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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618653/myosin-regulatory-light-chain-phosphorylation-is-associated-with-leiomyosarcoma-development
#1
Hua-Shan Li, Qian Lin, Jia Wu, Zhi-Hui Jiang, Jia-Bi Zhao, Jian Pan, Wei-Qi He, Juan-Min Zha
Leiomyosarcoma is a rare malignant smooth muscle tumor which can be very unpredictable. Myosin II is involved in many functions, including cell contraction, migration, and adhesion. The phosphorylation of myosin regulatory light chain (MLC) by myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) determines the activity of Myosin II. However, it is still unclear whether MLC phosphorylation is involved in cell proliferation in leiomyosarcoma. In this study, we aimed to explore the role of MLCK-dependent MLC phosphorylation in leiomyosarcoma development...
June 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598808/mir-199a-b-5p-inhibits-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression-by-post-transcriptionally-suppressing-rock1
#2
Yangyang Zhan, NanXin Zheng, Fei Teng, Leilei Bao, Fang Liu, Mingjian Zhang, Meng Guo, Wenyuan Guo, Guoshan Ding, Quanxing Wang
In this study, we explored the actions of miR-199a/b-5p during hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression and its potential target genes. Through heatmap miRNA expression analysis of 15 matched HCC tumor and adjacent non-tumor liver tissues from the TCGA database, we detected 19 mRNAs that were upregulated and 13 that were downregulated specifically in HCC. Among these, miR-199 family members were downregulated in HCC tumors and cell lines, as compared to controls. Low miR-199a/b-5p expression was also associated with poor overall survival of HCC patients...
May 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596242/smooth-muscle-function-and-myosin-polymerization
#3
Pasquale Chitano, Lu Wang, Gabrielle Y Y Tin, Mitsuo Ikebe, Peter D Paré, Chun Y Seow
Smooth muscle is able to function over a much broader length range than striated muscle. The ability to maintain contractility after a large length change is thought to be due to an adaptive process involving restructuring of the contractile apparatus to maximize overlap between the contractile filaments. The molecular mechanism for the length-adaptive behavior is largely unknown. In smooth muscle adapted to different lengths we quantified myosin monomers, basal and activation-induced myosin light chain (MLC) phosphorylation, shortening-velocity, power-output and active force...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596238/loss-of-%C3%AE-pix-inhibits-focal-adhesion-disassembly-and-promotes-keratinocyte-motility-via-myosin-light-chain-activation
#4
Sho Hiroyasu, Gregory P Stimac, Susan B Hopkinson, Jonathan C R Jones
During healing of the skin, the cytoskeleton of keratinocytes and their matrix adhesions, including focal adhesions (FAs), undergo reorganization. These changes are coordinated by small GTPases and their regulators, including the guanine nucleotide exchange factor β-PIX. In fibroblasts, β-PIX activates small GTPases, thereby enhancing migration. In keratinocytes in vitro, β-PIX localizes to FAs. To study β-PIX functions, we generated β-PIX knockdown keratinocytes. During wound closure of β-PIX knockdown cell monolayers, disassembly of FA is impaired and their number and size are increased...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585300/investigation-of-error-detection-capabilities-of-phantom-epid-and-mlc-log-file-based-imrt-qa-methods
#5
Dewayne L Defoor, Sotirios Stathakis, Joseph E Roring, Neil A Kirby, Panayiotis Mavroidis, Mohammad Obeidat, Nikos Papanikolaou
A patient specific quality assurance (QA) should detect errors that originate anywhere in the treatment planning process. However, the increasing complexity of treatment plans has increased the need for improvements in the accuracy of the patient specific pretreatment verification process. This has led to the utilization of higher resolution QA methods such as the electronic portal imaging device (EPID) as well as MLC log files and it is important to know the types of errors that can be detected with these methods...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583292/design-of-experiments-in-medical-physics-application-to-the-aaa-beam-model-validation
#6
S Dufreneix, C Legrand, C Di Bartolo, M Bremaud, J Mesgouez, T Tiplica, D Autret
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of the design of experiments in the analysis of multiparametric problems related to the quality assurance in radiotherapy. The main motivation is to use this statistical method to optimize the quality assurance processes in the validation of beam models. METHOD: Considering the Varian Eclipse system, eight parameters with several levels were selected: energy, MLC, depth, X, Y1 and Y2 jaw dimensions, wedge and wedge jaw...
June 2, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574221/validation-of-a-method-for-in%C3%A2-vivo-3d-dose-reconstruction-in-sbrt-using-a-new-transmission-detector
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Yuji Nakaguchi, Takeshi Ono, Masato Maruyama, Yoshinobu Shimohigashi, Yudai Kai
Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) involves the delivery of substantially larger doses over fewer fractions than conventional therapy. Therefore, SBRT treatments will strongly benefit patients using vivo patient dose verification, because the impact of the fraction is large. For in vivo measurements, a commercially available quality assurance (QA) system is the COMPASS system (IBA Dosimetry, Germany). For measurements, the system uses a new transmission detector (Dolphin, IBA Dosimetry). In this study, we evaluated the method for in vivo 3D dose reconstruction for SBRT using this new transmission detector...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574219/optimization-of-the-dosimetric-leaf-gap-for-use-in-planning-vmat-treatments-of-spine-sabr-cases
#8
Nigel D Middlebrook, Bess Sutherland, Tanya Kairn
The dosimetric leaf gap (DLG) is a beam configuration parameter used in the Varian Eclipse treatment planning system, to model the effects of rounded MLC leaf ends. Measuring the DLG using the conventional sliding-slit technique has been shown to be produce questionable results for some volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) treatments. This study therefore investigated the use of radiochromic film measurements to optimize the DLG specifically for the purpose of producing accurate VMAT plans using a flattening-filter-free (FFF) beam, for use in treating vertebral targets using a stereotactic (SABR, also known as SBRT) fractionation schedule...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569406/meta-analysis-of-single-port-versus-conventional-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-comparing-body-image-and-cosmesis
#9
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R Haueter, T Schütz, D A Raptis, P-A Clavien, M Zuber
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate improvements in cosmetic results and postoperative morbidity for single-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (SILC) in comparison with multiport laparoscopic cholecystectomy (MLC). METHODS: A literature search was undertaken for RCTs comparing SILC with MLC in adult patients with benign gallbladder disease. Primary outcomes were body image and cosmesis scores at different time points. Secondary outcomes included intraoperative and postoperative complications, postoperative pain and frequency of port-site hernia...
June 1, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28564208/commissioning-and-quality-assurance-for-vmat-delivery-systems-an-efficient-time-resolved-system-using-real-time-epid-imaging
#10
Benjamin J Zwan, Michael P Barnes, Jonathan Hindmarsh, Seng B Lim, Dale M Lovelock, Todsaporn Fuangrod, Daryl J O'Connor, Paul J Keall, Peter B Greer
PURPOSE: An ideal commissioning and quality assurance (QA) program for Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) delivery systems should assess the performance of each individual dynamic component as a function of gantry angle. Procedures within such a program should also be time-efficient, independent of the delivery system and be sensitive to all types of errors. The purpose of this work is to develop a system for automated time-resolved commissioning and QA of VMAT control systems which meets these criteria...
May 31, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558721/extracellular-heat-shock-protein-90%C3%AE-mediates-hdm-induced-bronchial-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction-by-activating-rhoa-mlc-signaling
#11
Hang-Ming Dong, Yan-Qing Le, Yan-Hong Wang, Hai-Jin Zhao, Chao-Wen Huang, Ya-Hui Hu, Li-Shan Luo, Xuan Wan, Yi-Lan Wei, Zi-Qiang Chu, Wei Li, Shao-Xi Cai
BACKGROUND: The disruption and hyperpermeability of bronchial epithelial barrier are closely related to the pathogenesis of asthma. House dust mite (HDM), one of the most important allergens, could increase the airway epithelial permeability. Heat shock protein (Hsp) 90α is also implicated in the lung endothelial barrier dysfunction by disrupting RhoA signaling. However, the effect of extracellular Hsp90α (eHsp90α) on the bronchial epithelial barrier disruption induced by HDM has never been reported...
May 30, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545556/finer-leaf-resolution-and-steeper-beam-edges-using-a-virtual-isocentre-in-concurrence-to-ptv-shaped-collimators-in-standard-distance-a-planning-study
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Klaus Bratengeier, Barbara Herzog, Sonja Wegener, Kostyantyn Holubyev
PURPOSE: Investigation of a reduced source to target distance to improve organ at risk sparing during stereotactic irradiation (STX). METHODS: The authors present a planning study with perfectly target-volume adapted collimator compared with multi-leaf collimator (MLC) at reduced source to virtual isocentre distance (SVID) in contrast to normal source to isocentre distance (SID) for stereotactic applications. The role of MLC leaf width and 20-80% penumbra was examined concerning the healthy tissue sparing...
May 25, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541774/meaning-making-after-partner-suicide-a-narrative-exploration-using-the-meaning-of-loss-codebook
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Tyler R Pritchard, Jennifer L Buckle
This study explored meaning-making in the narratives of survivors of partner suicide. The 117 posts of 50 users of a public online grief support forum were analyzed using the Meaning of Loss Codebook (Gillies, Neimeyer, & Milman, 2014 ). There was evidence of substantial psychological distress and an ongoing struggle to make meaning of the death, in addition to focusing on memories, longing for the deceased, and efforts to actively cope with the loss. Given the importance of meaning-making in the adjustment to loss, and through the application of the MLC, these findings deepen the understanding of this component of grief...
May 25, 2017: Death Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535917/sensitivity-evaluation-of-two-commercial-dosimeters-in-detecting-helical-tomotherapy-treatment-delivery-errors
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Shrikant Deshpande, Mark Geurts, Philip Vial, Peter Metcalfe, Lois Holloway
PURPOSE: To assess the sensitivity of two commercial dosimetry systems in detecting Helical TomoTherapy (HT) delivery errors. METHOD: Two commercial dosimeters i) MatriXX(Evolution) and ii) ArcCHECK® were considered. Ten retrospective nasopharynx HT patients were analysed. For each patient, error plans were created by independently introducing systematic offsets in: a) Jaw width error ±1, ±1.5 and ±2mm, b) Couch speed error ±2%, ±2.5, ±3% and ±4%, and c) MLC Leaf Open Time (MLCLOT) errors (3 separate MLC errors: either leaf 32 open or leaf 42 remains open during delivery, and 4% random reductions in MLCLOT)...
May 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529252/consideration-of-dose-error-in-dynamic-mlc-imrt-using-mlc-speed-control-with-dose-rate-change
#15
Hideki Kojima, Makoto Takigami, Tomohiro Asano, Yasuhiro Hatanaka, Kazuhiro Aizawa, Masayori Ishikawa
In dynamic multi-leaf collimator (MLC) intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), the accuracy of delivered dose is influenced by the positional accuracy of the moving MLC. In order to assess the accuracy of the delivered dose during dynamic MLC IMRT, the delivered dose error in dynamic MLC IMRT using the MLC speed control with dose rate change was investigated. Sweeping gap sequence irradiation was performed with constant MLC leaf speed at 0.6 to 5 cm/s or changed MLC speed (4 steps). The positional accuracy of the moving MLC was evaluated from the trajectory log file...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529250/impact-of-jaw-position-accuracy-on-dose-variation-in-volumetric-modulated-arc-therapy-using-jaw-tracking
#16
Fumiyasu Matsubayashi, Yuki Koizumi, Ryo Takahashi, Minoru Yoshioka, Tomoharu Sato
The technique of jaw tracking can be used in volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). In this technique, jaw tracks apertures of the multi leaf collimator (MLC) during irradiation. It is reported that dose variation is occurred by the changing accuracy of MLC position in VMAT and IMRT. Though jaw moves dynamically in the irradiation by using this technique, the influence of the jaw position accuracy on dose variation is not examined. The purpose of this study is to verify the influence of jaw position accuracy on dose variation in VMAT using jaw tracking...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517613/a-quantitative-method-to-the-analysis-of-mlc-leaf-position-and-speed-based-on-epid-and-ebt3-film-for-dynamic-imrt-treatment-with-different-types-of-mlc
#17
Yinghui Li, Lixin Chen, Jinhan Zhu, Bin Wang, Xiaowei Liu
A quantitative method based on the electronic portal imaging system (EPID) and film was developed for MLC position and speed testing; this method was used for three MLC types (Millennium, MLCi, and Agility MLC). To determine the leaf position, a picket fence designed by the dynamic (DMLC) model was used. The full-width half-maximum (FWHM) values of each gap measured by EPID and EBT3 were converted to the gap width using the FWHM versus nominal gap width relationship. The algorithm developed for the picket fence analysis was able to quantify the gap width, the distance between gaps, and each individual leaf position...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510572/1-2-million-kids-and-counting-mobile-science-laboratories-drive-student-interest-in-stem
#18
Amanda L Jones, Mary K Stapleton
In today's increasingly technological society, a workforce proficient in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills is essential. Research has shown that active engagement by K-12 students in hands-on science activities that use authentic science tools promotes student learning and retention. Mobile laboratory programs provide this type of learning in schools and communities across the United States and internationally. Many programs are members of the Mobile Lab Coalition (MLC), a nonprofit organization of mobile and other laboratory-based education programs built on scientist and educator collaborations...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509344/cgmp-signalling-inhibits-platelet-shape-change-through-regulation-of-the-rhoa-rho-kinase-mlc-phosphatase-signalling-pathway
#19
Ahmed Aburima, Kochar Walladbegi, Jonathan D Wake, Khalid M Naseem
BACKGROUND: Platelet shape change, spreading and thrombus stability requires activation of the actin cytoskeleton contractile machinery. The mechanisms controlling actin assembly to prevent unwanted platelet activation are unclear. OBJECTIVES: We examined the effects of nitric oxide on the signalling pathways regulating platelet actin-myosin activation. RESULTS: S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO) inhibited thrombin-induced platelet shape change and myosin phosphorylation of myosin light chain (MLC)...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500783/on-mixed-electron-photon-radiation-therapy-optimisation-using-the-column-generation-approach
#20
Marc-André Renaud, Monica Serban, Jan Seuntjens
PURPOSE: Despite considerable increase in the number of degrees of freedom handled by recent radiotherapy optimisation algorithms, treatments are still typically delivered using a single modality. Column generation is an iterative method for solving large optimisation problems. It is well suited for mixed-modality (e.g., photon-electron) optimisation as the aperture shaping and modality selection problem can be solved rapidly, and the performance of the algorithm scales favourably with increasing degrees of freedom...
May 13, 2017: Medical Physics
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