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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335509/novel-diagnostic-and-predictive-biomarkers-in-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
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John C Chang, Madappa Kundranda
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly lethal disease for a multitude of reasons including very late diagnosis. This in part is due to the lack of understanding of the biological behavior of PDAC and the ineffective screening for this disease. Significant efforts have been dedicated to finding the appropriate serum and imaging biomarkers to help early detection and predict response to treatment of PDAC. Carbohydrate antigen 19-9 (CA 19-9) has been the most validated serum marker and has the highest positive predictive value as a stand-alone marker...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335260/a-label-free-microelectrode-array-based-on-one-step-synthesis-of-chitosan-multi-walled-carbon-nanotube-thionine-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen
#2
Huiren Xu, Yang Wang, Li Wang, Yilin Song, Jinping Luo, Xinxia Cai
Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) has been an extensively used tumor marker responsible for clinical early diagnosis of cervical carcinomas, and pancreatic, colorectal, gastric and lung cancer. Combined with micro-electro mechanical system (MEMS) technology, it is important to develop a novel immune microelectrode array (MEA) not only for rapid analysis of serum samples, but also for cell detection in vitro and in vivo. In this work, we depict a simple approach to modify chitosan-multi-walled carbon nanotubes-thionine (CS-MWCNTs-THI) hybrid film through one-step electrochemical deposition and the CS-MWCNTs-THI hybrid films are successfully employed to immobilize anti-CEA for fabricating simple, label-free, and highly sensitive electro-chemical immune MEAs...
July 11, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334893/a-new-score-for-screening-of-malnutrition-in-patients-with-inoperable-gastric-adenocarcinoma
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Ali Esfahani, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi, Alireza Ostadrahimi, Mousa Ghayour Nahand, Zahra Fathifar, Akram Doostzadeh, Zohreh Ghoreishi
Background: Malnutrition is common in patients with gastric cancer. Early identification of malnourished patients results in improving quality of life. We aimed to assess the nutritional status of patients with inoperable gastric adenocarcinoma (IGA) and finding a precise malnutrition screening score for these patients before the onset of chemotherapy. Methods: Nutritional status was assessed using patient generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA), visceral proteins, and high-sensitivity C reactive protein...
March 10, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334609/basolateral-to-central-amygdala-neural-circuits-for-appetitive-behaviors
#4
Joshua Kim, Xiangyu Zhang, Shruti Muralidhar, Sarah A LeBlanc, Susumu Tonegawa
Basolateral amygdala (BLA) principal cells are capable of driving and antagonizing behaviors of opposing valence. BLA neurons project to the central amygdala (CeA), which also participates in negative and positive behaviors. However, the CeA has primarily been studied as the site for negative behaviors, and the causal role for CeA circuits underlying appetitive behaviors is poorly understood. Here, we identify several genetically distinct populations of CeA neurons that mediate appetitive behaviors and dissect the BLA-to-CeA circuit for appetitive behaviors...
March 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333382/regulation-and-function-of-extracellular-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase-visfatin
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Federico Carbone, Luca Liberale, Aldo Bonaventura, Alessandra Vecchiè, Matteo Casula, Michele Cea, Fiammetta Monacelli, Irene Caffa, Santina Bruzzone, Fabrizio Montecucco, Alessio Nencioni
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) is an adipokine-enzyme, which was described as to play bioactivities both in the intracellular and in the extracellular environment. However, while the functions of intracellular NAMPT (iNAMPT) are well known, much less is known on extracellular NAMPT (eNAMPT), also called visfatin or pre-B cell colony-enhancing factor. iNAMPT catalyzes the rate-limiting step in the NAD+ biosynthesis pathway from nicotinamide. Its inhibition severely reduces intracellular NAD+ levels, achieving anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330468/tumor-burden-monitoring-using-cell-free-tumor-dna-could-be-limited-by-tumor-heterogeneity-in-advanced-breast-cancer-and-should-be-evaluated-together-with-radiographic-imaging
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José Angel García-Saenz, Patricia Ayllón, Marion Laig, Daniel Acosta-Eyzaguirre, Marta García-Esquinas, Myriam Montes, Julián Sanz, Miguel Barquín, Fernando Moreno, Vanesa Garcia-Barberan, Eduardo Díaz-Rubio, Trinidad Caldes, Atocha Romero
BACKGROUND: Accurate measurement of tumor burden in breast cancer disease is essential to improve the clinical management of patients. In this study, we evaluate whether the fluctuations in the fraction of PIK3CA mutant allele correlates with tumor response according to RECIST criteria and tumor markers quantification. METHODS: Eighty six plasma samples were analyzed by digital PCR using Rare Mutation Assays for E542K, E545K and H1047R. Mutant cfDNA and tumor markers CA15-3 and CEA were compared with radiographic imaging...
March 22, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328955/treatment-monitoring-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-patients-by-quantification-and-kras-genotyping-of-circulating-cell-free-dna
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Andreas W Berger, Daniel Schwerdel, Hanna Welz, Ralf Marienfeld, Stefan A Schmidt, Alexander Kleger, Thomas J Ettrich, Thomas Seufferlein
Treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) has continuously improved over the last decade. However, disease monitoring remains underdeveloped and mostly dependent on imaging e.g. RECIST 1.1 criteria. The genetic landscape of individual cancers and subsequently occurring treatment-induced evolution remain neglected in current surveillance strategies. Novel biomarkers demand minimally invasive and repetitive tracking of the cancer mutagenome for therapy stratification and to make prognostic predictions. Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), a routinely used tumor marker for CRC, does not meet these goals and thus prevents its use as a reliable monitoring tool...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327112/prognosis-of-ulcerative-colitis-colorectal-cancer-vs-sporadic-colorectal-cancer-propensity-score-matching-analysis
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Yoon Dae Han, Mahdi Hussain Al Bandar, Audrius Dulskas, Min Soo Cho, Hyuk Hur, Byung Soh Min, Kang Young Lee, Nam Kyu Kim
BACKGROUND: Ulcerative colitis (UC) harbours a high risk of UC-associated colorectal cancer (UCCC), which is important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Overall Survival (OS) of patients with UCCC has not been addressed well in the literature. Thus, we compared oncologic outcome of UCCC and sporadic colorectal cancer (SCC) using propensity score matching analysis. METHODS: Propensity score matching was performed for 36 patients, a 1:1 matching method stratified into 18 in UCCC and 18 patients in SCC...
March 21, 2017: BMC Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327103/morphological-and-phenotypical-features-of-ovarian-metastases-in-breast-cancer-patients
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Inge T A Peters, Merle A van der Steen, Bertine W Huisman, Carina G J M Hilders, Vincent T H B M Smit, Alexander L Vahrmeijer, Cornelis F M Sier, J Baptist Trimbos, Peter J K Kuppen
BACKGROUND: Autotransplantation of frozen-thawed ovarian tissue is a method to preserve ovarian function and fertility in patients undergoing gonadotoxic therapy. In oncology patients, the safety cannot yet be guaranteed, since current tumor detection methods can only exclude the presence of malignant cells in ovarian fragments that are not transplanted. We determined the need for a novel detection method by studying the distribution of tumor cells in ovaries from patients with breast cancer...
March 21, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325561/a-new-slc12a3-founder-mutation-p-val647met-in-gitelman-s-syndrome-patients-of-roma-ancestry
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Helena Gil-Peña, Eliecer Coto, Fernando Santos, Mar Espino, Jose Mª Cea Crespo, Giannis Chantzopoulos, Filadelfia Komianou, Juan Gómez, Belén Alonso, Sara Iglesias, Cyrielle Treard, Rosa Vargas-Poussou
BACKGROUND: Gitelman's syndrome (GS) is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations in the SLC12A3 gene. GS is characterized by hypokalaemic metabolic alkalosis, hypomagnesemia and hypocalciuria. Most of the reported patients of Roma ancestry are homozygous for an SLC12A3 intron 9 frameshifting mutation (c.1180+1G>T). Some forms of Bartter's syndrome result from mutations in the CLNCKB gene and clinically overlap with GS. OBJECTIVES: To characterize a second SLC12A3 mutation in Roma patients negative for the intron 9 variant...
March 18, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325046/facile-synthesis-of-mos2-prussian-blue-nanocubes-nanohybrid-based-electrochemical-sensing-platform-for-hydrogen-peroxide-and-carcinoembryonic-antigen-detection
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Shao Su, Xiaoyan Han, Zaiwei Lu, Wei Liu, Dan Zhu, Jie Chao, Chunhai Fan, Lihua Wang, Shiping Song, Lixing Weng, Lianhui Wang
Herein, an electrochemical detection platform was designed based on Prussian blue nanocubes-decorated molybdenum disulfide nanocomposite (MoS2-PBNCs). Shape-controlled and high-dispersion PBNCs were supported on MoS2 nanosheets' surface, which would be simply controlled by varying experimental conditions. Expectedly, such obtained MoS2-based nanocomposite possessed excellent electrocatalytic ability, which could be employed to construct an electrochemical sensor for nonenzymatic hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) detection...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323231/carotid-endarterectomy-in-the-southern-california-vascular-outcomes-improvement-collaborative
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Kaelan Chan, Ahmed Abouzamzam, Karen Woo
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to examine the variation in practice patterns and associated outcomes for carotid endarterectomy (CEA) within the Southern California Vascular Outcomes Improvement Collaborative (So Cal VOICe), a regional quality group of the Vascular Quality Initiative (VQI). METHODS: All cases entered in the CEA registry by the So Cal VOICe were included in the study. RESULTS: From September 2010 through September 2015, 1110 CEA cases were entered by nine centers in the So Cal VOICe...
March 17, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323181/perioperative-changes-in-cerebral-perfusion-territories-assessed-by-arterial-spin-labeling-magnetic-resonance-imaging-are-associated-with-postoperative-increases-in-cerebral-blood-flow-in-patients-with-carotid-stenosis
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Daisuke Yamamoto, Kohkichi Hosoda, Yoshito Uchihashi, Atsushi Fujita, Takashi Sasayama, Masahiko Fujii, Kazuro Sugimura, Masaaki Kohta, Eiji Kohmura
OBJECTIVE: MRI technique known as Territorial ASL (TASL) allows for noninvasive visualization of their perfusion territories. The objective of this study was to use TASL to assess the relationship between perioperative changes in the perfusion territories of ICA and CBF after carotid revascularization. METHODS: In 32 patients, ICA perfusion volume (PV) and CBF were measured before and after CEA/CAS using TASL and SPECT, respectively. ICA flow was measured during CEA before and after reconstruction, using an electromagnetic flowmeter...
March 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322509/teaching-medical-students-about-cost-effectiveness
#14
Mark Iscoe, Robert Lord, John Schulz, David Lee, Danelle Cayea, Amit Pahwa
BACKGROUND: Rising and burdensome health care costs have driven interest in the practice of high-value care (HVC) and have inspired calls for increased HVC training across all levels of medical education, including among undergraduate medical students. CONTEXT: Classroom-based HVC curricula targeted to medical students have not been previously described in the medical literature. INNOVATION: We developed and evaluated a workshop comprising a lecture, a small-group exercise and a group discussion to instruct medical students on interpreting cost-effectiveness analyses (CEA), applying CEA to patient care and discussing the cost of care with patients...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318997/diastolic-blood-pressure-is-a-risk-factor-for-peri-procedural-stroke-following-carotid-endarterectomy-in-asymptomatic-patients
#15
D D de Waard, G J de Borst, R Bulbulia, A Huibers, A Halliday
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) prevents future stroke, but this benefit depends on detection and control of high peri-operative risk factors. In symptomatic patients, diastolic hypertension has been causally related to procedural stroke following CEA. The aim was to identify risk factors causing peri-procedural stroke in asymptomatic patients and to relate these to timing of surgery and mechanism of stroke. METHODS: In the first Asymptomatic Carotid Surgery Trial (ACST-1), 3,120 patients with severe asymptomatic carotid stenosis were randomly assigned to CEA plus medical therapy or to medical therapy alone...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318956/carotid-endarterectomy-to-remove-retained-solitaire-stent-retriever-inside-carotid-stent-after-mechanical-thrombectomy
#16
Mary In-Ping Huang Cobb, Tony P Smith, Patrick A Brown, L Fernando Gonzalez, Ali R Zomorodi
BACKGROUND: Tandem occlusions of the internal carotid artery (ICA) and middle cerebral artery (MCA) occur in up to a third of patients with acute ischemic strokes undergoing endovascular mechanical thrombectomy. Understanding open neurosurgical management of associated complications with this procedure is important. CASE REPORT: A 67-year-old man with acute onset of left hemiparesis and a tandem right ICA and MCA occlusion. He underwent carotid stent angioplasty of a stenotic ICA, followed by attempted Solitaire stent retrieval of an MCA clot...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318887/multi-focus-beamforming-for-thermal-strain-imaging-using-a-single-ultrasound-linear-array-transducer
#17
Man M Nguyen, Xuan Ding, Steven A Leers, Kang Kim
Ultrasound-induced thermal strain imaging (TSI) has been used successfully to identify lipid- and water-based tissues in atherosclerotic plaques in some research settings. However, TSI faces several challenges to be realized in clinics. These challenges include motion artifacts and displacement tracking accuracy, as well as limited heating capability, which contributes to low thermal strain signal-to-noise ratio, and a limited field of view. Our goal was to address the challenge in heating tissue in TSI. Current TSI systems use separate heating and imaging transducers, which require physical alignment of the heating and imaging beams and result in a bulky setup that limits in vivo operation...
March 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316153/-assessment-of-predictive-factors-for-survival-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-after-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy
#18
G J Wu, T Yu, W W Jia, Q An, G Xiao, X Wang
Objective: To evaluate the clinical predictive factors for survival prognosis in patients with locally advanced rectal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiotheraphy. Methods: The study included 87 patients with middle and lower locally advanced rectal cancer, who underwent neoadjuvant chemoradiotheraphy followed by radical surgery between April 2007 and May 2015. The clinical factors associated with 3-year disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) were analyzed.Kaplan-Meier analysis of disease-free survival and overall survival was performed for all patients...
March 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315907/can-preoperative-cea-and-ca19-9-serum-concentrations-suggest-metastatic-disease-in-colorectal-cancer-patients
#19
Milica Stojkovic Lalosevic, Sanja Stankovic, Mirjana Stojkovic, Velimir Markovic, Ivan Dimitrijevic, Jovan Lalosevic, Jelena Petrovic, Marija Brankovic, Aleksandra Pavlovic Markovic, Zoran Krivokapic
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to investigate the efficiency of preoperative serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) and carbohydrate cancer antigen (CA19-9) levels for diagnosing synchronous liver metastases and lymph node in colorectal carcinoma (CRC) patients. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 300 patients with histologically diagnosed CRC were included in this study between May 2014 and March 2015. The data were obtained prospectively from patient's medical records: medical history, demographics, tumor location, differentiation (grade), depth of the tumor (T), lymph node metastases (N), distant metastases (M), lymphatics, venous and perineural invasion, and disease stage...
March 20, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315508/tumor-markers-in-pancreatic-cystic-fluids-for-diagnosis-of-malignant-cysts
#20
Alexandre Levy, Theodora Popovici, Phuong-Nhi Bories
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Early diagnosis of premalignant or malignant pancreatic cysts is essential to improve prognosis. Sampling of pancreatic cyst fluid by fine-needle aspiration during endoscopic ultrasonography (EUS) enables cytopathological examination combined with biochemical analysis. This study aimed to provide an aid based on biological markers for the preoperative management of patients with pancreatic cysts. METHODS: Pancreatic fluids obtained by EUS-guided fine-needle aspiration from 115 patients with cystic lesions were assayed for amylase, lipase, carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), CA 19-9 and CA 72-4...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
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