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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644817/graphene-based-humidity-sensors-the-origin-of-alternating-resistance-change
#1
Vasilii I Popov, Danil Nikolaev, Vladimir B Timofeev, Svetlana Smagulova, Irina Antonova
The response of graphene based humidity sensor is considered as a function of film structures. Analysis of resistance changes due to water molecule adsorption on graphene or multigraphene (MLG) surface is performed for films with a different resistivity from hundreds of Ohm/sq to hundreds of kOhm/sq. It has revealed a possible increase, decrease and non monotonous behavior of resistance. Adsorption of water molecules at grain boundary defects is supposed to lead to an increase in film resistivity due to the donor property of water and p-type conductivity of graphene...
June 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641647/-clinical-significance-of-serum-thrombopoietin-levels-in-patients-with-aplastic-anaemia
#2
Hai Cheng, Jiang Cao, Wei Chen, Kun-Ming Qi, Zhi-Ling Yan, Kai-Lin Xu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical significance of thrombopoietin (TPO) level in diagnosis of pateints with aplastic anaemia (AA). METHODS: The TPO levels in sera from 54 AA patients and 119 healthy controls were examined. A total of 92 samples were collected from AA patients including 43 samples harvested at diagnosis, 23 samples in the cytopenic period after treatment, and 26 samples of patients in partial (n=10) or complete remission (n=16) following immunosuppressive treatment...
June 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637792/reactive-sulfur-species-inactivate-ca-2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-iv-via-s-polysulfidation-of-its-active-site-cysteine-residue
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Tsuyoshi Takata, Hideshi Ihara, Naoya Hatano, Yukihiro Tsuchiya, Takaaki Akaike, Yasuo Watanabe
Reactive sulfur species (RSS) modulate protein functions via S- polysulfidation of reactive Cys residues. Here, we report that Ca(2+)/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent protein kinase IV (CaMKIV) was reversibly inactivated by RSS via polysulfidation of the active site Cys residue. CaMKIV is phosphorylated at Thr(196) by its upstream CaMK kinase (CaMKK), resulting in the induction of its full activity. In vitro incubation of CaMKIV with the exogenous RSS donors Na2Sn ( n = 2-4) resulted in dose-dependent inhibition of the CaMKK-induced phospho-Thr(196) and consequent inactivation of the enzyme activity...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614535/should-azoospermic-patients-with-varicocele-disease-undergo-surgery-to-recover-fertility
#4
Leonardo de Souza Alves, Francisco Batista de Oliveira
Introduction: Varicocele disease is well-known cause of infertility in men. The presence of spermatic varices veins create a hostile environment to spermatogenesis. It results in reduced quality of the sperm production and in some cases can determine a total absence of sperm. The varicocelectomy procedure in patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) can raise the rates of sperm in the semen analysis. A positive rate for sperm, even if very low, may be sufficient to enable the capture of sperm intended for in-vitro fertilization without the use of donor sperm...
April 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600230/cytokine-and-chemokine-profile-changes-in-patients-with-lower-segment-lumbar-degenerative-spondylolisthesis
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Juraj Sutovsky, Martin Benco, Martina Sutovska, Michaela Kocmalova, Lenka Pappova, Juraj Miklusica, Andrej Frano, Egon Kurca
BACKGROUND: Lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis (DS) develops as a result of inflammatory and remodeling processes in facet joints (FJs). Several inflammatory cytokines are involved in the osteoarthritic and remodeling changes that occur and in low-back and/or radicular pain, the most prevalent clinical symptom of disease. This study improves knowledge related to the roles that 27 cytokines, chemokines and growth factors play in the pathophysiology of lumbar DS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cytokine levels were examined using capture sandwich immunoassay using the Bio-Plex(®) 200 System and the Bio-PlexTM Human Cytokine Standard 27-Plex, Group I (Bio-Rad, Hercules, California, USA) separately in intervertebral discs (IVDs) and FJ bone tissue...
June 6, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589096/identification-of-s-nitrosylated-sno-proteins-in-entamoeba-histolytica-adapted-to-nitrosative-stress-insights-into-the-role-of-sno-actin-and-in-vitro-virulence
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Meirav Trebicz-Geffen, Preeti Shahi, Shruti Nagaraja, Shai Vanunu, Shiran Manor, Amit Avrahami, Serge Ankri
We have recently reported that Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites can adapt to toxic levels of the nitric oxide (NO) donor, S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO). Even if the consequences of this adaptation on the modulation of gene expression in NO-adapted trophozoites (NAT) have been previously explored, insight on S-nitrosylated (SNO) proteins in NAT is missing. Our study aims to fill this knowledge gap by performing a screening of SNO proteins in NAT. Employing SNO resin-assisted capture (RAC), we identified 242 putative SNO proteins with key functions in calcium binding, enzyme modulation, redox homeostasis, and actin cytoskeleton...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585538/chirality-and-energy-transfer-amplified-circularly-polarized-luminescence-in-composite-nanohelix
#7
Dong Yang, Pengfei Duan, Li Zhang, Minghua Liu
Transfer of both chirality and energy information plays an important role in biological systems. Here we show a chiral donor π-gelator and assembled it with an achiral π-acceptor to see how chirality and energy can be transferred in a composite donor-acceptor system. It is found that the individual chiral gelator can self-assemble into nanohelix. In the presence of the achiral acceptor, the self-assembly can also proceed and lead to the formation of the composite nanohelix. In the composite nanohelix, an energy transfer is realized...
June 6, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583566/influences-of-pre-formed-donor-specific-anti-human-leukocyte-antigen-antibodies-in-living-donor-renal-transplantation-results-with-graft-immunocomplex-capture-fluorescence-analysis
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T Nakamura, H Ushigome, K Watabe, Y Imanishi, K Masuda, T Matsuyama, S Harada, K Koshino, T Iida, S Nobori, N Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: Advances in immunosuppressants enable organ transplantation for sensitized patients. However, influences of pre-formed donor-specific anti-human leukocyte antigen (HLA) antibodies (DSA) have not been fully understood in renal transplantation (RT). On the other hand, immunocomplex capture fluorescence analysis (ICFA) is a reliable method to detect donor-specific anti-HLA antibodies and HLA antigen complexes. Graft ICFA can detect DSA in an allograft (g-DSA). METHODS: To elucidate the consequences of pre-formed DSA, 198 patients who underwent living-donor RT were enrolled for this study (observation period: 57...
June 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579987/killer-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-allele-determination-using-next-generation-sequencing-technology
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Bercelin Maniangou, Nolwenn Legrand, Mehdi Alizadeh, Ulysse Guyet, Catherine Willem, Gaëlle David, Eric Charpentier, Alexandre Walencik, Christelle Retière, Katia Gagne
The impact of natural killer (NK) cell alloreactivity on hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) outcome is still debated due to the complexity of graft parameters, HLA class I environment, the nature of killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR)/KIR ligand genetic combinations studied, and KIR(+) NK cell repertoire size. KIR genes are known to be polymorphic in terms of gene content, copy number variation, and number of alleles. These allelic polymorphisms may impact both the phenotype and function of KIR(+) NK cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575102/development-of-indicators-for-monitoring-community-based-rehabilitation
#10
Catherine Mason, Joerg Weber, Seryan Atasoy, Carla Sabariego, Alarcos Cieza
BACKGROUND: Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) is a multi-sectoral approach working to equalize opportunities and include people with disability in all aspects of community life. Reliable and internationally comparable data needed to monitor and evaluate CBR are scarce, partially due to the absence of standardized indicators. The objective of this manuscript is to describe the collaborative development process which led to the World Health Organization's (WHO) recently launched set of standardized CBR outcome indicators...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571583/effect-of-user-preferences-on-itn-use-a-review-of-literature-and-data
#11
Hannah Koenker, Joshua O Yukich
BACKGROUND: Insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) are the primary tool for vector control, and optimizing ITN use is a key concern of national programmes. Available evidence indicates that bed net users often have preferences for shape, colour, size, and other attributes, but it is unclear whether these preferences are strong enough to have any significant effect on bed net use, and whether countries and donors should invest in more expensive attributes in order to maximize ITN use. The link between bed net attributes, preferences, and use was investigated using a literature review and review of publicly available, nationally representative household surveys from sub-Saharan Africa...
June 1, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567194/prevalence-of-antibody-to-hepatitis-b-core-antigen-among-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-negative-blood-donors-in-ilorin-nigeria-a-cross-sectional-study
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Mutiat K Ogunfemi, Hannah O Olawumi, Abdulfatai B Olokoba, Modu B Kagu, Sikiru A Biliaminu, Kabir A Durowade, Idayat A Durotoye, Akeem O Shittu
BACKGROUND: Post-transfusion hepatitis occurs even with stringent donor selection criteria and screening for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of antibody to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) in HBsAg-negative blood donors. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study in which 200 HBsAg-negative blood donors were recruited. Screening for viral markers was done using both a rapid test kit and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for anti-HBc IgM...
March 2017: Malawi Medical Journal: the Journal of Medical Association of Malawi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544308/use-of-a-new-end-stage-kidney-disease-risk-calculator-in-the-kidney-disease-improving-global-outcomes-guideline-to-evaluate-the-impact-of-different-living-kidney-donor-candidate-assessments
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Darren Lee, Momena Manzoor, Geoff Harley, John Whitlam, Natasha Cook, Suet-Wan Choy, Megan Sandiford, Charlotte Gibson, Lawrence P McMahon, Matthew A Roberts
AIM: The Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) guideline recommends the incorporation of a new risk calculator that quantifies the end stage kidney disease (ESKD) risk based on a composite profile of risk factors in living kidney donor candidates (LKDCs). We compared the ESKD risk estimates in previously declined versus accepted LKDCs to evaluate the predictive capacity and potential impact of this tool. METHODS: Baseline 15-year and lifetime ESKD risk estimates without donation were calculated using the risk calculator for LKDCs assessed from two centres between 2007 and 2015...
May 20, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539926/gene-specific-substitution-profiles-describe-the-types-and-frequencies-of-amino-acid-changes-during-antibody-somatic-hypermutation
#14
Zizhang Sheng, Chaim A Schramm, Rui Kong, James C Mullikin, John R Mascola, Peter D Kwong, Lawrence Shapiro
Somatic hypermutation (SHM) plays a critical role in the maturation of antibodies, optimizing recognition initiated by recombination of V(D)J genes. Previous studies have shown that the propensity to mutate is modulated by the context of surrounding nucleotides and that SHM machinery generates biased substitutions. To investigate the intrinsic mutation frequency and substitution bias of SHMs at the amino acid level, we analyzed functional human antibody repertoires and developed mGSSP (method for gene-specific substitution profile), a method to construct amino acid substitution profiles from next-generation sequencing-determined B cell transcripts...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520526/kir3dl1-hl-a-b-subtypes-govern-acute-myelogenous-leukemia-relapse-after-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation
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Jeanette E Boudreau, Fabio Giglio, Ted A Gooley, Philip A Stevenson, Jean-Benoît Le Luduec, Brian C Shaffer, Raja Rajalingam, Lihua Hou, Carolyn Katovich Hurley, Harriet Noreen, Elaine F Reed, Neng Yu, Cynthia Vierra-Green, Michael Haagenson, Mari Malkki, Effie W Petersdorf, Stephen Spellman, Katharine C Hsu
Purpose Disease relapse remains a major challenge to successful outcomes in patients who undergo allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Donor natural killer (NK) cell alloreactivity in HCT can control leukemic relapse, but capturing alloreactivity in HLA-matched HCT has been elusive. HLA expression on leukemia cells-upregulated in the post-HCT environment-signals for NK cell inhibition via inhibitory killer immunoglobulin-like (KIR) receptors and interrupts their antitumor activity. We hypothesized that varied strengths of inhibition among subtypes of the ubiquitous KIR3DL1 and its cognate ligand, HLA-B, would titrate NK reactivity against acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520506/urinary-nanovesicles-captured-by-lectins-or-antibodies-demonstrate-variations-in-size-and-surface-glycosylation-profile
#16
Jared Q Gerlach, Ciaran M Maguire, Anja Krüger, Lokesh Joshi, Adriele Prina-Mello, Matthew D Griffin
AIM: The use of carbohydrate-binding proteins (lectins) to isolate urinary extracellular vesicles (uEVs) was investigated and the captured subpopulations were characterized. METHODS: Pooled uEVs from multiple healthy donors were exposed to lectin-conjugated or antibody-conjugated beads. Recovered uEVs were evaluated by protein estimation, transmission electron microscopy, nanoparticle tracking analysis and lectin microarray profiling. RESULTS: uEVs isolated by lectin- and antibody-based affinity capture exhibited distinct variations in size and surface content...
May 18, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518051/red-blood-cells-ageing-markers-a-multi-parametric-analysis
#17
Manon Bardyn, Benjamin Rappaz, Keyvan Jaferzadeh, David Crettaz, Jean-Daniel Tissot, Inkyu Moon, Gerardo Turcatti, Niels Lion, Michel Prudent
BACKGROUND: Red blood cells collected in citrate-phosphate-dextrose can be stored for up to 42 days at 4 °C in saline-adenine-glucose-mannitol additive solution. During this controlled, but nevertheless artificial, ex vivo ageing, red blood cells accumulate lesions that can be reversible or irreversible upon transfusion. The aim of the present study is to follow several parameters reflecting cell metabolism, antioxidant defences, morphology and membrane dynamics during storage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five erythrocyte concentrates were followed weekly during 71 days...
May 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511094/isolation-and-genetic-analysis-of-pure-cells-from-forensic-biological-mixtures-the-precision-of-a-digital-approach
#18
F Fontana, C Rapone, G Bregola, R Aversa, A de Meo, G Signorini, M Sergio, A Ferrarini, R Lanzellotto, G Medoro, G Giorgini, N Manaresi, A Berti
Latest genotyping technologies allow to achieve a reliable genetic profile for the offender identification even from extremely minute biological evidence. The ultimate challenge occurs when genetic profiles need to be retrieved from a mixture, which is composed of biological material from two or more individuals. In this case, DNA profiling will often result in a complex genetic profile, which is then subject matter for statistical analysis. In principle, when more individuals contribute to a mixture with different biological fluids, their single genetic profiles can be obtained by separating the distinct cell types (e...
May 1, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510355/the-national-landscape-of-living-kidney-donor-follow-up-in-the-united-states
#19
Macey L Henderson, Alvin G Thomas, Ashton Shaffer, Allan B Massie, Xun Luo, Courtenay M Holscher, Tanjala S Purnell, Krista Lentine, Dorry L Segev
In 2013, OPTN/UNOS mandated that transplant centers collect data on living kidney donors (LKDs) at 6-months, 1-year, and 2-years post-donation, with policy-defined thresholds for the proportion of complete living donor follow-up (LDF) data submitted in a timely manner (60 days before or after the expected visit date). While mandated, it was unclear how centers across the country would perform in meeting thresholds, given potential donor and center-level challenges of LDF. To better understand the impact of this policy, we studied SRTR data for 31,615 LKDs between 1/2010-6/2015, comparing proportions of complete and timely LDF form submissions pre- and post-policy implementation...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505150/a-question-of-fate
#20
Mirjana Maletic-Savatic
Ever since the discovery of neural stem cells in the mammalian brain, the possibility of brain tissue regeneration has captured the minds of scientists, clinicians, and the public. Neural stem cells have been envisioned as a source of donor cells for transplantation and vectors for the delivery of gene therapy. Over the past decade, many researchers have contributed to characterizing these cells and their lineages, providing the foundation for their utilization as therapeutic devices. In a new study, Azim and colleagues took a different approach: using pharmacogenomics to focus on neural stem cell lineage, they identified specific compounds that can direct neural stem cell fate toward a specific lineage in vivo, both in physiological and pathological conditions...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
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