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Pang Yao, Liang Sun, Ling Lu, Hong Ding, Xiafei Chen, Lixin Tang, Xinming Xu, Gang Liu, Yao Hu, Yiwei Ma, Feijie Wang, Qianlu Jin, He Zheng, Huiyong Yin, Rong Zeng, Yan Chen, Frank B Hu, Huaixing Li, Xu Lin
CONTEXT: Little is known how genetic and non-genetic factors modify responses of vitamin D supplementation in nonwhite populations. OBJECTIVE: To investigate factors modifying 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) and bioavailable 25(OH)D (25[OH]DBio) responses after vitamin D3 supplementation. Design, Setting, Participants, and Intervention: In this randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial, 448 Chinese with vitamin D deficiency (25[OH]D<50 nmol/L) received 2000 IU/d vitamin D3 or placebo for 20 weeks...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Roshini Fernando, Ekaterina Placzek, Edmund A Reese, Andrew T Placzek, Samantha Schwartz, Aaron Trierweiler, Leslie M Niziol, Stephen Atkins, Thomas S Scanlan, Terry J Smith
CONTEXT: The sources and biological impact of 3,3',5,5' tetraiodothyroacetic acid (TA4) are uncertain. CD34(+) fibrocytes express several proteins involved in the production of thyroid hormones. They infiltrate the orbit in Graves' disease (GD), an autoimmune process known as thyroid-associated ophthalmopathy. It appears that the thyrotropin receptor (TSHR) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of TAO. OBJECTIVE: To quantify levels of TA4 in healthy subjects and those with Graves' disease...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Michael L Power, Jay Schulkin, Heather Drought, Lauren A Milligan, Katie L Murtough, Robin M Bernstein
In addition to nutrients, milk contains signaling molecules that influence offspring development. Human milk is similar in nutrient composition to that of apes, but appears to differ in other aspects such as immune function. We examine the longitudinal patterns across lactation of macronutrients, the metabolic hormone adiponectin, the growth factors epidermal growth factor (EGF) and transforming growth factor β2 (TGF-β2), and two receptors for these growth factors (EGF-R and TGF-β2-RIII) in milk samples collected between days 175 and 313 postpartum from a Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) and between days 3 and 1,276 from a western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla), and compare the results with human data from the literature...
October 21, 2016: American Journal of Primatology
Manwen Yao, Linyu Wang, Chengzhi Fang
A rapid and sensitive chemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA) based on magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) was developed to detect aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), which is a potent carcinogen in nature. We prepared monodisperse MNPs (300 nm in diameter) according to the solvothermal synthesis reaction and the MNPs were coated with silica by the Stöber method. Triethox was used as a one-step carboxylation reagent, and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) an amination reagent, to modify the MNPs. We prepared two types of solid phase antigens using the above synthesized functionalized MNPs coupled with the later prepared AFB1-oxime active ester and the purchased BSA-AFB1 respectively...
October 21, 2016: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
Morven S Edwards, Marcia A Rench, C Daniela Rinaudo, Monica Fabbrini, Giovanna Tuscano, Giada Buffi, Erika Bartolini, Stefano Bonacci, Carol J Baker, Immaculada Margarit
Immunization of nonpregnant adults could help prevent invasive group B Streptococcus (GBS) infections, but adult immune responses have not been investigated. We defined capsular polysaccharide (CPS) and pilus island (PI) surface antigen distribution and expression and immune responses to GBS infection in nonpregnant adults. Prospective surveillance from 7 hospitals in Houston, Texas, USA, identified 102 adults with GBS bacteremia; 43% had skin/soft tissue infection, 16% bacteremia without focus, and 12% osteomyelitis...
November 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Denise Laskowski, Ylva Sjunnesson, Hans Gustafsson, Patrice Humblot, Göran Andersson, Renée Båge
BACKGROUND: Insulin has been used as a stimulatory factor for in vitro cell culture since many years. Even for routine in vitro embryo production (IVP), insulin is added to the media during different steps. There is a strong difference in concentrations used in vitro compared to what is measured in vivo in follicular fluid or serum. We performed a pilot study on insulin stability to explain possible reasons for that variation. RESULTS: We measured insulin concentrations before and after bovine oocyte maturation in an experiment by using a quantitative ELISA (Mercodia bovine insulin ELISA immunoassay) and found that concentrations were stable up to 22 h of incubation...
October 20, 2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
Orsolya Benedek, Andreas Podbielski, Philipp Warnke
BACKGROUND: Chemiluminescent or enzyme-linked fluorescent immunoassays are commonly used to diagnose Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea. METHODS: The LIAISON analyzer (DiaSorin, Italy) was compared to miniVIDAS (bioMérieux, France) and, furthermore, to culture of toxigenic strains. In total, 249 native stool samples were analyzed. Sensitivities, specificities, and positive and negative predictive values were investigated. Furthermore, performance under routine conditions was assessed...
September 29, 2016: European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology
Dominique Endres, Rick Dersch, Oliver Stich, Armin Buchwald, Evgeniy Perlov, Bernd Feige, Simon Maier, Andreas Riedel, Ludger Tebartz van Elst
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin D has many immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective functions, and previous studies have demonstrated an association between vitamin D deficiency and neuropsychiatric disease. The aim of our study was to analyze the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in a 1-year cohort of adult inpatients with schizophreniform and autism spectrum syndromes in a naturalistic inpatient setting in Germany. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Our study was comprised of 60 adult schizophreniform and 23 adult high-functioning autism spectrum patients who were hospitalized between January and December of 2015...
2016: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Y Liu, X Tan, Z Wang, Y Li, M Gao, Y Li, Z Fang, Y Sun, L Zhang, X Wang, Z Wei
OBJECTIVE: Adenomyosis is a common benign gynecological disease which has some malignant behaviors. Programmed cell death 4 (PDCD4) is a newly identified tumor suppressor gene which lowly expresses in various cancers. However, the expression status of PDCD4 in endometrium of adenomyosis patients has not been investigated. The aim of this study is to assess the expression levels of PDCD4 in endometrium of normal controls and adenomyosis patients. METHODS: The expression of PDCD4 in endometrium of normal controls and eutopic or ectopic endometrium of patients with adenomyosis was evaluated with quantitative real-time PCR, western blot and immunohistochemistry...
July 2016: Current Research in Translational Medicine
Xiuqing Tian, Rui Guo, Yujiao Zhang, Lingling Xu, Xianbing Liu, Yinglong Hou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of sympathetic overactivity on the immune system involved in the imbalance of T helper (Th) lymphocytes, we investigated the correlation between autonomic dysregulation and the generation of regulatory T (Treg) and Th1 chemokines in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: Blood samples obtained from patients with coronary artery disease and controls were analyzed for levels of Th1 and Treg cells and their associated cytokines by flow cytometry...
October 21, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
Ikram Bezrati, Raouf Hammami, Mohamed Kacem Ben Fradj, Domenico Martone, Johnny Padulo, Moncef Feki, Anis Chaouachi, Naziha Kaabachi
Vitamin D is thought to regulate skeletal muscle function and boost physical performance. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between vitamin D and physical performance in physically active children. This cross-sectional study included 125 children who practice football as a leisure activity. Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25-OHD) was assessed using a chemiluminescence immunoassay method. Vitamin D inadequacy was defined as 25-OHD < 20 ng/mL. Physical performance testing included measurements of muscle strength (maximal isometric contraction), jumping ability (vertical jump, standing broad jump, triple hop test), linear sprint (10 m and 20 m), and agility (9 × 4-m shuttle run)...
July 13, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
R Brent Dixon, Amitava Dasgupta
BACKGROUND: We evaluated the analytical performance of the DRI hydrocodone/hydromorphone assay by comparing semi-quantitative values obtained by this assay with values obtained by a liquid chromatography combined with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method. We also evaluated the possibility of lowering the cutoff of the DRI assay from 300 to 100 ng/mL. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We compared semi-quantitative values obtained by the DRI assay in 97 specimens with values obtained by using the LC-MS/MS method including 10 specimens containing hydrocodone and/ or hydromorphone concentrations between 105...
October 19, 2016: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
Daniel D Rhoads, Jonathan R Genzen, Christine P Bashleben, James D Faix, M Qasim Ansari
CONTEXT: -Syphilis serology screening in laboratory practice is evolving. Traditionally, the syphilis screening algorithm begins with a nontreponemal immunoassay, which is manually performed by a laboratory technologist. In contrast, the reverse algorithm begins with a treponemal immunoassay, which can be automated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized both approaches, but little is known about the current state of laboratory practice, which could impact test utilization and interpretation...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Canna Ghia, Shashank Akerkar, Shailaja Sabnis, Urk Rao, Gautam Rambhad
BACKGROUND / OBJECTIVES: Biologic anti-TNFs in India have improved the patient management. Significant proportions of patients lose response over time or do not respond. Possible explanations are suboptimal trough anti-TNFa concentrations or antibodies to anti-TNFs. The aim of this project was to set up and standardize an independent laboratory to test immunogenicity of anti-TNF biologics (infliximab and etanercept). METHODS: Three rheumatologists piloted this project approved by independent ethics committee and carried out in compliance with ICH/GCP guidelines...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Éva Sivadó, Sabrina Lareure, Valérie Attuil-Audenis, Saïd El Alaoui, Vincent Thomas
Tissue transglutaminase (tTG) belongs to the multigene transglutaminase family of Ca(2+)-dependent protein cross-linking enzymes. There is a strong evidence that tTG is involved in pathology, such as neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and celiac disease. To study physiopathological implication of tTG, a sandwich immunoassay has been developed with a new monoclonal antibody for the capture and polyclonal antibody both generated in house. Using this ready to use assay, the tTG protein level can be measured in human tissue homogenates and cells extracts easily in about 4 h...
October 19, 2016: Amino Acids
H Zöllner, R Jouni, S Panzer, A Khadour, L Janzen, J Wesche, M Ten Berg, S Schellong, A Heinken, A Greinacher, T Bakchoul
BACKGROUND: Protamine (PRT) is used to stabilize insulin in Neutral Protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin, a commonly used therapeutic agent for diabetes mellitus. Immunization against PRT/heparin-complexes is common in diabetic patients. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of NPH-insulin on the interaction between anti-PRT/heparin antibodies and platelets. METHODS: The interaction between NPH-insulin and anti-PRT/heparin antibodies was tested using in-house enzyme immunoassays...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
I O Oliveira, L P Silva, M C Borges, O M Cruz, J W Tessmann, J V S Motta, F K Seixas, B L Horta, D P Gigante
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Homocysteine (Hcy) is a key intermediate in methionine metabolism. A high plasma concentration of Hcy is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases among other determinants. In this study, we aimed to investigate the interactions between methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase enzyme gene (MTHFR) polymorphisms and lifestyle variables (smoking, alcohol intake and physical activity) on Hcy concentrations in a young Brazilian population. SUBJECTS/METHODS: The study population comprised 3803 individuals from the Pelotas Birth Cohort, aged 22-23 years...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Meredith J Bashaw, Florian Sicks, Rupert Palme, Franz Schwarzenberger, Adrian S W Tordiffe, Andre Ganswindt
BACKGROUND: Numbers of giraffes are declining rapidly in their native habitat. As giraffe research and conservation efforts increase, the demand for more complete measures of the impact of conservation interventions and the effects of captive environments on animal health and welfare have risen. We compared the ability of six different enzyme immunoassays to quantify changes in fecal glucocorticoid metabolites (FGM) resulting from three sources: adrenocorticotropic hormone stimulation test, transport, and time of day that samples were collected...
October 18, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
Yong-Muh Ng, Soo-Kun Lim, Pei-San Kang, Khairul Azmi Abdul Kadir, Mei-Ling Sharon Tai
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have shown an inverse relationship between vitamin D levels and cardiovascular diseases. However, this does not infer a causal relationship between the two. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients have a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and carotid atherosclerosis. Therefore, in this study we have aimed to determine the association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels and carotid atherosclerosis in the CKD population. METHODS: 100 CKD stage 3-4 patients were included in the study...
October 18, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Margarida Mendes, Julie Dubourg, Anne Blanchard, Damien Bergerot, Pierre-Yves Courand, Valentina Forni, Michael Frank, Guillaume Bobrie, Joel Menard, Michel Azizi
OBJECTIVES: The participation of vasopressin in the mechanisms of resistant hypertension is unclear. We compared plasma copeptin concentration, a surrogate marker for vasopressin secretion, between patients with resistant hypertension and those with controlled blood pressure (CBP), in a post hoc analysis of the Prise en charge de l'Hypertension Artérielle RESistante au traitement trial. METHODS: After 4-week treatment with irbesartan 300 mg/day, hydrochlorothiazide 12...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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