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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528390/colonization-by-nitrogen-fixing-frankia-bacteria-causes-short-term-increases-in-herbivore-susceptibility-in-red-alder-alnus-rubra-seedlings
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Daniel J Ballhorn, Jacob D Elias, M A Balkan, Rachel F Fordyce, Peter G Kennedy
Carbon allocation demands from root-nodulating nitrogen-fixing bacteria (NFB) can modulate the host plant's chemical phenotype, with strong bottom-up effects on herbivores. In contrast to well-studied rhizobia, the effects of other important NFB on plant chemistry and herbivory are much less understood. Here, combining field surveys in the Oregon Coast Range, USA with laboratory experiments, we analyzed how N2-fixing Frankia bacteria influenced plant growth, chemistry, and herbivory on Alnus rubra (red alder) seedlings...
May 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528299/selective-targeting-and-therapy-of-metastatic-and-multidrug-resistant-tumors-using-a-long-circulating-podophyllotoxin-nanoparticle
#2
Aniruddha Roy, Yucheng Zhao, Yang Yang, Andras Szeitz, Tara Klassen, Shyh-Dar Li
Treatment options for metastatic and multidrug resistant (MDR) tumors are limited, and most of the chemotherapeutic drugs exhibit low efficacy against MDR cancers. An anti-tubulin agent podophyllotoxin (PPT) displays high potency against MDR tumor cells. However, due to its poor solubility and non-specificity, PPT cannot be used systemically. We have developed a self-assembling nanoparticle dosage form for PPT (named Celludo) by covalently conjugating PPT and polyethylene glycol (PEG) to acetylated carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC-Ac) via ester linkages...
May 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528019/us-elastography-using-carotid-artery-pulsation-may-increase-the-diagnostic-accuracy-for-thyroid-nodules-with-us-pathology-discordance
#3
Yoon Joo Cho, Eun Ju Ha, Miran Han, Jin Wook Choi
This study evaluated the diagnostic performance of ultrasound elastography (USE) using carotid arterial pulsation and determined the reproducibility of USE for thyroid nodules. A total of 148 patients with 173 thyroid nodules participated. The mean elasticity contrast index (ECI) was significantly higher in malignant nodules (3.1 ± 1.5) than in benign nodules (1.7 ± 0.8) (p < 0.001). When a cut-off ECI value of 3.5 was used, the diagnostic accuracy (78.6%) of gray-scale ultrasound (US) + ECI was the highest compared with that of the gray-scale US (76...
May 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527967/feasibility-and-safety-of-the-transbronchial-access-tool-for-peripheral-pulmonary-nodule-and-mass
#4
Mark R Bowling, Craig Brown, Carlos J Anciano
BACKGROUND: Navigational bronchoscopy and other imaging modalities have improved the ability to evaluate pulmonary nodules/mass. Many of these lesions are located outside the bronchial airway and are difficult to access even with these devices. The Transbronchial Access Tool (Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN) allows the bronchoscopist to create a pathway from the bronchial airway, across the lung parenchyma, and into the target lesion. We are reporting the feasibility and safety of this new device...
May 17, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527276/a-66-year-old-man-with-exulcerated-nodules-on-his-left-elbow-of-four-years-of-evolution-part-one
#5
Gerzaín Rodríguez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527170/oculo-otological-manifestations-in-a-case-of-granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis
#6
Archana Sonawale, Anjali Rajadhyaksha, Shreepriya Mangalgi
A 44 year old lady presented with acute onset of loss of vision in the right eye and cough with mucopurulent expectoration for two months. Ophthalmic examination revealed central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO). Chest radiograph showed multiple cavitatory nodules with fluid levels. Sputum was negative for AFB and ANCA was strongly positive suggestive of a diagnosis of Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA). Within the next few weeks the patient had rapid detenoration due to left eye CRAO, progressive bilateral hearing loss, facial palsy and retro orbital mass...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526968/computer-aided-diagnosis-of-lung-nodules-in-computed-tomography-by-using-phylogenetic-diversity-genetic-algorithm-and-svm
#7
Antonio Oseas de Carvalho Filho, Aristófanes Corrêa Silva, Anselmo Cardoso de Paiva, Rodolfo Acatauassú Nunes, Marcelo Gattass
Lung cancer is pointed as the major cause of death among patients with cancer throughout the world. This work is intended to develop a methodology for diagnosis of lung nodules using images from the Image Database Consortium and Image Database Resource Initiative (LIDC-IDRI). The proposed methodology uses image processing and pattern recognition techniques. In order to differentiate between the patterns of malignant and benign nodules, we used phylogenetic diversity by means of particular indexes, that are: intensive quadratic entropy, extensive quadratic entropy, average taxonomic distinctness, total taxonomic distinctness, and pure diversity indexes...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526906/mycobacterium-chelonae-infection-of-the-buttocks-secondary-to-lipofilling-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#8
Sarah E Hammond, Ahmed Al-Bayati, Natalie Joumblat, Christopher J Salgado
Mycobacterium chelonae is a nontuberculous mycobacterium, classified as a Runyon type IV mycobacterium. In relation to humans, it is most commonly associated with tissue trauma or pulmonary infections. The majority of medical reports describe finding M. chelonae in the surgical setting, attributing infection to inadequate sterilization of surgical equipment. Symptoms are often nonspecific and include pain, erythema, and draining subcutaneous nodules and skin lesions. Therefore, the diagnosis of M. chelonae is often difficult to establish without prior suspicion of the disease, but can be confirmed with culture...
May 19, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526323/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-helps-in-unmasking-the-great-mimicker-a-case-of-neurosarcoidosis-with-isolated-involvement-of-the-spinal-cord
#9
A Gholamrezanezhad, L Mehta
A 36 year-old male with no significant past medical history presented with lower extremity numbness, gait instability, and urinary and bowel retention of 4 weeks onset. Spine MRI revealed diffuse oedema of cervicothoracic spinal cord with several solid enhancing intramedullary lesions, suggestive of metastases. The (18)F-FDG PET/CT performed to identify the primary malignancy demonstrated mild hypermetabolic foci within the cervicothoracic cord, as well as a mildly hypermetabolic bilateral hilar lymphadenopathy and a mildly hypermetabolic pulmonary nodule, suggestive of sarcoidosis versus metastasis...
May 16, 2017: Revista Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525459/the-impact-of-a-bayesian-penalized-likelihood-reconstruction-algorithm-on-the-evaluation-of-indeterminate-pulmonary-nodules-by-dual-time-point-18f-fdg-pet-ct
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Tiago Sampaio Vieira, Diogo Borges Faria, Fernando Azevedo Silva, Francisco Pimentel, José Pereira de Oliveira
We present the case of a patient with history of colon cancer, referred for the evaluation of indeterminate pulmonary nodules by F-FDG PET/CT. A dual-time point protocol was performed, and images were reconstructed using VUE Point HD and a Bayesian-penalized likelihood reconstruction algorithm (Q.Clear). Visually, the quality of the images was considered better when Q.Clear was used with β value of 200, uptake in the smallest nodule (7 mm) was clearly visible only with Q.Clear reconstruction, and uptake in the smaller nodules was best defined in the delayed time point acquisition...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525456/incidental-thyroid-nodule-noted-on-intra-arterial-hepatic-maa-scan-before-90y-sirt
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Sin-Di Lee, Chin Hu, Nan-Jing Peng
We report a case of a 61-year-old man who had recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma admitted for series evaluation before Y selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT). Intra-arterial hepatic Tc macroaggregated albumin scan before Y-SIRT revealed a 2.7-cm incidental low-density thyroid nodule with hot uptake. TcO4 scan revealed corresponding hot uptake in the thyroid nodule with near background uptake of normal thyroid tissue, favored autonomous nodule. After Y-microsphere SIRT, bremstrallung imaging revealed no Y-microsphere deposition to thyroid...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525344/morphometric-abnormalities-in-spleen-and-kidney-of-the-progeny-of-mice-fed-american-cranberry-extract-vaccinium-macrocarpon-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
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B J Bałan, S Lewicki, A K Siwicki, M Stelmasiak, P Skopiński, E Skopińska-Różewska, A Wasiutyński, R Zdanowski
Cranberries and cranberry-derived diet supplements are often recommended for the treatment of urinary tract infections, also during pregnancy. These products contain strongly anti-angiogenic chemical compounds which could not be indifferent to the developing fetus. In the present work we evaluated the effect of feeding pregnant and lactating mice American cranberry extract (daily dose 0.88 mg) on the morphology and some parameters of spleen and kidney function of their adult progeny. Six weeks after delivery the morphometry of spleen and kidney, cytometric analysis of spleen lymphocytes, evaluation of humoral response to SRBC (Sheep Red Blood Cells), and examination of serum creatinine/urea concentration, were performed in the offspring...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525335/morphometric-abnormalities-in-the-spleen-of-the-progeny-of-mice-fed-epigallocatechin-during-gestation-and-nursing
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B J Bałan, E Skopińska-Różewska, P Skopiński, R Zdanowski, M Leśniak, A Kiepura, S Lewicki
It is very difficult to cure pregnant females suffering from infections, because of the risk which might occur during treatment by several, even herbal, medications. Many of these substances, among them extracts from plants, have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory properties owing to their polyphenols content, but also may reveal unwanted effects on the fetal development because of their anti-angiogenic properties. The aim of the present study was to elucidate whether daily feeding pregnant and nursing mice 0...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524837/complications-following-radiofrequency-ablation-of-benign-thyroid-nodules-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jin-Fen Wang, Tao Wu, Kun-Peng Hu, Wen Xu, Bo-Wen Zheng, Ge Tong, Zhi-Cheng Yao, Bo Liu, Jie Ren
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review examined whether radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a safe treatment modality for benign thyroid nodules (BTNs). DATA SOURCES: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane Library database were searched for articles that (a) targeted human beings and (b) had a study population with BTNs that were confirmed by fine-needle aspiration cytology and/or core needle biopsy. STUDY SELECTION: Thirty-two studies relating to 3409 patients were included in this systematic review...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524830/using-ultrasonography-to-evaluate-the-relationship-between-capsular-invasion-or-extracapsular-extension-and-lymph-node-metastasis-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinomas
#15
Wei-Ping Jiao, Lei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated that ultrasonography is the recommended imaging modality for preoperative staging of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs). However, only a few studies have kept watch on preoperative evaluation of capsular invasion (CI) or extracapsular extension (ECE) and cervical lymph node metastasis using preoperative ultrasonography. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the CI or ECE and the cervical lymph node metastasis in PTCs using preoperative ultrasonography and postoperative pathology in Chinese patients...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524652/optical-characteristics-and-tumor-imaging-capabilities-of-near-infrared-dyes-in-free-and-nano-encapsulated-formulations-comprised-of-viral-capsids
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Yadir Guerrero, Sheela Singh, Turong Mai, Ravoori Murali, Leela Tanikella, Atta Zahedi, Vikas Kundra, Bahman Anvari
Near infrared (NIR) fluorescent molecules and nano-sized structures can serve as potential optical probes for image-guided removal of small tumor nodules (≈ < 1 mm diameter). While indocyanine green (ICG) remains as the only FDA-approved NIR dye, other organic dyes are under extensive development for enhanced imaging capabilities. One such dye is BrCy106-NHS where bromine is substituted for aromatic structures in cyanine dyes. Herein, we investigate the absorption and fluorescence characteristics of ICG and BrCy106-NHS, and quantitatively assess their tumor imaging capabilities in free (non-encapsulated) and a nano-encapsulated form that utilizes the capsid protein (CP) from genome-depleted plant-infecting brome mosaic virus as the encapsulating shell...
May 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523896/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-in-a-newborn-presenting-as-blueberry-muffin-baby
#17
Krista N Larson, Sergio R Gaitan, Benjamin J Stahr, Dean S Morrell
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare, life-threatening hyperinflammatory syndrome characterized by uncontrolled activation and proliferation of proinflammatory cytokines. Initial presentation commonly includes fever, hepatosplenomegaly, and pancytopenia; 6 to 65% of cases also have a concurrent cutaneous eruption. We present the case of a 6-day-old premature infant boy with congenital severe thrombocytopenia, anemia, and hepatosplenomegaly who presented with several cutaneous violaceous papules and nodules and was found to have HLH...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523644/elicitation-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-profiles-of-high-value-secondary-metabolites-and-pharmacological-properties-of-hypericum-perforatum
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REVIEW
Preeti Shakya, Gregory Marslin, Karthik Siram, Ludger Beerhues, Gregory Franklin
OBJECTIVES: In this review, we aim at updating the available information on the improvement of the Hypericum perforatum L. (Hypericaceae) phytochemical profile and pharmacological properties via elicitation. KEY FINDINGS: Hypericum perforatum seedlings, shoots, roots, calli and cell suspension cultures were treated with diverse elicitors to induce the formation of secondary metabolites. The extracts of the elicitor-treated plant material containing naphthodianthrones, phloroglucinols, xanthones, flavonoids and other new compounds were quantitatively analysed and tested for their bioactivities...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523571/congenital-immature-pure-erythroid-leukemia-with-e-cadherin-expression
#19
Akihiro Tamura, Suguru Uemura, Atsuro Saito, Saki Okubo, Nanako Nino, Teppei Tahara, Takehito Yokoi, Kenji Kishimoto, Toshiaki Ishida, Daiichiro Hasegawa, Keiichiro Kawasaki, Seiji Yoshimoto, Hideto Nakao, Makiko Yoshida, Yoshiyuki Kosaka
Congenital pure erythroid leukemia is exceedingly rare and poses a diagnostic challenge. We report an atypical case of congenital pure erythroid leukemia that did not express typical erythroid markers. The patient presented with a high white blood cell count with blastic cells at birth. Although flow cytometric analyses of peripheral blood and bone marrow showed a large CD45-negative cell population, we did not identify any evidence of monoclonality. While the circulating blasts decreased with only supportive care, hepatomegaly with multiple nodules was accompanied by liver failure, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and development of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523498/maldi-msi-analysis-of-cytological-smears-the-study-of-thyroid-cancer
#20
Niccolò Mosele, Andrew Smith, Manuel Galli, Fabio Pagni, Fulvio Magni
Fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies are the current gold-standard for the preoperative evaluation of thyroid nodules. However, a significant number of them (15-30%) are unable to be affirmatively diagnosed and are given an "indeterminate for malignancy" final report, meaning that the malignant nature of the thyroid nodule remains unknown and the recommended therapeutic approach is total thyroidectomy. Furthermore, cytomorphological evaluation of biopsies taken post-surgery indicates that approximately 80% of nodules within this group of patients are in fact benign, and the total thyroidectomy unwarranted...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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