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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212576/galectin-1-knockdown-improves-drug-sensitivity-of-breast-cancer-by-reducing-p-glycoprotein-expression-through-inhibiting-the-raf-1-ap-1-signaling-pathway
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Fang Wang, Pengwei Lv, Yuanting Gu, Lin Li, Xin Ge, Guangcheng Guo
Galectin-1 (Gal-1), a member of the galectin family of carbohydrate binding proteins, plays a pivotal role in various cellular processes of tumorigenesis. The regulatory effect of Gal-1 on multidrug resistance (MDR) breast cancer cells is still unclear. qRT-PCR and western blot showed that Gal-1 and MDR gene 1 (MDR1) were both highly expressed in breast tumor tissues and cell lines. MTT assay and flow cytometry revealed that Gal-1 knockdown improved sensitivity to paclitaxel (PTX) and adriamycin (ADR) in MCF-7/PTX and MCF-7/ADR cells via inhibition of cell viability and promotion of cell apoptosis, while MDR1 overexpression weakened the sensitivity to PTX and ADR induced by Gal-1 knockdown...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212450/expression-and-activity-of-multidrug-resistance-proteins-in-mature-endothelial-cells-and-their-precursors-a-challenging-correlation
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Agnieszka Krawczenko, Aleksandra Bielawska-Pohl, Karolina Wojtowicz, Roksana Jura, Maria Paprocka, Elżbieta Wojdat, Urszula Kozłowska, Aleksandra Klimczak, Catherine Grillon, Claudine Kieda, Danuta Duś
Active cellular transporters of harmful agents-multidrug resistance (mdr) proteins-are present in tumor, stem and endothelial cells, among others. While mdr proteins are broadly studied in tumor cells, their role in non-tumor cells and the significance of their action not connected with removal of harmful xenobiotics is less extensively documented. Proper assessment of mdr proteins expression is difficult. Mdr mRNA presence is most often evaluated but that does not necessarily correlate with the protein level...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210505/nanotechnology-based-approach-in-tuberculosis-treatment
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REVIEW
Mohammad Nasiruddin, Md Kausar Neyaz, Shilpi Das
Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, is the second most fatal infectious disease after AIDS, caused by bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Prolonged treatment, high pill burden, low compliance, and stiff administration schedules are factors that are responsible for emergence of MDR and XDR cases of tuberculosis. Till date, only BCG vaccine is available which is ineffective against adult pulmonary TB, which is the most common form of disease. Various unique antibodies have been developed to overcome drug resistance, reduce the treatment regimen, and elevate the compliance to treatment...
2017: Tuberculosis Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208889/management-of-pneumonia-and-blood-stream-infections-with-new-antibiotic-adjuvant-entity-ceftriaxone-sulbactam-disodium-edetate-a-novel-way-to-spare-carbapenems
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Mohammad Shameem, Mohammad Amin Mir
INTRODUCTION: Nosocomial infections have been considered as a major health problem causing incremental morbidity, mortality and costs of therapy. AIM: This retrospective study was initiated with aim to analyse the comparative efficacy of a novel Antibiotic Adjuvant Entity (AAE), a combination of ceftriaxone + sulbactam + disodium edetate and meropenem in combination with colistin, for the management of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) nosocomial Gram-negative bacterial infections...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207768/prevalence-of-mdr-pathogens-of-bacterial-meningitis-in-egypt-and-new-synergistic-antibiotic-combinations
#5
Mona M Abdelkader, Khaled M Aboshanab, Marwa A El-Ashry, Mohammad M Aboulwafa
The aim of this study was identifying bacterial pathogens involved in meningitis, studying their antibiotic resistance profiles, investigating the antibiotic resistance genes as well as evaluating the use of various antibiotic combinations. Antibiotic susceptibility tests were evaluated according to CLSI guidelines. Antibiotic combinations were evaluated by calculating the Fractional Inhibitory Concentration (FIC) index. A total of 71 bacterial isolates were recovered from 68 culture positive CSF specimens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206986/in-situ-generated-d-peptidic-nanofibrils-as-multifaceted-apoptotic-inducers-to-target-cancer-cells
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Xuewen Du, Jie Zhou, Huainin Wang, Junfeng Shi, Yi Kuang, Wu Zeng, Zhimou Yang, Bing Xu
Nanofibrils of small molecules, as a new class of biofunctional entities, exhibit emergent properties for controlling cell fates, but the relevant mechanism remains to be elucidated and the in vivo effect has yet to be examined. Here, we show that D-peptide nanofibrils, generated by enzyme-instructed self-assembly (EISA), pleiotropically activate extrinsic death signaling for selectively killing cancer cells. Catalyzed by alkaline phosphatases and formed in situ on cancer cells, D-peptide nanofibrils present autocrine proapoptotic ligands to their cognate receptors in a juxtacrine manner, as well as directly cluster the death receptors...
February 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205160/non-fermentative-gram-negative-rods-bacteremia-in-children-with-cancer-a-14-year-single-center-experience
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D Averbuch, C Avaky, M Harit, P Stepensky, I Fried, T Ben-Ami, V Temper, Y Peled, H Troen, R Masarwa, W Abu Ahmad, M Weintraub, S Revel-Vilk, D Engelhard
PURPOSE: Data on non-fermentative Gram-negative rods (NFGNR) bacteremia in children with malignancies are limited. The aim of this study was to present clinical picture, antimicrobial susceptibility pattern, risk factors for resistance and outcome in NFGNR bacteremia in children with cancer. METHODS: All episodes of NFGNR bacteremia occurring during 2001-2014 in children with cancer in a tertiary-care hospital were retrospectively analyzed. Pseudomonas and Acinetobacter spp...
February 15, 2017: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202091/isolation-unit-for-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-patients-in-a-low-endemic-country-a-step-towards-the-world-health-organization-end-tb-strategy
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M C Payen, J P VAN Vooren, O Vandenberg, N Clumeck, S DE Wit
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a threat to public health and is the second cause of death due to a single infectious agent after HIV/AIDS. The worldwide distribution of TB is heterogeneous. The incidence is decreasing in most high-income regions, but the situation remains worrying in many parts of the world. The emergence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains resistant to key agents used in treatment (rifampin and isoniazid) contributes to TB transmission around the world. To achieve TB elimination, both high and low endemic countries must upscale their efforts to decrease disease transmission and improve cure rates...
February 16, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201993/structure-and-variation-of-crispr-and-crispr-flanking-regions-in-deleted-direct-repeat-region-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex-strains
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Paul Jeffrey Freidlin, Israel Nissan, Anna Luria, Drora Goldblatt, Lana Schaffer, Hasia Kaidar-Shwartz, Daniel Chemtob, Zeev Dveyrin, Steven Robert Head, Efrat Rorman
BACKGROUND: CRISPR and CRISPR-flanking genomic regions are important for molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) strains, and potentially for adaptive immunity to phage and plasmid DNA, and endogenous roles in the bacterium. Genotyping in the Israel National Mycobacterium Reference Center Tel-Aviv of over 1500 MTBC strains from 2008-2013 showed three strains with validated negative 43-spacer spoligotypes, that is, with putatively deleted direct repeat regions (deleted-DR/CRISPR regions)...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201974/mur-ligase-inhibitors-as-anti-bacterials-a-comprehensive-review
#10
Jaiprakash N Sangshetti, Suyog S Joshi, Rajendra H Patil, Devanand B Shinde
Exploring a new target for antibacterial drug discovery has gained much attention because of the emergence of Multidrug Resistance (MDR) strains of bacteria. To overcome this problem the development of novel antibacterial was considered as highest priority task and was one of the biggest challenges since multiple factors were involved. The bacterial peptidoglycan biosynthetic pathway has been well documented in the last few years and has been found to be an imperative source for the development of novel antibacterial agents with high target specificity as they are essential for bacterial survival and have no homologs in humans...
February 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199375/has-universal-screening-with-xpert%C3%A2-mtb-rif-increased-the-proportion-of-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-cases-diagnosed-in-a-routine-operational-setting
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Pren Naidoo, Rory Dunbar, Judy Caldwell, Carl Lombard, Nulda Beyers
SETTING: Primary health services in Cape Town, South Africa where the introduction of Xpert® MTB/RIF (Xpert) enabled simultaneous screening for tuberculosis (TB) and drug susceptibility in all presumptive cases. STUDY AIM: To compare the proportion of TB cases with drug susceptibility tests undertaken and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) diagnosed pre-treatment and during the course of 1st line treatment in the previous smear/culture and the newly introduced Xpert-based algorithms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198727/new-guidelines-for-nosocomial-pneumonia
#12
Mark L Metersky, Andre C Kalil
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) remain important causes of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients. New evidence-based guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of these entities were released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Thoracic Society in 2016. This review summarizes the recommendations contained within these guidelines and their supporting rationale. RECENT FINDINGS: With respect to diagnosis of HAP and VAP, the guidelines suggest using semiquantitative cultures of noninvasively obtained respiratory samples instead of quantitative cultures of invasively obtained samples...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198682/molecular-epidemiology-and-antimicrobial-resistance-phenotypes-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-isolated-from-patients-in-three-hospitals-in-southern-vietnam
#13
Nguyen Tuan Anh, Tran Vu Thieu Nga, Huynh Minh Tuan, Nguyen Si Tuan, Dao Minh Y, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Stephen Baker, Ho Huynh Thuy Duong
Multidrug resistance in the nosocomial pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii limits therapeutic options and impacts on clinical care. Resistance against carbapenems, a group of last-resort antimicrobials for treating multidrug-resistant (MDR) A. baumannii infections, is associated with the expression (and over-expression) of carbapenemases encoded by the blaOXA genes. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant A. baumannii associated with infection in three hospitals in southern Vietnam and to characterize the genetic determinants associated with resistance against carbapenems...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198662/changes-in-bacterial-epidemiology-and-antibiotic-resistance-among-veterans-with-spinal-cord-injury-disorder-over-the-past-9-years
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Margaret A Fitzpatrick, Katie J Suda, Nasia Safdar, Stephen P Burns, Makoto M Jones, Linda Poggensee, Swetha Ramanathan, Charlesnika T Evans
OBJECTIVE: Patients with spinal cord injury and disorder (SCI/D) have an increased risk of infection with multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria. We described bacterial epidemiology and resistance in patients with SCI/D at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMCs) for the past 9 years. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort Setting: One hundred thirty VAMCs. PARTICIPANTS: Veterans with SCI/D and bacterial cultures with antibiotic susceptibility testing performed between 1/1/2005-12/31/2013...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197340/phenotypic-and-genotypic-analysis-of-multidrug-resistant-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isolates-from-sudanese-patients
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Solima M A Sabeel, Mohamed Ahmed Salih, Manasik Ali, Salah-Eldin El-Zaki, Nadir Abuzeid, Zeinab Abubaker Mohammed Elgadi, Hisham N Altayb, Asrar M A Elegail, Nuha Y Ibrahim, Bahaeldin K Elamin
Background. Currently, mutations in rpoB, KatG, and rrs genes and inhA promoter were considered to be involved in conferring resistance to rifampicin, isoniazid, and streptomycin in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). Objective. The aims of this study were to detect the prevalence of first-line tuberculosis (TB) drug resistance among a group of previously treated and newly detected TB patients, to determine the association between prevalence of multidrug resistance (MDR) and demographic information (age and sex), to explain genes correlated with MDR Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and to characterize MTB via 16S ribosomal RNA (16S rRNA) analysis...
2017: Tuberculosis Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196696/patients-hospitalized-abroad-as-importers-of-multiresistant-bacteria-a-cross-sectional-study
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Tamim Khawaja, Juha Kirveskari, Sara Johansson, Juuso Väisänen, Aurora Djupsjöbacka, Annika Nevalainen, Anu Kantele
OBJECTIVES: The pandemic spread of multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria poses a threat to healthcare worldwide, with highest prevalence in indigent regions of the (sub)tropics. As hospitalization constitutes a major risk factor for colonization, infection control management in low-prevalence countries urgently needs background data on patients hospitalized abroad. METHODS: We collected data on 1122 patients who, after hospitalization abroad, were treated at the Helsinki University Hospital between 2010 and 2013...
February 11, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195491/prodrug-like-pegylated-protein-toxin-trichosanthin-for-reversal-of-chemoresistance
#17
Yingzhi Chen, Meng Zhang, Hongyue Jin, Yisi Tang, Aihua Wu, Qin Xu, Yongzhuo Huang
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a main obstacle in cancer chemotherapy. The MDR mechanisms involve P-glycoprotein (P-gp) overexpression, abnormality of apoptosis-related protein, and altered expression of drug-targeting proteins. Therapeutic proteins are emerging as candidates for overcoming cancer MDR because of not only their large molecular size that potentially circumvents the P-gp-mediated drug efflux but also their distinctive bioactivity distinguished from small-molecular drugs. Herein we report trichosanthin, a plant protein toxin, possesses synergistic effect with paclitaxel (PTX) in the PTX-resistance A549/T nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells, by reversing PTX-caused caspase 9 phosphorylation and inducing caspase 3-dependent apoptosis...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195164/ph-sensitive-micelles-for-the-intracellular-co-delivery-of-curcumin-and-pluronic-l61-unimers-for-synergistic-reversal-effect-of-multidrug-resistance
#18
Wei Hong, Hong Shi, Mingxi Qiao, Zehui Zhang, Wenting Yang, Lingying Dong, Fucheng Xie, Chunpeng Zhao, Li Kang
Pluronic L61 unimers, which are biomacromolecular modulators, and curcumin, a small-molecule modulator, were co-formulated into pH-sensitive micelles to reveal the full synergistic potential of combination drug treatments to reverse multidrug resistance (MDR). Compared to monotherapy, combined therapy significantly improved the cytotoxicity, cellular uptake and apoptotic effects of doxorubicin (DOX) against MCF-7/ADR cells. In mechanistic studies, both L61 and curcumin enhanced the cytotoxic effect by acting on mitochondrial signalling pathways...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195096/genotyping-of-clinical-and-environmental-multidrug-resistant-enterococcus-faecium-strains
#19
Leili Shokoohizadeh, Ashraf Mohabati Mobarez, Masoud Alebouyeh, Mohammad Reza Zali, Reza Ranjbar
CONTEXT: Multidrug resistant (MDR) Enterococcus faecium is a nosocomial pathogen and clonal complex 17 (CC17) is the main genetic subpopulation of E. faecium in hospitals worldwide. AIMS: There has thus far been no report of major E. faecium clones in Iranian hospitals. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The present study analyzed strains of MDR E. faecium obtained from patients and the Intensive Care Unit environments using pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) and multilocus sequence typing (MLST) to determine the antibiotic resistance patterns and genetic features of the dominant...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193899/structure-of-a-lipid-a-phosphoethanolamine-transferase-suggests-how-conformational-changes-govern-substrate-binding
#20
Anandhi Anandan, Genevieve L Evans, Karmen Condic-Jurkic, Megan L O'Mara, Constance M John, Nancy J Phillips, Gary A Jarvis, Siobhan S Wills, Keith A Stubbs, Isabel Moraes, Charlene M Kahler, Alice Vrielink
Multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative bacteria have increased the prevalence of fatal sepsis in modern times. Colistin is a cationic antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) antibiotic that permeabilizes the bacterial outer membrane (OM) and has been used to treat these infections. The OM outer leaflet is comprised of endotoxin containing lipid A, which can be modified to increase resistance to CAMPs and prevent clearance by the innate immune response. One type of lipid A modification involves the addition of phosphoethanolamine to the 1 and 4' headgroup positions by phosphoethanolamine transferases...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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