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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350811/sampling-and-detection-of-airborne-influenza-virus-towards-point-of-care-applications
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Laila Ladhani, Gaspard Pardon, Hanne Meeuws, Liesbeth van Wesenbeeck, Kristiane Schmidt, Lieven Stuyver, Wouter van der Wijngaart
Airborne transmission of the influenza virus contributes significantly to the spread of this infectious pathogen, particularly over large distances when carried by aerosol droplets with long survival times. Efficient sampling of virus-loaded aerosol in combination with a low limit of detection of the collected virus could enable rapid and early detection of airborne influenza virus at the point-of-care setting. Here, we demonstrate a successful sampling and detection of airborne influenza virus using a system specifically developed for such applications...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328134/somatic-pik3ca-mutations-in-seven-patients-with-pik3ca-related-overgrowth-spectrum
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Kit San Yeung, Janice Jing Kun Ip, Chin Pang Chow, Evelyn Yue Ling Kuong, Paul Kwong-Hang Tam, Godfrey Chi-Fung Chan, Brian Hon-Yin Chung
Somatic mutations in PIK3CA cause many overgrowth syndromes that have been recently coined the "PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum." Here, we present seven molecularly confirmed patients with PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum, including patients with Congenital Lipomatous Overgrowth, Vascular Malformations, Epidermal Nevi, Scoliosis/Skeletal and Spinal syndrome, Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, lymphatic malformation and two with atypical phenotypes that cannot be classified into existing disease categories. The literature on PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum, suggests that PIK3CA c...
April 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322802/simple-quantitative-pcr-analysis-for-allelic-pten-loss-in-tumor-progression
#3
Xingping Wu, Ailin Zhu, Xiaowu Pang, Guiqin Xie, Xinbin Gu
We describe a simple method to accurately detect and quantify both Pten mutation and allele-specific loss using allele-specific PCR analysis. Our approach used a heterozygous genomic DNA with one wild-type and one mutant Pten allele as a reference at a single concentration to calculate the percent ratio of the wild-type Pten gene for the detection of allele-specific gene loss. With a standard curve, ratios from PCR data were used to quantitate the wild-type Pten allele copy number loss in tumor specimens. We demonstrate the utility of our approach to calculate allele-specific Pten loss during tumor progression and show that our approach generates quantitative data that are comparable to those obtained from digital droplet PCR...
March 18, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320453/dysregulated-systemic-lymphocytes-affect-the-balance-of-osteogenic-adipogenic-differentiation-of-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-after-local-irradiation
#4
Xiaoya Xu, Ruixia Li, Yi Zhou, Qiong Zou, Qiaoling Ding, Jinfeng Wang, Weifang Jin, Guoqiang Hua, Jianjun Gao
BACKGROUND: While it is known that irradiation can induce local and systemic bone loss over time, how focal irradiation induces systemic bone complications remains unclear. Immune cells are thought to be crucial to bone homeostasis, and abnormal immune cells lead to serious disruption of bone homeostasis, such as in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. This disruption primarily occurs due to inhibition of the osteogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs). METHODS: In this study, we detected local and systemic bone loss in trabecular bone by micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) and measurement of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) expression in BMSCs using real-time polymerase chain reaction and western blotting...
March 20, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319152/a-digital-pcr-method-for-identifying-and-quantifying-adulteration-of-meat-species-in-raw-and-processed-food
#5
Junan Ren, Tingting Deng, Wensheng Huang, Ying Chen, Yiqiang Ge
Meat adulteration is a worldwide concern. In this paper, a new droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) method was developed for the quantitative determination of the presence of chicken in sheep and goat meat products. Meanwhile, a constant (multiplication factor) was introduced to transform the ratio of copy numbers to the proportion of meats. The presented ddPCR method was also proved to be more accurate (showing bias of less than 9% in the range from 5% to 80%) than real-time PCR, which has been widely used in this determination...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304296/pcsk9-promotes-oxldl-induced-pc12-cell-apoptosis-through-the-bcl-2-bax-caspase-9-3-signaling-pathway
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Lu-Shan Liu, Xue-Qin Bai, Ya Gao, Qi Wu, Zhong Ren, Qing Li, Li-Hong Pan, Ni-Ya He, Juan Peng, Zhi-Han Tang
BACKGROUND: Hyperlipidemia is a risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases. Proprotein convertase subtilisin / Kexin type 9 (PCSK9) degrades hepatic low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) to regulate lipid metabolism. It is unclear if PCSK9 plays a role in neurodegenerative diseases. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to determine whether PCSK9 is crucial between hyperlipidemia and Alzheimer's disease. The interrelationship between PCSK9 and neuronal apoptosis was explored in PC12 cells in response to treatment with oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303131/multiplexed-single-intact-cell-droplet-digital-pcr-music-ddpcr-method-for-specific-detection-of-enterohemorrhagic-e-coli-ehec-in-food-enrichment-cultures
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Tanis C McMahon, Burton W Blais, Alex Wong, Catherine D Carrillo
Foodborne illness attributed to enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), a highly pathogenic subset of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), is increasingly recognized as a significant public health issue. Current microbiological methods for identification of EHEC in foods often use PCR-based approaches to screen enrichment broth cultures for characteristic gene markers [i.e., Shiga toxin (stx) and intimin (eae)]. However, false positives arise when complex food matrices, such as beef, contain mixtures of eae-negative STEC and eae-positive E...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300664/gene-expression-changes-in-immune-response-pathways-following-oral-administration-of-tetrabromobisphenol-a-tbbpa-in-female-wistar-han-rats
#8
Samantha M Hall, Sherry J Coulter, Gabriel A Knudsen, J Michael Sanders, Linda S Birnbaum
Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) is a brominated flame retardant used globally at high volumes, primarily in the epoxy resin of circuit boards. It has been detected in the environment and in humans. The National Toxicology Program found that chronic oral TBBPA treatment of 250mg/kg and higher caused an increased incidence of uterine lesions in female Wistar Han rats. The present laboratory has previously reported changes in gene expression associated with estrogen homeostasis in liver and uterine tissue of adult female Wistar Han rats after five days of gavage with 250mg/kg of TBBPA...
March 11, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296233/sustained-response-to-standard-dose-osimertinib-in-a-patient-with-plasma-t790m-positive-leptomeningeal-metastases-from-primary-lung-adenocarcinoma
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Oscar Siu-Hong Chan, Warren Kam-Wing Leung, Rebecca Mei-Wan Yeung
A 44-year-old male, never smoker, suffers from stage IV adenocarcinoma of the right lung with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon-21 L858R point mutation on initial presentation. After 23 months of treatment with gefitinib, intercalated with multiple courses of radiotherapy, leptomeningeal metastases (LMs) developed. Acquired T790M mutation was confirmed by the droplet digital polymerase chain reaction plasma EGFR test. After switching to osimertinib at the standard dose, his neurocognitive function improved clinically, coupled with sustained radiological improvement...
March 15, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295603/rapid-abo-genotyping-by-high-speed-droplet-allele-specific-pcr-using-crude-samples
#10
Chiaki Taira, Kazuyuki Matsuda, Naoya Takeichi, Satomi Furukawa, Mitsutoshi Sugano, Takeshi Uehara, Nobuo Okumura, Takayuki Honda
BACKGROUND: ABO genotyping has common tools for personal identification of forensic and transplantation field. We developed a new method based on a droplet allele-specific PCR (droplet-AS-PCR) that enabled rapid PCR amplification. We attempted rapid ABO genotyping using crude DNA isolated from dried blood and buccal cells. METHODS: We designed allele-specific primers for three SNPs (at nucleotides 261, 526, and 803) in exons 6 and 7 of the ABO gene. We pretreated dried blood and buccal cells with proteinase K, and obtained crude DNAs without DNA purification...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294375/identification-of-the-interaction-between-bta-mir-370-and-olr1-gene-in-bovine-adipocyte
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H F Li, S H Wang, Y Guo, H B Zhao, X Y Li, X Wang
It has been shown that the oxidized low density lipoprotein receptor 1 (OLR1) gene plays an important role in the degradation of oxidized low density lipoprotein. Previous studies found a SNP in the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of the OLR1 gene associated with milk production traits in different dairy cattle populations and with loin eye area and marbling depth in beef cattle. MicroRNAs can regulate gene expression by binding the 3'-UTR of target genes to degrade or to repress the translation of target genes...
March 10, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292978/validating-a-fully-automated-real-time-pcr-based-system-for-use-in-the-molecular-diagnostic-analysis-of-colorectal-carcinoma-a-comparison-with-ngs-and-ihc
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Richard Colling, Lai Mun Wang, Elizabeth Soilleux
BACKGROUND: Molecular testing is increasingly needed in colorectal carcinoma (CRC) and the current clinically relevant mutations are in BRAF, KRAS and NRAS. This study aimed to further validate a new alternative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) platform (Idylla, Biocartis) against existing next-generation sequencing (NGS) and immunohistochemistry (IHC) assays. METHODS: 56 Idylla tests were performed on 43 CRC cases, in a total of 74 comparisons against an NGS panel (Ion Torrent) and the VE1 (anti-BRAF) antibody IHC...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279181/a-mature-macrophage-is-a-principal-hiv-1-cellular-reservoir-in-humanized-mice-after-treatment-with-long-acting-antiretroviral-therapy
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Mariluz Araínga, Benson Edagwa, R Lee Mosley, Larisa Y Poluektova, Santhi Gorantla, Howard E Gendelman
BACKGROUND: Despite improved clinical outcomes seen following antiretroviral therapy (ART), resting CD4+ T cells continue to harbor latent human immunodeficiency virus type one (HIV-1). However, such cells are not likely the solitary viral reservoir and as such defining where and how others harbor virus is imperative for eradication measures. To such ends, we used HIV-1ADA-infected NOD.Cg-Prkdc (scid) Il2rg (tm1Wjl) /SzJ mice reconstituted with a human immune system to explore two long-acting ART regimens investigating their abilities to affect viral cell infection and latency...
March 9, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274280/a-novel-duplex-ddpcr-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-schistosomiasis-japonica-proof-of-concept-in-an-experimental-mouse-model
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Kosala G Weerakoon, Catherine A Gordon, Pengfei Cai, Geoffrey N Gobert, Mary Duke, Gail M Williams, Donald P McManus
The current World Health Organization strategic plan targets the elimination of schistosomiasis as a public health problem by 2025 and accurate diagnostics will play a pivotal role in achieving this goal. DNA-based detection methods provide a viable alternative to some of the commonly used tests, notably microscopy and serology, for the diagnosis of schistosomiasis. The detection of parasite cell-free DNA in different clinical samples is a recent valuable advance, which provides significant benefits for accurate disease diagnosis...
March 9, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269795/smn-blood-levels-in-a-porcine-model-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Xueqian Wang, Samantha R Renusch, Sandra I Duque, Allison M Wehr, Xiaokui-Molly Mo, Vicki L McGovern, W David Arnold, Arthur H M Burghes, Stephen J Kolb
BACKGROUND: Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive motor neuron disease that results in loss of spinal motor neurons, muscular weakness and, in severe cases, respiratory failure and death. SMA is caused by a deletion or mutation of the SMN1 gene and retention of the SMN2 gene that leads to low SMN expression levels.The measurement of SMN mRNA levels in peripheral blood samples has been used in SMA clinical studies as a pharmacodynamic biomarker for response to therapies designed to increase SMN levels...
2017: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268092/droplet-digital-pcr-is-a-reliable-tool-for-monitoring-minimal-residual-disease-in-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia
#16
Claudia Brunetti, Luisa Anelli, Antonella Zagaria, Angela Minervini, Crescenzio F Minervini, Paola Casieri, Nicoletta Coccaro, Cosimo Cumbo, Giuseppina Tota, Luciana Impera, Paola Orsini, Giorgina Specchia, Francesco Albano
Nested PCR (nPCR) and real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) are well-established methods for monitoring minimal residual disease (MRD) in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). Despite their remarkable sensitivity and specificity, both methods have inherent limitations, such as qualitative MRD evaluation and relative quantification. Herein, we used droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) to monitor MRD in 21 APL patients and compared its performance with nPCR and qPCR. After assessing the limit of detection (LOD) for each technique on serial dilutions of PML-RARA bcr1 and bcr3 transcripts, a total of 48 follow-up samples were analyzed and the results compared...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267558/rapid-detection-of-donor-cell-free-dna-in-lung-transplant-recipients-with-rejections-using-donor-recipient-hla-mismatch
#17
Jun Zou, Brian Duffy, Michael Slade, Andrew Lee Young, Nancy Steward, Ramsey Hachem, T Mohanakumar
Fiberoptic bronchoscopy and transbronchial lung biopsy are currently the gold standard for detection of acute rejection following human lung transplantation (LTx). However, these surveillance procedures are expensive and invasive. Up to now, there are few new methods that have demonstrated clinical utility for detecting early stages of rejection following human lung transplantation. We optimized and technically validated a novel method to quantify donor-derived circulating cell free DNA (DcfDNA) that can be used as an early biomarker for lung allograft rejection...
March 4, 2017: Human Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264426/the-combination-of-blueberry-juice-and-probiotics-ameliorate-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash-by-affecting-srebp-1c-pnpla-3-pathway-via-ppar-%C3%AE
#18
Tingting Ren, Juanjuan Zhu, Lili Zhu, Mingliang Cheng
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is liver inflammation and a major threat to public health. Several pharmaceutical agents have been used for NASH therapy but their high-rate side effects limit the use. Blueberry juice and probiotics (BP) have anti-inflammation and antibacterial properties, and may be potential candidates for NASH therapy. To understand the molecular mechanism, Sprague Dawley rats were used to create NASH models and received different treatments. Liver tissues were examined using HE (hematoxylin and eosin) and ORO (Oil Red O) stain, and serum biochemical indices were measured...
February 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259593/using-an-endoscopic-distal-cap-to-collect-pancreatic-fluid-from-the-ampulla-with-video
#19
Masaya Suenaga, Yoshihiko Sadakari, Jose Alejandro Almario, Michael Borges, Anne-Marie Lennon, Eun-Ji Shin, Marcia Irene Canto, Michael Goggins
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Duodenal collections of pancreatic fluid can be used as a source of mutations and other markers of pancreatic ductal neoplasia, but admixing pancreatic juice with duodenal contents lowers the concentrations of mutations. Collecting pancreatic fluid directly from the ampulla could yield a purer sample of pancreatic fluid. METHODS: We used an endoscopic distal cap attachment to "cap" the ampulla and collect secretin-stimulated pancreatic fluid samples for 5 minutes from 81 patients undergoing pancreatic evaluation as part of the Cancer of the Pancreas Screening studies...
March 1, 2017: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258156/maternal-metabolic-stress-may-affect-oviduct-gatekeeper-function
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Lies Jordaens, Veerle Van Hoeck, Veronica Maillo, Alfonso Gutierrez-Adan, Waleed Fawzy A Marei, Bruno Vlaeminck, Sofie Thys, Roger G S Sturmey, Peter Bols, Jo Leroy
We hypothesized that elevated non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) modify in vitro bovine oviduct epithelial cell (BOEC) metabolism and barrier function. Hereto, BOECs were studied in a polarized system with 24h-treatments at day 9: 1) CONTROL (0µM NEFA + 0%EtOH), 2) SOLVENT CONTROL (0µM NEFA + 0.45%EtOH), 3) BASAL NEFA (720µM NEFA + 0.45%EtOH in the basal compartment), 4) APICAL NEFA (720µM NEFA + 0.45%EtOH in the apical compartment). FITC-albumin was used for monolayer permeability assessment, and related to Transepithelial Electric Resistance (TER)...
March 3, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
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