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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441843/-three-dimensional-printing-technology-in-the-cardiac-field-prospects-and-challenges
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X B Pan
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April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441794/reciprocal-interactions-of-leukemic-cells-with-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-promote-enrichment-of-leukemic-stell-cell-compartments-in-response-to-curcumin-and-daunorubicin
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Saeed Mohammadi, Mohsen Nikbakht, Seyed Mehdi Sajjadi, Fariba Rad, Bahram Chahardouli, Javid Sabour Takanlu, Shahrbano Rostami, Kamran Alimoghaddam, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh, Seyed H Ghaffari
A predominant challenge in developing curative leukemia therapy is interactions of leukemic cells with the bone marrow stromal microenvironment. We aimed to investigate the role of stromal cells, such as bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BMSCs) and osteoblasts (OBs), in curcumin (CUR) and daunorubicin (DNR) induced apoptosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells. We used KG1 and U937 as leukemia cell line models and treated them with CUR and DNR. The cells were then co-cultured with BMSCs or a combination of BMSCs and OBs as feeders...
March 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441778/gene-expression-analysis-before-and-after-treatment-with-adalimumab-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-identifies-molecular-pathways-associated-with-response-to-therapy
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Marzia Dolcino, Elisa Tinazzi, Andrea Pelosi, Giuseppe Patuzzo, Francesca Moretta, Claudio Lunardi, Antonio Puccetti
The etiology of Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is still unknown and the identification of the involved molecular pathogenetic pathways is a current challenge in the study of the disease. Adalimumab (ADA), an anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha agent, is used in the treatment of AS. We aimed at identifying pathogenetic pathways modified by ADA in patients with a good response to the treatment. Gene expression analysis of Peripheral Blood Cells (PBC) from six responders and four not responder patients was performed before and after treatment...
April 24, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441776/gold-nanoparticles-for-modulating-neuronal-behavior
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REVIEW
Chiara Paviolo, Paul R Stoddart
Understanding the detailed functioning and pathophysiology of the brain and the nervous system continues to challenge the scientific community, particularly in terms of scaling up techniques for monitoring and interfacing with complex 3D networks. Nanotechnology has the potential to support this scaling up, where the eventual goal would be to address individual nerve cells within functional units of both the central and peripheral nervous system. Gold nanoparticles provide a variety of physical and chemical properties that have attracted attention as a light-activated nanoscale neuronal interface...
April 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441768/probabilistic-fatigue-life-updating-for-railway-bridges-based-on-local-inspection-and-repair
#5
Young-Joo Lee, Robin E Kim, Wonho Suh, Kiwon Park
Railway bridges are exposed to repeated train loads, which may cause fatigue failure. As critical links in a transportation network, railway bridges are expected to survive for a target period of time, but sometimes they fail earlier than expected. To guarantee the target bridge life, bridge maintenance activities such as local inspection and repair should be undertaken properly. However, this is a challenging task because there are various sources of uncertainty associated with aging bridges, train loads, environmental conditions, and maintenance work...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441746/high-performance-prediction-of-human-estrogen-receptor-agonists-based-on-chemical-structures
#6
Yuki Asako, Yoshihiro Uesawa
Many agonists for the estrogen receptor are known to disrupt endocrine functioning. We have developed a computational model that predicts agonists for the estrogen receptor ligand-binding domain in an assay system. Our model was entered into the Tox21 Data Challenge 2014, a computational toxicology competition organized by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. This competition aims to find high-performance predictive models for various adverse-outcome pathways, including the estrogen receptor...
April 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441738/simulation-study-of-the-localization-of-a-near-surface-crack-using-an-air-coupled-ultrasonic-sensor-array
#7
Steven Delrue, Vladislav Aleshin, Mikael Sørensen, Lieven De Lathauwer
The importance of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) to check the integrity of materials in different fields of industry has increased significantly in recent years. Actually, industry demands NDT methods that allow fast (preferably non-contact) detection and localization of early-stage defects with easy-to-interpret results, so that even a non-expert field worker can carry out the testing. The main challenge is to combine as many of these requirements into one single technique. The concept of acoustic cameras, developed for low frequency NDT, meets most of the above-mentioned requirements...
April 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441736/a-weighted-belief-entropy-based-uncertainty-measure-for-multi-sensor-data-fusion
#8
Yongchuan Tang, Deyun Zhou, Shuai Xu, Zichang He
In real applications, how to measure the uncertain degree of sensor reports before applying sensor data fusion is a big challenge. In this paper, in the frame of Dempster-Shafer evidence theory, a weighted belief entropy based on Deng entropy is proposed to quantify the uncertainty of uncertain information. The weight of the proposed belief entropy is based on the relative scale of a proposition with regard to the frame of discernment (FOD). Compared with some other uncertainty measures in Dempster-Shafer framework, the new measure focuses on the uncertain information represented by not only the mass function, but also the scale of the FOD, which means less information loss in information processing...
April 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441676/transitioning-from-volume-to-value-one-academic-medical-center-s-approach-to-improving-population-health
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Stephanie A C Halvorson, Mary E Tanski, Thomas R Yackel
PROBLEM: The U.S. health care system is undergoing a major transformation. Clinical delivery systems are now being paid according to the value of the care they provide, in accordance with the Triple Aim, which incorporates improving the quality and cost of care and the patient experience. Increasingly, financial risk is being transferred from insurers to clinical delivery systems that become responsible for both episode-based clinical care and the longitudinal care of patients. Thus, these delivery systems need to develop strategies to manage the health of populations...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441675/teaching-today-in-the-practice-setting-of-the-future-implementing-innovations-in-graduate-medical-education
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Jung G Kim, Carl G Morris, Paul Ford
PROBLEM: Implementing an innovation, such as offering new types of patient-physician encounters through the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model while maintaining Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation standards (e.g., patient encounter minimums for trainees), is challenging. APPROACH: In 2009, the Group Health Family Medicine Residency (GHFMR) received an ACGME Program Experimentation and Innovation Project (PEIP) exception that redefined the minimum Family Medicine Resident Review Committee requirement to 1,400 face-to-face visits and 250 electronic visits (1 electronic visit defined as 3 secure message or telephone encounters)...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441672/how-to-lead-the-way-through-complexity-constraint-and-uncertainty-in-academic-health-science-centers
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Susan J Lieff, Francis J Yammarino
Academic medicine is in an era of unprecedented and constant change due to fluctuating economies, globalization, emerging technologies, research, and professional and educational mandates. Consequently, academic health science centers (AHSCs) are facing new levels of complexity, constraint, and uncertainty. Currently, AHSC leaders work with competing academic and health service demands and are required to work with and are accountable to a diversity of stakeholders. Given the new challenges and emerging needs, the authors believe the leadership methods and approaches AHSCs have used in the past that led to successes will be insufficient...
May 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441668/evaluation-and-management-of-orofacial-pain
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Stephanie Joseph Gilkey, Francisco Plaza-Villegas
Challenging to diagnose and manage, orofacial pain is a common and costly problem with a profound effect on quality of life. Delayed diagnosis and management can lead to prolonged patient suffering and disability. This article describes the background, assessment, differential diagnosis, management, and referral of patients with orofacial pain.
May 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441664/protection-against-legionnaire-s-disease-recombinant-flagellin-a-of-legionella-pneumophila-can-induce-protective-immunity-against-bacteremia-in-a-balb-c-murine-model
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Ashraf Mohabati Mobarez, Roya Ahmadrajabi, Nima Khoramabadi, Ali-Hatef Salmanian
To investigate the immunoprotective effects of the recombinant type A flagellin (FLA), the flaA gene of Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1 strain Paris was cloned into pET28a(+). Recombinant FLA (rFLA) was overexpressed in E. coli BL21 (DE3) and purified by Ni2+ exchange chromatography. Female BALB/c aged 6-8 weeks were immunized with 20 μg of rFLA. Nonimmunized mice along with mice inoculated with a sublethal dose of live L. pneumophila intravenously were considered as negative and positive controls, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441623/identification-of-a-macrobrachium-nipponense-c-type-lectin-with-a-close-evolutionary-relationship-to-vertebrate-lectins
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Xin Huang, Tingting Li, Min Jin, Shaowu Yin, Wen Wang, Qian Ren
C-type lectins (CTLs) are involved in the innate immune defense of vertebrates and invertebrates against invading pathogens. This study cloned and characterized a novel C-type lectin (MnCTL) of the oriental river prawn, Macrobrachium nipponense. The cloned MnCTL cDNA encompasses an open reading frame of 774 nucleotides and encodes polypeptides of 257 residues. The deduced MnCTL protein contains a single carbohydrate recognition domain (CRD) with an EPN (Glu-Pro-Asn) motif in calcium-binding site 2. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that MnCTL has a closer evolutionary relationship with vertebrate lectins than with invertebrate lectins...
April 22, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441618/motivation-deficits-and-use-of-alcohol-and-illicit-drugs-among-individuals-with-schizophrenia
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Amber L Bahorik, Catherine G Greeno, Gerald Cochran, Jack R Cornelius, Shaun M Eack
This study examined the impact of substance use on intrinsic motivation and evaluated the association between intrinsic motivation and substance use recovery among individuals with schizophrenia. Alcohol and illicit drug use and intrinsic motivation were evaluated at baseline and 6-months for 1434 individuals with schizophrenia from the Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness (CATIE) using self-rated substance use assessments and a derived motivation measure from the Heinrichs-Carpenter Quality of Life Scale...
April 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441616/core-shell-hierarchical-mesostructured-silica-nanoparticles-for-gene-chemo-synergetic-stepwise-therapy-of-multidrug-resistant-cancer
#16
Lijun Sun, Dangge Wang, Yu Chen, Liying Wang, Ping Huang, Yaping Li, Ziwei Liu, Heliang Yao, Jianlin Shi
The design and synthesis of hierarchically nanoporous structures for the co-encapsulation and sequential releases of different cargos are still great challenges in biomedical applications. In this work, we report on the elaborate design and controlled synthesis of a unique core-shell hierarchical mesoporous silica/organosilica nanosystem, in which there are large and small mesopores separately present in the shell and core, facilitating the independent encapsulations of large (siRNA) and small (doxorubicin) molecules, respectively...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441589/nutrient-stress-induced-chromatin-changes-in-plants
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REVIEW
David Secco, James Whelan, Hatem Rouached, Ryan Lister
The ability of plants to appropriately respond to the soil nutrient availability is of primary importance for their development and to complete their life cycle. Deciphering these multifaceted adaptive mechanisms remains a major challenge for scientists to date. Recent technological breakthroughs now enable to assess the dynamism and complexity of these processes at unprecedented resolution. In this review, we present some of the most recent findings on the involvement of histone modifications, histone variants and DNA methylation in response to nutrient stresses as well as discussing the potential roles these chromatin changes could serve as priming or as trans-generational stress memory mechanisms...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441559/hydra-imaging-nerve-nets-in-action
#18
Ni Ji, Steven W Flavell
Mapping whole-brain activity during behavior represents one of the biggest and most exciting challenges of systems neuroscience. New research has taken advantage of the unique biology of an ancient organism to bring us a step closer to that goal.
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441549/plain-radiography-may-underestimate-the-burden-of-body-packer-ingestion-a-case-report
#19
Yonah B Esterson, Vihas Patel, Jeffrey Nicastro, Barak Friedman
Body packing refers to the intracorporeal concealment of illicit drugs. Here we report the case of a 55-year-old body packer who presented with palpitations, visual hallucinations, and a sense of impending death. Abdominal radiography demonstrated five ovoid foreign bodies overlying the rectum. At subsequent gastrotomy and cecotomy, thirty-eight cocaine-containing packets were retrieved from the stomach and ascending colon as well as from the rectum. As the contraband market evolves new techniques to evade detection, evaluation of the burden of body packer ingestion has become increasingly challenging...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441542/reattachment-using-the-suture-bridge-augmentation-for-achilles-tendon-avulsion-fracture-with-osteoporotic-bony-fragment
#20
Byung-Ki Cho, Ji-Kang Park, Seung-Myung Choi
Although avulsion fractures of the calcaneal tuberosity are rare injuries, these can be a challenging problem with frequent complications, such as loss of reduction and soft tissue problem. Anatomical reduction and internal fixation are indicated to avoid these pitfalls and to restore function of the triceps surae. However, the best fixation device and operative technique are still controversial. A case that achieved satisfactory clinical outcome through a reattachment technique using the suture bridge augmentation for Achilles tendon avulsion fracture with osteoporotic bony fragment is presented...
April 15, 2017: Foot
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