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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743169/development-and-validation-of-an-optical-biosensor-for-rapid-monitoring-of-adalimumab-in-serum-of-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
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Sumin Bian, Jiadi Lu, Filip Delport, Séverine Vermeire, Dragana Spasic, Jeroen Lammertyn, Ann Gils
Therapeutic drug monitoring of adalimumab is recommended to improve therapeutic outcome in patients with Crohn's disease. Performing an ELISA requires a rather long time-to-result and the necessity of collecting multiple samples in order to decrease the cost per adalimumab determination. In this study, we aim to develop and validate a rapid assay suitable for measuring a single adalimumab serum sample using a fiber-optic surface plasmon resonance (FO-SPR) based sensor. Therefore, we have immobilized MA-ADM28B8 as capture antibody on a FO-probe and conjugated MA-ADM40D8 as detecting antibody to gold nanoparticles...
July 25, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743130/sglt-2-inhibition-a-potential-new-treatment-for-diabetic-kidney-disease
#2
Robert D Toto
Diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of kidney failure. Treatments with drugs that block the renin-angiotensin system have proven beneficial in slowing kidney disease progression among those with diabetes; their benefit is limited and they do not stop disease progression. Despite multiple clinical trials of various interventions including dual blockade of the renin-angiotensin system over the past 15 years, no new therapies have emerged to slow kidney disease progression in diabetes. SGLT-2 inhibitors are a new class of antiglycemic drugs that have been shown to lower blood glucose by inhibition of the sodium-glucose transporter 2 in the proximal tubule of the kidney...
July 26, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743109/robot-assisted-vesico-vaginal-fistula-repair-our-technique-and-review-of-the-literature
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Deliu Victor Matei, Vanna Zanagnolo, Mihai Dorin Vartolomei, Nicolae Crisan, Matteo Ferro, Luca Bocciolone, Angelo Maggioni, Ioan Coman, Ottavio de Cobelli
OBJECTIVE: Our first objective was to report our experience on robot-assisted vesico-vaginal fistula (VVF) repair after radical surgery for gynecologic malignancies without omental flap interposition using a da Vinci robotic system. The second objective was to critically review the literature in order to analyze surgical solutions used to avoid repair failure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five patients with VVF diagnosed after previous open surgery for gynecologic malignancies referred to our tertiary institutions were selected...
July 26, 2017: Urologia Internationalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743104/self-care-activities-among-people-with-multiple-sclerosis-in-denmark-use-and-user-characteristics
#4
Marie Lynning, Kirsten Hanehøj, Astrid Karnøe Knudsen, Lasse Skovgaard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 25, 2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743093/development-of-a-statistical-oil-spill-model-for-risk-assessment
#5
Weijun Guo
To gain a better understanding of the impacts from potential risk sources, we developed an oil spill model using probabilistic method, which simulates numerous oil spill trajectories under varying environmental conditions. The statistical results were quantified from hypothetical oil spills under multiple scenarios, including area affected probability, mean oil slick thickness, and duration of water surface exposed to floating oil. The three sub-indices together with marine area vulnerability are merged to compute the composite index, characterizing the spatial distribution of risk degree...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743084/graphene-oxide-gold-nanorods-based-multiple-assisted-electrochemiluminescence-signal-amplification-strategy-for-sensitive-detection-of-prostate-specific-antigen
#6
Jun-Tao Cao, Jiu-Jun Yang, Li-Zhen Zhao, Yu-Ling Wang, Hui Wang, Yan-Ming Liu, Shu-Hui Ma
A novel and competitive electrochemiluminescence (ECL) aptasensor for prostate specific antigen (PSA) assay was constructed using gold nanorods functionalized graphene oxide (GO@AuNRs) multilabeled with glucose oxidase (GOD) and streptavidin (SA) toward luminol-based ECL system. A strong initial ECL signal was achieved by electrodeposited gold (DpAu) on the electrode because of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) motivating the luminol ECL signal. The signal probes prepared by loading GOD and SA-biotin-DNA on GO@AuNRs were used for achieving multiple signal amplification...
July 20, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743081/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-ppe44-rv2770c-is-involved-in-response-to-multiple-stresses-and-promotes-the-macrophage-expression-of-il-12-p40-and-il-6-via-the-p38-erk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-axis
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Zhaoxiao Yu, Chenhui Zhang, Mingliang Zhou, Qiming Li, Hui Li, Wei Duan, Xue Li, Yonghong Feng, Jianping Xie
Tuberculosis (TB), caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, remains a formidable threat to global public health. The successful intracellular persistence of M. tuberculosis significantly contributes to the intractability of tuberculosis. Proline-glutamic acid (PE) and proline-proline-glutamic acid (PPE) are mycobacterial exclusive protein families that widely reported to be involved in the bacterial virulence, physiology and interaction with host. Rv2770c (PPE44), a predicted virulence factor, was up-regulated upon the infected guinea pig lungs...
July 22, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743076/lc-ms-ms-esi-method-for-simultaneous-quantification-of-darolutamide-and-its-active-metabolite-orm-15341-in-mice-plasma-and-its-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study
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Sreekanth Dittakavi, Pavan Kumar V S P Nagasuri, Suresh P Sulochana, Syed Mohd Saim, Sadanand R Mallurwar, Mohd Zainuddin, Purushottam Dewang, Sriram Rajagopal, Ramesh Mullangi
A sensitive and rapid LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the simultaneous quantitation of darolutamide and its active metabolite i.e. ORM-15341 in 50μL mice plasma using bicalutamide as an internal standard (I.S.) as per regulatory guidelines. Sample processing was accomplished through liquid-liquid extraction. Chromatographic separation was achieved using an Atlantis C18 column with an isocratic mobile phase comprising 0.2% formic acid:acetonitrile (35:65, v/v) at a flow rate of 0.8mL/min within 2...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743064/health-status-and-mobility-limitations-are-associated-with-residential-and-employment-status-in-schizophrenia-and-bipolar-disorder
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M Strassnig, D Cornacchio, P D Harvey, R Kotov, L Fochtmann, E J Bromet
INTRODUCTION: Schizophrenia (SCZ) and bipolar disorder (BP) are linked to multiple impairments in everyday functioning which share cognitive and symptom risk factors. Other risk factors for critical aspects of every day functioning (e.g., gainful employment; residential independence) such as physical health have not been evaluated, despite poor health in SCZ and BP. METHODS: We analyzed 20-year follow-up data from the Suffolk County Mental Health Project cohort of consecutive first admissions with a psychotic disorder to 12 psychiatric facilities in Suffolk County, NY, between September 1989 and December 1995...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742990/employment-status-gender-and-health-in-spanish-women
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Sara Esteban Gonzalo, Marta Aparicio, Laura Estaban-Gonzalo
The present study analyzed relationships between employment status, gender role conformity and health among adult Spanish women from a biopsychosocial approach. We first examined the potential relationship between employment status and conformity to feminine norms, second, the relationship between employment status and general and psychological health, and finally, the relationship between conformity to feminine norms and general and psychological health. Unemployed women (n = 103), employed women (n = 144) and full-time homemakers (n = 100) aged 18-70 years completed a survey, including measures of psychological health (GHQ-12), general health (self-rated health) and conformity to feminine norms (CFNI)...
July 25, 2017: Women & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742985/gabab-receptors-suppress-burst-firing-in-reticular-thalamic-neurons
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Stuart M Cain, Esperanza Garcia, Zeina Waheed, Karen L Jones, Trevor J Bushell, Terrance P Snutch
Burst-firing in thalamic neurons is known to play a key role in mediating thalamocortical (TC) oscillations that are associated with non-REM sleep and some types of epileptic seizure. Within the TC system the primary output of GABAergic neurons in the reticular thalamic nucleus (RTN) is thought to induce the de-inactivation of T-type calcium channels in thalamic relay (TR) neurons, promoting burst-firing drive to the cortex and the propagation of TC network activity. However, RTN neurons also project back onto other neurons within the RTN...
July 25, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742966/the-decisive-role-of-hydrophobicity-on-the-effect-of-alkylammonium-chlorides-on-protein-stability-a-terahertz-spectroscopic-finding
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Debasish Das Mahanta, Rajib Kumar Mitra, Nirnay Samanta
Many biologically important processes involve a subtle interplay between Columbic and hydrophobic interactions among molecular groups with water. A comprehensive understanding of such processes, specially while occurring simultaneously in the same molecule is of practical importance. In this contribution we report the ultrafast (sub-ps to ps) collective hydrogen bond dynamics of water in the extended hydration layers in a series of alkylammonium chloride salts using THz time domain spectroscopic (TTDS) technique (0...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742948/microbial-metabolites-and-graft-versus-host-disease
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Mary Riwes, Pavan Reddy
The health of mammals is a reflection of the diversity and composition of the intestinal microbiota. Alterations in the composition and functions of the intestinal microbiota have been implicated in multiple disease processes. The impact of the microbiota in health and disease is in part a function of the nutrient processing and release of metabolites. Recent studies have uncovered a major role for microbial metabolites in the function of the host immune system by which they influence disease processes such as acute graft versus host disease (GVHD), which is the main complication of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT)...
July 25, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742877/predictors-of-mortality-in-autoimmune-disease-patients-with-concurrent-cytomegalovirus-infections-detected-by-quantitative-real-time-pcr
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Kyoung Yong Lee, Byung-Woo Yoo, Sung Soo Ahn, William Han Bae, Hyukmin Lee, Seung Min Jung, Sang-Won Lee, Yong-Beom Park, Jason Jungsik Song
OBJECTIVE: Cytomegaloviruses (CMV) can have a significant impact on the prognosis of immunocompromised patients. Unlike in the transplantation and AIDS fields, only a few studies on CMV infections have been published in the field of autoimmunity. In this study, we examined the clinical outcomes of CMV infections in patients with autoimmune diseases at a single tertiary medical institution. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed to identify the mortality risk factors associated with CMV infections in patients with autoimmune diseases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742871/comprehensive-immune-profiling-reveals-substantial-immune-system-alterations-in-a-subset-of-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Michael P Gustafson, Nathan P Staff, Svetlana Bornschlegl, Greg W Butler, Mary L Maas, Mohamed Kazamel, Adeel Zubair, Dennis A Gastineau, Anthony J Windebank, Allan B Dietz
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease with a median lifespan of 2-3 years after diagnosis. There are few meaningful treatments that alter progression in this disease. Preclinical and clinical studies have demonstrated that neuroinflammation may play a key role in the progression rate of ALS. Despite this, there are no validated biomarkers of neuroinflammation for use in clinical practice or clinical trials. Biomarkers of neuroinflammation could improve patient management, provide new therapeutic targets, and possibly help stratify clinical trial selection and monitoring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742846/endophytic-fungal-communities-of-polygonum-acuminatum-and-aeschynomene-fluminensis-are-influenced-by-soil-mercury-contamination
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William Pietro-Souza, Ivani Souza Mello, Suzana Junges Vendruscullo, Gilvan Ferreira da Silva, Cátia Nunes da Cunha, James Francis White, Marcos Antônio Soares
The endophytic fungal communities of Polygonum acuminatum and Aeschynomene fluminensis were examined with respect to soil mercury (Hg) contamination. Plants were collected in places with and without Hg+2 for isolation and identification of their endophytic root fungi. We evaluated frequency of colonization, number of isolates and richness, indices of diversity and similarity, functional traits (hydrolytic enzymes, siderophores, indoleacetic acid, antibiosis and metal tolerance) and growth promotion of Aeschynomene fluminensis inoculated with endophytic fungi on soil with mercury...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742837/risk-factors-associated-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-in-us-veterans-a-cohort-study
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Jan Müller, Sarmila Ganeshamoorthy, Jonathan Myers
OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between clinical and exercise test factors and the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in US Veterans. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Exercise capacity, demographics and clinical variables were assessed in 5826 veterans (mean age 59.4 ± 11.5 years) from the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Palo Alto, CA. The study participants underwent routine clinical exercise testing between the years 1987 and 2011. The study end point was the development of PTSD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742793/intracrine-vegf-signalling-mediates-colorectal-cancer-cell-migration-and-invasion
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Rajat Bhattacharya, Fan Fan, Rui Wang, Xiangcang Ye, Ling Xia, Delphine Boulbes, Lee M Ellis
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors (VEGFRs) are key regulators of angiogenesis, affecting endothelial cell survival and function. However, the effect of VEGF-VEGFR signalling on tumour cell function is not well understood. Our previous studies in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells have demonstrated an intracrine VEGF/VEGFR1 signalling mechanism that mediates CRC cell survival and chemo-sensitivity. Since extracellular VEGF signalling regulates migration of endothelial cells and various tumour cells, we attempted to determine whether intracrine VEGF signalling affects CRC cell motility...
July 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742779/a-novel-method-of-evaluating-key-factors-for-success-in-a-multifaceted-critical-care-fellowship-using-data-envelopment-analysis
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Vikram Tiwari, Avinash B Kumar
BACKGROUND: The current system of summative multi-rater evaluations and standardized tests to determine readiness to graduate from critical care fellowships has limitations. We sought to pilot the use of data envelopment analysis (DEA) to assess what aspects of the fellowship program contribute the most to an individual fellow's success. DEA is a nonparametric, operations research technique that uses linear programming to determine the technical efficiency of an entity based on its relative usage of resources in producing the outcome...
July 21, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742732/educational-colonoscopy-video-enhances-bowel-preparation-quality-and-comprehension-in-an-inner-city-population
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Ajish Pillai, Radha Menon, David Oustecky, Asyia Ahmad
BACKGROUND: Quality of bowel preparation and patient knowledge remains a major barrier for completing colorectal cancer screening. Few studies have tested unique ways to impact patient understanding centering on interactive computer programs, pictures, and brochures. Two studies explored instructional videos but focused on patient compliance and anxiety as endpoints. Furthermore, excessive video length and content may limit their impact on a broad patient population. No study so far has studied a video's impact on preparation quality and patient understanding of the colonoscopy procedure...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
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