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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330075/a-novel-multiplex-pcr-method-for-the-detection-of-virulence-associated-genes-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-food
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Vo Van Giau, Thuy Trang Nguyen, Thi Kim Oanh Nguyen, Thi Thuy Hang Le, Tien Dung Nguyen
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) strains are foodborne infectious agents that cause a number of life-threatening diseases, including hemorrhagic colitis (HC) and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Shiga toxin 1 (stx1), shiga toxin 2 (stx2), or a combination of both are responsible for most clinical symptoms of these diseases. Hence, various diagnostic methods have been developed so far to detect shiga toxins such as cell culture, ELISA, Rapid Latex Agglutination (RPLA) and hybridization, but due to high costs and labor time in addition to low sensitivity, they have not received much attention...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322960/sericin-binded-deprotenized-natural-rubber-film-containing-chitin-whiskers-as-elasto-gel-dressing
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Anyarat Watthanaphanit, Ratana Rujiravanit
Here, we aims to demonstrate a simple concept in biomaterials design by using natural resources solely as raw materials to fabricate elastic wound care dressing. Elasto-gel films comprise of silk sericin (SRC), natural rubber (NR), and chitin whisker (CTW) were developed. A glue-like protein SRC found in silk cocoons is beneficial for the treatment of wounds due to its superior skin moisturizing ability. However, the pure SRC film is generally difficult to be fabricated because of its weak structural feature...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321367/evaluation-of-procedures-for-typing-of-group-b-streptococcus-a-retrospective-study
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Hans-Christian Slotved, Steen Hoffmann
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates two procedures for typing of Streptococcus agalactiae (group B streptococci; GBS) isolates, using retrospective typing data from the period 2010 to 2014 with a commercial latex agglutination test (latex test) and the Lancefield precipitation test (LP test). Furthermore, the genotype distribution of phenotypically non-typable (NT) GBS isolates is presented. We also raise the awareness, that the difference in typing results obtained by phenotypical methods and genotype based methods may have implications on vaccine surveillance in case a GBS vaccine is introduced...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320227/sublingual-immunotherapy-in-patients-with-latex-allergy-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#4
Kannan Sridharan, Gowri Sivaramakrishnan
Latex allergy (LA) is a commonly observed entity for which sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has been shown to be effective in many small randomized clinical trials. The present study was conducted with an aim of systematically reviewing the existing literature on the efficacy and safety of SLIT in patients with LA and to apply the principles of meta-analysis. A search for randomized controlled trials with appropriate search strategy in PubMed and CENTRAL was conducted. Studies with documented clinical history of LA and SLIT administered in any dose, duration and regimen compared with placebo were included...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318109/agreement-between-factor-xiii-activity-and-antigen-assays-in-measurement-of-factor-xiii-a-french-multicenter-study-of-147-human-plasma-samples
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C Caron, R Meley, V Le Cam Duchez, M F Aillaud, C Lavenu-Bombled, F Dutrillaux, C Flaujac, A Ryman, C Ternisien, D Lasne, H Galinat, C Pouplard
INTRODUCTION: Factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency is a rare hemorrhagic disorder whose early diagnosis is crucial for appropriate treatment and prophylactic supplementation in cases of severe deficiency. International guidelines recommend a quantitative FXIII activity assay as first-line screening test. FXIII antigen measurement may be performed to establish the subtype of FXIII deficiency (FXIIID) when activity is decreased. METHODS: The aim of this multicenter study was to evaluate the analytical and diagnostic levels of performance of a new latex immunoassay, K-Assay(®) FXIII reagent from Stago, for first-line measurement of FXIII antigen...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303828/high-prevalence-of-cryptococcal-antigenaemia-amongst-asymptomatic-advanced-hiv-patients-in-pune-india
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Dileep Kadam, Ajay Chandanwale, Renu Bharadwaj, Neetal Nevrekar, Samir Joshi, Sandesh Patil, Nikhil Gupte, Shashi Sangle, Kavita Chopade, Vandana Kulkarni, Usha Balasubramanian, Nishi Suryavanshi, Divyashri Jain, Savita Kanade, Sujata Dharmashale, Anju Kagal, Amita Gupta, Vidya Mave
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recommends routine cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) screening in advanced AIDS patients initiating antiretroviral treatment (ART). India has yet to adopt this strategy as the burden of cryptococcal antigenaemia is unknown. METHODS: A prospective study was conducted in a large public sector ART centre and the inpatient wards of Sassoon Hospital, Pune, India. All consenting patients> 18 years of age with CD4 count <100 cells/mm3 were screened for CrAg by latex agglutination assay...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303817/screening-of-invasive-fungal-infections-by-a-real-time-panfungal-pan-acf-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-in-patients-with-haematological-malignancy
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Malini Rajinder Capoor, Shikha Puri, Hitesh Raheja, Ritin Mohindra, Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Pradeep Kumar Verma, Ranadeep Chowdhary
BACKGROUND: Invasive fungal infection (IFI) is a fatal infection in haematology patients. There is an urgent need for reliable screening methods facilitating timely diagnosis and treatment. A real-time panfungal polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay based on TaqMan technology targeting 18S ribosomal RNA gene was used to screen whole blood specimen obtained from series of Haematology malignancy patients for IFIs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The panfungal (Pan-ACF) assay was employed to investigate specimen from 133 patients in duplicate with suspected IFI...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303526/a-herbivore-tag-and-trace-system-reveals-contact-and-density-dependent-repellence-of-a-root-toxin
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Zoe Bont, Carla Arce, Meret Huber, Wei Huang, Adrien Mestrot, Craig J Sturrock, Matthias Erb
Foraging behavior of root feeding organisms strongly affects plant-environment-interactions and ecosystem processes. However, the impact of plant chemistry on root herbivore movement in the soil is poorly understood. Here, we apply a simple technique to trace the movement of soil-dwelling insects in their habitats without disturbing or restricting their interactions with host plants. We tagged the root feeding larvae of Melolontha melolontha with a copper ring and repeatedly located their position in relation to their preferred host plant, Taraxacum officinale, using a commercial metal detector...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302729/phagocytosis-dependent-ketogenesis-in-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Juan Reyes-Reveles, Anuradha Dhingra, Desiree Alexander, Alvina Bragin, Nancy J Philp, Kathleen Boesze-Battaglia
Daily, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) ingests a bolus of lipid and protein in the form of phagocytized photoreceptor outer segments (OS). The RPE like the liver expresses enzymes required for fatty acid oxidation (FAO) and ketogenesis. This suggests that these pathways play a role in the disposal of lipids from ingested OS as well as providing a mechanism for recycling metabolic intermediates back to the outer retina. In this study, we examined whether OS phagocytosis was linked to ketogenesis. We found increased levels of β-hydroxy-butyrate (β-HB) in the apical media following ingestion of OS by human fetal RPE and ARPE19 cells cultured on transwell inserts...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301212/the-use-of-latex-catheters-to-close-enterocutaneous-fistulas-an-institutional-protocol-and-retrospective-review
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Shamar Young, Donna D'Souza, David Hunter, Jafar Golzarian, Michael Rosenberg
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our study was to retrospectively review an institutional protocol that uses latex catheters for the treatment of enterocutaneous fistulas (ECFs) that are resistant to simple drainage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-six consecutive patients with ECFs that did not close with simple abscess drainage were treated with latex catheters. These patients' charts were retrospectively reviewed to determine treatment success rates and the relationship of treatment success to clinical characteristics...
March 16, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294385/potential-excitatory-role-of-nitric-oxide-on-2-deoxy-d-glucose-induced-gastric-motility-in-rats
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A M Sevgili, Z D Balkanci, A Erdem
Previous studies have shown that 2-deoxy-d-glucose (2-DG) increases gastric motility via the vagus nerve, but the underlying mechanism remains elusive. Since nitric oxide (NO) is involved in gastric motility, a possible interplay between 2-DG and NO can be suggested. In the present study, Wistar rats (250-350 g) of both sexes were intravenously injected with 2-DG (200 mg·kg(-1) ), and the effects of the intravenous injection of the nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitors; nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME, 10 mg·kg(-1) ) and N(ω) -nitro-l-arginine (l-NNA, 10 mg·kg(-1) ) were investigated...
March 13, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290283/ace-inhibitory-peptides-from-bovine-caseins-released-with-peptidases-from-maclura-pomifera-latex
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María Alicia Corrons, Constanza Silvina Liggieri, Sebastián Alejandro Trejo, Mariela Anahí Bruno
In work reported here, a proteolytic extract prepared from Maclura pomifera latex was employed to hydrolyze bovine caseins. Densitograms of Tricine-sodium-dodecyl-sulfate-polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) indicated that the caseins were considerably degraded after a 10-min reaction. The degree of hydrolysis determined by the 2,4,6-trinitrobenzenesulfonic-acid method was 17.1±0.7% after 180min of digestion. The concentration of small peptides increased with hydrolysis time, and analysis by reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP HPLC) and mass spectrometry, revealed a virtually unchanged peptide profile...
March 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290263/diagnosis-of-toxoplasmosis-in-pregnancy-evaluation-of-latex-protein-complexes-by-immnunoagglutination
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Leandro E Peretti, Verónica D G Gonzalez, Iván S Marcipar, Luis M Gugliotta
The aim of this work was to obtain a reagent based on latex particles for ruling out acute toxoplasmosis in pregnant women by immunoagglutination (IA). Latex-protein complexes (LPC) were previously synthesized coupling the recombinant protein of Toxoplasma gondii P22Ag and the homogenate of the parasite to latex particles with different size, chemical functionality and charge density. LPC were tested in IA assays against a panel of 72 pregnant women serum samples. Results were analysed through receiver operating characteristic curves, determining area under the curve (AUC), sensitivity, specificity positive and negative predictive values (PPV and NPV, respectively)...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290239/an-innovative-design-for-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-manikins-based-on-a-human-like-thorax-and-embedded-flow-sensors
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Mark Thielen, Rohan Joshi, Frank Delbressine, Sidarto Bambang Oetomo, Loe Feijs
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation manikins are used for training personnel in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation. State-of-the-art cardiopulmonary resuscitation manikins are still anatomically and physiologically low-fidelity designs. The aim of this research was to design a manikin that offers high anatomical and physiological fidelity and has a cardiac and respiratory system along with integrated flow sensors to monitor cardiac output and air displacement in response to cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This manikin was designed in accordance with anatomical dimensions using a polyoxymethylene rib cage connected to a vertebral column from an anatomical female model...
March 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283012/-evaluation-of-mascia-brunelli-rapid-antigen-test-in-the-diagnosis-of-group-a-streptococcal-pharyngitis
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Ayşe Barış, Nur Anlıaçık, Mehmet Emin Bulut, Rıdvan Deniz, Elif Yücel, Elif Aktaş
Pharyngitis in most cases is due to viral microorganisms however drug therapy without the detection of etiological agent leads to unnecessary use of antibiotics. On the other hand, when the etiologic agent is group A beta-hemolytic streptococci (GAS) it is important to identify the etiologic agent rapidly which will guide the treatment with appropriate antibiotics. The use of highly sensitive rapid tests will contribute significantly to early diagnosis and appropriate therapy. The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of Mascia Brunelli rapid antigen test for the detection of GAS in throat swab samples...
January 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281270/liposome-enhanced-lateral-flow-assays-for-clinical-analyses
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Katie A Edwards, Ricki Korff, Antje J Baeumner
Clinical and environmental analyses frequently necessitate rapid, simple, and inexpensive point-of-care or field tests. These semiquantitative tests may be later followed up by confirmatory laboratory-based assays, but provide an initial scenario assessment important for resource mobilization and threat confinement. Lateral-flow assays (LFAs) and dip-stick assays, which are typically antibody-based and yield a visually detectable signal, provide an assay format suiting these applications extremely well. Signal generation is commonly obtained through the use of colloidal gold or latex beads, which yield a colored band either directly proportional or inversely proportional to the concentration of the analyte of interest...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278100/the-effect-of-contaminated-particle-sphericity-and-size-on-membrane-fouling-in-cross-flow-ultrafiltration
#17
Amira Abdelrasoul, Huu Doan, Ali Lohi, Chil-Hung Cheng
The goal of the current research was to critically examine the role of the shape and the size of contaminated particles for an accurate prediction of membrane fouling phenomenon. Polycarbonate flat membranes (PC) with uniform pore sizes of 0.05 µm and 0.1 µm, in addition to Polysulfone membranes (PS) with molecular weight cut off (MWCO) of 60,000 kDa, were used under a constant feed flow rate and a cross-flow mode in ultrafiltration of a latex paint solution featuring a wide range of particle size distribution...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274192/immersed-multilayer-biodegradable-ureteral-stent-with-reformed-biodegradation-an-in-vitro-experiment
#18
Ganggang Yang, Hua Xie, Yichen Huang, Yiqing Lv, Mingqing Zhang, Yafeng Shang, Junmei Zhou, Liping Wang, Jin-Ye Wang, Fang Chen
Objective The aim of this study was to develop a novel immersed multilayer biodegradable ureteral stent with reformed biodegradation and evaluate it in vitro. Methods Poly(glycolic-co-lactic acid) (PGLA), microsphere zein and BaSO4 were employed to produce a multilayer biodegradable stent using immersion technology. Tests of the biodegradable stents and conventional control stents were conducted in human urine in vitro to evaluate the biodegradable properties. The biocompatibility was assessed by the morphology and proliferation of urine-derived cells cultured with extracted media from the biodegradable stent and a latex material positive control...
March 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259964/effect-of-chloride-channel-activity-on-retinal-pigment-cell-proliferation-and-migration
#19
Jing Zhao, Wei Zhong, Lixia Sun, Yuan Yin, Yajuan Zheng
The present study aimed to investigate the effects of chloride channels (ClC) on the proliferation and migration of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells, a primary component of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) membranes. An RPE cell model of phagocytosis was established using fibronectin‑coated latex beads. Cell proliferation was measured by live cell counting. The cell cycle and phagocytosis index was assessed by flow cytometry. Intracellular calcium concentration was quantified using Fura‑2‑acetoxymethyl ester...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257735/force-degradation-of-orthodontic-latex-elastics-an-in-vivo-study
#20
Sadeq M Adel Qodcieh, Susan N Al-Khateeb, Ziad W Jaradat, Elham S J Abu Alhaija
INTRODUCTION: Our objectives were to assess the force degradation of orthodontic latex elastics over 48 hours in vivo and to study the relationship between the amount of mouth opening and the degree of force decay. METHODS: Fifty-two orthodontic patients wearing fixed appliances using Class II elastics were asked to wear premeasured-force 3/16-in heavy and medium intermaxillary elastics. The force amounts were measured and compared at different time intervals...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
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