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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323984/trimester-specific-urinary-bisphenol-a-concentrations-and-blood-glucose-levels-among-pregnant-women-from-a-fertility-clinic
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Yu-Han Chiu, Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Jennifer B Ford, Myra Keller, Ellen W Seely, Carmen Messerlian, John Petrozza, Paige L Williams, Xiaoyun Ye, Antonia M Calafat, Russ Hauser, Tamarra James-Todd
Context: Women with a history of infertility are at increased risk of impaired glucose tolerance during pregnancy. Studies suggest higher urinary bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations are associated with diabetes in non-pregnant populations, but the association between BPA and glucose levels among pregnant women is unclear. Objective: To assess trimester-specific urinary BPA concentrations in relation to blood glucose levels among subfertile women. Design: Environment and Reproductive Health Study, an ongoing prospective cohort study...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319867/phototherapeutic-spectrum-expansion-through-synergistic-effect-of-mesoporous-silica-trio-nanohybrids-against-antibiotic-resistant-gram-negative-bacterium
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Yaswanth Kuthati, Ranjith Kumar Kankala, Prabhakar Busa, Shi-Xiang Lin, Jin-Pei Deng, Chung-Yuan Mou, Chia-Hung Lee
The extensive impact of antibiotic resistance has led to the exploration of new anti-bacterial modalities. We designed copper impregnated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Cu-MSN) with immobilizing silver nanoparticles (SNPs) to apply photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of antibiotic-resistant E. coli. SNPs were decorated over the Cu-MSN surfaces by coordination of silver ions on diamine-functionalized Cu-MSN and further reduced to silver nanoparticles with formalin. We demonstrate that silver is capable of sensitizing the gram-negative bacteria E...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319184/streptococcus-suis-sortase-a-is-ca2-independent-and-is-inhibited-by-acteoside-isoquercitrin-and-baicalin
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Fuguang Chen, Fang Xie, Baoling Yang, Chengcheng Wang, Siguo Liu, Yueling Zhang
Sortase A (SrtA) has long been recognized as an ideal drug target for therapeutic agents against Gram-positive pathogens. However, the SrtA of Streptococcus suis (Ss-SrtA), an important zoonotic agent, has not been studied. In this study, the enzymatic properties of Ss-SrtA were investigated, and inhibition of Ss-SrtA by natural products was evaluated. Ss-SrtA was expressed and purified. The purified recombinant Ss-SrtA had maximal activity at pH 6.0-7.5, 45°C, and showed a Km of 6.7 μM for the hydrolysis of substrate abz-LPATG-dnp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318629/machine-learning-algorithms-define-pathogen-specific-local-immune-fingerprints-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-with-bacterial-infections
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Jingjing Zhang, Ida M Friberg, Ann Kift-Morgan, Gita Parekh, Matt P Morgan, Anna Rita Liuzzi, Chan-Yu Lin, Kieron L Donovan, Chantal S Colmont, Peter H Morgan, Paul Davis, Ian Weeks, Donald J Fraser, Nicholas Topley, Matthias Eberl
The immune system has evolved to sense invading pathogens, control infection, and restore tissue integrity. Despite symptomatic variability in patients, unequivocal evidence that an individual's immune system distinguishes between different organisms and mounts an appropriate response is lacking. We here used a systematic approach to characterize responses to microbiologically well-defined infection in a total of 83 peritoneal dialysis patients on the day of presentation with acute peritonitis. A broad range of cellular and soluble parameters was determined in peritoneal effluents, covering the majority of local immune cells, inflammatory and regulatory cytokines and chemokines as well as tissue damage-related factors...
March 16, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317564/odontogenic-infections
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Orrett E Ogle
The pathogenesis of odontogenic infection is polymicrobial, consisting of various facultative and strict anaerobes. The dominant isolates are strictly anaerobic gram-negative rods and gram-positive cocci. The periapical infection is the most common form of odontogenic infection. Although odontogenic infections are usually confined to the alveolar ridge vicinity, they can spread into deep fascial spaces. Cavernous sinus thrombosis, brain abscess, airway obstruction, and mediastinitis are possible complications of dental infections...
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317266/insect-immunity-varies-idiosyncratically-during-overwintering
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Laura V Ferguson, Brent J Sinclair
Overwintering insects face multiple stressors, including pathogen and parasite pressures that shift with seasons. However, we know little of how the insect immune system fluctuates with season, particularly in the overwintering period. To understand how immune activity changes across autumn, winter, and spring, we tracked immune activity of three temperate insects that overwinter as larvae: a weevil (Curculio sp., Coleoptera), gallfly (Eurosta solidaginis, Diptera), and larvae of the lepidopteran Pyrrharctia isabella...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315912/an-imaging-target-tgf-%C3%AE-1-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-mice
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Yiqiu Zhang, Beilei Li, Xiao Li, Hui Tan, Dengfeng Cheng, Hongcheng Shi
It has been reported that the positive detection rate of Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) metabolism in positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, for the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is only about 50%. In particular, (18)F-FDG PET imaging is prone to false negative findings in HCC. Transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1) shows over expression rates in early HCC liver tissue growth and promotes tumor invasion and metastases. Our aim was to use In this study, we used the feasibility of iodine-125 ((125)I)-labeled TGF-β1 antibody as a nuclear medicine imaging target in HCC...
March 20, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315584/high-density-polystyrene-grafted-silver-nanoparticles-and-their-use-in-the-preparation-of-nanocomposites-with-antibacterial-properties
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Piotr Krystosiak, Waldemar Tomaszewski, Elżbieta Megiel
The achievement of uniform nanoparticles distribution in polymer matrix is still a major challenge in the design and fabrication of polymer nanocomposites with desired properties. In this paper we propose a novel approach for the preparation of homogeneous polystyrene/silver nanocomposites utilizing Nitroxide Mediated Radical Polymerization (NMRP). In the first step of the developed procedure, the polystyrene grafted silver nanoparticles (Ag@PS) with well-defined core-shell structure and exceptionally high grafting density (from 2 chains/nm(2) to 5...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314783/umbilical-infections-in-foals-microbiological-investigation-and-management
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E Rampacci, F Passamonti, M Bottinelli, V Stefanetti, M Cercone, S Nannarone, R Gialletti, F Beccati, M Coletti, M Pepe
This study aims to investigate the bacteria involved in equine omphalitis and their susceptibility to antimicrobial drugs, and consequently to provide guidelines concerning the most suitable treatment protocol in accordance with the clinical, ultrasound and laboratory findings. Forty foals aged between one and 30 days were evaluated in the course of this investigation. An ultrasound examination of all umbilical remnants was carried out carefully in all foals; umbilical swabs were collected for bacteriological examination, and blood samples were collected for blood culture from 19 foals with fever and abnormal blood values...
March 17, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314726/global-distribution-patterns-and-pangenomic-diversity-of-the-candidate-phylum-latescibacteria-ws3
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Ibrahim F Farag, Noha H Youssef, Mostafa S Elshahed
We investigated the global distribution patterns and pangenomic diversity of the candidate phylum "Latescibacteria" (WS3) in 16S rRNA gene as well as metagenomic datasets. We document distinct distribution patterns for various "Latescibacteria" orders in 16S rRNA gene datasets, with prevalence of orders sediment_1 in terrestrial, PBSIII_9 in groundwater and temperate freshwater, and GN03 in pelagic marine, saline-hypersaline, and wastewater habitats. Using a fragment recruitment approach, we identified 68.9 Mb of "Latescibacteria"-affiliated contigs in publicly available metagenomic datasets comprising 73,079 proteins...
March 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314188/pharmaceutical-analysis-of-a-novel-propargyl-linked-antifolate-antibiotic-in-the-mouse
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John Hoody, Jeremy B Alverson, Santosh Keshipeddy, Patrick A Barney, Larissa Walker, Amy C Anderson, Dennis L Wright, Nigel D Priestley
Antimicrobial resistance to current antibiotics is a significant public health problem and the need for new antibiotics is a compelling one. We have been developing a new series of antibiotics, propargyl-linked diaminopyrimidines, based on the structure of trimethoprim. To date we have discovered compounds that are effective inhibitors of dihydrofolate reductase (the target of trimethoprim), that are potent antibiotics in vitro against a range of Gram-positive pathogens including methicillin-resistant S. aureus, and that are non-toxic in mammalian cell culture...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314049/biological-evaluation-of-3-hydroxybenzyl-alcohol-an-extrolite-produced-by-aspergillus-nidulans-strain-kzr-132
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C Ganesh Kumar, Poornima Mongolla, Sujitha Pombala, Shiva Bandi, K Suresh Babu, Kallaganti Venkata Siva Ramakrishna
AIMS: The aim of the study was to purify and characterize a bioactive compound from Aspergillus nidulans strain KZR-132 and its biological evaluation. METHODS AND RESULTS: A bioactive extolite was purified from Aspergillus nidulans strain KZR-132, and its chemical structure was elucidated as 3-hydroxylbenzyl alcohol (3-HBA) based on (1) H and (13) C NMR, FT-IR and mass spectroscopic analysis. The antimicrobial efficacy of 3-HBA was established against Gram-positive, Gram-negative bacteria and different Candida strains...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306206/phytochemical-profile-and-biological-activities-of-helianthemum-canum-from-turkey
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Ayşe Baldemir, Neslihan Gökşen, Nilay Ildız, Gökçe Şeker Karatoprak, Müberra Koşar
In the current study, antioxidant, antibacterial activities, and the phenolic compositions of extracts from Helianthemum canum L. Baumg (Apiaceae) aerial parts were investigated for the first time. The H. canum was extracted with 70% methanol (HCMeOH) and water (HCW). Both extracts were determined by total phenolic contents (3 mg/mL), flavonoids (1.5 mg/mL), flavonols (1.5 mg/mL), qualitative-quantitative compositions, iron (II) chelation activities (0.1-5 mg/mL), free radical scavenging activities (DPPH(●) : 0...
March 17, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304328/bactericidal-effect-of-pterostilbene-alone-and-in-combination-with-gentamicin-against-human-pathogenic-bacteria
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Wee Xian Lee, Dayang Fredalina Basri, Ahmad Rohi Ghazali
The antibacterial activity of pterostilbene in combination with gentamicin against six strains of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria were investigated. The minimum inhibitory concentration and minimum bactericidal concentration of pterostilbene were determined using microdilution technique whereas the synergistic antibacterial activities of pterostilbene in combination with gentamicin were assessed using checkerboard assay and time-kill kinetic study. Results of the present study showed that the combination effects of pterostilbene with gentamicin were synergistic (FIC index < 0...
March 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304320/optimal-radiologic-position-of-an-umbilical-venous-catheter-tip-as-determined-by-echocardiography-in-very-low-birth-weight-newborns
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B C F Karber, J Nielsen, D Balsam, C Messina, D Davidson
OBJECTIVE: To compare chest X-ray with echocardiogram (ECHO) in the localization of an umbilical venous catheter (UVC) tip in very low birth weight infants (VLBW). Secondary objectives determined the association between techniques for tip placement by the vertebral body level on X-ray, as well as the length of the thoracic inferior vena cava-right atrial (TIVC-RA) junction by ECHO. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, sequentially enrolled, masked, single regional perinatal center study...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304272/vagococcus-humatus-sp-nov-isolated-from-soil-beneath-a-decomposing-pig-carcass
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Aravind Sundararaman, Sathiyaraj Srinivasan, Sang-Seob Lee
A Gram-stain-positive, non-motile, coccus-shaped bacterium, designated strain C25T, was isolated from the soil beneath a decomposing pig carcass in Korea and was characterized using a polyphasic taxonomic approach. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis showed that strain C25T belongs to the genus Vagococcus in the family Enterococcaceae of the Lactobacillales. 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis showed that strain C25T was closely related to Vagococcus lutrae CCUG 39187T (96.5 % similarity) and Enterococcus termitis LMG 8895T (95...
February 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303897/synergistic-efficacy-of-bisbenzimidazole-and-carbonyl-cyanide-3-chlorophenylhydrazone-combination-against-mdr-bacterial-strains
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Devapriya Sinha, Stuti Pandey, Raja Singh, Vinod Tiwari, Kirti Sad, Vibha Tandon
Activation of efflux systems and the formation of biofilm are majorly adapted by microbes to resist antimicrobial agents. PPEF (bisbenzimidazole) targeting topoisomerase IA is observed to be an effective bactericidal agent against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains and thus can be developed as potent broad-spectrum antibiotic against MDR strains. PPEF treatment did not cause target specific mutation instead it leads to up-regulation of efflux gene in E. coli K12 as a mechanism of resistance...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303654/live-cell-imaging-of-bacterial-cells-pyrenoylpyrrole-based-fluorescence-labelling
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Arun Divakar Mathiyazhagan, Sivakumar Shanmugam
A novel substituted pyrenoylpyrroles was synthesized by the reaction of pyrenoyl chalcone, TosMIC and methyl iodide under mild condition. All the synthesized compounds were screened for their bioactivity and the MIC was determined, among which few compounds showed moderate antibacterial activity towards gram-positive as well as negative bacteria. Further, cytotoxicity assay ascertained that these compounds were non-toxic to mammalian cells as well. The pyrene chromophore in the synthesized compounds (3a-e) and (5a-e) is responsible for the good photophysical properties which have an absorbance at λ 340 nm and emission at λ 410 nm...
March 17, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303399/deinococcus-planocerae-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-marine-flatworm
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Huina Lin, Yong Wang, Jiaomei Huang, Qiliang Lai, Ying Xu
A Gram-positive, non-motile and coccoid strain, designated XY-FW106(T), was isolated from a marine flatworm identified to be Planocera sp. The 16S rRNA gene sequence of this pink organism was consistent with membership of the genus Deinococcus, with high sequence similarity to Deinococcus aetherius ST0316(T) (94.7%). The optimum growth temperature range of the strain XY-FW106(T) was found to be 25-30 °C and optimum growth occurs at pH 7.2-7.4 without NaCl. The strain XY-FW106(T) was found to contain unidentified glycolipids, unidentified phosphoglycolipids, unidentified phospholipids and unidentified lipids, which differed from those of closely related species...
March 16, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303173/validating-an-agency-based-tool-for-measuring-women-s-empowerment-in-a-complex-public-health-trial-in-rural-nepal
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Lu Gram, Joanna Morrison, Neha Sharma, Bhim Shrestha, Dharma Manandhar, Anthony Costello, Naomi Saville, Jolene Skordis-Worrall
Despite the rising popularity of indicators of women's empowerment in global development programmes, little work has been done on the validity of existing measures of such a complex concept. We present a mixed methods validation of the use of the Relative Autonomy Index for measuring Amartya Sen's notion of agency freedom in rural Nepal. Analysis of think-aloud interviews (n = 7) indicated adequate respondent understanding of questionnaire items, but multiple problems of interpretation including difficulties with the four-point Likert scale, questionnaire item ambiguity and difficulties with translation...
January 2, 2017: Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
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