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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333590/advantages-and-disadvantages-in-image-processing-with-free-software-in-radiology
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Katrin Muradas Mujika, Juan Antonio Juanes Méndez, Andrés Framiñan de Miguel
Currently, there are sophisticated applications that make it possible to visualize medical images and even to manipulate them. These software applications are of great interest, both from a teaching and a radiological perspective. In addition, some of these applications are known as Free Open Source Software because they are free and the source code is freely available, and therefore it can be easily obtained even on personal computers. Two examples of free open source software are Osirix Lite® and 3D Slicer®...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333019/modulated-radiotherapy-with-concurrent-and-adjuvant-temozolomide-for-anaplastic-gliomas-indian-single-center-data
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Tejinder Kataria, Trinanjan Basu, Deepak Gupta, Shikha Goyal, Shahida Nasreen, Shyam S Bisht, Ashu Abhishek, Susovan Banerjee, Kushal Narang, Ajaya N Jha, Ishani Mohapatra, Jayesh A Modi
Objective: To evaluate early clinical outcome for anaplastic gliomas (AG) treated in the era of modulated radiotherapy (RT) and concurrent plus adjuvant temozolomide (TMZ) in an Indian setting. Materials and Methods: Fifty-three patients with AGs treated with modulated RT and concurrent (95%) and adjuvant TMZ (90%) were analyzed. About 80% of patients had Karnofsky performance status (KPS) at least 90 with 30% seizure at presentation. Postoperative magnetic resonance imaging was available in 65% cases and RT dose was 60 Gy in 30 fractions...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332793/label-free-detection-of-histone-based-on-cationic-conjugated-polymer-mediated-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer
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Xiaozhen Lu, Hongxia Jia, Xiaohua Yan, Jingsha Wang, Yucong Wang, Chenghui Liu
A simple and homogeneous histone assay is developed based on histone-induced DNA compressing coupled with cationic conjugated polymer (CCP)-mediated fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). In this strategy, the CCP serves as the FRET donor and SYBR Green I (SG), which can strongly fluoresce not at its free state but after intercalated into the double stranded calf thymus DNA (dsDNA), serves as the acceptor of FRET. In the absence of histone, the dsDNA-SG and CCP combine with each other through electrostatic interaction and the strong FRET from CCP to SG occurs due to the overlapping between the fluorescent emitting spectrum of the CCP and the absorption spectrum of SG...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332431/validation-of-the-ceredigion-youth-screening-tool
#4
Gareth Norris, Gwyn Griffith, Megan West
Evidence suggests that only a small minority of youth offenders will continue their behaviour in the longer term and largely independent of any interventions they may receive (Bateman, 2011; Haines & Case, 2015). Hence, "screening out" this larger low-risk cohort could have a positive impact upon the individual through a reduction in stigmatisation/labelling and free up resources for higher risk clients. This article outlines development of the Ceredigion Youth Screening Tool (CYSTEM)-developed and tested to address the two facets of criminality and vulnerability-closely aligned to the eight key risk indicators identified in the Risk-Needs-Responsivity (R-N-R) literature (Andrews & Bonta, 2010)...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332401/proteomic-profiling-of-leishmania-donovani-promastigote-subcellular-organelles
#5
Armando Jardim, Darryl B Hardie, Jan Boitz, Christoph H Borchers
To facilitate a greater understanding of the biological processes in the medically important Leishmania donovani parasite, a combination of differential and density-gradient ultracentrifugation techniques were used to achieve a comprehensive subcellular fractionation of the promastigote stage. An in-depth label-free proteomic LC-MS/MS analysis of the density gradients resulted in the identification of ~50% of the Leishmania proteome (3883 proteins detected), which included ~645 integral membrane proteins and 1737 uncharacterized proteins...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331646/progress-in-the-management-of-advanced-thoracic-malignancies-in-2017
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REVIEW
Roberto Ferrara, Laura Mezquita, Benjamin Besse
The treatment paradigm of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) underwent a major revolution during the course of 2017. Immune checkpoint inhibitors (ICIs) brought remarkable improvements in response and overall survival (OS) both in unselected pretreated patients and in untreated patients with PD-L1 expression ≥50%. Furthermore, compelling preliminary results were reported for new combinations of anti-PD-1/PD-L1 agents with chemotherapy or anti-CTLA4 inhibitors. The success of the ICIs appeared to extend to patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC), mesothelioma or thymic tumors...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331136/zwitterionization-of-glycine-in-water-environment-stabilization-mechanism-and-nmr-spectral-signatures
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Danillo Valverde, Zélia Maria da Costa Ludwig, Célia Regina da Costa, Valdemir Ludwig, Herbert C Georg
At physiological conditions, myriads of biomolecules (e.g., amino acids, peptides, and proteins) exist predominantly in the zwitterionic structural form and their biological functions will result in these conditions. However these geometrical structures are inaccessible energetically in the gas phase, and at this point, stabilization of amino-acids in physiological conditions is still under debate. In this paper, the electronic properties of a glycine molecule in the liquid environment were studied by performing a relaxation of the glycine geometry in liquid water using the free energy gradient method combined with a sequential quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics approach...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330472/amyloid-deposition-in-a-mouse-model-humanized-at-the-transthyretin-and-retinol-binding-protein-4-loci
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Xiangshun Li, Yanyi Lyu, Jingling Shen, Yanshuang Mu, Lixia Qiang, Li Liu, Kimi Araki, Bruno P Imbimbo, Ken-Ichi Yamamura, Shoude Jin, Zhenghua Li
Familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by a point mutation in the transthyretin (TTR) gene. The process of TTR amyloidogenesis begins with rate-limiting dissociation of the TTR tetramer. Thus, the TTR stabilizers, such as Tafamidis and Diflunisal, are now in clinical trials. Mouse models will be useful to testing the efficacy of these drugs. Although several mouse models have been generated, they all express mouse Rbp4. Thus, human TTR associates with mouse RBP4, resulting in different kinetic and thermodynamic stability profiles of TTR tetramers...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330032/a-free-sugars-daily-value-dv-identifies-more-less-healthy-prepackaged-foods-and-beverages-than-a-total-sugars-dv
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Jodi T Bernstein, Marie-Ève Labonté, Beatriz Franco-Arellano, Alyssa Schermel, Mary R L'Abbé
Regulatory changes in Canada will require food labels to have a benchmark [% Daily Value, %DV] for total sugars, based on 100 g/day, while US labels will require a %DV for added sugars, based on 50 g/day. The objective of this study was to compare two labelling policies, a total sugars DV (100 g/day) and a free sugars DV (50 g/day) on food labels. This cross-sectional analysis of the Food Label Information Program database focussed on top sources of total sugars intake in Canada (n = 6924 foods)...
January 9, 2018: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328653/extending-half-life-of-h-ferritin-nanoparticle-by-fusing-albumin-binding-domain-for-doxorubicin-encapsulation
#10
Chunyue Wang, Chun Zhang, Zenglan Li, Shuang Yin, Qi Wang, Fangxia Guo, Yao Zhang, Rong Yu, Yongdong Liu, Zhiguo Su
Nanoparticles based on the heavy chain of the human ferritin (HFn) are arousing growing interest in the field of drug-delivery due to their exceptional characteristics. However, the unsatisfied plasma half-life of HFn substantially limits its application as a delivery platform for anti-tumor agents. Herein, we fused an albumin binding domain (ABD) variant which basically derives from the streptococcal protein G and possesses a long-acting characteristic in serum albumin to the N-terminus of the HFn for the aim of half-life extension...
January 12, 2018: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328369/pitx2-dna-methylation-predicts-response-to-anthracycline-based-adjuvant-chemotherapy-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-patients
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Magdalena Absmaier, Rudolf Napieralski, Tibor Schuster, Michaela Aubele, Axel Walch, Viktor Magdolen, Julia Dorn, Eva Gross, Nadia Harbeck, Aurelia Noske, Marion Kiechle, Manfred Schmitt
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) constitutes a heterogeneous breast cancer subgroup with poor prognosis; survival rates are likely to be lower with TNBC compared to other breast cancer subgroups. For this disease, systemic adjuvant chemotherapy regimens often yield suboptimal clinical results. To improve treatment regimens in TNBC, identification of molecular biomarkers may help to select patients for individualized adjuvant therapy. Evidence has accumulated that determination of the methylation status of the PITX2 gene provides a predictive value in various breast cancer subgroups, either treated with endocrine-based therapy or anthracycline-containing chemotherapy...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327717/combined-mutation-and-copy-number-variation-detection-by-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-in-uveal-melanoma
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Kyra N Smit, Natasha M van Poppelen, Jolanda Vaarwater, Robert Verdijk, Ronald van Marion, Helen Kalirai, Sarah E Coupland, Sophie Thornton, Neil Farquhar, Hendrikus-Jan Dubbink, Dion Paridaens, Annelies de Klein, Emine Kiliç
Uveal melanoma is a highly aggressive cancer of the eye, in which nearly 50% of the patients die from metastasis. It is the most common type of primary eye cancer in adults. Chromosome and mutation status have been shown to correlate with the disease-free survival. Loss of chromosome 3 and inactivating mutations in BAP1, which is located on chromosome 3, are strongly associated with 'high-risk' tumors that metastasize early. Other genes often involved in uveal melanoma are SF3B1 and EIF1AX, which are found to be mutated in intermediate- and low-risk tumors, respectively...
January 12, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327579/can-multielectron-intercalation-reactions-be-the-basis-of-next-generation-batteries
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M Stanley Whittingham, Carrie Siu, Jia Ding
Intercalation compounds form the basis of essentially all lithium rechargeable batteries. They exhibit a wide range of electronic and crystallographic structures. The former varies from metallic conductors to excellent insulators. The latter often have layer structures or have open tunnel structures that can act as the hosts for the intercalation of a wide range of metal cation and other guest species. They are fascinating materials with almost infinitely variable properties, with the crystal structure controlling the identity and the amount of the guest species that may be intercalated and subsequently removed...
January 12, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327217/cryobiotechnology-of-apple-malus-spp-development-progress-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Min-Rui Wang, Long Chen, Jaime A Teixeira da Silva, Gayle M Volk, Qiao-Chun Wang
Cryopreservation provides valuable genes for further breeding of elite cultivars, and cryotherapy improves the production of virus-free plants in Malus spp., thus assisting the sustainable development of the apple industry. Apple (Malus spp.) is one of the most economically important temperate fruit crops. Wild Malus genetic resources and existing cultivars provide valuable genes for breeding new elite cultivars and rootstocks through traditional and biotechnological breeding programs. These valuable genes include those resistant to abiotic factors such as drought and salinity, and to biotic factors such as fungi, bacteria and aphids...
January 11, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326512/evaluating-the-effect-of-different-conditioning-agents-on-the-shear-bond-strength-of-resin-modified-glass-ionomers
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Namith Rai, Rajaram Naik, Ravi Gupta, Shobana Shetty, Amith Singh
Aim of the Study: This study aims to evaluate the effects three different conditioning agents on the shear bond strength of resin-modified glass ionomers to human dentin. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty recently extracted, caries-free premolars and molars will be cleaned of debris and disinfected in a 0.5% solution of sodium hypochlorite and sterile water for 30 min. The occlusal surface of each tooth will be reduced using conventional model trimmer with water to produce the dentin surface...
October 2017: Contemporary Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326191/establishing-anchor-based-minimally-important-differences-mid-with-the-eortc-quality-of-life-measures-a-meta-analysis-protocol
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Zebedee Jammbe Musoro, Jean-Francois Hamel, Divine Ewane Ediebah, Kim Cocks, Madeleine T King, Mogens Groenvold, Mirjam A G Sprangers, Yvonne Brandberg, Galina Velikova, John Maringwa, Hans-Henning Flechtner, Andrew Bottomley, Corneel Coens
INTRODUCTION: As patient assessment of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in cancer clinical trials has increased over the years, so has the need to attach meaningful interpretations to differences in HRQOL scores between groups and changes within groups. Determining what represents a minimally important difference (MID) in HRQOL scores is useful to clinicians, patients and researchers, and can be used as a benchmark for assessing the success of a healthcare intervention. Our objective is to provide an evidence-based protocol to determine MIDs for the European Organisation for Research and Treatment for Cancer Quality of life Questionnaire core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30)...
January 10, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325898/treatment-of-mantle-cell-lymphoma-in-older-adults
#17
REVIEW
Daniel F Pease, Vicki A Morrison
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) predominantly affects older adults, with a median age at diagnosis of 70years. A frequently aggressive yet incurable lymphoma, the goal of therapy for MCL is to turn a potentially life-threatening illness into a chronic disease with prolonged periods of remission. Large randomized trial data supports the standard treatment in younger patients of cytarabine-based induction followed by autologous stem cell transplant. Most patients will not be eligible for this intensive approach based on older age, comorbidities, and functional status, making the geriatric assessment an essential step in choosing the appropriate strategy...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324737/barriers-of-attendance-to-dog-rabies-static-point-vaccination-clinics-in-blantyre-malawi
#18
Stella Mazeri, Andrew D Gibson, Natascha Meunier, Barend M deC Bronsvoort, Ian G Handel, Richard J Mellanby, Luke Gamble
Rabies is a devastating yet preventable disease that causes around 59,000 human deaths annually. Almost all human rabies cases are caused by bites from rabies-infected dogs. A large proportion of these cases occur in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Annual vaccination of at least 70% of the dog population is recommended by the World Health Organisation in order to eliminate rabies. However, achieving such high vaccination coverage has proven challenging, especially in low resource settings. Despite being logistically and economically more feasible than door-to-door approaches, static point (SP) vaccination campaigns often suffer from low attendance and therefore result in low vaccination coverage...
January 11, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324666/mapping-the-schizophrenia-genes-by-neuroimaging-the-opportunities-and-the-challenges
#19
REVIEW
Ayla Arslan
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a heritable brain disease originating from a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors. The genes underpinning the neurobiology of SZ are largely unknown but recent data suggest strong evidence for genetic variations, such as single nucleotide polymorphisms, making the brain vulnerable to the risk of SZ. Structural and functional brain mapping of these genetic variations are essential for the development of agents and tools for better diagnosis, treatment and prevention of SZ...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324546/applying-precision-medicine-to-ovarian-cancer-proof-of-principle-for-a-molecular-second-look
#20
Melissa Schwartz, Olga Camacho-Vanegas, Ashley M Wood, Matthew Dashkoff, Courtney Whitelock, Timothy T Harkins, Carmel J Cohen, Ann Marie Beddoe, Peter Dottino, John A Martignetti
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to assess if targeted investigation for tumor-specific mutations by ultradeep DNA sequencing of peritoneal washes of ovarian cancer patients after primary surgical debulking and chemotherapy, and clinically diagnosed as disease free, provides a more sensitive and specific method to assess actual treatment response and tailor future therapy and to compare this "molecular second look" with conventional cytology and histopathology-based findings...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
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