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Angelos Hatzakis, Helen Papachristou, Sangeetha J Nair, Jacqueline Fortunko, Tracy Foote, HeeCheol Kim, Tashi L Peling, Andrew J Worlock
BACKGROUND: Quantitation of HIV-RNA is critically important for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, monitoring and assessment of infectivity in HIV-1 infection. The objective of this study was to assess performance characteristics of the Aptima HIV-1 Quant Dx assay (Aptima), a new transcription mediated amplification (TMA), fully integrated and automated assay from Hologic Inc., San Diego, CA, USA. The analytical sensitivity, analytical specificity, precision and detection of HIV-1 subtypes were tested based on commercially available international standards or panels...
October 21, 2016: Virology Journal
M J Tao, W Al-Jundi, G Roche-Nagle
INTRODUCTION: Popliteal artery aneurysms (PAA) are the most prevalent form of peripheral arterial aneurysms. Greater saphenous vein grafts and endoaneurysmorrhaphy remains the mainstay therapy for open repair of PAA. True aneurysmal degeneration of lower extremity infrainguinal autologous vein grafts are relatively rare and its etiology is not completely understood. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of a 57-year-old man with recurrent autologous venous graft aneurysmal dilatations following a surgical popliteal artery aneurysm repair...
October 8, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Niclas Rollborn, Torbjörn Åkerfeldt, Gunnar Nordin, Xiao Yan Xu, Aleksandra Mandic-Havelka, Lars-Olof Hansson, Anders Larsson
Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) is a frequently requested laboratory test and there is thus a need for high throughput instruments for this assay. We evaluated a new automated multicapillary zone electrophoresis instrument (Capillarys 3 Tera, Sebia, Lisses, France) for analysis of HbA1c in venous samples. Routine requested HbA1c samples were analyzed immunologically on a Roche c6000 instrument (n = 142) and then with the Capillarys 3 Tera instrument. The Capillarys 3 Tera instrument performed approximately 70 HbA1c tests/hour...
October 21, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
Julien Péron, Pascal Roy, Thierry Conroy, Françoise Desseigne, Marc Ychou, Sophie Gourgou-Bourgade, Trevor Stanbury, Laurent Roche, Brice Ozenne, Marc Buyse
BACKGROUND: We sought to assess the benefit-risk balance of FOLFIRINOX versus gemcitabine in patients with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. METHODS: We used generalized pairwise comparisons. This statistical method permits the simultaneous analysis of several prioritized outcome measures. The first priority outcome was survival time (OS). Differences in OS that exceeded two months were considered clinically relevant. The second priority outcome was toxicity...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Ana Gabriela Travassos, Eveline Xavier Pereira de Souza, Eduardo Netto, Eda Vinhaes Dantas, Maiara Timbó, Isabella Nóbrega, Tatiana Haguihara, Júlia Maria de Oliveira Neumeyer, Nathalia Araújo Lisboa, Maria Angela Soidan, Fábio Ferreira, Carlos Brites
BACKGROUND: Infections caused by Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae are the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections throughout the world. These sexually transmitted infections are a growing problem in people living with HIV/AIDS. However, the presence of these agents in extra genital sites, remains poorly studied in our country. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae anal and genital infection in people living with HIV/AIDS followed in a reference center in Salvador, Brazil...
October 17, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Benjamin Roche, Virginie Rougeron, Lluis Quintana-Murci, François Renaud, Jessica Lee Abbate, Franck Prugnolle
Malarial infections have long been recognized as a driver of human evolution, as demonstrated by the influence of Plasmodium falciparum on sickle-cell anemia persistence. Duffy-negativity is another blood disorder thought to have been selected because it confers nearly complete resistance against Plasmodium vivax infection. Recent evidence suggests that the benefits of being Duffy-negative cannot be expected to play a strong selective pressure on humans, whereas its costs cannot be considered as negligible...
October 17, 2016: Trends in Parasitology
L Larue, G Keromnes, A Massari, C Roche, D Bouret, N G Cassuto, J P Ayel
OBJECTIVES: Identify, define and validate through statistical analysis the anatomical causes of difficult embryo transfers (ET). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This observational study, carried out in 306 IVF candidates, compared the frequency of anatomical anomalies of the uterus and cervix in women who underwent an easy ET with that in women who underwent a difficult ET. Anatomical anomalies were detected during an assessment of the cervix and uterus including transvaginal ultrasound, hysteroscopy and a mock transfer...
October 17, 2016: Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction
Alice C Wyse-Jackson, Sarah L Roche, Ana M Ruiz-Lopez, Jennifer N Moloney, Ashleigh M Byrne, Thomas G Cotter
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a degenerative retinal disease leading to photoreceptor cell loss. In 2011, our group identified the synthetic progesterone 'Norgestrel' as a potential treatment for RP. Subsequent research showed Norgestrel to work through progesterone receptor membrane component 1 (PGRMC1) activation and upregulation of neuroprotective basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). Using trophic factor deprivation of 661W photoreceptor-like cells, we aimed to further elucidate the mechanism leading to Norgestrel-induced neuroprotection...
October 20, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Gavin Cloherty, Stephane Chevaliez, Christoph Sarrazin, Christine Herman, Vera Holzmayer, George Dawson, Benjamin Maasoumy, Johannes Vermehren, Heiner Wedemeyer, Jordan J Feld, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky
Approval of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C (HCV) includes the truncation of therapy from 12 to 8 weeks in treatment naïve, non-cirrhotic patients with baseline HCV RNA levels <6 million IU/mL (6.8 log10 IU/mL). The aim of this study was to evaluate this clinical cutoff with a different widely used commercially available HCV RNA test. Results from samples tested prospectively with Roche High Pure TaqMan HCV 2.0 test (HPS) were compared to those tested retrospectively with the Abbott RealTime HCV RNA test (ART)...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hélène Roche
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October 19, 2016: Nature
Marie de Charette, Aurélien Marabelle, Roch Houot
Downregulation/loss of the antigen presentation is a major immune escape mechanism in cancer. It allows tumour cells to become 'invisible' and avoid immune attack by antitumour T cells. In tumour harbouring properties of professional antigen presenting cells (i.e. tumour B cells in lymphoma), downregulation/loss of the antigen presentation may also prevent direct priming of naïve T cells by tumour cells. Here, we review treatments that may induce/restore antigen presentation by the tumour cells. These treatments may increase the generation of antitumour T cells and/or their capacity to recognise and eliminate tumour cells...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Marina Parra-Robert, Aida Orois, Josep Maria Augé, Irene Halperin, Xavier Filella, Rafael Molina
BACKGROUND: Medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) is a neuroendocrine tumor caused by a malignant transformation in the parafollicular C-cells of the thyroid, where calcitonin (CT) is released. Nowadays the main tumor markers (TM) used in the diagnosis and follow-up of MTC patients are CT and carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA). Nonetheless, progastrin releasing peptide (proGRP) has been recently proposed as a TM useful in the MTC. Our aims were to investigate the release of proGRP in thyroid tumors, its role in the assessment of advanced MTC and its utility in the differential diagnosis between MTC and non-MTC thyroid tumors...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Allan S Jaffe, Harvey D White
High sensitivity cardiac troponin (hscTn) assays are used everywhere except in the United States.(1) One potential advantage of these assays is the ability to triage patients with possible ischemia more rapidly and, there is an understandable desire to find easy, facile algorithms to do this. This was the approach taken with hscTn in the evaluation of patients with possible acute myocardial infarction (AMI) using an algorithm developed by the Advantageous Predictors of Acute Coronary Syndromes Evaluation (APACE) trial...
October 17, 2016: Circulation
Habteab Habtom, Sandrine Demanèche, Lorna Dawson, Chen Azulay, Ofra Matan, Patrick Robe, Ron Gafny, Pascal Simonet, Edouard Jurkevitch, Zohar Pasternak
The ubiquity and transferability of soil makes it a resource for the forensic investigator, as it can provide a link between agents and scenes. However, the information contained in soils, such as chemical compounds, physical particles or biological entities, is seldom used in forensic investigations; due mainly to the associated costs, lack of available expertise, and the lack of soil databases. The microbial DNA in soil is relatively easy to access and analyse, having thus the potential to provide a powerful means for discriminating soil samples or linking them to a common origin...
October 6, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Amaal Abrahams, Nicolas Mouchet, Nicolas Gouault, Françoise Lohézic Le Dévéhat, Myriam Le Roch, Isabelle Rouaud, David Gilot, Marie-Dominique Galibert
The stress-activated p38α MAP Kinase is an integral and critical component of the UV-induced inflammatory response. Despite the advances in recent years in the development of p38 kinase inhibitors, validation of these compounds in the diseased models remains limited. Based on the pharmacological profile of p38α inhibitor lead compound, SB203580, we synthesized a series of pyrrole-derivatives. Using UV-irradiated human skin punch-biopsies and cell cultures, we identified and validated the inhibitory activity of the derivatives by quantitatively measuring their effect on the expression of p38α target genes using real-time PCR...
October 17, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Alan Kivitz, Thomas Wallace, Ewa Olech, Michael Borofsky, Jenny Devenport, Jinglan Pei, Margaret Michalska
INTRODUCTION: To assess the long-term safety and efficacy of subcutaneous tocilizumab (TCZ-SC) in US patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who rolled over from the two global phase 3 studies, SUMMACTA (NCT01194414) and BREVACTA (NCT1232569), into this open-label, single-arm, phase 3b study. METHODS: Patients continued to receive TCZ-SC 162 mg weekly or every other week or switched from intravenous TCZ to TCZ-SC 162 mg qw for up to 84 weeks. The primary endpoint was the proportion of patients with serious adverse events (SAEs)...
September 24, 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Sharareh Monemi, Erhan Berber, Khaled Sarsour, Jianmei Wang, Kathy Lampl, Kamal Bharucha, Attila Pethoe-Schramm
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to use multiple data sources to update information on gastrointestinal perforations (GIPs) during tocilizumab (TCZ) treatment in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Reporting rates of GIP events were estimated from three distinct patient data sets: a TCZ-IV RA clinical trial all-exposure population, a global TCZ postmarketing safety database population, and a US healthcare claims database population of patients with RA, including patients who received TCZ, anti-tumor necrosis factor (aTNF) agents, or abatacept...
July 15, 2016: Rheumatol Ther
Nicolas Persico, Jeremy Bourenne, Antoine Roch
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Orsolya Balogh, Marie Roch, Stefanie Keller, Erika Michel, Iris M Reichler
In dogs, there is no diagnostic test to identify and differentiate fetal fluids from maternal urine in the event that a clear-yellowish vulvar discharge is observed pre-whelping. The objective of this study was to find a test that could easily and accurately identify rupture of the fetal membranes preceding parturition. Maternal urine, and amniotic fluid (AMF) and allantoic fluid (ALF) from only one fetus per bitch, were collected intraoperatively during cesarean section. Specific gravity (SG) was analyzed with a refractometer, whereas the presence of leukocytes, protein, glucose, ketones, bilirubin, urobilinogen, nitrite, erythrocyte/hemoglobin (Hb), and the pH were assessed using a urine dipstick (Combur-Test)...
September 21, 2016: Theriogenology
T Perez-Roche, I Altemir, G Giménez, E Prieto, I González, J L Peña-Segura, O Castillo, V Pueyo
BACKGROUND: Prematurity and low birth weight are known risk factors for cognitive and developmental impairments, and school failure. Visual perceptual and visual motor skills seem to be among the most affected cognitive domains in these children. AIMS: To assess the influence of prematurity and low birth weight in visual cognitive skills and school performance. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study, which included 80 boys and girls in an age range from 5 to 13...
October 13, 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
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