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Sam Abraham, Mark O'Dea, Darren J Trott, Rebecca J Abraham, David Hughes, Stanley Pang, Genevieve McKew, Elaine Y L Cheong, John Merlino, Sugiyono Saputra, Richard Malik, Thomas Gottlieb
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are a pressing public health issue due to limited therapeutic options to treat such infections. CREs have been predominantly isolated from humans and environmental samples and they are rarely reported among companion animals. In this study we report on the isolation and plasmid characterization of carbapenemase (IMP-4) producing Salmonella enterica Typhimurium from a companion animal. Carbapenemase-producing S. enterica Typhimurium carrying blaIMP-4 was identified from a systemically unwell (index) cat and three additional cats at an animal shelter...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shaikha Y Al-Abadi, Abdullah M Al-Sadi, Matthew Dickinson, Mohammed S Al-Hammadi, Rashid Al-Shariqi, Rashid A Al-Yahyai, Elham A Kazerooni, Assunta Bertaccini
Witches' broom disease of lime (WBDL) is a serious phytoplasma disease of acid lime in Oman, the UAE and Iran. Despite efforts to study it, no systemic study attempted to characterize the relationship among the associated phytoplasma, 'Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia', from the three countries. This study utilized sequences of the 16S rRNA, imp and secA genes to characterize 57 strains collected from Oman (38), the UAE (9) and Iran (10). Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene showed that the 57 strains shared 98...
2016: SpringerPlus
Luis Sala-Icardo, Amalia Lamana, Ana María Ortiz, Elena García Lorenzo, Pablo Moreno Fresneda, Rosario García-Vicuña, Isidoro González-Álvaro
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the effect of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with well-known functional impact of methylenetetrahydrofolatereductase (MTHFR; rs1801131 and rs1801133), the membrane transporter ABCB1 (rs1045642), the AICAR transformylase/IMP cyclohydrolase (ATIC; rs2372536) and folyl-polyglutamatesynthetase (FPGS; rs1544105), on liver and bone marrow toxicity of methotrexate (MTX). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We analyzed 1415 visits from 350 patients of the PEARL (Princesa Early Arthritis Register Longitudinal) study: (732 with MTX, 683 without MTX)...
October 14, 2016: Reumatología Clinica
Tomasz Wołkowicz, Jan Andrzej Patzer, Wanda Kamińska, Rafał Gierczyński, Danuta Dzierżanowska
This study aimed to analyse the distribution of carbapenem resistance mechanisms among Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates. Fifty-five P. aeruginosa isolates, resistant both to imipenem and meropenem, from children hospitalised in 2009-2010 were studied. All strains were genotyped by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Mutations in the oprD gene and the occurrence of insertion sequences (ISs) were determined by DNA sequencing. Mex efflux systems were determined by analysis using the efflux pump inhibitor Phe-Arg β-naphthylamide...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
John Osei Sekyere
A review of the literature was undertaken to delineate the current level and mechanisms of resistance to carbapenems, colistin, and tigecycline in South Africa. Thirty-two English publications and 32 National Institute of Communicable Diseases communiqués identified between early January 2000 and 20 May, 2016 showed substantial reports of NDM (n = 860), OXA-48 (n = 584), VIM (n = 131), and IMP (n = 45) carbapenemases within this period, mainly in Klebsiella pneumoniae (n = 1138), Acinetobacter baumannii (n = 332), Enterobacter cloacae (n = 201), and Serratia marcescens (n = 108)...
2016: Frontiers in Public Health
Wei-Ching Lin, Jeon-Hor Chen, Antonio Carlos Westphalen, Chun-Han Liao, Cheng-Hong Chen, Chun-Ming Chen, Chien-Heng Lin
To determine if imaging findings on computed tomography (CT) can predict the need of surgery in patients with idiopathic mesenteric phlebosclerosis (IMP).This retrospective study included 28 patients with IMP. Abdominal CT images were reviewed to determine the extent and severity of mesenteric calcifications and the presence of findings related to colitides. We compared the number of colonic segments with mesenteric venous calcification, a total calcification score, and the rate of colonic wall thickening, pericolic fat stranding, and bowel loop dilatation between patients undergoing surgery (surgery group) and patients without surgery (nonsurgery group)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
X Cui, R Liu, H Cui, G Zhao, M Zheng, Q Li, J Liu, Z Liu, J Wen
Capons and ovariectomized chickens are birds that have been gonadectomized to improve the meat quality. This study investigated the effects of caponization and ovariectomy on physical, chemical, and fatty acid and amino acid profiles of meat from Beijing-You chickens (a Chinese local breed) at market age (17 wk). All birds (20 capons, 20 ovariectomized, and 40 controls) were reared under the same conditions. Breast muscle fiber diameter and area were significantly smaller and the fiber density was higher in capons and ovariectomized chickens than in controls (P < 0...
October 12, 2016: Poultry Science
Charlotte A Huber, Hanna E Sidjabat, Hosam M Zowawi, David Kvaskoff, Sarah Reed, John F McNamara, Kate L McCarthy, Patrick Harris, Benjamin Toh, Alexander M Wailan, David L Paterson
It has been described that the sensitivity of the Carba NP test may be low in the case of OXA-48-like carbapenamases and mass spectrometry based methods as well as a colorimetry based method have been described as alternatives. We evaluated 84 Enterobacteriaceae isolates including 31 OXA-48-like producing isolates and 13 isolates that produced either an imipenemase (IMP; n=8), New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM; n=3), or Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC; n=2), as well as 40 carbapenemase negative Enterobacteriaceae isolates...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Vinayak Singh, Stefano Donini, Angela Pacitto, Claudia Sala, Ruben C Hartkoorn, Neeraj Dhar, Gyorgy Keri, David B Ascher, Guillaume Mondésert, Anthony Vocat, Andréanne Lupien, Raphael Sommer, Hélène Vermet, Sophie Lagrange, Joe Buechler, Digby F Warner, John D McKinney, Janos Pato, Stewart T Cole, Tom L Blundell, Menico Rizzi, Valerie Mizrahi
VCC234718, a molecule with growth inhibitory activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), was identified by phenotypic screening of a 15344-compound library. Sequencing of a VCC234718-resistant mutant identified a Y487C substitution in the inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase, GuaB2, which was subsequently validated to be the primary molecular target of VCC234718 in Mtb. VCC234718 inhibits Mtb GuaB2 with a Ki of 100 nM and is uncompetitive with respect to IMP and NAD(+). This compound binds at the NAD(+) site, after IMP has bound, and makes direct interactions with IMP; therefore, the inhibitor is by definition uncompetitive...
September 8, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Ashika Singh-Moodley, Olga Perovic
BACKGROUND: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a concern in South Africa and worldwide. It is therefore important that these organisms be accurately identified for infection prevention control purposes. METHOD: In this study 1193 suspected CREs from 46 laboratories from seven provinces in South Africa were assessed to confirm the prevalence of carbapenemase genes from our referral diagnostic isolates for the period 2012 to 2015. We compared the antimicrobial susceptibility testing method used in the reference laboratory to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which is used as the gold standard...
October 4, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
D N Tran, H H Tran, M Matsui, M Suzuki, S Suzuki, K Shibayama, T D Pham, T T Van Phuong, D A Dang, H S Trinh, C T Loan, L T V Nga, H R van Doorn, H F L Wertheim
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important cause of multidrug-resistant hospital acquired infections in the world. Here, we investigate the presence of NDM-1 and other carbapenemases among carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii isolated between August 2010 and December 2014 from three large hospitals in Hanoi, Vietnam. We identified 23/582 isolates (4 %) (11 from hospital A, five from hospital B, and seven from hospital C) that were NDM-1 positive, and among them 18 carried additional carbapenemase genes, including seven isolates carrying NDM-1, IMP-1, and OXA-58 with high MICs for carbapenems...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Yumi Park, Angela Pacitto, Tracy Bayliss, Laura A T Cleghorn, Zhe Wang, Travis Hartman, Kriti Arora, Thomas R Ioerger, Jim Sacchettini, Menico Rizzi, Stefano Donini, Tom L Blundell, David B Ascher, Kyu Y Rhee, Ardala Breda, Nian Zhou, Veronique Dartois, Surendranadha Reddy Jonnala, Laura E Via, Valerie Mizrahi, Ola Epemolu, Laste Stojanovski, Frederick Ryan Carne Simeons, Maria Osuna-Cabello, Lucy Ellis, Claire J MacKenzie, Alasdair R C Smith, Susan Helen Davis, Dinakaran Murugesan, Kirsteen I Buchanan, Penelope A Turner, Margaret Huggett, Fabio Zuccotto, Maria Jose Rebollo-Lopez, Maria Jose Lafuente-Monasterio, Olalla Sanz, Gracia Santos Diaz, Joël Lelièvre, Lluis Ballell, Carolyn Selenski, Matthew Axtman, Sonja Ghidelli-Disse, Hannah Pflaumer, Markus Boesche, Gerard Drewes, Gail Freiberg, Matthew D Kurnick, Myron Srikumaran, Dale J Kempf, Simon R Green, Peter Christopher Ray, Kevin D Read, Paul G Wyatt, Clifton E Barry Rd, Helena I M Boshoff
A potent, non-cytotoxic indazole sulfonamide was identified by high-throughput screening of >100,000 synthetic compounds for activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). This non-cytotoxic compound did not directly inhibit cell wall biogenesis but triggered a slow lysis of Mtb cells as measured by release of intracellular green fluorescent protein (GFP). Isolation of resistant mutants followed by whole-genome sequencing showed an unusual gene amplification of a 40 gene region spanning Rv3371 to Rv3411c and in one case a potential promoter mutation upstream of guaB2 (Rv3411c) encoding inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH)...
October 5, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Satoru Wakabayashi, Naoya Sawamura, André Voelzmann, Meike Broemer, Toru Asahi, Michael Hoch
Cereblon (CRBN) is a substrate receptor of the E3 ubiquitin ligase complex that is highly conserved in animals and plants. CRBN proteins have been implicated in various biological processes such as development, metabolism, learning and memory formation and their impairment has been linked to autosomal recessive non-syndromic intellectual disability and cancer. Furthermore, human CRBN was identified as the primary target of thalidomide teratogenicity. Data on functional analysis of CRBN family members in vivo is, however, still scarce...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Joshua C Byers, Thomas Heiser, Maksim Skorobogatiy, Oleg A Semenikhin
A series of encapsulated and non-encapsulated bulk heterojunction photovoltaic devices containing poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) with different P3HT:PCBM ratios were investigated using traditional steady state as well as non-steady state intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS) techniques. The steady state J-V measurements showed that PCBM content did not have a significant effect on the efficiency for freshly prepared devices, whereas aged non-encapsulated devices exhibited a strong dependence on PCBM content...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lixue Cao, Qiao Huang, Zhichao Wu, Dong-Dong Cao, Zhanling Ma, Qianghua Xu, Peng Hu, Yanxia Fu, Yu Shen, Jiulin Chan, Cong-Zhao Zhou, Wanying Zhai, Liangbiao Chen
The mechanisms by which the eggs of the Antarctic notothenioid fishes avoid freezing are not fully understood. Zona pellucida proteins (ZPs) are constituents of the chorion which forms a protective matrix surrounding the egg. Here we report occurrence of freezing temperature-related gene expansion and acquisition of unusual ice melting-promoting (IMP) activity in a family of Antarctic notothenioid ZPs (AnnotoZPs). Members of AnnotoZPs are shown to bind with ice and non-colligatively depress the melting point of a solution in a range of 0...
October 4, 2016: Nature Communications
Luca Schiesari, Gabriele Andreatta, Charalambos P Kyriacou, Michael B O'Connor, Rodolfo Costa
Diapause is an actively induced dormancy that has evolved in Metazoa to resist environmental stresses. In temperate regions, many diapausing insects overwinter at low temperatures by blocking embryonic, larval or adult development. Despite its Afro-tropical origin, Drosophila melanogaster migrated to temperate regions of Asia and Europe where females overwinter as adults by arresting gonadal development (reproductive diapause) at temperatures <13°C. Recent work in D. melanogaster has implicated the developmental hormones dILPs-2 and/or dILP3, and dILP5, homologues of vertebrate insulin/insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), in reproductive arrest...
2016: PloS One
Woro Sri Suharti, Akihiro Nose, Shao-Hui Zheng
Rhizoctonia solani is a fungal pathogen that causes sheath blight disease in rice plants. In this study, metabolomic analysis using CE/TOF-MS in negative ion mode was used to investigate the resistance response of resistant and susceptible rice lines (32R and 29S, respectively) due to R. solani infection. Two rice lines showed different responses to the infection of R. solani. In 32R, R. solani infection induced significant increases in adenosine diphosphate (ADP), glyceric acid, mucic acid and jasmonic acid...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
Jun Sung Hong, Eun-Jeong Yoon, Hyukmin Lee, Seok Hoon Jeong, Kyungwon Lee
A total of 431 Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) clinical isolates were collected from 29 general hospitals in Korea in 2015. Antimicrobial susceptibility was tested by the disk diffusion method and MICs of carbapenems were determined by agar dilution method. Carbapenemase genes were amplified by PCR and sequenced and the structures of class 1 integrons surrounding the carbapenemase gene cassettes were analyzed by PCR mapping. Multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) were performed for strain typing...
September 26, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Ken Meerbergen, Maarten Van Geel, Michael Waud, Kris A Willems, Raf Dewil, Jan Van Impe, Lise Appels, Bart Lievens
It is assumed that microbial communities involved in the biological treatment of different wastewaters having a different chemical composition harbor different microbial populations which are specifically adapted to the environmental stresses encountered in these systems. Yet, little is known about the composition of these microbial communities. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the microbial community composition over two seasons (winter and summer) in activated sludge from well-operating textile wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in comparison with municipal WWTPs, and to explain observed differences by environmental variables...
September 25, 2016: MicrobiologyOpen
Elisabeth R Jensen, Duane A Morrow, Joel P Felmlee, Naveen S Murthy, Kenton R Kaufman
Intramuscular pressure correlates strongly with muscle tension and is a promising tool for quantifying individual muscle force. However, clinical application is impeded by measurement variability that is not fully understood. Previous studies point to regional differences in IMP, specifically increasing pressure with muscle depth. Based on conservation of mass, intramuscular pressure and volumetric strain distributions may be inversely related. Therefore, we hypothesized volumetric strain would decrease with muscle depth...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
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