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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913750/congenital-heart-block-and-immune-mediated-sensorineural-hearing-loss-possible-cross-reactivity-of-immune-response
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C Bason, I Pagnini, A Brucato, S Maestroni, A Puccetti, C Lunardi, R Cimaz
Immune-mediated sensorineural hearing loss may complicate systemic autoimmune diseases. We have previously reported the presence of antibodies directed against inner ear antigens in patients with Cogan syndrome, a disease characterized by sudden hearing loss and interstitial keratitis. Such autoantibodies cross-react with an epitope of SSA/Ro60 protein. Anti-Ro/SSA antibodies in pregnant women cross the placenta and reach the fetal tissues inducing an immune-mediated damage of the cardiac conduction system...
December 2, 2016: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899248/unexplained-increases-in-serum-vancomycin-concentration-in-a-morbidly-obese-patient
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Sean P Kane, Scott D Hanes
INTRODUCTION: To report a case of increases in vancomycin concentrations without additional vancomycin doses being given. CASE STUDY: A 64 year-old morbidly obese female received three total doses of vancomycin for surgical prophylaxis and for ventilator-associated pneumonia. Subsequent vancomycin concentrations from the patient's central venous catheter (CVC) demonstrated increasing drug levels from 27.1 to 45.9mcg/mL despite no additional vancomycin being given and proper line flushing prior to sample collection...
November 26, 2016: Intensive & Critical Care Nursing: the Official Journal of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894352/immunoassay-of-s-adenosylmethionine-and-s-adenosylhomocysteine-the-methylation-index-as-a-biomarker-for-disease-and-health-status
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Xiujuan Hao, Yan Huang, Ming Qiu, Chunlin Yin, Huiming Ren, Hongjie Gan, Huijun Li, Yaxia Zhou, Jiazhi Xia, Wenting Li, Lijuan Guo, Isaac A Angres
BACKGROUND: S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM) and S-adenosylhomocysteine (SAH) are relevant to a variety of diseases. Previous reports that quantified SAM and SAH were based on HPLC or LC-MS/MS. No antibody against SAM has been generated, and the antibody against SAH cannot be used with blood samples. Immunoassays have not been used to measure SAM and SAH. In this study, ELISA was used to measure blood SAM and SAH levels. RESULTS: Specific antibodies against SAM were produced for the first time using a stable analog as the antigen...
November 28, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891343/expression-of-alpha-methylacyl-coa-racemase-amacr-in-gastric-adenocarcinoma-and-its-correlation-with-helicobacter-pylori-infection
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Yamini Jindal, Anshul Singh, Ravikant Kumar, Kachnar Varma, Vatsala Misra, Sri Prakash Misra, Manisha Dwivedi
INTRODUCTION: Gastric cancer develops in a multistep progression and is determined by genetic and environmental factors. Over-expression of Alpha Methylacyl CoA Racemase (AMACR) is useful in diagnosis of prostate cancer. There is plenty of genetic alteration that occurs in gastric adenocarcinoma. The present study was planned to determine if AMACR can be used as a diagnostic marker in gastric adenocarcinoma similar to prostate cancer. AIM: To study the expression of AMACR in gastric adenocarcinoma and correlate its expression with density of Helicobacter pylori...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887960/corticosteroid-binding-globulin-cleavage-may-be-pathogen-dependent-in-bloodstream-infection
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Marni A Nenke, John G Lewis, Wayne Rankin, David Shaw, David J Torpy
OBJECTIVE: The process of enzymatic cleavage of high- to low-affinity corticosteroid-binding globulin (haCBG to laCBG) by neutrophil elastase leads to local tissue release of cortisol. Recently Pseudomonas aeruginosa was shown to instigate CBG cleavage with release of free cortisol in vitro. Hence, CBG cleavage with release of anti-inflammatory cortisol in infection may be pathogen-dependent. Our objective was to determine whether haCBG and laCBG levels are altered in infected patients compared with controls, and whether these alterations were particular to causative bacteria...
November 22, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878751/assessment-of-the-relationship-between-serum-paraoxonase-activity-and-epicardial-adipose-tissue-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Emad Abdallah, Samya El-Shishtawy, Nevine Sherif, Ahmed Ali, Omnia El-Bendary
PURPOSE: Paraoxonase-1 (PON-1) is a high-density lipoprotein-associated (HDL) enzyme, which has been shown to reduce susceptibility to low-density lipoprotein (LDL) peroxidation. Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is a marker of atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between PON-1 activity and EAT in hemodialysis (HD) patients. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study conducted on 72 (43 males) HD patients with end-stage renal disease...
November 23, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866344/development-of-a-fast-curing-tissue-adhesive-for-meniscus-tear-repair
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Agnieszka Izabela Bochyńska, Gerjon Hannink, Dennis Janssen, Pieter Buma, Dirk W Grijpma
Isocyanate-terminated adhesive amphiphilic block copolymers are attractive materials to treat meniscus tears due to their tuneable mechanical properties and good adhesive characteristics. However, a drawback of this class of materials is their relatively long curing time. In this study, we evaluate the use of an amine cross-linker and addition of catalysts as two strategies to accelerate the curing rates of a recently developed biodegradable reactive isocyanate-terminated hyper-branched adhesive block copolymer prepared from polyethylene glycol (PEG), trimethylene carbonate, citric acid and hexamethylene diisocyanate...
January 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865396/mycobacterium-smegmatis-proteoliposome-induce-protection-in-a-murine-progressive-pulmonary-tuberculosis-model
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Yanely Tirado, Alina Puig, Nadine Alvarez, Reinier Borrero, Alicia Aguilar, Frank Camacho, Fatima Reyes, Sonsire Fernandez, Jose Luis Perez, Reynaldo Acevedo, Dulce Mata Espinoza, Jorge Alberto Barrios Payan, Maria de Los A Garcia, Ramlah Kadir, María E Sarmiento, Rogelio Hernandez-Pando, Mohd-Nor Norazmi, Armando Acosta
Tuberculosis (TB) remains an important cause of mortality and morbidity. The TB vaccine, BCG, is not fully protective against the adult form of the disease and is unable to prevent its transmission although it is still useful against severe childhood TB. Hence, the search for new vaccines is of great interest. In a previous study, we have shown that proteoliposomes obtained from Mycobacterium smegmatis (PLMs) induced cross reactive humoral and cellular response against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) antigens...
December 2016: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859820/hydrogel-with-orthogonal-reactive-units-2d-and-3d-cross-linking-modulation
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Gioia Della Giustina, Stefano Giulitti, Laura Brigo, Michele Zanatta, Maximilian Tromayer, Robert Liska, Nicola Elvassore, Giovanna Brusatin
In this work, an engineered hydrogel system with a 2D and 3D tunable cross-linking degree is presented. A precise chemical design by the introduction of cross-linkable units, having reaction orthogonality, allows to control the network formation both in time and space and to selectively alter the hydrogel physical properties. Hydrogel chemistry has been tailored in order to produce spatially controlled stiffness changes and drive cell morphology through mechanical cues. Elastic modulus rises by more than double after photocross-linking, as shown by atomic force microscopy measurements...
November 17, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856102/preparation-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-amantadine-and-rimantadine-and-development-of-an-indirect-competitive-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-detecting-the-same-in-chicken-muscle-and-liver
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Dapeng Peng, Wei Wei, Yuanhu Pan, Yulian Wang, Dongmei Chen, Zhenli Liu, Xu Wang, Menghong Dai, Zonghui Yuan
A monoclonal antibody (mAb) was produced in order to monitor the illegal use of amantadine and rimantadine in animals. The produced mAb 2G3 exhibited an IC50 value of 15.8μgL(-1) for amantadine and exhibited cross-reactivity to both amantadine (100%) and rimantadine (70.6%). Standard curves ranged from 5 to 80μgL(-1) for 2G3. The limits of detection of the developed indirect competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ic-ELISA) ranged from 5.0μgkg(-1) to 5.4μgkg(-1) in chicken muscle and liver. The recoveries were 81...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855618/scutellarin-as-a-therapeutic-agent-in-microglia-mediated-neuroinflammation-in-cerebral-ischemia
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Chun-Yun Wu, Ming Fang, Aparna Karthikeyan, Yun Yuan, Eng-Ang Ling
Neuroinflammation plays an important role in different brain diseases including acute brain injuries such as cerebral ischemic stroke and chronic neurodegenerative diseases e.g. Alzheimer's disease etc. The central player in this is the activated microglia which produce substantial amounts of proinflammatory mediators that may exacerbate the disease. Associated with microglia activation is astrogliosis characterized by hypertrophic astrocytes with increased expression of proinflammatory cytokines, neurotrophic factors, stem cell, neuronal and proliferation markers, all these are crucial for reconstruction of damaged tissue and ultimate restoration of neurological functions...
November 18, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849170/hiv-1-envelope-mimicry-of-host-enzyme-kynureninase-does-not-disrupt-tryptophan-metabolism
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Todd Bradley, Guang Yang, Olga Ilkayeva, T Matt Holl, Ruijun Zhang, Jinsong Zhang, Sampa Santra, Christopher B Fox, Steve G Reed, Robert Parks, Cindy M Bowman, Hilary Bouton-Verville, Laura L Sutherland, Richard M Scearce, Nathan Vandergrift, Thomas B Kepler, M Anthony Moody, Hua-Xin Liao, S Munir Alam, Roger McLendon, Jeffrey I Everitt, Christopher B Newgard, Laurent Verkoczy, Garnett Kelsoe, Barton F Haynes
The HIV-1 envelope protein (Env) has evolved to subvert the host immune system, hindering viral control by the host. The tryptophan metabolic enzyme kynureninase (KYNU) is mimicked by a portion of the HIV Env gp41 membrane proximal region (MPER) and is cross-reactive with the HIV broadly neutralizing Ab (bnAb) 2F5. Molecular mimicry of host proteins by pathogens can lead to autoimmune disease. In this article, we demonstrate that neither the 2F5 bnAb nor HIV MPER-KYNU cross-reactive Abs elicited by immunization with an MPER peptide-liposome vaccine in 2F5 bnAb VHDJH and VLJL knock-in mice and rhesus macaques modified KYNU activity or disrupted tissue tryptophan metabolism...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843374/potential-serum-and-urine-biomarkers-in-patients-with-lupus-nephritis-and-the-unsolved-problems
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REVIEW
Song-Chou Hsieh, Chang-Youh Tsai, Chia-Li Yu
Lupus nephritis (LN) is one of the most frequent and serious complications in the patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Autoimmune-mediated inflammation in both renal glomerular and tubulointerstitial tissues is the major pathological finding of LN. In clinical practice, the elevated anti-dsDNA antibody titer concomitant with reduced complement C3 and C4 levels has become the predictive and disease-activity surrogate biomarkers in LN. However, more and more evidences suggest that autoantibodies other than anti-dsDNA antibodies, such as anti-nucleosome, anti-C1q, anti-C3b, anti-cardiolipin, anti-endothelial cell, anti-ribonuclear proteins, and anti-glomerular matrix (anti-actinin) antibodies, may also involve in LN...
2016: Open Access Rheumatology: Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842784/common-interferences-in-drug-testing
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REVIEW
Michael P Smith, Martin H Bluth
Interferences relating to laboratory toxicology testing refer to results which differ from their true value and are often encountered in the setting of a drug screen compared with confirmatory testing. Such interferences fall into two general categories; those that cause false positive results (when a drug screen is positive but confirmatory testing is negative) and those that cause false negative results (when a drug screen is negative when in reality the sample donor has ingested the tested substance). Such interferences can result from differences in laboratory testing methodology, reagent and analyte cross reactivity, limits of analyte detection, instrument resolution, reporting cutoff, sample processing, tissue type and sample adulteration among others...
December 2016: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805512/the-most-common-hla-alleles-and-anti-hla-antibodies-to-know-for-virtual-cross-match
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Bilkay Baştürk, Bircan Kantaroğlu, Miray Kavuzlu, Çağla Sarıtürk
OBJECTIVES: Human leukocyte antigens and HLAspecific antibodies are important before and after transplant treatment. The determination of the alloantibodies before transplant is useful for the estimation of risk for antibody-mediated rejection. Virtual crossmatch uses solid-phase assay to detect anti-HLA antibodies and allows exclusion of donors with unacceptable HLA antigens. The aim of our retrospective study was to investigate HLA class I and class II alleles and panel reactive antibody and Luminex Corporation (Austin, TX, USA) single-antigen bead assay positivity frequencies in the Southeastern region of Turkey...
November 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798668/the-lin28-expression-in-stallion-testes
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Geumhui Lee, Heejun Jung, Minjung Yoon
The molecular markers for specific germ cell stages can be utilized for identifying, monitoring, and separating a particular stage of germ cells. The RNA-binding protein Lin28 is expressed in gonocytes of human fetal testes. The Lin28 expression is restricted to a very small population of spermatogonial cells in human, mice, and monkey. The main objective of this study was to investigate the expression pattern of Lin28 in stallion testes at different reproductive stages. Based on the presence or absence of full spermatogenesis and lumina in seminiferous tubules, the testicular samples were categorized into two reproductive stages pre-pubertal and post-pubertal...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773813/effect-of-cross-sensitization-between-xeno-and-allo-antigens-on-subsequent-allogeneic-and-xenogeneic-pancreatic-islet-transplantation-in-a-murine-model
#17
Hyun-Je Kim, Nari Byun, Ohsang Kwon, Chung-Gyu Park
The number of patients in need of organ transplantation is continuously on the rise. However, because of organ donor shortage, xenotransplantation has been highlighted as an alternative. Among the various porcine organs and tissues, porcine islets are considered to be the best-matching implantable candidates for clinical application based on recent progress in nonhuman primate pre-clinical studies. Nevertheless, before initiation of clinical trials, it should be confirmed whether the requisite xeno-antigen sensitization would have a deleterious effect on subsequent allo-transplantation or vice versa...
October 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27770869/a-new-bi-layered-scaffold-for-osteochondral-tissue-regeneration-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-preclinical-investigations
#18
M Sartori, S Pagani, A Ferrari, V Costa, V Carina, E Figallo, M C Maltarello, L Martini, M Fini, G Giavaresi
Current treatments for acute or degenerative chondral and osteochondral lesions are in need of improvement, as these types of injuries lead to disability and worsen the quality of life in a high percentage of patients. The aim of this study was to develop a new bi-layered scaffold for osteochondral tissue regeneration through a "biomimetic" and "bioinspired" approach. For chondral regeneration, the scaffold was realized with an organic compound (type I collagen), while for the regeneration of the subchondral layer, bioactive magnesium-doped hydroxyapatite (Mg/HA) crystals were co-precipitated with the organic component of the scaffold...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761757/development-of-a-sandwich-elisa-assay-for-quantification-of-human-tissue-transglutaminase-in-cell-lysates-and-tissue-homogenates
#19
Éva Sivadó, Sabrina Lareure, Valérie Attuil-Audenis, Saïd El Alaoui, Vincent Thomas
Tissue transglutaminase (tTG) belongs to the multigene transglutaminase family of Ca(2+)-dependent protein cross-linking enzymes. There is a strong evidence that tTG is involved in pathology, such as neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and celiac disease. To study physiopathological implication of tTG, a sandwich immunoassay has been developed with a new monoclonal antibody for the capture and polyclonal antibody both generated in house. Using this ready to use assay, the tTG protein level can be measured in human tissue homogenates and cells extracts easily in about 4 h...
October 19, 2016: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746034/role-of-oxidative-stress-and-antioxidants-in-daily-nutrition-and-human-health
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REVIEW
Geir Bjørklund, Salvatore Chirumbolo
Diet may be defined as a complex process that should involve a deeper comprehension of metabolism, energy balance, and the molecular pathways involved in cellular stress response and survival, gut microflora genetics, enzymatic polymorphism within the human population, and the role of plant-derived polyphenols in this context. Metabolic syndrome, encompassing pathologies with a relatively high morbidity, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, is a bullet point of the big concern about how daily dietary habits should promote health and prevent metabolic impairments to prevent hospitalization and the need for health care...
January 2017: Nutrition
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