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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231382/accurate-measurement-of-transgene-copy-number-in-crop-plants-using-droplet-digital-pcr
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Ray Collier, Kasturi Dasgupta, Yan-Ping Xing, Bryan Tarape Hernandez, Min Shao, Dominica Rohozinski, Emma Kovak, Jeanie Lin, Maria Luiza P de Oliveira, Ed Stover, Kent F McCue, Frank G Harmon, Ann Blechl, James G Thomson, Roger Thilmony
Genetic transformation is a powerful means for the improvement of crop plants, but requires labor and resource intensive methods. An efficient method for identifying single copy transgene insertion events from a population of independent transgenic lines is desirable. Currently transgene copy number is estimated by either Southern blot hybridization analyses or quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) experiments. Southern hybridization is a convincing and reliable method, but it also is expensive, time-consuming and often requires a large amount of genomic DNA and radioactively labeled probes...
February 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230976/interrogation-of-base-pairing-of-the-spiroiminodihydantoin-diastereomers-using-the-%C3%AE-hemolysin-latch
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Tao Zeng, Aaron M Fleming, Yun Ding, Henry S White, Cynthia J Burrows
Spiroiminodihydantoin (Sp) is a hyperoxidized form of guanine (G) resulting from oxidation by reactive oxygen species (ROS). The lesion is highly mutagenic, and the stereocenter renders the two isomers with distinct behaviors in chemical, spectroscopic, enzymatic, and computational studies. In this work, the α-hemolysin (αHL) latch sensing zone was employed to investigate the base pairing properties of the Sp diastereomers embedded in a double-stranded DNA (dsDNA). Duplexes containing (S)-Sp consistently gave deeper current blockage, and a baseline resolution of ~0...
February 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230851/using-hiclip-to-identify-rna-duplexes-that-interact-with-a-specific-rna-binding-protein
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Yoichiro Sugimoto, Anob M Chakrabarti, Nicholas M Luscombe, Jernej Ule
The structure of RNA molecules has a critical role in regulating gene expression, largely through influencing their interactions with RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). RNA hybrid and individual-nucleotide resolution UV cross-linking and immunoprecipitation (hiCLIP) is a transcriptome-wide method of monitoring these interactions by identifying RNA duplexes bound by a specific RBP. The hiCLIP protocol consists of the following steps: in vivo cross-linking of RBPs to their bound RNAs; partial RNA digestion and purification of RNA duplexes interacting with the specific RBP using immunoprecipitation; ligation of the two arms of RNA duplexes via a linker; reverse transcription; cDNA library amplification; and finally high-throughput DNA sequencing...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227592/saw-lc-coupled-resonator-wideband-vco-for-medical-telemetry
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Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts, Madhav Venkateswaran, Mark Hillig, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Brian Sutton, Larry J Stotts, Mark Hillig, Jeffrey A Von Arx, Madhav Venkateswaran, Brian Sutton, James E Brown, Paul J Stadnik, Larry J Stotts
Wireless links with implantable devices can help in real-time monitoring of symptoms, irregularities, implanted device efficacy and their reconfiguration. We present the design of a low-power wideband voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) to facilitate implantable wireless telemetry. A coupled SAW-LC resonator design combines high Q and spectral purity of a SAW element and tunability of an LC-tank. The designed 2.7 MHz bandwidth VCO is suitable for full duplex communication protocols in the MedRadio band with frequency agility and higher duty cycles, in conformance with FCC regulations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224925/diabetes-mellitus-is-a-coronary-heart-disease-risk-equivalent-for-peripheral-vascular-disease
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Jonathan D Newman, Caron B Rockman, Mikhail Kosiborod, Yu Guo, Hua Zhong, Howard S Weintraub, Arthur Z Schwartzbard, Mark A Adelman, Jeffrey S Berger
: Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is associated with significantly increased risk of peripheral vascular disease. Diabetes is classified as a coronary heart disease (CHD) risk equivalent, but it is unknown whether diabetes is a CHD risk equivalent for peripheral vascular disease. The objective was to evaluate the odds of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) or carotid artery stenosis (CAS) among participants with diabetes, CHD, or both, compared with participants without diabetes or CHD, in a nationwide vascular screening database...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224358/synthesis-characterization-and-dna-binding-studies-of-hydroxyl-functionalized-platinum-ii-salphen-complexes
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Shahratul Ain Mohd Sukri, Lee Yook Heng, Nurul Huda Abd Karim
The platinum(II) salphen complex N,N'-Bis-4-(hydroxysalicylidene)-phenylenediamine-platinum(II); (1) and its two derivatives containing hydroxyl functionalized side chains N,N'-bis-[4-[[1-(2-hydroxyethoxy)] salicylidene] phenylenediamine-platinum(II); (2) and N,N'-bis-[4-[[1-(3-hydroxypropoxy)] salicylidene] phenylenediamine-platinum(II); (3) were synthesized and characterized. The structures of the complexes were confirmed by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, FTIR, ESI-MS and CHN elemental analyses. The effects of the hydroxyl substituent on the spectral properties and the DNA binding behaviors of the Pt(II) complexes were explored...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222987/french-multicenter-experience-with-the-gore-tigris-vascular-stent-in-superficial-femoral-and-popliteal-arteries
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Maxime Sibé, Adrien Kaladji, Claire Boirat, Alain Cardon, Xavier Chaufour, Jean-Pierre Bossavy, Bertrand Saint-Lebes
BACKGROUND: Preliminary results in small single-center studies after stenting with the GORE TIGRIS Vascular Stent (W. L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, Ariz) show promising short-term primary patency rates, but larger, multicenter studies are needed. This study therefore investigated the performance of the GORE TIGRIS Vascular Stent at three different centers in France in patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease. METHODS: This retrospective, single-arm, multicenter cohort study included 215 patients with peripheral artery disease (Rutherford-Becker category 2-6) who were treated with the GORE TIGRIS Vascular Stent, a dual-component stent consisting of a nitinol wire frame combined with a fluoropolymer-interconnecting structure...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222983/validation-of-subclavian-duplex-velocity-criteria-to-grade-severity-of-subclavian-artery-stenosis
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Albeir Y Mousa, Ramez Morkous, Mike Broce, Michael Yacoub, Andrew Sticco, Ravi Viradia, Mark C Bates, Ali F AbuRahma
BACKGROUND: Validation of subclavian duplex ultrasound velocity criteria (SDUS VC) to grade the severity of subclavian artery stenosis has not been established or systematically studied. Currently, there is a paucity of published literature and lack of practitioner consensus for how subclavian duplex velocity findings should be interpreted in patients with subclavian artery stenosis. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present study was to validate SDUS measurements using subclavian conventional or computed tomography angiogram (subclavian angiogram [SA])-derived measurements...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222253/flow-cytometry-based-rapid-duplexed-immunoassay-for-fusarium-mycotoxins
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Árpád Czéh, Miklós Mézes, Francis Mandy, Zsuzsanna Szőke, György Nagyéri, Noémi Laufer, Balázs Kőszegi, Tamás Koczka, Sándor Kunsági-Máté, György Lustyik
At small food processing facilities, the most frequently used test to determine if grain-derived mycotoxin concentrations are compliant with legal limits is the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Each kit is designed to detect one of the six dangerous mycotoxins. With the increasing occurrence of coinfection of grain with multiple-mycotoxins in the field and/or during storage, ELISA is no longer a cost effective best assay option. With ELISA, each species of mycotoxin requires different sample preparation/extraction and a 45 min incubation...
February 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221877/duplex-real-time-pcr-method-for-the-differentiation-of-cronobacter-sakazakii-and-cronobacter-malonaticus
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Xiaofang Li, Jinghua Cui, Xiaoli DU, Zhigang Cui, Yibing Huang, Biao Kan
Cronobacter sakazakii and Cronobacter malonaticus are the most common species of Cronobacter , so it is necessary to detect the two species as soon as possible in surveillance programs. We developed a real-time PCR method for identifying C. sakazakii and C. malonaticus from the genus Cronobacter . In this study, the two pairs of primers and probes were designed, targeting 16S rRNA and fusA, respectively. The specificity of the real-time PCR assay was validated with 112 strains of Cronobacter , including 56 C...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221670/endophlebectomy-of-the-common-femoral-vein-and-arteriovenous-fistula-creation-as-adjuncts-to-venous-stenting-for-post-thrombotic-syndrome
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M A F de Wolf, H Jalaie, J H H van Laanen, R L M Kurstjens, M J S Mensinck, M J de Geus, A Gombert, R de Graaf, C H A Wittens
BACKGROUND: Good results have been reported for angioplasty and stenting of post-thrombotic lesions of the iliac and proximal femoral veins. If lesions at the origin of the superficial femoral and profunda veins are stented, the intraluminal synechiae can be pushed against the orifices of inflow vessels, potentially decreasing stent inflow. Surgical disobliteration of the common femoral vein (endophlebectomy) has been suggested to mitigate this problem. Because of a temporary increase in thrombogenicity, this procedure may be accompanied by arteriovenous fistula creation...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220326/simultaneous-detection-of-severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-and-related-bat-coronaviruses-by-real-time-reverse-transcription-pcr
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Ji Yeong Noh, Sun-Woo Yoon, Doo-Jin Kim, Moo-Seung Lee, Ji-Hyung Kim, Woonsung Na, Daesub Song, Dae Gwin Jeong, Hye Kwon Kim
Since severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses (CoVs) share similar characteristics with respect to clinical signs, etiology, and transmission, methods for a rapid and accurate differential diagnosis are important. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop a duplex real-time reverse transcription (RT)-PCR method for the simultaneous detection of these viruses. Primers and probes that target the conserved spike S2 region of human SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and their related bat CoVs were designed...
February 20, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219761/development-and-validation-of-a-real-time-reverse-transcription-pcr-assay-for-rapid-and-low-cost-genotyping-of-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-1a-1b-2-and-3a
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Andrea D Olmstead, Tracy D Lee, Ron Chow, Kingsley Gunadasa, Brian Auk, Mel Krajden, Agatha N Jassem
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection affects millions of people and leads to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Treatment regimen selection requires HCV genotype (Gt) and Gt 1 subtype determination. Use of a laboratory developed, reverse transcription (RT)-PCR assay was explored as a low-cost, high-throughput screening approach for the major HCV genotypes and subtypes in North America. A commercial line probe assay (LiPA) was used for comparison. Sequencing and/or an alternative PCR assay were used for discordant analyses...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218798/shear-wave-elastography-imaging-for-the-features-of-symptomatic-carotid-plaques-a-feasibility-study
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Zhe Lou, Jun Yang, Li Tang, Youhe Jin, Jinsong Zhang, Chao Liu, Qiaobei Li
OBJECTIVES: Shear wave elastography (SWE) was performed to evaluate the Young's modulus of carotid plaques in patients presenting with cerebrovascular incidents, to estimate the clinical value and feasibility of this approach. METHODS: Sixty-one patients (mean age, 65 years; 45 men) underwent common duplex ultrasonic examination and SWE evaluation. The patients were divided into the symptomatic and asymptomatic groups based on the presence of unilateral focal neurological symptoms...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217989/comparison-of-endovenous-radiofrequency-ablation-laser-ablation-foam-sclerotherapy-and-surgical-stripping-for-great-saphenous-varicose-veins-extended-5-year-follow-up-of-a-rct
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Martin Lawaetz, Julie Serup, Birgit Lawaetz, Lars Bjoern, Allan Blemings, Bo Eklof, Lars Rasmussen
BACKGROUND: This study compares the outcome 5 years after treatment of varicose veins with endovenous radiofrequency ablation (RFA), endovenous laser ablation (EVLA), ultrasound guided foam sclerotherapy (UGFS) or high ligation and stripping (HL/S) by assessing technical efficacy, clinical recurrence and the rate of reoperations. METHODS: Five hundred patients (580 legs) with Great Saphenous Vein (GSV) reflux and varicose veins were randomized to one of the 4 treatments...
February 17, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217269/common-carotid-artery-occlusion-presenting-with-recurrent-syncopal-episodes
#16
Imran Kader, Steven M Jones, Catherine Harrison, Ferdinand Miteff, Senthil Kumar
Symptomatic common carotid artery (CCA) occlusion is an uncommon occurrence that may require surgical intervention. We aim to describe a case of CCA occlusion that presented with the unusual symptom of recurrent syncope. A 69-year-old lady presented with a history of recurrent syncopal episodes and amaurosis fugax associated with left leg weakness. She was found to have a right CCA occlusion on duplex ultrasound and angiography. She underwent a right common carotid endarterectomy and intraoperative findings revealed a heavily calcified plaque in the CCA just proximal to the bifurcation with organised thrombus filling the CCA proximally...
November 2, 2016: Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216924/outcome-of-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-in-anomalous-kidney-is-it-different
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Gaurav Prakash, Rahul Janak Sinha, Ankur Jhanwar, Ankur Bansal, Vishwajeet Singh
INTRODUCTION: Various anomalous kidneys such as horseshoe kidney, crossed ectopic kidney, simple ectopic kidney, pelvic ectopic kidney, kidney with duplex system, and malrotated kidney are frequently associated with stone disease. Percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) is a challenging procedure in these patients because of abnormal orientation of kidney. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Since 2005-2015, 86 patients underwent PCNL for stone removal in anomalous kidneys. Stone characteristics, type of calyceal puncture, number of punctures, need of relook procedures, mean hemoglobin drop, blood transfusion, mean operative time complications, mean hospital stay, stone free rate, and auxiliary procedure were analyzed...
January 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216637/mutations-underlying-episodic-ataxia-type-1-antagonize-kv1-1-rna-editing
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Elizabeth A Ferrick-Kiddie, Joshua J C Rosenthal, Gregory D Ayers, Ronald B Emeson
Adenosine-to-inosine RNA editing in transcripts encoding the voltage-gated potassium channel Kv1.1 converts an isoleucine to valine codon for amino acid 400, speeding channel recovery from inactivation. Numerous Kv1.1 mutations have been associated with the human disorder Episodic Ataxia Type-1 (EA1), characterized by stress-induced ataxia, myokymia, and increased prevalence of seizures. Three EA1 mutations, V404I, I407M, and V408A, are located within the RNA duplex structure required for RNA editing. Each mutation decreased RNA editing both in vitro and using an in vivo mouse model bearing the V408A allele...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216451/ureteric-obstruction-from-malignant-melanoma-in-both-right-double-moiety-and-left-single-moiety-ureters
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Brayden March, Ross John Spero Calopedos, Edward Latif, Rupert Ouyang
We report the first documented case of malignant melanoma obstructing ureters of both moieties of a duplex kidney and contralateral single moiety ureter in a 51-year-old male. The patient presented with fever, coryzal symptoms and liver function test derangement several years after two superficial spreading melanomas were excised with clear margins. Ultrasonography demonstrated hydronephroureter in both moieties of a complete right-sided duplex kidney. Retrograde pyelograms showed bilateral hydronephroureter and filling defects in all three ureters...
February 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216351/the-fate-of-endovascular-aortic-aneurysm-repair-after-5%C3%A2-years-monitored-with-duplex-ultrasound-imaging
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Danielle M Pineda, Zachary M Phillips, Keith D Calligaro, Emilia Krol, Matthew J Dougherty, Douglas A Troutman, Alan Dietzek
BACKGROUND: Interventions for aortic aneurysm sac growth have been reported across multiple time points after endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR). We report the long-term outcomes of patients after EVAR monitored with duplex ultrasound (DUS) imaging with respect to the need for and type of intervention after 5 years. METHODS: We report a series of patients who were monitored with DUS imaging for a minimum of 5 years after EVAR. DUS imaging was performed in an accredited noninvasive vascular laboratory, and computed tomography angiography was only performed for abnormal DUS findings...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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