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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346400/t-lymphocyte-homing-an-underappreciated-yet-critical-hurdle-for-successful-cancer-immunotherapy
#1
Robert Sackstein, Tobias Schatton, Steven R Barthel
Advances in cancer immunotherapy have offered new hope for patients with metastatic disease. This unfolding success story has been exemplified by a growing arsenal of novel immunotherapeutics, including blocking antibodies targeting immune checkpoint pathways, cancer vaccines, and adoptive cell therapy (ACT). Nonetheless, clinical benefit remains highly variable and patient-specific, in part, because all immunotherapeutic regimens vitally hinge on the capacity of endogenous and/or adoptively transferred T-effector (Teff) cells, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, to home efficiently into tumor target tissue...
March 27, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345418/a-coaxial-dual-element-focused-ultrasound-probe-for-guidance-of-epidural-catheterization
#2
Guo-Chung Dong, Li-Chen Chiu, Chien-Kun Ting, Jia-Ruei Hsu, Chih-Chung Huang, Yin Chang, Gin-Shin Chen
Ultrasound guidance for epidural block has improved clinical blind-trial problems but the design of present ultrasonic probes poses operating difficulty of ultrasound-guided catheterization, increasing the failure rate. The purpose of this study was to develop a novel ultrasonic probe to avoid needle contact with vertebral bone during epidural catheterization. The probe has a central circular passage for needle insertion. Two focused annular transducers are deployed around the passage for on-axis guidance. A 17-gauge insulated Tuohy needle containing the self-developed fiber-optic-modified stylet was inserted into the back of the anesthetized pig, in the lumbar region under the guidance of our ultrasonic probe...
March 1, 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333011/utility-of-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-for-left-sided-breast-radiation-therapy-in-preventing-early-cardiac-perfusion-defects-a-prospective-study
#3
Timothy M Zagar, Orit Kaidar-Person, Xiaoli Tang, Ellen E Jones, Jason Matney, Shiva K Das, Rebecca L Green, Arif Sheikh, Amir H Khandani, William H McCartney, Jorge Daniel Oldan, Terence Z Wong, Lawrence B Marks
PURPOSE: To evaluate early cardiac single photon computed tomography (SPECT) findings after left breast/chest wall postoperative radiation therapy (RT) in the setting of deep inspiration breath hold (DIBH). METHODS AND MATERIALS: We performed a prospective single-institution single-arm study of patients who were planned for tangential RT with DIBH to the left breast/chest wall (± internal mammary nodes). The DIBH was done by use of a controlled surface monitoring technique (AlignRT, Vision RT Ltd, London, UK)...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328326/interleukin-12-and-interleukin-23-blockade-in-leukocyte-adhesion-deficiency-type-1
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Niki M Moutsopoulos, Christa S Zerbe, Teresa Wild, Nicolas Dutzan, Laurie Brenchley, Giovanni DiPasquale, Gulbu Uzel, Karen C Axelrod, Andrea Lisco, Lucia D Notarangelo, George Hajishengallis, Luigi D Notarangelo, Steven M Holland
A patient with leukocyte adhesion deficiency type 1 (LAD1) had severe periodontitis and an intractable, deep, nonhealing sacral wound. We had previously found a dominant interleukin-23-interleukin-17 signature at inflamed sites in humans with LAD1 and in mouse models of the disorder. Blockade of this pathway in mouse models has resulted in resolution of the immunopathologic condition. We treated our patient with ustekinumab, an antibody that binds the p40 subunit of interleukin-23 and interleukin-12 and thereby blocks the activity of these cytokines, inhibiting interleukin-23-dependent production of interleukin-17...
March 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326701/-morphological-features-and-analysis-of-the-nerve-fibers-in-the-periodontal-ligament-of-dogs
#5
Zeng Xiaohua, Cai Qiaoling, Gong Ping
OBJECTIVE: To identify the properties of nerve fibers of dogs by immunohistochemical staining method. METHODS: Intact bone blocks above the inferior alveolar nerve canal were cut from the medial of the second premolar to the distal of the third premolar of healthy adult Beagle dogs of 18 months, embedded to make hard tissue sections, stained with S100 and neurofilament protein (NFP) antibodies, and finally observed the nerve distribution under the microscope. RESULTS: The distribution of S100 positive tissue in the periodontal ligament of dogs showed the following patterns: bundles of densely gathered rings with different diameters, filaments accompanied by lumens, free endings and deep-dyeing oval lamellasome...
October 1, 2016: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326321/ultrasound-guided-versus-fluoroscopy-guided-deep-cervical-plexus-block-for-the-treatment-of-cervicogenic-headache
#6
Qing Wan, Haiyun Yang, Xiao Li, Caina Lin, Songjian Ke, Shaoling Wu, Chao Ma
Objective. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of ultrasound-guided deep cervical plexus block with fluoroscopy-guided deep cervical plexus block for patients with cervicogenic headache (CeH). Methods. A total of 56 patients with CeH were recruited and randomly assigned to either the ultrasound-guided (US) or the fluoroscopy-guided (FL) injection group. A mixture of 2-4 mL 1% lidocaine and 7 mg betamethasone was injected along C2 and/or C3 transverse process. The measurement of pain was evaluated by patients' ratings of a 10-point numerical pain scale (NPS) before and 2 wks, 12 wks, and 24 wks after treatments...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323797/local-antibiotic-therapy-to-reduce-infection-after-operative-treatment-of-fractures-at-high-risk-of-infection-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial-vanco-study
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Robert V OʼToole, Manjari Joshi, Anthony R Carlini, Clinton K Murray, Lauren E Allen, Daniel O Scharfstein, Joshua L Gary, Michael J Bosse, Renan C Castillo
A number of clinical studies in the spine literature suggest that the use of local vancomycin powder may substantially reduce surgical site infections (SSIs). These studies are primarily retrospective and observational and few focus on orthopaedic trauma patients. This study is a phase III, prospective, randomized, clinical trial to assess the efficacy of locally administered vancomycin powder in the prevention of SSI after fracture surgery. The primary goal of the VANCO Study is to compare the proportion of deep SSI 6 months after fracture fixation surgery...
April 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292752/fascicular-ventricular-tachycardia-originating-from-papillary-muscles-purkinje-network-involvement-in-the-reentrant-circuit
#8
Yuki Komatsu, Akihiko Nogami, Kenji Kurosaki, Itsuro Morishima, Keita Masuda, Tomoya Ozawa, Takashi Kaneshiro, Yuichi Hanaki, Yasutoshi Shinoda, Ahmed Karim Talib, Shinya Kowase, Yukio Sekiguchi, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: Verapamil-sensitive fascicular ventricular tachycardia (FVT) has been demonstrated to be a reentrant mechanism using the Purkinje network as a part of its reentrant circuit. Although the papillary muscles (PMs) are implicated in arrhythmogenic structure, reentrant FVT originating from the PMs has not been well defined. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 13 patients in whom FVT was successfully eliminated by ablation at the posterior PMs (n=8; PPM-FVT) and anterior PMs (n=5; APM-FVT)...
March 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283974/do-shallow-soil-low-water-availability-or-their-combination-increase-the-competition-between-grasses-with-different-root-systems-in-karst-soil
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Yajie Zhao, Zhou Li, Jing Zhang, Haiyan Song, Qianhui Liang, Jianping Tao, Johannes H C Cornelissen, Jinchun Liu
Uneven soil depth and low water availability are the key limiting factors to vegetation restoration and reconstruction in limestone soils such as in vulnerable karst regions. Belowground competition will possibly increase under limited soil resources. Here, we investigate whether low resource availability (including shallow soil, low water availability, and shallow soil and low water availability combined) stimulates the competition between grasses with different root systems in karst soil, by assessing their growth response, biomass allocation, and morphological plasticity...
March 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272486/sound-insulation-in-a-hollow-pipe-with-subwavelength-thickness
#10
Hai-Long Zhang, Yi-Fan Zhu, Bin Liang, Jing Yang, Jun Yang, Jian-Chun Cheng
Suppression of the transmission of undesired sound in ducts is a fundamental issue with wide applications in a great variety of scenarios. Yet the conventional ways of duct noise control have to rely on mismatched impedance or viscous dissipation, leading the ducts to have ventilation capability weakened by inserted absorbers or a thick shell to accommodate bulky resonators. Here we present a mechanism for insulating sound transmission in a hollow pipe with subwavelength thickness, by directly reversing its propagating direction via anomalous reflection at the flat inner boundary with well-designed phase profile...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272292/the-erector-spinae-plane-block-provides-visceral-abdominal-analgesia-in-bariatric-surgery-a-report-of-3-cases
#11
Ki Jinn Chin, Laith Malhas, Anahi Perlas
Postoperative pain after bariatric surgery can be significant and yet difficult to manage. These patients frequently have associated obstructive sleep apnea and are at risk of respiratory depression with opioid analgesia. Abdominal wall blocks such as the subcostal transversus abdominis plane block are not of significant benefit, probably in part because they provide only somatic analgesia. The ultrasound-guided erector spinae plane (ESP) block is a recently described regional anesthetic technique for providing thoracic analgesia when performed at the level of the T5 transverse process...
March 8, 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269577/sinusoidal-stimulation-trains-suppress-epileptiform-spikes-induced-by-4-ap-in-the-rat-hippocampal-ca1-region-in-vivo
#12
Zheshan Guo, Zhouyan Feng, Ying Yu, Wenjie Zhou, Zhaoxiang Wang, Xuefeng Wei
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) shows promises in the treatment of refractory epilepsy. Due to the complex causes of epilepsy, the mechanisms of DBS are still unclear. Depolarization block caused by the persistent excitation of neurons may be one of the possible mechanisms. To test the hypothesis, 4-aminopyridine (4-AP) was injected in rat hippocampal CA1 region in-vivo to induce epileptiform activity. Sinusoidal stimulation trains were applied to the afferent pathway (Schaffer collaterals) of CA1 region to suppress the epileptiform spikes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256331/-deep-versus-moderate-neuromuscular-block-during-one-lung-ventilation-in-lung-resection-surgery
#13
Javier Casanova, Patricia Piñeiro, Francisco De La Gala, Luis Olmedilla, Patricia Cruz, Patricia Duque, Ignacio Garutti
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Neuromuscular relaxants are essential during general anesthesia for several procedures. Classical anesthesiology literature indicates that the use of neuromuscular blockade in thoracic surgery may be deleterious in patients in lateral decubitus position in one-lung ventilation. The primary objective of our study was to compare respiratory function according to the degree of patient neuromuscular relaxation. Secondary, we wanted to check that neuromuscular blockade during one-lung ventilation is not deleterious...
February 27, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255173/real-time-observation-of-the-isothermal-crystallization-kinetics-in-a-deeply-supercooled-liquid
#14
M Zanatta, L Cormier, L Hennet, C Petrillo, F Sacchetti
Below the melting temperature Tm, crystals are the stable phase of typical elemental or molecular systems. However, cooling down a liquid below Tm, crystallization is anything but inevitable. The liquid can be supercooled, eventually forming a glass below the glass transition temperature Tg. Despite their long lifetimes and the presence of strong barriers that produces an apparent stability, supercooled liquids and glasses remain intrinsically a metastable state and thermodynamically unstable towards the crystal...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250467/automated-synaptic-connectivity-inference-for-volume-electron-microscopy
#15
Sven Dorkenwald, Philipp J Schubert, Marius F Killinger, Gregor Urban, Shawn Mikula, Fabian Svara, Joergen Kornfeld
Teravoxel volume electron microscopy data sets from neural tissue can now be acquired in weeks, but data analysis requires years of manual labor. We developed the SyConn framework, which uses deep convolutional neural networks and random forest classifiers to infer a richly annotated synaptic connectivity matrix from manual neurite skeleton reconstructions by automatically identifying mitochondria, synapses and their types, axons, dendrites, spines, myelin, somata and cell types. We tested our approach on serial block-face electron microscopy data sets from zebrafish, mouse and zebra finch, and computed the synaptic wiring of songbird basal ganglia...
February 27, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249154/%C3%AE-hydroxybutyrate-deactivates-neutrophil-nlrp3-inflammasome-to-relieve-gout-flares
#16
Emily L Goldberg, Jennifer L Asher, Ryan D Molony, Albert C Shaw, Caroline J Zeiss, Chao Wang, Ludmilla A Morozova-Roche, Raimund I Herzog, Akiko Iwasaki, Vishwa Deep Dixit
Aging and lipotoxicity are two major risk factors for gout that are linked by the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. Neutrophil-mediated production of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) drives gouty flares that cause joint destruction, intense pain, and fever. However, metabolites that impact neutrophil inflammasome remain unknown. Here, we identified that ketogenic diet (KD) increases β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) and alleviates urate crystal-induced gout without impairing immune defense against bacterial infection. BHB inhibited NLRP3 inflammasome in S100A9 fibril-primed and urate crystal-activated macrophages, which serve to recruit inflammatory neutrophils in joints...
February 28, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245811/rna-protein-binding-motifs-mining-with-a-new-hybrid-deep-learning-based-cross-domain-knowledge-integration-approach
#17
Xiaoyong Pan, Hong-Bin Shen
BACKGROUND: RNAs play key roles in cells through the interactions with proteins known as the RNA-binding proteins (RBP) and their binding motifs enable crucial understanding of the post-transcriptional regulation of RNAs. How the RBPs correctly recognize the target RNAs and why they bind specific positions is still far from clear. Machine learning-based algorithms are widely acknowledged to be capable of speeding up this process. Although many automatic tools have been developed to predict the RNA-protein binding sites from the rapidly growing multi-resource data, e...
February 28, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237313/peripheral-administration-of-the-soluble-tnf-inhibitor-xpro1595-modifies-brain-immune-cell-profiles-decreases-beta-amyloid-plaque-load-and-rescues-impaired-long-term-potentiation-in-5xfad-mice
#18
Kathryn P MacPherson, Pradoldej Sompol, George T Kannarkat, Jianjun Chang, Lindsey Sniffen, Mary E Wildner, Christopher M Norris, Malú G Tansey
Clinical and animal model studies have implicated inflammation and peripheral immune cell responses in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Peripheral immune cells including T cells circulate in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of healthy adults and are found in the brains of AD patients and AD rodent models. Blocking entry of peripheral macrophages into the CNS was reported to increase amyloid burden in an AD mouse model. To assess inflammation in the 5xFAD (Tg) mouse model, we first quantified central and immune cell profiles in the deep cervical lymph nodes and spleen...
February 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236129/new-supplemental-landmark-for-the-greater-palatine-foramen-as-found-deep-to-soft-tissue-application-for-the-greater-palatine-nerve-block
#19
Joe Iwanaga, Vlad Voin, Allen Ali Nasseh, Junta Kido, Teppei Tsukiyama, Yasuhiko Kamura, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Christian Fisahn, Fernando Alonso, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
PURPOSE: Many researches have investigated the morphology of the greater palatine foramina using dry skulls and cone-beam computed tomography. In most studies, some structures in the hard tissue have been measured and statistically analyzed. However, none of the studies has analyzed this foramen in regard to its location with overlying soft tissues, which is so clinically relevant. Therefore, this study was performed to provide the knowledge about relationship between the greater palatine foramen and foveola palatina for a better understanding of dental procedures such as greater palatine nerve block...
February 24, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235741/different-effects-of-surface-heterogeneous-atoms-of-porous-and-non-porous-carbonaceous-materials-on-adsorption-of-1-1-2-2-tetrachloroethane-in-aqueous-environment
#20
Weifeng Chen, Jinzhi Ni
The surface heterogeneous atoms of carbonaceous materials (CMs) play an important role in adsorption of organic pollutants. However, little is known about the surface heterogeneous atoms of CMs might generate different effect on adsorption of hydrophobic organic compounds by porous carbonaceous materials - activated carbons (ACs) and non-porous carbonaceous materials (NPCMs). In this study, we observed that the surface oxygen and nitrogen atoms could decrease the adsorption affinity of both ACs and NPCMs for 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane (TeCA), but the degree of decreasing effects were very different...
May 2017: Chemosphere
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