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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230858/ngs-based-transcriptome-profiling-reveals-biomarkers-for-companion-diagnostics-of-the-tgf-%C3%AE-receptor-blocker-galunisertib-in-hcc
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Yuan Cao, Rahul Agarwal, Francesco Dituri, Luigi Lupo, Paolo Trerotoli, Serena Mancarella, Peter Winter, Gianluigi Giannelli
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) signaling has gained extensive interest in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The small molecule kinase inhibitor galunisertib, targeting the TGF-β receptor I (TGF-βRI), blocks HCC progression in preclinical models and shows promising effects in ongoing clinical trials. As the drug is not similarly effective in all patients, this study was aimed at identifying new companion diagnostics biomarkers for patient stratification. Next-generation sequencing-based massive analysis of cDNA ends was used to investigate the transcriptome of an invasive HCC cell line responses to TGF-β1 and galunisertib...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230715/a-multireferral-centre-retrospective-cohort-analysis-on-the-experience-in-treatment-of-metastatic-uveal-melanoma-and-utilization-of-sequential-liver-directed-treatment-and-immunotherapy
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Malinda Itchins, Paolo A Ascierto, Alexander M Menzies, Meredith Oatley, Serigne Lo, Dariush Douraghi-Zadeh, Timmothy Harrington, Richard Maher, Antonio M Grimaldi, Alexander Guminski
Metastatic uveal melanoma is a rare malignancy with a poor prognosis. To date, systemic therapy has been ineffective; however, there are few data on the benefits of anti-CTLA4 or anti-PD-1 antibodies in sequence with liver-directed therapy. A retrospective cohort analysis was carried out on 37 consecutive patients managed in a tertiary referral centre examining the safety and efficacy of treatment; patterns of care; and impact on survival. The sequential treatment with transarterial chemotherapy (TAC), systemic immunotherapy (IT) and systemic chemotherapy was reviewed...
February 22, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229892/safety-and-efficacy-of-opicinumab-in-acute-optic-neuritis-renew-a-randomised-placebo-controlled-phase-2-trial
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Diego Cadavid, Laura Balcer, Steven Galetta, Orhan Aktas, Tjalf Ziemssen, Ludo Vanopdenbosch, Jette Frederiksen, Mark Skeen, Glenn J Jaffe, Helmut Butzkueven, Focke Ziemssen, Luca Massacesi, Yi Chai, Lei Xu, Stefanie Freeman
BACKGROUND: The human monoclonal antibody opicinumab (BIIB033, anti-LINGO-1) has shown remyelinating activity in preclinical studies. We therefore assessed the safety and tolerability, and efficacy of opicinumab given soon after a first acute optic neuritis episode. METHODS: This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 2 study (RENEW) was done at 33 sites in Australia, Canada, and Europe in participants (aged 18-55 years) with a first unilateral acute optic neuritis episode within 28 days from study baseline...
March 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226786/neural-decoding-of-code-modulated-visual-evoked-potentials-by-spatio-temporal-inverse-filtering-for-brain-computer-interfaces
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Jun-Ichi Sato, Yoshikazu Washizawa, Jun-Ichi Sato, Yoshikazu Washizawa, Jun-Ichi Sato, Yoshikazu Washizawa
This study addresses neural decoding of a code modulated visual evoked potentials (c-VEPs). c-VEP was recently developed, and applied to brain computer interfaces (BCIs). c-VEP BCI exhibits faster communication speed than existing VEP-based BCIs. In c-VEP BCI, the canonical correlation analysis (CCA) that maximizes the correlation between an averaged signal and single trial signals is often used for the spatial filter. However, CCA does not utilize information of given PN sequence, and hence, the filtered signal may not have properties of PN sequence...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223927/effects-of-stroke-on-ipsilesional-end-effector-kinematics-in-a-multi-step-activity-of-daily-living
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Philipp Gulde, Charmayne Mary Lee Hughes, Joachim Hermsdörfer
Background: Stroke frequently impairs activities of daily living (ADL) and deteriorates the function of the contra- as well as the ipsilesional limbs. In order to analyze alterations of higher motor control unaffected by paresis or sensory loss, the kinematics of ipsilesional upper limb movements in patients with stroke has previously been analyzed during prehensile movements and simple tool use actions. By contrast, motion recording of multi-step ADL is rare and patient-control comparisons for movement kinematics are largely lacking...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223407/polygenic-risk-score-identifies-subgroup-with-higher-burden-of-atherosclerosis-and-greater-relative-benefit-from-statin-therapy-in-the-primary-prevention-setting
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Pradeep Natarajan, Robin Young, Nathan O Stitziel, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Usman Baber, Roxana Mehran, Samantha Sartori, Valentin Fuster, Dermot F Reilly, Adam S Butterworth, Daniel J Rader, Ian Ford, Naveed Sattar, Sekar Kathiresan
Background -Relative risk reduction with statin therapy has been consistent across nearly all subgroups studied to date. However, in analyses of two randomized controlled primary prevention trials (ASCOT and JUPITER), statin therapy led to a greater relative risk reduction among a subgroup at high genetic risk. Here, we sought to confirm this observation in a third primary prevention randomized controlled trial. Additionally, we assessed if those at high genetic risk had a greater burden of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis...
February 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222703/comparison-of-methods-for-identifying-causative-bacterial-microorganisms-in-presumed-acute-endophthalmitis-conventional-culture-blood-culture-and-pcr
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Pear Pongsachareonnont, Worawalun Honglertnapakul, Tanittha Chatsuwan
BACKGROUND: Identification of bacterial pathogens in endophthalmitis is important to inform antibiotic selection and treatment decisions. Hemoculture bottles and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis have been proposed to offer good detection sensitivity. This study compared the sensitivity and accuracy of a blood culture system, a PCR approach, and conventional culture methods for identification of causative bacteria in cases of acute endophthalmitis. METHODS: Twenty-nine patients with a diagnosis of presumed acute bacterial endophthalmitis who underwent vitreous specimen collection at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital were enrolled in this study...
February 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220521/indirect-treatment-comparison-itc-of-medical-therapies-for-an-overactive-bladder
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Aneta Obloza, Joshua Kirby, Derrick Yates, Philip Toozs-Hobson
BACKGROUND: Overactive bladder syndrome (OAB) is a chronic and prevalent condition which has a negative impact on Quality of Life. The National Institute of Clinical Excellence issued two documents which give slightly varying algorithms of pharmacotherapy for OAB, offering mirabegron as a possible treatment in certain circumstances. In the absence of trials involving a direct comparison of therapies, an indirect comparison can provide useful information on the difference in treatment effects between competing interventions...
February 21, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220321/a-snapshot-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-genetic-diversity-using-multilocus-sequence-type-analysis-in-an-australian-metropolitan-setting
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J A Danielewski, S Phillips, F Y S Kong, K S Smith, J S Hocking, R Guy, C K Fairley, S M Garland, S N Tabrizi
High-resolution screening methodologies which enable the differentiation of Chlamydia trachomatis at the strain level, directly from clinical samples, can provide the detailed information required for epidemiological questions such as the dynamics of treatment failure. In addition, they give a detailed snapshot of circulating C. trachomatis genetic variation, data which are currently lacking for the Australian population. In the context of two Australian clinical trials, we assessed the genetic diversity of C...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210795/observational-comparisons-of-intestinal-microbiota-characterizations-immune-enzyme-activities-and-muscle-amino-acid-compositions-of-loach-in-paddy-fields-and-ponds-in-sichuan-province
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Song Yang, Yuanliang Duan, Jie Zhang, Jian Zhou, Ya Liu, Jun Du, Liulan Zhao, Zongjun Du, Shuaishuai Han
A balanced intestinal microbial ecosystem is crucial for the growth and health of animals because it can influence the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the intestine. Different culture conditions may change the ecology of microbial in intestine and thus affect the overall growth performance of an animal. In this study, we compared intestinal morphologies, microbiota characterizations, immune enzyme activities, and muscle amino acid compositions of loach cultured in paddy fields and ponds. The fish were fed with the same diets from May 5 to November 5 (2015) in three paddy or ponds...
February 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205231/analysis-of-ctdna-to-predict-prognosis-and-monitor-treatment-responses-in-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer-patients
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He Cheng, Chen Liu, Jiahao Jiang, Guopei Luo, Yu Lu, Kaizhou Jin, Meng Guo, Zhenzhen Zhang, Jin Xu, Liang Liu, Quanxing Ni, Xianjun Yu
Cell-free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in plasma has been used as a potential noninvasive biomarker for various tumors. The current study was performed to evaluate the clinical implications of ctDNA detection in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. Firstly, we attempted to prospectively screen a panel of 60 genes in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from ten metastatic pancreatic cancer patients via exome sequencing. Secondly, droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) was used to identify potential mutations in a cohort of 188 patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196207/correlation-of-long-term-results-of-imatinib-in-advanced-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-with-next-generation-sequencing-results-analysis-of-phase-3-swog-intergroup-trial-s0033
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Michael Heinrich, Cathryn Rankin, Charles D Blanke, George D Demetri, Ernest C Borden, Christopher W Ryan, Margaret von Mehren, Martin E Blackstein, Dennis A Priebat, William D Tap, Robert G Maki, Christopher L Corless, Jonathan A Fletcher, Kouros Owzar, John J Crowley, Robert S Benjamin, Laurence H Baker
Importance: After identification of activating mutations of the KIT gene in gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)-the most common sarcomaof the gastrointestinal tract-a phase 2 study demonstrated efficacy of imatinib mesylate in patients with metastatic GIST harboring a KIT exon 11 mutation. Initial results of long-term follow-up have found a survival benefit in this subgroup of patients. Obective: To assess the long-term survival of patients with GIST who were treated in SWOG study S0033 and to present new molecular data regarding treatment outcomes...
February 9, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196074/clinical-applicability-and-cost-of-a-46-gene-panel-for-genomic-analysis-of-solid-tumours-retrospective-validation-and-prospective-audit-in-the-uk-national-health-service
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Angela Hamblin, Sarah Wordsworth, Jilles M Fermont, Suzanne Page, Kulvinder Kaur, Carme Camps, Pamela Kaisaki, Avinash Gupta, Denis Talbot, Mark Middleton, Shirley Henderson, Anthony Cutts, Dimitrios V Vavoulis, Nick Housby, Ian Tomlinson, Jenny C Taylor, Anna Schuh
BACKGROUND: Single gene tests to predict whether cancers respond to specific targeted therapies are performed increasingly often. Advances in sequencing technology, collectively referred to as next generation sequencing (NGS), mean the entire cancer genome or parts of it can now be sequenced at speed with increased depth and sensitivity. However, translation of NGS into routine cancer care has been slow. Healthcare stakeholders are unclear about the clinical utility of NGS and are concerned it could be an expensive addition to cancer diagnostics, rather than an affordable alternative to single gene testing...
February 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188106/analytical-validation-of-the-next-generation-sequencing-assay-for-a-nationwide-signal-finding-clinical-trial-molecular-analysis-for-therapy-choice-clinical-trial
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Chih-Jian Lih, Robin D Harrington, David J Sims, Kneshay N Harper, Courtney H Bouk, Vivekananda Datta, Jonathan Yau, Rajesh R Singh, Mark J Routbort, Rajyalakshmi Luthra, Keyur P Patel, Geeta S Mantha, Savitri Krishnamurthy, Karyn Ronski, Zenta Walther, Karin E Finberg, Sandra Canosa, Hayley Robinson, Amelia Raymond, Long P Le, Lisa M McShane, Eric C Polley, Barbara A Conley, James H Doroshow, A John Iafrate, Jeffrey L Sklar, Stanley R Hamilton, P Mickey Williams
The National Cancer Institute-Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice (NCI-MATCH) trial is a national signal-finding precision medicine study that relies on genomic assays to screen and enroll patients with relapsed or refractory cancer after standard treatments. We report the analytical validation processes for the next-generation sequencing (NGS) assay that was tailored for regulatory compliant use in the trial. The Oncomine Cancer Panel assay and the Personal Genome Machine were used in four networked laboratories accredited for the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187920/holter-electrocardiogram-monitoring-in-patients-with-acute-ischaemic-stroke-find-afrandomised-an-open-label-randomised-controlled-trial
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Rolf Wachter, Klaus Gröschel, Götz Gelbrich, Gerhard F Hamann, Pawel Kermer, Jan Liman, Joachim Seegers, Katrin Wasser, Anna Schulte, Falko Jürries, Anna Messerschmid, Nico Behnke, Sonja Gröschel, Timo Uphaus, Anne Grings, Tugba Ibis, Sven Klimpe, Michaela Wagner-Heck, Magdalena Arnold, Evgeny Protsenko, Peter U Heuschmann, David Conen, Mark Weber-Krüger
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation is a major risk factor for recurrent ischaemic stroke, but often remains undiagnosed in patients who have had an acute ischaemic stroke. Enhanced and prolonged Holter-electrocardiogram-monitoring might increase detection of atrial fibrillation. We therefore investigated whether enhanced and prolonged rhythm monitoring was better for detection of atrial fibrillation than standard care procedures in patients with acute ischaemic stroke. METHODS: Find-AFRANDOMISED is an open-label randomised study done at four centres in Germany...
February 8, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187915/effect-of-ileal-bile-acid-transporter-inhibitor-gsk2330672-on-pruritus-in-primary-biliary-cholangitis-a-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-crossover-phase-2a-study
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Vinod S Hegade, Stuart F W Kendrick, Robert L Dobbins, Sam R Miller, Douglas Thompson, Duncan Richards, James Storey, George E Dukes, Margaret Corrigan, Ronald P J Oude Elferink, Ulrich Beuers, Gideon M Hirschfield, David E Jones
BACKGROUND: Up to 70% of patients with primary biliary cholangitis develop pruritus (itch) during the course of their disease. Treatment of pruritus in primary biliary cholangitis is challenging and novel therapies are needed. Ursodeoxycholic acid, the standard first-line treatment for primary biliary cholangitis, is largely ineffective for pruritus. We investigated the efficacy and safety of GSK2330672, a selective inhibitor of human ileal bile acid transporter (IBAT), in patients with primary biliary cholangitis with pruritus...
February 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182557/automatic-attribute-profiles
#17
Gabriele Cavallaro, Nicola Falco, Mauro Dalla Mura, Jon Atli Benediktsson
Morphological attribute profiles are multilevel decompositions of images obtained with a sequence of transformations performed by connected operators. They have been extensively employed in performing multi-scale and region-based analysis in a large number of applications. One main, still unresolved, issue is the selection of filter parameters able to provide representative and non-redundant threshold decomposition of the image. This paper presents a framework for the automatic selection of filter thresholds based on Granulometric Characteristic Functions (GCFs)...
February 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176333/selective-versus-routine-use-of-episiotomy-for-vaginal-birth
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REVIEW
Hong Jiang, Xu Qian, Guillermo Carroli, Paul Garner
BACKGROUND: Some clinicians believe that routine episiotomy, a surgical cut of the vagina and perineum, will prevent serious tears during childbirth. On the other hand, an episiotomy guarantees perineal trauma and sutures. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects on mother and baby of a policy of selective episiotomy ('only if needed') compared with a policy of routine episiotomy ('part of routine management') for vaginal births. SEARCH METHODS: We searched Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth's Trials Register (14 September 2016) and reference lists of retrieved studies...
February 8, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170080/mesh-fixation-with-glue-versus-suture-for-chronic-pain-and-recurrence-in-lichtenstein-inguinal-hernioplasty
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REVIEW
Ping Sun, Xiang Cheng, Shichang Deng, Qinggang Hu, Yi Sun, Qichang Zheng
BACKGROUND: Chronic pain following mesh-based inguinal hernia repair is frequently reported, and has a significant impact on quality of life. Whether mesh fixation with glue can reduce chronic pain without increasing the recurrence rate is still controversial. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether tissue adhesives can reduce postoperative complications, especially chronic pain, with no increase in recurrence rate, compared with sutures for mesh fixation in Lichtenstein hernia repair...
February 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160773/-candidatus-anaplasma-camelii-in-one-humped-camels-camelus-dromedarius-in-morocco-a-novel-and-emerging-anaplasma-species
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Hicham Ait Lbacha, Zaid Zouagui, Said Alali, Abdelkbir Rhalem, Elisabeth Petit, Marie Julie Ducrotoy, Henri-Jean Boulouis, Renaud Maillard
BACKGROUND: There has been a growing interest in camel anaplasmosis due to its recent emergence in this reservoir species and concerns for its zoonotic potential. The epidemiology of anaplasmosis in camels therefore remains poorly understood mostly because camels belong to marginalised poor and often transhumant populations whose interests are largely neglected. Most studies of anaplasmosis in camels have relied on microscopy and serology for diagnosis and only three studies, undertaken in Tunisia, Saudia Arabia and China, have used molecular diagnostics...
February 5, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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