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Bo Diao, Ying Liu, Guo-Zheng Xu, Yi Zhang, Jun Xie, Jie Gong
Galectin-3 (Gal-3), a β-galactoside-binding protein, has been implicated in cell proliferation, cell adhesion, and the progression and metastasis of various types of cancer. The present study investigated the involvement of Gal-3 in the tumorigenesis and progression of pituitary tumors using three rat pituitary tumor cell lines. Following transfection with Gal-3 expression and interference vectors, the impact of Gal-3 on proliferation, apoptosis and migration of pituitary tumor cells was been investigated...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Young Dong Yu, Jin Ho Hwang, Young Eun Seo, Byung Do Song, Yeon Soo Jung, Dong Hwan Lee, Sung Kyu Hong, Seok-Soo Byun, Sang Eun Lee, Jong Jin Oh
This study aimed to evaluate the effects of ketorolac, a commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) as patient controlled intravenous infusion analgesia (PCIA) for the patients underwent radical cystectomy (RC) due to bladder cancer regarding post-operational indices of recovery. Total seventy patients who underwent radical cystectomy for the treatment of bladder cancer were included in the study. 35 patients received ketorolac as PCIA (NSAIDS group) and 35 patients had morphine infusion as PCIA (morphine group)...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Philip A Fontenot, Brian D Barnes, William P Parker, Hadley Wyre, Eugene K Lee, Jeffrey M Holzbeierlein
OBJECTIVES: To compare complication rates, perioperative outcomes, and survival after radical cystectomy (RC) in patients with prior abdominal and/or pelvic radiation therapy (RT) versus those without an RT history. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients undergoing RC for urothelial carcinoma (UC) between January 2008 and January 2016. Patients were stratified by receipt of RT, and differences in complications (any, minor, and major) at 30 and 90 days, as well as, estimated blood loss, length of surgery, length of hospital stay, and pathologic stage were compared...
March 12, 2018: Urology
Coleen T Nemes, John R Swierk, Charles A Schmuttenmaer
Terahertz spectroscopy is broadly applicable for the study of a wide variety of materials, but spectroelectrochemistry has not been performed in the THz range due to the lack of a THz-transparent electrochemical cell. While THz-transparent electrodes do exist, they had never been utilized in a complete three-electrode cell, which is the configuration required for accurate potential control in aqueous media. We have designed and constructed a THz-transparent three-electrode elec-trochemical cell and have performed THz spectroelectrochemistry of a SnO2 thin film...
March 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Anisur Rahman, Mohammad Akbar Faqeerzada, Byoung-Kwan Cho
BACKGROUND: Allicin and soluble solid content (SSC) in garlic is the responsible for its pungent flavor and odor. However, current conventional methods such as high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), refractometer has a critical drawbacks in that they are time-consuming, labor-intensive and destructive procedures. The present study aimed to predict the allicin and soluble solid content (SSC) in garlic using hyperspectral imaging in combination with variable selection algorithms and calibration models...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
L G J Leijssen, A M Dinaux, H Kunitake, L G Bordeianou, D L Berger
PURPOSE: Proximal and distal colon cancers differ in terms of epidemiology, clinical presentation, and pathologic features. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of right-sided (RC), transverse (TC), and left-sided (LC) colon cancer on morbidity rates and oncological outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients with resected colon cancer between 2004 and 2014 was conducted. Cox proportional hazard models were used to assess predictors of overall (OS), and disease-specific survival (DSS), as well as disease-free survival (DFS)...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Paolo Morandi, Sanja Hak, Guido Magenes
This article contains information related to a recent study "Performance-based interpretation of in-plane cyclic tests on RC frames with strong masonry infills" (Morandi et al., 2017 [1]). Motivated by the necessity to improve the knowledge of the in-plane seismic response of rigid strong masonry infills, a wide experimental campaign based on in-plane cyclic tests on full-scale RC infilled frame specimens, supplemented with a complete characterization of the materials, has been conducted at the laboratory of the Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture of the University of Pavia...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Xuan Zhang, Xiaohan Sun
We propose a time division multiplexing passive optical network (TDM-PON) monitoring scheme based on the optical pulse width modulation (OPWM) by using a simple asymmetric loop (AL) located near the optical network unit (ONU). Various pulse widths can be easily obtained by configuring the appropriate length of the patchcord used to generate the path difference between two branches of a 1 × 2 splitter. Different wavelengths can be assigned to the same pulse width, which can further increase the network size...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mak Wai Keong, Denny Lie Tijauw Tjoen
INTRODUCTION: Rotator cuff (RC) tears are common and a frequent cause of dysfunction in the shoulder, especially with progression of age. Biceps pathology occurs concomitantly and its relationship with RC tears has been well described. However, the study of biceps intervention affecting outcomes of RC repair is limited. We aim to study the effect of biceps tenotomy in RC repair after matching for cuff tear size. METHODS: We collected data of 24 consecutive patients undergoing RC repair and biceps tenotomy and matched them with patients undergoing RC repair only ( n = 24)...
January 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fernando Oliveira Costa, Thaís Riberal Vieira, Sheila Cavalca Cortelli, Luís Otávio Miranda Cota, José Eustáquio Costa, Maria Cássia Ferreira Aguiar, José Roberto Cortelli
BACKGROUND: It is well established that regular compliance during periodontal maintenance therapy (PMT) maintains the stability of periodontal clinical parameters obtained after active periodontal therapy (APT). However, compliance during PMT has not yet been related to subgingival bacterial levels. Thus, this study followed individuals in PMT over 6 years and longitudinally evaluated the effects of compliance on periodontitis-associated bacterial levels and its relation to periodontal status...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Periodontology
H Y Deng, X R Wang, M Yue, L L Zhang, F Li, X L Wang, Y P Liu
Objective: To investigate the effect of extensive retraction clefts (RC, >20% of tumor volume) on prognosis in invasive breast carcinoma of no specific type (IBC-NST). Methods: A total of 2 184 cases of IBC-NST diagnosed at the Fourth Hospital of Hebei Medical University from January 2006 to December 2008 were collected. All the cases were diagnosed according to the latest guideline and standard. After excluding cases of shrinkage due to tissue fixation, 483 cases with RC were identified, and the clinical and pathological features were retrospectively analyzed...
March 8, 2018: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Mengyuan Xu, Jing Yan, Yingsan Geng, Kun Zhang, Chao Sun
An innovative array of magnetic coils (the discrete Rogowski coil-RC) with the advantages of flexible structure, miniaturization and mass producibility is investigated. First, the mutual inductance between the discrete RC and circular and rectangular conductors are calculated using the magnetic vector potential (MVP) method. The results are found to be consistent with those calculated using the finite element method, but the MVP method is simpler and more practical. Then, the influence of conductor section parameters, inclination, and eccentricity on the accuracy of the discrete RC is calculated to provide a reference...
March 13, 2018: Sensors
Trevor S Kashey, Dustin D Luu, John C Cowgill, Patricia L Baker, Kevin E Redding
Photosynthetic reaction centers (RCs) evolved > 3 billion years ago and have diverged into Type II RCs reducing quinones and Type I RCs reducing soluble acceptors via iron-sulfur clusters. Photosystem I (PSI), the exemplar Type I RC, uses modified menaquinones as intermediate electron transfer cofactors, but it has been controversial if the Type I RC of heliobacteria (HbRC) uses its two bound menaquinones in the same way. The sequence of the quinone-binding site in PSI is not conserved in the HbRC, and the recently solved crystal structure of the HbRC does not reveal a quinone in the analogous site...
March 12, 2018: Photosynthesis Research
Jessica A Zaman, Tejender Paul Singh
Though laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) was highly criticized in its early stages, it quickly grew to become a new standard of care and has revolutionized the field of general surgery. Now emerging robotic technology is making its way into the minimally invasive arena. Robotic cholecystectomy (RC) is often disparaged as a costly technology that can lead to increased operative times with outcomes that are quite similar to LC. However, this perspective is skewed as many existing studies were performed in the early phase of learning for this procedure...
February 2018: Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition
Roan Louw, Izelle Smuts, Kimmey-Li Wilsenach, Lindi-Maryn Jonck, Maryke Schoonen, Francois H van der Westhuizen
BACKGROUND: Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 ) is an important component of the mitochondrial respiratory chain (RC) and is critical for energy production. Although the prevalence of CoQ10 deficiency is still unknown, the general consensus is that the condition is under-diagnosed. The aim of this study was to retrospectively investigate CoQ10 deficiency in frozen muscle specimens in a cohort of ethnically diverse patients who received muscle biopsies for the investigation of a possible RC deficiency (RCD)...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Ki Eun Shin, Michelle G Newman
Even after successful exposure, relapse is not uncommon. Based on the retrieval model of fear extinction (e.g., Vervliet, Craske, & Hermans, 2013), return of fear can occur after exposure due to an elapse of time (spontaneous recovery) or change in context (contextual renewal). The use of external salient stimuli presented throughout extinction (i.e., retrieval cues [RCs]) has been suggested as a potential solution to this problem (Bouton, 2002). The current study examined whether RCs attenuated return of fear in individuals with public speaking anxiety...
March 2018: Behavior Therapy
Shuyu Zhan, Baoyue Ding, Yu-Er Ruan, Xuan Huang, Guoqiang Liu, Xiaoqing Lv, Xiong Huang, Mingjuan Li, Ninghua Jiang, Qing Shao
Microdialysis is a powerful in vivo sampling technique for pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) modeling of drugs in pre-clinical and clinical studies. However, the noticeable limitations of previous studies using microdialysis were that animals anesthesia in the whole experiment and the combination of microdialysis and blood sampling for drug and (or) effect detection, which can obviously influence PK and PD behavior of drugs. In this study, a simple blood microdialysis sampling system in freely-moving rats was established for simultaneous study of PK and PD of Shengmai injection (SMI) effect on inducing real-time nitric oxide (NO) release on isoproterenol (ISO) induced myocardial ischemia rats...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Felipe Fantuzzi, Benedikt Rudek, Wania Wolff, Marco Antonio Chaer Nascimento
In free-radical halogenation of aromatics singly-charged ions are usually formed as intermediates. These stable species can be easily observed by time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS). Here we used electron and proton beams to ionize chlorobenzene (C6 H5Cl) and investigate the ions stability by TOF-MS. Additionally to the singly-charged parent ion and its fragments we find a significant yield of doubly- and triply- charged parentions not previously reported. In order to characterize these species we used high-level theoretical methods based on Density Functional Theory (DFT), Coupled-Cluster (CC)and Generalized Valence Bond (GVB) to calculate the structure, relative stabilities, and bonding of these dications and trications...
March 12, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Christopher J Vertullo, Stephen E Graves, Yi Peng, Peter L Lewis
Background and purpose - Recent direct comparative reports suggest that hybrid fixation may have a similar or superior outcome to cemented fixation in total knee replacement (TKR); however, a paucity of long-term data exists. To minimize the confounders of a direct comparison, we performed an instrumental variable analysis examining the revision rate of 2 cohorts of patients based on their surgeon's preference for cemented or hybrid fixation. Methods - Registry data were obtained from 1999 until 2015 for 2 cohorts of patients who received minimally stabilized TKR, defined as those treated by high-volume hybrid fixation preferring surgeons, designated routinely hybrid (RH), and those treated by high-volume cemented fixation preferring surgeons, designated routinely cemented (RC)...
March 12, 2018: Acta Orthopaedica
Erzsebet Polyak, Julian Ostrovsky, Min Peng, Stephen D Dingley, Mai Tsukikawa, Young Joon Kwon, Shana E McCormack, Michael Bennett, Rui Xiao, Christoph Seiler, Zhe Zhang, Marni J Falk
Oxidative stress is a known contributing factor in mitochondrial respiratory chain (RC) disease pathogenesis. Yet, no efficient means exists to objectively evaluate the comparative therapeutic efficacy or toxicity of different antioxidant compounds empirically used in human RC disease. We postulated that pre-clinical comparative analysis of diverse antioxidant drugs having suggested utility in primary RC disease using animal and cellular models of RC dysfunction may improve understanding of their integrated effects and physiologic mechanisms, and enable prioritization of lead antioxidant molecules to pursue in human clinical trials...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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