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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150937/cgmp-production-and-analysis-of-bg505-sosip-664-an-extensively-glycosylated-trimeric-hiv-1-envelope-glycoprotein-vaccine-candidate
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Antu K Dey, Albert Cupo, Gabriel Ozorowski, Vaneet K Sharma, Anna-Janina Behrens, Eden P Go, Thomas J Ketas, Anila Yasmeen, Per J Klasse, Eddy Sayeed, Heather Desaire, Max Crispin, Ian A Wilson, Rogier W Sanders, Thomas Hassell, Andrew Ward, John P Moore
We describe the properties of BG505 SOSIP.664 HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein trimers produced under current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) conditions. These proteins are the first of a new generation of native-like trimers that are the basis for many structure-guided immunogen development programs aimed at devising how to induce broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) to HIV-1 by vaccination. The successful translation of this prototype demonstrates the feasibility of producing similar immunogens on an appropriate scale and of an acceptable quality for Phase I experimental medicine clinical trials...
November 18, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150759/from-experiment-to-theory-what-can-we-learn-from-growth-curves
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Irina Kareva, Georgy Karev
Finding an appropriate functional form to describe population growth based on key properties of a described system allows making justified predictions about future population development. This information can be of vital importance in all areas of research, ranging from cell growth to global demography. Here, we use this connection between theory and observation to pose the following question: what can we infer about intrinsic properties of a population (i.e., degree of heterogeneity, or dependence on external resources) based on which growth function best fits its growth dynamics? We investigate several nonstandard classes of multi-phase growth curves that capture different stages of population growth; these models include hyperbolic-exponential, exponential-linear, exponential-linear-saturation growth patterns...
November 17, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150708/production-of-arabitol-from-enzymatic-hydrolysate-of-soybean-flour-by-debaryomyces-hansenii-fermentation
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Abdullah A Loman, S M M Islam, Lu-Kwang Ju
Arabitol is a low-calorie sugar alcohol with anti-cariogenic properties. Enzymatic hydrolysate of soybean flour is a new renewable biorefinery feedstock containing hexose, pentose, and organic nitrogen sources. Arabitol production by Debaryomyces hansenii using soybean flour hydrolysate was investigated. Effects of medium composition, operating conditions, and culture stage (growing or stationary phase) were studied. Production was also compared at different culture volumes to understand the effect of dissolved oxygen concentration (DO)...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150161/improved-pharmacodynamic-pd-assessment-of-low-dose-parp-inhibitor-pd-activity-for-radiotherapy-and-chemotherapy-combination-trials
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Rosemarie de Haan, Dick Pluim, Baukelien van Triest, Michel van den Heuvel, Heike Peulen, Damien van Berlo, Jay George, Marcel Verheij, Jan H M Schellens, Conchita Vens
BACKGROUND: PARP inhibitors are currently evaluated in combination with radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy. As sensitizers, PARP inhibitors are active at very low concentrations therefore requiring highly sensitive pharmacodynamic (PD) assays. Current clinical PD-assays partly fail to provide such sensitivities. The aim of our study was to enable sensitive PD evaluation of PARP inhibitors for clinical sensitizer development. MATERIAL AND METHODS: PBMCs of healthy individuals and of olaparib and radiotherapy treated lung cancer patients were collected for ELISA-based PD-assays...
November 14, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149911/the-analysis-of-novel-microrna-mimic-sequences-in-cancer-cells-reveals-lack-of-specificity-in-stem-loop-rt-qpcr-based-microrna-detection
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Patrick Winata, Marissa Williams, Eileen McGowan, Najah Nassif, Nico van Zandwijk, Glen Reid
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs are frequently downregulated in cancer, and restoring expression has tumour suppressive activity in tumour cells. Our recent phase I clinical trial investigated microRNA-based therapy in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Treatment with TargomiRs, microRNA mimics with novel sequence packaged in EGFR antibody-targeted bacterial minicells, revealed clear signs of clinical activity. In order to detect delivery of microRNA mimics to tumour cells in future clinical trials, we tested hydrolysis probe-based assays specific for the sequence of the novel mimics in transfected mesothelioma cell lines using RT-qPCR...
November 17, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149909/testing-the-implementation-and-sustainment-facilitation-isf-strategy-as-an-effective-adjunct-to-the-addiction-technology-transfer-center-attc-strategy-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Bryan R Garner, Mark Zehner, Mathew R Roosa, Steve Martino, Heather J Gotham, Elizabeth L Ball, Patricia Stilen, Kathryn Speck, Denna Vandersloot, Traci R Rieckmann, Michael Chaple, Erika G Martin, David Kaiser, James H Ford
BACKGROUND: Improving the extent to which evidence-based practices (EBPs)-treatments that have been empirically shown to be efficacious or effective-are integrated within routine practice is a well-documented challenge across numerous areas of health. In 2014, the National Institute on Drug Abuse funded a type 2 effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial titled the substance abuse treatment to HIV Care (SAT2HIV) Project. Aim 1 of the SAT2HIV Project tests the effectiveness of a motivational interviewing-based brief intervention (MIBI) for substance use as an adjunct to usual care within AIDS service organizations (ASOs) as part of its MIBI Experiment...
November 17, 2017: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149855/increasing-upper-limb-training-intensity-in-chronic-stroke-using-embodied-virtual-reality-a-pilot-study
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Daniel Perez-Marcos, Odile Chevalley, Thomas Schmidlin, Gangadhar Garipelli, Andrea Serino, Philippe Vuadens, Tej Tadi, Olaf Blanke, José D R Millán
BACKGROUND: Technology-mediated neurorehabilitation is suggested to enhance training intensity and therefore functional gains. Here, we used a novel virtual reality (VR) system for task-specific upper extremity training after stroke. The system offers interactive exercises integrating motor priming techniques and embodied visuomotor feedback. In this pilot study, we examined (i) rehabilitation dose and training intensity, (ii) functional improvements, and (iii) safety and tolerance when exposed to intensive VR rehabilitation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149815/stroke-and-hypertension-an-appraisal-from-pathophysiology-to-clinical-practice
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Agata Buonacera, Benedetta Stancanelli, Lorenzo Malatino
Stroke as a cause of long-term disability is a growing public health burden. Therefore, focusing on prevention is important. The most prominent aim of this strategy is to treat modifiable risk factors, such as arterial hypertension, the leading modifiable contributor to stroke. Thus, efforts to adequately reduce blood pressure (BP) among hypertensives are mandatory. In this respect, although safety and benefits of BP control related to long-term outcome have been largely demonstrated, there are open questions that remain to be addressed, such as optimal timing to initiate BP reduction and BP goals to be targeted...
November 16, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149743/multigenerational-effects-of-salinity-in-six-clonal-lineages-of-daphnia-longispina
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C Venâncio, R Ribeiro, A M V M Soares, I Lopes
Sea level rise, as a consequence of climate changes, is already causing seawater intrusion in some freshwater coastal ecosystems worldwide. The increase in salinity at these freshwater coastal ecosystems may occur gradually (through groundwater) or abruptly (through extreme weather events). Moreover, many of them are also being altered and threatened by anthropogenic activities. Accordingly, the present study aimed at assessing the multigenerational lethal and sublethal effects caused by increased salinity in six clonal lineages of the freshwater cladoceran Daphnia longispina differing in their sensitivity to lethal levels of copper...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149666/relationship-between-radiographic-patella-alta-pathology-and-walking-dysfunction-in-children-with-bilateral-spastic-cerebral-palsy
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Matthias Hösl, Harald Böhm, Michaela Seltmann, Chakravarthy Ugandhar Dussa, Leonhard Döderlein
BACKGROUND: Patella-alta is very common in patients with Cerebral Palsy (CP). While several diagnostic x-ray indices have been developed for patella-alta in general, the specific relationship with walking dysfunction in CP is only partly understood. METHODS: 33 participants with bilateral spastic CP between 4 and 20 years (GMFCS I-II without previous surgery) that underwent 3D gait analysis as well as a radiographic exam within 0.8 (SD 1.2) months were retrospectively included...
November 10, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149555/mapping-the-reactions-in-a-single-zero-valent-iron-nanoparticle
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Lan Ling, Xiao-Yue Huang, Meirong Li, Wei-Xian Zhang
Nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) posseses unique functionalities for metal-metalloid removal and sequestration. So far, direct evidence on the heavy metal-iron reactions in the solid phase is still limited due to low concentration of heavy metals and small size of nanoparticles. In this work, angstrom-resolution spectral mappings on the reactions of nZVI with chromate, arsenate, nickel, silver, cesium, and zinc ions are presented. This work was achieved with spherical aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy integrated with high-sensitivity X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy scanning transmission electron microscopy (XEDS-STEM)...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149401/introduction-how-we-encountered-tctp-and-our-purpose-in-studying-it
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Adam Telerman, Robert Amson
In this brief introduction, we describe our encounter with TCTP. Back in 2000, we discovered TCTP in two quite different ways: first, we looked at protein partners of TSAP6 and one of them was TCTP. Then, in collaboration with Sidney Brenner, we performed a high-throughput differential screening comparing the parental cancer cells with revertants. The results indicated that TCTP was of the most differentially expressed genes. These two approaches were carried out only months apart. They guided our research and led to the discoveries of drugs that inhibit the function of TCTP...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149281/seroreactivity-to-the-c6-peptide-in-borrelia-miyamotoi-infections-occurring-in-the-northeastern-united-states
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Phillip J Molloy, Karen E Weeks, Brittany Todd, Gary P Wormser
Background: There are no Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved diagnostic tests for Borrelia miyamotoi infection, an emerging tick-borne illness in the United States. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the FDA-approved C6 peptide ELISA currently used to diagnose Lyme disease may potentially serve as a diagnostic test for B. miyamotoi infections. Methods: Serum specimens from 30 patients from the Northeastern United States with B. miyamotoi infection established by a polymerase chain reaction assay of a blood specimen were tested using the C6 ELISA...
November 15, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148844/circadian-phase-circadian-period-and-chronotype-are-reproducible-over-months
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Thomas Kantermann, Charmane I Eastman
The timing of the circadian clock, circadian period and chronotype varies among individuals. To date, not much is known about how these parameters vary over time in an individual. We performed an analysis of the following five common circadian clock and chronotype measures: 1) the dim light melatonin onset (DLMO, a measure of circadian phase), 2) phase angle of entrainment (the phase the circadian clock assumes within the 24-h day, measured here as the interval between DLMO and bedtime/dark onset), 3) free-running circadian period (tau) from an ultradian forced desynchrony protocol (tau influences circadian phase and phase angle of entrainment), 4) mid-sleep on work-free days (MSF from the Munich ChronoType Questionnaire; MCTQ) and 5) the score from the Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (MEQ)...
November 17, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148430/low-dose-4d-cardiac-imaging-in-small-animals-using-dual-source-micro-ct
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Matthew Holbrook, Darin P Clark, Cristian T Badea
Micro-CT is widely used in preclinical studies, generating substantial interest in extending its capabilities in functional imaging applications such as blood perfusion and cardiac function. However, imaging cardiac structure and function in mice is challenging due to their small size and rapid heart rate. To overcome these challenges, we propose and compare improvements on two strategies for cardiac gating in dual-source, preclinical micro-CT: fast prospective gating (PG) and uncorrelated retrospective gating (RG)...
November 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148155/identifying-biomechanical-gait-parameters-in-adolescent-boys-with-haemophilia-using-principal-component-analysis
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L B Suckling, D Stephensen, M C Cramp, R Mahaffey, W I Drechsler
INTRODUCTION: Improvements in the medical management for those with haemophilia have resulted in improved clinical outcomes. However, current treatment regimens do not alleviate all joint haemarthroses with the potential for long-term joint deterioration remaining. The evaluation of functional activities such as gait, using standardized tools to monitor children with haemophilia is emerging. AIM: This study explored differences in sagittal plane biomechanics of walking in adolescent boys aged 11-18 years with haemophilia and an age-matched group of typically developing boys...
November 17, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147854/nolan-a-randomized-phase-2-study-to-estimate-the-effect-of-prophylactic-naproxen-or-loratadine-vs-no-prophylactic-treatment-on-bone-pain-in-patients-with-early-stage-breast-cancer-receiving-chemotherapy-and-pegfilgrastim
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Jeffrey J Kirshner, Maxwell C McDonald, Flavio Kruter, Andrew S Guinigundo, Linda Vanni, Cathy L Maxwell, Maureen Reiner, Terry E Upchurch, Jacob Garcia, Phuong Khanh Morrow
PURPOSE: Mild-to-moderate bone pain is a commonly reported adverse event (AE) associated with pegfilgrastim. We evaluated the effect of prophylactic naproxen or loratadine vs no prophylactic treatment on pegfilgrastim-associated bone pain. METHODS: In this open-label study (NCT01712009), women ≥ 18 years of age with newly diagnosed stage I-III breast cancer and an ECOG performance status ≤ 2 who were planning ≥ 4 cycles of adjuvant or neoadjuvant chemotherapy with pegfilgrastim support starting in cycle 1 were randomized 1:1:1 to receive naproxen, loratadine, or no treatment to prevent pegfilgrastim-associated bone pain...
November 16, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147617/phase-i-trial-of-anti-gd2-monoclonal-antibody-hu3f8-plus-gm-csf-impact-of-body-weight-immunogenicity-and-anti-gd2-response-on-pharmacokinetics-and-survival
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Irene Y Cheung, Brian H Kushner, Shakeel Modak, Ellen M Basu, Stephen S Roberts, Nai-Kong V Cheung
Fifty-seven stage 4 patients with refractory/relapsed neuroblastoma were enrolled in a phase I trial (Clinicaltrials.gov NCT01757626) using humanized anti-GD2 monoclonal antibody hu3F8 in combination with granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor. The influence of body weight and human anti-human antibody (HAHA) on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of hu3F8, and the effect of de novo anti-GD2 response on patient outcome were explored. Serum samples before hu3F8 infusion, and serially up to day 12 during treatment cycle #1, and at 5 min after each hu3F8 infusion for all subsequent cycles were collected...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146653/identifying-bioethical-issues-in-biostatistical-consulting-findings-from-a-us-national-pilot-survey-of-biostatisticians
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Min Qi Wang, Alice F Yan, Ralph V Katz
OBJECTIVES: The overall purposes of this first US national pilot study were to (1) test the feasibility of online administration of the Bioethical Issues in Biostatistical Consulting (BIBC) Questionnaire to a random sample of American Statistical Association (ASA) members; (2) determine the prevalence and relative severity of a broad array of bioethical violations requests that are presented to biostatisticians by investigators seeking biostatistical consultations; and (3) establish the sample size needed for a full-size phase II study...
November 16, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146617/cure-in-advanced-renal-cell-cancer-is-it-an-achievable-goal
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Dhanusha Sabanathan, John J Park, Manuel Marquez, Louise Francisco, Natalie Byrne, Howard Gurney
BACKGROUND: Immunotherapy has historically been of interest in the management of metastatic renal cell cancer (mRCC) because of its relative chemoresistance and the reproducible but low incidence of spontaneous remission in metastatic disease. Recently, targeted immunotherapies in the form of checkpoint inhibitors have shown durable responses in approximately 20%-30% of patients with solid tumors, with a much more acceptable side-effect profile. Anti-programmed death receptor 1 (PD-1)/programmed death receptor ligand 1 antibodies rely on the presence of host T cells in the tumor microenvironment to be stimulated in order to activate an antitumor response...
November 16, 2017: Oncologist
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