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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103657/-a-case-of-primary-hyperparathyroidism-complicated-with-hypercalcemic-crisis-during-treatment-with-cinacalcet-and-improved-by-active-treatment
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Tomoki Takeda, Atsushi Okada, Rei Unno, Yukihiro Umemoto, Keiichi Tozawa, Takahiro Yasui
A 77-year-old man was referred to our department for surgical treatment of a right ureteral stone identified on computed tomography (CT) during intensive examination for spondylolisthesis of L4-L5. At the initial visit, performance status was 4, and renal dysfunction was identified (Cr 1.3 mg/dl). Corrected calcium level was 11.8 mg/dl, and intact parathyroid hormone level was 555 pg/ml. A CT scan showed a well-defined mass measuring 22×16×20 mm on the right side of the esophagus, along with 99mTc-MIBI uptake in the lesion...
December 2016: Hinyokika Kiyo. Acta Urologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103574/68ga-psma-11-pet-ct-for-prostate-cancer-staging-and-risk-stratification-in-chinese-patients
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Shiming Zang, Guoqiang Shao, Can Cui, Tian-Nv Li, Yue Huang, Xiaochen Yao, Qiu Fan, Zejun Chen, Jin Du, Ruipeng Jia, Hongbin Sun, Zichun Hua, Jun Tang, Feng Wang
We evaluated the clinical utility of 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT for staging and risk stratification of treatment-naïve prostate cancer (PCa) and metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). Twenty-two consecutive patients with treatment-naïve PCa and 18 with mCRPC were enrolled. 68Ga-PSMA-11 PET/CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were performed for the evaluation of primary prostatic lesions, and bone scans were used for evaluation bone metastasis. Among the 40 patients, 37 (92.5% [22 treatment-naïve PCa, 15 mCRPC]) showed PSMA-avid lesions on 68Ga-PSMA-11 images...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103426/analytical-characterization-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-the-new-psychoactive-substance-4-fluoromethylphenidate-4%C3%A2-f-mph-and-differentiation-between-the-%C3%A2-threo-and-%C3%A2-erythro-diastereomers
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Gavin McLaughlin, Noreen Morris, Pierce V Kavanagh, John D Power, Geraldine Dowling, Brendan Twamley, John O'Brien, Gary Hessman, Brian Murphy, Donna Walther, John S Partilla, Michael H Baumann, Simon D Brandt
Misuse of (±)-threo-methylphenidate (methyl-2-phenyl-2-(piperidin-2-yl)acetate; Ritalin®, MPH) has long been acknowledged, but the appearance of MPH analogs in the form of 'research chemicals' has only emerged in more recent years. 4-Fluoromethylphenidate (4 F-MPH) is one of these recent examples and this study presents the identification and analytical characterization of two powdered 4 F-MPH products that were obtained from an online vendor in 2015. Interestingly, the products appeared to have originated from two distinct batches given that one product consisted of (±)-threo-4 F-MPH isomers whereas the second sample consisted of a mixture of (±)-threo and (±)-erythro 4 F-MPH...
January 19, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103409/zea-mays-fe-deficiency-related-4-zmfdr4-functions-as-an-iron-transporter-in-the-plastids-of-monocots
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Xiu-Yue Zhang, Xi Zhang, Qi Zhang, Xiao-Xi Pan, Luo-Chen Yan, Xiao-Juan Ma, Wei-Zhong Zhao, Xiao-Ting Qi, Li-Ping Yin
Iron (Fe)-homeostasis in the plastids is closely associated with Fe transport proteins that prevent Fe from occurring in its toxic free ionic forms. However, the number of known protein families related to Fe transport in the plastids (about 5) and the function of iron in non-green plastids is limited. In the present study, we report the functional characterization of Zea mays Fe deficiency-related 4 (ZmFDR4), which was isolated from a differentially expressed clone of a cDNA library of Fe deficiency-induced maize roots...
January 19, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103285/radioiodinated-exendin-4-is-superior-to-the-radiometal-labelled-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-probes-overcoming-their-high-kidney-uptake
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Tilman Läppchen, Roswitha Tönnesmann, Jos Eersels, Philipp T Meyer, Helmut R Maecke, Svetlana N Rylova
GLP-1 receptors are ideal targets for preoperative imaging of benign insulinoma and for quantifying the beta cell mass. The existing clinical tracers targeting GLP-1R are all agonists with low specific activity and very high kidney uptake. In order to solve those issues we evaluated GLP-1R agonist Ex-4 and antagonist Ex(9-39) radioiodinated at Tyr40 side by side with [Nle14,Lys40(Ahx-DOTA-68Ga)NH2]Ex-4 (68Ga-Ex-4) used in the clinic. The Kd, Bmax, internalization and binding kinetics of [Nle14,125I-Tyr40-NH2]Ex-4 and [Nle14,125I-Tyr40-NH2]Ex(9-39) were studied in vitro using Ins-1E cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103264/quantitative-classification-of-rice-oryza-sativa-l-root-length-and-diameter-using-image-analysis
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Dongxiang Gu, Fengxian Zhen, David B Hannaway, Yan Zhu, Leilei Liu, Weixing Cao, Liang Tang
Quantitative study of root morphological characteristics of plants is helpful for understanding the relationships between their morphology and function. However, few studies and little detailed and accurate information of root characteristics were reported in fine-rooted plants like rice (Oryza sativa L.). The aims of this study were to quantitatively classify fine lateral roots (FLRs), thick lateral roots (TLRs), and nodal roots (NRs) and analyze their dynamics of mean diameter (MD), lengths and surface area percentage with growth stages in rice plant...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103230/conspicuity-of-malignant-lesions-on-pet-ct-and-simultaneous-time-of-flight-pet-mri
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Ryogo Minamimoto, Andrei Iagaru, Mehran Jamali, Dawn Holley, Amir Barkhodari, Shreyas Vasanawala, Greg Zaharchuk
PURPOSE: To compare the conspicuity of malignant lesions between FDG PET/CT and a new simultaneous, time-of-flight (TOF) enabled PET/MRI scanner. METHODS: All patients underwent a single-injection of FDG, followed by a dual imaging protocol consisting of PET/CT followed by TOF PET/MRI. PET/CT and PET/MRI images were evaluated by two readers independently for areas of FDG uptake compatible with malignancy, and then categorized into 5 groups (1: PET/MRI and PET/CT positive; 2: PET/MRI positive, PET/CT positive in retrospect; 3: PET/CT positive, PET/MRI positive in retrospect; 4: PET/MRI positive, PET/CT negative; 5: PET/MRI negative, PET/CT positive) by consensus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103046/food-protein-based-core-shell-nanocarriers-for-oral-drug-delivery-effect-of-shell-composition-on-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-functional-performance-of-zein-nanocarriers
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Mohammed S Alqahtani, Md Saiful Islam, Satheesh Podaralla, Radhey S Kaushik, Joshua J Reineke, Tofuko Woyengo, Omathanu Perumal
The study was aimed at systematically investigating the influence of shell composition on the particle size, stability, release, cell uptake, permeability and in-vivo gastrointestinal distribution of food protein-based nanocarriers for oral delivery applications. Three different core-shell nanocarriers were prepared using food-grade biopolymers including zein-casein (ZC) nanoparticles, zein-lactoferrin (ZLF) nanoparticles and zein-PEG (ZPEG) micelles. Nile red was used as a model hydrophobic dye for in-vitro studies...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103044/when-salt-rejecting-polymers-meet-protons-an-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-investigation
#9
Noga Fridman-Bishop, Viatcheslav Freger
Polymeric membranes are widely used for salt removal, but mechanism of ion permeation is still insufficiently understood. Here we analyze ion transport and scaling in polymers relevant to desalination (dense aromatic polyamide Nomex and cellulose acetate, CA) using impedance spectroscopy (EIS), focusing on the effects of the salt type, concentration and pH. The results highlight the role of proton uptake in ion permeation. For Nomex the exceptionally high affinity to proton results in a power-low dependence of conductivity on salt concentrations with an unusual exponent 1/2...
January 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102954/dosimetric-impact-of-lipiodol-in-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-on-liver-after-trans-arterial-chemoembolization
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Daisuke Kawahara, Shuichi Ozawa, Akito Saito, Teiji Nishio, Tomoki Kimura, Tatsuhiko Suzuki, Kazunari Hioki, Takeo Nakashima, Yoshimi Ohno, Yuji Murakami, Yasushi Nagata
PURPOSE: Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) combining trans-arterial chemoembolization (TACE) with Lipiodol is expected to improve local control. This study is aimed to estimate the dose enhancement in Lipiodol's proximity and to evaluate the dose calculation accuracy of the Acuros XB (AXB) algorithm and anisotropic analytical algorithm (AAA) in the Eclipse treatment planning system (TPS) (ver. 11, Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, USA), compared with that of the Monte Carlo (MC) calculation (using BEAMnrc/DOSXYZnrc code) for a virtual phantom and a treatment plan for liver SBRT after TACE...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102913/autumn-photosynthetic-decline-and-growth-cessation-in-seedlings-of-white-spruce-are-decoupled-under-warming-and-photoperiod-manipulations
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Joseph R Stinziano, Danielle A Way
Climate warming is expected to increase the seasonal duration of photosynthetic carbon fixation and tree growth in high latitude forests. However photoperiod, a crucial cue for seasonality, will remain constant, which may constrain tree responses to warming. We investigated the effects of temperature and photoperiod on weekly changes in photosynthetic capacity, leaf biochemistry and growth in seedlings of a boreal evergreen conifer, white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench) Voss). Warming delayed autumn declines in photosynthetic capacity, extending the period when seedlings had high carbon uptake...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102875/prevalence-of-abnormal-electrocardiograms-in-swiss-elite-athletes-detected-with-modern-screening-criteria
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Tilman Perrin, Lukas Daniel Trachsel, Simon Schneiter, Andrea Menafoglio, Silvia Albrecht, Tony Pirrello, Prisca Eser, Laurent Roten, Boris Gojanovic, Matthias Wilhelm
AIMS OF THE STUDY: Sudden cardiac arrest in athletes is a rare but dramatic event. The value of a routine electrocardiogram (ECG) during preparticipation screening (PPS) remains controversial, partly because of the relatively high number of false positive findings. Our study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of abnormal ECGs in consecutive Swiss elite athletes, overall and with regard to different sports classes, using modern screening criteria. METHODS: We analysed the 12-lead resting ECGs of high-level elite athletes (age ≥14 years) recorded at the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre Magglingen between 2013 and 2016 during routine PPS...
January 19, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102826/ceramic-particle-engulfment-by-fibroblasts-does-not-alter-at-all-cell-behavior
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Pierre-Antoine Faye, Olivier Roualdes, Fabrice Rossignol, Daniel Jean Hartmann, Alexis Desmoulière
Despite many studies, the impact of ceramic particles on cell behavior remains still unclear. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of ceramic nano-sized particles on fibroblastic cells. Fibroblasts (dermal fibroblasts freshly isolated from skin samples and WI26 fibroblastic cells) were cultured in monolayer in the presence of alumina or cerium-zirconia particles (��� 50 nm diameter) at two concentrations (100 or 500 ��g.mL-1). Fluorescent alumina particles were also used. Cell morphology, cytoplasmic ceramic incorporation using confocal and transmission electron microscopy, and migration using silicon insert, were analyzed...
January 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102683/key-structural-elements-for-cellular-uptake-of-acinetobactin-a-major-siderophore-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Woon Young Song, Dawa Jeong, Jimin Kim, Min Wook Lee, Man Hwan Oh, Hak Joong Kim
Acinetobactin is a major siderophore utilized by the human pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii. The rapid acquisition of drug resistance by A. baumannii has garnered concern globally. Herein, acinetobactin and systematically generated analogues were prepared and characterized; the binding and cellular delivery of Fe(III) by the analogues were evaluated. This investigation not only led to the clarification of the physiologically relevant acinetobactin structure but also revealed several key structural elements for its functionality as a siderophore...
January 19, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102569/human-%C3%AE-defensin-3-increases-the-tlr9-dependent-response-to-bacterial-dna
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Sarah L McGlasson, Fiona Semple, Heather MacPherson, Mohini Gray, Donald J Davidson, Julia R Dorin
Human β-defensin 3 (hBD3) is a cationic antimicrobial peptide with potent bactericidal activity in vitro. HBD3 is produced in response to pathogen challenge and can modulate immune responses. The amplified recognition of self-DNA by human plasmacytoid dendritic cells has been previously reported, but we show here that hBD3 preferentially enhances the response to bacterial DNA in mouse Flt-3 induced dendritic cells (FLDCs) and in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells. We show the effect is mediated through TLR9 and although hBD3 significantly increases the cellular uptake of both E...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102551/foliar-uptake-of-radiocaesium-from-irrigation-water-by-paddy-rice%C3%A2-oryza-sativa-an-overlooked-pathway-in-contaminated-environments
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Shinichiro Uematsu, Hildegarde Vandenhove, Lieve Sweeck, May Van Hees, Jean Wannijn, Erik Smolders
Flooded (paddy) rice (Oryza sativa) can take up ions from the irrigation water by foliar uptake via the exposed stem base. We hypothesised that the stem base uptake of radiocaesium (RCs) is a pathway for rice grown in RCs-contaminated environments. We developed a bi-compartmental device which discriminates the stem base from root RCs uptake from solutions, thereby using RCs isotopes ((137) Cs and (134) Cs) with < 2% solution leak between the compartments. Radiocaesium uptake was linear over time (0-24 h)...
January 19, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102507/-44-sc-psma-617-for-radiotheragnostics-in-tandem-with-177-lu-psma-617-preclinical-investigations-in-comparison-with-68-ga-psma-11-and-68-ga-psma-617
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Christoph A Umbricht, Martina Benešová, Raffaella M Schmid, Andreas Türler, Roger Schibli, Nicholas P van der Meulen, Cristina Müller
BACKGROUND: The targeting of the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is of particular interest for radiotheragnostic purposes of prostate cancer. Radiolabeled PSMA-617, a 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-N,N',N'',N'''-tetraacetic acid (DOTA)-functionalized PSMA ligand, revealed favorable kinetics with high tumor uptake, enabling its successful application for PET imaging ((68)Ga) and radionuclide therapy ((177)Lu) in the clinics. In this study, PSMA-617 was labeled with cyclotron-produced (44)Sc (T 1/2 = 4...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102506/a-comparison-of-flt-to-fdg-pet-ct-in-the-early-assessment-of-chemotherapy-response-in-stages-ib-iiia-resectable-nsclc
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John P Crandall, Abdel K Tahari, Rosalyn A Juergens, Julie R Brahmer, Charles M Rudin, Giuseppe Esposito, Deepa S Subramaniam, Michael V Knopp, Nathan C Hall, Prateek Gajwani, Jeffrey P Leal, Martin A Lodge, Joo H O, Edward W Gabrielson, Lalitha K Shankar, Richard L Wahl
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare the percentage change in (18)F-fluorothymidine (FLT) standard uptake value (SUV) between baseline and after one cycle of chemotherapy in patients categorized by RECIST 1.1 computed tomography (CT) as responders or non-responders after two cycles of therapy. Change in (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake was also compared between these time points. Nine patients with newly diagnosed, operable, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) were imaged with FDG positron emission tomography/CT (PET), FLT PET/CT, and CT at baseline, following one cycle of neoadjuvant therapy (75 mg/m(2) docetaxel + 75 mg/m(2) cisplatin), and again after the second cycle of therapy...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102503/reducing-unintended-pregnancies-as-a-strategy-to-avert-zika-related-microcephaly-births-in-the-united-states-a-simulation-study
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Katherine A Ahrens, Jennifer A Hutcheon, Loretta Gavin, Susan Moskosky
Introduction There is increasing evidence that infection with the Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy can lead to severe brain abnormalities in infants exposed in utero. The objective of our analysis was to estimate the contribution of enhanced contraception access to averting ZIKV-related microcephaly births in the United States, alone and in combination with another possible strategy, anti-ZIKV vaccination. Methods We used Monte Carlo sampling techniques (n = 100,000 simulations) to estimate the number of microcephaly births expected under strategies of enhanced contraception only, vaccination only, both enhanced contraception and vaccination, and status quo (no intervention)...
January 19, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102498/variation-in-accumulation-and-translocation-of-di-n-butyl-phthalate-dbp-among-rice-oryza-sativa-l-genotypes-and-selection-of-cultivars-for-low-dbp-exposure
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Quan-Ying Cai, Pei-Yun Xiao, Hai-Ming Zhao, Huixiong Lü, Qiao-Yun Zeng, Yan-Wen Li, Hui Li, Lei Xiang, Ce-Hui Mo
Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) is a typical endocrine-disrupting chemical with higher detection frequency and concentration in agricultural soil (particularly in paddy-field soil of Guangdong Province) of China. In this study, a greenhouse experiment was conducted to investigate variation in uptake and accumulation of DBP by 20 rice cultivars and to screen low DBP-accumulating cultivars. DBP concentrations in plants varied greatly with rice cultivars, growth stages, and tissues. The highest DBP concentrations in both roots and shoots were observed at the ripening stage, with concentrations 2-100-fold higher than those at tillering, jointing, and flowering stages...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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