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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730155/surveillance-study-of-influenza-occurrence-and-immunity-in-a-wisconsin-cohort-during-the-2009-pandemic
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Chia-Yun Lo, Susan L Strobl, Kimberly Dunham, Wei Wang, Lucy Stewart, Julia A Misplon, Mayra Garcia, Jin Gao, Tatsuhiko Ozawa, Graeme E Price, Jose Navidad, Steve Gradus, Sanjib Bhattacharyya, Cecile Viboud, Maryna C Eichelberger, Carol D Weiss, Jack Gorski, Suzanne L Epstein
BACKGROUND: Antibody and T-cell immunity to conserved influenza virus antigens can protect animals against infection with diverse influenza strains. Although immunity against conserved antigens occurs in humans, whether such responses provide cross-protection in humans and could be harnessed as the basis for universal influenza vaccines is controversial. The 2009 pandemic provided an opportunity to investigate whether pre-existing cross-reactive immunity affected susceptibility to infection...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728258/-follow-up-and-genetic-study-of-43-chinese-children-with-type-%C3%A2-alexander-disease
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T T Ban, Y Wu, Z B Zhang, L L Zang, J M Wang, Y W Jiang
Objective: To identify the clinical and genetic characteristics in 43 Chinese children diagnosed with type Ⅰ Alexander disease (AxD). Method: Forty-three type Ⅰ AxD cases identified by glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) gene mutations in Peking University First Hospital from 2005 to 2016 were followed up. The data of medical history, physical examination and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were collected. All these patients were followed up in December 2010, Febury 2012, June 2014 and January 2016, respectively...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727319/novel-evaluation-and-treatment-techniques-for-white-spot-lesions-an-in-vitro-study
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T A Bakhsh, A S Bakry, M M Mandurah, M A Abbassy
OBJECTIVE: White spot lesions (WSLs) are commonly seen during and after orthodontic treatment. Therefore, the objective of this in vitro study was to assess the effect of 45S5-bioglass in remineralizing WSLs using cross-polarization optical coherence tomography (CP-OCT) and confirm the findings by micro-hardness test. METHODS: Ceramic orthodontic brackets were bonded to the buccal surface of 45 human premolars with Transbond XT primer followed by Transbond PLUS according to the manufacturer's instructions...
August 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725404/age-dependent-male-mating-tactics-in-a-spider-mite-a-life-history-perspective
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Yukie Sato, Peter T Rühr, Helmut Schmitz, Martijn Egas, Alexander Blanke
Males often fight with rival males for access to females. However, some males display nonfighting tactics such as sneaking, satellite behavior, or female mimicking. When these mating tactics comprise a conditional strategy, they are often thought to be explained by resource holding potential (RHP), that is, nonfighting tactics are displayed by less competitive males who are more likely to lose a fight. The alternative mating tactics, however, can also be explained by life-history theory, which predicts that young males avoid fighting, regardless of their RHP, if it pays off to wait for future reproduction...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725388/swimming-with-the-giant-coexistence-patterns-of-a-new-redfin-minnow-pseudobarbus-skeltoni-from-a-global-biodiversity-hot-spot
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Wilbert T Kadye, Albert Chakona, Martine S Jordaan
Ecological niche theory predicts that coexistence is facilitated by resource partitioning mechanisms that are influenced by abiotic and biotic interactions. Alternative hypotheses suggest that under certain conditions, species may become phenotypically similar and functionally equivalent, which invokes the possibility of other mechanisms, such as habitat filtering processes. To test these hypotheses, we examined the coexistence of the giant redfin Pseudobarbus skeltoni, a newly described freshwater fish, together with its congener Pseudobabus burchelli and an anabantid Sandelia capensis by assessing their scenopoetic and bionomic patterns...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723214/electrokinetic-manipulation-integrated-plasmonic-photonic-hybrid-raman-nanosensors-with-dually-enhanced-sensitivity
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Chao Liu, Zheng Wang, Erwen Li, Zexi Liang, Swapnajit Chakravarty, Xiaochuan Xu, Alan X Wang, Ray T Chen, Donglei Fan
To detect biochemicals with ultrahigh sensitivity, efficiency, reproducibility, and specificity has been the holy grail in the development of nanosensors. In this work, we report an innovative type of photonic-plasmonic hybrid Raman nanosensor integrated with electrokinetic manipulation by rational design, which offers dual mechanisms that enhance the sensitivity for molecule detection directly in solution. For the first time, we integrate large arrays of synthesized plasmonic nanocapsules with densely surface distributed silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) on lithographically patterned photonic crystal slabs via electric-field assembling...
March 24, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721672/ir-maldesi-mass-spectrometry-imaging-at-50-micron-spatial-resolution
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Mark T Bokhart, Jeffrey Manni, Kenneth P Garrard, Måns Ekelöf, Milad Nazari, David C Muddiman
High spatial resolution in mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is crucial to understanding the biology dictated by molecular distributions in complex tissue systems. Here, we present MSI using infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption electrospray ionization (IR-MALDESI) at 50 μm resolution. An adjustable iris, beam expander, and an aspherical focusing lens were used to reduce tissue ablation diameters for MSI at high resolution. The laser beam caustic was modeled using laser ablation paper to calculate relevant laser beam characteristics...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720162/maternal-pregnancy-c-reactive-protein-predicts-offspring-birth-size-and-body-composition-in-metropolitan-cebu-philippines
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C W Kuzawa, R L Fried, J B Borja, T W McDade
The gestational milieu is an important influence on fetal development and long-term disease risk. Here we assess relationships between maternal pregnancy inflammation, indicated by C-reactive protein (CRP), and offspring anthropometric outcomes measured soon after birth. Data come from female participants (n=327, age 24.4-30.2 years) in a longitudinal study located in Metropolitan Cebu, Philippines. Between 2009 and 2014, pregnancy interviews (n=429) were conducted during which questionnaire and anthropometric data were obtained along with dried blood spot cards for CRP measurement...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717959/-development-and-validation-of-the-stapesplasty-outcome-test%C3%A2-25-spot-25
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S Lailach, T Schenke, I Baumann, H Walter, M Praetorius, T Beleites, T Zahnert, M Neudert
BACKGROUND: Otosclerosis affects health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Until now, measurements have only been performed using audiometric data or non-validated quality of life questionnaires. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop the first validated disease-specific HRQOL measuring instrument to determine HRQOL in otosclerosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After sequential analysis and item reduction of the initial Stapesplasty Outcome Test 47 (SPOT-47), the SPOT-25 was validated prospectively on 52 otosclerosis patients undergoing stapes surgery...
July 17, 2017: HNO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717940/alopecia-areata-a-comprehensive-review-of-pathogenesis-and-management
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Ralph M Trüeb, Maria Fernanda Reis Gavazzoni Dias
Alopecia areata is a common hair loss condition that is characterized by acute onset of non-scarring hair loss in usually sharply defined areas ranging from small patches to extensive or less frequently diffuse involvement. Depending on its acuity and extent, hair loss is an important cause of anxiety and disability. The current understanding is that the condition represents an organ-specific autoimmune disease of the hair follicle with a genetic background. Genome-wide association studies provide evidence for the involvement of both innate and acquired immunity in the pathogenesis, and mechanistic studies in mouse models of alopecia areata have specifically implicated an IFN-γ-driven immune response, including IFNγ, IFNγ-induced chemokines and cytotoxic CD8 T cells as the main drivers of disease pathogenesis...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717890/application-of-phototherapy-for-the-healing-of-the-navels-of-neonatal-dairy-calves
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Ana Lúcia Borges de Souza Faria, Luis Augusto Lupato Conrado, Luiz Sergio Vanzela, Antonio Balbin Villaverde, Egberto Munin
The present work evaluated the effects of LED light irradiation on the healing of the navels of neonatal dairy calves. Fifty-seven neonatal calves were divided into two groups. Animals had their umbilical stumps immersed in 10% iodine tincture for 60 s, and this process was repeated every 24 h for three consecutive days. The 29 animals in the first group did not receive LED therapy. The 28 animals in the second group received LED light irradiation at 640 nm with 300 mW power, 46.8 J/cm(2) energy density, 60 s irradiation time, and 0...
July 17, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712669/use-of-interferon-gamma-release-assay-and-tuberculin-skin-test-in-diagnosing-tuberculosis-in-lithuanian-adults-a-comparative-analysis
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Laura Tamašauskienė, Edita Hansted, Astra Vitkauskienė, Skaidrius Miliauskas, Albinas Naudžiūnas, Brigita Šitkauskienė
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Lithuania belongs to the group of countries with a high-incidence of tuberculosis (TB). Some scientific studies show that the interferon-gamma release assay is more accurate and correlates more highly with TB exposure as compared to the tuberculin skin test (TST). This study aimed at comparing the efficacy between the T SPOT TB and TST for diagnosing TB among Lithuanian adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Individuals with diagnosed TB, healthcare workers with known risk for TB and individuals without any known risk for TB underwent clinical examinations, interviews about their history of TB exposure and chest radiography...
July 3, 2017: Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711173/presymptomatic-diagnosis-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-through-newborn-screening
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Yin-Hsiu Chien, Shu-Chuan Chiang, Wen-Chin Weng, Ni-Chung Lee, Ching-Jie Lin, Wu-Shiun Hsieh, Wang-Tso Lee, Yuh-Jyh Jong, Tsang-Ming Ko, Wuh-Liang Hwu
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility of presymptomatic diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) through newborn screening (NBS). STUDY DESIGN: We performed a screening trial to assess all newborns who underwent routine newborn metabolic screening at the National Taiwan University Hospital newborn screening center between November 2014 and September 2016. A real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) genotyping assay for the SMN1/SMN2 intron 7 c.888+100A/G polymorphism was performed to detect homozygous SMN1 deletion using dried blood spot (DBS) samples...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704448/rnai-based-reverse-genetics-in-the-chelicerate-model-tetranychus-urticae-a-comparative-analysis-of-five-methods-for-gene-silencing
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Takeshi Suzuki, Maria Andreia Nunes, María Urizarna España, Hooman Hosseinzadeh Namin, Pengyu Jin, Nicolas Bensoussan, Vladimir Zhurov, Tawhid Rahman, Rebecca De Clercq, Pierre Hilson, Vojislava Grbic, Miodrag Grbic
RNA interference (RNAi) can be used for the protection against agricultural pests through the silencing of genes required for pest fitness. To assess the potential of RNAi approaches in the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, we compared 5 methods for the delivery of double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). These methods include mite feeding on either (i) leaves floating on a dsRNA solution, (ii) dsRNA-expressing plants, (iii) artificial diet supplemented with dsRNA, or (iv) dsRNA-coated leaves, and (v) mite soaking in a dsRNA solution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690897/a-case-of-multiple-myeloma-presenting-with-diabetes-insipidus
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Rudrajit Paul, Aditya V Ruia, Asim Saha, Jayati Mondal, T J Sau, Indranil Thakur, Kunal Haldar
Multiple myeloma (MM) can present with involvement of the central nervous system in the form of nerve palsy, plasma cell masses or, rarely, with endocrinological effects due to involvement of the pituitary gland. Usually, in such cases, the disease has a rapid progression and poor prognosis. We report a 52-year-old man who was admitted to the Kolkata Medical College, Kolkata, India, in 2016 with a prolonged low-grade fever and hypernatremia. Shortly afterwards, the patient began to complain of increased urinary frequency and drowsiness...
May 2017: Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687977/invasive-mucinous-adenocarcinoma-with-lepidic-predominant-pattern-coexisted-with-tuberculosis-a-case-report
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Xinxin Xu, Yinshi Guo, Qiuying Li, Ling Yang, Jianqiang Kang
We observed a rare case of invasive mucinous adenocarcinoma (IMA) with a lepidic-predominant pattern accompanied by pulmonary tuberculosis. An 85-year-old man with repeated cough and sputum was admitted to Xinhua Hospital. T-SPOT test result was 212 pg/ml (reference value of negative is < 14 pg/ml), Mycobacterium tuberculosis culture was positive, and tuberculin skin test (PPD) was negative (skin induration < 5 mm). The patient was treated with several courses of antibiotics and anti-tuberculosis treatments...
July 8, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686745/protocols-for-the-delivery-of-small-molecules-to-the-two-spotted-spider-mite-tetranychus-urticae
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Takeshi Suzuki, María Urizarna España, Maria Andreia Nunes, Vladimir Zhurov, Wannes Dermauw, Masahiro Osakabe, Thomas Van Leeuwen, Miodrag Grbic, Vojislava Grbic
The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, is a chelicerate herbivore with an extremely wide host range and an extraordinary ability to develop pesticide resistance. Due to its responsiveness to natural and synthetic xenobiotics, the spider mite is becoming a prime pest herbivore model for studies of the evolution of host range, plant-herbivore interactions and mechanisms of xenobiotic resistance. The spider mite genome has been sequenced and its transcriptional responses to developmental and various biotic and abiotic cues have been documented...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683654/efficacy-and-safety-of-multitarget-therapy-with-cyclophosphamide-and-tacrolimus-for-lupus-nephritis-a-prospective-single-arm-single-centre-open-label-pilot-study-in-japan
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R Sakai, T Kurasawa, E Nishi, T Kondo, Y Okada, A Shibata, K Nishimura, K Chino, A Okuyama, H Takei, H Nagasawa, K Amano
Background Pulsed cyclophosphamide or mycophenolate mofetil for lupus nephritis has limited efficacy. We previously reported a case of mixed-class IV + V lupus nephritis successfully treated with cyclophosphamide and tacrolimus. This study assessed the efficacy and safety of multitarget therapy with cyclophosphamide and tacrolimus for the treatment of lupus nephritis. Methods In a prospective, single-arm, open label pilot study, we recruited 15 patients aged 18-64 years with active lupus nephritis who met the American College of Rheumatology criteria for a diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (1997)...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681585/a-simple-method-for-removing-low-density-granulocytes-to-purify-t-lymphocytes-from-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Si-Gong Zhang, Yu-Xin Song, Xiao-Ming Shu, Hai-Li Shen, Han-Bo Yang, Rui-Xue Duo, Guo-Chun Wang
OBJECTIVE: Low-density granulocytes (LDGs) can form neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) spontaneously and excessively. When peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) are used for studying T lymphocytes, LDGs contained in the PBMCs may decrease the threshold of activating T lymphocytes by forming NETs. This study focused on the profiles of LDGs in common autoimmune diseases and methods for removing LDGs from PBMCs. METHODS: The percentages of LDGs in PBMCs from 55 patients with dermatomyositis (DM), 15 with polymyositis (PM), 42 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 25 with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and 19 healthy controls were determined by flow cytometry...
July 2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676703/selective-mass-enhancement-close-to-the-quantum-critical-point-in-bafe2-as1-x-p-x-2
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V Grinenko, K Iida, F Kurth, D V Efremov, S-L Drechsler, I Cherniavskii, I Morozov, J Hänisch, T Förster, C Tarantini, J Jaroszynski, B Maiorov, M Jaime, A Yamamoto, I Nakamura, R Fujimoto, T Hatano, H Ikuta, R Hühne
A quantum critical point (QCP) is currently being conjectured for the BaFe2(As1-x P x )2 system at the critical value x c  ≈ 0.3. In the proximity of a QCP, all thermodynamic and transport properties are expected to scale with a single characteristic energy, given by the quantum fluctuations. Such a universal behavior has not, however, been found in the superconducting upper critical field H c2. Here we report H c2 data for epitaxial thin films extracted from the electrical resistance measured in very high magnetic fields up to 67 Tesla...
July 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
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