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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817704/analysis-of-multidrug-resistant-group-b-streptococci-with-reduced-penicillin-susceptibility-forming-small-less-hemolytic-colonies
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Hirotsugu Banno, Kouji Kimura, Yosuke Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Makoto Kuroda, Wanchun Jin, Jun-Ichi Wachino, Keiko Yamada, Keigo Shibayama, Yoshichika Arakawa
Group B streptococci (GBS; Streptococcus agalactiae) are the leading cause of neonatal invasive diseases and are also important pathogens for elderly adults. Until now, nearly all GBS with reduced penicillin susceptibility (PRGBS) have shown β-hemolytic activity and grow on sheep blood agar. However, we have previously reported three PRGBS clinical isolates harboring a CylK deletion that form small less hemolytic colonies. In this study, we examined the causes of small, less hemolytic colony formation in these clinical isolates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817629/maldi-tof-ms-identification-of-anopheles-gambiae-giles-blood-meal-crushed-on-whatman-filter-papers
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Sirama Niare, Lionel Almeras, Fatalmoudou Tandina, Amina Yssouf, Affane Bacar, Ali Toilibou, Ogobara Doumbo, Didier Raoult, Philippe Parola
BACKGROUND: Identification of the source of mosquito blood meals is an important component for disease control and surveillance. Recently, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) profiling has emerged as an effective tool for mosquito blood meal identification, using the abdomens of freshly engorged mosquitoes. In the field, mosquito abdomens are crushed on Whatman filter papers to determine the host feeding patterns by identifying the origin of their blood meals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816650/evidence-for-more-cost-effective-surveillance-options-for-bovine-spongiform-encephalopathy-bse-and-scrapie-in-great-britain
#3
Ben A Wall, Mark E Arnold, Devi Radia, Will Gilbert, Angel Ortiz-Pelaez, Katharina Dc Stärk, Ed Van Klink, Javier Guitian
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are an important public health concern. Since the emergence of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) during the 1980s and its link with human Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, active surveillance has been a key element of the European Union's TSE control strategy. Success of this strategy means that now, very few cases are detected compared with the number of animals tested. Refining surveillance strategies would enable resources to be redirected towards other public health priorities...
August 10, 2017: Euro Surveillance: Bulletin Européen sur les Maladies Transmissibles, European Communicable Disease Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815918/a-model-based-approach-to-characterize-individual-inbreeding-at-both-global-and-local-genomic-scales
#4
T Druet, M Gautier
Inbreeding results from the mating of related individuals and may be associated with reduced fitness because it brings together deleterious variants in one individual. In general, inbreeding is estimated with respect to an arbitrary base population consisting of ancestors that are assumed unrelated. We herein propose a model-based approach to estimate and characterize individual inbreeding at both global and local genomic scales by assuming the individual genome is a mosaic of HBD (Homozygous-By-Descent) and non-HBD segments...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814954/intrinsic-osteoinductivity-of-porous-titanium-scaffold-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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Maryam Tamaddon, Sorousheh Samizadeh, Ling Wang, Gordon Blunn, Chaozong Liu
Large bone defects and nonunions are serious complications that are caused by extensive trauma or tumour. As traditional therapies fail to repair these critical-sized defects, tissue engineering scaffolds can be used to regenerate the damaged tissue. Highly porous titanium scaffolds, produced by selective laser sintering with mechanical properties in range of trabecular bone (compressive strength 35 MPa and modulus 73 MPa), can be used in these orthopaedic applications, if a stable mechanical fixation is provided...
2017: International Journal of Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814402/molecular-insights-into-the-normal-operation-regulation-and-multisystemic-roles-of-k-cl-cotransporter-3-kcc3
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Alexandre P Garneau, Andrée-Anne Marcoux, Rachelle Frenette-Cotton, Fabrice Mac-Way, Julie L Lavoie, Paul Isenring
Long before the molecular identity of the Na(+)-dependent K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporters was uncovered in the mid-nineties, a Na(+)-independent K(+)-Cl(-) cotransport system was also known to exist. It was initially observed in sheep and goat red blood cells where it was shown to be ouabain-insensitive and to increase in the presence of N-ethylmaleimide (NEM). After it was established between the early and mid-nineties, the expressed sequence tag (EST) databank was found to include a sequence that was highly homologous to those of the Na(+)-dependent K(+)-Cl(-) cotransporters...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814268/the-genomic-architecture-of-mastitis-resistance-in-dairy-sheep
#7
G Banos, G Bramis, S J Bush, E L Clark, M E B McCulloch, J Smith, G Schulze, G Arsenos, D A Hume, A Psifidi
BACKGROUND: Mastitis is the most prevalent disease in dairy sheep with major economic, hygienic and welfare implications. The disease persists in all dairy sheep production systems despite the implementation of improved management practises. Selective breeding for enhanced mastitis resistance may provide the means to further control the disease. In the present study, we investigated the genetic architecture of four mastitis traits in dairy sheep. Individual animal records for clinical mastitis occurrence and three mastitis indicator traits (milk somatic cell count, total viable bacterial count in milk and the California mastitis test) were collected monthly throughout lactation for 609 ewes of the Greek Chios breed...
August 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813459/%C3%AE-2-microglobulin-gene-duplication-in-cetartiodactyla-remains-intact-only-in-pigs-and-possibly-confers-selective-advantage-to-the-species
#8
Thong Minh Le, Quy Van Chanh Le, Dung Minh Truong, Hye-Jeong Lee, Min-Kyeung Choi, Hyesun Cho, Hak-Jae Chung, Jin-Hoi Kim, Jeong-Tae Do, Hyuk Song, Chankyu Park
Several β2-microglobulin (B2M) -bound protein complexes undertake key roles in various immune system pathways, including the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn), cluster of differentiation 1 (CD1) protein, non-classical major histocompatibility complex (MHC), and well-known MHC class I molecules. Therefore, the duplication of B2M may lead to an increase in the biological competence of organisms to the environment. Based on the pig genome assembly SSC10.2, a segmental duplication of ~45.5 kb, encoding the entire B2M protein, was identified in pig chromosome 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811658/political-pressures-increased-vulnerability-to-climate-hazards-for-nomadic-livestock-in-inner-mongolia-china
#9
Ang Li, Shi Chen, Xueyao Zhang, Jianhui Huang
Herders in Inner Mongolia experienced two completely different political periods during their last nomadic period between 1961 and 1986. However, climate and technical factors were very similar between these two periods according to statistical analyses. We retrieved historical climate and livestock population data and performed a retrospective study using generalized additive models to analyze three major livestock population demographic metrics changes between these two periods. We found that the sociopolitical factors significantly impacted all three major demographic metrics (adult mortality, neonatal mortality and birthrate) between the two periods for both large (cattle, horse, and camel) and small livestock (sheep and goat)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811591/alteration-of-sheep-coat-color-pattern-by-disruption-of-asip-gene-via-crispr-cas9
#10
Xuemei Zhang, Wenrong Li, Chenxi Liu, Xinrong Peng, Jiapeng Lin, Sangang He, Xuejiao Li, Bing Han, Ning Zhang, Yangsheng Wu, Lei Chen, Liqin Wang, MaYila, Juncheng Huang, Mingjun Liu
Coat color is an important characteristic and economic trait in domestic sheep. Aiming at alteration of Chinese merino sheep coat color by genome manipulation, we disrupted sheep agouti signaling protein gene by CRISPR/Cas9. A total of seven indels were identified in 5 of 6 born lambs. Each targeted lamb happened at least two kinds of modifications, and targeted lambs with multiple modifications displayed variety of coat color patterns. Three lambs with 4 bp deletion showed badgerface with black body coat color in two lambs, and brown coat color with light ventral pigmentation in another one...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811555/identification-of-novel-micrornas-in-the-sheep-heart-and-their-regulation-in-heart-failure
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Lee Lee Wong, Miriam T Rademaker, Eng Leng Saw, Kar Sheng Lew, Leigh J Ellmers, Christopher J Charles, Arthur Mark Richards, Peipei Wang
Study of microRNA (miRNAs) using sheep models is limited due to lack of miRNA information. We therefore investigated oar-miRNAs and their regulation in an ovine model of heart failure (HF). Left ventricular (LV) tissue was collected from normal (Cont), HF (LV pacing @ ~220bpm for 13-days) and HF-recovery sheep (HF-R, 26-days after pacing cessation). MiRNA expression was profiled using next-generation sequencing (NGS) and miRNA array, and validated by stem-loop qPCR. Detected sequences were mapped against the ovine genome (Oar v4...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810860/tartrate-resistant-acid-phosphate-as-biomarker-of-bone-turnover-over-the-lifespan-and-different-physiologic-stages-in-sheep
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José A Camassa, Camila C Diogo, João P A Bordelo, Marília de A Bonelli, Carlos A Viegas, Jorge T Azevedo, Nuno Dourado, Isabel R Dias
BACKGROUND: Currently, the best resources for assessment of bone tissue using imaging techniques are expensive and available in few medical facilities, thus serum or urinary bone turnover biomarkers could be useful as early indicators of prognosis. However, there is a wide range of variability in bone turnover markers due to several factors, such as different ages and metabolic stages, thus it is important to have as much data published on the subject as possible. The aim of this study was therefore to generate a reference range for alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) and validate the already published data...
August 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810834/multiple-trait-qtl-mapping-and-genomic-prediction-for-wool-traits-in-sheep
#13
Sunduimijid Bolormaa, Andrew A Swan, Daniel J Brown, Sue Hatcher, Nasir Moghaddar, Julius H van der Werf, Michael E Goddard, Hans D Daetwyler
BACKGROUND: The application of genomic selection to sheep breeding could lead to substantial increases in profitability of wool production due to the availability of accurate breeding values from single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data. Several key traits determine the value of wool and influence a sheep's susceptibility to fleece rot and fly strike. Our aim was to predict genomic estimated breeding values (GEBV) and to compare three methods of combining information across traits to map polymorphisms that affect these traits...
August 15, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810262/fetal-sheep-mesenteric-resistance-arteries-functional-and-structural-maturation
#14
Julia J Müller, Matthias Schwab, Charles R Rosenfeld, Iwa Antonow-Schlorke, Peter W Nathanielsz, Florian Rakers, Harald Schubert, Otto W Witte, Sven Rupprecht
BACKGROUND: Fetal blood pressure increases during late gestation; however, the underlying vascular mechanisms are unclear. Knowledge of the maturation of resistance arteries is important to identify the mechanisms and vulnerable periods for the development of vascular dysfunction in adulthood. METHODS: We determined the functional and structural development of fetal sheep mesenteric resistance arteries using wire myography and immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: Media mass and distribution of myosin heavy-chain isoforms showed no changes between 0...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808156/the-identification-of-staphylococcus-aureus-factors-required-for-pathogenicity-and-growth-in-human-blood
#15
John Connolly, Emma Boldock, Lynne R Prince, Stephen A Renshaw, Moira K Whyte, Simon J Foster
Staphylococcus aureus is a human commensal but also has devastating potential as an opportunist pathogen. S. aureus bacteraemia is often associated with an adverse outcome. To identify potential targets for novel control approaches we have identified S. aureus components that are required for growth on human blood. An ordered transposon mutant library was screened, identifying 9 genes involved specifically in haemolysis or growth on human blood agar compared to the parental strain. Three genes (purA, purB and pabA) were subsequently found to be required for pathogenesis in the zebrafish embryo infection model...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807314/a-candidate-gene-approach-to-study-nematode-resistance-traits-in-naturally-infected-sheep
#16
Hazel Wilkie, Valentina Riggio, Oswald Matika, Louise Nicol, Kathryn A Watt, Rona Sinclair, Alexandra M Sparks, Daniel H Nussey, Josephine M Pemberton, Ross D Houston, John Hopkins
Sheep naturally acquire a degree of resistant immunity to parasitic worm infection through repeated exposure. However, the immune response and clinical outcome vary greatly between animals. Genetic polymorphisms in genes integral to differential T helper cell polarization may contribute to variation in host response and disease outcome. A total of twelve single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were sequenced in IL23R, RORC2 and TBX21 from genomic DNA of Scottish Blackface lambs. Of the twelve SNPs, six were non-synonymous (missense), four were within the 3' UTRs and two were intronic...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807309/synergistic-interaction-of-ten-essential-oils-against-haemonchus-contortus-in-vitro
#17
L M Katiki, A M E Barbieri, R C Araujo, C J Veríssimo, H Louvandini, J F S Ferreira
Anthelmintic resistance in sheep gastrointestinal nematodes is a worldwide problem. Multi-drug resistant haemonchosis is the most serious impediment for small ruminant systems, and there are no new drug candidates currently under development. Molecules from natural sources have demonstrated anthelmintic activity against parasites. In this work, the monoterpenoids carvacrol, carvone, cineole, linalool, limonene, and thymol and the phenylpropanoids cinnamaldehyde, anethole, vanillin, and eugenol were assessed individually or in mixtures of ten binary, three ternary, and three quaternary combinations using the in vitro egg hatch assay with eggs of a multi-drug resistant strain of Haemonchus contortus...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807308/presence-and-species-identity-of-rumen-flukes-in-cattle-and-sheep-in-the-netherlands
#18
H W Ploeger, L Ankum, L Moll, D C K van Doorn, G Mitchell, P J Skuce, R N Zadoks, M Holzhauer
The purpose of the study was to gain knowledge about the prevalence and identity of rumen flukes (RF) in cattle and sheep in the Netherlands. Routine faecal examinations of diagnostic submissions between May 2009 and September 2014 showed a mean annual herd or flock RF prevalence of 15.8% for cattle and 8.0% for sheep. Prevalence in cattle was higher after 2012 than before, which may reflect a change in detection method as well as an increase in true prevalence. During November and December 2014, an abattoir survey was conducted to allow for scoring of rumen fluke burden and to obtain specimens for molecular species characterization...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807307/significance-of-anti-carla-salivary-iga-antibody-in-first-grazing-season-cattle-naturally-infected-with-gastrointestinal-nematodes
#19
Aurélie Merlin, Richard Shaw, Alain Chauvin, Nathalie Bareille, Christophe Chartier
A carbohydrate larval surface antigen (CarLA) present on infective larvae of all trichostrongylid nematodes is a target antigen for host immunoglobulins (Ig). Levels of anti-CarLA salivary IgA antibody (CarLA-IgA) have been shown to be correlated to the level of protective immunity to GIN in sheep and deer but no information is available in cattle. The first objective of this study was to assess the pattern of CarLA-IgA response in 7 groups (G1-G7) of first grazing season cattle (FGSC) naturally infected with gastrointestinal nematodes...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807281/toxoplasma-gondii-in-the-cornigliese-sheep-breed-in-italy-meat-juice-serology-in-vitro-isolation-and-genotyping
#20
A Vismarra, E Barilli, M Miceli, C Mangia, M Genchi, F Brindani, L Kramer, C Bacci
Toxoplasma gondii is considered one of the most important food-borne parasitic zoonoses globally and sheep are important intermediate hosts of the parasite. Meat and milk from infected sheep are considered an important source of infection for humans. Here, the authors evaluated T. gondii infection in the Italian Cornigliese sheep breed using meat juice ELISA, and in vitro assay for followed by Real Time-PCR and PCR-RFLP. Twenty-one hearts were collected at slaughter. Meat juice serology was carried out on all samples, while eleven hearts with the highest antibody titres were subjected to acid-peptic digestion and seeding onto Vero cells...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
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