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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728148/the-role-of-cytotoxic-chemotherapy-in-advanced-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
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Sebastian Krug, Thomas M Gress, Patrick Michl, Anja Rinke
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) are rare neoplasms accounting for less than 5% of all pancreatic malignancies. These tumors are characterized by clinical and prognostical heterogeneity and are predominantly diagnosed in a metastatic stage. Cytotoxic chemotherapy, along with alkylating agents and antimetabolites as well as molecular targeted agents (everolimus, sunitinib), is used in the treatment of advanced PNETs. After the approval of lanreotide for unresectable PNETs, an additional therapeutic option has become available; however, the best sequence of therapies and patient stratification to different treatments remains challenging...
July 21, 2017: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728094/modelling-a-budgetary-impact-analysis-for-funding-drug-based-smoking-cessation-therapies-for-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-in-spain
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J Rejas-Gutiérrez, E Bruguera, S Cedillo
BACKGROUND: Smoking is associated with high healthcare resource utilisation and cost to society. Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) exhibit high susceptibility to nicotine dependence. Varenicline, bupropion and nicotine replacement therapy are all indicated for smoking cessation; however funding by the Spanish national health system (SNHS) is limited. We modelled a budgetary impact analysis (BIA) to estimate the impact of the SNHS funding drug-based therapies for smoking cessation in smokers with MDD...
June 3, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728067/an-optimized-hplc-uv-method-for-quantitatively-determining-sesquiterpenes-in-nardostachyos-radix-et-rhizoma
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Vu Ngoc Han Le, Trong Quan Khong, Min Kyun Na, Kyung Tae Kim, Jong Seong Kang
Nardostachyos Radix et Rhizoma (NR), the root and rhizome from either Nardostachys jatamansi Batal or Nardostachys jatamansi DC, is known to have biological functions including neuro-protective and anti-pancreatitis activity. The main bioactive compounds within NR are all classified as sesquiterpenes, and include desoxo-narchinol A, nardosinonediol, and nardosinone. Although NR is a valuable herb that is widely used in many Asian countries, robust quality control protocols for NR are still in question, especially those that can analyze the three main active compounds...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728043/autofocus-on-moving-object-in-scanning-electron-microscope
#4
Andrey V Kudryavtsev, Sounkalo Dembélé, Nadine Piat
The sharpness of the images coming from a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) is a very important property for many computer vision applications at micro- and nanoscale. It represents how much object details are distinctive in the images: the object may be perceived sharp or blurred. Image sharpness highly depends on the value of focal distance, or working distance in the case of the SEM. Autofocus is the technique allowing to automatically adjust the working distance to maximize the sharpness. Most of the existing algorithms allows working only with a static object which is enough for the tasks of visualization, manual microanalysis or microcharacterization...
July 12, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727984/gba-analysis-in-next-generation-era-pitfalls-challenges-and-possible-solutions
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Stefania Zampieri, Silvia Cattarossi, Bruno Bembi, Andrea Dardis
Mutations in the gene encoding the lysosomal enzyme acid β-glucosidase (GBA) are responsible for Gaucher disease and represent the main genetic risk factor for developing Parkinson disease. In past years, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology has been applied for the molecular analysis of the GBA gene, both as a single gene or as part of gene panels. However, the presence of complex gene-pseudogene rearrangements, resulting from the presence of a highly homologous pseudogene (GBAP1) located downstream of the GBA gene, makes NGS analysis of GBA challenging...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727961/psychology-s-replication-crisis-and-the-grant-culture-righting-the-ship
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Scott O Lilienfeld
The past several years have been a time for soul searching in psychology, as we have gradually come to grips with the reality that some of our cherished findings are less robust than we had assumed. Nevertheless, the replication crisis highlights the operation of psychological science at its best, as it reflects our growing humility. At the same time, institutional variables, especially the growing emphasis on external funding as an expectation or de facto requirement for faculty tenure and promotion, pose largely unappreciated hazards for psychological science, including (a) incentives for engaging in questionable research practices, (b) a single-minded focus on programmatic research, (c) intellectual hyperspecialization, (d) disincentives for conducting direct replications, (e) stifling of creativity and intellectual risk taking, (f) researchers promising more than they can deliver, and (g) diminished time for thinking deeply...
July 2017: Perspectives on Psychological Science: a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727934/phylogenomics-reveals-a-complex-evolutionary-history-of-lobed-leaf-white-oaks-in-western-north-america
#7
John D McVay, Duncan Hauser, Andrew L Hipp, Paul Manos
Quercus (oak) species hybridize in complex patterns that have yet to be fully explored with phylogenomic data. Analyses to date have recovered reasonable divergent patterns, suggesting that the impact of introgression may not always be obvious in inferred oak phylogenies. We explore this phenomenon using RADseq data for 136 samples representing 54 oak species by conducting phylogenetic analyses designed to distinguish signals of lineage diversification and hybridization, focusing on the lobed-leaf species Quercus gambelii, Q...
July 20, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727908/leveraging-a-clinical-phase-ib-proof-of-concept-study-for-the-gpr40-agonist-mk-8666-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-for-model-informed-phase-ii-dose-selection
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A W Krug, P Vaddady, R A Railkar, B J Musser, J Cote, Agh Ederveen, D G Krefetz, E DeNoia, A L Free, L Morrow, M V Chakravarthy, E Kauh, D A Tatosian, P A Kothare
GPR40 mediates free fatty acid-induced insulin secretion in beta cells. We investigated the safety, pharmacokinetics, and glucose response of MK-8666, a partial GPR40 agonist, after once-daily multiple dosing in type 2 diabetes patients. This double-blind, multisite, parallel-group study randomized 63 patients (placebo, n = 18; 50 mg, n = 9; 150 mg, n = 18; 500 mg, n = 18) for 14-day treatment. The results showed no serious adverse effects or treatment-related hypoglycemia. One patient (150-mg group) showed mild-to-moderate transaminitis at the end of dosing...
July 20, 2017: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727903/mechanochemistry-induced-with-a-robust-functionalized-tip
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Yajie Zhang, Yongfeng Wang, Jing-Tao Lü, Mads Brandbyge, Richard Berndt
Atomic-scale mechanochemistry is realized from force exerted by a C₆₀-functionalized scanning tunneling microscope (STM) tip. Two conformers of tin phthalocyanine (SnPc) can be prepared on coinage metal surfaces. A transition between these conformers is induced on Cu(111) and Ag(100). Density functional theory (DFT) calculations reveal details of this reaction. Because of the large energy barrier of the reaction and the strong interaction of SnPc with Cu(111), the process can not be achieved by electrical means...
July 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727850/hybrid-cubature-kalman-filtering-for-identifying-nonlinear-models-from-sampled-recording-estimation-of-neuronal-dynamics
#10
Mahmoud K Madi, Fadi N Karameh
Kalman filtering methods have long been regarded as efficient adaptive Bayesian techniques for estimating hidden states in models of linear dynamical systems under Gaussian uncertainty. Recent advents of the Cubature Kalman filter (CKF) have extended this efficient estimation property to nonlinear systems, and also to hybrid nonlinear problems where by the processes are continuous and the observations are discrete (continuous-discrete CD-CKF). Employing CKF techniques, therefore, carries high promise for modeling many biological phenomena where the underlying processes exhibit inherently nonlinear, continuous, and noisy dynamics and the associated measurements are uncertain and time-sampled...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727779/contemporary-status-of-insecticide-resistance-in-the-major-aedes-vectors-of-arboviruses-infecting-humans
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Catherine L Moyes, John Vontas, Ademir J Martins, Lee Ching Ng, Sin Ying Koou, Isabelle Dusfour, Kamaraju Raghavendra, João Pinto, Vincent Corbel, Jean-Philippe David, David Weetman
Both Aedes aegytpi and Ae. albopictus are major vectors of 5 important arboviruses (namely chikungunya virus, dengue virus, Rift Valley fever virus, yellow fever virus, and Zika virus), making these mosquitoes an important factor in the worldwide burden of infectious disease. Vector control using insecticides coupled with larval source reduction is critical to control the transmission of these viruses to humans but is threatened by the emergence of insecticide resistance. Here, we review the available evidence for the geographical distribution of insecticide resistance in these 2 major vectors worldwide and map the data collated for the 4 main classes of neurotoxic insecticide (carbamates, organochlorines, organophosphates, and pyrethroids)...
July 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727763/loss-of-receptor-activity-modifying-protein-2-in-mice-causes-placental-dysfunction-and-alters-pth1r-regulation
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Mahita Kadmiel, Brooke C Matson, Scott T Espenschied, Patricia M Lenhart, Kathleen M Caron
Receptor activity-modifying protein 2 (Ramp2) is a single-pass transmembrane protein that heterodimerizes with several family B G-protein coupled receptors to alter their function. Ramp2 has been primarily characterized in association with calcitonin receptor-like receptor (Calcrl, CLR), forming the canonical receptor complex for the endocrine peptide adrenomedullin (Adm, AM). However, we previously demonstrated that Ramp2+/- female mice display a constellation of endocrine-related phenotypes that are distinct from those of Adm+/- and Calcrl+/- mice, implying that RAMP2 has physiological functions beyond its canonical complex...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727619/an-innovative-transitional-care-program-improves-community-health
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Barbara M Richardson
In this month's Magnet® Perspectives column, Barbara Richardson, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN, clinical nurse specialist at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, examines the ways in which a robust transitional care program improves community health, reduces readmissions and emergency department visits, and provides valuable social support for even the most complex patients. Richardson shares critical factors that impacted the program's success, including a Magnet® environment of innovation, a visionary hospital leadership team, strong community alliances, and collaborative solutions to previously intractable problems...
July 2017: Journal of Nursing Administration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727575/surface-energy-tunable-iso-decyl-acrylate-based-molds-for-low-pressure-nano-imprint-lithography
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Hyowon Tak, Dongha Tahk, Chanho Jeong, Sori Lee, Tae-Il Kim
We presented surface energy-tunable nanoscale molds for unconventional lithography. The mold is highly robust, transparent, has a minimized haze, does not contain additives, and is a non-fluorinated IDA Isodecyl acrylate (IDA) and Trimethylolpropane Triacrylate (TMPTA) based polymer. By changing the mixing ratio of the polymer components, the cross-linking density, mechanical modulus, and surface energy (crucial factors in low pressure (1~2×105 N/m2) nanoimprint lithography (LP-NIL)), can be controlled. To verify these properties of the molds, we also characterized the surface energy by measuring the contact angles and calculating the work of adhesion among the wafer, polymer film, and mold for successful demolding in nanoscale structures...
July 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727565/danoc-an-efficient-algorithm-and-hardware-codesign-of-deep-neural-networks-on-chip
#15
Xichuan Zhou, Shengli Li, Fang Tang, Shengdong Hu, Zhi Lin, Lei Zhang
Deep neural networks (NNs) are the state-of-the-art models for understanding the content of images and videos. However, implementing deep NNs in embedded systems is a challenging task, e.g., a typical deep belief network could exhaust gigabytes of memory and result in bandwidth and computational bottlenecks. To address this challenge, this paper presents an algorithm and hardware codesign for efficient deep neural computation. A hardware-oriented deep learning algorithm, named the deep adaptive network, is proposed to explore the sparsity of neural connections...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727558/understanding-robust-adaptation-dynamics-of-gene-regulatory-network
#16
Xiao-Na Huang, Hai-Peng Ren
Robust adaptation is a critical attribute for gene regulatory network (GRN), understanding the relationship between adaptation and the GRN topology, and corresponding parameters is a challenging issue. The work in this paper includes: first, seven constraint multiobjective optimization algorithms are used to find sufficient solutions to get more reliable statistic rules. Meanwhile, the algorithms are compared to facilitate the future algorithm selection; second, a fuzzy c-mean algorithm is used to analyze solutions and to classify the solutions into different groups; third, the histogram analysis for all satisfactory solutions shows the preferred parameter range, i...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727550/isar-imaging-of-high-speed-maneuvering-target-using-gapped-stepped-frequency-waveform-and-compressive-sensing
#17
Min-Seok Kang, Seung-Jae Lee, Seong-Hyeon Lee, Kyung-Tae Kim
In the case of a stepped-frequency waveform (SFW) inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) system, the translational motion (TM) of a target can be usually divided into two parts: 1) target motion within a pulse repetition interval (PRI), called the inter-pulse translational motion (IPTM) and 2) target motion between bursts, called the inter-burst translational motion (IBTM). The former induces severe blurring in the ISAR images as well as range-compressed data (i.e., range profile), and the latter also causes dramatic degradation of the ISAR image quality...
July 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727487/improving-care-with-a-portfolio-of-physician-led-cancer-quality-measures-at-an-academic-center
#18
Julie Bryar Porter, Eben Lloyd Rosenthal, Marcy Winget, Andrea Segura Smith, Sridhar Belavadi Seshadri, Yohan Vetteth, Eileen F Kiamanesh, Amogh Badwe, Ranjana H Advani, Mark K Buyyounouski, Steven Coutre, Frederick Dirbas, Vasu Divi, Oliver Dorigo, Kristen N Ganjoo, Laura J Johnston, Lawrence David Recht, Joseph B Shrager, Eila C Skinner, Susan M Swetter, Brendan C Visser, Douglas W Blayney
PURPOSE: Development and implementation of robust reporting processes to systematically provide quality data to care teams in a timely manner is challenging. National cancer quality measures are useful, but the manual data collection required is resource intensive, and reporting is delayed. We designed a largely automated measurement system with our multidisciplinary cancer care programs (CCPs) to identify, measure, and improve quality metrics that were meaningful to the care teams and their patients...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727448/extensive-survey-of-antibody-invariant-positions-for-efficient-chemical-conjugation-using-expanded-genetic-codes
#19
Akifumi Kato, Mitsuo Kuratani, Tatsuo Yanagisawa, Kazumasa Ohtake, Akiko Hayashi, Yoshimi Amano, Kaname Kimura, Shigeyuki Yokoyama, Kensaku Sakamoto, Yasuhisa Shiraishi
The site-specific chemical conjugation of proteins, following synthesis with an expanded genetic code, promises to advance antibody-based technologies, including antibody drug conjugation and the creation of bispecific Fab dimers. The incorporation of non-natural amino acids into antibodies not only guarantees site specificity but also allows the use of bio-orthogonal chemistry. However, the efficiency of amino acid incorporation fluctuates significantly among different sites, thereby hampering the identification of useful conjugation sites...
July 20, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727432/controlled-functionalisation-of-gold-nanoparticles-with-mixtures-of-calix-4-arenes-revealed-by-infra-red-spectroscopy
#20
Hennie Valkenier, Volodymyr Malytskyi, Pascale Blond, Maurice Retout, Alice Mattiuzzi, Jonathan Goole, Vincent Raussens, Ivan Jabin, Gilles Bruylants
Labile ligands such as thiols and carboxylates are commonly used to functionalise AuNPs, though little control over the composition is possible when mixtures of ligands are used. It was shown recently that robustly functionalised AuNPs can be obtained through the reductive grafting of calix[4]arenes bearing diazonium groups on the large rim. Here, we report a calix[4]arene-tetra-diazonium decorated by four oligo(ethylene glycol) chains on the small rim, which upon grafting gave AuNPs with excellent stability thanks to the C-Au bonds...
July 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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