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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346585/maternal-vaccination-with-a-mono-component-pertussis-toxoid-vaccine-is-sufficient-to-protect-infants-in-a-baboon-model-of-whooping-cough
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Parul Kapil, James F Papin, Roman F Wolf, Lindsey I Zimmerman, Leslie D Wagner, Tod J Merkel
Background: Bordetella pertussis is a human pathogen responsible for serious respiratory illness. The disease is most severe in infants too young to be vaccinated with most hospitalizations and deaths occurring within this age group. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended immunization of pregnant women to protect infants from birth until their first vaccination at six to eight weeks of age. We previously demonstrated that maternal vaccination with licensed acellular pertussis vaccines protected newborn baboons from disease...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346095/feature-map-quality-score-estimation-through-regression
#2
Ibrahim M H Rahman, Christopher Hollitt, Mengjie Zhang
Understanding the visual quality of a feature map plays a significant role in many active vision applications. Previous works mostly rely on object-level features, such as compactness, to estimate the quality score of a feature map. However, the compactness is leveraged on feature maps produced by salient object detection techniques where the maps tend to be compact. As a result, the compactness feature fails when the feature maps are blurry (e.g., fixation maps). In this paper, we regard the process of estimating the quality score of feature maps, specifically fixation maps, as a regression problem...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346092/hierarchical-and-spatio-temporal-sparse-representation-for-human-action-recognition
#3
Yi Tian, Yu Kong, Qiuqi Ruan, Gaoyun An, Yun Fu
In this paper, we present a novel two-layer video representation for human action recognition employing hierarchical group sparse encoding technique and spatio-temporal structure. In the first layer, a new sparse encoding method named locally consistent group sparse coding (LCGSC) is proposed to make full use of motion and appearance information of local features. LCGSC method not only encodes global layouts of features within the same video-level groups, but also captures local correlations between them, which obtains expressive sparse representations of video sequences...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345801/individual-psychological-therapy-in-an-acute-inpatient-setting-service-user-and-psychologist-perspectives
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Catherine Small, Nancy Pistrang, Vyv Huddy, Claire Williams
OBJECTIVES: The acute inpatient setting poses potential challenges to delivering one-to-one psychological therapy; however, there is little research on the experiences of both receiving and delivering therapies in this environment. This qualitative study aimed to explore service users' and psychologists' experiences of undertaking individual therapy in acute inpatient units. It focused on the relationship between service users and psychologists, what service users found helpful or unhelpful, and how psychologists attempted to overcome any challenges in delivering therapy...
January 18, 2018: Psychology and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345429/engineering-3d-hydrogels-for-personalized-in-vitro-human-tissue-models
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REVIEW
Chya-Yan Liaw, Shen Ji, Murat Guvendiren
There is a growing interest in engineering hydrogels for 3D tissue and disease models. The major motivation is to better mimic the physiological microenvironment of the disease and human condition. 3D tissue models derived from patients' own cells can potentially revolutionize the way treatment and diagnostic alternatives are developed. This requires development of tissue mimetic hydrogels with user defined and tunable properties. In this review article, a recent summary of 3D hydrogel platforms for in vitro tissue and disease modeling is given...
January 18, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345014/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-models-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
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REVIEW
Ana Artero Castro, Dunja Lukovic, Pavla Jendelova, Slaven Erceg
Hereditary retinal dystrophies, specifically retinitis pigmentosa (RP) are clinically and genetically heterogeneous diseases affecting primarily retinal cells and retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells with blindness as a final outcome. Understanding the pathogenicity behind these diseases has been largely precluded by the unavailability of affected tissue from patients, large genetic heterogeneity and animal models that do not faithfully represent some human diseases. A landmark discovery of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC) permitted the derivation of patient-specific cells...
January 18, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344896/a-robust-optimization-approach-to-cancer-treatment-under-toxicity-uncertainty
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Junfeng Zhu, Hamidreza Badri, Kevin Leder
The design of optimal protocols plays an important role in cancer treatment. However, in clinical applications, the outcomes under the optimal protocols are sensitive to variations of parameter settings such as drug effects and the attributes of age, weight, and health conditions in human subjects. One approach to overcoming this challenge is to formulate the problem of finding an optimal treatment protocol as a robust optimization problem (ROP) that takes parameter uncertainty into account. In this chapter, we describe a method to model toxicity uncertainty...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344870/cell-specific-rna-quantification-in-human-sn-da-neurons-from-heterogeneous-post-mortem-midbrain-samples-by-uv-laser-microdissection-and-rt-qpcr
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Johanna Duda, Michael Fauler, Jan Gründemann, Birgit Liss
Cell specificity of gene expression analysis is from particular relevance when the abundance of target cells is not homogeneous in the compared tissue samples, like it is the case, e.g., when comparing brain tissues from controls and in neurodegenerative disease states. While single-cell gene expression profiling is already a methodological challenge per se, it becomes even more prone to artifacts when analyzing individual cells from human post-mortem samples. Not only because human samples can never be matched as precisely as those from animal models, but also, because the RNA-quality that can be obtained from human samples usually displays a high range of variability...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344430/an-improved-humanized-mouse-model-for-excisional-wound-healing-using-double-transgenic-mice
#9
Michael S Hu, Justin Cheng, Mimi R Borrelli, Tripp Leavitt, Graham G Walmsley, Elizabeth R Zielins, Wan Xing Hong, Alexander T M Cheung, Dominik Duscher, Zeshaan N Maan, Dre M Irizarry, Brad Stephan, Fereydoun Don Parsa, Derrick C Wan, Geoffrey C Gurtner, Hermann Peter Lorenz, Michael T Longaker
Objective: Splinting full-thickness cutaneous wounds in mice has allowed for a humanized model of wound healing. Delineating the epithelial edge and assessing time to closure of these healing wounds via macroscopic visualization have remained a challenge. Approach: Double transgenic mice were created by crossbreeding K14-Cre and ROSAmT/mG reporter mice. Full-thickness excisional wounds were created in K14-Cre/ROSAmT/mG mice (n = 5) and imaged using both normal and fluorescent light on the day of surgery, and every other postoperative day (POD) until wound healing was complete...
January 1, 2018: Advances in Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343996/does-hla-b27-status-influence-ankylosing-spondylitis-phenotype
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REVIEW
Amal Akassou, Youssef Bakri
The association of HLA-B27 with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) remains as one of the intriguing models that could exist between a molecule and human disease in medicine. Although it was reported in 1973, its contribution to AS and related spondyloarthritis continues to be a major challenge for scientific community. It is important to understand its etiopathogenic mechanism and its functions in these diseases. Although the diagnostic and prognostic roles of HLA-B27 in AS are still debated, there is an increasing interest for HLA-B27-based effects especially in HLA-B27(+) patients with AS...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343567/parainfluenza-virus-infection-sensitizes-cancer-cells-to-dna-damaging-agents-implications-for-oncolytic-virus-therapy
#11
Candace R Fox, Griffith D Parks
We have previously shown that the Parainfluenza virus 5 (PIV5) mutant P/V-CPI- is restricted for spread in normal cells but not in cancer cells in vitro and is effective at reducing tumor burden in mouse model systems. Here we show that P/V-CPI- infection of human laryngeal cancer HEp-2 cells results in the majority of the cells dying, but unexpectedly, over time there is an emergence of a population of cells which survive as P/V-CPI- persistently infected (PI) cells. P/V-CPI- PI cells had elevated levels of basal caspase activation, and viability was highly dependent on activity of cellular inhibitors of apoptosis (IAPs) such as Survivin and XIAP...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343519/uremic-solute-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-tissue-factor-axis-associates-with-thrombosis-after-vascular-injury-in-humans
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Vijaya B Kolachalama, Moshe Shashar, Faisal Alousi, Sowmya Shivanna, Keshab Rijal, Mostafa E Belghasem, Joshua Walker, Shinobu Matsuura, Gary H Chang, C Michael Gibson, Laura M Dember, Jean M Francis, Katya Ravid, Vipul C Chitalia
Individuals with CKD are particularly predisposed to thrombosis after vascular injury. Using mouse models, we recently described indoxyl sulfate, a tryptophan metabolite retained in CKD and an activator of tissue factor (TF) through aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) signaling, as an inducer of thrombosis across the CKD spectrum. However, the translation of findings from animal models to humans is often challenging. Here, we investigated the uremic solute-AHR-TF thrombosis axis in two human cohorts, using a targeted metabolomics approach to probe a set of tryptophan products and high-throughput assays to measure AHR and TF activity...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343428/development-and-pre-clinical-evaluation-in-the-swine-model-of-a-mucosal-vaccine-tablet-for-human-influenza-viruses-a-proof-of-concept-study
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V Busignies, G Simon, G Mollereau, O Bourry, V Mazel, M Rosa-Calatrava, P Tchoreloff
Liquid vaccine formulations present some disadvantages such as stability problems, cold chain requirement or administration by trained personnel. Vaccine formulated as tablets would present a wide range of progress such as an increase stability that would facilitate the administration, the distribution and the storage of vaccine formulations. This work investigates the possibility to develop a mucosal tablet vaccine for human influenza viruses. The tablets were tested in vitro for biological efficacy and stability and in vivo in swine as a model for influenza A virus immunity...
January 14, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343073/human-semen-or-seminal-plasma-do-not-enhance-hiv-1bal-ex-vivo-infection-of-human-colonic-explants
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Kattayoun Kordy, Julie Elliott, Karen Tanner, Elizabeth Jane Johnson, Ian McGowan, Peter A Anton
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether human whole semen (WS) and seminal plasma (SP) either previously frozen or freshly acquired altered ex vivo infectibility of human colonic explants or was associated with histology or toxicity changes which may influence mucosal HIV-1 transmission in vivo. METHODS: Pooled human semen samples were freshly obtained from study volunteers (never frozen) and from commercial sources (frozen /thawed). Endoscopically acquired rectal biopsies were evaluated for toxicity following titered ex vivo WS/SP exposure by histological grading and by MTT assay...
January 18, 2018: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342874/rodent-models-of-alcoholic-liver-disease-role-of-binge-ethanol-administration
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REVIEW
Shubha Ghosh Dastidar, Jeffrey B Warner, Dennis R Warner, Craig J McClain, Irina A Kirpich
Both chronic and acute (binge) alcohol drinking are important health and economic concerns worldwide and prominent risk factors for the development of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). There are no FDA-approved medications to prevent or to treat any stage of ALD. Therefore, discovery of novel therapeutic strategies remains a critical need for patients with ALD. Relevant experimental animal models that simulate human drinking patterns and mimic the spectrum and severity of alcohol-induced liver pathology in humans are critical to our ability to identify new mechanisms and therapeutic targets...
January 13, 2018: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342457/the-von-hippel-lindau-gene-is-required-to-maintain-renal-proximal-tubule-and-glomerulus-integrity-in-zebrafish-larvae
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Ellen van Rooijen, Glenn van de Hoek, Ive Logister, Henry Ajzenberg, Nine V A M Knoers, Freek van Eeden, Emile E Voest, Stefan Schulte-Merker, Rachel H Giles
BACKGROUND: von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is characterized by the development of benign and malignant tumours in many organ systems, including renal cysts and clear cell renal cell carcinoma. It is not completely understood what underlies the development of renal pathology, and the use of murine Vhl models has been challenging due to limitations in disease conservation. We previously described a zebrafish model bearing inactivating mutations in the orthologue of the human VHL gene. METHODS: We used histopathological and functional assays to investigate the pronephric and glomerular developmental defects in vhl mutant zebrafish, supported by human cell culture assays...
January 17, 2018: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342186/doxorubicin-provoked-increase-of-mitotic-activity-and-concomitant-drain-of-g0-pool-in-therapy-resistant-be-2-c-neuroblastoma
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Isabell Hultman, Linnea Haeggblom, Ingvild Rognmo, Josefin Jansson Edqvist, Evelina Blomberg, Rouknuddin Ali, Lottie Phillips, Bengt Sandstedt, Per Kogner, Shahrzad Shirazi Fard, Lars Ährlund-Richter
In this study chemotherapy response in neuroblastoma (NB) was assessed for the first time in a transplantation model comprising non-malignant human embryonic microenvironment of pluripotent stem cell teratoma (PSCT) derived from diploid bona fide hESC. Two NB cell lines with known high-risk phenotypes; the multi-resistant BE(2)-C and the drug sensitive IMR-32, were transplanted to the PSCT model and the tumour growth was exposed to single or repeated treatments with doxorubicin, and thereafter evaluated for cell death, apoptosis, and proliferation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342139/structure-and-mutagenesis-reveal-essential-capsid-protein-interactions-for-kshv-replication
#18
Xinghong Dai, Danyang Gong, Hanyoung Lim, Jonathan Jih, Ting-Ting Wu, Ren Sun, Z Hong Zhou
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) causes Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer that commonly affects patients with AIDS and which is endemic in sub-Saharan Africa. The KSHV capsid is highly pressurized by its double-stranded DNA genome, as are the capsids of the eight other human herpesviruses. Capsid assembly and genome packaging of herpesviruses are prone to interruption and can therefore be targeted for the structure-guided development of antiviral agents. However, herpesvirus capsids-comprising nearly 3,000 proteins and over 1,300 Å in diameter-present a formidable challenge to atomic structure determination and functional mapping of molecular interactions...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339550/relative-target-affinities-of-t-cell-dependent-bispecific-antibodies-determine-biodistribution-in-a-solid-tumor-mouse-model
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Danielle Mandikian, Nene Takahashi, Amy A Lo, Ji Li, Jeffrey Eastham-Anderson, Dionysos Slaga, Jason Ho, Maria Hristopoulos, Robyn Clark, Klara Totpal, Kedan Lin, Sean B Joseph, Mark S Dennis, Saileta Prabhu, Teemu T Junttila, C Andrew Boswell
Anti-HER2/CD3, a T cell-dependent bispecific antibody (TDB) construct, induces T cell-mediated cell death in cancer cells expressing HER2 by cross-linking tumor HER2 with CD3 on cytotoxic T cells, thereby creating a functional cytolytic synapse. TDB design is a very challenging process that requires consideration of multiple parameters. While therapeutic antibody design strategy is commonly driven by striving for the highest attainable antigen binding affinity, little is known about how the affinity of each TDB arm can affect the targeting ability of the other arm and the consequent distribution and efficacy...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339508/human-ectoparasites-and-the-spread-of-plague-in-europe-during-the-second-pandemic
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Katharine R Dean, Fabienne Krauer, Lars Walløe, Ole Christian Lingjærde, Barbara Bramanti, Nils Chr Stenseth, Boris V Schmid
Plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, can spread through human populations by multiple transmission pathways. Today, most human plague cases are bubonic, caused by spillover of infected fleas from rodent epizootics, or pneumonic, caused by inhalation of infectious droplets. However, little is known about the historical spread of plague in Europe during the Second Pandemic (14-19th centuries), including the Black Death, which led to high mortality and recurrent epidemics for hundreds of years. Several studies have suggested that human ectoparasite vectors, such as human fleas (Pulex irritans) or body lice (Pediculus humanus humanus), caused the rapidly spreading epidemics...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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