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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634805/comparative-prevalence-of-escherichia-coli-carrying-virulence-genes-and-class-1-and-2-integrons-in-sub-tropical-and-cool-temperate-freshwater
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Jatinder P S Sidhu, Paul Jagals, Amy Smith, Simon Toze
Aquatic environments are now recognized secondary habitat of potentially pathogenic Escherichia coli. In this study, PCR-based analyses were used to determine the phylogenetic composition and frequency of occurrence of eight clinically significant virulence genes (VGs) in E. coli isolates from sub-tropical Brisbane and cool temperate Tasmania freshwater in Australia. In Brisbane, non-commensal E. coli isolates belonging to the B2 and D phylogenetic group were dominant (72%). A significantly higher number (P < 0...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634189/reduced-platelet-count-but-no-major-platelet-function-abnormalities-are-associated-with-loss-of-function-atp-binding-cassette-1-abca1-gene-mutations
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Pietro Minuz, Alessandra Meneguzzi, Eti Alessandra Femia, Cristiano Fava, Stefano Calabria, Mariangela Scavone, Donatella Benati, Giovanni Poli, Carlo Zancanaro, Sebastiano Calandra, Tiziano Lucchi, Marco Cattaneo
Loss of function mutations of the the ATP-binding cassette-1 (ABCA1) gene are the cause of Tangier disease (TD) in homozygous subjects and familial HDL deficiency (FHD) in heterozygous subjects. These disorders are characterized by reduced plasma HDL-cholesterol and altered efflux of cholesterol from cells. Previous studies in TD patients and ABCA1(-/-) murine models reported defects in platelet count, morphology and function, but the issue is still controversial. We analysed three subjects with low to very low HDL cholesterol levels due to loss of function mutations of the ABCA1 gene...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630686/fecal-carriage-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-and-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-egyptian-patients-with-community-onset-gastrointestinal-complaints-a-hospital-based-cross-sectional-study
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H M Abdallah, N Alnaiemi, E A Reuland, B B Wintermans, A Koek, A M Abdelwahab, A Samy, K W Abdelsalam, C M J E Vandenbroucke-Grauls
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) and carbapenemase production among Enterobacteriaceae isolated from ambulatory patients with gastrointestinal complaints admitted to El-Ahrar General Hospital, Zagazig, Egypt in the period between January 2013 and May 2013. METHODS: One hundred and thirteen Enterobacteriaceae isolates were recovered from 100 consecutive Egyptian patients with community-onset gastrointestinal complaints...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629625/what-exactly-regression-of-atherosclerosis-or-foreign-body-reaction-with-hyaline-arteriosclerosis-drives-transient-scaffolding-of-coronary-arteries-a-pooled-analysis-of-observational-absorb-studies-with-a-serial-multimodality-imaging-substudy-of-absorb-cohort
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Alexander N Kharlamov, John A Feinstein, John A Cramer, John A Boothroyd
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to estimate the trends of the artery remodeling after transient scaffolding. BACKGROUND: At least 2.62% reduction of the per cent atheroma volume (PAV) or plaque burden (PB) performed in ABSORB B trial at 60months. METHODS: The detailed multiple serial imaging evaluation was performed by intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) in comparison with quantitative coronary angiography (QCA), multislice CT (MSCT) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) thru 24months in the ABSORB cohort B1 trial (n=45) with the pooled analysis in ABSORB A and B trials (n=131)...
June 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627806/improving-the-quantum-yields-of-perylene-diimide-aggregates-by-increasing-molecular-hydrophobicity-in-polar-media
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Jodi Szarko, Jürgen Plenge, Xiaoyu Xu, Ashli Austin, Steven Mylon
Here we report the quantum yield of four aggregated perylene diimide (PDI) species that vary by the length of the branched side chains attached at the N,N' imide positions. The PDI molecules were dissolved in binary water:methanol solvents as a means to vary the solvent polarity and control the degree of aggregation in solution. By performing spectroscopy, kinetics, and light scattering experiments, the nature of the molecular interactions in the solutions was determined. The maximum quantum yield of the aggregated molecules increased from 0...
June 19, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627136/enhancer-of-rudimentary-homologue-interacts-with-scaffold-attachment-factor-b-at-the-nuclear-matrix-to-regulate-sr-protein-phosphorylation
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Sotiria Drakouli, Aggeliki Lyberopoulou, Maria Papathanassiou, Ilias Mylonis, Eleni Georgatsou
Scaffold Attachment Factor B1 (SAFB1) is an integral component of the nuclear matrix of vertebrate cells.It binds to DNA on scaffold/matrix attachment region (S/MAR) elements, to RNA, and to a multitude of different proteins, affecting, as has been extensively substantiated, basic cellular activities such as transcription, splicing and DNA damage repair (DDR). In this study, we show that Enhancer of Rudimentary Homologue (ERH) is a new molecular partner of SAFB1 and its 70% homologous paralogue, Scaffold Attachment Factor B2 (SAFB2)...
June 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626733/the-overall-survival-of-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-correlates-with-the-newly-defined-time-to-progression-after-transarterial-chemoembolization
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Tadaaki Arizumi, Kazuomi Ueshima, Mina Iwanishi, Tomohiro Minami, Hirokazu Chishina, Masashi Kono, Masahiro Takita, Norihisa Yada, Satoru Hagiwara, Yasunori Minami, Hiroshi Ida, Yoriaki Komeda, Mamoru Takenaka, Toshiharu Sakurai, Tomohiro Watanabe, Naoshi Nishida, Masatoshi Kudo
AIM/BACKGROUND: The ultimate aim of any treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is to improve overall survival (OS); however, the clinical significance of time to progression (TTP) after transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) is unclear. This retrospective study examined the association between OS and the newly defined time to TACE progression (TTTP) to assess whether TTTP can be an alternative to OS in HCC patients with Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) stage B. METHODS: Between January 2006 and December 2013, 592 patients with HCC (BCLC B1, n = 118; BCLC B2, n = 170) underwent TACE...
June 2017: Liver Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625631/cd52-cd22-cd26-eg5-and-igf-1r-expression-in-thymic-malignancies
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J Remon, N Abedallaa, E Taranchon-Clermont, V Bluthgen, C R Lindsay, B Besse, V Thomas de Montpréville
BACKGROUND: Thymic epithelial tumours are rare cancers for which new treatment options are required. Identification of putative predictive markers is important for developing clinical trials. We studied the expression of five putative predictive biomarkers, potentially actionable by approved experimental drugs. METHODS: CD52, CD22, CD26, EG5, and IGF-1R expression were investigated by immunohistochemistry in formalin-fixed surgical samples of thymic epithelial tumour patients...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625368/effect-of-aspirin-on-renal-disease-progression-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-multicenter-double-blind-placebo-controlled-randomized-trial-the-renal-disease-progression-by-aspirin-in-diabetic-patients-leda-trial-rationale-and-study-design
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Francesco Violi, Giovanni Targher, Annarita Vestri, Roberto Carnevale, Maurizio Averna, Alessio Farcomeni, Andrea Lenzi, Francesco Angelico, Francesco Cipollone, Daniele Pastori
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the most common causes of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. It has been estimated that the annual decline of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) among patients with T2DM is approximately 2.0-2.5mL min(-1) y(-1). Cyclooxygenase-dependent eicosanoids, such as 11-dehydro-thromboxane (Tx)B2, are increased in T2DM patients and are potentially involved in the regulation of renal blood flow. Animal models showed that cyclooxygenase inhibitors, such as aspirin, are associated with improvements in renal plasma flow and eGFR values...
July 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624053/radiologic-evaluation-of-vasculobiliary-anatomy-in-the-umbilical-fissure
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Gu-Wei Ji, Fei-Peng Zhu, Ke Wang, Yong-Xiang Xia, Chen-Yu Jiao, Zi-Cheng Shao, Xiang-Cheng Li
BACKGROUND: Preoperative evaluation of vasculobiliary anatomy in the umbilical fissure (U-point) is pivotal for perihilar cholangiocarcinoma (PCCA) applied to right-sided hepatectomy. The purpose of our study was to review the vasculobiliary anatomy in the U-point using three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction technique, to investigate the diagnostic ability of 2D scans to evaluate anatomic variations, and to discuss its surgical implications. METHODS: A retrospective study of 159 patients with Bismuth type I, II, and IIIa PCCA, who received surgery at our institution from November 2012 to September 2016, was conducted...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622690/exploiting-cancer-s-phenotypic-guise-against-itself-targeting-ectopically-expressed-peptide-g-protein-coupled-receptors-for-lung-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Mahjabin Khan, Tao Huang, Cheng-Yuan Lin, Jiang Wu, Bao-Min Fan, Zhao-Xiang Bian
Lung cancer, claiming millions of lives annually, has the highest mortality rate worldwide. This advocates the development of novel cancer therapies that are highly toxic for cancer cells but negligibly toxic for healthy cells. One of the effective treatments is targeting overexpressed surface receptors of cancer cells with receptor-specific drugs. The receptors-in-focus in the current review are the G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are often overexpressed in various types of tumors. The peptide subfamily of GPCRs is the pivot of the current article owing to the high affinity and specificity to and of their cognate peptide ligands, and the proven efficacy of peptide-based therapeutics...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621447/metformin-prevents-vascular-prostanoid-release-alterations-induced-by-a-high-fat-diet-in-rats
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H J Lee, S M Cantú, A S Donoso, M R Choi, H A Peredo, A M Puyó
Perivascular adipose tissue dysfunction induced by high-fat feeding leads to alterations in the modulation of inflammation, contractile activity of the vascular smooth muscle and endothelial function, all risk factors in the development of hypertension. Metformin, an activator of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), is currently the first-line drug treatment for type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and metabolic syndrome. Besides its glucose-lowering effect, there is an interest in actions of this drug with potential relevance in cardiovascular diseases...
June 16, 2017: Autonomic & Autacoid Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620367/mycobacterial-f420h2-dependent-reductases-promiscuously-reduce-diverse-compounds-through-a-common-mechanism
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Chris Greening, Thanavit Jirapanjawat, Shahana Afroze, Blair Ney, Colin Scott, Gunjan Pandey, Brendon M Lee, Robyn J Russell, Colin J Jackson, John G Oakeshott, Matthew C Taylor, Andrew C Warden
An unusual aspect of actinobacterial metabolism is the use of the redox cofactor F420. Studies have shown that actinobacterial F420H2-dependent reductases promiscuously hydrogenate diverse organic compounds in biodegradative and biosynthetic processes. These enzymes therefore represent promising candidates for next-generation industrial biocatalysts. In this work, we undertook the first broad survey of these enzymes as potential industrial biocatalysts by exploring the extent, as well as mechanistic and structural bases, of their substrate promiscuity...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619619/flavin-catalyzed-redox-tailoring-reactions-in-natural-product-biosynthesis
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REVIEW
Robin Teufel
Natural products are distinct and often highly complex organic molecules that constitute not only an important drug source, but have also pushed the field of organic chemistry by providing intricate targets for total synthesis. How the astonishing structural diversity of natural products is enzymatically generated in biosynthetic pathways remains a challenging research area, which requires detailed and sophisticated approaches to elucidate the underlying catalytic mechanisms. Commonly, the diversification of precursor molecules into distinct natural products relies on the action of pathway-specific tailoring enzymes that catalyze, e...
June 12, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619300/clinical-effect-of-traditional-chinese-spinal-orthopedic-manipulation-in-treatment-of-functional-abdominal-pain-syndrome
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Liyang Xing, Liuxin Qu, Hong Chen, Song Gao
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical effect of Traditional Chinese Spinal Orthopedic Manipulation (TCSOM) in treating Functional Abdominal Pain Syndrome (FAPS) in comparison with Pinaverium Bromide (Dicetel, PBD), and to assess a possible cause for FAPS. METHODS: 60 cases of FAPS patients were randomly assigned to the TCSOM group and PBD group according to the random number table method. The TCSOM group was treated with thumb pressing manipulation, every other day in the first week, and once every three days in the second week, for 5 times treatments...
June 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617968/diversity-of-human-herpesvirus-8-genotypes-in-patients-with-aids-and-non-aids-associated-kaposi-s-sarcoma-castleman-s-disease-and-primary-effusion-lymphoma-in-argentina
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Celeste Luján Pérez, Mónica I Tous
HHV-8 genotypes are distributed heterogeneously worldwide. The variable K1 gene and the conserved ORF26E region serve to genotype. The aim of the study was to characterize HHV-8 isolates from patients with AIDS, classical, and iatrogenic KS, primary effusion lymphoma and Castleman's disease and one organ donor from Argentina by analysis of ORFK1 and ORF26E regions. DNA was extracted from fresh or paraffin embedded biopsies, blood and saliva samples and submitted to HHV-8 PCR. Phylogenetic analyses of ORFK1 showed that subtypes C (C1, C2 and C3), B1 and A (A1, A2 and A3) were present in 70...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617942/withasteroid-b-from-d-metel-l-regulates-immune-responses-by-modulating-the-jak-stat-pathway-and-the-il-17-ror%C3%AE-t-il-10-foxp3-ratio
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Yang Su, Qiuhong Wang, Bingyou Yang, Lun Wu, Genhong Cheng, Haixue Kuang
Datura metel L. is a medicinal herb that contains withasteroids and has a wide range of biological activities. We isolated 7 withasteroids from the flowers of D. metel L(1) . and examined their ability to inhibit immune responses in vitro and in vivo. Among the withasteroids, B2(2) exhibited the strongest inhibitory effect on immune responses comparing B2 with other isolated compounds from D. metel L., including suppressing the differentiation of CD4(+3) T cells by inhibiting the expression and production of T cell lineage-specific master regulators and cytokines and directly suppressing the cytokine-induced JAK/STAT(4) signaling pathways...
June 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617189/stability-of-continuous-and-fed-batch-sequential-anaerobic-anoxic-aerobic-moving-bed-bioreactor-systems-at-phenol-shock-load-application
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Biju Prava Sahariah, J Anandkumar, Saswati Chakraborty
In this study, stability of two sequential moving bed bioreactor systems for phenol shock load (PSL) applications was assessed in presence of thiocyanate and ammonia. The systems were operated in anaerobic-anoxic-aerobic continuous (CMBR: R1-R2-R3) and semi-continuous (FMBR: B1-B2-B3) mode. Both systems were exposed to 3000 mg phenol/L (PSL-I) and 3500 mg phenol/L (PSL-II) for 3 days each from initial 2500 mg phenol/L without any intermediate concentration at 6 days HRT. The effect of PSL-I on R1 was reversible within 10-12 days...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616554/alpha2a-adrenergic-receptor-and-enos-genetic-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-exercise-muscle-vasodilatation-in-apparently-healthy-individuals
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Rafael Amorim Belo Nunes, Lucia Pereira Barroso, Alexandre da Costa Pereira, Maria Urbana Pinto Brandão Rondon, Carlos Eduardo Negrão, José Eduardo Krieger, Alfredo José Mansur
PURPOSE: Muscle vasodilatation during exercise has been associated with cardiovascular health and may be influenced by genetic variability. The purpose of this study was to evaluate functional genetic polymorphisms of physiologic pathways related to the regulation of the cardiovascular function (alpha-adrenergic receptors, endothelial nitric oxide synthase and bradykinin B2 receptor) and exercise muscle vasodilatation in apparently healthy men and women. METHODS: We enrolled 689 individuals without established cardiovascular disease that had attended a check-up program...
December 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615414/loss-of-ip3-receptor-mediated-ca-2-release-in-mouse-b-cells-results-in-abnormal-b-cell-development-and-function
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Huayuan Tang, Hong Wang, Qingsong Lin, Feifei Fan, Fei Zhang, Xiaohong Peng, Xi Fang, Jie Liu, Kunfu Ouyang
Intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) mobilization after engagement of the BCR has been proposed to play an important role in B cell development and function. BCR activation causes an initial Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum that is mediated by inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor (IP3R) and then triggers store-operated Ca(2+) entry once endoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) store is depleted. Store-operated Ca(2+) entry has been shown to regulate B cell function but is dispensable for B cell development. By contrast, the function of IP3R-mediated Ca(2+) release in B cells remains to be determined...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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