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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651366/combining-fixed-effects-and-instrumental-variable-approaches-for-estimating-the-effect-of-psychosocial-job-quality-on-mental-health-evidence-from-13-waves-of-a-nationally-representative-cohort-study
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Allison Milner, Zoe Aitken, Anne Kavanagh, Anthony D LaMontagne, Frank Pega, Dennis Petrie
Background: Previous studies suggest that poor psychosocial job quality is a risk factor for mental health problems, but they use conventional regression analytic methods that cannot rule out reverse causation, unmeasured time-invariant confounding and reporting bias. Methods: This study combines two quasi-experimental approaches to improve causal inference by better accounting for these biases: (i) linear fixed effects regression analysis and (ii) linear instrumental variable analysis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651026/binding-of-human-plasminogen-and-high-molecular-mass-kininogen-by-cell-surface-exposed-proteins-of-candida-parapsilosis
#2
Justyna Karkowska-Kuleta, Dorota Zajac, Grazyna Bras, Oliwia Bochenska, Maria Rapala-Kozik, Andrzej Kozik
Pathogenic microbes can recruit to their cell surface human proteins that are components of important proteolytic cascades involved in coagulation, fibrinolysis and innate immune response. Once located at the bacterial or fungal surface, such deployed proteins might be utilized by pathogens to facilitate invasion and dissemination within the host organism by interfering with functionality of these systems or by exploiting specific activity of the bound enzymes. Aim of the study presented here was to characterize this phenomenon in Candida parapsilosis (Ashford) Langeron et Talice - an important causative agent of systemic fungal infections (candidiases and candidemias) in humans...
June 24, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650958/dynamics-and-impact-of-homologous-recombination-on-the-evolution-of-legionella-pneumophila
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Sophia David, Leonor Sánchez-Busó, Simon R Harris, Pekka Marttinen, Christophe Rusniok, Carmen Buchrieser, Timothy G Harrison, Julian Parkhill
Legionella pneumophila is an environmental bacterium and the causative agent of Legionnaires' disease. Previous genomic studies have shown that recombination accounts for a high proportion (>96%) of diversity within several major disease-associated sequence types (STs) of L. pneumophila. This suggests that recombination represents a potentially important force shaping adaptation and virulence. Despite this, little is known about the biological effects of recombination in L. pneumophila, particularly with regards to homologous recombination (whereby genes are replaced with alternative allelic variants)...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650953/de-novo-paternal-fbn1-mutation-detected-in-embryos-before-implantation
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Shuling Wang, Ziru Niu, Hui Wang, Minyue Ma, Wei Zhang, Shu Fang Wang, Jun Wang, Hong Yan, Yifan Liu, Na Duan, Xiandong Zhang, Yuanqing Yao
BACKGROUND Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an autosomal dominant disease caused by mutations in the Fibrillin (FBN)1 gene and characterized by disorders in the cardiovascular, skeletal, and visual systems. The diversity of mutations and phenotypic heterogeneity of MFS make prenatal molecular diagnoses difficult. In this study, we used pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to identify the pathogenic mutation in a male patient with MFS and to determine whether his offspring would be free of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS The history and pedigree of the proband were analyzed...
June 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650931/hypertrophic-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-with-apical-thinning-a-peculiar-case-of-genotype-phenotype-correlation
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Pierluigi Lesizza, Marco Merlo, Giancarlo Vitrella, Gianfranco Sinagra
: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cardiomyopathy, mainly caused by mutations in genes encoding for sarcomere proteins. Even though many mutations have been recognized to be causative of HCM, specific HCM phenotypes can be rarely predicted by the genotype, possibly as a consequence of the presence of still unknown disease-modifying genes [Maron et al. (2013). Lancet 381:242-55]. In this very peculiar case of HCM hypertrophy localized to left ventricle, mid-wall segments coexisted with a restrictive filling pattern and an apical wall thinning mimicking hypoplasia of left ventricle apex...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650851/genetic-risk-in-chronic-pancreatitis-the-misfolding-dependent-pathway
#6
Miklós Sahin-Tóth
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Genetic risk in chronic pancreatitis is partly due to mutations that cause misfolding of digestive enzymes and elicit endoplasmic reticulum stress. This review examines recent developments in this concept. RECENT FINDINGS: The best characterized misfolding variants in the highly expressed digestive proteases cationic trypsinogen (PRSS1) and carboxypeptidase A1 (CPA1) are strong, causative risk factors for chronic pancreatitis and may be associated with autosomal dominant hereditary pancreatitis...
June 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649808/development-of-a-real-time-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-assay-for-detection-of-burkholderia-mallei
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V Pal, A Saxena, S Singh, A K Goel, J S Kumar, M M Parida, G P Rai
Burkholderia mallei is the aetiological agent of glanders, a highly contagious and re-emerging zoonotic disease. Early diagnosis of glanders is critically important to ensure timely treatment with appropriate antibiotics in humans, and to prevent spread of infection in animals. Molecular detection of B. mallei has always been troublesome because of its genetic similarity with Burkholderia pseudomallei, the causative agent of melioidosis. In present investigation, a set of six B. mallei-specific primers were designed and a simple, rapid, specific and sensitive real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay was developed for detection of B...
June 25, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649516/novel-frameshift-variant-in-the-idua-gene-underlies-mucopolysaccharidoses-type-i-in-a-consanguineous-yemeni-pedigree
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Belal Azab, Zain Dardas, Mohannad Hamarsheh, Mohammad Alsalem, Zaid Kilani, Farah Kilani, Abdalla Awidi, Hanan Jafar, Sami Amr
Mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I) is an autosomal recessive storage disorder that result as a consequence of a deficiency in the lysosomal hydrolase, a-L-iduronidase enzyme encoded by IDUA gene. Over a hundred causative variants in IDUA have been identified, which result in a progressive multi-systemic disease with a broad range of severity and disease progression reported across affected individuals. The aim of this study was the detection and interpretation of IDUA mutation in a family with two children affected with lethal MPS I...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649409/bacillus-subtilis-utilizes-the-dna-damage-response-to-manage-multicellular-development
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Kevin Gozzi, Carly Ching, Srinand Paruthiyil, Yinjuan Zhao, Veronica Godoy-Carter, Yunrong Chai
Bacteria switch between free-living and a multicellular state, known as biofilms, in response to cellular and environmental cues. It is important to understand how these cues influence biofilm development as biofilms are not only ubiquitous in nature but are also causative agents of infectious diseases. It is often believed that any stress triggers biofilm formation as a means of bacterial protection. In this study, we propose a new mechanism for how cellular and environmental DNA damage may influence biofilm formation...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649294/randomised-controlled-trial-of-a-baked-egg-intervention-in-young-children-allergic-to-raw-egg-but-not-baked-egg
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Merryn Netting, Michael Gold, Patrick Quinn, Adaweyah El-Merhibi, Irmeli Penttila, Maria Makrides
BACKGROUND: Consumption of baked egg by raw egg allergic children is associated with immune changes suggesting development of tolerance. However, causation has not been tested using a double blind randomized controlled trial (RCT). We aimed to compare clinical and immunological outcomes after baked egg (BE) consumption in young BE tolerant egg allergic children. METHODS: In a double blind RCT, BE tolerant egg allergic children consumed 10 g BE (1.3 g protein) 2 to 3 times per week for 6 months (n = 21 intervention group) or similar egg free baked goods (n = 22 control group) while maintaining an otherwise egg free diet...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649237/outer-membrane-vesicles-omvs-of-gram-negative-bacteria-a-perspective-update
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REVIEW
Arif Tasleem Jan
Outer Membrane Vesicles (OMVs) of Gram-negative bacteria are spherical membrane-enclosed entities of endocytic origin. Reported in the consortia of different bacterial species, production of OMVs into extracellular milieu seems essential for their survival. Enriched with bioactive proteins, toxins, and virulence factors, OMVs play a critical role in the bacteria-bacteria and bacteria-host interactions. Emergence of OMVs as distinct cellular entities helps bacteria in adaptating to diverse niches, in competing with other bacteria to protect members of producer species and more importantly play a crucial role in host-pathogen interaction...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649098/-aging-and-homeostasis-aging-of-articular-cartilage-and-chondrocytes
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Takehiko Matsushita, Toshikazu Tanaka
Articular cartilage is an important structure contributing to shock absorption and joint lubrication. Aging and trauma cause loss of function of articular cartilage, resulting in osteoarthritis(OA). Chondrocyte, the only type of the cell that resides in the articular cartilage. Recent studies have revealed that aging-associated changes in chondrocytes are important causative factors of OA. This review describes various mechanism and factors involved in aging of articular cartilage and chondrocytes.
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648954/fosphenytoin-induced-purple-glove-syndrome-a-case-report
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Joseph W Newman, Joseph R Blunck, Ronald K Fields, John E Croom
BACKGROUND: Purple glove syndrome (PGS) is a poorly understood severe adverse drug reaction that is typically associated with intravenous phenytoin administration. Although fosphenytoin is thought to circumvent this risk of PGS, we reveal a rare case of PGS in a patient treated with fosphenytoin therapy. CASE SUMMARY: A 71-year-old male with history of epilepsy was admitted for seizures and traumatic brain injury and intravenous fosphenytoin and levetiracetam were initiated...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648850/complete-genome-analysis-of-dengue-virus-type-3-isolated-from-the-2013-dengue-outbreak-in-yunnan-china
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Xiaodan Wang, Dehong Ma, Xinwei Huang, Lihua Li, Duo Li, Yujiao Zhao, Lijuan Qiu, Yue Pan, Junying Chen, Juemin Xi, Xiyun Shan, Qiangming Sun
In the past few decades, dengue has spread rapidly and is an emerging disease in China. An unexpected dengue outbreak occurred in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China, resulting in 1331 patients in 2013. In order to obtain the complete genome information and perform mutation and evolutionary analysis of causative agent related to this largest outbreak of dengue fever. The viruses were isolated by cell culture and evaluated by genome sequence analysis. Phylogenetic trees were then constructed by Neighbor-Joining methods (MEGA6...
June 22, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648773/the-burden-of-tick-borne-diseases-in-the-altai-region-of-russia
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V G Dedkov, E G Simonova, O V Beshlebova, M V Safonova, O A Stukolova, E V Verigina, G V Savinov, I P Karaseva, E A Blinova, V M Granitov, I V Arsenjeva, G A Shipulin
This article presents the results of a comprehensive survey of the burden of tick-borne infectious diseases (TBIDs) in the Altai region of Russia. Official data for TBID incidence were analyzed and 201 samples from patients with suspected TBID were studied. Furthermore, questing ticks and ticks recovered from humans were examined to estimate prevalence of TBID-causative agents. The Altai region was determined to have a heightened risk for TBIDs in Russia. The most epidemiologically significant tick-borne illness in this area is spotted fever group rickettsiosis, while nationally in Russia, the leading TBID is Lyme borreliosis...
June 19, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648713/zoonotic-infection-with-onchocerca-dewittei-japonica-in-an-11-year-old-boy-in-kansai-region-western-honshu-japan
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Shigehiko Uni, Masako Fukuda, Kou Ogawa, Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim, Takeshi Agatsuma, Naruemon Bunchom, Weerachai Saijuntha, Yasushi Otsuka, Subha Bhassu, Ahmad Syihan Mat Udin, Nur Afiqah Zainuri, Hasmahzaiti Omar, Jun Nakatani, Makoto Matsubayashi, Haruhiko Maruyama, Rosli Ramli, Mohd Sofian Azirun, Hiroyuki Takaoka
An 11-year-old boy living in Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture, Kansai Region, Western Honshu, Japan had zoonotic onchocercosis. The patient developed a painful swelling on the little finger of his left hand. The worm detected in the excised mass had external transverse ridges but did not have inner striae in the cuticle. On the basis of the parasite's histopathological characteristics, the causative agent was identified as a female Onchocerca dewittei japonica (Spirurida: Onchocercidae). The species of the filarial parasite was confirmed by sequencing the cox1 gene of the parasite...
June 22, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648588/right-sided-infective-endocarditis-in-cardiac-device-carriers-clinical-profile-and-prognosis
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Carlos Ortiz-Bautista, Javier López, Pablo Elpidio García-Granja, Isidre Vilacosta, Teresa Sevilla, Cristina Sarriá, Carmen Olmos, Carlos Ferrera, Carmen Sáez, Ana Puerto, José Alberto San Román
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Due to the widespread indications for device implants and the population aging, right-sided infective endocarditis (RSIE) epidemiology has dramatically changed, being nowadays, cardiac device carriers the main affected group. The aim of this work is to describe the epidemiology, clinical profile and outcomes of RSIE in cardiac device carriers. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We included definitive infective endocarditis episodes consecutively diagnosed in 3 tertiary centers from March 1995 to September 2014...
June 22, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648472/oesophageal-pleural-fistula-presenting-with-parvimonas-micra-infection-causing-cervical-and-brain-abscesses
#18
REVIEW
Anan Shtaya, Helmut Schuster, Peter Riley, Kathryn Harris, Samantha Hettige
Parvimonas micra (P. micra) infections causing spinal cord compression are extremely rare. We report an occult oesophageal pleural fistula presenting with spinal epidural and brain abscesses resulting in severe neurological deficits caused by P. micra. Molecular detection proved to be instrumental in identifying the causative pathogen. Essential management with decompression, drainage, antibiotics and fistula repair lead to a good outcome.
June 22, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647561/identification-of-a-novel-splicing-mutation-within-slc17a8-in-a-korean-family-with-hearing-loss-by-whole-exome-sequencing
#19
Nari Ryu, Seokwon Lee, Hong-Joon Park, Byeonghyeon Lee, Tae-Jun Kwon, Jinwoong Bok, Chan Ik Park, Kyu-Yup Lee, Jeong-In Baek, Un-Kyung Kim
Hereditary hearing loss (HHL) is a common genetically heterogeneous disorder, which follows Mendelian inheritance in humans. Because of this heterogeneity, the identification of the causative gene of HHL by linkage analysis or Sanger sequencing have shown economic and temporal limitations. With recent advances in next-generation sequencing (NGS) techniques, rapid identification of a causative gene via massively parallel sequencing is now possible. We recruited a Korean family with three generations exhibiting autosomal dominant inheritance of HL, and the clinical information about this family revealed that there are no other symptoms accompanied with HL...
June 21, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647427/first-molecular-detection-of-leishmania-infantum-in-sergentomyia-minuta-diptera-psychodidae-in-alentejo-southern-portugal
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S Pereira, D Pita-Pereira, T Araujo-Pereira, C Britto, T Costa-Rego, J Ferrolho, M Vilhena, E F Rangel, M L Vilela, M O Afonso
Protozoan parasites, such as Leishmania spp., are the causative agents of many insect-borne infectious diseases with medical and veterinary importance. Leishmaniasis, caused by Leishmania spp., is transmitted by female phlebotomine sand flies. In the Alentejo region of Portugal, located at the north of Algarve, cases of human and canine leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania infantum have been notified. However, no recent studies regarding the sand fly fauna in the region are available. We therefore aimed to explore the phlebotomine sand fly species found in both, Évora and Beja Districts, to gain an insight about the leishmaniasis epidemiology in these areas...
June 21, 2017: Acta Tropica
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