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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651408/-identification-and-evaluation-of-t-cell-epitopes-of-rv0585c-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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X X Wang, X Chen, Y Q Li, T Y Xiao, Y Jiang, M C Li, H C Liu, K L Wan
Objective: To investigate the human T cell epitopes of Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis Rv0585c protein antigen and their immunogenicity and provide evidence for the development of specific tuberculosis immune diagnostic techniques and tuberculosis vaccine. Methods: We synthesized peptides from M. tuberculosis Rv0585c protein antigen predicted by TE-predict and IEDB human T cell epitope prediction tool. The cellular immunoreactivity of the predicted peptides was evaluated through ELISpot assay with the peripheral blood monouclear cells (PBMC) of clinical tuberculosis patients...
May 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651365/cathepsin-k-inhibitors-for-osteoporosis-biology-potential-clinical-utility-and-lessons-learned
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Matthew T Drake, Bart L Clarke, Merry Jo Oursler, Sundeep Khosla
Cathepsin K is a cysteine protease member of the cathepsin lysosomal protease family. While cathepsin K is highly expressed in osteoclasts, lower levels of cathepsin K are also found in a variety of other tissues. Secretion of cathepsin K from the osteoclast into the sealed osteoclast-bone cell interface results in efficient degradation of type I collagen. The absence of cathepsin K activity in humans results in pycnodysostosis, characterized by increased bone mineral density and fractures. Pharmacological cathepsin K inhibition leads to continuous increases in BMD for up to five years of treatment and improves bone strength at the spine and hip...
June 23, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651363/multimodal-mechanistic-signatures-for-neurodegenerative-diseases-neurommsig-a-web-server-for-mechanism-enrichment
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Daniel Domingo-Fernández, Alpha Tom Kodamullil, Anandhi Iyappan, Mufassra Naz, Mohammad Asif Emon, Tamara Raschka, Reagon Karki, Stephan Springstubbe, Christian Ebeling, Martin Hofmann-Apitius
Motivation: The concept of a "mechanism-based taxonomy of human disease" is currently replacing the outdated paradigm of diseases classified by clinical appearance. We have tackled the paradigm of mechanism-based patient subgroup identification in the challenging area of research on neurodegenerative diseases. Results: We have developed a knowledge base representing essential pathophysiology mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. Together with dedicated algorithms, this knowledge base forms the basis for a "mechanism-enrichment server" that supports the mechanistic interpretation of multiscale, multimodal clinical data...
June 23, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651340/linking-quality-indicators-to-clinical-trials-an-automated-approach
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Enrico Coiera, Miew Keen Choong, Guy Tsafnat, Peter Hibbert, William B Runciman
Objective: Quality improvement of health care requires robust measurable indicators to track performance. However identifying which indicators are supported by strong clinical evidence, typically from clinical trials, is often laborious. This study tests a novel method for automatically linking indicators to clinical trial registrations. Design: A set of 522 quality of care indicators for 22 common conditions drawn from the CareTrack study were automatically mapped to outcome measures reported in 13 971 trials from ClinicalTrials...
June 23, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651307/role-of-shear-wave-elastography-in-evaluating-the-risk-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b
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Jae Yoon Jeong, Joo Hyun Sohn, Won Sohn, Chan Hyuk Park, Tae Yeob Kim, Dae Won Jun, Yongsoo Kim, Woo Kyoung Jeong
Background/Aims: To investigate the use of measurements of liver stiffness (LS) by two-dimensional real-time shear wave elastography (SWE) for predicting the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). Methods: We retrospectively collected data on 291 enrolled patients with CHB whose LS had been measured using SWE. Results: The mean age of the patients was 46.8 years; males predominated (67%), and 40 of the patients (14%) had clinical cirrhosis...
June 27, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651303/nomograms-to-predict-the-individual-survival-of-patients-with-solitary-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-hepatectomy
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Junyi Shen, Linye He, Chuan Li, Tianfu Wen, Weixia Chen, Changli Lu, Lvnan Yan, Bo Li, Jiayin Yang
Background/Aims: Solitary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a subgroup of HCCs. We aimed to establish nomograms for predicting the survival of solitary HCC patients after hepatectomy. Methods: A total of 538 solitary HCC patients were randomly classified into training and validation sets. A Cox model was used to identify predictors of overall survival (OS) in the training set. A nomogram was generated based on these predictors and was validated using the validation set...
June 27, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651299/survival-estimates-after-stopping-sorafenib-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-next-score-development-and-validation
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Hye Won Lee, Hyun Soo Kim, Seung Up Kim, Do Young Kim, Beom Kyung Kim, Jun Yong Park, Sang Hoon Ahn, Mi Young Jeon, Ja Yoon Heo, Soo Young Park, Yu Rim Lee, Sun Kyung Jang, Su Hyun Lee, Se Young Jang, Won Young Tak, Kwang-Hyub Han
Background/Aims: Limited information is available regarding patient survival after sorafenib discontinuation in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Thus, we developed and validated a novel survival prediction model. Methods: Clinical data from 409 patients with HCC who stopped taking sorafenib between September 2008 and February 2015 were reviewed. Results: In the training cohort, four factors were independent negative predictors of survival (p<0...
June 27, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651276/white-paper-interventional-mri-current-status-and-potential-for-development-considering-economic-perspectives-part-1-general-application
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Jörg Barkhausen, Thomas Kahn, Gabriele A Krombach, Christiane K Kuhl, Joachim Lotz, David Maintz, Jens Ricke, Stefan O Schönberg, Thomas J Vogl, Frank K Wacker
Background MRI is attractive for the guiding and monitoring of interventional procedures due to its high intrinsic soft tissue contrast and the possibility to measure physiologic parameters like flow and cardiac function. Method The current status of interventional MRI for the clinical routine was analyzed. Results The effort needed for the development of MR-safe monitoring systems and instruments initially resulted in the application of interventional MRI only for procedures that could not be performed by other means...
July 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651220/clozapine-versus-other-antipsychotics-during-the-first-18-weeks-of-treatment-a-retrospective-study-on-risk-factor-increase-of-blood-dyscrasias
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Michele Fabrazzo, Vincenzo Prisco, Gaia Sampogna, Francesco Perris, Francesco Catapano, Alessio Maria Monteleone, Mario Maj
Blood dyscrasias excluding agranulocytosis received limited attention in antipsychotic-treated patients during the first 18 weeks of therapy, although severe clinical conditions have been reported in a few cases. We extracted data records of 285 Caucasian patients after 18 weeks of antipsychotic treatments to investigate risk factors of blood dyscrasias. We observed a higher risk to develop both transient and persistent anemia, neutrophilia and eosinophilia in clozapine-treated patients, whereas in those treated with other atypical antipsychotics when compared to a reference group under typical antipsychotics, emerged an increased risk for transient neutrophilia and eosinophilia...
June 20, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651196/dancing-to-death-a-case-of-heat-stroke
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K Nadesan, Chandra Kumari, Mohd Afiq
Heat stroke is a medical emergency which may lead to mortality unless diagnosed early and treated effectively. Heat stroke may manifest rapidly, hence making it difficult to differentiate it from other clinical causes in a collapsed victim.(1) We are presenting a case report of twelve patients who were admitted to our emergency department from a music festival held on 13-15th of March 2014. They developed complications arising from a combination of severe adverse weather condition, prolonged outdoor physical exertion due to long hours of dancing and drug-use, resulting in heat stroke...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651193/p-p-methoxyl-diphenyl-diselenideincorporation-into-polymeric-nanocapsules-improves-its-antinociceptive-action-physicochemical-and-behavioral-studies
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Marcel Henrique Marcondes Sari, Luana Mota Ferreira, Vanessa AngonesiZborowski, Paulo Cesar Oliveira Araujo, Jessica Mendes Nadal, Paulo Vitor Farago, Letícia Cruz, Cristina Wayne Nogueira
The p,p'-methoxyl-diphenyl diselenide [(OMePhSe)2] is an, organoselenium compound that elicits antinociceptive action in different, animal models of pain. However, the compound has physicochemical, Limitations that delay its clinical studies. Herein, (OMePhSe)2, nanocapsules were developed and their physicochemical properties were, analyzed using different techniques (Scanning electron microscopy with, field emissionguns, wide-angle X-ray diffractometry, fourier-transform, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and differential, scanning calorimetry)...
June 20, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651188/hyperhomocysteinaemia-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-peripheral-arterial-disease-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Dan Rong, Jie Liu, Xin Jia, Daniah Al-Nafisee, Senhao Jia, Guoyi Sun, Yue Li, Weihang Lu, Haifeng Li, Hongpeng Zhang, Xiaohui Ma, Jiang Xiong, Xiaoping Liu, Raouf A Khalil, Wei Guo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hyperhomocysteineamia (HHcy) has long been suggested as a risk factor for atherosclerosis. However, the association between HHcy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is still controversial. There is a lack of research on this topic in the Chinese population. This study aims to provide further results. METHODS: 240 PAD patients and 240 control subjects were evaluated for both serum total homocysteine levels and ankle brachial indexes (ABIs)...
May 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651173/development-validation-and-clinical-application-of-a-method-for-the-simultaneous-quantification-of-lamivudine-emtricitabine-and-tenofovir-in-dried-blood-and-dried-breast-milk-spots-using-lc-ms-ms
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Catriona Waitt, Sujan Diliiy Penchala, Adeniyi Olagunju, Alieu Amara, Laura Else, Mohammed Lamorde, Saye Khoo
OBJECTIVES: To present the validation and clinical application of a LC-MS/MS method for the quantification of lamivudine (3TC), emtricitabine (FTC) and tenofovir (TFV) in dried blood spots (DBS) and dried breast milk spots (DBMS). METHODS: DBS and DBMS were prepared from 50 and 30μL of drug-spiked whole blood and human breast milk, respectively. Following extraction with acetonitrile and water, chromatographic separation utilised a Synergi polar column with a gradient mobile phase program consisting of 0...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651115/ten-year-results-of-applying-an-original-scoring-system-for-addressing-adjuvant-therapy-use-after-breast-conserving-surgery-for-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ-of-the-breast
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Massimiliano Gennaro, Maria Carmen De Santis, Luigi Mariani, Salvatore Lo Vullo, Vera Cappelletti, Roberto Agresti, Umberto Cortinovis, Biagio Paolini, Serena Di Cosimo, Maria Luisa Carcangiu, Maria Grazia Daidone, Laura Lozza
PURPOSE: Although large-scale randomised clinical trials have established that radiotherapy (RT) - alone or combined with hormonal therapy (HT) - is effective in reducing the risk of ipsilateral breast tumour recurrence (IBTR), overall survival does not seem to be improved by adjuvant therapies. We sought to ascertain whether specific criteria can be adopted to avoid RT with an acceptable rate of IBTR after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) achieving tumour-free margins. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This non-randomised prospective study concerned the outcome of patients who underwent BCS for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and were prospectively assessed by means of an established scoring system based on width of free margins in association with age <40, presence of comedonecrosis, high grade, ER negativity and HER2 positivity, to orient the use of any adjuvant therapies...
June 23, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651106/computer-based-speech-therapy-for-childhood-speech-sound-disorders
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REVIEW
Lisa Furlong, Shane Erickson, Meg E Morris
BACKGROUND: With the current worldwide workforce shortage of Speech-Language Pathologists, new and innovative ways of delivering therapy to children with speech sound disorders are needed. Computer-based speech therapy may be an effective and viable means of addressing service access issues for children with speech sound disorders. AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of computer-based speech therapy programs for children with speech sound disorders. METHOD: Studies reporting the efficacy of computer-based speech therapy programs were identified via a systematic, computerised database search...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651102/childhood-stress-and-birth-timing-among-african-american-women-cortisol-as-biological-mediator
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Shannon L Gillespie, Lisa M Christian, Angela D Alston, Pamela J Salsberry
Preterm birth (PTB) occurs among 1:11U.S. white women and 1:7.5 African American women and is a significant driver of racial disparities in infant mortality. Maternal stress is the most common clinical phenotype underlying spontaneous PTB. Specific patterns of stress and biological mediators driving PTB remain unclear. We examined the effect of childhood stress on birth timing among African American women and evaluated maternal cortisol elevation as a biological mediator. A prospective observational design was employed, with a single study visit at 28-32 weeks gestation and medical record review...
June 15, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651023/many-to-one-comparisons-after-safety-selection-in-multi-arm-clinical-trials
#17
Gerald Hlavin, Lisa V Hampson, Franz Koenig
In phase II platform trials, 'many-to-one' comparisons are performed when K experimental treatments are compared with a common control to identify the most promising treatment(s) to be selected for Phase III trials. However, when sample sizes are limited, such as when the disease of interest is rare, only a single Phase II/III trial addressing both treatment selection and confirmatory efficacy testing may be feasible. In this paper, we suggest a two-step safety selection and testing procedure for such seamless trials...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651018/meta-analysis-of-mirna-expression-profiles-for-prostate-cancer-recurrence-following-radical-prostatectomy
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Elnaz Pashaei, Elham Pashaei, Maryam Ahmady, Mustafa Ozen, Nizamettin Aydin
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer (PCa) is a leading reason of death in men and the most diagnosed malignancies in the western countries at the present time. After radical prostatectomy (RP), nearly 30% of men develop clinical recurrence with high serum prostate-specific antigen levels. An important challenge in PCa research is to identify effective predictors of tumor recurrence. The molecular alterations in microRNAs are associated with PCa initiation and progression. Several miRNA microarray studies have been conducted in recurrence PCa, but the results vary among different studies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651010/macrophages-but-not-neutrophils-are-critical-for-proliferation-of-burkholderia-cenocepacia-and-ensuing-host-damaging-inflammation
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Jennifer Mesureur, Joana R Feliciano, Nelly Wagner, Margarida C Gomes, Lili Zhang, Monica Blanco-Gonzalez, Michiel van der Vaart, David O'Callaghan, Annemarie H Meijer, Annette C Vergunst
Bacteria of the Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) can cause devastating pulmonary infections in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, yet the precise mechanisms underlying inflammation, recurrent exacerbations and transition from chronic stages to acute infection and septicemia are not known. Bcc bacteria are generally believed to have a predominant extracellular biofilm life style in infected CF lungs, similar to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but this has been challenged by clinical observations which show Bcc bacteria predominantly in alveolar macrophages...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650994/abnormal-global-functional-network-connectivity-and-its-relationship-to-medial-temporal-atrophy-in-patients-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
#20
Can Sheng, Mingrui Xia, Haikuo Yu, Yue Huang, Yan Lu, Fang Liu, Yong He, Ying Han
BACKGROUND: Amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), which is recently considered as a high risk status for developing Alzheimer's disease (AD), manifests with gray matter atrophy and increased focal functional activity in the medial temporal lobe (MTL). However, the abnormalities of whole-brain functional network connectivity in aMCI and its relationship to medial temporal atrophy (MTA) remain unknown. METHODS: In this study, thirty-six aMCI patients and thirty-five healthy controls (HCs) were recruited...
2017: PloS One
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