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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434050/prevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-hiv-infected-patients-and-food-animals-and-direct-genotyping-of-t-gondii-isolates-southern-ghana
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Faustina Pappoe, Weisheng Cheng, Lin Wang, Yuanling Li, Dorcas Obiri-Yeboah, Samuel Victor Nuvor, Henock Ambachew, Xiaodong Hu, Qingli Luo, Deyong Chu, Yuanhong Xu, Jilong Shen
Toxoplasma gondii is of public health and veterinary importance causing severe diseases in immunocompromised individuals including HIV/AIDS patients and in congenital cases and animals. There is limited information on the epidemiology of T. gondii infection in humans, particularly HIV patients and food animals and the parasite genotypes in Ghana. A total of 394 HIV-infected patients from three hospitals were screened for T. gondii anti-IgG and IgM using ELISA. DNAs from blood samples of seropositve participants and 95 brain tissues of food animals were PCR assayed to detect Toxoplasma gra6...
April 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433937/perturbation-effect-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-quantum-dots-rgoqds-on-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-ahr-pathway-in-zebrafish
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Jing-Hui Zhang, Tai Sun, Aping Niu, Yu-Mei Tang, Shun Deng, Wei Luo, Qun Xu, Dapeng Wei, De-Sheng Pei
Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) has been widely used in enormous fields, however, the inherent molecular mechanism of GQDs for potential risks in biological system is still elusive to date. In this study, the outstanding reduced graphene quantum dots (rGOQDs) with the QY as high as 24.62% were successfully synthesized by the improved Hummers method and DMF hydrothermal treatment approach. The rGOQDs were N-doped photoluminescent nanomaterials with functional groups on the surface. The fluorescent bio-imaging was performed by exposing zebrafish in different concentrations of the as-prepared rGOQDs, and the distribution of rGOQDs was successfully observed...
April 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433861/c-reactive-protein-and-enzymatically-modified-ldl-cooperatively-promote-dendritic-cell-mediated-t-cell-activation
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Wei He, Yong Ren, Xiao Wang, Qiao Chen, Shifang Ding
BACKGROUND: Enzymatically modified low density lipoprotein (eLDL), C reactive protein (CRP), dendritic cells (DCs), and T cells were shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate whether eLDL and CRP could cooperatively promote DC-mediated T cell activation and proliferation. METHOD: Low density lipoprotein was isolated from healthy human plasma and treated with proteases and cholesterol esterase. CD14(+) monocytes were isolated from human peripheral blood by gradient centrifugation and enriched with CD14 Microbeads, which were then induced with recombinant human IL-4 and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor before treated with eLDL and/or CRP...
April 7, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433795/helicobacter-pylori-cagl-amino-acid-polymorphism-d58e59-pave-the-way-toward-peptic-ulcer-disease-while-n58e59-is-associated-with-gastric-cancer-in-north-of-iran
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Mina Rezaee Cherati, Javad Shokri-Shirvani, Ahmad Karkhah, Ramzan Rajabnia, Hamid Reza Nouri
The cagL protein of Helicobacter pylori involving in pathogenesis of gastroduodenal disorders. Therefore, the current study was conducted to determine the cagL amino acid polymorphisms in patients with gastric diseases. One hundred gastric biopsies were collected from gastritis, peptic ulcer (PUD) and gastric cancer (GC) patients and were screened for cagL using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Also, sequence variations of the cagL were assessed via sequence translation. The cagL geneopositivity was 71.6% in patients were infected with H...
April 19, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433772/mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-colon-cancer-cells-through-direct-cell-to-cell-contact
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Hidehiko Takigawa, Yasuhiko Kitadai, Kei Shinagawa, Ryo Yuge, Yukihito Higashi, Shinji Tanaka, Wataru Yasui, Kazuaki Chayama
We previously reported that in an orthotopic nude mouse model of human colon cancer, bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) migrated to the tumor stroma and promoted tumor growth and metastasis. Here, we evaluated the proliferation and migration ability of cancer cells cocultured with MSCs to elucidate the mechanism of interaction between cancer cells and MSCs. Proliferation and migration of cancer cells increased following direct coculture with MSCs but not following indirect coculture. Thus, we hypothesized that direct contact between cancer cells and MSCs was important...
April 20, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433724/whole-genome-de-novo-sequencing-of-wood-rot-fungus-fomitopsis-palustris-atcc62978-with-both-a-cellulolytic-and-ligninolytic-enzyme-system
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Chang-Young Hong, Su-Yeon Lee, Sun-Hwa Ryu, Myungkil Kim
Fomitopsis palustris is a model brown rot fungus causing destructive wood decay based on the cellulase system. Endoglucanase secreted by F. palustris hydrolyzes cellulose in both the crystalline and amorphous form. In this study, whole-genome sequencing was conducted to identify genes related to F. palustris cellulose degradation and their functions. We determined the 43-Mb complete draft genome of F. palustris (ATCC 62978), comprising 14,592 predicted gene models. Gene annotation provided crucial information about the location and function of protein-encoding genes...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433693/cyanotoxins-which-detection-technique-for-an-optimum-risk-assessment
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Virginie Gaget, Melody Lau, Barbara Sendall, Suzanne Froscio, Andrew R Humpage
The presence of toxigenic cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) in drinking water reservoirs poses a risk to human and animal health worldwide. Guidelines and health alert levels have been issued in the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines for three major toxins, which are therefore the subject of routine monitoring: microcystin, cylindrospermopsin and saxitoxin. While it is agreed that these toxic compounds should be monitored closely, the routine surveillance of these bioactive chemicals can be done in various ways and deciding which technique to use can therefore be challenging...
April 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433590/low-dose-out-of-field-radiotherapy-part-3-qualitative-and-quantitative-impact-of-scattered-out-of-field-radiation-on-mda-mb-231-cell-lines
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K Zaleska, W M Suchorska, A Kowalik, M Kruszyna, W Jackowiak, A Skrobala, M Skorska, J Malicki
PURPOSE: Patients who undergo external beam radiotherapy are at risk of developing second tumours due to scattered radiation outside the path of the primary beam. The aim of this study was to experimentally determine the in vitro radiobiological effects of scattered radiation in cells located outside the primary photon beam and to compare this to the effects that occur in cells inside the primary beam. The comparison was performed by assessing cell viability, DNA damage, and apoptosis...
April 19, 2017: Cancer Radiothérapie: Journal de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433569/vitamin-d-binding-protein-rs7041-polymorphism-and-high-residual-platelet-reactivity-in-patients-receiving-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-with-clopidogrel-or-ticagrelor
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Monica Verdoia, Veronica Daffara, Patrizia Pergolini, Roberta Rolla, Paolo Marino, Giorgio Bellomo, Alessandro Carriero, Giuseppe De Luca
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency represents a major health problem in general population, especially for its association with cardiovascular disorders and thrombotic risk, even in patients on dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). Vitamin D Binding Protein (VDBP) is the main transporter of vitamin D in the bloodstream and genetic polymorphisms of this protein have been shown to account for a significant variability of vitamin D levels and its systemic effects. Contrasting data have linked the rs7041 T→G substitution with cardiovascular disease...
April 19, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433514/cox-2-inhibition-potentiates-mouse-bone-marrow-stem-cell-engraftment-and-differentiation-mediated-wound-repair
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Ramasatyaveni Geesala, Neha R Dhoke, Amitava Das
BACKGROUND: Engraftment of transplanted stem cells is often limited by cytokine and noncytokine proinflammatory mediators at the injury site. We examined the role of Cyclooxygenase-2 (Cox-2)-induced cytokine-mediated inflammation on engraftment of transplanted bone marrow stem cells (BMSCs) at the wound site. METHODS: BMSCs isolated from male C57/BL6J mice were transplanted onto excisional splinting wounds in syngenic females in presence or absence of celecoxib, Cox-2 specific inhibitor (50 mg/kg, body weight [b wt]), to evaluate engraftment and wound closure...
April 19, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433373/preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-aneuploidy-testing-in-women-older-than-44-years-a-multicenter-experience
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Filippo Maria Ubaldi, Danilo Cimadomo, Antonio Capalbo, Alberto Vaiarelli, Laura Buffo, Elisabetta Trabucco, Susanna Ferrero, Elena Albani, Laura Rienzi, Paolo E Levi Setti
OBJECTIVE: To report laboratory and clinical outcomes in preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidies (PGD-A) cycles for women 44 to 47 years old. DESIGN: Multicenter, longitudinal, observational study. SETTING: In vitro fertilization (IVF) centers. PATIENT(S): One hundred and thirty-seven women aged 44.7 ± 0.7 years (range: 44.0-46.7) undergoing 150 PGD-A cycles during April 2013 to January 2016. INTERVENTION(S): Quantitative polymerase chain reaction-based PGD-A on trophectoderm biopsies and cryopreserved euploid single-embryo transfer (SET)...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433067/chloroquine-and-hydroxychloroquine-inhibit-bladder-cancer-cell-growth-by-targeting-basal-autophagy-and-enhancing-apoptosis
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Yi-Chia Lin, Ji-Fan Lin, Sheng-I Wen, Shan-Che Yang, Te-Fu Tsai, Hung-En Chen, Kuang-Yu Chou, Thomas I-Sheng Hwang
Chloroquine (CQ) and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), two antimalarial drugs, are suggested to have potential anticancer properties. in the present study, we investigated the effects of CQ and HCQ on cell growth of bladder cancer with emphasis on autophagy inhibition and apoptosis induction in vitro. The results showed that CQ and HCQ inhibited the proliferation of multiple human bladder cell lines (including RT4, 5637, and T24) in a time- and dose-dependent fashion, especially in advanced bladder cancer cell lines (5637 and T24) compared to immortalized uroepithelial cells (SV-Huc-1) or other reference cancer cell lines (PC3 and MCF-7)...
May 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432813/targeting-on-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-activity-with-dna-damaging-hybrid-lactam-steroid-alkylators-in-wild-type-and-brca1-mutated-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Dimitrios T Trafalis, Aikaterini Polonifi, Panayiotis Dalezis, Nikolaos Nikoleousakos, Sotirios Katsamakas, Vassiliki Sarli
Conjugated lactam-steroid alkylators (LSA), have been shown to exhibit superior activity at controlling cancer models and overlap drug resistance to conventional chemotherapy. Hybrid LSAs combine two active compounds in a single molecule and incorporate modified steroids bearing lactam moiety in one or more steroid rings functioning as vectors for cytotoxic agents. We first describe a novel class of LSAs that generate excellent anticancer activity against UWB1.289 and UWB1.289+BRCA1 human ovarian cancer cell lines...
April 22, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432790/single-molecule-visualization-of-fast-polymerase-turnover-in-the-bacterial-replisome
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Jacob S Lewis, Lisanne M Spenkelink, Slobodan Jergic, Elizabeth A Wood, Enrico Monachino, Nicholas P Horan, Karl E Duderstadt, Michael M Cox, Andrew Robinson, Nicholas E Dixon, Antoine M van Oijen
The Escherichia coli DNA replication machinery has been used as a road map to uncover design rules that enable DNA duplication with high efficiency and fidelity. Although the enzymatic activities of the replicative DNA Pol III are well understood, its dynamics within the replisome are not. Here we test the accepted view that the Pol III holoenzyme remains stably associated within the replisome. We use in vitro single-molecule assays with fluorescently labeled polymerases to demonstrate that the Pol III* complex (holoenzyme lacking the β2 sliding clamp), is rapidly exchanged during processive DNA replication...
April 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432563/complete-sequences-of-the-rna-1-and-rna-2-segments-of-chronic-bee-paralysis-virus-strain-cbpv-bj-detected-in-china
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Beibei Li, Shuai Deng, Dahe Yang, Chunsheng Hou, Qingyun Diao
Chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) is an important viral pathogen that affects adult bees. Although several CBPV strains have been reported, little information has been obtained from China. In this study, two major segments of the CBPV Chinese isolate CBPV-BJ, RNA 1 and RNA 2, were determined to be 3657 and 2267 nucleotides (nt) in length, respectively. RNA 1 and RNA 2 contained three and four open reading frames (ORFs), respectively, which agreed with known reference strains (EU122229 and EU122230). The RNA 1 had 98% nucleotide sequence identity to a known Chinese strain (KU950353), and RNA 2 had 97% nucleotide sequence identity to another Chinese strain (KU950354)...
April 21, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432336/structure-function-analysis-of-the-dna-binding-domain-of-a-transmembrane-transcriptional-activator
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Andreas Schlundt, Sophie Buchner, Robert Janowski, Thomas Heydenreich, Ralf Heermann, Jürgen Lassak, Arie Geerlof, Ralf Stehle, Dierk Niessing, Kirsten Jung, Michael Sattler
The transmembrane DNA-binding protein CadC of E. coli, a representative of the ToxR-like receptor family, combines input and effector domains for signal sensing and transcriptional activation, respectively, in a single protein, thus representing one of the simplest signalling systems. At acidic pH in a lysine-rich environment, CadC activates the transcription of the cadBA operon through recruitment of the RNA polymerase (RNAP) to the two cadBA promoter sites, Cad1 and Cad2, which are directly bound by CadC...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431999/novel-method-to-rapidly-and-efficiently-lyse-escherichia-coli-for-the-isolation-of-recombinant-protein
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Himanshu Joshi, Vikas Jain
Rapid and high-throughput protein purification methods are required to explore structure and function of several uncharacterized proteins. Isolation of recombinant protein expressed in Escherichia coli strain BL21 (DE3) depends largely on the efficient and speedy bacterial cell lysis, which is considered as the bottleneck during protein purification. Cells are usually lysed by either sonication or high pressure homogenization, both of which are slow, require special equipment, lead to heat generation, and may result in loss of protein's biological activity...
April 18, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431957/genetic-study-of-kir-and-hla-ligands-in-235-individuals-from-northeastern-thailand
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Suwit Chaisri, Chanvit Leelayuwat, Amornrat Romphruk
The diversity of 17 KIR and HLA ligands (HLA-C1, C2, Bw4, A11) were investigated in two hundred and thirty-five unrelated healthy donors in Northeastern Thais (NETs) by the polymerase chain reaction with sequence-specific primer (PCR-SSP) method. The Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (HWE) was used to verify genotyping method for dimorphic KIR and HLA. They were in HWE (p>0.05). KIR and HLA ligands frequencies, genotypes, haplotypes and linkage disequilibrium (LD) were presented. The genetic data are available in allele Frequencies Net Database...
April 18, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431945/in-vitro-fermentation-behaviors-of-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-from-pearsonothuria-graeffei-by-human-gut-microflora
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Chao-Yang Wei, Ning-Bo Liao, Yu Zhang, Xing-Qian Ye, Shan Li, Ya-Qin Hu, Dong-Hong Liu, Robert J Linhardt, Xin Wang, Shi-Guo Chen
A fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (FCS-pg) with highly repeated structure from Pearsonothuria graeffei was subjected to a in vitro fermentation model to investigate its fermentability and effects on human gut microflora. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) measurement found FCS-pg can be fermented to short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) by gut microflora from partial human fecal samples. 16S rRNA gene-based polymerase chain reaction-based denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) profiling and real-time quantitative PCR analysis showed that FCS-pg mainly increased the proportions of Clostridium cluster XI, Bacteriodes prevotella group, Bifidobacterium genus, Clostridium cluster I and Clostridium cluster XIVab, whereas the numbers of the Enterobacteriaceae and Lactobacillus decreased...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431866/circulating-micrornas-signature-correlates-with-positive-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-in-patients-with-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm
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Audrey Courtois, Betty Nusgens, Nancy Garbacki, Roland Hustinx, Pierre Gomez, Jean-Olivier Defraigne, Alain C Colige, Natzi Sakalihasan
BACKGROUND: Prediction of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) rupture is a challenging issue. Small noncoding microRNAs (miRNAs) are potent regulators of gene expression and are considered as valuable circulating biomarkers. Recently, [(18)F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake detected by positron emission tomography (PET) in AAA was correlated with cellular and molecular alterations involved in wall instability and its potential rupture. Our study aimed at identifying circulating miRNAs correlated with a positive PET that could help discriminate patients at high risk of rupture...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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