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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088073/strategies-to-design-clinical-studies-to-identify-predictive-biomarkers-in-cancer-research
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Jose Luis Perez-Gracia, Miguel F Sanmamed, Ana Bosch, Ana Patiño-Garcia, Kurt A Schalper, Victor Segura, Joaquim Bellmunt, Josep Tabernero, Christopher J Sweeney, Toni K Choueiri, Miguel Martín, Juan Pablo Fusco, Maria Esperanza Rodriguez-Ruiz, Alfonso Calvo, Celia Prior, Luis Paz-Ares, Ruben Pio, Enrique Gonzalez-Billalabeitia, Alvaro Gonzalez Hernandez, David Páez, Jose María Piulats, Alfonso Gurpide, Mapi Andueza, Guillermo de Velasco, Roberto Pazo, Enrique Grande, Pilar Nicolas, Francisco Abad-Santos, Jesus Garcia-Donas, Daniel Castellano, María J Pajares, Cristina Suarez, Ramon Colomer, Luis M Montuenga, Ignacio Melero
The discovery of reliable biomarkers to predict efficacy and toxicity of anticancer drugs remains one of the key challenges in cancer research. Despite its relevance, no efficient study designs to identify promising candidate biomarkers have been established. This has led to the proliferation of a myriad of exploratory studies using dissimilar strategies, most of which fail to identify any promising targets and are seldom validated. The lack of a proper methodology also determines that many anti-cancer drugs are developed below their potential, due to failure to identify predictive biomarkers...
December 30, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087932/the-complexity-of-fungal-vision
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Reinhard Fischer, Jesus Aguirre, Alfredo Herrera-Estrella, Luis M Corrochano
Life, as we know it, would not be possible without light. Light is not only a primary source of energy, but also an important source of information for many organisms. To sense light, only a few photoreceptor systems have developed during evolution. They are all based on an organic molecule with conjugated double bonds that allows energy transfer from visible (or UV) light to its cognate protein to translate the primary physical photoresponse to cell-biological actions. The three main classes of receptors are flavin-based blue-light, retinal-based green-light (such as rhodopsin), and linear tetrapyrrole-based red-light sensors...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087513/how-accurate-is-a-single-cutpoint-to-identify-high-blood-pressure-in-adolescents
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Paolo Brambilla, Anita Andreano, Laura Antolini, Giorgio Bedogni, Alessandro Salvatoni, Lorenzo Iughetti, Luis Alberto Moreno, Angelo Pietrobelli, Simonetta Genovesi
In 2007 the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) proposed single blood pressure (BP) cutpoints (systolic: ≥130 mm Hg and diastolic: ≥85 mm Hg) for the diagnosis of high blood pressure (HBP) in adolescents. Before this proposal, HBP had been defined as BP at or above the 95th percentile for age, sex, and height percentile (reference standard). In this study, we evaluated the risk for misclassification when using the IDF single-cutpoints criteria. We first applied the IDF criteria to a reconstructed population with the same age, sex, and height distribution as the population used to develop the reference standard...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087398/interaction-of-mal-de-r%C3%A3-o-cuarto-virus-fijivirus-genus-proteins-and-identification-of-putative-factors-determining-viroplasm-formation-and-decay
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Gabriela Llauger, Luis Alejandro de Haro, Victoria Alfonso, Mariana Del Vas
Mal de Río Cuarto virus (MRCV) is a member of the Fijivirus genus, within the Reoviridae family, that replicates and assembles in cytoplasmic inclusion bodies called viroplasms. In this study, we investigated interactions between ten MRCV proteins by yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) assays and identified interactions of non-structural proteins P6/P6, P9-2/P9-2 and P6/P9-1. P9-1 and P6 are the major and minor components of the viroplasms respectively, whereas P9-2 is an N-glycosylated membrane protein of unknown function...
January 10, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087292/loss-of-cd28-within-cd4-t-cell-subsets-from-cervical-cancer-patients-is-accompanied-by-the-acquisition-of-intracellular-perforin-and-is-further-enhanced-by-nkg2d-expression
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Marta Escarra-Senmarti, Miriam Ruth Bueno-Topete, Luis Felipe Jave-Suarez, Eduardo Gomez-Bañuelos, Jorge Gutierrez-Franco, Natali Vega-Magaña, Adriana Aguilar-Lemarroy, Ana Laura Pereira-Suarez, Jesse Haramati, Susana Del Toro-Arreola
CD28 is well characterized as an essential co-stimulatory receptor critical for activation, proliferation and survival processes in CD4(+) T cells. Populations of CD4(+)CD28(null) T cells, with apparently contradictory physiological roles, have recently been reported, along with the co-expression of the NK activating receptor NKG2D, in autoimmune diseases and chronic viral inflammation. Paradoxically, studies in cancer suggest that an expanded CD4(+)NKG2D(+) population may be armed with immunosuppressive properties...
January 10, 2017: Immunology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087263/sacroiliitis-due-to-calcium-pyrophosphate-deposition-disease
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Maria Jose Moreno Martinez, Manuel J Moreno Ramos, Luis F Linares Ferrando
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2017: Reumatología Clinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087172/endothelial-function-impairment-in-stemi-patients-with-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-under-therapeutic-hypothermia-treatment
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Salvatore Brugaletta, Giancarla Scalone, Ana Paula Dantas, Luis Ortega-Paz, Manel Garabito, Mercè Roqué, Victoria Martin, Monica Masotti, Xavier Freixa, Manel Sabaté
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic hypothermia (HT) in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest STEMI patients aims to improve their neurological prognosis, but it has been associated with slow coronary flow and cardiac thrombotic events. We sought to serially assess endothelial function during the first 48h after admission in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest STEMI patients, under therapeutic hypothermia (HT). METHODS: From January 2015 to August 2015, eighteen consecutive out-of-hospital cardiac arrest STEMI patients eligible for primary PCI received HT at admission and were included in the study (HT group)...
January 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087144/-contribution-of-microbiology-in-the-diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-in-castile-and-le%C3%A3-n-spain-findings-of-the-grumicale-2013-study
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Ramiro López-Medrano, Teresa Nebreda-Mayoral, M Fé Brezmes-Valdivieso, Susana García-de Cruz, Begoña Nogueira-González, Rafael Sánchez-Arroyo, Almudena Tinajas-Puertas, Nieves Gutiérrez-Zufiaurre, Cristina Labayru-Echeverría, Susana Hernando-Real, Luis López-Urrutia, Octavio Rivero-Lezcano, Belén Ullivarri-Francia, Raquel Rodríguez-Tarazona, Isabel Antolín-Ayala
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: A retrospective study was conducted by collecting microbiological tuberculosis (TB) data in Castile and León during the year 2013 in order to determine the incidence and distribution of TB, and resistance to the tuberculostatic drug, and compare them with the epidemiological data provided by the Department of Epidemiological Surveillance (SIVE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Microbiologists of the 14 hospitals of the Castile and León public health network (GRUMICALE) collected epidemiological, microbiological, and management data from the Microbiology laboratories in the community during the year 2013...
January 10, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086997/enamel-renal-syndrome-in-2-patients-with-a-mutation-in-fam20-a-and-atypical-hypertrichosis-and-hearing-loss-phenotypes
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Sabina Pena B Pêgo, Ricardo D Coletta, Simona Dumitriu, Daniela Iancu, Saleh Albanyan, Robert Kleta, Maria Teresa Auricchio, Luis Antônio Santos, Breno Rocha, Hercílio Martelli-Júnior
Enamel-renal syndrome (OMIM #204690) is an uncommon disorder characterized by amelogenesis imperfecta and nephrocalcinosis and is caused by mutations in FAM20 A. We report 2 patients with enamel-renal syndrome who exhibited the typical features of this syndrome and a homozygous nonsense mutation in the FAM20 A gene (c.406 C>T), genetically confirming the diagnosis. They also exhibited 2 undescribed clinical features, hypertrichosis and hearing loss. Alterations in genes frequently associated with nonsyndromic hearing loss in the Brazilian population, including connexin 26 (GJB2), connexin 30 (GJB6) and mitochondrial 12 S rRNA (m...
February 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086965/probabilistic-liver-atlas-construction
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Esther Dura, Juan Domingo, Guillermo Ayala, Luis Marti-Bonmati, E Goceri
BACKGROUND: Anatomical atlases are 3D volumes or shapes representing an organ or structure of the human body. They contain either the prototypical shape of the object of interest together with other shapes representing its statistical variations (statistical atlas) or a probability map of belonging to the object (probabilistic atlas). Probabilistic atlases are mostly built with simple estimations only involving the data at each spatial location. RESULTS: A new method for probabilistic atlas construction that uses a generalized linear model is proposed...
January 13, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086833/delta-like-4-notch-signaling-promotes-apc-min-tumor-initiation-through-angiogenic-and-non-angiogenic-related-mechanisms
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Marina Badenes, Alexandre Trindade, Hugo Pissarra, Luís Lopes-da-Costa, António Duarte
BACKGROUND: Delta like 4 (Dll4)/Notch signaling is a key regulator of tumor angiogenesis. Additionally, the role of Dll4 has been studied on tumor stem cells. However, as these cells are implicated in tumor angiogenesis, it is conceivable that the effect of Dll4 on these cells may be a consequence of its angiogenic function. Our aim was to evaluate the expression and dissect the functions of Dll4 in the Apc (Min/+) model of colorectal cancer. METHODS: We evaluated the protein expression pattern of Dll4 and other Notch members in the Apc (Min/+) tumors relatively to the normal gut and compared endothelial-specific with ubiquitous Dll4 knockout mice on an Apc (Min/+) background...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086785/whole-genome-resequencing-reveals-diagnostic-markers-for-investigating-global-migration-and-hybridization-between-minke-whale-species
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Ketil Malde, Bjørghild B Seliussen, María Quintela, Geir Dahle, Francois Besnier, Hans J Skaug, Nils Øien, Hiroko K Solvang, Tore Haug, Rasmus Skern-Mauritzen, Naohisa Kanda, Luis A Pastene, Inge Jonassen, Kevin A Glover
BACKGROUND: In the marine environment, where there are few absolute physical barriers, contemporary contact between previously isolated species can occur across great distances, and in some cases, may be inter-oceanic. An example of this can be seen in the minke whale species complex. Antarctic minke whales are genetically and morphologically distinct from the common minke found in the north Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and the two species are estimated to have been isolated from each other for 5 million years or more...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086765/health-related-quality-of-life-hrqol-and-its-associated-factors-in-children-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-t1dm
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Marta Murillo, Joan Bel, Jacobo Pérez, Raquel Corripio, Gemma Carreras, Xavier Herrero, Josep-Maria Mengibar, Dolors Rodriguez-Arjona, Ulrike Ravens-Sieberer, Hein Raat, Luis Rajmil
BACKGROUND: The objective of the study was to describe the baseline health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in a cohort of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), and analyze its associated clinical and sociodemographic factors, assessing HRQOL through internet. METHODS: This was a descriptive study of 136 patients with T1DM from 5 hospitals in Catalonia, Spain (72 girls, mean age 13.4 years (range 8-19). Inclusion criteria were more than 6 months from diagnosis, more than 8 years old and without cognitive problems...
January 13, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081549/microrna-promoter-methylation-a-new-tool-for-accurate-detection-of-urothelial-carcinoma
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Nuno André Padrão, Sara Monteiro-Reis, Jorge Torres-Ferreira, Luís Antunes, Luís Leça, Diana Montezuma, João Ramalho-Carvalho, Paula C Dias, Paula Monteiro, Jorge Oliveira, Rui Henrique, Carmen Jerónimo
BACKGROUND: Urothelial carcinoma (UC) is the most common cancer affecting the urinary system, worldwide. Lack of accurate early detection tools entails delayed diagnosis, precluding more efficient and timely treatment. In a previous study, we found that miR-129-2 and miR-663a were differentially methylated in UC compared with other genitourinary tract malignancies. Here, we evaluated the diagnostic performance of those microRNAs in urine. METHODS: Promoter methylation levels of miR-129-2 and miR-663a were assessed, using real-time quantitative methylation-specific PCR, in UC tissue samples (using normal urothelium as control) and, subsequently, in urine samples from UC and other genitourinary malignancies...
January 12, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081522/adrenal-giant-cystic-pheochromocytoma-treated-by-posterior-retroperitoneoscopic-adrenalectomy
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Carlos E Costa Almeida, Marta Silva, Luis Carvalho, Carlos Manuel Costa Almeida
INTRODUCTION: Giant cystic pheochromocytoma (>10cm) is rare with only a few cases described in the literature. Preoperative diagnosis is very difficult because clinical, biochemical and radiologic finds are usually not consistent with a pheochromocytoma. Open surgery is traditionally the gold standard. CASE PRESENTATION: A 51 year-old male patient resorted to surgery department with an adrenal cystic incidentaloma. He was asymptomatic, mild hypertension easily controlled, with increased plasma fractionated metanephrines...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081146/maternal-nutrition-during-pregnancy-affects-testicular-and-bone-development-glucose-metabolism-and-response-to-overnutrition-in-weaned-horses-up-to-two-years
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Morgane Robles, Camille Gautier, Luis Mendoza, Pauline Peugnet, Cédric Dubois, Michèle Dahirel, Jean-Philippe Lejeune, Isabelle Caudron, Isabelle Guenon, Sylvaine Camous, Anne Tarrade, Laurence Wimel, Didier Serteyn, Hélène Bouraima-Lelong, Pascale Chavatte-Palmer
INTRODUCTION: Pregnant mares and post-weaning foals are often fed concentrates rich in soluble carbohydrates, together with forage. Recent studies suggest that the use of concentrates is linked to alterations of metabolism and the development of osteochondrosis in foals. The aim of this study was to determine if broodmare diet during gestation affects metabolism, osteoarticular status and growth of yearlings overfed from 20 to 24 months of age and/or sexual maturity in prepubertal colts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080206/probiotics-d-lactic-acidosis-oxidative-stress-and-strain-specificity
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Luis Vitetta, Samantha Coulson, Michael Thomsen, Tony Nguyen, Sean Hall
1. The existence of an implicit living microscopic world, composed primarily of bacteria, has been known for centuries. The exact mechanisms that govern the contribution of bacteria to human health and disease have only recently become the subject of intense research efforts. Within this very evident shift in paradigms, the rational design of probiotic formulations has led to the creation of an industry that seeks to progress the engineering of probiotic bacteria that produce metabolites that may enhance human host health and prevent disease...
January 12, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080052/mechanochemical-tuning-of-pyrene-absorption-spectrum-using-force-probes
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Miguel Angel Fernández-González, Daniel Rivero, Cristina García-Iriepa, Diego Sampedro, Luis Manuel Frutos
Control of absorption spectra in chromophores is a fundamental aspect of many photochemical and photophysical processes as it constitutes the first step of the global photoinduced process. Here we explore the use of mechanical forces to modulate the light absorption process. Specifically, we develop a computational formalism for determining the type of mechanical forces permitting a global tuning of the absorption spectrum. This control extends to the excitation wavelength, absorption bands overlap and oscillator strength...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079863/the-modified-patient-enablement-instrument-a-portuguese-cross-cultural-adaptation-validity-and-reliability-study
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Mafalda Remelhe, Pedro M Teixeira, Irene Lopes, Luís Silva, Jaime Correia de Sousa
Enabling patients with asthma to obtain the knowledge, confidence and skills they need in order to assume a major role in the management of their disease is cost effective. It should be an integral part of any plan for long-term control of asthma. The modified Patient Enablement Instrument (mPEI) is an easily administered questionnaire that was adapted in the United Kingdom to measure patient enablement in asthma, but its applicability in Portugal is not known. Validity and reliability of questionnaires should be tested before use in settings different from those of the original version...
January 12, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079620/clostridium-difficile-infection-and-risk-of-colectomy-in-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease-a-bias-adjusted-meta-analysis
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Yingxi Chen, Luis Furuya-Kanamori, Suhail A Doi, Ashwin N Ananthakrishnan, Martyn Kirk
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common complication of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) and is associated with worse outcome. Variable rates of colectomy have been reported among IBD complicated by CDI. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies to assess the association between CDI and colectomy among patients with IBD. METHODS: The literature was systematically searched using PubMed from inception through April 2016...
January 10, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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