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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730340/cyp2d6-genotype-is-not-associated-with-survival-in-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-tamoxifen-results-from-a-population-based-study
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D L Hertz, K M Kidwell, S G Hilsenbeck, S Oesterreich, C K Osborne, S Philips, C Chenault, R J Hartmaier, T C Skaar, M J Sikora, J M Rae
PURPOSE: A number of studies have tested the hypothesis that breast cancer patients with low-activity CYP2D6 genotypes achieve inferior benefit from tamoxifen treatment, putatively due to lack of metabolic activation to endoxifen. Studies have provided conflicting data, and meta-analyses suggest a small but significant increase in cancer recurrence, necessitating additional studies to allow for accurate effect assessment. We conducted a retrospective pharmacogenomic analysis of a prospectively collected community-based cohort of patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer to test for associations between low-activity CYP2D6 genotype and disease outcome in 500 patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen monotherapy and 500 who did not receive any systemic adjuvant therapy...
July 20, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693541/is-hpa-axis-reactivity-in-childhood-gender-specific-a-systematic-review
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Jonneke J Hollanders, Bibian van der Voorn, Joost Rotteveel, Martijn J J Finken
BACKGROUND: In adults, hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity shows sexual dimorphism, and this is thought to be a mechanism underlying sex-specific disease incidence. Evidence is scarce on whether these sex differences are also present in childhood. In a meta-analysis, we recently found that basal (non-stimulated) cortisol in saliva and free cortisol in 24-h urine follow sex-specific patterns. We explored whether these findings could be extended with sex differences in HPA axis reactivity...
July 11, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690600/differential-growth-of-francisella-tularensis-which-alters-expression-of-virulence-factors-dominant-antigens-and-surface-carbohydrate-synthases-governs-the-apparent-virulence-of-ft-schus4-to-immunized-animals
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Kristen M Holland, Sarah J Rosa, Kolbrun Kristjansdottir, Donald Wolfgeher, Brian J Franz, Tiffany M Zarrella, Sudeep Kumar, Raju Sunagar, Anju Singh, Chandra S Bakshi, Prachi Namjoshi, Eileen M Barry, Timothy J Sellati, Stephen J Kron, Edmund J Gosselin, Douglas S Reed, Karsten R O Hazlett
The gram-negative bacterium Francisella tularensis (Ft) is both a potential biological weapon and a naturally occurring microbe that survives in arthropods, fresh water amoeba, and mammals with distinct phenotypes in various environments. Previously, we used a number of measurements to characterize Ft grown in Brain-Heart Infusion (BHI) broth as (1) more similar to infection-derived bacteria, and (2) slightly more virulent in naïve animals, compared to Ft grown in Mueller Hinton Broth (MHB). In these studies we observed that the free amino acids in MHB repress expression of select Ft virulence factors by an unknown mechanism...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686438/globally-optimized-local-pseudopotentials-for-orbital-free-density-functional-theory-simulations-of-liquids-and-solids
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Beatriz G Del Rio, Johannes M Dieterich, Emily A Carter
The accuracy of local pseudopotentials (LPSs) is one of two major determinants of the fidelity of orbital-free density functional theory (OFDFT) simulations. We present a global optimization strategy for LPSs that enables OFDFT to reproduce solid and liquid properties obtained from Kohn-Sham DFT. Our optimization strategy can fit arbitrary properties from both solid and liquid phases, so the resulting globally optimized local pseudopotentials (goLPSs) can be used in solid and/or liquid phase simulations depending on the fitting process...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678568/testosterone-is-associated-with-insulin-resistance-index-independently-of-adiposity-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Kari Luotola, Terhi T Piltonen, Johanna Puurunen, Laure C Morin-Papunen, Juha S Tapanainen
OBJECTIVE: To study the associations between androgens, glucose homeostasis, inflammation and statin treatment in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). DESIGN AND METHODS: Oral glucose tolerance tests, androgens, hs-CRP and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra) were analyzed at baseline and after 6 months of atorvastatin (20 mg/d) or placebo treatment in 27 women with PCOS. RESULTS: Testosterone associated with insulin resistance measured with ISIMatsuda independently of BMI, age and SHBG concentrations and the full model, including IL-1Ra, hs-CRP and HDL-C, also showed independency of BMI and waist circumference (p ≤ ...
July 5, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673606/evaluation-of-the-relative-validity-and-test-retest-reliability-of-a-15-item-beverage%C3%A2-intake-questionnaire-in-children-and%C3%A2-adolescents
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Catelyn E Hill, Carly R MacDougall, Shaun K Riebl, Jyoti Savla, Valisa E Hedrick, Brenda M Davy
BACKGROUND: Added sugar intake, in the form of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), may contribute to weight gain and obesity development in children and adolescents. A valid and reliable brief beverage intake assessment tool for children and adolescents could facilitate research in this area. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this investigation was to evaluate the relative validity and test-retest reliability of a 15-item beverage intake questionnaire (BEVQ) for assessing usual beverage intake in children and adolescents...
June 30, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669095/simultaneous-effect-of-dissolved-organic-carbon-surfactant-and-organic-acid-on-the-desorption-of-pesticides-investigated-by-response-surface-methodology
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Ha Thu Trinh, Hanh Thi Duong, Thao Thi Ta, Hoang Van Cao, Bjarne W Strobel, Giang Truong Le
Desorption of pesticides (fenobucarb, endosulfan, and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT)) from soil to aqueous solution with the simultaneous presence of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and sodium oxalate (Oxa) was investigated in batch test by applying a full factorial design and the Box-Behnken response surface methodology (RSM). Five concentration levels of DOC (8 to 92 mg L(-1)), SDS (0 to 6.4 critical micelle concentration (CMC)), and Oxa (0 to 0.15 M) were used for the experiments with a rice field topsoil...
July 2, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668386/rituximab-dose-dense-chemotherapy-with-or-without-high-dose-chemotherapy-plus-autologous-stem-cell-transplantation-in-high-risk-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-dlcl04-final-results-of-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-controlled-phase-3-study
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Annalisa Chiappella, Maurizio Martelli, Emanuele Angelucci, Ercole Brusamolino, Andrea Evangelista, Angelo Michele Carella, Caterina Stelitano, Giuseppe Rossi, Monica Balzarotti, Francesco Merli, Gianluca Gaidano, Vincenzo Pavone, Luigi Rigacci, Francesco Zaja, Alfonso D'Arco, Nicola Cascavilla, Eleonora Russo, Alessia Castellino, Manuel Gotti, Angela Giovanna Congiu, Maria Giuseppina Cabras, Alessandra Tucci, Claudio Agostinelli, Giovannino Ciccone, Stefano A Pileri, Umberto Vitolo
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of young patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma at high risk (age-adjusted International Prognostic Index [aa-IPI] score 2 or 3) treated with R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, and prednisone) is poor. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible benefit of intensification with high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem-cell transplantation as part of first-line treatment in these patients. METHODS: We did a multicentre, open-label, randomised, controlled, phase 3 trial with a 2 × 2 factorial design to compare, at two different R-CHOP dose levels, a full course of rituximab-dose-dense chemotherapy (no transplantation group) versus an abbreviated course of rituximab-dose-dense chemotherapy followed by consolidation with R-MAD (rituximab plus high-dose cytarabine plus mitoxantrone plus dexamethasone) and high-dose BEAM chemotherapy (carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan) plus autologous stem-cell transplantation (transplantation group) in young patients (18-65 years) with untreated high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (aa-IPI score 2-3)...
June 28, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666874/anti-dengue-virus-activity-of-scytovirin-and-evaluation-of-point-mutation-effects-by-molecular-dynamics-and-binding-free-energy-calculations
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Andrei Santos Siqueira, Alex Ranieri Jerônimo Lima, Rafael Conceição de Souza, Alberdan Silva Santos, João Lídio da Silva Gonçalves Vianez Júnior, Evonnildo Costa Gonçalves
The absence of a specific treatment against DENV has led to intensive research into developing strategies for curing the infection. One lectin with high antiviral activity is scytovirin, which was isolated from the cyanobacterium Scytonema varium and has proven activity against HIV and Zaire Ebola Virus. To achieve the results presented here, we tested the affinity of full-length scytovirin, SD1 and SD2 separately, and six SD1 mutants for DENV glycoprotein E carbohydrate by Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations and binding free energy calculations...
June 27, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648580/flowmetry-evolution-in-microvascular-surgery-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Georgios Pafitanis, Maria Raveendran, Simon Myers, Ali M Ghanem
This review aims to provide a summary of the flowmeter devices used in microvascular surgery and assesses their contribution to improving the clinical outcomes of free tissue transfer. Flowmeters are widely accepted as the standard method of intraoperative assessment of the patency of coronary vascular anastomoses, providing thresholds that predict outcome. There is limited evidence regarding the use of flow measurements in plastic surgery microvascular anastomoses; however, flowmetry appears to have some role in postoperative free flap monitoring and prevention of complications...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648040/-effects-of-seawater-immersion-on-the-inflammatory-response-and-oxygen-free-radical-injury-of-rats-with-superficial-partial-thickness-scald-at-early-stage
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Y X Yang, J H Wang, L Liu, Q Zou, Y Zhang, Z Bai
Objective: To study the effects of seawater immersion on the inflammatory response and oxygen free radical injury of rats with superficial-thickness scald at early stage. Methods: Seventy Wistar rats were divided into healthy control group (HC, n=7), pure scald group (PS, n=21), scald+ fresh water immersion group (SF, n=21), and scald+ seawater immersion group (SS, n=21) according to the random number table. Rats in group HC did not receive any treatment, while 5% total body surface area superficial partial-thickness scald was made on the back of rats in the latter three groups...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647157/veneered-zirconia-inlay-retained-fixed-dental-prostheses-10-year-results-from-a-prospective-clinical-study
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Friederike Rathmann, Wolfgang Bömicke, Peter Rammelsberg, Brigitte Ohlmann
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the 10-year clinical performance of zirconia-based inlay-retained fixed dental prostheses (IRFDP). METHODS: For replacement of a molar in 27 patients, 30 IRFDP were luted by use of different cements, Panavia F (Kuraray Europe GmbH) or Multilink Automix (Ivoclar Vivadent GmbH), with use of inlay/inlay, inlay/full-crown, or inlay/partial-crown retainers for anchorage. Frameworks were milled from yttria-stabilized zirconia (IPS e...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647061/vesicle-fusion-mediated-by-solanesol-anchored-dna
#13
Kristina M Flavier, Steven G Boxer
Fusion between two lipid bilayers is one of the central processes in cell biology, playing a key role in endocytosis, exocytosis, and vesicle transport. We have previously developed a model system that uses the hybridization of complementary DNA strands to model the formation of the SNARE four-helix bundle that mediates synaptic vesicle fusion and used it to study vesicle fusion to a tethered lipid bilayer. Using single vesicle assays, 70% of observed fusion events in the DNA-lipid system are arrested at the hemifusion stage, whereas only 5% eventually go to full fusion...
June 21, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637525/eye-tracking-evidence-of-a-maintenance-bias-in-social-anxiety
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Catarina Fernandes, Susana Silva, Joana Pires, Alexandra Reis, Antónia Jimenez Ros, Luís Janeiro, Luís Faísca, Ana Teresa Martins
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms and triggers of the attentional bias in social anxiety are not yet fully determined, and the modulating role of personality traits is being increasingly acknowledged. AIMS: Our main purpose was to test whether social anxiety is associated with mechanisms of hypervigilance, avoidance (static biases), vigilance-avoidance or the maintenance of attention (dynamic biases). Our secondary goal was to explore the role of personality structure in shaping the attention bias...
June 22, 2017: Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627455/gemcitabine-vitamin-e-conjugates-synthesis-characterization-entrapment-into-nanoemulsions-and-in-vitro-deamination-and-antitumor-activity
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Ahmed Abu-Fayyad, Sami Nazzal
Gemcitabine is the first line therapy for pancreatic cancer. It is, however, extensively metabolized to the inactive form by deamination enzymatic reaction. Conjugation of gemcitabine with fatty acids on its 4-amino group was found to protect it from deamination deactivation reaction. The objective of the present study was to test the in-vitro anticancer activity of gemcitabine conjugated to the γ-tocotrienol isomer of vitamin E against pancreatic tumor cells. This objective was based on reported studies in which it was demonstrated that free tocotrienol isomers of vitamin E can potentiate the anticancer activity of gemcitabine...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625748/comparison-of-liposomal-drug-formulations-for-transdermal-iontophoretic-drug-delivery
#16
K Malinovskaja-Gomez, S Espuelas, M J Garrido, J Hirvonen, T Laaksonen
This study was aimed to evaluate the in vitro transdermal direct/pulsed current iontophoretic delivery of an amphiphilic model compound from various lipid vesicle-encapsulated formulations compared to free-drug formulation. Conventional, pegylated, ultradeformable liposomes (transfersomes) and ethosomes loaded with a negatively charged drug diclofenac sodium (DS) were prepared and characterized. All the liposomes possessed an average size of ≈100-150nm and negative zeta potential. No changes in colloidal stability were detected after 8h incubation of any vesicle formulation under constant or pulsed iontophoretic current...
August 30, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620751/impact-of-a-rectal-and-bladder-preparation-protocol-on-prostate-cancer-outcome-in-patients-treated-with-external-beam-radiotherapy
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A Maggio, D Gabriele, E Garibaldi, S Bresciani, E Delmastro, A Di Dia, A Miranti, M Poli, T Varetto, M Stasi, P Gabriele
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that a rectal and bladder preparation protocol is associated with an increase in prostate cancer specific survival (PCSS), clinical disease free survival (CDFS) and biochemical disease free survival (BDFS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: From 1999 to 2012, 1080 prostate cancer (PCa) patients were treated with three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy (3DCRT). Of these patients, 761 were treated with an empty rectum and comfortably full bladder (RBP) preparation protocol, while for 319 patients no rectal/bladder preparation (NRBP) protocol was adopted...
June 15, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615258/effect-of-a-package-of-health-and-nutrition-services-on-sustained-recovery-in-children-after-moderate-acute-malnutrition-and-factors-related-to-sustaining-recovery-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Heather C Stobaugh, Lucy B Bollinger, Sara E Adams, Audrey H Crocker, Jennifer B Grise, Julie A Kennedy, Chrissie Thakwalakwa, Kenneth M Maleta, Dennis J Dietzen, Mark J Manary, Indi Trehan
Background: Children who recover from moderate acute malnutrition (MAM) have high rates of relapse in the year after nutritional recovery. Interventions to decrease these adverse outcomes are needed to maximize the overall effectiveness of supplemental feeding programs (SFPs).Objectives: We evaluated the effectiveness of a package of health and nutrition interventions on improving the proportion of children who sustained recovery for 1 y after MAM treatment. We further explored factors related to sustained recovery...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613154/seal-or-varnish-a-randomised-controlled-trial-to-determine-the-relative-cost-and-effectiveness-of-pit-and-fissure-sealant-and-fluoride-varnish-in-preventing-dental-decay
#19
Ivor Gordon Chestnutt, Simon Hutchings, Rebecca Playle, Sarah Morgan-Trimmer, Deborah Fitzsimmons, Nadine Aawar, Lianna Angel, Sharron Derrick, Cheney Drew, Ceri Hoddell, Kerenza Hood, Ioan Humphreys, Nigel Kirby, Tin Man Mandy Lau, Catherine Lisles, Maria Zeta Morgan, Simon Murphy, Jacqueline Nuttall, Kateryna Onishchenko, Ceri Phillips, Timothy Pickles, Charlotte Scoble, Julia Townson, Beverley Withers, Barbara Lesley Chadwick
BACKGROUND: Fissure sealant (FS) and fluoride varnish (FV) have been shown to be effective in preventing dental caries when tested against a no-treatment control. However, the relative clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of these interventions is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of FS and FV in preventing dental caries in first permanent molars (FPMs) in 6- and 7-year-olds and to determine their acceptability...
April 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609729/reliability-of-pathogen-control-in-direct-potable-reuse-performance-evaluation-and-qmra-of-a-full-scale-1-mgd-advanced-treatment-train
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Brian M Pecson, Sarah C Triolo, Simon Olivieri, Elise C Chen, Aleksey N Pisarenko, Chao-Chun Yang, Adam Olivieri, Charles N Haas, R Shane Trussell, R Rhodes Trussell
To safely progress toward direct potable reuse (DPR), it is essential to ensure that DPR systems can provide public health protection equivalent to or greater than that of conventional drinking water sources. This study collected data over a one-year period from a full-scale DPR demonstration facility, and used both performance distribution functions (PDFs) and quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) to define and evaluate the reliability of the advanced water treatment facility (AWTF). The AWTF's ability to control enterovirus, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium was characterized using online monitoring of surrogates in a treatment train consisting of ozone, biological activated carbon, microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light with an advanced oxidation process...
June 6, 2017: Water Research
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