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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441859/-dnt-cell-inhibits-the-growth-of-pancreatic-carcinoma-via-nkg2d-and-mica-pathway-in-vivo
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J Chen, H Xu, X X Zhu, Y Zhao, H Z Fang, J Q Zhao
Objective: To investigate the effects of natural killer group 2 member D (NKG2D) and its ligands major histocompatibility complex class Ⅰ chain-related molecules A(MICA) on DNT cell killing pancreatic carcinoma. Methods: Antibodies adsorption was used to separate DNT cell from human peripheral blood. Human pancreatic tumor models were established via implanting BXPC-3 cells into nude mice, and then mice were randomly divided mice into 3 groups, blank group, gemcitabine group and DNT group. Mice weights and mice tumor volumes were measured every 5 days...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441772/structural-and-biochemical-properties-of-novel-self-cleaving-ribozymes
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REVIEW
Ki-Young Lee, Bong-Jin Lee
Fourteen well-defined ribozyme classes have been identified to date, among which nine are site-specific self-cleaving ribozymes. Very recently, small self-cleaving ribozymes have attracted renewed interest in their structure, biochemistry, and biological function since the discovery, during the last three years, of four novel ribozymes, termed twister, twister sister, pistol, and hatchet. In this review, we mainly address the structure, biochemistry, and catalytic mechanism of the novel ribozymes. They are characterized by distinct active site architectures and divergent, but similar, biochemical properties...
April 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441748/convergent-validity-of-a-wearable-sensor-system-for-measuring-sub-task-performance-during-the-timed-up-and-go-test
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James Beyea, Chris A McGibbon, Andrew Sexton, Jeremy Noble, Colleen O'Connell
BACKGROUND: The timed-up-and-go test (TUG) is one of the most commonly used tests of physical function in clinical practice and for research outcomes. Inertial sensors have been used to parse the TUG test into its composite phases (rising, walking, turning, etc.), but have not validated this approach against an optoelectronic gold-standard, and to our knowledge no studies have published the minimal detectable change of these measurements. METHODS: Eleven adults performed the TUG three times each under normal and slow walking conditions, and 3 m and 5 m walking distances, in a 12-camera motion analysis laboratory...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441656/development-of-a-smartphone-app-for-visualizing-heart-sounds-and-murmurs
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Noritaka Mamorita, Naoya Arisaka, Risa Isonaka, Tadashi Kawakami, Akihiro Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: Auscultation is one of the basic techniques for the diagnosis of heart disease. However, the interpretation of heart sounds and murmurs is a highly subjective and difficult skill. OBJECTIVES: To assist the auscultation skill at the bedside, a handy phonocardiogram was developed using a smartphone (Samsung Galaxy J, Android OS 4.4.2) and an external microphone attached to a stethoscope. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Android app used Java classes, "AudioRecord," "AudioTrack," and "View," that recorded sounds, replayed sounds, and plotted sound waves, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441640/lack-of-association-between-limb-hemodynamics-and-response-to-infrapopliteal-endovascular-therapy-in-patients-with-critical-limb-ischemia
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J A Mustapha, Larry J Diaz-Sandoval, George Adams, Michael R Jaff, Robert Beasley, Theresa McGoff, Sara Finton, Larry E Miller, Mohammad Ansari, Fadi Saab
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive limb hemodynamics may aid in diagnosis of critical limb ischemia (CLI), although the relationship with disease severity and response to endovascular therapy is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: This prospective, single-center study enrolled 100 CLI patients (Rutherford class 4-6) who underwent infrapopliteal endovascular revascularization (175 lesions) in the Peripheral RegIstry of Endovascular Clinical OutcoMEs (PRIME) registry. Hemodynamic measures included ankle-brachial index (ABI), toe-brachial index (TBI), and toe pressure (TP)...
May 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441637/subtle-pathological-changes-in-neocortical-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Juan G Ochoa, Diana Hentgarden, Audrey Paulzak, Melissa Ogden, Richard Pryson, Markus Lamle, Walter G Rusyniak
This was a prospective observational study to correlate the clinical symptoms, electrophysiology, imaging, and surgical pathology of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) without hippocampal sclerosis. We selected consecutive patients with TLE and normal MRI undergoing temporal lobe resection between April and September 2015. Clinical features, imaging, and functional data were reviewed. Intracranial monitoring and language mapping were performed when it was required according to our team recommendation...
April 22, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441601/improving-understanding-of-mixed-land-use-watershed-suspended-sediment-regimes-mechanistic-progress-through-high-frequency-sampling
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Elliott Kellner, Jason A Hubbart
Given the importance of suspended sediment to biogeochemical functioning of aquatic ecosystems, and the increasing concern of mixed-land-use effects on pollutant loading, there is an urgent need for research that quantitatively characterizes spatiotemporal variation of suspended sediment dynamics in contemporary watersheds. A study was conducted in a representative watershed of the central United States utilizing a nested-scale experimental watershed design, including five gauging sites (n=5) partitioning the catchment into five sub-watersheds...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441596/individual-variation-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-relation-to-stable-isotope-ratios-sex-reproductive-phase-and-oxidative-status-in-scopoli-s-shearwaters-calonectris-diomedea-from-the-southern-mediterranean
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David Costantini, Manrico Sebastiano, Martina S Müller, Igor Eulaers, Per Ambus, Govindan Malarvannan, Adrian Covaci, Bruno Massa, Giacomo Dell'Omo
Little is known about the accumulation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and its consequences for seabirds in the Mediterranean basin. We characterised the plasma contaminant profile (polychlorinated biphenyls ΣPCBs; organochlorine pesticides ΣOCPs; polybrominated diphenyl ethers ΣPBDEs) of a population of the seabird Scopoli's shearwater (Calonectris diomedea) that breeds in the southern Mediterranean (Linosa Island) and investigated (i) whether sex, stable isotope ratios (related to diet), reproductive phase (early incubation vs...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441544/enrichment-of-resolving-power-improves-ion-peak-quantification-on-a-lipidomics-platform
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Kosuke Saito, Yasuo Ohno, Yoshiro Saito
In this study, we delineated the importance of MS resolving power on the ion-peak quantification of lipids using an Orbitrap Fusion instrument and established a liquid chromatography-based, high-performance lipidomics platform. The ion-peak recognition of several lipids in human plasma, such as LPC(15:0), LPE(22:5), and PC(35:0), was clearly improved by increasing the MS resolving power. In addition, we evaluated the impact of resolving power on the quantitative detection of lipids by automatic ion-peak recognition with calculation of the coefficient of variance (CV)...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441501/hooked-on-cryogels-a-carbamate-linker-based-depot-for-slow-drug-release
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Duygu Aydin, Mehmet Arslan, Amitav Sanyal, Rana Sanyal
Poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) based bulk hydrogels and cryogels containing activated carbonate groups as amine reactive handles to facilitate drug conjugations through carbamate linkages were fabricated and evaluated as slow releasing drug reservoirs. As an initial approach, photopolymerization of N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS)-activated carbonate functional group containing monomer and PEG-methacrylate in the presence of a crosslinker was utilized to obtain bulk hydrogels with high gel conversions. The resultant hydrogels possessed moderate water uptake (170-340 %) which was dependent on the monomer ratios...
April 25, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441483/discovery-of-a-novel-class-of-survival-motor-neuron-2-splicing-modifiers-for-the-treatment-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Emmanuel Pinard, Luke Green, Michael Reutlinger, Marla Weetall, Nikolai N Naryshkin, John Baird, Karen S Chen, Sergey V Paushkin, Friedrich Metzger, Hasane Ratni
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by mutation or deletion of the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene, resulting in low levels of functional SMN protein. We have reported recently the identification of small molecules (coumarins, iso-coumarins and pyrido-pyrimidinones) that modify the alternative splicing of SMN2, a paralogous gene to SMN1, restoring the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein level in mouse models of SMA. Herein, we report our efforts to identify a novel chemotype as one strategy to potentially circumvent safety concerns from earlier derivatives, such as in-vitro phototoxicity and in-vitro mutagenicity associated with compounds 1 and 2 or the in-vivo retinal findings observed in a long term chronic tox study with 3 at high exposures only...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441481/best-practices-of-computer-aided-drug-discovery-cadd-lessons-learned-from-the-development-of-a-preclinical-candidate-for-prostate-cancer-with-a-new-mechanism-of-action
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Fuqiang Ban, Kush Dalal, Huifang Li, Eric LeBlanc, Paul S Rennie, Artem Cherkasov
Small-molecule drug design is a complex and iterative decision-making process relying on pre-existing knowledge and driven by experimental data. Low molecular weight chemicals represent an attractive therapeutic option as they are readily accessible to organic synthesis and can easily be characterized.1 Their potency, as well as pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic properties can be systematically and rationally investigated, and ultimately optimized via expert science behind medicinal chemistry and methods of computer-aided drug design (CADD)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441453/brainstem-response-patterns-in-deeply-sedated-critically-ill-patients-predict-28-day-mortality
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Benjamin Rohaut, Raphael Porcher, Tarik Hissem, Nicholas Heming, Patrick Chillet, Kamel Djedaini, Guy Moneger, Stanislas Kandelman, Jeremy Allary, Alain Cariou, Romain Sonneville, Andréa Polito, Marion Antona, Eric Azabou, Djillali Annane, Shidasp Siami, Fabrice Chrétien, Jean Mantz, Tarek Sharshar
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Deep sedation is associated with acute brain dysfunction and increased mortality. We had previously shown that early-assessed brainstem reflexes may predict outcome in deeply sedated patients. The primary objective was to determine whether patterns of brainstem reflexes might predict mortality in deeply sedated patients. The secondary objective was to generate a score predicting mortality in these patients. METHODS: Observational prospective multicenter cohort study of 148 non-brain injured deeply sedated patients, defined by a Richmond Assessment sedation Scale (RASS) <-3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441451/two-featured-series-of-rrna-derived-rna-fragments-rrfs-constitute-a-novel-class-of-small-rnas
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Ze Chen, Yu Sun, Xiaojun Yang, Zhenfeng Wu, Kaifei Guo, Xiaoran Niu, Qingsong Wang, Jishou Ruan, Wenjun Bu, Shan Gao
In this study, we reported two featured series of rRNA-derived RNA fragments (rRFs) from the small RNA sequencing (sRNA-seq) data of Amblyomma testudinarium using the Illunima platform. Two series of rRFs (rRF5 and rRF3) were precisely aligned to the 5' and 3' ends of the 5.8S and 28S rRNA gene. The rRF5 and rRF3 series were significantly more highly expressed than the rRFs located in the body of the rRNA genes. These series contained perfectly aligned reads, the lengths of which varied progressively with 1-bp differences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441398/the-effects-of-immune-protein-cd3%C3%AE-development-and-degeneration-of-retinal-neurons-after-optic-nerve-injury
#15
Tao He, Xavier Mortensen, Ping Wang, Ning Tian
Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I molecules and their receptors play fundamental roles in neuronal death during diseases. T-cell receptors (TCR) function as MHCI receptor on T-cells and both MHCI and a key component of TCR, CD3ζ, are expressed by mouse retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) and displaced amacrine cells. Mutation of these molecules compromises the development of RGCs. We investigated whether CD3ζ regulates the development and degeneration of amacrine cells after RGC death. Surprisingly, mutation of CD3ζ not only impairs the proper development of amacrine cells expressing CD3ζ but also those not expressing CD3ζ...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441185/exploring-factors-associated-with-patients-adherence-to-antihypertensive-drugs-among-people-with-primary-hypertension-in-the-united-kingdom
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Amanj I Kurdi, Li-Chia Chen, Rachel A Elliott
OBJECTIVE: To explore factors associated with adherence to antihypertensive drugs overall (therapy adherence) and to particular classes (class adherence) in hypertensive patients. METHODS: The current retrospective cohort study included adults with primary hypertension identified in the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink from April 2006 to March 2013. Individuals were followed from the date of first-ever antihypertensive drug class (class adherence) prescribed and from the date of the first-ever antihypertensive drug (therapy adherence) issued to the earliest of study end, patient leaving the database, or death...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441149/epigenetic-regulatory-mutations-and-epigenetic-therapy-for-multiple-myeloma
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Daphné Dupéré-Richer, Jonathan D Licht
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Next generation sequencing and large-scale analysis of patient specimens has created a more complete picture of multiple myeloma (MM) revealing that epigenetic deregulation is a prominent factor in MM pathogenesis. RECENT FINDINGS: Over half of MM patients have mutations in genes encoding epigenetic modifier enzymes. The DNA methylation profile of MM is related to the stage of the disease and certain classes of mutations in epigenetic modifiers are more prevalent upon disease relapse, suggesting a role in disease progression...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441129/medical-school-outreach-and-mentorship-for-rural-secondary-school-students-a-pilot-of-the-southwestern-ontario-medical-mentorship-program
#18
Maija A Robinson, Matt B Douglas-Vail, Jessica N Bryce, Theunis J van Zyl
INTRODUCTION: Rural communities in Canada face challenges with physician recruitment. Physicians from rural backgrounds are more likely to practise in rural areas; however, rural students are underrepresented in medical schools. To address this, the Southwestern Ontario Medical Mentorship Program (SWOMMP) was created to expose rural secondary school students to medical careers. METHODS: This pilot project involved a school-based interactive session run by rural medical students on paths to medicine, medical specialties and skills workshops of roughly 2...
2017: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441128/early-career-work-location-of-memorial-university-medical-graduates-why-the-decline-in-rural-practice
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Maria Mathews, Dana Ryan, Asoka Samarasena
INTRODUCTION: In a previous study, we found a decline in the proportion of Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) medical alumni practising in rural areas, particularly in Newfoundland and Labrador. The current study focused on the work location of recent graduates and examined the predictors of working in rural Canada and in rural Newfoundland and Labrador within the first 15 years following graduation. METHODS: We linked data from graduating class lists and the alumni and postgraduate databases with Scott's Medical Database to create a record of all graduates from 1973 to 2008, including their work location...
2017: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441085/noun-and-verb-knowledge-in-monolingual-preschool-children-across-17-languages-data-from-cross-linguistic-lexical-tasks-litmus-clt
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Ewa Haman, Magdalena Łuniewska, Pernille Hansen, Hanne Gram Simonsen, Shula Chiat, Jovana Bjekić, Agnė Blažienė, Katarzyna Chyl, Ineta Dabašinskienė, Pascale Engel de Abreu, Natalia Gagarina, Anna Gavarró, Gisela Håkansson, Efrat Harel, Elisabeth Holm, Svetlana Kapalková, Sari Kunnari, Chiara Levorato, Josefin Lindgren, Karolina Mieszkowska, Laia Montes Salarich, Anneke Potgieter, Ingeborg Ribu, Natalia Ringblom, Tanja Rinker, Maja Roch, Daniela Slančová, Frenette Southwood, Roberta Tedeschi, Aylin Müge Tuncer, Özlem Ünal-Logacev, Jasmina Vuksanović, Sharon Armon-Lotem
This article investigates the cross-linguistic comparability of the newly developed lexical assessment tool Cross-linguistic Lexical Tasks (LITMUS-CLT). LITMUS-CLT is a part the Language Impairment Testing in Multilingual Settings (LITMUS) battery (Armon-Lotem, de Jong & Meir, 2015). Here we analyse results on receptive and expressive word knowledge tasks for nouns and verbs across 17 languages from eight different language families: Baltic (Lithuanian), Bantu (isiXhosa), Finnic (Finnish), Germanic (Afrikaans, British English, South African English, German, Luxembourgish, Norwegian, Swedish), Romance (Catalan, Italian), Semitic (Hebrew), Slavic (Polish, Serbian, Slovak) and Turkic (Turkish)...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
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