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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346833/phase-1b-trial-of-ficlatuzumab-a-humanized-hepatocyte-growth-factor-inhibitory-monoclonal-antibody-in-combination-with-gefitinib-in-asian-patients-with-nsclc
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Eng-Huat Tan, Wan-Teck Lim, Myung-Ju Ahn, Quan-Sing Ng, Jin Seok Ahn, Daniel Shao-Weng Tan, Jong-Mu Sun, May Han, Francis C Payumo, Krista McKee, Wei Yin, Marc Credi, Shefali Agarwal, Jaroslaw Jac, Keunchil Park
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF)/c-Met pathway dysregulation is a mechanism for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). Ficlatuzumab (AV-299; SCH 900105), a humanized IgG1 κ HGF inhibitory monoclonal antibody, prevents HGF/c-Met pathway ligand-mediated activation. This phase 1b study assessed the safety/tolerability, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, and antitumor activity of ficlatuzumab plus gefitinib in Asian patients with previously treated advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)...
January 18, 2018: Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346780/prevention-of-aortic-dissection-suggests-a-diameter-shift-to-a-lower-aortic-size-threshold-for-intervention
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Ahmed M Mansour, Sven Peterss, Mohammad A Zafar, John A Rizzo, Hai Fang, Paris Charilaou, Bulat A Ziganshin, Umer M Darr, John A Elefteriades
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have quantified the relationship between aortic size and risk of dissection. However, these studies estimated the risk of dissection without accounting for any increase in aortic size from the dissection process itself. OBJECTIVES: This study aims to compare aortic size before and after dissection and to evaluate the change in size consequent to the dissection itself. METHODS: Fifty-five consecutive patients (29 type A; 26 type B) with aortic dissection and incidental imaging studies prior to dissection were identified and compared to a control group of aneurysm patients (n = 205)...
January 19, 2018: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346722/layer-by-layer-epitaxial-growth-of-defect-engineered-strontium-cobaltites
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Tassie Andersen, Seyoung Cook, Gang Wan, Hawoong Hong, Laurence D Marks, Dillon D Fong
Control over structure and composition of (ABO3) perovskite oxides offers exciting opportunities since these materials possess unique, tunable properties. Perovskite oxides with cobalt B-site cations are particularly promising, as the range of the cation's stable oxidation states leads to many possible structural frameworks. Here, we report growth of strontium cobalt oxide thin films by molecular beam epitaxy, and conditions necessary to stabilize different defect concentration phases. In situ X-ray scattering is used to monitor structural evolution during growth, while in situ X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy is used to probe oxidation state and measure changes to oxygen vacancy concentration as a function of film thickness...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346601/accumulation-of-mutational-load-at-the-edges-of-a-species-range
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Yvonne Willi, Marco Fracassetti, Stefan Zoller, Josh Van Buskirk
Why species have geographically restricted distributions is an unresolved question in ecology and evolutionary biology. Here we test a new explanation, that mutation accumulation due to small population size or a history of range expansion can contribute to restricting distributions by reducing population growth rate at the edge. We examined genomic diversity and mutational load across the entire geographic range of the North American plant Arabidopsis lyrata, including old, isolated populations predominantly at the southern edge and regions of postglacial range expansion at the northern and southern edges...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346560/aggregation-and-travelling-wave-dynamics-in-a-two-population-model-of-cancer-cell-growth-and-invasion
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Vasiliki Bitsouni, Dumitru Trucu, Mark A J Chaplain, Raluca Eftimie
Cells adhere to each other and to the extracellular matrix (ECM) through protein molecules on the surface of the cells. The breaking and forming of adhesive bonds, a process critical in cancer invasion and metastasis, can be influenced by the mutation of cancer cells. In this paper, we develop a nonlocal mathematical model describing cancer cell invasion and movement as a result of integrin-controlled cell-cell adhesion and cell-matrix adhesion, for two cancer cell populations with different levels of mutation...
January 15, 2018: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346493/antimicrobial-studies-using-the-therapeutic-tissue-cross-linking-agent-sodium-hydroxymethylglycinate-implication-for-treating-infectious-keratitis
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Patrick B Rapuano, Alexandra H Scanameo, Daeryl E Amponin, Sefy A Paulose, Mariya Zyablitskaya, Anna Takaoka, Leejee H Suh, Takayuki Nagasaki, Stephen L Trokel, David C Paik
Purpose: Our recent studies raise the possibility of using sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (SMG), for pharmacologic therapeutic tissue cross-linking (TXL) of the cornea. The present study was performed to evaluate the antimicrobial effects of SMG for potential use in treating infectious keratitis. Methods: In initial (group 1) experiments, methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) were treated with SMG (10-40 mM) for 10 to 120 minutes...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346442/comparative-metabolic-ecology-of-tropical-herbivorous-echinoids-on-a-coral-reef
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Levi S Lewis, Jennifer E Smith, Yoan Eynaud
BACKGROUND: The metabolic rate of consumers is a key driver of ecosystem dynamics. On coral reefs, herbivorous echinoids consume fleshy algae, facilitating the growth of reef-building calcified organisms; however, little is known about differences among species in their metabolic and functional ecology. Here, we used log-linear (log-log) regression models to examine the allometric scaling of mass and routine metabolic rate for five common herbivorous echinoids on a Hawaiian coral reef: Echinothrix calamaris, E...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346146/use-of-oxidized-regenerated-cellulose-collagen-matrix-in-chronic-diabetic-foot-ulcers-a-systematic-review
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Gisele Chicone, Viviane Fernandes de Carvalho, André Oliveira Paggiaro
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic wounds that do not heal completely usually exhibit inflammatory markers, increased protease activity, and reduced levels of growth factors and cell count. A systematic review was performed to determine whether there is enough evidence to support the use of an oxidized regenerated cellulose/collagen matrix (ORC+C) to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHODS: Study authors analyzed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on ORC+C dressings for the treatment of DFUs...
February 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346059/fermented-extraction-of-citrus-unshiu-peel-inhibits-viability-and-migration-of-human-pancreatic-cancers
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Jungwhoi Lee, Jungsul Lee, Myungseung Kim, Jae Hoon Kim
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most dangerous cancers with high mortality rates. Despite continuous efforts, there has been limited improvement in its prognosis. In this study, we prepared fermented extract of Citrus unshiu peel (fCUP) from the by-product after juice processing and then examined the anticancer effects of fCUP on human pancreatic cancer cells. Treatment with fCUP inhibited the growth of human pancreatic cancer cells through induction of caspase-3 cleavage both in vitro and in vivo. Treatment with fCUP also blocked the migration of human pancreatic cancer cells through activation of intracellular signaling pathways such as MKK3/6 and P38...
January 2018: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345743/refining-mortality-estimates-in-shark-demographic-analyses-a-bayesian-inverse-matrix-approach
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Jonathan J Smart, André E Punt, William T White, Colin A Simpfendorfer
Leslie matrix models are an important analysis tool in conservation biology that are applied to a diversity of taxa. The standard approach estimates the finite rate of population growth (λ) from a set of vital rates. In some instances, an estimate of λ is available, but the vital rates are poorly understood and can be solved for using an inverse matrix approach. However, these approaches are rarely attempted due to pre-requisites of information on the structure of age or stage-classes. This study addressed this issue by using a combination of Monte Carlo simulations and the sample-importance-resampling (SIR) algorithm to solve the inverse matrix problem without data on population structure...
January 18, 2018: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345574/role-of-cd73-in-disease-promising-prognostic-indicator-and-therapeutic-target
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Jiayin Yang, Xiaohong Liao, Jerry Yu, Ping Zhou
CD73, also known as ecto-5'-nucleotidase (eN, NT5E, EC3.13.5), is the rate-limiting enzyme for adenosine generation and is expressed on multiple cells. Its expression is significantly influenced by hypoxia and inflammatory factors. During inflammation, CD73 protects endothelial barrier function and inhibits leukocyte trafficking. CD73 also promotes M2 macrophages (anti-inflammatory phenotype). In addition, CD73 is expressed on Treg cells and mediates immune suppression through adenosine. CD73 serves as an essential regulator for the immunity and inflammation...
January 16, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345457/lithium-expulsion-from-solid-state-electrolyte-li6-4la3zr1-4ta0-6o12-by-controlled-electron-injection-in-sem
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Xiaowei Xie, Juanjuan Xing, Dongli Hu, Hui Gu, Cheng Chen, Xiangxin Guo
The garnet ionic conductor is one of promising candidate electrolytes for all-solid-state secondary lithium batteries, thanks to its high lithium ion conductivity, good thermal and chemical stability. However, its microstructure is difficult to approach since it is very sensitive to the inquisitive electron beam. In this study based on scanning electron microscope, we found that the electron beam expulses the lithium out of Li6.4La3Zr1.4Ta0.6O12 (LLZTO), and the expulsed zone expands to where a stationary beam could extend and penetrate...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345420/integration-of-gas-enhanced-oil-recovery-in-multiphase-fermentations-for-the-microbial-production-of-fuels-and-chemicals
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Susana Pedraza-de la Cuesta, Lore Keijzers, Luuk A M van der Wielen, Maria C Cuellar
In multiphase fermentations where the product forms a second liquid phase or where solvents are added for product extraction, turbulent conditions disperse the oil phase as droplets. Surface-active components (SACs) present in the fermentation broth can stabilize the product droplets thus forming an emulsion. Breaking this emulsion increases process complexity and consequently the production cost. In previous works, it has been proposed to promote demulsification of oil/supernatant emulsions in an off-line batch bubble column operating at low gas flow rate...
January 18, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345310/a-potential-role-of-knockout-serum-replacement-as-a-porcine-follicular-fluid-substitute-for-in-vitro-maturation-lipid-metabolism-approach
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Jun-Xue Jin, Sanghoon Lee, Erif Maha Nugraha Setyawan, Anukul Taweechaipaisankul, Geon A Kim, Ho Jae Han, Curie Ahn, Byeong Chun Lee
The use of supplements, such as porcine follicular fluid (pFF), fetal bovine serum and human serum albumin are widely used during in vitro maturation (IVM) in different species but these supplements contain undefined components that cause technical difficulties in standardization and influence the efficiency of IVM. Knockout serum replacement (KSR) is a synthetic protein source, without any undefined growth factors or differentiation-promoting factors. Therefore, it is feasible to use KSR as a defined component for avoiding effects of unknown molecules in an IVM system...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345292/preparation-and-characterization-of-the-antibody-recognizing-amacr-inside-its-catalytic-center
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Boris V Popov, Gleb I Sutula, Nikolay S Petrov, Ximing J Yang
Alpha-methylacyl-CoA racemase (AMACR) catalyzes the β-oxidation of fatty acids and is overexpressed in carcinomas in various organs, while its inactivation results in the inhibition of cancer growth. In the present study, we prepared and characterized 20 different mouse monoclonal antibodies against human AMACR. In the course of biopanning of a phage peptide commercial library against in-house prepared 6H9 and 2A5, and commercial 13H4 antibodies, 10 phage mimotopes recognized by each type of the antibody were selected...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345286/cyclooxygenase-2-expression-is-induced-by-celecoxib-treatment-in-lung-cancer-cells-and-is-transferred-to-neighbor-cells-via-exosomes
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Jayoung Kim, Seung-Woo Hong, Seonghan Kim, Daejin Kim, Dae Young Hur, Dong-Hoon Jin, Bomi Kim, Yeong Seok Kim
Lung cancer is one of most common types of cancer worldwide. Lung cancer results in a death higher rate each year compared to colon, breast and prostate cancer combined. Celecoxib is a selective inhibitor of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX‑2), an enzyme of which the expression is induced by various stimuli, such as inflammation. In addition, celecoxib triggers COX-2 loading on exosomes. Exosomes are small vesicles composed of a lipid bilayer membrane and are found in most biological fluids, such as blood breast milk and urine...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345271/flocculation-on-a-chip-a-novel-screening-approach-to-determine-floc-growth-rates-and-select-flocculating-agents
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Anand N P Radhakrishnan, Marco P C Marques, Matthew J Davies, Brian O'Sullivan, Daniel G Bracewell, Nicolas Szita
Flocculation is a key purification step in cell-based processes for the food and pharmaceutical industry where the removal of cells and cellular debris is aided by adding flocculating agents. However, finding the best suited flocculating agent and optimal conditions to achieve rapid and effective flocculation is a non-trivial task. In conventional analytical systems, turbulent mixing creates a dynamic equilibrium between floc growth and breakage, constraining the determination of floc formation rates. Furthermore, these systems typically rely on end-point measurements only...
January 18, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345252/optimization-of-lentiviral-vector-production-for-scale-up-in-fixed-bed-bioreactor
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A J Valkama, H M Leinonen, E M Lipponen, V Turkki, J Malinen, T Heikura, S Ylä-Herttuala, H P Lesch
Lentiviral vectors (LVs) are promising tools for gene therapy. However, scaling up the production methods of LVs in order to produce high-quality vectors for clinical purposes has proven to be difficult. In this article, we present a scalable and efficient method to produce LVs with transient transfection of adherent 293T cells in a fixed-bed bioreactor. The disposable iCELLis bioreactors are scalable with a large three-dimensional (3D) growth area range between 0.53 and 500 m2, an integrated perfusion system, and a controllable environment for production...
October 5, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345098/influence-of-maternal-obesity-on-fetal-growth-at-different-periods-of-pregnancies-with-normal-glucose-tolerance
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Kei Tanaka, Miho Matsushima, Tomoko Izawa, Seishi Furukawa, Yoichi Kobayashi, Mitsutoshi Iwashita
AIM: We aimed to examine the influence of maternal obesity on fetal growth in utero at different periods of pregnancies with normal glucose tolerance. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study on 356 pregnant women with normal glucose tolerance was conducted. The women were categorized by pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) as obese (OB; BMI ≥ 25.0 kg/m2 ) or non-obese (n-OB). Z-scores of the fetal abdominal circumference (AC) and the rate of fetal macrosomia (AC ≥ 90th percentile) at 19, 30, and 36 gestational weeks (GW) were compared between the two groups...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345045/the-in-vitro-release-of-cytokines-and-growth-factors-from-fibrin-membranes-produced-through-horizontal-centrifugation
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E S Lourenço, C F A B Mourão, P E C Leite, J M Granjeiro, M D Calasans-Maia, G G Alves
Platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) membranes are biomaterials widely used for therapeutic purposes, and canonically produced through the processing of peripheral blood with fixed-angle rotor centrifuges. In this work, we evaluate the in vitro stability and release of cytokines and growth factors when these biomaterials are produced with a horizontal swing-out clinical centrifuge. Membranes produced from the blood of 14 donors were morphologically evaluated by scanning electron microscopy and fluorescence microscopy, and their stability was assessed by photographic recording after incubation in culture medium for up to 28 days...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
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