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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526611/alcohol-induces-input-specific-aberrant-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-rat-dorsomedial-striatum
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Tengfei Ma, Britton Barbee, Xuehua Wang, Jun Wang
Accumulated evidence suggests that the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) of the basal ganglia plays an essential role in pathological excessive alcohol consumption. The DMS receives multiple glutamatergic inputs. However, whether and how alcohol consumption distinctly affects these excitatory afferents to the DMS remains unknown. Here, we used optogenetics to selectively activate the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and basolateral amygdala (BLA) inputs in DMS slices, and measured the effects of alcohol consumption on glutamatergic transmission in these corticostriatal and amygdalostriatal circuits...
May 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521127/synaptic-plasticity-engrams-and-network-oscillations-in-amygdala-circuits-for-storage-and-retrieval-of-emotional-memories
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Marco Bocchio, Sadegh Nabavi, Marco Capogna
The neuronal circuits of the basolateral amygdala (BLA) are crucial for acquisition, consolidation, retrieval, and extinction of associative emotional memories. Synaptic plasticity in BLA neurons is essential for associative emotional learning and is a candidate mechanism through which subsets of BLA neurons (commonly termed "engram") are recruited during learning and reactivated during memory retrieval. In parallel, synchronous oscillations in the theta and gamma bands between the BLA and interconnected structures have been shown to occur during consolidation and retrieval of emotional memories...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520983/genomic-epidemiology-of-global-vim-producing-enterobacteriaceae
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Yasufumi Matsumura, Gisele Peirano, Rebekah Devinney, Patricia A Bradford, Mary R Motyl, Mark D Adams, Liang Chen, Barry Kreiswirth, Johann D D Pitout
Background: : International data on the molecular epidemiology of Enterobacteriaceae with VIM carbapenemases are limited. Methods: We performed short read (Illumina) WGS on a global collection of 89 VIM-producing clinical Enterobacteriaceae (2008-14). Results: VIM-producing (11 varieties within 21 different integrons) isolates were mostly obtained from Europe. Certain integrons with bla VIM were specific to a country in different species and clonal complexes (CCs) (In 87 , In 624 , In 916 and In 1323 ), while others had spread globally among various Enterobacteriaceae species (In 110 and In 1209 )...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516430/ramelteon-improves-post-traumatic-stress-disorder-like-behaviors-exhibited-by-fatty-acid-binding-protein-3-null-mice
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Yasushi Yabuki, Ibuki Takahata, Kazuya Matsuo, Yuji Owada, Kohji Fukunaga
We previously reported that fatty acid-binding protein 3 (FABP3) knockout (Fabp3 (-/-)) mice exhibit abnormal dopamine-related behaviors such as enhanced dopamine D2 receptor antagonist-induced catalepsy behaviors. Here, we report that Fabp3 null mice exhibit cognitive deficits, hyperlocomotion and impaired fear extinction, and thus show post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-like behaviors. Notably, chronic administration of ramelteon (1.0 mg/kg, p.o.), a melatonin receptor agonist, improved all PTSD-like behaviors tested in Fabp3 (-/-) mice...
May 17, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515676/low-dose-dose-response-for-in-vitro-nrf2-are-activation-in-human-hepg2-cells
#5
Kenneth T Bogen
Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1), nuclear factor erythroid 2-like factor 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), and the antioxidant response element (ARE) are interacting components of a master regulatory signaling pathway that coordinates redox homeostasis, cytoprotective responses, and shifts in stem cell state. This study reexamined detailed dose-response (DR) data reported for in vitro Nrf2-ARE activation in human hepatoblastoma HepG2 cell lines containing either a ARE-bla or ARE-luc reporter at 12 different concentrations of each of 15 chemicals...
April 2017: Dose-response: a Publication of International Hormesis Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515220/culture-based-methods-and-molecular-tools-for-azole-resistant-aspergillus-fumigatus-detection-in-a-belgian-university-hospital
#6
I Montesinos, M A Argudín, M Hites, F Ahajjam, M Dodémont, C Dagyaran, M Bakkali, I Etienne, F Jacobs, C Knoop, S Patteet, K Lagrou
Azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus is an increasing worldwide problem with major clinical implications. Surveillance is warranted to guide clinicians to provide optimal treatment to patients. To investigate azole resistance in clinical Aspergillus isolates in our institution, a Belgian university hospital, we conducted a laboratory-based surveillance between June 2015 and October 2016. Two different approaches were used: a prospective culture-based surveillance using VIPcheck™ on unselected A. fumigatus (n=109 patients, including 19 patients with proven or probable IA), followed by molecular detection of mutations conferring azole resistance and a retrospective detection of azole-resistant A...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511980/reward-loss-and-the-basolateral-amygdala-a-function-in-reward-comparisons
#7
Katsuyoshi Kawasaki, Iván Annicchiarico, Amanda C Glueck, Ignacio Morón, Mauricio R Papini
The neural circuitry underlying behavior in reward loss situations is poorly understood. We considered two such situations: reward devaluation (from large to small rewards) and reward omission (from large rewards to no rewards). There is evidence that the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) plays a role in the negative emotion accompanying reward loss. However, little is known about the function of the basolateral nucleus (BLA) in reward loss. Two hypotheses of BLA function in reward loss, negative emotion and reward comparisons, were tested in an experiment involving pretraining excitotoxic BLA lesions followed by training in four tasks: consummatory successive negative contrast (cSNC), autoshaping (AS) acquisition and extinction, anticipatory negative contrast (ANC), and open field testing (OF)...
May 13, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506272/prevalence-and-clonal-relationship-of-esbl-producing-salmonella-strains-from-humans-and-poultry-in-northeastern-algeria
#8
Samia Djeffal, Sofiane Bakour, Bakir Mamache, Rachid Elgroud, Amir Agabou, Selma Chabou, Sana Hireche, Omar Bouaziz, Kheira Rahal, Jean-Marc Rolain
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to investigate Salmonella contamination in broiler chicken farms and slaughterhouses, to assess the antibiotic resistance profile in avian and human Salmonella isolates, and to evaluate the relationship between avian and human Extended Spectrum β-Lactamase (ESBL)-producing isolates. Salmonella was screened in different sample matrices collected at thirty-two chicken farms and five slaughterhouses. The human isolates were recovered from clinical specimens at the University Teaching Hospital of Constantine (UTH)...
May 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505370/the-complete-nucleotide-sequence-of-an-incp-2-megaplasmid-unveils-a-mosaic-architecture-comprising-a-putative-novel-blavim-2-harbouring-transposon-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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João Botelho, Filipa Grosso, Sandra Quinteira, Aymen Mabrouk, Luísa Peixe
Objectives: In Pseudomonas aeruginosa , bla VIM-2 has been mostly associated with a chromosomal location and rarely with a plasmid backbone. Until now, only three complete bla VIM-2 -carrying plasmid sequences have been described in this species. Here we explore the modular structure of pJB37, the first bla VIM-2 -carrying megaplasmid described in P. aeruginosa . Methods: The complete nucleotide sequence of plasmid pJB37 was determined with an Illumina HiSeq, with de novo assembly by SPAdes, annotation by RAST and searching for antimicrobial resistance genes and virulence factors...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505330/acinetobacter-baumannii-transfers-the-blandm-1-gene-via-outer-membrane-vesicles
#10
Somdatta Chatterjee, Ayan Mondal, Shravani Mitra, Sulagna Basu
Objectives: To investigate the transmission of the gene encoding New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase-1 ( bla NDM-1 ) through outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) released from an Acinetobacter baumannii strain (A_115). Methods: Isolation and purification of OMVs by density gradient from a carbapenem-resistant clinical strain of A. baumannii harbouring plasmid-mediated bla NDM-1 and aac(6')-Ib-cr genes was performed. DNA was purified from the OMVs and used for PCR and dot-blot analysis...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504818/characterization-of-escherichia-coli-clinical-isolates-causing-urinary-tract-infections-in-the-community-of-chilpancingo-mexico
#11
Jesús A Hernández-Vergara, Verónica I Martínez-Santos, Romina B Radilla-Vázquez, Jesús Silva-Sánchez, Amalia Vences-Velásquez, Natividad Castro-Alarcón
Escherichia coli is the main cause of urinary tract infections (UTI) in ambulatory patients, especially strains belonging to the B2 phylogenetic group and ST131 clonal group. Antibiotic treatment is usually administered empirically; however, it is not always effective due to bacterial multidrug resistance and the production of extended spectrum β-lactamases (ESBLs). The aim of this study was to characterize E. coli clinical isolates from patients with UTI in a community of the State of Guerrero, Mexico. From January to August 2014, 134 clinical isolates of E...
December 2016: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499446/genome-sequence-of-shigella-flexneri-strain-sp1-a-diarrheal-isolate-that-encodes-an-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-esbl
#12
Ping Shen, Jianzhong Fan, Lihua Guo, Jiahua Li, Ang Li, Jing Zhang, Chaoqun Ying, Jinru Ji, Hao Xu, Beiwen Zheng, Yonghong Xiao
BACKGROUND: Shigellosis is the most common cause of gastrointestinal infections in developing countries. In China, the species most frequently responsible for shigellosis is Shigella flexneri. S. flexneri remains largely unexplored from a genomic standpoint and is still described using a vocabulary based on biochemical and serological properties. Moreover, increasing numbers of ESBL-producing Shigella strains have been isolated from clinical samples. Despite this, only a few cases of ESBL-producing Shigella have been described in China...
May 12, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498924/major-role-of-pkpqil-like-plasmids-in-the-early-dissemination-of-kpc-type-carbapenemases-in-the-uk
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M Doumith, J Findlay, H Hirani, K L Hopkins, D M Livermore, A Dodgson, N Woodford
Objectives: Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)-producing Enterobacteriaceae were first seen in the UK in 2003 and have been increasingly reported since 2010, largely owing to an ongoing outbreak in North-West England. We examined the role of clonal spread and plasmid transmission in their emergence. Methods: : Isolates comprised KPC-positive K. pneumoniae ( n  =   33), Escherichia coli ( n  =   7) and Enterobacter spp. ( n  =   4) referred to the national reference laboratory between 2008 and 2010 from 17 UK centres, including three in North-West England...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498919/chemicogenetic-restoration-of-the-prefrontal-cortex-to-amygdala-pathway-ameliorates-stress-induced-deficits
#14
Jing Wei, Ping Zhong, Luye Qin, Tao Tan, Zhen Yan
Corticosteroid stress hormones exert a profound impact on cognitive and emotional processes. Understanding the neuronal circuits that are altered by chronic stress is important for counteracting the detrimental effects of stress in a brain region- and cell type-specific manner. Using the chemogenetic tool, Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADDs), which enables the remote, noninvasive and long-lasting modulation of cellular activity and signal transduction in discrete neuronal populations in vivo, we sought to identify the specific pathways that play an essential role in stress responses...
May 11, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495605/inactivation-of-basolateral-amygdala-prevents-chronic-immobilization-stress-induced-memory-impairment-and-associated-changes-in-corticosterone-levels
#15
Sunil Jamuna Tripathi, Suwarna Chakraborty, B N Srikumar, T R Raju, B S Shankaranarayana Rao
Chronic stress causes detrimental effects on various forms of learning and memory. The basolateral amygdala (BLA) not only plays a crucial role in mediating certain forms of memory, but also in the modulation of the effects of stress. Chronic immobilization stress (CIS) results in hypertrophy of the BLA, which is believed to be one of the underlying causes for stress' effects on learning. Thus, it is plausible that preventing the effects of CIS on amygdala would preclude its deleterious cognitive effects. Accordingly, in the first part, we evaluated the effect of excitotoxic lesion of the BLA on chronic stress-induced hippocampal-dependent spatial learning using a partially baited radial arm maze task...
May 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486994/the-emergence-of-a-novel-sequence-type-of-mdr-acinetobacter-baumannii-from-the-intensive-care-unit-of-an-egyptian-tertiary-care-hospital
#16
Doaa Mohammad Ghaith, Mai Mahmoud Zafer, Mohamed Hamed Al-Agamy, Essam J Alyamani, Rayan Y Booq, Omar Almoazzamy
BACKGROUND AND AIM OF WORK: Acinetobacter baumannii is known for nosocomial outbreaks worldwide. In this study, we aimed to investigate the antibiotic susceptibility patterns and the clonal relationship of A. baumannii isolates from the intensive care unit (ICU) of an Egyptian hospital. METHODS: In the present study, 50 clinical isolates of multidrug resistant (MDR)-A. baumannii were obtained from patients admitted into the ICU from June to December 2015. All isolates were analyzed for antimicrobial susceptibilities...
May 10, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482925/detection-of-a-ctx-m-group-2-beta-lactamase-gene-in-a-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolate-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-trinidad-and-tobago
#17
Paul Cheddie, Francis Dziva, Patrick Eberechi Akpaka
BACKGROUND: Identification of the prevalence and spread of ESBL-mediated antibiotic resistance is essential especially in the hospital setting. It is for this reason, more and more studies are highlighting the importance of complementing phenotypic ESBL-detection techniques with molecular techniques in order to understand the basis and extent of this form of resistance among clinically evolved bacterial populations, especially those belonging to the Enterobacteriaceae family. However, in Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean countries, very little is known regarding ESBL detection rates and/or the prevalence of genes conferring ESBL resistance...
May 8, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479508/integron-types-gene-cassettes-and-antimicrobial-resistance-profile-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-isolated-from-bal-samples-in-babol-north-of-iran
#18
Fariba Akrami, Elaheh Ferdosi Shahandashti, Yousef Yahyapour, Mohsen Sadeghi, Soraya Khafri, Abazar Pournajaf, Ramazan Rajabnia
Multi-drug resistant isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii have created therapeutic problems worldwide. This current study was intended to determine the Integron types, gene cassettes and antimicrobial resistance profile of A. baumannii isolated from BAL samples in Babol, north of Iran. During a 15-month period, 35 A. baumannii isolates were studied. Different classes of antimicrobial agents were used to determine the resistance ratios. Multiplex-PCR was used to detect different types of integrons and associated gene cassettes...
May 4, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474843/n-glycan-in-cockroach-allergen-regulates-human-basophil-function
#19
Danh C Do, Shuang Yang, Xu Yao, Robert G Hamilton, John T Schroeder, Peisong Gao
INTRODUCTION: Cockroach allergen exposure elicits cockroach sensitization and poses an increased risk for asthma. However, the major components in cockroach allergen and the mechanisms underlying the induction of cockroach allergen-induced allergy and asthma remain largely elusive. We sought to examine the role of cockroach-associated glycan in regulating human basophil function. METHODS: N-linked glycans from naturally purified cockroach allergen Bla g 2 were characterized by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry...
February 20, 2017: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462941/%C3%AE-adrenoceptor-blockade-in-the-basolateral-amygdala-but-not-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-rescues-the-immediate-extinction-deficit
#20
Thomas F Giustino, Jocelyn R Seemann, Gillian M Acca, Travis D Goode, Paul J Fitzgerald, Stephen Maren
Early psychological interventions, such as exposure therapy, rely on extinction learning to reduce the development of stress- and trauma-related disorders. However, recent research suggests that extinction often fails to reduce fear when administered soon after trauma. This immediate extinction deficit (IED) may be due to stress-induced dysregulation of neural circuits involved in extinction learning. We have shown that systemic β-adrenoceptor blockade with propranolol rescues the IED, but impairs delayed extinction...
May 2, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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