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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545238/epigenetic-strategies-to-boost-cancer-immunotherapies
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Maria J Barrero
Recently, immunotherapeutic approaches have shown impressive responses in a subset of cancer patients. However, the rate of success is low and a large percentage of treated patients do not experience clinical benefits. Therefore, additional strategies are needed to improve responses and select responsive patients. Emerging data suggest that epigenetic drugs can improve the responses to immunotherapy. Understanding the mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy and the epigenetic events that take place during immune evasion is critical to providing a rational combined use of immunotherapies and epigenetic drugs...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545054/an-optimized-small-animal-tumour-model-for-experimentation-with-low-energy-protons
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Elke Beyreuther, Kerstin Brüchner, Mechthild Krause, Margret Schmidt, Rita Szabo, Jörg Pawelke
BACKGROUND: The long-term aim of developing laser based particle acceleration towards clinical application requires not only substantial technological progress, but also the radiobiological characterization of the resulting ultra-short and ultra-intensive particle beam pulses. After comprehensive cell studies a mouse ear tumour model was established allowing for the penetration of low energy protons (~20 MeV) currently available at laser driven accelerators. The model was successfully applied for a first tumour growth delay study with laser driven electrons, whereby the need of improvements crop out...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544985/experiences-of-nursing-students-and-educators-during-the-co-construction-of-clinical-nursing-leadership-learning-activities-a-qualitative-research-and-development-study
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Laurence Ha, Jacinthe Pepin
BACKGROUND: Student voice posits that students' unique perspectives on teaching and learning can be used in conjunction with those of educators to create meaningful educational activities. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to describe nursing students' and educators' experiences during the co-construction of educational activities involving clinical nursing leadership. DESIGN: Qualitative research and development model. SETTING: The study was conducted at a French-Canadian nursing faculty that provides a 3-year undergraduate program...
May 15, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544903/estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-deficiency-impairs-bdnf-5-ht2a-signaling-in-the-hippocampus-of-female-brain-a-possible-mechanism-for-menopausal-depression
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Anindit Chhibber, Sarah K Woody, M A Karim Rumi, Michael J Soares, Liqin Zhao
Depression currently affects 350 million people worldwide and 19 million Americans each year. Women are 2.5 times more likely to experience major depression than men, with some women appearing to be at a heightened risk during the menopausal transition. Estrogen signaling has been implicated in the pathophysiology of mood disorders including depression; however, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, the role of estrogen receptor (ER) subtypes, ERα and ERβ, in the regulation of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and serotonin (5-HT) signaling was investigated; two pathways that have been hypothesized to be interrelated in the etiology of depression...
May 18, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544831/aortic-root-surgery-in-marfan-syndrome-medium-term-outcome-in-a-single-center-experience
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Christine H Attenhofer Jost, Heidi M Connolly, Christopher G Scott, Naser M Ammash, Juan M Bowen, Hartzell V Schaff
BACKGROUND: The study aim was to analyze the authors' experience with aortic root surgery in Marfan syndrome (MFS), and to expand the surgical outcome data of patients meeting the Ghent criteria (Marfan registry). METHODS: Analyses were performed of data acquired from MFS patients (who met the Ghent criteria), including an aortic root surgery and Kaplan-Meier survival. RESULTS: Between April 2004 and February 2012, a total of 59 MFS patients (mean age at surgery 36 ± 13 years) underwent 67 operations for aortic root aneurysm (n = 52), aortic valve (AV) regurgitation (n = 15), acute aortic dissection (n = 2), and/or mitral valve (MV) regurgitation resulting from MV prolapse (n = 7)...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544809/robotic-radiosurgery-of-head-and-neck-paragangliomas-a-single-institution-experience
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İlker Tosun, Banu Atalar, Bilgehan Şahin, Görkem Güngör, Gökhan Aydin, Bülent Yapici, Enis Özyar
AIM: CyberKnife(®) is a robotic stereotactic radiotherapy system. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and the safety of CyberKnife(®) on treating head and neck paragangliomas and to report our results. METHODS: Between March 2009 and June 2014, 12 patients with head and neck paragangliomas have been referred to our clinic: in three cases had jugular paragangliomas, five cases had carotid body paragangliomas and three cases had tympanic paragangliomas...
May 24, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544609/global-circular-rna-expression-profile-of-human-gastric-cancer-and-its-clinical-significance
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Yongfu Shao, Jinyun Li, Rongdan Lu, Tianwen Li, Yunben Yang, Bingxiu Xiao, Junming Guo
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a new class of noncoding RNAs. However, the expression profile and clinical significance of circRNAs in human gastric cancer is unclear. The global circRNA expression profile in human gastric cancer was measured by circRNA microarray. Hsa_circ_0014717, one of the most downregulated circRNAs in microarray, was selected as a targeted circRNA to explore its levels in gastric tissues and gastric juice. Freeze-thaw experiment and incubation experiment confirmed the stability of gastric juice circRNAs...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544524/increase-of-cells-expressing-pd-1-and-pd-l1-and-enhancement-of-ifn-%C3%AE-production-via-pd-1-pd-l1-blockade-in-bovine-mycoplasmosis
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Shinya Goto, Satoru Konnai, Tomohiro Okagawa, Asami Nishimori, Naoya Maekawa, Satoshi Gondaira, Hidetoshi Higuchi, Masateru Koiwa, Motoshi Tajima, Junko Kohara, Satoshi Ogasawara, Yukinari Kato, Yasuhiko Suzuki, Shiro Murata, Kazuhiko Ohashi
INTRODUCTION: Bovine mycoplasma, chiefly Mycoplasma bovis, is a pathogen that causes pneumonia, mastitis, arthritis, and otitis media in cattle. This pathogen exerts immunosuppressive effects, such as the inhibition of interferon production. However, the mechanisms involved in bovine mycoplasmosis have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we investigated the role of the programmed death-1 (PD-1)/programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) pathway in immunosuppression in bovine mycoplasmosis...
May 24, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544497/cell-tracking-using-gold-nanoparticles-and-computed-tomography-imaging
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REVIEW
Rinat Meir, Rachela Popovtzer
Cell-based therapies utilize transplantation of living cells with therapeutic traits to alleviate numerous diseases and disorders. The use of such biological agents is an attractive alternative for diseases that existing medicine cannot effectively treat. Although very promising, translating cell therapy to the clinic has proven to be challenging, due to inconsistent results in preclinical and clinical studies. To examine the underlying cause for these inconsistencies, it is crucial to noninvasively monitor the accuracy of cell injection, and cell survival and migration patterns...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544391/the-experience-sampling-method-as-an-mhealth-tool-to-support-self-monitoring-self-insight-and-personalized-health-care-in-clinical-practice
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Jim van Os, Simone Verhagen, Anne Marsman, Frenk Peeters, Maarten Bak, Machteld Marcelis, Marjan Drukker, Ulrich Reininghaus, Nele Jacobs, Tineke Lataster, Claudia Simons, Richel Lousberg, Sinan Gülöksüz, Carsten Leue, Peter C Groot, Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Philippe Delespaul
BACKGROUND: The experience sampling method (ESM) builds an intensive time series of experiences and contexts in the flow of daily life, typically consisting of around 70 reports, collected at 8-10 random time points per day over a period of up to 10 days. METHODS: With the advent of widespread smartphone use, ESM can be used in routine clinical practice. Multiple examples of ESM data collections across different patient groups and settings are shown and discussed, varying from an ESM evaluation of a 6-week randomized trial of mindfulness, to a twin study on emotion dynamics in daily life...
May 23, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544366/enumeration-of-wt1-specific-cd8-t-cells-for-clinical-application-using-an-mhc-streptamer-based-no-wash-single-platform-flow-cytometric-assay
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Sarah Matko, Madeleine Teichert, Antje Tunger, Marc Schmitz, Martin Bornhauser, Torsten Tonn, Marcus Odendahl
The advent of novel strategies to generate leukemia-associated-antigen (LAA)-specific T cells for adoptive immunotherapies creates a demand for standardized good laboratory practice (GLP)-compliant enumeration assays to provide a secure clinical environment-whether it is to identify potential donors, define therapeutic doses for transplantation, or monitor clinical success. Here, we introduce a no-wash assay based on single-platform cell enumeration and Streptamer staining to determine the Wilms' tumor antigen 1 (WT1)-specific T cell immunity in clinical samples...
May 25, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544272/ensemble-variant-interpretation-methods-to-predict-enzyme-activity-and-assign-pathogenicity-in-the-cagi4-naglu-human-n-acetyl-glucosaminidase-and-ube2i-human-sumo-ligase-challenges
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Yizhou Yin, Kunal Kundu, Lipika R Pal, John Moult
CAGI (Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation) conducts community experiments to determine the state of the art in relating genotype to phenotype. Here we report results obtained using newly-developed ensemble methods to address two CAGI4 challenges: enzyme activity for population missense variants found in NAGLU (Human N-acetyl-glucosaminidase) and random missense mutations in Human UBE2I (Human SUMO E2 ligase), assayed in a high throughput competitive yeast complementation procedure. The ensemble methods are effective, ranked 2(nd) for SUMO-ligase and 3(rd) for NAGLU, according to the CAGI independent assessors...
May 24, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544174/a-qualitative-study-of-younger-men-s-experience-of-heart-attack-myocardial-infarction
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Christopher J Merritt, Nicole de Zoysa, Jane M Hutton
OBJECTIVES: The effects of heart attack, or myocardial infarction (MI), across psychosocial domains may be particularly acute in younger adults, for whom serious health events are non-normative. MI morbidity is declining in Western countries, but in England MI numbers have plateaued for the under-45 cohort, where approximately 90% of patients are male. Qualitative research on younger adults' experience of MI is limited, and no study has sampled exclusively under-45s. This study aimed to understand how a sample of men under 45 adjusted to and made sense of MI...
May 24, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544146/real-life-clinical-outcomes-with-everolimus-eluting-platinum-chromium-stent-with-an-abluminal-biodegradable-polymer-in-patients-from-the-swedish-coronary-angiography-and-angioplasty-registry-scaar
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Giovanna Sarno, Bo Lagerqvist, Göran Olivecrona, Christoph Varenhorst, Mikael Danielewicz, Kristina Hambraeus, Daniel Lindholm, Truls Råmunddal, Nils Witt, Stefan James
BACKGROUND: No previous studies have evaluated the performance of the Synergy stent in a large real-life population. OBJECTIVES: To describe the initial real-life experience with a novel everolimus eluting platinum chromium stent with abluminal biodegradable polymer (SYNERGY) in unselected patients from a nationwide registry. METHODS: All implanted Synergy stents were compared with other new generation drug eluting stents (n-DES) with >1,000 implantations in Sweden between March 2013 and October 2015...
May 22, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544132/-can-not-talk-about-it-urinary-incontinence-from-the-point-of-view-of-stroke-survivors-a-qualitative-study
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Myrta Kohler, Hanna Mayer, Jürg Kesselring, Susi Saxer
PURPOSE: The current study intends to gain an in-depth understanding of stroke survivors' lived experience of urinary incontinence and its treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation clinic. METHODS: A qualitative approach was chosen. Semi-structured individual interviews with ten stroke survivors suffering from urinary incontinence were conducted in an inpatient rehabilitation clinic and analysed using qualitative content analysis with an inductive approach. RESULTS: '(Can) not talk about it' was identified as the first main category...
May 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543921/correlations-of-low-field-nmr-and-variable-field-nmr-parameters-with-osteoarthritis-in-human-articular-cartilage-under-load
#16
Erik Rössler, Carlos Mattea, Simo Saarakkala, Petri Lehenkari, Mikko Finnilä, Lassi Rieppo, Sakari Karhula, Miika T Nieminen, Siegfried Stapf
NMR experiments carried out at magnetic fields below 1 T provide new relaxation parameters unavailable with conventional clinical scanners. Contrast of T1 generally becomes larger towards low fields, as slow molecular reorientation processes dominate relaxation at the corresponding Larmor frequencies. This advantage has to be considered in the context of lower sensitivity and frequently reduced spatial resolution. The layered structure of cartilage is one example where a particularly strong variation of T1 across the tissue occurs, being affected by degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis (OA)...
May 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543920/uncertainty-increases-neural-indices-of-attention-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#17
Raoul Dieterich, Tanja Endrass, Norbert Kathmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) experience abnormally high levels of uncertainty, and unpredictability is evaluated negatively and not well tolerated. The current study examined neural correlates of attentional processing in response to experimentally induced uncertainty in OCD. METHODS: Twenty-four OCD patients and 24 healthy controls performed a task where neutral and negative pictures were preceded by a cue, either being predictive (certain condition) or nonpredictive (uncertain condition) of subsequent picture valence...
May 25, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543689/mild-cognitive-impairment-and-structural-brain-abnormalities-in-a-sexagenarian-with-a-history-of-childhood-traumatic-brain-injury
#18
John Darrell Van Horn, Andrei Irimia, Carinna M Torgerson, Avnish Bhattrai, Zachary Jacokes, Paul M Vespa
In this report, we present a case study involving an older, female patient with a history of pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI). Magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging volumes were acquired from the volunteer in question, her brain volumetrics and morphometrics were extracted, and these were then systematically compared against corresponding metrics obtained from a large sample of older healthy control (HC) subjects as well as from subjects in various stages of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer disease (AD)...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543661/building-the-next-bioethics-commission
#19
Alexander M Capron
At every moment, somewhere in the world, a group of men and women are sitting around a table deliberating about an ethical issue posed by medicine and research, whether as a research ethics committee; a hospital or clinical ethics committee; a stem-cell review committee; a gene transfer research committee; a biobank ethics committee; an ethics advisory committee for a medical or nursing association or nongovernmental organization; a state, provincial, national, or intergovernmental bioethics committee; or an ad hoc panel examining a particular development or case...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543640/electric-properties-tomography-biochemical-physical-and-technical-background-evaluation-and-clinical-applications
#20
REVIEW
Ulrich Katscher, Cornelius A T van den Berg
Electric properties tomography (EPT) derives the patient's electric properties, i.e. conductivity and permittivity, using standard magnetic resonance (MR) systems and standard MR sequences. Thus, EPT does not apply externally mounted electrodes, currents or radiofrequency (RF) probes, as is the case in competing techniques. EPT is quantitative MR, i.e. it yields absolute values of conductivity and permittivity. This review summarizes the physical equations underlying EPT, the corresponding basic and advanced reconstruction techniques and practical numerical aspects to realize these reconstruction techniques...
May 24, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
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