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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058577/development-of-an-indirect-dot-ppa-elisa-using-glutamate-dehydrogenase-as-a-diagnostic-antigen-for-the-rapid-and-specific-detection-of-streptococcus-suis-and-its-application-to-clinical-specimens
#1
Xiao-Jing Xia, Lei Wang, Zhi-Qiang Shen, Wanhai Qin, Jianhe Hu, Shi-Jin Jiang, Shu-Guang Li
Streptococcus suis is an important zoonotic pathogen causing infections in pigs and humans. Bacterial surface-related proteins are often explored as potential vaccine candidates and diagnostic antigens. In the present study, glutamate dehydrogenase, a highly conserved immunogenic extracellular protein, was used to establish a dot horseradish peroxidase enzyme-linked staphylococcal protein A immunosorbent assay (Dot-PPA-ELISA) for diagnosis of S. suis infection. The antigen-antibody reaction was optimised through checkerboard titration involving serial dilutions, followed by selective blocking tests and evaluations of cross-reaction, repeatability, and stability...
January 5, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054076/push-pull-pyropheophorbides-for-nonlinear-optical-imaging
#2
Anjul Khadria, Yovan de Coene, Przemyslaw Gawel, Cécile Roche, Koen Clays, Harry L Anderson
Pyropheophorbide-a methyl ester (PPa-OMe) has been modified by attaching electron-donor and -acceptor groups to alter its linear and nonlinear optical properties. Regioselective bromination of the terminal vinyl position and Suzuki coupling were used to attach a 4-(N,N-diethylaminophenyl) electron-donor group. The electron-acceptor dicyanomethylene was attached at the cyclic ketone position through a Knoevenagel condensation. Four different derivatives of PPa-OMe, containing either electron-donor or electron-acceptor groups, or both, were converted to hydrophilic bis-TEG amides to generate a series of amphiphilic dyes...
January 5, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049270/identifying-acceptability-and-price-points-for-purchasing-micronutrient-powders-for-children-2-to-5-years-old-in-nepal
#3
Rajni Gunnala, Cria G Perrine, Giriraj Subedi, Saba Mebrahtu, Pradiumna Dahal, Maria Elena Jefferds
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Little is known about purchasing micronutrient powders (MNP) for children 2-5 years. We describe acceptability for purchasing and price points for MNP for children 2-5 years among caregivers living in districts where free MNP are distributed for children 6-23 months. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Crosssectional surveys conducted 3 months after MNP program implementation in 2 districts; 15 months after implementation in 2 different districts...
January 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043894/propionic-acid-metabolism-asd-and-vitamin-b12-is-there-a-role-for-environmental-nitrous-oxide
#4
Keith Fluegge
Foley et al. (2014) published their findings in this journal on the role of prenatal exposure to propionic acid (PPA) and behavioral outcomes in treated rat pups. The authors show that PPA treated pups displayed subtle differences in behavior including nest seeking, novel object recognition, and locomotor activity. Others have previously proposed that PPA infusion in rat could represent a valid animal model of ASD since many of the diagnostic criteria for the disorder spectrum manifest under such conditions...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025035/resveratrol-suppresses-neuroinflammation-in-the-experimental-paradigm-of-autism-spectrum-disorders
#5
Ranjana Bhandari, Anurag Kuhad
BACKGROUND: Neuronal dysfunction caused by neuroinflammation triggered by the stimulation of matrix metalloproteinases and the subsequent release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, as a result of oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction, is one of the probable mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The aim of the present study was to explore the ameliorative potential of resveratrol on neuroinflammation in the experimental paradigm of neuroinflammatory model of ASD in rats...
December 23, 2016: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018854/cholinergic-depletion-and-basal-forebrain-volume-in-primary-progressive-aphasia
#6
Jolien Schaeverbeke, Charlotte Evenepoel, Rose Bruffaerts, Koen Van Laere, Guy Bormans, Eva Dries, Thomas Tousseyn, Natalie Nelissen, Ronald Peeters, Mathieu Vandenbulcke, Patrick Dupont, Rik Vandenberghe
Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a heterogeneous syndrome with various neuropathological causes for which no medical treatment with proven efficacy exists. Basal forebrain (BF) volume loss has been reported in PPA but its relation to cholinergic depletion is still unclear. The primary objective of this study was to investigate whether cholinergic alterations occur in PPA variants and how this relates to BF volume loss. An academic memory clinic based consecutive series of 11 PPA patients (five with the semantic variant (SV), four with the logopenic variant (LV) and two with the nonfluent variant (NFV)) participated in this cross-sectional in vivo PET imaging study together with 10 healthy control subjects...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013534/kras-mutation-test-in-korean-patients-with-colorectal-carcinomas-a-methodological-comparison-between-sanger-sequencing-and-a-real-time-pcr-based-assay
#7
Sung Hak Lee, Arthur Minwoo Chung, Ahwon Lee, Woo Jin Oh, Yeong Jin Choi, Youn-Soo Lee, Eun Sun Jung
Background: Mutations in the KRAS gene have been identified in approximately 50% of colorectal cancers (CRCs). KRAS mutations are well established biomarkers in anti-epidermal growth factor receptor therapy. Therefore, assessment of KRAS mutations is needed in CRC patients to ensure appropriate treatment. Materials and Methods: We compared the analytical performance of the cobas test to Sanger sequencing in 264 CRC cases. In addition, discordant specimens were evaluated by 454 pyrosequencing...
December 25, 2016: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27999880/-pathomechanisms-and-clinical-aspects-of-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
#8
REVIEW
K Bürger, T Arzberger, J Stephan, J Levin, D Edbauer
BACKGROUND: Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) includes a spectrum of heterogeneous clinical and neuropathological diseases. In a strict sense this includes the behavioral variant of frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and both variants can be associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FTD-ALS). In a broader sense FTLD also includes progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). In recent years the strong genetic component of FTLD has become increasingly clear...
December 20, 2016: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968992/evidence-for-a-non-overlapping-subcellular-localization-of-the-family-i-isoforms-of-soluble-inorganic-pyrophosphatase-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#9
Francisca Morayna Gutiérrez-Luna, Ernesto Navarro de la Sancha, Lilián Gabriela Valencia-Turcotte, Sonia Vázquez-Santana, Rogelio Rodríguez-Sotres
Pyrophosphate is a byproduct of macromolecular biosynthesis and its degradation gives a thermodynamic impulse to cell growth. Soluble inorganic pyrophosphatases (PPa) are present in all living cells, but in plants and other Eukaryotes membrane-bound H+-pumping pyrophosphatases may compete with these soluble counterparts for the substrate. In Arabidopsis thaliana there are six genes encoding for classic family I PPa isoforms, five cytoplasmic, and one considered to be organellar. Here, six transgenic stable A...
December 2016: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956263/functional-modulation-of-contralateral-bias-in-early-and-object-selective-areas-after-stroke-of-the-occipital-ventral-cortices
#10
Maren Praß, Cathleen Grimsen, Manfred Fahle
Object agnosia is a rare symptom, occurring mainly after bilateral damage of the ventral visual cortex. Most patients suffering from unilateral ventral lesions are clinically non-agnosic. Here, we studied the effect of unilateral occipito-temporal lesions on object categorization and its underlying neural correlates in visual areas. Thirteen non-agnosic stroke patients and twelve control subjects performed an event-related rapid object categorization task in the fMRI scanner where images were presented either to the left or to the right of a fixed point...
December 9, 2016: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939824/pulmonary-platelet-accumulation-induced-by-catecholamines-its-involvement-in-lipopolysaccharide-induced-anaphylaxis-like-shock
#11
Zhiqian Yu, Hiroko Saito, Hirotada Otsuka, Yosuke Shikama, Hiromi Funayama, Mai Sakai, Shigeo Murai, Masanori Nakamura, Takashi Yokochi, Haruhiko Takada, Shunji Sugawara, Yasuo Endo
Intravenously injected lipopolysaccharides (LPS) rapidly induce pulmonary platelet accumulation (PPA) and anaphylaxis-like shock (ALS) in mice. Macrophages reportedly release catecholamines rapidly upon stimulation with LPS. Here, we examined the involvement of macrophage-derived catecholamines in LPS-induced PPA and ALS. A catecholamine or Klebsiella O3 (KO3) LPS was intravenously injected into mice, with 5-hydroxytryptamine in the lung being measured as a platelet marker. The tested catecholamines induced PPA, leading to shock...
February 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934376/microwave-assisted-synthesis-of-2-aryl-2-oxazolines-5-6-dihydro-4h-1-3-oxazines-and-4-5-6-7-tetrahydro-1-3-oxazepines
#12
María C Mollo, Liliana R Orelli
The first general procedure for the synthesis of 5- to 7-membered cyclic iminoethers by microwave-assisted cyclization of ω-amido alcohols promoted by polyphosphoric acid (PPA) esters is presented. 2-Aryl-2-oxazolines and 5,6-dihydro-4H-1,3-oxazines were efficiently prepared using ethyl polyphosphate/CHCl3. Trimethylsilyl polyphosphate in solvent-free conditions allowed for the synthesis of hitherto-unreported 4,5,6,7-tetrahydro-1,3-oxazepines. The method involves good to excellent yields and short reaction times...
December 2, 2016: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932958/the-shark-alar-hypothalamus-molecular-characterization-of-prosomeric-subdivisions-and-evolutionary-trends
#13
Gabriel N Santos-Durán, Susana Ferreiro-Galve, Arnaud Menuet, Idoia Quintana-Urzainqui, Sylvie Mazan, Isabel Rodríguez-Moldes, Eva Candal
The hypothalamus is an important physiologic center of the vertebrate brain involved in the elaboration of individual and species survival responses. To better understand the ancestral organization of the alar hypothalamus we revisit previous data on ScOtp, ScDlx2/5, ScTbr1, ScNkx2.1 expression and Pax6 immunoreactivity jointly with new data on ScNeurog2, ScLhx9, ScLhx5, and ScNkx2.8 expression, in addition to immunoreactivity to serotonin (5-HT) and doublecortin (DCX) in the catshark Scyliorhinus canicula, a key species for this purpose since cartilaginous fishes are basal representatives of gnathostomes (jawed vertebrates)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927861/what-is-the-more-effective-antibiotic-stewardship-intervention-pre-prescription-authorization-or-post-prescription-review-with-feedback
#14
Pranita D Tamma, Edina Avdic, John F Keenan, Yuan Zhao, Gobind Anand, James Cooper, Rebecca Dezube, Steven Hsu, Sara E Cosgrove
BACKGROUND: The optimal approach to conducting antibiotic stewardship interventions has not been defined. We compared days of antibiotic therapy (DOT) using pre-prescription authorization (PPA) versus post-prescription review with feedback (PPRF) strategies. METHODS: A quasi-experimental, crossover trial comparing PPA and PPRF for adult inpatients prescribed any antibiotic was conducted. For the first four months, two medicine teams were assigned to the PPA arm and the other two teams to the PPRF arm...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922867/the-value-of-99mtc-ecd-spect-with-statistical-image-analysis-on-enhancing-the-early-diagnosis-of-primary-progressive-aphasia
#15
Cheng-Yu Wei, Pai-Yi Chiu, Po-Nien Hou, Hiroshi Matsuda, Guang-Uei Hung
A 64-year-old woman with poor short-term memory was first suspected as early Alzheimer disease. Tc ECD brain SPECT was arranged for differential diagnosis. A small area of mild hypoperfusion was noted in the left temporal lobe on conventional display. Further statistical analysis of SPECT with an easy Z-score imaging system showed large areas of distinct hypoperfusion in left precentral and perisylvian cortical areas, compatible with typical pictures of nonfluent variant primary progressive aphasia (PPA), but no involvement in areas characteristic for Alzheimer disease...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900151/can-the-otago-falls-prevention-program-be-delivered-by-video-a-feasibility-study
#16
Jennifer C Davis, Chun Liang Hsu, Winnie Cheung, Penny M A Brasher, Linda C Li, Karim M Khan, Jonathan Sykes, Dawn A Skelton, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
OBJECTIVES: We assessed the feasibility of delivering the Otago Exercise Programme (OEP) via an interactive DVD (ie, OEP-DVD) in combination with monthly physical therapist phone calls to older adults. DESIGN: This pre-post (baseline and 6-month follow-up) study included an intervention group (n=61) based in a rural location and a control group (n=21) based in a city. SETTING: Sechelt and Vancouver, British Columbia. PARTICIPANTS: 82 community-dwelling adults ≥75 years...
2016: BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884360/cost-effectiveness-of-endovascular-femoropopliteal-intervention-using-drug-coated-balloons%C3%A2-versus-standard-percutaneous-transluminal-angioplasty-results-from-the-in-pact%C3%A2-sfa-ii-trial
#17
Adam C Salisbury, Haiyan Li, Katherine R Vilain, Michael R Jaff, Peter A Schneider, John R Laird, David J Cohen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of drug-coated balloon (DCB) angioplasty versus standard percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA). BACKGROUND: Recent trials have reported lower rates of target lesion revascularization with DCB angioplasty versus standard PTA. However, the cost-effectiveness of DCB angioplasty is unknown. METHODS: A prospective economic study was performed alongside the IN.PACT SFA II (IN...
November 28, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875715/common-and-divergent-neural-correlates-of-anomia-in-amnestic-and-logopenic-presentations-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#18
Cristian E Leyton, John R Hodges, Olivier Piguet, Kirrie J Ballard
The majority of logopenic variant primary progressive aphasia (lv-PPA) cases harbour Alzheimer pathology, suggesting that lv-PPA constitutes an atypical presentation of Alzheimer's disease (AD). However, even if caused by Alzheimer pathology, the clinical manifestations of lv-PPA differ from those observed in the typical or amnestic AD presentation: in lv-PPA, aphasia is the main feature while amnestic AD is characterised by impaired episodic memory. Anomia or impaired naming, however, is present in both AD presentations...
November 5, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874176/effects-of-tai-chi-on-cognition-and-fall-risk-in-older-adults-with-mild-cognitive-impairment-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Somporn Sungkarat, Sirinun Boripuntakul, Nipon Chattipakorn, Kanokwan Watcharasaksilp, Stephen R Lord
OBJECTIVES: To examine whether combined center- and home-based Tai Chi training can improve cognitive ability and reduce physiological fall risk in older adults with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (a-MCI). DESIGN: Randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Chiang Mai, Thailand. PARTICIPANTS: Adults aged 60 and older who met Petersen's criteria for multiple-domain a-MCI (N = 66). INTERVENTION: Three weeks center-based and 12 weeks home-based Tai Chi (50 minutes per session, 3 times per week)...
November 22, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872929/magnetic-iron-oxide-modified-pyropheophorbide-a-fluorescence-nanoparticles-as-photosensitizers-for-photodynamic-therapy-against-ovarian-cancer-skov-3-cells
#20
Guanghui Tan, Wenting Li, Jianjun Cheng, Zhiqiang Wang, Shuquan Wei, Yingxue Jin, Changhong Guo, Fengyu Qu
Magnetic iron oxide modified pyropheophorbide-a fluorescence nanoparticles, Fe3O4@SiO2@APTES@PPa (FSAP), were designed as magnetically targeted photodynamic antineoplastic agents and prepared through continuous covalent chemical modification on the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The properties of the intermediates and the final product were comprehensively characterized by transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, zeta potential measurement, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence emission spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis...
November 30, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
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