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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732259/dravet-syndrome-characteristics-comorbidities-and-caregiver-concerns
#1
Nicole Villas, Mary Anne Meskis, Sue Goodliffe
The Dravet Syndrome Foundation (DSF) conducted the largest in-depth survey of parents and caregivers of patients with Dravet syndrome (DS) to date, in order to (1) identify top concerns among caregivers, (2) establish an approximate frequency of characteristics and comorbidities of DS beyond seizures, and (3) provide direction for clinicians and researchers looking to study the effects of DS on the patient and family unit. Two hundred fifty-six responses were received representing a patient age range of 9months to 32years with a median age group of 7-10years (IQR=8)...
July 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722588/optimizing-direct-membrane-and-direct-skin-feeding-assays-for-plasmodium-falciparum-transmission-blocking-vaccine-trials-in-bancoumana-mali
#2
Mamadou B Coulibaly, Erin E Gabriel, Youssouf Sinaba, Daman Sylla, Adama Sacko, Lakamy Sylla, Boubacar Coulibaly, Jen C C Hume, Ibrahima Baber, Mahamadoun H Assadou, Issaka Sagara, Yimin Wu, Sara A Healy, Ogobara Doumbo, Sekou F Traore, Patrick E Duffy
Malaria transmission-blocking vaccines (TBV) have been evaluated in field trials in Mali, since 2013. However, the assays currently used to measure serum antibody TB activity (TBA) after vaccination are highly variable, in part due to the lack of optimization and standardization for field assays in which mosquitoes feed on gametocytemic blood. Herein, we report a study conducted in Bancoumana village, Mali, where we identify and optimize the parameters that contribute to successful mosquito feeding outcomes in both direct skin feeds (DSFs) and direct membrane feeding assays (DMFA)...
June 26, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659894/thyme-oil-reduces-biofilm-formation-and-impairs-virulence-of-xanthomonas-oryzae
#3
Akanksha Singh, Rupali Gupta, Sudeep Tandon, Rakesh Pandey
Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo), a common bacterial plant pathogen regulates its virulence and biofilm formation attribute via a chemical method of communication. Disabling this mechanism offers a promising alternative to reduce the virulence and pathogencity of the microorganism. In this study, the effect of thyme (THY) oil on Quorum Sensing mediated synthesis of various virulence factors and biofilm formation was analyzed. Treatment of Xoo with 500 ppm THY oil displayed a significant diminution in swimming, swarming, exopolysaccharide and xanthomonadin secretion...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658110/the-clinical-outcome-correlations-between-radiation-dose-and-pretreatment-metabolic-tumor-volume-for-radiotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-a-retrospective-analysis
#4
Shih-Neng Yang, Yu-Rou Chiou, Geoffrey G Zhang, Kuei-Ting Chou, Tzung-Chi Huang
This study was to investigate the clinical outcomes between radiation dose and pretreatment metabolic tumor volume (MTV) in patients with head and neck cancer treated with definitive chemoradiotherapy.Thirty-four patients received pretreatment F-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) were recruited for this study. The CT-based volume (gross tumor volume of the primary [GTVp]) and 4 types of MTVs were measured on the basis of either a maximal standardized uptake value (SUVmax) of 2...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650800/depth-aware-salient-object-detection-and-segmentation-via-multiscale-discriminative-saliency-fusion-and-bootstrap-learning
#5
Hangke Song, Zhi Liu, Huan Du, Guangling Sun, Olivier Le Meur, Tongwei Ren
This paper proposes a novel depth-aware salient object detection and segmentation framework via multiscale discriminative saliency fusion (MDSF) and bootstrap learning for RGBD images (RGB color images with corresponding Depth maps) and stereoscopic images. By exploiting low-level feature contrasts, mid-level feature weighted factors and high-level location priors, various saliency measures on four classes of features are calculated based on multiscale region segmentation. A random forest regressor is learned to perform the discriminative saliency fusion (DSF) and generate the DSF saliency map at each scale, and DSF saliency maps across multiple scales are combined to produce the MDSF saliency map...
September 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637248/expression-and-comparison-of-codon-optimised-aspergillus-tubingensis-amylase-variants-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#6
Rosemary A Cripwell, Shaunita H Rose, Willem H van Zyl
The expression of codon optimised genes is a popular genetic engineering approach for the production of industrially relevant proteins. This study investigates and compares the expression of codon optimised and codon adapted amylase variants. The Aspergillus tubingensis raw starch hydrolysing α-amylase (amyA) and glucoamylase (glaA) encoding genes were redesigned using synonymous codons and expressed in S. cerevisiae Y294. Codon optimisation to favour S. cerevisiae codon bias resulted in a decrease in extracellular enzyme activity of 72% (30...
June 15, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615941/development-and-optimization-of-an-injectable-formulation-of-copper-diethyldithiocarbamate-an-active-anticancer-agent
#7
Mohamed Wehbe, Malathi Anantha, Minghan Shi, Ada Wai-Yin Leung, Wieslawa H Dragowska, Léon Sanche, Marcel B Bally
Copper diethyldithiocarbamate (Cu(DDC)2) is the active anticancer agent generated when disulfiram (DSF) is provided in the presence of copper. To date, research directed toward repurposing DSF as an anticancer drug has focused on administration of DSF and copper in combination, efforts that have proven unsuccessful in clinical trials. This is likely due to the inability to form Cu(DDC)2 at relevant concentrations in regions of tumor growth. Little effort has been directed toward the development of Cu(DDC)2 because of the inherent aqueous insolubility of the complex...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464377/bile-salts-and-alkaline-ph-reciprocally-modulate-the-interaction-between-the-periplasmic-domains-of-vibrio-cholerae-toxr-and-toxs
#8
Charles R Midgett, Salvador Almagro-Moreno, Maria Pellegrini, Ronald K Taylor, Karen Skorupski, F Jon Kull
ToxR is a transmembrane transcription factor that is essential for virulence gene expression and human colonization by Vibrio cholerae. ToxR requires its operon partner ToxS, a periplasmic integral membrane protein, for full activity. These two proteins are thought to interact through their respective periplasmic domains, ToxRp and ToxSp. In addition, ToxR is thought to be responsive to various environmental cues, such as bile salts and alkaline pH, but how these factors influence ToxR is not yet understood...
July 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456733/utility-of-high-throughput-screening-techniques-to-predict-stability-of-monoclonal-antibody-formulations-during-early-stage-development
#9
Deborah S Goldberg, Rachael A Lewus, Reza Esfandiary, David C Farkas, Neil Mody, Katrina J Day, Priyanka Mallik, Malgorzata B Tracka, Smita K Sealey, Hardeep S Samra
Selecting optimal formulation conditions for monoclonal antibodies for first time in human clinical trials is challenging due to short timelines and reliance on predictive assays to ensure product quality and adequate long-term stability. Accelerated stability studies are considered to be the gold standard for excipient screening, but they are relatively low throughput and time consuming. High throughput screening (HTS) techniques allow for large amounts of data to be collected quickly and easily, and can be used to screen solution conditions for early formulation development...
August 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454708/functional-characterisation-of-burkholderia-pseudomallei-biotin-protein-ligase-a-toolkit-for-anti-melioidosis-drug-development
#10
Thomas E H Bond, Alanna E Sorenson, Patrick M Schaeffer
Burkholderia pseudomallei (Bp) is the causative agent of melioidosis. The bacterium is responsible for 20% of community-acquired sepsis cases and 40% of sepsis-related mortalities in northeast Thailand, and is intrinsically resistant to aminoglycosides, macrolides, rifamycins, cephalosporins, and nonureidopenicillins. There is no vaccine and its diagnosis is problematic. Biotin protein ligase (BirA) which is essential for fatty acid synthesis has been proposed as a drug target in bacteria. Very few bacterial BirA have been characterized, and a better understanding of these enzymes is necessary to further assess their value as drug targets...
June 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436344/inattention-tests-for-delirium
#11
Paul Regal
Voyer and colleagues (2016) report an interesting and important comparison of ten attention/concentration tests for DSM-5 delirium. I have a number of questions and comments as follows: (1) What training did the research assistants have? DSM-5 diagnosis is generally regarded as a decision by medical specialists. When the person has prior dementia, identifying delirium is a high-level medical skill. Behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia can closely mimic delirium unless the examiner focuses on behavioral triggers and the speed of cognitive decline...
April 24, 2017: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427840/aav-id-a-rapid-and-robust-assay-for-batch-to-batch-consistency-evaluation-of-aav-preparations
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Simon Pacouret, Mohammed Bouzelha, Rajani Shelke, Eva Andres-Mateos, Ru Xiao, Anna Maurer, Mathieu Mevel, Heikki Turunen, Trisha Barungi, Magalie Penaud-Budloo, Frédéric Broucque, Véronique Blouin, Philippe Moullier, Eduard Ayuso, Luk H Vandenberghe
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors are promising clinical candidates for therapeutic gene transfer, and a number of AAV-based drugs may emerge on the market over the coming years. To insure the consistency in efficacy and safety of any drug vial that reaches the patient, regulatory agencies require extensive characterization of the final product. Identity is a key characteristic of a therapeutic product, as it ensures its proper labeling and batch-to-batch consistency. Currently, there is no facile, fast, and robust characterization assay enabling to probe the identity of AAV products at the protein level...
June 7, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373070/disulfiram-suppresses-cancer-stem-like-properties-and-stat3-signaling-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
#13
Yoon-Jae Kim, Ji Young Kim, Nahyun Lee, Eunhye Oh, Daeil Sung, Tae-Min Cho, Jae Hong Seo
In the presence of copper (Cu), disulfiram (DSF) suppresses properties associated with cancer stem cells (CSCs) in breast cancer, but the mechanism of action is poorly understood. In the present study, we observed that DSF/Cu treatment induced apoptosis, mediated by caspase-3 activation in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells. DSF/Cu treatment also specifically targeted CSC-like cell populations, marked by the inhibition of ALDH1 activity, the suppression of CD44+/CD24-and CD49f+/CD24 + subpopulations, and the subsequent impairment of mammosphere formation...
May 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371560/differential-scanning-calorimetry-and-fluorimetry-measurements-of-monoclonal-antibodies-and-reference-proteins-effect-of-scanning-rate-and-dye-selection
#14
Brian E Lang, Kenneth D Cole
Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and differential scanning fluorimetry (DSF) were used to measure the transition temperatures of four proteins: RNase A, invertase, rituximab, and the NISTmAb (NIST Reference Material, RM 8671). The proteins were combined with several different fluorescent dyes for the DSF measurements. This study compares the results of DSC and DSF measurements of transition temperatures with different types of proteins, dye combinations, and thermal scan rates. As protein unfolding is often influenced by kinetic effects, we measured the transition temperatures of the proteins using DSC over a range of temperature scan rates and compared them to the data obtained from DSF over comparable temperature scan rates...
April 3, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369120/fatty-acid-dsf-binds-and-allosterically-activates-histidine-kinase-rpfc-of-phytopathogenic-bacterium-xanthomonas-campestris-pv-campestris-to-regulate-quorum-sensing-and-virulence
#15
Zhen Cai, Zhi-Hui Yuan, Huan Zhang, Yue Pan, Yao Wu, Xiu-Qi Tian, Fang-Fang Wang, Li Wang, Wei Qian
As well as their importance to nutrition, fatty acids (FA) represent a unique group of quorum sensing chemicals that modulate the behavior of bacterial population in virulence. However, the way in which full-length, membrane-bound receptors biochemically detect FA remains unclear. Here, we provide genetic, enzymological and biophysical evidences to demonstrate that in the phytopathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris, a medium-chain FA diffusible signal factor (DSF) binds directly to the N-terminal, 22 amino acid-length sensor region of a receptor histidine kinase (HK), RpfC...
April 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355693/-influence-of-occupational-aluminum-exposure-on-cognitive-function-and-glutamate-receptor-protein-expression-in-workers
#16
P Ren, R Li, Y Z Yuan, X T Lu, Q Niu
Objective: To investigate the influence of occupational aluminum exposure on cognitive function and glutamate receptor protein expression in peripheral blood lymphocytes in workers and the possibility of glutamate receptor being used as a biomarker for cognitive impairment in aluminum workers. Methods: From October to December, 2014, cluster sampling was performed to select 121 workers in aluminum electrolysis workshop as exposure group and 231 workers in thermoelectric workshop and logistics department as control group...
February 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351836/structural-and-biophysical-analyses-of-the-skeletal-dihydropyridine-receptor-%C3%AE-subunit-%C3%AE-1a-reveal-critical-roles-of-domain-interactions-for-stability
#17
Nicole C Norris, Soumya Joseph, Shouvik Aditya, Yamuna Karunasekara, Philip G Board, Angela F Dulhunty, Aaron J Oakley, Marco G Casarotto
Excitation-contraction (EC) coupling in skeletal muscle requires a physical interaction between the voltage-gated calcium channel dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR) and the ryanodine receptor Ca(2+) release channel. Although the exact molecular mechanism that initiates skeletal EC coupling is unresolved, it is clear that both the α1 and β subunits of DHPR are essential for this process. Here, we employed a series of techniques, including size-exclusion chromatography-multi-angle light scattering, differential scanning fluorimetry, and isothermal calorimetry, to characterize various biophysical properties of the skeletal DHPR β subunit β1a Removal of the intrinsically disordered N and C termini and the hook region of β1a prevented oligomerization, allowing for its structural determination by X-ray crystallography...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344087/subacute-alcohol-and-or-disulfiram-intake-affects-bioelements-and-redox-status-in-rat-testes
#18
Ana Djuric, Aida Begic, Borko Gobeljic, Ana Pantelic, Goran Zebic, Ivana Stevanovic, Dragan Djurdjevic, Milica Ninkovic, Vera Prokic, Ivan Stanojevic, Danilo Vojvodic, Mirjana Djukic
The aim of the study was to investigate if alcohol and disulfiram (DSF) individually and in combination affect bioelements' and red-ox homeostasis in testes of the exposed rats. The animals were divided into groups according to the duration of treatments (21 and/or 42 days): C21/C42 groups (controls); OL21 and OL22-42 groups (0.5 mL olive oil intake); A1-21 groups (3 mL 20% ethanol intake); DSF1-21 groups (178.5 mg DSF/kg/day intake); and A21+DSF22-42 groups (the DSF ingestion followed previous 21 days' treatment with alcohol)...
March 24, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343267/tumor-associated-macrophages-and-regulatory-t-cells-infiltration-and-the-clinical-outcome-in-colorectal-cancer
#19
Dariusz Waniczek, Zbigniew Lorenc, Mirosław Śnietura, Mariusz Wesecki, Agnieszka Kopec, Małgorzata Muc-Wierzgoń
The aim of the study is the assessment of the intensity of the infiltration of tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) CD68(+)/iNOS(-) and Tregs CD8(+)/FoxP3(+) in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients as prognostic factors with respect to disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS). In this retrospective study, tissue samples were obtained from 89 patients undergoing resection for CRC (stage IIA, pT3N0M0 and stages IIIB and IIIC, pT3N1-2M0). Recurrence was observed in 45 patients at the time of the follow-up (10 local recurrences, 35 distant metastases)...
March 25, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340172/repositioning-disulfiram-as-a-radiosensitizer-against-atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumor
#20
Young Eun Lee, Seung Ah Choi, Pil Ae Kwack, Hak Jae Kim, Il Han Kim, Kyu-Chang Wang, Ji Hoon Phi, Ji Yeoun Lee, Sangjoon Chong, Sung-Hye Park, Kyung Duk Park, Do Won Hwang, Kyeung Min Joo, Seung-Ki Kim
Background.: Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT) is one of the most common malignant brain tumors in infants. Although cancer stem cells of AT/RT express aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), effective chemotherapies against AT/RT have not been established. Here, we examined radiosensitizing effects of disulfiram (DSF), an irreversible inhibitor of ALDH against AT/RT for a novel therapeutic method. Methods.: Patient-derived primary cultured AT/RT cells (SNU.AT/RT-5 and SNU...
March 17, 2017: Neuro-oncology
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