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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734608/sequence-specific-dna-solid-phase-extraction-in-an-on-chip-monolith-towards-detection-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes
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Radim Knob, Daniel B Nelson, Richard A Robison, Adam T Woolley
Antibiotic resistance of bacteria is a growing problem and presents a challenge for prompt treatment in patients with sepsis. Currently used methods rely on culturing or amplification; however, these steps are either time consuming or suffer from interference issues. A microfluidic device was made from black polypropylene, with a monolithic column modified with a capture oligonucleotide for sequence selective solid-phase extraction of a complementary target from a lysate sample. Porous properties of the monolith allow flow and hybridization of a target complementary to the probe immobilized on the column surface...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727741/antimicrobial-resistance-rates-in-gram-positive-bacteria-do-not-drive-glycopeptides-use
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Beryl Primrose Gladstone, Andrea Cona, Parichehr Shamsrizi, Tuba Vilken, Winfred V Kern, Nisar Malek, Evelina Tacconelli
Surveillance data are considered essential to appropriate empiric antibiotic therapy and stewardship. The objective of this study was to determine if a change in the rates of antibiotic resistance impacts antibiotic use in European hospitals. Glycopeptides use was selected to study the correlation between resistance rates and antibiotic use because of the restricted spectrum against resistant gram positive bacteria. PubMed, ECDC databases and national/regional surveillance systems were searched to identify glycopeptides´ consumption in defined daily dose per 1000 inhabitant-days (DID) and rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), methicillin-resistant coagulase negative staphylococci (MRCoNS), and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in bloodstream infections (BSIs) in European countries between 1997 and 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727496/modulation-of-vegf-induced-migration-and-network-formation-by-lymphatic-endothelial-cells-roles-of-platelets-and-podoplanin
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Stacey A Langan, Leyre Navarro-Núñez, Steve P Watson, Gerard B Nash
Lymphatic endothelial cells (LEC) express the transmembrane receptor podoplanin whose only known endogenous ligand CLEC-2 is found on platelets. Both podoplanin and CLEC-2 are required for normal lymphangiogenesis as mice lacking either protein develop a blood-lymphatic mixing phenotype. We investigated the roles of podoplanin and its interaction with platelets in migration and tube formation by LEC. Addition of platelets or antibody-mediated crosslinking of podoplanin inhibited LEC migration induced by vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF-A or VEGF-C), but did not modify basal migration or the response to basic fibroblast growth factor or epidermal growth factor...
July 20, 2017: Platelets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726849/o2-controllable-hydrogels-for-studying-cellular-responses-to-hypoxic-gradients-in-three-dimensions-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#4
Daniel M Lewis, Michael R Blatchley, Kyung Min Park, Sharon Gerecht
Oxygen (O2) acts as a potent upstream regulator of cell function. In both physiological and pathophysiological microenvironments, the O2 concentration is not uniformly distributed but instead follows a gradient that depends on distance from oxygen-carrying blood vessels. Such gradients have a particularly important role in development, tissue regeneration, and tumor growth. In this protocol, we describe how to use our previously reported gelatin-based O2-controllable hydrogels that can provide hypoxic microenvironments in vitro...
August 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722626/capacity-and-utilization-of-blood-culture-in-two-referral-hospitals-in-indonesia-and-thailand
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Nittaya Teerawattanasook, Patricia M Tauran, Prapit Teparrukkul, Vanaporn Wuthiekanun, David A B Dance, Mansyur Arif, Direk Limmathurotsakul
It is generally recommended that sepsis patients should have at least two blood cultures obtained before antimicrobial therapy. From 1995 to 2015, the number of blood cultures taken each year in a 1,100-bed public referral hospital in Ubon Ratchathani northeast Thailand rose from 5,235 to 56,719, whereas the number received in an 840-bed referral public hospital in south Sulawesi, Indonesia, in 2015 was 2,779. The proportion of patients sampled for blood cultures out of all inpatients in south Sulawesi in 2015 (9%; 2,779/30,593) was lower than that in Ubon Ratchathani in 2003 (13%; 8,707/66,515), at a time when health expenditure per capita in the two countries was comparable...
July 10, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720095/fibrocyte-measurement-in-peripheral-blood-correlates-with-number-of-cultured-mature-fibrocytes-in-vitro-and-is-a-potential-biomarker-for-interstitial-lung-disease-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Søren Andreas Just, Hanne Lindegaard, Eva Kildall Hejbøl, Jesper Rømhild Davidsen, Niels Bjerring, Søren Werner Karlskov Hansen, Henrik Daa Schrøder, Inger Marie Jensen Hansen, Torben Barington, Christian Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) can be a severe extra-articular disease manifestation in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). A potential role of fibrocytes in RA associated ILD (RA-ILD) has not previously been described. We present a modified faster method for measuring circulating fibrocytes, without intracellular staining. The results are compared to the traditional culture method, where the number of monocytes that differentiate into mature fibrocytes in vitro are counted. The results are following compared to disease activity in patients with severe asthma, ILD, RA (without diagnosed ILD) and RA with verified ILD (RA-ILD)...
July 18, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717357/high-levels-of-cxcl8-and-low-levels-of-cxcl9-and-cxcl10-in-women-with-maternal-rhd-alloimmunization
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Juliana Araújo de Carvalho Schettini, Thomás Virgílio Gomes, Alexandra Karla Santos Barreto, Claudeir Dias da Silva Júnior, Marina da Matta, Isabela Cristina Neiva Coutinho, Maria do Carmo Valgueiro Costa de Oliveira, Leuridan Cavalcante Torres
Maternal RhD alloimmunization is an inflammatory response against protein antigens in fetal red blood cells (RBC). However, not all women become alloimmunized when exposed to RhD(+) fetal RBC. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate levels of inflammatory chemokines in RhD(-) pregnant women with erythrocyte alloimmunization. CXCL8, CXCL9, CCL5, and CXCL10 levels were determined from cell culture supernatants by flow cytometry in 46 (30 non-alloimmunized RhD(-) and 16 previously alloimmunized RhD(-)) pregnant women...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712382/design-and-fabrication-of-a-three-dimensional-in-vitro-system-for-modeling-vascular-stenosis
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Rebecca S Jones, Pin H Chang, Tzlil Perahia, Katrina A Harmon, Lorain Junor, Michael J Yost, Daping Fan, John F Eberth, Richard L Goodwin
Vascular stenosis, the abnormal narrowing of blood vessels, arises from defective developmental processes or atherosclerosis-related adult pathologies. Stenosis triggers a series of adaptive cellular responses that induces adverse remodeling, which can progress to partial or complete vessel occlusion with numerous fatal outcomes. Despite its severity, the cellular interactions and biophysical cues that regulate this pathological progression are poorly understood. Here, we report the design and fabrication of a three-dimensional (3D) in vitro system to model vascular stenosis so that specific cellular interactions and responses to hemodynamic stimuli can be investigated...
July 17, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712106/sensitivity-and-specificity-of-urinalysis-samples-in-critically-ill-patients
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Sean P Lee, Terrie Vasilopoulos, Thomas James Gallagher
BACKGROUND: Preemptive screening of urine for patients admitted to an intensive care unit can result in misinterpretation of data and over- or under-treatment of urinary tract infection. METHODS: Data were studied from 169 consecutive patients admitted to the neurologic or burn intensive care unit at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. All patients had a urinary catheter in place at the time of admission. Urinalysis and urine culture were sent for analysis...
July 16, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711436/a-simple-method-for-rapid-microbial-identification-from-positive-monomicrobial-blood-culture-bottles-through-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Jung-Fu Lin, Mao-Cheng Ge, Tsui-Ping Liu, Shih-Cheng Chang, Jang-Jih Lu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rapid identification of microbes in the bloodstream is crucial in managing septicemia because of its high disease severity, and direct identification from positive blood culture bottles through matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) can shorten the turnaround time. Therefore, we developed a simple method for rapid microbiological identification from positive blood cultures by using MALDI-TOF MS. METHODS: We modified previously developed methods to propose a faster, simpler and more economical method, which includes centrifugation and hemolysis...
June 30, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708601/synergistic-and-targeted-therapy-with-a-procaspase-3-activator-and-temozolomide-extends-survival-in-glioma-rodent-models-and-is-feasible-for-the-treatment-of-canine-malignant-glioma-patients
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Avadhut D Joshi, Rachel C Botham, Lisa J Schlein, Howard S Roth, Antonella Mangraviti, Alexandra Borodovsky, Betty Tyler, Steve Joslyn, Jayme S Looper, Michael Podell, Timothy M Fan, Paul J Hergenrother, Gregory J Riggins
PURPOSE: Glioblastoma is a deadly brain cancer with a median survival time of ~15 months. Ionizing radiation plus the DNA alkylator temozolomide (TMZ) is the current standard therapy. PAC-1, a procaspase-3 activating small molecule, is blood-brain barrier penetrant and has previously demonstrated ability to synergize with diverse pro-apoptotic chemotherapeutics. We studied if PAC-1 could enhance the activity of TMZ, and whether addition of PAC-1 to standard treatment would be feasible in spontaneous canine malignant gliomas...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705245/abscisic-acid-induces-a-transient-shift-in-signaling-that-enhances-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-parasite-killing-in-the-midgut-of-anopheles-stephensi-without-reducing-lifespan-or-fecundity
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Elizabeth K K Glennon, Brandi K Torrevillas, Shannon F Morrissey, Jadrian M Ejercito, Shirley Luckhart
BACKGROUND: Abscisic acid (ABA) is naturally present in mammalian blood and circulating levels can be increased by oral supplementation. We showed previously that oral ABA supplementation in a mouse model of Plasmodium yoelii 17XNL infection reduced parasitemia and gametocytemia, spleen and liver pathology, and parasite transmission to the mosquito Anopheles stephensi fed on these mice. Treatment of cultured Plasmodium falciparum with ABA at levels detected in our model had no effects on asexual growth or gametocyte formation in vitro...
July 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703892/disinfection-of-the-peritoneal-dialysis-bag-medication-port-comparison-of-disinfectant-agent-and-disinfection-time
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Adriana Conti, Roberta Monteiro Katzap, Carlos Eduardo Poli-de-Figueiredo, Vany Pagnussatti, Ana Elizabeth Figueiredo
OBJECTIVE: To compare different disinfection techniques for the peritoneal dialysis bag medication port (MP). METHODS: An experimental study was conducted testing different cleaning agents (70% alcohol vs 2% chlorhexidine) and time periods (5, 10 and 60 seconds) for disinfection of the MP. Five microorganisms (S. aureus, E.coli, A. baumannii and C. parapsilosis, CNS) were prepared for use as contaminants of the MP. MP were incubated in Tryptic soy broth at 36 °C for 24 h, after which, they were seeded on a Biomérieux® blood agar plate and incubated for 24 h at 36 °C...
July 13, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703342/evaluation-of-direct-antifungal-susceptibility-testing-methods-of-candida-spp-from-positive-blood-culture-bottles
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Yasemin Oz, Egemen Gokbolat
BACKGROUND: Blood culture is the gold standard diagnostic method in candidemia in spite of long result time and low sensitivity rate. Early diagnosis is crucial for management of candidemia because a delay in treatment is related with increased mortality. We aimed to evaluate the direct applicability of antifungal susceptibility testing methods from positive blood culture bottles to save at least 24 hours. METHODS: Blood culture bottles were inoculated with 62 Candida isolates...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702926/the-stability-evaluation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-differentiation-toward-endothelial-cells-by-chemical-and-mechanical-stimulation
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Elham Hasanzadeh, Ghassem Amoabediny, Nooshin Haghighipour, Nasim Gholami, Javad Mohammadnejad, Shahrokh Shojaei, Nasim Salehi-Nik
Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) are adult multipotent cells able to differentiate into several cell lineages. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and the shear stress associated with blood flow are considered as the most important chemical and mechanical cues that play major roles in endothelial differentiation. However, the stability of endothelial-specific gene expression has not been completely addressed yet. ADSCs in passage 3 were cultured inside the tubular silicon tubes and then exposed to VEGF or shear stress produced in a perfusion bioreactor...
July 12, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701418/laboratory-workflow-analysis-of-culture-of-periprosthetic-tissues-in-blood-culture-bottles
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Trisha N Peel, John A Sedarski, Brenda L Dylla, Samantha K Shannon, Fazlollaah Amirahmadi, John G Hughes, Allen C Cheng, Robin Patel
Culture of periprosthetic tissue specimens in blood culture bottles is more sensitive than conventional techniques, but the impact on laboratory workflow has yet to be addressed. Herein, we examined the impact of culture of periprosthetic tissues in blood culture bottles on laboratory workflow and cost.Workflow was process mapped and Decision Tree Models were constructed using probabilities of positive and negative cultures drawn from our published study (Peel TN, et al 2016. mBio 7:e01776-01715) and the processing times and resource costs from the laboratory staff time viewpoint to compare periprosthetic tissues culture processes using conventional techniques with culture in blood culture bottles...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701243/regulation-of-fetuin-a-gene-expression-in-the-neonatal-pig-liver
#17
T G Ramsay, M J Stoll, L A Blomberg, T J Caperna
Fetuin A (also known as α2-Heremans-Schmid glycoprotein) is a protein primarily expressed by the liver and secreted into the blood. Previous studies have suggested that plasma concentrations of fetuin A are elevated with impaired growth rate in swine. The present study was designed to examine the relationship of porcine fetuin A with growth rate in the pig and to also elucidate the regulation of fetuin A expression by examining the hormonal and cytokine regulation of fetuin A mRNA abundance in hepatocytes prepared from suckling piglets...
July 13, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701182/do-we-really-need-to-differentiate-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-insulin-producing-cells-for-attenuation-of-the-autoimmune-responses-in-type-1-diabetes-immunoprophylactic-effects-of-precursors-to-insulin-producing-cells
#18
Anshu Sharma, Rajni Rani
BACKGROUND: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a multifactorial autoimmune disorder where pancreatic beta cells are lost before the clinical manifestations of the disease. Administration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) or MSCs differentiated into insulin-producing cells (IPCs) have yielded limited success when used therapeutically. We have evaluated the immunoprophylactic potentials of precursors to insulin-producing cells (pIPCs) and IPCs in nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice to ask a basic question: do we need to differentiate MSCs into IPCs or will pIPCs suffice to attenuate autoimmune responses in T1D? METHODS: Bone marrow-derived MSCs from Balb/c mice were characterized following the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) guidelines...
July 12, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701165/ethnomedicinal-and-cultural-practices-of-mammals-and-birds-in-the-vicinity-of-river-chenab-punjab-pakistan
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Muhammad Altaf, Arshad Javid, Muhammad Umair, Khalid Javed Iqbal, Zahid Rasheed, Arshad Mehmood Abbasi
BACKGROUND: Although, use of animal species in disease treatment and culture practices is as ancient as that of plant species; however ethnomedicinal uses and cultural values of animal species have rarely been reported. Present study is the first report on the medicinal uses of mammals and bird species in Pakistan. METHODS: Questionnaires and semi-structured interviews were applied to collect qualitative and quantitative data from local informants (N = 109). Relative frequency of mention (RFM), fidelity level (FL), relative popularity level (RPL), similarity index (SI) and rank order priority (ROP) indices were used to analyzed the data...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700743/polymorphisms-in-the-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-are-associated-with-reduced-rate-of-sputum-culture-conversion-in-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-patients-in-south-africa
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Matthew J Magee, Yan V Sun, James C M Brust, N Sarita Shah, Yuming Ning, Salim Allana, Angela Campbell, Qin Hui, Koleka Mlisana, Pravi Moodley, Neel R Gandhi
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D modulates the inflammatory and immune response to tuberculosis (TB) and also mediates the induction of the antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin. Deficiency of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene may increase the risk of TB disease and decrease culture conversion rates in drug susceptible TB. Whether these VDR SNPs are found in African populations or impact multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB treatment has not been established...
2017: PloS One
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