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Stefania Oliva, Manuela Gambella, Milena Gilestro, Vittorio Emanuele Muccio, Francesca Gay, Daniela Drandi, Simone Ferrero, Roberto Passera, Chiara Pautasso, Annalisa Bernardini, Mariella Genuardi, Francesca Patriarca, Elona Saraci, Maria Teresa Petrucci, Norbert Pescosta, Anna Marina Liberati, Tommaso Caravita, Concetta Conticello, Alberto Rocci, Pellegrino Musto, Mario Boccadoro, Antonio Palumbo, Paola Omedè
We analyzed 50 patients who achieved at least a very good partial response in the RV-MM-EMN-441 study. Patients received consolidation with autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) or cyclophosphamide-lenalidomide-dexamethasone (CRD), followed by Lenalidomide-based maintenance. We assessed minimal residual disease (MRD) by multi-parameter flow cytometry (MFC) and allelic-specific oligonucleotide real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (ASO-RQ-PCR) after consolidation, after 3 and 6 courses of maintenance, and thereafter every 6 months until progression...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Maria Giovanna Sabbieti, Alessandra Dubbini, Fulvio Laus, Emanuele Paggi, Andrea Marchegiani, Melania Capitani, Luigi Marchetti, Fabrizio Dini, Tina Vermonden, Piera Di Martino, Dimitrios Agas, Roberta Censi
The present study reports on the biocompatibility in vivo after intramuscular and subcutaneous administration in Balb/c mice of vinyl sulphone bearing p(HPMAm-lac1-2)-PEG-p(HPMAm-lac1-2)/thiolated hyaluronic acid hydrogels, designed as novel injectable biomaterials for potential application in the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Ultrasonography, used as a method to study hydrogel gelation and residence time in vivo, showed that, upon injection, the biomaterial efficiently formed a hydrogel by simultaneous thermal gelation and Michael Addition cross-linking forming a viscoelastic spherical depot at the injection site...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Gianluca Coppola, Antonio Di Renzo, Emanuele Tinelli, Chiara Lepre, Cherubino Di Lorenzo, Giorgio Di Lorenzo, Marco Scapeccia, Vincenzo Parisi, Mariano Serrao, Claudio Colonnese, Jean Schoenen, Francesco Pierelli
BACKGROUND: Resting state magnetic resonance imaging allows studying functionally interconnected brain networks. Here we were aimed to verify functional connectivity between brain networks at rest and its relationship with thalamic microstructure in migraine without aura (MO) patients between attacks. METHODS: Eighteen patients with untreated MO underwent 3 T MRI scans and were compared to a group of 19 healthy volunteers (HV). We used MRI to collect resting state data among two selected resting state networks, identified using group independent component (IC) analysis...
December 2016: Journal of Headache and Pain
Mayank Roy, Fernando Dip, David Nguyen, Conrad H Simpfendorfer, Emanuele Lo Menzo, Samuel Szomstein, Raul J Rosenthal
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative incisionless fluorescent cholangiogram (IOIFC) has been demonstrated to be a useful tool to increase the visualization of Calot's triangle. This study evaluates the identification of extrahepatic biliary structures with IOIFC by medical students and surgery residents. METHODS: Two pictures were taken, one with xenon light and one with near-infrared (NIR) light, at the same stage during dissection of Calot's triangle in ten different cases of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC)...
October 24, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
Tamanna Jahan Mony, Jae Won Lee, Cheryl Dreyfus, Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, Hee Jae Lee
Objective: We reported that postnatal exposure of rats to valproic acid (VPA) stimulated proliferation of glial precursors during cortical gliogenesis. However, there are no reports whether enhanced postnatal gliogenesis affects behaviors related to neuropsychiatric disorders. Methods: After VPA treatment during the postnatal day (PND) 2 to PND 4, four behavioral test, such as open field locomotor test, elevated plus maze test, three-chamber social interaction test, and passive avoidance test, were performed at PND 21 or 22...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Jeri W Nieves, Chris Gennings, Pam Factor-Litvak, Jonathan Hupf, Jessica Singleton, Valerie Sharf, Björn Oskarsson, J Americo M Fernandes Filho, Eric J Sorenson, Emanuele D'Amico, Ray Goetz, Hiroshi Mitsumoto
Importance: There is growing interest in the role of nutrition in the pathogenesis and progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Objective: To evaluate the associations between nutrients, individually and in groups, and ALS function and respiratory function at diagnosis. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional baseline analysis of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Multicenter Cohort Study of Oxidative Stress study was conducted from March 14, 2008, to February 27, 2013, at 16 ALS clinics throughout the United States among 302 patients with ALS symptom duration of 18 months or less...
October 24, 2016: JAMA Neurology
David B Douglas, John M Boone, Emanuel Petricoin, Lance Liotta, Eugene Wilson
OBJECTIVE: To display images of breast cancer from a dedicated breast CT using Depth 3-Dimensional (D3D) augmented reality. METHODS: A case of breast cancer imaged using contrast-enhanced breast CT (Computed Tomography) was viewed with the augmented reality imaging, which uses a head display unit (HDU) and joystick control interface. RESULTS: The augmented reality system demonstrated 3D viewing of the breast mass with head position tracking, stereoscopic depth perception, focal point convergence and the use of a 3D cursor and joy-stick enabled fly through with visualization of the spiculations extending from the breast cancer...
2016: Journal of Nature and Science
Lukas Andereggen, Janine Frey, Robert H Andres, Marwan El-Koussy, Jürgen Beck, Rolf W Seiler, Emanuel Christ
OBJECTIVE: In men with prolactinomas, an impaired bone density is the principle consequence of hyperprolactinemia-induced hypogonadism. While dopamine (DA-) agonists are the first-line approach in prolactinomas, surgery can be considered in selected cases. In the present study, we aimed to investigate on the long-term control of hyperprolactinemia, hypogonadism and bone health comparing primary medical and surgical therapy in men who had not had prior DA-agonist treatment. METHODS: Retrospective case-note study of 44 consecutive men with prolactinomas and no prior DA-agonists managed in a single tertiary referral center...
October 20, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Steffen Rehbein, Martin Knaus, Yasmina Mallouk, Tatjana Breiltgens, Emanuele Brianti, Balázs Capári, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Michel Gau, Anja Joachim, Karl-Heinz Kaulfuß, Zvezdelina Kirkova, Joerg Lechner, Andrei D Mihalca, Rosamaria Mirabito, Saulius Petkevičius, Dhimitër Rapti, Enstela Shukullari, Michel Sedeilhan, Doris Dollhofer, Katrin Kley, Wilfried Lebon, Martin Visser, Philippe Jeannin
Afoxolaner (AFX) plus milbemycin oxime (MO) combination chewable tablets (NexGard Spectra®, Merial) were evaluated for safety and efficacy against naturally acquired nematode infections in domestic dogs in a multi-centre, positive control, blinded field study using a randomized block design based on the order of presentation for allocation. In total, 408 dogs confirmed positive for naturally acquired infections of intestinal nematodes by pre-treatment faecal examination were studied in ten countries in Europe (Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Romania and Slovakia)...
October 22, 2016: Parasitology Research
Lisette Del Corso, Lucia Biale, Emanuele Luigi Parodi, Rodolfo Russo, Rosa Filiberti, Eleonora Arboscello
BACKGROUND: Deferasirox (DFX) is used to reduce iron levels in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) who develop iron overload after chronic red blood cell infusions. However, DFX can be associated with renal and gastrointestinal toxicities, which may cause treatment interruption or discontinuation. This study aimed to determine the effectiveness and safety of DFX in patients with MDS. METHODS: This multicenter, retrospective, observational study was conducted at two hospitals in Italy...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
Marco Galli, Emanuele Marzetti
OBJECTIVES: To determine the overall diagnostic accuracy of the McMurray and Joint Line Tenderness (JLT) tests for the detection of meniscal lesions. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a prospective observational study. SETTING: Orthopedics outpatient clinic, university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Patients (n=56) with suspected non-acute meniscal lesions who underwent knee arthroscopy. INTERVENTIONS: Not applicable...
October 19, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Antonio Bellasi, Lucia Di Micco, Domenico Santoro, Stefania Marzocco, Emanuele De Simone, Mario Cozzolino, Luca Di Lullo, Pasquale Guastaferro, Biagio Di Iorio
BACKGROUND: Correction of metabolic acidosis (MA) with nutritional therapy or bicarbonate administration is widely used in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. However, it is unknown whether these interventions reduce insulin resistance (IR) in diabetic patients with CKD. We sought to evaluate the effect of MA correction on endogenous insulin action in diabetic type 2 (DM2) CKD patients. METHODS: A total of 145 CKD subjects (83 men e 62 women) with DM2 treated with oral antidiabetic drugs were included in the study and followed up to 1 year...
October 22, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Emeli Torsson, Tebogo Kgotlele, Mikael Berg, Niwael Mtui-Malamsha, Emanuel S Swai, Jonas Johansson Wensman, Gerald Misinzo
Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV) causes the acute, highly contagious disease peste des petits ruminants (PPR) that affects small domestic and wild ruminants. PPR is of importance in the small livestock-keeping industry in Tanzania, especially in rural areas as it is an important source of livelihood. Morbidity and case fatality rate can be as high as 80-100% in naïve herds; however, in endemic areas, morbidity and case fatality range between 10 and 100% where previous immunity, age, and species of infected animal determine severity of outcome...
2016: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
Akhi Akhter, Emanuel Rosonina
The Saccharomyces cerevisiae transcription factor Gcn4 is expressed during amino acid starvation and its abundance is controlled by ubiquitin-mediated proteolysis. Cdk8, a kinase component of the RNA polymerase II Mediator complex, phosphorylates Gcn4 which triggers its ubiquitination/proteolysis and is thought to link Gcn4 degradation with transcription of target genes. In addition to phosphorylation and ubiquitination, we previously showed that Gcn4 becomes sumoylated in a DNA-binding dependent manner, while a non-sumoylatable form of Gcn4 showed increased chromatin occupancy, but only if Cdk8 was present...
October 21, 2016: Genetics
Katsiaryna Holl, Christophe Sauboin, Emanuele Amodio, Paolo Bonanni, Giovanni Gabutti
BACKGROUND: Varicella is a highly infectious disease with a significant public health and economic burden, which can be prevented with childhood routine varicella vaccination. Vaccination strategies differ by country. Some factors are known to play an important role (number of doses, coverage, dosing interval, efficacy and catch-up programmes), however, their relative impact on the reduction of varicella in the population remains unclear. This paper aims to help policy makers prioritise the critical factors to achieve the most successful vaccination programme with the available budget...
October 21, 2016: BMC Public Health
Emanuele Mauri, Alessandro Sacchetti, Filippo Rossi
The use of polymers as biomaterials has provided significant advantages in therapeutic applications. In particular, the possibility to modify and functionalize polymer chains with compounds that are able to improve biocompatibility, mechanical properties, or cell viability allows the design of novel materials to meet new challenges in the biomedical field. With the polymer functionalization strategies, click chemistry is a powerful tool to improve cell-compatibility and drug delivery properties of polymeric devices...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Piergiorgio Messa, Carlo Maria Alfieri, Emanuele Montanari, Mariano Ferraresso, Roberta Cerutti
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the first genetic cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and the number of these patients who are listed for or receive a kidney transplant (KTx) is continuously increasing over time. Hence, nephrologists are involved not only in the handling of ADPKD patients during the long course of the disease, but also in programming and performing a renal transplant. The handling of all these processes implies the complete awareness of a number of critical points related to the decisions to be taken both before and after the transplant intervention...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nephrology
Emanuele D'Amico, Francesco Patti, Aurora Zanghì, Mario Zappia
Using the term of progressive multiple sclerosis (PMS), we considered a combined population of persons with secondary progressive MS (SPMS) and primary progressive MS (PPMS). These forms of MS cannot be challenged with efficacy by the licensed therapy. In the last years, several measures of risk estimation were developed for predicting clinical course in MS, but none is specific for the PMS forms. Personalized medicine is a therapeutic approach, based on identifying what might be the best therapy for an individual patient, taking into account the risk profile...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Emanuel Carlos, Rita Branquinho, Asal Kiazadeh, Pedro Barquinha, Rodrigo Martins, Elvira Fortunato
Solution processing of amorphous metal oxides has been lately used as an option to implement in flexible electronics allowing a reduction of the associated costs and high performance. However the research has focused more on semiconductor layer rather than on the insulator layer that is related to the stability and performance of the devices. This work aims to evaluate amorphous aluminum oxide thin films produced by combustion synthesis and the influence of far ultraviolet (FUV) irradiation on properties of the insulator on thin film transistors (TFTs) using different semiconductors, in order to have compatibility with flexible substrates...
October 20, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Maria Stefania Latrofa, Alessio Giannelli, Maria Flaminia Persichetti, Maria Grazia Pennisi, Laia Solano-Gallego, Emanuele Brianti, Antonio Parisi, Richard Wall, Filipe Dantas-Torres, Domenico Otranto
Despite their medical and veterinary importance, some tick species are so poorly studied, that their role within pathogen vector transmission cycles is difficult to assess. The tick Ixodes ventalloi is one such species, and its biology and phylogenetic status remain an issue of debate. In the present study, specimens of adult I. ventalloi (n = 65 females; n = 31 males) infesting cats in the Lipari Island (Aeolian archipelago, Sicily, southern Italy) were characterized morphologically and molecularly, the latter based on mitochondrial 16S rRNA and cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (cox1) genes...
October 20, 2016: Parasitology Research
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