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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080212/heterogeneity-of-carbapenem-resistance-mechanisms-among-gram-negative-pathogens-in-lebanon-results-of-the-first-cross-sectional-countrywide-study
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Dalal Hammoudi Halat, Carole Ayoub Moubareck, Dolla Karam Sarkis
Carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative pathogens have progressively disseminated to different countries worldwide, presenting a serious public health concern. The aims of this study were to determine the prevalence of carbapenem resistance in Gram-negative bacteria in Lebanon, to elucidate molecular mechanisms, and to identify genetic relatedness of incriminated strains. Carbapenem nonsusceptible Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas were collected from 11 Lebanese hospitals in 2012. Antimicrobial susceptibility was assessed with phenotypic tests, genes encoding carbapenemases were screened via PCR-sequencing, and genetic relatedness was examined by PGFE and ERIC-PCR...
January 12, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078841/differential-expression-and-distribution-of-cytokeratins-and-vimentin-in-buccal-pouch-mucosal-cells-during-real-time-cell-proliferation-research-based-on-a-porcine-model
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A Bryja, M Dyszkiewicz-Konwińska, A Chachuła, S Ciesiółka, W Kranc, D Bukowska, P Antosik, M Bruska, M Nowicki, M Zabel, B Kempisty
In recent years, buccal pouch oral mucosa cells were used as a source of potential biological grafting material in advanced tissue engineering. However, there are several limitations in the process of graft fabrication: donor and recipient patient availability as well as an incomplete knowledge of in vitro procedures related to tissue surgical recovery, in vitro cell culture (IVC) and/or tissue processing in “human somatic cell therapy.” Therefore, the animal model for oral mucosa grafting is still recognized as a source for xenografts and a useful model for biomedical research...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068428/a-network-model-of-local-field-potential-activity-in-essential-tremor-and-the-impact-of-deep-brain-stimulation
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Nada Yousif, Michael Mace, Nicola Pavese, Roman Borisyuk, Dipankar Nandi, Peter Bain
Essential tremor (ET), a movement disorder characterised by an uncontrollable shaking of the affected body part, is often professed to be the most common movement disorder, affecting up to one percent of adults over 40 years of age. The precise cause of ET is unknown, however pathological oscillations of a network of a number of brain regions are implicated in leading to the disorder. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a clinical therapy used to alleviate the symptoms of a number of movement disorders. DBS involves the surgical implantation of electrodes into specific nuclei in the brain...
January 9, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064160/specific-heparanase-inhibition-reverses-glucose-induced-mesothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Valentina Masola, Simona Granata, Gloria Bellin, Giovanni Gambaro, Maurizio Onisto, Carlo Rugiu, Antonio Lupo, Gianluigi Zaza
BACKGROUND: Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of peritoneal mesothelial cells induced by high glucose (HG) levels is a major biological mechanism leading to myofibroblast accumulation in the omentum of patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD). Heparanase (HPSE), an endoglycosidase that cleaves heparan sulfate chains, is involved in the EMT of several cell lines, and may have a major role in this pro-fibrotic process potentially responsible for the failure of dialysis. Its specific inhibition may therefore plausibly minimize this pathological condition...
January 7, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049027/an-integrated-shotgun-proteomics-and-bioinformatics-approach-for-analysis-of-brain-proteins-from-mcao-model-using-serial-affinity-chromatograph-with-four-active-ingredients-from-shengmai-preparations-as-ligands
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Xiao-Xue Fan, Fang Li, Yan-Ni Lv, Yu Zhang, Jun-Ping Kou, Bo-Yang Yu
Identification and validation of disease-relevant target proteins for natural products is an essential component of modern pharmaceutical research. In the present study, an integrated shotgun proteomics and bioinformatics approach was established to profile the interaction of active small molecules derived from ShengMai preparations (SMXZF) with hundreds of endogenously expressed proteins from middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model. Affinity-based proteomic strategies for isolation and identification of targets for the bioactive components is a classic, but still powerful approach...
January 1, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007690/deep-brain-stimulation-for-tremor-tractographic-versus-traditional-distinct-study-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-feasibility-trial
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Bastian Elmar Alexander Sajonz, Florian Amtage, Peter Christoph Reinacher, Carolin Jenkner, Tobias Piroth, Jürgen Kätzler, Horst Urbach, Volker Arnd Coenen
BACKGROUND: Essential tremor is a movement disorder that can result in profound disability affecting the quality of life. Medically refractory essential tremor can be successfully reduced by deep brain stimulation (DBS) traditionally targeting the thalamic ventral intermediate nucleus (Vim). Although this structure can be identified with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging nowadays, Vim-DBS electrodes are still implanted in the awake patient with intraoperative tremor testing to achieve satisfactory tremor control...
December 22, 2016: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993422/emergence-of-sequence-type-11-klebsiella-pneumoniae-coproducing-ndm-1-and-vim-1-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamases-in-a-greek-hospital
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C C Papagiannitsis, E Malli, Z Florou, S Sarrou, J Hrabak, K Mantzarlis, E Zakynthinos, E Petinaki
Sequence type 11 Klebsiella pneumoniae, coproducing NDM-1 and VIM-1 metallo-β-lactamases, were isolated in a Greek hospital. blaNDM-1 was part of a Tn125 derivative, located on an ~90-kb plasmid similar to the NDM-1-encoding plasmid pB-3002cz. blaVIM-1 was located in an In-e541-like integron, carried on a multireplicon (IncA/C and IncR) plasmid of ~180kb.
December 14, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983637/limited-link-between-oxidative-stress-and-ochratoxin-a-induced-renal-injury-in-an-acute-toxicity-rat-model
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Liye Zhu, Tao Yu, Xiaozhe Qi, Jing Gao, Kunlun Huang, Xiaoyun He, Haoshu Luo, Wentao Xu
Ochratoxin A (OTA) displays nephrotoxicity and hepatotoxicity. However, in the acute toxicity rat model, there is no evidence on the relationship between OTA and nephrotoxicity and hepatotoxicity. Based on this, the integrated analysis of physiological status, damage biomarkers, oxidative stress, and DNA damage were performed. After OTA treatment, the body weight decreased and AST, ALP, TP, and BUN levels in serum increased. Hydropic degeneration, swelling, vacuolization, and partial drop occurred in proximal tubule epithelial cells...
December 14, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981031/probabilistic-mapping-of-deep-brain-stimulation-effects-in-essential-tremor
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Till A Dembek, Michael T Barbe, Mattias Åström, Mauritius Hoevels, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Gereon R Fink, Lars Timmermann
OBJECTIVE: To create probabilistic stimulation maps (PSMs) of deep brain stimulation (DBS) effects on tremor suppression and stimulation-induced side-effects in patients with essential tremor (ET). METHOD: Monopolar reviews from 16 ET-patients which consisted of over 600 stimulation settings were used to create PSMs. A spherical model of the volume of neural activation was used to estimate the spatial extent of DBS for each setting. All data was pooled and voxel-wise statistical analysis as well as nonparametric permutation testing was used to confirm the validity of the PSMs...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966027/combined-thalamic-and-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-for-tremor-dominant-parkinson-s-disease
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Markus F Oertel, W Michael M Schüpbach, Joseph-André Ghika, Lennart H Stieglitz, Michael Fiechter, Alain Kaelin-Lang, Andreas Raabe, Claudio Pollo
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in the thalamic ventral intermediate (Vim) or the subthalamic nucleus (STN) reportedly improves medication-refractory Parkinson's disease (PD) tremor. However, little is known about the potential synergic effects of combined Vim and STN DBS. We describe a 79-year-old man with medication-refractory tremor-dominant PD. Bilateral Vim DBS electrode implantation produced insufficient improvement. Therefore, the patient underwent additional unilateral left-sided STN DBS. Whereas Vim or STN stimulation alone led to partial improvement, persisting tremor resolution occurred after simultaneous stimulation...
December 13, 2016: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942042/faecal-carriage-of-gram-negative-multidrug-resistant-bacteria-among-patients-hospitalized-in-two-centres-in-ulaanbaatar-mongolia
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Bayaraa Baljin, Ganbaatar Baldan, Battogtokh Chimeddorj, Khosbayar Tulgaa, Batbaatar Gunchin, Tsogtsaikhan Sandag, Klaus Pfeffer, Colin R MacKenzie, Andreas F Wendel
Gram-negative multidrug-resistant organisms (GN-MDRO) producing β-lactamases (ESBL, plasmid-mediated AmpC β-lactamases and carbapenemases) are increasingly reported throughout Asia. The aim of this surveillance study was to determine the rate of bacterial colonization in patients from two hospitals in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar. Rectal swabs were obtained from patients referred to the National Traumatology and Orthopaedics Research Centre (NTORC) or the Burn Treatment Centre (BTC) between July and September 2014, on admission and again after 14 days...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941626/the-protective-effect-of-selenium-on-chronic-zearalenone-induced-reproductive-system-damage-in-male-mice
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Miao Long, Shuhua Yang, Yuan Wang, Peng Li, Yi Zhang, Shuang Dong, Xinliang Chen, Jiayi Guo, Jianbin He, Zenggui Gao, Jun Wang
This study aims to explore the protective effect of selenium (Se) on chronic zearalenone (ZEN)-induced reproductive system damage in male mice and the possible protective molecular mechanism against this. The chronic ZEN-induced injury mouse model was established with the continuous intragastric administration of 40 mg/kg body mass (B.M.) ZEN for 28 days. Then, interventions with different doses (0.1, 0.2, and 0.4 mg/kg B.M.) of Se were conducted on mice to analyse the changes in organ indexes of epididymis and testis, antioxidant capability of testis, serum level of testosterone, sperm concentration and motility parameters, and the expression levels of apoptosis-associated genes and blood testis barrier- (BTB) related genes...
December 7, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933466/microrna-145-modulates-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-suppresses-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-by-targeting-sip1-in-human-cervical-cancer-cells
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Anusha Sathyanarayanan, Karthik Subramanian Chandrasekaran, Devarajan Karunagaran
PURPOSE: Previously, it has been reported that microRNA-145 (miR-145) is lowly expressed in human cervical cancers and that its putative tumour suppressive role may be attributed to epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) regulation. Here, we aimed to assess whether miR-145 may affect EMT-associated markers/genes and suppress cervical cancer growth and motility, and to provide a mechanistic basis for these phenomena. METHODS: The identification of the SMAD-interacting protein 1 (SIP1) mRNA as putative miR-145 target was investigated using a 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) luciferase assay and Western blotting, respectively...
December 8, 2016: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932961/patient-specific-electric-field-simulations-and-acceleration-measurements-for-objective-analysis-of-intraoperative-stimulation-tests-in-the-thalamus
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Simone Hemm, Daniela Pison, Fabiola Alonso, Ashesh Shah, Jérôme Coste, Jean-Jacques Lemaire, Karin Wårdell
Despite an increasing use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) the fundamental mechanisms of action remain largely unknown. Simulation of electric entities has previously been proposed for chronic DBS combined with subjective symptom evaluations, but not for intraoperative stimulation tests. The present paper introduces a method for an objective exploitation of intraoperative stimulation test data to identify the optimal implant position of the chronic DBS lead by relating the electric field (EF) simulations to the patient-specific anatomy and the clinical effects quantified by accelerometry...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923843/therapeutic-activity-of-anti-axl-antibody-against-triple-negative-breast-cancer-patient-derived-xenografts-and-metastasis
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Wilhem Leconet, Myriam Chentouf, Stanislas Du Manoir, Clément Chevalier, Audrey Sirevnt, Imade Aït-Arsa, Muriel Busson, Marta Jarlier, Nina Radosevic-Robin, Charles G Theillet, Dany Chalbos, Jean-Max Pasquet, André Pèlegrin, Christel Larbouret, Bruno Robert
PURPOSE: AXL receptor tyrosine kinase has been described as a relevant molecular marker and a key player in invasiveness, especially in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We evaluate the anti-tumor efficacy of the anti-AXL monoclonal antibody 20G7-D9 in several TNBC cell xenografts or patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models and decipher the underlying mechanisms. In a dataset of 254 basal-like breast cancer samples, genes correlated with AXL expression are enriched in EMT, migration and invasion signaling pathways...
December 6, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915087/genetically-unrelated-multidrug-and-carbapenem-resistant-citrobacter-freundii-detected-in-outpatients-admitted-to-a-portuguese-hospital
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Cátia Santos, Elmano Ramalheira, Gabriela Da Silva, Sónia Mendo
OBJECTIVES: Non-clonal, carbapenem- and multidrug-resistant Citrobacter freundii isolates were collected from unrelated outpatients admitted to a Portuguese hospital emergency department. One patient lived in a nursing home and was never hospitalised, whereas the other patient was repeatedly hospitalised in this hospital. The aim of this study was to unveil the molecular mechanisms associated with the carbapenem resistance of these isolates and to assess its potential dissemination. METHODS: Isolate identification was performed by VITEK(®)2 and was confirmed by 16S rDNA sequencing...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911568/nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediates-mesenchymal-transition-remodeling-and-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-response-to-chronic-inflammation-by-viral-rna-patterns
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Bing Tian, Igor Patrikeev, Lorenzo Ochoa, Gracie Vargas, KarryAnne K Belanger, Julia Litvinov, Istvan Boldogh, Bill T Ameredes, Massoud Motamedi, Allan R Brasier
Airway remodeling is resultant of a complex multi-cellular response associated with a progressive decline of pulmonary function in patients with chronic airway disease. Here, repeated infections with respiratory viruses are linked with airway remodeling through largely unknown mechanisms. Although acute activation of the Toll like receptor (TLR)3 pathway by extracellular poly(I:C) induces innate signaling through the NFkB transcription factor in human small airway epithelial cells (hSAECs), prolonged (repetitive or tonic) poly(I:C) stimulation produces chronic stress fiber formation, mesenchymal transition and activation of a fibrotic program...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909082/proteomic-investigation-of-dermal-fibroblasts-isolated-from-affected-and-unaffected-skin-samples-from-patients-with-limited-cutaneous-systemic-sclerosis-2-distinct-entities
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Claudio Corallo, Annalisa Santucci, Giulia Bernardini, Natale Figura, Roberto Leoncini, Giulia Riolo, Antonio Montella, Chiara Chirico, Ranuccio Nuti, Nicola Giordano
OBJECTIVE: To identify using proteomic analysis the proteins of altered abundance in the affected and unaffected limited cutaneous systemic sclerosis (lcSSc) skin fibroblasts. METHODS: Excision biopsies (3 mm) were obtained from the affected and unaffected skin of 5 patients with lcSSc. Dermal fibroblasts were isolated enzymatically. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis was used to separate and define proteins in affected and unaffected fibroblast lysates. Proteins of altered abundance were identified by mass spectrometry...
January 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908735/unr-csde1-drives-a-post-transcriptional-program-to-promote-melanoma-invasion-and-metastasis
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Laurence Wurth, Panagiotis Papasaikas, David Olmeda, Nadine Bley, Guadalupe T Calvo, Santiago Guerrero, Daniela Cerezo-Wallis, Javier Martinez-Useros, María García-Fernández, Stefan Hüttelmaier, Maria S Soengas, Fátima Gebauer
RNA binding proteins (RBPs) modulate cancer progression through poorly understood mechanisms. Here we show that the RBP UNR/CSDE1 is overexpressed in melanoma tumors and promotes invasion and metastasis. iCLIP sequencing, RNA sequencing, and ribosome profiling combined with in silico studies unveiled sets of pro-metastatic factors coordinately regulated by UNR as part of RNA regulons. In addition to RNA steady-state levels, UNR was found to control many of its targets at the level of translation elongation/termination...
November 14, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903188/the-role-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-tractography-for-gamma-knife-thalamotomy-planning
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João Gabriel Ribeiro Gomes, Alessandra Augusta Gorgulho, Amanda de Oliveira López, Crystian Wilian Chagas Saraiva, Lucas Petri Damiani, Anderson Martins Pássaro, João Victor Salvajoli, Ludmila de Oliveira Siqueira, Bernardo Peres Salvajoli, Antônio Afonso Ferreira De Salles
OBJECTIVE The role of tractography in Gamma Knife thalamotomy (GK-T) planning is still unclear. Pyramidal tractography might reduce the risk of radiation injury to the pyramidal tract and reduce motor complications. METHODS In this study, the ventralis intermedius nucleus (VIM) targets of 20 patients were bilaterally defined using Iplannet Stereotaxy Software, according to the anterior commissure-posterior commissure (AC-PC) line and considering the localization of the pyramidal tract. The 40 targets and tractography were transferred as objects to the GammaPlan Treatment Planning System (GP-TPS)...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
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