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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339495/streamlined-circular-proximity-ligation-assay-provides-high-stringency-and-compatibility-with-low-affinity-antibodies
#1
Roxana Jalili, Joe Horecka, James R Swartz, Ronald W Davis, Henrik H J Persson
Proximity ligation assay (PLA) is a powerful tool for quantitative detection of protein biomarkers in biological fluids and tissues. Here, we present the circular proximity ligation assay (c-PLA), a highly specific protein detection method that outperforms traditional PLA in stringency, ease of use, and compatibility with low-affinity reagents. In c-PLA, two proximity probes bind to an analyte, providing a scaffolding that positions two free oligonucleotides such that they can be ligated into a circular DNA molecule...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322236/-urosepsis
#2
Mathias W Pletz, Sebastian Weis, Christina Forstner, Florian Wagenlehner
Urosepsis is defined as a severe disease due to organ failure caused by a urinary tract infection. An empirical antibiotic therapy should be instigated within the first hour after diagnosis. Urine cultures and blood cultures should be performed before antibiotic treatment. Further diagnostics should be carried out at an early stage to enable an interventional focus control in the case of urinary tract obstruction or abscess formation, if necessary. Gram-negative pathogens are most frequently isolated. Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) forming bacteria as a cause of urosepsis are increasing...
January 10, 2018: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320766/improved-visibility-of-barrett-s-esophagus-with-linked-color-imaging-inter-and-intra-rater-reliability-and-quantitative-analysis
#3
Tsutomu Takeda, Akihito Nagahara, Kei Ishizuka, Shoki Okubo, Keiichi Haga, Maiko Suzuki, Akihito Nakajima, Hiroyuki Komori, Yoichi Akazawa, Kentaro Izumi, Kohei Matsumoto, Hiroya Ueyama, Yuji Shimada, Kenshi Matsumoto, Daisuke Asaoka, Tomoyoshi Shibuya, Naoto Sakamoto, Taro Osada, Mariko Hojo, Shuko Nojiri, Sumio Watanabe
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To evaluate the usefulness of linked color imaging (LCI) and blue LASER imaging (BLI) in Barrett's esophagus (BE) compared with white light imaging (WLI). METHODS: Five expert and trainee endoscopists compared WLI, LCI, and BLI images obtained from 63 patients with short-segment BE. Physicians assessed visibility as follows: 5 (improved), 4 (somewhat improved), 3 (equivalent), 2 (somewhat decreased), and one (decreased). Scores were evaluated to assess visibility...
January 10, 2018: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299117/a-new-bioluminescent-reporter-system-to-study-the-biodistribution-of-systematically-injected-tumor-derived-bioluminescent-extracellular-vesicles-in-mice
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Prakash Gangadaran, Xiu Juan Li, Ho Won Lee, Ji Min Oh, Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Ramya Lakshmi Rajendran, Seung Hyun Son, Se Hwan Baek, Thoudam Debraj Singh, Liya Zhu, Shin Young Jeong, Sang-Woo Lee, Jaetae Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
In vivo biodistribution and fate of extracellular vesicles (EVs) are still largely unknown and require reliable in vivo tracking techniques. In this study, in vivo bioluminescence imaging (BLI) using Renilla luciferase (Rluc) was developed and applied to monitoring of EVs derived from thyroid cancer (CAL-62 cells) and breast cancer (MDA-MB-231) in nude mice after intravenous administration and was compared with a dye-based labeling method for EV derived from CAL-62 cells. The EVs were successfully labeled with Rluc and visualized by BLI in mice...
December 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288053/the-histidine-phosphocarrier-protein-hpr-binds-to-the-highly-thermostable-regulator-of-sigma-d-protein-rsd-and-its-isolated-helical-fragments
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José L Neira, Felipe Hornos, Concetta Cozza, Ana Cámara-Artigas, Olga Abián, Adrián Velázquez-Campoy
The phosphotransferase system (PTS) controls the preferential use of sugars in bacteria and it is also involved in other processes, such as chemotaxis. It is formed by a protein cascade in which the first two proteins are general (namely, EI and HPr) and the others are sugar-specific permeases. The Rsd protein binds specifically to the RNA polymerase (RNAP) σ70 factor. We first characterized the conformational stability of Escherichia coli Rsd. And second, we delineated the binding regions of Streptomyces coelicolor, HPrsc, and E...
December 26, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259231/a-novel-cell-line-based-orthotopic-xenograft-mouse-model-that-recapitulates-human-hepatoblastoma
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Sarah E Woodfield, Yan Shi, Roma H Patel, Jingling Jin, Angela Major, Stephen F Sarabia, Zbigniew Starosolski, Barry Zorman, Siddharth S Gupta, Zhenghu Chen, Aryana M Ibarra, Karl-Dimiter Bissig, Ketan B Ghaghada, Pavel Sumazin, Dolores López-Terrada, Sanjeev A Vasudevan
Currently, preclinical testing of therapies for hepatoblastoma (HB) is limited to subcutaneous and intrasplenic xenograft models that do not recapitulate the hepatic tumors seen in patients. We hypothesized that injection of HB cell lines into the livers of mice would result in liver tumors that resemble their clinical counterparts. HepG2 and Huh-6 HB cell lines were injected, and tumor growth was monitored with bioluminescence imaging (BLI) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Levels of human α-fetoprotein (AFP) were monitored in the serum of animals...
December 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222519/virtual-screening-for-inhibitors-of-the-human-tslp-tslpr-interaction
#7
Dries Van Rompaey, Kenneth Verstraete, Frank Peelman, Savvas N Savvides, Koen Augustyns, Pieter Van Der Veken, Hans De Winter
The pro-inflammatory cytokine thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of various allergy disorders that are mediated by type 2 helper T cell (Th2) responses, such as asthma and atopic dermatitis. TSLP forms a ternary complex with the TSLP receptor (TSLPR) and the interleukin-7-receptor subunit alpha (IL-7Rα), thereby activating a signaling cascade that culminates in the release of pro-inflammatory mediators. In this study, we conducted an in silico characterization of the TSLP:TSLPR complex to investigate the drugability of this complex...
December 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220754/association-of-high-mortality-with-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-esbl-positive-cultures-in-community-acquired-infections
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Sumit Ray, Dimple Anand, Sankalp Purwar, Arijit Samanta, Kaustubh V Upadhye, Prasoon Gupta, Debashis Dhar
PURPOSE: Infections due to multidrug resistant organisms have become a serious health concern worldwide. The present study was conducted to investigate the spectrum of microbial resistance pattern in the community and their effects on mortality. METHODS: A retrospective review and analysis of prospectively collected data was done of all patients admitted with diagnosis of sepsis in two tertiary care ICU's for a period of two years. Demographics, culture positivity, microbial spectrum, resistance pattern and outcome data were collected...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216843/evaluation-of-the-visibility-of-early-gastric-cancer-using-linked-color-imaging-and-blue-laser-imaging
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Yoshikazu Yoshifuku, Yoji Sanomura, Shiro Oka, Mio Kurihara, Takeshi Mizumoto, Tomohiro Miwata, Yuji Urabe, Toru Hiyama, Shinji Tanaka, Kazuaki Chayama
BACKGROUND: Blue laser imaging (BLI) and linked color imaging (LCI) are the color enhancement features of the LASEREO endoscopic system, which provide a narrow band light observation function and expansion and reduction of the color information, respectively. METHODS: We examined 82 patients with early gastric cancer (EGC) diagnosed between April 2014 and August 2015. Five expert and 5 non-expert endoscopists retrospectively compared images obtained on non-magnifying BLI bright mode (BLI-BRT) and LCI with those obtained via conventional white light imaging (WLI)...
December 8, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171718/revealing-the-fate-of-transplanted-stem-cells-in-vivo-with-a-novel-optical-imaging-strategy
#10
Guangcun Chen, Suying Lin, Dehua Huang, Yejun Zhang, Chunyan Li, Mao Wang, Qiangbin Wang
Stem-cell-based regenerative medicine holds great promise in clinical practices. However, the fate of stem cells after transplantation, including the distribution, viability, and the cell clearance, is not fully understood, which is critical to understand the process and the underlying mechanism of regeneration for better therapeutic effects. Herein, we develop a dual-labeling strategy to in situ visualize the fate of transplanted stem cells in vivo by combining the exogenous near-infrared fluorescence imaging in the second window (NIR-II) and endogenous red bioluminescence imaging (BLI)...
November 24, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169339/an-orthotopic-xenograft-model-for-high-risk-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer-in-mice-influence-of-mouse-strain-tumor-cell-count-dwell-time-and-bladder-pretreatment
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Doreen Huebner, Christiane Rieger, Ralf Bergmann, Martin Ullrich, Sebastian Meister, Marieta Toma, Ralf Wiedemuth, Achim Temme, Vladimir Novotny, Manfred P Wirth, Michael Bachmann, Jens Pietzsch, Susanne Fuessel
BACKGROUND: Novel theranostic options for high-risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer are urgently needed. This requires a thorough evaluation of experimental approaches in animal models best possibly reflecting human disease before entering clinical studies. Although several bladder cancer xenograft models were used in the literature, the establishment of an orthotopic bladder cancer model in mice remains challenging. METHODS: Luciferase-transduced UM-UC-3(LUC)K1 bladder cancer cells were instilled transurethrally via 24G permanent venous catheters into athymic NMRI and BALB/c nude mice as well as into SCID-beige mice...
November 23, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159276/linked-color-imaging-lci-a-novel-image-enhanced-endoscopy-technology-emphasizes-the-color-of-early-gastric-cancer
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Hiromitsu Kanzaki, Ryuta Takenaka, Yoshiro Kawahara, Daisuke Kawai, Yuka Obayashi, Yuki Baba, Hiroyuki Sakae, Tatsuhiro Gotoda, Yoshiyasu Kono, Ko Miura, Masaya Iwamuro, Seiji Kawano, Takehiro Tanaka, Hiroyuki Okada
Background and study aims:  Linked color imaging (LCI) and blue laser imaging (BLI) are novel image-enhanced endoscopy technologies with strong, unique color enhancement. We investigated the efficacy of LCI and BLI-bright compared to conventional white light imaging (WLI) by measuring the color difference between early gastric cancer lesions and the surrounding mucosa. Patients and methods:  Images of early gastric cancer scheduled for endoscopic submucosal dissection were captured by LCI, BLI-bright, and WLI under the same conditions...
October 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152878/potency-determination-of-inactivated-h7-influenza-vaccines-using-monoclonal-antibody-based-elisa-and-biolayer-interferometry-assays
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Anupama Vasudevan, Amy Woerner, Falko Schmeisser, Swati Verma, Ollie Williams, Jerry P Weir
BACKGROUND: The single radial immunodiffusion (SRID) assay, the accepted method for determining potency of inactivated influenza vaccines, measures an immunogenic form of the influenza hemagglutinin. Nevertheless, alternative methods for measuring vaccine potency have been explored in order to address some of the weaknesses of the SRID assay, including limited sensitivity and the requirement for large amounts of standardized reagents. Monoclonal antibody (mAb)-based potency assays also have the ability to detect and measure relevant immunogenic forms of HA...
November 20, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141657/local-estrogen-axis-in-the-human-bone-microenvironment-regulates-estrogen%C3%A2-receptor-positive%C3%A2-breast-cancer-cells
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Derek F Amanatullah, John S Tamaresis, Pauline Chu, Michael H Bachmann, Nhat M Hoang, Deborah Collyar, Aaron T Mayer, Robert B West, William J Maloney, Christopher H Contag, Bonnie L King
BACKGROUND: Approximately 70% of all breast cancers express the estrogen receptor, and are regulated by estrogen. While the ovaries are the primary source of estrogen in premenopausal women, most breast cancer is diagnosed following menopause, when systemic levels of this hormone decline. Estrogen production from androgen precursors is catalyzed by the aromatase enzyme. Although aromatase expression and local estrogen production in breast adipose tissue have been implicated in the development of primary breast cancer, the source of estrogen involved in the regulation of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) metastatic breast cancer progression is less clear...
November 15, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127502/piperacillin-tazobactam-as-alternative-to-carbapenems-for-icu-patients
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Benoit Pilmis, Vincent Jullien, Alexis Tabah, Jean-Ralph Zahar, Christian Brun-Buisson
Several studies suggest that alternatives to carbapenems, and particulary beta-lactam/beta-lactamase inhibitor combinations, can be used for therapy of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE)-related infections in non-ICU patients. Little is known concerning ICU patients in whom achieving the desired plasmatic pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) target may be difficult. Also, in vitro susceptibility to beta-lactamase inhibitors might not translate into clinical efficacy. We reviewed the recent clinical studies examining the use of BL/BLI as alternatives to carbapenems for therapy of bloodstream infection, PK/PD data and discuss potential ecological benefit from avoiding the use of carbapenems...
November 10, 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125972/a-biolayer-interferometry-based-enzyme-linked-aptamer-sorbent-assay-for-real-time-and-highly-sensitive-detection-of-pdgf-bb
#16
Shunxiang Gao, Xin Zheng, Jihong Wu
Accurate, fast and sensitive detection of disease-specific protein biomarkers, especially in blood, urine, or other bodily fluids, is an important approach to achieve early disease diagnosis. Platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB), a widely used biomarker, is involved in a substantial number of serious diseases, such as hepatic fibrosis, atherosclerosis, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease and is often over-expressed in human malignant tumors. Therefore, the development of sensitive and specific detection methods for PDGF-BB is of great importance for the early diagnosis of disease and assessments of patient recovery...
November 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072708/preparation-of-glycoconjugates-from-unprotected-carbohydrates-for-protein-binding-studies
#17
Christian T Hjuler, Nicolai N Maolanon, Jørgen Sauer, Jens Stougaard, Mikkel B Thygesen, Knud J Jensen
Glycobiology, in particular the study of carbohydrate-protein interactions and the events that follow, has become an important research focus in recent decades. To study these interactions, many assays require homogeneous glycoconjugates in suitable amounts. Their synthesis is one of the methodological challenges of glycobiology. Here, we describe a versatile, three-stage protocol for the formation of glycoconjugates from unprotected carbohydrates, including those purified from natural sources, as exemplified here by rhizobial Nod factors and exopolysaccharide fragments...
November 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29069801/effect-of-weekly-or-daily-dosing-regimen-of-gefitinib-in-mouse-models-of-lung-cancer
#18
Qi Zhang, Ruichao Li, Xu Chen, Sang Beom Lee, Jing Pan, Donghai Xiong, Jiaqi Hu, Mark Steven Miller, Eva Szabo, Ronald A Lubet, Yian Wang, Ming You
Gefitinib showed response in phase II clinical trials and with better clinical response in lung cancer with activating mutations in the tyrosine kinase domain of the EGFR. Questions of toxicity and potential dosing regimens impede the use in a prevention setting. This study will provide scientific evidence for the utility of testing and comparing weekly and daily dosing regimens in clinical trials. We employed the adenocarcinoma (AD) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) models to compare the efficacy of Gefitinib in daily or weekly dosing regimens...
September 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065437/basic-bli-adenoma-serrated-international-classification-classification-for-colorectal-polyp-characterization-with-blue-light-imaging
#19
Raf Bisschops, Cesare Hassan, Pradeep Bhandari, Emmanuel Coron, Helmut Neumann, Oliver Pech, Loredana Correale, Alessandro Repici
Backgound and study aim Advanced endoscopic imaging has revolutionized the characterization of lesions during colonoscopy. The aim of this study was to create a new classification for differentiating subcentimetric hyperplastic and adenomatous polyps, and deeply invasive malignant lesions using blue-light imaging (BLI) with high definition, with and without optical magnification, as well as to assess its interobserver concordance. Methods A video library consisting of 48 videos/still images (with/without optical magnification) from 24 histologically verified polyps/cancer with BLI was prospectively created...
October 24, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048160/destruxin-a-induces-and-binds-hsps-in-bombyx-mori-bm12-cells
#20
Huanhuan Zhang, Weina Hu, Miaomiao Xiao, Shiyi Ou, Qiongbo Hu
Destruxin A (DA) is a cyclodepsipeptidic mycotoxin isolated from the entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhizium anisopliae. It has insecticidal activity against host insect's innate immunity system, but the molecular mechanism is not yet elucidated. In our previous experiment, four HSPs (heat shock proteins, BmHSP70-3, BmHSP75, BmHSP83, and BmHSCP) were characterized from the specific protein electrophoretic bands of Bombyx mori Bm12 cell line treated with DA in the test of drug affinity responsive target stability (DARTS), which implied that these HSPs might be kinds of DA-affinity proteins, or DA induces them up-regulated expression...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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