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1.  Malignant Dysembryoplastic Neuroepithelial Tumour in a Zebrafish (Danio rerio) 
Journal of comparative pathology  2012;148(0):220-224.
Summary
Neuroectodermal tumours in man, including medulloblastoma, medulloepithelioma, neuroblastoma, esthesioneuroblastoma, primitive neuroectodermal tumour and dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour, typically occur in children and young adults. These tumour types are occasionally observed in juvenile and adult zebrafish (Danio rerio), either as induced tumours in carcinogen-exposed zebrafish or as an incidental finding in zebrafish ≥ 2 years of age. An adult zebrafish submitted for routine histological examination was sent for a second opinion consultation after an uncharacteristic brain mass was identified. Microscopically, the expansile and infiltrative extracortical mass arising from the cerebellum had a diffuse microcystic pattern with solid hypercellular regions occupying 80% of the extrameningeal space and effacing the endomeninx and significantly displacing the metencephalon. The mass was composed of dense sheets of oligodendrocyte-like cells, random neurons and pseudocysts containing ‘floating neurons’ within a scant mucinous matrix. Neoplastic cells demonstrated positive perinuclear and intracytoplasmic expression of S-100. Malignant dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour was diagnosed based upon the histologic features of the brain mass, which were indistinguishable from the human tumour. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumour in a zebrafish.
doi:10.1016/j.jcpa.2012.05.015
PMCID: PMC4007653  PMID: 22819012
zebrafish; dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor; brain; neoplasia
2.  Concurrent Change in Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate and Functional Performance in the Oldest Old: Results From the Cardiovascular Health Study All Stars Study 
Introduction.
The correlation between dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) decline and age led to the hypothesis that DHEAS might be a marker of primary aging, though conflicting data from observational studies of mortality do not support this. We evaluated concurrent DHEAS and functional decline in a very old cohort to test if DHEAS change tracks with functional change during aging.
Methods.
DHEAS and functional performance (gait speed, grip strength, Modified Mini-Mental State Examination [3MSE] score, and digit symbol substitution test [DSST] score) were measured in 1996–1997 and 2005–2006 in 989 participants in the Cardiovascular Health Study All Stars study (mean age 85.2 years in 2005–2006, 63.5% women and 16.5% African American). We used multivariable linear regression to test the association of DHEAS decline with functional decline.
Results.
After adjustment, each standard deviation decrease in DHEAS was associated with greater declines in gait speed (0.12 m/s, p = .01), grip strength (0.09 kg, p = .03), 3MSE score (0.13 points, p < .001), and DSST score (0.14 points, p = .001) in women only. Additional adjustment for baseline DHEAS attenuated the association with grip strength but did not alter other estimates appreciably, and baseline DHEAS was unassociated with functional decline.
Conclusions.
In this cohort of very old individuals, DHEAS decline tracked with declines in gait speed, 3MSE score, and DSST score, but not grip strength, in women independent of baseline DHEAS level. DHEAS decline might be a marker for age-associated performance decline, but its relevance is specific to women.
doi:10.1093/gerona/glq072
PMCID: PMC2920580  PMID: 20466773
Aging; Biomarker; Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate; Function
3.  Planning Models for Tuberculosis Control Programs 
Health Services Research  1971;6(2):144-164.
A discrete-state, discrete-time simulation model of tuberculosis is presented, with submodels of preventive interventions. The model allows prediction of the prevalence of the disease over the simulation period. Preventive and control programs and their optimal budgets may be planned by using the model for cost-benefit analysis: costs are assigned to the program components and disease outcomes to determine the ratio of program expenditures to future savings on medical and socioeconomic costs of tuberculosis. Optimization is achieved by allocating funds in successive increments to alternative program components in simulation and identifying those components that lead to the greatest reduction in prevalence for the given level of expenditure. The method is applied to four hypothetical disease prevalence situations.
PMCID: PMC1067333  PMID: 4999448
4.  Technical aspects of the Staphylococcus aureus teichoic acid antibody assay: gel diffusion and counterimmunoelecrophoretic assays, antigen preparation, antigen selection, concentration effects, and cross-reactions with other organisms. 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology  1981;13(2):293-300.
Because variable results are being reported from laboratories performing the teichoic acid antibody assay in patients with serious infections due to Staphylococcus aureus, we have thoroughly reviewed all technical aspects of the test. This paper reports on the importance of agar and antigen preparation in standardizing results of the assay and reducing the prevalence of false-negative and -positive tests. Once standardized, the counterimmunoelectrophoretic method is as accurate as the gel diffusion method for both initial screening and generating titers; practically, however, unless numerous tests are to be performed, the gel diffusion technique will suffice for most purposes. The cell wall of the Lafferty strain of S. aureus was used as the standard antigen in assays for serum antibodies. We studied whether it is an appropriate antigen and found that antibody titers obtained with the Lafferty strain antigen were, in three patients with endocarditis, the same as those obtained with antigens from the individual blood stream isolates. We have also confirmed that pooled human gamma globulin can be used, by back titration against newly prepared lots of antigen, to select optimal antigen concentration and is as good as more specific, higher titer serum specimens for that purpose. Finally, cell wall antigens from Staphylococcus epidermidis and a variety of streptococci may react with normal human sera, but such antigens are distinct by immunoprecipitation from those from S. aureus.
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PMCID: PMC273780  PMID: 6782119

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