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Hye Joo Jeon, Byong Yong Hwang
[Purpose] To evaluate the effect of bilateral lower limb strengthening designed to improve balance and walking in stroke patients. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty hemiparetic stroke patients were divided into two groups: a unilateral therapy group (UTG) (n=10) and a bilateral therapy group (BTG) (n=10). The UTG completed strength training only in the paretic lower limb. The BTG completed strength training in the paretic and non-paretic lower limbs. Assessment tools included the functional reach test (FRT), the Berg balance scale (BBS), the timed up and go (TUG) test, and a 10-meter walk test (10MWT)...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Meghan B Spyres, Aaron B Skolnik, Elizabeth C Moore, Richard D Gerkin, Angela Padilla-Jones, Anne-Michelle Ruha
OBJECTIVES: This study compares maintenance with clinical- and laboratory-triggered (as-needed [PRN]) antivenom dosing strategies with regard to patient-centered outcomes after rattlesnake envenomation. DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study of adult rattlesnake envenomations treated at a regional toxicology center. Data on demographics, envenomation details, antivenom administration, length of stay, and laboratory and clinical outcomes were compared between the PRN and maintenance groups...
March 7, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Hai Jiang, Yue Zhu, Zhenyu Zhou, Junyang Xu, Shaowen Jin, Kang Xu, Heyun Zhang, Qing Sun, Jie Wang, Junyao Xu
Increasing evidence suggests that PRMT5, a protein arginine methyltransferase, has roles in cell growth regulation and cancer development. However, the role of PRMT5 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression remains unclear. Here, we showed that PRMT5 expression was frequently upregulated in HCC tissues, and its expression was inversely correlated with overall survival in HCC patients. PRMT5 knockdown markedly inhibited in vitro HCC proliferation and in vivo tumorigenesis. We revealed that the mechanism of PRMT5-induced proliferation was partially mediated by BTG downregulation, leading to cell cycle arrest during the G1 phase in HCC cells...
February 14, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Jacek Staszewski, Renata Piusińska-Macoch, Bogdan Brodacki, Ewa Skrobowska, Adam Stępień
INTRODUCTION: Little is known if hemostatic markers and serum lipid fractions can predict further radiological progression beyond vascular risk factors in cerebral small vessel disease (SVD). We investigated whether they are associated with SVD radiological progression and if they are related to different SVD clinical manifestations. METHODS: A single-center, prospective, cohort study with 2 years of radiological follow-up was performed in consecutive patients with different SVD manifestations...
January 2018: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Xiaodong Niu, Tianwei Wang, Yuan Yang, Youjun Gan, Jiaoming Li, Yanhui Liu, Qing Mao
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to perform an integrated survival analysis of patients with bilateral thalamic glioma and to assess the influence of various prognostic factors on overall survival. METHODS: A literature search of PubMed, Web of Science, and Google Scholar was performed for literature in English published from 1964 to May 2017. Detailed information including demographics, clinical characteristics, treatments, critical events, and time to events for survival analysis were extracted from the included articles...
February 2018: World Neurosurgery
Songlin Yang, Fengge Wang, Yong-Hong Ye, Yang Xia, Yun Deng, Jianguo Wang, Yurong Cao
The imaging properties of BaTiO3 glass (BTG) microspheres in the diameter range of 5-50 µm which are fully immersed in a polydimethylsiloxane layer are experimentally studied. Our experimental results show that for both Blu-ray disc samples and the single-layer hexagonally close-packed microsphere array samples, with the increase of the diameter of BTG microspheres, the range of focal image positions (RFIP) increases linearly. When the diameter of BTG microspheres increases from 5 to 50 μm, the RFIP changes from 4 to 25 μm...
October 30, 2017: Optics Express
Yufang Huang, Jiawei Zheng, Ting Tan, Li Song, Shanshan Huang, Yan Zhang, Lin Lin, Jingnan Liu, Peichan Zheng, Xiong Chen, Xi Chen, Xuenong Ouyang
OBJECTIVE: BTG1 is a member of the TOB/BTG protein family, which is a transducer of ErbB-2 and TOB2. It is known to inhibit tumor genesis, but its role in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is still unknown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the expression of BTG1 protein in PDAC and to determine its prognostic significance. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry is used to determine the protein expression of the BTG1 gene in 79 surgically resected PDAC. The association of BTG1 expression with all the patients' clinicopathologic parameters, including survival, was analyzed using statistical software...
October 25, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
Karl-Heinz Tomaszowski, Nadja Hellmann, Viviane Ponath, Hiroyuki Takatsu, Hye-Won Shin, Bernd Kaina
The DNA repair protein O (6)-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase (MGMT) is a key determinant of cancer resistance. The MGMT inhibitors O (6)-benzylguanine (O(6)BG) and O (6)-(4-bromothenyl)guanine (O(6)BTG) failed to enhance the therapeutic response due to toxic side effects when applied in combination with alkylating chemotherapeutics, indicating a need of inhibitor targeting. We assessed MGMT targeting that relies on conjugating the inhibitors O(6)BG and O(6)BTG to ß-D-glucose, resulting in O(6)BG-Glu and O(6)BTG-Glu, respectively...
October 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yuru Bai, Lu Qiao, Ning Xie, Yongquan Shi, Na Liu, Jinhai Wang
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in early diagnosis and treatment, cancer remains the major cause of mortality in the world. The Tob/BTG antiproliferative (APRO) protein family is reported to participate in diverse human diseases. However, there's little known about their expression and prognostic values in most human cancers. METHODS: We performed a detailed cancer vs. normal analysis. The mRNA expression levels of APRO family in various cancers were analyzed via the Oncomine database...
2017: PloS One
Derek M Biederman, Raghuram Posham, Raisa J Durrani, Joseph J Titano, Rahul S Patel, Nora E Tabori, Francis S Nowakowski, Aaron M Fischman, Robert A Lookstein, Edward Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate the outcomes of radioembolization (RE) as a therapy for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with marginal functional hepatic reserve. METHODS: A retrospective review of 471 patients (1/2010-7/2015) treated with RE (Therasphere, BTG, UK) was performed. A total of 36 patients (mean age: 66.1±9.3, male: 86.1%) underwent therapy for HCC with a MELD≥15 (median: 16, range: 15-22). Baseline demographics of the study cohort were as follows: etiology (HCV: 26, 72...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Imaging
D Apostolovic, M Krstic, J Mihailovic, M Starkhammar, T Cirkovic Velickovic, C Hamsten, M van Hage
The mammalian carbohydrate galactose-α1,3-galactose (α-Gal) causes a novel form of food allergy, red meat allergy, where patients experience severe allergic reactions several hours after red meat consumption. Here we explored gastric digestion of α-Gal glycoproteins using an in vitro model. Bovine thyroglobulin (BTG), a typical α-Gal carrying glycoprotein, was digested with pepsin. The resulting peptides were characterised by SDS PAGE, immunoblot and ImmunoCAP using sera from 20 red meat allergic patients...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tim Meyer, Richard Fox, Yuk Ting Ma, Paul J Ross, Martin W James, Richard Sturgess, Clive Stubbs, Deborah D Stocken, Lucy Wall, Anthony Watkinson, Nigel Hacking, T R Jeffry Evans, Peter Collins, Richard A Hubner, David Cunningham, John Neil Primrose, Philip J Johnson, Daniel H Palmer
BACKGROUND: Transarterial chemoembolisation (TACE) is the standard of care for patients with intermediate stage hepatocellular carcinoma, while the multikinase inhibitor sorafenib improves survival in patients with advanced disease. We aimed to determine whether TACE with sorafenib improves progression-free survival versus TACE with placebo. METHODS: We did a multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial (TACE 2) in 20 hospitals in the UK for patients with unresectable, liver-confined hepatocellular carcinoma...
June 22, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Nikhil Patkar, P G Subramanian, Prashant Tembhare, Sneha Mandalia, Gaurav Chaterjee, Nikhil Rabade, Rohan Kodgule, Karishma Chopra, Asma Bibi, Swapnali Joshi, Shruti Chaudhary, Russel Mascerhenas, Pratibha Kadam-Amare, Gaurav Narula, Brijesh Arora, Shripad Banavali, Sumeet Gujral
INTRODUCTION: Copy number alterations (CNA) have been described in childhood precursor B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) which in conjunction with chromosomal abnormalities drive leukemogenesis. There is no consensus on the clinical incorporation of CNA in B-ALL. An integrated genomic classification (IGC) has been proposed which includes CNA and cytogenetics. METHODS: We correlated this IGC with immunophenotypic minimal residual disease (MRD) as well as other standard criteria for 245 patients of B-ALL such as National Cancer Institute (NCI) risk, D+8 prednisolone response, cytogenetics, and ploidy status...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
Lu Chen, Yang Yang, Liwei Xu, Rui Liu, Yali Wang
AIM: This study explored the possible mechanisms of the transcriptional regulatory activities of C-terminal binding protein (CtBP) and the role of CtBP in the pathogenesis of breast cancer. METHODS: Microarray data of GSE36529, including three CtBP-knockdown breast cancer MCF-7 cell samples, three control knockdown samples and data of CtBP binding profile in MCF-7 cells, was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were screened between CtBP-knockdown MCF-7 cell samples and controls...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Clément Chapat, Kamel Chettab, Pierre Simonet, Peng Wang, Pierre De La Grange, Muriel Le Romancer, Laura Corbo
The CCR4-associated factor CAF1, also called CNOT7, is a catalytic subunit of the CCR4-NOT complex, which has been implicated in all aspects of the mRNA life cycle, from mRNA synthesis in the nucleus to degradation in the cytoplasm. In human cells, alternative splicing of the CNOT7 gene yields a second CNOT7 transcript leading to the formation of a shorter protein, CNOT7 variant 2 (CNOT7v2). Biochemical characterization indicates that CNOT7v2 interacts with CCR4-NOT subunits, although it does not bind to BTG proteins...
August 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Da Woon Sim, Jong Sun Lee, Kyung Hee Park, Kyoung Yong Jeong, Young-Min Ye, Jae-Hyun Lee, Jung-Won Park
SCOPE: IgE against galactose-α-1,3-galactose (α-Gal) causes alpha-gal syndrome. Bovine thyroglobulin (BTG) and cetuximab share this epitope. We aimed to determine the utility of specific IgE (sIgE) against cetuximab as compared to BTG for diagnosing alpha-gal syndrome. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twelve patients with alpha-gal syndrome, 11 patients with immediate beef or pork allergy, 18 asymptomatic individuals with meat sensitization, and 10 non-atopic subjects were enrolled...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
Alexander Weymann, Sadeq Ali-Hasan-Al-Saegh, Anton Sabashnikov, Aron-Frederik Popov, Seyed Jalil Mirhosseini, Luis Nombela-Franco, Luca Testa, Mohammadreza Lotfaliani, Mohamed Zeriouh, Tong Liu, Hamidreza Dehghan, Senol Yavuz, Michel Pompeu Barros de Oliveira Sá, William L Baker, Jae-Sik Jang, Mengqi Gong, Umberto Benedetto, Pascal M Dohmen, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Abhishek J Deshmukh, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Hugh Calkins, Gregg W Stone, Integrated Meta-Analysis Of Cardiac Surgery And Cardiology-Group Imcsc-Group
BACKGROUND This systematic review with meta-analysis aimed to determine the strength of evidence for evaluating the association of platelet cellular and functional characteristics including platelet count (PC), MPV, platelet distribution width (PDW), platelet factor 4, beta thromboglobulin (BTG), and p-selectin with the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF) and consequent stroke. MATERIAL AND METHODS We conducted a meta-analysis of observational studies evaluating platelet characteristics in patients with paroxysmal, persistent and permanent atrial fibrillations...
March 17, 2017: Medical Science Monitor Basic Research
Chong He, Tianming Yu, Yan Shi, Caiyun Ma, Wenjing Yang, Leilei Fang, Mingming Sun, Wei Wu, Fei Xiao, Feifan Guo, Minhu Chen, Hong Yang, Jiaming Qian, Yingzi Cong, Zhanju Liu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Intestinal tissues from patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer have increased expression of microRNA-301a (MIR301A) compared with tissues from patients without IBD. We studied the mechanisms of MIR301A in the progression of IBD in human tissues and mice. METHODS: We isolated intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) from biopsy samples of the colon from 153 patients with different stages of IBD activity, 6 patients with colitis-associated cancer (CAC), and 35 healthy individuals (controls), enrolled in the study in Shanghai, China...
May 2017: Gastroenterology
Qi An, Yan Zhou, Chao Han, Yubing Zhou, Feng Li, Duolu Li
Epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) is the leading cause of cancer-related death among all the gynecological malignancies of the female genital system, and its incidence and mortality rates continue to rise. B-cell translocation gene 3 (BTG3) plays an important role in the occurrence and development of numerous cancers. However, the role of BTG3 in EOC remains poorly understood. In this study, we aimed to investigate the biological role and potential molecular mechanism of BTG3 in EOC. We found that BTG3 protein expression was significantly lower in human EOC cell lines...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
M Niculescu, R Cagiano, M Caprio, S Damian, E Boia, D Vermesan, M Tattoli, H Haragus
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the anxiolytic properties of the new isoxazoline compounds BTG1640 and BTG1675A in comparison with diazepam. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated the ultrasonic distress emission in both sexes of neonatal rat pups (which seems to be a sensitive indicator of the rat emotional reactivity and represents a valuable tool to screen compounds with expected anxiolytic properties) and the locomotor activity in 30-day old rat pups...
December 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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