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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324983/the-precuneus-may-encode-irrationality-in-human-gambling
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P Sacre, M S D Kerr, S Subramanian, K Kahn, J Gonzalez-Martinez, M A Johnson, S V Sarma, J T Gale
Humans often make irrational decisions, especially psychiatric patients who have dysfunctional cognitive and emotional circuitry. Understanding the neural basis of decision-making is therefore essential towards patient management, yet current studies suffer from several limitations. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies in humans have dominated decision-making neuroscience, but have poor temporal resolution and the blood oxygenation level-dependent signal is only a proxy for neural activity. On the other hand, lesion studies in humans used to infer functionality in decision-making lack characterization of neural activity altogether...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324114/novel-25-kb-deletion-of-mertk-causes-retinitis-pigmentosa-with-severe-progression
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Daniel R Evans, Jane S Green, Gordon J Johnson, Jeremy Schwartzentruber, Jacek Majewski, Chandree L Beaulieu, Wen Qin, Christian R Marshall, Tara A Paton, Nicole M Roslin, Andrew D Paterson, Somayyeh Fahiminiya, Justin French, Kym M Boycott, Michael O Woods
Purpose: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) describes a complex group of inherited retinal dystrophies with almost 300 reported genes and loci. We investigated the genetic etiology of autosomal recessive RP (arRP) in a large kindred with 5 affected family members, who reside on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. Methods: Genetic linkage analysis was performed on 12 family members (Infinium HumanOmni2.5-8 BeadChip). Whole exome sequencing analysis (Illumina HiSeq) was performed on one affected individual...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323982/versican-proteolysis-by-adamts-proteases-and-its-influence-on-sex-steroid-receptor-expression-in-uterine-leiomyoma
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Ndeye-Aicha Gueye, Timothy J Mead, Christopher D Koch, Charles V Biscotti, Tommaso Falcone, Suneel S Apte
Context: Leiomyomas have abundant extracellular matrix (ECM), with upregulation of versican, a large proteoglycan. Objective: To investigate ADAMTS protease-mediated versican cleavage in myometrium and leiomyoma and the effect of versican knockdown in leiomyoma cells. Design: We used qRT-PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and RNA in situ hybridization for analysis of myometrium, leiomyoma, and immortalized myometrium and leiomyoma cells...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323873/a-three-monoclonal-antibody-combination-potently-neutralizes-multiple-botulinum-neurotoxin-serotype-f-subtypes
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Yongfeng Fan, Consuelo Garcia-Rodriguez, Jianlong Lou, Weihua Wen, Fraser Conrad, Wenwu Zhai, Theresa J Smith, Leonard A Smith, James D Marks
Human botulism is primarily caused by botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) serotypes A, B and E, with around 1% caused by serotype F (BoNT/F). BoNT/F comprises at least seven different subtypes with the amino acid sequence difference between subtypes as high as 36%. The sequence differences present a significant challenge for generating monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that can bind, detect and neutralize all BoNT/F subtypes. We used repertoire cloning of immune mouse antibody variable (V) regions and yeast display to generate a panel of 33 lead single chain Fv (scFv) mAbs that bound one or more BoNT/F subtypes with a median equilibrium dissociation constant (KD) of 4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323466/sexual-assault-victimization-and-mental-health-treatment-suicide-attempts-and-career-outcomes-among-women-in-the-us-army
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Anthony J Rosellini, Amy E Street, Robert J Ursano, Wai Tat Chiu, Steven G Heeringa, John Monahan, James A Naifeh, Maria V Petukhova, Ben Y Reis, Nancy A Sampson, Paul D Bliese, Murray B Stein, Alan M Zaslavsky, Ronald C Kessler
OBJECTIVES: To examine associations of administratively recorded sexual assault victimization during military service with subsequent mental health and negative career outcomes among US Army women controlling for nonrandom victimization exposure. METHODS: We used data from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers to apply propensity score methods to match all 4238 female Regular Army soldiers with administratively recorded sexual assault victimization during 2004 to 2009 to 5 controls per case with similar composite victimization risk...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323425/structure-based-design-of-highly-selective-and-potent-g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinase-2-inhibitors-based-on-paroxetine
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Helen V Waldschmidt, Kristoff T Homan, Marilyn C Cato, Osvaldo Cruz-Rodríguez, Alessandro Cannavo, Michael W Wilson, Jianliang Song, Joseph Y Cheung, Walter J Koch, John J G Tesmer, Scott D Larsen
In heart failure, the β-adrenergic receptors (βARs) become desensitized and uncoupled from heterotrimeric G proteins. This process is initiated by G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs), some of which are upregulated in the failing heart making them desirable therapeutic targets. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, paroxetine, was previously identified as a GRK2 inhibitor. Utilizing a structure based drug design approach we modified paroxetine to generate a small compound library. Included in this series is a highly potent and selective GRK2 inhibitor, 14as, with an IC50 of 30 nM against GRK2 and greater than 230-fold selectivity over other GRKs and kinases...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319734/novel-mechanical-impact-simulator-designed-to-generate-clinically-relevant-anterior-cruciate-ligament-ruptures
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Nathaniel A Bates, Nathan D Schilaty, Christopher V Nagelli, Aaron J Krych, Timothy E Hewett
BACKGROUND: Over 250,000 anterior cruciate ligament ruptures occur each year; therefore, it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms of these injuries. The objective of the current investigation was to develop and analyze an impact test device that consistently produces anterior cruciate ligament failure in a clinically relevant manner. METHOD: A mechanical impact simulator was developed to simulate the ground reaction force impulse generated from landing in a physiologic and clinically relevant manner...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319072/long-term-follow-up-of-a-retrospective-comparison-of-reduced-intensity-conditioning-and-conventional-high-dose-conditioning-for-allogeneic-transplantation-from-matched-related-donors-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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R Martino, A Henseler, M van Lint, N Schaap, J Finke, D Beelen, S Vigouroux, E P Alessandrino, G J Mufti, J H Veelken, B Bruno, I Yakoub-Agha, L Volin, J Maertens, R Or, V Leblond, M Rovira, P Kalhs, A F Alvarez, A Vitek, J Sierra, E Wagner, M Robin, T de Witte, N Kröger
This study shows the long-term updated outcomes of a multicenter retrospective study which analyzed 843 patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) who underwent transplantation with an HLA-identical sibling donor with either reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) in 213 patients, or standard myeloablative conditioning (MAC) in 630 patients. In multivariate analysis, the 13-year relapse rate was significantly increased after RIC (31% after MAC vs 48% in RIC; HR, 1.5; 95% CI, 1.1-1.9; P=0.04), but with no differences in overall survival (OS) (30% after MAC vs 27% in RIC; P=0...
March 20, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318880/highly-conformal-craniospinal-radiotherapy-techniques-can-underdose-the-cranial-clinical-target-volume-if-leptomeningeal-extension-through-skull-base-exit-foramina-is-not-contoured
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D J Noble, T Ajithkumar, J Lambert, I Gleeson, M V Williams, S J Jefferies
AIMS: Craniospinal irradiation (CSI) remains a crucial treatment for patients with medulloblastoma. There is uncertainty about how to manage meningeal surfaces and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that follows cranial nerves exiting skull base foramina. The purpose of this study was to assess plan quality and dose coverage of posterior cranial fossa foramina with both photon and proton therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analysed the radiotherapy plans of seven patients treated with CSI for medulloblastoma and primitive neuro-ectodermal tumours and three with ependymoma (total n = 10)...
March 15, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318603/rupture-risk-in-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-a-realistic-assessment-of-the-explicit-gpu-approach
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V Strbac, D M Pierce, B Rodriguez-Vila, J Vander Sloten, N Famaey
Accurate estimation of peak wall stress (PWS) is the crux of biomechanically motivated rupture risk assessment for abdominal aortic aneurysms aimed to improve clinical outcomes. Such assessments often use the finite element (FE) method to obtain PWS, albeit at a high computational cost, motivating simplifications in material or element formulations. These simplifications, while useful, come at a cost of reliability and accuracy. We achieve research-standard accuracy and maintain clinically applicable speeds by using novel computational technologies...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318521/teaching-the-basics-of-echocardiography-in-the-undergraduate-students-as-mentors
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A Arias Felipe, J Doménech García, I Sánchez Los Arcos, D Luordo, F J García Sánchez, J Villanueva Martínez, A Forero de la Sotilla, V Villena Garrido, J Torres Macho, G García de Casasola Sánchez
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the ability of medical students to incorporate the practical teaching of basic echocardiography planes using a peer mentoring design. METHODOLOGY: Thirty-six medical students previously trained in obtaining echocardiography planes (mentors) taught the other 5th-year students (n=126). The teaching methodology included three stages: theory (online course), basic training (three 15h sessions of practical experience in ultrasound and at least 20 echocardiographic studies per mentor) and objective structured clinical assessment (OSCA), which scored the appropriateness of the basic ultrasound planes and the correct identification of 16 cardiac structures...
March 15, 2017: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318100/abrogation-of-red-blood-cell-g6pd-enzyme-activity-through-heat-treatment-development-of-survey-material-for-the-uk-neqas-g6pd-scheme
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D R Roper, B De la Salle, V Soni, K Fletcher, J A Green
INTRODUCTION: Participation in external quality assessment (EQA) is central to the maintenance of high-quality laboratory results in patient diagnosis and clinical trials. Laboratories in the TAF112582 DETECTIVE study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01376167) are enrolled in the United Kingdom National Quality Assessment Scheme (UK NEQAS) for glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) quantitative assay, which utilizes ovine (sheep) blood as a readily available source of apparently G6PD-deficient survey material...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318095/clinicopathologic-and-molecular-characterization-of-myeloid-neoplasms-with-isolated-t-6-9-p23-q34
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V Visconte, S Shetty, B Przychodzen, C Hirsch, J Bodo, J P Maciejewski, E D Hsi, H J Rogers
INTRODUCTION: The t(6;9)(p23;q34);DEK-NUP214 [t(6;9)] abnormality is found in 0.7-1.8% of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). FLT3-ITD mutations are detected in t(6;9) patients. The t(6;9) abnormality is associated with poor outcomes. We studied the clinicopathologic and molecular profiles of patients with AML/MDS carrying t(6;9). METHODS: We collected clinical data of nine patients with AML/MDS with isolated t(6;9) (median age = 41 years; male/female = 4/5) and genotyped DNAs using whole exome, Sanger, and targeted sequencing...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318025/maternal-chronic-hypoxia-increases-expression-of-genes-regulating-lung-liquid-movement-and-surfactant-maturation-in-male-fetuses-in-late-gestation
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Erin V McGillick, Sandra Orgeig, Beth J Allison, Kirsty L Brain, Youguo Niu, Nozomi Itani, Katie L Skeffington, Andrew D Kane, Emilio A Herrera, Dino A Giussani, Janna L Morrison
Chronic fetal hypoxaemia is a common pregnancy complication that may arise from maternal, placental and/or fetal factors. Respiratory outcome of the infant at birth likely depends on the duration, timing and severity of the hypoxaemic insult. We have isolated the effect of maternal chronic hypoxia (MCH) for a month in late gestation on fetal lung development. Pregnant ewes were exposed to normoxia (21% O2 ) or hypoxia (10% O2 ) from 105-138 d gestation (term ∼145 d). At 138 d, gene expression in fetal lung tissue was determined by qRT-PCR...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317657/standardizing-terminology-for-minimally-invasive-pancreatic-resection
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Andre L Montagnini, Bård I Røsok, Horacio J Asbun, Jeffrey Barkun, Marc G Besselink, Ugo Boggi, Kevin C P Conlon, Abe Fingerhut, Ho-Seong Han, Paul D Hansen, Melissa E Hogg, Michael L Kendrick, Chinnusamy Palanivelu, Shailesh V Shrikhande, Go Wakabayashi, Herbert Zeh, Charles M Vollmer, David A Kooby
BACKGROUND: There is a growing body of literature pertaining to minimally invasive pancreatic resection (MIPR). Heterogeneity in MIPR terminology, leads to confusion and inconsistency. The Organizing Committee of the State of the Art Conference on MIPR collaborated to standardize MIPR terminology. METHODS: After formal literature review for "minimally invasive pancreatic surgery" term, key terminology elements were identified. A questionnaire was created assessing the type of resection, the approach, completion, and conversion...
March 2017: HPB: the Official Journal of the International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317124/pharmacokinetics-of-intravenous-and-transdermal-fentanyl-in-alpacas
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M Lovasz, T K Aarnes, J A E Hubbell, R M Bednarski, P Lerche, J Lakritz
The purpose of the study was to determine pharmacokinetics of fentanyl after intravenous (i.v.) and transdermal (t.d.) administration to six adult alpacas. Fentanyl was administered i.v. (2 μg/kg) or t.d. (nominal dose: 2 μg kg(-1)  hr(-1) ). Plasma concentrations were determined using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Heart rate and respiratory rate were assessed. Extrapolated, zero-time plasma fentanyl concentrations were 6.0 ng/ml (1.7-14.6 ng/ml) after i.v. administration, total plasma clearance was 1...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317088/phase-i-trial-of-the-oral-smoothened-inhibitor-sonidegib-in-combination-with-paclitaxel-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumors
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A Stathis, D Hess, R von Moos, K Homicsko, G Griguolo, M Joerger, M Mark, C J Ackermann, S Allegrini, C V Catapano, A Xyrafas, M Enoiu, S Berardi, P Gargiulo, C Sessa
Purpose To establish a recommended phase II dose (RP2D) for the oral smoothened inhibitor sonidegib in combination with paclitaxel; secondary objectives include evaluation of safety, tolerability, markers of Hedgehog (Hh) signaling and preliminary antitumor activity. Methods Patients with advanced solid tumors were enrolled in cohorts of escalating sonidegib dose levels (400mg, 600mg and 800mg orally, once daily on days 1-28) in combination with paclitaxel 80 mg/m(2) on days 1, 8 and 15 in 4-weekly cycles. Dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) were assessed using CTCAE v4...
March 20, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316286/brassica-aphid-hemiptera-aphididae-populations-are-conditioned-by-climatic-variables-and-parasitism-level-a-study-case-of-tri%C3%A3-ngulo-mineiro-brazil
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M V Sampaio, A P Korndörfer, J Pujade-Villar, J E A Hubaide, S E Ferreira, S O Arantes, D M Bortoletto, C M Guimarães, J A Sánchez-Espigares, B Caballero-López
Cosmopolitan pests such as Brevicoryne brassicae, Lipaphis pseudobrassicae, and Myzus persicae (Aphididae) cause significant damage to Brassicaceae crops. Assessment of the important biotic and abiotic factors that regulate these pests is an essential step in the development of effective Integrated Pest Management programs for these aphids. This study evaluated the influence of leaf position, precipitation, temperature, and parasitism on populations of L. pseudobrassicae, M. persicae, and B. brassicae in collard greens fields in the Triângulo Mineiro region (Minas Gerais state), Brazil...
March 20, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316232/in-vitro-reduction-of-arsenic-bioavailability-using-dietary-strategies
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M J Clemente, V Devesa, D Velez
The main route of human exposure to inorganic arsenic (As) is through consumption of food and water. Continued exposure to inorganic As [As(III) and As(V)] may cause a variety of diseases, including various types of cancer. Removal of As from these sources is complex, especially for food. One way to decrease As exposure could be by reducing intestinal absorption of it. The aim of this study is to seek dietary strategies (pure compounds, extracts, or supplements) that are capable of reducing the amount of As that is absorbed and reaches the systemic circulation...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315967/relationship-of-breast-mri-to-recurrence-rates-in-patients-undergoing-breast-conservation-treatment
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Maureen V Hill, Julia L Beeman, Khushboo Jhala, Stefan D Holubar, Kari M Rosenkranz, Richard J Barth
PURPOSE: The effect of pre-operative MRI on the in-breast tumor recurrence rate (IBTR) of patients undergoing breast-conservation treatment (BCT) remains uncertain. We began to routinely perform pre-operative MRI in 2006. Our goal was to determine the effect of pre-operative MRI on IBTR. METHODS: Retrospective review of a prospective database of all patients undergoing BCT (n = 1396) from 2000 to 2010. IBTR were calculated using Kaplan-Meier estimates. RESULTS: 664 (47...
March 18, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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