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Bronchoalveolar Lavage Enzyme-Linked Immunospot for Diagnosis of Smear-Negative Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Patients
Adithya Cattamanchi, Isaac Ssewenyana, Rose Nabatanzi, Cecily R. Miller, Saskia Den Boon, J. Lucian Davis, Alfred Andama, William Worodria, Samuel D. Yoo, Huyen Cao, Laurence Huang
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039838
Abstract: Background Peripheral blood interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) have sub-optimal sensitivity and specificity for diagnosis of active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). However, assessment of local immune responses has been reported to improve the accuracy of TB diagnosis. Methods We enrolled HIV-infected adults with cough ≥2 weeks’ duration admitted to Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda and referred for bronchoscopy following two negative sputum acid-fast bacillus smears. We performed an ELISPOT-based IGRA (T-SPOT.TB?, Oxford Immunotec, Oxford, UK) using peripheral blood and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid mononuclear cells, and determined the accuracy of IGRAs using mycobacterial culture results as a reference standard. Results 94 HIV-infected patients with paired peripheral blood and BAL IGRA results were included. The study population was young (median age 34 years [IQR 28–40 years]) and had advanced HIV/AIDS (median CD4+ T-lymphocyte count 60 cells/μl [IQR 22–200 cells/μl]). The proportion of indeterminate IGRA results was higher in BAL fluid than in peripheral blood specimens (34% vs. 14%, difference 20%, 95% CI 7–33%, p = 0.002). BAL IGRA had moderate sensitivity (73%, 95% CI 50–89%) but poor specificity (48%, 95% CI 32–64%) for TB diagnosis. Sensitivity was similar (75%, 95% CI 57–89%) and specificity was higher (78%, 95% CI 63–88%) when IGRA was performed on peripheral blood. Conclusions BAL IGRA performed poorly for the diagnosis of smear-negative TB in a high HIV/TB burden setting. Further studies are needed to examine reasons for the large proportion of indeterminate results and low specificity of BAL IGRA for active TB in high HIV/TB burden settings.
The Role of Speciation in Positive Lowenstein-Jensen Culture Isolates from a High Tuberculosis Burden Country
William Worodria, Jillian Anderson, Adithya Cattamanchi, J. Lucian Davis, Saskia den Boon, Alfred Andama, Samuel D. Yoo, Moses Joloba, Laurence Huang, Midori Kato-Maeda
PLOS ONE , 2011, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0027017
Abstract: Objective To determine the need for routine speciation of positive Lowenstein-Jensen mycobacterial cultures in HIV-infected patients suspected of having pulmonary tuberculosis at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Methods Sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage Lowenstein-Jensen mycobacterial culture isolates from consecutive, HIV-infected patients admitted to Mulago Hospital with 2 weeks or more of cough were subjected to IS6110 PCR and rpoB genetic analysis to determine the presence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM). Results Eighty (100%) mycobacterial cultures from 65 patients were confirmed to be members of MTBC. Subsequent analysis of the cultures from 54 patients by PCR and sequence analyses to identify co-infection with NTM confirmed the presence of MTBC as well as the presence of Micrococcus luteus (n = 4), Janibacter spp. (n = 1) and six cultures had organisms that could not be identified. Conclusions Presumptive diagnosis of tuberculosis on the basis of a positive Lowenstein-Jensen culture is sufficient in HIV-infected Ugandans suspected of having tuberculosis. Routine molecular confirmation of positive Lowenstein-Jensen cultures is unnecessary in this low resource setting.
Low Prevalence of Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) but High Prevalence of Pneumocystis dihydropteroate synthase (dhps) Gene Mutations in HIV-Infected Persons in Uganda
Steve M. Taylor, Steven R. Meshnick, William Worodria, Alfred Andama, Adithya Cattamanchi, J. Lucian Davis, Samuel D. Yoo, Patrick Byanyima, Sylvia Kaswabuli, Carol D. Goodman, Laurence Huang, International HIV-associated Opportunistic Pneumonias (IHOP) Study
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049991
Abstract: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is an important opportunistic infection in patients infected with HIV, but its burden is incompletely characterized in those areas of sub-Saharan Africa where HIV is prevalent. We explored the prevalence of both PCP in HIV-infected adults admitted with pneumonia to a tertiary-care hospital in Uganda and of putative P. jirovecii drug resistance by mutations in fungal dihydropteroate synthase (dhps) and dihydrofolate reductase (dhfr). In 129 consecutive patients with sputum smears negative for mycobacteria, 5 (3.9%) were diagnosed with PCP by microscopic examination of Giemsa-stained bronchoalveolar lavage fluid. Concordance was 100% between Giemsa stain and PCR (dhps and dhfr). PCP was more prevalent in patients newly-diagnosed with HIV (11.4%) than in patients with known HIV (1.1%; p = 0.007). Mortality at 2 months after discharge was 29% overall: 28% among PCP-negative patients, and 60% (3 of 5) among PCP-positive patients. In these 5 fungal isolates and an additional 8 from consecutive cases of PCP, all strains harbored mutant dhps haplotypes; all 13 isolates harbored the P57S mutation in dhps, and 3 (23%) also harbored the T55A mutation. No non-synonymous dhfr mutations were detected. PCP is an important cause of pneumonia in patients newly-diagnosed with HIV in Uganda, is associated with high mortality, and putative molecular evidence of drug resistance is prevalent. Given the reliability of field diagnosis in our cohort, future studies in sub-Saharan Africa can investigate the clinical impact of these genotypes.
Lanthanide-Mediated Dephosphorylation Used for Peptide Cleavage during Solid Phase Peptide Synthesis
Byunghee Yoo,Mark D. Pagel
Molecules , 2013, DOI: 10.3390/molecules18043894
Abstract: Lanthanide(III) ions can accelerate the hydrolysis of phosphomonoesters and phosphodiesters in neutral aqueous solution. In this paper, lanthanide-mediated dephosphorylation has been applied in aqueous media as an orthogonal cleavage condition that can be employed in conventional solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). A phosphorylated polymeric support for SPPS was developed using Boc chemistry. The cleavage of resin-bound phosphates was investigated with the addition of Eu(III), Yb(III), acid or base, a mixture of solvents or different temperatures. To demonstrate the utility of this approach for SPPS, a peptide sequence was synthesized on a phosphorylated polymeric support and quantitatively cleaved with lanthanide ions in neutral aqueous media. The protecting groups for side chains were retained during peptide cleavage using lanthanide ions. This new methodology provides a mild orthogonal cleavage condition of phosphoester as a linker during SPPS.
Estimation of Weight and Lipid Composition in Preimplantation Embryos from Jersey and Beef Breeds of Cattle  [PDF]
Julie D. Weathers, Samuel D. Prien
Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine (OJVM) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ojvm.2014.411031

Cryopreservation is the main functional means for storage of excess embryos produced from artificial reproductive technologies; the process assumes embryos chemical nature is highly conserved across embryos of the same species. However, in practice there appears to be a high degree of variability in embryo tolerance to cryopreservation, suggesting potential differences in embryo chemistry. The objective of the current study was to develop reproducible means of estimating relative embryos weight and associating those weights to lipid content. Relative embryo weights of frozen/thawed in-vivo Jersey and Crossbred beef breed embryos were determined using a modified specific gravity chamber. Embryo weights were then correlated with lipid content. Results suggest that beef cattle embryos are 20% - 27% heavier than Jersey embryos (P < 0.001). Electron microscopy (EM) data suggest that these differences are due to divergent lipid content; Jersey embryos having approximately 36% lipid as compared to 8% in beef cattle embryos (P < 0.01); explaining the Jersey embryos lighter weight.

The Second Virial Coefficient of Spin-1/2 Anyon Systems
Sahng-kyoon Yoo,D. K. Park
Physics , 1997,
Abstract: We calculate the second virial coefficient of spin-1/2 anyon gas in the various values of the self-adjoint extension parameter by incorporating the self-adjoint extension method into the Green's function formalism. Especially, the completely different cusp- and discontinuity-structures from the result of previous literature are obtained when the self-adjoint extension parameter goes to infinity. This is originated from the different condition for the occurrence of irregular states.
Hydrodynamic theory of supersolids: Variational principle and effective Lagrangian
C. -D. Yoo,Alan T. Dorsey
Physics , 2010, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.81.134518
Abstract: We develop an effective low-energy, long-wavelength theory of a bulk supersolid--a putative phase of matter with simultaneous crystallinity and Bose condensation. Using conservation laws and general symmetry arguments we derive an effective action that correctly describes the coupling between the Bose condensation and the elasticity of the solid. We use our effective action to calculate the correlation and response functions for the supersolid, and we show that the onset of supersolidity produces peaks in the response function, corresponding to propagating second sound modes in the solid. Throughout our work we make connections to existing work on effective theories of superfluids and normal solids, and we underscore the importance of conservation laws and symmetries in determining the number and character of the collective modes.
The Second Virial Coefficient of Spin-1/2 Interacting Anyon System
Sahng-Kyoon Yoo,D. K. Park
Physics , 1997, DOI: 10.1088/0305-4470/32/6/006
Abstract: Evaluating the propagator by the usual time-sliced manner, we use it to compute the second virial coefficient of an anyon gas interacting through the repulsive potential of the form $g/r^2 (g > 0)$. All the cusps for the unpolarized spin-1/2 as well as spinless cases disappear in the $\omega \to 0$ limit, where $\omega$ is a frequency of harmonic oscillator which is introduced as a regularization method. As $g$ approaches to zero, the result reduces to the noninteracting hard-core limit.
The incident wave in Aharonov-Bohm scattering wavefunction
Sahng-Kyoon Yoo,D. K. Park
Physics , 1997,
Abstract: It is shown that only the infinite angular momentum quantum states contribute to the incident wave in Aharonov-Bohm (AB) scattering. This result is clearly shown by recalculating the AB calculation with arbitrary decomposition of summation over the angular momentum quantum numbers in wave function. It is motivated from the fact that the pole contribution in the integral representation used by Jackiw is given by only the infinite angular momentum states, in which the closed contour integration involving this pole gives just the incident wave.
Propagator for spinless and spin-1/2 Aharonov-Bohm-Coulomb systems
D. K. Park,Sahng-Kyoon Yoo
Physics , 1997, DOI: 10.1006/aphy.1997.5757
Abstract: The propagator of the spinless Aharonov-Bohm-Coulomb system is derived by following the Duru-Kleinert method. We use this propagator to explore the spin-1/2 Aharonov-Bohm-Coulomb system which contains a point interaction as a Zeeman term. Incorporation of the self-adjoint extension method into the Green's function formalism properly allows us to derive the finite propagator of the spin-1/2 Aharonov-Bohm-Coulomb system. As a by-product, the relation between the self-adjoint extension parameter and the bare coupling constant is obtained. Bound-state energy spectra of both spinless and spin-1/2 Aharonov-Bohm-Coulomb systems are examined.
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