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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342912/peanut-oleosins-associated-with-severe-peanut-allergy-importance-of-lipophilic-allergens-for-comprehensive-allergy-diagnostics
#1
Christian Schwager, Skadi Kull, Jochen Behrends, Niels Röckendorf, Frauke Schocker, Andreas Frey, Arne Homann, Wolf-Meinhard Becker, Uta Jappe
BACKGROUND: Peanut allergy is one of the most common and most severe food allergies in Western countries and its accurate diagnosis to prevent potential life-threatening allergic reactions is crucial. However, aqueous extracts used for routine diagnostic measurements are devoid of lipophilic allergens such as oleosins. We have recently succeeded in the isolation and purification of these unique proteins, and the current study evaluates their allergenic potential and clinical relevance...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340040/impaired-ability-to-grow-colonies-of-endothelial-stem-cells-could-be-the-mechanism-explaining-the-high-cardiovascular-morbidity-mortality-of-patients-with-depression
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Blum Arnon, Pastukh Nina, Zaroura Imad, Jonathan Rotem, Farhat Kamal
Background: Subjects with depression are more prone to develop cardiovascular complications. Severity of depression is associated with higher rates of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Several mechanisms were suggested including accelerated atherosclerosis, alteration of the cardiac autonomic response with a decrease in heart rate variability. There is evidence that circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) are decreased in patients with major depression. Our hypothesis was that patients with depression would have an impaired ability to build colonies of endothelial progenitor cells...
March 9, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337198/role-of-metallic-nanoparticles-in-vaccinology-implications-for-infectious-disease-vaccine-development
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Lázaro Moreira Marques Neto, André Kipnis, Ana Paula Junqueira-Kipnis
Subunit vaccines are safer but less immunogenic than live-attenuated vaccines or whole cell inactivated vaccines. Adjuvants are used to enhance and modulate antigen (Ag) immunogenicity, aiming to induce a protective and long-lasting immune response. Several molecules and formulations have been studied for their adjuvanticity, but only seven have been approved to formulate human vaccines. Metallic nanoparticles (MeNPs), particularly those containing gold and iron oxides, are widely used in medicine for diagnosis and therapy and have been used as carriers for drugs and vaccines...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336138/preparation-of-an-epitope-imprinted-polymer-with-antibody-like-selectivity-for-beta2-microglobulin-and-application-in-serum-sample-analysis-with-a-facile-method-of-on-line-solid-phase-extraction-coupling-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
#4
Fangfang Yang, Dandan Deng, Xiangchao Dong, Shen Lin
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) for protein recognition have great application potential in the biological analysis. However, preparation of protein imprinted polymer is still facing challenge. Beta2-microglobulin (β2m) is a protein biomarker that can be used in diagnosis of different diseases. In this research, a novel MIP with ability of β2m recognition has been developed by epitope and surface-confined imprinting approaches. A peptide with sequence of MIQRTPKIQ was selected as template. A strategy of combination of hierarchical imprinting and template immobilization was employed in the β2m-MIP synthesis...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335657/molecular-characteristics-of-uterine-sarcomas
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Ben Davidson, Francesca Micci
Uterine sarcomas are rare cancers, of which the most common entities are leiomyosarcoma and endometrial stromal sarcoma. These two tumors may have overlapping clinical presentation, morphology and immunohistochemical profile, but are increasingly recognized to be two molecularly distinct entities. Endometrial stromal sarcomas are further currently divided into a low-grade and high-grade group based on molecular characteristics. Area covered: This review discusses recent data which shed light on the molecular profile of these two cancers and may aid in understanding their evolution and progression, in the aim of improving their diagnosis and management...
March 24, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335357/the-assembly-of-dna-amphiphiles-at-liquid-crystal-aqueous-interface
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Jingsheng Zhou, Yuanchen Dong, Yiyang Zhang, Dongsheng Liu, Zhongqiang Yang
In this article, we synthesized a type of DNA amphiphiles (called DNA-lipids) and systematically studied its assembly behavior at the liquid crystal (LC)-aqueous interface. It turned out that the pure DNA-lipids at various concentrations cannot trigger the optical transition of liquid crystals from planar anchoring to homeotropic anchoring at the liquid crystal-aqueous interface. The co-assembly of DNA-lipid and l-dilauroyl phosphatidylcholine (l-DLPC) indicated that the DLPC assembled all over the LC-aqueous interface, and DNA-lipids prefer to couple with LC in certain areas, particularly in polarized and fluorescent image, forming micron sized net-like structures...
December 1, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334690/intracellular-fluorescent-light-up-bioprobes-with-different-morphology-for-image-guided-photothermal-cancer-therapy
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Bangbang Li, Peng Zhang, Jianwei Du, Xiao Zhao, Youxiang Wang
Multifunctional nanoprobe was drawing increased attention in tumor diagnosis and therapy. The simple and effective establishment of the theranostic nanoplatforms was still under urgent need. Meanwhile, the targeting ability and morphology of nanoprobe were essential for the effective endocytosis, which could further affect the diagnosis. In this work, two morphologies of nanoprobes were fabricated using gold nanorods (AuNRs) and gold nanospheres (AuNSs). Thiolated-hyaluronic acid labeled with nile blue (HS-HA-NB), a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence dye, was coated on the surface of the gold nanoparticles to form stable nanoprobes (AuNR@HS-HA-NB, AuNS@HS-HA-NB)...
March 9, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330963/decrease-in-a%C3%AE-42-predicts-dopa-resistant-gait-progression-in-early-parkinson-disease
#8
Lynn Rochester, Brook Galna, Sue Lord, Alison J Yarnall, Rosie Morris, Gordon Duncan, Tien K Khoo, Brit Mollenhauer, David J Burn
OBJECTIVE: This prospective observational study investigates the role of CSF biomarkers in predicting progression of dopa-resistant gait impairments in Parkinson disease (PD) in the first 36 months from diagnosis. METHODS: Quantitative gait analysis was carried out longitudinally using an instrumented walkway (GAITRite) in 108 people with PD and 130 age-matched controls. A subgroup of 44 people with PD underwent lumbar puncture from which a battery of CSF biomarkers was measured: β-amyloid 1-42 and 1-40 (Aβ42 and Aβ40), total and phosphorylated tau protein (t-tau/p-tau181), and α-synuclein (αSyn)...
March 22, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328541/molecular-engineering-of-two-photon-fluorescent-probes-for-bioimaging-applications
#9
Hong-Wen Liu, Yongchao Liu, Peng Wang, Xiao-Bing Zhang
During the past two decades, two-photon microscopy (TPM), which utilizes two near-infrared photons as the excitation source, has emerged as a novel, attractive imaging tool for biological research. Compared with one-photon microscopy, TPM offers several advantages, such as lowering background fluorescence in living cells and tissues, reducing photodamage to biosamples, and a photobleaching phenomenon, offering better 3D spatial localization, and increasing penetration depth. Small-molecule-based two-photon fluorescent probes have been well developed for the detection and imaging of various analytes in biological systems...
March 22, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328103/characterization-of-maize-chitinase-a-a-tough-allergenic-molecule
#10
Mariateresa Volpicella, Claudia Leoni, Immacolata Fanizza, Marco Distaso, Guido Leoni, Laura Farioli, Todd Naumann, Elide Pastorello, Luigi Ruggiero Ceci
BACKGROUND: Food allergies are recognized as an increasing health concern. They are caused by specific proteins called food allergens. Proteins commonly identified as food allergens tend to have one of about 30 different biochemical activities. This leads to the assumption that food allergens must have specific structural features which causes their allergenicity. But these structural features are not completely understood. Uncovering the structural basis of allergenicity would allow improved diagnosis and therapy of allergies and would provide insights for safer food production...
March 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322989/role-of-micrornas-in-endocrine-cancer-metastasis
#11
Cilene Rebouças Lima, Cibele Crastequini Gomes, Marinilce Fagundes Santos
The deregulation of transcription and processing of microRNAs (miRNAs), as well as their function, has been involved in the pathogenesis of several human diseases, including cancer. Despite advances in therapeutic approaches, cancer still represents one of the major health problems worldwide. Cancer metastasis is an aggravating factor in tumor progression, related to increased treatment complexity and a worse prognosis. After more than one decade of extensive studies of miRNAs, the fundamental role of these molecules in cancer progression and metastasis is beginning to be elucidated...
March 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322053/development-of-a-novel-lysosome-targeted-ruthenium-ii-complex-for-phosphorescence-time-gated-luminescence-assay-of-biothiols
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Quankun Gao, Wenzhu Zhang, Bo Song, Run Zhang, Weihua Guo, Jingli Yuan
Considering the important roles of biothiols in lysosomes of live organisms, and unique photophysical/photochemical prop-erties of ruthenium(II) complexes, a novel ruthenium(II) complex, Ru-2, has been developed as a molecular probe for phosphorescence and time-gated luminescence assay of biothiols in human sera, live cells and in vivo. Ru-2 is weakly lumi-nescent due to the effective photo-induced electron transfer (PET) from Ru(II) luminophore to electron acceptor, 2,4-dinitrobenzene-sulfonyl (DNBS). In the presence of biothiols, such as glutathione (GSH), cysteine (Cys) and homocysteine (Hcy), the emission of Ru-2 solution was switched ON, as the result of the cleavage of quencher to form the production, Ru-1...
March 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317992/synthetic-glycoconjugates-characterize-the-fine-specificity-of-brucella-a-and-m-monoclonal-antibodies
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Satadru Sekhar Mandal, N Vijaya Ganesh, Joanna M Sadowska, David R Bundle
The dominant cell wall antigen of Brucella bacteria is the O-polysaccharide component of the smooth lipopolysaccharide. Infection by various Brucella biovars causes abortions and infertility in a wide range of domestic and wild animals and debilitating disease in humans. Diagnosis relies on the detection of antibodies to the A and M antigens expressed in the O-polysaccharide. This molecule is a homopolymer of the rare monosaccharide, 4-formamido-4,6-dideoxy-d-mannopyranose (Rha4NFo). The A epitope is created by a uniform α1,2 linked internal polymeric sequence capped by a distinct tetrasaccharide sequence defining the M antigen...
March 20, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317976/albumin-based-nanoparticles-loaded-with-hydrophobic-gadolinium-chelates-as-t1-t2-dual-mode-contrast-agents-for-accurate-liver-tumor-imaging
#14
Lirong Wang, Hongyu Lin, Lingceng Ma, Jianbin Jin, Taipeng Shen, Ruixue Wei, Xiaomin Wang, Hua Ai, Zhong Chen, Jinhao Gao
Magnetic resonance contrast agents with T1-T2 dual mode contrast capability have attracted considerable interest because they offer complementary and synergistic diagnostic information, leading to high imaging sensitivity and accurate diagnosis. Here, we reported a facile strategy to construct albumin based nanoparticles loaded with hydrophobic gadolinium chelates by hydrophobic interaction for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We synthesized a glycyrrhetinic acid-containing Gd-DOTA derivative (GGD) and loaded GGD molecules into BSA nanoparticles to form GGD-BSA nanoparticles (GGD-BSA NPs)...
March 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315878/dexamethasone-modifies-cystatin-c-based-diagnosis-of-acute-kidney-injury-during-cisplatin-based-chemotherapy
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Timothy J Pianta, John W Pickering, Lena Succar, Melvin Chin, Trent Davidson, Nicholas A Buckley, Fahim Mohamed, Zoltan H Endre
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Plasma cystatin C (pCysC) may be superior to serum creatinine (sCr) as a surrogate of GFR. However, the performance of pCysC for diagnosing acute kidney injury (AKI) after cisplatin-based chemotherapy is potentially affected by accompanying corticosteroid anti-emetic therapy and hydration. METHODS: In a prospective observational study pCysC, sCr, urinary kidney injury molecule-1 (KIM-1), and urinary clusterin were measured over 2 weeks in 27 patients given first-cycle chemotherapy...
March 17, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315229/primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-essential-points-in-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Semra Paydas
Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is an extra-nodal non-Hodgkin lymphoma. PCNSL is defined as lymphoma involving the brain, leptomeninges, eyes, or spinal cord without evidence of lymphoma outside the CNS. Treatment includes induction with chemotherapy and consolidation with whole-brain radiotherapy or high-dose chemotherapy supported by autologous stem cell transplantation. High-dose methotrexate is the most important drug in cases with PCNSL, and this drug will be used in combination with small molecules, BTK inhibitors, new monoclonal antibodies, and checkpoint blockers...
April 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315217/basophil-degranulation-assay
#17
Madhan Masilamani, Mohanapriya Kamalakannan, Hugh A Sampson
Basophil degranulation assay has gained importance over the last decade in both diagnosis of food allergy and evaluation of progression of immunotherapy. This assay involves the identification and quantification of the expression of CD63 molecule on basophil membrane. CD63 is a marker of multivesicular bodies that is exposed to cell membrane during the process of degranulation in which the contents of basophil granules are released. This chapter describes the methodology for performing this assay.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304254/clinical-trypanosoma-cruzi-disease-after-cardiac-transplantation-in-a-cynomolgus-macaque-macaca-fascicularis
#18
Elana R Rybak, Steve Shipley, Ivan Tatarov, Tianshu Zhang, Wenji Sun, Gheorghe Braileanu, Lars Burdorf, Evelyn Sievert, Agnes M Azimzadeh, Louis J DeTolla, Richard N Pierson Iii
A cynomolgus macaque received a heterotopic cardiac allograft as part of a transplant study, with monoclonal antibodies targeted to specific immune costimulation molecules (CD154, CD28) but no traditional immunosuppressive therapy after surgery. Clinical anemia was detected on postoperative day (POD) 35 and had worsened (Hgb, 2.3 g/dL; Hct = 7.3%) by POD 47, despite type-matched whole-blood transfusions. After a total of 4 blood transfusions, hematologic parameters were improved (Hgb, 5.9 g/dL; Hct, 18.7%)...
December 1, 2016: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303962/identification-of-novel-chemotherapeutic-strategies-for-metastatic-uveal-melanoma
#19
Paolo Fagone, Rosario Caltabiano, Andrea Russo, Gabriella Lupo, Carmelina Daniela Anfuso, Maria Sofia Basile, Antonio Longo, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Rocco De Pasquale, Massimo Libra, Michele Reibaldi
Melanoma of the uveal tract accounts for approximately 5% of all melanomas and represents the most common primary intraocular malignancy. Despite improvements in diagnosis and more effective local therapies for primary cancer, the rate of metastatic death has not changed in the past forty years. In the present study, we made use of bioinformatics to analyze the data obtained from three public available microarray datasets on uveal melanoma in an attempt to identify novel putative chemotherapeutic options for the liver metastatic disease...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302543/immunomodulatory-effects-of-pidotimod-in-adults-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-undergoing-standard-antibiotic-therapy
#20
D Trabattoni, M Clerici, S Centanni, M Mantero, M Garziano, F Blasi
The morbidity and mortality of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) are still elevated and two aspects seem to contribute to a worse outcome: an uncontrolled inflammatory reaction and an inadequate immune response. Adjuvants, including corticosteroids and intravenous immunoglobulins, have been proposed to counterbalance these effects but their efficacy is only partial. We examined the immunomodulatory activity of Pidotimod (PDT), a synthetic dipeptide molecule in adult patients hospitalized for CAP. Sixteen patients with a diagnosis of CAP and a PSI score III or IV and/or a CURB-65 0-2 were randomized to receive either levofloxacin 500 mg b...
March 13, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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