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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212654/diversity-and-distribution-of-avian-malaria-and-related-haemosporidian-parasites-in-captive-birds-from-a-brazilian%C3%A2-megalopolis
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Carolina Romeiro Fernandes Chagas, Gediminas Valkiūnas, Lilian de Oliveira Guimarães, Eliana Ferreira Monteiro, Fernanda Junqueira Vaz Guida, Roseli França Simões, Priscila Thihara Rodrigues, Expedito José de Albuquerque Luna, Karin Kirchgatter
BACKGROUND: The role of zoos in conservation programmes has increased significantly in last decades, and the health of captive animals is essential to guarantee success of such programmes. However, zoo birds suffer from parasitic infections, which often are caused by malaria parasites and related haemosporidians. Studies determining the occurrence and diversity of these parasites, aiming better understanding infection influence on fitness of captive birds, are limited. METHODS: In 2011-2015, the prevalence and diversity of Plasmodium spp...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211541/antibody-controlled-actuation-of-dna-based-molecular-circuits
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Wouter Engelen, Lenny H H Meijer, Bram Somers, Tom F A de Greef, Maarten Merkx
DNA-based molecular circuits allow autonomous signal processing, but their actuation has relied mostly on RNA/DNA-based inputs, limiting their application in synthetic biology, biomedicine and molecular diagnostics. Here we introduce a generic method to translate the presence of an antibody into a unique DNA strand, enabling the use of antibodies as specific inputs for DNA-based molecular computing. Our approach, antibody-templated strand exchange (ATSE), uses the characteristic bivalent architecture of antibodies to promote DNA-strand exchange reactions both thermodynamically and kinetically...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209905/diagnostic-value-of-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-versus-mri-in-the-setting-of-antibody-specific-autoimmune-encephalitis
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Lilja B Solnes, Krystyna M Jones, Steven P Rowe, Puskar Pattanayak, Abhinav Nalluri, Arun Venkatesan, John C Probasco, Mehrbod Som Javadi
Introduction: Diagnosis of autoimmune encephalitis presents some challenges in the clinical setting due to varied clinical presentations and delay in obtaining antibody panel results. We examined the role of neuroimaging in the setting of autoimmune encephalitides comparing the utility (18)F-FDG PET/CT versus conventional brain imaging with MRI. Methods: A retrospective study was performed assessing the positivity rate of MRI versus (18)F-FDG PET/CT during the initial work-up of 23 patients proven to have antibody positive autoimmune encephalitis...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205611/focusheuristics-expression-data-driven-network-optimization-and-disease-gene-prediction
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Mathias Ernst, Yang Du, Gregor Warsow, Mohamed Hamed, Nicole Endlich, Karlhans Endlich, Hugo Murua Escobar, Lisa-Madeleine Sklarz, Sina Sender, Christian Junghanß, Steffen Möller, Georg Fuellen, Stephan Struckmann
To identify genes contributing to disease phenotypes remains a challenge for bioinformatics. Static knowledge on biological networks is often combined with the dynamics observed in gene expression levels over disease development, to find markers for diagnostics and therapy, and also putative disease-modulatory drug targets and drugs. The basis of current methods ranges from a focus on expression-levels (Limma) to concentrating on network characteristics (PageRank, HITS/Authority Score), and both (DeMAND, Local Radiality)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201871/a-targeted-contrast-agent-specific-to-an-oncoprotein-in-tumor-microenvironment-with-the-potential-for-detection-and-risk-stratification-of-prostate-cancer-with-mri
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Zheng Han, Yajuan Li, Sarah Roelle, Zhuxian Zhou, Yuchi Liu, Rob Sabatelle, Aidan DeSanto, Xin Yu, Hui Zhu, Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, Zheng-Rong Lu
Accurate detection and risk stratification are paramount to the clinical management of prostate cancer. Current diagnostic methods, including prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening, are unable to differentiate high-risk tumors from low-risk tumors, resulting in overdiagnosis and overtreatment of numerous patients. A peptide targeted contrast agent, ZD2-Gd(HP-DO3A), specific to an oncoprotein in tumor microenvironment, EDB-FN, was synthesized for non-invasive detection and characterization of aggressive prostate cancer...
February 16, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196298/human-to-human-transmission-of-brucella-a-systematic-review
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Felipe F Tuon, Regina B Gondolfo, Natacha Cerchiari
OBJECTIVE: The most common form of transmitting human brucellosis is through contaminated food or direct contact with infected animals. Human-to-human transmission (HHT) has been described as isolated case reports. The aim of this systematic review was to describe all cases of HHT of human brucellosis reported in the medical literature. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using PubMed, Scopus and Scielo databases using specific search terms published until March 2016...
February 14, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195650/cell-tube-block-a-new-technique-to-produce-cell-blocks-from-fluid-cytology-samples
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Ricardo Marcos, Marta Santos, Carla Marrinhas, Mario Caniatti
BACKGROUND: Cell blocks are widely used in human cytopathology. Several techniques have been proposed to convert fluid specimens into solid material, which after embedding in paraffin can be used for histochemistry, immunohistochemistry, or molecular testing. In contrast, only in the last few years, have cell blocks begun to be used in the veterinary field. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to present the production and features of cell tube blocks (CTB) with veterinary liquid samples...
February 13, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195095/molecular-detection-of-orientia-tsutsugamushi-from-suspected-scrub-typhus-cases
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Seethalakshmi Srinivasan, Thangam Menon
CONTEXT: Scrub typhus is an acute febrile illness caused by Orientia tsutsugamushi. The disease is under-diagnosed in India, because of low index of suspicion and also due to its nonspecific presentation, and lack of confirmatory diagnostic tests. AIMS: This study was undertaken to diagnose scrub typhus in patients with undifferentiated fevers by serology and molecular methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 68 blood samples were collected from patients clinically suspected to have scrub typhus...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194643/ultra-efficient-amplification-of-abnormal-prion-protein-by-modified-protein-misfolding-cyclic-amplification-with-electric-current
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Jeong-Ho Park, Yeong-Gon Choi, Seok-Joo Park, Hong-Seok Choi, Eun-Kyoung Choi, Yong-Sun Kim
Prion diseases are clinically diagnosed and confirmed upon post-mortem histopathological examination of brain tissue. The only reliable molecular marker for prion diseases is abnormal prion protein (PrPSc), a pathologically conformed prion protein that primarily accumulates in the central nervous system and to a lesser extent in lymphoreticular tissues. However, the use of PrPSc as a marker for preclinical diagnoses is limited because the concentration of PrPSc in easily accessible body fluids is extremely low...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192214/immune-recognition-surface-construction-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-epitope-specific-antibody-responses-in-tuberculosis-patients-identified-by-peptide-microarrays
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Davide Valentini, Martin Rao, Giovanni Ferrara, Marc Perkins, Ernest Dodoo, Alimuddin Zumla, Markus Maeurer
BACKGROUND: Understanding of humoral immune responses in tuberculosis (TB) is gaining interest, since B cells and antibodies may be important in diagnosis as well as protective immune responses. High-content peptide microarrays (HCPM) are highly precise and reliable for gauging specific antibody responses to pathogens, as well as autoantigens. METHODS: We used a HCPM comprising epitopes spanning 154 proteins of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) to gauge specific IgG antibody responses in sera of TB patients from Africa and South America...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191696/a-new-approach-in-stem-cell-research-exosomes-their-mechanism-of-action-via-cellular-pathways
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Burak Derkus, Kaan C Emregul, Emel Emregul
Exosomes are nano-sized vesicles surrounded by a lipid membrane, which tend to be secreted towards extra-cellular environments. Despite being defined as vesicles involved in excretion of molecular wastes by Rose Johnstone in the 1970's, further studies revealed them to be effective in various biological processes such as cancer development, regulation of the immune system, intercellular communication, stem cell biology and tissue/organ regeneration. Although many studies dealing with the role of exosomes in stem cell differentiation and the use of exosomes isolated from stem cells, for treatment of several diseases have been published, the involved mechanisms remain largely unknown...
February 13, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191282/the-liquid-biopsy-in-lung-cancer
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Junaid Ansari, Jungmi W Yun, Anvesh R Kompelli, Youmna E Moufarrej, Jonathan S Alexander, Guillermo A Herrera, Rodney E Shackelford
The incidence of lung cancer has significantly increased over the last century, largely due to smoking, and remains the most common cause of cancer deaths worldwide. This is often due to lung cancer first presenting at late stages and a lack of curative therapeutic options at these later stages. Delayed diagnoses, inadequate tumor sampling, and lung cancer misdiagnoses are also not uncommon due to the limitations of the tissue biopsy. Our better understanding of the tumor microenvironment and the systemic actions of tumors, combined with the recent advent of the liquid biopsy, may allow molecular diagnostics to be done on circulating tumor markers, particularly circulating tumor DNA...
November 2016: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188529/dual-color-multiplex-analysis-of-protein-microarrays-for-precision-medicine
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Solomon Yeon, Florian Bell, Michael Shultz, Grace Lawrence, Michael Harpole, Virginia Espina
Generating molecular information in a clinically relevant time frame is the first hurdle to truly integrating precision medicine in health care. Reverse phase protein microarrays are being utilized in clinical trials for quantifying posttranslationally modified signal transduction proteins and cellular signaling pathways, allowing direct comparison of the activation state of proteins from multiple specimens, or individual patient specimens, within the same array. This technology provides diagnostic and therapeutic information critical to precision medicine...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181911/molecular-diagnostics-of-periodontitis
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Izabela Korona-Głowniak, Radosław Siwiec, Marcin Berger, Anna Malm, Jolanta Szymańska
The microorganisms that form dental plaque are the main cause of periodontitis. Their identification and the understanding of the complex relationships and interactions that involve these microorganisms, environmental factors and the host's health status enable improvement in diagnostics and targeted therapy in patients with periodontitis. To this end, molecular diagnostics techniques (both techniques based on the polymerase chain reaction and those involving nucleic acid analysis via hybridization) come increasingly into use...
January 28, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176860/massively-parallel-digital-high-resolution-melt-for-rapid-and-absolutely-quantitative-sequence-profiling
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Daniel Ortiz Velez, Hannah Mack, Julietta Jupe, Sinead Hawker, Ninad Kulkarni, Behnam Hedayatnia, Yang Zhang, Shelley Lawrence, Stephanie I Fraley
In clinical diagnostics and pathogen detection, profiling of complex samples for low-level genotypes represents a significant challenge. Advances in speed, sensitivity, and extent of multiplexing of molecular pathogen detection assays are needed to improve patient care. We report the development of an integrated platform enabling the identification of bacterial pathogen DNA sequences in complex samples in less than four hours. The system incorporates a microfluidic chip and instrumentation to accomplish universal PCR amplification, High Resolution Melting (HRM), and machine learning within 20,000 picoliter scale reactions, simultaneously...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174075/molecular-detection-of-genotype-ii-grass-carp-reovirus-based-on-nucleic-acid-sequence-based-amplification-combined-with-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent-assay-nasba-elisa
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Weiwei Zeng, Wei Yao, Yingying Wang, Yingying Li, Sven M Bermann, Yan Ren, Cunbin Shi, Xinjian Song, Qiwen Huang, Shuchen Zheng, Qing Wang
Grass carp reovirus (GCRV) is the causative agent of the grass carp hemorrhagic disease that has resulted in severe economic losses in the grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) farming industry in China. Early diagnosis and vaccine administration are important priorities for GCRV control. In this study, a nucleic acid sequence-based amplification with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (NASBA-ELISA) was developed for to detect genotype II GCRV (GCRV- II). Primers specifically targeting viral RNA genome segment 6 were utilized for amplification in an isothermal digoxigenin-labeling NASBA process, resulting in DIG-labeled RNA amplicons...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167595/oropouche-virus-clinical-epidemiological-and-molecular-aspects-of-a-neglected-orthobunyavirus
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Jorge Fernando Travassos da Rosa, William Marciel de Souza, Francisco de Paula Pinheiro, Mário Luiz Figueiredo, Jedson Ferreira Cardoso, Gustavo Olszanski Acrani, Márcio Roberto Teixeira Nunes
Oropouche virus (OROV) is an important cause of arboviral illness in Latin American countries, more specifically in the Amazon region of Brazil, Venezuela and Peru, as well as in other countries such as Panama. In the past decades, the clinical, epidemiological, pathological, and molecular aspects of OROV have been published and provide the basis for a better understanding of this important human pathogen. Here, we describe the milestones in a comprehensive review of OROV epidemiology, pathogenesis, and molecular biology, including a description of the first isolation of the virus, the outbreaks during the past six decades, clinical aspects of OROV infection, diagnostic methods, genome and genetic traits, evolution, and viral dispersal...
February 6, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166394/exosome-separation-using-microfluidic-systems-size-based-immunoaffinity-based-and-dynamic-methodologies
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REVIEW
Fang Yang, Xiangzhi Liao, Yuan Tian, Guiying Li
Exosomes, nanovesicles secreted by most types of cells, exist in virtually all bodily fluids. Their rich nucleic acid and protein content make them potentially valuable biomarkers for noninvasive molecular diagnostics. They also show promise, after further development, to serve as a drug delivery system. Unfortunately, existing exosome separation technologies, such as ultracentrifugation and methods incorporating magnetic beads, are time-consuming, laborious and separate only exosomes of low purity. Thus, a more effective separation method is highly desirable...
February 6, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165067/microbial-typing-by-machine-learned-dna-melt-signatures
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Nadya Andini, Bo Wang, Pornpat Athamanolap, Justin Hardick, Billie J Masek, Simone Thair, Anne Hu, Gideon Avornu, Stephen Peterson, Steven Cogill, Richard E Rothman, Karen C Carroll, Charlotte A Gaydos, Jeff Tza-Huei Wang, Serafim Batzoglou, Samuel Yang
There is still an ongoing demand for a simple broad-spectrum molecular diagnostic assay for pathogenic bacteria. For this purpose, we developed a single-plex High Resolution Melt (HRM) assay that generates complex melt curves for bacterial identification. Using internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region as the phylogenetic marker for HRM, we observed complex melt curve signatures as compared to 16S rDNA amplicons with enhanced interspecies discrimination. We also developed a novel Naïve Bayes curve classification algorithm with statistical interpretation and achieved 95% accuracy in differentiating 89 bacterial species in our library using leave-one-out cross-validation...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164595/differential-expression-of-cd52-cd14-and-hla-dr-on-cd4-monocytes-in-three-types-of-acquired-bone-marrow-failure-syndromes
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Yang Kai, Dai Yuanyuan, Guan Shihe, Mu Xuanxuan, Zhang Hao, Pan Ying, Wu Yuanyuan, Wang Aihua, Sun Beibei, TongYang, Zhou Tingdong
BACKGROUND: Aplastic anemia (AA), paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) are the common spectrums of acquired bone marrow failure syndromes (BMFs). Accurate and timely diagnosis is a significant clinical challenge because of the overlapping features. The pathogenesis is not fully understood, but several studies have suggested that defective monocyte functions play an important role. We aimed to find whether the different expressions of CD52, CD14 and HLA-DR on CD4+ monocytes would be helpful in the preliminary diagnosis of acquired BMFs...
September 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
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