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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433714/effects-of-dietary-supplementation-with-fenugreek-seeds-alone-or-in-combination-with-probiotics-on-gilthead-seabream-sparus-aurata-l-skin-mucosal-immunity
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F A Guardiola, A Bahi, A Bakhrouf, M A Esteban
Despite increasing interest in modulating the immune response of fish, providing a combination of probiotics and herbal immunostimulants in aquafeed has rarely has been studied. The effects on gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata L.) of the dietary administration of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) seeds alone (FE), or combined with one of the following probiotic strains: Bacillus licheniformis (FEBL), Lactobacillus plantarum (FELP) or Bacillus subtilis (FEBS) were evaluated. Fish were fed a control or one of the supplemented diets for 3 weeks...
April 19, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433160/thiolated-chitosan-micelles-highly-mucoadhesive-drug-carriers
#2
Arshad Mahmood, Melanie Lanthaler, Flavia Laffleur, Christian W Huck, Andreas Bernkop-Schnürch
Current study was aimed to generate thiolated chitosan micelles based on amphiphilic chitosan-stearic acid conjugate (CSA) and to evaluate adhesive properties on mucosal membranes. Chitosan-stearic acid-thioglycolic acid (CSA-TGA) conjugate was synthesized via stearic acid linkage to chitosan and later, thioglycolic acid was covalently attached to CSA. CSA-TGA and CSA were characterized by degree of amine substitution, thiol group determination, ATR-FTIR and cytotoxicity analysis. Micelle size was 13.40±9...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432290/a-tongue-for-all-seasons-extreme-phenotypic-flexibility-in-salamandrid-newts
#3
Egon Heiss, Stephan Handschuh, Peter Aerts, Sam Van Wassenbergh
Many organisms faced with seasonally fluctuating abiotic and biotic conditions respond by altering their phenotype to account for the demands of environmental changes. Here we discovered that newts, which switch seasonally between an aquatic and terrestrial lifestyle, grow a complex adhesive system on their tongue pad consisting of slender lingual papillae and mucus-producing cells to increase the efficiency of prey capture as they move from water onto land. The adhesive system is reduced again as newts switch back to their aquatic stage, where they use suction to capture prey...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431399/muc2-mucin-deficiency-alters-inflammatory-and-metabolic-pathways-in-the-mouse-intestinal-mucosa
#4
Selamawit Tadesse, Georgia Corner, Elena Dhima, Michele Houston, Chandan Guha, Leonard Augenlicht, Anna Velcich
The mucus layer in the intestine affects several aspects of intestinal biology, encompassing physical, chemical protection, immunomodulation and growth, thus contributing to homeostasis. Mice with genetic inactivation of the Muc2 gene, encoding the MUC2 mucin, the major protein component of mucus, exhibit altered intestinal homeostasis, which is strictly dependent on the habitat, likely due to differing complements of intestinal microbes. Our previous work established that Muc2 deficiency was linked to low chronic inflammation resulting in tumor development in the small, large intestine including the rectum...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431143/characterisation-of-the-gill-mucosal-bacterial-communities-of-four-butterflyfish-species-a-reservoir-of-bacterial-diversity-in-coral-reefs-ecosystems
#5
Miriam Reverter, Pierre Sasal, N Tapissier-Bontemps, D Lecchini, Suzuki M
While recent studies have suggested that fish mucus microbiota play an important role in homeostasis and prevention of infections, very few studies have investigated the bacterial communities of gill mucus. We characterised the gill mucus bacterial communities of four butterflyfish species and although the bacterial diversity of gill mucus varied significantly between species, Shannon diversities were high (H = 3.7 - 5.7) in all species. Microbiota composition differed between butterflyfishes, with Chaetodon lunulatus and C...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431078/effect-of-threonine-on-secretory-immune-system-using-a-chicken-intestinal-ex%C3%A2-vivo-model-with-lipopolysaccharide-challenge
#6
Q Zhang, X Chen, S D Eicher, K M Ajuwon, T J Applegate
Secretory IgA (sIgA) and its transcytosis receptor, polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR), along with mucus, form the first lines of intestinal defense. Threonine (Thr) is a major component of intestinal mucins and IgA, which are highly secreted under lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced inflammation. In the current study, the effect of Thr on the secretory immune system was determined in an ex vivo chicken ileal explant model. Results showed that a 2-hour Thr-deprivation of culture medium induced a compensatory increase in the mRNA expression of interleukin-8 (IL-8), mucin 2 ( ), and IgA during LPS challenge, and this increase was suppressed with Thr addition to the media ( P  ≤ 0...
April 18, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427572/a-search-for-mixotrophy-and-mucus-trap-production-in-alexandrium-spp-and-the-dynamics-of-mucus-trap-formation-in-alexandrium-pseudogonyaulax
#7
Hannah E Blossom, Tine Dencker Bædkel, Urban Tillmann, Per Juel Hansen
Recently, a hitherto unknown feeding strategy, the toxic mucus trap, was discovered in the dinoflagellate Alexandrium pseudogonyaulax. In this study, over 40 strains of 8 different Alexandrium species (A. ostenfeldii, A. tamarense, A. catenella, A. taylorii, A. margalefii, A. hiranoi, A. insuetum and A. pseudogonyaulax) were screened for their ability to ingest prey and/or to form mucus traps. The mucus trap feeding strategy, where a mucus trap is towed by the longitudinal flagellum remains unique to A. pseudogonyaulax...
April 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427547/qualitative-evaluation-of-the-st-george-s-respiratory-questionnaire-in-patients-with-severe-asthma
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Linda M Nelsen, Miriam Kimel, Lindsey T Murray, Hector Ortega, Sarah M Cockle, Steven W Yancey, Guy Brusselle, Frank C Albers, Paul W Jones
PURPOSE: Content validity is the extent to which a patient-reported outcome measure evaluates the concepts most relevant to a patient's condition and treatment. The St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) has been validated in a range of respiratory conditions. This study evaluated the content validity of the SGRQ in patients with severe asthma. METHODS: A qualitative study, guided by a protocol, which included concept elicitation and cognitive debriefing of the SGRQ, was conducted in patients aged ≥18 years with history of severe asthma and blood eosinophil counts of ≥150/μL (past month) or ≥300/μL (past 12 months)...
May 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425179/resilience-of-the-prokaryotic-microbial-community-of-acropora-digitifera-to-elevated-temperature
#9
Andrian P Gajigan, Leomir A Diaz, Cecilia Conaco
The coral is a holobiont formed by the close interaction between the coral animal and a diverse community of microorganisms, including dinoflagellates, bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. The prokaryotic symbionts of corals are important for host fitness but are also highly sensitive to changes in the environment. In this study, we used 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) sequencing to examine the response of the microbial community associated with the coral, Acropora digitifera, to elevated temperature. The A. digitifera microbial community is dominated by operational taxonomic unit (OTUs) affiliated with classes Alphaproteobacteria and Gammaproteobacteria...
April 20, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424344/mutualistic-cleaner-fish-maintains-high-escape-performance-despite-privileged-relationship-with-predators
#10
Simon Gingins, Dominique G Roche, Redouan Bshary
Predatory reef fishes regularly visit mutualistic cleaner fish (Labroides dimidiatus) to get their ectoparasites removed but show no interest in eating them. The concept of compensated trait loss posits that characters can be lost if a mutualistic relationship reduces the need for a given trait. Thus, selective pressures on escape performance might have relaxed in L. dimidiatus due to its privileged relationship with predators. However, the cost of failing to escape a predatory strike is extreme even if predation events on cleaners are exceptionally rare...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423094/complications-of-chronic-necrotizing-pulmonary-aspergillosis-review-of-published-case-reports
#11
Aleksandra Barac, Tatjana Adzic Vukicevic, Aleksandra Dudvarski Ilic, Salvatore Rubino, Vladimir Zugic, Goran Stevanovic
Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis (CNPA), a form of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA), affects immunocompetent or mildly immunocompromised persons with underlying pulmonary disease. These conditions are associated with high morbidity and mortality and often require long-term antifungal treatment. The long-term prognosis for patients with CNPA and the potential complications of CNPA have not been well documented. The aim of this study was to review published papers that report cases of CNPA complications and to highlight risk factors for development of CNPA...
April 13, 2017: Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420758/the-foxm1-inhibitor-rcm-1-suppresses-goblet-cell-metaplasia-and-prevents-il-13-and-stat6-signaling-in-allergen-exposed-mice
#12
Lifeng Sun, Xiaomeng Ren, I-Ching Wang, Arun Pradhan, Yufang Zhang, Hannah M Flood, Bo Han, Jeffrey A Whitsett, Tanya V Kalin, Vladimir V Kalinichenko
Goblet cell metaplasia and excessive mucus secretion associated with asthma, cystic fibrosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease contribute to morbidity and mortality worldwide. We performed a high-throughput screen to identify small molecules targeting a transcriptional network critical for the differentiation of goblet cells in response to allergens. We identified RCM-1, a nontoxic small molecule that inhibited goblet cell metaplasia and excessive mucus production in mice after exposure to allergens...
April 18, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418094/the-skin-microbiome-of-the-common-thresher-shark-alopias-vulpinus-has-low-taxonomic-and-potential-metabolic-%C3%AE-diversity
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Michael P Doane, John Matthew Haggerty, Dovi Kacev, Bhavya Papudeshi, Elizabeth A Dinsdale
The health of sharks is linked with emergent properties of its microbiome. Most marine organisms have mucus overlying the skin, but shark have dermal denticles that protrude above the mucus. We characterized the microbiome from the skin of the common thresher shark (Alopias vulpinus) to investigate the structure and composition of the skin microbiome. An average of 618,812 reads per metagenomic library contained open reading frames (80.9% ± S.D. 0.44%), and 7.6 to 12.8% matched known protein sequences...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417574/light-emitting-diode-treatment-ameliorates-allergic-lung-inflammation-in-experimental-model-of-asthma-induced-by-ovalbumin
#14
Vanessa Perosino Cardoso Siqueira, Marina Izadora Silveira Evangelista, Alana Dos Santos, Rodrigo Labat Marcos, Ana Paula Ligeiro-de-Oliveira, Christiane Pavani, Amílcar Sabino Damazo, Adriana Lino-Dos-Santos-Franco
Since asthma is a multifactorial disease where treatment sometimes is not effective, new therapies that improve the respiratory discomfort of patients are of great importance. Phototherapy as Light-emitting diode (LED) has emerged as a treatment that presents good results for diseases that are characterized by inflammation. Thus, our objective was to investigate the effects of LED on lung inflammation, by an evaluation of lung cell infiltration, mucus secretion, oedema, and the production of cytokines. Male Balb/c mice were or not sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin (OVA) and treated or not with LED therapy (1 h and 4 h after each OVA challenge)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413565/enrichment-of-in-vivo-transcription-data-from-dietary-intervention-studies-with-in-vitro-data-provides-improved-insight-into-gene-regulation-mechanisms-in-the-intestinal-mucosa
#15
Marcel Hulst, Alfons Jansman, Ilonka Wijers, Arjan Hoekman, Stéphanie Vastenhouw, Marinus van Krimpen, Mari Smits, Dirkjan Schokker
BACKGROUND: Gene expression profiles of intestinal mucosa of chickens and pigs fed over long-term periods (days/weeks) with a diet rich in rye and a diet supplemented with zinc, respectively, or of chickens after a one-day amoxicillin treatment of chickens, were recorded recently. Such dietary interventions are frequently used to modulate animal performance or therapeutically for monogastric livestock. In this study, changes in gene expression induced by these three interventions in cultured "Intestinal Porcine Epithelial Cells" (IPEC-J2) recorded after a short-term period of 2 and 6 hours, were compared to the in vivo gene expression profiles in order to evaluate the capability of this in vitro bioassay in predicting in vivo responses...
2017: Genes & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411379/ancillary-testing-strategies-in-salivary-gland-aspiration-cytology-a-practical-pattern-based-approach
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REVIEW
Christopher C Griffith, Momin T Siddiqui, Alessandra C Schmitt
Fine needle aspiration of salivary gland tumors is a common preoperative triage as it is useful in determining which patients should undergo surgical resection and in guiding the extent of surgery in those cases deemed appropriate for resection. While a specific diagnosis can be achieved on a cytologic specimen in many cases, there is also a considerable amount of morphologic diversity that prevents such confident preoperative classification and in these cases it can be a challenge to confidently determine if a tumor is benign or malignant...
April 14, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410349/zika-virus-and-assisted-reproduction
#17
Christina N Cordeiro, Rashda Bano, Chantel I Washington Cross, James H Segars
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Due to the fact that the Zika virus can be sexually transmitted, there is a potential risk for disease transmission at several stages of assisted reproduction. Such a possibility poses a serious challenge to couples pursing fertility with reproductive technologies. Here, we discuss what is known regarding Zika virus infection with respect to sexual transmission and correlate this knowledge with recent recommendations in the realm of infertility treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: Zika virus can be transmitted from infected men and women through vaginal, oral or anal intercourse...
April 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408479/how-do-they-stick-together-bacterial-adhesins-implicated-in-the-binding-of-bacteria-to-the-human-gastrointestinal-mucins
#18
REVIEW
Bélinda Ringot-Destrez, Nicolas Kalach, Adriana Mihalache, Pierre Gosset, Jean-Claude Michalski, Renaud Léonard, Catherine Robbe-Masselot
The gastrointestinal mucosal surface is the primary interface between internal host tissues and the vast microbiota. Mucins, key components of mucus, are high-molecular-weight glycoproteins characterized by the presence of many O-linked oligosaccharides to the core polypeptide. They play many biological functions, helping to maintain cellular homeostasis and to establish symbiotic relationships with complex microbiota. Mucin O-glycans exhibit a huge variety of peripheral sequences implicated in the binding of bacteria to the mucosal tissues, thereby playing a key role in the selection of specific species and in the tissue tropism displayed by commensal and pathogenic bacteria...
April 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408202/airway-clearance-techniques-for-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-is-the-cystic-fibrosis-literature-portable
#19
REVIEW
Lynne Marie Schofield, Alistair Duff, Cathy Brennan
Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) is a rare inherited disease with impaired mucociliary clearance. Airway clearance techniques (ACTs) are commonly recommended for patients with PCD to facilitate mucus clearance, despite a lack of evidence in this group. Current physiotherapy practice in PCD is based on evidence extrapolated from the field of Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This paper focuses on the available evidence and outlines challenges in extrapolating evidence between the conditions for best clinical practice.
March 16, 2017: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407432/diagnosis-of-biofilm-infections-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients
#20
REVIEW
Niels Høiby, Thomas Bjarnsholt, Claus Moser, Peter Østrup Jensen, Mette Kolpen, Tavs Qvist, Kasper Aanaes, Tanja Pressler, Marianne Skov, Oana Ciofu
Chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm lung infection in cystic fibrosis patients is the best described biofilm infection in medicine. The initial focus can be the paranasal sinuses and then follows repeated colonization and infection of the lungs by aspiration. The matrix of the biofilms is dominated by alginate and the pathogenesis of tissue damage is immune complex-mediated chronic inflammation dominated by polymorphonuclear leukocytes and their products (DNA, oxygen radicals and proteases). The P. aeruginosa biofilm infection can be diagnosed by microscopy of lung tissue, sputum and mucus from the paranasal sinuses, where aggregates of the bacteria are found surrounded by the abundant alginate matrix...
April 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
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