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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440886/earthworm-dispersal-assay-for-rapidly-evaluating-soil-quality
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Shin Woong Kim, Dokyung Kim, Jongmin Moon, Yooeun Chae, Jin Il Kwak, Younsu Park, Seung-Woo Jeong, Youn-Joo An
Earthworms enhance soil functioning and are, therefore, key species in the soil. Their presence is generally a positive sign for a terrestrial ecosystem, as these species serve as important biomarkers in soil quality evaluations. Here, we describe a novel bioassay, named "dispersal assay," that is a simple and rapid technique for field-based soil quality evaluations. This bioassay was designed based on the premise that earthworms prefer optimal soils if given the choice. Thus, assay tubes containing a reference soil were inserted in target sites, and earthworms were placed into these tubes...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436276/should-trained-lay-providers-perform-hiv-testing-a-systematic-review-to-inform-world-health-organization-guidelines
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C E Kennedy, P T Yeh, C Johnson, R Baggaley
New strategies for HIV testing services (HTS) are needed to achieve UN 90-90-90 targets, including diagnosis of 90% of people living with HIV. Task-sharing HTS to trained lay providers may alleviate health worker shortages and better reach target groups. We conducted a systematic review of studies evaluating HTS by lay providers using rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). Peer-reviewed articles were included if they compared HTS using RDTs performed by trained lay providers to HTS by health professionals, or to no intervention...
April 24, 2017: AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435447/a-unique-recombinant-fluoroprobe-targeting-activated-platelets-allows-in-vivo-detection-of-arterial-thrombosis-and-pulmonary-embolism-using-a-novel-three-dimensional-fluorescence-emission-computed-tomography-flect-technology
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Bock Lim, Yu Yao, Alex Lin-I Huang, May Lin Yap, Ulrike Flierl, Jathushan Palasubramaniam, Maria T K Zaldivia, Xiaowei Wang, Karlheinz Peter
Progress in pharmaceutical development is highly-dependent on preclinical in vivo animal studies. Small animal imaging is invaluable for the identification of new disease markers and the evaluation of drug efficacy. Here, we report for the first time the use of a three-dimensional fluorescence bioimager called FLuorescence Emission Computed Tomography (FLECT) for the detection of a novel recombinant fluoroprobe that is safe, easily prepared on a large scale and stably stored prior to scan. This novel fluoroprobe (Targ-Cy7) comprises a single-chain antibody-fragment (scFvTarg), which binds exclusively to activated-platelets, conjugated to a near-infrared (NIR) dye, Cy7, for detection...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434809/real-world-performance-of-the-new-us-hiv-testing-algorithm-in-medical-settings
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Kara G Marson, Robert Marlin, Phong Pham, Stephanie E Cohen, Diane Jones, Marguerite Roemer, Philip J Peters, Barbara Haller, Christopher D Pilcher
BACKGROUND: Our medical center laboratory recently adapted its 24/7, two-hourly testing program to use an ARCHITECT-Multispot-viral load (AR-MS-VL) algorithm in place of a previous rapid test-immunofluorescence (RT-IF) algorithm. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated screening test performance, acute case detection, turnaround time and ability to resolve HIV status under the new algorithm. STUDY DESIGN: We considered consecutive HIV tests from January to November 2015...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428882/differential-phenotypes-of-memory-cd4-and-cd8-t-cells-in-the-spleen-and-peripheral-tissues-following-immunostimulatory-therapy
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Gail D Sckisel, Annie Mirsoian, Christine M Minnar, Marka Crittenden, Brendan Curti, Jane Q Chen, Bruce R Blazar, Alexander D Borowsky, Arta M Monjazeb, William J Murphy
BACKGROUND: Studies assessing immune parameters typically utilize human PBMCs or murine splenocytes to generate data that is interpreted as representative of immune status. Using splenocytes, we have shown memory CD4-T cells that expand following systemic immunostimulatory therapies undergo rapid IFNg-mediated activation induced cell death (AICD) resulting in a net loss of total CD4-T cells which correlates with elevated PD-1 expression. This is in contrast to CD8-T cells which expand with minimal PD-1 upregulation and apoptosis...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428825/comprehensive-evaluation-of-genome-wide-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-profiling-approaches-in-human-dna
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Ksenia Skvortsova, Elena Zotenko, Phuc-Loi Luu, Cathryn M Gould, Shalima S Nair, Susan J Clark, Clare Stirzaker
BACKGROUND: The discovery that 5-methylcytosine (5mC) can be oxidized to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) by the ten-eleven translocation (TET) proteins has prompted wide interest in the potential role of 5hmC in reshaping the mammalian DNA methylation landscape. The gold-standard bisulphite conversion technologies to study DNA methylation do not distinguish between 5mC and 5hmC. However, new approaches to mapping 5hmC genome-wide have advanced rapidly, although it is unclear how the different methods compare in accurately calling 5hmC...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428078/kinetic-reconstruction-reveals-time-dependent-effects-of-romosozumab-on-bone-formation-and-osteoblast-function-in-vertebral-cancellous-and-cortical-bone-in-cynomolgus-monkeys
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Rogely Waite Boyce, Qing-Tian Niu, Michael S Ominsky
Romosozumab, a humanized monoclonal sclerostin antibody under development for the treatment of osteoporosis, has a unique mechanism of action on bone-increasing bone formation and decreasing bone resorption. The effects on bone formation are transient, eliciting a rapid increase in bone formation that attenuates with continued treatment. Although bone formation attenuates, bone mineral density (BMD) continues to increase. To explore potential tissue-level mechanisms that could contribute to a progressive increase in spine BMD, we used kinetic reconstruction techniques to examine the effects of romosozumab on modeling and remodeling units in vertebral cancellous bone from adult cynomolgus monkeys administered romosozumab for 10 and 28weeks...
April 18, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424253/identification-of-acute-hiv-1-infection-by-hologic-aptima-hiv-1-rna-qualitative-assay
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Mark M Manak, Leigh Anne Eller, Jennifer Malia, Linda L Jagodzinski, Rapee Trichavaroj, Joseph Oundo, Cornelia Lueer, Fatim Cham, Mark de Souza, Nelson L Michael, Merlin L Robb, Sheila A Peel
The Hologic Aptima HIV-1 Qualitative RNA assay was used in a rigorous screening approach designed to identify individuals at the earliest stage of HIV-1 infection for enrollment into subsequent studies of cellular and viral events in early infection (RV217/Early Capture HIV Cohort - ECHO Study). Volunteers at high risk of HIV-1 infection were recruited from study sites in Thailand, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya with high HIV-1 prevalence rates among the populations examined. Small volume blood samples were collected by finger-stick at twice-weekly intervals and tested by Aptima...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422382/quantum-dots-based-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-biosensor-for-monitoring-cell-apoptosis
#9
Chunchuan Gu
The development of advanced methods for accurately monitoring cell apoptosis has extensive significance in the diagnostic and pharmaceutical fields. In this study, we developed a rapid, sensitive and selective approach for the detection of cell apoptosis by combining the site-specific recognition and cleavage of the DEVD-peptide with quantum dots (QDs)-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET). Firstly, biotin-peptide was conjugated on the surface of AuNPs to form AuNPs-pep through the formation of an Au-S bond...
April 19, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419576/agreement-between-rapid-on-site-evaluation-and-the-final-cytological-diagnosis-of-salivary-gland-specimens
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S Wangsiricharoen, S Lekawanvijit, S Rangdaeng
OBJECTIVE: Rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) has been shown to be beneficial in determining the adequacy and a preliminary diagnosis in multiple organ systems. However, little is known regarding the diagnostic values and agreement of ROSE compared with a final cytological diagnosis in salivary gland fine needle aspiration (FNA). The aim of the present study was to evaluate agreement and compare accuracy between ROSE and a final cytological diagnosis of salivary gland FNA, using a final histological diagnosis as a gold standard...
April 16, 2017: Cytopathology: Official Journal of the British Society for Clinical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418027/accurate-and-reproducible-invasive-breast-cancer-detection-in-whole-slide-images-a-deep-learning-approach-for-quantifying-tumor-extent
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Angel Cruz-Roa, Hannah Gilmore, Ajay Basavanhally, Michael Feldman, Shridar Ganesan, Natalie N C Shih, John Tomaszewski, Fabio A González, Anant Madabhushi
With the increasing ability to routinely and rapidly digitize whole slide images with slide scanners, there has been interest in developing computerized image analysis algorithms for automated detection of disease extent from digital pathology images. The manual identification of presence and extent of breast cancer by a pathologist is critical for patient management for tumor staging and assessing treatment response. However, this process is tedious and subject to inter- and intra-reader variability. For computerized methods to be useful as decision support tools, they need to be resilient to data acquired from different sources, different staining and cutting protocols and different scanners...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416600/induction-of-an-ifn-mediated-antiviral-response-by-a-self-amplifying-rna-vaccine-implications-for-vaccine-design
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Timothy Pepini, Anne-Marie Pulichino, Thomas Carsillo, Alicia L Carlson, Farid Sari-Sarraf, Katrin Ramsauer, Jason C Debasitis, Giulietta Maruggi, Gillis R Otten, Andrew J Geall, Dong Yu, Jeffrey B Ulmer, Carlo Iavarone
RNA-based vaccines have recently emerged as a promising alternative to the use of DNA-based and viral vector vaccines, in part because of the potential to simplify how vaccines are made and facilitate a rapid response to newly emerging infections. SAM vaccines are based on engineered self-amplifying mRNA (SAM) replicons encoding an Ag, and formulated with a synthetic delivery system, and they induce broad-based immune responses in preclinical animal models. In our study, in vivo imaging shows that after the immunization, SAM Ag expression has an initial gradual increase...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413748/thiamine-assays-advances-challenges-and-caveats
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Katie A Edwards, Nicole Tu-Maung, Krystal Cheng, Binbin Wang, Antje J Baeumner, Clifford E Kraft
Thiamine (vitamin B1) is essential to the health of all living organisms and deficiency has long been associated with diseases in animals such as fish, birds, alligators, and domesticated ruminant mammals. Thiamine is also implicated in several human diseases including Alzheimer's, diabetes, dementia, depression and, most notably, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome and Beriberi disease. Yet, highly sensitive and specific detection of thiamine remains an analytical challenge, as pM to nm levels of thiamine need to be detected in environmental and human samples, respectively, various phosphorylated variants need to be discriminated, and rapid on-site detection would be highly desirable...
April 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413720/direct-imaging-of-app-proteolysis-in-living-cells
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Niccoló Parenti, Ambra Del Grosso, Claudia Antoni, Marco Cecchini, Renato Corradetti, Francesco S Pavone, Martino Calamai
Alzheimer's disease is a multifactorial disorder caused by the interaction of genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. The formation of cytotoxic oligomers consisting of Aβ peptide is widely accepted as being one of the main key events triggering the development of Alzheimer's disease. Aβ peptide production results from the specific proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP). Deciphering the factors governing the activity of the secretases responsible for the cleavage of APP is still a critical issue...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413429/falling-under-the-umbrella-cells-a-single-institutional-experience-and-literature-review-of-urothelial-carcinoma-presenting-as-a-primary-pancreatic-mass-on-endoscopic-ultrasound-guided-fine-needle-aspiration
#15
Michael Chambers, Konrad Krall, Shantel Hébert-Magee
Metastases to the pancreas are much less common than primary pancreatic lesions, and there are few reports in the literature of metastatic urothelial carcinoma (UC) found in the pancreas. We report two cases of metastatic UC mimicking a primary pancreatic lesion. Two female patients, aged 48 and 83 years, presented with isolated pancreatic lesions causing obstructive jaundice suspicious for pancreatic adenocarcinoma and underwent endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) with rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE)...
2017: CytoJournal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413427/immunogenicity-and-safety-of-a-respiratory-syncytial-virus-fusion-protein-rsv-f-nanoparticle-vaccine-in-older-adults
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Louis Fries, Vivek Shinde, Jeffrey J Stoddard, D Nigel Thomas, Eloi Kpamegan, Hanxin Lu, Gale Smith, Somia P Hickman, Pedro Piedra, Gregory M Glenn
BACKGROUND: A preventative strategy for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) infection constitutes an under-recognized unmet medical need among older adults. Four formulations of a novel recombinant RSV F nanoparticle vaccine (60 or 90 μg RSV F protein, with or without aluminum phosphate adjuvant) administered concurrently with a licensed inactivated trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) in older adult subjects were evaluated for safety and immunogenicity in this randomized, observer-blinded study...
2017: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409055/enhanced-surveillance-for-the-third-united-nations-conference-on-small-island-developing-states-apia-samoa-september-2014
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Paul White, Salanieta Saketa, Alexis Durand, Saine Vaai-Nielsen, Tile Ah Leong-Lui, Take Naseri, Ailuai Matalima, Filipina Amosa, Alize Mercier, Christelle Lepers, Vjesh Lal, Richard Wojcik, Sheri Lewis, Adam Roth, Yvan Souares, Onofre Edwin Merilles, Damian Hoy
The Ministry of Health in Samoa, in partnership with the Pacific Community, successfully implemented enhanced surveillance for the high-profile Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States held concurrently with the popular local Teuila festival during a widespread chikungunya outbreak in September 2014. Samoa's weekly syndromic surveillance system was expanded to 12 syndromes and 10 sentinel sites from four syndromes and seven sentinel sites; sites included the national hospital, four private health clinics and three national health service clinics...
January 2017: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal: WPSAR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405103/comparison-of-rapid-arc-and-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-plans-using-unified-dosimetry-index-and-the-impact-of-conformity-index-on-unified-dosimetry-index-evaluation
#18
Jayapalan Krishnan, Jayarama Shetty, Suresh Rao, Sanath Hegde, C Shambhavi
The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of conformity index in the unified dosimetry index (UDI) score for two different planning techniques namely intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and Rapid Arc. Rapid Arc and IMRT plans of 57 patients were evaluated and compared using UDI score which incorporates four indices. To determine the impact of conformity index on the IMRT and Rapid Arc plans, UDI at conformity index one of all plan (UDIunit_CI) score was calculated by assuming conformity index is equal to one...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399310/a-2-yr-mosquito-survey-focusing-on-aedes-koreicus-diptera-culicidae-in-northern-italy-and-implications-for-adult-trapping
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F Baldacchino, F Montarsi, D Arnoldi, C Barategui, N Ferro Milone, G Da Rold, G Capelli, A Rizzoli
Aedes koreicus (Edwards) is an invasive mosquito species, like Aedes albopictus (Skuse) and Aedes japonicus japonicus (Theobald), that has already colonized a large part of northeastern Italy and other European countries. Despite its rapid expansion, information about adult distribution and trapping is lacking. Here, we conducted a 2-yr longitudinal survey using adult traps to investigate the spatiotemporal distribution of Ae. koreicus and evaluated the effectiveness of three trapping devices in Latin square experiments conducted in an urban site and a forested site...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398594/rapid-in-vitro-screening-for-the-location-dependent-effects-of-unnatural-amino-acids-on-protein-expression-and-activity
#20
Song-Min Schinn, William Bradley, Ashtyn Groesbeck, Jeffrey C Wu, Andrew Broadbent, Bradley C Bundy
The incorporation of unnatural amino acids (uAA) can introduce novel functional groups into proteins site-specifically, with important applications in basic sciences and protein engineering. However, uAA incorporation can impact protein expression and functional activity depending on its location within the protein - a process that is not yet completely understood and difficult to predict. Therefore, practical applications often necessitate a time-consuming optimization of uAA location by individual gene cloning, expressions, purification and evaluations for each location tested...
April 11, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
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