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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545248/ephedra-treated-donor-derived-gut-microbiota-transplantation-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-rats
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Jing-Hua Wang, Bong-Soo Kim, Kyungsun Han, Hojun Kim
Changes in gut microbiota (GM) are closely associated with metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes and so on. Several medicinal herbs, including Ephedra sinica (Es), have anti-obesity effects that ameliorate metabolic disorders. Therefore, in this study we evaluated whether Es maintains its anti-obesity effect through Es-altered gut microbiota (EsM) transplantation. GM was isolated from cecal contents of Es treated and untreated rats following repeated transplants into obese rats via oral gavage over three weeks...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545053/mortality-among-blood-donors-seropositive-and-seronegative-for-chagas-disease-1996-2000-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-brazil-a-death-certificate-linkage-study
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Ligia Capuani, Ana Luiza Bierrenbach, Airlane Pereira Alencar, Alfredo Mendrone, João Eduardo Ferreira, Brian Custer, Antonio Luiz P Ribeiro, Ester Cerdeira Sabino
BACKGROUND: Individuals in the indeterminate phase of Chagas disease are considered to have mortality rates similar to those of the overall population. This study compares mortality rates among blood donors seropositive for Chagas disease and negative controls in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This is a retrospective cohort study of blood donors from 1996 to 2000: 2842 seropositive and 5684 seronegative for Chagas disease. Death status was ascertained by performing probabilistic record linkage (RL) with the Brazil national mortality information system (SIM)...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544640/an-in%C3%A2-vitro-model-demonstrates-the-potential-of-neoplastic-human-germ-cells-to-influence-the-tumour-microenvironment
#3
B Klein, H-C Schuppe, M Bergmann, M P Hedger, B E Loveland, K L Loveland
Testicular germ cell tumours (TGCT) typically contain high numbers of infiltrating immune cells, yet the functional nature and consequences of interactions between GCNIS (germ cell neoplasia in situ) or seminoma cells and immune cells remain unknown. A co-culture model using the seminoma-derived TCam-2 cell line and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC, n = 7 healthy donors) was established to investigate how tumour and immune cells each contribute to the cytokine microenvironment associated with TGCT...
May 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544502/cytomegalovirus-reactivation-posthematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-hsct-and-type-of-graft-a-step-toward-rationalizing-cmv-testing-and-positively-impacting-the-economics-of-hsct-in-developing-countries
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Ramya Uppuluri, Divya Subburaj, Dhaarani Jayaraman, Venkateswaran Vellaichamy Swaminathan, Khushnuma Mullanfiroze, Lakshman Vaidhyanathan, Revathi Raj
We aimed to determine a correlation between cytomegalovirus reactivation post hematopoeitic stem cell transplantation (post-HSCT) with the type of graft source, defining children at risk. We analyzed data on children less than 18 years of age undergoing HSCT from 2002 to May 2016 (n = 464). Correlation between reactivation and graft source was analyzed statistically. Reactivation occurred in 3% of children with matched-related donor (MRD) transplants, 33.3% with unrelated peripheral blood stem cells, 17.4% with unrelated cords, and 36...
May 22, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544427/advanced-consumable-free-morphological-analysis-of-intact-red-blood-cells-by-a-compact-scanning-flow-cytometer
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K V Gilev, E S Yastrebova, D I Strokotov, M A Yurkin, N A Karmadonova, A V Chernyshev, V V Lomivorotov, V P Maltsev
Whereas modern automated blood cell analyzers measure the volume of individual red blood cells (RBCs), leading to four RBC indices (mean corpuscular volume, MCV; mean corpuscular hemoglobin, MCH; mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, MCHC; red cell distribution width, and RDW), the RBC shape has not been assessed by clinical screening tools. We applied the scanning flow cytometer (SFC) for complete characterization of intact RBC morphology in terms of diameter, maximal and minimal thicknesses, volume, surface area, sphericity index, spontaneous curvature, hemoglobin concentration, and content...
May 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543744/repetitive-supra-physiological-shear-stress-impairs-red-blood-cell-deformability-and-induces-hemolysis
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Jarod T Horobin, Surendran Sabapathy, Michael J Simmonds
The supra-physiological shear stress that blood is exposed to while traversing mechanical circulatory assist devices affects the physical properties of red blood cells (RBCs), impairs RBC deformability, and may induce hemolysis. Previous studies exploring RBC damage following exposure to supra-physiological shear stress have employed durations exceeding clinical instrumentation, thus we explored changes in RBC deformability following exposure to shear stress below the reported "hemolytic threshold" using shear exposure durations per minute (i...
May 23, 2017: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543044/quantification-of-body-iron-and-iron-absorption-in-the-reds-ii-donor-iron-status-evaluation-rise-study
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Joseph E Kiss, Rebecca J Birch, Whitney R Steele, David J Wright, Ritchard G Cable
BACKGROUND: Repeated blood donation alters the iron balance of blood donors. We quantified these effects by analyzing changes in body iron as well as calculating iron absorbed per day for donors enrolled in a prospective study. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: For 1308 donors who completed a final study visit, we calculated total body iron at the enrollment and final visits and the change in total body iron over the course of the study. Taking into account iron lost from blood donations during the study and obligate losses, we also calculated the average amount of iron absorbed per day...
May 19, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543021/a-30-year-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-hepatitis%C3%A2-b-virus-among-blood-donors-in-mainland-china-revealing-increase-of-new-threats
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Zhan Gao, Yu Zhang, Hua Shan, Ling Shi, Jing Liu, Min Xu, Peibin Zeng, Yu Liu, Miao He
BACKGROUND: Although screening strategies have been routinely implemented in blood centers, the residual risk of transfusion-transmitted hepatitis B virus (HBV) still poses a public health concern in China. The aim of this study is to investigate the HBV blood screening reactive rate and to illustrate the demographics of the corresponding blood donors with revealing of heterogeneity between previous studies and discovering potentially negligent threats. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Literature reporting the HBV screening reactive rate in Chinese blood donors was identified by systematic searching of four electronic databases...
May 19, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542841/blood-donors-perceptions-motivators-and-deterrents-in-sub-saharan-africa-a-scoping-review-of-evidence
#9
REVIEW
Lucy Asamoah-Akuoko, Oliver W Hassall, Imelda Bates, Henrik Ullum
Achieving an adequate blood supply in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) through donor mobilization and retention is crucial. Factors that motivate or deter blood donors vary according to beliefs and social norms. Understanding the factors that influence blood donation behaviour in SSA is vital to developing effective strategies to address blood donor motivation and retention. This review of 35 studies from 16 SSA countries collates available evidence concerning the perceptions, motivators and deterrents that influence blood donors in SSA...
May 22, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542711/preventing-relapse-after-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-acute-leukaemia-the-role-of-post-transplantation-minimal-residual-disease-mrd-monitoring-and-mrd-directed-intervention
#10
REVIEW
Xiao-Dong Mo, Meng Lv, Xiao-Jun Huang
Relapse is the main cause of treatment failure after allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) for acute leukaemia (AL). Post-transplantation minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring enables risk stratification and identifies AL patients at higher risk of relapse. MRD assessment primarily involves the determination of leukaemia-associated immunophenotypic patterns using multiparameter flow cytometry, and the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based evaluation of expression levels of leukaemia-related genes (specific reciprocal gene rearrangements and other mutation types)...
May 23, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542641/platelet-proteome-reveals-novel-pathways-of-platelet-activation-and-platelet-mediated-immunoregulation-in-dengue
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Monique Ramos de Oliveira Trugilho, Eugenio Damaceno Hottz, Giselle Villa Flor Brunoro, André Teixeira-Ferreira, Paulo Costa Carvalho, Gustavo Adolfo Salazar, Guy A Zimmerman, Fernando A Bozza, Patrícia T Bozza, Jonas Perales
Dengue is the most prevalent human arbovirus disease worldwide. Dengue virus (DENV) infection causes syndromes varying from self-limiting febrile illness to severe dengue. Although dengue pathophysiology is not completely understood, it is widely accepted that increased inflammation plays important roles in dengue pathogenesis. Platelets are blood cells classically known as effectors of hemostasis which have been increasingly recognized to have major immune and inflammatory activities. Nevertheless, the phenotype and effector functions of platelets in dengue pathogenesis are not completely understood...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542611/no-molecular-or-serological-evidence-of-zikavirus-infection-among-healthy-blood-donors-living-in-or-travelling-to-regions-where-aedes-albopictus-circulates
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Wegene Borena, Tamara Hofer, Karin Stiasny, Stephan W Aberle, Manfred Gaber, Dorothee von Laer, Harald Schennach
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that Zika virus can infect and be transmitted by A. albopictus. The World Health organization (WHO) has raised concerns of autochthonous transmission of the virus in regions where the vector is endemic. The aim of this pilot study was to assess the occurrence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in western Austria (Tyrol) especially after a history of travel to A. albopictus endemic regions. METHODS: The study participants were healthy blood donors at randomly selected donation sites in the west Austrian region Tyrol...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542359/performance-evaluation-of-bd-facspresto%C3%A2-point-of-care-cd4-analyzer-to-enumerate-cd4-counts-for-monitoring-hiv-infected-individuals-in-nigeria
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Olubunmi Ruth Negedu-Momoh, Feyisayo Ebenezer Jegede, Ali Yakubu, Oluseyi Balogun, Musa Abdullahi, Titilope Badru, Edward Adekola Oladele, Chinedu Agbakwuru, Hadiza Khamofu, Kwasi Torpey
BACKGROUND: Despite the upsurge in support and intervention of donor agencies in HIV care and treatment programing in Sub-Sahara African, antiretroviral (ART) programs are still confronted with access and coverage challenges which influence enrolment of new patients. This study investigated the validity of point of care BD FACSPresto™ CD4 analyzer for CD4+ cell count, overall agreement, correlation, sensitivity, and specificity in comparison to a reference standard flow cytometry method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542329/novel-agoshrna-molecules-for-silencing-of-the-ccr5-co-receptor-for-hiv-1-infection
#14
Elena Herrera-Carrillo, Ben Berkhout
Allogeneic transplantation of blood stem cells from a CCR5-Δ32 homozygous donor to an HIV-infected individual, the "Berlin patient", led to a cure. Since then there has been a search for approaches that mimic this intervention in a gene therapy setting. RNA interference (RNAi) has evolved as a powerful tool to regulate gene expression in a sequence-specific manner and can be used to inactivate the CCR5 mRNA. Short hairpin RNA (shRNA) molecules can impair CCR5 expression, but these molecules may cause unintended side effects and they will not be processed in cells that lack Dicer, such as monocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542303/differential-dna-methylation-of-msi2-and-its-correlation-with-diabetic-traits
#15
Jae-Pil Jeon, In-Uk Koh, Nak-Hyun Choi, Bong-Jo Kim, Bok-Ghee Han, Suman Lee
Differential DNA methylation with hyperglycemia is significantly associated with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D). Longtime extended exposure to high blood glucose levels can affect the epigenetic signatures in all organs. However, the relevance of the differential DNA methylation changes with hyperglycemia in blood with pancreatic islets remains unclear. We investigated differential DNA methylation in relation to glucose homeostasis based on the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) in a population-based cohort. We found a total of 382 differential methylation sites from blood DNA in hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes subgroups using a longitudinal and cross-sectional approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542087/validity-of-postmortem-glycated-hemoglobin-to-determine-status-of-diabetes-mellitus-in-corneal-donors
#16
Mark C Soper, Santica M Marcovina, Caroline K Hoover, Peter M Calhoun, Kristen E McCoy, Christopher G Stoeger, Gregory A Schmidt, Baha M Arafah, Marianne O Price, Loretta B Szczotka-Flynn, Jonathan H Lass
PURPOSE: To examine the stability of postmortem glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) measurement and its relationship to premortem glycemia. METHODS: Postmortem blood samples were obtained from 32 donors (8 known diabetic) and shipped on ice to a central laboratory to examine the stability of HbA1c measurements during the first 9 postmortem days. Thirty-nine other suspected diabetic donors underwent comparison of premortem and postmortem HbA1c measurements. RESULTS: Postmortem HbA1c measurements remained stable after 9 postmortem days (all measurements within ±0...
May 23, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541799/limited-engraftment-of-donor-microbiome-via-one-time-fecal-microbial-transplantation-in-treated-hiv-infected-individuals
#17
Ivan Vujkovic-Cvijin, Rachel L Rutishauser, Montha Pao, Peter W Hunt, Susan V Lynch, Joseph M McCune, Ma Somsouk
BACKGROUND: Many HIV-infected individuals on antiretroviral therapy (ART) exhibit persistent systemic inflammation, which predicts morbidity and mortality. ART-treated subjects concurrently exhibit marked compositional alterations in the gut bacterial microbiota and the degree of dysbiosis correlates with systemic inflammation. Whether interventions to modulate the microbiome can affect systemic inflammation is unknown. METHODS: An open-label fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) was delivered by colonoscopy to asymptomatic HIV-infected ART-suppressed individuals without antibiotic pre-treatment...
May 25, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541045/orally-absorbed-cyclic-peptides
#18
Daniel S Nielsen, Nicholas E Shepherd, Weijun Xu, Andrew J Lucke, Martin J Stoermer, David P Fairlie
Peptides and proteins are not orally bioavailable in mammals, although a few peptides are intestinally absorbed in small amounts. Polypeptides are generally too large and polar to passively diffuse through lipid membranes, while most known active transport mechanisms facilitate cell uptake of only very small peptides. Systematic evaluations of peptides with molecular weights above 500 Da are needed to identify parameters that influence oral bioavailability. Here we describe 125 cyclic peptides containing four to thirty-seven amino acids that are orally absorbed by mammals...
May 25, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537294/using-raman-spectroscopy-to-assess-hemoglobin-oxygenation-in-red-blood-cell-concentrate-an-objective-proxy-for-morphological-index-to-gauge-the-quality-of-stored-blood
#19
Chad G Atkins, H Georg Schulze, Deborah Chen, Dana V Devine, Michael W Blades, Robin F B Turner
Blood banking is an essential aspect of modern medical care. When red blood cells (RBCs) are stored, they become damaged by various chemical processes, such as accumulation of their own waste products and oxidative injury, among others. These processes lead to the development of the RBC storage lesion, a complex condition where the severity is reflected through the morphology of the stored cells. It was hypothesized that Raman spectroscopy could be used to monitor certain structural and compositional changes associated with such ageing effects and that a relationship between these features and traditional morphology (as measured using a morphology index) could be observed...
May 24, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536722/apixaban-pharmacodynamic-activity-in-umbilical-cord-paediatric-and-adult-plasma
#20
Robert J Yetman, Yu Chen Barrett, Zhaoqing Wang, Robert Adamczyk, Jessie Wang, Eduardo Ramacciotti, Charles Frost
The objective was to characterise apixaban pharmacodynamic (PD) activity in umbilical cord (UC), paediatric, and adult plasma. Plasma was obtained from blood samples from six UC donors, 70 paediatric (neonates [birth-≤1 month], infants [>1-≤6 months], toddlers [>6 months-≤2 years], young children [>2-≤6 years], children [>6-≤12 years], adolescents [>12-≤18 years]), and six adult (19-45 years) subjects. Plasma spiked with apixaban 0 (baseline), 30, or 110 ng/ml was analysed for anti-factor Xa activity, factor X levels, prothrombin time (PT), and modified PT (mPT)...
May 24, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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