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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545136/assessment-of-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-test-for-the-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection-in-united-states-navy-recruits
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Jason M Lempp, Margan J Zajdowicz, Arlene L Hankinson, Sean R Toney, Lisa W Keep, James D Mancuso, Gerald H Mazurek
BACKGROUND: Immunologic tests such as the tuberculin skin test (TST) and QuantiFERON®-TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT) are designed to detect Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, both latent M. tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and infection manifesting as active tuberculosis disease (TB). These tests need high specificity to minimize unnecessary treatment and high sensitivity to allow maximum detection and prevention of TB. METHODS: Estimate QFT-GIT specificity, compare QFT-GIT and TST results, and assess factor associations with test discordance among U...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545031/sociodemographic-and-economic-factors-are-associated-with-weight-gain-between-before-and-after-cancer-diagnosis-results-from-the-prospective-population-based-nutrinet-sant%C3%A3-cohort
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Philippine Fassier, Laurent Zelek, Patrick Bachmann, Marina Touillaud, Nathalie Druesne-Pecollo, Valentin Partula, Serge Hercberg, Pilar Galan, Patrice Cohen, Hélène Hoarau, Paule Latino-Martel, Bernard Srour, Rebeca Gonzalez, Mélanie Deschasaux, Mathilde Touvier
PURPOSE: While many cancer patients are affected by weight loss, others tend to gain weight, which may impact prognosis and risk of recurrence and of second cancer. The aim of this prospective study was to investigate weight variation between before and after cancer diagnosis and socio-demographic, economic, lifestyle and clinical factors associated with moderate-to-severe weight gain. METHODS: 1051 incident cases of first primary cancer were diagnosed in the NutriNet-Santé cohort between 2009 and 2015...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544736/molybdenum-cofactor-deficiency-identification-of-a-patient-with-homozygote-mutation-in-the-mocs3-gene
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Jan G M Huijmans, Rachel Schot, Johannis B C de Klerk, Monique Williams, René F M de Coo, Marinus Duran, Frans W Verheijen, Marjon van Slegtenhorst, Grazia M S Mancini
We describe the clinical presentation and 17 years follow up of a boy, born to consanguineous parents and presenting with intellectual disability (ID), autism, "marfanoid" dysmorphic features, and moderate abnormalities of sulfite metabolism compatible with molybdenum cofactor deficiency, but normal sulfite oxidase activity in cultured skin fibroblasts. Genomic exome analysis revealed a homozygous MOCS3 missense mutation, leading to a p.Ala257Thr substitution in the highly conserved ubiquitin-like-domain of the protein...
June 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544730/human-skin-gene-expression-doesn-t-correlate-with-protein-expression-unless-both-parameters-are-quantified
#4
Edwin D Lephart
Many cosmetic companies utilize in vitro gene array studies to display significant stimulation or inhibition of various human skin biomarkers to validate in vivo actions that are reported to enhance dermal health. This follows the central dogma of DNA-to-RNA results in protein expression; however, gene and protein expressions do not usually correlate. Unless both gene and protein expressions are quantified which require further investigational time and investment. Where data are available, this short commentary displays the in vitro comparison of four human skin biomarkers for the gene and protein expressions of the stimulation of collagen type I and elastin and the inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases 1 and 3, when equol was tested...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544641/reflectance-spectroscopy-to-shed-new-light-on-the-capillary-refill-test
#5
Rani Toll John, Joakim Henricson, Gert E Nilsson, Daniel Wilhelms, Chris D Anderson
To use Bioengineering methodology is used to achieve, at five anatomical sites, a detailed, quantitative assessment of the return of blood content to the blanched area, during the Capillary Refill (CR) test. An observational, non-randomized, experimental study on 23 healthy subjects (14 females) was performed in our climate controlled skin physiology laboratory. Our main outcome measures were based on the chronological assessment and quantification of red blood cell concentration (RBC) after the release of blanching pressure in the CR test, using Tissue Viability Imaging (TiVi), a digital photographic technique based on polarisation spectroscopy...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544322/in-vitro-skin-expansion-wound-healing-assessment
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Peter M Prim, Han Su Kim, Lindsey E Shapiro, Jae Sung Lee, James H Kaan, John D Jackson, James J Yoo, Anthony Atala, Sang Jin Lee
For treatments requiring split-thickness skin grafts, it is preferable to mesh the grafts. This reduces the amount of excised skin and covers more wound area. The mesh technique, however, destroys surface continuity, which results in scarring. Strain-based bioreactors, on the other hand, have successfully expanded split-thickness skin grafts in vitro within a 7-day period, increasing graft coverage. After in vitro expansion, the expanded skin grafts were tested in a porcine full-thickness excisional wound model...
May 24, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543874/ex-vivo-magnetic-resonance-imaging-using-hyaluronic-acid-fillers-differences-between-monophasic-and-biphasic-fillers
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M J Kim, W-J Moon, M S Hur, S H Han, Y W Lee, Y B Choe, K J Ahn
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an anionic, non-sulfated glycosaminoglycan distributed throughout the human skin and injectable HA fillers are the most commonly used in aesthetic field. This study aimed to determine if differences in physical characteristics of HA products (monophasic or biphasic fillers) affect the patterns of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Twenty biphasic fillers and nine monophasic fillers were obtained from a commercial source, and examined with a 3...
May 25, 2017: Skin Research and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543848/non-animal-assessment-of-skin-sensitization-hazard-is-an-integrated-testing-strategy-needed-and-if-so-what-should-be-integrated
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David W Roberts, Grace Patlewicz
There is an expectation that to meet regulatory requirements, and avoid or minimize animal testing, integrated approaches to testing and assessment will be needed that rely on assays representing key events (KEs) in the skin sensitization adverse outcome pathway. Three non-animal assays have been formally validated and regulatory adopted: the direct peptide reactivity assay (DPRA), the KeratinoSens™ assay and the human cell line activation test (h-CLAT). There have been many efforts to develop integrated approaches to testing and assessment with the "two out of three" approach attracting much attention...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543810/in-vitro-bactericidal-activity-of-blue-light-465-nm-phototherapy-on-meticillin-susceptible-and-meticillin-resistant-staphylococcus-pseudintermedius
#9
Amy H Schnedeker, Lynette K Cole, Gwendolen Lorch, Sandra F Diaz, John Bonagura, Joshua B Daniels
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is the most common cause of bacterial skin infections in dogs. Meticillin-resistant infections have become more common and are challenging to treat. Blue light phototherapy may be an option for treating these infections. HYPOTHESIS/OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to measure the in vitro bactericidal activity of 465 nm blue light on meticillin-susceptible Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MSSP) and meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP)...
May 22, 2017: Veterinary Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543746/rosacea-is-associated-with-helicobacter-pylori-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#10
REVIEW
Astrid-Helene R Jørgensen, Alexander Egeberg, Robin Gideonsson, Leonard B Weinstock, Erik P Thyssen, Jacob P Thyssen
BACKGROUND: Rosacea is a common skin disease characterized by facial erythema, telangiectasia, papules, and pustules. Helicobacter pylori infection has been suggested to play a role in the etiopathogenesis of rosacea. OBJECTIVE: Systematically review and meta-analyse the relationship between rosacea and infection with Helicobacter pylori . METHODS: A literature search was performed using PubMed, EMBASE, and Web of Science. Data extraction and analyses were performed on descriptive data...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543634/thaumatin-and-gum-arabic-allergy-in-chewing-gum-factory-workers
#11
Mattias P Tschannen, Ulrich Glück, Andreas J Bircher, Ingmar Heijnen, Claudia Pletscher
Thaumatin is a sweetener and flavor modifier commonly used in the food industry. Likewise, gum arabic is widely used as a food stabilizer and thickening agent. We report here that a powder mixture composed of 10% thaumatin and 90% gum arabic led to allergic symptoms in the upper airways in occupationally exposed individuals: four of eight workers of a chewing gum factory exposed to this powder mixture had pronounced rhinitis. A positive skin prick test result for pure thaumatin was obtained in all four individuals with rhinitis of whom two also had a positive skin prick test result for pure gum arabic and gum arabic-specific IgE...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543395/contact-urticaria-syndrome-with-ige-antibody-against-a-cefotiam-unique-structure-evoked-by-nonapparent-exposure-to-cefotiam
#12
S Takahagi, A Tanaka, K Iwamoto, K Ishii, M Hide
A 26-year-old woman presented with recurrent attacks of widespread urticaria and systemic symptoms. The patient was a nurse, and the attacks occurred only in her workplace, without an apparent trigger. A patch test to cefotiam (CTM) induced an immediate skin reaction. ELISA detected the patient's serum IgE antibody binding to CTM conjugated with human serum albumin (CTM-HSA), and her basophils released histamine in response to CTM-HSA in a histamine release assay (HRA). Both reactions in ELISA and HRA were inhibited by pretreatment of the patient's serum or basophils with cefotiam...
May 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543088/3d-quantitative-structure-activity-relationship-and-docking-studies-of-coumarin-derivatives-as-tissue-kallikrein-7-inhibitors
#13
Xin Zheng, Mengxi He, Xiao Tan, Jun Zheng, Fangyu Wang, Sen Liu
OBJECTIVES: Kallikrein 7 (KLK7) is a secreted serine protease that plays important roles in skin desquamation and tumour progression, which makes it an attracting drug target. To guide the design of KLK7 inhibitors, a series of coumarin-based inhibitors were used to perform 3D-quantitative structure-activity relationship analysis. METHODS: 3D conformations of 37 inhibitors were generated and used to construct CoMFA and CoMSIA models. Then a complex model between the inhibitors and KLK7 was built with molecular docking...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542591/molecular-characterization-of-mudskipper-boleophthalmus-pectinirostris-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-hif-1%C3%AE-and-analysis-of-its-function-in-monocytes-macrophages
#14
Feng Guan, Xin-Jiang Lu, Chang-Hong Li, Jiong Chen
Hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) plays a critical role in immune and inflammatory responses and is important in controlling a variety of processes in monocytes and macrophages. However, very little information is available about the functions of HIF-1α in fish monocytes/macrophages (MO/MФ). In this study, the cDNA sequence of the mudskipper (Boleophthalmus pectinirostris) HIF-1α gene (BpHIF-1α) was determined. Sequence comparison and phylogenetic tree analysis showed that BpHIF-1α is clustered in the fish HIF-1α tree...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541911/robust-sensing-of-distal-pulse-waveforms-on-a-modified-weighing-scale-for-ubiquitous-pulse-transit-time-measurement
#15
Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan
The measurement of aortic pulse transit time (PTT), the time for the arterial pulse wave to travel from the carotid to the femoral artery, can provide valuable insight into cardiovascular health, specifically regarding arterial stiffness and blood pressure (BP). To measure aortic PTT, both proximal and distal arterial pulse timings are required. Recently, our group has demonstrated that the ballistocardiogram signal measured on a modified weighing scale can provide an unobtrusive, yet accurate, means of obtaining a proximal timing reference; however, there are no convenient, reliable methods to extract the distal timing from a subject standing on the modified weighing scale...
May 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541264/basement-membrane-matrix-promotes-the-efficiency-of-hair-follicle-reconstruction-in-vivo-and-is-a-cell-delivery-vehicle-for-follicle-regeneration
#16
Shune Xiao, Yong Miao, Jin Wang, Bojie Lin, Zhiqi Hu
BACKGROUND: The efficiency of hair follicle (HF) reconstruction is decreased by extensive apoptotic remodeling that occurs soon after grafting. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a basement membrane matrix (matrix) to improve the efficiency of HF reconstruction and serve as a cell delivery vehicle. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Newborn mouse skin cells were suspended in a matrix and transplanted in a chamber assay. The viability and proliferation of mouse dermal papilla cells seeded in the matrix were tested...
June 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540624/need-for-different-cutoff-values-for-reading-mantoux-test-with-2tu-and-5tu-ppd
#17
Savitha M Ramaraj, K Nagendra, Girish Gopal, Sumanth Mallikarjuna Majgi
OBJECTIVE: To compare the tuberculin reaction of 2 tuberculin unit (TU) with 5TU purified protein derivative (PPD) (both calibrated against RT 23) in healthy children. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study done in the pediatric outpatient department of a tertiary care teaching hospital. Seventy healthy siblings of the children attending pediatric outpatient department in the age group of 1 to 12 y were enrolled. The exclusion criteria included previously diagnosed tuberculosis patients, malnutrition diagnosed according to the WHO classification, history of drug intake like steroids, recent history of measles, any skin lesions over forearm, history of fever, contact with tuberculosis and previous mantoux testing...
May 25, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540529/the-preventive-effects-of-dexmedetomidine-on-endotoxin-induced-exacerbated-post-incisional-pain-in-rats
#18
Daiki Yamanaka, Takashi Kawano, Atsushi Nishigaki, Bun Aoyama, Hiroki Tateiwa, Marie Shigematsu-Locatelli, Fabricio M Locatelli, Masataka Yokoyama
PURPOSE: Low-grade endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide; LPS) exposure may contribute to the development of exaggerated acute postoperative pain. In the present study, we investigated the possible impact of intraoperative administration of dexmedetomidine (DEX) on LPS-induced postoperative hyperalgesia in a rat incisional pain model. METHODS: The surgical and sham-surgical animals were randomly divided into saline-treated control, 5.0 mg/kg LPS-treated, 10 µg/kg DEX-treated, and 5...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540272/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-local-application-of-thyme-honey-in-open-cutaneous-wound-healing
#19
Nasrin Takzaree, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh, Mohammad Reza Rouini, Azadeh Manayi, Abbas Hadjiakhondi, Masoumeh Majidi Zolbin
BACKGROUND: Clinicians have been searching for ways to obtain "super normal" wound healing. Honey is a traditional remedy for the treatment of infected wounds. We aimed to evaluate the wound contraction and antibacterial properties of locally produced Thyme honey on managing full-thickness wounds in vivo. METHODS: This experimental study was conducted in 2015, in Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran on 54 adult male Wistar rats weighing 200-250 gr, and ages of 3-4 months...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539862/risk-of-tuberculosis-reactivation-with-rituximab-therapy
#20
Amjad Alkadi, Najla Alduaiji, Ali Alrehaily
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world's deadliest diseases, and one-third of the world's population is infected with it. The link between antitumor necrosis factor therapy and reactivation of latent TB is well recognized. However, only limited studies have evaluated the risk of TB with rituximab, a B-cell-targeting therapeutic agent used recently for rheumatological diseases, primarily rheumatoid arthritis. Moreover, no studies have assessed this risk in TB endemic regions with a high incidence and prevalence of TB (e...
April 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
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