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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806708/predictive-simulation-of-diabetic-gait-individual-contribution-of-ankle-stiffness-and-muscle-weakening
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Gilmar F Santos, Aline A Gomes, Isabel C N Sacco, Marko Ackermann
Diabetic neuropathic individuals present massive muscle strength reduction at the ankle plantar- and dorsiflexors and increased joint stiffness. Our aim is to investigate the adaptation strategies to these musculoskeletal alterations during walking by means of predictive simulations. We used a seven segment planar musculoskeletal model actuated by eight Hill-type muscles in each leg. The effect of all passive tissue in muscles and other joint structures was modeled by net passive joint moment curves. The predictive simulations were generated by solving an optimal control problem that minimized a cost function, including effort and tracking terms, using direct collocation and a commercial optimal control package...
August 1, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28779904/ixabepilone-and-carboplatin-for-hormone-receptor-positive-her2-neu-negative-and-triple-negative-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Cynthia Osborne, Jagathi D Challagalla, Charles F Eisenbeis, Frankie Ann Holmes, Marcus A Neubauer, Nicholas W Koutrelakos, Carlos A Taboada, Sasha J Vukelja, Sharon T Wilks, Mary Ann Allison, Praveen Reddy, Scot Sedlacek, Yunfei Wang, Lina Asmar, Joyce O'Shaughnessy
BACKGROUND: Hormonal therapies and single-agent sequential chemotherapeutic regimens are the standards of care for HER2(-) metastatic breast cancer (MBC). However, treating patients with hormone-refractory and triple negative (TN) MBC remains challenging. We report the results of combined ixabepilone and carboplatin in a single-arm phase II trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In the present prospective analysis of hormone receptor-positive (HR(+))/HER2(-) and TN MBC cohorts, patients could have received 0 to 2 chemotherapy regimens for MBC before enrollment...
July 10, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761564/predictive-value-of-serum-infliximab-levels-at-induction-phase-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Jurado Teresa, Plasencia-Rodríguez Chamaida, Martínez-Feito Ana, Navarro-Compán Victoria, Rispens Theo, Vries Annick, Bloem Karien, Olariaga Eva-María, Diego Cristina, Villalba Alejandro, Peiteado Diana, Nuño Laura, Bonilla Maria-Gema, Balsa Alejandro, Pascual-Salcedo Dora
BACKGROUND: The Infliximab, has proven effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A good clinical response is usually associated with high serum drug levels. Development of antibodies toward Infliximab (ATI) can increase drug clearance, leading to treatment failure. AIMS: To analyze whether serum Infliximab trough levels (ITL) at the induction phase are associated with Infliximab clearance and clinical outcomes at week(W) 54 and to investigate the association with immunogenicity development...
2017: Open Rheumatology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759346/antiemetics-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-clinical-practice-guideline-update
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Paul J Hesketh, Mark G Kris, Ethan Basch, Kari Bohlke, Sally Y Barbour, Rebecca Anne Clark-Snow, Michael A Danso, Kristopher Dennis, L Lee Dupuis, Stacie B Dusetzina, Cathy Eng, Petra C Feyer, Karin Jordan, Kimberly Noonan, Dee Sparacio, Mark R Somerfield, Gary H Lyman
Purpose To update the ASCO guideline for antiemetics in oncology. Methods ASCO convened an Expert Panel and conducted a systematic review of the medical literature for the period of November 2009 to June 2016. Results Forty-one publications were included in this systematic review. A phase III randomized controlled trial demonstrated that adding olanzapine to antiemetic prophylaxis reduces the likelihood of nausea among adult patients who are treated with high emetic risk antineoplastic agents. Randomized controlled trials also support an expanded role for neurokinin 1 receptor antagonists in patients who are treated with chemotherapy...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756902/bevacizumab-for-advanced-cervical-cancer-final-overall-survival-and-adverse-event-analysis-of-a-randomised-controlled-open-label-phase-3-trial-gynecologic-oncology-group-240
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Krishnansu S Tewari, Michael W Sill, Richard T Penson, Helen Huang, Lois M Ramondetta, Lisa M Landrum, Ana Oaknin, Thomas J Reid, Mario M Leitao, Helen E Michael, Philip J DiSaia, Larry J Copeland, William T Creasman, Frederick B Stehman, Mark F Brady, Robert A Burger, J Tate Thigpen, Michael J Birrer, Steven E Waggoner, David H Moore, Katherine Y Look, Wui-Jin Koh, Bradley J Monk
BACKGROUND: On Aug 14, 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the antiangiogenesis drug bevacizumab for women with advanced cervical cancer on the basis of improved overall survival (OS) after the second interim analysis (in 2012) of 271 deaths in the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) 240 trial. In this study, we report the prespecified final analysis of the primary objectives, OS and adverse events. METHODS: In this randomised, controlled, open-label, phase 3 trial, we recruited patients with metastatic, persistent, or recurrent cervical carcinoma from 81 centres in the USA, Canada, and Spain...
July 27, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754082/serum-amyloid-a-in-the-diagnosis-of-feline-sepsis
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Roberta Troìa, Marta Gruarin, Armando Foglia, Chiara Agnoli, Francesco Dondi, Massimo Giunti
Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis can be challenging to diagnose in cats. Retrospectively, we investigated the diagnostic and prognostic potential of serum amyloid A (SAA), a major feline acute-phase protein (APP), in a population of critically ill cats with SIRS related to trauma or sepsis. A total of 56 SIRS cats (trauma n = 27; sepsis n = 29) were included and compared with healthy controls ( n = 18). SAA concentration was significantly increased in SIRS cats compared to controls, confirming its potential for the detection of systemic inflammation in this species...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742320/nanoscale-probing-of-elastic-electronic-response-to-vacancy-motion-in-nio-nanocrystals
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Fran Kurnia, Jeffrey Cheung, Xuan Cheng, Jivika Sullaphen, Sergei V Kalinin, Nagarajan Valanoor, Rama K Vasudevan
Measuring the diffusion of ions and vacancies at nanometer length scales is crucial to understanding fundamental mechanisms driving technologies as diverse as batteries, fuel cells and memristors; yet such measurements remains extremely challenging. Here, we employ a multi-modal scanning probe microscopy (SPM) technique to explore the interplay between electronic, elastic and ionic processes via first order reversal curve I-V measurements in conjunction with electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM). The technique is employed to investigate the diffusion of oxygen vacancies in model epitaxial nickel oxide (NiO) nanocrystals with resistive switching characteristics...
July 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741453/no-effect-of-levothyroxine-and-levothyroxine-induced-subclinical-thyrotoxicosis-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-sorafenib-in-healthy-male-subjects
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Funan Huang, Antoinette Ajavon-Hartmann, Erya Huang, John Lettieri, Rong Liu, Carol Pena, Matthias Berse
<b>Background</b>: Patients receiving the multikinase inhibitor sorafenib for locally recurrent or metastatic, progressive, differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) refractory to radioactive iodine often receive concomitant levothyroxine for thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) suppression. In the phase 3 DTC trial (DECISION), sorafenib exposure was ~2-fold higher than that observed in other cancers. We assessed sorafenib pharmacokinetics without and with concomitant levothyroxine to examine whether a levothyroxine interaction or levothyroxine-induced subclinical thyrotoxicosis results in increased sorafenib exposure in DTC patients...
July 25, 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740895/using-low-dose-radiation-to-potentiate-the-effect-of-induction-chemotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-results-of-a-prospective-phase-2-trial
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Susanne M Arnold, Mahesh Kudrimoti, Emily V Dressler, John F Gleason, Natalie L Silver, William F Regine, Joseph Valentino
PURPOSE: Low-dose fractionated radiation therapy (LDFRT) induces effective cell killing through hyperradiation sensitivity and potentiates effects of chemotherapy. We report our second investigation of LDFRT as a potentiator of the chemotherapeutic effect of induction carboplatin and paclitaxel in locally advanced squamous cell cancer of the head and neck (SCCHN). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Two cycles of induction therapy were given every 21 days: paclitaxel (75 mg/m(2)) on days 1, 8, and 15; carboplatin (area under the curve 6) day 1; and LDFRT 50 cGy fractions (2 each on days 1, 2, 8, and 15)...
October 2016: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738622/a-flow-based-procedure-exploiting-the-lab-in-syringe-approach-for-the-determination-of-ester-content-in-biodiesel-and-diesel-biodiesel-blends
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Samara Soares, Wanessa R Melchert, Fábio R P Rocha
The ester content is an important parameter to be monitored in biodiesel for evaluation of the transesterification reaction yield and for assessing the purity of the final product. This is also a relevant quality parameter in diesel/biodiesel blends to avoid frauds, because legislation establishes a minimum amount of biodiesel to be added to diesel. The official method EN14103 requires the addition of an alternative internal standard (methyl nonadecanoate) for analysis of biodiesel from bovine tallow because the methyl heptadecanoate is found in high amounts in this product...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734842/hydration-forces-between-aligned-dna-helices-undergoing-b-to-a-conformational-change-in-situ-x-ray-fiber-diffraction-studies-in-a-humidity-and-temperature-controlled-environment
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Ryan Case, Hauke Schollmeyer, Phillip Kohl, Eric B Sirota, Roger Pynn, Kai E Ewert, Cyrus R Safinya, Youli Li
Hydration forces between DNA molecules in the A- and B-Form were studied using a newly developed technique enabling simultaneous in situ control of temperature and relative humidity. X-ray diffraction data were collected from oriented calf-thymus DNA fibers in the relative humidity range of 98%-70%, during which DNA undergoes the B- to A-form transition. Coexistence of both forms was observed over a finite humidity range at the transition. The change in DNA separation in response to variation in humidity, i...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726935/strength-character-and-directionality-of-halogen-bonds-involving-cationic-halogen-bond-donors
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Kevin E Riley, Khanh-An Tran
Halogen bonds involving cationic halogen bond donors and anionic halogen bond acceptors have recently been recognized as being important in stabilizing the crystal structures of many salts. Theoretical characterization of these types of interactions, most importantly in terms of their directionality, has been limited. Here we generate high-quality symmetry adapted perturbation theory potential energy curves of a H3N-C[triple bond, length as m-dash]C-Br(+)Cl(-) model system in order to characterize halogen bonds involving charged species, in terms of contributions from electrostatics, exchange, induction, and dispersion, with special emphasis on analyzing contributions that are most responsible for the directionality of these interactions...
July 20, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715496/transition-of-phase-response-properties-and-singularity-in-the-circadian-limit-cycle-of-cultured-cells
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Satoshi Koinuma, Hiroshi Kori, Isao T Tokuda, Kazuhiro Yagita, Yasufumi Shigeyoshi
The circadian system has been regarded as a limit cycle oscillator constructed by the integrated interaction of clock genes and proteins. Here, we investigated a mammalian circadian oscillation geometrically before and after a perturbation. We detected the singular point and transition from a type 1 to type 0 phase response curve (PRC) and determined the embedding dimension to show how many variables are needed to describe the limit cycle oscillation and relaxation process after a perturbation. As a perturbation, forskolin (FK) was administered to Rat-1 cells expressing the Per2::luc gene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712940/efficacy-pharmacokinetics-and-safety-of-the-biosimilar-ct-p10-compared-with-rituximab-in-patients-with-previously-untreated-advanced-stage-follicular-lymphoma-a-randomised-double-blind-parallel-group-non-inferiority-phase-3-trial
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Won Seog Kim, Christian Buske, Michinori Ogura, Wojciech Jurczak, Juan-Manuel Sancho, Edvard Zhavrid, Jin Seok Kim, José-Ángel Hernández-Rivas, Aliaksandr Prokharau, Mariana Vasilica, Rajinish Nagarkar, Dzhelil Osmanov, Larry W Kwak, Sang Joon Lee, Sung Young Lee, Yun Ju Bae, Bertrand Coiffier
BACKGROUND: Studies in patients with rheumatoid arthritis have shown that the rituximab biosimilar CT-P10 (Celltrion, Incheon, South Korea) has equivalent efficacy and pharmacokinetics to rituximab. In this phase 3 study, we aimed to assess the non-inferior efficacy and pharmacokinetic equivalence of CT-P10 compared with rituximab, when used in combination with cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisone (CVP) in patients with newly diagnosed advanced-stage follicular lymphoma. METHODS: In this ongoing, randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, active-controlled study, patients aged 18 years or older with Ann Arbor stage III-IV follicular lymphoma were assigned 1:1 to CVP plus intravenous infusions of 375 mg/m(2) CT-P10 or rituximab on day 1 of eight 21-day cycles...
July 13, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712533/dose-volume-toxicity-modeling-for-de-intensified-chemo-radiation-therapy-for-hpv-positive-oropharynx-cancer
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Panayiotis Mavroidis, Alex Price, David Fried, Mark Kostich, Robert Amdur, William Mendenhall, Chihray Liu, Shiva Das, Lawrence B Marks, Bhishamjit Chera
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim is to determine the radiobiological parameters of four popular normal tissue complication probability (NTCP) models that describe the dose-response relations of salivary glands and pharyngeal constrictors to the severity of patient reported xerostomia and dysphagia, respectively 6 and 12months post chemo-radiotherapy, furthermore, to evaluate the goodness-of-fit of the NTCP models for different combinations of glands and constrictors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty-three patients were treated on a prospective multi-institutional phase II study (ClinicalTrials...
July 13, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709923/the-spatial-structure-of-cone-opponent-receptive-fields-in-macaque-retina
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Barry B Lee, Bonnie Cooper, Dingcai Cao
The receptive field structure of long (L) to middle (M) wavelength (L/M) cone-opponent ganglion cells of the parafoveal macaque retina was investigated using drifting gratings. Gratings were luminance, chromatic or selective for the L- or M-cones. Based on these spatial tuning curves, receptive field profiles for the individual cones were derived. Receptive field profiles were coarse compared to single cones, and often could not be described by a simple Gaussian, having shallower flanks. There was a continuum of spatial properties, which blurred any systematic distinction between Type I and Type II receptive fields...
July 19, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706557/comparative-pharmacokinetics-and-bioavailability-of-three-ephedrines-in-rat-after-oral-administration-of-unprocessed-and-honey-fried-ephedra-extract-by-response-surface-experimental-design
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Yezhe Cheng, Yu Zhang, Hang Xing, Kun Qian, Longshan Zhao, Xiaohui Chen
Ephedra have been used as a common traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. However, the perspiration effect of the unprocessed ephedra was too strong. Clinical trials have shown that processing methods play a critical role in moderating the perspiration property of ephedra according to the needs. A LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated to compare the pharmacokinetic properties of the three ephedrines after oral administration of unprocessed and honey-fried ephedra extract. The contents of honey, frying temperature, and frying time were set at 20%, 116°C, and 7 min by the Box-Behnken response surface method, respectively...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704552/ptch1-is-a-reliable-marker-for-predicting-imatinib-response-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-patients-in-chronic-phase
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Juan M Alonso-Dominguez, Luis Felipe Casado, Eduardo Anguita, Maria Teresa Gomez-Casares, Ismael Buño, Francisca Ferrer-Marín, Alicia Arenas, Rafael Del Orbe, Rosa Ayala, Pilar Llamas, Rocio N Salgado, Santiago Osorio, Pedro Sanchez-Godoy, Carmen Burgaleta, Ignacio Mahíllo-Fernández, Valentin Garcia-Gutierrez, Juan Luis Steegmann, Joaquín Martinez-Lopez
Patched homolog 1 gene (PTCH1) expression and the ratio of PTCH1 to Smoothened (SMO) expression have been proposed as prognostic markers of the response of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients to imatinib. We compared these measurements in a realistic cohort of 101 patients with CML in chronic phase (CP) using a simplified qPCR method, and confirmed the prognostic power of each in a competing risk analysis. Gene expression levels were measured in peripheral blood samples at diagnosis. The PTCH1/SMO ratio did not improve PTCH1 prognostic power (area under the receiver operating characteristic curve 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700914/period-robustness-and-entrainability-of-the-kai-system-to-changing-nucleotide-concentrations
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Joris Paijmans, David K Lubensky, Pieter Rein Ten Wolde
Circadian clocks must be able to entrain to time-varying signals to keep their oscillations in phase with the day-night rhythm. On the other hand, they must also exhibit input compensation: their period must remain approximately one day in different constant environments. The posttranslational oscillator of the Kai system can be entrained by transient or oscillatory changes in the ATP fraction, yet is insensitive to constant changes in this fraction. We study in three different models of this system how these two seemingly conflicting criteria are met...
July 11, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694237/phase-transitions-during-compression-and-decompression-of-clots-from-platelet-poor-plasma-platelet-rich-plasma-and-whole-blood
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Xiaojun Liang, Irina Chernysh, Prashant K Purohit, John W Weisel
Blood clots are required to stem bleeding and are subject to a variety of stresses, but they can also block blood vessels and cause heart attacks and ischemic strokes. We measured the compressive response of human platelet-poor plasma (PPP) clots, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) clots and whole blood clots and correlated these measurements with confocal and scanning electron microscopy to track changes in clot structure. Stress-strain curves revealed four characteristic regions, for compression-decompression: (1) linear elastic region; (2) upper plateau or softening region; (3) non-linear elastic region or re-stretching of the network; (4) lower plateau in which dissociation of some newly made connections occurs...
July 8, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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