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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207460/anthropometric-outcome-measures-in-patients-with-metopic-craniosynostosis
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Scott J Farber, Dennis C Nguyen, Gary B Skolnick, Sybill D Naidoo, Matthew D Smyth, Kamlesh B Patel
PURPOSE: Treatment of metopic craniosynostosis is performed by either fronto-orbital advancement (FOA) or endoscopic-assisted techniques. Interfrontal angle (IFA) is a validated measure of trigonocephaly, but requires a computed tomography scan. The most common direct measure to assess surgical outcome in patients with trigonocephaly is frontal width (ft-ft). The aim of this study is to determine if frontal width correlates with IFA and successful surgical correction 1 year after treatment...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202789/use-of-multiplex-real-time-pcr-to-diagnose-scrub-typhus
#2
Wiwit Tantibhedhyangkul, Ekkarat Wongsawat, Saowaluk Silpasakorn, Duangdao Waywa, Nuttawut Saenyasiri, Jintapa Suesuay, Wilawan Thipmontree, Yupin Suputtamongkol
Scrub typhus, caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi, is a common cause of acute undifferentiated febrile illness in the Asia--Pacific region. However, its non-specific clinical manifestation often prevents early diagnosis. We propose the use of PCR and serologic tests as diagnostic tools. Here, we developed a multiplex real-time PCR assay using hydrolysis (Taqman) probes targeting O. tsutsugamushi47-kDa, groEL, and human IFNB genes to improve early diagnosis of scrub typhus. The amplification efficiency was higher than 94%, and the lower detection limit was 10 copies per reaction...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202026/an-indirect-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-the-identification-of-antibodies-to-senecavirus-a-in-swine
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Cheryl M T Dvorak, Zeynep Akkutay-Yoldar, Suzanne R Stone, Steven J P Tousignant, Fabio A Vannucci, Michael P Murtaugh
BACKGROUND: Senecavirus A (SVA), a member of the family Picornaviridae, genus Senecavirus, is a recently identified single-stranded RNA virus closely related to members of the Cardiovirus genus. SVA was originally identified as a cell culture contaminant and was not associated with disease until 2007 when it was first observed in pigs with Idiopathic Vesicular Disease (IVD). Vesicular disease is sporadically observed in swine, is not debilitating, but is significant due to its resemblance to foreign animal diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), whose presence would be economically devastating to the United States...
February 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193250/a-novel-modified-indirect-elisa-based-on-spherical-body-protein-4-for-detecting-antibody-during-acute-and-long-term-infections-with-diverse-babesia-bovis-strains
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Chungwon J Chung, Carlos E Suarez, Carey L Bandaranayaka-Mudiyanselage, Chandima-Bandara Bandaranayaka-Mudiyanselage, Joanna Rzepka, T J Heiniger, Grace Chung, Stephen S Lee, Ethan Adams, Grace Yun, Susan J Waldron
BACKGROUND: Cattle persistently infected with Babesia bovis are reservoirs for intra- and inter-herd transmission. Since B. bovis is considered a persistent infection, developing a reliable, high-throughput assay that detects antibody during all stages of the infection could be pivotal for establishing better control protocols. METHODS: A modified indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MI-ELISA) was developed using the spherical body protein-4 (SBP4) of B. bovis to detect antibody against diverse strains through all infection stages in cattle...
February 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192739/on-international-fisheries-agreements-entry-deterrence-and-ecological-uncertainty
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Hans Ellefsen, Lone Grønbæk, Lars Ravn-Jonsen
A prerequisite for an international fisheries agreement (IFA) to be stable is that parties expect the benefits from joining the agreement to exceed the benefits from free riding on the agreement, and parties only comply with the agreement as long as this is true. The agreement, therefore, implicitly builds on an expectation of the ecological condition of the natural resource. Game theoretical models often assume that all parties have the same (often perfect) information about the resource and that the exploitation is an equilibrium use of the stock...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192081/cryptosporidium-oocysts-and-giardia-cysts-a-practical-and-sensitive-method-for-counting-and-manipulating-small-numbers
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Jerry E Ongerth, Frhat Saaed
A rapid and inexpensive method is described for accurate and reproducible counting and manipulating small numbers of Cryptosporidium oocysts and Giardia cysts. From a suspension of oocysts or cysts at concentration from 1000-5000/mL (1-5/μL), replicate 5μL droplets are micro pipetted onto the edge of a microscope slide. Unstained oocysts or cysts in each droplet can be counted in a few minutes and replicated for statistical strength. The concentration of the suspension can then be verified by pipetting desired volumes containing approximately desired numbers onto confined 13mm membranes for IFA staining and counting with replication as desired...
February 9, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187369/embedding-constructed-wetland-in-sequencing-batch-reactor-for-enhancing-nutrients-removal-a-comparative-evaluation
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Ranbin Liu, Yaqian Zhao, Jinhui Zhao, Lei Xu, Caroline Sibille
In the present study, a novel green bio-sorption reactor (GBR) was firstly proposed and preliminarily investigated by embedding constructed wetland (CW) into the aeration tank of the conventional activated sludge (CAS). This integrated novel system owns the striking features of adding carriers of wetland substrate (i.e. the dewatered alum sludge in this case) in CAS for robust phosphorus adsorption and enriching the biomass. Meanwhile, the "green" feature of this GBR imparted aesthetic value of CW to the CAS system...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178699/identification-of-the-nuclear-localization-signal-region-of-duck-enteritis-virus-ul14-and-its-interaction-with-vp16
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FangJie Li, YuWei Zhang, Shun Chen, MingShu Wang, RenYong Jia, DeKang Zhu, MaFeng Liu, KunFeng Sun, Qiao Yang, Ying Wu, XiaoYue Chen, AnChun Cheng
OBJECT: Duck enteritis virus (DEV) is a member of the Alphaherpesvirinae viruses. VP16 and pUL14 are both predicted to be tegument proteins of DEV. METHODS: An indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA) was performed for preliminary analysis of the colocalization of pUL14 and VP16, which detected their subcellular localization in duck embryo fibroblasts (DEFs) during virus replication. The coexpression of pUL14 and VP16 was detected in transfected DEFs. A bimolecular fluorescence complementation (BiFC) assay was used to confirm a direct interaction between pUL14 and VP16...
February 9, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166831/characterization-and-function-analysis-of-a-novel-gene-hc-maoc-1-in-the-parasitic-nematode-haemonochus-contortus
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Haojie Ding, Hengzhi Shi, Yu Shi, Xiaolu Guo, Xiuping Zheng, Xueqiu Chen, Qianjin Zhou, Yi Yang, Aifang Du
BACKGROUND: Enoyl-CoA hydratase (MAOC) is required for the biosynthesis of the fatty acid-derive side chains of the ascaroside via peroxisome β-oxidation in the free-living nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The derivative of dideoxy-sugar, ascarylose is used as dauer pheromones or daumones to induce development of the stress-resistant dauer larvae stage. METHODS: Hc-maoc-1 gene was obtained by searching the Wellcome Trusts Sanger Institute's H. contortus genomic database...
February 6, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156075/issue-information-ifa
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January 2017: Journal of Hepato-biliary-pancreatic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141593/clinical-and-virological-characteristics-of-hantavirus-infections-in-a-2014-croatian-outbreak
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Tatjana Vilibic-Cavlek, Alena Furic, Ljubo Barbic, Irena Tabain, Vladimir Stevanovic, Gordana Mlinaric-Galinovic
INTRODUCTION: Croatia is endemic for hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS), with both Puumala (PUUV) and Dobrava virus (DOBV) documented. Several large outbreaks were recorded in 1995, 2002, and 2012. We analyzed demographic, clinical, laboratory, and virological characteristics of HFRS cases detected in three geographically close natural foci (Ogulin, Slunj, and the Plitvice Lakes surroundings) during the 2014 outbreak. METHODOLOGY: From January to December 2014, 122 patients with suspected HFRS were tested for hantavirus IgM/IgG antibodies using an indirect immunofluorescence assay (IFA)...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127361/microscopic-and-molecular-detection-of-cryptosporidium-andersoni-and-cryptosporidium-xiaoi-in-wastewater-samples-of-tehran-province-iran
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Kareem Hatam-Nahavandi, Mehdi Mohebali, Amir-Hossein Mahvi, Hossein Keshavarz, Hamid-Reza Najafian, Hamed Mirjalali, Sasan Rezaei, Mostafa Rezaeian
BACKGROUND: As a waterborne pathogen, Cryptosporidium is one of the most common causes of gastroenteritis in human and hoofed livestock animals. This study aimed to investigate the distribution of Cryptosporidium spp. in human and livestock wastewaters in Iran, by the 18S rRNA sequence analysis. METHODS: A total of 54 raw wastewater samples collected from three urban treatment plants and two slaughterhouses during 2014-2015 in Tehran, Iran. The presence of the Cryptosporidium oocysts was assessed by immunofluorescence with monoclonal antibodies...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122583/abundance-zoonotic-potential-and-risk-factors-of-intestinal-parasitism-amongst-dog-and-cat-populations-the-scenario-of-crete-greece
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Despoina Kostopoulou, Edwin Claerebout, Dimitrios Arvanitis, Panagiota Ligda, Nikolaos Voutzourakis, Stijn Casaert, Smaragda Sotiraki
BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the prevalence and infection intensity of intestinal parasites in different dog and cat populations in Crete, Greece, estimate the zoonotic risk and identify risk factors. METHODS: Faecal samples from shelter, household and shepherd dogs and shelter and household cats were analyzed using sedimentation/flotation techniques. Giardia and Cryptosporidium were detected by a quantitative direct immunofluorescence assay (IFA)...
January 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115683/validation-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-based-immunofluorescent-assay-to-detect-burkholderia-pseudomallei-in-blood-cultures
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Adul Dulsuk, Suporn Paksanont, Adisak Sangchankoom, Peeraya Ekchariyawat, Rungnapa Phunpang, Yaowaruk Jutrakul, Narisara Chantratita, T Eoin West
BACKGROUND: Identification of Burkholderia pseudomallei, the cause of melioidosis, using routine methods takes several days. Use of a monoclonal antibody-based immunofluorescent assay (IFA) on positive blood cultures may speed diagnosis. METHODS: We tested the diagnostic accuracy of the IFA on 545 blood cultures positive for Gram-negative organisms at Udon Thani Hospital, Thailand, between June 2015 and August 2016. RESULTS: Sensitivity of the IFA was 100% and specificity was 99...
January 22, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107746/induced-differentiation-of-human-gingival-fibroblasts-into-vsmc-like-cells
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Xuqian Liu, Jie Wang, Fusheng Dong, Hexiang Li, Yali Hou
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are major component of the vascular wall, and they play an essential role in maintaining the basic physiological function and stable structure of the vascular wall. In the present study, human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) were cultured and induced into VSMC-like cells in vitro to confirm that HGFs with properties of stem cells have the potential for differentiation. The epithelium isolated from patients was extracted from normal human gingiva consisting of epithelium and connective tissue...
January 17, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104188/maternal-multiple-micronutrient-supplementation-and-other-biomedical-and-socioenvironmental-influences-on-children-s-cognition-at-age-9-12-years-in-indonesia-follow-up-of-the-summit-randomised-trial
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Elizabeth L Prado, Susy K Sebayang, Mandri Apriatni, Siti R Adawiyah, Nina Hidayati, Ayuniarti Islamiyah, Sudirman Siddiq, Benyamin Harefa, Jarrad Lum, Katherine J Alcock, Michael T Ullman, Husni Muadz, Anuraj H Shankar
BACKGROUND: Brain and cognitive development during the first 1000 days from conception are affected by multiple biomedical and socioenvironmental determinants including nutrition, health, nurturing, and stimulation. An improved understanding of the long-term influence of these factors is needed to prioritise public health investments to optimise human development. METHODS: We did a follow-up study of the Supplementation with Multiple Micronutrients Intervention Trial (SUMMIT), a double-blind, cluster-randomised trial of maternal supplementation with multiple micronutrients (MMN) or iron and folic acid (IFA) in Indonesia...
February 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095801/providing-lipid-based-nutrient-supplement-during-pregnancy-does-not-reduce-the-risk-of-maternal-p-falciparum-parasitaemia-and-reproductive-tract-infections-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#17
Minyanga Nkhoma, Per Ashorn, Ulla Ashorn, Kathryn G Dewey, Austrida Gondwe, John Mbotwa, Stephen Rogerson, Steve M Taylor, Kenneth Maleta
BACKGROUND: Maternal infections are associated with maternal and foetal adverse outcomes. Nutrient supplementation during pregnancy may reduce the occurrence of infections by improving maternal immunity. We aimed to investigate the impact of small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplement (SQ-LNS) on the occurrence of Plasmodium falciparum parasitaemia during pregnancy and trichomoniasis, vaginal candidiasis and urinary tract infection (UTI) after delivery. METHODS: Pregnant Malawian women enrolled in the iLiNS-DYAD trial receiving daily supplementation with SQ-LNS, multiple micronutrients (MMN) or iron & folic acid (IFA) from <20 gestation weeks (gw) were assessed for P...
January 17, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095511/epidemiology-and-molecular-typing-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-naturally-infected-hound-dogs-and-associated-triatomine-vectors-in-texas-usa
#18
Rachel Curtis-Robles, Karen F Snowden, Brandon Dominguez, Lewis Dinges, Sandy Rodgers, Glennon Mays, Sarah A Hamer
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease throughout the Americas. Few population-level studies have examined the epidemiology of canine infection and strain types of T. cruzi that infect canines in the USA. We conducted a cross-sectional study of T. cruzi infection in working hound dogs in south central Texas, including analysis of triatomine vectors collected within kennel environments. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: Paired IFA and Chagas Stat-Pak serological testing showed an overall seroprevalence of 57...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095182/effect-of-intermittent-aeration-on-microbial-diversity-in-an-intermittently-aerated-ifas-reactor-treating-municipal-wastewater-a-field-study
#19
Akansha Bhatia, Nitin Kumar Singh, Timsi Bhando, Ranjana Pathania, Absar Ahmad Kazmi
In the present study, the effect of three intermittent aeration (IA) cycles on treatment performance and microbial diversity was investigated in an integrated fixed film activated sludge (IFAS) reactor treating municipal wastewater. The results showed that IA strategies were able to achieve efficient removal of organics and nitrogen ranging between 90 and 95% and 70 and 80%, respectively, however the phosphorus removal was found to be inversely proportional to the duration of aeration off time in each IA cycle...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088177/a-novel-quantitative-pcr-detects-babesia-infection-in-patients-not-identified-by-currently-available-non-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests
#20
Lavoisier Akoolo, Samantha Schlachter, Rasel Khan, Laura Alter, Albert D Rojtman, Kristine Gedroic, Purnima Bhanot, Nikhat Parveen
BACKGROUND: Ticks transmit Babesia microti, the causative agents of babesiosis in North America and Europe. Babesiosis is now endemic in Northeastern USA and affects people of all ages. Babesia species infect erythrocytes and can be transmitted through blood transfusion. Whole blood and blood products, which are not tested for Babesia, can cause transfusion-transmitted babesiosis (TTB) resulting in severe consequences in the immuno-compromised patients. The purpose of this study was epidemiological evaluation of babesiosis in a tick-infested state...
January 14, 2017: BMC Microbiology
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