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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539002/from-in-vivo-to-in-vitro-the-medical-device-testing-paradigm-shift
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Dayna Kerecman Myers, Alan M Goldberg, Albrecht Poth, Michael F Wolf, Joseph Carraway, James McKim, Kelly P Coleman, Richard Hutchinson, Ronald Brown, Harald F Krug, Anthony Bahinski, Thomas Hartung
Amid growing efforts to advance the replacement, reduction, and refinement of the use of animals in research, there is a growing recognition that in vitro testing of medical devices can be more effective, both in terms of cost and time, and also more reliable than in vivo testing. Although the technological landscape has evolved rapidly in support of these concepts, regulatory acceptance of alternative testing methods has not kept pace. Despite the acceptance by regulators of some in vitro tests (cytotoxicity, gene toxicity, and some hemocompatibility assays), many toxicity tests still rely on animals (irritation, sensitization, acute toxicity, reproductive/developmental toxicity), even where other industrial sectors have already abandoned them...
May 25, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538849/-epidemiological-and-molecular-profile-of-rickettsiosis-in-peruvian-border-locations
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Rosa Palacios-Salvatierra, Elizabeth Anaya-Ramírez, Julio Juscamayta-López, Omar Cáceres-Rey, Leonardo Mendoza-Uribe, Patricia Mosquera-Visaloth, Fátima Conceição-Silva
Objectives.: To determine the circulation of Rickettsia in the years 2010 and 2011 in border locations in four regions ofPeru and their clinical epidemiological and molecular characteristics. Materials and Methods.: A cross-sectional study was carried out in Tumbes, Tacna, Madre de Dios, and Loreto. Whole blood samples were obtained from participants for culture and indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) testing. The DNA taken from leukocytes and ectoparasite cultures was used, and those genes detected for Rickettsia that were successfully amplified were sequenced and analyzed...
January 2017: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538701/chlorpromazine-increases-the-expression-of-polysialic-acid-polysia-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells-and-mouse-prefrontal-cortex
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Chikara Abe, Saki Nishimura, Airi Mori, Yuki Niimi, Yi Yang, Masaya Hane, Ken Kitajima, Chihiro Sato
The neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) is modified by polysialic acid (polySia or PSA) in embryonic brains. In adult brains, polySia modification of NCAM is only observed in restricted areas where neural plasticity, remodeling of neural connections, or neural generation is ongoing although the amount of NCAM remains unchanged. Impairments of the polySia-expression and several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the polysialyltransferase (polyST) ST8SIA2 gene are reported to be associated with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538511/successful-treatment-of-transplantation-associated-atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-with-eculizumab
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Daiichiro Hasegawa, Atsuro Saito, Nanako Nino, Suguru Uemura, Satoru Takafuji, Takehito Yokoi, Aiko Kozaki, Toshiaki Ishida, Keiichiro Kawasaki, Takahiro Yasumi, Naoki Sakata, Yasufumi Ohtsuka, Satoshi Hirase, Takeshi Mori, Noriyuki Nishimira, Mayumi Kusumoto, Yoshiharu Ogawa, Kenta Tominaga, Taku Nakagawa, Kyoko Kanda, Ryojiro Tanaka, Yoshiyuki Kosaka
We herein reported a 4-month-old boy with transplantation-associated atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (TA-aHUS) who was successfully treated with eculizumab. The patient diagnosed with type 3 of familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis underwent cord blood transplantation. After transplantation, he developed TA-aHUS, but plasma exchanges were unsuccessful. We identified deletions in CFH-related gene 1 (del-CFHR1) by the multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification testing procedure and CFH autoantibodies...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538409/a-case-report-of-pedigree-of-a-homozygous-mutation-of-the-steroidogenic-acute-regulatory-protein-causing-lipoid-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
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Rong Fu, Lin Lu, Jun Jiang, Min Nie, Xiaojing Wang, Zhaolin Lu
RATIONALE: Lipoid congenital adrenal hyperplasia (LCAH) is extremely rare, but is the most fatal form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia resulting from mutations in the steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (STAR) gene. LCAH arises from severe defects in the conversion of cholesterol to pregnenolone, the precursor of all steroids. PATIENT CONCERNS: A case was reported that an 11-month-old Chinese girl who presented with a sex development disorder and hyponatremia...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538213/prediction-of-egfr-and-kras-mutation-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-using-quantitative-18f-fdg-pet-ct-metrics
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Ryogo Minamimoto, Mehran Jamali, Olivier Gevaert, Sebastian Echegaray, Amanda Khuong, Chuong D Hoang, Joseph B Shrager, Sylvia K Plevritis, Daniel L Rubin, Ann N Leung, Sandy Napel, Andrew Quon
This study investigated the relationship between epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS) mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and quantitative FDG-PET/CT parameters including tumor heterogeneity. 131 patients with NSCLC underwent staging FDG-PET/CT followed by tumor resection and histopathological analysis that included testing for the EGFR and KRAS gene mutations. Patient and lesion characteristics, including smoking habits and FDG uptake parameters, were correlated to each gene mutation...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538208/notch4-and-mhc%C3%A2-class-ii-polymorphisms-are-associated-with%C3%A2-hcv-related-benign-and-malignant-lymphoproliferative-diseases
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Laura Gragnani, Elisa Fognani, Valli De Re, Massimo Libra, Adriana Garozzo, Patrizio Caini, Guia Cerretelli, Andrea Giovannelli, Serena Lorini, Monica Monti, Silvia Bagnoli, Irene Piaceri, Anna Linda Zignego
Mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC), is a HCV-related, clinically benign, lymphoproliferative disorder (LPD) that may evolve into a non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Significant associations were found between two single nucleotide polymorphisms near NOTCH4 (rs2071286) and the HLA class II (rs9461776) genes and HCV-related MC syndrome (MCS). We analyzed NOTCH4 rs2071286 and HLA-II rs9461776 in 3 HCV-related LPD groups (asymptomatic MC, MCS, NHL) with HCV infection without lymphoproliferative disorders.We found a positive relationship between NOTCH4 rs207186 T minor allele frequency (MAF) and patients with HCV-related LPDs at risk of NHL (Chi-square test for trend = 14...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538136/genetic-and-pharmacologic-inactivation-of-angptl3-and-cardiovascular-disease
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Frederick E Dewey, Viktoria Gusarova, Richard L Dunbar, Colm O'Dushlaine, Claudia Schurmann, Omri Gottesman, Shane McCarthy, Cristopher V Van Hout, Shannon Bruse, Hayes M Dansky, Joseph B Leader, Michael F Murray, Marylyn D Ritchie, H Lester Kirchner, Lukas Habegger, Alex Lopez, John Penn, An Zhao, Weiping Shao, Neil Stahl, Andrew J Murphy, Sara Hamon, Aurelie Bouzelmat, Rick Zhang, Brad Shumel, Robert Pordy, Daniel Gipe, Gary A Herman, Wayne H H Sheu, I-Te Lee, Kae-Woei Liang, Xiuqing Guo, Jerome I Rotter, Yii-Der I Chen, William E Kraus, Svati H Shah, Scott Damrauer, Aeron Small, Daniel J Rader, Anders Berg Wulff, Børge G Nordestgaard, Anne Tybjærg-Hansen, Anita M van den Hoek, Hans M G Princen, David H Ledbetter, David J Carey, John D Overton, Jeffrey G Reid, William J Sasiela, Poulabi Banerjee, Alan R Shuldiner, Ingrid B Borecki, Tanya M Teslovich, George D Yancopoulos, Scott J Mellis, Jesper Gromada, Aris Baras
Background Loss-of-function variants in the angiopoietin-like 3 gene (ANGPTL3) have been associated with decreased plasma levels of triglycerides, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol. It is not known whether such variants or therapeutic antagonism of ANGPTL3 are associated with a reduced risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Methods We sequenced the exons of ANGPTL3 in 58,335 participants in the DiscovEHR human genetics study. We performed tests of association for loss-of-function variants in ANGPTL3 with lipid levels and with coronary artery disease in 13,102 case patients and 40,430 controls from the DiscovEHR study, with follow-up studies involving 23,317 case patients and 107,166 controls from four population studies...
May 24, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537987/congenital-dysfibrinogenemia-in-a-japanese-family-with-fibrinogen-naples-b%C3%AE-ala68thr-manifesting-as-superior-sagittal-sinus-thrombosis
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Satoru Yoshida, Tetsuya Kibe, Risa Matsubara, Shin-Ichiro Koizumi, Kenji Nara, Koji Amano, Nobuo Okumura
: Congenital dysfibrinogenemia refers to the presence of a dysfunctional fibrinogen molecule, typically because of mutations in the fibrinogen gene. About 20% of fibrinogen gene mutations are responsible for thrombosis. Here, we described the case of a 17-year-old Japanese boy, who had a sudden stroke because of superior sagittal sinus thrombosis associated with dysfibrinogenemia. Genetic testing confirmed the presence of homozygous fibrinogen Naples (BβAla68Thr) mutation, which was previously reported as a causative mutation for thrombotic dysfibrinogenemia only in an Italian family...
May 22, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537926/vitamin-d3-induces-vitamin-d-receptor-and-hdac11-binding-to-relieve-the-promoter-of-the-tight-junction-proteins
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Feng-Hua Liu, Shan-Shan Li, Xiao-Xi Li, Shuai Wang, Mao-Gang Li, Li Guan, Tian-Gang Luan, Zhi-Gang Liu, Zhan-Ju Liu, Ping-Chang Yang
Intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction and vitamin D (VitD)-deficiency play a critical role in a large number of diseases. The histone deacetylases (HDAC) are associated with a large number of immune diseases. This study tests a hypothesis that the interaction between VitD and HDAC is associated with the regulation of epithelial barrier functions. In this study, human intestinal epithelial cell line, T84 cells, was cultured into monolayers to be used as a model to test the epithelial barrier functions. We observed that in a VitD-deficient environment, the T84 monolayer barrier function was compromised...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537891/multiplex-pcr-approach-to-simultaneously-identify-several-mutations-in-fine-needle-cytology-thyroid-samples
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Emilia Vuttariello, Marco Borra, Elvira Mauriello, Celeste Calise, Barbara D'Andrea, Anna Capiluongo, Franco Fulciniti, Anna Cipolletta, Mario Monaco, Luciano Pezzullo, Gennaro Chiappetta
The most frequent initial manifestation of thyroid cancer is the appearance of a nodule. More than 20% of the general population has a palpable thyroid nodule and the percentage rises to 70% based on ultrasound identification. In 95% of cases the nodule is simply a hyperplastic or benign lesion. The most reliable diagnostic test for thyroid nodules is fine needle aspiration (FNA), but cytological discrimination between malignant and benign follicular neoplasms remains difficult. Cytological analysis is now, almost routinely, being combined with molecular genetics to enable the pathologist to make a more objective diagnosis...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537877/clinical-validation-of-genetic-variants-associated-with-in-vitro-chemotherapy-related-lymphoblastoid-cell-toxicity
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Peter A Fasching, Lothar Häberle, Brigitte Rack, Liang Li, Alexander Hein, Arif B Ekici, Andre Reis, Michael P Lux, Julie M Cunningham, Matthias Ruebner, Gergory Jenkins, Brooke Fridley, Andreas Schneeweiss, Hans Tesch, Werner Lichtenegger, Tanja Fehm, Georg Heinrich, Mahdi Rezai, Matthias W Beckmann, Wolfgang Janni, Richard M Weinshilboum, Liewei Wang
Hematotoxicity is one of the major side effects of chemotherapy. The aim of this study was to examine the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and hematotoxicity in breast cancer patients in a subset of patients of the SUCCESS prospective phase III chemotherapy study. All patients (n = 1678) received three cycles of 5-fluorouracil, epirubicin, and cyclophosphamide (FEC) followed by three cycles of docetaxel or docetaxel/gemcitabine, depending on randomization. Germline DNA was genotyped for 246 SNPs selected from a previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) in a panel of lymphoblastoid cell lines, with gemcitabine toxicity as the phenotype...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537875/n-myc-downstream-regulated-gene-1-promotes-oxaliplatin-triggered-apoptosis-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-via-enhancing-the-ubiquitination-of-bcl-2
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Xiao Yang, Fan Zhu, Chaoran Yu, Jiaoyang Lu, Luyang Zhang, Yanfeng Lv, Jing Sun, Minhua Zheng
N-myc downstream-regulated gene1 (NDRG1) has been identified as a potent tumor suppressor gene. The molecular mechanisms of anti-tumor activity of NDRG1 involve its suppressive effects on a variety of tumorigenic signaling pathways. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of NDRG1 in the apoptosis of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. We first collected the clinical data of locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) patients receiving oxaliplatin-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy in our medical center. Correlation analysis revealed that NDRG1 positively associated with the downstaging rates and prognosis of patients...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537807/next-generation-sequencing-identifies-gene-mutations-that-are-predictive-of-malignancy-in-residual-needle-rinses-collected-from-fine-needle-aspirations-of-thyroid-nodules
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Maren Y Fuller, Dina Mody, April Hull, Kristi Pepper, Heather Hendrickson, Randall Olsen
CONTEXT: - Thyroid nodules have a prevalence of approximately 70% in adults. Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) is a minimally invasive, cost-effective, standard method to collect tissue from thyroid nodules for cytologic examination. However, approximately 15% of thyroid FNA specimens cannot be unambiguously diagnosed as benign or malignant. OBJECTIVE: - To investigate whether clinically actionable data can be obtained using next-generation sequencing of residual needle rinse material...
May 24, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535629/-association-between-sorcs1-rs1416406-and-therapeutic-effect-of-exenatide
#15
L M Zhou, W Xu, X M Yan, M X Y Li, H Liang, J P Weng
Objective: To study the relationship between SORCS1 gene rs1416406 and efficiency of exenatide. Methods: Between August 2010 and August 2012, a hundred and one newly diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) were from CONFIDENCE study covering 25 university-affiliated hospitals in 13 provinces of China. All patients received exenatide treatment for 48 weeks. Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), body mass index (BMI), oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) glucose and insulin levels were measured before and after therapy...
May 16, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535585/good-laboratory-standards-for-clinical-next-generation-sequencing-cancer-panel-tests
#16
REVIEW
Jihun Kim, Woong-Yang Park, Nayoung K D Kim, Se Jin Jang, Sung-Min Chun, Chang-Ohk Sung, Jene Choi, Young-Hyeh Ko, Yoon-La Choi, Hyo Sup Shim, Jae-Kyung Won
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has recently emerged as an essential component of personalized cancer medicine due to its high throughput and low per-base cost. However, no sufficient guidelines for implementing NGS as a clinical molecular pathology test are established in Korea. To ensure clinical grade quality without inhibiting adoption of NGS, a taskforce team assembled by the Korean Society of Pathologists developed laboratory guidelines for NGS cancer panel testing procedures and requirements for clinical implementation of NGS...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535583/molecular-testing-of-brain-tumor
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REVIEW
Sung-Hye Park, Jaekyung Won, Seong-Ik Kim, Yujin Lee, Chul-Kee Park, Seung-Ki Kim, Seung-Hong Choi
The World Health Organization (WHO) classification of central nervous system (CNS) tumors was revised in 2016 with a basis on the integrated diagnosis of molecular genetics. We herein provide the guidelines for using molecular genetic tests in routine pathological practice for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. While astrocytomas and IDH-mutant (secondary) glioblastomas are characterized by the mutational status of IDH, TP53 , and ATRX , oligodendrogliomas have a 1p/19q codeletion and mutations in IDH, CIC , FUBP1 , and the promoter region of telomerase reverse transcriptase ( TERTp )...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535485/quantification-of-residual-antibiotics-in-cow-manure-being-spread-over-agricultural-land-and-assessment-of-their-behavioral-effects-on-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria
#18
Ji-Ran Yeom, Soon-Uk Yoon, Chang-Gyun Kim
Antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB) in livestock manure used as fertilizer and spread over agriculture land, may pose a threat to the health of humans. Considering this, the concentrations of tetracycline (TC), oxytetracycline (OTC), and sulfathiazole (STZ) in the surface soil were quantified using LC-MS. These antibiotics have been used in livestock and are found in fertilizer produced from livestock excretions. Species of ABR were identified using 16S rDNA. Soil samples were collected at depths of 0, 7, and 15 cm from farmland in Incheon (South Korea)...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535307/intergenerational-impact-of-paternal-lifetime-exposures-to-both-folic-acid-deficiency-and-supplementation-on-reproductive-outcomes-and-imprinted-gene-methylation
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Lundi Ly, Donovan Chan, Mahmoud Aarabi, Mylène Landry, Nathalie A Behan, Amanda J MacFarlane, Jacquetta Trasler
STUDY QUESTION: Do paternal exposures to folic acid deficient (FD), and/or folic acid supplemented (FS) diets, throughout germ cell development adversely affect male germ cells and consequently offspring health outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: Male mice exposed over their lifetimes to both FD and FS diets showed decreased sperm counts and altered imprinted gene methylation with evidence of transmission of adverse effects to the offspring, including increased postnatal-preweaning mortality and variability in imprinted gene methylation...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535255/tea-and-coffee-consumption-in-relation-to-dna-methylation-in-four-european-cohorts
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Weronica E Ek, Elmar W Tobi, Muhammad Ahsan, Erik Lampa, Erica Ponzi, Soterios A Kyrtopoulos, Panagiotis Georgiadis, L H Lumey, Bastiaan T Heijmans, Maria Botsivali, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Torgny Karlsson, Mathias Rask-Andersen, Domenico Palli, Erik Ingelsson, Åsa K Hedman, Lena M Nilsson, Paolo Vineis, Lars Lind, James M Flanagan, Åsa Johansson
Lifestyle factors, such as food choices and exposure to chemicals, can alter DNA methylation and lead to changes in gene activity. Two such exposures with pharmacologically active components are coffee and tea consumption. Both coffee and tea has been suggested to play an important role in modulating disease-risk in humans by suppressing tumour progression, decreasing inflammation and influencing estrogen metabolism. These mechanisms may be mediated by changes in DNA methylation.To investigate if DNA methylation in blood is associated with coffee and tea consumption we performed a genome-wide DNA methylation study for coffee and tea consumption in four European cohorts (N = 3,096)...
May 23, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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