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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165934/first-rapid-assessment-of-avoidable-blindness-survey-in-the-maldives-prevalence-and-causes-of-blindness-and-cataract-surgery
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Ubeydulla Thoufeeq, Taraprasad Das, Hans Limburg, Maharshi Maitra, Lapam Panda, Asim Sil, John Trevelyan, Yuddha Sapkota
PURPOSE: A nationwide rapid assessment of avoidable blindness survey was undertaken in the Maldives among people aged 50 years or more to assess the prevalence and causes of blindness and visual impairment, cataract surgical coverage, cataract surgery outcome, and barriers to uptake of cataract surgical services. DESIGN: Prospective population-based study. METHODS: In the cluster sampling probability proportionate to size method, 3100 participants in 62 clusters across all 20 atolls were enrolled through house-to-house visits...
November 22, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162958/serous-tubal-carcinogenesis-the-recent-concept-of-origin-of-ovarian-primary-peritoneal-and-fallopian-tube-high-grade-serous-carcinoma
#2
Tushar Kar, Asaranti Kar, Ipsita Dhal, Sasmita Panda, Priyadarshini Biswal, Bhagyalaxmi Nayak, Niranjan Rout, Sagarika Samantray
Background: Pelvic (non-uterine) high-grade serous carcinomas (PHGSC) including ovarian, tubal and primary peritoneal serous carcinomas have increased death: incidence ratio due to presentation at advanced stage, rapid progression, poor prognosis and high morbidity. Ambiguity regarding their pathogenesis and lack of a proper screening method is the cause of their late detection and high fatality rate. This study was undertaken to assess the fallopian tube for the presence of precursor lesions in pelvic serous carcinoma...
December 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162031/norgal-extraction-and-de-novo-assembly-of-mitochondrial-dna-from-whole-genome-sequencing-data
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Kosai Al-Nakeeb, Thomas Nordahl Petersen, Thomas Sicheritz-Pontén
BACKGROUND: Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) projects provide short read nucleotide sequences from nuclear and possibly organelle DNA depending on the source of origin. Mitochondrial DNA is present in animals and fungi, while plants contain DNA from both mitochondria and chloroplasts. Current techniques for separating organelle reads from nuclear reads in WGS data require full reference or partial seed sequences for assembling. RESULTS: Norgal (de Novo ORGAneLle extractor) avoids this requirement by identifying a high frequency subset of k-mers that are predominantly of mitochondrial origin and performing a de novo assembly on a subset of reads that contains these k-mers...
November 21, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160624/buccal-patches-of-atenolol-formulated-using-fenugreek-trigonella-foenum-graecum-l-seed-mucilage
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Surya Narayan Ratha Adhikari, Satyabrata Panda
BACKGROUND: The use of mucoadhesive natural polymers in designing mucoadhesive patch systems has received much attention. OBJECTIVES: The study involved the development and evaluation of buccal patches of atenolol using fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) seed mucilage with hydroxylpropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC K4M) and a backing membrane (ethyl cellulose 5% w/v). MATERIAL AND METHODS: These atenolol-releasing buccal patches were prepared using a solvent casting technique...
January 2017: Polimery W Medycynie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157237/isolation-and-identification-of-culturable-fungi-from-the-genitals-and-semen-of-healthy-giant-pandas-ailuropoda-melanoleuca
#5
Xiaoping Ma, Changcheng Li, Jiafa Hou, Yu Gu
BACKGROUND: In order to better understand the possible role of fungi in giant panda reproduction and overall health, it is important to provide a baseline for the normal fungal composition in the reproductive system. Using morphology and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequence analysis, we systematically isolated and identified fungal species from the vagina, foreskin, and semen of 21 (11 males and 10 females) healthy giant pandas to understand the normal fungal flora of the genital tracts...
November 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155997/immune-activation-and-benefit-from-avelumab-in-ebv-positive-gastric-cancer
#6
Anshuman Panda, Janice M Mehnert, Kim M Hirshfield, Greg Riedlinger, Sherri Damare, Tracie Saunders, Michael Kane, Levi Sokol, Mark N Stein, Elizabeth Poplin, Lorna Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Ann W Silk, Joseph Aisner, Nancy Chan, Jyoti Malhotra, Melissa Frankel, Howard L Kaufman, Siraj Ali, Jeffrey S Ross, Eileen P White, Gyan Bhanot, Shridar Ganesan
Response to immune checkpoint therapy can be associated with a high mutation burden, but other mechanisms are also likely to be important. We identified a patient with metastatic gastric cancer with meaningful clinical benefit from treatment with the anti-programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) antibody avelumab. This tumor showed no evidence of high mutation burden or mismatch repair defect but was strongly positive for presence of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) encoded RNA. Analysis of The Cancer Genome Atlas gastric cancer data (25 EBV+, 80 microsatellite-instable [MSI], 310 microsatellite-stable [MSS]) showed that EBV-positive tumors were MSS...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155505/phistc-protein-family-members-localize-to-different-sub-cellular-organelles-and-bind-plasmodium-falciparum-major-virulence-factor-pfemp-1
#7
Vikash Kumar, Jasweer Kaur, Amrit Pal Singh, Vineeta Singh, Anjali Bisht, Jiban Jyoti Panda, Prakash Chandra Mishra, Rachna Hora
Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) encodes a novel repertoire of exported protein family called as Plasmodium helical interspersed sub-telomeric (PHIST) that plays diverse roles in infected red blood cells (iRBCs), contributing to malaria pathogenesis. PHIST proteins are central to parasite biology, and modify human erythrocytes by executing interactions with parasite and host proteins. Here, we have attempted to understand the localization and function of two unexplored proteins of PHISTc sub-family 'PFD1140w and PF11_0503', and compared our findings with a well characterized member 'PFI1780w'...
November 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155403/phyto-assisted-synthesis-of-bio-functionalised-silver-nanoparticles-and-their-potential-anti-oxidant-anti-microbial-and-wound-healing-activities
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Yugal Kishore Mohanta, Kunal Biswas, Sujogya Kumar Panda, Jaya Bandyopadhyay, Debashis De, Rasu Jayabalan, Akshaya Kumar Bastia, Tapan Kumar Mohanta
Bio- synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was made by using the aqueous leaf extract of Ardisia solanacea. Rapid formation of AgNPs was observed from silver nitrate upon treatment with the aqueous extract of A. solanacea leaf. The formation and stability of the AgNPs in the colloidal solution were monitored by UV-visible spectrophotometer. The mean particle diameter of AgNPs was calculated from the DLS with an average size ∼4 nm and ∼65 nm. ATR-FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the presence of alcohols, aldehydes, flavonoids, phenols and nitro compounds in the leaf which act as the stabilizing agent...
December 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150813/a-social-cichlid-fish-failed-to-pass-the-mark-test
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Takashi Hotta, Shiho Komiyama, Masanori Kohda
Since the pioneering work in chimpanzees, mirror self-recognition (MSR), the ability to recognise oneself in a mirror, has been reported in great apes, Asian elephants, dolphins, and some social birds using the mark test, in which animals that possess MSR touch an imperceptible mark on their own bodies only when a mirror is present. However, giant pandas, which are solitary, failed to pass the mark test, suggesting that MSR evolved solely in highly social animals. In contrast to the increasing evidence of MSR in mammals and birds, little is known about MSR in fish...
November 17, 2017: Animal Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149813/structural-analysis-of-cd59-of-chinese-tree-shrew-a-new-reference-molecule-for-human-immune-system-specific-cd59-drug-discovery
#10
Subhamay Panda, Leena Kumari, Santamay Panda
BACKGROUND: Chinese tree shrews (Tupaia belangeri chinensis) bear several characteristics that are considered to be very crucial for utilizing in animal experimental models in biomedical research. Subsequent to the identification of key aspects and signaling pathways in nervous and immune systems, it is revealed that tree shrews acquires shared common as well as unique characteristics, and hence offers a genetic basis for employing this animal as a prospective model for biomedical research...
November 17, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149224/correction-evaluation-of-acute-toxicity-and-early-clinical-outcome-in-head-and-neck-cancers-treated-with-conventional-radiotherapy-and-simultaneous-integrated-boost-arc-radiotherapy
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Amit Bahl, Arun S Oinam, Satinder Kaur, Roshan Verma, Arun Elangovan, Sudhir Bhandari, Jaimanti Bakshi, Naresh Panda, Sushmita Ghoshal
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.14740/wjon1049w.].
October 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147446/evaluation-of-acute-toxicity-and-early-clinical-outcome-in-head-and-neck-cancers-treated-with-conventional-radiotherapy-and-simultaneous-integrated-boost-arc-radiotherapy
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Amit Bahl, Arun S Oinam, Satinder Kaur, Roshan Verma, Arun Elangovan, Sudhir Bhandari, Jaimanti Bakshi, Naresh Panda, Sushmita Ghoshal
Background: Chemoradiotherapy plays an important role in management of locally advanced head and neck cancers. This retrospective analysis was done to evaluate and compare acute toxicity profiles and early clinical outcomes in patients treated with conventional and arc techniques. Methods: Fifty-five patients of head and neck cancers were evaluated. Thirty patients received conventional radiotherapy with 6 MV or cobalt 60 and 25 patients were treated with simultaneous integrated boost-volumetric modulated arc radiotherapy (SIB-VMAT) with dose prescription of 66 - 70 Gy...
August 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141925/unusual-salmonella-typhi-periprosthetic-joint-infection-involving-bilateral-knees-management-options-and-literature-review
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Ashok Rajgopal, Inayat Panda, Anu Gupta
A 70-year-old Indian woman, who had undergone primary bilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for rheumatoid arthritis 10 months prior, presented with 10 days history of pain, swelling and erythema over both knees with pus discharging from the right knee. She had type 2 diabetes mellitus and was on long-term steroid, leflunomide and antitumour necrosis factor therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. Her clinical and laboratory features were suggestive of a haematogenous periprosthetic joint infection (PJI). The final diagnosis of bilateral Salmonella typhi PJI was made based on culture reports...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131565/protein-based-3d-microstructures-with-controllable-morphology-and-ph-responsive-properties
#14
Shuxin Wei, Jie Liu, Yuanyuan Zhao, Tingbin Zhang, Meiling Zheng, Feng Jin, Xianzi Dong, Jinfeng Xing, Xuanming Duan
The microtechnology of controlling stimuli-responsive biomaterials at micrometer scale is crucial for biomedical applications. Here, we report bovine serum albumin (BSA)-based three-dimensional (3D) microstructures with tunable surface morphology and pH-responsive properties via two-photon polymerization microfabrication technology. The laser processing parameters, including laser power, scanning speed, and layer distance, are optimized for the fabrication of well-defined 3D BSA microstructures. The tunable morphology of BSA microstructures and a wide range of pH response corresponding to the swelling ratio of 1...
November 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126731/synthesis-antibacterial-properties-and-2d-qsar-studies-of-quinolone-triazole-conjugates
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Hassan M Faidallah, Adel S Girgis, Anand D Tiwari, Hitesh H Honkanadavar, Sean J Thomas, Ahmed Samir, Atef Kalmouch, Khalid A Alamry, Khalid A Khan, Tarek S Ibrahim, Amany M M Al-Mahmoudy, Abdullah M Asiri, Siva S Panda
A set of 1,2,3-triazole incorporated quinolone antibiotic conjugates 10-15, 17-19 were synthesized via microwave assisted click chemistry technique. Some of the aryl-substituted conjugates 17-19 show promising antibacterial properties against the tested Gram-positive (S. aureus and S. pyogenes) and Gram-negative bacteria (S. typhi) with potency higher than that of the parent antibiotics 1-3. 2D-QSAR modeling supports the observed biological properties.
October 16, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119912/the-glutamate-and-the-immune-systems-new-targets-for-the-pharmacological-treatment-of-ocd
#16
Donatella Marazziti, Umberto Albert, Federico Mucci, Armando Piccinni
BACKGROUND: In the last decades the pharmacological treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been significantly promoted by the effectiveness of selective serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and the subsequent development of the 5-HT hypothesis of OCD. However, since a large majority of patients (between 40% and 60 %) do not respond to SSRIs or strategies based on the modulation of the 5-HT system, it is now essential to search for other possible therapeutic targets...
November 8, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119735/poly-d-l-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-based-artesunate-nanoparticles-formulation-antimalarial-and-toxicity-assessments
#17
Kabiru Dauda, Zulaikha Busari, Olajumoke Morenikeji, Funmilayo Afolayan, Oyetunde Oyeyemi, Jairam Meena, Debasis Sahu, Amulya Panda
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to formulate polymer-based artesunate nanoparticles for malaria treatment. METHODS: Artesunate was loaded with poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) by solvent evaporation from an oil-in-water single emulsion. Nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry analyses. In vivo antimalarial studies at 4 mg/kg were performed on Swiss male albino mice infected with Plasmodium berghei...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119300/longitudinal-outcomes-of-children-with-pediatric-autoimmune-neuropsychiatric-disorder-associated-with-streptococcal-infections-pandas
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Jill Leon, Rebecca Hommer, Paul Grant, Cristan Farmer, Precilla D'Souza, Riley Kessler, Kyle Williams, James F Leckman, Susan Swedo
Little is known about the natural history of children with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS). This study prospectively followed 33 children with PANDAS for up to 4.8 years (mean 3.3 ± 0.7 years) after enrollment in a 24-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) (N = 35). Fourteen of eighteen children randomized to placebo received open label IVIG 6 weeks after the blinded infusion, so follow-up results reported below largely reflect outcomes in a population of children who received at least one dose of IVIG...
November 8, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116352/a-multiplex-competitive-elisa-for-the-detection-and-characterization-of-gluten-in-fermented-hydrolyzed-foods
#19
Rakhi Panda, Marc Boyer, Eric A E Garber
A novel competitive ELISA was developed utilizing the G12, R5, 2D4, MIoBS, and Skerritt antibody-HRP conjugates employed in nine commercial ELISA test kits that are routinely used for gluten detection. This novel multiplex competitive ELISA simultaneously measures gliadin-, deamidated gliadin-, and glutenin-specific epitopes. The assay was used to evaluate 20 wheat beers, 20 barley beers, 6 barley beers processed to reduce gluten, 15 soy sauces, 6 teriyaki sauces, 6 Worcestershire sauces, 6 vinegars, and 8 sourdough breads...
November 7, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112476/cross-sectional-evaluation-of-plasma-vitamin-d-levels-in-a-large-cohort-of-italian-patients-with-pediatric-autoimmune-neuropsychiatric-disorders-associated-with-streptococcal-infections
#20
Stefano Stagi, Gemma Lepri, Donato Rigante, Marco Matucci Cerinic, Fernanda Falcini
BACKGROUND: Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (PANDAS) are immune-mediated diseases characterized by obsessive-compulsive symptoms and/or tics triggered by group A Streptococcus infections. Despite the well-known action of 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] on different conditions driven by systemic inflammation, there are no data about the 25(OH)D status in patients with PANDAS. AIMS: To evaluate plasma 25(OH)D levels in a large cohort of children and adolescents with PANDAS and comparing the results with healthy controls...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology
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