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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081340/importance-of-sonographic-paratracheal-lymph-node-evaluationin-early-autoimmune-thyroiditis
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Tuğrul Örmeci, Mukaddes Çolakoğulları, İsrafil Orhan, Bayram Ufuk Şakul
BACKGROUND/AIM: To review the sonographic views of paratracheal lymph nodes (PLNs) in the diagnosis and during different stages of autoimmune thyroiditis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Features of the PLNs (left and right), thyroid sonography, and laboratory data were investigated in 126 cases. Patients were divided into three groups by using thyroid sonographic criteria in the literature (group 1: control, group 2: early-stage/indeterminate, group 3: definite thyroiditis)...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047846/su-f-t-534-using-daily-images-to-verify-dosimetric-advantage-of-dual-isocentric-technique-for-high-risk-prostate-cancer-treated-with-pelvic-lymph-node
#2
T Cui, Q Shang, W Li, A Vassil, P Xia
PURPOSE: To evaluate a dual-isocentric technique to compensate for the daily independent movements of prostate and pelvic lymph nodes (PLN) of high-risk prostate cancer patients. METHODS: Three patients, who received 78 Gy to the prostate, 66 Gy to the seminal vesicle (SV), and 50.4 Gy to the PLN in 39 fractions under CT-on-rail (CTOR) imaging guidance, were retrospectively selected. Each patient was planned with volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) techniques using (1) single isocenter with a 6 mm margin except 4 mm posteriorly (6/4 mm), to the prostate-CTV and a uniform 5 mm margin to the PLN-CTV, and (2) two isocenters, located at the centroids of the prostate or the PLN, with a 5/3 mm margin to the prostate-CTV and a 5 mm uniform margin to the PLN-CTV...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047620/th-cd-207a-12-impacts-of-inter-and-intra-fractional-organ-motion-for-high-risk-prostate-cancer-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy
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N Hassan Rezaeian, Y Chi, Y Zhou, Z Tian, S Jiang, R Hannan, X Jia
PURPOSE: We are conducting a clinical trial on stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for high-risk prostate cancer. Doses to three targets, prostate, intra-prostatic lesion, and pelvic lymph node (PLN) region, are escalated to three different levels via simultaneous integrated boost technique. Inter-/intra-fractional organ motions deteriorate planned dose distribution. This study aims at developing a dose reconstruction system to comprehensively understand the impacts of organ motion in our clinical trial...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039202/caveolae-specific-activation-loop-between-camkii-and-l-type-ca2-channel-aggravates-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-%C3%AE-1-adrenergic-stimulation
#4
Kota Tonegawa, Wataru Otsuka, Shohei Kumagai, Sachi Matsunami, Nao Hayamizu, Shota Tanaka, Kazumasa Moriwaki, Masanori Obana, Makiko Maeda, Michio Asahi, Hiroshi Kiyonari, Yasushi Fujio, Hiroyuki Nakayama
AIMS: Activation of CaMKII induces a myriad of biological processes and plays dominant roles in cardiac hypertrophy. Caveolar microdomain contains many CaMKII targets, including L-type Ca2+ channel (LTCC) complex, and serves as a signalling platform. The location of CaMKII activation is thought to be critical, however, the roles of CaMKII in caveolae are still elusive due to lack of methodology for the assessment of caveolae-specific activation. Our aim was to develop a novel tool for the specific analysis of CaMKII activation in caveolae, and to determine the functional role of caveolar CaMKII in cardiac hypertrophy...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992596/phospholamban-ablation-using-crispr-cas9-system-improves-mortality-in-a-murine-heart-failure-model
#5
Manami Kaneko, Kentarou Hashikami, Satoshi Yamamoto, Hirokazu Matsumoto, Tomoyuki Nishimoto
Sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+-ATPase 2a (SERCA2a) and its inhibitory protein called phospholamban (PLN) are pivotal for Ca2+ handling in cardiomyocyte and are known that their expression level and activity were changed in the heart failure patients. To examine whether PLN inhibition can improve survival rate as well as cardiac function in heart failure, we performed PLN ablation in calsequestrin overexpressing (CSQ-Tg) mice, a severe heart failure model, using clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) system...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988371/fine-mapping-of-qt-regions-in-global-populations-refines-previously-identified-qt-loci-and-identifies-signals-unique-to-african-and-hispanic-descent-populations
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Christy L Avery, Christina L Wassel, Melissa A Richard, Heather M Highland, Stephanie Bien, Niha Zubair, Elsayed Z Soliman, Myriam Fornage, Suzette J Bielinski, Ran Tao, Amanda A Seyerle, Sanjiv J Shah, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Steven Buyske, Jerome I Rotter, Wendy S Post, Stephen S Rich, Lucia A Hindorff, Janina M Jeff, Ralph V Shohet, Nona Sotoodehnia, Dan Yu Lin, Eric A Whitsel, Ulrike Peters, Christopher A Haiman, Dana C Crawford, Charles Kooperberg, Kari E North
BACKGROUND: The electrocardiographically measured QT interval (QT) is heritable and its prolongation is an established risk factor for several cardiovascular DISEASES: Yet, most QT genetic studies have been performed in European ancestral populations, possibly reducing their global relevance. OBJECTIVE: To leverage diversity and improve biologic insight, we fine-mapped 16 of the 35 previously identified QT loci (46%) in populations of African American (n=12,410) and Hispanic/Latino (n=14,837) ancestry...
December 14, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973629/design-of-nanocarriers-for-nanoscale-drug-delivery-to-enhance-cancer-treatment-using-hybrid-polymer-and-lipid-building-blocks
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Rui Xue Zhang, Taksim Ahmed, Lily Yi Li, Jason Li, Azhar Z Abbasi, Xiao Yu Wu
Polymer-lipid hybrid nanoparticles (PLN) are an emerging nanocarrier platform made from building blocks of polymers and lipids. PLN integrate the advantages of biomimetic lipid-based nanoparticles (i.e. solid lipid nanoparticles and liposomes) and biocompatible polymeric nanoparticles. PLN are constructed from diverse polymers and lipids and their numerous combinations, which imparts PLN with great versatility for delivering drugs of various properties to their nanoscale targets. PLN can be classified into two types based on their hybrid nanoscopic structure and assembly methods: Type-I monolithic matrix and Type-II core-shell systems...
December 14, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27967303/immune-responses-induced-by-diclofenac-or-carbamazepine-in-an-oral-exposure-model-using-tnp-ficoll-as-reporter-antigen
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Lydia Kwast, Tetsuo Aida, Daniëlle Fiechter, Laura Kruijssen, Rob Bleumink, Louis Boon, Irene Ludwig, Raymond Pieters
Immune-mediated drug hypersensitivity reactions (IDHR) may result from immuno-sensitization to a drug-induced neo-antigen. They rarely occur in patients and are usually not predicted preclinically using standard toxicity studies. To assess the potential of a drug to induce T-cell sensitization, trinitrophenyl (TNP)-Ficoll was used here as a bystander antigen in animal experiments. TNP-Ficoll will only elicit TNP-specific IgG antibodies in the presence of non-cognate T-cell help. Therefore, the presence of TNP-specific IgG antibodies after co-injection of drug and TNP-Ficoll was indicative of T-cell sensitization potential...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965107/molecular-evidence-on-the-protective-effect-of-ellagic-acid-on-phosalone-induced-senescence-in-rat-embryonic-fibroblast-cells
#9
Maryam Baeeri, Saeideh Momtaz, Mona Navaei-Nigjeh, Kamal Niaz, Mahban Rahimifard, Seyedeh Farnaz Ghasemi-Niri, Nima Sanadgol, Mahshid Hodjat, Mohammad Sharifzadeh, Mohammad Abdollahi
Salient evidence testifies the link between organophosphorus (OPs) exposure and the formation of free radical oxidants; and it is well accepted that free radicals are one of the basic concerns of senescence. To show the oxidative features of phosalone (PLN) as a key member of OPs, to induce senescence in rat embryonic fibroblast (REF) cells and to demonstrate the beneficial effects of the known antioxidant ellagic acid (EA) in diminishing the PLN-induced toxic effects, the levels of cell viability, oxidative stress markers, inflammatory cytokines, telomerase activity, and the expression of the genes related to senescence were investigated...
December 11, 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942583/tissue-distribution-and-clonal-diversity-of-the-t-and-b-cell-repertoire-in-type-1-diabetes
#10
Howard R Seay, Erik Yusko, Stephanie J Rothweiler, Lin Zhang, Amanda L Posgai, Martha Campbell-Thompson, Marissa Vignali, Ryan O Emerson, John S Kaddis, Dave Ko, Maki Nakayama, Mia J Smith, John C Cambier, Alberto Pugliese, Mark A Atkinson, Harlan S Robins, Todd M Brusko
The adaptive immune repertoire plays a critical role in type 1 diabetes (T1D) pathogenesis. However, efforts to characterize B cell and T cell receptor (TCR) profiles in T1D subjects have been largely limited to peripheral blood sampling and restricted to known antigens. To address this, we collected pancreatic draining lymph nodes (pLN), "irrelevant" nonpancreatic draining lymph nodes, peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), and splenocytes from T1D subjects (n = 18) and control donors (n = 9) as well as pancreatic islets from 1 T1D patient; from these tissues, we collected purified CD4(+) conventional T cells (Tconv), CD4(+) Treg, CD8(+) T cells, and B cells...
December 8, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936517/-novel-biomarkers-for-the-assessment-of-pediatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-nephritis
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Artemis Koutsonikoli, Maria Trachana, Evangelia Farmaki, Vasiliki Tzimouli, Polyxeni Pratsidou-Gertsi, Nikoleta Printza, Alexandros Garyphallos, Vasiliki Galanopoulou, Florence Kanakoudi-Tsakalidou, Fotios Papachristou
OBJECTIVES: The discovery of serum biomarkers specific for pediatric Lupus Nephritis (pLN) will facilitate the non-invasive diagnosis, follow-up and more appropriate use of treatment. The aim of this study was to explore the role of serum High-Mobility-Group-Box-1 (HMGB1) protein, antibodies against nucleosomes (anti-NCS), complement factor C1q (anti-C1q) and glomerular basement membrane (anti-GBM) in pLN. METHODS: Serum samples of 42 patients with pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (pSLE) (22 with pLN and 20 without renal involvement), fifteen patients with other autoimmune nephritis (AN) and 26 healthy controls (HCs) were examined using ELISA...
December 9, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936050/gene-targeted-mice-with-the-human-troponin-t-r141w-mutation-develop-dilated-cardiomyopathy-with-calcium-desensitization
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Mohun Ramratnam, Guy Salama, Ravi K Sharma, David Wen Rui Wang, Stephen H Smith, Sanjay K Banerjee, Xueyin N Huang, Lindsey M Gifford, Michele L Pruce, Bethann E Gabris, Samir Saba, Sanjeev G Shroff, Ferhaan Ahmad
Most studies of the mechanisms leading to hereditary dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) have been performed in reconstituted in vitro systems. Genetically engineered murine models offer the opportunity to dissect these mechanisms in vivo. We generated a gene-targeted knock-in murine model of the autosomal dominant Arg141Trp (R141W) mutation in Tnnt2, which was first described in a human family with DCM. Mice heterozygous for the mutation (Tnnt2R141W/+) recapitulated the human phenotype, developing left ventricular dilation and reduced contractility...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927011/clinical-outcomes-in-patients-treated-with-radiotherapy-after-surgery-for-cervical-cancer
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Kyungmi Yang, Won Park, Seung Jae Huh, Duk-Soo Bae, Byoung-Gie Kim, Jeong-Won Lee
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze clinical outcomes from cervical cancer and stratify patients into risk groups for prognostic factors for early-stage disease. Materials and Methods: We retrospectively reviewed patients with stage IB or IIA cervical cancer treated with adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) or concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) following primary surgery at Samsung Medical Center from 2001 to 2011. Adjuvant RT was added for patients with intermediate-risk factors, and adjuvant CCRT was performed on high-risk patients after surgery...
December 12, 2016: Radiation Oncology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923914/widespread-control-of-calcium-signaling-by-a-family-of-serca-inhibiting-micropeptides
#14
Douglas M Anderson, Catherine A Makarewich, Kelly M Anderson, John M Shelton, Svetlana Bezprozvannaya, Rhonda Bassel-Duby, Eric N Olson
Micropeptides function as master regulators of calcium-dependent signaling in muscle. Sarco/endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) ATPase (SERCA), the membrane pump that promotes muscle relaxation by taking up Ca(2+) into the sarcoplasmic reticulum, is directly inhibited by three muscle-specific micropeptides: myoregulin (MLN), phospholamban (PLN), and sarcolipin (SLN). The widespread and essential function of SERCA across diverse cell types has raised questions as to how SERCA is regulated in cells that lack MLN, PLN, and SLN...
December 6, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894026/the-effect-of-road-network-patterns-on-pedestrian-safety-a-zone-based-bayesian-spatial-modeling-approach
#15
Qiang Guo, Pengpeng Xu, Xin Pei, S C Wong, Danya Yao
Pedestrian safety is increasingly recognized as a major public health concern. Extensive safety studies have been conducted to examine the influence of multiple variables on the occurrence of pedestrian-vehicle crashes. However, the explicit relationship between pedestrian safety and road network characteristics remains unknown. This study particularly focused on the role of different road network patterns on the occurrence of crashes involving pedestrians. A global integration index via space syntax was introduced to quantify the topological structures of road networks...
November 25, 2016: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883412/prolonged-hospitalization-of-patients-with-hospital-acquired-pneumoniae-in-the-intensive-care-unit-%C3%A2-morbidity-mortality-and-costs-of
#16
Anna Różańska, Marta Wałaszek, Zdzisław Wolak, Małgorzata Bulanda
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to determine epidemiological rates of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) in the Polish ICU and direct costs associated with excess length of stay incurred by the hospital. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The studied data concern patients hospitalized in the years 2010–2012 in a 9-bed ICU of a multi-profile hospital in the Małopolskie Province. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention diagnostic criteria were the basis for the development of definitions of infections...
2016: Przegla̧d Epidemiologiczny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881187/class-solutions-for-sabr-vmat-for-high-risk-prostate-cancer-with-and-without-elective-nodal-irradiation
#17
Sarah O S Osman, Prakash Jeevanandam, Nithya Kanakavelu, Denise M Irvine, Ciara A Lyons, Suneil Jain, Alan R Hounsell, Conor K McGarry
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to find the optimal planning settings for prostate SABR-VMAT for high-risk prostate cancer patients irradiated to prostate only (PO) or prostate and pelvic lymph nodes (PPLN). METHODS: For 10 patients, plans using 6MV flattened, flattening-filter-free (FFF) 6MV (6 F) and FFF 10MV (10 F) photon beams with full and partial arc arrangements were generated and compared. The prescribed dose was 40Gy to the prostate with 25Gy to the PLN in 5 fractions...
November 24, 2016: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836106/preoperative-platelet-count-improves-the-prognostic-prediction-of-the-figo-staging-system-for-operable-cervical-cancer-patients
#18
Ru-Ru Zheng, Xiao-Xiu Huang, Chu Jin, Xin-Xin Zhuang, Le-Chi Ye, Fei-Yun Zheng, Feng Lin
BACKGROUND: Increased platelet has been identified as an independent and unfavorable prognostic indicator in various cancers including cervical cancer. In our study, the prognostic value of preoperative platelet count combining with FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics) stage in patients with operable cervical cancer was investigated. METHODS: A large cohort study including 800 operable cervical cancer patients was conducted from May 2005 to December 2012...
November 8, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833092/molecular-inotropy-mediated-by-cardiac-mir-based-pde4d-prkar1%C3%AE-phosphoprotein-signaling
#19
Fikru B Bedada, Joshua J Martindale, Erik Arden, Joseph M Metzger
Molecular inotropy refers to cardiac contractility that can be modified to affect overall heart pump performance. Here we show evidence of a new molecular pathway for positive inotropy by a cardiac-restricted microRNA (miR). We report enhanced cardiac myocyte performance by acute titration of cardiac myosin-embedded miR-208a. The observed positive effect was independent of host gene myosin effects with evidence of negative regulation of cAMP-specific 3',5'-cyclic phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D) and the regulatory subunit of PKA (PRKAR1α) content culminating in PKA-site dependent phosphorylation of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and phospholamban (PLN)...
November 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825759/pegylated-polypeptide-lipid-nanocapsules-to-enhance-the-anticancer-efficacy-of-erlotinib-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Jeonghwan Kim, Thiruganesh Ramasamy, Ju Yeon Choi, Ssang Tae Kim, Yu Seok Youn, Han-Gon Choi, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim
In this study, a core-shell type polypeptide-based lipid nanocapsule was developed to enhance anticancer efficacy of erlotinib in non-small cell lung cancers. Mean particle size of PEGylated polypeptide-lipid nanocapsules (PLN) for erlotinib (ERL) delivery was ∼200nm with an effective surface charge of -20mV. Protective PEGylated polypeptide layer acted as a molecular fence and effectively controlled the diffusion of erlotinib from the lipid nanocapsule core, whereas pH-responsiveness of poly(L-aspartic acid) accelerated the release of erlotinib in acidic conditions...
November 2, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
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