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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145694/engineered-and-natural-promoters-and-chromatin-modifying-elements-for-recombinant-protein-expression-in-cho-cells
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Nadiya Romanova, Thomas Noll
Promoters play a pivotal role in integrating and processing the signals related to transcription initiation. Strong natural viral promoters, such as hCMV or SV40E, have been routinely employed to achieve a high rate of gene expression in ubiquitously used Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. However, viral promoters are susceptible to epigenetic silencing and lack precise regulation levers. This has paved the way to more sensible control elements: endogenous, inducible and synthetic promoters. In this review we summarise and discuss the use of natural viral, mammalian and endogenous promoters, as well as recent advances in synthetic promoters and inducible systems for protein expression in CHO cells...
November 16, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145614/methionine-and-choline-deficient-mcd-model-in-predicting-adverse-drug-reactions-in-human-nash
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Hui Li, Erica Toth, Nathan J Cherrington
In the past few decades, great conceptual and technological advances have been made in the field of toxicology, but animal model-based research still remains one of the most widely-used and readily available tools for furthering our current knowledge. However, animal models are not perfect in predicting all systemic toxicity in humans. Extrapolating animal data to accurately predict human toxicities remains a challenge, and researchers are obligated to question the appropriateness of their chosen animal model...
November 14, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145602/genotype-based-selection-of-treatment-for-patients-with-advanced-colorectal-cancer-seticc-a-pharmacogenetic-based-randomized-phase-ii-trial
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A Abad, E Martínez-Balibrea, J M Viéitez, V A Orduña, P García Alfonso, J L Manzano, B Massutí, M Benavides, A Carrato, M Zanui, J Gallego, C Grávalos, V Conde, M Provencio, M Valladares, R Salazar, J Sastre, C Montagut, F Rivera, E Aranda
Background: There has been little progress toward personalized therapy for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). TYMS-3' untranslated region (UTR) 6 bp ins/del and ERCC1-118C/T polymorphisms were previously reported to facilitate selecting patients for fluoropyrimidine-based treatment in combination with oxaliplatin as first-line therapy. We assessed the utility of these markers in selecting therapy for patients with mCRC. Patients and methods: This randomized, open-label phase II trial compared bevacizumab plus XELOX (control) versus treatment tailored according to TYMS-3'UTR 6 bp ins/del and ERCC1-118C/T polymorphisms...
November 14, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145515/male-kidney-allograft-recipients-at-risk-for-urinary-tract-infection
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Gerold Thölking, Katharina Schuette-Nuetgen, Thomas Vogl, Ulrich Dobrindt, Barbara C Kahl, Marcus Brand, Hermann Pavenstädt, Barbara Suwelack, Raphael Koch, Stefan Reuter
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common infection after renal transplantation (RTx). Although female sex is a well-known risk factor for the development of UTI after RTx, the role of the donor sex in this context remains unclear. METHODS: In this case control study 6,763 RTx cases were screened for UTI when presenting at our transplant outpatient clinics. 102 different RTx patients fulfilled the inclusion criteria and were compared to 102 controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145504/quantifying-performance-on-an-outdoor-agility-drill-using-foot-mounted-inertial-measurement-units
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Antonia M Zaferiou, Lauro Ojeda, Stephen M Cain, Rachel V Vitali, Steven P Davidson, Leia Stirling, Noel C Perkins
Running agility is required for many sports and other physical tasks that demand rapid changes in body direction. Quantifying agility skill remains a challenge because measuring rapid changes of direction and quantifying agility skill from those measurements are difficult to do in ways that replicate real task/game play situations. The objectives of this study were to define and to measure agility performance for a (five-cone) agility drill used within a military obstacle course using data harvested from two foot-mounted inertial measurement units (IMUs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145500/estimation-of-stress-distribution-in-ferromagnetic-tensile-specimens-using-low-cost-eddy-current-stress-measurement-system-and-bp-neural-network
#6
Jianwei Li, Weimin Zhang, Weiqin Zeng, Guolong Chen, Zhongchao Qiu, Xinyuan Cao, Xuanyi Gao
Estimation of the stress distribution in ferromagnetic components is very important for evaluating the working status of mechanical equipment and implementing preventive maintenance. Eddy current testing technology is a promising method in this field because of its advantages of safety, no need of coupling agent, etc. In order to reduce the cost of eddy current stress measurement system, and obtain the stress distribution in ferromagnetic materials without scanning, a low cost eddy current stress measurement system based on Archimedes spiral planar coil was established, and a method based on BP neural network to obtain the stress distribution using the stress of several discrete test points was proposed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145475/mapping-three-dimensional-surface-deformation-caused-by-the-2010-haiti-earthquake-using-advanced-satellite-radar-interferometry
#7
Hyung-Sup Jung, Soo-Min Hong
Mapping three-dimensional (3D) surface deformation caused by an earthquake is very important for the environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of human beings. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems made it possible to measure precise 3D deformations by combining SAR interferometry (InSAR) and multiple aperture interferometry (MAI). In this paper, we retrieve the 3D surface deformation field of the 2010 Haiti earthquake which occurred on January 12, 2010 by a magnitude 7.0 Mw by using the advanced interferometric technique that integrates InSAR and MAI data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145413/diffusion-based-neuromodulation-can-eliminate-catastrophic-forgetting-in-simple-neural-networks
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Roby Velez, Jeff Clune
A long-term goal of AI is to produce agents that can learn a diversity of skills throughout their lifetimes and continuously improve those skills via experience. A longstanding obstacle towards that goal is catastrophic forgetting, which is when learning new information erases previously learned information. Catastrophic forgetting occurs in artificial neural networks (ANNs), which have fueled most recent advances in AI. A recent paper proposed that catastrophic forgetting in ANNs can be reduced by promoting modularity, which can limit forgetting by isolating task information to specific clusters of nodes and connections (functional modules)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145412/mapping-and-verification-of-grain-shape-qtls-based-on-an-advanced-backcross-population-in-rice
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Duo Xia, Hao Zhou, Lei Qiu, Haichao Jiang, Qinglu Zhang, Guanjun Gao, Yuqing He
Grain shape is a key factor that influences both the appearance quality and grain yield of rice. To clarify the genetic basis of grain shape, an advanced backcross population was developed from the cross of a slender indica variety Jin23B and a round japonica variety QingGuAi, and a total of 10 quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for grain shape were detected over 2 years. Three QTLs, qGW1, qGS3 and qGS7 have large effects on grain shape and were detected in both years. To further validate their effects, the BC4F2 populations of the three QTLs were constructed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145349/current-status-of-endoscopic-gallbladder-drainage
#10
Joey Ho Yi Chan, Anthony Yuen Bun Teoh
The gold standard for treatment of acute cholecystitis is laparoscopic cholecystectomy. However, cholecystectomy is often not suitable for surgically unfit patients who are too frail due to various co-morbidities. As such, several less invasive endoscopic treatment modalities have been developed to control sepsis, either as a definitive treatment or as a temporizing modality until the patient is stable enough to undergo cholecystectomy at a later stage. Recent developments in endoscopic ultrasound-guided gallbladder drainage (EUS-GBD) with endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)-specific stents having lumen-apposing properties have demonstrated potential as a definitive treatment modality...
November 17, 2017: Clinical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145326/should-fraction-flow-reserve-be-considered-an-important-decision-making-tool-to-stratify-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-for-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-meta-analysis
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Pravesh Kumar Bundhun, Chakshu Gupta, Feng Huang
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, fraction flow reserve (FFR) is being discussed in every percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) capable hospitals. Owing to recent development in the medical field, FFR-guided PCI should be able to find a place in Interventional Cardiology. At present, the importance of FFR to stratify patients who require PCI has seldom systematically been investigated. In this analysis, we aimed to compare the major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) mainly in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) to whom PCI was recommended and deferred respectively based on the FFR value...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145313/the-importance-of-family-caregiving-to-achieving-palliative-care-at-home-a-case-report-of-end-of-life-breast-cancer-in-an-area-struck-by-the-2011-fukushima-nuclear-crisis-a-case-report
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Akihiko Ozaki, Masaharu Tsubokura, Claire Leppold, Toyoaki Sawano, Manabu Tsukada, Tsuyoshi Nemoto, Kazuhiro Kosugi, Yoshitaka Nishikawa, Shigeaki Kato, Hiromichi Ohira
RATIONALE: The primary setting of palliative care has shifted from inpatient care to patients' residences. Family caregiving is essential for patients with life-limiting illnesses to receive palliative care at home, however little information is available regarding potential interventions to achieve palliative homecare for those without sufficient support from family members in various settings, including disasters. PATIENT CONCERNS: In March 2011, Fukushima, Japan experienced an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145287/transforaminal-endoscopy-in-lumbar-burst-fracture-a-case-report
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Yuanyi Wang, Cong Ning, Liyu Yao, Xiuying Huang, Chengliang Zhao, Bin Chen, Nan Zhang
RATIONALE: Lumbar burst fractures are frequent injury resulting from high-energy trauma, and the patients suffer from pain and the neurologic dysfunction. Although minimally invasive techniques have advanced rapidly, it was the first time to apply transforaminal endoscopic combined with percutaneous pedicle screw fixation to treatment of lumbar burst fractures. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 33-year-old man underwent Magerl type A3.1 burst fracture at L2 and compression fractures at L3 due to falling from a height with severe lower back pain, sensory loss, and atony of the right leg...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145280/liver-stiffness-measurement-and-spleen-diameter-as-predictors-for-the-presence-of-esophageal-varices-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
#14
Mohammed Tag-Adeen, Mohamed Alsenbesy, Ali Abdelrahman Ghweil, M Ali Hussein Abd Elrazek, Elsayed A Elgohary, Mohammad M Sallam, Ali Ismael, Abdallah Nawara
Although it is an invasive and unpleasant procedure, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is still the gold standard for esophageal varices (EV) detection. The aim of this study was to investigate liver stiffness measurement (LSM) and spleen diameter as simple noninvasive tools for EV prediction in chronic hepatitis C patients (CHC).A total of 123 Egyptian patients with CHC have been included and were classified based on screening EGD result into 2 groups; group A (without EV) and group B (with EV). Group (B) was subclassified according to EV grade into 4 subgroups: (B1, grade I), (B2, grade II), (B3, grade III), and (B4, grade IV)...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145239/two-case-reports-colorectal-adenocarcinoma-in-children
#15
Chang Hoon Ahn, Soon Chul Kim
RATIONALE: Colorectal cancer in children is rare, with delayed diagnosis and advanced stage at presentation in high mortality. Early detection of colorectal cancer is, therefore, important for better prognosis. PATIENT CONCERNS: Thirteen-year-old boy presented with symptoms of melena, vomiting, and abdominal pain for 6 months. 18-year-old girl was hospitalized due to the symptoms of hematochezia, and persistent abdominal pain for 6 months. They have no chronic disease or familial history of malignancy...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145200/the-role-of-copy-number-variants-in-disorders-of-sex-development
#16
Brittany Croft, Thomas Ohnesorg, Andrew H Sinclair
Despite considerable research effort and significant advances in sequencing technologies, the majority of disorders of sex development (DSD) cases still lack a molecular genetic diagnosis. While coding variants have been discovered in known and candidate DSD genes, comparatively little is known about copy number variations (CNVs) affecting both coding and noncoding regions. Due to rapidly falling costs of whole genome sequencing, many more CNVs in individuals with DSD will be identified. These CNVs may explain a significant number of hitherto undiagnosed cases of DSD...
November 17, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145145/alleviation-of-ginsenoside-rg1-on-hematopoietic-homeostasis-defects-caused-by-lead-acetate
#17
Shi-Zhong Cai, Yue Zhou, Jun Liu, Cheng-Peng Li, Dao-Yong Jia, Meng-Si Zhang, Ya-Ping Wang
The hematopoietic system is one of the potential targets of lead intoxication. Recognition of the lead-related deleterious outcomes promotes us to explore the potential therapeutic intervention. Here, we show that ginsenoside Rg1 (Rg1), extracted from the Chinese herb Panax ginseng, remarkably ameliorates the lead acetate-caused hematological index distortion as well as advanced hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) aging and aging associated inflammation response. Specifically, Rg1 administration alleviated the increment of aging associated p53-p21-Rb signaling in aged HSCs induced by lead acetate...
November 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145039/a-first-in-human-phase-i-study-of-sar125844-a-selective-met-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-in-patients-with-advanced-solid-tumours-with-met-amplification
#18
Eric Angevin, Gianluca Spitaleri, Jordi Rodon, Katia Dotti, Nicolas Isambert, Stefania Salvagni, Victor Moreno, Sylvie Assadourian, Corinne Gomez, Marzia Harnois, Antoine Hollebecque, Analia Azaro, Alice Hervieu, Karim Rihawi, Filippo De Marinis
PURPOSE: Dysregulated MET signalling is implicated in oncogenesis. The safety and preliminary efficacy of a highly selective MET kinase inhibitor (SAR125844) was investigated in patients with advanced solid tumours and MET dysregulation. METHODS: This was a phase I dose-escalation (3 + 3 design [50-740 mg/m(2)]) and dose-expansion study. In the dose escalation, patients had high total MET (t-MET) expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or MET amplification by fluorescence in situ hybridisation...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145038/precision-medicine-for-patients-with-advanced-biliary-tract-cancers-an-effective-strategy-within-the-prospective-moscato-01-trial
#19
Loic Verlingue, David Malka, Adrien Allorant, Christophe Massard, Charles Ferté, Ludovic Lacroix, Etienne Rouleau, Nathalie Auger, Maud Ngo, Claudio Nicotra, Thierry De Baere, Lambros Tselikas, Bakar Ba, Stefan Michiels, Jean-Yves Scoazec, Valérie Boige, Michel Ducreux, Jean-Charles Soria, Antoine Hollebecque
BACKGROUND: Recommended treatments of patients with advanced biliary tract cancer (aBTC) are limited to one chemotherapy doublet. Nevertheless, efficacy of treatment personalisation for aBTCs is supported by accumulating evidences but remains to be evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with aBTCs included in the prospective clinical trial MOSCATO-01 were treated by at least one previous systemic treatment, had an ECOG performance status of 0-1, and at least one tumour site accessible to biopsy...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145004/effects-of-primary-care-physician-density-urologist-presence-and-insurance-status-on-stage-of-diagnosis-for-urologic-malignancies
#20
Kristy D Nguyen, Zain Z Hyder, Marshall D Shaw, Sarah B Maness, Michael S Cookson, Sanjay G Patel, Kelly L Stratton
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate effects of PCP density, insurance status, and urologist presence on stage of diagnosis for urologic malignancies. Cancer stage at diagnosis is an important outcome predictor. Studies have shown an inverse relationship to primary care physician (PCP) density and insurance coverage with stage of cancer diagnosis. METHODS: Data was obtained from OK2Share, an Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry, for bladder, kidney, and prostate cancer from 2000 to 2010...
November 13, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
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