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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240665/airborne-or-fomite-transmission-for-norovirus-a-case-study-revisited
#1
Shenglan Xiao, Julian W Tang, Yuguo Li
Norovirus infection, a highly prevalent condition associated with a high rate of morbidity, comprises a significant health issue. Although norovirus transmission mainly occurs via the fecal-oral and vomit-oral routes, airborne transmission has been proposed in recent decades. This paper re-examines a previously described norovirus outbreak in a hotel restaurant wherein airborne transmission was originally inferred. Specifically, the original evidence that suggested airborne transmission was re-analyzed by exploring an alternative hypothesis: could this outbreak instead have occurred via fomite transmission? This re-analysis was based on whether fomite transmission could have yielded similar attack rate distribution patterns...
December 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240011/fecal-calprotectin-test-performed-at-home-a-prospective-study-of-pediatric-patients-with-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#2
Maija Piekkala, Henrik Alfthan, Laura Merras-Salmio, Anne Puustinen Wikström, Kaarina Heiskanen, Tytti Jaakkola, Paula Klemetti, Martti Färkkilä Md, Kaija-Leena Kolho
OBJECTIVES: Measuring fecal calprotectin (FC) in a laboratory is time-consuming and that is why home tests have been developed. We studied the use of an FC home test in pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (PIBD) in real-life settings. METHODS: The patients were asked to perform the IBDoc® FC home test monthly for six months and to report their clinical disease activity at testing. However, clinical decision-making was guided by routine FC enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for patients with raised IBDoc® values...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237777/ccl28-deficient-mice-have-reduced-iga-antibody-secreting-cells-and-an-altered-microbiota-in-the-colon
#3
Kazuhiko Matsuo, Daisuke Nagakubo, Shinya Yamamoto, Akiko Shigeta, Shuta Tomida, Mitsugu Fujita, Takako Hirata, Ikuo Tsunoda, Takashi Nakayama, Osamu Yoshie
CCL28 induces the migration of IgA Ab-secreting cells (ASCs) via CCR10 and also displays a potent antimicrobial activity in vitro. To explore the role of CCL28 in vivo, we generated CCL28-deficient mice. The mice exhibited a significant reduction and abnormal distribution of IgA ASCs in the lamina propria of the colon. The concentrations of total and Ag-specific IgA in the fecal extracts of CCL28-deficient mice were also drastically reduced. The average amount of IgA secreted by a single IgA ASC derived from the colon was also substantially reduced in CCL28-deficient mice...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237466/rapid-detection-of-infectious-bovine-rhinotracheitis-virus-using-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-assays
#4
Peili Hou, Hongmei Wang, Guimin Zhao, Chengqiang He, Hongbin He
BACKGROUND: Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis virus (IBRV) is a major pathogen in cattle and has led to significant economic losses to the dairy industry worldwide, and therefore a more optimal method for the rapid diagnosis of IBRV infection is highly needed. In this study, we described the development of a lateral flow dipstrip (LFD) of isothermal recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) method for rapid detection of IBRV. METHODS: Distinct regions were selected as a candidate target for designing the LFD-RPA primers and probes...
December 13, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237142/transanal-endoscopic-microsurgery-for-patients-with-rare-rectal-tumors
#5
Xin Wu, Guole Lin, Huizhong Qiu, Jiaolin Zhou
BACKGROUND: Transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM) has been accepted worldwide for the treatment of local rectal lesions. Rare rectal tumors consist of several different types of malignant or benign tumors. Surgical management is considered to be the only curative option. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of TEM in the treatment of rare rectal tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 147 patients with rare rectal tumors underwent TEM in our center from April 2006 to May 2017...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237130/laparoscopic-appendicostomy-low-profile-balloon-button-for-antegrade-enemas-in-children
#6
David F Grabski, Yinin Hu, Sara K Rasmussen, Eugene D McGahren, Jeffrey W Gander
INTRODUCTION: The Malone appendicostomy is a continent channel used for antegrade enemas. It requires daily cannulation and is susceptible to stenosis. We use an indwelling low-profile balloon button tube inserted through the appendix into the cecum for antegrade enemas. We hypothesized that this method is effective at managing constipation or fecal incontinence and is associated with a low rate of stenosis. METHODS: Children who underwent laparoscopic appendicostomy balloon button placement at our institution from January 2011 to April 2017 were identified...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236714/non-invasive-identification-of-protein-biomarkers-for-early-pregnancy-diagnosis-in-the-cheetah-acinonyx-jubatus
#7
Diana C Koester, David E Wildt, Morgan Maly, Pierre Comizzoli, Adrienne E Crosier
Approximately 80% of cheetahs living in typical zoological collections never reproduce. In more than 60% of breedings, the female is confirmed to ovulate, but parturition fails to occur. It is unknown if these non-pregnant intervals of elevated progesterone (deemed luteal phases) are conception failures or a pregnancy terminating in embryonic/fetal loss. There have been recent advances in metabolic profiling and proteome analyses in many species with mass spectrometry used to identify 'biomarkers' and mechanisms indicative of specific physiological states (including pregnancy)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236499/mutual-interaction-of-phenolic-compounds-and-microbiota-metabolism-of-complex-phenolic-apigenin-c-and-kaempferol-o-derivatives-by-human-fecal-samples
#8
Maren Vollmer, Selma Esders, Freda M Farquharson, Susanne Neugart, Sylvia Duncan, Monika Schreiner, Petra Louis, Ronald Maul, Sascha Rohn
Human colonic bacteria have an important impact on the biotransformation of flavonoid glycosides and their conversion can result in the formation of bioactive compounds. However, information about the microbial conversion of complex glycosylated flavonoids and the impact on the gut microbiota are still limited. In this study, the ability of different donors' human intestinal microbiota to convert selected flavonoid O- and C-glycosides was evaluated by performing in vitro fermentations. The results show that all flavonoid glycosides were metabolized via their aglycones yielding smaller substances...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236389/fecal-short-chain-fatty-acids-at-different-time-points-after-ceftriaxone-administration-in-rats
#9
Yu V Holota, O O Holubenko, A M Ostapchuk, T M Serhiychuk, L V Zakordonets, G M Tolstanova
Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) are major products of the microbial fermentation of dietary fiber in the colon. Recent studies suggest that these products of microbial metabolism in the gut act as signaling molecules, influence host energy homeostasis and play major immunological roles. In the present study, defined the long-term effects of ceftriaxone administration on the fecal SCFAs concentration in Wistar rats. Ceftriaxone (300 mg/kg, i.m.) was administered daily for 14 days. Rats were euthanized in 1, 15 and 56 days after ceftriaxone withdrawal...
January 2017: Ukrainian Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236034/gastric-emptying-and-gastrointestinal-transit-compared-among-native-and-hydrolyzed-whey-and-casein-milk-proteins-in-an-aged-rat-model
#10
Julie E Dalziel, Wayne Young, Catherine M McKenzie, Neill W Haggarty, Nicole C Roy
Little is known about how milk proteins affect gastrointestinal (GI) transit, particularly for the elderly, in whom digestion has been observed to be slowed. We tested the hypothesis that GI transit is faster for whey than for casein and that this effect is accentuated with hydrolysates, similar to soy. Adult male rats (18 months old) were fed native whey or casein, hydrolyzed whey (WPH) or casein (CPH), hydrolyzed blend (HB; 60% whey:40% casein), or hydrolyzed soy for 14 days then treated with loperamide, prucalopride, or vehicle-control for 7 days...
December 13, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234707/point-of-care-testing-of-fecal-calprotectin-as-a-substitute-for-routine-laboratory-analysis
#11
Julie Hejl, Klaus Theede, Brian Møllgren, Kirsten Vikkelsø Madsen, Ashraf Heidari, Anna Á Steig, Mogens Fenger
Objectives: Fecal calprotectin (FC) is widely used to monitor the activity of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and to tailor medical treatment to disease activity. Laboratory testing of fecal samples may have a turnaround time of 1-2 weeks, whereas FC home testing allows results within hours and thus enables a rapid response to clinical deterioration. Design and methods: Fifty-five stool samples were analyzed by the IBDoc® Calprotectin Home Testing kit and the BÜHLMANN fCAL® turbo assay on a Roche Cobas 6000 c501...
March 2018: Practical Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234070/dielectric-barrier-discharge-based-mercury-free-plasma-uv-lamp-for-efficient-water-disinfection
#12
Ram Prakash, Afaque M Hossain, U N Pal, N Kumar, K Khairnar, M Krishna Mohan
A structurally simple dielectric barrier discharge based mercury-free plasma UV-light source has been developed for efficient water disinfection. The source comprises of a dielectric barrier discharge arrangement between two co-axial quartz tubes with an optimized gas gap. The outer electrode is an aluminium baked foil tape arranged in a helical form with optimized pitch, while the inner electrode is a hollow aluminium metallic rod, hermetically sealed. Strong bands peaking at wavelengths 172 nm and 253 nm, along with a weak band peaking at wavelength 265 nm have been simultaneously observed due to plasma radiation from the admixture of xenon and iodine gases...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233857/timing-of-food-intake-impacts-daily-rhythms-of-human-salivary-microbiota-a-randomized-crossover-study
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María Carmen Collado, Phillip A Engen, Cristina Bandín, Raúl Cabrera-Rubio, Robin M Voigt, Stefan J Green, Ankur Naqib, Ali Keshavarzian, Frank A J L Scheer, Marta Garaulet
The composition of the diet (what we eat) has been widely related to the microbiota profile. However, whether the timing of food consumption (when we eat) influences microbiota in humans is unknown. A randomized, crossover study was performed in 10 healthy normal-weight young women to test the effect of the timing of food intake on the human microbiota in the saliva and fecal samples. More specifically, to determine whether eating late alters daily rhythms of human salivary microbiota, we interrogated salivary microbiota in samples obtained at 4 specific time points over 24 h, to achieve a better understanding of the relationship between food timing and metabolic alterations in humans...
December 12, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233840/microbiome-in-pten-hamartoma-tumor-syndrome
#14
Victoria Byrd, Ted M Getz, Roshan Padmanabhan, Hans Arora, Charis Eng
Germline PTEN mutations defining PTEN hamartoma tumor syndrome [PHTS] confer heritable predisposition to breast, endometrial, thyroid, and other cancers with known age-related risks, but it remains impossible to predict if any individual will develop cancer. In the general population, gut microbial dysbiosis has been linked to cancer, yet is unclear whether these are associated in PHTS patients. In this pilot study, we aimed to characterize microbial composition of stool, urine, and oral wash from 32 PTEN mutation-positive individuals using 16S rRNA-gene sequencing...
December 12, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233499/the-role-of-the-carboxyl-ester-lipase-cel-gene-in-pancreatic-disease
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Bente B Johansson, Karianne Fjeld, Khadija El Jellas, Anny Gravdal, Monica Dalva, Erling Tjora, Helge Ræder, Rohit N Kulkarni, Stefan Johansson, Pål R Njølstad, Anders Molven
The enzyme carboxyl ester lipase (CEL), also known as bile salt-dependent or -stimulated lipase (BSDL, BSSL), hydrolyzes dietary fat, cholesteryl esters and fat-soluble vitamins in the duodenum. CEL is mainly expressed in pancreatic acinar cells and lactating mammary glands. The human CEL gene resides on chromosome 9q34.3 and contains a variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) region that encodes a mucin-like protein tail. Although the number of normal repeats does not appear to significantly influence the risk for pancreatic disease, single-base pair deletions in the first VNTR repeat cause a syndrome of endocrine and exocrine dysfunction denoted MODY8...
December 5, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232925/deep-sea-water-improves-abnormalities-in-lipid-metabolism-through-lipolysis-and-fatty-acid-oxidation-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-rats
#16
Wei-Tang Chang, Tsung-Yueh Lu, Ming-Ching Cheng, Hsun-Chi Lu, Mei-Fang Wu, Chin-Lin Hsu
Deep sea water (DSW) is a natural marine resource that has been utilized for food, agriculture, cosmetics, and medicine. The aim of this study was to investigate whether DSW has beneficial lipid metabolic effects in an animal model. Our previous in vitro study indicated that DSW significantly decreased the intracellular triglyceride and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase activity in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. DSW also inhibited the gene levels of adipocyte differentiation, lipogenesis, and adipocytokines, and up-regulated gene levels of lipolysis and fatty acid oxidation...
December 11, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232851/a-novel-prebiotic-blend-product-prevents-irritable-bowel-syndrome-in-mice-by-improving-gut-microbiota-and-modulating-immune-response
#17
Qian Chen, Yiping Ren, Jihong Lu, Mark Bartlett, Lei Chen, Yan Zhang, Xiaokui Guo, Chang Liu
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder yet it still lacks effective prevention therapies. The aim of this study is to determine whether a novel prebiotic blend (PB) composed of fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS), galactooligosaccharide (GOS), inulin and anthocyanins could be effective in preventing the development of IBS. We explored the possible mechanisms both in animal and in cells. Post-infectious IBS models in C57BL/6 mice were established and were pretreated with the PB, PB and probiotic strains 8 weeks in advance of infection...
December 9, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232848/a-metagenomic-and-in-silico-functional-prediction-of-gut-microbiota-profiles-may-concur-in-discovering-new-cystic-fibrosis-patient-targeted-probiotics
#18
Pamela Vernocchi, Federica Del Chierico, Andrea Quagliariello, Danilo Ercolini, Vincenzina Lucidi, Lorenza Putignani
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-limiting hereditary disorder that results in aberrant mucosa in the lungs and digestive tract, chronic respiratory infections, chronic inflammation, and the need for repeated antibiotic treatments. Probiotics have been demonstrated to improve the quality of life of CF patients. We investigated the distribution of gut microbiota (GM) bacteria to identify new potential probiotics for CF patients on the basis of GM patterns. Fecal samples of 28 CF patients and 31 healthy controls (HC) were collected and analyzed by 16S rRNA-based pyrosequencing analysis of GM, to produce CF-HC paired maps of the distribution of operational taxonomic units (OTUs), and by Phylogenetic Investigation of Communities by Reconstruction of Unobserved States (PICRUSt) for Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) biomarker prediction...
December 9, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232630/opioid-drugs-and-stercoral-perforation-of-the-colon-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#19
Renée Poitras, Daun'Lee Warren, Sylvanus Oyogoa
INTRODUCTION: Stercoral perforation of the colon is a rare pathology, which is believed to be caused by an increased intraluminal pressure created by a fecaloma. Opioid induced constipation is a rare and often unsuspected cause of colonic perforation. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We report the case of a 58-year-old woman, who presented to the emergency department (ED) with severe hypotension, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal bleeding. She was found to have a diffusely tender and distended abdomen...
December 7, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231154/enteropathogens-and-gut-inflammation-in-asymptomatic-infants-and-children-in-different-environments-in-southern-india
#20
Ira Praharaj, R Revathy, Rini Bandyopadhyay, Blossom Benny, Mohammad Azharuddin Ko, Jie Liu, Eric R Houpt, Gagandeep Kang
Children in poor environmental conditions are exposed early and often to enteric pathogens, but within developing countries, heterogeneity in enteropathogen exposure in different settings and communities is rarely addressed. We tested fecal samples from healthy infants and children from two different environments in the same Indian town for gut enteropathogens and biomarkers of gut inflammation. A significantly higher proportion of infants and children from a poor semi-urban neighborhood (93%) had one or more enteropathogens than those from a medical college campus (71...
December 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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