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Yilin Sun, Le Zhen, Ying Peng, Jiankun Wang, Fei Fei, Lixiang Aa, Wenjiao Jiang, Xue Pei, Li Lu, Jie Liu, Guangji Wang, Kun Hao
To improve bioavailability and provide resistance to deamination, an array of gemcitabine (dFdC) prodrugs carrying the acyl modifications has been successful in the optimization of pharmacokinetic properties of dFdC, but the reports about 4-N-carbobenzoxy-dFdC (Cbz-dFdC), a dFdC prodrug bearing alkyloxycarbonyl modification, are relatively rare. Notably, in vivo enzymatic hydrolysis was an absolutely essential factor for the activation of these prodrugs, which is correlated with the anti-tumor activity. Therefore, detailed metabolism studies of Cbz-dFdC should be carried out for a more authentic pharmacodynamic evaluation...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Dai Long Vu, Karolína Ranglová, Jan Hájek, Pavel Hrouzek
Quantification of selenated amino-acids currently relies on methods employing inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Although very accurate, these methods do not allow the simultaneous determination of standard amino-acids, hampering the comparison of the content of selenated versus non-selenated species such as methionine (Met) and selenomethionine (SeMet). This paper reports two approaches for the simultaneous quantification of Met and SeMet. In the first approach, standard enzymatic hydrolysis employing Protease XIV was applied for the preparation of samples...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Jes M Sanders, Alexandra B Steverson, Anna E Pawlowski, Daniel Schneider, Chad J Achenbach, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Matthew J Feinstein
BACKGROUND: Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected (HIV+) persons have elevated risks for various manifestations of cardiovascular disease (CVD). No studies to our knowledge have compared atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL) prevalence and associated characteristics for HIV+ persons and matched uninfected controls. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Persons with diagnoses of HIV receiving care at a large urban academic medical center were frequency-matched 1:2 on age, sex, race, zip code, and clinic location with uninfected persons...
2018: PloS One
Zsolt Zador, Andrew T King, Nophar Geifman
BACKGROUND: Atypical meningiomas are common central nervous system neoplasms with high recurrence rate and poorer prognosis compared to their grade I counterparts. Surgical excision and radiotherapy remains the mainstay therapy but medical treatments are limited. We explore new drug candidates using computational drug repurposing based on the gene expression signature of atypical meningioma tissue with subsequent analysis of drug-generated expression profiles. We further explore possible mechanisms of action for the identified drug candidates using ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA)...
2018: PloS One
Luis Jara-Palomares, Remedios Otero, David Jimenez, Juan Manuel Praena-Fernandez, Carme Font, Conxita Falga, Silvia Soler, David Riesco, Peter Verhamme, Manuel Monreal
The usefulness of a diagnostic workup for occult cancer in patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) is controversial. We used the RIETE (Registro Informatizado Enfermedad Trombo Embólica) database to perform a nested case-control study to validate a prognostic score that identifies patients with unprovoked VTE at increased risk for cancer. We dichotomized patients as having low- (≤2 points) or high (≥3 points) risk for cancer, and tried to validate the score at 12 and 24 months. From January 2014 to October 2016, 11,695 VTE patients were recruited...
2018: PloS One
Wilson Huanca-Mamani, Raúl Arias-Carrasco, Steffany Cárdenas-Ninasivincha, Marcelo Rojas-Herrera, Gonzalo Sepúlveda-Hermosilla, José Carlos Caris-Maldonado, Elizabeth Bastías, Vinicius Maracaja-Coutinho
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been defined as transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides, which lack significant protein coding potential and possess critical roles in diverse cellular processes. Long non-coding RNAs have recently been functionally characterized in plant stress-response mechanisms. In the present study, we perform a comprehensive identification of lncRNAs in response to combined stress induced by salinity and excess of boron in the Lluteño maize, a tolerant maize landrace from Atacama Desert, Chile...
March 20, 2018: Genes
Luis Cruz-Piris, Diego Rivera, Ivan Marsa-Maestre, Enrique de la Hoz, Juan R Velasco
Internet growth has generated new types of services where the use of sensors and actuators is especially remarkable. These services compose what is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the biggest current challenges is obtaining a safe and easy access control scheme for the data managed in these services. We propose integrating IoT devices in an access control system designed for Web-based services by modelling certain IoT communication elements as resources. This would allow us to obtain a unified access control scheme between heterogeneous devices (IoT devices, Internet-based services, etc...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Louis B Jones, Sameer Goel, Leroy Y Hung, Matthew L Graves, Clay A Spitler, George V Russell, Patrick F Bergin
The mission of any academic orthopaedic training program can be divided into 3 general areas of focus: clinical care, academic performance, and research. Clinical care is evaluated on clinical volume, patient outcomes, patient satisfaction, and becoming increasingly focused on data-driven quality metrics. Academic performance of a department can be used to motivate individual surgeons, but objective measures are used to define a residency program. Annual in-service examinations serve as a marker of resident knowledge base, and board pass rates are clearly scrutinized...
April 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
David Dreizin, Uttam Bodanapally, Alexis Boscak, Nikki Tirada, Ghada Issa, Jason W Nascone, Louis Bivona, Daniel Mascarenhas, Robert V O'Toole, Erika Nixon, Rong Chen, Eliot Siegel
Purpose To develop and test a computed tomography (CT)-based predictive model for major arterial injury after blunt pelvic ring disruptions that incorporates semiautomated pelvic hematoma volume quantification. Materials and Methods A multivariable logistic regression model was developed in patients with blunt pelvic ring disruptions who underwent arterial phase abdominopelvic CT before angiography from 2008 to 2013. Arterial injury at angiography requiring transarterial embolization (TAE) served as the outcome...
March 20, 2018: Radiology
Shih-Liang Hsi, Peter Surman, Raida Al-Kassas
A highly sensitive and rapid stability indicating Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatographic (UPLC) method was developed for the quantification and identification of isotretinoin in bulk. Chromatographic separation was developed using a gradient elution in a reversed-phase system at flow rate of 0.5 ml/min with 12 minutes run time. The mobile phase was a gradient mixture of mobile phase A (contained a 30:70:0.5 mixture solution of methanol/Purified water/Glacial Acetic Acid) and mobile phase B (contained a 70:25:4...
March 20, 2018: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
Nicolas S Piuzzi, Zaamin B Hussain, Jorge Chahla, Mark E Cinque, Gilbert Moatshe, Venkata P Mantripragada, George F Muschler, Robert F LaPrade
BACKGROUND: Interest in the therapeutic potential of bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) has grown exponentially. However, comparisons among studies and their processing methods are challenging because of inconsistent reporting of protocols, as well as poor characterization of the composition of the initial bone marrow aspirate and of the final products delivered. The purpose of this study was to perform a systematic review of the literature to evaluate the level of reporting related to the protocols used for BMAC preparation and the composition of BMAC utilized in the treatment of musculoskeletal diseases in published clinical studies...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
Pierre Yger, Giulia Lb Spampinato, Elric Esposito, Baptiste Lefebvre, Stéphane Deny, Christophe Gardella, Marcel Stimberg, Florian Jetter, Guenther Zeck, Serge Picaud, Jens Duebel, Olivier Marre
In recent years, multielectrode arrays and large silicon probes have been developed to record simultaneously between hundreds and thousands of electrodes packed with a high density. However, they require novel methods to extract the spiking activity of large ensembles of neurons. Here we developed a new toolbox to sort spikes from these large-scale extracellular data. To validate our method, we performed simultaneous extracellular and loose patch recordings in rodents to obtain 'ground truth' data, where the solution to this sorting problem is known for one cell...
March 20, 2018: ELife
Yuejiao Yang, Jie Chen, Walter Bonani, Bin Chen, Sabrina Eccheli, Devid Maniglio, Claudio Migliaresi, Antonella Motta
Silk fibroin has acquired increasing interest in the last years for application in medicine and namely in tissue engineering. Several methods have been developed to process fibroin and for the fabrication of nets, sponges, films and gels. This paper deals with the fabrication and characterization of fibroin hydrogels obtained by using sodium oleate as gelation agent. Gels have been prepared by mixing Silk fibroin (SF) and Sodium oleate (SO) water solutions in different concentrations, and a quite wide frame of compositions have been explored...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
Valentina O Puntmann, Andreas M Zeiher, Eike Nagel
Myocarditis and its sequelae remain an unconquered clinical problem, disproportionately affecting the young. Several hurdles beset myocarditis, including nonspecific symptoms, heterogeneous clinical presentation, dynamic disease stages, underscored by an absence of an easy diagnostic test or a specific treatment. Areas covered: The current diagnostic means are poorly equipped to counter the challenge; the gold standard by invasive endomyocardial biopsy relies on availability of expert procedural and reading skill...
March 20, 2018: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
Heung Jae Park, Chang Hoo Park, Yoosoo Chang, Seungho Ryu
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association of sitting time and physical activity level with the incidence of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in a large sample of Korean men. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort study was performed in 69 795 Korean men, free of LUTS at baseline, who were followed up annually or biennially for a mean of 2.6 years. Physical activity level and sitting time were assessed using the validated Korean version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire Short Form...
March 20, 2018: BJU International
J L Sanchez-Gonzalez, J I Calvo-Arenillas, J L Sanchez-Rodriguez
INTRODUCTION: Clinical evidence gathered in recent years indicates that elderly individuals more frequently display cognitive changes. These age-related changes refer, above all, to memory functions and to the speed of thinking and reasoning. A number of studies have shown that physical activity can be used as an important mechanism for protecting the cognitive functions. AIM: To test the hypothesis that physical exercise is able to bring about changes in the cognitive functions of healthy elderly adults without cognitive impairment, thereby improving their quality of life...
April 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
Alina M Suciu, Dana A Crisan, Bogdan D Procopet, Corina I Radu, Carmen Socaciu, Marcel V Tantau, Horia O Stefanescu, Mircea Grigorescu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Current management of alcoholic liver disease (ALD), especially for alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is still driven by liver biopsy. Therefore, the identification of novel and accurate noninvasive biomarkers for the diagnosis and assessment of severity is important. Metabolomics, because it unravels changes closest to the phenotype, may represent the key for novel biomarkers. The aim of this study was to identify and characterize potential metabolomic biomarkers for diagnosis, staging and severity assessment of ALD...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Marijke Linschoten, Arco J Teske, Maarten J Cramer, Elsken van der Wall, Folkert W Asselbergs
Chemotherapy-related cardiac dysfunction is a significant side effect of anticancer treatment. Risk stratification is based on clinical- and treatment-related risk factors that do not adequately explain individual susceptibility. The addition of genetic variants may improve risk assessment. We conducted a systematic literature search in PubMed and Embase, to identify studies investigating genetic risk factors for chemotherapy-related cardiac dysfunction. Included were articles describing genetic variants in humans altering susceptibility to chemotherapy-related cardiac dysfunction...
January 2018: Circ Genom Precis Med
Julia Huber, Christoph Nikendei, Johannes C Ehrenthal, Henning Schauenburg, Johannes Mander, Ulrike Dinger
OBJECTIVES: Therapeutic agency is defined as a patient's intentional influence over the process of psychotherapeutic change. However, there is a lack of conceptually sound self-report measures with adequate psychometric properties. The aim of this study was to develop and psychometrically evaluate the patient-rated Therapeutic Agency Inventory (TAI). METHOD: Based on the literature, we developed items related to therapeutic agency and investigated their psychometric properties in a naturalistic study with a sample of 334 psychotherapy participants...
March 20, 2018: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Cynthia Campos, Vincent G DePaul, Svetlana Knorr, Jennifer S Wong, Avril Mansfield, Kara K Patterson
Background Slow and asymmetric gait post-stroke may reduce the accuracy of accelerometers (e.g. ActiGraph [AG]) to measure activity. Objectives To (1) determine the validity of AG step counts post-stroke; (2) develop guidelines for low frequency extension filter (LFE) use; and (3) determine the feasibility of daily accelerometer wear. Methods Adults with (n = 33) and without stroke (n = 20) wore three devices for approximately 7 h on a single day: ankle AG, waist AG, and a reference accelerometer at the ankle (REFA)...
March 20, 2018: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
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