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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679839/xenon-detection-in-human-blood-analytical-validation-by-accuracy-profile-and-identification-of-critical-storage-parameters
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Cécile Frampas, Julia Ney, Mark Coburn, Marc Augsburger, Vincent Varlet
Xenon is a rare, mostly inert, noble gas that has applications in a wide range of fields, including medicine. Xenon acts on the human body as a useful organ-protective and anesthetic agent and has also been previously studied for potential applications in fields such as optics, aerospace and medical imaging. Recently, it was discovered that xenon can boost erythropoietin production, and it has been used as a performance-enhancing agent in international sports competitions such as the Sochi Olympic Games. Therefore, screening methods to detect the misuse of xenon by analysis of biological samples and to monitor anesthesia kinetics and efficiency are being investigated...
April 13, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679777/integrating-microbial-biomass-composition-and-function-to-discern-the-level-of-anthropogenic-activity-in-a-river-ecosystem
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Kailingli Liao, Yaohui Bai, Yang Huo, Zhiyu Jian, Wanchao Hu, Chen Zhao, Jiuhui Qu
Anthropogenic activities (e.g., wastewater discharge and pesticide and fertilizer use) have considerable impact on the biotic properties of natural aquatic ecosystems, especially the microbial community and function. Microbes can respond to anthropogenic activities and are thus potential indicators of activity levels. Several reports have documented the impacts of anthropogenic activities on the variations in the microbial community, but the direct use of microbial community indices to discern anthropogenic activity levels remains limited...
April 18, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679640/cepfostering-efficacy-and-toxicity-evaluation-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-and-natural-products
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Tong Wu, Gui-Yuan Yu, Jia Xiao, Chang Yan, Hiroshi Kurihara, Yi-Fang Li, Kwok-Fai So, Rong-Rong He
Efficacy and safety assessments are essential thresholds for drug candidates from preclinical to clinical research. Conventional mammalian in vivo models cannot offer rapid pharmacological and toxicological screening, whereas cell-based or cell-free in vitro systems often lead to inaccurate results because of the lack of physiological environment. Within the avian species, chick is the first bird to have its genome sequencing. Meantime, chick embryo is an easily operating, relatively transparent and extensively accessible model, whose physiological and pathological alterations can be visualized by egg candler, staining and image technologies...
April 18, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679014/the-association-between-skin-auto-fluorescence-of-palmoplantar-sites-and-microvascular-complications-in-asian-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#4
Jong Jin Kim, Bosu Jeong, Yongin Cho, Mi-Hyang Kwon, Yong-Ho Lee, Uk Kang, Eun Seok Kang
Skin auto-fluorescence (SAF) has generated broad interest about the prospects for non-invasive advanced glycation end product assessment and its direct interplay with the development of microvascular complications, but clinical application of the existing SAF measuring of non-palmoplantar sites in non-Caucasian subjects with dark skin type is still controversial. Here, we tested the diabetic complication screening performance of a novel SAF measuring system in Asian type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) subjects...
April 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678922/enzymatic-synthesis-of-6-sialyllactose-a-dominant-sialylated-human-milk-oligosaccharide-by-a-novel-exo-%C3%AE-sialidase-from-bacteroides-fragilis-nctc9343
#5
Longcheng Guo, Xiaodi Chen, Li Xu, Min Xiao, Lili Lu
Gut bacteria provide a rich source of glycosidases that can recognize and/or hydrolyze glycans for nutritions. Interestingly, some glycosidases are also found to catalyze transglycosylation reactions in vitro and thus can be used for oligosaccharide synthesis. In this work, six putative and one known exo -α-sialidase genes, including three from Bacteroides fragilis NCTC9343, three from Clostridium perfringens ATCC13124, and one known from Bifidobacterium bifidum JCM1254, were subjected to gene cloning and heterogeneous expression in Escherichia coli The recombinant enzymes were purified, characterized for substrate specificity, and screened for transglycosylation activity...
April 20, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678673/a-validated-clinical-risk-prediction-model-for-lung-cancer-in-smokers-of-all-ages-and-exposure-types-a-hunt-study
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Maria Markaki, Ioannis Tsamardinos, Arnulf Langhammer, Vincenzo Lagani, Kristian Hveem, Oluf Dimitri Røe
Lung cancer causes >1·6 million deaths annually, with early diagnosis being paramount to effective treatment. Here we present a validated risk assessment model for lung cancer screening. The prospective HUNT2 population study in Norway examined 65,237 people aged >20years in 1995-97. After a median of 15·2years, 583 lung cancer cases had been diagnosed; 552 (94·7%) ever-smokers and 31 (5·3%) never-smokers. We performed multivariable analyses of 36 candidate risk predictors, using multiple imputation of missing data and backwards feature selection with Cox regression...
March 30, 2018: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678657/development-and-evaluation-of-an-optimal-human-single-chain-variable-fragment-derived-bcma-targeted-car-t-cell-vector
#7
Eric L Smith, Mette Staehr, Reed Masakayan, Ishan J Tatake, Terence J Purdon, Xiuyan Wang, Pei Wang, Hong Liu, Yiyang Xu, Sarah C Garrett-Thomson, Steven C Almo, Isabelle Riviere, Cheng Liu, Renier J Brentjens
B cell maturation antigen (BCMA) has recently been identified as an important multiple myeloma (MM)-specific target for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy. In CAR T cell therapy targeting CD19 for lymphoma, host immune anti-murine CAR responses limited the efficacy of repeat dosing and possibly long-term persistence. This clinically relevant concern can be addressed by generating a CAR incorporating a human single-chain variable fragment (scFv). We screened a human B cell-derived scFv phage display library and identified a panel of BCMA-specific clones from which human CARs were engineered...
March 28, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678479/hit-or-miss-a-comprehensive-contemporary-investigation-of-laboratory-tests-for-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia
#8
Emmanuel J Favaloro, Georgia McCaughan, Soma Mohammed, Kun Kan Edwin Lau, Rosalie Gemmell, Lauren Cavanaugh, Dea Donikian, Mayuko Kondo, Timothy Brighton, Leonardo Pasalic
Heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a rare but potentially fatal complication of heparin therapy, which in a proportion of patients causes platelet activation and thrombosis. Initial clinical assessment of the likelihood of HIT is facilitated by laboratory testing to confirm or exclude HIT. This prospective investigation was performed over an 18-month period, and has involved testing of over 300 test samples from over 100 consecutive patients. Clinical assessment by 4T score was supplemented by laboratory tests that comprised both immunological [lateral flow ('STiC'), chemiluminescence (AcuStar; HIT-IgG(PF4-H) ), ELISA (Asserachrom HPIA IgG)] and functional assays [SRA, platelet aggregation using whole blood ('Multiplate') and platelet rich plasma ('LTA')]...
April 17, 2018: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29678128/spirpep-an-in-silico-digestion-based-platform-to-assist-bioactive-peptides-discovery-from-a-genome-wide-database
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Krittima Anekthanakul, Apiradee Hongsthong, Jittisak Senachak, Marasri Ruengjitchatchawalya
BACKGROUND: Bioactive peptides, including biological sources-derived peptides with different biological activities, are protein fragments that influence the functions or conditions of organisms, in particular humans and animals. Conventional methods of identifying bioactive peptides are time-consuming and costly. To quicken the processes, several bioinformatics tools are recently used to facilitate screening of the potential peptides prior their activity assessment in vitro and/or in vivo...
April 20, 2018: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677705/in-house-validation-and-small-scale-collaborative-study-to-evaluate-analytical-performances-of-multi-mycotoxin-screening-methods-based-on-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-case-study-fusarium-toxins-in-wheat
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Biancamaria Ciasca, Michelangelo Pascale, Valerio Guido Altieri, Francesco Longobardi, Michele Suman, Dante Catellani, Veronica M T Lattanzio
A strong trend toward using highly selective mass spectrometry technologies for screening of multiple mycotoxins has been observed in recent years. In the present study, the process of validation of a multi-mycotoxin screening method based on liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry method is presented. The method was intended for the simultaneous screening of the major Fusarium toxins (deoxynivalenol, 3- and 15-acetyl deoxynivalenol, T-2 and HT-2 toxins, zearalenone, enniatins A, A1, B, B1, beauvericin) in wheat...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677511/an-integrated-genome-wide-crispra-approach-to-functionalize-lncrnas-in-drug-resistance
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Assaf C Bester, Jonathan D Lee, Alejandro Chavez, Yu-Ru Lee, Daphna Nachmani, Suhani Vora, Joshua Victor, Martin Sauvageau, Emanuele Monteleone, John L Rinn, Paolo Provero, George M Church, John G Clohessy, Pier Paolo Pandolfi
Resistance to chemotherapy plays a significant role in cancer mortality. To identify genetic units affecting sensitivity to cytarabine, the mainstay of treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), we developed a comprehensive and integrated genome-wide platform based on a dual protein-coding and non-coding integrated CRISPRa screening (DICaS). Putative resistance genes were initially identified using pharmacogenetic data from 760 human pan-cancer cell lines. Subsequently, genome scale functional characterization of both coding and long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) genes by CRISPR activation was performed...
April 19, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677180/do-inhaled-corticosteroids-have-a-role-for-bronchiolitis
#12
Gonzalo Alarcón-Andrade, Lorena Cifuentes
INTRODUCTION: Bronchiolitis consists of an acute small airways inflammation secondary to a viral infection and is a frequent pathology among children under 2 years. The use of inhaled corticosteroids during bronchiolitis has been proposed to reduce recurrent wheeze or asthma, however there is controversy about it. METHODS: To answer this question we used Epistemonikos, the largest database of systematic reviews in health, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, among others...
April 17, 2018: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29677175/are-antipsychotics-effective-for-the-prevention-of-postoperative-delirium
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Viviana Castro, Rami Guinguis, Marcela Carrasco
INTRODUCTION: Antipsychotics have been proposed as a pharmacological alternative to prevent postoperative delirium. Nonetheless, their actual clinical benefits and harms are a matter of debate. METHODS: To answer this question, we used Epistemonikos, the largest database of systematic reviews in health, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, among others. We extracted data from the chosen systematic reviews, reanalyzed the data from the primary studies, conducted a meta-analysis and generated a summary of findings table using the GRADE approach...
April 20, 2018: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676341/the-prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-trichomonas-vaginalis-infection-amongst-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-pregnant-women-attending-the-antenatal-clinics-of-a-university-teaching-hospital-in-lagos-south-western-nigeria
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Olaolopin Ijasan, Kehinde Sharafadeen Okunade, Ayodeji Ayotunde Oluwole
Background: Trichomonas vaginalis infection is the most prevalent non-viral sexually transmitted infection worldwide. Interactions between this infection and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may cause adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm labour, premature rupture of membranes, chorioamnionitis, low birth weight and post-abortal sepsis. Aims: This study was aimed to determine the prevalence and risk factors of T. vaginalis infection amongst HIV-positive pregnant women attending antenatal care at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos, Nigeria...
January 2018: Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676123/-data-fusion-and-multi-components-quantitative-analysis-for-identification-and-quality-evaluation-of-gentiana-rigescens-from-different-geographical-origins
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Qin-Qin Wang, Tao Shen, Zhi-Tian Zuo, Heng-Yu Huang, Yuan-Zhong Wang
The accumulation of secondary metabolites of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is closely related to its origins. The identification of origins and multi-components quantitative evaluation are of great significance to ensure the quality of medicinal materials. In this study, the identification of Gentiana rigescens from different geographical origins was conducted by data fusion of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) in combination of partial least squares discriminant analysis; meanwhile quantitative analysis of index components was conducted to provide an accurate and comprehensive identification and quality evaluation strategy for selecting the best production areas of G...
March 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675749/evaluation-of-severe-and-fatal-injuries-in-extreme-and-contact-sports-an-international-multicenter-analysis
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Christian D Weber, Klemens Horst, Anthony R Nguyen, Rolf Lefering, Hans-Christoph Pape, Frank Hildebrand
PURPOSE: The participation in extreme and contact sports has grown internationally, despite the significant risk for major and multiple injuries. We conducted this multicenter study to evaluate sport-specific injury patterns and mechanisms, to characterize individuals at risk and to identify possible approaches for prevention. METHODS: We compared demographic data, severity and patterns of injuries; and the pre- and in-hospital management from an international population-based prospective trauma database (TraumaRegister DGU®)...
April 19, 2018: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675414/spondyloarthritis-acute-anterior-uveitis-and-fungi-updating-the-catterall-king-hypothesis
#17
Martin Laurence, Mark Asquith, James T Rosenbaum
Spondyloarthritis is a common type of arthritis which affects mostly adults. It consists of idiopathic chronic inflammation of the spine, joints, eyes, skin, gut, and prostate. Inflammation is often asymptomatic, especially in the gut and prostate. The HLA-B*27 allele group, which presents intracellular peptides to CD8+ T cells, is by far the strongest risk factor for spondyloarthritis. The precise mechanisms and antigens remain unknown. In 1959, Catterall and King advanced a novel hypothesis explaining the etiology of spondyloarthritis: an as-yet-unrecognized sexually acquired microbe would be causing all spondyloarthritis types, including acute anterior uveitis...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675400/simultaneous-detection-of-key-bacterial-pathogens-related-to-pneumonia-and-meningitis-using-multiplex-pcr-coupled-with-mass-spectrometry
#18
Chi Zhang, Leshan Xiu, Yan Xiao, Zhengde Xie, Lili Ren, Junping Peng
Pneumonia and meningitis continue to present an enormous public health burden and pose a major threat to young children. Among the causative organisms of pneumonia and meningitis, bacteria are the most common causes of serious disease and deaths. It is challenging to accurately and rapidly identify these agents. To solve this problem, we developed and validated a 12-plex PCR coupled with matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) method (bacterial pathogen-mass spectrometry, BP-MS) that can be used to simultaneously screen for 11 key bacterial pathogens related to pneumonia and meningitis...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675281/coexistent-non-small-cell-carcinoma-and-small-cell-carcinoma-in-a-patient-presenting-with-hyponatremia
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Mitchell D Ross, Sreeja Biswas Roy, Pradnya D Patil, Jasmine L Huang, Nitika Thawani, Ralph Drosten, Tanmay S Panchabhai
Despite recent advances in screening methods, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. By the time lung cancer becomes symptomatic and patients seek treatment, it is often too advanced for curative measures. Low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening has been shown to reduce mortality in patients at high risk of lung cancer. We present a 66-year-old man with a 50-pack-year smoking history who had a right upper lobe (RUL) pulmonary nodule and left lower lobe (LLL) consolidation on a screening CT...
2018: Case Reports in Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675103/mir-490-3p-functions-as-a-tumor-suppressor-by-inhibiting-oncogene-vdac1-expression-in-colorectal-cancer
#20
Xiangxiang Liu, Bangshun He, Tao Xu, Yuqin Pan, Xiuxiu Hu, Xiaoxiang Chen, Shukui Wang
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers worldwide, usually with poor prognosis because many CRC patients are diagnosed at an advanced stage. Therefore, novel potential diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers are urgently needed. MicroRNAs have been reported to regulate a variety of biological processes, such as cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. Accumulating studies have demonstrated that miR-490-3p could regulate the development and progression of multiple cancers, but its clinical significance and molecular mechanism in CRC are still elusive...
2018: Journal of Cancer
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