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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214297/advancing-neuromuscular-ultrasound-through-research-finding-common-sound
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Lisa Hobson-Webb, Michael S Cartwright
INTRODUCTION: Neuromuscular ultrasound (NMUS) is an accepted, but underutilized, diagnostic tool in the evaluation of neuromuscular disorders. The lack of uniform high-quality standards in published research and in clinical practice has been a limitation to its growth. METHODS: This article aims to address the shortcomings of NMUS research and establish basic standards to guide further work in the field. RESULTS: A review of the basic types of NMUS research papers is presented, along with the elements that each should include...
February 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212377/optimality-principles-reveal-a-complex-interplay-of-intermediate-toxicity-and-kinetic-efficiency-in-the-regulation-of-prokaryotic-metabolism
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Jan Ewald, Martin Bartl, Thomas Dandekar, Christoph Kaleta
A precise and rapid adjustment of fluxes through metabolic pathways is crucial for organisms to prevail in changing environmental conditions. Based on this reasoning, many guiding principles that govern the evolution of metabolic networks and their regulation have been uncovered. To this end, methods from dynamic optimization are ideally suited since they allow to uncover optimality principles behind the regulation of metabolic networks. We used dynamic optimization to investigate the influence of toxic intermediates in connection with the efficiency of enzymes on the regulation of a linear metabolic pathway...
February 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208620/a-review-of-wearable-technologies-for-elderly-care-that-can-accurately-track-indoor-position-recognize-physical-activities-and-monitor-vital-signs-in-real-time
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REVIEW
Zhihua Wang, Zhaochu Yang, Tao Dong
Rapid growth of the aged population has caused an immense increase in the demand for healthcare services. Generally, the elderly are more prone to health problems compared to other age groups. With effective monitoring and alarm systems, the adverse effects of unpredictable events such as sudden illnesses, falls, and so on can be ameliorated to some extent. Recently, advances in wearable and sensor technologies have improved the prospects of these service systems for assisting elderly people. In this article, we review state-of-the-art wearable technologies that can be used for elderly care...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207548/egfr-mutation-testing-in-blood-for-guiding-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-treatment-in-patients-with-nonsmall-cell-lung-cancer-a-protocol-for-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jin-Qiu Yuan, Yue-Lun Zhang, Hai-Tao Li, Chen Mao
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation testing in tumor tissue is now a common practice in selecting non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients for EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment. However, tumor tissues are often absent or insufficient for the testing. Blood is a potential substitute providing a noninvasive, easily accessible and repeatedly measureable source of genotypic information. However which is the best blood EGFR mutation testing method remains unclear...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206723/clinical-study-on-amplitude-integrated-electroencephalogram-in-cerebral-injury-caused-by-severe-neonatal-hyperbilirubinemia
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Hongwei Wu, Zhenguang Li, Jinfeng Liu, Gang Liu, Xia Yang
BACKGROUND: This study was designed in order to assess the validity of the use of amplitude-integrated electroencephalogram (aEEG) in cerebral injury caused by severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia. METHODS: A total of 56 full-term neonates diagnosed with severe neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and admitted to the NICU of our hospital from July 2013 to December 2014 were continuously selected for the study. The total serum bilirubin (TSB) was higher than 342 μmo/l, and was dominated by a higher amount of unconjugated bilirubin...
February 15, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202025/mild-electrical-stimulation-with-heat-shock-guides-differentiation-of-embryonic-stem-cells-into-pdx1-expressing-cells-within-the-definitive-endoderm
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Tomoaki Koga, Nobuaki Shiraki, Shuichiro Yano, Mary Ann Suico, Saori Morino-Koga, Takashi Sato, Tsuyoshi Shuto, Shoen Kume, Hirofumi Kai
BACKGROUND: Because of the increasing number of diabetic patients, it is important to generate pancreatic and duodenal homeobox gene 1 (Pdx1)-expressing cells, which are capable of differentiating into pancreatic endocrine β cells. Mild electrical stimulation was reported to modulate the differentiation of ES cells into ectoderm-derived neuronal cells or mesoderm-derived cardiac cells. RESULTS: In this study, we report that mild electrical stimulation with heat shock (MET) potentiates the differentiation of ES cells into definitive endoderm-derived Pdx1-expressing cells...
February 15, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198009/endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-fine-needle-aspirate-derived-preclinical-pancreatic-cancer-models-reveal-panitumumab-sensitivity-in-kras-wild-type-tumours
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William Berry, Elizabeth Algar, Beena Kumar, Christopher Desmond, Michael Swan, Brendan J Jenkins, Daniel Croagh
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is largely refractory to existing therapies used in unselected patient trials, thus emphasizing the pressing need for new approaches for patient selection in personalized medicine. KRAS mutations occur in 90% of PC patients and confer resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors (e.g. panitumumab), suggesting that KRAS wild-type PC patients may benefit from targeted panitumumab therapy. Here we use tumour tissue procured by endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspirate (EUS-FNA) to compare the in vivo sensitivity in patient derived xenografts (PDXs) of KRAS wild-type and mutant PC tumours to panitumumab, and to profile the molecular signature of these tumours in patients with metastatic or localized disease...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197794/therapeutic-options-in-refractory-diabetic-macular-oedema
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Sanket U Shah, Raj K Maturi
Diabetic macular oedema (DMO) results from alterations of several biochemical pathways in diabetic eyes. Centre-involving DMO is an important cause of visual loss in diabetes. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor agents are now the mainstay of centre-involving DMO treatment. Oedema that does not achieve optimal response to these agents occurs in a sizeable proportion of eyes and is called refractory or persistent DMO. Management of refractory DMO is challenging. In this paper, the pathophysiology of DMO, and the definitions used in various studies are summarised...
February 15, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196701/filamenting-temperature-sensitive-mutant-z-inhibitors-from-glycyrrhiza-glabra-and-their-inhibitory-mode-of-action
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Takashi Matsui, Subehan Lallo, Khoirun Nisa, Hiroyuki Morita
FtsZ is an essential protein for bacterial cell division, and an attractive and underexploited novel antibacterial target protein. Screening of Indonesian plants revealed the inhibitory activity of the methanol extract of Glycyrrhiza glabra on the Bacillus subtilis FtsZ (BsFtsZ) GTPase, and further bioassay-guided fractionation of the active methanol extract led to the isolation of seven known polyketides (1-7). Among them, gancaonin I (1), glycyrin (3), and isolicoflavanol (5) exhibited anti-BsFtsZ GTPase activities, at levels comparable to that of the synthetic FtsZ inhibitor, Zantrin Z3...
February 3, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196155/subperiosteal-minimally-invasive-aesthetic-ridge-augmentation-technique-smart-a-new-standard-for-bone-reconstruction-of-the-jaws
#10
Ernesto A Lee
Traditional guided bone regeneration techniques include flap mobilization and placement of a bone graft, often with the use of space-maintaining devices and cell-occlusive membranes. This approach is associated with frequent complications that negatively affect the outcome of the augmentation and the peri-implant soft tissue esthetics. Although current tunneling techniques have focused on periodontal soft tissue applications, earlier publications described their use for horizontal augmentation of mandibular posterior edentulous ridges in full-denture patients...
March 2017: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192427/comparing-individual-based-approaches-to-modelling-the-self-organization-of-multicellular-tissues
#11
James M Osborne, Alexander G Fletcher, Joe M Pitt-Francis, Philip K Maini, David J Gavaghan
The coordinated behaviour of populations of cells plays a central role in tissue growth and renewal. Cells react to their microenvironment by modulating processes such as movement, growth and proliferation, and signalling. Alongside experimental studies, computational models offer a useful means by which to investigate these processes. To this end a variety of cell-based modelling approaches have been developed, ranging from lattice-based cellular automata to lattice-free models that treat cells as point-like particles or extended shapes...
February 13, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190712/effect-of-antiplatelet-therapy-on-aneurysmal-sac-expansion-associated-with-type-ii-endoleaks-after-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
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Francisco Álvarez Marcos, José Manuel Llaneza Coto, Francisco José Franco Meijide, Ahmad Amer Zanabili Al-Sibbai, Jorge Vilariño Rico, Manuel Alonso Pérez, Santiago Caeiro Quinteiro
OBJECTIVE: Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) has gained widespread use through a solid reputation of safety and effectiveness. However, some issues, such as endoleaks and sac growth over time, still arise as important concerns. Antiplatelet therapy, mandatory as secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, may play a role in both phenomena by interfering with blood clotting properties and the inflammatory process associated with AAA. We analyzed whether different antiplatelet therapies were independent risk factors for type II endoleak (T2E) persistence and midterm sac growth after EVAR...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187287/understanding-the-intersections-between-metabolism-and-cancer-biology
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REVIEW
Matthew G Vander Heiden, Ralph J DeBerardinis
Transformed cells adapt metabolism to support tumor initiation and progression. Specific metabolic activities can participate directly in the process of transformation or support the biological processes that enable tumor growth. Exploiting cancer metabolism for clinical benefit requires defining the pathways that are limiting for cancer progression and understanding the context specificity of metabolic preferences and liabilities in malignant cells. Progress toward answering these questions is providing new insight into cancer biology and can guide the more effective targeting of metabolism to help patients...
February 9, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186757/thieno-3-2-b-pyrrole-5-carboxamides-as-new-reversible-inhibitors-of-histone-lysine-demethylase-kdm1a-lsd1-part-2-structure-based-drug-design-and-structure-activity-relationship
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Paola Vianello, Luca Sartori, Federica Amigoni, Anna Cappa, Giovanni Fagá, Raimondo Fattori, Elena Legnaghi, Giuseppe Ciossani, Andrea Mattevi, Giuseppe Meroni, Loris Moretti, Valentina Cecatiello, Sebastiano Pasqualato, Alessia Romussi, Florian Thaler, Paolo Trifiró, Oronza A Botrugno, Manuela Villa, Paola Dessanti, Saverio Minucci, Stefania Vultaggio, Elisa Zagarrí, Mario Varasi, Ciro Mercurio
The balance of methylation levels at histone H3 lysine 4 (H3K4) is regulated by KDM1A (LSD1). KDM1A is overexpressed in several tumor types, thus representing an emerging target for the development of novel cancer therapeutics. We have previously described (Part 1) the identification of thieno[3,2-b]pyrrole-5-carboxamides, as novel reversible inhibitors of KDM1A, whose preliminary exploration resulted in compound 2 with biochemical IC50 = 160 nM. We now report the structure-guided optimization of this chemical series, based on multiple ligand/KDM1A-CoRest co-crystal structures, which led to several extremely potent inhibitors...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186212/computational-investigation-of-the-kinetics-and-mechanism-of-the-initial-steps-of-the-fischer-tropsch-synthesis-on-cobalt
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Pieter van Helden, Jan-Albert van den Berg, Melissa A Petersen, Werner Janse van Rensburg, Ionel M Ciobîcă, Jan van de Loosdrecht
A multi-site microkinetic model for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) reaction up to C2 products on a FCC cobalt catalyst surface is presented. This model utilizes a multi-faceted cobalt nanoparticle model for the catalyst, consisting of the two dominant cobalt surface facets Co(111) and Co(100), and a step site represented by the Co(211) surface. The kinetic parameters for the intermediates and transition states on these sites were obtained using plane-wave, periodic boundary condition density functional theory...
February 10, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185757/molecular-biomarkers-for-the-evaluation-of-colorectal-cancer-guideline-from-the-american-society-for-clinical-pathology-college-of-american-pathologists-association-for-molecular-pathology-and-american-society-of-clinical-oncology
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REVIEW
Antonia R Sepulveda, Stanley R Hamilton, Carmen J Allegra, Wayne Grody, Allison M Cushman-Vokoun, William K Funkhouser, Scott E Kopetz, Christopher Lieu, Noralane M Lindor, Bruce D Minsky, Federico A Monzon, Daniel J Sargent, Veena M Singh, Joseph Willis, Jennifer Clark, Carol Colasacco, R Bryan Rumble, Robyn Temple-Smolkin, Christina B Ventura, Jan A Nowak
OBJECTIVES: To develop evidence-based guideline recommendations through a systematic review of the literature to establish standard molecular biomarker testing of colorectal cancer (CRC) tissues to guide epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) therapies and conventional chemotherapy regimens. METHODS: The American Society for Clinical Pathology, College of American Pathologists, Association for Molecular Pathology, and American Society of Clinical Oncology convened an expert panel to develop an evidence-based guideline to establish standard molecular biomarker testing and guide therapies for patients with CRC...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183657/production-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-macroporous-cell-encapsulating-alginate-fibres-for-nerve-repair
#17
Sharon Chien-Yu Lin, Yiwei Wang, David F Wertheim, Allan G A Coombes
The prospects for successful peripheral nerve repair using fibre guides are considered to be enhanced by the use of a scaffold material, which promotes attachment and proliferation of glial cells and axonal regeneration. Macroporous alginate fibres were produced by extraction of gelatin particle porogens from wet spun fibres produced using a suspension of gelatin particles in 1.5% w/v alginate solution. Gelatin loading of the starting suspension of 40.0, 57.0, and 62.5% w/w resulted in gelatin loading of the dried alginate fibres of 16, 21, and 24% w/w respectively...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182823/how-to-direct-the-neuronal-growth-process-in-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-future-strategies-for-nanosurfaces-scaffold-and-magnetic-nanoparticles
#18
Andrea Poggetti, Pietro Battistini, Paolo Domenico Parchi, Michela Novelli, Simona Raffa, Marco Cecchini, Anna Maria Nucci, Michele Lisanti
Currently, the gold standard to repair large nerve defects is the autologous nerve graft. These solutions offer a mechanical support, adhesion substrates, and, with Schwann cells (SC), a source of neurotropic factors for axonal growth. The technical limits are the donor side damage, multiple surgical accesses, and the unavailability of large amounts of grafts. In recent years, several researchers focused their attention on the interaction between cells (nervous and glial) and physic-chemical cues that arise from the extracellular milieu...
February 7, 2017: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178531/in%C3%A2-vivo-human-somitogenesis-guides-somite-development-from-hpscs
#19
Haibin Xi, Wakana Fujiwara, Karen Gonzalez, Majib Jan, Simone Liebscher, Ben Van Handel, Katja Schenke-Layland, April D Pyle
Somites form during embryonic development and give rise to unique cell and tissue types, such as skeletal muscles and bones and cartilage of the vertebrae. Using somitogenesis-stage human embryos, we performed transcriptomic profiling of human presomitic mesoderm as well as nascent and developed somites. In addition to conserved pathways such as WNT-β-catenin, we also identified BMP and transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling as major regulators unique to human somitogenesis. This information enabled us to develop an efficient protocol to derive somite cells in vitro from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs)...
February 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178293/%C3%AE-ct-of-ex-vivo-stained-mouse-hearts-and-embryos-enables-a-precise-match-between-3d-virtual-histology-classical-histology-and-immunochemistry
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Christian Dullin, Roser Ufartes, Emanuel Larsson, Sabine Martin, Marcio Lazzarini, Giuliana Tromba, Jeannine Missbach-Guentner, Diana Pinkert-Leetsch, Dörthe M Katschinski, Frauke Alves
The small size of the adult and developing mouse heart poses a great challenge for imaging in preclinical research. The aim of the study was to establish a phosphotungstic acid (PTA) ex-vivo staining approach that efficiently enhances the x-ray attenuation of soft-tissue to allow high resolution 3D visualization of mouse hearts by synchrotron radiation based μCT (SRμCT) and classical μCT. We demonstrate that SRμCT of PTA stained mouse hearts ex-vivo allows imaging of the cardiac atrium, ventricles, myocardium especially its fibre structure and vessel walls in great detail and furthermore enables the depiction of growth and anatomical changes during distinct developmental stages of hearts in mouse embryos...
2017: PloS One
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