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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445954/a-clinically-feasible-multiplex-proteomic-immunoassay-as-a-novel-functional-diagnostic-for-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Kian-Huat Lim, Emma Langley, Feng Gao, Jingqin Luo, Lin Li, Gary Meyer, Phillip Kim, Sharat Singh, Vladamir M Kushnir, Dayna S Early, Daniel K Mullady, Steven A Edmundowicz, Sachin Wani, Faris M Murad, Dengfeng Cao, Riad R Azar, Andrea Wang-Gillam
To date, targeted therapy for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains largely unsuccessful in the clinic. Current genomics-based technologies are unable to reflect the quantitative, dynamic signaling changes in the tumor, and require larger tumor samples that are difficult to obtain in PDAC patients. Therefore, a highly sensitive functional tool that can reliably and comprehensively inform intra-tumoral signaling events is direly needed to guide treatment decision. We tested the utility of a highly sensitive proteomics-based functional diagnostic platform, Collaborative Enzyme Enhanced Reactive-immunoassay (CEERTM), on fine-needle aspiration (FNA) samples obtained from 102 patients with radiographically-evident pancreatic tumors...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445869/silicone-oil-related-visual-loss
#2
Hamouda Hamdy Ghoraba, Adel Galal Zaky, Mohamed Amin Heikal, Emad Eldin Mohamed Elgemai, Haithem Mamoun Abd Al Fatah
BACKGROUND: Silicone oil (SO) is used as an intravitreal tamponade agent in vitreoretinal surgery for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) complicated by proliferative vitreoretinopathy or with large, multiple retinal tears. Usually, SO is left in the eye for at least 3 months. Although its use can lead to well-known complications, intraocular SO is generally well tolerated. Some studies have reported unexpected central vision loss after SO use or removal. OBJECTIVE: To investigate and analyze the reason for visual loss after the use or removal of intraocular SO in patients who underwent vitrectomy surgeries for RRD...
April 27, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445849/a-reference-measurement-procedure-for-amino-acids-in-blood-using-isotope-dilution-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Juok Kim, Tran Thi Thanh Huong, Seon-Pyo Hong, Ji-Seon Jeong
We described a reference measurement procedure for amino acid (AA) quantification in blood samples based on deproteinization with 5-sulfosalicylic acid (SSA) and an isotope dilution-ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS) method. The serum was deproteinized with 15% v/v SSA and the supernatant was injected directly into the LC-MS system without further processing. Compared with the use of other precipitants and water as a control, five model AAs-valine, isoleucine, leucine, tyrosine, and phenylalanine-in the SSA-treated samples showed ionization enhancement as well as stable background signals without significant ion suppression effects...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445769/evidence-for-mast-cell-mediated-zinc-homeostasis-increased-labile-zinc-in-the-hippocampus-of-mast-cell-deficient-mice
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Rachel H Kennedy, Amen Wiqas, James P Curley
The dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is a site of adult neurogenesis, and is also known to contain one of the highest concentrations of labile brain zinc (Zn), thought to aid in learning and memory by supporting neurogenesis. At the same time, it is known that unbound Zn, when present at excessive levels, decreases the formation of new neurons. Since mast cells contain Zn transporters capable of moving this essential element across their plasma membrane, as well as Zn-rich granules that are dispelled upon secretion, we reasoned that mast cells contribute to Zn homeostasis in this area of the brain, as they are found in greatest numbers in and around the dentate gyrus...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445493/polyphyly-of-the-extinct-family-oviparosiphidae-and-its-implications-for-inferring-aphid-evolution-hemiptera-sternorrhyncha
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Dagmara Żyła, Agnieszka Homan, Piotr Wegierek
Aphidoidea, the so-called "true aphids" are one of the most challenging groups in terms of solving the phylogenetic relationships. Morphology-based analyses were strongly affected by widespread homoplasy, while the molecular-based attempts struggled with the lack of sufficient phylogenetic signal. Despite significant improvements, the higher classification still remains unresolved and rather controversial. However, the use of the fossil record, one of the most valuable sources of information, was mainly limited to calibration of a phylogenetic tree, without a direct inclusion into the analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445459/the-effect-of-illumination-on-the-formation-of-metal-halide-perovskite-films
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Amita Ummadisingu, Ludmilla Steier, Ji-Youn Seo, Taisuke Matsui, Antonio Abate, Wolfgang Tress, Michael Grätzel
Optimizing the morphology of metal halide perovskite films is an important way to improve the performance of solar cells when these materials are used as light harvesters, because film homogeneity is correlated with photovoltaic performance. Many device architectures and processing techniques have been explored with the aim of achieving high-performance devices, including single-step deposition, sequential deposition and anti-solvent methods. Earlier studies have looked at the influence of reaction conditions on film quality, such as the concentration of the reactants and the reaction temperature...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445443/nutrimiraging-micromanaging-nutrient-sensing-pathways-through-nutrition-to-promote-healthy-aging
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REVIEW
Víctor Micó, Laura Berninches, Javier Tapia, Lidia Daimiel
Current sociodemographic predictions point to a demographic shift in developed and developing countries that will result in an unprecedented increase of the elderly population. This will be accompanied by an increase in age-related conditions that will strongly impair human health and quality of life. For this reason, aging is a major concern worldwide. Healthy aging depends on a combination of individual genetic factors and external environmental factors. Diet has been proved to be a powerful tool to modulate aging and caloric restriction has emerged as a valuable intervention in this regard...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445415/bioactive-peptides
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REVIEW
Eric Banan-Mwine Daliri, Deog H Oh, Byong H Lee
The increased consumer awareness of the health promoting effects of functional foods and nutraceuticals is the driving force of the functional food and nutraceutical market. Bioactive peptides are known for their high tissue affinity, specificity and efficiency in promoting health. For this reason, the search for food-derived bioactive peptides has increased exponentially. Over the years, many potential bioactive peptides from food have been documented; yet, obstacles such as the need to establish optimal conditions for industrial scale production and the absence of well-designed clinical trials to provide robust evidence for proving health claims continue to exist...
April 26, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445302/cholestasis-caused-by-panhypopituitarism-and-acquired-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-a-2-month-old-male-infant-a-case-report
#9
U Chan, Wai-Tao Chan, Wei-Hsin Ting, Che-Sheng Ho, Hsi-Che Liu, Hung-Chang Lee
RATIONALE: Septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) is a rare congenital disorder that may cause jaundice in infants. However, it is usually prone to neglect and misdiagnosis in infants with cholestasis because endocrine disorder such as panhypopituitarism is rare in the cause of infantile cholestasis. We report a case of SOD concurrent with acquired cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, who presented with prolonged jaundice as the first clinical sign. PATIENT CONCERNS: The patient was a 2-month-old male infant who presented with cholestasis, combined with fever and panhypopituitarism...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445216/opposition-to-obamacare-a-closer-look
#10
Paul R Gordon, Laurel Gray, Alex Hollingsworth, Eve C Shapiro, James E Dalen
Prior telephone surveys have reported two main reasons for opposition to the Affordable Care Act (ACA): distrust of government and opposition to the universal coverage mandate. The authors set out to elucidate the reasons for this opposition. This article describes how the authors used qualitative methods with semistructured interviewing as a principal investigative method to gather information from people they met while bicycling across the United States from April through July 2016. During this time, the authors conducted open-ended, semistructured conversations with people they met as they rode their bicycles from Washington, DC, to Seattle, Washington...
April 25, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445204/pediatric-refractive-surgery
#11
Erin D Stahl
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Refractive surgery procedures have been performed on children since the early 1980s. This article will review this history as well as current thoughts on treating children with large refractive errors. RECENT FINDINGS: Pediatric refractive surgery has developed slowly as very few children fit the criteria for treatment. For this reason, practice patterns are varied and publications are rare. Publications in recent years have focused on intraocular procedures over laser refractive surgery...
April 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445186/the-hip-fracture-patient-on-warfarin-evaluating-blood-loss-and-time-to-surgery
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Matthew R Cohn, Ashley E Levack, Nikunj N Trivedi, Jordan C Villa, David S Wellman, John P Lyden, Dean G Lorich, Joseph M Lane
OBJECTIVES: To compare blood loss, delay of surgery, and short term adverse events in (1) patients admitted on warfarin versus non-anticoagulated controls and (2) warfarin patients with day of surgery (DOS) INR of 1.5 or greater versus below 1.5. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: Academic level I trauma center. PATIENTS/PARTICIPANTS: One hundred twenty four patients treated surgically for hip fractures including patients presenting on warfarin (n=62) and matched controls (n=62)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445041/verbeekite-the-long-unknown-crystal-structure-of-monoclinic-pdse2
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Elisabeth Selb, Martina Tribus, Gunter Heymann
Verbeekite, a monoclinic polymorph of PdSe2, was reported for the first time in 2002 by Roberts et al. The mineral has been discovered in the Musonoi Cu-Co-Mn-U mine, Democratic Republic of Congo, and was named after Dr. Théodore Verbeek, the first geoscientist who studied the palladium mineralization there (1955-1967). Until today, the crystal structure of this very rare mineral has been unknown. By syntheses via multianvil high-pressure/high-temperature methods at 11.5 GPa and 1300 °C, synthetic verbeekite could be obtained in a high degree of purity and comparatively good crystal quality, which made it possible to determine the full crystal structure for PdSe2 verbeekite from single-crystal X-ray diffractometer data: I2/a, a = 671...
April 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444965/serum-free-light-chain-quantitative-assays-dilemma-of-a-biomarker
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Giovanni Cigliana, Francesca Gulli, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Elena De Santis, Luigi Colacicco, Iole Cordone, Laura Conti, Umberto Basile
BACKGROUND: Serum free light chains detection assays are consistently meeting greater interest for the diagnosis and monitoring of monoclonal gammopathies and plasma cell dyscrasias. Nowadays, there are neither standardized methods nor reference material for the determination of free light chains; for this reason, it is important to compare two different assays used in clinical laboratory. METHODS: We evaluated 300 serum samples from patients with B-cell disorders and compared the analytical performances of both assay...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444908/micelles-of-the-chiral-biocompatible-surfactant-1r-2s-dodecyl-2-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-phenylethyl-dimethylammonium-bromide-dmeb-molecular-dynamics-and-fragmentation-patterns-in-gas-phase
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David Bongiorno, Serena Indelicato, Leopoldo Ceraulo, Ugo Perricone, Valentina Calabrese, Anna Maria Almerico, Vincenzo Turco Liveri, Marco Tutone
RATIONALE: The study of self-assembly process of surfactant molecules in gas phase is of actually interest for several theoretical and technological reasons related to their possible exploitation as drug carriers, protein shields and cleaning agents in gas phase. METHODS: Stability and fragmentation patterns of singly and multiply charged (either positively or negatively) aggregates of the surfactant (1R,2S)-dodecyl(2-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-phenylethyl) dimethyl ammonium bromide (DMEB) in gas phase have been studied by ion mobility mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry...
April 26, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444679/membranes-derived-from-human-umbilical-cord-wharton-s-jelly-stem-cells-as-novel-bioengineered-tissue-like-constructs
#16
B D Jaimes-Parra, I Garzón, V Carriel, D Durand-Herrera, M A Martín-Piedra, J M García, M C Sánchez-Quevedo, M Alaminos, A Campos
Cell-derived matrices were recently described as novel biomaterials generated by human cells allowed to grow and synthetize their own extracellular matrix in culture. In the present work, we generated and evaluated a novel tissue-like substitute (WDM) consisting of a membrane derived from cultured human Wharton's jelly stem cells. WDM were evaluated ex vivo and in vivo by histochemistry and immunohistochemistry for several mesenchymal cell markers and fibrillar and non-fibrillar extracellular matrix components...
April 26, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444634/watching-diagnoses-develop-eye-movements-reveal-symptom-processing-during-diagnostic-reasoning
#17
Agnes Scholz, Josef F Krems, Georg Jahn
Finding a probable explanation for observed symptoms is a highly complex task that draws on information retrieval from memory. Recent research suggests that observed symptoms are interpreted in a way that maximizes coherence for a single likely explanation. This becomes particularly clear if symptom sequences support more than one explanation. However, there are no existing process data available that allow coherence maximization to be traced in ambiguous diagnostic situations, where critical information has to be retrieved from memory...
April 25, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444629/stress-measured-by-allostatic-load-score-varies-by-reason-for-immigration-the-africans-in-america-study
#18
Jean N Utumatwishima, Rafeal L Baker, Brianna A Bingham, Stephanie T Chung, David Berrigan, Anne E Sumner
OBJECTIVE: Reason for immigration as a biological stress has not been studied in Africans. Our goal was to determine in African immigrants, if biological stress measured by allostatic load score (ALS) varies by reason for immigration. METHODS: Using an ALS which had been previously developed with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data to assess stress due to racism and nativity, ALS was calculated in 85 African immigrants (67% male, age 42 ± 10 years)...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444530/-that-s-kind-of-one-of-our-jobs-sexual-activity-as-a-form-of-care-work-among-women-with-sexual-difficulties
#19
Amy Braksmajer
Willing engagement in unwanted or undesired sexual activity, often associated with fulfilling a partner's needs or sustaining intimate relationships, is common. Acquiescence with undesired sexual activity can be conceptualized as sexual care work, that is, domestic "labor" that women undertake with the goal of caring for their partners' well-being. Drawing on interviews with 53 women with dyspareunia (pain experienced during intercourse) and low desire, the aim of this study was to examine how women with sexual difficulties engage in sexual care work, the implications of the inability to perform such work for gender identity, and the ways in which sexual care work may blur the lines between women's perceptions of coercion and consent...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444479/the-role-of-gender-and-labour-status-in-immunosenescence-of-65-polish-population
#20
Magdalena Dudkowska, Dorota Janiszewska, Anna Karpa, Katarzyna Broczek, Michal Dabrowski, Ewa Sikora
Women are living longer than men and it seems that one of the reasons could be better immune system of females. In Poland, contrary to many European countries, women retire earlier than men, namely at 60 and 65, respectively. We asked the question how the gender and labour status were interconnected with some immunological parameters included in the so called immune risk profile (IRP), such as CD4+/CD8+ ratio, percentage of CD8+CD28-, and NK, and the level of circulating cytokines. A total of 92 men and 100 women past the retirement age, namely 65-74 years old, still working or not, were examined...
April 25, 2017: Biogerontology
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