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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426533/hiv-dna-content-in-different-cd4-t-cell-subsets-correlates-with-cd4-cd8-ratio-or-length-of-efficient-treatment
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Lara Gibellini, Simone Pecorini, Sara de Biasi, Elena Bianchini, Margherita Digaetano, Marcello Pinti, Gianluca Carnevale, Vanni Borghi, Giovanni Guaraldi, Cristina Mussini, Andrea Cossarizza, Milena Nasi
OBJECTIVES: HIV establishes a latent infection at different degrees within naïve (TN) or central (TCM) and effector memory (TEM) CD4+ T cell. Studying patients in whom HIV production was suppressed by combined antiretroviral therapy (cART), our main aim was to find which factors are related or can influence intracellular viral reservoir in different CD4+ T cell subsets. METHODS: We enrolled 32 HIV+ patients successfully treated for > 2 years, with a CD4+ T cell count > 500 cells/μL and plasma viremia undetectable from at least one year...
April 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424530/molecular-diagnostic-assays-based-on-cpn60-ut-sequences-reveal-the-geographic-distribution-of-subgroup-16srxiii-a-i-i-phytoplasma-in-mexico
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Edel Pérez-López, Douglas Rodríguez-Martínez, Chrystel Y Olivier, Mauricio Luna-Rodríguez, Tim J Dumonceaux
Geographically diverse samples from strawberry exhibiting symptoms of Strawberry Green Petal (SbGP), periwinkle plants with virescence, and blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry plants displaying yellowing and inedible fruits, were assayed for the presence of phytoplasma DNA. PCR targeting the 16S rRNA-encoding gene and chaperonin-60 (cpn60) showed that the plants were infected with phytoplasma subgroup16SrXIII-(A/I)I (SbGP/MPV). To examine the geographic distribution of this pathogen in Mexico, we designed an array of cpn60-targeted molecular diagnostic assays for SbGP/MPV phytoplasma...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423028/four-human-plasmodium-species-quantification-using-droplet-digital-pcr
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Suttipat Srisutham, Naowarat Saralamba, Benoit Malleret, Laurent Rénia, Arjen M Dondorp, Mallika Imwong
Droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) is a partial PCR based on water-oil emulsion droplet technology. It is a highly sensitive method for detecting and delineating minor alleles from complex backgrounds and provides absolute quantification of DNA targets. The ddPCR technology has been applied for detection of many pathogens. Here the sensitive assay utilizing ddPCR for detection and quantification of Plasmodium species was investigated. The assay was developed for two levels of detection, genus specific for all Plasmodium species and for specific Plasmodium species detection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419517/comparative-analysis-between-rq-pcr-and-digital-droplet-pcr-of-bcl2-igh-gene-rearrangement-in-the-peripheral-blood-and-bone-marrow-of-early-stage-follicular-lymphoma
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Marzia Cavalli, Lucia Anna De Novi, Irene Della Starza, Luca Vincenzo Cappelli, Vittorio Nunes, Alessandro Pulsoni, Ilaria Del Giudice, Anna Guarini, Robin Foà
BCL2/IGH rearrangements were analysed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at diagnosis in paired peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM) samples from 67 patients with stage I/II follicular lymphoma (FL). Real time quantitative PCR (RQ-PCR) and digital droplet PCR (ddPCR) were performed in cases with a major breakpoint region (MBR+) at diagnosis and after localized radiotherapy and rituximab administration in order to investigate the applicability of ddPCR. The overall ddPCR/RQ-PCR concordance was 81·9% (113/138 samples) and 97·5% in the 40/138 with quantifiable disease (RQ-PCR≥10(-5) )...
April 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414780/sensitive-quantification-of-the-hiv-1-reservoir-in-gut-associated-lymphoid-tissue
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Sara Morón-López, Maria C Puertas, Cristina Gálvez, Jordi Navarro, Anna Carrasco, Maria Esteve, Josep Manyé, Manel Crespo, Maria Salgado, Javier Martinez-Picado
BACKGROUND: The implementation of successful strategies to achieve an HIV cure has become a priority in HIV research. However, the current location and size of HIV reservoirs is still unknown since there are limited tools to evaluate HIV latency in viral sanctuaries such as gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT). As reported in the so called "Boston Patients", despite undetectable levels of proviral HIV-1 DNA in blood and GALT, viral rebound happens in just few months after ART interruption...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414163/droplet-digital-pcr-ddpcr-vs-quantitative-real-time-pcr-qpcr-approach-for-detection-and-quantification-of-merkel-cell-polyomavirus-mcpyv-dna-in-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-ffpe-cutaneous-biopsies
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Rosaria Arvia, Mauro Sollai, Federica Pierucci, Carmelo Urso, Daniela Massi, Krystyna Zakrzewska
BACKGROUND: Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCPyV) is associated with Merkel cell carcinoma and high viral load in the skin was proposed as a risk factor for the occurrence of this tumour. MCPyV DNA was detected, with lower frequency, in different skin cancers but since the viral load was usually low, the real prevalence of viral DNA could be underestimated. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of two assays (qPCR and ddPCR) for MCPyV detection and quantification in formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue samples...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405680/optimal-method-for-quantitative-detection-of-plasma-egfr-t790m-mutation-using-droplet-digital-pcr-system
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Ken Suzawa, Hiromasa Yamamoto, Kadoaki Ohashi, Shinsuke Hashida, Shuta Tomida, Toshio Kubo, Yuho Maki, Junichi Soh, Kazunori Tsukuda, Katsuyuki Kiura, Shinichiro Miyoshi, Shinichi Toyooka
Though patients with EGFR mutations are initially responsive to EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), most tumors ultimately acquire resistance to EGFR-TKIs. The most frequently reported mechanism is EGFR T790M mutation. In this study, using a droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) system, we assessed optimal conditions for a mutation detection assay for EGFR T790M obtained from circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in plasma. The advantages of locked nucleic acids (LNA) probe, short amplicon size, and blocking oligo using peptide nucleic acids (PNA) were assessed using control DNAs from cell lines to improve the sensitivity of mutation detection...
May 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397990/germline-transformation-of-the-western-corn-rootworm-diabrotica-virgifera-virgifera
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F Chu, W Klobasa, P Wu, S Pinzi, N Grubbs, S Gorski, Y Cardoza, M D Lorenzen
The western corn rootworm (WCR), a major pest of maize, is notorious for rapidly adapting biochemically, behaviourally and developmentally to a variety of control methods. Despite much effort, the genetic basis of WCR adaptation remains a mystery. Since transformation-based applications such as transposon tagging and enhancer trapping have facilitated genetic dissection of model species such as Drosophila melanogaster, we developed a germline-transformation system for WCR in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the basic biology of this economically important insect...
April 11, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393575/using-circulating-cell-free-dna-to-monitor-personalized-cancer-therapy
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Michael Oellerich, Ekkehard Schütz, Julia Beck, Philipp Kanzow, Piers N Plowman, Glen J Weiss, Philip D Walson
High-quality genomic analysis is critical for personalized pharmacotherapy in patients with cancer. Tumor-specific genomic alterations can be identified in cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from patient blood samples and can complement biopsies for real-time molecular monitoring of treatment, detection of recurrence, and tracking resistance. cfDNA can be especially useful when tumor tissue is unavailable or insufficient for testing. For blood-based genomic profiling, next-generation sequencing (NGS) and droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) have been successfully applied...
April 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361271/the-development-of-translational-biomarkers-as-a-tool-for-improving-the-understanding-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-chronic-neuropathic-pain
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David A Buckley, Elaine M Jennings, Nikita N Burke, Michelle Roche, Veronica McInerney, Jonathan D Wren, David P Finn, Patrick C McHugh
Chronic neuropathic pain (CNP) is one of the most significant unmet clinical needs in modern medicine. Alongside the lack of effective treatments, there is a great deficit in the availability of objective diagnostic methods to reliably facilitate an accurate diagnosis. We therefore aimed to determine the feasibility of a simple diagnostic test by analysing differentially expressed genes in the blood of patients diagnosed with CNP of the lower back and compared to healthy human controls. Refinement of microarray expression data was performed using correlation analysis with 3900 human 2-colour microarray experiments...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347708/analytical-validation-of-a-reverse-transcriptase-droplet-digital-pcr-rt-ddpcr-for-quantitative-detection-of-infectious-hematopoietic-necrosis-virus
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Peng Jia, Maureen K Purcell, Guang Pan, Jinjin Wang, Shifu Kan, Yin Liu, Xiaocong Zheng, Xiujie Shi, Junqiang He, Li Yu, Qunyi Hua, Tikang Lu, Wensheng Lan, James R Winton, Ningyi Jin, Hong Liu
Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV) is an important pathogen of salmonid fishes. A validated universal reverse transcriptase quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) assay that can quantify levels of IHNV in fish tissues has been previously reported. In the present study, we adapted the published set of IHNV primers and probe for use in a reverse-transcriptase droplet digital PCR (RT-ddPCR) assay for quantification of the virus in fish tissue samples. The RT-ddPCR and RT-qPCR assays detected 13 phylogenetically diverse IHNV strains, but neither assay produced detectable amplification when RNA from other fish viruses was used...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347134/evaluating-droplet-digital-polymerase-chain-reaction-for-the-quantification-of-human-genomic-dna-lifting-the-traceability-fog
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Margaret C Kline, David L Duewer
Digital polymerase chain reaction (dPCR) end point platforms directly estimate the number of DNA target copies per reaction partition, λ, where the partitions are fixed-location chambers (cdPCR) or aqueous droplets floating in oil (ddPCR). For use in the certification of target concentration in primary calibrant certified reference materials (CRMs), both λ and the partition volume, V, must be metrologically traceable to some accessible reference system, ideally, the International System of Units (SI). The fixed spatial distribution of cdPCR chambers enables real-time monitoring of PCR amplification...
April 6, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319152/a-digital-pcr-method-for-identifying-and-quantifying-adulteration-of-meat-species-in-raw-and-processed-food
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Junan Ren, Tingting Deng, Wensheng Huang, Ying Chen, Yiqiang Ge
Meat adulteration is a worldwide concern. In this paper, a new droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) method was developed for the quantitative determination of the presence of chicken in sheep and goat meat products. Meanwhile, a constant (multiplication factor) was introduced to transform the ratio of copy numbers to the proportion of meats. The presented ddPCR method was also proved to be more accurate (showing bias of less than 9% in the range from 5% to 80%) than real-time PCR, which has been widely used in this determination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303131/multiplexed-single-intact-cell-droplet-digital-pcr-music-ddpcr-method-for-specific-detection-of-enterohemorrhagic-e-coli-ehec-in-food-enrichment-cultures
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Tanis C McMahon, Burton W Blais, Alex Wong, Catherine D Carrillo
Foodborne illness attributed to enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), a highly pathogenic subset of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), is increasingly recognized as a significant public health issue. Current microbiological methods for identification of EHEC in foods often use PCR-based approaches to screen enrichment broth cultures for characteristic gene markers [i.e., Shiga toxin (stx) and intimin (eae)]. However, false positives arise when complex food matrices, such as beef, contain mixtures of eae-negative STEC and eae-positive E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301519/lignin-degrading-peroxidases-in-white-rot-fungus-trametes-hirsuta-072-absolute-expression-quantification-of-full-multigene-family
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Daria V Vasina, Konstantin V Moiseenko, Tatiana V Fedorova, Tatiana V Tyazhelova
Ligninolytic heme peroxidases comprise an extensive family of enzymes, which production is characteristic for white-rot Basidiomycota. The majority of fungal heme peroxidases are encoded by multigene families that differentially express closely related proteins. Currently, there were very few attempts to characterize the complete multigene family of heme peroxidases in a single fungus. Here we are focusing on identification and characterization of peroxidase genes, which are transcribed and secreted by basidiomycete Trametes hirsuta 072, an efficient lignin degrader...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274280/a-novel-duplex-ddpcr-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-schistosomiasis-japonica-proof-of-concept-in-an-experimental-mouse-model
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Kosala G Weerakoon, Catherine A Gordon, Pengfei Cai, Geoffrey N Gobert, Mary Duke, Gail M Williams, Donald P McManus
The current World Health Organization strategic plan targets the elimination of schistosomiasis as a public health problem by 2025 and accurate diagnostics will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal. DNA-based detection methods provide a viable alternative to some of the commonly used tests, notably microscopy and serology, for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. The detection of parasite cell-free DNA in different clinical samples is a recent valuable advance, which provides significant benefits for accurate disease diagnosis...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269795/smn-blood-levels-in-a-porcine-model-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Chitra Iyer, Xueqian Wang, Samantha R Renusch, Sandra I Duque, Allison M Wehr, Xiaokui-Molly Mo, Vicki L McGovern, W David Arnold, Arthur H M Burghes, Stephen J Kolb
BACKGROUND: Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive motor neuron disease that results in loss of spinal motor neurons, muscular weakness and, in severe cases, respiratory failure and death. SMA is caused by a deletion or mutation of the SMN1 gene and retention of the SMN2 gene that leads to low SMN expression levels.The measurement of SMN mRNA levels in peripheral blood samples has been used in SMA clinical studies as a pharmacodynamic biomarker for response to therapies designed to increase SMN levels...
2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268092/droplet-digital-pcr-is-a-reliable-tool-for-monitoring-minimal-residual-disease-in-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
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Claudia Brunetti, Luisa Anelli, Antonella Zagaria, Angela Minervini, Crescenzio F Minervini, Paola Casieri, Nicoletta Coccaro, Cosimo Cumbo, Giuseppina Tota, Luciana Impera, Paola Orsini, Giorgina Specchia, Francesco Albano
Nested PCR (nPCR) and real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) are well-established methods for monitoring minimal residual disease (MRD) in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Despite their remarkable sensitivity and specificity, both methods have inherent limitations, such as qualitative MRD evaluation and relative quantification. Herein, we used droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) to monitor MRD in 21 APL patients and compared its performance with nPCR and qPCR. After assessing the limit of detection (LOD) for each technique on serial dilutions of PML-RARA bcr1 and bcr3 transcripts, a total of 48 follow-up samples were analyzed and the results compared...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267558/rapid-detection-of-donor-cell-free-dna-in-lung-transplant-recipients-with-rejections-using-donor-recipient-hla-mismatch
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Jun Zou, Brian Duffy, Michael Slade, Andrew Lee Young, Nancy Steward, Ramsey Hachem, T Mohanakumar
Fiberoptic bronchoscopy and transbronchial lung biopsy are currently the gold standard for detection of acute rejection following human lung transplantation (LTx). However, these surveillance procedures are expensive and invasive. Up to now, there are few new methods that have demonstrated clinical utility for detecting early stages of rejection following human lung transplantation. We optimized and technically validated a novel method to quantify donor-derived circulating cell free DNA (DcfDNA) that can be used as an early biomarker for lung allograft rejection...
April 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259593/using-an-endoscopic-distal-cap-to-collect-pancreatic-fluid-from-the-ampulla-with-video
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Masaya Suenaga, Yoshihiko Sadakari, Jose Alejandro Almario, Michael Borges, Anne-Marie Lennon, Eun-Ji Shin, Marcia Irene Canto, Michael Goggins
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Duodenal collections of pancreatic fluid can be used as a source of mutations and other markers of pancreatic ductal neoplasia, but admixing pancreatic juice with duodenal contents lowers the concentrations of mutations. Collecting pancreatic fluid directly from the ampulla could yield a purer sample of pancreatic fluid. METHODS: We used an endoscopic distal cap attachment to "cap" the ampulla and collect secretin-stimulated pancreatic fluid samples for 5 minutes from 81 patients undergoing pancreatic evaluation as part of the Cancer of the Pancreas Screening studies...
March 1, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
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