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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645509/a-fast-and-reliable-method-for-daily-quality-assurance-in-spot-scanning-proton-therapy-with-a-compact-and-inexpensive-phantom
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Nicola Bizzocchi, Francesco Fracchiolla, Marco Schwarz, Carlo Algranati
In a radiotherapy center, daily quality assurance (QA) measurements are performed to ensure that the equipment can be safely used for patient treatment on that day. In a pencil beam scanning (PBS) proton therapy center, spot positioning, spot size, range, and dose output are usually verified every day before treatments. We designed, built, and tested a new, reliable, sensitive, and inexpensive phantom, coupled with an array of ionization chambers, for daily QA that reduces the execution times while preserving the reliability of the test...
June 20, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644090/transdermal-administration-of-melatonin-coupled-to-cryopass-laser-treatment-as-noninvasive-therapy-for-prostate-cancer
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Laura Terraneo, Paola Bianciardi, Eleonora Virgili, Elena Finati, Michele Samaja, Rita Paroni
Melatonin, a pineal gland hormone, exerts oncostatic activity in several types of human cancer, including prostate, the most common neoplasia and the third most frequent cause of male cancer death in the developed world. The growth of androgen-sensitive LNCaP prostate cancer cells in mice is inhibited by 3 mg/kg/week melatonin (0.09 mg/mouse/week) delivered by i.p. injections, which is equivalent to a dose of 210 mg/week in humans. The aim of this study is to test an alternative noninvasive delivery route based on transdermal administration of melatonin onto the tumor area followed by cryopass-laser treatment...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643235/design-and-evaluation-of-rgd-modified-gemini-surfactant-based-lipoplexes-for-targeted-gene-therapy-in-melanoma-model
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Waleed Mohammed-Saeid, Jackson Chitanda, Mays Al-Dulaymi, Ronald Verrall, Ildiko Badea
PURPOSE: We have developed and evaluated novel peptide-targeted gemini surfactant-based lipoplexes designed for melanoma gene therapy. METHODS: Integrin receptor targeting peptide, cyclic-arginylglycylaspartic acid (cRGD), was either chemically coupled to a gemini surfactant backbone or physically co-formulated with lipoplexes. Several formulations and transfection techniques were developed. Transfection efficiency and cellular toxicity of the lipoplexes were evaluated in an in vitro human melanoma model...
June 22, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642329/experimental-and-computational-insight-into-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-paracrine-signaling-and-heterocellular-coupling-effects-on-cardiac-contractility-and-arrhythmogenicity
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Joshua Mayourian, Timothy J Cashman, Delaine K Ceholski, Bryce V Johnson, David Sachs, Deepak A Kaji, Susmita Sahoo, Joshua M Hare, Roger J Hajjar, Eric A Sobie, Kevin D Costa
Rationale: Myocardial delivery of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) is an emerging therapy for treating the failing heart. However, the relative effects of hMSC-mediated heterocellular coupling (HC) and paracrine signaling (PS) on human cardiac contractility and arrhythmogenicity remain unresolved. Objective: To better understand hMSC PS and HC effects on human cardiac contractility and arrhythmogenicity by integrating experimental and computational approaches. Methods and Results: : Extending our previous hMSC-cardiomyocyte HC computational model, we incorporated experimentally calibrated hMSC PS effects on cardiomyocyte L-type calcium channel/SERCA activity and cardiac tissue fibrosis...
June 22, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640700/cns-tumors-in-neurofibromatosis
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Jian Campian, David H Gutmann
Neurofibromatosis (NF) encompasses a group of distinct genetic disorders in which affected children and adults are prone to the development of benign and malignant tumors of the nervous system. The purpose of this review is to discuss the spectrum of CNS tumors arising in individuals with NF type 1 (NF1) and NF type 2 (NF2), their pathogenic etiologies, and the rational treatment options for people with these neoplasms. This article is a review of preclinical and clinical data focused on the treatment of the most common CNS tumors encountered in children and adults with NF1 and NF2...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640451/cardiac-fibrosis-and-arrhythmogenesis
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My-Nhan Nguyen, Helen Kiriazis, Xiao-Ming Gao, Xiao-Jun Du
Myocardial injury, mechanical stress, neurohormonal activation, inflammation, and/or aging all lead to cardiac remodeling, which is responsible for cardiac dysfunction and arrhythmogenesis. Of the key histological components of cardiac remodeling, fibrosis either in the form of interstitial, patchy, or dense scars, constitutes a key histological substrate of arrhythmias. Here we discuss current research findings focusing on the role of fibrosis, in arrhythmogenesis. Numerous studies have convincingly shown that patchy or interstitial fibrosis interferes with myocardial electrophysiology by slowing down action potential propagation, initiating reentry, promoting after-depolarizations, and increasing ectopic automaticity...
June 18, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639707/dressings-and-topical-agents-for-treating-pressure-ulcers
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REVIEW
Maggie J Westby, Jo C Dumville, Marta O Soares, Nikki Stubbs, Gill Norman
BACKGROUND: Pressure ulcers, also known as bedsores, decubitus ulcers and pressure injuries, are localised areas of injury to the skin or the underlying tissue, or both. Dressings are widely used to treat pressure ulcers and promote healing, and there are many options to choose from including alginate, hydrocolloid and protease-modulating dressings. Topical agents have also been used as alternatives to dressings in order to promote healing.A clear and current overview of all the evidence is required to facilitate decision-making regarding the use of dressings or topical agents for the treatment of pressure ulcers...
June 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638777/heterobifunctional-dyes-highly-fluorescent-linkers-based-on-cyanine-dyes
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Virginia Wycisk, Katharina Achazi, Ole Hirsch, Christian Kuehne, Jens Dernedde, Rainer Haag, Kai Licha
Herein, we present a new synthetic route to cyanine-based heterobifunctional dyes and their application as fluorescent linkers between polymers and biomolecules. The synthesized compounds, designed in the visible spectral range, are equipped with two different reactive groups for highly selective conjugation under physiological conditions. By applying indolenine precursors with functionalized benzenes, we achieved water-soluble asymmetric cyanine dyes bearing maleimido and N-hydroxysuccinimidyl functionalities in a three-step synthesis...
June 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638289/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
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REVIEW
Cameron Grigg, Daniel Anderson, James Earnshaw
BACKGROUND: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is a rare genetic disorder known for its debilitating symptoms. More than 90% of patients with HHT experience epistaxis, and they average up to 18 bleeds per month. We review the current literature on the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and management of HHT. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, EMBASE, and PubMed and identified 19 articles published since 2000 with current information on HHT. RESULTS: HHT is a disease more commonly associated with significant morbidity rather than mortality...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638276/gastric-juice-based-real-time-pcr-for-tailored-helicobacter-pylori-treatment-a-practical-approach
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Xianhui Peng, Zhiqiang Song, Lihua He, Sanren Lin, Yanan Gong, Lu Sun, Fei Zhao, Yixin Gu, Yuanhai You, Liya Zhou, Jianzhong Zhang
A gastric juice-based real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay was established to identify Helicobacter pylori infection, clarithromycin susceptibility and human CYP2C19 genotypes and to guide the choice of proton pump inhibitor (PPI), clarithromycin and amoxicillin treatment for tailored H. pylori eradication therapy. From January 2013 to November 2014, 178 consecutive dyspeptic patients were enrolled for collection of gastric biopsy samples and gastric juice by endoscopy at the Peking University Third Hospital; 105 and 73 H...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638104/anti-proliferative-therapy-for-hiv-cure-a-compound-interest-approach
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Daniel B Reeves, Elizabeth R Duke, Sean M Hughes, Martin Prlic, Florian Hladik, Joshua T Schiffer
In the era of antiretroviral therapy (ART), HIV-1 infection is no longer tantamount to early death. Yet the benefits of treatment are available only to those who can access, afford, and tolerate taking daily pills. True cure is challenged by HIV latency, the ability of chromosomally integrated virus to persist within memory CD4(+) T cells in a non-replicative state and activate when ART is discontinued. Using a mathematical model of HIV dynamics, we demonstrate that treatment strategies offering modest but continual enhancement of reservoir clearance rates result in faster cure than abrupt, one-time reductions in reservoir size...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634810/microrna-regulation-of-skeletal-development
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Steven R Sera, Nicole I Zur Nieden
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Osteogenesis is a complex process involving the specification of multiple progenitor cells and their maturation and differentiation into matrix-secreting osteoblasts. Osteogenesis occurs not only during embryogenesis but also during growth, after an injury, and in normal homeostatic maintenance. While much is known about osteogenesis-associated regulatory genes, the role of microRNAs (miRNAs), which are epigenetic regulators of protein expression, is just beginning to be explored...
June 20, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634661/depression-and-art-initiation-among-hiv-serodiscordant-couples-in-kenya-and-uganda
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Jennifer Velloza, Connie Celum, Jessica E Haberer, Kenneth Ngure, Elizabeth Irungu, Nelly Mugo, Jared M Baeten, Renee Heffron
Depression is a known barrier for antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, but less is understood about its effects on ART initiation. We followed 1013 HIV-infected individuals participating in the Partners Demonstration Project, an open-label study of integrated pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and ART delivery for HIV serodiscordant couples in Kenya and Uganda. Associations between depression, measured annually with the Hopkins Symptoms Checklist-Depression (HSCL-D), and ART initiation were assessed with Cox proportional hazards regression...
June 20, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634466/abnormal-temporal-coupling-of-tactile-perception-and-motor-action-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Antonella Conte, Daniele Belvisi, Matteo Tartaglia, Francesca Natalia Cortese, Viola Baione, Emanuele Battista, Xiao Y Zhu, Giovanni Fabbrini, Alfredo Berardelli
Evidence shows altered somatosensory temporal discrimination threshold (STDT) in Parkinson's disease in comparison to normal subjects. In healthy subjects, movement execution modulates STDT values through mechanisms of sensory gating. We investigated whether STDT modulation during movement execution in patients with Parkinson's disease differs from that in healthy subjects. In 24 patients with Parkinson's disease and 20 healthy subjects, we tested STDT at baseline and during index finger abductions (at movement onset "0", 100, and 200 ms thereafter)...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633979/zerumbone-modulates-cd1d-expression-and-lipid-antigen-presentation-pathway-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Ritis K Shyanti, Anuradha Sehrawat, Shivendra V Singh, J P N Mishra, Rana P Singh
Natural Killer T (NKT) cells based cancer immunotherapy is an evolving area of cancer therapy, but tumors escape from this treatment modality by altering CD1d expression and its antigen presentation pathway. Here, we have studied the relation of CD1d expression in various breast cancer cell lines to their viability and progression. We observed a novel phenomenon that CD1d expression level increases with the progressive stage of the cancer. A small molecule, zerumbone (ZER) caused down-regulation of CD1d that was accompanied by breast cancer cell growth in vitro...
June 17, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632911/polymer-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles-as-non-viral-gene-delivery-reagents
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M Mar Encabo-Berzosa, Maria Sancho-Albero, Victor Sebastian, Silvia Irusta, Manuel Arruebo, Jesus Santamaria, Pilar Martín Duque
BACKGROUND: In this study we investigated the ability of PEG functionalized gold nanoparticles as non-viral vectors in the transfection of different cell lines, comparing them with commercial lipoplexes. METHODS: Positively charged gold nanoparticles were synthesized using PEI as reducing and stabilizer agent and its cytotoxicity reduced by its functionalization with PEG. We bound the nanoparticles to three plasmids with different sizes (4-40 kpb). The vector internalization was evaluated by confocal and electronic microscopy...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629580/folding-underlies-bidirectional-role-of-gpr37-pael-r-in-parkinson-disease
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REVIEW
Lina Leinartaité, Per Svenningsson
Since conformational flexibility, which is required for the function of a protein, comes at the expense of structural stability, many proteins, including G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), are under constant risk of misfolding and aggregation. In this regard GPR37 (also named PAEL-R and ETBR-LP-1) takes a prominent role, particularly in relation to Parkinson disease (PD). GPR37 is a substrate for parkin and accumulates abnormally in autosomal recessive juvenile parkinsonism, contributing to endoplasmic reticulum stress and death of dopaminergic neurons...
June 16, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629130/optimization-of-polyplex-formation-between-dna-oligonucleotide-and-poly-%C3%AA-lysine-experimental-study-and-modeling-approach
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Tudor Vasiliu, Corneliu Cojocaru, Alexandru Rotaru, Gabriela Pricope, Mariana Pinteala, Lilia Clima
The polyplexes formed by nucleic acids and polycations have received a great attention owing to their potential application in gene therapy. In our study, we report experimental results and modeling outcomes regarding the optimization of polyplex formation between the double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) and poly(ʟ-Lysine) (PLL). The quantification of the binding efficiency during polyplex formation was performed by processing of the images captured from the gel electrophoresis assays. The design of experiments (DoE) and response surface methodology (RSM) were employed to investigate the coupling effect of key factors (pH and N/P ratio) affecting the binding efficiency...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629061/paclitaxel-hydroxyapatite-composite-coatings-on-titanium-alloy-for-biomedical-applications
#19
Yu-Liang Lai, Shuei-Bin Lai, Shiow-Kang Yen
In order to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, target therapies have been spotlighted. In this study, paclitaxel, the drug for cancer treatment, is electrochemically deposited on Ti alloy as vascular stents for the tumor localized therapy by sustaining drug releasing to achieve the cancer cells apoptosis or the prevention of cancer metastasis. In the experiment, cathodic polarization tests coupled with electrochemical reactions were analyzed to speculate the deposition mechanism, and the field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), focused ion beam (FIB) system and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to observe the surface morphology and analyze constituent elements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627385/advances-in-antibody-drug-conjugates-a-new-era-of-targeted-cancer-therapy
#20
REVIEW
Samaresh Sau, Hashem O Alsaab, Sushil Kumar Kashaw, Katyayani Tatiparti, Arun K Iyer
Antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), a potent class of anticancer therapeutics, comprise a high-affinity antibody (Ab) and cytotoxic payload coupled via a suitable linker for selective tumor cell killing. In the initial phase of their development, two ADCs, Mylotarg(®), and Adcetris(®) were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating hematological cancer, but the real breakthrough came with the discovery of the breast cancer-targeting ADC, Kadcyla(®). With advances in bioengineering, linker chemistry, and potent cytotoxic payload, ADC technology has become a more powerful tool for targeted cancer therapy...
June 13, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
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