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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231617/characterization-of-staphylococcus-epidermidis-strains-isolated-from-industrial-cleanrooms-under-regular-routine-disinfection
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U Ribič, A Klančnik, B Jeršek
AIMS: The purpose of this study was the genotypic and phenotypic characterization of 57 strains of Staphylococcus epidermidis isolated from cleanroom environments, based on their biofilm formation and antimicrobial resistance profiles. METHODS AND RESULTS: Biofilm formation was investigated using real-time PCR (icaA, aap, bhp genes), the Congo red agar method, and the crystal violet assay. The majority of the strains (59.7%; 34/57) did not form biofilms according to the crystal violet assay, although the biofilm-associated genes were present in 94...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231455/synthetic-investigation-physicochemical-characterization-and-antibacterial-evaluation-of-ternary-bi-iii-systems-with-hydroxycarboxylic-acid-and-aromatic-chelator-substrates
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C M Nday, E Halevas, A Tsiaprazi-Stamou, D Eleftheriadou, A Hatzidimitriou, G Jackson, D Reid, A Salifoglou
Due to its physical and chemical properties, bismuth (Bi(III)) is widely used in the treatment of several gastrointestinal and skin diseases, and infections caused by bacteria. Herein, its known antimicrobial potential was taken into consideration in the synthesis of two new hybrid ternary materials of Bi(III) with the physiological α-hydroxycarboxylic glycolic acid and 1,10-phenanthroline (phen), [Bi2(C2H2O3)2(C2H3O3)(NO3)]n(.) nH2O (1) and [Bi(C12H8N2)(NO3)4](C10H8N4) (2), aiming at improving its antibacterial properties...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231167/antibacterial-activity-of-fructus-forsythia-essential-oil-and-the-application-of-eo-loaded-nanoparticles-to-food-borne-pathogens
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Na Guo, Qing-Yan Gai, Jiao Jiao, Wei Wang, Yuan-Gang Zu, Yu-Jie Fu
Fructus forsythia essential oil (FEO) with excellent antibacterial activity was rarely reported. The objective of the present study was to investigate the antibacterial activity and the antibacterial mechanism of FEO against two food-borne pathogenic bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) in vitro. When treated FEO, the zones of inhibition (ZOI) of E. coli (20.5 ± 0.25 mm) and S. aureus (24.3 ± 0.21 mm) were much larger than control (p < 0.05). The minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of FEO were 3...
October 29, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229913/increased-risk-of-developing-schizophrenia-in-animals-exposed-to-cigarette-smoke-during-the-gestational-period
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Alexandra I Zugno, Mariana B Oliveira, Gustavo A Mastella, Alexandra S A Heylmann, Lara Canever, Felipe D Pacheco, Louyse S Damazio, Sullivan A Citadin, Luiz Antonio de Lucca, Lutiana Roque Simões, Fernanda Malgarin, Josiane Budni, Tatiana Barichello, Patricia F Schuck, João Quevedo
Cigarette smoking during the prenatal period has been investigated as a causative factor of obstetric abnormalities, which lead to cognitive and behavioural changes associated with schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to investigate behaviour and AChE activity in brain structures in adult rats exposed to cigarette smoke during the prenatal period. Pregnant rats were divided into non-PCSE (non-prenatal cigarette smoke exposure) and PCSE (prenatal cigarette smoke exposure) groups. On post-natal day 60, the rats received saline or ketamine for 7days and were subjected to behavioural tasks...
February 13, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229518/transition-to-success-on-the-model-room-task-the-importance-of-improvements-in-working-memory
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Lauren E Hartstein, Neil E Berthier
Previous work has shown that children under age 3 often perform very poorly on the model room task, in which they are asked to find a hidden toy based on its location in a scale model. One prominent theory for their failure is that they lack the ability to understand the model as both a physical object and as a symbolic representation of the larger room. A hypothesized additional component is that they need to overcome weak, competing representations of where the object was on a previous trial, and where it is in the present trial, in order to succeed in their search...
February 22, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229372/measuring-inhibition-and-cognitive-flexibility-in-friedreich-ataxia
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Louise A Corben, Felicity Klopper, Monique Stagnitti, Nellie Georgiou-Karistianis, John L Bradshaw, Gary Rance, Martin B Delatycki
Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder with subtle impact on cognition. Inhibitory processes and cognitive flexibility were examined in FRDA by assessing the ability to suppress a predictable verbal response. We administered the Hayling Sentence Completion Test (HSCT), the Trail Making Test, and the Stroop Test to 43 individuals with FRDA and 42 gender- and age-matched control participants. There were no significant group differences in performance on the Stroop or Trail Making Test whereas significant impairment in cognitive flexibility including the ability to predict and inhibit a pre-potent response as measured in the HSCT was evident in individuals with FRDA...
February 22, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229367/inhibition-of-mtor-pathway-by-rapamycin-decreases-p-glycoprotein-expression-and-spontaneous-seizures-in-pharmacoresistant-epilepsy
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Xiaosa Chi, Cheng Huang, Rui Li, Wei Wang, Mengqian Wu, Jinmei Li, Dong Zhou
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) has been demonstrated to mediate multidrug resistance in various tumors by inducing P-glycoprotein (P-gp) overexpression. Here, we investigated the correlation between the mTOR pathway and P-gp expression in pharmacoresistant epilepsy. Temporal cortex specimens were obtained from patients with refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (mTLE) and age-matched controls who underwent surgeries at West China Hospital of Sichuan University between June 2014 and May 2015. We established a rat model of epilepsy kindled by coriaria lactone (CL) and screened pharmacoresistant rats (non-responders) using phenytoin...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229298/ego-depletion-in-visual-perception-ego-depleted-viewers-experience-less-ambiguous-figure-reversal
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Marina C Wimmer, Steven Stirk, Peter J B Hancock
This study examined the effects of ego depletion on ambiguous figure perception. Adults (N = 315) received an ego depletion task and were subsequently tested on their inhibitory control abilities that were indexed by the Stroop task (Experiment 1) and their ability to perceive both interpretations of ambiguous figures that was indexed by reversal (Experiment 2). Ego depletion had a very small effect on reducing inhibitory control (Cohen's d = .15) (Experiment 1). Ego-depleted participants had a tendency to take longer to respond in Stroop trials...
February 22, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229178/the-consummatory-and-motivational-behaviors-for-natural-rewards-following-long-term-withdrawal-from-morphine-no-anhedonia-but-persistent-maladaptive-behaviors-for-high-value-rewards
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Yingying Li, Xigeng Zheng, Na Xu, Yue Zhang, Zhengkui Liu, Yunjing Bai
RATIONALE: The negative affective state, e.g., anhedonia, emerges after abstinence from abused drugs may be linked to the motivational processes of drug craving and relapse. Although anhedonia diminishes over time with drug abstinence, it is not yet rather explicit whether anhedonia exists or not following protracted withdrawal. OBJECTIVES: The behavioral responses to natural rewards were examined after 2 to 3 weeks withdrawal from morphine. Male rats were pretreated with either a binge-like morphine paradigm or daily saline injection for 5 days...
February 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229135/the-colonic-metabolites-dihydrocaffeic-acid-and-dihydroferulic-acid-are-more-effective-inhibitors-of-in-vitro-platelet-activation-than-their-phenolic-precursors
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Gema Baeza, Eva-Maria Bachmair, Sharon Wood, Raquel Mateos, Laura Bravo, Baukje de Roos
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. The consumption of a healthy diet rich in polyphenols has been inversely associated with the development of CVD. This study evaluated the effects of green coffee bean extract (GCBE) and yerba mate phenolic extract (YMPE), the main phenolic and methylxanthine constituents (5-caffeoylquinic acid, 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, caffeine, and theobromine), and their main metabolites (caffeic acid, ferulic acid, dihydrocaffeic acid (DHCA) and dihydroferulic acid (DHFA)) on platelet activation in vitro...
February 23, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228578/proof-of-concept-randomized-trial-of-the-monoclonal-antibody-gsk249320-versus-placebo-in-stroke-patients
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Steven C Cramer, Lori A Enney, Colleen K Russell, Monica Simeoni, Thomas R Thompson
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: One class of poststroke restorative therapy focuses on promoting axon outgrowth by blocking myelin-based inhibitory proteins such as myelin-associated glycoprotein. The purpose of the current study was to extend preclinical and clinical findings of GSK249320, a humanized monoclonal antibody to myelin-associated glycoprotein with disabled Fc region, to explore effects on motor outcomes post-stroke. METHODS: In this phase IIb double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, patients at 30 centers with ischemic stroke 24 to 72 hours prior and gait deficits were randomized to 2 IV infusions of GSK249320 or placebo...
February 22, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228280/autocrine-loop-involving-il-6-family-member-lif-lif-receptor-and-stat4-drives-sustained-fibroblast-production-of-inflammatory-mediators
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Hung N Nguyen, Erika H Noss, Fumitaka Mizoguchi, Christine Huppertz, Kevin S Wei, Gerald F M Watts, Michael B Brenner
Fibroblasts are major contributors to and regulators of inflammation and dominant producers of interleukin-6 (IL-6) in inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Yet, compared to leukocytes, the regulation of inflammatory pathways in fibroblasts is largely unknown. Here, we report that analyses of genes coordinately upregulated with IL-6 pointed to STAT4 and leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) as potentially linked. Gene silencing revealed that STAT4 was required for IL-6 transcription. STAT4 was recruited to the IL-6 promoter after fibroblast activation, and LIF receptor (LIFR) and STAT4 formed a molecular complex that, together with JAK1 and TYK2 kinases, controlled STAT4 activation...
February 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228254/control-of-mitochondrial-remodeling-by-the-atpase-inhibitory-factor-1%C3%A2-unveils-a-pro-survival-relay-via-opa1
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Danilo Faccenda, Junji Nakamura, Giulia Gorini, Gurtej K Dhoot, Mauro Piacentini, Masusuke Yoshida, Michelangelo Campanella
The ubiquitously expressed ATPase inhibitory factor 1 (IF1) is a mitochondrial protein that blocks the reversal of the F1Fo-ATPsynthase, preventing dissipation of cellular ATP and ischemic damage. IF1 suppresses programmed cell death, enhancing tumor invasion and chemoresistance, and is expressed in various types of human cancers. In this study, we examined its effect on mitochondrial redox balance and apoptotic cristae remodeling, finding that, by maintaining ATP levels, IF1 reduces glutathione (GSH) consumption and inactivation of peroxiredoxin 3 (Prx3) during apoptosis...
February 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228097/alkaloid-extracts-from-combretum-zeyheri-inhibit-the-growth-of-mycobacterium-smegmatis
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Tafadzwa Nyambuya, Ruvimbo Mautsa, Stanley Mukanganyama
BACKGROUND: Current tuberculosis regimens have failed to combat the issue of drug resistance and ethno medicines may represent a possible source of antimycobacterial agents. Combretum species are well known in African traditional medicines and used for various ailments including pneumonia, venereal diseases like syphilis, mental problems, relief of sore throats and colds, fever, and chest coughs associated with tuberculosis. Alkaloids function as either hydrogen-acceptor or hydrogen-donor in hydrogen bonding critical for the interaction between targets thus, potentiating effects of curative agents on diseases...
February 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226400/population-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamic-target-attainment-of-ampicillin-in-neonates-with-hypoxemic-ischemic-encephalopathy-in-the-setting-of-controlled-hypothermia
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Jeffrey J Cies, Keri N Fugarolas, Wayne S Moore, Robert W Mason, Ogechukwu R Menkiti
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To describe the population pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic target attainment of ampicillin in neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) undergoing controlled hypothermia (CH). DESIGN: Prospective, open-label pharmacokinetic study. SETTING: 189-bed, freestanding children's tertiary care teaching hospital. PATIENTS: Thirteen neonates (three females, 10 males) with HIE encephalopathy receiving CH and ampicillin 100 mg/kg/dose intravenously every 8 hours who were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit between May 2013 and June 2014...
February 22, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225752/prefrontal-cortex-output-circuits-guide-reward-seeking-through-divergent-cue-encoding
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James M Otis, Vijay M K Namboodiri, Ana M Matan, Elisa S Voets, Emily P Mohorn, Oksana Kosyk, Jenna A McHenry, J Elliott Robinson, Shanna L Resendez, Mark A Rossi, Garret D Stuber
The prefrontal cortex is a critical neuroanatomical hub for controlling motivated behaviours across mammalian species. In addition to intra-cortical connectivity, prefrontal projection neurons innervate subcortical structures that contribute to reward-seeking behaviours, such as the ventral striatum and midline thalamus. While connectivity among these structures contributes to appetitive behaviours, how projection-specific prefrontal neurons encode reward-relevant information to guide reward seeking is unknown...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225481/the-dysfunction-of-inhibition-control-in-pituitary-patients-evidence-from-the-go-nogo-event-related-potential-study
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Chenglong Cao, Jian Song, Shun Yao, Yan Yan, Shun Li, Guibao Peng, Pan Ma, Hao Du, Cheng Huang, Huichao Ding, Yuanzhi He, Ronghui Sun, Guozheng Xu
Pituitary tumor is an intracranial tumor; because of the development of neuroimaging technology in recent years, morbidity is likely to increase. Evidence showed impaired cognitive ability of patients with pituitary adenoma. There is evidence that neurobehavioral disorders are common in pituitary adenoma patients. This disorder is because of the cognitive and emotional function of the important functional areas of the brain oppressed and hormone imbalance. Individuals' mental activity is controlled by the brain and the abnormal mental activity is caused by both the structural abnormalities of the brain and neurochemical dysfunction...
February 20, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225186/randomised-clinical-trial-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-oltipraz-a-liver-x-receptor-alpha-inhibitory-dithiolethione-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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W Kim, B G Kim, J S Lee, C K Lee, J E Yeon, M S Chang, J H Kim, H Kim, S Yi, J Lee, J-Y Cho, S G Kim, J-H Lee, Y J Kim
BACKGROUND: Oltipraz is a synthetic dithiolethione with an antisteatotic effect by inhibiting the activity of liver X receptor alpha (LXR-α). Recent studies demonstrated the disruptive role of oltipraz on LXR-α-dependent lipogenesis in hepatocytes and a high-fat diet mouse model. AIM: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of oltipraz for reducing liver fat in subjects with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: We performed a multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase II study...
February 22, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225164/effects-of-focal-brain-cooling-on-extracellular-concentrations-of-neurotransmitters-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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Sadahiro Nomura, Takao Inoue, Hirochika Imoto, Eiichi Suehiro, Yuichi Maruta, Yuya Hirayama, Michiyasu Suzuki
OBJECTIVE: Brain hypothermia controls epileptic discharge and reduces extracellular concentrations of glutamate (Glu), an excitatory neurotransmitter. We aimed to determine the effects of focal brain cooling (FBC) on levels of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter. The relationship between Glu or GABA concentrations and the severity of epileptic symptoms was also analyzed. METHODS: Patients with intractable epilepsy underwent FBC at lesionectomized (n = 11) or hippocampectomized (n = 8) regions at 15°C for 30 min using custom-made cooling devices...
February 22, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224622/slc2a3-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-and-duplication-influence-cognitive-processing-and-population-specific-risk-for-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder
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Sören Merker, Andreas Reif, Georg C Ziegler, Heike Weber, Ute Mayer, Ann-Christine Ehlis, Annette Conzelmann, Stefan Johansson, Clemens Müller-Reible, Indrajit Nanda, Thomas Haaf, Reinhard Ullmann, Marcel Romanos, Andreas J Fallgatter, Paul Pauli, Tatyana Strekalova, Charline Jansch, Alejandro Arias Vasquez, Jan Haavik, Marta Ribasés, Josep Antoni Ramos-Quiroga, Jan K Buitelaar, Barbara Franke, Klaus-Peter Lesch
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common, highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder with profound cognitive, behavioral, and psychosocial impairments with persistence across the life cycle. Our initial genome-wide screening approach for copy number variants (CNVs) in ADHD implicated a duplication of SLC2A3, encoding glucose transporter-3 (GLUT3). GLUT3 plays a critical role in cerebral glucose metabolism, providing energy for the activity of neurons, which, in turn, moderates the excitatory-inhibitory balance impacting both brain development and activity-dependent neural plasticity...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
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