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Juan Li, Jianping Zhao, Wei Wang, Lin Li, Lan Zhang, Xiao-Fang Zhao, Qing-Ru Liu, Fang Liu, Min Yang, Ikhlas A Khan, Shun-Xiang Li
A new sesquiterpene, named neo-acorane A (1), and two known ones, acoric acid (2) and calamusin D (3), were isolated from a 95% ethanol extract of the rhizome parts of Acorus calamus L. Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic methods, and the absolute configurations were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Compounds 1 and 2 are nonisoprenoid sesquiterpenoids, likely biosynthesized from an acorane-type sesquiterpene by oxidative fission of the six- or five-membered ring. Moreover, compounds 1 (10 μM), 2 (5 μM and 10 μM) and 3 (10 μM) showed cell proliferation activity on the SK-N-BE (2) cell line...
March 26, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345528/genetic-and-psychosocial-factors-for-benzodiazepine-addiction-an-analysis-based-on-the-results-of-the-authors-own-research-conducted-in-a-group-of-benzodiazepine-addicted-and-non-addicted-individuals
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Anna Konopka, Monika Mak, Anna Grzywacz, Sławomir Murawiec, Jerzy Samochowiec
PURPOSE: In spite of the fact that the addictive potential of benzodiazepine (BDZ) drugs has been known for a long time, benzodiazepine addiction remains a common problem for psychiatry to deal with. The etiology of benzodiazepine addiction is very complex. Among the risk factors, the course of the treatment, demographic status and psychological features of a patient seem to play an important role. The aim of this study was to investigate both psychological and genetic factors differentiating benzodiazepine addicts from non-addicted users...
March 13, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344989/efficient-presentation-of-multiple-endogenous-epitopes-to-both-cd4-and-cd8-diabetogenic-t-cells-for-tolerance
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Shamael R Dastagir, Jorge Postigo-Fernandez, Chunliang Xu, James H Stoeckle, Rebuma Firdessa-Fite, Rémi J Creusot
Antigen-specific immunotherapy of type 1 diabetes, typically via delivery of a single native β cell antigen, has had little clinical benefit to date. With increasing evidence that diabetogenic T cells react against multiple β cell antigens, including previously unappreciated neo-antigens that can be emulated by mimotopes, a shift from protein- to epitope-based therapy is warranted. To this end, we aimed to achieve efficient co-presentation of multiple major epitopes targeting both CD4(+) and CD8(+) diabetogenic T cells...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344344/detecting-truly-clonal-alterations-from-multi-region-profiling-of-tumours
#4
Benjamin Werner, Arne Traulsen, Andrea Sottoriva, David Dingli
Modern cancer therapies aim at targeting tumour-specific alterations, such as mutations or neo-antigens, and maximal treatment efficacy requires that targeted alterations are present in all tumour cells. Currently, treatment decisions are based on one or a few samples per tumour, creating uncertainty on whether alterations found in those samples are actually present in all tumour cells. The probability of classifying clonal versus sub-clonal alterations from multi-region profiling of tumours depends on the earliest phylogenetic branching event during tumour growth...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344338/monitoring-of-dynamic-changes-in-keyhole-limpet-hemocyanin-klh-specific-b-cells-in-klh-vaccinated-cancer-patients
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Florian Wimmers, Nienke de Haas, Anja Scholzen, Gerty Schreibelt, Elles Simonetti, Marc J Eleveld, Huberdina M L M Brouwers, Marjo Beldhuis-Valkis, Irma Joosten, Marien I de Jonge, Winald R Gerritsen, I Jolanda M de Vries, Dimitri A Diavatopoulos, Joannes F M Jacobs
Keyhole limpet hemocyanin (KLH) is used as an immunogenic neo-antigen for various clinical applications and during vaccine development. For advanced monitoring of KLH-based interventions, we developed a flow cytometry-based assay for the ex vivo detection, phenotyping and isolation of KLH-specific B cells. As proof-of-principle, we analyzed 10 melanoma patients exposed to KLH during anti-cancer dendritic cell vaccination. Our assay demonstrated sensitive and specific detection of KLH-specific B cells in peripheral blood and KLH-specific B cell frequencies strongly correlated with anti-KLH serum antibody titers...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341956/improvement-on-the-neo-umbilicoplasty-technique-and-review-of-the-literature
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Valderi Vieira da Silva Júnior, Francis Régis Soares de Sousa
INTRODUCTION: The umbilicus is an important component of body esthetics, and its absence or dysmorphia may give rise to psychological discomfort, making it a common concern in surgical planning. Many techniques of umbilicus reconstruction have been proposed, each with its own limitations in terms of esthetics, risk of stenosis or final positioning. Reconstruction techniques may involve skin grafting, cartilage, purse-string suture and flaps. One of the most promising approaches is scarless neo-umbilicoplasty...
March 24, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340517/piecemeal-mechanism-combining-sprouting-and-intussusceptive-angiogenesis-in-intravenous-papillary-formation-induced-by-pge2-and-glycerol
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Lucio Díaz-Flores, Ricardo Gutiérrez, M Del Pino García, Francisco J Sáez, Lucio Díaz-Flores, Juan F Madrid
Recently, we demonstrated that in human intravascular papillary endothelial hyperplasia (IPEH), vein wall vascularization occurs in association with myriad papillae, a large part of which formed in the vascularized vein wall. Previously, using an animal model, we observed that PGE2 and glycerol administration around the femoral vein originates intense vascularization of the vein wall from its intimal endothelial cells (ECs). This vascularization is similar to that in IPEH. The aim of this study is to assess the mechanism of papillary formation, using this model after demonstrating papillary development in neo-vascularized femoral vein walls...
March 24, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340490/a-novel-method-of-neo-osseous-flap-prefabrication-induction-of-free-calvarial-periosteum-with-bioactive-glass
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Ali Aliyev, Omer Ekin, Ozan Bitik, Gokhan Tuncbilek
Background Reconstruction of craniofacial bone defects is a primary focus of craniofacial surgery. Although autogenous bone grafts remain as the gold standard, alloplastic materials have also gained widespread popularity due to their off-the-shelf availability, ease of use, and durability. In addition to replacing the missing bone, some of these alloplastic materials have also been found to induce new bone formation. Objectives In this study, the phenomenon of neo-osseous induction with bioactive glass was investigated for different implant-soft tissue configurations...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338816/conserved-patterns-of-sex-chromosome-dosage-compensation-in-the-lepidoptera-wz-zz-insights-from-a-moth-neo-z-chromosome
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Liuqi Gu, James R Walters, Douglas C Knipple
Where previously described, patterns of sex chromosome dosage compensation in the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) have several unusual characteristics. Other female-heterogametic (ZW/ZZ) species exhibit female Z-linked expression that is reduced compared to autosomal expression and male Z expression. In the Lepidoptera, however, Z expression typically appears balanced between sexes but overall reduced relative to autosomal expression, i.e. Z ≈ ZZ < AA. This pattern is not easily reconciled with theoretical expectations for the evolution of sex chromosome dosage compensation...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335887/trastuzumab-in-combination-with-weekly-paclitaxel-and-carboplatin-as-neo-adjuvant-treatment-for-her2-positive-breast-cancer-the-train-study
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Mette S van Ramshorst, Erik van Werkhoven, Ingrid A M Mandjes, Margaret Schot, Jelle Wesseling, Marie-Jeanne T F D Vrancken Peeters, Jetske M Meerum Terwogt, Monique E M Bos, Hendrika M Oosterkamp, Sjoerd Rodenhuis, Sabine C Linn, Gabe S Sonke
AIM: To determine the efficacy and safety of an anthracycline-free neo-adjuvant regimen consisting of weekly paclitaxel, carboplatin and trastuzumab in HER2-positive breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with stage II or III HER2-positive breast cancer received weekly paclitaxel ([P], 70 mg/m(2)), trastuzumab ([T], 2 mg/kg, loading dose 4 mg/kg) and carboplatin ([C], AUC = 3 mg ml(-1) min) for 24 weeks. In weeks 7, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 24, trastuzumab was administered without chemotherapy...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335886/neoscope-a-randomised-phase-ii-study-of-induction-chemotherapy-followed-by-oxaliplatin-capecitabine-or-carboplatin-paclitaxel-based-pre-operative-chemoradiation-for-resectable-oesophageal-adenocarcinoma
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Somnath Mukherjee, Christopher Nicholas Hurt, Sarah Gwynne, David Sebag-Montefiore, Ganesh Radhakrishna, Simon Gollins, Maria Hawkins, Heike I Grabsch, Gareth Jones, Stephen Falk, Ricky Sharma, Andrew Bateman, Rajarshi Roy, Ruby Ray, Jo Canham, Gareth Griffiths, Tim Maughan, Tom Crosby
BACKGROUND: Oxaliplatin-capecitabine (OxCap) and carboplatin-paclitaxel (CarPac) based neo-adjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) have shown promising activity in localised, resectable oesophageal cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A non-blinded, randomised (1:1 via a centralised computer system), 'pick a winner' phase II trial. Patients with resectable oesophageal adenocarcinoma ≥ cT3 and/or ≥ cN1 were randomised to OxCapRT (oxaliplatin 85 mg/m(2) day 1, 15, 29; capecitabine 625 mg/m(2) bd on days of radiotherapy) or CarPacRT (carboplatin AUC2; paclitaxel 50 mg/m(2) day 1, 8, 15, 22, 29)...
March 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333125/clarity-reveals-dynamics-of-ovarian-follicular-architecture-and-vasculature-in-three-dimensions
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Yi Feng, Peng Cui, Xiaowei Lu, Brian Hsueh, Fredrik Möller Billig, Livia Zarnescu Yanez, Raju Tomer, Derek Boerboom, Peter Carmeliet, Karl Deisseroth, Aaron J W Hsueh
Optimal distribution of heterogeneous organelles and cell types within an organ is essential for physiological processes. Unique for the ovary, hormonally regulated folliculogenesis, ovulation, luteal formation/regression and associated vasculature changes lead to tissue remodeling during each reproductive cycle. Using the CLARITY approach and marker immunostaining, we identified individual follicles and corpora lutea in intact ovaries. Monitoring lifetime changes in follicle populations showed age-dependent decreases in total follicles and percentages of advanced follicles...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332620/novel-model-of-tendon-regeneration-reveals-distinct-cell-mechanisms-underlying-regenerative-and-fibrotic-tendon-healing
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Kristen Howell, Chun Chien, Rebecca Bell, Damien Laudier, Sara F Tufa, Douglas R Keene, Nelly Andarawis-Puri, Alice H Huang
To date, the cell and molecular mechanisms regulating tendon healing are poorly understood. Here, we establish a novel model of tendon regeneration using neonatal mice and show that neonates heal via formation of a 'neo-tendon' that differentiates along the tendon specific lineage with functional restoration of gait and mechanical properties. In contrast, adults heal via fibrovascular scar, aberrant differentiation toward cartilage and bone, with persistently impaired function. Lineage tracing identified intrinsic recruitment of Scx-lineage cells as a key cellular mechanism of neonatal healing that is absent in adults...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332482/development-of-novel-silk-fibroin-polyvinyl-alcohol-sol-gel-bioactive-glass-composite-matrix-by-modified-layer-by-layer-electrospinning-method-for-bone-tissue-construct-generation
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B N Singh, K Pramanik
The worldwide occurrence of bone tissue related defects as well as diseases and lack of successful perpetual cure has attracted attention and accelerated exploration of composite scaffolding material with superior bioactivity, osteoinductivity and osteoconductivity properties. Among such biomaterials, silk fibroin and bioglass composite attained special emphasis to develop tissue engineered construct with a hierarchical structure ranging from nano to microscale thereby mimicking bone tissue extracellular matrix...
March 23, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331237/restricted-axillary-staging-in-clinically-and-sonographically-node-negative-early-invasive-breast-cancer-c-it1-2-in-the-context-of-breast-conserving-therapy-first-results-following-commencement-of-the-intergroup-sentinel-mamma-insema-trial
#15
T Reimer, A Stachs, V Nekljudova, S Loibl, S Hartmann, K Wolter, G Hildebrandt, B Gerber
Axillary lymph node status remains an important prognostic factor in early breast cancer. It is regarded as an indicator for (neo)adjuvant systemic treatment and postoperative radiotherapy of the regional lymphatics. Commenced in September 2015, the INSEMA trial is investigating whether operative determination of nodal status as part of breast conserving therapy (BCT) for early stage breast cancer (c/iT1-2 c/iN0) can be avoided without reducing oncological safety. After inclusion of 1001 patients there was general acceptance of the complex study design by patients and study doctors so that recruitment for the first randomisation (axillary sentinel lymph node biopsy [SLNB]: yes or no) achieved predicted case numbers...
February 2017: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330561/functional-characterization-of-a-novel-brassica-leafy-homolog-from-indian-mustard-expression-pattern-and-gain-of-function-studies
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Priyanka Dhakate, Shikha Tyagi, Anupama Singh, Anandita Singh
LEAFY plays a central role in regulation of flowering time and floral meristem identity in plants. Unfortunately, LFY function remains uncharacterized in agronomicaly important Brassicas. Herein, we illustrate fine-mapping of expression domains of LFY in 15 cultivars of 6 Brassica species and describe gain-of-function phenotypes in Arabidopsis and Brassica. We depict early flowering and altered fatty-acid composition in transgenic seed. The cDNA encoding BjuLFY (417aa) shared only 85% identity with reported homolog of B...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327965/carbon-dating-cancer-defining-the-chronology-of-metastatic-progression-in-colorectal-cancer
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H Lote, I Spiteri, L Ermini, A Vatsiou, A Roy, A McDonald, N Maka, M Balsitis, N Bose, M Simbolo, A Mafficini, A Lampis, J C Hahne, F Trevisani, Z Eltahir, G Mentrasti, C Findlay, Eaj Kalkman, M Punta, B Werner, S Lise, A Aktipis, C Maley, M Greaves, C Braconi, J White, M Fassan, A Scarpa, A Sottoriva, N Valeri
Background: HASH(0x47b1740) Patients often ask oncologists how long a cancer has been present before causing symptoms or spreading to other organs. The evolutionary trajectory of cancers can be defined using phylogenetic approaches but lack of chronological references makes dating the exact onset of tumours very challenging. Patients and Methods: HASH(0x46140a8) Here we describe the case of a colorectal cancer patient presenting with synchronous lung metastasis and metachronous thyroid, chest wall and urinary tract metastases over the course of five years...
February 23, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327917/fifth-ovarian-cancer-consensus-conference-of-the-gynecologic-cancer-intergroup-first-line-interventions
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A Karam, J A Ledermann, J-W Kim, J Sehouli, K Lu, C Gourley, N Katsumata, R A Burger, B-H Nam, M Bacon, C Ng, J Pfisterer, R L M Bekkers, A Casado Herráez, A Redondo, H Fujiwara, N Gleeson, O Rosengarten, G Scambia, J Zhu, A Okamoto, G Stuart, K Ochiai
The consensus statements regarding first-line therapies in women with ovarian cancer, reached at the Fifth Ovarian Cancer Consensus Conference held in Tokyo, Japan, in November 2015 are reported. Three topics were reviewed and the following statements are recommended: (i) Surgery: the subgroups that should be considered in first-line ovarian cancer clinical trials should be (a) patients undergoing primary debulking surgery and (b) patients receiving neo-adjuvant chemotherapy. The amount of residual disease following surgery should further stratify patients into those with absent gross residual disease and others...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322325/a-non-cell-autonomous-mouse-model-of-cns-haemangioblastoma-mediated-by-mutant-kras
#19
Leyuan Bao, Osama Al-Assar, Lesley F Drynan, Mark J Arends, Pam Tyers, Roger A Barker, Terence H Rabbitts
Haemangioblastoma is a rare malignancy of the CNS where vascular proliferation causes lesions due to endothelial propagation. We found that conditionally expressing mutant Kras, using Rag1-Cre, gave rise to CNS haemangioblastoma in the cortex and cerebellum in mice that present with highly vascular tumours with stromal cells similar to human haemangioblastomas. The aberrant haemangioblastoma endothelial cells do not express mutant Kras but rather the mutant oncogene is expressed in CNS interstitial cells, including neuronal cells and progeny...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321554/preoperative-plasma-fibrinogen-is-associated-with-lymph-node-metastasis-and-predicts-prognosis-in-resectable-esophageal-cancer
#20
Kohei Wakatsuki, Sohei Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Migita, Masahiro Ito, Tomohiro Kunishige, Hiroshi Nakade, Mitsuhiro Nakatani, Mutsuko Kitano, Masayuki Sho
BACKGROUND: Although it is well known that patients with malignant tumors have abnormal blood coagulation, its clinical significance has not been studied. We investigated the clinicopathological and prognostic impact of plasma fibrinogen, which is the major factor of the coagulation system, in patients with esophageal cancer. METHODS: From February 1995 to December 2006, 100 patients with esophageal cancer who had their plasma fibrinogen measured were enrolled. The associations between plasma fibrinogen, clinicopathological factors, and prognosis were analyzed...
March 20, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
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