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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821058/exploration-of-permeability-and-antifouling-performance-on-modified-cellulose-acetate-ultrafiltration-membrane-with-cellulose-nanocrystals
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Jinling Lv, Guoquan Zhang, Hanmin Zhang, Fenglin Yang
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were introduced into cellulose diacetate (CDA) matrix via immerged phase-inversion process, aiming to improve the filtration and antifouling performance of CNCs/CDA blending membrane. The effects of CNCs on membrane morphologies, hydrophilicity, permeability and antifouling property were investigated. Results showed that the incorporation of CNCs into CDA membrane could effectively enhance the permeability and antifouling property of CNCs/CDA blending membrane by optimizing membrane microstructure and improving membrane hydrophilicity...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820984/identification-of-m-tuberculosis-antigens-in-the-sera-of-tuberculosis-patients-using-biomimetic-affinity-chromatography-in-conjunction-with-esi-cid-ms-ms
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Guorong Ma, Jinting Pan, Jincheng Han, Lina Gao, Shulin Zhang, Rongxiu Li
The profiling of abnormally-expressed proteins in host cells using mass spectrometry (MS) analysis is a classical approach for screening disease-associated biomarkers in clinical diagnosis. However, few pathogen-specific antigens can currently be detected in serum using this proteomic approach, since these are very low-abundant proteins that are easily masked by host high-abundant proteins. Identification of pathogen-specific antigens in the sera of tuberculosis patients is crucial for the clinical diagnosis of this infectious disease, especially in immune-compromised patients...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820982/direct-analysis-no-sample-preparation-of-bioavailable-cortisol-in-human-plasma-by-weak-affinity-chromatography-wac
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Sten Ohlson, Jagjit Kaur, Manfred Raida, Ulf Niss, Tim Bengala, Chester Lee Drum, Bernhard Boehm, Anthony R Torres
Pre-analytical treatment of blood plasma is a time consuming and often rate limiting step in the workflow of LC/MS analysis. We present in this pilot study a new approach for quantitative LC/MS based on weak affinity chromatography (WAC) of crude plasma. The steroid hormone cortisol was selected as a clinically relevant biomarker, as it currently requires extensive pre-analytical preparation. A WAC unit with saturating, immobilized albumin as a prototypic weak binder was used in combination with an ion-funnel MS/MS detector to perform zonal affinity chromatography of cortisol directly from a plasma sample, followed by quantitative multiple reaction monitoring (MRM)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820885/diagnostic-efficacy-of-noninvasive-liver-fibrosis-indexes-in-predicting-portal-hypertension-in-patients-with-cirrhosis
#4
Le Wang, Yuemin Feng, Xiaowen Ma, Guangchuan Wang, Hao Wu, Xiaoyu Xie, Chunqing Zhang, Qiang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that noninvasive liver fibrosis indexes could be useful for predicting esophageal varices (EV) in cirrhotic patients. However, thus far, the diagnostic efficacy of these indexes in predicting portal hypertension (PH) in cirrhotic patients has been poorly evaluated. AIMS: To evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of noninvasive liver fibrosis indexes in the diagnosis of PH. METHODS: A total of 238 cirrhotic patients underwent hepatic venous pressure gradient (HVPG) evaluation and relevant serum tests to analyze the variables associated with PH grade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820424/observation-of-self-polarization-in-the-bsa-protected-au20-clusters
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Deepak Kumar Swain, Alongbar Narzary, Anil Singh, Amreesh Chandra, T Nagasawa, S Yamamoto, Masaya Mitsuishi, S Rath
The bovine serum albumin (BSA) protected gold clusters (atomicity ~ 20), prepared using a wet chemical route, show a strong dipolar radiative transition with gap energy of 1.93 eV due to the high oscillator strength as confirmed from the emission studies. Self-arrangement of the clusters having fixed atomicity yields a low dispersive dielectric and electric self-polarization nature. The electrical hysteresis loop measurements returned a remanent polarization as 0.05 µC/cm2 which can be correlated with dipolar orientation (activation energy ~ 45...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819987/maximum-home-blood-pressure-is-a-useful-indicator-of-diabetic-nephropathy-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-kamogawa-hbp-study
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Chikako Oyabu, Emi Ushigome, Shinobu Matsumoto, Toru Tanaka, Goji Hasegawa, Naoto Nakamura, Masayoshi Ohnishi, Sei Tsunoda, Hidetaka Ushigome, Isao Yokota, Muhei Tanaka, Mai Asano, Masahiro Yamazaki, Michiaki Fukui
OBJECTIVE: Maximum home systolic blood pressure has been shown to predict target organ damage. We aimed to clarify the association between maximum home systolic blood pressure and urine albumin to creatinine ratio, an indicator of early-phase diabetic nephropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: In 1040 patients, we assessed the relationship of mean or maximum home systolic blood pressure and urine albumin to creatinine ratio, and compared the area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of mean or maximum home systolic blood pressure for diabetic nephropathy (urine albumin to creatinine ratio ⩾30 mg/g Cr)...
August 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819780/preliminary-research-on-syndrome-types-of-chinese-medicine-in-children-with-primary-nephrotic-syndrome
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Wen Sun, Jian Yu, Gu-Lan Zeng, Bing-Feng Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To provide an objective reference for the syndrome types of Chinese medicine (CM) associated with pediatric primary nephrotic syndrome (PNS). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed. Data on clinical symptoms, CM syndrome types, biochemical indices, and medications used were collected from 98 children with PNS. Then, the correlation between CM syndromes and biochemical indices, as well as medications used, was analyzed. RESULTS: The four most common symptoms in children with PNS were brown urine, red tongue, excessive sweating, and swelling of the face and limbs...
August 17, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819567/systemic-associations-with-residual-subretinal-fluid-after-ranibizumab-in-diabetic-macular-edema
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Meng-Ju Tsai, Yi-Ting Hsieh, Elizabeth P Shen, Yi-Jie Peng
PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of systemic diseases on the occurrence of subretinal fluid (SRF) in diabetic macular edema (DME) and prognostic factors for residual SRF following three consecutive monthly intravitreal ranibizumab. METHODS: Ninety-seven eyes from 68 patients with DME who completed 3 consecutive monthly injections of ranibizumab were enrolled. Systemic parameters mainly included chronic kidney disease (CKD), hypertension, HbA1c, and insulin dependence...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819562/re-evaluation-of-glycated-hemoglobin-and-glycated-albumin-with-continuous-glucose-monitoring-system-as-markers-of-glycemia-in-patients-with-liver-cirrhosis
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Hiroshi Isoda, Hirokazu Takahashi, Yuichiro Eguchi, Motoyasu Kojima, Kanako Inoue, Kenichiro Murayama, Yayoi Matsuda, Keizo Anzai
[This retracts the article DOI: 10.3892/br.2016.808.].
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819381/low-preoperative-albumin-to-globulin-ratio-predict-poor-survival-and-negatively-correlated-with-fibrinogen-in-resectable-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Xiao-Hui Li, Wen-Shen Gu, Xue-Ping Wang, Jian-Hua Lin, Xin Zheng, Lin Zhang, Ting Kang, Zhi-Xian Zhang, Wan-Li Liu
Background: Although various inflammation-based indexes in esophageal carcinoma have been documented, but the prognostic value of the albumin-to-globulin ratio(AGR) and its correlation with fibrinogen in resectable ESCC remain unknown. Methods: The levels of pre-treatment serum common acute phase proteins (including CRP, albumin and fribrinogen) were retrospectively analyzed in 447 patients with ESCC who underwent surgical resection at our department. The prognostic value was explored by univariate and multivariate cox hazard analysis...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818597/is-there-a-j-shaped-relationship-between-the-fatty-liver-index-and-risk-of-microalbuminuria-in-the-general-population
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Jong Wook Choi, Il Hwan Oh, Chang Hwa Lee, Joon-Sung Park
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether the fatty liver index (FLI), as a clinical indicator of hepatic fat accumulation based on body mass index, gamma-glutamyl-transferase, triglycerides, and waist circumference, has an association with microalbuminuria. METHODS: We analyzed anthropometric and biochemical data from a nation-wide, population-based, cross-sectional study. A total of 1605 participants included were healthy native Korean 40years or older and divided into quintiles according to their log-FLI and sex...
August 14, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818516/autoimmune-potential-of-perchloroethylene-role-of-lipid-derived-aldehydes
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Gangduo Wang, Jianling Wang, G A Shakeel Ansari, M Firoze Khan
Tetrachloroethene (perchloroethylene, PCE), an ubiquitous environmental contaminant, has been implicated in inducing autoimmunity/autoimmune diseases (ADs), including systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and scleroderma in humans. However, experimental evidence suggesting the potential of PCE in mediating autoimmunity is lacking. This study was, therefore, undertaken to explore PCE's potential in inducing/exacerbating an autoimmune response. Six-week old female MRL+/+ mice, in groups of 6 each, were treated with PCE (0...
August 14, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818166/assessment-of-quality-of-sleep-and-its-relationship-with-psychiatric-morbidity-and-socio-demographic-factors-in-the-patients-of-chronic-renal-disease-undergoing-hemodialysis
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Usama Bin Zubair, Batool Butt
OBJECTIVE: To assess the subjective sleep quality and its relationship with the presence of psychiatric morbidity in the patients suffering from chronic kidney disease (CKD) and undergoing the procedure of hemodialysis (HD); and analyze the associated socio-demographic factors. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Nephrology Department, Military Hospital, Rawalpindi, from July to December 2016. METHODOLOGY: Patients of CKD undergoing the HD were included in the final analysis...
July 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817994/maternal-serum-and-fetal-cord-blood-ischemia-modified-albumin-concentrations-in-normal-pregnancy-and-preeclampsia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Varikasuvu Seshadri Reddy, Pragathi Duggina, Mrudula Vedhantam, Munikumar Manne, Neelakant Varma, Nagaram Srinivas
BACKGROUND/AIMS: A meta-analysis of maternal serum ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) and fetal cord blood IMA concentrations in normal pregnancy (NP) compared to nonpregnant healthy controls (HC) and in preeclampsia (PE) compared to normal pregnant controls were studied. METHODS: All major databases were searched for eligible studies. We included 8 studies comparing serum IMA between NP and HC, 14 studies comparing serum IMA between PE and NP and 5 studies comparing cord-blood IMA between PE and NP groups...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817809/evaluation-of-infliximab-therapy-in-children-with-crohn-s-disease-using-trough-levels-predictors
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Jan Ohem, Ondrej Hradsky, Kristyna Zarubova, Ivana Copova, Petra Bukovska, Richard Prusa, Karin Malickova, Jiri Bronsky
BACKGROUND: In adults, infliximab (IFX) levels correlate with disease activity, and antibodies to IFX (ATIs) predict treatment failure. We aimed to determine the association of IFX levels and ATIs with disease activity in a paediatric population. We prospectively collected blood, stool, and clinical data from 65 patients (age 10.5-15.1 years) with Crohn's disease (CD) before IFX administration, and measured IFX trough levels, ATIs, and faecal calprotectin levels (CPT). Samples were collected during maintenance therapy...
August 18, 2017: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817705/cell-surface-dynamics-and-cellular-distribution-of-endogenous-fcrn
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Lena D'Hooghe, Andrew D Chalmers, Sam Heywood, Paul Whitley
A major role for FcRn is the salvage of pinocytosed IgG and albumin from a degradative fate in lysosomes. FcRn achieves this by binding IgG in a pH-dependent manner in acidic endosomes and recycling it to the plasma membrane to be released at neutral pH. This is important in maintaining high serum IgG and albumin levels and has the potential to be exploited to modulate the pharmacokinetics of antibody-based therapeutics. Although FcRn is responsible for the recycling of IgG, the dynamic behaviour of endogenous FcRn is not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817685/clinical-implications-of-carcinoembryonic-antigen-distribution-in-serum-exosomal-fraction-measurement-by-elisa
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Shozo Yokoyama, Akihiro Takeuchi, Shunsuke Yamaguchi, Yasuyuki Mitani, Takashi Watanabe, Kenji Matsuda, Tsukasa Hotta, John E Shively, Hiroki Yamaue
BACKGROUND: Serum exosomal proteins have great potential as indicators of disease status in cancer, inflammatory or metabolic diseases. The association of a fraction of various serum proteins such as carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) with circulating exosomes has been debated. The establishment of a method to measure the exosomal fraction of such proteins might help resolve this controversy. The use of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) to measure serum exosomal molecules, for example CEA, is rare in research laboratories and totally absent in clinical biology...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817624/ephb4-ephrinb2-therapeutics-in-rhabdomyosarcoma
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Matthew E Randolph, Megan M Cleary, Zia Bajwa, Matthew N Svalina, Michael C Young, Atiya Mansoor, Pali Kaur, Carol J Bult, Martin W Goros, Joel E Michalek, Sunny Xiang, James Keck, Valery Krasnoperov, Parkash Gill, Charles Keller
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is the most common soft tissue sarcoma affecting children and is often diagnosed with concurrent metastases. Unfortunately, few effective therapies have been discovered that improve the long-term survival rate for children with metastatic disease. Here we determined effectiveness of targeting the receptor tyrosine kinase, EphB4, in both alveolar and embryonal RMS either directly through the inhibitory antibody, VasG3, or indirectly by blocking both forward and reverse signaling of EphB4 binding to EphrinB2, cognate ligand of EphB4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817492/should-renal-color-doppler-ultrasonography-be-a-routine-test-in-newly-diagnosed-hypertensive-patient
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Costas Tsioufis, Ioannis Andrikou, Menno Pruijm, Belén Ponte, Pantelis Sarafidis, Andreas Koureas, Dimitrios Tousoulis, Enrico Agabiti-Rosei, Giuseppe Mancia, Michel Burnier
: European Society of Hypertension/European Society of Cardiology guidelines recommend calculation of estimated glomerular filtration rate and evaluation of urinary albumin excretion rate as routine tests in the initial evaluation and during the follow-up of all hypertensive patients. However, from a clinical point of view, renal ultrasound - a noninvasive, readily available and cheap imaging modality - could contribute to the better evaluation of a hypertensive patient by identifying common causes of secondary hypertension (HTN) originating from the kidney and more recently by detecting renal injury in severe or long-standing essential HTN by measuring renal resistive indexes...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817462/fecal-calprotectin-more-accurately-predicts-endoscopic-remission-of-crohn-s-disease-than-serological-biomarkers-evaluated-using-balloon-assisted-enteroscopy
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Kousaku Kawashima, Shunji Ishihara, Takafumi Yuki, Nobuhiko Fukuba, Hiroki Sonoyama, Hideaki Kazumori, Noritsugu Yamashita, Yasumasa Tada, Ryusaku Kusunoki, Akihiko Oka, Naoki Oshima, Yoshiyuki Mishima, Ichiro Moriyama, Yoshikazu Kinoshita
BACKGROUND: Fecal calprotectin (FC) has emerged as a reliable surrogate marker of endoscopic remission in Crohn's disease (CD), which has been mainly evaluated using ileocolonoscopy. We conducted this study to clarify the predictability of FC level for predicting endoscopic remission using balloon-assisted enteroscopy (BAE) findings in patients with CD and compare with that of conventional serological biomarkers. METHODS: Patients with CD scheduled to undergo BAE were prospectively enrolled, and fecal and blood samples collected before the procedures...
August 16, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
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