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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449463/efficacy-of-nebulized-colistin-based-therapy-without-concurrent-intravenous-colistin-for-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Yong Kyun Kim, Jae Ha Lee, Hyun-Kyung Lee, Byung Cheol Chung, Seung Jung Yu, Ho-Young Lee, Jin-Han Park, Sunyoung Kim, Hyeon-Kuk Kim, Sungmin Kiem, Hang-Jea Jang
BACKGROUND: Although there have been studies regarding the role of nebulized colistin as adjunctive therapy of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) caused by carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB), a paucity of information on the efficacy of nebulized colistin as monotherapy is available. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 219 patients with VAP caused by CRAB treated with either intravenous (n=93) or nebulized colistin (n=126), from March 2010 to November 2015...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446585/activation-mechanism-of-a-neuromodulator-gated-pacemaker-ionic-current
#2
Michael Gray, Daniel Hector Daudelin, Jorge Golowasch
The neuromodulator-gated current (IMI) found in the crab stomatogastric ganglion is activated by neuromodulators that are essential to induce the rhythmic activity of the pyloric network in this system. One of these neuromodulators is also known to control the correlated expression of voltage-gated ionic currents in pyloric neurons as well as synaptic plasticity and strength. Thus, understanding the mechanism by which neuromodulator receptors activate IMI should provide insights not only into how oscillations are initiated, but also into how other processes, and currents not directly activated by them, are regulated...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445533/influence-of-temperature-on-daily-locomotor-activity-in-the-crab-uca-pugilator
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Audrey M Mat, Gideon P Dunster, Valerio Sbragaglia, Jacopo Aguzzi, Horacio O de la Iglesia
Animals living in the intertidal zone are exposed to prominent temperature changes. To cope with the energetic demands of environmental thermal challenges, ectotherms rely mainly on behavioral responses, which may change depending on the time of the day and seasonally. Here, we analyze how temperature shapes crabs' behavior at 2 different times of the year and show that a transition from constant cold (13.5°C) to constant warm (17.5°C) water temperature leads to increased locomotor activity levels throughout the day in fiddler crabs (Uca pugilator) collected during the summer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445089/genetic-and-morphological-differentiation-of-the-semiterrestrial-crab-armases-angustipes-brachyura-sesarmidae-along-the-brazilian-coast
#4
Murilo Zanetti Marochi, Setuko Masunari, Christoph D Schubart
The genetic and morphometric population structures of the semiterrestrial crab Armases angustipes from along the Brazilian coast were examined. The influence of the Central South Equatorial Current on larval dispersal of A. angustipes also was evaluated. Six populations were sampled from estuarine areas in São Luis do Maranhão, Maranhão; Natal, Rio Grande do Norte; Maceió, Alagoas; Ilhéus, Bahia; Aracruz, Espírito Santo; and Guaratuba, Paraná. Patterns of genetic differentiation were assessed using DNA sequence data corresponding to parts of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1...
February 2017: Biological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444421/metal-levels-in-shorebird-feathers-and-blood-during-migration-through-delaware-bay
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Nellie Tsipoura, Joanna Burger, Lawrence Niles, Amanda Dey, Michael Gochfeld, Mark Peck, David Mizrahi
We investigated levels of arsenic mercury, lead, cadmium, and chromium in Red Knot (Calidris canutus), Semipalmated Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla), and Sanderling (Calidris alba) migrating through Delaware Bay, New Jersey to determine if contaminant levels are likely to be causing negative effects on the populations of these shorebirds, to compare among species, and to explore differences among individuals collected early and late during their migration stopover. We analyzed blood and feathers, both nonlethal ways of exploring contaminants in birds...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441606/growth-inhibition-and-antibiofilm-potential-of-ag-nanoparticles-coated-with-lectin-an-arthropod-immune-molecule
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Sangily Jayanthi, Sathappan Shanthi, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan, Narayanan Gopi, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Giovanni Benelli
Lectins from the haemolymph of arthropods, including crustaceans, are molecules potentially involved in the immune recognition and phagocytosis. Here, lectin was purified from the haemolymph of blue swimmer crab Portunus pelagicus, using mannose-coupled sepharose CL-4B affinity column chromatography. In SDS-PAGE analysis, lectin showed a molecular mass of approximately 155kDa. The synthesis of lectin-coated silver nanoparticles (lectin-coated AgNPs) was confirmed by UV-Vis spectroscopy, XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM, SAED, and EDX analysis...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438684/two-spliced-isoforms-of-the-sex-determination-gene-fruitless-in-the-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis
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Peiyao Li, Yuan Liu, Danli Luo, Chengwen Song, Zhaoxia Cui
The fruitless (fru) gene plays an important role in sex determination pathway and courtship behavior of Drosophila melanogaster. In the present study, two fru isoforms (Esfru1 and Esfru2) were identified from the Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis. Sequence analysis showed that Esfru1 and Esfru2 were encoded by the same genomic locus and generated by alternative splicing of pre-mRNA. Esfru1 had all introns completely spliced out, while Esfru2 had a longer exon1 with an additional 78bp sequence. They both contained a conserved BTB domain which was also found in D...
April 21, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438599/newly-identified-invertebrate-type-lysozyme-splys-i-in-mud-crab-scylla-paramamosain-exhibiting-muramidase-deficient-antimicrobial-activity
#8
Jian Zhou, Shu Zhao, Wen-Hong Fang, Jun-Fang Zhou, Jing-Xiao Zhang, Hongyu Ma, Jiang-Feng Lan, Xin-Cang Li
Lysozymes are widely distributed immune effectors exerting muramidase activity against the peptidoglycan of the bacterial cell wall to trigger cell lysis. However, some invertebrate-type (i-type) lysozymes deficient of muramidase activity still exhibit antimicrobial activity. To date, the mechanism underlying the antimicrobial effect of muramidase-deficient i-type lysozymes remains unclear. Accordingly, this study characterized a novel i-type lysozyme, Splys-i, in the mud crab Scylla paramamosain. Splys-i shared the highest identity with the Litopenaeus vannamei i-type lysozyme (Lvlys-i2, 54% identity) at the amino acid level...
April 21, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437165/survey-for-listeria-monocytogenes-in-and-on-ready-to-eat-foods-from-retail-establishments-in-the-united-states-2010-through-2013-assessing-potential-changes-of-pathogen-prevalence-and-levels-in-a-decade
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John B Luchansky, Yuhuan Chen, Anna C S Porto-Fett, Régis Pouillot, Bradley A Shoyer, Rachel Johnson-DeRycke, Denise R Eblen, Karin Hoelzer, William K Shaw, Jane M van Doren, Michelle Catlin, Jeehyun Lee, Rohan Tikekar, Daniel Gallagher, James A Lindsay, Sherri Dennis
A multiyear interagency Listeria monocytogenes Market Basket Survey was undertaken for selected refrigerated ready-to-eat foods purchased at retail in four FoodNet sites in the United States. Food samples from 16 food categories in six broad groups (seafood, produce, dairy, meat, eggs, and combination foods) were collected weekly at large national chain supermarkets and independent grocery stores in California, Maryland, Connecticut, and Georgia for 100 weeks between December 2010 and March 2013. Of the 27,389 total samples, 116 samples tested positive by the BAX PCR system for L...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429823/changes-in-the-gut-microbiome-of-the-chinese-mitten-crab-eriocheir-sinensis-in-response-to-white-spot-syndrome-virus-wssv-infection
#10
Z F Ding, M J Cao, X S Zhu, G H Xu, R L Wang
Intestinal microorganisms play important roles in maintaining host health, but their functions in aquatic animal hosts have yet to be fully elucidated. The Chinese mitten crab, Eriocheir sinensis, is one such example. We attempted to identify the shift of gut microbiota that occurred in response to infection of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV), an emerging viral pathogen in the crab aquaculture industry. The microbiota may exert some control over aspects of the viral pathogenesis. We investigated the changes in composition and structure of the crab gut microbiome during various WSSV infection stages of 6 h post-infection (hpi) and 48 hpi, using a 16S rRNA approach on the MiSeq Illumina sequencing platform...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428843/rad-sequencing-reveals-genomewide-divergence-between-independent-invasions-of-the-european-green-crab-carcinus-maenas-in-the-northwest-atlantic
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Nicholas W Jeffery, Claudio DiBacco, Mallory Van Wyngaarden, Lorraine C Hamilton, Ryan R E Stanley, Renée Bernier, Jennifer FitzGerald, K Matheson, C H McKenzie, Praveen Nadukkalam Ravindran, Robert Beiko, Ian R Bradbury
Genomic studies of invasive species can reveal both invasive pathways and functional differences underpinning patterns of colonization success. The European green crab (Carcinus maenas) was initially introduced to eastern North America nearly 200 years ago where it expanded northwards to eastern Nova Scotia. A subsequent invasion to Nova Scotia from a northern European source allowed further range expansion, providing a unique opportunity to study the invasion genomics of a species with multiple invasions...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427842/predominance-of-international-clone-2-oxa-23-producing-acinetobacter-baumannii-clinical-isolates-in-greece-2015-results-of-a-nationwide-study
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Spyros Pournaras, Konstantina Dafopoulou, Mariateresa Del Franco, Olympia Zarkotou, Evangelia Dimitroulia, Efi Protonotariou, Aggeliki Poulou, Raffaele Zarrilli, Athanasios Tsakris
In a previous nationwide study in Greece, OXA-58 was the sole carbapenemase present among carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (CRAB) isolated between 2000 and 2009. In this study, the antibiotic resistances, carbapenemase gene content and clonal relatedness of 194 single-patient CRAB clinical isolates collected randomly during 2015 from 11 tertiary hospitals located throughout Greece were investigated. Antimicrobial susceptibility was determined using commercial and dilution methods. PCR for carbapenemase genes were performed...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425826/lung-function-and-prevalence-of-respiratory-symptoms-in-norwegian-crab-processing-workers
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Marte R Thomassen, Lisbeth Aasmoe, Berit E Bang, Tonje Braaten
BACKGROUND: Seafood processing workers have an increased risk of developing occupational asthma. This has not been studied among Norwegian crab processing workers, nor has the respiratory health of exposed workers been compared to a control group. OBJECTIVES: Assessing the impact of working in the crab processing industry on workers' respiratory health. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study of the respiratory health in two types of crab processing workers compared to a control group...
2017: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424957/assessing-pahs-pollution-in-shandong-coastal-area-china-by-combination-of-chemical-analysis-and-responses-of-reproductive-toxicity-in-crab-portunus-trituberculatus
#14
Luqing Pan, Ruiyi Xu, Jianmin Wen, Ruiming Guo
The concentrations of PAHs in seawater and sediments were measured at three selected sites (S1, S2, and S3) along the coastal area of Shandong (China) in April, May, and June, 2015, which ranged from 29.72 to 123.88 ng/L and 82.62 to 232.63 ng/g, respectively. Meanwhile, the reproductive toxicity responses in crab Portunus trituberculatus were also evaluated to assess the pollution of PAHs during the sampling period. Chemical analysis showed that S3 was the most PAH-contaminated area while S1 was the least, and the biochemical parameters concerned with reproduction were efficiently responded to the three sites, especially in S3 (p < 0...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422135/genomic-evidence-of-hybridization-between-two-independent-invasions-of-european-green-crab-carcinus-maenas-in-the-northwest-atlantic
#15
N W Jeffery, C DiBacco, B F Wringe, R R E Stanley, L C Hamilton, P N Ravindran, I R Bradbury
Invasive species have been associated with significant negative impacts in their introduced range often outcompeting native species, yet the long-term evolutionary dynamics of biological invasions are not well understood. Hybridization, either among waves of invasion or between native and introduced populations, could alter the ecological and evolutionary impacts of invasions yet has rarely been studied in marine invasive species. The European green crab (Carcinus maenas) invaded eastern North America twice from northern and southern locations in its native range...
April 19, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419173/sponge-symbioses-between-xestospongia-deweerdtae-and-plakortis-spp-are-not-motivated-by-shared-chemical-defense-against-predators
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Micah Jaarsma Marty, Jan Vicente, Benjamin L Oyler, Allen Place, Russell T Hill
The recently described epizoic sponge-sponge symbioses between Xestospongia deweerdtae and two species of Plakortis present an unusual series of sponge interactions. Sponges from the genus Plakortis are fierce allelopathic competitors, rich in cytotoxic secondary metabolites, and yet X. deweerdtae flourishes as an epizoic encrustation on Plakortis deweerdtaephila and Plakortis symbiotica. Our objective in this study was to evaluate the hypothesis that X. deweerdtae grows epizoic to these two species of Plakortis due to a shared chemical defense against predators...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418594/massive-crab-recruitment-events-to-the-shallow-subtidal-zone
#17
Aaron W E Galloway, Alan L Shanks, Scott Groth, Scott R Marion, Andrew R Thurber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 18, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418219/alpha-2-macroglobulin-as-a-region-specific-secretory-protein-in-male-reproductive-tract-and-its-dynamics-during-sperm-transit-towards-the-female-spermatheca-in-the-blue-crab
#18
Thanyaporn Senarai, Rapeepun Vanichviriyakit, Shinji Miyata, Chihiro Sato, Prapee Sretarugsa, Wattana Weerachatyanukul, Ken Kitajima
A 250-kDa protein was isolated from fluid in the middle spermatic duct (MSD) of the blue crab (Portunus pelagicus). N-terminal and partial amino acid sequences revealed that this MSD-specific protein is high similar to the plasma-enriched protein Alpha-2 macroglobulin (α2M). The P. pelagicus ortholog (Ppα2M) is a large glycoprotein possessing mannose and N-acetylglucosamine chains. Ppa2m mRNA was detected in the spermatic duct, androgenic gland, and hematopoietic tissue, whereas the protein was primarily observed in the apical cytoplasm of MSD epithelium and in the matrix of the acrosome of MSD sperm; however, distally within spermatic duct, Ppα2M was lost from the sperm membrane but remained in the sperm acrosome...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416113/early-evolution-of-specialized-termitophily-in-cretaceous-rove-beetles
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Chenyang Cai, Diying Huang, Alfred F Newton, K Taro Eldredge, Michael S Engel
Termitophiles, symbionts that live in termite nests, include a wide range of morphologically and behaviorally specialized organisms. Complex adaptive mechanisms permit these animals to integrate into societies and to exploit their controlled physical conditions and plentiful resources, as well as to garner protection inside termite nests. An understanding of the early evolution of termitophily is challenging owing to a scarcity of fossil termitophiles, with all known reliable records occurring from the Miocene (approximately 19 million years ago [mya]) [1-6], and an equivocal termitophile belonging to the largely free-living Mesoporini from the mid-Cretaceous [7]...
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415006/accumulation-of-nonessential-trace-elements-ag-as-cd-cr-hg-and-pb-in-atlantic-horseshoe-crab-limulus-polyphemus-early-life-stages
#20
Aaron K Bakker, Jessica Dutton, Matthew Sclafani, Nicholas Santangelo
During early development, benthic organisms can accumulate nonessential trace elements through aqueous and particulate sources. This study investigated the accumulation of Ag, As, Cd, Cr, Hg and Pb in Atlantic horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) pre-spawned eggs, embryos, and developing larvae collected from 5 sites on Long Island, NY and compared these concentrations to that found in sediment, pore water, and overlying water. All investigated elements were detected in embryos and larvae at all sites. Arsenic was found at the highest concentration in each life stage across all 5 sites, followed by Ag, whereas Cd, Hg and Pb concentrations varied between sites...
April 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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