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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724284/inter-alpha-inhibitor-h4-as-a-potential-biomarker-predicting-the-treatment-outcomes-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Eun-Jung Lee, Seung-Hyun Yang, Kyoung-Jin Kim, Hyejung Cha, Seo Jin Lee, Ji-Hye Kim, Junkyu Song, Kyung-Hee Chun, Jinsil Seong
Purpose: Early prediction of treatment outcomes represents an essential step towards increased treatment efficacy and survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we performed two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) followed by protein profiling to identify biomarkers predictive of therapeutic outcomes in patients with HCC who received liver-directed therapy (LDTx) involving local radiotherapy (RT), and studied the underlying mechanisms of the identified proteins...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724261/development-of-a-sandwich-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-for-dtmp-gh-fusion-protein-by-rational-immunogen-selection
#2
Song Wang, Mingqiang Shen, Shilei Chen, Cheng Wang, Fang Chen, Mo Chen, Gaomei Zhao, Xinze Ran, Tianmin Cheng, Yongping Su, Yang Xu, Junping Wang
dTMP-GH is a chimeric protein containing a tandem dimer of thrombopoietin mimetic peptide (dTMP) fused to human growth hormone (hGH) prepared previously by our team. It shows significant bioactivity in promoting thrombocytopoiesis, but detection of intact dTMP-GH in plasma is still a challenge due to the presence of endogenous hGH. In this study, a rabbit polyclonal antibody with high affinity to dTMP was obtained with a BSA-conjugated immunogen composed of 20 amino acids sequence spanning two TMP and the linker...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723977/effect-of-inter-train-interval-on-the-induction-of-repetition-suppression-of-motor-evoked-potentials-using-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation
#3
Minna Pitkänen, Elisa Kallioniemi, Petro Julkunen
Repetition suppression (RS) is evident as a weakened response to repeated stimuli after the initial response. RS has been demonstrated in motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) induced with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Here, we investigated the effect of inter-train interval (ITI) on the induction of RS of MEPs with the attempt to optimize the investigative protocols. Trains of TMS pulses, targeted to the primary motor cortex by neuronavigation, were applied at a stimulation intensity of 120% of the resting motor threshold...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723963/impact-of-thyroid-function-abnormalities-on-reproductive-hormones-during-menstrual-cycle-in-premenopausal-hiv-infected-females-at-nauth-nnewi-nigeria
#4
Nkiruka Rose Ukibe, Solomon Nwabueze Ukibe, Obiageli Fidelia Emelumadu, Chinedum Charles Onyenekwe, Joseph Eberendu Ahaneku, Anthony Osita Igwegbe, Ifeoma Nwamaka Monago, Amobi Linus Ilika
BACKGROUND: This was a prospective study designed to evaluate the impact of thyroid function abnormalities on reproductive hormones during menstrual cycle in HIV infected females at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital Nnewi, South-East Nigeria. METHODS: The study randomly recruited 35 Symptomatic HIV infected females and 35 Symptomatic HIV infected females on antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for not less than six weeks from an HIV clinic and 40 apparently heathy control females among the hospital staff of NAUTH Nnewi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723887/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-characterization-of-poractant-alfa-supplemented-with-budesonide-for-safe-and-effective-intratracheal-administration
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Francesca Ricci, Chiara Catozzi, Francesca Ravanetti, Xabier Murgia, Francesco D'Aló, Natalia Macchidani, Elisa Sgarbi, Valentina Di Lallo, Federica Saccani, Marisa Pertile, Antonio Cacchioli, Silvia Catinella, Gino Villetti, Maurizio Civelli, Francesco Amadei, Franco Stellari Fabio, Barbara Pioselli, Fabrizio Salomone
BACKGROUND: The intratracheal (IT) administration of budesonide using surfactant as a vehicle has been shown to reduce the incidence of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the in vitro characteristics and in vivo safety and efficacy of the extemporaneous combination of budesonide and poractant alfa. METHODS: The stability, minimum surface tension, and viscosity of the preparation were evaluated by means of HPLC, Wilhelmy balance, and Rheometer, respectively...
July 19, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723877/human-spinal-bone-dust-as-a-potential-local-autograft-in-vitro-potent-anabolic-effect-on-human-osteoblasts
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Ryan Gao, Matthew Street, Mei Lin Tay, Karen E Callon, Dorit Naot, Alistair Lock, Jacob T Munro, Jillian Cornish, John Ferguson, David Musson
STUDY DESIGN: In Vitro Study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect that factors released from human posterior spinal bone dust have on primary human osteoblast growth and maturation. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Bone dust, created during spinal fusion surgeries has the potential to be used as an autologous bone graft by providing a source of viable autologous osteoblasts and mesenchymal stem cells with osteogenic potential. To date, no information is available on whether bone dust also provides a source of anabolic factors with the potential to enhance osteoblast proliferation and maturation, which would enhance its therapeutic potential...
July 18, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723794/thrombosis-and-antiphospholipid-antibody-syndrome-during-acute-q-fever-a-cross-sectional-study
#7
Matthieu Million, Nathalie Bardin, Simon Bessis, Nadia Nouiakh, Charlaine Douliery, Sophie Edouard, Emmanouil Angelakis, Annick Bosseray, Olivier Epaulard, Stéphanie Branger, Bernard Chaudier, Karine Blanc-Laserre, Nicole Ferreira-Maldent, Elisa Demonchy, France Roblot, Jacques Reynes, Felix Djossou, Camelia Protopopescu, Patrizia Carrieri, Laurence Camoin-Jau, Jean-Louis Mege, Didier Raoult
Q fever is a neglected and potentially fatal disease. During acute Q fever, antiphospholipid antibodies are very prevalent and have been associated with fever, thrombocytopenia, acquired heart valve disease, and progression to chronic endocarditis. However, thrombosis, the main clinical criterion of the 2006 updated classification of the antiphospholipid syndrome, has not been assessed in this context. To test whether thrombosis is associated with antiphospholipid antibodies and whether the criteria for antiphospholipid syndrome can be met in patients with acute Q fever, we conducted a cross-sectional study at the French National Referral Center for Q fever...
July 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723692/angiotensin-ii-regulates-dendritic-cells-through-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-erk1-2-and-stat1-pathways
#8
Yan Meng, Chen Chen, Yang Liu, Cui Tian, Hui-Hua Li
BACKGROUND: Activation of dendritic cells (DCs) is necessary to initiate immune responses. Angiotensin II (Ang II) has been reported to have a proinflammatory and immunomodulatory function. However, the role of Ang II in regulation of DCs and the underlying mechanisms remain illdefined. METHODS: The effects of Ang II on the proliferation, maturation, phagocytosis, migration, and communication with T cells of DCs were analysed utilizing MTT, flow cytometry, ELISA, transwell assay and mixed lymphocyte culture...
July 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723629/stat3-mutation-impacts-biological-and-clinical-features-of-t-lgl-leukemia
#9
Antonella Teramo, Gregorio Barilà, Giulia Calabretto, Chiara Ercolin, Thierry Lamy, Aline Moignet, Mikael Roussel, Cédric Pastoret, Matteo Leoncin, Cristina Gattazzo, Anna Cabrelle, Elisa Boscaro, Sara Teolato, Elisa Pagnin, Tamara Berno, Elena De March, Monica Facco, Francesco Piazza, Livio Trentin, Gianpietro Semenzato, Renato Zambello
STAT3 mutations have been described in 30-40% of T-large granular lymphocyte (T-LGL) leukemia patients, leading to STAT3 pathway activation. Considering the heterogeneity of the disease and the several immunophenotypes that LGL clone may express, the aim of this work was to evaluate whether STAT3 mutations might be associated with a distinctive LGL immunophenotype and/or might be indicative for specific clinical features.Our series of cases included a pilot cohort of 101 T-LGL leukemia patients (68 CD8+/CD4- and 33 CD4+/CD8±) from Padua Hematology Unit (Italy) and a validation cohort of additional 20 patients from Rennes Hematology Unit (France)...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723607/production-of-recombinant-porin-from-y-pseudotuberculosis-in-a-water-soluble-form-for-pseudotuberculosis-diagnostics
#10
Vasily A Golotin, Olga Y Portnyagina, Natalia S Chopenko, Natalia Y Kim, Valery A Rasskazov, Olga D Novikova
OmpF porin from the outer membrane of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis was cloned into pET-40b(+) plasmid. Using E. coli Rosetta (DE3) strain, MX-medium, IPTG concentration of 0.2 mM and post-induction cultivation at 14 °C overnight allowed us to obtain a water-soluble form of the recombinant protein (rs-OmpF). Rs-OmpF was shown to have the ordered spatial structure at the levels of secondary and tertiary structure. Rs-OmpF was found to be effective as diagnostic antigen in ELISA for pseudotuberculosis diagnostics...
July 26, 2017: Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723342/molecular-analysis-of-circulating-free-dna-from-lung-cancer-patients-in-routine-laboratory-practice-a-cross-platform-comparison-of-three-different-molecular-methods-for-mutation-detection
#11
Stephan Bartels, Sascha Persing, Britta Hasemeier, Elisa Schipper, Hans Kreipe, Ulrich Lehmann
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA), which is isolated from blood plasma, represents a noninvasive source for the detection of mutations conferring resistance against epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors in non-small-cell lung cancer patients. In advanced disease stages, performing regular biopsies is often not possible because of the general health condition of the patients. Furthermore, a biopsy of a single tumor lesion or metastasis may not reflect the heterogeneous genotype of the tumor and its metastases...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723116/integrated-magnetic-bead-quantum-dot-immunoassay-for-malaria-detection
#12
Chloe Kim, Gwendolyn Hoffmann, Peter C Searson
Malaria persists as a disease of high morbidity and mortality due to improper diagnosis, overuse of drugs, rapidly evolving drug resistant parasites, and poor disease monitoring. The two common tests used in developing countries, microscopic examination of Glemsa slides and rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs), have limitations associated with variability in specificity and sensitivity, and qualitative outcome. Here we report on an immunoassay using magnetic beads for capture and quantum dots for detection of histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2)...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722778/breast-cancer-stem-cells-are-involved-in-trastuzumab-resistance-through-the-her2-modulation-in-3d-culture
#13
Cristina Elisa Rodríguez, Damian Emilio Berardi, Marianela Abrigo, Laura Beatriz Torado, Elisa Dora Bal de Kier Joffé, Gabriel León Fiszman
Breast cancer human cells culture as spheroids develop autophagy and apoptosis, which promotes Trastuzumab resistance in HER2 overexpressing cells. Our aim was to study the association of the hostile environment developed in 3D with the breast cancer stem cells population and the HER2 modulation. Human mammary adenocarcinoma cell lines were cultured as spheroids using the hanging drop method. We generated hypoxia conditions by using a hypoxic chamber and CoCl2 treatment. Breast cancer stem cells were measured with mammosphere assays, the analysis of CD44 + CD24(low) population by flow cytometry and the pluripotent gene expression by RT-qPCR...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722652/the-packing-density-of-a-supramolecular-membrane-protein-cluster-is-controlled-by-cytoplasmic-interactions
#14
Elisa Merklinger, Jan-Gero Schloetel, Pascal Weber, Helena Batoulis, Sarah Holz, Nora Karnowski, Jérôme Finke, Thorsten Lang
Molecule clustering is an important mechanism underlying cellular self-organization. In the cell membrane, a variety of fundamentally different mechanisms drive membrane protein clustering into nanometre-sized assemblies. To date, it is unknown whether this clustering process can be dissected into steps differentially regulated by independent mechanisms. Using clustered syntaxin molecules as an example, we study the influence of a cytoplasmic protein domain on the clustering behaviour. Analysing protein mobility, cluster size and accessibility to myc-epitopes we show that forces acting on the transmembrane segment produce loose-clusters, while cytoplasmic protein interactions mediate a tightly packed state...
July 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722437/surface-plasmon-resonance-clinical-biosensors-for-medical-diagnostics
#15
Jean-Francois Masson
The design and application of sensors for monitoring biomolecules in clinical samples is a common goal of the sensing research community. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and other plasmonic techniques such as localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and imaging SPR are reaching a maturity level sufficient for their application in monitoring biomolecules in clinical samples. In recent years, the first examples for monitoring antibodies, proteins, enzymes, drugs, small molecules, peptides, and nucleic acids in biofluids collected from patients afflicted with a series of medical conditions (Alzheimer's, hepatitis, diabetes, leukemia, and cancers such as prostate and breast cancers, among others) demonstrate the progress of SPR sensing in clinical chemistry...
January 27, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722316/the-mincle-ligand-trehalose-dibehenate-differentially-modulates-m1-like-and-m2-like-macrophage-phenotype-and-function-via-syk-signaling
#16
Kristel Kodar, Jacquie L Harper, Melanie J McConnell, Mattie S M Timmer, Bridget L Stocker
INTRODUCTION: Macrophages play a significant role in the progression of diseases, such as cancer, making them a target for immune-modulating agents. Trehalose dibehenate (TDB) is known to activate M1-like macrophages via Mincle, however, the effect of TDB on M2-like macrophages, which are found in the tumor microenvironment, has not been studied. METHODS: qRT-PCR, flow cytometry, cytokine ELISA, and Western Blotting were used to study the effect of TDB on GM-CSF and M-CSF/IL-4 derived bone marrow macrophages (BMMs) from C57BL/6 and Mincle(-/-) mice...
July 19, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722189/adam10-modulates-calcitriol-regulated-rage-in-cardiomyocytes
#17
Ting-Wei Lee, Yu-Hsun Kao, Ting-I Lee, Yi-Jen Chen
BACKGROUND: Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) signaling plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. Calcitriol modulates cardiac RAGE expression. This study explored the mechanisms underlying the effect of calcitriol on RAGE and soluble RAGE (sRAGE) expression in cardiomyocytes. METHODS: Western blot, ELISA, fluorometric assay and PCR analyses were used to evaluate the RAGE, sRAGE, endogenous secretory RAGE (esRAGE), Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and a disintegrin and metalloprotease 10 (ADAM10) expression and enzyme activity in HL-1 atrial myocytes without and with calcitriol (10 and 100 nM), nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) inhibitor (50 μg/mL), or ADAM10 inhibitor (5 μM) incubation for 48 hours...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721858/detection-of-african-swine-fever-virus-in-the-tissues-of-asymptomatic-pigs-in-smallholder-farming-systems-along-the-kenya-uganda-border-implications-for-transmission-in-endemic-areas-and-asf-surveillance-in-east-africa
#18
Edward Okoth Abworo, Cynthia Onzere, Joshua Oluoch Amimo, Victor Riitho, Waithaka Mwangi, Jocelyn Davies, Sandra Blome, Richard Peter Bishop
The persistence of African swine fever virus (ASFV) in endemic areas, with small-scale but regular outbreaks in domestic pigs, is not well understood. ASFV has not been detected using conventional diagnosis in these pigs or adjacent populations of resistant African wild pigs, that could act as potential carriers during the outbreaks. However, such data are crucial for the design of evidence-based control strategies. We conducted cross-sectional (1107 pigs) and longitudinal (100 pigs) monitoring of ASFV prevalence in local pigs in Kenya and Uganda...
July 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721852/effective-identification-of-lactobacillus-casei-group-species-genome-based-selection-of-the-gene-mutl-as-the-target-of-a-novel-multiplex-pcr-assay
#19
Benedetta Bottari, Giovanna E Felis, Elisa Salvetti, Anna Castioni, Ilenia Campedelli, Sandra Torriani, Valentina Bernini, Monica Gatti
Lactobacillus casei,Lactobacillus paracasei and Lactobacillusrhamnosus form a closely related taxonomic group (the L. casei group) within the facultatively heterofermentative lactobacilli. Strains of these species have been used for a long time as probiotics in a wide range of products, and they represent the dominant species of nonstarter lactic acid bacteria in ripened cheeses, where they contribute to flavour development. The close genetic relationship among those species, as well as the similarity of biochemical properties of the strains, hinders the development of an adequate selective method to identify these bacteria...
July 18, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721717/microbial-transglutaminase-used-in-bread-preparation-at-standard-bakery-concentrations-does-not-increase-immuno-detectable-amounts-of-deamidated-gliadin
#20
Andreas Heil, Jürgen Ohsam, Bernard van Genugten, Oscar Diez, Keiichi Yokoyama, Yoshiyuki Kumazawa, Ralf Pasternack, Martin Hils
The effect of standard bakery concentrations of microbial transglutaminase (MTG) in wheat bread preparation on the immunoreactivity of celiac disease (CD) patients' sera was investigated. Immunoblotting using monoclonal antibodies specific to unmodified and/or deamidated gliadin showed no differences between control bread and MTG-bread. Deamidation of gliadin could not be detected at standard MTG concentrations. CD patients' sera were characterized using anti-gliadin and anti-DGP ELISA and grouped into DGP high and low titer pools...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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