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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220831/the-distribution-of-the-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-as-an-indicator-of-the-response-to-chemotherapeutics-in-ovarian-tumour-xenografts
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Monique C Tourell, Ali Shokoohmand, Marietta Landgraf, Nina P Holzapfel, Patrina S P Poh, Daniela Loessner, Konstantin I Momot
Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW-MRI) was used to evaluate the effects of single-agent and combination treatment regimens in a spheroid-based animal model of ovarian cancer. Ovarian tumour xenografts grown in non-obese diabetic/severe-combined-immunodeficiency (NOD/SCID) mice were treated with carboplatin or paclitaxel, or combination carboplatin/paclitaxel chemotherapy regimens. After 4 weeks of treatment, tumours were extracted and underwent DW-MRI, mechanical testing, immunohistochemical and gene expression analyses...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216268/dental-pulp-tissue-regeneration-using-dental-pulp-stem-cells-isolated-and-expanded-in-human-serum
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Evandro Piva, Susan A Tarlé, Jacques E Nör, Duohong Zou, Elizabeth Hatfield, Tyler Guinn, Emily J Eubanks, Darnell Kaigler
INTRODUCTION: Dental pulp-derived stem cells (DPSCs) have the potential to regenerate dentin and dental pulp tissue because of their differentiation capacity and angiogenic properties. However, for regenerative approaches to gain regulatory and clinical acceptance, protocols are needed to determine more feasible ways to cultivate DPSCs, namely, without the use of xenogeneic-derived components (animal sera) and exogenous growth factors. METHODS: In this study, human DPSCs were isolated from third molars and expanded in standard culture conditions containing fetal bovine serum (DPSCs-FBS) or conditions containing human serum (DPSCs-HS)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213970/efficacy-and-safety-of-immuno-magnetically-sorted-smooth-muscle-progenitor-cells-derived-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-restoring-urethral-sphincter-function
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Yanhui Li, Morgaine Green, Yan Wen, Yi Wei, Prachi Wani, Zhe Wang, Renee Reijo Pera, Bertha Chen
Human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs)-based cell therapy holds promise for treating stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, safety concerns, especially tumorgenic potential of residual undifferentiated cells in hiPSC derivatives, are major barriers for its clinical translation. An efficient, fast and clinical-scale strategy for purifying committed cells is also required. Our previous studies demonstrated the regenerative effects of hiPSC-derived smooth muscle progenitor cells (pSMCs) on the injured urethral sphincter in SUI, but the differentiation protocol required fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) which is not practical for autologous clinical applications...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202771/delayed-differentiation-of-potent-effector-cd8-t-cells-reducing-viremia-and-reservoir-seeding-in-acute-hiv-infection
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Hiroshi Takata, Supranee Buranapraditkun, Cari Kessing, James L K Fletcher, Roshell Muir, Virginie Tardif, Pearline Cartwright, Claire Vandergeeten, Wendy Bakeman, Carmen N Nichols, Suteeraporn Pinyakorn, Pokrath Hansasuta, Eugene Kroon, Thep Chalermchai, Robert O'Connell, Jerome Kim, Nittaya Phanuphak, Merlin L Robb, Nelson L Michael, Nicolas Chomont, Elias K Haddad, Jintanat Ananworanich, Lydie Trautmann
CD8(+) T cells play a critical role in controlling HIV viremia and could be important in reducing HIV-infected cells in approaches to eradicate HIV. The simian immunodeficiency virus model provided the proof of concept for a CD8(+) T cell-mediated reservoir clearance but showed conflicting evidence on the role of these cells to eliminate HIV-infected cells. In humans, HIV-specific CD8(+) T cell responses have not been associated with a reduction of the HIV-infected cell pool in vivo. We studied HIV-specific CD8(+) T cells in the RV254 cohort of individuals initiating ART in the earliest stages of acute HIV infection (AHI)...
February 15, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196691/healing-of-a-large-long-bone-defect-through-serum-free-in%C3%A2-vitro-priming-of%C3%A2-human-periosteum-derived-cells
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Johanna Bolander, Wei Ji, Jeroen Leijten, Liliana Moreira Teixeira, Veerle Bloemen, Dennis Lambrechts, Malay Chaklader, Frank P Luyten
Clinical translation of cell-based strategies for regenerative medicine demands predictable in vivo performance where the use of sera during in vitro preparation inherently limits the efficacy and reproducibility. Here, we present a bioinspired approach by serum-free pre-conditioning of human periosteum-derived cells, followed by their assembly into microaggregates simultaneously primed with bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2). Pre-conditioning resulted in a more potent progenitor cell population, while aggregation induced osteochondrogenic differentiation, further enhanced by BMP-2 stimulation...
February 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191761/angiogenic-potential-of-human-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-chondrocyte-brick-enriched-constructs-promoted-stable-regeneration-of-craniofacial-cartilage
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Zhiye Li, Ruikai Ba, Zhifa Wang, Jianhua Wei, Yimin Zhao, Wei Wu
Craniofacial deformities caused by congenital defects or trauma remain challenges for clinicians, whereas current surgical interventions present limited therapeutic outcomes. Injection of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) into the defect is highly desirable because such a procedure is microinvasive and grafts are more flexible to fill the lesions. However, preventing hypertrophic transition and morphological contraction remain significant challenges. We have developed an "all host derived" cell transplantation system composed of chondrocyte brick (CB)-enriched platelet-rich plasma (P) gel and BMSCs (B)...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191758/preclinical-analysis-of-fetal-human-mesencephalic-neural-progenitor-cell-lines-characterization-and-safety-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Jisook Moon, Sigrid C Schwarz, Hyun-Seob Lee, Jun Mo Kang, Young-Eun Lee, Bona Kim, Mi-Young Sung, Günter Höglinger, Florian Wegner, Jin Su Kim, Hyung-Min Chung, Sung Woon Chang, Kwang Yul Cha, Kwang-Soo Kim, Johannes Schwarz
We have developed a good manufacturing practice for long-term cultivation of fetal human midbrain-derived neural progenitor cells. The generation of human dopaminergic neurons may serve as a tool of either restorative cell therapies or cellular models, particularly as a reference for phenotyping region-specific human neural stem cell lines such as human embryonic stem cells and human inducible pluripotent stem cells. We cultivated 3 different midbrain neural progenitor lines at 10, 12, and 14 weeks of gestation for more than a year and characterized them in great detail, as well as in comparison with Lund mesencephalic cells...
February 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187438/tat-is-a-multifunctional-viral-protein-that-modulates-cellular-gene-expression-and-functions
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REVIEW
Evan Clark, Brenda Nava, Massimo Caputi
The human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-1) has developed several strategies to condition the host environment to promote viral replication and spread. Viral proteins have evolved to perform multiple functions, aiding in the replication of the viral genome and modulating the cellular response to the infection. Tat is a small, versatile, viral protein that controls transcription of the HIV genome, regulates cellular gene expression and generates a permissive environment for viral replication by altering the immune response and facilitating viral spread to multiple tissues...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187417/a-machine-learning-approach-for-microrna-precursor-prediction-in-retro-transcribing-virus-genomes
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Müserref Duygu Saçar Demirci, Mustafa Toprak, Jens Allmer
Identification of microRNA (miRNA) precursors has seen increased efforts in recent years. The difficulty in experimental detection of pre-miRNAs increased the usage of computational approaches. Most of these approaches rely on machine learning especially classification. In order to achieve successful classification, many parameters need to be considered such as data quality, choice of classifier settings, and feature selection. For the latter one, we developed a distributed genetic algorithm on HTCondor to perform feature selection...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181540/hiv-related-proteins-prolong-macrophage-survival-through-induction-of-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cells-1
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Zhihong Yuan, Xian Fan, Bashar Staitieh, Chetna Bedi, Paul Spearman, David M Guidot, Ruxana T Sadikot
Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1(TREM-1) is a member of the superimmunoglobulin receptor family. We have previously shown that TREM-1 prolongs survival of macrophages treated with lipoolysaccharide through Egr2-Bcl2 signaling. Recent studies suggest a role for TREM-1 in viral immunity. Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV) targets the monocyte/macrophage lineage at varying stages of infection. Emerging data suggest that macrophages are key reservoirs for latent HIV even in individuals on antiretroviral therapy...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173857/understanding-the-strategies-employed-to-cope-with-increased-numbers-of-aids-orphaned-children-in-families-in-rural-settings-a-case-of-mbeya-rural-district-tanzania
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Nelsensius Klau Fauk, Silivano Edson Mwakinyali, Sukma Putra, Lillian Mwanri
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to understand the strategies employed by families that adopt Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)-orphaned children (Adoptive families) for coping with and mitigating the impact of AIDS in Mbeya Rural District, Tanzania. High numbers of AIDS-orphaned children aged below 18 years in Mbeya Region have led to increasing the burden of families caring for them. Understanding the coping strategies and impact mitigation activities employed by adoptive families is important in order to develop programmes to help them...
February 7, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169858/central-nervous-system-infections-in-immunocompromised-patients
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Romain Sonneville, Eric Magalhaes, Geert Meyfroidt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Although rare, central nervous system (CNS) infections are increasingly being recognized in immunocompromised patients. The goal of the present review is to provide a practical diagnostic approach for the intensivist, and to briefly discuss some of the most prevalent conditions. RECENT FINDINGS: Immunocompromised patients presenting with new neurological symptoms should always be suspected of a CNS infection. These infections carry a poor prognosis, especially if intracranial hypertension, severely altered mental status or seizures are present...
February 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167548/ga-iii-nanoparticles-inhibit-growth-of-both-tb-and-hiv-and-release-of-il-6-and-il-8-in-co-infected-macrophages
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Seoung-Ryoung Choi, Bradley E Britigan, Prabagaran Narayanasamy
Treatment of individuals co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV) and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) is challenging due to prolonged treatment requirements, drug toxicity and emergence of drug resistance. Mononuclear phagocytes (MP; macrophages) are one of the natural reservoirs for both HIV and M.tb Here, the treatment of HIV and M.tb co-infection was studied by preloading human macrophages with MP-targeted gallium (Ga) nanoparticles to limit subsequent simultaneous infection with both HIV and M...
February 6, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159876/what-are-the-most-powerful-immunogen-design-vaccine-strategies-a-structural-biologist-s-perspective
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Peter D Kwong
The ability of structure-based design to control the shape and reactivity-the atomic-level chemistry-of an immunogen argues for it being one of the "most powerful" immunogen-design strategies. But antigenic reactivity is only one of the properties required to induce a protective immune response. Here, a multidimensional approach is used to exemplify the enabling role atomic-level information can play in the development of immunogens against three viral pathogens, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza A virus, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which have resisted standard approaches to vaccine development...
February 3, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159730/hiv-trends-in-the-united-states-diagnoses-and-estimated-incidence
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H Irene Hall, Ruiguang Song, Tian Tang, Qian An, Joseph Prejean, Patricia Dietz, Angela L Hernandez, Timothy Green, Norma Harris, Eugene McCray, Jonathan Mermin
BACKGROUND: The best indicator of the impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention programs is the incidence of infection; however, HIV is a chronic infection and HIV diagnoses may include infections that occurred years before diagnosis. Alternative methods to estimate incidence use diagnoses, stage of disease, and laboratory assays of infection recency. Using a consistent, accurate method would allow for timely interpretation of HIV trends. OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to assess the recent progress toward reducing HIV infections in the United States overall and among selected population segments with available incidence estimation methods...
February 3, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157470/risks-for-tuberculosis-in-kazakhstan-implications-for-prevention
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A Davis, A Terlikbayeva, A Aifah, S Hermosilla, Z Zhumadilov, E Berikova, S Rakhimova, S Primbetova, M Darisheva, N Schluger, N El-Bassel
SETTING: Four regions in Kazakhstan where participants were recruited from June 2012 to May 2014. OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between incarceration history and tobacco, alcohol, and drug consumption, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and diabetes mellitus (DM) with TB. DESIGN: This matched case-control study included 1600 participants who completed a survey on sociodemographics, history of incarceration, tobacco, alcohol and drug use, and HIV and DM diagnosis...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155661/functional-analysis-for-gut-microbes-of-the-brown-tree-frog-polypedates-megacephalus-in-artificial-hibernation
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Francis Cheng-Hsuan Weng, Yi-Ju Yang, Daryi Wang
BACKGROUND: Annual hibernation is an adaptation that helps many animals conserve energy during food shortage in winter. This natural cycle is also accompanied by a remodeling of the intestinal immune system, which is an aspect of host biology that is both influenced by, and can itself influence, the microbiota. In amphibians, the bacteria in the intestinal tract show a drop in bacterial counts. The proportion of pathogenic bacteria is greater in hibernating frogs than that found in nonhibernating frogs...
December 22, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155318/weight-status-and-associated-factors-among-hiv-infected-people-on-antiretroviral-therapy-in-rural-dikgale-limpopo-south-africa
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Felistas Mashinya, Marianne Alberts, Robert Colebunders, Jean-Pierre Van Geertruyden
BACKGROUND: Underweight in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) complicates the management of HIV infection and contributes to mortality, whereas overweight increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). AIM: The study determined weight status and associated factors in people with HIV infection receiving ART. SETTING: Rural primary health care clinics in Dikgale, Limpopo province, South Africa...
November 29, 2016: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28133808/antibody-gene-transfer-with-adeno-associated-viral-vectors-as-a-method-for-hiv-prevention
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REVIEW
Jacqueline M Brady, David Baltimore, Alejandro B Balazs
Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) show great promise in HIV prevention as they are capable of potently neutralizing a considerable breadth of genetically diverse strains. Passive transfer of monoclonal bNAb proteins can confer protection in animal models of HIV infection at modest concentrations, inspiring efforts to develop an HIV vaccine capable of eliciting bNAb responses. However, these antibodies demonstrate high degrees of somatic mutation and other unique characteristics that may hinder the ability of conventional approaches to consistently and effectively produce bNAb analogs...
January 2017: Immunological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125825/the-lived-experience-of-the-hospital-discharge-plan-a-longitudinal-qualitative-study-of-complex-patients
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Soo Chan Carusone, Bill O'Leary, Simone McWatt, Ann Stewart, Shelley Craig, David J Brennan
BACKGROUND: Transitions in care are a high-risk time for patients. Complex patients account for the largest proportion of healthcare costs but experience lower quality and discontinuity of care. The experiences of complex patients can be used to identify gaps in hospital discharge practices and design interventions to improve outcomes. METHODS: We used a case study approach with serial interviews and chart abstraction to explore the hospital discharge and transition experience over 6 weeks...
January 2017: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
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