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Mikhail E Kandel, Michael Fanous, Catherine Best-Popescu, Gabriel Popescu
As a label-free, nondestructive method, phase contrast is by far the most popular microscopy technique for routine inspection of cell cultures. However, features of interest such as extensions near cell bodies are often obscured by a glow, which came to be known as the halo . Advances in modeling image formation have shown that this artifact is due to the limited spatial coherence of the illumination. Nevertheless, the same incoherent illumination is responsible for superior sensitivity to fine details in the phase contrast geometry...
February 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Sabrina Drexel, Daniel Tseng
Introduction: Primary peritonitis in healthy immunocompetent individuals is rare. Several case reports of Streptococcus species causing peritonitis have been described. Here, we present the first case of Mycoplasma hominis as the cause of primary peritonitis in a healthy woman. Case Report: A 42-year-old female with history of uterine fibroids was admitted with abdominal pain and intraperitoneal fluid of unknown etiology. She was initially managed nonoperatively and empirically treated with broad spectrum antibiotics...
2018: Case Reports in Surgery
Hoang Thi My Nhung, Bui Viet Anh, Truong Linh Huyen, Doan Trung Hiep, Chu Thi Thao, Phung Nam Lam, Nguyen Thanh Liem
Lung cancer is the most common type of cancer with the highest cancer-associated mortality rates worldwide, as well as in Vietnam. Numerous studies have demonstrated that higher numbers and higher rate of activity of infiltrating natural killer (NK) cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTLs) in the tumor are closely correlated with positive prognosis, tumor size decrease and longer survival of lung cancer patients. In the present study, the effectiveness of BINKIT® kit in the ex vivo expansion of NK cells and CTLs in the peripheral blood of 7 patients aged between 30 and 84 years with metastatic lung cancer was evaluated...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Carlos Rodríguez-Lucas, M Rosario Rodicio, Isabel Costales, José Antonio Boga, Fernando Vazquez, Javier Fernández
Blood stream infections are serious conditions associated with high morbi-mortality. In this study, the new Sepsis Flow Chip (SFC) assay for identification of Gram-negative bacteria and their antimicrobial resistance genes was evaluated in positive blood cultures (BCs). SFC is a microarray with a broad panel comprising the most frequent causative agents of sepsis and antimicrobial resistance genes associated with them. A total of 100 prospective BCs, positive for Gram-negative bacilli, were assessed in the routine of the clinical microbiology laboratory and also applying the SFC assay...
February 14, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Javad Parvizi, Timothy L Tan, Karan Goswami, Carlos Higuera, Craig Della Valle, Antonia F Chen, Noam Shohat
BACKGROUND: The introduction of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society (MSIS) criteria for periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) in 2011 resulted in improvements in diagnostic confidence and research collaboration. The emergence of new diagnostic tests and the lessons we have learned from the past 7 years using the MSIS definition, prompted us to develop an evidence-based and validated updated version of the criteria. METHODS: This multi-institutional study of patients undergoing revision total joint arthroplasty was conducted at 3 academic centers...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
S N Yang, X Pu, S L Xiang, J P Chen, L Pei
Objective: To investigate the effect of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) on mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) inhibiting follicular helper T cells (Tfh cells). Methods: The contents of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO), IL-10, TGF-β and IL-21 in MSC culture supernatant were detected by ELISA; The peripheral blood of healthy volunteers were collected, and lymphocyte in peripheral blood was separated by human lymphocyte separation solution; Co-cultures of MSC and lymphocyte were performed by Transwell chamber, and the proportion of CD4(+)CXCR5(+) Tfh cells and their subtypes were detected by flow cytometry...
January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
L Chen, W Yue, X Y Xie, X Y Zhang, Y Lyu, D Q Liu, J F Xi, M Y Qu, Z Fan, F Fang, X T Pei
Objective: To observe the effect of poloxamer 188 (P188) on megakaryocyte cultivation and induction from cord blood mononuclear cells in order to obtain more megakaryocyte progenitor cells (MPC). Methods: The cord blood mononuclear cells were isolated and inoculated in cell culture bag or cell culture flask respectively. The WIGGENS shaker and cell culture bags were used to mimick WAVE Bioreactor for three-dimensional (3D) cell culture, and the P188 was added to induction medium, The cells were detected for morphology, surface marker, viability, and number on day 14...
January 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
A Ahluwalia, M K Jones, I Brzozowska, A S Tarnawski
Regeneration of blood vessels (neovascularization) is critical for tissue injury healing. The contribution of bone marrow-derived endothelial progenitor cells (BMD-EPCs) to neovascularization during tissue injury healing is not fully elucidated and it is not clear whether BMD-EPCs can form new capillary blood vessels independently or jointly with fully differentiated endothelial cells (ECs). The aim of this study was to establish an in vitro model of vasculogenesis/angiogenesis by co-culture of BMD-EPCs and gastric endothelial cells (GECs) on Matrigel, examine direct interactions of these cells; and, identify the mechanisms involved...
December 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Philipp Wohlfarth, Amin T Turki, Joerg Steinmann, Melanie Fiedler, Nina K Steckel, Dietrich W Beelen, Tobias Liebregts
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients frequently develop acute respiratory failure (ARF) with pulmonary infiltrates. Molecular and biomarker-based assays enhance pathogen detection, but data on their yield in this population are scarce. METHODS: Retrospective single-center study in 156 consecutive HSCT recipients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) between 05/2013 and 07/2017. Findings of a microbiological diagnostic work-up using currently available methods on bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and blood samples from 66 patients (age: 58 [45-64] years; HSCT to ICU: 176 [85-407] days) with ARF and pulmonary infiltrates were analyzed...
March 14, 2018: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Paulina Manyiri, Rodrick Kabangila, Christa Kasang, Martha F Mushi, Mariam M Mirambo, Stephen E Mshana
OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the prevalence and factors associated with mycobacteremia and mortality among febrile HIV infected patients in developing countries. METHODS: A hospital based cross-sectional study was conducted among febrile HIV patients admitted at Bugando Medical centre and Sekou Toure hospital between November 2016 and March 2017. Blood culture was done on BACTEC Myco/F Lytic bottles. Clinical and demographic data were collected using pre-tested data collection tool...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Matthew Eisenberg, Michael C Monuteaux, Gillian Fell, Vera Goldberg, Mark Puder, Joel Hudgins
OBJECTIVES: To determine which factors confer the greatest risk of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) in children with intestinal failure and fever presenting to an emergency department (ED), and to assess whether a low-risk group exists that may not require the standard treatment of admission for 48 hours on intravenous antibiotics pending culture results. STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective cohort study included children with intestinal failure and fever presenting to an ED over a 6-year period...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
Smita Das, Roger B Peck, Rebecca Barney, Ihn Kyung Jang, Maria Kahn, Meilin Zhu, Gonzalo J Domingo
BACKGROUND: As malaria endemic countries shift from control to elimination, the proportion of low density Plasmodium falciparum infections increases. Current field diagnostic tools, such as microscopy and rapid diagnostic tests (RDT), with detection limits of approximately 100-200 parasites/µL (p/µL) and 800-1000 pg/mL histidine-rich protein 2 (HRP2), respectively, are unable to detect these infections. A novel ultra-sensitive HRP2-based Alere™ Malaria Ag P.f RDT (uRDT) was evaluated in laboratory conditions to define the test's performance against recombinant HRP2 and native cultured parasites...
March 17, 2018: Malaria Journal
Suman K Paine, Analabha Basu, Rajib Gon Choudhury, Basudev Bhattacharya, Sidhartha Chatterjee, Chandra Bhattacharya
AIM: Genital tuberculosis (GTB) is a potent contributor to irreversible damage to the reproductive system and infertility in females. As no gold standard diagnostic tool is yet available, clinical suspicion and relatively insensitive approaches such as histopathology, laparoscopy and hysterosalpingogram are currently critical determinants in the diagnosis of GTB. Although a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assay using endometrial tissue seems promising, sampling does require an invasive procedure...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
Lu Gan, Mengyuan Zhu, Xiaozhao Li, Chen Chen, Ting Meng, Jiaxi Pu, Huiming Luo, Fengmin Shao, Qiaoling Zhou
BACKGROUND: Tonsillitis can promote the progression of IgA nephropathy (IgAN) by aggravating immunopathologic response. Th22 cell disorder is involved in the pathogenesis of IgAN with tonsillitis. This study was determined to explore the possible mechanism of IgAN with tonsillitis underlying Th22 cell chemotaxis response to the effect of CCL20, CCL22, and CCL27. METHODS: This research was conducted on 65 subjects including 16 healthy controls (HC group), 5 patients with  renal carcinoma (HTC group) and 44 patients with IgAN between 2015 and 2016...
March 16, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Ewa Jankowska-Steifer, Justyna Niderla-Bielińska, Bogdan Ciszek, Marek Kujawa, Mateusz Bartkowiak, Aleksandra Flaht-Zabost, Daria Klosinska, Anna Ratajska
During embryonic development, hematopoietic cells are present in areas of blood-vessel differentiation. These hematopoietic cells emerge from a specific subpopulation of endothelial cells called the hemogenic endothelium. We have previously found that mouse proepicardium contained its own population of endothelial cells forming a network of vascular tubules. We hypothesize that this EC population contains cells of hematopoietic potential. Therefore, we investigated an in vitro hematopoietic potential of proepicardial cell populations...
March 16, 2018: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Sebastian Kress, Johannes Baur, Christoph Otto, Natalie Burkard, Joris Braspenning, Heike Walles, Joachim Nickel, Marco Metzger
In tissue engineering, the generation and functional maintenance of dense voluminous tissues is mainly restricted due to insufficient nutrient supply. Larger three-dimensional constructs, which exceed the nutrient diffusion limit become necrotic and/or apoptotic in long-term culture if not provided with an appropriate vascularization. Here, we established protocols for the generation of a pre-vascularized biological scaffold with intact arterio-venous capillary loops from rat intestine, which is decellularized under preservation of the feeding and draining vascular tree...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Susan K Seo, Zivile Gedrimaite, Alla Paskovaty, Kenneth Seier, Sejal Morjaria, Nina Cohen, Elyn Riedel, Yi-Wei Tang, N Esther Babady
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of rapidly identifying coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) from positive blood cultures (BC) combined with an established antimicrobial stewardship (AS) program at a tertiary cancer center. METHODS: Cancer patients >=18 years with >=1 positive CoNS BC identified by Staphylococcus QuickFISH®, a peptide nucleic acid fluorescence in situ hybridization assay, between 01/1/13 and 12/31/13 (QuickFISH) were compared to cancer patients >=18 years with CoNS identified via standard microbiologic techniques between 01/01/11 and 12/31/11 (baseline)...
March 13, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Tao Li, Mingzheng Peng, Zezheng Yang, Xiaojun Zhou, Yuan Deng, Chuan Jiang, Ming Xiao, Jinwu Wang
To promote vascularization of tissue-engineered bone, IFN-γ polarizing macrophages to M1 was loaded on 5% calcium silicate/β-tricalcium phosphate (CaSiO3 -β-TCP) scaffolds. IFN-γ and Si released from the scaffold were designed to polarize M1 and M2 macrophages, respectively. β-TCP, CaSiO3 -β-TCP, and IFN-γ@CaSiO3 -β-TCP were fabricated and biocompatibilities were evaluated. Polarizations of macrophages were detected by flow cytometry. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells with GFP were cultured and induced on Matrigel with conditioned culture medium extracted from culture of macrophages loaded on scaffolds for evaluating angiogenesis...
March 13, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Annesa Flentje, Kord Kober, Adam Carrico, Torsten B Neilands, Elena Flowers, Nicholas Heck, Bradley Aouizerat
Sexual minority (i.e., non-heterosexual) individuals experience poorer mental and physical health, accounted for in part by the additional burden of sexual minority stress occurring from being situated in a culture favoring heteronormativity. Informed by previous research, the purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between sexual minority stress and leukocyte gene expression related to inflammation, cancer, immune function, and cardiovascular function. Sexual minority men living with HIV who were on anti-retroviral medication, had viral load <200 copies/mL, and had biologically confirmed, recent methamphetamine use completed minority stress measures and submitted blood samples for RNA sequencing on leukocytes...
March 13, 2018: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Taisa Trevizani Rocchetti, Katheryne Benine Martins, Patricia Yoshida Faccioli Martins, Rogério Antonio de Oliveira, Alessandro Lia Mondelli, Carlos Magno Castelo Branco Fortaleza, Maria de Lourdes Ribeiro de Souza da Cunha
INTRODUCTION: Staphylococcus spp. - both S. aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (MRSA) and coagulase negative staphylococci (CoNS) - are relevant agents of healthcare-associated infections. Therefore, the rapid recognition of MRSA and methicillin-resistant CoNS from blood stream infections is critically important for patient management. It is worth noting that inappropriate empiric therapy has been associated with higher in-hospital mortality. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study we evaluated a multiplex PCR standardized to detect Staphylococcus spp...
March 13, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
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