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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338152/generation-and-characterization-of-siglec-f-specific-monoclonal-antibodies
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Sima Shahmohammadi-Farid, Roya Ghods, Mahmood Jeddi-Tehrani, Ali-Ahmad Bayat, Nazanin Mojtabavi, Alireza Razavi, Amir-Hassan Zarnani
Siglec-F (SF) is a surface glycoprotein expressed by mouse eosinophils and induces caspase- and mitochondria-dependent apoptosis after engagement with its cognate ligand or specific antibodies. This targeting eosinophils by monoclonal antibodies may help diverse diseases associated with increased frequency of eosinophils including allergy and asthma. In this paper, production of murine and rat monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) against Siglec-F has been addressed. Balb/c mice were immunized with siglec-F1 (SF1) and siglec-F2 (SF2) synthetic peptides conjugated to a carrier protein...
December 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336156/infra-red-dielectric-screening-determines-the-low-exciton-binding-energy-of-metal-halide-perovskites
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Paolo Umari, Edoardo Mosconi, Filippo De Angelis
The performance of lead-halide perovskites in optoelectronic devices are due to a unique combina-tion of factors, including highly efficient generation, transport and collection of photogenerated charge carriers. The mechanism behind efficient charge generation in lead-halide perovskites is still largely unknown. Here, we investigate the factors which influence the exciton binding energy (Eb) in a series of metal-halide perovskites using accurate first-principles calculations based on solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equation, coupled to ab initio molecular dynamics simulations...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335492/assessing-the-effectiveness-of-nice-criteria-for-stratifying-breast-cancer-risk-in-a-uk-cohort
#3
Lucy A Littlejohn, Jim Gibbs, Lee B Jordan, Zosia H Miedzybrodzka, Christine Bell, David Goudie, Jacqueline Dunlop, Jonathan N Berg
Breast cancer risk is a common indication for referral to clinical genetics services. UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines use family history (FH) to stratify by 10-year risk of breast cancer from age 40. Patients are stratified into population risk (PR, 10-year risk <3%), moderate (MR, 3-8%) and high risk (HR, >8%). Women at increased risk are offered screening at or prior to age 40. To assess the clinical effectiveness of current risk stratification, FH data were obtained for all unaffected women with a FH of breast cancer aged <50, referred to cancer genetics from 2000-2010...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333478/a-general-method-for-intracellular-protein-delivery-through-e-tag-protein-engineering-and-arginine-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles
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Rubul Mout, Vincent M Rotello
In this protocol, we describe a method for direct cytosolic protein delivery that avoids endosomal entrapment of the delivered proteins. We achieved this by tagging the desired protein with an oligo glutamic acid tag (E-tag), and subsequently using carrier gold nanoparticles to deliver these E-tagged proteins. When E-tagged proteins and nanoparticles were mixed, they formed nanoassemblies, which got fused to cell membrane upon incubation and directly released the E-tagged protein into cell cytosol. We used this method to deliver a wide variety of proteins with different sizes, charges, and functions in various cell lines (Mout et al...
December 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331982/a-false-carrier-state-for-the-c-579g-a-mutation-in-the-ncf1-gene-in-ashkenazi-jews
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Martin De Boer, Ronit Gavrieli, Karin van Leeuwen, Haike Reznik Wolf, Maya Dushnitzki, Yifaat Bar-Yosef, Anat Bar-Ziv, Doron Behar, Shlomo Lipitz, Tal Elkan Miller, Anton T J Tool, Taco W Kuijpers, Timo K van den Berg, Baruch Wolach, Dirk Roos, Elon Pras
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the NCF1 gene that encodes p47phox, a subunit of the NADPH oxidase complex, cause chronic granulomatous disease (CGD). In Kavkazi Jews, a c.579G>A (p.Trp193Ter) mutation in NCF1 is frequently found, leading to CGD. The same mutation is found in about 1% of Ashkenazi Jews, although Ashkenazi CGD patients with this mutation have never been described. METHODS: We used Sanger sequencing, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), gene scan analysis and Ion Torrent Next Generation Sequencing for genetic analysis, and measured NADPH oxidase activity and p47phox expression...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331940/screening-and-functional-exploration-of-prothrombin-arg596-related-mutations-in-chinese-venous-thromboembolism-patients
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Xi Wu, Lei Li, Qiulan Ding, Xuefeng Wang, Fang Wu, Wenman Wu
AIMS: Dysfunctional prothrombin residue Arg596 associated mutation has been found to precipitate venous thromboembolism (VTE). In the current study we investigated the prevalence of Arg596 associated mutations in Chinese patients with VTE and explored the functional impact of Arg596Gln mutation on coagulation function in affected patients. METHODS: Prothrombin clotting activity was measured in 267 unrelated patients with unprovoked VTE. Patients with moderately decreased activities underwent further analysis of the F2 gene...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331839/functional-characterization-of-a-novel-herg-variant-in-a-family-with-recurrent-sudden-infant-death-syndrome-retracting-a-genetic-diagnosis
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Valentine Sergeev, Frances Perry, Thomas M Roston, Shubhayan Sanatani, Glen F Tibbits, Thomas W Claydon
Long QT syndrome (LQTS) is the most common cardiac ion channelopathy and has been found to be responsible for approximately 10% of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases. Despite increasing use of broad panels and now whole exome sequencing (WES) in the investigation of SIDS, the probability of identifying a pathogenic mutation in a SIDS victim is low. We report a family-based study who are afflicted by recurrent SIDS in which several members harbor a variant, p.Pro963Thr, in the C-terminal region of the human-ether-a-go-go (hERG) gene, published to be responsible for cases of LQTS type 2...
December 20, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331538/differential-lipid-metabolism-outcomes-associated-with-adrb2-gene-polymorphisms-in-response-to-two-dietary-interventions-in-overweight-obese-subjects
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O Ramos-Lopez, J I Riezu-Boj, F I Milagro, L Goni, M Cuervo, J A Martinez
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A precise nutrigenetic management of hypercholesterolemia involves the understanding of the interactions between the individual's genotype and dietary intake. The aim of this study was to analyze the response to two dietary energy-restricted interventions on cholesterol changes in carriers of two ADRB2 polymorphisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 4-month nutritional intervention was conducted involving two different hypo-energetic diets based on low-fat (LF) and moderately high-protein (MHP) dietary patterns...
December 5, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330346/underestimation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-and-mssa-carriage-associated-with-standard-culturing-techniques-one-third-of-carriers-missed
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S T J Tsang, M P McHugh, D Guerendiain, P J Gwynne, J Boyd, A H R W Simpson, T S Walsh, I F Laurenson, K E Templeton
OBJECTIVES: Nasal carriers of Staphylococcus (S.) aureus (MRSA and MSSA) have an increased risk for healthcare-associated infections. There are currently limited national screening policies for the detection of S. aureus despite the World Health Organization's recommendations. This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of molecular and culture techniques in S. aureus screening, determine the cause of any discrepancy between the diagnostic techniques, and model the potential effect of different diagnostic techniques on S...
January 2018: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330015/mother-to-child-transmission-of-extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
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Dana Danino, Rimma Melamed, Batya Sterer, Nurith Porat, Guy Hazan, Alex Gushanski, Eilon Shany, David Greenberg, Avraham Borer
BACKGROUND: Preterm infants are at high risk for extended spectrum beta-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) sepsis and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) outbreaks. Maternal colonization with ESBL-E may be precursory to maternal-neonatal transmission. However, there is no consensus regarding surveillance of pregnant women for ESBL-E colonization. AIM: To identify pairs of mothers and offspring harbouring same-strain ESBL-E colonization and to determine whether maternal transmission may play a role in increasing ESBL-E carriage in preterm infants...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327744/spinel-co3o4-nanomaterials-for-efficient-and-stable-large-area-carbon-based-printed-perovskite-solar-cells
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Amna Bashir, Sudhanshu Shukla, Jia Haur Lew, Shashwat Shukla, Annalisa Bruno, Disha Gupta, Tom Baikie, Rahul Patidar, Zareen Akhter, Anish Priyadarshi, Nripan Mathews, Subodh G Mhaisalkar
Carbon based perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are fabricated through easily scalable screen printing techniques, using abundant and cheap carbon to replace the hole transport material (HTM) and the gold electrode further reduces costs, and carbon acts as a moisture repellent that helps in maintaining the stability of the underlying perovskite active layer. An inorganic interlayer of spinel cobaltite oxides (Co3O4) can greatly enhance the carbon based PSC performance by suppressing charge recombination and extracting holes efficiently...
January 12, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325903/gata4-loss-of-function-mutation-and-the-congenitally-bicuspid-aortic-valve
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Ruo-Gu Li, Ying-Jia Xu, Juan Wang, Xing-Yuan Liu, Fang Yuan, Ri-Tai Huang, Song Xue, Li Li, Hua Liu, Yan-Jie Li, Xin-Kai Qu, Hong-Yu Shi, Min Zhang, Xing-Biao Qiu, Yi-Qing Yang
Aggregating evidence suggests that genetic determinants play a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of the congenitally bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). BAV is of pronounced genetic heterogeneity, and the genetic components underlying BAV in an overwhelming majority of patients remain elusive. In the current study, the whole coding exons and adjacent introns, as well as 5' and 3' untranslated regions of the GATA4 gene, which codes for a zinc-finger transcription factor crucial for the normal development of the aortic valve, were screened by direct sequencing in 150 index patients with congenital BAV...
November 23, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323669/cost-effectiveness-and-comparative-effectiveness-of-cancer-risk-management-strategies-in-brca1-2-mutation-carriers-a-systematic-review
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Lara Petelin, Alison H Trainer, Gillian Mitchell, Danny Liew, Paul A James
PurposeTo review the evidence for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of cancer risk management interventions for BRCA carriers.MethodsComparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness analyses were identified by searching scientific and health economic databases. Eligible studies modeled the impact of a cancer risk management intervention in BRCA carriers on life expectancy (LE), cancer incidence, or quality-adjusted life years (QALYs), with or without costs.ResultsTwenty-six economic evaluations and eight comparative effectiveness analyses were included...
January 11, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323500/interfacial-layering-and-screening-behavior-of-glyme-based-lithium-electrolytes
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Maryam Nojabaee, Hsiu-Wei Cheng, Markus Valtiner, Jelena Popovic, Joachim Maier
Understanding of electrical double layers is essential to all electrochemical devices, particularly at high charge carrier concentrations. Using a combined approach (surface force apparatus, Zeta potential, infrared spectroscopy), we propose a model for the interfacial structure of triglyme electrolytes on muscovite Mica. In contact with the pure triglyme, a brush-like polymeric structure grows on the Mica surface. When lithium triflate is present in the triglyme, this structure is suppressed by anion adsorption and an extended double layer is formed...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321671/preconception-carrier-screening-for-multiple-disorders-evaluation-of-a-screening-offer-in-a-dutch-founder-population
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Inge B Mathijssen, Kim C A Holtkamp, Cecile P E Ottenheim, Janneke M C van Eeten-Nijman, Phillis Lakeman, Hanne Meijers-Heijboer, Merel C van Maarle, Lidewij Henneman
Technological developments have enabled carrier screening for multiple disorders. This study evaluated experiences with a preconception carrier screening offer for four recessive disorders in a Dutch founder population. Questionnaires were completed by 182 attendees pretesting and posttesting and by 137 non-attendees. Semistructured interviews were conducted with seven of the eight carrier couples. Attendees were mainly informed about the existence of screening by friends/colleagues (49%) and family members (44%)...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319509/prevalence-influencing-factors-antibiotic-resistance-toxin-and-molecular-characteristics-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-mrsa-nasal-carriage-among-diabetic-population-in-the-united-states-2001-2004
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Jialing Lin, Yang Peng, Chan Bai, Ting Zhang, Haoqu Zheng, Xiaojie Wang, Jiaping Ye, Xiaohua Ye, Ying Li, Zhenjiang Yao
Diabetic population were reported more likely to suffer carriage and infection with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than non-diabetic population. We aim to elucidate the prevalence and characteristics of S. aureus and MRSA nasal carriage among diabetic population in the United States National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2001-2004. Univariate analyses were conducted using Chi-square test, Fisher's exact probability test or student t test, as appropriate...
December 4, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318406/prospective-blinded-surveillance-screening-of-swedish-women-with-increased-hereditary-risk-of-breast-cancer
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Annelie Liljegren, Anna von Wachenfeldt, Edward Azavedo, Sandra Eloranta, Helene Grundström, Anne Kinhult Ståhlbom, Ann Sundbom, Per Sundén, Gunilla Svane, Dieter Ulitzsch, Brita Arver
PURPOSE: To evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of different screening modalities in women with a family history of breast cancer. METHODS: Our blinded, prospective, comparative cohort analysis included three types of screening, mammography, ultrasound, and clinical breast examination once per year for 6 years. Eligible patients for this study were healthy women with ≥ 17% lifetime risk of breast cancer or with a mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2. RESULTS: A total of 632 women were screened between 2002 and 2012 (each for 6 years)...
January 9, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317129/introduction-reproductive-genetics-bringing-clarity-to-a-foreign-language
#18
Anthony R Gregg, Steven R Lindheim
Genomic based technologies are firmly implanted into clinical medicine. They arrived rapidly and their uses continue to evolve in both the pre and postconception periods. These technologies migrated from the prenatal arena into the domain of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists in some cases nearly simultaneously (expanded carrier screening), in others more slowly (chromosome microarrays), and for some technologies the ethical and cost concerns have resulted in a slower diffusion across the disciplines...
January 6, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313673/epoxycyclohexenedione-type-compounds-are-a-new-class-of-inhibitors-of-the-bovine-mitochondrial-adp-atp-carrier
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Ayaki Aoyama, Masatoshi Murai, Naoya Ichimaru, Shunsuke Aburaya, Wataru Aoki, Hideto Miyoshi
Through the extensive screening of our chemical library, we found epoxycyclohexenedione (ECHD)-type compounds (AMM-59 and -120) as unique inhibitors of the bovine heart mitochondrial ADP/ATP carrier (AAC). The present study investigated the mechanism of the inhibition of AAC by ECHDs using submitochondrial particles (SMPs). Proteomic analyses of ECHD-bound AAC as well as biochemical characterization using different SH-reagents showed that ECHDs inhibit the function of AAC by covalently binding primarily to Cys57 and secondarily to Cys160...
January 9, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311713/towards-high-throughput-gpcr-crystallography-in-meso-soaking-of-adenosine-a2a-receptor-crystals
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Prakash Rucktooa, Robert K Y Cheng, Elena Segala, Tian Geng, James C Errey, Giles A Brown, Robert M Cooke, Fiona H Marshall, Andrew S Doré
Here we report an efficient method to generate multiple co-structures of the A2A G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) with small-molecules from a single preparation of a thermostabilised receptor crystallised in Lipidic Cubic Phase (LCP). Receptor crystallisation is achieved following purification using a low affinity "carrier" ligand (theophylline) and crystals are then soaked in solutions containing the desired (higher affinity) compounds. Complete datasets to high resolution can then be collected from single crystals and seven structures are reported here of which three are novel...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
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