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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933177/anaemia-and-its-association-with-month-and-blood-phenotype-in-blood-donors-in-fako-division-cameroon
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Tebit Emmanuel Kwenti, Tayong Dizzle Bita Kwenti
BACKGROUND: Anaemia is one of the main factors in the deferral (disqualification) of blood donors following haematological screening. There is paucity of data on the prevalence of anaemia in blood donors in Sub-Saharan Africa. This study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of anaemia and its association with month and blood phenotype in blood donors in Fako division of Cameroon. METHODS: Blood donors were recruited between the 1st of January and 31st of December 2014, and their haemoglobin concentration (Hb) was determined using a haemoglobinometer...
2016: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929745/an-elaborate-landscape-of-the-human-antibody-repertoire-against-enterovirus-71-infection-is-revealed-by-phage-display-screening-and-deep-sequencing
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Zhe Chen, Xianwen Ren, Jian Yang, Jie Dong, Ying Xue, Lilian Sun, Yafang Zhu, Qi Jin
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) causes outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), primarily in the Asia-Pacific area, that are often associated with complications of severe to fatal neurological symptoms. There are currently no anti-viral therapies or vaccines available for the treatment of EV71 infection. Illustrating human antibody responses neutralizing EV71 infection could potentially provide valuable information for the development of effective therapies and vaccines. Here, we constructed a comprehensive phage display library based on peripheral blood of eight EV71-infected donors and identified 27 EV71-specific human antibodies, of which four have neutralizing activity in in vitro experiments...
December 8, 2016: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917495/usefulness-of-nucleic-acid-testing-to-reduce-risk-of-hepatitis-b-virus-transfusion-transmitted-infection-in-argentina-high-rate-of-recent-infections
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Sebastián Blanco, Marcos César Balangero, Mildre Cledy Valle, Oscar Luis Montini, Luis Horacio Carrizo, Sandra Verónica Gallego
BACKGROUND: Results from 10-year experience using nucleic acid test (NAT) screening in a blood bank of Córdoba are presented, showing the first data on prevalence of recent hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections and occult HBV infections (OBIs) in Argentina. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Molecular screening was performed by COBAS AmpliScreen human immunodeficiency virus Type 1 (HIV-1) test Version 1.5 and COBAS AmpliScreen hepatitis C virus (HCV) test Version 2.0 and COBAS TaqScreen MPX and MPX Version 2...
December 4, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917199/molecular-and-serological-detection-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-among-healthy-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-negative-blood-donors-in-malaysia
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Shuaibu A Hudu, Nabil S Harmal, Mohammed I Saeed, Ahmad S Alshrari, Yasmin A Malik, Mohd T Niazlin, Roshida Hassan, Zamberi Sekawi
BACKGROUND: Occult hepatitis B infections are becoming a major global threat, but the available data on its prevalence in various parts of the world are often divergent. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to detect occult hepatitis B virus in hepatitis B surface antigen-negative serum using anti-HBc as a marker of previous infection. PATIENT AND METHODS: A total of 1000 randomly selected hepatitis B surface antigen-negative sera from blood donors were tested for hepatitis B core antibody and hepatitis B surface antibody using an ELISA and nested polymerase chain reaction was done using primers specific to the surface gene (S-gene)...
September 2016: African Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911488/hepatocellular-carcinoma-as-an-emerging-morbidity-in-the-thalassemia-syndromes-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Hassan M Moukhadder, Racha Halawi, Maria Domenica Cappellini, Ali T Taher
The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with thalassemia is on the rise. The 2 well recognized HCC risk factors in thalassemia are iron overload and chronic viral infection with hepatitis C. The carcinogenicity of iron is related to its induction of oxidative damage, which results in genotoxicity, and to immunologic dysregulation, which attenuates cancer immune surveillance. Chronic hepatitis B and C infections lead to necroinflammation, which can prompt progression to HCC, but an independent role of hepatitis B virus in hepatic carcinogenesis among patients with thalassemia has not been demonstrated...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902502/zika-virus-and-patient-blood-management
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Lawrence T Goodnough, Marisa B Marques
Sporadic Zika virus infections had only occurred in Africa and Asia until an outbreak in Micronesia (Oceania) in 2007. In 2013 to 2014, several outer Pacific Islands reported local outbreaks. Soon thereafter, the virus was likely introduced in Brazil from competing athletes from French Polynesia and other countries that participated in a competition there. Transmission is thought to have occurred through mosquito bites and spread to the immunologically naive population. Being also a flavivirus, the Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito that is endemic in South and Central America that is also the vector of West Nile virus, dengue, and chikungunya...
November 29, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891337/high-seroprevalence-of-dengue-virus-infection-in-blood-donors-from-delhi-a-single-centre-study
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Pragya Ranjan, Vidhya Natarajan, Meenu Bajpai, Ekta Gupta
INTRODUCTION: The risk of transfusion transmitted dengue has been increasingly recognized. Blood donors in an endemic area like Delhi may serve as a potential vehicle for transmission of the infection. Moreover, prevalence of infection in them would be representative of the true picture of dengue in a population. AIM: To determine the prevalence of dengue virus infection in blood donors in a tertiary care centre. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 200 blood donors were recruited in the study after obtaining informed consent in the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi in July and August 2012...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891232/prevalence-of-transfusion-transmissible-infections-in-blood-donors-of-pakistan
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Aisha Arshad, Munira Borhany, Nida Anwar, Imran Naseer, Rehan Ansari, Samson Boota, Naveena Fatima, Mustansir Zaidi, Tahir Shamsi
BACKGROUND: Transfusion-transmitted infections threaten the safety of patients requiring blood transfusion, which in turn imposes serious challenges for the availability of safe blood products that are still affordable in health care systems with limited resources. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of transfusion-transmitted infections in blood donors and to evaluate the demographic characteristics of reactive and non-reactive blood donors. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted at our institute in Karachi, Pakistan...
2016: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882070/serological-patterns-and-molecular-characterization-of-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection-among-blood-donors
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Hong Lin, Hong Zhao, Xinyi Tang, Wenjia Hu, Nizheng Jiang, Shaowen Zhu, Chengyin Huang
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B infections, characterized by the presence of a viral genome without detectable hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg; Occult hepatitis B infection [OBI]), have been reported recently. OBJECTIVES: We performed serological and molecular characterization of OBI among blood donors at Jiangsu province blood center during years 2013 and 2014. METHODS: All donor samples were routinely screened by double enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Treponema pallidum (TP), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT)...
October 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876094/nitric-oxide-has-contrasting-age-dependent-effects-on-the-functionality-of-murine-hematopoietic-stem-cells
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Sapana Jalnapurkar, Shweta Singh, Moirangthem Ranjita Devi, Lalita Limaye, Vaijayanti Kale
BACKGROUND: The success of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation is dependent on the quality of the donor HSCs. Some sources of HSCs display reduced engraftment efficiency either because of inadequate number (e.g., fetal liver and cord blood), or age-related dysfunction (e.g. in older individuals). Therefore, use of pharmacological compounds to improve functionality of HSCs is a forefront research area in hematology. METHODS: Lineage negative (Lin(-)) cells isolated from murine bone marrow or sort-purified Lin(-)Sca-1(+)c-Kit(+)CD34(-) (LSK-CD34(-)) were treated with a nitric oxide donor, sodium nitroprusside (SNP)...
November 22, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866583/transfusion-medicine
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REVIEW
Nathan T Connell
Transfusion of various blood components can provide relief from symptomatic anemia and reduce the bleeding risks associated with low platelet counts or presence of coagulopathy. Blood components are collected from volunteer donors and processed into separate components to maximize efficient utilization of a scarce resource while also providing maximum clinical benefit. Tests including blood type and screening for clinically significant alloantibodies increase the likelihood of successful transfusion. Risks of transfusion include hypersensitivity and hemolytic transfusion reactions, transfusion-related acute lung injury, transfusion-associated circulatory overload, and transmission of infection...
December 2016: Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862705/screening-of-living-organ-donors-for-endemic-infections-understanding-the-challenges-and-benefits-of-enhanced-screening
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REVIEW
Amanda Rosen, Michael G Ison
Living organ donor candidates are screened for medical and psychosocial contraindications to donation. One important goal of this process is to prevent donor-derived infectious diseases transmissions. These transmissions are exceptionally rare, but have the potential to cause significant morbidity and mortality. The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network now requires each recovery hospital to develop a protocol for evaluating living donors for tuberculosis and other geographically-defined endemic pathogens, including Trypanosoma cruzi (the causative pathogen of Chagas' disease), Strongyloides stercoralis, and West Nile Virus (WNV), in addition to universal screening for blood-borne pathogens...
November 14, 2016: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862486/characterisation-of-maternal-human-leukocyte-antigen-class-i-antibodies-in-suspected-foetal-and-neonatal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia
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E Refsum, A Mörtberg, J Dahl, S Meinke, M-K Auvinen, M Westgren, M Reilly, P Höglund, A Wikman
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the specificities and level of HLA class I antibodies in selected cases referred for suspected foetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). BACKGROUND: FNAIT occurs in 1 : 1-2000 live births, whereas maternal immunisation against human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I is common. Whether HLA class I antibodies alone can cause FNAIT is debatable. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 260 patient samples were referred between 2007 and 2012...
November 9, 2016: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862363/a-comprehensive-microbiological-safety-approach-for-agarose-encapsulated-porcine-islets-intended-for-clinical-trials
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Lawrence S Gazda, James Collins, Archie Lovatt, Robert W Holdcraft, Merribeth J Morin, Daniel Galbraith, Melanie Graham, Melissa A Laramore, Christine Maclean, John Black, Euan W Milne, Douglas G Marthaler, Horatiu V Vinerean, Michelle M Michalak, Deborah Hoffer, Steven Richter, Richard D Hall, Barry H Smith
BACKGROUND: The use of porcine islets to replace insulin-producing islet β-cells, destroyed during the diabetogenic disease process, presents distinct challenges if this option is to become a therapeutic reality for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. These challenges include a thorough evaluation of the microbiological safety of the islets. In this study, we describe a robust porcine islet-screening program that provides a high level of confidence in the microbiological safety of porcine islets suitable for clinical trials...
November 11, 2016: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861998/a-two-step-screening-approach-for-the-identification-of-blood-donors-with-highly-and-broadly-neutralizing-capacities-against-human-cytomegalovirus
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Jessica J Falk, Martina Winkelmann, Hubert Schrezenmeier, Dagmar Stöhr, Christian Sinzger, Ramin Lotfi
BACKGROUND: Hyperimmunoglobulins are frequently applied for prophylaxis and treatment of human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infections but were only marginally effective in meta-analyses of clinical studies. This might be partially due to selection of donors rather for total anti-HCMV titers than for neutralizing capacities. To improve efficacy against HCMV infection, we aimed at developing a high-throughput screening method for identification of blood donors with highly and broadly neutralizing capacities...
November 10, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847658/direct-acting-antivirals-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-and-down-syndrome
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Eric R Yoo, Ryan B Perumpail, George Cholankeril, Aijaz Ahmed
Patients with Down syndrome who received blood transfusions, likely in conjunction with cardiothoracic surgery for congenital heart disease and prior to the implementation of blood-donor screening for hepatitis C virus infection, face a substantial risk of acquiring the infection. In the past, interferon-based therapy for chronic hepatitis C infection in patients with Down syndrome was noted to have lower efficacy and potentially higher risk of adverse effects. Recently, the treatment for chronic hepatitis C has been revolutionized with the introduction of interferon-free direct acting antivirals with favorable safety, tolerability, and efficacy profile...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843180/point-of-care-hemoglobin-testing-in-plateletpheresis-donors-noninvasive-versus-invasive-methods
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R S Mallhi, Amit Pawar, Neerja Kushwaha, Sudeep Kumar, Ujjwal Dimri
BACKGROUND: Predonation hemoglobin (Hb) for plateletpheresis donors is estimated by presently available invasive methods. Venous samples of only those donors whose Hb is more than 12.5 g/dl are screened for complete blood count and transfusion transmissible infections. There is a pressing need to substitute this invasive Hb test with noninvasive one to reduce donor discomfort and avoid further pricking the donor. We therefore went ahead with the aim of comparing a noninvasive Hb estimation method NBM 200 with the invasive method - Hemocue, taking SYSMEX KX-21 as a gold standard...
October 2016: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834123/translational-applications-of-tissue-engineering-in-cardiovascular-medicine
#18
Y Murat Elçin, Arin Dogan, Eser Elçin
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of worldwide deaths. Current paradigm in medicine seeks novel approaches for the treatment of progressive or end-stage diseases. The organ transplantation option is limited in availability and unfortunately, a great number of patients are lost while waiting for donor organs. Animal studies have shown that upon myocardial infarction, it may be possible to stop adverse remodeling in its tracks and reverse with tissue engineering methods. Regaining the myocardium function and avoiding further deterioration towards heart failure can benefit millions of people with a significantly lesser burden on healthcare systems worldwide...
November 11, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829450/post-exposure-serological-responses-to-malaria-parasites-in-potential-blood-donors
#19
Daniela Portugal-Calisto, Ana Raquel Ferreira, Marcelo Sousa Silva, Rosa Teodósio
BACKGROUND: Cases of transfusion-transmitted malaria have been described around the world and highlighted in some studies. Semi-immune individuals are more likely to transmit malaria as they may be asymptomatic. Some countries allow blood donations only based on epidemiological criteria while others reinforce their criteria with serological tests. However, little is known about the longevity of anti-Plasmodium spp. antibodies and its meaning in blood donation. Therefore, this study aims to assess the longevity of different subclasses of anti-Plasmodium spp...
November 9, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822257/co-infection-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-with-other-blood-borne-and-hepatotropic-viruses-among-hemophilia-patients-in-poland
#20
Marta Kucharska, Malgorzata Inglot, Aleksandra Szymczak, Weronika Rymer, Malgorzata Zalewska, Krzysztof Malyszczak, Urszula Zaleska-Dorobisz, Malgorzata Kuliszkiewicz-Janus
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of HCV infection in people with hemophilia is substantially higher than that in the general population (63% - 98%). Multiple transfusions and substitutive therapy have also been linked to a high risk of HBV and HIV transmission. However, the prevalence of other blood-borne viral infections in this population is less well known. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the prevalence of co-infection with HBV and other blood-borne viruses in Polish HCV-infected hemophiliacs...
September 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
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