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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823097/epitope-mapping-of-histo-blood-group-antigens-bound-to-norovirus-vlps-using-std-nmr-experiments-reveals-fine-details-of-molecular-recognition
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Brigitte Fiege, Mila Leuthold, Francisco Parra, Kevin P Dalton, Peter J Meloncelli, Todd L Lowary, Thomas Peters
Attachment of human noroviruses to histo blood group antigens (HBGAs) is thought to be critical for the infection process. Therefore, we have determined binding epitopes of synthetic type 1 to 6 blood group A- and B-tetrasaccharides binding to GII.4 human Norovirus virus like particles (VLPs) using STD NMR experiments. So far, little information is available from crystal structure analysis studies on the interactions of the reducing-end sugars with the protruding domain (P-domain) of the viral coat protein VP1...
August 19, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822954/the-variability-of-hepatitis-b-envelope-is-associated-with-hbs-antigen-persistence-in-either-chronic-or-acute-hbv-genotype-a-infection
#2
Marine Eschlimann, Brice Malvé, Aurélie Velay, Honorine Fenaux, Sibel Berger, Jean-Pol Frippiat, Fabien Zoulim, Mouni Bensenane, Jean-Pierre Bronowicki, François Goehringer, Thierry May, Hélène Jeulin, Evelyne Schvoerer
BACKGROUND: More than 240 million people are chronically infected by hepatitis B virus (HBV) worldwide. Envelope proteins play a crucial role in viral cellular entry and immune recognition. The loss of HBs antigen (HBsAg) correlated with a good clinical prognosis is rarely achieved with or without treatment (3-16%). OBJECTIVES: HBV envelope variability was investigated according to HBsAg persistence. STUDY DESIGN: The cohort consisted of 15 HBV genotype A-infected patients divided into "resolvers", with HBsAg clearance, and "non-resolvers", with HBsAg persistence and in subgroups: acute (n=5, AHBV) or chronic infection (n=4, CHBV) and HBV/HIV coinfection (n=6, CHBV/HIV)...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822866/profiles-of-soluble-proteins-in-chemosensory-organs-of-three-members-of-the-afro-tropical-anopheles-gambiae-complex
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Immacolata Iovinella, Beniamino Caputo, Maria Calzetta, Laurence J Zwiebel, Francesca Romana Dani, Alessandra Della Torre
In female mosquitoes, host-seeking and preference as well as several other important behaviors are largely driven by olfaction. Species of the Afrotropical Anopheles gambiae complex display divergent host-preference that are associated with significant differences in their vectorial capacity for human malaria. Olfactory sensitivity begins with signal transduction and activation of peripheral sensory neurons that populate the antennae, maxillary palps and other appendages. We have used shotgun proteomics to characterize the profile of soluble proteins of antennae and maxillary palps of three different species: An...
August 2, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822811/reduced-dynamic-range-of-antiviral-innate-immune-responses-in-aging
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REVIEW
Ryan D Molony, Anna Malawista, Ruth R Montgomery
The worldwide population aged≥65years is increasing and the average life span is expected to increase another 10years by 2050. This extended lifespan is associated with a progressive decline in immune function and a paradoxical state of low-grade, chronic inflammation that may contribute to susceptibility to viral infection, and reduced responses to vaccination. Here we review the effects of aging on innate immune responses to viral pathogens including elements of recognition, signaling, and production of inflammatory mediators...
August 16, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822693/whisker-dependent-responsiveness-of-c57bl-6j-to-different-behavioral-test-paradigms
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Seenu Haridas, Ramya Ganapathi, Mayank Kumar, Kailash Manda
Whisker trimming is very common in C57BL/6J mice. Dewhiskering may lead to an alteration in the thalamocortical connectivity and relevant behavioral functions. Since C57BL/6J is a commonly used strain for neurobehavioral studies, it is important to examine how whisker dependent heterogeneity affects the internal validity of behavioral phenotypes. The present study aimed to investigate the responsiveness of mice to different behavioral test paradigms in the presence or absence of whiskers. We employed two models of whisker deprivation: Acute Whisker Desensitization (AWD) and Chronic Habitual Dewhiskering (CHD)...
August 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822687/right-ventricular-infarction
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REVIEW
Vinod Namana, Sushilkumar Satish Gupta, Anna A Abbasi, Hitesh Raheja, Jacob Shani, Gerald Hollander
Coronary Heart Disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. A great amount is known about left ventricular myocardial infarction. It was not until much later (1974) that right ventricular myocardial infarction was studied as a separate entity. Isolated right ventricle myocardial infarction is rare. Around one-third of patients with acute infero-posterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, will present with concomitant right ventricular infraction. The aim of this paper is to review the literature on the importance of early recognition of right ventricular infarction, clinical presentation, pathophysiology, diagnostic evaluation, differential diagnosis, treatment, complications and prognosis...
July 14, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822684/cross-reactivity-and-inhibition-myotoxic-effects-induced-by-bothrops-snake-venoms-using-specific-polyclonal-anti-bnsp7-antibodies
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Lamartine L Melo, Mirian M Mendes, Lívia M Alves, Thais F Isabel, Sâmela A P B Vieira, Sarah N C Gimenes, Andreimar M Soares, Veridiana M Rodrigues, Luiz F M Izidoro
Polyclonal antibodies raised in Balb-c mice against BnSP-7, a Lys-49 phospholipase A2, were used to measure cross reactivity against other snake venoms. Using ELISA, these antibodies were able to recognize PLA2s isoforms present in venoms of botropic snakes at 1:6400, 1:3200 and 1:100 ratios (w/w). These antibodies highly recognized proteins of low molecular weight (∼14,000) from crude snake venom Bp and Bm by Western Blotting. PLA2 these venoms, by alignment of primary structures demonstrated high identity with BnSP-7 PLA2, especially in the C-terminal region...
August 16, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822669/left-ventricular-lead-position-guided-by-parametric-strain-echocardiography-improves-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Donato Mele, Marianna Nardozza, Michele Malagù, Emanuela Leonetti, Cristina Fragale, Antonio Rondinella, Roberto Ferrari, Matteo Bertini
BACKGROUND: There is still a significant proportion of patients with heart failure who fail to improve after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). The investigators used parametric two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography with polar plots of the amplitude and timing of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal strain to guide implantation of the LV lead, with the aim of increasing CRT response. METHODS: Sixty-four patients who underwent LV lead implantation guided by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (study group) and 64 patients treated with standard CRT implantation (control group) were retrospectively analyzed in this study...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822629/acute-intrapartum-rupture-of-the-pubic-symphysis-requiring-resuscitation-and-surgical-intervention-a-case-report
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Marie Buitendyk, Barbara Brennan, Parag Vora, Patricia Smith, Stephanie Winsor
BACKGROUND: Pubic symphysis rupture significant enough to cause serious complications or require surgical intervention is exceedingly rare. Here we review the literature and examine the details of a unique presentation. CASE: A 27-year-old woman presented in labour at 34+6 weeks gestation after an uncomplicated monochorionic-diamniotic twin pregnancy. After vaginal delivery, she developed a substantial labial hematoma. Hours later, she became hemodynamically unstable...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822572/enantiodifferentiation-of-whisky-and-cognac-lactones-using-gas-chromatography-with-different-cyclodextrin-chiral-stationary-phases
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Hans-Georg Schmarr, Maximilian Mathes, Kristina Wall, Frank Metzner, Marius Fraefel
The chiral lactone 5-butyl-4-methyloxolan-2-one or 5-butyl-4-methyldihydro-2(3H)-furanone, often named whisky lactone, is found in oak wood, then contributing to the appreciated flavor of beverages stored in such wooden barrels. Its next higher homologue is named cognac lactone (5-pentyl-4-methyloxolan-2-one or 5-pentyl-4-methyldihydro-2(3H)-furanone), however is much less known, probably due to its minor concentration level. In order to study the direct enantioseparation of both lactones by gas chromatography on chiral stationary phases, individual enantiomers, particularly for cognac lactone were made available...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822314/a-portable-smart-phone-device-for-rapid-and-sensitive-detection-of-e-coli-o157-h7-in-yoghurt-and-egg
#11
Mohamed Maarouf Ali Zeinhom, Yijia Wang, Yang Song, Mei-Jun Zhu, Yuehe Lin, Dan Du
The detection of E. coli O157:H7 in foods has held the attention of many researchers because of the seriousness attributed to this pathogen. In this study, we present a simple, sensitive, rapid and portable smartphone based fluorescence device for E. coli O157:H7 detection. This field-portable fluorescent imager on the smartphone involves a compact laser-diode-based photosource, a long-pass (LP) thin-film interference filter and a high-quality insert lenses. The design of the device provided a low noise to background imaging system...
August 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822245/sensitive-fluorescence-on-off-probes-for-the-fast-detection-of-a-chemical-warfare-agent-mimic
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Muhammad Shar Jhahan Khan, Ya-Wen Wang, Mathias O Senge, Yu Peng
Two highly sensitive probes bearing a nucleophilic imine moiety have been utilized for the selective detection of chemical warfare agent (CWA) mimics. Diethyl chlorophosphate (DCP) was used as mimic CWAs. Both iminocoumarin-benzothiazole-based probes not only demonstrated a remarkable fluorescence ON-OFF response and good recognition, but also exhibited fast response times (10s) along with color changes upon addition of DCP. Limits of detection for the two sensors 1 and 2 were calculated as 0.065μM and 0.21μM, respectively, which are much lower than most other reported probes...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822057/short-term-exposure-to-enriched-environment-in-adult-rats-restores-mk-801-induced-cognitive-deficits-and-gabaergic-interneuron-immunoreactivity-loss
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Ane Murueta-Goyena, Naiara Ortuzar, Pascual Gargiulo, José Vicente Lafuente, Harkaitz Bengoetxea
Perinatal injections of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist in rodents emulate some cognitive impairments and neurochemical alterations, such as decreased GABAergic (gamma aminobutyric acid) interneuron immunoreactivity, also found in schizophrenia. These features are pervasive, and developing neuroprotective or neurorestorative strategies is of special interest. In this work, we aimed to investigate if a short exposure to enriched environment (EE) in early adulthood (P55-P73) was an effective strategy to improve cognitive dysfunction and to restore interneuron expression in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and hippocampus (HPC)...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821999/developmental-neurotoxicity-of-the-hippocampus-following-in-utero-exposure-to-methylmercury-impairment-in-cell-signaling
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Luana Heimfarth, Jeferson Delgado, Moara Rodrigues Mignori, Daniel Pens Gelain, José Cláudio Fonseca Moreira, Regina Pessoa-Pureur
In this study, we assessed some hippocampal signaling cascades and behavioral impairments in 30-day-old rat pups prenatally exposed to methylmercury (MeHg). Pregnant rats were exposed to 1.0 or 2.0 mg/kg MeHg by gavage in alternated days from gestational day 5 until parturition. We found increased anxiety-like and decreased exploration behavior evaluated by open field test and deficit of both short- and long-term memories by novel object recognition task, respectively, in MeHg-treated pups. Downregulated PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway and activated/hypophosphorylated (Ser9) GSK3β in MeHg-treated pups could be upstream of hyperphosphorylated Tau (Ser396) destabilizing microtubules and contributing to neural dysfunction in the hippocampus of these rats...
August 18, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821831/targeted-inhibition-of-rage-in-substantia-nigra-of-rats-blocks-6-ohda-induced-dopaminergic-denervation
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Juciano Gasparotto, Camila Tiefensee Ribeiro, Rafael Calixto Bortolin, Nauana Somensi, Thallita Kelly Rabelo, Alice Kunzler, Natália Cabral Souza, Matheus Augusto de Bittencourt Pasquali, José Claudio Fonseca Moreira, Daniel Pens Gelain
The receptor for advanced glycation endproducts (RAGE) is a pattern-recognition receptor associated with inflammation in most cell types. RAGE up-regulates the expression of proinflammatory mediators and its own expression via activation of NF-kB. Recent works have proposed a role for RAGE in Parkinson's disease (PD). In this study, we used the multimodal blocker of RAGE FPS-ZM1, which has become available recently, to selectively inhibit RAGE in the substantia nigra (SN) of rats intracranially injected with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821822/bladder-cancer-treatment-response-assessment-in-ct-using-radiomics-with-deep-learning
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Kenny H Cha, Lubomir Hadjiiski, Heang-Ping Chan, Alon Z Weizer, Ajjai Alva, Richard H Cohan, Elaine M Caoili, Chintana Paramagul, Ravi K Samala
Cross-sectional X-ray imaging has become the standard for staging most solid organ malignancies. However, for some malignancies such as urinary bladder cancer, the ability to accurately assess local extent of the disease and understand response to systemic chemotherapy is limited with current imaging approaches. In this study, we explored the feasibility that radiomics-based predictive models using pre- and post-treatment computed tomography (CT) images might be able to distinguish between bladder cancers with and without complete chemotherapy responses...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821685/nivolumab-related-myasthenia-gravis-with-myositis-and-myocarditis-in-japan
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Shigeaki Suzuki, Nobuhisa Ishikawa, Fumie Konoeda, Nobuhiko Seki, Satoshi Fukushima, Kikuko Takahashi, Hisashi Uhara, Yoshikazu Hasegawa, Shinichiro Inomata, Yasushi Otani, Kenji Yokota, Takashi Hirose, Ryo Tanaka, Norihiro Suzuki, Makoto Matsui
OBJECTIVE: To report the clinical features of myasthenia gravis (MG) induced by treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors using 2-year safety databases based on postmarketing surveys in Japan. METHODS: We studied 10,277 patients with cancer who had received monotherapy with either nivolumab or ipilimumab between September 2014 and August 2016. As the control group, 105 patients with idiopathic MG were used. RESULTS: There were 12 MG cases (0...
August 18, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821598/quality-standards-in-upper-gastrointestinal-endoscopy-a-position-statement-of-the-british-society-of-gastroenterology-bsg-and-association-of-upper-gastrointestinal-surgeons-of-great-britain-and-ireland-augis
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Sabina Beg, Krish Ragunath, Andrew Wyman, Matthew Banks, Nigel Trudgill, D Mark Pritchard, Stuart Riley, John Anderson, Helen Griffiths, Pradeep Bhandari, Phillip Kaye, Andrew Veitch
This document represents the first position statement produced by the British Society of Gastroenterology and Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, setting out the minimum expected standards in diagnostic upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. The need for this statement has arisen from the recognition that while technical competence can be rapidly acquired, in practice the performance of a high- quality examination is variable, with an unacceptably high rate of failure to diagnose cancer at endoscopy...
August 18, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821541/targeting-mir-423-5p-reverses-exercise-training-induced-hcn4-channel-remodeling-and-sinus-bradycardia
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Alicia D'Souza, Charles M Pearman, Yanwen Wang, Shu Nakao, Sunil Jit R Logantha, Charlotte Cox, Hayley J Bennett, Yu Zhang, Anne Berit Johnsen, Nora Linscheid, Pi C Poulsen, Jonathan Elliott, Jessica Coulson, Jamie S McPhee, Abigail C Robertson, Paula A da Costa Martins, Ashraf Kitmitto, Ulrik Wisloff, Elizabeth J Cartwright, Oliver Monfredi, Alicia Lundby, Halina Dobrzynski, Delvac Oceandy, Gwilym M Morris, Mark R Boyett
Rationale: Downregulation of the pacemaking ion channel, HCN4, and the corresponding ionic current, If, underlies exercise training-induced sinus bradycardia in rodents. If this occurs in humans, it could explain the increased incidence of bradyarrhythmias in veteran athletes and it will be important to understand the underlying processes. Objective: To test the role of HCN4 in the training-induced bradycardia in human athletes and investigate the role of micro-RNAs (miRs) in the repression of HCN4. Methods and Results: As in rodents, the intrinsic heart rate was significantly lower in human athletes than non-athletes and in all subjects the rate-lowering effect of the HCN selective blocker, ivabradine, was significantly correlated with the intrinsic heart rate, consistent with HCN repression in athletes...
August 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821469/a-cluster-randomized-trial-of-a-middle-school-gender-violence-prevention-program-design-rationale-and-sample-characteristics
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Kaleab Z Abebe, Kelley A Jones, Samantha Ciaravino, Lisa Ripper, Taylor Paglisotti, Sarah Elizabeth Morrow, Melanie Grafals, Courtney Van Dusen, Elizabeth Miller
INTRODUCTION: High rates of adolescent relationship abuse (ARA) and sexual violence (SV) reported among adolescents point to the need for prevention among middle school-age youth. This is a cluster randomized controlled trial to test an athletic coach-delivered ARA/SV prevention program in 41 middle schools (38 clusters). Trained coaches talk to their male athletes about 1) what constitutes harmful vs. respectful relationship behaviors, 2) dispelling myths that glorify male sexual aggression and promoting more gender-equitable attitudes, and 3) positive bystander intervention when aggressive male behaviors toward females are witnessed...
August 15, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
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