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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053932/the-patterns-of-in-vitro-cell-death-and-inflammatory-cytokines-induced-by-distinct-bcg-vaccine-strains-are-differentially-induced-in-human-mononuclear-cells
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C Ponte, M Hacker, M Moraes, L Castello-Branco, F Silva, P Antas
Tuberculosis (TB) remains among the world's leading cause of mortality. For its control, studies of TB vaccines are needed. Since live-attenuated Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is the only TB vaccine currently in use, studies on the protective role of BCG are required. In this study, we analyzed host cells purified directly from whole blood of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative volunteers, comprising adult healthy donors (HD) and neonates (umbilical cord bloods, UCB), with the aim to directly compare in vitro immune responses with distinct BCG strains in human mononuclear cells...
October 20, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053492/significance-of-mini-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-amylase-level-in-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-a-prospective-observational-study
#2
Sukhen Samanta, Banani Poddar, Afzal Azim, Ratender K Singh, Mohan Gurjar, Arvind K Baronia
OBJECTIVES: Aspiration of oropharyngeal or gastric contents in intubated patients can lead to ventilator-associated pneumonia. Amylase in respiratory secretion has been reported as a possible marker of aspiration. We studied whether elevated α-amylase in mini bronchoalveolar lavage specimens can be suggestive of ventilator-associated pneumonia in intubated patients with high clinical suspicion. DESIGN: Prospective single-center observational study. SETTING: Department of Critical Care Medicine, tertiary care academic institute...
October 19, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053400/programmed-death-ligand-1-immunohistochemistry-testing-a-review-of-analytical-assays-and-clinical-implementation-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Reinhard Büttner, John R Gosney, Birgit Guldhammer Skov, Julien Adam, Noriko Motoi, Kenneth J Bloom, Manfred Dietel, John W Longshore, Fernando López-Ríos, Frédérique Penault-Llorca, Giuseppe Viale, Andrew C Wotherspoon, Keith M Kerr, Ming-Sound Tsao
Purpose Three programmed death-1/programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitors are currently approved for treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Treatment with pembrolizumab in NSCLC requires PD-L1 immunohistochemistry (IHC) testing. Nivolumab and atezolizumab are approved without PD-L1 testing, though US Food and Drug Administration-cleared complementary PD-L1 tests are available for both. PD-L1 IHC assays used to assess PD-L1 expression in patients treated with programmed death-1/PD-L1 inhibitors in clinical trials include PD-L1 IHC 28-8 pharmDx (28-8), PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx (22C3), Ventana PD-L1 SP142 (SP142), and Ventana PD-L1 SP263 (SP263)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053251/electrochemiluminescent-pb2-driven-circular-etching-sensor-coupled-to-a-dna-micronet-carrier
#4
Wen-Bin Liang, Ying Zhuo, Ying-Ning Zheng, Cheng-Yi Xiong, Ya-Qin Chai, Ruo Yuan
Herein, an ultrasensitive electrochemiluminescent (ECL) strategy was designed based on the fabrication of a multi-interface DNA micronet-carrier via layer by layer hybridization of double-stranded DNAzyme-substrate to immobilize large amounts of ECL indicator, [Ru(dcbpy)2dppz]2+, in double-strand DNA on the electrode surface, generating enhanced ECL signals. When the double-stranded structures were cleaved circularly via Pb2+ in the detection sample, the ECL indicator was released, which resulted in a decreased ECL signal associated with the concentration of Pb2+, that had higher sensitivity and wider linear range...
October 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053175/distinct-pattern-of-tp53-mutations-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-related-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Frederico O Gleber-Netto, Mei Zhao, Sanchit Trivedi, Jiping Wang, Samar Jasser, Christina McDowell, Humam Kadara, Jiexin Zhang, Jing Wang, William N William, J Jack Lee, Minh Ly Nguyen, Sara I Pai, Heather M Walline, Dong M Shin, Robert L Ferris, Thomas E Carey, Jeffrey N Myers, Curtis R Pickering
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus-infected individuals (HIVIIs) have a higher incidence of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), and clinical and histopathological differences have been observed in their tumors in comparison with those of HNSCC patients without a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. The reasons for these differences are not clear, and molecular differences between HIV-related HNSCC and non-HIV-related HNSCC may exist. This study compared the mutational patterns of HIV-related HNSCC and non-HIV-related HNSCC...
October 20, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052600/ultrasensitive-automated-rna-in-situ-hybridization-for-kappa-and-lambda-light-chain-mrna-detects-b-cell-clonality-in-tissue-biopsies-with-performance-comparable-or-superior-to-flow-cytometry
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Ling Guo, Zhen Wang, Courtney M Anderson, Emerald Doolittle, Siobhan Kernag, Claudiu V Cotta, Sarah L Ondrejka, Xiao-Jun Ma, James R Cook
The assessment of B-cell clonality is a critical component of the evaluation of suspected lymphoproliferative disorders, but analysis from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues can be challenging if fresh tissue is not available for flow cytometry. Immunohistochemical and conventional bright field in situ hybridization stains for kappa and lambda are effective for evaluation of plasma cells but are often insufficiently sensitive to detect the much lower abundance of light chains present in B-cells. We describe an ultrasensitive RNA in situ hybridization assay that has been adapted for use on an automated immunohistochemistry platform and compare results with flow cytometry in 203 consecutive tissues and 104 consecutive bone marrows...
October 20, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052520/upregulation-of-dars2-by-hbv-promotes-hepatocarcinogenesis-through-the-mir-30e-5p-mapk-nfat5-pathway
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Xian Qin, Changsheng Li, Tao Guo, Jing Chen, Hai-Tao Wang, Yi-Tao Wang, Yu-Sha Xiao, Jun Li, Pengpeng Liu, Zhi-Su Liu, Quan-Yan Liu
BACKGROUND: Infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is closely associated with the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The osmoregulatory transcription factor nuclear factor of activated T-cells 5 (NFAT5) has been shown to play an important role in the development of many types of human cancers. The role of NFAT5 in HBV-associated HCC has never previously been investigated. METHODS: We compared expression profiles of NFAT5, DARS2 and miR-30e-5p in HCC samples, adjacent nontumor tissues and different hepatoma cell lines by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and /or Western blot...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052056/development-of-an-antigen-capture-elisa-for-beak-and-feather-disease-virus
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Chia-Fang Ho, Shr-Wei Huang, Kun-Wei Chan, Jian-Shin Wu, Shu-Ping Chang, Chi-Young Wang
Psittacine beak and feather disease (PBFD) is characterised by degenerative feather, feather dystrophy, and beak deformity. Sometimes acute forms can lead to fatal cases in nestlings. The worldwide distribution of this disease affects numerous species of parrots with an average prevalence of 40%, including in Taiwan. The pathogen of PBFD is beak and feather disease virus (BFDV), which is a single-stranded circular DNA virus, circovirus. To date, hemagglutination and PCR assays have been routinely used to detect this virus...
October 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052023/the-serum-level-and-significance-of-lysyl-oxidase-like-2-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-associated-interstitial-lung-disease
#9
Qiang Fu, Yu Bai, Yuan Liu, Junfei Zhou, Yi Zheng
Our previous experiments found that lysyl oxidase-like 2 (LOXL2) may be a useful preclinical serological marker for pulmonary fibrosis in the mouse model. The role of LOXL2 in rheumatoid arthritis-associated interstitial lung disease (RA-ILD) is still unclear. We investigated whether serum LOXL2 levels are associated with RA-ILD patients. The levels of serum LOXL2 were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 49 RA-ILD patients (21 patients with ILD disease duration < 3 months; 28 patients with ILD disease duration > 3 months), 43 RA patients without ILD and 20 normal healthy controls...
October 19, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051830/prevalence-of-neutralising-antibodies-to-interferon-beta-and-clinical-response-in-chinese-patients-with-relapsing-multiple-sclerosis
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Alexander Y Lau, W K Ip, Cheryl Au, K K Lau, Winnie Wong, K K Yip, Jonas Yeung, S H Li, Patrick Li, Ryan Lee, Deyond Siu, Jill Abrigo, Adrian Wong, Vincent Mok, Eric Chan
BACKGROUND: There are no data on neutralising antibodies to interferon-beta and its clinical implications in Chinese patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to investigate the prevalence of neutralising antibodies among Chinese patients with relapsing MS receiving interferon-beta (1a or 1b) and to study the association between neutralising antibodies and the clinical-radiological response. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study on MS patients who received interferon-beta for 9 months or more, and evaluated the clinical response by relapses and magnetic resonance imaging lesions...
October 2017: Multiple Sclerosis Journal—Experimental, Translational and Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051804/review-of-recombinant-anti-haemophilic-porcine-sequence-factor-viii-in-adults-with-acquired-haemophilia-a
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Emma Fosbury, Anja Drebes, Anne Riddell, Pratima Chowdary
Acquired haemophilia A (AHA) is a rare, serious bleeding disorder most often encountered in elderly patients. The mainstay of haemostatic management is with bypassing agents (BPAs) including recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) and activated prothrombin complex concentrates (aPCCs). Their major limitation is incomplete efficacy, potential risk for thrombosis and the lack of routine laboratory assays for monitoring treatment response. Plasma-derived porcine FVIII (pd-pFVIII, Hyate C(®)), first used in the 1950s for the management of congenital haemophilia, has sufficient sequence homology to be haemostatic in humans, but the lack of complete homology facilitates efficacy even in the presence of human allo- and autoantibodies against human FVIII (hFVIII)...
September 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051736/novel-peripherally-restricted-cannabinoid-1-receptor-selective-antagonist-txx-522-with-prominent-weight-loss-efficacy-in-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Wei Chen, Fengchun Shui, Cheng Liu, Xinbo Zhou, Wei Li, Zhibing Zheng, Wei Fu, Lili Wang
The clinical development of the first generation of globally active cannabinoid 1 receptor (CB1R) antagonists was suspended because of their adverse neuropsychiatric effects. Selective blockade of peripheral CB1Rs has the potential to provide a viable strategy for the treatment of severe obesity while avoiding these central nervous system side effects. In the current study, a novel compound (TXX-522) was rationally designed based on the parent nucleus of a classical CB1R-selective antagonist/inverse agonist, rimonabant (SR141716A)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051715/a-multiplex-platform-for-the-identification-of-ovarian-cancer-biomarkers
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Kristin L M Boylan, Kate Geschwind, Joseph S Koopmeiners, Melissa A Geller, Timothy K Starr, Amy P N Skubitz
BACKGROUND: Currently, there are no FDA approved screening tools for detecting early stage ovarian cancer in the general population. Development of a biomarker-based assay for early detection would significantly improve the survival of ovarian cancer patients. METHODS: We used a multiplex approach to identify protein biomarkers for detecting early stage ovarian cancer. This new technology (Proseek(®) Multiplex Oncology Plates) can simultaneously measure the expression of 92 proteins in serum based on a proximity extension assay...
2017: Clinical Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051589/autophagy-induces-apoptosis-and-death-of-t-lymphocytes-in-the-spleen-of-pigs-infected-with-csfv
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Hongchao Gou, Mingqiu Zhao, Shuangqi Fan, Jin Yuan, Jiedan Liao, Wencheng He, Hailuan Xu, Jinding Chen
Lymphocyte depletion and immunosuppression are typical clinical characteristics of pigs infected with classical swine fever virus (CSFV). The apoptosis of virus-infected and bystander cells plays a role in the immunopathology of classical swine fever (CSF). Here, we offer the first evidence that autophagy is involved in apoptosis and death of T lymphocytes in the spleen of pigs infected with CSFV. Using immunohistochemical assays, we observed that more LC3II-positive cells appear in the T-cell zone of spleens...
October 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051059/first-report-of-the-staphylococcus-aureus-isolate-from-subclinical-bovine-mastitis-in-the-south-of-brazil-harboring-resistance-gene-dfrg-and-transposon-family-tn916-1545
#15
Louise Haubert, Isabela Schneid Kroning, Mariana Almeida Iglesias, Wladimir Padilha da Silva
The aim of this work was to identify at the molecular level the species of coagulase-positive staphylococci isolates from clinical and subclinical bovine mastitis samples in Southern Brazil, and to evaluate the antimicrobial resistance profile, as well as the presence of resistance genes. According to the PCR assay, all 31 isolates were classified as Staphylococcus aureus. The isolates were tested for resistance to penicillin, ampicillin, oxacillin, cefoxitin, cephalothin, ceftiofur, streptomycin, tobramycin, teicoplanin, erythromycin, clindamycin, enrofloxacin, sulfonamide, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, and tetracycline by the disk diffusion method...
October 16, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051033/description-of-analytical-method-and-clinical-utility-of-measuring-serum-7-alpha-hydroxy-4-cholesten-3-one-7ac4-by-mass-spectrometry
#16
Leslie J Donato, Alan Lueke, Stacy M Kenyon, Jeffrey W Meeusen, Michael Camilleri
BACKGROUND: Imbalance of bile acids (BA) homeostasis in the gastrointestinal tract can lead to chronic diarrhea or constipation when BA in the colon are in excess or low, respectively. Since both disturbances of bowel function can result from other etiologies, identifying BA imbalance is important to tailor treatment strategies. Serum concentrations of 7-alpha-hydroxy-4-cholesten-3-one (7aC4), a precursor in bile acid synthesis, reflect BA homeostasis. Here we describe a method to accurately measure serum 7aC4 and evaluate the clinical utility in patients with diarrhea or constipation phenotypes...
October 16, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051021/anti-pdgfra-antibodies-predict-for-response-to-nilotinib-in-steroid-refractory-dependent-cgvhd
#17
George L Chen, Paul A Carpenter, Raewyn Broady, Tara K Gregory, Laura J Johnston, Barry E Storer, Jan H Beumer, Jingxin Qiu, Kiara Cerda, Ryan Le, Joanne M Otani, Hong Liu, Maureen A Ross, Sally Arai, Mary E D Flowers, Philip L McCarthy, David B Miklos
Imatinib has clinical activity in chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGvHD), a significant complication of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant. Nilotinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets the same receptors as imatinib but with different affinities. We tested the hypothesis that nilotinib is safe and has clinical activity in cGvHD. 33 participants were enrolled in a phase 1/2 dose escalation and dose extension clinical trial of nilotinib for the treatment of steroid refractory or dependent cGvHD (ClinicalTrials...
October 16, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050784/novel-potentially-antifungal-hybrids-of-5-flucytosine-and-fluconazole-design-synthesis-and-bioactive-evaluation
#18
Xian-Fu Fang, Di Li, Vijai Kumar Reddy Tangadanchu, Lavanya Gopala, Wei-Wei Gao, Cheng-He Zhou
A series of novel potentially antifungal hybrids of 5-flucytosine and fluconazole were designed, synthesized and characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, IR and HRMS spectra. Bioactive assay manifested that some prepared compounds showed moderate to good antifungal activities in comparison with fluconazole and 5-flucytosine. Remarkably, the 3,4-dichlorobenzyl hybrid 7h could inhibit the growth of C. albicans ATCC 90023 and clinical resistant strain C. albicans with MIC values of 0.008 and 0.02 mM, respectively...
October 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050584/molecular-size-is-important-for-the-safety-and-selective-inhibition-of-intrinsic-factor-xase-for-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate
#19
Lufeng Yan, Junhui Li, Danli Wang, Tian Ding, Yaqin Hu, Xingqian Ye, Robert J Linhardt, Shiguo Chen
Fucosylated chondroitin sulfate from sea cucumber Isostichopus badionotus (FCS-Ib) showed potent anticoagulant activities without selectivity. The present study focused on developing safe FCS-Ib oligomers showing selective inhibition of intrinsic factor Xase (anti-FXase) prepared through partial N-deacetylation-deaminative cleavage. The N-deacetylation degree was regulated by reaction time, controlling the resulting oligomer distribution. Structure analysis confirmed the selectivity of degradation, and 12 high purity fractions with trisaccharide-repeating units were separated...
December 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050534/low-copy-numbers-of-complement-c4-and-homozygous-deficiency-of-c4a-may-predispose-to-severe-disease-and-earlier-disease-onset-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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M Jüptner, F Flachsbart, A Caliebe, W Lieb, S Schreiber, R Zeuner, A Franke, J O Schröder
Objectives Low copy numbers and deletion of complement C4 genes are potent risk factors for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, it is not known whether this genetic association affects the clinical outcome. We investigated C4 copy number variation and its relationship to clinical and serological features in a Northern European lupus cohort. Methods We genotyped the C4 gene locus using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based TaqMan assays in 169 patients with SLE classified according to the 1997 revised American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria and in 520 matched controls...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
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