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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343347/bioanalysis-of-farnesyl-pyrophosphate-in-human-plasma-by-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-triple-quadrupole-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-hybrid-quadrupole-orbitrap-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#1
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Mie Iguchi, Fumihiro Jinno
The isoprenoids farnesyl pyrophosphate (FPP) and geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate (GGPP) are pivotal intermediates for cholesterol homeostasis and cell signaling in the mevalonate pathway. We developed a sensitive and selective high-performance liquid chromatography tandem triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (LC-QQQ-MS) method for FPP in human plasma without the need for a derivatization process. We optimized the sample preparation procedure to extract FPP and (13)C5-FPP (as internal standard) from sample fluids using methanol...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342906/citation-analysis-a-new-approach-to-assess-the-uptake-of-core-outcome-sets
#2
Karen L Barnes, Jamie J Kirkham, Mike Clarke, Paula R Williamson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate citation analysis as an approach to measuring core outcome set (COS) uptake, by assessing whether the number of citations for a COS report could be used as a surrogate measure of uptake of the COS by clinical trialists. STUDY DESIGN AND SETTING: Citation data were obtained for COS reports published before 2010 in five disease areas (systemic sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, sepsis and critical care, and female sexual dysfunction). Those publications identified as a report of a clinical trial were examined to identify whether or not all outcomes in the COS were measured in the trial...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342719/association-of-structural-and-functional-measures-with-contrast-sensitivity-in-glaucoma
#3
Nima Fatehi, Sara Nowroozizadeh, Sharon Henry, Anne L Coleman, Joseph Caprioli, Kouros Nouri-Mahdavi
PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that structural and functional measures predict contrast sensitivity (CS) outcomes in glaucomatous eyes. DESIGN: Cross-sectional prospective study. METHODS: 105 eyes of 65 patients who underwent macular SD-OCT imaging, 24-2 standard achromatic visual fields (VF) and CS measurement on the same day were enrolled. Association of CS at 4 spatial frequencies (3, 6, 12 and 18 cycles per degree, cpd), with structural and functional outcomes was explored with correlation and regression analyses...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342697/recent-publications-from-the-alzheimer-s-disease-neuroimaging-initiative-reviewing-progress-toward-improved-ad-clinical-trials
#4
REVIEW
Michael W Weiner, Dallas P Veitch, Paul S Aisen, Laurel A Beckett, Nigel J Cairns, Robert C Green, Danielle Harvey, Clifford R Jack, William Jagust, John C Morris, Ronald C Petersen, Andrew J Saykin, Leslie M Shaw, Arthur W Toga, John Q Trojanowski
INTRODUCTION: The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) has continued development and standardization of methodologies for biomarkers and has provided an increased depth and breadth of data available to qualified researchers. This review summarizes the 450+ publications using ADNI data during 2014 and 2015. METHODS: We used standard searches to find publications using ADNI data. RESULTS: (1) Structural and functional changes, including subtle changes to hippocampal shape and texture, atrophy in areas outside of hippocampus, and disruption to functional networks, are detectable in presymptomatic subjects before hippocampal atrophy; (2) In subjects with abnormal β-amyloid deposition (Aβ+), biomarkers become abnormal in the order predicted by the amyloid cascade hypothesis; (3) Cognitive decline is more closely linked to tau than Aβ deposition; (4) Cerebrovascular risk factors may interact with Aβ to increase white-matter (WM) abnormalities which may accelerate Alzheimer's disease (AD) progression in conjunction with tau abnormalities; (5) Different patterns of atrophy are associated with impairment of memory and executive function and may underlie psychiatric symptoms; (6) Structural, functional, and metabolic network connectivities are disrupted as AD progresses...
March 22, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342654/the-role-of-the-signal-intensity-ratio-on-fluid-attenuated-inversion-recovery-in-stroke-patients-achieving-successful-recanalization-with-endovascular-treatment
#5
Taehoon Kim, Jong-Won Chung, Myung Suk Jang, Mi Hwa Yang, Sang-Hwa Lee, Beom Joon Kim, Moon-Ku Han, Jae Hyoung Kim, Cheolkyu Jung, Jae-Sung Lim, Hee-Joon Bae
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate whether fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) imaging hyperintensity can be used as a surrogate marker for the severity of ischemic insult and predict lesion growth. METHODS: Based on a prospective stroke registry database, we identified patients with ischemic stroke who were treated with endovascular treatment (EVT) within 8 hours of onset and achieved successful recanalization (modified thrombolysis in cerebral infarction ≥2B)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342608/production-of-reuterin-in-a-fermented-milk-product-by-lactobacillus-reuteri-inhibition-of-pathogens-spoilage-microorganisms-and-lactic-acid-bacteria
#6
Y Ortiz-Rivera, R Sánchez-Vega, N Gutiérrez-Méndez, J León-Félix, C Acosta-Muñiz, D R Sepulveda
We assessed the antimicrobial activity of reuterin produced in vitro in glycerol aqueous solutions in situ by Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC 53608 as part of a fermented milk product against starter (Lactobacillus delbrueckii ssp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus), spoilage (Penicillium expansum), pathogenic (Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica ssp. enterica, and Listeria monocytogenes), and pathogen surrogate (Escherichia coli DH5α) microorganisms. We also assayed the influence of cold storage (28 d at 4°C) and reuterin on the color and rheology of the fermented milk product...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340414/intersection-crash-prediction-modeling-with-macro-level-data-from-various-geographic-units
#7
Jaeyoung Lee, Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Qing Cai
There have been great efforts to develop traffic crash prediction models for various types of facilities. The crash models have played a key role to identify crash hotspots and evaluate safety countermeasures. In recent, many macro-level crash prediction models have been developed to incorporate highway safety considerations in the long-term transportation planning process. Although the numerous macro-level studies have found that a variety of demographic and socioeconomic zonal characteristics have substantial effects on traffic safety, few studies have attempted to coalesce micro-level with macro-level data from existing geographic units for estimating crash models...
March 21, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339742/topiramate-modulates-post-infarction-inflammation-primarily-by-targeting-monocytes-or-macrophages
#8
Zhaohui Wang, Shiyuan Huang, Yuling Sheng, Xu Peng, Hui Liu, Nan Jin, Jun Cai, Yanwen Shu, Ting Li, Ping Li, Cheng Fan, Xiaofan Hu, Wenyong Zhang, Rui Long, Ya You, Caihong Huang, Yi Song, Chunhua Xiang, Jue Wang, Yong Yang, Kun Liu
Aims: Monocytes/macrophages response plays a key role in post-infarction inflammation that contributes greatly to post-infarction ventricular remodeling and cardiac rupture. Therapeutic targeting of the GABAA receptor, which is enriched in monocytes/macrophages but not expressed in the myocardium, may be possible after myocardial infarction. Methods and results: After MI was induced by ligation of the coronary artery, C57BL/6 mice were intraperitoneally administered with one specific agonist or antagonist of the GABAA receptor (topiramate or bicuculline), in the setting of presence or depletion of monocytes/macrophages...
February 17, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338653/breast-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ-carry-mutational-driver-events-representative-of-invasive-breast-cancer
#9
Jia-Min B Pang, Peter Savas, Andrew P Fellowes, Gisela Mir Arnau, Tanjina Kader, Ravikiran Vedururu, Chelsee Hewitt, Elena A Takano, David J Byrne, David Yh Choong, Ewan Ka Millar, C Soon Lee, Sandra A O'Toole, Sunil R Lakhani, Margaret C Cummings, G Bruce Mann, Ian G Campbell, Alexander Dobrovic, Sherene Loi, Kylie L Gorringe, Stephen B Fox
The spectrum of genomic alterations in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is relatively unexplored, but is likely to provide useful insights into its biology, its progression to invasive carcinoma and the risk of recurrence. DCIS (n=20) with a range of phenotypes was assessed by massively parallel sequencing for mutations and copy number alterations and variants validated by Sanger sequencing. PIK3CA mutations were identified in 11/20 (55%), TP53 mutations in 6/20 (30%), and GATA3 mutations in 9/20 (45%). Screening an additional 91 cases for GATA3 mutations identified a final frequency of 27% (30/111), with a high proportion of missense variants (8/30)...
March 24, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338572/the-drivers-of-medicare-reimbursement-for-thoracolumbar-fusion-an-analysis-of-data-from-the-centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services
#10
Krishn Khanna, Eric M Padegimas, Benjamin Zmistowski, Michael Howley, Kushagra Vema
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective observational OBJECTIVE.: The purpose of this study is to examine the variation in Thoracolumbar Fusion (TLF) payment and determine the drivers of this variation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: As healthcare spending continues to increase, variation in surgical procedures reimbursements has come under more scrutiny. TLF is an example of a high-cost, proven-benefit procedure that is often the focus of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrators...
March 23, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338477/osmotic-and-hemodynamic-effects-of-hypertonic-glucose-during-hemodialysis
#11
Daniel Schneditz, Stanisław Niemczyk, Notburga Sauseng, Isolde Bachler, Edda Zierler, Helmut Karl Lackner, Hildegard Hafner-Giessauf
It was the purpose to quantify the hemodynamic effects of a bolus of hypertonic glucose injected into the extracorporeal system in a group of stable and non-diabetic patients during hemodialysis (HD).Glucose and electrolytes were measured in frequent intervals. Arterial blood pressures and heart rates were continuously recorded by non-invasive vascular unloading technique. Beat-to-beat stroke volume, cardiac output, and total peripheral resistance were determined by Modelflow method. Relative blood volumes were continuously measured by ultrasonic and optical means...
March 22, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338466/surrogate-end-points-save-lives
#12
Christopher Vinden
Patient-centric markers are important, and when they can be conveniently measured they should dominate research questions. However, when the research question pertains to serious or potentially fatal illnesses and it will take years or even decades to answer with patient-centric outcomes, then a pragmatic approach based on common sense and surrogate markers should be adopted. This commentary discusses the important role that surrogate markers can play in medical research.
April 2017: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338058/the-role-of-creb3l4-in-the-proliferation-of-prostate-cancer-cells
#13
Tae-Hyun Kim, Joo-Man Park, Mi-Young Kim, Yong-Ho Ahn
The incidence of prostate cancer (PC) is growing rapidly throughout the world, in probable association with the adoption of western style diets. Thus, understanding the molecular pathways triggering the development of PC is crucial for both its prevention and treatment. Here, we investigated the role of the metabolism-associated protein, CREB3L4, in the proliferation of PC cells. CREB3L4 was upregulated by the synthetic androgen, R1881, in LNCaP PC cells (an androgen-dependent cell line). Knockdown of CREB3L4 resulted in decreased androgen-dependent PC cell growth...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338005/the-association-between-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-on-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-t1-mapping-and-myocardial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-rabbits
#14
Mu Zeng, Yingyan Qiao, Zhaoying Wen, Jun Liu, Enhua Xiao, Changlian Tan, Yibin Xie, Jing An, Zishu Zhang, Zhanming Fan, Debiao Li
The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between imaging surrogates for diffuse fibrosis and myocardial dysfunction. Thirty-six New Zealand white rabbits were classified into two groups: a control group (n = 18) and an alloxan-induced diabetes mellitus (DM) group (n = 18). For all rabbits, conventional ultrasonography, two-dimensional speckle tracking, and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping were performed; all of the rabbits were then sacrificed for Masson's staining. The extracellular volume (ECV) was calculated from pre- and post-contrast T1 values and compared with myocardial function measured by echocardiography using Pearson's correlation...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337844/synthesis-of-complex-phenols-enabled-by-a-rationally-designed-hydroxide-surrogate
#15
Patrick S Fier, Kevin M Maloney
The conversion of aryl halides to phenols under mild reaction conditions is a longstanding and formidable challenge in organic chemistry. Herein, we report the rational design of a broadly applicable Pd-catalyzed method to prepare phenols with benzaldehyde oxime as a hydroxide surrogate. These reactions occur under mildly basic conditions and enable the late-stage hydroxylation of several functionally-dense drug-like aryl halides.
March 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337711/circulating-tumor-dna-for-mutation-detection-and-identification-of-mechanisms-of-resistance-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#16
REVIEW
Kay T Yeung, Soham More, Brian Woodward, Victor Velculescu, Hatim Husain
Targeted therapies have changed the treatment landscape of non-small cell lung cancer over the past decade. Analyses of cell free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) provide a non-invasive and robust approach for cancer diagnosis and prognosis, real-time monitoring of treatment response, and the identification of appropriate therapeutic targets based on the detection of tumor genetic aberrations. Recent improvements in the sensitivity, specificity, and feasibility of ctDNA detection assays allow the possibility for implementation into clinical practice...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337673/progression-free-survival-as-a-surrogate-for-overall-survival-in-clinical-trials-of-targeted-therapy-in-advanced-solid-tumors
#17
Stefan Michiels, Everardo D Saad, Marc Buyse
Over the past 15 years, targeted therapy has revolutionized the systemic treatment of cancer. In parallel, there has been a growing debate on the choice of end points in clinical trials in oncology. This debate basically hinges on the choice between overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS). PFS is advantageous because it is measured earlier than OS, requires a smaller sample size than OS to achieve the desired power, and is not influenced by cross-over. On the other hand, PFS is prone to measurement error and bias, and may not capture the entire treatment effect on the outcomes of most interest to patients with an incurable disease: a prolonged survival and improved quality of life...
March 23, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337625/using-fluorescent-dyes-as-proxies-to-study-herbicide-removal-by-sorption-in-buffer-zones
#18
Jeanne Dollinger, Cécile Dagès, Marc Voltz
The performance of buffer zones for removing pesticides from runoff water varies greatly according to landscape settings, hydraulic regime, and system design. Evaluating the performance of buffers for a range of pesticides and environmental conditions can be very expensive. Recent studies suggested that the fluorescent dyes uranine and sulforhodamine B could be used as cost-effective surrogates of herbicides to evaluate buffer performance. However, while transformation mechanisms in buffers have been extensively documented, sorption processes of both dyes have rarely been investigated...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337536/functional-and-patient-reported-outcomes-of-the-swanson-metacarpo-phalangeal-arthroplasty-in-the-rheumatoid-hand
#19
Firas K Elherik, Sean Dolan, John Antrum, Frank Unglaub, Colin R Howie, Steffen J Breusch
INTRODUCTION: Replacement of the metacarpo-phalangeal joints (MCPJ) with silastic Swanson's implants can help decrease pain, stiffness and allow for improved function in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There is a lack of patient reported outcome measure (PROM) studies assessing the efficacy of this procedure in RA. The aim of this study was to report any change in function, pain, stiffness and satisfaction following the Swanson MCPJ replacement using patient reported outcomes in a rheumatoid population...
March 24, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336816/glomerular-density-and-volume-in-renal-biopsy-specimens-of-children-with-proteinuria-relative-to-preterm-birth-and-gestational-age
#20
Kentaro Koike, Yohei Ikezumi, Nobuo Tsuboi, Go Kanzaki, Kotaro Haruhara, Yusuke Okabayashi, Takaya Sasaki, Makoto Ogura, Akihiko Saitoh, Takashi Yokoo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A low total nephron number, which is associated with low birth weight (LBW), may indicate increased susceptibility to early-onset renal diseases in children. However, few studies have assessed renal biopsy findings in LBW children. We examined the relationship between LBW and glomerular density (GD) and/or glomerular volume (GV) in renal biopsy samples as a surrogate for total nephron number. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: Renal biopsy findings of children of LBW were compared with those of age-matched control subjects of normal birth weight (NBW) who were histopathologically diagnosed with FSGS or minimal change nephrotic syndrome (MCNS) from 1995 to 2011...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
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