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Gordon B Parker, Erin Cvejic, Ute Vollmer-Conna, Stacey McCraw, Isabelle Granville Smith, Warren F Walsh
OBJECTIVE: Lifetime depression and depression around the time of an acute coronary syndrome event have been associated with poor cardiac outcomes. Our study sought to examine the persistence of this association, especially given modern cardiac medicine's successes. METHODS: For 332 patients admitted for an acute coronary syndrome, a baseline interview assessed major depression status, and psychological measures were administered. At 1 and 12 months post-acute coronary syndrome event, telephone interviews collected rates of hospital readmission and/or death and major depression status, while biomarker information was examined using medical records...
March 1, 2018: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Jeannine Steinmeyer, Heidi-Kristin Walter, Mathilde A Bichelberger, Violetta Schneider, Tomáš Kubař, Franziska Rönicke, Bettina Olshausen, Karin Nienhaus, Gerd Ulrich Nienhaus, Ute Schepers, Marcus Elstner, Hans-Achim Wagenknecht
Two fluorescent dyes covalently attached in diagonal interstrand orientation to siRNA undergo energy transfer and thereby enable a dual color fluorescence readout (red/green) for hybridization. Three different structural variations were carried out and compared by their optical properties, including (i) the base surrogate approach with an acyclic linker as a substitute of the 2-deoxyriboside between the phosphodiester bridges, (ii) the 2'-modification of conventional ribofuranosides and (iii) the arabino-configured 2'-modification...
March 22, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Annekathrin Reinhardt, Damian Stichel, Daniel Schrimpf, Felix Sahm, Andrey Korshunov, David E Reuss, Christian Koelsche, Kristin Huang, Annika K Wefers, Volker Hovestadt, Martin Sill, Dorothee Gramatzki, Joerg Felsberg, Guido Reifenberger, Arend Koch, Ulrich-W Thomale, Albert Becker, Volkmar H Hans, Marco Prinz, Ori Staszewski, Till Acker, Hildegard Dohmen, Christian Hartmann, Wolf Mueller, Muin S A Tuffaha, Werner Paulus, Katharina Heß, Benjamin Brokinkel, Jens Schittenhelm, Camelia-Maria Monoranu, Almuth Friederike Kessler, Mario Loehr, Rolf Buslei, Martina Deckert, Christian Mawrin, Patricia Kohlhof, Ekkehard Hewer, Adriana Olar, Fausto J Rodriguez, Caterina Giannini, Amulya A NageswaraRao, Uri Tabori, Nuno Miguel Nunes, Michael Weller, Ute Pohl, Zane Jaunmuktane, Sebastian Brandner, Andreas Unterberg, Daniel Hänggi, Michael Platten, Stefan M Pfister, Wolfgang Wick, Christel Herold-Mende, David T W Jones, Andreas von Deimling, David Capper
Tumors with histological features of pilocytic astrocytoma (PA), but with increased mitotic activity and additional high-grade features (particularly microvascular proliferation and palisading necrosis) have often been designated anaplastic pilocytic astrocytomas. The status of these tumors as a separate entity has not yet been conclusively demonstrated and molecular features have only been partially characterized. We performed DNA methylation profiling of 102 histologically defined anaplastic pilocytic astrocytomas...
March 21, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
Sherwin K B Sy, Yen Lin Chia, Toufigh Gordi, Ute Hoch, Michael A Eldon
PURPOSE: Etirinotecan pegol (EP), a long-acting topoisomerase-1 inhibitor, is a polyethylene glycol conjugate of irinotecan, with an intended indication for treatment of breast cancer with brain metastases. The objective of this study was to develop a population pharmacokinetic (popPK) model of EP and four of its metabolites (irinotecan, SN38, SN38-glucuronide, and APC) and determine covariates affecting their pharmacokinetics. METHODS: Data from 83 cancer patients enrolled in phase 1 studies were used...
March 21, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Filippos T Filippidis, Anthony A Laverty, Ute Mons, Carlos Jimenez-Ruiz, Constantine I Vardavas
BACKGROUND: The landscape of smoking cessation may have changed in Europe recently. OBJECTIVES: To identify changes in use of smoking cessation assistance in the European Union (EU) and factors associated with use of cessation assistance. METHODS: Data from the 2012 (n=9921) and 2017 (n=9489) waves of the Eurobarometer survey were used. Self-reported use of smoking cessation assistance was assessed among smokers who had ever tried to quit and former smokers...
March 21, 2018: Tobacco Control
Simone Sello, Roberto Moscatiello, Norbert Mehlmer, Manuela Leonardelli, Luca Carraretto, Enrico Cortese, Filippo G Zanella, Barbara Baldan, Ildikò Szabò, Ute C Vothknecht, Lorella Navazio
Chloroplasts require a fine-tuned control of their internal Ca2+ concentration, which is crucial for many aspects of photosynthesis and for other chloroplast-localized processes. Increasing evidence suggests that calcium regulation within chloroplasts may also influence Ca2+ signalling pathways in the cytosol. To investigate the involvement of thylakoids in Ca2+ homeostasis and in the modulation of chloroplast Ca2+ signals in vivo, we targeted the bioluminescent Ca2+ reporter aequorin as a YFP fusion to the lumen and the stromal surface of thylakoids in Arabidopsis...
March 20, 2018: Plant Physiology
Anne-Sophie Tillault, Sarah K Schultz, Hans-Joachim Wieden, Ute Kothe
The isomerization of uridine to pseudouridine is the most common type of RNA modification found in RNAs across all domains of life and is performed by RNA-dependent and RNA-independent enzymes. The Escherichia coli pseudouridine synthase RluE acts as a stand-alone, highly specific enzyme forming the universally conserved pseudouridine at position 2457, located in helix 89 (H89) of the 23S rRNA in the peptidyltransferase center. Here, we conduct a detailed structure-function analysis to determine the structural elements both in RluE as well as in 23S rRNA required for RNA-protein interaction and pseudouridine formation...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
Lisa Wagels, Mikhail Votinov, Thilo Kellermann, Albrecht Eisert, Cordian Beyer, Ute Habel
Testosterone affects human social behavior in various ways. While testosterone effects are generally associated with muscular strength and aggressiveness, human studies also point towards enhanced status-seeking motives after testosterone administration. The current study tested the causal influence of exogenous testosterone on male behavior during a competitive provocation paradigm. In this double blind, randomized, placebo (PL)-controlled study, 103 males were assigned to a PL or testosterone group receiving a colorless PL or testosterone gel...
2018: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Frederick Fasslrinner, Johannes Schetelig, Andreas Burchert, Michael Kramer, Rudolf Trenschel, Ute Hegenbart, Michael Stadler, Kerstin Schäfer-Eckart, Michael Bätzel, Hans Eich, Martin Stuschke, Rita Engenhart-Cabillic, Mechthild Krause, Peter Dreger, Andreas Neubauer, Gerhard Ehninger, Dietrich Beelen, Wolfgang E Berdel, Timo Siepmann, Matthias Stelljes, Martin Bornhäuser
BACKGROUND: The impact of the intensity of conditioning before allogeneic haemopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has been studied in a randomised phase 3 trial comparing reduced-intensity conditioning with myeloablative conditioning in patients with acute myeloid leukaemia in first complete remission. Because of the short follow-up of the original trial, whether reduced-intensity conditioning increases the risk of late relapse compared with myeloablative conditioning remained unclear...
March 14, 2018: Lancet Haematology
John S Mangum, Lisa H Chan, Ute Schmidt, Lauren M Garten, David S Ginley, Brian P Gorman
Site-specific preparation of specimens using focused ion beam instruments for transmission electron microscopy is at the forefront of targeting regions of interest for nanoscale characterization. Typical methods of pinpointing desired features include electron backscatter diffraction for differentiating crystal structures and energy-dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy for probing compositional variations. Yet there are situations, notably in the titanium dioxide system, where these techniques can fail. Differentiating between the brookite and anatase polymorphs of titania is either excessively laborious or impossible with the aforementioned techniques...
February 23, 2018: Ultramicroscopy
Sarah Rohlfing, Sascha Dietrich, Mathias Witzens-Harig, Ute Hegenbart, Stefan Schönland, Thomas Luft, Anthony D Ho, Peter Dreger
The role of autologous stem cell transplantation (autoSCT) as consolidating treatment for peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) is unsettled. The aim of this analysis was to investigate the impact of autoSCT in the upfront setting by intent-to-treat and to study salvage strategies after relapse. Retrospective follow-up of all patients aged 18-70 years and treated at our institution for ALK-PTCL diagnosed between 2001 and 2014. Of 117 eligible patients, diagnosis was PTCL-NOS in 34, ALCL ALK- in 31, AITL in 28, and other PTCL in 24 patients...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Mark O Wielpütz, Ho Yun Lee, Hisanobu Koyama, Takeshi Yoshikawa, Shinichiro Seki, Yuji Kishida, Yasuhiro Sakai, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Kazuro Sugimura, Yoshiharu Ohno
OBJECTIVE: Ultrashort TE (UTE) MRI has been shown to deliver high-resolution images comparable to CT images. Here we evaluate the potential of UTE-MRI for precise lung nodule characterization. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Fifty-one patients (mean [± SD] age, 68.7 ± 10.8 years) with 119 nodules or masses (mean size, 17.4 ± 16.3 mm; range, 4-88 mm) prospectively underwent CT (1-mm slice thickness) and UTE-MRI (TE, 192 μs; 1 mm3 resolution). Two radiologists assessed nodule dimensions and morphologic features (i...
March 16, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Yong Li, Peggy Sekula, Matthias Wuttke, Judith Wahrheit, Birgit Hausknecht, Ulla T Schultheiss, Wolfram Gronwald, Pascal Schlosser, Sara Tucci, Arif B Ekici, Ute Spiekerkoetter, Florian Kronenberg, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Peter J Oefner, Anna Köttgen
Background The kidneys have a central role in the generation, turnover, transport, and excretion of metabolites, and these functions can be altered in CKD. Genetic studies of metabolite concentrations can identify proteins performing these functions. Methods We conducted genome-wide association studies and aggregate rare variant tests of the concentrations of 139 serum metabolites and 41 urine metabolites, as well as their pairwise ratios and fractional excretions in up to 1168 patients with CKD. Results After correction for multiple testing, genome-wide significant associations were detected for 25 serum metabolites, two urine metabolites, and 259 serum and 14 urinary metabolite ratios...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
David Capper, David T W Jones, Martin Sill, Volker Hovestadt, Daniel Schrimpf, Dominik Sturm, Christian Koelsche, Felix Sahm, Lukas Chavez, David E Reuss, Annekathrin Kratz, Annika K Wefers, Kristin Huang, Kristian W Pajtler, Leonille Schweizer, Damian Stichel, Adriana Olar, Nils W Engel, Kerstin Lindenberg, Patrick N Harter, Anne K Braczynski, Karl H Plate, Hildegard Dohmen, Boyan K Garvalov, Roland Coras, Annett Hölsken, Ekkehard Hewer, Melanie Bewerunge-Hudler, Matthias Schick, Roger Fischer, Rudi Beschorner, Jens Schittenhelm, Ori Staszewski, Khalida Wani, Pascale Varlet, Melanie Pages, Petra Temming, Dietmar Lohmann, Florian Selt, Hendrik Witt, Till Milde, Olaf Witt, Eleonora Aronica, Felice Giangaspero, Elisabeth Rushing, Wolfram Scheurlen, Christoph Geisenberger, Fausto J Rodriguez, Albert Becker, Matthias Preusser, Christine Haberler, Rolf Bjerkvig, Jane Cryan, Michael Farrell, Martina Deckert, Jürgen Hench, Stephan Frank, Jonathan Serrano, Kasthuri Kannan, Aristotelis Tsirigos, Wolfgang Brück, Silvia Hofer, Stefanie Brehmer, Marcel Seiz-Rosenhagen, Daniel Hänggi, Volkmar Hans, Stephanie Rozsnoki, Jordan R Hansford, Patricia Kohlhof, Bjarne W Kristensen, Matt Lechner, Beatriz Lopes, Christian Mawrin, Ralf Ketter, Andreas Kulozik, Ziad Khatib, Frank Heppner, Arend Koch, Anne Jouvet, Catherine Keohane, Helmut Mühleisen, Wolf Mueller, Ute Pohl, Marco Prinz, Axel Benner, Marc Zapatka, Nicholas G Gottardo, Pablo Hernáiz Driever, Christof M Kramm, Hermann L Müller, Stefan Rutkowski, Katja von Hoff, Michael C Frühwald, Astrid Gnekow, Gudrun Fleischhack, Stephan Tippelt, Gabriele Calaminus, Camelia-Maria Monoranu, Arie Perry, Chris Jones, Thomas S Jacques, Bernhard Radlwimmer, Marco Gessi, Torsten Pietsch, Johannes Schramm, Gabriele Schackert, Manfred Westphal, Guido Reifenberger, Pieter Wesseling, Michael Weller, Vincent Peter Collins, Ingmar Blümcke, Martin Bendszus, Jürgen Debus, Annie Huang, Nada Jabado, Paul A Northcott, Werner Paulus, Amar Gajjar, Giles W Robinson, Michael D Taylor, Zane Jaunmuktane, Marina Ryzhova, Michael Platten, Andreas Unterberg, Wolfgang Wick, Matthias A Karajannis, Michel Mittelbronn, Till Acker, Christian Hartmann, Kenneth Aldape, Ulrich Schüller, Rolf Buslei, Peter Lichter, Marcel Kool, Christel Herold-Mende, David W Ellison, Martin Hasselblatt, Matija Snuderl, Sebastian Brandner, Andrey Korshunov, Andreas von Deimling, Stefan M Pfister
Accurate pathological diagnosis is crucial for optimal management of patients with cancer. For the approximately 100 known tumour types of the central nervous system, standardization of the diagnostic process has been shown to be particularly challenging-with substantial inter-observer variability in the histopathological diagnosis of many tumour types. Here we present a comprehensive approach for the DNA methylation-based classification of central nervous system tumours across all entities and age groups, and demonstrate its application in a routine diagnostic setting...
March 14, 2018: Nature
Nikolaus Ackermann, Durdica Marosevic, Stefan Hörmansdorfer, Ute Eberle, Gabriele Rieder, Bianca Treis, Anja Berger, Heribert Bischoff, Katja Bengs, Regina Konrad, Wolfgang Hautmann, Katharina Schönberger, Anne Belting, Gisela Schlenk, Gabriele Margos, Martin Hoch, Friedrich Pürner, Volker Fingerle, Bernhard Liebl, Andreas Sing
Background and aimAs a consequence of socioeconomic and political crises in many parts of the world, many European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries have faced an increasing number of migrants. In the German federal state of Bavaria, a mandatory health screening approach is implemented, where individuals applying for asylum have to undergo a medical examination that includes serological testing for HIV and hepatitis B, screening for tuberculosis, and until September 2015, stool examination for Salmonella spp...
March 2018: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
Michael Carl, Yajun Ma, Jiang Du
PURPOSE: Off-resonance saturation (ORS) is a tool which can be used in ultrashort echo time (UTE) magnetic resonance imaging to selectively reduce short T2 signals. When these ORS prepared UTE images are subtracted from a non-suppressed UTE acquisition, the short T2 signals are highlighted. The aim of this paper is to develop a theoretical ORS model and optimize short T2 contrast. THEORY: Using a theoretical model the sequence parameters such as saturation flip angle and off-resonance frequency were optimized to maximize short T2 contrast...
March 8, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Valentin H Klaus, Till Kleinebecker, Verena Busch, Markus Fischer, Norbert Hölzel, Sascha Nowak, Daniel Prati, Deborah Schäfer, Ingo Schöning, Marion Schrumpf, Ute Hamer
The intensification of land use constitutes one of the main drivers of global change and alters nutrient fluxes on all spatial scales, causing landscape-level eutrophication and contamination of natural resources. Changes in soil nutrient concentrations are thus indicative for crucial environmental issues associated with intensive land use. We measured concentrations of NO3 -N, NH4 -N, P, K, Mg and Ca by using 1326 ion-exchange resin bags buried in 20 cm depth beneath the main root zone in 150 temperate grasslands...
March 11, 2018: Global Change Biology
Simon Perrett, Sandrine Lesellier, Fiona Rogers, Gareth A Williams, Sonya Gowtage, Si Palmer, Deanna Dalley, Dipesh Davé, Ute Weyer, Emma Wood, Francisco J Salguero, Alex Nunez, Nick Reed, Mark A Chambers
European badgers (Meles meles) are a wildlife reservoir for Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) in parts of England, Wales and Ireland, constituting a potential source of tuberculosis (TB) infection for cattle. Vaccination of badgers against TB is one of the tools available for helping reduce the prevalence of bovine TB in badgers, made possible by the licensing in 2010 of Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine for intramuscular administration to badgers (BadgerBCG). However, practical limitations associated with administering an injected vaccine to wild animals make an oral, bait-delivered form of the vaccine highly desirable...
March 7, 2018: Vaccine
Hendrik Ballhausen, Minglun Li, Ute Ganswindt, Claus Belka
PURPOSE: To evaluate the impact of shorter treatment times on intra-fractional motion of the prostate during external beam radiotherapy. METHODS: 53 h of intra-fractional motion of the prostate were recorded in real-time by 4D ultrasound (4DUS) during 720 fractions in 28 patients, 14 of which whom treated with step-and-shoot intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and 14 of whom were treated with volumetric arc therapy (VMAT). RESULTS: The average VMAT fraction was recorded for 2 min 43 s and was substantially shorter than the average step-and-shoot IMRT fraction at 6 min 13 s...
March 9, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
Miriam Giovanna Colombo, Inge Kirchberger, Ute Amann, Margit Heier, Christian Thilo, Bernhard Kuch, Annette Peters, Christa Meisinger
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that the presence of anemia is associated with increased short- and long-term outcomes in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). This study aims at examining the impact of admission anemia on long-term, all-cause mortality following AMI in patients recruited from a population-based registry. Contrary to most prior studies, we distinguished between patients with mild and moderate to severe anemia. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted in 2011 patients consecutively hospitalized for AMI that occurred between January 2005 and December 2008...
March 9, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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