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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812922/a-circulating-micro-rna-signature-serves-as-a-diagnostic-and-prognostic-indicator-in-sarcoidosis
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Christian Ascoli, Yue Huang, Cody Schott, Benjamin A Turturice, Ahmed Metwally, David L Perkins, Patricia W Finn
Micro-RNAs (miRNAs) act as post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression. In sarcoidosis, aberrant miRNA expression may enhance immune responses mounted against an unknown antigenic agent. We tested whether a distinct miRNA signature functions as a diagnostic biomarker and explored its role as an immune modulator in sarcoidosis. Expression of miRNAs from peripheral blood mononuclear cells from subjects that met clinical and histopathologic criteria for sarcoidosis were compared to those from matched controls in the ACCESS study...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812058/environmental-pollutants-and-neurodevelopment-review-of-benefits-from-closure-of-a-coal-burning-power-plant-in-tongliang-china
#2
Vrinda Kalia, Frederica Perera, Deliang Tang
Background. Understanding preventable causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is a public health priority. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from combustion of fossil fuel, lead, and mercury are among known neurodevelopmental toxicants. Method. For the first time, we comprehensively review the findings from a study by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and Chinese partners that followed 2 groups of mother-child pairs, one from 2002 and another from 2005, in Tongliang County, China. Pregnant mothers in the 2 cohorts experienced different exposure to PAH because a local coal-burning power plant was shut down in 2004...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811973/nk-cell-dysfunction-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-is-associated-with-loss-of-the-mature-cells-expressing-inhibitory-killer-cell-ig-like-receptors
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Alexander W MacFarlane, Mowafaq Jillab, Mitchell R Smith, R Katherine Alpaugh, Marion E Cole, Samuel Litwin, Michael M Millenson, Tahseen Al-Saleem, Adam D Cohen, Kerry S Campbell
A prospective analysis of natural killer (NK) cell phenotype and function was performed on fresh peripheral blood samples from untreated patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Compared to healthy controls, CD56(dim) NK cells in CLL patients displayed reduced expression of the NKG2D activating receptor and increased CD27 expression, which indicates declines in mature cells. In addition, NK cells from CLL patients showed reduced degranulation responses toward transformed B cells alone or with rituximab and were more sensitive to activation-induced cell death...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811296/a-novel-d2o-tracer-method-to-quantify-rna-turnover-as-a-biomarker-of-de-novo-ribosomal-biogenesis-in-vitro-in-animal-models-and-in-human-skeletal-muscle
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Matthew S Brook, Daniel J Wilkinson, W Kyle Mitchell, Jonathan L Lund, Bethan E Phillips, Nathaniel J Sweczyk, Heikki Kainulainen, Sanna Lensu, Lauren G Koch, Steve L Britton, Paul L Greenhaff, Kenneth Smith, Philip J Atherton
Current methods to quantify RNA dynamics are beset with limitations. Here, we developed a novel stable isotope (D2O)-methodology to quantify RNA synthesis (i.e. ribosomal biogenesis) in cells, animal models, and humans. Firstly, proliferating C2C12 cells were incubated in D2O-enriched media and myotubes (±) 50ng.ml(-1) IGF-1. Secondly, rat quadriceps [untrained n=9; 7-wks interval-"like" training n=13] were collected after ~3-wks D2O (70-Atom%) administration, with body-water enrichment (BWE) monitored via blood sampling...
August 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811143/nadph-oxidases-as-drug-targets-and-biomarkers-in-neurodegenerative-diseases-what-is-the-evidence
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Silvia Sorce, Roland Stocker, Tamara Seredenina, Rikard Holmdahl, Adriano Aguzzi, Adriano Chio, Antoine Depaulis, Freddy Heitz, Peter Olofsson, Tomas Olsson, Venceslas Duveau, Despina Sanoudou, Sara Skosgater, Antonia Vlahou, Dominique Wasquel, Karl-Heinz Krause, Vincent Jaquet
Neurodegenerative disease are frequently characterized by microglia activation and/or leukocyte infiltration in the parenchyma of the central nervous system and at the molecular level by increased oxidative modifications of proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. NADPH oxidases (NOX) emerged as a novel promising class of pharmacological targets for the treatment of neurodegeneration due to their role in oxidant generation and presumably in regulating microglia activation. The unique function of NOX is the generation of superoxide anion (O2(•-)) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
August 12, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810909/a-multi-center-randomized-controlled-open-label-trial-evaluating-the-effects-of-eosinophil-guided-corticosteroid-sparing-therapy-in-hospitalised-patients-with-copd-exacerbations-the-cortico-steroid-reduction-in-copd-cortico-cop-study-protocol
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Pradeesh Sivapalan, Mia Moberg, Josefin Eklöf, Julie Janner, Jørgen Vestbo, Rasmus Rude Laub, Andrea Browatzki, Karin Armbruster, Jon Torgny Wilcke, Niels Seersholm, Ulla Møller Weinreich, Ingrid Louise Titlestad, Helle Frost Andreassen, Charlotte Suppli Ulrik, Uffe Bødtger, Thyge Lynghøj Nielsen, Ejvind Frausing Hansen, Jens Ulrik Stæhr Jensen
BACKGROUND: The most commonly applied treatment for acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) is a 5-day course of high-dose systemic corticosteroids. However, this treatment has not been shown to reduce mortality and can potentially have serious side effects. Recent research has shown that, presumably, only a subgroup of COPD patients identifieable by blood eosinophil count benefit from a rescue course of prednisolone. By applying a biomarker-guided strategy, the aim of this study is to determine whether it is possible to reduce the use of systemic corticosteroids in AECOPD without influencing the outcome...
August 15, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810853/acute-effects-of-reducing-sitting-time-in-adolescents-a-randomized-cross-over-study
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Anisse Penning, Anthony D Okely, Stewart G Trost, Jo Salmon, Dylan P Cliff, Marijka Batterham, Steven Howard, Anne-Maree Parrish
BACKGROUND: Levels of sitting among adolescents are high, especially during the school day. The acute cognitive and health consequences associated with prolonged sitting are poorly understood in adolescents. This randomized crossover design study examined the acute effects of a simulated school day with reduced sitting or usual sitting on adolescents' cognitive function and cardiometabolic biomarkers. METHODS: Eighteen healthy school aged adolescents were recruited from the community to the study (11 males; 7 females; mean age [SD] = 13...
August 15, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810847/fev1-and-fvc-and-systemic-inflammation-in-a-spinal-cord-injury-cohort
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Jaime E Hart, Rebekah Goldstein, Palak Walia, Merilee Teylan, Antonio Lazzari, Carlos G Tun, Eric Garshick
BACKGROUND: Systemic inflammation has been associated with reduced pulmonary function in individuals with and without chronic medical conditions. Individuals with chronic spinal cord injury (SCI) have clinical characteristics that promote systemic inflammation and also have reduced pulmonary function. We sought to assess the associations between biomarkers of systemic inflammation with pulmonary function in a chronic SCI cohort, adjusting for other potential confounding factors. METHODS: Participants (n = 311) provided a blood sample, completed a respiratory health questionnaire, and underwent spirometry...
August 15, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810146/swarm-intelligence-enhanced-detection-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-using-tumor-educated-platelets
#9
Myron G Best, Nik Sol, Sjors G J G In 't Veld, Adrienne Vancura, Mirte Muller, Anna-Larissa N Niemeijer, Aniko V Fejes, Lee-Ann Tjon Kon Fat, Anna E Huis In 't Veld, Cyra Leurs, Tessa Y Le Large, Laura L Meijer, Irsan E Kooi, François Rustenburg, Pepijn Schellen, Heleen Verschueren, Edward Post, Laurine E Wedekind, Jillian Bracht, Michelle Esenkbrink, Leon Wils, Francesca Favaro, Jilian D Schoonhoven, Jihane Tannous, Hanne Meijers-Heijboer, Geert Kazemier, Elisa Giovannetti, Jaap C Reijneveld, Sander Idema, Joep Killestein, Michal Heger, Saskia C de Jager, Rolf T Urbanus, Imo E Hoefer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Christine Mannhalter, Jose Gomez-Arroyo, Harm-Jan Bogaard, David P Noske, W Peter Vandertop, Daan van den Broek, Bauke Ylstra, R Jonas A Nilsson, Pieter Wesseling, Niki Karachaliou, Rafael Rosell, Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski, Kent B Lewandrowski, Bakhos A Tannous, Adrianus J de Langen, Egbert F Smit, Michel M van den Heuvel, Thomas Wurdinger
Blood-based liquid biopsies, including tumor-educated blood platelets (TEPs), have emerged as promising biomarker sources for non-invasive detection of cancer. Here we demonstrate that particle-swarm optimization (PSO)-enhanced algorithms enable efficient selection of RNA biomarker panels from platelet RNA-sequencing libraries (n = 779). This resulted in accurate TEP-based detection of early- and late-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (n = 518 late-stage validation cohort, accuracy, 88%; AUC, 0.94; 95% CI, 0...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810002/retinal-oximetry-discovers-novel-biomarkers-in-retinal-and-brain-diseases
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Einar Stefánsson, Olof Birna Olafsdottir, Anna Bryndis Einarsdottir, Thorunn Scheving Eliasdottir, Thor Eysteinsson, Wouter Vehmeijer, Evelien Vandewalle, Toke Bek, Sveinn Hakon Hardarson
Purpose: Biomarkers for several eye and brain diseases are reviewed, where retinal oximetry may help confirm diagnosis or measure severity of disease. These include diabetic retinopathy, central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's disease. Methods: Retinal oximetry is based on spectrophotometric fundus imaging and measures oxygen saturation in retinal arterioles and venules in a noninvasive, quick, safe manner. Retinal oximetry detects changes in oxygen metabolism, including those that result from ischemia or atrophy...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809987/label-free-ferrohydrodynamic-cell-separation-of-circulating-tumor-cells
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Wujun Zhao, Rui Cheng, Brittany D Jenkins, Taotao Zhu, Nneoma E Okonkwo, Courtney E Jones, Melissa B Davis, Sravan K Kavuri, Zhonglin Hao, Carsten Schroeder, Leidong Mao
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) have significant implications in both basic cancer research and clinical applications. To address the limited availability of viable CTCs for fundamental and clinical investigations, effective separation of extremely rare CTCs from blood is critical. Ferrohydrodynamic cell separation (FCS), a label-free method that conducted cell sorting based on cell size difference in biocompatible ferrofluids, has thus far not been able to enrich low-concentration CTCs from cancer patients' blood because of technical challenges associated with processing clinical samples...
August 15, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809985/a-magnetic-micropore-chip-for-rapid-1-hour-unbiased-circulating-tumor-cell-isolation-and-in-situ-rna-analysis
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Jina Ko, Neha Bhagwat, Stephanie S Yee, Taylor Black, Colleen Redlinger, Janae Romeo, Mark O'Hara, Arjun Raj, Erica L Carpenter, Ben Z Stanger, David Issadore
The use of microtechnology for the highly selective isolation and sensitive detection of circulating tumor cells has shown enormous promise. One challenge for this technology is that the small feature sizes - which are the key to this technology's performance - can result in low sample throughput and susceptibility to clogging. Additionally, conventional molecular analysis of CTCs often requires cells to be taken off-chip for sample preparation and purification before analysis, leading to the loss of rare cells...
August 15, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809844/the-4-vessel-sampling-approach-to-integrative-studies-of-human-placental-physiology-in-vivo
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Ane M Holme, Maia B Holm, Marie C P Roland, Hildegunn Horne, Trond M Michelsen, Guttorm Haugen, Tore Henriksen
The human placenta is highly inaccessible for research while still in utero. The current understanding of human placental physiology in vivo is therefore largely based on animal studies, despite the high diversity among species in placental anatomy, hemodynamics and duration of the pregnancy. The vast majority of human placenta studies are ex vivo perfusion studies or in vitro trophoblast studies. Although in vitro studies and animal models are essential, extrapolation of the results from such studies to the human placenta in vivo is uncertain...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809398/precision-medicine-for-suicidality-from-universality-to-subtypes-and-personalization
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A B Niculescu, H Le-Niculescu, D F Levey, P L Phalen, H L Dainton, K Roseberry, E M Niculescu, J O Niezer, A Williams, D L Graham, T J Jones, V Venugopal, A Ballew, M Yard, T Gelbart, S M Kurian, A Shekhar, N J Schork, G E Sandusky, D R Salomon
Suicide remains a clear, present and increasing public health problem, despite being a potentially preventable tragedy. Its incidence is particularly high in people with overt or un(der)diagnosed psychiatric disorders. Objective and precise identification of individuals at risk, ways of monitoring response to treatments and novel preventive therapeutics need to be discovered, employed and widely deployed. We sought to investigate whether blood gene expression biomarkers for suicide (that is, a 'liquid biopsy' approach) can be identified that are more universal in nature, working across psychiatric diagnoses and genders, using larger cohorts than in previous studies...
August 15, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808996/preparation-and-immunoaffinity-depletion-of-fresh-frozen-tissue-homogenates-for-mass-spectrometry-based-proteomics-in-the-context-of-drug-target-biomarker-discovery
#15
DaRue A Prieto, King C Chan, Donald J Johann, Xiaoying Ye, Gordon Whitely, Josip Blonder
The discovery of novel drug targets and biomarkers via mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomic analysis of clinical specimens has proven to be challenging. The wide dynamic range of protein concentration in clinical specimens and the high background/noise originating from highly abundant proteins in tissue homogenates and serum/plasma encompass two major analytical obstacles. Immunoaffinity depletion of highly abundant blood-derived proteins from serum/plasma is a well-established approach adopted by numerous researchers; however, the utilization of this technique for immunodepletion of tissue homogenates obtained from fresh frozen clinical specimens is lacking...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808872/analysis-of-blood-markers-for-early-breast-cancer-diagnosis
#16
J Bayo, M A Castaño, F Rivera, F Navarro
PURPOSE: Breast cancer is the most common neoplasm in women and has the highest associated mortality rate. Rapid detection programmes can provide early diagnosis and increase the chances of survival. There are no specific tumor biomarkers for the early phase of the disease. The primary aim of this study was to search a blood biomarker with levels that exceeded the normal range established in the general population that could be used to screen breast cancer. METHODS/PATIENTS: Case-control study...
August 14, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808731/biomacromolecules-as-tools-and-objects-in-nanometrology-current-challenges-and-perspectives
#17
Payam Hashemi, Luise Luckau, Petra Mischnick, Sarah Schmidt, Rainer Stosch, Bettina Wünsch
Nucleic acids, proteins, and polysaccharides are the most important classes of biopolymers. The inherent properties of biomacromolecules are contrary to those of well-defined small molecules consequently raising a number of specific challenges which become particularly apparent if biomacromolecules are treated as objects in quantitative analysis. At the same time, their specific functional ability of molecular recognition and self-organization (e.g., enzymes, antibodies, DNA) enables us to make biomacromolecules serving as molecular tools in biochemistry and molecular biology, or as precisely controllable dimensional platforms for nanometrological applications...
August 14, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808290/molecular-mr-imaging-of-fibrosis-in-a-mouse-model-of-pancreatic-cancer
#18
Miloslav Polasek, Yan Yang, Daniel T Schühle, Mohammad A Yaseen, Young R Kim, Yu Sub Sung, Alexander R Guimaraes, Peter Caravan
Fibrosis with excessive amounts of type I collagen is a hallmark of many solid tumours, and fibrosis is a promising target in cancer therapy, but tools for its non-invasive quantification are missing. Here we used magnetic resonance imaging with a gadolinium-based probe targeted to type I collagen (EP-3533) to image and quantify fibrosis in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. An orthotopic syngeneic mouse model resulted in tumours with 2.3-fold higher collagen level compared to healthy pancreas. Animals were scanned at 4...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808220/insensitivity-of-pi3k-akt-gsk3-signaling-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-age-related-macular-degeneration-patients
#19
Xunxian Liu, Zemin Yao
Our recent studies with cultured retinal pigment epithelium cells suggested that overexpression of interleukin 17 receptor C (IL-17RC), a phenomenon observed in peripheral blood and chorioretinal tissues with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), was associated with altered activation of phosphatidylinositide 3-kinase (PI3K), Akt, and glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3). We wondered whether or not altered PI3K, Akt, and GSK3 activities could be detected in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) obtained from AMD patients...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808182/determination-of-serum-biomarkers-in-osteoarthritis-patients-a-previous-interventional-imaging-study-revisited
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Timothy McAlindon, Eckart Bartnik, Janina S Ried, Lenore Teichert, Matthias Herrmann, Klaus Flechsenhar
To evaluate in an interventional trial on knee osteoarthritis (OA) the level and change of two serum biomarkers and their correlation with imaging parameters. The previously reported interventional OA study (ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT00536302) identified a positive effect of collagen hydrolysate (CH) on cartilage morphology in patients with knee OA using delayed gadolinium enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (dGEMRIC). It was the objective in this research project to evaluate in an interventional clinical trial on knee OA the level and change of two serum biomarkers and their correlation with imaging parameters...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
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