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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535013/htert-c250t-promoter-mutation-and-telomere-length-as-a-molecular-markers-of-cancer-progression-in-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer
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Wojciech Barczak, Wiktoria M Suchorska, Agnieszka Sobecka, Karolina Bednarowicz, Piotr Machczynski, Pawel Golusinski, Blazej Rubis, Michal M Masternak, Wojciech Golusinski
Squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (HNSCC) is the sixth leading cause of cancer worldwide, representing over half a million incidents every year. Cancer cells, including HNSCC, are characterized by increased telomerase activity. This enzymatic complex is active in ~90% of all cancer types and is responsible for the lengthening of telomeres. Highly recurrent point mutations in the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) promoter have recently been reported in a number of human neoplasms. The aim of the present study was to analyze the prevalence of the hTERT promoter C250T mutation and telomere length in the blood leukocytes of 61 patients with HNSCC and 49 healthy individuals...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534488/observed-variations-in-u-s-frost-timing-linked-to-atmospheric-circulation-patterns
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Courtenay Strong, Gregory J McCabe
Several studies document lengthening of the frost-free season within the conterminous United States (U.S.) over the past century, and report trends in spring and fall frost timing that could stem from hemispheric warming. In the absence of warming, theory and case studies link anomalous frost timing to atmospheric circulation anomalies. However, recent efforts to relate a century of observed changes in U.S. frost timing to various atmospheric circulations yielded only modest correlations, leaving the relative importance of circulation and warming unclear...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534053/kidney-preservation-at-subzero-temperatures-using-a-novel-storage-solution-and-insect-ice-binding-proteins
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H E Tomalty, E F Hamilton, A Hamilton, O Kukal, T Allen, V K Walker
BACKGROUND: Contemporary kidney preservation methods involve storing at 4 degree C up to 24 h prior to transplantation. By decreasing the storage temperature to below 0 degree C, we hypothesized that the safe storage time could be significantly lengthened. OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of a proprietary CryoStasis (CrS) storage solution for the subzero preservation of kidneys was tested, with or without addition of a hyperactive insect antifreeze protein (TmAFP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rat kidneys were stored in either University of Wisconsin (UW) solution (4 degree C, 24 h), CrS (-2 degree C, 48 h), or CrS with 61...
March 2017: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530234/n-alkylated-analogs-of-4-methylamphetamine-4-ma-differentially-affect-monoamine-transporters-and-abuse-liability
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Ernesto Solis, John S Partilla, Farhana Sakloth, Iwona Ruchala, Kathryn L Schwienteck, Louis J De Felice, Jose M Eltit, Richard A Glennon, S Stevens Negus, Michael H Baumann
Clandestine chemists synthesize novel stimulant drugs by exploiting structural templates known to target monoamine transporters for dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin (DAT, NET, and SERT, respectively). 4-Methylamphetamine (4-MA) is an emerging drug of abuse that interacts with transporters, but limited structure-activity data are available for its analogs. Here we employed uptake and release assays in rat brain synaptosomes, voltage-clamp current measurements in cells expressing transporters, and calcium flux assays in cells co-expressing transporters and calcium channels to study the effects of increasing N-alkyl chain length of 4-MA on interactions at DAT, NET and SERT...
May 22, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530218/visualization-of-penile-suspensory-ligamentous-system-based-on-visible-human-data-sets
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Xianzhuo Chen, Yi Wu, Ling Tao, Yan Yan, Jun Pang, Shaoxiang Zhang, Shirong Li
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to use a three-dimensional (3D) visualization technology to illustrate and describe the anatomical features of the penile suspensory ligamentous system based on the Visible Human data sets and to explore the suspensory mechanism of the penis for the further improvement of the penis-lengthening surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS Cross-sectional images retrieved from the first Chinese Visible Human (CVH-1), third Chinese Visible Human (CVH-3), and Visible Human Male (VHM) data sets were used to segment the suspensory ligamentous system and its adjacent structures...
May 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529935/modified-fisher-method-for-unilateral-cleft-lip-report-of-cases
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Hui Young Kim, Joonhyoung Park, Ming-Chih Chang, In Seok Song, Byoung Moo Seo
BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation of normal function and form is essential in cleft lip repair. In 2005, Dr. David M. Fisher introduced an innovative method, named "an anatomical subunit approximation technique" in unilateral cleft lip repair. According to this method, circumferential incision along the columella on cleft side of the medial flap is continued to the planned top of the Cupid's bow in straight manner, which runs parallel to the unaffected philtral ridge. Usually, small inlet incision is needed to lengthen the medial flap...
December 2017: Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529111/the-results-of-total-hip-arthroplasty-after-sugioka-transtrochanteric-anterior-rotational-osteotomy-for-osteonecrosis
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Takeshi Utsunomiya, Goro Motomura, Satoshi Ikemura, Satoshi Hamai, Jun-Ichi Fukushi, Yasuharu Nakashima
BACKGROUND: Since Sugioka transtrochanteric anterior rotational osteotomy (ARO) for osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) changes the morphology of the proximal femur, total hip arthroplasty (THA) after previous ARO is considered a technically demanding procedure. The purpose of this study was to compare the clinicoradiologic outcomes of THA after ARO with those of THA without any antecedent surgery for ONFH. METHODS: Twenty-four hips in 20 patients who underwent cementless THA after ARO (postosteotomy group) were retrospectively reviewed and compared with patients who underwent cementless THA without any antecedent surgery for ONFH during the same period (primary group)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529010/aneurysmal-bone-cyst-healing-response-with-intramedullary-lengthening-nail
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Ahmet Emrah Acan, Onur Basci, Hasan Havitcioglu
We report the treatment process of a pediatric patient with deformity and shortening in the arm after a recurrent aggressive aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) in the proximal humerus. The patient was treated with curettage of the lesion and lengthening on an intramedullary nail following an osteotomy just distal to the ABC. The period of lengthening was approximately 50 days. At the end of the treatment the lengthening goal was achieved without any neurovascular complication. There was a minimal loss in shoulder hyperabduction due to the deformity of the humeral head...
May 18, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523552/epigenetics-of-huntington-s-disease
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Silvia Bassi, Takshashila Tripathi, Alan Monziani, Francesca Di Leva, Marta Biagioli
Huntington's disease (HD) is a genetic, fatal autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder typically occurring in midlife with symptoms ranging from chorea, to dementia, to personality disturbances (Philos Trans R Soc Lond Ser B Biol Sci 354:957-961, 1999). HD is inherited in a dominant fashion, and the underlying mutation in all cases is a CAG trinucleotide repeat expansion within exon 1 of the HD gene (Cell 72:971-983, 1993). The expanded CAG repeat, translated into a lengthened glutamine tract at the amino terminus of the huntingtin protein, affects its structural properties and functional activities...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522917/effects-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-xiangbin-prescription-on-gastrointestinal-motility
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Zhi Jiang, Li-Xing Cao, Bo Liu, Qi-Cheng Chen, Wen-Fan Shang, Lu Zhou, Dan-Yan Li, De-An Guo, Zhi-Qiang Chen
AIM: To investigate the effects of Xiangbin prescription (XBP), a Chinese herbal concoction, on gastrointestinal motility. METHODS: Forty healthy volunteers were recruited for this randomized controlled trial of XBP. Antroduodenojejunal manometry was used to monitor gastrointestinal motility in these subjects. After the subjects had fasted for at least 12 h, XBP (n = 30) or placebo (n = 10) was orally administrated and gastrointestinal motility was recorded for 4 h...
April 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522207/outcomes-of-post-traumatic-tibial-osteomyelitis-treated-with-an-orthofix-lrs-versus-an-ilizarov-external-fixator
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Yilizati Yilihamu, Ajimu Keremu, Alimujiang Abulaiti, Xiayimaierdan Maimaiti, Peng Ren, Aihemaitijiang Yusufu
OBJECTIVE: To compare the therapeutic effects of the Orthofix limb reconstruction system (LRS) versus the Ilizarov external fixator on osteomyelitis of a tibial bone defect. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Among 153 patients hospitalized for bone lengthening therapy from January 1, 1996 to January 1, 2015, 129 patients were selected for a retrospective analysis. Forty-three of the candidate patients were treated using the Orthofix LRS and the other 86 were treated using an Ilizarov external fixator...
May 3, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521363/a-cisplatin-derivative-tetra-pt-bpy-as-an-oncotherapeutic-agent-for-targeting-alt-cancer
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Xiao-Hui Zheng, Xin Nie, Yiming Fang, Zepeng Zhang, Yingnan Xiao, Zongwan Mao, Haiying Liu, Jian Ren, Feng Wang, Lixin Xia, Junjiu Huang, Yong Zhao
Background: In approximately 15% of human cancers, telomere length is maintained independently of telomerase by the homologous recombination (HR)-mediated alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) pathway. Whether the ALT pathway can be exploited for therapeutic treatment remains unknown. The purpose of this study is to develop oncotherapeutic agent to target ALT cancers. Methods: Surface plasmon resonance assay, antibody to G-quadruplex, and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) were used to discover Tetra-Pt(bpy), a cisplatin derivative that specifically targets telomeric G-quadruplex...
October 1, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517973/periodontal-referral-patterns-in-australia-2000-versus-2015
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Leah M Brown, Patrick Bowman, Vincent J O'Rourke, Faustino Mercado, Roderick Marshall, Scott Parsons
BACKGROUND: A previous study had investigated differences in the severity of periodontal disease on referral for specialist care between 1980 and 2000 across the USA. This study found patients referred in 2000 had a greater severity of periodontal disease than those referred twenty years prior. METHODS: A retrospective chart analysis of 384 charts was completed from three periodontal practices across the east coast of Australia. Two time periods were investigated; 2000-2001 and 2015-2016...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516345/performance-and-cost-evaluation-of-health-information-systems-using-micro-costing-and-discrete-event-simulation
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Olfa Rejeb, Claire Pilet, Sabri Hamana, Xiaolan Xie, Thierry Durand, Saber Aloui, Anne Doly, Pierre Biron, Lionel Perrier, Vincent Augusto
Innovation and health-care funding reforms have contributed to the deployment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve patient care. Many health-care organizations considered the application of ICT as a crucial key to enhance health-care management. The purpose of this paper is to provide a methodology to assess the organizational impact of high-level Health Information System (HIS) on patient pathway. We propose an integrated performance evaluation of HIS approach through the combination of formal modeling using the Architecture of Integrated Information Systems (ARIS) models, a micro-costing approach for cost evaluation, and a Discrete-Event Simulation (DES) approach...
May 17, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516252/chronic-eccentric-arm-cycling-improves-maximum-upper-body-strength-and-power
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Steven J Elmer, Dakota J Anderson, Travis R Wakeham, Matthew A Kilgas, John J Durocher, Stan L Lindstedt, Paul C LaStayo
INTRODUCTION: Eccentric leg cycling (cycle ergometry adapted to impose muscle lengthening contractions) offers an effective exercise for restoring lower-body muscular function, maintaining health, and improving performance in clinical and athletic populations. PURPOSE: We extended this model to the upper body and evaluated the effectiveness of a 7-week eccentric arm cycling (ECCarm) intervention to improve upper-body muscular function. We also explored whether ECCarm would alter arterial function...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515112/impact-of-the-metabolic-syndrome-on-mortality-is-modified-by-objective-short-sleep-duration
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Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Fan He, Caitlin LaGrotte, Alexandros N Vgontzas, Duanping Liao, Edward O Bixler
BACKGROUND: To examine whether objective sleep duration is an effect modifier of the impact of metabolic syndrome (MetS) on all-cause and cardiovascular disease/cerebrovascular mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: We addressed this question in the Penn State Adult Cohort, a random, general population sample of 1344 men and women (48.8±14.2 years) who were studied in the sleep laboratory and followed up for 16.6±4.2 years. MetS was defined by the presence of 3 or more of obesity (≥30 kg/m(2)), elevated total cholesterol (≥200 mg/dL), triglycerides (≥150 mg/dL), fasting glucose (≥100 mg/dL), and blood pressure (≥130/85 mm Hg)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514441/pd-1-expression-by-tumour-associated-macrophages-inhibits-phagocytosis-and-tumour-immunity
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Sydney R Gordon, Roy L Maute, Ben W Dulken, Gregor Hutter, Benson M George, Melissa N McCracken, Rohit Gupta, Jonathan M Tsai, Rahul Sinha, Daniel Corey, Aaron M Ring, Andrew J Connolly, Irving L Weissman
Programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) is an immune checkpoint receptor that is upregulated on activated T cells for the induction of immune tolerance. Tumour cells frequently overexpress the ligand for PD-1, programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1), facilitating their escape from the immune system. Monoclonal antibodies that block the interaction between PD-1 and PD-L1, by binding to either the ligand or receptor, have shown notable clinical efficacy in patients with a variety of cancers, including melanoma, colorectal cancer, non-small-cell lung cancer and Hodgkin's lymphoma...
May 17, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513547/epigenetic-regulation-of-telomere-maintenance-for-therapeutic-interventions-in-gliomas
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Elisabeth Naderlinger, Klaus Holzmann
High-grade astrocytoma of WHO grade 4 termed glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a common human brain tumor with poor patient outcome. Astrocytoma demonstrates two known telomere maintenance mechanisms (TMMs) based on telomerase activity (TA) and on alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT). ALT is associated with lower tumor grades and better outcome. In contrast to ALT, regulation of TA in tumors by direct mutation and epigenetic activation of the hTERT promoter is well established. Here, we summarize the genetic background of TMMs in non-malignant cells and in cancer, in addition to clinical and pathological features of gliomas...
May 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513173/the-photophysics-of-deoxycytidine-and-5-methyl-deoxycytidine-in-solution-a-comprehensive-picture-by-quantum-mechanical-calculations-and-femtosecond-fluorescence-spectroscopy
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Lara Martinez-Fernandez, Ana J Pepino, Javier Segarra-Martí, Justina Jovaisaite, Ignacio Vayá, Artur Nenov, Dimitra Markovitsi, Thomas Gustavsson, Akos Banyasz, Marco Garavelli, Roberto Improta
The study concerns the relaxation of electronic excited states of the DNA nucleoside Deoxycytidine (dCyd) and its methylated analogue 5-methyl-deoxycytidine (5mdCyd), known to be involved in the formation of UV-induced lesions of the genetic code. Due to the existence of four closely lying and potentially coupled excited states, the deactivation pathways in these systems are particularly complex and have not been assessed so far. Here, we provide a complete mechanistic picture of the excited state relaxation of dCyd/5mdCyd in three solvents, water, acetonitrile, and tetrahydrofuran by combining femtosecond fluorescence experiments, addressing the effect of solvent proticity on the relaxation dynamics of dCyd and 5mdCyd for the first time, and two complementary Quantum Mechanical approaches (CASPT2/MM and PCM/TD-CAM-B3LYP)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510200/cambial-variations-of-piper-piperaceae-in-taiwan
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Sheng-Zehn Yang, Po-Hao Chen
BACKGROUND: Cambial variations in lianas of Piperaceae in Taiwan have not been studied previously. The stem anatomy of seven Piper species from Taiwan was examined to document cambial variations and better distinguish the species when leaves are absent. RESULTS: A key for the seven species is provided, based on the internal stem anatomy. The seven Piper species climb via adventitious roots, and in cross section, the stems were generally eccentric and oblate, although a transversely elliptic stem was found in P...
December 2017: Botanical Studies (Taipei, Taiwan)
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