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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228520/the-significance-of-trop2-expression-in-predicting-braf-mutations-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Joon Seog Kong, Hyeon Jin Kim, Min-Jung Kim, Areumnuri Kim, Dalnim Lee, Kanghee Han, Sunhoo Park, Jae Soo Koh, Jae Kyung Myung
Background: Trophoblast antigen 2 (TROP2) is a human trophoblast cell-surface glycoprotein that is overexpressed in several types of epithelial cancers, and is suggested to be associated with an unfavorable prognosis. BRAF mutations are the most common genetic alteration in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). We evaluated the correlation between TROP2 expression and BRAF mutation in PTC. Methods: First, we carried out pyrosequencing for BRAF mutations and immunohistochemistry for TROP2 expression with a tissue microarray consisting of 52 PTC cases...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228516/refining-prediction-in-treatment-resistant-depression-results-of-machine-learning-analyses-in-the-trd-iii-sample
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Alexander Kautzky, Markus Dold, Lucie Bartova, Marie Spies, Thomas Vanicek, Daniel Souery, Stuart Montgomery, Julien Mendlewicz, Joseph Zohar, Chiara Fabbri, Alessandro Serretti, Rupert Lanzenberger, Siegfried Kasper
OBJECTIVE: The study objective was to generate a prediction model for treatment-resistant depression (TRD) using machine learning featuring a large set of 47 clinical and sociodemographic predictors of treatment outcome. METHOD: 552 Patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD) according to DSM-IV criteria were enrolled between 2011 and 2016. TRD was defined as failure to reach response to antidepressant treatment, characterized by a Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) score below 22 after at least 2 antidepressant trials of adequate length and dosage were administered...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228452/establishment-and-analysis-of-the-prediction-model-for-cervical-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Y-H Zhou, W-F Fan, J Deng, H-L Xi
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to construct a prediction model for cervical squamous cell carcinoma and evaluate its accuracy in diagnosing cervical squamous cell carcinoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fifty patients with initially histopathologically confirmed cervical squamous cell carcinoma and 150 patients with initially histopathologically confirmed cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) were enrolled. The high-risk human papillomavirus (HR-HPV) infection, human telomerase mRNA component (hTERC) gene and cell-myc (c-myc) gene amplification, and minichromosome maintenance protein 5 (MCM5) protein expression were detected...
November 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228424/circulating-ship2-mrna-as-a-novel-biomarker-in-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-gastric-cancer
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J-F Xie, N-S Xie, J-H Tang, Q-P Gu, Q-T Luo
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies showed the aberrant expression of Src homology 2-containing inositol 5-phosphatase 2 (SHIP2) in GC tissue. However, the exact role of circulating SHIP2 in GC remains unclear. The aim of this manuscript was to analyze potential diagnostic and prognostic value of circulating SHIP2 levels in GC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Circulating SHIP2 expression was detected in the plasma of 156 GC patients and 60 healthy controls by qRT-PCR. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were plotted to explore the reliability of circulating SHIP2 in detecting GC...
November 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228417/mir-155-affects-renal-carcinoma-cell-proliferation-invasion-and-apoptosis-through-regulating-gsk-3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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R-J Wei, C-H Zhang, W-Z Yang
OBJECTIVE: Glycogen Synthase Kinase-3β (GSK-3β) negatively regulates Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway through degrading β-catenin protein. It plays an inhibitory role in various tumors, while the influence in the pathogenesis of renal carcinoma has not been elucidated. MicroRNA-155 (MiR-155) was found to be upregulated in renal carcinoma tissue. Bioinformatics analysis revealed the complementary binding site between miR-155 and 3'-UTR of GSK-3β. This study investigated the influence of miR-155 in regulating GSK-3β expression, Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway activity, and renal carcinoma cell proliferation, invasion, and apoptosis...
November 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228416/dental-health-in-patients-affected-by-alcohol-use-disorders-a-cross-sectional-study
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P F Manicone, C Tarli, A Mirijello, L Raffaelli, G A Vassallo, M Antonelli, M M Rando, C Mosoni, A Cossari, L Lavorgna, F Caputo, A D'Addona, A Gasbarrini, G Addolorato
OBJECTIVE: Chronic alcohol abuse represents a risk factor for oral diseases, in particular, oral cancer. Periodontal disease has been showed to be involved in the pathophysiology of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, such as atherosclerosis and liver steatosis. The role of chronic alcohol consumption on periodontitis is still controversial. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of chronic alcohol abuse on oral health. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-three alcohol use disorders (AUD) patients and twenty-three healthy social drinkers underwent an oral examination by trained oral clinicians in order to evaluate oral and dental health...
November 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228397/yeast-identification-by-sequencing-biochemical-kits-maldi-tof-ms-and-rep-pcr-dna-fingerprinting
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Ying Zhao, Chi-Ching Tsang, Meng Xiao, Jasper F W Chan, Susanna K P Lau, Fanrong Kong, Yingchun Xu, Patrick C Y Woo
No study has comprehensively evaluated the performance of 28S nrDNA and ITS sequencing, commercial biochemical test kits, MALDI-TOF MS platforms, and the emerging rep-PCR DNA fingerprinting technology using a cohort of yeast strains collected from a clinical microbiology laboratory. In this study, using 71 clinically important yeast isolates (excluding Candida albicans) collected from a single centre, we determined the concordance of 28S nrDNA and ITS sequencing and evaluated the performance of two commercial test kits, two MALDI-TOF MS platforms, and rep-PCR DNA fingerprinting...
December 8, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228354/prolonged-exposure-does-not-increase-soil-microbial-community-compositional-response-to-warming-along-geothermal-gradients
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Dajana Radujkovic, Erik Verbruggen, Bjarni D Sigurdsson, Niki I W Leblans, Ivan A Janssens, Sara Vicca, James T Weedon
Global change is expected to affect soil microbial communities through their responsiveness to temperature. It has been proposed that prolonged exposure to elevated temperatures may lead to progressively larger effects on soil microbial community composition. However, due to the relatively short-term nature of most warming experiments, this idea has been challenging to evaluate. The present study took advantage of natural geothermal gradients (from + 1°C to + 19°C above ambient) in two subarctic grasslands to test the hypothesis that long-term exposure ( > 50 years) intensifies the effect of warming on microbial community composition compared to short-term exposure (5-7 years)...
December 8, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228323/evaluation-of-a-genus-specific-elisa-and-a-commercial-aspergillus-western-blot-igg%C3%A2-immunoblot-kit-for-the-diagnosis-of-aspergillosis-in-common-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus
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Guillaume Desoubeaux, Carolina Le-Bert, Vanessa Fravel, Tonya Clauss, Alexa J Delaune, Jeny Soto, Eric D Jensen, Jennifer E Flower, Randall Wells, Gregory D Bossart, Carolyn Cray
Aspergillosis is a fungal infection with high mortality and morbidity rates. As in humans, its definitive diagnosis is difficult in animals, and thus new laboratory tools are required to overcome the diagnostic limitations due to low specificity and lack of standardization. In this study of common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), we evaluated the diagnostic performance of a new commercial immunoblot kit that had been initially developed for the serologic diagnosis of chronic aspergillosis in humans...
December 8, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228316/identification-of-a-critical-window-for-ganciclovir-induced-disruption-of-testicular-development-in-rats
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Katlyn Barp Meyer, Anderson Joel Martino Andrade, Amanda Caroline Venturelli, Diogo Henrique Kita, Dária Louise Barbosa Machado, Rafaela Adams Philipsen, Alluanan Adelson do Nascimento Silva, Isabelle Cantão, Davyson Moreira, Valdemiro Amaro da Silva Junior, Taiza Stumpp, Rosana Nogueira Morais
Ganciclovir (GCV) has been implicated in the development of testicular alterations. Exposure on gestational day (GD) 10 in rats induced permanent effects, including focal reduction or absence of germ cells (Sertoli cell-only tubules). Because the timing of exposure can be critical for testicular effects, we exposed rat dams to 300 mg/kg GCV (three 100mg/kg subcutaneous injections) on GD10, 14 and 19, when germ cells have high rates of migration, proliferation and are mitotically quiescent, respectively. Males exposed to GCV in utero on GD10 and 14 were evaluated for androgenization markers, serum and fecal androgens, and testicular histomorphometry at adulthood...
December 7, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228315/comparison-of-neoadjuvant-nab-paclitaxel-carboplatin-vs-nab-paclitaxel-gemcitabine-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-randomized-wsg-adapt-tn-trial-results
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Oleg Gluz, Ulrike Nitz, Cornelia Liedtke, Matthias Christgen, Eva-Maria Grischke, Helmut Forstbauer, Michael Braun, Mathias Warm, John Hackmann, Christoph Uleer, Bahriye Aktas, Claudia Schumacher, Nikola Bangemann, Christoph Lindner, Sherko Kuemmel, Michael Clemens, Jochem Potenberg, Peter Staib, Andreas Kohls, Raquel von Schumann, Ronald Kates, Ronald Kates, Johannes Schumacher, Rachel Wuerstlein, Hans Heinrich Kreipe, Nadia Harbeck
Background: Pathological complete response (pCR) is associated with improved prognosis in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). The optimal chemotherapy regimen is unclear. Weekly nab-paclitaxel vs conventional paclitaxel or addition of carboplatin to anthracycline-taxane results in higher pCR rates with uncertain survival impact. We evaluated carboplatin vs gemcitabine with a nab-paclitaxel backbone as a short 12-week A-free regimen with a focus on early response. Methods: Patients with TNBC (estrogen receptor/progesterone receptor < 1%, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative, cT1c-cT4c, cN0/+) were randomly assigned to A: nab-paclitaxel 125 mg/m2/gemcitabine 1000 mg/m2 d1,8 three times weekly (q3w); vs B: nab-paclitaxel 125 mg/m2/carboplatin AUC2 day 1,8 q3w...
December 8, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228246/clinical-impact-of-candida-spp-biofilm-production-in-a-cohort-of-patients-with-candidemia
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Priscilla Morais Monfredini, Ana Carolina Remondi Souza, Renan Pelluzzi Cavalheiro, Ricardo Andreotti Siqueira, Arnaldo Lopes Colombo
Persistent candidemia refers to the continued isolation of the same Candida species in the blood of a candidemic patient despite appropriate therapy. Despite the clinical importance of persistent candidemia, studies have superficially addressed the biological conditions behind this phenomenon. The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between the biofilm-forming ability by Candida bloodstream isolates and the persistence of infection. A total of 55 isolates of Candida were tested and characterized in two groups: (i) group I, which included seven patients with persistent candidemia, and (ii) group II, which included 18 patients with nonpersistent candidemia...
December 8, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228242/mortality-risk-prediction-in-infective-endocarditis-surgery-reliability-analysis-of-specific-scores
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Laura Varela, Jose López-Menéndez, Ana Redondo, Edmundo Ricardo Fajardo, Javier Miguelena, Tomasa Centella, Miren Martín, Rafael Muñoz, Enrique Navas, Jose Luis Moya, Jorge Rodríguez-Roda
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the prognostic utility of risk scores in surgery for infective endocarditis (IE) to evaluate their reliability in mortality risk prediction. METHODS: An observational retrospective study was developed to include all patients who underwent surgery for active IE from 2002 to 2016. Classical and endocarditis-specific risk scores were calculated. RESULTS: A total of 180 patients were included in the study. The 30-day mortality rate was 26...
December 8, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228208/advances-in-serodiagnostic-testing-for-lyme-disease-are-at-hand
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John A Branda, Barbara A Body, Jeff Boyle, Bernard M Branson, Raymond J Dattwyler, Erol Fikrig, Noel J Gerald, Maria Gomes-Solecki, Martin Kintrup, Michel Ledizet, Andrew E Levin, Michael Lewinski, Lance A Liotta, Adriana Marques, Paul S Mead, Emmanuel F Mongodin, Segaran Pillai, Prasad Rao, William H Robinson, Kristian M Roth, Martin E Schriefer, Thomas Slezak, Jessica Snyder, Allen C Steere, Jan Witkowski, Susan J Wong, Steven E Schutzer
The cause of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, was discovered in 1983. A 2-tiered testing protocol was established for serodiagnosis in 1994, involving an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) or indirect fluorescence antibody, followed (if reactive) by immunoglobulin M and immunoglobulin G Western immunoblots. These assays were prepared from whole-cell cultured B. burgdorferi, lacking key in vivo expressed antigens and expressing antigens that can bind non-Borrelia antibodies. Additional drawbacks, particular to the Western immunoblot component, include low sensitivity in early infection, technical complexity, and subjective interpretation when scored by visual examination...
December 7, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228189/a-snapshot-of-3649-web-based-services-published-between-1994-and-2017-shows-a-decrease-in-availability-after-2-years
#15
Ágnes Osz, Lorinc Sándor Pongor, Danuta Szirmai, Balázs Gyorffy
Background: The long-term availability of online Web services is of utmost importance to ensure reproducibility of analytical results. However, because of lack of maintenance following acceptance, many servers become unavailable after a short period of time. Our aim was to monitor the accessibility and the decay rate of published Web services as well as to determine the factors underlying trends changes. Methods: We searched PubMed to identify publications containing Web server-related terms published between 1994 and 2017...
December 8, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228185/dncon2-improved-protein-contact-prediction-using-two-level-deep-convolutional-neural-networks
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Badri Adhikari, Jie Hou, Jianlin Cheng
Motivation: Significant improvements in the prediction of protein residue-residue contacts are observed in the recent years. These contacts, predicted using a variety of coevolution-based and machine learning methods, are the key contributors to the recent progress in ab initio protein structure prediction, as demonstrated in the recent CASP experiments. Continuing the development of new methods to reliably predict contact maps is essential to further improve ab initio structure prediction...
December 8, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228183/plasma-oxysterols-biomarkers-for-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-spastic-paraplegia-type-5
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Cecilia Marelli, Foudil Lamari, Dominique Rainteau, Alexandre Lafourcade, Guillaume Banneau, Lydie Humbert, Marie-Lorraine Monin, Elodie Petit, Rabab Debs, Giovanni Castelnovo, Elisabeth Ollagnon, Julie Lavie, Julie Pilliod, Isabelle Coupry, Patrick J Babin, Claire Guissart, Imen Benyounes, Urielle Ullmann, Gaetan Lesca, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Pierre Labauge, Sylvie Odent, Claire Ewenczyk, Claude Wolf, Giovanni Stevanin, David Hajage, Alexandra Durr, Cyril Goizet, Fanny Mochel
The hereditary spastic paraplegias are an expanding and heterogeneous group of disorders characterized by spasticity in the lower limbs. Plasma biomarkers are needed to guide the genetic testing of spastic paraplegia. Spastic paraplegia type 5 (SPG5) is an autosomal recessive spastic paraplegia due to mutations in CYP7B1, which encodes a cytochrome P450 7α-hydroxylase implicated in cholesterol and bile acids metabolism. We developed a method based on ultra-performance liquid chromatography electrospray tandem mass spectrometry to validate two plasma 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-OHC) and 27-hydroxycholesterol (27-OHC) as diagnostic biomarkers in a cohort of 21 patients with SPG5...
December 8, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228176/screening-and-identification-of-immunoactive-flab-protein-fragments-of-treponema-pallidum-for-the-serodiagnosis-of-syphilis
#18
Manyi Tan, Man Xu, Yongjian Xiao, Yafeng Xie, Chuanhao Jiang, Kang Zheng, Qian Chen, Feijun Zhao, Tiebing Zeng, Yimou Wu
Flagellin is a classical pathogen-associated molecular pattern that can evoke robust immune response. We have demonstrated previously that three full-length flagellins of Treponema pallidum, namely FlaB1, FlaB2 and FlaB3, did have diagnostic value in serodiagnosis of syphilis. Here, we selected and constructed three recombinant fragments of each complete FlaB, both the conserved N-terminal and the C-terminal region, and the middle variable part, with the goal of exploring fragment unique to Treponema pallidum for use as antigen target in a fragment based serological test...
December 5, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228159/patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction-and-non-obstructive-coronary-arteries-safety-and-prognostic-relevance-of-invasive-coronary-provocative-tests
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Rocco A Montone, Giampaolo Niccoli, Francesco Fracassi, Michele Russo, Filippo Gurgoglione, Giulia Cammà, Gaetano A Lanza, Filippo Crea
Aims: Functional alterations of epicardial coronary arteries or coronary microcirculation represent a frequent cause of myocardial infarction and non-obstructive coronary arteries (MINOCA). We aimed at assessing the prognostic value of intracoronary provocative tests in patients presenting with MINOCA and in which other causes of MINOCA have been excluded. Methods and results: We prospectively evaluated patients with a diagnosis of MINOCA, excluding patients with aetiologies other than suspected coronary vasomotor abnormalities...
December 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228123/role-of-yes-associated-protein-1-angiomotin-and-mitogen-activated-kinase-kinase-1-2-in-development-of-the-bovine-blastocyst
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Verónica M Negrón-Pérez, Peter J Hansen
The morula-stage embryo is transformed into a blastocyst composed of epiblast, hypoblast and trophectoderm (TE) through mechanisms that, at least in the mouse, involve the Hippo signaling and mitogen-activated kinase (MAPK) pathways. Using the cow as an additional model, we tested the hypotheses that TE and hypoblast differentiation were regulated by the Hippo pathway regulators, YAP1 and AMOT, and MAPK kinase 1/2 (MAPK1/2). The presence of YAP1 and CDX2 in the nucleus and cytoplasm of MII oocytes and embryos was evaluated by immunofluorescence labeling...
December 8, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
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