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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353420/properties-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-isolated-from-onsite-wastewater-treatment-plant-in-relation-to-biofilm-formation
#1
Łukasz Jałowiecki, Joanna Żur, Joanna Chojniak, Helene Ejhed, Grażyna Płaza
The aim of the present study was to determine some properties of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains isolated from onsite wastewater technology in relation to biofilm formation, e.g., autoaggregation and motility. Additionally, biosurfactant production by the isolates was also evaluated. The ability of selected strains to develop a biofilm was assessed by using the crystal violet method, which allows to indirectly quantify the attached bacterial biomass (live, dead cells, and polysaccharides as well). Obtained results showed that 19 of the analyzed strains were able to produce biofilm after 72 h of incubation...
January 20, 2018: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353401/temporal-analysis-of-factors-associated-with-eat-10-in-outpatients-with-oropharyngeal-dysphagia-from-a-tertiary-care-clinic
#2
R S Bartlett, J E Moore, S L Thibeault
Self-perception of disease is increasingly recognized as a determinant of health. The Eating Assessment Tool-10 (EAT-10) is a functional health status questionnaire that measures the symptomatic severity of dysphagia from the patient's perspective. The objective of this work was to identify factors (demographics, clinical variables, swallowing physiology, health-related quality of life) associated with longitudinal change in EAT-10 scores in outpatients with oropharyngeal dysphagia at a multi-disciplinary, tertiary care clinic...
January 20, 2018: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353129/keeping-it-together-and-falling-apart-women-s-dynamic-experience-of-birth
#3
Priscilla J Hall, Jennifer Whitman Foster, Kathryn M Yount, Bonnie Mowinski Jennings
OBJECTIVE: To explore the complexity of women's birth experiences in the context in which they occur and to describe how these influence women's well-being in labor. DESIGN: Qualitative method with a phenomenological approach, following the analysis principles of van Manen. PARTICIPANTS AND SETTING: Eight women from different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds in Atlanta, Georgia, United States with a recent, healthy birth were interviewed twice about their experience of the labor journey...
December 14, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353120/phase-angle-assessment-in-critically-ill-cancer-patients-relationship-with-the-nutritional-status-prognostic-factors-and-death
#4
Tatiana Cathoud do Amaral Paes, Kátia Cansanção Correa de Oliveira, Patrícia de Carvalho Padilha, Wilza Arantes Ferreira Peres
PURPOSE: To evaluate the relationship between phase angle (PA) and nutritional status and the prognostic significance of PA in critically ill cancer patients. METHODS: 31 patients that had been admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a center on oncology were evaluated. Their PA was obtained from their bioelectrical impedance within 48 h of the ICU admission. The logistic regression analysis of Cox was used in order to identify the independent predictors of the outcomes...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353068/mitochondrial-atp-sensitive-potassium-channel-regulates-mitochondrial-dynamics-to-participate-in-neurodegeneration-of-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Kaige Peng, Jun Hu, Jingsong Xiao, Guorong Dan, Likui Yang, Feng Ye, Zhongmin Zou, Jia Cao, Yan Sai
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disease. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been the focus of the pathogenesis of PD. The mitochondrial ATP-sensitive potassium channel (mitoKATP) plays a significant role in mitochondrial physiology and has been extensively shown to protect against ischemic and brain reperfusion injury. However, there have long been controversies regarding its role in Parkinson's disease. We investigated the role of mitoKATP channels in rotenone-induced PD model in vivo and vitro and the interactions of mitoKATP channels, mitochondrial dynamics and PD...
January 15, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353024/outcomes-and-mortality-prediction-model-of-critically-ill-adults-with-acute-respiratory-failure-and-interstitial-lung-disease
#6
Whitney Gannon, David J Lederer, Mauer Biscotti, Azka Javaid, Nina Patel, Daniel Brodie, Matthew Bacchetta, Matthew Baldwin
BACKGROUND: We aimed to examine short- and long-term mortality in a mixed population of interstitial lung disease (ILD) patients with acute respiratory failure, and to identify those at lower versus higher risk of in-hospital death. METHODS: We conducted a single-center retrospective cohort study of 126 consecutive adults with ILD admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) for respiratory failure at a tertiary care hospital between 2010 and 2014 who did not undergo lung transplantation during their hospitalization...
January 15, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352698/gastric-varices-bleed-at-lower-portosystemic-pressure-gradients-than-esophageal-varices
#7
Joseph D Morrison, Nasya Mendoza-Elias, Andrew J Lipnik, R Peter Lokken, James T Bui, Charles E Ray, Ron C Gaba
PURPOSE: To quantify and compare portosystemic pressure gradients (PSGs) between bleeding esophageal varices (EV) and gastric varices (GV). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a single-center, retrospective study, 149 patients with variceal bleeding (90 men, 59 women, mean age 52 y) with EV (n = 69; 46%) or GV (n = 80; 54%) were selected from 320 consecutive patients who underwent successful transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) creation from 1998 to 2016...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352483/epidermal-aspects-of-type-vii-collagen-implications-for-dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa-and-epidermolysis-bullosa-acquisita
#8
REVIEW
Mika Watanabe, Ken Natsuga, Satoru Shinkuma, Hiroshi Shimizu
Type VII collagen (COL7), a major component of anchoring fibrils in the epidermal basement membrane zone, has been characterized as a defective protein in dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa and as an autoantigen in epidermolysis bullosa acquisita. Although COL7 is produced and secreted by both epidermal keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts, the role of COL7 with regard to the epidermis is rarely discussed. This review focuses on COL7 physiology and pathology as it pertains to epidermal keratinocytes. We summarize the current knowledge of COL7 production and trafficking, its involvement in keratinocyte dynamics, and epidermal carcinogenesis in COL7 deficiency and propose possible solutions to unsolved issues in this field...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352414/transthoracic-echocardiographic-evaluation-of-the-heart-and-great-vessels
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REVIEW
André Y Denault, Stéphane Langevin, Martin R Lessard, Jean Francois Courval, Georges Desjardins
PURPOSE: Transthoracic examination of the heart and great vessels is an essential skill that allows the anesthesiologist to evaluate cardiac function. In this article, we describe a pragmatic technique to obtain the essential views to evaluate normal or abnormal cardiac function and to appreciate great vessel anatomy and physiology. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The cardiac anatomy and function can be described using standard parasternal, apical, and subcostal views. These windows can also be used to assess the aorta, pulmonary artery, and vena cavae; however, other transthoracic and abdominal windows can be used to complete the evaluation of the great vessels...
January 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352357/an-investigation-of-the-post-laryngectomy-swallow-using-videofluoroscopy-and-fiberoptic-endoscopic-evaluation-of-swallowing-fees
#10
Margaret M Coffey, Neil Tolley, David Howard, Michael Drinnan, Mary Hickson
This study investigates the post-laryngectomy swallow. Presence and degree of residue on the post-laryngectomy swallow as observed on videofluoroscopy and FEES is described. In addition, videofluoroscopy and FEES are assessed for reliability and inter-instrument agreement. 30 laryngectomy subjects underwent dysphagia evaluation using simultaneous videofluoroscopy and FEES. These were reviewed post-examination by three expert raters using a rating scale designed for this purpose. Raters were blinded to subject details, type of laryngectomy surgery, pairing of FEES and videofluoroscopy examinations and the scores of other raters...
January 19, 2018: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352329/the-advantages-of-bilateral-osteotomy-over-unilateral-osteotomy-for-osteoporotic-bone-healing
#11
M Komrakova, J Fiebig, D B Hoffmann, C Krischek, W Lehmann, K M Stuermer, S Sehmisch
Most models of osteoporotic bone fractures are performed unilaterally (UL). We investigated healing of tibia osteotomy performed either UL or bilaterally (BL) in ovariectomized rats. Behavior of animals and muscle structure were assessed. Three-month-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were ovariectomized (n = 32). After 10 weeks, half the rats underwent UL osteotomy of tibia metaphysis (right limb) with plate osteosynthesis. The other rats were osteotomized BL. Half of the rats in each group received either standard pain treatment with carprofen (5 mg/kg body weight (BW), 1x/day for 2 days) or carprofen and buprenorphine (5 mg/kg BW, 1x/day and 0...
January 19, 2018: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352263/mammalian-endoreplication-emerges-to-reveal-a-potential-developmental-timer
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REVIEW
Alberto Gandarillas, Rut Molinuevo, Natalia Sanz-Gómez
Among the most intriguing and relevant questions in physiology is how developing tissues correctly coordinate proliferation with differentiation. Endoreplication, in a broad sense, is a consequence of a cell division block in the presence of an active cell cycle, and it typically occurs as cells differentiate terminally to fulfill a specialised function. Until recently, endoreplication was thought to be a rare variation of the cell cycle in mammals, more common in invertebrates and plants. However, in the last years, endoreplication has been uncovered in various tissues in mammalian organisms, including human...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352262/microbial-regulation-of-the-l-cell-transcriptome
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Tulika Arora, Rozita Akrami, Ramona Pais, Linda Bergqvist, Bengt R Johansson, Thue W Schwartz, Frank Reimann, Fiona M Gribble, Fredrik Bäckhed
L cells are an important class of enteroendocrine cells secreting hormones such as glucagon like peptide-1 and peptide YY that have several metabolic and physiological effects. The gut is home to trillions of bacteria affecting host physiology, but there has been limited understanding about how the microbiota affects gene expression in L cells. Thus, we rederived the reporter mouse strain, GLU-Venus expressing yellow fluorescent protein under the control of the proglucagon gene, as germ-free (GF). Lpos cells from ileum and colon of GF and conventionally raised (CONV-R) GLU-Venus mice were isolated and subjected to transcriptomic profiling...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352187/reduction-in-hepatic-secondary-bile-acids-caused-by-short-term-antibiotic-induced-dysbiosis-decreases-mouse-serum-glucose-and-triglyceride-levels
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Takuya Kuno, Mio Hirayama-Kurogi, Shingo Ito, Sumio Ohtsuki
Antibiotic-caused changes in intestinal flora (dysbiosis) can have various effects on the host. Secondary bile acids produced by intestinal bacteria are ligands for specific nuclear receptors, which regulate glucose, lipid, and drug metabolism in the liver. The present study aimed to clarify the effect of changes in secondary bile acids caused by antibiotic-induced dysbiosis on the host physiology, especially glucose, lipid, and drug metabolism. After oral administration of non-absorbable antibiotics for 5 days, decreased amounts of secondary bile acid-producing bacteria in faeces and a reduction in secondary bile acid [lithocholic acid (LCA) and deoxycholic acid (DCA)] levels in the liver were observed...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352184/expression-and-relevance-of-the-g-protein-gated-k-channel-in-the-mouse-ventricle
#15
Allison Anderson, Kanchan Kulkarni, Ezequiel Marron Fernandez de Velasco, Nicholas Carlblom, Zhilian Xia, Atsushi Nakano, Kirill A Martemyanov, Elena G Tolkacheva, Kevin Wickman
The atrial G protein-gated inwardly rectifying K+ (GIRK) channel is a critical mediator of parasympathetic influence on cardiac physiology. Here, we probed the details and relevance of the GIRK channel in mouse ventricle. mRNAs for the atrial GIRK channel subunits (GIRK1, GIRK4), M2 muscarinic receptor (M2R), and RGS6, a negative regulator of atrial GIRK-dependent signaling, were detected in mouse ventricle at relatively low levels. The cholinergic agonist carbachol (CCh) activated small GIRK currents in adult wild-type ventricular myocytes that exhibited relatively slow kinetics and low CCh sensitivity; these currents were absent in ventricular myocytes from Girk1-/- or Girk4-/- mice...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352088/an-archaeal-fluoride-responsive-riboswitch-provides-an-inducible-expression-system-for-hyperthermophiles
#16
Michael Clayton Speed, Brett W Burkhart, Jonathan W Picking, Thomas J Santangelo
Robust genetic systems for the hyperthermophilic Thermococcales have facilitated overexpression of native genes, allowed for the addition of sequences encoding secretion signals, epitope, and affinity tags to coding regions, and permitted the introduction of sequences encoding new proteins in these fast growing fermentative heterotrophs. Tightly controlled and easily manipulated systems permitting regulated gene expression are however limited for these hosts. Here we describe an alternative method for regulatory control reliant on a cis-encoded functional riboswitch in the model archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis Despite the hyperthermophilic growth temperatures, the proposed structure of the riboswitch conforms to a fluoride-responsive riboswitch encoded in many bacteria, and similarly functions to regulate a component conserved fluoride export pathway...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351992/involvement-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-in-myelination-and-in-human-nerve-sheath-tumorigenesis
#17
Ghjuvan'Ghjacumu Shackleford, Nirmal Kumar Sampathkumar, Mehdi Hichor, Laure Weill, Delphine Meffre, Ludmila Juricek, Ingrid Laurendeau, Aline Chevallier, Nicolas Ortonne, Frédérique Larousserie, Marc Herbin, Ivan Bièche, Xavier Coumoul, Mathieu Beraneck, Etienne-Emile Baulieu, Frédéric Charbonnier, Eric Pasmant, Charbel Massaad
Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor involved in xenobiotic metabolism. Plexiform neurofibromas (PNFs) can transform into malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNSTs) that are resistant to existing therapies. These tumors are primarily composed of Schwann cells. In addition to neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) gene inactivation, further genetic lesions are required for malignant transformation. We have quantified the mRNA expression levels of AHR and its associated genes in 38 human samples...
January 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351964/chitinase-like-proteins-as-regulators-of-innate-immunity-and-tissue-repair-helpful-lessons-for-asthma
#18
REVIEW
Tara E Sutherland
Chitinases and chitinase-like proteins (CLPs) belong to the glycoside hydrolase family 18 of proteins. Chitinases are expressed in mammals and lower organisms, facilitate chitin degradation, and hence act as host-defence enzymes. Gene duplication and loss-of-function mutations of enzymatically active chitinases have resulted in the expression of a diverse range of CLPs across different species. CLPs are genes that are increasingly associated with inflammation and tissue remodelling not only in mammals but also across distant species...
January 19, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351742/herv-w-group-evolutionary-history-in-non-human-primates-characterization-of-erv-w-orthologs-in-catarrhini-and-related-erv-groups-in-platyrrhini
#19
Nicole Grandi, Marta Cadeddu, Jonas Blomberg, Jens Mayer, Enzo Tramontano
BACKGROUND: The genomes of all vertebrates harbor remnants of ancient retroviral infections, having affected the germ line cells during the last 100 million years. These sequences, named Endogenous Retroviruses (ERVs), have been transmitted to the offspring in a Mendelian way, being relatively stable components of the host genome even long after their exogenous counterparts went extinct. Among human ERVs (HERVs), the HERV-W group is of particular interest for our physiology and pathology...
January 19, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351723/mitochondrial-uncoupling-proteins-subtle-regulators-of-cellular-redox-signaling
#20
Petr Jezek, Blanka Holendová, Keith D Garlid, Martin Jaburek
SIGNIFICANCE: Mitochondria are the energetic, metabolic, redox and information signaling centers of the cell. Substrate pressure, mitochondrial network dynamics and cristae morphology state are integrated by the protonmotive force Δp or its potential component, ΔΨ, which are attenuated by proton backflux into the matrix, termed uncoupling. The mitochondrial uncoupling proteins (UCP1-5) play an eminent role in the regulation of each of the above aspects, being involved in numerous physiological events including redox signaling...
January 19, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
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