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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938154/massively-parallel-sequencing-of-forensic-strs-and-snps-using-the-illumina-%C3%A2-forenseq%C3%A2-dna-signature-prep-kit-on-the-miseq-fgx%C3%A2-forensic-genomics-system
#1
Fei Guo, Jiao Yu, Lu Zhang, Jun Li
The ForenSeq™ DNA Signature Prep Kit (ForenSeq Kit) is designed to detect more than 200 forensically relevant markers in a single reaction on the MiSeq FGx™ Forensic Genomics System (MiSeq FGx System), including Amelogenin, 27 autosomal short tandem repeats (A-STRs), 7 X chromosomal STRs (X-STRs), 24 Y chromosomal STRs (Y-STRs) and 94 identity-informative single nucleotide polymorphisms (iSNPs) with the option to contain 22 phenotypic-informative SNPs (pSNPs) and 56 ancestry-informative SNPs (aSNPs). In this study, we evaluated the MiSeq FGx System on three major parts: methodological optimization (DNA extraction, sample quantification, library normalization, diluted libraries concentration, and sample-to-cell arrangement), massively parallel sequencing (MPS) performance (depth of coverage, sequence coverage ratio, and allele coverage ratio), and ForenSeq Kit characteristics (repeatability and concordance, sensitivity, mixture, stability and case-type samples)...
September 8, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925017/early-treatment-with-resolvin-e1-facilitates-myocardial-recovery-from-ischemia-in-mice
#2
Guizhu Liu, Qian Liu, Yujun Shen, Deping Kong, Yanjun Gong, Bo Tao, Guilin Chen, Shumin Guo, Juanjuan Li, Shengkai Zuo, Yu Yu, Huiyong Yin, Li Zhang, Bin Zhou, Colin D Funk, Jian Zhang, Ying Yu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: An appropriate inflammatory response is necessary for cardiac healing after acute myocardial infarction (MI). Resolvin E1 (RvE1) is an anti-inflammatory and pro-resolution lipid mediator derived from eicosapentaenoic acid. The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential effects of RvE1 on cardiac function recovery after MI in mice. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Acute MI was induced by surgical ligation of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) in mice...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919742/intracellular-disposition-of-chitosan-nanoparticles-in-macrophages-intracellular-uptake-exocytosis-and-intercellular-transport
#3
Li Qun Jiang, Ting Yu Wang, Thomas J Webster, Hua-Jian Duan, Jing Ying Qiu, Zi Ming Zhao, Xiao Xing Yin, Chun Li Zheng
Biodegradable nanomaterials have been widely used in numerous medical fields. To further improve such efforts, this study focused on the intracellular disposition of chitosan nanoparticles (CsNPs) in macrophages, a primary cell of the mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS). Such interactions with the MPS determine the nanoparticle retention time in the body and consequently play a significant role in their own clinical safety. In this study, various dye-labeled CsNPs (about 250 nm) were prepared, and a murine macrophage cell line (RAW 264...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911870/microplastics-releasing-from-personal-care-and-cosmetic-products-in-china
#4
Kun Lei, Fei Qiao, Qing Liu, Zhanliang Wei, Hongli Qi, Song Cui, Xue Yue, Yixiang Deng, Lihui An
Microplastics (MPs) have become a major global issue; their release from various products affects the aquatic environment, especially marine ecosystems. As a primary source of MPs, personal care and cosmetics products (PCCPs) containing MPs contribute to this environmental risk. We visited several supermarket chains in Beijing, China to identify PCCPs containing MPs. Overall, 7.1% of facial cleansers contained MPs, with an average weight of 25.04±10.69mgMP/g and average size of 313±130μm; whereas, 2.2% of shower gel products contained an average weight of 17...
September 11, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911136/protein-rich-food-ingestion-stimulates-mitochondrial-protein-synthesis-in-sedentary-young-adults-of-different-bmis
#5
Joseph W Beals, Richard W A Mackenzie, Stephan van Vliet, Sarah K Skinner, Brandon A Pagni, Grace M Niemiro, Alexander V Ulanov, Zhong Li, Anna C Dilger, Scott A Paluska, Michael De Lisio, Nicholas A Burd
Context: Excess fat mass may diminish the anabolic potency of protein-rich food ingestion to stimulate muscle protein subfractional synthetic responses. However, the impact of adiposity on mitochondrial protein synthesis (MPS) rates after protein-rich food ingestion has not been thoroughly examined in vivo in humans. Objective: We compared basal and postprandial MPS and markers of muscle inflammation [toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and myeloid differentiation primary response protein 88 (MyD88) protein content] in young adults with different body mass indices (BMIs)...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904929/diagnosing-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-iv-a-by-the-fluorometric-assay-of-n-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulfate-sulfatase-activity
#6
Sedigheh Shams, Maliheh Barazandeh Tehrani, Gabriel Civallero, Koosha Minookherad, Roberto Giugliani, Aria Setoodeh, Mohammad Taghi Haghi Ashtiani
BACKGROUND: Mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA, also known as Morquio A or MPS IV A, is an autosomal recessive disease caused by the deficiency of the lysosomal enzyme N-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulfate sulfatase (GALNS). The loss of GALNS activity leads to the impaired breakdown of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) keratan sulfate and chondroitin-6-sulfate. The accumulation of GAGs results in multiple organ damage. The accurate and early diagnosis of this disorder helps enhance the effectiveness of the treatment...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899764/iron-oxide-core-oil-in-water-nanoemulsion-as-tracer-for-atherosclerosis-mpi-and-mri-imaging
#7
Geoffrey Prévot, Tina Kauss, Cyril Lorenzato, Alexandra Gaubert, Mélusine Larivière, Julie Baillet, Jeanny Laroche-Traineau, Marie Josée Jacobin-Valat, Laurent Adumeau, Stéphane Mornet, Philippe Barthélémy, Martine Duonor-Cérutti, Gisèle Clofent-Sanchez, Sylvie Crauste-Manciet
PURPOSE: For early atherosclerosis imaging, magnetic oil-in-water nanoemulsion (NE) decorated with atheroma specific monoclonal antibody was designed for Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). MPI is an emerging technique based on direct mapping of superparamagnetic nanoparticles which may advantageously complement MRI. METHODS: NE oily droplets were loaded with superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles of 7, 11 and 18nm and biofunctionalized with atheroma specific scFv-Fc TEG4-2C antibody...
September 9, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894739/immune-modulating-activity-of-hydrogel-microparticles-contributes-to-the-host-defense-in-a-murine-model-of-cutaneous-anthrax
#8
Allison L Teunis, Taissia G Popova, Virginia Espina, Lance A Liotta, Serguei G Popov
We recently reported that the open-mesh (0.7 μ) polyacrylamide microparticles (MPs) with internally-coupled Cibacron affinity dye demonstrate protective effect in mice challenged into footpads with high doses (200 LD50) of anthrax (Sterne) spores. A single injection of MPs before spore challenge reduces inflammatory response, delays onset of mortality and promotes survival. In this study, we show that the effect of MPs was substantially increased at the lower spore dose (7 LD50). The inflammation of footpads was reduced to the background level, and 60% of animals survived for 16 days while all untreated infected animals died within 6 days with strong inflammation...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892147/carpal-tunnel-syndrome-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-i-a-registry-based-cohort-study
#9
David Viskochil, Joseph Muenzer, Nathalie Guffon, Christophe Garin, M Veronica Munoz-Rojas, Kristin A Moy, Douglas T Hutchinson
AIM: To characterize carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in patients with mucopolysaccharidosis I (MPS I). METHOD: Data were included for patients with MPS I who had either nerve conduction examination that included a diagnosis of CTS or who had CTS release surgery. Although this represented a subset of patients with CTS in the MPS I Registry, the criteria were considered the most objective for data analysis. RESULTS: As of March 2016, 994 patients were categorized with either severe (Hurler syndrome) or attenuated (Hurler-Scheie or Scheie syndromes) MPS I...
September 11, 2017: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887757/survival-in-idursulfase-treated-and-untreated-patients-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii-data-from-the-hunter-outcome-survey-hos
#10
Barbara K Burton, Virginie Jego, Jaromir Mikl, Simon A Jones
Mucopolysaccharidosis type II (MPS II; Hunter syndrome; OMIM 309900) is a life-limiting, multisystemic disease with varying presentation and severity. Enzyme replacement therapy with intravenous idursulfase (EC 3.1.6.13) has been available since 2006. Data from the Hunter Outcome Survey (July 2016) were used to compare survival in idursulfase-treated (n = 800) and untreated (n = 95) male patients followed prospectively in this multinational, observational registry. Median age at symptom onset was similar for the treated and untreated groups (1...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886899/frailty-and-subclinical-coronary-atherosclerosis-the-multicenter-aids-cohort-study-macs
#11
Sai Krishna C Korada, Di Zhao, Martin Tibuakuu, Todd T Brown, Lisa P Jacobson, Eliseo Guallar, Robert K Bolan, Frank J Palella, Joseph B Margolick, Jeremy J Martinson, Matthew J Budoff, Wendy S Post, Erin D Michos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Frailty and cardiovascular disease share many risk factors. We evaluated whether frailty is independently associated with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis and whether any relationships differ by HIV-serostatus. METHODS: We studied 976 [62% HIV-infected] male participants of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study who underwent assessment of frailty and non-contrast cardiac CT scanning; of these, 747 men also underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA)...
August 26, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872899/two-novel-variants-affecting-cdkl5-transcript-associated-with-epileptic-encephalopathy
#12
Jana Neupauerová, Katalin Štěrbová, Markéta Vlčková, Věra Sebroňová, Tat'ána Maříková, Marcela Krůtová, David Staněk, Pavel Kršek, Markéta Žaliová, Pavel Seeman, Petra Laššuthová
BACKGROUND: Variants in the human X-linked cyclin-dependent kinase-like 5 (CDKL5) gene have been reported as being etiologically associated with early infantile epileptic encephalopathy type 2 (EIEE2). We report on two patients, a boy and a girl, with EIEE2 that present with early onset epilepsy, hypotonia, severe intellectual disability, and poor eye contact. METHODS: Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) of a custom-designed gene panel for epilepsy and epileptic encephalopathy containing 112 epilepsy-related genes was performed...
September 5, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859922/the-role-of-multiorgan-procurement-for-abdominal-transplant-in-general-surgery-resident-education
#13
Johanna Bayer, Carol-Anne Moulton, Kimberley Monden, Robert M Goldstein, Gregory J McKenna, Giuliano Testa, Richard M Ruiz, Tiffany L Anthony, Nicholas Onaca, Goran B Klintmalm, Peter T W Kim
BACKGROUND: To assess the impact of participation of multiorgan procurement (MP) by general surgery (GS) residents on surgical knowledge and skills, a prospective cohort study of GS residents during transplant surgery rotation was performed. METHODS: Before and after participation in MPs, assessment of knowledge was performed by written pre and post tests and surgical skills by modified Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skill (OSATS) score. Thirty-nine residents performed 84 MPs...
August 25, 2017: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858716/assessment-of-toxic-effects-of-magnetic-particles-used-for-lake-restoration-on-chlorella-sp-and-on-brachionus-calyciflorus
#14
I Álvarez-Manzaneda, I de Vicente
Laboratory tests, by following standardized Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) protocols, were run for evaluating the acute effects of iron magnetic microparticles (MPs), recently proposed for lake restoration, on Chlorella sp. (algal growth) and on the rotifer B. calyciflorus (mortality). In addition, the MPs potential indirect effects on rotifer egg bank were assessed by performing hatching rate test with B. calyciflorus cysts in contact with dissolved iron (Tot-Fedis). In the algal growth test, no inhibition occurred at the two lowest MPs concentrations (0...
August 25, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28834815/effect-of-multipurpose-solution-combined-with-autophagy-inhibitors-on-adhesion-of-acanthamoeba-trophozoites-to-silicone-hydrogel-contact-lenses
#15
Seung-Mok Lee, Da-In Lee, Sung-Hee Park, Hak-Sun Yu, Ji-Eun Lee, Jong-Soo Lee
PURPOSE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of multipurpose contact lens (CL) solution (MPS) combined with autophagy inhibitors on the adhesion properties of Acanthamoeba castellanii (AC) trophozoites to silicone hydrogel CLs. METHODS: AC trophozoites were inoculated onto discs trimmed from a silicone hydrogel CL with plasma surface treatment. After 18 hours, the number of adherent AC trophozoites on the CL treated with MPS was counted under phase-contrast microscopy...
August 22, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829811/crystal-digital-droplet-pcr-for-detection-and-quantification-of-circulating-egfr-sensitizing-and-resistance-mutations-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#16
Cécile Jovelet, Jordan Madic, Jordi Remon, Aurélie Honoré, Romain Girard, Etienne Rouleau, Barbara André, Benjamin Besse, Magali Droniou, Ludovic Lacroix
Over the past years, targeted therapies using tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) have led to an increase in progression-free survival and response rate for a subgroup of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients harbouring specific gene abnormalities compared with chemotherapy. However long-lasting tumor regression is rarely achieved, due to the development of resistant tumoral subclones, which requires alternative therapeutic approaches. Molecular profile at progressive disease is a challenge for making adaptive treatment decisions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804955/3m-052-as-an-adjuvant-for-a-plga-microparticle-based-leishmania-donovani-recombinant-protein-vaccine
#17
Qian Wang, Meagan A Barry, Christopher A Seid, Elissa M Hudspeth, C Patrick McAtee, Michael J Heffernan
It is believed that an effective vaccine against leishmaniasis will require a T helper type 1 (TH 1) immune response. In this study, we investigated the adjuvanticity of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) 7/8 agonist 3M-052 in combination with the Leishmania donovani 36-kDa nucleoside hydrolase recombinant protein antigen (NH36). NH36 and 3M-052 were encapsulated in separate batches of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles (MPs). The loading efficiency for NH36 was 83% and for 3M-052 was above 95%. In vitro stimulation of bone marrow-derived dendritic cells, measured by IL-12 secretion, demonstrated that 3M-052 (free or MP-formulated) had a concentration-dependent immunostimulatory effect with an optimum concentration of 2 µg/mL...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802989/do-polyethylene-microplastic-beads-alter-the-intestinal-uptake-of-ag-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-analysis-of-the-mp-vector-effect-using-in%C3%A2-vitro-gut-sacs
#18
Farhan R Khan, David Boyle, Elisabeth Chang, Nicolas R Bury
Microplastic (MP) vector effects have been well described in the literature but surprisingly little is in known about the impact of MPs on the intestinal uptake of contaminants. The present study aimed to determine whether the intestinal fate of Ag was affected by the presence of polyethylene MP beads. Ag (added as (110m)Ag) was introduced into the lumen of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) anterior/mid-intestine gut sac preparations as Ag only, Ag and MPs (co-exposure) and Ag-incubated MPs (where Ag was adsorbed to the MP)...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796293/il7ra-polymorphisms-are-not-associated-with-aids-progression
#19
Luz María Medrano, José Luis Jiménez, María A Jiménez-Sousa, Amanda Fernández-Rodíguez, Mónica Gutiérrez-Rivas, José María Bellón, José Ramón Blanco, Alexy Inciarte, Mª Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández, Salvador Resino
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to determine whether α-chain of the IL-7 Receptor (IL7RA) polymorphisms (rs10491434, rs6897932, and rs987106) are associated with the clinical pattern of AIDS progression in ART-naïve HIV-infected patients. METHODS: We carried out a cross-sectional study in 673 HIV-infected patients who were classified into three groups according to the clinical pattern of AIDS progression (188 long-term non-progressors (LTNPs), 334 moderate progressors (MPs), and 151 rapid progressors (RPs))...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726114/sex-related-differences-in-serum-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-screening-non-calcified-and-mixed-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaques-in-outpatients-with-chest-pain
#20
Chun Gu, Fang Wang, Zhihui Hou, Bin Lv, Yang Wang, Xiangfeng Cong, Xi Chen
The objective of this study is to evaluate the clinical feasibility of serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) for screening plaque composition as assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in outpatients with chest pain,and the effects of sex on this feasibility. Eight hundred and sixty-two consecutive outpatients with chest pain were divided into three groups according to the results of CCTA: non-plaque (NP, n = 474), calcified plaques (CPs, n = 179), non-calcified and mixed plaques (NCPs and MPs, n = 209)...
July 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
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