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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102740/update-on-functional-and-genetic-laboratory-assays-for-the-detection-of-platelet-microvesicles
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Maxime Laroche, Claire Dunois, Anne Marie Vissac, Jean Amiral
Functional and genetic assays for measuring platelet microvesicles (PMVs) are presented and discussed. Functional assays concern two groups of methods: a) homogeneous assays using the cofactor activity of phospholipids (PPLs) contained in PMVs and present in assayed plasmas, and a coagulation or a thrombin generation assay (TGA) as "end points"; b) capture-based assays, in which PMVs bind to an immobilized ligand, such as Annexin V in the presence of calcium, or monoclonal antibodies (MoAbs) specific for membrane proteins...
January 19, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102514/carbapenemase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bloodstream-infection-in-critically-ill-patients-risk-factors-and-predictors-of-mortality
#2
M Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, F Fligou, C Bartzavali, A Zotou, A Spyropoulou, K Koutsileou, S Vamvakopoulou, N Sioulas, V Karamouzos, E D Anastassiou, I Spiliopoulou, M Christofidou, M Marangos
A significant increase in carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (CP-Kp) bacteraemias has been observed worldwide. The objective of the present work was to study the risk factors and predictors of mortality of CP-Kp bacteraemias among critically ill patients. During a 4-year period (2012-3015), a matched 1:2 case-control study was conducted. Klebsiella pneumoniae was identified by Vitek 2 technology. Antibiotic susceptibility was performed by the agar disc diffusion method and Etest. The presence of the bla KPC, bla VIM and bla NDM genes was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102513/incidence-of-cryptosporidium-andersoni-in-diarrheal-patients-from-southern-assam-india-a-molecular-approach
#3
G Hussain, S Roychoudhury, B Singha, J Paul
The distribution and public health significance of Cryptosporidium species and genotypes in humans and bovine differ across geographical areas. Cryptosporidium species causes a disease known as cryptosporidiosis in humans and animals. To characterize the prevalence of cryptosporidiosis in humans in southern Assam, India, stool samples (n = 1119) of diarrhea patients were collected from different hospitals and from the community during the period January 2014 to July 2016. Fecal smears were examined microscopically for Cryptosporidium species using modified acid fast staining and were screened to ascertain the presence of Cryptosporidium antigen by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102444/patients-with-bicuspid-and-tricuspid-aortic-valve-exhibit-distinct-regional-microrna-signatures-in-mildly-dilated-ascending-aorta
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Sebastian Albinsson, Alessandro Della Corte, Azra Alajbegovic, Katarzyna K Krawczyk, Ciro Bancone, Umberto Galderisi, Marilena Cipollaro, Marisa De Feo, Amalia Forte
MicroRNAs are able to modulate gene expression in a range of diseases. We focused on microRNAs as potential contributors to the pathogenesis of ascending aorta (AA) dilatation in patients with stenotic tricuspid (TAV) or bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Aortic specimens were collected from the 'concavity' and the 'convexity' of mildly dilated AAs and of normal AAs from heart transplant donors. Aortic RNA was analyzed through PCR arrays, profiling the expression of 84 microRNAs involved in cardiovascular disease...
January 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102322/size-selective-separation-and-overall-amplification-of-cell-free-fetal-dna-fragments-using-pcr-based-enrichment
#5
Qiwei Yang, Zhenwu Du, Yang Song, Sujie Gao, Shan Yu, He Zhu, Ming Ren, Guizhen Zhang
This study aimed to establish a method for the selective amplification of cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) in maternal plasma and preserve the integrity of DNA fragments during amplification, thereby providing a sufficient amount of cffDNA to meet the requirement of routine non-invasive prenatal testing. We amplified DNA molecules in a one-reaction system without considering their particular sequences and lengths (overall amplification) by using PCR-based enrichment. We then modified PCR conditions to verify the effect of denaturation temperature on DNA amplification on various lengths of DNA (selective overall amplification)...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102286/chelerythrine-down-regulates-expression-of-vegfa-bcl2-and-kras-by-arresting-g-quadruplex-structures-at-their-promoter-regions
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Jagannath Jana, Soma Mondal, Payel Bhattacharjee, Pallabi Sengupta, Tanaya Roychowdhury, Pranay Saha, Pallob Kundu, Subhrangsu Chatterjee
A putative anticancer plant alkaloid, Chelerythrine binds to G-quadruplexes at promoters of VEGFA, BCL2 and KRAS genes and down regulates their expression. The association of Chelerythrine to G-quadruplex at the promoters of these oncogenes were monitored using UV absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence anisotropy, circular dichroism spectroscopy, CD melting, isothermal titration calorimetry, molecular dynamics simulation and quantitative RT-PCR technique. The pronounced hypochromism accompanied by red shifts in UV absorption spectroscopy in conjunction with ethidium bromide displacement assay indicates end stacking mode of interaction of Chelerythrine with the corresponding G-quadruplex structures...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102195/positive-association-between-kcnj5-rs2604204-a-c-polymorphism-and-plasma-aldosterone-levels-but-also-plasma-renin-and-angiotensin-i-and-ii-levels-in-newly-diagnosed-hypertensive-chinese-a-case-control-study
#7
H Wang, C Weng, H Chen
Variants in G protein-coupled inward rectifier K(+) channels 4 (GIRK4 also known as KCNJ5) gene are associated with primary aldosteronism, which is the most common cause of secondary hypertension. The KCNJ5 rs2604204 variant was shown to be common (minor allele frequency=32.5%) in Chinese patients with essential hypertension (EH). The relationship between KCNJ5 variant and plasma aldosterone (ALD) levels in EH patients has not been reported. We collected 229 patients with newly diagnosed EH without any antihypertensive agents...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102109/epigenetic-regulation-of-rgs2-regulator-of-g-protein-signaling-2-in-chemoresistant-ovarian-cancer-cells
#8
Ercan Cacan
Regulator of G-protein signaling 2 (RGS2) is a GTPase-activating protein functioning as an inhibitor of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). RGS2 dysregulation was implicated in solid tumour development and RGS2 downregulation has been reported in prostate and ovarian cancer progression. However, the molecular mechanism by which RGS2 expression is suppressed in ovarian cancer remains unknown. The expression and epigenetic regulation of RGS2 in chemosensitive and chemoresistant ovarian cancer cells were determined by qRT-PCR and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays, respectively...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102059/v%C3%AE-1%C3%A2-%C2%BA-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-are-correlated-with-increasing-expression-of-eosinophil-cationic-protein-and-metalloproteinase-7-in-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps-inducing-the-formation-of-edema
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Luo Ying Yang, Xia Li, Wen Ting Li, Jian Cong Huang, Zhi Yuan Wang, Zi Zhen Huang, Li Hong Chang, Ge Hua Zhang
PURPOSE: We have found that expression of γδT cells is increased in pathological mucosa of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps (CRSwNP) compared with normal nasal mucosa. This increase is correlated with the infiltration of eosinophils in CRSwNP. Here, we investigated the expression of γδT cells, inflammation and tissue remodeling factors as well as their probable relationships in different types of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) in China. METHODS: A total of 76 surgical tissue samples that included 43 CRSwNP samples (15 eosinophilic and 28 non-eosinophilic), 17 CRS samples without nasal polyps (CRSsNP), and 16 controls were obtained...
March 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102032/nonpromoter-methylation-of-the-cdkn2a-gene-with-active-transcription-is-associated-with-improved-locoregional-control-in-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#10
Miriam M Ben-Dayan, Thomas J Ow, Thomas J Belbin, Joshua Wetzler, Richard V Smith, Geoffrey Childs, Brenda Diergaarde, D Neil Hayes, Jennifer R Grandis, Michael B Prystowsky, Nicolas F Schlecht
We previously reported a novel association between CDKN2A nonpromoter methylation and transcription (ARF/INK4a) in human papillomavirus associated oropharyngeal tumors. In this study we assessed whether nonpromoter CDKN2A methylation in laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas (LXSCC) conferred a similar association with transcription that predicted patient outcome. We compared DNA methylation and ARF/INK4a RNA expression levels for the CDKN2A locus using the Illumina HumanMethylation27 beadchip and RT-PCR in 43 LXSCC tumor samples collected from a prospective study of head and neck cancer patients treated at Montefiore Medical Center (MMC)...
January 19, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101989/diagnosis-of-peste-des-petits-ruminants-in-wild-and-domestic-animals-in-xinjiang-china-2013-2016
#11
J Li, L Li, X Wu, F Liu, Y Zou, Q Wang, C Liu, J Bao, W Wang, W Ma, H Lin, J Huang, X Zheng, Z Wang
Peste des petits ruminants viruses (PPRVs) re-emerged in China at the end of 2013 and then spread rapidly into 22 provinces through movement of live goats and sheep. In this study, 96 samples of domestic animals and 13 samples of wildlife were analysed for the presence of PPRV infection by ELISA or RT-PCR. Of 96 samples from sheep and goats, 91 were PPRV positive, whereas all of the 13 samples from three wild species, Capra ibex (Capra ibex sibirica), argali (Ovis ammon) and Goitered gazelle (Gazella subgutturosa), were found to be positive...
January 18, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101932/amino-acid-profiling-of-zinc-resistant-prostate-cancer-cell-lines-associations-with-cancer-progression
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Monika Kratochvilova, Martina Raudenska, Zbynek Heger, Lukas Richtera, Natalia Cernei, Vojtech Adam, Petr Babula, Marie Novakova, Michal Masarik, Jaromir Gumulec
BACKGROUND: Failure in intracellular zinc accumulation is a key process in prostate carcinogenesis. Nevertheless, epidemiological studies of zinc administration have provided contradicting results. In order to examine the impact of the artificial intracellular increase of zinc(II) ions on prostate cancer metabolism, PNT1A, 22Rv1, and PC-3 prostatic cell lines-depicting different stages of cancer progression-and their zinc-resistant counterparts were used. To determine "benign" and "malignant" metabolic profiles, amino acid patterns, gene expression, and antioxidant capacity of these cell lines were assessed...
January 19, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101896/adaptation-of-genetically-monomorphic-bacteria-evolution-of-copper-resistance-through-multiple-horizontal-gene-transfers-of-complex-and-versatile-mobile-genetic-elements
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D Richard, V Ravigné, A Rieux, B Facon, C Boyer, K Boyer, P Grygiel, S Javegny, M Terville, B I Canteros, I Robène, C Vernière, A Chabirand, O Pruvost, P Lefeuvre
Copper-based antimicrobial compounds are widely used to control plant bacterial pathogens. Pathogens have adapted in response to this selective pressure. Xanthomonas citri pv. citri, a major citrus pathogen causing Asiatic citrus canker, was first reported to carry plasmid-encoded copper resistance in Argentina. This phenotype was conferred by the copLAB gene system. The emergence of resistant strains has since been reported in Réunion and Martinique. Using microsatellite-based genotyping and copLAB PCR, we demonstrated that the genetic structure of the copper-resistant strains from these three regions was made up of two distant clusters and varied for the detection of copLAB amplicons...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101891/different-expression-of-leptin-and-igf1-in-the-adult-and-prepubertal-testis-in-dogs
#14
L Müller, M P Kowalewski, I M Reichler, E Kollár, O Balogh
Leptin (Lep) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) are implicated in the regulation of testicular function, but in dogs, our knowledge is limited to the possible role of the IGF1 system in testicular tumours. In this study, we aimed to describe and compare gene expression and protein localization of Lep, IGF1 and their receptors (LepR and IGF1R, respectively) in the testis of healthy adult and prepubertal dogs. Testes were collected from sexually healthy mature (n = 7) and from 8-week-old dogs (n = 7)...
January 18, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101822/lupinus-albus-conglutin-gamma-modifies-the-gene-expressions-of-enzymes-involved-in-glucose-hepatic-production-in-vivo
#15
Ana E González-Santiago, Belinda Vargas-Guerrero, Pedro M García-López, Alma L Martínez-Ayala, José A Domínguez-Rosales, Carmen M Gurrola-Díaz
Lupinus albus seeds contain conglutin gamma (Cγ) protein, which exerts a hypoglycemic effect and positively modifies proteins involved in glucose homeostasis. Cγ could potentially be used to manage patients with impaired glucose metabolism, but there remains a need to evaluate its effects on hepatic glucose production. The present study aimed to analyze G6pc, Fbp1, and Pck1 gene expressions in two experimental animal models of impaired glucose metabolism. We also evaluated hepatic and renal tissue integrity following Cγ treatment...
January 18, 2017: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101802/cold-pcr-technologies-in-the-area-of-personalized-medicine-methodology-and-applications
#16
REVIEW
Florence Mauger, Alexandre How-Kit, Jörg Tost
Somatic mutations bear great promise for use as biomarkers for personalized medicine, but are often present only in low abundance in biological material and are therefore difficult to detect. Many assays for mutation analysis in cancer-related genes (hotspots) have been developed to improve diagnosis, prognosis, prediction of drug resistance, and monitoring of the response to treatment. Two major approaches have been developed: mutation-specific amplification methods and methods that enrich and detect mutations without prior knowledge on the exact location and identity of the mutation...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101798/mir-10b-mir-26a-mir-146a-and-mir-153-expression-in-triple-negative-vs-non-triple-negative-breast-cancer-potential-biomarkers
#17
Insaf Fkih M'hamed, Maud Privat, Mounir Trimeche, Frédérique Penault-Llorca, Yves-Jean Bignon, Abderraouf Kenani
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs composed of 18-25 nucleotides that can post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression and have key regulatory roles in cancer, acting as both oncogenes and tumor suppressors. About 1000 genes in humans encode miRNAs, which account for approximately 3% of the human genome, and up to 30% of human protein coding genes may be regulated by miRNAs. The objective of this article is to evaluate the expression profile of four miRNAs previously implicated in triple negative breast cancer: miR-10b, miR-26a, miR-146a and miR-153, and to determine their possible interaction in triple negative and non triple negative breast cancer based on clinical outcome and the expression of BRCA1...
January 18, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101786/evaluation-of-t-regulatory-lymphocytes-transcription-factors-in-htlv-1-associated-myelopathy-tropical-spastic-paraparesis-ham-tsp-patients
#18
Sanaz Ahmadi Ghezeldasht, Hamed Sadeghian, Mahmoud Reza Azarpazhooh, Seyyed Ali Akbar Shamsian, Houshang Rafatpanah, Mahmood Mahmoodi, Seyyed Abdolrahim Rezaee
HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) is an aggressive neurological disease. The CD4(+)CD25(+) T cell population plays pivotal roles in the maintenance of immunological tolerance and prevention of such autoimmune diseases. In the current study, proviral load (PVL), factor forkhead box p3 (Foxp3), and glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor-related protein (GITR) gene expression and regulatory T cells (Tregs) counts of 21 HAM/TSP patients and 16 HTLV-1 healthy carriers (ACs) were measured using real-time PCR, TaqMan method, and flow cytometry...
January 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101715/cortex-and-amygdala-dependent-learning-and-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-gene-expression-is-severely-impaired-in-mice-orally-treated-with-alcl3
#19
Syeda Mehpara Farhat, Aamra Mahboob, Touqeer Ahmed
Recent industrialization has increased human exposure to bio-available aluminum (Al). If more Al enters the brain than leaves, Al concentration will rise in the brain leading to neurodegenerative disorders. The aim of the present study was to determine Al concentration, neurodegeneration, and nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) gene expression in the cortex and amygdala after oral ingestion of Al salt. The effect of Al on cortex- and amygdala-dependent learning and memory functions was also assessed. Mice were given AlCl3 (250 mg/kg) in drinking water for 42 days...
January 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101694/relationship-between-phenotypic-and-genotypic-characteristics-of-trichophyton-mentagrophytes-strains-isolated-from-patients-with-dermatophytosis
#20
I Dhib, I Khammari, A Yaacoub, F Hadj Slama, M Ben Saïd, R Zemni, A Fathallah
According to epidemiological, clinical and mycological criteria, it has long been admitted that the Trichophyton mentagrophytes species includes two varieties: a zoophilic variety (var. mentagrophytes) and an anthropophilic variety (var. interdigitale) that involve the upper and the lower part of the body, respectively. The further application of molecular techniques to the characterization of dermatophyte strains showed that this classification is unreliable. The aim of our study was to assess the usefulness of PCR-RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) and sequencing in the characterization of T...
January 18, 2017: Mycopathologia
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