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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343355/anti-c1q-autoantibodies-as-markers-of-renal-involvement-in-childhood-onset-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Cécile Picard, Jean-Christophe Lega, Bruno Ranchin, Pierre Cochat, Natalia Cabrera, Nicole Fabien, Alexandre Belot
BACKGROUND: Childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (cSLE) is rare, and considered more severe than its adult-onset counterpart. Lupus nephritis (LN) occurs more frequently in children, accounting for higher long-term morbidity and mortality compared with adults. Thus, reliable biological markers are needed to predict disease course. This study aimed to investigate the capacity of anti-C1q autoantibodies (Abs) to predict renal flare and global disease activity in cSLE patients, and association with disease activity and kidney involvement...
March 25, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337397/development-and-application-of-a-brush-spray-derived-from-a-calligraphy-brush-style-synthetic-hair-pen-for-use-in-esi-ms
#2
Jen-Ying Liu, Pei-Chun Chen, Yea-Wenn Liou, Kai-Yin Chang, Cheng-Huang Lin
The development of a novel type of a sampling/ionization kit for use in electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry is reported. Using a small calligraphy-brush-style synthetic hair pen (nylon-brush), and analogous to paper-spray mass spectrometry, the analytes can be collected, elution/desorption and then ionized from the surface of the nylon-brush. The body of the kit was produced by means of a commercial 3D-printer, in which ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) was used as the starting material. Meanwhile, a small nylon-brush was embedded inside a 3D-printed plastic cell, in which a solvent was supplied to rinse the brush by means of capillary action...
2017: Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332900/fc-or-not-fc-that-is-the-question-antibody-fc-receptor-interactions-are-key-to-universal-influenza-vaccine-design
#3
Sinthujan Jegaskanda, Hillary A Vanderven, Adam K Wheatley, Stephen J Kent
A universal vaccine that provides long-lasting protection from both epidemic and pandemic influenza viruses remains the "holy grail" of influenza vaccine research. Though virus neutralization assays are the current benchmark of measuring vaccine effectiveness, it is clear that Fc-receptor functions can drastically improve the effectiveness of antibodies and vaccines in vivo. Antibodies that kill virus-infected cells and/or elicit an antiviral environment, termed antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC)-mediating antibodies, provide a link between the innate and adaptive immune response...
March 23, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332568/immunogenicity-of-candidate-mers-cov-dna-vaccines-based-on-the-spike-protein
#4
Sawsan S Al-Amri, Ayman T Abbas, Loai A Siddiq, Abrar Alghamdi, Mohammad A Sanki, Muhanna K Al-Muhanna, Rowa Y Alhabbab, Esam I Azhar, Xuguang Li, Anwar M Hashem
MERS-coronavirus is a novel zoonotic pathogen which spread rapidly to >25 countries since 2012. Its apparent endemicity and the wide spread of its reservoir host (dromedary camels) in the Arabian Peninsula highlight the ongoing public health threat of this virus. Therefore, development of effective prophylactic vaccine needs to be urgently explored given that there are no approved prophylactics or therapeutics for humans or animals to date. Different vaccine candidates have been investigated but serious safety concerns remain over protein or full-length spike (S) protein-based vaccines...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331095/divergent-requirement-of-fc-fc%C3%AE-r-interactions-for-in-vivo-protection-against-influenza-viruses-by-two-pan-h5-hemagglutinin-antibodies
#5
Shuangshuang Wang, Huanhuan Ren, Wenbo Jiang, Honglin Chen, Hongxing Hu, Zhiwei Chen, Paul Zhou
Recent studies have shown that Fc-FcγR interactions are required for in vivo protection against influenza viruses by broadly reactive anti-HA stem, but not virus strain-specific, anti-receptor binding site (RBS), antibodies (Abs). Since only a few Abs recognizing epitopes in the head region but outside the RBS have been tested against single challenge virus strains, it remains unknown whether Fc-FcγR interactions are required for in vivo protection by Abs recognizing epitopes outside the RBS, and whether the requirement is virus strain-specific or epitope-specific...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330900/adaptive-immune-responses-to-zika-virus-are-important-for-controlling-virus-infection-and-preventing-infection-in-brain-and-testes
#6
Clayton W Winkler, Lara M Myers, Tyson A Woods, Ronald J Messer, Aaron B Carmody, Kristin L McNally, Dana P Scott, Kim J Hasenkrug, Sonja M Best, Karin E Peterson
The recent association between Zika virus (ZIKV) and neurologic complications, including Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults and CNS abnormalities in fetuses, highlights the importance in understanding the immunological mechanisms controlling this emerging infection. Studies have indicated that ZIKV evades the human type I IFN response, suggesting a role for the adaptive immune response in resolving infection. However, the inability of ZIKV to antagonize the mouse IFN response renders the virus highly susceptible to circulating IFN in murine models...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330741/intermediate-steroid-withdrawal-after-renal-transplantation-and-anti-hla-antibodies-hla-abs-development
#7
Elena Monfá, David San Segundo, Juan Carlos Ruiz San Millán, Judith Sanabria, Zoila Albines, Emilio Rodrigo, Iñigo Romón, Esther Asensio, Manuel Arias, Marcos López-Hoyos
INTRODUCTION: Steroid withdrawal in renal transplantation is desirable to avoid their adverse effects. However, by decreasing the immunosuppression, could lead to an increased risk for the development of HLA-Abs. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the relationship between steroid withdrawal and development of HLA-Abs in renal transplantation. METHODS: We analyzed sera by Luminex from 182 kidney transplants performed from 1998 to 2011, before and two years after transplantation...
March 19, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324281/detection-of-minimal-residual-disease-in-childhood-b-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-by-4-color-flowcytometry
#8
Ahmad Baraka, Laila M Sherief, Naglaa M Kamal, Shereen El Shorbagy
Monitoring of minimal residual disease (MRD) is currently considered the most powerful predictor of outcome in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Achievement of a negative MRD state assessed by multicolor flowcytometry (MFC) is an important predictor of disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in ALL patients. We sought to determine whether panels of antibodies combination are more suitable for detection of MRD in Childhood ALL. Eighty-four (84) patients with ALL (B-lineage subtype) were enrolled in this study...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322552/one-step-fabrication-of-a-microfluidic-device-with-an-integrated-membrane-and-embedded-reagents-by-multimaterial-3d-printing
#9
Feng Li, Petr Smejkal, Niall P Macdonald, Rosanne M Guijt, Michael C Breadmore
One of the largest impediments in the development of microfluidic-based smart sensing systems is the manufacturability of integrated, complex devices. Here, we propose multimaterial 3D printing for the fabrication of such devices in a single step. A microfluidic device containing an integrated porous membrane and embedded liquid reagents was made by 3D printing and applied for the analysis of nitrate from soil. The manufacture of the integrated, sealed device was realised as a single print within 30 min. The body of the device was printed in transparent acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), and contained a 400 μm wide structure printed from a commercially available composite filament...
March 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321713/low-titre-gad-antibody-associated-late-onset-cerebellar-ataxia-with-a-significant-clinical-response-to-intravenous-immunoglobulin-treatment
#10
Timotej Petrijan, Marija Menih
Antiglutamic acid decarboxylase antibody-associated cerebellar ataxia (GAD-Abs CA) is a rare, but increasingly detected, autoimmune neurological disorder characterized by the clinical presence of a cerebellar syndrome concomitant with positive GAD-Abs levels in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). It represents 3% of all immune-mediated sporadic CAs. Low-titre GAD-Abs CA is an even rarer subtype of GAD-Abs CA. We report on a 68-year-old woman with a 3-year history of progressive gait ataxia. In addition to the modified Rankin Scale (mRS), we used two other objective scales to evaluate CA severity, i...
March 20, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319372/3d-printed-micrometre-scale-polymer-mounts-for-single-crystal-analysis
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Niall P Macdonald, Grace L Bunton, Ah Young Park, Michael C Breadmore, Nathan Laird Kilah
3D printed micrometre-scale polymer mounts for single crystal analysis have been prepared by photo polymerization using digital light projection stereolithography (DLP-SLA), with a commercially available digital light projection stereolithography printer (US$4000) and 3DM-ABS resin (US$150 per litre). The polymer mounts were prepared in batches of 49 in 1 hour 15 minutes, which allowed for rapid prototyping and testing of new crystal mounting designs, with a resin cost of 0.2¢ US per mount. The suitability of the 3D printed mounts for single crystal crystallography has been demonstrated through their use in Cu Kα X-ray diffraction experiments of Rochelle salt (sodium potassium tartrate), the protein lysozyme, and has been employed for routine crystallographic analysis of organic and inorganic materials...
March 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319366/magnetic-printing-of-a-biosensor-inexpensive-rapid-sensing-to-detect-picomolar-amounts-of-antigen-with-antibody-functionalized-carbon-nanotubes
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Abdel Rahman Abdel Fattah, Ahmed M Abdalla, Sarah Mishriki, Elvira Meleca, Fei Geng, Suvojit Ghosh, Ishwar K Puri
When an antibody (Ab) is immobilized on its surface, a carbon nanotube (CNT) becomes a biosensor that detects the corresponding antigen (Ag) since Ag-Ab complexes formed on the CNT surface moderate the current flow through it. We synthesize a biological ink containing CNTs that are twice functionalized, first with magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and thereafter with the anti-c-Myc monoclonal Ab. The ink is pipetted and dynamically self organized by an external magnetic field into a dense electrically conducting sensor strip that measures the decrease in current when a sample containing c-Myc Ag is deposited on it...
March 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318927/classical-versus-custom-orbital-wall-reconstruction-selected-factors-regarding-surgery-and-hospitalization
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Rafał Zieliński, Marta Malińska, Marcin Kozakiewicz
PURPOSE: Nowadays, in orbital wall reconstruction, maxillofacial surgeons have the possibility to treat patients in modern ways such as with individual implants. Nevertheless, conventional treatment including standard titanium mesh shaped during the surgical procedure is also widely used. The aim of this study was to compare the above methods of orbital wall reconstructions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the first group (39 cases), patients were treated by means of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) milled individual implants made of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, dioxide zirconium and rapid prototyping titanium mesh pre-bent on an ABS model made by a three-dimensional (3D) printer...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316982/hidden-igg-antibodies-to-the-tumor-associated-thomsen-friedenreich-antigen-in-gastric-cancer-patients-lectin-reactivity-avidity-and-clinical-relevance
#14
Oleg Kurtenkov, Kersti Klaamas
Natural antibodies to the tumor-associated Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen (TF) are related to tumor immunosurveillance and cancer patients' survival. Hidden IgG antibodies (HAbs) to TF, their lectin reactivity, avidity, and clinical relevance were studied. HAbs were present in cancer patients and controls. A decreased level of IgG HAbs was detected in cancer. The HAbs level positively correlated with the sialospecific SNA lectin binding in purified total IgG (tIgG) in donors and cancer patients, indicating that HAbs are higher sialylated...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315537/acuity-based-scheduling-outcomes-in-ambulatory-oncology-centers
#15
LaCrista Edwards, Kimberly Hermis, Christopher R LeGette, Lourdes A Lujan, Cicely Scarlett
With an increase in the number of patients with cancer receiving treatment in the ambulatory setting, a need exists to evaluate lean approaches to provide safe, effective, and timely care delivery. Acuity-based scheduling (ABS) was implemented across the regional ambulatory care centers of a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. ABS involved templates and a reconfiguration of clinical space and staff according to acuity levels. Results suggest improvement in wait times, capacity, infusion hours, chair use rate, patient visits, chair turns, average infusion length, and patient satisfaction...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315490/neutralization-of-both-il-1%C3%AE-il-1%C3%AE-plays-a-major-role-in-suppressing-combined-cigarette-smoke-virus-induced-pulmonary-inflammation-in-mice
#16
Hannes Bucher, Samuel Mang, Martina Keck, Michèl Przibilla, David Lamb, Felix Schiele, Mareike Wittenbrink, Klaus Fuchs, Birgit Jung, Klaus J Erb, Daniel Peter
Smoking is an important risk factor for the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and viral infections are believed to be major triggers of exacerbations, which periodically lead to a worsening of symptoms. The pro-inflammatory IL-1 family members IL-1α and IL-1β are increased in COPD patients and might contribute to disease pathology. We investigated whether individual or combined inhibition of these cytokines reduced lung inflammation in cigarette smoke (CS)-exposed and H1N1-infected BALB/c mice...
March 15, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314768/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-liberates-transmissible-cytotoxic-prion-amyloids
#17
Ron Balczon, K Adam Morrow, Chun Zhou, Bradley Edmonds, Mikhail Alexeyev, Jean-Francois Pittet, Brant M Wagener, Stephen A Moser, Silas Leavesley, Xiangming Zha, Dara W Frank, Troy Stevens
Patients who recover from pneumonia subsequently have elevated rates of death after hospital discharge as a result of secondary organ damage, the causes of which are unknown. We used the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common cause of hospital-acquired pneumonia, as a model for investigating this phenomenon. We show that infection of pulmonary endothelial cells by P. aeruginosa induces production and release of a cytotoxic amyloid molecule with prion characteristics, including resistance to various nucleases and proteases...
March 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306573/redefining-progressive-encephalomyelitis-with-rigidity-and-myoclonus-after-the-discovery-of-antibodies-to-glycine-receptors
#18
Sarah J Crisp, Bettina Balint, Angela Vincent
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review highlights the recent discovery of antibodies to glycine receptor (GlyR-Ab) and discusses the relationship between these antibodies and neurological disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Since the initial description in 2008 of antibodies to glycine receptors (GlyR-Abs) in a patient with progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity and myoclonus (PERM), these antibodies have been found in PERM and in some patients with a variety of stiff person spectrum (SPS) or related disorders...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302527/multiple-plastic-stents-versus-covered-metal-stent-for-treatment-of-anastomotic-biliary-strictures-after-liver-transplantation-a-prospective-randomized-multicenter-trial
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Andrea Oliver Tal, Fabian Finkelmeier, Natalie Filmann, Leena Kylänpää, Marianne Udd, Ilaria Parzanese, Paolo Cantù, Alexander Dechêne, Volker Penndorf, Andreas Schnitzbauer, Mireen Friedrich-Rust, Stefan Zeuzem, Jörg G Albert
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Treatment of anastomotic biliary strictures (ABSs) after orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) by endoscopic insertion of multiple plastic stents (MPSs) is well-established. The use of covered self-expandable metal stents (cSEMSs) for this indication is less investigated. METHODS: In an open-label, multicenter, randomized trial, patients with confirmed ABSs were randomly assigned 1:1 to receive either an MPS or a cSEMS. Primary endpoint was the number of endoscopic interventions until ABS resolution...
March 13, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295443/risk-of-incident-antidepressant-treated-depression-associated-with-use-of-5-%C3%AE-reductase-inhibitors-compared-with-use-of-%C3%AE-blockers-in-men-with-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-a-population-based-study-using-the-clinical-practice-research-datalink
#20
Katrina Wilcox Hagberg, Hozefa A Divan, J Curtis Nickel, Susan S Jick
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To estimate the risk of incident antidepressant-treated depression in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) who were prescribed 5-α-reductase inhibitors (5ARIs) compared with those prescribed an active comparator, α-blockers (ABs). DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study with a nested case-control analysis. DATA SOURCE: United Kingdom's Clinical Practice Research Datalink. PATIENTS: A total of 77,732 men with a diagnosis of BPH who received a prescription for a 5ARI only and/or ABs between January 1, 1992, and December 31, 2013...
March 12, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
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