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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432840/detection-of-egfr-mutations-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-high-resolution-melting-comparison-with-other-methods
#1
Carlos Martínez-Carretero, Fernando Iguaz Pascual, Antonio Rus, Ivan Bernardo
BACKGROUND: The discovery of mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene (EGFR) related to the clinical response to tyrosine kinase inhibitors, has transformed the management of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Several methods have been developed for determination of mutations in EGFR, with different sensitivity and potential ability to detect a different number of mutations. METHODS: We developed a screening method by high resolution melting (HRM) to detect EGFR mutations, and compared the results of 123 fixed in formalin and paraffin embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue samples with the detection of mutations by allele-specific PCR...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429088/an-snp-panel-for-the-analysis-of-paternally-inherited-alleles-in-maternal-plasma-using-ion-torrent-pgm
#2
Donggui Yang, Hao Liang, Shaobin Lin, Qing Li, Xiaoyan Ma, Jun Gao, Hongyu Sun, Qingqing Chen, Jianzhu Wu, Xueling Ou
Researchers have sought to develop an effective protocol for paternity analysis using cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in maternal plasma. The use of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) technology for SNP testing is attractive because of its high-throughput capacity and resolution to single-base precision. In this study, we designed a customized SNP panel for cfDNA sequencing that includes 720 short amplicons (< 140 bp) targeting SNPs on the autosome and Y chromosome. The systemic performance was evaluated using the Ion Torrent PGM, indicating balanced coverage among most of the included loci, except for 78 poorly performing SNPs that were observed to have an inconsistent allele balance, lower coverage reads or high background signals...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428471/motion-frozen-imaging-by-gated-myocardial-perfusion-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-using-multi-focus-fan-beam-collimator-in-thallium-201-study
#3
Kaito Takahashi, Takashi Takeuchi, Yoshiyuki Hosokai, Hayato Odagiri, Haruo Saito
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the statistical noise of motion-frozen (MF) image generated by gated myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging using IQ · SPECT and to determine the optimal acquisition and reconstruction parameters for MF image using IQ · SPECT. METHODS: A movement cardiac phantom and static cardiac phantom were used to acquire the MF images. The acquisition times used were different in 8 and 16 frames per R-R interval, and varying reconstruction parameters (subset and iteration) were used...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428354/multiplex-tandem-mass-spectrometry-enzymatic-activity-assay-for-newborn-screening-of-the-mucopolysaccharidoses-and-type-2-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis
#4
Yang Liu, Fan Yi, Arun Babu Kumar, Naveen Kumar Chennamaneni, Xinying Hong, C Ronald Scott, Michael H Gelb, Frantisek Turecek
BACKGROUND: We expanded the use of tandem mass spectrometry combined with liquid chromatography (LC-MS/MS) for multiplex newborn screening of seven lysosomal enzymes in dried blood spots (DBS). The new assays are for enzymes responsible for the mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS-I, -II, -IIIB, -IVA, -VI, and -VII) and type 2 neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (LINCL). METHODS: New substrates were prepared and char-acterized for tripeptidyl peptidase 1 (TPP1), α-N-acetylglucosaminidase (NAGLU), and lysosomal β-glucuronidase (GUSB)...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426871/macular-pigment-density-and-quantitative-fundus-autofluorescence-in-young-healthy-subjects
#5
Chiara M Eandi, Marco Nassisi, Carlo Lavia, Camilla Alovisi, Ugo de Sanctis
Purpose: To measure macular pigment (MP) and find possible correlation between heterochromatic flicker photometry (HFP) and quantitative autofluorescence (qAF) in young healthy subjects. Methods: We enrolled 80 eyes of 40 young healthy subjects. Macular pigment optical density (MPOD) was automatically calculated with a macular pigment screener (MPS; MPODHFP). We calculated qAF comparing gray levels (GL) of qAF images with GL of internal reference of a confocal scanning laser ophthalmoscopy...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409533/control-of-oxygen-tension-recapitulates-zone-specific-functions-in-human-liver-microphysiology-systems
#6
Felipe T Lee-Montiel, Subin M George, Albert H Gough, Anup D Sharma, Juanfang Wu, Richard DeBiasio, Lawrence A Vernetti, D Lansing Taylor
This article describes our next generation human Liver Acinus MicroPhysiology System (LAMPS). The key demonstration of this study was that Zone 1 and Zone 3 microenvironments can be established by controlling the oxygen tension in individual devices over the range of ca. 3 to 13%. The oxygen tension was computationally modeled using input on the microfluidic device dimensions, numbers of cells, oxygen consumption rates of hepatocytes, the diffusion coefficients of oxygen in different materials and the flow rate of media in the MicroPhysiology System (MPS)...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407547/biotransformation-of-copper-oxide-nanoparticles-by-the-pathogenic-fungus-botrytis-cinerea
#7
Eva Kovačec, Marjana Regvar, Johannes Teun van Elteren, Iztok Arčon, Tamás Papp, Darko Makovec, Katarina Vogel-Mikuš
Two plant pathogenic fungi, Botrytis cinerea and Alternaria alternata, isolated from crop plants, were exposed to Cu in ionic (Cu(2+)), microparticulate (MP, CuO) or nanoparticulate (NP, Cu or CuO) form, in solid and liquid culturing media in order to test fungal response and toxic effects of the mentioned compounds for the potential use as fungicides. B. cinerea has shown pronounced growth and lower levels of lipid peroxidation compared to A. alternata. Its higher resistance/tolerance is attributed mainly to biotransformation of CuO and Cu NPs and CuO MPs into a blue compound at the fungal/culturing media interface, recognized by Cu K-edge EXAFS analysis as Cu-oxalate complex...
April 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400539/mass-cytometry-deep-phenotyping-of-human-mononuclear-phagocytes-and-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-from-human-blood-and-bone-marrow
#8
Mikael Roussel, P Brent Ferrell, Allison R Greenplate, Faustine Lhomme, Simon Le Gallou, Kirsten E Diggins, Douglas B Johnson, Jonathan M Irish
The monocyte phagocyte system (MPS) includes numerous monocyte, macrophage, and dendritic cell (DC) populations that are heterogeneous, both phenotypically and functionally. In this study, we sought to characterize those diverse MPS phenotypes with mass cytometry (CyTOF). To identify a deep phenotype of monocytes, macrophages, and DCs, a panel was designed to measure 38 identity, activation, and polarization markers, including CD14, CD16, HLA-DR, CD163, CD206, CD33, CD36, CD32, CD64, CD13, CD11b, CD11c, CD86, and CD274...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391461/toxicological-assessment-of-tungsten-oxide-nanoparticles-in-rats-after-acute-oral-exposure
#9
Srinivas Chinde, Naresh Dumala, Mohammed Fazlur Rahman, Sarika Srinivas Kalyan Kamal, Srinivas Indu Kumari, Mohammed Mahboob, Paramjit Grover
Advances in and the rapid growth of the nanotechnology sector have escalated manufacture of nanoparticles (NPs), resulting in a significant increase in the probability of exposure of humans and wildlife to these materials. Many NPs have been found to exert genotoxicity. Therefore, genotoxicity studies are mandatory to assess the toxicity of NPs as a concern of succumbing to genetic diseases and cancers are universal. Tungsten oxide (WO3) NPs are being explored extensively in various fields. However, the toxicological data of WO3 NPs by oral route in mammals is limited...
April 8, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389670/biochemical-analysis-of-leishmanial-and-human-gdp-mannose-pyrophosphorylases-and-selection-of-inhibitors-as-new-leads
#10
Wei Mao, Pierre Daligaux, Noureddine Lazar, Tâp Ha-Duong, Christian Cavé, Herman van Tilbeurgh, Philippe M Loiseau, Sébastien Pomel
Leishmaniases are an ensemble of diseases caused by the protozoan parasite of the genus Leishmania. Current antileishmanial treatments are limited and present main issues of toxicity and drug resistance emergence. Therefore, the generation of new inhibitors specifically directed against a leishmanial target is an attractive strategy to expand the chemotherapeutic arsenal. GDP-Mannose Pyrophosphorylase (GDP-MP) is a prominent therapeutic target involved in host-parasite recognition which has been described to be essential for parasite survival...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386371/immunomodulatory-activity-of-interleukin-27-in-human-chronic-periapical-diseases
#11
Juan Li, Rong Wang, Shi-Guang Huang
This study aims to observe expression of IL-27 on different cells in periapical tissues of different types of human chronic periapical diseases. Periapical tissue specimens of 60 donors, including healthy control (n=20), periapical granuloma group (n=20) and radicular cysts group (n=20), were fixed in 10% buffered formalin, stained with hematoxylin and eosin for histopathology. Then specimens were stained with double- immuno-fluorescence assay for identification of IL-27-tryptase (mast cells, MCs), IL-27-CD14 (mononuclear phagocyte cells, MPs) and IL-27-CD31 (endothelial cells, ECs) double-positive cells in periapical tissues...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386239/skeletal-muscle-myomir-are-differentially-expressed-by-endurance-exercise-mode-and-combined-essential-amino-acid-and-carbohydrate-supplementation
#12
Lee M Margolis, Holly L McClung, Nancy E Murphy, Christopher T Carrigan, Stefan M Pasiakos
Skeletal muscle microRNAs (myomiR) expression is modulated by exercise, however, the influence of endurance exercise mode, combined with essential amino acid and carbohydrate (EAA+CHO) supplementation are not well defined. This study determined the effects of weighted versus non-weighted endurance exercise, with or without EAA+CHO ingestion on myomiR expression and their association with muscle protein synthesis (MPS). Twenty five adults performed 90 min of metabolically-matched (2.2 VO2 L·m(-1)) load carriage (LC; performed on a treadmill wearing a vest equal to 30% of individual body mass) or cycle ergometry (CE) exercise, during which EAA+CHO (10 g EAA and 46 g CHO) or non-nutritive control (CON) drinks were consumed...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383714/a-systems-approach-identifies-time-dependent-associations-of-multimorbidities-with-pancreatic-cancer-risk
#13
P Gomez-Rubio, V Rosato, M Marquez, C Bosetti, E Molina-Montes, M Rava, J Piñero, C W Michalski, A Farré, X Molero, M Löhr, L Ilzarbe, J Perea, W Greenhalf, M O'Rorke, A Tardón, T Gress, V M Barberà, T Crnogorac-Jurcevic, L Muñoz-Bellvís, E Domínguez-Muñoz, A Gutiérrez-Sacristán, J Balsells, E Costello, C Guillén-Ponce, J Huang, M Iglesias, J Kleeff, B Kong, J Mora, L Murray, D O'Driscoll, P Peláez, I Poves, R T Lawlor, A Carrato, M Hidalgo, A Scarpa, L Sharp, L I Furlong, F X Real, C La Vecchia, N Malats
Background: HASH(0x30c5a60) Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is usually diagnosed in late adulthood; therefore, many patients suffer or have suffered from other diseases. Identifying disease-patterns associated with PDAC risk may enable a better characterization of high-risk patients. Methods: HASH(0x3581338) Multimorbidity patterns (MPs) were assessed from 17 self-reported conditions using hierarchical clustering, principal component, and factor analyses in 1705 PDAC cases and 1084 controls from a European population...
April 5, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382573/serum-global-metabolomics-profiling-reveals-profound-metabolic-impairments-in-patients-with-mps-iiia-and-mps-iiib
#14
Haiyan Fu, Aaron S Meadows, Ricardo J Pineda, Robert P Mohney, Steve Stirdivant, Douglas M McCarty
The monogenic defects in specific lysosomal enzymes in mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) III lead to lysosomal storage of glycosaminoglycans and complex CNS and somatic pathology, for which the detailed mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, serum samples from patients with MPS IIIA (age 2-9 yr) and MPS IIIB (2-13 yr) and healthy controls (age 2-9 yr) were assayed by global metabolomics profiling of 658 metabolites using mass spectrometry. Significant alterations were detected in 423 metabolites in all MPS III patients, of which 366 (86...
April 5, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375632/tumor-acidity-nir-controlled-interaction-of-transformable-nanoparticle-with-biological-systems-for-cancer-therapy
#15
Dong-Dong Li, Yinchu Ma, Jinzhi Du, Wei Tao, Xiao-Jiao Du, Xian-Zhu Yang, Jun Wang
Precisely controlling the interaction of nanoparticles with biological systems (nano-bio interactions) from the injection site to biological targets shows great potential for biomedical applications. Inspired by the ability of nanoparticles to alter their physicochemical properties according to different stimuli, we explored the tumor acidity and near-infrared (NIR) light activated transformable nanoparticle (DA)TAT-NPIR&DOX. This nanoparticle consists of a tumor acidity-activated TAT (the TAT lysine residues' amines was modified with 2,3-dimethylmaleic anhydride (DA)), a flexible chain polyphosphoester core co-encapsulated a NIR dye IR-780 and DOX (doxorubicin)...
April 4, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362997/transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-expression-in-macrophages-of-human-chronic-periapical-diseases
#16
Z-Z Liang, J Li, S-G Huang
The objective of this study was to observe the distribution of macrophages (MPs) expressing transforming growth factor beta-1 (TGF-β1) in tissue samples from patients with different human chronic periapical diseases. In this study, samples were collected from 75 volunteers, who were divided into three groups according to classified standards, namely, healthy control (N = 25), periapical granuloma (N = 25), and periapical cyst (N = 25). The samples were fixed in 10% buffered formalin for more than 48 h, dehydrated, embedded, and stained with hematoxylin and eosin for histopathology...
March 30, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360408/senescence-of-pancreas-in-middle-aged-rats-with-normal-vascular-function
#17
Mohamad Kassem, Zahid Rasul Niazi, Malak Abbas, Ali El Habhab, Guillaume Kreutter, Sonia Khemais-Benkhiat, Cyril Auger, Maria-Cristina Antal, Valérie B Schini-Kerth, Florence Toti, Laurence Kessler
BACKGROUND In organ transplantation, particularly pancreas transplantation, donor age is a determinant factor for graft survival. Physiological aging is crucial in the progressive deterioration of organs in adulthood. We compared the senescence and function features of pancreas and vascular tissues in young rats and middle-aged rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS Islet morphology and the area of cells secreting insulin or glucagon was investigated using immunohistology in young rats (12 weeks) and middle-aged rats (52 weeks) (n=8)...
March 31, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359098/attenuation-of-resting-but-not-load-mediated-protein-synthesis-in-prostate-cancer-patients-on-androgen-deprivation
#18
Erik D Hanson, André R Nelson, Daniel W D West, John A Violet, Lannie O'Keefe, Stuart M Phillips, Alan Hayes
Context: Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is a common prostate cancer (PCa) treatment but results in muscular atrophy. Periodic increases in muscle protein synthesis (MPS) that occur after resistance exercise or protein intake may ameliorate this muscle loss, but the impact of these anabolic stimuli during ADT is unclear. Objective: To determine the acute MPS response to whey protein supplementation with and without resistance exercise during ADT. Design: Acute response in PCa patients vs age-matched controls (CON)...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352175/factors-influencing-transfection-efficiency-of-pidua-nanoemulsion-complexes-in-a-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-i-murine-model
#19
Michelle Fraga, Talita Giacomet de Carvalho, Juliana Bidone, Roselena Silvestri Schuh, Ursula Matte, Helder Ferreira Teixeira
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is an autosomal disease caused by alpha-l-iduronidase (IDUA) deficiency. This study used IDUA knockout mice as a model to evaluate whether parameters such as dose of plasmid and time of treatment could influence the transfection efficiency of complexes formed with PEGylated cationic nanoemulsions and plasmid (pIDUA), which contains the gene that encodes for IDUA. Formulations were composed of medium chain triglycerides, 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine, 1,2-distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoethanolamine-N-(amino[polyethylene glycol]-2000), 1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-3-trimethylammonium propane (DOTAP), glycerol, and water and were prepared by the adsorption or encapsulation of preformed pIDUA-DOTAP complexes by high-pressure homogenization...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343930/cost-effectiveness-of-different-post-retained-restorations
#20
Falk Schwendicke, Michael Stolpe
OBJECTIVES: Dentists can choose between metal and fiber post systems to provide post-retained restorations. The risk of tooth loss and other complications differs between different post systems, as do the initial treatment costs. We aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of (1) cast metal (MC), (2) preformed metal (MP), (3) glass fiber (GF), and (4) carbon fiber (CF) post-retained restorations. METHODS: A mixed public-private payer's perspective within German healthcare was taken...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
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