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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352719/prognostic-testing-patterns-and-outcomes-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients-stratified-by-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-cytogenetics-a-real-world-clinical-experience-in-the-connect-cll-registry
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Anthony Mato, Chadi Nabhan, Neil E Kay, Nicole Lamanna, Thomas J Kipps, David L Grinblatt, Christopher R Flowers, Charles M Farber, Matthew S Davids, Pavel Kiselev, Arlene S Swern, Shriya Bhushan, Kristen Sullivan, E Dawn Flick, Jeff P Sharman
INTRODUCTION: Prognostic genetic testing is recommended for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) to guide clinical management. Specific abnormalities, such as del(17p), del(11q), and unmutated IgHV, can predict the depth and durability of the response to CLL therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In the present analysis of the Connect CLL Registry (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier, NCT01081015), a prospective observational cohort study of patients treated across 199 centers, the patterns of prognostic testing and outcomes of patients with unfavorable-risk genetics were analyzed...
December 6, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352681/no-consensus-for-femoral-head-impaction-technique-in-surgeon-education-materials-from-orthopedic-implant-manufacturers
#2
Brian J McGrory, Eric Ng
BACKGROUND: Prior studies indicate that one factor that may contribute to total hip arthroplasty failure due to mechanically assisted crevice corrosion at the femoral head-trunnion junction is the method of femoral head fixation. METHODS: Up-to-date on-line surgical technique guides describing fixation of the prosthetic femoral head of common implants of the 4 largest manufacturers as well as 2 minor manufacturers were identified. The information given regarding preparation and fixation of the femoral head was evaluated and compared...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352444/activation-of-the-anti-aging-and-cognition-enhancing-gene-klotho-by-crispr-dcas9-transcriptional-effector-complex
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Ci-Di Chen, Ella Zeldich, Yuexuan Li, Andrea Yuste, Carmela R Abraham
Multiple lines of evidence show that the anti-aging and cognition-enhancing protein Klotho fosters neuronal survival, increases the anti-oxidative stress defense, and promotes remyelination of demyelinated axons. Thus, upregulation of the Klotho gene can potentially alleviate the symptoms and/or prevent the progression of age-associated neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease and demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Here we used a CRISPR-dCas9 complex to investigate single-guide RNA (sgRNA) targeting the Klotho promoter region for efficient transcriptional activation of the Klotho gene...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351128/fluid-removal-with-ultrasound-guided-protocol-improves-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-dehydration-in-post-resuscitated-critically-ill-patients-a-quasi-experimental-before-and-after-study
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Luhao Wang, Chunfang Qiu, Xiangdong Guan, Minying Chen, Juan Chen, Xiang Si, Zhicheng Du, Yanqiu Liu, Bin Ouyang
Fluid overload is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. However, researches rarely study the precise start or end point of fluid removal and no protocol was developed to control the fluid removal process. We hypothesized that individualized fluid removal with ultrasound-guided protocol could improve the efficacy and safety of fluid removal in post-resuscitated critically ill patients. A quasi-experimental, before and after trial was conducted to identify the benefits of ultrasound-guided fluid removal...
January 18, 2018: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349733/point-of-care-ultrasound-pocus-of-the-upper-airway
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REVIEW
Kong Eric You-Ten, Naveed Siddiqui, Wendy H Teoh, Michael S Kristensen
Airway management is a critical skill in the practice of several medical specialities including anesthesia, emergency medicine, and critical care. Over the years mounting evidence has showed an increasing role of ultrasound (US) in airway management. The objective of this narrative review is to provide an overview of the indications for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) of the upper airway. The use of US to guide and assist clinical airway management has potential benefits for both provider and patient. Ultrasound can be utilized to determine airway size and predict the appropriate diameter of single-lumen endotracheal tubes (ETTs), double-lumen ETTs, and tracheostomy tubes...
January 18, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349601/prospective-feasibility-analysis-of-a%C3%A2-novel-off-line-approach-for-mr-guided-radiotherapy
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Tilman Bostel, Asja Pfaffenberger, Stefan Delorme, Constantin Dreher, Gernot Echner, Peter Haering, Clemens Lang, Mona Splinter, Frederik Laun, Marco Müller, Oliver Jäkel, Jürgen Debus, Peter E Huber, Florian Sterzing, Nils H Nicolay
BACKGROUND: The present work aimed to analyze the feasibility of a shuttle-based MRI-guided radiation therapy (MRgRT) in the treatment of pelvic malignancies. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 20 patients with pelvic malignancies were included in this prospective feasibility analysis. Patients underwent daily MRI in treatment position prior to radiotherapy at the German Cancer Research Center. Positional inaccuracies, time and patient compliance were assessed for the application of off-line MRgRT...
January 18, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348435/macrophage-sensing-of-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-via-toll-like-receptors
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Sourav P Mukherjee, Olesja Bondarenko, Pekka Kohonen, Fernando T Andón, Táňa Brzicová, Isabel Gessner, Sanjay Mathur, Massimo Bottini, Paolo Calligari, Lorenzo Stella, Elena Kisin, Anna Shvedova, Reija Autio, Heli Salminen-Mankonen, Riitta Lahesmaa, Bengt Fadeel
Carbon-based nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been shown to trigger inflammation. However, how these materials are 'sensed' by immune cells is not known. Here we compared the effects of two carbon-based nanomaterials, single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) and graphene oxide (GO), on primary human monocyte-derived macrophages. Genome-wide transcriptomics assessment was performed at sub-cytotoxic doses. Pathway analysis of the microarray data revealed pronounced effects on chemokine-encoding genes in macrophages exposed to SWCNTs, but not in response to GO, and these results were validated by multiplex array-based cytokine and chemokine profiling...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346415/acute-multi-sgrna-knockdown-of-keops-complex-genes-reproduces-the-microcephaly-phenotype-of-the-stable-knockout-zebrafish-model
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Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Ronen Schneider, Charlotte A Hoogstraten, Jeremy F P Ullmann, David Schapiro, Amar J Majmundar, Amy Kolb, Kaitlyn Eddy, Shirlee Shril, Daniela A Braun, Annapurna Poduri, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Until recently, morpholino oligonucleotides have been widely employed in zebrafish as an acute and efficient loss-of-function assay. However, off-target effects and reproducibility issues when compared to stable knockout lines have compromised their further use. Here we employed an acute CRISPR/Cas approach using multiple single guide RNAs targeting simultaneously different positions in two exemplar genes (osgep or tprkb) to increase the likelihood of generating mutations on both alleles in the injected F0 generation and to achieve a similar effect as morpholinos but with the reproducibility of stable lines...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346118/mycobacterium-avium-complex-pulmonary-disease-new-epidemiology-and-management-concepts
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Leah Lande, Jason George, Theodore Plush
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The prevalence of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC)-related pulmonary disease has been increasing because of environmental factors, changes in organism virulence, and evolving host susceptibility. Treatment is often complicated by adverse effects, development of drug resistance, and refractory disease, with recurrence rates as high as 25-45%. RECENT FINDINGS: Aerosolization of water, soil, or dusts are the likely sources of MAC-related pulmonary disease in susceptible individuals...
January 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343412/implementing-genome-driven-personalized-cardiology-in-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Ares Pasipoularides
Genomics designates the coordinated investigation of a large number of genes in the context of a biological process or disease. It may be long before we attain comprehensive understanding of the genomics of common complex cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as inherited cardiomyopathies, valvular diseases, primary arrhythmogenic conditions, congenital heart syndromes, hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerotic heart disease, hypertensive syndromes, and heart failure with preserved/reduced ejection fraction. Nonetheless, as genomics is evolving rapidly, it is constructive to survey now pertinent concepts and breakthroughs...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343286/diagnosis-and-management-of-transthyretin-familial-amyloid-polyneuropathy-in-japan-red-flag-symptom-clusters-and-treatment-algorithm
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REVIEW
Yoshiki Sekijima, Mitsuharu Ueda, Haruki Koike, Sonoko Misawa, Tomonori Ishii, Yukio Ando
Hereditary ATTR (ATTRm) amyloidosis (also called transthyretin-type familial amyloid polyneuropathy [ATTR-FAP]) is an autosomal-dominant, adult-onset, rare systemic disorder predominantly characterized by irreversible, progressive, and persistent peripheral nerve damage. TTR gene mutations (e.g. replacement of valine with methionine at position 30 [Val30Met (p.Val50Met)]) lead to destabilization and dissociation of TTR tetramers into variant TTR monomers, which form amyloid fibrils that deposit in peripheral nerves and various organs, giving rise to peripheral and autonomic neuropathy and several non-disease specific symptoms...
January 17, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343140/a-heterogeneous-tissue-model-for-treatment-planning-for-magnetic-resonance-guided-laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy
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Drew Mitchell, Samuel Fahrenholtz, Christopher MacLellan, Dhiego Bastos, Ganesh Rao, Sujit Prabhu, Jeffrey Weinberg, John Hazle, Jason Stafford, David Fuentes
We evaluated a physics-based model for planning for magnetic resonance-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy for focal brain lesions. Linear superposition of analytical point source solutions to the steady-state Pennes bioheat transfer equation simulates laser-induced heating in brain tissue. The line integral of the photon attenuation from the laser source enables computation of the laser interaction with heterogeneous tissue. Magnetic resonance thermometry data sets (n = 31) were used to calibrate and retrospectively validate the model's thermal ablation prediction accuracy, which was quantified by the Dice similarity coefficient (DSC) between model-predicted and measured ablation regions (T > 57°C)...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342139/structure-and-mutagenesis-reveal-essential-capsid-protein-interactions-for-kshv-replication
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Xinghong Dai, Danyang Gong, Hanyoung Lim, Jonathan Jih, Ting-Ting Wu, Ren Sun, Z Hong Zhou
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) causes Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer that commonly affects patients with AIDS and which is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The KSHV capsid is highly pressurized by its double-stranded DNA genome, as are the capsids of the eight other human herpesviruses. Capsid assembly and genome packaging of herpesviruses are prone to interruption and can therefore be targeted for the structure-guided development of antiviral agents. However, herpesvirus capsids-comprising nearly 3,000 proteins and over 1,300 Å in diameter-present a formidable challenge to atomic structure determination and functional mapping of molecular interactions...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340109/development-of-a-targeted-sequencing-approach-to-identify-prognostic-predictive-and-diagnostic-markers-in-paediatric-solid-tumours
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Elisa Izquierdo, Lina Yuan, Sally George, Michael Hubank, Chris Jones, Paula Proszek, Janet Shipley, Susanne A Gatz, Caedyn Stinson, Andrew S Moore, Steven C Clifford, Debbie Hicks, Janet C Lindsey, Rebecca M Hill, Thomas S Jacques, Jane Chalker, Khin Thway, Simon O'Connor, Lynley Marshall, Lucas Moreno, Andrew Pearson, Louis Chesler, Brian A Walker, David Gonzalez De Castro
The implementation of personalised medicine in childhood cancers has been limited by a lack of clinically validated multi-target sequencing approaches specific for paediatric solid tumours. In order to support innovative clinical trials in high-risk patients with unmet need, we have developed a clinically relevant targeted sequencing panel spanning 311 kb and comprising 78 genes involved in childhood cancers. A total of 132 samples were used for the validation of the panel, including Horizon Discovery cell blends (n=4), cell lines (n=15), formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE, n=83) and fresh frozen tissue (FF, n=30) patient samples...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340084/crispr-cas9-hdr-system-enhances-aqp1-gene-expression
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Zhimin Wang, Yaohe Wang, Songling Wang, Li-Rong Zhang, Na Zhang, Zhenguo Cheng, Qingshi Liu, Kelly J Shields, Baoli Hu, Michael J Passineau
Ionizing radiation (IR) isthe primarytherapeutic tool to treat patients with cancerous lesions located in the head and neck. In many patients, IR results in irreversible and severe salivary gland dysfunction or xerostomia. Currently there are no effective treatment options to reduce the effects of xerostomia. More recently, salivary gland gene therapy utilizing the water-specific protein aquaporin 1 (AQP1) has been of great interest to potentially correct salivary dysfunction. In this study, we used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing along with the endogenous promoter of AQP1 within theHEK293 and MDCK cell lines...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339095/patterning-the-gastrointestinal-epithelium-to-confer-regional-specific-functions
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REVIEW
Cayla A Thompson, Ann DeLaForest, Michele A Battle
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract, in simplest terms, can be described as an epithelial-lined muscular tube extending along the cephalocaudal axis from the oral cavity to the anus. Although the general architecture of the GI tract organs is conserved from end to end, the presence of different epithelial tissue structures and unique epithelial cell types within each organ enables each to perform the distinct digestive functions required for efficient nutrient assimilation. Spatiotemporal regulation of signaling pathways and downstream transcription factors controls GI epithelial morphogenesis during development to confer essential regional-specific epithelial structures and functions...
January 12, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337916/real-time-cascade-impactor-based-on-surface-acoustic-wave-delay-lines-for-pm10-and-pm2-5-mass-concentration-measurement
#17
Lyes Djoumi, Meddy Vanotti, Virginie Blondeau-Patissier
In this research, Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) sensors are combined with a cascade impactor to perform real time PM10 and PM2.5 mass concentration measurements. The SAW sensors consist of 125 MHz delay lines based on Love waves propagating on an AT-cut quartz substrate. The Love waves are guided on the substrate's surface using a silica layer. SAW sensors themselves are not capable to discriminate particles by their size, therefore, particle separation based on aerodynamic diameter is achieved using a 3 Lpm dedicated cascade impactor...
January 16, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337376/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-in-epstein-barr-virus-transformed-lymphoblastoid-b-cell-lines
#18
Sizun Jiang, Liang Wei Wang, Michael J Walsh, Stephen J Trudeau, Catherine Gerdt, Bo Zhao, Benjamin E Gewurz
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) efficiently transforms primary human B cells into immortalized lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs), which are extensively used in human genetic, immunological and virological studies. LCLs provide unlimited sources of DNA for genetic investigation, but can be difficult to manipulate, for instance because low retroviral or lentiviral transduction frequencies hinder experiments that require co-expression of multiple components. This unit details Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 engineering for robust LCL genome editing...
January 16, 2018: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337370/modulating-gene-expression-in-epstein-barr-virus-ebv-positive-b-cell-lines-with-crispra-and-crispri
#19
Liang Wei Wang, Stephen J Trudeau, Chong Wang, Catherine Gerdt, Sizun Jiang, Bo Zhao, Benjamin E Gewurz
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) transforms small resting primary B cells into large lymphoblastoid cells which are able to grow and survive in vitro indefinitely. These cells represent a model for oncogenesis. In this unit, variants of conventional clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR), namely the CRISPR activation (CRISPRa) and CRISPR interference (CRISPRi) methods, are discussed in the context of gene regulation at genomic DNA promoter and enhancer elements. Lymphoblastoid B cell lines (LCLs) stably expressing nuclease-deficient Cas9 (dCas9)-VP64 (Cas9 associated with CRISPRa) or dCas9-KRAB (Cas9 associated with CRISPRi) are transduced with lentivirus that encodes a single guide RNA (sgRNA) that targets a specific gene locus...
January 16, 2018: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336694/-it-has-changed-my-whole-life-the-systemic-implications-of-chronic-low-back-pain-among-older-adults
#20
Meredith L Stensland, Sara Sanders
Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is the most common pain complaint among older adults. Despite its prevalence, very little research has qualitatively examined the diverse consequences of living with CLBP in later life. As part of a larger study aiming to understand the experience of CLBP among older adults, the objective of this manuscript is to understand how older adults experience CLBP and its impacts on the functioning of older adults. Guided by van Manen's phenomenological method, 23 semi-structured interviews with 21 pain clinic patients aged 66-83 were conducted...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
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