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Juan Manuel Bello-López, Facundo Hernández-Rodríguez, Julieta Rojo-Medina
INTRODUCTION: γ-radiation is a method that was originally designed for inactivation of T lymphocytes in blood and blood components in order to prevent transfusion associated-graft versus host disease (TA-GVHD). Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecium and Staphylococcus epidermidis strains are important pathogens in blood banks since they have been related to post-transfusional sepsis. This study was conducted to demonstrate that γ-radiation is effective in reducing the viability of bacteria in platelet concentrates (PC)...
September 29, 2016: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
Paul E George, Julio Vidal, Patricia J Garcia
BACKGROUND: Peru experienced a crisis in its blood collection and supply system in the mid-2000s, as contaminated blood led to several transfusion-transmitted infections (TTI), occurring in the backdrop of extremely low voluntary donation rates and a national blood supply shortage. Thus, the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MINSA) implemented a national investigation on the safety and quality of the Peruvian blood collection/transfusion network. METHODS: Every Peruvian blood bank was evaluated by MINSA from 2007-2008...
May 2016: J Epidemiol Public Health Rev
James C Campbell, Alexander Tischer, Venkata Machha, Laurie Moon-Tasson, Banumathi Sankaran, Choel Kim, Matthew Auton
von Willebrand factor׳s (VWF) primary hemostatic responsibility is to deposit platelets at sites of vascular injury to prevent bleeding. This function is mediated by the interaction between the VWF A1 domain and the constitutively active platelet receptor, GPIbα. The crystal structure of the A1 domain harboring the von Willebrand disease (vWD) type 2M mutation p.Gly1324Ser has been recently published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry describing its effect on the function and structural stability of the A1 domain of VWF, "Mutational constraints on local unfolding inhibit the rheological adaptation of von Willebrand factor" [1]...
June 2016: Data in Brief
S S Zou, S Yang, Q Xiao, C Sun, K M Lu, W B Shi, Y Liu, J Qiu, Y Z Du, X F Chen
Objective: To study and analyze the transcript and expression pattern of SOX5 in human semen, thus to provide evidence for exploring the role of transcription factor SOX5 in the process of spermatogenesis in testis. Methods: A total of 61 semen samples and 3 blood samples (as controls) collected from healthy volunteer donors at Shanghai Human Sperm Bank in September 2015 were randomly selected. Expression of SOX5 in the semen samples was detected and quantified using agarose gel electrophoresis and real time-quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) analysis...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Rikki A Cannioto, Lara E Sucheston-Campbell, Shalaka Hampras, Ellen L Goode, Keith Knutson, Roberta Ness, Francesmary Modugno, Paul K Wallace, J Brian Szender, Paul Mayor, Chi-Chen Hong, Janine M Joseph, Grace Friel, Warren Davis, Mary Nesline, Kevin H Eng, Robert P Edwards, Bridget Kruszka, Kristina Schmitt, Kunle Odunsi, Kirsten B Moysich
OBJECTIVE: There is a mounting body of evidence demonstrating higher percentages of regulatory T (Treg) cells in the peripheral blood of patients with cancer in comparison to healthy controls, but there is a paucity of epidemiological literature characterizing circulating Treg cells among patients with epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC). To investigate the role of peripheral Treg cells in ovarian neoplasms, we conducted a case-control study to characterize circulating concentrations of Treg cells among patients with EOC, women with benign ovarian conditions, and healthy controls without a history of cancer...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
Rafael Bello Corassa, Carmen Aceijas, Paula Aryane Brito Alves, Hemda Garelick
AIMS: This article aimed to provide a critical review of the evolution of Chagas' disease (ChD) in Brazil, its magnitude, historical development and management, and challenges for the future. METHODS: A literature search was performed using PubMed, SciELO and Google Scholar and throughout collected articles' references. Narrative analysis was structured around five main themes identified: vector transmission, control programme, transfusion, oral and congenital transmission...
October 10, 2016: Perspectives in Public Health
Sumadhya Deepika Fernando, Priyani Dharmawardana, Geethanee Epasinghe, Niroshana Senanayake, Chaturaka Rodrigo, Risintha Premaratne, Rajitha Wickremasinghe
BACKGROUND: Sri Lanka is currently in the prevention of re-introduction phase of malaria. The engagement of the private sector health care institutions in malaria surveillance is important. The purpose of the study was to determine the number of diagnostic tests carried out, the number of positive cases identified and the referral system for diagnosis in the private sector and to estimate the costs involved. METHODS: This prospective study of private sector laboratories within the Colombo District of Sri Lanka was carried out over a 6-month period in 2015...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
Angela B Treml, Jed B Gorlin, Richard P Dutton, Barbara M Scavone
BACKGROUND: Massive transfusion protocols (MTPs) have been adopted in many hospitals, and they may improve outcomes, as well as decrease the number of blood products transfused. However, there are no specific guidelines regarding the number and types of products that should be included in these protocols. MTPs may vary from hospital to hospital. METHODS: A short, web-based survey was sent to blood bank medical directors at academic institutions to learn details about MTPs...
October 3, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Suliman M Al Humayed, Awad A El-Mekki, Ahmed A Mahfouz
The aim was to study the seroprevalence of HCV infection and related risk factors in Aseer region, south-western Saudi Arabia, the region known to be of the highest endemicity of viral hepatitis. In a cross-sectional study, all particiapants were interviewed using structured questionnaire. HCV infection was diagnosed using fourth-generation ELISA. All positive and equivocal HCV serology results were further confirmed by utilizing a qualitative confirmatory RT-PCR. The study enrolled 10,234 persons. A seroprevalence of 2...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Medical Virology
Jeffrey L Carson, Gordon Guyatt, Nancy M Heddle, Brenda J Grossman, Claudia S Cohn, Mark K Fung, Terry Gernsheimer, John B Holcomb, Lewis J Kaplan, Louis M Katz, Nikki Peterson, Glenn Ramsey, Sunil V Rao, John D Roback, Aryeh Shander, Aaron A R Tobian
Importance: More than 100 million units of blood are collected worldwide each year, yet the indication for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion and the optimal length of RBC storage prior to transfusion are uncertain. Objective: To provide recommendations for the target hemoglobin level for RBC transfusion among hospitalized adult patients who are hemodynamically stable and the length of time RBCs should be stored prior to transfusion. Evidence Review: Reference librarians conducted a literature search for randomized clinical trials (RCTs) evaluating hemoglobin thresholds for RBC transfusion (1950-May 2016) and RBC storage duration (1948-May 2016) without language restrictions...
October 12, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
S Khurram, M Borhany, N Anwar, I Naseer, S Boota, I Mirza, M Nadeem, T Shamsi
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the frequency and reasons for donor deferral prior to the blood donation process in our population. BACKGROUND: Transfusion is an irreversible event that carries potential risks as well as benefits to the recipient. Therefore, donor selection prior to blood donation is one of the most important steps in ensuring the safety of blood and blood products. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out at the blood bank department in our hospital from January 2012 to December 2014...
October 12, 2016: Transfusion Medicine
Catherine L Townsend, Julie M J Laffy, Yu-Chang Bryan Wu, Joselli Silva O'Hare, Victoria Martin, David Kipling, Franca Fraternali, Deborah K Dunn-Walters
Antibody variable regions are composed of a heavy and a light chain, and in humans, there are two light chain isotypes: kappa and lambda. Despite their importance in receptor editing, the light chain is often overlooked in the antibody literature, with the focus being on the heavy chain complementarity-determining region (CDR)-H3 region. In this paper, we set out to investigate the physicochemical and structural differences between human kappa and lambda light chain CDR regions. We constructed a dataset containing over 29,000 light chain variable region sequences from IgM-transcribing, newly formed B cells isolated from human bone marrow and peripheral blood...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Therese S Salameh, Gul N Shah, Tulin O Price, Melvin R Hayden, William A Banks
All forms of diabetes mellitus are characterized by chronic hyperglycemia resulting in the development of a number of microvascular and macrovascular pathologies. Diabetes is also associated with changes in brain microvasculature, leading to dysfunctions and ultimately disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). These changes are correlated with a decline in cognitive function. In diabetes, BBB damage is associated with increased oxidative stress and reactive oxygen species (ROS). This occurs because of the increased oxidative metabolism of glucose caused by hyperglycemia...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Ana Cecilia Mestre-Citrinovitz, Adrián Jorge Sestelo, María Belén Ceballos, José Lino Barañao, Patricia Saragüeta
Cell line establishment of somatic cells is a valuable resource to preserve genetic material of rare, difficult-to-find, endangered and giant species like Jaguar (Panthera onca), the largest South American felid. This unit focuses on the isolation and culture of fibroblasts from Jaguar skin and muscle biopsies, and ear cartilage dissection immediately after death to preserve one of the several endangered species in this biome. These culture techniques enabled us to contribute 570 samples from 45 autochthonous and endangered species, including Jaguar...
October 10, 2016: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
Eun Seok Choi, Sungkyu Cho, Woo Sung Jang, Woong-Han Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A blood transfusion is almost inevitable in neonatal cardiac surgery. This study aimed to assess the feasibility of using autologous cord blood for a cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) priming as an alternative to an allo-transfusion in neonatal cardiac surgery. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: From January 2012 to December 2014, cord blood had been collected during delivery after informed consent and was stored immediately into a blood bank. Eight neonatal patients had their own cord blood used for CPB priming during cardiac surgery...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Madhuradhar Chegondi, Jun Sasaki, André Raszynski, Balagangadhar R Totapally
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the hemoglobin threshold for red cell transfusion in children admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). METHODS: Retrospective chart review study. Tertiary care PICU. Critically ill pediatric patients requiring blood transfusion. No intervention. RESULTS: We analyzed the charts of all children between 1 month and 21 years of age who received packed red blood cell (PRBC) transfusions during a 2-year period. The target patients were identified from our blood bank database...
July 2016: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
J C Oldroyd, K M Venardos, N J Aoki, A J Zatta, Z K McQuilten, L E Phillips, N Andrianopoulos, D J Cooper, P A Cameron, J P Isbister, E M Wood
BACKGROUND: The Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) Massive Transfusion (MT) Registry (MTR) has been established to improve the quality of care of patients with critical bleeding (CB) requiring MT (≥ 5 units red blood cells (RBC) over 4 h). The MTR is providing data to: (1) improve the evidence base for transfusion practice by systematically collecting data on transfusion practice and clinical outcomes; (2) monitor variations in practice and provide an opportunity for benchmarking, and feedback on practice/blood product use; (3) inform blood supply planning, inventory management and development of future clinical trials; and (4) measure and enhance translation of evidence into policy and patient blood management guidelines...
October 6, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Hye Lim Jang, Jung Yoon Cho, Mi Jin Kim, Eun Jeong Kim, Eun Young Park, Sung Ae Park, In Young Kim, Yong Sung Choi, Chong Woo Bae, Sung Hoon Chung
Human milk banks are a solution for mothers who cannot supply their own breast milk to their sick or hospitalized infants; premature infants, in particular, are unable to receive a full volume of breast milk for numerous reasons. As of December 2015, there was only one milk bank in a university hospital in Korea. We reviewed the basic characteristics of donors and recipients, and the amounts and contamination of breast milk donated at the Human Milk Bank in Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong in Korea from 2008 to 2015...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Maria Kaisar, Leon F A van Dullemen, Marie-Laëtitia Thézénas, M Zeeshan Akhtar, Honglei Huang, Sandrine Rendel, Philip D Charles, Roman Fischer, Rutger J Ploeg, Benedikt M Kessler
BACKGROUND: The successful application of-omics technologies in the discovery of novel biomarkers and targets of therapeutic interventions is facilitated by large collections of well curated clinical samples stored in bio banks. Mining the plasma proteome holds promise to improve our understanding of disease mechanisms and may represent a source of biomarkers. However, a major confounding factor for defining disease-specific proteomic signatures in plasma is the variation in handling and processing of clinical samples leading to protein degradation...
2016: Clinical Proteomics
Stephanie N Kinney, Jayanna Slayten, Dan A Waxman
BACKGROUND: Within transfusion medicine, the education of molecular technologies lacks standardization. OBJECTIVE: To address this problem, we surveyed specialist in blood bank technology (SBBT) programs, immunohematology reference laboratories, and SBBT graduates to define its current state. METHODS: An anonymous online survey (SurveyMonkey) was emailed to the 15 American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) SBBT programs, 59 AABB IRLs, and 82 SBBT graduates...
November 2016: Laboratory Medicine
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