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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145711/timing-of-antibiotics-in-the-management-of-community-acquired-sepsis-can-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-prehospital-therapy-provide-answers
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Andrew A Udy, Karen Smith, Stephen Bernard
Significant tension surrounds the application of antibiotics in suspected infection. Guidelines stress the importance of early empirical broad-spectrum therapy, with select observational data suggesting inferior outcomes when this is delayed. In contrast, microbiological resistance is an ever increasing global problem, with many advocating for a more restricted, culture-driven approach to antibiotic prescription. Controlled trial data are urgently needed, although many clinicians would find withholding of antibiotic therapy unethical...
November 16, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145694/engineered-and-natural-promoters-and-chromatin-modifying-elements-for-recombinant-protein-expression-in-cho-cells
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REVIEW
Nadiya Romanova, Thomas Noll
Promoters play a pivotal role in integrating and processing the signals related to transcription initiation. Strong natural viral promoters, such as hCMV or SV40E, have been routinely employed to achieve a high rate of gene expression in ubiquitously used Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. However, viral promoters are susceptible to epigenetic silencing and lack precise regulation levers. This has paved the way to more sensible control elements: endogenous, inducible and synthetic promoters. In this review we summarise and discuss the use of natural viral, mammalian and endogenous promoters, as well as recent advances in synthetic promoters and inducible systems for protein expression in CHO cells...
November 16, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145627/bacterial-communities-associated-with-the-ectoparasitic-mites-varroa-destructor-and-tropilaelaps-mercedesae-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera
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Chonthicha Pakwan, Martin Kaltenpoth, Benjamin Weiss, Panuwan Chantawannakul, Guo Jun, Terd Disayathanoowat
Varroa and Tropilaelaps mites have been reported as serious ectoparasites of honey bees (Apis mellifera). In this study, bacterial communities associated with Varroa destructor and Tropilaelaps mercedesae from Northern Thailand were determined, using both culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches. Adult female mites were collected from apiaries in Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces. Culturable bacteria were isolated from individual mites. On average, we observed approximately 1340 and 1140 CFU/mite in Varroa and Tropilaelaps, respectively...
November 14, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145626/twelve-month-outcomes-of-a-group-randomized-community-health-advocate-led-smoking-cessation-intervention-in-public-housing
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Daniel R Brooks, Joanna L Burtner, Belinda Borrelli, Timothy C Heeren, Tegan Evans, Jessica A Davine, Jonathan Greenbaum, Matthew Scarpaci, John Kane, Vaughan W Rees, Alan C Geller
Background: Lower rates of smoking cessation are a major reason for the higher prevalence of smoking among socioeconomically disadvantaged adults. Because barriers to quitting are both more numerous and severe, socioeconomically disadvantaged smokers may benefit from more intensive intervention. We sought to determine whether a smoking cessation intervention delivered by public housing residents trained as Tobacco Treatment Advocates (TTAs) could increase utilization of cessation resources and increase abstinence...
November 14, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145612/developmental-and-gut-related-changes-to-microbiomes-of-the-cultured-juvenile-spiny-lobster-panulirus-ornatus
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Mei C Ooi, Evan F Goulden, Gregory G Smith, Barbara F Nowak, Andrew R Bridle
With recent technologies making it possible for commercial scale closed life-cycle aquaculture production of spiny lobster (Panulirus ornatus) comes a strong impetus to further understand aspects of lobster health. The gut microbiome plays a crucial role in host health, affecting growth, digestion, immune responses and pathogen resistance. Herein we characterise and compare gut microbiomes across different developmental stages (6-7 d post-emergence [dpe], 52 dpe and 13 months post-emergence [mpe]) and gut regions (foregut, midgut and hindgut) of cultured P...
November 14, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145596/a-crispr-cas9-based-exploration-into-the-elusive-mechanism-for-lactate-export-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Robert Mans, Else-Jasmijn Hassing, Melanie Wijsman, Annabel Giezekamp, Jack T Pronk, Jean-Marc Daran, Antonius J A van Maris
CRISPR/Cas9-based genome editing allows rapid, simultaneous modification of multiple genetic loci in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Here, this technique was used in a functional analysis study aimed at identifying the hitherto unknown mechanism of lactate export in this yeast. First, an S. cerevisiae strain was constructed with deletions in 25 genes encoding transport proteins, including the complete aqua(glycero)porin family and all known carboxylic-acid transporters. The 25-deletion strain was then transformed with an expression cassette for Lactobacillus casei lactate dehydrogenase (LcLDH)...
November 14, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145523/cross-cultural-validation-of-the-brazilian-portuguese-version-of-the-pain-vigilance-and-awareness-questionnaire
#7
Fernanda Salloume Sampaio Bonafé, João Marôco, Juliana Alvares Duarte Bonini Campos
AIMS: To cross-culturally adapt the Pain Vigilance and Awareness Questionnaire (PVAQ) to the Brazilian Portuguese language, to evaluate its psychometric properties when applied to Brazilian pain-free adults and to adults with different pain profiles, and to compare the PVAQ factor scores of different groups using a new method for calculating the overall scores for vigilance, attention to pain, and awareness of changes in pain. METHODS: A total of 1,143 adults (79% women; mean ± standard deviation [SD] age of 38...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145514/why-patients-with-thbd-c-1611c-a-p-cys537x-nonsense-mutation-have-high-levels-of-soluble-thrombomodulin
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Yohann Jourdy, Nathalie Enjolras, Sandra Le Quellec, Jean Claude Bordet, Claude Négrier, Christine Vinciguerra, Yesim Dargaud
BACKGROUND: Recently our group has described a new autosomal dominant bleeding disorder characterized by very high plasma levels of soluble thrombomodulin (TM). The THBD c.1611C>A (p.Cys537X) mutation in heterozygous state was found in the propositus. This mutation leads to the synthesis of a truncated TM which has lost the last three amino-acids of the transmembrane domain and the cytoplasmic tail. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the mechanism responsible for TM shedding in endothelial cells with THBD c...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145485/adolescents-perception-of-parental-feeding-practices-adaptation-and-validation-of-the-comprehensive-feeding-practices-questionnaire-for-brazilian-adolescents-the-cfpq-teen
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Ângela Bein Piccoli, Lucas Neiva-Silva, Clarisse Pereira Mosmann, Dara Musher-Eizenman, Lucia C Pellanda
BACKGROUND: Parental feeding practices may play a key role in dietary habits and nutritional status of adolescents, but research from adolescents' point of view on this topic is scarce. OBJECTIVE: To adapt and validate an instrument of parental feeding practices as perceived by adolescents in a Brazilian setting. METHODS: The Comprehensive Feeding Practices Questionnaire was translated into Portuguese and adapted to be answered by adolescents (ages 12 to 18)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145475/mapping-three-dimensional-surface-deformation-caused-by-the-2010-haiti-earthquake-using-advanced-satellite-radar-interferometry
#10
Hyung-Sup Jung, Soo-Min Hong
Mapping three-dimensional (3D) surface deformation caused by an earthquake is very important for the environmental, cultural, economic and social sustainability of human beings. Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems made it possible to measure precise 3D deformations by combining SAR interferometry (InSAR) and multiple aperture interferometry (MAI). In this paper, we retrieve the 3D surface deformation field of the 2010 Haiti earthquake which occurred on January 12, 2010 by a magnitude 7.0 Mw by using the advanced interferometric technique that integrates InSAR and MAI data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145465/hospital-associated-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-risk-factors-in-south-african-tertiary-public-hospitals
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Liliwe L Shuping, Lazarus Kuonza, Alfred Musekiwa, Samantha Iyaloo, Olga Perovic
INTRODUCTION: Hospital-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (HA-MRSA) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. We conducted a study to determine risk factors for HA-MRSA in order to inform control strategies in South Africa. METHODS: We used surveillance data collected from five tertiary hospitals in Gauteng and Western Cape provinces during 2014 for analysis. A case of HA-MRSA was defined as isolation of MRSA from a blood culture 48 hours after admission and/or if the patient was hospitalised in the six months prior to the current culture...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145463/the-chicken-or-the-egg-exploring-bi-directional-associations-between-newcastle-disease-vaccination-and-village-chicken-flock-size-in-rural-tanzania
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Julia de Bruyn, Peter C Thomson, Brigitte Bagnol, Wende Maulaga, Elpidius Rukambile, Robyn G Alders
Newcastle disease (ND) is a viral disease of poultry with global importance, responsible for the loss of a potential source of household nutrition and economic livelihood in many low-income food-deficit countries. Periodic outbreaks of this endemic disease result in high mortality amongst free-ranging chicken flocks and may serve as a disincentive for rural households to invest time or resources in poultry-keeping. Sustainable ND control can be achieved through vaccination using a thermotolerant vaccine administered via eyedrop by trained "community vaccinators"...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145460/trail-attenuates-rankl-mediated-osteoblastic-signalling-in-vascular-cell-mono-culture-and-co-culture-models
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Emma Harper, Keith D Rochfort, Hannah Forde, Colin Davenport, Diarmuid Smith, Philip M Cummins
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vascular calcification (VC) is a major risk factor for elevated cardiovascular morbidity/mortality. Underlying this process is osteoblastic signalling within the vessel wall involving complex and interlinked roles for receptor-activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL). RANKL promotes vascular cell osteoblastic differentiation, whilst OPG acts as a neutralizing decoy receptor for RANKL (and TRAIL)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145424/levosimendan-protects-human-hepatocytes-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Stefanie N Brunner, Nicolai V Bogert, Andreas A Schnitzbauer, Eva Juengel, Anton Moritz, Isabella Werner, Angela Kornberger, Andres Beiras-Fernandez
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is a major challenge in liver transplantation. The mitochondrial pathway plays a pivotal role in hepatic IRI. Levosimendan, a calcium channel sensitizer, was shown to attenuate apoptosis after IRI in animal livers. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of levosimendan on apoptosis in human hepatocytes. METHODS: Primary human hepatocytes were either exposed to hypoxia or cultured under normoxic conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145415/plant-organ-cultures-as-masked-mycotoxin-biofactories-deciphering-the-fate-of-zearalenone-in-micropropagated-durum-wheat-roots-and-leaves
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Laura Righetti, Enrico Rolli, Gianni Galaverna, Michele Suman, Renato Bruni, Chiara Dall'Asta
"Masked mycotoxins" senso strictu are conjugates of mycotoxins resulting from metabolic pathways activated by the interplay between pathogenic fungi and infected plants. Zearalenone, an estrogenic mycotoxin produced by Fusarium spp, was the first masked mycotoxin ever described in the literature, but its biotransformation has been studied to a lesser extent if compared to other compounds such as deoxynivalenol. We presented herein the first application of organ and tissue culture techniques to study the metabolic fate of zearalenone in durum wheat, using an untargeted HR-LCMS approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145359/racial-ethnic-health-disparities-among-rural-adults-united-states-2012-2015
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Cara V James, Ramal Moonesinghe, Shondelle M Wilson-Frederick, Jeffrey E Hall, Ana Penman-Aguilar, Karen Bouye
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Rural communities often have worse health outcomes, have less access to care, and are less diverse than urban communities. Much of the research on rural health disparities examines disparities between rural and urban communities, with fewer studies on disparities within rural communities. This report provides an overview of racial/ethnic health disparities for selected indicators in rural areas of the United States. REPORTING PERIOD: 2012-2015...
November 17, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145328/endocarditis-due-to-abiotrophia-defectiva-a-biofilm-related-infection-associated-with-the-presence-of-fixed-braces-a-case-report
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Victoria Birlutiu, Rares Mircea Birlutiu
RATIONALE: Endocarditis with Abiotrophia defectiva represents 4.3% to 6% of all streptococcal endocarditis. The article presents diagnosis issues and the complexity of the treatment. PATIENT CONCERNS: We present the case of a female white patient, aged 26 years, who developed infectious endocarditis caused by A defectiva, in the last trimester of pregnancy, a biofilm-related infection associated with the presence of fixed braces. DIAGNOSES: The diagnosis of infectious endocarditis was confirmed by the cardiac ultrasound examination that revealed a voluminous vegetation on the mitral valve, and acute mitral regurgitation caused by chordae tendinae rupture, and also by isolating Abiotrophia defectiva from two positive blood cultures...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145208/curcumin-delays-retinal-degeneration-by-regulating-microglia-activation-in-the-retina-of-rd1-mice
#18
Yanhe Wang, Zhiyuan Yin, Lixiong Gao, Dayu Sun, Xisu Hu, Langyue Xue, Jiaman Dai, YuXiao Zeng, Siyu Chen, Boju Pan, Min Chen, Jing Xie, Haiwei Xu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is characterized by degeneration of photoreceptors, and there are currently no effective treatments for this disease. However, curcumin has shown neuroprotectant efficacy in a RP rat and swine model, and thus, may have neuroprotective effects in this disease. METHODS: Immunofluorescence staining, electroretinogram recordings, and behavioral tests were used to analyze the effects of curcumin and the underlying mechanism in retinal degeneration 1 (rd1) mice...
November 17, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145148/honokiol-protects-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-against-high-glucose-and-intermittent-hypoxia-induced-injury-by-activating-nrf2-are-pathway-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#19
Chen-Guang Li, Chang-Lin Ni, Min Yang, Yun-Zhao Tang, Zhu Li, Yan-Juan Zhu, Zhen-Huan Jiang, Bei Sun, Chun-Jun Li
Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) is associated with glucose intolerance, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Although several studies have revealed that intermittent hypoxia (IH) in OSAHS may further aggravate pancreatic β cell damage and promote the evolution of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) by increasing oxidative stress, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Honokiol, a potent radical scavenger, has been demonstrated to ameliorate oxidative stress in many cases. The present study aimed to explore the potential mechanism of IH and diabetes synergistically damage and destruct the pancreatic β cell, examine the effects of honokiol on ameliorating pancreatic β cell injury in this context and explore the mechanism of such effects...
November 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145114/boosting-nannochloropsis-oculata-growth-and-lipid-accumulation-in-a-lab-scale-open-raceway-pond-characterized-by-improved-light-distributions-employing-built-in-planar-waveguide-modules
#20
Yahui Sun, Yun Huang, Qiang Liao, Ao Xia, Qian Fu, Xun Zhu, Jingwei Fu
Aiming at alleviating the adverse effect of poor light penetrability on microalgae growth, planar waveguide modules functioned as diluting and redistributing the intense incident light within microalgae culture more homogeneously were introduced into a lab-scale open raceway pond (ORP) for Nannochloropsis oculata cultivation. As compared to the conventional ORP, the illumination surface area to volume ratio and effective illuminated volume percentage in the proposed ORP were respectively improved by 5.53 times and 19...
November 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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