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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640957/restoration-of-cutaneous-pigmentation-by-transplantation-to-mice-of-isogeneic-human-melanocytes-in-dermal-epidermal-engineered-skin-substitutes
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Steven T Boyce, Christopher M Lloyd, Mark C Kleiner, Viki B Swope, Zalfa Abdel-Malek, Dorothy M Supp
Autologous engineered skin substitutes (ESS) containing melanocytes (hM) may restore pigmentation, and photoprotection after grafting to full-thickness skin wounds. In the current study, normal hM were isolated from discard skin, propagated with or without tyrosinase inhibitors, cryopreserved, recovered into culture, and added to ESS (ESS-P) before transplantation. ESS-P were incubated in either UCMC160/161 or UCDM1 medium, scored for hM densities, and grafted to mice. The results showed that: sufficient hM can be propagated to expand donor tissue by 100-fold; incubation of hM in tyrosinase inhibitors reduced pigment levels but did not change hM recovery after cryopreservation; hM densities in ESS-P were greater after incubation in UCDM1 than UCMC160 medium; hM were localized to the dermal-epidermal junction of ESS-P; and UCDM1 medium promoted earlier pigment distribution and density...
June 22, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636956/elicitation-of-robust-tier-2-neutralizing-antibody-responses-in-nonhuman-primates-by-hiv-envelope-trimer-immunization-using-optimized-approaches
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Matthias Pauthner, Colin Havenar-Daughton, Devin Sok, Joseph P Nkolola, Raiza Bastidas, Archana V Boopathy, Diane G Carnathan, Abishek Chandrashekar, Kimberly M Cirelli, Christopher A Cottrell, Alexey M Eroshkin, Javier Guenaga, Kirti Kaushik, Daniel W Kulp, Jinyan Liu, Laura E McCoy, Aaron L Oom, Gabriel Ozorowski, Kai W Post, Shailendra K Sharma, Jon M Steichen, Steven W de Taeye, Talar Tokatlian, Alba Torrents de la Peña, Salvatore T Butera, Celia C LaBranche, David C Montefiori, Guido Silvestri, Ian A Wilson, Darrell J Irvine, Rogier W Sanders, William R Schief, Andrew B Ward, Richard T Wyatt, Dan H Barouch, Shane Crotty, Dennis R Burton
The development of stabilized recombinant HIV envelope trimers that mimic the virion surface molecule has increased enthusiasm for a neutralizing antibody (nAb)-based HIV vaccine. However, there is limited experience with recombinant trimers as immunogens in nonhuman primates, which are typically used as a model for humans. Here, we tested multiple immunogens and immunization strategies head-to-head to determine their impact on the quantity, quality, and kinetics of autologous tier 2 nAb development. A bilateral, adjuvanted, subcutaneous immunization protocol induced reproducible tier 2 nAb responses after only two immunizations 8 weeks apart, and these were further enhanced by a third immunization with BG505 SOSIP trimer...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635345/avatar-assisted-therapy-a-proof-of-concept-pilot-study-of-a-novel-technology-based-intervention-to-treat-substance-use-disorders
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Michael S Gordon, Steven B Carswell, Mary Schadegg, Kayla Mangen, Kelly Merkel, Susan Tangires, Frank J Vocci
BACKGROUND: Avatar-assisted therapy (AAT) is a novel and emerging technology that uses the Internet to enable clinicians and clients in substance abuse treatment to participate in group counseling sessions from separate and remote locations in real time through the use of avatars and virtual environments. OBJECTIVES: The current study is a pilot proof-of-concept feasibility study involving individuals in outpatient substance abuse treatment. This report addresses two questions: (1) are individuals who present for substance abuse treatment interested in receiving AAT and (2) what factors are associated with better treatment success...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635342/healthcare-costs-in-psoriasis-and-psoriasis-subgroups-over-time-following-psoriasis-diagnosis
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Sarah Al Sawah, Shonda A Foster, Orin M Goldblum, William N Malatestinic, Baojin Zhu, Nianwen Shi, Xue Song, Steven R Feldman
AIMS: To quantify healthcare costs in patients with psoriasis overall and, in psoriasis patient subgroups, by level of disease severity, presence or absence of psoriatic arthritis, or use of biologics. METHODS: Administrative data from Truven Health Analytics MarketScan Research Database were used to select adult patients with psoriasis from January 2009 to January 2014. The first psoriasis diagnosis was set as the index date. Patients were required to have ≥6 months of continuous enrollment with medical and pharmacy benefits pre-index and ≥12 months post-index...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633658/nucleated-red-blood-cells-critical-illness-survivors-and-postdischarge-outcomes-a-cohort-study
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Steven W Purtle, Clare M Horkan, Takuhiro Moromizato, Fiona K Gibbons, Kenneth B Christopher
BACKGROUND: Little is known about risk factors associated with out-of-hospital outcomes in survivors of critical illness. We hypothesized that the presence of nucleated red blood cells in patients who survived critical care would be associated with adverse outcomes following hospital discharge. METHODS: We performed a two-center observational cohort study of patients treated in medical and surgical intensive care units in Boston, Massachusetts. All data were obtained from the Research Patient Data Registry at Partners HealthCare...
June 21, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633606/exact-bayesian-p-values-for-a-test-of-independence-in-a-2%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-2-contingency-table-with-missing-data
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Yan Lin, Stuart R Lipsitz, Debajyoti Sinha, Garrett Fitzmaurice, Steven Lipshultz
Altham (Altham PME. Exact Bayesian analysis of a 2 × 2 contingency table, and Fisher's "exact" significance test. J R Stat Soc B 1969; 31: 261-269) showed that a one-sided p-value from Fisher's exact test of independence in a 2 × 2 contingency table is equal to the posterior probability of negative association in the 2 × 2 contingency table under a Bayesian analysis using an improper prior. We derive an extension of Fisher's exact test p-value in the presence of missing data, assuming the missing data mechanism is ignorable (i...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632323/clinical-outcomes-of-hla-dpb1-mismatches-in-10-10-hla-matched-unrelated-donor-recipient-pairs-undergoing-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplant
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Ann M Moyer, Shahrukh K Hashmi, Cynthia M Kroning, Walter K Kremers, Steven R De Goey, Mrinal Patnaik, Mark Litzow, Dennis A Gastineau, William J Hogan, Eapen K Jacob, Justin D Kreuter, Laurie L Wakefield, Manish J Gandhi
OBJECTIVE: HLA-DPB1 matching may impact allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (ASCT) outcomes; however, this locus is not in linkage disequilibrium with the remainder of the HLA genes. After classifying HLA-DPB1 mismatches based on T-cell epitope, avoiding non-permissive mismatches may impact survival. We tested this hypothesis at a single academic institution. METHODS: Retrospective HLA-DPB1 genotyping was performed on 153 adult patients who underwent ASCT and unrelated donors matched for HLA-A, B, C, DRB1 and DQB1 loci (10/10)...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631282/biosynthesis-of-complex-indole-alkaloids-elucidation-of-the-concise-pathway-of-okaramines
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Chen-Yu Lai, Hsiao-Ching Lin, I-Wen Lo, Ranuka T Hewage, Yi-Chen Chen, Chien-Ting Chen, Chi-Fang Lee, Steven Lin, Man-Cheng Tang
The okaramines are a class of complex indole alkaloids isolated from Penicillium and Aspergillus species. Their potent insecticidal activity arises from selectively activating glutamate-gated chloride channels (GluCls) in invertebrates, not affecting human ligand-gated anion channels. Okaramines B (1) and D (2) contain a polycyclic skeleton, including an azocine ring and an unprecedented 2-dimethyl-3-methyl-azetidine ring. Due to their complex scaffold, okaramines have inspired many total synthesis efforts, but the enzymology of the okaramine biosynthetic pathway remains unexplored...
June 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630895/glass-eels-anguilla-anguilla-have-a-magnetic-compass-linked-to-the-tidal-cycle
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Alessandro Cresci, Claire B Paris, Caroline M F Durif, Steven Shema, Reidun M Bjelland, Anne Berit Skiftesvik, Howard I Browman
The European eel (Anguilla anguilla) has one of the longest migrations in the animal kingdom. It crosses the Atlantic Ocean twice during its life history, migrating between the spawning area in the Sargasso Sea and Europe, where it is widely distributed. The leptocephalus larvae drift with the Gulf Stream and other currents for more than a year and metamorphose into glass eels when they arrive on the continental shelf and move toward coastal areas. The mechanisms underlying glass eel orientation toward the coast and into freshwater systems are poorly known...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629931/fathers-feeding-practices-and-children-s-weight-status-in-mexican-american-families
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Carlos Penilla, Jeanne M Tschann, Julianna Deardorff, Elena Flores, Lauri A Pasch, Nancy F Butte, Steven E Gregorich, Louise C Greenspan, Suzanna M Martinez, Emily Ozer
Mothers' feeding practices are associated with their children's weight status, but little is known about the associations between fathers' feeding practices and children's weight status. Moreover, there is a dearth of research on Latino fathers' feeding practices and children's weight status, even though Latino children suffer some of the highest obesity rates in the U.S. We examined the associations between fathers' feeding practices and child weight status, conditional on mothers' feeding practices, within 174 Mexican American families with children aged 8-10 years...
June 16, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629895/tumour-suppressor-micrornas-contribute-to-the-regulation-of-pd-l1-expression-in-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma
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Steven C Kao, Yuen Yee Cheng, Marissa Williams, Michaela B Kirschner, Jason Madore, Trina Lum, Kadir H Sarun, Anthony Linton, Brian McCaughan, Sonja Klebe, Nico van Zandwijk, Richard A Scolyer, Michael J Boyer, Wendy A Cooper, Glen Reid
INTRODUCTION: The upregulation of PD-L1 is found in many cancers and contributes to the evasion of the host's immune defence. In malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), PD-L1 expression is associated with non-epithelioid histological subtype and poor prognosis, but the pathways involved in the control of PD-L1 expression in MPM are poorly understood. To address one possible means of PD-L1 regulation we investigated the relationship between dysregulated microRNA levels and PD-L1 expression...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629890/perceived-social-stress-and-symptom-severity-among-help-seeking-adolescents-with-versus-without-clinical-high-risk-for-psychosis
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Zachary B Millman, Steven C Pitts, Elizabeth Thompson, Emily R Kline, Caroline Demro, Marc J Weintraub, Jordan E DeVylder, Vijay A Mittal, Gloria M Reeves, Jason Schiffman
Research suggests that social stress exposure influences illness presentation and course among youth at clinical high-risk (CHR) for psychosis, though less is known about the extent to which self-reported perceptions of social stress relate to the severity of positive symptoms. Importantly, despite the notion that youth at CHR are especially susceptible to elevations in positive symptoms under conditions of stress, no study has examined this presumption relative to other psychiatric groups. Extending previous work demonstrating that perceived social stress was higher in a CHR group than in a clinical group of non-CHR, help-seeking controls, the current study aimed to: (1) examine whether perceived social stress is related to the severity of attenuated positive symptoms in the full sample (N=110); and (2) determine whether CHR status moderates the stress-symptom relation...
June 16, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629803/development-of-mpc-dpa-polymeric-nanoparticle-systems-for-inhalation-drug-delivery-applications
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Abdul Khaliq Elzhry Elyafi, Guy Standen, Steven T Meikle, Andrew L Lewis, Jonathan P Salvage
Inhalation of nanoparticles for pulmonary drug delivery offers the potential to harness nanomedicine formulations of emerging therapeutics, such as curcumin, for treatment of lung cancer. Biocompatible nanoparticles composed of poly(2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine)-b-poly(2-(diisopropylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (MPC-DPA) have been shown to be suitable nanocarriers for drugs, whilst N-trimethyl chitosan chloride (TMC) coating of nanoparticles has been reported to further enhance their cellular delivery efficacy; the combination of the two has not been previously investigated...
June 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627488/diversity-of-veronaea-botryosa-from-different-hosts-and-evaluation-of-laboratory-challenge-models-for-phaeohyphomycosis-in-acipenser-transmontanus
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Esteban Soto, Christine Richey, Stephen R Reichley, Brittany Stevens, Kirsten V Kenelty, Janiee Lewis, Barbara Byrne, Nathan P Wiederhold, Thomas B Waltzek, Matthew F Sheley, Alvin C Camus, Matt J Griffin
Veronaea botryosa has been identified as a pathogen of cultured white sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus. In 2015, samples from 19 white sturgeon were received for diagnosis, of which 14 cultured positive for V. botryosa. Intraspecific variability among V. botryosa isolates from different clinically affected hosts and geographic regions was investigated using repetitive extragenic palindromic PCR fingerprinting (rep-PCR). The rep-PCR profiles of 16 V. botryosa isolates from a human, sea turtles, and cultured fish were distinct from those of other phaeoid fungi belonging to the genera Cladophialophora and Exophiala...
June 19, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627003/sonographic-screening-for-wilms-tumor-in-children-with-cloves-syndrome
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Caitlin M Peterman, R Dawn Fevurly, Ahmad I Alomari, Cameron C Trenor, Denise M Adams, Sophie Vadeboncoeur, Marilyn G Liang, Arin K Greene, John B Mulliken, Steven J Fishman
BACKGROUND: CLOVES syndrome is associated with somatic mosaic PIK3CA mutations and characterized by congenital lipomatous overgrowth, vascular malformations, epidermal nevi, and skeletal anomalies. Wilms tumor (WT) is a malignant embryonal renal neoplasm associated with hemihypertrophy and certain overgrowth disorders. After identifying WT in a child with CLOVES, we questioned whether ultrasonographic screening was necessary in these patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed patients with CLOVES syndrome in our Vascular Anomalies Center at Boston Children's Hospital between 1998 and 2016 to identify those who developed WT...
June 19, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625918/body-composition-by-dxa
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John A Shepherd, Bennett K Ng, Markus J Sommer, Steven B Heymsfield
Body composition measurements from DXA have been available since DXA technology was developed 30years ago, but are historically underutilized. Recently, there have been rapid developments in body composition assessment including the analysis and publication of representative data for the US, official usage guidance from the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, and development of regional body composition measures with clinical utility. DXA body composition is much more than whole body percent fat...
June 16, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625807/evidence-for-altered-levels-of-immunoglobulin-d-in-the-nasal-airway-mucosa-of-patients-with-chronic-rhinosinusitis
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Jin-Young Min, Jayakar V Nayak, Kathryn E Hulse, Whitney W Stevens, Paul A Raju, Julia H Huang, Lydia A Suh, Griet A Van Roey, James E Norton, Roderick G Carter, Caroline P E Price, Ava R Weibman, Ali R Rashan, Eliver E Ghosn, Zara M Patel, Tetsuya Homma, David B Conley, Kevin C Welch, Stephanie Shintani-Smith, Anju T Peters, Leslie C Grammer, Kathleen E Harris, Atsushi Kato, Peter H Hwang, Robert C Kern, Leonore A Herzenberg, Robert P Schleimer, Bruce K Tan
BACKGROUND: Immunoglobulin D (IgD) is an enigmatic antibody isotype best known when co-expressed with IgM on naïve B cells. However, elevated soluble IgD (sIgD) and increased IgD(+)IgM(-) B cell populations have been described in the human upper respiratory mucosa. OBJECTIVE: We assessed whether levels of sIgD and IgD(+) B cells are altered in nasal tissue from patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). We further characterized IgD(+) B cell populations and explored clinical and local inflammatory factors associated with tissue sIgD levels...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625660/task-related-and-resting-state-fmri-identify-distinct-networks-which-preferentially-support-remembering-the-past-and-imagining-the-future
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Adrian W Gilmore, Steven M Nelson, Hung-Yu Chen, Kathleen B McDermott
The relation between episodic memory and episodic future thought (EFT) remains an active target of research. A growing literature suggests that similar cognitive processes and neural substrates tend to support these acts. However, direct comparisons of whole-brain activity reveal clear differences, with numerous regions more active when engaging in EFT than when remembering, and a smaller collection of regions displaying the opposite pattern of activity. Although various network labels have been applied to prior neuroimaging results, to date no formal resting-state functional connectivity analysis has been conducted...
June 15, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624625/a-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-ffpe-based-prognostic-signature-to-predict-metastasis-in-clinically-low-risk-stage-i-ii-microsatellite-stable-colorectal-cancer
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Yee Syuen Low, Christopher Blöcker, John R McPherson, See Aik Tang, Ying Ying Cheng, Joyner Y S Wong, Clarinda Chua, Tony K H Lim, Choong Leong Tang, Min Hoe Chew, Patrick Tan, Iain B Tan, Steven G Rozen, Peh Yean Cheah
Approximately 20% early-stage (I/II) colorectal cancer (CRC) patients develop metastases despite curative surgery. We aim to develop a formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE)-based predictor of metastases in early-stage, clinically-defined low risk, microsatellite-stable (MSS) CRC patients. We considered genome-wide mRNA and miRNA expression and mutation status of 20 genes assayed in 150 fresh-frozen tumours with known metastasis status. We selected 193 genes for further analysis using NanoString nCounter arrays on corresponding FFPE tumours...
June 15, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623880/associations-between-anhedonia-and-marijuana-use-escalation-across-mid-adolescence
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Adam M Leventhal, Junhan Cho, Matthew D Stone, Jessica L Barrington-Trimis, Chih-Ping Chou, Steven Y Sussman, Nathaniel R Riggs, Jennifer B Unger, Janet Audrain-McGovern, David R Strong
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Anhedonia-a transdiagnostic psychopathological trait indicative of inability to experience pleasure-could lead to and result from adolescent marijuana use, yet this notion has not been tested. This study aimed to estimate the association of: (1) anhedonia at age 14 with rate of change in marijuana use over an 18-month follow-up, and (2) marijuana use at age 14 with rate of change in anhedonia over follow-up. Secondary aims were to test whether gender, baseline marijuana use history, and peer marijuana use moderated these associations...
June 17, 2017: Addiction
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