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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109145/-short-term-use-of-rapamycin-combined-with-tregs-prolongs-mouse-cardiac-graft-survival-but-attenuates-recipient-s-anti-tumor-immunity
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Ting Yan, Chen Luo, Xianmo Yang, Lei Ji, Shiqiao Luo
Objective To study the effect of short-term use of rapamycin(Rap) combined with regulatory T cells (Tregs) on the long-time survival of allogeneic mouse cardiac transplant, and its impact on the anti-tumor immunity of recipient. MethodsMouse Tregs were purified from recipients' spleen by magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS), and expanded by CD3/CD28 monoclonal antibody immunomagnetic beads and 2000 U/mL recombinant mouse IL-2 (rmIL-2) ex vivo. The purity was tested by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109133/the-prognostic-and-therapeutic-application-of-micrornas-in-breast-cancer-tissue-and-circulating-micrornas
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REVIEW
Afsane Bahrami, Seyed Amir Aledavoud, Kazem Anvari, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Mina Maftouh, Ali Yaghobzade, Omid Salarzaee, Soodabeh ShahidSales, Amir Avan
Breast cancer is the second most common malignancy diagnosed in women, supporting the need for identification of novel prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers. Recently, microRNAs have emerged as molecular regulators that can have key roles in pathogenesis and progression of different malignancies, including breast cancer. Micro-RNAs can be circulated in body fluid, suggesting their values as non-invasive marker. There is growing body of evidence showing the aberrant activation of some known circulating miRNAs, e...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108993/experience-from-a-multi-country-initiative-to-improve-the-monitoring-of-selected-reproductive-health-indicators-in-africa
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Maria Barreix, Özge Tunçalp, Namuunda Mutombo, Ayotunde A Adegboyega, Lale Say
Universal access to sexual and reproductive health remains part of the unfinished business of global development in the Africa. To achieve it, health interventions should be monitored using programmatic indicators. WHO's Strengthening Measurement of Reproductive Health Indicators in Africa initiative, implemented in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, aimed to improve national information systems for routine monitoring of reproductive health indicators. Participating countries developed action plans employing a two-pronged strategy: (1) revising, standardizing, and harmonizing existing information-system reproductive health indicators; and (2) building data-collection capacity through training and supervision at select pilot sites...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108506/biomarker-dynamics-in-b-cell-lymphoma-a-longitudinal-prospective-study-of-plasma-samples-up-to-25-years-before-diagnosis
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Florentin Späth, Carl Wibom, Esmeralda J M Krop, Ann-Sofie Johansson, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Roel Vermeulen, Beatrice Melin
The B-cell activation markers CXCL13, sCD23, sCD27, and sCD30 are associated with future lymphoma risk. However, a lack of information about the individual dynamics of marker-disease association hampers interpretation. In this study, we identified 170 individuals who had donated two pre-diagnostic blood samples before B-cell lymphoma diagnosis, along with 170 matched cancer-free controls from the Northern Sweden Health and Disease Study. Lymphoma risk associations were investigated by subtype and marker levels measured at baseline, at the time of the repeated sample, and with the rate of change in the marker level...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108394/unsmoothed-functional-mri-of-the-human-amygdala-and-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-during-processing-of-emotional-faces
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Ronald Sladky, Nicole Geissberger, Daniela M Pfabigan, Christoph Kraus, Martin Tik, Michael Woletz, Katharina Paul, Thomas Vanicek, Bastian Auer, Georg S Kranz, Claus Lamm, Rupert Lanzenberger, Christian Windischberger
Functional neuroimaging of the human amygdala has been of great interest to uncover the neural underpinnings of emotions, mood, motivation, social cognition, and decision making, as well as their dysfunction in psychiatric disorders. Yet, several factors limit in vivo imaging of amygdalar function, most importantly its location deep within the temporal lobe adjacent to air-filled cavities that cause magnetic field inhomogeneities entailing signal dropouts. Additionally, the amygdala and the extended amygdalar region consist of several substructures, which have been assigned different functions and have important implications for functional and effective connectivity studies...
January 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108364/from-natalizumab-to-fingolimod-in-eight-weeks-immunological-clinical-and-radiological-data-in-quest-of-the-optimal-switch
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Andrea Harrer, Georg Pilz, Katrin Oppermann, Marlene Sageder, Shahrzad Afazel, Elisabeth Haschke-Becher, Theo Rispens, Annick de Vries, Mark McCoy, Vlado Stevanovic, Wolfgang Hitzl, Eugen Trinka, Jörg Kraus, Johann Sellner, Peter Wipfler
Natalizumab (NZB) discontinuation during a treatment change is associated with recurrence of disease activity in a significant proportion of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. The immunological basis why disease reactivation occurs in selected patients is unresolved. In search of a prognostic biomarker for a safe and effective transition from NZB to fingolimod, we monitored five parameters related to pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic effects of the two drugs in 12 MS patients until six months on fingolimod...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108333/determining-activity-count-cut-points-for-measurement-of-physical-activity-using-the-actiwatch2-accelerometer
#7
Sarah E Neil-Sztramko, Bolette Skjødt Rafn, Carolyn C Gotay, Kristin L Campbell
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Sleep and physical activity are important contributions to many aspects of health. Obtaining accurate, objective measures of both behaviours is critical to health research. The Actiwatch2 is a wrist-worn sleep-monitoring device that has the potential to measure physical activity. Currently, interpretation of the Actiwatch2 physical activity data is limited by a lack of published thresholds for interpreting exercise intensity. This limits the ability to collect information on both behaviours simultaneously using one monitor...
January 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108302/biomarkers-associated-with-clinical-manifestations-in-fabry-disease-patients-with-a-late-onset-cardiac-variant-mutation
#8
Christiane Auray-Blais, Pamela Lavoie, Michel Boutin, Aimé Ntwari, Ting-Rong Hsu, Chun-Kai Huang, Dau-Ming Niu
BACKGROUND: Fabry disease is a lysosomal storage disorder with an incidence of 1:1600 for the late-onset IVS4+919G>A cardiac variant mutation in Taiwan. Signs and symptoms of this cardiac variant include left ventricular hypertrophy, mitral insufficiency and/or arrhythmias. The search for biomarkers that might predict the clinical outcomes and guide treatment options is important. We thus investigated relationships between Fabry disease biomarkers (such as globotriaosylceramide (Gb3), globotriaosylsphingosine (lyso-Gb3)/related analogues) and age, gender, enzyme activity, clinical manifestations and severity of the disease in these patients...
January 17, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107979/electrochemical-sensing-platform-based-on-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-decorated-n-s-co-doped-activated-graphene-for-ultrasensitive-and-selective-determination-of-cyclophosphamide
#9
Bintong Huang, Lili Xiao, Haifeng Dong, Xueji Zhang, Wei Gan, Shahid Mahboob, Khalid Abdullah Al-Ghanim, Qunhui Yuan, Yingchun Li
A novel electrochemical sensor has been facilely fabricated by applying composite elements consisting of nitrogen and sulfur co-doped activated graphene (N,S-AGR) and molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP). N,S-AGR was synthesized by one-pot pyrogenation of a mixture of thiourea, KOH and graphene oxide, which was introduced to improve electron transfer capability and surface area of the electrode, while the electro-polymerized MIP layer afforded simultaneous recognition and quantification of cyclophosphamide (CPA) by utilizing Fe(CN)6(3-/4-) as probe to indicate electrical signals...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107948/a-new-sorbent-tube-for-atmospheric-nox-determination-by-active-sampling
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Raffaele Cucciniello, Antonio Proto, Rosa La Femina, Concetta Pironti, Anna Farina, Oriana Motta
In this paper we used hydrated mayenite as reactive substrate for NOx active sampling in the air, which is novel. The performance of the mayenite-based sorbent for the NOx tubes was evaluated in two different monitoring surveys (autumn 2015 and winter 2016), characterized by different environmental conditions. Sorbent tubes filled with mayenite were exposed simultaneously to triethanolamine (TEA)-based sorbent tubes and to a chemiluminescence detector, as reference. The comparison of the NOx concentration levels measured by active sampling, using mayenite as NOx sorbent, showed a close relationship with the chemiluminescence analyzer...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107776/activity-based-probes-for-the-multicatalytic-proteasome
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REVIEW
David S Hewings, John A Flygare, Ingrid E Wertz, Matthew Bogyo
Proteasomes are multisubunit protease complexes responsible for degrading most intracellular proteins. In addition to removing damaged proteins, they regulate many important cellular processes through the controlled degradation of transcription factors, cell cycle regulators and enzymes. Eukaryotic proteasomes have three catalytic subunits, β1, β2 and β5, that each have different substrate specificities. Additionally, although we know that diverse cell types express proteasome variants with distinct activity and specificity profiles, the functions of these different pools of proteasomes are not fully understood...
January 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107715/metabolical-shifts-towards-alternative-btex-biodegradation-intermediates-induced-by-perfluorinated-compounds-in-firefighting-foams
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Renato Nallin Montagnolli, Paulo Renato Matos Lopes, Jaqueline Matos Cruz, Marina Turini Claro, Gabriela Mercuri Quiterio, Ederio Dino Bidoia
The type and concentration of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) can induce different types of enzymes and promote alternate patterns of BTEX transformation. However, it is not known how the presence of active fluorocarbon-degrading microbial populations affects the transformation of BTEX. In addition to chemical analysis at the molecular level, our research approached the aqueous film forming fire-fighting foams (AFFF) and BTEX co-contamination at a large-scale with respirometers to quantify the total microbial metabolism of soil via CO2 output levels...
December 30, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107634/electrolyte-gradient-based-modulation-of-molecular-transport-through-nanoporous-gold-membranes
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Daniel A McCurry, Ryan C Bailey
Nanopores, and nanoporous materials in general, are interesting for applications in chemical and biomolecular transport as pore sizes are on the same scale as the dimension of many (bio)chemical species. Many studies have focused on either single pores or small arrays of cylindrical pores, which are convenient in terms of their amenability towards computational modeling of transport phenomenon. However, the limited overall porosity may inhibit transport flux as well as the eventual implementation of these materials as active separation elements...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107348/predicting-length-of-stay-among-patients-discharged-from-the-emergency-department-using-an-accelerated-failure-time-model
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Chung-Hsien Chaou, Hsiu-Hsi Chen, Shu-Hui Chang, Petrus Tang, Shin-Liang Pan, Amy Ming-Fang Yen, Te-Fa Chiu
BACKGROUND: Emergency department (ED) crowding continues to be an important health care issue in modern countries. Among the many crucial quality indicators for monitoring the throughput process, a patient's length of stay (LOS) is considered the most important one since it is both the cause and the result of ED crowding. The aim of this study is to identify and quantify the influence of different patient-related or diagnostic activities-related factors on the ED LOS of discharged patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107190/radiosynthesis-and-validation-of-%C3%A2-18f-3-fluoro-2-hydroxypropionate-18f-flac-as-a-pet-tracer-of-lactate-to-monitor-mct1-dependent-lactate-uptake-in-tumors
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Vincent F Van Hée, Daniel Labar, Gwenaël Dehon, Debora Grasso, Vincent Grégoire, Giulio G Muccioli, Raphaël Frédérick, Pierre Sonveaux
Cancers develop metabolic strategies to cope with their microenvironment often characterized by hypoxia, limited nutrient bioavailability and exposure to anticancer treatments. Among these strategies, the metabolic symbiosis based on the exchange of lactate between hypoxic/glycolytic cancer cells that convert glucose to lactate and oxidative cancer cells that preferentially use lactate as an oxidative fuel optimizes the bioavailability of glucose to hypoxic cancer cells. This metabolic cooperation has been described in various human cancers and can provide resistance to anti-angiogenic therapies...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107133/patient-feedback-on-orthodontic-therapist-student-outreach-training
#16
Robert S Ireland, Elizabeth M Hopkins
The introduction of orthodontic therapists as a new group of dental care professionals (DCPs) requires that their training in specialist orthodontic practices has provision for monitoring the level of supervision and clinical care provided by the students. The University of Warwick Diploma in Orthodontic Therapy programme has developed a patient questionnaire with the aim of assessing the patient's perception of the student. The observational questionnaire was designed to cover the four General Dental Council (GDC) domains and learning outcomes for orthodontic therapists, such that patient response could potentially provide valuable feedback to support the training programme...
November 1, 2016: Primary Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107023/doxorubicin-delivery-into-tumor-cells-by-stable-cavitation-without-contrast-agents
#17
Kamel Chettab, Jean-Louis Mestas, Maxime Lafond, Djamel Eddine Saadna, Cyril Lafon, Charles Dumontet
Doxorubicin, alone or in combination with other anticancer agents, is one of the most widely used chemotherapeutic agents and is administered in a wide range of cancers. However, the use of doxorubicin is limited due to its potential serious adverse reactions. Previous studies have established the ability of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) in combination with various contrast agents to increase intracellular doxorubicin delivery in a targeted and noninvasive manner. In this study, we developed a new sonoporation device generating and monitoring acoustic cavitation bubbles without any addition of contrast agents...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106899/fluorogenic-probes-to-monitor-cytosolic-phospholipase-a2-activity
#18
Cheng Yang Ng, Timothy Xiong Wei Kwok, Francis Chee Kuan Tan, Chian-Ming Low, Yulin Lam
Arachidonic acid derivatives equipped with either one or two fluorescent groups attached to the tip of the alkyl chains were synthesized and shown to function as inhibitor and substrate probes of cPLA2. The inhibitor probe was demonstrated to perform dual functions of inhibition and imaging while the substrate probe could be used for activity assay.
January 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106853/significant-change-spotting-for-periodic-human-motion-segmentation-of-cleaning-tasks-using-wearable-sensors
#19
Kai-Chun Liu, Chia-Tai Chan
The proportion of the aging population is rapidly increasing around the world, which will cause stress on society and healthcare systems. In recent years, advances in technology have created new opportunities for automatic activities of daily living (ADL) monitoring to improve the quality of life and provide adequate medical service for the elderly. Such automatic ADL monitoring requires reliable ADL information on a fine-grained level, especially for the status of interaction between body gestures and the environment in the real-world...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106399/-1-h-nmr-shows-slow-phospholipid-flip-flop-in-gel-and-fluid-bilayers
#20
Drew Marquardt, Frederick A Heberle, Tatiana Miti, Barbara Eicher, Erwin London, John Katsaras, Georg Pabst
We measured the transbilayer diffusion of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) in large unilamellar vesicles in both the gel (Lβ') and fluid (Lα) phases. The choline resonance of headgroup-protiated DPPC exchanged into the outer leaflet of headgroup-deuterated DPPC-d13 vesicles was monitored using (1)H NMR spectroscopy coupled with the addition of a paramagnetic shift reagent. This allowed us to distinguish between the inner and outer leaflet DPPC, and determine the flip-flop rate as a function of temperature...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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