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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438568/a-novel-mutation-in-pmrb-mediates-colistin-resistance-during-therapy-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Elias Dahdouh, Rosa Gómez-Gil, Sonia Sanz, Bruno González-Zorn, Ziad Daoud, Jesús Mingorance, Monica Suárez
Acinetobacter baumannii is a highly versatile nosocomial pathogen. Multidrug resistance among A. baumannii isolates led to the use of colistin, subsequently giving rise to colistin-resistant strains. In this study, the genetic and phenotypic profiles of two colistin-resistant A. baumannii isolates were investigated. Two A. baumannii isolates were obtained from Patient 1 (C071 and C440) and three isolates were obtained from Patient 2 (C080, C314 and C428). Susceptibility profiles were determined by VITEK(®)2 and Etest...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438419/importance-of-extended-blood-group-genotyping-in-multiply-transfused-patients
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Nadila Haryani Osman, Jameela Sathar, Chooi Fun Leong, Noor Fadzilah Zulkifli, Raja Zahratul Azma Raja Sabudin, Ainoon Othman, Asral Wirda Ahmad Asnawi
Blood group antigen systems are not limited to the ABO blood groups. There is increasing interest in the detection of extended blood group systems on the red cell surface. The conventional method used to determine extended blood group antigens or red cell phenotype is by serological testing, which is based on the detection of visible haemagglutination or the presence of haemolysis. However, this technique has many limitations due to recent exposure to donor red cell, certain drugs or medications or other diseases that may alter the red cell membrane...
April 9, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434090/a-best-practice-position-statement-on-the-role-of-the-nephrologist-in-the-prevention-and-follow-up-of-preeclampsia-the-italian-study-group-on-kidney-and-pregnancy
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Giorgina Barbara Piccoli, Gianfranca Cabiddu, Santina Castellino, Giuseppe Gernone, Domenico Santoro, Gabriella Moroni, Donatella Spotti, Franca Giacchino, Rossella Attini, Monica Limardo, Stefania Maxia, Antioco Fois, Linda Gammaro, Tullia Todros
Preeclampsia (PE) is a protean syndrome causing a transitory kidney disease, characterised by hypertension and proteinuria, ultimately reversible after delivery. Its prevalence is variously estimated, from 3 to 5% to 10% if all the related disorders, including also pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) and HELLP syndrome (haemolysis, increase in liver enzyme, low platelets) are included. Both nephrologists and obstetricians are involved in the management of the disease, according to different protocols, and the clinical management, as well as the role for each specialty, differs worldwide...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433984/haemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-presenting-as-hellp-syndrome-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-challenge
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Robert Noel Kerley, Raymond Michael Kelly, Mary Rose Cahill, Louise Clare Kenny
Haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare, potentially fatal, haematological disorder, which can be clinically challenging to diagnose and manage. We report a case of HLH in a previously healthy 33-year-old primigravida. The patient presented at 22 weeks gestation with dyspnoea, abdominal pain, anaemia, thrombocytopenia and elevated liver enzymes suggestive of HELLP syndrome.HELLP, a syndrome characterised by haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets is considered a severe form of pre-eclampsia...
April 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428949/p2x1-p2x4-and-p2x7-receptor-knock-out-mice-expose-differential-outcome-of-sepsis-induced-by-%C3%AE-haemolysin-producing-escherichia-coli
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Anne-Sofie Greve, Marianne Skals, Steen K Fagerberg, Wulf Tonnus, Svend Ellermann-Eriksen, Richard J Evans, Andreas Linkermann, Helle A Praetorius
α-haemolysin (HlyA)-producing Escherichia coli commonly inflict severe urinary tract infections, including pyelonephritis, which comprises substantial risk for sepsis. In vitro, the cytolytic effect of HlyA is mainly mediated by ATP release through the HlyA pore and subsequent P2X1/P2X7 receptor activation. This amplification of the lytic process is not unique to HlyA but is observed by many other pore-forming proteins including complement-induced haemolysis. Since free hemoglobin in the blood is known to be associated with a worse outcome in sepsis one could speculate that inhibition of P2X receptors would ameliorate the course of sepsis...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424024/molecular-profiling-and-bioactive-potential-of-an-endophytic-fungus-aspergillus-sulphureus-isolated-from-sida-acuta-a-medicinal-plant
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M Murali, C Mahendra, P Hema, N Rajashekar, A Nataraju, M S Sudarshana, K N Amruthesh
CONTEXT: Sida acuta Burm.f. (Malvaceae) extracts are reported to have applications against malaria, diuretic, antipyretic, nervous and urinary diseases. No fungal endophytes of S. acuta are reported. OBJECTIVE: Isolation, identification and evaluation of antibacterial, antioxidant, anticancer and haemolytic potential of fungal endophytes from the ethnomedcinal plant S. acuta. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sida acuta stem segments were placed on PDA medium to isolate endophytic fungi...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410390/accessory-gene-regulator-agr-functionality-in-staphylococcus-aureus-derived-from-lower-respiratory-tract-infections
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Meissiner Gomes-Fernandes, Maisem Laabei, Natalia Pagan, Jessica Hidalgo, Sònia Molinos, Raquel Villar Hernandez, Dídac Domínguez-Villanueva, A Toby A Jenkins, Alicia Lacoma, Cristina Prat
OBJECTIVE: Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates derived from lower respiratory tract infections (LRTIs), and correlation between the functionality of the accessory gene regulator (Agr) and genotypic and phenotypic characteristics, clinical variables and clinical outcome. METHODS: S aureus isolates derived from LRTIs and control groups (nasal carriage and bacteraemia) were genotyped using StaphyType DNA microarray. Agr activity was evaluated using the CAMP synergistic haemolysis assay and the Vesicle Lysis Test (VLT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402019/epigallocatechin-gallate-inhibits-streptococcus-pneumoniae-virulence-by-simultaneously-targeting-pneumolysin-and-sortase%C3%A2-a
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Meng Song, Zihao Teng, Meng Li, Xiaodi Niu, Jianfeng Wang, Xuming Deng
Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), the causative agent of several human diseases, possesses numerous virulence factors associated with pneumococcal infection and pathogenesis. Pneumolysin (PLY), an important virulence factor, is a member of the cholesterol-dependent cytolysin family and has cytolytic activity. Sortase A (SrtA), another crucial pneumococcal virulence determinate, contributes greatly to the anchoring of many virulence-associated surface proteins to the cell wall. In this study, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a natural compound with little known antipneumococcal activity, was shown to directly inhibit PLY-mediated haemolysis and cytolysis by blocking the oligomerization of PLY and simultaneously reduce the peptidase activity of SrtA...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400115/thymus-transplantation-for-complete-digeorge-syndrome-european-experience
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E Graham Davies, Melissa Cheung, Kimberly Gilmour, Jesmeen Maimaris, Joe Curry, Anna Furmanski, Neil Sebire, Neil Halliday, Konstantinos Mengrelis, Stuart Adams, Jolanta Bernatoniene, Ronald Bremner, Michael Browning, Blythe Devlin, Hans Christian Erichsen, H Bobby Gaspar, Lizzie Hutchison, Winnie Ip, Marianne Ifversen, T Ronan Leahy, Elizabeth McCarthy, Despina Moshous, Kim Neuling, Malgorzata Pac, Alina Papadopol, Kathryn L Parsley, Luigi Poliani, Ida Ricciardelli, David M Sansom, Tiia Voor, Austen Worth, Tessa Crompton, M Louise Markert, Adrian J Thrasher
BACKGROUND: Thymus transplantation is a promising strategy for the treatment of athymic complete DiGeorge syndrome (cDGS). METHODS: Twelve patients with cDGS were transplanted with allogeneic cultured thymus. OBJECTIVE: To confirm and extend the results previously obtained in a single centre. RESULTS: Two patients died of pre-existing viral infections without developing thymopoeisis and one late death occurred from autoimmune thrombocytopaenia...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399358/care-for-haemoglobinopathy-patients-in-slovakia
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Viera Fábryová, Peter Božek, Monika Drakulová, Andrea Kollárová, Zuzana Laluhová Striežencová, Michaela Macichová, Adriena Sakalová
BACKGROUND: The paper presents the results od 22-year study of screening and follow-up of haemoglobinopathies in Slovakia, an overview of genetic mutations, the coincidence with hereditary haemochromatosis mutations, and the procedure in genetic councelling. METHODS: Between 1993-2015, in three centres in Bratislava and in one centre in Kosice, carriers of beta-thalassaemic genes or other haemoglobinopathies were searched for. Diagnosis was performed by haematologists, whereby the family history was evaluated, together with the overall clinical condition, blood count and blood smear, iron and haemolysis parameters, mutations of hereditary haemochromatosis, and haemoglobin electrophoresis testing...
March 2017: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395097/artesunate-to-treat-severe-malaria-in-travellers-review-of-efficacy-and-safety-and-practical-implications
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Camille Roussel, Eric Caumes, Marc Thellier, Papa Alioune Ndour, Pierre A Buffet, Stéphane Jauréguiberry
Background: Artesunate (AS) is the WHO first-line treatment of severe malaria in endemic countries, in adults and children. However, despite solid evidence that AS is safe and more effective than quinine in endemic areas, its deployment in non-endemic areas has been slow, due in part to the absence of a full good manufacturing practice (GMP) qualification (although prequalification has been granted in 2010). Prospective comparative trials were not conducted in travellers, but several retrospective studies and case reports are providing insights into the efficacy and safety of AS in imported severe malaria...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Travel Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389926/influence-of-molecular-characteristics-in-the-prognosis-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-prosthetic-joint-infections-beyond-the-species-and-the-antibiogram
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Irene Muñoz-Gallego, Jaime Lora-Tamayo, Dafne Pérez-Montarelo, Patricia Brañas, Esther Viedma, Fernando Chaves
We have explored the relationship of phenotypic (antibiogram, β-haemolysis, agr functionality, biofilm formation) and genotypic characteristics on the prognosis of 18 cases of methicillin-resistant S. aureus prosthetic joint infection (2005-2015). All isolates belonged to CC5, and had agr type II. This pilot study suggests that phage-borne genes belonging to the immune evasion cluster (chp, sak and scn) were more frequent among episodes with treatment failure (80.0 vs. 37.5%).
April 7, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389880/role-of-climate-in-the-spread-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-infection-among-children
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Fiorella Acquaotta, Gianluigi Ardissino, Simona Fratianni, Michela Perrone
Haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS) is a rare disease mainly affecting children that develops as a complication of shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection. It is characterised by acute kidney injury, platelet consumption and mechanical destruction of red blood cells (haemolysis). In order to test the working hypothesis that the spread of the infection is influenced by specific climatic conditions, we analysed all of the identified cases of infection occurring between June 2010 and December 2013 in four provinces of Lombardy, Italy (Milano, Monza Brianza, Varese and Brescia), in which a STEC surveillance system has been developed as part of a preventive programme...
April 7, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385613/shikonin-alleviates-the-biotoxicity-produced-by-pneumococcal-pneumolysin
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Xiaoran Zhao, Yonglin Zhou, Laiying Wang, Meng Li, Dongxue Shi, Dan Li, Jianfeng Wang
AIMS: Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) is a common pathogen that can cause severe infections in humans. Pneumolysin (PLY) is an important virulence trait of S. pneumoniae and has cytotoxicity, genotoxicity and pro-inflammatory activity; it is essential for the pathogenesis of S. pneumoniae pneumonia and is an anti-virulence target of small molecule drug development. The treatment options for this microbe were limit due to the ubiquitous antibiotic resistance; therefore, new drugs and treatment strategies are needed...
April 3, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384941/massive-ascites-and-pleural-effusion-in-preeclampsia
#15
Sezen Bozkurt Koseoglu, Ruya Deveer, Aysun Camuzcuoglu, Burcu Kasap, Hakan Camuzcuoglu
Preeclampsia is defined as new onset hypertension and proteinuria after 20 weeks of gestation and complicates approximately 2-8% of all pregnancies. Release of vasoconstrictive agents, endothelial damage, hyperpermeability of the capillaries and microangiopathic haemolysis involves the basic pathophysiology. It has variable clinical presentation. Here, we report a case of severe preeclampsia who developed postpartum massive ascites and pleural effusion. Primigravid patient was admitted to our clinic at 35 weeks of gestation with very high blood pressure...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384862/enzymatic-and-non-enzymatic-virulence-activities-of-dermatophytes-on-solid-media
#16
Elangovan Elavarashi, Anupma Jyoti Kindo, Sudha Rangarajan
INTRODUCTION: Dermatophytes are keratinophilic fungi causing superficial cutaneous infections that account 20-25% of the global population. As per literature search, there is a dearth in the study on virulence factors of dermatophytes from the Indian sub-continent and moreover the association of the virulence factors and the host tissue in vitro helps in understanding the host-pathogen interaction. AIM: To analyse the enzymatic and non-enzymatic virulence activities of dermatophytes on solid media...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379176/ostreolysin-a-pleurotolysin-b-and-equinatoxins-structure-function-and-pathophysiological-effects-of-these-pore-forming-proteins
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REVIEW
Robert Frangež, Dušan Šuput, Jordi Molgó, Evelyne Benoit
Acidic ostreolysin A/pleurotolysin B (OlyA/PlyB, formerly known as ostreolysin (Oly), and basic 20 kDa equinatoxins (EqTs) are cytolytic proteins isolated from the edible mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus and the sea anemone Actinia equina, respectively. Both toxins, although from different sources, share many similar biological activities: (i) colloid-osmotic shock by forming pores in cellular and artificial membranes enriched in cholesterol and sphingomyelin; (ii) increased vascular endothelial wall permeability in vivo and perivascular oedema; (iii) dose-dependent contraction of coronary vessels; (iv) haemolysis with pronounced hyperkalaemia in vivo; (v) bradycardia, myocardial ischemia and ventricular extrasystoles accompanied by progressive fall of arterial blood pressure and respiratory arrest in rodents...
April 5, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367976/proteomic-signature-of-muscle-fibre-hyperplasia-in-response-to-faba-bean-intake-in-grass-carp
#18
Er-Meng Yu, Hao-Fang Zhang, Zhi-Fei Li, Guang-Jun Wang, Hong-Kai Wu, Jun Xie, De-Guang Yu, Yun Xia, Kai Zhang, Wang-Bo Gong
Fish muscle growth is important for the rapidly developing global aquaculture industry, particularly with respect to production and quality. Changes in muscle fibre size are accomplished by altering the balance between protein synthesis and proteolysis. However, our understanding regarding the effects of different protein sources on fish muscle proteins is still limited. Here we report on the proteomic profile of muscle fibre hyperplasia in grass carp fed only with whole faba bean. From the results, a total of 99 significantly changed proteins after muscle hyperplasia increase were identified (p < 0...
April 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365981/evaluation-of-the-antimicrobial-activity-of-cationic-polymers-against-mycobacteria-towards-anti-tubercular-macromolecules
#19
Daniel J Phillips, James Harrison, Sarah-Jane Richards, Daniel E Mitchell, Esther Tichauer, Alasdair Thomas Macadam Hubbard, Collette S Guy, Ian Hands-Portman, Elizabeth Fullam, Matthew I Gibson
Antimicrobial resistance is a global healthcare problem with a dwindling arsenal of usable drugs. Tuberculosis, caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, requires long-term combination therapy and multi- and totally-drug resistant strains have emerged. This study reports the antibacterial activity of cationic polymers against mycobacteria, which are distinguished from other Gram-positive bacteria by their unique cell wall comprising a covalently linked mycolic acid-arabinogalactan-peptidoglycan complex (mAGP), interspersed with additional complex lipids which helps them persist in their host...
April 3, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356147/genotypic-and-phenotypic-characterization-of-g6pd-deficiency-in-bengali-adults-with-severe-and-uncomplicated-malaria
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Katherine Plewes, Ingfar Soontarawirat, Aniruddha Ghose, Germana Bancone, Hugh W F Kingston, M Trent Herdman, Stije J Leopold, Haruhiko Ishioka, Md Abul Faiz, Nicholas M Anstey, Nicholas P J Day, Md Amir Hossain, Mallika Imwong, Arjen M Dondorp, Charles J Woodrow
BACKGROUND: Control of malaria increasingly involves administration of 8-aminoquinolines, with accompanying risk of haemolysis in individuals with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Few data on the prevalence and genotypic basis of G6PD deficiency are available from Bangladesh, where malaria remains a major problem in the South (Chittagong Division). The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of G6PD deficiency, and associated G6PD genotypes, in adults with falciparum malaria in southern Bangladesh...
March 29, 2017: Malaria Journal
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