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M E Cazzaniga, L Cortesi, A Ferzi, L Scaltriti, F Cicchiello, M Ciccarese, S Della Torre, F Villa, M Giordano, C Verusio, M Nicolini, A R Gambaro, L Zanlorenzi, E Biraghi, L Legramandi, E Rulli
PURPOSE: The VICTOR-1 study demonstrated that the all-oral metronomic combination of vinorelbine and capecitabine is highly active and well tolerated in hormone receptor-positive/HER2-negative patients. The VICTOR-2 study was designed to confirm these results. METHODS: Patients received mVNR 40 mg three times a week and mCAPE 500 mg three times a day, continuously. The primary endpoint was the clinical benefit rate (CBR); secondary endpoints were toxicity, objective response rate (ORR), and progression-free survival (PFS)...
October 17, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Andrea Marchi, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Murray Esler, Elisabeth Lambert, Mathias Baumert, Alberto Porta
We propose a sympathetic baroreflex (sBR) sequence method for characterizing sBR from spontaneous beat-to-beat fluctuations of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) and diastolic arterial pressure (DAP). The method exploits a previously defined MSNA variability quantifying the fluctuations of MSNA burst rate. The method is based on the detection of MSNA and DAP sequences characterized by the contemporaneous DAP increase and MSNA decrease or vice versa. The percentage of sBR sequences (SEQ%sBR) was taken as an indication of the degree of sBR solicitation and the average slope of the regression lines in the (DAP, MSNA) plane was taken as sBR sensitivity (sBRSSEQ) and expressed in bursts(...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Shahram Tahmasebian, Mostafa Langarizadeh, Marjan Ghazisaeidi, Mitra Mahdavi-Mazdeh
INTRODUCTION: Case-based reasoning (CBR) systems are one of the effective methods to find the nearest solution to the current problems. These systems are used in various spheres as well as industry, business, and economy. The medical field is not an exception in this regard, and these systems are nowadays used in the various aspects of diagnosis and treatment. METHODOLOGY: In this study, the effective parameters were first extracted from the structured discharge summary prepared for patients with chronic kidney diseases based on data mining method...
July 16, 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
Bing Fan, Meijiao Li, Xiaoying Wang, Yufeng Xu, Feiyu Li, Laiyun Zhang, Jian Jiang, Yanyan Jiang
PURPOSE: To compare gadobutrol and gadopentetate dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA) contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at 3T for visualizing brain metastases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present randomized study included 60 consecutive patients with known or suspected brain metastases from systemic malignancies. Two enhanced cerebral MR scans were performed in each patient within an interval of 2-5 days using different contrast agents (gadobutrol or Gd-DTPA) at 3T...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Fanny Cacheux, Vincent Médran-Navarrete, Frédéric Dollé, Frank Marguet, Frédéric Puech, Annelaure Damont
The translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO) is today a validated target for a number of therapeutic applications, but also a well-recognized diagnostic/imaging biomarker for the evaluation of inflammatory related-disease state and progression, prompting the development of specific and dedicated TSPO ligands worldwide. For this purpose, pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidine acetamides constitute a unique class of high affinity and selectivity TSPO ligands; it includes DPA-714, a fluorine-containing derivative that has also been labelled with the positron-emitter fluorine-18, and is nowadays widely used as a Positron Emission Tomography imaging probe...
September 9, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Dawn Magnusson, Monica Roe, Jeff Hartman
PURPOSE: To examine community perspectives regarding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of a community-based rehabilitation (CBR) program in Toledo District, Belize. METHOD: A participatory approach was implemented using the CBR Matrix as a conceptual framework. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with CBR community partners and program participants living in Toledo District. Respondents were recruited until thematic saturation was achieved (i...
September 27, 2016: Disability and Rehabilitation
Ying Wang, Jieqiong Liu, Weijuan Jia, Shunrong Li, Nanyan Rao, Fengxi Su, Qiang Liu, Herui Yao
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of vinorelbine-based regimens as first-, second- and more-line therapies in advanced breast cancer (ABC) and to analyze the best timing of vinorelbine treatment. METHODS: A total of 71 ABC patients were retrospectively reviewed. Of these, 35 patients were treated with vinorelbine-based regimens as first-line chemotherapy, and 36 patients were treated with vinorelbine-based regimens as second-line or more-line therapy...
September 21, 2016: Chemotherapy
Diana Dow-Edwards, Ashley Frank, Wade, Jeremy Weedon, Sari Izenwasser
Recent research has demonstrated that the endogenous cannabinoid system is central to the brain's response to stress. As part of an ongoing collaboration, we sought to examine the effects of prenatal and early postnatal rearing and housing conditions on developing endocannabinoid systems. We compare brain cannabinoid receptors (CBR) in offspring of either prenatal vehicle intubated or non-treated dams (Experiment 1) or in rats derived from a vendor and shipped at weaning to a collaborating lab (Experiment 2)...
September 12, 2016: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
Dusit Angthararuk, Mourad Harir, Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Somyote Sutthivaiyakit, Antonius Kettrup, Pakawadee Sutthivaiyakit
This study was performed to identify the degradation products of profenofos "a phenyl organothiophosphate insecticide" in raw water (RW) collected from the entry point of Metropolitan Water Works Authority "Bangkaen, Thailand" and ultrapure water (UPW) with and without TiO2 under simulated sunlight irradiation. Degradation of profenofos was followed with ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) and follows pseudo first-order kinetic. Accordingly, high-field FTICR mass spectrometry coupled to an electrospray ionization source was used to reveal the degradation routes of profenofos and the isotopic fine structures (IFS) elucidations to approve the chemical structures of its degradation products...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Kayla A Chase, Benjamin Feiner, Cherise Rosen, David P Gavin, Rajiv P Sharma
The relationship between cannabinoid receptor signaling and psychosis vulnerability requires further exploration. The endocannabinoid signaling system is extensive, with receptors exerting regulatory functions in both immune and central nervous systems. In the brain, cannabinoid receptors (CBR) directly modulate neurotransmitter systems. In the peripheral lymphocyte, CBRs mediate cytokine release, with dysregulated cytokine levels demonstrated in schizophrenia. mRNA levels of CBRs were measured in human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from 70 participants (35 non-clinical controls, 35 participants with schizophrenia), who were recruited for the absence of marijuana use/abuse by self-report...
November 30, 2016: Psychiatry Research
Zhendong Zhang, Qi Zhuo, Wei Chai, Ming Ni, Heng Li, Jiying Chen
Periprosthetic femoral fracture (PFF) is a complicated complication of both primary and revision hip arthroplasty with an increasing incidence. The present study aimed to summarize the clinical characteristics and identify the risk factors for PFF which would be potentially helpful in the prevention and treatment of PFF.We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 89 cases of PFF, and a case-control study was designed to identify the potential risk for intraoperative and postoperative PFF in both primary and revision hip arthroplasty...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Xiaoliang Zhao, Yanjun Su, Jian You, Liqun Gong, Zhenfa Zhang, Meng Wang, Zhenqing Zhao, Zhen Zhang, Xiaolin Li, Changli Wang
To evaluate the safety and efficacy of combining Endostar antiangiogenic therapy with neoadjuvant chemotherapy for the treatment of stage IIIA (N2) NSCLC, we conducted a randomized, controlled, open-label clinical study of 30 NSCLC patients. Patients were randomly assigned to the test or control groups, which received either two cycles of an NP neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimen combined with Endostar or the NP regimen alone, respectively, at a 2:1 ratio. Efficacy was assessed after 3 weeks, and surgical resection occurred within 4 weeks, in the 26 patients who successfully completed treatment...
August 23, 2016: Oncotarget
Chia-Suei Hung, Sandra Zingarelli, Lloyd J Nadeau, Justin C Biffinger, Carrie A Drake, Audra L Crouch, Daniel E Barlow, John N Russell, Wendy J Crookes-Goodson
: Polyester polyurethane (PU) coatings are widely used to help protect underlying structural surfaces but are susceptible to biological degradation. PUs are susceptible to degradation by Pseudomonas species, due in part to the degradative activity of secreted hydrolytic enzymes. Microorganisms often respond to environmental cues by secreting enzymes or secondary metabolites to benefit their survival. This study investigated the impact of exposing several Pseudomonas strains to select carbon sources on the degradation of the colloidal polyester polyurethane Impranil DLN (Impranil)...
October 15, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
P Kouyoumdjian, A Dhenin, A Dupeyron, R Coulomb, G Asencio
BACKGROUND: The use of an anatomic cementless stem in hemiarthroplasties for femoral intracapsular proximal fracture has been debated, notably because of bone weakness and/or morphological defects related to osteoporosis. We therefore conducted a retrospective study in subjects over 75 years of age who had received an anatomic stem partially coated with hydroxyapatite. The objectives were to determine: 1) the incidence of periprosthetic fractures (PPFs) and, 2) the influence of anatomic factors, including the Cortical Bone Ratio (CBR) (the relation between the endosteal and external diameter of the femoral diaphysis 10cm below the lesser trochanter)...
October 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Jing Li, Jing Ren, Wenxia Sun
BACKGROUND: Ixabepilone is now a Food and Drug Administration-approved therapeutic option for patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) whose disease has progressed despite prior anthracycline and taxane therapy. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to systematically evaluate the efficacy and safety of ixabepilone for treating metastatic breast cancer. METHODS: A systematic review and meta-analysis were conducted. Randomized controlled studies applying ixabepilone for treating MBC were included...
August 4, 2016: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
Davor Krnjajic, Dustin R Allen, Cory L Butts, David M Keller
Whole-body heat stress (WBH) results in numerous cardiovascular alterations that ultimately reduce orthostatic tolerance. While impaired carotid baroreflex (CBR) function during WBH has been reported as a potential reason for this decrement, study design considerations may limit interpretation of previous findings. We sought to test the hypothesis that CBR function is unaltered during WBH. CBR function was assessed in ten healthy male subjects (age, 26 ± 3; height, 185 ± 7 cm; weight, 82 ± 10 kg; BMI, 24 ± 3 kg/m(2); mean ± sd) using 5 s trials of neck pressure (+45, +30 and +15 Torr) and neck suction (-20, -40, -60 and -80 Torr) during normothermia (NT) and passive WBH (∆ core temp ~1 °C)...
August 3, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Yandun Zou, Xiaoyan Ma, Haiying Yu, Chunling Hu, Limei Fan, Xuehong Ran
PURPOSE: The use of carfilzomib/pomalidomide single-agent or in combination with other agents in patients with refractory/relapsed multiple myeloma (RRMM) was not clearly clarified in clinical practice. We sought to compile the available clinical reports to better understand the efficacy and safety of carfilzomib (CFZ) and pomalidomide (POM). RESULTS: Based on our research criteria, we identified 37 prospective studies that evaluated 1160 patients. Analysis of subgroup differences between carfilzomib single-agent and CFZ/DEX dual combination showed significantly(P < 0...
July 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Lisa Toto, Luca Di Antonio, Rodolfo Mastropasqua, Peter A Mattei, Paolo Carpineto, Enrico Borrelli, Marco Rispoli, Bruno Lumbroso, Leonardo Mastropasqua
PURPOSE: To report morphologic features of idiopathic macular telangiectasia (MacTel) type 2 by means of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) and to compare these findings to fundus fluorescein angiography (FFA), fundus autofluorescence (FAF), confocal blue reflectance (CBR), and spectral-domain OCT (SD-OCT). In addition, foveal vessel density and parafoveal vascular density (PFVD), and foveal retinal thickness and parafoveal retinal thickness (PFRT) were compared between MacTel 2 patients and normal aged-matched controls...
July 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Marie Stiborová, Radek Indra, Michaela Moserová, Eva Frei, Heinz H Schmeiser, Klaus Kopka, David H Philips, Volker M Arlt
Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is a human carcinogen that covalently binds to DNA after activation by cytochrome P450 (P450). Here, we investigated whether NADH:cytochrome b5 reductase (CBR) in the presence of cytochrome b5 can act as sole electron donor to human P450 1A1 during BaP oxidation and replace the canonical NADPH:cytochrome P450 reductase (POR) system. We also studied the efficiencies of the coenzymes of these reductases, NADPH as a coenzyme of POR, and NADH as a coenzyme of CBR, to mediate BaP oxidation. Two systems containing human P450 1A1 were utilized: human recombinant P450 1A1 expressed with POR, CBR, epoxide hydrolase, and cytochrome b5 in Supersomes and human recombinant P450 1A1 reconstituted with POR and/or with CBR and cytochrome b5 in liposomes...
August 15, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Joshua C Tremblay, Lindsey M Boulet, Michael M Tymko, Glen E Foster
Intermittent hypoxia (IH) occurs in association with obstructive sleep apnea and likely contributes to the pathogenesis of hypertension. The purpose of this study was to examine the putative early adaptations at the level of the peripheral vasculature and carotid baroreflex (CBR) that may promote the development of hypertension. Ten healthy male participants (26 ± 1 yr, BMI = 24 ± 1 kg/m(2)) were exposed to 6 h of IH (1-min cycles of normoxia and hypoxia) and SHAM in a single-blinded, counterbalanced crossover study design...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
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