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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637235/monotherapy-with-either-dolutegravir-or-raltegravir-fails-to-durably-suppress-hiv-viraemia-in-humanized-mice
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Alonso Heredia, Said Hassounah, Sandra Medina-Moreno, Juan C Zapata, Nhut M Le, Yingshan Han, James S Foulke, Charles Davis, Joseph Bryant, Robert R Redfield, Mark A Wainberg
Objectives: To compare the effectiveness of HIV integrase inhibitor monotherapy between raltegravir and dolutegravir as an approach to simplify therapy. Methods: We evaluated and compared the efficacy of 20 week monotherapy with dolutegravir or raltegravir in humanized mice (HSC-NSG) infected with HIV BaL . Plasma HIV RNA was measured by quantitative RT-PCR (limit of detection of 150 copies/45 μL of plasma) and drug levels by LC-MS/MS. Escape viruses were genotyped and analysed for replication capacity and drug susceptibility in tissue culture...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636988/role-of-the-jak2-stat3-signaling-pathway-in-the-pathogenesis-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-with-macrovascular-complications
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Mengxue Yang, Mei Tian, Xuan Zhang, Jie Xu, Bo Yang, Jie Yu, Fengping Li, Ya Li, Sicheng Li, Xianwen Li
This study investigated the role of the JAK2/STAT3/SOCS pathway in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and macrovascular complications (DV) (T2DM+DV) conditions. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were co-cultured with human monocytes (THP-1) and exposed to peripheral blood sera from 30 T2DM patients, 30 patients with T2DM+DV and 30 healthy controls; the groups were divided into the control, T2DM, DV, T2DM+AG490 and DV+AG490 groups. Chemotaxis of treated HUVECs toward THP-1 cells was assessed using Transwell migration...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636980/a-multiplex-liquid-chip-assay-based-on-luminex-xmap-technology-for-simultaneous-detection-of-six-common-respiratory-viruses
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Yong Yan, Jian-Yong Luo, Yin Chen, Heng-Hui Wang, Guo-Ying Zhu, Pei-Yan He, Jin-Lei Guo, Yong-Liang Lei, Zhong-Wen Chen
We utilized one-step multiplex reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) and Luminex xMAP technology to develop a respiratory multiplex liquid-chip assay (rMLA) for simultaneous detection of 6 common respiratory viruses, including influenza virus type A (FluA) and type B (FluB), para-influenza virus type 3 (PIV-3), respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), human metapneumovirus (MPV) and a threatening virus to China, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Performance of rMLA was evaluated by comparing with real-time RT-PCR...
June 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636855/efficacy-of-recombinant-influenza-vaccine-in-adults-50-years-of-age-or-older
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Lisa M Dunkle, Ruvim Izikson, Peter Patriarca, Karen L Goldenthal, Derek Muse, Janice Callahan, Manon M J Cox
Background Improved influenza vaccines are needed to control seasonal epidemics. This trial compared the protective efficacy in older adults of a quadrivalent, recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV4) with a standard-dose, egg-grown, quadrivalent, inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV4) during the A/H3N2-predominant 2014-2015 influenza season, when antigenic mismatch between circulating and vaccine influenza strains resulted in the reduced effectiveness of many licensed vaccines. Methods We conducted a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial of RIV4 (45 μg of recombinant hemagglutinin [HA] per strain, 180 μg of protein per dose) versus standard-dose IIV4 (15 μg of HA per strain, 60 μg of protein per dose) to compare the relative vaccine efficacy against reverse-transcriptase polymerase-chain-reaction (RT-PCR)-confirmed, protocol-defined, influenza-like illness caused by any influenza strain starting 14 days or more after vaccination in adults who were 50 years of age or older...
June 22, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636132/trpc1-and-trpc3-dependent-ca-2-signaling-in-mouse-cortical-astrocytes-affects-injury-evoked-astrogliosis-in-vivo
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Thabet Belkacemi, Alexander Niermann, Laura Hofmann, Ulrich Wissenbach, Lutz Birnbaumer, Petra Leidinger, Christina Backes, Eckart Meese, Andreas Keller, Xianshu Bai, Anja Scheller, Frank Kirchhoff, Stephan E Philipp, Petra Weissgerber, Veit Flockerzi, Andreas Beck
Following brain injury astrocytes change into a reactive state, proliferate and grow into the site of lesion, a process called astrogliosis, initiated and regulated by changes in cytoplasmic Ca(2+) . Transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC) channels may contribute to Ca(2+) influx but their presence and possible function in astrocytes is not known. By RT-PCR and RNA sequencing we identified transcripts of Trpc1, Trpc2, Trpc3, and Trpc4 in FACS-sorted glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST)-positive cultured mouse cortical astrocytes and subcloned full-length Trpc1 and Trpc3 cDNAs from these cells...
June 21, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634422/lipopolysaccharide-binding-protein-downregulates-fractalkine-through-activation-of-p38-mapk-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Xia Huang, Yi Zeng, Yujie Jiang, Yueqiu Qin, Weigui Luo, Shulin Xiang, Suren R Sooranna, Liao Pinhu
BACKGROUND: LBP and fractalkine are known to be involved in the pathogenesis of ARDS. This study investigated the relationship between LBP and fractalkine in LPS-induced A549 cells and rat lung tissue in an ARDS rat model. METHODS: A549 cells were transfected with LBP or LBP shRNA plasmid DNA or pretreated with SB203580 or SC-514 following LPS treatment. An ARDS rat model was established using LPS with or without LBPK95A, SB203580, or SC-514 treatment. RT-PCR, western blotting, ELISA, immunofluorescence, coimmunoprecipitation, and immunohistochemical staining were used to study the expression of fractalkine and LBP and p38 MAPK and p65 NF-κB activities...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634336/lc-ms-ms-quantification-of-sulfotransferases-is-better-than-conventional-immunogenic-methods-in-determining-human-liver-sult-activities-implication-in-precision-medicine
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Cong Xie, Tong-Meng Yan, Jia-Mei Chen, Xiao-Yan Li, Juan Zou, Li-Jun Zhu, Lin-Lin Lu, Ying Wang, Fu-Yuan Zhou, Zhong-Qiu Liu, Ming Hu
This study aims to determine whether enzyme activities are correlated with protein amounts and mRNA expression levels of five major human sulfotransferase (SULT) enzymes in 10 matched pericarcinomatous and hepatocellular carcinoma liver samples. The MRM UHPLC-MS/MS method, Western blot and RT-PCR were used along with SULT activity measurement using probe substrates. The LC-MS/MS method was specific for all five tested SULTs, whereas Western blot was specific for only two isoforms. The activities of SULT1A1, SULT1B1, SULT1E1 and SULT2A1 in 9 of 10 samples showed a significant decrease in tumor tissues relative to matched pericarcinomatous tissues, whereas the activities of SULT1A3 in 7 of 10 samples increased...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634130/the-inhibitory-impacts-of-lactobacillus-rhamnosus-gg-derived-extracellular-vesicles-on-the-growth-of-hepatic-cancer-cells
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Elham Behzadi, Hamideh Mahmoodzadeh Hosseini, Abbas Ali Imani Fooladi
Bacterial extracellular vesicles (EVs) have come forth into notice as possible important agent to mediate host-pathogen interactions. In this scientific research, the authors have tried to find out the effect of EVs derived from Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LDEVs) on the apoptosis induction in HepG2 cell line. The EVs were purified from the conditioned medium of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG using ultrafiltration and confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The HepG2 cells were treated with different concentrations of purified LDEVs and the cytotoxicity and their effects on the expression of bcl-2 and bax genes were assessed by the MTT assay and semi-quantitative RT-PCR, respectively...
June 17, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634012/different-expression-of-sox17-gene-during-gametogenesis-between-scallop-chlamys-farreri-and-vertebrates
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Shaoshuai Liang, Zhifeng Zhang, Dandan Yang, Yingying Chen, Zhenkui Qin
SOX17, a member of SRY-related high-mobility-group box (SOX) family, involves in endoderm formation, angiogenesis and carcinogenesis, and its expression characteristics are different in spermatogenesis among several vertebrates. In this study, we cloned a full-length cDNA sequence of sox17 from Zhikong scallop Chlamys farreri, and determined its expression characteristics in gonad at mRNA and protein levels. The cDNA sequence was 2802 bp in length, predicted to encode a protein of 511 amino acids and contained a conservative HMG-box of SOX family, while lacked the C-terminal region of SOX17 comparing to vertebrates...
June 17, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633927/dencichine-ameliorates-kidney-injury-in-induced-type-ii-diabetic-nephropathy-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signalling-pathway
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Li Jie, Qiu Pengcheng, He Qiaoyan, Bi Linlin, Zhang Meng, Wang Fang, Jia Min, Yan Li, Zhang Ya, Yang Qian, Wang Siwang
Diabetic nephropathy (DN), a common complication associated with both type I and type II diabetes mellitus (DM), is a major cause of chronic nephropathy and a common cause of end-stage renal diseases (ESRD) throughout the world. This study is aimed to determine whether dencichine (De) can ameliorate renal damage in high-glucose-and-fat diet combined STZ (streptozocin) induced DN in type II DM rats and to investigate the potential underlying mechanisms. Markers of metabolism, diabetes, and renal function, and levels of extracellular matrix (ECM) collagen I (Col I), collagen IV (Col IV), fibronectin (FN) and laminin (LN), and of proteins in the TGF-β/Smad pathway were analysed through RT-PCR, western blot, immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry...
June 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633666/molecular-detection-of-vector-borne-pathogens-in-dogs-and-cats-from-qatar
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Ana Margarida Alho, Clara Lima, Maria Stefania Latrofa, Vito Colella, Silvia Ravagnan, Gioia Capelli, Luís Madeira de Carvalho, Luís Cardoso, Domenico Otranto
BACKGROUND: Vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have been increasingly reported in dogs and cats worldwide. However, no data are currently available regarding canine and feline VBDs in Qatar and limited information is available from other Persian Gulf countries. METHODS: Blood samples from 98 client-owned animals (i.e. 64 dogs and 34 cats) living in Doha (Qatar) were collected and the presence of genomic DNA of Anaplasma spp., Babesia spp., Dirofilaria spp., Ehrlichia spp...
June 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633475/cloning-and-characterization-of-cheilanthifoline-and-stylopine-synthase-genes-from-chelidonium-majus
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Mahdi Yahyazadeh, Purwanto Ratmoyo, Florian Bittner, Fumihiko Sato, Dirk Selmar
The most prominent alkaloid of Chelidonium majus is dihydrocoptisine, revealing the characteristical benzophenanthridine skeleton. Up to now, any information about the enzymes responsible for its biosynthesis in C. majus and the related genes respectively, is lacking. Based on sequence similarities to the corresponding methylenedioxy bridge-forming cytochrome P450-enzymes involved in the isoquinoline alkaloid biosynthesis in Eschscholzia californica, genes for a cheilanthifoline synthase and a stylopine synthase from C...
June 19, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633097/results-of-the-first-international-hiv-1-coreceptor-proficiency-panel-test
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Eva Heger, Rolf Kaiser, Elena Knops, Maria Neumann-Fraune, Eugen Schuelter, Alejandro Pironti, Thomas Lengauer, Hauke Walter, Saleta Sierra
BACKGROUND: Quality Assurance (QA) programs are essential to evaluate performance in diagnostics laboratories. OBJECTIVES: We present the results from the first QA for HIV-1 genotypic tropism testing, organized and coordinated by the Institute of Virology at the University of Cologne. STUDY DESIGN: 12 cell culture-derived viral strains of different HIV-1 clades from the NIH AIDS Reagent Program were sent to the participants to be processed with their standard diagnostic methods Fasta files containing the V3 region sequence were centrally analyzed at the Institute of Virology, Cologne...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633051/influence-of-lactic-acid-and-post-treatment-recovery-time-on-the-heat-resistance-of-listeria-monocytogenes
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Yasuo Omori, Kiyotaka Miake, Hiromi Nakamura, Eriko Kage-Nakadai, Yoshikazu Nishikawa
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of lactic acid (LA) with and without organic material at various post-treatment recovery times on the heat resistance of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). LA decreased Lm numbers; however, the effect was remarkably attenuated by the presence of organic matter. Five strains of Lm were treated with LA and the listericidal effects were compared. The effect of LA varied depending on the strain, with ≥3.0% (w/w) LA required to kill the Lm strains in a short time. The heat resistance of Lm treated with LA was examined with respect to the time interval between the acid treatment and the subsequent manufacturing step...
June 12, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632668/low-intensity-pulsed-ultrasound-lipus-promotes-bmp9-induced-osteogenesis-and-suppresses-inflammatory-responses-in-human-periodontal-ligament-derived-stem-cells
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Joji Kusuyama, Toshiaki Nakamura, Tomokazu Ohnishi, Nahoko Eiraku, Kazuyuki Noguchi, Tetsuya Matsuguchi
OBJECTIVE: We previously reported that low intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) promotes marrow stromal cell (MSC) osteogenesis and suppresses the LPS-induced inflammatory response in osteoblasts. Here, we examined the effects of LIPUS on human periodontal ligament-derived stem cells (hPDLSCs) in chronic inflammatory bone disease, such as periodontitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: hPDLSCs were collected from 3 healthy third molars. hPDLSCs were induced to differentiate by either recombinant BMP2 or BMP9 with or without daily LIPUS treatment (20 min/d)...
July 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631825/studies-on-the-occurrence-of-infectious-myonecrosis-virus-in-pond-reared-litopenaeus-vannamei-boone-1931-in-india
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A S Sahul Hameed, S Abdul Majeed, S Vimal, N Madan, T Rajkumar, S Santhoshkumar, S Sivakumar
Whiteleg shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, with clinical sign of muscle opaqueness with reddish colour at the distal abdominal segments were observed in farms located in West Bengal State, India. The mortality of shrimp in all disease outbreak ponds ranged from 20% to 50%, and mortality increased gradually. The RT-PCR assay of these samples using primer sets specific to infectious myonecrosis virus (IMNV) revealed its presence in the disease outbreak ponds. The IMNV infection was reproduced in healthy shrimp by intramuscular injection to satisfy River's postulates...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631392/-detection-of-negative-and-positive-rna-strand-of-poliovirus-sabin-1-and-echovirus-e19-by-a-stem-loop-reverse-transcription-pcr
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A Fikatas, T G Dimitriou, Z Kyriakopoulou, G Moschonas, G D Amoutzias, D Mossialos, C Gartzonika, S Levidiotou-Stefanou, P Markoulatos
In this report a strand specific RT-PCR was established for the detection of the replicative negative RNA strand of poliovirus sabin 1 (Sabin1) and Echovirus 19 (E19) strains. The key for the successful conduction of the assay was the use of a specific reverse transcription primer targeting the 5'-UTR of enteroviruses that consisted of a stem-loop structure at the 5'-end and an enteroviral-specific sequence at the 3'-end. The stem loop RT-PCR was found to be an accurate and sensitive method, detecting even 10(-2) CCID50 of poliovirus sabin 1 (Sabin1) and E19 strains 6(h) post infection (p...
June 20, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631386/toward-establishing-model-organisms-for-marine-protists-successful-transfection-protocols-for-parabodo-caudatus-kinetoplastida-excavata
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Fatma Gomaa, Paulo A Garcia, Jennifer Delaney, Peter R Girguis, Cullen R Buie, Virginia P Edgcomb
We developed protocols for, and demonstrated successful transfection of, the free-living kinetoplastid flagellate Parabodo caudatus with three plasmids carrying a fluorescence reporter gene (pEF-GFP with the EF1 alpha promoter, pUB-GFP with Ubiquitin C promoter, and pEYFP-Mitotrap with CMV promoter). We evaluated three electroporation approaches: 1) a square-wave electroporator designed for eukaryotes, 2) a novel microfluidic transfection system employing hydrodynamically-controlled electric field waveforms, and 3) a traditional exponential decay electroporator...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631352/overexpressing-stamp2-attenuates-adipose-tissue-angiogenesis-and-insulin-resistance-in-diabetic-apoe-ldlr-mouse-via-a-ppar%C3%AE-cd36-pathway
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Feng Wang, Lu Han, Ran-Ran Qin, Yao-Yuan Zhang, Di Wang, Zhi-Hao Wang, Meng-Xiong Tang, Yun Zhang, Ming Zhong, Wei Zhang
The aim of this study was to investigate whether overexpression of STAMP2 improves insulin resistance by regulating angiogenesis in adipose tissues. The characteristics of diabetic mice were measured by serial metabolite and pathology tests. Samples were obtained from epididymal, subcutaneous and brown adipose tissues. Histological and morphological analysis demonstrated that STAMP2 gene overexpression reduced adipocyte size, angiogenesis in epididymal and brown adipose tissues. On aortic ring assay, microvessels sprouting from aortas were significantly inhibited after STAMP2 gene overexpression...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630090/t-cell-transcriptomes-from-paroxysmal-nocturnal-hemoglobinuria-patients-reveal-novel-signaling-pathways
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Kohei Hosokawa, Sachiko Kajigaya, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Wangmin Qiao, Yanling Xie, Danielle M Townsley, Xingmin Feng, Neal S Young
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare acquired disorder originating from hematopoietic stem cells and is a life-threating disease characterized by intravascular hemolysis, bone marrow (BM) failure, and venous thrombosis. The etiology of PNH is a somatic mutation in the phosphatidylinositol glycan class A gene (PIG-A) on the X chromosome, which blocks synthesis of the glycolipid moiety and causes deficiency in GPI-anchored proteins. PNH is closely related to aplastic anemia, in which T cells mediate destruction of BM...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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