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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549361/-leukocyte-esterase-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-an-infectious-disease-of-the-knee
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S U Ceja-Picazo, S Fuentes-Figueroa, A H Rivera-Villa, A R Hernández-Salgado, R Torres-González, A M Pérez, J A Hernández-García, J M Pérez-Atanasio
BACKGROUND: Articular infection is an orthopedic challenge due to its difficult diagnosis and devastating results. Various diagnostic studies exist: culture, ESR, CRP, count of leukocytes, among others, but none is specific, they all take more than 30 minutes to complete, and require complex infrastructure. In this study, we determine the sensitivity and specificity of the leukocyte esterase for detection of an infectious process joint in Mexican population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: During November 2015 to April 2016, we obtained synovial fluid from two groups of patients: one with a diagnosis of synovial joint infection with or without implant, and the control group, without infection but with degenerative pathology of the knee...
November 2016: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549344/metformin-increases-chemo-sensitivity-via-gene-downregulation-encoding-dna-replication-proteins-in-5-fu-resistant-colorectal-cancer-cells
#2
Sung-Hee Kim, Soon-Chan Kim, Ja-Lok Ku
Metformin is most widely prescribed for type 2 diabetes. Recently, evidences have shown that metformin has anticancer effects on pancreatic-, colorectal-, ovarian-, and other cancers. Because metformin has less adverse effects and is inexpensive, it could be a useful chemo-therapeutic agent with anticancer effects. In this study, we demonstrated metformin inhibited by cell proliferation, cell migration ability, clonogenic ability, and cancer stem cell population. Metformin also induced cell cycle arrest in parental-(SNU-C5), and 5-Fu resistant-colorectal cancer cell line (SNU-C5_5FuR)...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549342/mgr1-antigen-37-kda-laminin-receptor-precursor-promotes-cellular-prion-protein-induced-multi-drug-resistance-of-gastric-cancer
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Guanhong Luo, Weijie Wang, Qiong Wu, Yuanyuan Lu, Tao Su, Nan Gu, Kai Li, Jingbo Wang, Rui Du, Xiaodi Zhao, Xiaohua Li, Rui Fan, Hongbo Zhang, Yongzhan Nie, Xinmin Zhou, Yongquan Shi, Jie Liang, Xin Wang, Daiming Fan
Cellular prion protein (PrPC), the infective agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, is thought to be related to several cellular physiological and physiopathological processes. We have previously reported that PrPC participates in multi-drug-resistance of gastric cancer. As the salient ligand molecule of PrP for participating in internalization and propagation of the scrapie form of prion protein (PrPSc), 37 kDa laminin receptor precursor protein (37LRP) shared the same gene coding sequence of MGr1-Ag, another protein previously found to be involved in multi-drug-resistance of gastric cancer in our lab...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549340/a-critical-assessment-of-the-in-vitro-measurement-of-cortical-bone-stiffness-with-ultrasound
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L Peralta, X Cai, P Laugier, Q Grimal
Elasticity assessment based on bulk wave velocity (BWV) measurements is the most popular technique to characterize the anisotropic stiffness tensor in cortical bone. Typically, a cuboid bone specimen is cut with its sides along the different anatomical directions. Then, the velocity of shear and longitudinal waves propagating along different directions are assessed, from which stiffness coefficients are calculated. Despite the importance of obtaining accurate elasticity values for bone research, there is no generally accepted protocol to measure BWV and the precision of the technique has been seldom investigated...
May 19, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549324/salinity-and-sensitivity-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-a-comparison-of-reproductive-endpoints-in-small-bodied-fish-exposed-under-different-salinities
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Thijs Bosker, Giacomo Santoro, Steven D Melvin
The influence of salinity on toxicity outcomes has been demonstrated for various contaminants, but has received limited attention for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Short-term laboratory tests using small-bodied fish are an important tool for evaluating impacts of EDCs on reproduction. Tests have been developed for both freshwater and estuarine/marine species, providing an opportunity to assess whether concentrations at which small-bodied fish respond to EDCs may be influenced by salinity. We conducted a semi-quantitative review of short-term laboratory tests with small-bodied fish exposed to EDCs, including 59 studies under freshwater conditions (7 species) and 23 studies conducted under saline conditions (5 species)...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549320/light-emission-miracle-in-the-sea-and-preeminent-applications-of-bioluminescence-in-recent-new-biotechnology
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Sana Sharifian, Ahmad Homaei, Roohullah Hemmati, Khosro Khajeh
Bioluminescence is referred to the light emission by a living organism due to a specific biochemical reaction. This interesting feature of the organisms could highly influences behavioral and ecosystem dynamics. Luminescence, mostly observed in marine species, is generally higher in deep-living genera than in benthic or shallow organisms. However, among creatures living in land, fireflies, beetles, springtails and fungi have shown some bioluminescent activities. Classically, the emission of light is catalyzed by luciferase from a substrate...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549292/globally-supported-radial-basis-function-based-collocation-method-for-evolution-of-level-set-in-mass-segmentation-using-mammograms
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Kanchan Lata Kashyap, Manish Kumar Bajpai, Pritee Khanna
Computer-aided detection systems play an important role for the detection of breast abnormalities using mammograms. Global segmentation of mass in mammograms is a complex process due to low contrast mammogram images, irregular shape of mass, speculated margins, and the presence of intensity variations of pixels. This work presents a new approach for mass detection in mammograms, which is based on the variational level set function. Mesh-free based radial basis function (RBF) collocation approach is employed for the evolution of level set function for segmentation of breast as well as suspicious mass region...
May 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549267/the-construction-of-a-novel-nucleic-acids-detection-microplatform-based-on-the-nset-for-one-step-detecting-tk1-dna-and-microrna-21
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Jian Zhang, Qian Zhao, Yudong Wu, Bo Zhang, Weipan Peng, Jiafang Piao, Yurui Zhou, Weichen Gao, Xiaoqun Gong, Jin Chang
Microbeads-based microchip technology has become the potential for a new generation of nucleic acids detection in a high-throughput and sensitive manner. However the specificity and operational complexity limit the microchip applied in nucleic acids detection. Herein, in this work, we designed a kind of gold-nanoparticles coated polystyrene microbeads as microplatform conjugating with the molecular beacons as probes. Due to the nanoparticle surface energy transfer of gold-nanoparticles, the fluorescence of dye on one end of molecular beacons was effectively quenched...
May 23, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549257/human-somatic-cells-deficient-for-rad52-are-impaired-for-viral-integration-and-compromised-for-most-aspects-of-homology-directed-repair
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Yinan Kan, Nizar N Batada, Eric A Hendrickson
Homology-directed repair (HDR) maintains genomic integrity by eliminating lesions such as DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), interstrand crosslinks (ICLs) and stalled replication forks and thus a deficiency in HDR is associated with genomic instability and cancer predisposition. The mechanism of HDR is best understood and most rigorously characterized in yeast. The inactivation of the fungal radiation sensitive 52 (RAD52) gene, which has both recombination mediator and single-strand annealing (SSA) activities in vitro, leads to severe HDR defects in vivo...
May 10, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549254/comparative-early-stage-assessment-of-multiproduct-biorefinery-systems-an-application-to-the-isobutanol-platform
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Jonathan Moncada, John A Posada, Andrea Ramírez
An early stage assessment method is applied to the production of isobutanol from lignocellulosic biomass, and to three multiproduct portfolios from the conversion of isobutanol: Case 1: production of isobutyl acetate and glycerol tert-butyl ether (GTBE), Case 2: production of isobutyl acetate and ketones, and Case 3: production of isobutyl acetate alkanes. The method screens and compares each route with its equivalent petrochemical counterpart. The method is composed by different indicators involving economic and environmental aspects...
May 15, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549202/polymorphism-in-the-beta-casein-gene-and-analysis-of-milk-characteristicsin-gir-and-guzer%C3%A3-dairy-cattle
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A H N Rangel, L G Zaros, T C Lima, L H F Borba, L P Novaes, L F M Mota, M S Silva
Several human health problems have been related to the allergenic constitution of bovine milk due to the body's immune reaction to milk proteins. It is necessary find solutions to minimize the occurrence of such reactions, given the importance of milk as a source of animal protein. The aim of this study was to evaluate the allelic frequency of the CSN2 gene and to evaluate differences in the characteristics of Gir and Guzerá bovine milk. One hundred and fifty-six cows were used (68 Gir and 88 Guzerá) from the Felipe Camarão Experimental Station herd of the Agricultural Research Corporation of RN (EMPARN)...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549198/de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-sugarcane-leaves-submitted-to-prolonged-water-deficit-stress
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A A Belesini, F M S Carvalho, B R Telles, G M de Castro, P F Giachetto, J S Vantini, S D Carlin, J O Cazetta, D G Pinheiro, M I T Ferro
Sugarcane production is strongly influenced by drought, which is a limiting factor for agricultural productivity in the world. In this study, the gene expression profiles obtained by de novo assembly of the leaf transcriptome of two sugarcane cultivars that differ in their physiological response to water deficit were evaluated by the RNA-Seq method: drought-tolerant cultivar (SP81-3250) and drought-sensitive cultivar (RB855453). For this purpose, plants were grown in a greenhouse for 60 days and were then submitted to three treatments: control (-0...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549182/single-provenance-mature-conifers-show-higher-non-structural-carbohydrate-storage-and-reduced-growth-in-a-drier-location
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Frida I Piper, Alex Fajardo, Günter Hoch
Since growth is more sensitive to drought than photosynthesis, trees inhabiting dry regions are expected to exhibit higher carbohydrate storage and less growth than their conspecifics from more humid regions. However, the same pattern can be the result of different genotypes inhabiting contrasting humidity conditions. To test if reduced growth and high carbohydrate storage are environmentally driven by drought, we examined the growth and non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) concentrations in single-provenance stands of mature trees of Pinus contorta Douglas and Pinus ponderosa Douglas ex C...
May 26, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549117/engineering-of-recombinant-wisteria-floribunda-agglutinin-specifically-binding-to-galnac%C3%AE-1-4glcnac-lacdinac
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Takashi Sato, Hiroaki Tateno, Hiroyuki Kaji, Yasunori Chiba, Tomomi Kubota, Jun Hirabayashi, Hisashi Narimatsu
Wisteria floribunda agglutinin (WFA) is a useful probe for distinguishing glycan structural alterations in diseases such as intrahepatic bile duct carcinoma and hepatic fibrosis; however, the gene encoding WFA has not been identified. Here, we identified the gene encoding WFA, and recombinant WFA was expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. The natural cDNA sequence obtained from wisteria seeds contained an open reading frame of 861 nucleotides encoding a WFA precursor, which included a hydrophobic signal peptide at the N-terminus, a propeptide at the C-terminus and a single cysteine (Cys) residue for dimer formation...
May 26, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549087/thalamic-alterations-remote-to-infarct-appear-as-focal-iron-accumulation-and-impact-clinical-outcome
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Grégory Kuchcinski, Fanny Munsch, Renaud Lopes, Antoine Bigourdan, Jason Su, Sharmila Sagnier, Pauline Renou, Jean-Pierre Pruvo, Brian K Rutt, Vincent Dousset, Igor Sibon, Thomas Tourdias
Thalamic alterations have been observed in infarcts initially sparing the thalamus but interrupting thalamo-cortical or cortico-thalamic projections. We aimed at extending this knowledge by demonstrating with in vivo imaging sensitive to iron accumulation, one marker of neurodegeneration, that (i) secondary thalamic alterations are focally located in specific thalamic nuclei depending on the initial infarct location; and (ii) such secondary alterations can contribute independently to the long-term outcome. To tackle this issue, 172 patients with an infarct initially sparing the thalamus were prospectively evaluated clinically and with magnetic resonance imaging to quantify iron through R2* map at 24-72 h and at 1-year follow-up...
May 25, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549070/the-atherogenic-index-of-plasma-and-the-risk-of-mortality-in-incident-dialysis-patients-results-from-a-nationwide-prospective-cohort-in-korea
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Mi Jung Lee, Jung Tak Park, Seung Hyeok Han, Yong-Lim Kim, Yon Su Kim, Chul Woo Yang, Nam-Ho Kim, Shin-Wook Kang, Hyung Jong Kim, Tae-Hyun Yoo
BACKGROUND: The atherogenic index of plasma (AIP), which is the logarithmic ratio of triglyceride (TG) to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), had a linear relationship with clinical outcomes in the general population. However, the association of each lipid profile, TG and HDL-C, with survival was not straightforward in dialysis patients. This non-linear association led us to further investigate the prognostic impact of the AIP in these patients. METHODS: From a nationwide prospective cohort, 1,174 incident dialysis patients were included...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549059/elimination-diet-and-the-development-of-multiple-tree-nut-allergies
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Arnon Elizur, Jennifer B Bollyky, Whitney M Block
BACKGROUNDDespite its high prevalence, relatively little is known about the characteristics of patients with multiple tree-nuts allergies.METHODSPatients (n=60, aged 4-15 years), recruited for a multiple food (tree-nuts, peanut, milk, egg, soy, sesame and wheat) oral immunotherapy (OIT) study, filled a questionnaire on their initial allergy evaluation. Medical records were reviewed. At OIT enrollment (median interval, 7.5 years), patients underwent oral food challenges (OFC) to foods still eliminated.RESULTSThere was significantly less evidence for eliminating tree-nuts compared to other foods, as reflected by lower rate of acute reaction to the offending food, either as the trigger for initial allergy evaluation (5...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549036/the-role-of-molecular-techniques-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-in-paraffin-embedded-biopsies
#18
Zaira Moure, Josep Castellví, Adrián Sánchez-Montalvá, Tomás Pumarola, M Teresa Tórtola
INTRODUCTION: Extrapulmonary tuberculosis (EPTB) is increasingly frequent in developed countries. When it is not clinically suspected, samples are not collected for culture and the only material available is a tissue paraffin block. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate FluoroType MTB (FT-MTB) and GenoType MTBDRplus methods for the detection of Mycobaterium tuberculosis complex in paraffin-embedded biopsies comparing the results to tuberculosis diagnosis...
May 25, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549021/crus-atrophy-accuracy-of-computed-tomorgraphy-in-diagnosis-of-diaphragmatic-paralysis
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Warawut Sukkasem, Sherine G Moftah, Gregory Kicska, J David Godwin, Sudhakar Pipavath, Eric Stern
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to measure the association between crus atrophy as depicted by computed tomography (CT) and fluoroscopic diagnosis of hemidiaphragmatic paralysis in patients with suspected diaphragmatic dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of patient data was approved by our institutional review board and was HIPPA-compliant. We reviewed 90 patients who had undergone diaphragmatic fluoroscopy; 72 had CT scans available for measurement of crus thickness at the levels of the celiac and superior mesenteric arteries and the L1 vertebral body...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549020/lung-density-and-pulmonary-artery-diameter-are-predictors-of-pulmonary-hypertension-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Margreet E Bakker, Maarten K Ninaber, Jan Stolk, Lucia J M Kroft, Anne A Schouffoer, Jeska K de Vries Bouwstra, Suzanne E van Wijngaarden, Berend C Stoel
PURPOSE: The aim was to evaluate computed tomography (CT)-measured pulmonary artery diameter (PAD) and lung density as predictors of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in subjects with systemic sclerosis (SSc). We compared these PAD values with normal values and between SSc subgroups with PH and/or interstitial lung disease (ILD). We investigated whether PAD predicts PH and whether lung densitometry, by using the 85th percentile density value (Perc85) as a measure for ILD, can predict PH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PAD and Perc85 were measured in axial CT scans and compared between 54 SSc and 76 control subjects...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
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