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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732437/effect-of-microrna-21-transfection-on-in-vitro-differentiation-of-human-naive-cd4-t-cells-to-regulatory-t-cells
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Haideh Namdari, Mojgan Ghayedi, Jamshid Hadjati, Farhad Rezaei, Kurosh Kalantar, Parisa Rahimzadeh, Eisa Salehi
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important components of the immune system that modulate responses of other cells. These cells are involved in peripheral tolerance mechanisms, so defect in development and function of these cells can result in autoimmune disease. Increasing evidence supports the role of microRNAs-21 (miR-21) in the regulation of forkhead box P3 (Foxp3) expression in Tregs. We aimed to determine whether miR-21 transfection to naive CD4+ T cells can be useful in generation of iTregs in-vitro. We investigated in-vitro differentiation of miR-21-transfected naive CD4+ T cells to iTregs and compared these iTregs to cytokine-differentiated iTregs and control group...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732435/the-effect-of-oral-levamisole-co-administration-on-the-level-of-immune-response-to-hepatitis-b-vaccine-in-healthy-individuals-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Mousalreza Hosseini, Payman Shalchiantabrizi, Maliheh Dadgarmoghaddam, Saeideh Ahmady-Simab, Azizollah Behjati, Masoumeh Salari
Despite its proven efficacy, the hepatitis B vaccine requires improvements in immune enhancement and durability, especially in the elderly. Levamisole, an immune modulator, has been tested as an adjuvant to hepatitis B vaccine in several studies in immune-compromised populations. However, we aimed to evaluate the effect of levamisole on the immune response to hepatitis B vaccine in healthy subjects. In this randomized clinical trial, healthy family members of chronic hepatitis B patients were given twenty-microgram intramuscular injections of hepatitis B vaccine at 0, 1, and 6 months and 50 miligrams of oral  levamisole twice a day for two weeks with every vaccination dose...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732394/surface-charge-effects-on-the-electro-orientation-of-insulating-boron-nitride-nanotubes-in-aqueous-suspension
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Semih Cetindag, Bishnu Tiwari, Dongyan Zhang, Yoke Khin Yap, Sangil Kim, Jerry W Shan
The alignment of hexagonal boron-nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) in aqueous KCl solutions under spatially uniform electric fields was examined experimentally, using direct optical visualization to probe the orientation dynamics of individual BNNTs for different electric-field frequencies. Different from most previously studied nanowires and nanotubes, BNNTs are wide-bandgap materials which are essentially insulating at room temperature. We analyze the electro-orientation of BNNTs in the general context of polarizable cylindrical particles in liquid suspensions, whose behavior can fall into different regimes, including alignment due to Maxwell-Wagner induced dipoles at high frequencies, and alignment due to fluid motion of the electrical double layer around the particles at lower frequencies...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732369/efficacy-and-safety-of-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation-a-meta-analysis-of-published-randomized-studies
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Gengchun Liu, Zhongyi Dong, Baqun Huang, Yuelong Liu, Yan Tang, Qing Li, Yihui Zhu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Accelerated partial breast irradiation (APBI) technology has theoretical advantages in comparison with traditional adjuvant radiation therapy (whole-breast irradiation; WBI) after breast-conserving surgery. However, published randomized controlled trials have shown inconsistent outcomes. Therefore, a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness and safety of APBI technology is needed. RESULTS: A total of 7 studies of 7452 patients were included in this analysis...
July 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732334/does-laser-phototherapy-influence-the-proliferation-of-myoepithelial-cells-in-the-salivary-gland-of-hypothyroid-rats
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Virgínia Dias Uzêda-E-Silva, Tania Tavares Rodriguez, Luciana Maria Pedreira Ramalho, Flávia Calo Aquino Xavier, Isabele Cardoso Vieira de Castro, Antônio Luiz Barbosa Pinheiro, Jean Nunes Dos Santos
Thyroid hormones influence both development and growth of organs and tissues and guarantee metabolic demands that interfere with the quality of digestive secretions, including those of the salivary glands. Laser phototherapy - LPT can modulate various biological phenomena and its diverse effects permit the action on different cell types. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of laser phototherapy on myoepithelial cells of salivary glands of hypothyroid rats. Forty-two albino Wistar rats were divided into two main groups: euthyroid (EU) and hypothyroid (HYPO)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732323/evaluation-of-an-online-training-for-improving-self-reported-evidence-based-decision-making-skills-in-cancer-control-among-public-health-professionals
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A B Morshed, P Ballew, M B Elliott, D Haire-Joshu, M W Kreuter, R C Brownson
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this evaluation was to assess the effect of the online evidence-based cancer control (EBCC) training on improving the self-reported evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) skills in cancer control among Nebraska public health professionals. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional group comparison. METHODS: Previously developed EBDM measures were administered via online surveys to 201 public health professionals at baseline (comparison group) and 123 professionals who took part in the training...
July 18, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732321/aggregating-exposures-cumulating-risk-for-semivolatile-organic-compounds-a-review
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Maud Pelletier, Nathalie Bonvallot, Philippe Glorennec
Increasingly, health risk assessment is addressing multiple pathway exposures to multiple contaminants. We reviewed aggregated exposure and cumulative risk approaches for contemporary and ubiquitous semivolatile organic compounds (SVOC). We identified 22 studies aggregating exposure pathways, and 31 cumulating risk. Exposure aggregation is based on the addition of pathway-specific doses, using kinetic modeling where it exists, and classic external dose equations otherwise. In most cases, exposure is dominated by a single route or source of exposure - mainly the oral pathway - via dietary or non-dietary exposure...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732306/photostability-testing-using-online-reactor-hplc-hyphenation-and-mass-spectrometric-compound-identification-illustrated-by-ketoprofen-as-model-compound
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Jaber Assaf, Diego Zulkiewicz Gomes, Bernhard Wuest, Maria Kristina Parr
Investigations on the photochemical stability of pharmaceutical substances are mandatory in drug development and licensing as photo-induced degradation of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) may not only lead to decreased API concentrations but also to toxic or reactive products. Thus, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) issued Guidance for Industry Q1B "Photostability Testing of New Drug Substances and Products" for testing of pure but also packed drugs...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732303/do-analog-number-representations-underlie-the-meanings-of-young-children-s-verbal-numerals
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Susan Carey, Anna Shusterman, Paul Haward, Rebecca Distefano
Children learn to count, and even learn the cardinal meanings of the first three or four verbal numerals ("one" through "three" or "four"), before they master the numerical significance of counting. If so, it follows that the cardinal meanings of those first few numerals cannot be derived, initially, from their place in the count list and the counting routine. What non-verbal representations, then, support the cardinal meanings of verbal numerals before children have mastered how counting does so? Four experiments addressed the commonly adopted assumption that in the earliest period of learning the meanings of number words, children map verbal numerals to regions of the analog number system (ANS), a system of representation with numerical content that is widely attested in animals and in human infants...
July 18, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732286/development-of-liquid-chromatographic-methods-for-enantioseparation-and-sensitive-detection-of-%C3%AE-adrenolytics-%C3%AE-2-agonists-in-human-plasma-using-a-single-enantiomer-reagent
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Poonam Malik, Ravi Bhushan
Enantioseparation of four commonly used β-adrenolytics (bisoprolol, salbutamol, and carvedilol, marketed as racemic mixtures) has been achieved by both TLC and RPHPLC via an indirect approach. A new chiral reagent, (S)-naproxen benzotriazole ester, was synthesized and it was characterized by UV, IR, (1)HNMR, elemental analysis and polarimetry. It was used to synthesize diastereomeric derivatives of the three β-adrenolytics under microwave irradiation. TLC separation of diastereomeric derivatives was achieved which were then isolated by preparative approach; these were characterized and were used as standard reference for determining absolute configuration of diastereomeric derivatives and for establishing validated HPLC method for enantioseparation and sensitive detection of the three β-adrenolytics in human plasma...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732274/new-source-models-to-represent-the-irradiation-process-in-panoramic-gamma-irradiator
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Maritza R Gual, Felix M Milian, Amir Z Mesquita, Claubia Pereira
The use of gamma irradiation technologies generates a number of complex scientific and technical problems; for example, the target is manually loaded onto turntables and is rotated during the entire irradiation process and the MCNPX three-dimensional geometry simulation is kept static. For this, it is necessary to introduce additional approaches. In this paper, two new methodologies are proposed for the simulation of irradiation process in panoramic gamma irradiator. The study was performed at the gamma irradiation facility at the Nuclear Technology Development Center of the National Nuclear Energy Commission, Brazil...
June 30, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732268/validation-comparison-and-combination-of-algorithms-for-automatic-detection-of-pulmonary-nodules-in-computed-tomography-images-the-luna16-challenge
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Arnaud Arindra Adiyoso Setio, Alberto Traverso, Thomas de Bel, Moira S N Berens, Cas van den Bogaard, Piergiorgio Cerello, Hao Chen, Qi Dou, Maria Evelina Fantacci, Bram Geurts, Robbert van der Gugten, Pheng Ann Heng, Bart Jansen, Michael M J de Kaste, Valentin Kotov, Jack Yu-Hung Lin, Jeroen T M C Manders, Alexander Sóñora-Mengana, Juan Carlos García-Naranjo, Evgenia Papavasileiou, Mathias Prokop, Marco Saletta, Cornelia M Schaefer-Prokop, Ernst T Scholten, Luuk Scholten, Miranda M Snoeren, Ernesto Lopez Torres, Jef Vandemeulebroucke, Nicole Walasek, Guido C A Zuidhof, Bram van Ginneken, Colin Jacobs
Automatic detection of pulmonary nodules in thoracic computed tomography (CT) scans has been an active area of research for the last two decades. However, there have only been few studies that provide a comparative performance evaluation of different systems on a common database. We have therefore set up the LUNA16 challenge, an objective evaluation framework for automatic nodule detection algorithms using the largest publicly available reference database of chest CT scans, the LIDC-IDRI data set. In LUNA16, participants develop their algorithm and upload their predictions on 888 CT scans in one of the two tracks: 1) the complete nodule detection track where a complete CAD system should be developed, or 2) the false positive reduction track where a provided set of nodule candidates should be classified...
July 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732251/nutrient-deficiency-and-obstetrical-outcomes-in-pregnant-women-following-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-a-retrospective-danish-cohort-study-with-a-matched-comparison-group
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Lianna Hede Hammeken, Ramsina Betsagoo, Ann Nygaard Jensen, Anne Nødgaard Sørensen, Charlotte Overgaard
OBJECTIVE: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery and small-for-gestational-age births are known to be associated although the etiology is not fully understood. This study aimed to investigate pregnancy outcomes and maternal nutritional status among pregnant women with a history of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass using maternal anemia and gestational weight gain as indicators of micronutrient and macronutrient deficiency in pregnancy. STUDY DESIGN: The study was designed as a retrospective matched cohort study...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732232/periodicity-and-stability-for-variable-time-impulsive-neural-networks
#14
Hongfei Li, Chuandong Li, Tingwen Huang
The paper considers a general neural networks model with variable-time impulses. It is shown that each solution of the system intersects with every discontinuous surface exactly once via several new well-proposed assumptions. Moreover, based on the comparison principle, this paper shows that neural networks with variable-time impulse can be reduced to the corresponding neural network with fixed-time impulses under well-selected conditions. Meanwhile, the fixed-time impulsive systems can be regarded as the comparison system of the variable-time impulsive neural networks...
June 29, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732228/a-facile-method-for-preparation-of-emulsion-using-the-high-gravity-technique
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Yan Li, Ran Andy Mei, Zhongqiang Yang
This study demonstrates a new process for preparation of oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion using the high gravity technique. This involves a mixture of oil and water that are passed through a rotating packed bed, under a high shear force, from which oil is emulsified into tiny droplets and subsequently dispersed in water. The process is cycled in order to break the droplets repeatedly and achieve an emulsion with small size and low polydispersity index (PDI). The advantage of the high gravity technique is that the emulsions with a desired size and polydispersity can be rapidly obtained by tuning experimental parameters, such as relative centrifugal force (RCF), cycle times (CT), liquid flow rate (VL) and surfactant concentration (Csurfactant)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732224/three-dimensional-changes-in-the-upper-airway-of-skeletal-class-iii-patients-after-different-orthognathic-surgical-procedures
#16
Yuxue Yang, Kai Yang, Ying Zhao
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that 3-dimensional changes in the upper airway of patients with skeletal Class III malocclusion are different after mandibular setback and maxillary advancement (MSMA) compared with mandibular setback (MS) and that upper airway changes and the amount of jaw movement are correlated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Skeletal Class III patients who underwent MS surgery or MSMA surgery were included in this retrospective cohort study. Cone beam computed tomography scans were acquired before and 3 months after surgery...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732215/a-method-for-next-generation-sequencing-of-paired-diagnostic-and-remission-samples-to-detect-mitochondrial-dna-mutations-associated-with-leukemia
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Ilaria S Pagani, Chung H Kok, Verity A Saunders, Mark B Van der Hoek, Susan L Heatley, Anthony P Schwarer, Christopher N Hahn, Timothy P Hughes, Deborah L White, David M Ross
Somatic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations have been identified in many human cancers, including leukemia. To identify somatic mutations, it is necessary to have a control tissue from the same individual for comparison. When patients with leukemia achieve remission, the remission peripheral blood may be a suitable and easily accessible control tissue, but this approach has not previously been applied to the study of mtDNA mutations. We have developed and validated a next-generation sequencing approach for the identification of leukemia-associated mtDNA mutations in 26 chronic myeloid leukemia patients at diagnosis using either nonhematopoietic or remission blood samples as the control...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732213/comparison-of-blood-collection-tubes-from-three-different-manufacturers-for-the-collection-of-cell-free-dna-for-liquid-biopsy-mutation-testing
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Christina Alidousty, Danielle Brandes, Carina Heydt, Svenja Wagener, Maike Wittersheim, Stephan Christian Schäfer, Barbara Holz, Sabine Merkelbach-Bruse, Reinhard Büttner, Jana Fassunke, Anne Maria Schultheis
The improvement in sensitive techniques has allowed the detection of tumor-specific aberrations in circulating tumor (ct) DNA. Amplification-refractory mutation system PCR has been used for the analysis of ctDNA to detect resistance-causing mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor gene (eg, EGFR T790M) in lung cancer patients. So far, Streck tubes have been widely used as standard blood collection tubes. Here, we compared blood collection tubes manufactured by Streck with tubes from Roche and Qiagen regarding their utility in stabilizing ctDNA in plasma samples...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732190/comparison-of-the-acc-aha-and-framingham-algorithms-to-assess-cardiovascular-risk-in-hiv-infected-patients
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Lauro Ferreira da Silva Pinto Neto, Fernanda Rezende Dias, Flavia Feres Bressan, Carolina Rocio Oliveira Santos
The aim of this study was to compare the predictions of Framingham cardiovascular (CV) risk score (FRS) and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) risk score in an HIV outpatient clinic in the city of Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil. In a cross-sectional study 341 HIV infected patients over 40 years old consecutively recruited were interviewed. Cohen's kappa coefficient was used to assess agreement between the two algorithms. 61.3% were stratified as low risk by Framingham score, compared with 54% by ACC/AHA score (Spearman correlation 0...
July 18, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732166/mel-n16-a-series-of-novel-endomorphin-analogs-with-good-analgesic-activity-and-a-favorable-side-effect-profile
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Xin Liu, Long Zhao, Yuan Wang, Jingjing Zhou, Dan Wang, Yixin Zhang, Xianghui Zhang, Zhaojuan Wang, Dongxu Yang, Lingyun Mou, Rui Wang
Opioid peptides are neuromodulators that bind to opioid receptors and reduce pain sensitivity. Endomorphins are one of the most active endogenous opioid peptides, and they have good affinity and selectivity toward the μ opioid receptor. However, their clinical usage is hindered by their inability to cross the blood-brain barrier, and their poor in vivo activity after peripheral injection. In order to overcome these defects, we have designed and synthesized a series of novel endomorphin analogs with multiple site modifications...
July 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
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