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Kartik Ramakrishna, Kalpana Premkumar, Jayakanthan Kabeerdoss, K R John
BACKGROUND & AIM: Innate immune responses are important in susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). In order to test the hypothesis that Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 function would be abnormal in patients with active pulmonary TB we compared the cytokine responses of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) to innate immune ligands in a case-control study. METHODS: PBMC from 19 untreated pulmonary TB patients, 17 healthy controls, and 11 treated pulmonary TB patients, were cultured for 24h with TLR 2 ligand (PAM-CSK) and other TLR ligands (muramyl dipeptide, flagellin, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), CpG oligodeoxynucleotide (CpG-ODN))...
October 18, 2016: Cytokine
Sumeja Zahirovic, Faizah Siddique
A 55 year-old African American man presented to the Emergency Room with acute-onset fevers, chills, and bilateral thumb pain, swelling, and redness. MRI revealed extensive cellulitis involving bilateral hands and wrists, along with fluid collection and carpal bone erosion on the left. Given concerns for septic arthritis and osteomyelitis, patient underwent surgical debridement revealing an abscess in the wrist without osteomyelitis. Blood cultures grew Pasteurella multocida. Subsequently, patient noted two pet dogs at home, but no history of bites...
October 21, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Alexia Mopin, Virginie Driss, Carine Brinster
The intravenous injection of C1498 cells into syngeneic or congenic mice has been performed since 1941. These injections result in the development of acute leukemia. However, the nature of this disease has not been well documented in the literature. Here, we provide a technical protocol for characterizing C1498 cells in vitro and for determining the nature of the induced leukemia in vivo. The first part of this procedure is focused on determining the hematopoietic lineage and the stage of differentiation of cultured C1498 cells...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Elizabeth A Neuner, Andrea M Pallotta, Simon W Lam, David Stowe, Steven M Gordon, Gary W Procop, Sandra S Richter
OBJECTIVE To describe the impact of rapid diagnostic microarray technology and antimicrobial stewardship for patients with Gram-positive blood cultures. DESIGN Retrospective pre-intervention/post-intervention study. SETTING A 1,200-bed academic medical center. PATIENTS Inpatients with blood cultures positive for Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, E. faecium, Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. pyogenes, S. agalactiae, S. anginosus, Streptococcus spp., and Listeria monocytogenes during the 6 months before and after implementation of Verigene Gram-positive blood culture microarray (BC-GP) with an antimicrobial stewardship intervention...
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Sara Zahedi, Karim Shamsasenjan, Aliakbar Movassaghpour, Parvin Akbarzadehlaleh
Purpose: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are one of the essential members of Bone Marrow (BM) microenvironment and the cells affect normal and malignant cells in BM milieu. One of the most important hematological malignancies is Multiple Myeloma (MM). Numerous studies reported various effects of MSCs on myeloma cells. MSCs initiate various signaling pathways in myeloma cells, particularly NF-kβ. NF-kβ signaling pathway plays pivotal role in the survival, proliferation and resistance of myeloma cells to the anticancer drugs, therefore this pathway can be said to be a vital target for cancer therapy...
September 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
P I Zvinorova, T E Halimani, F C Muchadeyi, O Matika, V Riggio, K Dzama
A longitudinal study was conducted in low-input low-output farming systems to determine the prevalence of gastrointestinal parasitic infections in different age groups, sex and associated risk factors in goats. A total of 580 indigenous goats were randomly selected in areas representing the five agro-ecological regions of Zimbabwe in the dry and wet seasons. Blood and faecal samples were collected from each animal and egg/oocyst per gram of faeces (epg/opg), larval culture, and packed cell volumes (PCV) were determined...
October 2016: Small Ruminant Research: the Journal of the International Goat Association
Alexandre Boulos, Katherine Rand, Josh A Johnson, Jacqueline Gautier, Michael Koster
Infections (including sepsis, meningitis, pneumonia and tetanus) stand as a major contributor to neonatal mortality in Haiti (22%). Infants acquire bacteria that cause neonatal sepsis directly from the mother's blood, skin or vaginal tract either before or during delivery. Nosocomial and environmental pathogens introduce further risk after delivery. The absence of cohesive medical systems and methods for collecting information limits the available data in countries such as Haiti. This study seeks to add more information on the burden of severe bacterial infections and their etiology in neonates of Haiti...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics
Sha-Sha Huang, Qiu-Bing Zhang, Qing-Yan Yuan, Si-Li He, Yuan-Ming Zhang
INTRODUCTION: Activation of T lymphocytes, for which potassium channels are essential, is involved in the development of hypertension. In this study, we explored the inhibitory effects of telmisartan on the culture and proliferation of and Kv1.3 potassium channel expression in peripheral blood CD4(+) T lymphocytes derived from Xinjiang Kazakh patients with hypertension. METHODS: CD4(+) T-cell samples from hypertensive Kazakh patients and healthy Kazakh people were divided into healthy control, case control, telmisartan, and 4-aminopytidine groups...
October 2016: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
Manjula Ramya Vutukuru, Divya Khandige Sharma, M S Ragavendar, Susanne Schmolke, Yiwei Huang, Walter Gumbrecht, Nivedita Mitra
Molecular diagnostics is a promising alternative to culture based methods for the detection of bloodstream infections, notably due to its overall lower turnaround time when starting directly from patient samples. Whole blood is usually the starting diagnostic sample in suspected bloodstream infections. The detection of low concentrations of pathogens in blood using a molecular assay necessitates a fairly high starting volume of blood sample in the range of 5-10mL. This large volume of blood sample has a substantial accompanying human genomic content that interferes with pathogen detection...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Janet Ayello, Jessica Hochberg, Allyson Flower, Yaya Chu, Laxmi V Baxi, William Quish, Carmella van de Ven, Mitchell S Cairo
NK cells play a significant role in reducing relapse in patients with hematological malignancies following allogeneic stem cell transplantation but NK cell number and naturally occurring inhibitory signals limit their capability. IL-15 and 4-1BBL are important modulators of NK expansion and functional activation. With an aim to overcome these limitations, cord blood (CB) mononuclear cells (MNC) were ex-vivo expanded (EvE) for 7 days with genetically modified K562-mbIL15-41BBL (MODK562) or wildtype K562 (WTK562)...
October 17, 2016: Experimental Hematology
Wannapa Sornjai, Pathrapol Lithanatudom, Jenny Erales, Philippe Joly, Alain Francina, Sabine Hacot, Suthat Fucharoen, Saovaros Svasti, Jean Jacques Diaz, Hichem C Mertani, Duncan R Smith
Ribosome biogenesis is the process of synthesis of the cellular ribosomes which mediate protein translation. Integral with the ribosomes are four cytoplasmic ribosomal RNAs (rRNAs) which show extensive post-transcriptional modifications including 2'-O-methylation and pseudouridylation. Several hereditary hematologic diseases including Diamond-Blackfan anemia have been shown to be associated with defects in ribosome biogenesis. Thalassemia is the most important hematologic inherited genetic disease worldwide, and this study examined the post-transcriptional ribose methylation status of three specific active sites of the 28S rRNA molecule at positions 1858, 4197 and 4506 of β-thalassemia trait carriers and normal controls...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Sebastian Rahn, Anna Schuck, Mustafa Kondakci, Rainer Haas, Nicole Neuhausen, Klaus Pfeffer, Birgit Henrich
Fungal infections are recognized in an increasing number of patients with immunological deficits and are associated with high rates of mortality (Brown et al., 2012a). In this pilot-study, a rapid Real time PCR (fuPCR) was designed for the detection and differentiation of fungal pathogens in clinical specimens of haematological patients. The fuPCR, targeting the internal transcribed spacer region 2 (ITS2) of rDNA region, is comprised of seven multiplex reactions, which were shown to be specific and sensitive for a comprehensive spectrum of clinically relevant fungal species...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Risha L Moskalewicz, Leidy L Isenalumhe, Cindy Luu, Choo Phei Wee, Alan L Nager
OBJECTIVE: To examine clinical characteristics associated with bacteremia in febrile nonneutropenic pediatric oncology patients with central venous catheters (CVCs) in the emergency department (ED). BACKGROUND: Fever is the primary reason pediatric oncology patients present to the ED. The literature states that 0.9% to 39% of febrile nonneutropenic oncology patients are bacteremic, yet few studies have investigated infectious risk factors in this population. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study in a pediatric ED, reviewing medical records from 2002 to 2014...
September 17, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
B Franko, P Fournier, T Jouve, P Malvezzi, I Pelloux, J P Brion, P Pavese
OBJECTIVE: Lactobacillus bacteremia is a rare event and its epidemiology is poorly known. Whether Lactobacillus bacteremia is a contaminant, a risk factor, or a risk marker of death remains an open question. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of patients presenting with Lactobacillus bacteremia (LB), between January 2005 and December 2014, at the Grenoble University Hospital. RESULTS: LB was observed in 38 patients (0...
October 17, 2016: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
Insa Joost, Johannes Steinfurt, Philipp T Meyer, Winfried V Kern, Siegbert Rieg
BACKGROUND: Ustekinumab (Stelara®), a human monoclonal antibody targeting the p40-subunit of interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23, is indicated for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. In large multicenter, prospective trials assessing efficacy and safety of ustekinumab increased rates of severe infections have not been observed so far. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report the case of a 64-year old woman presenting with chills, pain and swelling of her right foot with dark maculae at the sole, and elevated inflammatory markers...
October 20, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Sebastien Breurec, Coralie Bouchiat, Jean-Marie Sire, Olivier Moquet, Raymond Bercion, Moussa Fafa Cisse, Philippe Glaser, Ousmane Ndiaye, Sidy Ka, Helene Salord, Abdoulaye Seck, Haby Signate Sy, Remy Michel, Benoit Garin
BACKGROUND: Neonatal infection constitutes one of Senegal's most important public health problems, with a mortality rate of 41 deaths per 1,000 live births. METHODS: Between January 2007 and March 2008, 242 neonates with suspected infection were recruited at three neonatal intensive care units in three major tertiary care centers in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Neonatal infections were confirmed by positive bacterial blood or cerebrospinal fluid culture. The microbiological pattern of neonatal infections and the antibiotic susceptibility of the isolates were characterized...
October 20, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Rita Valenzuela, Maria A Costa-Besada, Javier Iglesias-Gonzalez, Emma Perez-Costas, Begoña Villar-Cheda, Pablo Garrido-Gil, Miguel Melendez-Ferro, Ramon Soto-Otero, Jose L Lanciego, Daniel Henrion, Rafael Franco, Jose L Labandeira-Garcia
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) was initially considered as a circulating humoral system controlling blood pressure, being kidney the key control organ. In addition to the 'classical' humoral RAS, a second level in RAS, local or tissular RAS, has been identified in a variety of tissues, in which local RAS play a key role in degenerative and aging-related diseases. The local brain RAS plays a major role in brain function and neurodegeneration. It is normally assumed that the effects are mediated by the cell-surface-specific G-protein-coupled angiotensin type 1 and 2 receptors (AT1 and AT2)...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
P V Surase, G Nataraj, K Pattamadai, P R Mehta, A R Pazare, M C Agarwal, R N Nanavati
AIMS: Comparison of conventional blood culture with BACTEC 9050 for rate and time to detection of microorganisms. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A prospective study was carried out in a multispecialty tertiary care teaching hospital. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 835 paired specimens (797 blood and 38 nonblood specimens) were collected and processed according to standard microbiological procedures by both conventional method as well as by BACTEC 9050 automated culture system...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Jennifer E Adair, Timothy Waters, Kevin G Haworth, Sara P Kubek, Grant D Trobridge, Jonah D Hocum, Shelly Heimfeld, Hans-Peter Kiem
Haematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy has demonstrated potential to treat many diseases. However, current state of the art requires sophisticated ex vivo gene transfer in a dedicated Good Manufacturing Practices facility, limiting availability. An automated process would improve the availability and standardized manufacture of HSC gene therapy. Here, we develop a novel program for semi-automated cell isolation and culture equipment to permit complete benchtop generation of gene-modified CD34(+) blood cell products for transplantation...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Annette Romanski, Gesine Bug
Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are promising drugs. These agents lead to growth inhibition, cell cycle arrest, premature senescence, and apoptosis of malignant cells. Aim of our studies was to determine the efficacy of HDAC inhibitors on the clinically most relevant population of human leukemic progenitor cells in vitro. We here present stroma-free long-term cultures (LTC) of primary acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells as a useful system for drug sensitivity testing in functional assays. AML-LTC are established by isolating mononuclear cells from peripheral blood samples of AML patients followed by selection of CD34(+) progenitor cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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