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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346531/doppler-assessment-of-aortic-stenosis-a-25-operator-study-demonstrating-why-reading-the-peak-velocity-is-superior-to-velocity-time-integral
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Stefania Sacchi, Niti M Dhutia, Matthew J Shun-Shin, Massoud Zolgharni, Nilesh Sutaria, Darrel P Francis, Graham D Cole
Aims: Measurements with superior reproducibility are useful clinically and research purposes. Previous reproducibility studies of Doppler assessment of aortic stenosis (AS) have compared only a pair of observers and have not explored the mechanism by which disagreement between operators occurs. Using custom-designed software which stored operators' traces, we investigated the reproducibility of peak and velocity time integral (VTI) measurements across a much larger group of operators and explored the mechanisms by which disagreement arose...
January 15, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346415/acute-multi-sgrna-knockdown-of-keops-complex-genes-reproduces-the-microcephaly-phenotype-of-the-stable-knockout-zebrafish-model
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Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Ronen Schneider, Charlotte A Hoogstraten, Jeremy F P Ullmann, David Schapiro, Amar J Majmundar, Amy Kolb, Kaitlyn Eddy, Shirlee Shril, Daniela A Braun, Annapurna Poduri, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Until recently, morpholino oligonucleotides have been widely employed in zebrafish as an acute and efficient loss-of-function assay. However, off-target effects and reproducibility issues when compared to stable knockout lines have compromised their further use. Here we employed an acute CRISPR/Cas approach using multiple single guide RNAs targeting simultaneously different positions in two exemplar genes (osgep or tprkb) to increase the likelihood of generating mutations on both alleles in the injected F0 generation and to achieve a similar effect as morpholinos but with the reproducibility of stable lines...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346414/reliability-of-plasma-polar-metabolite-concentrations-in-a-large-scale-cohort-study-using-capillary-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry
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Sei Harada, Akiyoshi Hirayama, Queenie Chan, Ayako Kurihara, Kota Fukai, Miho Iida, Suzuka Kato, Daisuke Sugiyama, Kazuyo Kuwabara, Ayano Takeuchi, Miki Akiyama, Tomonori Okamura, Timothy M D Ebbels, Paul Elliott, Masaru Tomita, Asako Sato, Chizuru Suzuki, Masahiro Sugimoto, Tomoyoshi Soga, Toru Takebayashi
BACKGROUND: Cohort studies with metabolomics data are becoming more widespread, however, large-scale studies involving 10,000s of participants are still limited, especially in Asian populations. Therefore, we started the Tsuruoka Metabolomics Cohort Study enrolling 11,002 community-dwelling adults in Japan, and using capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry (CE-MS) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The CE-MS method is highly amenable to absolute quantification of polar metabolites, however, its reliability for large-scale measurement is unclear...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346244/comparing-fundus-fluorescein-angiography-and-swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-the-evaluation-of-diabetic-macular-perfusion
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Alberto La Mantia, Rengin A Kurt, Samantha Mejor, Catherine A Egan, Adnan Tufail, Pearse A Keane, Dawn A Sim
PURPOSE: To compare fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA) and swept-source optical coherence tomography angiography (SS-OCTA) in the evaluation of macular perfusion in diabetic patients. METHODS: Forty-one eyes (21 diabetic patients) seen at Moorfields Eye Hospital (London) over a 1-month interval underwent color fundus photography, FFA, and SS-OCTA imaging of the capillary superficial plexus using 2 different protocols: 3 × 3 mm and 4.5 × 4.5 mm. Quantitative assessment (foveal avascular zone diameters and area), qualitative analysis (macroscopic and microscopic levels) and Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study diabetic macular ischemia grading were performed...
January 16, 2018: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346180/development-of-a-pd-l1-complementary-diagnostic-immunohistochemistry-assay-sp142-for-atezolizumab
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Bharathi Vennapusa, Brian Baker, Marcin Kowanetz, Jennifer Boone, Ina Menzl, Jean-Marie Bruey, Gregg Fine, Sanjeev Mariathasan, Ian McCaffery, Simonetta Mocci, Sandra Rost, Dustin Smith, Eslie Dennis, Szu-Yu Tang, Bita Damadzadeh, Espen Walker, Priti S Hegde, J Andrew Williams, Hartmut Koeppen, Zachary Boyd
Cancer immunotherapies, such as atezolizumab, are proving to be a valuable therapeutic strategy across indications, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and urothelial cancer (UC). Here, we describe a diagnostic assay that measures programmed-death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression, via immunohistochemistry, to identify patients who will derive the most benefit from treatment with atezolizumab, a humanized monoclonal anti-PD-L1 antibody. We describe the performance of the VENTANA PD-L1 (SP142) Assay in terms of specificity, sensitivity, and the ability to stain both tumor cells (TC) and tumor-infiltrating immune cells (IC), in NSCLC and UC tissues...
January 16, 2018: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346168/a-new-robot-assisted-billroth-i-reconstruction-details-of-the-technique-and-early-results
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Graziano Ceccarelli, Luigi Marano, Massimo Codacci-Pisanelli, Enrico Andolfi, Alessia Biancafarina, Massimiliano Fabozzi, Stefano Caruso, Alberto Patriti
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopic surgery for gastric tumor is considered a demanding procedure because of lymph node dissection and reconstruction. Billroth-I (B-I) reconstruction after laparoscopic distal gastrectomy is commonly performed extracorporeally because of the complexity of an intracorporeal procedure. Robotic surgery overcomes some limitations of laparoscopy, allowing to reproduce the basic maneuvers of open surgery. We describe a new technique to perform robotic B-I anastomosis. METHODS: Between January 2012 and February 2015, 5 patients underwent distal gastrectomy with intracorporeal B-I-stapled anastomosis...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345956/measuring-three-dimensional-strain-and-structural-defects-in-a-single-ingaas-nanowire-using-coherent-x-ray-multi-angle-bragg-projection-ptychography
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Megan O Hill, Irene Calvo-Almazan, Mark Allain, Martin Holt, Andrew Ulvestad, Julian Treu, Gregor Koblmueller, Chunyi Huang, Xiaojing Huang, Hanfei Yan, E Nazarestski, Yong S Chu, G Brian Stephenson, Virginie Chamard, Lincoln Lauhon, Stephan O Hruszkewycz
III-As nanowires are candidates for near infrared light emitters and detectors that can be directly integrated onto silicon. However, nanoscale to microscale variations in structure, composition, and strain within a given nanowire, as well as variations between nanowires, pose challenges to correlating microstructure with device performance. In this work, we utilize coherent nano-focused x-rays to characterize stacking defects and strain in a single InGaAs nanowire supported on Si. By reconstructing diffraction patterns from the 2-1-10 Bragg peak, we show that the lattice orientation varies along the length of the wire, while the strain field along the cross-section is largely unaffected, leaving the band structure unperturbed...
January 18, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345745/comparison-of-flow-cytometric-methods-for-the-enumeration-of-residual-leucocytes-in-leucoreduced-blood-products-a-multicenter-study
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Yang Zeng, Michelle Dabay, Virginia George, Shalini Seetharaman, Monika de Arruda Indig, Sharon Graminske, Nicole Kimpel, Anna Schmidt, Amanda Boerner, Sarai Paradiso, Tatyana Delman, Yunyao Li, Viktoriya Litvak, Farzad Oreizy, Angela Chen, Maryam Saleminik, Fred Mosqueda, Anna Lin, Kevin Judge
The BD FACSVia™ System features novel designs in hardware, software, and instrument QC. We compared the performance of the BD FACSVia System using the BD Leucocount™ kit with the BD FACSCalibur™ flow cytometer. Leucoreduced platelet (PLT, n = 252) and red blood cell (RBC, n = 278) specimens were enrolled at four sites. Each specimen was stained in four tubes using the BD Leucocount kit reagents and acquired on the two systems. BD Leucocount Control cells (high and low) were used to evaluate the inter-site reproducibility on the BD FACSVia System at three sites over 20 days...
January 18, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345728/analytical-performance-of-the-thyroseq-v3-genomic-classifier-for-cancer-diagnosis-in-thyroid-nodules
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Marina N Nikiforova, Stephanie Mercurio, Abigail I Wald, Michelle Barbi de Moura, Keith Callenberg, Lucas Santana-Santos, William E Gooding, Linwah Yip, Robert L Ferris, Yuri E Nikiforov
BACKGROUND: Molecular tests have clinical utility for thyroid nodules with indeterminate fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology, although their performance requires further improvement. This study evaluated the analytical performance of the newly created ThyroSeq v3 test. METHODS: ThyroSeq v3 is a DNA- and RNA-based next-generation sequencing assay that analyzes 112 genes for a variety of genetic alterations, including point mutations, insertions/deletions, gene fusions, copy number alterations, and abnormal gene expression, and it uses a genomic classifier (GC) to separate malignant lesions from benign lesions...
January 18, 2018: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345604/a-new-approach-of-three-dimensional-guidance-in-paediatric-cath-lab-segmented-and-tessellated-heart-models-for-cardiovascular-interventions-in-chd
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Nicole Ehret, Muhannad Alkassar, Sven Dittrich, Robert Cesnjevar, André Rüffer, Michael Uder, Oliver Rompel, Matthias Hammon, Martin Glöckler
BACKGROUND: Optimal imaging is essential for catheter-based interventions in CHD. The three-dimensional models in volume-rendering technique currently in use are not standardised. This paper investigates the feasibility and impact of novel three-dimensional guidance with segmented and tessellated three-dimensional heart models in catheterisation of CHD. In addition, a nearly radiation-free two- to three-dimensional registration and a biplane overlay were used. Methods and results We analysed 60 consecutive cases in which segmented tessellated three-dimensional heart models were merged with live fluoroscopy images and aligned using the tracheal bifurcation as a fiducial mark...
January 18, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345508/response-by-twin-italian-hub-hospitals-in-a-double-seismic-event-a-retrospective-observational-investigation
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Alberto Barbieri, Gabriele Melegari, Valentina Lob, Lorenzo Mazzali, Luca D'Amelio, Andrea Giovannoni, Enrico Giuliani
INTRODUCTION: The objectives of this study were to compare prevalence rates of different pathologies, ambulance system and emergency department management times, and patient survival and hazard ratios for codes 2 and 3 in two hub hospitals in Modena in the 36-month period across the stages of two major earthquakes in short sequence in Northern Italy in 2012. METHODS: Clinical records pertaining to the emergency care of patients were analyzed and only those assigned status codes 2 and 3 by ambulance professionals were included (if the assessment was confirmed by emergency department triage)...
January 18, 2018: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345488/risky-business-correlation-and-causation-in-longitudinal-studies-of-skill-development
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Drew H Bailey, Greg J Duncan, Tyler Watts, Doug H Clements, Julie Sarama
Developmental theories often posit that changes in children's early psychological characteristics will affect much later psychological, social, and economic outcomes. However, tests of these theories frequently yield results that are consistent with plausible alternative theories that posit a much smaller causal role for earlier levels of these psychological characteristics. Our article explores this issue with empirical tests of skill-building theories, which predict that early boosts to simpler skills (e...
January 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345088/retraction
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'The association of hypotension with the insertion of an abdominal retractor during lower abdominal surgery in pediatric patients: a retrospective observational study' by Rika Nakayama, Takahiro Mihara, Yoshihisa Miyamoto & Koui Ka.1 The above article from Pediatric Anesthesia, published online on July 7, 2015 in Wiley Online Library (http://wileyonlinelibrary.com) has been retracted by agreement between the authors, the Journal Editor in Chief, Andrew Davidson, and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. The retraction has been agreed following a review of the study data by the authors, which found that cases not satisfying the inclusion criteria were included and that there were data collection errors with respect to the patients' ages and sexes...
February 2018: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345019/a-vascular-mechanism-to-explain-thermally-mediated-variations-in-deep-body-cooling-rates-during-the-immersion-of-profoundly-hyperthermic-individuals
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Joanne N Caldwell, Anne M J van den Heuvel, Pete Kerry, Mitchell J Clark, Gregory E Peoples, Nigel A S Taylor
Physiologically trivial time differences for cooling the intrathoracic viscera of hyperthermic individuals have been reported between cold- and temperate-water immersion treatments. One explanation for that observation is reduced convective heat delivery to the skin during cold immersion, and this experiment was designed to test both the validity of that observation, and its underlying hypothesis. Eight healthy males participated in four head-out, water immersions: two when normothermic, and two following exercise-induced, moderate-profound hyperthermia...
January 18, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344924/reliability-of-the-123i-mibg-heart-mediastinum-ratio-results-of-a-multicenter-test-retest-reproducibility-study
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Timothy M Bateman, Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, Daniel S Berman, Myron Gerson, Robert Gropler, Milena Henzlova, Fernando Mendoza, Michael Miyamoto, Mahesh Shah, Frederick Weiland
A quantitative measurement, the Heart-to-Mediastinum (H/M) ratio of counts derived from a planar acquisition approximately 4 hours after injection of 123I-mIBG, is a strong predictor of outcomes in patients with stable class II-III heart failure and LVEF ≤ 35%. This study assessed the test-retest reproducibility of the H/M ratio in such patients. 47 subjects with class II-III systolic heart failure and LVEF ≤ 35% were tested at two time intervals separated by 5 to 14 days. Subjects were imaged twice on the same camera using the same radionuclide dose...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344874/laser-capture-microdissection-based-rna-seq-of-barley-grain-tissues
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Ronny Brandt, Martin Mascher, Johannes Thiel
Spatiotemporal patterning throughout the plant body depends to a large degree on cell- and tissue-specific expression of genes. Subsequently, for a better understanding of cell and tissue differentiation processes during plant development it is important to conduct transcript analyses in individual cells or tissue types rather than in bulk tissues. Laser capture microdissection (LCM) provides a useful method for isolating specific cell types from complex tissue structures for downstream applications. Contrasting to mammalian cells, the texture of plant cells is more critical due to hard, cellulose-rich cell walls, large vacuoles, and air spaces which complicates tissue preparation and extraction of macromolecules, like DNA and RNA...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344859/laser-capture-microdissection-and-isolation-of-high-quality-rna-from-frozen-endometrial-tissue
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Michele Cummings, Georgia Mappa, Nicolas M Orsi
Laser capture microdissection (LCM) allows expression profiling of specific cell populations within tissues. However, isolation of high-quality RNA from laser capture microdissected frozen tissue is beset by problems arising from intrinsic tissue RNase activity. Herein, we describe an optimized staining/LCM/RNA extraction protocol developed for the isolation of epithelial RNA from frozen tissue sections using human endometrial cancer as a model tissue. This method combines excellent, reproducible visualization of tissue morphology with the isolation of high-integrity RNA suitable for downstream applications such as expression microarray analysis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344802/protein-profiling-of-acanthamoeba-species-using-maldi-tof-ms-for-specific-identification-of-acanthamoeba-genotype
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Kirti Megha, Megha Sharma, Amit Gupta, Rakesh Sehgal, Sumeeta Khurana
Acanthamoeba spp. are ubiquitous in the environment and have the potential to cause severe infections. The different genotypes of Acanthamoeba have been shown to influence the severity of the disease and response to therapy. Characterizing Acanthamoeba spp. upto genotype can aid in infection control practices. Twenty-five Acanthamoeba isolates, characterized by 18S rDNA sequencing, were subjected to MALDI-TOF MS analysis by creating a database for the individual genotypes. The differentiating features of the various spectra were observed; the coded samples were then tested against the created database...
January 17, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344785/laparoscopic-intracorporeal-rectus-aponeuroplasty-lira-technique-a-step-forward-in-minimally-invasive-abdominal-wall-reconstruction-for-ventral-hernia-repair-lvhr
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Julio Gómez-Menchero, Juan Francisco Guadalajara Jurado, Juan Manuel Suárez Grau, Juan Antonio Bellido Luque, Joaquin Luis García Moreno, Isaías Alarcón Del Agua, Salvador Morales-Conde
BACKGROUND: Closing the defect (CD) during laparoscopic ventral hernia repair began to be performed in order to decrease seroma, to improve the functionality of the abdominal wall, and to decrease the bulging effect. However, tension at the incision after CD in large defects is related to an increased rate of pain and recurrence. We present the preliminary results of a new technique for medium midline hernias as an alternative to conventional CD. METHODS: A prospective controlled study was conducted from January 2015 to January 2017 to evaluate an elective new procedure (LIRA) performed on patients with midline ventral hernias (4-10 cm width)...
January 17, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344754/green-and-sustainable-separation-of-natural-products-from-agro-industrial-waste-challenges-potentialities-and-perspectives-on-emerging-approaches
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Vânia G Zuin, Luize Z Ramin
New generations of biorefinery combine innovative biomass waste resources from different origins, chemical extraction and/or synthesis of biomaterials, biofuels, and bioenergy via green and sustainable processes. From the very beginning, identifying and evaluating all potentially high value-added chemicals that could be removed from available renewable feedstocks requires robust, efficient, selective, reproducible, and benign analytical approaches. With this in mind, green and sustainable separation of natural products from agro-industrial waste is clearly attractive considering both socio-environmental and economic aspects...
January 17, 2018: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
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