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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231271/applying-antibody-sensitive-hypervariable-region-1-deleted-hepatitis-c-virus-to-the-study-of-escape-pathways-of-neutralizing-human-monoclonal-antibody-ar5a
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Rodrigo Velázquez-Moctezuma, Mansun Law, Jens Bukh, Jannick Prentoe
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of end-stage liver diseases. With 3-4 million new HCV infections yearly, a vaccine is urgently needed. A better understanding of virus escape from neutralizing antibodies and their corresponding epitopes are important for this effort. However, for viral isolates with high antibody resistance, or antibodies with moderate potency, it remains challenging to induce escape mutations in vitro. Here, as proof-of-concept, we used antibody-sensitive HVR1-deleted (ΔHVR1) viruses to generate escape mutants for a human monoclonal antibody, AR5A, targeting a rare cross-genotype conserved epitope...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230821/circulating-hematopoietic-progenitor-cells-in-patients-affected-by-chornobyl-accident
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N M Bilko, I S Dyagil, I Z Russu, D I Bilko
: High radiation sensitivity of stem cells and their ability to accumulate sublethal radiation damage provides the basis for investigation of hematopoietic progenitors using in vivo culture methodology. Unique samples of peripheral blood and bone marrow were derived from the patients affected by Chornobyl accident during liquidation campaign. AIM: To investigate functional activity of circulating hematopoietic progenitor cells from peripheral blood and bone marrow of cleanup workers in early and remote periods after the accident at Chornobyl nuclear power plant (CNPP)...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230758/quantitative-determination-of-stilbenoids-and-dihydroisocoumarins-in-shorea-roxburghii-and-evaluation-of-their-hepatoprotective-activity
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Kiyofumi Ninomiya, Saowanee Chaipech, Yusuke Kunikata, Ryohei Yagi, Yutana Pongpiriyadacha, Osamu Muraoka, Toshio Morikawa
A simultaneous quantitative analytical method for 13 stilbenoids including (-)-hopeaphenol (1), (+)-isohopeaphenol (2), hemsleyanol D (3), (-)-ampelopsin H (4), vaticanols A (5), E (6), and G (7), (+)-α-viniferin (8), pauciflorol A (9), hopeafuran (10), (-)-balanocarpol (11), (-)-ampelopsin A (12), and trans-resveratrol 10-C-β-d-glucopyranoside (13), and two dihydroisocoumarins, phayomphenols A₁ (14) and A₂ (15) in the extract of Shorea roxburghii (dipterocarpaceae) was developed. According to the established protocol, distributions of these 15 polyphenols (1-15) in the bark and wood parts of S...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229615/bacteremia-with-raoultella-planticola-in-the-setting-of-acute-pancreatitis-complicated-with-acute-cholangitis
#4
Esther Merino Rodríguez, Susana Rebolledo Olmedo, Joaquín Miquel Plaza
The bacterium Raoultella planticola (R planticola) is a rare pathogen in humans. We report a case of mild acute pancreatitis (MAP) of biliary origin with cholangitis and bacteremia with R planticola in association with pancreatic panniculitis (PP). A 55-year-old woman with rheumatic multiple valvulopathy presented with epigastric pain radiating to the back in a belt-like fashion for 48 hours, jaundice, choluria, acholia, and fever (38.2oC). Lab tests showed: amylase 2126 U/L, ALT 124 U/L, AST 169 U/L, GGT 3548 U/L, AP 1516 U/L, TBil 12...
February 23, 2017: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229100/diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-following-world-health-organization-recommended-criteria-in-severely-malnourished-children-presenting-with-pneumonia
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Mohammod Jobayer Chisti, Mohammed Abdus Salam, Abu S M S B Shahid, K M Shahunja, Sumon Kumar Das, Abu Syed Golam Faruque, Pradip Kumar Bardhan, Tahmeed Ahmed
Evidences on diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) following the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria in children with severe acute malnutrition (SAM) are lacking. We sought to evaluate the WHO criteria for the diagnosis of TB in such children. In this prospective study, we enrolled SAM children aged <5 with radiological pneumonia. We collected induced sputum and gastric lavage for smear microscopy, mycobacterial culture, and Xpert MTB/RIF. Using the last 2 methods as the gold standard, we determined sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of WHO criteria (n = 388)...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229030/retroperitoneal-necrotizing-fasciitis-masquerading-as-perianal-abscess-rare-and-perilous
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Anandhi Amaranathan, Ashok Kumar Sahoo, Deepak Barathi, Gomathi Shankar, Sarath Chandra Sistla
Necrotizing fasciitis is one of the uncommon presentations of a rapidly spreading subcutaneous tissue infection. Although the actual cause is unclear in many cases, most of them are due to the rapid proliferation of microorganisms. Retroperitoneal necrotizing fasciitis is extremely rare. It is a potentially lethal infection that requires immediate and aggressive surgical care. Early diagnosis is the key to a better prognosis. The possibility of retroperitoneal necrotizing fasciitis should be suspected in patients with symptoms of sepsis that are disproportionate to clinical findings...
January 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228494/an-evaluation-of-rgm-medium-for-isolation-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-from-respiratory-samples-from-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis-in-the-united-states
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Rongpong Plongla, Clair L Preece, John D Perry, Peter H Gilligan
A novel selective agar (RGM medium) has been advocated for the isolation of rapidly growing mycobacteria from the sputum of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. The aim of this study was to compare RGM medium with Burkholderia cepacia selective agar (BCSA) and a standard AFB culture method for the isolation of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) from patients with CF. The applicability of matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for identification of NTM isolated on RGM was also assessed...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228392/idh-mutant-tumors-vulnerable-to-parp-inhibition
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Several cancers, including glioma and acute myeloid leukemia, carry mutations in IDH1 or IDH2 Researchers have found that these mutations impair homologous recombination, making the tumors sensitive to PARP inhibition. They showed that one such inhibitor, olaparib, killed IDH1/2-mutant cancer cells in culture and slowed tumor growth in mice.
February 22, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228268/er-stress-protein-chop-mediates-insulin-resistance-by-modulating-adipose-tissue-macrophage-polarity
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Toru Suzuki, Junhong Gao, Yasushi Ishigaki, Keiichi Kondo, Shojiro Sawada, Tomohito Izumi, Kenji Uno, Keizo Kaneko, Sohei Tsukita, Kei Takahashi, Atsuko Asao, Naoto Ishii, Junta Imai, Tetsuya Yamada, Seiichi Oyadomari, Hideki Katagiri
Obesity represents chronic inflammatory states promoted by pro-inflammatory M1-macrophage infiltration into white adipose tissue (WAT), thereby inducing insulin resistance. Herein, we demonstrate the importance of an ER stress protein, CHOP, in determining adipose tissue macrophage (ATM) polarity and systemic insulin sensitivity. A high-fat diet (HFD) enhances ER stress with CHOP upregulation in adipocytes. CHOP deficiency prevents HFD-induced insulin resistance and glucose intolerance with ATM M2 predomination and Th2 cytokine upregulation in WAT...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225826/assessing-mycoplasma-contamination-of-cell-cultures-by-qpcr-using-a-set-of-universal-primer-pairs-targeting-a-1-5-kb-fragment-of-16s-rrna-genes
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Audrey Jean, Florence Tardy, Omran Allatif, Isabelle Grosjean, Bariza Blanquier, Denis Gerlier
Mycoplasmas (a generic name for Mollicutes) are a predominant bacterial contaminant of cell culture and cell derived products including viruses. This prokaryote class is characterized by very small size and lack of a cell wall. Consequently, mycoplasmas escape ultrafiltration and visualization under routine microscopic examination, hence the ease with which cells in culture can be contaminated, with routinely more than 10% of cell lines being contaminated. Mycoplasma are a formidable threat both in fundamental research by perverting a whole range of cell properties and functions and in the pharmacological use of cells and cell derived products...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225661/lgbtq-youth-part-1
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Tracy Perron, Connie Kartoz, Chaya Himelfarb
In order to provide holistic care, school nurses must be culturally competent by being sensitive to health disparities experienced by students in at-risk populations. Despite the growing acceptance toward gender and sexual minorities, LGBTQ youth remain an at-risk population in our communities and our schools. School nurses as well as school counselors, social workers, and psychologists can increase their cultural competence in caring for this group of students by increasing their understanding of appropriate terminology and risks associated with this vulnerable group...
March 2017: NASN School Nurse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225604/a-microfluidic-device-for-studying-controllable-hydrodynamic-flow-induced-cellular-responses
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Chunhong Zheng, Xiannian Zhang, Chunmei Li, Yuhong Pang, Yanyi Huang
Hydrodynamic flow is an essential stimulus in many cellular functions, regulating many mechanical sensitive pathways and closely associating with human health status and diseases. The flow pattern of blood in vessels is the key factor in causing atherosclerosis. Hemodynamics has great effect on endothelial cells' gene expression and biological functions. There are various tools that can be used for studying flow-induced cellular responses but most of them are either bulky or lack of precise controllability...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225345/results-of-xpert-%C3%A2-mtb-rif-implementation-in-kyrgyzstan
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G Kurbaniyazova, M Joncevska, S Kalon, G Kalmambetova, T Mohr, A Toktogonova, K Takieva, K M Monirul Islam, F Luelmo
INTRODUCTION: In July 2012, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Quality Health Care Project introduced the Xpert® MTB/RIF assay at the facility level of the primary health care system in Kyrgyzstan. This study analysed the results of the implementation of Xpert. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Test results from 2734 patients from July 2012 to December 2014 were analysed. The sensitivity and specificity of Xpert in routine programme conditions were evaluated using culture and phenotypic drug susceptibility testing (DST) as gold standard...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224095/culturally-adapted-pictorial-screening-tool-for-autism-spectrum-disorder-a-new-approach
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Hemamali Perera, Kamal Chandima Jeewandara, Sudarshi Seneviratne, Chandima Guruge
AIM: To assess the performance of a newly designed, culturally adapted screening tool for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHODS: Items for the screening tool were modeled from already documented checklists and diagnostic criteria for ASD. Each item in text was paired with a photograph that illustrated the written content, which was in the 2 main local languages. The final product had 21 items and was named the pictorial autism assessment schedule (PAAS). Performance of PAAS was tested on a clinical sample of 18-48 mo old children, diagnosis naïve, presenting with developmental deficits...
February 8, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223935/morus-alba-leaf-lectin-mll-sensitizes-mcf-7-cells-to-anoikis-by-inhibiting-fibronectin-mediated-integrin-fak-signaling-through-ras-and-activation-of-p-38-mapk
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Jayaram Saranya, Ganesan Shilpa, Kozhiparambil G Raghu, Sulochana Priya
Lectins are a unique class of carbohydrate binding proteins/glycoproteins, and many of them possess anticancer properties. They can induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, inhibit protein synthesis, telomerase activity and angiogenesis in cancer cells. In the present study, we have demonstrated the effect of Morus alba leaf lectin (MLL) on anoikis induction in MCF-7 cells. Anoikis induction in cancer cells has a significant role in preventing early stage metastasis. MLL treatment in monolayers of MCF-7 cells caused significant detachment of cells in a time and concentration dependent manner...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223275/vascular-cxcr4-expression-promotes-vessel-sprouting-and-sensitivity-to-sorafenib-treatment-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jing Xu, Jing Liang, Ya-Ming Meng, Jing Yan, Xin-Juan Yu, Chao-Qun Liu, Li Xu, Shi-Mei Zhuang, Limin Zheng
PURPOSE: Chemokine receptor CXCR4 is known to be involved in both developmental and adult angiogenesis; however, its role in tumor angiogenesis remains largely unknown. Here the role of vascular CXCR4 in regulating vascular structure in HCC was assessed and the clinical value of CXCR4 was explored. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: The expression of CXCR4 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) was determined by immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. Characteristics of CXCR4+ cells were determined by in vitro and mice experiments...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223147/comparative-performance-study-of-six-commercial-molecular-assays-for-rapid-detection-of-toxigenic-clostridium-difficile
#17
Yossi Paitan, Tamar Miller Roll, Amos Adler
OBJECTIVES: Rapid and accurate detection of C. difficile in stool impacts patient treatment and containment efforts. Detection of C. difficile toxin genes using nucleic acid amplification techniques (NAAT) is part of a multistep algorithm. Our objective was to directly compare the diagnostic accuracy and applicability of 6 commercial C. difficile NAAT assays. METHODS: In this study, 210 specimens were analysed in parallel by 6 commercial NAAT. Toxigenic culture was used as a reference method...
February 18, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223140/reduced-cell-viability-and-apoptosis-induction-in-human-thyroid-carcinoma-and-mesothelioma-cells-exposed-to-cidofovir
#18
Simona Catalani, Francesco Palma, Serafina Battistelli, Barbara Nuvoli, Rossella Galati, Serena Benedetti
Besides its well-recognized antiviral activity, Cidofovir (CDV) has been shown to exert anticancer properties both within in vitro and in vivo models. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of CDV on still unexplored cultured cancer cells from human mesothelioma as well as breast, colon, liver, lung, prostate, and thyroid carcinomas. Overall, a dose- and time-dependent inhibition of cell viability was observed after CDV exposure. To clarify the mechanisms underlying CDV action, apoptotic cell death was investigated in two infected cell lines [Ist-Mes1 and Ist-Mes2 mesothelioma cells (SV40+)] and in two uninfected cell lines (NCI-H2425 mesothelioma cells and FTC-133 thyroid cancer cells), which resulted the most sensitive to CDV treatment...
February 18, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222737/dynamic-genome-scale-metabolic-modeling-of-the-yeast-pichia-pastoris
#19
Francisco Saitua, Paulina Torres, José Ricardo Pérez-Correa, Eduardo Agosin
BACKGROUND: Pichia pastoris shows physiological advantages in producing recombinant proteins, compared to other commonly used cell factories. This yeast is mostly grown in dynamic cultivation systems, where the cell's environment is continuously changing and many variables influence process productivity. In this context, a model capable of explaining and predicting cell behavior for the rational design of bioprocesses is highly desirable. Currently, there are five genome-scale metabolic reconstructions of P...
February 21, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222703/comparison-of-methods-for-identifying-causative-bacterial-microorganisms-in-presumed-acute-endophthalmitis-conventional-culture-blood-culture-and-pcr
#20
Pear Pongsachareonnont, Worawalun Honglertnapakul, Tanittha Chatsuwan
BACKGROUND: Identification of bacterial pathogens in endophthalmitis is important to inform antibiotic selection and treatment decisions. Hemoculture bottles and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis have been proposed to offer good detection sensitivity. This study compared the sensitivity and accuracy of a blood culture system, a PCR approach, and conventional culture methods for identification of causative bacteria in cases of acute endophthalmitis. METHODS: Twenty-nine patients with a diagnosis of presumed acute bacterial endophthalmitis who underwent vitreous specimen collection at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital were enrolled in this study...
February 21, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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