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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550991/production-of-1-3-diols-in-escherichia-coli
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Naoya Kataoka, Alisa S Vangnai, Thunyarat Pongtharangkul, Toshiharu Yakushi, Kazunobu Matsushita
To expand the diversity of chemical compounds produced through microbial conversion, a platform pathway for the production of widely used industrial chemicals, 1,3-diols, was engineered in Escherichia coli. The pathway was designed by modifying the previously reported (R)-1,3-butanediol synthetic pathway to consist of pct (propionate CoA-transferase) from Megasphaera elsdenii, bktB (thiolase), phaB (NADPH-dependent acetoacetyl-CoA reductase) from Ralstonia eutropha, bld (butyraldehyde dehydrogenase) from Clostridium saccharoperbutylacetonicum, and the endogenous alcohol dehydrogenase(s) of E...
May 18, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550906/procalcitonin-and-white-blood-cells-combined-predictors-of-infection-in-cardiac-surgery-patients
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María Heredia-Rodríguez, Juan Bustamante-Munguira, Mario Lorenzo, Esther Gómez-Sánchez, F Javier Álvarez, Inmaculada Fierro, Esther Conejo, Eduardo Tamayo
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is strongly associated with an increased risk of postoperative mortality, longer length of hospital stay, and elevated health care costs. Early clinical symptoms overlap with those of systemic inflammatory response syndrome, a response that commonly occurs after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. Since a combination of biomarkers has been demonstrated to improve the prediction of postoperative infection, the objective of the present study was to test whether the combination of C-reactive protein (CRP), white blood cells (WBC), and procalcitonin (PCT) is able to predict postoperative infection in a large cohort of cardiac surgery patients...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549393/meningioma-embolization-with-the-pressure-cooker-technique-using-squid-12
#3
Stephanos Finitsis, Zoltán Szatmáry, Jan Hillman
Background Preoperative meningioma embolization may be performed with microparticles or liquid embolic agents. The pressure cooker technique (PCT) has recently been described for the embolization of brain arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). Case We present the case of a 73-year-old woman with a large frontal interhemispheric meningioma that was successfully preoperatively embolized with the PCT using Squid 12, a new ethyl-vinyl alcohol copolymer embolic agent. The PCT presents considerable advantages relative to conventional embolization techniques such as deeper and faster tumor penetration and embolization of tumors with difficult vascular access, and retrograde feeling of pial afferents may be achieved...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548632/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-inflammatory-parameters-including-neopterin-in-the-setting-of-pneumonia-copd-and-acute-exacerbations
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Alex Pizzini, Fabian Lunger, Amra Sahanic, Nada Nemati, Dietmar Fuchs, Günter Weiss, Katharina Kurz, Rosa Bellmann-Weiler
Acute exacerbations and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are severe complications in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In this study, we analyzed inflammatory parameters in serum including C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT), and serum neopterin (NPT) to determine their potential to differentiate between patients with CAP+COPD and with acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) without pneumonia. 102 (39 women and 63 men) patients were included in this retrospective study, of whom 48 presented with CAP without underlying COPD, 20 with CAP+COPD and 34 with AECOPD...
June 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543967/central-nervous-system-involvement-of-primary-cutaneous-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-leg-type-13-cases
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E Gardette, A Maraval, F Brunet-Possenti, G Quereux, H Beltraminelli, I Templier, J Hodel, E Scherman, E Durot, M Bagot, A Pham-Ledard, F Grange, M Beylot-Barry, S Ingen-Housz-Oro
Primary cutaneous diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, leg type (PCDLBCL-LT) is an aggressive primary cutaneous B-cell lymphoma affecting older people.(1) Rituximab (RTX) combined with polychemotherapy (RTX-PCT) has improved survival but relapses are frequent.(2) Central nervous system (CNS) involvement is rare and poorly described. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 23, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543177/fingerprints-of-resistant-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-from-vegetables-and-environmental-samples
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G O Abakpa, V J Umoh, S Kamaruzaman, A M Ibekwe
BACKGROUND: Some routes of transmission of E. coli O157:H7 to fresh produce include contaminated irrigation water and manure polluted soils. The aim of this study was to determine the genetic relationships of E. coli O157:H7 isolated from some produce growing region in Nigeria using Enterorepititive Intergenic Consensus Deoxyribonucleic Acid Fingerprinting (ERIC-PCR) analysis. A total of four hundred and forty samples comprising leafy greens, irrigation water, manure, and soil were obtained from vegetable producing regions in Kano and Plateau States, Nigeria...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534329/-predictive-value-of-procalcitonin-in-postoperative-intra-abdominal-infections-after-definitive-operation-of-intestinal-fistulae
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Huajian Ren, Gefei Wang, Guosheng Gu, Qiongyuan Hu, Guanwei Li, Zhiwu Hong, Xiuwen Wu, Jianan Ren
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the predictive value of procalcitonin(PCT) in postoperative intra-abdominal infections (IAI) after definitive operation of intestinal fistulae(IF). METHODS: With the exclusion of emergence operation, preoperative clinical infection, preoperative renal or hepatic dysfunction, and age less than 18 years, a total of 356 consecutive patients who underwent elective digestive tract reconstruction of intestinal fistulae from February 2012 to December 2015 at Intestinal Fistula Center of Jinling Hospital were prospectively enrolled in the study...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530016/assessment-of-caregiving-constructs-toward-a-personal-familial-group-and-cultural-construction-of-dementia-care-through-the-eyes-of-personal-construct-psychology
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Eradah O Hamad, Ahmad N AlHadi, Christopher J Lee, Marie Y Savundranayagam, Jeffrey D Holmes, Elizabeth Anne Kinsella, Andrew M Johnson
Conditions that cause cognitive impairment and behavioural and personality changes, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related dementia, have global impact across cultures. However, the experience of dementia care can vary between individuals, families, formal caregivers, and social groups from various cultures. Self-reported measures, caregiving stress models, and conceptual theories have been developed to address the physical, financial, psychological, and social factors associated with the experience of dementia care...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Cross-cultural Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526733/discovery-and-optimization-of-hkt288-a-cadherin-6-targeting-adc-for-the-treatment-of-ovarian-and-renal-cancer
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Carl U Bialucha, Scott D Collins, Xiao Li, Parmita Saxena, Xiamei Zhang, Clemens Dürr, Bruno LaFont, Pierric Prieur, Yeonju Shim, Rebecca Mosher, David Lee, Lance Ostrom, Tiancen Hu, Sanela Bilic, Ivana Liric Rajlic, Vladimir Capka, Wei Jiang, Joel P Wagner, GiNell Elliott, Artur Veloso, Jessica C Piel, Meghan M Flaherty, Keith G Mansfield, Emily K Meseck, Tina Rubic-Schneider, Anne Serdakowski London, William R Tschantz, Markus Kurz, Duc Nguyen, Aaron Bourret, Matthew J Meyer, Jason E Faris, Mary J Janatpour, Vivien W Chan, Nicholas C Yoder, Kalli C Catcott, Molly A McShea, Xiuxia Sun, Hui Gao, Juliet Williams, Francesco Hofmann, Jeffrey A Engelman, Seth A Ettenberg, William R Sellers, Emma Lees
Despite an improving therapeutic landscape, significant challenges remain in treating the majority of advanced ovarian and renal cancer patients. We identified the cell-cell adhesion molecule cadherin-6 (CDH6) as a lineage gene having significant differential expression in ovarian and kidney cancer. HKT288 is an optimized CDH6-targeting DM4-based antibody drug conjugate (ADC) developed for the treatment of these diseases. Our study provides mechanistic evidence supporting the importance of linker choice for optimal anti-tumor activity and highlights CDH6 as a novel antigen for biotherapeutic development...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526535/tnf-%C3%AE-is-superior-to-conventional-inflammatory-mediators-in-forecasting-ivig-nonresponse-and-coronary-arteritis-in-chinese-children-with-kawasaki-disease
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Peng Hu, Guang Mei Jiang, Yue Wu, Bao Yu Huang, Si Yan Liu, Dong Dong Zhang, Yao Xu, Yang Fang Wu, Xun Xia, Wei Wei, Bo Hu
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) -α is of inflammatory cytokines produced chiefly by activated monocyte/macrophages, and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease (KD). We elucidated the relationship of plasma TNF-α with conventional inflammatory mediators, clinical classification, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) response and coronary arteritis in the course of KD. METHODS: Seventy Chinese children with KD were enrolled and divided into 6 subgroups, including complete KD, incomplete KD, IVIG-responsive KD, IVIG-nonresponsive KD, coronary artery (CA) -noninvolvement KD and CA-involvement KD...
May 16, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526235/zero-echo-time-mri-only-treatment-planning-for-radiation-therapy-of-brain-tumors-after-resection
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C Boydev, B Demol, D Pasquier, H Saint-Jalmes, G Delpon, N Reynaert
Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the sole imaging modality for patient modeling in radiation therapy (RT) is a challenging task due to the need to derive electron density information from MRI and construct a so-called pseudo-computed tomography (pCT) image. We have previously published a new method to derive pCT images from head T1-weighted (T1-w) MR images using a single-atlas propagation scheme followed by a post hoc correction of the mapped CT numbers using local intensity information. The purpose of this study was to investigate the performance of our method with head zero echo time (ZTE) MR images...
May 16, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520525/companion-and-point-of-care-sensor-system-for-rapid-multiplexed-detection-of-a-panel-of-infectious-disease-markers
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Anjan Panneer Selvam, Shalini Prasad
A nanochannel-based electrochemical biosensor has been demonstrated for rapid and multiplexed detection of a panel of three biomarkers associated with rapid detection of sepsis. The label-free biosensor detected procalcitonin (PCT), lipoteichoic acid (LTA), and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from human whole blood. The biosensor comprises a nanoporous nylon membrane integrated onto a microelectrode sensor platform for nanoconfinement effects. Charge perturbations due to biomarker binding are recorded as impedance changes using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
June 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513121/can-procalcitonin-contribute-to-the-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-colitis
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Dvora S Shapiro, Reuven Friedmann, Ashraf Husseini, Hefziba Ivgi, Amos M Yinnon, Marc V Assous
BACKGROUND: It is a challenge to diagnosis Clostridium difficile colitis. OBJECTIVES: To determine, among patients who developed nosocomial diarrhea, whether serum procalcitonin (PCT) can distinguish between C. difficile toxin (CDT)-positive and CDT-negative patients. METHODS: This prospective study included 50 adults (>18 years) who developed diarrhea during hospitalization, 25 with a positive fecal test for CDT (study group) and 25 CDT negative (control group)...
May 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512471/resveratrol-induces-differentiation-of-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-neuron-like-cells
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Li Guo, Liang Wang, Li Wang, Shi Yun-Peng, Jing-Jing Zhou, Zongmao Zhao, De-Pei Li
Objective. Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) potentially differentiate to various types of cells including neuron-like cells. The natural polyphenol resveratrol benefits patients with many diseases including ischemic brain injury. We hypothesize that resveratrol induces differentiation of hUC-MSCs into neuron-like cells. Methods. Flow cytometry was used to determine the surface antigens in different stage of hUC-MSCs (P2, P5, and P10). Nestin, neuron-specific enolase (NSE), and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) were detected by immunocytochemistry, Western blotting, and real time RT-PCT...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509897/disambiguation-of-patent-inventors-and-assignees-using-high-resolution-geolocation-data
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Greg Morrison, Massimo Riccaboni, Fabio Pammolli
Patent data represent a significant source of information on innovation, knowledge production, and the evolution of technology through networks of citations, co-invention and co-assignment. A major obstacle to extracting useful information from this data is the problem of name disambiguation: linking alternate spellings of individuals or institutions to a single identifier to uniquely determine the parties involved in knowledge production and diffusion. In this paper, we describe a new algorithm that uses high-resolution geolocation to disambiguate both inventors and assignees on about 8...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506655/fiber-reinforced-composite-fixed-dental-prostheses-a-4-year-prospective-clinical-trial-evaluating-survival-quality-and-effects-on-surrounding-periodontal-tissues
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Diana Wolff, Theresa Wohlrab, Daniel Saure, Johannes Krisam, Cornelia Frese
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Although fiber-reinforced composite fixed dental prostheses (FRC FDPs) are a reliable treatment option for the restoration of single missing teeth, comparatively few prospective clinical trials (PCT) exist. PURPOSE: The purpose of this PCT was to evaluate the survival, quality outcome, and effect of FRC FDPs on periodontal health over 4 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-six consecutive patients (16 men, 10 women) receiving FRC FDPs with preimpregnated unidirectional fiber reinforcement were included in the trial...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505627/endothelial-damage-signals-refractory-acute-kidney-injury-in-critically-ill-patients
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Theis S Itenov, Jens-Ulrik Jensen, Sisse R Ostrowski, Pär I Johansson, Katrin M Thormar, Jens D Lundgren, Morten H Bestle
Critically ill patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) are heterogeneous on pathophysiology and prognosis. The role of endothelial damage in the pathogenesis of refractory AKI has not been clarified. The aim was to determine if biomarkers of endothelial damage, independently of the inflammatory insult on the kidney, can predict recovery of acute kidney injury. METHODS: From the "Procalcitonin And Survival Study" multicenter intensive care unit cohort, followed for 28 days after admission, we included patients without chronic kidney disease, who survived >24 h after admission and with plasma samples at admission available for biomarker analysis...
June 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504925/comparative-diagnostic-test-evaluation-of-serum-procalcitonin-and-c-reactive-protein-in-suspected-bloodstream-infections-in-children-with-cancer
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Swapna R Nath, Sabeena Jayapalan, Harikumaran Nair, P Kusumakumary, N S Prema, T Priyakumari, K Rajamohanan
PURPOSE: To compute diagnostic test properties of C-reactive protein (CRP) and serum procalcitonin (PCT) levels in bloodstream infections in children with cancer and suspected sepsis, in comparison with blood culture as the gold standard. METHODOLOGY: Consecutive paediatric cancer patients, aged ≤14 years, with clinically suspected bloodstream infections were evaluated with blood culture and assay of PCT and CRP levels. Blood culture was taken as the gold standard for comparison...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502892/biomarkers-kinetics-in-the-assessment-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-response-to-antibiotics-results-from-the-biovap-study
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Pedro Póvoa, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Paula Ramirez, Lieuwe D Bos, Mariano Esperatti, Joana Silvestre, Gisela Gili, Gemma Goma, Eugenio Berlanga, Mateu Espasa, Elsa Gonçalves, Antoni Torres, Antonio Artigas
PURPOSE: Our aim was to evaluate the role of biomarker kinetics in the assessment of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) response to antibiotics. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a prospective, multicenter, observational study to evaluate in 37 microbiologically documented VAP, the kinetics of C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT), mid-region fragment of pro-adrenomedullin (MR-proADM). The kinetics of each variable, from day 1 to 6 of therapy, was assessed with a time dependent analysis comparing survivors and non-survivors...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502138/presepsin-a-diagnostic-marker-for-sepsis-in-intensive-care-unit-patients
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Hanaa A Amer, Hala Ghareeb, Neama M Lotfy, Noran O El-Azizi, Asmaa Mahmoud Mahmoud
The aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of presepsin as a diagnostic marker of sepsis in intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Presepsin was measured by a rapid method based on a chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (PATHFAST). The clinical usefulness of presepsin to diagnose sepsis and septic shock was studied and compared with procalcitonin, C-reactive protein and total leucocytic count. This study was conducted on 53 individuals divided into 3 groups. Group I included 28 adult ICU patients with at least two diagnostic criteria for systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) as patient group, Group IIa 15 patients admitted to ICU for any medical cause but with no evidence of infection were enrolled as patient control group and further 10 apparently healthy subjects as healthy control group...
June 2016: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
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