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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920341/serum-mir-451a-levels-are-significantly-elevated-in-women-with-endometriosis-and-recapitulated-in-baboons-papio-anubis-with-experimentally-induced-disease
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Warren B Nothnick, Tommaso Falcone, Niraj Joshi, Asgerally T Fazleabas, Amanda Graham
We have previously demonstrated that human microRNA-451a (miR-451a) endometriotic lesion expression is significantly higher compared to that of the corresponding eutopic endometrium. The objective of the current study was to examine the relationship between lesion and serum content of miR-451a and to determine the utility of serum miR-451a in distinguishing between women with and without visible signs of endometriosis. Eighty-one participants were enrolled in this study, 41 with confirmed endometriosis and 40 without visible signs of endometriosis at laparoscopy (n = 20) or symptoms of endometriosis (pain, infertility n = 20)...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910609/x-ray-thomson-scattering-measurements-from-hohlraum-driven-spheres-on-the-omega-laser
#2
A M Saunders, A Jenei, T Döppner, R W Falcone, D Kraus, A Kritcher, O L Landen, J Nilsen, D Swift
X-ray Thomson scattering (XRTS) is a powerful diagnostic for probing warm and hot dense matter. We present the design and results of the first XRTS experiments with hohlraum-driven CH2 targets on the OMEGA laser facility at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics in Rochester, NY. X-rays seen directly from the XRTS x-ray source overshadow the elastic scattering signal from the target capsule but can be controlled in future experiments. From the inelastic scattering signal, an average plasma temperature is inferred that is in reasonable agreement with the temperatures predicted by simulations...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910303/improving-a-high-efficiency-gated-spectrometer-for-x-ray-thomson-scattering-experiments-at-the-national-ignition-facility
#3
T Döppner, D Kraus, P Neumayer, B Bachmann, J Emig, R W Falcone, L B Fletcher, M Hardy, D H Kalantar, A L Kritcher, O L Landen, T Ma, A M Saunders, R D Wood
We are developing x-ray Thomson scattering for applications in implosion experiments at the National Ignition Facility. In particular we have designed and fielded MACS, a high-efficiency, gated x-ray spectrometer at 7.5-10 keV [T. Döppner et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 85, 11D617 (2014)]. Here we report on two new Bragg crystals based on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG), a flat crystal and a dual-section cylindrically curved crystal. We have performed in situ calibration measurements using a brass foil target, and we used the flat HOPG crystal to measure Mo K-shell emission at 18 keV in 2nd order diffraction...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909934/current-achievements-and-future-perspectives-of-metronomic-chemotherapy
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REVIEW
Adriana Romiti, Rosa Falcone, Michela Roberto, Paolo Marchetti
In recent years, many anticancer drugs have been tested at metronomic dosages for a variety of tumours. Mechanisms of action attributed to metronomic chemotherapy (MCT) include antiangiogenesis, immunomodulation, direct inhibition of tumour growth, effect on tumour initiating cells and the modulation of clonal evolution. An active clinical research, aimed at testing MCT in several cancers, has been conducted over the past 15 years. However, because the majority of available results come from earlier phase II studies, mainly performed in the area of breast cancer (BC), it is clear that there are areas still to be investigated...
December 1, 2016: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908454/fulvestrant-500-mg-versus-anastrozole-1-mg-for-hormone-receptor-positive-advanced-breast-cancer-falcon-an-international-randomised-double-blind-phase-3-trial
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John F R Robertson, Igor M Bondarenko, Ekaterina Trishkina, Mikhail Dvorkin, Lawrence Panasci, Alexey Manikhas, Yaroslav Shparyk, Servando Cardona-Huerta, Kwok-Leung Cheung, Manuel Jesus Philco-Salas, Manuel Ruiz-Borrego, Zhimin Shao, Shinzaburo Noguchi, Jacqui Rowbottom, Mary Stuart, Lynda M Grinsted, Mehdi Fazal, Matthew J Ellis
BACKGROUND: Aromatase inhibitors are a standard of care for hormone receptor-positive locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer. We investigated whether the selective oestrogen receptor degrader fulvestrant could improve progression-free survival compared with anastrozole in postmenopausal patients who had not received previous endocrine therapy. METHODS: In this phase 3, randomised, double-blind trial, we recruited eligible patients with histologically confirmed oestrogen receptor-positive or progesterone receptor-positive, or both, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer from 113 academic hospitals and community centres in 20 countries...
November 28, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907116/rnai-mediated-functional-analysis-of-bursicon-genes-related-to-adult-cuticle-formation-and-tanning-in-the-honeybee-apis-mellifera
#6
Claudinéia Pereira Costa, Moysés Elias-Neto, Tiago Falcon, Rodrigo Pires Dallacqua, Juliana Ramos Martins, Marcia Maria Gentile Bitondi
Bursicon is a heterodimeric neurohormone that acts through a G protein-coupled receptor named rickets (rk), thus inducing an increase in cAMP and the activation of tyrosine hydroxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the cuticular tanning pathway. In insects, the role of bursicon in the post-ecdysial tanning of the adult cuticle and wing expansion is well characterized. Here we investigated the roles of the genes encoding the bursicon subunits during the adult cuticle development in the honeybee, Apis mellifera...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903645/upgrading-short-read-animal-genome-assemblies-to-chromosome-level-using-comparative-genomics-and-a-universal-probe-set
#7
Joana Damas, Rebecca O'Connor, Marta Farré, Vasileios Panagiotis E Lenis, Henry J Martell, Anjali Mandawala, Katie Fowler, Sunitha Joseph, Martin T Swain, Darren K Griffin, Denis M Larkin
Most recent initiatives to sequence and assemble new species' genomes de-novo fail to achieve the ultimate endpoint to produce contigs, each representing one whole chromosome. Even the best-assembled genomes (using contemporary technologies) consist of sub-chromosomal sized scaffolds. To circumvent this problem, we developed a novel approach that combines computational algorithms to merge scaffolds into chromosomal fragments, PCR-based scaffold verification and physical mapping to chromosomes. Multi-genome-alignment-guided probe selection led to the development of a set of universal avian BAC clones that permit rapid anchoring of multiple scaffolds to chromosomes on all avian genomes...
November 30, 2016: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902906/generalized-tetanus-in-a-gyrfalcon-falco-rusticolus-with-pododermatitis
#8
Hugues Beaufrère, Delphine Laniesse, Paul Stickings, Robert Tierney, Thea Sesardic, Durda Slavic, Nicole Compo, Dale A Smith
A 2-yr-old male gyrfalcon ( Falco rusticolus ) was presented for severe and generalized muscle spasticity and pododermatitis. The falcon had been treated for pododermatitis over the previous 4 mo. Muscle rigidity and spasms involved the entire bird but were more severe on the right leg. The bird was also tachypneic and hyperthermic at 45 C. While the plantar pododermatitis lesions had healed, there was still a small abscess on the lateral aspect of the right foot. Clinical signs were consistent with tetanus...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894429/nonaccidental-trauma-in-pediatric-surgery
#9
REVIEW
Paul T Kim, Richard A Falcone
This article presents an overview of nonaccidental trauma in children, including common clinical presentation, evaluation, and diagnosis.
February 2017: Surgical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894034/quality-of-life-after-uphold%C3%A2-vaginal-support-system-surgery-for-apical-pelvic-organ-prolapse-a-prospective-multicenter-study
#10
Päivi Rahkola-Soisalo, Daniel Altman, Christian Falconer, Edward Morcos, Martin Rudnicki, Tomi S Mikkola
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects on quality of life in women operated for apical pelvic organ prolapse using the Vaginal Uphold™ System. STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective cohort study, women (n=207) with symptomatic apical prolapse, with or without cystocele, were operated using the Uphold™ Vaginal Support System. Follow-up for quality of life was performed at 12 months after surgery, and assessed by the PFDI-20, and PFIQ-7, and sexual function by the PISQ-12...
November 14, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893335/debated-role-of-ovarian-protection-with-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonists-during-chemotherapy-for-preservation-of-ovarian-function-and-fertility-in-women-with-cancer
#11
Matteo Lambertini, Tommaso Falcone, Joseph M Unger, Kelly-Anne Phillips, Lucia Del Mastro, Halle C F Moore
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892484/environmental-factors-linked-to-depression-vulnerability-are-associated-with-altered-cerebellar-resting-state-synchronization
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Aldo Córdova-Palomera, Cristian Tornador, Carles Falcón, Nuria Bargalló, Paolo Brambilla, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, Gustavo Deco, Lourdes Fañanás
Hosting nearly eighty percent of all human neurons, the cerebellum is functionally connected to large regions of the brain. Accumulating data suggest that some cerebellar resting-state alterations may constitute a key candidate mechanism for depressive psychopathology. While there is some evidence linking cerebellar function and depression, two topics remain largely unexplored. First, the genetic or environmental roots of this putative association have not been elicited. Secondly, while different mathematical representations of resting-state fMRI patterns can embed diverse information of relevance for health and disease, many of them have not been studied in detail regarding the cerebellum and depression...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889455/in-vivo-evaluation-of-18-f-fecimbi-36-an-agonist-5-ht2a-2c-receptor-pet-radioligand-in-nonhuman-primate
#13
Jaya Prabhakaran, Kiran Kumar Solingapuram Sai, Francesca Zanderigo, Harry Rubin-Falcone, Matthew J Jorgensen, Jay R Kaplan, Katharine I Tooke, Akiva Mintz, J John Mann, J S Dileep Kumar
We recently reported the radiosynthesis and in vitro evaluation of [(18)F]-2-(4-bromo-2,5-dimethoxyphenyl)-N-(2-(2-fluoroethoxy)benzyl)ethanamine, ([(18)F]FECIMBI-36) or ([(18)F]1), an agonist radioligand for 5HT2A/2C receptors in postmortem samples of human brain. Herein we describe the in vivo evaluation of [(18)F]FECIMBI-36 in vervet/African green monkeys by PET imaging. PET images show that [(18)F]FECIMBI-36 penetrates the blood-brain barrier and a low retention of radioactivity is observed in monkey brain...
November 16, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889349/acquired-aseptic-intracardiac-shunts-following-transcatheter-aortic-valve%C3%A2-replacement-a%C3%A2-systematic-review
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Paol Rojas, Ignacio J Amat-Santos, Carlos Cortés, Javier Castrodeza, Javier Tobar, Rishi Puri, Teresa Sevilla, Silvio Vera, Luis H Varela-Falcón, Jose Luis Zunzunegui, Itziar Gómez, Josep Rodés-Cabau, José A San Román
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to describe the incidence, mechanisms, features, and management of aseptic intracardiac shunts (AICS). BACKGROUND: AICS following transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) are an uncommon and barely described complication. METHODS: A systematic review was performed of all published cases of AICS following TAVR, and the incidence, predictors, main features, management, and related outcomes were analyzed...
November 17, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886643/cardiac-safety-of-adjuvant-non-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-combined-with-cyclophosphamide-and-followed-by-paclitaxel-in-older-breast-cancer-patients
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Luigi Coltelli, Andrea Fontana, Sara Lucchesi, Laura Ginocchi, Guido Bocci, Mario Filidei, Marco Scalese, Giada Arrighi, Chiara Finale, Lorenzo Marcucci, Orlando Goletti, Barbara Salvadori, Ilaria Ferrarini, Eleonora Bona, Alfredo Falcone, Giacomo Allegrini
PURPOSE: To investigate the cardiac safety of adjuvant Non-Pegylated Liposomal Doxorubicin (NPL-DOX) combined to Cyclophosphamide (CTX) and followed by weekly Paclitaxel, in older patients (≥65 years) with diagnosis of high risk breast cancer. The main end point of this prospective study was the detection of early episodes of symptomatic congestive heart failure (CHF). METHODS: The cardiac function was evaluated by left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) measurements with repeated echocardiograms, performed 2 weeks before the beginning of chemotherapy and every 6 months, until 30 months after the study entry; then yearly for at least 5 years...
November 22, 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886536/rare-earths-and-trace-elements-contents-in-leaves-a-new-indicator-of-the-composition-of-atmospheric-dust
#16
P Censi, F Cibella, E E Falcone, G Cuttitta, F Saiano, C Inguaggiato, V Latteo
The relationship between the trace element distribution in atmospheric particles and leaves of some exposed plants in the environment was recently demonstrated. This indication would suggest that the trace element analysis of leaves in these plants could provide information about the composition, nature and origin of the atmospheric dust dispersed in the environment. In order to corroborate this hypothesis, the distribution of trace elements and Rare Earths were studied in leaves of some endemic plants, in the atmospheric fallout and in soils of rural, urban and industrial ecosystems in Sicily...
November 22, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886451/activity-of-fluorine-containing-analogues-of-wc-9-and-structurally-related-analogues-against-two-intracellular-parasites-trypanosoma-cruzi-and-toxoplasma-gondii
#17
María N Chao, Catherine Li, Melissa Storey, Bruno N Falcone, Sergio H Szajnman, Sergio M Bonesi, Roberto Docampo, Silvia N J Moreno, Juan B Rodriguez
Two obligate intracellular parasites, Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease, and Toxoplasma gondii, an agent of toxoplasmosis, upregulate the mevalonate pathway of their host cells upon infection, which suggests that this host pathway could be a potential drug target. In this work, a number of compounds structurally related to WC-9 (4-phenoxyphenoxyethyl thiocyanate), a known squalene synthase inhibitor, were designed, synthesized, and evaluated for their effect on T. cruzi and T. gondii growth in tissue culture cells...
November 25, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873738/sensitive-skin-and-the-influence-of-female-hormone-fluctuations-results-from-a-cross-sectional-digital-survey-in-the-dutch-population
#18
Denise Falcone, Renee J H Richters, Natallia E Uzunbajakava, Piet E J Van Erp, Peter C M Van De Kerkhof
Sensitive skin is a widespread condition, which is most frequently reported by women. Changing hormone levels during the menstrual cycle and menopause have been suggested among the stimuli triggering sensitive skin. To investigate the perceived influence of fluctuating hormone levels on self-assessed sensitive skin, including symptoms and stimuli linked to skin sensitivity, as well as potential changes in facial and body skin and sensitive body parts, depending on hormonal status. A digital questionnaire was distributed to a population of women aged 20-65 years old...
November 21, 2016: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870848/genetically-blocking-the-zebrafish-pineal-clock-affects-circadian-behavior
#19
Zohar Ben-Moshe Livne, Shahar Alon, Daniela Vallone, Yared Bayleyen, Adi Tovin, Inbal Shainer, Laura G Nisembaum, Idit Aviram, Sima Smadja-Storz, Michael Fuentes, Jack Falcón, Eli Eisenberg, David C Klein, Harold A Burgess, Nicholas S Foulkes, Yoav Gothilf
The master circadian clock in fish has been considered to reside in the pineal gland. This dogma is challenged, however, by the finding that most zebrafish tissues contain molecular clocks that are directly reset by light. To further examine the role of the pineal gland oscillator in the zebrafish circadian system, we generated a transgenic line in which the molecular clock is selectively blocked in the melatonin-producing cells of the pineal gland by a dominant-negative strategy. As a result, clock-controlled rhythms of melatonin production in the adult pineal gland were disrupted...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869623/contamination-of-the-surgical-field-with-propionibacterium-acnes-in-primary-shoulder-arthroplasty
#20
Travis M Falconer, Mohammed Baba, Lisa M Kruse, Oscar Dorrestijn, Matthew J Donaldson, Margaret M Smith, Melanie C Figtree, Bernard J Hudson, Benjamin Cass, Allan A Young
BACKGROUND: Propionibacterium acnes is a common pathogen identified in postoperative shoulder infection. It has been shown to be present in culture specimens during primary shoulder arthroplasty; however, recent work has suggested that it is most likely to be a contaminant. Our aim was to identify the potential sources of contamination in shoulder arthroplasty. METHODS: Tissue swabs were obtained for microbiological analysis from consecutive patients undergoing primary shoulder arthroplasty...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
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