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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439981/evolution-of-the-plasma-proteome-of-divers-before-and-after-a-single-scuba-dive
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Jacky Lautridou, Vianney Pichereau, Sébastien Artigaud, Benoit Bernay, Otto Barak, Ryan Hoiland, Andrew T Lovering, Ingrid Eftedal, Zeljko Dujic, François Guerrero
PURPOSE: Decompression sickness (DCS) is a poorly understood and complex systemic disease caused by inadequate desaturation following a reduction of ambient pressure. A previous proteomic study of ours showed that DCS occurrence but not diving was associated with changes in the plasma proteome in rats, including a dramatic decrease of abundance of the tetrameric form of Transthyretin (TTR). The present study aims to assess the impact on the human blood proteome of a dive inducing significant decompression stress but without inducing DCS symptoms...
April 25, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438462/comparison-of-interferon-%C3%AE-release-assays-quantiferon-tb-git-and-t-spot-tb-in-renal-transplantation
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Satoru Ishikawa, Hidetoshi Igari, Naotake Akutsu, Mizue Tsuyuzaki, Hiromichi Aoyama, Masayuki Hasegawa, Kazunori Otsuki, Michihiro Maruyama, Kenichi Saigo, Kiminori Suzuki, Fumio Yamagishi
Renal transplant recipients are at increased risk of reactivating latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and progressing to active tuberculosis (TB). This study was conducted in National hospital for tuberculosis and renal transplantation (RT) in Japan. The purpose is to compare two interferon-γ release assays (IGRAs), QuantiFERON(®)-TB Gold in Tube (QFT) and T-SPOT(®).TB (TSPOT), in patients after renal transplantation for detecting latent TB infection (LTBI). Total 92 renal transplant recipients (median age 46 years, range 17-75) were prospectively enrolled, and QFT and TSPOT were concurrently examined...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433528/evolutionary-history-of-the-t-cell-receptor-complex-as-revealed-by-small-spotted-catshark-scyliorhinus-canicula
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Rita Pettinello, Anthony K Redmond, Christopher J Secombes, Daniel J Macqueen, Helen Dooley
In every jawed vertebrate species studied so far, the T cell receptor (TCR) complex is composed of two different TCR chains (α/β or γ/δ) and a number of CD3 subunits responsible for transmitting signals into the T cell. In this study, we characterised all of the TCR and CD3 genes of small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) and analysed their expression in a broad range of tissues. While the TCR complex is highly conserved across jawed vertebrates, we identified a number of differences in catshark, most notably the presence of two copies of both TCRβ and CD3γδ, and the absence of a functionally-important proline rich region from CD3ε...
April 19, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432470/male-behavioural-plasticity-depends-on-maternal-mating-status-in-the-two-spotted-spider-mite
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Keiko Oku, Tom P G van den Beuken
In haplodiploid organisms including the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae (Acari: Tetranychidae), both unmated and mated females can produce male offspring. A previous study reported that males produced by unmated females (UM males) find pre-reproductive females more quickly than males produced by mated females (M males) in T. urticae. However, it remains unclear what factors cause the difference. We investigated effects of maternal mating status on mate-searching behaviour of their sons by changing the sons' developmental environment...
April 21, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423963/patient-perceptions-of-environmental-control-units-experiences-of-veterans-with-spinal-cord-injuries-and-disorders-receiving-inpatient-va-healthcare
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Bella Etingen, Rachael N Martinez, Marissa A Vallette, Ryan Dendinger, Balmatee Bidassie, Scott Miskevics, Hira T Khan, Huberta T Cozart, Sara M Locatelli, Frances M Weaver
PURPOSE: To assess patients' perceptions of environmental control units (ECUs) at Veterans Affairs Spinal Cord Injury Centers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A brief questionnaire was conducted with patients in real-time while they were hospitalised ("on-the-spot questionnaire"); a survey was mailed to patients who had recently been discharged from a hospital stay ("discharge survey"). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Seventy on-the-spot questionnaires and 80 discharge surveys were collected...
April 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423200/cd80cd86-deficiency-disrupts-regulatory-cd4-foxp3-t-cell-homeostasis-and-induces-autoimmune-like-alopecia
#6
Ji-Hyun Bae, Woo-Sung Hwang, Yoo-Jin Jang, Yoon-Hoo Lee, Da-Eun Jang, Jung-Sik Kim, Su-Cheong Yeom
Alopecia areata (AA) is an autoimmune disease that results in spot baldness in humans. Adequate animal models for AA are currently lacking. The objective of this study was to elucidate the mechanism of autoimmune-like alopecia (ALA) in C57BL/6.CD80CD86-deficient (B6.CD80CD86(-/-) ) mice. Incidence and severity of alopecia were analyzed in 58 B6.CD80CD86(-/-) mice by using histological examination, flow cytometry, multiplex enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, quantitative RT-PCR, and CD25 inhibition test. Both male and female B6...
April 19, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417072/atypical-juvenile-presentation-of-gm2-gangliosidosis-ab-in-a-patient-compound-heterozygote-for-c-259g%C3%A2-%C3%A2-t-and-c-164c%C3%A2-%C3%A2-t-mutations-in-the-gm2a-gene
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Carla Martins, Catherine Brunel-Guitton, Anne Lortie, France Gauvin, Carlos R Morales, Grant A Mitchell, Alexey V Pshezhetsky
GM2-gangliosidosis, AB variant is an extremely rare autosomal recessive inherited disorder caused by mutations in the GM2A gene that encodes GM2 ganglioside activator protein (GM2AP). GM2AP is necessary for solubilisation of GM2 ganglioside in endolysosomes and its presentation to β-hexosaminidase A. Conversely GM2AP deficiency impairs lysosomal catabolism of GM2 ganglioside, leading to its storage in cells and tissues. We describe a 9-year-old child with an unusual juvenile clinical onset of GM2-gangliosidosis AB...
June 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415208/x-ray-shadow-imprint-of-hydrodynamic-instabilities-on-the-surface-of-inertial-confinement-fusion-capsules-by-the-fuel-fill-tube
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A G MacPhee, D T Casey, D S Clark, S Felker, J E Field, S W Haan, B A Hammel, J Kroll, O L Landen, D A Martinez, P Michel, J Milovich, A Moore, A Nikroo, N Rice, H F Robey, V A Smalyuk, M Stadermann, C R Weber
Measurements of hydrodynamic instability growth for a high-density carbon ablator for indirectly driven inertial confinement fusion implosions on the National Ignition Facility are reported. We observe significant unexpected features on the capsule surface created by shadows of the capsule fill tube, as illuminated by laser-irradiated x-ray spots on the hohlraum wall. These shadows increase the spatial size and shape of the fill tube perturbation in a way that can significantly degrade performance in layered implosions compared to previous expectations...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413392/t-cell-lymphoma-in-a-patient-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1-and-aids
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Izana Junqueira de Castro, Esther Botelho Soares da Silva, Talita Rezende Dos Santos, Amanda Barroso de Freitas, Inara Junqueira de Castro, Alessandra Santos Portela, Marilza Campos de Magalhães, Karina Lebeis Pires, Guilherme Almeida Rosa da Silva, Marcelo Costa Velho Mendes de Azevedo
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and AIDS are risk factors for the development of malignant neoplasms, including hematological malignancies, such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. NF1 is an autosomal dominant disease that primarily manifests as café-au-lait spots, dermal neurofibromas, axillary and/or inguinal ephelides or freckles, plexiform neurofibromas, Lisch nodules, and bone deformities. In this report, we present a 38-year-old female patient with NF1 from childhood and AIDS who developed peripheral T-cell lymphoma with good response to chemotherapeutic treatment...
January 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408924/investigation-of-small-bowel-abnormalities-in-hiv-infected-patients-using-capsule-endoscopy
#10
Eiji Sakai, Takuma Higurashi, Hidenori Ohkubo, Kuhihiro Hosono, Atsuhisa Ueda, Nobuyuki Matsuhashi, Atsushi Nakajima
HIV infection is reportedly associated with an increased permeability of the intestinal epithelium and can cause HIV enteropathy, which occurs independently of opportunistic infections. However, the characteristics of small bowel abnormalities attributable to HIV infection are rarely investigated. In the present study, we assessed the intestinal mucosal changes found in HIV-infected patients and compared them with the mucosa of healthy control subjects using capsule endoscopy (CE). Three of the 27 HIV-infected patients harbored gastrointestinal opportunistic infections and were thus excluded from subsequent analyses...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405838/acaricidal-and-sublethal-effects-of-a-chenopodium-based-biopesticide-on-the-two-spotted-spider-mite-acari-tetranychidae
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Asma Musa, Irena Međo, Ivana Marić, Dejan Marčić
Acaricidal and sublethal effects of the biopesticide Requiem(®)EC (containing an essential oil extract of Chenopodium ambrosioides near ambrosioides) on the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch, were evaluated in laboratory bioassays. The biopesticide was applied to bean leaves or leaf discs using a Potter spray tower. Acaricidal activity against eggs and immatures was evaluated in successive acute toxicity bioassays. Concentration-mortality data were subjected to probit analysis and the following LC50 values (ml/l) were calculated: 2...
April 12, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405177/mapping-mitochondrial-heteroplasmy-in-a-leydig-tumor-by-laser-capture-micro-dissection-and-cycling-temperature-capillary-electrophoresis
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Paulo Refinetti, Christian Arstad, William G Thilly, Stephan Morgenthaler, Per Olaf Ekstrøm
BACKGROUND: The growth of tumor cells is accompanied by mutations in nuclear and mitochondrial genomes creating marked genetic heterogeneity. Tumors also contain non-tumor cells of various origins. An observed somatic mitochondrial mutation would have occurred in a founding cell and spread through cell division. Micro-anatomical dissection of a tumor coupled with assays for mitochondrial point mutations permits new insights into this growth process. More generally, the ability to detect and trace, at a histological level, somatic mitochondrial mutations in human tissues and tumors, makes these mutations into markers for lineage tracing...
2017: BMC Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402735/microhardness-and-roughness-of-infiltrated-white-spot-lesions-submitted-to-different-challenges
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É Y Neres, M D Moda, E K Chiba, Alf Briso, J P Pessan, T C Fagundes
A white spot lesion is the first clinical sign of a caries lesion and represents mineral loss from the enamel subsurface. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the microhardness and surface roughness of white spot lesions after application of a resin infiltrant and subjection to different challenges. Caries-like lesions were induced in bovine enamel discs (n=50), and the specimens were randomly divided into five study groups (n=10): demineralized enamel (negative control, G1), infiltrated enamel (G2), infiltrated enamel submitted to brushing (G3), infiltrated enamel submitted to pH cycling (G4), and infiltrated enamel submitted to artificial aging (G5)...
April 12, 2017: Operative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397473/factors-contributing-to-false-negative-enzyme-linked-immunospot-assay-for-interferon-gamma-results-in-active-tuberculosis
#14
Guoli Lian, Fangxiong Du, Hongyan Wu, Min He, Zhigang Liu
BACKGROUND: The enzyme-linked immunospot assay test (T-SPOT.TB) is effective for detecting TB, but there are still some persons with tuberculosis (TB) who have negative results. The aim of this study was to analyze the factors that contribute to false negative results in active TB patients. METHODS: We investigated the clinical trial and laboratory data of the active TB patients hospitalized in the First Affiliated Hospital of Xi'an Jiaotong University from May 2013 to November 2014...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396037/antecedents-and-correlates-of-blood-concentrations-of-neurotrophic-growth-factors-in-very-preterm-newborns
#15
Alan Leviton, Elizabeth N Allred, Hidemi Yamamoto, Raina N Fichorova, Karl Kuban, T Michael O'Shea, Olaf Dammann
AIM: To identify the antecedents and very early correlates of low concentrations of neurotrophic growth factors in the blood of extremely preterm newborns during the first postnatal month. METHODS: Using an immunobead assay, we measured the concentrations of neurotrophin 4 (NT4), brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in blood spots collected on postnatal days 1 (N=1062), 7 (N=1087), 14 (N=989), 21 (N=940) and 28 (N=880) from infants born before the 28th week of gestation...
April 7, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395755/efficacy-of-a-new-spot-on-formulation-of-selamectin-plus-sarolaner-against-ancylostoma-tubaeforme-and-toxocara-cati-in-cats
#16
Thomas Geurden, Adriano F Vatta, Nathalie Slootmans, Vickie L King, Dan Lin, Tom McTier, Douglas Rugg
The efficacy of a new spot-on formulation of selamectin plus sarolaner for cats was evaluated against induced infections with Ancylostoma tubaeforme (hookworm) and Toxocara cati (roundworm). Five laboratory studies were conducted using adult, purpose-bred cats. Four of the studies were designed to evaluate efficacy of the combination against A. tubaeforme, the dose-limiting gastrointestinal nematode species for selamectin. In two of these studies non-interference between selamectin and sarolaner was also evaluated...
April 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392318/the-performance-of-the-tbag-pha-ratio-in-the-diagnosis-of-active-tb-disease-in-immunocompromised-patients
#17
Munyemana Jean Bosco, Hongyan Hou, Lie Mao, Xiaohui Wu, Kreeti Devi Ramroop, Yanfang Lu, Liyan Mao, Yu Zhou, Ziyong Sun, Feng Wang
OBJECTIVES: The results of the T-SPOT.TB (T-SPOT) assay are reduced in immunocompromised patients with active tuberculosis (ATB), and it is difficult for using T-SPOT results to distinguish ATB from latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in this condition. The aim of this study was to determine the performance of the TBAg/PHA ratio in T-SPOT assay in the diagnosis of ATB in immunocompromised patients. METHODS: One hundred and forty three immunocompromised ATB patients and 124 LTBI individuals were diagnosed according to conventional tests and T-SPOT assay...
April 6, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391099/re-establishment-of-hummock-topography-promotes-tree-regeneration-on-highly-disturbed-moderate-rich-fens
#18
Victor J Lieffers, Richard T Caners, Hangfei Ge
Winter exploration of oil sands deposits underlying wooded fens mostly eliminates the hummock-hollow topography on drilling pads and the ice roads leading to them, after their abandonment in spring. Recovery of black spruce (Picea mariana (P. Mill.) B.S.P.) and tamarack (Larix laricina (Du Roi) K. Koch) on these disturbed peatlands is thought to depend on the recovery of hummock topography. In late winter, numerous large blocks of frozen peat (1.5 × 1.5 m) were lifted out of the flattened drilling pads and positioned beside their excavated hollows; this was done on six temporary pads...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388163/quantum-classical-calculations-of-x-ray-photoelectron-spectra-of-polymers-polymethyl-methacrylate-revisited
#19
T Löytynoja, I Harczuk, K Jänkälä, O Vahtras, H Ågren
In this work, we apply quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approach to predict core-electron binding energies and chemical shifts of polymers, obtainable via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS), using polymethyl methacrylate as a demonstration example. The results indicate that standard parametrizations of the quantum part (basis sets, level of correlation) and the molecular mechanics parts (decomposed charges, polarizabilities, and capping technique) are sufficient for the QM/MM model to be predictive for XPS of polymers...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387613/sexual-reproduction-in-the-citrus-black-spot-pathogen-phyllosticta-citricarpa
#20
Nga T Tran, Andrew K Miles, Ralf G Dietzgen, Megan M Dewdney, Ke Zhang, Jeffrey A Rollins, André Drenth
Citrus black spot (Phyllosticta citricarpa) causes fruit blemishes and premature fruit drop, resulting in significant economic losses in citrus growing areas with summer rainfall across the globe. The mating type locus of P. citricarpa has recently been characterized, revealing the heterothallic nature of this pathogen. However, insight into the occurrence of mating and the impact of completing the sexual cycle of P. citricarpa was lacking. To investigate the occurrence and impact of sexual reproduction, we developed a method to reliably, and for the first time, produce ascospores of P...
April 7, 2017: Phytopathology
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