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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817345/reverse-transcription-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-detection-of-and-differentiation-between-rna-and-dna-of-hiv-1-based-lentiviral-vectors
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Melanie Pavlovic, Nina Koehler, Martina Anton, Anna Dinkelmeier, Maren Haase, Thorsten Stellberger, Ulrich Busch, Armin E Baiker
The purpose of the described method is the detection of and differentiation between RNA and DNA of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-derived lentiviral vectors (LV) in cell culture supernatants and swab samples. For the analytical surveillance of genetic engineering, operations methods for the detection of the HIV-1-based LV generations are required. Furthermore, for research issues, it is important to prove the absence of LV particles for downgrading experimental settings in terms of the biosafety level. Here, a quantitative polymerase chain reaction method targeting the long terminal repeat U5 subunit and the start sequence of the packaging signal ψ is described...
August 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817226/the-stochastic-resonance-algorithm-with-the-direct-current-signal-as-external-force-and-its-application-to-the-detection-of-weak-chromatographic-peaks
#2
Rui Li, Bingren Xiang, Haishan Deng, Shaofei Xie
As a potential tool for amplifying weak chromatographic peaks, the stochastic resonance algorithm was developed based upon a counterintuitive physical phenomenon. Therefore, the essential step, parameter optimization, was perplexing and difficult for analysts. In order to avoid optimizing the system parameters on a case-by-case basis, an improved algorithm was proposed by introducing a constant or direct current signal into the signal to be measured as the external force. The weak chromatographic peak can be amplified and detected by the new algorithm using the same set of parameters...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817097/bloch-surface-waves-biosensors-for-high-sensitivity-detection-of-soluble-erbb2-in-a-complex-biological-environment
#3
Alberto Sinibaldi, Camilla Sampaoli, Norbert Danz, Peter Munzert, Frank Sonntag, Fabio Centola, Agostino Occhicone, Elisa Tremante, Patrizio Giacomini, Francesco Michelotti
We report on the use of one-dimensional photonic crystals to detect clinically relevant concentrations of the cancer biomarker ERBB2 in cell lysates. Overexpression of the ERBB2 protein is associated with aggressive breast cancer subtypes. To detect soluble ERBB2, we developed an optical set-up which operates in both label-free and fluorescence modes. The detection approach makes use of a sandwich assay, in which the one-dimensional photonic crystals sustaining Bloch surface waves are modified with monoclonal antibodies, in order to guarantee high specificity during the biological recognition...
August 17, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817070/influence-of-the-distribution-of-tag-ids-on-rfid-memoryless-anti-collision-protocols
#4
Nikola Cmiljanic, Hugo Landaluce, Asier Perallos, Laura Arjona
In recent years, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has become very popular. The main feature of this technology is that RFID tags do not require close handling and no line of sight is required between the reader and the tags. RFID is a technology that uses radio frequencies in order to identify tags, which do not need to be positioned accurately relative to the reader. Tags share the communication channel, increasing the likelihood of causing a problem, viz., a message collision. Tree based protocols can resolve these collisions, but require a uniform tag ID distribution...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816986/efficacy-and-safety-of-endocrine-monotherapy-as-first-line-treatment-for-hormone-sensitive-advanced-breast-cancer-a-network-meta-analysis
#5
Jingwen Zhang, Yanhong Huang, Changyi Wang, Yuanfang He, Shukai Zheng, Kusheng Wu
BACKGROUND: Endocrine therapy was recommended as the preferred first-line treatment for hormone receptor-positive (HR+, i.e., ER+ and/or PgR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2-negative (HER2-) postmenopausal advanced breast cancer (ABC), but which endocrine monotherapy is optimal lacks consensus. We aimed to identify the optimal endocrine monotherapy with a network meta-analysis. METHODS: We performed a network meta-analysis for a comprehensive analysis of 6 first-line endocrine monotherapies (letrozole, anastrozole, exemestane, tamoxifen, fulvestrant 250 mg and 500 mg) for HR+ HER2- metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal patients...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816961/estimating-of-hepatic-fat-amount-using-mri-proton-density-fat-fraction-in-a-real-practice-setting
#6
Hyeyoung Lee, Dae Won Jun, Bo-Kyeong Kang, Eunwoo Nam, Misoo Chang, Mimi Kim, Soonyoung Song, Byung Chul Yoon, Hang Lak Lee, Oh Young Lee, Ho Soon Choi, Kang Nyeong Lee
The recently developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) proton density fat fraction (PDFF) allows measurement of the fat in all segments of hepatic tissue. However, it is time consuming and inconvenient to measure each segment repeatedly. Moreover, volume of each segment also should be adjusted with arithmetic mean of the selected segments when total amount of liver fat is estimated. Therefore, we try to develop a clinically-relevant and applicable method of estimating hepatic fat in PDFF image.A total of 164 adults were enrolled...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816717/comparison-of-negative-pressure-wound-therapy-and-conventional-therapy-for-cranial-bone-exposed-wounds-in-rabbits
#7
Lin Chen, Guorui Li, Sha Liu, Xianjie Ma, Xueyong Li, Yingjun Su, Shuzhong Guo
BACKGROUND: Bone-exposed wounds with intact or defected periosteum are difficult to heal. To provide relevant experimental evidence for guidance of clinical therapy, we established a rabbit model to compare the efficacies of negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) and conventional guaze dressing therapy on the healing of cranial bone-exposed wounds. METHODS: Full-thickness excisional circular wounds of 2.0 cm in diameter with exposed bones covered with or without periosteum were created at the parietal regions in 88 rabbits that were further randomly divided into the following treatment groups: periosteum-intact wounds treated with conventional vaseline gauze dressings (P + Control group), periosteum-intact wounds treated with NPWT (P + NPWT group), periosteum-lacking wounds treated with conventional vaseline gauze dressings (P-Control group), and periosteum-lacking wounds treated with NPWT (P-NPWT group)...
August 14, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816686/vestibular-response-to-electrical-stimulation-of-the-otolith-organs-implications-in-the-development-of-a-vestibular-implant-for-the-improvement-of-the-sensation-of-gravitoinertial-accelerations
#8
Angel Ramos de Miguel, Juan Carlos Falcon Gonzalez, Angel Ramos Macias
OBJECTIVE: Electrical stimulation of the utricular and saccular portions of the vestibular nerve improves stability in patients suffering from vestibular dysfunction. The main objective of this study was to evaluate a new technique, vestibular response telemetry (VRT), for measuring the electrically evoked vestibular compound action potential (saccular and utricular) after stimulating the otolith organ (saccular and utricular) in adults. This study used evidence that the otolith organ can be electrically stimulated in order to develop a new vestibular implant design to improve the sensation of gravitoinertial acceleration...
August 2017: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816571/effects-of-flow-changes-on-radiotracer-binding-simultaneous-measurement-of-neuroreceptor-binding-and-cerebral-blood-flow-modulation
#9
Christin Y Sander, Joseph B Mandeville, Hsiao-Ying Wey, Ciprian Catana, Jacob M Hooker, Bruce R Rosen
The potential effects of changes in blood flow on the delivery and washout of radiotracers has been an ongoing question in PET bolus injection studies. This study provides practical insight into this topic by experimentally measuring cerebral blood flow (CBF) and neuroreceptor binding using simultaneous PET/MRI. Hypercapnic challenges (7% CO2) were administered to non-human primates in order to induce controlled increases in CBF, measured with pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling. Simultaneously, dopamine D2/D3 receptor binding of [(11)C]raclopride or [(18)F]fallypride was monitored with dynamic PET...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816107/fishing-anti-inflammatories-from-known-drugs-in-silico-repurposing-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-bisacodyl-analogues
#10
Maité Sylla-Iyarreta Veitía, Dany Siverio Mota, Vanessa Lerari, Marta Marín, Rosa M Giner, Liliana Vicet Muro, Yankier Rivero Guerra, Françoise Dumas, Clotilde Ferroud, Peter A M de Witte, Alexander D Crawford, Vicente J Arán, Yovani Marrero Ponce
Herein is described in silico repositioning, design, synthesis, biological evaluation and structure-activity relationship (SAR) of an original class of anti-inflammatory agents based on a polyaromatic pharmacophore structurally related to bisacodyl (BSL) drug used in therapeutic as laxative. We describe the potential of TOMOCOMD-CARDD methods to find out new anti-inflammatory drug-like agents from a diverse series of compounds using the total and local atom based bilinear indices as molecular descriptors. The models obtained were validated by biological studies, identifying BSL as the first anti-inflammatory lead-like using in silico repurposing from commercially available drugs...
August 17, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815504/purification-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-zinc-finger-recombinases
#11
Femi J Olorunniji, Susan J Rosser, W Marshall Stark
Zinc finger recombinases (ZFRs) are designer site-specific recombinases that have been adapted for a variety of genome editing purposes. Due to their modular nature, ZFRs can be customized for targeted sequence recognition and recombination. There has been substantial research on the in vivo properties and applications of ZFRs; however, in order to fully understand and customize them, it will be necessary to study their properties in vitro. Experiments in vitro can allow us to optimize catalytic activities, improve target specificity, measure and minimize off-target activity, and characterize key steps in the recombination pathway that might be modified to improve performance...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815039/predicting-adr-from-pdr-and-individual-adenoma-to-polyp-detection-rate-ratio-for-screening-and-surveillance-colonoscopies-a-new-approach-to-quality-assessment
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C Schramm, I Scheller, J Franklin, M Demir, F Kuetting, D Nierhoff, T Goeser, U Toex, H M Steffen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Adenoma detection rate (ADR) has been established as a quality indicator for screening colonoscopy. Because ADR is cumbersome to obtain in routine practice, polyp detection rate (PDR), polypectomy rate (PR) and adenoma-to-polyp-detection-rate-ratio (APDRR) have been proposed to estimate ADR. This study aimed to evaluate APDRR in order to estimate ADR (ADRest) in different settings. METHODS: Average risk screening and surveillance colonoscopies from a community-based private practice and a tertiary academic hospital setting were retrospectively evaluated...
August 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814968/asp-based-method-for-the-enumeration-of-attractors-in-non-deterministic-synchronous-and-asynchronous-multi-valued-networks
#13
Emna Ben Abdallah, Maxime Folschette, Olivier Roux, Morgan Magnin
BACKGROUND: This paper addresses the problem of finding attractors in biological regulatory networks. We focus here on non-deterministic synchronous and asynchronous multi-valued networks, modeled using automata networks (AN). AN is a general and well-suited formalism to study complex interactions between different components (genes, proteins,...). An attractor is a minimal trap domain, that is, a part of the state-transition graph that cannot be escaped. Such structures are terminal components of the dynamics and take the form of steady states (singleton) or complex compositions of cycles (non-singleton)...
2017: Algorithms for Molecular Biology: AMB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814955/characterization-of-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-strains-isolated-from-hospitalized-patients-in-palestine
#14
Regeen Handal, Lulu Qunibi, Ibrahim Sahouri, Maha Juhari, Rula Dawodi, Hiyam Marzouqa, Musa Hindiyeh
The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes Acinetobacter baumannii as a source of global outbreaks and epidemics especially due to its increasing resistance to commercially available antibiotics. In this study, 69 single patient multidrug resistant isolates collected from all over Palestine, except Gaza, were studied. All the isolates were resistant to all the β-lactam antibiotics including the carbapenems. Of the 69 isolates, 82.6% were positive for blaOXA-23, 14.5% were positive for blaOXA-24, and 3% were positive for blaOXA-58...
2017: International Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814776/continuously-wavelength-tunable-passband-flattened-fiber-comb-filter-based-on-polarization-diversified-loop-structure
#15
Jaehoon Jung, Yong Wook Lee
Continuous wavelength tuning of optical comb filters, which is an essential functionality for flexible signal processing in reconfigurable optical systems, has been challenging in high order filter structures with two birefringent elements (BEs) or more due to cumbersomeness in finding a combination of waveplates and BEs and complexity in determining their individual azimuthal orientations. Here, we propose a continuously tunable polarization-independent passband-flattened fiber comb filter with two BEs using a polarization-diversified loop structure for the first time...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814341/a-review-of-national-policies-and-strategies-to-improve-quality-of-health-care-and-patient-safety-a-case-study-from-lebanon-and-jordan
#16
Fadi El-Jardali, Racha Fadlallah
BACKGROUND: Improving quality of care and patient safety practices can strengthen health care delivery systems, improve health sector performance, and accelerate attainment of health-related Sustainability Development Goals. Although quality improvement is now prominent on the health policy agendas of governments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), progress to date has not been optimal. The objective of this study is to comprehensively review existing quality improvement and patient safety policies and strategies in two selected countries of the EMR (Lebanon and Jordan) to determine the extent to which these have been institutionalized within existing health systems...
August 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814016/applying-a-soft-robotic-glove-as-assistive-device-and-training-tool-with-games-to-support-hand-function-after-stroke-preliminary-results-on-feasibility-and-potential-clinical-impact
#17
Gerdienke B Prange-Lasonder, Bob Radder, Anke I R Kottink, Alejandro Melendez-Calderon, Jaap H Buurke, Johan S Rietman
Recent technological developments regarding wearable soft-robotic devices extend beyond the current application of rehabilitation robotics and enable unobtrusive support of the arms and hands during daily activities. In this light, the HandinMind (HiM) system was developed, comprising a soft-robotic, grip supporting glove with an added computer gaming environment. The present study aims to gain first insight into the feasibility of clinical application of the HiM system and its potential impact. In order to do so, both the direct influence of the HiM system on hand function as assistive device and its therapeutic potential, of either assistive or therapeutic use, were explored...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813951/design-of-an-immersive-simulator-for-assisted-power-wheelchair-driving
#18
Louise Devigne, Marie Babel, Florian Nouviale, Vishnu K Narayanan, Francois Pasteau, Philippe Gallien
Driving a power wheelchair is a difficult and complex visual-cognitive task. As a result, some people with visual and/or cognitive disabilities cannot access the benefits of a power wheelchair because their impairments prevent them from driving safely. In order to improve their access to mobility, we have previously designed a semi-autonomous assistive wheelchair system which progressively corrects the trajectory as the user manually drives the wheelchair and smoothly avoids obstacles. Developing and testing such systems for wheelchair driving assistance requires a significant amount of material resources and clinician time...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813808/experimental-evaluation-of-a-semg-based-control-for-elbow-wearable-assistive-devices-during-load-lifting-tasks
#19
Roberto Meattini, Gianluca Palli, Claudio Melchiorri
In this work, a surface skin electromyography(sEMG)-based control solution for elbow wearable assistive devices during load lifting tasks is presented. The goal of the controller consists in limiting the user's muscle activity during the task execution, in such a way that the assistive device can partially compensate the load-related biceps muscle effort. Since sEMG-driven control strategies based on the estimation of the joint torques generally requires complex task- and subject-dependent training sessions for tuning the control algorithms, here a more direct control approach is proposed, based on a muscle activity error related proportional-integral action together with an double-threshold activation logic...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813627/the-impact-on-resource-utilization-of-supportive-care-consults-on-patients-at-the-university-of-north-carolina-hospital-2010-2012
#20
Kristen Westfall, Dominic Moore, Matthew Meeneghan, Sandra Jarr, John Valgus, Stephen Bernard
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients have a high rate of emergency department (ED) visits and inpatient hospitalizations (IHs) that may be reduced by use of outpatient palliative care services. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether the outpatient adult palliative care service at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Hospital, begun in 2008, reduced the frequency of ED visits and IH during a two-year period. DESIGN: The charts of patients with lung cancer or head and neck cancer seen by the supportive care service from 2010 to 2011, and of a contemporaneous set of potential consults that were not seen, were retrospectively reviewed to determine the impact of this care delivery model...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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