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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544585/effects-of-ophthalmologic-solutions-on-sinonasal-ciliated-epithelium
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Alan D Workman, Ryan M Carey, Michael A Kohanski, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, Noam A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Off-label use of topical ophthalmologic formulations for treatment of rhinologic disease is cited in recent literature and is anecdotally prevalent among practicing otolaryngologists. Steroids, antibiotics, and other drugs designed for ocular use have subjective clinical efficacy in the nose and sinuses, but their specific effects on the ciliated epithelium are less well defined. This study examines 9 commercially available ophthalmologic drug formulations for effects on ciliary motility in sinonasal cultures, in an effort to characterize their utility as topical therapies for sinonasal diseases...
May 23, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526020/salmonella-serotypes-and-their-antimicrobial-susceptibility-in-apparently-healthy-dogs-in-addis-ababa-ethiopia
#2
Bitsu Kiflu, Haile Alemayehu, Mukarim Abdurahaman, Yohannes Negash, Tadesse Eguale
BACKGROUND: The close bond between pet animals and family members poses risk of infection with zoonotic bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella. No data is available on occurrence of Salmonella in dogs in Ethiopia. The aim of this study was therefore to determine the prevalence, serotype distribution and antimicrobial resistance of Salmonella from feces of apparently healthy dogs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. RESULTS: Of the total 360 dogs examined, 42 (11.7%; 95% Confidence limit of 8...
May 19, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518283/branched-chain-amino-acids-for-people-with-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Lise Lotte Gluud, Gitte Dam, Iñigo Les, Giulio Marchesini, Mette Borre, Niels Kristian Aagaard, Hendrik Vilstrup
BACKGROUND: Hepatic encephalopathy is a brain dysfunction with neurological and psychiatric changes associated with liver insufficiency or portal-systemic shunting. The severity ranges from minor symptoms to coma. A Cochrane systematic review including 11 randomised clinical trials on branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) versus control interventions has evaluated if BCAA may benefit people with hepatic encephalopathy. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the beneficial and harmful effects of BCAA versus any control intervention for people with hepatic encephalopathy...
May 18, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518103/structure-function-studies-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-using-recombinase-mediated-cassette-exchange
#4
Tim Pieters, Lieven Haenebalcke, Kenneth Bruneel, Niels Vandamme, Tino Hochepied, Jolanda van Hengel, Dagmar Wirth, Geert Berx, Jody J Haigh, Frans van Roy, Steven Goossens
Gene engineering in mouse embryos or embryonic stem cells (mESCs) allows for the study of the function of a given protein. Proteins are the workhorses of the cell and often consist of multiple functional domains, which can be influenced by posttranslational modifications. The depletion of the entire protein in conditional or constitutive knock-out (KO) mice does not take into account this functional diversity and regulation. An mESC line and a derived mouse model, in which a docking site for FLPe recombination-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) was inserted within the ROSA26 (R26) locus, was previously reported...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510781/5-azacytidine-mediated-reactivation-of-silenced-transgenes-in-potato-solanum-tuberosum-at-the-whole-plant-level
#5
Dimitrij Tyč, Eva Nocarová, Lenka Sikorová, Lukáš Fischer
Transient 5-azacytidine treatment of leaf explants from potato plants with transcriptionally silenced transgenes allows de novo regeneration of plants with restored transgene expression at the whole plant level. Transgenes introduced into plant genomes frequently become silenced either at the transcriptional or the posttranscriptional level. Transcriptional silencing is usually associated with DNA methylation in the promoter region. Treatments with inhibitors of maintenance DNA methylation were previously shown to allow reactivation of transcriptionally silenced transgenes in single cells or tissues, but not at the whole plant level...
May 16, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503132/protecting-mammalian-hair-cells-from-aminoglycoside-toxicity-assessing-phenoxybenzamine-s-potential
#6
Paromita Majumder, Paulette A Moore, Guy P Richardson, Jonathan E Gale
Aminoglycosides (AGs) are widely used antibiotics because of their low cost and high efficacy against gram-negative bacterial infection. However, AGs are ototoxic, causing the death of sensory hair cells in the inner ear. Strategies aimed at developing or discovering agents that protect against aminoglycoside ototoxicity have focused on inhibiting apoptosis or more recently, on preventing antibiotic uptake by the hair cells. Recent screens for ototoprotective compounds using the larval zebrafish lateral line identified phenoxybenzamine as a potential protectant for aminoglycoside-induced hair cell death...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501466/a-case-of-bilateral-otomycosis-associated-with-aspergillus-flavus-and-a-%C3%A2-terreus-in-taiwan
#7
R Kirschner, P-L Sun, S-L Huang, C-L Chen, C-P Yang
Otitis externa caused by fungi (otomycosis) occurs more commonly in tropical areas with high moisture than in temperate regions. Bilateral otomycosis is, however, rarely reported. In a case of bilateral otitis externa in a 56-year-old male patient in Taiwan, direct microscopic examination of the cerumen as well as isolation of strains indicated the presence of two Aspergillus species being different in each of both ears. The species were identified by DNA sequence comparisons and additional morphological confirmation of diagnostic characteristics as Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus terreus...
May 10, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481305/synthesis-of-aminoglycoside-2-o-methyl-oligoribonucleotide-fusions
#8
Lotta Granqvist, Andrzej Kraszewski, Ville Tähtinen, Pasi Virta
Phosphoramidite building blocks of ribostamycin (3 and 4), that may be incorporated at any position of the oligonucleotide sequence, were synthesized. The building blocks, together with a previously described neomycin-modified solid support, were applied for the preparation of aminoglycoside-2'-O-methyl oligoribonucleotide fusions. The fusions were used to clamp a single strand DNA sequence (a purine-rich strand of c-Myc promoter 1) to form triple helical 2'-O-methyl RNA/DNA-hybrid constructs. The potential of the aminoglycoside moieties to stabilize the triple helical constructs were studied by UV-melting profile analysis...
May 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456981/delivery-of-cargo-to-lysosomes-using-gneosomes
#9
Kristina M Hamill, Ezequiel Wexselblatt, Wenyong Tong, Jeffrey D Esko, Yitzhak Tor
Liposomes have been used to improve the intracellular delivery of a variety of cargos. Encapsulation of cargos in liposomes leads to improved plasma half-lives and minimized degradation. Here, we present a method for improving the selective delivery of liposomes to the lysosomes using a guanidinylated neomycin (GNeo) transporter. The method for synthesizing GNeo-lipids, incorporating them into liposomes, and the enhanced lysosomal delivery of encapsulated cargo are presented. GNeo-liposomes, termed GNeosomes, are capable of delivering a fluorescent dye to the lysosomes of Chinese hamster ovary cells as shown using confocal microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446575/evaluation-of-strepb-select-chromagar-and-the-fast-track-diagnostics-group-b-streptococcus-gbs-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-compared-to-routine-culture-for-detection-of-gbs-during-antepartum-screening
#10
Deirdre L Church, Heather Baxter, Tracie Lloyd, Oscar Larios, Daniel B Gregson
Life-threatening infection in neonates due to Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is preventable by screening near-term pregnant women and treatment at delivery. 295 vaginal-rectal swabs were collected from women attending antepartum clinics in Calgary. GBS colonization was detected by the standard culture method (Strep B Carrot broth subbed to blood agar with a neomycin disk), and compared to recovery using Strep Group B Broth (Dalynn Biologicals) subbed to StrepB Select chromagar (CA) (Bio-Rad Laboratories), and the Fast Track Diagnostics GBS real-time PCR (qPCR) assay (Phoenix Airmid Biomedical Corp...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435195/intestinal-microbial-ecology-and-hematological-parameters-of-broiler-fed-cassava-waste-pulp-fermented-with-acremonium-charticola
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Sugiharto Sugiharto, Turrini Yudiarti, Isroli Isroli, Endang Widiastuti, Fatan Dwi Putra
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of feeding Acremonium charticola-fermented cassava pulp (AC-FCP) on the intestinal microbial ecology and hematological indices of broiler chickens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 240 male Lohman day-old-chicks were randomly allotted to one of the four experimental diets including control diet, control diet + antimicrobials (neomycin; 300 mg/kg diet), diet containing AC-FCP (16 g/100 g diet) or diet containing AC-FCP + antimicrobials...
March 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401685/characterization-of-new-bone-morphogenetic-protein-bmp-2-regulatory-alleles
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Tapan A Shah, Youhua Zhu, Nadia N Shaikh, Marie A Harris, Stephen E Harris, Melissa B Rogers
Bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP2, HGNC:1069, GeneID: 650) is a classical morphogen; a molecule that acts at a distance and whose concentration influences cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. Key events requiring precise Bmp2 regulation include heart specification and morphogenesis and neural development. In mesenchymal cells, the concentration of BMP2 influences myogenesis, adipogenesis, chondrogenesis, and osteogenesis. Because the amount, timing, and location of BMP2 synthesis influence pattern formation and organogenesis, the mechanisms that regulate Bmp2 are crucial...
April 12, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392528/colorimetric-microtiter-plate-assay-of-polycationic-aminoglycoside-antibiotics-in-culture-broth-using-amaranth
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Hajime Katano, Yasuhiro Kuroda, Shu Taira, Chitose Maruyama, Yoshimitsu Hamano
We present a colorimetric method for the detection of aminoglycoside antibiotics such as neomycin (NEO) using a reddish anionic dye, amaranth (AR(3-)). Under acidic conditions, at which NEO exists in fully protonated form (NEOH(6+)), the AR(3-) anion associates with the NEOH(6+) cation to form a precipitate, NEOH(AR)2. The precipitate was soluble in a buffer solution of pH 8.5, yielding a reddish solution with an absorption maximum at around 520 nm. Tobramycin and gentamycin, which exist as pentavalent cations under acidic conditions, gave almost the same results...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373209/fludarabine-resistance-mediated-by-aminoglycoside-3-phosphotransferase-iia-and-the-structurally-related-eukaryotic-camp-dependent-protein-kinase
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Dámaso Sánchez-Carrera, Sara Bravo-Navas, Elena Cabezón, Ignacio Arechaga, Matilde Cabezas, Lucrecia Yáñez, Carlos Pipaón
While working with G418-resistant stably transfected cells, we realized the neomycin resistance gene (NeoR), which encodes the aminoglycoside-3'-phosphotransferase-IIa [APH(3')-IIa], also confers resistance to the nucleoside analog fludarabine. Fludarabine is a cytostatic drug widely used in the treatment of hematologic and solid tumors as well as in the conditioning of patients before transplantation of hematopoietic progenitors. We present evidence that NeoR-transfected cells do not incorporate fludarabine, thus avoiding DNA damage caused by the drug, evidenced by a lack of FANCD2 monoubiquitination and impaired apoptosis...
April 3, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372191/a-temperature-tolerant-multiplex-elements-and-genes-screening-system-for-genetically-modified-organisms-based-on-dual-priming-oligonucleotide-primers-and-capillary-electrophoresis
#15
Wei Fu, Shuang Wei, Chenguang Wang, Zhixin Du, Pengyu Zhu, Xiyang Wu, Gang Wu, Shuifang Zhu
High throughput screening systems are the preferred solution to meet the urgent requirement of increasing number of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In this study, we have successfully developed a multiplex GMO element screening system with dual priming oligonucleotide (DPO) primers. This system can detect the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S (CaMV 35S), terminator of nopaline synthase gene (NOS), figwort mosaic virus 35S (FMV 35S) promoter, neomycin phosphotransferaseII (NPTII), Bt Cry 1Ab, phosphinothricin acetyltransferase genes (bar) and Streptomyces viridochromogenes (pat) simultaneously, which covers more than 90% of all authorized GMO species worldwide...
August 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363064/conjunctival-bacterial-flora-antibiogram-and-lacrimal-production-tests-of-collared-anteater-tamandua-tetradactyla
#16
Nayone Lima Lantyer Cordeiro de Araujo, Ana Cláudia Santos Raposo, Ana Celly Nascimento Lima Pinho, Melissa Hanzen Pinna, Paula Diniz Galera, Deusdete Conceição Gomes Júnior, Arianne Pontes Oriá
The collared anteater ( Tamandua tetradactyla ) is adapted to a variety of habitats. It is a solitary species for which no reference values for ophthalmic tests have been established. Eight animals ranging from 1 to 4 yr of age, two males and six females, were manually restrained for assessment. Ophthalmic tests included evaluation of tear production by Schirmer tear test 1 (STT1), endodontic absorbent paper point tear test (EAPPTT), palpebral fissure length (PFL), culture of the conjunctival bacterial flora, and antimicrobial susceptibility test...
March 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348517/inhibition-of-h3k27me3-histone-demethylase-activity-prevents-the-proliferative-regeneration-of-zebrafish-lateral-line-neuromasts
#17
Beier Bao, Yingzi He, Dongmei Tang, Wenyan Li, Huawei Li
The H3K27 demethylases are involved in a variety of biological processes, including cell differentiation, proliferation, and cell death by regulating transcriptional activity. However, the function of H3K27 demethylation in the field of hearing research is poorly understood. Here, we investigated the role of H3K27me3 histone demethylase activity in hair cell regeneration using an in vivo animal model. Our data showed that pharmacologic inhibition of H3K27 demethylase activity with the specific small-molecule inhibitor GSK-J4 decreased the number of regenerated hair cells in response to neomycin damage...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343384/n6-n6-and-o4-modifications-to-neomycin-affect-ribosomal-selectivity-without-compromising-antibacterial-activity
#18
Girish C Sati, Dimitri Shcherbakov, Sven N Hobbie, Andrea Vasella, Erik C Böttger, David Crich
The synthesis of a series of neomycin derivatives carrying the 2-hydroxyethyl substituent on N6' and/or N6‴ both alone and in combination with a 4'-O-ethyl group is described. By means of cell-free translation assays with wild-type bacterial ribosomes and their hybrids with eukaryotic decoding A sites, we investigate how individual substituents and their combinations affect activity and selectivity at the target level. In principle, and as shown by cell-free translation assays, modifications of the N6' and N6‴ positions allow enhancement of target selectivity without compromising antibacterial activity...
May 12, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339522/influence-of-postbiotic-rg14-and-inulin-combination-on-cecal-microbiota-organic-acid-concentration-and-cytokine-expression-in-broiler-chickens
#19
K Y Kareem, T C Loh, H L Foo, S A Asmara, H Akit
This study examined the effects of different combinations of inulin and postbiotics RG14 on growth performance, cecal microbiota, volatile fatty acids (VFA), and ileal cytokine expression in broiler chickens. Two-hundred-and sixteen, one-day-old chicks were allocated into 6 treatment groups, namely, a basal diet (negative control, NC), basal diet + neomycin and oxytetracycline (positive control, PC), T1 = basal diet + 0.15% postbiotic RG14 + 1.0% inulin, T2 = basal diet + 0.3% postbiotic RG14 + 1.0% inulin, T3 = basal diet + 0...
October 6, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337503/gut-microbiome-related-metabolic-changes-in-plasma-of-antibiotic-treated-rats
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C Behr, H Kamp, E Fabian, G Krennrich, W Mellert, E Peter, V Strauss, T Walk, I M C M Rietjens, B van Ravenzwaay
The intestinal microbiota contributes to the metabolism of its host. Adequate identification of the microbiota's impact on the host plasma metabolites is lacking. As antibiotics have a profound effect on the microbial composition and hence on the mammalian-microbiota co-metabolism, we studied the effects of antibiotics on the "functionality of the microbiome"-defined as the production of metabolites absorbed by the host. This metabolomics study presents insights into the mammalian-microbiome co-metabolism of endogenous metabolites...
March 23, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
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