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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641998/construction-of-a-hepatitis-b-virus-neutralizing-chimeric-monoclonal-antibody-recognizing-escape-mutants-of-the-viral-surface-antigen-hbsag
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Forough Golsaz-Shirazi, Mohammad Mehdi Amiri, Samira Farid, Motahareh Bahadori, Felix Bohne, Sebastian Altstetter, Lisa Wolff, Tohid Kazemi, Jalal Khoshnoodi, Mohammad Hojjat-Farsangi, Michael Chudy, Mahmood Jeddi-Tehrani, Ulrike Protzer, Fazel Shokri
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global burden on the health-care system and is considered as the tenth leading cause of death in the world. Over 248 million patients are currently suffering from chronic HBV infection worldwide and annual mortality rate of this infection is 686000. The "a" determinant is a hydrophilic region present in all antigenic subtypes of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and antibodies against this region can neutralize the virus and are protective against all subtypes. We have recently generated a murine anti-HBs monoclonal antibody (4G4), which can neutralize HBV infection in HepaRG cells and recognize most of the escape mutant forms of HBsAg...
June 19, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639470/identifying-computer-generated-portraits-the-importance-of-training-and-incentives
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Brandon Mader, Martin S Banks, Hany Farid
The past two decades have seen remarkable advances in photo-realistic rendering of everything from inanimate objects to landscapes, animals, and humans. We previously showed that despite these tremendous advances, human observers remain fairly good at distinguishing computer-generated from photographic images. Building on these results, we describe a series of follow-up experiments that reveal how to improve observer performance. Of general interest to anyone performing psychophysical studies on Mechanical Turk or similar platforms, we find that observer performance can be significantly improved with the proper incentives...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630768/plastic-surgery-inclusion-in-the-undergraduate-medical-curriculum-perception-challenges-and-career-choice-a-comparative-study
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M Farid, R Vaughan, S Thomas
OBJECTIVE: The undergraduate medical curriculum has been overcrowded with core learning outcomes with no formal exposure to plastic surgery. The aim of this study was to compare medical students from two educational settings for the basic understanding, preferred learning method, and factors influencing a career choice in plastic surgery. DESIGN AND SETTING: A prospective cohort study based on a web-based anonymous questionnaire sent to final year medical students at Birmingham University (United Kingdom), McGill University (Canada), and a control group (non-medical staff)...
2017: Plastic Surgery International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630381/antibody-response-to-human-extracellular-her2-subdomain-proteins-in-mice
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Fateme Sadri-Ardalani, Moslem Ahmadi, Azam Hemmati, Shaghayegh Emami, Samira Farid, Mohammad Mehdi Amiri, Mahmood Jeddi-Tehrani, Mahdi Shabani, Fazel Shokri
BACKGROUND: In addition to passive immunotherapy using anti-HER2 monoclonal antibodies, active immunotherapy via HER2 targeting is an interesting approach to inducing specific anti-tumor immune responses. We have recently reported the immunogenicity of HER2 subdomains following DNA immunization and HER2 protein boosting. In the present study, we evaluated the immunogenicity of different HER2 extracellular subdomains for the induction of anti-HER2 antibody response in BALB/c mice. OBJECTIVE: To investigate and characterize antibody responses to human recombinant proteins of HER2 extracellular subdomains in immunized mice...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Immunology: IJI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628904/geochemical-characteristics-of-rare-earth-elements-in-different-types-of-soil-a-chemometric-approach
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Aysha Masood Khan, Shima Behkami, Ismail Yusoff, Sharifuddin Bin Md Zain, Nor Kartini Abu Bakar, Ahmad Farid Abu Bakar, Yatimah Alias
Rare earth elements (REEs) are becoming significant due to their huge applications in many industries, large-scale mining and refining activities. Increasing usage of such metals pose negative environmental impacts. In this research ICP-MS has been used to analyze soil samples collected from former ex-mining areas in the depths of 0-20 cm, 21-40 cm, and 41-60 cm of residential, mining, natural, and industrial areas of Perak. Principal component analysis (PCA) revealed that soil samples taken from different mining, industrial, residential, and natural areas are separated into four clusters...
June 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627959/two-cases-of-primary-leptomeningeal-melanomatosis-mimicking-subacute-meningitis
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Sabina Aslan, Rahsan Gocmen, Nazire Pınar Acar, Farid Khasiyev, Ekim Gumeler, Figen Soylemezoglu, Aslı Tuncer, Ethem Murat Arsava, Mehmet Akif Topçuoglu, Isin Unal Cevik
Primary involvement of leptomeninges with melanocytic tumours is rarely seen and its diagnosis is challenging. Here we summarise two cases of primary leptomeningeal melanomatosis presenting as subacute meningitis. Both cases have pleocytosis and high protein on cerebrospinal fluid analysis, and demonstrated atypical cells on cytology. On magnetic resonance imaging, there is diffuse leptomeningal thickening and avid enhancement of intracranial and intraspinal leptomeninges. One of them demonstrates T1 shortening due to magnetic effects of melanin, the other case is amelanotic and shows hypointensity on precontrast T1-weighted images...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627930/randomized-comparative-efficacy-and-safety-study-of-intermittent-simvastatin-versus-fenofibrate-in-hemodialysis
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Aya M Abdel Magid, Maggie M Abbassi, Essam Eldin M Iskander, Osama Mohamady, Samar F Farid
AIM: Compare the safety and efficacy of intermittent fenofibrate versus simvastatin in chronic hemodialysis patients. PATIENTS & METHODS: Sixty patients received either fenofibrate 100 mg or simvastatin 20 mg after their dialysis session (parallel study). The safety and efficacy of drugs on lipid profile, oxidized low-density lipoprotein (Ox-LDL), glutathione peroxidase and C-reactive protein were compared before and after 16-week treatment. RESULTS: After treatment, significant increase in glutathione peroxidase, significant decrease in total cholesterol, triglycerides, low density lipoprotein (LDL) and ox-LDL (p < 0...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627044/adherence-to-treatment-in-patients-with-behcet-s-disease
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Alireza Khabbazi, Farid Karkon Shayan, Morteza Ghojazadeh, Hadise Kavandi, Mehrzad Hajialiloo, Kamal Esalat Manesh, Sousan Kolahi
AIM: Behcet's disease (BD) is a chronic, inflammatory disease with multisystem involvement. Adherence to treatment is low in chronic diseases as well as inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. This study assessed factors associated with non-adherence to treatment in patients with BD. METHODS: All the patients with BD who visited in the outpatient clinic of Connective Tissue Diseases Research Center in Tabriz University of Medical Sciences were included in the study...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623018/spiked-helmet-sign-after-percutaneous-left-stellate-ganglion-ablation-in-a-patient-with-long-qt-syndrome
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Farid Aliyev, Vugar Abdulkerimov, Enes Elvin Gul, Fuad Samedov, Elnur Isayev, Elnur Ferecov
"Spiked helmet" is a type of ST elevation, which is generally observed in critically ill patients and associated with very poor prognosis. Here we present a case of previously undiagnosed long QT syndrome admitted with polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (PMVT) unresponsive to pharmacological treatment and developed "spiked helmet" sign after left percutaneous stellate ganglion ablation.
June 9, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621246/association-between-admission-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Shaghayegh Rahimirad, Mohammad Reza Ghaffary, Mohammad Hossein Rahimirad, Farid Rashidi
Introduction: The prognostic significance of neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), derived-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (d-NLR), platelet-to-lymphocyte ratio (PLR), and lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (LMR) have been shown in many diseases. To the best of our knowledge, there is no published report evaluation of those parameters in acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD). The aims of this study are to evaluate the parameters in predicting in-hospital mortality in patients with AECOPD...
March 2017: Tüberküloz Ve Toraks
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621179/an-integrated-experimental-and-economic-evaluation-of-cell-therapy-affinity-purification-technologies
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Benjamin D Weil, Michael J Jenkins, Siddique Uddin, Daniel G Bracewell, Donald Wellings, Suzanne S Farid, Farlan Veraitch
AIM: To present an integrated techno-economic analysis assessing the feasibility of affinity purification technologies using the manufacture of induced pluripotent stem cell-derived progenitor photoreceptors for retinal dystrophies as a case study. MATERIALS & METHODS: Sort purity, progenitor yield and viable cell recovery were investigated for three cell sorting techniques: fluorescent-activated cell sorting (FACS); magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS); and a novel technology SpheriTech beads...
June 16, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620857/distribution-of-potentially-toxic-elements-ptes-in-tailings-soils-and-plants-around-gol-e-gohar-iron-mine-a-case-study-in-iran
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Naghmeh Soltani, Behnam Keshavarzi, Farid Moore, Armin Sorooshian, Mohamad Reza Ahmadi
This study investigated the concentration of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) including Al, As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb, V, and Zn in 102 soils (in the Near and Far areas of the mine), 7 tailings, and 60 plant samples (shoots and roots of Artemisia sieberi and Zygophylum species) collected at the Gol-E-Gohar iron ore mine in Iran. The elemental concentrations in tailings and soil samples (in Near and Far areas) varied between 7.4 and 35.8 mg kg(-1) for As (with a mean of 25.39 mg kg(-1) for tailings), 7...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616421/cystic-fibrosis-prevalence-among-a-group-of-high-risk-children-in-the-main-referral-children-hospital-in-iran
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Mohammad Reza Modaresi, Jamal Faghinia, Mohsen Reisi, Majid Keivanfar, Shiva Navaie, Javad Seyyedi, Faride Baharzade
BACKGROUND: Knowledge about cystic fibrosis (CF) in Iran is very limited. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of CF among a group of high-risk children with suggestive clinical features in the main referral hospital in Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study children consisted of 505 patients who had presented with one or more of the following symptoms: chronic or recurrent respiratory symptoms, gastrointestinal symptoms as rectal prolapse, steatorrhea, hepatobiliary disease as prolonged jaundice, failure to thrive, hyperglycemia and glycosuria, hypochloremic metabolic alkalosis, hypoprothrombinemia, anemia or edema, and positive family history of CF...
2017: Journal of Education and Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614791/human-vaccination-against-plasmodium-vivax-duffy-binding-protein-induces-strain-transcending-antibodies
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Ruth O Payne, Sarah E Silk, Sean C Elias, Kathryn H Milne, Thomas A Rawlinson, David Llewellyn, A Rushdi Shakri, Jing Jin, Geneviève M Labbé, Nick J Edwards, Ian D Poulton, Rachel Roberts, Ryan Farid, Thomas Jørgensen, Daniel Gw Alanine, Simone C de Cassan, Matthew K Higgins, Thomas D Otto, James S McCarthy, Willem A de Jongh, Alfredo Nicosia, Sarah Moyle, Adrian Vs Hill, Eleanor Berrie, Chetan E Chitnis, Alison M Lawrie, Simon J Draper
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax is the most widespread human malaria geographically; however, no effective vaccine exists. Red blood cell invasion by the P. vivax merozoite depends on an interaction between the Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC) and region II of the parasite's Duffy-binding protein (PvDBP_RII). Naturally acquired binding-inhibitory antibodies against this interaction associate with clinical immunity, but it is unknown whether these responses can be induced by human vaccination...
June 15, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612007/erdheim-chester-disease-presenting-with-secondary-hypertension-as-a-result-of-bilateral-proximal-renal-artery-stenosis-a-case-report
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Farid Arman, Hania Shakeri, Niloofar Nobakht, Anjay Rastogi, Mohammad Kamgar
Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is a rare, non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis presenting most commonly with bone and central nervous system symptoms, including but not limited to bone pain and diabetes insipidus. We present a known case of ECD, which was referred for secondary hypertension workup and diagnosed with severe, proximal, bilateral renal artery stenosis.
May 2017: Case Reports in Nephrology and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610931/can-cyst-volume-be-used-to-stratify-risk-of-complications-following-cyst-defect-reconstruction-with-iliac-crest-graft
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Ali-Farid Safi, Andrea Grandoch, Timo Dreiseidler, Hans-Joachim Nickenig, Joachim Zöller, Matthias Kreppel
INTRODUCTION: The role of the volume of radicular and dentigerous cysts on clinical symptoms is unclear and potentially may predict development of pre- and postoperative complications, especially after cystectomies with large bony defects. Therefore the aim of this study was to assess pre- and postoperative symptoms associated to the volume of jaw cysts. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective chart review of 111 patients with follicular or dentigerous cysts from 2008-2012...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603400/generalizations-of-some-fractional-integral-inequalities-via-generalized-mittag-leffler-function
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Ghulam Abbas, Khuram Ali Khan, Ghulam Farid, Atiq Ur Rehman
Fractional inequalities are useful in establishing the uniqueness of solution for partial differential equations of fractional order. Also they provide upper and lower bounds for solutions of fractional boundary value problems. In this paper we obtain some general integral inequalities containing generalized Mittag-Leffler function and some already known integral inequalities have been produced as special cases.
2017: Journal of Inequalities and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600794/citric-acid-enhanced-the-antioxidant-defense-system-and-chromium-uptake-by-lemna-minor-l-grown-in-hydroponics-under-cr-stress
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Rasham Sallah-Ud-Din, Mujahid Farid, Rashid Saeed, Shafaqat Ali, Muhammad Rizwan, Hafiz Muhammad Tauqeer, Syed Asad Hussain Bukhari
Phytoextraction is a cost-effective and eco-friendly technique for the removal of pollutants, mainly heavy metal(loids) especially from polluted water and metal-contaminated soils. The phytoextraction of heavy metals is, in general, limited due to the low availability of heavy metals in the growth medium. Organic chelators can help to improve the phytoextraction by increasing metal mobility and solubility in the growth medium. The present research was carried out to examine the possibility of citric acid (CA) in improving chromium (Cr) phytoextraction by Lemna minor (duckweed)...
June 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600726/the-influence-of-physicochemical-parameters-on-bioaccessibility-adjusted-hazard-quotients-for-copper-lead-and-zinc-in-different-grain-size-fractions-of-urban-street-dusts-and-soils
#19
Sharareh Dehghani, Farid Moore, Luba Vasiluk, Beverley A Hale
When the hazard quotient for ingestion (HQI) of a trace element in soil and dust particles is adjusted for the element's bioaccessibility, the HQI is typically reduced as compared to its calculation using pseudo-total element concentration. However, those studies have mostly used bulk particles (<2 mm or <250 µm), and the reduction in HQI when expressed as bioaccessible metal may not be similar among particle size fractions, the possibility probed by the present study of street dusts and soils collected in Tehran...
June 9, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597935/failure-rates-of-artificial-dermis-products-in-treatment-of-diabetic-foot-ulcer-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis
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Huidi Tchero, Christian Herlin, Farid Bekara, Pauline Kangambega, Fluieraru Sergiu, Luc Teot
Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is a frequent complication in diabetic patients, occurring in up to 25% of those affected. Among the treatments available to clinicians, the use of bioengineered skin substitutes is an attractive alternative. Artificial dermis functions as a matrix, covering the wound and supporting healing and reconstruction of the lost tissue. This study was aimed at reviewing the use of five regeneration matrices (namely, Integra, Nevelia, Matriderm, Pelnac, and Renoskin) as reported by clinical trials...
June 8, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
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