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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342404/association-between-severity-of-liver-disease-frequency-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-and-degree-of-gastric-lesion-in-egyptian-patients-with-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Amal A Mohamed, Amal A Elshimy, Abir O El Sadik, Elham Ezzat, Mona Nasar, Shereen S M Elshaer, Moataz M Sayed
The relationship between hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, severity of liver disease, frequency of Helicobacter pylori infection, and degree of gastric lesions was not yet fully investigated in Egyptian patients. The present work was performed on 100 Egyptian patients with HBV from the National Hepatology and Tropical Medicine Institute and 70 healthy volunteers as control group. The participants were subjected to full medical history taking, clinical examination, and laboratory investigations. All patients were positive for HBV surface antigen (HBV sAg), HBV DNA, and negative for hepatitis C virus antibodies...
January 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342286/the-ethics-of-general-population-preventive-genomic-sequencing-rights-and-social-justice
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Clair Morrissey, Rebecca L Walker
Advances in DNA sequencing technology open new possibilities for public health genomics, especially in the form of general population preventive genomic sequencing (PGS). Such screening programs would sit at the intersection of public health and preventive health care, and thereby at once invite and resist the use of clinical ethics and public health ethics frameworks. Despite their differences, these ethics frameworks traditionally share a central concern for individual rights. We examine two putative individual rights-the right not to know, and the child's right to an open future-frequently invoked in discussions of predictive genetic testing, in order to explore their potential contribution to evaluating this new practice...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342169/interactions-between-the-invasive-burmese-python-python-bivittatus-kuhl-and-the-local-mosquito-community-in-florida-usa
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Lawrence E Reeves, Kenneth L Krysko, Michael L Avery, Jennifer L Gillett-Kaufman, Akito Y Kawahara, C Roxanne Connelly, Phillip E Kaufman
The Burmese python, Python bivittatus Kuhl, is a well-established invasive species in the greater Everglades ecosystem of southern Florida, USA. Most research on its ecological impacts focuses on its role as a predator and its trophic interactions with native vertebrate species, particularly mammals. Beyond predation, there is little known about the ecological interactions between P. bivittatus and native faunal communities. It is likely that established populations of P. bivittatus in southern Florida serve as hosts for native mosquito communities...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341505/stability-integrity-and-recovery-rate-of-cellular-nucleic-acids-preserved-in-a-new-liquid-based-cytology-medium
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Guodong Zhao, Zhaocheng Liu, Yaping Tian, Minsheng Zhu, Shouli Wang, Hui Wang, Shen Gao, Yong Ma, Minxue Zheng
BACKGROUND: Liquid-based cytology (LBC) has replaced the conventional Papanicolaou test in cervical cancer screening. The cervical swab specimens collected in LBC media can also be used for additional analyses including high-risk HPV (HR-HPV) test, DNA methylation analysis, and HPV E6/E7 mRNA test. METHODS: The stability, integrity, and recovery rate of cellular DNA and RNA after storage at different conditions were evaluated by a quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) based HR-HPV test, reverse transcription qPCR (RT-qPCR), and agarose gel electrophoresis...
January 16, 2018: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341498/review-article-sepsis-in-the-emergency-department-part-2-investigations-and-monitoring
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Amith Shetty, Stephen Pj Macdonald, Gerben Keijzers, Julian M Williams, Benjamin Tang, Bas de Groot, Kelly Thompson, John F Fraser, Simon Finfer, Rinaldo Bellomo, Jonathan Iredell
Sepsis is characterised by organ dysfunction resulting from infection, with no reliable single objective test and current diagnosis based on clinical features and results of investigations. In the ED, investigations may be conducted to diagnose infection as the cause of the presenting illness, identify the source, distinguish sepsis from uncomplicated infection (i.e. without organ dysfunction) and/ or risk stratification. Appropriate sample collection for microbiological testing remains key for subsequent confirmation of diagnosis and rationalisation of antimicrobials...
January 16, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341153/circulating-tumour-cells-and-dna-as-liquid-biopsies-in-gastrointestinal-cancer
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REVIEW
O Nordgård, K Tjensvoll, B Gilje, K Søreide
BACKGROUND: Blood is the most extensively studied body fluid and, because it contains circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and circulating tumour-derived cell-free DNA (ctDNA), it may represent a liquid biopsy for cancer. Methods for enrichment and detection of CTCs and ctDNA, their clinical applications and future opportunities in gastrointestinal cancers were the focus of this review. METHODS: The PubMed database was searched for literature up to 24 June 2017, with a focus on the past 10 years...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339244/epigenetics-of-breast-cancer-biology-and-clinical-implication-in-the-era-of-precision-medicine
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REVIEW
Barbara Pasculli, Raffaela Barbano, Paola Parrella
In the last years, mortality from breast cancer has declined in western countries as a consequence of a more widespread screening resulting in earlier detection, as well as an improved molecular classification and advances in adjuvant treatment. Nevertheless, approximately one third of breast cancer patients will develop distant metastases and eventually die for the disease. There is now a compelling body of evidence suggesting that epigenetic modifications comprising DNA methylation and chromatin remodeling play a pivotal role since the early stages of breast cancerogenesis...
January 12, 2018: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339223/leishmania-infections-in-austrian-soldiers-returning-from-military-missions-abroad-a-cross-sectional-study
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Adelheid G Obwaller, Martina Köhsler, Wolfgang Poeppl, Harald Herkner, Gerhard Mooseder, Horst Aspöck, Julia Walochnik
OBJECTIVES: The incidence of leishmaniasis is known to increase in conflict areas. The aim of this study was to determine the exposure to Leishmania species in Austrian soldiers returning from missions abroad also assessing possible risk factors. METHODS: A retrospective explorative cross-sectional serological study was conducted in 225 healthy Austrian soldiers returning from UN or EU peace-keeping missions in Syria, the Lebanon and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH), respectively...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338757/a-rapid-high-resolution-method-for-resolving-dna-topoisomers
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Lesley A Mitchenall, Rachel E Hipkin, Michael M Piperakis, Nicolas P Burton, Anthony Maxwell
OBJECTIVE: Agarose gel electrophoresis has been the mainstay technique for the analysis of DNA samples of moderate size. In addition to separating linear DNA molecules, it can also resolve different topological forms of plasmid DNAs, an application useful for the analysis of the reactions of DNA topoisomerases. However, gel electrophoresis is an intrinsically low-throughput technique and suffers from other potential disadvantages. We describe the application of the QIAxcel Advanced System, a high-throughput capillary electrophoresis system, to separate DNA topoisomers, and compare this technique with gel electrophoresis...
January 16, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338330/joint-influence-of-snps-and-dna-methylation-on-lipids-in-african-americans-from-hypertensive-sibships
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Michelle L Wright, Erin B Ware, Jennifer A Smith, Sharon L R Kardia, Jacquelyn Y Taylor
INTRODUCTION: Plasma concentrations of lipids (i.e., total cholesterol, high-density cholesterol, low-density cholesterol, and triglycerides) are amenable to therapeutic intervention and remain important factors for assessing risk of cardiovascular diseases. Some of the observed variability in serum lipid concentrations has been associated with genetic and epigenetic variants among cohorts with European ancestry (EA). Serum lipid levels have also been associated with genetic variants in multiethnic populations...
January 1, 2018: Biological Research for Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338128/clinical-experience-of-laboratory-follow-up-with-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-using-cell-free-dna-and-positive-microdeletion-results-in-349-cases
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S Schwartz, M Kohan, R Pasion, P R Papenhausen, L D Platt
OBJECTIVE: Screening via non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) involving the analysis of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from plasma has become readily available to screen for chromosomal and DNA aberrations through maternal blood. This report reviews a laboratory's experience with follow-up of positive NIPT screens for microdeletions. METHODS: Patients that were screen positive by NIPT for a microdeletion involving 1p, 4p, 5p, 15q, or 22q, who underwent diagnostic studies by either CVS or amniocentesis were evaluated...
January 16, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338042/a-pharmacological-screen-for-compounds-that-rescue-the-developmental-lethality-of-a-drosophila-atm-mutant
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Stacey A Rimkus, David A Wassarman
Ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by mutation of the A-T mutated (ATM) gene. ATM encodes a protein kinase that is activated by DNA damage and phosphorylates many proteins, including those involved in DNA repair, cell cycle control, and apoptosis. Characteristic biological and molecular functions of ATM observed in mammals are conserved in Drosophila melanogaster. As an example, conditional loss-of-function ATM alleles in flies cause progressive neurodegeneration through activation of the innate immune response...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337376/crispr-cas9-mediated-genome-editing-in-epstein-barr-virus-transformed-lymphoblastoid-b-cell-lines
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Sizun Jiang, Liang Wei Wang, Michael J Walsh, Stephen J Trudeau, Catherine Gerdt, Bo Zhao, Benjamin E Gewurz
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) efficiently transforms primary human B cells into immortalized lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs), which are extensively used in human genetic, immunological and virological studies. LCLs provide unlimited sources of DNA for genetic investigation, but can be difficult to manipulate, for instance because low retroviral or lentiviral transduction frequencies hinder experiments that require co-expression of multiple components. This unit details Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 engineering for robust LCL genome editing...
January 16, 2018: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337374/pooled-lentiviral-delivery-genetic-screens
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Federica Piccioni, Scott T Younger, David E Root
Pooled cell-based screens of mammalian genetic perturbations enable systematic large-scale, even genome-scale, evaluation of gene function. Pooled screens introduce genetic perturbations into a cell population through viral transduction such that each cell integrates into its DNA a single or small number of library perturbations with barcodes identifying the perturbations. One then selects and physically isolates the subset of cells that exhibit the phenotype of interest. Sequencing the barcodes in the hit cells reveals which genes favored or inhibited the hit phenotype...
January 16, 2018: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337343/antimicrobial-resistance-genetic-markers-in-potentially-pathogenic-gram-positive-cocci-isolated-from-brazilian-soft-cheese
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Juliana Alves Resende, Cláudia Oliveira Fontes, Alessandra Barbosa Ferreira-Machado, Thiago César Nascimento, Vânia Lúcia Silva, Cláudio Galuppo Diniz
Although most Brazilian dairy products meet high technological standards, there are quality issues regarding milk production, which may reduce the final product quality. Several microbial species may contaminate milk during manufacture and handling. If antimicrobial usage remains uncontrolled in dairy cattle, the horizontal transfer of antimicrobial resistance genes in foodstuffs may be of particular concern for both food producers and dairy industry. This study focused on the evaluation of putative Gram positive cocci in Minas cheese and of antimicrobial and biocide resistance genes among the isolated bacteria...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337321/synthesis-spectroscopic-investigation-and-dft-study-of-n-n-disubstituted-ferrocene-based-thiourea-complexes-as-potent-anticancer-agents
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Faiza Asghar, Saira Fatima, Sadaf Rana, Amin Badshah, Ian S Butler, Muhammad Nawaz Tahir
In the present work, the synthesis, characterization (FT-IR, multinuclear (1H and 13C) NMR, AAS, Raman, and elemental analyses), DNA binding (cyclic voltammetry, UV-Vis spectroscopy), and in vitro biological screening of nine new ferrocene-incorporated thioureas (A1-A9) are reported. Furthermore, the single-crystal X-ray structure of compound A8 was also determined. The ferrocene-based N,N'-disubstituted thioureas were derived by allowing the ferrocenyl anilines to react with freshly prepared isothiocyanates under a N2 atmosphere in dry acetone...
January 16, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336689/a-molecular-survey-of-tick-borne-pathogens-from-ticks-collected-in-central-queensland-australia
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Melissa Judith Chalada, John Stenos, Gemma Vincent, Dayana Barker, Richard Stewart Bradbury
Central Queensland (CQ) is a large and isolated, low population density, remote tropical region of Australia with a varied environment. The region has a diverse fauna and several species of ticks that feed upon that fauna. This study examined 518 individual ticks: 177 Rhipicephalus sanguineus (brown dog tick), 123 Haemaphysalis bancrofti (wallaby tick), 102 Rhipicephalus australis (Australian cattle tick), 47 Amblyomma triguttatum (ornate kangaroo tick), 57 Ixodes holocyclus (paralysis tick), 9 Bothriocroton tachyglossi (CQ short-beaked echidna tick), and 3 Ornithodoros capensis (seabird soft tick)...
January 16, 2018: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336589/express-near-infrared-spectroscopy-screening-to-allow-detection-of-pathogenic-mitochondrial-dna-variants-in-subjects-with-unexplained-abnormal-fatigue-a-preliminary-study
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Bert Celie, An Mariman, Jan Boone, Liesbeth Delesie, Els Tobback, Sara Seneca, Boel De Paepe, Dirk Vogelaers, Rudy Van Coster, Jan Gustaaf Bourgois
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2018: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335924/brca1-and-brca2-germline-variants-in-breast-cancer-patients-from-the-republic-of-macedonia
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Milena Jakimovska, Ivana Maleva Kostovska, Katerina Popovska-Jankovic, Katerina Kubelka-Sabit, Mitko Karadjozov, Liljana Stojanovska, Andreja Arsovski, Snezhana Smichkoska, Emilija Lazarova, Maja Jakimovska Dimitrovska, Dijana Plaseska-Karanfilska
PURPOSE: We aimed to establish the spectrum of BRCA1/2 mutations among the breast cancer (BC) patients from the Republic of Macedonia. METHODS: We used targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS), Sanger DNA sequencing, and multiplex ligation probe amplification analysis (MLPA) to search for point mutations and deletions/duplications involving BRCA1 and BRCA2-coding regions. RESULTS: We have analyzed a total of 313 BC patients, enriched for family history of cancer, early age of onset and bilateral and/or triple negative (TN) BC...
January 15, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335068/imprinted-gene-zinc-finger-protein-127-is-a-novel-regulator-of-master-pluripotency-transcription-factor-oct4
#20
Yoo-Wook Kwon, Hyo-Suk Ahn, Joo-Young Park, Han-Mo Yang, Hyun-Jai Cho, Hyo-Soo Kim
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) show great promise for replacing current stem cell therapies in the field of regenerative medicine. However, the original method for cellular reprogramming, involving four exogenous transcription factors, is characterized by low efficiency. Here, we focused on using epigenetic modifications to enhance the reprogramming efficiency. We hypothesized that there would be a new reprogramming factor involved in DNA demethylation, acting on the promoters of pluripotency-related genes...
January 16, 2018: BMB Reports
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