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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320132/early-markers-of-kidney-dysfunction-and-cognitive-impairment-among-older-adults
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Yudan Wei, Yinan Kevin Wei, Jianmin Zhu
BACKGROUND: Age-related decline in kidney function can be an important risk factor for cognitive impairment in older adults. In this study, we examined several kidney function measures for the association with cognitive function in older adults in hope to identify early and sensitive markers that can be used for the detection or screening for cognitive impairment. METHODS: A total of 1982 older participants (aged ≥60years) in the 1999-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey was analyzed for the association between kidney function and cognitive impairment using multivariate logistic regression and general linear models...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318506/assessment-of-disease-extent-on-contrast-enhanced-mri-in-breast-cancer-detected%C3%A2-at-digital-breast-tomosynthesis-versus%C3%A2-digital-mammography-alone
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A V Chudgar, E F Conant, S P Weinstein, B M Keller, M Synnestvedt, P Yamartino, E S McDonald
AIM: To compare the utility of breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in determining the extent of disease in patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer detected on combination digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) versus digital screening mammography (DM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Review of 24,563 DBT-screened patients and 10,751 DM-screened patients was performed. Two hundred and thirty-five DBT patients underwent subsequent MRI examinations; 82 to determine extent of disease after newly diagnosed breast cancer...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296044/biolens-behavior-of-rbcs-under-optically-induced-mechanical-stress
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Francesco Merola, Álvaro Barroso, Lisa Miccio, Pasquale Memmolo, Martina Mugnano, Pietro Ferraro, Cornelia Denz
In this work, the optical behavior of Red Blood Cells (RBCs) under an optically-induced mechanical stress was studied. Exploiting the new findings concerning the optical lens-like behavior of RBCs, the variations of the wavefront refracted by optically-deformed RBCs were further investigated. Experimental analysis have been performed through the combination of digital holography and numerical analysis based on Zernike polynomials, while the biological lens is deformed under the action of multiple dynamic optical tweezers...
March 13, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291582/sequential-nailfold-videocapillaroscopy-examinations-have-responsiveness-to-detect-organ-progression-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Jérôme Avouac, Gemma Lepri, Vanessa Smith, Elide Toniolo, Charlotte Hurabielle, Anaïs Vallet, Fazia Amrouche, André Kahan, Maurizio Cutolo, Yannick Allanore
OBJECTIVE: To determine the merit of nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) to detect meaningful microvascular changes over time in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and whether these changes are associated with overall disease progression and organ involvements. METHODS: A prospective cohort of 140 SSc patients was recruited over a 12-month period and was followed up on an annual basis for 3 years. Detailed NVC analysis was performed at inclusion and repeated annually...
February 10, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289423/automated-method-to-determine-two-critical-growth-stages-of-wheat-heading-and-flowering
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Pouria Sadeghi-Tehran, Kasra Sabermanesh, Nicolas Virlet, Malcolm J Hawkesford
Recording growth stage information is an important aspect of precision agriculture, crop breeding and phenotyping. In practice, crop growth stage is still primarily monitored by-eye, which is not only laborious and time-consuming, but also subjective and error-prone. The application of computer vision on digital images offers a high-throughput and non-invasive alternative to manual observations and its use in agriculture and high-throughput phenotyping is increasing. This paper presents an automated method to detect wheat heading and flowering stages, which uses the application of computer vision on digital images...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289185/fifteen-years-of-research-on-oral-facial-digital-syndromes-from-1-to-16-causal-genes
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Ange-Line Bruel, Brunella Franco, Yannis Duffourd, Julien Thevenon, Laurence Jego, Estelle Lopez, Jean-François Deleuze, Diane Doummar, Rachel H Giles, Colin A Johnson, Martijn A Huynen, Véronique Chevrier, Lydie Burglen, Manuela Morleo, Isabelle Desguerres, Geneviève Pierquin, Bérénice Doray, Brigitte Gilbert-Dussardier, Bruno Reversade, Elisabeth Steichen-Gersdorf, Clarisse Baumann, Inusha Panigrahi, Anne Fargeot-Espaliat, Anne Dieux, Albert David, Alice Goldenberg, Ernie Bongers, Dominique Gaillard, Jesús Argente, Bernard Aral, Nadège Gigot, Judith St-Onge, Daniel Birnbaum, Shubha R Phadke, Valérie Cormier-Daire, Thibaut Eguether, Gregory J Pazour, Vicente Herranz-Pérez, Jaclyn S Goldstein, Laurent Pasquier, Philippe Loget, Sophie Saunier, André Mégarbané, Olivier Rosnet, Michel R Leroux, John B Wallingford, Oliver E Blacque, Maxence V Nachury, Tania Attie-Bitach, Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Laurence Faivre, Christel Thauvin-Robinet
Oral-facial-digital syndromes (OFDS) gather rare genetic disorders characterised by facial, oral and digital abnormalities associated with a wide range of additional features (polycystic kidney disease, cerebral malformations and several others) to delineate a growing list of OFDS subtypes. The most frequent, OFD type I, is caused by a heterozygous mutation in the OFD1 gene encoding a centrosomal protein. The wide clinical heterogeneity of OFDS suggests the involvement of other ciliary genes. For 15 years, we have aimed to identify the molecular bases of OFDS...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274280/a-novel-duplex-ddpcr-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-schistosomiasis-japonica-proof-of-concept-in-an-experimental-mouse-model
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Kosala G Weerakoon, Catherine A Gordon, Pengfei Cai, Geoffrey N Gobert, Mary Duke, Gail M Williams, Donald P McManus
The current World Health Organization strategic plan targets the elimination of schistosomiasis as a public health problem by 2025 and accurate diagnostics will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal. DNA-based detection methods provide a viable alternative to some of the commonly used tests, notably microscopy and serology, for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. The detection of parasite cell-free DNA in different clinical samples is a recent valuable advance, which provides significant benefits for accurate disease diagnosis...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268092/droplet-digital-pcr-is-a-reliable-tool-for-monitoring-minimal-residual-disease-in-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
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Claudia Brunetti, Luisa Anelli, Antonella Zagaria, Angela Minervini, Crescenzio F Minervini, Paola Casieri, Nicoletta Coccaro, Cosimo Cumbo, Giuseppina Tota, Luciana Impera, Paola Orsini, Giorgina Specchia, Francesco Albano
Nested PCR (nPCR) and real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) are well-established methods for monitoring minimal residual disease (MRD) in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Despite their remarkable sensitivity and specificity, both methods have inherent limitations, such as qualitative MRD evaluation and relative quantification. Herein, we used droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) to monitor MRD in 21 APL patients and compared its performance with nPCR and qPCR. After assessing the limit of detection (LOD) for each technique on serial dilutions of PML-RARA bcr1 and bcr3 transcripts, a total of 48 follow-up samples were analyzed and the results compared...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259999/clinical-and-molecular-assessment-of-regorafenib-monotherapy
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Nao Kakizawa, Koichi Suzuki, Taro Fukui, Yuji Takayama, Kosuke Ichida, Yuta Muto, Fumi Hasegawa, Fumiaki Watanabe, Rina Kikugawa, Shingo Tsujinaka, Kazushige Futsuhara, Yasuyuki Miyakura, Hiroshi Noda, Toshiki Rikiyama
Regorafenib has shown survival benefits in metastatic colorectal cancer patients who were exacerbated after all standard therapies. Some patients, however, exhibit severe adverse events (AEs) resulting in treatment discontinuation. Therefore, the selection of patients likely to benefit from regorafenib is crucial. Twenty patients were treated with regorafenib for metastatic colorectal cancer; 122 plasma samples were taken from 16 of these patients for monitoring of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in the blood...
February 15, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249314/dual-energy-cta-in-patients-with-symptomatic-peripheral-arterial-occlusive-disease-study-of-diagnostic-accuracy-and-impeding-factors
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Thorsten Klink, Theresa Wilhelm, Christine Roth, Johannes T Heverhagen
Purpose The purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic performance of dual-energy CT angiography (DE-CTA) in patients with symptomatic peripheral artery occlusive disease (PAOD) and to identify factors that impede its diagnostic accuracy. Materials and Methods Dual-source DE-CTA scans of the lower extremities of 94 patients were retrospectively compared to the diagnostic reference standard, digital subtraction angiography (DSA). Two independent observers assessed PAOD incidence, image quality, artifacts, and diagnostic accuracy of DE-CTA in 1014 arterial segments on axial, combined 80/140 kVp reconstructions and on 3 D maximum intensity projections (MIP) after automated bone and plaque removal...
March 1, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244444/nondestructive-imaging-of-the-internal-microstructure-of-vessels-and-nerve-fibers-in-rat-spinal-cord-using-phase-contrast-synchrotron-radiation-microtomography
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Jianzhong Hu, Ping Li, Xianzhen Yin, Tianding Wu, Yong Cao, Zhiming Yang, Liyuan Jiang, Shiping Hu, Hongbin Lu
The spinal cord is the primary neurological link between the brain and other parts of the body, but unlike those of the brain, advances in spinal cord imaging have been challenged by the more complicated and inhomogeneous anatomy of the spine. Fortunately with the advancement of high technology, phase-contrast synchrotron radiation microtomography has become widespread in scientific research because of its ability to generate high-quality and high-resolution images. In this study, this method has been employed for nondestructive imaging of the internal microstructure of rat spinal cord...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Synchrotron Radiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236563/a-clinical-trial-of-tension-and-compression-orthoses-for-dupuytren-contractures
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Annelien Brauns, Maarten Van Nuffel, Luc De Smet, Ilse Degreef
STUDY DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial on 2 patient groups with Dupuytren's disease. INTRODUCTION: Despite an unpredictable outcome, surgery remains an important treatment for Dupuytren's disease. Orthotic devices are a controversial noninvasive treatment method to influence the myofibroblasts in the nodules. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: To detect how much improvement 2 types of orthotic device (tension and compression) as only treatment intervention can provide on a Dupuytren's contracture...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217507/stronger-relationship-of-serum-apolipoprotein-a-1-and-b-with-diabetic-retinopathy-than-traditional-lipids
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B S Ankit, G Mathur, R P Agrawal, K C Mathur
AIM: Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is the most common preventable cause of blindness where early detection and treatment can be sight-saving. Search for biomarkers of the disease has been relentless. We aimed to determine whether lipoproteins apolipoproteins A1 and B1 (Apo-A1 and Apo-B1) have stronger associations with DR in contrast to conventionally measured low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study and studied 117 patients...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215575/fibronectin-connecting-segment-1-peptide-inhibits-pathogenic-leukocyte-trafficking-and-inflammatory-demyelination-in-experimental-models-of-chronic-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyradiculoneuropathy
#14
Chaoling Dong, Kelsey M Greathouse, Rebecca L Beacham, Steven P Palladino, E Scott Helton, Eroboghene E Ubogu
The molecular determinants of pathogenic leukocyte migration across the blood-nerve barrier (BNB) in chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) are unknown. Specific disease modifying therapies for CIDP are also lacking. Fibronectin connecting segment-1 (FNCS1), an alternatively spliced fibronectin variant expressed by microvascular endothelial cells at sites of inflammation in vitro and in situ, is a counterligand for leukocyte α4 integrin (also known as CD49d) implicated in pathogenic leukocyte trafficking in multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease...
February 16, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209368/correlation-of-micro-vessel-density-and-c-myc-expression-in-breast-tumor-of-mice-following-mesenchymal-stem-cell-therapy
#15
Maryam Adelipour, Fatemeh Babaei, Mohammadreza Mirzababaei, Abdolamir Allameh
Stem cell therapy for degenerative diseases has been established; however there are controversies over the treatment of solid tumors with stem cell transplantation. In the present study, the anti-tumor action of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) has been examined in a mouse model of breast cancer with emphasize on tumor growth, angiogenesis and c-Myc expression in breast tumors. For this purpose, MSCs were isolated from bone marrow of Balb/c mice and characterized. A Balb/c mouse model of breast cancer was developed and subjected to cell therapy intra venous (I...
January 30, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194461/a-3d-microblade-structure-for-precise-and-parallel-droplet-splitting-on-digital-microfluidic-chips
#16
Cheng Dong, Yanwei Jia, Jie Gao, Tianlan Chen, Pui-In Mak, Mang-I Vai, Rui P Martins
Existing digital microfluidic (DMF) chips exploit the electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) force to perform droplet splitting. However, the current splitting methods are not flexible and the volume of the droplets suffers from a large variation. Herein, we propose a DMF chip featuring a 3D microblade structure to enhance the droplet-splitting performance. By exploiting the EWOD force for shaping and manipulating the mother droplet, we obtain an average dividing error of <2% in the volume of the daughter droplets for a number of fluids such as deionized water, DNA solutions and DNA-protein mixtures...
February 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191267/single-cell-digital-polymerase-chain-reaction-on-self-priming-compartmentalization-chip
#17
Qiangyuan Zhu, Lin Qiu, Yanan Xu, Guang Li, Ying Mu
Single cell analysis provides a new framework for understanding biology and disease, however, an absolute quantification of single cell gene expression still faces many challenges. Microfluidic digital polymerase chain reaction (PCR) provides a unique method to absolutely quantify the single cell gene expression, but only limited devices are developed to analyze a single cell with detection variation. This paper describes a self-priming compartmentalization (SPC) microfluidic digital polymerase chain reaction chip being capable of performing single molecule amplification from single cell...
January 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188752/comparison-of-five-ki67-antibodies-regarding-reproducibility-and-capacity-to-predict-prognosis-in-breast-cancer-does-the-antibody-matter
#18
Balázs Ács, Janina Kulka, K Attila Kovács, Ivett Teleki, Anna-Mária Tőkés, Ágnes Meczker, Balázs Győrffy, Lilla Madaras, Tibor Krenács, A Marcell Szász
Although several antibodies are available for immunohistochemical (IHC) detection of Ki-67, even the most commonly used MIB-1 has not been validated yet. Our aim was to compare 5 commercially available antibodies for detection of Ki-67 in terms of agreement and their ability in predicting prognosis of breast cancer. Tissue microarrays were constructed from 378 breast cancer patients' representative formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor blocks. Five antibodies were used to detect Ki-67 expression: MIB-1-using chromogenic detection and immunofluorescent labeled (IF) MIB1-, SP-6, 30-9, poly and B56...
February 8, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176860/massively-parallel-digital-high-resolution-melt-for-rapid-and-absolutely-quantitative-sequence-profiling
#19
Daniel Ortiz Velez, Hannah Mack, Julietta Jupe, Sinead Hawker, Ninad Kulkarni, Behnam Hedayatnia, Yang Zhang, Shelley Lawrence, Stephanie I Fraley
In clinical diagnostics and pathogen detection, profiling of complex samples for low-level genotypes represents a significant challenge. Advances in speed, sensitivity, and extent of multiplexing of molecular pathogen detection assays are needed to improve patient care. We report the development of an integrated platform enabling the identification of bacterial pathogen DNA sequences in complex samples in less than four hours. The system incorporates a microfluidic chip and instrumentation to accomplish universal PCR amplification, High Resolution Melting (HRM), and machine learning within 20,000 picoliter scale reactions, simultaneously...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165646/simultaneous-noncontrast-angiography-and-intraplaque-hemorrhage-snap-imaging-comparison-with-contrast-enhanced-mr-angiography-for-measuring-carotid-stenosis
#20
Hongge Shu, Jie Sun, Thomas S Hatsukami, Niranjan Balu, Daniel S Hippe, Haining Liu, Ted R Kohler, Wenzhen Zhu, Chun Yuan
PURPOSE: To evaluate in a proof-of-concept study the feasibility of Simultaneous Noncontrast Angiography and intraPlaque hemorrhage (SNAP) imaging as a clinical magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) technique for measuring carotid stenosis. There is a growing interest in detecting intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH) during the clinical management of carotid disease, yet luminal stenosis has remained indispensable during clinical decision-making. SNAP imaging has been proposed as a novel IPH imaging technique that provides carotid MRA with no added scan time...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
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