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Jason Klein, Alex Ghasem, Samuel Huntley, Nathan Donaldson, Martin Keisch, Sheila Conway
BACKGROUND: High-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) and external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) are two modalities used in the treatment of soft tissue sarcoma. Previous work at our institution showed early complications and outcomes for patients treated with HDR-BT, EBRT, or a combination of both radiation therapy modalities. As the general indications for each of these approaches to radiation therapy differ, it is important to evaluate the use of each in an algorithmic way, reflecting how they are used in contemporary practice at sites that use these treatments...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
María Ángeles González Ruiz, Juan Quirós Rivero, Julia Luisa Muñoz García, Joaquín José Cabrera Rodríguez, Yesika Ríos Kavadoy, María Francisca Ropero Carmona, Almudena Corbacho Campos, Fernando García Urra, María Cristina Cruz Muñoz, Amanda Ruiz Herrero, Pedro Almendral Manzano
Purpose: The aim of the study is to review our experience in treatment of Kaposi sarcoma (KS) lesions with high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy. Material and methods: We present five new KS lesions (three patients) that were treated in our hospital from May 2016 to February 2017 with HDR brachytherapy using Valencia applicators. The treatment was delivered in 5 Gy fractions over five sessions, on alternate days. Total dose of 25 Gy (EQD 2 31.25 Gy) was delivered. All patients were male, Caucasian, without a history of HIV, organ transplantation, or current immunosuppressive therapy...
December 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
Ramin Jaberi, Zahra Siavashpour, Mahmoud Reza Aghamiri, Christian Kirisits, Reza Ghaderi
Purpose: Intra-fractional organs at risk (OARs) deformations can lead to dose variation during image-guided adaptive brachytherapy (IGABT). The aim of this study was to modify the final accepted brachytherapy treatment plan to dosimetrically compensate for these intra-fractional organs-applicators position variations and, at the same time, fulfilling the dosimetric criteria. Material and methods: Thirty patients with locally advanced cervical cancer, after external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) of 45-50 Gy over five to six weeks with concomitant weekly chemotherapy, and qualified for intracavitary high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy with tandem-ovoid applicators were selected for this study...
December 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
Thérèse Atieh, Miriam Diala El Ayoubi, Fabien Aubry, Stéphane Priet, Xavier de Lamballerie, Antoine Nougairède
Reverse genetics is key technology for producing wild-type and genetically modified viruses. The ISA (Infectious Subgenomic Amplicons) method is a recent versatile and user-friendly reverse genetics method to rescue RNA viruses. The main constraint of its canonic protocol was the requirement to produce (e.g., by DNA synthesis or fusion PCR) 5' and 3' modified genomic fragments encompassing the human cytomegalovirus promoter (pCMV) and the hepatitis delta virus ribozyme/simian virus 40 polyadenylation signal (HDR/SV40pA), respectively...
2018: PloS One
K C M Gulay, I B Tanaka, J Komura, S Tanaka
Pregnant C57BL/6JJcl mice were exposed to γ rays at low dose rate (20 mGy/day, LDR) or medium dose rate (200 and 400 mGy/day, MDR) from gestation day (GD) 0-18 to total accumulated doses of 360, 3,600 and 7,200 mGy, respectively. An additional group of pregnant mice were acutely exposed to 2 Gy at high dose rate (HDR) of 0.77 Gy/min on GD 11. In experiment 1, fetuses collected via cesarean section on GD 18 were examined for external and skeletal abnormalities. While the results of LDR exposure (20 mGy/day) did not significantly differ from the nonirradiated controls in all parameters examined, MDR (200 and 400 mGy/day) and acute HDR (2 Gy) exposure caused growth retardation and significantly increased incidence of unossified bones...
February 13, 2018: Radiation Research
Alireza Mirzaei, Gholamreza Kavoosi, Sara Dezhsetan, Mahdi Behnamian
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is a kind of perennial medicinal plant with sweetening properties which belongs to Asteraceae family. Its leaves with fundamental glycoside compounds consist of both a sugar part and a non-sugar sector. One of the glycoside compounds is Rebaudioside- A which has a greater importance in business. This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of Ag2O, CrO3, PbO, Fe2O3, BaO and TiO2 on the expression pattern of these genes in the Stevia rebaudiana. Rebaudioside- A biosynthesis was repeated 3 times with concentrations of 50, 100 and 200µM...
February 10, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Yoshinori Miyahara, Yuki Hara, Hiroto Nakashima, Tomonori Nishimura, Kanae Itakura, Taisuke Inomata, Hajime Kitagaki
In high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy, a direct-conversion flat-panel detector (d-FPD) clearly depicts a 192Ir source without image halation, even under the emission of high-energy gamma-rays. However, it has been unknown why iridium is visible using a d-FPD. The purpose of this study was to clarify reasons for visibility of the source core based on physical imaging characteristics, including the modulation transfer functions (MTF), noise power spectral (NPS), contrast transfer functions (CTF), and linearity of d-FPD to high-energy gamma-rays...
February 9, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Junghyun Ryu, Randall S Prather, Kiho Lee
Pigs are an important resource in agriculture and serve as a model for human diseases. Due to their physiological and anatomical similarities with humans, pigs can recapitulate symptoms of human diseases, making them a useful model in biomedicine. However, in the past pig models have not been widely used partially because of the difficulty in genetic modification. The lack of true embryonic stem cells in pigs forced researchers to utilize genetic modification in somatic cells and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) to generate genetically engineered (GE) pigs carrying site-specific modifications...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Michael Lienemann, Jörg Stefan Deutzmann, Ross Dean Milton, Merve Sahin, Alfred Michael Spormann
Electrosynthesis of formate is a promising technology to convert CO2 and electricity from renewable sources into a biocompatible, soluble, non-flammable, and easily storable compound. In the model methanogen Methanococcus maripaludis, uptake of cathodic electrons was shown to proceed indirectly via formation of formate or H2 by undefined, cell-derived enzymes. Here, we identified that the multi-enzyme heterodisulfide reductase supercomplex (Hdr-SC) of M. maripaludis is capable of direct electron uptake and catalyzes rapid H2 and formate formation in electrochemical reactors (-800 mV vs Ag/AgCl) and in Fe(0) corrosion assays...
January 9, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Feifan Guan, Gangyi Jiang, Yang Song, Mei Yu, Zongju Peng, Fen Chen
The practical applications of the full-reference image quality assessment (IQA) method are limited. Here, we propose a new no-reference quality assessment method for high-dynamic-range (HDR) images. First, tensor decomposition is used to generate three feature maps of an HDR image, considering color and structure information of the HDR image. Second, for a given HDR image, because its first feature map contains its main energy and important structural feature information, manifold learning is used in the first feature map to find the inherent geometric structure of high-dimensional data in a low-dimensional manifold...
February 1, 2018: Applied Optics
Shekhar S Chandra, Craig Engstrom, Jurgen Fripp, Ales Neubert, Jin Jin, Duncan Walker, Olivier Salvado, Charles Ho, Stuart Crozier
PURPOSE: To develop a local contrast-enhancing and feature-preserving high dynamic range (HDR) image processing algorithm for multichannel and multisequence MR images of multiple body regions and tissues, and to evaluate its performance for structure visualization, bias field (correction) mitigation, and automated tissue segmentation. METHODS: A multiscale-shape and detail-enhancement HDR-MRI algorithm is applied to data sets of multichannel and multisequence MR images of the brain, knee, breast, and hip...
February 4, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Q Guo, G Mintier, M Ma-Edmonds, D Storton, X Wang, X Xiao, B Kienzle, D Zhao, John N Feder
Using CRISPR/Cas9 delivered as a RNA modality in conjunction with a lipid specifically formulated for large RNA molecules, we demonstrate that homology directed repair (HDR) rates between 20-40% can be achieved in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). Furthermore, low HDR rates (between 1-20%) can be enhanced two- to ten-fold in both iPSCs and HEK293 cells by 'cold shocking' cells at 32 °C for 24-48 hours following transfection. This method can also increases the proportion of loci that have undergone complete sequence conversion across the donor sequence, or 'perfect HDR', as opposed to partial sequence conversion where nucleotides more distal to the CRISPR cut site are less efficiently incorporated ('partial HDR')...
February 1, 2018: Scientific Reports
Khairul Majumder, Yvonne Brandberg, Hemming Johansson, Enrique Castellanos, Anders Ullén, Bo Lennernäs, Sten Nilsson
To avoid pubic arch interference, prostate cancer patients are treated with neoadjuvant androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) to achieve prostate volume (PV) reduction prior to radiation treatment. The aim of the present randomised study was to compare the effects on PV of two regimens of ADT, an androgen receptor inhibitor monotherapy vs. castration plus an androgen receptor inhibitor. Consecutive patients with non-metastatic prostate cancer were included in a randomised neoadjuvant study, comparing an androgen receptor inhibitor monotherapy vs...
January 2018: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Kota Abe, Noriyuki Kadoya, Shinya Sato, Shimpei Hashimoto, Yujiro Nakajima, Yuya Miyasaka, Kengo Ito, Rei Umezawa, Takaya Yamamoto, Noriyoshi Takahashi, Ken Takeda, Keiichi Jingu
We evaluated the impact of model-based dose calculation algorithms (MBDCAs) on high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) treatment planning for patients with cervical cancer. Seven patients with cervical cancer treated using HDR-BT were studied. Tandem and ovoid applicators were used in four patients, a vaginal cylinder in one, and interstitial needles in the remaining two patients. MBDCAs were applied to the Advanced Collapsed cone Engine (ACE; Elekta, Stockholm, Sweden). All plans, which were originally calculated using TG-43, were re-calculated using both ACE and Monte Carlo (MC) simulations...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Radiation Research
Jason J Flowers, Matthew A Richards, Nitin Baliga, Birte Meyer, David A Stahl
A refined Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough flux balance analysis (FBA) model (iJF744) was developed, incorporating 1016 reactions that include 744 genes and 951 metabolites. A draft model was first developed through automatic model reconstruction using the ModelSeed Server and then curated based on existing literature. The curated model was further refined by incorporating three recently proposed redox reactions involving the Hdr-Flx and Qmo complexes and a lactate dehydrogenase (LdhAB, DVU 3027-3028) indicated by mutation and transcript analyses to serve electron transfer reactions central to syntrophic and respiratory growth...
January 26, 2018: Environmental Microbiology Reports
Caroline Dufour, Alix Claudel, Nicolas Joubarne, Natacha Merindol, Tara Maisonnet, Nasser Masroori, Mélodie B Plourde, Lionel Berthoux
The type I interferon (IFN-I)-inducible human restriction factor TRIM5α inhibits the infection of human cells by specific nonhuman retroviruses, such as N-MLV and EIAV, but does not generally target HIV-1. However, the introduction of two aminoacid substitutions, R332G and R355G, in the human TRIM5α (huTRIM5α) domain responsible for retroviral capsid recognition leads to efficient HIV-1 restriction upon stable over-expression. CRISPR-Cas-based approaches to precisely edit DNA could be employed to modify TRIM5 in human cells...
2018: PloS One
Arun Sharma, Christopher N Toepfer, Tarsha Ward, Lauren Wasson, Radhika Agarwal, David A Conner, Johnny H Hu, Christine E Seidman
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) can be used to mass produce surrogates of human tissues, enabling new advances in drug screening, disease modeling, and cell therapy. Recent developments in clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 genome editing technology use homology-directed repair (HDR) to efficiently generate custom hiPSC lines harboring a variety of genomic insertions and deletions. Thus, hiPSCs that encode an endogenous protein fused to a fluorescent reporter protein can be rapidly created by employing CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, enhancing HDR efficiency and optimizing homology arm length...
January 24, 2018: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
Frédéric Lalanne, Pierre Malinge, Didier Hérault, Clémence Jamin-Mornet, Nicolas Virollet
Mainly driven by automotive applications, there is an increasing interest in image sensors combining a high dynamic range (HDR) and immunity to the flicker issue. The native HDR pixel concept based on a parallel electron and hole collection for, respectively, a low signal level and a high signal level is particularly well-suited for this performance challenge. The theoretical performance of this pixel is modeled and compared to alternative HDR pixel architectures. This concept is proven with the fabrication of a 3...
January 20, 2018: Sensors
O A Awunor
PURPOSE: The determination of source positions before treatment is an essential part of the quality assurance (QA) associated with high dose rate brachytherapy treatments. The purpose of this study was to design and commission a tool to allow the quantification of source positions across multiple transfer tube types. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A bespoke flexi-adapter jig, three transfer tube adapters, and a film piercing pointer were designed and built for source position QA across three transfer tube types-the standard, 6 French, and gynae transfer tubes...
January 15, 2018: Brachytherapy
Edgar Gelover, Cabel Katherine, Christopher Mart, Wenqing Sun, Yusung Kim
The objective of this study was to assess the recommended DVH parameter (e.g., D2 cc) addition method used for combining EBRT and HDR plans, against a reference dataset generated from an EQD2-based DVH addition method. A revised DVH parameter addition method using EBRT DVH parameters derived from each patient's plan was proposed and also compared with the reference dataset. Thirty-one biopsy-proven cervical cancer patients who received EBRT and HDR brachytherapy were retrospectively analyzed. A parametrial and/or paraaortic EBRT boost were clinically performed on 13 patients...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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