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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931258/simulation-based-education-for-endoscopic-third-ventriculostomy-a-comparison-between-virtual-and-physical-training-models
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Gerben E Breimer, Faizal A Haji, Vivek Bodani, Melissa S Cunningham, Adriana-Lucia Lopez-Rios, Allan Okrainec, James M Drake
BACKGROUND: The relative educational benefits of virtual reality (VR) and physical simulation models for endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) have not been evaluated "head to head." OBJECTIVE: To compare and identify the relative utility of a physical and VR ETV simulation model for use in neurosurgical training. METHODS: Twenty-three neurosurgical residents and 3 fellows performed an ETV on both a physical and VR simulation model. Trainees rated the models using 5-point Likert scales evaluating the domains of anatomy, instrument handling, procedural content, and the overall fidelity of the simulation...
February 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931241/association-of-a-novel-mutation-in-the-plasmodium-falciparum-chloroquine-resistance-transporter-with-decreased-piperaquine-sensitivity
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Sonia Agrawal, Kara A Moser, Lindsay Morton, Michael P Cummings, Ankita Parihar, Ankit Dwivedi, Amol C Shetty, Elliott F Drabek, Christopher G Jacob, Philipp P Henrich, Christian M Parobek, Krisada Jongsakul, Rekol Huy, Michele D Spring, Charlotte A Lanteri, Suwanna Chaorattanakawee, Chanthap Lon, Mark M Fukuda, David L Saunders, David A Fidock, Jessica T Lin, Jonathan J Juliano, Christopher V Plowe, Joana C Silva, Shannon Takala-Harrison
Background: Amplified copy number in the plasmepsin II/III genes within Plasmodium falciparum has been associated with decreased sensitivity to piperaquine. To examine this association and test whether additional loci might also contribute, we performed a genome-wide association study of ex vivo P. falciparum susceptibility to piperaquine. Methods: Plasmodium falciparum DNA from 183 samples collected primarily from Cambodia was genotyped at 33716 genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931044/the-performance-of-a-new-local-false-discovery-rate-method-on-tests-of-association-between-coronary-artery-disease-cad-and-genome-wide-genetic-variants
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Shuyan Mei, Ali Karimnezhad, Marie Forest, David R Bickel, Celia M T Greenwood
The maximum entropy (ME) method is a recently-developed approach for estimating local false discovery rates (LFDR) that incorporates external information allowing assignment of a subset of tests to a category with a different prior probability of following the null hypothesis. Using this ME method, we have reanalyzed the findings from a recent large genome-wide association study of coronary artery disease (CAD), incorporating biologic annotations. Our revised LFDR estimates show many large reductions in LFDR, particularly among the genetic variants belonging to annotation categories that were known to be of particular interest for CAD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931021/zoonotic-infection-of-brazilian-primate-workers-with-new-world-simian-foamy-virus
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Cláudia P Muniz, Liliane T F Cavalcante, Hongwei Jia, HaoQiang Zheng, Shaohua Tang, Anderson M Augusto, Alcides Pissinatti, Luiz P Fedullo, André F Santos, Marcelo A Soares, William M Switzer
Simian foamy viruses (SFVs) are retroviruses present in nearly all nonhuman primates (NHPs), including Old World primates (OWP) and New World primates (NWP). While all confirmed human infections with SFV are from zoonotic transmissions originating from OWP, little is known about the zoonotic transmission potential of NWP SFV. We conducted a longitudinal, prospective study of 56 workers occupationally exposed to NWP in Brazil. Plasma from these workers was tested using Western blot (WB) assays containing NWP SFV antigens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930984/high-fat-diet-feeding-and-high-throughput-triacylglyceride-assay-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Soda Balla Diop, Ryan T Birse, Rolf Bodmer
Heart disease is the number one cause of human death worldwide. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between obesity and cardiac malfunction in humans, but more tools and research efforts are needed to better elucidate the mechanisms involved. For over a century, the genetically highly tractable model of Drosophila has been instrumental in the discovery of key genes and molecular pathways that proved to be highly conserved across species. Many biological processes and disease mechanisms are functionally conserved in the fly, such as development (e...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930867/pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-computed-tomography-enhancement-but-not-histological-grade-correlates-with-tumor-aggression
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Motoyo Yano, Sunil Misra, Danielle H Carpenter, Amber Salter, Charles F Hildebolt
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to assess computed tomography enhancement of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), determine correlation with histological vascularity and fibrosis, and identify a biomarker for tumor aggression. METHODS: The arterial and venous enhancement of NET was calculated on computed tomography for 56 patients. Tumor size and vascularity/fibrosis were assessed. Tumor aggression was grouped by World Health Organization and Hochwald grade and the presence of metastases...
September 19, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930854/a-female-patient-with-hypokalaemia-induced-j-wave-syndrome-an-unusual-case-report
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Aqian Wang, Xiang Li, Muhammad Nabeel Dookhun, Tiancheng Zhang, Ping Xie, Yunshan Cao
RATIONALE: Prominent J waves can be seen in life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias such as Brugada syndrome, early repolarization syndrome, and ventricular fibrillation. We herein present an unusual case report of hypokalemia-induced J wave syndrome and ST (a part of ECG) segment elevation. PATIENTS CONCERNS: A 52-year-old woman with chief complaints of chest pain for 2 hours and diarrhea showed a marked hypokalemia (2.8 mmol/L) and slightly elevated creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB) (57...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930829/the-curative-effects-of-radiotherapy-based-therapies-for-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-breast-cancer-a-meta-analysis
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Minghai Shao, Chi Zhang, Qin Qin, Zhaoyue Zhang, Hongcheng Zhu, Xiaoke Di, Xinchen Sun
AIM: This meta-analysis was designed to fully assess the curative effects of radiotherapy-based therapies for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive (HER2+) breast cancer (BC). METHODS: English articles were retrieved through searching Cochrane library, PubMed, and Embase databases updated to February 2017. Studies were selected based on the inclusion and exclusion criteria. The curative effects of radiotherapy-based therapies forHER2+ BC patients were assessed using hazard rates (HRs) or odds ratios (ORs), as well as their 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930807/breadth-of-genetic-testing-selected-by-patients-at-risk-of-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer
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J Brian Szender, Jasmine Kaur, Katherine Clayback, Mollie L Hutton, June Mikkelson, Kunle Odunsi, Cara Dresbold
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the ability of patients at risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) syndrome to select the extent of genetic testing personally preferred and the impact of demographic factors on the breadth of testing pursued. METHODS: A single-institution cohort was enumerated consisting of patients referred for clinical genetic counseling secondary to risk of HBOC syndrome. This was a retrospective study of consecutive patients seen for genetic counseling; all patients completed an epidemiologic questionnaire and provided personal and family medical histories...
September 19, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930675/dynamic-rearrangement-of-cell-states-detected-by-systematic-screening-of-sequential-anticancer-treatments
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Simon Koplev, James Longden, Jesper Ferkinghoff-Borg, Mathias Blicher Bjerregård, Thomas R Cox, Janine T Erler, Jesper T Pedersen, Franziska Voellmy, Morten O A Sommer, Rune Linding
Signaling networks are nonlinear and complex, involving a large ensemble of dynamic interaction states that fluctuate in space and time. However, therapeutic strategies, such as combination chemotherapy, rarely consider the timing of drug perturbations. If we are to advance drug discovery for complex diseases, it will be essential to develop methods capable of identifying dynamic cellular responses to clinically relevant perturbations. Here, we present a Bayesian dose-response framework and the screening of an oncological drug matrix, comprising 10,000 drug combinations in melanoma and pancreatic cancer cell lines, from which we predict sequentially effective drug combinations...
September 19, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930622/awareness-of-and-knowledge-about-stis-among-nonmedical-students-in-iran
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Mohammad Karamouzian, Armita Shahesmaeili, Razieh Khajehkazemi, Samira Hosseini Hooshyar, Homeira Fallahi, Ali Akbar Haghdoost, Hamid Sharifi
CONTEXT: Evidence on STI knowledge among Iranian nonmedical university students is limited. Information is needed to inform research and policies to improve the sexual health of university students in Iran. METHODS: A convenience sample of 742 male and female undergraduate and graduate students was recruited from five nonmedical public and private universities in Iran in 2014. Respondents' awareness of and knowledge about STIs were assessed using a validated questionnaire...
July 7, 2017: International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930490/tezacaftor-ivacaftor-in-subjects-with-cystic-fibrosis-and-f508del-f508del-cftr-or-f508del-g551d-cftr
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Scott H Donaldson, Joseph M Pilewski, Matthias Griese, Jon Cooke, Lakshmi Viswanathan, Elizabeth Tullis, Jane C Davies, Julie A Lekstrom-Himes, Linda T Wang
RATIONALE: Tezacaftor (formerly VX-661) is an investigational small molecule that improves processing and trafficking of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in vitro, and improves CFTR function alone and in combination with ivacaftor. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate safety and efficacy of tezacaftor monotherapy and tezacaftor/ivacaftor combination therapy in subjects with CF homozygous for F508del or compound heterozygous for F508del and G551D...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930482/diagnostic-and-prognostic-cytogenetics-of-chronic-myeloid-leukaemia-an-update
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Matteo Molica, Fulvio Massaro, Massimo Breccia
Despite the advent of molecular assessment, banding cytogenetics and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) still have a significant role in diagnostic and prognostic approaches to chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML). Area covered. At diagnosis and duringtreatment with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), cytogenetics is used to detect the Philadelphia chromosome, with its typical translocation t(9;22)(q34;q11.2), and any additional or other chromosomal aberrations (ACAs and OCAs) that may arise in 5-10% of cases, the latter associated to transformation of the disease in blast phases...
September 20, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930453/ab-initio-qm-mm-modelling-of-the-rate-limiting-proton-transfer-step-in-the-deamination-of-tryptamine-by-aromatic-amine-dehydrogenase
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Kara Elizabeth Ranaghan, William G Morris, Laura Masgrau, Kittusamy Senthilkumar, Linus O Johannissen, Nigel S Scrutton, Jeremy N Harvey, Frederick R Manby, Adrian J Mulholland
Aromatic amine dehydrogenase (AADH) and related enzymes are at the heart of debates on the roles of quantum tunnelling and protein dynamics in catalysis. The reaction of tryptamine in AADH involves significant quantum tunnelling in the rate-limiting proton transfer step, shown e.g. by large H/D primary kinetic isotope effects (KIEs), with unusual temperature dependence. We apply correlated ab initio combined quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods, at levels up to local coupled cluster theory (LCCSD(T)/(aug)-cc-pVTZ), to calculate accurate potential energy surfaces for this reaction, which are necessary for quantitative analysis of tunnelling contributions and reaction dynamics...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930232/antimicrobial-antioxidant-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-ocimum-forskolei-and-teucrium-yemense-lamiaceae-essential-oils
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Nasser A Awadh Ali, Bhuwan K Chhetri, Noura S Dosoky, Khola Shari, Ahmed J A Al-Fahad, Ludger Wessjohann, William N Setzer
Background:Ocimum forskolei and Teucrium yemense (Lamiaceae) are used in traditional medicine in Yemen. Methods: The chemical composition, antimicrobial, antioxidant and cytotoxic activities of the essential oils isolated from the leaves of Ocimum forskolei Benth. (EOOF) and two different populations of Teucrium yemense Deflers., one collected from Dhamar province (EOTY-d), and another collected from Taiz (EOTY-t) were investigated. The antimicrobial activities of the oils were evaluated against several microorganisms with the disc diffusion test or the broth microdilution test...
April 1, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930109/abcg2-regulatory-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-alter-in-vivo-enhancer-activity-and-expression
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Rachel J Eclov, Mee J Kim, Aparna Chhibber, Robin P Smith, Nadav Ahituv, Deanna L Kroetz
OBJECTIVES: The expression and activity of the breast cancer resistance protein (ABCG2) contributes toward the pharmacokinetics of endogenous and xenobiotic substrates. The effect of genetic variation on the activity of cis-regulatory elements and nuclear response elements in the ABCG2 locus and their contribution toward ABCG2 expression have not been investigated systematically. In this study, the effect of genetic variation on the in-vitro and in-vivo enhancer activity of six previously identified liver enhancers in the ABCG2 locus was examined...
September 18, 2017: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930082/cryptosporidium-spp-and-giardia-sp-in-aquatic-mammals-in-northern-and-northeastern-brazil
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João Carlos Borges, Danielle Dos Lima, Edson Moura da Silva, André Lucas de Oliveira Moreira, Miriam Marmontel, Vitor Luz Carvalho, Rodrigo de Amaral, Stella Maris Lazzarini, Leucio Câmara Alves
Cryptosporidium and Giardia are protozoans that can infect humans and wild and domestic animals. Due to the growing importance of diseases caused by protozoan parasites in aquatic species, we aimed to evaluate the frequency of infection by Cryptosporidium spp. and Giardia sp. in aquatic and marine mammals in the northern and northeastern regions of Brazil. We collected 553 fecal samples from 15 species of wild-ranging and captive aquatic mammals in northern and northeastern Brazil. All samples were analyzed by the Kinyoun technique for identification of Cryptosporidium spp...
September 20, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930056/developmentally-specific-associations-between-cnr1-genotype-and-cannabis-use-across-emerging-adulthood
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James R Ashenhurst, K Paige Harden, Travis T Mallard, William R Corbin, Kim Fromme
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have found preliminary evidence for associations between common single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the cannabinoid receptor gene CNR1 and cannabis use and dependence. The present study examined a set of eight independent SNPs in or near CNR1 in relation to cannabis use measured longitudinally across emerging adulthood. METHOD: Using latent growth curve modeling of 10 waves of longitudinal data spanning mean ages 18.4-23.8 years in a sample of non-Hispanic White individuals (n = 334), we tested if genotype at each CNR1 SNP was associated with both level and growth of cannabis use over time...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930010/disease-burden-of-clostridium-difficile-infections-in-adults-hong-kong-china-2006-2014
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Jeffery Ho, Rudin Z W Dai, Thomas N Y Kwong, Xiansong Wang, Lin Zhang, Margaret Ip, Raphael Chan, Peter M K Hawkey, Kelvin L Y Lam, Martin C S Wong, Gary Tse, Matthew T V Chan, Francis K L Chan, Jun Yu, Siew C Ng, Nelson Lee, Justin C Y Wu, Joseph J Y Sung, William K K Wu, Sunny H Wong
Cross-sectional studies suggest an increasing trend in incidence and relatively low recurrence rates of Clostridium difficile infections in Asia than in Europe and North America. The temporal trend of C. difficile infection in Asia is not completely understood. We conducted a territory-wide population-based observational study to investigate the burden and clinical outcomes in Hong Kong, China, over a 9-year period. A total of 15,753 cases were identified, including 14,402 (91.4%) healthcare-associated cases and 817 (5...
October 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929683/-comparison-of-alkaloids-in-roots-of-cultivated-and-wild-sophora-flavsecens
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Li Yao, Hong Yi, Hui-Min Gao, Hui-Wen Ma, Ji-Yuan Zhang, Lian-Chao Tian, Xiao-Qian Liu, Zhi-Min Wang
To compare the contents of alkaloids in theroots of cultivated and the wild Sophora flavsecens, 22 cultivated and 17 wild samples were collected. HPLC method was employed to simultaneously determine the contents of six alkaloids (oxymatrine, oxysophocarpine, sophoridine, N-methylcytisine, matrine, and sophocarpine). Independent t-test, hierarchical clustering analysis(HCA)and principal components analysis (PCA) were applied to analyze and evaluate the cultivated and the wild S.flavsecens. With a great wide range of the inter-group, the t-test results showed that the contents difference of N-methylcytisine, matrine, and sophocarpine were statistical significance(matrineandsophocarpine P<0...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
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