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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608466/crystal-structure-of-human-wbscr16-an-rcc1-like-protein-in-mitochondria
#1
Masako Koyama, Taeko Sasaki, Narie Sasaki, Yoshiyuki Matsuura
WBSCR16 (Williams-Beuren Syndrome Chromosomal Region 16) gene is located in a large deletion region of Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS), which is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Although the relationship between WBSCR16 and WBS remains unclear, it has been reported that WBSCR16 is a member of a functional module that regulates mitochondrial 16S rRNA abundance and intra-mitochondrial translation. WBSCR16 has RCC1 (Regulator of Chromosome Condensation 1)-like amino acid sequence repeats but the function of WBSCR16 appears to be different from that of other RCC1 superfamily members...
June 12, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592305/incremental-diagnostic-utility-of-systematic-double-bed-spect-ct-for-bone-scintigraphy-in-initial-staging-of-cancer-patients
#2
Catherine Guezennec, Nathalie Keromnes, Philippe Robin, Ronan Abgral, David Bourhis, Solène Querellou, Romain de Laroche, Alexandra Le Duc-Pennec, Pierre-Yves Salaün, Pierre-Yves Le Roux
BACKGROUND: SPECT/CT has been shown to increase the diagnostic performance of bone scintigraphy for staging of malignancies. A systematic double-bed SPECT/CT of the trunk may allow further improvement. However, this would be balanced by higher dosimetry and longer acquisition time. The objective was to assess the incremental diagnostic utility of a systematic double-bed SPECT/CT acquisition for bone scintigraphy in initial staging of cancer patients, especially compared with the usual approach consisting in a whole body planar scan (WBS) plus one single-bed targeted SPECT/CT...
June 7, 2017: Cancer Imaging: the Official Publication of the International Cancer Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588229/diagnostic-performance-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-with-negative-131-i-wbs-at-first-postablation-negative-tg-and-progressively-increased-tgab-level
#3
Zhong-Ling Qiu, Wei-Jun Wei, Chen-Tian Shen, Hong-Jun Song, Xin-Yun Zhang, Zhen-Kui Sun, Quan-Yong Luo
Differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) patients with negative serum thyroglobulin (Tg), negative (131)I whole-body scintigraphy ((131)I-WBS) at first post-ablation and progressively increased TgAb level are a relatively rare entity in the follow-up after total thyroidectomy and radioactive iodine therapy. The value of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in detecting the recurrence of disease in these patients has only been reported in a small case series. The goal of this study was to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of (18)F-FDG PET/CT in detecting recurrent disease in these specific PTC patients and to identify risk factors for patients with positive (18)F-FDG PET/CT results...
June 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585147/optimal-threshold-of-stimulated-serum-thyroglobulin-level-for-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-imaging-in-patients-with-thyroid-cancer
#4
Hong Chai, Hu Zhang, Yong-Li Yu, Yun-Chao Gao
This study was to explore the optimal threshold of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)-stimulated serum thyroglobulin (s-Tg) for patients who were to receive (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) PET/CT scan owing to clinical suspicion of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC) recurrence but negative post-therapeutic (131)I whole-body scan ((131)I-WBS). A total of 60 qualified patients underwent PET/CT scanning from October 2010 to July 2014. The receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analyses showed that s-Tg levels over 49 μg/L led to the highest diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT to detect recurrence, with a sensitivity of 89...
June 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574231/a-new-diagnosis-of-williams-beuren-syndrome-in-a-49-year-old-man-with-severe-bullous-emphysema
#5
Monica H Wojcik, Nikkola Carmichael, Frederick R Bieber, Daniel C Wiener, Rachna Madan, Barbara R Pober, Benjamin A Raby
Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) is a chromosomal microdeletion syndrome typically presenting with intellectual disability, a unique personality, a characteristic facial appearance, and cardiovascular disease. Several clinical features of WBS are thought to be due to haploinsufficiency of elastin (ELN), as the ELN locus is included within the WBS critical region at 7q11.23. Emphysema, a disease attributed to destruction of pulmonary elastic fibers, has been reported in patients without WBS who have pathogenic variants in ELN but only once (in one patient) in WBS...
June 2, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514760/clinical-study-of-99mtc-3p-rgd2-peptide-imaging-in-osteolytic-bone-metastasis
#6
Guoqiang Shao, Wei Gu, Muhong Guo, Shiming Zang, Jinjing Fu, Shuang Liu, Feng Wang, Zizheng Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the value of integrin αvβ3 targeted imaging with 99mTc-HYNIC-PEG4-E[PEG4-c(RGDfk)]2 (99mTc-3P-RGD2) as a radiotracer in dectecting osteolytic bone metastases. METHODS: This is a retrospective study involving a cohort of 69 consecutive patients including 59 with lung cancer and 10 with other cancers. Patients were required to receive whole body scan (WBS) and regional SPECT/CT imaging with 99mTc-3P-RGD2 (RGD imaging) and 99mTc-MDP (MDP imaging) as a radiotracer successively within days...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513840/histomorphology-and-innate-immunity-during-the-progression-of-osteoarthritis-does-synovitis-affect-cartilage-degradation
#7
Huan Wang, Qingguo Wang, Meijuan Yang, Lili Yang, Weili Wang, Haobin Ding, Dong Zhang, Jing Xu, Xuezhang Tang, Haitao Ding, Qingfu Wang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common chronic degenerative disease that affects all joints. At present, the pathological processes and mechanisms of OA are still unclear. Innate immunity, a key player in damage to the structure of the joint and the mechanism by which the host attempts to repair OA, affects all pathological stages of the disease. In the present study, our aim was to assess changes in innate immunity during the pathological processes of OA in articular cartilage (AC) and the synovial membrane (SM), which are the major structures in joints, and to systematically examine the histological changes in AC and SM in mild, moderate and severe cases of OA, in order to further speculate about the manner in which the interactions of AC and SM are facilitated by innate immunity...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489758/analysis-of-radioiodine-therapy-and-prognostic-factors-of-differentiated-thyroid-cancer-patients-with-pulmonary-metastasis-an-8-year-retrospective-study
#8
Renfei Wang, Yueqian Zhang, Jian Tan, Guizhi Zhang, Ruiguo Zhang, Wei Zheng, Yajing He
To assess the efficacy of radioiodine therapy (RIT) and investigate the prognostic factors for patients with pulmonary metastasis secondary to differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) through a retrospective study. A total of 80 patients with radioactive iodine-131 (I)-avid pulmonary metastasis from DTC treated with I from 2007 to 2014 at our institution entered the study. Treatment response was mainly measured by two parameters: serum thyroglobulin (Tg) levels and post-therapeutic I whole-body scan (WBS). Treatment variables were assessed for statistical significance using the univariate and multivariate analyses...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478766/host-specific-serological-response-to-angiostrongylus-vasorum-infection-in-red-foxes-vulpes-vulpes-implications-for-parasite-epidemiology
#9
N Gillis-Germitsch, C M O Kapel, S M Thamsborg, P Deplazes, M Schnyder
Angiostrongylus vasorum is a cardiovascular nematode increasingly found in dogs and foxes in endemic foci throughout Europe. The present study evaluates ELISAs for detection of circulating antigens and specific antibodies against A. vasorum in foxes. Blood and worm burdens (WBs) from carcasses of 215 Swiss wild red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and from 75 farmed foxes of different age groups experimentally inoculated once or repeatedly with infective doses of 50, 100 or 200 third-stage larvae were obtained. Antigen detection in the naturally infected Swiss foxes had 91·2% sensitivity and 89·4% specificity, whereas the corresponding figures for antibody detection were 42·2 and 92·0%...
May 8, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471839/brief-report-impact-of-early-antiretroviral-therapy-on-the-performance-of-hiv-rapid-tests-and-hiv-incidence-assays
#10
Jessica M Fogel, Estelle Piwowar-Manning, Barbara Debevec, Tamara Walsky, Katherine Schlusser, Oliver Laeyendecker, Ethan A Wilson, Marybeth McCauley, Theresa Gamble, Gerald Tegha, Dean Soko, Johnstone Kumwenda, Mina C Hosseinipour, Ying Q Chen, Myron S Cohen, Susan H Eshleman
BACKGROUND: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) can downregulate antibody responses to HIV infection. We evaluated the impact of early vs. delayed ART on the performance of HIV diagnostic and incidence assays. METHODS: Samples were obtained from 207 participants in the HPTN 052 trial, who were stably suppressed on ART for ≥4 years [Malawi sites; pre-ART CD4 cell count 350-550 cells/mm (early ART arm, N = 180) or <250 cells/mm or an AIDS-defining illness (delayed ART arm, N = 27)]...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457958/effect-of-diurnal-photosynthetic-activity-on-the-fine-structure-of-amylopectin-from-normal-and-waxy-barley-starch
#11
Avi Goldstein, George Annor, Andreas Blennow, Eric Bertoft
The impact of diurnal photosynthetic activity on the fine structure of the amylopectin fraction of starch synthesized by normal barley (NBS) and waxy barley (WBS), the latter completely devoid of amylose biosynthesis, was determined following the cultivation under normal diurnal or constant light growing conditions. The amylopectin fine structures were analysed by characterizing its unit chain length profiles after enzymatic debranching as well as its φ,β-limit dextrins and its clusters and building blocks after their partial and complete hydrolysis with α-amylase from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens, respectively...
April 28, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443262/a-rare-association-of-central-hypothyroidism-and-adrenal-insufficiency-in-a-boy-with-williams-beuren-syndrome
#12
Devi Dayal, Dinesh Giri, Senthil Senniappan
Primary hypothyroidism related to morphological and volumetric abnormalities of the thyroid gland is one of the commonest of several endocrine dysfunctions in Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS). We report a 10-month-old boy with WBS who presented with central hypothyroidism. During the neonatal period, he had prolonged jaundice, feeding difficulties and episodes of colic that continued during early infancy. Additionally, there was slowing of growth and mild developmental delay. He underwent surgical repair for supravalvular aortic stenosis at 6 months of age...
March 2017: Annals of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401794/chinese-data-of-efficacy-of-low-and-high-dose-iodine-131-for-the-ablation-of-thyroid-remnant
#13
Chao Ma, Fang Feng, Shaoyan Wang, Hongliang Fu, Shuqi Wu, Zhiyi Ye, Suyun Chen, Hui Wang
BACKGROUND: Chinese data on the efficacy of low- and high-dose radioiodine for thyroid remnant are still absent. The aim of the study was to investigate whether a low dose of radioiodine is as effective as a high dose for remnant ablation in Chinese patients. METHODS: Patients presenting for radioiodine ablation in the authors' department were included. Inclusion criteria were aged ≥16 years, total or near-total thyroidectomy, tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) stage of pT1-3, any N stage, and M0...
June 2017: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394842/struma-ovarii-with-hyperthyroidism
#14
Lynn P Ang, Anca M Avram, Richard W Lieberman, Nazanene H Esfandiari
We report the case of a 61-year-old woman with persistent thyrotoxicosis for 7 years despite low thyroidal radioiodine uptake and methimazole treatment. Her initial I whole-body scan (WBS) was read as negative. Upon evaluation in our institution, she remained hyperthyroid after discontinuation of methimazole. Repeat WBS with SPECT/CT revealed low 24-hour thyroidal uptake (RAIU = 2%) and intensely focal radioiodine uptake in a large heterogeneous left pelvic mass, consistent with left adnexal struma ovarii. Resection of this mass confirmed benign struma ovarii...
June 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386277/thyroid-related-protein-expression-in-the-human-thymus
#15
Mi Jeong Kim, So Won Oh, Hyewon Youn, Juri Na, Keon Wook Kang, Do Joon Park, Young Joo Park, Ja June Jang, Kyu Eun Lee, Kyeong Cheon Jung, June-Key Chung
Radioiodine whole body scan (WBS), related to sodium iodide symporter (NIS) function, is widely used to detect recurrence/metastasis in postoperative patients with thyroid cancer. However, the normal thymic uptake of radioiodine has occasionally been observed in young patients. We evaluated the expression of thyroid-related genes and proteins in the human thymus. Thymic tissues were obtained from 22 patients with thyroid cancer patients of all ages. The expression of NIS, thyroid-stimulating hormone receptor (TSHR), thyroperoxidase (TPO), and thyroglobulin (Tg) was investigated using immunohistochemistry and quantitative RT-PCR...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350066/dna-damage-response-defect-in-williams-beuren-syndrome
#16
David Guenat, Giuseppe Merla, Eric Deconinck, Christophe Borg, Pierre-Simon Rohrlich
Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS, no. OMIM 194050) is a rare multisystem genetic disorder caused by a microdeletion on chromosome 7q11.23 and characterized by cardiovascular malformations, mental retardation, and a specific facial dysmorphism. Recently, we reported that a series of non‑Hodgkin's lymphoma occurs in children with WBS and thus hypothesized that a predisposition to cancer may be associated with this genetic disorder. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the role played by three genes hemizygously deleted in WBS (RFC2, GTF2I and BAZ1B) in DNA damage response pathways...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339836/differences-in-textural-properties-of-cooked-caponized-and-broiler-chicken-breast-meat
#17
J U-Chupaj, Y Malila, C Gamonpilas, K Kijroongrojana, M Petracci, S Benjakul, W Visessanguan
This study was aimed at evaluating textural properties of cooked chicken breast meats obtained from 3 production systems (conventional raising, feed modification, and caponization) and determining the relationship between instrumental parameters and sensory attributes associated with the texture of capon meat. Texture of cooked breast meats was determined using 3 instrumental methods: Warner-Bratzler Shear (WBS), texture profile analysis (TPA), and uniaxial compression (UC), and sensory analysis by trained panelists...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271567/the-welsh-blood-service-70-years-of-continuous-change
#18
REVIEW
G D Poole
The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in England and Wales was established as a single entity in 1946 and operated as such for almost half a century. During those 50 years, the blood service in Wales, as in the rest of the UK, saw many technological and operational changes. The automation of donation testing, the introduction of successive layers of microbiological screening, the creation of the Tissue Typing Laboratory (later renamed the Welsh Transplantation and Immunogenetics Laboratory) and the development of information technology brought - over a relatively long period - highly significant improvements to an organisation that had begun life as an Emergency Medical Service...
March 8, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246564/false-positive-findings-on-i-131-wbs-and-spect-ct-in-patients-with-history-of-thyroid-cancer-case-series
#19
Zeina C Hannoush, Juan D Palacios, Russ A Kuker, Sabina Casula
Introduction. Although whole body scan (WBS) with I-131 is a highly sensitive tool for detecting normal thyroid tissue and metastasis of differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), it is not specific. Additional information, provided by single photon emission computed tomography combined with X-ray computed tomography (SPECT/CT) and by the serum thyroglobulin level, is extremely useful for the interpretation of findings. Case Presentation. We report four cases of false positive WBS in patients with DTC: ovarian uptake corresponding to an endometrioma, scrotal uptake due to a spermatocele, rib-cage uptake due to an old fracture, and hepatic and renal uptake secondary to a granuloma and simple cyst, respectively...
2017: Case Reports in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207517/a-rare-case-report-of-very-low-thyroglobulin-and-a-negative-whole-body-scan-in-a-patient-with-a-solid-variant-of-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-with-distant-metastases
#20
Wei Li, Danyang Sun, Hui Ming, Guizhi Zhang, Jian Tan
RATIONALE: The early detection of recurrent differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) cells in postsurgery DTC patients relies on the sensitivity of measuring both the level of thyroglobulin (Tg) and 131-iodine distribution on a whole-body scan (WBS). Recent studies have defined patients who subsequently have no evidence of disease as those who have a stimulated Tg level <1 ng/mL with no other radiological or clinical evidence of disease. PATIENT CONCERNS: A woman patient with solid variant papillary thyroid carcinoma (SVPTC) had undergone twice thyroidectomy with lymph node dissection and radioactive therapy...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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