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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740990/anthocyanins-inhibit-tumor-necrosis-alpha-induced-loss-of-caco-2-cell-barrier-integrity
#1
Eleonora Cremonini, Angela Mastaloudis, Shelly N Hester, Sandra V Verstraeten, Maureen Anderson, Steven M Wood, Andrew L Waterhouse, Cesar G Fraga, Patricia I Oteiza
An increased permeability of the intestinal barrier is proposed as a major event in the pathophysiology of conditions characterized by chronic gut inflammation. This study investigated the capacity of pure anthocyanins (AC), and berry and rice extracts containing different types and amounts of AC, to inhibit tumor necrosis alpha (TNFα)-induced permeabilization of Caco-2 cell monolayers. Caco-2 cells differentiated into intestinal epithelial cell monolayers were incubated in the absence/presence of TNFα, with or without the addition of AC or AC-rich plant extracts (ACRE)...
July 25, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740907/functional-imaging-equivalence-and-proof-of-concept-for-image-guided-adaptive-radiotherapy-with-fixed-gantry-and-rotating-couch
#2
Ilana Feain, Chun-Chien Shieh, Paul White, Ricky O'Brien, Sandra Fisher, William Counter, Peter Lazarakis, David Stewart, Simon Downes, Michael Jackson, Siddhartha Baxi, Brendan Whelan, Kuldeep Makhija, Chen-Yu Huang, Michael Barton, Paul Keall
PURPOSE: The purpose of this article is to present the first imaging experiments to demonstrate the functional equivalence between a conventional rotational gantry and a fixed-beam imaging geometry, and the feasibility of an iterative image-reconstruction technique under gravitational deformation. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Experiments were performed using an Elekta Axesse with Agility MLC and XVI, a custom-built rotating phantom stage, a Catphan QA phantom, and a porcine heart...
October 2016: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739448/hydrocortisone-and-ascorbic-acid-synergistically-prevent-and-repair-lps-induced-pulmonary-endothelial-barrier-dysfunction
#3
Nektarios Barabutis, Vikramjit Khangoora, Paul E Marik, John D Catravas
BACKGROUND: Sepsis refers the dysregulated host immune response elicited by microbial infections resulting in life-threatening organ dysfunction. Sepsis represents a medical challenge, since it is associated with a rate of death as high as 60%. Septic shock is strongly associated with vascular dysfunction and elevated pulmonary capillary permeability. We recently reported that the combination of hydrocortisone (HC), ascorbic acid (VitC) and thiamine dramatically improves outcomes and reduces mortality in septic patients...
July 21, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737722/induction-of-a-regulatory-phenotype-in-cd3-cd4-hla-dr-t-cells-after-allogeneic-mixed-lymphocyte-culture-indications-of-both-contact-dependent-and-independent-activation
#4
Anne Louise Schacht Revenfeld, Rikke Bæk, Malene Møller Jørgensen, Kim Varming, Allan Stensballe
Although the observation of major histocompatibility complex II (MHCII) receptors on T cells is longstanding, the explanation for this occurrence remains enigmatic. Reports of an inducible, endogenous expression exist, as do studies demonstrating a protein acquisition from other cells by mechanisms including vesicle transfer. Irrespective of origin, the presence of the human MHCII isotype, human leukocyte antigen DR (HLA-DR), potentially identifies a regulatory T cell population. Using an allogeneic mixed lymphocyte culture (MLC) to induce an antigen-specific immune response, the role of antigen-presenting cells (APCs) for the presence of HLA-DR on cluster of differentiation 3(CD3)+ CD4+ T cells was evaluated...
July 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737014/clinical-implementation-of-an-exit-detector-based-dose-reconstruction-tool-for-helical-tomotherapy-delivery-quality-assurance
#5
Shrikant Deshpande, Aitang Xing, Peter Metcalfe, Lois Holloway, Philip Vial, Mark Geurts
PURPOSE: To validate the accuracy of an exit detector based dose reconstruction tool for Helical Tomotherapy (HT) delivery quality assurance (DQA). METHODS AND MATERIAL: Exit detector based DQA tool was developed for patient specific HT treatment verification. The tool performs a dose reconstruction on the planning image using the sinogram measured by the HT exit detector with no objects in the beam (i.e. static couch), and compares the reconstructed dose to the planned dose...
July 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730652/effects-of-collimator-angle-couch-angle-and-starting-phase-on-motion-tracking-dynamic-conformal-arc-therapy-4d-dcat
#6
Zhengzheng Xu, Rutao Yao, Matthew B Podgorsak, Iris Z Wang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to find an optimized configuration of collimator angle, couch angle, and starting tracking phase to improve the delivery performance in terms of MLC position errors, maximal MLC leaf speed, and total beam-on time of DCAT plans with motion tracking (4D DCAT). METHOD AND MATERIALS: Nontracking conformal arc plans were first created based on a single phase (maximal exhalation phase) of a respiratory motion phantom with a spherical target...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727285/adapting-vmat-plans-optimized-for-an-hd120-mlc-for-delivery-with-a-millennium-mlc
#7
Samuel B French, Stephen Bhagroo, Daryl P Nazareth, Matthew B Podgorsak
Linac downtime invariably impacts delivery of patients' scheduled treatments. Transferring a patient's treatment to an available linac is a common practice. Transferring a Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) plan from a linac equipped with a standard-definition MLC to one equipped with a higher definition MLC is practical and routine in clinics with multiple MLC-equipped linacs. However, the reverse transfer presents a challenge because the high-definition MLC aperture shapes must be adapted for delivery with the lower definition device...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727284/technical-note-using-k-means-clustering-to-determine-the-number-and-position-of-isocenters-in-mlc-based-multiple-target-intracranial-radiosurgery
#8
Adam D Yock, Gwe-Ya Kim
PURPOSE: To present the k-means clustering algorithm as a tool to address treatment planning considerations characteristic of stereotactic radiosurgery using a single isocenter for multiple targets. METHODS: For 30 patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery for multiple brain metastases, the geometric centroids and radii of each met were determined from the treatment planning system. In-house software used this as well as weighted and unweighted versions of the k-means clustering algorithm to group the targets to be treated with a single isocenter, and to position each isocenter...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727228/actin-gamma-1-a-new-skin-cancer-pathogenic-gene-identified-by-the-biological-feature-based-classification
#9
Xinqian Dong, Yingsheng Han, Zhen Sun, Junlong Xu
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer that accounting for at least 40% of cancer cases around the world. This study aimed to identify skin cancer-related biological features and predict skin cancer candidate genes by employing machine learning based on biological features of known skin cancer genes. The known skin cancer-related genes were fetched from database and encoded by the enrichment scores of gene ontology and pathways. The optimal features of the skin cancer related genes were selected with a series of feature selection methods, such as mRMR, IFS, and Random Forest algorithm...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719824/supplementation-of-l-carnitine-during-in%C3%A2-vitro-maturation-improves-embryo-development-from-less-competent-bovine-oocytes
#10
Drahomira Knitlova, Pavlina Hulinska, Michal Jeseta, Katerina Hanzalova, Bartosz Kempisty, Marie Machatkova
The present study was designed to define the impact of l-carnitine, supplemented during maturation, on bovine oocytes with different meiotic competence in terms of their IVF outcomes. Meiotically more competent (MMC) and less competent (MLC) oocytes were obtained separately from differently sized follicles at selected phases of folliculogenesis. The oocytes were matured with or without l-carnitine, fertilized and cultured to the blastocyst stage. The oocytes were examined for nuclear maturation, mitochondrial cluster formation, lipid consumption, fertilization and embryo development...
July 5, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705507/dosimetric-comparison-of-rapidplan-and-manually-optimized-plans-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-for-prostate-cancer
#11
Kazuki Kubo, Hajime Monzen, Kentaro Ishii, Mikoto Tamura, Ryu Kawamorita, Iori Sumida, Hirokazu Mizuno, Yasumasa Nishimura
PURPOSE: This study evaluated whether RapidPlan based plans (RP plans) created by a single optimization, are usable in volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) for patients with prostate cancer. METHODS: We used 51 previously administered VMAT plans to train a RP model. Thirty RP plans were created by a single optimization without planner intervention during optimization. Differences between RP plans and clinical manual optimization (CMO) plans created by an experienced planner for the same patients were analyzed (Wilcoxon tests) in terms of homogeneity index (HI), conformation number (CN), D95%, and D2% to planning target volume (PTV), mean dose, V50Gy, V70Gy, V75Gy, and V78Gy to rectum and bladder, monitor unit (MU), and multi-leaf collimator (MLC) sequence complexity...
July 10, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691256/clinical-usefulness-of-mlcs-in-robotic-radiosurgery-systems-for-prostate-sbrt
#12
Masashi Tomida, Takeshi Kamomae, Junji Suzuki, Yoichi Ohashi, Yoshiyuki Itoh, Hiroshi Oguchi, Takahito Okuda
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using recently introduced multileaf collimators (MLC) is preferred over circular collimators in the treatment of localized prostate cancer. The objective of this study was to assess the clinical usefulness of MLCs in prostate SBRT by comparing the effectiveness of treatment plans using fixed collimators, variable collimators, and MLCs and by ensuring delivery quality assurance (DQA) for each. For each patient who underwent conventional radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer, mock SBRT plans were created using a fixed collimator, a variable collimator, and an MLC...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680155/polarized-distribution-of-active-myosin-ii-regulates-directional-migration-of-cultured-olfactory-ensheathing-cells
#13
Cheng-Gen Zheng, Fan Zhang, Xiao-Mei Bao, Shi-Yang Wu, Peng Wang, Jia-Nan Zhou, Yuan Gao, Hong-Lin Teng, Ying Wang, Zhi-Hui Huang
Migration of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs) is critical for development of olfactory system and essential for neural regeneration after OEC transplantation into nerve injury site. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of directional migration of OECs remain unclear. In this study, we found that in migrating OECs, phosphorylated myosin light chain (p-MLC, active myosin II) displayed a polarized distribution, with the leading front exhibiting higher than soma and trailing process. Over-expression of GFP-MLC significantly reduced OEC migration...
July 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678023/error-detection-capability-of-a-novel-transmission-detector-a-validation-study-for-online-vmat-monitoring
#14
Marlies Pasler, Kilian Michel, Livia Marrazzo, Michael Obenland, Stefania Pallotta, Mari Bjoernsgard, Johannes Lutterbach
The purpose of this study was to characterize a new single large-area ionization chamber, the Integral Quality Monitor (IQM) system (iRT, Germany), for online and real-time beam monitoring. Signal stability, monitor unit (MU) linearity and dose rate dependence were investigated for static and arc deliveries and compared to independent ionization chamber measurements. The dose verification capability of the transmission detector system was evaluated by comparing calculated and measured detector signals for 15 volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) plans...
July 5, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671992/signaling-pathways-induced-by-serine-proteases-to-increase-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-function
#15
Kelcie A Lahey, Natalie J Ronaghan, Judie Shang, Sébastien P Dion, Antoine Désilets, Richard Leduc, Wallace K MacNaughton
Changes in barrier function of the gastrointestinal tract are thought to contribute to the inflammatory bowel diseases Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Previous work in our lab demonstrated that apical exposure of intestinal epithelial cell lines to serine proteases results in an increase in transepithelial electrical resistance (TER). However, the underlying mechanisms governing this response are unclear. We aimed to determine the requirement for proteolytic activity, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) activation, and downstream intracellular signaling in initiating and maintaining enhanced barrier function following protease treatment using a canine intestinal epithelial cell line (SCBN)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655454/mlc-tracking-for-lung-sabr-reduces-planning-target-volumes-and-dose-to-organs-at-risk
#16
Vincent Caillet, Paul J Keall, Emma Colvill, Nicholas Hardcastle, Ricky O'Brien, Kathryn Szymura, Jeremy T Booth
PURPOSE: Assess the dosimetric impact of multi-leaf collimator (MLC) tracking and mid-ventilation (midV) planning compared with the internal target volume (ITV)-based planning approach for lung Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR). METHOD: Ten lung SABR patients originally treated with an ITV-based plan were re-planned according to MLC tracking and midV planning schemes. All plans were delivered on a linac to a motion phantom in a simulated treatment with real lung motions...
June 24, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647834/influence-of-multi-leaf-collimator-leaf-transmission-on-head-and-neck-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-and-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-planning
#17
Motoharu Sasaki, Masahide Tominaga, Takeshi Kamomae, Hitoshi Ikushima, Motonori Kitaoka, Ryota Bando, Kanako Sakuragawa, Masataka Oita
The aim of this study was to quantify the effect of multi-leaf collimators (MLCs) with different leaf widths on the planning of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT). Toward this objective, dose transmission through a high-definition 120-leaf MLC (HD120MLC) and 120-leaf Millennium MLC (M120MLC) was investigated, using it with a test case and clinical case studies. In test case, studies with IMRT and VMAT plans, the difference in MLC leaf width had a limited effect on planning target volumes (PTVs)...
June 24, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645692/clinical-implementation-of-combined-modulated-electron-and-photon-beams-with-conventional-mlc-for-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation
#18
Carlos Míguez, Elisa Jiménez-Ortega, Bianey A Palma, Hector Miras, Ana Ureba, Rafael Arráns, Francisco Carrasco-Peña, Ana Illescas-Vacas, Antonio Leal
PURPOSE: To report the clinical implementation of a novel external beam radiotherapy technique for accelerated partial breast irradiation treatments based on combined electron and photon modulated beams radiotherapy (MERT+IMRT) with conventional MLC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A group of patients was selected to test the viability of the technique. The prescribed dose was 38.5Gy, following a hypofractionated schema, and the structures were defined following the NSABP-B39/RTOG-0413 protocol...
June 20, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644070/particulate-matter-disrupts-human-lung-endothelial-cell-barrier-integrity-via-rho-dependent-pathways
#19
Ting Wang, Yuka Shimizu, Xiaomin Wu, Gabriel T Kelly, Xiaoyan Xu, Lichun Wang, Zhongqing Qian, Yin Chen, Joe G N Garcia
Increased exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) is associated with elevated morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and cancer. We and others have shown that PM induces lung microvascular barrier dysfunction which potentially enhances the systemic toxicity of PM. However, the mechanisms by which PM disrupts vascular endothelial integrity remain incompletely explored. We hypothesize that PM induces endothelial cell (EC) cytoskeleton rearrangement via Rho GTPase-dependent pathways to facilitate vascular hyperpermeability...
June 23, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643751/quick-efficient-and-effective-patient-specific-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-quality-assurance-using-log-file-and-electronic-portal-imaging-device
#20
Rajesh Kumar, H I Amols, M Lovelock, S D Sharma, D Datta
AIM: The aim of work is to explore a quick, efficient, and effective patient-specific intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) quality assurance (QA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Software tools were developed to extract and analyze the multi-leaf collimator (MLC) leaf positions (LPs) from electronic portal imaging device (EPID) images for Varian C-series machine and TrueBeam, to extract useful data from MLC log file of C-series linear accelerator (LINAC), to extract useful information from the trajectory log binary file of TrueBeam LINAC, to compare LPs derived from EPID images with log file/trajectory log data, and to analyze IMRT treatment files using the MATLAB programming language...
April 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
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