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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817827/role-of-next-generation-sequencing-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-the-evaluation-of-bone-and-soft-tissue-tumors
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Kinga Szurian, Karl Kashofer, Bernadette Liegl-Atzwanger
Bone and soft-tissue tumors are in general rare. Diagnosing these tumors is challenging based on the significant number of different tumor entities, the rareness of these tumors, and the considerable morphological heterogeneity which can be found within a single tumor entity. Considering that more than half of the described soft-tissue tumors and approximately 25% of the bone tumors harbor recurrent genetic alterations, the use of auxiliary molecular examinations should be strongly considered. Molecular analyses are important to confirm the diagnosis, to guide treatment, to provide information about prognosis, and to allow patient recruitment for basket trials based on the molecular signature of a tumor...
August 18, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817811/downregulation-of-microrna-330-correlates-with-the-radiation-sensitivity-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-brain-metastasis-from-lung-cancer
#2
Li-Peng Jiang, Zhi-Tu Zhu, Yue Zhang, Chun-Yan He
BACKGROUND: The present study sought to explore the role of microRNA-330 (miR-330) in predicting the radiation response and prognosis of patients with brain metastasis (BM) from lung cancer (LC). METHODS: Patients with BM from LC were identified and classified into radiation-sensitive and radiation-resistant groups according to the overall survival rate, local and distant recurrence rate after conventional whole-brain radiation therapy. Quantitative realtime polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to detect miR-330 expression in serum...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817809/evaluation-of-infliximab-therapy-in-children-with-crohn-s-disease-using-trough-levels-predictors
#3
Jan Ohem, Ondrej Hradsky, Kristyna Zarubova, Ivana Copova, Petra Bukovska, Richard Prusa, Karin Malickova, Jiri Bronsky
BACKGROUND: In adults, infliximab (IFX) levels correlate with disease activity, and antibodies to IFX (ATIs) predict treatment failure. We aimed to determine the association of IFX levels and ATIs with disease activity in a paediatric population. We prospectively collected blood, stool, and clinical data from 65 patients (age 10.5-15.1 years) with Crohn's disease (CD) before IFX administration, and measured IFX trough levels, ATIs, and faecal calprotectin levels (CPT). Samples were collected during maintenance therapy...
August 18, 2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817801/a-sensitized-igf1-treatment-restores-corticospinal-axon-dependent-functions
#4
Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhua Wang, Wenlei Li, Qian Zhang, Yi Li, Zicong Zhang, Junjie Zhu, Bo Chen, Philip R Williams, Yiming Zhang, Bin Yu, Xiaosong Gu, Zhigang He
A major hurdle for functional recovery after both spinal cord injury and cortical stroke is the limited regrowth of the axons in the corticospinal tract (CST) that originate in the motor cortex and innervate the spinal cord. Despite recent advances in engaging the intrinsic mechanisms that control CST regrowth, it remains to be tested whether such methods can promote functional recovery in translatable settings. Here we show that post-lesional AAV-assisted co-expression of two soluble proteins, namely insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and osteopontin (OPN), in cortical neurons leads to robust CST regrowth and the recovery of CST-dependent behavioral performance after both T10 lateral spinal hemisection and a unilateral cortical stroke...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817782/cost-effectiveness-of-a-patient-navigation-program-to-improve-cervical-cancer-screening
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Yan Li, Erin Carlson, Roberto Villarreal, Leah Meraz, José A Pagán
OBJECTIVES: To assess the cost-effectiveness of a community-based patient navigation program to improve cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women 18 or older in San Antonio, Texas. STUDY DESIGN: We used a microsimulation model of cervical cancer to project the long-term cost-effectiveness of a community-based patient navigation program compared with current practice. METHODS: We used program data from 2012 to 2015 and published data from the existing literature as model input...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817769/a-paper-based-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-lateral-flow-strip-for-detection-of-neuron-specific-enolase-in-blood-plasma
#6
Xuefei Gao, Peng Zheng, Sujan Kasani, Steven Wu, Feng Yang, Sara Lewis, Sara Nayeem, Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi, Jane Wigginton, James W Simpkins, Nianqiang Wu
An inexpensive and disposable paper-based lateral flow strip (PLFS) has been developed as an immunoassay, in which surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is utilized for sensing signal transduction. The Au nanostar@Raman Reporter@silica sandwich nanoparticles are developed as the SERS probes, which is the key to high sensitivity of device. Compared with a colorimetric PLFS, the SERS-PLFS exhibits superior performance in terms of sensitivity and limit of detection (LOD) in a blood plasma-containing sample matrix...
August 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817723/sequence-analysis-of-the-rifampicin-resistance-determining-region-rrdr-of-rpob-gene-in-multidrug-resistance-confirmed-and-newly-diagnosed-tuberculosis-patients-of-punjab-pakistan
#7
Salma Hameed, Kartyk Moganeradj, Nasir Mahmood, Timothy D McHugh, Muhammad Nawaz Chaudhry, Catherine Arnold
Molecular screening of new patients suspected for TB could help in the effective control of TB in Pakistan as it is a high TB burden country. It will be informative to understand the prevalence of multi drug resistance for a better drug regimen management in this geographical area. The Rifampicin resistance determining region (RRDR) sequencing was used to identify mutations associated with drug resistance in DNA extracts from 130 known multidrug resistant (MDR) cultured strains and compared with mutations observed in DNA extracts directly from 86 sputum samples from consecutive newly diagnosed cases in Lahore, Pakistan...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817718/elevated-carboxylesterase-activity-contributes-to-the-lambda-cyhalothrin-insensitivity-in-quercetin-fed-helicoverpa-armigera-h%C3%A3-bner
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Chengyu Chen, Ying Liu, Xueyan Shi, Nicolas Desneux, Peng Han, Xiwu Gao
Quercetin as one of the key plant secondary metabolite flavonol is ubiquitous in terrestrial plants. In this study, the decrease in sensitivity to lambda-cyhalothrin was observed in quercetin-fed Helicoverpa armigera larvae. In order to figure out the mechanisms underlying the decreased sensitivity of H. armigera larvae to lambda-cyhalothrin by quercetin induction, the changes in carboxylesterase activity and in-vitro hydrolytic metabolic capacity to lambda-cyhalothrin were examined. The LC50 value of quercetin-fed H...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817717/short-report-trpv1-polymorphism-1911-a-g-alters-capsaicin-induced-sensory-changes-in-healthy-subjects
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Julia Forstenpointner, Matti Förster, Denisa May, Friederike Hofschulte, Ingolf Cascorbi, Gunnar Wasner, Janne Gierthmühlen, Ralf Baron
BACKGROUND: C-fibers express transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. These high-voltage gated channels function as integrators of different physical stresses (e.g. heat, protons, ATP). Additionally channel activation can be induced by capsaicin. Topically applied, capsaicin elicits burning pain, heat and mechanical hyperalgesia and serves as a human surrogate model for pain. It was suggested that the TRPV1-variant rs8065080 (1911A>G) plays a pivotal role in patients with neuropathic pain syndromes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817703/quality-of-life-of-inguinal-hernia-patients-in-taiwan-the-application-of-the-hernia-specific-quality-of-life-assessment-instrument
#10
Chi-Cheng Huang, Feng-Chuan Tai, Tzung-Hsin Chou, Heng-Hui Lien, Jaan-Yeh Jeng, Thien-Fiew Ho, Ching-Shui Huang
BACKGROUND: With the development of prosthetic mesh and tension free techniques, the recurrence rate following inguinal hernia repair has been reduced, and hernia outcomes research should focus on post-operative quality of life and potential complications. STUDY DESIGN: A novel hernia quality of life assessment instrument, HERQL, was developed. The HERQL questionnaire comprises a 4-item summative pain score measuring pain and discomfort resulting from various strenuous activities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817693/clinical-signs-profound-acidemia-hypoglycemia-and-hypernatremia-are-predictive-of-mortality-in-1-400-critically-ill-neonatal-calves-with-diarrhea
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Florian M Trefz, Ingrid Lorenz, Annette Lorch, Peter D Constable
Profound acidemia impairs cellular and organ function and consequently should be associated with an increased risk of mortality in critically ill humans and animals. Neonatal diarrhea in calves can result in potentially serious metabolic derangements including profound acidemia due to strong ion (metabolic) acidosis, hyper-D-lactatemia, hyper-L-lactatemia, azotemia, hypoglycemia, hyperkalemia and hyponatremia. The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the prognostic relevance of clinical and laboratory findings in 1,400 critically ill neonatal calves with diarrhea admitted to a veterinary teaching hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817685/clinical-implications-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen-distribution-in-serum-exosomal-fraction-measurement-by-elisa
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Shozo Yokoyama, Akihiro Takeuchi, Shunsuke Yamaguchi, Yasuyuki Mitani, Takashi Watanabe, Kenji Matsuda, Tsukasa Hotta, John E Shively, Hiroki Yamaue
BACKGROUND: Serum exosomal proteins have great potential as indicators of disease status in cancer, inflammatory or metabolic diseases. The association of a fraction of various serum proteins such as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) with circulating exosomes has been debated. The establishment of a method to measure the exosomal fraction of such proteins might help resolve this controversy. The use of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) to measure serum exosomal molecules, for example CEA, is rare in research laboratories and totally absent in clinical biology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817662/single-scan-rest-stress-imaging-with-99mtc-sestamibi-and-cadmium-zinc-telluride-based-spect-for-hyperemic-flow-quantification-a-feasibility-study-evaluated-with-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Yu-Hua Dean Fang, Yuan-Chang Liu, Kung-Chu Ho, Feng-Cheng Kuo, Ching-Fang Yang, Tzu-Chen Yen, I-Chang Hsieh
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to evaluate whether the hyperemic myocardial blood flow (MBF) can be estimated using cadmium zinc telluride (CZT)-based single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) cameras with a single, rapid rest/stress dynamic scan. Dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used as a reference modality for flow measurement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The proposed protocol included both the rest and stress acquisitions within a 24-min scan...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817658/hyperspectral-prediction-of-leaf-area-index-of-winter-wheat-in-irrigated-and-rainfed-fields
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Guangxin Li, Chao Wang, Meichen Feng, Wude Yang, Fangzhou Li, Ruiyun Feng
The growth status of winter wheat in irrigated field and rainfed field are obviously different and the field types may have an effect on the predictive accuracy of hyperspectral model. The objectives of the present study were to understand the difference of spectral sensitive wavelengths for leaf area index (LAI) in two field types and realize its hyperspectral prediction. In study, a total of 31 and 28 sample sites in irrigated fields and rainfed fields respectively were selected from Wenxi County, and the LAI and canopy spectra were also collected at the main grow stage of winter wheat...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817648/screening-for-chikungunya-virus-infection-in-aged-people-development-and-internal-validation-of-a-new-score
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Lidvine Godaert, Seendy Bartholet, Fatiha Najioullah, Maxime Hentzien, Jean-Luc Fanon, Raymond Césaire, Moustapha Dramé
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to derive and validate a score for Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection screening in old people admitted to acute care units. METHODS: This study was performed in the Martinique University Hospitals from retrospective cases. Patients were aged 65+, admitted to acute care units for suspected CHIKV infection in 2014, with biological testing using Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). RT-PCR was used as the gold standard...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817635/contractile-actomyosin-arcs-promote-the-activation-of-primary-mouse-t-cells-in-a-ligand-dependent-manner
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Jinsung Hong, Sricharan Murugesan, Eric Betzig, John A Hammer
Mechano-transduction is an emerging but still poorly understood component of T cell activation. Here we investigated the ligand-dependent contribution made by contractile actomyosin arcs populating the peripheral supramolecular activation cluster (pSMAC) region of the immunological synapse (IS) to T cell receptor (TCR) microcluster transport and proximal signaling in primary mouse T cells. Using super resolution microscopy, OT1-CD8+ mouse T cells, and two ovalbumin (OVA) peptides with different affinities for the TCR, we show that the generation of organized actomyosin arcs depends on ligand potency and the ability of myosin 2 to contract actin filaments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817633/fat-storage-in-drosophila-suzukii-is-influenced-by-different-dietary-sugars-in-relation-to-their-palatability
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Maurizio Biolchini, Elisabetta Murru, Gianfranco Anfora, Francesco Loy, Sebastiano Banni, Roberto Crnjar, Giorgia Sollai
The peripheral sensitivity and palatability of different carbohydrates was evaluated and their nutritional value assessed in adult females of D. suzukii by means of an electrophysiological, behavioural and metabolic approach. The electrophysiological responses were recorded from the labellar "l" type sensilla stimulated with metabolizable mono- and disaccharides (glucose and maltose) and a non-metabolizable sugar (sucralose); the response rating and the palatability to the same sugars, evaluated by recording the proboscis extension reflex (PER), was maltose>glucose>sucralose...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817621/re-evaluation-of-the-cost-effectiveness-and-effects-of-childhood-rotavirus-vaccination-in-norway
#18
Christina Hansen Edwards, Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio, Beatriz Valcárcel Salamanca, Elmira Flem
BACKGROUND: Rotavirus vaccination was included into the Norwegian childhood immunisation programme in 2014. Before implementation, rotavirus vaccination was found to be cost-effective from a societal perspective, but not from a healthcare perspective. Since introduction, new data on the incidence and economic effects of rotavirus disease have become available. We assessed early epidemiological effects of the rotavirus vaccination programme and re-evaluated its cost-effectiveness in Norway for the years 2015-2019...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817611/the-directed-migration-of-gonadal-distal-tip-cells-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-requires-ngat-1-a-%C3%A3-1-4-n-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-enzyme
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Joseph Veyhl, Robert J Dunn, Wendy L Johnston, Alexa Bennett, Lijia W Zhang, James W Dennis, Harry Schachter, Joseph G Culotti
Glycoproteins such as growth factor receptors and extracellular matrix have well-known functions in development and cancer progression, however, the glycans at sites of modification are often heterogeneous molecular populations which makes their functional characterization challenging. Here we provide evidence for a specific, discrete, well-defined glycan modification and regulation of a stage-specific cell migration in Caenorhabditis elegans. We show that a chain-terminating, putative null mutation in the gene encoding a predicted β1,4-N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase, named ngat-1, causes a maternally rescued temperature sensitive (ts) defect in the second phase of the three phase migration pattern of the posterior, but not the anterior, hermaphrodite Distal Tip Cell (DTC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817605/all-trans-retinoic-acid-suppresses-malignant-characteristics-of-cd133-positive-thyroid-cancer-stem-cells-and-induces-apoptosis
#20
Dan Mei, Bin Lv, Bo Chen, Shan Xiao, Jie Jiang, Yan Xie, Ling Jiang
Recently, diagnoses of radioiodine-refractory differentiated thyroid cancer (RAI-R DTC) have become more common; prognosis is poor. It has been suggested that cancer stem cells account for radiotherapy resistance. By flow cytometry, different expression percents of CD133 and OCT4 in thyroid cancer cell lines were detected. By real-time quantitative PCR, different mRNA expression of CD133, OCT4, GLUT1, thyroglobulin (TG), thyroperoxidase (TPO) and sodium iodine symporter (NIS) was analyzed; the localization of CD133, OCT4, and NIS expression was examined using immunofluorescence confocal microscopy...
2017: PloS One
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