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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/28537806/analytic-and-clinical-validation-of-an-ultrasensitive-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-egfr-mutation-analysis-with-circulating-tumor-dna
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Xiaowei Wang, Yunhua Gao, Bei Wang, Zhenrong Zhang, Chaoyang Liang, Hongxiang Feng, Yongqing Guo, Jiping Da, Minli Mo, Mengyun Zhang, Feng Ding, Zhao Chen, Hui Li, Deruo Liu
CONTEXT: - The mutation analysis of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has become a common test to guide therapeutic decision making for lung cancer. Molecular testing with circulating tumor DNA in plasma allows diagnosis of mutations when tumor tissue is not available as well as monitoring treatment response with repeat biopsies. OBJECTIVES: - To develop a timely and cost-effective assay that can accurately detect EGFR mutations in circulating tumor DNA and to evaluate the analytic and clinical performance of the assay...
May 24, 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534994/amplification-and-the-clinical-significance-of-circulating-cell-free-dna-of-pvt1-in-breast-cancer
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Xujing Li, Weijuan Chen, Hui Wang, Qun Wei, Xiaodi Ding, Wentong Li
Duplication in the chromosome 8q24 region is a frequent occurrence in carcinomas. The PVT1 oncogene (PVT1), a long non-coding RNA, is found in this locus. PVT1 amplification is a frequent event in cancers, such as in lymphomas, serous ovarian, colorectal and breast cancers. Ectopic PVT1 expression is related with reduced survival duration in cancer patients. in the present study, we proved that PVT1 is markedly augmented in breast cancer tissues compared with adjacent non-tumorous tissues. Thus, PVT1 is an independent prognostic factor for the survival duration of breast cancer patients...
May 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533778/dnase1l3-regulates-inflammasome-dependent-cytokine-secretion
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Guilan Shi, Kennady N Abbott, Wenbo Wu, Russell D Salter, Peter A Keyel
Pediatric-onset systemic lupus erythematosus arises in humans and mice lacking the endonuclease Dnase1L3. When Dnase1L3 is absent, DNA from circulating apoptotic bodies is not cleared, leading to anti-DNA antibody production. Compared to early anti-DNA and anti-chromatin responses, other autoantibody responses and general immune activation in Dnase1L3(-/-) mice are greatly delayed. We investigated the possibility that immune activation, specifically inflammasome activation, is regulated by Dnase1L3. Here, we report that Dnase1L3 inhibition blocked both NLR family, pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) and NLRC4 inflammasome-mediated release of high-mobility group box 1 protein and IL-1β...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529628/cross-platform-comparison-of-four-leading-technologies-for-detecting-egfr-mutations-in-circulating-tumor-dna-from-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-patient-plasma
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Ting Xu, Xiaozheng Kang, Xiaofang You, Liang Dai, Dequan Tian, Wanpu Yan, Yongbo Yang, Hongchao Xiong, Zhen Liang, Grace Q Zhao, Shengrong Lin, Ke-Neng Chen, Guobing Xu
Analysis of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is emerging as a powerful tool for guiding targeted therapy and monitoring tumor evolution in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), especially when representative tissue biopsies are not available. Here, we have compared the ability of four leading technology platforms to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (L858R, exon 19 deletion, T790M and G719X) in ctDNA from NSCLC patients. Two amplification refractory mutation systems (cobas-ARMS and ADx-ARMS), a droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) and a next-generation sequencing (Firefly NGS) platform were included in the comparison...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529619/effects-of-prolonged-exposure-to-low-dose-metformin-in-thyroid-cancer-cell-lines
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Safar Kheder, Karen Sisley, Sirwan Hadad, Sabapathy P Balasubramanian
Background: Thyroid cancer is generally associated with an excellent prognosis, but there is significant long-term morbidity with standard treatment. Some sub-types however have a poor prognosis. Metformin, an oral anti-diabetic drug is shown to have anti-cancer effects in several types of cancer (breast, lung and ovarian cancer). The proposed mechanisms include activation of the Adenosine Mono-phosphate-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) pathway and inhibition of the mTOR pathway (which promotes growth and proliferation)...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529550/hormonoresistance-in-advanced-breast-cancer-a-new-revolution-in-endocrine-therapy
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Paule Augereau, Anne Patsouris, Emmanuelle Bourbouloux, Carole Gourmelon, Sophie Abadie Lacourtoisie, Dominique Berton Rigaud, Patrick Soulié, Jean Sebastien Frenel, Mario Campone
Endocrine therapy is the mainstay of treatment of estrogen-receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer with an overall survival benefit. However, some adaptive mechanisms in the tumor emerge leading to the development of a resistance to this therapy. A better characterization of this process is needed to overcome this resistance and to develop new tailored therapies. Mechanisms of resistance to hormone therapy result in activation of transduction signal pathways, including the cell cycle regulation with cyclin D/CDK4/6/Rb pathway...
May 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527094/circulating-tumor-dna-measurement-by-picoliter-droplet-based-digital-pcr-and-vemurafenib-plasma-concentrations-in-patients-with-advanced-braf-mutated-melanoma
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Fanny Garlan, Benoit Blanchet, Nora Kramkimel, Alicja Puszkiel, Jean-Louis Golmard, Gaelle Noe, Nicolas Dupin, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Michel Vidal, Valerie Taly, Audrey Thomas-Schoemann
BACKGROUND: Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) has been reported as a prognostic marker in melanoma. In BRAF V600-mutant melanoma, a plasma under-exposure to vemurafenib could favor emerging resistance but no biological data are available to support this hypothesis. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the relationship between vemurafenib plasma concentrations and the ctDNA plasma concentration during follow-up of BRAF-mutated melanoma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eleven patients treated with single-agent vemurafenib for advanced BRAF V600-mutant melanoma were analyzed in an exploratory monocentric study...
May 19, 2017: Targeted Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526790/post-epizootic-persistence-of-asymptomatic-mycoplasma-conjunctivae-infection-in-iberian-ibex
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Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Oscar Cabezón, José Enrique Granados, Joachim Frey, Emmanuel Serrano, Roser Velarde, Francisco Javier Cano-Manuel, Gregorio Mentaberre, Arián Ráez-Bravo, Paulino Fandos, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera
The susceptibility of Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) to Mycoplasma conjunctivae ocular infection and the changes in their interaction over time were studied in terms of clinical outcome, molecular detection and IgG immune response in a captive population that underwent a severe infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) outbreak. Mycoplasma conjunctivae was detected for the first time in the Iberian ibexes coinciding with the IKC outbreak. Its prevalence had a decreasing trend in 2013 that was consistent with the clinical resolution (August 35...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525906/copy-number-variations-of-circulating-cell-free-dna-in-urothelial-carcinoma-of-the-bladder-patients-treated-with-radical-cystectomy-a-prospective-study
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Armin Soave, Felix K-H Chun, Timo Hillebrand, Michael Rink, Lars Weisbach, Bettina Steinbach, Margit Fisch, Klaus Pantel, Heidi Schwarzenbach
The aim of the present study was to establish a rapid profiling method using multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) and characterize copy number variations (CNV) in circulating, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in 85 urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (UCB) patients treated with radical cystectomy (RC). MLPA was tested for the use of cfDNA extracted from serum and plasma by various commercial extraction kits. Eighteen probes served as reference to control denaturation, ligation and amplification efficiency...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525750/lung-cancer-a-wily-genetic-opponent
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Peggy P Hsu, Alice T Shaw
In two companion reports, the TRACERx consortium investigates tumor heterogeneity and evolution in early-stage non-small cell lung cancer. The studies highlight the prognostic value of copy-number heterogeneity assessment in tumor biopsies and circulating tumor DNA detection in plasma and suggest that tracking the evolution of lung cancers might aid clinical practice.
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525638/glucokinase-gene-may-be-a-more-suitable-target-than-the-insulin-gene-for-detection-of-beta-cell-death
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J Sklenarova, L Petruzelkova, S Kolouskova, J Lebl, Z Sumnik, O Cinek
Detection and quantification of unmethylated circulating insulin (INS) DNA presumably released from beta cells has been previously used for assessing their destruction. As the targets within the INS gene suffer from suboptimal specificity, we sought to improve the assay parameters by using the glucokinase gene (GCK) tissue-specific pancreatic promoter.The amount of methylated and unmethylated GCK DNA was measured using a droplet PCR assay, and compared with the previously published INS-targeted assay. The method was tested using synthetic target sequences and DNA from pancreatic islets, blood, brain, kidney, large intestine, liver, lung, small intestine and stomach...
May 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522829/somatic-tumor-mutations-detected-by-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-in-minute-amounts-of-serum-derived-cell-free-dna
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Marjolein J A Weerts, Ronald van Marion, Jean C A Helmijr, Corine M Beaufort, Niels M G Krol, Anita M A C Trapman-Jansen, Winand N M Dinjens, Stefan Sleijfer, Maurice P H M Jansen, John W M Martens
The use of blood-circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) as 'liquid-biopsy' is explored worldwide, with hopes for its potential in providing prognostic or predictive information in cancer treatment. In exploring cfDNA, valuable repositories are biobanks containing material collected over time, however these retrospective cohorts have restrictive resources. In this study, we aimed to detect tumor-specific mutations in only minute amounts of serum-derived cfDNA by using a targeted next generation sequencing (NGS) approach...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521774/correlation-of-cell-free-dna-plasma-concentration-with-severity-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Thomas Karlas, Lara Weise, Stephanie Kuhn, Felix Krenzien, Matthias Mehdorn, David Petroff, Nicolas Linder, Alexander Schaudinn, Harald Busse, Volker Keim, Johann Pratschke, Johannes Wiegand, Katrin Splith, Moritz Schmelzle
BACKGROUND: The assessment of fibrosis and inflammatory activity is essential to identify patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) at risk for progressive disease. Serum markers and ultrasound-based methods can replace liver biopsy for fibrosis staging, whereas non-invasive characterization of inflammatory activity remains a clinical challenge. Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) is a novel non-invasive biomarker for assessing cellular inflammation and cell death, which has not been evaluated in NAFLD...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521640/antibody-mediated-immunotherapy-against-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#15
Ying Gao, Tian-Ying Zhang, Quan Yuan, Ning-Shao Xia
The currently available drugs to treat hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection include interferons and nucleos(t)ide analogues, which can only induce disease remission and are inefficient for the functional cure of patients with chronic HBV infection (CHB). Since high titers of circulating hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) may be essential to exhaust the host anti-HBV immune response and they cannot be significantly reduced by current drugs, new antiviral strategies aiming to suppress serum hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) could help restore virus-specific immune responses and promote the eradication of the virus...
May 19, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521409/evaluation-of-a-novel-approach-to-circulating-tumor-cell-isolation-for-cancer-gene-panel-analysis-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Soo Jeong Lee, Cham Han Lee, Sung Ho Choi, Sei Hyun Ahn, Byung Ho Son, Jong Won Lee, Jong Han Yu, Nak-Jung Kwon, Woo Chung Lee, Kap-Seok Yang, Dong Hyoung Lee, Du Yeol Han, Mi So Choi, Pyeong-Soo Park, Hyun Kyung Lee, Myoung Shin Kim, Jinseon Lee, Byung Hee Jeon
Liquid biopsy isolation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) allows the genomic analysis of CTCs, which is useful in the determination of personalized cancer therapy. In the present study, CTCs from patients with breast cancer were enriched and successfully analyzed using cancer gene panel analysis. Blood samples from 11 patients with breast cancer were collected and CTCs enriched for using size-based filtration. The enriched CTCs were analyzed using immunofluorescence staining with antibodies directed against epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) and cluster of differentiation 45...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518123/expression-of-exogenous-cytokine-in-patient-derived-xenografts-via-injection-with-a-cytokine-transduced-stromal-cell-line
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Jacqueline S Coats, Ineavely Baez, Cornelia Stoian, Terry-Ann M Milford, Xiaobing Zhang, Olivia L Francis, Ruijun Su, Kimberly J Payne
Patient-derived xenograft (PDX) mice are produced by transplanting human cells into immune deficient mice. These models are an important tool for studying the mechanisms of normal and malignant hematopoiesis and are the gold standard for identifying effective chemotherapies for many malignancies. PDX models are possible because many of the mouse cytokines also act on human cells. However, this is not the case for all cytokines, including many that are critical for studying normal and malignant hematopoiesis in human cells...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518030/serologic-and-molecular-evidence-of-vaccinia-virus-circulation-among-small-mammals-from-different-biomes-brazil
#18
Júlia B Miranda, Iara A Borges, Samantha P S Campos, Flávia N Vieira, Tatiana M F de Ázara, Fernanda A Marques, Galileu B Costa, Ana Paula M F Luis, Jaqueline S de Oliveira, Paulo César P Ferreira, Cláudio Antônio Bonjardim, Silvio L M da Silva, Álvaro E Eiras, Jônatas S Abrahão, Erna G Kroon, Betânia P Drumond, Adriano P Paglia, Giliane de S Trindade
Vaccinia virus (VACV) is a zoonotic agent that causes a disease called bovine vaccinia, which is detected mainly in milking cattle and humans in close contact with these animals. Even though many aspects of VACV infection have been described, much is still unknown about its circulation in the environment and its natural hosts/reservoirs. To investigate the presence of Orthopoxvirus antibodies or VACV DNA, we captured small rodents and marsupials in 3 areas of Minas Gerais state, Brazil, and tested their samples in a laboratory...
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515388/nitric-oxide-is-critical-for-avoiding-hepatic-lipid-overloading-via-il6-induction-during-liver-regeneration-after-partial-hepatectomy-in-mice
#19
Yue Yu, Miho Tamai, Yoh-Ichi Tagawa
Nitric oxide (NO), generated from L-arginine by three different isoforms of nitric oxide synthase (NOS), is a pleiotropic factor to regulate physiological functions in almost every organ and tissue. Each knockout mouse of iNOS or eNOS has been used to suggest that NO has a crucial role in liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy (PH), for NO may inhibit caspase 3 activity and is required for EGFR signaling. In previous reports, defective mitochondrial β-oxidation was observed in eNOS KO mice, and hepatic steatosis was often correlated to deficient liver regeneration, so we focused on metabolic perspective and hypothesized that NO depletion in PH mice would affect hepatocytic lipolysis and impair hepatocytes proliferation...
May 18, 2017: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515105/free-circulating-methylated-dna-in-blood-for-diagnosis-staging-prognosis-and-monitoring-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-patients-an-observational-prospective-cohort-study
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Andreas Schröck, Annette Leisse, Luka de Vos, Heidrun Gevensleben, Freya Dröge, Alina Franzen, Malin Wachendörfer, Friederike Schröck, Joerg Ellinger, Marcus Teschke, Timo Wilhelm-Buchstab, Jennifer Landsberg, Stefan Holdenrieder, Gunther Hartmann, John K Field, Friedrich Bootz, Glen Kristiansen, Dimo Dietrich
BACKGROUND: Circulating cell-free DNA methylation testing in blood has recently received regulatory approval for screening of colorectal cancer. Its application in other clinical settings, including staging, prognosis, prediction, and recurrence monitoring is highly promising, and of particular interest in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) that represent a heterogeneous group of cancers with unsatisfactory treatment guidelines. METHODS: Short stature homeobox 2 (SHOX2) and septin 9 (SEPT9) DNA methylation in plasma from 649 prospectively enrolled patients (training study: 284 HNSCC/122 control patients; testing study: 141 HNSCC/102 control patients) was quantified before treatment and longitudinally during surveillance...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
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