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Holger Winkels, Erik Ehinger, Melanie Vassallo, Konrad Buscher, Huy Dinh, Kouji Kobiyama, Anouk Hamers, Clément Cochain, Ehsan Vafadarnejad, Antoine-Emmanuel Saliba, Alma Zernecke, Akula Pramod, Amlan Ghosh, Nathaly Anto Michel, Natalie Hoppe, Ingo Hilgendorf, Andreas Zirlik, Catherine Hedrick, Klaus Ley, Dennis Wolf
<u>Rationale:</u> Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease that is driven by the interplay of pro- and anti-inflammatory leukocytes in the aorta. Yet, the phenotypic and transcriptional diversity of aortic leukocytes is only poorly understood. <u>Objective:</u> We characterized leukocytes from healthy and atherosclerotic mouse aortas in-depth by single cell RNA-sequencing (scRNAseq) and mass cytometry (CyTOF) to define an atlas of the immune cell landscape in atherosclerosis...
March 15, 2018: Circulation Research
David P Darrow, Coridon Quinn, Huy T Donguyen, Matthew Hunt, Stephen Haines
INTRODUCTION: External ventricular drains can pose a serious source of morbidity and mortality. Interventions proven to reduce the risk of infections are lacking. Single center studies limit the study of procedures that mitigate infection, but bundled protocols have demonstrated utility. A collaborative EVD registry was designed to facilitate local quality improvement projects to be implemented at any location using standardized data collection instruments through resident collaboration to reduce and study EVD infection and prevention...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Vu Huy Luong, Takenao Chino, Noritaka Oyama, Takashi Matsushita, Yoko Sasaki, Dai Ogura, Shin-Ichiro Niwa, Tanima Biswas, Akiyuki Hamasaki, Mikako Fujita, Yoshinari Okamoto, Masami Otsuka, Hironobu Ihn, Minoru Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/Smad signaling is well known to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). We previously developed an artificial molecule, the histidine-pyridine-histidine ligand derivative HPH-15, which may have an antifibrotic effect. The purpose of the present study was to clarify the effects of this drug in human skin fibroblasts and in a preclinical model of SSc. METHODS: The effects of HPH-15 on expression of extracellular matrix components and TGF-β signaling in human dermal fibroblasts were analyzed...
March 15, 2018: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Hyoung Kyu Kim, Michael Huy Cuong Pham, Kyung Soo Ko, Byoung Doo Rhee, Jin Han
Alternative splicing (AS) of protein-coding messenger RNAs is an essential regulatory mechanism in eukaryotic gene expression that controls the proper function of proteins. It is also implicated in the physiological regulation of mitochondria and various ion channels. Considering that mis-splicing can result in various human diseases by modifying or abrogating important physiological protein functions, a fine-tuned balance of AS is essential for human health. Accumulated data highlight the importance of alternatively spliced isoforms in various diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, cancer, immune and infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and metabolic conditions...
March 13, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
Nguyen Vu Quoc Huy, Le Minh Tam, Ngo Viet Quynh Tram, Dang Cong Thuan, Truong Quang Vinh, Cao Ngoc Thanh, Linus Chuang
This study aims to determine the diagnostic values of visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and Pap smear in a cervical cancer screening program at a community level in Vietnam. A cross-sectional analysis was obtained, including 1034 women of reproductive age from Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam from 09/2012 to 09/2013. Samples were taken from cervixes for Pap smear testing, followed by visual inspection with acetic acid. Subjects with abnormal VIA and/or positive cytology results were invited for colposcopy and biopsy...
May 2018: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
Zayakhuu Gerelkhuu, Bui The Huy, Mirkomil Sharipov, Dasom Jung, The-Long Phan, Eric D Conte, Yong-Ill Lee
Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) possess a unique type of photoluminescence (PL) in which lower-energy excitation is converted into higher-energy emission via multi-photon absorption processes. In this work, we have used a facile one-step hydrothermal method promoted water solubility to synthesis NaLuGdF4 :Yb3+ /Er3+ (Tm3+ ) UCNPs coated with malonic acid (MA). Scanning electron microscopy images and X-ray diffraction patterns reveal sphere-shaped UCNPs with an average size of ~80nm crystallized in the cubic NaLuF4 structure...
May 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Rupam Tripura, Thomas J Peto, Chea Nguon, Chan Davoeung, Mavuto Mukaka, Pasathorn Sirithiranont, Mehul Dhorda, Cholrawee Promnarate, Mallika Imwong, Lorenz von Seidlein, Jureeporn Duanguppama, Krittaya Patumrat, Huy Rekol, Martin P Grobusch, Nicholas P J Day, Nicholas J White, Arjen M Dondorp
Background: The increase in multidrug resistant Plasmodium falciparum in Southeast Asia suggests a need for acceleration of malaria elimination. We evaluated the effectiveness and safety of mass drug administrations (MDA) to interrupt malaria transmission. Methods: Four malaria-endemic villages in western Cambodia were randomized to three rounds of MDA (a three-day course of dihydroartemisinin with piperaquine-phosphate), administered in either early or at the end of the study-period...
March 7, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Amr Ebied, Vuong Thanh Huan, Omar Mohamed Makram, To Kim Sang, Mohamed Ghorab, Huyen Thi Ngo, Ahmed Iraqi, Mohamed Gomaa Kamel, Tran Ngoc Dang, Nguyen Lam Vuong, Kenji Hirayama, Nguyen Tien Huy
As diagnostic and therapeutic modalities for Hodgkin's Lymphoma (HL) continue to improve, patient-related factors affecting survival become more difficult to identify. Very little is known about the relationship between the primary site of lymph node (LN) involvement and survival of HL patients. We retrospectively analyzed the United States Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) database for 12,658 HL patients reported between 1973 and 2010 using survival analysis and time-interval multiple logistic regression (MLR) to disclose that relationship...
March 9, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Phan Vuong Khac Thai, Dang Thi Minh Ha, Nguyen Thi Hanh, Jeremy Day, Sarah Dunstan, Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu, Vo Sy Kiet, Nguyen Huu Lan, Nguyen Huy Dung, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan, Nguyen Thuong Thuong, Nguyen Ngoc Lan, Phạm Thị Thúy Liễu, Nguyễn Thị Hồng, Đào Công Điệp, Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh, Nguyễn Văn Hội, Nguyễn Văn Nghĩa, Trương Ngọc Đại, Hoàng Quang Minh, Nguyễn Văn Thơm, Jeremy Farrar, Maxine Caws
BACKGROUND: Drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) is increasing in prevalence worldwide. Treatment failure and relapse is known to be high for patients with isoniazid resistant TB treated with standard first line regimens. However, risk factors for unfavourable outcomes and the optimal treatment regimen for isoniazid resistant TB are unknown. This cohort study was conducted when Vietnam used the eight month first line treatment regimen and examined risk factors for failure/relapse among patients with isoniazid resistant TB...
March 6, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Huy Gia Vuong, Toru Odate, Uyen N P Duong, Kunio Mochizuki, Tadao Nakazawa, Ryohei Katoh, Tetsuo Kondo
BACKGROUND: Solid variant papillary thyroid carcinoma (SVPTC) is a rare variant of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) and its prognostic value is still unclear. The purpose of this systematic clinical review and meta-analysis is to investigate the prognostic value of SVPTC in comparison with classical PTC (cPTC). METHODS: Four electronic databases, including PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, and Virtual Health Library, were searched in June 2017. Extracted data were pooled into odds ratio (OR) or hazard ratio (HR) and their corresponding 95% confidence interval (CI) using the random-effect model...
March 6, 2018: Head & Neck
Peter Huy, Isabel Filbrich
Herein, a general formamide catalyzed protocol for the efficient transformation of alcohols into alkyl chlorides, which is promoted by substoichiometric amounts (down to 34 mol%) of inexpensive trichlorotriazine (TCT), is introduced. Importantly, the present work is the first example of a TCT mediated dehydroxychlorination of an OH-group containing substrate (e. g. alcohols and carboxylic acid), in which all three chlorine atoms of TCT are transferred onto the starting material. The consequently enhanced atom-economy facilitates a significantly improved waste balance (E-factors down to 4), cost-efficiency and scalability (>50 g)...
March 5, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Thu-Thuy Nguyen, Bui The Huy, Seo-Young Hwang, Nguyen Minh Vuong, Quoc-Thai Pham, Nguyen Ngoc Nghia, Aaron Kirtland, Yong-Ill Lee
Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanostructure has been synthesized using an electrochemical method with a two-electrode system. Cu foils were used as electrodes and NH2(OH) was utilized as the reducing agent. The effects of pH and applied voltages on the morphology of the product were investigated. The morphology and optical properties of Cu2O particles were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and diffuse reflectance spectra. The synthesized Cu2O nanostructures that formed in the vicinity of the anode at 2V and pH=11 showed high uniform distribution, small size, and good electrochemical sensing...
February 26, 2018: Nanotechnology
Bui Thi Hong Loan, Shinji Nakahara, Bui An Tho, Tran Ngoc Dang, Le Ngoc Anh, Nguyen Do Huy, Masao Ichikawa
BACKGROUND: Nutritional support for surgical care is crucial because hospital malnutrition is rather common. However, low- and middle-income countries have not adequately addressed nutritional management of surgical patients. To highlight need for nutritional management in surgical patients, the present study aimed to describe preoperative nutritional status in patients who underwent gastrointestinal cancer surgery in Vietnam and to investigate the relationship between preoperative malnutrition and adverse outcomes, such as postoperative complications and prolonged length of hospital stay...
December 6, 2017: Nutrition
Virak Khieu, Vandine Or, Chhakda Tep, Peter Odermatt, Reiko Tsuyuoka, Meng Chuor Char, Molly A Brady, Joshua Sidwell, Aya Yajima, Rekol Huy, Kapa D Ramaiah, Sinuon Muth
BACKGROUND: Endemicity of lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Cambodia was proven in 1956 when microfilariae were detected in mosquitos in the Kratié province. In 2001, an extensive study confirmed the presence of both Brugia malayi and Wuchereria bancrofti microfilariae. In 2003, the Ministry of Health established a national task force to develop policies and strategies for controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), with the goal of eliminating LF by 2015. This article summarizes the work accomplished to eliminate LF as a public health problem in Cambodia...
February 20, 2018: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
Jinbo Yu, Vu Huy Hoang Duong, Katrin Westphal, Andreas Westphal, Abdulhadi Suwandi, Guntram A Grassl, Korbinian Brand, Andrew C Chan, Niko Föger, Kyeong-Hee Lee
The immune system is tightly controlled by regulatory processes that allow for the elimination of invading pathogens, while limiting immunopathological damage to the host. In the present study, we found that conditional deletion of the cell surface receptor Toso on B cells unexpectedly resulted in impaired proinflammatory T cell responses, which led to impaired immune protection in an acute viral infection model, while, in a chronic inflammatory context, was associated with reduced immunopathological tissue damage...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Edgars Jecs, Eric J Miller, Robert J Wilson, Huy H Nguyen, Yesim A Tahirovic, Brook M Katzman, Valarie M Truax, Michelle B Kim, Katie M Kuo, Tao Wang, Chi S Sum, Mary E Cvijic, Gretchen M Schroeder, Lawrence J Wilson, Dennis C Liotta
A structure-activity relationship study of potent TIQ15-derived CXCR4 antagonists is reported. In this investigation, the TIQ15 side-chain was constrained to improve its drug properties. The cyclohexylamino congener 15a was found to be a potent CXCR4 inhibitor (IC50 = 33 nM in CXCL12-mediated Ca2+ flux) with enhanced stability in liver microsomes and reduced inhibition of CYP450 (2D6). The improved CXCR4 antagonist 15a has potential therapeutic application as a single agent or combinatory anticancer therapy...
February 8, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Le Duc Huy Ta, Gaik Chin Yap, Carina Jing Xuan Tay, Alicia Shi Min Lim, Chiung Hui Huang, Collins Wenhan Chu, Paola Florez De Sessions, Lynette P Shek, Anne Goh, Hugo P S Van Bever, Oon Hoe Teoh, Jian Yi Soh, Biju Thomas, Mahesh Babu Ramamurthy, Daniel Y T Goh, Christophe Lay, Shu-E Soh, Yiong Huak Chan, Seang-Mei Saw, Kenneth Kwek, Yap-Seng Chong, Keith M Godfrey, Martin Lloyd Hibberd, Bee Wah Lee
BACKGROUND: The dynamic establishment of the nasal microbiota in early life influences local mucosal immune responses and the susceptibility to childhood respiratory disorders. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this case-control study was to monitor, evaluate and compare the development of the nasal microbiota of infants who developed rhinitis and wheeze in the first 18 months of life with those of healthy controls. METHODS: Anterior nasal swabs of 122 subjects belonging to the GUSTO birth cohort were collected longitudinally over seven time points in the first 18 months of life...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Duc Nguyen, Joshua J Goings, Huy A Nguyen, Joseph Lyding, Xiaosong Li, Martin Gruebele
We previously demonstrated that we can image electronic excitations of quantum dots by single-molecule absorption scanning tunneling microscopy (SMA-STM). With this technique, a modulated laser beam periodically saturates an electronic transition of a single nanoparticle, and the resulting tunneling current modulation ΔI(x 0 , y 0 ) maps out the SMA-STM image. In this paper, we first derive the basic theory to calculate ΔI(x 0 , y 0 ) in the one-electron approximation. For near-resonant tunneling through an empty orbital "i" of the nanostructure, the SMA-STM signal is approximately proportional to the electron density φ i x 0 ,y 0 2 of the excited orbital in the tunneling region...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Janina Gergen, Flora Coulon, Alison Creneguy, Nathan Elain-Duret, Alejandra Gutierrez, Olaf Pinkenburg, Els Verhoeyen, Ignacio Anegon, Tuan Huy Nguyen, Franck Albert Halary, Fabienne Haspot
Anti-HCMV treatments used in immunosuppressed patients reduce viral replication, but resistant viral strains can emerge. Moreover, these drugs do not target latently infected cells. We designed two anti-viral CRISPR/Cas9 strategies to target the UL122/123 gene, a key regulator of lytic replication and reactivation from latency. The singleplex strategy contains one gRNA to target the start codon. The multiplex strategy contains three gRNAs to excise the complete UL122/123 gene. Primary fibroblasts and U-251 MG cells were transduced with lentiviral vectors encoding Cas9 and one or three gRNAs...
2018: PloS One
Farhana Mosaddeque, Shusaku Mizukami, Mohamed Gomaa Kamel, Awet Alem Teklemichael, Truong Van Dat, Satoshi Mizuta, Dinh Van Toan, Ali Mahmoud Ahmed, Nguyen Lam Vuong, Mohamed Tamer Elhady, Hoang Thi Nam Giang, Tran Ngoc Dang, Michiko Fukuda, Lam K Huynh, Yoshimasa Tanaka, Timothy J Egan, Osamu Kaneko, Nguyen Tien Huy, Kenji Hirayama
The rapid spread of strains of malaria parasites resistant to several drugs has threatened global malaria control. Hence, the aim of this study was to predict the anti-malarial activity of chemical compounds possessing anti-hemozoin formation activity as a new means of anti-malarial drug discovery. After the initial in vitro anti-hemozoin formation high-throughput screening (HTS) of 9,600 compounds, a total of 224 hit compounds were identified as hemozoin inhibitors. These 224 compounds were tested for in vitro erythrocytic anti-malarial activity at 10 μM using the chloroquine-mefloquine sensitive Plasmodium falciparum strain, 3D7A...
February 12, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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