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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633928/clinical-immunophenotype-of-nasopharyngeal-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-with-metastatic-liver-cancer
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Chao Guo, Qijin Pan, Min Su, Rong Li
BACKGROUND: Nasopharyngeal neuroendocrine carcinoma (NNC) refers to a rare and lethal cancer, characterized with high risk of metastases. Here, we report a case of nasopharyngeal neuroendocrine carcinoma with subsequent liver metastases to discuss its clinical immunophenotype and challenges. METHODS: In clinical biochemical assays, hematological determination, immunohistochemical examination, imaging medicine investigations, and therapeutical analysis were subjected to the hospitalized patient, respectively...
June 17, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633438/sandpuma-ensemble-predictions-of-nonribosomal-peptide-chemistry-reveals-biosynthetic-diversity-across-actinobacteria
#2
Marc G Chevrette, Fabian Aicheler, Oliver Kohlbacher, Cameron R Currie, Marnix H Medema
Summary: Nonribosomally synthesized peptides (NRPs) are natural products with widespread applications in medicine and biotechnology. Many algorithms have been developed to predict the substrate specificities of nonribosomal peptide synthetase adenylation (A) domains from DNA sequences, which enables prioritization and dereplication, and integration with other data types in discovery efforts. However, insufficient training data and a lack of clarity regarding prediction quality have impeded optimal use...
June 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633205/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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EDITORIAL
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, Timothy J Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632200/the-beginning-and-development-of-the-theranostic-approach-in-nuclear-medicine-as-exemplified-by-the-radionuclide-pair-86-y-and-90-y
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Frank Rösch, Hans Herzog, Syed M Qaim
In the context of radiopharmacy and molecular imaging, the concept of theranostics entails a therapy-accompanying diagnosis with the aim of a patient-specific treatment. Using the adequate diagnostic radiopharmaceutical, the disease and the state of the disease are verified for an individual patient. The other way around, it verifies that the radiopharmaceutical in hand represents a target-specific and selective molecule: the "best one" for that individual patient. Transforming diagnostic imaging into quantitative dosimetric information, the optimum radioactivity (expressed in maximum radiation dose to the target tissue and tolerable dose to healthy organs) of the adequate radiotherapeutical is applied to that individual patient...
June 20, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631853/high-sensitivity-mr-acoustic-radiation-force-imaging-using-transition-band-balanced-steady-state-free-precession
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Yuan Zheng, Michael Marx, G Wilson Miller, Kim Butts Pauly
PURPOSE: MR acoustic radiation force imaging (MR-ARFI) provides a method to visualize the focal spot of a focused ultrasound (FUS) beam without introducing a significant temperature rise. With conventional spoiled MR-ARFI pulse sequences, the ARFI phase always equals the motion-encoded phase. In this work, MR-ARFI using transition band balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP) is presented, which improves the sensitivity of MR-ARFI with high acquisition speed. THEORY AND METHODS: Motion-encoding gradients (MEG) are inserted into bSSFP sequences for MR-ARFI...
June 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630964/an-insertion-self-fusion-mechanism-for-cell-membrane-immobilization-on-porous-silica-beads-to-fabricate-biomimic-carriers
#6
Xu Wang, Liang Xu, Ruizhi Mao, Xinchao Zhao, Bei Xu, Cheng Tang, Jiahui He, Yanwen Zhang
Immobilization of membrane proteins on solid supports with high stability, favorable reusability and prevention of contamination is of great interest in nanobiology and medicine. Cell membrane coating technology enables the membrane proteins associated with their surrounding membranes to co-immobilize onto the solid matrix, largely enhancing the loading efficiency and conserving the bioactivity of the membrane proteins. Herein, we systematically illustrate the mechanism of cell membrane immobilization on porous silica beads, facilitating the fabricated biomimic carriers applied for chromatography...
June 20, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630163/measuring-the-potential-energy-barrier-to-lipid-bilayer-electroporation
#7
Jason T Sengel, Mark I Wallace
Electroporation is a common tool for gene transfection, tumour ablation, sterilization and drug delivery. Using experimental methods, we explore the temperature dependence of electropore formation in a model membrane system (droplet-interface bilayers), using optical single-channel recording to image the real-time gating of individual electropores. We investigate the influence of the agarose substrate on electropores formed in this system. Furthermore, by examining the temperature-dependent kinetics of pore opening and closure we are able to estimate a barrier to pore opening in 1,2-diphytanoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPhPC) membranes to be 25...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630150/cryo-electron-tomography-an-ideal-method-to-study-membrane-associated-proteins
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REVIEW
Michelle A Dunstone, Alex de Marco
Cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) is a three-dimensional imaging technique that makes it possible to analyse the structure of complex and dynamic biological assemblies in their native conditions. The latest technological and image processing developments demonstrate that it is possible to obtain structural information at nanometre resolution. The sample preparation required for the cryo-ET technique does not require the isolation of a protein and other macromolecular complexes from its native environment. Therefore, cryo-ET is emerging as an important tool to study the structure of membrane-associated proteins including pores...
August 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629290/functional-foods-how-functional-are-they-a-case-report-of-supplement-induced-psychosis
#9
Priyanka Yadav, Kyle Stigall, Hannah E Johnson, Abner O Rayapati, Nitin Chopra
There is rising evidence of patients' use of alternative and complementary medicine. The percentage of the U.S. population who used at least one dietary supplement increased from 42% in 1988-1994 to 53% in 2003-2006. We present a case of an Asian female in her 40s, with no previous psychiatric illness, who presented to the emergency room following a brief psychotic episode, during which she self-amputated the tips of her fingers, after using multivitamins and herbal supplements including ginseng, gui yuan rou (Chinese herb), astaxanthin, goji (Chinese fruit), selenium, saw palmetto, grape seed extract, citrus bioflavanoid, lutein (zeaxantin), resvexatrol, sun chlorella, spirulina powder, phytoceramides, phytoestrogen, glucosatrin, bromelain plus, and American bee pollen...
August 2016: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627037/quantitative-gd-dota-uptake-from-cerebrospinal-fluid-into-rat-brain-using-3d-vfa-spgr-at-9-4t
#10
Hedok Lee, Kristian Mortensen, Simon Sanggaard, Palle Koch, Hans Brunner, Bjørn Quistorff, Maiken Nedergaard, Helene Benveniste
PURPOSE: We propose a quantitative technique to assess solute uptake into the brain parenchyma based on dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI). With this approach, a small molecular weight paramagnetic contrast agent (Gd-DOTA) is infused in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and whole brain gadolinium concentration maps are derived. METHODS: We implemented a 3D variable flip angle spoiled gradient echo (VFA-SPGR) longitudinal relaxation time (T1) technique, the accuracy of which was cross-validated by way of inversion recovery rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement (IR-RARE) using phantoms...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626998/large-coverage-black-bright-blood-interleaved-imaging-sequence-labbi-for-3d-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-of-vessel-wall
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Haikun Qi, Feng Huang, Zechen Zhou, Peter Koken, Niranjan Balu, Bida Zhang, Chun Yuan, Huijun Chen
PURPOSE: To propose a large coverage black-bright blood interleaved imaging sequence (LaBBI) for 3D dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) of the vessel wall. METHODS: LaBBI consists of a 3D black-blood stack-of-stars golden angle radial acquisition with high spatial resolution for vessel wall imaging and a 2D bright-blood Cartesian acquisition with high temporal resolution for arterial input function estimation. The two acquisitions were performed in an interleaved fashion within a single scan...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626962/three-dimensional-motion-corrected-sensitivity-encoding-reconstruction-for-multi-shot-multi-slice-mri-application-to-neonatal-brain-imaging
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Lucilio Cordero-Grande, Emer J Hughes, Jana Hutter, Anthony N Price, Joseph V Hajnal
PURPOSE: To introduce a methodology for the reconstruction of multi-shot, multi-slice magnetic resonance imaging able to cope with both within-plane and through-plane rigid motion and to describe its application in structural brain imaging. THEORY AND METHODS: The method alternates between motion estimation and reconstruction using a common objective function for both. Estimates of three-dimensional motion states for each shot and slice are gradually refined by improving on the fit of current reconstructions to the partial k-space information from multiple coils...
June 19, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624849/the-accuracy-of-68-ga-psma-pet-ct-in-primary-lymph-node-staging-in-high-risk-prostate-cancer
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Can Öbek, Tünkut Doğanca, Emre Demirci, Meltem Ocak, Ali Rıza Kural, Asıf Yıldırım, Uğur Yücetaş, Çetin Demirdağ, Sarper M Erdoğan, Levent Kabasakal
PURPOSE: To assess the diagnostic accuracy of (68)Ga-PSMA PET in predicting lymph node (LN) metastases in primary N staging in high-risk and very high-risk nonmetastatic prostate cancer in comparison with morphological imaging. METHODS: This was a multicentre trial of the Society of Urologic Oncology in Turkey in conjunction with the Nuclear Medicine Department of Cerrahpasa School of Medicine, Istanbul University. Patients were accrued from eight centres. Patients with high-risk and very high-risk disease scheduled to undergo surgical treatment with extended LN dissection between July 2014 and October 2015 were included...
June 18, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623289/3d-super-resolution-optical-profiling-using-microsphere-enhanced-mirau-interferometry
#14
Ivan Kassamakov, Sylvain Lecler, Anton Nolvi, Audrey Leong-Hoï, Paul Montgomery, Edward Hæggström
We present quantitative three dimensional images of grooves on a writable Blu-ray Disc based on a single objective Mirau type interferometric microscope, enhanced with a microsphere which is considered as a photonic nanojet source. Along the optical axis the resolution of this microsphere assisted interferometry system is a few nanometers while the lateral resolution is around 112 nm. To understand the physical phenomena involved in this kind of imaging we have modelled the interaction between the photonic jet and the complex disc surface...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622165/thoracic-imaging-after-bariatric-surgery
#15
Samuel J Galgano, Sushilkumar K Sonavane, Rupan Sanyal, Satinder P Singh, Christine O Menias, Sanjeev Bhalla
Obesity and its association with long-term health problems constitutes one of the major challenges in medicine. Though diet regulation and exercise are the primary treatment strategies, surgery is the most reliable long-term solution. Although bariatric surgical complications continue to decline, prompt recognition is essential to optimize patient outcomes. Despite their relative rarity, it is important to recognize thoracic complications, as several of these can result in severe morbidity and mortality. This article describes common bariatric surgical procedures performed, their expected postoperative appearances, and intrathoracic complications...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621834/from-intricate-to-integrated-biofabrication-of-articulating-joints
#16
Wilhelmina Margaretha Groen, Paweena Diloksumpan, Paul René van Weeren, Riccardo Levato, Jos Malda
Articulating joints owe their function to the specialized architecture and the complex interplay between multiple tissues including cartilage, bone and synovium. Especially the cartilage component has limited self-healing capacity and damage often leads to the onset of osteoarthritis, eventually resulting in failure of the joint as an organ. Although in its infancy, biofabrication has emerged as a promising technology to reproduce the intricate organization of the joint, thus enabling the introduction of novel surgical treatments, regenerative therapies, and new sets of tools to enhance our understanding of joint physiology and pathology...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620761/medicinal-chemistry-of-%C3%AF-1-receptor-ligands-pharmacophore-models-synthesis-structure-affinity-relationships-and-pharmacological-applications
#17
Frauke Weber, Bernhard Wünsch
In the first part of this chapter, we summarize the various pharmacophore models for σ1 receptor ligands. Common to all of them is a basic amine flanked by two hydrophobic regions, representing the pharmacophoric elements. The development of computer-based models like the 3D homology model is described as well as the first crystal structure of the σ1 receptor. The second part focuses on the synthesis and biological properties of different σ1 receptor ligands, identified as 1-9. Monocyclic piperazines 1 and bicyclic piperazines 2 and 3 were developed as cytotoxic compounds, thus the IC50 values of cell growth and survival inhibition studies are given for all derivatives...
June 16, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620443/pattern-recognition-for-predictive-preventive-and-personalized-medicine-in-cancer
#18
REVIEW
Tingting Cheng, Xianquan Zhan
Predictive, preventive, and personalized medicine (PPPM) is the hot spot and future direction in the field of cancer. Cancer is a complex, whole-body disease that involved multi-factors, multi-processes, and multi-consequences. A series of molecular alterations at different levels of genes (genome), RNAs (transcriptome), proteins (proteome), peptides (peptidome), metabolites (metabolome), and imaging characteristics (radiome) that resulted from exogenous and endogenous carcinogens are involved in tumorigenesis and mutually associate and function in a network system, thus determines the difficulty in the use of a single molecule as biomarker for personalized prediction, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for cancer...
March 2017: EPMA Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620194/prognostic-value-of-olfactory-nerve-damage-measured-with-thallium-based-olfactory-imaging-in-patients-with-idiopathic-olfactory-dysfunction
#19
Hideaki Shiga, Junichi Taki, Koichi Okuda, Naoto Watanabe, Hisao Tonami, Hideaki Nakagawa, Seigo Kinuya, Takaki Miwa
Idiopathic olfactory disorder is resistant to treatment, and the recovery time is long. This study investigated the prognostic value of the migration of nasally administered thallium-201 to the olfactory bulb (thallium migration to the OB), a measure of olfactory nerve damage, in patients with idiopathic olfactory disorders. Twenty-four patients with idiopathic olfactory disorders were enrolled in the study (7 women and 17 men; aged 23-73 years). We retrospectively analyzed potential prognostic markers in subjects who underwent thallium-based olfactory imaging with the nasal administration of thallium-201 before conventional treatment with the Japanese herbal medicine tokishakuyakusan and compared those data with the prognosis...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620157/a-novel-cell-membrane-affinity-sample-pretreatment-technique-for-recognition-and-preconcentration-of-active-components-from-traditional-chinese-medicine
#20
Yusi Bu, Xiaoshuang He, Qi Hu, Cheng Wang, Xiaoyu Xie, Sicen Wang
We describe a novel biomembrane affinity sample pretreatment technique to quickly screen and preconcentrate active components from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which adopts cell membrane coated silica particles (CMCSPs) as affinity ligands which benefit the biomembrane's ability to maximize simulation of drug-receptor interactions in vivo. In this study, the prepared CMCSPs formed by irreversible adsorption of fibroblast growth factor receptor 4 (FGFR4) cell membrane on the surface of silica were characterized using different spectroscopic and imaging instruments...
June 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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