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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445984/paraoxonase-1-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-breast-cancer-in-a-population-of-chinese-women
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Junrong Wu, Min Fang, Xiaoping Zhou, Bo Zhu, Zhi Yang
In this study, we explored associations between paraoxonase 1 (PON1) L55M and Q192R gene polymorphisms and the risk of breast cancer in 365 female breast cancer patients and 378 healthy controls from the Guangxi region of southern China. The LM heterozygous and MM homozygous genotypes, as well as M carrier status and M alleles, were associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition, the M allele was associated with postmenopausal status and increased nodal involvement. In contrast, none of the Q192R genotypes or alleles were associated with a change in breast cancer risk, or with any of the clinicopathological parameters...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445979/the-impacts-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-genes-of-cell-cycle-and-nf-kb-pathways-on-the-efficacy-and-acute-toxicities-of-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Chengxian Guo, Yuling Huang, Jingjing Yu, Lijuan Liu, Xiaochang Gong, Min Huang, Chunling Jiang, Yulu Liao, Lihua Huang, Guoping Yang, Jingao Li
Radiotherapy is one of the primary choices for the treatment of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and may result in severe radiotoxicities on normal tissues. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes of cell cycle and NF-κB pathways have been linked with the prognoses of various cancers. The aim of this study was to explore whether SNPs of genes involved in cell cycle and NF-κB pathways are associated with responses to radiotherapy in NPC patients. We selected 3 SNPs in cell cycle pathway and 5 SNPs in NF-κB pathway and genotyped them in 154 NPC patients treated with radiotherapy...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445916/brain-regions-essential-for-word-comprehension-drawing-inferences-from-patients
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Argye E Hillis, Christopher Rorden, Julius Fridriksson
Lesion-deficit association studies are important as they can reveal brain regions essential for specific functions, but sometimes appear to yield conflicting results. We aimed to show how pitfalls of lesions studies can be avoided, and converging results obtained, illustrating from studies of the role of posterior superior temporal gyrus in auditory word comprehension. We review published lesion studies on auditory comprehension and present new data from both acute and chronic stroke that address weaknesses in some previous studies...
April 26, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445909/transient-severe-motion-artifact-related-to-gadoxetate-disodium-enhanced-liver-mri-frequency-and-risk-evaluation-at-a-german-institution
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Lennart Well, Vanessa Hanna Rausch, Gerhard Adam, Frank Oliver Henes, Peter Bannas
Purpose Varying frequencies (5 - 18 %) of contrast-related transient severe motion (TSM) imaging artifacts during gadoxetate disodium-enhanced arterial phase liver MRI have been reported. Since previous reports originated from the United States and Japan, we aimed to determine the frequency of TSM at a German institution and to correlate it with potential risk factors and previously published results. Materials and Methods Two age- and sex-matched groups were retrospectively selected (gadoxetate disodium n = 89; gadobenate dimeglumine n = 89) from dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI examinations in a single center...
April 26, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445903/patient-reported-adverse-events-after-colonoscopy-in-norway
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Geir Hoff, Thomas de Lange, Michael Bretthauer, Magne Buset, Stein Dahler, Fred-Arne Halvorsen, Jörg Michael Halwe, Mathis Heibert, Ole Høie, Øystein Kjellevold, Volker Moritz, Per Sandvei, Birgitte Seip, Lars Aabakken, Øyvind Holme
Background and aims Patient-reported outcome measures are increasingly important in healthcare. European guidelines have recommended inclusion of patient feedback to capture adverse events due to colonoscopy, but this is rarely implemented. Methods The Norwegian Quality Assurance network for endoscopy (Gastronet) collects patient-reported outcome for colonoscopies. Free-text comments on patient reports from January to December 2015 were characterized as positive or negative. All negative free-text comments were scrutinized for information that might suggest colonoscopy-related adverse events...
April 26, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445899/evidence-based-guidelines-for-the-pharmacologic-management-of-methamphetamine-dependence-relapse-prevention-chronic-methamphetamine-related-and-comorbid-psychiatric-disorders-in-post-acute-settings
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Roland Härtel-Petri, Anne Krampe-Scheidler, Wolf-Dietrich Braunwarth, Ursula Havemann-Reinecke, Peter Jeschke, Winfried Looser, Stephan Mühlig, Ingo Schäfer, Norbert Scherbaum, Lydia Bothe, Corinna Schaefer, Willem Hamdorf
The increasing abuse of the street drug crystal meth (methamphetamine) in many countries worldwide has resulted in a growing demand to treat patients who have acquired a methamphetamine-related disorder. The results of a systematic literature search which led to the consensus-based recommendations by the Working Group of the German Agency for Quality in Medicine (Ärztliches Zentrum für Qualität in der Medizin - ÄZQ) are presented. Pharmacological treatments were reviewed in 58 out of the 103 publications included...
April 26, 2017: Pharmacopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445885/patterns-of-microglial-cell-activation-in-alzheimer-disease-and-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
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Ricardo Taipa, Paulo Brochado, Andrew Robinson, Inês Reis, Patrício Costa, David M Mann, Manuel Melo Pires, Nuno Sousa
AIMS: Microglia-driven neuroinflammation can play an important role in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, we sought to characterize the distribution of microglial cell activation in 2 neurodegenerative dementias with distinct protein signatures, Alzheimer disease (AD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) of the TDP subtype, and to determine if there was an anatomical correlation with the phenotypes most commonly associated with these conditions...
April 27, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445884/synergistic-action-of-presynaptic-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-and-adenosine-receptors-in-developmental-axonal-competition-at-the-neuromuscular-junction
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Laura Nadal, Neus Garcia, Erica Hurtado, Anna Simó, Marta Tomàs, Maria Angel Lanuza, Victor Cilleros, Josep Maria Tomàs
The development of the nervous system involves the initial overproduction of synapses, which promotes connectivity. Hebbian competition between axons with different activities leads to the loss of roughly half of the overproduced elements and this refines connectivity. We used quantitative immunohistochemistry to investigate, in the postnatal day 7 (P7) to P9 neuromuscular junctions, the involvement of muscarinic receptors (muscarinic acetylcholine autoreceptors and the M1, M2, and M4 subtypes) and adenosine receptors (A1 and A2A subtypes) in the control of axonal elimination after the mouse levator auris longus muscle had been exposed to selective antagonists in vivo...
April 27, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445876/impact-of-the-reclassification-of-the-non-invasive-follicular-variant-of-papillary-carcinoma-as-benign-on-the-malignancy-risk-of-the-bethesda-system-for-reporting-thyroid-cytopathology-a-meta-analysis-study
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Lester J Layfield, Zubair W Baloch, Magda Esebua, Rohini Kannuswamy, Robert L Schmidt
OBJECTIVES: The Bethesda System for Reporting Thyroid Cytopathology (TBSRTC) established diagnostic categories for cytologic specimens of the thyroid. Each category was associated with an estimated risk of malignancy. Recently, the non-invasive follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma has been reclassified as benign. This reclassification may alter the malignancy risk of TBSRTC diagnostic categories. STUDY DESIGN: A literature search was made for all studies investigating the effect of reclassification of some non-invasive follicular variant papillary thyroid carcinomas as benign on the malignancy risk associated with TBSRTC categories...
April 27, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445869/silicone-oil-related-visual-loss
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Hamouda Hamdy Ghoraba, Adel Galal Zaky, Mohamed Amin Heikal, Emad Eldin Mohamed Elgemai, Haithem Mamoun Abd Al Fatah
BACKGROUND: Silicone oil (SO) is used as an intravitreal tamponade agent in vitreoretinal surgery for rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) complicated by proliferative vitreoretinopathy or with large, multiple retinal tears. Usually, SO is left in the eye for at least 3 months. Although its use can lead to well-known complications, intraocular SO is generally well tolerated. Some studies have reported unexpected central vision loss after SO use or removal. OBJECTIVE: To investigate and analyze the reason for visual loss after the use or removal of intraocular SO in patients who underwent vitrectomy surgeries for RRD...
April 27, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445856/procyanidin-a-kind-of-biological-flavonoid-induces-protective-anti-tumor-immunity-and-protects-mice-from-lethal-b16f10-challenge
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Lina Zhang, Shuang Wang, Zeyuan Liu, Li Zhang, Shanzheng Wang, Bin Wang
Recently, increasing evidences show that procyanidin (PC) modulate immune responses in human. To evaluate adjuvant effects of PC on vaccine immune modulation and anti-tumor activity, we formulated PC with B16F10 tumor antigen as tumor vaccine to immune C57BL/6 mice and used intramuscular injection before challenge with tumor B16F10 cells. Our results revealed that PC enhanced T cell-mediated immune responses both in vitro and in vivo. Moreover, the B16F10 tumor vaccine induced some degree of anti-tumor effects as evaluated by the inhibition of tumor growth and the prolongation of survival...
April 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445854/balance-training-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease-therapist-supervised-vs-home-based-exercise-programme
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Elizabeth Maria Atterbury, Karen Estelle Welman
BACKGROUND: Poor locomotion and balance in Parkinson's disease (PD) often diminishes independence. Accordingly, gait is considered one of the most relevant rehabilitation outcomes, and home-based balance exercises might be a viable mode of exercise delivery for individuals with PD. However, research on PD interventions rarely indicate best practices to deliver exercises. Therefore, this study endeavoured to compare the efficacy of a home-based and therapist-supervised balance programme on gait parameters, dynamic balance, balance confidence and motivation in individuals diagnosed with PD...
April 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445848/a-systematic-and-critical-review-on-bioanalytical-method-validation-using-the-example-of-simultaneous-quantitation-of-antidiabetic-agents-in-blood
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Mariana Millan Fachi, Letícia Paula Leonart, Letícia Bonancio Cerqueira, Flavia Lada Degaut Pontes, Michel Leandro de Campos, Roberto Pontarolo
A systematic and critical review was conducted on bioanalytical methods validated to quantify combinations of antidiabetic agents in human blood. The aim of this article was to verify how the validation process of bioanalytical methods is performed and the quality of the published records. The validation assays were evaluated according to international guidelines. The main problems in the validation process are pointed out and discussed to help researchers to choose methods that are truly reliable and can be successfully applied for their intended use...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445843/health-and-income-inequalities-in-europe-what-is-the-role-of-circumstances
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M Pasqualini, D Lanari, L Minelli, L Pieroni, L Salmasi
Equality of opportunity theories distinguish between inequalities due to individual effort and those due to external circumstances. Recent research has shown that half of the variability in income of World population was determined by country of birth and income distribution. Since health and income are generally strictly related, the aim of this paper is to estimate how much variability in income and health is determined by external circumstances. We use data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement (SHARE) and the English Longitudinal Survey on Ageing (ELSA), two comparable multidisciplinary surveys that provide micro-level data on health and financial resources among the elderly for a large number of European countries...
April 17, 2017: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445832/study-of-the-mechanism-of-protonated-histidine-induced-conformational-changes-in-the-zika-virus-dimeric-envelope-protein-using-accelerated-molecular-dynamic-simulations
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Jixue Sun, Yang Li, Pi Liu, Jianping Lin
The Zika virus has drawn worldwide attention because of the epidemic diseases it causes. It is a flavivirus that has an icosahedral protein shell constituted by an envelope glycoprotein (E-protein) and membrane protein (M-protein) in the mature virion. The multistep process of membrane fusion to infect the host cell is pH-induced. To understand the mechanism of the conformational changes in the (E-M)2 protein homodimer embedded in the membrane, two 200-ns accelerated dynamic simulations were performed under different pH conditions...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445824/the-shadow-price-of-co2-emissions-in-china-s-iron-and-steel-industry
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Ke Wang, Linan Che, Chunbo Ma, Yi-Ming Wei
As China becomes the world's largest energy consumer and CO2 emitter, there has been a rapidly emerging literature on estimating China's abatement cost for CO2 using a distance function approach. However, the existing studies have mostly focused on the cost estimates at macro levels (provinces or industries) with few examining firm-level abatement costs. No work has attempted to estimate the abatement cost of CO2 emissions in the iron and steel industry. Although some have argued that the directional distance function (DDF) is more appropriate in the presence of bad output under regulation, the choice of directions is largely arbitrary...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445818/weighted-partial-least-squares-based-on-the-error-and-variance-of-the-recovery-rate-in-calibration-set
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Shaohui Yu, Xue Xiao, Hong Ding, Ge Xu, Haixia Li, Jing Liu
The quantitative analysis is very difficult for the emission-excitation fluorescence spectroscopy of multi-component mixtures whose fluorescence peaks are serious overlapping. As an effective method for the quantitative analysis, partial least squares can extract the latent variables from both the independent variables and the dependent variables, so it can model for multiple correlations between variables. However, there are some factors that usually affect the prediction results of partial least squares, such as the noise, the distribution and amount of the samples in calibration set etc...
April 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445812/portable-aptamer-biosensor-of-platelet-derived-growth-factor-bb-using-a-personal-glucose-meter-with-triply-amplified
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Lu Hong, Fu Zhou, Dongmin Shi, Xiaojun Zhang, Guangfeng Wang
Sensitive and rapid detection of platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB), a cancer-related protein, could help early diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of cancers. Although some methods have been developed to detect PDGF-BB, few can provide quantitative results using an affordable and portable device that is suitable for home use or field application. In this work, we report the first use of a portable kind of personal glucose meter (PGM) combining a catalytic and molecular beacon (CAMB) system with a cation exchange reaction (CX reaction) for ultrasensitive PDGF-BB assay...
April 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445750/effect-of-phosphorylation-on-a-human-like-osteopontin-peptide
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Samuel Lenton, Marco Grimaldo, Felix Roosen-Runge, Frank Schreiber, Tommy Nylander, Roger Clegg, Carl Holt, Michael Härtlein, Victoria García Sakai, Tilo Seydel, Susana C Marujo Teixeira
The last decade established that the dynamic properties of the phosphoproteome are central to function and its modulation. The temporal dimension of phosphorylation effects remains nonetheless poorly understood, particularly for intrinsically disordered proteins. Osteopontin, selected for this study due to its key role in biomineralization, is expressed in many species and tissues to play a range of distinct roles. A notable property of highly phosphorylated isoforms of osteopontin is their ability to sequester nanoclusters of calcium phosphate to form a core-shell structure, in a fluid that is supersaturated but stable...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445747/physical-and-functional-characterization-of-a-viral-genome-maturation-complex
#20
Teng-Chieh Yang, David Ortiz, Qin Yang, Rolando W De Angelis, Saurarshi J Sanyal, Carlos E Catalano
Genome packaging is strongly conserved in the complex double-stranded DNA viruses, including the herpesviruses and many bacteriophages. In these cases, viral DNA is packaged into a procapsid shell by a terminase enzyme. The packaging substrate is typically a concatemer composed of multiple genomes linked in a head-to-tail fashion, and terminase enzymes perform two essential functions: 1) excision of a unit length genome from the concatemer (genome maturation) and 2) translocation of the duplex into a procapsid (genome packaging)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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