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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340485/an-approach-for-liposome-immobilization-using-sterically-stabilized-micelles-ssms-as-a-precursor-for-bio-layer-interferometry-based-interaction-studies
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Jakob Wallner, Gabriele Lhota, Markus Schosserer, Karola Vorauer-Uhl
Non-fluidic bio-layer interferometry (BLI) has rapidly become a standard tool for monitoring almost all biomolecular interactions in a label-free, real-time and high-throughput manner. High-efficiency screening methods which measure the kinetics of liposomes with a variety of compounds require the immobilization of liposomes. In this work, a method is described for immobilizing liposomes for interaction studies, based on the biophysical principles of this biosensor platform. The immobilization approach includes the loading of DSPE-PEG(2000)-biotin containing sterically stabilized micelles (SSMs) which are restructured in a buffer change step, resulting in an accessible substrate for liposome immobilization...
March 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340305/the-clinical-application-of-ngs-based-snp-haplotyping-for-pgd-of-hb-h-disease
#2
Linjun Chen, Zhenyu Diao, Zhipeng Xu, Jianjun Zhou, Guijun Yan, Haixiang Sun
This study investigated the usefulness of next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) haplotyping for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of hemoglobin H (Hb H) disease. Multiple displacement amplification (MDA) was used for whole genome amplification (WGA) of biopsied trophectoderm (TE) cells. Gap-PCR and NGS-based SNP haplotyping was used to distinguish the two genotypes of -α(3.7)/αα and -(SEA)/αα for PGD of Hb H disease. One out of the ten blastocysts (B11) was successfully diagnosed as genotype -α(3...
March 24, 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340215/development-of-enzyme-immunoassays-elisa-and-western-blot-for-the-serological-diagnosis-of-dermatophytosis-in-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-cats
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Aline Elisa Santana, Carlos Pelleschi Taborda, Julia So Severo, Glauce Mary Gomes Rittner, Julian Esteban Muñoz, Carlos Eduardo Larsson, Carlos Eduardo Larsson
Dermatophytosis is the most common fungal infection in cats worldwide and plays an important role in both animal and human health due to their high zoonotic potential. Effective screening is a strong preventive measure and the fungal culture is quite useful but requires full laboratorial experience and it takes a long time to obtain the result. A rapid and accurate screening test for dermatophytosis in cats is crucial for the effective control of disease outbreaks. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of enzyme immunoassays (ELISA and Western blot [WB]) for the rapid and precise diagnosis of dermatophytosis in cats...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340202/validity-and-reproducibility-of-the-start-back-tool-dutch-version-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-in-primary-care-settings
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Jasper D Bier, Raymond W J G Ostelo, Miranda L van Hooff, Bart W Koes, Arianne P Verhagen
Objective: To translate, and to investigate the reliability and validity of the STarT Back screening tool (SBT) in the primary care setting among patients with non-specific low back pain (LBP). Methods: The SBT was formally translated in Dutch following a multistep approach for forward and backward translation. General practitioners and physiotherapists included patients with LBP. Patients completed a baseline a questionnaire and a follow-up at three days and three months...
March 9, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340175/funresdb-a-web-resource-for-genotypic-susceptibility-testing-of-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Michael Weber, Jonas Schaer, Grit Walther, Kerstin Kaerger, Jörg Steinmann, Peter-Michael Rath, Birgit Spiess, Dieter Buchheidt, Axel Hamprecht, Oliver Kurzai
Therapy of invasive aspergillosis is becoming more difficult due to the emergence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. A majority of resistant strains carries mutations in the CYP51A gene. Due to a lack of sensitivity of culture-based methods, molecular detection of A. fumigatus has become an important diagnostic tool. We set up the database FunResDB (www.nrz-myk.de/funresdb) to gather all available information about CYP51A-dependent azole resistance from published literature. In summary, the screening resulted in 79 CYP51A variants, which are linked to 59 nonsynonymous mutations...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340165/attitudes-toward-opioids-and-risk-of-misuse-abuse-in-patients-with-chronic-noncancer-pain-receiving-long-term-opioid-therapy
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Grisell Vargas-Schaffer, Jennifer Cogan
Objectives.:  To determine the attitudes of patients toward long-term opioid therapy (LtOT) and the potential risk of misuse/abuse in patients with chronic noncancer pain (CNCP). Design.:  Prospective, descriptive epidemiological study. Setting.:  Multidisciplinary tertiary care pain center within the Montreal University Health Center. Subjects.:  Patients who had had at least one visit at least one year prior to the invitation...
March 7, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339692/decrease-in-unnecessary-vitamin-d-testing-using-clinical-decision-support-tools-making-it-harder-to-do-the-wrong-thing
#7
Andrew H Felcher, Rachel Gold, David M Mosen, Ashley B Stoneburner
Objective: To evaluate the impact of clinical decision support (CDS) tools on rates of vitamin D testing. Screening for vitamin D deficiency has increased in recent years, spurred by studies suggesting vitamin D's clinical benefits. Such screening, however, is often unsupported by evidence and can incur unnecessary costs. Materials and Methods: We evaluated how rates of vitamin D screening changed after we implemented 3 CDS tools in the electronic health record (EHR) of a large health plan: (1) a new vitamin D screening guideline, (2) an alert that requires clinician acknowledgement of current guidelines to continue ordering the test (a "hard stop"), and (3) a modification of laboratory ordering preference lists that eliminates shortcuts...
February 19, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339648/three-dimensional-testicular-organoid-a-novel-tool-for-the-study-of-human-spermatogenesis-and-gonadotoxicity-in-vitro%C3%A2
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Samuel S Pendergraft, Hooman Sadri-Ardekani, Anthony Atala, Colin E Bishop
Existing methods for evaluating the potential gonadotoxicity of environmental agents and pharmaceutical compounds rely heavily on animal studies. The current gold standard in vivo functional assays in animals are limited in their human predictive capacity. In addition, existing human two-dimensional in vitro models of testicular toxicity do not accurately reflect the in vivo situation. A more reliable testicular in vitro model system is needed to better assess the gonadotoxic potential of drugs prior to progression into clinical trials...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339637/provider-perspectives-on-the-implementation-of-psychosocial-risk-screening-in-pediatric-cancer
#9
Anne E Kazak, Lamia P Barakat, Martha A Askins, Maureen McCafferty, Alyssa Lattomus, Nicole Ruppe, Janet Deatrick
Objective:  Psychosocial risk screening is an important initial step in delivering evidence-based care. This qualitative descriptive study identified how multidisciplinary pediatric oncology health-care providers perceive psychosocial risk screening to identify factors in uptake and implementation. Methods:  A script guided digitally recorded (transcribed) interviews regarding psychosocial screening and challenges to facilitators of screening. Participants were 15 multidisciplinary staff (physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, physician assistant) at nine sites, three using the Psychosocial Assessment Tool© for research and six for clinical care...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339458/rapid-surveillance-for-vector-presence-rsvp-development-of-a-novel-system-for-detecting-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus
#10
Brian L Montgomery, Martin A Shivas, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Jim Edwards, Nicholas A Hamilton, Cassie C Jansen, Jamie L McMahon, David Warrilow, Andrew F van den Hurk
BACKGROUND: The globally important Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses are primarily transmitted by the invasive mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. In Australia, there is an increasing risk that these species may invade highly urbanized regions and trigger outbreaks. We describe the development of a Rapid Surveillance for Vector Presence (RSVP) system to expedite presence- absence surveys for both species. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We developed a methodology that uses molecular assays to efficiently screen pooled ovitrap (egg trap) samples for traces of target species ribosomal RNA...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339428/does-conservative-treatment-change-the-brain-in-patients-with-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-a-systematic-review
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Jeroen Kregel, Iris Coppieters, Robby DePauw, Anneleen Malfliet, Lieven Danneels, Jo Nijs, Barbara Cagnie, Mira Meeus
BACKGROUND: Chronic musculoskeletal pain is characterized by maladaptive central neuroplastic changes. Many observational studies have demonstrated that chronic pain states are associated with brain alterations regarding structure and/or function. Rehabilitation of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain may include cognitive, exercise, or multimodal therapies. OBJECTIVE: The current review aims to provide a constructive overview of the existing literature reporting neural correlates, based on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, following conservative treatment in chronic musculoskeletal pain patients...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339316/practical-insight-to-monitor-home-niv-in-copd-patients
#12
Jean-Michel Arnal, Joëlle Texereau, Aude Garnero
Home noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is used in COPD patients with concomitant chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure in order to correct nocturnal hypoventilation and improve sleep quality, quality of life, and survival. Monitoring of home NIV is needed to assess the effectiveness of ventilation and adherence to therapy, resolve potential adverse effects, reinforce patient knowledge, provide maintenance of the equipment, and readjust the ventilator settings according to the changing condition of the patient...
March 24, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339311/lung-rads-category-4x-does-it-improve-prediction-of-malignancy-in-subsolid-nodules
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Kaman Chung, Colin Jacobs, Ernst T Scholten, Jin Mo Goo, Helmut Prosch, Nicola Sverzellati, Francesco Ciompi, Onno M Mets, Paul K Gerke, Mathias Prokop, Bram van Ginneken, Cornelia M Schaefer-Prokop
Purpose To evaluate the added value of Lung CT Screening Reporting and Data System (Lung-RADS) assessment category 4X over categories 3, 4A, and 4B for differentiating between benign and malignant subsolid nodules (SSNs). Materials and Methods SSNs on all baseline computed tomographic (CT) scans from the National Lung Cancer Trial that would have been classified as Lung-RADS category 3 or higher were identified, resulting in 374 SSNs for analysis. An experienced screening radiologist volumetrically segmented all solid cores and located all malignant SSNs visible on baseline scans...
March 24, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339199/structure-based-discovery-of-new-antagonist-and-biased-agonist-chemotypes-for-the-kappa-opioid-receptor
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Zhong Zheng, Xi-Ping Huang, Thomas J Mangano, Rodger Zou, Xin Chen, Saheem Zaidi, Bryan L Roth, Raymond C Stevens, Vsevolod Katritch
The ongoing epidemics of opioid overdose raises an urgent need for effective anti-addiction therapies and addiction-free painkillers. The κ-opioid receptor (KOR) has emerged as a promising target for both indications, raising demand for new chemotypes of KOR antagonists, as well as G-protein-biased agonists. We employed the crystal structure of the KOR-JDTic complex and ligand-optimized structural templates to perform virtual screening of available compound libraries for new KOR ligands. The prospective virtual screening campaign yielded a high 32% hit rate, identifying novel fragment-like and lead-like chemotypes of KOR ligands...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335541/effects-of-forest-therapy-on-depressive-symptoms-among-adults-a-systematic-review
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Insook Lee, Heeseung Choi, Kyung-Sook Bang, Sungjae Kim, MinKyung Song, Buhyun Lee
This study systematically reviewed forest therapy programs designed to decrease the level of depression among adults and assessed the methodological rigor and scientific evidence quality of existing research studies to guide future studies. This systematic review was conducted in accordance with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines. The authors independently screened full-text articles from various databases using the following criteria: (1) intervention studies assessing the effects of forest therapy on depressive symptoms in adults aged 18 years and older; (2) studies including at least one control group or condition; (3) peer-reviewed studies; and (4) been published either in English or Korean before July 2016...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334975/apricot-an-integrated-computational-pipeline-for-the-sequence-based-identification-and-characterization-of-rna-binding-proteins
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Malvika Sharan, Konrad U Förstner, Ana Eulalio, Jörg Vogel
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have been established as core components of several post-transcriptional gene regulation mechanisms. Experimental techniques such as cross-linking and co-immunoprecipitation have enabled the identification of RBPs, RNA-binding domains (RBDs) and their regulatory roles in the eukaryotic species such as human and yeast in large-scale. In contrast, our knowledge of the number and potential diversity of RBPs in bacteria is poorer due to the technical challenges associated with the existing global screening approaches...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334893/a-new-score-for-screening-of-malnutrition-in-patients-with-inoperable-gastric-adenocarcinoma
#17
Ali Esfahani, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi, Alireza Ostadrahimi, Mousa Ghayour Nahand, Zahra Fathifar, Akram Doostzadeh, Zohreh Ghoreishi
Background: Malnutrition is common in patients with gastric cancer. Early identification of malnourished patients results in improving quality of life. We aimed to assess the nutritional status of patients with inoperable gastric adenocarcinoma (IGA) and finding a precise malnutrition screening score for these patients before the onset of chemotherapy. Methods: Nutritional status was assessed using patient generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA), visceral proteins, and high-sensitivity C reactive protein...
March 10, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334841/oral-fluid-testing-for-cocaine-analytical-evaluation-of-two-point-of-collection-drug-screening-devices
#18
Juliana Nichterwitz Scherer, Taís Regina Fiorentin, Tanara Rosangela Vieira Sousa, Renata Pereira Limberger, Flavio Pechansky
The use of point-of-collection testing (POCT) devices for drugs of abuse in oral fluid (OF) is an advantageous tool that has been used for different purposes-particularly traffic enforcement. However, even with the widespread report of cocaine consumption, the reliability of POCT devices has been reported in different magnitudes. This study evaluated the reliability of two POCT devices for the detection of cocaine in OF samples of 110 cocaine users: (i) the DDS2™ (cutoff = 30 ng/mL) and (ii) the Multi-Drugs Multi-Line-Twist Screen Test Device™ (MDML) (cutoff = 20 ng/mL)...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334828/flexible-crispr-library-construction-using-parallel-oligonucleotide-retrieval
#19
Abigail Read, Shaojian Gao, Eric Batchelor, Ji Luo
CRISPR/Cas9-based gene knockout libraries have emerged as a powerful tool for functional screens. We present here a set of pre-designed human and mouse sgRNA sequences that are optimized for both high on-target potency and low off-target effect. To maximize the chance of target gene inactivation, sgRNAs were curated to target both 5΄ constitutive exons and exons that encode conserved protein domains. We describe here a robust and cost-effective method to construct multiple small sized CRISPR library from a single oligo pool generated by array synthesis using parallel oligonucleotide retrieval...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334789/comparative-evaluation-of-norovirus-infection-in-children-with-acute-gastroenteritis-by-rapid-immunochromatographic-test-rt-pcr-and-real-time-rt-pcr
#20
Kattareeya Kumthip, Pattara Khamrin, Wilaiporn Saikruang, Kanittapon Supadej, Hiroshi Ushijima, Niwat Maneekarn
Immunochromatographic (IC) test for norovirus detection is a rapid and simple detection method. This study evaluated the sensitivity and specificity of a recent version of R-Biopharm RIDA®QUICK Norovirus IC assay for norovirus detection in fecal specimens from children hospitalized with acute gastroenteritis. Fecal specimens were tested by IC kit in comparison with gold standard reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and real-time RT-PCR. The IC kit showed high sensitivity and specificity comparable with PCR-based methods...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
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