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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214459/molecular-biomarkers-of-knee-pathology
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Vanessa Cuellar, Eric Strauss
The identification of biomarkers has become increasingly important in our fundamental understanding of the molecular basis for disease and subsequently in the advancement of modern medicine. Biomarkers have been identified in a plethora of normal and pathologic conditions and are most often found in blood, tissue, or synovial fluid. Orthopaedic research has more recently focused on biomarkers of cartilage and joint diseases, with an emphasis on understanding the molecular underpinnings of their pathophysiology...
January 2017: Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214087/targeting-the-pd-1-pd-l1-axis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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REVIEW
Rajiv Kumar, Dearbhaile Collins, Saoirse Dolly, Fiona McDonald, Mary E R O'Brien, Timothy A Yap
The last decade has witnessed rapid advances in the discovery and development of immune checkpoint inhibitors in cancer medicine, particularly drugs targeting programmed cell death 1 (PD-1) and programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The proven antitumor efficacy coupled with low rates of drug-related toxicities observed, albeit idiosyncratic, with these novel immunotherapeutics have led to the registration of multiple PD-1 and PD-L1 inhibitors, such as nivolumab, pembrolizumab, and atezolizumab, in second-line advanced NSCLC, whereas durvalumab and avelumab are in late-phase clinical testing...
December 23, 2016: Current Problems in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213975/lab-in-a-tube-real-time-molecular-point-of-care-diagnostics-for-influenza-a-and-b-using-the-cobas%C3%A2-liat%C3%A2-system
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Willem Jg Melchers, Judith Kuijpers, Joanna Sickler, Janette Rahamat-Langendoen
BACKGROUND: Rapid diagnosis of influenza A and B is important for direct treatment decisions in patient care and for the reduction of in-hospital transmissions. The new real-time PCR based molecular point-of-care (POC) assay, the cobas(®) Influenza A/B test on the cobas(®) Liat® System (cobas(®) Liat® Influenza A/B assay), generated a PCR result in less than 20 minutes, was evaluated for the detection of influenza A and B. METHOD OF THE STUDY: 121 retrospectively collected respiratory specimens, previously analyzed with a routine influenza A/B test (Diagenode) were tested using the cobas(®) Liat® Influenza A/B assay...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213833/molecular-imaging-in-synthetic-biology-and-synthetic-biology-in-molecular-imaging
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REVIEW
Assaf A Gilad, Mikhail G Shapiro
Biomedical synthetic biology is an emerging field in which cells are engineered at the genetic level to carry out novel functions with relevance to biomedical and industrial applications. This approach promises new treatments, imaging tools, and diagnostics for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal inflammatory syndromes to cancer, diabetes, and neurodegeneration. As these cellular technologies undergo pre-clinical and clinical development, it is becoming essential to monitor their location and function in vivo, necessitating appropriate molecular imaging strategies, and therefore, we have created an interest group within the World Molecular Imaging Society focusing on synthetic biology and reporter gene technologies...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213571/mir-146a-b-a-family-with-shared-seeds-and-different-roots
#5
Mark Paterson, Alison J Kriegel
MicroRNAs are small, non-coding, RNAs known for their powerful modulation of molecular processes, making them a major focus for studying pathological mechanisms. The human miR-146 family of microRNAs consists of two member genes - MIR146A and MIR146B These two miRNAs are located on different chromosomes and exhibit differential regulation in many cases. However, they are nearly identical in sequence and share a seed sequence, thus they are predicted to target the same set of genes. A large proportion of the miR-146 literature focuses on its role in regulating the innate immune response in the context of various pathologies by modulating two widely studied target genes in the toll-like receptor signaling cascade...
February 17, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212654/diversity-and-distribution-of-avian-malaria-and-related-haemosporidian-parasites-in-captive-birds-from-a-brazilian%C3%A2-megalopolis
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Carolina Romeiro Fernandes Chagas, Gediminas Valkiūnas, Lilian de Oliveira Guimarães, Eliana Ferreira Monteiro, Fernanda Junqueira Vaz Guida, Roseli França Simões, Priscila Thihara Rodrigues, Expedito José de Albuquerque Luna, Karin Kirchgatter
BACKGROUND: The role of zoos in conservation programmes has increased significantly in last decades, and the health of captive animals is essential to guarantee success of such programmes. However, zoo birds suffer from parasitic infections, which often are caused by malaria parasites and related haemosporidians. Studies determining the occurrence and diversity of these parasites, aiming better understanding infection influence on fitness of captive birds, are limited. METHODS: In 2011-2015, the prevalence and diversity of Plasmodium spp...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211541/antibody-controlled-actuation-of-dna-based-molecular-circuits
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Wouter Engelen, Lenny H H Meijer, Bram Somers, Tom F A de Greef, Maarten Merkx
DNA-based molecular circuits allow autonomous signal processing, but their actuation has relied mostly on RNA/DNA-based inputs, limiting their application in synthetic biology, biomedicine and molecular diagnostics. Here we introduce a generic method to translate the presence of an antibody into a unique DNA strand, enabling the use of antibodies as specific inputs for DNA-based molecular computing. Our approach, antibody-templated strand exchange (ATSE), uses the characteristic bivalent architecture of antibodies to promote DNA-strand exchange reactions both thermodynamically and kinetically...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211342/key-issues-in-hymenoptera-venom-allergy-an-update
#8
REVIEW
T Alfaya Arias, V Soriano Gómis, T Soto Mera, A Vega Castro, J M Vega Gutiérrez, A Alonso Llamazares, D Antolín Amérigo, F J Carballada Gonzalez, C Dominguez Noche, D Gutierrez Fernandez, L Marques Amat, A Martinez Arcediano, M Martinez San Ireneo, A Moreno Ancillo, Y Puente Crespo, B Ruiz Leon, L Sánchez Morillas
In this review, the Hymenoptera Allergy Committee of the SEAIC analyzes the most recent scientific literature addressing problems related to the diagnosis of hymenoptera allergy and to management of venom immunotherapy. Molecular diagnosis and molecular risk profiles are the key areas addressed. The appearance of new species of hymenoptera that are potentially allergenic in Spain and the associated diagnostic and therapeutic problems are also described. Finally, we analyze the issue of mast cell activation syndrome closely related to hymenoptera allergy, which has become a new diagnostic challenge for allergists given its high prevalence in patients with venom anaphylaxis...
2017: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210245/pcr-inhibition-of-a-quantitative-pcr-for-detection-of-mycobacterium-avium-subspecies-paratuberculosis-dna-in-feces-diagnostic-implications-and-potential-solutions
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Kamal R Acharya, Navneet K Dhand, Richard J Whittington, Karren M Plain
Molecular tests such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) are increasingly being applied for the diagnosis of Johne's disease, a chronic intestinal infection of ruminants caused by Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). Feces, as the primary test sample, presents challenges in terms of effective DNA isolation, with potential for PCR inhibition and ultimately for reduced analytical and diagnostic sensitivity. However, limited evidence is available regarding the magnitude and diagnostic implications of PCR inhibition for the detection of MAP in feces...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209905/diagnostic-value-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-versus-mri-in-the-setting-of-antibody-specific-autoimmune-encephalitis
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Lilja B Solnes, Krystyna M Jones, Steven P Rowe, Puskar Pattanayak, Abhinav Nalluri, Arun Venkatesan, John C Probasco, Mehrbod Som Javadi
Introduction: Diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis presents some challenges in the clinical setting due to varied clinical presentations and delay in obtaining antibody panel results. We examined the role of neuroimaging in the setting of autoimmune encephalitides comparing the utility (18)F-FDG PET/CT versus conventional brain imaging with MRI. Methods: A retrospective study was performed assessing the positivity rate of MRI versus (18)F-FDG PET/CT during the initial work-up of 23 patients proven to have antibody positive autoimmune encephalitis...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209205/long-noncoding-agap2-as1-is-activated-by-sp1-and-promotes-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-in-gastric-cancer
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Fuzhen Qi, Xianghua Liu, Hao Wu, Xiang Yu, Chenchen Wei, Xiaodan Huang, Guozhong Ji, Fengqi Nie, Keming Wang
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as important regulators of tumorigenesis and cancer progression. Recently, the lncRNA AGAP2-AS1 was identified as an oncogenic lncRNA in human non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and its elevated expression was linked to NSCLC development and progression. However, the expression pattern and molecular mechanism of AGAP2-AS1 in gastric cancer (GC) have not been characterized. METHODS: Bioinformatic analysis was performed to determine AGAP2-AS1 expression levels in the GC and normal tissues using gene profiling data from the Gene Expression Omnibus...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208755/micrornas-new-insight-in-modulating-follicular-atresia-a-review
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REVIEW
Tesfaye Worku, Zia Ur Rehman, Hira Sajjad Talpur, Dinesh Bhattarai, Farman Ullah, Ngabu Malobi, Tesfaye Kebede, Liguo Yang
Our understanding of the post-transcriptional mechanisms involved in follicular atresia is limited; however, an important development has been made in understanding the biological regulatory networks responsible for mediating follicular atresia. MicroRNAs have come to be seen as a key regulatory actor in determining cell fate in a wide range of tissues in normal and pathological processes. Profiling studies of miRNAs during follicular atresia and development have identified several putative miRNAs enriched in apoptosis signaling pathways...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208708/the-interplay-between-inflammation-coagulation-and-endothelial-injury-in-the-early-phase-of-acute-pancreatitis-clinical-implications
#13
REVIEW
Paulina Dumnicka, Dawid Maduzia, Piotr Ceranowicz, Rafał Olszanecki, Ryszard Drożdż, Beata Kuśnierz-Cabala
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is an inflammatory disease with varied severity, ranging from mild local inflammation to severe systemic involvement resulting in substantial mortality. Early pathologic events in AP, both local and systemic, are associated with vascular derangements, including endothelial activation and injury, dysregulation of vasomotor tone, increased vascular permeability, increased leukocyte migration to tissues, and activation of coagulation. The purpose of the review was to summarize current evidence regarding the interplay between inflammation, coagulation and endothelial dysfunction in the early phase of AP...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207933/chorionic-villus-sampling-in-the-cell-free-dna-aneuploidy-screening-era-careful-selection-criteria-can-maximise-the-clinical-utility-of-screening-and-invasive-testing
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Stefan C Kane, Karen L Reidy, Fiona Norris, Deborah L Nisbet, Louise H Kornman, Ricardo Palma-Dias
OBJECTIVES: To quantify the impact of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening on chorionic villus sampling (CVS) test indications and outcomes in a tertiary maternity service. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of all CVS procedures performed for any indication on singleton pregnancies at The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, and at Women's Ultrasound Melbourne, Australia, between August 2008 and February 2015. Karyotypes were classified according to pathogenicity and detectability by standard cell-free DNA screening panels...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207191/cysteine-proteases-in-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Tommy Weiss Sadan, Israel Gotsman, Galia Blum
Atherosclerosis predisposes patients to cardiovascular diseases, such as myocardial infarction and stroke. Instigation of vascular injury is triggered by retention of lipids and inflammatory cells in the vascular endothelium. Whereas these vascular lesions develop in young adults and are mostly considered harmless, over time persistent inflammatory and remodeling processes will ultimately damage the arterial wall and cause a thrombotic event due to exposure of tissue factors into the lumen. Evidence from human tissues and pre-clinical animal models have clearly established the role of cathepsin cysteine proteases in the development and progression of vascular lesions...
February 16, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206853/diagnostic-virology-and-patient-care-from-vaguely-interesting-to-vitally-important
#16
Sarah J Pitt, D Ian M Phillips
The existence of pathogenic viruses was inferred by experiments at the turn of the twentieth century. Key developments in detection of viruses, including electron microscopy and monolayer cell culture, were made in the middle of that century. However, in terms of patient care, the results from the virology laboratory often arrived the patient was 'better or dead'. The advent of molecular techniques, particularly polymerase chain reaction and more recently whole genome sequencing made timely and accurate diagnosis of viral infections feasible...
January 2017: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205611/focusheuristics-expression-data-driven-network-optimization-and-disease-gene-prediction
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Mathias Ernst, Yang Du, Gregor Warsow, Mohamed Hamed, Nicole Endlich, Karlhans Endlich, Hugo Murua Escobar, Lisa-Madeleine Sklarz, Sina Sender, Christian Junghanß, Steffen Möller, Georg Fuellen, Stephan Struckmann
To identify genes contributing to disease phenotypes remains a challenge for bioinformatics. Static knowledge on biological networks is often combined with the dynamics observed in gene expression levels over disease development, to find markers for diagnostics and therapy, and also putative disease-modulatory drug targets and drugs. The basis of current methods ranges from a focus on expression-levels (Limma) to concentrating on network characteristics (PageRank, HITS/Authority Score), and both (DeMAND, Local Radiality)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205432/fluorescent-hexose-conjugates-establish-stringent-stereochemical-requirement-by-glut5-for-recognition-and-transport-of-monosaccharides
#18
Olivier-Mohamad Soueidan, Thomas W Scully, Jatinder Kaur, Rashmi Panigrahi, Alexandr Belovodskiy, Victor Do, Carson D Matier, M Joanne Lemieux, Frank Wuest, Chris Cheeseman, F G West
The specificity characteristics of transporters can be exploited for the development of novel diagnostic therapeutic probes. The facilitated hexose transporter family (GLUTs) has a distinct set of preferences for monosaccharide substrates, and while some are expressed ubiquitously (e.g., GLUT1), others are quite tissue specific (e.g., GLUT5, which is overexpressed in some breast cancer tissues). While these differences have enabled the development of new molecular probes based upon hexose- and tissue-selective uptake, substrate design for compounds targeting these GLUT transporters has been encumbered by a limited understanding of the molecular interactions at play in hexose binding and transport...
February 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205010/prion-specific-and-surrogate-csf-biomarkers-in-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease-diagnostic-accuracy-in-relation-to-molecular-subtypes-and-analysis-of-neuropathological-correlates-of-p-tau-and-a%C3%AE-42-levels
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Francesca Lattanzio, Samir Abu-Rumeileh, Alessia Franceschini, Hideaki Kai, Giulia Amore, Ilaria Poggiolini, Marcello Rossi, Simone Baiardi, Lynne McGuire, Anna Ladogana, Maurizio Pocchiari, Alison Green, Sabina Capellari, Piero Parchi
The differential diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) from other, sometimes treatable, neurological disorders is challenging, owing to the wide phenotypic heterogeneity of the disease. Real-time quaking-induced prion conversion (RT-QuIC) is a novel ultrasensitive in vitro assay, which, at variance with surrogate neurodegenerative biomarker assays, specifically targets the pathological prion protein (PrP(Sc)). In the studies conducted to date in CJD, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) RT-QuIC showed good diagnostic sensitivity (82-96%) and virtually full specificity...
February 15, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204831/tachycardia-bradycardia-syndrome-electrophysiological-mechanisms-and-future-therapeutic-approaches-review
#20
Gary Tse, Tong Liu, Ka Hou Christien Li, Victoria Laxton, Andy On-Tik Wong, Yin Wah Fiona Chan, Wendy Keung, Camie W Y Chan, Ronald A Li
Sick sinus syndrome (SSS) encompasses a group of disorders whereby the heart is unable to perform its pacemaker function, due to genetic and acquired causes. Tachycardia‑bradycardia syndrome (TBS) is a complication of SSS characterized by alternating tachycardia and bradycardia. Techniques such as genetic screening and molecular diagnostics together with the use of pre-clinical models have elucidated the electrophysiological mechanisms of this condition. Dysfunction of ion channels responsible for initiation or conduction of cardiac action potentials may underlie both bradycardia and tachycardia; bradycardia can also increase the risk of tachycardia, and vice versa...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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