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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785215/mycobacteriosis-and-tuberculosis-laboratory-diagnosis
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REVIEW
Davood Azadi, Tahereh Motallebirad, Kazem Ghaffari, Hasan Shojaei
Background: Tuberculosis is one of the most important infectious diseases that has claimed its victims throughout much of known human history. With Koch's discovery of the tubercle bacillus as the etiologic agent of the disease, his sanitary and hygienic measures, which were based on his discovery and the development of a vaccine against tuberculosis by Albert Calmette and Camille Guérin in 1921, an attenuated Mycobacterium bovis strain, bacilli Calmette-Guérin (BCG), and the discovery of the first antibiotic against tuberculosis, streptomycin by Selman Waksman in 1943, soon led to the opinion that appropriate control measures had become available for tuberculosis and it had been assumed that the disease could ultimately be eradicated...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784403/enzymatic-amplification-of-oligonucleotides-in-paper-substrates
#2
Abootaleb Sedighi, Ulrich J Krull
Several solution-based methods have recently been adapted for use in paper substrates for enzymatic amplification to increase the number of copies of DNA sequences. There is limited information available about the impact of a paper matrix on DNA amplification by enzymatic processes, and about how to optimize conditions to maximize yields. The work reported herein provides insights about the impact of physicochemical properties of a paper matrix, using nuclease-assisted amplification by exonuclease III and nicking endonuclease Nt...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782145/stackable-lab-on-paper-device-with-all-in-one-au-electrode-for-high-efficiency-photoelectrochemical-cyto-sensing
#3
Hongmei Yang, Yan Zhang, Lina Zhang, Kang Cui, Shenguang Ge, Jiadong Huang, Jinghua Yu
Highly conductive, robust, and multifunctional integrated paper-supported electrodes are requisite to fulfill the promise of paper-based analytical application. Herein, an all-in-one Au electrode comprising of detection zone, waterproof electronic bridge, and signal output contactor was engineered via combining the double-sided growth method with the secondary wax-printing. Benefiting from the strongly omnidirectional conductivity and desirably mechanical robustness of the as-prepared electrode, a stackable lab-on-paper cyto-device integrated with high-efficiency photoelectrochemical strategy was developed for the MCF-7 cells assay...
May 21, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780376/diversity-novelty-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-endophytic-actinobacteria-from-mangrove-plants-in-beilun-estuary-national-nature-reserve-of-guangxi-china
#4
Zhong-Ke Jiang, Li Tuo, Da-Lin Huang, Ilya A Osterman, Anton P Tyurin, Shao-Wei Liu, Dmitry A Lukyanov, Petr V Sergiev, Olga A Dontsova, Vladimir A Korshun, Fei-Na Li, Cheng-Hang Sun
Endophytic actinobacteria are one of the important pharmaceutical resources and well known for producing different types of bioactive substances. Nevertheless, detection of the novelty, diversity, and bioactivity on endophytic actinobacteria isolated from mangrove plants are scarce. In this study, five different mangrove plants, Avicennia marina, Aegiceras corniculatum, Kandelia obovota, Bruguiera gymnorrhiza , and Thespesia populnea , were collected from Beilun Estuary National Nature Reserve in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778960/rapid-colorimetric-detection-of-p53-protein-function-using-dna-gold-nanoconjugates-with-applications-for-drug-discovery-and-cancer-diagnostics
#5
Enock Assah, Walter Goh, Xin Ting Zheng, Ting Xiang Lim, Jun Li, David Lane, Farid Ghadessy, Yen Nee Tan
The tumor suppressor protein p53 plays a central role in preventing cancer through interaction with DNA response elements (REs) to regulate target gene expression in cells. Due to its significance in cancer biology, relentless efforts have been directed toward understanding p53-DNA interactions for the development of cancer therapeutics and diagnostics. In this paper, we report a rapid, label-free and versatile colorimetric assay to detect wildtype p53 DNA-binding function in complex solutions. The assay design is based on a concept that alters interparticle-distances between RE-AuNPs from a crosslinking effect induced through tetramerization of wildtype p53 protein (p53-WT) upon binding to canonical DNA motifs modified on gold nanoparticles (RE-AuNPs)...
May 5, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776364/identification-function-and-application-of-3-ketosteroid-%C3%AE-1-dehydrogenase-isozymes-in-mycobacterium-neoaurum-dsm-1381-for-the-production-of-steroidic-synthons
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Ruijie Zhang, Xiangcen Liu, Yushi Wang, Yuchang Han, Junsong Sun, Jiping Shi, Baoguo Zhang
BACKGROUND: 3-Ketosteroid-Δ1-dehydrogenase (KstD) is a key enzyme in the metabolic pathway for chemical modifications of steroid hormones. Only a few KstDs have thus far been characterized biochemically and applied for the production of steroidal pharmaceutical intermediates. Three KstDs, KstD1, KstD2, and KstD3, were identified in Mycobacterium neoaurum DSM 1381, and they shared up to 99, 85 and 97% amino acid identity with previously reported KstDs, respectively. In this paper, KstDs from M...
May 18, 2018: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775773/trimeprazine-is-enantioselectively-degraded-by-an-activated-sludge-in-ready-biodegradability-test-conditions
#7
Laura Escuder-Gilabert, Yolanda Martín-Biosca, Mireia Perez-Baeza, Salvador Sagrado, María José Medina-Hernández
A great number of available pharmaceuticals are chiral compounds. Although they are usually manufactured as racemic mixtures, they can be enantioselectively biodegraded as a result of microbial processes. In this paper, a biodegradability assay in similar conditions to those recommended in OECD tests of enantiomers of trimeprazine (a phenothiazine employed as a racemate) is carried out. Experiments were performed in batch mode using a minimal salts medium inoculated with an activated sludge (collected from a Valencian Waste Water Treatment Plant, WWTP) and supplemented with the racemate...
May 9, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771136/design-of-experiment-in-assessing-robustness-and-for-qualification-of-a-cell-based-potency-assay
#8
Robert Wilson
AIM: This paper describes the salient points in establishing robustness of the cell-based potency assay, with reference to phase-specific qualification. MATERIALS & METHODS: The methodology was qualified in a thaw for use format utilizing standard parameters. At a later stage, the assay was further developed, and concomitant with requalification the robustness was assessed by fractional factorial design of experiment, the center point data being used for qualification...
May 17, 2018: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768924/enhanced-cell-growth-on-3d-graphene-scaffolds-implanted-with-nitrogen-ions
#9
Mengli Zhao, Ye Cao, Huanhuan Gong, Yanqiu Sun, Jianhua Deng, Dejun Li, Rongxin Wan, Hanqing Gu
One of the key challenges in engineering tissues for cell-based therapies is developing biocompatible scaffold materials to direct cell behavior. In this paper, the cytocompatibilities of a flexible three-dimensional graphene scaffold (3D-G) and the same scaffold implanted with nitrogen ions (N+ /3D-G) are compared using an in vitro assay based on 3(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide. The N+ /3D-G samples were prepared from low-temperature hydrothermally synthesized flexible 3D-G by ion implantation and were found to display improved adhesion and proliferation of rat osteoblast and mouse fibroblast cells...
May 16, 2018: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759175/gold-nanoparticle-aggregation-colorimetric-detection-of-the-interactions-between-avidin-and-biotin
#10
Dongmin Shi, Feifan Sheng, Xiaojun Zhang, Guangfeng Wang
This paper reported a novel colorimetric assay strategy for avidin and biotin interactions based on terminal protection of the biotinylated single-stranded DNA and the surface plasmon resonance adsorption of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). In this assay, it was firstly found that biotin-ssDNA specifically bound to the target protein avidin with strong affinity could be protected from hydrolysis by exonuclease I (Exo I). Furthermore, a colorimetric strategy was designed for the detection of avidin and biotin interactions...
August 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758514/an-erythrosin-b-based-turn-on-fluorescent-sensor-for-detecting-perfluorooctane-sulfonate-and-perfluorooctanoic-acid-in-environmental-water-samples
#11
Zhen Cheng, Lingling Du, Panpan Zhu, Qian Chen, Kejun Tan
Because of the serious harm to animals and the environment associated with perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a rapid, sensitive and low-cost method for detecting PFOS and PFOA is of great importance. In this paper, a novel sensing method has been proposed for the highly sensitive detection of PFOS and PFOA in environmental water samples based on the "turn-on" switch of erythrosine B (EB)-hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) system. In pH 8.55 Britton-Robinson (BR) buffer, EB can react with CTAB by electrostatic attraction, resulting in a strong fluorescence quenching of EB...
May 4, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755926/challenges-in-paper-based-fluorogenic-optical-sensing-with-smartphones
#12
REVIEW
Tiffany-Heather Ulep, Jeong-Yeol Yoon
Application of optically superior, tunable fluorescent nanotechnologies have long been demonstrated throughout many chemical and biological sensing applications. Combined with microfluidics technologies, i.e. on lab-on-a-chip platforms, such fluorescent nanotechnologies have often enabled extreme sensitivity, sometimes down to single molecule level. Within recent years there has been a peak interest in translating fluorescent nanotechnology onto paper-based platforms for chemical and biological sensing, as a simple, low-cost, disposable alternative to conventional silicone-based microfluidic substrates...
2018: Nano Convergence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743078/nonclinical-and-clinical-pharmacological-characterization-of-the-potent-and-selective-cathepsin-k-inhibitor-miv-711
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Erik Lindström, Biljana Rizoska, Ian Henderson, Ylva Terelius, Markus Jerling, Charlotte Edenius, Urszula Grabowska
BACKGROUND: Cathepsin K is an attractive therapeutic target for diseases in which bone resorption is excessive such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis (OA). The current paper characterized the pharmacological profile of the potent and selective cathepsin K inhibitor, MIV-711, in vitro and in cynomolgus monkeys, and assessed translation to human based on a single dose clinical study in man. METHODS: The potency and selectivity of MIV-711 were assessed in vitro using recombinant enzyme assays and differentiated human osteoclasts...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740829/multivariate-longitudinal-data-analysis-with-censored-and-intermittent-missing-responses
#14
Tsung-I Lin, Victor H Lachos, Wan-Lun Wang
The multivariate linear mixed model (MLMM) has emerged as an important analytical tool for longitudinal data with multiple outcomes. However, the analysis of multivariate longitudinal data could be complicated by the presence of censored measurements because of a detection limit of the assay in combination with unavoidable missing values arising when subjects miss some of their scheduled visits intermittently. This paper presents a generalization of the MLMM approach, called the MLMM-CM, for a joint analysis of the multivariate longitudinal data with censored and intermittent missing responses...
May 8, 2018: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29738858/neuroglobin-as-a-novel-biomarker-for-predicting-poor-outcomes-in-aneurysmal-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
#15
Hanpei Cai, Shufa Zheng, Bin Cai, Peisen Yao, Chenyu Ding, Fuxiang Chen, Dezhi Kang
OBJECTIVE: Neuroglobin (Ngb) has a high affinity for oxygen and helps prevent hypoxic-ischemic brain damage. In this paper, we analyzed the relationship between Ngb levels and clinical outcomes of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH). METHODS: Serum Ngb levels were measured in 58 patients with aSAH and 27 controls using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. To continuously assess aSAH, we measured serum Ngb levels on days 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 after aSAH. Clinical data were collected using the Hunt & Hess Scale, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), World Federation of Neurological Surgeons (WFNS) scale and modified Fisher scale...
May 5, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730150/neurotoxicity-fingerprinting-of-venoms-using-on-line-microfluidic-achbp-profiling
#16
Julien Slagboom, Reka A Otvos, Fernanda C Cardoso, Janaki Iyer, Jeroen C Visser, Bjorn R van Doodewaerd, Ryan J R McCleary, Wilfried M A Niessen, Govert W Somsen, Richard J Lewis, R Manjunatha Kini, August B Smit, Nicholas R Casewell, Jeroen Kool
Venoms from snakes are rich sources of highly active proteins with potent affinity towards a variety of enzymes and receptors. Of the many distinct toxicities caused by envenomation, neurotoxicity plays an important role in the paralysis of prey by snakes as well as by venomous sea snails and insects. In order to improve the analytical discovery component of venom toxicity profiling, this paper describes the implementation of microfluidic high-resolution screening (HRS) to obtain neurotoxicity fingerprints from venoms that facilitates identification of the neurotoxic components of envenomation...
May 3, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729742/inkjet-printing-based-%C3%AE-secretase-fluorescence-resonance-energy-transfer-fret-assay-for-screening-of-potential-%C3%AE-secretase-inhibitors-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#17
Jungmi Lee, Annie Agnes Suganya Samson, Joon Myong Song
Amyloid-β (Aβ) is generated by proteolytic processing of amyloid precursor protein (APP) by beta-secretase (BACE-1) and gamma-secretase. Amyloid-β is responsible for the formation of senile plaques in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Consequently, inhibition of β-secretase (BACE-1), a rate-limiting enzyme in the production of Aβ, constitutes an attractive therapeutic approach to the treatment of AD. This paper reports an inkjet printing-based fluorescence assay for high throughput screening of β-secretase inhibitors achieved by employing a BACE-1 FRET substrate (Rh-Glu-Val-Asn-Leu-Asp-Ala-Glu-Phe-Lys-Quencher)...
August 31, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724224/mog-encephalomyelitis-international-recommendations-on-diagnosis-and-antibody-testing
#18
REVIEW
S Jarius, F Paul, O Aktas, N Asgari, R C Dale, J de Seze, D Franciotta, K Fujihara, A Jacob, H J Kim, I Kleiter, T Kümpfel, M Levy, J Palace, K Ruprecht, A Saiz, C Trebst, B G Weinshenker, B Wildemann
Over the past few years, new-generation cell-based assays have demonstrated a robust association of autoantibodies to full-length human myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG-IgG) with (mostly recurrent) optic neuritis, myelitis and brainstem encephalitis, as well as with acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM)-like presentations. Most experts now consider MOG-IgG-associated encephalomyelitis (MOG-EM) a disease entity in its own right, immunopathogenetically distinct from both classic multiple sclerosis (MS) and aquaporin-4 (AQP4)-IgG-positive neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorders (NMOSD)...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719801/an-unusual-presentation-of-a-case-of-human-psittacosis
#19
Yannick Vande Weygaerde, Charlot Versteele, Elke Thijs, Anton De Spiegeleer, Jerina Boelens, Daisy Vanrompay, Eva Van Braeckel, Karim Vermaelen
Background: Chlamydia psittaci is a gram-negative, obligate intracellular organism. Birds are the main reservoir, but also non-avian domestic animals and humans can be infected. In humans it mostly causes respiratory infections due to occupational exposure with varying severity. Sensitive and specific diagnostic tests are needed to define psittacosis in humans as these tests also allow rapid tracing of the animal source. However, diagnosis in humans is often based on time-consuming culture techniques and antibody detection assays as in many countries, the existing molecular diagnostic tests for psittacosis are not reimbursed by the public health insurance...
2018: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718714/development-and-evaluation-of-a-novel-drug-delivery-soluplus%C3%A2-tpgs-mixed-micelle-loaded-with-piperine-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#20
Yingying Ding, Changyuan Wang, Yutong Wang, Youwei Xu, Jing Zhao, Meng Gao, Yanfang Ding, Jinyong Peng, Lei Li
BACKGROUND: Although piperine can inhibit cells of tumors, the poor water solubility restricted its clinical application. This paper aimed to develop mixed micelles based on Soluplus® and TPGS, to improve the aqueous solubility and anti-cancer effect. METHODS: Piperine -loaded mixed micelles were prepared using a thin- film hydration method, and their physicochemical properties were characterized. The cellular uptake of the micelles was confirmed by confocal laser scanning microscopy in A549 lung cancer cells and HepG2 liver cancer cells...
May 2, 2018: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
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