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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340372/shotgun-metagenomic-sequencing-reveals-freshwater-beach-sands-as-reservoir-of-bacterial-pathogens
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Mahi M Mohiuddin, Yasser Salama, Herb E Schellhorn, G Brian Golding
Recreational waters and adjacent beach sands harbor complex microbial communities which may contain human pathogens that cannot be detected by conventional methods. Here, we investigate the diversity of bacterial populations inhabiting four freshwater beaches of the Great Lakes region using shotgun metagenomic sequencing approach. Our analysis suggests that average taxonomic richness and alpha diversity are significantly higher (P < 0.001) in beach sands compared to the corresponding water environments...
March 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339927/characterizing-the-early-inflammatory-contribution-of-the-donor-kidney-following-reperfusion
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John P Stone, Muna Mohamud, Kavit Amin, William R Critchley, Rebecca J Edge, Marc J Clancy, Alexandra L Ball, James E Fildes
Background.: Donor kidneys contain a large reservoir of passenger leucocytes that contribute to acute rejection via direct alloantigen presentation and pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion. However, the early contribution of these cells following revascularization has not previously been described. We performed a secondary, high-volume preservation flush following cold storage to characterize the inflammatory contribution of the donor kidney upon reperfusion. Methods.: Porcine kidneys were retrieved using a protocol analogous to current UK clinical practice...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339707/selection-for-pro-inflammatory-mediators-produces-chickens-more-resistant-to-campylobacter-jejuni
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C L Swaggerty, I Y Pevzner, H He, K J Genovese, M H Kogut
Campylobacter spp. are the second leading cause of bacterial-induced foodborne illnesses with an estimated economic burden of nearly $2B USD per year. Most human illness associated with campylobacteriosis is due to infection by C. jejuni and chickens are recognized as a reservoir that could lead to foodborne illness in humans resulting from handling or consuming raw or undercooked chicken. We recently developed a novel breeding strategy based on identification and selection of chickens with an inherently high and low phenotype of pro-inflammatory mediators including IL-6, CXCLi2, and CCLi2, hereafter referred to as the high and low lines, respectively...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339687/extra-gonadal-oocytes-residing-in-the-mouse-ovarian-hilum-contribute-to-fertility1
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Xiaofei Sun, Junya Ito, Sarah J Potter, Sudhansu K Dey, Tony DeFalco
The observation of pups born from recipient and donor mice after ovariectomy followed by ovarian transplant poses the interesting possibility of an extra-ovarian source of oocytes. However, whether mammalian adult oocytes reside in extra-gonadal tissues remains elusive. Using transgenic fluorescent reporter mice and transplantation surgeries, we demonstrate the presence of both donor- and recipient-derived corpora lutea and recovery of both donor- and recipient-derived offspring from ovariectomized mice after transplantation of donor ovaries...
February 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339264/anomalous-transport-in-the-superfluid-fluctuation-regime
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Shun Uchino, Masahito Ueda
Motivated by a recent experiment in ultracold atoms [S. Krinner et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 113, 8144 (2016)PNASA60027-842410.1073/pnas.1601812113], we analyze transport of attractively interacting fermions through a one-dimensional wire near the superfluid transition. We show that in a ballistic regime where the conductance is quantized in the absence of interaction, the conductance is renormalized by superfluid fluctuations in reservoirs. In particular, the particle conductance is strongly enhanced, and the conductance plateau is blurred by emergent bosonic pair transport...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335263/enhanced-deposition-uniformity-via-an-auxiliary-electrode-in-massive-electrospinning
#6
Dezhi Wu, Zhiming Xiao, Lei Deng, Yu Sun, Qiulin Tan, Linxi Dong, Shaohua Huang, Rui Zhu, Yifang Liu, Wanxi Zheng, Yang Zhao, Lingyun Wang, Daoheng Sun
Uniform deposition of nanofibers in the massive electrospinning process is critical in the industrial applications of nanofibers. Tip-Induced Electrospinning (TIE) is a cost-effective large-scale nanofiber-manufacturing method, but it has poor deposition uniformity. An auxiliary conductive electrode connected to the emitting electrode was introduced to improve the deposition uniformity of the nanofibers. The effects of the auxiliary electrode shape, the tilted angles and the position of the boat-like electrode on the electric field distribution, the diameter of the nanofibers, the jet control and the deposition uniformity were explored by using finite element analysis of the electric field and experiments...
July 22, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335027/a-transposon-derived-small-rna-regulates-gene-expression-in-salmonella-typhimurium
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Michael J Ellis, Ryan S Trussler, Onella Charles, David B Haniford
Bacterial sRNAs play an important role in regulating many cellular processes including metabolism, outer membrane homeostasis and virulence. Although sRNAs were initially found in intergenic regions, there is emerging evidence that protein coding regions of the genome are a rich reservoir of sRNAs. Here we report that the 5΄UTR of IS200 transposase mRNA (tnpA) is processed to produce regulatory RNAs that affect expression of over 70 genes in Salmonella Typhimurium. We provide evidence that the tnpA derived sRNA base-pairs with invF mRNA to repress expression...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334648/optimizing-withdrawal-from-drinking-water-reservoirs-to-reduce-downstream-temperature-pollution-and-reservoir-hypoxia
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M Weber, K Rinke, M R Hipsey, B Boehrer
Sustainable management of drinking water reservoirs requires balancing the demands of water supply whilst minimizing environmental impact. This study numerically simulates the effect of an improved withdrawal scheme designed to alleviate the temperature pollution downstream of a reservoir. The aim was to identify an optimal withdrawal strategy such that water of a desirable discharge temperature can be supplied downstream without leading to unacceptably low oxygen concentrations within the reservoir. First, we calibrated a one-dimensional numerical model for hydrodynamics and oxygen dynamics (GLM-AED2), verifying that the model reproduced water temperatures and hypolimnetic dissolved oxygen concentrations accurately over a 5 year period...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334251/isolation-of-vibrionaceae-from-wild-blue-mussel-mytilus-edulis-adults-and-their-impact-on-blue-mussel-larviculture
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Mieke Eggermont, Peter Bossier, Gde Sasmita Julyantoro Pande, Vyshal Delahaut, Ali Md Rayhan, Nipa Gupta, Shikder Saiful Islam, Elsie Yumo, Nancy Nevejan, Patrick Sorgeloos, Bruno Gomez-Gil, Tom Defoirdt
The blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) is known as a robust mollusk species, although its larviculture appears to be highly susceptible to diseases. In this study, we isolated 17 strains from induced mortality events in healthy wild-caught blue mussel adults and demonstrated that they caused between 17 and 98% mortality in blue mussel larvae in a newly developed, highly controlled immersion challenge test model. Eight of the isolates belong to the Splendidus clade of vibrios, while the other isolates belong to the genus Photobacterium...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334109/comparison-of-biofilm-ecology-supporting-growth-of-individual-naegleria-species-in-a-drinking-water-distribution-system
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Geoffrey J Puzon, Jason T Wylie, Tom Walsh, Kalan Braun, Matthew J Morgan
Free-living amoebae (FLA) are common components of microbial communities in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS). FLA are of clinical importance both as pathogens and as reservoirs for bacterial pathogens, so identifying the conditions promoting amoebae colonisation of DWDSs is an important public health concern for water utilities. We used high-throughput amplicon sequencing to compare eukaryotic and bacterial communities associated with DWDS biofilms supporting distinct FLA species (N. fowleri, N. lovaniensis or Vermamoeba sp...
February 21, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333945/environmental-reservoirs-of-pathogenic-mycobacteria-across-the-ethiopian-biogeographical-landscape
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Hayley C King, Tanya Khera-Butler, Phillip James, Brian B Oakley, Girume Erenso, Abraham Aseffa, Rob Knight, Elizabeth M Wellington, Orin Courtenay
The Mycobacterium genus comprises over one-hundred-and-fifty recognised species, the majority of which reside in the environment and many of which can be pathogenic to mammals. Some species of environmental mycobacteria may interfere with BCG vaccination efficacy and in tuberculin test interpretation. Examining biogeographic trends in the distribution of members of the mycobacteria across a number of physicochemical and spatial gradients in soil and water environments across Ethiopia using oligotyping identified differential distributions of pathogenic and significant species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333684/entropy-production-in-photovoltaic-thermoelectric-nanodevices-from-the-non-equilibrium-green-s-function-formalism
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Fabienne Michelini, Adeline Crépieux, Katawoura Beltako
We discuss some thermodynamic aspects of energy conversion in electronic nanosystems able to convert light energy into electrical or/and thermal energy using the non-equilibrium Green's function formalism. In a first part, we derive the photon energy and particle currents inside a nanosystem interacting with light and in contact with two electron reservoirs at different temperatures. Energy conservation is verified, and radiation laws are discussed from electron non-equilibrium Green's functions. We further use the photon currents to formulate the rate of entropy production for steady-state nanosystems, and we recast this rate in terms of efficiency for specific photovoltaic-thermoelectric nanodevices...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333641/droplet-size-aware-high-level-synthesis-for-micro-electrode-dot-array-digital-microfluidic-biochips
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Zipeng Li, Kelvin Yi-Tse Lai, Po-Hsien Yu, Krishnendu Chakrabarty, Tsung-Yi Ho, Chen-Yi Lee
A digital microfluidic biochip (DMFB) is an attractive technology platform for automating laboratory procedures in biochemistry. In recent years, DMFBs based on a microelectrode-dot-array (MEDA) architecture have been demonstrated. However, due to the inherent differences between today's DMFBs and MEDA, existing synthesis solutions for biochemistry mapping cannot be utilized for MEDA biochips. We present the first synthesis approach that can be used for MEDA biochips. We first present a general analytical model for droplet velocity and validate it experimentally using a fabricated MEDA biochip...
March 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333353/evolution-of-blood-associated-hiv-1-dna-levels-after-48-weeks-of-switching-to-atazanavir-ritonavir-lamivudine-dual-therapy-versus-continuing-triple-therapy-in-the-randomized-atlas-m-trial
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Francesca Lombardi, Simone Belmonti, Eugenia Quiros-Roldan, Alessandra Latini, Antonella Castagna, Gabriella D'Ettorre, Roberta Gagliardini, Massimiliano Fabbiani, Roberto Cauda, Andrea De Luca, Simona Di Giambenedetto
Objectives: The AtLaS-M randomized trial showed that in patients with HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL on atazanavir/ritonavir + two NRTIs, switching to a dual therapy with atazanavir/ritonavir+lamivudine had superior efficacy as compared with continuing the previous triple therapy. This substudy was designed to evaluate at 48 weeks the impact of the dual therapy versus the three-drug atazanavir/ritonavir-based therapy on the HIV-1 cellular reservoir as reflected by the quantification of blood-associated HIV-1 DNA levels...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332937/yersinia-spp-in-wild-rodents-and-shrews-in-finland
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Suvi Joutsen, Riikka Laukkanen-Ninios, Heikki Henttonen, Jukka Niemimaa, Liina Voutilainen, Eva R Kallio, Heikki Helle, Hannu Korkeala, Maria Fredriksson-Ahomaa
Yersinia enterocolitica and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis are important zoonotic bacteria causing human enteric yersiniosis commonly reported in Europe. All Y. pseudotuberculosis strains are considered pathogenic, while Y. enterocolitica include both pathogenic and nonpathogenic strains which can be divided into six biotypes (1A, 1B, and 2-5) and about 30 serotypes. The most common types causing yersiniosis in Europe are Y. enterocolitica bioserotypes 4/O:3 and 2/O:9. Strains belonging to biotype 1A are considered as nonpathogenic because they are missing important virulence genes like the attachment-invasion-locus (ail) gene in the chromosome and the virulence plasmid...
March 23, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332927/leptospira-spp-in-small-mammals-from-areas-with-low-and-high-human-hantavirus-incidences-in-south-west-germany
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Anna Obiegala, Christoph Albrecht, Maysaa Dafalla, Stephan Drewes, Carolin Oltersdorf, Hendrik Turni, Christian Imholt, Jens Jacob, Christiane Wagner-Wiening, Rainer G Ulrich, Martin Pfeffer
INTRODUCTION: Leptospirosis is caused by Leptospira spp. and is considered the most widespread zoonotic disease worldwide. It mimics nephropathia epidemica in humans, a disease mainly caused by Puumala hantavirus (PUUV). Small mammals are reservoirs for Leptospira spp. and PUUV. Seewis virus (SWSV) is a shrew-borne hantavirus with unknown pathogenicity. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence for Leptospira spp. and the frequency of Leptospira-hantavirus co-infections in small mammals collected at locations with high and low incidences in humans...
March 23, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332651/serosurveillance-and-factors-associated-with-the-presence-of-antibodies-against-bluetongue-virus-in-dairy-cattle-in-two-eco-zones-of-nepal
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T N Gaire, S Karki, I P Dhakal, D R Khanal, R A Bowen
Cattle play an important role in the epidemiology of bluetongue (BT) by acting as reservoir hosts. However, the status of BT virus (BTV) in dairy cattle in Nepal is unknown. The objective of this study was to estimate the prevalence of BTV antibodies in dairy cattle in two eco-zones of Nepal, and to identify the factors associated with virus exposure. The authors conducted a cross-sectional serosurvey from March 2012 through February 2013 by sampling 131 dairy cattle from seven clusters (villages) in the Chitwan district in the Terai region (southern lowlands) and the Lamjung district in the Hills region (the middle part of Nepal)...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332646/the-role-of-animal-reservoirs-in-social-environmental-landscapes-remarks-on-the-control-of-avian-influenza-and-preparedness-for-pandemics
#18
M P Ortiz-Rodríguez, G C Ramírez-Nieto, L C Villamil-Jiménez
Influenza viruses are well known for their ability to infect and cause disease in a broad range of hosts. Modern advances in reverse genetics have enabled scientists to probe the mutations that allow influenza viruses to perform host switching. Despite this detailed understanding of the molecular modifications that allow host switching and adaptation, there is a gap in knowledge regarding the factors external to the virus and their interactions that act as triggers leading to a pandemic. Studies on the ecology of zoonotic pathogens should be the new paradigm for understanding not only influenza viruses but any other infectious disease that can be a threat to animal and human health...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332641/the-sample-of-choice-for-detecting-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-in-asymptomatic-dromedary-camels-using-real-time-reversetranscription-polymerase-chain-reaction
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K A Mohran, E A B Farag, C B E Reusken, V S Raj, M M Lamers, S D Pas, J Voermans, S L Smits, M M Alhajri, F Alhajri, H E Al-Romaihi, H Ghobashy, M M El-Maghraby, S H S Al Dhahiry, N Al-Mawlawi, A M El-Sayed, M Al-Thani, S A Al-Marri, B L Haagmans, M P G Koopmans
The newly identified Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which causes severe respiratory disease, particularly in people with comorbidities, requires further investigation. Studies in Qatar and elsewhere have provided evidence that dromedary camels are a reservoir for the virus, but the exact modes of transmission of MERS-CoV to humans remain unclear. In February 2014, an assessment was made of the suitability and sensitivity of different types of sample for the detection of MERSCoV by real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for three gene targets: UpE (upstream of the E gene), the N (nucleocapsid) gene and open reading frame (ORF) 1a...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332568/immunogenicity-of-candidate-mers-cov-dna-vaccines-based-on-the-spike-protein
#20
Sawsan S Al-Amri, Ayman T Abbas, Loai A Siddiq, Abrar Alghamdi, Mohammad A Sanki, Muhanna K Al-Muhanna, Rowa Y Alhabbab, Esam I Azhar, Xuguang Li, Anwar M Hashem
MERS-coronavirus is a novel zoonotic pathogen which spread rapidly to >25 countries since 2012. Its apparent endemicity and the wide spread of its reservoir host (dromedary camels) in the Arabian Peninsula highlight the ongoing public health threat of this virus. Therefore, development of effective prophylactic vaccine needs to be urgently explored given that there are no approved prophylactics or therapeutics for humans or animals to date. Different vaccine candidates have been investigated but serious safety concerns remain over protein or full-length spike (S) protein-based vaccines...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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