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C Wilson, R Bell, S Hinsley, H Marshall, J Brown, D Cameron, D Dodwell, R Coleman
The fracture impact of adjuvant bisphosphonates in breast cancer is not defined with most trials reporting changes in bone mineral density as a surrogate. The AZURE trial (ISRCTN79831382) evaluated the impact of adjuvant zoledronic acid (ZOL) on fractures. The AZURE trial is an academic, multi-centre, randomised phase III study evaluating the addition of ZOL 4 mg to standard therapy (neo/adjuvant chemotherapy and/or endocrine therapy) for 5 years (administered by intravenous (iv) infusion every 3-4 weeks for 6 doses, then 3 monthly × 8 and 6 monthly × 5) in patients with stage II/III early breast cancer...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Aurore Quinault, Corinne Leloup, Geoffrey Denwood, Coralie Spiegelhalter, Marianne Rodriguez, Philippe Lefebvre, Nadia Messaddeq, Quan Zhang, Catherine Dacquet, Luc Pénicaud, Stephan C Collins
The rhythmic nature of insulin secretion over the 24h cycle in pancreatic islets has been mostly investigated using transcriptomics studies showing that modulation of insulin secretion over this cycle is achieved via distal stages of insulin secretion. We set out to measure β-cell exocytosis using in depth cell physiology techniques at several time points. In agreement with the activity and feeding pattern of nocturnal rodents, we find that C57/Bl6J islets in culture for 24h exhibit higher insulin secretion during the corresponding dark phase than in the light phase (Zeitgeber Time ZT20 and ZT8, respectively, in vivo)...
2018: PloS One
Lisa Blom, Lucie Laflamme, Helle Mölsted Alvesson
BACKGROUND: Image-based teleconsultation between medical experts and healthcare staff at remote emergency centres can improve the diagnosis of conditions which are challenging to assess. One such condition is burns. Knowledge is scarce regarding how medical experts perceive the influence of such teleconsultation on their roles and relations to colleagues at point of care. METHODS: In this qualitative study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 medical experts to explore their expectations of a newly developed App for burns diagnostics and care prior to its implementation...
2018: PloS One
David Vrana, Viktor Hlavac, Veronika Brynychova, Radka Vaclavikova, Cestmir Neoral, Jiri Vrba, Rene Aujesky, Marcel Matzenauer, Bohuslav Melichar, Pavel Soucek
The prognosis of esophageal cancer (EC) is poor, despite considerable effort of both experimental scientists and clinicians. The tri-modality treatment consisting of neoadjuvant chemoradiation followed by surgery has remained the gold standard over decades, unfortunately, without significant progress in recent years. Suitable prognostic factors indicating which patients will benefit from this tri-modality treatment are missing. Some patients rapidly progress on the neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy, which is thus useless and sometimes even harmful...
March 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Daniel Weintraub, Alexander I Tröster, Connie Marras, Glenn Stebbins
The focus on cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative diseases, including PD, is shifting from the dementia stage to earlier stages of impairment, including mild cognitive impairment. This shift is driven primarily by the desire to improve long-term outcomes by delivering therapeutic interventions earlier in the clinical course, even presymptomatically in those at highest risk, and at the initial stage in the pathophysiological cascade that underpins common dementia syndromes. This article focuses on key findings and challenges in studying earliest stages of cognitive decline in PD, including a detailed examination of neuropsychological testing, cognitive performance in early and prodromal PD, epidemiological research for PD mild cognitive impairment to date, and expert recommendations for assessment...
March 15, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Mohammad Sajad Emami Aleagha, Mohammad Hossein Harirchian, Shahram Lavasani, Mohammad Javan, Abdolamir Allameh
Recently, we reported a positive correlation between Klotho, as an anti-aging protein, and the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. However, there is no information about the Klotho and TAC changes within the central nervous system (CNS). Thus, the current study aimed to employ an experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model in C57BL/6 mice using MOG35-55 peptide to examine the relationship between Klotho and TAC within the CNS. To this end, the brain and spinal cord were obtained at the onset and peak stages of EAE as well as non-EAE mice (sham/control groups)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Adriano Luís Soares De Souza, Stefan Rudin, Rui Chang, Keith Mitchell, Timothy Crandall, Shuning Huang, Ji-Kyung Choi, Shinji L Okitsu, Danielle L Graham, Blake Tomkinson, Tammy Dellovade
INTRODUCTION: Antigen-specific immunotherapy could provide a targeted approach for the treatment of multiple sclerosis that removes the need for broad-acting immunomodulatory drugs. ATX-MS-1467 is a mixture of four peptides identified as the main immune-dominant disease-associated T-cell epitopes in myelin basic protein (MBP), an autoimmune target for activated autoreactive T cells in multiple sclerosis. Previous animal studies have shown that ATX-MS-1467 treatment prevented the worsening of signs of disease in experimental autoimmune encephalitis (EAE) in the humanized (DR2 × Ob1)F1 mouse in a dose-dependent fashion...
March 14, 2018: Neurology and Therapy
Yet Yen Yan, Jenn Nee Khoo, Tien Jin Tan, Joe Francis, Le Roy Chong, Elizabeth Hui-Ying Chan
PURPOSE: To review the errors made by radiology trainees in the reporting of cervical spine CTs (CCT) and to compare the discrepancy rates between the stages of training. METHODS: All CCTs reported by trainees after office hours between January 2015 and December 2015 were retrospectively reviewed by a team of five musculoskeletal consultants with experience ranging between 7 and 15 years. Discrepancies between the provisional report by the trainee and the findings by the musculoskeletal consultants were graded according to the RADPEER scoring system...
March 14, 2018: Emergency Radiology
Yi Deng, Biran Yang, Yan Peng, Zhiqiang Liu, Jinwen Luo, Guoxin Du
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to examine differences in kidney intravoxel incoherent motion diffusion-weighted imaging (IVIM-DWI) parameters in early-stage diabetic patients versus healthy controls. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nineteen type 2 diabetic patients (group A) with a urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) < 30 mg/g and an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of 80-120 mL/(min 1.73 m2 ) and twelve healthy volunteers (group B) were recruited...
March 14, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Sagus Sampath, Haejung Won, Erminia Massarelli, Min Li, Paul Frankel, Nayana Vora, Lalit Vora, Ellie Maghami, Marcin Kortylewski
Immunomodulation contributes to the antitumor efficacy of the fractionated radiation therapy (RT). Here, we describe immune effects of RT with concurrent systemic cisplatin or cetuximab treatment of patients with stage III-IV head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Using longitudinally collected blood samples, we identified significant changes in cytokines/chemokines and immune cell populations compared to immune-related gene expression profiles in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs). The 7-week combinatorial RT resulted in gradual elevation of proinflammatory mediators (IFNγ, IL-6, TNFɑ, CCL2), while levels of IL-12, cytokine essential for antitumor immune responses, were decreased...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Xiangmin Zhang, Xiangfu Zeng, Lianbin Liu, Xiaolin Lan, Jing Huang, Hongxue Zeng, Rong Li, Keqing Luo, Wei Wu, Maohua Zhou, Shaojin Li
The concentration and distribution of rare earth elements (REE) in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) were measured to investigate connections with tumor size, lymph node metastasis, clinical stages, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. There were 30 patients with NPC who met the criteria for inclusion in the present study. The EBV copy number, as well as the concentration and distribution of REE, was analyzed. EBV was detected using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, with the concentrations of REE in NPC tissues measured using inductively coupled plasma-tandem mass spectrometry...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
María Huete-Ortega, Katarzyna Okurowska, Rahul Vijay Kapoore, Matthew P Johnson, D James Gilmour, Seetharaman Vaidyanathan
Background: Microalgae accumulate lipids when exposed to stressful conditions such as nutrient limitation that can be used to generate biofuels. Nitrogen limitation or deprivation is a strategy widely employed to elicit this response. However, this strategy is associated with a reduction in the microalgal growth, leading to overall poor lipid productivities. Here, we investigated the combined effect of a reduced source of nitrogen (ammonium) and super-saturating light intensities on the growth and induction of lipid accumulation in two model but diverse microalgal species, Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Nannochloropsis oceanica ...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Yan-Dong Jiang, Xin Yuan, Wen-Wu Zhou, Yue-Liang Bai, Gui-Yao Wang, Zeng-Rong Zhu
Most living organisms have developed internal circadian clocks to anticipate the daily environmental changes. The circadian clocks are composed of several transcriptional-translational feedback loops, in which cryptochromes (CRYs) serve as critical elements. In insects, some CRYs act as photopigments to control circadian photoentrainment, while the others act as transcriptional regulators. We cloned and characterized two cryptochrome genes, the Drosophila -like ( lscry1 ) and vertebrate-like ( lscry2 ) genes, in a rice pest Laodelphax striatellus ...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Satoshi Kitaoka, Jo Hatogai, Wataru Ochiai, Kiyoshi Sugiyama
The drug-metabolizing enzyme CYP3A is a heterogeneous enzyme found in the liver that displays local characteristics referred to as "zonation." Zonation contributes to improved energy efficiency in metabolism. The objective of this study was to determine a scientific basis for the safety of fetuses and nursing infants in cases in which the use of pharmaceuticals by pregnant and nursing mothers is unavoidable. In addition, we analyzed CYP3A zonation in the liver using mice from the fetus stage to the nursing stage...
2018: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
Arata Abe, Tetsuro Sekine, Yuki Sakamoto, Mina Harada-Abe, Ryo Takagi, Satoshi Suda, Kentaro Suzuki, Junya Aoki, Masami Yoneyama, Kazumi Kimura
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It is clinically important to evaluate time course changes in symptomatic middle cerebral artery (MCA) stenotic plaques because of likely recurrence. The objective of this study is to determine whether contrast-enhanced high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a feasible method for this purpose. METHODS: Contrast-enhanced, high-resolution, 3D turbo spin-echo images with low refocusing flip angle control (3D LOWRAT) applied to 7 patients with symptomatic MCA stenosis were evaluated at the initial (1 month after stroke onset) and follow-up (7 months after stroke onset) stages, and statistical variables, including plaque-to-thalamus signal intensity ratio, degree of stenosis, and stroke recurrence obtained at the 2 stages, were compared...
2018: Journal of Nippon Medical School, Nippon Ika Daigaku Zasshi
Yangming Gong, Peng Peng, Pingping Bao, Weijian Zhong, Yan Shi, Kai Gu, Ying Zheng, Chunxiao Wu, Sanjun Cai, Ye Xu, Jun Sheng, Fan Wu
BACKGROUND: The incidence and mortality rate of colorectal cancer (CRC) have increased dramatically over the past 3 decades in China due to changes in lifestyle factors. Early detection and treatment guidelines for asymptomatic cases have shown to improve CRC control in developed countries. In response to these challenges, the Shanghai Municipal Government launched a community-based CRC screening program in 2012. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Free initial screening, inclusive of immunochemical fecal occult blood and risk assessment (questionnaire), was provided by community health centers in Shanghai...
March 14, 2018: Oncologist
M Musy, K Flaherty, J Raspopovic, A Robert-Moreno, J Richtsmeier, J Sharpe
To determine the developmental stage of embryonic mice we apply a geometric morphometric approach to the changing shape of the mouse limb bud as it grows from embryonic day 10 to embryonic day 15 post conception. As the ontogenetic sequence results in the de novo emergence of shape features not present in the early stages, we have created a standard ontogenetic trajectory for limb bud development - a quantitative characterization of shape change during limb morphogenesis. This trajectory of form as a function of time also gives us the reverse function: the ability to infer developmental stage from form, with a typical uncertainty of 2 hours...
March 14, 2018: Development
Sandra Infante Villamil, Roger Huerlimann, Christina Morianos, Zoltan Sarnyai, Gregory E Maes
Obesity and other lifestyle diseases in modern society can be related to historical dietary changes from diets balanced in omega-6 and omega-3 to the unbalanced "Western-type" diet. It is recognized that diet influences the murine and human gut microbiome, and most research indicates that microbial diversity and composition are altered by high-fat diets (HFDs). However, good knowledge about the effects of early exposure to HFD on the maturation and structure of the bacterial community is limited. Using mice as model, we hypothesized that an HFD alters the early dynamic of the gut bacterial community toward an unstable/unhealthy state...
February 2018: Nutrition Research
Carin K Ingemarsdotter, Jingwei Zeng, Ziqi Long, Andrew M L Lever, Julia C Kenyon
BACKGROUND: NSC260594, a quinolinium derivative from the NCI diversity set II compound library, was previously identified in a target-based assay as an inhibitor of the interaction between the HIV-1 (ψ) stem-loop 3 (SL3) RNA and Gag. This compound was shown to exhibit potent antiviral activity. Here, the effects of this compound on individual stages of the viral lifecycle were examined by qRT-PCR, ELISA and Western blot, to see if its actions were specific to the viral packaging stage...
March 14, 2018: Retrovirology
Jie Tong, Ying Yu, Linlin Zheng, Chong Zhang, Yabin Tu, Yonggang Liu, Jianan Wu, Hai Li, Shujie Wang, Chenggang Jiang, En-Min Zhou, Gang Wang, Xuehui Cai
BACKGROUND: The highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (HP-PRRSV) has been responsible for several viral attacks in the Asian porcine industry, since the first outbreak in China in 2006. During the early stages of the HP-PRRSV infection, high levels of proinflammatory cytokines are noted in the host peripheral blood, which are accompanied by severe lesions in the lungs and immune system organs; these are considered as the greatest contributors to the overall disease burden...
March 14, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
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