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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927185/the-contribution-of-the-composite-of-clinical-process-indicators-as-a-measure-of-hospital-performance-in-the-management-of-acute-coronary-syndromes-insights-from-the-concordance-registry
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Bernadette Aliprandi-Costa, James Sockler, Leonard Kritharides, Lucy Morgan, Lan-Chi Snell, Janice Gullick, David Brieger, Isuru Ranasinghe
Aims: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a costly condition for health service provision yet variation in the delivery of care between hospitals persists. A composite measure of adherence with evidence-based clinical-process indicators (CPIs) could better inform hospital performance reporting and clinical outcomes in the management of ACS. Methods: Data on 7444 ACS patients from 39 Australian hospitals were used to derive a hospital-specific composite quality score by calculating mean adherence to 14 evidence-based CPIs...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927163/frequency-and-clinicopathologic-features-of-runx1-mutations-in-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-not-otherwise-specified
#2
Eunkyoung You, Young-Uk Cho, Seongsoo Jang, Eul-Ju Seo, Jung-Hee Lee, Je-Hwan Lee, Kyoo-Hyung Lee, Kyung-Nam Koh, Ho Joon Im, Jong Jin Seo, Young-Mi Park, Jong-Keuk Lee, Chan-Jeoung Park
Objectives: To evaluate the frequency and clinicopathologic characteristics of RUNX1 mutations, focusing on patients with acute myeloid leukemia not otherwise specified (AML NOS). Methods: Diagnostic samples from 219 patients with AML NOS were analyzed for RUNX1 mutations using standard polymerase chain reaction and direct sequencing. Results: Thirty-one RUNX1 mutations were detected in 33 (15.1%) patients. Mutations clustered in the Runt homology (61...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927138/c-jun-mediated-%C3%AE-1-3-n-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-8-expression-a-novel-mechanism-regulating-the-invasion-and-metastasis-of-colorectal-carcinoma-cells
#3
Chunliang Liu, Hao Qiu, Meiyun Yu, Zerong Wang, Yaqin Yuan, Zhi Jiang, Xuejun Shao, Dong Hua, Min Liu, Shiliang Wu
β-1,3-N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferase 8 (β3GnT8) is a key enzyme that catalyzes the formation of polylactosamine glycan structures by transferring GlcNAc to tetra-antennary β1-6-branched N-glycans, and it has been reported to participate in tumor invasion and metastasis by regulating the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), cluster of differentiation 147 (CD147) and polylactosamine. By contrast, the role of transcription factor c-Jun in cell cycle progression has been well established. c-Jun has an important role in tumor cell invasion and metastasis...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927104/antisense-rna-transcripts-in-the-blood-may-be-novel-diagnostic-markers-for-colorectal-cancer
#4
Tomohiro Kurokawa, Keisuke Kohno, Kentaro Nagai, Mitsuru Chiba, Sugiru Pak, Soichiro Murata, Kiyoshi Fukunaga, Hiroshi Yasue, Nobuhiro Ohkohchi
Numerous genetic studies have been conducted regarding the occurrence of colorectal cancer (CRC) and the prognosis using microarrays. However, adequate investigations into the diagnostic application of microarrays have yet to be performed. The simplicity and accuracy of diagnosis and prognosis tracking are important requirements for its processes, and the use of blood cells for diagnosis is considered to be suitable to meet these requirements. The patients involved in the study were 28 preoperative patients with CRC and 6 healthy individuals who served as controls...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927093/detailed-analysis-of-a-superficial-cd34-positive-fibroblastic-tumor-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#5
Kensaku Yamaga, Akihiro Fujita, Mari Osaki, Satoshi Kuwamoto, Naoko Ishiguro, Tadahito Yamamoto, Hideki Nagashima
Superficial cluster of differentiation (CD)34-positive fibroblastic tumor (SCPFT) is a rare mesenchymal neoplasm of borderline malignancy. It is characterized by a superficial location, marked cellular pleomorphism, an extremely low incidence of mitotic figures, and strong CD34 immunohistochemical positivity. As SCPFT is a recently described neoplasm, its characteristics are yet to be fully elucidated. To the best of our knowledge, no detailed studies regarding the imaging findings and cytogenetic analyses of SCPFTs exist...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927069/overexpression-of-reic-dkk-3-suppresses-the-expression-of-cd147-and-inhibits-the-proliferation-of-human-bladder-cancer-cells
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Yuhei Horikawa, Masami Watanabe, Takuya Sadahira, Yuichi Ariyoshi, Yasuyuki Kobayashi, Motoo Araki, Koichiro Wada, Kazuhiko Ochiai, Shun-Ai Li, Yasutomo Nasu
Our group previously developed an adenoviral vector encoding the REIC/Dkk-3 gene (Ad-REIC), a tumor suppressor, for cancer gene therapy. The Ad-REIC agent induces apoptosis and inhibits invasion in a number of cancer cell lines; however, the molecular mechanisms underlying its effects remain unclear. Cluster of differentiation 147 (CD147), also known as extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN), is a key molecule that promotes cancer proliferation and invasion. In order to elucidate the therapeutic mechanism of Ad-REIC, its effect on the expression of CD147 in human bladder cancer KK47 cells was investigated...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927057/effect-of-epithelial-growth-factor-on-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-and-e-cadherin-%C3%AE-catenin-expression-in-an-in-situ-model-of-tumorigenesis
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Natalia Festugatto Navarini, Vera Cavalcanti De Araújo, Marcelo Sperandio, Marcelo Henrique Napimoga, Lucas Novaes Teixeira, Ney Soares De Araújo, Elizabeth Ferreira Martinez
The aim of the present study was to analyze the in vitro effect of various doses of epidermal growth factor (EGF; 5 and 10 ng/ml) on matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) secretion and E-cadherin/β-catenin expression by co-cultured cells that mimic an in situ carcinoma ex-pleomorphic adenoma, where benign myoepithelial cells from a pleomorphic adenoma surround malignant epithelial cells. EGF was supplemented in various doses and the effects were evaluated following four days of cell culture. ELISA was performed to determine MMP-2 secretion levels...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927018/the-effect-of-harvesting-on-the-composition-of-essential-oils-from-five-varieties-of-ocimum-basilicum-l-cultivated-in-the-island-of-kefalonia-greece
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Gerasimia Tsasi, Theofilos Mailis, Artemis Daskalaki, Eleni Sakadani, Panagis Razis, Yiannis Samaras, Helen Skaltsa
Five varieties of Ocimum basilicum L. namely lettuce, cinnamon, minimum, latifolia, and violetto were separately cultivated in field and greenhouse in the island Kefalonia (Greece). The effect of successive harvesting to the essential oil content was evaluated. In total 23 samples of essential oils (EOs) were analyzed by GC-FID and GC-MS. Ninety-six constituents, which accounted for almost 99% of the oils, were identified. Cluster analysis was performed for all of the varieties in greenhouse and field conditions, in order to investigate the possible differentiation on the chemical composition of the essential oils, obtained between harvests during growing period...
September 18, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926958/an-eccentricity-based-data-routing-protocol-with-uniform-node-distribution-in-3d-wsn
#9
A S M Sanwar Hosen, Gi Hwan Cho, In-Ho Ra
Due to nonuniform node distribution, the energy consumption of nodes are imbalanced in clustering-based wireless sensor networks (WSNs). It might have more impact when nodes are deployed in a three-dimensional (3D) environment. In this regard, we propose the eccentricity based data routing (EDR) protocol in a 3D WSN with uniform node distribution. It includes network partitions called 3D subspaces/clusters of equal member nodes, an energy-efficient routing centroid (RC) nodes election and data routing algorithm...
September 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926946/the-fungal-bzip-transcription-factor-atfb-controls-virulence-associated-processes-in-aspergillus-parasiticus
#10
Josephine Wee, Sung-Yong Hong, Ludmila V Roze, Devin M Day, Anindya Chanda, John E Linz
Fungal basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors mediate responses to oxidative stress. The ability to regulate stress response pathways in Aspergillus spp. was postulated to be an important virulence-associated cellular process, because it helps establish infection in humans, plants, and animals. Previous studies have demonstrated that the fungal transcription factor AtfB encodes a protein that is associated with resistance to oxidative stress in asexual conidiospores, and AtfB binds to the promoters of several stress response genes...
September 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926933/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-reveals-cold-responsive-proteins-involved-in-leaf-senescence-in-upland-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l
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Xuewei Zheng, Shuli Fan, Hengling Wei, Chengcheng Tao, Qiang Ma, Qifeng Ma, Siping Zhang, Hongbin Li, Chaoyou Pang, Shuxun Yu
Premature leaf senescence occurs in the ultimate phase of the plant, and it occurs through a complex series of actions regulated by stress, hormones and genes. In this study, a proteomic analysis was performed to analyze the factors that could induce premature leaf senescence in two cotton cultivars. We successfully identified 443 differential abundant proteins (DAPs) from 7388 high-confidence proteins at four stages between non-premature senescence (NS) and premature senescence (PS), among which 158 proteins were over-accumulated, 238 proteins were down-accumulated at four stages, and 47 proteins displayed overlapped accumulation...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926845/leptospirosis-renal-disease-emerging-culprit-of-chronic-kidney-disease-unknown-etiology
#12
Chih-Wei Yang
Leptospirosis is the most prevalent zoonosis affecting more than 1 million populations worldwide. Interestingly, leptospirosis endemic regions coincide with chronic kidney disease (CKD) hotspots largely due to flooding and agricultural overlaps. Acute leptospirosis induces multiple organ dysfunction including acute kidney injury and may predispose to CKD and end-stage renal disease, if not treated timely. Asymptomatic infection may carry the bacteria in the kidney and CKD progresses insidiously. Histologic finding of leptospirosis renal disease includes tubulointerstitial nephritis, interstitial fibrosis, and tubular atrophy...
September 20, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926842/pharmacotherapy-with-thymoquinone-improved-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-integrity-and-functional-activity-enhanced-islets-revascularization-and-alleviated-metabolic-and-hepato-renal-disturbances-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-in-rats
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Adel Galal El-Shemi, Osama Adnan Kensara, Aiman Alsaegh, Mohammed Hasan Mukhtar
AIMS: This study is aimed at evaluating the antidiabetic effects of thymoquinone (TQ) on streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes in rats, and exploring the possible underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Diabetes was induced in adult male Wistar rats by intraperitoneal injection of freshly prepared STZ (65 mg/kg). After disease induction, 42 rats were equally assigned to: controls, STZ-diabetic group, and STZ-diabetic group treated with oral TQ (35 mg/kg/day) for 5 weeks...
September 20, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926775/geographic-and-demographic-correlates-of-autism-related-anti-vaccine-beliefs-on-twitter-2009-15
#14
Theodore S Tomeny, Christopher J Vargo, Sherine El-Toukhy
This study examines temporal trends, geographic distribution, and demographic correlates of anti-vaccine beliefs on Twitter, 2009-2015. A total of 549,972 tweets were downloaded and coded for the presence of anti-vaccine beliefs through a machine learning algorithm. Tweets with self-disclosed geographic information were resolved and United States Census data were collected for corresponding areas at the micropolitan/metropolitan level. Trends in number of anti-vaccine tweets were examined at the national and state levels over time...
September 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926636/the-expected-and-unexpected-benefits-of-dispensing-the-exact-number-of-pills
#15
Carole Treibich, Sabine Lescher, Luis Sagaon-Teyssier, Bruno Ventelou
BACKGROUND: From November 2014 to November 2015, an experiment in French community pharmacies replaced traditional pre-packed boxes by per-unit dispensing of pills in the exact numbers prescribed, for 14 antibiotics. METHODS: A cluster randomised control trial was carried out in 100 pharmacies. 75 pharmacies counted out the medication by units (experimental group), the other 25 providing the treatment in the existing pharmaceutical company boxes (control group)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926583/influence-of-attitudes-and-behavior-of-milkers-on-the-hygienic-and-sanitary-quality-of-milk
#16
Oscar David Múnera-Bedoya, Laerte D Cassoli, Paulo F Machado, Mario Fernando Cerón-Muñoz
Recognizing how human behaviors affect the milk process can be useful to understand variations in hygienic and sanitary parameters in bulk tank milk. Furthermore, this knowledge could be used to design management programs that guarantee milk quality, favoring the optimization of such processes. Forty-six milkers from the same number of dairy farms in Antioquia province (Colombia) were interviewed to establish the main factors associated to milk quality. Technical knowledge, motivations, and behavior of the personnel and its effect on hygienic and sanitary quality of milk were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926528/the-improving-rural-cancer-outcomes-trial-a-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-complex-intervention-to-reduce-time-to-diagnosis-in-rural-cancer-patients-in-western-australia
#17
Jon D Emery, Victoria Gray, Fiona M Walter, Shelley Cheetham, Emma J Croager, Terry Slevin, Christobel Saunders, Timothy Threlfall, Kirsten Auret, Anna K Nowak, Elizabeth Geelhoed, Max Bulsara, C D'Arcy J Holman
BACKGROUND: Rural Australians have poorer survival for most common cancers, due partially to later diagnosis. Internationally, several initiatives to improve cancer outcomes have focused on earlier presentation to healthcare and timely diagnosis. We aimed to measure the effect of community-based symptom awareness and general practice-based educational interventions on the time to diagnosis in rural patients presenting with breast, prostate, colorectal or lung cancer in Western Australia...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926477/monoamine-and-neuropeptide-connections-significantly-alter-the-degree-distributions-of-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-connectome
#18
Tianxiao Huang, Yan Sun, Zheng Zhang, Shixiong Deng, Rui Peng
To understand the behaviors of an individual, it is crucial to understand the neural connections of the nervous system, that is, the connectome. The hermaphrodite Caenorhabditis elegans connectome has served as a prototype for analytical studies since the chemical synapses and gap junctions among the 302 neurons were completely mapped. Recently, monoamine (MA) and neuropeptide (NP) connections were established, which form a multilayer connectome in conjunction with chemical synapses and gap junctions. In this study, we investigated the difference in the in-degree and out-degree distributions, respectively, among the connectomes with and without MA and NP connections...
September 18, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926403/pathways-from-sexual-stigma-to-incident-hiv-and-sexually-transmitted-infections-among-nigerian-men-who-have-sex-with-men
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Cristina Rodriguez-Hart, Rebecca G Nowak, Rashelle Musci, Danielle German, Ifeanyi Orazulike, Blessing Kayode, Hongjie Liu, Oye Gureje, Trevor A Crowell, Stefan Baral, Man Charurat
OBJECTIVES: Sexual stigma affecting men who have sex with men (MSM) in Nigeria may be an important driver of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but potential mechanisms through which this occurs are not well understood. This study assessed the contributions of suicidal ideation and sexual risk behaviors to causal pathways between stigma and HIV/STIs. DESIGN: Data were collected from the TRUST/RV368 Study, a prospective cohort of 1,480 MSM from Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria...
September 18, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926321/evaluation-of-platelet-activation-during-storage-in-leukocyte-depleted-platelet-concentrates
#20
Miodrag Vucic, Zoran Stanojkovic, Ana Antic, Jelana Vucic, Voja Pavlovic
Structural and functional changes in platelets during storage can lead to the loss of platelet reactivity and response. Our aim was to evaluate leukocyte-depleted platelet concentrates, obtained by in-line filtration on storage days 0, 3 and 5. In non-filtered platelet concentrates (NF-PC) group, 180 whole blood units were collected with quadruple blood bags and then compared to another group of 180 whole blood units (leukocyte-depleted platelet concentrates [LD-PC]), collected in Imuflex Whole Blood Filter Saving Platelets (WB-SP) bags with an integrated leukoreduction filter, with regard to the platelet quality and characteristics...
September 19, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
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