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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534256/crispr-cas9-mediated-correction-of-human-genetic-disease
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REVIEW
Ke Men, Xingmei Duan, Zhiyao He, Yang Yang, Shaohua Yao, Yuquan Wei
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) protein 9 system (CRISPR/Cas9) provides a powerful tool for targeted genetic editing. Directed by programmable sequence-specific RNAs, this system introduces cleavage and double-stranded breaks at target sites precisely. Compared to previously developed targeted nucleases, the CRISPR/Cas9 system demonstrates several promising advantages, including simplicity, high specificity, and efficiency. Several broad genome-editing studies with the CRISPR/Cas9 system in different species in vivo and ex vivo have indicated its strong potential, raising hopes for therapeutic genome editing in clinical settings...
May 3, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533806/second-salvage-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-for-radiorecurrent-prostate-cancer
#2
Metha Maenhout, Marco van Vulpen, Marinus Moerland, Max Peters, Richard Meijer, Maurice van den Bosch, Paul Nguyen, Steven Frank, Jochem van der Voort van Zyp
PURPOSE: Salvage treatments for localized radiorecurrent prostate cancer can be performed safely when a focal and image guided approach is used. Due to the low toxicity, the opportunity exists to investigate a second salvage treatment when a second locally recurrent prostate cancer occurs. Here, we describe a second salvage treatment procedure of 4 patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Four patients with a pathologically proven second local recurrence were treated in an outpatient magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided setting with a single fraction of 19 Gy focal high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT)...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533803/use-of-ultrasound-in-image-guided-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-enumerations-and-arguments
#3
REVIEW
Susovan Banerjee, Tejinder Kataria, Deepak Gupta, Shikha Goyal, Shyam Singh Bisht, Trinanjan Basu, Ashu Abhishek
Inherently, brachytherapy is the most conformal radiotherapeutic technique. As an aid to brachytherapy, ultrasonography (USG) serves as a portable, inexpensive, and simple to use method allowing for accurate, reproducible, and adaptive treatments. Some newer brachytherapy planning systems have incorporated USG as the sole imaging modality. Ultrasonography has been successfully used to place applicator and dose planning for prostate, cervix, and anal canal cancers. It can guide placement of brachytherapy catheters for all other sites like breast, skin, and head and neck cancers...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533800/high-dose-rate-interstitial-brachytherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-do-we-need-a-look-back-into-a-forgotten-art-a-single-institute-experience
#4
Rajendra Bhalavat, Manish Chandra, Vibhay Pareek, Lalitha Nellore, Karishma George, P Nandakumar, Pratibha Bauskar
PURPOSE: To evaluate the treatment outcomes with high-dose-rate (HDR) interstitial brachytherapy (HDR-BRT) in head and neck cancers (HNC). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty-eight patients with HNC as per American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC) TNM staging criteria were analyzed retrospectively between 2008 and 2015. Forty-two patients received external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) with HDR-BRT and 16 patients received BRT alone. The survival was calculated with respect to median biological equivalent doses (BED) and median 2 Gy equivalent dose (EQD2), keeping α/β = 10 for tumor...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533799/definitive-three-dimensional-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-for-inoperable-endometrial-cancer
#5
Lorena Draghini, Ernesto Maranzano, Michelina Casale, Fabio Trippa, Paola Anselmo, Fabio Arcidiacono, Stefania Fabiani, Marco Italiani, Luigia Chirico, Marco Muti
PURPOSE: To report our experience on high-dose-rate brachytherapy (HDR-BT) in patients with stage I-III endometrial cancer unfit to surgery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventeen patients underwent HDR-BT as definitive treatment. Median age was 79 years (range, 60-95), median Karnofsky performance status 90% (range, 60-100). Histology was endometrial adenocarcinoma in 14 (82%), and non-endometrial in 3 (18%) patients. In 15 (88%) patients, clinical stage was I and in remaining 2 (12%) was III...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533798/optimal-bladder-filling-during-high-dose-rate-intracavitary-brachytherapy-for-cervical-cancer-a-dosimetric-study
#6
Umesh Mahantshetty, Saurabha Shetty, Dipanjan Majumder, Pranjal Adurkar, Jamema Swamidas, Reena Engineer, Supriya Chopra, Shyamkishore Shrivastava
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to compare 3D dose volume histogram (DVH) parameters of bladder and other organs at risk with different bladder filling protocol during high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy (HDR-ICBT) in cervical cancer, and to find optimized bladder volume. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This dosimetric study was completed with 21 patients who underwent HDR-ICBT with computed tomography/magnetic resonance compatible applicator as a routine treatment...
April 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527830/crispr-cas9-mediated-precise-targeted-integration-in-vivo-using-a-double-cut-donor-with-short-homology-arms
#7
Xuan Yao, Xing Wang, Junlai Liu, Xinde Hu, Linyu Shi, Xiaowen Shen, Wenqin Ying, Xinyao Sun, Xin Wang, Pengyu Huang, Hui Yang
Precisely targeted genome editing is highly desired for clinical applications. However, the widely used homology-directed repair (HDR)-based genome editing strategies remain inefficient for certain in vivo applications. We here demonstrate a microhomology-mediated end-joining (MMEJ)-based strategy for precisely targeted gene integration in transfected neurons and hepatocytes in vivo with efficiencies up to 20%, much higher (up to 10 fold) than HDR-based strategy in adult mouse tissues. As a proof of concept of its therapeutic potential, we demonstrate the efficacy of MMEJ-based strategy in correction of Fah mutation and rescue of Fah(-/-) liver failure mice, offering an efficient approach for precisely targeted gene therapies...
May 11, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526386/the-effects-of-folic-acid-and-pyridoxine-supplementation-on-characteristics-of-migraine-attacks-in-migraine-patients-with-aura-a-double-blind-randomized-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
#8
Gholamreza Askari, Morteza Nasiri, Hassan Mozaffari-Khosravi, Masod Rezaie, Mahdieh Bagheri-Bidakhavidi, Omid Sadeghi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of folic acid alone and in combination with pyridoxine on characteristics of migraine attacks in adult migraine patients with aura. METHODS: This double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled, clinical trial was conducted on 95 migraine patients with aura (age range 18-65 y) in Isfahan, Islamic Republic of Iran, in 2014. Patients were randomly allocated to receive folic acid (5 mg/d) plus pyridoxine (80 mg/d) or folic acid alone (5 mg/d) or placebo (lactose) for 3 mo...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522118/a-national-survey-of-hdr-source-knowledge-among-practicing-radiation-oncologists-and-residents-establishing-a-willingness-to-pay-threshold-for-cobalt-60-usage
#9
Raymond Mailhot Vega, Wesley Talcott, Omar Ishaq, Patrice Cohen, Christina J Small, Tamara Duckworth, Gustavo Sarria Bardales, Carmen A Perez, Peter B Schiff, William Small, Matthew M Harkenrider
PURPOSE: Ir-192 is the predominant source for high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy in United States markets. Co-60, with longer half-life and fewer source exchanges, has piloted abroad with comparable clinical dosimetry but increased shielding requirements. We sought to identify practitioner knowledge of Co-60 and establish acceptable willingness-to-pay (WTP) thresholds for additional shielding requirements for use in future cost-benefit analysis. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A nationwide survey of U...
May 15, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507457/evaluating-the-performance-of-tg-43-protocol-in-esophageal-hdr-brachytherapy-viewpoint-to-trachea-inhomogeneity
#10
Seyed Mohsen Hosseini Daghigh, Hamid Reza Baghani, Seyed Mahmoud Reza Aghamiri, Seyed Rabi Mahdavi
AIM: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of air within trachea on dose calculations of esophageal HDR brachytherapy treatment planning. BACKGROUND: Dose calculations in esophageal HDR brachytherapy treatment planning systems are greatly based on TG-43 protocol which in all materials are considered to be water equivalent. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cylindrical PMMA phantom with a tube in the center (neck equivalent phantom) accompanied by Flexitron HDR brachytherapy system was used in this study...
July 2017: Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499832/versatile-and-precise-gene-targeting-strategies-for-functional-studies-in-mammalian-cell-lines
#11
REVIEW
M Wassef, A Luscan, A Battistella, S Le Corre, H Li, M R Wallace, M Vidaud, R Margueron
The advent of programmable nucleases such as ZFNs, TALENs and CRISPR/Cas9 has brought the power of genetic manipulation to widely used model systems. In mammalian cells, nuclease-mediated DNA double strand break is mainly repaired through the error-prone non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ) repair pathway, eventually leading to accumulation of small deletions or insertions (indels) that can inactivate gene function. However, due to the variable size of the indels and the polyploid status of many cell lines (e...
May 10, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499627/clinical-application-of-moskin-dosimeters-to-rectal-wall-in-vivo-dosimetry-in-gynecological-hdr-brachytherapy
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M Carrara, A Romanyukha, C Tenconi, D Mazzeo, A Cerrotta, M Borroni, D Cutajar, M Petasecca, M Lerch, J Bucci, A Richetti, S Presilla, C Fallai, G Gambarini, E Pignoli, A Rosenfeld
PURPOSE: Three MOSkins dosimeters were assembled over a rectal probe and used to perform in vivo dosimetry during HDR brachytherapy treatments of vaginal cancer. The purpose of this study was to verify the applicability of the developed tool to evaluate discrepancies between planned and measured doses to the rectal wall. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MOSkin dosimeters from the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics are particularly suitable for brachytherapy procedures for their ability to be easily incorporated into treatment instrumentation...
May 9, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496957/injecting-and-sexual-networks-and-sociodemographic-factors-and-dual-hiv-risk-among-people-who-inject-drugs-a-cross-sectional-study-in-kermanshah-province-iran
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Mehdi Noroozi, Ali Mirzazadeh, Alireza Noroozi, Hamid Sharifi, Peter Higgs, Zahra Jorjoran-Shushtari, Ali Farhoudian, Farbod Fadai, Farahnaz Mohhamadi-Shahboulaghi, Bahram Armoon, Ahmad Hajebi, Omid Massah
BACKGROUND: Few studies suggest that social network factors, including size of sexual network may associate with drug-related and sexual high-risk behaviors. The objective of this study is to investigate injecting and sexual networks and sociodemographic factors that might be associated with dual HIV risk (DHR) among people who inject drug (PWID). METHODS: The data from a cross-sectional study of 455 PWID that were recruited through peer-referral sampling were used in this study...
July 2016: Addiction & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495033/clinical-applications-of-3-dimensional-printing-in-radiation-therapy
#14
Yizhou Zhao, Kathryn Moran, Mammo Yewondwossen, James Allan, Scott Clarke, Murali Rajaraman, Derek Wilke, Paul Joseph, James L Robar
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is suitable for the fabrication of complex radiotherapy bolus. Although investigated from dosimetric and feasibility standpoints, there are few reports to date of its use for actual patient treatment. This study illustrates the versatile applications of 3D printing in clinical radiation oncology through a selection of patient cases, namely, to create bolus for photon and modulated electron radiotherapy (MERT), as well as applicators for surface high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy...
May 8, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494095/comparison-of-192-ir-169-yb-and-60-co-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-sources-for-skin-cancer-treatment
#15
Habib Safigholi, Ali S Meigooni, William Y Song
PURPOSE: To evaluate the possibility of utilizing the high-dose rate (HDR) (169) Yb and (60) Co sources, in addition to (192) Ir, for the treatment of skin malignancies with conical applicators. METHODS: Monte Carlo (MC) simulations were used to benchmark the dosimetric parameters of single (169) Yb (4140), (60) Co (Co0.A86), and (192) Ir (mHDR-V2) brachytherapy sources in a water phantom and compared their results against published data. A standard conical tungsten alloy Leipzig-style applicator (Stand...
May 11, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483283/-the-mouth-of-patients-with-hypo-and-pseudohypoparathyroidism
#16
François Wémeau, Jean-Louis Wémeau
Chronic calcipenia related to hypo- and pseudohypoparathyroidism favors trophic complications, especially expressed on the buccal cavity. Correlated with early onset of the disease and imperfect correction of the metabolic disorders, retardation to appearance and implantation of teeth are observed. The buccal signs often are the most immediately visible expression of the disease. They are painful and disabling. Other acute expressions reflect the neuromuscular hyperexcitability related to tetany. Finally, some etiologies determine specific damage, as in Di George's, HDR syndromes or in Albright's osteodystrophia...
May 5, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475494/inorganic-scintillation-detectors-based-on-eu-activated-phosphors-for-sup-192-sup-ir-brachytherapy
#17
Gustavo Kertzscher, Sam Beddar
The availability of real-time treatment verification during high-dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy is currently limited. Therefore, we studied the luminescence properties of the widely commercially available scintillators using the inorganic materials Eu-activated phosphors Y<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub>:Eu, YVO<sub>4</sub>:Eu, Y<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>S:Eu, and Gd<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>S:Eu to determine whether they could be used to accurately and precisely verify HDR brachytherapy doses in real time...
May 5, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472268/nickel-induces-transcriptional-down-regulation-of-dna-repair-pathways-in-tumorigenic-and-non-tumorigenic-lung-cells
#18
Susan E Scanlon, Christine D Scanlon, Denise C Hegan, Parker L Sulkowski, Peter M Glazer
The heavy metal nickel is a known carcinogen, and occupational exposure to nickel compounds has been implicated in human lung and nasal cancers. Unlike many other environmental carcinogens, however, nickel does not directly induce DNA mutagenesis, and the mechanism of nickel-related carcinogenesis remains incompletely understood. Cellular nickel exposure leads to signaling pathway activation, transcriptional changes, and epigenetic remodeling, processes also impacted by hypoxia, which itself promotes tumor growth without causing direct DNA damage...
May 2, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462777/synthetically-modified-guide-rna-and-donor-dna-are-a-versatile-platform-for-crispr-cas9-engineering
#19
Kunwoo Lee, Vanessa A Mackley, Anirudh Rao, Anthony T Chong, Mark A Dewitt, Jacob E Corn, Niren Murthy
Chemical modification of the gRNA and donor DNA has great potential for improving the gene editing efficiency of Cas9 and Cpf1, but has not been investigated extensively. In this report, we demonstrate that the gRNAs of Cas9 and Cpf1, and donor DNA can be chemically modified at their terminal positions without losing activity. Moreover, we show that 5' fluorescently labeled donor DNA can be used as a marker to enrich HDR edited cells by a factor of two through cell sorting. In addition, we demonstrate that the gRNA and donor DNA can be directly conjugated together into one molecule, and show that this gRNA-donor DNA conjugate is three times better at transfecting cells and inducing HDR, with cationic polymers, than unconjugated gRNA and donor DNA...
May 2, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457787/time-resolved-dose-rate-distributions-in-brachytherapy
#20
Vasiliki Peppa, Eleftherios P Pappas, Pantelis Karaiskos, Panagiotis Papagiannis
PURPOSE: To investigate the biological significance of introducing time-resolved dose rate distributions (TR-DRD) in brachytherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The treatment plan of a head and neck patient treated with pulsed-dose-rate (PDR) brachytherapy was considered. The TR-DRD was calculated on the basis of a Monte Carlo generated single source dose rate matrix taking into account the dose rate per source dwell position. Biologically Effective Dose (BED) was obtained considering either the mean dose rate per pulse (analytical method) or the TR-DRD (numerical method)...
April 27, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
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