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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925430/pulmonary-hypertension-as-estimated-by-doppler-echocardiography-in-adolescent-and-adult-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-and-their-relationship-with-clinical-lung-function-and-sleep-findings
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Bruna Ziegler, Christiano Perin, Fernanda Cano Casarotto, Simone Chaves Fagondes, Sérgio Saldanha Menna-Barreto, Paulo de Tarso Roth Dalcin
BACKGROUND: In cystic fibrosis (CF) patients, end stage of pulmonary disease is characterized by pulmonary hypertension (PH), hypoxemia, decrease in exercise tolerance and sleep quality. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between clinical, lung function, sleep quality and polysomnographic variables with PH in CF patients aged 16 years or older. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study, 51 clinically stable CF patients underwent a clinical evaluation, an overnight polysomnography and answered sleep questionnaires (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index - PSQI and Epworth sleepiness scale - ESS)...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925384/co-micellized-pluronic-mixture-with-thermo-sensitivity-and-residence-stability-as-an-injectable-tissue-adhesion-barrier-hydrogel
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Se Heang Oh, Jun Goo Kang, Jin Ho Lee
Although the tissue adhesion which leads to various complications frequently occurs after surgery, the development of an ideal tissue adhesion barrier is still a challenge. In this study, a thermo-sensitive hydrogel, which can fulfill the essential requirements of tissue adhesion barrier (that is, ease of handling for surgeon, flowing down prevention after application, stable residence on the injury during wound healing, and no use of toxic additives), was developed using biocompatible polyethylene glycol-polypropylene glycol copolymers (Pluronic F127/F68/P123 mixture)...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924986/a-nasba-on-microgel-tethered-molecular-beacon-microarray-for-real-time-microbial-molecular-diagnostics
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Y Ma, X Dai, T Hong, G B Munk, M Libera
Despite their many advantages and successes, molecular beacon (MB) hybridization probes have not been extensively used in microarray formats because of the complicating probe-substrate interactions that increase the background intensity. We have previously shown that tethering to surface-patterned microgels is an effective means for localizing MB probes to specific surface locations in a microarray format while simultaneously maintaining them in as water-like an environment as possible and minimizing probe-surface interactions...
December 7, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924541/targeting-other-mycotoxin-biosynthetic-genes
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María J Andrade, Mar Rodríguez, Juan J Córdoba, Alicia Rodríguez
Real-time PCR (qPCR) methods are adequate tools for sensitive and rapid detection and quantification of toxigenic molds contaminating food commodities. Methods of qPCR for quantifying zearalenone (ZEA)-, sterigmatocystin (ST)-, cyclopiazonic acid (CPA)-, and patulin (PAT)-producing molds have been designed on the basis of specific target genes involved in the biosynthesis of these mycotoxins. In this chapter reliable qPCR protocols to detect and quantify such toxigenic molds are described. All of these methods are suitable when working with mold pure cultures and mold contaminated foods...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924478/evaluating-synergistic-effects-of-mir-34a-mimics-in-combination-with-other-therapeutic-agents-in-cultured-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
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Jane Zhao, Andreas G Bader
Tumor suppressor miRNAs such as miR-34a inhibit tumor growth by simultaneously regulating the expression of multiple important oncogenes across multiple oncogenic pathways and, therefore, provide a strong rationale for developing therapeutic miRNA mimics in combination with other therapeutic cancer agents to augment drug sensitivity. Here, we describe the experimental approach for evaluating miRNA and drug combinations using the "fixed ratio" method in cultured non-small cell lung cancer cells.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924457/comparison-of-methods-to-evaluate-the-fungal-biomass-in-heating-ventilation-and-air-conditioning-hvac-dust
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Marie-Jeanne Biyeyeme Bi Mve, Yves Cloutier, Nancy Lacombe, Jacques Lavoie, Maximilien Debia, Geneviève Marchand
Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems contain dust that can be contaminated with fungal spores (molds), which may have harmful effects on the respiratory health of the occupants of a building. HVAC cleaning is often based on visual inspection of the quantity of dust, without taking the mold content into account. The purpose of this study is to propose a method to estimate fungal contamination of dust in HVAC systems. Comparisons of different analytical methods were carried out on dust deposited in a controlled-atmosphere exposure chamber...
December 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924271/amino-acid-residues-of-bitter-taste-receptor-tas2r16-that-determine-sensitivity-in-primates-to-%C3%AE-glycosides
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Hiroo Imai, Nami Suzuki-Hashido, Yoshiro Ishimaru, Takanobu Sakurai, Lijie Yin, Wenshi Pan, Masaji Ishiguro, Katsuyoshi Masuda, Keiko Abe, Takumi Misaka, Hirohisa Hirai
In mammals, bitter taste is mediated by TAS2Rs, which belong to the family of seven transmembrane G protein-coupled receptors. Since TAS2Rs are directly involved in the interaction between mammals and their dietary sources, it is likely that these genes evolved to reflect species-specific diets during mammalian evolution. Here, we analyzed the amino acids responsible for the difference in sensitivities of TAS2R16s of various primates using a cultured cell expression system. We found that the sensitivity of TAS2R16 varied due to several amino acid residues...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923913/a-tgf%C3%AE-mir-182-brca1-axis-controls-the-mammary-differentiation-hierarchy
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Haydeliz Martinez-Ruiz, Irineu Illa-Bochaca, Coral Omene, Douglas Hanniford, Qi Liu, Eva Hernando, Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff
Maintenance of mammary functional capacity during cycles of proliferation and regression depends on appropriate cell fate decisions of mammary progenitor cells to populate an epithelium consisting of secretory luminal cells and contractile myoepithelial cells. It is well established that transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) restricts mammary epithelial cell proliferation and that sensitivity to TGFβ is decreased in breast cancer. We show that TGFβ also exerts control of mammary progenitor self-renewal and lineage commitment decisions by stringent regulation of breast cancer associated 1 (BRCA1), which controls stem cell self-renewal and lineage commitment...
December 6, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923714/brief-report-acquired-braf-v600e-mutation-as-resistant-mechanism-after-treatment-with-osimertinib
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Chao-Chi Ho, Wei-Yu Liao, Chih-An Lin, Jin-Yuan Shih, Chong-Jen Yu, James Chih-Hsin Yang
INTRODUCTION: AZD9291 (osimertinib) is designed for acquired T790M mutation after first- and second-generation epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) have been used. Some of the resistance mechanisms that present after osimertinib treatment, including a newly acquired EGFR C797S mutation, have been identified. It is unclear, however, whether the bypass pathway is also a resistant mechanism in patients after osimertinib treatment. METHODS: Cells from malignant pleural effusion were collected and cultured at the time of progression in a patient being treated with osimertinib...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923444/effects-of-a-culturally-adapted-lifestyle-intervention-on-cardio-metabolic-outcomes-a-randomized-controlled-trial-in-iraqi-immigrants-to-sweden-at-high-risk-for-type-2-diabetes
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Faiza Siddiqui, Azra Kurbasic, Ulf Lindblad, Peter M Nilsson, Louise Bennet
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Middle-Eastern immigrants constitute a growing proportion of the Swedish population and are at high risk for Type 2 diabetes. This calls for a more proactive preventive approach for dealing with diabetes risk in this target group. The aim was to test the effect of a culturally adapted lifestyle intervention programme on changes in lifestyle habits and cardio-metabolic outcomes comparing an intervention group with a control group receiving usual care. METHODS: Citizens of Malmö, Sweden born in Iraq and at high risk for Type 2 diabetes (n=636) were invited...
January 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923377/cross-cultural-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-french-version-of-the-expanded-prostate-cancer-index-composite-questionnaire-for-health-related-quality-of-life-in-prostate-cancer-patients
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Amélie Anota, Anne-Sophie Mariet, Philippe Maingon, Florence Joly, Jean-François Bosset, Anne-Valérie Guizard, Hugues Bittard, Michel Velten, Mariette Mercier
BACKGROUND: Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) has been positioned as one of the major endpoints in oncology. Thus, there is a need to validate cancer-site specific survey instruments. This study aimed to perform a transcultural adaptation of the 50-item Expanded Prostate cancer Index Composite (EPIC) questionnaire for HRQoL in prostate cancer patients and to validate the psychometric properties of the French-language version. METHODS: The EPIC questionnaire measures urinary, bowel, sexual and hormonal domains...
December 6, 2016: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923337/-child-soldiers-as-refugees-in-germany
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Dima Zito
Child Soldiers as Refugees in Germany How do former child soldiers cope with their potentially traumatic experiences, and how do the living conditions as refugees influence these coping processes? A dissertation at the faculty of human and social sciences at the University of Wuppertal, based on biographical-narrative interviews with 15 young refugees from six African countries, describes the characteristics of the traumatic sequences in the countries of origin and in exile, and elaborates typical coping processes...
December 2016: Praxis der Kinderpsychologie und Kinderpsychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923328/modeling-stroma-induced-drug-resistance-in-a-tissue-engineered-tumor-model-of-ewing-sarcoma
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Marco Santoro, Brian A Menegaz, Salah-Eddine Lamhamedi-Cherradi, Eric R Molina, Danielle Wu, Waldemar Priebe, Joseph A Ludwig, Antonios G Mikos
Three-dimensional (3D) tumor models are gaining traction in the research community given their capacity to mimic aspects of the tumor microenvironment absent in monolayer systems. In particular, the ability to spatiotemporally control cell placement within ex vivo 3D systems has enabled the study of tumor-stroma interactions. Furthermore, by regulating biomechanical stimuli, one can reveal how biophysical cues affect stromal cell phenotype and how their phenotype impacts tumor drug sensitivity. Both tumor architecture and shear force have profound effects on Ewing sarcoma (ES) cell behavior and are known to elicit ligand-mediated activation of the insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF-1R), thereby mediating resistance of ES cells to IGF-1R inhibitors...
December 6, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923189/sensitive-immunoassay-based-detection-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-using-capture-and-labeling-particles-in-a-stationary-liquid-phase-lab-on-a-chip
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Byunghee Park, Suk-Jung Choi
In the present study, a method was developed for detection of Vibrio parahaemolyticus based on a stationary liquid phase lab-on-a-chip (SLP LOC). The present SLP LOC comprises a sample chamber, washing chamber, and detection chamber connected by two channels. The method utilizes two types of particles: capture particles (CPs), which are magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with antibody; and labeling particles (LPs), which are silica nanoparticles functionalized with horseradish peroxidase and antibody. Samples were added to the sample chamber with CPs and LPs, forming a CP-bacteria-LP complex, and the complex was transported to the detection chamber containing chromogenic substrate solution...
December 1, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922429/multiplex-pcr-for-detection-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-in-gastric-biopsies-with-lower-inflammatory-score
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Najmiyatul Fadilah, Alfizah Hanafiah, Hamizah Razlan, Zin Qin Wong, Isa Mohamed Rose, Md Mostafizur Rahman
BACKGROUND: No gold standard has yet been established for the diagnosis of H. pylori infection. A multiplex polymerase chain reaction (mPCR) was developed in this study for rapid, sensitive and specific detection of H. pylori from gastric biopsies. METHODS: H. pylori infections were determined by in-house rapid urease test (iRUT), culture, histology and multiplex PCR. RESULTS: A total of 140 (60.9%) from 230 patients were positive for H. pylori infection...
October 2016: British Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922342/treatment-seeking-and-out-of-pocket-expenditure-on-childhood-illness-in-a-migrant-tribal-community-in-bhubaneswar-odisha-state-india
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Suchismita Mishra, Yadlapalli S Kusuma, Bontha V Babu
BACKGROUND: In India, migrant status, tribal affiliation and poverty render tribal migrants more vulnerable than any other group which leads to high treatment costs and the risk of low access to health care. OBJECTIVE: To examine treatment-seeking behaviour and out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure on the treatment of childhood illnesses, with a focus on gender in a migrant tribal community in Bhubaneswar, eastern India. METHODS: A total of 175 households with a child aged 0-14 years and who had migrated within the last 12 years were selected from tribal-dominated slums...
December 6, 2016: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922236/microorganisms-isolated-from-cultures-and-infection-focus-and-antibiotic-treatments-in-febrile-neutropenic-children-from-%C3%A5-anl%C3%A4-urfa-turkey
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Z Canan Özdemir, Ahmet Koç, Ali Ayçiçek
Chemotherapy induced febrile neutropenia predisposes patients to life threatening infections. We aimed to determine the causative microorganisms, infection focus and antibiotic treatment success in febrile neutropenic children with leukemia. A total of 136 febrile neutropenic episodes in 48 leukemic children were reviewed retrospectively from records. Among 136 febrile neutropenic episodes, 68 (50%) episodes were microbiologically documented. Methicillin sensitive coagulase (-) Staphylococcus aureus were the most common isolates from hemoculture (20...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922234/long-term-azithromycin-therapy-in-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Nagehan Emiralioğlu, Zeynelabidin Öztürk, Ebru Yalçın, Deniz Doğru, Uğur Özçelik, Nural Kiper
Inflammation is a central contributor to the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis (CF) pulmonary disease; so limiting the excessive production of inflammatory mediators represents a major therapeutic strategy for slowing the decline in lung function and improving survival. The macrolide antibiotic azithromycin (AZM) has anti-inflammatory properties and immunomodulatory effects that may be beneficial in CF. The aim of this study was to document the long term use of AZM effect on pulmonary function, nutritional status and number of pulmonary exacerbations in patients with CF...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920754/culture-based-screening-of-aerobic-microbiome-in-diabetic-foot-subjects-and-developing-non-healing-ulcers
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Saba Noor, Jamal Ahmad, Iqbal Parwez, Maaz Ozair
The study was carried on diabetic foot patients to deduce clinical attributes, the occurrence of the range of aerobic microbial flora and to assess their comparative in vitro susceptibility to the customarily used antimicrobials. We also studied the potential risk factors involved in the development of non-healing ulcers. A total of 87 organisms were isolated from 70 specimens, including Escherichia coli (19.5%) among the Gram-negative and Staphylococcus aureus (18.4%) among the Gram-positive as the predominant aerobes explored...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920571/commercial-test-kits-for-detection-of-lyme-borreliosis-a-meta-analysis-of-test-accuracy
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Michael J Cook, Basant K Puri
The clinical diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis can be supported by various test methodologies; test kits are available from many manufacturers. Literature searches were carried out to identify studies that reported characteristics of the test kits. Of 50 searched studies, 18 were included where the tests were commercially available and samples were proven to be positive using serology testing, evidence of an erythema migrans rash, and/or culture. Additional requirements were a test specificity of ≥85% and publication in the last 20 years...
2016: International Journal of General Medicine
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