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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815426/identification-and-red-blood-cell-automated-counting-from-blood-smear-images-using-computer-aided-system
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Vasundhara Acharya, Preetham Kumar
Red blood cell count plays a vital role in identifying the overall health of the patient. Hospitals use the hemocytometer to count the blood cells. Conventional method of placing the smear under microscope and counting the cells manually lead to erroneous results, and medical laboratory technicians are put under stress. A computer-aided system will help to attain precise results in less amount of time. This research work proposes an image-processing technique for counting the number of red blood cells. It aims to examine and process the blood smear image, in order to support the counting of red blood cells and identify the number of normal and abnormal cells in the image automatically...
August 17, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811479/membrane-free-culture-and-real-time-barrier-integrity-assessment-of-perfused-intestinal-epithelium-tubes
#2
Sebastiaan J Trietsch, Elena Naumovska, Dorota Kurek, Meily C Setyawati, Marianne K Vormann, Karlijn J Wilschut, Henriëtte L Lanz, Arnaud Nicolas, Chee Ping Ng, Jos Joore, Stefan Kustermann, Adrian Roth, Thomas Hankemeier, Annie Moisan, Paul Vulto
In vitro models that better reflect in vivo epithelial barrier (patho-)physiology are urgently required to predict adverse drug effects. Here we introduce extracellular matrix-supported intestinal tubules in perfused microfluidic devices, exhibiting tissue polarization and transporter expression. Forty leak-tight tubules are cultured in parallel on a single plate and their response to pharmacological stimuli is recorded over 125 h using automated imaging techniques. A study comprising 357 gut tubes is performed, of which 93% are leak tight before exposure...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807864/reducing-diagnostic-turnaround-times-of-exome-sequencing-for-families-requiring-timely-diagnoses
#3
Aurélie Bourchany, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Daphné Lehalle, Ange-Line Bruel, Alice Masurel-Paulet, Nolwenn Jean, Sophie Nambot, Marjorie Willems, Laetitia Lambert, Salima El Chehadeh-Djebbar, Elise Schaefer, Aurélia Jaquette, Judith St-Onge, Charlotte Poe, Thibaud Jouan, Martin Chevarin, Patrick Callier, Anne-Laure Mosca-Boidron, Nicole Laurent, Mathilde Lefebvre, Frédéric Huet, Nada Houcinat, Sébastien Moutton, Christophe Philippe, Frédéric Tran-Mau-Them, Antonio Vitobello, Paul Kuentz, Yannis Duffourd, Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Julien Thevenon, Laurence Faivre
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Whole-exome sequencing (WES) has now entered medical practice with powerful applications in the diagnosis of rare Mendelian disorders. Although the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of WES have been widely demonstrated, it is essential to reduce the diagnostic turnaround time to make WES a first-line procedure. Since 2011, the automation of laboratory procedures and advances in sequencing chemistry have made it possible to carry out diagnostic whole genome sequencing from the blood sample to molecular diagnosis of suspected genetic disorders within 50 h...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806954/-usability-of-data-integration-and-visualization-software-for-multidisciplinary-pediatric-intensive-care-a-human-factors-approach-to-assessing-technology
#4
Ying Ling Lin, Anne-Marie Guerguerian, Jessica Tomasi, Peter Laussen, Patricia Trbovich
BACKGROUND: Intensive care clinicians use several sources of data in order to inform decision-making. We set out to evaluate a new interactive data integration platform called T3™ made available for pediatric intensive care. Three primary functions are supported: tracking of physiologic signals, displaying trajectory, and triggering decisions, by highlighting data or estimating risk of patient instability. We designed a human factors study to identify interface usability issues, to measure ease of use, and to describe interface features that may enable or hinder clinical tasks...
August 14, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804833/laboratory-testing-protocols-for-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia-hit-testing
#5
Kun Kan Edwin Lau, Soma Mohammed, Leonardo Pasalic, Emmanuel J Favaloro
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) represents a significant high morbidity complication of heparin therapy. The clinicopathological diagnosis of HIT remains challenging for many reasons; thus, laboratory testing represents an important component of an accurate diagnosis. Although there are many assays available to assess HIT, these essentially fall into two categories-(a) immunological assays, and (b) functional assays. The current chapter presents protocols for several HIT assays, being those that are most commonly performed in laboratory practice and have the widest geographic distribution...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804832/measuring-direct-oral-anticoagulants
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Robert C Gosselin, Jonathan Douxfils
Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) can be quantified using methods that can be performed in any clinical or research laboratory using manual or automated instrument platforms. Dabigatran etexilate, the oral direct thrombin inhibitor, can be quantified by drug-calibrated clot or chromogenic-based assays using either thrombin or ecarin as substrates. Oral direct anti-Xa inhibitors, such as rivaroxaban, apixaban, and edoxaban, can be quantified with drug-calibrated anti-Xa kits or reagents as typically used for measuring heparins (unfractionated, low molecular weight, or pentasaccharides)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804824/laboratory-testing-for-activated-protein-c-resistance-apcr
#7
Soma Mohammed, Emmanuel J Favaloro
Activated protein C resistance (APCR) describes a hemostatic disorder characterized by a poor anticoagulant response to activated protein C (APC). This results in an increased risk of venous thrombosis, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Protein C is a natural anticoagulant that is synthesized in the liver and is activated to APC via proteolysis. APC then degrades Factors Va and VIIIa. APCR describes the reduced inability of APC to cleave Factors Va and VIIIa, which therefore promotes increased thrombin generation and potentially leads to a prothrombotic state...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803887/a-miniaturized-peptidyl-prolyl-isomerase-enzyme-assay
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Mirella Vivoli, Julien Renou, Arnaud Chevalier, Isobel H Norville, Suraya Diaz, Christina Juli, Helen Atkins, Ulrike Holzgrabe, Pierre-Yves Renard, Mitali Sarkar-Tyson, Nicholas J Harmer
Prolyl-peptidyl isomerases (PPIases) are enzymes that are found in all living organisms. They form an essential part of the cellular protein folding homeostasis machinery. PPIases are associated with many important human diseases, e.g. cardiovascular disease, cancer and Alzheimer's. The development of novel PPIase inhibitors has been limited by the lack of a rapid, laboratory-based assay for these enzymes, as their substrates and products are challenging to distinguish. A well described continuous assay, coupled with the hydrolysis of a peptide by chymotrypsin is highly effective, but comparatively slow...
August 10, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803708/anti-phospholipid-syndrome-current-opinion-on-mechanisms-involved-laboratory-characterization-and-diagnostic-aspects
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Jean Amiral, Marie Peyrafitte, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jerard Seghatchian
Anti-phospholipid syndrome is a complex and severe clinical situation, associated with symptoms such as recurrent thrombosis, arterial or venous, at any site, pregnancy loss, and other related syndromes. These clinical burdens, are highly variable from patient to patient, and are associated with biological abnormalities, such as the presence of the Lupus Anticoagulant or phospholipid dependent antibodies, confirmed on two occasions at least 12 weeks apart. From the diagnosis standpoint, both, functional (clotting) or immunological assays, are difficult to standardize and to optimize, due to the absence of reference material, or a characteristic clinical group, and international reference preparations...
July 15, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803006/genetic-analysis-of-new-progesterone-based-fertility-traits-in-dairy-cows-measured-on-farm
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Diana Sorg, Monika Wensch-Dorendorf, Kati Schöpke, Gunter Martin, Renate Schafberg, Nicole Reinhold, Steffen Pache, Hermann Swalve
The objectives of this study were (1) to analyze the agreement of a standard laboratory ELISA for progesterone (P4) with an automated on-farm ELISA kit operated under commercial conditions in 1,297 milk samples from 50 dairy cows; (2) to study the influence of the method of detection of luteal activity on genetic parameters of fertility traits based on P4 measured with an automated on-farm ELISA once weekly from wk 3 to 9 postpartum in the milk of 1,304 cows; and (3) to study the influence of sampling frequency (once or twice weekly from wk 3 to 9) on the same traits from 296 cows...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802624/a-portable-real-time-in-situ-gamma-ray-analysis-system
#11
Cong Wei, Kelly Garnick, Thomas Scott, Elon Malkin, Jennifer Szymanski, Steve Laskos, Jeffrey Raimondi, James Cocks, Kara Morris, Wilhelm Mueller, James Zickefoose
A portable CeBr3 based gamma-ray detection system was designed and built for rapid turnaround, high throughput, real-time, and in situ sample analysis. The new technique allows automated data transmission from the field unit to a central laboratory controller to ensure laboratory quality of the data collected by field users without gamma-ray spectroscopy expertise. The method validation data indicates that the system's data quality objectives are adequate for radiological or nuclear emergency response or targeted surveillance programs where gamma-ray analysis is needed...
August 2, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802157/droplet-digital-pcr-for-rapid-enumeration-of-viral-genomes-and-particles-from-cells-and-animals-infected-with-orthopoxviruses
#12
Jeffrey L Americo, Patricia L Earl, Bernard Moss
Droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) was adapted for quantifying the number of orthopoxviral genomes in purified virus samples, infected cell lysates and tissues of infected animals. In contrast to the more commonly used qPCR, the newer ddPCR provides absolute numbers of DNA copies in samples without need for standard curves and has the ability to detect rare mutants in a population. The genome/infectious unit ratio for several sucrose gradient-purified orthopoxviruses varied from 5 to 10, which correlated well with values obtained using the Virocyt, a dedicated fluorescence flow cytometer...
August 9, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800739/sources-of-variability-in-quantification-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-infarct-size-reproducibility-among-three-core-laboratories
#13
Igor Klem, Einar Heiberg, Lowie Van Assche, Michele A Parker, Han W Kim, John D Grizzard, Håkan Arheden, Raymond J Kim
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarct (AMI) size depicted by late gadolinium enhancement cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is increasingly used as an efficacy endpoint in randomized trials comparing AMI therapies. Infarct size is quantified using manual planimetry (MANUAL), visual scoring (VISUAL), or automated techniques using signal-intensity thresholding (AUTO). Although AUTO is considered the most reproducible, prior studies did not account for the subjective determination of endocardial/epicardial borders, which all methods require...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798746/automated-analysis-of-flow-cytometry-data-to-reduce-inter-lab-variation-in-the-detection-of-major-histocompatibility-complex-multimer-binding-t-cells
#14
Natasja Wulff Pedersen, P Anoop Chandran, Yu Qian, Jonathan Rebhahn, Nadia Viborg Petersen, Mathilde Dalsgaard Hoff, Scott White, Alexandra J Lee, Rick Stanton, Charlotte Halgreen, Kivin Jakobsen, Tim Mosmann, Cécile Gouttefangeas, Cliburn Chan, Richard H Scheuermann, Sine Reker Hadrup
Manual analysis of flow cytometry data and subjective gate-border decisions taken by individuals continue to be a source of variation in the assessment of antigen-specific T cells when comparing data across laboratories, and also over time in individual labs. Therefore, strategies to provide automated analysis of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) multimer-binding T cells represent an attractive solution to decrease subjectivity and technical variation. The challenge of using an automated analysis approach is that MHC multimer-binding T cell populations are often rare and therefore difficult to detect...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797130/use-of-the-22c3-anti-pd-l1-antibody-to-determine-pd-l1-expression-in-multiple-automated-immunohistochemistry-platforms
#15
Marius Ilie, Shirin Khambata-Ford, Christiane Copie-Bergman, Lingkang Huang, Jonathan Juco, Veronique Hofman, Paul Hofman
BACKGROUND: For non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), treatment with pembrolizumab is limited to patients with tumours expressing PD-L1 assessed by immunohistochemistry (IHC) using the PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx (Dako, Inc.) companion diagnostic test, on the Dako Autostainer Link 48 (ASL48) platform. Optimised protocols are urgently needed for use of the 22C3 antibody concentrate to test PD-L1 expression on more widely available IHC autostainers. METHODS: We evaluated PD-L1 expression using the 22C3 antibody concentrate in the three main commercially available autostainers Dako ASL48, BenchMark ULTRA (Ventana Medical Systems, Inc...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796722/accuracy-and-repeatability-of-automated-injector-versus-manual-administration-of-an-mri-contrast-agent-results-of-a-laboratory-study
#16
Jan Endrikat, Ron Barbati, Marcella Scarpa, Gregor Jost, Arthur E Ned Uber
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare flow rates over time and the deviations from the target flow rate of a magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent achieved by an automated injector versus manual injection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this laboratory study, the magnetic resonance contrast agent gadobutrol was repeatedly injected by an injector and by 10 experienced technologists. Six scenarios with 2 different target flow rates (1 and 5 mL/s), 2 different contrast volumes (10 and 20 mL), and 2 different intravenous (IV) catheters (22 gauge and 20 gauge) were tested...
August 7, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794183/french-prospective-clinical-evaluation-of-the-aptima%C3%A2-mycoplasma-genitalium-assay-ce-ivd-and-macrolide-resistance-detection-using-three-distinct-assays
#17
Chloé Le Roy, Sabine Pereyre, Nadège Hénin, Cécile Bébéar
The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical performance of the Aptima® Mycoplasma genitalium CE-IVD (MG-TMA) assay for the detection of Mycoplasma genitalium in clinical male and female samples in comparison with the in-house real-time PCR (in-house PCR) assay routinely used in our laboratory. A total of 1,431 clinical specimens obtained from 1,235 patients were prospectively collected at the Bacteriology Department of Bordeaux University Hospital (France). Additional research-use-only Aptima® M. genitalium TMA assays, Alt1-TMA and Alt2-TMA, were performed on discordant specimens to determine the M...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792380/evaluation-of-the-bd-max-enteric-parasite-panel-for-the-detection-of-cryptosporidium-parvum-hominis-giardia-duodenalis-and-entamoeba-histolytica
#18
Michael D Perry, Sally A Corden, P Lewis White
PURPOSE: Conventional laboratory detection methods for gastrointestinal parasites are time consuming, require considerable technical expertise and may suffer from poor analytical sensitivity. This study sought to evaluate the automated BD MAX Enteric Parasite Panel (EPP) for the detection of Cryptosporidium parvum/hominis, Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia duodenalis.Methodolgy. A total of 104 known positive samples (43 Cryptosporidium parvum/hominis and 61 G. duodenalis), 15 simulated samples (E...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777667/challenges-and-opportunities-in-the-manufacture-and-expansion-of-cells-for-therapy
#19
Joachim H Maartens, Elena M De-Juan-Pardo, Felix M Wunner, Antonio Simula, Nicolas H Voelcker, Simon C Barry, Dietmar W Hutmacher
Laboratory-based ex vivo cell culture methods are largely manual in their manufacturing processes. This makes it extremely difficult to meet regulatory requirements for process validation, quality control and reproducibility. Cell culture concepts with a translational focus need to embrace a more automated approach where cell yields are able to meet the quantitative production demands, the correct cell lineage and phenotype is readily confirmed and reagent usage has been optimized. Areas covered: This article discusses the obstacles inherent in classical laboratory-based methods, their concomitant impact on cost-of-goods and that a technology step change is required to facilitate translation from bed-to-bedside...
August 4, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776697/an-automated-data-driven-dsp-development-approach-for-glycoproteins-from-yeast
#20
Vignesh Rajamanickam, Maximillian Krippl, Christoph Herwig, Oliver Spadiut
Downstream process development for recombinant glycoproteins from yeast is cumbersome due to hyperglycosylation of target proteins. In a previous study, we purified three recombinant glycoproteins from Pichia pastoris using a simple two-step flowthrough mode approach using monolithic columns. In this study, we investigated a novel automated data science approach for identifying purification conditions for such glycoproteins using monolithic columns. We performed three sets of design of experiments (DoEs) in analytical scale to determine the separation efficiency of monolithic columns for three different recombinant horseradish peroxidase (HRP) isoenzymes...
August 4, 2017: Electrophoresis
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