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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089143/long-term-mortality-following-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-bloodstream-infection
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K L McCarthy, D L Paterson
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa bloodstream infections (BSI) are associated with substantial short-term mortality. There is little data on long-term mortality associated with this BSI. AIM: To describe mortality rates up to one year post infection and the significant factors associated with death. METHODS: Positive blood cultures for P. aeruginosa were identified retrospectively from January 2008 to January 2011 at seven tertiary care hospitals...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088294/suitability-of-small-diagnostic-peripheral-blood-samples-for-cell-therapy-studies
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Coralea Stephanou, Panayiota Papasavva, Myria Zachariou, Petros Patsali, Marilena Epitropou, Petros Ladas, Ruba Al-Abdulla, Soteroulla Christou, Michael N Antoniou, Carsten W Lederer, Marina Kleanthous
BACKGROUND AIMS: Primary hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) are key components of cell-based therapies for blood disorders and are thus the authentic substrate for related research. We propose that ubiquitous small-volume diagnostic samples represent a readily available and as yet untapped resource of primary patient-derived cells for cell- and gene-therapy studies. METHODS: In the present study we compare isolation and storage methods for HSPCs from normal and thalassemic small-volume blood samples, considering genotype, density-gradient versus lysis-based cell isolation and cryostorage media with different serum contents...
February 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076930/hormone-receptor-expression-in-human-fascial-tissue
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C Fede, G Albertin, L Petrelli, M M Sfriso, C Biz, R De Caro, C Stecco
Many epidemiologic, clinical, and experimental findings point to sex differences in myofascial pain in view of the fact that adult women tend to have more myofascial problems with respect to men. It is possible that one of the stimuli to sensitization of fascial nociceptors could come from hormonal factors such as estrogen and relaxin, that are involved in extracellular matrix and collagen remodeling and thus contribute to functions of myofascial tissue. Immunohistochemical and molecular investigations (real-time PCR analysis) of relaxin receptor 1 (RXFP1) and estrogen receptor-alpha (ERα) localization were carried out on sample of human fascia collected from 8 volunteers patients during orthopedic surgery (all females, between 42 and 70 yrs, divided into pre- and post-menopausal groups), and in fibroblasts isolated from deep fascia, to examine both protein and RNA expression levels...
November 2, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074531/antibiotic-use-during-infectious-episodes-in-the-first-6-months-of-anticancer-treatment-a-swedish-cohort-study-of-children-aged-7-16-years
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M Af Sandeberg, E Johansson, L Wettergren, O Björk, O Hertting, A Nilsson
BACKGROUND: Children undergoing cancer therapy are at risk for infectious complications that require hospitalization and antimicrobial therapy. Host factors such as age and underlying disease may predict the risk of severe infections in these children. To describe the increased morbidity due to infections in children with cancer, we characterized the antibiotic use during the infectious complications in a national cohort of children 7-16 years of age with cancer. PROCEDURE: Data on infectious complications were prospectively collected from the medical records of all newly diagnosed children with cancer, aged 7-16 years, in Sweden between 2004 and 2006...
January 11, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073408/-establishment-of-a-cell-co-culture-system-in-accordance-with-the-immunological-characteristics-of-chronic-hbv-infection
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H J Li, X Y Yang, F B Kang, F X Liu, D X Sun
Objective: To investigate whether the co-culture of Huh7.93 cells and peripheral blood mononucleated cells from chronic hepatitis B patients (cPBMCs) can simulate the replication features of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and immune function in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients, and to provide an in vitro cell co-culture system for the research on immune clearance in chronic HBV infection. Methods: Huh7.93 cells were cultured alone or co-cultured with peripheral blood mononucleated cells from healthy people who underwent physical examination (nPBMCs) or cPBMCs for 7 days...
December 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070035/-effect-of-ab-serum-on-human-terminal-erythroid-differentiation-ex-vivo
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Jiling Liao, Jieying Zhang, Xu Han, Qikang Hu, Minyuan Peng, Kunlu Wu, Jing Liu
To demonstrate the effect of AB serum on terminal erythroid differentiation ex vivo.
 Methods: After separation of CD34+ cells from cord blood, the cells were cultured and divided into a control group and an experimental group. The effects of AB serum were examined by the expressions of different markers (GPA, Band3 and α4-integrin) for erythroblast differentiation and enucleation by flow cytometry. 
 Results: The CD34+ cells were successfully differentiated to enucleated red blood cells. There were evident differences among the expressions of GPA, Band3 and α4-integrin between the 2 groups...
December 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068904/long-term-kinetics-of-zika-virus-rna-and-antibodies-in-body-fluids-of-a-vasectomized-traveller-returning-from-martinique-a-case-report
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Guenter Froeschl, Kristina Huber, Frank von Sonnenburg, Hans-Dieter Nothdurft, Gisela Bretzel, Michael Hoelscher, Lothar Zoeller, Matthias Trottmann, Francisco Pan-Montojo, Gerhard Dobler, Silke Woelfel
BACKGROUND: The magnitude of the current Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic has led to a declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the WHO. Findings of viable viral particles in semen for several weeks are corroborating reports of sexual transmission of ZIKV. Serious consequences of a positive diagnostic result particularly in the pregnant patient are calling for precise diagnostic tools also at later time points after infection. Currently, recommendations suggest a diagnostic period of direct viral detection of 5 to 7 days after onset of symptoms in serum or plasma, and up to 3 weeks in urine samples...
January 10, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067165/gene-therapy-in-fanconi-anemia-a-matter-of-time-safety-and-gene-transfer-tool-efficiency
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Verhoeyen Els, Francisco José Román Rodríguez, François-Loïc Cosset, Camille Lévy, Paula Rio
Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare genetic syndrome characterized by progressive marrow failure. Gene therapy by infusion of FA-corrected autologous hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) may offer a potential cure since it is a monogenetic disease with mutations in the FANC genes, coding for DNA repair enzymes (See review[1]). However, the collection of hCD34 +-cells in FA patients implies particular challenges because of the reduced numbers of progenitor cells present in their bone marrow (BM)[2] or mobilized peripheral blood[3-5]...
January 9, 2017: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065853/sitagliptin-inhibit-human-lymphocytes-proliferation-and-th1-th17-differentiation-in-vitro
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Marcelo Maia Pinheiro, Caroline Lais Stoppa, Claudete Justina Valduga, Cristina Eunice Okuyama, Renata Gorjão, Regina Mara Silva Pereira, Susana Nogueira Diniz
Dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors are a new class of anti-diabetic agents that are widely used in clinical practice to improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes. DPP-4 is also known as lymphocyte cell surface protein, CD26, and plays an important role in T-cell immunity. Recent studies suggest that DPP-4 inhibitors improve beta-cell function and attenuate autoimmunity in type 1 diabetic mouse models. To investigate the direct effect of DPP4 in immune response, human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from healthy volunteers were obtained by Ficoll gradient and cultivated in the absence (control) or presence of phytohemagglutinin (PHA), or stimulated with PHA and treated with sitagliptin...
January 5, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065671/glutamine-triggers-long-lasting-increase-in-striatal-network-activity-in-vitro
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Wiebke Fleischer, Stephan Theiss, Alfons Schnitzler, Olga Sergeeva
Accumulation of ammonium and glutamine in blood and brain is a key factor in hepatic encephalopathy (HE) - a neuropsychiatric syndrome characterized by various cognitive and motor deficits. MRI imaging identified abnormalities notably in the basal ganglia of HE patients, including its major input station, the striatum. While neurotoxic effects of ammonia have been extensively studied, glutamine is primarily perceived as "detoxified" form of ammonia. We applied ammonium and glutamine to striatal and cortical cells from newborn rats cultured on microelectrode arrays...
January 6, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063000/evaluation-of-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-for-the-rapid-identification-of-bacteria-and-resistance-determinants-in-positive-blood-cultures
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J Rödel, J A Bohnert, S Stoll, L Wassill, B Edel, M Karrasch, B Löffler, W Pfister
The use of molecular assays to rapidly identify pathogens and resistance genes directly from positive blood cultures (BCs) contribute to shortening the time required for the diagnosis of bloodstream infections. In this work, loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays have been examined for their potential use in BC diagnosis. Three different assays were applied. The commercially available eazyplex® MRSA test detects Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis, mecA, and mecC. Two in-house assays [Gram-positive (GP) and Gram-negative (GN)] have been developed for the detection of streptococci, enterococci, vanA, vanB, Pseudomonas spp...
January 6, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061821/unusual-manifestation-of-helicobacter-cinaedi-infection-a-case-report-of-intracranial-subdural-empyema-and-bacteremia
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Toshimasa Hayashi, Junko Tomida, Yoshiaki Kawamura, Masakazu Yoshida, Ikuyo Yokozawa, Shingaku Kaneko
BACKGROUND: There have been various reports concerning Helicobacter cinaedi infections. However, few reports have examined central nervous system infections. CASE PRESENTATION: A 52-year-old man was transferred from the local hospital because of a persistent headache and suspected intracranial subdural empyema. Neurosurgical drainage was performed via burr holes. Gram staining and results from abscess cultures were negative. The blood culture yielded H. cinaedi...
January 7, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061799/ralstonia-picketti-neonatal-sepsis-a-case-report
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Deepak Sharma, Pradeep Sharma, Priyanka Soni, Basudev Gupta
BACKGROUND: Ralstonia genus are gram negative bacillus and includes four bacteria namely Ralstonia picketti, Ralstonia Solanacearum, Ralstonia insidiosa and Ralstonia mannitolilytica. These are opportunistic pathogens and cause infections in immunocompromised host. The sources of infection are usually contaminated solutions and water. The majority of the reported cases are caused by R. picketti. It is very rare cause of neonatal sepsis with less than twenty cases reported in literature till date...
January 7, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057990/predictors-of-systemic-inflammatory-response-syndrome-following-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy
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Karunamoorthy Ramaraju, Arun Kumar Paranjothi, Dhinakar Babu Namperumalsamy, Ilamparuthi Chennakrishnan
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Sepsis remains one of the dreaded complications of percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL). To analyze prospectively the preoperative and intraoperative factors that predict the occurrence of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) in patients undergoing PCNL so that we can aggressively manage those patients from the preoperative period itself and avert the dangerous complications. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective study was carried out between August 2012 and March 2013 including all patients who underwent PCNL...
October 2016: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057026/advances-in-rare-cell-isolation-an-optimization-and-evaluation-study
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Stefan Schreier, Piamsiri Sawaisorn, Rachanee Udomsangpetch, Wannapong Triampo
BACKGROUND: Rare nucleated CD45 negative cells in peripheral blood may be malignant such as circulating tumor cells. Untouched isolation thereof by depletion of normal is favored yet still technological challenging. We optimized and evaluated a novel magnetic bead-based negative selection approach for enhanced enrichment of rare peripheral blood nucleated CD45 negative cells and investigated the problem of rare cell contamination during phlebotomy. METHODS: Firstly, the performance of the magnetic cell separation system was assessed using leukocytes and cultivated fibroblast cells in regard to depletion efficiency and the loss of cells of interest...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056940/a-large-and-persistent-outbreak-of-typhoid-fever-caused-by-consuming-contaminated-water-and-street-vended-beverages-kampala-uganda-january-june-2015
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Steven Ndugwa Kabwama, Lilian Bulage, Fred Nsubuga, Gerald Pande, David Were Oguttu, Richardson Mafigiri, Christine Kihembo, Benon Kwesiga, Ben Masiira, Allen Eva Okullo, Henry Kajumbula, Joseph Matovu, Issa Makumbi, Milton Wetaka, Sam Kasozi, Simon Kyazze, Melissa Dahlke, Peter Hughes, Juliet Nsimire Sendagala, Monica Musenero, Immaculate Nabukenya, Vincent R Hill, Eric Mintz, Janell Routh, Gerardo Gómez, Amelia Bicknese, Bao-Ping Zhu
BACKGROUND: On 6 February 2015, Kampala city authorities alerted the Ugandan Ministry of Health of a "strange disease" that killed one person and sickened dozens. We conducted an epidemiologic investigation to identify the nature of the disease, mode of transmission, and risk factors to inform timely and effective control measures. METHODS: We defined a suspected case as onset of fever (≥37.5 °C) for more than 3 days with abdominal pain, headache, negative malaria test or failed anti-malaria treatment, and at least 2 of the following: diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, constipation, fatigue...
January 5, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055017/rny-yrna-derived-small-rnas-regulate-cell-death-and-inflammation-in-monocytes-macrophages
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Zoheir Hizir, Silvia Bottini, Valerie Grandjean, Michele Trabucchi, Emanuela Repetto
The recent discovery of new classes of small RNAs has opened unknown territories to explore new regulations of physiopathological events. We have recently demonstrated that RNY (or Y RNA)-derived small RNAs (referred to as s-RNYs) are an independent class of clinical biomarkers to detect coronary artery lesions and are associated with atherosclerosis burden. Here, we have studied the role of s-RNYs in human and mouse monocytes/macrophages and have shown that in lipid-laden monocytes/macrophages s-RNY expression is timely correlated to the activation of both NF-κB and caspase 3-dependent cell death pathways...
January 5, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053821/microrna-181c-exacerbates-brain-injury-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Qingfeng Ma, Haiping Zhao, Zhen Tao, Rongliang Wang, Ping Liu, Ziping Han, Shubei Ma, Yumin Luo, Jianping Jia
MicroRNA-181 (miR-181) is highly expressed in the brain, and downregulated in miRNA expression profiles of acute ischemic stroke patients. However, the roles of miR-181c in stroke are not known. The clinical relevance of miR-181c in acute stroke patients was evaluated by real-time PCR and correlation analyses. Proliferation and apoptosis of BV2 microglial cells and Neuro-2a cells cultured separately or together under oxidative stress or inflammation were assessed with the Cell Counting Kit-8 and by flow cytometry, respectively...
December 2016: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053214/the-bactec-fx-blood-culture-system-detects-brucella-melitensis-bacteremia-in-adult-patients-within-the-routine-one-week-incubation-period
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Moshe Sagi, Lior Nesher, Pablo Yagupsky
The performance of the BACTEC FX blood culture system for detecting Brucella bacteremia within the routine one-week incubation period was assessed in a prospective study conducted in an endemic area for B. melitensis in southern Israel. Aerobic vials (BD BACTEC™ Plus Aerobic/F Medium) inoculated with blood specimens obtained from adult patients with a positive Rose-Bengal screening test were monitored for four consecutive weeks and blind subcultures of negative vials were performed on solid media on days 7 and 28...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053109/matrix-metalloproteinase-activity-in-infections-by-an-encephalitic-virus-mouse-adenovirus-type-1
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Shanna L Ashley, Carla D Pretto, Matthew T Stier, Padma Kadiyala, Luiza Castro-Jorge, Tien-Huei Hsu, Robert Doherty, Kelly E Carnahan, Maria G Castro, Pedro R Lowenstein, Katherine R Spindler
: Mouse adenovirus type 1 (MAV-1) infection causes encephalitis in susceptible strains of mice and alters the permeability of infected brains to small molecules, which indicates disruption of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In pathologic conditions, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) can disrupt the BBB through their proteolytic activity on basement membrane and tight junction proteins. We examined whether MAV-1 infection alters MMP activity in vivo and in vitro. Infected MAV-1-susceptible SJL mice had higher MMP2 and MMP9 activity in brains, measured by gelatin zymography, than mock infected mice...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Virology
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