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W-B Kuang, Q -C Deng, C-T Deng, W-S Li, Y-G Zhang, S-W Shu, M-R Zhou
OBJECTIVE: Breast cancer cell infiltration, migration, and proliferation significantly affect its curative effect. Stemness gene octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (OCT4) upregulated in breast cancer tissue compared with normal control. MiRNA exhibits regulatory role in gene expression. This study adopted bioinformatics to predict the miRNA to regulate OCT4 gene and investigated its impact on breast cancer cell infiltration, migration, and proliferation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MirBase database was analyzed to explore the potential miRNA in regulating OCT4 based on human OCT4 gene sequence...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
J-X Li, X-M Ding, S Han, K Wang, C-Y Jiao, X-C Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of mir-637 on the proliferation, migration and apoptosis in human cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) cell line QBC939, and the impact of mir-637 on Cathepsin B (CTSB) expression. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Expression of mir-637 and CTSB in CCA tissues and adjacent non-tumor tissues were measured by Real-time PCR. CTSB expression in human CCA cell lines was detected with or without mir-637 exogenous overexpression through fluorescent quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) method...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Y-M Weng, C-R Ke, J-Z Kong, H Chen, J-J Hong, D-S Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of autophagy-related gene 5 (ATG5) on the proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis of Mc3T3-E1 osteoblast as well as the effects of ATG5 on apoptosis of osteoblasts under the conditions of non-oxidative stress and oxidative stress. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ATG5 overexpressing and silencing cell lines were established in this experiment with lentiviral vector and transcription activator-like effect or nuclease (Talen) technique, respectively, using Mc3T3-E1 cells...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Taraknath Mandal, Ronald G Larson
Using fully atomistic and coarse-grained (CG) molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, we report, for the first time, the self-assembly of initially randomly dispersed dodecyl-β-d-maltoside (DDM) surfactants into a striped cylindrical micelle (SCM) with lamellae of surfactant heads and tails alternating along the cylindrical axis, with both heads and tails in contact with the water. By changing the interaction strength of the head group with water relative to itself, we find that such micelles are most likely for head groups with marginal solubility in the water solvent...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Kurt D Christensen, Jason L Vassy, Kathryn A Phillips, Carrie L Blout, Danielle R Azzariti, Christine Y Lu, Jill O Robinson, Kaitlyn Lee, Michael P Douglas, Jennifer M Yeh, Kalotina Machini, Natasha K Stout, Heidi L Rehm, Amy L McGuire, Robert C Green, Dmitry Dukhovny
PurposeGreat uncertainty exists about the costs associated with whole-genome sequencing (WGS).MethodsOne hundred cardiology patients with cardiomyopathy diagnoses and 100 ostensibly healthy primary care patients were randomized to receive a family-history report alone or with a WGS report. Cardiology patients also reviewed prior genetic test results. WGS costs were estimated by tracking resource use and staff time. Downstream costs were estimated by identifying services in administrative data, medical records, and patient surveys for 6 months...
March 22, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Ahmed Alfares, Taghrid Aloraini, Lamia Al Subaie, Abdulelah Alissa, Ahmed Al Qudsi, Ahmed Alahmad, Fuad Al Mutairi, Abdulrahman Alswaid, Ali Alothaim, Wafaa Eyaid, Mohammed Albalwi, Saeed Alturki, Majid Alfadhel
PurposeWhole-exome sequencing (WES) and whole-genome sequencing (WGS) are used to diagnose genetic and inherited disorders. However, few studies comparing the detection rates of WES and WGS in clinical settings have been performed.MethodsVariant call format files were generated and raw data analysis was performed in cases in which the final molecular results showed discrepancies. We classified the possible explanations for the discrepancies into three categories: the time interval between the two tests, the technical limitations of WES, and the impact of the sequencing system type...
March 22, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Nicole Hoppman, Kandelaria Rumilla, Emily Lauer, Hutton Kearney, Erik Thorland
PurposeSingle-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) microarrays can easily identify whole-chromosome isodisomy but are unable to detect whole-chromosome heterodisomy. However, most cases of uniparental disomy (UPD) involve combinations of heterodisomy and isodisomy, visualized on SNP microarrays as long continuous stretches of homozygosity (LCSH). LCSH raise suspicion for, but are not diagnostic of, UPD, and reporting necessitates confirmatory testing. The goal of this study was to define optimal LCSH reporting standards...
March 22, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Martin Schiller, Martin Bizzarro, Vera Assis Fernandes
Nucleosynthetic isotope variability among Solar System objects is often used to probe the genetic relationship between meteorite groups and the rocky planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars), which, in turn, may provide insights into the building blocks of the Earth-Moon system. Using this approach, it has been inferred that no primitive meteorite matches the terrestrial composition and the protoplanetary disk material from which Earth and the Moon accreted is therefore largely unconstrained. This conclusion, however, is based on the assumption that the observed nucleosynthetic variability of inner-Solar-System objects predominantly reflects spatial heterogeneity...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Lingyu Chen, Youxing Su, Wenbin Luo, Xuemin Hong, Jianghong Shi
The deployment density and computational power of small base stations (BSs) are expected to increase significantly in the next generation mobile communication networks. These BSs form the mobile edge network, which is a pervasive and distributed infrastructure that can empower a variety of edge/fog computing applications. This paper proposes a novel edge-computing application called explicit caching, which stores selective contents at BSs and exposes such contents to local users for interactive browsing and download...
March 22, 2018: Sensors
Adeline Jacquet, Cécile Cottet-Rousselle, Josiane Arnaud, Kevin Julien Saint Amand, Raoua Ben Messaoud, Marine Lénon, Christine Demeilliers, Jean-Marc Moulis
The impact of chronic cadmium exposure and slow accumulation on the occurrence and development of diabetes is controversial for human populations. Islets of Langerhans play a prominent role in the etiology of the disease, including by their ability to secrete insulin. Conversion of glucose increase into insulin secretion involves mitochondria. A rat model of pancreatic β-cells was exposed to largely sub-lethal levels of cadmium cations applied for the longest possible time. Cadmium entered cells at concentrations far below those inducing cell death and accumulated by factors reaching several hundred folds the basal level...
March 22, 2018: Toxics
Anna N Chard, Matthew C Freeman
Evidence of the impact of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) in schools (WinS) interventions on pupil absence and health is mixed. Few WinS evaluations rigorously report on output and outcome measures that allow for comparisons of effectiveness between interventions to be made, or for an understanding of why programs succeed. The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for Health and Education in Laotian Primary Schools (WASH HELPS) study was a randomized controlled trial designed to measure the impact of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Laos WinS project on child health and education...
March 22, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Cornelia Frank, Gian-Luca Linstromberg, Linda Hennig, Thomas Heinen, Thomas Schack
A team's cognitions of interpersonally coordinated actions are a crucial component for successful team performance. Here, we present an approach to practice team action by way of imagery and examine its impact on team cognitions in long-term memory. We investigated the impact of a 4-week team action imagery intervention on futsal players' mental representations of team-level tactics. Skilled futsal players were assigned to either an imagery training group or a no imagery training control group. Participants in the imagery training group practiced four team-level tactics by imagining team actions in specific game situations for three times a week...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology
Hakeam A Hakeam, Zainab Al Duhailib, Nawal Salahuddin, Tarek Amin
The aim of this prospective, randomized study was to compare the effects of tigecycline and imipenem-cilastatin on fibrinogen levels in patients undergoing cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC). Patients were empirically randomized to receive tigecycline or imipenem-cilastatin. Fibrinogen levels were measured in both patient groups on days 1, 3, 5 and 8 of antibiotic therapy and 3 days after antibiotic therapy completion. Twenty patients received tigecycline and 22 patients received imipenem-cilastatin ...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Chemotherapy
Andrés Palacios Picos, Ruth Pinedo González, Myriam de la Iglesia Gutierrez
The aim of the researchers is to explore the causes and consequences of the psychological health of sex workers as well as provide an intervention model for the prevention of mental disorders in accordance with WHO levels. The study sample consisted of 146 sex workers from Spain. Loneliness and maltreatment have a negative influence on psychological health, while self-esteem has a protector role over psychological health. Psychological health has a positive impact on perceived quality of life and other health domains...
March 22, 2018: Health Care for Women International
L Jonker, F Memon
Since recent research indicates that other modalities are at a minimum non-inferior to the NICE-recommended hormonal agent prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ), a retrospective cohort study was conducted on 1971 consecutively induced singleton pregnancies. Multinominal regression analysis showed that the odds ratio (OR) for vaginal delivery with balloon-mediated labour induction (84% vaginal deliveries; OR 1.6; 95% CI 0.7-3.5) is similar to the PGE2 agents propess (81%; OR 1.2; 95% CI 0.68-1.98) and prostin (79%; OR 0...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Tharangrut Hanprasertpong, Kasem Raungrongmorakot, Alan Geater, Pawin Puapornpong, Wipada Laosooksathit, Aurasa Hemachandra, Maysita Suksamarnwong
Thalassaemia is a common haematologic health condition in Southeast Asian countries (SEA) including Thailand. Reducing the birth of new thalassaemia cases is an effective method to control disease. The background level of knowledge and attitude of pregnant women on the disease influences their decision to perform antenatal screening. Unfortunately, the information about pregnant women's knowledge and attitude on antenatal thalassaemia screening in a developing country such as Thailand is lacking. We therefore conducted this cross-sectional study to examine patients' knowledge and to evaluate the factors which influence the patient's knowledge and attitude on antenatal thalassaemia screening...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Lauren E Giugale, Sara Sakamoto, Jonathan Yabes, Shannon L Dunn, Elizabeth E Krans
We conducted an observational retrospective cohort study to evaluate the risk factors and the maternal morbidity associated with unintended extensions of the hysterotomy during caesarean delivery. We evaluated 2707 women who underwent low-transverse caesarean deliveries in 2011 at an academic, tertiary-care hospital. Hysterotomy extensions were identified through operative reports. Of the 2707 caesarean deliveries, 392 (14.5%) had an unintended hysterotomy extension. On the multivariable regression modelling, neonatal weight (OR 1...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Amanda Golembesky, Maureen Cooney, Rossen Boev, Anne-Françoise Schlit, Jürgen W G Bentz
Managing symptoms of allergic rhinitis (AR) and urticaria in pregnant women is important to reduce complications and negative outcomes. The objective of this study was to provide information on the pregnancy outcomes of women exposed to the antihistamine cetirizine (CTZ). The UCB Pharma Patient Safety Database was searched for pregnancies up to 28 February 2015. Maternal CTZ exposure reports were extracted, and pregnancy outcomes were examined, including exposure, comorbidities and infant events. 228 of 522 pregnancies with maternal CTZ exposure had available outcomes; 49 were prospective...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
You Jung Shin, June Seek Choi, Jin Hoon Chung, Jung Yeol Han, Hyun Kyong Ahn, Hyun Mee Ryu
This study aimed to analyse perinatal outcomes in ofloxacin-exposed pregnancies. This prospective study was conducted on 143 singleton pregnancies between January 2001 and April 2014, after oral ofloxacin exposure in the first trimester. A total of 33 exposed mothers were compared with 110 age-matched controls who were not exposed to teratogen. The mean maternal age was 31.4 ± 3.6 years, and the median gestational age was 4.1 weeks at the exposure. No significant differences were observed in either gestational age or in the foetal ultrasonographic long bone length between the exposed and control groups...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Abdullah Boztosun, Remzi Atılgan, Şehmus Pala, Şafak Olgan
The aim of this study is to define a new method of manipulating the uterus during laparoscopic hysterectomy. A total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) with the newly defined technique was performed in 29 patients between July 2016 and July 2017. In this new technique, the uterus was bound from uterine corpus and fundus like a bridle with polyester tape, to allow abdominal manipulation. The technique was successfully performed at the first attempt in 93.1% of cases. It was repeated in two cases (6.9%) since the polyester tape departed away from the uterus at the first attempt...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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