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Byung Sup Kim, Doo-Sik Kong, Ho Jun Seol, Do-Hyun Nam, Jung-Il Lee
Residual or recurrent hemangiopericytoma (HPC) has been treated with radiosurgery; however, its long-term outcome is not well known. This study is to investigate the long-term outcome of gamma knife radiosurgery (GKS) for residual or recurrent HPCs. We conducted a retrospective analysis of 18 patients who underwent gamma knife radiosurgery for residual or recurrent HPCs. Of the 18 patients, 10 patients had high-grade HPCs (27 tumors) and 8 had low-grade HPCs (13 tumors). Median overall survival (OS) after the first GKS was 134...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Yong Sung Won, Seung-Ju Lee, Hee Youn Kim, Dong Sup Lee
INTRODUCTION: Narrow working space is a major problem to overcome during retroperitoneoscopic ureterolithotomy. We evaluated initial 5 years experience of retroperitoneoscopic ureterolithotomy for large impacted upper ureteral calculi. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Between January 2011 and December 2015, a total of 37 consecutive patients were evaluated. A 12-mm camera port at middle of midaxillary line and two 5-mm working ports in posterior axillary line were created...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
Mangesh I Chaudhari, Jijeesh R Nair, Lawrence R Pratt, Fernando A Soto, Perla B Balbuena, Susan Rempe
Lithium ion solvation and diffusion properties in ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) are studied by molecular simulation, experiments, and electronic structure calculations. Studies carried out in water provide a reference for interpretation. Classical molecular dynamics simulation results are compared to ab initio molecular dynamics to as- sess non-polarizable force field parameters for solvation structure of the carbonate solvents. Quasi-chemical theory (QCT) is adapted to take advantage of four-fold occupancy of the near-neighbor solvation structure observed in simulations, and used to calculate solvation free energies...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Silvia Laura Locatelli, Giuseppa Careddu, Giuliano Giuseppe Stirparo, Luca Castagna, Armando Santoro, Carmelo Carlo-Stella
PI3K/AKT and RAF/MEK/ERK pathways are constitutively activated in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) patients, thus representing attractive therapeutic targets. Here we report that the PI3K/ERK dual inhibitor AEZS-136 induced significant cell proliferation inhibition in L-540, SUP-HD1, KM-H2 and L-428 HL cell lines, but a significant increase in necroptotic cell death was observed only in two out of four cell lines (L-540 and SUP-HD1). In these cells, AEZS-136-induced necroptosis was associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ben Schram, Wayne Hing, Mike Climstein
BACKGROUND: Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a rapidly growing sport and recreational activity where anecdotal evidence exists for its proposed health, fitness and injury rehabilitation benefits. While limited scientific evidence exists to substantiate these claims, previous studies have shown that high levels of fitness, strength and balance exists amongst participants of this sport. The purpose of this study was to conduct a training intervention on a group of previously untrained individuals to ascertain the potential of SUP on various health parameters...
2016: BMC Sports Science, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Zhong Liu, Cheng Zhang, Alireza Khodadadi-Jamayran, Lam Dang, Xiaosi Han, Kitai Kim, Hu Li, Rui Zhao
Neural stem cells (NSCs) have the capacity to differentiate into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes, and therefore represent a promising donor tissue source for treating neurodegenerative diseases and repairing injuries of the nervous system. However, it remains unclear how canonical microRNAs (miRNAs), the subset of miRNAs requiring the Drosha-Dgcr8 microprocessor and the type III RNase Dicer for biogenesis, regulate NSCs. In this study, we established and characterized <i>Dgcr8</i><sup>-/-</sup> NSCs from conditionally <i>Dgcr8</i>-disrupted mouse embryonic brain...
October 20, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Fan Zhang, Yue Sun, Demei Tian, Weon Sup Shin, Jong Seung Kim, Haibing Li
Host-guest recognition plays an important role in biological analysis and biosensing. Accordingly, great efforts have been devoted to the development of sensors using versatile 3D surface materials. These functionalized nanomaterials possess the advantages of high selectivity and visual signals, enabling the selective detection of ions, amino acids, proteins, and other biological molecules. Therefore, in this feature article, we present some significant and representative examples of molecular recognition on calixarene functionalized 3D surface nanomaterials...
October 20, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Samuel A Einstein, Bradley P Weegman, Meri T Firpo, Klearchos Papas, Michael Garwood
Techniques to monitor the oxygen partial pressure (pO<sub>2</sub>) within implanted tissue-engineered grafts (TEGs) are critically necessary for TEG development, but current methods are invasive and inaccurate. In this study, we investigated an accurate and noninvasive technique to monitor TEG pO<sub>2</sub> utilizing proton (<sup>1</sup>H) or fluorine (<sup>19</sup>F) magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) relaxometry. The value of the spin-lattice relaxation rate constant (R<sub>1</sub>) of some biocompatible compounds is sensitive to dissolved oxygen (and temperature), while insensitive to other external factors...
October 19, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
Yoon Jin Cha, Hye Ryun Kim, Hyo Sup Shim
BACKGROUND: Clinical outcomes of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK)-rearranged non-small cell lung cancer according to ALK fusion variants are not clear. We aimed to investigate the prevalence of ALK fusion variants and to compare clinical outcomes according to ALK fusion variants. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted on patients with advanced ALK-rearranged adenocarcinoma treated with chemotherapy and ALK inhibitors. ALK rearrangement was identified by fluorescence in situ hybridization and confirmed by immunohistochemistry...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Mark A Frye, David J Hinton, Victor M Karpyak, Joanna M Biernacka, Lee J Gunderson, Scott E Feeder, Doo-Sup Choi, John D Port
Although the precise drug mechanism of action of acamprosate remains unclear, its antidipsotropic effect is mediated in part through glutamatergic neurotransmission. We evaluated the effect of 4 weeks of acamprosate treatment in a cohort of 13 subjects with alcohol dependence (confirmed by a structured interview, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, Text Revision) on proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy glutamate levels in the midline anterior cingulate cortex (MACC). We compared levels of metabolites with a group of 16 healthy controls...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Seong-Jin Kim, Tae Hyeong Lee, Sang Hee Nam, Ji-Hong Kim, Sangho Oh, Yeon Sook Cho, Myeong Sup Lee, Sehoon Choi, Peter C W Lee
BACKGROUND: The UBA6-specific E2 conjugating enzyme 1 (USE1) ubiquitin enzyme cascade is a poorly characterized arm of the ubiquitin-proteasome system. We investigated whether the UBA6-USE1 enzyme cascade plays a role in lung cancer tumorigenesis. METHODS: USE1 expression was assessed in tumor-normal paired samples from 106 lung cancer patients by immunoblot. USE1 was stably overexpressed and knocked down in lung cancer cell lines to evaluate cell proliferation, colony formation, and invasion...
March 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Olga Borovkova, Andrey Kalish, Vladimir Belotelov
We propose a novel method to enhance the transverse magneto-optical Kerr effect (TMOKE) in the magneto-plasmonic (MP) nanostructures by means of the active dielectric layer. We report the theoretical analysis of the MP structure with a ferromagnetic dielectric doped with rear-earth ions (Nd<sup>3+</sup>) as the example of a gain layer. The enhancement takes place near the surface plasmon polariton (SPP) resonances of the nanostructures. The stimulated emission of the dopants in the field of the SPP wave partially compensates its losses...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Xiaojie Guo, Xiaocheng Wang, Zhaohui Li, Yi Dong
We propose to use a parametric mixer in a passive phase correction scheme for stable distribution of a millimeter-wave signal over fiber links. The parametric mixer is realized via ultrafast four-wave mixing processes, thereby overcoming the bandwidth limit of conventional electronic devices. The mixing of round-trip probe and local pumps generates a signal immune to transmission delay fluctuations at the remote end. This scheme is validated by an experiment that distributes a 36-GHz millimeter wave over 20-km optical fiber...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Shotaro Kitajima, Hiroaki Nakao, Akira Shirakawa, Hideki Yagi, Takagimi Yanagitani
Yb:LuAG is a promising gain medium for high-power lasers due to its high thermal conductivity and large emission cross section. Although narrowband gain media such as Yb:LuAG are not considered to be suitable for the generation of sub-100 fs pulses, we have achieved generation of 91 fs pulses with Yb:LuAG ceramic by the Kerr-lens mode-locking (KLM) technique. The obtained average power, pulse energy, and peak power were 1.64 W, 20.0 nJ, and 220 kW, respectively. These are, to the best of our knowledge, the first demonstration of KLM and the new records based on both Yb:LuAG ceramic and single crystal...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Di Liu, Yizhi Liang, Long Jin, Huojiao Sun, Linghao Cheng, Bai-Ou Guan
We have developed highly sensitive photonic ultrasound hydrophones based on polymer-packaged dual-polarization-mode fiber lasers. The incident ultrasound wave is scattered by the polymer cylinder due to the difference in elastic property. The scattered wave can drive harmonic vibration of the cylinder and result in optical response in terms of beat-frequency variation of the laser output. Experimental results exhibit a broadband ultrasound response at frequencies below 1 MHz. The individual vibration modes are excited by the ultrasound waves with different efficiencies, yielding a frequency-dependent response...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Matthew R Majewski, Stuart D Jackson
We report the demonstration of a tunable dysprosium laser. The experiment employed in-band pumping of a Dy<sup>3+</sup>-doped fluoride fiber and a simple resonator design involving a ruled diffraction grating. The laser produced tuning between 2.95 and 3.35 μm, limited by the availability of optics.
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Eun Young Park, Joo-Il Kim, Dong-Gyu Leem, Ji-Sun Shin, Kyung-Tack Kim, Sang Yoon Choi, Myung-Hee Lee, Jung-Hye Choi, Yong Sup Lee, Kyung-Tae Lee
Previously, we reported that (E)-8-acetoxy-2-[2-(3,4-diacetoxyphenyl)ethenyl]-quinazoline (8-ADEQ), a synthetic analogue of resveratrol had anti-inflammatory and G2/M cell cycle arrest activities, but the underlying molecular mechanism of cytotoxic effects of this compound was not determined. In this study, 8-ADEQ displayed potent cytotoxicity and triggered apoptosis in HL-60 cells as evidenced by DNA fragmentation, DNA ladder formation, and the externalization of Annexin V-targeted phosphatidylserine residues in HL-60 cells...
October 13, 2016: Oncology Reports
Bum Soo Kim, Kyoungjune Pak, Keun-Ik Yi, In Joo Kim, Hwan-Jung Roh, Kyu-Sup Cho
The objective of this study was to investigate the value of parameters assessed with F18-FDG PET/CT in predicting recurrence-free survival (RFS) and disease-specific survival (DSS) in patients with cancer of nasal cavity and paranasal sinus. Thirty-eight patients with cancer of nasal cavity (n = 14) and paranasal sinus (n = 24) who underwent PET/CT prior to curative treatment were enrolled. A volume of interest was placed on PET/CT images covering the entire tumor volume, and the maximum SUV (SUVmax), the mean SUV (SUVmean), and volumetric parameters of metabolic tumor volume (MTV) and total lesion glycolysis (TLG) were measured using thresholds of 40 % of SUVmax...
October 17, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Julia Scheiermann, Dennis M Klinman
BACKGROUND: Mechanical ventilation (MV) is commonly used to improve blood oxygenation in critically ill patients and for general anesthesia. Yet the cyclic mechanical stress induced at even moderate ventilation volume settings [tidal volume (Vt) <10 mL/kg] can injure the lungs and induce an inflammatory response. This work explores the effect of treatment with suppressive oligonucleotides (Sup ODN) in a mouse model of ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI). METHODS: Balb/cJ mice were mechanically ventilated for 4 h using clinically relevant Vt and a positive end-expiratory pressure of 3 cmH2O under 2-3% isoflurane anesthesia...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Gum Ryeong Park, Inseo Son, Seung-Sup Kim
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the association between perceived ethnic discrimination and depressive symptoms among biethnic adolescents in South Korea. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of 4141 biethnic adolescents using data from the 2012 National Survey of Multicultural Families. Perceived ethnic discrimination was measured using the question "Have you ever been discriminated against or ignored because either of your parents is not a Korean?" with an assessment of depressive symptoms over the past 12 months...
September 2016: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Yebang Ŭihakhoe Chi
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