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Helen M Heneghan, Claire Donohoe, Jessie Elliot, Zuhair Ahmed, Vinod Malik, Narayamasamy Ravi, John V Reynolds
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to assess CT-PET and endoscopic assessment postneoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) in predicting complete pathologic response (pCR) in locally advanced esophageal cancer (LAEC). DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. BACKGROUND: nCRT is increasingly standard of care in LAEC, with pCR a surrogate for excellent outcome. Predicting pCR before surgery, with metabolic imaging and endoscopy, may spare patients' operative intervention...
November 2016: Annals of Surgery
Alessandra Tata, Michael Woolman, Manuela Ventura, Nicholas Bernards, Milan Ganguly, Adam Gribble, Bindesh Shrestha, Emma Bluemke, Howard J Ginsberg, Alex Vitkin, Jinzi Zheng, Arash Zarrine-Afsar
Identification of necrosis in tumors is of prognostic value in treatment planning, as necrosis is associated with aggressive forms of cancer and unfavourable outcomes. To facilitate rapid detection of necrosis with Mass Spectrometry (MS), we report the lipid MS profile of necrotic breast cancer with Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (DESI-MS) imaging validated with statistical analysis and correlating pathology. This MS profile is characterized by (1) the presence of the ion of m/z 572.48 [Cer(d34:1) + Cl](-) which is a ceramide absent from the viable cancer subregions; (2) the absence of the ion of m/z 391...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
A Leyte-Manrique, U Hernández-Salinas, A Ramírez-Bautista, V Mata-Silva, J C Marshall
Studies on habitat use have often helped explain observed variation in morphology, behavior, and reproductive characteristics among populations within a single species. Here we analyze morphological and ecological characteristics of individuals from the Sceloporus grammicus species complex from seven different localities (El Cerezo: CER, Pachuca: PAC, Huichapan: HUI, Emiliano Zapata: EZA, San Miguel Regla: SMR, La Mojonera: LMJ, and La Manzana: LMZ) in the state of Hidalgo, and one locality (Cahuacán) in the State of México...
October 13, 2016: Integrative Zoology
Masayoshi Miyawaki, Hiroyuki Yasuda, Tetsuo Tani, Junko Hamamoto, Daisuke Arai, Kota Ishioka, Keiko Ohgino, Shigenari Nukaga, Toshiyuki Hirano, Ichiro Kawada, Katsuhiko Naoki, Yuichiro Hayashi, Tomoko Betsuyaku, Kenzo Soejima
: Activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway is one of the mechanisms inducing acquired resistance to anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) such as crizotinib and alectinib. Ceritinib is a highly selective ALK inhibitor and shows promising efficacy in non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) harboring the ALK gene rearrangement. However, the precise mechanism underlying acquired resistance to ceritinib is not well defined. This study set out to clarify the mechanism in ALK-translocated lung cancer and to find the preclinical rationale overcoming EGFR pathway-induced acquired resistance to ALK-TKIs...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Bing Fan, Meijiao Li, Xiaoying Wang, Yufeng Xu, Feiyu Li, Laiyun Zhang, Jian Jiang, Yanyan Jiang
PURPOSE: To compare gadobutrol and gadopentetate dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA) contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3T for visualizing brain metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present randomized study included 60 consecutive patients with known or suspected brain metastases from systemic malignancies. Two enhanced cerebral MR scans were performed in each patient within an interval of 2-5 days using different contrast agents (gadobutrol or Gd-DTPA) at 3T...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Sebastien Haneuse, Michael Daniels
Electronic health records (EHR) data are increasingly seen as a resource for cost-effective comparative effectiveness research (CER). Since EHR data are collected primarily for clinical and/or billing purposes, their use for CER requires consideration of numerous methodologic challenges including the potential for confounding bias, due to a lack of randomization, and for selection bias, due to missing data. In contrast to the recent literature on confounding bias in EHR-based CER, virtually no attention has been paid to selection bias possibly due to the belief that standard methods for missing data can be readily-applied...
2016: EGEMS
George R Dakwar, Kevin Braeckmans, Wim Ceelen, Stefaan C De Smedt, Katrien Remaut
Delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) is recently gaining tremendous attention for the treatment of ovarian cancer. The present study investigated the potential of different liposomal formulations composed of (2,3-dioleoyloxy-propyl)-trimethylammonium (DOTAP) and 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine (DOPE) encapsulating siRNA (hydration method) for their ability to knockdown luciferase (Luc) activity in human ovarian cancer SKOV-3 cells. Fluorescence single particle tracking (fSPT) and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) in human-undiluted ascites fluid obtained from a peritoneal carcinomatosis patient revealed that cationic hydra-lipoplexes (HYDRA-LPXs) and HYDRA-LPXs decorated with stable DSPE-PEG (DSPE HYDRA-LPXs) showed high stability during at least 24 h...
September 8, 2016: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
M A P Bloomfield, E Mouchlianitis, C J A Morgan, T P Freeman, H V Curran, J P Roiser, O D Howes
BACKGROUND: Cannabis is a widely used drug associated with increased risk for psychosis. The dopamine hypothesis of psychosis postulates that altered salience processing leads to psychosis. We therefore tested the hypothesis that cannabis users exhibit aberrant salience and explored the relationship between aberrant salience and dopamine synthesis capacity. METHOD: We tested 17 cannabis users and 17 age- and sex-matched non-user controls using the Salience Attribution Test, a probabilistic reward-learning task...
September 15, 2016: Psychological Medicine
Dušan Berkeš, Adam Daïch, Cécile Santos, Stéphanie Ballereau, Yves Génisson
In 2001, two years before the disclosure of the CERT-associated Cer transfer machinery, N-(3-hydroxy-1-hydroxymethyl-3-phenylpropyl)alkanamides (HPAs) were described as the first, and to date unique, family of intracellular Cer trafficking inhibitors. The dodecanamide derivative, HPA-12, turned out to be a benchmark as a cellular inhibitor of CERT-mediated de novo sphingomyelin biosynthesis. In only 15 years after its first disclosure, this compound has prompted a growing number of biological and chemical studies...
September 15, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Samar Al Makdessi, Hicham Sweidan, Evi Schmid, Udo Weimar, Erich Gulbins, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The activation of acid sphingomyelinase by cellular stress or receptors or the de novo synthesis lead to the formation of ceramide (N-acylsphingosine), which in turn modifies the biophysical properties of cellular membrane and greatly amplifies the intensity of the initial signal. Ceramide, which acts by re-organizing a given signalosome rather than being a second messenger, has many functions in infection biology, cancer, cardiovascular syndromes, and immune regulation...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Maria Podbielska, Zdzislaw M Szulc, Ewa Kurowska, Edward L Hogan, Jacek Bielawski, Alicja Bielawska, Narayan R Bhat
Th1 pro-inflammatory cytokines i.e., TNF-α and IFN-γ in combination are known to induce cell death in several cell types including oligodendrocytes but the mechanism of their synergistic cytotoxicity is unclear. Although ceramide (Cer) has been implicated in cytokine- and stress-induced cell death, its intracellular levels alone cannot explain cytokine synergy. We considered the possibility that Cer released as part of extracellular vesicles may contribute to cytokine-induced synergistic cell death. Using a human oligodendroglioma (HOG) cell line as a model, here we show that exosomes derived from TNF-α-treated donor cells, while being mildly toxic to fresh cultures (similar to individual cytokines), induce enhanced cell death when added to IFN-γ-primed target cultures in a fashion resembling the effect of cytokine combination...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
E Federherr, H J Kupka, C Cerli, K Kalbitz, R Dunsbach, A Loos, M de Reus, L Lange, R J Panetta, T C Schmidt
RATIONALE: Bulk stable isotope analysis (BSIA) of dissolved matter (e.g. dissolved organic carbon, total nitrogen bound (TNb ), etc.) is of particular importance since this pool is a prime conduit in the cycling of N and C. Studying the two elemental pools is of importance, as transformation and transport processes of N and C are inextricably linked in all biologically mediated systems. No system able to analyze natural abundance stable carbon and nitrogen isotope composition in aqueous samples (without offline sample preparation) and simultaneously has been reported so far...
September 13, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Adina Eichner, Stefan Sonnenberger, Bodo Dobner, Thomas Hauß, Annett Schroeter, Reinhard H H Neubert
The outermost layer of the mammalian skin, the stratum corneum (SC), is a very thin structure and realizes simultaneously the main barrier properties. The penetration barrier for xenobiotica is mostly represented by a complex lipid matrix. There is great interest in the subject of getting information about the arrangement of the lipids, which are mainly ceramides (CER), free fatty acids (FFA) and cholesterol (CHOL). SC lipid model membranes containing synthetically derived lipids in a non-physiological ratio were investigated...
September 7, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Chaitanya C Khanapure, Salika Ayesha, George Sam, V J Anil Kumar, C Deepika, Haseena Ahmed
AIM: The present study was aimed to evaluate the resistance to deformation or fracture of brackets of various materials (ceramic, ceramic reinforced with metal slot, and stainless steel brackets) with archwires during application of torque. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The sample size included 30 brackets of maxillary right central incisor with slot dimension of 0.022 × 0.028" and made of three materials (10 of each type): (1) Ceramic brackets (cer), (2) ceramic brackets reinforced with stainless steel slot (cer/ss), and (3) stainless steel brackets (metal)...
2016: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
Orr Karassin, Aviad Bar-Haim
The multilevel empirical study of the antecedents of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been identified as "the first knowledge gap" in CSR research. Based on an extensive literature review, the present study outlines a conceptual multilevel model of CSR, then designs and empirically validates an operational multilevel model of the principal driving factors affecting corporate environmental responsibility (CER), as a measure of CSR. Both conceptual and operational models incorporate three levels of analysis: institutional, organizational, and individual...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Gabriela B L Spiacci, Leandro S Antero, Daniel G Reis, Sabrina F Lisboa, Leonardo B Resstel
The cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) is highly expressed in the dorsal portion of hippocampus - a brain region that has been involved in the control of conditioned emotional response (CER) in the contextual fear conditioning (CFC) model. These responses are characterized by increased freezing behavior and autonomic parameters. Moreover, CB1 receptors activation negatively modulate the release of several neurotransmitters, including glutamate and GABA, which also have been related to modulation of CER. Therefore, our aim was to investigate the involvement of CB1 receptors in the dorsal hippocampus on CER expression...
October 2016: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Magdalene K Montgomery, Simon H J Brown, Xin Y Lim, Corrine E Fiveash, Brenna Osborne, Nicholas L Bentley, Jeremy P Braude, Todd W Mitchell, Adelle C F Coster, Anthony S Don, Gregory J Cooney, Carsten Schmitz-Peiffer, Nigel Turner
In a recent study, we showed that in response to high fat feeding C57BL/6, 129X1, DBA/2 and FVB/N mice all developed glucose intolerance, while BALB/c mice displayed minimal deterioration in glucose tolerance and insulin action. Lipidomic analysis of livers across these five strains has revealed marked strain-specific differences in ceramide (Cer) and sphingomyelin (SM) species with high-fat feeding; with increases in C16-C22 (long-chain) and reductions in C>22 (very long-chain) Cer and SM species observed in the four strains that developed HFD-induced glucose intolerance...
August 31, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
I Zulkifli, M Shakeri, A F Soleimani
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of dietary glutamine (Gln) + glutamic acid (Glu) supplementation on growth performance and physiological stress response in broiler chickens subjected to 24 h delay in placement. Equal number of day-old broiler chicks were assigned to either immediate placement or with 24 h delay in placement with no access to feed and water. Chicks from each placement group were fed either standard starter diet (control) or standard starter diet +1% AminoGut (AG; mixture of 10% Gln and 10% Glu) from 1 to 21 d...
September 1, 2016: Poultry Science
Daniela Couto, Tânia Melo, Elisabete Maciel, Ana Campos, Eliana Alves, Sofia Guedes, M Rosário M Domingues, Pedro Domingues
Gangliosides are acidic glycosphingolipids that are present in cell membranes and lipid raft domains, being particularly abundant in central nervous systems. They participate in modulating cell membrane properties, cell-cell recognition, cell regulation, and signaling. Disturbance in ganglioside metabolism has been correlated with the development of diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases, and in inflammation. Both conditions are associated with an increased production of reactive oxidation species (ROS) that can induce changes in the structure of biomolecules, including lipids, leading to the loss or modification of their function...
August 30, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Maryse C Cnossen, Suzanne Polinder, Hester F Lingsma, Andrew I R Maas, David Menon, Ewout W Steyerberg
INTRODUCTION: The strength of evidence underpinning care and treatment recommendations in traumatic brain injury (TBI) is low. Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has been proposed as a framework to provide evidence for optimal care for TBI patients. The first step in CER is to map the existing variation. The aim of current study is to quantify variation in general structural and process characteristics among centers participating in the Collaborative European NeuroTrauma Effectiveness Research in Traumatic Brain Injury (CENTER-TBI) study...
2016: PloS One
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