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M Mezzelani, S Gorbi, D Fattorini, G d'Errico, M Benedetti, M Milan, L Bargelloni, F Regoli
The aim of the present investigation was to provide new insights on accumulation and possible adverse effects of various non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in mussels, Mytilus galloprovincialis, exposed to an environmentally realistic concentration (0.5μg/L) of individual compounds, Acetaminophen (AMP), Diclofenac (DIC), Ibuprofen (IBU), Ketoprofen (KET) or Nimesulide (NIM). The measurement of drugs in mussel tissues was integrated with both functional alterations at cellular level and transcriptomic responses...
October 11, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
Samuel A Sakyi, Samuel Yaw Aboagye, Isaac Darko Otchere, Albert M Liao, Thomas G Caltagirone, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a subcutaneous skin disease listed among the neglected tropical diseases by the World Health Organization (WHO). Early case detection and management is very important to reduce morbidity and the accompanied characteristic disfiguring nature of BU. Since diagnosis based on clinical evidence can lead to misdiagnosis, microbiological confirmation is essential to reduce abuse of drugs; since the anti-mycobacterial drugs are also used for TB treatment. The current WHO gold standard PCR method is expensive, requires infrastructure and expertise are usually not available at the peripheral centers where BU cases are managed...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Omair Atiq, Jasmin Tiro, Adam C Yopp, Adam Muffler, Jorge A Marrero, Neehar D Parikh, Caitlin Murphy, Katharine McCallister, Amit G Singal
: Although surveillance ultrasound and alpha fetoprotein (AFP) have minimal direct harm, downstream harms from follow-up tests must be weighed against surveillance benefits when determining the value of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) screening programs. Our study's aims were to characterize prevalence and correlates of surveillance benefits and harms in cirrhosis patients undergoing HCC surveillance. We conducted a retrospective cohort study among patients with cirrhosis followed at a safety-net health system between July 2010 and July 2013...
October 24, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
J-P Yang, X-J Yang, L Xiao, Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate long noncoding RNA PVT1 expression in the serum of cervical cancer patients, and to evaluate serum PVT1 level as a diagnostic biomarker for cervical cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighty-eight cervical cancer patients, 64 cervical intraepithelial neoplasia patients, 25 breast cancer patients, 25 ovarian cancer patients, and 111 healthy control subjects were enrolled into this study. PVT1 serum level in these participants and PVT1 expression in 20 pairs of cervical cancer tissues and adjacent paired normal tissues was measured by quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Famke Aeffner, Nathan T Martin, Mirza Peljto, Joshua C Black, Justin K Major, Maryam Jangani, Michael O Ports, Joseph S Krueger, G David Young
Tissue image analysis (tIA) is emerging as a powerful tool for quantifying biomarker expression and distribution in complex diseases and tissues. Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) develops in a highly complex and heterogeneous tissue environment and, generally, has a very poor prognosis. Early detection of PDAC is confounded by limited knowledge of the pre-neoplastic disease stages and limited methods to quantitatively assess disease heterogeneity. We sought to develop a tIA approach to assess the most common PDAC precursor lesions, pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN), in tissues from Kras(LSL-G12D/+); Trp53(LSL-R172H/+); Pdx-Cre (KPC) mice, a validated model of PDAC development...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Katalin Márta, Nelli Farkas, Imre Szabó, Anita Illés, Áron Vincze, Gabriella Pár, Patrícia Sarlós, Judit Bajor, Ákos Szűcs, József Czimmer, Dóra Mosztbacher, Andrea Párniczky, Kata Szemes, Dániel Pécsi, Péter Hegyi
The recently published guidelines for acute pancreatitis (AP) suggest that enteral nutrition (EN) should be the primary therapy in patients suffering from severe acute pancreatitis (SAP); however, none of the guidelines have recommendations on mild and moderate AP (MAP). A meta-analysis was performed using the preferred reporting items for systematic review and meta-analysis protocols (PRISMA-P). The following PICO (problem, intervention, comparison, outcome) was applied: P: nutrition in AP; I: enteral nutrition (EN); C: nil per os diet (NPO); and O: outcome...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Annika Brinkmann, Andreas Nitsche, Claudia Kohl
Surveillance and monitoring of viral pathogens circulating in humans and wildlife, together with the identification of emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), are critical for the prediction of future disease outbreaks and epidemics at an early stage. It is advisable to sample a broad range of vertebrates and invertebrates at different temporospatial levels on a regular basis to detect possible candidate viruses at their natural source. However, virus surveillance systems can be expensive, costly in terms of finances and resources and inadequate for sampling sufficient numbers of different host species over space and time...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Marta Spodenkiewicz, Carmen Diez-Fernandez, Véronique Rüfenacht, Corinne Gemperle-Britschgi, Johannes Häberle
Glutamine synthetase (GS) is a cytosolic enzyme that produces glutamine, the most abundant free amino acid in the human body. Glutamine is a major substrate for various metabolic pathways, and is thus an important factor for the functioning of many organs; therefore, deficiency of glutamine due to a defect in GS is incompatible with normal life. Mutations in the human GLUL gene (encoding for GS) can cause an ultra-rare recessive inborn error of metabolism-congenital glutamine synthetase deficiency. This disease was reported until now in only three unrelated patients, all of whom suffered from neonatal onset severe epileptic encephalopathy...
October 19, 2016: Biology
Guillaume Passot, Delphine Vaudoyer, Laurent Villeneuve, Florent Wallet, Annie-Claude Beaujard, Gilles Boschetti, Pascal Rousset, Naoual Bakrin, Eddy Cotte, Olivier Glehen
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a perioperative, standardized clinical pathway could impact the failure-to-rescue rate after cytoreductive surgery (CRS) for peritoneal carcinomatosis (PC) in a tertiary center. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Morbidity and mortality remain significant after CRS for PC. Clinical pathways have been associated with better outcomes after surgery. The failure-to-rescue rate is a useful metric for evaluating quality in surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study included 666 patients that received CRS for PC between 2009 and 2014...
April 11, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Md Akter Hussain, Alauddin Bhuiyan, Andrew Turpin, Chi D Luu, R Theodore Smith, Robyn H Guymer, Ramamohanarao Kotagiri
OBJECTIVE: We propose an effective, automatic method for identification of four retinal layer boundaries from the Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) images in the presence and absence of pathologies and morphological changes due to disease. METHODS: The approach first finds an approximate location of three reference layers, and then uses these to bound the search space for the actual layers, which is achieved by modeling the problem as a graph and applying Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Christoph Liebetrau, Luise Gaede, J Sebastian Wolter, Julia Homann, Alexander Meyer, Oliver Dörr, Holger M Nef, Christian Troidl, Christian W Hamm, Helge Möllmann, A Mark Richards, Chris J Pemberton
CONTEXT: Troponin T upstream open reading frame peptide (TnTuORF) may be useful as a novel biomarker in acute cardiac syndromes. OBJECTIVE: The study examined the early release kinetics of TnTuORF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the time course of the release of cardiac troponins I and T and TnTuORF in patients (n = 31) with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy undergoing transcoronary ablation of septal hypertrophy (TASH). RESULTS: Fifteen minutes after TASH the levels of both troponins increased significantly (cTnT median: 18 ng/L vs...
October 24, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Ying He, Xiao-Jun Bai, Fen-Xia Li, Li-Hong Fan, Jie Ren, Qi Liang, Hong-Bing Li, Ling Bai, Hong-Yan Tian, Fen-Ling Fan, Gang Tian, Ai-Qun Ma, Jinghong Chen
To investigate whether resistin is associated with early atherosclerosis in male smokers. The present study consecutively enrolled 50 male smokers. Their serum resistin contents were detected with enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and subclinical atherosclerosis indices, including carotid inner middle thickness (IMT) and arterial elasticity indices (C1 and C2), were measured. The association between serum resistin levels and IMT, C1 and C2 were respectively evaluated with the Pearson's correlation coefficient method...
October 24, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Cameron Browne
This paper concerns modeling the coupled within-host population dynamics of virus and CTL (Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte) immune response. There is substantial evidence that the CTL immune response plays a crucial role in controlling HIV in infected patients. Recent experimental studies have demonstrated that certain CTL variants can recognize HIV infected cells early in the infected cell lifecycle before viral production, while other CTLs only detect viral proteins (epitopes) presented on the surface of infected cells after viral production...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Dominique Duncan, Thomas Strohmer
The goal of this study is automated discrimination between early stage Alzheimer's disease (AD) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and healthy MRI data. Unsupervised Diffusion Component Analysis, a novel approach based on the diffusion mapping framework, reduces data dimensionality and provides pattern recognition that can be used to distinguish AD brains from healthy brains. The new algorithm constructs coordinates as an extension of diffusion maps and generates efficient geometric representations of the complex structure of the MRI data...
December 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Whasun Lim, Hyocheol Bae, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Eph and ephrin regulate diverse biological events such as proliferation, adhesion, migration, and angiogenesis through cell-to-cell interactions. However, little is known of their functional role and mechanisms of action in uterine endometrial cells. In the present study, we demonstrated the effects of the Eph and ephrin on interactions between blastocysts and endometrial luminal epithelial (pLE) cells in the pig that is regarded as an excellent biomedical animal model for research on the peri-implantation period of pregnancy...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
K B Skowron, S P Pitroda, J P Namm, O Balogun, M A Beckett, M L Zenner, O Fayanju, X Huang, C Fernandez, W Zheng, G Qiao, R Chin, S J Kron, N N Khodarev, M C Posner, G D Steinberg, R R Weichselbaum
Strategies to identify tumors at highest risk for treatment failure are currently under investigation for patients with bladder cancer. We demonstrate that flow cytometric detection of poorly differentiated basal tumor cells (BTCs), as defined by the co-expression of CD90, CD44 and CD49f, directly from patients with early stage tumors (T1-T2 and N0) and patient-derived xenograft (PDX) engraftment in locally advanced tumors (T3-T4 or N+) predict poor prognosis in patients with bladder cancer. Comparative transcriptomic analysis of bladder tumor cells isolated from PDXs indicates unique patterns of gene expression during bladder tumor cell differentiation...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Kenji Amemiya, Yosuke Hirotsu, Taichiro Goto, Hiroshi Nakagomi, Hitoshi Mochizuki, Toshio Oyama, Masao Omata
Identifying genetic alterations in tumors is critical for molecular targeting of therapy. In the clinical setting, formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue is usually employed for genetic analysis. However, DNA extracted from FFPE tissue is often not suitable for analysis because of its low levels and poor quality. Additionally, FFPE sample preparation is time-consuming. To provide early treatment for cancer patients, a more rapid and robust method is required for precision medicine. We present a simple method for genetic analysis, called touch imprint cytology combined with massively paralleled sequencing (touch imprint cytology [TIC]-seq), to detect somatic mutations in tumors...
October 24, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Chiara Vendramin, Siobhan McGuckin, Ferras Alwan, John-Paul Westwood, Mari Thomas, Marie Scully
BACKGROUND: Patients presenting with acute episodes of thrombotic microangiopathies (TMAs) require urgent access to plasma exchange (PEX). OctaplasLG, a solvent/detergent fresh-frozen plasma product that has undergone viral inactivation and prion reduction step, has been used in our institution since 2013, replacing Octaplas. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We prospectively reviewed 981 PEX procedures where OctaplasLG was the replacement fluid in 90 patients admitted acutely with a TMA presentation within our institution from January 1, 2013, to December 31, 2015...
October 23, 2016: Transfusion
Keren Bachi, Salvador Sierra, Nora D Volkow, Rita Z Goldstein, Nelly Alia-Klein
Drug-addiction may trigger early onset of age-related disease, due to drug-induced multi-system toxicity and perilous lifestyle, which remains mostly undetected and untreated. We present the literature on pathophysiological processes that may hasten aging and its relevance to addiction, including: oxidative stress and cellular aging, inflammation in periphery and brain, decline in brain volume and function, and early onset of cardiac, cerebrovascular, kidney, and liver disease. Timely detection of accelerated aging in addiction is crucial for the prevention of premature morbidity and mortality...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
Uzma Jamil, M Usman Akram, Shehzad Khalid, Sarmad Abbas, Kashif Saleem
Digital dermoscopy aids dermatologists in monitoring potentially cancerous skin lesions. Melanoma is the 5th common form of skin cancer that is rare but the most dangerous. Melanoma is curable if it is detected at an early stage. Automated segmentation of cancerous lesion from normal skin is the most critical yet tricky part in computerized lesion detection and classification. The effectiveness and accuracy of lesion classification are critically dependent on the quality of lesion segmentation. In this paper, we have proposed a novel approach that can automatically preprocess the image and then segment the lesion...
2016: BioMed Research International
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