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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346849/clostridium-perfringens-type-a-isolates-of-animal-origin-with-decreased-susceptibility-to-metronidazole-show-extensive-genetic-diversity
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Sergio Álvarez-Pérez, José L Blanco, Marta E García
Metronidazole is a first-line drug for the treatment of human infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. Although most Clostridium perfringens isolates are susceptible to metronidazole, a number of strains with decreased susceptibility have been obtained in clinical and environmental surveys. However, little is known yet about the toxinotype and genetic diversity of metronidazole-resistant C. perfringens strains. We tested for susceptibility to metronidazole and assessed the toxigenic status and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) diversity of a collection of 80 C...
March 27, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346390/the-effect-and-mechanism-of-transdermal-penetration-enhancement-of-fu-s-cupping-therapy-new-physical-penetration-technology-for-transdermal-administration-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-tcm-characteristics
#2
Wei-Jie Xie, Yong-Ping Zhang, Jian Xu, Xiao-Bo Sun, Fang-Fang Yang
BACKGROUND: In this paper, a new type of physical penetration technology for transdermal administration with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) characteristics is presented. Fu's cupping therapy (FCT), was established and studied using in vitro and in vivo experiments and the penetration effect and mechanism of FCT physical penetration technology was preliminarily discussed. METHODS: With 1-(4-chlorobenzoyl)-5-methoxy-2-methylindole-3-ylacetic acid (indomethacin, IM) as a model drug, the establishment of high, medium, and low references was completed for the chemical permeation system via in vitro transdermal tests...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340557/development-of-selective-medium-for-imp-type-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-stool-specimens
#3
Norihisa Yamamoto, Ryuji Kawahara, Yukihiro Akeda, Rathina Kumar Shanmugakani, Hisao Yoshida, Hideharu Hagiya, Naohiro Hara, Isao Nishi, Satomi Yukawa, Rumiko Asada, Yumi Sasaki, Kazuhiro Maeda, Noriko Sakamoto, Shigeyuki Hamada, Kazunori Tomono
BACKGROUND: Identification of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) in faecal specimens is challenging. This fact is particularly critical because low-level carbapenem-resistant organisms such as IMP-producing CPE are most prevalent in Japan. We developed a modified selective medium more suitable for IMP-type CPE. METHODS: Fifteen reference CPE strains producing different types of β-lactamases were used to evaluate the commercially available CHROMagar KPC and chromID CARBA as well as the newly prepared MC-ECC medium (CHROMagar ECC supplemented with meropenem, cloxacillin, and ZnSO4) and M-ECC medium (CHROMagar ECC supplemented with meropenem and ZnSO4)...
March 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338642/determination-of-ultra-trace-rhodium-in-water-samples-by-graphite-furnace-atomic-absorption-spectrometry-after-cloud-point-extraction-using-2-5-iodo-2-pyridylazo-5-dimethylaminoaniline-as-a-chelating-agent
#4
Quan Han, Yanyan Huo, Jiangyan Wu, Yaping He, Xiaohui Yang, Longhu Yang
A highly sensitive method based on cloud point extraction (CPE) separation/preconcentration and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS) detection has been developed for the determination of ultra-trace amounts of rhodium in water samples. A new reagent, 2-(5-iodo-2-pyridylazo)-5-dimethylaminoaniline (5-I-PADMA), was used as the chelating agent and the nonionic surfactant TritonX-114 was chosen as extractant. In a HAc-NaAc buffer solution at pH 5.5, Rh(III) reacts with 5-I-PADMA to form a stable chelate by heating in a boiling water bath for 10 min...
March 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337042/household-transmission-of-ndm-producing-e-coli-in-new-zealand
#5
Matthew Blakiston, Sally A Roberts, Joshua T Freeman, Helen Heffernan
This report describes the introduction of an extensively antibiotic-resistant carbapenemase-producing Escherichia coli into a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, by a patient who was a household contact of recent travellers to the Indian subcontinent. The carbapenemase was identified as New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM) and reflects probable household transmission in the context of a recent upsurge in NDM-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolation in New Zealand. The observations in this report suggest that hospital screening practices to identify carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) colonised patients may need to be extended to include travellers to high-risk countries who were not hospitalised during their trip, and possibly also their close contacts...
March 24, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336574/switching-head-group-selectivity-in-mammalian-sphingolipid-biosynthesis-by-active-site-engineering-of-sphingomyelin-synthases
#6
Matthijs Kol, Radhakrishnan Panatala, Mirjana Nordmann, Leoni Swart, Leonie Van Suijlekom, Birol Cabukusta, Angelika Hilderink, Tanja Gabrietz, John G M Mina, Pentti Somerharju, Sergei Korneev, Fikadu G Tafesse, Joost C M Holthuis
Sphingomyelin (SM) is a fundamental component of mammalian cell membranes that contributes to mechanical stability, signaling and sorting. Its production involves the transfer of phosphocholine from phosphatidylcholine onto ceramide, a reaction catalyzed by SM synthase SMS1 in the Golgi and SMS2 at the plasma membrane. Mammalian cells also synthesize trace amounts of the SM analog ceramide phosphoethanolamine (CPE), but the physiological relevance of CPE production is unclear. Previous work revealed that SMS2 is a bifunctional enzyme producing both SM and CPE whereas a closely related enzyme, SMSr/SAMD8, acts as a monofunctional CPE synthase in the ER...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327126/characterization-and-mechanisms-of-anti-influenza-virus-metabolites-isolated-from-the-vietnamese-medicinal-plant-polygonum-chinense
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Thu Thi Tran, Meehyein Kim, Yejin Jang, Hye Won Lee, Hoa Thi Nguyen, Thanh Ngoc Nguyen, Hae Woong Park, Quang Le Dang, Jin-Cheol Kim
BACKGROUND: Polygonum chinense Linn. is a common medicinal plant in Southeast Asia and has been used in traditional medicine in Vietnam. The plant contains phytochemicals with various biological properties; however, its antiviral effect has not yet been demonstrated. This study was aimed to evaluate the anti-influenza virus activity of crude extracts of P. chinense, to characterize antiviral metabolites therefrom and to investigate their mechanisms of antiviral action. METHODS: The methanol (MeOH) extract and organic solvent layers of P...
March 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300077/translational-reprogramming-in-tumour-cells-can-generate-oncoselectivity-in-viral-therapies
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Eneko Villanueva, Pilar Navarro, Maria Rovira-Rigau, Annarita Sibilio, Raúl Méndez, Cristina Fillat
Systemic treatment of cancer requires tumour-selective therapies that eliminate cancer cells yet preserve healthy tissues from undesired damage. Tumoral transformation is associated with profound effects in translational reprogramming of gene expression, such that tumour-specific translational regulation presents an attractive possibility for generating oncoselective therapies. We recently discovered that mRNA translational control by cytoplasmic polyadenylation element-binding proteins (CPEBs) is reactivated in cancer...
March 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290141/incorporation-of-cea-improves-risk-stratification-in-stage-ii-colon-cancer
#9
Blake A Spindler, John R Bergquist, Cornelius A Thiels, Elizabeth B Habermann, Scott R Kelley, David W Larson, Kellie L Mathis
High-risk features are used to direct adjuvant therapy for stage II colon cancer. Currently, high-risk features are identified postoperatively, limiting preoperative risk stratification. We hypothesized carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) can improve preoperative risk stratification for stage II colon cancer. The National Cancer Database (NCDB 2004-2009) was reviewed for stage II colon adenocarcinoma patients undergoing curative intent resection. A novel risk stratification including both traditional high-risk features (T4 lesion, <12 lymph nodes sampled, and poor differentiation) and elevated CEA was developed...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284620/the-genetic-characteristics-and-evolution-of-tembusu-virus
#10
Wenwen Lei, Xiaofang Guo, Shihong Fu, Yun Feng, Xiaoyan Tao, Xiaoyan Gao, Jingdong Song, Zhonghua Yang, Hongning Zhou, Guodong Liang
BACKGROUND: Since the turn of the 21st century, there have been several epidemic outbreaks of poultry diseases caused by Tembusu virus (TMUV). Although multiple mosquito and poultry-derived strains of TMUV have been isolated, no data exist about their comparative study, origin, evolution, and dissemination. METHODOLOGY: Parallel virology was used to investigate the phenotypes of duck and mosquito-derived isolates of TMUV. Molecular biology and bioinformatics methods were employed to investigate the genetic characteristics and evolution of TMUV...
March 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282900/a-zinc-oxide-nanoflower-based-electrochemical-sensor-for-trace-detection-of-sunset-yellow
#11
Yu Ya, Cuiwen Jiang, Tao Li, Jie Liao, Yegeng Fan, Yuning Wei, Feiyan Yan, Liping Xie
Zinc oxide nanoflower (ZnONF) was synthesized by a simple process and was used to construct a highly sensitive electrochemical sensor for the detection of sunset yellow (SY). Due to the large surface area and high accumulation efficiency of ZnONF, the ZnONF-modified carbon paste electrode (ZnONF/CPE) showed a strong enhancement effect on the electrochemical oxidation of SY. The electrochemical behaviors of SY were investigated using voltammetry with the ZnONF-based sensor. The optimized parameters included the amount of ZnONF, the accumulation time, and the pH value...
March 8, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274439/determination-of-total-selenium-in-food-samples-by-d-cpe-and-hg-afs
#12
Mei Wang, Yizhou Zhong, Jinpeng Qin, Zehua Zhang, Shan Li, Bingyi Yang
A dual-cloud point extraction (d-CPE) procedure was developed for the simultaneous preconcentration and determination of trace level Se in food samples by hydride generation-atomic fluorescence spectrometry (HG-AFS). The Se(IV) was complexed with ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (APDC) in a Triton X-114 surfactant-rich phase, which was then treated with a mixture of 16% (v/v) HCl and 20% (v/v) H2O2. This converted the Se(IV)-APDC into free Se(IV), which was back extracted into an aqueous phase at the second cloud point extraction stage...
July 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274205/rapid-detection-of-carbapenemase-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-strains-derived-from-blood-cultures-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-maldi-tof-ms
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Christina Sakarikou, Marco Ciotti, Camilla Dolfa, Silvia Angeletti, Cartesio Favalli
BACKGROUND: Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE), particularly carbapenemase-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates, are important causative agents of nosocomial infections associated with significant mortality rates mostly in critical wards. The rapid detection and typing of these strains is critical either for surveillance purposes and to prevent outbreaks and optimize antibiotic therapy. In this study, the MALDI-TOF MS method was used to detect rapidly these isolates from blood cultures (BCs) and to obtain proteomic profiles enable to discriminate between carbapenemase-producing and non-carbapenemase-producing strains...
March 8, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272604/preparation-of-molecularly-imprinted-polymeric-microspheres-based-on-distillation-precipitation-polymerization-for-an-ultrasensitive-electrochemical-sensor
#14
Yuan Liu, Lu Zhang, Na Zhao, Yajie Han, Feilang Zhao, Zhengchun Peng, Yingchun Li
A highly sensitive electrochemical sensor based on a carbon paste electrode (CPE) modified with molecularly imprinted polymeric microspheres (MIPMSs) was developed for the determination of bisphenol A (BPA). For the first time BPA-imprinted MIPMSs were prepared via distillation precipitation polymerization, and then the polymeric microspheres were involved in producing the MIPMS-modified CPE (MIPMS/CPE). The polymers obtained were observed via a scanning electron microscope and its dynamic and static adsorption performances were investigated...
March 8, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272288/prediction-of-waitlist-mortality-in-adult-heart-transplant-candidates-the-candidate-risk-score
#15
Carine Jasseron, Camille Legeai, Christian Jacquelinet, Pascal Leprince, Christelle Cantrelle, Benoît Audry, Raphael Porcher, Olivier Bastien, Richard Dorent
BACKGROUND: The cardiac allocation system in France is currently based on urgency and geography. Medical urgency is defined by therapies without considering objective patient mortality risk factors. This study aimed to develop a waitlist mortality risk score from commonly available candidate variables. METHODS: The study included all patients, aged 16 years or older, registered on the national registry CRISTAL for first single-organ heart transplantation between January 2010 and December 2014...
March 8, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268183/comprehensive-study-on-the-electrocatalytic-effect-of-copper-doped-nano-clinoptilolite-towards-amoxicillin-at-the-modified-carbon-paste-electrode-solution-interface
#16
Motahare Nosuhi, Alireza Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh
In this work, Cu(II)-exchanged clinoptilolite nanoparticles (Cu(II)-NCL) were prepared and characterized by FTIR, BET, XRD and TEM techniques. The obtained Cu(II)-NCL was then used for the modification of carbon paste electrode (CPE). The resulted Cu(II)-NCL/CPE was finally used for the voltammetric determination of amoxicillin (AMX). The best voltammetric response was obtained by the electrode containing 20% of the modifier in 0.05molL(-1) NaCl at pHs 2.2 and 7.2. The electrode showed a linear response in the concentration range of 4...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265741/the-pleiotropic-vegetative-and-sexual-development-phenotypes-of-neurospora-crassa-arise-from-double-mutants-of-the-calcium-signaling-genes-plc-1-spla2-and-cpe-1
#17
Ananya Barman, Ranjan Tamuli
We investigated phenotypes of the double mutants of the calcium (Ca(2+)) signaling genes plc-1, splA2, and cpe-1 encoding for a phospholipase C1 (PLC-1), a secretory phospholipase A2 (sPLA2), and a Ca(2+)/H(+) exchanger (CPE-1), respectively, to understand the cell functions regulated by their genetic interactions. Mutants lacking plc-1 and either splA2 or cpe-1 exhibited numerous defects including reduced colonial growth, stunted aerial hyphae, premature conidiation on plates with delayed germination, inappropriate conidiation in submerged culture, and lesser mycelial pigmentation...
March 6, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263112/accuracy-of-point-of-care-lung-ultrasonography-for-the-diagnosis-of-cardiogenic-pulmonary-edema-in-dogs-and-cats-with-acute-dyspnea
#18
Jessica L Ward, Gregory R Lisciandro, Bruce W Keene, Sandra P Tou, Teresa C DeFrancesco
OBJECTIVE To determine the accuracy of a point-of-care lung ultrasonography (LUS) protocol designed to diagnose cardiogenic pulmonary edema (CPE) in dyspneic dogs and cats. DESIGN Diagnostic test evaluation. ANIMALS 76 dogs and 24 cats evaluated for dyspnea. PROCEDURES Dogs and cats were evaluated by LUS; B lines were counted at 4 anatomic sites on each hemithorax. A site was scored as positive when > 3 B lines were identified. Animals with ≥ 2 positive sites identified on each hemithorax were considered positive for CPE...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263062/boron-doped-diamond-paste-electrodes-for-microfluidic-paper-based-analytical-devices
#19
Siriwan Nantaphol, Robert B Channon, Takeshi Kondo, Weena Siangproh, Orawon Chailapakul, Charles S Henry
Boron doped diamond (BDD) electrodes have exemplary electrochemical properties; however, widespread use of high-quality BDD has previously been limited by material cost and availability. In the present article, we report the use of a BDD paste electrode (BDDPE) coupled with microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) to create a low-cost, high-performance electrochemical sensor. The BDDPEs are easy to prepare from a mixture of BDD powder and mineral oil and can be easily stencil-printed into a variety of electrode geometries...
March 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261720/an-iminodiacetate-modified-conjugated-polyelectrolyte-for-fluorescent-labeling-of-histidine-tagged-proteins
#20
Kai Cai, Ying Tan, Chunyan Tan, Jiatao Wu, Pan Wu, Jiamei Liang, Shuwen Liu, Bibo Zhang, Yuyang Jiang
The iminodiacetate-Ni(2+)-hexahistidine system is extensively used in protein purification. In this study, an anionic conjugated polyelectrolyte (CPE) with a poly(p-phenylene ethynylene) backbone and iminodiacetate side chains, named PPEIDA, was designed and synthesized. Recognition and visualization of hexahistidine-tagged (His-tagged) proteins using PPEIDA was demonstrated.
March 6, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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