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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337776/approaches-to-expanding-the-two-arm-biased-coin-randomization-to-unequal-allocation-while-preserving-the-unconditional-allocation-ratio
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Olga M Kuznetsova, Victoria Plamadeala Johnson
The paper discusses three methods for expanding the biased coin randomization (BCR) to unequal allocation while preserving the unconditional allocation ratio at every step. The first method originally proposed in the contexts of BCR and minimization is based on mapping from an equal allocation multi-arm BCR. Despite the improvement proposed in this paper to ensure tighter adherence to the targeted unequal allocation, this method still distributes the probability mass at least as wide as the permuted block randomization (PBR)...
March 23, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330949/expression-analysis-of-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-alpha-and-its-ligands-in-the-developing-mouse-lung
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Leonor Gouveia, Christer Betsholtz, Johanna Andrae
Activation of the platelet-derived growth factor receptor-α (PDGFRα) signaling pathway is critically important during lung alveogenesis, the process in lung development during which alveoli are formed from the terminal alveolar sacs. Several studies have aimed to characterize the expression patterns of PDGFRα and its two ligands (PDGF-A and -C) in the lung, but published analyses have been limited to embryonic and/or perinatal time points, and no attempts have been made to characterize both receptor and ligand expression simultaneously...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328134/somatic-pik3ca-mutations-in-seven-patients-with-pik3ca-related-overgrowth-spectrum
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Kit San Yeung, Janice Jing Kun Ip, Chin Pang Chow, Evelyn Yue Ling Kuong, Paul Kwong-Hang Tam, Godfrey Chi-Fung Chan, Brian Hon-Yin Chung
Somatic mutations in PIK3CA cause many overgrowth syndromes that have been recently coined the "PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum." Here, we present seven molecularly confirmed patients with PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum, including patients with Congenital Lipomatous Overgrowth, Vascular Malformations, Epidermal Nevi, Scoliosis/Skeletal and Spinal syndrome, Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, lymphatic malformation and two with atypical phenotypes that cannot be classified into existing disease categories. The literature on PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum, suggests that PIK3CA c...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325264/role-of-ketogenic-metabolic-therapy-in-malignant-glioma-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Sebastian F Winter, Franziska Loebel, Jorg Dietrich
BACKGROUND: Coined as the "Warburg effect" and a recognized hallmark of cancer, energy metabolism is aberrantly geared towards aerobic glycolysis in most human cancers, including malignant glioma. Ketogenic metabolic therapy (KMT), i.e. nutritional intervention with ketogenic or low-glycemic diets, has been proposed as an anti-neoplastic strategy in glioma patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We here review the rationale and existing data investigating KMT in management of patients with malignant glioma and discuss the promise and potential challenges of this novel strategy...
April 2017: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323018/modulation-of-auditory-percepts-by-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation
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Margarete Anna Ueberfuhr, Amalia Braun, Lutz Wiegrebe, Benedikt Grothe, Markus Drexl
Transcutaneous, electrical stimulation with electrodes placed on the mastoid processes represents a specific way to elicit vestibular reflexes in humans without active or passive subject movements, for which the term galvanic vestibular stimulation was coined. It has been suggested that galvanic vestibular stimulation mainly affects the vestibular periphery, but whether vestibular hair cells, vestibular afferents, or a combination of both are excited, is still a matter of debate. Galvanic vestibular stimulation has been in use since the late 18(th) century, but despite the long-known and well-documented effects on the vestibular system, reports of the effect of electrical stimulation on the adjacent cochlea or the ascending auditory pathway are surprisingly sparse...
March 17, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320616/high-content-screen-using-zebrafish-danio-rerio-embryos-identifies-a-novel-kinase-activator-and-inhibitor
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Werner J Geldenhuys, Sadie A Bergeron, Jackie E Mullins, Rowaa Aljammal, Briah L Gaasch, Wei-Chi Chen, June Yun, Lori A Hazlehurst
In this report we utilized zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos in a phenotypical high-content screen (HCS) to identify novel leads in a cancer drug discovery program. We initially validated our HCS model using the flavin adenosine dinucleotide (FAD) containing endoplasmic reticulum (ER) enzyme, endoplasmic reticulum oxidoreductase (ERO1) inhibitor EN460. EN460 showed a dose response effect on the embryos with a dose of 10μM being significantly lethal during early embryonic development. The HCS campaign which employed a small library identified a promising lead compound, a naphthyl-benzoic acid derivative coined compound 1 which had significant dosage and temporally dependent effects on notochord and muscle development in zebrafish embryos...
February 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314239/likelihood-ratio-and-posterior-odds-in-forensic-genetics-two-sides-of-the-same-coin
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Amke Caliebe, Susan Walsh, Fan Liu, Manfred Kayser, Michael Krawczak
It has become widely accepted in forensics that, owing to a lack of sensible priors, the evidential value of matching DNA profiles in trace donor identification or kinship analysis is most sensibly communicated in the form of a likelihood ratio (LR). This restraint does not abate the fact that the posterior odds (PO) would be the preferred basis for returning a verdict. A completely different situation holds for Forensic DNA Phenotyping (FDP), which is aimed at predicting externally visible characteristics (EVCs) of a trace donor from DNA left behind at the crime scene...
March 6, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306728/uncovering-noisy-social-signals-using-optimization-methods-from-experimental-physics-to-study-social-phenomena
#8
Maurits Kaptein, Robin van Emden, Davide Iannuzzi
Due to the ubiquitous presence of treatment heterogeneity, measurement error, and contextual confounders, numerous social phenomena are hard to study. Precise control of treatment variables and possible confounders is often key to the success of studies in the social sciences, yet often proves out of the realm of control of the experimenter. To amend this situation we propose a novel approach coined "lock-in feedback" which is based on a method that is routinely used in high-precision physics experiments to extract small signals out of a noisy environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302492/from-endosymbiosis-to-holobionts-evaluating-a-conceptual-legacy
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Maureen A O'Malley
In her influential 1967 paper, Lynn Margulis synthesized a range of data to support the idea of endosymbiosis. Building on the success of this work, she applied the same methodology to promote the role of symbiosis more generally in evolution. As part of this broader project, she coined the term 'holobiont' to refer to a unified entity of symbiont and host. This concept is now applied with great gusto in microbiome research, and often implies not just a physiological unit but also various senses of an evolving system...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301507/tp53-alterations-in-primary-and-secondary-s%C3%A3-zary-syndrome-a-diagnostic-tool-for-the-assessment-of-malignancy-in-patients-with-erythroderma
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Audrey Gros, Elodie Laharanne, Marie Vergier, Martina Prochazkova-Carlotti, Anne Pham-Ledard, Thomas Bandres, Sandrine Poglio, Sabine Berhouet, Béatrice Vergier, Jean-Philippe Vial, Edith Chevret, Marie Beylot-Barry, Jean-Philippe Merlio
Recent massive parallel sequencing data have evidenced the genetic diversity and complexity of Sézary syndrome mutational landscape with TP53 alterations being the most prevalent genetic abnormality. We analyzed a cohort of 35 patients with SS and a control group of 8 patients with chronic inflammatory dermatoses. TP53 status was analyzed at different clinical stages especially in 9 patients with a past-history of mycosis fungoides (MF), coined secondary SS. TP53 mutations were only detected in 10 patients with either primary or secondary SS (29%) corresponding to point mutations, small insertions and deletions which were unique in each case...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300769/aptamers-biomedical-interest-and-applications
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EDITORIAL
Cristina Romero-López, Alfredo Berzal-Herranz
Aptamers are short DNA or RNA oligonucleotides specialized in the specific and efficient binding to a target molecule. They are obtained by in vitro selection or evolution processes. It was in 1990 that two independent research groups described the bases of a new in vitro technology for the identification of RNA molecules able to specifically bind to a target [1,2]. Tuerk and Gold established the principals of the in vitro selection process that was named SELEX (Systematic Evolution of Ligands by Exponential enrichment), which is based on iterative cycles of binding, partitioning, and amplification of oligonucleotides from a pool of variant sequences [2]...
March 16, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298791/amyloidosis-and-anesthesia
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Zara Wani, Dev Kumar Harkawat, Meenaxi Sharma
AIM: The aim of this article is to provide a view of amyloidosis and discuss implications for the anesthetic management of patients with this condition. MATERIAL AND METHOD: Urine samples from patients with plasma cell dyscrasias were obtained from a urine bank that gathers urine samples from patients who gave research use consent for specimens that would otherwise be considered waste. RESULTS: Patients with amyloidosis may present to the anesthesiologist for procedures relating to diagnosis, surgery relating to the underlying condition (e...
January 2017: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296775/giant-hepatic-metastasis-in-a-patient-with-coin-like-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-incidentally-diagnosed-at-autopsy-a-case-report
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Decebal Fodor, Simona Gurzu, Anca Otilia Contac, Ioan Jung
RATIONALE: Encephalopathy is a rare complication of hepatic metastases. In this paper we present a case of a patient with lung cancer and metastatic-related giant hepatomegaly. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 78-year-old previously healthy male was admitted in the Emergency room in hepatic coma. DIAGNOSES: The abdominal CT scan examination revealed a huge liver filled with solid nodules. INTERVENTIONS: No interventions were performed...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295906/redox-self-adaptation-of-a-nitrene-transfer-catalyst-to-the-substrate-needs
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Eric Gouré, Dhurairajan Senthilnathan, Guillaume Coin, Florian Albrieux, Frédéric Avenier, Patrick Dubourdeaux, Colette Lebrun, Pascale Maldivi, Jean-Marc Latour
The development of iron catalysts for carbon-heteroatom bond formation, which has attracted strong interest in the context of green chemistry and nitrene transfer, has emerged as the most promising way to versatile amine synthetic processes. A diiron system was previously developed that proved efficient in catalytic sulfimidations and aziridinations thanks to an Fe(III) Fe(IV) active species. To deal with more demanding benzylic and aliphatic substrates, the catalyst was found to activate itself to a Fe(III) Fe(IV) L(...
March 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293334/champagne-groove-lipectomy-a-safe-technique-to-contour-the-upper-abdomen-in-abdominoplasty
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Ron Brooks, Jonathan Nguyen, Saeed Chowdhry, John Paul Tutela, Sean Kelishadi, David Yonick, Joshua Choo, Bradon J Wilhelmi
Objective: Combined liposuction and abdominoplasty, or lipoabdominoplasty, is particularly helpful in sculpting a more aesthetically pleasing abdominal contour, particularly in the supraumbilical midline groove. This groove, coined the "champagne groove" by one of our patients, is a frequently sought-after attribute by patients. However, liposuction adds time and cost to an already costly abdominoplasty. We sought to create this groove without the addition of liposuction, utilizing what we call a champagne groove lipectomy...
2017: Eplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291791/three-dimensional-preservation-of-cellular-and-subcellular-structures-suggests-1-6-billion-year-old-crown-group-red-algae
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Stefan Bengtson, Therese Sallstedt, Veneta Belivanova, Martin Whitehouse
The ~1.6 Ga Tirohan Dolomite of the Lower Vindhyan in central India contains phosphatized stromatolitic microbialites. We report from there uniquely well-preserved fossils interpreted as probable crown-group rhodophytes (red algae). The filamentous form Rafatazmia chitrakootensis n. gen, n. sp. has uniserial rows of large cells and grows through diffusely distributed septation. Each cell has a centrally suspended, conspicuous rhomboidal disk interpreted as a pyrenoid. The septa between the cells have central structures that may represent pit connections and pit plugs...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291324/nanosalina-a-tale-of-saline-loving-algae-from-the-lake-s-agony-to-cancer-therapy
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Fatemeh Ostadhossein, Santosh K Misra, Aaron Schwartz-Duval, Brajendra K Sharma, Dipanjan Pan
The nanoparticles (NPs) that contain the therapeutic agent within themselves without further modifications can be coined as 'self-therapeutic' NPs. The development of these agents especially when derived from natural resources can lead to a paradigm shift in the field of cancer nanotechnology as they can immensely facilitate the complex chemistry procedures and the follow up biological complications. Herein, we demonstrate that inherently therapeutic NPs 'integrating' β-carotene can be synthesized from Dunaliella Salina microalgae in a single step without complicated chemistry...
March 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287545/method-to-visualize-and-analyze-membrane-interacting-proteins-by-transmission-electron-microscopy
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Ramakrishnan B Kumar, Lin Zhu, Hans Hebert, Caroline Jegerschöld
Monotopic proteins exert their function when attached to a membrane surface, and such interactions depend on the specific lipid composition and on the availability of enough area to perform the function. Nanodiscs are used to provide a membrane surface of controlled size and lipid content. In the absence of bound extrinsic proteins, sodium phosphotungstate-stained nanodiscs appear as stacks of coins when viewed from the side by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). This protocol is therefore designed to intentionally promote stacking; consequently, the prevention of stacking can be interpreted as the binding of the membrane-binding protein to the nanodisc...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285178/two-sides-of-the-same-coin-a-new-instrument-to-assess-body-checking-and-avoidance-behaviors-in-eating-disorders
#19
Tanja Legenbauer, Franziska Martin, Ariane Blaschke, Anne Schwenzfeier, Jens Blechert, Katja Schnicker
Body checking (BC) and avoidance behaviors (BA) are the dominant behavioral features of body image disturbances (BID) that characterize most individuals with eating disorders (EDs). Whereas BC can be reliably assessed, a valid assessment tool for BA is lacking, preventing an adequate assessment of BID differences across different EDs (anorexia nervosa, AN; bulimia nervosa, BN; binge eating disorder, BED). A total of 310 women with EDs and 112 nonclinical controls completed measures of BC-, BA- and ED-related symptoms...
March 8, 2017: Body Image
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282995/understanding-copd-overlap-syndromes
#20
Tuang Yeow Poh, Micheál Mac Aogáin, Adrian Kwok Wai Chan, Anthony Chau Ang Yii, Valerie Fei Lee Yong, Pei Yee Tiew, Mariko Siyue Koh, Sanjay Haresh Chotirmall
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease accounts for a large burden of lung disease. It can 'overlap' with other respiratory diseases including bronchiectasis, fibrosis and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). While COPD alone confers morbidity and mortality, common features with contrasting clinical outcomes can occur in COPD 'overlap syndromes'. Areas Covered: Given the large degree of heterogeneity in COPD, individual variation to treatment is adopted based on its observed phenotype, which in turn overlaps with features of other respiratory disease states such as asthma...
March 10, 2017: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
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