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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453405/a-meta-analysis-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-profiles-for-pneumococcal-pneumonia-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Pui-Ying Iroh Tam, Ayebo E Sadoh, Stephen K Obaro
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia causes an enormous burden of childhood disease globally, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Pneumococcus is the most common bacterial aetiology of pneumonia; however, antimicrobials are limited and may not adequately address the local epidemiology of the region. AIM: To undertake a review and meta-analysis of pneumonia studies in sub-Saharan Africa to evaluate antimicrobial susceptibility patterns in childhood pneumonia. METHODS: Articles published in PubMed and Google between 2006 and 2016 which evaluated antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of pneumococcal pneumonia in children in sub-Saharan Africa were identified...
April 28, 2017: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449038/real-time-imaging-of-single-neuronal-cell-apoptosis-in-patients-with-glaucoma
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Maria F Cordeiro, Eduardo M Normando, M Jorge Cardoso, Serge Miodragovic, Seham Jeylani, Benjamin M Davis, Li Guo, Sebastien Ourselin, Roger A'Hern, Philip A Bloom
Retinal cell apoptosis occurs in many ocular neurodegenerative conditions including glaucoma-the major cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. Using a new imaging technique that we have called DARC (detection of apoptosing retinal cells), which until now has only been demonstrated in animal models, we assessed if annexin 5 labelled with fluorescent dye DY-776 (ANX776) could be used safely in humans to identify retinal cell apoptosis. Eight patients with glaucomatous neurodegeneration and evidence of progressive disease, and eight healthy subjects were randomly assigned to intravenous ANX776 doses of 0...
April 26, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448604/non-invasive-imaging-assessment-of-the-biodistribution-of-gsk2849330-an-adcc-and-cdc-optimized-anti-her3-mab-and-its-role-in-tumor-macrophage-recruitment-in-human-tumor-bearing-mice
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Hasan Alsaid, Tinamarie Skedzielewski, Mary V Rambo, Kristen Hunsinger, Bao Hoang, William Fieles, Edward R Long, James Tunstead, Danielle J Vugts, Matthew Cleveland, Neil Clarke, Christopher Matheny, Beat M Jucker
The purpose of this work was to use various molecular imaging techniques to non-invasively assess GSK2849330 (anti HER3 ADCC and CDC enhanced 'AccretaMab' monoclonal antibody) pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in human xenograft tumor-bearing mice. Immuno-PET biodistribution imaging of radiolabeled 89Zr-GSK2849330 was assessed in mice with HER3 negative (MIA-PaCa-2) and positive (CHL-1) human xenograft tumors. Dose dependency of GSK2849330 disposition was assessed using varying doses of unlabeled GSK2849330 co-injected with 89Zr-GSK2849330...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447859/transgene-expression-in-dogs-after-liver-directed-hydrodynamic-delivery-of-i-sleeping-beauty-i-transposons-using-balloon-catheters
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Kendra Anne Hyland, Elena L Aronovich, Erik R Olson, Jason B Bell, Myra Urness Rusten, Roland Gunther, David W Hunter, Perry B Hackett, R Scott McIvor
The <i>Sleeping Beauty</i> transposon system has been extensively tested for integration of reporter and therapeutic genes <i>in vitro</i> and <i>in vivo</i> in mice. Dogs were used as a large animal model for human therapy and minimally invasive infusion of DNA solutions. DNA solutions were delivered into the entire liver or the left side of the liver using balloon catheters for temporary occlusion of venous outflow. A peak intravascular pressure between 80 and 140 mmHg supported sufficient DNA delivery in dog liver for detection of secretable reporter proteins...
April 27, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447347/abundance-of-the-benign-melanocytic-universe-dermoscopic-histopathological-correlation-in-nevi
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REVIEW
Nora Woltsche, Karin Schmid-Zalaudek, Teresa Deinlein, Katrin Rammel, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Iris Zalaudek
The broad universe of "melanocytic nevi" includes a variety of different subtypes, which can be classified either due to their morphology, epidemiology, genetic alterations or risk for developing melanoma. Regarding morphology, on the one hand macroscopic/clinical and on the other hand histopathological appearance were used to subdivide in the past, often resulting in confusion and poor interobserver agreement, while nowadays dermoscopy presents the clinician's precious bridge between naked-eye examination and histopathological diagnostics, allowing prediction of the lesions' histopathology, follow up and monitoring over time without need of excision...
May 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446938/minimally-invasive-surgery-for-resection-of-ossification-of-the-ligamentum-flavum-in-the-thoracic-spine
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Wei Zhao, Chaoxiong Shen, Ranze Cai, Jianfeng Wu, Yuandong Zhuang, Zhaowen Cai, Rui Wang, Chunmei Chen
INTRODUCTION: Thoracic ossification of the ligamentum flavum (TOLF) is a common cause of progressive thoracic myelopathy. Surgical decompression is commonly used to treat TOLF. AIM: To evaluate the clinical outcomes of microsurgical decompression of TOLF via a paraspinal approach, using a percutaneous tubular retractor system. MATERIAL AND METHODS: First, three-dimensional (3D) image reconstruction and printed models were made from thin computed tomography scans for each patient...
2017: Wideochirurgia i Inne Techniki Mało Inwazyjne, Videosurgery and Other Miniinvasive Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446722/urine-mir-21-5p-as-a-potential-non-invasive-biomarker-for-gastric-cancer
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Hsiao-Wei Kao, Chao-Yu Pan, Chun-Hung Lai, Chew-Wun Wu, Wen-Liang Fang, Kuo-Hung Huang, Wen-Chang Lin
Many reports have implicated that microRNAs involve in cancer development and progression, such as miR-155 in breast cancers and miR-196 in gastric cancers. Furthermore, microRNAs are more stable than typical protein-coding gene mRNAs in varieties of clinical samples including body fluids. This suggests that they are potentially valuable biomarkers for cancer monitoring. In this study, we have used urine samples of gastric cancer patients to demonstrate the feasibility of urine microRNAs for gastric cancer detection...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446134/assessment-of-perioperative-minute-ventilation-in-obese-versus-non-obese-patients-with-a-non-invasive-respiratory-volume-monitor
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Jaideep H Mehta, Davide Cattano, Jordan B Brayanov, Edward E George
BACKGROUND: Monitoring the adequacy of spontaneous breathing is a major patient safety concern in the post-operative setting. Monitoring is particularly important for obese patients, who are at a higher risk for post-surgical respiratory complications and often have increased metabolic demand due to excess weight. Here we used a novel, noninvasive Respiratory Volume Monitor (RVM) to monitor ventilation in both obese and non-obese orthopedic patients throughout their perioperative course, in order to develop better monitoring strategies...
April 26, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445362/effect-of-human-fat-graft-on-breast-cancer-metastasis-in-a-murine-model
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Roberto Moltó-García, Virina González-Alonso, María Eloísa Villaverde-Doménech, Edurne Novella-Maestre
BACKGROUND: Isolated adipose stem cells have been reported to encourage migration and early metastasis of breast cancer. Mimicking a surgical situation, the authors developed a human breast cancer model to evaluate in vivo whether human adipose tissue promotes tumor growth and invasion. METHODS: Human adipose tissue was obtained from four patients. The MDA-MB-468 cell line was cultured with a lentiviral vector encoding a puromycin resistance gene and mCherry fluorescent protein...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445137/monitoring-of-kras-mutated-ctdna-to-discriminate-pseudo-progression-from-true-progression-during-anti-pd-1-treatment-of-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Nicolas Guibert, Julien Mazieres, Myriam Delaunay, Anne Casanova, Magali Farella, Laura Keller, Gilles Favre, Anne Pradines
OBJECTIVES: Pseudo-progression is a rare but worrying situation for both clinicians and patients during immunotherapy. Dedicated ir-RECIST criteria have been established to improve this situation. However, this can be sometimes considered inadequate and patients experiencing true progression may then receive inefficient treatments. Additional reliable tools to discriminate pseudo from true progression are thus needed. So far, no biomarker has been identified to distinguish pseudo from true progression...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445000/vegetation-response-to-control-of-invasive-tamarix-in-southwestern-us-rivers-a-collaborative-study-including-416-sites
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Eduardo González, Anna A Sher, Robert M Anderson, Robin F Bay, Daniel W Bean, Gabriel J Bissonnete, Bérenger Bourgeois, David J Cooper, Kara Dohrenwend, Kim D Eichhorst, Hisham El Waer, Deborah K Kennard, Rebecca Harms-Weissinger, Annie L Henry, Lori J Makarick, Steven M Ostoja, Lindsay V Reynolds, W Wright Robinson, Patrick B Shafroth
Most studies assessing vegetation response following control of invasive Tamarix trees along southwestern U.S. rivers have been small in scale (e.g., river reach), or at a regional scale but with poor spatial-temporal replication, and most have not included testing the effects of a now widely-used biological control. We monitored plant composition following Tamarix control along hydrologic, soil and climatic gradients in 244 treated and 172 reference sites across six U.S. States. This represents the largest comprehensive assessment to date on the vegetation response to the four most common Tamarix control treatments...
April 26, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444958/role-of-cytochrome-p450-3a4-and-1a2-phenotyping-in-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-receiving-erlotinib-treatment
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Zinnia P Parra-Guillen, Peter B Berger, Manuel Haschke, Massimiliano Donzelli, Daria Winogradova, Bogumila Pfister, Martin Früh, Charlotte Kloft, Stephan Krähenbühl, Silke Gillessen, Markus Joerger
Erlotinib is metabolized by cytochrome p450 (CYP) 3A and CYP1A. This study assessed CYP3A4 (midazolam) and CYP1A2 (caffeine) phenotyping in plasma and dried blood spots (DBS) for predicting the pharmacokinetics and toxicity of erlotinib in 36 patients with advanced NSCLC. On day 1, erlotinib 150 mg OD. was initiated, and the 2 oral probe drugs midazolam (2mg) and caffeine (100mg) were added on day 1. Plasma and DBS were collected for erlotinib, OSI-420 and probe drugs for up to 6 hr on day 1 and 2-weekly up to week 10...
April 26, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444930/does-postexercise-modelled-capillary-blood-flow-accurately-reflect-cardiovascular-effects-by-different-exercise-intensities
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F Stöcker, C Von Oldershausen, F K Paternoster, T Schulz, R Oberhoffer
Blood flow (BF) in exercising muscles is an important factor for exercise capacity. Recently, a non-invasive method to estimate capillary BF (Qcap ) was introduced. Using this method, the Fick principle is re-arranged by using relative differences in deoxygenated haemoglobin (ΔHHb) as a surrogate for arteriovenous O2 difference and pulmonary oxygen uptake (VO2 ) instead of muscular oxygen uptake. The aim of this study was to examine (I) the relationship between Qcap and exercise intensity during and following exercise, and (II) to critically reflect the Qcap approach...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443559/the-evolution-of-modern-respiratory-care-for-preterm-infants
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REVIEW
Louise S Owen, Brett J Manley, Peter G Davis, Lex W Doyle
Preterm birth rates are rising, and many preterm infants have breathing difficulty after birth. Treatments for infants with prolonged breathing difficulty include oxygen therapy, exogenous surfactant, various modes of respiratory support, and postnatal corticosteroids. In this Series paper, we review the history of neonatal respiratory care and its effect on long-term outcomes, and we outline the future direction of the research field. The delivery and monitoring of oxygen therapy remains controversial, despite being in use for more than 50 years...
April 22, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443278/saliva-liquid-biopsy-for-point-of-care-applications
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REVIEW
Katri Aro, Fang Wei, David T Wong, Michael Tu
Saliva is a non-invasive biofluid, which is easy to collect, transport, and store. Because of its accessibility and connection to systemic diseases, saliva is one of the best candidates for the advancement of point-of-care medicine, where individuals are able to easily monitor their health status by using portable convenient tools such as smartphones. There are a variety of scenarios with which saliva can be used: studies have been conducted on using saliva to measure stress hormones, enzyme levels, developmental disease biomarkers, and even cancer mutations...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442298/how-to-study-and-overcome-tumor-heterogeneity-with-circulating-biomarkers-the-breast-cancer-case
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REVIEW
Valentina Appierto, Serena Di Cosimo, Carolina Reduzzi, Valentina Pala, Vera Cappelletti, Maria Grazia Daidone
Breast cancer ranks first among female cancer-related deaths in Western countries. As the primary tumor can often be controlled by surgical resection, the survival of women with breast cancer is closely linked to the incidence of distant metastases. Molecular screening by next generation sequencing highlighted the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of solid tumors as well as the clonal evolution of cancer cells during progression and under treatment pressure. Such findings question whether an optimal assessment of disease progression and a screening for druggable mutations should be based on molecular features of primary or recurrent/metastatic lesions and therefore represent a crucial element for failure or success of personalized medicine...
April 22, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441986/medical-therapy-versus-dietary-avoidance-in-eosinophilic-esophagitis-which-approach-is-better
#17
Mirna Chehade, Ellen Sher
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is a chronic immune-mediated esophageal disease characterized by esophageal symptoms and esophageal eosinophilia. It is induced by food triggers and by environmental allergens in some patients. No U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved therapies exist for patients with EoE. Common therapies include topical corticosteroids (TCS) and dietary restriction. METHODS: This article reviewed the pros and cons of a medical versus dietary approach in treating EoE in children and adults...
May 1, 2017: Allergy and Asthma Proceedings:
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440464/proteomic-profiling-of-mdx-4cv-serum-reveals-highly-elevated-levels-of-the-inflammation-induced-plasma-marker-haptoglobin-in-muscular-dystrophy
#18
Sandra Murphy, Paul Dowling, Margit Zweyer, Michael Henry, Paula Meleady, Rustam R Mundegar, Dieter Swandulla, Kay Ohlendieck
X-linked muscular dystrophy is caused by primary abnormalities in the Dmd gene and is characterized by the almost complete loss of the membrane cytoskeletal protein dystrophin, which triggers sarcolemmal instability, abnormal calcium homeostasis, increased proteolysis and impaired excitation‑contraction coupling. In addition to progressive necrosis, crucial secondary pathologies are represented by myofibrosis and the invasion of immune cells in damaged muscle fibres. In order to determine whether these substantial changes within the skeletal musculature are reflected by an altered rate of protein release into the circulatory system or other plasma fluctuations, we used label‑free mass spectrometry to characterize serum from the mdx‑4cv model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440301/the-environmental-yeast-cryptococcus-liquefaciens-produces-capsular-and-secreted-polysaccharides-with-similar-pathogenic-properties-to-those-of-c-neoformans
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Glauber R de S Araújo, Gustavo J C Freitas, Fernanda L Fonseca, Paulo Emilio C Leite, Gustavo Miranda Rocha, Wanderley de Souza, Daniel A Santos, Susana Frases
Invasive fungal infections, including cryptococcosis, are a growing threat to immunocompromised patients. Although Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii are the main agents of human cryptococcosis, opportunistic infections by environmental species, such as C. liquefaciens, have been observed recently. The main Cryptococcus virulence factor is the production and secretion of polysaccharides (PS). Previously, we showed that both species produce PS of similar composition. Here, we examined the ultrastructure and biological activity of capsular and secreted PS from C...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440264/use-of-testicular-sperm-for-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-in-men-with-high-sperm-dna-fragmentation-a-swot-analysis
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Sandro C Esteves, Matheus Roque, Nicolás Garrido
Spermatozoa retrieved from the testis of men with high levels of sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) in the neat semen tend to have better DNA quality. Given the negative impact of SDF on the outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), an increased interest has emerged about the use of testicular sperm for intracytoplasmic sperm injection (Testi-ICSI). In this article, we used a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis to summarize the advantages and drawbacks of this intervention...
April 18, 2017: Asian Journal of Andrology
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