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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145358/progress-in-rubella-and-congenital-rubella-syndrome-control-and-elimination-worldwide-2000-2016
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Gavin B Grant, Susan E Reef, Minal Patel, Jennifer K Knapp, Alya Dabbagh
Although rubella virus infection usually causes a mild fever and rash illness in children and adults, infection during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, can result in miscarriage, fetal death, stillbirth, or infants with a constellation of congenital malformations known as congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) (1). Rubella is a leading vaccine-preventable cause of birth defects. Preventing these adverse pregnancy outcomes is the focus of rubella vaccination programs. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) updated guidance on the preferred strategy for introduction of rubella-containing vaccine (RCV) into national immunization schedules and recommended an initial vaccination campaign, usually targeting children aged 9 months-14 years (1)...
November 17, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120240/routes-to-drug-design-via-bioisosterism-of-carboxyl-and-sulfonamide-groups
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Alya A Arabi
AIM: The similarity in the biological function of the bioisosteric pair, carboxyl and sulfonamide functional groups, is studied using the quantitative tool, average electron density of the bioisosteric moiety in drug molecules and the qualitative tool, electrostatic potential. Results/methodology: Five different capping groups (methyl, phenyl, chlorine, hydrogen and amine) were considered to investigate the effect of the environment on the properties of the bioisosteres. The molecules were considered in their neutral and anionic forms to account for the change in pH depending on the medium of the drug-receptor interactions...
November 9, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093686/what-s-in-a-typeface-evidence-of-the-existence-of-print-personalities-in-arabic
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Timothy R Jordan, Alya S AlShamsi, Hajar A K Yekani, Maryam AlJassmi, Nada Al Dosari, Ehab W Hermena, Mercedes Sheen
Previous research suggests that different typefaces can be perceived as having distinct personality characteristics (such as strength, elegance, friendliness, romance, and humor) and that these "print personalities" elicit information in the reader that is in addition to the meaning conveyed linguistically by words. However, research in this area has previously been conducted using only English stimuli and so it may be that typefaces in English, and other languages using the Latinate alphabet, lend themselves unusually well to eliciting perception of print personalities, and the phenomenon is not a language universal...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073125/progress-toward-regional-measles-elimination-worldwide-2000-2016
#4
Alya Dabbagh, Minal K Patel, Laure Dumolard, Marta Gacic-Dobo, Mick N Mulders, Jean-Marie Okwo-Bele, Katrina Kretsinger, Mark J Papania, Paul A Rota, James L Goodson
The fourth United Nations Millennium Development Goal, adopted in 2000, set a target to reduce child mortality by two thirds by 2015. One indicator of progress toward this target was measles vaccination coverage (1). In 2010, the World Health Assembly (WHA) set three milestones for measles control by 2015: 1) increase routine coverage with the first dose of a measles-containing vaccine (MCV1) among children aged 1 year to ≥90% at the national level and to ≥80% in every district; 2) reduce global annual measles incidence to <5 cases per million population; and 3) reduce global measles mortality by 95% from the 2000 estimate (2)...
October 27, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063392/prokaryotic-community-profiling-of-local-algae-wastewaters-using-advanced-16s-rrna-gene-sequencing
#5
Alya Limayem, Andrew Micciche, Bina Nayak, Shyam Mohapatra
Algae biomass-fed wastewaters are a promising source of lipid and bioenergy manufacture, revealing substantial end-product investment returns. However, wastewaters would contain lytic pathogens carrying drug resistance detrimental to algae yield and environmental safety. This study was conducted to simultaneously decipher through high-throughput advanced Illumina 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene sequencing, the cultivable and uncultivable bacterial community profile found in a single sample that was directly recovered from the local wastewater systems...
October 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051236/first-complete-genome-sequence-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-strain-so-1977-isolated-from-khartoum-sudan
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Sofia B Mohamed, Mohamed S Ali, Faisal M Alamir, Tahani B Alyas, Abdallah E Ahmed, Almeen O Seed, Rihab A Omer
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is increasingly becoming resistant to most antibiotics and consequently has become a challenging public health problem in Sudan. The present study documented the first complete genome sequence of strain SO-1977, isolated from a contaminated wound in Sudan.
October 19, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980111/neuroprotective-effects-of-curcumin-against-acetamiprid-induced-neurotoxicity-and-oxidative-stress-in-the-developing-male-rat-cerebellum-biochemical-histological-and-behavioral-changes
#7
Ines Bini Dhouib, Alya Annabi, Raoudha Doghri, Ines Rejeb, Yosra Dallagi, Yassin Bdiri, Mohamed Montassar Lasram, Amel Elgaaied, Raja Marrakchi, Saloua Fazaa, Asma Gati
Curcumin is a molecule found in turmeric root that has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-tumor properties and has been widely used as both an herbal drug and a food additive to treat or prevent neurodegenerative diseases. This study aimed to investigate the effect of curcumin on neurobehavioral and neuropathological alterations induced by acetamiprid on male rats. Three groups of ten male Wistar rats each were used for the study: the first was a control group (CTR) that did not consume acetamiprid (ACE); the second was an experimental group (ACE) that consumed 40 mg/kg body weight/day of acetamiprid; and the third group (CUR) received curcumin (100 mg/kg) and acetamiprid (40 mg/kg) in combination...
October 4, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933305/epidemiology-of-diabetes-mellitus-in-the-united-arab-emirates
#8
Hira Abdul Razzak, Alya Harbi, Wael Shelpai, Ahmad Qawas
Background/ Objective: Diabetes mellitus is a non-communicable disease which has become a major global public health issue. This systematic review summarized epidemiological studies related to the prevalence, risk factors, complications, incidence, knowledge, attitude and practices of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) among Arab population in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). METHOD: PubMed, Scopus databases, Science direct, Wiley online library, and other local journals were searched to identify relevant literature using appropriate keywords to retrieve studies conducted in the UAE...
September 20, 2017: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923603/unraveling-the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-pathway-of-cardiolipin-and-phosphatidylethanolamine-in-salmonella-hadar-grown-under-static-magnetic-field-200%C3%A2-mt
#9
Ramla Ben Mouhoub, Ahlem Mansouri, Khadidja Aliliche, Hamida Beghalem, Ahmed Landoulsi, Alya El May
We aimed in this work to evaluate the effect of static magnetic field 200 mT (SMF) on the expression of genes involved in the biosynthetic pathway of cardiolipin: g3pd, plsB, cdsA, pgsA, pgpA, cls and phosphatidylethanolamine: pssA and psd in Salmonella enterica subsp enterica serovar Hadar. Bacteria were exposed to a SMF during 3, 6 and 9 h. RNA extraction was followed by Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction RT-PCR. The relative quantification of mRNA expression levels using 16S rRNA doesn't change during the time exposure...
October 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28829094/amphiphilic-carbosilane-dendrons-as-a-novel-synthetic-platform-toward-micelle-formation
#10
Carlos E Gutierrez-Ulloa, Marina Yu Buyanova, Evgeny K Apartsin, Alya G Venyaminova, F Javier de la Mata, Mercedes Valiente, Rafael Gómez
A novel family of amphiphilic ionic carbosilane dendrons containing fatty acids at the focal point were synthesized and characterized. They spontaneously self-assembled in aqueous solution into micelles both in the absence and presence of salt, as confirmed by surface tension, conductivity, and DLS measurements. Dendron based micelles have spherical shapes and increase in size on decreasing dendron generation. These dendritic micelles have been demonstrated to be able to form complexes with therapeutic macromolecules such as siRNA and show a high loading capacity for drugs such as procaine, suggesting their potential use as nanocarriers for therapeutics...
September 13, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749478/molecular-autopsy-in-maternal-fetal-medicine
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Hanan E Shamseldin, Wesam Kurdi, Fatima Almusafri, Maha Alnemer, Alya Alkaff, Zeneb Babay, Amal Alhashem, Maha Tulbah, Nada Alsahan, Rubina Khan, Bahauddin Sallout, Elham Al Mardawi, Mohamed Zain Seidahmed, Niema Meriki, Yasser Alsaber, Alya Qari, Ola Khalifa, Wafaa Eyaid, Zuhair Rahbeeni, Ahmed Kurdi, Mais Hashem, Tarfa Alshidi, Eman Al-Obeid, Firdous Abdulwahab, Niema Ibrahim, Nour Ewida, Karen El-Akouri, Mariam Al Mulla, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Matthias Pergande, Sebahattin Cirak, Saeed Al Tala, Ranad Shaheen, Eissa Faqeih, Fowzan S Alkuraya
PurposeThe application of genomic sequencing to investigate unexplained death during early human development, a form of lethality likely enriched for severe Mendelian disorders, has been limited.MethodsIn this study, we employed exome sequencing as a molecular autopsy tool in a cohort of 44 families with at least one death or lethal fetal malformation at any stage of in utero development. Where no DNA was available from the fetus, we performed molecular autopsy by proxy, i.e., through parental testing.ResultsPathogenic or likely pathogenic variants were identified in 22 families (50%), and variants of unknown significance were identified in further 15 families (34%)...
July 27, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743110/clinical-endocrine-and-molecular-genetic-analysis-of-a-large-cohort-of-saudi-arabian-patients-with-laron-syndrome
#12
Abdullah A Al-Ashwal, Afaf Al-Sagheir, Khushnooda Ramzan, Mohammed Al-Owain, Rabab Allam, Alya Qari, Nouf S Al-Numair, Faiqa Imtiaz
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Laron syndrome (LS) is an autosomal recessive disease characterized by marked short stature and very low serum IGF-1 and IGFBP-3 levels. This study assessed the clinical and endocrine features alongside determining the growth hormone receptor gene (GHR) mutation in Saudi Arabian patients with LS in order to establish whether or not a genotype/phenotype correlation is evident in this large cohort. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 40 Saudi Arabian patients with a suspected diagnosis of LS were recruited and subjected to a full clinical and endocrine investigation together with direct sequencing of the coding regions of the GHR gene...
2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727678/progress-toward-measles-elimination-bangladesh-2000-2016
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Sudhir Khanal, Rajendra Bohara, Stephen Chacko, Mohammad Sharifuzzaman, Mohammad Shamsuzzaman, James L Goodson, Alya Dabbagh, Katrina Kretsinger, Deepak Dhongde, Jayantha Liyanage, Sunil Bahl, Arun Thapa
In 2013, at the 66th session of the Regional Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Region (SEAR), a regional goal was established to eliminate measles and control rubella and congenital rubella syndrome* by 2020 (1). WHO-recommended measles elimination strategies in SEAR countries include 1) achieving and maintaining ≥95% coverage with 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine (MCV) in every district, delivered through the routine immunization program or through supplementary immunization activities (SIAs)(†); 2) developing and sustaining a sensitive and timely measles case-based surveillance system that meets targets for recommended performance indicators; and 3) developing and maintaining an accredited measles laboratory network (2)...
July 21, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685343/distribution-of-heavy-metals-around-the-barakah-nuclear-power-plant-in-the-united-arab-emirates
#14
Mouza Rashid Al Rashdi, Sulaiman Alaabed, Mohamed El Tokhi, Fares M Howari, Walid El Mowafi, Alya A Arabi
Inductively coupled plasma emission spectroscopy was used to measure the concentrations of heavy metals in 58 samples collected from the Barakah nuclear power plant (BNPP) area, UAE. The grain size distribution was symmetric, but the samples ranged from fine to coarse sand. The inverse relationship between grain size and heavy metal contaminations was validated. The pre-operational average heavy metal contaminations around the BNPP were 0.03, 0.40, 1.2, 2.05, 1.66, 1.6, 5.9, 7.3, 7, 8.8, 60, and 2521 ppm for Cd, Mo, Co, Cu, Pb, As, Zn, Ni, V, Cr, Mn, and Fe, respectively...
July 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680838/utility-of-electronic-medical-record-based-fibrosis-scores-in-predicting-advanced-cirrhosis-in-patients-with-hepatitic-c-virus-infection
#15
Mohammad Qasim Khan, Vijay Anand, Norbert Hessefort, Ammar Hassan, Alya Ahsan, Amnon Sonnenberg, Claus J Fimmel
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether advanced cirrhosis - defined by the detection of nodular liver contours or portal venous collaterals on imaging studies - could be predicted by fibrosis algorithms, calculated using laboratory and demographic features extracted from patients' electronic medical records. To this end, we compared seven EMR-based fibrosis scores with liver imaging studies in a cohort of HCV patients. METHODS: A search of our health system's patient data warehouse identified 867 patients with chronic HCV infection...
March 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634057/evaluation-of-the-biotechnological-potential-of-a-novel-purified-protease-bs1-from-bacillus-safensis-s406-on-the-chitin-extraction-and-detergent-formulation
#16
Samiha Mhamdi, Intidhar Bkhairia, Rim Nasri, Tahar Mechichi, Moncef Nasri, Alya Sellami Kamoun
An extracellular alkaline stable protease BS1 from a new bacteria strain, Bacillus safensis S406, isolated from the Sfax solar saltern, was purified and characterized. The enzyme was purified to homogeneity by ammonium sulfate precipitation, Sephadex G-75 gel filtration, Mono-Q anion-exchange chromatography and ultrafiltration, with a 12.70-fold increase in specific activity and 20.29% recovery. The enzyme has a molecular weight of 29kDa and appeared as a single band on native-PAGE. The optimum pH and temperature values of its proteolytic activity were pH 11...
November 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612024/the-potential-of-a-brown-microalga-cultivated-in-high-salt-medium-for-the-production-of-high-value-compounds
#17
Saoussan Boukhris, Khaled Athmouni, Ibtissem Hamza-Mnif, Rayda Siala-Elleuch, Habib Ayadi, Moncef Nasri, Alya Sellami-Kamoun
Amphora sp. was isolated from the Sfax Solar Saltern and cultivated under hypersaline conditions. It contains moderate rates of proteins, lipids, sugars, and minerals and a prominent content of bioactive compounds: polyphenols, chlorophyll a, carotenoids, and fatty acids. The analysis of fatty acids with GC/MS showed that the C16 series accounted for about 75% of Amphora sp. lipids. Saturated fatty acids whose palmitic acid was the most important (27.41%) represented 41.31%. Amphora sp. was found to be rich in monounsaturated fatty acids with dominance of palmitoleic acid...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600779/the-landscape-of-genetic-diseases-in-saudi-arabia-based-on-the-first-1000-diagnostic-panels-and-exomes
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Dorota Monies, Mohamed Abouelhoda, Moeenaldeen AlSayed, Zuhair Alhassnan, Maha Alotaibi, Husam Kayyali, Mohammed Al-Owain, Ayaz Shah, Zuhair Rahbeeni, Mohammad A Al-Muhaizea, Hamad I Alzaidan, Edward Cupler, Saeed Bohlega, Eissa Faqeih, Maha Faden, Banan Alyounes, Dyala Jaroudi, Ewa Goljan, Hadeel Elbardisy, Asma Akilan, Renad Albar, Hesham Aldhalaan, Shamshad Gulab, Aziza Chedrawi, Bandar K Al Saud, Wesam Kurdi, Nawal Makhseed, Tahani Alqasim, Heba Y El Khashab, Hamoud Al-Mousa, Amal Alhashem, Imaduddin Kanaan, Talal Algoufi, Khalid Alsaleem, Talal A Basha, Fathiya Al-Murshedi, Sameena Khan, Adila Al-Kindy, Maha Alnemer, Sami Al-Hajjar, Suad Alyamani, Hasan Aldhekri, Ali Al-Mehaidib, Rand Arnaout, Omar Dabbagh, Mohammad Shagrani, Dieter Broering, Maha Tulbah, Amal Alqassmi, Maisoon Almugbel, Mohammed AlQuaiz, Abdulaziz Alsaman, Khalid Al-Thihli, Raashda A Sulaiman, Wajeeh Al-Dekhail, Abeer Alsaegh, Fahad A Bashiri, Alya Qari, Suzan Alhomadi, Hisham Alkuraya, Mohammed Alsebayel, Muddathir H Hamad, Laszlo Szonyi, Faisal Abaalkhail, Sulaiman M Al-Mayouf, Hamad Almojalli, Khalid S Alqadi, Hussien Elsiesy, Taghreed M Shuaib, Mohammed Zain Seidahmed, Ibraheem Abosoudah, Hana Akleh, Abdulaziz AlGhonaium, Turki M Alkharfy, Fuad Al Mutairi, Wafa Eyaid, Abdullah Alshanbary, Farrukh R Sheikh, Fahad I Alsohaibani, Abdullah Alsonbul, Saeed Al Tala, Soher Balkhy, Randa Bassiouni, Ahmed S Alenizi, Maged H Hussein, Saeed Hassan, Mohamed Khalil, Brahim Tabarki, Saad Alshahwan, Amira Oshi, Yasser Sabr, Saad Alsaadoun, Mustafa A Salih, Sarar Mohamed, Habiba Sultana, Abdullah Tamim, Moayad El-Haj, Saif Alshahrani, Dalal K Bubshait, Majid Alfadhel, Tariq Faquih, Mohamed El-Kalioby, Shazia Subhani, Zeeshan Shah, Nabil Moghrabi, Brian F Meyer, Fowzan S Alkuraya
In this study, we report the experience of the only reference clinical next-generation sequencing lab in Saudi Arabia with the first 1000 families who span a wide-range of suspected Mendelian phenotypes. A total of 1019 tests were performed in the period of March 2016-December 2016 comprising 972 solo (index only), 14 duo (parents or affected siblings only), and 33 trio (index and parents). Multigene panels accounted for 672 tests, while whole exome sequencing (WES) represented the remaining 347 tests. Pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants that explain the clinical indications were identified in 34% (27% in panels and 43% in exomes), spanning 279 genes and including 165 novel variants...
August 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513071/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-in-multiplex-families-longitudinal-follow-up
#19
Munira Al Marri, Alya Qari, Sulaiman M Al-Mayouf
OBJECTIVE: To describe the physical, social, educational and employment status and clinical outcomes of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) from multiplex families. METHODS: All familial JIA patients were treated and had regular follow-up between 1990 and 2015 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH-RC), Riyadh, were included. Demographic data, disease duration, active arthritis and articular and extra-articular damage at last follow-up visit were reviewed...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476135/the-effects-of-inhaled-aztreonam-on-the-cystic-fibrosis-lung-microbiome
#20
Alya A Heirali, Matthew L Workentine, Nicole Acosta, Ali Poonja, Douglas G Storey, Ranjani Somayaji, Harvey R Rabin, Fiona J Whelan, Michael G Surette, Michael D Parkins
BACKGROUND: Aztreonam lysine for inhalation (AZLI) is an inhaled antibiotic used to treat chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in CF. AZLI improves lung function and quality of life, and reduces exacerbations-improvements attributed to its antipseudomonal activity. Given the extremely high aztreonam concentrations achieved in the lower airways by nebulization, we speculate this may extend its spectrum of activity to other organisms. As such, we sought to determine if AZLI affects the CF lung microbiome and whether community constituents can be used to predict treatment responsiveness...
May 5, 2017: Microbiome
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