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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938744/an-improved-ivm-method-for-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-from-small-follicles-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-patients-enhances-oocyte-competence-and-embryo-yield
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F Sánchez, F Lolicato, S Romero, M De Vos, H Van Ranst, G Verheyen, E Anckaert, J E J Smitz
STUDY QUESTION: Are meiotic and developmental competence of human oocytes from small (2-8 mm) antral follicles improved by applying an optimized IVM method involving a prematuration step in presence of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) followed by a maturation step in presence of FSH and Amphiregulin (AREG)? SUMMARY ANSWER: A strategy involving prematuration culture (PMC) in the presence of CNP followed by IVM using FSH + AREG increases oocyte maturation potential leading to a higher availability of Day 3 embryos and good-quality blastocysts for single embryo transfer...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938668/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-cholecystectomy-and-the-risk-of-cholangiocarcinoma
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Jianping Xiong, Yaqin Wang, Hanchun Huang, Jin Bian, Anqiang Wang, Junyu Long, Ying Zheng, Xinting Sang, Yiyao Xu, Xin Lu, Haitao Zhao
Studies have reported that cholecystectomy may increase the risk of cholangiocarcinoma. However, this association is controversial. Thus, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to explore the relationship between cholecystectomy and the risk of cholangiocarcinoma. Relevant studies were identified by searching PubMed, EMBASE, ISI Web of Science published before February 2017. We used the random effects model proposed by DerSimonian and Laird to quantify the relationship between cholecystectomy and risk of cholangiocarcinoma...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938490/expression-of-contactin-4-is-associated-with-malignant-behavior-in-pheochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas
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Lucie Evenepoel, Francien H van Nederveen, Lindsey Oudijk, Thomas G Papathomas, David F Restuccia, Eric J T Belt, Wouter W de Herder, Richard A Feelders, Gaston J H Franssen, Marc Hamoir, Dominique Maiter, Aurel Perren, Henri J L M Timmers, Susanne van Eeden, Laurent Vroonen, Selda Aydin, Mercedes Robledo, Miikka Vikkula, Ronald R de Krijger, Winand N M Dinjens, Alexandre Persu, Esther Korpershoek
Context: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGL) are rare neuroendocrine, usually benign tumors. Currently, the only reliable criterion of malignancy is the presence of metastases. Objective: The aim was to identify genes associated with malignancy in PPGL. Design: Transcriptomic profiling was performed on 40 benign and 11 malignant PPGL. Genes showing a significantly different expression between benign and malignant PPGL with a ratio ≥ 4 were confirmed, and subsequently tested in an independent series by qRT-PCR...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938284/longitudinal-validation-of-the-promis-physical-function-item-bank-in-upper-extremity-trauma
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Aaron J Kaat, Nan E Rothrock, Mark S Vrahas, Robert V OʼToole, Sarah K Buono, Timothy Zerhusen, Richard C Gershon
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the reliability, validity, and responsiveness of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Upper Extremity Computer Adaptive Test (UE-CAT) and the 8-item Physical Function short form (PF-SF8a) for monitoring outcomes after musculoskeletal injuries in upper extremity trauma patients. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Two Level-I trauma centers. PATIENTS: Eligible consecutive patients were approached and 424 consented at time 1 (median 9...
October 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938147/development-of-an-experimental-model-of-burst-fracture-with-damage-characterization-of-the-vertebral-bodies-under-dynamic-conditions
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A Germaneau, T Vendeuvre, M Saget, P Doumalin, J C Dupré, F Brémand, F Hesser, C Brèque, P Maxy, M Roulaud, O Monlezun, P Rigoard
BACKGROUND: Burst fractures represent a significant proportion of fractures of the thoracolumbar junction. The recent advent of minimally invasive techniques has revolutionized the surgical treatment of this type of fracture. However mechanical behaviour and primary stability offered by these solutions have to be proved from experimental validation tests on cadaveric specimens. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop an original and reproducible model of burst fracture under dynamic impact...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938049/detection-of-mutations-in-gyrb-using-denaturing-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-dhplc-among-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi-and-paratyphi-a
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Ruchi Gupta, Rajni Gaind, Laishram Chandreshwor Singh, Bianca Paglietti, Monorama Deb, Salvatore Rubino, John Wain, Seemi Farhat Basir
Background: Fluoroquinolone resistance is mediated by mutations in the quinolone-resistance determining region (QRDR) of the topoisomerase genes. Denaturing high performance liquid chromatography (DHPLC) was evaluated for detection of clinically important mutations in gyrB among Salmonella. Methods: Salmonella Typhi and S. Paratyphi A characterised for mutation in QRDR of gyrA, parC and parE were studied for mutation in gyrB by DHPLC and validated by sequencing...
December 1, 2016: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937943/multiomics-analysis-of-tumor-microenvironment-reveals-gata2-and-mirna-124-3p-as-potential-novel-biomarkers-in-ovarian-cancer
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Esra Gov, Medi Kori, Kazim Yalcin Arga
Ovarian cancer is a common and, yet, one of the most deadly human cancers due to its insidious onset and the current lack of robust early diagnostic tests. Tumors are complex tissues comprised of not only malignant cells but also genetically stable stromal cells. Understanding the molecular mechanisms behind epithelial-stromal crosstalk in ovarian cancer is a great challenge in particular. In the present study, we performed comparative analyses of transcriptome data from laser microdissected epithelial, stromal, and ovarian tumor tissues, and identified common and tissue-specific reporter biomolecules-genes, receptors, membrane proteins, transcription factors (TFs), microRNAs (miRNAs), and metabolites-by integration of transcriptome data with genome-scale biomolecular networks...
September 22, 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937647/identification-of-dna-binding-proteins-using-mixed-feature-representation-methods
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Kaiyang Qu, Ke Han, Song Wu, Guohua Wang, Leyi Wei
DNA-binding proteins play vital roles in cellular processes, such as DNA packaging, replication, transcription, regulation, and other DNA-associated activities. The current main prediction method is based on machine learning, and its accuracy mainly depends on the features extraction method. Therefore, using an efficient feature representation method is important to enhance the classification accuracy. However, existing feature representation methods cannot efficiently distinguish DNA-binding proteins from non-DNA-binding proteins...
September 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937516/validation-of-ultrasound-guidance-targeting-tasks-relationship-of-performance-and-clinical-experience
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Joshua F Nitsche, Kristina M Shumard, Brian C Brost
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether health care provider performance on a novel task trainer and a set of newly created ultrasound guidance targeting tasks relates with their level of clinical experience. METHODS: In a prospective cohort study, two assessment sessions were carried out in which inexperienced (n=21 and n=15) and experienced (n=14 and n=10) health care providers completed five previously described ultrasound guidance targeting tasks. Raw completion time, number of targeting errors, and error-adjusted completion time for each task were compared between groups with a t test for independent measures...
October 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937514/surgical-skills-feedback-and-mytipreport-is-there-construct-validity
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AnnaMarie Connolly, Anita Blanchard, Alice Goepfert, Nicole Donnellan, Elizabeth Buys, Richard Uribe, Kimberly Kenton
OBJECTIVE: To initiate construct validity testing of myTIPreport for procedural skill assessment in a prospective multicenter evaluation study. METHODS: Teachers and learners from a convenience-based site selection of obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) and female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) training programs performed procedural assessments in myTIPreport. The specifically defined 5-point Dreyfus rating scale describing ability levels from novice to expert was used...
October 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937156/carsite-identifying-carbonylated-sites-of-human-proteins-based-on-a-one-sided-selection-resampling-method
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Yun Zuo, Cang-Zhi Jia
Protein carbonylation is one of the most important biomarkers of oxidative protein damage and such protein damage is linked to various diseases and aging. It is thus vital that carbonylation sites are identified accurately. In this study, CarSite, a novel bioinformatics tool, was established to identify carbonylation sites in human proteins. The one-sided selection (OSS) resampling method was used to establish balanced training datasets and this resampling method is demonstrated to perform better than a Monte Carlo resampling method via 10-fold cross-validation tests on the Jia dataset...
September 22, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937059/the-effect-of-an-educational-program-for-vascular-access-care-on-nurses-knowledge-at-dialysis-centers-in-khartoum-state-sudan
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Kalthoum Ibrahim Yousif, Hasan Abu-Aisha, Omar Ibrahim Abboud
End-stage renal disease is a worldwide problem that requires highly skilled nursing care. Hemodialysis (HD) is a corner-stone procedure in the management of most patients who require renal replacement therapy. Adequate vascular access is essential for the successful use of HD. Appropriate knowledge in taking care of vascular access is essential for minimizing complications and accurately recognizing vascular access-related problems. This study was to evaluate the effect of an educational program for vascular access care on nurses' knowledge at nine dialysis centers in Khartoum State...
September 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936413/discriminatory-validity-of-the-aspects-of-wheelchair-mobility-test-as-demonstrated-by-a-comparison-of-four-wheelchair-types-designed-for-use-in-low-resource-areas
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Karen L Rispin, Elisa Hamm, Joy Wee
BACKGROUND: Comparative effectiveness research on wheelchairs available in low-resource areas is needed to enable effective use of limited funds. Mobility on commonly encountered rolling environments is a key aspect of function. High variation in capacity among wheelchair users can mask changes in mobility because of wheelchair design. A repeated measures protocol in which the participants use one type of wheelchair and then another minimises the impact of individual variation. OBJECTIVES: The Aspects of Wheelchair Mobility Test (AWMT) was designed to be used in repeated measures studies in low-resource areas...
2017: Afr J Disabil
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935261/optimization-of-the-solvent-based-dissolution-method-to-sample-volatile-organic-compound-vapors-for-compound-specific-isotope-analysis
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Daniel Bouchard, Philipp Wanner, Hong Luo, Patrick W McLoughlin, James K Henderson, Robert J Pirkle, Daniel Hunkeler
The methodology of the solvent-based dissolution method used to sample gas phase volatile organic compounds (VOC) for compound-specific isotope analysis (CSIA) was optimized to lower the method detection limits for TCE and benzene. The sampling methodology previously evaluated by [1] consists in pulling the air through a solvent to dissolve and accumulate the gaseous VOC. After the sampling process, the solvent can then be treated similarly as groundwater samples to perform routine CSIA by diluting an aliquot of the solvent into water to reach the required concentration of the targeted contaminant...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935199/systematic-review-and-retrospective-validation-of-prediction-models-for-weight-loss-after-bariatric-surgery
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REVIEW
Alistair J Sharples, Kamal Mahawar, Chandra V N Cheruvu
BACKGROUND: Patients often have less than realistic expectations of the weight loss they are likely to achieve after bariatric surgery. It would be useful to have a well-validated prediction tool that could give patients a realistic estimate of their expected weight loss. OBJECTIVES: To perform a systematic review of the literature to identify existing prediction models and attempt to validate these models. SETTING: University hospital, United Kingdom...
August 12, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935165/validation-of-global-lung-function-initiative-and-all-ages-reference-equations-for-forced-spirometry-in-healthy-spanish-preschoolers
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Carlos Martín de Vicente, Inés de Mir Messa, Sandra Rovira Amigo, Alba Torrent Vernetta, Silvia Gartner, Ignacio Iglesias Serrano, Antonio Carrascosa Lezcano, Antonio Moreno Galdó
INTRODUCTION: Recent publication of multi-ethnic spirometry reference equations for subjects aged from 3-95 years aim to avoid age-related discontinuities and provide a worldwide standard for interpreting spirometric test results. OBJECTIVES: To assess the agreement of the Global Lung Function Initiative (GLI-2012) and All ages (FEV0.5) reference equations with the Spanish preschool lung function data. To verify the appropriateness of these reference values for clinical use in Spanish preschool children...
September 18, 2017: Archivos de Bronconeumología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934947/-1-h-nmr-spectroscopy-based-metabolomics-analysis-for-the-diagnosis-of-symptomatic-e-coli-associated-urinary-tract-infection-uti
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Milena Lussu, Tania Camboni, Cristina Piras, Corrado Serra, Francesco Del Carratore, Julian Griffin, Luigi Atzori, Aldo Manzin
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common diagnoses in girls and women, and to a lesser extent in boys and men younger than 50 years. Escherichia coli, followed by Klebsiella spp. and Proteus spp., cause 75-90% of all infections. Infection of the urinary tract is identified by growth of a significant number of a single species in the urine, in the presence of symptoms. Urinary culture is an accurate diagnostic method but takes several hours or days to be carried out...
September 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934851/topliss-batchwise-schemes-reviewed-in-the-era-of-open-data-reveal-significant-differences-between-enzymes-and-membrane-receptors
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Lars Richter
In 1977, John G. Topliss introduced the Topliss Batchwise Scheme, a straightforward non-mathematical procedure to assist medicinal chemists in optimizing the substitution pattern of a phenyl ring. Despite its long period of application, a thorough validation of this method has been missing so far. Here, we address this issue by gathering 129 congeneric series from the ChEMBL database, suitable to retrospectively assess the approach. Frequency analysis of Topliss' schemes showed that the π, Es, σ and -σ scheme occurred in 17, 20, 6 and 4 congeneric series, respectively...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934726/application-of-adverse-outcome-pathways-to-u-s-epa-s-endocrine-disruptor-screening-program
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REVIEW
Patience Browne, Pamela D Noyes, Warren M Casey, David J Dix
BACKGROUND: The U.S. EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP) screens and tests environmental chemicals for potential effects in estrogen, androgen, and thyroid hormone pathways, and it is one of the only regulatory programs designed around chemical mode of action. OBJECTIVES: This review describes the EDSP's use of adverse outcome pathway (AOP) and toxicity pathway frameworks to organize and integrate diverse biological data for evaluating the endocrine activity of chemicals...
September 1, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934234/a-novel-feature-ranking-method-for-prediction-of-cancer-stages-using-proteomics-data
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Ehsan Saghapour, Saeed Kermani, Mohammadreza Sehhati
Proteomic analysis of cancers' stages has provided new opportunities for the development of novel, highly sensitive diagnostic tools which helps early detection of cancer. This paper introduces a new feature ranking approach called FRMT. FRMT is based on the Technique for Order of Preference by Similarity to Ideal Solution method (TOPSIS) which select the most discriminative proteins from proteomics data for cancer staging. In this approach, outcomes of 10 feature selection techniques were combined by TOPSIS method, to select the final discriminative proteins from seven different proteomic databases of protein expression profiles...
2017: PloS One
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