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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128897/speed-of-processing-training-in-middle-aged-and-older-breast-cancer-survivors-soar-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-pilot
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Karen Meneses, Rachel Benz, Jennifer R Bail, Jacqueline B Vo, Kristen Triebel, Pariya Fazeli, Jennifer Frank, David E Vance
PURPOSE: Cognitive changes are common among breast cancer survivors. There is limited evidence to guide management of cognitive changes. This randomized controlled pilot evaluated the preliminary efficacy of a speed of processing (SOP) training among middle-aged and older breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Sixty breast cancer survivors  with self-reported cognitive changes were recruited to the SOAR study. Participants were randomized to either a home-based SOP training (n = 30) or no-contact control group (n = 30)...
November 11, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119000/comparing-the-physiochemical-parameters-of-three-celluloses-reveals-new-insights-into-substrate-suitability-for-fungal-enzyme-production
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Lara Hassan, Manfred J Reppke, Nils Thieme, Steffen A Schweizer, Carsten W Mueller, J Philipp Benz
Background: The industrial applications of cellulases are mostly limited by the costs associated with their production. Optimized production pathways are therefore desirable. Based on their enzyme inducing capacity, celluloses are commonly used in fermentation media. However, the influence of their physiochemical characteristics on the production process is not well understood. In this study, we examined how physical, structural and chemical properties of celluloses influence cellulase and hemicellulase production in an industrially-optimized and a non-engineered filamentous fungus: Trichoderma reesei RUT-C30 and Neurospora crassa...
2017: Fungal Biology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043842/the-protective-and-immunomodulatory-effects-of-fucoidan-against-7-12-dimethyl-benz-a-anthracene-induced-experimental-mammary-carcinogenesis-through-the-pd1-pdl1-signaling-pathway-in-rats
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Meilan Xue, Hui Liang, Qingjuan Tang, Chuanxing Xue, Xinjia He, Li Zhang, Zheng Zhang, Zhengyan Liang, Kang Bian, Lichen Zhang, Zhuxin Li
Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide that is extracted from brown algae seaweed. This study was designed to evaluate the protective and immunomodulatory effects of dietary fucoidan on 7,12-dimethyl benz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced experimental mammary carcinogenesis in rats. Sixty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to four equal groups: the control group (control group), the cancer model group (model group), and the F1 and F2 groups, which were fed fucoidan at concentrations of 200 and 400 mg/kg·body weight, respectively...
October 18, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016221/apoptotic-and-immunosuppressive-effects-of-turmeric-paste-on-7-12-di-methyl-benz-a-anthracene-induced-skin-tumor-model-of-wistar-rat
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R S Rajmani, Prafull Singh, Lakshya Veer Singh
Dietary components with potent anticancerous property are gaining attention as therapeutic agents due to low cost of therapy and minimal toxic effects. Turmeric is one such miracle spices of Indian and South Asian recipes with multiple medicinal properties. The anticarcinogenic properties of its active compound curcumin have been studied in detail. However, studies on the medicinal properties of crude turmeric used as dietary agents are lacking. Therefore, in this study we investigated the effects of dietary and topical crude turmeric paste on DMBA induced skin tumor of male Wistar rats...
October 10, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947916/network-reconstruction-and-systems-analysis-of-plant-cell-wall-deconstruction-by-neurospora-crassa
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Areejit Samal, James P Craig, Samuel T Coradetti, J Philipp Benz, James A Eddy, Nathan D Price, N Louise Glass
BACKGROUND: Plant biomass degradation by fungal-derived enzymes is rapidly expanding in economic importance as a clean and efficient source for biofuels. The ability to rationally engineer filamentous fungi would facilitate biotechnological applications for degradation of plant cell wall polysaccharides. However, incomplete knowledge of biomolecular networks responsible for plant cell wall deconstruction impedes experimental efforts in this direction. RESULTS: To expand this knowledge base, a detailed network of reactions important for deconstruction of plant cell wall polysaccharides into simple sugars was constructed for the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877958/proline-dependent-and-basophilic-kinases-phosphorylate-human-trpc6-at-serine-14-to-control-channel-activity-through-increased-membrane-expression
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Henning Hagmann, Nicole Mangold, Markus M Rinschen, Tim Koenig, Karl Kunzelmann, Bernhard Schermer, Thomas Benzing, Paul T Brinkkoetter
Signaling via the transient receptor potential (TRP) ion channel C6 plays a pivotal role in hereditary and sporadic glomerular kidney disease. Several studies have identified gain-of-function mutations of TRPC6 and report induced expression and enhanced channel activity of TRPC6 in association with glomerular diseases. Interfering with TRPC6 activity may open novel therapeutic pathways. TRPC6 channel activity is controlled by protein expression and stability as well as intracellular trafficking. Identification of regulatory phosphorylation sites in TRPC6 and corresponding protein kinases is essential to understand the regulation of TRPC6 activity and may result in future therapeutic strategies...
September 6, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822014/functional-igf1r-variant-predicts-breast-cancer-risk-in-women-with-preeclampsia-in-california-teachers-study
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Mark J Powell, Julie Von Behren, Susan Neuhausen, Peggy Reynolds, Christopher C Benz
PURPOSE: Hypertension in pregnancy has been associated with decreased future risk of breast cancer in many but not all studies. In the Marin Women's Study, pregnancy-induced hypertension was shown to interact with the T allele of a functional IGF1R gene variant, rs2016347, to result in lower breast density, as well as decreased breast cancer risk. Our objective was to explore these findings in a larger sample of women from the California Teachers Study (CTS). METHODS: The CTS cohort consists of over 130,000 female educators...
October 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810145/integrative-analysis-identifies-four-molecular-and-clinical-subsets-in-uveal-melanoma
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A Gordon Robertson, Juliann Shih, Christina Yau, Ewan A Gibb, Junna Oba, Karen L Mungall, Julian M Hess, Vladislav Uzunangelov, Vonn Walter, Ludmila Danilova, Tara M Lichtenberg, Melanie Kucherlapati, Patrick K Kimes, Ming Tang, Alexander Penson, Ozgun Babur, Rehan Akbani, Christopher A Bristow, Katherine A Hoadley, Lisa Iype, Matthew T Chang, Andrew D Cherniack, Christopher Benz, Gordon B Mills, Roel G W Verhaak, Klaus G Griewank, Ina Felau, Jean C Zenklusen, Jeffrey E Gershenwald, Lynn Schoenfield, Alexander J Lazar, Mohamed H Abdel-Rahman, Sergio Roman-Roman, Marc-Henri Stern, Colleen M Cebulla, Michelle D Williams, Martine J Jager, Sarah E Coupland, Bita Esmaeli, Cyriac Kandoth, Scott E Woodman
Comprehensive multiplatform analysis of 80 uveal melanomas (UM) identifies four molecularly distinct, clinically relevant subtypes: two associated with poor-prognosis monosomy 3 (M3) and two with better-prognosis disomy 3 (D3). We show that BAP1 loss follows M3 occurrence and correlates with a global DNA methylation state that is distinct from D3-UM. Poor-prognosis M3-UM divide into subsets with divergent genomic aberrations, transcriptional features, and clinical outcomes. We report change-of-function SRSF2 mutations...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754558/magnetic-resonance-t2-mapping-and-diffusion-weighted-imaging-for-early-detection-of-cystogenesis-and-response-to-therapy-in-a-mouse-model-of-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Mareike Franke, Bettina Baeßler, Jan Vechtel, Claudia Dafinger, Martin Höhne, Lori Borgal, Heike Göbel, Friederike Koerber, David Maintz, Thomas Benzing, Bernhard Schermer, Thorsten Persigehl
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is among the leading causes of end-stage renal disease. Increasing evidence exists that molecular therapeutic strategies targeted to cyst formation and growth might be more efficacious in early disease stages, highlighting the growing need for sensitive biomarkers. Here we apply quantitative magnetic resonance imaging techniques of T2 mapping and diffusion-weighted imaging in the jck mouse model for PKD using a clinical 3.0 T scanner. We tested whether kidney T2 values and the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) are superior to anatomical imaging parameters in the detection of early cystogenesis, as shown on macro- and histopathology...
July 26, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668433/scan-time-adapted-contrast-agent-injection-protocols-with-low-volume-for-low-tube-voltage-ct-angiography-an-in-vitro-study
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Matthias R Benz, Zsolt Szucs-Farkas, Johannes M Froehlich, Geraldine Stadelmann, Georg Bongartz, Luc Bouwman, Sebastian T Schindera
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were twofold. First, we investigated the extent of changes in arterial peak enhancement and changes in the duration of a diagnostic arterial enhancement when small amounts of CA volumes (≤30mL) were administered at varying tube voltages. Second, we investigated how to optimize CA injection protocols for CT-angiography with long scan times at various tube voltages to achieve optimal vascular enhancement at the lowest reasonable CA dose. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Measurements were performed with a custom-made dynamic flow phantom...
August 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573548/redescription-of-tripaphylus-musteli-van-beneden-1851-copepoda-sphyriidae-and-the-relegation-of-paeon-wilson-1919-to-synonymy-with-tripaphylus-richiardi-in-anonymous-1878
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George W Benz, Geoffrey A Boxshall
Tripaphylus musteli (van Beneden, 1851) (Copepoda, Siphonostomatoida, Sphyriidae) is redescribed from an adult female collected from the branchial chamber of a starry smooth-hound, Mustelus asterias Cloquet (Carcharhiniformes, Triakidae), captured in the English Channel off Portland, UK. The new account of T. musteli is the first based on a complete adult female and highlighted the lack of a robust distinction separating Tripaphylus Richiardi, in Anonymous, 1878 and Paeon Wilson, 1919 prompting us to relegate Paeon to a junior subjective synonym of Tripaphylus...
July 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481324/chemical-characterization-of-the-indoor-air-quality-of-a-university-hospital-penetration-of-outdoor-air-pollutants
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Paul T J Scheepers, Luuk Van Wel, Gwendolyn Beckmann, Rob B M Anzion
For healthcare centers, local outdoor sources of air pollution represent a potential threat to indoor air quality (IAQ). The aim of this study was to study the impact of local outdoor sources of air pollution on the IAQ of a university hospital. IAQ was characterized at thirteen indoor and two outdoor locations and source samples were collected from a helicopter and an emergency power supply. Volatile organic compounds (VOC), acrolein, formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide (NO₂), respirable particulate matter (PM-4...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470402/systematic-radiation-dose-optimization-of-abdominal-dual-energy-ct-on-a-second-generation-dual-source-ct-scanner-assessment-of-the-accuracy-of-iodine-uptake-measurement-and-image-quality-in-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-investigations
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Sebastian T Schindera, Caroline Zaehringer, Luigia D'Errico, Fides Schwartz, Maka Kekelidze, Zsolt Szucs-Farkas, Matthias R Benz
PURPOSE: To assess the accuracy of iodine quantification in a phantom study at different radiation dose levels with dual-energy dual-source CT and to evaluate image quality and radiation doses in patients undergoing a single-energy and two dual-energy abdominal CT protocols. METHODS: In a phantom study, the accuracy of iodine quantification (4.5-23.5 mgI/mL) was evaluated using the manufacturer-recommended and three dose-optimized dual-energy protocols. In a patient study, 75 abdomino-pelvic CT examinations were acquired as follows: 25 CT scans with the manufacturer-recommended dual-energy protocol (protocol A); 25 CT scans with a dose-optimized dual-energy protocol (protocol B); and 25 CT scans with a single-energy CT protocol (protocol C)...
October 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443267/no-impact-of-the-analytical-method-used-for-determining-cystatin-c-on-estimating-glomerular-filtration-rate-in-children
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Martin Alberer, Julia Hoefele, Marcus R Benz, Arend Bökenkamp, Lutz T Weber
BACKGROUND: Measurement of inulin clearance is considered to be the gold standard for determining kidney function in children, but this method is time consuming and expensive. The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is on the other hand easier to calculate by using various creatinine- and/or cystatin C (Cys C)-based formulas. However, for the determination of serum creatinine (Scr) and Cys C, different and non-interchangeable analytical methods exist. Given the fact that different analytical methods for the determination of creatinine and Cys C were used in order to validate existing GFR formulas, clinicians should be aware of the type used in their local laboratory...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435717/a-cinnamaldehyde-schiff-base-of-s-4-methyl-benz-yl-di-thio-carbazate-crystal-structure-hirshfeld-surface-analysis-and-computational-study
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Enis Nadia Md Yusof, Mohamed I M Tahir, Thahira B S A Ravoof, Sang Loon Tan, Edward R T Tiekink
The title di-thio-carbazate ester (I), C18H18N2S2 [systematic name: (E)-4-methyl-benzyl 2-[(E)-3-phenyl-allyl-idene]hydrazinecarbodi-thio-ate, comprises an almost planar central CN2S2 residue [r.m.s. deviation = 0.0131 Å]. The methyl-ene(tolyl-4) group forms a dihedral angle of 72.25 (4)° with the best plane through the remaining non-hydrogen atoms [r.m.s. deviation = 0.0586 Å] so the mol-ecule approximates mirror symmetry with the 4-tolyl group bis-ected by the plane. The configuration about both double bonds in the N-N=C-C=C chain is E; the chain has an all trans conformation...
April 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405498/cergutuzumab-amunaleukin-cea-il2v-a-cea-targeted-il-2-variant-based-immunocytokine-for-combination-cancer-immunotherapy-overcoming-limitations-of-aldesleukin-and-conventional-il-2-based-immunocytokines
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Christian Klein, Inja Waldhauer, Valeria G Nicolini, Anne Freimoser-Grundschober, Tapan Nayak, Danielle J Vugts, Claire Dunn, Marije Bolijn, Jörg Benz, Martine Stihle, Sabine Lang, Michaele Roemmele, Thomas Hofer, Erwin van Puijenbroek, David Wittig, Samuel Moser, Oliver Ast, Peter Brünker, Ingo H Gorr, Sebastian Neumann, Maria Cristina de Vera Mudry, Heather Hinton, Flavio Crameri, Jose Saro, Stefan Evers, Christian Gerdes, Marina Bacac, Guus van Dongen, Ekkehard Moessner, Pablo Umaña
We developed cergutuzumab amunaleukin (CEA-IL2v, RG7813), a novel monomeric CEA-targeted immunocytokine, that comprises a single IL-2 variant (IL2v) moiety with abolished CD25 binding, fused to the C-terminus of a high affinity, bivalent carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)-specific antibody devoid of Fc-mediated effector functions. Its molecular design aims to (i) avoid preferential activation of regulatory T-cells vs. immune effector cells by removing CD25 binding; (ii) increase the therapeutic index of IL-2 therapy by (a) preferential retention at the tumor by having a lower dissociation rate from CEA-expressing cancer cells vs...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364132/challenges-in-establishing-genotype-phenotype-correlations-in-arpkd-case-report-on-a-toddler-with-two-severe-pkhd1-mutations
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Kathrin Ebner, Claudia Dafinger, Nadina Ortiz-Bruechle, Friederike Koerber, Bernhard Schermer, Thomas Benzing, Jörg Dötsch, Klaus Zerres, Lutz Thorsten Weber, Bodo B Beck, Max Christoph Liebau
BACKGROUND: Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) constitutes an important cause of pediatric end stage renal disease and is characterized by a broad phenotypic variability. The disease is caused by mutations in a single gene, Polycystic Kidney and Hepatic Disease 1 (PKHD1), which encodes a large transmembrane protein of poorly understood function called fibrocystin. Based on current knowledge of genotype-phenotype correlations in ARPKD, two truncating mutations are considered to result in a severe phenotype with peri- or neonatal mortality...
July 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193846/protein-4-1r-exon-16-3-splice-site-activation-requires-coordination-among-tia1-pcbp1-and-rbm39-during-terminal-erythropoiesis
#18
Shu-Ching Huang, Henry S Zhang, Brian Yu, Ellen McMahon, Dan T Nguyen, Faye H Yu, Alexander C Ou, Jennie Park Ou, Edward J Benz
Exon 16 of protein 4.1R encodes a spectrin/actin-binding peptide critical for erythrocyte membrane stability. Its expression during erythroid differentiation is regulated by alternative pre-mRNA splicing. A UUUUCCCCCC motif situated between the branch point and the 3' splice site is crucial for inclusion. We show that the UUUU region and the last three C residues in this motif are necessary for the binding of splicing factors TIA1 and Pcbp1 and that these proteins appear to act in a collaborative manner to enhance exon 16 inclusion...
May 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187984/construction-of-a-viral-t2a-peptide-based-knock-in-mouse-model-for-enhanced-cre-recombinase-activity-and-fluorescent-labeling-of-podocytes
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Sybille Koehler, Sebastian Brähler, Fabian Braun, Henning Hagmann, Markus M Rinschen, Martin R Späth, Martin Höhne, F Thomas Wunderlich, Bernhard Schermer, Thomas Benzing, Paul T Brinkkoetter
Podocyte injury is a key event in glomerular disease leading to proteinuria and opening the path toward glomerular scarring. As a consequence, glomerular research strives to discover molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways affecting podocyte health. The hNphs2.Cre mouse model has been a valuable tool to manipulate podocyte-specific genes and to label podocytes for lineage tracing and purification. Here we designed a novel podocyte-specific tricistronic Cre mouse model combining codon improved Cre expression and fluorescent cell labeling with mTomato under the control of the endogenous Nphs2 promoter using viral T2A-peptides...
June 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017612/ripk1-suppresses-a-traf2-dependent-pathway-to-liver-cancer
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Anne T Schneider, Jérémie Gautheron, Maria Feoktistova, Christoph Roderburg, Sven H Loosen, Sanchari Roy, Fabian Benz, Peter Schemmer, Markus W Büchler, Ueli Nachbur, Ulf P Neumann, Rene Tolba, Mark Luedde, Jessica Zucman-Rossi, Diana Panayotova-Dimitrova, Martin Leverkus, Christian Preisinger, Frank Tacke, Christian Trautwein, Thomas Longerich, Mihael Vucur, Tom Luedde
Receptor-interacting protein kinase 1 (RIPK1) represents an essential signaling node in cell death and inflammation. Ablation of Ripk1 in liver parenchymal cells (LPC) did not cause a spontaneous phenotype, but led to tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-dependent hepatocyte apoptosis and liver injury without affecting inducible nuclear factor κB (NF-κB) activation. Loss of Ripk1 induced the TNF-dependent proteasomal degradation of the E3-ligase, TNF receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2), in a kinase-independent manner, thereby activating caspase-8...
January 9, 2017: Cancer Cell
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