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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327944/a-phase-2-randomized-double-blind-placebo-%C3%A2-controlled-study-of-chemo-immunotherapy-combination-using-motolimod-with-pegylated-liposomal-doxorubicin-in-recurrent-or-persistent-ovarian-cancer-a-gynecologic-oncology-group-partners-study
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B J Monk, M F Brady, C Aghajanian, H A Lankes, T Rizack, J Leach, J M Fowler, R Higgins, P Hanjani, M Morgan, R Edwards, W Bradley, T Kolevska, P Foukas, E Swisher, K S Anderson, R Gottardo, J K Bryan, M Newkirk, K L Manjarrez, R S Mannel, R M Hershberg, G Coukos
Background: A phase 2, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted in women with recurrent epithelial ovarian carcinoma to evaluate the efficacy and safety of motolimod-a Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8) agonist that stimulates robust innate immune responses-combined with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD), a chemotherapeutic that induces immunogenic cell death. Patients and methods: Women with ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal carcinoma were randomized 1 : 1 to receive PLD in combination with blinded motolimod or placebo...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327504/theoretical-study-of-monolayer-and-double-layer-waveguide-love-wave-sensors-for-achieving-high-sensitivity
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Shuangming Li, Ying Wan, Chunhai Fan, Yan Su
Love wave sensors have been widely used for sensing applications. In this work, we introduce the theoretical analysis of the monolayer and double-layer waveguide Love wave sensors. The velocity, particle displacement and energy distribution of Love waves were analyzed. Using the variations of the energy repartition, the sensitivity coefficients of Love wave sensors were calculated. To achieve a higher sensitivity coefficient, a thin gold layer was added as the second waveguide on top of the silicon dioxide (SiO₂) waveguide-based, 36 degree-rotated, Y-cut, X-propagating lithium tantalate (36° YX LiTaO₃) Love wave sensor...
March 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324505/probing-the-telomere-damage-response
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Rekha Rai, Sandy Chang
Telomere dysfunctions, rendered through replicative attrition of telomeric DNA or due to the removal of shelterin components, are recognized as DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs) by the DNA damage repair (DDR) pathway. This leads to the activation of DNA damage checkpoint sensors, including the Mre11-Rad50-Nbs1 (MRN) complex, γ-H2AX and 53BP1, the ATM and ATR signal-transducing kinases, and downstream effectors, including Chk1, Chk2, and p53. Robust DNA damage response signals at dysfunctional telomeres, achieved by the complete deletion of TRF2 or by expressing dominant-negative mutant TPP1ΔRD, can be detected by their association with γ-H2AX and 53BP1 forming "telomere dysfunction induced foci (TIFs)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324499/telomere-terminal-g-c-strand-synthesis-measuring-telomerase-action-and-c-rich-fill-in
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Yong Zhao, Jerry W Shay, Woodring E Wright
Telomerase is present in most human cancers, and proliferative stem cells including germline cells. Telomerase plays an essential role in tumorigenesis by maintaining/elongating telomeric DNA, and thus preventing the telomere shortening that results in replicative senescence. Understanding telomerase action in vivo has important implication for both cancer and aging, but there are not robust methods for monitoring telomerase action. By combining a series of cell biological and biochemical approaches, and taking advantage of the enzyme DSN that specifically cuts double-stranded DNA and releases the telomeric overhangs, we have developed a method to monitor telomerase action during one cell cycle...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323551/college-related-alcohol-beliefs-and-problematic-alcohol-consumption-alcohol-protective-behavioral-strategies-as-a-mediator
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Adrian J Bravo, Mark A Prince, Matthew R Pearson
BACKGROUND: College-related alcohol beliefs, or beliefs that drinking alcohol is central to the college experience, have been shown to robustly predict alcohol-related outcomes among college students. Given the strength of these associations, it is imperative to understand more proximal factors (i.e., closer in a causal chain leading to alcohol-related outcomes) that can explain these associations. OBJECTIVES: The current research examined alcohol protective behavioral strategies (PBS) as a potential mediator of the association between college-related alcohol beliefs and alcohol outcomes among college student drinkers...
March 21, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319085/synergistic-drug-combinations-for-cancer-identified-in-a-crispr-screen-for-pairwise-genetic-interactions
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Kyuho Han, Edwin E Jeng, Gaelen T Hess, David W Morgens, Amy Li, Michael C Bassik
Identification of effective combination therapies is critical to address the emergence of drug-resistant cancers, but direct screening of all possible drug combinations is infeasible. Here we introduce a CRISPR-based double knockout (CDKO) system that improves the efficiency of combinatorial genetic screening using an effective strategy for cloning and sequencing paired single guide RNA (sgRNA) libraries and a robust statistical scoring method for calculating genetic interactions (GIs) from CRISPR-deleted gene pairs...
March 20, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316255/a-bayesian-double-fusion-model-for-resting-state-brain-connectivity-using-joint-functional-and-structural-data
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Hakmook Kang, Hernando Ombao, Christopher Fonnesbeck, Zhaohua Ding, Victoria L Morgan
Current approaches separately analyze concurrently acquired diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data. The primary limitation of these approaches is that they do not take advantage of the information from DTI that could potentially enhance estimation of resting state functional connectivity (FC) between brain regions. To overcome this limitation, we develop a Bayesian hierarchical spatio-temporal model that incorporates structural connectivity into estimating FC. In our proposed approach, structural connectivity (SC) based on DTI data is used to construct an informative prior for functional connectivity based on resting state fMRI data via the Cholesky decomposition...
March 19, 2017: Brain Connectivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306519/variability-in-variability-out-best-practice-recommendations-to-standardize-pre-analytical-variables-in-the-detection-of-circulating-and-tissue-micrornas
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Jenna Khan, Joshua A Lieberman, Christina M Lockwood
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) hold promise as biomarkers for a variety of disease processes and for determining cell differentiation. These short RNA species are robust, survive harsh treatment and storage conditions and may be extracted from blood and tissue. Pre-analytical variables are critical confounders in the analysis of miRNAs: we elucidate these and identify best practices for minimizing sample variation in blood and tissue specimens. Pre-analytical variables addressed include patient-intrinsic variation, time and temperature from sample collection to storage or processing, processing methods, contamination by cells and blood components, RNA extraction method, normalization, and storage time/conditions...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296797/improvements-in-spectrum-s-fit-to-program-data-tool
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Severin G Mahiane, Kimberly Marsh, Kelsey Grantham, Shawna Crichlow, Karen Caceres, John Stover
OBJECTIVE: The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS-supported Spectrum software package (Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA) is used by most countries worldwide to monitor the HIV epidemic. In Spectrum, HIV incidence trends among adults (aged 15-49 years) are derived by either fitting to seroprevalence surveillance and survey data or generating curves consistent with program and vital registration data, such as historical trends in the number of newly diagnosed infections or people living with HIV and AIDS related deaths...
April 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295434/the-potential-of-dual-energy-ct-to-reduce-proton-beam-range-uncertainties
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Esther Bär, Arthur Lalonde, Gary Royle, Hsiao-Ming Lu, Hugo Bouchard
PURPOSE: Dual-energy CT (DECT) promises improvements in estimating stopping power ratios (SPRs) for proton therapy treatment planning. Although several comparable mathematical formalisms have been proposed in literature, the optimal techniques to characterize human tissue SPRs with DECT in a clinical environment are not fully established. The aim of this work is to compare the most robust DECT methods against conventional single-energy CT (SECT) in conditions reproducing a clinical environment, where CT artifacts and noise play a major role on the accuracy of these techniques...
March 15, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295270/testing-the-association-of-phenotypes-with-polyploidy-an-example-using-herbaceous-and-woody-eudicots
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Rosana Zenil-Ferguson, José M Ponciano, J Gordon Burleigh
Although numerous studies have surveyed the frequency with which different plant characters are associated with polyploidy, few statistical tools are available to identify the factors that potentially facilitate polyploidy. We describe a new probabilistic model, BiChroM, designed to associate the frequency of polyploidy and chromosomal change with a binary phenotypic character in a phylogeny. BiChroM provides a robust statistical framework for testing differences in rates of polyploidy associated with phenotypic characters along a phylogeny while simultaneously allowing for evolutionary transitions between character states...
March 15, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295055/dynamics-of-a-single-atom-electron-pump
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J van der Heijden, G C Tettamanzi, S Rogge
Single-electron pumps based on isolated impurity atoms have recently been experimentally demonstrated. In these devices the Coulomb potential of an atom creates a localised electron state with a large charging energy and considerable orbital level spacings, enabling robust charge capturing processes. In contrast to the frequently used gate-defined quantum dot pumps, which experience a strongly time-dependent potential, the confinement potential in these single-atom pumps is hardly affected by the periodic driving of the system...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292672/contrasting-diversity-of-testate-amoebae-communities-in-sphagnum-and-brown-moss-dominated-patches-in-relation-to-shell-counts
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Zuzana Lizoňová, Michal Horsák
Ecological studies of peatland testate amoebae are generally based on totals of 150 individuals per sample. However, the suitability of this standard has never been assessed for alkaline habitats such as spring fens. We explored the differences in testate amoeba diversity between Sphagnum and brown-moss microhabitats at a mire site with a highly diversified moss layer which reflects the small-scale heterogeneity in groundwater chemistry. Relationships between sampling efficiency and sample completeness were explored using individual-based species accumulation curves and the effort required to gain an extra species was assessed...
February 24, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290123/the-gravity-of-high-skilled-migration-policies
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Mathias Czaika, Christopher R Parsons
Combining unique, annual, bilateral data on labor flows of highly skilled immigrants for 10 OECD destinations between 2000 and 2012, with new databases comprising both unilateral and bilateral policy instruments, we present the first judicious cross-country assessment of policies aimed to attract and select high-skilled workers. Points-based systems are much more effective in attracting and selecting high-skilled migrants than requiring a job offer, labor market tests, and shortage lists. Offers of permanent residency, while attracting the highly skilled, overall reduce the human capital content of labor flows because they prove more attractive to non-high-skilled workers...
March 13, 2017: Demography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289484/microfluidic-devices-fabricated-using-fast-wafer-scale-led-lithography-patterning
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Pavan K Challa, Tadas Kartanas, Jérôme Charmet, Tuomas P J Knowles
Current lithography approaches underpinning the fabrication of microfluidic devices rely on UV exposure of photoresists to define microstructures in these materials. Conventionally, this objective is achieved with gas discharge mercury lamps, which are capable of producing high intensity UV radiation. However, these sources are costly, have a comparatively short lifetime, necessitate regular calibration, and require significant time to warm up prior to exposure taking place. To address these limitations we exploit advances in solid state sources in the UV range and describe a fast and robust wafer-scale laboratory exposure system relying entirely on UV-Light emitting diode (UV-LED) illumination...
January 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287159/double-wall-carbon-nanotube-hybrid-mode-locker-in-tm-doped-fibre-laser-a-novel-mechanism-for-robust-bound-state-solitons-generation
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Maria Chernysheva, Anastasia Bednyakova, Mohammed Al Araimi, Richard C T Howe, Guohua Hu, Tawfique Hasan, Alessio Gambetta, Gianluca Galzerano, Mark Rümmeli, Aleksey Rozhin
The complex nonlinear dynamics of mode-locked fibre lasers, including a broad variety of dissipative structures and self-organization effects, have drawn significant research interest. Around the 2 μm band, conventional saturable absorbers (SAs) possess small modulation depth and slow relaxation time and, therefore, are incapable of ensuring complex inter-pulse dynamics and bound-state soliton generation. We present observation of multi-soliton complex generation in mode-locked thulium (Tm)-doped fibre laser, using double-wall carbon nanotubes (DWNT-SA) and nonlinear polarisation evolution (NPE)...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286225/immunological-alteration-toxic-molecular-inductions-leading-to-cognitive-impairment-neurotoxicity-in-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Manuj Ahuja, Manal Buabeid, Engy Abdel-Rehman, Mohammed Majrashi, Kodeeswaran Parameshwaran, Rajesh Amin, Sindhu Ramesh, Kariharan Thiruchelvan, Satyanarayana Pondugula, Vishnu Suppiramaniam, Muralikrishnan Dhanasekaran
AIMS: Inflammation is considered to be one of the crucial pathological factors associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease, although supportive experimental evidence remains undiscovered. Therefore, the current study was carried out to better understand and establish the pathophysiological involvement of chronic inflammation in a double transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. MAIN METHODS: We analyzed amyloid-beta deposition, oxidative stress, biochemical, neurochemical and immunological markers in a 10month old (APΔE9) mouse model...
March 9, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283853/long-t2-suppression-in-native-lung-3-d-imaging-using-k-space-reordered-inversion-recovery-dual-echo-ultrashort-echo-time-mri
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Neville D Gai, Ashkan A Malayeri, David A Bluemke
OBJECTIVE: Long T2 species can interfere with visualization of short T2 tissue imaging. For example, visualization of lung parenchyma can be hindered by breathing artifacts primarily from fat in the chest wall. The purpose of this work was to design and evaluate a scheme for long T2 species suppression in lung parenchyma imaging using 3-D inversion recovery double-echo ultrashort echo time imaging with a k-space reordering scheme for artifact suppression. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A hyperbolic secant (HS) pulse was evaluated for different tissues (T1/T2)...
March 10, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282139/missing-value-monitoring-enhances-the-robustness-in-proteomics-quantitation
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Vittoria Matafora, Andrea Corno, Andrea Ciliberto, Angela Bachi
In global proteomic analysis, it is estimated that proteins span from millions to less than 100 copies per cell. The challenge of protein quantitation by classic shotgun proteomic techniques relies on the presence of missing values in peptides belonging to low-abundance proteins that lowers intra-runs reproducibility affecting post-data statistical analysis. Here, we present a new analytical workflow MvM (Missing value Monitoring) able to recover quantitation of missing values generated by shotgun analysis...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279710/satellite-like-cells-contribute-to-pax7-dependent-skeletal-muscle-repair-in-adult-zebrafish
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Michael A Berberoglu, Thomas L Gallagher, Zachary T Morrow, Jared C Talbot, Kimberly J Hromowyk, Inês M Tenente, David M Langenau, Sharon L Amacher
Satellite cells, also known as muscle stem cells, are responsible for skeletal muscle growth and repair in mammals. Pax7 and Pax3 transcription factors are established satellite cell markers required for muscle development and regeneration, and there is great interest in identifying additional factors that regulate satellite cell proliferation, differentiation, and/or skeletal muscle regeneration. Due to the powerful regenerative capacity of many zebrafish tissues, even in adults, we are exploring the regenerative potential of adult zebrafish skeletal muscle...
March 7, 2017: Developmental Biology
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