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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223374/enterobacter-cloacae-complex-isolates-harboring-blanmc-a-or-blaimi-type-class-a-carbapenemase-genes-on-novel-chromosomal-integrative-elements-and-plasmids
#1
David A Boyd, Laura F Mataseje, Ross Davidson, Johannes A Delport, Jeff Fuller, Linda Hoang, Brigitte Lefebvre, Paul Levett, Diane L Roscoe, Barbara M Willey, Michael R Mulvey
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacter cloacae complex isolates submitted to a reference laboratory from 2010 to 2015 were screened by PCR for seven common carbapenemase gene groups, namely, KPC, NDM, OXA-48, VIM, IMP, GES, and NMC-A/IMI. Nineteen of the submitted isolates (1.7%) were found to harbor Ambler class A blaNMC-A or blaIMI-type carbapenemases. All 19 isolates were resistant to at least one carbapenem but susceptible to aminoglycosides, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, tigecycline, and ciprofloxacin. Most isolates (17/19) gave positive results with the Carba-NP test for phenotypic carbapenemase detection...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216021/prevalence-antibiotic-susceptibility-and-characterization-of-antibiotic-resistant-genes-among-carbapenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacilli-and-yeast-in-intestinal-flora-of-cancer-patients-in-north-lebanon
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Rima Christophy, Marwan Osman, Hassan Mallat, Marcel Achkar, Azzam Ziedeh, Walid Moukaddem, Fouad Dabboussi, Monzer Hamze
The emergence and spread of carbapenem-resistant bacteria are a significant clinical and public health concern. The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence of intestinal carriage of carbapenem-resistant bacteria and yeasts in cancer patients under chemotherapy. 41 stool samples collected from cancer patients in Nini hospital in Tripoli, North Lebanon have been analyzed. After isolating yeasts and carbapenem-resistant bacteria, a biochemical identification and antimicrobial susceptibility profile were determined...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191865/high-carbapenem-resistance-in-clinical-gram-negative-pathogens-isolated-in-egypt
#3
Hazim O Khalifa, Ahmed M Soliman, Ashraf M Ahmed, Toshi Shimamoto, Toshinori Hara, Mitsuyasu Ikeda, Yuta Kuroo, Shizuo Kayama, Motoyuki Sugai, Tadashi Shimamoto
The emergence and spread of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria poses a serious threat to human health worldwide. Currently, little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying carbapenem resistance and their prevalence among gram-negative bacteria in Egypt. In this study, we analyzed carbapenemase production in gram-negative bacteria isolated from hospitalized patients in Egypt in 2014. All isolates were subjected to phenotypic and genotypic susceptibility testing for carbapenem resistance. Our results indicated a high level of carbapenem-resistant gram-negative bacteria in Egypt, with 50...
February 13, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179411/pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-and-emt-behavior-are-driven-by-the-csc-marker-dclk1
#4
Yu Ikezono, Jun Akiba, Mitsuhiko Abe, Takafumi Yoshida, Fumitaka Wada, Toru Nakamura, Hideki Iwamoto, Atsutaka Masuda, Takahiko Sakaue, Hirohisa Yano, Takuji Torimura, Osamu Tsuruta, Hironori Koga
: Doublecortin-like kinase 1 (DCLK1), a marker for intestinal and pancreatic cancer stem cells, is highly expressed in neuroblastomas. This study was conducted to assess DCLK1 expression levels in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (PNET) tissues and to explore the roles of this molecule in clinical tissue from multiple PNET patients, cells (BON1, QGP1, and CM), and tumor xenografts. Immunohistochemically, all PNET tissues highly and diffusely expressed DCLK1 as a full-length isoform, identical to that detected in primary liver NETs...
February 8, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173926/chromatographic-properties-plot-multicapillary-columns
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O A Nikolaeva, Y V Patrushev, V N Sidelnikov
Multicapillary columns (MCCs) for gas chromatography make it possible to perform high-speed analysis of the mixtures of gaseous and volatile substances at a relatively large amount of the loaded sample. The study was performed using PLOT MCCs for gas-solid chromatography (GSC) with different stationary phases (SP) based on alumina, silica and poly-(1-trimethylsilyl-1-propyne) (PTMSP) polymer as well as porous polymers divinylbenzene-styrene (DVB-St), divinylbenzene-vinylimidazole (DVB-VIm) and divinylbenzene-ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (DVB-EGD)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160355/the-effect-of-uni-and-bilateral-thalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-on-speech-in-patients-with-essential-tremor-acoustics-and-intelligibility
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Johannes Becker, Michael T Barbe, Mariam Hartinger, Till A Dembek, Jil Pochmann, Jochen Wirths, Niels Allert, Doris Mücke, Anne Hermes, Ingo G Meister, Veerle Visser-Vandewalle, Martine Grice, Lars Timmermann
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the ventral intermediate nucleus (VIM) is performed to suppress medically-resistant essential tremor (ET). However, stimulation induced dysarthria (SID) is a common side effect, limiting the extent to which tremor can be suppressed. To date, the exact pathogenesis of SID in VIM-DBS treated ET patients is unknown. OBJECTIVE: We investigate the effect of inactivated, uni- and bilateral VIM-DBS on speech production in patients with ET...
February 3, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159956/microrna-495-inhibits-gastric-cancer-cell-migration-and-invasion-possibly-via-targeting-high-mobility-group-at-hook-2-hmga2
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Huashe Wang, Zhipeng Jiang, Honglei Chen, Xiaobin Wu, Jun Xiang, Junsheng Peng
BACKGROUND Gastric cancer is one of the most common malignancies, and has a high mortality rate. miR-495 acts as a suppressor in some cancers and HMGA2 (high mobility group AT-hook 2) is a facilitator for cell growth and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), but little is known about their effect in gastric cancer. This study aimed to investigate the role and mechanism of miR-495 in gastric cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS miR-495 levels were quantitatively analyzed in gastric cancer tissue and GES-1, SGC-7901, BGC-823, and HGC-27 cell lines by qRT-PCR...
February 4, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154936/cultured-bovine-granulosa-cells-rapidly-lose-important-features-of-their-identity-and-functionality-but-partially-recover-under-long-term-culture-conditions
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Vengala Rao Yenuganti, Jens Vanselow
Cell culture models are essential for the detailed study of molecular processes. We analyze the dynamics of changes in a culture model of bovine granulosa cells. The cells were cultured for up to 8 days and analyzed for steroid production and gene expression. According to the expression of the marker genes CDH1, CDH2 and VIM, the cells maintained their mesenchymal character throughout the time of culture. In contrast, the levels of functionally important transcripts and of estradiol and progesterone production were rapidly down-regulated but showed a substantial up-regulation from day 4...
February 2, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152522/generation-and-characteristics-of-human-sertoli-cell-line-immortalized-by-overexpression-of-human-telomerase
#9
Liping Wen, Qingqing Yuan, Min Sun, Minghui Niu, Hong Wang, Hongyong Fu, Fan Zhou, Chencheng Yao, Xiaobo Wang, Zheng Li, Zuping He
Sertoli cells are required for normal spermatogenesis and they can be reprogrammed to other types of functional cells. However, the number of primary Sertoli cells is rare and human Sertoli cell line is unavailable. In this study, we have for the first time reported a stable human Sertoli cell line, namely hS1 cells, by overexpression of human telomerase. The hS1 cells expressed a number of hallmarks for human Sertoli cells, including SOX9, WT1, GDNF, SCF, BMP4, BMP6, GATA4, and VIM, and they were negative for 3β-HSD, SMA, and VASA...
February 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150962/passive-restraint-reduces-visually-induced-motion-sickness-in-older-adults
#10
Behrang Keshavarz, Alison C Novak, Lawrence J Hettinger, Thomas A Stoffregen, Jennifer L Campos
Virtual environments such as those used in video games and driving/flight simulators are used for entertainment and training, but are often associated with visually induced motion sickness (VIMS). In this study, we asked whether passive restraint of the head and torso could reduce VIMS in younger and older adults. Twenty-one younger (18-35 years) and 16 older (65 + years) healthy adults engaged in a simulated driving task using a console video game while seated. On different days, participants completed 2 conditions: (a) in the unrestrained condition, participants were seated in a chair without a backrest and were free to move and (b) in the restrained condition, participants' head and torso were passively restrained to the backrest and headrest of the seat using tense elastic strips...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Applied
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145626/evaluation-of-quantitative-measurement-techniques-for-head-tremor-with-thalamic-deep-brain-stimulation
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Arun Chockalingam, Hans Boggs, Julia Prusik, Adolfo Ramirez-Zamora, Paul Feustel, Abigail Belasen, Youngwon Youn, Chris Fama, Jessica Haller, Julie Pilitsis
BACKGROUND: Ventralis intermedius thalamic deep brain stimulation (VIM DBS) has shown to be safe and effective for medically refractory essential tremor (ET). We evaluate the use of quantitative tremor measurement methods for head tremor in ET using a "smart" hat and a smartphone application. METHODS: We enrolled 13 ET patients who previously underwent VIM DBS. Head and arm tremor was measured ON and OFF stimulation using the clinical gold standard Fahn-Tolosa-Marin Tremor Rating Scale (TRS)...
February 1, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144604/evaluation-of-metallo-%C3%AE-lactamase-production-and-carriage-of-bla-vim-genes-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolated-from-burn-wound-infections-in-isfahan
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Mahmood Saffari, Farzaneh Firoozeh, Mohammad Pourbabaee, Mohammad Zibaei
BACKGROUND: Metallo-β-lactamase-production among Gram-negative bacteria, including Pseudomonas aeruginosa, has become a challenge for treatment of infections due to these resistant bacteria. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the current study was to evaluate the metallo-β-lactamase-production and carriage of bla-VIM genes among carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa isolated from burn wound infections. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted from September 2014 to July 2015...
December 2016: Archives of Trauma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128097/high-level-resistance-to-meropenem-in-clinical-isolates-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-the-absence-of-carbapenemases-role-of-active-efflux-and-porin-alterations
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Hussein Chalhoub, Yolanda Sáenz, Hector Rodriguez-Villalobos, Olivier Denis, Barbara C Kahl, Paul M Tulkens, Françoise Van Bambeke
High-level carbapenem resistance is worryingly increasing in clinical isolates and is often attributed to carbapenemase expression. This study aimed to determine the mechanisms leading to high-level meropenem resistance in six carbapenemase-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and seven carbapenemase-positive isolates from patients suffering from hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP). MICs were determined in the absence or presence of l-arginine or glycine-glutamate as competitive substrates for OprD (OccD1) or OpdP (OccD3), respectively, or the efflux pump inhibitor Phe-Arg β-naphthylamide (PAβN)...
December 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124956/-investigation-of-the-frequency-and-distribution-of-beta-lactamase-genes-in-the-clinical-isolates-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-collected-from-different-regions-of-turkey-a-multicenter-study
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Fatih Şaban Beriş, Emine Esra Budak, Duygu Gülek, Aytül Uzun, Zeynep Çizmeci, Fırat Zafer Mengeloğlu, Şahin Direkel, Yeliz Çetinkol, Yasemin Ay Altıntop, Meryem Iraz, Tuba Dal, Safiye Umut Say Coşkun, Pervin Özlem Balcı, Tuba Kayman, Ahmet Çalışkan, Yelda Yazıcı, İsmail Tosun, Ayşe Ertürk, Ayşegül Çopur Çiçek
The diversity and distribution of TEM, SHV and CTX-M type of extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) are important for the treatment and control of infections. Determination of ESBL genes in clinical isolates by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and DNA sequencing can obtain useful data for their molecular epidemiology and risk. The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of beta-lactamase genes in Acinetobacter baumannii strains isolated from different regions of Turkey. A total of 519 A.baumannii strains collected from hospitals located at 12 different provinces of Turkey (Bolu (n= 67), Tokat (n= 47), Trabzon (n= 25), Ordu (n= 27), Diyarbakır (n= 47), Niğde (n=31), Kayseri (n= 36), Ankara (n= 41), Kirikkale (n= 26), Kahramanmaraş (n= 25), Mersin (n= 40), Istanbul (n= 107)] between 2011-2012 period were included in the study...
October 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122677/colistin-and-carbapenem-resistant-klebsiella-oxytoca-harboring-blavim-2-and-an-insertion-in-the-mgrb-gene-isolated-from-blood-culture
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Michaela Simon, Holger Melzl, Andreas Hiergeist, Katharina Richert, Linda Falgenhauer, Yvonne Pfeifer, Roman G Gerlach, Kornelius Fuchs, Udo Reischl, André Gessner, Jonathan Jantsch
A carbapenemase-producing colistin-resistant Klebsiella oxytoca isolate was recovered from a blood culture of a female patient without previous report of risk factors to obtain multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli. A combination of biochemical and molecular methods was used to identify the resistance mechanism of this isolate. Carbapenemase production was mediated by Verona integron-encoded metallo-β-lactamase (VIM)-2. Colistin resistance was not due to plasmid- borne mcr-1 gene, but we found an integration of IS5-like sequence in the mgrB gene of K...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106537/down-regulation-of-pseudogene-vimentin-2p-is-associated-with-poor-outcome-in-de-novo-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#16
Ling-Ling Zhai, Jiao Zhou, Jing Zhang, Xi Tang, Ling-Yu Zhou, Jia-Yu Yin, Minse-Evola Deniz Vanessa, Wen Peng, Jiang Lin, Zhao-Qun Deng
OBJECTIVES: This study was intended to investigate the expression status of Vimentin 2p (VIM 2p), a pseudogene of Vimentin, and further analyze its clinical significance in AML patients. METHODS: Real-time quantitative PCR (RQ-PCR) was employed to explore the expression status of VIM 2p in 128 patients with de novo AML and 36 healthy controls. RESULTS: The expression level of VIM 2p was significantly decreased compared with healthy controls (P< 0...
January 13, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105130/biological-characterization-of-sheep-kidney-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#17
Meng Ji, Chunyu Bai, Lu Li, Ya'Nan Fan, Caiyun Ma, Xiangchen Li, Weijun Guan
The aim of the present study was to isolate, culture and characterize sheep metanephric mesenchymal stem cells (MMSCs). The MMSCs were isolated from the kidney tissue of six-week-old sheep fetus. This study investigated whether primary MMSCs could be grown for 26 passages and expressed Oct-4, which is involved in the self-renewal of undifferentiated pluripotent stem cells. The MMSCs also expressed the renal lineage marker gene PAX2, and mesenchymal cell marker genes CD44, FN1 and VIM. Expression of these genes was detected using immunofluorescence and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction assays...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102514/carbapenemase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-bloodstream-infection-in-critically-ill-patients-risk-factors-and-predictors-of-mortality
#18
M Papadimitriou-Olivgeris, F Fligou, C Bartzavali, A Zotou, A Spyropoulou, K Koutsileou, S Vamvakopoulou, N Sioulas, V Karamouzos, E D Anastassiou, I Spiliopoulou, M Christofidou, M Marangos
A significant increase in carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (CP-Kp) bacteraemias has been observed worldwide. The objective of the present work was to study the risk factors and predictors of mortality of CP-Kp bacteraemias among critically ill patients. During a 4-year period (2012-3015), a matched 1:2 case-control study was conducted. Klebsiella pneumoniae was identified by Vitek 2 technology. Antibiotic susceptibility was performed by the agar disc diffusion method and Etest. The presence of the bla KPC, bla VIM and bla NDM genes was confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102337/deep-brain-stimulation-for-myoclonus-dystonia-syndrome-with-double-mutations-in-dyt1-and-dyt11
#19
Jia-Wei Wang, Ji-Ping Li, Yun-Peng Wang, Xiao-Hua Zhang, Yu-Qing Zhang
Myoclonus-dystonia syndrome (MDS) is a rare autosomal dominant inherited disorder characterized by the presentation of both myoclonic jerks and dystonia. Evidence is emerging that deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be a promising treatment for MDS. However, there are no studies reporting the effects of DBS on MDS with double mutations in DYT1 and DYT11. Two refractory MDS patients with double mutations were treated between 2011 and 2015 in our center. Genetic testing for DYT1 and DYT11 was performed through polymerase chain reaction amplification and direct sequencing of the specific exons of genes...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097239/metastasis-regulation-by-ppard-expression-in-cancer-cells
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Xiangsheng Zuo, Weiguo Xu, Min Xu, Rui Tian, Micheline J Moussalli, Fei Mao, Xiaofeng Zheng, Jing Wang, Jeffrey S Morris, Mihai Gagea, Cathy Eng, Scott Kopetz, Dipen M Maru, Asif Rashid, Russell Broaddus, Daoyan Wei, Mien-Chie Hung, Anil K Sood, Imad Shureiqi
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-δ (PPARD) is upregulated in many major human cancers, but the role that its expression in cancer cells has in metastasis remains poorly understood. Here, we show that specific PPARD downregulation or genetic deletion of PPARD in cancer cells significantly repressed metastasis in various cancer models in vivo. Mechanistically, PPARD promoted angiogenesis via interleukin 8 in vivo and in vitro. Analysis of transcriptome profiling of HCT116 colon cancer cells with or without genetic deletion of PPARD and gene expression patterns in The Cancer Genome Atlas colorectal adenocarcinoma database identified novel pro-metastatic genes (GJA1, VIM, SPARC, STC1, SNCG) as PPARD targets...
January 12, 2017: JCI Insight
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