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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230769/hypoallergenic-variant-of-the-major-egg-white-allergen-gal-d-1-produced-by-disruption-of-cysteine-bridges
#1
Pathum Dhanapala, Dulashi Withanage-Dona, Mimi L K Tang, Tim Doran, Cenk Suphioglu
Gal d 1 (ovomucoid) is the dominant allergen in the chicken egg white. Hypoallergenic variants of this allergen can be used in immunotherapy as an egg allergy treatment approach. We hypothesised that disruption of two of the nine cysteine-cysteine bridges by site-directed mutagenesis will allow the production of a hypoallergenic variant of the protein; Methods: Two cysteine residues at C192 and C210 in domain III of the protein were mutated to alanine using site-directed mutagenesis, to disrupt two separate cysteine-cysteine bridges...
February 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230319/depletion-of-abundant-human-serum-proteins-by-per-se-imprinted-cryogels-based-on-sample-heterogeneity
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Chun Yang, Ya-Ru Liu, Yan Zhang, Jian Wang, Li-Li Tian, Ya-Nan Yan, Wei-Qin Cao, Yu-Yang Wang
Macroporous cryogels were prepared and used to deplete abundant proteins. It was accomplished based on the sample heterogeneity rather than any exogenous assistance. Human serum was added in monomer solutions to synthesize molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs); therein some abundant proteins were imprinted in the polyacrylamide cryogels. Meanwhile the rare components remained aqueous. Chromatography and electrophoresis showed that albumin, serotransferrin and most globulins were depleted by columns packed with the MIPs...
February 23, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230058/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-is-subjected-to-glucose-modification-and-oxidation-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Omar Kassaar, Marta Pereira Morais, Suying Xu, Emily L Adam, Rosemary C Chamberlain, Bryony Jenkins, Tony James, Paul T Francis, Stephen Ward, Robert J Williams, Jean van den Elsen
Glucose and glucose metabolites are able to adversely modify proteins through a non-enzymatic reaction called glycation, which is associated with the pathology of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and is a characteristic of the hyperglycaemia induced by diabetes. However, the precise protein glycation profile that characterises AD is poorly defined and the molecular link between hyperglycaemia and AD is unknown. In this study, we define an early glycation profile of human brain using fluorescent phenylboronate gel electrophoresis and identify early glycation and oxidation of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in AD brain...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228245/legionellosis-acquired-through-a-dental-unit-a-case-study
#4
C Schönning, C Jernberg, D Klingenberg, S Andersson, A Pääjärvi, E Alm, E Tano, B Lytsy
In 2012, an elderly immunocompromised man died from legionellosis at a hospital in Uppsala, Sweden. The patient had visited a dental ward at the hospital during the incubation period. Legionella spp. at a concentration of 2000 colony-forming units/L were isolated from the cupfiller outlet providing water for oral rinsing. Isolates from the patient and the dental unit were Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1, subgroup Knoxville and ST9. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and whole-genome sequencing strongly suggested that the isolates were of common origin...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226605/semi-automated-image-analysis-of-gel-electrophoresis-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-for-oligoclonal-band-detection
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S Boudet, L Peyrodie, Z Wang, G Forzy, S Boudet, L Peyrodie, Z Wang, G Forzy, Z Wang, L Peyrodie, S Boudet, G Forzy
Detection of oligoclonal electrophoretic bands in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is an important diagnostic tool for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Electrophoretic profiles are difficult to interpret due to low contrast and artefacts. A semi-automated method to ease analysis and to reduce subjectivity is presented. The method sequentially converts color images to grayscale, realigns bands, removes artifacts, then converts 2D images to a signal, before detecting, thresholding and editing peaks to optimize profiles. Such treated profiles (21 positive and 15 negative) are compared to ground truth analysis of an expert biologist...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225903/sphygmomanometers-and-thermometers-as-potential-fomites-of-staphylococcus-haemolyticus-biofilm-formation-in-the-presence-of-antibiotics
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Bruna Pinto Ribeiro Sued, Paula Marcele Afonso Pereira, Yuri Vieira Faria, Juliana Nunes Ramos, Vanessa Batista Binatti, Kátia Regina Netto Dos Santos, Sérgio Henrique Seabra, Raphael Hirata, Verônica Viana Vieira, Ana Luíza Mattos-Guaraldi, José Augusto Adler Pereira
BACKGROUND: The association between Staphylococcus haemolyticus and severe nosocomial infections is increasing. However, the extent to which fomites contribute to the dissemination of this pathogen through patients and hospital wards remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: In the present study, sphygmomanometers and thermometers were evaluated as potential fomites of oxacillin-resistant S. haemolyticus (ORSH). The influence of oxacillin and vancomycin on biofilm formation by ORSH strains isolated from fomites was also investigated...
March 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225897/sphygmomanometers-and-thermometers-as-potential-fomites-of-staphylococcus-haemolyticus-biofilm-formation-in-the-presence-of-antibiotics
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Bruna Pinto Ribeiro Sued, Paula Marcele Afonso Pereira, Yuri Vieira Faria, Juliana Nunes Ramos, Vanessa Batista Binatti, Kátia Regina Netto Dos Santos, Sérgio Henrique Seabra, Raphael Hirata, Verônica Viana Vieira, Ana Luíza Mattos-Guaraldi, José Augusto Adler Pereira
BACKGROUND: The association between Staphylococcus haemolyticus and severe nosocomial infections is increasing. However, the extent to which fomites contribute to the dissemination of this pathogen through patients and hospital wards remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: In the present study, sphygmomanometers and thermometers were evaluated as potential fomites of oxacillin-resistant S. haemolyticus (ORSH). The influence of oxacillin and vancomycin on biofilm formation by ORSH strains isolated from fomites was also investigated...
February 16, 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224194/mycoepoxydiene-suppresses-hela-cell-growth-by-inhibiting-glycolysis-and-the-pentose-phosphate-pathway
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Kehua Jin, Li Li, Xihuan Sun, Qingyan Xu, Siyang Song, Yuemao Shen, Xianming Deng
Upregulation of glycolysis and the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) is a major characteristic of the metabolic reprogramming of cancer and provides cancer cells with energy and vital metabolites to support their rapid proliferation. Targeting glycolysis and the PPP has emerged as a promising antitumor therapeutic strategy. Marine natural products are attractive sources for anticancer therapeutics, as evidenced by the antitumor drug Yondelis. Mycoepoxydiene (MED) is a natural product isolated from a marine fungus that has shown promising inhibitory efficacy against HeLa cells in vitro...
February 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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
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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/28222388/microbial-profile-of-dental-plaque-associated-to-white-spot-lesions-in-orthodontic-patients-immediately-after-the-bracket-removal
#10
Moniek W Beerens, Jacob M Ten Cate, Monique H van der Veen
OBJECTIVE: Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) is suggested to predict caries risk in young children. Such a tool would be valuable in orthodontic patients undergoing treatment with fixed appliances. In this cross-sectional study the applicability of DGGE and conventional microbiology for caries risk assessment in orthodontic patients were assessed. DESIGN: Dental plaque was obtained from orthodontic patients immediately prior to bracket removal. Presence of white spot lesions (WSL) was assessed immediately post debracketing...
February 9, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221976/listeria-monocytogenes-in-smoked-salmon-and-other-smoked-fish-at-retail-in-italy-frequency-of-contamination-and-strain-characterization-in-products-from-different-manufacturers
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Vicdalia Aniela Acciari, Marina Torresi, Luigi Iannetti, Silvia Scattolini, Francesco Pomilio, Lucia Decastelli, Silvia Colmegna, Riccardo Muliari, Teresa Bossù, Yolande Proroga, Cosimo Montagna, Cinzia Cardamone, Paola Cogoni, Vincenza Annunziata Prencipe, Giacomo Migliorati
Seven hundred seventy-eight samples of packaged smoked fish (774 smoked salmon and 4 smoked swordfish) on sale in Italy, from 50 different manufacturers located in 12 European Union countries, were purchased from the Italian market between May and December 2011. The surface temperatures of the samples on sale ranged from 0 to 13°C (3.4 ± 1.5°C, mean ± SD). Six hundred eighty (87.4%) of 778 samples were stored at ≤4°C. One hundred fifty-seven samples (20.2%, 95% confidence interval 17.5 to 23.1%) were contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes , with 26 samples (3...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221971/characterizing-salmonella-contamination-in-two-rendering-processing-plants
#12
Chao Gong, Xiuping Jiang
A microbiological investigation on Salmonella contamination was conducted in two U.S. rendering plants to investigate the potential cross-contamination of Salmonella in the rendering processing environment. Sampling locations were predetermined at the areas where Salmonella contamination may potentially occur, including raw materials receiving, crax (rendered materials before grinding process) grinding, and finished meal loading-out areas. Salmonella was either enumerated directly on xylose lysine Tergitol 4 agar plates or enriched in Rappaport-Vassiliadis and tetrathionate broths...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221969/development-and-validation-of-pathogen-environmental-monitoring-programs-for-small-cheese-processing-facilities
#13
Sarah M Beno, Matthew J Stasiewicz, Alexis D Andrus, Robert D Ralyea, David J Kent, Nicole H Martin, Martin Wiedmann, Kathryn J Boor
Pathogen environmental monitoring programs (EMPs) are essential for food processing facilities of all sizes that produce ready-to-eat food products exposed to the processing environment. We developed, implemented, and evaluated EMPs targeting Listeria spp. and Salmonella in nine small cheese processing facilities, including seven farmstead facilities. Individual EMPs with monthly sample collection protocols were designed specifically for each facility. Salmonella was detected in only one facility, with likely introduction from the adjacent farm indicated by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis data...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221950/multistate-outbreak-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-infections-associated-with-consumption-of-fresh-spinach-united-states-2006
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Umid M Sharapov, Arthur M Wendel, Jeffrey P Davis, William E Keene, Jeffrey Farrar, Samir Sodha, Eija Hyytia-Trees, Molly Leeper, Peter Gerner-Smidt, Patricia M Griffin, Chris Braden
During September to October, 2006, state and local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated a large, multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections. Case patients were interviewed regarding specific foods consumed and other possible exposures. E. coli O157:H7 strains isolated from human and food specimens were subtyped using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and multiple-locus variable-number tandem repeat analyses (MLVA). Two hundred twenty-five cases (191 confirmed and 34 probable) were identified in 27 states; 116 (56%) case patients were hospitalized, 39 (19%) developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, and 5 (2%) died...
December 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221920/prevalence-and-molecular-characterization-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-foods-of-animal-origin-turkey
#15
Belgin Siiriken, Tuba Yildirim, Akif Koray Güney, Irfan Erol, Belma Durupinar
In the present study, 175 coagulase-positive Staphylococcus (CPS) isolates recovered from samples of beef (n = 110), raw milk n = 56), and fish (n = 9) were analyzed for methicillin resistance using MIC and PCR assays. Methicillin-resistant (MR) Staphylococcus aureus (SA) isolates were then characterized using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). According to findings, 62 (35.4%) of the isolates (44 from beef, 9 from milk, and 9 from fish) were identified as S. aureus based on the presence of the nuc gene...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221916/characterization-and-antimicrobial-resistance-of-salmonella-typhimurium-isolates-from-clinically-diseased-pigs-in-korea
#16
Sang-Ik Oh, Jong Wan Kim, Myeongju Chae, Ji-A Jung, Byungjae So, Bumseok Kim, Ha-Young Kim
This study investigated the prevalence of Salmonella enterica serovar and antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella Typhimurium isolates from clinically diseased pigs collected from 2008 to 2014 in Korea. Isolates were also characterized according to the presence of antimicrobial resistance genes and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns. Among 94 Salmonella isolates, 81 (86.2%) were identified as being of the Salmonella Typhimurium serotype, followed by Salmonella Derby (6 of 94, 6.4%), Salmonella 4,[5],12:i:- (4 of 94, 4...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221912/isolation-identification-and-evaluation-of-new-lactic-acid-bacteria-strains-with-both-cellular-antioxidant-and-bile-salt-hydrolase-activities-in-vitro
#17
Shuang Xu, Taigang Liu, Chiraz Akorede Ibinke Radji, Jing Yang, Lanming Chen
In this study, we analyzed Chinese traditional fermented food to isolate and identify new lactic acid bacteria (LAB) strains with novel functional properties and to evaluate their cellular antioxidant and bile salt hydrolase (BSH) activities in vitro. A sequential screening strategy was developed to efficiently isolate and obtain 261 LAB strains tolerant of bile salt, acid, and H2O2 from nine Chinese traditional fermented foods. Among these strains, 70 were identified as having 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging and/or BSH activity...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221911/molecular-subtyping-and-source-attribution-of-campylobacter-isolated-from-food-animals
#18
Gregory H Tyson, Heather P Tate, Jason Abbott, Thu-Thuy Tran, Claudine Kabera, Emily Crarey, Shenia Young, Patrick F McDERMOTT, Grisselle Sprague, Mark Campbell, Oyewole Adeyemo, Johnette Browne-Silva, Michael Myers, Sutawee Thitaram, Shaohua Zhao
Campylobacter spp. commonly cause gastrointestinal illness in humans. Poultry meats have long been considered the predominant source of these infections, but few in-depth Campylobacter source attribution studies have been completed. We analyzed more than 1,300 Campylobacter isolates recovered from a number of animal and food sources, including dairy and beef cattle, pigs, poultry, and retail poultry meat, and compared them with Campylobacter isolates recovered from human clinical samples. Each isolate was subtyped using pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) with SmaI and queried against the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PulseNet database to identify human isolates with indistinguishable patterns...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221901/prevalence-and-persistence-of-listeria-monocytogenes-in-ready-to-eat-tilapia-sashimi-processing-plants
#19
Bang-Yuan Chen, Chung-Yi Wang, Chia-Lan Wang, Yang-Chi Fan, I-Ting Weng, Chung-Hsi Chou
A 2-year study was performed at two ready-to-eat tilapia sashimi processing plants (A and B) to identify possible routes of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes during processing. Samples were collected from the aquaculture environments, transportation tanks, processing plants, and final products. Seventy-nine L. monocytogenes isolates were found in the processing environments and final products; 3.96% (50 of 1,264 samples) and 3.86% (29 of 752 samples) of the samples from plants A and B, respectively, were positive for L...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221883/enrichment-amplification-and-sequence-based-typing-of-salmonella-enterica-and-other-foodborne-pathogens
#20
Tom Edlind, Jeffrey D Brewster, George C Paoli
Detection of Salmonella enterica in foods typically involves microbiological enrichment, molecular-based assay, and subsequent isolation and identification of a pure culture. This is ideally followed by strain typing, which provides information critical to the investigation of outbreaks and the attribution of their sources. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis is the "gold standard" for S. enterica strain typing, but its limitations have encouraged the search for alternative methods, including whole genome sequencing...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
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