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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532539/-detection-of-serum-peptides-in-patients-with-lung-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-maldi-tof-ms-and-analysis-of-their-correlation-with-chemotherapy-efficacy
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Guanhua Zhao, Bin Xu, Xiaoyan Li, Chuanhao Tang, Haifeng Qin, Hong Wang, Shaoxing Yang, Weixia Wang, Hongjun Gao, Kun He, Xiaoqing Liu
BACKGROUND: Treatment options for patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the lung (SCC) are limited in chemotherapy. However, not all patients could benefit form standard platinum regimen. Considering the dismal prognosis of patients with advanced SCC, a greater focus on selecting sensitive chemotherapy regimens remains of upmost importance to improve outcomes in this disease. In this study, we used matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry to detect pre-chemotherapy serum peptides in advanced lung squamous cell carcinoma patients accepting paclitaxel combined with platinum chemotherapy and to analyze the correlation between serum peptides and chemotherapy efficacy...
May 20, 2017: Zhongguo Fei Ai za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520473/a-new-method-and-mass-spectrometric-instrument-for-extraterrestrial-microbial-life-detection-using-the-elemental-composition-analyses-of-martian-regolith-and-permafrost-ice
#2
G G Managadze, A A Safronova, K A Luchnikov, E A Vorobyova, N S Duxbury, P Wurz, N G Managadze, A E Chumikov, R Kh Khamizov
We propose a new technique for the detection of microorganisms by elemental composition analyses of a sample extracted from regolith, permafrost, and ice of extraterrestrial bodies. We also describe the design of the ABIMAS instrument, which consists of the onboard time-of-flight laser mass-reflectron (TOF LMR) and the sample preparation unit (SPU) for biomass extraction. This instrument was initially approved to fly on board the ExoMars 2020 lander mission. The instrument can be used to analyze the elemental composition of possible extraterrestrial microbial communities and compare it to that of terrestrial microorganisms...
May 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520413/temporal-characteristics-of-brown-carbon-over-the-central-indo-gangetic-plain
#3
Rangu Venkata Satish, Puthukkadan Moosakutty Shamjad, Navaneeth M Thamban, Sachchida N Tripathi, Neeraj Rastogi
Recent global models estimate that light absorption by brown carbon (BrC) in several regions of the world is ~30-70% of that due to black carbon (BC). It is, therefore, important to understand its sources and characteristics on temporal and spatial scale. In this study, we conducted semi-continuous measurements of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) and BrC using particle-into-liquid sampler coupled with liquid waveguide capillary cell and total carbon analyzer (PILS-LWCC-TOC) over Kanpur (26.5°N, 80.3°E, 142 m amsl) during a winter season (December 2015 to February 2016)...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512230/differential-proteomic-analysis-of-gender-dependent-hepatic-tumorigenesis-in-hras12v-transgenic-mice
#4
Zhuona Rong, Tingting Fan, Huiling Li, Juan Li, Kangwei Wang, Xinxin Wang, Jianyi Dong, Jun Chen, Fujin Wang, Jingyu Wang, Aiguo Wang
Male prevalence is an outstanding characteristic of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and the underlying mechanisms for this have remained largely unknown. In the present study, Hras12V transgenic mice, in which hepatocyte-specific expression of the ras oncogene induces male-biased hepatic tumorigenesis, were studied, and altered proteins were detected by two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE). Protein samples from hepatic tumor tissues (T) and peri-tumor tissues (P) of transgenic males and females and the corresponding normal liver tissues (Wt) of non-transgenic males and females were subjected to pairwise comparisons based on proteomic analysis...
May 16, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497926/plasma-lte4-pgf2%C3%AE-ratio-and-blood-eosinophil-count-are-increased-in-elderly-asthmatics-with-previous-asthma-exacerbation
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Ga Young Ban, Young Min Ye, Sang Ha Kim, Gyu Young Hur, Joo Hee Kim, Jae Jung Shim, Kumsun Cho, Joo Youn Cho, Hae Sim Park
The tools for asthma control assessment recommended by the current guideline are cognitive function- and effort-dependent, which is substantially impaired in the elderly. The aim of this study is to investigate objective assessment tools of asthma control status and previous asthma exacerbation (AE) in elderly subjects. Asthmatics aged >60 years who were treated with step 2 or 3 by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guideline were enrolled. During the 12-week study period, the subjects used either 400 μg of budesonide plus 10 mg of montelukast or 800 μg of inhaled budesonide...
July 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497418/assessing-time-of-flight-signal-to-noise-ratio-gains-within-the-myocardium-and-subsequent-reductions-in-administered-activity-in-cardiac-pet-studies
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Ian S Armstrong, Christine M Tonge, Parthiban Arumugam
BACKGROUND: Time-of-flight (TOF) is known to increase signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and facilitate reductions in administered activity. Established measures of SNR gain are derived from areas of uniform uptake, which is not applicable to the heterogeneous uptake in cardiac PET images using fluoro-deoxyglucose (FDG). This study aimed to develop a technique to quantify SNR gains within the myocardium due to TOF. METHODS: Reference TOF SNR gains were measured in 88 FDG oncology patients...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489210/sugammadex-ed90-dose-to-reverse-the-rocuronium-neuromuscular-blockade-in-obese-patients
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Mauro Prado DA Silva, Christiano Matsui, Daniel Dongiou Kim, Joaquim Edson Vieira, Carlos Alberto Malheiros, Ligia Andrade Silva Telles Mathias
Objective: to determine the ED90 (minimum effective dose in 90% of patients) of sugammadex for the reversal of rocuronium-induced moderate neuromuscular blockade (NMB) in patients with grade III obesity undergoing bariatric surgery. Methods: we conducted a prospective study with the biased coin up-and-down sequential design. We chosen the following doses: 2.0mg/Kg, 2.2mg/Kg, 2.4mg/Kg, 2.6mg/Kg, 2.8mg/Kg. The complete reversal of rocuronium-induced NMB considered a T4/T1 ratio ≥0...
January 2017: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479750/serum-protein-profile-in-women-with-pregnancy-morbidity-associated-with-antiphospholipid-syndrome
#8
Angela M Alvarez, Stefan Neubeck, Sergio Parra, Udo R Markert, Angela P Cadavid
CONTEXT: Antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) are related with a high risk of pregnancy morbidity (PM) and also of vascular thrombosis. On the basis of recent studies, we expect that in women with PM associated with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), further factors may be deregulated and involved in pathophysiology of the disease. Such factors may have the potential to become novel biomarkers for APS and its stages. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Descriptive study from a recurrent pregnancy loss program...
January 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476377/nodal-metastasis-signatures-in-breast-cancer
#9
Kyeongmee Park, Joo Hyun Lee, Hyun Ho Han, Seong Gyeong Mun, Suki Kang, Youn Jin Cha, Ja-Seung Koo, Min Ju Kim, Hye Sun Lee, Jieun Moon, Nam Hoon Cho
Although the molecular taxonomy of invasive breast cancer is based on heterogeneous histologic types, pathologic nodal (pN) stage remains one of the most important independent prognostic factors. Although node-positive number (NPN) has been widely as an accepted staging algorithm of pN stage, the node-positive ratio (NPR) in totally resected axillary nodes has been considered as another reasonable indicator. We aimed to identify signatures to play a predictive role in nodal metastasis for analytic validation between the primary breast cancers with positive node metastasis and those with negative node metastasis...
December 5, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470792/super-resolution-intracranial-quiescent-interval-slice-selective-magnetic-resonance-angiography
#10
Ioannis Koktzoglou, Robert R Edelman
PURPOSE: To evaluate the combination of nonenhanced quiescent-interval slice-selective (QISS) magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) with super-resolution reconstruction for portraying the intracranial arteries. METHODS: The intracranial arteries of seven volunteers were imaged at 3T using QISS MRA acquired with a flow-compensated fast low-angle shot (FLASH) readout and thin overlapping slices. The impacts of super-resolution reconstruction and various acquisition parameters on the delineation of intracranial arteries were quantified using four metrics: arterial-to-background contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR), arterial-to-background contrast, arterial sharpness, and arterial full-width-at-half-maximum (FWHM)...
May 3, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465033/newborn-screening-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry-based-on-parylene-matrix-chip
#11
Jo-Il Kim, Joo-Yoon Noh, Mira Kim, Jong-Min Park, Hyun-Woo Song, Min-Jung Kang, Jae-Chul Pyun
Newborn screening for diagnosis of phenylketonuria, homocystinuria, and maple syrup urine disease have been conducted by analyzing the concentration of target amino acids using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-ToF MS) based on parylene-matrix chip. Parylene-matrix chip was applied to MALDI-ToF MS analysis reducing the matrix peaks significantly at low mass-to-charge ratio range (m/z < 500). Reproducibility of inter-spot and intra-spot analyses of amino acids was less than 10%...
April 29, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464615/mg-corrosion-hydroxyapatite-and-bone-healing
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Håkan Nygren, Narmin Bigdeli, Lars Ilver, Per Malmberg
The different capacities of magnesium in the metallic form (Mg-metal) and magnesium oxide (MgO) to stimulate bone healing are possible clues in the search for products that may promote bone healing. Since both Mg-metal and MgO can be assumed to release comparable amounts of Mg(2+) ions during their reactions in the tissue where they have been implanted, it is of some importance to follow this process and analyze the resulting mineral formation in the tissue at the implantation site. Implants of MgO were inserted into rat tibia, and the bone healing was compared with sham-operated controls...
May 2, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458566/usefulness-of-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-to-identify-pathogens-including-polymicrobial-samples-directly-from-blood-culture-broths
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Maya Hariu, Yuji Watanabe, Nozomi Oikawa, Masafumi Seki
Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) is now widely used to detect pathogens in clinical settings in Japan. Here, we report the ability of TOF-MS to detect bacteria from blood culture (BC) broths, and compare the efficacy of TOF-MS to that of conventional culture methods. Bacteria were correctly detected from 63 monomicrobial samples within 80 minutes; results matched those obtained by conventional BC methods, although the conventional methods took 2-3 days. In addition to the 63 monomicrobial samples, another three polymicrobial samples were tested; notably, the infecting bacteria were not correctly identified in two of these three samples...
2017: Infection and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455532/left-ventricular-stiffness-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Clement Kwong-Man Yu, Wilfred Hing-Sang Wong, Vivian Wing-Yi Li, Yiu-Fai Cheung
Left ventricular (LV) remodeling after tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) repair may influence LV stiffness. We hypothesized that LV stiffness is altered after TOF repair and related to myocardial calibrated integrated backscatter (cIB) and LV diastolic myocardial deformation. Seventy-seven TOF patients and 80 controls were studied. LV stiffness was assessed by diastolic wall strain (DWS) as defined by (LVPWsystole-LVPWdiastole)/LVPWsystole, where LVPW is LV posterior wall thickness, and stiffness index as defined by (E/e/LV end-diastolic dimension), where E and e are respectively early diastolic transmitral inflow and mitral annular velocities...
April 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447457/co3o4-%C3%AE-quantum-dots-as-a-highly-efficient-oxygen-evolution-reaction-catalyst-for-water-splitting
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Guangxing Zhang, Jie Yang, Han Wang, Haibiao Chen, Jinlong Yang, Feng Pan
Co3O4-δ quantum dots (Co3O4-δ-QDs) with a crystallite size of approximately 2 nm and oxygen vacancies were fabricated through multicycle lithiation/delithiation of mesoporous Co3O4 nanosheets. Used as an oxygen evolution reaction (OER) electrocatalyst for water splitting, the catalytic performance (an overpotential of 270 mV@10 mA cm(-2) and no decay within 30 h) of Co3O4-δ-QDs is superior to that of previously reported Co-based catalysts and the state-of-the-art IrO2. Compared to that of the Co3O4 nanosheets, the enhanced OER activity of Co3O4-δ-QDs is attributed to two factors: one is the increased quantity of the Faradaic active sites, including the total active sites (q*Total), the most accessible active sites (q*Outer), and their ratio (q*Outer/q*Total); the other is the enhanced intrinsic electroactivity per active site evaluated by the turnover frequency and the current density normalized by the most accessible active sites (j/q*Outer) related to the OER...
May 8, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445914/clinical-significance-of-intraluminal-contrast-enhancement-in-patients-with-spontaneous-cervical-artery-dissection-a%C3%A2-black-blood-mri-study
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Eva Coppenrath, Olga Lenz, Nora Sommer, Nina Lummel, Jennifer Linn, Karla Treitl, Fabian Bamberg, Maximilian Reiser, Thomas Pfefferkorn, Tobias Saam
Purpose Recent studies have suggested that intraluminal thrombi show contrast enhancement on carotid black-blood T1w MRI. The aim of this study was to evaluate the significance of intraluminal contrast enhancement (iCE) regarding symptom status in patients with spontaneous cervical artery dissection (sCAD). Methods 33 consecutive patients (19 men) with sCAD received a brain MRI (DIFF, T2w, T2*w, FLAIR) and a multi-sequence 3T-MRI with fat-saturated high-resolution black-blood T1w-sequences pre- and post-contrast, contrast-enhanced MR angiography and TOF images of carotid and vertebral arteries...
April 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445243/harmonizing-standardized-uptake-value-recovery-between-two-pet-ct-systems-from-different-manufacturers-when-using-resolution-modelling-and-time-of-flight
#17
Ian S Armstrong, Katharine E Thomson, Lisa M Rowley, Daniel R McGowan
PET iterative reconstruction algorithms with resolution modelling (RM) can be used to improve spatial resolution in the images. However, RM has a significant impact on quantification, which raises issues for harmonization across multicentre networks or collaborations. This investigation compared quantification from two modern time-of-flight (TOF) PET/CT systems from different manufacturers with RM with the intention to harmonize recovery. Images of a National Electrical Manufacturers Association image quality phantom with a sphere-to-background concentration ratio of 4 : 1 were acquired on a GE Discovery 710 and a Siemens Biograph mCT and reconstructed with RM and TOF...
April 25, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402450/sudden-cardiac-death-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-does-qrs-complex-fragmentation-discriminate-in-structurally-abnormal-hearts
#18
Jim T Vehmeijer, Zeliha Koyak, Jouke P Bokma, Werner Budts, Louise Harris, Barbara J M Mulder, Joris R de Groot
Aims: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) causes a large portion of all mortality in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) patients. However, identification of high-risk patients remains challenging. Fragmented QRS-complexes (fQRS) are a marker for SCD in patients with acquired heart disease but data in ACHD patients are lacking. We therefore aim to evaluate the prognostic value of fQRS for SCD in ACHD patients. Methods and results: From a multicentre cohort of 25 790 ACHD patients, we included tachyarrhythmic SCD cases (n = 147), and controls (n = 266) matched by age, gender, congenital defect and (surgical) intervention...
April 10, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399799/half-dose-sugammadex-combined-with-neostigmine-is-non-inferior-to-full-dose-sugammadex-for-reversal-of-rocuronium-induced-deep-neuromuscular-blockade-a-cost-saving-strategy
#19
Marie T Aouad, Waseem S Alfahel, Roland N Kaddoum, Sahar M Siddik-Sayyid
BACKGROUND: Sugammadex reverses the effect of rocuronium more rapidly and effectively than neostigmine, at all levels of neuromuscular blockade (NMB). However, its cost is prohibitive. The combination of half dose sugammadex with neostigmine would be non-inferior to full dose sugammadex for the reversal of deep NMB. This approach would reduce the cost of sugammadex while preserving its efficacy. METHODS: Patients were randomly allocated to receive sugammadex 4 mg/kg (Group S) or sugammadex 2 mg/kg with neostigmine 50 μg/kg and glycopyrrolate 10 μg/kg (Group NS) for reversal of rocuronium deep NMB...
April 11, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394818/optimization-of-pet-ct-image-quality-using-the-ge-sharp-ir-point-spread-function-reconstruction-algorithm
#20
Nicholas J Vennart, Nicholas Bird, John Buscombe, Heok K Cheow, Ewa Nowosinska, Sarah Heard
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to quantify any improvement with the GE 'Sharp IR' point-spread function (PSF) reconstruction algorithm in addition to ordered subsets expectation maximum (OSEM) and time-of-flight (TOF) reconstruction algorithms and establish the optimum parameters to be used in clinical studies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a range of experiments using the National Electrical Manufacturers Association image quality phantom filled with a 4 : 1 signal-to-background ratio...
June 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
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