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In vitro diagnostic

Ranjan Basak, Naveen Kumar Nair, Indraneel Mittra
There is extensive literature to show that nucleic acids can be taken up by cells under experimental conditions and that foetal DNA can be detected in maternal tissues. The uptaken DNA can integrate into host cell genomes and can be transcribed and translated into proteins. They can also cause chromosomal damage and karyotype alterations. Cell-free nucleic acids (cfNAs)-based non-invasive DNA diagnostic techniques are being extensively researched in the field of cancer with the potential to advance new prognostic parameters and direct treatment decisions...
October 12, 2016: Mutation Research
Raffick A R Bowen, Dorothy Adcock
Blood collection tubes (BCTs) are an often under-recognized variable in the preanalytical phase of clinical laboratory testing. Unfortunately, even the best-designed and manufactured BCTs may not work well in all clinical settings. Clinical laboratories, in collaboration with healthcare providers, should carefully evaluate BCTs prior to putting them into clinical use to determine their limitations and ensure that patients are not placed at risk because of inaccuracies due to poor tube performance. Selection of the best BCTs can be achieved through comparing advertising materials, reviewing the literature, observing the device at a scientific meeting, receiving a demonstration, evaluating the device under simulated conditions, or testing the device with patient samples...
October 17, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Rujuta Katkar, Douglas D Steffy, Marcel Noujeim, S Thomas Deahl, Hassem Geha
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of milliamperage, number of basis images, and export slice thickness on contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and confidence in detecting mandibular canal. STUDY DESIGN: Two phantoms were used. Each phantom consisted of a dry mandible with an epoxy resin bone tissue substitute block and a water-equivalent block, submerged in water. Each mandible was scanned with a Morita 3D Accuitomo cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine (Morita, Kyoto, Japan)...
November 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Mansoure Masoudi, Mahmoud Rafieian Kopaei, Sepideh Miraj
BACKGROUND: Bacterial vaginosis is one of the most prevalent complications among reproductive-aged women. Antibacterial and antifungal effects of Berberis vulgaris have been demonstrated in vitro and in vivo. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the therapeutic effects of the vaginal gel of Berberis vulgaris 5% (in metronidazole base) with metronidazole vaginal gel 0.75% on bacterial vaginosis on 80 patients referred to the Hajar Hospital from January 2012 to April 2013...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
Katherine C Konvinse, Elizabeth J Phillips, Katie D White, Jason A Trubiano
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antimicrobials are a leading cause of severe T cell-mediated adverse drug reactions (ADRs). The purpose of this review is to address the current understanding of antimicrobial cross-reactivity and the ready availability of and evidence for in-vitro, in-vivo, and ex-vivo diagnostics for T cell-mediated ADRs. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent literature has evaluated the efficacy of traditional antibiotic allergy management, including patch testing, skin prick testing, intradermal testing, and oral challenge...
October 7, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Jack R Staunton, Wilfred Vieira, King Leung Fung, Ross Lake, Alexus Devine, Kandice Tanner
One of the hallmarks of the malignant transformation of epithelial tissue is the modulation of stromal components of the microenvironment. In particular, aberrant extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling and stiffening enhances tumor growth and survival and promotes metastasis. Type I collagen is one of the major ECM components. It serves as a scaffold protein in the stroma contributing to the tissue's mechanical properties, imparting tensile strength and rigidity to tissues such as those of the skin, tendons, and lungs...
September 2016: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
Juan F Quintana, Simon A Babayan, Amy H Buck
Parasitic nematodes have evolved sophisticated mechanisms to communicate with their hosts in order to survive and successfully establish an infection. The transfer of RNA within extracellular vesicles (EVs) has recently been described as a mechanism that could contribute to this communication in filarial nematodes. It has been shown that these EVs are loaded with several types of RNAs, including microRNAs, leading to the hypothesis that parasites could actively use these molecules to manipulate host gene expression and to the exciting prospect that these pathways could result in new diagnostic and therapeutic strategies...
October 17, 2016: Parasite Immunology
Dae-Weung Kim, Myoung Hyoun Kim, Chang Guhn Kim
In a ProteoChip‑based screening system and subsequent studies, serine‑aspartic acid‑valine (SDV) was demonstrated to specifically bind to integrin αvβ3. An SDV‑containing peptide could target the tumor vessel and it may be an effective replacement for molecular imaging of the tumor. In the present study, a hexapeptide, SDV‑glutamic acid‑cysteine‑glycine (ECG), was developed and evaluated its diagnostic performance as a tumor imaging agent in tumor‑bearing mice. The hexapeptide SDV‑ECG was synthesized using Fmoc solid‑phase peptide synthesis...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Ximena Camacho, Victoria Calzada, Marcelo Fernández, Omar Alonso, Roger Chammas, Eloisa Riva, Juan Pablo Gambini, Pablo Cabral
BACKGROUND: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is one of the classic factors to tumor-induced angiogenesis in several types, including melanoma. Bevacizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody directed against VEGF. OBJECTIVE: To radiolabel Bevacizumab with 177-Lutetium as a potential radioimmunotherapy agent for melanoma. METHODS: Bevacizumab was derivatized with DOTA-NHS-ester at 4 ºC for 18 h. DOTA-Bevacizumab was radiolabeled with 177LuCl3 (15 MBq/mg) at 37 ºC for 1 h...
October 10, 2016: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
Abhijit Maity, Mithun Pal, Suman Som, Sanchi Maithani, Sujit Chaudhuri, Manik Pradhan
The (13)C-urea breath test ((13)C-UBT), developed a few decades ago, is widely used as a non-invasive diagnostic method to detect only the presence of the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori infection; however, the actual disease state, i.e. whether the person harbouring H. pylori has peptic ulcer disease (PUD) or non-ulcerous dyspepsia (NUD), is still poorly understood. Nevertheless, the present (13)C-UBT has numerous limitations, drawbacks and pitfalls owing to the ingestion of (13)C-labelled external urea...
October 17, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Christiane Gebhardt
This article evaluates the main contributions of tomato, tobacco, petunia, potato, pepper and eggplant to classical and molecular plant genetics and genomics since the beginning of the twentieth century. Species from the Solanaceae family form integral parts of human civilizations as food sources and drugs since thousands of years, and, more recently, as ornamentals. Some Solanaceous species were subjects of classical and molecular genetic research over the last 100 years. The tomato was one of the principal models in twentieth century classical genetics and a pacemaker of genome analysis in plants including molecular linkage maps, positional cloning of disease resistance genes and quantitative trait loci (QTL)...
October 15, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
W A Knauer, S M Godden, N McDonald
Indwelling rumen temperature bolus (RTB) systems have the potential to offer a convenient and timely method of detecting pyrexia, indicative of active infectious disease. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the utility of using RTB systems in preweaned dairy calves. First, an in vitro study was performed to evaluate the accuracy of the RTB in its immediate environment. Thirteen RTB were immersed in a hot water bath (WB). Variably collected RTB temperatures were then matched to WB temperatures, which varied from 36 to 41°C, with 1 h spent at each temperature...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Juan D Rojas, Paul A Dayton
Sub-micron phase-change contrast agents consist of a liquid perfluorocarbon core that can be vaporized by ultrasound (acoustic droplet vaporization) to generate contrast with excellent spatial and temporal control. When these agents, commonly referred to as nanodroplets, are formulated with cores of low boiling-point perfluorocarbons such as decafluorobutane and octafluoropropane, they can be activated with lowmechanical index imaging pulses for diagnostic applications. Since the utilization of minimum mechanical index is often desirable to avoid unnecessary biological effects, enabling consistent activation of these agents in an acoustic field is a challenge because the energy that must be delivered to achieve the vaporization threshold increases with depth due to attenuation...
October 12, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Myoung Hyoun Kim, Chang Guhn Kim, Seul-Gi Kim, Dae-Weung Kim
The serine-aspartic acid-valine (SDV) peptide binds specifically to integrin αV β3 . In the present study, we successfully developed a TAMRA-GHEG-ECG-SDV peptide labeled with both Tc-99 m and TAMRA to target the integrin αV β3 of tumor cells; furthermore, we evaluated the diagnostic performance of Tc-99 m TAMRA-GHEG-ECG-SDV as a dual-modality imaging agent for tumor of the murine model. TAMRA-GHEG-ECG-SDV was synthesized using Fmoc solid-phase peptide synthesis. Radiolabeling of TAMRA-GHEG-ECG-SDV with Tc-99 m was done using ligand exchange methods...
October 14, 2016: Contrast Media & Molecular Imaging
Jabadurai Jayapaul, Susanne Arns, Matt Bunker, Marek Weiler, Sandra Rutherford, Peter Comba, Fabian Kiessling
: Riboflavin (Rf) receptors bind and translocate Rf and its phosphorylated forms (e.g. flavin mononucleotide, FMN) into cells where they mediate various cellular metabolic pathways. Previously, we showed that FMN-coated ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide (FLUSPIO) nanoparticles are suitable for labeling metabolically active cancer and endothelial cells in vitro. In this study, we focused on the in vivo application of FLUSPIO using prostate cancer xenografts. Size, charge, and chemical composition of FLUSPIO were evaluated...
2016: Nano Research
Matthias Schmitz, Maria Cramm, Franc Llorens, Dominik Müller-Cramm, Steven Collins, Ryuichiro Atarashi, Katsuya Satoh, Christina D Orrù, Bradley R Groveman, Saima Zafar, Walter J Schulz-Schaeffer, Byron Caughey, Inga Zerr
The development and adaption of in vitro misfolded protein amplification systems has been a major innovation in the detection of abnormally folded prion protein scrapie (PrP(Sc)) in human brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. Herein, we describe a fast and efficient protein amplification technique, real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QuIC), for the detection of a PrP(Sc) seed in human brain and CSF. In contrast to other in vitro misfolded protein amplification assays-such as protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA)-which are based on sonication, the RT-QuIC technique is based on prion seed-induced misfolding and aggregation of recombinant prion protein substrate, accelerated by alternating cycles of shaking and rest in fluorescence plate readers...
November 2016: Nature Protocols
Ronald Zielman, Rudmer Postma, Aswin Verhoeven, Floor Bakels, Willebrordus P J van Oosterhout, Axel Meissner, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Gisela M Terwindt, Oleg A Mayboroda, Michel D Ferrari
BACKGROUND: Migraine is a common episodic brain disorder. Treatment options and diagnosis are hampered by an incomplete understanding of disease pathophysiology and the lack of objective diagnostic markers. The aim of this study was to identify biochemical differences characteristic for different subtypes of migraine in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of migraine patients using an exploratory (1)H-NMR-based metabolomics approach. METHODS: CSF was obtained, in between migraine attacks, via lumbar puncture from patients with hemiplegic migraine, migraine with aura, migraine without aura, and healthy controls...
October 13, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Yanfang Zhang, Fang Sui, Jingjing Ma, Xiaojuan Ren, Haixia Guan, Qi Yang, Jing Shi, Meiju Ji, Bingyin Shi, Yue Sun, Peng Hou
CONTEXT: Although neuronal cell adhesion molecule (NrCAM) has been reported to be overexpressed in papillary thyroid cancer (PTCs), its role in this disease remains largely unclear. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to explore the biological functions of NrCAM and its potential as a diagnostic marker and therapeutic target in thyroid cancer. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) was performed to evaluate mRNA expression of investigated genes...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Yonggui Song, Dan Su, Yuan Shen, Hongyu Liu, Li Wang
A novel open circuit potential biosensor (OCPS) composed of a working electrode and a Ag/AgCl reference electrode was designed for in vivo continuous glucose monitoring in this work. The macroporous carbon derived from kenaf stem (KSC) was used to construct a KSC microelectrode (denoted as KSCME) which was subsequently used to load glucose oxidase (GOD) as the working electrode. The resulting GOD/KSCMEs could catalyze the oxidation of glucose directly to result in changes of the open circuit potential (V oc) of the OCPS...
October 11, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Frederick L Baehner
In vitro diagnostic multivariate index assays are highly complex molecular assays that can provide clinically actionable information regarding the underlying tumour biology and facilitate personalised treatment. These assays are only useful in clinical practice if all of the following are established: analytical validation (i.e., how accurately/reliably the assay measures the molecular characteristics), clinical validation (i.e., how consistently/accurately the test detects/predicts the outcomes of interest), and clinical utility (i...
2016: Ecancermedicalscience
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