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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529628/cross-platform-comparison-of-four-leading-technologies-for-detecting-egfr-mutations-in-circulating-tumor-dna-from-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma-patient-plasma
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Ting Xu, Xiaozheng Kang, Xiaofang You, Liang Dai, Dequan Tian, Wanpu Yan, Yongbo Yang, Hongchao Xiong, Zhen Liang, Grace Q Zhao, Shengrong Lin, Ke-Neng Chen, Guobing Xu
Analysis of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is emerging as a powerful tool for guiding targeted therapy and monitoring tumor evolution in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), especially when representative tissue biopsies are not available. Here, we have compared the ability of four leading technology platforms to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (L858R, exon 19 deletion, T790M and G719X) in ctDNA from NSCLC patients. Two amplification refractory mutation systems (cobas-ARMS and ADx-ARMS), a droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) and a next-generation sequencing (Firefly NGS) platform were included in the comparison...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526790/post-epizootic-persistence-of-asymptomatic-mycoplasma-conjunctivae-infection-in-iberian-ibex
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Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Oscar Cabezón, José Enrique Granados, Joachim Frey, Emmanuel Serrano, Roser Velarde, Francisco Javier Cano-Manuel, Gregorio Mentaberre, Arián Ráez-Bravo, Paulino Fandos, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera
The susceptibility of Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) to Mycoplasma conjunctivae ocular infection and the changes in their interaction over time were studied in terms of clinical outcome, molecular detection and IgG immune response in a captive population that underwent a severe infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) outbreak. Mycoplasma conjunctivae was detected for the first time in the Iberian ibexes coinciding with the IKC outbreak. Its prevalence had a decreasing trend in 2013 that was consistent with the clinical resolution (August 35...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516393/plasma-mmp2-timp4-ratio-at-follow-up-assessment-predicts-disease-progression-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Veronika Wetzl, Svenja Lena Tiede, Lothar Faerber, Norbert Weissmann, Ralph Theo Schermuly, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani, Henning Gall
PURPOSE: Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs) are of particular interest in the remodeling processes of pulmonary hypertension. The aim of this study was to investigate MMP/TIMP ratios of selected biomarkers (MMP2, MMP9, TIMP1, TIMP4) at follow-up examination (V2) and their prognostic value in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (iPAH). METHODS: Blood samples were taken from iPAH patients during right heart catheterization at diagnosis (V1, from 2003 to 2012) and first follow-up examination (V2)...
May 17, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513627/neuromorphic-device-architectures-with-global-connectivity-through-electrolyte-gating
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Paschalis Gkoupidenis, Dimitrios A Koutsouras, George G Malliaras
Information processing in the brain takes place in a network of neurons that are connected with each other by an immense number of synapses. At the same time, neurons are immersed in a common electrochemical environment, and global parameters such as concentrations of various hormones regulate the overall network function. This computational paradigm of global regulation, also known as homeoplasticity, has important implications in the overall behaviour of large neural ensembles and is barely addressed in neuromorphic device architectures...
May 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512444/longitudinal-quantification-of-eye-movement-impairments-after-pontine-hemorrhage
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Melis Suner, Glen T Prusky, Jason B Carmel, N Jeremy Hill
INTRODUCTION: We report a case of hypertrophic olivary degeneration due to pontine hemorrhage. A 59-year-old male with untreated hypertension suffered a primary pontine hemorrhage, which caused horizontal eye-movement limitation. Progressive neurological deterioration with involuntary eye and palatal movements began months after hemorrhage. This was accompanied by magnetic resonance imaging evidence of hypertrophic olivary degeneration at 4.5 months. BACKGROUND: Primary pontine hemorrhage often leads to impairment of eye movements and diplopia...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512130/combination-therapy-with-octyl-gallate-and-ferulic-acid-improves-cognition-and-neurodegeneration-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-disease
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Takashi Mori, Naoki Koyama, Jun Tan, Tatsuya Segawa, Masahiro Maeda, Terrence Town
To date, there is no effective Alzheimer disease (AD) modifying therapy. Nonetheless, combination therapy holds promise, and nutraceuticals (natural dietary compounds with therapeutic properties) and their synthetic derivatives are well-tolerated candidates. We tested whether combination therapy with octyl gallate (OG) and ferulic acid (FA) improves cognition and mitigates AD-like pathology in the PSAPP transgenic mouse model of cerebral amyloidosis. One-year-old mice with established β-amyloid plaques received daily doses of OG and FA alone or in combination for 3 months...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510905/zoomed-mri-guided-by-combined-eeg-meg-source-analysis-a-multimodal-approach-for-optimizing-presurgical-epilepsy-work-up-and-its-application-in-a-multi-focal-epilepsy-patient-case-study
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Ü Aydin, S Rampp, A Wollbrink, H Kugel, J -H Cho, T R Knösche, C Grova, J Wellmer, C H Wolters
In recent years, the use of source analysis based on electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) has gained considerable attention in presurgical epilepsy diagnosis. However, in many cases the source analysis alone is not used to tailor surgery unless the findings are confirmed by lesions, such as, e.g., cortical malformations in MRI. For many patients, the histology of tissue resected from MRI negative epilepsy shows small lesions, which indicates the need for more sensitive MR sequences...
May 16, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509546/growth-of-nitrosococcus-related-ammonia-oxidizing-bacteria-coincides-with-extremely-low-ph-values-in-high-strength-nitrogen-wastewater
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Alexandra Fumasoli, Helmut Buergmann, David G Weissbrodt, George F Wells, Karin Beck, Joachim Mohn, Eberhard Morgenroth, Kai M Udert
Ammonia oxidation decreases the pH in wastewaters where the alkalinity is limited relative to the total ammonia. The activity of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB), however, typically decreases with pH and often ceases completely in slightly acidic wastewaters. Nevertheless, low pH nitrification has been reported in reactors treating human urine, but it is not clear which organisms are involved. In this study, we followed the population dynamics of ammonia oxidizing organisms and reactor performance in synthetic, synthetic fully hydrolysed urine as the pH decreased over time in response to a decrease in the loading rate...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505770/resonance-phonon-approach-to-phonon-relaxation-time-and-mean-free-path-in-one-dimensional-nonlinear-lattices
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Lubo Xu, Lei Wang
We extend a previously proposed resonance phonon approach that is based on the linear response theory. By studying the complex response function in depth, we work out the phonon relaxation time besides the oscillating frequency of the phonons in a few one-dimensional nonlinear lattices. The results in the large wave-number-k regime agree with the expectations of the effective phonon theory. However, in the small-k limit they follow different scaling laws. The phonon mean free path can also be calculated indirectly...
April 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505508/phosphatase-activities-of-a-microepiphytic-community-during-a-bloom-of-ostreopsis-cf-ovata-in-the-northern-adriatic-sea
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Stefano Accoroni, Cecilia Totti, Emanuela Razza, Roberta Congestri, Alessandra Campanelli, Mauro Marini, Neil Thomas William Ellwood
It is becoming more apparent that increased organic nutrient loads deriving from anthropogenic activities and natural processes frequently cause the eutrophication of coastal waters. Concurrently, an increasing number of phototrophs have been shown to make use of organic nutrients, mainly through indirect studies of surface enzyme activities or through direct studies of growth in media containing organic-only nutrients. The potential utilization of dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) by microepiphytic-mats associated with frequently problematic, toxic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf...
May 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504344/following-rapoport-s-rule-the-geographic-range-and-genome-size-of-bacterial-taxa-decline-at-warmer-latitudes
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Gavin Lear, Kelvin Lau, Anne-Marie Perchec, Hannah L Buckley, Bradley S Case, Martin Neale, Noah Fierer, Jonathan W Leff, Kim M Handley, Gillian Lewis
We sought to test whether stream bacterial communities conform to Rapoport's Rule, a pattern commonly observed for plants and animals whereby taxa exhibit decreased latitudinal range sizes closer to the equator. Using a DNA sequencing approach, we explored the biogeography of biofilm bacterial communities in 204 streams across a ∼1,000km latitudinal gradient. The range sizes of bacterial taxa were strongly correlated with latitude, decreasing closer to the equator, which coincided with a greater than five-fold increase in bacterial taxonomic richness...
May 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504244/mid-infrared-coincidence-measurements-on-twin-photons-at-room-temperature
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M Mancinelli, A Trenti, S Piccione, G Fontana, J S Dam, P Tidemand-Lichtenberg, C Pedersen, L Pavesi
Quantum measurements using single-photon detectors are opening interesting new perspectives in diverse fields such as remote sensing, quantum cryptography and quantum computing. A particularly demanding class of applications relies on the simultaneous detection of correlated single photons. In the visible and near infrared wavelength ranges suitable single-photon detectors do exist. However, low detector quantum efficiency or excessive noise has hampered their mid-infrared (MIR) counterpart. Fast and highly efficient single-photon detectors are thus highly sought after for MIR applications...
May 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501892/a-new-primer-to-amplify-pmoa-gene-from-nc10-bacteria-in-the-sediments-of-dongchang-lake-and-dongping-lake
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Shenghui Wang, Yanjun Liu, Guofu Liu, Yaru Huang, Yu Zhou
Nitrite-dependent anaerobic methane oxidation (n-damo) is catalyzed by the NC10 phylum bacterium "Candidatus Methylomirabilis oxyfera" (M. oxyfera). Generally, the pmoA gene is applied as a functional marker to test and identify NC10-like bacteria. However, it is difficult to detect the NC10 bacteria from sediments of freshwater lake (Dongchang Lake and Dongping Lake) with the previous pmoA gene primer sets. In this work, a new primer cmo208 was designed and used to amplify pmoA gene of NC10-like bacteria. A newly nested PCR approach was performed using the new primer cmo208 and the previous primers cmo182, cmo682, and cmo568 to detect the NC10 bacteria...
May 13, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501472/prokaryotic-expression-of-a-codon-optimized-capsid-gene-from-duck-circovirus-and-its-application-to-an-indirect-elisa
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Cui Yang, Yu Xu, Renyong Jia, Pengfei Li, Lei Zhang, Mingshu Wang, Dekang Zhu, Shun Chen, Mafeng Liu, Zhongqiong Yin, Anchun Cheng
Duck circovirus (DuCV), as a causative agent of long-term immunosuppressive disease, has caused heavy damage to waterfowl breeding worldwide. In this study, the full-length Cap (capsid) gene of DuCV was expressed in Escherichia coli (E. coli) for the first time by optimizing the codons in its nuclear localization signal (NLS) regions. The recombinant protein was expressed as inclusion bodies, and the quantification of purified Cap protein could reach 0.29mgmL(-1). Moreover, an indirect ELISA method (Cap-ELISA) was established based on the recombinant Cap protein...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499347/the-dynamics-of-early-state-transcriptional-changes-and-aggregate-formation-in-a-huntington-s-disease-cell-model
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Martijn van Hagen, Diewertje G E Piebes, Wim C de Leeuw, Ilona M Vuist, Willeke M C van Roon-Mom, Perry D Moerland, Pernette J Verschure
BACKGROUND: Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG expansion in the Huntingtin (HTT) gene. Proteolytic cleavage of mutant huntingtin (Htt) protein with an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) stretch results in production of Htt fragments that aggregate and induce impaired ubiquitin proteasome, mitochondrial functioning and transcriptional dysregulation. To understand the time-resolved relationship between aggregate formation and transcriptional changes at early disease stages, we performed temporal transcriptome profiling and quantification of aggregate formation in living cells in an inducible HD cell model...
May 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499138/human-pegivirus-1-in-the-csf-of-patients-with-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorder-hand-may-be-derived-from-blood-in-highly-viraemic-patients
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Diana Hardie, Heidi Smuts
BACKGROUND: Human pegivirus-1 (HPgV-1) infection in the brain has not been extensively examined and its association with disease remains unconfirmed. In a high throughput sequencing study to look for infectious agents that could play a role in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND), this virus was detected in 3 of 8 CSF samples. OBJECTIVES: To determine the significance of this finding, additional patients were screened and the viral load and viral diversity in blood and CSF were examined...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494931/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-in-acute-african-swine-fever-clinic
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Z R Karalyan, Z R Ter-Pogossyan, N Yu Karalyan, Z B Semerjyan, M R Tatoyan, S A Karapetyan, E M Karalova
INTRODUCTION: Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) usually has been defined as the combination of a proliferation of cytologically benign, actively phagocytic macrophages in bone marrow, spleen, lymph nodes, etc. in association with fever, cytopenia, splenomegaly, and hypertriglyceridemia. HLH is often triggered by viral infection. The aim of this study was to ascertain the features of HLH involvement in African swine fever virus (ASFV) (genotype II) pathogenesis. METHODS: The serum levels of macrophage colony-stimulating factor (MCSF) and granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GMCSF), as well as the histological constitution (for hemophagocytic macrophages detection) of various organs of pigs infected with ASFV genotype II were investigated...
May 2017: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494353/removal-of-pesticides-and-ecotoxicological-changes-during-the-simultaneous-treatment-of-triazines-and-chlorpyrifos-in-biomixtures
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Verónica Lizano-Fallas, Mario Masís-Mora, David Espinoza-Villalobos, Michelle Lizano-Brenes, Carlos E Rodríguez-Rodríguez
Biopurification systems constitute a biological approach for the treatment of pesticide-containing wastewaters produced in agricultural activities, and contain an active core called biomixture. This work evaluated the performance of a biomixture to remove and detoxify a combination of three triazine herbicides (atrazine/terbuthylazine/terbutryn) and one insecticide (chlorpyrifos), and this efficiency was compared with dissipation in soil alone. The potential enhancement of the process was also assayed by bioaugmentation with the ligninolytic fungi Trametes versicolor...
April 29, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494174/human-endometrial-stromal-cell-plasticity-reversible-sflt1-expression-negatively-coincides-with-decidualization
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Hanh N Cottrell, JuanJuan Wu, Bassam H Rimawi, Juan Manuel Duran, Jessica B Spencer, Neil Sidell, Augustine Rajakumar
Preeclampsia (PE) is a major complication of pregnancy in which the placenta is known to have shallow implantation into the uterine decidua. Studies have implicated soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt1), a soluble vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptor protein, in the pathogenesis of PE. sFlt1 has the ability to bind to and neutralize the angiogenic functions of VEGF and placental growth factor (PlGF). The presence of sFlt1 and its action in the endometrium is yet to be determined. We hypothesize that endometrial stromal cells (ESC) at the maternal-fetal interface may play a role in sFlt-1 regulation during pregnancy...
May 11, 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492173/disease-ecology-of-hematodinium-perezi-in-a-high-salinity-estuary-investigating-seasonal-trends-in-environmental-detection
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K A Lycett, J S Pitula
The blue crab Callinectes sapidus has seen a general decline in population levels. One factor influencing mortality is infections by Hematodinium perezi, a dinoflagellate parasite. A 2 yr study was conducted in 2014 and 2015 to monitor H. perezi DNA within the Maryland (USA) coastal bays, comparing seasonal cycles in the abundance of parasite DNA in environmental samples to parasite presence in host blue crabs. A late summer to early fall peak in H. perezi infections in blue crabs was observed, consistent with previous work...
May 11, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
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