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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734246/topological-pattern-for-the-search-of-new-active-drugs-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Jose I Bueso-Bordils, Maria T Perez-Gracia, Beatriz Suay-Garcia, Maria J Duart, Rafael V Martin Algarra, Luis Lahuerta Zamora, Gerardo M Anton-Fos, Pedro A Aleman Lopez
Molecular topology was used to develop a mathematical model capable of classifying compounds according to antimicrobial activity against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Topological indices were used as structural descriptors and their relation to antimicrobial activity was determined by using linear discriminant analysis. This topological model establishes new structure activity relationships which show that the presence of cyclopropyl, chlorine and ramification pairs at a distance of two bonds favor this activity, while the presence of tertiary amines decreases it...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734173/reliability-and-validity-of-the-tilburg-frailty-indicator-tfi-among-chinese-community-dwelling-older-people
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Lijuan Dong, Na Liu, Xiaoyu Tian, Xiaoxia Qiao, Robbert J J Gobbens, Robert L Kane, Cuili Wang
OBJECTIVE: To translate the Tilburg Frailty Indicator (TFI) into Chinese and assess its reliability and validity. METHODS: A sample of 917 community-dwelling older people, aged ≥60 years, in a Chinese city was included between August 2015 and March 2016. Construct validity was assessed using alternative measures corresponding to the TFI items, including self-rated health status (SRH), unintentional weight loss, walking speed, timed-up-and-go tests (TUGT), making telephone calls, grip strength, exhaustion, Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire (SPMSQ), Geriatric Depression scale (GDS-15), emotional role, Adaptability Partnership Growth Affection and Resolve scale (APGAR) and Social Support Rating Scale (SSRS)...
July 15, 2017: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732315/total-and-ionized-magnesium-testing-in-the-surgical-intensive-care-unit-opportunities-for-improved-laboratory-and-pharmacy-utilization
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Daniel Dante Yeh, Nalin Chokengarmwong, Yuchiao Chang, Liyang Yu, Colleen Arsenault, Joseph Rudolf, Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski, Kent Lewandrowski
PURPOSE: Ionized fraction (iMg) is the physiologically active form of magnesium (Mg); total Mg may not accurately reflect iMg status. Erroneously "low" Mg levels may result in unnecessary repetitive testing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 11/2015 to 01/2016, patients ordered for Mg from a pilot ICU also had iMg tested. Weighted kappa statistic was used to assess agreement between Mg categories (low, normal, high). Predictors of unnecessary repeated Mg testing and repletion using data were explored through logistic regression models using GEE techniques to account for repeated measurements in both bivariate and multivariable analyses...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732213/comparison-of-blood-collection-tubes-from-three-different-manufacturers-for-the-collection-of-cell-free-dna-for-liquid-biopsy-mutation-testing
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Christina Alidousty, Danielle Brandes, Carina Heydt, Svenja Wagener, Maike Wittersheim, Stephan Christian Schäfer, Barbara Holz, Sabine Merkelbach-Bruse, Reinhard Büttner, Jana Fassunke, Anne Maria Schultheis
The improvement in sensitive techniques has allowed the detection of tumor-specific aberrations in circulating tumor (ct) DNA. Amplification-refractory mutation system PCR has been used for the analysis of ctDNA to detect resistance-causing mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene (eg, EGFR T790M) in lung cancer patients. So far, Streck tubes have been widely used as standard blood collection tubes. Here, we compared blood collection tubes manufactured by Streck with tubes from Roche and Qiagen regarding their utility in stabilizing ctDNA in plasma samples...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732082/osteosarcoma-enters-a-post-genomic-era-with-in-silico-opportunities-generation-of-the-high-dimensional-database-for-facilitating-sarcoma-biology-research-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group-and-the-quadw-foundation
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Jason Glover, Tsz-Kwong Man, Donald A Barkauskas, David Hall, Tanya Tello, Mary Beth Sullivan, Richard Gorlick, Katherine Janeway, Holcombe Grier, Ching Lau, Jeffrey A Toretsky, Scott C Borinstein, Chand Khanna, Timothy M Fan
The prospective banking of osteosarcoma tissue samples to promote research endeavors has been realized through the establishment of a nationally centralized biospecimen repository, the Children's Oncology Group (COG) biospecimen bank located at the Biopathology Center (BPC)/Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Although the physical inventory of osteosarcoma biospecimens is substantive (>15,000 sample specimens), the nature of these resources remains exhaustible. Despite judicious allocation of these high-value biospecimens for conducting sarcoma-related research, a deeper understanding of osteosarcoma biology, in particular metastases, remains unrealized...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732019/rate-of-hepatitis-c-viral-clearance-by-human-livers-in-human-patients-liver-transplantation-modeling-primary-infection-and-implications-for-studying-entry-inhibition
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Michael G Hughes, William W Tucker, Sreelatha Reddy, Michael E Brier, David Koch, Craig J McClain, Colleen B Jonsson, Nobuyuki Matoba, Donghoon Chung
To better understand the dynamics of early hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, we determined how rapidly non-cirrhotic HCV-uninfected liver allografts clear HCV from the circulation of cirrhotic HCV-infected patients at the time of transplantation but before administration of immunosuppression. Specifically, we characterized serum HCV kinetics during the first 90 min of reperfusion for 19 chronically HCV-infected patients transplanted with an HCV-uninfected liver by measuring serum viral load immediately prior to reperfusion (t = 0) and then every 15 min for a total of 90 min (t = 90)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731529/association-between-systemic-antibiotic-and-corticosteroid-use-for-chronic-rhinosinusitis-and-quality-of-life
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Alisa Yamasaki, Lloyd P Hoehle, Katie M Phillips, Allen L Feng, Adam P Campbell, David S Caradonna, Stacey T Gray, Ahmad R Sedaghat
OBJECTIVE: We sought to establish the significance of querying chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) patients about their past CRS-related oral antibiotic and corticosteroid usage by determining the association between these metrics and patients' quality of life (QoL). STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: A total of 157 patients with CRS were prospectively recruited. CRS-specific QoL was measured using the 22-item Sinonasal Outcome Test (SNOT-22)...
July 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731391/malpractice-litigation-following-spine-surgery
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Alan H Daniels, Roy Ruttiman, Adam E M Eltorai, J Mason DePasse, Bielinsky A Brea, Mark A Palumbo
OBJECTIVE Adverse events related to spine surgery sometimes lead to litigation. Few studies have evaluated the association between spine surgical complications and medical malpractice proceedings, outcomes, and awards. The aim of this study was to identify the most frequent causes of alleged malpractice in spine surgery and to gain insight into patient demographic and clinical characteristics associated with medical negligence litigation. METHODS A search for "spine surgery" spanning February 1988 to May 2015 was conducted utilizing the medicolegal research service VerdictSearch (ALM Media Properties, LLC)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731324/using-infrared-spectroscopy-and-multivariate-analysis-to-detect-antibiotics-resistant-escherichia-coli-bacteria
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Uraib Sharaha, Eladio Rodriguez-Diaz, Klaris Riesenberg, Irving J Bigio, Mahmoud Huleihel, Ahmad Salman
Bacterial pathogens are one of the primary causes of human morbidity worldwide. Historically, antibiotics have been highly effective against most bacterial pathogens; however, the increasing resistance of bacteria to a broad spectrum of commonly used antibiotics has become a global health-care problem. Early and rapid determination of bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics has become essential in many clinical settings, and, sometimes, can save lives. Currently classical procedures require at least 48 hours for determining bacterial susceptibility, which can constitute a life-threatening delay for effective treatment...
July 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731272/short-term-toxicity-of-1-methylnaphthalene-to-americamysis-bahia-and-five-deep-sea-crustaceans
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Anthony Knap, Nicholas R Turner, Gopal Bera, D Abigail Renegar, Tamara Frank, Jose Sericano, Bernhard M Riegl
There are few studies that have evaluated hydrocarbon toxicity to vertically migrating deep-sea micronekton. Crustaceans were collected alive using a 9 m(2) Tucker trawl with a thermally insulated cod end and returned to the laboratory in 10 °C seawater. Toxicity of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon 1-methylnapthalene to Americamysis bahia, Janicella spinacauda, Systellaspis debilis, Sergestes sp., Sergia sp., and a euphausid sp. was assessed in a constant exposure toxicity test utilizing a novel passive dosing toxicity testing protocol...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730820/tryptic-peptides-bearing-c-terminal-dimethyllysine-need-be-considered-during-the-analysis-of-lysine-dimethylation-in-proteomic-study
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Ming Chen, Min Zhang, Linhui Zhai, Hao Hu, Ping Liu, Minjia Tan
Lysine methylation plays important roles in structural and functional regulation of chromatin. Although trypsin is the most widely used protease in mass spectrometry-based proteomic analysis for lysine methylation substrates, the proteolytic activity of trypsin on dimethylated lysine residues remains an arguable issue. In this study, we tested the ability of trypsin to cleave dimethylated lysine residues in synthetic peptides, purified albumin and whole cell lysate, and found that the C-terminal of dimethylated lysine residue could be cleaved in a protein sequence-dependent manner...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730740/statistical-process-control-and-verifying-positional-accuracy-of-a-cobra-motion-couch-using-step-wedge-quality-assurance-tool
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Diana Binny, Craig M Lancaster, Jamie V Trapp, Scott B Crowe
This study utilizes process control techniques to identify action limits for TomoTherapy couch positioning quality assurance tests. A test was introduced to monitor accuracy of the applied couch offset detection in the TomoTherapy Hi-Art treatment system using the TQA "Step-Wedge Helical" module and MVCT detector. Individual X-charts, process capability (cp), probability (P), and acceptability (cpk) indices were used to monitor a 4-year couch IEC offset data to detect systematic and random errors in the couch positional accuracy for different action levels...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730446/intracellular-reassociation-of-rna-dna-hybrids-that-activates-rnai-in-hiv-infected-cells
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Angelica N Martins, Weina Ke, Vaishnavi Jawahar, Morriah Striplin, Caryn Striplin, Eric O Freed, Kirill A Afonin
Human immunodeficiency virus Type 1 (HIV-1) is the major cause of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). In 2014, it was estimated that 1.2 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses. RNA interference-based therapy to block HIV replication is a field that, as of now, is without any FDA-approved drugs available for clinical use. In this chapter we describe a protocol for testing and utilizing a new approach that relies on reassociation of RNA-DNA hybrids activating RNAi and blocking HIV replication in human cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730329/an-evaluation-of-the-addition-of-critical-congenital-heart-defect-screening-in-georgia-newborn-screening-procedures
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Shelby T Rentmeester, Johanna Pringle, Carol R Hogue
Objectives Each year in the U.S., approximately 7200 infants are born with a critical congenital heart defect (CCHD). The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) mandated routine screening for CCHD starting January 2015. The current study evaluated hospital performance of the mandated CCHD screenings in Georgia. Methods Utilizing the DPH newborn screening surveillance system, data from 6 months before and after the mandate were analyzed for reports submitted and positive CCHD screening results. Chi square tests of independence were performed to examine the association between reporting of results for CCHD screening after the mandate and hospital nursery level [level I (well-baby/newborn); level II (special care); level III (neonatal intensive care unit-NICU)] and NICU submissions...
July 20, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730303/exhaled-breath-online-measurement-for-cervical-cancer-patients-and-healthy-subjects-by-proton-transfer-reaction-mass-spectrometry
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Wenzhao Zhou, Chaoqun Huang, Xue Zou, Yan Lu, Chengyin Shen, Xiping Ding, Hongzhi Wang, Haihe Jiang, Yannan Chu
Cervical cancer is a common cancer among women and has a high morbidity and mortality. The traditional clinical methods for cervical cancer screening are invasive and limited in terms of cost and time. There is an unmet clinical need for new methods to aid clinicians in the rapid screening and auxiliary diagnosis of cervical precancer. Recently, breath analysis has become an attractive approach for investigation of cancer biomarkers and shows great potential in cancer screening owing to its high sensitivity, quickness, and non-invasive nature...
July 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730280/evidence-for-the-involvement-of-the-gabaergic-but-not-serotonergic-transmission-in-the-anxiolytic-like-effect-of-bisabolol-in-the-mouse-elevated-plus-maze
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Mohaddeseh Abouhosseini Tabari, Mohammad Amir Bagherpour Tehrani
Bisabolol (α-(-)-bisabolol) is a sesquiterpene which is a part of the essential oil of a variety of plants, but its common source is German chamomile. Several bioactivities including anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive, and anti-tumor effects were attributed to bisabolol. However, the neuropharmacological properties of bisabolol have not yet been reported. The present study evaluated behavioral effects of bisabolol using elevated plus maze (EPM), open field test (OFT), and rotarod test. Moreover, this study also examined whether the 5-HT1A and GABAA-benzodiazepine receptor systems are involved in the anxiolytic-like effects of bisabolol...
July 20, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730125/hard-exudates-referral-system-in-eye-fundus-utilizing-speeded-up-robust-features
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Syed Ali Gohar Naqvi, Hafiz Muhammad Faisal Zafar, Ihsanul Haq
In the paper a referral system to assist the medical experts in the screening/referral of diabetic retinopathy is suggested. The system has been developed by a sequential use of different existing mathematical techniques. These techniques involve speeded up robust features (SURF), K-means clustering and visual dictionaries (VD). Three databases are mixed to test the working of the system when the sources are dissimilar. When experiments were performed an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.9343 was attained. The results acquired from the system are promising...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729417/mathematical-modeling-of-tumor-tumor-distant-interactions%C3%A2-supports-a-systemic-control-of-tumor-growth
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Sebastien Benzekry, Clare Lamont, Dominique Barbolosi, Lynn Hlatky, Philip Hahnfeldt
Interactions between different tumors within the same organism have major clinical implications, especially in the context of surgery and metastatic disease. Three main explanatory theories (competition, angiogenesis inhibition and proliferation inhibition) have been proposed but precise determinants of the phenomenon remain poorly understood. Here we formalized these theories into mathematical models and performed biological experiments to test them with empirical data. In syngeneic mice bearing two simultaneously implanted tumors, growth of only one of the tumors was significantly suppressed (61% size reduction at day 15, p<0...
July 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729300/rapamycin-is-highly-effective-in-murine-models-of-immune-mediated-bone-marrow-failure
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Xingmin Feng, Zenghua Lin, Wanling Sun, Maile K Hollinger, Marie J Desierto, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Daniela Malide, Pawel Muranski, Jichun Chen, Neal S Young
Acquired aplastic anemia, the prototypical bone marrow failure disease, is characterized by pancytopenia and marrow hypoplasia. Most aplastic anemia patients respond to immunosuppressive therapy, usually as anti-thymocyte globulin and cyclosporine, but some relapse on cyclosporine withdrawal or require long-term administration of cyclosporine to maintain blood counts. In the current study, we tested efficacy of rapamycin as a new or alternative treatment in mouse models of immune-mediated bone marrow failure...
July 20, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729228/tangled-history-of-the-european-uses-of-sphagnum-moss-and-sphagnol
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Jacek Drobnik, Adam Stebel
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Sphagnum mosses and peat could have been utilized as wound dressings for centuries, however reliable data on this subject are ambiguous; sometimes even no distinction between peat moss (Sphagnum spp.) and peat is made or these terms become confused. The first scientific account on surgical use of peat comes from 1882: a peat digger who successfully, by himself and in the way unknown to the then medicine, cured an open fracture of his forearm with peat. The peat, and very soon the peat moss itself (which is the major constituent of peat) drew attention of the 19(th)-century surgeons...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
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