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Yichun Wang, Li Zhang, Dongmei Ye, Wanli Xia, Jun Jiang, Xiumei Wang, Mingxia Zhang, Fan Wang
The present study aimed to investigate the recurrence pattern of thoracic esophageal cancer (TEC) following radical surgery for guiding postoperative radiotherapy (PRT). Patterns of recurrence were analyzed in patients with recurrence for the first time after radical surgery at the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University (Anhui, China) from January 2012 to December 2015. A total of 244 patients were reviewed in the study. The mean recurrence time for patients with PRT was >1 month longer than that for patients without PRT...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Md Saiful Islam, M Belal Hossain, Abdul Matin, Md Shafiqul Islam Sarker
Heavy metal pollution in sediment resources may pose serious threat to ecosystem and human health through food web. In this study, surface sediment samples of 10 stations along the Feni River estuary were analyzed to profile the accumulation, sources and pollution levels of heavy metals. The results revealed that the average contents (μg g-1 ) of eight selected heavy metals followed the order of Mn (37.85) > Cr (35.28) > Ni (33.27) > Co (31.02) > Pb (6.47) > Ag (1.09) > As (0...
March 13, 2018: Chemosphere
David Bonnel, Raphaël Legouffe, André H Eriksson, Rasmus W Mortensen, Fabien Pamelard, Jonathan Stauber, Kim T Nielsen
Generation of skin distribution profiles and reliable determination of drug molecule concentration in the target region are crucial during the development process of topical products for treatment of skin diseases like psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. Imaging techniques like mass spectrometric imaging (MSI) offer sufficient spatial resolution to generate meaningful distribution profiles of a drug molecule across a skin section. In this study, we use matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI) to generate quantitative skin distribution profiles based on tissue extinction coefficient (TEC) determinations of four different molecules in cross sections of human skin explants after topical administration...
March 15, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Nash Ak Witten, Joseph Humphry
The Lana'i Community Health Center (LCHC) like other health care organizations, is striving to implement technology-enabled care (TEC) in the clinical setting. TEC includes such technological innovations as patient portals, mobile phone applications, wearable health sensors, and telehealth. This study examines the utilization of communication technology by members of the Lana'i community and LCHC staff and board members in the home and in their daily lives and evaluates the community's electronic health literacy...
March 2018: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
Zhengda Sun, Chih-Yang Wang, Devon A Lawson, Serena Kwek, Hugo Gonzalez Velozo, Mark Owyong, Ming-Derg Lai, Lawrence Fong, Mark Wilson, Hua Su, Zena Werb, Daniel L Cooke
Tumor endothelial cells (TEC) play an indispensible role in tumor growth and metastasis although much of the detailed mechanism still remains elusive. In this study we characterized and compared the global gene expression profiles of TECs and control ECs isolated from human breast cancerous tissues and reduction mammoplasty tissues respectively by single cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq). Based on the qualified scRNA-seq libraries that we made, we found that 1302 genes were differentially expressed between these two EC phenotypes...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Alfredo Mirandola, Giuseppe Magro, Marco Lavagno, Andrea Mairani, Silvia Molinelli, Stefania Russo, Edoardo Mastella, Alessandro Vai, Davide Maestri, Vanessa La Rosa, Mario Ciocca
PURPOSE: To dosimetrically characterize a multi-layer ionization chamber (MLIC) prototype for quality assurance (QA) of pristine integral ionization curves (ICs) and spread-out-Bragg-peaks (SOBPs) for scanning light ion beams. METHODS: QUBE (De.Tec.Tor., Torino, Italy) is a modular detector designed for QA in particle therapy (PT). Its main module is a MLIC detector, able to evaluate particle beam relative depth ionization distributions at different beam energies and modulations...
March 14, 2018: Medical Physics
Aleksandra Małachowska, Paweł Olszewski
BACKGROUND: Transcriptional control of gene expression is a widely utilized regulatory mechanism in synthetic biology, biotechnology and recombinant protein production. It is achieved by utilization of naturally occurring promoters responding to nutrients or chemicals. Despite their regulatory properties, these promoters often possess features which diminish their utility for biotechnology. High basal expression level and low induction ratio can be removed using genetic engineering techniques, although this process is often laborious and time-consuming...
March 13, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
Jiye Sun, Xuemei Chen, Ting Liu, Xushun Jiang, Yue Wu, Shan Yang, Wei Hua, Zhengdong Li, Huizhe Huang, Xiongzhong Ruan, Xiaogang Du
BACKGROUND Increased lipid accumulation in renal tubular epithelial cells (TECs) contributes to their injury and dysfunction and progression of tubulointerstitial fibrosis. Berberine (BBR), a natural plant alkaloid isolated from traditional medicine herbs, is effective in lowing serum lipid, and has a protective effect on chronic kidney disease (CKD) with dyslipidemia, including diabetic nephropathy. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of BBR on palmitate (PA)-induced lipid accumulation and apoptosis in TECs...
March 12, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Lindiane Cogo Rigo, Dimorvan Bordin, Vinicius Pavesi Fardin, Paulo G Coelho, Timothy G Bromage, Andre Reis, Ronaldo Hirata
This study evaluated the influence of polishing protocols on the surface roughness of flowable and regular bulk fill composites. Five bulk fill composites were tested: SureFil SDR Flow (SDR), Tetric EvoFlow Bulk fill (TEF), Filtek Bulk Fill Flowable (FIF), Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill (TEC), and Filtek Bulk Fill Posterior (FIP). Two polishing protocols were tested: Sof-Lex and Astropol. Astropol created a smoother surface for FIP (P < .05); however, the polishing protocol did not influence surface roughness on TEC (P > ...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
Saurav Kumar, R P Raman, K Pani Prasad, P P Srivastava, Sanath Kumar, K V Rajendran
Monogenea (gill parasite) is a major problem in aquaculture that reduces the growth of cultured fish and adversely affects the economy. The present study was performed to evaluate the impact of various degrees of Thaparocleidus sp. (dactylogyrids, monogenean) infestation on haematological and serum biochemical parameters of Pangasianodon hypophthalmus. A standard cohabitation study, following complete randomized design in triplicate, was conducted to obtain low, moderate and high degrees of infestation in P...
March 1, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
M Domínguez-Álvaro, M Montero-Crespo, L Blazquez-Llorca, R Insausti, J DeFelipe, L Alonso-Nanclares
Synaptic dysfunction or loss in early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is thought to be a major structural correlate of cognitive dysfunction. Early loss of episodic memory, which occurs at the early stage of AD, is closely associated with the progressive degeneration of medial temporal lobe (MTL) structures of which the transentorhinal cortex (TEC) is the first affected area. However, no ultrastructural studies have been performed in this region in human brain samples from AD patients. In the present study, we have performed a detailed three-dimensional (3D) ultrastructural analysis using focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM) to investigate possible synaptic alterations in the TEC of patients with AD...
March 2, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Misa Hayashida, Kai Cui, Marek Malac, Ray Egerton
We measured the linear thermal expansion coefficients of amorphous 5-30 nm thick SiN and 17 nm thick Formvar/Carbon (F/C) films using electron diffraction in a transmission electron microscope. Positive thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) was observed in SiN but negative coefficients in the F/C films. In case of amorphous carbon (aC) films, we could not measure TEC because the diffraction radii required several hours to stabilize at a fixed temperature.
February 16, 2018: Ultramicroscopy
Haiyan Yang, Xuhai Yang, Zhe Zhang, Kunjuan Zhao
The current constellation of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) consists of five geostationary earth orbit (GEO) satellites, five inclined geosynchronous satellite orbit (IGSO) satellites, and four medium earth orbit (MEO) satellites. The advantage of using GEO satellites to monitor the ionosphereis the almost motionless ionospheric pierce point (IPP), which is analyzed in comparison with the MEO and IGSO satellites. The results from the analysis of the observations using eight tracking sites indicate that the ionospheric total electron content (TEC) sequence derived from each GEO satellite at their respective fixed IPPs is always continuous...
February 27, 2018: Sensors
Jin Tan, Qi Xie, Shuling Song, Yuyang Miao, Qiang Zhang
BACKGROUND Albumin, as a major urinary protein component, is a risk factor for chronic kidney disease progression. Mitochondrial dysfunction is one of the main causes of albumin-induced proximal tubule cells injury. Mitophagy is considered as a pivotal protective mechanism for the elimination of dysfunctional mitochondria. The objective of this research was to determine whether albumin overload-induced mitochondrial dysfunction can activate PINK1/Parkin-mediated mitophagy in renal tubular epithelial cells (TECs)...
March 1, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Paul Mésange, Anaïs Bouygues, Nathalie Ferrand, Michèle Sabbah, Alexandre E Escargueil, Ariel Savina, Benoist Chibaudel, Christophe Tournigand, Thierry Andre, Aimery de Gramont, Annette K Larsen
PURPOSE: There is extensive cross-talk between VEGF- and EGFRpathway signaling in colorectal cancer (CRC). However, combinations of VEGF- and EGFR-targeted monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) show disappointing activity, in particular for patients with mutant RAS. Previous results show that tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) can be active in CRC models resistant to mAbs. This promoted us to examine whether the activity of bevacizumab can be increased by combination with erlotinib. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The antitumor activity of bevacizumab, erlotinib and their combination was determined in CRC models with different RAS status and bevacizumab sensitivity...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Shujun Wang, Qingjun Pan, Chen Xu, Jun-Jia Li, Hao-Xuan Tang, Ting Zou, Kai-Peng Jing, Lin Ye, Hong-Luan Wu, Wei-Jing Liu, Hua-Feng Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Massive proteinuria, a significant sign of nephrotic syndrome (NS), has the potential to injure tubular epithelial cells (TECs). Furosemide is widely used for the treatment of edema, a common manifestation of NS. However, whether furosemide treatment affects massive proteinuria-induced TEC injury in patients with NS is unknown. METHODS: The effect of furosemide on TEC damage was investigated in vitro. In addition, a clinical study was conducted to study whether the short-term treatment of nephrotic edema with furosemide could exacerbate TEC injury...
2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Alexandra Barbouti, Konstantinos Evangelou, Ioannis S Pateras, Alexandra Papoudou-Bai, Amalia Patereli, Kalliopi Stefanaki, Dimitra Rontogianni, Daniel Muñoz-Espín, Panagiotis Kanavaros, Vassilis G Gorgoulis
Cellular senescence, an age-related process in response to damage and stress, also occurs during normal development and adult life. The thymus is a central lymphoepithelial organ of the immune system that exhibits age-related changes termed thymic involution. Since the mechanisms regulating thymic involution are still not well elucidated, we questioned whether cellular senescence is implicated in this process. We demonstrate, for the first time in situ, that cellular senescence occurs during human thymic involution using SenTraGor™, a novel chemical compound that is applicable in archival tissue material, providing thus further insights in thymus histophysiology...
February 25, 2018: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
Xuan Hu, Poya Yasaei, Jacob Jokisaari, Serdar Öğüt, Amin Salehi-Khojin, Robert F Klie
Two-dimensional materials, including graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides and their heterostructures, exhibit great potential for a variety of applications, such as transistors, spintronics, and photovoltaics. While the miniaturization offers remarkable improvements in electrical performance, heat dissipation and thermal mismatch can be a problem in designing electronic devices based on two-dimensional materials. Quantifying the thermal expansion coefficient of 2D materials requires temperature measurements at nanometer scale...
February 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Yi Wen, Yi-Ran Liu, Tao-Tao Tang, Ming-Ming Pan, Sheng-Chun Xu, Kun-Ling Ma, Lin-Li Lv, Hong Liu, Bi-Cheng Liu
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is a critical risk factor for acute kidney injury (AKI). Recent studies provided evidence that tubular epithelial cells (TEC)-associated inflammation aggravates kidney injury and impairs tissue repair after I/R injury. Here we demonstrated that the Nod-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is activated by mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mROS) during I/R injury via direct interactions between the inflammasome and thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP). Firstly, we found that NLRP3 inflammasome activation was induced by I/R injury, peaking at day 3 after reperfusion...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Shiyun Xiao, Wen Zhang, Nancy R Manley
BACKGROUND: Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) derived from birth through adult possess differing differentiation potential for T or B cell fate in the thymus; neonatal bone marrow (BM) cells also have a higher potential for B cell production in BM compared to adult HSCs. We hypothesized that this hematopoietic-intrinsic B potential might also regulate B cell development in the thymus during ontogeny. METHODS: Foxn1lacZ mutant mice are a model in which down regulation of a thymic epithelial cell (TEC) specific transcription factor beginning one week postnatal causes a dramatic reduction of thymocytes production...
2018: PloS One
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