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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100811/the-molecular-speciation-of-soil-transmitted-helminth-eggs-collected-from-school-children-across-six-endemic-countries
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Santosh George, Peter Geldhof, Marco Albonico, Shaali M Ame, Jeffrey M Bethony, Dirk Engels, Zeleke Mekonnen, Antonio Montresor, Sopheak Hem, Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuenté, Nguyen Thu Huong, Gagandeep Kang, Jozef Vercruysse, Bruno Levecke
BACKGROUND: The diagnosis of soil-transmitted helminths (STHs; Ascaris, Trichuris and hookworms) is traditionally based on the demonstration of eggs in stool using microscopic techniques. While molecular techniques are more appropriate to speciate STH species they are seldom applied. In this study we speciated STH eggs from stool using molecular techniques to gain insights into the distribution of both human and animal STH species in the human host. METHODS: We speciated 207 STH egg isolates from stool collected during the baseline survey of six drug efficacy trials conducted in Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Vietnam applying a PCR - restriction fragment length polymorphisms based approach...
January 18, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098526/ancylostoma-ceylanicum-hookworm-in-the-solomon-islands
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Richard S Bradbury, Sze Fui Hii, Humpress Harrington, Richard Speare, Rebecca Traub
Although hookworm is highly prevalent in the Solomon Islands, the species involved are unknown. We initiated this study in response to finding Ancylostoma ceylanicum hookworm in a peacekeeper in Australia who had returned from the Solomon Islands. Kato-Katz fecal surveys performed in 2013 and 2014 in 2 village groups in East Malaita, Solomon Islands, identified hookworm-positive samples. These specimens were tested by cytochrome oxidase 1 (cox-1) gene multiplex PCR and sequenced. Of 66 positive specimens, 54 (81...
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077747/first-molecular-identifications-of-necator-americanus-and-ancylostoma-ceylanicum-infecting-rural-communities-in-lower-myanmar
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Win Pa Pa Aung, Thi Thi Htoon, Htay Htay Tin, Oranuch Sanpool, Jurairat Jongthawin, Lakkhana Sadaow, Issarapong Phosuk, Rutchanee Ropai, Pewpan M Intapan, Wanchai Maleewong
Hookworms are enteric parasitic roundworms infecting an estimated 400 million persons worldwide. Herein, we provide the first molecular identifications of human hookworms from certain parts of rural Lower Myanmar. DNA was extracted from hookworm-positive stool samples, as determined by microscopy. DNA sequences of the partial internal transcribed spacer 1, full length 5.8S gene, and partial internal transcribed spacer 2 were determined and compared with available hookworm sequences from public databases. Of the 11 polymerase chain reaction-positive samples, eight (Bago Region, N = 4; Mon State, N = 4) yielded sequences with high similarity to those of Necator americanus A further three sequences (Mon State, N = 2; Bago Region, N = 1) showed high similarity with those of Ancylostoma ceylanicum The latter is primarily a parasite of dogs and represents a zoonosis...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050847/production-of-r-3-hydroxybutyric-acid-by-arxula-adeninivorans
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Mateusz Biernacki, Jan Riechen, Urs Hähnel, Thomas Roick, Kim Baronian, Rüdiger Bode, Gotthard Kunze
(R)-3-hydroxybutyric acid can be used in industrial and health applications. The synthesis pathway comprises two enzymes, β-ketothiolase and acetoacetyl-CoA reductase which convert cytoplasmic acetyl-CoA to (R)-3-hydroxybutyric acid [(R)-3-HB] which is released into the culture medium. In the present study we used the non-conventional yeast, Arxula adeninivorans, for the synthesis enantiopure (R)-3-HB. To establish optimal production, we investigated three different endogenous yeast thiolases (Akat1p, Akat2p, Akat4p) and three bacterial thiolases (atoBp, thlp, phaAp) in combination with an enantiospecific reductase (phaBp) from Cupriavidus necator H16 and endogenous yeast reductases (Atpk2p, Afox2p)...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008860/basal-serum-neurokinin-b-level-can-be-used-to-differentiate-idiopathic-central-precocious-puberty-from-premature-thelarche-in-girls
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Mesut Parlak, Doğa Türkkahraman, Hamit Yaşar Ellidağ, Gamze Çelmeli, Ayşe Eda Parlak, Necat Yılmaz
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to investigate the diagnostic role of kisspeptin and neurokinin B in idiopathic central precocious puberty (ICPP) and premature thelarche (PT). METHODS: The girls who presented with early breast development before the age of 8 years were evaluated. Basal and stimulated FSH, LH levels and basal neurokinin B and kisspeptin levels were measured. Patients who had peak LH > 5mIU/mL, and a bone age (BA) /chronological age (CA) ratio >1...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007484/diagnosis-of-intestinal-parasites-in-a-rural-community-of-venezuela-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-using-microscopy-or-rt-pcr
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Renzo Nino Incani, Elizabeth Ferrer, Denise Hoek, Robbert Ramak, Jeroen Roelfsema, Lapo Mughini-Gras, Titia Kortbeek, Elena Pinelli
A cross-sectional study was carried out to determine the prevalence and diagnostic performance of microscopy and real time PCR (RT-PCR) for 14 intestinal parasites in a Venezuelan rural community with a long history of persistent intestinal parasitic infections despite the implementation of regular anthelminthic treatments. A total of 228 participants were included in this study. A multiplex RT-PCR was used for the detection of Dientamoeba fragilis, Giardia intestinalis, Cryptosporidium sp. and a monoplex RT-PCR for Entamoeba histolytica...
December 19, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27943589/paleomicrobiology-to-investigate-copper-resistance-in-bacteria-isolation-and-description-of-cupriavidus-necator-b9-in-the-soil-of-a-medieval-foundry
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David C Gillan, Van Camp Camille, Max Mergeay, Ann Provoost, Nicolas Thomas, Laurent Vermard, Gabriel Billon, Ruddy Wattiez
Remains of a medieval foundry were excavated by archaeologists in 2013 in Verdun (France). Ancient workshops specialized in brass and copper alloys were found with an activity between 13th to 16th c. Levels of Cu, Zn and Pb reached 20000, 7000 and 6000 mg kg(-1) (dw), respectively, in several soil horizons. The objective of the present work was to examine the microbial community in this contaminated site. A total of 8-22 10(6) reads were obtained by shotgun metagenomics in 4 soil horizons. Bioinformatic analyses suggest the presence of complex bacterial communities dominated by Proteobacteria...
December 10, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930648/isothermal-diagnostic-assays-for-monitoring-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-necator-americanus-associated-with-benzimidazole-drug-resistance
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Nour Rashwan, Catherine Bourguinat, Kathy Keller, Nipul Kithsiri Gunawardena, Nilanthi de Silva, Roger Prichard
BACKGROUND: Soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) are the most prevalent intestinal helminths of humans, and a major cause of morbidity in tropical and subtropical countries. The benzimidazole (BZ) drugs albendazole (ABZ) and mebendazole (MBZ) are used for treatment of human STH infections and this use is increasing dramatically with massive drug donations. Frequent and prolonged use of these drugs could lead to the emergence of anthelmintic resistance as has occurred in nematodes of livestock...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929101/hookworm-infection
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Alex Loukas, Peter J Hotez, David Diemert, Maria Yazdanbakhsh, James S McCarthy, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, John Croese, Jeffrey M Bethony
Hookworms are soil-transmitted nematode parasites that can reside for many years in the small intestine of their human hosts; Necator americanus is the predominant infecting species. Adult worms feed on the blood of a host and can cause iron deficiency anaemia, especially in high-risk populations (children and women of childbearing age). Almost 500 million people in developing tropical countries are infected, and simulation models estimate that hookworm infection is responsible for >4 million disability-adjusted life years lost annually...
December 8, 2016: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864984/simultaneous-biodegradation-of-three-mononitrophenol-isomers-by-a-tailor-made-microbial-consortium-immobilized-in-sequential-batch-reactors
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He Fu, Jun-Jie Zhang, Ying Xu, Hong-Jun Chao, Ning-Yi Zhou
The ortho-nitrophenol (ONP) utilizer Alcaligenes sp. strain NyZ215, meta-nitrophenol (MNP) utilizer Cupriavidus necator JMP134 and para-nitrophenol (PNP) utilizer Pseudomonas sp. strain WBC-3 were assembled as a consortium to degrade three nitrophenol isomers in sequential batch reactors. Pilot test were conducted in flasks to demonstrate that a mixture of three mononitrophenols at 0.5 mM each could be mineralized by this microbial consortium within 84 hours. Interestingly, neither ONP nor MNP was degraded until PNP was almost consumed by strain WBC-3...
November 19, 2016: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863495/anaerobic-poly-3-d-hydroxybutyrate-production-from-xylose-in-recombinant-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-using-a-nadh-dependent-acetoacetyl-coa-reductase
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Alejandro Muñoz de Las Heras, Diogo J Portugal-Nunes, Nathasha Rizza, Anders G Sandström, Marie F Gorwa-Grauslund
BACKGROUND: Poly-3-D-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) that is a promising precursor for bioplastic with similar physical properties as polypropylene, is naturally produced by several bacterial species. The bacterial pathway is comprised of the three enzymes β-ketothiolase, acetoacetyl-CoA reductase (AAR) and PHB synthase, which all together convert acetyl-CoA into PHB. Heterologous expression of the pathway genes from Cupriavidus necator has enabled PHB production in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae from glucose as well as from xylose, after introduction of the fungal xylose utilization pathway from Scheffersomyces stipitis including xylose reductase (XR) and xylitol dehydrogenase (XDH)...
November 18, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849320/management-of-perforation-after-endoscopic-retrograde-cholangiopancreatography
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Cengiz Tavusbay, Emrah Alper, Melek Gökova, Erdinç Kamer, Haldun Kar, Kemal Atahan, Oğuzhan Özşay, Özlem Gür, Necat Cin, Emir Çapkınoğlu, Evren Durak
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)-related perforation is an infrequent complication. It is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The present study is an evaluation of experience with management and outcomes of ERCP-related perforations and a review of relevant literature. METHODS: Between January 2008 and January 2015, a total of 9383 ERCPs were performed in endoscopy unit. A total of 29 perforations (0.33%) were identified and retrospectively reviewed...
September 2016: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819347/engineering-of-escherichia-coli-for-direct-and-modulated-biosynthesis-of-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate-copolymer-using-unrelated-carbon-sources
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Kajan Srirangan, Xuejia Liu, Tam T Tran, Trevor C Charles, Murray Moo-Young, C Perry Chou
While poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) [P(3HB-co-3HV)] is a biodegradable commodity plastic with broad applications, its microbial synthesis is hindered by high production costs primarily associated with the supplementation of related carbon substrates (e.g. propionate or valerate). Here we report construction of engineered Escherichia coli strains for direct synthesis of P(3HB-co-3HV) from an unrelated carbon source (e.g. glucose or glycerol). First, an E. coli strain with an activated sleeping beauty mutase (Sbm) operon was used to generate propionyl-CoA as a precursor...
November 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810842/pediatric-type-1-cartilage-tympanoplasty-comparison-between-graft-success-rates-and-hearing-results-in-adults
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Gültekin Övet, Necat Alataş, Mehmet Şentürk, Fatih Güzelkara
OBJECTIVE: It is an ongoing debate whether tympanoplasty should be performed in the pediatric age group. The purpose of this study was to analyze and compare the anatomical and functional outcomes of type I cartilage tympanoplasty in children and adults. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The file records of patients who underwent type 1 cartilage tympanoplasty were retrospectively reviewed. In total, 133 patients who underwent type 1 tympanoplasty for chronic otitis media were included...
August 1, 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801828/quantitative-raman-spectroscopy-analysis-of-polyhydroxyalkanoates-produced-by-cupriavidus-necator-h16
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Ota Samek, Stanislav Obruča, Martin Šiler, Petr Sedláček, Pavla Benešová, Dan Kučera, Ivana Márova, Jan Ježek, Silva Bernatová, Pavel Zemánek
We report herein on the application of Raman spectroscopy to the rapid quantitative analysis of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), biodegradable polyesters accumulated by various bacteria. This theme was exemplified for quantitative detection of the most common member of PHAs, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) in Cupriavidus necator H16. We have identified the relevant spectral region (800-1800 cm(-1)) incorporating the Raman emission lines exploited for the calibration of PHB (PHB line at 1736 cm(-1)) and for the selection of the two internal standards (DNA at 786 cm(-1) and Amide I at 1662 cm(-1))...
October 28, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793142/evaluation-of-gene-expression-cassettes-and-production-of-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate-with-a-fine-modulated-monomer-composition-by-using-it-in-cupriavidus-necator
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Hisashi Arikawa, Keiji Matsumoto
BACKGROUND: Cupriavidus necator has attracted much attention as a platform for the production of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) and other useful materials. Therefore, an appropriate modulation of gene expression is needed for producing the desired materials effectively. However, there is insufficient information on the genetic engineering techniques required for this in C. necator. RESULTS: We found that the disruption of a potential ribosome binding site (RBS) in the phaC1 gene in C...
October 28, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791436/the-association-between-serum-ghrelin-levels-and-large-for-gestational-age-fetuses-in-patients-with-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Hülya Ayık Aydın, Aysel Derbent Uysal, Onur Erol, Hamit Yaşar Ellidağ, Aslı Bayındır, Necat Yılmaz
We aimed to determine the relationship between serum ghrelin levels and large-for-gestational-age (LGA) fetuses in patients with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). A case-control study was conducted in 32 women with GDM and LGA fetuses (GDM + LGA group), 35 women with GDM and appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA) fetuses (GDM + AGA group), 32 women with normal glucose tolerance (NGT) and LGA fetuses (NGT + LGA group), and 31 women with NGT and AGA fetuses (NGT + AGA group). All participants were recruited at the time of GDM diagnosis between 24 and 30 weeks of pregnancy...
October 28, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769532/validation-of-thermally-assisted-hydrolysis-and-methylation-gas-chromatography-for-rapid-and-direct-compositional-analysis-of-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate-in-whole-bacterial-cells
#18
Siti Baidurah, Paramasivam Murugan, Lee Joyyi, Junya Fukuda, Masaya Yamada, Kumar Sudesh, Yasuyuki Ishida
Thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation-gas chromatography (THM-GC) in the presence of an organic alkali was validated for the compositional analysis of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) [P(3HB-co-3HHx)] accumulated in whole bacterial cells. Recombinant Cupriavidus necator Re2058/pCB113 was grown in a batch fermentation with different concentration of palm oil and fructose in order to control the molar fraction of 3HHx in P(3HB-co-3HHx) produced in the cells. Trace amounts (30μg) of freeze-dried cells were directly subjected to THM-GC in the presence of tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) at 400°C...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746304/a-new-biological-recovery-approach-for-pha-using-mealworm-tenebrio-molitor
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Paramasivam Murugan, Lizhu Han, Chee-Yuen Gan, Frans H J Maurer, Kumar Sudesh
Bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) are expensive partly due to the recovery and purification processes. Thus, many studies have been carried out in order to minimize the cost. Here we report on the use of mealworm, which is the larva of mealworm beetle (Tenebrio molitor) to recover PHA granules from Cupriavidus necator. Mealworms were shown to readily consume the freeze-dried C. necator cells and excrete the PHA granules in the form of whitish feces. Further purification using water, detergent and heat resulted in almost 100% pure PHA granules...
December 10, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27745851/cloud-point-extraction-of-green-polymers-from-cupriavidus-necator-lysate-using%C3%A2-thermoseparating-based-aqueous-two-phase-extraction
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Yoong Kit Leong, John Chi-Wei Lan, Hwei-San Loh, Tau Chuan Ling, Chien Wei Ooi, Pau Loke Show
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a class of renewable and biodegradable green polymers, have gained attraction as a potential substitute for the conventional plastics due to the increasing concern towards environmental pollution as well as the rapidly depleting petroleum reserve. Nevertheless, the high cost of downstream processing of PHA has been a bottleneck for the wide adoption of PHAs. Among the options of PHAs recovery techniques, aqueous two-phase extraction (ATPE) outshines the others by having the advantages of providing a mild environment for bioseparation, being green and non-toxic, the capability to handle a large operating volume and easily scaled-up...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
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