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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342260/interaction-between-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-is-beneficial-for-colonisation-and-pathogenicity-in-a-mixed-biofilm
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Patrícia M Alves, Eide Al-Badi, Cathryn Withycombe, Paul M Jones, Kevin J Purdy, Sarah E Maddocks
Debate regarding the co-existence of Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in wounds remains contentious, with the dominant hypothesis describing a situation akin to niche partitioning, whereby both microorganisms are present but occupy distinct regions of the wound without interacting. In contrast, we hypothesised that these microorganisms do interact during early co-colonisation in a manner beneficial to both bacteria. We assessed competitive interaction between S. aureus and P. aeruginosa in biofilm cultured for 24-72 h and bacterial aggregates analogous to those observed in early ( < 24h) biofilm formation, and interaction with human keratinocytes...
January 12, 2018: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341954/carbapenemase-production-of-clinical-isolates-acinetobacter-baumannii-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-from-a-bulgarian-university-hospital
#2
Atanaska P Petrova, Irina D Stanimirova, Ivan N Ivanov, Michael M Petrov, Tsonka M Miteva-Katrandzhieva, Vasil I Grivnev, Velichka S Kardjeva, Todor V Kantardzhiev, Mariana A Murdjeva
BACKGROUND: Production of Bla OXA-23, OXA-24, OXA-58 and hyperexpression of OXA-51 due to ISAba1 insertion sequence are the leading causes of carbapenem resistance in Acinetobacter baumannii. The loss of OprD transmembrane protein and the overexpression of some effl ux pumps are considered to be the main factors for carbapenem resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa whereas metallo-enzymes' production has a secondary role. AIM: Тo examine the carbapenem resistance due to carbapenemase production among clinically signifi cant Gram-negative non-fermenters from St George University hospital, Plovdiv: A...
December 20, 2017: Folia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341437/phenotypic-heterogeneity-of-zmpste24-deficiency
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Thomas A Cassini, Amy K Robertson, Anna G Bican, Joy D Cogan, Vickie L Hannig, John H Newman, Rizwan Hamid, John A Phillips
A 4-year-old girl was referred to the Undiagnosed Diseases Network with a history of short stature, thin and translucent skin, macrocephaly, small hands, and camptodactyly. She had been diagnosed with possible Hallerman-Streiff syndrome. Her evaluation showed that she was mosaic for uniparental isodisomy of chromosome 1, which harbored a pathogenic c.1077dupT variant in ZMPSTE24 which predicts p.(Leu362fsX18). ZMPSTE24 is a zinc metalloproteinase that is involved in processing farnesylated proteins and pathogenic ZMPSTE24 variants cause accumulation of abnormal farnesylated forms of prelamin A...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340131/acute-myeloid-leukemia-genetic-alterations-and-their-clinical-prognosis
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Francisco Alejandro Lagunas-Rangel, Venice Chávez-Valencia, Miguel Ángel Gómez-Guijosa, Carlos Cortes-Penagos
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a group of hematological diseases, phenotypic and genetically heterogeneous, characterized by abnormal accumulation of blast cells in the bone marrows and peripheral blood. Its incidence rate is approximately 1.5 per 100,000 in infants younger than 1 year of age and 25 per 100,000 persons in octogenarians. Traditionally, cytogenetic markers are used to stratify patients in three risk categories: favorable, intermediate and unfavorable. However, the forecast stratification and the treatment decision for patients with normal karyotype shows difficulties due to the high clinical heterogeneity...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Hematology-oncology and Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339789/exosome-mediated-breast-cancer-chemoresistance-via-mir-155-transfer
#5
Juliana Carvalho Santos, Natália da Silva Lima, Luis Otavio Sarian, Ander Matheu, Marcelo Lima Ribeiro, Sophie Françoise Mauricette Derchain
Breast cancer remains the most prevalent cause of cancer mortality in woman worldwide due to the metastatic process and therapy resistance. Resistance against cancer therapy is partially attributed to cancer stem cells (CSCs). These cells arise from epithelial cells undergoing epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and might be responsible for tumor recurrence. In this study, we reported the relevance of miR-155 upregulation in chemoresistant cells associated with EMT. Notably, we found miR-155 induction in exosomes isolated from CSCs and resistant cells, followed by resistant cells' exosome transfer to the recipient sensitive cells...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338117/nestin-expression-in-primary-and-metastatic-uveal-melanoma-possible-biomarker-for-high-risk-uveal-melanoma
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Luna Djirackor, Dilem Shakir, Helen Kalirai, Goran Petrovski, Sarah E Coupland
PURPOSE: Nestin, a member of the intermediate filament protein family, has been described as a putative cancer stem cell marker (CSC) in uveal melanoma and poor prognostic factor in a variety of tumours, including cutaneous melanoma. In this study, we examined the expression of nestin in primary (PUM) and metastatic uveal melanoma (MUM) samples, and correlated the findings with histological, clinical and survival data. METHODS: Nestin expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry in 141 PUM and 26 MUM samples; 11 PUM cases were matched with their corresponding metastases...
January 16, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331050/exercise-counteracts-lipotoxicity-by-improving-lipid-turnover-and-lipid-droplet-quality
#7
Evelyn Zacharewicz, Matthijs K C Hesselink, Patrick Schrauwen
The incidence of obesity and metabolic disease, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D), are rising globally. Dietary lipid over-supply leads to lipid accumulation at ectopic sites, such as skeletal muscle. Ectopic lipid storage is highly correlated with insulin resistance and T2D, likely due to a loss of metabolic flexibility - the capacity to switch between fat and glucose oxidation upon insulin stimulation - and cellular dysfunction because of lipotoxicity. However, muscle lipid levels are also elevated in endurance trained athletes, presenting a paradoxical phenotype of increased intramuscular lipids along with high insulin sensitivity - the "athletes' paradox"...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330531/low-density-neutrophils-ldn-in-postoperative-abdominal-cavity-assist-the-peritoneal-recurrence-through-the-production-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-nets
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Rihito Kanamaru, Hideyuki Ohzawa, Hideyo Miyato, Shiro Matsumoto, Hidenori Haruta, Kentaro Kurashina, Shin Saito, Yoshinori Hosoya, Hironori Yamaguchi, Hiroharu Yamashita, Yasuyuki Seto, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Naohiro Sata, Joji Kitayama
Many types of immune cells appear in peritoneal cavity after abdominal surgery. In patients who underwent laparotomy due to gastric cancer, peritoneal lavages were obtained before and after surgical procedure. Cells were recovered from intermediate layer after Ficoll-Hypaque centrifugation and analyzed for phenotypes and functions, especially focused on low density neutrophils (LDN). The number of CD66b (+) LDN with mature phenotype was markedly elevated in postoperative as compared with preoperative lavages...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324797/sex-dependent-impact-of-early-life-stress-and-adult-immobilization-in-the-attribution-of-incentive-salience-in-rats
#9
Silvia Fuentes, Javier Carrasco, Abigail Hatto, Juan Navarro, Antonio Armario, Manel Monsonet, Jordi Ortiz, Roser Nadal
Early life stress (ELS) induces long-term effects in later functioning and interacts with further exposure to other stressors in adulthood to shape our responsiveness to reward-related cues. The attribution of incentive salience to food-related cues may be modulated by previous and current exposures to stressors in a sex-dependent manner. We hypothesized from human data that exposure to a traumatic (severe) adult stressor will decrease the attribution of incentive salience to reward-associated cues, especially in females, because these effects are modulated by previous ELS...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322462/methods-to-determine-mutational-trajectories-after-experimental-evolution-of-antibiotic-resistance
#10
Douglas L Huseby, Diarmaid Hughes
The evolution of bacterial resistance to antibiotics by mutation within the genome (as distinct from horizontal gene transfer of new material into a genome) could occur in a single step but is usually a multistep process. Resistance evolution can be studied in laboratory environments by serial passage of bacteria in liquid culture or on agar, with selection at constant, or varying, concentrations of drug. Whole genome sequencing can be used to make an initial analysis of the evolved mutants. The trajectory of evolution can be determined by sequence analysis of strains from intermediate steps in the evolution, complemented by phenotypic analysis of genetically reconstructed isogenic strains that recapitulate the intermediate steps in the evolution...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322371/relationship-of-parental-genetic-distance-with-heterosis-and-specific-combining-ability-in-sesame-sesamum-indicum-l-based-on-phenotypic-and-molecular-marker-analysis
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Sarita K Pandey, Tapash Dasgupta, Abhishek Rathore, Anilkumar Vemula
The genetic distance analysis for selection of suitable parents has been established and effectively used in many crops; however, there is dearth of conclusive report of relationship of genetic distance analysis with heterosis in sesame. In the present study, an attempt was made to estimate the associations of genetic distances using SSR (GDSSR), seed-storage protein profiling (GDSDS) and agro-morphological traits (GDMOR) with hybrid performance. Seven parents were selected from 60 exotic and Indian genotypes based on genetic distance from clustering pattern based on SSR, seed-storage protein, morphological traits and per se performance...
January 10, 2018: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321819/the-induction-of-endoreduplication-and-polyploidy-by-elevated-expression-of-14-3-3%C3%AE
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Cecil J Gomes, Sara M Centuori, Michael W Harman, Charles W Putnam, Charles W Wolgemuth, Jesse D Martinez
Several studies have demonstrated that specific 14-3-3 isoforms are frequently elevated in cancer and that these proteins play a role in human tumorigenesis. 14-3-3γ, an isoform recently demonstrated to function as an oncoprotein, is overexpressed in a variety of human cancers; however, its role in promoting tumorigenesis remains unclear. We previously reported that overexpression of 14-3-3γ caused the appearance of polyploid cells, a phenotype demonstrated to have profound tumor promoting properties. Here we examined the mechanism driving 14-3-3γ-induced polyploidization and the effect this has on genomic stability...
November 2017: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317528/sphingolipids-activate-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-surveillance-pathway
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Francisco Piña, Fumi Yagisawa, Keisuke Obara, J D Gregerson, Akio Kihara, Maho Niwa
Proper inheritance of functional organelles is vital to cell survival. In the budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress surveillance (ERSU) pathway ensures that daughter cells inherit a functional ER. Here, we show that the ERSU pathway is activated by phytosphingosine (PHS), an early biosynthetic sphingolipid. Multiple lines of evidence support this: (1) Reducing PHS levels with myriocin diminishes the ability of cells to induce ERSU phenotypes. (2) Aureobasidin A treatment, which blocks conversion of early intermediates to downstream complex sphingolipids, induces ERSU...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311303/pyruvate-induces-torpor-in-obese-mice
#14
Marion Soto, Lucie Orliaguet, Michelle L Reyzer, M Lisa Manier, Richard M Caprioli, C Ronald Kahn
Mice subjected to cold or caloric deprivation can reduce body temperature and metabolic rate and enter a state of torpor. Here we show that administration of pyruvate, an energy-rich metabolic intermediate, can induce torpor in mice with diet-induced or genetic obesity. This is associated with marked hypothermia, decreased activity, and decreased metabolic rate. The drop in body temperature correlates with the degree of obesity and is blunted by housing mice at thermoneutrality. Induction of torpor by pyruvate in obese mice relies on adenosine signaling and is accompanied by changes in brain levels of hexose bisphosphate and GABA as detected by mass spectroscopy-based imaging...
January 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311281/cyclic-di-gmp-regulates-tfoy-in-vibrio-cholerae-to-control-motility-by-both-transcriptional-and-posttranscriptional-mechanisms
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Benjamin R Pursley, Michael M Maiden, Meng-Lun Hsieh, Nicolas Fernandez, Geoffrey B Severin, Christopher M Waters
Cyclic di-GMP (c-di-GMP) is a bacterial second messenger molecule that is a key global regulator in Vibrio cholerae, but the molecular mechanisms by which this molecule regulates downstream phenotypes have not been fully characterized. One such regulatory factor that may respond to c-di-GMP is the Vc2 c-di-GMP-binding riboswitch that is hypothesized to control the expression of the downstream putative transcription factor TfoY. Although much is known about the physical and structural properties of the Vc2 riboswitch aptamer, the nature of its expression and function in V...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311063/mutant-prevention-concentration-and-mutant-selection-window-of-micafungin-and-anidulafungin-in-clinical-candida-glabrata-isolates
#16
María Ángeles Bordallo-Cardona, Laura Judith Marcos-Zambrano, Carlos Sánchez-Carrillo, Elia Gómez G de la Pedrosa, Rafael Cantón, Emilio Bouza, Pilar Escribano, Jesús Guinea
Background: We report the mutant prevention concentration (MPC) and mutant selection window (MSW) for micafungin and anidulafungin administered to treat Candida glabrata We also determine the mutation frequency.Methods: We studied 20 echinocandin-susceptible, fluconazole-intermediate, and FKS wild-type C. glabrata isolates. Adjusted inocula were stroked directly onto Sabouraud agar plates containing different concentrations of micafungin or anidulafungin and visually inspected daily for up to 5 days of incubation...
January 8, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307344/molecular-and-phenotypic-characterization-of-the-vancomycin-resistant-gene-in-bacterial-isolates-acquired-from-catheter-tips
#17
Samra Siddiqui, Mohd Saeed, Syed Mohd Faisal, Asma Akhtar, Khan Mohd Sarim, Mahvish Khan, Israr Ahmad, Irfan Ahmad
Gram-positive bacteria, particularly Staphylococcus aureus is a significant pathogen, not only in the hospital setting but the community also. S. aureus is a major cause of serious hospital and community-acquired infections, particularly in the colonized individuals. The emergence of vancomycin-resistant S. aureus (VRSA) strains has led to global concerns about treatments for staphylococcal infections. Until now, few strains of VRSA have been reported worldwide. The conventional disk diffusion method for determination of vancomycin sensitivity often misclassifies intermediately susceptible isolates to fully sensitive...
December 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305957/isolation-of-an-incp-1-plasmid-with-mcr-1-from-a-chicken-isolate-of-citrobacter-braakii-in-china
#18
Jinxin Liu, Yanxian Yang, Yunxia Li, Dan Liu, Hongmei Tuo, Hongning Wang, Douglas R Call, Margaret Davis, Anyun Zhang
The plasmid-mediated colistin resistance gene mcr-1 has been found worldwide, but the diversity of organisms harboring this gene is unknown. In this study, twelve colistin-resistant Citrobacter spp. isolates were obtained from diseased or dead chickens in China, and PCR analysis indicated that five were positive for mcr-1. One Citrobacter braakii strain (SCC4) with a multidrug resistance phenotype was chosen for further analysis. SCC4 was resistant to ten tested antibiotics and the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) to colistin was >4 µg/mL...
January 3, 2018: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305136/low-level-dystrophin-expression-attenuating-the-dystrophinopathy-phenotype
#19
Megan A Waldrop, Felecia Gumienny, Saleh El Husayni, Diane E Frank, Robert B Weiss, Kevin M Flanigan
The reading frame rule suggests that Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) results from DMD mutations causing an out-of-frame transcript, whereas the milder Becker muscular dystrophy results from mutations causing an in-frame transcript. However, predicted nonsense mutations may instead result in altered splicing and an in-frame transcript. Here we report a 10-year-old boy with a predicted nonsense mutation in exon 42 who had a 6-minute walk time of 157% of that of age matched DMD controls, characterized as intermediate muscular dystrophy...
November 23, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303479/intrinsic-adaptive-value-and-early-fate-of-gene-duplication-revealed-by-a-bottom-up-approach
#20
Guillermo Rodrigo, Mario A Fares
The population genetic mechanisms governing the preservation of gene duplicates, especially in the critical very initial phase, have remained largely unknown. Here, we demonstrate that gene duplication confers per se a weak selective advantage in scenarios of fitness trade-offs. Through a precise quantitative description of a model system, we show that a second gene copy serves to reduce gene expression inaccuracies derived from pervasive molecular noise and suboptimal gene regulation. We then reveal that such an accuracy in the phenotype yields a selective advantage in the order of 0...
January 5, 2018: ELife
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