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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816138/lymphocyte-nadir-and-esophageal-cancer-survival-outcomes-after-chemoradiation-therapy
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Rajayogesh Davuluri, Wen Jiang, Penny Fang, Cai Xu, Ritsuko Komaki, Daniel R Gomez, James Welsh, James D Cox, Christopher H Crane, Charles C Hsu, Steven H Lin
PURPOSE: Host immunity may affect the outcome in patients with esophageal cancer. We sought to identify factors that influenced absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) nadir during chemoradiation therapy (CRT) for esophageal cancer (EC) and looked for clinically relevant associations with survival. METHODS AND MATERIALS: 504 patients with stage I-III EC (2007-2013) treated with neoadjuvant or definitive CRT with weekly ALC determinations made during treatment were analyzed...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809152/whole-genome-sequences-of-odocoileus-hemionus-deer-adenovirus-isolates-from-deer-moose-and-elk-are-highly-conserved-and-support-a-new-species-in-the-genus-atadenovirus
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Myrna M Miller, Todd E Cornish, Terry E Creekmore, Karen Fox, Will Laegreid, Jennifer McKenna, Marce Vasquez, Leslie W Woods
We present the first complete genome sequence of Odocoileus hemionus deer adenovirus 1 (OdAdV-1). This virus can cause sporadic haemorrhagic disease in cervids, although epizootics with high mortality have occurred in California. OdAdV-1 has been placed in the genus Atadenovirus, based on partial hexon, pVIII and fibre genes. Ten field isolates recovered from naturally infected mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus), white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginiana) and moose (Alces alces) from Wyoming, black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) from California, and Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni) from Colorado and Washington state were sequenced...
August 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808442/firefly-mating-algorithm-for-continuous-optimization-problems
#3
Amarita Ritthipakdee, Arit Thammano, Nol Premasathian, Duangjai Jitkongchuen
This paper proposes a swarm intelligence algorithm, called firefly mating algorithm (FMA), for solving continuous optimization problems. FMA uses genetic algorithm as the core of the algorithm. The main feature of the algorithm is a novel mating pair selection method which is inspired by the following 2 mating behaviors of fireflies in nature: (i) the mutual attraction between males and females causes them to mate and (ii) fireflies of both sexes are of the multiple-mating type, mating with multiple opposite sex partners...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795675/-clinical-application-of-abdominal-lifting-and-compression-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-method-for-treatment-of-patients-with-cardiac-arrest
#4
Haishan Li, Liu Ji, Jingjing Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical application of rhythmic abdominal lifting and compression cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ALC-CPR) in cardiac arrest (CA) patients with conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) contraindication (chest rib fracture, chest trauma, etc.). METHODS: The clinical data of patients with CA in emergency department of Hefei Second People's Hospital from June 2015 to December 2016 were analyzed retrospectively, and the patients with weights 40-150 kg and CA≤20 minutes, and resuscitated with ALC-CPR were selected...
August 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780745/effectiveness-and-safety-of-dimethyl-fumurate-treatment-in-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis-patients-a-real-world-evidence
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Raed Alroughani, Samar Farouk Ahmed, Raed Behbehani, Jasem Al-Hashel
INTRODUCTION: Dimethyl fumurate (DMF) has been recently approved as a disease-modifying therapy for the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS). Post-marketing studies are important to confirm what was established in clinical trials. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate effectiveness and safety of DMF and to measure the occurrence of lymphopenia in a cohort of MS patients in a clinical setting. METHODS: Using the national MS registry, we prospectively assessed relapsing MS patients who had been prescribed DMF for at least 6 months...
August 5, 2017: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777884/state-dependent-behavior-alters-endocrine-energy-relationship-implications-for-conservation-and-management
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Brett R Jesmer, Jacob R Goheen, Kevin L Monteith, Matthew J Kauffman
Glucocorticoids (GC) and triiodothyronine (T3) are two endocrine markers commonly used to quantify resource limitation, yet the relationships between these markers and the energetic state of animals has been studied primarily in small-bodied species in captivity. Free-ranging animals, however, adjust energy intake in accordance with their energy reserves, a behavior known as state-dependent foraging. Further, links between life-history strategies and metabolic allometries cause energy intake and energy reserves to be more strongly coupled in small animals relative to large animals...
August 4, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774432/automatic-methods-for-alveolar-bone-loss-degree-measurement-in-periodontitis-periapical-radiographs
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P L Lin, P Y Huang, P W Huang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Periodontitis involves progressive loss of alveolar bone around the teeth. Hence, automatic alveolar bone loss measurement in periapical radiographs can assist dentists in diagnosing such disease. In this paper, we propose an automatic length-based alveolar bone loss measurement system with emphasis on a cementoenamel junction (CEJ) localization method: CEJ_LG. METHOD: The bone loss measurement system first adopts the methods TSLS and ABLifBm, which we presented previously, to extract teeth contours and bone loss areas from periodontitis radiograph images...
September 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772463/first-principles-study-of-vacancies-in-ti%C3%A2-sic%C3%A2-and-ti%C3%A2-alc%C3%A2
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Hui Wang, Han Han, Gen Yin, Chang-Ying Wang, Yu-Yang Hou, Jun Tang, Jian-Xing Dai, Cui-Lan Ren, Wei Zhang, Ping Huai
MAX phase materials have attracted increased attention due to their unique combination of ceramic and metallic properties. In this study, the properties of vacancies in Ti₃AlC₂ and Ti₃SiC₂, which are two of the most widely studied MAX phases, were investigated using first-principles calculations. Our calculations indicate that the stabilities of vacancies in Ti₃SiC₂ and Ti₃AlC₂ differ greatly from those previously reported for Cr₂AlC. The order of the formation energies of vacancies is VTi(a) > VTi(b) > VC > VA for both Ti₃SiC₂ and Ti₃AlC₂...
January 25, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766361/annals-express-diagnostic-specificity-and-sensitivity-of-pivkaii-gp3-cstb-scca1-and-hgf-for-diagnosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-alcoholic-liver-cirrhosis
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Adriana Unic, Lovorka Derek, Marko Duvnjak, Leonardo Patrlj, Mislav Rakic, Milan Kujundzic, Vesna Renjic, Nikola Stokovic, Petra Dinjar, Anita Jukic, Ivica Grgurevic
INTRODUCTION: Despite of some new treatment possibilities the improvement in survival rate for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients is still poor due to late diagnosis. The aim of this study was to investigate diagnostic sensitivity and specificity of Protein induced by vitamin K absence or antagonist-II (PIVKAII), Glypican-3 (GP3), Cystatin B (CSTB), Squamous cell carcinoma antigen 1 (SCCA1) and Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) as potential tumour markers for HCC in patients with alcoholic liver cirrhosis (ALC) using imaging techniques (MSCT and MRI) as reference standards...
January 1, 2017: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756593/serial-changes-in-lymphocyte-subsets-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-high-grade-astrocytomas-treated-with-standard-radiation-and-temozolomide
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Jian L Campian, Anna F Piotrowski, Xiaobu Ye, Frances T Hakim, Jeremy Rose, Xiao-Yi Yan, Yao Lu, Ronald Gress, Stuart A Grossman
The immune system plays a significant role in cancer prevention and outcome. In high grade astrocytomas (HGA), severe lymphopenia is associated with shortened survival due to tumor progression. This study was performed to quantify serial changes in lymphocyte subsets in HGA following standard radiation (RT) and temozolomide (TMZ). Adults (KPS >60, HIV negative) with newly diagnosed HGA scheduled to receive concurrent RT and TMZ and adjuvant TMZ were eligible. Blood was collected before beginning concurrent RT/TMZ and at weeks 6, 10, 18, and 26, and 3 months after completing adjuvant TMZ...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747913/family-history-of-early-infant-death-correlates-with-earlier-age-at-diagnosis-but-not-shorter-time-to-diagnosis-for-severe-combined-immunodeficiency
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Anderson Dik Wai Luk, Pamela P Lee, Huawei Mao, Koon-Wing Chan, Xiang Yuan Chen, Tong-Xin Chen, Jian Xin He, Nadia Kechout, Deepti Suri, Yin Bo Tao, Yong Bin Xu, Li Ping Jiang, Woei Kang Liew, Orathai Jirapongsananuruk, Tassalapa Daengsuwan, Anju Gupta, Surjit Singh, Amit Rawat, Amir Hamzah Abdul Latiff, Anselm Chi Wai Lee, Lynette P Shek, Thi Van Anh Nguyen, Tek Jee Chin, Yin Hsiu Chien, Zarina Abdul Latiff, Thi Minh Huong Le, Nguyen Ngoc Quynh Le, Bee Wah Lee, Qiang Li, Dinesh Raj, Mohamed-Ridha Barbouche, Meow-Keong Thong, Maria Carmen D Ang, Xiao Chuan Wang, Chen Guang Xu, Hai Guo Yu, Hsin-Hui Yu, Tsz Leung Lee, Felix Yat Sun Yau, Wilfred Hing-Sang Wong, Wenwei Tu, Wangling Yang, Patrick Chun Yin Chong, Marco Hok Kung Ho, Yu Lung Lau
BACKGROUND: Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is fatal unless treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplant. Delay in diagnosis is common without newborn screening. Family history of infant death due to infection or known SCID (FH) has been associated with earlier diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to identify the clinical features that affect age at diagnosis (AD) and time to the diagnosis of SCID. METHODS: From 2005 to 2016, 147 SCID patients were referred to the Asian Primary Immunodeficiency Network...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738285/molecular-assessment-characterization-and-differentiation-of-theca-stem-cells-imply-the-presence-of-mesenchymal-and-pluripotent-stem-cells-in-sheep-ovarian-theca-layer
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Samane Adib, Mojtaba Rezazadeh Valojerdi
The ability of ovarian theca stem cells to differentiate into oocyte and theca cells may lead to a major advancement in reproductive biology and infertility treatments. However, there is little information about function, growth and differentiation potential of these immature cells. In this study adult sheep theca stem cells (TSCs) characteristics, and differentiation potential into osteocyte-like cells (OSLCs), adipocyte-like cells (ALCs), theca progenitor-like cells (TPCs), and oocyte-like cells (OLCs) were investigated...
July 8, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731473/ninety-nine-de-novo-assembled-genomes-from-the-moose-alces-alces-rumen-microbiome-provide-new-insights-into-microbial-plant-biomass-degradation
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Olov Svartström, Johannes Alneberg, Nicolas Terrapon, Vincent Lombard, Ino de Bruijn, Jonas Malmsten, Ann-Marie Dalin, Emilie El Muller, Pranjul Shah, Paul Wilmes, Bernard Henrissat, Henrik Aspeborg, Anders F Andersson
The moose (Alces alces) is a ruminant that harvests energy from fiber-rich lignocellulose material through carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) produced by its rumen microbes. We applied shotgun metagenomics to rumen contents from six moose to obtain insights into this microbiome. Following binning, 99 metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) belonging to 11 prokaryotic phyla were reconstructed and characterized based on phylogeny and CAZyme profile. The taxonomy of these MAGs reflected the overall composition of the metagenome, with dominance of the phyla Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729957/decline-of-heterozygosity-in-a-large-but-isolated-population-a-45-year-examination-of-moose-genetic-diversity-on-isle-royale
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Renae L Sattler, Janna R Willoughby, Bradley J Swanson
Wildlife conservation and management approaches typically focus on demographic measurements to assess population viability over both short and long periods. However, genetic diversity is an important predictor of long term population vitality. We investigated the pattern of change in genetic diversity in a large and likely isolated moose (Alces alces) population on Isle Royale (Lake Superior) from 1960-2005. We characterized samples, partitioned into five different 5-year periods, using nine microsatellite loci and a portion of the mtDNA control region...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714907/genetic-contribution-to-alcohol-dependence-investigation-of-a-heterogeneous-german-sample-of-individuals-with-alcohol-dependence-chronic-alcoholic-pancreatitis-and-alcohol-related-cirrhosis
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Jens Treutlein, Josef Frank, Fabian Streit, Céline S Reinbold, Dilafruz Juraeva, Franziska Degenhardt, Liz Rietschel, Stephanie H Witt, Andreas J Forstner, Monika Ridinger, Jana Strohmaier, Norbert Wodarz, Helene Dukal, Jerome C Foo, Per Hoffmann, Stefan Herms, Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach, Michael Soyka, Wolfgang Maier, Wolfgang Gaebel, Norbert Dahmen, Norbert Scherbaum, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Susanne Lucae, Marcus Ising, Felix Stickel, Thomas Berg, Ulla Roggenbuck, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Henrike Scholz, Ulrich S Zimmermann, Stephan Buch, Wolfgang H Sommer, Rainer Spanagel, Benedikt Brors, Sven Cichon, Karl Mann, Falk Kiefer, Jochen Hampe, Jonas Rosendahl, Markus M Nöthen, Marcella Rietschel
The present study investigated the genetic contribution to alcohol dependence (AD) using genome-wide association data from three German samples. These comprised patients with: (i) AD; (ii) chronic alcoholic pancreatitis (ACP); and (iii) alcohol-related liver cirrhosis (ALC). Single marker, gene-based, and pathway analyses were conducted. A significant association was detected for the ADH1B locus in a gene-based approach (puncorrected = 1.2 × 10(-6); pcorrected = 0.020). This was driven by the AD subsample...
July 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710997/dynamics-of-torque-teno-virus-plasma-dnaemia-in-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
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Eliseo Albert, Carlos Solano, Tania Pascual, Ignacio Torres, Lisa Macera, Daniele Focosi, Fabrizio Maggi, Estela Giménez, Paula Amat, David Navarro
BACKGROUND: Torque Teno virus (TTV) plasma DNA load directly correlate with the level of immunosuppresion in different clinical settings. It is uncertain whether this may be the case in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients (allo-HSCT). OBJECTIVES: We characterized the dynamics of TTV DNAemia in patients undergoing T-cell replete allo-SCT. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective single-center observational study including 72 allo-HSCT patients...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701961/insights-into-the-development-of-the-adult-leydig-cell-lineage-from-stem-leydig-cells
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Leping Ye, Xiaoheng Li, Linxi Li, Haolin Chen, Ren-Shan Ge
Adult Leydig cells (ALCs) are the steroidogenic cells in the testes that produce testosterone. ALCs develop postnatally from a pool of stem cells, referred to as stem Leydig cells (SLCs). SLCs are spindle-shaped cells that lack steroidogenic cell markers, including luteinizing hormone (LH) receptor and 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. The commitment of SLCs into the progenitor Leydig cells (PLCs), the first stage in the lineage, requires growth factors, including Dessert Hedgehog (DHH) and platelet-derived growth factor-AA...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697168/pretreatment-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-and-lymphocyte-recovery-independent-prognostic-factors-for-survival-in-pediatric-sarcomas
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Liliana Vasquez, Esmeralda León, Brady Beltran, Ivan Maza, Monica Oscanoa, Jenny Geronimo
BACKGROUND: Pretreatment neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) recovery have been shown to be associated with prognosis in several types of cancer in adults. However, evidence in pediatric cancer is scarce. The aim of our study was to evaluate whether pretreatment NLR and lymphocyte recovery are prognostic factors in pediatric sarcomas. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Study participants were identified from a retrospective cohort of 100 children with osteosarcoma (n=55), rhabdomyosarcoma (n=22), and Ewing sarcoma (n=23)...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676912/clinical-characteristics-of-methotrexate-associated-lymphoproliferative-disorders-relationship-between-absolute-lymphocyte-count-recovery-and-spontaneous-regression
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Satoshi Takanashi, Yoshinobu Aisa, Chisako Ito, Hideki Arakaki, Yuki Osada, Yuichiro Amano, Motoharu Hirano, Tomonori Nakazato
Several reports have shown that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk of developing lymphoproliferative disorders (LPD). Methotrexate (MTX) has been recognized as a major cause of LPD. Sometimes spontaneous regression (SR) occurs after withdrawal of MTX. Recent studies suggest that the early recovery of the absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) after withdrawal of MTX is associated with the spontaneous regression of MTX-LPD. We retrospectively analyzed 26 patients with MTX-LPD to identify predictive factors for spontaneous regression...
July 5, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665532/characterization-of-body-composition-and-definition-of-sarcopenia-in-patients-with-alcoholic-liver-cirrhosis-a-computed-tomography-based-study
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Jaya Benjamin, Varsha Shasthry, Chetan Ramesh Kalal, Lovkesh Anand, Ankit Bhardwaj, Vanshja Pandit, Ankur Arora, Sasidharan Rajesh, Viniyendra Pamecha, Vikas Jain, Guresh Kumar, Anthony Lauria, Puneet Puri, Yogendra Kumar Joshi, Shiv Kumar Sarin
Alterations in body composition (BC) as loss of fat and muscle mass (sarcopenia) are associated with poor outcome in alcoholic liver cirrhosis (ALC). Prevalence of sarcopenia depends upon the method of assessment. Computed Tomography (CT) is a gold standard tool for assessing BC AIM: To characterize BC and define sarcopenia in ALC patients using CT METHODS: Single slice CT images at L3 vertebrae of healthy controls (HC) - organ transplant donors and ALC patients were analysed to give cross-sectional area of five skeletal muscles normalized for height -skeletal muscle index (SMI; cm(2) /m(2) ), area of subcutaneous (SAT;cm(2) ) and visceral adipose tissue (VAT;cm(2) )...
June 30, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
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