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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716096/optimizing-reproducibility-of-operant-testing-through-reinforcer-standardization-identification-of-key-nutritional-constituents-determining-reward-strength-in-touchscreens
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Eun Woo Kim, Benjamin U Phillips, Christopher J Heath, So Yeon Cho, Hyunjeong Kim, Jemeen Sreedharan, Ho-Taek Song, Jong Eun Lee, Timothy J Bussey, Chul Hoon Kim, Eosu Kim, Lisa M Saksida
Reliable and reproducible assessment of animal learning and behavior is a central aim of basic and translational neuroscience research. Recent developments in automated operant chamber technology have led to the possibility of universal standard protocols, in addition to increased translational potential, reliability and accuracy. However, the impact of regional and national differences in the supplies of available reinforcers in this system on behavioural performance and inter-laboratory variability is an unknown and at present uncontrolled variable...
July 17, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706751/development-and-implementation-of-a-coagulation-factor-testing-method-utilizing-autoverification-in-a-high-volume-clinical-reference-laboratory-environment
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Paul W Riley, Benoit Gallea, Andre Valcour
BACKGROUND: Testing coagulation factor activities requires that multiple dilutions be assayed and analyzed to produce a single result. The slope of the line created by plotting measured factor concentration against sample dilution is evaluated to discern the presence of inhibitors giving rise to nonparallelism. Moreover, samples producing results on initial dilution falling outside the analytic measurement range of the assay must be tested at additional dilutions to produce reportable results...
2017: Journal of Pathology Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701422/new-highly-sensitive-real-time-pcr-assay-for-hiv-2-group-a-and-group-b-dna-quantification
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Mélanie Bertine, Marie Gueudin, Adeline Mélard, Florence Damond, Diane Descamps, Sophie Matheron, Fidéline Collin, Christine Rouzioux, Jean-Christophe Plantier, Véronique Avettand-Fenoel
HIV-2 infection is characterized by a very low replication in most cases and low progression. That necessitates a different approach to patient monitoring than that for HIV-1 infection. Here, a new, highly specific, and sensitive method for HIV-2 DNA quantification has been developed. The new test is based on quantitative real-time PCR, targeting the LTR and Gag regions and using an internal control. Analytical performance was determined in three laboratories and clinical performance on blood samples from 63 patients infected with HIV-2 group A (n=35) or group B (n=28)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700901/hyperspectral-image-analysis-for-rapid-and-accurate-discrimination-of-bacterial-infections-a-benchmark-study
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Simone Arrigoni, Giovanni Turra, Alberto Signoroni
With the rapid diffusion of Full Laboratory Automation systems, Clinical Microbiology is currently experiencing a new digital revolution. The ability to capture and process large amounts of visual data from microbiological specimen processing enables the definition of completely new objectives. These include the direct identification of pathogens growing on culturing plates, with expected improvements in rapid definition of the right treatment for patients affected by bacterial infections. In this framework, the synergies between light spectroscopy and image analysis, offered by hyperspectral imaging, are of prominent interest...
June 21, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693548/using-a-linked-database-for-epidemiology-across-the-primary-and-secondary-care-divide-acute-kidney-injury
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M Johnson, H Hounkpatin, S Fraser, D Culliford, M Uniacke, P Roderick
BACKGROUND: NHS England has mandated the use in hospital laboratories of an automated early warning algorithm to create a consistent method for the detection of acute kidney injury (AKI). It generates an 'alert' based on changes in serum creatinine level to notify attending clinicians of a possible incident case of the condition, and to provide an assessment of its severity. We aimed to explore the feasibility of secondary data analysis to reproduce the algorithm outside of the hospital laboratory, and to describe the epidemiology of AKI across primary and secondary care within a region...
July 11, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692840/normal-pregnancy-is-associated-with-an-increase-in-thrombin-generation-from-the-very-early-stages-of-the-first-trimester
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C N Bagot, E Leishman, C C Onyiaodike, F Jordan, D J Freeman
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy is a hypercoagulable state associated with an increased risk of venous thrombosis, which begins during the first trimester, but the exact time of onset is unknown. Thrombin generation, a laboratory marker of thrombosis risk, increases during normal pregnancy but it is unclear exactly how early this increase occurs. METHODS: We assessed thrombin generation by Calibrated Automated Thrombography in women undergoing natural cycle in vitro fertilization, who subsequently gave birth at term following a normal pregnancy (n=22)...
June 29, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691150/quantitative-analysis-of-total-starch-content-in-wheat-flour-by-reaction-headspace-gas-chromatography
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Wei-Qi Xie, Yi-Xian Gong, Kong-Xian Yu
This paper proposed a new reaction headspace gas chromatographic (HS-GC) method for efficiently quantifying the total starch content in wheat flours. A certain weight of wheat flour was oxidized by potassium dichromate in an acidic condition in a sealed headspace vial. The results show that the starch in wheat flour can be completely transferred to carbon dioxide at the given conditions (at 100 °C for 40 min) and the total starch content in wheat flour sample can be indirectly quantified by detecting the CO2 formed from the oxidation reaction...
July 10, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689506/description-and-validation-of-a-new-automated-surveillance-system-for-clostridium-difficile-in-denmark
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M Chaine, S Gubbels, M Voldstedlund, B Kristensen, J Nielsen, L P Andersen, S Ellermann-Eriksen, J Engberg, A Holm, B Olesen, H C Schønheyder, C Østergaard, S Ethelberg, K Mølbak
The surveillance of Clostridium difficile (CD) in Denmark consists of laboratory based data from Departments of Clinical Microbiology (DCMs) sent to the National Registry of Enteric Pathogens (NREP). We validated a new surveillance system for CD based on the Danish Microbiology Database (MiBa). MiBa automatically collects microbiological test results from all Danish DCMs. We built an algorithm to identify positive test results for CD recorded in MiBa. A CD case was defined as a person with a positive culture for CD or PCR detection of toxin A and/or B and/or binary toxin...
July 10, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689418/an-assay-based-on-samdi-mass-spectrometry-for-profiling-protein-interaction-domains
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Patrick T O'Kane, Milan Mrksich
This paper describes an assay that can profile the binding of a protein to ligands and can rank the affinities of a library of ligands. The method is based on the enhanced rate of an enzyme-mediated reaction that follows from colocalization of the enzyme and substrate by a protein-ligand interaction. This assay uses a self-assembled monolayer that presents a candidate peptide ligand for a receptor and a peptide substrate for an enzyme. The receptor is prepared as a fusion to the relevant enzyme so that binding of the receptor to the immobilized ligand brings the enzyme to the surface, where it can more rapidly modify its substrate...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688219/performance-of-a-cost-effective-and-automated-blood-counting-system-for-resource-limited-settings-operated-by-trained-and-untrained-users
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Dengling Xie, Yanjun Xie, Peng Liu, Lieshu Tong, Chuanzhen Hu, Pengfei Shao, Kaiqin Chu, Zachary J Smith
Current flow-based blood counting devices require expensive and centralized medical infrastructure and are not appropriate for field use. In this paper we report a streamlined, easy-to-use method to count red cells, white cells, platelets, and 3-part WBC differential through a cost-effective and automated image-based blood counting system. The approach consists of using a compact, custom-built microscope with large field-of-view to record bright-field and fluorescence images of samples that are diluted with a single, stable reagent mixture and counted using automatic algorithms...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684977/automating-multistep-flow-synthesis-approach-and-challenges-in-integrating-chemistry-machines-and-logic
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REVIEW
Chinmay A Shukla, Amol A Kulkarni
The implementation of automation in the multistep flow synthesis is essential for transforming laboratory-scale chemistry into a reliable industrial process. In this review, we briefly introduce the role of automation based on its application in synthesis viz. auto sampling and inline monitoring, optimization and process control. Subsequently, we have critically reviewed a few multistep flow synthesis and suggested a possible control strategy to be implemented so that it helps to reliably transfer the laboratory-scale synthesis strategy to a pilot scale at its optimum conditions...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682837/closed-loop-and-decision-assist-guided-fluid-therapy-of-human-hemorrhage
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Gabriel Hundeshagen, George C Kramer, Nicole Ribeiro Marques, Michael G Salter, Aristides K Koutrouvelis, Husong Li, Daneshvari R Solanki, Alexander Indrikovs, Roger Seeton, Sheryl N Henkel, Michael P Kinsky
OBJECTIVES: We sought to evaluate the efficacy, efficiency, and physiologic consequences of automated, endpoint-directed resuscitation systems and compare them to formula-based bolus resuscitation. DESIGN: Experimental human hemorrhage and resuscitation. SETTING: Clinical Research Laboratory. SUBJECTS: Healthy volunteers. INTERVENTIONS: Subjects (n = 7) were subjected to hemorrhage and underwent a randomized fluid resuscitation scheme on separate visits 1) formula-based bolus resuscitation; 2) semiautonomous (decision assist) fluid administration; and 3) fully autonomous (closed loop) resuscitation...
July 4, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682833/cross-platform-comparison-of-computer-assisted-image-analysis-quantification-of-in-situ-mrna-hybridization-in-investigative-pathology
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Timothy R Holzer, Jeffrey C Hanson, Erin M Wray, Jason A Bailey, Kim R Kennedy, Patrick R Finnegan, Aejaz Nasir, Kelly M Credille
Although availability of automated platforms has proliferated, there is no standard practice for computer-assisted generation of scores for mRNA in situ hybridization (ISH) visualized by brightfield microscopic imaging on tissue sections. To address this systematically, an ISH for peptidylprolyl isomerase B (PPIB) (cyclophilin B) mRNA was optimized and applied to a tissue microarray of archival non-small cell lung carcinoma cases, and then automated image analysis for PPIB was refined across 4 commercially available software platforms...
July 4, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679720/immunoassays
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Thomas O Kohl, Carl A Ascoli
The enzyme immunoassay (EIA) is one of the most powerful of all immunochemical techniques. First described in the early 1970s, these assays are now used routinely in laboratory analyses and diagnostics. In biology and biotechnology, the EIA is a valuable and versatile tool used to detect and quantitate antigens and antibodies. Application of the appropriate EIA permits rapid quantification of different antigens and antibodies (referred to here as analytes) present at very low concentrations within a mixture...
July 5, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677240/application-of-automated-image-analysis-reduces-the-workload-of-manual-screening-of-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsies-in-breast-cancer
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Henrik Holten-Rossing, Maj-Lis Møller Talman, Anne Marie Bak Jylling, Anne-Vibeke Laenkholm, Martin Kristensson, Ben Vainer
INTRODUCTION: Breast cancer is one of the most common cancer diseases in women with more than 1.67 million cases diagnosed worldwide each year. In breast cancer, the sentinel lymph node (SLN) pinpoints the first lymph node(s) into which the tumor spreads and it is usually located in the ipsilateral axilla. In patients with no clinical signs of metastatic disease in the axilla, a SLN biopsy (SLNB) is performed. Assessment of metastases in the SLNB is done in a conventional microscope by manually observing a metastasis and measuring its size and/or counting the number of tumor cells...
July 5, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674822/a-fully-automated-simultaneous-single-stage-separation-of-sr-pb-and-nd-using-dga-resin-for-the-isotopic-analysis-of-marine-sediments
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A Retzmann, T Zimmermann, D Pröfrock, T Prohaska, J Irrgeher
A novel, fast and reliable sample preparation procedure for the simultaneous separation of Sr, Pb, and Nd has been developed for subsequent isotope ratio analysis of sediment digests. The method applying a fully automated, low-pressure chromatographic system separates all three analytes in a single-stage extraction step using self-packed columns filled with DGA Resin. The fully automated set-up allows the unattended processing of three isotopic systems from one sediment digest every 2 h, offering high sample throughput of up to 12 samples per day and reducing substantially laboratory manpower as compared to conventional manual methods...
July 4, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672770/performance-of-automated-digital-cell-imaging-analyzer-sysmex-di-60
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Hyeong Nyeon Kim, Mina Hur, Hanah Kim, Seung Wan Kim, Hee-Won Moon, Yeo-Min Yun
BACKGROUND: The Sysmex DI-60 system (DI-60, Sysmex, Kobe, Japan) is a new automated digital cell imaging analyzer. We explored the performance of DI-60 in comparison with Sysmex XN analyzer (XN, Sysmex) and manual count. METHODS: In a total of 276 samples (176 abnormal and 100 normal samples), white blood cell (WBC) differentials, red blood cell (RBC) classification and platelet (PLT) estimation by DI-60 were compared with the results by XN and/or manual count. RBC morphology between pre-classification and verification was compared according to the ICSH grading criteria...
June 16, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672732/performance-analysis-of-automated-evaluation-of-crithidia-luciliae-based-indirect-immunofluorescence-tests-in-a-routine-setting-strengths-and-weaknesses
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Wymke Hormann, Melanie Hahn, Stefan Gerlach, Nicola Hochstrate, Kai Affeldt, Joyce Giesen, Kai Fechner, Jan G M C Damoiseaux
BACKGROUND: Antibodies directed against dsDNA are a highly specific diagnostic marker for the presence of systemic lupus erythematosus and of particular importance in its diagnosis. To assess anti-dsDNA antibodies, the Crithidia luciliae-based indirect immunofluorescence test (CLIFT) is one of the assays considered to be the best choice. To overcome the drawback of subjective result interpretation that inheres indirect immunofluorescence assays in general, automated systems have been introduced into the market during the last years...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668468/standardization-of-automated-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-assays-how-successful-is-it
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E H A M Elsenberg, E Ten Boekel, H Huijgen, A C Heijboer
OBJECTIVES: Multiple 25(OH)D assays have recently been aligned to improve comparibility. In this study we investigated the performance of these assays using both native single-donor sera with target values certified by a reference method as well as single donor sera from a heterogeneous patient population. DESIGN & METHODS: 25(OH)D levels were measured in twenty reference samples (Ref!25OHD; Labquality, Finland) using five automated methods (Lumipulse, Liaison, Cobas, iSYS and Access) and one aligned ID-XLC-MS/MS method (slope: 1,00; intercept: 0,00; R=0,996)...
June 28, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665003/multicentre-evaluation-of-the-new-ortho-vision%C3%A2-analyser
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E Lazarova, Y Scott, A van den Bos, P Wantzin, R Atugonza, S Solkar, N Carpio
BACKGROUND: Implementation of fully automated analysers has become a crucial security step in the blood bank; it reduces human errors, allows standardisation and improves turnaround time (TAT). OBJECTIVES: We aimed at evaluating the ease of use and the efficiency of the ORTHO VISION® Analyser (VISION) in comparison to the ORTHO AutoVue® Innova System (AutoVue) in six different laboratories. METHODS: After initial training and system configuration, VISION was used in parallel to AutoVue following the daily workload, both automates being based on ORTHO BioVue® System column agglutination technology...
June 30, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
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