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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531999/zro2-toughened-al2o3-based-near-net-shaped-femoral-head-unique-fabrication-approach-3d-microstructure-burst-strength-and-muscle-cell-response
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Debasish Sarkar, Sourav Mandal, B S Reddy, Nitu Bhaskar, D C Sundaresh, Bikramjit Basu
The development of reliable biomedical devices demands the use of an integrated manufacturing protocol with comprehensive understanding of prototype characterization in terms of 3D microstructural analysis along with biocompatibility. While addressing these issues for ZrO2 (3mol% Y2O3 stabilized)-toughened Al2O3-based femoral head prototypes, the present work reports a unique fabrication protocol involving a sequence of uniaxial compaction followed by pre-sintering, machining, final sintering and polishing to ensure dimensional tolerance with respect to the design of patient-specific femoral head...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531876/photofunctionalization-of-dental-zirconia-oxide-surface-modification-to-improve-bio-integration-preserving-crystal-stability
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Marco Roy, Alfonso Pompella, Jerzy Kubacki, Adam Piosik, Bronisław Psiuk, Joanna Klimontko, Jacek Szade, Robert A Roy, Wieslaw Hedzelek
The use of zirconium oxide in dental implantology is rapidly increasing as it is regarded as being more aesthetical and biologically friendly than titanium oxide. The interaction of titanium oxide with cells and proteins has proven to be significantly affected by the inevitable atmospheric hydrocarbon contamination, defined as biological ageing. The latter has proven to be effectively reversed by UVC irradiation. Crystal structures of both Zr and Ti oxides are very similar, thus also ZrO2 is prone to contamination by hydrocarbons...
May 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531331/diagnostic-challenges-in-meningioma
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Martha Nowosielski, Nobert Galldiks, Sarah Iglseder, Philipp Kickingereder, Andreas von Deimling, Martin Bendszus, Wolfgang Wick, Felix Sahm
Advances in molecular profiling and the application of advanced imaging techniques are currently refreshing diagnostic considerations in meningioma patients. Not only technical refinements but also sophisticated histopathological and molecular studies have the potential to overcome some of the challenges during meningioma management. Exact tumor delineation, assessment of tumor growth and pathophysiological parameters were recently addressed by "advanced" magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography...
May 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531253/gender-related-prognostic-value-and-genomic-pattern-of-intra-tumor-heterogeneity-ith-in-colorectal-cancer
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Jieyun Zhang, Shican Yan, Xiyu Liu, Lu Gan, Zhenhua Wu, Yiwei Gong, Mingzhu Huang, Xiaowei Zhang, Weijian Guo
Intra-tumor heterogeneity (ITH) is crucial in tumorigenesis and resistance to target therapy. Here, we used mutant-allele tumor heterogeneity (MATH) to measure ITH based on next-generation sequencing data and high MATH was proven as an independent risk prognostic factor in male CRC patients in both a training set of 284 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients with from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and a validating set of 187 CRC patients from International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC). Further, the genomic pattern according to MATH demonstrated that mutation rates of TP53, IRF5 and KRAS were independently associated with MATH, and the latter two were only significant in male patients...
May 20, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531223/dengue-in-bali-clinical-characteristics-and-genetic-diversity-of-circulating-dengue-viruses
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Dewi Megawati, Sri Masyeni, Benediktus Yohan, Asri Lestarini, Rahma F Hayati, Febrina Meutiawati, Ketut Suryana, Tangking Widarsa, Dewa G Budiyasa, Ngurah Budiyasa, Khin S A Myint, R Tedjo Sasmono
A high number of dengue cases are reported annually in Bali. Despite the endemicity, limited data on dengue is available for Bali localities. Molecular surveillance study was conducted to explore the clinical and virological characteristics of dengue patients in urban Denpasar and rural Gianyar areas in Bali during the peak season in 2015. A total of 203 adult dengue-suspected patients were recruited in a prospective cross-sectional study. Demographic and clinical information were obtained, and dengue screening was performed using NS1 and IgM/IgG ELISAs...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531216/impact-of-mutations-in-toll-like-receptor-pathway-genes-on-esophageal-carcinogenesis
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Daffolyn Rachael Fels Elliott, Juliane Perner, Xiaodun Li, Martyn F Symmons, Brett Verstak, Matthew Eldridge, Lawrence Bower, Maria O'Donovan, Nick J Gay, Rebecca C Fitzgerald
Esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) develops in an inflammatory microenvironment with reduced microbial diversity, but mechanisms for these influences remain poorly characterized. We hypothesized that mutations targeting the Toll-like receptor (TLR) pathway could disrupt innate immune signaling and promote a microenvironment that favors tumorigenesis. Through interrogating whole genome sequencing data from 171 EAC patients, we showed that non-synonymous mutations collectively affect the TLR pathway in 25/171 (14...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531214/suspected-lynch-syndrome-associated-msh6-variants-a-functional-assay-to-determine-their-pathogenicity
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Hellen Houlleberghs, Anne Goverde, Jarnick Lusseveld, Marleen Dekker, Marco J Bruno, Fred H Menko, Arjen R Mensenkamp, Manon C W Spaander, Anja Wagner, Robert M W Hofstra, Hein Te Riele
Lynch syndrome (LS) is a hereditary cancer predisposition caused by inactivating mutations in DNA mismatch repair (MMR) genes. Mutations in the MSH6 DNA MMR gene account for approximately 18% of LS cases. Many LS-associated sequence variants are nonsense and frameshift mutations that clearly abrogate MMR activity. However, missense mutations whose functional implications are unclear are also frequently seen in suspected-LS patients. To conclusively diagnose LS and enroll patients in appropriate surveillance programs to reduce morbidity as well as mortality, the functional consequences of these variants of uncertain clinical significance (VUS) must be defined...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531152/genetic-testing-among-children-in-a-complex-care-program
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Krista Oei, Robin Z Hayeems, Wendy J Ungar, Ronald D Cohn, Eyal Cohen
Little is known about the pattern of genetic testing and frequency of genetic diagnoses among children enrolled in structured complex care programs (CCPs). Such information may inform the suitability of emerging genome diagnostics for this population. The objectives were to describe the proportion of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions despite genetic testing and measure the testing period, types and costs of genetic tests used. A retrospective analysis of 420 children enrolled in Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children's CCP from January 2010 until June 2014 was conducted...
May 22, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530888/genomic-relatedness-of-staphylococcus-pettenkoferi-isolates-of-different-origins
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Emeli Månsson, Bengt Hellmark, Marc Stegger, Paal Skytt Andersen, Martin Sundqvist, Bo Söderquist
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to characterize clinical and environmental Staphylococcus pettenkoferi isolates with regard to genomic diversity and antibiotic susceptibility pattern. Repetitive-sequence-based PCR and core genome phylogenetic analysis of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data verified the presence of distinct clades comprising closely related S. pettenkoferi isolates from different geographical locations and origins. METHODOLOGY: Phylogenetic relationships between 25 S...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530238/micrornas-146a-b-5-and-425-3p-and-24-3p-are-markers-of-antidepressant-response-and-regulate-mapk-wnt-system-genes
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Juan Pablo Lopez, Laura M Fiori, Cristiana Cruceanu, Rixing Lin, Benoit Labonte, Hannah M Cates, Elizabeth A Heller, Vincent Vialou, Stacy M Ku, Christophe Gerald, Ming-Hu Han, Jane Foster, Benicio N Frey, Claudio N Soares, Daniel J Müller, Faranak Farzan, Francesco Leri, Glenda M MacQueen, Harriet Feilotter, Kathrin Tyryshkin, Kenneth R Evans, Peter Giacobbe, Pierre Blier, Raymond W Lam, Roumen Milev, Sagar V Parikh, Susan Rotzinger, Steven C Strother, Cathryn M Lewis, Katherine J Aitchison, Gayle M Wittenberg, Naguib Mechawar, Eric J Nestler, Rudolf Uher, Sidney H Kennedy, Gustavo Turecki
Antidepressants (ADs) are the most common treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD). However, only ∼30% of patients experience adequate response after a single AD trial, and this variability remains poorly understood. Here, we investigated microRNAs (miRNAs) as biomarkers of AD response using small RNA-sequencing in paired samples from MDD patients enrolled in a large, randomized placebo-controlled trial of duloxetine collected before and 8 weeks after treatment. Our results revealed differential expression of miR-146a-5p, miR-146b-5p, miR-425-3p and miR-24-3p according to treatment response...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530031/celecoxib-for-osteoarthritis
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REVIEW
Livia Puljak, Ana Marin, Davorka Vrdoljak, Filipa Markotic, Ana Utrobicic, Peter Tugwell
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is caused by degeneration of the joint cartilage and growth of new bone, cartilage and connective tissue. It is often associated with major disability and impaired quality of life. There is currently no consensus on the best treatment to improve OA symptoms. Celecoxib is a selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). OBJECTIVES: To assess the clinical benefits (pain, function, quality of life) and safety (withdrawals due to adverse effects, serious adverse effects, overall discontinuation rates) of celecoxib in osteoarthritis (OA)...
May 22, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530022/development-of-a-reverse-transcription-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-assay-for-broad-coverage-detection-of-african-and-asian-zika-virus-lineages
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Yang Yang, Gary Wong, Baoguo Ye, Shihua Li, Shanqin Li, Haixia Zheng, Qiang Wang, Mifang Liang, George F Gao, Lei Liu, Yingxia Liu, Yuhai Bi
The Zika virus (ZIKV) is an arbovirus that has spread rapidly worldwide within recent times. There is accumulating evidence that associates ZIKV infections with Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) and microcephaly in humans. The ZIKV is genetically diverse and can be separated into Asian and African lineages. A rapid, sensitive, and specific assay is needed for the detection of ZIKV across various pandemic regions. So far, the available primers and probes do not cover the genetic diversity and geographic distribution of all ZIKV strains...
May 19, 2017: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529894/integrating-immunotherapy-into-chemoradiation-regimens-for-medically-inoperable-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Salma K Jabbour, Abigail T Berman, Charles B Simone
For patients with inoperable stage II-III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the backbone of curative intent therapy is concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CRT). As checkpoint inhibitors have shown clinical benefit in the setting of metastatic NSCLC, additional study is necessary to understand their role in patients receiving CRT. When integrating immunotherapy with radiotherapy (RT) for cure, clinicians will need to consider synergy, timing, doses, and safety among the combination of therapies. This article seeks to review data evaluating interactions, temporal sequencing, fractionation, and overlapping toxicity profiles of thoracic chemoradiation and immunotherapy...
April 2017: Translational Lung Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529810/molecular-profiling-a-case-of-zbtb16-rara-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
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Stephen E Langabeer, Lisa Preston, Johanna Kelly, Matt Goodyer, Ezzat Elhassadi, Amjad Hayat
Several variant RARA translocations have been reported in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) of which the t(11;17)(q23;q21), which results in a ZBTB16-RARA fusion, is the most widely identified and is largely resistant to therapy with all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA). The clinical course together with the cytogenetic and molecular characterization of a case of ATRA-unresponsive ZBTB16-RARA APL is described. Additional mutations potentially cooperating with the translocation fusion product in leukemogenesis have been hitherto unreported in ZBTB16-RARA APL and were sought by application of a next-generation sequencing approach to detect those recurrently found in myeloid malignancies...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529729/characterization-of-the-novel-in1059-harbouring-vim-gene-cassette
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Dongguo Wang, Jinhong Yang, Meiyu Fang, Wei He, Ying Zhang, Caixia Liu, Dongsheng Zhou
BACKGROUND: VIM-type enzyme encodes the most widely acquired metallo-β-lactamases in Gram- negative bacteria. To obtain current epidemiological data for integrons from enterobacteriae in hospital, the study characterizes the genetic structure in In1059 by comparison with In846 integrons harbouring VIM gene and other class 1 integrons including In37, In62, In843 and In1021 with the aim of identifying the putative mechanisms involved integron mobilization and infer evolution of relevant integrons...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529593/her2-pro1170ala-polymorphism-is-associated-with-decreased-survival-rate-in-her2-negative-breast-cancer
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Pilei Si, Ye Xu, Tao Ouyang, Jinfeng Li, Tianfeng Wang, Zhaoqing Fan, Tie Fan, Benyao Lin, Yuntao Xie
The Pro1170Ala polymorphism is one of the most common polymorphisms of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) and may affect the clinical outcome in breast cancer. Therefore, in the present study, the incidence of the HER2 Pro1170Ala polymorphism was determined in 3,305 female patients with operable primary breast cancer using a DNA-sequencing assay, and the potential association with survival was investigated. Of these 3,305 patients, 29% (955/3,305) were homozygous for the Pro/Pro genotype, 51% (1,679/3,305) were heterozygous for the Pro/Ala genotype and 20% (671/3,305) were homozygous for the Ala/Ala genotype...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529483/identification-of-a-novel-allosteric-inhibitory-site-on-tryptophan-hydroxylase-1-enabling-unprecedented-selectivity-over-all-related-hydroxylases
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Mike Petrassi, Rob Barber, Celine Be, Sarah Beach, Brian Cox, Anne-Marie D'Souza, Nick Duggan, Martin Hussey, Roy Fox, Peter Hunt, Gabor Jarai, Takatoshi Kosaka, Paul Oakley, Viral Patel, Neil Press, David Rowlands, Clemens Scheufler, Oliver Schmidt, Honnappa Srinivas, Mary Turner, Rob Turner, John Westwick, Alison Wolfreys, Nuzhat Pathan, Simon Watson, Matthew Thomas
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) has demonstrated multi-serotonin receptor dependent pathologies, characterized by increased tone (5-HT1B receptor) and complex lesions (SERT, 5-HT1B, 5-HT2B receptors) of the pulmonary vasculature together with right ventricular hypertrophy, ischemia and fibrosis (5-HT2B receptor). Selective inhibitors of individual signaling elements - SERT, 5-HT2A, 5HT2B, and combined 5-HT2A/B receptors, have all been tested clinically and failed. Thus, inhibition of tryptophan hydroxylase 1 (TPH1), the rate limiting step in 5-HT synthesis, has been suggested as a more broad, and thereby more effective, mode of 5-HT inhibition...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529015/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-approach-in-patients-referred-for-silver-russell-syndrome-testing-increases-the-mutation-detection-rate-and-provides-decisive-information-for-clinical-management
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Robert Meyer, Lukas Soellner, Matthias Begemann, Severin Dicks, György Fekete, Nils Rahner, Klaus Zerres, Miriam Elbracht, Thomas Eggermann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the contribution of differential diagnoses to the mutation spectrum of patients referred for Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS) testing. STUDY DESIGN: Forty-seven patients referred for molecular testing for SRS were examined after exclusion of one of the SRS-associated alterations. After clinical classification, a targeted next generation sequencing approach comprising 25 genes associated with other diagnoses or postulated as SRS candidate genes was performed...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529006/validation-of-a-next-generation-sequencing-pipeline-for-the-molecular-diagnosis-of-multiple-inherited-cancer-predisposing-syndromes
#19
Paula Paulo, Pedro Pinto, Ana Peixoto, Catarina Santos, Carla Pinto, Patrícia Rocha, Isabel Veiga, Gabriela Soares, Catarina Machado, Fabiana Ramos, Manuel R Teixeira
Despite the growing knowledge of the genetic background behind the cancers that occur in a context of hereditary predisposition, personal or family cancer history may not be clear enough to support directional gene testing. Defined targeted next-generation sequencing gene panels allow identification of the causative disease mutations of multigene syndromes and differential diagnosis for syndromes with phenotypically overlapping characteristics. Herein, we established a next-generation sequencing analysis pipeline for the molecular diagnosis of multiple inherited cancer predisposing syndromes using the commercially available target sequencing panel TruSight Cancer...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528545/discovery-and-biosynthesis-of-gladiolin-a-burkholderia-gladioli-antibiotic-with-promising-activity-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#20
Lijiang Song, Matthew Jenner, Joleen Masschelein, Cerith Jones, Matthew J Bull, Simon R Harris, Ruben C Hartkoorn, Anthony Vocat, Isolda Romero-Canelón, Paul Coupland, Gordon Webster, Matthew Dunn, Rebecca Weiser, Christopher Paisey, Stewart T Cole, Julian Parkhill, Eshwar Mahenthiralingam, Gregory L Challis
An antimicrobial activity screen of Burkholderia gladioli BCC0238, a clinical isolate from a cystic fibrosis patient, led to the discovery of gladiolin, a novel macrolide antibiotic with potent activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv. Gladiolin is structurally-related to etnangien, a highly unstable antibiotic from Sorangium cellulosum that is also active against Mycobacteria. Like etnangien, gladiolin was found to inhibit RNA polymerase, a validated drug target in M. tuberculosis. However, gladiolin lacks the highly labile hexaene moiety of etnangien and was thus found to possess significantly increased chemical stability...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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