methods used elevated temperatures for nanoparticles synthesis, the novelty of our method lies in its energy saving process and fast synthesis rates (~5min for AuNPs), and its potential to tune the nanoparticles size and afterward their catalytic activity...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436529/modifying-surface-forces-through-control-of-surface-potentials
#17
Ran Tivony, Jacob Klein
Combining direct surface force measurements with in situ regulation of surface potential provides an exceptional opportunity for investigating and manipulating interfacial phenomena. Recently, we studied the interaction between gold and mica surfaces in water with no added salt, while controlling the metal potential, and found that the surface charge at the metal may vary, and possibly even change its sign, as it progressively approaches the (constant-charge) mica surface [Langmuir, 2015, 31(47), 12845-12849]...
April 24, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436445/cortical-thickness-and-subcortical-gray-matter-volume-in-pediatric-anxiety-disorders
#18
Andrea L Gold, Elizabeth R Steuber, Lauren K White, Jennifer Pacheco, Jessica F Sachs, David Pagliaccio, Erin Berman, Ellen Leibenluft, Daniel S Pine
Perturbations in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), hippocampus, and amygdala are implicated in the development of anxiety disorders. However, most structural neuroimaging studies of patients with anxiety disorders utilize adult samples, and the few studies in youths examine small samples, primarily with volume-based measures. This study tested the hypothesis that cortical thickness of PFC regions and gray matter volume of the hippocampus and amygdala differ between pediatric anxiety disorder patients and healthy volunteers (HVs)...
April 24, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435109/visible-light-inactivation-of-e-%C3%A2-coli-cytotoxicity-and-ros-determination-of-biochemically-capped-gold-nanoparticles
#19
Faheem Ullah Khan, Yongmei Chen, Naeem Ullah Khan, Aftab Ahmad, Kamran Tahir, Zia UlHaq Khan, Arif Ullah Khan, Shifa Ullah Khan, Muslim Raza, Pingyu Wan
The formation of metal nanoparticles is one of the most vast and intensifying research areas in favor of prospective applications for the advancement of new technologies. It is a well-founded, significant feature of green chemistry that making marvelous interconnection between nano-biotechnology and microbial biotechnology. In the present research, the aqueous extract of medicinally important plant Coptis Chinensis (in Chinese called "gold thread") was applied for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs)...
April 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433809/biocorona-formation-on-gold-nanoparticles-modulates-human-proximal-tubule-kidney-cell-uptake-cytotoxicity-and-gene-expression
#20
M T Ortega, J E Riviere, K Choi, N A Monteiro-Riviere
Gold nanoparticles (AuNP) adsorb macromolecules to form a protein corona (PC) after systemic delivery, to which the kidney as the primary excretory organ is constantly exposed. The role of the PC on AuNP cell uptake and toxicity was investigated in vitro in human proximal tubule cells (HPTC) using 40 and 80nm branched polyethylenimine (BPEI), lipoic acid (LA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) coated AuNP with or without (bare) PCs composed of human plasma (HP) or human serum albumin (HSA) for 0.25 to 24h. Time-dependent intracellular uptake, assessed by ICP-MS showed PC modulated cell uptake and cytotoxicity; with bare 40nm BPEI-AuNP showing the greatest responses...
April 19, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
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