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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734234/association-of-primary-central-nervous-system-vasculitis-with-the-presence-of-specific-human-leucocyte-antigen-gene-variant
#1
Markus Kraemer, Jana Becker, Peter A Horn, Jan Claudius Schwitalla, Kathy Keyvani, Imke Metz, Christiane Wegner, Wolfgang Brück, Marc Schlamann, Falko M Heinemann, Peter Berlit
OBJECTIVES: The etiology and genetic susceptibility of primary central nervous system vasculitis (PCNSV) are still unclear. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed the DNA of 25 Caucasian patients with PCNSV for human leucocyte antigen genes HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-DRB1, and HLA-DQB1, respectively. HLA-frequencies of the 25 patients with PCNSV were compared with HLA-frequencies of matched Caucasian controls. RESULTS: No statistically significant associations were found for HLA-B, HLA-DR1 and HLA-DQB1 variant...
June 23, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734160/selective-and-accurate-c5-acylcarnitine-quantitation-by-uhplc-ms-ms-distinguishing-true-isovaleric-acidemia-from-pivalate-derived-interference
#2
Paul E Minkler, Maria S K Stoll, Stephen T Ingalls, Charles L Hoppel
Tandem MS acylcarnitine "profiles" are extremely valuable. Although used appropriately in newborn screening programs to identify patients with possible diseases, their inadequate quantitative accuracy and lack of selectivity is problematic for confirmatory testing. In this report, we show the application of our validated, selective, accurate, precise, and robust UHPLC-MS/MS method for quantitation of acylcarnitines, specifically to C5 acylcarnitines: pivaloyl-, 2-methylbutyryl-, isovaleryl-, and valerylcarnitine...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734132/high-dimensional-single-cell-mapping-of-cerium-distribution-in-the-lung-immune-microenvironment-of-an-active-smoker
#3
Adeeb H Rahman, Yonit Lavin, Soma Kobayashi, Andrew Leader, Miriam Merad
BACKGROUND: Mass cytometry leverages inductively coupled mass spectrometry to perform high dimensional single cell analyses using antibodies tagged with rare earth isotopes that are considered to be largely absent in biological samples. We have recently noted an unusual exception to this rule while analyzing tissue samples from patients undergoing surgical resection for early stage lung cancer, and here we present a detailed cytometric characterization of cerium in a clinical patient sample...
July 22, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734115/regularized-estimation-in-sparse-high-dimensional-multivariate-regression-with-application-to-a-dna-methylation-study
#4
Haixiang Zhang, Yinan Zheng, Grace Yoon, Zhou Zhang, Tao Gao, Brian Joyce, Wei Zhang, Joel Schwartz, Pantel Vokonas, Elena Colicino, Andrea Baccarelli, Lifang Hou, Lei Liu
In this article, we consider variable selection for correlated high dimensional DNA methylation markers as multivariate outcomes. A novel weighted square-root LASSO procedure is proposed to estimate the regression coefficient matrix. A key feature of this method is tuning-insensitivity, which greatly simplifies the computation by obviating cross validation for penalty parameter selection. A precision matrix obtained via the constrained ℓ1 minimization method is used to account for the within-subject correlation among multivariate outcomes...
July 26, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732387/the-micrornas-mir-200b-3p-and-mir-429-5p-target-the-limk1-cfl1-pathway-to-inhibit-growth-and-motility-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Dengfeng Li, Hong Wang, Hongming Song, Hui Xu, Bingkun Zhao, Chenyang Wu, Jiashu Hu, Tianqi Wu, Dan Xie, Junyong Zhao, Qiang Shen, Lin Fang
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) has the worst prognosis of all subtypes of breast cancer (BC), with limited options for conventional therapy and no targeted therapies. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression. In this study, we aimed to determine whether two members of the miR-200 family, miR-200b-3p and miR-429-5p, are involved in BC cell proliferation and motility and to elucidate their target genes and pathways. We performed a meta-analysis that reveals down-regulated expression of miR-200b-3p and miR-429-5p in BC tissues and cell lines, consistent with a lower expression of miR-200b-3p and miR-429-5p in MDA-MB-231 and HCC1937 cells than in MCF-7 and MCF-10 cells...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732366/rassf6-downregulation-promotes-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-colorectal-cancer
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Rui Zhou, Lin Qiu, Xiaolong Liu, Lijuan Ling, Ninglei Li, Kun Zhou, Jingbo Sun, Jian Yan, Canliang Tan, Xiaoping Huang, Luzhe Han, Liangchun Yin, Gang Xiao, Lixin Liu
Distant metastasis is the primary barrier for the successful treatment of patients with colorectal cancer, and thus, searching for new therapeutic targets by further exploring the molecular mechanisms of colorectal cancer metastasis is important. In this study, we investigated the biological and clinical significance of RASSF6 in colorectal cancer as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms. We found that low RASSF6 expression corresponds to a poor prognosis in colorectal cancer patients, and low RASSF6 expression is distinctly associated with tumour progression...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732338/toxic-organic-substances-and-marker-compounds-in-size-segregated-urban-particulate-matter-implications-for-involvement-in-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-bioactivity-of-the-extractable-organic-matter
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Athanasios Besis, Alexandra Tsolakidou, Dimitra Balla, Constantini Samara, Dimitra Voutsa, Anastasia Pantazaki, Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou, Theodore S Lialiaris
Toxic organic substances and polar organic marker compounds, i.e. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their nitro-derivatives (N-PAHs), as well as dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) and sugars/sugar anhydrites (S/SAs) were analyzed in size-segregated PM samples (<0.49, 0.49-0.97, 0.97-3 and >3 μm) collected at two urban sites (urban traffic and urban background) during the cold and the warm season...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732324/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-amh-levels-in-premenopausal-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-taxane-based-adjuvant-chemotherapy-a-translational-research-project-of-the-success-a-study
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E K Trapp, J Steidl, B Rack, M S Kupka, U Andergassen, J Jückstock, A Kurt, T Vilsmaier, A de Gregorio, N de Gregorio, M Tzschaschel, C Lato, A Polasik, H Tesch, A Schneeweiss, M W Beckmann, P A Fasching, W Janni, V Müller
BACKGROUND: Premenopausal women undergoing chemotherapy are at high risk for premature ovarian failure and its long-term consequences. Data on potential markers to evaluate ovarian reserve pre- and posttreatment are limited. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) known for ovarian reserve in reproductive medicine could be a surrogate marker and was assessed in premenopausal breast cancer patients of the SUCCESS A study (EUDRA-CT no. 2005-000490-21). METHODS: We identified 170 premenopausal patients, age ≤ 40 years at trial entry, who received FEC-Doc as taxane-anthracylince based chemotherapy...
July 18, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732305/association-between-gaseous-air-pollutants-and-inflammatory-hemostatic-and-lipid-markers-in-a-cohort-of-midlife-women
#9
Xiangmei May Wu, Rupa Basu, Brian Malig, Rachel Broadwin, Keita Ebisu, Ellen B Gold, Lihong Qi, Carol Derby, Rochelle S Green
BACKGROUND: Exposures to ambient gaseous pollutants have been linked to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), but the biological mechanisms remain uncertain. OBJECTIVES: This study examined the changes in CVD marker levels resulting from elevated exposure to ambient gaseous pollutants in midlife women. METHODS: Annual repeated measurements of several inflammatory, hemostatic and lipid makers were obtained from 2306 midlife women enrolled in the longitudinal Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) between 1999 and 2004...
July 18, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732300/complete-torsion-of-gallbladder-following-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-a-case-study
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Tomoaki Bekki, Tomoyuki Abe, Hironobu Amano, Nobuaki Fujikuni, Hiroshi Okuda, Tatsunari Sasada, Minoru Yamaki, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, Toshio Noriyuki, Masahiro Nakahara
INTRODUCTION: Gallbladder torsion is mainly associated with a floating gallbladder. From an anatomical perspective, laparoscopic cholecystectomy is a more optimal treatment than open cholecystectomy. PRESENTATION OF CASE: An 84-year-old woman visited the Onomichi General Hospital because of progressive pain in the right upper quadrant of her abdomen. Physical examination revealed a positive Murphy sign and peritoneal irritation. Laboratory data demonstrated that inflammatory marker levels were increased...
June 29, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732253/diminished-ovarian-reserve-in-women-with-transfusion-dependent-beta-thalassemia-major-is-iron-gonadotoxic
#11
Aysel Uysal, Gül Alkan, Ayşegül Kurtoğlu, Onur Erol, Erdal Kurtoğlu
OBJECTIVE: Iron accumulation in the endocrine glands has been implicated in the aetiopathogenesis of decreased reproductive capacity in patients with beta-thalassemia major (β-TM). The aim of the current study was to investigate the serum concentration of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), a marker of ovarian reserve, in women with transfusion-dependent β-TM. STUDY DESIGN: In this case-control study, we recruited 43 women with transfusion-dependent TM and 44 age-matched healthy controls...
July 5, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732216/development-of-hla-b-57-01-genotyping-real-time-pcr-with-optimized-hydrolysis-probe-design
#12
Hou-Sung Jung, Gregory J Tsongalis, Joel A Lefferts
HLA-B*57:01 genotyping before abacavir (ABC) administration is a standard of care to avoid ABC-driven hypersensitivity reactions. Several HLA-B*57:01 tests have been developed, each with advantages and disadvantages. Some have limited accuracy, require special instrumentation, and/or are labor intensive and expensive. We developed a novel hydrolysis probe-based real-time PCR method of HLA-B*57:01 genotyping. Primer and probes were designed based on published sequence variations in exon 3 of HLA-B that distinguish HLA-B*57:01 from ABC-insensitive alleles such as HLA-B*57:03 and HLA-B*58:01...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732208/longitudinal-investigation-of-the-parietal-lobe-anatomy-in-bipolar-disorder-and-its-association-with-general-functioning
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Adele Ferro, Carolina Bonivento, Giuseppe Delvecchio, Marcella Bellani, Cinzia Perlini, Nicola Dusi, Veronica Marinelli, Mirella Ruggeri, A Carlo Altamura, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, Paolo Brambilla
The parietal lobe (PL) supports cognitive domains, including attention and memory, which are impaired in bipolar disorder (BD). Although cross-sectional voxel-based morphometry studies found reduced PL grey matter (GM) in BD, none has longitudinally focused on PL anatomy in BD, relating it to patients' functioning. Thirty-eight right-handed BD patients and 42 matched healthy subjects (HS) underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan at baseline. Seventeen BD patients and 16 matched HS underwent a follow-up MRI...
June 20, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732187/do-genetic-markers-of-inflammation-modify-the-relationship-between-periodontitis-and-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-findings-from-the-ship-study
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A A Akinkugbe, C L Avery, A S Barritt, S R Cole, M Lerch, J Mayerle, S Offenbacher, A Petersmann, M Nauck, H Völzke, G D Slade, G Heiss, T Kocher, B Holtfreter
An association between periodontitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been reported by experimental animal and epidemiologic studies. This study investigated whether circulating levels of serum C-reactive protein (CRP) and a weighted genetic CRP score representing markers of inflammatory burden modify the association between periodontitis and NAFLD. Data came from 2,481 participants of the Study of Health in Pomerania who attended baseline examination that occurred between 1997 and 2001. Periodontitis was defined as the percentage of sites (0%, <30%, ≥30%) with probing pocket depth (PD) ≥4 mm, and NAFLD status was determined using liver ultrasound assessment...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732140/fibroblast-growth-factor-2-fgf2-is-present-in-human-spermatozoa-and-is-related-with-sperm-motility-the-use-of-recombinant-fgf2-to-improve-motile-sperm-recovery
#15
D J Garbarino Azúa, L Saucedo, S Giordana, M L Magri, M G Buffone, F Neuspiller, M H Vazquez-Levin, C I Marín-Briggiler
Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) and their receptors (FGFRs) regulate several functions of somatic cells. In a previous work, we reported FGFR expression in human spermatozoa and their involvement in motility. This study aimed to evaluate the presence and localization of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) in human spermatozoa, to determine the relationship of FGF2 levels with conventional semen parameters and to assess the effect of recombinant FGF2 (rFGF2) on sperm recovery in a selection procedure. Western immunoblotting analysis using an antibody against FGF2 revealed an 18-kDa band in sperm protein extracts...
July 21, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732135/synovial-immunophenotype-and-anti-citrullinated-protein-antibodies-in-ra-patients-relationship-to-treatment-response-and-radiological-prognosis
#16
Carl Orr, Aurelie Najm, Monika Biniecka, Trudy McGarry, Chin-Teck Ng, Francis Young, Ursula Fearon, Douglas J Veale
OBJECTIVE: Serum anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA) may be present before development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and may predict more severe, erosive disease. This study examines synovial tissue immunophenotype according to ACPA status in RA patients, response to treatment and erosive status. METHODS: Consecutive RA patients were prospectively recruited and underwent clinical and serological assessment before and after treatment. Radiological assessment was performed at the time of clinical follow up...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732133/ionization-and-collision-induced-dissociation-of-steroid-bis-glucuronides
#17
Argitxu Esquivel, Xavier Matabosch, Aristotelis Kotronoulas, Georgina Balcells, Jesús Joglar, Rosa Ventura
Studies on steroid metabolism are of utmost importance to improve the detection capabilities of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) misuse in sports drug testing. In humans, glucuronoconjugates are the most abundant phase II metabolites of AAS. Bis-glucuronidation is a reaction where two separated functional groups on the same molecule are conjugated with glucuronic acid. These metabolites have not been studied in depth for steroids and could be interesting markers for doping control. The aim of the present work was to study the ionization and collision induced dissociation of steroid bis-glucuronides to be able to develop mass spectrometric analytical strategies for their detection in urine samples after AAS administration...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732130/abnormalities-in-the-24-hour-rhythm-of-skin-temperature-in-cirrhosis-sleep-wake-and-general-clinical-implications
#18
Maria Garrido, Desy Saccardo, Michele De Rui, Elia Vettore, Alberto Verardo, Paolo Carraro, Nicola Di Vitofrancesco, Ali R Mani, Paolo Angeli, Massimo Bolognesi, Sara Montagnese
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Sleep preparation/onset are associated with peripheral vasodilatation and a decrease in body temperature. The hyperdynamic syndrome exhibited by patients with cirrhosis may impinge on sleep preparation, thus contributing to their difficulties falling asleep. The aim of this study was the assessment of skin temperature, in relation to sleep-wake patterns, in patients with cirrhosis. METHODS: Fifty three subjects were initially recruited, and 46 completed the study...
July 21, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732117/identification-by-phenotypic-and-genetic-approaches-of-an-indigenous-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-wine-strain-with-high-desiccation-tolerance
#19
Marianna Zambuto, Rossana Romaniello, Nicoletta Guaragnella, Patrizia Romano, Sonia Votta, Angela Capece
During active dry yeast (ADY) production process, cells are exposed to multiple stresses, such as thermal, oxidative and hyperosmotic shock. Previously, by analyzing cells in exponential growth phase, we selected an indigenous Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine strain, namely CD-6Sc, for its higher tolerance to desiccation and higher expression of specific desiccation stress-related genes in comparison to other yeast strains. In this study, we performed a desiccation treatment on stationary phase cells by comparing the efficacy of two different methods: a "laboratory dry test" in a small-scale (mild stress) and a treatment by spray-drying (severe stress), one of the most appropriate preservation method for yeasts and other micro-organisms...
July 21, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732085/point-of-care-screening-for-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-in-pregnant-women-at-an-antenatal-clinic-a-south-african-experience
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Nafiisah Chotun, Wolfgang Preiser, Christoffel Johannes van Rensburg, Pedro Fernandez, Gerhard Barnard Theron, Dieter Glebe, Monique Ingrid Andersson
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Elimination of HIV and syphilis mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) has received much attention but little consideration has been given to the possibility of elimination of HBV MTCT. In sub-Saharan Africa, HBV vertical transmission continues to be reported and it remains an important public health problem. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of screening pregnant women for HBV using a point-of-care (POC) test and implementing interventions to prevent HBV MTCT...
2017: PloS One
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