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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214745/rapid-detection-and-quantification-of-enterovirus-71-by-a-portable-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensor
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Briliant Adhi Prabowo, Robert Y L Wang, Muhammad Khari Secario, Po-Ting Ou, Azharul Alom, Jia-Jung Liu, Kou-Chen Liu
This study presents the first report on a label-free detection and rapid quantification method for human enterovirus 71 (EV71) using a portable surface plasmon resonance (SPR) system. The SPR sensor instrument was configured to run on low power in a miniaturized platform to improve the device portability for a wider application both in laboratories and in the field. A color tunable organic light emitting diode in red spectrum was attached on a trapezoidal prism for the disposable light source module. The SPR signal processing using integration area under the reflectivity curve is applied for optimum signal to noise ratio (SNR) enhancement...
January 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214681/a-high-temperature-passaging-attenuated-pseudorabies-vaccine-protects-piglets-completely-against-emerging-prv-variant
#2
Chao Liang, Wu Tong, Hao Zheng, Fei Liu, Jiqiang Wu, Guoxin Li, En-Min Zhou, Guangzhi Tong
Emerging variant of pseudorabies virus (PRV) have evaded the antiviral immunity of commercially available PRV vaccine and have led to PRV outbreaks in Chinese pig farms. Here, we attenuated a PRV variant strain by serial passages in vitro and evaluate the protective efficacy of the attenuated strain as a vaccine candidate. The virulent PRV variant strain JS-2012 was continuously passaged in Vero cells at 40°C and attenuated rapidly. After 90 passages in Vero cells, the passaged virus lost its ability to cause death in 2-week-old piglets...
February 13, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214642/short-term-results-of-carotid-endarterectomy-and-stenting-after-the-introduction-of-carotid-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-single-institutional-retrospective-study
#3
Ryu Fukumitsu, Kazumichi Yoshida, Yoshitaka Kurosaki, Koichi Torihashi, Nobutake Sadamasa, Masaomi Koyanagi, Osamu Narumi, Tsukasa Sato, Masaki Chin, Akira Handa, Sen Yamagata, Susumu Miyamoto
OBJECTIVE: While carotid artery stenting (CAS) has been gaining popularity as an alternative to carotid endarterectomy (CEA), the perioperative stroke rate following contemporary CAS remains significantly higher than that in CEA. The purpose of this study was to assess perioperative (within 30-day) therapeutic results in patients with carotid stenosis (CS) after the introduction of preoperative carotid magnetic resonance plaque evaluation in a single center offering both CEA and CAS. METHODS: Based on prospectively collected data for patients with CS who were scheduled for carotid revascularization, retrospective analysis was conducted of 295 consecutive CS patients...
February 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214534/demographic-phenotypic-and-genetic-characteristics-of-centenarians-in-okinawa-and-honshu-japan-part-2-honshu-japan
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REVIEW
Yasumichi Arai, Takashi Sasaki, Nobuyoshi Hirose
The scope and purpose of this review was to summarize the aims, methods, findings, and future of centenarian and (semi)-supercentenarian studies in Japan, particularly those from our own interdisciplinary laboratory. Medically, approximately 97% of centenarians contract chronic diseases including hypertension and gastrointestinal disease; however, they present with few cardiovascular risk factors. The low prevalence of diabetes mellitus and carotid atherosclerotic plaques are peculiarities of centenarians, which could be associated with high adiponectin levels...
February 15, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214453/reciprocal-regulation-of-enos-h2s-and-co-synthesizing-enzymes-in-human-atheroma-correlation-with-plaque-stability-and-effects-of-simvastatin
#5
Fragiska Sigala, Panagiotis Efentakis, Dimitra Karageorgiadi, Konstadinos Filis, Paraskevas Zampas, Efstathios K Iliodromitis, George Zografos, Andreas Papapetropoulos, Ioanna Andreadou
The molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying plaque destabilization remain obscure. We sought to elucidate the correlation between NO, H2S and CO-generating enzymes, nitro-oxidative stress and plaque stability in carotid arteries. Carotid atherosclerotic plaques were collected from 62 patients who had undergone endarterectomy due to internal artery stenosis. Following histological evaluation the plaques were divided into stable and unstable ones. To investigate the impact of simvastatin we divided patients with stable plaques, into those receiving and to those not receiving simvastatin...
February 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214424/association-between-plaque-characteristics-and-the-amount-of-debris-captured-by-a-filter-type-distal-protection-device-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Katsuhide Kitagawa, Tetsuya Amano, Tadayuki Uetani, Hideki Ishii, Takahiro Okumura, Susumu Suzuki, Hiroaki Takashima, Akiyoshi Kurita, Hirohiko Ando, Tatsuaki Matsubara, Toyoaki Murohara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Disruption of atherosclerotic plaque and distal embolism often cause peri-procedural myocardial injury during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In the present study, we evaluate the association between the characteristics of the target lesion and the amount of debris captured by the filter-type distal protection device. METHODS: We enrolled 120 consecutive patients with acute coronary syndrome, who underwent coronary stent implantation with a filter-type distal protection device after integrated backscatter intravascular ultrasound (IB-IVUS) analysis...
February 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214373/improved-detection-of-zika-virus-rna-in-human-and-animal-specimens-by-a-novel-highly-sensitive-and-specific-real-time-rt-pcr-assay-targeting-the-5-untranslated-region-of-zika-virus
#7
Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan, Cyril Chik-Yan Yip, Kah-Meng Tee, Zheng Zhu, Jessica Oi-Ling Tsang, Kenn Ka-Heng Chik, Terance Gi-Wai Tsang, Chris Chung-Sing Chan, Vincent Kwok-Man Poon, Siddharth Sridhar, Feifei Yin, Ivan Fan-Ngai Hung, Sandy Ka-Yee Chau, Anna Jinxia Zhang, Kwok-Hung Chan, Kwok-Yung Yuen
OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: We developed and evaluated five novel real-time RT-PCR assays targeting conserved regions in the 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR), envelope (E'), non-structural protein 2A (NS2A), NS5, and 3'-UTR of the ZIKV genome. RESULTS: The ZIKV-5'-UTR assay exhibited the lowest in-vitro limit of detection (5-10 RNA copies/reaction and 3.0×10(-1) plaque-forming units/ml). Compared to the modified version of a widely adopted RT-PCR assay targeting the ZIKV-E gene, the ZIKV-5'-UTR assay showed better sensitivity in human clinical specimens, and representative mouse specimens, including many organs which are known to be involved in human ZIKV infection but difficult to obtain in clinical settings...
February 18, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214309/wirksamkeit-und-sicherheit-von-fumars%C3%A3-ureestern-in-kombination-mit-phototherapie-bei-patienten-mit-moderater-bis-schwerer-plaque-psoriasis-fast
#8
Peter Weisenseel, Kristian Reich, Wiebke Griemberg, Katharina Merten, Christine Gröschel, Natalie Nunez Gomez, Kirsi Taipale, Beate Bräu, Ina Zschocke
HINTERGRUND: Die Behandlung von Psoriasis-Patienten mit einer Kombination aus Fumarsäureestern (FSE, Fumaderm(®) ) und Phototherapie (UV) ist verbreitet, wurde aber im Rahmen von Studien wenig untersucht. Bisher liegen lediglich Daten aus einer kleinen Pilotstudie vor. Intention dieser Studie war, eine FSE/UV-Kombinationsbehandlung an einem größeren Patientenkollektiv mit mittelschwerer bis schwerer Psoriasis zu untersuchen. PATIENTEN UND METHODIK: In dieser prospektiven, multizentrischen, nichtinterventionellen Studie wurden Daten von Patienten mit FSE/UV-Kombinationstherapie hinsichtlich der Wirksamkeit (PGA' PASI, DLQI, EQ-5D), Sicherheit und Dosierung über einen Zeitraum von zwölf Monaten erfasst und mit Daten einer retrospektiven Studie mit FSE-Monotherapie verglichen...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214304/efficacy-and-safety-of-fumaric-acid-esters-in-combination-with-phototherapy-in-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-plaque-psoriasis-fast
#9
Peter Weisenseel, Kristian Reich, Wiebke Griemberg, Katharina Merten, Christine Gröschel, Natalie Nunez Gomez, Kirsi Taipale, Beate Bräu, Ina Zschocke
BACKGROUND: While treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis using a combination of fumaric acid esters (FAE, Fumaderm(®) ) and phototherapy (UV) is common practice, there have been hardly any studies investigating this regimen. Available information is limited to data from a small pilot study. The objective of the present study was to evaluate FAE/UV combination therapy in a larger patient cohort with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective noninterventional multicenter study, data from patients treated with FAE/UV combination therapy was assessed with regard to efficacy (PGA' PASI, DLQI, EQ-5D), safety, and dosage over a twelve-month period...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214301/beidseitige-gelenknahe-lividrote-plaques-bei-einer-60-j%C3%A3-hrigen-frau
#10
Julia K Winkler, Wolfgang Hartschuh, Alexander Enk, Ferdinand Toberer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214139/accuracy-of-computed-tomography-angiography-to-identify-thin-cap-fibroatheroma-detected-by-optical-coherence-tomography
#11
Nobuo Tomizawa, Kodai Yamamoto, Shinichi Inoh, Takeshi Nojo, Sunao Nakamura
BACKGROUND: Thin-cap fibroatheroma (TCFA) is assumed to cause acute coronary syndromes. OBJECTIVE: To compare the accuracy of different models for diagnosing TCFA using parameters derived by CT, validated against optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: One hundred twenty-nine plaques in 106 patients were analyzed using data acquired by 64-row CT with a reconstruction thickness of 0.67 mm and an increment of 0.33 mm. TCFA was defined by OCT as a plaque with lipid content in ≥2 quadrants and the thinnest part of the fibrous cap measuring ≤65 μm...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213862/apremilast-a-review-in-psoriasis-and-psoriatic-arthritis
#12
Gillian M Keating
Apremilast (Otezla(®)) is an orally administered, small molecule inhibitor of phosphodiesterase 4 (PDE4). Apremilast 30 mg twice daily reduced the severity of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in the phase 3 ESTEEM trials, as well as improving difficult-to-treat nail, scalp and palmoplantar psoriasis. Most patient-reported outcomes, including pruritus and the total Dermatology Life Quality Index, also improved to a significantly greater extent with apremilast than with placebo, with significant improvements in pruritus and skin discomfort/pain visual analogue scale scores seen as early as week 2 with apremilast...
February 18, 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213800/invasive-aspergillus-laryngotracheobronchitis-in-an-adult-with-primary-cns-lymphoma
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Mark E Barry, William Walsh Thomas, Buer Song, Natasha Mirza
Invasive aspergillosis can be difficult to diagnose, and early recognition and initiation of therapy is imperative for improving patient outcomes. A case of invasive Aspergillus laryngotracheobronchitis is presented here with a review of the relevant literature. A 58-year-old male undergoing treatment for CNS lymphoma presented with neutropenic sepsis and acute respiratory distress requiring intubation. Following extubation, he reported persistent hoarseness for 1-month duration and he was found to have pseudomembranous plaques and ulcers of the larynx, trachea, and right mainstem bronchus consistent with Aspergillus laryngotracheobronchitis...
February 17, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213743/development-of-cer-001-preclinical-dose-selection-through-to-phase-i-clinical-findings
#14
Constance H Keyserling, Ronald Barbaras, Renee Benghozi, Jean-Louis Dasseux
BACKGROUND: CER-001 comprises recombinant human apolipoprotein A-I complexed with phospholipids that mimics natural, nascent, pre-β high-density lipoprotein (HDL). We present animal model data showing dose-dependent increases in cholesterol efflux with CER-001 and its subsequent elimination by reverse lipid transport, together with inhibition of atherosclerotic plaque progression. We report the first phase I study results with CER-001 in humans, starting at 0.25 mg/kg, which is 1/80th of the safe dose (20 mg/kg) established in 4-week multiple-dose animal studies dosed every second day...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213668/effect-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-on-survival-in-patients-with-stable-ischemic-heart-disease
#15
REVIEW
Francisco Ujueta, Ephraim N Weiss, Binita Shah, Steven P Sedlis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aims to determine if percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) does improve survival in stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). RECENT FINDINGS: The International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA) trial will evaluate patients with moderate to severe ischemia and will be the largest randomized trial of an initial management strategy of coronary revascularization (percutaneous or surgical) versus optimal medical therapy alone for SIHD...
February 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212870/the-174-g-c-interleukin-6-gene-polymorphism-is-associated-with-angiographic-progression-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-a-4-year-period
#16
Konstantinos Toutouzas, Dimitrios Klettas, Nikolaos Anousakis-Vlachochristou, Konstantinos Melidis, Zeta Azilazian, Maria Asimomiti, Antonios Karanasos, Anastasios Spanos, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Inflammation is the key process underlying the clinical course of coronary artery disease (CAD). C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) participate in the pathophysiology and act as biomarkers. We sought to examine whether known single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) impact the progression of CAD, reflecting higher inflammatory activity. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated coronary angiographies of patients with already established CAD who were re-investigated for stable/unstable angina after a time interval >12 months...
February 14, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212772/widespread-verrucous-plaques
#17
Byeol Han, Young Chae Lee, Sook-Ja Son, June Hyunkyung Lee, Tae Young Han
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212710/ctrp1-in-liver-disease
#18
P Shabani, S Emamgholipour, M Doosti
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a chronic liver disease occurs in significant percentage of general population. NAFLD is closely associated with entire spectrum of metabolic-related disorders including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. Considering several similar pathways underpinning metabolic disorders, presence of common molecular mediators contributing to pathomechanism of these disorders is expected. Mounting evidence has demonstrated important role of adipokines in the context of NAFLD...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212581/the-inhibiting-effect-of-the-transcription-factor-p53-on-dengue-virus-infection-by-activating-the-type-i-interferon
#19
Yan-Ling Hu, Xiao-Shan Li, Shu Xiong, Qiang Ma, Dan Liu, Zhong-Quan Shi, Jing Tang, Xian-Cai Rao, Fu-Quan Hu, Guo-Li Li
To investigate the role of the transcription factor p53 in the course of the dengue virus (DV) infection. The human hepatocellular carcinoma cell strain HepG2 with a low expression level of p53 was built by using the retroviral-mediated RNA interference technology, and was detected by Western blot. The wild group and the interference group were respectively infected by the type 2 DV. The viral titration was detected by the Vero plaque assay, the viral multiplication was detected by the immunofluorescence, the cell apoptosis after virus infection was detected by FCM and the level of IFN-β was analyzed by ELISA...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212521/angiogenesis-in-the-atherosclerotic-plaque
#20
REVIEW
Caroline Camaré, Mélanie Pucelle, Anne Nègre-Salvayre, Robert Salvayre
Atherosclerosis is a multifocal alteration of the vascular wall of medium and large arteries characterized by a local accumulation of cholesterol and non-resolving inflammation. Atherothrombotic complications are the leading cause of disability and mortality in western countries. Neovascularization in atherosclerotic lesions plays a major role in plaque growth and instability. The angiogenic process is mediated by classical angiogenic factors and by additional factors specific to atherosclerotic angiogenesis...
February 1, 2017: Redox Biology
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