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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431454/da-9701-improves-colonic-transit-time-and-symptoms-in-patients-with-functional-constipation-a-prospective-study
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Su Young Kim, Hyun Sun Woo, Sung Han Choi, Dong Kyun Park, Kwang An Kwon, Jun-Won Chung, Yoon Jae Kim, Jung Ho Kim, Su Ji Kim, Kyoung Oh Kim
BACKGROUND AND AIM: DA-9701, a newly developed prokinetic agent formulated with Pharbitis Semen and Corydalis Tuber, has been shown to effectively treat functional dyspepsia. Recently, it has also been suspected to improve gastrointestinal motor function. The aims of this study were to assess the effect of DA-9701 on colonic transit time (CTT) and symptoms of functional constipation. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 33 patients with functional constipation based on the Rome III criteria...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431414/intratracheal-instillation-of-neutrophils-rescues-bacterial-overgrowth-initiated-by-trauma-damage-associated-molecular-patterns
#2
Kiyoshi Itagaki, Ingred Riça, Jing Zhang, Dave Gallo, Melissa DePrato, Leo E Otterbein, Carl J Hauser
BACKGROUND: Nosocomial pneumonias are common in trauma patients and so interventions to prevent and treat nosocomial pneumonia may improve outcomes. Our prior work strongly suggests that tissue injury predisposes to infections like nosocomial pneumonia because mitochondrial debris originating from injured cells contains damage-associated molecular patterns that can reduce neutrophil (PMN) migration into the airway and diminish PMN function in response to bacterial inoculation of the airway...
May 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431394/effect-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium-vnp20009-and-vnp20009-with-restored-chemotaxis-on-4t1-mouse-mammary-carcinoma-progression
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Sheryl L Coutermarsh-Ott, Katherine M Broadway, Birgit E Scharf, Irving C Allen
A variety of bacterial strains have been evaluated as bio-therapeutic and immunomodulatory agents to treat cancer. One such strain, Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium VNP20009, which is attenuated by a purine auxotrophic mutation and modified lipid A, is characterized in previous models as a safely administered, tumor colonizing agent. However, earlier work tended to use less aggressive cancer cell lines and immunocompromised animal models. Here, we investigated the safety and efficacy of VNP20009 in a highly malignant murine model of human breast cancer...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431296/survival-and-transfer-efficacy-of-mixed-strain-salmonella-enterica-ser-typhimurium-from-beef-burgers-to-abiotic-surfaces-and-determination-of-individual-strain-contribution
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E N Gkana, A I Doulgeraki, G-J E Nychas
The aim of the study was to evaluate the survival and transfer efficacy of 3 Salmonella Typhimurium strains from beef burgers to abiotic surfaces and determine the individual strain distribution. S. Typhimurium population on beef burgers during incubation remained constant at initial levels of contamination approximately 3 and 5 log CFU/g. Additionally, the survival of pathogens on soiled HDPE surfaces was significant during incubation at both initial inocula, while ca 1.5 log CFU/cm(2) reduction was observed at 168h...
April 7, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431251/tunable-expression-tools-enable-single-cell-strain-distinction-in-the-gut-microbiome
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Weston R Whitaker, Elizabeth Stanley Shepherd, Justin L Sonnenburg
Applying synthetic biology to engineer gut-resident microbes provides new avenues to investigate microbe-host interactions, perform diagnostics, and deliver therapeutics. Here, we describe a platform for engineering Bacteroides, the most abundant genus in the Western microbiota, which includes a process for high-throughput strain modification. We have identified a novel phage promoter and translational tuning strategy and achieved an unprecedented level of expression that enables imaging of fluorescent-protein-expressing Bacteroides stably colonizing the mouse gut...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431205/cyclization-of-ynamide-tethered-1-3-8-triynes
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Venkata R Sabbasani, Hyunjin Lee, Peipei Xie, Yuanzhi Xia, Daesung Lee
A facile thermal cyclization of ynamide-tethered 1,3,8-triynes to form 3,5,6,7-tetrahydro-1H-pyrano[3,4-c]pyridine skeleton is described. Although the mechanism of this unusual reaction is yet to be defined the formation of either a strained keteniminium or a biradical intermediate followed a 1,5-hydride or -hydrogen shift is tentatively proposed as the key elementary steps in the reaction sequence. Appropriate electronic activation at the carbon center donating a hydride or hydrogen is crucial for successful cyclization...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431183/efficacy-of-tiamulin-alone-or-in-combination-with-chlortetracycline-against-experimental-mycoplasma-gallisepticum-infection-in-chickens
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A Garmyn, M Vereecken, K Degussem, W Depondt, F Haesebrouck, A Martel
Mycoplasma gallisepticum (M. gallisepticum) remains one of the most important diseases in poultry production. Controlling the impact of the disease is done by eradication of positive breeder flocks or by vaccination and medication. A widely used molecule in medication programs is tiamulin, a pleuromutilin antibiotic. Since recent data on the in vivo efficacy of this molecule are scarce, 2 challenge studies were conducted using a recently isolated M. gallisepticum strain belonging to the wildtype population with regard to its tiamulin and tetracycline minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC)...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431163/an-evaluation-of-the-human-relevance-of-the-lung-tumors-observed-in-female-mice-treated-with-permethrin-based-on-mode-of-action
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Tomoya Yamada, Miwa Kondo, Kaori Miyata, Keiko Ogata, Masahiko Kushida, Kayo Sumida, Satoshi Kawamura, Thomas G Osimitz, Brian G Lake, Samuel M Cohen
Permethrin increased the incidence of bronchiolo-alveolar adenomas in female mice but not male mice or female or male rats. Studies were conducted to determine whether permethrin has mitogenic activity in Club cells in mouse lung as the basis for the mode of action (MOA) for the lung adenoma induction. Several short term experiments focusing on time-course, dose-response, reversibility, sex difference, strain difference, and species difference were evaluated for Club cell proliferation and morphology. The findings demonstrated that permethrin slightly and continuously enhanced Club cell proliferation at tumor-associated dose levels in female mice, but did not increase proliferation in male mice or in female rats...
April 18, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431154/physiological-characterization-of-a-halotolerant-anoxygenic-phototrophic-fe-ii-oxidizing-green-sulfur-bacterium-isolated-from-a-marine-sediment
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Katja Laufer, Annika Niemeyer, Verena Nikeleit, Maximilian Halama, James M Byrne, Andreas Kappler
Anoxygenic photoautotrophic bacteria which use light energy and electrons from Fe(II) for growth, so-called photoferrotrophs, are suggested to have been amongst the first phototrophic microorganisms on Earth and to have contributed to the deposition of sedimentary iron mineral deposits, i.e. banded iron formations. To date only two isolates of marine photoferrotrophic bacteria exist, both of which are closely related purple non-sulfur bacteria. Here we present a novel green-sulfur photoautotrophic Fe(II)-oxidizer isolated from a marine coastal sediment, Chlorobium sp...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431147/detection-of-epigenetic-mutagens-including-anthracene-derived-compounds-using-yeast-flo1-promoter-gfp-reporter-gene-assay
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Kei-Ichi Sugiyama, Hiroko Furusawa, Petr Grúz, Masamitsu Honma
Recently, we have reported that the FLO1-mediated flocculation levels of yeast are affected by an epigenetic mutagen, alizarin. Alizarin promoted flocculation and reduced the bulk levels of histone H3 in yeast cells. Since alizarin has been known to possess carcinogenesis-promoting properties, it is important to estimate the effect of alizarin-related compounds on epigenome as measured by the flocculation of yeast. In this study, we examined the effects of two anthracene-derived compounds other than alizarin on the flocculation level of yeast...
April 20, 2017: Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431114/molecular-characterization-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-isolated-from-the-environment-in-beijing-china
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Hongtao Dou, Huizhu Wang, Shaowei Xie, Xinxin Chen, Zhipeng Xu, Yingchun Xu
The molecular type of environmental Cryptococcus neoformans in Beijing was not clear. Our study aims to reveal the molecular characterization of C. neoformans complex from environment in Beijing, China. A total of 435 samples of pigeon droppings from 11 different homes in Beijing were collected from August to November in 2015. Pigeon droppings were inoculated onto caffeic acid cornmeal agar (CACA) to screen C. neoformans complex. Bruker Biotyper matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) was performed for species identification...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431110/african-histoplasmosis-new-clinical-and-microbiological-insights
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C Valero, S Gago, M C Monteiro, A Alastruey-Izquierdo, M J Buitrago
African histoplasmosis is defined as the fungal infection caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var. duboisii (Hcd). Studies focused on distinguishing Hcd and H. capsulatum var. capsulatum (Hcc), which coexist in Africa, are scarce or outdated, and African strains are continuously underrepresented. In this work, 13 cases of African patients with histoplasmosis diagnosed in the Spanish Mycology Reference Laboratory have been reviewed showing that 77% had disseminated disease and AIDS as underlying disease although Hcd infection has been classically considered a rare presentation in AIDS patients...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431102/an-escherichia-coli-expression-model-reveals-the-species-specific-function-of-ftsa-from-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-in-cell-division
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Yinan Zou, Yan Li, Sanjaya B Ekanayake, Jo-Anne R Dillon
Escherichia coli (Ec) has been used to study the function of cell division proteins from different microorganisms, especially when genetic tools are limited for studying these proteins in their native hosts. The expression of ftsA from N. gonorrhoeae (Ng) disrupted cell division in E. coli resulting in a significant increase in cell length. In some cells, FtsANg localized to the division site and the poles of E. coli cells, but the majority of cells showed no specifical localization. FtsANg did not complement an E...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431096/a-new-rapid-resazurin-based-microdilution-assay-for-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae
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Sunniva Foerster, Valentino Desilvestro, Lucy J Hathaway, Christian L Althaus, Magnus Unemo
Objectives: Rapid, cost-effective and objective methods for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Neisseria gonorrhoeae would greatly enhance surveillance of antimicrobial resistance. Etest, disc diffusion and agar dilution methods are subjective, mostly laborious for large-scale testing and take ∼24 h. We aimed to develop a rapid broth microdilution assay using resazurin (blue), which is converted into resorufin (pink fluorescence) in the presence of viable bacteria. Methods: The resazurin-based broth microdilution assay was established using 132 N...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431066/limited-left-atrial-surgical-ablation-effectively-treats-atrial-fibrillation-but-decreases-left-atrial-function
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Marieke G Compier, Laurens F Tops, Jerry Braun, Katja Zeppenfeld, Robert J Klautz, Martin J Schalij, Serge A Trines
Aims: Limited left atrial (LA) surgical ablation with bipolar radiofrequency is considered to be an effective procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied whether limited LA surgical ablation concomitant to cardiac surgery is able to maintain LA function. Methods and Results: Thirty-six consecutive patients (age 66 ± 12 years, 53% male, 78% persistent AF) scheduled for valve surgery and/or coronary revascularization and concomitant LA surgical ablation were included...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431049/nest-use-and-patterns-of-egg-laying-and-damage-by-4-strains-of-laying-hens-in-an-aviary-system1
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S Villanueva, A B A Ali, D L M Campbell, J M Siegford
Laying hens are strongly motivated to use nests for egg laying, and alternative production systems (e.g., aviaries) provide artificial sites to meet this need and ensure efficient collection of clean, undamaged eggs. However, nests are typically not provided to allow simultaneous use by all hens; therefore, competition or mislaid eggs can result. To understand the influence of strain on laying eggs outside nests and damage to eggs, we compared daily patterns of nests use and egg laying among 4 laying hen strains (Hy-Line Brown (HB), Bovans Brown (BB), DeKalb White (DW), and Hy-Line W36 (W36))...
April 20, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431022/cpp1-phosphatase-mediated-signaling-crosstalk-between-hog1-and-cek1-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-is-involved-in-the-phenotypic-transition-in-candida-albicans
#17
Fu-Sheng Deng, Ching-Hsuan Lin
Cellular signaling pathways involved in cell growth and differentiation mediated by mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades have been well characterized in fungi. However, the mechanisms of signaling crosstalk between MAPKs to ensure signaling specificity are largely unknown. Previous work showed that activation of the Candida albicans Cek1 MAPK pathway resulted in opaque cell formation and filamentation, which mirrored the phenotypes to hog1Δ. Additionally, deleting the HOG1 gene stimulated Cek1p...
April 20, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430948/functional-relevance-of-water-and-glycerol-channels-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#18
Farzana Sabir, Maria C Loureiro-Dias, Graça Soveral, Catarina Prista
Our understanding of the functional relevance of orthodox aquaporins and aquaglyceroporins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is essentially based on phenotypic variations obtained by expression/overexpression/deletion of these MIPs in selected strains. These water/glycerol channels are considered crucial during various life-cycle phases, such as sporulation and mating and in some life-processes like rapid freeze-thaw tolerance, osmoregulation and phenomena associated with cell surface. Despite their putative functional roles not only as channels but also as sensors, their underlying mechanisms and their regulation are still poorly understood...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430818/comparative-genomics-of-burkholderia-multivorans-a-ubiquitous-pathogen-with-a-highly-conserved-genomic-structure
#19
Charlotte Peeters, Vaughn S Cooper, Philip J Hatcher, Bart Verheyde, Aurélien Carlier, Peter Vandamme
The natural environment serves as a reservoir of opportunistic pathogens. A well-established method for studying the epidemiology of such opportunists is multilocus sequence typing, which in many cases has defined strains predisposed to causing infection. Burkholderia multivorans is an important pathogen in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and its epidemiology suggests that strains are acquired from non-human sources such as the natural environment. This raises the central question of whether the isolation source (CF or environment) or the multilocus sequence type (ST) of B...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430797/effect-of-quinoline-based-1-2-3-triazole-and-its-structural-analogues-on-growth-and-virulence-attributes-of-candida-albicans
#20
Mohammad Irfan, Shadab Alam, Nikhat Manzoor, Mohammad Abid
Candida albicans, along with some other non-albicans Candida species, is a group of yeast, which causes serious infections in humans that can be both systemic and superficial. Despite the fact that extensive efforts have been put into the discovery of novel antifungal agents, the frequency of these fungal infections has increased drastically worldwide. In our quest for the discovery of novel antifungal compounds, we had previously synthesized and screened quinoline containing 1,2,3-triazole (3a) as a potent Candida spp inhibitor...
2017: PloS One
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