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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332209/the-rapid-diagnosis-of-viral-respiratory-tract-infections-and-its-impact-on-antimicrobial-stewardship-programs
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Şiran Keske, Önder Ergönül, Faik Tutucu, Doruk Karaaslan, Erhan Palaoğlu, Füsun Can
We aimed to describe the potential benefit of new rapid molecular respiratory tests (MRT) in decreasing inappropriate antibiotic use among the inpatients presenting with influenza-like illness (ILI). We included patients from inpatient and outpatient departments who had ILI and performed MRT between 1 January 2015 and 31 December 2016 in a 265-bed private hospital in Istanbul. At the end of 2015, we implemented antimicrobial stewardship including systematic use of MRT. Then, we compared our observations between the year 2015 and the year 2016...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332168/efficient-crispr-cas9-based-genome-editing-in-carrot-cells
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Magdalena Klimek-Chodacka, Tomasz Oleszkiewicz, Levi G Lowder, Yiping Qi, Rafal Baranski
The first report presenting successful and efficient carrot genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 system. Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas9) is a powerful genome editing tool that has been widely adopted in model organisms recently, but has not been used in carrot-a model species for in vitro culture studies and an important health-promoting crop grown worldwide. In this study, for the first time, we report application of the CRISPR/Cas9 system for efficient targeted mutagenesis of the carrot genome...
January 13, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332105/the-emergence-of-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolates-producing-oxa-48-and-ndm-in-the-southern-asir-province-saudi-arabia
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Ibrahim A Al-Zahrani, Bander A Alsiri
To identify the prevalence of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) and the most common types of cabapenemases among CRKP in the Southern (Asir) province hospitals, Saudi Arabia. Methods: The cross-sectional study was conducted between late April and September in 2015. A total of 54 Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) isolates with reduced sensitivity to carbapenems were obtained from various clinical specimens of the 2 largest hospitals in the Southern province. Minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of carbapenems were confirmed using E-test...
January 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331982/a-false-carrier-state-for-the-c-579g-a-mutation-in-the-ncf1-gene-in-ashkenazi-jews
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Martin De Boer, Ronit Gavrieli, Karin van Leeuwen, Haike Reznik Wolf, Maya Dushnitzki, Yifaat Bar-Yosef, Anat Bar-Ziv, Doron Behar, Shlomo Lipitz, Tal Elkan Miller, Anton T J Tool, Taco W Kuijpers, Timo K van den Berg, Baruch Wolach, Dirk Roos, Elon Pras
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the NCF1 gene that encodes p47phox, a subunit of the NADPH oxidase complex, cause chronic granulomatous disease (CGD). In Kavkazi Jews, a c.579G>A (p.Trp193Ter) mutation in NCF1 is frequently found, leading to CGD. The same mutation is found in about 1% of Ashkenazi Jews, although Ashkenazi CGD patients with this mutation have never been described. METHODS: We used Sanger sequencing, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), gene scan analysis and Ion Torrent Next Generation Sequencing for genetic analysis, and measured NADPH oxidase activity and p47phox expression...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331430/disposable-inkjet-printed-electrochemical-platform-for-detection-of-clinically-relevant-her-2-breast-cancer-biomarker
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Susanita Carvajal, Samantha N Fera, Abby L Jones, Thaisa A Baldo, Islam M Mosa, James F Rusling, Colleen E Krause
Rapidly fabricated, disposable sensor platforms hold tremendous promise for point-of-care detection. Here, we present an inexpensive (< $0.25) fully inkjet printed electrochemical sensor with integrated counter, reference, and working electrodes that is easily scalable for commercial fabrication. The electrochemical sensor platform featured an inkjet printed gold working 8-electrode array (WEA) and counter electrode (CE), along with an inkjet -printed silver electrode that was chlorinated with bleach to produce a Ag/AgCl quasi-reference electrode (RE)...
January 4, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331266/human-papilloma-virus-specific-t-cells-can-be-generated-from-na%C3%A3-ve-t-cells-for-use-as-an-immunotherapeutic-strategy-for-immunocompromised-patients
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Sarah E McCormack, Conrad Russell Y Cruz, Kaylor E Wright, Allison B Powell, Haili Lang, Cornelia Trimble, Michael D Keller, Ephraim Fuchs, Catherine M Bollard
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is a known cause of cervical cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and laryngeal cancer. Although treatments exist for HPV-associated malignancies, patients unresponsive to these therapies have a poor prognosis. Recent findings from vaccine studies suggest that T-cell immunity is essential for disease control. Because Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)-specific T cells have been highly successful in treating or preventing EBV-associated tumors, we hypothesized that the development of a manufacturing platform for HPV-specific T cells from healthy donors could be used in a third-party setting to treat patients with high-risk/relapsed HPV-associated cancers...
January 10, 2018: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331263/glial-scars-are-permeable-to-the-neurotoxic-environment-of-chronic-stroke-infarcts
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Jacob C Zbesko, Thuy-Vi V Nguyen, Tao Yang, Jennifer Beischel Frye, Omar Hussain, Megan Hayes, Amanda Chung, W Anthony Day, Kristina Stepanovic, Maj Krumberger, Justine Mona, Frank M Longo, Kristian P Doyle
Following stroke, the damaged tissue undergoes liquefactive necrosis, a stage of infarct resolution that lasts for months, although the exact length of time is currently unknown. One method of repair involves reactive astrocytes and microglia forming a glial scar to compartmentalize the area of liquefactive necrosis from the rest of the brain. The formation of the glial scar is a critical component of the healing response to stroke, as well as other central nervous system (CNS) injuries. The goal of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of the extracellular fluid present in areas of liquefactive necrosis and determine how effectively it is segregated from the remainder of the brain...
January 10, 2018: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331077/optimized-paired-sgrna-cas9-cloning-and-expression-cassette-triggers-high-efficiency-multiplex-genome-editing-in-kiwifruit
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Zupeng Wang, Shuaibin Wang, Dawei Li, Qiong Zhang, Li Li, Caihong Zhong, Yifei Liu, Hongwen Huang
Kiwifruit is an important fruit crop; however, technologies for its functional genomic and molecular improvement are limited. The clustered regulatory interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein (Cas) system has been successfully applied to genetic improvement in many crops, but its editing capability is variable depending on the different combinations of the synthetic guide RNA (sgRNA) and Cas9 protein expression devices. Optimizing conditions for its use within a particular species is therefore needed to achieve highly efficient genome editing...
January 13, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330826/antibody-response-to-polyomavirus-primary-infection-high-seroprevalence-of-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-and-lymphoid-tissue-involvement
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Carolina Cason, Lorenzo Monasta, Nunzia Zanotta, Giuseppina Campisciano, Iva Maestri, Massimo Tommasino, Michael Pawlita, Sonia Villani, Manola Comar, Serena Delbue
Human polyomaviruses (HPyVs) asymptomatically infect the human population establishing latency in the host, and their seroprevalence can reach 90% in healthy adults. Few studies have focused on the pediatric population, and there are no reports regarding the seroprevalence of all the newly isolated HPyVs among Italian children. Therefore, we investigated the frequency of serum antibodies against 12 PyVs in 182 immunocompetent children from Northeast Italy, by means of a multiplex antibody detection system. Additionally, secondary lymphoid tissues were collected to analyze the presence of HPyV DNA sequences using a specific real-time PCRs or PCRs...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330014/frequency-of-red-blood-cell-genotypes-in-multi-transfused-patients-and-blood-donors-from-minas-gerais-southeast-brazil
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Vitor Mendonça Alves, Fernanda Bernadelli De Vito, Paulo Roberto Juliano Martins, Sheila Soares Silva, Lilian Castilho, Helio Moraes-Souza
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The frequency of red blood cell (RBC) antigens in Brazil varies due to differences in the ethnic groups in different regions; however, these studies have not been performed in Minas Gerais, where African admixture is more prevalent in comparison with other states. Due to these facts, this study aimed to determine the frequency of RBC genotypes on Rh, Kell, Duffy and Kidd systems in blood donors and multi-transfused patients from Minas Gerais, Southeast Brazil...
December 16, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329938/pipeline-to-gene-discovery-analysing-familial-parkinsonism-in-the-queensland-parkinson-s-project
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Steven R Bentley, Stephanie Bortnick, Ilaria Guella, Javed Y Fowdar, Peter A Silburn, Stephen A Wood, Matthew J Farrer, George D Mellick
INTRODUCTION: Family based study designs provide an informative resource to identify disease-causing mutations. The Queensland Parkinson's Project (QPP) has been involved in numerous genetic screening studies; however, details of the families enrolled into the register have not been comprehensively reported. This article characterises the families enrolled in the QPP and summarises monogenic forms of hereditary Parkinsonism found in the register. METHOD: The presence of pathogenic point mutations and copy number variations (CNVs) were, generally, screened in a sample of over 1000 PD patients from the total of 1725...
January 3, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329703/highly-sensitive-microrna-detection-based-on-bio-bar-code-assay-and-catalytic-hairpin-assembly-two-stage-amplification
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Songsong Tang, Yuan Gu, Huiting Lu, Haifeng Dong, Kai Zhang, Wenhao Dai, Xiangdan Meng, Fan Yang, Xueji Zhang
Herein, a highly-sensitive microRNA (miRNA) detection strategy was developed by combining bio-bar-code assay (BBA) with catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA). In the proposed system, two nanoprobes of magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with DNA probes (MNPs-DNA) and gold nanoparticles with numerous barcode DNA (AuNPs-DNA) were designed. In the presence of target miRNA, the MNP-DNA and AuNP-DNA hybridized with target miRNA to form a "sandwich" structure. After "sandwich" structures were separated from the solution by the magnetic field and dehybridized by high temperature, the barcode DNA sequences were released by dissolving AuNPs...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329588/accuracy-of-four-mononucleotide-repeat-markers-for-the-identification-of-dna-mismatch-repair-deficiency-in-solid-tumors
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Yuko Takehara, Takeshi Nagasaka, Akihiro Nyuya, Tomoko Haruma, Junko Haraga, Yoshiko Mori, Keiichiro Nakamura, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara, C Richard Boland, Ajay Goel
BACKGROUND: To screen tumors with microsatellite instability (MSI) arising due to DNA mismatch repair deficiency (dMMR), a panel of five quasi-monomorphic mononucleotide-repeat markers amplified in a multiplex PCR (Pentaplex) are commonly used. In spite of its several strengths, the pentaplex assay is not robust at detecting the loss of MSH6-deficiency (dMSH6). In order to overcome this challenge, we designed this study to develop and optimize a panel of four quasi-monomorphic mononucleotide-repeat markers (Tetraplex) for identifying solid tumors with dMMR, especially dMSH6...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329550/systematic-quantitative-analysis-of-h2a-and-h2b-variants-by-targeted-proteomics
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Sara El Kennani, Annie Adrait, Olga Permiakova, Anne-Marie Hesse, Côme Ialy-Radio, Myriam Ferro, Virginie Brun, Julie Cocquet, Jérôme Govin, Delphine Pflieger
BACKGROUND: Histones organize DNA into chromatin through a variety of processes. Among them, a vast diversity of histone variants can be incorporated into chromatin and finely modulate its organization and functionality. Classically, the study of histone variants has largely relied on antibody-based assays. However, antibodies have a limited efficiency to discriminate between highly similar histone variants. RESULTS: In this study, we established a mass spectrometry-based analysis to address this challenge...
January 12, 2018: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329337/mitochondrial-dna-ancestry-hpv-infection-and-the-risk-of-cervical-cancer-in-a-multiethnic-population-of-northeastern-argentina
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Ines Badano, Daiana J Sanabria, Maria E Totaro, Samara Rubinstein, Juan A Gili, Domingo J Liotta, Maria A Picconi, Rodolfo H Campos, Theodore G Schurr
BACKGROUND: Misiones Province in northeastern Argentina is considered to be a region with a high prevalence of HPV infection and a high mortality rate due to cervical cancer. The reasons for this epidemiological trend are not completely understood. To gain insight into this problem, we explored the relationship between mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) ancestry, HPV infection, and development of cervical lesions/cancer in women from the city of Posadas in Misiones Province. METHODS: Two hundred and sixty-one women, including 92 cases of patients diagnosed with cervical lesions and 169 controls, were analyzed...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329324/variability-and-cost-implications-of-three-generations-of-the-roche-lightcycler%C3%A2-480
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Maria Dullaert-de Boer, Onno W Akkerman, Marloes Vermeer, Dorine L J Hess, Huib A M Kerstjens, Richard M Anthony, Tjip S van der Werf, Dick van Soolingen, Adri G M van der Zanden
Real time PCR has become a dominant method for the highly sensitive detection of pathogens in clinical material. Real time PCR can generate a fluorescence signal by using fluorescence labelled probes, allowing us to detect and semi quantify the amount of amplified DNA. Here we test the variability of the detection system and cost implications of three different versions of the LightCycler® 480 (LC480), focusing on the intensity of fluorescence and Cq in monoplex and multiplex rtPCRs. For gastro-intestinal pathogens there was no correlation between the intensity of fluorescence and the Cq value in the different LC480 types...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329103/analysis-of-anti-ganglioside-antibodies-by-a-line-immunoassay-in-patients-with-chronic-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyneuropathies-cidp
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Juliane Klehmet, Stefanie Märschenz, Klemens Ruprecht, Benjamin Wunderlich, Thomas Büttner, Rico Hiemann, Dirk Roggenbuck, Andreas Meisel
BACKGROUND: Unlike for acute immune-mediated neuropathies (IN), anti-ganglioside autoantibody (aGAAb) testing has been recommended for only a minority of chronic IN yet. Thus, we used a multiplex semi-quantitative line immunoassay (LIA) to search for aGAAb in chronic-inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) and its clinical variants. METHODS: Anti-GAAb to 11 gangliosides and sulfatide (SF) were investigated by LIA in 61 patients with IN (27 typical CIDP, 12 distal-acquired demyelinating polyneuropathy, 6 multifocal-acquired demyelinating sensory/motor polyneuropathy, 10 sensory CIDP, 1 focal CIDP and 5 multifocal-motoric neuropathy), 40 with other neuromuscular disorders (OND) (15 non-immune polyneuropathies, 25 myasthenia gravis), 29 with multiple sclerosis (MS) and 54 healthy controls (HC)...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328376/identification-of-a-novel-compound-heterozygous-mutation-of-the-cyp21a2-gene-causing-21%C3%A2-hydroxylase-deficiency-in-a-chinese-pedigree
#18
Jia Liu, Xiujuan Zhang, Haiqing Zhang, Li Fang, Jin Xu, Qingbo Guan, Chao Xu
21‑Hydroxylase deficiency (21‑OHD) is the most common cause of congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, 21‑OHD is caused by mutations in the cytochrome P450 family 21 subfamily A member 2 (CYP21A2) gene. The present study was designed to investigate the genetic characteristics of one Chinese pedigree and to identify the genotype‑phenotype association, thereby facilitating the precise diagnosis of 21‑OHD at the molecular level. Members of a Chinese family with 21‑OHD were screened for mutations in the CYP21A2 gene...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328313/achievable-information-rate-enhancement-of-visible-light-communication-using-probabilistically-shaped-ofdm-modulation
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Chenhui Xie, Zexin Chen, Songnian Fu, Wu Liu, Zhixue He, Lei Deng, Ming Tang, Deming Liu
We present the first experimental demonstration of orthogonal frequency division multiplexed (OFDM) modulation using the probabilistic shaping (PS) technique in visible light communication (VLC) systems, in order to increase the achievable information rate (AIR) according to the pre-estimated signal to noise ratio (SNR) of VLC channel. We numerically investigate the performance of PS technique and make a fair comparison with bit-loading technique under different scenarios. By using a phosphor-LED based VLC system with available bandwidth of ~45-MHz, OFDM with PS technique can experimentally realize an AIR of 204...
January 8, 2018: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328256/nanoscale-beam-splitters-based-on-gradient-metasurfaces
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Di Zhang, Mengxin Ren, Wei Wu, Ninghui Gao, Xuanyi Yu, Wei Cai, Xinzheng Zhang, Jingjun Xu
Beam splitters are essential components in various optical and photonic applications, for example, interferometers, multiplexers, and so on. Present beam splitters based on cubes or plates are normally bulky. Realizing beam splitters in nanoscales is useful to reduce the total size of photonic devices. We demonstrate here a beam splitter with nanoscale thickness based on a gradient metasurface comprising lithium niobate cylinder arrays. Since one unit cell of metasurface comprising two cylinder rows shows two opposite phase gradients, the incident light is split into different directions according to the generalized Snell's law...
January 15, 2018: Optics Letters
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