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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339671/characteristics-of-donor-specific-anti-hla-antibodies-and-outcome-in-renal-transplant-patients-treated-with-a-standardized-induction-regimen
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Daniel Zecher, Christian Bach, Christoph Staudner, Carsten A Böger, Tobias Bergler, Bernhard Banas, Bernd M Spriewald
Background.: Pre-transplant donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies (DSA) have been associated with antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) and early kidney allograft loss. Uncertainties remain regarding the general applicability of these findings and the optimal induction therapy in DSA-positive patients. Methods.: Pre-transplant sera from 174 patients receiving a crossmatch-negative kidney transplant were retrospectively analysed for DSA using Luminex technology...
February 18, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339294/rapid-assessment-of-antimicrobial-resistance-prevalence-using-a-lot-quality-assurance-sampling-approach
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Frank van Leth, Casper den Heijer, Mariëlle Beerepoot, Ellen Stobberingh, Suzanne Geerlings, Constance Schultsz
AIM: Increasing antimicrobial resistance (AMR) requires rapid surveillance tools, such as Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS). MATERIALS & METHODS: LQAS classifies AMR as high or low based on set parameters. We compared classifications with the underlying true AMR prevalence using data on 1335 Escherichia coli isolates from surveys of community-acquired urinary tract infection in women, by assessing operating curves, sensitivity and specificity. RESULTS: Sensitivity and specificity of any set of LQAS parameters was above 99% and between 79 and 90%, respectively...
March 24, 2017: Future Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335585/anisotropic-magnetoresistance-of-nano-conductive-filament-in-co-hfo2-pt-resistive-switching-memory
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Leilei Li, Yang Liu, Jiao Teng, Shibing Long, Qixun Guo, Meiyun Zhang, Yu Wu, Guanghua Yu, Qi Liu, Hangbing Lv, Ming Liu
Conductive bridge random access memory (CBRAM) has been extensively studied as a next-generation non-volatile memory. The conductive filament (CF) shows rich physical effects such as conductance quantization and magnetic effect. But so far, the study of filaments is not very sufficient. In this work, Co/HfO2/Pt CBRAM device with magnetic CF was designed and fabricated. By electrical manipulation with a partial-RESET method, we controlled the size of ferromagnetic metal filament. The resistance-temperature characteristics of the ON-state after various partial-RESET behaviors have been studied...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333615/use-of-whonet-satscan-system-for-simulated-real-time-detection-of-antimicrobial-resistance-clusters-in-a-hospital-in-italy-2012-to-2014
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Alessandra Natale, John Stelling, Marcello Meledandri, Louisa A Messenger, Fortunato D'Ancona
Resistant pathogens infections cause in healthcare settings, higher patient mortality, longer hospitalisation times and higher costs for treatments. Strengthening and coordinating local, national and international surveillance systems is the cornerstone for the control of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this study, the WHONET-SaTScan software was applied in a hospital in Italy to identify potential outbreaks of AMR. Data from San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome between 2012 and 2014 were extracted from the national surveillance system for antimicrobial resistance (AR-ISS) and analysed using the simulated prospective analysis for real-time cluster detection included in the WHONET-SaTScan software...
March 16, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333330/genomic-landscape-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-resistance-in-escherichia-coli-from-an-urban-african-setting
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Patrick Musicha, Nicholas A Feasey, Amy K Cain, Teemu Kallonen, Chrispin Chaguza, Chikondi Peno, Margaret Khonga, Sarah Thompson, Katherine J Gray, Alison E Mather, Robert S Heyderman, Dean B Everett, Nicholas R Thomson, Chisomo L Msefula
Objectives: Efforts to treat Escherichia coli infections are increasingly being compromised by the rapid, global spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Whilst AMR in E. coli has been extensively investigated in resource-rich settings, in sub-Saharan Africa molecular patterns of AMR are not well described. In this study, we have begun to explore the population structure and molecular determinants of AMR amongst E. coli isolates from Malawi. Methods: Ninety-four E...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331448/antibody-mediated-rejection-a-review
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Jorge Carlos Garces, Sixto Giusti, Catherine Staffeld-Coit, Humberto Bohorquez, Ari J Cohen, George E Loss
BACKGROUND: Chronic antibody injury is a serious threat to allograft outcomes and is therefore the center of active research. In the continuum of allograft rejection, the development of antibodies plays a critical role. In recent years, an increased recognition of molecular and histologic changes has provided a better understanding of antibody-mediated rejection (AMR), as well as potential therapeutic interventions. However, several pathways are still unknown, which accounts for the lack of efficacy of some of the currently available agents that are used to treat rejection...
2017: Ochsner Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331285/refraction-outcomes-after-suction-loss-during-small-incision-lenticule-extraction-smile
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Amr A Gab-Alla
PURPOSE: To evaluate refractive outcomes of two management approaches after suction loss during the small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) technique. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective and comparative study was conducted at the El-Gowhara Private Eye Center. It included 26 consecutive eyes of patients who experienced suction loss during the SMILE technique. Patients were divided into two groups by the technical difficulties in redocking: in group A (12 eyes) suction loss occurred after the posterior lenticular cut and the creation of side-cuts, then suction was reapplied, and the procedure was completed; in group B (14 eyes) suction loss occurred after the posterior lenticular cut and the creation of side-cuts, then the procedure was postponed for 24 hours and completed with the same parameters...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329303/high-burden-of-antimicrobial-resistance-and-mortality-among-adults-and-children-with-community-onset-bacterial-infections-in-india
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Vidya Mave, Ajay Chandanwale, Anju Kagal, Sandhya Khadse, Dileep Kadam, Renu Bharadwaj, Vaishali Dohe, Matthew Robinson, Aarti Kinikar, Samir Joshi, Priyanka Raichur, Katie McIntire, Savita Kanade, Jonathan Sachs, Chhaya Valvi, Usha Balasubramanian, Vandana Kulkarni, Aaron M Milstone, Ivan Marbaniang, Jonathan Zenilman, Amita Gupta
Background.: In India, antimicrobial consumption is high, yet systematically collected data on the epidemiology, risk factors and outcomes of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) infections are limited. Methods.: A prospective study of adults and children hospitalized for acute febrile illness (AFI) was conducted between August 2013 and December 2015. In-hospital outcomes were recorded, and logistic regression was performed to identify independent predictors of AMR community-onset infections...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328707/the-sterility-of-partially-used-hyaluronic-acid-fillers-after-long-storage
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Mohammed Al-Haddab, Amr Abduljabbar, Ali Al-Somaily
BACKGROUND: Hyaluronic acid (HA) gel fillers represent most soft tissue augmentation procedures currently used, because they have lower rates of complications compared with other materials. Many patients do not consume an entire syringe of filler but may require a retouch or intermittent augmentation after some time. The remaining material is commonly stored in a specific environment for reuse by the same patient. OBJECTIVE: There are an insufficient number of recommendations concerning the safety of storing and reusing dermal fillers in the literature because of the paucity of studies...
March 21, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327640/compatibility-study-of-danggui-buxue-tang-on-chemical-ingredients-angiogenesis-and-endothelial-function
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Ping-Lan Lin, Zhi-Cheng Li, Rui-Fang Xie, You-Hua Wang, Xin Zhou
Danggui Buxue Tang (DBT) is a classic Chinese herbal formula which consists of Astragali mongholici Radix and Angelica sinensis Radix (ASR). For chemical ingredients, HPLC were performed. Results showed compared with single herbs, DBT decoction could promote the dissolution of ingredients such as ferulic acid and calycosin. Furthermore, when ratio of AMR to ASR was 5 to 1, synthetic score was the best. For angiogenesis, normal and injured zebrafish model were applied. Results showed DBT and its ingredients had angiogenesis effects on Sub Intestinal vessels (SIVs) of normal zebrafish...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324977/a-novel-method-to-assess-angle-sensor-performance-for-wearable-exoskeletal-joint-kinematics
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Nicholas B Bolus, Geza F Kogler, Omer T Inan
Full range of motion (ROM) at a joint is necessary for efficient and adaptive movement; as such, it is an essential clinical evaluation measure for assessing an individual's motor function, which can be affected by any number of musculoskeletal injuries and neuropathies. Measurement of joint ROM in the clinic has classically been accomplished statically through the use of a manual goniometer. More recent efforts in the fields of prosthetics and orthotics have demonstrated the potential utility of wearable systems (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322578/interview-with-amr-h-sawalha-epigenetics-and-autoimmunity
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Amr H Sawalha
Amr H Sawalha is Professor of Internal Medicine and Marvin and Betty Danto Research Professor of Connective Tissue Research at the University of Michigan, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. He also holds faculty appointments at the Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics and the Graduate Program in Immunology at the University of Michigan. He was recently appointed as Guest Professor at Central South University in Changsha, China. He received his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology and completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and his fellowship in rheumatology at the University of Michigan...
March 21, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322571/age-associated-dna-methylation-changes-in-naive-cd4-t-cells-suggest-an-evolving-autoimmune-epigenotype-in-aging-t-cells
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Mikhail G Dozmorov, Patrick Coit, Kathleen Maksimowicz-McKinnon, Amr H Sawalha
AIM: We sought to define age-associated DNA methylation changes in naive CD4(+) T cells. MATERIALS & METHODS: Naive CD4(+) T cells were collected from 74 healthy individuals (age 19-66 years), and age-related DNA methylation changes were characterized. RESULTS: We identified 11,431 age-associated CpG sites, 57% of which were hypermethylated with age. Hypermethylated sites were enriched in CpG islands and repressive transcription factor binding sites, while hypomethylated sites showed T cell specific enrichment in active enhancers marked by H3K27ac and H3K4me1...
March 21, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322291/genomic-innovations-linked-to-infection-strategies-across-emerging-pathogenic-chytrid-fungi
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Rhys A Farrer, An Martel, Elin Verbrugghe, Amr Abouelleil, Richard Ducatelle, Joyce E Longcore, Timothy Y James, Frank Pasmans, Matthew C Fisher, Christina A Cuomo
To understand the evolutionary pathways that lead to emerging infections of vertebrates, here we explore the genomic innovations that allow free-living chytrid fungi to adapt to and colonize amphibian hosts. Sequencing and comparing the genomes of two pathogenic species of Batrachochytrium to those of close saprophytic relatives reveals that pathogenicity is associated with remarkable expansions of protease and cell wall gene families, while divergent infection strategies are linked to radiations of lineage-specific gene families...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321258/the-evolution-of-prognostic-factors-in-multiple-myeloma
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REVIEW
Amr Hanbali, Mona Hassanein, Walid Rasheed, Mahmoud Aljurf, Fahad Alsharif
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a heterogeneous hematologic malignancy involving the proliferation of plasma cells derived by different genetic events contributing to the development, progression, and prognosis of this disease. Despite improvement in treatment strategies of MM over the last decade, the disease remains incurable. All efforts are currently focused on understanding the prognostic markers of the disease hoping to incorporate the new therapeutic modalities to convert the disease into curable one. We present this comprehensive review to summarize the current standard prognostic markers used in MM along with novel techniques that are still in development and highlight their implications in current clinical practice...
2017: Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321207/whole-genome-sequencing-for-surveillance-of-antimicrobial-resistance-in-actinobacillus-pleuropneumoniae
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Janine T Bossé, Yanwen Li, Jon Rogers, Roberto Fernandez Crespo, Yinghui Li, Roy R Chaudhuri, Matthew T G Holden, Duncan J Maskell, Alexander W Tucker, Brendan W Wren, Andrew N Rycroft, Paul R Langford
The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between antimicrobial resistance (AMR) profiles of 96 clinical isolates of Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, an important porcine respiratory pathogen, and the identification of AMR genes in whole genome sequence (wgs) data. Susceptibility of the isolates to nine antimicrobial agents (ampicillin, enrofloxacin, erythromycin, florfenicol, sulfisoxazole, tetracycline, tilmicosin, trimethoprim, and tylosin) was determined by agar dilution susceptibility test...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319953/dual-versus-single-energy-ct-angiography-imaging-for-patients-undergoing-intracranial-aneurysm-repair
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Amr Abdulazim, Christian Rubbert, Dorothea Reichelt, Christian Mathys, Bernd Turowski, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Daniel Hänggi, Nima Etminan
BACKGROUND: The invasiveness and risk of thromboembolic complications of catheter angiography underline the need for alternative imaging modalities in patients following intracranial aneurysm (IA) repair. However, the overall image quality of existing noninvasive imaging modalities, such as single-energy CT angiography (SE-CTA), compromises its value in this respect. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively investigated the value of a novel dual-energy CTA (DE-CTA) scanner and algorithm for assessing the degree of occlusion and parent vessel patency in patients following IA repair...
March 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319207/posterior-prosthetic-teeth-size-selection-for-edentulous-egyptian-patients-a-radiographic-assessment
#18
Maha W Elkerdawy, Amr H Elkhadem
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to correlate the location of the mental foramen and overlying teeth and apply these observations to posterior prosthetic teeth selection in a group of Egyptian edentulous patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective cone beam computed tomography data from 40 dentate and 40 edentulous patients scanned with radiopaque denture duplicates were compared in relation to mental foramen position. RESULTS: The probability of locating the mental foramen opposite the first premolar was higher in dentate patients, while finding it opposite the first molar was higher in edentulous patients...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316241/investigating-the-cellular-specificity-in-tumors-of-a-surface-converting-nanoparticle-by-multimodal-imaging
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Francois Fay, Line Hansen, Stefanie J C G Hectors, Brenda L Sanchez-Gaytan, Yiming Zhao, Jun Tang, Jazz Munitz, Amr Alaarg, Mounia S Braza, Anita Gianella, Stuart A Aaronson, Thomas Reiner, Jørgen Kjems, Robert Langer, Freek J M Hoeben, Henk M Janssen, Claudia Calcagno, Gustav J Strijkers, Zahi A Fayad, Carlos Perez-Medina, Willem J M Mulder
Active targeting of nanoparticles through surface functionalization is a common strategy to enhance tumor delivery specificity. However, active targeting strategies tend to work against long polyethylene glycol's shielding effectiveness and associated favorable pharmacokinetics. To overcome these limitations, we developed a matrix metalloproteinase-2 sensitive surface-converting polyethylene glycol coating. This coating prevents nanoparticle-cell interaction in the bloodstream but once exposed to matrix metalloproteinase-2, i...
March 19, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315847/effects-of-peripherally-and-centrally-applied-ghrelin-on-the-oxidative-stress-induced-by-renin-angiotensin-system-in-a-rat-model-of-renovascular-hypertension
#20
Vivian Boshra, Amr M Abbas
BACKGROUND: Renovascular hypertension (RVH) is a result of renal artery stenosis, which is commonly due to astherosclerosis. In this study, we aimed to clarify the central and peripheral effects of ghrelin on the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in a rat model of RVH. METHODS: RVH was induced in rats by partial subdiaphragmatic aortic constriction. Experiment A was designed to assess the central effect of ghrelin via the intracerebroventricular (ICV) injection of ghrelin (5 μg/kg) or losartan (0...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology
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