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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735527/fibroblast-activating-protein-%C3%AE-expression-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-esophagus-in-primary-and-irradiated-tumors-the-use-of-archival-ffpe-material-for-molecular-techniques
#1
Renata Tabola, Magdalena Zaremba-Czogalla, Dagmara Baczynska, Roberto Cirocchi, Kamila Stach, Krzysztof Grabowski, Katarzyna Augoff
There are numerous reports suggesting that fibroblast activating protein-α (FAP-α) plays an important role in invasion of various tumor types. We studied the expression pattern of FAP-α in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients who had not been treated primarily and those who had received neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy. Our goal was to establish whether readily available tissue specimens fixed in formalin and stored in paraffin blocks for years might still be a source of FAP-α RNA for PCR analysis...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735334/detection-of-polioviruses-in-sewage-using-cell-culture-and-molecular-methods
#2
Agnieszka Figas, Magdalena Wieczorek, Bogumiła Litwińska, Włodzimierz Gut
The work presented here demonstrates the utility of a two-step algorithm for environmental poliovirus surveillance based on: preselection of sewage samples tested for the presence of enteroviral genetic material-RT-PCR assay and detection of infectious viruses by cell culture technique (L20B for polioviruses and RD for polio and other non-polio enteroviruses). RD and L20B cell lines were tested to determine their sensitivity for isolation of viruses from environmental samples (sewage). Finally, we wanted to determine if sewage concentration affects the results obtained for RT-PCR and cell cultures...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735304/morphological-and-molecular-characterization-of-phoma-complanata-a-new-causal-agent-of-archangelica-officinalis-hoffm-in-poland
#3
Beata Zimowska, Ewa D Zalewska, Ewa D Król, Agnieszka Furmańczyk
The paper concerns the fungus Phoma complanata, isolated for the first time in Poland, from the roots and umbels of angelica (Archangelica officinalis) in 2009. The morphology of fungal isolates was tested on standard culture media. Moreover, the sequence analysis of ITS regions was conducted. Morphological similarity of P. complanata Polish isolates to the reference isolate obtained from CBS culture collection was determined and together with the molecular analysis confirmed the affiliation of the fungus to the species...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735241/a-new-integrated-approach-to-analyze-bulk-tank-milk-and-raw-milk-filters-for-the-presence-of-the-e-coli-serogroups-frequently-associated-with-vtec-status
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Francesca Albonico, Claudia Gusmara, Theo Gugliotta, Monica Loiacono, Michele Mortarino, Alfonso Zecconi
We optimized a combination of microbiological and molecular methods to quickly identify the presence of the O157 and the six non-O157 serogroups (O26, O45, O103, O111, O121 and O145) most frequently associated with VTEC status, at herd level. The lower detection limit of this methodology is 10(1)CFU/ml for each of the serogroups tested. We tested 67 bulk tank milk (BTM) and raw milk filters (RMF) derived from dairy herds located in Lombardy and Trentino Alto Adige. We identified 3 positive samples and 20 positive samples out of 67 respectively in the BTM and RMF...
July 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735055/molecular-analysis-of-virulence-genes-and-the-accessory-gene-regulator-agr-types-among-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-strains
#5
Sara Cheraghi, Leyla Pourgholi, Maryam Shafaati, Shirinsadat Hashemi Fesharaki, Arash Jalali, Rahim Nosrati, MohammadAli Boroumand
OBJECTIVES: Methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) strains are a main cause of hospital-acquired infections and are considered as a serious public-health concern. MRSA isolates have plenty of virulence factors, which are the basis for its pathogenicity. The controlling and coordination of the expression of these genes perform by the accessory gene regulator (agr). The aim of this study was to determine the rate of some virulence genes encoding the enterotoxin, exfoliative toxin genes (eta), the adhesin genes and identification of agr specificity groups in MRSA isolates...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734713/epidemiological-and-molecular-characteristics-of-chlamydia-psittaci-from-8-human-cases-of-psittacosis-and-4-related-birds-in-argentina
#6
María E Cadario, María C Frutos, Maite B Arias, Javier A Origlia, Vanina Zelaya, María J Madariaga, Claudia S Lara, Viviana Ré, Cecilia G Cuffini
In Argentina, the epidemiological and molecular characteristics of Chlamydia psittaci infections are still not sufficiently known. A total of 846 respiratory and 10 ocular samples from patients with suspected human psittacosis were tested for C. psittaci from January 2010 to March 2015. Four samples of birds related to these patients were also studied. Forty-eight samples were positive for C. psittaci by a nested PCR. The molecular characterization of twelve C. psittaci PCR-positive samples received in the National Reference Laboratory INEI-ANLIS "Dr...
July 19, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734477/polarity-sensitive-probes-for-superresolution-stimulated-emission-depletion-microscopy
#7
Erdinc Sezgin, Falk Schneider, Victoria Zilles, Iztok Urbančič, Esther Garcia, Dominic Waithe, Andrey S Klymchenko, Christian Eggeling
The lateral organization of molecules in the cellular plasma membrane plays an important role in cellular signaling. A critical parameter for membrane molecular organization is how the membrane lipids are packed. Polarity-sensitive dyes are powerful tools to characterize such lipid membrane order, employing, for example, confocal and two-photon microscopy. The investigation of potential nanodomains, however, requires the use of superresolution microscopy. Here, we test the performance of the polarity-sensitive membrane dyes Di-4-ANEPPDHQ, Di-4-AN(F)EPPTEA, and NR12S in superresolution stimulated emission depletion microscopy...
July 19, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734364/improved-variable-reduction-in-partial-least-squares-modelling-by-global-minimum-error-uninformative-variable-elimination
#8
Jan P M Andries, Yvan Vander Heyden, Lutgarde M C Buydens
The calibration performance of Partial Least Squares regression (PLS) can be improved by eliminating uninformative variables. For PLS, many variable elimination methods have been developed. One is the Uninformative-Variable Elimination for PLS (UVE-PLS). However, the number of variables retained by UVE-PLS is usually still large. In UVE-PLS, variable elimination is repeated as long as the root mean squared error of cross validation (RMSECV) is decreasing. The set of variables in this first local minimum is retained...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734298/excited-state-absorption-spectra-of-dissolved-and-aggregated-distyrylbenzene-a-td-dft-state-and-vibronic-analysis
#9
Eliezer Fernando Oliveira, Junqing Shi, Francisco Carlos Lavarda, Larry Lüer, Begoña Milián-Medina, Johannes Gierschner
A time-dependent density functional theory study is performed to reveal the excited state absorption (ESA) features of distyrylbenzene (DSB), a prototype π-conjugated organic oligomer. Starting with a didactic insight to ESA based on simple molecular orbital and configuration considerations, the performance of various density functional theory functionals is tested to reveal the full vibronic ESA features of DSB at short and long probe delay times.
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734246/topological-pattern-for-the-search-of-new-active-drugs-against-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#10
Jose I Bueso-Bordils, Maria T Perez-Gracia, Beatriz Suay-Garcia, Maria J Duart, Rafael V Martin Algarra, Luis Lahuerta Zamora, Gerardo M Anton-Fos, Pedro A Aleman Lopez
Molecular topology was used to develop a mathematical model capable of classifying compounds according to antimicrobial activity against methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Topological indices were used as structural descriptors and their relation to antimicrobial activity was determined by using linear discriminant analysis. This topological model establishes new structure activity relationships which show that the presence of cyclopropyl, chlorine and ramification pairs at a distance of two bonds favor this activity, while the presence of tertiary amines decreases it...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734106/insecticide-resistance-in-trialeurodes-vaporariorum-populations-and-novel-diagnostics-for-kdr-mutations
#11
Despoina Evr Kapantaidaki, Eldem Sadikoglou, Dimitra Tsakireli, Vasileios Kampanis, Marianna Stavrakaki, Corinna Schorn, Aris Ilias, Maria Riga, George Tsiamis, Ralf Nauen, George Skavdis, John Vontas, Anastasia Tsagkarakou
BACKGROUND: Neonicotinoids, pyrethroids and ketoenols, are currently used for the control of Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae). In this study, insecticide resistance status and mechanisms were investigated by classical bioassays and molecular techniques. RESULTS: Dose response bioassays were performed on 19 Greek populations, among the 35 different whitefly populations used for the whole analysis. Resistance factors scaled up to 207-, 4657- and 59- fold, for imidacloprid, bifenthrin and spiromesifen, respectively...
July 22, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734070/genome-scans-on-experimentally-evolved-populations-reveal-candidate-regions-for-adaptation-to-plant-resistance-in-the-potato-cyst-nematode-globodera-pallida
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D Eoche-Bosy, M Gautier, M Esquibet, F Legeai, A Bretaudeau, O Bouchez, S Fournet, E Grenier, J Montarry
Improving resistance durability involves to be able to predict the adaptation speed of pathogen populations. Identifying the genetic bases of pathogen adaptation to plant resistances is a useful step to better understand and anticipate this phenomenon. Globodera pallida is a major pest of potato crop for which a resistance QTL, GpaVvrn , has been identified in Solanum vernei. However, its durability is threatened as G. pallida populations are able to adapt to the resistance in few generations. The aim of the present study was to investigate the genomic regions involved in the resistance breakdown by coupling experimental evolution and high-density genome scan...
July 22, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734009/kit-mutations-and-cd117-overexpression-are-markers-of-better-progression-free-survival-in-vulvar-melanomas
#13
D Dias-Santagata, M A Selim, Y Su, Y Peng, R Vollmer, A Chłopik, G T Marti, K Paral, S Shalin, C R Shea, S Puig, M T Fernandez-Figueras, W Biernat, J Ryś, A Marszalek, M P Hoang
BACKGROUND: Few studies have addressed prognostic markers and none has correlated molecular status and prognosis in vulvar melanomas. OBJECTIVES AND METHODS: We evaluated the clinicopathologic features of 95 cases. p53, CD117, Ki-67, neurofibromin, brafv600e, and nrasq61r immunostains; and molecular analyses by either targeted next generation or direct sequencing were performed on available archival materials. RESULTS: Molecular testing detected mutations in KIT (44%), BRAF (25%), NF1 (22%), TP53 (17%), NRAS (9%), and TERT promoter (9%)...
July 22, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733965/molecular-communication-over-gas-stream-channels-using-portable-mass-spectrometry
#14
Stamatios Giannoukos, Alan Marshall, Stephen Taylor, Jeremy Smith
The synthetic generation/coding and transmission of olfactory information over a gas stream or an odor network is a new and unexplored field. Application areas vary from the entertainment or advertisement industry to security and telemedicine. However, current technological limitations frustrate the accurate reproduction of decoded and transmitted olfactory data. This study describes the development, testing, and characterization of a novel odor emitter (OE) that is used to investigate the generation-encoding of gaseous standards with odorous characteristics with a regulatable way, for scent transmission purposes...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733283/osmotic-compounds-enhance-antibiotic-efficacy-against-acinetobacter-baumannii-biofilm-communities
#15
Azeza Falghoush, Haluk Beyenal, Thomas E Besser, Anders Omsland, Douglas R Call
Biofilm-associated infections are a clinical challenge in part because a hydrated matrix protects the bacterial community from antibiotics. Herein, we evaluated how different osmotic compounds [maltodextrin, sucrose and polyethylene glycol (PEG)] enhance antibiotic efficacy against Acinetobacter baumannii biofilm communities. Established test-tube biofilms (24 h, strain ATCC 17978) were treated with osmotic compounds in the presence or absence of 10X the minimum inhibitory concentration of different antibiotics (50 μg/ml tobramycin, 20 μg/ml ciprofloxacin, 300 μg/ml chloramphenicol, 30 μg/ml nalidixic acid or 100 μg/ml erythromycin)...
July 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733222/molecular-classification-of-hepatocellular-adenoma-in-clinical-practice
#16
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Jean-Charles Nault, Valérie Paradis, Daniel Cherqui, Valérie Vilgrain, Jessica Zucman-Rossi
Incidental liver lesion depicted on preoperative imaging for bariatric surgery (BMI = 42) in a 34 year-old woman with oral contraceptive use of 15 years, normal blood liver tests and high CRP (11 mg/L, Nl <6). MRI showed a 6 cm liver nodule in segment V close to the gallbladder. The nodule was moderately hyperintense on T1 (in-phase) and showed a marked and heterogeneous drop in signal intensity on opposedphase sequence suggesting the presence of fat. On T2, the nodule was heterogeneous, hyperintense at the periphery and hypointense in most of the central part...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733081/synapsin-antibodies-in-psychiatric-and-neurological-disorders-prevalence-and-clinical-findings
#17
Markus Höltje, Robert Mertens, Morten Brix Schou, Sverre Georg Saether, Elena Kochova, Sven Jarius, Harald Prüss, Lars Komorowski, Christian Probst, Friedemann Paul, Judith Bellmann-Strobl, Daniel Gitler, Fabio Benfenati, Johannes Piepgras, Gudrun Ahnert-Hilger, Klemens Ruprecht
OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of autoantibodies to synapsin in patients with psychiatric and neurological disorders and to describe clinical findings in synapsin antibody positive patients. METHODS: Sera of 375 patients with different psychiatric and neurological disorders and sera of 97 healthy controls were screened (dilution 1:320) for anti-synapsin IgG using HEK293 cells transfected with rat synapsin Ia. Positive sera were further analyzed by immunoblots with brain tissue from wild type and synapsin knock out mice and with HEK293 cells transfected with human synapsin Ia and Ib...
July 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732304/outbreak-of-salmonella-enteritidis-pt14b-gastroenteritis-at-a-restaurant-in-england-the-use-of-molecular-typing-to-achieve-a-successful-prosecution
#18
C Chatt, D Nicholds-Trainor, A Scrivener, S Suleman, M Harvey, T Dallman, J Hawker, B Sibal
OBJECTIVES: To describe an outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis phage type (PT) 14b in people who had eaten at a restaurant, and the investigation and subsequent prosecution of the food business operator (FBO). STUDY DESIGN: The local health protection team and environmental health department formed an outbreak control team to investigate the outbreak. METHODS: Epidemiological, microbiological, and environmental investigations were undertaken...
July 18, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731742/semiclassical-divide-and-conquer-method-for-spectroscopic-calculations-of-high-dimensional-molecular-systems
#19
Michele Ceotto, Giovanni Di Liberto, Riccardo Conte
A new semiclassical "divide-and-conquer" method is presented with the aim of demonstrating that quantum dynamics simulations of high dimensional molecular systems are doable. The method is first tested by calculating the quantum vibrational power spectra of water, methane, and benzene-three molecules of increasing dimensionality for which benchmark quantum results are available-and then applied to C_{60}, a system characterized by 174 vibrational degrees of freedom. Results show that the approach can accurately account for quantum anharmonicities, purely quantum features like overtones, and the removal of degeneracy when the molecular symmetry is broken...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731706/automated-construction-of-molecular-active-spaces-from-atomic-valence-orbitals
#20
Elvira R Sayfutyarova, Qiming Sun, Garnet Kin-Lic Chan, Gerald Knizia
We introduce the atomic valence active space (AVAS), a simple and well-defined automated technique for constructing active orbital spaces for use in multi-configuration and multi-reference (MR) electronic structure calculations. Concretely, the technique constructs active molecular orbitals capable of describing all relevant electronic configurations emerging from a targeted set of atomic valence orbitals (e.g., the metal d orbitals in a redcoordination complex). This is achieved via a linear transformation of the occupied and unoccupied orbital spaces from an easily obtainable single-reference wavefunction (such as from a Hartree-Fock or Kohn-Sham calculations) based on projectors to targeted atomic valence orbitals...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
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