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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141393/-the-role-of-myelin-oligodendrocyte-glycoprotein-antibodies-for-detection-of-demyelinating-optic-neuritis
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S H Wei, Y Zhao
The incidence of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD) in the Asian population is much higher than in Europe and North America. Optic neuritis is the first sign of NMOSD for some people. Identification of aquaporin 4 antibody is a milestone in the research of NMOSD and has been included in the diagnosis standard of NMOSD, but about 20% to 30% of NMOSD patients is aquaporin 4 antibody-negative. With the cell-based assays, oligodendrocyte glycoprotein antibodies in demyelinating diseases of the central nervous system have aroused the attention of researchers...
November 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141388/-effects-of-smp-30-overexpression-on-apoptosis-of-human-lens-epithelial-cells-induced-by-ultraviolet-b-irradiation
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H Teng, L Y Huang, F Tian, L J Dong, H Zhang
Objective: This study was to observe the effect of SMP-30 on ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced apoptosis of human lens epithelial cells(HLE-B3) in vitro. Methods: Experimental study. The SMP-30 cDNA was amplified by PCR and inserted into the pRFP-N1 expressing vector which had been double digested by XhoI/HindIII. HLE-B3 cells were cultured and divided into three groups: normal group, pRFP-N1 vector plasmid group and pRFP-N1-SMP-30 plasmid group (SMP-30). Then cells were exposed to UVB and the survival rate of cells was detected by MTT assay...
November 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141377/-the-clinical-significance-of-anti-ubiquitin-c-terminal-hydrolase-l1-autoantibodies-in-the-diagnosis-of-neuropsychiatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Y Meng, H Sun, J J Xu, R Li, Y Wang
Objective: To analyze the clinical significance of anti- ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1(UCHL-1)autoantibodies in neuropsychiatric systemic lupus erythematosus (NPSLE). Methods: Autoantibodies in cerebrospinal fluid specimen of 56 inpatients were detected by using indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and the fullmedical history and clinical manifestations were analyzed retrospectively. Results: The levels of anti-UCHL-1 autoantibodies in NPSLE group were significant higher than that in other controls (P<0...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141376/-clinical-significance-of-acute-gastrointestinal-injury-grades-in-inflammatory-response-of-critically-ill-patients
#4
J Wang, Y L Gao, W W Yu, Y H Xia, Y Z Sun
Objective: To explore the value of acute gastrointestinal injury (AGI) grades in inflammatory response of critically ill patients. Methods: Ptients with AGI severity from Ⅰ to Ⅳ were randomly selected(20 for each)from July 2014 to June 2015 in ICU of Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital. The expression of NF-κB were detected by immunofluorescence. The expression of TNF-α and IL-6 were detected by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Procalcitonin (PCT) and C reactive protein (CRP) were measured. Statistical analysis was carried out...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141345/-comparison-of-results-of-two-immunoassays-for-detection-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-in-pregnant-women
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H Y Xiong, Y F Luo, H Y Liu, W H Han, A Q Hu, Y Wang, Y J Zheng
Objective: To evaluate and compare the detection consistency of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) by two immunoassays: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and electrochemiluminescent immunoassay (ECLIA). Methods: A prospective study was conducted among 2 296 pregnant women recruited consecutively from January 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 in a hospital. Blood samples were collected from them for the detection of HBsAg by using ELISA and ECLIA, Kappa test was performed on the results. Nested polymerase chain reaction and sequencing of HBV S gene were also performed in all samples...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141316/-a-clinical-analysis-of-micafungin-treatment-of-pulmonary-invasive-fungal-infection-in-pediatric-patients-with-acute-leukemia-or-post-hematopoietic-stem-cells-transplantation
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K Huang, K Y Qiu, L L Deng, J P Fang, Y Li, H X Guo, D H Zhou
Objective: To investigate the efficacy and safety of micafungin (MCF) for pulmonary invasive fungal disease (PIFD) in pediatric patients with acute leukemia or post hematopoietic stem cells transplantation. Method: Twenty-five neutropenic PIFD children with acute leukemia or post hematopoietic stem cells transplantation in Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University were selected from January 2012 to June 2015, including 12 males and 13 females, age range 2-15 (average 6.2±2.0) years. There were 12 cases of acute leukemia (AL) after chemotherapy, 4 cases of acute leukemia (AL) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) and 9 cases of β-thalassemia major after allo-HSCT...
November 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141252/musashi1-promotes-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-malignancy-and-chemoresistance-via-activating-the-akt-signaling-pathway
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Yaoguo Lang, Xianglong Kong, Changjun He, Fengjiao Wang, Benkun Liu, Shibo Zhang, Jinfeng Ning, Kaibin Zhu, Shidong Xu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Lung cancer is one of the leading causes for cancer mortality. The poor therapeutic outcome of non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) is mainly due to late diagnosis and chemoresistance. In this study, we investigated the role of Musashi1 (MSI1) in NSCLC malignancy and chemoresistance. METHODS: Colony formation, MTT, glucose uptake and lactate production assays were employed to study lung cancer cell malignancy and chemoresistance. RT-PCR and Western blotting were performed to detect mRNA and protein expressions of genes...
November 15, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141249/%C3%AE-catenin-cooperates-with-creb-binding-protein-to-promote-the-growth-of-tumor-cells
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Wendan Yu, Liren Li, Fufu Zheng, Wenjing Yang, Shilei Zhao, Chunfang Tian, Wenwen Yin, Yiming Chen, Wei Guo, Lijuan Zou, Wuguo Deng
BACKGROUND/AIMS: β-catenin is an integral component of the canonical Wnt signaling pathway, and its mutations are an autosomal recessive cause of colorectal cancer (CRC), medulloblastoma (MDB), and ovarian cancer. Nevertheless, little is known about its function in lung cancers. METHODS: We first knocked down β-catenin by siRNA to investigate its effects on lung cancer cell proliferation, migration and apoptosis. Then we verified the interaction between β-catenin and CREB binding protein (CBP) by immunofluoresence and co-immunoprecipition assays...
November 15, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141248/association-of-functional-genetic-variants-of-hotair-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc-susceptibility-in-a-chinese-population
#9
Hao Li, Xian-Mei Tang, Yangchen Liu, Weizhen Li, Qiaoyun Chen, Yan Pan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The HOX transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR), a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), plays an important role in the pathogenesis and progression of multiple tumors. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in HOTAIR are related to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) susceptibility in a Chinese population. METHODS: We genotyped three SNPs of HOTAIR in a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) case-control study, including 482 cases and 520 control subjects...
November 15, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141120/biotinylated-photopolymers-for-3d-printed-unibody-lab-on-a-chip-optical-platforms
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Caterina Credi, Gianmarco Griffini, Marinella Levi, Stefano Turri
The present work reports the first demonstration of straightforward fabrication of monolithic unibody lab-on-a-chip (ULOCs) integrating bioactive micrometric 3D scaffolds by means of multimaterial stereolithography (SL). To this end, a novel biotin-conjugated photopolymer is successfully synthesized and optimally formulated to achieve high-performance SL-printing resolution, as demonstrated by the SL-fabrication of biotinylated structures smaller than 100 µm. By optimizing a multimaterial single-run SL-based 3D-printing process, such biotinylated microstructures are incorporated within perfusion microchambers whose excellent optical transparency enables real-time optical microscopy analyses...
November 15, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141107/metal-transformation-as-a-strategy-for-bacterial-detoxification-of-heavy-metals
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Ashraf M M Essa, Mohamed A Al Abboud, Sayeed I Khatib
Microorganisms can modify the chemical and physical characters of metals leading to an alteration in their speciation, mobility, and toxicity. Aqueous heavy metals solutions (Hg, Cd, Pb, Ag, Cu, and Zn) were treated with the volatile metabolic products (VMPs) of Escherichia coli Z3 for 24 h using aerobic bioreactor. The effect of the metals treated with VMPs in comparison to the untreated metals on the growth of E. coli S1 and Staphylococcus aureus S2 (local isolates) was examined. Moreover, the toxic properties of the treated and untreated metals were monitored using minimum inhibitory concentration assay...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141050/differential-immunomodulation-in-human-monocytes-versus-macrophages-by-filarial-cystatin
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Gopinath Venugopal, Marion Mueller, Susanne Hartmann, Svenja Steinfelder
Parasitic nematodes have evolved powerful immunomodulatory molecules to enable their survival in immunocompetent hosts by subverting immune responses and minimizing pathological processes. One filarial molecule known to counteract host immune responses by inducing IL-10 and regulatory macrophages in mice is filarial cystatin. During a patent filarial infection monocytes encounter microfilariae in the blood, an event that occurs in asymptomatically infected filariasis patients that are immunologically hyporeactive...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141039/identification-of-isolates-of-the-plant-pathogen-leptosphaeria-maculans-with-resistance-to-the-triazole-fungicide-fluquinconazole-using-a-novel-in-planta-assay
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Angela P Van de Wouw, Vicki L Elliott, Steven Chang, Francisco J López-Ruiz, Steven J Marcroft, Alexander Idnurm
Leptosphaeria maculans is the major pathogen of canola (oilseed rape, Brassica napus) worldwide. In Australia, the use of azole fungicides has contributed to the 50-fold increase in canola production in the last 25 years. However, extensive application of fungicides sets the stage for the selection of fungal populations with resistance. A high-throughput in planta assay was developed to allow screening of thousands of isolates from multiple populations. Using this screen, isolates were identified with decreased sensitivity to the fungicide fluquinconazole when applied at field rates as a protective seed dressing: these isolates cause significantly larger lesions on cotyledons and true leaves and increased disease severity at plant maturity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141018/evaluation-of-the-proliferation-marker-ki-67-in-a-large-prostatectomy-cohort
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Elin Richardsen, Sigve Andersen, Samer Al-Saad, Mehrdad Rakaee, Yngve Nordby, Mona Irene Pedersen, Nora Ness, Thea Grindstad, Ingeborg Movik, Tom Dønnem, Roy Bremnes, Lill-Tove Busund
The tumor proliferation index marker Ki-67 is strongly associated with tumor cell proliferation, growth and progression, and is widely used in routine clinicopathological investigation. Prostate cancer is a complex multifaceted and biologically heterogeneous disease, and overtreatment of localized, low volume indolent tumors, is evident. Here, we aimed to assess Ki-67 expression and related outcomes of 535 patients treated with radical prostatectomy. The percentage of tumor epithelial cells expressing Ki-67 was determined by immunohistochemical assay, both digital image analysis and visual scoring by light microscope were used for quantification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141013/indcaps-a-tool-for-designing-screening-primers-for-crispr-cas9-mutagenesis-events
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Charles Hodgens, Zachary L Nimchuk, Joseph J Kieber
Genetic manipulation of organisms using CRISPR/Cas9 technology generally produces small insertions/deletions (indels) that can be difficult to detect. Here, we describe a technique to easily and rapidly identify such indels. Sequence-identified mutations that alter a restriction enzyme recognition site can be readily distinguished from wild-type alleles using a cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence (CAPS) technique. If a restriction site is created or altered by the mutation such that only one allele contains the restriction site, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) followed by a restriction digest can be used to distinguish the two alleles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141010/multiple-effects-of-toxins-isolated-from-crotalus-durissus-terrificus-on-the-hepatitis-c-virus-life-cycle
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Jacqueline Farinha Shimizu, Carina Machado Pereira, Cintia Bittar, Mariana Nogueira Batista, Guilherme Rodrigues Fernandes Campos, Suely da Silva, Adélia Cristina Oliveira Cintra, Carsten Zothner, Mark Harris, Suely Vilela Sampaio, Victor Hugo Aquino, Paula Rahal, Ana Carolina Gomes Jardim
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the main causes of liver disease and transplantation worldwide. Current therapy is expensive, presents additional side effects and viral resistance has been described. Therefore, studies for developing more efficient antivirals against HCV are needed. Compounds isolated from animal venoms have shown antiviral activity against some viruses such as Dengue virus, Yellow fever virus and Measles virus. In this study, we evaluated the effect of the complex crotoxin (CX) and its subunits crotapotin (CP) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2-CB) isolated from the venom of Crotalus durissus terrificus on HCV life cycle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140979/ginsenoside-rg3-inhibits-angiogenesis-in-a-rat-model-of-endometriosis-through-the-vegfr-2-mediated-pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-pathway
#17
Yang Cao, Qing Ye, Mengfei Zhuang, Shuwu Xie, Ruihua Zhong, Jingang Cui, Jieyun Zhou, Yan Zhu, Tingting Zhang, Lin Cao
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the link between the inhibitory effect of ginsenoside Rg3 on the ectopic endometrium growth and the VEGFR-2-mediated PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway, a mechanism known to inhibit angiogenesis and induce ectopic endometrial cell apoptosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A model of endometriosis was established by allotransplantation in rats. The rats were randomly divided into 5 groups: the ginsenoside Rg3 low-dose group (group A,5mg/kgBW/d of ginsenoside Rg3), the ginsenoside Rg3 high-dose group (group B, 10mg/kgBW/d of ginsenoside Rg3), the gestrinone group (group C, 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140977/low-cost-and-open-source-multi-fluorescence-imaging-system-for-teaching-and-research-in-biology-and-bioengineering
#18
Isaac Nuñez, Tamara Matute, Roberto Herrera, Juan Keymer, Timothy Marzullo, Timothy Rudge, Fernán Federici
The advent of easy-to-use open source microcontrollers, off-the-shelf electronics and customizable manufacturing technologies has facilitated the development of inexpensive scientific devices and laboratory equipment. In this study, we describe an imaging system that integrates low-cost and open-source hardware, software and genetic resources. The multi-fluorescence imaging system consists of readily available 470 nm LEDs, a Raspberry Pi camera and a set of filters made with low cost acrylics. This device allows imaging in scales ranging from single colonies to entire plates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140946/comparison-of-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-assay-with-tuberculin-skin-test-for-the-diagnosis-of-latent-tuberculosis-infection-among-hiv-infected-and-uninfected-children
#19
Walter Dehority, Rolando M Viani, Maria Rosario G Araneta, Graciano Lopez, Stephen A Spector
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is facilitated by tuberculin skin testing (TST) or interferon-gamma release assays such as the QuantiFERON TB Gold In-Tube (QTF-GIT) assays. Limited data exist on the utility of interferon-gamma release assays in HIV-infected children, which may be falsely negative due to immunosuppression. METHODS: A cross-sectional study comparing TST to QTF-GIT for the diagnosis of suspected LTBI was performed in children in Tijuana, Mexico, and in San Diego, California...
December 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140943/antibodies-toward-vedolizumab-appear-from-the-first-infusion-onward-and-disappear-over-time
#20
Sumin Bian, Erwin Dreesen, Ho Tsun Tang, Griet Compernolle, Miet Peeters, Gert Van Assche, Marc Ferrante, Séverine Vermeire, Ann Gils
BACKGROUND: Vedolizumab (VDZ) has been approved for the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The GEMINI trials reported a low prevalence of anti-VDZ antibodies (AVA). However, the AVA assays used in GEMINI were drug sensitive, resulting in a possible underestimation of the rate of AVA formation. This study aimed to monitor immunogenicity of VDZ in a real-life cohort using a drug-resistant AVA assay. METHODS: Using a combination of VDZ/AVA complex precipitation and acid dissociation, a drug-resistant assay for AVA detection in the presence of high VDZ concentrations has been developed and analytically validated...
December 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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