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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930975/streamlined-single-cell-tcr-isolation-and-generation-of-retroviral-vectors-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-expression-of-human-tcrs
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Maran L Sprouse, Gabriele Blahnik, Thomas Lee, Natalie Tully, Pinaki Benarjee, Eddie A James, Maria J Redondo, Matthew L Bettini, Maria Bettini
Although, several methods for sequencing of paired T cell receptor (TCR) alpha and beta chains from single T cells have been developed, none so far have been conducive to downstream in vivo functional analysis of TCR heterodimers. We have developed an improved protocol based on a two-step multiplex-nested PCR, which results in a PCR product that spans entire variable regions of a human TCR alpha and beta chains. By identifying unique restriction sites and incorporating them into the PCR primers, we have made the PCR product compatible with direct sub-cloning into the template retroviral vector...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930238/a-thrombomodulin-gene-polymorphism-c1418t-is-associated-with-early-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-with-a-conventional-cardiopulmonary-bypass-during-hospitalization
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Ching-Chou Pai, Yi-Wen Lin, Yi-Ting Tsai, Shih-Hurng Loh, Chih-Yuan Lin, Chin-Sheng Lin, Yi-Chang Lin, Hung-Yen Ke, Feng-Yen Lin, Chien-Sung Tsai
Background: Thrombomodulin (TM) is a type of cell membrane-bound anticoagulant protein cofactor in the thrombin-mediated activation of protein C. Previous evidence has shown an association between TM polymorphisms and systemic inflammation. Conventional cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), beating-heart CPB, and off-pump techniques have been widely used in cardiac surgery. However, these techniques may also cause systemic inflammatory responses in the patients. Whether TM polymorphisms are associated with systemic inflammation after cardiac surgery is still unclear...
April 23, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929959/-in-vitro-effect-of-vancomycin-and-daptomycin-on-biofilm-formation-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-strains
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Duygu Nilüfer Öcal, İştar Dolapçı, Zeynep Gençtürk, Alper Tekeli
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are one of the primer agents of blood stream infections (BSI) and catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI) which are associated mostly with the usage of central venous catheters and, important causes of morbidity and mortality despite the usage of antibacterial and supportive treatment. It is important to determine the properties of these causative microorganisms in order to make appropriate treatment of such infections. The aims of our study were to evaluate the biofilm formation of coagulase negative staphylococci (CNS) which were causative agents of bloodstream (BSI) and catheter related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI), to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of planktonic forms and minimal biofilm eradication concentration (MBEC) of sessile forms for vancomycin and daptomycin and to evaluate the efficacy of these antibiotics in infections with biofilm-forming isolates in vitro...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928956/a-primer-on-infrarenal-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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REVIEW
Norman R Hertzer
Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms have an alarmingly high mortality rate that often exceeds 50%, even when patients survive long enough to be transported to hospitals. Historical data have shown that ruptures are especially likely to occur with aneurysms measuring ≥6 cm in diameter, but there are so many exceptions to this that several randomized clinical trials have been done in an attempt to determine whether smaller aneurysms should be repaired electively as soon as they are discovered. More recently, further trials have been conducted in order to compare the relative benefits and disadvantages of modern endovascular aneurysm repair to those of traditional open surgery...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927745/apolipoprotein-m-gene-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-discovery-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-determined-by-the-base-quenched-probe-technique
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Yang Yu, Jun Zhang, Yingying Qiao, Lili Pan, Juzhang Li, Huihui Mao, Jiang Wei, Xiaoying Zhang, Ning Xu, Guanghua Luo
BACKGROUND: It has been reported increased serum apoM levels seen in the patients suffered from obstructive sleep apnoea and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases. In the present, we further examine the prevalence of apoM gene SNPs in COPD patients. And a new method base-quenched probe technique is established. METHODS: In the present study, we first used the Roche 454 GS Junior high-throughput sequencer to analyze 6 COPD samples and 6 control samples, in these samples we found 3 interesting SNPs (rs805264, rs707922 and rs707921) and then we designed primers and probes to establish a simple and quick screening method that is a base-quench probe technique and the genotype was confirmed by melting curves...
September 16, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927458/sybr-green-based-one-step-quantitative-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-the-detection-of-zika-virus-in-field-caught-mosquitoes
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Wei-Ping Tien, Gareth Lim, Gladys Yeo, Suzanna Nicole Chiang, Chee-Seng Chong, Lee-Ching Ng, Hapuarachchige Chanditha Hapuarachchi
BACKGROUND: The monitoring of vectors is one of the key surveillance measures to assess the risk of arbovirus transmission and the success of control strategies in endemic regions. The recent re-emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the tropics, including Singapore, emphasizes the need to develop cost-effective, rapid and accurate assays to monitor the virus spread by mosquitoes. As ZIKV infections largely remain asymptomatic, early detection of ZIKV in the field-caught mosquitoes enables timely implementation of appropriate mosquito control measures...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926348/a-primer-for-diagnosing-and-managing-malignant-hyperthermia-susceptibility
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Marilyn Green Larach
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 19, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925237/above-and-beyond-a-primer-for-young-surgeons-interested-in-global-surgery
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Paula Ferrada, Joseph V Sakran, Joe Dubose, Ashley Vergis, Gregory Peck, Adnan Alseidi, Jacob Moalem, Girma Tefera, Patricia L Turner
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925155/-analysis-on-dna-methylation-of-mosaic-and-moxa-type-leaves-of-aconitum-carmichaeli-by-msap
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Huan Wen, Cheng Peng, Chao-Long Rao, Da-Yan Zhang, Xiao-Fang Xie, Ji-Hai Gao
An MSAP analysis method was established for detecting DNA methylation of Aconitum carmichaeli leaves, and the DNA methylation of different leaf shapes and different leaf position was analyzed by MSAP. The study made experiments on the leaves of different position of mosaic and moxa leaf type A. carmichaeli, researched the effects of restriction digestion of genomic DNA by using two restriction enzymes, screened the suitable selective amplification primers, and analyzed the methylation differences of leaves by calculating the 6% acrylamide gel electrophoresis bands and lane...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924516/characterization-and-transferability-of-microsatellites-for-the-kangaroo-paw-anigozanthos-manglesii-haemodoraceae
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Bronwyn M Ayre, Janet M Anthony, David G Roberts, Richard J N Allcock, Siegfried L Krauss
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Microsatellites were developed for the future assessment of population genetic structure, mating system, and dispersal of the perennial kangaroo paw, Anigozanthos manglesii (Haemodoraceae), and related species. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using a Personal Genome Machine (PGM) semiconductor sequencer, ca. 4.03 million sequence reads were generated. QDD pipeline software was used to identify 190,000 microsatellite-containing regions and priming sites...
August 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924512/fourteen-polymorphic-microsatellite-markers-for-a-widespread-limestone-endemic-carex-eburnea-cyperaceae-carex-sect-albae
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Emily L Gillespie, Annabella G Pauley, Megan L Haffner, Nikolai M Hay, Matt C Estep, Zack E Murrell
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Microsatellite primers were developed for a widespread limestone endemic sedge, Carex eburnea, to facilitate investigation of the genetic diversity and phylogeography of this taxon and its closest relative, C. mckittrickensis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-eight primer pairs were designed from Illumina sequence data and screened for suitability. Fourteen of these primer pairs were polymorphic and generated one to seven alleles per locus. Cross-species amplifications were conducted for all four members of Carex sect...
August 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924511/barcoded-ns31-aml2-primers-for-sequencing-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-communities-in-environmental-samples
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Benjamin S T Morgan, Louise M Egerton-Warburton
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are globally important root symbioses that enhance plant growth and nutrition and influence ecosystem structure and function. To better characterize levels of AMF diversity relevant to ecosystem function, deeper sequencing depth in environmental samples is needed. In this study, Illumina barcoded primers and a bioinformatics pipeline were developed and applied to study AMF diversity and community structure in environmental samples...
August 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924510/development-of-est-ssr-markers-for-taxillus-nigrans-loranthaceae-in-southwestern-china-using-next-generation-sequencing
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Ning Miao, Lei Zhang, Maoping Li, Liqiang Fan, Kangshan Mao
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: We developed transcriptome microsatellite markers (simple sequence repeats) for Taxillus nigrans (Loranthaceae) to survey the genetic diversity and population structure of this species. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used Illumina HiSeq data to reconstruct the transcriptome of T. nigrans by de novo assembly and used the transcriptome to develop a set of simple sequence repeat markers. Overall, 40 primer pairs were designed and tested; 19 of them amplified successfully and demonstrated polymorphisms...
August 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924454/detection-of-enterotoxigenic-bacteroides-fragilis-in-patients-with-ulcerative-colitis
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Samin Zamani, Sonia Hesam Shariati, Mohammad Reza Zali, Hamid Asadzadeh Aghdaei, Akram Sarabi Asiabar, Saied Bokaie, Bizhan Nomanpour, Leonardo Antonio Sechi, Mohammad Mehdi Feizabadi
PURPOSE: Ulcerative colitis (UC) as a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), presumed to occur as a consequence of increased immune responses to intestinal microbiota in genetically susceptible individuals. Enterotoxigenic Bacteroides fragilis (ETBF) strains are important intestinal bacteria that can be involved in IBD. The aim of this study was to design a quantitative assay for detection of B. fragilis and ETBF and also to find their association with UC. METHODS: Ninety-five biopsies were collected from patients with UC (n = 35) and with no IBD (nIBD, n = 60)...
2017: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924394/getting-started-a-social-media-primer
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REVIEW
Dalya M Ferguson, Lillian S Kao
Social media use has increased both in the general public and in the surgical profession. A variety of social media platforms have been used, with Twitter being one of the most common and interactive platforms. Common uses by surgeons and scientists for social media include dissemination of information, information exchange, education, research recruitment, community consultation for clinical trials, and hospital or surgeon ratings. As social media use increases, a new language as well as metrics has been developed to track impact and reach of research incorporating social media platforms...
September 2017: Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924383/functional-analysis-of-a-novel-foxl2-indel-mutation-in-chinese-families-with-blepharophimosis-ptosis-epicanthus-inversus-syndrome-type-i
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Peiwei Chai, Fang Li, Jiayan Fan, Ruobin Jia, He Zhang, Xianqun Fan
Background: Blepharophimosis-ptosis-epicanthus inversus syndrome (BPES) is an autosomal dominant disease with a low incidence rate. Indel mutations in the forkhead box L2 (FOXL2) gene cause two types of BPES that are distinguished by the presence (type I) or absence (type II) of premature ovarian failure (POF). The purpose of this study was to identify a possible deletion in FOXL2 in Chinese families with BPES and to clarify its relationship with POF. Methods: An autosomal dominant Chinese BPES family with four generations was enrolled in this study...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923715/a-multiplex-bead-based-assay-for-immune-gene-expression-analysis-in-shrimp
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Sopacha Arayamethakorn, Nitsara Karoonuthaisiri, Wanilada Rungrassamee
Here, we developed a 9-plex bead-based array as a tool to evaluate molecular effects on transcription levels of immune-related genes in the black tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon). The bead array technology allows simultaneous detection of multiple target genes in a single sample, reducing time, labor and cost. The oligonucleotide probes were designed to target eight immune-related genes that involve in antimicrobial activity, melanization, pathogen pattern recognition proteins, lysozyme and one housekeeping gene as an internal control...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923133/genetic-evidence-for-a-novel-variant-of-the-pilus-island-1-backbone-protein-in-group-b-streptococcus
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Sarah Teatero, Alefiya Neemuchwala, Kunlin Yang, Janice Gomes, Taryn B T Athey, Irene Martin, Walter Demczuk, Allison McGeer, Nahuel Fittipaldi
PURPOSE: Pili contribute significantly to the pathogenesis of infection of group B Streptococcus (GBS) by facilitating adhesion and invasion of host cells. GBS pilin subunits (the backbone pilin protein, BP, and the ancillary pilin proteins, AP) as well as the specific enzymes required for pilus assembly are encoded by genes located in two separate genomic regions, known as pilus island 1 (PI-1) and PI-2. Our aim was to characterize the pilus profile of a collection of GBS isolates from metropolitan Toronto, Canada...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922521/molecular-and-morphological-characterization-of-anncaliia-azovica-sp-n-microsporidia-infecting-niphargogammarus-intermedius-crustacea-amphipoda-from-the-azov-sea
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Yuri S Tokarev, Yuliya Y Sokolova, Aleksandra A Vasilieva, Irma V Issi
Five out of one hundred adults of Niphargogammarus intermedius caught at the Azov sea shore were found to be infected with microsporidia. The infection was found in the subcuticular fat body and myocytes. Parasites developed in direct contact with host cells, displayed a disporoblastic sporogony and diplokaryotic arrangement of nuclei at all stages. Spores were oval, 4.6-5.8x2.6-3.0 μm. Exospore appendages, vesicular-tubular secretions and the anisofilar polar filament indicated a similarity to Anncaliia species...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921802/environmental-dna-metabarcoding-transforming-how-we-survey-animal-and-plant-communities
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Kristy Deiner, Holly M Bik, Elvira Mächler, Mathew Seymour, Anaïs Lacoursière-Roussel, Florian Altermatt, Simon Creer, Iliana Bista, David M Lodge, Natasha de Vere, Michael E Pfrender, Louis Bernatchez
The genomic revolution has fundamentally changed how we survey biodiversity on earth. High-throughput sequencing ('HTS') platforms now enable the rapid sequencing of DNA from diverse kinds of environmental samples (termed 'environmental DNA' or 'eDNA'). Coupling HTS with our ability to associate sequences from eDNA with a taxonomic name is called 'eDNA metabarcoding' and offers a powerful molecular tool capable of non-invasively surveying species richness from many ecosystems. Here, we review the use of eDNA metabarcoding for surveying animal and plant richness, and the challenges in using eDNA approaches to estimate relative abundance...
September 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
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