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Sze Chuen Cesar Wong, Moon Tong Cheung, Lewis Lai Yin Luk, Vivian Ha Man Lee, Pak Tat Chan, Hin Fung Andy Tsang, Evelyn Yin Kwan Wong, Vivian Weiwen Xue, Amanda Kit Ching Chan, John Kwok Cheung Chan
BACKGROUND: Cytokeratin 20-positive cells in lymph nodes from pN0 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients were detected previously by us. The aims of this study were to investigate which tumor metastasis-related genes were involved and their potential clinical significance. RESULTS: Fourteen of 84 (17%) genes were differentially expressed by at least 2-fold. Among them, 10 genes were up-regulated whereas 4 genes were down-regulated. Those differential expressed genes were validated in the second cohort of specimens...
January 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Susana Tat, Shireesha Dhanireddy, Jeanne M Marrazzo, Lindley A Barbee
BACKGROUND: Sexually transmitted infections (STI) disproportionately affect men who have sex with men (MSM). While clinical practice guidelines recommend routine STI screening of MSM who have high-risk behaviors, extragenital STI testing rates have been low in HIV clinics across the nation. The University of Washington STD Prevention Training Center implemented an STI self-testing program at a large HIV primary care clinic in Seattle, WA to facilitate extragenital STI testing. METHODS: We performed a mixed-methods program evaluation to assess healthcare provider acceptability of the program at nine months post implementation...
November 29, 2017: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Aynur Sahin, Mustafa Cicek, Ozgen Gonenc Cekic, Mucahit Gunaydin, Demet Saglam Aykut, Ozgur Tatli, Yunus Karaca, Mualla Aylin Arici
Objective: Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a neurological emergency rarely encountered in clinical practice but with a high mortality rate. Cases associated with atypical antipsychotic use or termination of dopamine agonists have been seen in recent years. The purpose of this study was to assess the presence of risk factors for mortality by investigating all clinical and laboratory characteristics of cases with NMS. Material and methods: This descriptive, cross-sectional study retrospectively investigated all clinical and laboratory characteristics by scanning the ICD-10 codes of patients presenting to the XXXX Faculty of Medicine Emergency Department and diagnosed with NMS between 2006 and 2016...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Emergency Medicine
Eunji Jo, June Seok Heo, Ja-Yun Lim, Bo-Ram Lee, Chul Joo Yoon, Jinkwan Kim, Jeewon Lee
The endocytosis-mediating performances of two types of peptide ligands, cell receptor binding peptide (CRBP) and cell membrane penetrating peptide (CMPP), were analyzed and compared using a common carrier of peptide ligands-human ferritin heavy chain (hFTH) nanoparticle. 24 copies of a CMPP(human immunodeficiency virus-derived TAT peptide) and/or a CRBP (peptide ligand with strong and specific affinity for either human integrin(αv β3 ) or epidermal growth factor receptor I (EGFR) that is overexpressed on various cancer cells) were genetically presented on the surface of each hFTH nanopariticle...
February 20, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Nabi Aghdassi, Qi Wang, Ru-Ru Ji, Bin Wang, Jian Fan, Steffen Duhm
7,8,15,16-tetraazaterrylene (TAT) thin films grown on highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) substrates were studied extensively with regard to their intrinsic and interfacial electronic properties by means of ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). Merely weak substrate-adsorbate interaction occurs at the TAT/HOPG interface, with interface energetics being only little affected by the nominal film thickness. Photon energy-dependent UPS performed perpendicular to the molecular planes of TAT multilayer films at room temperature clearly reveals band-like intermolecular dispersion of the TAT highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy...
February 20, 2018: Nanotechnology
Marta Wojnowska, Joseph Gault, Shee Chien Yong, Carol V Robinson, Ben C Berks
The twin arginine translocation (Tat) system moves folded proteins across the cytoplasmic membrane of bacteria and the thylakoid membrane of plant chloroplasts. Signal peptide-bearing substrates of the Tat pathway (precursor proteins) are recognised at the membrane by the TatBC receptor complex. The only established preparation of the TatBC complex uses the detergent digitonin, which is unsuitable for biophysical analysis. Here we show that the detergent glyco-diosgenin (GDN) can be used in place of digitonin to isolate homogenous TatBC complexes that bind precursor proteins with physiological specificity...
February 20, 2018: Biochemistry
Stephanie L Mitchell, Yeh-Chung Chang, Kristen Feemster, Ana María Cárdenas
PURPOSE: Influenza A virus (FluA), influenza B virus (FluB) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) illnesses increase hospitalizations during seasonal epidemics. METHODOLOGY: To determine the utility of the Simplexa FluA/B & RSV Direct Assay (Direct Flu/RSV) and its impact on oseltamivir use, we offered this assay to emergency department (ED) patients with influenza-like illness. RESULTS: Utilization of the Direct Flu/RSV provided a turnaround time (TAT) of 2 hours...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Mohammad Reza Bagherinejad, Hamid Mir-Mohammad Sadeghi, Daryoush Abedi, Fateme Moazen, Mohammad Rabbani
Background: Twine-arginine translocation (TAT) system is one of the exporting systems in Escherichia coli which could transport fully/semi-correctly folded proteins outside the reductive cytoplasmic space. In combination with co-expression with a chaperone system, the correctly folded proteins could be transported to oxidative periplasmic space and culture media to pass the main limitations in E. coli expression system such as misfolding and inclusion body formation. Materials and Methods: To study the effectiveness of signaling sequences and chaperone co-expression on the translocation of expressed protein, somatropin was selected as the target...
2018: Advanced Biomedical Research
Bach Xuan Tran, Hue Thi Mai, Long Hoang Nguyen, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Carl A Latkin, Melvyn W B Zhang, Roger C M Ho
Background and aims: The main goal of the present study was to examine the psychometric properties of a Vietnamese version of the short-version of Internet Addiction Test (s-IAT) and to assess the relationship between s-IAT scores and demographics, health related qualify of life and perceived stress scores in young Vietnamese. Methods: The Vietnamese version of s-IAT was administered to a sample of 589 participants. Exploratory factor and reliability analyses were performed...
December 2017: Addictive Behaviors Reports
Roberta Nicoleta Bogoi, Alicia de Pablo, Eulalia Valencia, Luz Martín-Carbonero, Victoria Moreno, Helem Haydee Vilchez-Rueda, Victor Asensi, Rosa Rodriguez, Victor Toledano, Berta Rodés
Background: Integration of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) into the host genome causes global disruption of the chromatin environment. The abundance level of various chromatin-modifying enzymes produces these alterations and affects both the provirus and cellular gene expression. Here, we investigated potential changes in enzyme expression and global DNA methylation in chronically infected individuals with HIV-1 and compared these changes with non-HIV infected individuals...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
Christoph Stern, Thomas Boehm, Burkhardt Seifert, Nadine Kawel-Boehm
INTRODUCTION: To assess the impact of changing from general to subspecialized reporting on turnaround time of radiology reports (TAT), the fraction of radiology reports available within 24 hours (R< 24 h) and productivity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Reporting workflow in our radiology department was changed from general reporting (radiologists report imaging studies of all areas [neuroradiological, abdominal, musculoskeletal imaging et cetera]) to subspecialized reporting (radiologists solely report imaging studies of their subspecialty field [e...
February 15, 2018: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
Kevin J Sinclair, Lanette J Friesen-Waldner, Colin M McCurdy, Curtis N Wiens, Trevor P Wade, Barbra de Vrijer, Timothy R H Regnault, Charles A McKenzie
PURPOSE: To examine the feasibility of using MRI to identify differences in liver size and fat deposition in fetal guinea pigs exposed to an in utero environment influenced by maternal consumption of a Western diet. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female guinea pigs fed either an energy-dense Western Diet (WD), comprised of increased saturated fats and simple sugars, or a Control Diet (CD) from weaning through pregnancy, underwent MR scanning near term (~ 60 days; term ~ 69 days)...
2018: PloS One
Shahar A Glomski, Jeffrey P Guenette, Wendy Landman, Servet Tatli
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to retrospectively investigate the MRI incidence of nonhemorrhagic adrenal infarction in pregnant women undergoing MRI evaluation of acute abdominal or flank pain, assess the MRI features quantitatively, and report patient outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All abdominal MRI examinations of pregnant women with acute pain at one institution from May 2005 to April 2015 were reviewed. The adrenals were evaluated for abnormal morphologic and signal intensity characteristics described in the literature characterizing nonhemorrhagic adrenal infarction and were compared with the contralateral adrenal by paired t tests...
February 15, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Xiao-Ning Lin, Xinli Tian, Wang Li, Jin Sun, Feng Wei, Wei Feng, Zhi-Chun Huang, Xin-Hua Tian
Gliomas are the most common type of intracranial malignant tumor; however, current treatment approaches are often ineffective due to limited penetration of genes or drugs through the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Here we describe the synthesis of gelatin-siloxane nanoparticles (GS NPs) as candidate gene carriers through a two-step sol-gel process. To increase the efficiency of glioma targeting, human immunodeficiency virus-derived Tat, tumor-targeting aptamer (TTA)1, and polyethylene glycol (PEG) were conjugated to the GS NPs to generate Tat-TTA1-PEG-GS NPs...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Gaowei Hu, Wenlv Zheng, Ao Li, Yaru Mu, Mingyu Shi, Tuofan Li, Haitao Zou, Hongxia Shao, Aijian Qin, Jianqiang Ye
Cell-penetrating peptide (CPP) is a promising cargo for delivering bioactive molecules. In this study, the N terminus of VP1 from chicken anemia virus, designated as CVP1, was found to carry enriched arginine residues with α-helix. By confocal imaging, flow cytometry and MTT assay, we identified CVP1 as a novel, safe and efficient CPP. CVP1-FITC peptide could entry different types of cells tested with dose dependence, but without cytotoxic effects. Compared with TAT-FITC peptide, the CVP1-FITC peptide showed much higher cell-penetrating activity...
February 13, 2018: Veterinary Research
Inês Carqueijeiro, Thomas Dugé de Bernonville, Arnaud Lanoue, Thu-Thuy Dang, Christiana Teijaro, Christian Paetz, Kevin Billet, Angela Mosquera, Audrey Oudin, Sébastien Besseau, Nicolas Papon, Gaëlle Glévarec, Lucia Atehortùa, Marc Clastre, Nathalie Giglioli-Guivarc'h, Bernd Schneider, Benoit St-Pierre, Rodrigo B Andrade, Sarah E O'Connor, Vincent Courdavault
While the characterization of the biosynthetic pathway of monoterpene indole alkaloids (MIAs) in leaves of Catharanthus roseus is now reaching completion, only two enzymes from the root counterpart dedicated to tabersonine metabolism have been identified to date, namely tabersonine 19-hydroxylase (T19H) and minovincine 19-O-acetyltransferase (MAT). Albeit the recombinant MAT catalyzes MIA acetylation at low efficiency in vitro, we demonstrated that MAT was inactive when expressed in yeast and in planta, suggesting an alternative function for this enzyme...
February 13, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Erich Gygax, Hans-Ulrich Kaeser, Mario Stalder, Brigitta Gahl, Robert Rieben, Thierry Carrel, Gabor Erdoes
Extracorporeal circulation triggers systemic inflammatory response and coagulation disorders which may lead to unfavorable clinical outcome. A type II minimally-invasive extracorporeal circuit (MiECC) is a closed system with markedly reduced artificial surface as compared to conventional extracorporeal circuits (CECC). The aim of this study was to investigate and compare inflammatory responses, complement activation and selected clinical end-points in isolated surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) performed with a type II MiECC circuit or a CECC...
February 12, 2018: Artificial Organs
Phillip A Bonney, Tats Fujii, Gabriel Zada
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February 2018: World Neurosurgery
Andrew W Taylor, Tat Fong Ng
The ocular microenvironment has adapted several negative regulators of inflammation to maintain immune privilege and health of the visual axis. Several constitutively produced negative regulators within the eye TGF-β2, α-melanocyte stimulating hormone (α-MSH), Fas ligand (FasL), and PD-L1 standout because of their capacity to influence multiple pathways of inflammation, and that they are part of promoting immune tolerance. These regulators demonstrate the capacity of immune privilege to prevent the activation of inflammation, and to suppress activation of effector immune cells even under conditions of ocular inflammation induced by endotoxin and autoimmune disease...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Marc Nguyen-Tat, Constantin Cornelius, Arthur Hoffman, Achim Tresch, Joerg Krey, Ralf Kiesslich, Peter Robert Galle, Johannes Wilhelm Rey
BACKGROUND:  Suspected gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is a common initial diagnosis in emergency departments. Despite existing endoscopic scores to estimate the risk of GI bleeding, the primary clinical assessment of urgency can remain challenging. The 5-step Manchester Triage System (MTS) is a validated score that is often applied for the initial assessment of patients presenting in emergency departments. METHODS:  All computer-based records of patients who were admitted between January 2014 and December 2014 to our emergency department in a tertiary referral hospital were analyzed retrospectively...
February 9, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
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