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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786782/preclinical-impact-of-high-dose-intermittent-antiangiogenic-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-pazopanib-in-intrinsically-resistant-tumor-models
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Elaine Reguera-Nuñez, Shan Man, Ping Xu, Robert S Kerbel
Antiangiogenic tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) target vascular endothelial growth factor receptors and other receptor tyrosine kinases. As a result of toxicity, the clinical failures or the modest benefits associated with antiangiogenic TKI therapy may be related in some cases to suboptimal drug dosing and scheduling, thereby facilitating resistance. Most antiangiogenic TKIs, including pazopanib, are administered on a continuous daily basis. Here, instead, we evaluated the impact of increasing the dose and administering the drug intermittently...
May 21, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786558/new-substrates-for-stem-cell-control
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REVIEW
Sara Schmidt, Annamaria Lilienkampf, Mark Bradley
The capacity to culture stem cells in a controllable, robust and scalable manner is necessary in order to develop successful strategies for the generation of cellular and tissue platforms for drug screening, toxicity testing, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Creating substrates that support the expansion, maintenance or directional differentiation of stem cells would greatly aid these efforts. Optimally, the substrates used should be chemically defined and synthetically scalable, allowing growth under defined, serum-free culture conditions...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786551/three-dimensional-cell-culture-from-evolution-to-revolution
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REVIEW
Sharmin Alhaque, Michael Themis, Hassan Rashidi
Recent advances in the isolation of tissue-resident adult stem cells and the identification of inductive factors that efficiently direct differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells along specific lineages have facilitated the development of high-fidelity modelling of several tissues in vitro Many of the novel approaches have employed self-organizing three-dimensional (3D) culturing of organoids, which offer several advantages over conventional two-dimensional platforms. Organoid technologies hold great promise for modelling diseases and predicting the outcome of drug responses in vitro Here, we outline the historical background and some of the recent advances in the field of three-dimensional organoids...
July 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786463/hybrid-diffusion-imaging-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Yu-Chien Wu, Sourajit Mitra Mustafi, Jaroslaw Harezlak, Chandana Kodiweera, Laura A Flashman, Thomas McAllister
Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is an important public health problem. Although conventional medical imaging techniques can detect moderate-to-severe injuries, they are relatively insensitive to mTBI. In this study, we used hybrid diffusion imaging (HYDI) to detect white-matter alterations in nineteen patients with mTBI and 23 other trauma-control patients. Within 15 days (SD=10) of brain injury, all subjects underwent magnetic-resonance HYDI and were assessed with battery of neuropsychological tests of sustained attention, memory, and executive function...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785843/insulin-therapy-weight-gain-and-prognosis
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REVIEW
Israel Hodish
Insulin therapy is mainly used by patients with type 2 diabetes who have failed other therapeutic modalities and have become insulin deficient. This group of patients represents about a quarter of all patients with type 2 diabetes. Almost all patients with type 2 diabetes who start insulin therapy or intensify it gain weight, which may potentially diminish the prognostic advantage of improved glycaemia. To date, all available guidelines emphasize both the attainment of A1c goals and weight control, without directing clinician which element is of a higher priority...
May 21, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785715/current-advances-in-screening-for-bioactive-components-from-medicinal-plants-by-affinity-ultrafiltration-mass-spectrometry
#6
Guilin Chen, Bill X Huang, Mingquan Guo
INTRODUCTION: Medicinal plants have played an important role in maintaining human health for thousands of years. However, the interactions between the active components in medicinal plants and some certain biological targets during a disease are still unclear in most cases. OBJECTIVE: To conduct the high-throughput screening for small active molecules that can interact with biological targets, which is of great theoretical significance and practical value. METHODOLOGY: The ultrafiltration mass spectrometry (UF-LC/MS) is a powerful bio-analytical method by combining affinity ultrafiltration and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC/MS), which could rapidly screen and identify small active molecules that bind to biological targets of interest at the same time...
May 21, 2018: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785479/ngspanpipe-a-pipeline-for-pan-genome-identification-in-microbial-strains-from-experimental-reads
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Umay Kulsum, Arti Kapil, Harpreet Singh, Punit Kaur
Recent advancements in sequencing technologies have decreased both time span and cost for sequencing the whole bacterial genome. High-throughput Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology has led to the generation of enormous data concerning microbial populations publically available across various repositories. As a consequence, it has become possible to study and compare the genomes of different bacterial strains within a species or genus in terms of evolution, ecology and diversity. Studying the pan-genome provides insights into deciphering microevolution, global composition and diversity in virulence and pathogenesis of a species...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785215/mycobacteriosis-and-tuberculosis-laboratory-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Davood Azadi, Tahereh Motallebirad, Kazem Ghaffari, Hasan Shojaei
Background: Tuberculosis is one of the most important infectious diseases that has claimed its victims throughout much of known human history. With Koch's discovery of the tubercle bacillus as the etiologic agent of the disease, his sanitary and hygienic measures, which were based on his discovery and the development of a vaccine against tuberculosis by Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin in 1921, an attenuated Mycobacterium bovis strain, bacilli Calmette-Guérin (BCG), and the discovery of the first antibiotic against tuberculosis, streptomycin by Selman Waksman in 1943, soon led to the opinion that appropriate control measures had become available for tuberculosis and it had been assumed that the disease could ultimately be eradicated...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784975/a-unique-cytoplasmic-atpase-complex-defines-the-legionella-pneumophila-type-iv-secretion-channel
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David Chetrit, Bo Hu, Peter J Christie, Craig R Roy, Jun Liu
Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) are complex machines used by bacteria to deliver protein and DNA complexes into target host cells1-5 . Conserved ATPases are essential for T4SS function, but how they coordinate their activities to promote substrate transfer remains poorly understood. Here, we show that the DotB ATPase associates with the Dot-Icm T4SS at the Legionella cell pole through interactions with the DotO ATPase. The structure of the Dot-Icm apparatus was solved in situ by cryo-electron tomography at 3...
May 21, 2018: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784930/comparative-mrna-and-mirna-expression-in-european-mouflon-ovis-musimon-and-sheep-ovis-aries-provides-novel-insights-into-the-genetic-mechanisms-for-female-reproductive-success
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Ji Yang, Xin Li, Yin-Hong Cao, Kisun Pokharel, Xiao-Ju Hu, Ze-Hui Chen, Song-Song Xu, Jaana Peippo, Mervi Honkatukia, Juha Kantanen, Meng-Hua Li
Prolific breeds of domestic sheep (Ovis aries) are important genetic resources due to their reproductive performance, which is characterized by multiple lambs per birth and out-of-season breeding. However, the lack of a comprehensive understanding of the genetic mechanisms underlying the important reproductive traits, particularly from the evolutionary genomics perspective, has impeded the efficient advancement of sheep breeding. Here, for the first time, by performing RNA-sequencing we built a de novo transcriptome assembly of ovarian and endometrial tissues in European mouflon (Ovis musimon) and performed an mRNA-miRNA integrated expression profiling analysis of the wild species and a highly prolific domestic sheep breed, the Finnsheep...
May 21, 2018: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784283/accounting-for-early-job-turnover-in-recent-pediatric-surgery-fellowship-graduates-an-american-pediatric-surgical-association-membership-and-credentials-committee-study
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Trevor D Crafts, Teresa M Bell, Andrew Srisuwananukorn, Harry Applebaum, Troy A Markel
PURPOSE: Employment opportunities for graduating pediatric surgeons vary from year to year. Significant turnover among new employees indicates fellowship graduates may be unsophisticated in choosing job opportunities which will ultimately be satisfactory for themselves and their families. The purpose of this study was to assess what career, life, and social factors contributed to the turnover rates among pediatric surgeons in their first employment position. METHODS: American Pediatric Surgical Association members who completed fellowship training between 2011 and 2016 were surveyed voluntarily...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784152/laboratory-investigations-in-uveitis-current-practice-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Parthopratim Dutta Majumder, Amit Palkar, Radha Annamalai, Jyotirmay Biswas
Diagnosis and management of uveitis always remains a challenge to the treating ophthalmologists. Rapid diagnosis and timely initiation of appropriate, effective treatment in uveitis are the critical determinants that lead to good visual outcome and reduce the risk of ocular morbidity. In the last decade, significant progress has been made in molecular diagnostic modalities and in development of newer diagnostic tools, which included serological tests and imaging techniques. However, a tailored approach to laboratory investigations based on meticulous history and comprehensive ocular evaluation has been propounded as the gold standard for successful management of an uveitic entity...
June 2018: Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. Journal Canadien D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784119/venous-stents-current-status-and-future-directions
#13
Susan M Shamimi-Noori, Timothy W I Clark
Venous outflow obstruction is a dominant contributor to chronic venous disease. Treatment of venous disease has historically been limited by available vascular stent technology not specifically designed for the venous system. The ideal venous stent must provide requisite flexibility, strength, and accurate deployment for the anatomical and pathophysiological conditions of chronic venous disease. Venous stent technology is advancing with multiple dedicated venous stents currently available in Europe and with investigational device exemption studies ongoing in the United States...
June 2018: Techniques in Vascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783865/flow-cytometry-based-epitope-binning-using-competitive-binding-profiles-for-the-characterization-of-monoclonal-antibodies-against-cellular-and-soluble-protein-targets
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Brian M Chan, Anita Badh, Kelly A Berry, Stephanie A Grauer, Chadwick T King
A key step in the therapeutic antibody drug discovery process is early identification of diverse candidate molecules. Information comparing antibody binding epitopes can be used to classify antibodies within a large panel, guiding rational lead molecule selection. We describe a novel epitope binning method utilizing high-throughput flow cytometry (HTFC) that leverages cellular barcoding or spectrally distinct beads to multiplex samples to characterize antibodies raised against cell membrane receptor or soluble protein targets...
May 1, 2018: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783699/a-tube-integrated-painted-biosensor-for-glucose-and-lactate
#15
Weihua Shi, Xiaojin Luo, Yue Cui
Developing a simple and direct approach for sensitive, specific, and rapid detection of metabolic compounds is of great importance for a variety of biological, medical, and food applications. Tubes are a highly portable and accessible container shape which are widely used for scientific research in cell biology and chemical synthesis, and which are also of great use in domestic health care applications. Here, we show for the first time the development of a tube-based painted amperometric biosensor for the detection of glucose and lactate...
May 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782352/an-update-on-the-management-of-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
#16
Limin Gao, Nikola S Natov, Kevin P Daly, Faisal Masud, Sadia Chaudhry, Mark J Sterling, Muhammad W Saif
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) are a rare and heterogeneous group of neoplasia and differ in their clinical presentation, behavior, and prognosis based on both histological features and cancer stage at the time of diagnosis. Although small-sized tumors can be surgically resected, locally advanced and metastatic tumors confer a poor prognosis. In addition, only limited treatment options are available to the latter group of patients with PNETs, such as hormonal analogs, cytotoxic agents, and targeted therapy...
May 8, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782188/an-evaluation-of-nivolumab-for-the-treatment-of-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
#17
Kevin Zarrabi, Shenhong Wu
The treatment paradigm for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) has undergone a revolution with the rapid market approval of multiple agents over a three-year period. The immunogenicity of RCC provided the biological rationale to assess the clinical efficacy of nivolumab, an immune checkpoint inhibitor. Nivolumab is approved for second-line treatment after failure of angiogenesis targeted therapy and in combination therapy with ipilimumab for previously untreated intermediate or poor-risk advanced renal cell carcinoma...
May 21, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782150/-site-and-mutation-specific-predictions-enable-minimal-directed-evolution-libraries
#18
Jeffrey C Moore, Agustina Rodriguez-Granillo, Alejandro Crespo, Sridhar Govindarajan, Mark Welch, Kaori Hiraga, Katrina Lexa, Nicholas Marshall, Matthew David Truppo
Directed evolution experiments designed to improve the activity of a biocatalyst have increased in sophistication from the early days of completely random mutagenesis. Sequence-based and structure-based methods have been developed to identify "hotspot" positions that when randomized provide a higher frequency of beneficial mutations that improve activity. These focused mutagenesis methods reduce library sizes and therefore reduce screening burden, accelerating the rate of finding improved enzymes...
May 21, 2018: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781857/a-combination-flap-for-nasal-defect-reconstruction
#19
Rajshree Jayarajan
BACKGROUND: Nasal reconstruction is a common plastic surgery procedure following cancer resection. Whereas most small and medium defects are managed using standard local flaps, reconstructive options available for large defects of the nose such as a heminasal defect are very few. Most of the large defects are usually managed using a forehead flap, which involves at least 2 stages or using free tissue transfer. The author describes a combination flap that can be used for reconstruction of heminasal defects as well as lateral wall defects...
May 17, 2018: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781625/vertically-emitting-indium-phosphide-nanowire-lasers
#20
Wei-Zong Xu, Fang-Fang Ren, Dimitars Jevtics, Antonio Hurtado, Li Li, Qian Gao, Jiandong Ye, Fan Wang, Benoit Guilhabert, Lan Fu, Hai Lu, Rong Zhang, Hark Hoe Tan, Martin Dawson, Chennupati Jagadish
Semiconductor nanowire (NW) lasers have attracted considerable research effort given their excellent promise for nanoscale photonic sources. However, NW lasers currently exhibit poor directionality and high threshold gain, issues critically limiting their prospects for on-chip light sources with extremely reduced footprint and efficient power consumption. Here, we propose a new design and experimentally demonstrate a vertically emitting indium phosphide (InP) NW laser structure showing high emission directionality and reduced energy requirements for operation...
May 21, 2018: Nano Letters
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