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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343336/sunitinib-induced-hypothyroidism-predicts-progression-free-survival-in-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients
#1
Anna Buda-Nowak, Jakub Kucharz, Paulina Dumnicka, Marek Kuzniewski, Roman Maria Herman, Aneta L Zygulska, Beata Kusnierz-Cabala
Sunitinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) used in treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC), gastrointestinal stromal tumors and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. One of the most common side effects related to sunitinib is hypothyroidism. Recent trials suggest correlation between the incidence of hypothyroidism and treatment outcome in patients treated with TKI. This study evaluates whether development of hypothyroidism is a predictive marker of progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with mRCC treated with sunitinib...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343334/design-and-test-of-a-microsoft-kinect-based-system-for-delivering-adaptive-visual-feedback-to-stroke-patients-during-training-of-upper-limb-movement
#2
Daniel Simonsen, Mirjana B Popovic, Erika G Spaich, Ole Kæseler Andersen
The present paper describes the design and test of a low-cost Microsoft Kinect-based system for delivering adaptive visual feedback to stroke patients during the execution of an upper limb exercise. Eleven sub-acute stroke patients with varying degrees of upper limb function were recruited. Each subject participated in a control session (repeated twice) and a feedback session (repeated twice). In each session, the subjects were presented with a rectangular pattern displayed on a vertical mounted monitor embedded in the table in front of the patient...
March 25, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343277/pancreatic-alpha-cell-selective-deletion-of-tcf7l2-impairs-glucagon-secretion-and-counter-regulatory-responses-to-hypoglycaemia-in-mice
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Gabriela da Silva Xavier, Angeles Mondragon, Vishnou Mourougavelou, Céline Cruciani-Guglielmacci, Jessica Denom, Pedro Luis Herrera, Christophe Magnan, Guy A Rutter
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) is a high mobility group (HMG) box-containing transcription factor and downstream effector of the Wnt signalling pathway. SNPs in the TCF7L2 gene have previously been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in genome-wide association studies. In animal studies, loss of Tcf7l2 function is associated with defective islet beta cell function and survival. Here, we explore the role of TCF7L2 in the control of the counter-regulatory response to hypoglycaemia by generating mice with selective deletion of the Tcf7l2 gene in pancreatic alpha cells...
March 25, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343223/sildenafil-enhances-quantity-of-immature-neurons-and-promotes-functional-recovery-in-the-developing-ischemic-mouse-brain
#4
Jonas Engels, Natalie Elting, Lisa Braun, Ivo Bendix, Josephine Herz, Ursula Felderhoff-Müser, Mark Dzietko
BACKGROUND: Hypoxic-ischemic (HI) injury to the developing brain occurs in 1 out of 1,000 live births and remains a major cause of significant morbidity and mortality. A large number of survivors suffer from long-term sequelae including seizures and neurological deficits. However, the pathophysiological mechanisms of recovery after HI insult are not clearly understood, and preventive measures or clinical treatments are nonexistent or not sufficiently effective in the clinical setting...
March 25, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343199/-hypogonadism-in-patients-with-testicular-tumors-and-prostate-cancer
#5
Marcin Radko, Tomasz Syryło, Henryk Zieliński
Hypogonadism is defined as an array of symptoms arising from a deficiency of androgens. It is caused by a hormonal and spermatogenic dysfunction of the testes. It results in impaired fertility and has a negative impact on the functions of multiple organs and systems, physical well-being, sexual functions and also mental state. Particularly patients with a history of cancer have a high risk of developing hypogonadism as a result of not only the nature of the disease, but mainly its treatment. While leaving the patient with cancer without treatment does not fall within the concept of the art of medicine and the ethical canon of a physician, the symptoms of hypogonadism are often ignored and left untreated...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343162/mesothelin-promoter-variants-are-associated-with-increased-soluble-mesothelin-related-peptide-levels-in-asbestos-exposed-individuals
#6
Chiara De Santi, Perla Pucci, Alessandra Bonotti, Ombretta Melaiu, Monica Cipollini, Roberto Silvestri, Veronika Vymetalkova, Elisa Barone, Elisa Paolicchi, Alda Corrado, Irene Lepori, Irene Dell'Anno, Lucia Pellè, Pavel Vodicka, Luciano Mutti, Rudy Foddis, Alfonso Cristaudo, Federica Gemignani, Stefano Landi
BACKGROUND: Soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP) is a promising diagnostic biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), but various confounders hinder its usefulness in surveillance programmes. We previously showed that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) within the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of the mesothelin (MSLN) gene could affect the levels of SMRP. OBJECTIVES: To focus on SNPs located within MSLN promoter as possible critical genetic variables in determining SMRP levels...
March 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343143/impact-of-rivaroxaban-on-point-of-care-assays
#7
Pierre Fontana, Lorenzo Alberio, Anne Angelillo-Scherrer, Lars M Asmis, Wolfgang Korte, Adriana Mendez, Pirmin Schmid, Hans Stricker, Jan-Dirk Studt, Dimitrios A Tsakiris, Walter A Wuillemin, Michael Nagler
BACKGROUND: Point-of-care testing (POCT) is regularly used to assess haemostasis in various clinical settings. The impact of rivaroxaban on those POCT is still elusive. We aimed to study the effects of rivaroxaban on most commonly used POCT assays. METHODS: Blood samples were taken before, 3h, and 24h after administration of 20mg rivaroxaban to 20 healthy volunteers as part of a prospective, multicenter validation study (clinicaltrials.govNCT01710267). Blood samples were analysed with thromboelastometry (ROTEM®), two platelet function assays (INNOVANCE® PFA-200 and Multiplate®), and the CoaguChek® XS...
March 21, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343096/sd-sem-sparse-dense-correspondence-for-3d-reconstruction-of-microscopic-samples
#8
Ahmadreza Baghaie, Ahmad P Tafti, Heather A Owen, Roshan M D'Souza, Zeyun Yu
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging has been a principal component of many studies in biomedical, mechanical, and materials sciences since its emergence. Despite the high resolution of captured images, they remain two-dimensional (2D). In this work, a novel framework using sparse-dense correspondence is introduced and investigated for 3D reconstruction of stereo SEM images. SEM micrographs from microscopic samples are captured by tilting the specimen stage by a known angle. The pair of SEM micrographs is then rectified using sparse scale invariant feature transform (SIFT) features/descriptors and a contrario RANSAC for matching outlier removal to ensure a gross horizontal displacement between corresponding points...
March 20, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343086/modeling-the-influence-of-acute-changes-in-bladder-elasticity-on-pressure-and-wall-tension-during-filling
#9
Firdaweke G Habteyes, S Omid Komari, Anna S Nagle, Adam P Klausner, Rebecca L Heise, Paul H Ratz, John E Speich
Tension-sensitive nerves in the bladder wall are responsible for providing bladder sensation. Bladder wall tension, and therefore nerve output, is a function of bladder pressure, volume, geometry and material properties. The elastic modulus of the bladder is acutely adjustable, and this material property is responsible for adjustable preload tension exhibited in human and rabbit detrusor muscle strips and dynamic elasticity revealed during comparative-fill urodynamics in humans. A finite deformation model of the bladder was previously used to predict filling pressure and wall tension using uniaxial tension test data and the results showed that wall tension can increase significantly during filling with relatively little pressure change...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343072/ribonuclease-attenuates-hepatic-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-cognitive-impairment-through-the-inhibition-of-inflammatory-cytokines-in-aged-mice
#10
Gang Ma, Chan Chen, Haixia Jiang, Yanhua Qiu, Yansong Li, Xiaoqiang Li, Xiyang Zhang, Jin Liu, Tao Zhu
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients undergoing major surgery often develop cognitive dysfunction, and no optimum treatment exists for this postoperative complication. Ribonuclease, the counterpart of ribonucleic acid, has mostly been reported in terms of its use as a potential modality in anticancer therapy, and recent studies have demonstrated that ribonuclease can exert organ-protective effects in several pathological conditions. Our study also demonstrated that ribonuclease protects the liver against ischemia reperfusion injury...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343046/perioperative-hemoglobin-a1c-as-a-predictor-of-deep-infection-following-single-level-lumbar-decompression-in-patients-with-diabetes
#11
Jourdan M Cancienne, Brian C Werner, Dennis Q Chen, Hamid Hassanzadeh, Adam L Shimer
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Although multiple studies have cited diabetes mellitus as a risk factor decreased functional outcomes, increased infectious complications, and overall increased reoperation rate following degenerative lumbar spinal surgery, few have investigated how perioperative glycemic control influences such complications. PURPOSE: The primary goal of the present study was to use a national database to evaluate the association of perioperative glycemic control as demonstrated by Hemoglobin A1c levels in patients with diabetes undergoing primary, single level decompression without concomitant fusion with the incidence of deep postoperative infection following requiring operative irrigation and debridement...
March 22, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343034/bioactivities-of-achillea-phrygia-and-bupleurum-croceum-based-on-the-composition-of-phenolic-compounds-in-vitro-and-in-silico-approaches
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Gokhan Zengin, Gizem Bulut, Adriano Mollica, Mehmet Zeki Haznedaroglu, Ahmet Dogan, Abdurrahman Aktumsek
This study presents the effects of the Achillea phrygia Boiss. et Bal. and Bupleurum croceum Fenzl. extracts obtained by different solvents (ethyl acetate, methanol and water) on selected enzyme inhibitory effects and antioxidant ability with screening bioactive compounds. Total and individual bioactive compounds were detected by spectrophotometric and HPLC-DAD techniques. Antioxidant abilities were evaluated by different methods including free radical scavenging (ABTS and DPPH), reducing power (CUPRAC and FRAP), phosphomolybdenum and metal chelating...
March 22, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343006/trouble-on-takeoff-crude-oil-on-feathers-reduces-escape-performance-of-shorebirds
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Ivan Maggini, Lisa V Kennedy, Kyle H Elliott, Karen M Dean, Robert MacCurdy, Alexander Macmillan, Chris A Pritsos, Christopher G Guglielmo
The ability to takeoff quickly and accelerate away from predators is crucial to bird survival. Crude oil can disrupt the fine structure and function of feathers, and here we tested for the first time how small amounts of oil on the trailing edges of the wings and tail of Western sandpipers (Calidris mauri) affected takeoff flight performance. In oiled birds, the distance travelled during the first 0.4s after takeoff was reduced by 29%, and takeoff angle was decreased by 10° compared to unoiled birds. Three-axis accelerometry indicated that oiled sandpipers produced less mechanical power output per wingbeat during the initial phase of flight...
March 23, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342947/what-good-are-positive-emotions-for-treatment-trait-positive-emotionality-predicts-response-to-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-anxiety
#14
Charles T Taylor, Sarah E Knapp, Jessica A Bomyea, Holly J Ramsawh, Martin P Paulus, Murray B Stein
OBJECTIVE: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is empirically supported for the treatment of anxiety disorders; however, not all individuals achieve recovery following CBT. Positive emotions serve a number of functions that theoretically should facilitate response to CBT - they promote flexible patterns of information processing and assimilation of new information, encourage approach-oriented behavior, and speed physiological recovery from negative emotions. We conducted a secondary analysis of an existing clinical trial dataset to test the a priori hypothesis that individual differences in trait positive emotions would predict CBT response for anxiety...
March 22, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342945/cognitive-impairment-in-first-episode-drug-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-schizophrenia-relationships-with-serum-concentrations-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor
#15
Wenhuan Xiao, Fei Ye, Chunlai Liu, Xiaowei Tang, Jin Li, Hui Dong, Weiwei Sha, Xiaobin Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Evidence suggests that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line -derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) are important in the regulation of synaptic plasticity, which plays a key role in the cognitive processes in psychiatric disorders. Our work aimed at exploring the associations between serum BDNF and GDNF levels and cognitive functions in first-episode drug-naïve (FEDN) patients with schizophrenia. METHODS: The BDNF and GDNF levels of 58 FEDN patients and 55 age- and sex-matched healthy controls were measured and test subjects were examined using several neurocognitive tests including the verbal fluency test (VFT), the trail making test (TMT), the digit span test (DST), and the Stroop test...
March 22, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342908/intestinal-dendritic-cell-licensing-through-tlr4-is-required-for-oral-tolerance-in-allergic-contact-dermatitis
#16
Feriel Hacini-Rachinel, Mercedes Gomez de Agüero, Reem Kanjarawi, Ludovic Moro-Sibilot, Jean-Benoit Le Luduec, Claire Macari, Gilles Boschetti, Emilie Bardel, Philippe Langella, Bertrand Dubois, Dominique Kaiserlian
BACKGROUND: Induction of oral tolerance to haptens is an efficient way to prevent allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in mice. Toll-like receptor (TLRs)-mediated sensing of the microbiota contributes to gut homeostasis, yet whether it contributes to induction of oral tolerance has not been documented. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether oral tolerance to the contact sensitizer DNFB depends on microbiota/TLRs and evaluated the role of TLR4 on the tolerogenic function of intestinal dendritic cells (DCs)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342898/temperature-induces-significant-changes-in-both-glycolytic-reserve-and-mitochondrial-spare-respiratory-capacity-in-colorectal-cancer-cell-lines
#17
Mihail I Mitov, Jennifer W Harris, Michael C Alstott, Yekaterina Y Zaytseva, B Mark Evers, D Allan Butterfield
Thermotherapy, as a method of treating cancer, has recently attracted considerable attention from basic and clinical investigators. A number of studies and clinical trials have shown that thermotherapy can be successfully used as a therapeutic approach for various cancers. However, the effects of temperature on cancer bioenergetics have not been studied in detail with a real time, in a microplate, label-free detection approach. This study investigate how changes in temperature affect the bioenergetics characteristics (mitochondrial function and glycolysis) of three colorectal cancer (CRC) cell lines utilizing the Seahorse XF96 technology...
March 22, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342889/heteromeric-complexes-of-aldo-keto-reductase-auxiliary-kv%C3%AE-subunits-akr6a-regulate-sarcolemmal-localization-of-kv1-5-in-coronary-arterial-myocytes
#18
Matthew A Nystoriak, Deqing Zhang, Ganapathy Jagatheesan, Aruni Bhatnagar
Redox-sensitive potassium channels consisting of the voltage-gated K(+) (KV) channel pore subunit KV1.5 regulate resting membrane potential and thereby contractility of vascular smooth muscle cells. Members of the KV1 family associate with cytosolic auxiliary β subunits, which are members of the aldo-keto reductase (AKR) superfamily (AKR6A subfamily). The Kvβ subunits have been proposed to regulate Kv1 gating via pyridine nucleotide cofactor binding. However, the molecular identity of KVβ subunits that associate with native KV1...
March 22, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342849/comparative-effects-of-etoh-consumption-and-thiamine-deficiency-on-cognitive-impairment-oxidative-damage-and-%C3%AE-amyloid-peptide-overproduction-in-the-brain
#19
Yu-Shi Gong, Kun Hu, Lu-Qi Yang, Juan Guo, Yong-Qing Gao, Feng-Lin Song, Fang-Li Hou, Cui-Yi Liang
The effects of chronic EtOH consumption, associated or not with thiamine deficiency (TD), on cognitive impairment, oxidative damage, and β-amyloid (Aβ) peptide accumulation in the brain were investigated in male C57BL/6 mice. We established an alcoholic mouse model by feeding an EtOH liquid diet, a TD mouse model by feeding a thiamine-depleted liquid diet, and an EtOH treatment associated with TD mouse model by feeding a thiamine-depleted EtOH liquid diet for 7 weeks. The learning and memory functions of the mice were detected through the Y-maze test...
March 22, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342823/evidence-that-increased-kcnj6-gene-dose-is-necessary-for-deficits-in-behavior-and-dentate-gyrus-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-ts65dn-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome
#20
Alexander M Kleschevnikov, Jessica Yu, Jeesun Kim, Larisa V Lysenko, Zheng Zhen, Y Eugene Yu, William C Mobley
Down syndrome (DS), trisomy 21, is caused by increased dose of genes present on human chromosome 21 (HSA21). The gene-dose hypothesis argues that a change in the dose of individual genes or regulatory sequences on HSA21 is necessary for creating DS-related phenotypes, including cognitive impairment. We focused on a possible role for Kcnj6, the gene encoding Kir3.2 (Girk2) subunits of a G-protein-coupled inwardly-rectifying potassium channel. This gene resides on a segment of mouse Chromosome 16 that is present in one extra copy in the genome of the Ts65Dn mouse, a well-studied genetic model of DS...
March 22, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
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