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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454481/aln-surface-passivation-of-gan-based-high-electron-mobility-transistors-by-plasma-enhanced-atomic-layer-deposition
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An-Jye Tzou, Kuo-Hsiung Chu, I-Feng Lin, Erik Østreng, Yung-Sheng Fang, Xiao-Peng Wu, Bo-Wei Wu, Chang-Hong Shen, Jia-Ming Shieh, Wen-Kuan Yeh, Chun-Yen Chang, Hao-Chung Kuo
We report a low current collapse GaN-based high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) with an excellent thermal stability at 150 °C. The AlN was grown by N2-based plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) and shown a refractive index of 1.94 at 633 nm of wavelength. Prior to deposit AlN on III-nitrides, the H2/NH3 plasma pre-treatment led to remove the native gallium oxide. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectroscopy confirmed that the native oxide can be effectively decomposed by hydrogen plasma...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454419/neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-predicts-survival-in-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
#2
Guopei Luo, Chen Liu, He Cheng, Kaizhou Jin, Meng Guo, Yu Lu, Jiang Long, Jin Xu, Quanxing Ni, Jie Chen, Xianjun Yu
Although the prognostic role of neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) has been confirmed in a variety of tumors, the prognostic role of NLR in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) has not been examined. The present study was performed to assess the role of NLR as a prognostic factor in patients with PNETs. Clinical data were retrospectively retrieved from a single institution. The best cut-off value for baseline NLR levels was determined by the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and area under the ROC curve...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454416/survivin-dex3-as-a-biomarker-of-thyroid-cancers-a-study-at-the-mrna-and-protein-level
#3
Joanna Waligórska-Stachura, Nadia Sawicka-Gutaj, Maciej Zabel, Mirosław Andrusiewicz, Paweł Gut, Agata Czarnywojtek, Marek Ruchała
Survivin and its splice variants DEx3 and 2B are involved in pathogenesis of numerous types of cancer. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) level correlates with cellular proliferation. The present study aimed to analyze the potential utility of survivin and its splice variants DEx3 and 2B as biomarkers for thyroid cancer. PCNA, survivin and its splice variants DEx3 and 2B expressions were analyzed in 22 tissue samples (15 thyroid cancers and 7 benign lesions) by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454401/safety-and-effectiveness-of-localized-lung-resection-combined-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-stage-i-ii-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Bing Zhu, Jianru Yang, Pei Zhang, Lin Shen, Xiaolong Li, Jing Li
This study was conducted to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of localized lung resection combined with neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of stage I-II non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A total of 88 patients, who were admitted to our hospital for first diagnosis and treatment, were selected. The patients were divided into control group (n=40 cases) and observation group (n=48 cases) according to the last digit of the admission number. The control group was treated with minimally invasive localized lung resection by thoracoscope...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454317/usefulness-of-mirna-profiles-for-predicting-pathological-responses-to-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-patients-with-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-breast-cancer
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Hideyuki Ohzawa, Atsushi Miki, Takumi Teratani, Satomi Shiba, Yasunaru Sakuma, Wataru Nishimura, Yasuko Noda, Noriyoshi Fukushima, Hirofumi Fujii, Yasuo Hozumi, Hirofumi Mukai, Yoshikazu Yasuda
Pathological complete response (pCR) is considered to be a useful prognostic marker for neoadjuvant chemotherapy to improve the survival rate of patients with operable breast cancer. In the present study, we identified differentially expressed microRNAs (miRNAs) between pCR and non-pCR groups of patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy with trastuzumab. Expression profiles were examined by miRNA microarrays using total RNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues from pretreatment biopsy specimens...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454303/expression-of-er%C3%AE-gene-in-breast-carcinoma-and-the-relevance-in-neoadjuvant-therapy
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Jing Chang, Jihong Liu, Huiying Li, Jing Li, Yanling Mu, Bin Feng
In the present study, we examined the expression of the estrogen receptor β (ERβ) gene in breast cancer and its relevance in neoadjuvant therapy. In total, 120 breast cancer patients who were hospitalized in the Departments of Breast Disease and Medical Oncology served as the subjects of this study. The subjects were diagnosed with breast cancer phase II to phase IIIA, as confirmed by aspiration biopsy and iconography. The patients were divided into two groups in a randomized control manner, with 60 patients in each group...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454302/applied-analysis-of-ultrasound-guided-ilioinguinal-and-iliohypogastric-nerve-blocks-in-the-radical-surgery-of-aged-cervical-cancer
#7
Jianhua Gu, Chunhui Hao, Xinfeng Yan, Shujuan Xuan
In the present study, we evaluated the effects of ultrasound-guided ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve blocks and intratracheal general anesthesia in the radical surgery of aged cervical cancer. From June 2014 to December 2014, 62 patients diagnosed with aged cervical cancer were enrolled in this study. The patients conformed to the indication of cervical cancer radical surgery. Patients were randomly divided into the test group and the control group according to the random number table with 31 individuals in each group...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454296/association-between-braf-v600e-mutation-and-the-clinicopathological-features-of-solitary-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinoma
#8
Hai-Zhen Lu, Tian Qiu, Jian-Ming Ying, Ning Lyn
The B-Raf proto-oncogene serine/threonine kinase (BRAF)(V600E) mutation is an important oncogene in the development of papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) and has been identified as a risk factor for poor prognosis in patients with PTC. However, whether the BRAF(V600E) mutation is a prognostic marker in patients with solitary papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (sPTMC) has not yet been established. The present study aimed to identify the association between BRAF(V600E) mutation and the clinicopathological features of patients with sPTMC...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454286/suspected-tumor-to-meningioma-metastasis-a-case-report
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Iuri Santana Neville, Davi Fontoura Solla, Arthur Maynart Oliveira, Cesar Casarolli, Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira, Wellingson Silva Paiva
Tumor-to-meningioma metastasis (TMM) is a fairly uncommon phenomenon. Only 7 cases of prostate cancer with TMM have previously been described in the literature. The present study aimed to report a case of prostate cancer TMM, and to discuss the relevant clinical and neuroimaging aspects of this condition. A 68-year-old patient presented with headaches, poor visual acuity in the left eye and ipsilateral eyelid droop 3 years after a Simpson II resection of a left sphenoid wing meningioma. Computed tomography revealed a hyperdense area suggestive of a recurrent left sphenoid wing meningioma...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454266/microrna-146a-affects-the-chemotherapeutic-sensitivity-and-prognosis-of-advanced-gastric-cancer-through-the-regulation-of-lin52
#10
Zhifen Luo, Xiqing Li, Zunlan Zhao, Xinglong Yang, Shengjun Xiao, Yun Zhou
The present study aimed to evaluate the correlation between the expression of microRNA-146a (miR-146a) and its target gene, LIN52, in advanced gastric cancer, and determine their potential effects on chemotherapeutic sensitivity and prognosis. Total RNA was extracted from 93 tissue samples of advanced gastric cancer and corresponding adjacent non-tumor tissues to quantify the relative expression levels of miR-146a using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis. The expression of LIN52 was detected in tumors and normal tissues using immunohistochemical analysis...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454259/intentional-marginal-resection-of-periosteal-osteosarcoma-in-combination-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-a-report-of-two-cases-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Yu Chen, Song-Feng Xu, Ming Xu, Xiu-Chun Yu
A wide resection of the tumor with or without chemotherapy is the treatment of choice for periosteal osteosarcoma (PO) of the extremities, however, post-operative limb function and quality of life could be compromised. The present study reports two cases of 14-year-old boys who presented with progressively enlarging masses in their right knee regions. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging scans indicated a fusiform space-occupying mass encircling the bone cortex, with stippled calcification. A diagnosis of PO was suspected...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454251/laparoscopic-resection-of-a-sigmoid-colon-lipoma-in-a-young-female-patient-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Georgios I Panagiotakis, Alexandros G Andreou, Ioannis E Petrakis, Maria Tzardi, Maria Daskalogiannaki, Georgios E Chalkiadakis
Lipomas of the sigmoid colon are rare entities. The present case describes a 27-year-old Caucasian woman who underwent a laparoscopic sigmoidectomy following the detection of a giant lipoma. The young patient was referred to the Emergency Department of the University Hospital of Heraklion (Crete, Greece) in May 2013 after experiencing intermittent abdominal cramping during defecation, and altering episodes of diarrhea and constipation. In addition, the patient described the protrusion of a solid tissue mass shaped like a 'champagne bottle cork' from the anus following defecation...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454245/improving-contrast-enhancement-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging-using-5-aminolevulinic-acid-induced-protoporphyrin-ix-for-high-grade-gliomas
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Junkoh Yamamoto, Shingo Kakeda, Tetsuya Yoneda, Shun-Ichiro Ogura, Shohei Shimajiri, Tohru Tanaka, Yukunori Korogi, Shigeru Nishizawa
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a gadolinium-based contrast agent is the gold standard for high-grade gliomas (HGGs). The compound 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) undergoes a high rate of cellular uptake, particularly in cancer cells. In addition, fluorescence-guided resection with 5-ALA is widely used for imaging HGGs. 5-ALA is water soluble, while protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) is water insoluble. It was speculated whether converting from 5-ALA to PpIX may relatively increase intracellular water content, and consequently, might enhance the T2 signal intensity in HGG...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454235/metabolic-profiling-of-hepatitis-b-virus-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-diverse-differentiation-grades
#14
Lei Zhang, Ya Huang, Mingjian Lian, Zhijuan Fan, Yaqiong Tian, Yufan Wang, Hua Kang, Shuang Liu, Shuye Liu, Tong Li, Zhongqiang Shan
The most effective diagnostic tool for the majority of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients is determining the differentiation grade of their tumors. However liver biopsies, which are currently the most effective way of determining tumor differentiation grade, have several limitations. The present study was designed to select serum characteristic metabolites that correlate with the differentiation grades of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related HCC, and so could be used in the clinic as a non-invasive method of differentiating patients with different grades of HCC...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454195/-unicompartmental-vs-total-knee-arthroplasty-for-medial-osteoarthritis
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Tilman Pfitzner, Carsten Perka, Philipp von Roth
Background In end-stage medial osteoarthritis, the surgeon can decide whether to use unicompartmental or total knee arthroplasty for operative treatment of the patient. Despite the available literature there is a lack of evidence to suggest if one procedure can be rated as being superior to the other. With increasing demand for knee arthroplasty, treatment with the highest expectation of success will be of particular interest. The purpose of this manuscript was to analyse and compare the available literature on unicompartmental vs...
April 28, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454194/-influence-of-operative-and-conservative-therapy-on-the-ability-to-work-of-patients-with-subacromial-impingement-a-prospective-clinical-comparative-study
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Christoph Schulze, Hans Christian Köhler, Alexander Kaltenborn, André Gutcke, Thomas Tischer
Background Subacromial impingement is a common reason for pain in the shoulder. Treatment is difficult and patients are not able to work for a long time. An increasing number of operative treatments can be observed although conservative treatment is effective, too. There is no study that observed how operative and conservative treatment influence ability to work. Methods 86 persons were included in this prospective study. Surgery was performed with an arthroscopy of the shoulder. Conservative treatment was carried out by a physiotherapist under control of the physician...
April 28, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454184/-register-of-difficult-surgical-situations
#17
Michael Korenkov, Henning Dralle, Ernst Klar, Stefan Saad, Norbert Senninger, Jens Standop, Albrecht Stier, Martin Strik, Alexis Ulrich, Rudolf Weiner
Every surgical problem that increases the likelihood of intraoperative and postoperative complications is considered to be a difficult surgical situation. Based on this definition, Korenkov et al. proposed to classify patients according to the following intraoperative difficulty levels (I to IV): (I) ideal situation (easy to operate, no problems), (II) fairly easy/manageable/simple (some minor difficulties may occur), (III) difficult/problematic (difficult to operate; some operative techniques are considerably more difficult than others), and (IV) very difficult (every operative step is difficult/challenging)...
April 28, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454181/demonstration-of-a-highly-efficient-terahertz-flat-lens-employing-tri-layer-metasurfaces
#18
Chun-Chieh Chang, Daniel Headland, Derek Abbott, Withawat Withayachumnankul, Hou-Tong Chen
We demonstrate a terahertz flat lens based on tri-layer metasurfaces allowing for broadband linear polarization conversion, where the phase can be tuned through a full 2π range by tailoring the geometry of the subwavelength resonators. The lens functionality is realized by arranging these resonators to create a parabolic spatial phase profile. The fabricated 124-μm-thick device is characterized by scanning the beam profile and cross section, showing diffraction-limited focusing and ∼68% overall efficiency at the operating frequency of 400 GHz...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454178/optical-nyquist-pulse-generation-by-using-a-dual-electrode-mach-zehnder-modulator
#19
Nobuhide Yokota, Ryo Igarashi, Hiroshi Yasaka
We demonstrate a simple and efficient optical Nyquist pulse generation by using a dual-electrode Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) driven by a combination of fundamental and second-harmonic RF signals. The method is based on a raised-cosine-shaped time filter and time lens created in the MZM under operation conditions given by a simple equation. Optical Nyquist pulses with a roll-off factor of 0.52 and intrinsic conversion efficiency of 37% are experimentally confirmed. Numerical analyses indicate that the roll-off factor can be moderately controlled down to ∼0...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454177/thulium-fiber-pumped-tunable-ho-caf-sub-2-sub-laser
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Michal Němec, Jan Šulc, Michal Jelínek, Václav Kubeček, Helena Jelínková, Maxim E Doroshenko, Olimkhon K Alimov, Vasilii A Konyushkin, Andrei N Nakladov, Vyatcheslav V Osiko
The paper reports the first room-temperature operation of the in-band pumped Ho:CaF<sub>2</sub> laser. A set of Ho:CaF<sub>2</sub> crystals varying in holmium concentrations (from 0.1 up to 2.5 mol. % of HoF<sub>2</sub>), synthesized using the Bridgeman technique, was used for lasing and related spectroscopy investigation. A pulsed 1.94 μm thulium fiber laser system was used for Ho:CaF<sub>2</sub> longitudinal pumping. For 1.5 mol. % of Ho:CaF<sub>2</sub>, the maximal wavelength tunability (from 2073 to 2114 nm) and output energy (1...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
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