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Cheng-Feng Chiang, Mike Flint, Jin-Mann S Lin, Christina F Spiropoulou
Andes virus (ANDV) is the major cause of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in South America. Despite a high fatality rate (up to 40%), no vaccines or antiviral therapies are approved to treat ANDV infection. To understand the role of endocytic pathways in ANDV infection, we used 3 complementary approaches to identify cellular factors required for ANDV entry into human lung microvascular endothelial cells. We screened an siRNA library targeting 140 genes involved in membrane trafficking, and identified 55 genes required for ANDV infection...
2016: PloS One
Lital Meir-Gruber, Yossi Manor, Shiraz Gefen-Halevi, Musa Y Hindiyeh, Fernando Mileguir, Roberto Azar, Gill Smollan, Natasha Belausov, Galia Rahav, Ari Shamiss, Ella Mendelson, Nathan Keller
The presence of pan-resistant bacteria worldwide possesses a threat to global health. It is difficult to evaluate the extent of carriage of resistant bacteria in the population. Sewage sampling is a possible way to monitor populations. We evaluated the presence of pan-resistant bacteria in Israeli sewage collected from all over Israel, by modifying the pour plate method for heterotrophic plate count technique using commercial selective agar plates. This method enables convenient and fast sewage sampling and detection...
2016: PloS One
James P Gaska, Steven T Wright, Marc D Winterbottom, Steven C Hadley
INTRODUCTION: Although there are numerous studies that demonstrate that color vision deficient (CVD) individuals perform less well than color vision normal (CVN) individuals in tasks that require discrimination or identification of colored stimuli, there remains a need to quantify the relationship between the type and severity of CVD and performance on operationally relevant tasks. METHODS: Participants were classified as CVN (N = 45) or CVD (N = 49) using the Rabin cone contrast test, which is the standard color vision screening test used by the United States Air Force...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
James A Turner, Colin N E Ruscoe, Trevor R Perrior
This report provides an outline of a program for the discovery of new public health insecticides for malaria vector control. The status of malaria vector control is first reviewed in terms of the chemical, physical chemical, and biochemical properties of the current WHOPES-recommended and approved vector control agents. This review provides a basis for a discussion on the critical need for discovery and development of multiple new chemical malaria vector control agents with novel and diverse modes of action...
October 2016: Chimia
Annelies Cannaert, Jolien Storme, Florian Franz, Volker Auwärter, Christophe P Stove
Synthetic cannabinoids (SCs) are the largest group of compounds currently monitored in Europe by the EU Early Warning System on new psychoactive substances. Emerging recreational use of these products has led to multiple cases of adverse health effects and even death. In contrast to marijuana, where Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9THC) is metabolized to only one major active metabolite, it has been reported that several major phase I metabolites of SCs remain biologically active, exerting cannabinoid (CB) receptor affinity, potency and efficacy greater than Δ9THC...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Marie Eliade, Jeremy Skrzypski, Amandine Baurand, Caroline Jacquot, Geoffrey Bertolone, Catherine Loustalot, Charles Coutant, France Guy, Pierre Fumoleau, Yannis Duffourd, Laurent Arnould, Alexandra Delignette, Marie-Martine Padéano, Côme Lepage, Géraldine Raichon-Patru, Axelle Boudrant, Marie-Christine Bône-Lépinoy, Anne-Laure Villing, Aurélie Charpin, Karine Peignaux, Sandy Chevrier, Frédérique Vegran, François Ghiringhelli, Romain Boidot, Nicolas Sevenet, Sarab Lizard, Laurence Faivre
Until recently, the molecular diagnosis of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) was mostly based on BRCA1/2 testing. Next generation sequencing and the recent discovery of new genes involved in HBOC now permit the transfer of genomic capture targeting multiple candidate genes from research to clinical use. However, the implications for the management of patients and their families have not been extensively studied, in particular since some of these genes are not well-established cancer predisposing genes...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Eleonora Fiorenzato, Luca Weis, Klaus Seppi, Marco Onofrj, Pietro Cortelli, Stefano Zanigni, Caterina Tonon, Horacio Kaufmann, Timothy Michael Shepherd, Werner Poewe, Florian Krismer, Gregor Wenning, Angelo Antonini, Roberta Biundo
Current consensus diagnostic criteria for multiple system atrophy (MSA) consider dementia a non-supporting feature, although cognitive impairment and even frank dementia are reported in clinical practice. Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) is a commonly used global cognitive scale, and in a previous study, we established an MSA-specific screening cut-off score <27 to identify cognitive impairment. Finally, MSA neuroimaging findings suggest the presence of structural alterations in patients with cognitive deficits, although the extent of the anatomical changes is unclear...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neural Transmission
Tyler Shelby, Tuhina Banerjee, Jyothi Kallu, Shoukath Sulthana, Irene Zegar, Santimukul Santra
Rapid detection and diagnosis of pathogenic strains of influenza is necessary for expedited treatment and quicker resolutions to the ever-rising flu pandemics. Considering this, we propose the development of novel magnetic relaxation nanosensors (MRnS) for the rapid detection of influenza through targeted binding with hemagglutinin. 2,6- and 2,3-sialic acid ligands and entry blocker peptides are conjugated to iron oxide nanoparticles to create functional MRnS. Positive detection of various hemagglutinin variants (H1 and H5) is possible with protein concentrations as little as 1...
October 25, 2016: Nanoscale
Vellingiri Balachandar, Venkatesan Dhivya, Mohan Gomathi, Subramaniam Mohanadevi, Balasubramanian Venkatesh, Bharathi Geetha
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are pluripotent stem cells generated from somatic cells by the introduction of a combination of pluripotency-associated genes such as OCT4, SOX2, along with either KLF4 and c-MYC or NANOG and LIN28 via retroviral or lentiviral vectors. Most importantly, hiPSCs are similar to human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) functionally as they are pluripotent and can potentially differentiate into any desired cell type when provided with the appropriate cues, but do not have the ethical issues surrounding hESCs...
2016: Stem Cell Investigation
Barry C Jones, Helen Rollison, Susanne A Johansson, Kajsa P Kanebratt, Craig Lambert, Karthick Vishwanathan, Tommy B Andersson
Induction of cytochrome P450 (CYP) can impact the efficacy and safety of a drug molecule upon multiple dosing of co-administered drugs. This strategy is focused on CYP3A since the majority of clinically relevant cases of CYP induction are related to this enzyme. However, the in vitro evaluation of induction is applicable to other CYP enzymes but the in vivo relevance cannot be assessed because the scarcity of relevant clinical data. In the pre-clinical phase, compounds are screened using PXR reporter gene assay and, if necessary, structure-activity relationships (SAR) are developed...
October 24, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Money Gupta, Rashi Chauhan, Yamuna Prasad, Gulshan Wadhwa, Chakresh Kumar Jain
The lack of complete treatments and appearance of multiple drug-resistance strains of Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) are causing an increased risk of lung infections in cystic fibrosis patients. Bcc infection is a big risk to human health and demands an urgent need to identify new therapeutics against these bacteria. Network biology has emerged as one of the prospective hope in identifying novel drug targets and hits. We have applied protein-protein interaction methodology to identify new drug-target candidates (orthologs) in Burkhloderia cepacia GG4, which is an important strain for studying the quorum-sensing phenomena...
October 8, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Junhui Chen, Xin Li, Shuai Wang, Farong Chen, Wei Cao, Chengjun Sun, Li Zheng, Xiaoru Wang
This study aimed to develop an exact mass suspect screening approach to perform finding of multiple lipophilic marine toxins (LMTs) in seawater, suspended particulate matter (SPM), and marine sediment from marine aquaculture area using liquid chromatography-time of flight mass spectrometry (LC-TOF/MS). The method was validated and proven to be reliable for the screening of various LMTs. Then, the method was applied to screen LMTs in marine environmental samples collected from mariculture area of Jiaozhou Bay, China...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Damjan Glavač, Martina Jarc-Vidmar, Katarina Vrabec, Metka Ravnik-Glavač, Ana Fakin, Marko Hawlina
PURPOSE: To determine the spectrum of BEST1 mutations and to study the phenotype in Slovenian families with Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD) to identify genotype-phenotype correlations. METHODS: Twenty patients from five families underwent the ophthalmological examination including electrooculogram (EOG; N = 17), fundus autofluorescence imaging (N = 16) and optical coherence tomography (N = 14). Mutational screening was performed by direct DNA sequencing of the BEST1 gene...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Vigneshwaran Mani, Bhairav Paleja, Karima Larbi, Pavanish Kumar, Jo Ann Tay, Jie Yee Siew, Fatih Inci, ShuQi Wang, Cynthia Chee, Yee Tang Wang, Utkan Demirci, Gennaro De Libero, Amit Singhal
Access to point-of-care (POC), rapid, inexpensive, sensitive, and instrument-free tests for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) remains a major challenge. Here, we report a simple and low-cost microchip-based TB ELISA (MTBE) platform for the detection of anti-mycobacterial IgG in plasma samples in less than 15 minutes. The MTBE employs a flow-less, magnet-actuated, bead-based ELISA for simultaneous detection of IgG responses against multiple mycobacterial antigens. Anti-trehalose 6,6'-dimycolate (TDM) IgG responses were the strongest predictor for differentiating active tuberculosis (ATB) from healthy controls (HC) and latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI)...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
François Vromman, Stéphanie Perrinet, Lena Gehre, Agathe Subtil
Chlamydiae are Gram negative bacteria that develop exclusively inside eukaryotic host cells, within a membrane-bounded compartment. Members of the family Chlamydiaceae, such as Chlamydia trachomatis, are pathogenic species infecting vertebrates. They have a very reduced genome and exploit the capacities of their host for their own development, mainly through the secretion of proteins tailored to interfere with eukaryotic processes, called effector proteins. All Chlamydiaceae possess genes coding for four to five effectors that share a domain of unknown function (DUF582)...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Steve Ahuka-Mundeke, Octavie Lunguya-Metila, Valentin Mbenzo-Abokome, Christelle Butel, Bila-Isia Inogwabini, Valentin Omasombo, Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, Alexander V Georgiev, Martin N Muller, Jean-Bosco N Ndjango, Yingying Li, Eric Delaporte, Beatrice H Hahn, Martine Peeters, Ahidjo Ayouba
There are currently four known primate T-cell lymphotropic virus groups (PTLV1-4), each of which comprises closely related simian (STLV) and human (HTLV) viruses. For PTLV-1 and PTLV-3, simian and human viruses are interspersed, suggesting multiple cross-species transmission events; however, for PTLV-2 this is not so clear because HTLV-2 and STLV-2 strains from captive bonobos (Pan paniscus) form two distinct clades. To determine to what extent bonobos are naturally infected with STLV, we screened fecal samples (n = 633) from wild-living bonobos (n = 312) at six different sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the presence of STLV nucleic acids...
January 2016: Virus Evolution
Beatriz Pérez Montoro, Nabil Benomar, Leyre Lavilla Lerma, Sonia Castillo Gutiérrez, Antonio Gálvez, Hikmate Abriouel
A collection of 31 Lactobacillus pentosus strains isolated from naturally fermented Aloreña green table olives were screened in depth in the present study for their probiotic potential. Several strains could be considered promising probiotic candidates since they showed good growth capacity and survival under simulated gastro-intestinal conditions (acidic pH of 1.5, up to 4% of bile salts and 5 mM of nitrate), good ability to auto-aggregate which may facilitate their adhesion to host cells as multiple aggregates and the subsequent displacement of pathogens...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Sayantan Nath, Sankar Kumar Ghosh, Yashmin Choudhury
INTRODUCTION: A murine model of type 2 diabetes mellitus was used to compare the antidiabetic effects of the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP4) inhibitor vildagliptin and biguanide, metformin. METHODS: Swiss albino mice (n=20 males; n=25 females) were given high fat diet (HFD) ad libitum for 3weeks followed by low dose (40mgkg(-1) body weight, bw daily) of streptozotocin (STZ) intraperitoneally five times from the 22nd day of treatment onwards, with HFD continued up to 26th day...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Sunil K Chhabra, Rajeev Kumar, Vikas Mittal
OBJECTIVE: To develop prediction equations for spirometry for children from northern India using current international guidelines for standardization. DESIGN: Re-analysis of cross-sectional data from a single school. PARTICIPANTS: 670 normal children (age 6-17 y; 365 boys) of northern Indian parentage. METHODS: After screening for normal health, we carried out spirometry with recommended quality assurance according to current guidelines...
September 8, 2016: Indian Pediatrics
Karolina Bartkute, Dalia Balsyte, Josef Wisser, Juozas Kurmanavicius
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictive value of α-fetoprotein in maternal serum (MS-AFP) as a marker for diverse pregnancy outcomes. METHODS: The study was based on pregnancy and delivery data from 5520 women between 1999 and 2014 at University Hospital of Zurich (UHZ). INCLUSION CRITERIA: both MS-AFP and pregnancy outcome were known for the same pregnancy. Pregnancy outcomes and characteristics such as fetal malformation, intrauterine fetal death (IUFD) and intrauterine growth retardation as well as maternal age, weight before pregnancy, gestational age (GA) at delivery, newborn weight, length and head circumference were analyzed with respect to the MS-AFP value...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
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