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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921577/the-efficiency-and-safety-of-trastuzumab-for-advanced-gastric-and-gastroesophageal-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-five-randomized-controlled-trials
#1
Binghong Xiong, Li Ma, Wei Huang, Huayou Luo, Yujian Zeng, Yan Tian
A meta-analysis was performed to examine the efficiency and safety of trastuzumab in patients with advanced gastric and gastroesophageal cancer (AGC). By searching multiple databases from 1990 to March 2016, all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) which compared the effect of trastuzumab-combined chemotherapy (TC) versus chemotherapy alone (CT) in gastric cancer would be included. Five RCTs with a total of 875 patients were included. Trastuzumab can improve the overall survival (OS) rate, progression-free survival (PFS), one-year survival rate, two-year survival rate and overall response rate (ORR) of patients with AGC...
December 6, 2016: Growth Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920779/functional-versatility-of-agy-serine-codons-in-immunoglobulin-variable-region-genes
#2
Thiago Detanico, Matthew Phillips, Lawrence J Wysocki
In systemic autoimmunity, autoantibodies directed against nuclear antigens (Ags) often arise by somatic hypermutation (SHM) that converts AGT and AGC (AGY) Ser codons into Arg codons. This can occur by three different single-base changes. Curiously, AGY Ser codons are far more abundant in complementarity-determining regions (CDRs) of IgV-region genes than expected for random codon use or from species-specific codon frequency data. CDR AGY codons are also more abundant than TCN Ser codons. We show that these trends hold even in cartilaginous fishes...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913881/phase-ii-trial-of-s-1-plus-leucovorin-in-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer-and-clinical-prediction-by-s-1-pharmacogenetic-pathway
#3
Ming-Ming He, Dong-Sheng Zhang, Feng Wang, Zi-Xian Wang, Shu-Qiang Yuan, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Hui-Yan Luo, Chao Ren, Miao-Zhen Qiu, Ying Jin, De-Shen Wang, Dong-Liang Chen, Zhao-Lei Zeng, Yu-Hong Li, Yang-Yang He, Yuan-Tao Hao, Pi Guo, Feng-Hua Wang, Yi-Xin Zeng, Rui-Hua Xu
BACKGROUND: The first one-arm phase II trial aimed to evaluate and predict efficacy and safety of S-1 plus oral leucovorin (S-1/LV) as first-line chemotherapy for patients with advanced gastric cancer (AGC), using S-1 pharmacogenetic pathway approach. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 39 patients orally took S-1 at conventional dose and LV simultaneously at a dose of 25 mg twice daily for a week, within a 2-week cycle. The primary endpoint was overall response rate (ORR), while the secondary endpoints were progression-free survival (PFS), time to failure (TTF), overall survival (OS), disease control rate (DCR), and adverse events (AEs)...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899624/microscope-in-2017-an-expanding-and-evolving-integrated-resource-for-community-expertise-of-microbial-genomes
#4
David Vallenet, Alexandra Calteau, Stéphane Cruveiller, Mathieu Gachet, Aurélie Lajus, Adrien Josso, Jonathan Mercier, Alexandre Renaux, Johan Rollin, Zoe Rouy, David Roche, Claude Scarpelli, Claudine Médigue
The annotation of genomes from NGS platforms needs to be automated and fully integrated. However, maintaining consistency and accuracy in genome annotation is a challenging problem because millions of protein database entries are not assigned reliable functions. This shortcoming limits the knowledge that can be extracted from genomes and metabolic models. Launched in 2005, the MicroScope platform (http://www.genoscope.cns.fr/agc/microscope) is an integrative resource that supports systematic and efficient revision of microbial genome annotation, data management and comparative analysis...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891686/implementation-of-a-real-time-reference-and-calibration-grid-platform-for-improved-screening-mapping-in-pap-test-slides
#5
Evangelos Tsiambas, Christos Riziotis
Cervical cancer screening based on the Papanicolaou (Pap) test is a widely applied but not always efficient practice for detecting Human Papillomavirus (HPV) mediated lesions, partially due to a non-systematic and inadequate screening process. Our aim was to introduce an inexpensive easy-to-use direct screening platform for improved detection of abnormal cells indicative of underlying cervical neoplasia as well as persisting HPV infection. By employing a novel, efficient technique of laser-based micromachining, we achieved the fabrication of spatial grids on commercially available coverslips allowing visual segmentation of the slide for efficient screening...
November 27, 2016: Pathology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884734/nitric-oxide-coupled-signaling-in-odor-elicited-molecular-events-in-the-olfactory-center-of-the-terrestrial-snail-helix-pomatia
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Zoltán Serfőző, Kálmán Nacsa, Zoltán Veréb, Izabella Battonyai, Csaba Hegedűs, Csilla Balogh, Károly Elekes
Olfaction, a chemosensory modality, plays a pivotal role in the orientation and behavior of invertebrates. The central olfactory processing unit in terrestrial stylomatophoran snails is the procerebrum, which contains NO synthesizing interneurons, whose oscillatory currents are believed to be the base of odor evoked memory formation. Nevertheless, in this model the up- and downstream events of molecular cascades that trigger and follow NO release, respectively, have not been studied. Immunocytochemistry and flow cytometry studies performed on procerebral neural perikarya isolated from the snail Helix pomatia revealed cell populations with discrete DAF-2 fluorescence, indicating the release of different amounts of NO...
November 21, 2016: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874309/abundance-and-characterization-of-perfect-microsatellites-on-the-cattle-y-chromosome
#7
Zhi-Jie Ma
Microsatellites or simple sequence repeats (SSRs) are found in most organisms and play an important role in genomic organization and function. To characterize the abundance of SSRs (1-6 base-pairs [bp]) on the cattle Y chromsome, the relative frequency and density of perfect or uninterrupted SSRs based on the published Y chromosome sequence were examined. A total of 17,273 perfect SSRs were found, with total length of 324.78 kb, indicating that approximately 0.75% of the cattle Y chromosome sequence (43.30 Mb) comprises perfect SSRs, with an average length of 18...
November 22, 2016: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835919/pka-and-apicomplexan-parasite-diseases
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M Haidar, G Ramdani, E J Kennedy, G Langsley
The cAMP-dependent protein kinase PKA is a well-characterized member of the serine-threonine protein AGC kinase family and is the effector kinase of cAMP signaling. As such, PKA is involved in the control of a wide variety of cellular processes including metabolism, cell growth, gene expression and apoptosis. cAMP-dependent PKA signaling pathways play important roles during infection and virulence of various pathogens. Since fluxes in cAMP are involved in multiple intracellular functions, a variety of different pathological infectious processes can be affected by PKA signaling pathways...
November 11, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824060/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-fluorouracil-leucovorin-and-irinotecan-versus-epirubicin-cisplatin-and-capecitabine-in-patients-with-advanced-gastric-adenocarcinoma
#9
Feng Wen, Hanrui Zheng, Yifan Wu, John Wheeler, Xiaoxi Zeng, Ping Fu, Qiu Li
No standard treatment has been accepted widely for the first-/second-line therapy for advanced gastric cancer (AGC). The current study aimed to determine a preferred strategy between FOLFIRI (fluorouracil, leucovorin, and irinotecan) and ECX (epirubicin, cisplatin,and capecitabine) for AGC from the cost-effectiveness perspective. According to a French intergroup study, two groups (ECX arm and FOLFIRI arm) and three health states (progression-free survival (PFS), progressive disease (PD) and death) were analyzed in the current Markov model...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822684/impact-of-progression-type-on-overall-survival-in-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer-based-on-randomized-phase-iii-study-of-s-1-plus-oxaliplatin-versus-s-1-plus-cisplatin
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Kazuhiro Nishikawa, Yasuhide Yamada, Kenji Ishido, Masahiro Gotoh, Hideaki Bando, Naotoshi Sugimoto, Tomohiro Nishina, Kenji Amagai, Keisho Chin, Yasumasa Niwa, Akihito Tsuji, Hiroshi Imamura, Masahiro Tsuda, Hirofumi Yasui, Hirofumi Fujii, Kensei Yamaguchi, Hisateru Yasui, Shuichi Hironaka, Ken Shimada, Hiroto Miwa, Chikuma Hamada, Ichinosuke Hyodo
BACKGROUND: The association between progression type and survival has been reported in breast cancer, but remains unclear in advanced gastric cancer (AGC). Here, this association was assessed using data obtained from an earlier randomized phase III study demonstrating the non-inferiority of S-1 plus oxaliplatin (SOX) to S-1 plus cisplatin (CS) on progression-free survival and overall survival (OS) in the first-line treatment of AGC. METHODS: A Cox regression model including two time-dependent covariates, progression with new lesions and with no new lesions, was used to determine their effect on OS in each treatment group...
November 7, 2016: Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821864/chondrogenic-potential-of-peripheral-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-seeded-on-demineralized-cancellous-bone-scaffolds
#11
Shao-Jie Wang, Dong Jiang, Zheng-Zheng Zhang, Ai-Bing Huang, Yan-Song Qi, Hai-Jun Wang, Ji-Ying Zhang, Jia-Kuo Yu
As a cell source with large quantity and easy access, peripheral blood mesenchymal stem cells (PBMSCs) were isolated and seeded in porcine demineralized cancellous bone (DCB) scaffolds, cultured in chondrogenic medium and evaluated for in vitro chondrogenesis. Bone marrow MSCs (BMMSCs) and articular cartilage chondrocytes (ACCs) underwent the same process as controls. The morphology, viability and proliferation of PBMSCs in DCB scaffolds were similar to those of BMMSCs and ACCs. PBMSCs and BMMSCs showed similar chondrogenesis potential with consistent production of COL 2 and SOX 9 protein and increased COL 2 and AGC mRNA expressions at week 3 but the COL 2 protein production was still less than that of ACCs...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799509/on-the-effect-of-triplet-or-doublet-chemotherapy-in-advanced-gastric-cancer-results-from-a-national-cancer-registry
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Alberto Carmona-Bayonas, Paula Jiménez-Fonseca, Maria Luisa Sánchez Lorenzo, Avinash Ramchandani, Elena Asensio Martínez, Ana Custodio, Marcelo Garrido, Isabel Echavarría, Juana María Cano, Jose Enrique Lorenzo Barreto, Teresa García García, Felipe Álvarez Manceñido, Alejandra Lacalle, Marta Ferrer Cardona, Monserrat Mangas, Laura Visa, Elvira Buxó, Aitor Azkarate, Asunción Díaz-Serrano, Ana Fernández Montes, Fernando Rivera
BACKGROUND: There is currently no consensus regarding first-line chemotherapy for patients with advanced gastric cancer (AGC) who are ineligible to receive trastuzumab. The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerance of triplets versus doublets by analyzing a national gastric cancer registry. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Patients with AGC treated with polychemotherapy without associating trastuzumab were included from 2008 through 2016. The effect of triplets versus doublets was compared using 3 methods: Cox proportional hazards regression, propensity score matching (PSM), and coarsened exact matching (CEM)...
November 2016: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798873/a-panel-of-serum-biomarkers-gastropanel%C3%A2-in-non-invasive-diagnosis-of-atrophic-gastritis-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kari Syrjänen
BACKGROUND/AIM: To meet the increasing demand of non-invasive tests for screening of gastric cancer (GC) risk, biomarker panel (GastroPanel®) (GP) was designed by Biohit Oyj as the first serological test for stomach health. The aim of the present study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis of all studies on GP in diagnosis of atrophic gastritis (AG). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Studies were eligible, if i) GP was used to diagnose biopsy-confirmed AG of the corpus (AGC) and/or antrum (AGA) and ii) exact numbers were available to enable calculating sensitivity (SE) and specificity (SP)...
October 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798730/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-apatinib-treatment-for-chemotherapy-refractory-advanced-gastric-cancer
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Hong-Dou Chen, Jing Zhou, Feng Wen, Peng-Fei Zhang, Ke-Xun Zhou, Han-Rui Zheng, Yu Yang, Qiu Li
BACKGROUND: Apatinib, a third-line or later treatment for advanced gastric cancer (aGC), was shown to improve overall survival and progression-free survival (PFS) compared with placebo in the phase III trial. Given the modest benefit with high costs, we further evaluated the cost-effectiveness of apatinib for patients with chemotherapy-refractory aGC. METHODS: A Markov model was developed to simulate the disease process of aGC (PFS, progressive disease, and death) and estimate the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) of apatinib to placebo...
October 31, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789731/evaluation-of-akt-and-rictor-expression-levels-in-astrocytomas-of-all-grades
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Arthur William Alvarenga, Luis Eduardo Machado, Bruna Roz Rodrigues, Fernanda Cristina Sulla Lupinacci, Paulo Sanemastu, Eduardo Matta, Martín Roffé, Luís Fernando Bleggi Torres, Isabela Werneck da Cunha, Vilma Regina Martins, Glaucia Noeli Maroso Hajj
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) binds to several protein partners and forms two complexes, termed mTOR complexes 1 and 2 (mTORC1/2), that differ in components, substrates, and regulation. mTORC2 contains the protein Rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR (RICTOR); phosphorylates kinases of the AGC family, such as Akt; and controls the cytoskeleton. Even though the regulation of mTORC2 activity remains poorly understood, the hyperactivation of this signaling pathway has been shown to contribute to the oncogenic properties of gliomas in experimental models...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765925/receptor-tyrosine-kinase-amplified-gastric-cancer-clinicopathologic-characteristics-and-proposed-screening-algorithm
#16
Cheol Keun Park, Ji Soo Park, Hyo Song Kim, Sun Young Rha, Woo Jin Hyung, Jae-Ho Cheong, Sung Hoon Noh, Sang Kil Lee, Yong Chan Lee, Yong-Min Huh, Hyunki Kim
Although targeted therapy for receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) of advanced gastric cancers (AGCs) has been in the spotlight, guidelines for the identification of RTK-amplified gastric cancers (RA-GCs) have not been established. In this study, we investigate clinicopathologic characteristics of RA-GCs and propose a screening algorithm for their identification. We performed immunohistochemistry (IHC) for MLH1, MSH2, PMS2, MSH6, key RTKs (EGFR, HER2, MET), and p53, in situ hybridization for Epstein-Barr virus encoding RNA, and silver in situ hybridization (SISH) for EGFR, HER2, and MET using tissue microarrays of 993 AGCs...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27740935/a-novel-grade-lymph-node-ratio-model-predicts-the-prognosis-of-the-advanced-gastric-cancer-patients-after-neoadjuvant-radiotherapy
#17
Jianjun Liu, Mingxue Su, Jing Wang, Gan Zhang, Jing Zhou, Anqing Zhang, Zixue Ren, Xucai Zheng, Shikai Hong, Shengying Wang, Rongxin Zhang
Although local advanced gastric cancer (AGC) could benefit from neoadjuvant radiotherapy (NRT), there are few studies evaluating patients' survival after NRT. In current study, we aimed to investigate the value of prognostic factors in AGC patients after NRT and to evaluate whether post-therapy pathological characteristics were predictive factors in these patients. We retrospectively analyzed AGC patients who underwent NRT from Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Database. The patients' clinical and post-therapy pathological characteristics were analyzed...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721254/s-1-combined-with-cisplatin-chemotherapy-for-advanced-gastric-cancer
#18
Chen Weidong, Xia Lijun
OBJECTIVE: To observe the short-term efficacy and safety of S-1 combined with cisplatin (DDP) chemotherapy for advanced gastric cancer (AGC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-six patients were diagnosed with AGC and were admitted to our department from February 2012 to January 2015 and retrospectively analyzed. Of these patients, 31 (experimental group) underwent S-1 combined with DDP chemotherapy and 35 received oxaliplatin combined with tegafur and calcium folinate chemotherapy regimen (control group)...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716191/comparison-of-different-methods-of-splenic-hilar-lymph-node-dissection-for-advanced-upper-and-or-middle-third-gastric-cancer
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Xin Ji, Tao Fu, Zhao-De Bu, Ji Zhang, Xiao-Jiang Wu, Xiang-Long Zong, Zi-Yu Jia, Biao Fan, Yi-Nan Zhang, Jia-Fu Ji
BACKGROUND: Surgery for advanced gastric cancer (AGC) often includes dissection of splenic hilar lymph nodes (SHLNs). This study compared the safety and effectiveness of different approaches to SHLN dissection for upper- and/or middle-third AGC. METHODS: We retrospectively compared and analyzed clinicopathologic and follow-up data from a prospectively collected database at the Peking University Cancer Hospital. Patients were divided into three groups: in situ spleen-preserved, ex situ spleen-preserved and splenectomy...
October 3, 2016: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27708635/the-kinome-of-edible-and-medicinal-fungus-wolfiporia-cocos
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Wei Wei, Shaohua Shu, Wenjun Zhu, Ying Xiong, Fang Peng
Wolfiporia cocos is an edible and medicinal fungus that grows in association with pine trees, and its dried sclerotium, known as Fuling in China, has been used as a traditional medicine in East Asian countries for centuries. Nearly 10% of the traditional Chinese medicinal preparations contain W. cocos. Currently, the commercial production of Fuling is limited because of the lack of pine-based substrate and paucity of knowledge about the sclerotial development of the fungus. Since protein kinase (PKs) play significant roles in the regulation of growth, development, reproduction, and environmental responses in filamentous fungi, the kinome of W...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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