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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448963/paradoxical-aging-in-hiv-immune-senescence-of-b-cells-is-most-prominent-in-young-age
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Stefano Rinaldi, Suresh Pallikkuth, Varghese K George, Lesley R de Armas, Rajendra Pahwa, Celeste M Sanchez, Maria Fernanda Pallin, Li Pan, Nicola Cotugno, Gordon Dickinson, Allan Rodriguez, Margaret Fischl, Maria Alcaide, Louis Gonzalez, Paolo Palma, Savita Pahwa
Combination antiretroviral therapies (cART)can lead to normal life expectancy in HIV-infected persons, and people aged >50 yrs represent the fastest growing HIV group. Although HIV and aging are independently associated with impaired humoral immunity, immune status in people aging with HIV is relatively unexplored. In this study influenza vaccination was used to probe age associated perturbations in the B cell compartment of HIV-negative "healthy controls" (HC) and virologically controlled HIV-infected participants on cART (HIV) (n=124), grouped by age as young (<40 yrs), middle-aged (40-59yrs) or old (>60 yrs)...
April 27, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446899/clonal-spread-of-16s-rrna-methyltransferase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st37-with-high-prevalence-of-esbls-from-companion-animals-in-china
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Jing Xia, Liang-Xing Fang, Ke Cheng, Guo-Hao Xu, Xi-Ran Wang, Xiao-Ping Liao, Ya-Hong Liu, Jian Sun
We screened 30 Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates from dogs and cats at a single animal hospital in Guangdong Province, China. Among them, 12 K. pneumoniae strains possessed high-level resistance to amikacin and gentamicin and these were screened for 16S rRNA methyltransferase (16S-RMTase) genes. And then the genes positive isolates were detected for ESBLs (extended spectrum β-lactamases) and analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, multilocus sequence typing, PCR-based replicon typing and plasmid analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418786/evaluation-in-mice-of-the-immunogenicity-of-a-tetravalent-subunit-vaccine-candidate-against-dengue-virus-using-mucosal-and-parenteral-immunization-routes
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Laura Lazo Vázquez, Lázaro Gil González, Ernesto Marcos López, Yusleidi Pérez Fuentes, Lázaro Cervetto de Armas, Enma Brown Richards, Iris Valdés Prado, Edith Suzarte Portal, Karem Cobas Acosta, Melyssa Yaugel Novoa, Yaremis Romero Fernández, Gerardo Guillén Nieto, Lisset Hermida Cruz
Our group has developed a subunit vaccine candidate against Dengue virus (DENV) based on two different viral regions, the domain III of the envelope protein and the capsid protein. The chimeric proteins for each serotype (DIIIC1-4), aggregated with the oligodeoxynucleotide 39 M, form the tetravalent formulation named Tetra DIIIC. Tetra DIIIC induces a protective immune response in mice when it is inoculated by intraperitoneal route. However, if children are the main targets for a DENV vaccine, then a needle-free route of administration should be attractive and advantageous...
April 18, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413506/active-efflux-pump-adeb-is-involved-in-multidrug-resistance-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-induced-by-antibacterial-agents
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Tingting Zhang, Min Wang, Yixin Xie, Xianping Li, Zhihui Dong, Yanhua Liu, Ling Wang, Min Yang, Huan Song, Hong Cao, Wei Cao
The aim of the present study was to investigate the resistance of Acinetobacter baumannii, which was induced by cefepime (FEP), cefoperazone-sulbactam (SCF), tazobactam (TZP), levofloxacin (LEV), amikacin (AK), imipenem (IPM), and ciprofloxacin (CIP), in vitro. Multi-step drug resistance selection of 16 A. baumannii strains was performed using seven antibacterial agents (FEP, TZP, CIP, AK, IPM, SCF, and LEV). The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was determined using the agar dilution method. Random amplified polymorphic DNA polymerase chain reaction was performed to analyze the genotypes and the carrying rates of aac(3)-I, aac(6')-I, ant(3)-I, aph(3)-Via, OXA-23, OXA-24, AmpC, TEM-1, metallo-β-lactamase gene (IMP), armA, rmtA, rmtB, parC, gyrA and adeB...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407345/dosimetric-impacts-of-endorectal-balloon-in-cyberknife-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-sbrt-for-early-stage-prostate-cancer
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Hong F Xiang, Hsiao-Ming Lu, Jason A Efstathiou, Anthony L Zietman, Ricardo De Armas, Kathryn Harris, B Nicolas Bloch, Muhammad Mustafa Qureshi, Sean Keohan, Ariel E Hirsch
PURPOSE: In SBRT for prostate cancer, higher fractional dose to the rectum is a major toxicity concern due to using smaller PTV margin and hypofractionation. We investigate the dosimetric impact on rectum using endorectal balloon (ERB) in prostate SBRT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty prostate cancer patients were included in a retrospective study, ten with ERB and 10 without ERB. Optimized SBRT plans were generated on CyberKnife MultiPlan for 5 × 7.25 Gy to PTV under RTOG-0938 protocol for early-stage prostate cancer...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405307/the-shift-from-plant-plant-facilitation-to-competition-under-severe-water-deficit-is-spatially-explicit
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Michael J O'Brien, Francisco I Pugnaire, Cristina Armas, Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría, Christian Schöb
The stress-gradient hypothesis predicts a higher frequency of facilitative interactions as resource limitation increases. Under severe resource limitation, it has been suggested that facilitation may revert to competition, and identifying the presence as well as determining the magnitude of this shift is important for predicting the effect of climate change on biodiversity and plant community dynamics. In this study, we perform a meta-analysis to compare temporal differences of species diversity and productivity under a nurse plant (Retama sphaerocarpa) with varying annual rainfall quantity to test the effect of water limitation on facilitation...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395597/genome-sequencing-and-comparative-analysis-of-an-ndm-1-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-st15-isolated-from-a-refugee-patient
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Tamara Salloum, Harout Arabaghian, Sahar Alousi, Edmond Abboud, Sima Tokajian
The escalating problem of antibiotic resistance, specifically cabarpenemase and extended-spectrum β-lacatamase (ESBL) producing K. pneumoniae strains, is directly correlated with increased patient morbidity and mortality and prolonged hospitalization and costs. In this study, a comprehensive genomic analysis encompassing the resistomics, virulence repertoire and mobile genetic elements of an NDM-1 positive ESBL-producing K. pneumoniae EA-MEH ST15 isolated from a urine sample collected from a Syrian refugee was conducted...
April 11, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386177/non-invasive-diagnosis-methods-of-coronary-disease-based-on-wavelet-denoising-and-sound-analyzing
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Tianhua Chen, Shuo Zhao, Siqi Shao, Siqun Zheng
The heart sound is the characteristic signal of cardiovascular health status. The objective of this project is to explore the correlation between Wavelet Transform and noise performance of heart sound and the adaptability of classifying heart sound using bispectrum estimation. Since the wavelet has multi-scale and multi-resolution characteristics, in this paper, the heart sound signal with different frequency ranges is decomposed through wavelet and displayed on different scales of the resolving wavelet result...
March 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382474/selection-and-characterization-of-coal-mine-autochthonous-rhizobia-for-the-inoculation-of-herbaceous-legumes
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Anabel González Hernández, Ginaini Doin de Moura, Renato Leal Binati, Francisco Xavier Inês Nascimento, Diana Morales Londoño, Ana Carolina Peixoto Mamede, Emanuela Pille da Silva, Rafael Dutra de Armas, Admir José Giachini, Márcio José Rossi, Cláudio Roberto Fonsêca Sousa Soares
Coal open pit mining in the South of Santa Catarina state (Brazil) was inappropriately developed, affecting approximately 6.700 ha. Re-vegetation is an alternative for the recovery of these areas. Furthermore, the use of herbaceous legumes inoculated with nitrogen fixing bacteria is motivated due to the difficulty implementing a vegetation cover in these areas, mainly due to low nutrient availability. Therefore, the aim of this work was to evaluate, among 16 autochthonous rhizobia isolated from the coal mining areas, those with the greatest potential to increase growth of the herbaceous legumes Vicia sativa and Calopogonium mucunoides...
April 5, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372502/chemistry-and-redox-biology-of-mycothiol
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Aníbal Marcelo Reyes, Brandán Pedre Pérez, María Inés De Armas, Maria-Armineh Tossounian, Rafael Radi, Joris Messens, Madia Trujillo
SIGNIFICANCE: Mycothiol (MSH, AcCys-GlcN-Ins) is the main low molecular weight thiol of most Actinomycetes, including the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis that affects millions of people worldwide. Strains with decreased MSH content show increased susceptibilities to hydroperoxides and electrophilic compounds. In M. tuberculosis, MSH modulates the response to several anti-tuberculosis drugs. Enzymatic routes involving MSH could provide clues for specific drug design. Recent Advances...
April 3, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329553/primary-cutaneous-marginal-zone-lymphoma
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Joshua Farhadian, Vtaly Terushkin, Shane A Meehan, Jo-Ann Latkowski
Primary cutaneous B cell lymphomas (PCBCL) are thesecond most common type of primary cutaneouslymphoma. The three main types of PCBCL areprimary cutaneous marginal-zone lymphoma(PCMZL), primary cutaneous follicle-centerlymphoma, and primary cutaneous diffuse largeB-cell lymphoma, leg type. PCMZL has an indolentcourse with a five-year survival rate approaching99%. Lesions most often present on the trunk or armas erythematous-to-violaceous papules, plaques, ornodules. Approximately one-half of patients havesolitary skin lesions...
December 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327853/-latin-american-perspectives-on-person-centered-medicine
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Alberto Perales, Juan Mendoza, Rodolfo Armas, Oscar Cluzet
Person-centered medicine (PCM) is a programmatic global initiative led by the International College of Person-Centered Medicine. It has recently emerged in Latin America. It requires the use of scientific research as an instrument to generate the best clinical evidence, and humanism as the essence of medicine to help mankind. It is focused on not only combatting disease but also promoting the display of healthy human being potentials towards achieving well-being and comprehensive growth. Although the humanism of medicine in Latin America has been a distinctive characteristic of its practice, now, there is a worrying decline in its impact on healthcare...
October 2016: Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325005/dynamic-modeling-of-apnea-induced-concurrent-variations-in-arterial-blood-pressure-and-cerebral-blood-flow-velocity
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Raichel Alex, Rong Zhang, Donald E Watenpaugh, Khosrow Behbehani
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is characterized by partial (hypopnea) or complete cessation (apnea) of airflow to the lungs during sleep. It has been previously reported that apnea episodes lead to significant rise in instantaneous blood pressure concomitant with a rise in cerebral blood flow velocity, indicating loss of cerebral autoregulation during the episodes. In this study, we have used Auto Regressive Moving Average model (ARMA (na, nb, nk)) to quantify OSA induced dynamic changes in cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV) with beat to beat blood pressure (BP) as an input...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321349/uncovering-clinical-features-of-de-novo-philadelphia-positive-myelodysplasia
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Aristides Armas, Chen Chen, Martha Mims, Gustavo Rivero
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is cytogenetically heterogeneous and retains variable risk for acute myeloid leukemia transformation. Though not yet fully understood, there is an association between genetic abnormalities and defects in gene expression. The functional role for infrequent cytogenetic alteration remains unclear. An uncommon chromosomic abnormality is the presence of the Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome. Here, we report a patient with Ph+ MDS treated with low dose Dasatinib who achieved hematologic response for 7 months...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320725/occurrence-of-acquired-16s-methyltransferase-mediated-aminoglycoside-resistance-in-clinical-isolates-of-enterobacteriaceae-within-a-tertiary-referral-hospital-of-northeast-india
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Jayalaxmi Wangkheimayum, Deepjyoti Paul, Debadatta Dhar, Rajlakshmi Nepram, Shiela Chetri, Deepshikha Bhowmik, Atanu Chakravarty, Amitabha Bhattacharjee
Objectives: Methylation of ribosomal target leads to a high level of resistance towards the entire clinically relevant aminoglycoside antibiotics, so early detection of these resistant determinants will help to reduce the treatment failure as well as will lessen the dissemination rate. Here, we characterize different 16s methyltransferase responsible for aminoglycoside resistance and their epidemiological background in clinical isolates of enterobacteriaceae in a tertiary referral hospital of India.Methods: All aminoglycoside resistant isolates were screened for different 16s methyltransferase by PCR assay and incompatibility typing of the conjugable plasmid harboring resistant genes was determined by PCR based replicon typing...
March 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318771/cross-protection-to-new-drifted-influenza-a-h3-viruses-and-prevalence-of-protective-antibodies-to-seasonal-influenza-during-2014-in-portugal
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Raquel Guiomar, Susana Pereira da Silva, Patrícia Conde, Paula Cristóvão, Ana Carina Maia, Pedro Pechirra, Ana Paula Rodrigues, Baltazar Nunes, Luís Milho, Ana Paula Coelho, Aida Fernandes, Paula Caseiro, Fernando Rodrigues, Lurdes Correia, João Pereira-Vaz, Sofia Almeida, Paula Branquinho, Rita Côrte-Real, Regina Viseu, Maria João Peres, Raquel Sanches, Filipa Dantas, Ludovina Freitas, Graça Andrade, Manuel Maurílio, Filomena Caldeira, Rita Cabral Veloso, Luisa Mota-Vieira, Marta Soares, Ana Rita Couto, Jácome Bruges-Armas, Rita Mouro Pinto, Joana Sobrinho Simões, Maria do Rosário Costa, João Tiago Guimarães, Luís Martins, Mário Cunha
INTRODUCTION: Immune profile for influenza viruses is highly changeable over time. Serological studies can assess the prevalence of influenza, estimate the risk of infection, highlight asymptomatic infection rate and can also provide data on vaccine coverage. The aims of the study were to evaluate pre-existing cross-protection against influenza A(H3) drift viruses and to assess influenza immunity in the Portuguese population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We developed a cross-sectional study based on a convenience sample of 626 sera collected during June 2014, covering all age groups, both gender and all administrative health regions of Portugal...
March 15, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306707/severity-of-illness-index-for-surgical-departments-in-a-cuban-hospital-a-revalidation-study
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Amadys Armas-Bencomo, Teddy Osmin Tamargo-Barbeito, Edelberto Fuentes-Valdés, Rosa Eugenia Jiménez-Paneque
INTRODUCTION: In the context of the evaluation of hospital services, the incorporation of severity indices allows an essential control variable for performance comparisons in time and space through risk adjustment. The severity index for surgical services was developed in 1999 and validated as a general index for surgical services. Sixteen years later the hospital context is different in many ways and a revalidation was considered necessary to guarantee its current usefulness. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the validity and reliability of the surgical services severity index to warrant its reasonable use under current conditions...
March 8, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304097/improved-screening-test-for-idiopathic-infantile-hypercalcemia-confirms-residual-levels-of-serum-24-25-oh-2-d3-in-affected-patients
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Martin Kaufmann, Nicole Morse, Billy Joe Molloy, Donald P Cooper, Karl-Peter Schlingmann, Arnaud Molin, Marie Laure Kottler, J Christopher Gallagher, Laura Armas, Glenville Jones
BACKGROUND: CYP24A1 mutations are now accepted as a cause of idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia (IIH). A rapid LC-MS/MS-based blood test enabling measurement of the 25-OH-D3 :24,25-(OH)2 D3 ratio (R) can identify IIH patients on the basis of reduced C24-hydroxylation of 25-OH-D3 by CYP24A1 in vivo. While values of this ratio are significantly elevated in IIH, somewhat surprisingly, serum 24,25-(OH)2 D3 remains detectable. The current study explores possible explanations for this including: residual CYP24A1 enzyme activity in individuals with certain CYP24A1 genotypes, expression of alternative C24-hydroxylases, and the possibility of isobaric contamination of the 24,25-(OH)2 D3 peak on LC-MS/MS...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278031/forecasting-of-pm10-time-series-using-wavelet-analysis-and-wavelet-arma-model-in-taiyuan-china
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Hong Zhang, Sheng Zhang, Ping Wang, Yuzhe Qin, Huifeng Wang
PM10 forecasting is difficult because of the uncertainties in describing the emission and meteorological fields. This paper proposed a wavelet-ARMA/ARIMA model to forecast the short-time series of the PM10 concentrations. It was evaluated by experiments using a 10-year dataset of daily PM10 concentrations from 4 stations located in Taiyuan, China. The results indicated the following: 1) PM10 concentrations of Taiyuan had a decreasing trend during 2005 to 2012 but it was increased in 2013. PM10 concentrations had an obvious seasonal fluctuation related with coal fired heating in winter and early spring...
February 23, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268475/a-multivariate-time-frequency-approach-for-tracking-qt-variability-changes-unrelated-to-heart-rate-variability
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Michele Orini, Peter Taggart, Pier D Lambiase
The beat-to-beat variability of the QT interval (QTV) is a marker of ventricular repolarization (VR) dynamics and it has been suggested as an index of sympathetic ventricular outflow and cardiac instability. However, QTV is also affected by RR (or heart rate) variability (RRV), and QTV due to RRV may reduce QTV specificity as a VR marker. Therefore, it would be desirable to separate QTV due to VR dynamics from QTV due to RRV. To do that, previous work has mainly focused on heart rate corrections or time-invariant autoregressive models...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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