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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823103/bariatric-surgery-is-accompanied-by-changes-in-extracellular-vesicle-associated-and-plasma-fatty-acid-binding-protein-4
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Justyna K Witczak, Thinzar Min, Sarah L Prior, Jeffrey W Stephens, Philip E James, Aled Rees
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery markedly reduces fat mass with beneficial effects on cardiometabolic health but the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are secreted by a variety of cells, including adipocytes, and may mediate some of these benefits. However, the effects of bariatric surgery on circulating EVs are unclear. METHODS: Concentration of plasma EVs isolated by ultracentrifugation at baseline, 1 and 6 months post-bariatric surgery (n = 20) was established using Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis...
August 19, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822355/baseline-assessment-of-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-assay-performance-a-vitamin-d-standardization-program-vdsp-interlaboratory-comparison-study
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Stephen Wise, Karen Phinney, Susan Tai, Johanna Camara, Gary Myers, Ramon Durazo-Arvizu, Lu Tian, Andrew Hoofnagle, Lorin Bachmann, Ian Young, Juanita Pettit, Grahame Caldwell, Andrew Liu, Stephen Brooks, Kurtis Sarafin, Michael Thamm, Gert Mensink, Markus Busch, Martina Rabenberg, Kevin Cashman, Mairead Kiely, Michael Kinsella, Karen Galvin, Joy Zhang, Kyungwon Oh, Sun-Wha Lee, Chae Jung, Lorna Cox, Gail Goldberg, Kate Guberg, Ann Prentice, Graham Carter, Julia Jones, Patsy Brannon, Robyn Lucas, Peter Crump, Etienne Cavalier, Joyce Merkel, Joseph Betz, Christopher Sempos
The Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) coordinated an interlaboratory study to assess the comparability of measurements of total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] in human serum, which is the primary marker of vitamin D status. A set of 50 individual donor samples were analyzed by 15 different laboratories representing national nutrition surveys, assay manufacturers, and clinical and/or research laboratories to provide results for total 25(OH)D using both immunoassays (IAs) and LC tandem MS (MS/MS). The results were evaluated relative to bias compared with the target values assigned based on a combination of measurements at Ghent University (Belgium) and the U...
August 19, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822224/is-it-necessary-for-all-samples-to-quantify-25ohd2-and-25ohd3-using-lc-ms-ms-in-clinical-practice
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Songlin Yu, Ruiping Zhang, Weiyan Zhou, Xinqi Cheng, Qian Cheng, Liangyu Xia, Shaowei Xie, Yicong Yin, Dandan Sun, Wei Su, Ling Qiu
BACKGROUND: The demand for vitamin D testing is increasing in China. Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) immunoassay is specific and accurate but requires expensive equipment, experienced operators, and complicated pretreatment of serum. Automated immunoassays are simple and convenient but only determine total 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD). The objective of this study was to quantify 25OHD2 and 25OHD3 in patients to assist clinical physicians and laboratory directors in choosing the most appropriate method to determine 25OHD...
August 19, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821985/impact-of-processing-methods-on-urinary-biomarkers-analysis-in-neonates
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Michelle C Starr, David J Askenazi, Stuart L Goldstein, James W MacDonald, Theo K Bammler, Zahra Afsharinejad, Patrick D Brophy, Sandra E Juul, Dennis E Mayock, Sangeeta R Hingorani
BACKGROUND: In neonates, the validation of urinary biomarkers to diagnose acute kidney injury is a rapidly evolving field. The neonatal population poses unique challenges when assessing the collection, storage, and processing of urinary samples for biomarker analysis. Given this, establishing optimal and consistent sample processing in this population for meaningful use in ongoing clinical trials is important. METHODS: Urine from a cohort of 19 hospitalized neonatal intensive care unit patients enrolled in the Preterm Erythropoietin Neuroprotection Trial (Clinical Trial NCT01378273) was collected for biomarker analysis by indirect techniques using Fisher-brand cotton balls placed in the diapers...
August 19, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821980/serum-calcitonin-reference-values-for-calcium-stimulation-tests-by-electrochemiluminescence-immunoassay-in-japanese-men-with-non-medullary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Minoru Kihara, Akira Miyauchi, Takumi Kudo, Mitsuyoshi Hirokawa, Akihiro Miya
PURPOSE: Calcitonin is the most sensitive tumor marker of medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and a calcium stimulation test is used to improve this sensitivity. In Japan, the electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) is currently the only test performed to measure serum calcitonin. There is a gender difference in the reference value of serum calcitonin; however, a reference upper limit for use with ECLIA has been reported only for women, but not for men. METHODS: We conducted the calcium stimulation test using ECLIA in 21 men with non-medullary thyroid carcinoma (non-MTC), before and after total thyroidectomy...
August 18, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821776/mineralization-and-preservation-of-an-extremotolerant-bacterium-isolated-from-an-early-mars-analog-environment
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F Gaboyer, C Le Milbeau, M Bohmeier, P Schwendner, P Vannier, K Beblo-Vranesevic, E Rabbow, F Foucher, P Gautret, R Guégan, A Richard, A Sauldubois, P Richmann, A K Perras, C Moissl-Eichinger, C S Cockell, P Rettberg, Marteinsson, E Monaghan, P Ehrenfreund, L Garcia-Descalzo, F Gomez, M Malki, R Amils, P Cabezas, N Walter, F Westall
The artificial mineralization of a polyresistant bacterial strain isolated from an acidic, oligotrophic lake was carried out to better understand microbial (i) early mineralization and (ii) potential for further fossilisation. Mineralization was conducted in mineral matrixes commonly found on Mars and Early-Earth, silica and gypsum, for 6 months. Samples were analyzed using microbiological (survival rates), morphological (electron microscopy), biochemical (GC-MS, Microarray immunoassay, Rock-Eval) and spectroscopic (EDX, FTIR, RAMAN spectroscopy) methods...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821258/contribution-of-serum-fgf21-level-to-the-identification-of-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-and-cardiac-death
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Yun Shen, Xueli Zhang, Xiaoping Pan, Yiting Xu, Qin Xiong, Zhigang Lu, Xiaojing Ma, Yuqian Bao, Weiping Jia
AIM: The relationship between fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) and cardiovascular disease has been well established in recent studies. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between FGF21 and left ventricular systolic dysfunction and cardiac death. METHODS: Two-dimensional echocardiography was used to measure the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) to estimate left ventricular systolic function. The optimal cutoff of FGF21 for identifying left ventricular systolic dysfunction at baseline was analyzed via receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves...
August 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820982/direct-analysis-no-sample-preparation-of-bioavailable-cortisol-in-human-plasma-by-weak-affinity-chromatography-wac
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Sten Ohlson, Jagjit Kaur, Manfred Raida, Ulf Niss, Tim Bengala, Chester Lee Drum, Bernhard Boehm, Anthony R Torres
Pre-analytical treatment of blood plasma is a time consuming and often rate limiting step in the workflow of LC/MS analysis. We present in this pilot study a new approach for quantitative LC/MS based on weak affinity chromatography (WAC) of crude plasma. The steroid hormone cortisol was selected as a clinically relevant biomarker, as it currently requires extensive pre-analytical preparation. A WAC unit with saturating, immobilized albumin as a prototypic weak binder was used in combination with an ion-funnel MS/MS detector to perform zonal affinity chromatography of cortisol directly from a plasma sample, followed by quantitative multiple reaction monitoring (MRM)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820396/the-role-of-mtor-inhibitors-and-hmg-coa-reductase-inhibitors-on-young-and-old-endothelial-cell-functions-critical-for-re-endothelialisation-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-an-in-vitro-study
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K Korybalska, E Kawka, A Breborowicz, J Witowski
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has become a standard treatment in patients with acute coronary syndrome. However, it is associated with endothelial cell denudation, which may predispose to in-stent thrombosis and restenosis. Pharmacological methods which prevent restenosis can delay post-PCI re-endothelialisation. We have therefore examined how atorvastatin (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor), sirolimus and everolimus (mTOR inhibitors) affect young and old endothelial cell functions which are responsible for wound healing after PCI...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820347/association-between-eye-diagnosis-and-positive-syphilis-test-results-in-a-large-urban-sexually-transmitted-infection-primary-care-clinic-population
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Ann-Marie Lobo, Yan Gao, Laura Rusie, Magda Houlberg, Supriya D Mehta
In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) released clinical advisories on rising cases of ocular syphilis. We examined the association between eye disease and syphilis infection among primary care and sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic patients attending an urban lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) health center. We conducted a retrospective medical record review of all patients who underwent syphilis testing at Howard Brown Health between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2015...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820224/label-free-fluorescent-immunoassay-for-cu-2-ion-detection-based-on-uv-degradation-of-immunocomplex-and-metal-ion-chelates
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Qi Shu, Mengli Liu, Hui Ouyang, Zhifeng Fu
A mouse anti Cu(2+)-EDTA monoclonal antibody was used to capture EDTA chelated Cu(2+) ions. Then UV radiation was utilized to degrade immunocomplex and Cu(2+)-EDTA chelates to release free Cu(2+) ions. Based on their quenching effect to the fluorescent emission of CdSe/ZnS quantum dots, the released Cu(2+) ions could be detected with ideal specificity and high sensitivity.
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820024/correlation-between-placental-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-protein-expression-throughout-gestation-in-normal-human-pregnancy
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Jayasri Basu, Enyonam Agamasu, Bolek Bendek, Carolyn M Salafia, Aruna Mishra, Julia Vasquez Lopez, Jessica Kroes, Sharon Claire Dragich, Ashley Thakur, Magdy Mikhail
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), specifically MMP-9 plays a role in human placentation. The enzyme confers an invasive ability to cytotrophoblasts and degrades the endometrial matrix as the cells infiltrate the decidua to keep up with placental growth. Since tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) can induce the synthesis of MMP-9, we investigated the patterns of changes in and correlation between placental villous MMP-9 and TNF-α expressions throughout normal human gestation. Placentas were obtained from 179 normal pregnant women who underwent elective abortion or term delivery...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819943/the-mmp-9-timp-1-imbalance-and-the-reduced-level-of-tgf-%C3%AE-in-the-cervical-area-of-amniotic-membrane-is-a-possible-risk-factor-of-prom-and-premature-labor-proof-of-concept-study
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Małgorzata Litwiniuk, Małgorzata Radowicka, Alicja Krejner, Mirosław Wielgoś, Tomasz Grzela
OBJECTIVES: To assess the level MMP-9, TIMP-1 and TGF-β in placental and cervical region of amniotic membranes derived from at-term, pre-term and PROM deliveries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 14 amniotic membranes have been assessed; the quantitative analysis of MMP-9, TGF-β and TIMP-1 was assayed using respective Quantikine Immunoassay Kit. RESULTS: The MMP-9 level in PROM samples was similar to the level of MMP-9 in at-term membranes and comparable between the cervical and placental region of these membranes...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818160/determination-of-mean-glycated-haemoglobin-in-healthy-adults-of-a-local-population
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Sumbal Nida, Dilshad Ahmed Khan, Aamir Ijaz, Muhammad Qaiser Alam Khan, Hira Aleef, Maria Abbasi
OBJECTIVE: To determine the mean hemoglobin HbA1C levels of disease-free adults in a local population and its optimum cutoff for the diagnosis of diabetes. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Chemical Pathology and Endocrinology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi, from January to September 2015. METHODOLOGY: Healthy subjects aged 18 years and above of either gender were recruited from local population...
July 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817769/a-paper-based-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-lateral-flow-strip-for-detection-of-neuron-specific-enolase-in-blood-plasma
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Xuefei Gao, Peng Zheng, Sujan Kasani, Steven Wu, Feng Yang, Sara Lewis, Sara Nayeem, Elizabeth Engler-Chiurazzi, Jane Wigginton, James W Simpkins, Nianqiang Wu
An inexpensive and disposable paper-based lateral flow strip (PLFS) has been developed as an immunoassay, in which surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is utilized for sensing signal transduction. The Au nanostar@Raman Reporter@silica sandwich nanoparticles are developed as the SERS probes, which is the key to high sensitivity of device. Compared with a colorimetric PLFS, the SERS-PLFS exhibits superior performance in terms of sensitivity and limit of detection (LOD) in a blood plasma-containing sample matrix...
August 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817198/valuable-antibody-detection-method-for-classifying-hepatitis-e-virus-genotypes
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Chenyan Zhao, Yansheng Geng, Weijing Huang, Hongxia Ma, Youchun Wang
Nucleotide-based methods are conventionally used to classify the hepatitis E virus (HEV) genotypes. A serological enzyme immunoassay (EIA) using open reading frame 3 (ORF3) C-terminal peptides was developed to conveniently and accurately classify and evaluate the genotypes of HEV. The sera of mice immunized with HEV genotype 1, 3 and 4 reacted highly specifically to the peptides of the corresponding genotypes. Most (84.2%) clinical sera infected with HEV genotype 4 were positive for anti-HEV antibodies when tested with the ORF3 peptides of genotype 4, but were negative for genotypes 1 and 3...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816866/differences-in-tear-film-biochemistry-of-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-lens-wearers
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Simin Masoudi, Fiona J Stapleton, Mark D P Willcox
SIGNIFICANCE: The concentration of selected proteins and inflammatory mediators in tears of symptomatic and asymptomatic contact lens wearers were quantified. The level of leukotriene B4 was higher in the symptomatic group. This may suggest that inflammation can be the cause of discomfort sensation at the end of day. PURPOSE: The present study aims to quantify the concentration of selected tear lipids and proteins in symptomatic and asymptomatic contact lens wearers...
August 14, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816534/seven-familial-dysalbuminemic-hyperthyroxinemia-cases-in-three-unrelated-japanese-families-and-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-analysis-of-the-thyroxine-binding-profile
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Hidekazu Nagano, Yoshinori Nakagawa, Naofumi Ishikawa, Yuya Watanabe, Yui Miyabayashi, Akitoshi Nakayama, Masanori Fujimoto, Eri Komai, Akina Shiga, Ai Tamura, Takashi Kono, Tomoko Takiguchi, Seiichiro Higuchi, Ikki Sakuma, Naoko Hashimoto, Sawako Suzuki, Hisashi Koide, Kotaro Yokote, Tomoaki Tanaka
OBJECTIVE: Familial dysalbuminemic hyperthyroxinemia (FDH) is caused by abnormal human serum albumin (HSA) with an increased thyroxine (T4) affinity leading to euthyroid hyperthyroxinemia. One- and two-step immunoassay of serum samples from FDH patients (e.g., Japanese patients) with the HSA R218P mutation can yield false-positive free thyroxine (FT4) results. Therefore, it is difficult to distinguish FDH from syndrome of inappropriate secretion of thyroid-stimulating hormone (e.g., syndrome of resistance to thyroid hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone [TSH]-producing pituitary adenoma), even when multiple assays are used...
August 17, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815484/diagnostic-performance-of-a-newly-developed-salivary-cortisol-and-cortisone-measurement-using-an-lc-ms-ms-method-with-simple-and-rapid-sample-preparation
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K Mészáros, G Karvaly, Z Márta, B Magda, J Tőke, N Szücs, M Tóth, K Rácz, A Patócs
BACKGROUND: Late-night salivary cortisol level is one of the first-line tests recommended by the Endocrine Society for the diagnosis of endogenous hypercortisolism. Most routine laboratories measure cortisol levels using immunoassay tests which fail to determine low cortisol levels accurately due to the numerous interfering substances. A liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method with simple and rapid sample preparation was developed for the simultaneous measurement of cortisol and cortisone and its performance in the diagnosis of endogenous hypercortisolism was evaluated...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815001/serogrouping-and-seroepidemiology-of-north-european-hantaviruses-using-a-novel-broadly-targeted-synthetic-nucleoprotein-antigen-array
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Bengt Rönnberg, Olli Vapalahti, Marco Goeijenbier, Chantal Reusken, Åke Gustafsson, Jonas Blomberg, Åke Lundkvist
Introduction: Hantaviruses are globally distributed zoonotic pathogens. Great diversity and high antigenic cross-reactivity makes diagnosis by traditional methods cumbersome. Materials and methods: 'Megapeptides', 119-120-mers from the amino terminus of the nucleoprotein of 16 hantaviruses, representing the four major branches of the hantavirus phylogenetic tree, were utilized in a novel IgG-based hantavirus suspension multiplex immunoassay (HSMIA) for detection of past hantavirus infections in 155 North European human samples...
2017: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
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