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Conor Raleigh, Bernard Donne, Neil Fleming
We compared lactate threshold (TLac ) with non-invasive markers of an aerobic-anaerobic transition; namely, ventilatory (VT) and tissue saturation index (TSIT ) thresholds. While identification of a breakpoint in blood lactate concentration ([BLa]) is common for determination of an aerobic-anaerobic transition, non-invasive measures, VT and NIRS, have also received attention as a means of determining this critical exercise intensity. We hypothesised that one or other of these non-invasive measures would have a strong association with TLac ...
2018: International Journal of Exercise Science
Oscar A Klockars, Anica Klockars, Allen S Levine, Pawel K Olszewski
Oxytocin (OT) at acting central nuclei decreases meal size and reduces intake of palatable sweet solutions. It remains largely unclear as to which brain sites mediate OT's effect on palatability versus energy or the combination of those aspects of consumption. Here, we expanded the search for sites that mediate anorexigenic properties of OT by focusing on two subdivisions of the amygdala, its central (CNA) and basolateral (BLA) nuclei. We injected OT directly into the BLA or CNA in rats and assessed intake of standard chow induced by energy deprivation and intake of sweet solutions in nondeprived animals...
March 13, 2018: Neuroreport
Renjie Wu, Ling-Xian Yi, Lin-Feng Yu, Jing Wang, Yiyun Liu, Xiaojie Chen, Luchao Lv, Jun Yang, Jian-Hua Liu
The objective of this study was to assess the impact of diverse plasmids bearing colistin resistance gene mcr-1 on host fitness. Forty-seven commensal E. coli isolates recovered from the pig farm where mcr-1 was first identified were screened for mcr-1. mcr-1 -bearing plasmids were characterized by sequencing. The fitness impact of mcr-1 -bearing plasmids was evaluated by in vitro competition assays. Twenty-seven (57.5%) E. coli isolates were positive for mcr-1 . The mcr-1 genes were mainly located on plasmids belonging to IncI2 ( n = 5), IncX4 ( n = 11), IncHI2/ST3 ( n = 8), IncFII ( n = 2), and IncY ( n = 2)...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Behnaz Soltani, Hamid Heidari, Hadi Sedigh Ebrahim-Saraie, Nahal Hadi, Jalal Mardaneh, Mohammad Motamedifar
The emergence of multiple drug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii strains has become a global problem. This study aimed to evaluate the occurrence of antibiotic resistance and to investigate the presence of antibiotic resistance determinants among A. baumannii isolates obtained from hospitalized patients in Iran. This cross-sectional study was performed on 92 A. baumannii isolates in the years 2015-2016. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was carried out by the disk diffusion method. The presence of antibiotic resistance determinants was detected by the PCR method...
March 1, 2018: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Aliakbar Rezaei, Hossein Fazeli, Mehdi Moghadampour, Mehrdad Halaji, Jamshid Faghri
Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the most important bacterial species with the ability to produce OXA-type carbapenemases. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of OXA-type carbapenemases among clinical isolates of A. baumannii in three major hospitals of Isfahan. In this cross-sectional descriptive study, 153 non-repeated strains of A. baumannii were isolated from various clinical samples of hospitalized patients in Al-Zahra, Imam Mousa Kazem, and Shariati hospitals from October 2015 to October 2016. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing for imipenem, meropenem, ertapenem, cefepime, ceftazidime, ceftriaxone, piperacillin-tazobactam, gentamicin, amikacin, ciprofloxacin, and tetracycline was performed using the disk diffusion method...
March 1, 2018: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Sharon Fidelman, Tomer Mizrachi Zer-Aviv, Rachel Lange, Cecilia J Hillard, Irit Akirav
Activating the endocannabinoid system has become a major focus in the search for novel therapeutics for anxiety and deficits in fear extinction, two defining features of PTSD. We examined whether chronic treatment with the fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibitor URB597 (0.2, 0.3, 0.4 mg/kg, i.p.) or the CB1/2 receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (0.25, 0.5 mg/kg, i.p.) injected for 3 weeks to rats exposed to the shock and reminders model of PTSD would attenuate post-stress symptoms and affect basolateral amygdala (BLA) and CA1 CB1 receptors...
March 5, 2018: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Yoshihiko Maeyama, Yui Taniguchi, Wataru Hayashi, Yusuke Ohsaki, Shunsuke Osaka, Shota Koide, Kiyoko Tamai, Yukiko Nagano, Yoshichika Arakawa, Noriyuki Nagano
In recent years, besides the widespread occurrence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)- and/or plasmid-mediated AmpC (pAmpC)-producing Enterobacteriaceae in both healthcare and community settings of humans, the third-generation cephalosporin (3GC)-resistant microbes have also been reported from companion animals worldwide. Here, we characterized ESBL- and/or pAmpC-producing Enterobacteriaceae clinical isolates from companion animals. Among the 487 clinical isolates mainly from urine of dogs and cats between May and September 2016, 104 non-repetitive isolates were resistant to the 3GC, and they consisted of 81 of 381 (21...
March 2018: Veterinary Microbiology
Zhihai Liu, Jiyun Li, Xiaoming Wang, Dejun Liu, Yuebin Ke, Yang Wang, Jianzhong Shen
The spread of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) mediated by New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM) poses a serious challenge to clinicians and has become a major public health concern. NDM has been evolving into variants that possess different hydrolysis activity toward antibiotics, so as to affect treatment strategy. In addition, very few studies on NDM variants have focused on animal-derived bacterial isolates. Our study reports a novel NDM variant, NDM-20, in an isolate of Escherichia coli CCD1 recovered from the food animal swine in China...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Roya Ghanavati, Mohammad Emaneini, Davood Kalantar-Neyestanaki, Azin Sattari Maraji, Mosayyeb Dalvand, Reza Beigverdi, Fereshteh Jabalameli
INTRODUCTION: Here, we determined the genes encoding antibiotic resistance enzymes and virulence factors and evaluated the genetic relationship between Enterobacter spp. isolated from different clinical samples. METHODS: A total of 57 clinical isolates of Enterobacter spp. were tested for the production of extended-spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), carbapenemase, and AmpC using phenotypic and genotypic methods. RESULTS: The most common ESBLs and AmpC β-lactamases were bla TEM (63...
January 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Zahra Hashemizadeh, Davood Kalantar-Neyestanaki, Shahla Mansouri
INTRODUCTION: Multidrug-resistant (MDR) Escherichia coli, a species that is a leading cause of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and is a major global public health concern. This study was designed to detect the differences in antibiotic resistance patterns, the production and type of extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs), and the clonal relationships among E. coli isolates from UTIs and fecal samples. METHODS: Antibacterial resistance was determined by the disk diffusion method...
January 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Rajsrinivas Parthasarathy, Vipul Gupta, Aditya Gupta
OBJECTIVES: Blister like aneurysm (BLA) is extremely challenging to treat; endoluminal reconstruction has emerged as the most promising treatment method. When to treat after the ictus, the timing of administration of antiplatelet and causal relationship between platelet function testing results and thromboembolism is unclear. We theorized that Prasugrel with a lower incidence of resistance may be a safe suitable alternative to clopidogrel in patients treated with a flow diverter. METHODS: Prospectively collected data from consecutive patients treated for a ruptured blister with a flow diverter was reviewed...
March 6, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
Daniel W Bloodgood, Jonathan A Sugam, Andrew Holmes, Thomas L Kash
Fear extinction involves the formation of a new memory trace that attenuates fear responses to a conditioned aversive memory, and extinction impairments are implicated in trauma- and stress-related disorders. Previous studies in rodents have found that the infralimbic prefrontal cortex (IL) and its glutamatergic projections to the basolateral amygdala (BLA) and basomedial amygdala (BMA) instruct the formation of fear extinction memories. However, it is unclear whether these pathways are exclusively involved in extinction, or whether other major targets of the IL, such as the nucleus accumbens (NAc) also play a role...
March 6, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Qiu E Yang, Siham Rajab Agouri, Jonathan Mark Tyrrell, Timothy Rutland Walsh
The occurrence of heavy metal resistance genes in multi-resistant Enterobacteriaceae possessing bla NDM-1 or bla CTX-M-15 genes were examined by PCR and S1-PFGE. When compared with clinical susceptible isolates (10.0-30.0%), the pcoA, merA, silC and arsA genes occurred with higher frequencies in bla NDM-1 (48.8-71.8%) and bla CTX-M-15 (19.4-52.8%) positive isolates, and they are mostly located on plasmids. Given the high association of metal resistance genes with multidrug resistant Enterobacteriaceae, the use of heavy metals in hospitals and the environment needs increased vigilance...
March 5, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Torunn Pedersen, John Osei Sekyere, Usha Govinden, Krishnee Moodley, Audun Sivertsen, Ørjan Samuelsen, Sabiha Yusuf Essack, Arnfinn Sundsfjord
Whole-genome sequence analyses revealed the presence of bla NDM-1 ( n =31), bla GES-5 ( n =8), bla OXA-232 ( n =1), or bla NDM-5 ( n =1) in extensively drug-resistant and pandrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae isolated from in-patients in 10 private hospitals (2012-2013) in Durban, South Africa. Two novel NDM-1 encoding plasmids from Klebsiella pneumoniae were closed by PacBio sequencing. In p19-10_01 (IncFIB(K), 223.434 bp) bla NDM-1 was part of a Tn 1548 -like structure (16.276 bp) delineated by IS 26 The multireplicon plasmid p18-43_01 (IncR_1/IncFIB(pB171)/IncFII(Yp); 212...
March 5, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Birson Ingti, Pranjit Saikia, Deepjyoti Paul, Anand Prakash Maurya, Debadatta Dhar Chanda, Atanu Chakravarty, Chandrayee Deshamukhya, Amitabha Bhattacharjee
OBJECTIVES: Plasmids of different replicon types are believed to be associated with the carriage and transmission of antibiotic resistance genes. Thus present study was undertaken to check the association of CIT with particular plasmid types and to identify the E. coli strains involve in the maintenance of this determinant within the plasmid. METHODS: Screening of AmpC β-lactamase phenotypically by Modified Three Dimensional Extract Method followed by Antimicrobial Susceptibility and MIC determination...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
María Araque, Indira Labrador
Objectives: Antimicrobial resistant extended-spectrum-β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE) have been shown to be present in healthy communities. This study examined healthy children from the rural Andean village of Llano del Hato, Mérida, Venezuela, who have had little or no antibiotic exposure to determine the prevalence of fecal carriage of ESBL-producing Escherichia coli (ESBL-EC). Methods: A total of 78 fecal samples were collected in healthy children aged from 1 to 5 years...
January 2018: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
Qun Li, Hong Wang, Yanmei Xu, Xiangning Bai, Jianping Wang, Zhengdong Zhang, Xiang Liu, Yimao Miao, Ling Zhang, Xinqiong Li, Nianli Zou, Guodong Yan, Xi Chen, Jie Zhang, Shanshan Fu, Ruyue Fan, Jianguo Xu, Juan Li, Yanwen Xiong
Escherichia albertii is an emerging member of the Enterobacteriaceae causing human and animal enteric infections. Antimicrobial resistance among enteropathogens has been reported to be increasing in the past years. The purpose of this study was to investigate antibiotic resistance and resistance genes in E. albertii isolated from Zigong city, Sichuan province, China. The susceptibility to 21 antimicrobial agents was determined by Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. The highest prevalence was tetracycline resistance with a rate of 62...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Marisa F Nicolás, Pablo Ivan Pereira Ramos, Fabíola Marques de Carvalho, Dhian R A Camargo, Carlene de Fátima Morais Alves, Guilherme Loss de Morais, Luiz G P Almeida, Rangel C Souza, Luciane P Ciapina, Ana C P Vicente, Roney S Coimbra, Ana T Ribeiro de Vasconcelos
The aim of this study was to unravel the genetic determinants responsible for multidrug (including carbapenems) resistance and virulence in a clinical isolate of Klebsiella quasipneumoniae subsp. similipneumoniae by whole-genome sequencing and comparative analyses. Eighty-three clinical isolates initially identified as carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae were collected from nosocomial infections in southeast Brazil. After RAPD screening, the KPC-142 isolate, showing the most divergent DNA pattern, was selected for complete genome sequencing in an Illumina HiSeq 2500 instrument...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Laurie L Wellman, Mairen E Fitzpatrick, Amy M Sutton, Brook L Williams, Mayumi Machida, Larry D Sanford
The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) plays a significant role in mediating individual differences in the effects of fear memory on sleep. Here, we assessed the effects of antagonizing corticotropin releasing factor receptor 1 (CRFR1) after shock training (ST) on fear-conditioned behaviors and sleep. Outbred Wistar rats were surgically implanted with electrodes for recording EEG and EMG and with bilateral guide cannulae directed at BLA. Data loggers were placed intraperitoneally to record core body temperature...
March 1, 2018: Hormones and Behavior
Thiago O Lopes, Daniel F Scalabrini Machado, Chad Risko, Jean-Luc Brédas, Heibbe C B de Oliveira
Well-defined structure-property relationships offer a conceptual basis to afford a priori design principles to develop novel π-conjugated molecular and polymer materials for nonlinear optical (NLO) applications. Here, we introduce the bond ellipticity alternation (BEA) as a robust parameter to assess the NLO characteristics of organic chromophores and illustrate its effectiveness in the case of streptocyanines. BEA is based on the symmetry of the electron density, a physical observable that can be determined from experimental X-ray electron densities or from quantum-chemical calculations...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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