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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518030/serologic-and-molecular-evidence-of-vaccinia-virus-circulation-among-small-mammals-from-different-biomes-brazil
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Júlia B Miranda, Iara A Borges, Samantha P S Campos, Flávia N Vieira, Tatiana M F de Ázara, Fernanda A Marques, Galileu B Costa, Ana Paula M F Luis, Jaqueline S de Oliveira, Paulo César P Ferreira, Cláudio Antônio Bonjardim, Silvio L M da Silva, Álvaro E Eiras, Jônatas S Abrahão, Erna G Kroon, Betânia P Drumond, Adriano P Paglia, Giliane de S Trindade
Vaccinia virus (VACV) is a zoonotic agent that causes a disease called bovine vaccinia, which is detected mainly in milking cattle and humans in close contact with these animals. Even though many aspects of VACV infection have been described, much is still unknown about its circulation in the environment and its natural hosts/reservoirs. To investigate the presence of Orthopoxvirus antibodies or VACV DNA, we captured small rodents and marsupials in 3 areas of Minas Gerais state, Brazil, and tested their samples in a laboratory...
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516314/harmonic-subtraction-for-evaluating-right-ventricle-ejection-fraction-from-planar-equilibrium-radionuclide-angiography
#2
Dacian V Bonta, John N Aarsvold, Sandra F Grant, Naomi P Alazraki
We report an initial investigation of a subtraction-based method to estimate right ventricle ejection fraction (RVEF) from ECG-gated planar equilibrium radionuclide angiography (ERNA) data. Twenty-six consecutive patients referred for scintigraphic evaluation of cardiac function prior to chemotherapy had ECG-gated first-pass (FP) imaging and ERNA imaging performed following the same radiotracer injection. RVEF was computed from FP images (RVEFFP) and separately from ERNA images (RVEFERNA). Standard methods for computing ejection fractions were used to obtain RVEFFP values...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513985/self-assembled-nanofiber-coatings-for-controlling-cell-responses
#3
Raquel C Barros, Edith Gelens, Erna Bulten, Annemarie Tuin, Menno R de Jong, Roel Kuijer, Theo G van Kooten
Nanofibers are thought to enhance cell adhesion, growth, and function. We demonstrate that the choice of building blocks in self-assembling nanofiber systems can be used to control cell behavior. The use of 2 D-coated, self-assembled nanofibers in controlling lens epithelial cells, fibroblasts, and mesenchymal stem cells was investigated, focusing on gene and protein expression related to the fibrotic response. To this end, three nanofibers with different characteristics (morphology, topography, and wettability) were compared with two standard materials frequently used in culturing cells, TCPS, and a collagen type I coating...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499018/intracystic-interferon-alpha-in-pediatric-craniopharyngioma-patients-an-international-multicenter-assessment-on-behalf-of-siope-and-ispn
#4
John-Paul Kilday, Massimo Caldarelli, Luca Massimi, Robert Hsin-Hung Chen, Yi Yen Lee, Muh-Lii Liang, Jeanette Parkes, Thuran Naiker, Marie-Lise van Veelen, Erna Michiels, Conor Mallucci, Benedetta Pettorini, Lisethe Meijer, Christian Dorfer, Thomas Czech, Manuel Diezi, Antoinette Yn Schouten-van Meeteren, Stefan Holm, Bengt Gustavsson, Martin Benesch, Hermann L Müller, Anika Hoffmann, Stefan Rutkowski, Joerg Flitsch, Gabriele Escherich, Michael Grotzer, Helen A Spoudeas, Kristian Azquikina, Michael Capra, Rolando Jiménez-Guerra, Patrick MacDonald, Donna L Johnston, Rina Dvir, Shlomi Constantini, Meng-Fai Kuo, Shih-Hung Yang, Ute Bartels
Background: Craniopharyngiomas are frequent hypothalamo-pituitary tumors in children, presenting predominantly as cystic lesions. Morbidity from conventional treatment has focused attention on intracystic drug delivery, hypothesized to cause fewer clinical consequences. However, the efficacy of intracystic therapy remains unclear. We report the retrospective experiences of several global centers using intracystic interferon-alpha. Methods: European Société Internationale d'Oncologie Pédiatrique and International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery centers were contacted to submit a datasheet capturing pediatric patients with cystic craniopharyngiomas who had received intracystic interferon-alpha...
May 11, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498330/specific-microrna-pattern-in-colon-tissue-of-young-children-with-eosinophilic-colitis
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Zoltán Kiss, Nóra Judit Béres, Erna Sziksz, Bálint Tél, Katalin Borka, András Arató, Attila J Szabó, Gábor Veres
Eosinophilic colitis (EC) is a common cause of haematochezia in infants and young children. The exact pathomechanism is not understood, and the diagnosis is challenging. The role of microRNAs as key class of regulators of mRNA expression and translation in patients with EC has not been explored. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to explore the miRNA profile in EC with respect to eosinophilic inflammation. Patients enrolled in the study (n = 10) had persistent rectal bleeding, and did not respond to elimination dietary treatment...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495317/cross-sectional-study-involving-healthcare-professionals-in-a-vaccinia-virus-endemic-area
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Jaqueline Silva de Oliveira, Galileu Barbosa Costa, Ana Paula Moreira Franco Luiz, Juliana Almeida Leite, Cláudio Antônio Bonjardim, Jônatas Santos Abrahão, Betânia Paiva Drumond, Erna Geessien Kroon, Giliane de Souza Trindade
Orthopoxviruses (OPV) are emerging viruses with great importance in human and veterinary medicine, such as Vaccinia virus (VACV), which causes outbreaks of bovine vaccinia (BV) in South America. The clinical aspects of BV are similar to other vesicular infections, complicating the clinical diagnosis. This cross-sectional study evaluated the knowledge of Healthcare Professionals about BV and revealed their unpreparedness about BV in a VACV hyper-endemic area in Brazil, highlighting the public health issues associated with VACV infections...
June 5, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490839/higher-order-chromatin-regulation-of-inflammatory-gene-expression
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Jin-Wen Xu, Shuang Ling, Jun Liu
Whether it is caused by viruses and bacteria infection, or low-grade chronic inflammation of atherosclerosis and cellular senescence, the transcription factor (TF) NF-κB plays a central role in the inducible expression of inflammatory genes. Accumulated evidence has indicated that the chromatin environment is the main determinant of TF binding in gene expression regulation, including the stimulus-responsive NF-κB. Dynamic changes in intra- and interchromosomes are the key regulatory mechanisms promoting the binding of TFs...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485399/corrigendum-isolation-and-characterization-of-a-bacteriophage-phieap-2-infecting-multidrug-resistant-enterobacter-aerogenes
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Erna Li, Xiao Wei, Yanyan Ma, Zhe Yin, Huan Li, Weishi Lin, Xuesong Wang, Chao Li, Zhiqiang Shen, Ruixiang Zhao, Huiying Yang, Aimin Jiang, Wenhui Yang, Jing Yuan, Xiangna Zhao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483418/mll3-and-mll4-facilitate-enhancer-rna-synthesis-and-transcription-from-promoters-independently-of-h3k4-monomethylation
#9
Kristel M Dorighi, Tomek Swigut, Telmo Henriques, Natarajan V Bhanu, Benjamin S Scruggs, Nataliya Nady, Christopher D Still, Benjamin A Garcia, Karen Adelman, Joanna Wysocka
Monomethylation of histone H3 at lysine 4 (H3K4me1) and acetylation of histone H3 at lysine 27 (H3K27ac) are correlated with transcriptionally engaged enhancer elements, but the functional impact of these modifications on enhancer activity is not well understood. Here we used CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to separate catalytic activity-dependent and independent functions of Mll3 (Kmt2c) and Mll4 (Kmt2d, Mll2), the major enhancer H3K4 monomethyltransferases. Loss of H3K4me1 from enhancers in Mll3/4 catalytically deficient cells causes partial reduction of H3K27ac, but has surprisingly minor effects on transcription from either enhancers or promoters...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478985/a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial-comparing-the-use-of-displacement-cords-an-aluminum-chloride-paste-and-a-combination-of-paste-and-cords-for-tissue-displacement
#10
Erna R Einarsdottir, Niklaus P Lang, Thor Aspelund, Bjarni E Pjetursson
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Gingival recession after soft tissue displacement for impression making in fixed prosthodontics may pose a problem for treatment success in the esthetic areas of the mouth. Knowledge about the soft tissue reaction of common gingival displacement methods is limited. PURPOSE: The purpose of this clinical randomized controlled trial (RCT) was to evaluate changes in the marginal soft tissue height with 3 different gingival tissue displacement techniques for definitive impression making of natural teeth...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464004/vitamin-d-deficiency-is-associated-with-il-6-levels-and-monocyte-activation-in-hiv-infected-persons
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Maura Manion, Katherine Huppler Hullsiek, Eleanor M P Wilson, Frank Rhame, Erna Kojic, David Gibson, John Hammer, Pragna Patel, John T Brooks, Jason V Baker, Irini Sereti
BACKGROUND: Immune activation plays a key role in HIV pathogenesis. Markers of inflammation have been associated with vitamin D deficiency in the general population. Studies have also demonstrated associations of vitamin D deficiency with increased risk of HIV progression and death. The relationship between persistent inflammation and immune activation during chronic HIV infection and vitamin D deficiency remains unclear. METHODS: Cryopreserved specimens were analyzed from 663 participants at the time of enrollment from the Study to Understand the Natural History of HIV/AIDS in the Era of Effective Therapy (SUN Study) from 2004 to 2006...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460462/the-prognostic-role-of-immune-checkpoint-markers-programmed-cell-death-protein-1-pd-1-and-programmed-death-ligand-1-pd-l1-in-a-large-multicenter-prostate-cancer-cohort
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Nora Ness, Sigve Andersen, Mehrdad Rakaee Khanehkenari, Cecilie V Nordbakken, Andrej Valkov, Erna-Elise Paulsen, Yngve Nordby, Roy M Bremnes, Tom Donnem, Lill-Tove Busund, Elin Richardsen
Programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) and its ligand Programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) have gained massive attention in cancer research due to recent availability and their targeted antitumor effects. Their role in prostate cancer is still undetermined. We constructed tissue microarrays from prostatectomy specimens from 535 prostate cancer patients. Following validation of antibodies, immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate the expression of PD-1 in lymphocytes and PD-L1 in epithelial and stromal cells of primary tumors...
April 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456898/predictive-value-of-early-skin-rash-in-cetuximab-based-therapy-of-advanced-biliary-tract-cancer
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Gábor Rubovszky, Barna Budai, Erna Ganofszky, Zsolt Horváth, Éva Juhos, Balázs Madaras, Tünde Nagy, Eszter Szabó, Tamás Pintér, Erika Tóth, Péter Nagy, István Láng, Erika Hitre
Randomized trials in advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC) did not show benefit of cetuximab addition over chemotherapy. This is probably due to the lack of predictive biomarkers. The aim of this study was to explore possible predictive factors. Between 2009 and 2014, 57 patients were treated in 3-week cycles with cetuximab (250 mg/m(2)/week, loading dose: 400 mg/m(2)), gemcitabine (1000 mg/m(2) on day 1 and 8), and capecitabine (1300 mg/m(2)/day on days 1-14). The objective response rate (ORR), progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS) and the adverse events (AEs) were evaluated...
April 29, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452681/the-effect-of-vernal-solar-uv-radiation-on-serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-concentration-depends-on-the-baseline-level-observations-from-a-high-latitude-in-finland
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Toni Karppinen, Meri Ala-Houhala, Lasse Ylianttila, Hannu Kautiainen, Kaisa Lakkala, Henna-Reetta Hannula, Esa Turunen, Heli Viljakainen, Timo Reunala, Erna Snellman
Humans obtain vitamin D from conversion of 7-dehydrocholesterol in the skin by ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation or from dietary sources. As the radiation level is insufficient in winter, vitamin D deficiency is common at higher latitudes. We assessed whether vernal solar UVB radiation at latitudes 61°N and 67°N in Finland has an impact on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [S-25(OH)D] concentrations. Twenty-seven healthy volunteers participated in outdoor activities in snow-covered terrain for 4-10 days in March or April, with their face and hands sun-exposed...
2017: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449660/selective-measurement-of-%C3%AE-smooth-muscle-actin-why-%C3%AE-actin-can-not-be-used-as-a-housekeeping-gene-when-tissue-fibrosis-occurs
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Apor Veres-Székely, Domonkos Pap, Erna Sziksz, Eszter Jávorszky, Réka Rokonay, Rita Lippai, Kálmán Tory, Andrea Fekete, Tivadar Tulassay, Attila J Szabó, Ádám Vannay
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of fibroproliferative diseases, including chronic kidney disease is rapidly increasing and has become a major public health problem worldwide. Fibroproliferative diseases are characterized by increased expression of α smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) that belongs to the family of the six conserved actin isoforms showing high degree homology. The aim of the present study was to develop real-time PCRs that clearly discriminate α-SMA and ß-actin from other actin isoforms...
April 27, 2017: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446540/human-prostate-luminal-cell-differentiation-requires-notch3-induction-by-p38-mapk-and-myc
#16
Sander B Frank, Penny L Berger, Mats Ljungman, Cindy K Miranti
Many pathways dysregulated in prostate cancer are also involved in epithelial differentiation. To better understand prostate tumor initiation, we sought to investigate specific genes and mechanisms required for normal basal to luminal cell differentiation. Utilizing human prostate basal epithelial cells and an in vitro differentiation model, we tested the hypothesis that p38-MAPK regulation of NOTCH3, via MYC, is required for luminal differentiation. Inhibition (SB202190, BIRB796) or knockdown of p38α and/or p38δ prevented proper differentiation...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432844/evaluating-new-hba1c-methods-for-adoption-by-the-ifcc-and-ngsp-reference-networks-using-international-quality-targets
#17
Erna Lenters-Westra, Emma English
BACKGROUND: As a reference laboratory for HbA1c, it is essential to have accurate and precise HbA1c methods covering a range of measurement principles. We report an evaluation of the Abbott Enzymatic (Architect c4000), Roche Gen.3 HbA1c (Cobas c513) and Tosoh G11 using different quality targets. METHODS: The effect of hemoglobin variants, other potential interferences and the performance in comparison to both the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) reference systems was assessed using certified evaluation protocols...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423857/the-association-between-the-stopp-start-criteria-and-gastro-intestinal-track-bleedings-in-elderly-patients
#18
Anouk Veldhuis, Danielle Sent, Linette Bruin-Huisman, Erna Beers, Ameen Abu-Hanna
Potentially inappropriate prescribing is a common problem, especially in elderly care. To tackle this problem, Irish medical experts have developed a list of criteria when medication should be added or omitted based upon the patient's physical condition and medication use, known as the STOPP and START criteria. The STOPP and START criteria have been formulated to identify the prescribing of potentially inappropriate medicines (PIMs) and potential prescribing omissions (PPOs). One of the most common problems of inappropriate prescribing is gastro-intestinal track bleedings...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416879/supercritical-co2-extraction-of-candlenut-oil-process-optimization-using-taguchi-orthogonal-array-and-physicochemical-properties-of-the-oil
#19
Erna Subroto, Edward Widjojokusumo, Bambang Veriansyah, Raymond R Tjandrawinata
A series of experiments was conducted to determine optimum conditions for supercritical carbon dioxide extraction of candlenut oil. A Taguchi experimental design with L9 orthogonal array (four factors in three levels) was employed to evaluate the effects of pressure of 25-35 MPa, temperature of 40-60 °C, CO2 flow rate of 10-20 g/min and particle size of 0.3-0.8 mm on oil solubility. The obtained results showed that increase in particle size, pressure and temperature improved the oil solubility. The supercritical carbon dioxide extraction at optimized parameters resulted in oil yield extraction of 61...
April 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414254/lifestyle-intervention-for-adults-with-spinal-cord-injury-results-of-the-usc-rlanrc-pressure-ulcer-prevention-study
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Mike Carlson, Cheryl Lp Vigen, Salah Rubayi, Erna Imperatore Blanche, Jeanine Blanchard, Michal Atkins, Barbara Bates-Jensen, Susan L Garber, Elizabeth A Pyatak, Jesus Diaz, Lucia I Florindez, Joel W Hay, Trudy Mallinson, Jennifer B Unger, Stanley Paul Azen, Michael Scott, Alison Cogan, Florence Clark
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: Medically serious pressure injuries (MSPrIs), a common complication of spinal cord injury (SCI), have devastating consequences on health and well-being and are extremely expensive to treat. We aimed to test the efficacy of a lifestyle-based intervention designed to reduce incidence of MSPrIs in adults with SCI. DESIGN: A randomized controlled trial (RCT), and a separate study wing involving a nonrandomized standard care control group. SETTING: Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, a large facility serving ethnically diverse, low income residents of Los Angeles County...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
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