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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637337/matrix-completion-with-side-information-and-its-applications-in-predicting-the-antigenicity-of-influenza-viruses
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Li Huang, Xianhong Li, Pengfei Guo, Yuhua Yao, Bo Liao, Weiwei Zhang, Fayou Wang, Jiasheng Yang, Yulong Zhao, Hailiang Sun, Pingan He, Jialiang Yang
Motivation: Low-rank matrix completion has been demonstrated to be powerful in predicting antigenic distances among influenza viruses and vaccines from partially revealed hemagglutination inhibition (HI) table. Meanwhile, influenza hemagglutinin (HA) protein sequences are also effective in inferring antigenic distances. Thus, it is natural to integrate HA protein sequence information into low-rank matrix completion model to help infer influenza antigenicity, which is critical to influenza vaccine development...
June 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637095/selective-cd28-blockade-results-in-superior-inhibition-of-donor-specific-t-follicular-helper-cell-and-antibody-responses-relative-to-ctla-4-ig
#2
I R Badell, G M La Muraglia, D Liu, M E Wagener, G Ding, M L Ford
Donor-specific antibodies (DSA) are a barrier to improved long-term outcomes following kidney transplantation. Costimulation blockade with CTLA-4-Ig has shown promise as a potential therapeutic strategy to control DSA. T follicular helper (Tfh) cells, a subset of CD4(+) T cells required for optimum antibody production, are reliant on the CD28 costimulatory pathway. We have previously shown that selective CD28 blockade leads to superior allograft survival through improved control of CD8(+) T cells relative to CTLA-4-Ig, but the impact of CD28-specific blockade on CD4(+) Tfh cells is unknown...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634517/introduction-of-a-quality-improvement-curriculum-in-the-department-of-internal-medicine-lincoln-medical-center
#3
Usha Venugopal, Moiz Kasubhai, Vikram Paruchuri
Community hospitals with limited resources struggle to engage physicians in Quality improvement initiatives. We introduced Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum for residents in response to ACGME requirements and surveyed the residents understanding of QI and their involvement in QI projects before and after the introduction of the curriculum. The current article describes our experiences with the process, the challenges and possible solutions to have a successful resident led QI initiative in a community hospital...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633499/lateralized-basal-ganglia-vulnerability-to-pesticide-exposure-in-asymptomatic-agricultural-workers
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Mechelle M Lewis, Nicholas W Sterling, Guangwei Du, Eun-Young Lee, Grace Shyu, Michael Goldenberg, Thomas Allen, Christy Stetter, Lan Kong, Shedra Amy Snipes, Byron C Jones, Honglei Chen, Richard B Mailman, Xuemei Huang
Background: Pesticide exposure is linked to Parkinson's disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disorder marked by dopamine cell loss in the substantia nigra of the basal ganglia (BG) that often presents asymmetrically. We previously reported that pesticide-exposed agricultural workers (AW) have nigral diffusion tensor (DTI) changes. The current study sought to confirm this finding, and explore its hemisphere and regional specificity within BG structures using an independent sample population...
June 19, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633115/occurrence-of-commonly-used-pesticides-in-personal-air-samples-and-their-associated-health-risk-among-paddy-farmers
#5
Hazwanee Hamsan, Yu Bin Ho, Siti Zulfa Zaidon, Zailina Hashim, Nazamid Saari, Ali Karami
Tanjung Karang, Selangor, is widely known for its paddy cultivation activity and hosts the third largest paddy field in Malaysia. Pesticides contamination in agriculture fields has become an unavoidable problem, as pesticides are used to increase paddy productivity and reduce plant disease. Human exposure to agrichemicals is common and could results in both acute and chronic health effects, such as acute and chronic neurotoxicity. This study aims to determine the concentrations of commonly used pesticides (azoxystrobin, buprofezin, chlorantraniliprole, difenoconazole, fipronil, imidacloprid, isoprothiolane, pretilachlor, propiconazole, pymetrozine, tebuconazole, tricyclazole, and trifloxystrobin) in personal air samples and their associated health risks among paddy farmers...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632497/dha-reduces-oxidative-stress-following-hypoxia-ischemia-in-newborn-piglets-a-study-of-lipid-peroxidation-products-in-urine-and-plasma
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Marianne Ullestad Huun, Håvard T Garberg, Javier Escobar, Consuelo Chafer, Maximo Vento, Ingar M Holme, Ola Didrik Saugstad, Rønnaug Solberg
BACKGROUND: Lipid peroxidation mediated by reactive oxygen species is a major contributor to oxidative stress. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) has anti-oxidant and neuroprotective properties. Our objective was to assess how oxidative stress measured by lipid peroxidation was modified by DHA in a newborn piglet model of hypoxia-ischemia (HI). METHODS: Fifty-five piglets were randomized to (i) hypoxia, (ii) DHA, (iii) hypothermia, (iv) hypothermia+DHA or (v) sham. All groups but sham were subjected to hypoxia by breathing 8% O2...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629101/a-mini-review-on-hydrogels-classification-and-recent-developments-in-miscellaneous-applications
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REVIEW
Kokkarachedu Varaprasad, Gownolla Malegowd Raghavendra, Tippabattini Jayaramudu, Murali Mohan Yallapu, Rotimi Sadiku
Hydrogels are composed of three-dimensional smart and/or hungry networks, which do not dissolve in water but swell considerably in an aqueous medium, demonstrating an extraordinary ability to absorb water into the reticulated structure. Such inherent feature is a subject of considerable scientific research interest which leads to a dominating path in extending their potential in hi-tech applications. Over the past decades, significant progress has been made in the field of hydrogels. Further, explorations are continuously being made in all directions at an accelerated pace for their extensive usage...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628913/age-dependent-effects-of-alk5-inhibition-and-mechanism-of-neuroprotection-in-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
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Brian H Kim, Mariano Guardia Clausi, Michelle Frondelli, Israel C Nnah, Chaitali Saqcena, Radek Dobrowolski, Steven W Levison
Neonatal encephalopathy due to hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury triggers a wave of neuroinflammatory events attributed to causing the progressive degeneration and functional deficits seen weeks after the initial insult. In a recent set of studies, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of a small molecule antagonist for ALK5 (activin-like kinase 5 ), TGF-β receptor in a rat model of moderate perinatal HI and found significant improvements in neurologic outcomes. Here, we have extended those studies to evaluate the efficacy of delayed TGF-β receptor antagonism on postnatal day (P) 6 and P9 HI rat pups with and without hypothermia...
June 20, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628831/analysis-of-immunostimulatory-activity-of-polysaccharide-extracted-from-yu-ping-feng-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#9
Wentao Fan, Pimiao Zheng, Yang Wang, Pan Hao, Jianzhu Liu, Xiaona Zhao
As a traditional Chinese multiherbal formula, Yu-Ping-Feng (YPF) is frequently used to treat cold, flu and inflammation-associated diseases. We aimed to evaluate the immunostimulatory effects of polysaccharide isolated from YPF (YPF-PS) in vitro and in vivo. In in vitro experiment, macrophage cell proliferation, phagocytosis rate, cytokine and costimulatory molecule release, T lymphocyte proliferation, cell cycle distribution, CD4(+) and CD8(+) T cell percentages were determined. To investigate the in vivo effects of YPF-PS treatment, different doses YPF-PS were administered to chicken vaccinated against Newcastle disease...
June 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628092/tissue-resident-memory-features-are-linked-to-the-magnitude-of-cytotoxic-t-cell-responses-in-human-lung-cancer
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Anusha-Preethi Ganesan, James Clarke, Oliver Wood, Eva M Garrido-Martin, Serena J Chee, Toby Mellows, Daniela Samaniego-Castruita, Divya Singh, Grégory Seumois, Aiman Alzetani, Edwin Woo, Peter S Friedmann, Emma V King, Gareth J Thomas, Tilman Sanchez-Elsner, Pandurangan Vijayanand, Christian H Ottensmeier
Therapies that boost the anti-tumor responses of cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) have shown promise; however, clinical responses to the immunotherapeutic agents currently available vary considerably, and the molecular basis of this is unclear. We performed transcriptomic profiling of tumor-infiltrating CTLs from treatment-naive patients with lung cancer to define the molecular features associated with the robustness of anti-tumor immune responses. We observed considerable heterogeneity in the expression of molecules associated with activation of the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) and of immunological-checkpoint molecules such as 4-1BB, PD-1 and TIM-3...
June 19, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626365/emergence-of-cd43-expressing-hematopoietic-progenitors-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Katharina U Kessel, Anika Bluemke, Hans R Schöler, Holm Zaehres, Peter Schlenke, Isabel Dorn
BACKGROUND: The ex vivo generation of human hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) with long-term repopulating capacity and multi-lineage differentiation potential represents the holy grail of hematopoiesis research. In principle, human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) provide the tool for both studying molecular mechanisms of hematopoietic development and the ex vivo production of 'true' HSCs for transplantation purposes and lineage-specific cells, e.g. red blood cells, for transfusion purposes...
June 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626220/a-phase-3-randomized-placebo-controlled-trial-of-darbepoetin-alfa-in-patients-with-anemia-and-lower-risk-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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U Platzbecker, A Symeonidis, E N Oliva, J S Goede, M Delforge, J Mayer, B Slama, S Badre, E Gasal, B Mehta, J Franklin
Use of darbepoetin alfa to treat anemia in patients with lower-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) was evaluated in a phase 3 trial. Eligible patients had low/intermediate-1 risk MDS, hemoglobin ⩽10 g/dl, low transfusion burden, and serum erythropoietin ⩽500 mU/ml. Patients were randomized 2:1 to receive 24 weeks of subcutaneous darbepoetin alfa 500 μg or placebo every 3 weeks (Q3W), followed by 48 weeks of open-label darbepoetin alfa. A total of 147 patients were randomized, with median hemoglobin of 9...
June 19, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626065/metabolic-reprogramming-commits-differentiation-of-human-cd27-igd-b-cells-to-plasmablasts-or-cd27-igd-cells
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Masataka Torigoe, Shigeru Iwata, Shingo Nakayamada, Kei Sakata, Mingzeng Zhang, Maiko Hajime, Yusuke Miyazaki, Manabu Narisawa, Koji Ishii, Hirotaka Shibata, Yoshiya Tanaka
B cells play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the relevance of the metabolic pathway in the differentiation of human B cell subsets remains unknown. In this article, we show that the combination of CpG/TLR9 and IFN-α markedly induced the differentiation of CD27(+)IgD(+) unswitched memory B cells into CD27(hi)CD38(hi) plasmablasts. The response was accompanied by mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) activation and increased lactate production, indicating a shift to glycolysis...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625369/rationale-and-design-of-the-hunting-for-the-off-target-properties-of-ticagrelor-on-endothelial-function-and-other-circulating-biomarkers-in-humans-hi-tech-trial
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Sara Ariotti, Maarten van Leeuwen, Salvatore Brugaletta, Sergio Leonardi, Kristiaan Martijn Akkerhuis, Emrush Rexhaj, Gladys Janssens, Luis Ortega-Paz, Diego Rizzotti, Jan C van den Berge, Dierik Heg, Gloria Francolini, Stephan Windecker, Marco Valgimigli
BACKGROUND: Among the 3 approved oral P2Y12 inhibitors for the treatment for patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS), ticagrelor, but not prasugrel or clopidogrel, has been associated with off-target properties, such as improved endothelial-dependent vasomotion and increased adenosine plasma levels. METHODS: The HI-TECH study (NCT02587260) is a multinational, randomized, open-label, crossover study with a Latin squares design, conducted at 5 European sites, in which patients free from recurrent ischemic or bleeding events ≥30 days after a qualifying ACS were allocated to sequentially receive a 30 ± 5-day treatment with prasugrel, clopidogrel, and ticagrelor in random order...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624480/evaluation-of-thoracic-vertebrae-rotation-in-patients-with-pectus-excavatum
#15
Ryszard Tomaszewski, Łukasz Wiktor, Ludwina Machała
PURPOSE: The aim of our study was to evaluate thoracic vertebrae rotation in patients with pectus excavatum. Moreover, we wanted to assess the prevalence, the severity and relationship between pectus excavatum and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). METHODS: We performed retrospective analysis of 82 preoperative chest CT in children with pectus excavatum performed between January 2008 and December 2011. For each patient Haller Index and Cobb angle was measured...
June 14, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624467/comprehensive-analysis-of-egfr-mutant-abundance-and-its-effect-on-efficacy-of-egfr-tkis-in-advanced-nsclc-with-egfr-mutations
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Xuefei Li, Weijing Cai, Guohua Yang, Chunxia Su, Shengxiang Ren, Chao Zhao, Rongjun Hu, Xiaoxia Chen, Guanghui Gao, Zhiwei Guo, Wei Li, Caicun Zhou, Fred R Hirsch
BACKGROUND: It is not enough sensitive to use a qualitative detection method with sensitivity of 1% to determine EGFR status in advanced NSCLC and guide precise therapy in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: To explore the relationship between the abundance of EGFR mutations and efficacy of EGFR-TKIs. METHODS: We used ARMS plus (ARMS+) to quantitatively evaluate the abundance of EGFR mutations in 201 advanced NSCLC patients. A cut-off value of the abundance of EGFR mutations was determined by ROC analysis in training group and was validated in validation group...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623934/serological-and-virological-surveillance-of-avian-influenza-virus-in-domestic-ducks-of-the-north-east-region-of-bangladesh
#17
Rahul Deb Sarker, Mohammad Giasuddin, Emdadul Haque Chowdhury, Mohammad Rafiqul Islam
BACKGROUND: Wild waterfowl are considered as the natural reservoir for avian influenza (AI) viruses. Bangladesh has been experiencing highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks since 2007, mostly in chickens and occasionally in ducks. Ducks play an important role in the persistence and genetic recombination of AI viruses. This paper presents the results of serological and virological monitoring of AI in domestic ducks in 2013 in the north-east region of Bangladesh. RESULTS: A total of 871 and 662 serum samples and 909 and 302 pairs of cloacal and oropharyngeal swabs from domestic ducks of Mymensingh and Sylhet division, respectively, were analysed...
June 17, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623844/lc-ms-ms-characterization-anti-inflammatory-effects-and-antioxidant-activities-of-polyphenols-from-different-tissues-of-korean-petasites-japonicus-meowi
#18
Jin Young Choi, Kebede Taye Desta, Venu Venkatarame Gowda Saralamma, Sung Joong Lee, Soo Jung Lee, Seong Min Kim, Anjugam Paramanantham, Ho Jeong Lee, Yun-Hi Kim, Ho-Chul Shin, Jae-Han Shim, Sung Chul Shin, Gon-Sup Kim, A M Abd El-Aty
The Korean Petasites japonicus is a perennial plant used in folk medicine as a remedy for many diseases and popularly consumed as spring greens. Ten polyphenols were characterized from the leaves, stems, and roots of this plant via high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Individual polyphenols were quantified for the first time using calibration curves of six structurally related external standards. Validation data indicated that correlation coefficients (R(2) ) were ≥ 0.9702 for all standards...
June 17, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623585/in-situ-hi-c-library-preparation-for-plants-to-study-their-three-dimensional-chromatin-interactions-on-a-genome-wide-scale
#19
Chang Liu
The spatial organization of the genome in the nucleus is critical for many cellular processes. It has been broadly accepted that the packing of chromatin inside the nucleus is not random, but structured at several hierarchical levels. The Hi-C method combines Chromatin Conformation Capture and high-throughput sequencing, which allows interrogating genome-wide chromatin interactions. Depending on the sequencing depth, chromatin packing patterns derived from Hi-C experiments can be viewed on a chromosomal scale or at a local genic level...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623072/commentary-on-integrative-clinical-genomics-of-advanced-prostate-cancer-robinson-d-van-allen-em-wu-ym-schultz-n-lonigro-rj-mosquera-jm-montgomery-b-taplin-me-pritchard-cc-attard-g-beltran-h-abida-w-bradley-rk-vinson-j-cao-x-vats-p-kunju-lp-hussain-m-feng-fy
#20
Stephen J Freedland, William J Aronson
Toward development of a precision medicine framework for metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC), we established a multi-institutional clinical sequencing infrastructure to conduct prospective whole-exome and transcriptome sequencing of bone or soft tissue tumor biopsies from a cohort of 150 mCRPC affected individuals. Aberrations of AR, ETS genes, TP53, and PTEN were frequent (40%-60% of cases), with TP53 and AR alterations enriched in mCRPC compared to primary prostate cancer. We identified new genomic alterations in PIK3CA/B, R-spondin, BRAF/RAF1, APC, β-catenin, and ZBTB16/PLZF...
June 13, 2017: Urologic Oncology
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