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Advances in Clinical Chemistry

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431644/preface
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EDITORIAL
Gregory S Makowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431643/advances-in-circulating-tumor-dna-analysis
#2
Samantha Perakis, Martina Auer, Jelena Belic, Ellen Heitzer
The analysis of cell-free circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is a very promising tool and might revolutionize cancer care with respect to early detection, identification of minimal residual disease, assessment of treatment response, and monitoring tumor evolution. ctDNA analysis, often referred to as "liquid biopsy" offers what tissue biopsies cannot-a continuous monitoring of tumor-specific changes during the entire course of the disease. Owing to technological improvements, efforts for the establishment of preanalytical and analytical benchmark, and the inclusion of ctDNA analyses in clinical trial, an actual clinical implementation has come within easy reach...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431642/pcr-based-detection-methods-for-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-or-mutation-real-time-pcr-and-its-substantial-contribution-toward-technological-refinement
#3
Kazuyuki Matsuda
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and single-nucleotide mutations result from the substitution of only a single base. The SNP or mutation can be relevant to disease susceptibility, pathogenesis of disease, and efficacy of specific drugs. It is important to detect SNPs or mutations clinically. Methods to distinguish/detect SNPs or mutations should be highly specific and sensitive. In this regard, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has provided the necessary analytical performance for many molecular analyses...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431641/infections-a-possible-risk-factor-for-type-2-diabetes
#4
Surajit Chakraborty, Rajasri Bhattacharyya, Dibyajyoti Banerjee
Diabetes mellitus is one of the biggest challenges to human health globally, with an estimated 95% of the global diabetic population having type 2 diabetes. Classical causes for type 2 diabetes, such as genetics and obesity, do not account for the high incidence of the disease. Recent data suggest that infections may precipitate insulin resistance via multiple mechanisms, such as the proinflammatory cytokine response, the acute-phase response, and the alteration of the nutrient status. Even pathogen products, such as lipopolysaccharide and peptidoglycans, can be diabetogenic...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431640/rapid-assessment-of-drugs-of-abuse
#5
Joesph R Wiencek, Jennifer M Colby, James H Nichols
Laboratory testing for drugs of abuse has become standard practice in many settings both forensic and clinical. Urine is the predominant specimen, but other specimens are possible including hair, nails, sweat, and oral fluid. Point-of-care test kits provide for rapid analysis at the site where specimens are collected allowing for immediate action on the results. POCT is based on immunochromatography where the drug in the patient's sample competes with drug and antibody conjugates in the test to develop or block the development of a colored line...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431639/advances-in-molecular-diagnosis-of-malaria
#6
Zhi Zheng, Zhibin Cheng
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by five species of Plasmodium parasites. Accurate diagnosis of malaria plays an essential part in malaria control. With traditional diagnostic methodologies, malaria control programs have achieved remarkable success during the past decade, and are now heading toward malaria elimination in many areas. This new situation, however, calls for novel diagnostics with improved sensitivity, throughput, and reduced cost for active screening of malaria parasites, as all transfected individuals have to be identified in order to block transmission...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431638/triglycerides-revisited-to-the-serial
#7
Paulo Ricardo Nazário Viecili, Brenda da Silva, Gabriela E Hirsch, Fernando G Porto, Mariana M Parisi, Alison R Castanho, Michele Wender, Jonatas Z Klafke
This review discusses the role of triglycerides (TGs) in the normal cardiovascular system as well as in the development and clinical manifestation of cardiovascular diseases. Regulation of TGs at the enzymatic and genetic level, in addition to their possible relevance as preclinical and clinical biomarkers, is discussed, culminating with a description of available and emerging treatments. Due to the high complexity of the subject and the vast amount of material in the literature, the objective of this review was not to exhaust the subject, but rather to compile the information to facilitate and improve the understanding of those interested in this topic...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212716/preface
#8
EDITORIAL
Gregory S Makowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212715/novel-biomarkers-of-heart-failure
#9
A Savic-Radojevic, M Pljesa-Ercegovac, M Matic, D Simic, S Radovanovic, T Simic
Although substantial improvements have been made in majority of cardiac disorders, heart failure (HF) remains a major health problem, with both increasing incidence and prevalence over the past decades. For that reason, the number of potential biomarkers that could contribute to diagnosis and treatment of HF patients is, almost exponentially, increasing over the recent years. The biomarkers that are, at the moment, more or less ready for use in everyday clinical practice, reflect different pathophysiological processes present in HF...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212714/droplet-based-digital-pcr-application-in-cancer-research
#10
G Perkins, H Lu, F Garlan, V Taly
The efficient characterization of genetic and epigenetic alterations in oncology, virology, or prenatal diagnostics requires highly sensitive and specific high-throughput approaches. Nevertheless, with the use of conventional methods, sensitivity and specificity were largely limited. By partitioning individual target molecules within distinct compartments, digital PCR (dPCR) could overcome these limitations and detect very rare sequences with unprecedented precision and sensitivity. In dPCR, the sample is diluted such that each individual partition will contain no more than one target sequence...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212713/rationally-designed-peptide-probes-for-extracellular-vesicles
#11
R Tamura, H Yin
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are submicroscopic lipid vesicles secreted from cells and play significant roles in cell-to-cell communication by transporting varieties of cell signaling molecules like proteins, DNA, mRNA, and microRNA. Recent studies showed that EVs are highly correlated with cancer progression and metastasis. However, there are some difficulties in probing each vesicle using popular analytical methods because of their small sizes and heterogeneous origins. These obstacles may be overcome by using a novel approach that senses highly curved membrane and negatively charged membrane lipids...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212712/testing-for-chronic-diarrhea
#12
M Raman
Chronic diarrhea is a frequently encountered symptom in clinical practice. The etiologies for chronic diarrhea are diverse and broad with varying clinical implications. A useful method of categorizing chronic diarrhea to guide a diagnostic work-up is a pathophysiology-based framework. Chronic diarrhea may be categorized as malabsorptive, secretory, osmotic, and inflammatory or motility related. Frequently, overlap between categories may exist for any given diarrhea etiology and diagnostic testing must occur with an understanding of the differential diagnosis...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212711/advances-in-clinical-mass-spectrometry
#13
D French
Although mass spectrometry has been used clinically for decades, the advent of immunoassay technology moved the clinical laboratory to more labor saving automated platforms requiring little if any sample preparation. It became clear, however, that immunoassays lacked sufficient sensitivity and specificity necessary for measurement of certain analytes or for measurement of analytes in specific patient populations. This limitation prompted clinical laboratories to revisit mass spectrometry which could additionally be used to develop assays for which there was no commercial source...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212710/ctrp1-in-liver-disease
#14
P Shabani, S Emamgholipour, M Doosti
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a chronic liver disease occurs in significant percentage of general population. NAFLD is closely associated with entire spectrum of metabolic-related disorders including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Considering several similar pathways underpinning metabolic disorders, presence of common molecular mediators contributing to pathomechanism of these disorders is expected. Mounting evidence has demonstrated important role of adipokines in the context of NAFLD...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057190/preface
#15
EDITORIAL
Gregory S Makowski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057189/vitamin-d-testing-where-are-we-and-what-is-on-the-horizon
#16
N Heureux
Vitamin D testing is part of laboratory practice since more than 30 years but has become a routine parameter only recently, due to a highly increasing amount of research in the field resulting in new clinical applications. Vitamin D actually represents a family of molecules of which 25OH Vitamin D and 1,25(OH)2 Vitamin D, under their D3 and D2 forms, are the most important to date. Physical detection methods and immunoassays exist for both molecules and are being reviewed and discussed. New developments in the measurement of C3-epi-25OH Vitamin D, 24,25(OH)2 Vitamin D, and free/bioavailable 25OH Vitamin D are also presented...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057188/hydrogen-sulfide-as-a-double-faced-compound-one-with-pro-and-antioxidant-effect
#17
B Olas
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), like other gasotransmitters such as nitric oxide (NO(•)) and carbon monoxide (CO), acts as a signaling molecule in various biological systems. It may also regulate the oxidative stress observed in several diseases sometimes associated with changes of H2S concentration. This chapter describes the "double face" of hydrogen sulfide as both an antioxidant and a prooxidant in biological systems. One proposed mechanism by which H2S exerts its antioxidative effects is its ability to modulate the concentration of glutathione, which is a very important physiological antioxidant...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057187/challenges-in-laboratory-detection-of-unusual-substance-abuse-issues-with-magic-mushroom-peyote-cactus-khat-and-solvent-abuse
#18
A Dasgupta
Drug abuse is a worldwide problem. Although commonly abused drugs can be identified during routine urine drug testing, less commonly abused drugs may escape detection. These less commonly abused drugs not only include some designer drugs such as synthetic cannabinoid but also include abuse of psychedelic magic mushroom (active ingredients: psilocybin and psilocin), peyote cactus (active ingredient: mescaline), and khat plants (active ingredient: cathinone). Moreover, solvent and glue abuse is gaining popularity among teenagers and young adults which may even cause fatality...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057186/identification-of-genomic-somatic-variants-in-cancer-from-discovery-to-actionability
#19
G L Fawcett, A Karina Eterovic
The perfect method to discover and validate actionable somatic variants in cancer has not yet been developed, yet significant progress has been made toward this goal. There have been huge increases in the throughput and cost of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequencing technologies that have led to the burgeoning possibility of using sequencing data in clinical settings. Discovery of somatic mutations is relatively simple and has been improved recently due to laboratory methods optimization, bioinformatics algorithms development, and the expansion of various databases of population genomic information...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057185/urine-exosomes-an-emerging-trove-of-biomarkers
#20
J M Street, E H Koritzinsky, D M Glispie, R A Star, P S T Yuen
Exosomes are released by most cells and can be isolated from all biofluids including urine. Exosomes are small vesicles formed as part of the endosomal pathway that contain cellular material surrounded by a lipid bilayer that can be traced to the plasma membrane. Exosomes are potentially a more targeted source of material for biomarker discovery than unfractionated urine, and provide diagnostic and pathophysiological information without an invasive tissue biopsy. Cytoplasmic contents including protein, mRNA, miRNA, and lipids have all been studied within the exosomal fraction...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
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