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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727069/system-dynamics-modeling-in-designing-breeding-schemes-the-case-of-menz-sheep-in-ethiopian-highlands
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K T Gebre, M Wurzinger, S Gizaw, A Haile, B Rischkowsky, T Getachew, J Sölkner
A comprehensive dynamic simulation model was developed to describe a community-based breeding program for the Menz sheep population of Ethiopia. Selection of male and female animals based on their own and maternal performance was simulated. The breeding goal traits were 6-mo weight, preweaning survival, and fertility rate. The model input data were obtained from the flock book, questionnaires, and references. The simulation model used a mix of deterministic and stochastic procedures to model the complex system...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727001/analysis-of-genetic-diversity-of-chinese-dairy-goats-via-microsatellite-markers
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G Z Wang, S S Chen, T L Chao, Z B Ji, L Hou, Z J Qin, J M Wang
In this study, 15 polymorphic microsatellite markers were used to analyze the genetic structure and phylogenetic relationships of 6 dairy goat breeds in China, including 4 native developed breeds and 2 introduced breeds. The results showed that a total of 172 alleles were detected in 347 samples of the dairy goat breeds included in this study. The mean number of effective alleles per locus was 4.92. Except for BMS0812, all of the remaining microsatellite loci were highly polymorphic (polymorphism information content [PIC] > 0...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726804/diagnostic-cytogenetic-testing-following-positive-noninvasive-prenatal-screening-results-a-clinical-laboratory-practice-resource-of-the-american-college-of-medical-genetics-and-genomics-acmg
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Athena M Cherry, Yassmine M Akkari, Kimberly M Barr, Hutton M Kearney, Nancy C Rose, Sarah T South, James H Tepperberg, Jeanne M Meck
Disclaimer: ACMG Clinical Laboratory Practice Resources are developed primarily as an educational tool for clinical laboratory geneticists to help them provide quality clinical laboratory genetic services. Adherence to these practice resources is voluntary and does not necessarily assure a successful medical outcome. This Clinical Laboratory Practice Resource should not be considered inclusive of all proper procedures and tests or exclusive of other procedures and tests that are reasonably directed to obtaining the same results...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726597/serological-and-molecular-diagnostic-tests-for-canine-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-brazilian-endemic-area-one-out-of-five-seronegative-dogs-are-infected
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E G Lopes, A P Sevá, F Ferreira, C M Nunes, L B Keid, R M Hiramoto, H L Ferreira, T M F S Oliveira, M F D Bigotto, F Galvis-Ovallos, E A B Galati, R M Soares
Euthanasia of infected dogs is one of the measures adopted in Brazil to control visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in endemic areas. To detect infected dogs, animals are screened with the rapid test DPP® Visceral Canine Leishmaniasis for detection of antibodies against K26/K39 fusion antigens of amastigotes (DPP). DPP-positives are confirmed with an immunoenzymatic assay probing soluble antigens of promastigotes (ELISA), while DPP-negatives are considered free of infection. Here, 975 dogs from an endemic region were surveyed by using DPP, ELISA and real-time PCR (qPCR) for the diagnosis of VL...
July 20, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726519/cancer-stem-cells-cd133-inhibition-and-cytotoxicity-of-certain-3-phenylthiazolo-3-2-a-benzimidazoles-design-direct-synthesis-crystal-study-and-in-vitro-biological-evaluation
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Ghada H Al-Ansary, Wagdy M Eldehna, Hazem A Ghabbour, Sara T A Al-Rashood, Khalid A Al-Rashood, Radwa A Eladwy, Abdullah Al-Dhfyan, Maha M Kabil, Hatem A Abdel-Aziz
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been objects of intensive study since their identification in 1994. Adopting a structural rigidification approach, a novel series of 3-phenylthiazolo[3,2-a]benzimidazoles 4a-d was designed and synthesised, in an attempt to develop potent anticancer agent that can target the bulk of tumour cells and CSCs. The anti-proliferative activity of the synthesised compounds was evaluated against two cell lines, namely; colon cancer HT-29 and triple negative breast cancer MDA-MB-468 cell lines...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724801/tcr-ligand-dissociation-rate-is-a-robust-and-stable-biomarker-of-cd8-t-cell-potency
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Mathilde Allard, Barbara Couturaud, Laura Carretero-Iglesia, Minh Ngoc Duong, Julien Schmidt, Gwennaëlle C Monnot, Pedro Romero, Daniel E Speiser, Michael Hebeisen, Nathalie Rufer
Despite influencing many aspects of T cell biology, the kinetics of T cell receptor (TCR) binding to peptide-major histocompatibility molecules (pMHC) remain infrequently determined in patient monitoring or for adoptive T cell therapy. Using specifically designed reversible fluorescent pMHC multimeric complexes, we performed a comprehensive study of TCR-pMHC off-rates combined with various functional assays on large libraries of self/tumor- and virus-specific CD8+ T cell clones from melanoma patients and healthy donors...
July 20, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723951/cd8-t-cells-provide-immune-protection-against-murine-disseminated-endotheliotropic-orientia-tsutsugamushi-infection
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Guang Xu, Nicole L Mendell, Yuejin Liang, Thomas R Shelite, Yenny Goez-Rivillas, Lynn Soong, Donald H Bouyer, David H Walker
Scrub typhus, caused by a Gram-negative obligately intracellular coccobacillus, Orientia tsutsugamushi, is a long neglected but important tropical disease. Orientia tsutsugamushi causes illness in one million people each year, and 1 billion people are at risk. Without appropriate diagnosis and treatment, the disease can cause severe multiorgan failure with a case fatality rate of 7-15%. The current gaps in knowledge of immunity include the unknown mechanisms of host immunity to O. tsutsugamushi. Using an intravenous (i...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721608/a-new-light-trap-model-as-an-alternative-for-controlling-pests-in-eucalyptus-plantations
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R G Mafia, E B Loureiro, J B Silva, J A C Simões, T G Zarpelon, N S Bezerra Junior, M B Damacena
Eucalyptus plantations can be affected by species of defoliating caterpillars. The integrated management of this group primarily involves a monitoring system, natural enemies, and biological products. Alternative control methods, including the use of conventional light traps, have not been adopted, mostly because of their low efficiency. Therefore, a more efficient light trap model was developed. The new model allowed the capture of 3.6 times as many insects as the conventional model, with a 261% gain in control efficiency...
July 18, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721499/treg-protected-donor-lymphocyte-infusions-a-new-tool-to-address-the-graft-versus-leukemia-effect-in-the-absence-of-graft-versus-host-disease-in-patients-relapsed-after-hsct
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Mauro Di Ianni, Paola Olioso, Raffaella Giancola, Stella Santarone, Annalisa Natale, Gabriele Papalinetti, Ida Villanova, Stefano Baldoni, Ambra Di Tommaso, Tiziana Bonfini, Patrizia Accorsi, Paolo Di Bartolomeo
In high-risk acute leukemia patients undergoing haploidentical hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), adoptive immunotherapy with T regulatory cells (Tregs) and T conventional cells (Tcons) prevented acute and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GvHD), favored post-transplant immunological reconstitution and was associated with a powerful graft-versus-leukemia (GvL) effect. With a particularly innovative approach, we developed a treatment with a Treg-protected donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) for patients with early relapse after HSCT and we report here the results obtained in the first patient with APL (M3v) relapsed after a second matched allogeneic HSCT (15% blasts and 75% of donor cells in bone marrow)...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720510/ahrq-series-on-complex-intervention-systematic-reviews-paper-3-adapting-frameworks-to-develop-protocols
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Mary Butler, Richard A Epstein, Annette Totten, Evelyn P Whitlock, Mohammed T Ansari, Laura J Damschroder, Ethan Balk, Eric B Bass, Nancy D Berkman, Susanne Hempel, Suchitra Iyer, Karen Schoelles, Jeanne-Marie Guise
BACKGROUND: Once a proposed topic has been identified for a systematic review and has undergone a question formulation stage, a protocol must be developed that specifies the scope and research questions in detail and outlines the methodology for conducting the systematic review. RATIONALE: Framework modifications are often needed to accommodate increased complexity. We describe and give examples of adaptations as well as alternatives to traditional analytic frameworks...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720143/mhc-class-ii-expression-and-potential-antigen-presenting-cells-in-the-retina-during-experimental-autoimmune-uveitis
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Deborah A Lipski, Rémi Dewispelaere, Vincent Foucart, Laure E Caspers, Matthieu Defrance, Catherine Bruyns, François Willermain
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists regarding which cell types are responsible for autoantigen presentation in the retina during experimental autoimmune uveitis (EAU) development. In this study, we aimed to identify and characterize the retinal resident and infiltrating cells susceptible to express major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II during EAU. METHODS: EAU was induced in C57BL/6 mice by adoptive transfer of autoreactive lymphocytes from IRBP1-20-immunized animals...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719798/chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-for-b-cell-malignancies
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Eben I Lichtman, Gianpietro Dotti
The adoptive transfer of T-lymphocytes modified to express chimeric antigen receptors (CAR-Ts) has produced impressive clinical responses among patients with B-cell malignancies. This has led to a rapid expansion in the number of clinical trials over the past several years. Although CD19-specific CAR-Ts are the most extensively evaluated, CAR-Ts specific for other B-cell-associated targets have also shown promise. However, despite this success, toxicities associated with CAR-T administration remain a significant concern...
June 29, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716899/hdac1-upregulation-by-nanog-promotes-multidrug-resistance-and-a-stem-like-phenotype-in-immune-edited-tumor-cells
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Kwon-Ho Song, Chel Hun Choi, Hyo-Jung Lee, Se Jin Oh, Seon Rang Woo, Soon-Oh Hong, Kyung Hee Noh, Hanbyoul Cho, Eun Joo Chung, Jae-Hoon Kim, Joon-Yong Chung, Stephen M Hewitt, Seungki Baek, Kyung-Mi Lee, Cassian Yee, Minjoo Son, Chih-Ping Mao, T-C Wu, Tae Woo Kim
Cancer immunoediting drives the adaptation of tumor cells to host immune surveillance. Immunoediting driven by antigen (Ag)-specific T cells enriches NANOG expression in tumor cells, resulting in a stem-like phenotype and immune resistance. Here we identify HDAC1 as a key mediator of the NANOG-associated phenotype. NANOG upregulated HDAC1 through promoter occupancy, thereby decreasing histone H3 acetylation on K14 and K27. NANOG-dependent, HDAC1-driven epigenetic silencing of cell cycle inhibitor CDKN2D and CDKN1B induced stem-like features...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716152/development-of-a-theory-informed-implementation-intervention-to-improve-the-triage-treatment-and-transfer-of-stroke-patients-in-emergency-departments-using-the-theoretical-domains-framework-tdf-the-t-3-trial
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Louise E Craig, Natalie Taylor, Rohan Grimley, Dominique A Cadilhac, Elizabeth McInnes, Rosemary Phillips, Simeon Dale, Denise O'Connor, Chris Levi, Mark Fitzgerald, Julie Considine, Jeremy M Grimshaw, Richard Gerraty, N Wah Cheung, Jeanette Ward, Sandy Middleton
BACKGROUND: Theoretical frameworks and models based on behaviour change theories are increasingly used in the development of implementation interventions. Development of an implementation intervention is often based on the available evidence base and practical issues, i.e. feasibility and acceptability. The aim of this study was to describe the development of an implementation intervention for the T(3) Trial (Triage, Treatment and Transfer of patients with stroke in emergency departments (EDs)) using theory to recommend behaviour change techniques (BCTs) and drawing on the research evidence base and practical issues of feasibility and acceptability...
July 17, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715932/the-association-of-socioeconomic-conditions-and-readiness-to-learn-new-ways-of-performing-daily-activities-in-older-adults-with-functional-difficulties
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Kelly T Gleason, Laura N Gitlin, Sarah L Szanton
Behavioral interventions for older adults can reduce difficulties in performing daily activities, hospitalizations, and mortality risk. The success of behavior change interventions, however, can be affected by a participant's readiness to adopt changes. This study evaluates whether socioeconomic conditions, particularly financial strain affording food, are associated with readiness to change. We conducted a cross-sectional, descriptive study of baseline data from disabled older adults ( N = 147) participating in an intervention to reduce physical disability...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715147/performance-analysis-of-the-t-doc%C3%A2-air-charged-catheters-an-alternate-technology-for-urodynamics
#16
Bruna M Couri, Stephanie Bitzos, Deepak Bhardwaj, Emily Lockhart, Andy Yue, Ing Goping
AIMS: Urodynamics (UDS) is widely used for the diagnosis of lower urinary tract dysfunction. Air-Charged catheters (ACC), one of the newer technologies for UDS pressure recording, has been adopted in growing numbers around the world for the past 15 years. Currently, there is a lack of published studies characterizing specific performance of the ACC. Since linearity, hysteresis, pressure drift, and frequency response are important components in characterizing accuracy for catheter-manometer systems; this study aimed to assess these four aspects in ACC...
July 17, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714304/enhanced-thermochemical-stability-of-ch3nh3pbi3-perovskite-films-on-zinc-oxides-via-new-precursors-and-surface-engineering
#17
Fei Qin, Wei Meng, Jiacheng Fan, Chang Ge, Bangwu Luo, Ru Ge, Lin Hu, Fangyuan Jiang, Tiefeng Liu, Youyu Jiang, Yinhua Zhou
Hydroxyl groups on the surface of ZnO films lead to chemical decomposition of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films during thermal annealing, which limits the application of ZnO as a facile electron-transporting layer in perovskite solar cells. In this work, we report a new recipe that leads to substantially reduced hydroxyl groups on the surface of the resulting ZnO films by employing polyethylenimine (PEI) to replace generally-used ethanolamine in the precursor solutions. Films derived from the PEI-containing precursors are denoted as P-ZnO and those from the ethanoamine-containing precursors as E-ZnO...
July 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713380/targeting-the-human-t-cell-inducible-costimulator-molecule-with-a-monoclonal-antibody-prevents-graft-vs-host-disease-and-preserves-graft-vs-leukemia-in-a-xenograft-murine-model
#18
Aude Burlion, Simon Brunel, Nicolas Y Petit, Daniel Olive, Gilles Marodon
BACKGROUND: Graft-vs-host disease (GVHD) is a major complication of allogenic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Targeting costimulatory molecules with antagonist antibodies could dampen the excessive immune response that occurs, while preserving the beneficial graft vs leukemia (GVL) of the allogeneic response. Previous studies using a mouse model of GVHD have shown that targeting the T-cell Inducible COStimulator (ICOS, CD278) molecule is beneficial, but it is unclear whether the same applies to human cells...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712987/the-tailored-study-a-randomized-controlled-trial-to-improve-surrogate-decision-making
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Daniel P Sulmasy, Mark T Hughes, Gayane Yenokyan, Joan Kub, Peter B Terry, Alan B Astrow, Julie A Johnson, Grace Ho, Marie T Nolan
CONTEXT: Patients with terminal illnesses often require surrogate decision makers. Prior research has demonstrated high surrogate stress, and that despite standards promoting substituted judgment, most patients do not want their surrogates to make pure substituted judgments for them. It is not known how best to help loved ones fulfill the surrogate role. OBJECTIVES: To test the effectiveness of an intervention to help surrogate decision makers. METHODS: 166 patients (41% with ALS and 59% with gastrointestinal cancers) and their surrogates at 2 university medical centers were randomized to an intensive nurse-directed discussion of the end of life Decision Control Preferences of the patient (TAILORED) or a discussion of nutrition (CONTROL); 163 completed baseline interviews and underwent the intervention...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712863/harnessing-the-cd1-restricted-t-cell-response-for-leukemia-adoptive-immunotherapy
#20
Michela Consonni, Claudia de Lalla, Alessandra Bigi, Paolo Dellabona, Giulia Casorati
Disease recurrence following chemotherapy and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation is the major unmet clinical need of acute leukemia. Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) with allogeneic T lymphocytes can control recurrences at the cost of inducing detrimental GVHD. Targeting T cell recognition on leukemia cells is therefore needed to overcome the problem and ensure safe and durable disease remission. In this review, we discuss adoptive cells therapy based on CD1-restricted T cells specific for tumor associated self-lipid antigens...
July 8, 2017: Cytokine & Growth Factor Reviews
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