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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163521/cd4-and-perivascular-foxp3-t-cells-in-glioma-correlate-with-angiogenesis-and-tumor-progression
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Luyan Mu, Changlin Yang, Qiang Gao, Yu Long, Haitao Ge, Gabriel DeLeon, Linchun Jin, Yifan Emily Chang, Elias J Sayour, Jingjing Ji, Jie Jiang, Paul S Kubilis, Jiping Qi, Yunhe Gu, Jiabin Wang, Yuwen Song, Duane A Mitchell, Zhiguo Lin, Jianping Huang
Background: Angiogenesis and immune cell infiltration are key features of gliomas and their manipulation of the microenvironment, but their prognostic significance remains indeterminate. We evaluate the interconnection between tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) and tumor blood-vasculatures in the context of glioma progression. Methods: Paired tumor tissues of 44 patients from three tumor-recurrent groups: diffuse astrocytomas (DA) recurred as DA, DA recurred as glioblastomas (GBM), and GBM recurred as GBM were evaluated by genetic analysis, immunohistochemistry for tumor blood vessel density, TIL subsets, and clinical outcomes...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158145/intratumoural-leukocyte-infiltration-is-a-prognostic-indicator-among-pancreatic-cancer-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Emelie Karnevi, Agata Sasor, Katarzyna Said Hilmersson, Daniel Ansari, Jonas S Erjefält, Ann H Rosendahl, Roland Andersson
BACKGROUND: The life expectancy of pancreatic cancer patients remains minimal. The disease progression may be influenced by type 2 diabetes (T2D) and inflammatory status, although important gaps persist around their joint effects on disease outcome. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical significance of the tumour immune microenvironment on pancreatic cancer prognosis in relation to T2D status. METHOD: Tumour-infiltrating macrophages, neutrophils and eosinophils were studied in primary pancreatic tumours and paired lymph node metastases in relation to patient and tumour characteristics, T2D status and overall survival in a retrospective cohort of patients with resectable pancreatic cancer in Sweden...
November 11, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157200/swellix-a-computational-tool-to-explore-rna-conformational-space
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Nathan Sloat, Jui-Wen Liu, Susan J Schroeder
BACKGROUND: The sequence of nucleotides in an RNA determines the possible base pairs for an RNA fold and thus also determines the overall shape and function of an RNA. The Swellix program presented here combines a helix abstraction with a combinatorial approach to the RNA folding problem in order to compute all possible non-pseudoknotted RNA structures for RNA sequences. The Swellix program builds on the Crumple program and can include experimental constraints on global RNA structures such as the minimum number and lengths of helices from crystallography, cryoelectron microscopy, or in vivo crosslinking and chemical probing methods...
November 21, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157153/evaluation-of-industrial-byproducts-and-natural-minerals-for-phosphate-adsorption-from-subsurface-drainage
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Bjorn M Sellner, Guanghui Hua, Laurent M Ahiablame, Todd P Trooien, Christopher H Hay, Jeppe Kjaersgaard
Agricultural subsurface drainage has been recognized as an important pathway for phosphorus transport from soils to surface waters. Reactive permeable filters are a promising technology to remove phosphate from subsurface drainage. Three natural minerals (limestone, zeolite, and calcite) and five industrial byproducts (steel slag, iron filings, and three recycled steel byproducts) were evaluated for phosphate removal from subsurface drainage using batch adsorption experiments. Phosphate adsorption onto these materials were characterized by Langmuir isotherm and second order kinetic models...
November 20, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153057/sex-dependent-influence-of-developmental-toxicant-exposure-on-group-b-streptococcus-mediated-preterm-birth-in-a-murine-model
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Tianbing Ding, Lauren A Lambert, David M Aronoff, Kevin G Osteen, Kaylon L Bruner-Tran
Infectious agents are a significant risk factor for preterm birth (PTB); however, the simple presence of bacteria is not sufficient to induce PTB in most women. Human and animal data suggest that environmental toxicant exposures may act in concert with other risk factors to promote PTB. Supporting this "second hit" hypothesis, we previously demonstrated exposure of fetal mice (F1 animals) to the environmental endocrine disruptor 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) leads to an increased risk of spontaneous and infection-mediated PTB in adult animals...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152580/chromosomal-targeting-by-the-type-iii-a-crispr-cas-system-can-reshape-genomes-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Jing Guan, Wanying Wang, Baolin Sun
CRISPR-Cas (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat [CRISPR]-CRISPR-associated protein [Cas]) systems can provide protection against invading genetic elements by using CRISPR RNAs (crRNAs) as a guide to locate and degrade the target DNA. CRISPR-Cas systems have been classified into two classes and five types according to the content of cas genes. Previous studies have indicated that CRISPR-Cas systems can avoid viral infection and block plasmid transfer. Here we show that chromosomal targeting by the Staphylococcus aureus type III-A CRISPR-Cas system can drive large-scale genome deletion and alteration within integrated staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec)...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151258/clinical-significance-of-disease-specific-myd88-mutations-in-circulating-dna-in-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma
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Keiichiro Hattori, Mamiko Sakata-Yanagimoto, Yasuhito Suehara, Yasuhisa Yokoyama, Takayasu Kato, Naoki Kurita, Hidekazu Nishikii, Naoshi Obara, Shingo Takano, Eiichi Ishikawa, Akira Matsumura, Yuichi Hasegawa, Shigeru Chiba
Recent sequencing studies demonstrated the MYD88 L265P mutation in more than 70% of primary central nervous system lymphomas (PCNSL), and the clinical significance of this mutation has been proposed as diagnostic and prognostic markers in PCNSL. On the other hand, mutational analyses using cell-free DNAs have been reported in a variety of systemic lymphomas. To investigate how sensitively the MYD88 L265P mutation can be identified in cell-free DNA from PCNSL patients, we performed droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) and targeted deep sequencing (TDS) in consecutive 14 PCNSL patients from whom paired tumor-derived DNA and cell-free DNA was available at diagnosis...
November 19, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141881/it-s-not-all-black-and-white-visual-scene-parameters-influence-optokinetic-reflex-performance-in-xenopus-laevis-tadpoles
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Céline M Gravot, Alexander G Knorr, Stefan Glasauer, Hans Straka
The maintenance of visual acuity during active and passive body motion is ensured by gaze-stabilizing reflexes that aim at minimizing retinal image slip. For the optokinetic reflex (OKR), large-field visual motion of the surround forms the essential stimulus that activates eye movements. Properties of the moving visual world influence cognitive motion perception and the estimation of visual image velocity. Therefore, the performance of brainstem-mediated visuo-motor behaviors might also depend on image scene characteristics...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141048/microcirculation-in-open-vs-minimally-invasive-dorsal-stabilization-of-thoracolumbar-fractures
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Bergita Ganse, Miguel Pishnamaz, Philipp Kobbe, Christian Herren, Gertraud Gradl-Dietsch, Franziska Böhle, Bernd Johannes, Bong-Sung Kim, Klemens Horst, Matthias Knobe
Standard open and percutaneous minimally invasive surgical procedures co-exist in the treatment of fractures of the thoracolumbar spine. Shorter skin incisions just above the pedicles are used in minimally invasive procedures. Full-length skin incisions and invasive preparations are applied in the standard open approach. While both methods show equivalent rates of intraoperative surgical complications and comparable clinical and radiological outcomes, blood loss and operation time have shown to be decreased in minimally invasive treatment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138143/minimally-invasive-stand-alone-cox-maze-procedure-for-persistent-and-long-standing-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-perioperative-safety-and-5-year-outcomes
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Niv Ad, Sari D Holmes, Ted Friehling
BACKGROUND: Rhythm control is challenging in patients with extended atrial fibrillation (AF) duration and persistent/long-standing persistent AF. Among surgical approaches to treat AF, the Cox maze procedure performed using alternative energy sources remains superior to other beating heart techniques. We examined permanence of safety and success for the on-pump, minimally invasive, stand-alone Cox maze procedure 5 years after surgery. METHODS AND RESULTS: Stand-alone, right 5 cm minithoracotomy, Cox maze III/IV procedure for nonparoxysmal AF was conducted in 133 patients (mean follow-up=65±34 months)...
November 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136610/explicit-ringing-removal-in-image-deblurring
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Ali Mosleh, Yasser Elmi Sola, Farzad Zargari, Emmanuel Onzon, J M Pierre Langlois
In this paper, we present a simple yet effective image deblurring method to produce ringing-free deblurred images. Our work is inspired by the observation that large-scale deblurring ringing artifacts are measurable through a multi-resolution pyramid of low-pass filtering of the blurred-deblurred image pair. We propose to model such a quantification as a convex cost function and minimize it directly in the deblurring process in order to reduce ringing regardless of its cause. An efficient primal-dual algorithm is proposed as a solution to this optimization problem...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135822/premature-infants-have-lower-gastric-digestion-capacity-for-human-milk-proteins-than-term-infants
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Veronique Demers-Mathieu, Yunyao Qu, Mark A Underwood, Robyn Borghese, David Charles Dallas
OBJECTIVES: Whether premature infants have lower gastric protein digestive capacity than term infants and the extent to which human milk proteases contribute to overall gastric digestion are unknown and were investigated in this study. METHODS: Human milk and infant gastric samples were collected from 16 preterm (24-32 wk gestational age (GA)) and 6 term (38-40 wk GA) mother-infant pairs within a range of 5-42 days postnatal age. For each pair, an aliquot of human milk was adjusted to pH 4...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135657/adapted-sojourn-models-to-estimate-activity-intensity-in-youth-a-suite-of-tools
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Paul R Hibbing, Laura D Ellingson, Philip M Dixon, Gregory J Welk
The challenges of using physical activity data from accelerometers have been compounded with the recent focus on wrist-worn monitors and raw acceleration (as opposed to activity counts). PURPOSE: This study developed and systematically evaluated a suite of new accelerometer processing models for youth. METHODS: Four adaptations of the Sojourn method were developed using data from a laboratory-based experiment in which youth (N = 54) performed structured activity routines...
November 10, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134805/ion-pairing-and-diffusion-in-magnesium-electrolytes-based-on-magnesium-borohydride
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Devon Samuel, Carl Steinhauser, Jeffrey G Smith, Aaron Kaufman, Maxwell D Radin, Junichi Naruse, Hidehiko Hiramatsu, Donald J Siegel
One obstacle to realizing a practical, rechargeable magnesium-ion battery is the development of efficient Mg electrolytes. Electrolytes based on simple Mg(BH4)2 salts suffer from poor salt solubility and/or low conductivity, presumably due to strong ion pairing. Understanding the molecular-scale processes occurring in these electrolytes would aid in overcoming these performance limitations. Toward this goal, the present study examines the solvation, agglomeration, and transport properties of a family of Mg electrolytes based on the Mg(BH4)2 salt using classical molecular dynamics...
November 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131841/determining-the-effectiveness-of-a-video-based-contact-intervention-in-improving-attitudes-of-penang-primary-care-nurses-towards-people-with-mental-illness
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Yin Ping Ng, Abdul Rashid, Finian O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Mental illness-related stigma is common, and is associated with poorer outcomes in people with mental illness. This study evaluated the attitudes of primary care nurses towards people with mental illness and its associated factors; and the effectiveness of a short video-based contact intervention (VBCI) in improving these attitudes using a Malay version of the 15-item Opening Minds Stigma Scale for Healthcare Providers (OMS-HC-15-M). METHODS: A 5-minute VBCI was developed comprising elements of psychoeducation and interviews of people with mental illness and the people they interact with, relating to experience of mental illness and recovery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127694/nut-co-reactivity-acquiring-knowledge-for-elimination-recommendations-nut-cracker-study
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Arnon Elizur, Michael Y Appel, Liat Nachshon, Michael B Levy, Naama Epstein-Rigby, Keren Golobov, Michael Goldberg
BACKGROUND: Ambiguities exist regarding the diagnosis of tree-nut allergy, necessitating either elimination or performance of oral food challenges (OFC). OBJECTIVE: To examine the co-incidences of allergies among tree-nuts and improve diagnostic testing to minimize the need for OFC. METHODS: Eighty three patients prospectively evaluated for walnut, pecan, cashew, pistachio, hazelnut and almond allergy. A history of previous reactions was obtained and standardized skin prick tests (SPT) using finely ground tree-nut solution and basophil activation tests (BAT) were performed...
November 11, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124453/a-machine-learning-ensemble-classifier-for-early-prediction-of-diabetic-retinopathy
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Somasundaram S K, Alli P
The main complication of diabetes is Diabetic retinopathy (DR), retinal vascular disease and it leads to the blindness. Regular screening for early DR disease detection is considered as an intensive labor and resource oriented task. Therefore, automatic detection of DR diseases is performed only by using the computational technique is the great solution. An automatic method is more reliable to determine the presence of an abnormality in Fundus images (FI) but, the classification process is poorly performed...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122580/psychometric-evaluation-of-the-brachial-assessment-tool-part-1-reproducibility
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Bridget Hill Grad, Gavin Williams, John Olver, Scott Ferris, Andrea Bialocerkowski
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate reproducibility (reliability and agreement) of the Brachial Assessment Tool (BrAT) a new patient-reported outcome measure for adults with traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI) DESIGN: Prospective repeated measure design SETTING: Outpatient clinics PARTICIPANTS: Adults with confirmed traumatic BPI INTERVENTION: 43 people (age range 19-82) with BPI completed the 31-item 4-response BrAT twice, 2 weeks apart. Results for the 3 subscales and summed score were compared at time 1 and time 2 to determine reliability including systematic differences using paired t tests; test retest using Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC 1,1) and internal consistency using Cronbach alpha...
November 6, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121998/circulating-brain-enriched-micrornas-as-novel-biomarkers-for-detection-and-differentiation-of-neurodegenerative-diseases
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Kira S Sheinerman, Jon B Toledo, Vladimir G Tsivinsky, David Irwin, Murray Grossman, Daniel Weintraub, Howard I Hurtig, Alice Chen-Plotkin, David A Wolk, Leo F McCluskey, Lauren B Elman, John Q Trojanowski, Samuil R Umansky
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive specific biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases (NDs) would facilitate patient selection and disease progression monitoring. We describe the assessment of circulating brain-enriched microRNAs as potential biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease (AD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), Parkinson's disease (PD), and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: In this case-control study, the plasma samples were collected from 250 research participants with a clinical diagnosis of AD, FTD, PD, and ALS, as well as from age- and sex-matched control subjects (n = 50 for each group), recruited from 2003 to 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, including the Alzheimer's Disease Center, the Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center, the Frontotemporal Degeneration Center, and the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Clinic...
November 9, 2017: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121443/can-e-coli-fly-the-role-of-flies-as-transmitters-of-escherichia-coli-to-food-in-an-urban-slum-in-bangladesh
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Yrja Lisa Lindeberg, Karen Egedal, Zenat Zebin Hossain, Matthew Phelps, Suhella Tulsiani, Israt Farhana, Anowara Begum, Peter Kjaer Mackie Jensen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the transmission of fecal bacteria by flies to food under natural settings. METHODS: Over a period of two months paired (exposed and non-exposed) containers with cooked rice were placed on the ground in kitchen areas in an urban slum area in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the numbers of flies landing on the exposed rice were counted. Following exposure, the surface of the rice was microbiologically and molecularly analysed for the presence of E...
November 9, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
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