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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108930/controlling-tumor-progression-with-cyclophosphamide-vincristine-and-dacarbazine-treatment-improves-survival-in-patients-with-metastatic-and-unresectable-malignant-pheochromocytomas-paragangliomas
#1
Shiko Asai, Takuyuki Katabami, Mika Tsuiki, Yasushi Tanaka, Mitsuhide Naruse
Evidence has not been established to support that combination chemotherapy with cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and dacarbazine (CVD) improves survival in patients with malignant pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma (M-PPGL). To investigate the efficacy of CVD for this disease, we retrospectively analyzed data of 23 patients with metastatic and unresectable M-PPGL (mean age, 41.7 ± 15.4 years) who received at least 2 cycles of this regimen. The follow-up period after initiation of CVD ranged from 0.3 to 13...
January 20, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105534/construction-of-a-novel-lipolytic-fusion-biocatalyst-gdest-lip-for-industrial-application
#2
Renata Gudiukaite, Mikas Sadauskas, Audrius Gegeckas, Vilius Malunavicius, Donaldas Citavicius
The gene encoding esterase (GDEst-95) from Geobacillus sp. 95 was cloned and sequenced. The resulting open reading frame of 1497 nucleotides encoded a protein with calculated molecular weight of 54.7 kDa, which was classified as a carboxylesterase with an identity of 93-97% to carboxylesterases from Geobacillus bacteria. This esterase can be grouped into family VII of bacterial lipolytic enzymes, was active at broad pH (7-12) and temperature (5-85 °C) range and displayed maximum activity toward short acyl chain p-nitrophenyl (p-NP) esters...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101903/development-and-characterization-of-anti-glycopeptide-monoclonal-antibodies-against-human-podoplanin-using-glycan-deficient-cell-lines-generated-by-crispr-cas9-and-talen
#3
Mika K Kaneko, Takuro Nakamura, Ryusuke Honma, Satoshi Ogasawara, Yuki Fujii, Shinji Abe, Michiaki Takagi, Hiroyuki Harada, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Yasuhiko Nishioka, Yukinari Kato
Human podoplanin (hPDPN), which binds to C-type lectin-like receptor-2 (CLEC-2), is involved in platelet aggregation and cancer metastasis. The expression of hPDPN in cancer cells or cancer-associated fibroblasts indicates poor prognosis. Human lymphatic endothelial cells, lung-type I alveolar cells, and renal glomerular epithelial cells express hPDPN. Although numerous monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against hPDPN are available, they recognize peptide epitopes of hPDPN. Here, we generated a novel anti-hPDPN mAb, LpMab-21...
January 19, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095375/disappearing-in-the-night-an-overview-on-trade-and-legislation-of-night-monkeys-in-south-and-central-america
#4
Magdalena S Svensson, Sam Shanee, Noga Shanee, Flavia B Bannister, Laura Cervera, Giuseppe Donati, Maren Huck, Leandro Jerusalinsky, Cecilia P Juarez, Angela M Maldonado, Jesus Martinez Mollinedo, Pedro G Méndez-Carvajal, Miguel A Molina Argandoña, Antonietta D Mollo Vino, K A I Nekaris, Mika Peck, Jennifer Rey-Goyeneche, Denise Spaan, Vincent Nijman
The international trade in night monkeys (Aotus spp.), found throughout Central and South America, has been regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) since 1975. We present a quantitative analysis of this trade from all 9 range countries, over 4 decades, and compare domestic legislation to CITES regulations. Night monkeys were exported from 8 of the 9 habitat countries, totalling 5,968 live individuals and 7,098 specimens, with trade of live individuals declining over time...
January 18, 2017: Folia Primatologica; International Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087840/vibrio-cholerae-cholix-toxin-induced-hepg2-cell-death-is-enhanced-by-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-through-ros-and-intracellular-signal-regulated-kinases
#5
Kohei Ogura, Yasuhiro Terasaki, Tohru Miyoshi-Akiyama, Mika Terasaki, Joel Moss, Masatoshi Noda, Kinnosuke Yahiro
Cholix toxin (Cholix) from Vibrio cholerae is a potent virulence factor exhibiting ADP-ribosyltransferase activity on eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (eEF2) of host cells, resulting in inhibition of protein synthesis. Administration of Cholix or its homologue Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PEA) to mice causes lethal hepatocyte damage. In this study, we demonstrate cytotoxicity of Cholix on immortalized human hepatocytes in the presence of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), which has been reported to play a fatal role in PEA administered to mice...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079768/interpregnancy-interval-after-termination-of-pregnancy-and-the-risks-of-adverse-outcomes-in-subsequent-birth
#6
Jaana Männistö, Aini Bloigu, Mika Gissler, Oskari Heikinheimo, Maarit Niinimäki
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether the length of the interpregnancy interval after termination of pregnancy influences the risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, and small-for-gestational-age neonates in a subsequent pregnancy. METHODS: In this register-based study, we included all women (N=19,894) who underwent termination of pregnancy between 2000 and 2009 and whose subsequent pregnancy ended in live singleton delivery. The women were divided into five groups depending on the interpregnancy interval between termination of pregnancy and subsequent conception: interpregnancy interval less than 6 months (n=2,956), 6 to less than 12 months (n=3,203), 12 to less than 18 months (n=2,623), 18 to less than 24 months (n=2,076), and 24 months or greater (n=9,036)...
January 9, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078920/do-predictors-of-return-to-work-and-recurrence-of-work-disability-due-to-mental-disorders-vary-by-age-a-cohort-study
#7
Pauliina Mattila-Holappa, Jenni Ervasti, Matti Joensuu, Kirsi Ahola, Jaana Pentti, Tuula Oksanen, Jussi Vahtera, Mika KivimÄki, Marianna Virtanen
BACKGROUND: The extent to which predictors of return to work (RTW) and recurrence of work disability episodes vary by age group is not well understood. METHODS: We examined the associations of sociodemographic and clinical factors with RTW and recurrence after mental-disorder-related work disability episodes in a cohort of 10,496 Finnish public sector employees. Disability records were derived from national disability registers between 2005 and 2011. Effect modification by age was examined in age groups of 21-34, 35-50 and >50 years...
January 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071797/classification-and-characterization-of-japanese-consumers-beef-preferences-by-external-preference-mapping
#8
Keisuke Sasaki, Motoki Ooi, Naoto Nagura, Michiyo Motoyama, Takumi Narita, Mika Oe, Ikuyo Nakajima, Tatsuro Hagi, Koichi Ojima, Miho Kobayashi, Masaru Nomura, Susumu Muroya, Takeshi Hayashi, Kyoko Akama, Akira Fujikawa, Hironao Hokiyama, Kuniyuki Kobayashi, Takanori Nishimura
BACKGROUND: Over the past few decades, beef producers in Japan have improved marbling in their beef products. It was recently reported that marbling is not well correlated with palatability as rated by Japanese consumers. Here we sought to identify the consumer segments in Japanese that prefer sensory characteristics of beef other than high marbling. RESULTS: Three Wagyu beef, one Holstein beef, and two lean imported beef longissimus samples were subjected to a descriptive sensory test, physicochemical analysis, and consumer (n = 307) preference test...
January 10, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070452/dietary-inflammatory-index-and-recurrence-of-depressive-symptoms-results-from-the-whitehall-ii-study
#9
Tasnime Akbaraly, Clarisse Kerlau, Marilyn Wyart, Nathalie Chevallier, Louise Ndiaye, Nitin Shivappa, James R Hébert, Mika Kivimäki
There is a growing interest in understanding the role of inflammation in diet-depression relationship. The present study examined whether the dietary inflammatory index (DII, a measure of the inflammatory potential of individuals' diets) is associated with recurrent depressive symptoms (DepS) (CES-D score>16 or taking antidepressants both at baseline and follow-up) assessed over 5 years in middle-aged men (n=3178) and women (n=1068) from the Whitehall II Study. For each increment of 1 SD of DII score, odds of recurrent DepS increased by 66% (95 % CI:1...
November 2016: Clinical Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069008/accuracy-of-echocardiographic-area-length-method-in-chronic-myocardial-infarction-comparison-with-cardiac-ct-in-pigs
#10
Haitham Ballo, Miikka Tarkia, Matti Haavisto, Christoffer Stark, Marjatta Strandberg, Tommi Vähäsilta, Virva Saunavaara, Tuula Tolvanen, Mika Teräs, Ville-Veikko Hynninen, Timo Savunen, Anne Roivainen, Juhani Knuuti, Antti Saraste
BACKGROUND: We evaluated echocardiographic area-length methods to measure left ventricle (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (EF) in parasternal short axis views in comparison with cardiac computed tomography (CT) in pigs with chronic myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Male farm pigs with surgical occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (n = 9) or sham operation (n = 5) had transthoracic echocardiography and cardiac-CT 3 months after surgery...
January 9, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068553/the-relationship-of-community-activities-with-cognitive-impairment-and-depressive-mood-independent-of-mobility-disorder-in-japanese-older-adults
#11
Mika Okura, Mihoko Ogita, Miki Yamamoto, Toshimi Nakai, Tomoko Numata, Hidenori Arai
AIM: This study aimed to examine the relationship of participating in community activities (CA) with cognitive impairment and depressive mood independent of mobility disorder (MD) among older Japanese people. METHODS: Elderly residents in institutions or those requiring long-term care insurance services were excluded; questionnaires were mailed to 5401 older adults in 2013. The response rate was 94.3% (n=5094). We used multiple imputation to manage missing data...
December 29, 2016: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066966/updating-neuropsychological-test-system-for-the-elderly-and-modern-touch-screen-tablet-society-by-resetting-of-the-cut-off-values
#12
Takumi Kawaguchi, Mika Konishi, Akinobu Kato, Motoichiro Kato, Yohei Kooka, Kei Sawara, Ryujin Endo, Takuji Torimura, Kazuyuki Suzuki, Yasuhiro Takikawa
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Covert hepatic encephalopathy (CHE) is frequently seen in cirrhotic patients. CHE can be diagnosed by a computerized neuropsychological test system (NPT); however, NPT has not been updated about two decades in Japan. The aim of this study is to update the NPT for fitting the elderly and modern society by resetting of the cut-off values. METHODS: We enrolled 367 healthy subjects with 40 to 79 years old between 2003 and 2010. NPT consist of following 8 tests: number connection tests A and B, a figure position test, a digit symbol test, a block design test, and reaction time test A, B, and C...
January 8, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065888/change-in-organizational-justice-as-a-predictor-of-insomnia-symptoms-longitudinal-study-analysing-observational-data-as-a-non-randomized-pseudo-trial
#13
Tea Lallukka, Jaana I Halonen, Børge Sivertsen, Jaana Pentti, Sari Stenholm, Marianna Virtanen, Paula Salo, Tuula Oksanen, Marko Elovainio, Jussi Vahtera, Mika Kivimäki
BACKGROUND: Despite injustice at the workplace being a potential source of sleep problems, longitudinal evidence remains scarce. We examined whether changes in perceived organizational justice predicted changes in insomnia symptoms. METHODS: Data on 24 287 Finnish public sector employees (82% women), from three consecutive survey waves between 2000 and 2012, were treated as 'pseudo-trials'. Thus, the analysis of unfavourable changes in organizational justice included participants without insomnia symptoms in Waves 1 and 2, with high organizational justice in Wave 1 and high or low justice in Wave 2 (N = 6307)...
January 8, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063665/the-joint-contribution-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-socioeconomic-status-to-disability-retirement-a-register-linkage-study
#14
Marianna Virtanen, Tea Lallukka, Jenni Ervasti, Ossi Rahkonen, Eero Lahelma, Jaana Pentti, Olli Pietiläinen, Jussi Vahtera, Mika Kivimäki
BACKGROUND: Whether low occupational class amplifies the risk of disability retirement among employees with cardiovascular disease (CVD) is unknown. We examined this issue in two prospective cohort studies. METHODS: In the Finnish Public Sector Study and the Helsinki Health Study (n=50.799 employees), prevalent CVD (coronary heart disease or stroke, n=1269) was ascertained using records from national health registers, self-reported doctor-diagnosed diseases, and Rose Angina Questionnaire...
December 27, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061497/cerebellar-hemorrhage-due-to-a-direct-carotid-cavernous-fistula-after-surgery-for-maxillary-cancer
#15
Yoshinobu Kamio, Hisaya Hiramatsu, Mika Kamiya, Shuhei Yamashita, Hiroki Namba
Infratentorial cerebral hemorrhage due to a direct carotid-cavernous fistula (CCF) is very rare. To our knowledge, only four such cases have been reported. Cerebellar hemorrhage due to a direct CCF has not been reported. We describe a 63-year-old female who presented with reduced consciousness 3 days after undergoing a maxillectomy for maxillary cancer. Computed tomography showed a cerebellar hemorrhage. Magnetic resonance angiography showed a left-sided direct CCF draining into the left petrosal and cerebellar veins through the left superior petrosal sinus (SPS)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060826/association-of-hip-bone-mineral-density-and-body-composition-in-a-rural-indian-population-the-andhra-pradesh-children-and-parents-study-apcaps
#16
Mika Matsuzaki, Bharati Kulkarni, Hannah Kuper, Jonathan C Wells, George B Ploubidis, Poornima Prabhakaran, Vipin Gupta, Gagandeep Kaur Walia, Aastha Aggarwal, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, George Davey Smith, Kankipati Vijaya Radhakrishna, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Sanjay Kinra
BACKGROUND: Fat mass is variably associated with bone mass, possibly due to differential mechanical and biological effects of fat mass. We examined the association of fat mass with bone mass in a lean population. OBJECTIVE: To investigate association between hip bone mineral density and fat and lean mass in a cross-sectional study from southern India. DESIGN: The Andhra Pradesh Children and Parents Study is a prospective cohort study in Hyderabad, India...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060162/comparison-without-comparability
#17
Matti Reinikainen, Stepani Bendel, Sari Karlsson, Mika Valtonen, Ari Uusaro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058751/allergen-immunotherapy-for-ige-mediated-food-allergy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
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Ulugbek Nurmatov, Sangeeta Dhami, Stefania Arasi, Giovanni Battista Pajno, Montserrat Fernandez-Rivas, Antonella Muraro, Graham Roberts, Cezmi Akdis, Montserrat Alvaro-Lozano, Kirsten Beyer, Carsten Bindslev-Jensen, Wesley Burks, George du Toit, Motohiro Ebisawa, Philippe Eigenmann, Edward Knol, Mika Makela, Kari Christine Nadeau, Liam O'Mahony, Nikolaos Papadopoulos, Lars K Poulsen, Cansin Sackesen, Hugh Sampson, Alexandra Santos, Ronald van Ree, Frans Timmermans, Aziz Sheikh
BACKGROUND: The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) is developing Guidelines for Allergen Immunotherapy (AIT) for IgE-mediated Food Allergy. To inform the development of clinical recommendations, we sought to critically assess evidence on the effectiveness, safety and cost-effectiveness of AIT in the management of food allergy. METHODS: We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis that involved searching nine international electronic databases for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and non-randomized studies (NRS)...
January 6, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056570/different-incidences-of-knee-arthroplasty-in-the-nordic-countries
#19
Mika J NiemeläInen, Keijo T MäKelä, Otto Robertsson, Annette W-Dahl, Ove Furnes, Anne M Fenstad, Alma B Pedersen, Henrik M Schrøder, Heini Huhtala, Antti Eskelinen
Background and purpose - The annual number of total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) has increased worldwide in recent years. To make projections regarding future needs for primaries and revisions, additional knowledge is important. We analyzed and compared the incidences among 4 Nordic countries Patients and methods - Using Nordic Arthroplasty Register Association (NARA) data from 4 countries, we analyzed differences between age and sex groups. We included patients over 30 years of age who were operated with TKA or unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) during the period 1997-2012...
January 6, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054750/somatic-med12-nonsense-mutation-escapes-mrna-decay-and-reveals-a-motif-required-for-nuclear-entry
#20
Tuomas Heikkinen, Kati Kämpjärvi, Salla Keskitalo, Pernilla von Nandelstadh, Xiaonan Liu, Ville Rantanen, Esa Pitkänen, Matias Kinnunen, Heikki Kuusanmäki, Mika Kontro, Mikko Turunen, Netta Mäkinen, Jussi Taipale, Caroline Heckman, Kaisa Lehti, Satu Mustjoki, Markku Varjosalo, Pia Vahteristo
MED12 is a key component of the transcription-regulating Mediator complex. Specific missense and in-frame insertion/deletion mutations in exons 1 and 2 have been identified in uterine leiomyomas, breast tumors, and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Here, we characterize the first MED12 5' end nonsense mutation (c.97G>T, p.E33X) identified in acute lymphoblastic leukemia and show that it escapes nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) by using an alternative translation initiation site. The resulting N-terminally truncated protein is unable to enter the nucleus due to the lack of identified nuclear localization signal (NLS)...
January 5, 2017: Human Mutation
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