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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151282/epidemiology-and-impact-of-bloodstream-infections-among-kidney-transplant-recipients-a-retrospective-single-center-experience
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Ali M Shendi, Gabriel Wallis, Helena Painter, Mark Harber, Sophie Collier
BACKGROUND: Bloodstream infections (BSI) represent an important source of morbidity and mortality, as well as an increasing therapeutic challenge, among solid organ transplant recipients. Understanding the epidemiological and microbiological characteristics of BSI following renal transplantation is paramount to the implementation of appropriate preventative and therapeutic measures. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of all BSI episodes occurring between July 2009 and April 2016 in adult patients, who received a renal transplant at Royal Free London hospital...
November 19, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151258/clinical-significance-of-disease-specific-myd88-mutations-in-circulating-dna-in-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma
#2
Keiichiro Hattori, Mamiko Sakata-Yanagimoto, Yasuhito Suehara, Yasuhisa Yokoyama, Takayasu Kato, Naoki Kurita, Hidekazu Nishikii, Naoshi Obara, Shingo Takano, Eiichi Ishikawa, Akira Matsumura, Yuichi Hasegawa, Shigeru Chiba
Recent sequencing studies demonstrated the MYD88 L265P mutation in more than 70% of primary central nervous system lymphomas (PCNSL), and the clinical significance of this mutation has been proposed as diagnostic and prognostic markers in PCNSL. On the other hand, mutational analyses using cell-free DNAs have been reported in a variety of systemic lymphomas. To investigate how sensitively the MYD88 L265P mutation can be identified in cell-free DNA from PCNSL patients, we performed droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) and targeted deep sequencing (TDS) in consecutive 14 PCNSL patients from whom paired tumor-derived DNA and cell-free DNA was available at diagnosis...
November 19, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151242/a-qualitative-examination-of-increased-alcohol-use-after-bariatric-surgery-among-racially-ethnically-diverse-young-adults
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Christine E Spadola, Eric F Wagner, Leah M Varga, Jennifer L Syvertsen, Nestor F De La Cruz Munoz, Sarah E Messiah
INTRODUCTION: Mounting evidence suggests that bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery (WLS), patients might be vulnerable to developing post-operative alcohol use problems. While the majority of published research offers information concerning the prevalence of problematic alcohol use post-WLS, the literature lacks comprehensive, qualitative explorations examining why alcohol misuse might emerge after WLS. Such data-driven hypotheses are needed to effectively target this emerging concern...
November 19, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151238/predictability-of-hypoadrenalism-occurrence-and-duration-after-adrenalectomy-for-acth-independent-hypercortisolism
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V Morelli, L Minelli, C Eller-Vainicher, S Palmieri, E Cairoli, A Spada, M Arosio, I Chiodini
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if the parameters of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity could predict the occurrence and duration of post-surgical hypocortisolism (PSH) in patients with Cushing's syndrome (CS) and with adrenal incidentaloma (AI). METHODS: We studied 80 patients (54 females, age 53.3 ± 11 years), who underwent adrenalectomy for CS (17 patients) or for AI (53 patients). Before surgery, we measured adrenocorticotroph hormone (ACTH), urinary free cortisol (UFC) and serum cortisol after 1 mg dexamethasone suppression test (1 mg-DST) levels...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151224/the-potential-role-of-the-osteopontin-osteocalcin-osteoprotegerin-triad-in-the-pathogenesis-of-prediabetes-in-humans
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Giuseppe Daniele, Deidre Winnier, Andrea Mari, Jan Bruder, Marcel Fourcaudot, Zuo Pengou, Andrea Hansis-Diarte, Christopher Jenkinson, Devjit Tripathy, Franco Folli
AIMS: To examine the relationship between hormones involved in bone remodeling and glucose metabolism alterations in prediabetes. METHODS: Individuals (n = 43) with NGT (BMI = 31.1 ± 1.1 kg/m(2)) and individuals (n = 79) with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) (BMI = 31.9 ± 1.2 kg/m(2)) including subjects with IFG, IGT, and IFG-IGT underwent OGTT and DXA. Osteopontin (OPN), osteocalcin (OCN), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and PTH levels were measured at fasting...
November 18, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151210/determination-of-protein-ps-ns-motions-by-high-resolution-relaxometry
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Samuel F Cousin, Pavel Kadeřávek, Nicolas Bolik-Coulon, Fabien Ferrage
Many of the functions of biomacromolecules can be rationalized by the characterization of their conformational energy landscapes: the structures of the dominant states, transitions between states and motions within states. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is the technique of choice to study internal motions in proteins. The determination of motions on picosecond to nanosecond timescales requires the measurement of nuclear spin relaxation rates at multiple magnetic fields. High sensitivity and resolution are obtained only at high magnetic fields, so that, until recently, site-specific relaxation rates in biomolecules were only measured over a narrow range of high magnetic fields...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151209/in-vitro-dissolution-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-for-sensitivity-enhancement-of-nmr-with-biological-molecules
#7
Yaewon Kim, Yunyi Wang, Hsueh-Ying Chen, Christian Hilty
Dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization (D-DNP) is a technique to prepare hyperpolarized nuclear spin states, yielding a signal enhancement of several orders of magnitude for liquid-state NMR. Here, we describe experimental procedures for the application of D-DNP in high-resolution NMR of biochemical compounds, to determine the time evolution of biochemical processes and intermolecular interactions.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151208/strategies-for-efficient-sample-preparation-for-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-solid-state-nmr-of-biological-macromolecules
#8
Boris Itin, Ivan V Sergeyev
Solid-state NMR (SSNMR) is a powerful tool for the elucidation of structure and dynamics in biological macromolecules. Over the years, SSNMR spectroscopists have developed an array of techniques enabling the measurement of internuclear correlations, distances, and torsional angles; these have been applied to the study of a number of biological systems that are difficult to study by X-ray crystallography and solution NMR, including key biological targets such as membrane proteins and amyloid fibrils. Applications of SSNMR to other topic areas, including materials science, pharmaceuticals, and small molecules, have also flourished in recent years...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151204/afterglow-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#9
Gili Abramov, Nathaniel J Traaseth
Biomolecular solid-state NMR experiments have traditionally been collected through detection of (13)C or (15)N nuclei. Since these nuclei have relatively low sensitivity stemming from their smaller gyromagnetic ratios relative to (1)H, the time required to collect multi-dimensional datasets serves as a limitation to resonance assignment and structure determination. One improvement in the field has been to employ simultaneous or parallel acquisition techniques with the goal of acquiring more than one dataset at a time and therefore speeding up the overall data collection process...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151202/nmr-of-macromolecular-assemblies-and-machines-at-1-ghz-and-beyond-new-transformative-opportunities-for-molecular-structural-biology
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Caitlin M Quinn, Mingzhang Wang, Tatyana Polenova
As a result of profound gains in sensitivity and resolution afforded by ultrahigh magnetic fields, transformative applications in the fields of structural biology and materials science are being realized. The development of dual low temperature superconducting (LTS)/high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets has enabled the achievement of magnetic fields above 1 GHz (23.5 T), which will open doors to an unprecedented new range of applications. In this contribution, we discuss the promise of ultrahigh field magnetic resonance...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151195/risk-factors-in-preschool-children-for-predicting-asthma-during-the-preschool-age-and-the-early-school-age-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yixia Bao, Zhimin Chen, Enmei Liu, Li Xiang, Deyu Zhao, Jianguo Hong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study was to identify risk factors of asthma among children < 6 years old (preschool age) for predicting asthma during the preschool age and early school age (≤ 10 years of age). METHOD OF THE STUDY: MEDLINE, Cochrane, EMBASE, and Google Scholar databases were searched until June 30, 2017. Prospective or retrospective cohort and case-control studies were included. Studies had to have evaluated risk factors or a predictive model for developing asthma in children ≤ 6 years of age or persistent asthma in early school age...
November 18, 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151171/clinical-and-serological-associations-of-anti-ribosomal-p0-protein-antibodies-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Yong-Jun Mei, Peng Wang, Chao Jiang, Tao Wang, Lin-Jie Chen, Zhi-Jun Li, Hai-Feng Pan
The purpose of this study is to investigate the clinical and serological associations of anti-ribosomal P0 protein antibodies (anti-Rib-P0) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The sera of 470 patients with SLE and 124 patients with primary Sjogren's Syndrome (pSS) were collected. Line immunoassay (LIA) was used to detect anti-Rib-P0 and other related antibodies. A complete laboratory evaluation and clinical examination were also performed in each SLE patient. The prevalence of anti-Rib-P0 in SLE patients was significantly higher than that in pSS patients (35...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151168/strengthening-validity-in-studies-of-pelvic-floor-disorders-through-qualitative-research-an-example-from-ethiopia
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Astrid Blystad, Guri Rortveit, Janne Lillelid Gjerde, Mulu Muleta, Karen Marie Moland
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: This formative qualitative follow-up study addresses validity concerns in the Dabat Incontinence and Prolapse (DABINCOP) study, which aimed to determine the prevalence of pelvic floor disorders in north-west Ethiopia. A pilot study using a questionnaire validated by pelvic exam showed severe underreporting of clinically relevant pelvic organ prolapse (POP). The objective of the follow-up study was to explore the reasons behind the underreporting and to gather information to strengthen the sensitivity and local relevance of the questionnaire to be employed in the main study...
November 18, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151156/deep-rnaseq-indicates-protective-mechanisms-of-cold-tolerant-indica-rice-plants-during-early-vegetative-stage
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Raul Antonio Sperotto, Artur Teixeira de Araújo Junior, Janete Mariza Adamski, Denise Cargnelutti, Felipe Klein Ricachenevsky, Ben-Hur Neves de Oliveira, Renata Pereira da Cruz, Rinaldo Pires Dos Santos, Leila Picolli da Silva, Janette Palma Fett
Cold-tolerance in rice may be related to increased cellulose deposition in the cell wall, membrane fatty acids unsaturation and differential expression of several newly identified genes. Low temperature exposure during early vegetative stages limits rice plant's growth and development. Most genes previously related to cold tolerance in rice are from the japonica subspecies. To help clarify the mechanisms that regulate cold tolerance in young indica rice plants, comparative transcriptome analysis of 6 h cold-treated (10 °C) leaves from two genotypes, cold-tolerant (CT) and cold-sensitive (CS), was performed...
November 18, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151146/mapping-and-confirmation-of-loci-for-salt-tolerance-in-a-novel-soybean-germplasm-fiskeby-iii
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Tuyen D Do, Tri D Vuong, David Dunn, Scotty Smothers, Gunvant Patil, Dennis C Yungbluth, Pengyin Chen, Andrew Scaboo, Dong Xu, Thomas E Carter, Henry T Nguyen, J Grover Shannon
The confirmation of a major locus associated with salt tolerance and mapping of a new locus, which could be beneficial for improving salt tolerance in soybean. Breeding soybean for tolerance to high salt conditions is important in some regions of the USA and world. Soybean cultivar Fiskeby III (PI 438471) in maturity group 000 has been reported to be highly tolerant to multiple abiotic stress conditions, including salinity. In this study, a mapping population of 132 F2 families derived from a cross of cultivar Williams 82 (PI 518671, moderately salt sensitive) and Fiskeby III (salt tolerant) was analyzed to map salt tolerance genes...
November 18, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151142/mr-imaging-perfusion-and-diffusion-analysis-to-assess-preoperative-short-course-radiotherapy-response-in-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-standardized-index-of-shape-by-dce-mri-and-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-derived-parameters-by-dw-mri
#16
Antonella Petrillo, Roberta Fusco, Vincenza Granata, Sergio Venanzio Setola, Mario Sansone, Daniela Rega, Paolo Delrio, Francesco Bianco, Giovanni Maria Romano, Fabiana Tatangelo, Antonio Avallone, Biagio Pecori
Our aim is to assess preoperative Short Course Radiotherapy (SCR) tumor response in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC) through Standardized Index of Shape (SIS) by DCE-MRI, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and intravoxel incoherent motion-derived parameters by DW-MRI. 35 patients with LARC underwent MR scan before and after SCR followed by delayed surgery, retrospectively, were enrolled. SIS, ADC, tissue diffusion (D t), pseudodiffusion (D p), and perfusion fraction (f) were extracted by MRI for each patient before and after SCR...
November 18, 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151120/biomechanical-stress-in-myocardial-infarctions-can-endothelin-1-and-growth-differentiation-factor-15-serve-as-immunohistochemical-markers
#17
M Falk, R Huhn, F Behmenburg, St Ritz-Timme, F Mayer
Myocardial infarctions go along with biomechanical stress, i.e. stretching of muscle fibres, and the expression of certain marker molecules. We tested if two of those markers, endothelin-1 (ET-1) and growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15), can be used as immunohistochemical markers for myocardial ischaemia/infarctions. The study included experiments with an animal model, the isolated perfused Langendorff heart, as well as the investigation of human tissue samples drawn during autopsies. The overall picture of our results showed that GDF-15 is very sensitive and expressed very fast, not only as a consequence of ischaemia/infarctions, but also under other circumstances...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151119/whole-body-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-detection-of-skeletal-metastases-in-children-and-young-people-with-primary-solid-tumors-systematic-review
#18
A M Smets, E E Deurloo, T J E Slager, J Stoker, S Bipat
BACKGROUND: Many solid neoplasms have a propensity for osteomedullary metastases of which detection is important for staging and subsequent treatment. Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (WB-MRI) has been shown to accurately detect osteomedullary metastases in adults, but these findings cannot be unconditionally extrapolated to staging of children with malignant solid tumors. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a literature review on the sensitivity of WB-MRI for detecting skeletal metastases in children with solid tumors...
November 18, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151086/analysis-of-the-cytomorphological-features-in-atypical-urine-specimens-following-application-of-the-paris-system-for-reporting-urinary-cytology
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Ryan Glass, Lisa Rosen, Karen Chau, Sylvat Sheikh-Fayyaz, Peter Farmer, Constantinos Coutsouvelis, Farah Slim, Ryan Brenkert, Kasturi Das, Stephen Raab, Rubina Cocker
BACKGROUND: This study investigates the use of The Paris System (TPS) for Reporting Urinary Cytopathology and examines the performance of individual and combined morphological features in atypical urine cytologies. METHODS: We reviewed 118 atypical cytologies with subsequent bladder biopsies for the presence of several morphological features and reclassified them into Paris System categories. The sensitivity and specificity of individual and combined features were calculated along with the risk of malignancy...
November 18, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150989/an-evaluation-of-the-sentifit-270-analyser-for-quantitation-of-faecal-haemoglobin-in-the-investigation-of-patients-with-suspected-colorectal-cancer
#20
Josep M Auge, Cristina Rodriguez, Oihana Espanyol, Liseth Rivero, Silvia Sandalinas, Jaume Grau, Wladimiro Jimenez, Antoni Castells
BACKGROUND: An evaluation of SENTiFIT® 270 (Sentinel Diagnostics, Italy; Sysmex, Spain) analyser for the quantitation of faecal haemoglobin (f-Hb) was performed. METHODS: The analytical imprecision, linearity, carry over and f-Hb stability were determined. Evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy was performed on 487 patients. RESULTS: Within-run and between-run imprecision ranged 1.7%-5.1% and 3.8%-6.2%, respectively. Linearity studies revealed a mean recovery of 101...
November 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
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