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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925010/the-effects-of-a-simple-method-for-cryopreservation-and-thawing-procedures-on-cord-blood-derived-dc-based-esophageal-carcinoma-vaccine
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J Yu, L Xie, S Chen, J Zhang, G Guo, B Chen
BACKGROUND: Producing sufficient numbers of DCs at one time point and subsequently cryopreserving the generated DCs in ready-for-use aliquots for clinical application is useful in cancer treatment. OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of a simplified cryopreservation method and thawing procedures acting on the biological characteristics and specific cytotoxic activity of cord blood derived DC-based esophageal carcinoma vaccine. MATERIALS AND METHODS: CD34+ hematopoietic stem cells were isolated from cord blood using CD34+ Progenitor Cell Isolation Kit by magnetic cell sorting system (MACS)...
July 2016: Cryo Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924208/local-anesthesia-with-monitored-anesthesia-care-for-patients-undergoing-thyroidectomy-a-case-series
#2
Se Eun Kim, Eugene Kim
Because the current trend favors minimally invasive surgery for thyroid disease, increasing interest has developed for thyroidectomy under local anesthesia with monitored anesthesia care (MAC). Here, we retrospectively reviewed 18 cases of thyroidectomy performed under local anesthesia with MAC in a single center. All of the procedures were performed by a single surgeon, using local lidocaine infiltration around the incisional site and propofol plus remifentanil target-controlled infusion. Sore throat (4/18), hypocalcemia (1/18), and transient voice color change (1/18) were observed, but the patients recovered during the follow-up period...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924024/gtrd-a-database-of-transcription-factor-binding-sites-identified-by-chip-seq-experiments
#3
Ivan Yevshin, Ruslan Sharipov, Tagir Valeev, Alexander Kel, Fedor Kolpakov
GTRD-Gene Transcription Regulation Database (http://gtrd.biouml.org)-is a database of transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) identified by ChIP-seq experiments for human and mouse. Raw ChIP-seq data were obtained from ENCODE and SRA and uniformly processed: (i) reads were aligned using Bowtie2; (ii) ChIP-seq peaks were called using peak callers MACS, SISSRs, GEM and PICS; (iii) peaks for the same factor and peak callers, but different experiment conditions (cell line, treatment, etc.), were merged into clusters; (iv) such clusters for different peak callers were merged into metaclusters that were considered as non-redundant sets of TFBSs...
October 24, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922546/use-of-wisteria-floribunda-agglutinin-positive-human-mac-2-binding-protein-in-assessing-risk-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-due-to-hepatitis-b-virus
#4
Ja Yoon Heo, Seung Up Kim, Beom Kyung Kim, Jun Yong Park, Do Young Kim, Sang Hoon Ahn, Young Nyun Park, Sung Soo Ahn, Kwang-Hyub Han, Hyon-Suk Kim
Wisteria floribunda agglutinin-positive human Mac-2 binding protein (WFA-M2BP) is a serologic marker corresponding with degree of hepatic fibrosis. We evaluated its accuracy in assessing hepatic fibrosis and in predicting the risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB).In a 5-year period (2009-2013), a total of 95 CHB patients with available serum WFA-M2BP assay and transient elastography assessment [to assess liver stiffness (LS)] who had undergone liver biopsy were recruited for retrospective analysis...
April 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922254/comparison-of-two-different-forms-of-sevoflurane-for-anaesthesia-maintenance-and-recovery
#5
Yonca Yanli, Mehtap Ozdemir, Nurten Bakan, Cafer T Yuruk, Ahmet Yildirim, Ali O Cetinkaya
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane is a commonly used inhalation agent. There are two forms of sevoflurane in Turkey. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of original versus generic sevoflurane products on hemodynamics, time to reach 1 MAC level, inspired and expired sevoflurane levels and postoperative recovery profile. METHODS: Seventy patients undergoing general anaesthesia were divided into two groups as Group Sevo or Group Sojo. After intravenous induction of anaesthesia (with the same drugs in both groups), inhalation anaesthetic was started...
December 6, 2016: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920176/laboratory-diagnosis-of-chikungunya-virus-infections-and-commercial-sources-for-diagnostic-assays
#6
Barbara W Johnson, Brandy J Russell, Christin H Goodman
Detection of chikungunya virus (CHIKV) or viral RNA is the primary laboratory test used to diagnose infection in serum collected <6 days after onset of illness. Two real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) kits are available commercially, but validity data are limited. There are 2 commercial sources of inactivated positive-control CHIKV RNA to be used with purchased primers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides viral RNA-positive controls and primer and probe nucleotide sequences for real-time RT-PCR testing...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919889/study-of-intracellular-staphylococcus-aureus-control-by-virulent-bacteriophage-within-mac-t-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
#7
Lili Zhang, Lichang Sun, Ruicheng Wei, Qiang Gao, Tao He, Cunfa Xu, Xianjin Liu, Ran Wang
Bacteriophages (phages) are known to effectively kill extracellular multiplying bacteria. The present study demonstrated that phages penetrated bovine mammary epithelial cells and cleared intracellular Staphylococcus aureus, in a time-dependent manner. In particular, phage vB_SauM_JS25 reached the nucleus within the 3 h post-incubation. The phages had an endocytotic efficiency of 12%. This ability to kill intracellular host bacteria suggests the utility of phage-based therapies, and may protect from recurrent infection and treatment failure...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918597/seqplots-interactive-software-for-exploratory-data-analyses-pattern-discovery-and-visualization-in-genomics
#8
Przemyslaw Stempor, Julie Ahringer
Experiments involving high-throughput sequencing are widely used for analyses of chromatin function and gene expression. Common examples are the use of chromatin immunoprecipitation for the analysis of chromatin modifications or factor binding, enzymatic digestions for chromatin structure assays, and RNA sequencing to assess gene expression changes after biological perturbations. To investigate the pattern and abundance of coverage signals across regions of interest, data are often visualized as profile plots of average signal or stacked rows of signal in the form of heatmaps...
2016: Wellcome Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918379/nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-children-a-focus-on-bloodstream-infections
#9
Laila S Al Yazidi, Ben J Marais, Briony Hazelton, Alexander Outhred, Alison Kesson
BACKGROUND: Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are ubiquitous organisms with variable disease-causing potential. Bloodstream infections caused by NTM in children are poorly described. METHODS: We describe a retrospective case series of children with culture-confirmed mycobacterial disease managed at The Children's Hospital at Westmead from July 2005 - June 2015. RESULTS: Sixty-five patients had 149 positive NTM cultures; 55 (83.0%) episodes in 54 patients were considered clinically significant...
December 1, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916822/potential-of-wake-up-radio-based-mac-protocols-for-implantable-body-sensor-networks-ibsn-a-survey
#10
Vignesh Raja Karuppiah Ramachandran, Eyuel D Ayele, Nirvana Meratnia, Paul J M Havinga
With the advent of nano-technology, medical sensors and devices are becoming highly miniaturized. Consequently, the number of sensors and medical devices being implanted to accurately monitor and diagnose a disease is increasing. By measuring the symptoms and controlling a medical device as close as possible to the source, these implantable devices are able to save lives. A wireless link between medical sensors and implantable medical devices is essential in the case of closed-loop medical devices, in which symptoms of the diseases are monitored by sensors that are not placed in close proximity of the therapeutic device...
November 29, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915349/roles-of-1-25-oh-2d3-and-vitamin-d-receptor-in-the-pathogenesis-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-by-regulating-the-activation-of-cd4-t-cells-and-the-pkc%C3%AE-erk-signaling-pathway
#11
Xiao-Jie He, Yan Ding, Wei Xiang, Xi-Qiang Dang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The study aims to elucidate the roles of 1,25(OH)2D3 and vitamin D receptor (VDR) in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) by regulating the activation of CD4+ T cells and the PKCδ/ERK signaling pathway. METHODS: From January 2013 to December 2015, a total of 130 SLE patients, 137 RA patients and 130 healthy controls were selected in this study. Serum levels of 1,25(OH)2D3 and VDR mRNA expression were detected by ELISA and real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR)...
December 5, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915187/dose-response-models-and-a-quantitative-microbial-risk-assessment-framework-for-the-mycobacterium-avium-complex-that-account-for-recent-developments-in-molecular-biology-taxonomy-and-epidemiology
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REVIEW
Kerry A Hamilton, Mark H Weir, Charles N Haas
Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) is a group of environmentally-transmitted pathogens of great public health importance. This group is known to be harbored, amplified, and selected for more human-virulent characteristics by amoeba species in aquatic biofilms. However, a quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) has not been performed due to the lack of dose response models resulting from significant heterogeneity within even a single species or subspecies of MAC, as well as the range of human susceptibilities to mycobacterial disease...
November 24, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914874/transmission-networks-and-risk-of-hiv-infection-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa-a-community-wide-phylogenetic-study
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Tulio de Oliveira, Ayesha B M Kharsany, Tiago Gräf, Cherie Cawood, David Khanyile, Anneke Grobler, Adrian Puren, Savathree Madurai, Cheryl Baxter, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Salim S Abdool Karim
BACKGROUND: The incidence of HIV infection in young women in Africa is very high. We did a large-scale community-wide phylogenetic study to examine the underlying HIV transmission dynamics and the source and consequences of high rates of HIV infection in young women in South Africa. METHODS: We did a cross-sectional household survey of randomly selected individuals aged 15-49 years in two neighbouring subdistricts (one urban and one rural) with a high burden of HIV infection in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa...
November 30, 2016: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913071/determination-and-validation-of-an-aquatic-maximum-acceptable-concentration-environmental-quality-standard-mac-eqs-value-for-the-agricultural-fungicide-azoxystrobin
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Elsa Teresa Rodrigues, Miguel Ângelo Pardal, Cristiano Gante, João Loureiro, Isabel Lopes
The main goal of the present study was to determine and validate an aquatic Maximum Acceptable Concentration-Environmental Quality Standard (MAC-EQS) value for the agricultural fungicide azoxystrobin (AZX). Assessment factors were applied to short-term toxicity data using the lowest EC50 and after the Species Sensitivity Distribution (SSD) method. Both ways of EQS generation were applied to a freshwater toxicity dataset for AZX based on available data, and to marine toxicity datasets for AZX and Ortiva(®) (a commercial formulation of AZX) obtained by the present study...
November 29, 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912104/structured-skill-practice-during-intensive-bimanual-training-leads-to-better-trunk-and-arm-control-than-unstructured-practice-in-children-with-unilateral-spastic-cerebral-palsy
#15
Ya-Ching Hung, Marina B Brandão, Andrew M Gordon
BACKGROUND: Recently, intensive practice showed good efficacy in improving upper extremity function for children with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy (USCP). However, little is known about the significance of skill progression frequently used during intensive practice. AIMS: We evaluate the importance of skill progression during intensive bimanual practice on movement coordination. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Twenty children with USCP (average age: 8...
November 29, 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910303/improving-a-high-efficiency-gated-spectrometer-for-x-ray-thomson-scattering-experiments-at-the-national-ignition-facility
#16
T Döppner, D Kraus, P Neumayer, B Bachmann, J Emig, R W Falcone, L B Fletcher, M Hardy, D H Kalantar, A L Kritcher, O L Landen, T Ma, A M Saunders, R D Wood
We are developing x-ray Thomson scattering for applications in implosion experiments at the National Ignition Facility. In particular we have designed and fielded MACS, a high-efficiency, gated x-ray spectrometer at 7.5-10 keV [T. Döppner et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 85, 11D617 (2014)]. Here we report on two new Bragg crystals based on Highly Oriented Pyrolytic Graphite (HOPG), a flat crystal and a dual-section cylindrically curved crystal. We have performed in situ calibration measurements using a brass foil target, and we used the flat HOPG crystal to measure Mo K-shell emission at 18 keV in 2nd order diffraction...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902740/extensive-characterization-and-comparison-of-endothelial-cells-derived-from-dermis-and-adipose-tissue-potential-use-in-tissue-engineering
#17
Hanneke N Monsuur, Ester M Weijers, Frank B Niessen, Amit Gefen, Pieter Koolwijk, Susan Gibbs, Lenie J van den Broek
Tissue-engineered constructs need to become quickly vascularized in order to ensure graft take. One way of achieving this is to incorporate endothelial cells (EC) into the construct. The adipose tissue stromal vascular fraction (adipose-SVF) might provide an alternative source for endothelial cells as adipose tissue can easily be obtained by liposuction. Since adipose-EC are now gaining more interest in tissue engineering, we aimed to extensively characterize endothelial cells from adipose tissue (adipose-EC) and compare them with endothelial cells from dermis (dermal-EC)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902391/comparative-evaluation-of-the-advansure-mycobacteria-genoblot-assay-and-the-genotype-mycobacterium-cm-as-assay-for-the-identification-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria
#18
Mina Yang, Hee Jae Huh, Hyeon Jeong Kwon, Ji-Youn Kim, Dong Joon Song, Won-Jung Koh, Chang-Seok Ki, Nam Yong Lee
In this study, to assess the performance of the AdvanSure Mycobacteria GenoBlot Assay (AdvanSure assay), we compared its performance with that of the GenoType Mycobacterium CM/AS assay (GenoType assay) for the identification of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Twenty-four reference strains and 103 consecutive clinical NTM isolates were analyzed. The accuracy rates for the 24 reference strains were 87.5% and 95.8% for the AdvanSure and GenoType assays respectively. For the 103 clinical isolates, a 91.3% (94/103) concordance rate was observed between the two assays...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900813/anesthesia-maintenance-with-induction-dose-only-sevoflurane-during-pediatric-ophthalmic-examination-comparison-with-standard-low-flow-technique-through-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Priyankar K Datta, Renu Sinha, Bikash Ranjan Ray, Venkateswaran Jambunathan, Riddhi Kundu
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane is preferred for pediatric day care procedures. However, financial and environmental costs remain major limitations. Induction dose of sevoflurane could itself be sufficient for maintaining anesthesia with low fresh gas flow during short noninvasive procedures. METHODS: Fifty children, aged 1-5 years, scheduled for ophthalmic examination under anesthesia, were randomized into two groups. All children were induced with 8% sevoflurane in O2 : N2 O (40 : 60)...
November 30, 2016: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900607/mammalian-nucleotidyl-cyclases-and-their-nucleotide-binding-sites
#20
Stefan Dove
Mammalian membranous and soluble adenylyl cyclases (mAC, sAC) and soluble guanylyl cyclases (sGC) generate cAMP and cGMP from ATP and GTP, respectively, as substrates. mACs (nine human isoenzymes), sAC, and sGC differ in their overall structures owing to specific membrane-spanning and regulatory domains but consist of two similarly folded catalytic domains C1 and C2 with high structure-based homology between the cyclase species. Comparison of available crystal structures - VC1:IIC2 (a construct of domains C1a from dog mAC5 and C2a from rat mAC2), human sAC and sGC, mostly in complex with substrates, substrate analogs, inhibitors, metal ions, and/or modulators - reveals that especially the nucleotide binding sites are closely related...
November 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
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