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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549606/variable-performance-of-four-commercial-chromogenic-media-for-detection-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-harbouring-mecc
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Céline Dupieux, Camille Kolenda, Anders Rhod Larsen, Bruno Pichon, Mark Holmes, Michèle Bes, Christopher Teale, Elizabeth Dickson, Robert Hill, Robert Skov, Angela Kearns, Frédéric Laurent
In this study, the performances of four methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) chromogenic screening media were compared for detecting mecC-positive MRSA. Using 111 clinical isolates representative of the various mecC-MRSA clones in Europe, chromID(®) MRSA (bioMérieux) and Brilliance(TM) MRSA 2 (Oxoid Ltd.) showed higher sensitivity (99.1% and 97.3%, respectively) than BBL(TM) CHROMagar(®) MRSA II (BD Diagnostics) and MRSASelect(TM) (Bio-Rad) (79.3% and 63.1%, respectively) (P < 0.0001). These findings have important implications for effective public health diagnostics and epidemiological surveillance of MRSA...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549468/microrna-608-inhibits-proliferation-of-bladder-cancer-via-akt-foxo3a-signaling-pathway
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Zhen Liang, Xiao Wang, Xin Xu, Bo Xie, Alin Ji, Shuai Meng, Shiqi Li, Yi Zhu, Jian Wu, Zhenghui Hu, Yiwei Lin, Xiangyi Zheng, Liping Xie, Ben Liu
BACKGROUND: Current evidence indicates that miR-608 is widely down-regulated in various malignant tumors including liver cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and glioma, and acts as a tumor suppressor by inhibiting cell proliferation, invasion and migration or by promoting apoptosis. The specific biological function of miR-608 in bladder cancer is still unknown. METHODS: qRT-PCR and Chromogenic in Situ Hybridization (CISH) was conducted to assess the expression of miR-608 in paired BCa tissues and adjacent non-tumor bladder urothelial tissues...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547925/blockade-of-the-dissociation-of-nmmhc-iia-from-tnfr2-by-d39-a-saponin-from-liriope-muscari-suppresses-tissue-factor-expression-and-venous-thrombosis
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Ke-Feng Zhai, Jin-Rong Zheng, You-Mei Tang, Fang Li, Yan-Ni Lv, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Zhen Gao, Jin Qi, Bo-Yang Yu, Jun-Ping Kou
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Non-muscular myosin heavy chain IIA (NMMHC IIA) has been demonstrated to play a key role in tissue factor (TF) expression and venous thrombosis. However, whether natural products could inhibit thrombosis via NMMHC IIA remains unclear. In this study, we identified that a representative natural saponin D39 from Liriope muscari showed anti-thrombotic activity by targeting NMMHC IIA. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: TF expression and activity in endothelial cells were analysed in vitro by western blot and simplified chromogenic assays...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544263/impact-of-a-product-specific-reference-standard-for-the-measurement-of-a-pegylated-rfviii-activity-the-swiss-multicentre-field-study
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O Bulla, A Poncet, L Alberio, L M Asmis, A Gähler, L Graf, M Nagler, J-D Studt, D A Tsakiris, P Fontana
INTRODUCTION: Measuring factor VIII (FVIII) activity can be challenging when it has been modified, such as when FVIII is pegylated to increase its circulating half-life. Use of a product-specific reference standard may help avoid this issue. AIM: Evaluate the impact of using a product-specific reference standard for measuring the FVIII activity of BAX 855 - a pegylated FVIII - in eight of Switzerland's main laboratories. METHODS: Factor VIII-deficient plasma, spiked with five different concentrations of BAX 855, plus a control FVIII sample, was sent to the participating laboratories...
May 24, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540178/scanometry-as-microplate-reader-for-high-throughput-method-based-on-dpph-dry-reagent-for-antioxidant-assay
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Mochammad Amrun Hidayat, Aulia Fitri, Bambang Kuswandi
The stable chromogenic radical 1,1'-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) solution was immobilized on the microwell plate as dry reagent to construct a simple antioxidant sensor. Then, a regular flatbed scanner was used as microplate reader to obtain analytical parameters for antioxidant assay using one-shot optical sensors as scanometry technique. Variables affecting the acquisition of the images were optimized and the analytical parameters are obtained from an area of the sensing zone inside microwell using the average luminosity of the sensing zone captured as the mean of red, green, and blue (RGB) value using ImageJ(®) program...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535438/determination-of-edoxaban-equivalent-concentrations-in-human-plasma-by-an-automated-anti-factor-xa-chromogenic-assay
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Ling He, Jarema Kochan, Min Lin, Alexander Vandell, Karen Brown, Francois Depasse
INTRODUCTION: This phase I, open-label, multiple-dose, two-treatment study assessed the relationship between edoxaban equivalent concentration derived from an anti-FXa assay with the summed concentration of edoxaban and its active metabolite, M-4, as assessed by liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). This study also assessed the relationship between edoxaban plasma concentrations assessed by LC/MS/MS in sodium citrate and lithium heparin tubes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Healthy volunteers were randomized to receive once-daily edoxaban 60mg or 90mg for 5days (15 participants per treatment group)...
May 7, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532810/species-level-identification-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococcus-spp-from-buffalo-using-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-and-cydb-real-time-quantitative-pcr
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Lucas J L Pizauro, Camila C de Almeida, Glenn A Soltes, Durda Slavic, Oswaldo D Rossi-Junior, Fernando A de Ávila, Luiz F Zafalon, Janet I MacInnes
Incorrect identification of Staphylococcus spp. can have serious clinical and zoonotic repercussions. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to determine if matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) and/or cydB real- time quantitative PCR (qPCR) could be used to accurately identify coagulase negative Staphylococcus spp. (CoNS) obtained from buffalo milk and milking environment samples. Seventy-five of 84 CoNS isolates could be identified to the species level (score value >1...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531992/boronate-functionalized-hydrogel-as-a-novel-biosensing-interface-for-the-glycated-hemoglobin-a1c-hba1c-based-on-the-competitive-binding-with-signaling-glycoprotein
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Yong Duk Han, Ka Ram Kim, Yoo Min Park, Seung Yeon Song, Yong Ju Yang, Kangsun Lee, Yunhee Ku, Hyun C Yoon
According to recent increases in public healthcare costs associated with diabetes mellitus, the development of new glycemic monitoring techniques based on the biosensing of glycated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a promising long-term glycemic biomarker, has become a major challenge. In the development of HbA1c biosensors for point-of-care applications, the selection of an effective biorecognition layer that provides a high reaction yield and specificity toward HbA1c is regarded as the most significant issue. To address this, we developed a novel HbA1c biosensing interfacial material by the integration of boronate hydrogel with glass fiber membrane...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527793/prevalence-of-non-aureus-staphylococcus-species-causing-intramammary-infections-in-canadian-dairy-herds
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Larissa A Z Condas, Jeroen De Buck, Diego B Nobrega, Domonique A Carson, Sohail Naushad, Sarne De Vliegher, Ruth N Zadoks, John R Middleton, Simon Dufour, John P Kastelic, Herman W Barkema
Non-aureus staphylococci (NAS), the microorganisms most frequently isolated from bovine milk worldwide, are a heterogeneous group of numerous species. To establish their importance as a group, the distribution of individual species needs to be determined. In the present study, NAS intramammary infection (IMI) was defined as a milk sample containing ≥1,000 cfu/mL in pure or mixed culture that was obtained from a cohort of cows assembled by the Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network. Overall, 6,213 (6.3%) of 98,233 quarter-milk samples from 5,149 cows and 20,305 udder quarters were associated with an NAS IMI...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527119/peroxide-dependent-oxidation-reactions-catalyzed-by-cyp191a1-from-mycobacterium-smegmatis
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Hye-Yeong Jo, Sun-Ha Park, Thien-Kim Le, Sang Hoon Ma, Donghak Kim, Taeho Ahn, Young Hee Joung, Chul-Ho Yun
OBJECTIVES: To find the catalytic activities of CYP191A1 from Mycobacterium smegmatis, in which functions of most P450s are unknown, by using a set of reductase systems, peroxides, and various substrates including fatty acids and human drugs. RESULTS: CYP191A1 was functionally expressed in Escherichia coli and purified. Its catalytic activities were examined with fatty acids, chromogenic and fluorogenic substrates, and several human P450 substrates, in the presence of six different types of electron transfer systems, such as rat NADPH-P450 reductase, Candida NADPH-P450 reductase, ferredoxin/ferredoxin reductase, putidaredoxin/putidaredoxin reductase, and peroxides (H2O2 and t-butyl hydroperoxide)...
May 19, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522812/selection-and-characterization-of-a-dna-aptamer-inhibiting-coagulation-factor-xia
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David A Donkor, Varsha Bhakta, Louise J Eltringham-Smith, Alan R Stafford, Jeffrey I Weitz, William P Sheffield
Factor XIa (FXIa) is a serine protease that catalyzes the activation of Factor IX (FIX) in the blood coagulation cascade. FXIa and its precursor FXI are emergent therapeutic targets for the development of safer anticoagulant agents. Here, we sought a novel DNA-based agent to inhibit FXIa. Towards this goal, an 80 base, single-stranded DNA aptamer library (containing a 40 base randomized core) was screened for FXIa-binding candidates, using ten rounds of positive and negative selection. After selection, 6 of 89 different sequences inhibited FXIa-mediated chromogenic substrate S2366 cleavage...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521572/tissue-factor-activity-in-women-with-preeclampsia-or-sga-a-potential-explanation-for-the-excessive-thrombin-generation-in-these-syndromes
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Offer Erez, Roberto Romero, Edi Vaisbuch, Nandor Gabor Than, Juan Pedro Kusanovic, Shali Mazaki-Tovi, Francesca Gotsch, Pooja Mittal, Zhong Dong, Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, Chong Jai Kim, Chia-Ling Nhan-Chang, Sun Kwon Kim, Lami Yeo, Moshe Mazor, Sonia S Hassan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine whether the activity of tissue factor (TF) and tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) in the plasma of women with preeclampsia (PE) and small for gestational age (SGA) neonate differ from that of normal pregnant women and whether they are related to specific placental lesions. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included the following groups: (1) normal pregnancy (n = 68); (2) PE (n= 128); and (3) SGA (n = 56)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516115/a-modified-chromogenic-assay-for-determination-of-the-ratio-of-free-intracellular-nad-nadh-in-streptococcus-mutans
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Jonathon L Baker, Roberta C Faustoferri, Robert G Quivey
Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is a coenzyme present in all kingdoms of life and exists in two forms: oxidized (NAD(+)) and reduced (NADH). NAD(H) is involved in a multitude of essential metabolic redox reactions, providing oxidizing or reducing equivalents. The ratio of free intracellular NAD(+)/NADH is fundamentally important in the maintenance of cellular redox homeostasis (Ying, 2008). Various chromogenic cycling assays have been used to determine the ratio of NAD(+)/NADH in both bacterial and mammalian cells for more than forty years (Bernofsky and Swan, 1973; Nisselbaum and Green, 1969)...
August 20, 2016: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511380/fungal-profile-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Krishnapriya Kalaiarasan, Rakesh Singh, Latha Chaturvedula
INTRODUCTION: Vulvovaginal Candidiasis (VVC) is a common medical health problem of adult women. It is most commonly caused by Candida albicans. But there is a change in fungal profile. Sabouraud's Dextrose Agar (SDA) is the most common culture medium used where mixed fungal infection may be missed. It can be detected easily by using chromogenic culture medium. AIM: To know the fungal profile of vulvovaginal candidiasis using Candida CHROMagar and antifungal susceptibility pattern in patients attending tertiary care hospital...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505508/phosphatase-activities-of-a-microepiphytic-community-during-a-bloom-of-ostreopsis-cf-ovata-in-the-northern-adriatic-sea
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Stefano Accoroni, Cecilia Totti, Emanuela Razza, Roberta Congestri, Alessandra Campanelli, Mauro Marini, Neil Thomas William Ellwood
It is becoming more apparent that increased organic nutrient loads deriving from anthropogenic activities and natural processes frequently cause the eutrophication of coastal waters. Concurrently, an increasing number of phototrophs have been shown to make use of organic nutrients, mainly through indirect studies of surface enzyme activities or through direct studies of growth in media containing organic-only nutrients. The potential utilization of dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) by microepiphytic-mats associated with frequently problematic, toxic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf...
May 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504684/fully-automated-5-plex-fluorescent-immunohistochemistry-with-tyramide-signal-amplification-and-same-species-antibodies
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Wenjun Zhang, Antony Hubbard, Tobin Jones, Adriana Racolta, Srabani Bhaumik, Nick Cummins, Liping Zhang, Karl Garsha, Frank Ventura, Mark R Lefever, Zhenqiang Lu, John K Hurley, William A Day, Lidija Pestic-Dragovich, Larry E Morrison, Lei Tang
The ability to simultaneously visualize the presence, abundance, location and functional state of many targets in cells and tissues has been described as a true next-generation approach in immunohistochemistry (IHC). A typical requirement for multiplex IHC (mIHC) is the use of different animal species for each primary (1°Ab) and secondary (2°Ab) antibody pair. Although 1°Abs from different species have been used with differently labeled species-specific 2°Abs, quite often the appropriate combination of antibodies is not available...
May 15, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504208/pten-loss-and-p27-loss-differ-among-morphologic-patterns-of-prostate-cancer-including-cribriform
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Shira Ronen, Daniel W Abbott, Oleksandr Kravtsov, Amrou Abdelkader, Yayun Xu, Anjishnu Banerjee, Kenneth A Iczkowski
The presence and extent of cribriform pattern of prostate cancer portend recurrence and cancer death. Therelative expressions within this morphology of the prognostically adverse loss of PTEN, and the downstream inactivation of cell cycle inhibitor p27/Kip1 had been uncertain. In this study, we examined 52 cases of cribriform cancer by immunohistochemistry (IHC) for PTEN, p27, and CD44 variant (v)7/8, and a subset of 17 casesby chromogenic in situ hybridization (ISH) using probe for PTEN or CDKN1B (gene for p27)...
May 10, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500946/pa-tb-cu-mof-as-luminescent-nanoenzyme-for-catalytic-assay-of-hydrogen-peroxide
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Zewan Qi, Li Wang, Qi You, Yang Chen
Metal organic frameworks (MOFs) with flexible structures and components have aroused great interest in designing functional materials. In this work, we designed and made a kind of PA-Tb-Cu MOF nanoenzyme capable of emitting fluorescence for the catalytic reaction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Luminescent Tb(3+), catalytic Cu(2+) and bridging ligand were assembled and integrated into a single material nanoenzyme. This PA-Tb-Cu MOF nanoenzyme not only possessed excellent catalytic activity comparable to horseradish peroxidase but also can real-time fluorescently indicate the concentration of H2O2 as low as 0...
May 6, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500818/household-microbial-water-quality-testing-in-a-peruvian-demographic-and-health-survey-evaluation-of-the-compartment-bag-test-for-escherichia-coli
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Alice Wang, Lanakila McMahan, Shea Rutstein, Christine Stauber, Jorge Reyes, Mark D Sobsey
AbstractThe Joint Monitoring Program relies on household surveys to classify access to improved water sources instead of measuring microbiological quality. The aim of this research was to pilot a novel test for Escherichia coli quantification of household drinking water in the 2011 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) in Peru. In the Compartment Bag Test (CBT), a 100-mL water sample is supplemented with chromogenic medium to support the growth of E. coli, poured into a bag with compartments, and incubated. A color change indicates E...
April 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500622/implementation-of-a-rapid-assay-of-adamts13-activity-was-associated-with-improved-30-day-survival-rate-in-patients-with-acquired-primary-thrombotic-thrombocytopenic-purpura-who-received-platelet-transfusions
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Yumi Yoshii, Yoshihiro Fujimura, Charles L Bennett, Ayami Isonishi, Norio Kurumatani, Masanori Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: Platelet (PLT) transfusions are probably harmful in patients with acquired idiopathic thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (aTTP). Introduction of a rapid assay for ADAMTS13 activity should reduce the time to definite diagnosis of aTTP, reduce the amount of inappropriately transfused PLT concentrates, and improve mortality and morbidity. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We selected 265 aTTP patients with severe ADAMTS13 deficiency. Of these, 91 patients were diagnosed by March 2005 (Period 1), when ADAMTS13 activity was measured by von Willebrand factor multimer assay, which took 4 to 7 days until the result was reported...
May 12, 2017: Transfusion
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