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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823035/armored-dna-in-recombinant-baculoviruses-as-controls-in-molecular-genetic-assays
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Andrea Freystetter, Christian Paar, Herbert Stekel, Jörg Berg
The widespread use of molecular PCR-based assays in analytical and clinical laboratories brings about the need for test-specific, stable, and reliable external controls (EC) as well as standards and internal amplification controls (IC), in order to arrive at consistent test results. In addition, there is also a growing need to produce and provide stable, well-characterized molecular controls for quality assurance programs. In this study, we describe a novel approach to generate armored double-stranded DNA controls, which are encapsulated in baculovirus (BV) particles of the species Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus...
August 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823018/prevalence-and-nature-of-potential-drug-drug-interactions-among-kidney-transplant-patients-in-a-german-intensive-care-unit
#2
Julia Amkreutz, Alexander Koch, Lukas Buendgens, Anja Muehlfeld, Christian Trautwein, Albrecht Eisert
Background Complex polypharmacotherapy makes kidney transplant patients vulnerable to drug-drug interactions (DDIs). Objective To study prevalence and nature of potential DDIs (pDDIs) in kidney transplant patients. Setting Internal medicine ICU, University Hospital RWTH Aachen. Method In this retrospective observational study, pDDIs were identified in the first week after transplant from 1999 to 2010. Patients aged at least 18 years with prescription of at least two drugs were included. Patients with incomplete data were excluded...
August 19, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822945/development-of-an-accurate-and-sensitive-method-for-lactate-analysis-in-exhaled-breath-condensate-by-lc-ms-ms
#3
Thomas C Jackson, Yan Victoria Zhang, Patricia J Sime, Richard P Phipps, R Matthew Kottmann
Exhaled breath condensate (EBC) is easily obtained for clinical diagnosis and prognosis for pulmonary diseases and has gained much interest in biomarker discovery research and studies. Lactate, a physiological material, is found in EBC and has been demonstrated to be a potential indicator of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung diseases. Several assays are available to detect lactate in human body fluids, and yet none is suitable for detecting lactate in EBC. Due to the very low concentration of lactate in EBC and low volume of EBC, it is very important to develop an assay to measure lactate with high sensitivity, accuracy and easy sample processing...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822691/fatal-meningitis-in-swine-after-intrathecal-administration-of-adeno-associated-virus-expressing-syngeneic-interleukin-10
#4
Mark D Unger, Josef Pleticha, James E Collins, Anibal G Armien, Jennifer L Brazzell, Laura K Newman, Lukas F Heilmann, Jodi A Scholz, Timothy P Maus, Andreas S Beutler
Interleukin-10 (IL-10) delivered by intrathecal (i.t.) gene vectors is a candidate investigational new drug (IND) for several chronic neurological disorders such as neuropathic pain. We performed a preclinical safety study of IL-10. A syngeneic large animal model was used delivering porcine IL-10 (pIL-10) to the i.t. space in swine by adeno-associated virus serotype 8 (AAV8), a gene vector that was previously found to be nontoxic in the i.t. space. Unexpectedly, animals became ill, developing ataxia, seizures, and an inability to feed and drink, and required euthanasia...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822536/impression-evaluation-and-laboratory-use-for-single-unit-crowns-findings-from-the-national-dental-practice-based-research-network
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Michael S McCracken, Mark S Litaker, Ashley J George, Scott Durand, Sepideh Malekpour, Don G Marshall, Cyril Meyerowitz, Lauren Carter, Valeria V Gordan, Gregg H Gilbert
BACKGROUND: Objectives were to determine the likelihood that a clinician accepts an impression for a single-unit crown and document crown remake rates. METHODS: The authors developed a questionnaire that asked dentists about techniques used to fabricate single-unit crowns. The authors showed dentists photographs of 4 impressions and asked them to accept or reject each impression. The authors correlated answers with dentist and practice characteristics. Other questions pertained to laboratory use and crown remake rates...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Dental Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822458/-the-research-and-application-of-pretreatment-method-for-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-identification-of-filamentous-fungi
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Y F Huang, Z Chang, J Bai, M Zhu, M X Zhang, M Wang, G Zhang, X Y Li, Y G Tong, J L Wang, X X Lu
Objective: To establish and evaluate the feasibility of a pretreatment method for matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry identification of filamentous fungi developed by the laboratory. Methods: Three hundred and eighty strains of filamentous fungi from January 2014 to December 2016 were recovered and cultured on sabouraud dextrose agar (SDA) plate at 28 ℃ to mature state. Meanwhile, the fungi were cultured in liquid sabouraud medium with a vertical rotation method recommended by Bruker and a horizontal vibration method developed by the laboratory until adequate amount of colonies were observed...
August 8, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822432/-clinical-analysis-of-children-with-pertussis-and-significance-of-respiratory-virus-detection-in-the-combined-diagnosis
#7
H Huang, L Deng, F Xiao, J Fu, J Deng, F Wang, J Yang
Objective: To analyze the clinical data of children with pertussis and explore the necessity of respiratory virus detection in the combined diagnosis so as to improve the clinician's understanding and standardize the diagnosis and treatment of pertussis in children. Method: Clinical data and laboratory examination of 195 suspected pertussis children between Jan. 2015 and Dec. 2016 in Children's Hospital Affiliated to Capital Institute of Pediatric were analyzed retrospectively. Result: The nasopharyngeal secretions were collected from 195 suspected pertussis children, PCR was employed to detect the nucleic acid of Bordetella pertussis...
August 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822355/baseline-assessment-of-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-assay-performance-a-vitamin-d-standardization-program-vdsp-interlaboratory-comparison-study
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Stephen Wise, Karen Phinney, Susan Tai, Johanna Camara, Gary Myers, Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Lu Tian, Andrew Hoofnagle, Lorin Bachmann, Ian Young, Juanita Pettit, Grahame Caldwell, Andrew Liu, Stephen Brooks, Kurtis Sarafin, Michael Thamm, Gert Mensink, Markus Busch, Martina Rabenberg, Kevin Cashman, Mairead Kiely, Michael Kinsella, Karen Galvin, Joy Zhang, Kyungwon Oh, Sun-Wha Lee, Chae Jung, Lorna Cox, Gail Goldberg, Kate Guberg, Ann Prentice, Graham Carter, Julia Jones, Patsy Brannon, Robyn Lucas, Peter Crump, Etienne Cavalier, Joyce Merkel, Joseph Betz, Christopher Sempos
The Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) coordinated an interlaboratory study to assess the comparability of measurements of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] in human serum, which is the primary marker of vitamin D status. A set of 50 individual donor samples were analyzed by 15 different laboratories representing national nutrition surveys, assay manufacturers, and clinical and/or research laboratories to provide results for total 25(OH)D using both immunoassays (IAs) and LC tandem MS (MS/MS). The results were evaluated relative to bias compared with the target values assigned based on a combination of measurements at Ghent University (Belgium) and the U...
August 19, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821378/pathogens-and-outcomes-in-pediatric-septic-shock-patients-supported-by-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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Tu-Hsuan Chang, En-Ting Wu, Chun-Yi Lu, Shu-Chien Huang, Tzu-I Yang, Ching-Chia Wang, Jong-Min Chen, Ping-Ing Lee, Li-Min Huang, Luan-Yin Chang
BACKGROUND: Refractory septic shock is the leading cause of mortality in children. There is limited evidence to support extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) use in pediatric septic shock. We described the etiology and outcomes of septic patients in our institution and attempted to find predictive factors. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 55 pediatric patients with septic shock who required ECMO support in a tertiary medical center from 2008 to 2015. Septic shock was defined as culture proved or clinical suspected sepsis with hypotension or end-organ hypoperfusion...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821273/a-practical-guide-to-single-cell-rna-sequencing-for-biomedical-research-and-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Ashraful Haque, Jessica Engel, Sarah A Teichmann, Tapio Lönnberg
RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) is a genomic approach for the detection and quantitative analysis of messenger RNA molecules in a biological sample and is useful for studying cellular responses. RNA-seq has fueled much discovery and innovation in medicine over recent years. For practical reasons, the technique is usually conducted on samples comprising thousands to millions of cells. However, this has hindered direct assessment of the fundamental unit of biology-the cell. Since the first single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) study was published in 2009, many more have been conducted, mostly by specialist laboratories with unique skills in wet-lab single-cell genomics, bioinformatics, and computation...
August 18, 2017: Genome Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821242/methodological-factors-affecting-joint-moments-estimation-in-clinical-gait-analysis-a-systematic-review
#11
REVIEW
Valentina Camomilla, Andrea Cereatti, Andrea Giovanni Cutti, Silvia Fantozzi, Rita Stagni, Giuseppe Vannozzi
Quantitative gait analysis can provide a description of joint kinematics and dynamics, and it is recognized as a clinically useful tool for functional assessment, diagnosis and intervention planning. Clinically interpretable parameters are estimated from quantitative measures (i.e. ground reaction forces, skin marker trajectories, etc.) through biomechanical modelling. In particular, the estimation of joint moments during motion is grounded on several modelling assumptions: (1) body segmental and joint kinematics is derived from the trajectories of markers and by modelling the human body as a kinematic chain; (2) joint resultant (net) loads are, usually, derived from force plate measurements through a model of segmental dynamics...
August 18, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821219/early-congenital-syphilis-recognising-symptoms-of-an-increasingly-prevalent-disease
#12
Nupur U Patel, Elias Oussedik, Erin T Landis, Lindsay C Strowd
BACKGROUND: Congenital syphilis (CS) is an infectious disease resulting from transplacental transmission of Treponema pallidum spirochetes from an infected mother to fetus during pregnancy. While uncommon, CS has shown an increased incidence in Canada and the United States since 2001 and 2012, respectively. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 5-week-old female infant with blistering rash on the palms and soles. The infant displayed decreased movement of the left upper extremity, clinically consistent with Parrot pseudoparalysis...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822300/drinking-water-to-reduce-alcohol-craving-a-randomized-controlled-study-on-the-impact-of-ghrelin-in-mediating-the-effects-of-forced-water-intake-in-alcohol-addiction
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Anne Koopmann, Katharina Lippmann, Rilana Schuster, Iris Reinhard, Patrick Bach, Georg Weil, Marcella Rietschel, Stephanie H Witt, Klaus Wiedemann, Falk Kiefer
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that ghrelin is involved in the pathophysiology of alcohol use disorders, affecting alcohol self-administration and craving. Gastric ghrelin secretion is reduced by stomach distension. We now tested the hypothesis whether the clinically well-known effects of high-volume water intake on craving reduction in alcoholism is mediated by acute changes in ghrelin secretion. METHODS: In this randomized human laboratory study, we included 23 alcohol-dependent male inpatient subjects who underwent alcohol cue exposure...
August 5, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822224/is-it-necessary-for-all-samples-to-quantify-25ohd2-and-25ohd3-using-lc-ms-ms-in-clinical-practice
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Songlin Yu, Ruiping Zhang, Weiyan Zhou, Xinqi Cheng, Qian Cheng, Liangyu Xia, Shaowei Xie, Yicong Yin, Dandan Sun, Wei Su, Ling Qiu
BACKGROUND: The demand for vitamin D testing is increasing in China. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) immunoassay is specific and accurate but requires expensive equipment, experienced operators, and complicated pretreatment of serum. Automated immunoassays are simple and convenient but only determine total 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD). The objective of this study was to quantify 25OHD2 and 25OHD3 in patients to assist clinical physicians and laboratory directors in choosing the most appropriate method to determine 25OHD...
August 19, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821991/transcranial-doppler-in-autonomic-testing-standards-and-clinical-applications
#15
REVIEW
Lucy Norcliffe-Kaufmann, Brahyan Galindo-Mendez, Ana-Lucia Garcia-Guarniz, Estibaliz Villarreal-Vitorica, Vera Novak
When cerebral blood flow falls below a critical limit, syncope occurs and, if prolonged, ischemia leads to neuronal death. The cerebral circulation has its own complex finely tuned autoregulatory mechanisms to ensure blood supply to the brain can meet the high metabolic demands of the underlying neuronal tissue. This involves the interplay between myogenic and metabolic mechanisms, input from noradrenergic and cholinergic neurons, and the release of vasoactive substrates, including adenosine from astrocytes and nitric oxide from the endothelium...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Autonomic Research: Official Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821989/prevalence-of-hyponatremia-in-inpatients-with-incurable-and-life-limiting-diseases-and-its-association-with-physical-symptoms-a-retrospective-descriptive-study
#16
Kerstin Kremeike, Ricarda M L Wetter, Volker Burst, Raymond Voltz, Kathrin Kuhr, Steffen T Simon
PURPOSE: Hyponatremia is a common electrolyte abnormality seen in hospitalized patients. It may cause a variety of symptoms and is associated with longer hospitalizations and higher mortality. However, to date, only little is known about the extent of hyponatremia in patients with incurable diseases and whether it is associated with physical symptoms in this patient group. This study aims to describe the prevalence of hyponatremia, associated symptoms, and symptom intensity in inpatients with hyponatremia receiving specialist palliative care (SPC)...
August 18, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821890/detection-rate-of-high-grade-cervical-neoplasia-and-cost-effectiveness-of-high-risk-human-papillomavirus-genotyping-with-reflex-liquid-based-cytology-in-cervical-cancer-screening
#17
Sun Kuie Tay, Lynette Eo Lin, Ronald Ch Goh
INTRODUCTION: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 3 or worse (≥CIN3) and cost-effectiveness of human papillomavirus (HPV) genotyping with reflex liquid-based cytology (LBC) for cervical cancer screening in Singapore. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Women who were ≥25 years old and undertook co-testing with LBC and HPV-genotyping (Cobas-4800, Roche, USA) for HPV-16, HPV-18 and 12 high-risk HPV types in a single institution were studied retrospectively...
July 2017: Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821627/angiographic-and-clinical-outcomes-of-balloon-remodeling-versus-unassisted-coil-embolization-in-the-ruptured-aneurysm-cohort-of-the-gel-the-nec-study
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Guilherme Dabus, Waleed Brinjikji, Arun P Amar, Josser E Delgado Almandoz, Orlando M Diaz, Pascal Jabbour, Ricardo Hanel, Ferdinand Hui, Michael Kelly, Kennith F Layton, Jeffrey W Miller, Elad I Levy, Christopher J Moran, Dae Chul Suh, Henry Woo, Robbin Sellar, Brian Hoh, Avery Evans, David F Kallmes
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: GEL THE NEC (GTN) was a multicenter prospective registry developed to assess the safety and efficacy of HydroSoft coils in treating intracranial aneurysms. We compared the angiographic and clinical outcomes of aneurysms treated with balloon assisted coil embolization (BACE) versus unassisted coil embolization (CE) in the ruptured aneurysm cohort. MATERIALS AND METHODS: GTN was performed at 27 centers in five countries. Patients aged 21-90 years with a ruptured aneurysm 3-15 mm in size were eligible for enrollment...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821542/human-hepatocyte-metabolism-of-novel-synthetic-cannabinoids-mn-18-and-its-5-fluoro-analog-5f-mn-18
#19
Xingxing Diao, Jeremy Carlier, Mingshe Zhu, Marilyn A Huestis
BACKGROUND: In 2014, 2 novel synthetic cannabinoids, MN-18 and its 5-fluoro analog, 5F-MN-18, were first identified in an ongoing survey of novel psychoactive substances in Japan. In vitro pharmacological assays revealed that MN-18 and 5F-MN-18 displayed high binding affinities to human CB1 and CB2 receptors, with Ki being 1.65-3.86 nmol/L. MN-18 and 5F-MN-18 were scheduled in Japan and some other countries in 2014. Despite increasing prevalence, no human metabolism data are currently available, making it challenging for forensic laboratories to confirm intake of MN-18 or 5F-MN-18...
August 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820967/identifying-predictors-for-bleeding-in-hospitalized-cancer-patients-a-cohort-study
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Rushad Patell, Alejandra Gutierrez, Lisa Rybicki, Alok A Khorana
BACKGROUND: Bleeding and thrombosis are both major complications of hospitalization in cancer patients. Concern regarding bleeding risk may reduce compliance with thromboprophylaxis. We assessed incidence of major and clinically relevant non-major bleeding (MCRNMB) and identified risk factors associated with in-hospital bleeding risk in hospitalized cancer patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of consecutive adults admitted to general oncology floor at Cleveland Clinic from 11/2012-12/2014 (n=3525)...
August 12, 2017: Thrombosis Research
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