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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324988/estimation-of-second-phase-insulin-secretion-in-the-zucker-fatty-rat
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Micaela Morettini, Francesco Di Nardo, Carla E Cogo, Emanuela Faelli, Sandro Fioretti, Laura Burattini, Piero Ruggeri
The purpose of the present study was to test the efficacy of the empiric index SPIR (Second-phase Insulin Release) in the quantification of second-phase insulin secretion in the Zucker Fatty Rat. SPIR index is defined as the area under the curve of insulin between 8 and 90 min after an Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Test (IVGTT). The validation of such index was performed against the second-phase β-cell responsiveness index (Φ2) provided by C-peptide minimal model. To this aim, Φ2 and SPIR were simultaneously computed from IVGTT data, measured in six Zucker fatty rats (ZFR), 7-to-9week-old, and seven age-matched Zucker lean rats (ZLR)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324825/synthesis-of-%C3%AE-ca2p2o7-tb-3-to-gamma-radiation-detection-by-thermoluminescence
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J Roman-Lopez, I B Lozano, E Cruz-Zaragoza, J I Guzman Castañeda, J A I Díaz-Góngora
In this work, luminescent emissions of beta-calcium pyrophosphate doped with terbium ions (β-Ca2P2O7:Tb(3+)) were studied. The Ca2P2O7:Tb(3+) powders were prepared by precipitation and annealed at 900°C for 2h was applied on the powders to observe the beta phase. Radioluminescence measurements showed emission bands related with (5)D3 ((5)D4)→(7)FJ transitions of Tb(3+) ions. Three overlapped peaks at 126, 165 and 220°C were observed in thermoluminescence response. A linear TL dose-response in the range of 0...
March 6, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318545/fractional-order-pi-%C3%AE-d-%C3%AE-controller-design-for-satisfying-time-and-frequency-domain-specifications-simultaneously
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WeiJia Zheng, Ying Luo, XiaoHong Wang, YouGuo Pi, YangQuan Chen
In order to achieve a desired control performance characterized by satisfying specifications in both frequency-domain and time-domain simultaneously, an optimal fractional order proportional integral derivative (PI(λ)D(μ)) controller design strategy is proposed based on analytical calculation and Differential Evolution algorithm for a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) servo system in this paper. In this controller design, the frequency-domain specifications can guarantee the system stability with both gain margin and phase margin, and also the system robustness to loop gain variations...
March 16, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318313/proposal-of-a-calculation-method-to-determine-the-structural-components-contribution-on-the-deceleration-of-a-passenger-compartment-based-on-the-energy-derivative-method
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Kei Nagasaka, Koji Mizuno, Daisuke Ito, Naoya Saida
OBJECTIVE: In car crashes, the passenger compartment deceleration influences the occupant loading significantly. Hence, it is important to consider how each structural component deforms in order to control the passenger compartment deceleration. In frontal impact tests, the passenger compartment deceleration depends on the energy absorption property of the front structures. However, at this point in time there are few papers describing the component's quantitative contributions on the passenger compartment deceleration...
March 20, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303530/a-randomized-open-label-multicenter-phase-ii-study-evaluating-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-bth1677-1-3-1-6-beta-glucan-imprime-pgg-in-combination-with-cetuximab-and-chemotherapy-in-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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M Thomas, P Sadjadian, J Kollmeier, J Lowe, P Mattson, J R Trout, M Gargano, M L Patchen, R Walsh, M Beliveau, J F Marier, N Bose, K Gorden, F Schneller
Introduction BTH1677, a 1,3-1,6 beta-glucan immunomodulator, stimulates a coordinated anti-cancer immune response in combination with anti-tumor antibody therapies. This phase II study explored the efficacy, pharmacokinetics (PK), and safety of BTH1677 combined with cetuximab/carboplatin/paclitaxel in untreated stage IIIB/IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Methods Patients were randomized 2:1 to the BTH1677 arm (N=60; BTH1677, 4 mg/kg, weekly; cetuximab, initial dose 400 mg/m(2) and subsequent doses 250 mg/m(2), weekly; carboplatin, 6 mg/mL/min AUC (area-under-the-curve) by Calvert formula, once each 3-week cycle [Q3W]); and paclitaxel, 200 mg/m(2), Q3W) or Control arm (N=30; cetuximab/carboplatin/paclitaxel as above)...
March 16, 2017: Investigational New Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291963/in-vitro-cell-death-discrimination-and-screening-method-by-simple-and-cost-effective-viability-analysis
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Katharina Helm, Marlena Beyreis, Christian Mayr, Markus Ritter, Martin Jakab, Tobias Kiesslich, Kristjan Plaetzer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: For in vitro cytotoxicity testing, discrimination of apoptosis and necrosis represents valuable information. Viability analysis performed at two different time points post treatment could serve such a purpose because the dynamics of metabolic activity of apoptotic and necrotic cells is different, i.e. a more rapid decline of cellular metabolism during necrosis whereas cellular metabolism is maintained during the entire execution phase of apoptosis. This study describes a straightforward approach to distinguish apoptosis and necrosis...
February 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289195/deep-melting-reveals-liquid-structural-memory-and-anomalous-ferromagnetism-in-bismuth
#7
Yu Shu, Dongli Yu, Wentao Hu, Yanbin Wang, Guoyin Shen, Yoshio Kono, Bo Xu, Julong He, Zhongyuan Liu, Yongjun Tian
As an archetypal semimetal with complex and anisotropic Fermi surface and unusual electric properties (e.g., high electrical resistance, large magnetoresistance, and giant Hall effect), bismuth (Bi) has played a critical role in metal physics. In general, Bi displays diamagnetism with a high volumetric susceptibility ([Formula: see text]10(-4)). Here, we report unusual ferromagnetism in bulk Bi samples recovered from a molten state at pressures of 1.4-2.5 GPa and temperatures above [Formula: see text]1,250 K...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282611/phase-ib-dose-finding-study-of-abiraterone-acetate-plus-buparlisib-bkm120-or-dactolisib-bez235-in-patients-with-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Christophe Massard, Kim Nguyen Chi, Daniel Castellano, Johann de Bono, Gwenaelle Gravis, Luc Dirix, Jean-Pascal Machiels, Alain Mita, Begona Mellado Gonzalez, Sabine Turri, Joan Maier, Denes Csonka, Arunava Chakravartty, Karim Fizazi
BACKGROUND: The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (Akt) signalling axis and androgen receptor (AR) pathways exhibit reciprocal feedback regulation in phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN)-deficient metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) in preclinical models. This phase Ib study evaluated the pan-PI3K inhibitor buparlisib (BKM120) and the dual pan-PI3K/ mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor dactolisib (BEZ235) in combination with abiraterone acetate (AA) in patients with CRPC...
March 3, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276525/regulation-of-molecular-clock-oscillations-and-phagocytic-activity-via-muscarinic-ca-2-signaling-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells
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Rina Ikarashi, Honami Akechi, Yuzuki Kanda, Alsawaf Ahmad, Kouhei Takeuchi, Eri Morioka, Takashi Sugiyama, Takashi Ebisawa, Masaaki Ikeda, Masayuki Ikeda
Vertebrate eyes are known to contain circadian clocks, however, the intracellular mechanisms regulating the retinal clockwork remain largely unknown. To address this, we generated a cell line (hRPE-YC) from human retinal pigmental epithelium, which stably co-expressed reporters for molecular clock oscillations (Bmal1-luciferase) and intracellular Ca(2+) concentrations (YC3.6). The hRPE-YC cells demonstrated circadian rhythms in Bmal1 transcription. Also, these cells represented circadian rhythms in Ca(2+)-spiking frequencies, which were canceled by dominant-negative Bmal1 transfections...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275119/phase-i-dose-escalation-study-of-pilaralisib-sar245408-xl147-in-combination-with-paclitaxel-and-carboplatin-in-patients-with-solid-tumors
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Jennifer Wheler, David Mutch, Joanne Lager, Christelle Castell, Li Liu, Jason Jiang, Anne M Traynor
LESSONS LEARNED: Despite involvement of PI3K pathway activation in tumorigenesis of solid tumors, single-agent PI3K inhibitors have shown modest clinical activity.Preclinical evidence suggests that combining PI3K pathway inhibitors and chemotherapy can enhance antitumor effects.In patients with solid tumors, the PI3K inhibitor pilaralisib had a favorable safety profile but did not enhance the antitumor activity of paclitaxel plus carboplatin.Further clinical evaluation is warranted to identify effective combination strategies with PI3K pathway inhibitors...
March 8, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271634/choroideremia-melanopsin-mediated-postillumination-pupil-relaxation-is-abnormally-slow
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Shakoor Ba-Ali, Søren Kirchhoff Christensen, Birgit Sander, Thomas Rosenberg, Michael Larsen, Henrik Lund-Andersen
PURPOSE: To investigate the rod-cone and melanopsin pupillary light response (PLR) pathways in choroideremia. METHODS: Eight patients with choroideremia and 18 healthy age-matched controls underwent chromatic pupillometry by applying blue (463 nm) and red light (643 nm) at 100 lux intensity to the right eye while recording pupil diameters. Absolute baseline pupil size (mm), normalized maximal pupil constriction and the early and late postillumination pupillary dilation, from 0 to 10 seconds and 10 to 30 seconds after the end of illumination, respectively, were determined...
March 8, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269203/microprinted-tumor-spheroids-enable-anti-cancer-drug-screening
#12
Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids present a biologically relevant model of avascular tumors and a unique tool for discovery of anti-cancer drugs. Despite being used in research laboratories for several decades, spheroids are not routinely used for drug discovery primarily due to the difficulty of mass-producing uniformly-sized spheroids and intense labor involved in handling, drug treatment, and analyzing them. We overcome this barrier using a novel technology to robotically microprint spheroids in standard 384-well plates. An aqueous drop containing cancer cells is dispensed into a bath of a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261125/emotion-and-implicit-timing-the-arousal-effect
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Sylvie Droit-Volet, Mickaël Berthon
This study tested the effects of emotion on implicit time judgment. The participants did not receive any overt temporal instructions. They were simply trained to respond as quickly as possible after a response signal, which was separated from a warning signal by a reference temporal interval. In the testing phase, the inter-signal interval was shorter, equal or longer than the reference interval and was filled by emotional pictures (EP) of different arousal levels: high, moderate, and low. The results showed a U-shaped curve of reaction time plotted against the interval duration, indicating an implicit processing of time...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259608/busulfan-and-melphalan-versus-carboplatin-etoposide-and-melphalan-as-high-dose-chemotherapy-for-high-risk-neuroblastoma-hr-nbl1-siopen-an-international-randomised-multi-arm-open-label-phase-3-trial
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Ruth Ladenstein, Ulrike Pötschger, Andrew D J Pearson, Penelope Brock, Roberto Luksch, Victoria Castel, Isaac Yaniv, Vassilios Papadakis, Geneviève Laureys, Josef Malis, Walentyna Balwierz, Ellen Ruud, Per Kogner, Henrik Schroeder, Ana Forjaz de Lacerda, Maja Beck-Popovic, Pavel Bician, Miklós Garami, Toby Trahair, Adela Canete, Peter F Ambros, Keith Holmes, Mark Gaze, Günter Schreier, Alberto Garaventa, Gilles Vassal, Jean Michon, Dominique Valteau-Couanet
BACKGROUND: High-dose chemotherapy with haemopoietic stem-cell rescue improves event-free survival in patients with high-risk neuroblastoma; however, which regimen has the greatest patient benefit has not been established. We aimed to assess event-free survival after high-dose chemotherapy with busulfan and melphalan compared with carboplatin, etoposide, and melphalan. METHODS: We did an international, randomised, multi-arm, open-label, phase 3 cooperative group clinical trial of patients with high-risk neuroblastoma at 128 institutions in 18 countries that included an open-label randomised arm in which high-dose chemotherapy regimens were compared...
March 1, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259398/short-communication-glucose-kinetics-in-dairy-heifers-limit-fed-a-low-or-high-forage-ration-at-4-levels-of-nitrogen-intake
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G I Zanton, A J Heinrichs
The objective of this research was to evaluate the effect of level of forage and N intake on glucose kinetics in growing dairy heifers. Eight Holstein heifers (beginning at 362 ± 7 kg of body weight and 12.3 ± 0.4 mo of age) were fed 8 rations according to a split-plot, 4 × 4 Latin square design with rations containing either high (75% forage dry matter) or low (25% forage dry matter) levels of forage and 4 levels of N intake (0.94, 1.62, 2.30, 2.96 g of N/kg of metabolic BW per day). Diets were limit-fed to maintain equal predicted metabolizable energy intake over the four 28-d periods; dietary N was increased through the substitution of high-N ingredients for corn...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253722/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-for-breast-cancer-using-diffusion-weighted-imaging-and-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#16
H D Xu, Y Q Zhang
This study aims to investigate the predictive values of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) in evaluating the efficacy of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) for breast cancer. Between September 2011 and December 2014, a total of 174 patients with locally advanced breast cancer treated with NAC were selected for this study. Conventional CT and MRI examinations (DWI and DCE-MRI) were performed in all patients before NAC (T0), after the first course (T1) and after the whole course (T2) of NAC...
March 3, 2017: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251499/comparison-of-gadoxetic-acid-enhanced-dynamic-mr-imaging-and-contrast-enhanced-computed-tomography-for-preoperative-evaluation-of-colorectal-liver-metastases
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Nobuyuki Asato, Masakatsu Tsurusaki, Keitaro Sofue, Yoko Hieda, Takashi Katsube, Kazuhiro Kitajima, Takamichi Murakami
PURPOSE: To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of gadoxetic acid-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (EOB-MRI) vs. contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CE-CT) in the detection of liver metastasis in colorectal carcinoma patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One-hundred fifty-eight consecutive patients with histopathologically confirmed colorectal carcinoma underwent EOB-MRI and CE-CT; 68 patients had 105 surgically confirmed liver metastases. Diagnostic analyses were performed according to sensitivity and positive predictive value (PPV) for liver metastasis detection in combined arterial- and hepatocyte-phase images vs...
March 1, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227433/microprinted-tumor-spheroids-enable-anti-cancer-drug-screening
#18
Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Pradip S Thakuri, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana, Stephanie L Ham, Hossein Tavana
Spheroids present a biologically relevant model of avascular tumors and a unique tool for discovery of anti-cancer drugs. Despite being used in research laboratories for several decades, spheroids are not routinely used for drug discovery primarily due to the difficulty of mass-producing uniformly-sized spheroids and intense labor involved in handling, drug treatment, and analyzing them. We overcome this barrier using a novel technology to robotically microprint spheroids in standard 384-well plates. An aqueous drop containing cancer cells is dispensed into a bath of a second, immiscible aqueous phase...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227268/estimation-of-second-phase-insulin-secretion-in-the-zucker-fatty-rat
#19
Micaela Morettini, Francesco Di Nardo, Carla E Cogo, Emanuela Faelli, Sandro Fioretti, Laura Burattini, Piero Ruggeri, Micaela Morettini, Francesco Di Nardo, Carla E Cogo, Emanuela Faelli, Sandro Fioretti, Laura Burattini, Piero Ruggeri, Emanuela Faelli, Sandro Fioretti, Micaela Morettini, Piero Ruggeri, Laura Burattini, Francesco Di Nardo, Carla E Cogo
The purpose of the present study was to test the efficacy of the empiric index SPIR (Second-phase Insulin Release) in the quantification of second-phase insulin secretion in the Zucker Fatty Rat. SPIR index is defined as the area under the curve of insulin between 8 and 90 min after an Intravenous Glucose Tolerance Test (IVGTT). The validation of such index was performed against the second-phase β-cell responsiveness index (Φ2) provided by C-peptide minimal model. To this aim, Φ2 and SPIR were simultaneously computed from IVGTT data, measured in six Zucker fatty rats (ZFR), 7-to-9week-old, and seven age-matched Zucker lean rats (ZLR)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226289/impact-of-volume-conducted-potential-in-interpretation-of-cortico-cortical-evoked-potential-detailed-analysis-of-high-resolution-electrocorticography-using-two-mathematical-approaches
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Seijiro Shimada, Naoto Kunii, Kensuke Kawai, Takeshi Matsuo, Yohei Ishishita, Kenji Ibayashi, Nobuhito Saito
OBJECTIVE: Cortico-cortical evoked potential (CCEP) has been utilized to evaluate connectivity between cortices. However, previous reports have rarely referred to the impact of volume-conducted potential (VCP) which must be a confounding factor of large potential around the stimulation site. To address this issue, we challenged the null hypothesis that VCP accounts for the majority of the recorded potential, particularly around the stimulation site. METHODS: CCEP was recorded with high-density intracranial electrodes in 8 patients with intractable epilepsy...
April 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
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